Friday, October 28, 2016

Bullet Journaling for Homeschooling

I've used a different planner every year of homeschooling. And every year I end up hating each method. Either the planner is too fussy or it just doesn't fit in with our style. Last year I decided to blog each day on a private blog and while that was easy sometimes I just didn't have the time to sit down at the PC and write it all out. At the beginning of this year I knew I wanted to use a different method for record keeping that wasn't very labor intensive. I started searching Pinterest for home school planners but I just couldn't find anything that I thought I'd keep up with. Eventually I landed upon bullet journaling for homeschool planning and was sold. The great thing about bullet journaling is you can do exactly what works for you. No wasted pages of things you don't need to use. I sat down with a .98 graph composition book and got to work. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on one of the nice bullet journals simply because I didn't know if I'd end up sticking to it.

Friday, October 21, 2016

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Homeschooling Parent

I've noticed that for a lot of first time homeschoolers, (myself included) that their confidence is a little shaken in the beginning. I think that's completely normal because after all, it's a large jump to what you may be used to. Even so, it's always nice to have someone reassure you and let you know that things will be okay. These are things that I wish someone had told me when I was dipping my toe into the homeschool waters. I remind myself of each and every one of these at the beginning of each school year. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Free SECULAR homeschool curriculum

Let's face it. Sometimes life happens to us and at the end of the day we just don't have tons of dollars in our pocket to buy homeschool curriculum. Sure, we could attempt to make up something ourselves but sometimes that's much more difficult than it sounds depending the grade level.

When I first started homeschooling I found tons of free stuff for the religious homeschoolers. Because I had no idea how to decide on a curriculum and it was such a last minute decision that year, I ended up using it anyway. It didn't take long for that to not work out for us so back to the internet I went in search of something new. If you use or are looking for religious curriculum then more power to ya, it's just not for us.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

So you want to change your diet?

On October 25th of this year will be my families one year anniversary into a vegan/plant based diet. This is the longest we've ever ate a certain way and we don't see ourselves turning back. I want to share with you my top tips for becoming a vegan/plant eater but first, lets learn the difference between being plant based vs being vegan.

Plant based is "diet of any animal (including humans)based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits, but with few or no animal products.

Vegan is "a person who does not eat or use animal products." 

Homeschool spaces

I've spent a lot of time over the years browsing homeschool rooms on Pinterest. Dedicated school spaces that look like they've been torn from pages of a magazine. Beautiful, trendy, clean, amazing spaces. Unfortunately, we don't always have the budget, time, space or design skills to make our own school rooms look like that. Today I wanted to share with you how our schooling area has changed over the years.

2013 was our first year homeschooling. The dining room seemed like the most practical space to do school in because it had a large table. I needed to turn it into a space that could quickly transition from school to dinner without having to spend forever cleaning up. I decorated the walls with their art work, a few maps, and various wall hangings that I found at the Dollar Tree. I built the cheapest desk for the laptop from random wood that I found in the garage.The shelf housed all the material we used on a daily basis. It was a simple space that got the job done. Total cost to complete this room was approximately $13. The maps were almost $5 a piece from Walmart but they were a good investment.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Have you lost your mind?!

In 2009 with the impending arrival of our second child I begin to research like a mad woman during the hours when I couldn't sleep. I honestly have no idea what in particular I was even looking for but now I'm glad that I was looking. Seeds were being planted. I had joined a mommy board and I came across a thread where a few of the mom's were discussing homeschooling. I was amazed by all the information I was taking in and decided to mention it to my husband. After much more research and many more discussions we had made a decision. We'd be homeschoolers too! Although our daughter was only 2 at the time, we were confident that we were on the right track. 


On 9/30/13 I created this blog in an attempt to share all my craft endeavors. Seven post later, here it sat all sad and neglected. I've made many things since I created this blog, I just couldn't bring myself to write about them. Sometimes I go through periods of my life where I create nothing at all...and then what? What's left to write about when you're just not feeling as creative?

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not good with riddles or hints. I need things spelled out plainly for me to have the "ah-ha!" moment. Today was the day that I finally put 2 and 2 together and decided to come back to this little ole blog. Consistently I'm asked some of the same questions by different people. Sometimes I even go through my messages to copy and paste my responses because it's easier than typing it all over again. And today I thought, DUH. Why don't I just blog all this instead?

Those top questions are: 
1. How do you do it all?
2. Do you have any tips for going vegan?
3. How do you do x, y, z? (craft related questions)
4. Do you have any resources for x subject?
5. How did you start homeschooling.

While I'm certainly not an expert in any of these fields, I can give you my perspective. Instead of blogging just crafts, I'm blogging my life. So once again, welcome. I hope you stay for a while!