ONCE upon a time – because isn’t that how most great stories begin? I was a 27 year old physical science tech who could barely button my lab coat. I had one of the coolest jobs ever, to me anyway. For several years I worked on a military base, making sure our water was safe to drink, and our wastewater was cleaner than the river it flowed into. Making things bubble, smoke, and change color, was all part of my job description. I even got to take boat rides several times a week checking water quality. The pay was great and the benefits seemed too good to be true, (but actually really were).Continue reading “Our Homeschooling Story”
The Summer Reading Program at our local library is something we loved during the summer. It seems like yesterday we would go to the library, listen to Ms. Pam read and sing with us, and leave with a tote bag of books. Now that my kiddos are big, that is a sweet memory of the past. Like ours, perhaps your library is not fully open. Don’t let that put a damper on your summer reading. I’m here to help!Continue reading “2020 Summer Reading Challenge”
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I usually get to review products such as curriculum, educational games, and books. When I saw the opportunity to try out a Starter Kit from Fermentools, I was excited to give it a try! I know absolutely nothing about fermented foods, except I’ve heard that they are great for the overall health of your gut. I thought this would be a fun learning experience that would get us in the kitchen to try something new!Continue reading “Fermentools Starter Kit Review”
Same thing, different month – right? We have still been plugging away at our homeschooling without field trips, co-ops, or park days. It’s been kind of nice not running around to every event, and for the most part, we’ve been doing what we have always done. Because the majority of our life does revolve around the home, it’s when we go out in public, it hits me. What everyone is calling the “new normal” is not normal at all! It is not normal for businesses I support to be closed. It is not normal for public areas like parks, playgrounds, and beaches to be closed. It’s not normal for people not to socialize. It’s definitely not normal for the majority to be walking around with their faces covered, then look at you like you’re the disease if you’re not masked! Well, it’s a new month, and it’s time to move on.Continue reading “Fanatic News Flash – May 2020”
Homeschooling moms have several roles. Chaos Coordinator is one of them. On any given day we have kids of all ages at home, preparing three meals a day plus snacks – we must not forget the snacks! Then there’s the mountain of laundry, messes to clean, bills to pay, grocery shopping – which has recently turned more into a scavenger hunt, and this is just the beginning! Throw homeschooling in the mix, and I suppose “Chaos Coordinator” is a well earned title.Continue reading “Scheduling Ideas & Tips to Control the Chaos”
At my last check, 45 states have closed schools, affecting more than 50 million students. I never thought I would see that in my lifetime! I am a strong advocate for homeschooling, and it’s no secret I wished everyone would homeschool, but not under these circumstances. Personally, I can’t imagine being thrown into a totally different world as many of you have this week. Homeschooling was a decision my husband and I made long ago, and it took time. Some of you may have entertained the thought, but to be forced to do so is no doubt overwhelming! Every year, it takes me months to plan and prepare for the year ahead. Truth be told, I still fly by the seat of my pants some days!Continue reading “Suddenly At Home?”
My monthly newsletter was almost ready when it took a whole other direction. Since we are “springing forward”, I turned my direction to clocks, and my normal monthly newsletter evolved into something I thought was more “timely”. Fanatic News Flash will resume next month.
Is it me, or weren’t we just ringing in the new year? So far this year is moving at super speed! The latter part of February was big for us. Our first – born turned 16, and we surprised her with a trip to Florida! We typically don’t do big things like that, but she’s a special girl, and we wanted to celebrate her milestone birthday in a special way! I can’t wait to get a post together and tell you all about our adventure!
Time is not something I think too much about, until I printed out a small poster for our daughter’s celebration. It’s one of those things where the age (16) is broken down by weeks, days, hours, and minutes. By the way, at sixteen, they have lived for a total of 8,409,600 minutes. Pretty fascinating if you like numbers!Continue reading “TIME- What if you had a MILLION extra minutes?”
Every year around this time, there’s something that may creep in slowly, or march in and stay awhile like an unwanted house guest. That unwelcome guest is known as the blahs, also known as the February Funk. Banish the blues with these tips and ideas!
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Everyone is excited to start the new school year in August or September. By October, the homeschool honeymoon beings to wear off a little. Thankfully, October is such a fun month! The weather is great to get outside and enjoy the fall season, and we carry on. The holidays in November and December get most of us off schedule, but it’s okay, it’s the holiday season after all. January brings a renewed energy and most of us welcome getting back into a routine.
Now it’s February. The shortest month that seems to last forever. Depending on where you live, you are either sick of the snow, the cold, or the dreary days. Spring break seems so very far away. It’s too cold or wet to get outside much. Cabin fever sets in, and the next thing you know, we get the blahs.Continue reading “Buh-Bye February Blahs”
The Noticing Nature series to spark interest and provide simple activities to be enjoyed by teens. It amazing to see things you may have not noticed before when you start looking!Continue reading “Noticing Nature – February”