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It’s Okay, I Actually Enjoy Spending Time with My Kids!

This is my first year homeschooling.  Many of Alex’s friends began attending kindergarten at the local elementary school.  As a new homeschooler I expected to get the ‘socialization’ question a lot but I am finding that the comment I am getting most often is “I couldn’t spend all of my time with my kids, I don’t know how you do […]

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Remember…Just Breath

I woke up this morning feeling rather overwhelmed.   Laundry mountain was getting really tall.  Toys all over the floor.  Dishes in the sink (I cannot stand this).  Schoolwork to be done.  I had about 60 pieces of clothes on the table to take photos of so I could list them online once the kids go to be tonight.  Yes, overwhelmed […]

Veggie Greek Pasta

Veggie Greek Pasta

This meal is an all around pleaser in our house.  All of the kids love it (although I have to remove the onions for Ava).  Alex really likes it cold the next day…he gets this from his daddy because I cannot stand cold food! I began making this dish with chicken.  I have recently found that […]

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Living & Homeschooling On A (Very Tight) Budget

This post was updated September 17, 2013 Homeschooling is a priority in our family.  My husband and I do whatever we can so  that our children can stay home and learn with us.  Simple living is our key to living and homeschooling on a very tight budget.  We don’t drive fancy cars, live in a […]

Twice Baked Cauliflower

Twice Baked Cauliflower

A few weeks ago I saw a recipe for twice baked cauliflower on pinterest and stuck it in my yummmm board. Thursday I planned to make homemade chicken tenders and was at a loss for what to make with them.  I turned to my yummm board and decided it was the night to try twice baked cauliflower.  I was a little nervous […]

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Fun & Mellow Homeschool Week

My dad came for a visit this week.  This highlighted another wonderful aspect of homeschooling, the fact that we could slow down on school work during his visit and have fun!  His visit was during the week.  If had Alex been in public school he would not have been able to enjoy his grandpa as much as he […]

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

Turkey and Quinoa Meatloaf

I love quinoa.  Have I said that before?  I am sure that I have but I will say it again.  I.  Love.  Quinoa.   My son loves meatloaf as much as I love quinoa. I have always made our meatloaf with turkey instead of beef and was excited to replace the bread crumbs with quinoa. […]

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Homemade Household Cleaners

Along with getting the toxins out of the food that our family eats we are also working on getting the toxins out of our home.  I used to think that the smell of bleach and air fresheners was the smell of ‘clean’, I now realize that was the smell of toxic chemicals!  I know that we have saved […]

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Learning About Germs!

This post contains affiliate links. My kids had a blast learning all about germs.  We watched videos, made crafts, and read a few books about germs.  This was certainly a fun week in our homeschool! We are starting our Human Body Unit this week.  Of course we are creating a new lapbook.  Yep,  Human Body Lapbook, here […]

How to make Mullein Flower Oil for earache

Garlic Mullein Oil: Healing An Ear Infection (Or Earache) The Natural Way

Earaches and ear infections are a common occurrence in children.  If you take your child to a traditional doctor for an  ear infection you will most likely be handed a prescription for an antibiotic and possibly pain relieving ear drops.  Instead of a using a prescription you can easily make a home remedy using three ingredients that will both heal and soothe […]

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My sweet Alex…thank goodness for homeschooling!

My son Alex is 6.  He is the reason our family chose to homeschool.  Alex is so sweet and sensitive.  He, like me, wears his heart on his sleeve.  His feelings are easily hurt and often hard to mend. We enrolled Alex in preschool when he was 4.  I thought that this was the thing to do.  I quickly learned what a […]