Minimalist Homeschool Organization

We all loooove to see other moms’ school areas, don’t we? We ooh and ahh over a perfectly organized school room with colorful posters adorning the walls, drawers and rolling carts for holding all our junk, and cute sets of tables and chairs or even old school desks. But is this the reality for most homeschool moms, and is this classroom-like environment what’s best for the kids anyway? For us, we homeschool to AVOID our schooling looking like it would in a classroom setting. That means we often use the whole house for homeschooling. The couch, the dining room –

Homeschooling the Gifted Child

Giftedness is a double-edged sword. Going one direction, you generally have a relative ease in learning. But going the other direction, you have struggles with certain subjects, sometimes learning disabilities, a greater propensity for mental health issues, and often behavior problems. This means that all subjects don’t come easily (or perhaps none do), which is confusing for outsiders (and also for the child and parents!). Society at large has no real clue about this, which can lead to confusing feelings for your child. Gifted children seem to learn differently from others. That’s partially by default due to the high intelligence,

5 Days of Homeschool Planning Mini-Series

It’s the end of the school year for many homeschoolers right now, but it’s also a time when we start thinking about next year. We are planning the topics we might study, the curriculum we want to use. Reflecting on what worked and what didn’t. Making adjustments for age or adding another child who will be compulsory age. Maybe you’re revamping the whole thing, like me! This past year has been hectic and disorganized and I never felt like we were where we needed to be. We had a baby last May, moved two weeks later, moved two more times

Easy Prep Gluten-Free Breakfast Potatoes

We sometimes go gluten free to see if our health improves. We haven’t had any noticeable health changes when doing it, so it’s been hard to stick with. I still believe a gluten free diet is a good thing unless you’re making all your wheat products with sourdough starter and heirloom varieties of wheat (preferably sprouted and ground fresh – but let’s be realistic here). I am not currently in a season of life where we can afford that nor do I have the time for it, so I try to incorporate as many gluten free meals as I can

Homeschool Styles and How to Choose What Works for YOUR Homeschool

If you’re newer to homeschooling and haven’t found your groove yet, you might be overwhelmed by all the styles out there. How the heck do you choose one to use in your own homeschool? In this post, I want to outline the various styles and explain how to arrive at what is best for your family. As you read through each method, take note of the ones that seem up your alley. I’ve tried to give unbiased details of each, but of course, I’m only human. The pros and cons are my own and you might feel differently! What is

Let’s Talk Car Seat Safety

As a total car seat nerd, I’m passionate about sharing the dos and don’ts of car seat safety! Today I’m bringing you an interview with a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) to help bring awareness to the most common mistakes parents make when it comes to kids in cars. Let me introduce you to Lissie Antos of Buckleberry Carseat Checks! She is a CPST located in the Inland Empire area of California. She performs private car seat checks and workshops for parents who want to ensure that their kiddos are as safe as possible. Thanks, Lissie, for this great info

Once a Month Meals Tips, Tricks, and Shortcuts

Whether you’re a Once a Month Meals newbie or a dedicated fan, there are some shortcuts and tips I want to share to make the process a bit easier for you. I’m all about making life (and motherhood) as simple as possible! Here are my top 10 tips for making the once a month freezer cooking process as efficient as it can be. This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for this particular article but thought you were going to a different site, never fear, you’re actually in the right place. 🙂

My Favorite Home Remedies for Sick Season

Sick season is well upon us. I know most people call it “flu season,” but that’s what the conventional medical community has dubbed it as a push for the flu shot. The truth is, cold weather doesn’t make us sick, but we do tend to be cooped up more, sharing our germs with one another, and dealing with dry indoor air from a ventilation system that is circulating those germs. Our nasal passages can dry out and lack the mucus that is a protective mechanism for keeping the germies at bay. My family almost never gets sick, not even in

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. Toxic people is what they are. 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