Chicken Raising for Eggs, Profit or Character Growth?

Chicken Raising for Eggs

A year ago we built our first chicken coop, bought 4 laying hens and began chicken raising for eggs. Originally we were going to build a second coop but we didn’t want to invest more money until we had more experience.

My middle son eagerly became the caregiver of our chickens. He set reminders in his iPod to feed chickens, check their water mid day, and put them to bed at night.

The past year, no matter the weather, he cared for the chickens. My husband helped him move the coop and kept track of egg counts. Currently our 4 eggs a day feeds our family. [Read more...]

Free Homeschool Post Round Up

This week I wanted to share the articles I write on a monthly basis for Free Homeschool Deals. I love sharing how to live on a budget and offer encouragement when their is more month then funds.

“Why I am Thankful to Be a Broke Parent”

“Tax Refund, Should I Spend or Save”

“iBlog Pro”

“Marriage and Money: When Your Spouse Doesn’t Want to Help With the Budget”

“What Will You Go In Debt For”

“Establishing an Emergency Fund”

I especially want to point out the free study guide I wrote for the Homeschooling Free Series. This is actually a study guide to walk students through How to Write Your Own Study Guide.

Study Guide

Thanks for stopping by and supporting me! I love sharing ideas with all of you!

When the Homeschool Curriculum Does Not Work for Mom

homeschool curriculum

I am sure you have become an amazing homeschool curriculum researcher. It is a huge component of the homeschool job…What curriculum should I use? It’s the top question asked right after, “What about socialization?”

I could provide you with dozen of links and top 10 lists of things to consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum.

But here’s my question “What do you do when it is mom who hates the curriculum?” Do you preserve through it? Do you toss it? Do you admit to your friends, who all love it, that you can not teach it?

Last year I researched a certain curriculum to help my youngest son. I knew the hands-on approach would benefit him. I knew it was popular and well spoken about in the homeschool community.  I bought two years of the program certain he would navigate the first level quickly.

Then…I could not figure out how to teach it. I read the teacher guide. I struggled through a few lessons. I conveniently forgot to teach the subject for a few days. I tried the teacher guide again. I repeated the lessons. I stopped teaching the subject. The guilt set in. [Read more...]

Making Everyday Moments Count

Make everyday moments count…that is how to squeeze special moments into a crazy day.

Everyday Moments

How many times have you thought, I cannot do this job? I am so overwhelmed with meeting the needs of my family.

Yeah, I was having one of those weeks too. I knew I had worked too much, focused on school lessons and completely ignored the relationship side of being mom.

If you are a mom, I am pretty sure you spend a good chunk of your time at the grocery store. Instead of marking a spot on your calendar to rush to the store, make it an opportunity to spend time with your child. [Read more...]

Homeschool Advice to My Younger Self

Homeschool Advice

After 14 years of homeschool and graduating one, here is a list of 5 things I wish I could go back and tell my younger self.

*Bonus: You should probably know that the mother face you make, the one that puts the fear in the kids when they are messing up…yeah it will be the cause of the very first wrinkle on your face.

1. Be committed to the process. Girl buckle-up you are in for an amazing ride. It’s great your 4 year old is a self-taught reader. It really makes the homeschool job easy. But you need to know days are coming that you will second-guess your ability to school 4 children, especially when learning issues arise. Do not let the bad days overshadow the good. You will survive this! God will give you the answers, the strength, and the patience at the right moment you need it.

2. You are going to spend a huge amount of money on math curriculum. If only we could have taken the over spending done those first years and saved it for math books. The first few years you thought the goal was to invest in ONE math curriculum to teach your children. Each child will need a different math book to help them learn. Each child will struggle with math in a different way. Really it is all in preparation for you to teach your youngest math, your biggest math struggler. After 14 years of homeschooling it is okay that you want to start a math support group for moms of kids who hate math. [Read more...]

Squirrel! My word for 2014

Happy New Year!!

My first goal is to remember to write 2014 instead of 2013 for the date. I might spend a few moments practicing, 2014, 2014, 2014…

I have enjoyed reading what my fellow bloggers are choosing for their one word for 2014. I could not decide until this morning what my word for should be…but now I have it.

My word Squirrel

Reasons why I chose the word squirrel: [Read more...]

How to Manage Your Mouth, A Review

How to Manage Your Mouth

(This post contains affiliate links, these links support the running of this blog.)

Being the mom of three boys who love slap stick comedy there is a very thin line with humorous words and hurtful words. How do I teach them discernment with speech?

At our house “goober” is a term used for those crazy mistakes that are made. No one gets upset, we laugh and carry on. Call someone at my house an “idiot” and war and crying will happen.

Of course there are just ugly times when words are chosen to tear down. Sometimes the words were said for slap stick humor but the receiver took them to heart.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review (Affiliate link) How to Manage Your Mouth. my interest was high. [Read more...]

Celebrating Christmas on a Budget

Celebrating Christmas on a budget, a zero budget to be exact.

Now if you are going to continue reading this blog post, you must first agree to not tell my husband or children anything about this blog post. Only my oldest son reads my blog, so I won’t be mentioning any of his gift ideas.

Normally celebrating Christmas on a budget consists of money for gifts, cards, and special food. I am skipping Christmas cards this year and special food. We might be able the week of Christmas to use money from our normal grocery budget for some fun food.

Since I usually start Christmas shopping in September, we have already discussed how we are doing things differently this year. “The Great Christmas Challenge of 2013” spend no money on gifts for the family. Items in the house or sheds currently not being used can be repurposed into gifts. We will give one gift to each person. Group efforts can be combined.

I am thinking about awarded prizes; categories for most unique, most practical, most creative, and most meaningful.
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Homeschooling High School Electives

Homeschooling High School Electives

Homeschooling High School Electives when you don’t know everything.

Have you been faced with the problem of your child wanting to learn a subject that you know nothing about?  Both Confessions of a Homeschooler and The Pioneer Woman offer alternatives on what to do.

I have used co-ops, on-line sources, and local colleges to help my children learn things like chemistry and English in our homeschool. For the first time in my homeschooling high school electives, we are changing roles.

Over the past 13 years of homeschooling, my kid’s choices of subjects have really stretched me. I never dreamed I would dabble with Latin, grade pre-calculus, or sign praise songs at church. [Read more...]

Reading Nook for Kids, A Closet Redesign

Reading Nook for Kids

This week I designed a small walk-in closest into a reading nook for kids. The past few years the walk-in closet housed the many treasures of my oldest son. When he left for college last month and cleared out the bottom level, it left us with some extra space. The loft bed is the only thing left in the space for his occasional visits home.

The closet space measures 7 feet by 6 feet. If you want to see what the closet looked like as a bedroom read my post on Boys’ Bedrooms.

From my on-line search I knew I really liked the tent look for reading nooks. I tied a curtain rod down the middle of the bed. This allowed me to drape a queen size sheet from one side of the space to the other. [Read more...]