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To the Christian Considering The Good and the Beautiful

About a year ago I posted a video about Why we were not using The Good and the Beautiful (TGTB) and it exploded. Nearly every week, consistently and without fail, I receive at least one hate mail e-mail from someone. They are long, they are well-thought out, they are barbed with insults and condemnation. Nearly […]

#50 The Rabbit Trail Episode

Sometimes I feel like my brain is just not organized enough for what I do. There are so many thoughts jumbling around in my head it is difficult to focus on just one thing… for any length of time. After staring at my computer for a good 15 minutes going over ideas for this weeks […]

The Ultimate Build Your Bundle Guide

I wanted to write a post to help explain what Build Your Bundle is, how it works this year, how you can save the most money, my favorite bundles, and a free printable to help you plan your shopping. Don’t forget that I am a contributor to the sale with my two brand new courses […]

Homeschooling Hacks to Save Money

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

Homeschooling is not cheap. The more kids you have, the more supplies and books you need, the more strain it can put on the finances. But it doesn’t have to be that way! There are so many ways to save money and homeschool on a budget! Let’s talk about some money saving homeschool hacks plus […]

#49 Dear Kids: Your Time is Yours

Dear kids, I am tired. Tired of being the bad guy. Tired of pushing you to do what you don’t want to do and trying to convince you why you need to. I get it, I don’t like doing what people tell me either, especially when I don’t understand why. So I’m raising the white […]

#48 The Problem with Homeschooling

Homeschooling is so much harder than I ever imagined it could be. Nothing could have prepared me for the amount of stretching and pressing that would occur in this homeschool environment. It is both the most challenging and most rewarding experience of my life–a wild ride. In my line of work I get a TON […]

#47 Brave Writer in a Nutshell

Brave Writer is so much more than just a homeschool language arts curriculum, it is a way of life! I’ll never forget the day we stumbled upon one of Julie’s videos. Her words resonated with me deeply, her approach seemed so unique, could it really be that simple? Could I really teach my children the […]

#46 Homeschooling Q&A

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

Today’s podcast episode is a little bit different than my regular deal because I invited my hubby to join me. I had so many good ideas for today’s podcast and couldn’t decide so we ended up doing it Q&A style and tackling a few different topics in one episode. This post is your resource for […]

Letting Go of Expectations

Is it enough? We all have them, the burdens we bear on our backs, trudging through the trenches of our homeschool journey tired, weighed down, and anxious. Our expectations are a result of our own experiences, outside pressures that we face and even inner fears. Perhaps we expect it to look perfect, maybe we are […]

#45 Balancing Work and Homeschool

Planning speaking engagements and presentations, writing curriculum and books, blog posts, live videos, responding to comments and emails, creating courses… this is my life. This is what I do into the wee hours of the morning, this is what I do when my kids are sleeping or playing outside. This is what I do instead […]

#44 Can You Homeschool Without Curriculum?

If you follow me on Instagram you have probably heard the melody of change. Something new is on the horizon and I am in the middle of processing what it is and what it looks like. I feel a calling, a stirring deep within, to step out of the shallows of homeschooling into deeper waters. […]

Are Learning Styles a Myth?

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

I have heard a rumour recently that learning styles are a myth. Every time I share my learning style quiz and talk to people about the importance and value of finding your child’s learning style and how to teach to it… it comes up. A random article claiming that ‘kids don’t learn a certain way, […]

#43 Why Homeschooling is Worth It

Homeschooling is one of the most challenging journeys I have ever embarked upon. I have been tested and stretched and pulled and tried beyond what I thought I could handle. I have learned that many of my perceived limits only exist in my mind. I have grown as a person. In the midst of the […]

Outdoor Exploration Kids Subscription Box (THiNK OUTSiDE BOXES Review)

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

I just read an article the other day that kids should be spending 4-6 hours outside. Say what? I live in a frozen tundra, I’m talking -30 to -40 with windchill. I’m lucky to get 1 hour outside a day! Sure, spring is coming, at which point I’m all in! But getting my kids outside […]

Choose Your Own Adventure Homeschool Curriculum Quiz

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

Choosing curriculum can be downright daunting, I know because by just choosing my favorites, I still had to come up with over 300 options when creating this quiz! What will work best for my kinesthetic child, my visual child, my auditory child? What is the best curriculum if you are on a budget? What secular […]

#42 When they Don’t Want to do School

Whining, fussing, crying, and general bad attitudes can be like a pin to the bubble of your homeschool day. No matter how much enthusiasm and planning you bring to the table, if your kids aren’t on board it can pop even the best of plans in no time! Today’s episode is your lifejacket in the […]

#41: More than Homeschool Survival

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

Featuring Julie Bogart from Brave Writer: learn more about her amazing new book, a free 90 page resource PLUS some practical tips to help you go beyond homeschool survival and make homeschooling more than you even imagined it could be!

