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Monday, August 31, 2015

Our NEW Year-Round Homeschool Schedule

Happy first day of homeschool! We started our new homeschool year today. This year we have grades 5th, special needs 3rd, 1st, K5, and 3 preschoolers.

In years past, we have always just done the next lesson in our curriculum, working steadily through each day, week, and month until we break for medical emergencies, pregnancies (morning sickness), or the birth and recovery of another baby. I wanted things to be better planned this year. I wanted our breaks to be restful instead of stressful!

our new year-round homeschool schedule, the beauty of homeschooling is that we can be flexible!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Perfect Hair Clip For The Busy Mom

Have you heard of Lilla Rose? I heard about them through some of my favorite blogs a few years ago and really wanted to try them. I finally got my first flexi clips when I signed up to be a consultant with them in 2014. I got my consultant kit and fell in love with the flexi clips!

I am a very practical girl. I do not like to spend a lot of time fussing with my hair. But, I do like to feel feminine and elegant (if at all possible while being a busy mom). The flexi clip helps me do just that!

a simple hair style for the busy mom from lilla rose!
I use an extra-small to put my wet-from-the-shower hair in a half-up or third-up. I also like to use a medium size to put my hair into a modified pony tail slash bun. Just like that, I have my hair out of my face and a pretty hair jewelry in place for a busy day ahead! I love it!

lilla rose has a flexi clip and style for every hair type
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Remembering 7 Years Of Homeschool

I am an organizer and planner by nature, but my life circumstances have changed me and caused me to become an "open & go" and "just do the next thing" kind of homeschool planner. It hasn't been easy. I have had to force myself to not get stressed out and have adapted to a year-round homeschool schedule/routine over the last several years of homeschooling.

remembering 7 years of homeschool, what I have learned

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama - Two Years Later

I started my Trim Healthy Mama journey in 2013.

I had already made drastic health changes in the year prior, after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sarcoidosis. I had totally given up sugar, soda, and packaged foods. I was feeling really great and my condition was under control, but I was not at a great weight.

I had gone through my 7th pregnancy and given birth to a healthy boy in May 2013. After I gave birth, I wanted to get into shape and lose some weight, but mostly I wanted to maintain good health.

I started Trim Healthy Mama in 2013, so what am I doing now?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Horizons K-2nd Grade Physical Education Review

Our latest review is for Alpha Omega Publications. I chose the Horizons K-2nd Grade Physical Education, because I never make special time for physical education in our homeschool. Our kids are very active, so it hasn't seemed necessary to add in P.E.
 
However, I know that staying active is very important, and the older a person gets, the less it comes naturally. I personally need to force persuade myself to be active beyond doing simple household tasks and chores. I thought that this physical education curriculum would give me the kick in the behind I need to get active while teaching my kids P.E.

Is P.E. needed in the homeschool? Review of Physical Education Curriculum

Friday, August 14, 2015

Consider Alternative Ways To Teach

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1. Prayer & Goals
2. Take Inventory & Organize
3. Choose Foundational Curriculum
4. Sketch A Homeschool Year Schedule
5. Consider Alternative Ways To Teach

A child-lead way to teach several subjects!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Sketch A Homeschool Year Schedule

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1. Prayer & Goals
2. Take Inventory & Organize
3. Choose Foundational Curriculum
4. Sketch A Homeschool Year Schedule
5. Consider Alternative Ways To Teach

An easy and quick way to schedule your homeschool year!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Choose Foundational Curriculum

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1. Prayer & Goals
2. Take Inventory & Organize
3. Choose Foundational Curriculum
4. Sketch A Homeschool Year Schedule
5. Consider Alternative Ways To Teach

Choose the foundational curriculum for your homeschool

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Take Inventory & Organize Your Homeschool

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2. Take Inventory & Organize
3. Choose Foundational Curriculum
4. Sketch A Homeschool Year Schedule
5. Consider Alternative Ways To Teach

Take inventory and organize your homeschool!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Prayer & Goals For The Homeschool Year

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1. Prayer & Goals
2. Take Inventory & Organize
3. Choose Foundational Curriculum
4. Sketch A Homeschool Year Schedule
5. Consider Alternative Ways To Teach

Prayers and goals for your homeschool

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