5 Awesome Things About Code for Teens

We have been reviewing a new book called Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner’s Guide to Programming (Volume 1). Wait…why am I reviewing this book when I’m not a teen and don’t have teenage kids?! Well, I am a blogger, and I do take care of everything to run my site, so coding knowledge comes in handy. I took a web design class waaaaaaay back in college (circa 2002) and learned HTML and CSS, so I could do basic site design without using a system like WordPress (which is what I currently use). ANYWAY, it’s been awhile, and as a

5 Backyard Fun Ideas for Summer

This week, we are moving from the midwest back down to Florida. My hometown actually! I have mixed feelings about it, but let’s not dwell on that. I am choosing to focus on the positives, and a HUGE one is that we will have a fenced backyard again! For four long years, we have lived in places that either don’t have a yard at all, only have a small patio area, or one house we lived in didn’t have a fence or really any backyard to speak of, but we did have a cul-de-sac. Not exactly the same! But we

5 Quick But Meaningful Ways to Connect With Your Kids

One-on-one time. Everyone says having a bunch of kids is bad because you can’t spend quality one-on-one time with each kid each day. I think that mindset is faulty. It’s not necessary for a child’s development to have alone time with each parent every single day. Quite frankly, that’s not even practical for a family with only two kids. And that is not even addressing the sibling relationships that should be fostered. What to do instead? Well, connecting with your kids is still important. It fosters a bond between parent and child that is so important for maintaining closeness, trust,

5 Self-Care Tips for Busy Moms

Your job as Mom can be stressful! Whether your kids are teens or tots. Whether you have 10 kids or an only. No matter how much money you have. Motherhood is fast-paced (although the hours seem to drag at times, eh?). It involves bodily fluids. It involves teaching the common sense things and also the book things (for us homeschoolers, anyway). We worry at every stage of our children’s lives. We play chauffeur, chef, housekeeper, nurse, coach…I’m sure you’ve heard the list before. This is not to say that dads aren’t stressed, busy, or in need of some TLC. But

5 Strategies for Coping With Toxic People – The Negative Nancies, Buttinskies and Sociopathic Susans

We all have one of these types in our lives. The relatives who are naysayers. The friend who picks apart all your decisions. Those who act interested in your plans and goals, only to cast doubt and skepticism. It’s hard enough being a homeschooler as it is. You try and try to get along with this person and they never change. Maybe you have spoken with them about it and they deny it. Maybe they promise to work on things. Maybe they even apologize but are not truly penitent so they repeat the dirty deeds again and again. At a

A Quick Start Guide to Meal Planning

Meal planning has become a must for me! It takes about two hours each week for me to plan a menu for each day, make my grocery list AND place an online order for grocery pickup. That two hours keeps me on budget and ensures that I always have healthy meals planned out for my family. Creating a meal plan each week has also helped me to lose weight by not running to a drive thru or grabbing junk food and calling it lunch! My kids are better off when eating real food and seeing their mama modeling the household

5 Steps to a Natural Lifestyle

We’ve all heard the term “crunchy,” but what exactly does it mean? It means different things to each person, and everyone is crunchy to differing extents, so there is no set definition of the term. Generally speaking, though, it means that you prefer natural means of doing things over using chemicals and conventional products. The mission of the crunchy mama is to raise healthy children (and be healthy herself!) by cutting out things that could overburden the body with detoxification instead of repairing the damage we incur through our day to day activities. This article originally appeared on my old