Featuring Julie Bogart from Brave Writer: learn more about her amazing new book, a free 90 page resource PLUS some practical tips to help you go beyond homeschool survival and make homeschooling more than you even imagined it could be!

#40 Dealing with Homeschool Anger

Have you ever felt angry? Frustrated? Impatient? Irritated? DONE with homeschooling? Parenting is hard enough on its own but with the mounting pressures and responsibilities of homeschooling, it can be a volcano waiting to erupt. Some days are harder than others, some are easier. Sometimes you have a good strong streak and all of a […]

#39 Dealing with Homeschool Doubt

How do I know it’s enough? Should I add more? What if I miss something? What are kids learning at this age? The questions swirl in our minds and instead of walking forward in confidence that we know our children best, we are frozen with insecurity. Homeschool doubt is a real thing and today’s podcast […]

How to Homeschool with Usborne

I get asked all the time what we use for readers or morning basket or poetry tea time or reference books and the answer is always, Usborne. I signed up a few years back and have basically become an Usborne hoarder over the past few years. My bookshelves are overflowing with goodies! The hard part […]

5 Steps to an Organized Homeschool Day

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

“How do you stay so organized?” people ask (only because they don’t know me). “How do you get it all done in a day with 5 kids when I can’t seem to do it with 2?!?” I know they are searching for answers, the secret to a successful day. Reality is always so much less […]

#38 10 Things Homeschoolers Wish Their Kids Knew

I have seen the posts: What homeschoolers wish their friends knew, 5 things homeschoolers want you to know, etc. etc. But I have never seen one from a mom to her homeschooled child and that needs to change. I mean, I don’t really care what my friends or acquaintances think but I DO care (a […]

#37 Real Life Homeschool Chat

Some days I come to sit at my computer with no agenda. In the past when I didn’t know what to talk about I would walk past my podcast mic. Each week I watched the dust settle and each week the emails trickled in, “Where was I?” This year I am attempting to go for […]

Why Online Homeschooling is Becoming More Popular

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

It is no long breaking news that homeschooling is on the rise. Every year more and more families choose to educate their children at home. The reasons are diverse and individual: everything from bullying, to problems with teachers or classmates, falling behind, what is being taught in schools, faith, work situations, and more. Once considered […]

#36 When You’re In a Homeschool Rut

Welcome to season 5! I know, it’s been a while, but that is why my very first episode of the season is all about being in a rut. Today’s episode is for the mom who doesn’t feel motivated. Or maybe she feels like her kids aren’t motivated. Whether you are starting off homeschooling for the […]

If My Kids Take Only 1 Thing from Homeschooling…

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One of the awesome things about being a blogger is that companies send me free stuff and even pay me to review their products! Sometimes they pay me a small percentage by affiliate links to track their sales while other times they just send me free product to show and try. This is part of how I support my blog but I want to make sure you know that I turn down 10 times more people than I accept because I only choose products that I would personally buy and recommend. This post is sponsored in one of those ways. For more info read my disclosure policy. And if you think this sounds like a pretty sweet gig, come on over and let me teach you how to do what I do in my blogging course or one of my other courses by clicking here.

There are leaders, there are followers, and then there are rebels. I happen to be of the latter category. When I see something trending, I take a long time to hop on the bandwagon, just because I can. I prefer to wait and see if it is worth my attention before I run with it, […]

I Never Realized It Was Over Until It Was

Well, it happened. That moment of self-realization as a parent that everyone talks about, and yet still it caught me completely off guard. It was late at night, the rest of the kids were already in bed and I was up with my older two who are now 10 and 11 years old. My son, […]

#35 How We Do Spelling Out of the Box

I love lists, when I am writing out all the things I need to do and getting my brain on paper. Those lists mean something to me, they have context and a purpose. Spelling lists on the other hand are purposeful boredom. I get the strategy behind them, but let’s face it, if our generation […]

I Suck at Homeschooling

Here’s the deal, I know you come to me for answers because I’m a homeschool blogger. Because I post pictures of our days and you think, “Clearly, she must know more than me.” Sure, I have some experience under my belt, I know the styles and the routines and the curriculum but the reality is… […]

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