Living Math Books | Pi Day favorites | Charlotte Mason Style Teaching

Happy Pi day! 3.14(.17). In our classroom, aka the dining room table, we love to find math books that show a different side to teach outside of a textbook. These three series are centered around teaching arithmetic but not in a textbook way but in a way that gives life and a reason as to why we learn such a… Read more »

Monday’s Money Saving Tips: Are you set up for success?

I think quite often, and I am speaking to myself here as well, we get stuck in a rut that says “this is how it looks like for this family and yet that is not how my family dynamics work so I cannot use this method (or tip or whatever the case may be),” without looking at the end goal…. Read more »

Children’s titles on sale! (Amazon)

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I saw these for less than $3 on discount and I HAD to share since my children have been inhaling these books! I also *had* to pick up a couple more for us. 😉 Note: Price subject to change at Amazon’s discretion. REMEMBER BIRTHDAYS AND EVEN BUY AHEAD OF NEXT YEAR HOMESCHOOL’S READS Who Was Walt Disney? Who Was Doctor… Read more »

You Can Afford the Wanted Items

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What do you do when you have “needed” items but no more budget money? How did I end up with three desks, two curtain rods, a specific couch, lamps, and nightstand with no more money in the budget? Funny things happen when you move. No matter how well you budget, prepare for the new home, declutter, and other such things,… Read more »

One of Our Favorite Read Aloud and A Kindle eBook Sale

I wanted to share this Kindle Sale written by one of our favorite authors, Arleta Richardson. In recent months we have been using the In Grandma’s Attic Series, as our evening dinner-table read aloud. If I have said it once, I have said it a thousand times, you know you have a great read book when your kids are begging… Read more »

New Changes, New Grocery Budget, And the Meal Plan

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I know it is not a glamour picture, but it was the best I could do after a long day moving furniture into our new home… yep! We’re renters for the time being. It has been a wonderful, crazy ride! I know I did my post on small home living and while I wanted badly to touch on it more,… Read more »

Strengths and Weaknesses | This Thing We Call Parenthood

As I sat digging in the soil and planting my spring flower bed, I  contemplated on the things that parents are plagued with day-to-day; namely, am I doing a good job as parent? I was thinking about how we need to cultivate our children’s strengths and then as I really sat moving soil, pulling weeds, and seeing a beautiful picture… Read more »

Decluttering, New Year Goals, and Life Lessons

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Last week (?) I issued a challenge on my Facebook page; I challenged my readers to get rid of 5 things that “will help you in the new year.” Please don’t think that because this challenge has passed that you shouldn’t jump in. In fact, stop reading right now, take a quick glance around you, or maybe you already have… Read more »

365 Ways to Save Money- Day 38

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I caught myself doing something lately. Something that is costing our family more money than it should. Money that could easily be saved for something worthwhile. Do you want to know what it is? Replacing things. Does that make you scratch your head? Lemme explain. Quite often I see ripped clothes and I add them to the recycling pile and… Read more »

Library Project | Week 3

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Confession: it’s been a busy few weeks. Currently, I am typing this blog post one handed while the 3-month sucks on my fingers–his favored pacifier. Pictured above is Week 3 and I have Week 4 that I had to renew yesterday because we’re a little behind in our reading, and housework, and schoolwork. You know what, life, we’re behind in… Read more »

The Library Project | Week 2

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We’re in Big Trouble, Blackboard Bear By Martha Alexander When things start disappearing over night, the children all point a finger at Anthony and the bear, calling them a thief. Anthony and Blackboard Bear make things right by returning the stolen things by using a creative chalkboard drawing. It’s hard to give a review on this. It was a ho-hum… Read more »

The Library Project | Week 1

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It all started with a seemingly innocent remark from a friend of mine. She commented on she was at the library and realized that she could make an entire school year curriculum on just the library. It got me thinking on how little I really know what the library has in terms of literature. I have a list of favorite… Read more »

What is it like living in a small home?

I get asked this question a lot. “How do you manage it?” “How many bedrooms again?” “How much square footage?” “Are you one of those small house people?” “How many people live in that house?” and many more. The reality is this, we’re working towards moving, but I have done this for 10 years and complain and grumble about it… Read more »