Top Tips for New Homeschool Moms

The new school year is upon us and for most homeschooling families, we are either planning to start our new year soon or already have.  Somewhere, there is a mom who has just made the decision to homeschool, or maybe she’s been at it a year or two, but still feels overwhelmed and lost at times. Is this you? I remember being in that spot about 5 years ago.  I was confused, I didn’t know where to start, I was unsure if I could do it, I was excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time.  Yes, I’ve been there

How to Stop Stressing Over Homeschool Planning

You ever see the “have it all together” homeschool moms on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media accounts?  You know, the ones who have the perfect homeschool room, spotless house…they even have their homeschool year all planned out before they finish the current year. I always wondered how in the world they did it!  I mean, and still be able to keep up with the house, spend time with the husband, spend time with the kids, spend time with friends, etc. I still have no idea but I do know that I am NOT that mom.  I also know that we

Keeping Your Homeschool Priorities Straight

Every year, it seems even easier than the last to get sucked in by all the new and shiny curriculum. I can add two or three more subjects in, right? And maybe another co-op class, because it looks so good? When you add in field trips, sports, and other extracurriculars, it can become overwhelming. There has to be a trick to keeping your homeschool priorities straight! I’ve been there, and it’s not pretty. One year, my son even made me promise that I would let him approve activities before I signed him up for them. You see, he was doing

Ready, set, homeschool! Fall 2018 Blog Party

Celebrating my official relaunch! As I mentioned before, I have rebranded my site from Townsley Times to All the Homeschool Things. In August 2018, we had a blog party with 13 bloggers coming together over 15 days to share their favorite tips and encouragement to prepare you for the new homeschool year. We had a huge giveaway with over $500 worth of prizes. We had door prizes throughout the party along with discounts from our sponsors. It was a lot of fun and even I learned a lot from these other ladies as well as my readers! I introduced my

Finally…a favorite chili recipe!

I love chili but have spent literally years looking for one that tastes good every time (or even one time). I was using my mother’s recipe but maybe my taste changed because it stopped tasting good. I hate when that happens. Over the past maybe five years, I’ve been googling a new recipe almost every time I want to make chili and nothing ever tastes how I want it. And sometimes if I repeat one I already used, it doesn’t taste the same. I think this is because I am inconsistent with how much meat I use and also the

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

The Crunchy Mama’s Birth Plan

I am frequently asked to share different aspects of my birth plan. Usually I end up emailing off the whole thing, because it speaks for itself, mostly. There are a few points I am asked about a lot, so I figured I’d put up a post to explain the why behind each choice I have made. Before we get started, understand that these are MY preferences. No birth is ever the exact same as another. I’ve had four totally different birth experiences so far and ended up compromising on some of these things. This list of birth preferences is what

Parenting Help for Christians (Review)

Okay, so we all have kids who have behavior problems from time to time, right? I mean, no parent is perfect and every child is an individual. Some of us struggle with strong-willed children who are less likely to be obedient. It often comes down to who can hold out the longest. That person should always be the parent, but it becomes exhausting, to say the least. My oldest child is particularly challenging, spunky as some would say (like her mama). I feel like we’ve tried so many ways to appeal to her, and while she has a servant’s heart

Improve Your Concentration With a Single App

I was diagnosed with ADHD as an adult. I didn’t show too many signs of it as a kid, other than excessive talking. I chalk that up to having a brain that never turns off – not necessarily ADHD, just an active mind. But, as an adult, it seems I have some problems with inattention. This started before kids, so I can’t blame them. Ha! As a writer, the ability to concentrate well is imperative if I want to get anything done. Now with the voices of children added into the mix, I had all but given up trying to