Fresh Eyes on Autumn

Main Street Newtown

I saw the world with fresh eyes this morning. Everywhere my gaze landed glistened with a sprinkle of snow, the first of the season. Instead of dreading winter and complaining (as I typically do), I enjoyed it a little. I enjoyed it because all day long, as we drove her sisters from place to place, my little Princess chatted about how excited she is about winter. {How could she be mine?} She can't wait for more snow. Christmas is going to be awesome. Don't you love the feeling of cold air in your nose, Mom? Umm. Of course? Today was like every other day here.  And it was special too. My Princess was happy and excited, not just about winter … [Continue reading]

Blurred Around the Edges

delaware bay sunset

I'd love to paint you a clear picture of where I've been or what we've been doing these past couple of months.  Can I simply say it's complicated? Maybe we've been busy? We've been doing the things we always do, but for the past few months, I've been without words.  It's a rare and strange place to exist. In the midst of the ordinary, some people did some things. These things, they're the kind of things I would expect if I was still in the seventh grade. I've been standing around with my mouth hanging open asking,  "What the hell just happened?" The result? I've been suffering from an inability to process and reflect on the events in my … [Continue reading]

Learning Math with Minecraft and Base 10 Blocks

Mincraft with Base 10 Blocks

My daughter recently discovered that base 10 blocks are perfect for recreating Minecraft structures, people and animals in real life.  She made this … [Continue reading]

My Tween Needs Yoga {and so do I}

kids yoga pose, camel pose

It's 4:30 on a beautiful summer afternoon. My 10 year-old just had a mini-melt down. She couldn't find the DVD she desperately wanted. You've been … [Continue reading]

Discussing Body Image and Marilyn, On Her Birthday

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If I told you that I've spent a great deal of time thinking about how my daughters feel when they look in the mirror, it would be an understatement. … [Continue reading]

A Walk in the Marshlands

rye new york, marshlands

We hopped in the car early on Mother's Day morning. My oldest daughter and I drove to meet my mom for a morning walk at the Marshland  Sanctuary in … [Continue reading]

California’s Great Homeschool Convention

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Support, encouragement and inspiration - these things are essential to your happiness as a homeschool parent. A convention is a great way to infuse … [Continue reading]

How to Earn Dual Credit for High School and College

Dual Credit at Home

Disclosure: I received course materials for free in exchange for a  candid and honest review of this high school home school curriculum. All opinions … [Continue reading]

A Little Love, A Little Change

Love and a Cat

It's a rainy Friday afternoon. My house is trashed from a week of having work done on an upstairs bathroom. I'm amazed at how a little tearing down … [Continue reading]

Learning to Shine

Playing the Queen of Hearts in Alice: A New Musical

I know, I know. You're sick of me writing about my kids performing. You're tired of watching me grapple with the  stage-mother within. Still, I have … [Continue reading]

Following Your Child’s Lead is Essential to Their Happiness {and yours}

Jumping

It trips parents up. Often. We assume that we know what will make our kids happy - and they don't.  Occasionally, when introducing something new, … [Continue reading]

My Top 5 Vendors to Visit at GHC

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What part of attending a homeschool convention do you look forward to most? Meeting other homeschooling parents? Gaining inspiration and being … [Continue reading]

How to Support your Child’s Passion for Performing Without Becoming an Obnoxious Stage Mom

Playing Toto

"I will never be a stage mom like that," I swore.  It was 1991, in San Diego, California. I was younger. Newer. Blonder. My roommate, Miss Indiana … [Continue reading]

The Winter Blues {Photo Friday}

winter in newtown

It just won't melt. The snow, the ice, the gloom continues to sit still and hang on, while we are desperate to move on.   This photo was taken at … [Continue reading]

Unit Study Ideas: Exploring a Career in Medicine

Ben-Carson-Spotlight

One of our favorite ways to learn about a new topic in depth (without pressure, worksheets or textbooks) is to read a biography and study the life of … [Continue reading]

Yes, I Miss Summer. And Babies.

Sunset Swim

It snowed again today. It was a mere 5 inches (I'm guessing).  The first 3 or 4 storms of the season are charming. We stay inside, build a fire and … [Continue reading]

Seeing Wicked in a Blizzard

nyc in winter

If you live anywhere in the U.S., you can probably relate to the headache (and backache) caused by recent weather events.  SoCal friends: stop … [Continue reading]

How to Make a Homeschool Convention a Memorable {and educational} Road Trip

hows-whys

In certain parts of the country, homeschool conventions are pretty common. If you miss one, maybe you can find another one easily within the same … [Continue reading]

Smiling Yoga {with Cats}

Yoga makes him smile.

It's been 29 days since we began practicing yoga daily at our house. The girls love it. The cats do too. For me, it has been nothing short of … [Continue reading]

7 Tips for Using a Convention to Refocus your Homeschool

reasons-convention

  There comes a time in a homeschool mom's life when she needs to take a step back from the daily routine and evaluate whether or not her plans are … [Continue reading]