Category Archives for My Family Life

Practicing Gratitude Through the Alphabet

For about a year now, I’ve been making sure I demonstrate what living gratefully can look like so my children learn to hear it and see it and internalize it.  I praise them liberally for their

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How To Actually ENJOY Grocery Shopping With Your Kids!

When I wrote about an unfortunate experience I had with a stranger at a grocery store a few years ago, a reader noticed that I mentioned how much fun my kids and I were having as we shopped. While this

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Bless The Pancakes!

Note: I published this story a couple of years ago.  The 2 year old mentioned below is now 4 and a half.  But when I re-read it today, it sure did make me smile and I hope it will make you smile, too.

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A Homeschool Confrontation In The Grocery Line At Noon

It happened.  I feared this very thing for quite some time and I thought I had all my responses prepared.  Most people we meet when we are out at unconventional hours for school-aged chidlren are kind

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Awkward Pregnancy Conversations In The Grocery Store and How To Turn Them Around!

Awkward Pregnancy Conversations In The Grocery Store

It isn’t something I can, or would, hide. I’m pregnant. This, on it’s own, seems to be enough to invite all kinds of comments and questions from perfect strangers.  Most of them are

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Round UP of GREAT Advent and Count Down To Christmas Ideas

Count Down To Christmas – A Round Up Of Advent Ideas

Advent Ideas… Yesterday I shared with you a fun FREE set of Count Down To Christmas & Advent Envelopes you could print and cut to write activities in. More about that in a minute. But today I

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The NOT-Back-To-School Happy Dance

I don’t usually write things like this, but this topic is rather heavy on my heart as I see all those happy-mom-dances on social media with the tail end of a school bus in the background. It is not

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{NEW} – 2014-2015 Homeschool Planner {PRETTY!}

  You’re planning like crazy for next year, I know.  Or maybe you’re more like me and you’re still finishing up last year.  Or, like so many other homeschoolers, maybe you

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New Assignment Cards Work For Chores, Too!

Little Learning Lovies just released a new product today that I think you’ll enjoy.  It was requested by a customer and I’m so grateful that she asked about it.  We now have a package

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Busy Box – The Cure For Underfoot Toddlers

I’m a homeschooling mom.  I’ve been at this for a few years and I have enough experience now that other homeschooling moms seem to think I might have a few answers.  Scary really, considering

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Movie Night Fun – A Free Subscriber Exclusive

Family Time. I don’t think we get enough of it.  I think we all need to plan more of it.  And hosting a Family Movie Night is a great way to get more! I want YOU to be able to make family time

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Chore Systems 2 Ways… Fun Motivation for You AND Your Kids!

I’m sure you remember last week when we talked about Honor Tags and using them to encourage your children to behave honorably, right? Well that works fantastically for character development, and

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5 Ways To Help Your Homeschool Thrive This Winter!

How to Help Your Homeschool Thrive This Winter The holidays are over, the new year has been rung in, the lingering decorations know that their days are numbered and it’s nearly time to start a regular

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Top 5 Reasons To NOT Homeschool Your Kids (or… Why we do what we do!)

When folks hear that we homeschool, the reactions can be unpredictable. We’ve seen the whole range of emotions from joy and excitement to envy and jealousy, to fear and even open hostility. It’s

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A Different Ideal

Like most homeschooling mothers, I worry.  I spend too much of my time worrying that my children aren’t learning the right things at the right times.  I worry that I might miss something. 

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