A home educator to four children, one with Autism, striving to balance family, time, and budget, providing free printables, recipes, and other time management tools for homeschool families.

Encouraging “I Hate Handwriting” to Write Creatively

Great ideas for motivating reluctant writers to write creatively

Not only do my children hate to write, they have terrible handwriting. (Probably because I do not force them to do copywriting. I just dread the antagonism.) So, when it comes time to get them to write creatively… The challenge is sometimes too much. One afternoon, I was hanging out at a Twitter party with […]

Easy April Fool’s Day Tricks for Kids (and Parents)

Ready to have some fun with pranks for kids? LONG list of harmless April Fool's Day jokes. Easy stuff!

Are you ready for one of the funniest days of the year? I have got some of the best ways to tease your kids (or spouse… or neighbor… or just about anyone) with these April Fool’s Day tricks. Today, I was excited to visit Studio10 at our local FOX TEN affiliate and share my favorite April […]

Easy Italian Dessert: McCafé Affogato

The McCafé Affogato is an easy Italian dessert perfect for a dinner party or just some "me time."  #McCafeMyWay #Ad

#McCafeMyWay #CollectiveBias After a long, stressful week, you need a little treat. Something to put a pep in your step and a smile on your face… and maybe a whipped cream mustache. This easy Italian dessert makes a special dessert for company or just a way to celebrate some “me time.” Featuring McCafé Premium Roast Coffee, […]

Peeps Sunflower Cake at Weekend Potluck #163

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This week, my mother had surgery. We were nervous. She has been in pain for fifteen months but they could not find the source. Finally, a surgeon decided that he was almost certain of a hernia and wanted to do surgery. My Dad and I waited as patiently as we could, knowing that if the […]

Homeschool Hack: Plan Ahead for Crazy Days

Incredible ideas for being prepared for the tough homeschool days.  Suggestions for each age group.

Your school days are a perfect blend of academics and hands-on fun, spontaneity and organization… right? Yeah, mine either! Since we welcomed our 7th child into our family, it seems the only thing I can guarantee about my perfectly planned homeschool days is that they’ll be interrupted!! Crazy happens! After more than a decade of […]

An Amazing Home School Science Experiment

Such a simple homeschool science experiment. Virtually NO prep required.

As a former public school science teacher, the opportunity homeschoolers have to work with their children in a small, flexible situation makes me jealous. Homeschoolers have the opportunity to do Amazing science experiments! Even if science is not your strong point, you can do an Amazing Home School Science Experiment without any preplanning or even […]

7 Fun Summer Playdate Ideas for Kids

Are you looking for fun things to do with kids in the summertime? Here are 7 summer playdate ideas you’ll love.

This weekend we saw the first signs of spring, and you know what it made me think of? All the fun things we’ll get to do in the warmer weather! My kids and I love to get outside and play every chance possible. We love to host playdates year round, but by far my favorite […]

Family Meal Prep Day: 20 Ways to Make It Happen (Plus A Free Planning Sheet)

Wonderful ideas to get the family involved with meal prep. Make freezer cooking easier!

  This post may contain affiliate links. No doubt that you’ve heard the merits of having pre-assembled meals (otherwise known as “freezer meals”) on hand. I can honestly say freezer meals top the list of things that save my homeschooling mom sanity! For a while, I made these wonderful bulk meals all by myself. Which […]

Cinderella-Themed Easter Basket

Great ideas for packing a Cinderella-themed Easter Basket... and none of these cost a fortune.

Do you have a little princess fascinated with Cinderella? Has the beautiful lady in blue with the glass slippers captivated your child? I have ideas for a Cinderella-themed Easter basket that will thrill her long past midnight. Cinderella Toys The size of the toys will definitely be defined by the size of the basket, but […]