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I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

The Quick-Start Guide to Brave Homeschool Schedules

The Quick-Start Guide to Brave Homeschool Schedules #homeschool #homeschooling  #homeschoolbravely

Do your homeschool days feel like an endless exercise in treading water but you look around and see no one else flailing--as if everyone has learned the secret to successful days but you?

Is there constant animosity between you and Monday morning?

Do you feel like a hamster on a wheel, running at full speed, but getting nowhere fast?

If so, then perhaps you need to re-order your days so that your school schedule works for your home and not against it.

What We're Reading in May 2019

What We're Reading in May 2019 #homeschool #readingculture #kidlit

With only a few weeks left in our school year, I'd say we are in the home stretch.

And while that realization does have a way of making me stand a little taller and breathe a little deeper, I'm also very well aware of the fact that my May docket also includes the following:

  • Move into a new-to-us forever home
  • Administer the state-mandated achievement tests
  • Fly to South Carolina to speak at the You've Got This, Mom! event
  • Travel to the big city to record the audio version of my book, Homeschool Bravely
  • Prepare for an informational meeting that I'm hosting for a new co-op I'm launching next fall (We moved to a much larger city this past February and were shocked to learn that there are currently no homeschool co-ops in the area. Since necessity is the mother of invention, I've decided to create a co-op to provide some relationship in-roads for my kids.)

How to Squeeze the Most Learning Out of Your Next Zoo Trip


Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

Just as my family and I like to visit museums and national parks all over the country, we also find ourselves at many of the nation’s zoos from time to time. What we’ve found is that while every zoo has its own unique features, many of them are quite the same. Consequently, simply visiting has started to lose its appeal. Fortunately, however, there are a number of things we can do to keep our zoo trips fresh and interesting.

Homeschool Mom's Show-n-Tell

Homeschool Mom's Show-n-Tell

Today, I'm opening up my shopping bag to give you a sneak peek at my typical homeschool shopping Must Haves. But, before I do that, I'm gonna share something with you that might sting a little. Please know, it is not my intention to preach or make anyone's experience or budget more burdensome than it needs to be, but only to point out a current trend that many may not be aware of in their homeschooling circles.

5 Tips for Finishing Strong When You Feel Behind


Written by Jessica.

Unless you homeschool year round, you're probably heading into the last month of the school year. Maybe you feel relieved. Perhaps you feel nostalgic and want to soak up every last minute because your kids won’t ever be these ages and these grades again. Or maybe you feel a teensy bit anxious because you are behind and are not sure that you can get through all the material you have left in the remaining few weeks of school.