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There are many different options for homeschool schedules. It's really important to find one that works for your family. Come see why I made the switch to year round homeschooling and what that looks like.

Making Year Round Homeschooling Work for My Family

When I first started homeschooling I followed the local public school calendar. I didn’t really have a good reason for doing so or not doing so. It’s just want seemed to make sense at the time. The first (and only) year that we followed this schedule I was really stressed out. I would get worried about falling behind or not having enough to do. I really didn’t like feeling that way for an entire school year so I started asking around to see what other people were doing. I really wanted to be able to work at our own pace and take breaks when we needed/wanted to. Year long homeschooling seemed … [Read More...]

Are you looking for a way to have some fun with your family this summer without the stress and expense of travel? I'm sharing some frugal tips on how to have a staycation in Tampa Bay, FL that your family will love!

Tampa Bay Staycation Post

With summer close by many people are thinking about family vacations. I didn't take a lot of family vacations growing up. I guess beginning the military my parents had enough travel every few years and didn't feel the need to add on anymore. Aside from our trip to Disney a few years ago, my boys and I haven't been on a family vacation either. Instead of taking an expensive trip we like to stay home and find fun stuff to do in our area. This is what they call a staycation.  You get the fun of a vacation without the huge expense and long travel times. Tips for a Relaxing Staycation If you … [Read More...]

Think you don't have time to write a meal plan? Truthfully you don't have time not to. Come read about 3 simple steps to help you save both time and money. Never wonder what's for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack again!

Simple Meal Planning for Busy Moms

I have this problem: my children like to eat. I mean 4 or 5 times a day they are asking for a meal or a snack.  I bet you have the same problem at your house. As a new mom I really struggled with getting meals planned, bought and cooked each day. I remember trying every single method of planning and prepping that I read about. I was so overwhelmed that I just didn't know what to do. I wanted to have healthy meals for my boys but I also didn't want to spend hours and hours each week clipping coupons and searching for deals. So one day I sat down with pen in hand and come up with a really … [Read More...]

Homeschooling as a single mom or single dad can be a struggle. It requires you to stretch yourself and think outside the box, but it's not impossible. In fact, homeschooling can actually be a good option for single parents. Come read 4 reasons why.

Why Homeschooling is Great for Single Moms

I knew when I made the decision to homeschool my boys that I was going against the grain. No one in my family had ever homeschooled before. Many of my family members where public school teachers and educators.  When it was clear that I was going to be a single mom everyone just knew that homeschooling was out of the question. It wasn't out of the question. I felt strongly that God was calling me to homeschool my children. I knew that it sounded crazy but I had to answer that call.  Yes there have been times when I wondered how I would afford it. And there have been times when I wanted to … [Read More...]

Your child has mastered the beginning of reading and now wants a "real book" to read. It can be both exciting and terrifying if you aren't sure where to look. Here's a list of some of our favorite readers and chapter books for elementary students that want to hone those reading skills!

Quality Books for Your Elementary Reader

One of my favorite things about homeschooling my boys is being able to teach them to read. I love to read and it is really a joy watching as your child learns the sounds of letters, then words, sentences, paragraphs and eventually an entire book. It seems that my boys have caught my bookworm tendencies as well! I'm so excited about it but it also means that I have to work really hard to keep quality reading material in the house for them.  I want to make sure that I've giving my children good quality books to read that are full of good things. So I'm really picky about what we buy and get … [Read More...]