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What Do You Love to Do?

About five years ago, I got really tired of talking about potty training and math curriculum.

Obviously a group of homeschool moms will discuss children and school; it’s what we’ve all got in common. But after a decade of the same topics, I realized that these conversations rarely went beyond the surface. There was a lot of talking, but not a whole lot of actual connection.

Putting Down Roots

Once again, the changing of the seasons decrees that it is high time to prepare the ground for planting. This isn’t new territory for us; I’ve made at least some sort of attempt at a garden every year since I got married, even if it was as feeble an attempt as putting a few tomatoes in buckets on the patio. Our plans for the summer, my energies levels at planting time, and the ages/usefulness of the young helpers all play a role in how elaborate the garden can be.

Crunching The Numbers | Part 2

Previously I shared how I slowly came to improve our family’s diet by upgrading our grocery budget. Although it was difficult at first to reconcile my frugal nature to spending more money than we absolutely “had” to, I came to appreciate the benefits of eating better quality food. There will always be more room for improvement and learning, but I felt we had achieved a good balance.

Crunching The Numbers – Our Meandering Journey Toward Healthy Living | Part 1

When I was growing up, my family had a pretty standard healthy diet, at least according to the common wisdom of the times. We grew our own produce—or at least as much as we could raise—in our vegetable garden, we tended to avoid junk food, and we ate whole grains.

Before the Internet, our sources for information were gleaned from the library, from resourceful friends, and of course from common sense.

Cooking Up Appearances

Much has been written—on social media and elsewhere—about the prevalence of social media in our lives.

A common lament is that an overindulged obsession with online life tends to swallow up the reality of our actual life, leading to discontentment, unfair comparisons, wasted time, silly fads, and the like. On the other hand, failure to document our lives leaves no record of them, ensuring that our legacy will disappear into a forgotten void and possibly, through the cumulative loss of information, spawning another dark age.

Healthy Homeschool Moms Need Treats!

I stumbled on a fascinating blog post this week entitled We Must Have Treats! Here’s Why by happiness expert and widely acclaimed author Gretchen Rubin. After reading her post, I immediately connected with her.

What she had to say about giving ourselves treats is vitally important for homeschooling moms – well, for everyone really, but I’m targeting burned-out, emotionally drained, physically frazzled home educators … yes, YOU!

Homeschooling Through Hard Times

Breathe. Try to keep calm. Claim and walk out the Scripture promise from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, he whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You, because He trusts in You." The past couple of months have not been easy for me—life (and thus homeschooling) has been broadsided by broken appliances, family sickness, a loved one hospitalized, a car accident, relative visits, and did I forget to mention the holidays and all the preparations that those entail?

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! - 5 Tips For The Transition

 

 

As we savor the remaining moments of summer, and launch a new homeschool year, I'd like to offer some down-to-earth, real-life encouragement to you.

 

Think Pretty (Part 2)

We're picking up this week with the second part of Think Pretty. Check out part 1 of Think Pretty from a few weeks ago.

Three strategies to preserve your brain: According to the Alzheimer’s Association, there are six main strategies to preserve your brain, and below are the first three. (Of course, these are most effective when done together.) I will address the other three in a future blog post.

Think Pretty (Part 1)

 

When I was a little girl, my mom used to tell me each morning as I headed off to school: “Think Pretty.” As I became older, I came to understand that she meant that I should think about lovely things: the good - not the bad, the beautiful - not the ugly. That I should look for the “pretty” in each and every day. 

A Summer's Day: 7 Ideas For Fun

 

The heat waves rise up from the street, the sun blazes hotter than ever, and the kids look up at you after breakfast wondering what's in store for the day. Well, don't let the heat get you down! Revive your spirit of adventure and think of some fun activities that are free (or practically free) to enjoy while you take a break from school.

Speech and Language Resources

 

Do you have a child who has some speech/language difficulties such as articulation problems, receptive or expressive language difficulties, or even using appropriate social skills and language within social settings? It is not uncommon!

Start Lunch, Finish Lunch

At lunch time, we assembled sandwiches or leftovers from the night before, took our time to eat, and lingered at the table to talk. When I look back, I see that homeschooling provided a great opportunity to make good nutrition a top priority. Plus, it provided the added benefit of making healthy, effective communication a top priority, too...something that's often overlooked in our quest for fast everything...

A Very Nutritious, Very Greek Snack

Last weekend, my twin sister and I celebrated our birthday together. A wonderful thing about having a twin is that you get to share the celebration with your favorite person in the whole world! The bond for twins is so strong, and something I definitely treasure.

As we've done for years, my husband, Jay, and my twin's husband, Costas, went out to eat last Saturday night. Well, I happened to mention how much I like yogurt, and, of course, the Greeks are known for their outstanding yogurt.

February Is National Children's Dental Health Month

"Be sure to brush gently, okay?" I reminded the twins as they scrambled from the lunch table that afternoon. I walked upstairs and looked into the bathroom where the twins faced each other like mirror images, and pulled out their bright toothbrushes (from the pretend sheaths) and started scrubbing―as if  they were in some kind of dental competition to out-do the opponent to win the incisor-polishing contest. Just then, they both looked over at me with those toothy, second-grade grins―and giggled...

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