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Final concert for sixth grade band in spring 2015

Benefits of Learning an Instrument | Keep it Affordable

Thanks to The Network Niche, today’s post, Benefits of Learning an Instrument | Keep it Affordable, is sponsored by Music & Arts. When you were younger, did you take music lessons after school or play in the band at school?  Or, was your exposure to music more limited with a culmination of playing the recorder [Read On]

Slimquick Pure can help women Jumpstart their Weight Loss

Boost Your Metabolism with SLIMQUICK

This post is Powered by BrandBacker and SLIMQUICK.  For years, I have felt like my weight needed to be battled. Sometimes I saw success, but it often would disappear down the road and I was right back at it.  While my body loves when I exercise, that alone is not enough to get the fat [Read On]

Orkin Household Pests 101

Household Pests 101 with Orkin | Giveaway

Growing up in the deep south, I remember hearing about all the havoc little critters could unleash on a home. Orkin was the company many people called to help them eradicate those pesky troublemakers.  Are YOU up to date on information about pests found in your area? Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – [Read On]

Teaching History and Science can be stressful but there are options to make it easier Homeschooling High School Blog Hop

History and Science for High School | Stress Free Teaching

Last month, I shared a bit about our process for the selection of electives. Those are a combination of information and fun courses. However, there are always requirements for completing high school that have a little wiggle room for what to study. You and your child can consider the options when planning out course for [Read On]

You Can Find FriXion Clicker Eraseable Pens in the Aisle for Writing Instruments at Target

Storage Solutions for Writing Needs | Help Erase Bullying

This shop, Storage Solutions for Writing Needs | Help Erase Bullying,  has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #EraseStress #CollectiveBias If you are on social media channels like Facebook, then you know it is Back to School Season.  I’ve been seeing photos of kids headed back to [Read On]


Volcano Science Experiment | Make Learning Fun

This post, Volcano Science Experiment | Make Learning Fun, contains affiliate links to Educents. Do you have kids that like so see things explode? Maybe it is life with boys, but I can honestly say that catching something on fire or causing anything resembling an explosion is on their list of fun activities that might be [Read On]

This minivan has served our family well for 12 years and is now what our college aged son will be driving

First Impressions Matter | Teaching How to Clean a Car

This shop, First Impressions Matter | Teaching How to Clean a Car,  has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #1stImpressionsCount #CollectiveBias I am still pinching myself over the fact our eldest son begins college this week. As he is attending the university in our area, he is [Read On]

Morning Glory Muffins Provide a Nutritious Taste of Fall in Every Bite

Capture a Taste of Fall with Morning Glory Muffins

Fall is just around the corner and that means apples will be making an appearance in grocery stores and roadside stands.  I definitely miss being able to visit an orchard and pick my apples straight from the tree like I did back in New York and Ohio.  Instead, I am bringing up those memories when [Read On]

What is in the box for Horizons Kindergarten Phonics and Reading

Learning to Read Made Easy with Horizons

This post,Learning to Read Made Easy with Horizons , was made possible with the chance to review Horizons Kindergarten Phonics & Reading Set from Alpha Omega Publications as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. So far in my ‘career’ as a homeschool mother, I have helped 2 of my boys learn to read. For each [Read On]

Disney Pixar Finding Dory

Disney, Marvel and Pixar Lovers |Upcoming Movie Announcements at D23 EXPO

While I do not share all the Disney information that comes my way, I am a HUGE fan. I spent a little time this past weekend following all the social media activity generated from D23 EXPO.  Along with tons of Disney fun, there were announcements of upcoming movies from Walt Disney Studios, Marvel and Pixar. [Read On]

Beautiful Necklace from Jewels for Hope

Casual Outfit for Cooler Summer Days

Like many people, I have a few go to outfits in my closet.  Something that I can grab, put on and be ready to head out the door in a hurry.  This casual outfit with a nod towards the flowers of summer is one such outfit. While I consider it still in the spectrum of [Read On]

Stopping for Lunch at a Rest Area Nourishes body and spirit

Simple Hacks for the Best Road Trip Ever

This shop, Simple Hacks for the Best Road Trip Ever,  has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RoadTripHacks #CollectiveBias #Carrs Ever since I was a little girl, I have been making road trips.  Most of the time it was to visit family members in another state with [Read On]


Teaching Geography Simply | Time Saving Tool Featured

Thanks to EduCents for providing information used in this  post on teaching geography without spending hours preparing. Links in the post are affiliate links to EduCents. How do you teach geography? Do you spend hours creating a map, labeling, cutting and pasting? I will admit to sometimes glossing over geography or just putting in a [Read On]

Chaos for financial paperwork can mean trouble down the road especially when you are self employed

Stop the CHAOS | Gain Control Over Finances

I’ve shared before that my house often looks like we spend more time in CHAOS than in CALM.  I’ll share more about how that applies to my house, but for today wanted to tackle why I am seeking to stop the CHAOS and gain control over finances.  While I am writing this with the self-employed [Read On]

King Tut Ancient Egypt Mini Unit

Ancient Egypt Lesson | Free for Limited Time

My boys all loved studying about Ancient Egypt when we’ve cycled through that time period. Pyramids and Hieroglyphs are just plain fun! Of course, the chance to make mummies using old Barbie dolls had them giddy.  One was left buried under the swing set of our Ohio house when we moved. If you have an [Read On]

Set Up a Spread for the kids to grab their breakfast

Homemade Sausage Patties | Simple Breakfast Solution

This homemade sausage patties | simple breakfast solution shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #QuakerRealMedleys #CollectiveBias I truly believe that breakfast is a very important part of your day. You are literally ‘breaking the fast’ after rising from a night of slumber.  At this point, [Read On]

French Quarter Luxury at Hotel Mazarin a boutique hotel in New Orleans Louisiana

Hotel Mazarin: Luxury in the New Orleans French Quarter

Back at the end of June, I flew solo for the first time in forever and landed in the familiar New Orleans airport. Instead of being met by my dad to head across Lake Pontchartrain for a visit with family, I hopped a shuttle bus to Hotel Mazarin in the French Quarter where I was [Read On]

Back to School Science Experiments

Back to School Science Projects and Resources

Depending upon where you live, school might already be back in session.  Can you believe that summer is either ‘over’ or almost done?  Regardless of which scenario you are in (still on summer break or already back at the books), this is a great time to gather a few science experiments, science freebies, and science books [Read On]

Lot Camping Spots are Available at the Gold Mint Trailhead Parking Lot

Exploring Gold Mint Trail at Hatcher’s Pass

Living in Alaska comes with its perks. Top of the charts for our family is the ability to see so much beautiful scenery without even having to travel far from our home. A recent exploration of the Gold Mint Trail at Hatcher’s Pass proved yet again how true that is.     When a weekend [Read On]

Simple Home Library Management Tips from a Librarian

Cultivate Life-long Readers by Growing a Home Library

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Back2SchoolReady #CollectiveBias I welcome any reason to share this post, cultivate life-long readers by growing a home library. This past weekend launched us into August which means the school year will be starting up in just a few short weeks. [Read On]