Do you struggle to keep your house clean? I did as a little kid, had the cleanest house in the family as a teen and now that I have 3 active boys, ha, I feel like I am drowning in a mess almost daily. Most of the time I can pull things together but if even for a day I slack off with the cleaning it seems like whatever mess I cleaned a couple of days before reappears in duplicate! Does this happen to you too or am I alone here? Sickness In January I came down with the nasty flu virus and was down and out for several weeks. Honestly besides one severe stomach bug that no matter how hard I have tried to […]
Legal Stuff The links below are affiliate links, which means I will earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. Your purchase will cost the same, with or without using these links. I only recommend products I truly trust and have had experience with. Thank you for choosing to support our blog! A couple of years ago I wrote a review for my favorite digital homeschool planner. With how quickly technology changes I figured it was time for an update. After all this time I still am coming to you with the planner that the Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers, Homeschool Planet. Interested in the first review I did of this planner? Organizing for 2nd Semester Lesson Plans is that review. With this review […]
I bet every single homeschool Mom has thought about needing a rescue of some sort from homeschooling, at one point or another. That is totally normal, but unless we have great homeschool veteran friends, finding the rescue we need may not be in sight. That is where Only Passionate Curiosity comes in with their new online class Homeschool Rescue. Having homeschooled myself for almost 10 years I was excited to see what this class could offer. Not only offer to new homeschoolers but also those of us who have been homeschooling for a while. So let’s dig into what this online class offers and see if it might be just what you have been looking for. How is Homeschool Rescue Set-Up? Homeschool Rescue is set-up […]
This time of year gets me thinking about how I have been doing as a teacher for our kids in homeschooling. What can I do better? What is working well? I also start thinking about organization. What in our homeschool space needs attention? With this Christmas/New Year’s break I have time to focus on these things. One thing that seems to draw in my attention is all the kid’s school papers that have been piling up. Over the years I have tried different strategies to keep the papers organized and filed, but honestly none of them have seemed to work consistently. Even still each year when I go for our state required teacher evaluation I always get compliments on how neatly organized I am. Ha, […]
I honestly don’t think you can truly wrap-up the challenges of living in a small space. Each day in and of itself is a challenge to keep it all together, but I wanted to take some time to wrap-up with some more ideas to help you keep trudging along. So far this month we have talked about purging in, Small Space, Big Challenges and Solutions. We talked about what to do with all that Winter Gear that seems to overtake the house in, Small Space, Big Challenges – Winter Gear. Last week we talked about how having a small space doesn’t have to affect your comfort or ability to homeschool with Small Space, Big Challenges – School Room. Obviously, that doesn’t cover all of what […]
When we first started homeschooling I had multiple big bookcases full of homeschooling supplies in our large dining room. There was a large white board on the wall and when company came over, there was no denying that we homeschooled. Family dinners were eaten around books, art supplies, toddler busy toys, and all while staring at a messy whiteboard. Sure I would clean it before company came and might even draw a cute little turkey on Thanksgiving but to be able to relax, not really. Since then we have moved a couple of times and have had a dedicated homeschool space. However, in this home, that just is not possible. So, our living room is also our school room. If you have been […]
We have a fairly small house and I am okay with that. Not just okay, but actually like it better than when we had a larger house. Wait, what did I just say? Yes, small is better, in some ways. There is less to clean, less to organize, less to decorate (which is something I am not so good at anyway), less distance to carry laundry baskets, and less space for people to hide which gives us more family time. However, with a smaller space also come some challenges. Have you ever seen the shows on TV about the tiny house movement? Well, we aren’t that small however some days it can feel like that. I love to watch those shows for ideas on how […]
Scheduling is a hard topic for me, since I really do not like schedules very much. I would rather go with the flow and see where things lead, but I know that does not work for us as a family. When I do this, the housework doesn’t get done and school takes a back burner to my desires at the time. To keep from letting things slip, we have to have some sort of schedule. Not so much a schedule, but a routine.
In this day and age of more things going digital, it is so nice to get actual mail that isn’t junk. Sending out those Christmas cards however, is much less appealing. I love the idea of finally dropping them in the post office bin, but getting them ready to mail is just so overwhelming. So now that Christmas card season is here, how do I go from being overwhelmed with getting one card out to getting out a hundred?
It seems like just yesterday I was cleaning out our master bedroom and now here we are getting ready to decorate for Christmas. I love to feel the warmth of a fully decorated house for Christmas. It brings so much joy every time I pull up to our house. However, getting the house decorated is another story altogether.