5 Homeschool PE Ideas to Keep Your Family Active

When it comes to homeschooling, there are so many things to think about and plan just for the core subjects, that sometimes electives get pushed to the back burner. For years I neglected to teach homeschool P.E., but recently I have made some big changes. In my state, it is a requirement for students to have a physical education credit to graduate. Additionally, I want my children to have a solid foundation in healthy living before they are out on their own in just a few short years. So, I decided it was best to just get my family up

5 Ways to Celebrate NOT Back to School

Three cheers for homeschooling! We get to make our own schedules, we don’t have to stress about a hugely interrupted routine when school starts back, no worrying about blowing money on new “cool” clothing, and best of all, we can celebrate our first day in a way of our choosing! Here are some ideas to get you thinking about NOT back-to-school. Special Treats One of my favorite ways to start our homeschool year is in the kitchen. This is the perfect time to begin hands-on learning. You can make something everyone can pitch in with. Last school year, we started

5 Awesome Things About Code for Teens

We have been reviewing a new book called Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1). Wait…why am I reviewing this book when I’m not a teen and don’t have teenage kids?! Well, I am a blogger, and I do take care of everything to run my site, so coding knowledge comes in handy. I took a web design class waaaaaaay back in college (circa 2002) and learned HTML and CSS, so I could do basic site design without using a system like WordPress (which is what I currently use). ANYWAY, it’s been awhile, and as a

5 Backyard Fun Ideas for Summer

This week, we are moving from the midwest back down to Florida. My hometown actually! I have mixed feelings about it, but let’s not dwell on that. I am choosing to focus on the positives, and a HUGE one is that we will have a fenced backyard again! For four long years, we have lived in places that either don’t have a yard at all, only have a small patio area, or one house we lived in didn’t have a fence or really any backyard to speak of, but we did have a cul-de-sac. Not exactly the same! But we

5 Quick But Meaningful Ways to Connect With Your Kids

One-on-one time. Everyone says having a bunch of kids is bad because you can’t spend quality one-on-one time with each kid each day. I think that mindset is faulty. People act as if alone time is the only way to connect with your kids. Truly, though, it’s not necessary for a child’s development to have alone time with each parent every single day. Quite frankly, that’s not even practical for a family with only two kids. And that is not even addressing the sibling relationships that should be fostered. What to do instead? Well, connecting with your kids is still

5 Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms

Your job as Mom can be stressful! Whether your kids are teens or tots. Whether you have 10 kids or an only. No matter how much money you have. Motherhood is fast-paced (although the hours seem to drag at times, eh?). It involves bodily fluids. It involves teaching the common sense things and also the book things (for us homeschoolers, anyway). We worry at every stage of our children’s lives. We play chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, nurse, coach…I’m sure you’ve heard the list before. This is not to say that dads aren’t stressed, busy, or in need of some TLC. But

5 Strategies for Coping With Toxic People – The Negative Nancies, Buttinskies and Sociopathic Susans

We all have one of these types in our lives. The relatives who are naysayers. The friend who picks apart all your decisions. Those who act interested in your plans and goals, only to cast doubt and skepticism. Toxic people is what they are. It’s hard enough being a homeschooler as it is. You try and try to get along with this person and they never change. Maybe you have spoken with them about it and they deny it. Maybe they promise to work on things. Maybe they even apologize but are not truly penitent so they repeat the dirty

A Quick Start Guide to Meal Planning

Meal planning has become a must for me! It takes about two hours each week for me to plan a menu for each day, make my grocery list AND place an online order for grocery pickup. That two hours keeps me on budget and ensures that I always have healthy meals planned out for my family. Creating a meal plan each week has also helped me to lose weight by not running to a drive thru or grabbing junk food and calling it lunch! My kids are better off when eating real food and seeing their mama modeling the household

5 Steps to a Natural Lifestyle

We’ve all heard the term “crunchy,” but what exactly does it mean? It means different things to each person, and everyone is crunchy to differing extents, so there is no set definition of the term. Generally speaking, though, it means that you prefer natural means of doing things over using chemicals and conventional products. The mission of the crunchy mama is to raise healthy children (and be healthy herself!) by cutting out things that could overburden the body with detoxification instead of repairing the damage we incur through our day to day activities. This article originally appeared on my old