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Charlotte Mason Education is not for Burned Out Mothers

Have you ever sat down to dinner but so tired that you felt no hunger? It is not that your body wasn’t hungry but rest was more needed than food at that particular time. Homeschooling can be like that. I’m actually specifically thinking of Charlotte Mason and her broad range of subjects. Do you know what I hear often? “I… Read more »

My Favorite Resources for Teaching (clean) Art | Homeschool Mom

I had a friend express her frustration over wanting to show her children art but not finding anything clean to share with them. I find this to be a common dilemma amongst homeschooling moms. When it comes to naked art, I personally do not like it. I don’t want to even look at Michelangelo’s David, or any other so called… Read more »

My top 3 books to read this Christmas and others you should consider

For the past several years, I have done the 25 books of Christmas. You wrap 25 books and from Dec 1- Dec 25, you unwrap each book and read it aloud. It’s like a paper chain countdown, but with for book lovers, its the perfect paper chain. The biggest set back I have with this is the amount of trash… Read more »

An Organic Diet the Charlotte Mason Way

I love organic food. For the most part, and especially the meat, it tastes better and has a richer flavor. I love that it doesn’t use pesticides and other harmful chemicals in the process of getting food from field, to store, to fridge, and finally to table. However, a complete organic diet is just not in our budget. Not only… Read more »

3 Audio Books You Need To Download Now!

Audio books have long been a staple in my homeschool. It all started with Little House on the Prairie from my Mom’s shelf. From there it moved to the Narnia series, also on my mom’s shelf. And then finally, last year we found the dramatization of G. A. Henty.  Recently, I learned how to find audible books affordably.   Certain… 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 »

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 »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 31

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There are many concerns that people have about buying used: repairs, condition, mileage, etc etc etc. Even with replacing a transmission on a vehicle, you are more likely to save money than buying a new vehicle. That is not always the case, research plays an important role here. Our rule has always been to stay under 100,000K miles, we try… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 25

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I talked a bit about ebates to get cash back but there is another way you can earn cash back; Mypoints, Swagbucks, and other like-minded websites offer points which you can “cash in” for gift cards and sometimes paypal amounts. I typically use Mypoints to print coupons and click their 5point-email offers and swagbucks search and polls. I want to… Read more »

365 Ways You Can Save Money- Day 17

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I won’t say I have never bought juice– I know I have, but I don’t remember the last time I bought juice, or chocolate milk, or lemonade, or… the list could go on. My children drink water. Lots of free, good for you, hydrating water. We do Almond Milk for occasional cups but its mostly for recipes and whatnot; the… Read more »

A New month, Financial Update, and a New Series

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Wow. Where has this month flown? A “short” recap of what has been going on: We started the first of January with $0 for our Emergency Fund– we had used it all up in previous months due to, well, emergencies! Our space heater broke, and we need one for the bathroom especially in winter time (it gets 20F in there… Read more »