Puzzles for the Whole Family – A New Family Favorite

Puzzles - A great family tradition to start today.

You know those hobbies from your childhood that you introduce to your kids and they aren't interested? That's how it went introducing my children to puzzles above 50 pieces. While they enjoyed the 24-48 piece puzzles as preschoolers, they did not have any sort of patience for larger puzzles. They had outgrown the smaller puzzles, so they were shelved.I have several of those little puzzles that are still used because I still have a preschooler, but the larger ones remained largely untouched. Then on a whim the other day, I ordered this for myself:Looks like the USPS and @amazon just delivered my afternoon entertainment! . . #gettingmynerdon #geekgirl #avengers #puzzle #soexcited A photo posted by Vicki Arnold (@vicki_arnold) on … [Continue]

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your House

Tips for Deep Cleaning Your House...from an imperfect mom.

Deep cleaning is one of those weirdly satisfying things for me. On the one hand it is deeply satisfying and on the other hand, ew. Kind of like popping a zit...just me? Moving on...Our house has hit one of those, desperate for a good, mama cleaning times. I'm doing my mama duty and training my kids to clean, but they are kids and sometimes take advantage of mama's ADD. Things get busy and sometimes I just don't pick that battle. Just being honest.If you are looking for a perfect mama, perfect kids, perfect marriage, and a perfect home, I can't help you. What I use this space here on the internet for is to encourage other non-perfect mamas in their homeschooling and homemaking journey. Because we can all use more of that, … [Continue]

Picture Book Biographies for Women’s History Month

Picture Books for Women's History Month - A big book list from Vicki-Arnold.com

Women's History Month is in March. It isn't March, I know. Let me just preface this by saying that I started this list with a HUGE, honkin' stack of books from our library in January. Yes, January. All because I was determined to have a list of picture book biographies for Women's History Month to you at the very beginning of March so you could … [Continue]

Simple Steps to a Healthier Life

Simple (I Promise!) Steps to a Healthier Life - Vicki-Arnold.com

A friend says, "Hey, how are you doing?""I didn't sleep well last night, but I'm good."Another acquaintance asks, "How have you been?"You reply with a genuine smile, "Busy, tired, but who isn't?"You find memes about coffee and caffeine being your daily fuel to be all to relatable. I mean, they are funny, but it kind of concerns you … [Continue]

Books to Help You Teach Art in Your Homeschool Without Any Talent

How to Teach Art in Your Homeschool When You Have No Talent!

There are fewer things as daunting in homeschooling than teaching subjects you are not good at. In my experience, art and math seem to be the two biggest struggles for homeschool parents. I'm not touching on math today, but I think I can help you with the art thing a bit.Art is really a fun subject and one that most kids really get into. Below … [Continue]

Time Management Tips That Actually Work…

Time Management Tips That Actually Work

...unless you have your stuff together better than I do. Being horrible with time management is one of those flaws in my personality that drives various people nutso, chiefly myself. I've come along a bit in this and am not quite as horrible as I used to be, but still have a long way to go. I've been actively working on this and have found some … [Continue]

ABC’s of Homeschooling Through the Holidays – W is for Washi Tape

Homeschooling Through the Holidays - W is for Washi Tape

It is no secret that I love washi tape, right? Well, today I am taking that love to another blog. I wrote a fun post for Heather's ABC's of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series. I chose W for...wait for it....washi tape!I've put together a quick list of ideas for using washi tape for your holiday gift giving. The best part is, these are so … [Continue]

Kid-Made Washi Tape Ornament – Inspired by Paris: A Book of Shapes

Kid Made Washi Tape Ornaments - Inspired by the board book Paris: A Book of Shapes

My kids love to be crafty. Some more so than others, but occasionally I will hit on a project that they will sit and do for hours. These simple ornaments were just that for two of my four. The third is planning to make hers tomorrow. The fourth isn't very interested at this point, I need to find some Minecraft washi¬†tape or something.This … [Continue]