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How an Unboxing Video Obsession Transformed into Learning (covering 8 subjects)

even an unboxing video obsession can turn into learning (and cover 8 subjects)

If you’re a parent of a tween girl, who has access to the internet, chances are you’ve heard (and been annoyed by) these “unboxing videos”. If you’re lucky enough to never have heard of them… they are literally videos of people unboxing, opening and playing with toys, for HOURS. It seems all the adults I’ve … Continue reading

Instant Pot Coconut Curry Lentils

instant pot coconut curry

I kept seeing this slow cooker recipe that looked so good, but I really wanted to eat it for lunch, today, in the next hour. 🙂 I did a little researching and figured out how to transfer this recipe to the electric pressure cooker. It worked out really well and it’s super simple and quick! … Continue reading

3 Homeschool Mom “Back to School Freakouts” and The Antidotes

homeschool mom back to school freakouts

The beginning of a new homeschool year can be both exhilarating and terrifying, especially if you are a new or relatively new homeschool mom. You’re probably excited to be starting this journey, and on the verge of a panic attack that won’t quit. Never fear homeschool mom… you’re going to be ok. I like to … Continue reading

Mood Journal for Tweens

Mood Journal for tweens

Over the last few months I’ve noticed an uptick of me saying, “Oh MY WORD!! What is going on with you?!” followed by a reply of instant tears and “I don’t even know!!” It’s incredibly frustrating and overwhelming to be in such an irrational place with my kiddo. And it’s heartbreaking. She literally doesn’t know what is making … Continue reading

A New Kind of Strewing

This year we set Hanna up with her own email account. It started so she could keep in touch with her old PS friends, which is an important part of the transition from public school to homeschool, but it quickly become so much more. Her email address has become this fantastic communication tool. 🙂 (Imagine … Continue reading

Relaxed Eclectic Homeschool Planning: Pulling It All Together When You Collect All The Things

relaxed eclectic homeschool planning

I recently wrote a post about planning. I had this epiphany over the school year, that even as my kiddo and I rebel against a schedule we really do need some sort of framework. Like I said, it’s a great post, problem is… all the things! I don’t know about you, but as a relaxed … Continue reading

Planning Shmanning: How a Rebel Learned to Plan

homeschool planning: how to plan like a hoberman sphere

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a planner. I love to plan. I love seeing all the pieces come together to form a whole, complete puzzle. Problem is? I hate following the plan. Any plan. I feel claustrophobic. I get rebellious. I don’t need no stinkin’ plan! Turns out… my kiddo is much the same. Last … Continue reading

Ack! I’ve Got an Extrovert! An Introvert Homeschooling Mom’s Survival Guide

introvert homeschool mom survival guide

One of the scariest things, for me, when I thought about homeschooling, was the fact I would be with my kiddo all.the.time. This scared me for a few reasons. Our relationship had deteriorated to screaming matches over math homework, and she’s an extrovert; not just an extrovert… a spirited extrovert. If you aren’t familiar with … Continue reading

The Homeschool Day No One Ever Talks About

the homeschool day no one ever talks about

This homeschool thing is a roller coaster. I’m not talking about the long term, over weeks and months of the homeschool journey either… I’m talking the roller coaster days. The day no one tells you about. We have had a lot of amazing homeschool days. In fact, we’ve had a few perfect homeschool days. Those … Continue reading