Encouragement for the Homeschool Mom – Podcast Edition

Homeschooling is wonderful. Homeschooling is hard. Homeschooling is a great way to build relationships with your kids. Homeschooling is challenging because you spend so much time with your kids. I love homeschooling. I think I stink at homeschooling.Have you ever thought any of these statements? You can't see it, but my hand is raised. I have thought each and every one of these statements. Truth be told, I've probably thought them on the same day. I truly love homeschooling, but staying motivated can be hard.This is one reason I love homeschool conventions. I appreciate the dedication of the speakers to equip and encourage homeschool parents, but attending a convention is not always convenient or even desired (introverted … [Continue]

61 Free Maternity Sewing Tutorials

Maternity clothes can be hard to find, at least they were for me and my friends who did not want to spend a fortune. Since there are quite a few free maternity sewing tutorials floating around, I thought some DIY-minded women would appreciate a round-up of free sewing tutorials for maternity clothes and accessories.I am also including tutorials for nursing clothing as well. If you are pregnant, I highly recommend looking into breastfeeding. My friend Trisha has a site called Breastfeeding Place with lots of information for you.A lot of these take regular clothes and turn them into maternity clothes. If you don't want to turn your regular wardrobe into a maternity only wardrobe, check thrift stores, Salvation Army, or Goodwill … [Continue]

52 Books in A Year, Or Am I Crazy?

I have set the same reading goal for 2017, 2018, and now 2019. I want to read 52 books in a calendar year. One book a week. When I was a teenager, I could read multiple books in a week. Chapter books.Things tend to change when you become an adult and have actual responsibilities like other lives depending on you for things like making them food … [Continue]

Blogging, Goals, and How the Things Change

When I first started blogging (back in the mid-2000's...well over 10 years ago 😱), it was to share bits of my life and to rediscover writing after the baby years. Eventually I learned that there were some crazies actually making money doing this thing and so I figured that should include me. After all, I am a blogger and I just might be crazy. … [Continue]

The Biggest Thing I Struggle With as a Mother

If you sign up for my email list, you will get a welcome email where I ask the question "what is the biggest thing you struggle with as a mom?" I ask because if I can help, I want to. It's what we moms do. We help each other, am I right?I thought it was only fair that I answer the question myself because I value transparency and honesty and all … [Continue]

Explore Art With Preschoolers: Concept Books

Exploring art with preschoolers - concept books

Art with preschoolers. Does the thought of trying to teach your preschooler art make you cringe? You just know that your preschooler is going to look at your attempts to make art and demand that someone who knows what they are doing teach them? Because you clearly don't know what you are doing.Well maybe not that far, but you do feel far … [Continue]

Make Someone’s Day with Happy Mail

Make someone's day with happy mail! Send a letter today!

Over holidays, I received a package from DaySpring that contained some gifts that I had ordered and a little note that said the average person receives something like 12 pieces of personal mail per year. I'd double check the number, but the note was pitched in the holiday chaos. It was a really low number. DaySpring included a free card with the … [Continue]

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 … [Continue]