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Frugal Gift Ideas

We have lived on a single income for 25 years. My husband makes a modest income and we have eight children, so there has been a continual need to budget and stretch our dollars.   I like to give good gifts. And I’m just going to say it: I HATE doing crafts, and I don’t […]

HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop – 8/5/14

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Remember to stop by today (and every Tuesday) from 10:00 – 11:00 CST for the next Mentoring Moms hang-out with the owners here at Hip Homeschool Moms! Ask questions, chat about issues, talk curriculum and receive encouragement from these three great ladies! Want some more information about what Mentoring Moms is […]

Snapshots of a Mother’s Cancer Experience — A Tattered Black Feather Pt 2

When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2000, I came face-to-face with my own mortality—and learned some profound lessons that transformed my view of reality. I would never sign up for my cancer experience, but neither would I trade away the treasures mined from it. Above all, I learned to live […]

Frog and Turtle Sensory Bin

Creating a Frog & Turtle Sensory Bin has been a wonderful addition to our summer play time.   Themed sensory bins create learning experiences in literacy, mathematics, and the sciences! Water play is a fun way for toddlers and preschoolers to keep busy — it also helps them to use fine and gross motor skills and learn through their senses! Our Frog […]

Kids and Email

Recently I read of a novel gift to give your kids.  The suggestion was to open up an email account for your child when he or she is born.  Then, every so often, email your child little letters, photos, memories of special occasions and so on.  On his or her 18th birthday, give him/her the […]

What to Do for Homeschool Kindergarten

Are you wondering what you should be doing for your kindergarteners? Are you working them too hard? Not hard enough? How much sit-down work should a kindergarten student do? None? A little? A lot? Keep reading to see what advice veteran homeschooling mom, Lisa Pennington, has to offer. I get asked so many times, “What […]

Natural Ways to Help Your Child Focus in School

A lack of concentration in school can be a problem in some children.  A small percentage of children truly have an attention disorder. For the majority of children, however, a lack of concentration can simply be from the foods they eat or other factors. Photo Credit: photosavvy via Compfight cc Whether you’ve just begun homeschooling or […]

Healthy Working Homeschool Mom – Self-Doubt

This post is a part of a series called Healthy Working Homeschool Mom. To read past posts, go here. Self Doubt. It’s something that sneaks into our thoughts, dreams, and lives at an unbelievable rate. I’m pretty sure we all know it can take us by complete surprise. It tends to make a lasting impression, […]

HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop – 7/29/14

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Remember to stop by today (and every Tuesday) from 10:00 – 11:00 CST for the next Mentoring Moms hang-out with the owners here at Hip Homeschool Moms! Ask questions, chat about issues, talk curriculum and receive encouragement from these three great ladies! Want some more information about what Mentoring Moms is […]

To the First-Time Homeschooling Mom

Did you know that there is an amazing community of homeschoolers over on the Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook group? Did you even know that Hip Homeschool Moms had a Facebook group? The community has over 4000 members that are so full of encouragement and support for one another.  They come from all walks of life, […]

“Janee Gets Super Embarrassed” – A Lesson about Superficial Behavior

Sometimes we learn hard lessons. It’s difficult to let our children learn from the consequences of their actions, but those are often the best remembered lessons our children will learn! Below is a lesson you can read with your children in order to begin a discussion about learning from consequences and superficial behavior. I hope […]

Montessori Math: Four Operations (Addition) with Free Printable

Montessori can be a daunting method to many homeschooling moms, especially because there is a misconception that all of the materials need to be purchased and the cost can really add up. But in reality, The Montessori Method couldn’t be easier to do at home nowadays. In this post, I will show you a sample […]

Letting Go of Who You Were

Recently while turning my craft-room half of our home office into a guest bedroom, I was confronted by how much STUFF I’ve accumulated over the years. There isn’t a creative activity I’ve met that hasn’t quickly become part of my life …as well as all of the supplies that are required for it. I sifted […]

Crockpot Apricot Pork Tenderloin

Crockpot apricot pork tenderloin is a simple supper with a different twist on the classic “pork & kraut.”

Three Secrets for a Hot Homeschooling Marriage

The typical stereotype of a homeschooling family doesn’t usually include parents who are madly in love with each other. Society portrays them as harried and exhausted people with no time for each other. Sadly, this picture is often true. Too few couples would describe their homeschooling marriage as “hot!” The strength of the marriage is […]

Snap Learning Review and Giveaway!

This summer as a homeschooler, I feel that I am finally grasping the concept of using technology at its fullest to do school. I love finding new and fun programs which can be used not only on the computer but also on our iPad (or Android). It seriously makes life so much easier! This last […]

HHM’s Featured Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop – 7/22/14

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Remember to stop by today (and every Tuesday) from 10:00 – 11:00 CST for the next Mentoring Moms hang-out with the owners here at Hip Homeschool Moms! Ask questions, chat about issues, talk curriculum and receive encouragement from these three great ladies! Want some more information about what Mentoring Moms is […]

10 Frugal Ideas for Family Time

Enjoy a not-so-bummer summer with these 10 frugal ideas for family time. Making great family memories for summer doesn’t have to break the bank. Some ideas are more exciting than others, but each is sure to help you create memories of summer that you can share together for years to come. What’s better than fun […]