Making Time for Mom Time

A few moments to myself. Honestly, sometimes it can feel like the difference between my being the delightful, charming woman I imagine myself to be and being a TOTALLY. CRAZY. MOM. But maybe you aren’t like me.  Maybe you thrive on social interaction and are always patient and loving and anxious to spend every moment […]

Gift Guide to Games for the Whole Family

Do you have Family Game Night at your house? Do you and your children love playing board games? My husband and children and I have occasional Family Game Nights, and we have a lot of fun and (hopefully) create some fun, happy memories for our children. Here are a few of our favorite games along with […]

Homeschooling and Socialization

Apparently we were being watched. We were in a new place and didn’t know many people, so we decided to wander around town. The fragrance from the street lured me into a trendy coffee shop. Stranger-watching amused us, but the fireplace kept us there on this January day. I had finished my non-fat cappuccino. The […]

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my slow cooker slow cookers? Yeah, I have a number of them in varying sizes for different purposes. But in case you were wondering why I loved them so much, this recipe for slow cooker fajitas should settle all doubts. It is delicious, full of flavor, and […]

Easy Ways to Promote Gratefulness in Your Homeschool

I don’t know about your kids, but mine don’t know how good they have it. They have no idea how privileged they are to stay home and do school while wearing pajamas. Although we try to inspire a feeling of gratefulness in our house, sometimes it is a little harder than others to get our […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 11/3/15 – 11/7/15

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Dear Mom Who Needs to Give (and Receive) Grace

Sometimes we all need to see something from a different perspective. Sometimes we need to concentrate on supporting one another instead of looking for ways to tear each other down. Sometimes we need to give others the benefit of the doubt. I thought I was pretty good about these things, but I realized recently that […]

Reformation Day Activities

While many families around the United States will be trick or treating on October 31st, our family has chosen to celebrate an event in Church history that is worth remembering. On October 31, 1517, in Wittenberg, Germany, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the Power of Efficacy of Indulgences to the door of the Castle […]

Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie

It has been almost 2 years since I began eating gluten free. I’ve learned a lot during those 2 years, but I’m still learning more about eating GF and coming up with (or finding) GF alternatives for some of my family’s favorite meals, desserts, and snacks. A few days ago, I started craving chicken pot […]

Celebrate Author’s Day This November 1st

November is the month for celebrating writing and writers. It’s Nanowrimo (National Write a Novel in a Month); it’s all kick-start-the-writing-program again, and, sometimes, it’s even Grace Month for Library Fines in some parts of this world – a winner for the typical homeschooling family whose library fines could finance a whole new wing.  Best of all? […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/27/15 – 10/31/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Hip Homeschool Moms co-owner Trish Corlew chose What I Learned About God from My Daughter (Who Has Autism) as her favorite post from last week’s Hop. Trish commented, “This article is so poignant yet beautiful! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.” If you’re looking for […]

Staying Present

    Have you lived the struggle of staying present in your home?  I sure have.  I know how so many Moms feel.  I’ve lived those days when the exhaustion sets in, selfishness wins, and distractions take over.  Especially the distractions. And don’t we live in a world full of time-wasting distractions? Part of the […]

Making Memories

It’s that time of year when things really begin to ramp up. Holidays are around the corner and before we know it, Thanksgiving and the Christmas mad rush are upon us leaving us spinning. Too often, it’s a time when the pressure of getting stuff done takes priority over relationships. It all too easily spirals into snappiness […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/20/15 – 10/24/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!   There were lots of great articles shared on last week’s HOP! We appreciate each of you and are happy to have you link up with us each week! Wendy, who blogs at Homeschooling Blessings, chose Opportunities My Teens Are Missing Because We Homeschool High School as her favorite […]

6 Simple Practices to Engage Unwilling Readers

Some children are born bookworms, but how do you engage a child who simply doesn’t like to read? After all, one of the best ways to jumpstart your learners’ education is through fostering a love of books, and you can’t really force someone to love something. After college, I worked as a teacher and reading […]

No Time for Self Doubt

Do you have those moments when you say to yourself, “What was I thinking?” Today all of my carefully laid plans went straight into the circular file. My daughter fought me tooth and nail over her math lesson, drawing angular doodles and filling in all the ‘holes’ in the 9’s and 6’s and 4’s on […]

Montessori Four Operations: Subtraction {Free Printable}

Montessori Math! This is one of my favorite subjects, and it is wonderful bringing this lesson to you. I have written a blog post on this topic, except that it focuses on Addition (with a free printable), so be sure and check it out, too. In this post, you will see how easy it is […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/13/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! HHM Team member, Cassandra, blogs at The Unplugged Family. She chose Fight for the Heart of Your Child as her favorite post from last week’s Hop. She said, ” I really liked this one, because I felt it was encouraging to Mamas who are invested in protecting the hearts of […]