Link Love – Week 44

Link Love - Week 44

Animals and their continents geography activity Perfect for my animal loving kids!

Kevin Smith: It costs nothing to encourage an artist Every parent needs to see this.

Crazy Brownies Just the thing to start off the seasons of pigging out 😉

Pinterest’s crazy-fun new visual search tool We live in an amazing age.

20+ Dogs That Don’t Care About Personal Space Sigh. Dogs can be such dicks.

One Pot Spicy Chicken Rigatoni Pasta – good. Chicken – good. Spicy – gooooooood!

18 Very Sweary British Words You Need To Use Right Now Now I can curse like a sailor in English and American.

Beautiful Oops! Love this activity to go along with the book.

What I Learned About Rejection After a Year of Seeking It Out “Fear is loud, so get some ear plugs.” Amen!!

10 Things I Didn’t Expect About Being a Grown-Up Adulting is hard.

Link Love – Week 43

Link Love - Week 43

Can I stream it? Love this resource for finding the best way to get what you want to watch.

Lego Minion Building Instructions My kids will love this!

Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches A great way to flavor up plain ol’ chicken.

4 Things to Consider when you Feel like Giving up Abso-freaking-lutely!

Ask these 3 questions when decluttering toys LOVE THIS! Tsh hits the nail on the head.

Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Perfect snacking for football season.

18 Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney I love seeing where Disney’s inspiration comes from. Especailly Tangled!!

Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Creating How can you not take advice from zen habits?!

20 Counting Activities for Preschoolers All of these are so helpful!

My Lady Cave: Why I needed a Room of my own Preach!!!!

Link Love – Week 42

Link Love - Week 42

I am in love with these Disney fashion artist renderings.

Thai Pumpkin Soup Delish!

Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable So cute, fun, and educational.

A Thank You to the Big Kids AMEN!!

How to Write a 1,000 Words a Day Needed to read this.

How to Raise a Confident Child Numbers 2 and 3 will change how you talk to your kids.

Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Holy cat!

13 Hidden iPhone 6s Tips and Tricks I so needed this for my new phone.

10 things every new homeschooler should know THIS!

Five Tips on Getting Back to Blogging After An Extended Break Simple, effective, and efficient.

Link Love – Week 41

Link Love - Week 41

Galaxy Cake I wish I had the ambition to make this 😉

8 Tips for surviving Halloween with Younger Kids It’s almost time folks.

This Friends/The Walking Dead Mashup is too funny.

Give Late Blooming Children the Time They Need I needed to read this!!

24 Time-Saving Hacks for Busy Entrepreneurs Number 4 is so true.

20 Things Only “Parks And Recreation” Fans Will Find Funny Treat yo’self!

Risk is essential to childhood So good!

The Secret to Coding your own Website Number 2 is good to know!!

Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Can’t wait to make this!

Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft Adorable!

Link Love – Week 40

Link Love - Week 40

Apple Crumble Pies It’s fall. Ya gotta have apple pie!!

The Beautiful Thing This Teacher Does for His Students Every Day We all remember a teacher that had an impact on us like this.

Doug Stanhope Saves a Life. Really. Doug is an amazingly fascinating person.

Are Kids Spending Enough Time In Nature? Interesting.

5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 5 Years Ago About Meal Planning Numbers 2 and 3 will change your life!

How To Tell If You’re A Good Mom “The simple truth is, bad moms don’t worry about how they are doing— truly bad moms don’t care.” Preeeeach!!!

12 Illustrations That Are All Too Real For Introverts “Often along. Rarely lonely.” YES!!

When nothing is working in your homeschool This happens to everyone.

Blog action plans: 2, 5, 10, and 30 Minutes Sarah’s blog is the best to go to for blogging advice!

Link Love – Week 39

link love - week 39

Homeschooling and Dads We can’t forget the dads!

19 Awkward Moments When You’re The Youngest Person In The Office These are spot on.

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple Icing EVERYTHING FALL!!!

Dear mom of “that” kid There is always hope.

5 Ways to Cure Chronic Procrastination Ah-hem.

Make Your Own Wild Kratts Creature Power Discs My kids love Wild Kratts so much I may attempt this craftiness.

Crunchy Taco Cups Quick, easy, and look delicious!

16 Things Positive People Do Differently In Their Everyday Lives So good!!

SEO Planner + Free Printable An incredibly helpful tool.

Why Play Matters AMEN!!

Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Hate cleaning but want to get your house in order? With my 5 tips you will get your house in order in as little as 30 minutes a day. Click here to find out!

Keeping up with housework is a never ending task. People are so busy these days and the home can end up a dumping ground for papers, clothes, and dust bunnies. You don’t need a perfectly clean house to be happy, but a neat home can cut down on stress, hurried mornings, and lost items. I put together my list of 5 cleaning tips and tricks that help me keep our home clean and organized.

1. Define your priorities

Picture a perfectly clean house? Looks immaculate huh? Well, that isn’t gonna happen. Now picture reality. Sad huh. Now find a happy medium. What things do you need clean in your house to keep your sanity? What things can you let slide? For me, laundry and dishes are top priority. We have small house so laundry and dishes can quickly overwhelm us. On the other hand, we possibly have the dirtiest windows on the block. I don’t take pride in the fact that they are dirty, but I also can live with it and dedicate my time somewhere else. I also don’t clean the counters every night. I do, however, give them a thorough cleaning once a week.

2. Make a list of your top priorities

Remember, this is just cleaning. Not the 7000 other things you have going on. Keep your focus narrow and specific. On my list I have laundry (including sheets and towels), dishes, animals, floors, bathroom, and counters.

3. Assign frequency to each chore

Break it down into daily, weekly, monthly, and as needed. For example, laundry, dishes, and animal care is a daily chore. The bathroom, sweeping, counters, and sheets are a weekly chore. The vacuuming is done as needed as is towel cleaning. With 2 kids, 2 adults, 2 cats, and a dog we accumulate enough clothes to do laundry everyday so throwing in the towels with the daily laundry load is easy enough.

4. Delegate

I’ll say that again DELEGATE! I hate sweeping so I automatically assign that to my husband. The kids help me with the dishwasher when they can. (Sometimes they are out playing or asleep when it’s done running) My husband and daughter take care of the animals. The kids feed the dog and cats, and Fofo picks up the dog poop. My husband takes care of the litter box and the yard work. I put clean sheets on the kids beds, but they strip the beds.

5. Create a schedule

A cleaning schedule is a must that should include date and time. The girls have half an hour of reading time before bed, so I use that time to get chores done: clean the bathroom, put away laundry, or do dishes. I don’t have to rush to do those things during the day because I have an assigned time to do them. I also assign dates to certain chores. Monday I change the sheets on our bed. Tuesday I clean the bathroom. Wednesday is wiping down the counters and stove. Thursday I change the sheets on the kids beds. And Friday is sweeping day. I am not a big schedule person, but I love having my cleaning organized so I don’t forget the last time I cleaned the bathroom, and I don’t feel overwhelmed. It is broken down into daily, weekly, and as needed tasks to keep things running smooth and the house clean (ish).

What is your best cleaning tip? What is your trick to a clean house?

Link Love – Week 38

Link Love - Week 38

Teaching mindfulness to kids 8 simple tips applicable to everyday life.

Scotcheroos Millionaire Nuggets Oh my word.

How to love your work… even when you don’t love your work Love it!

Why High School is the biggest waste of your life Giggle, snort. Hilarious!

Study guide materials intended to accompany History Channel programs. Such an awesome resource for homeschool families.

Mojito Margaritas Total genius.

Hanging Hammock Chair I long for this sort of relaxation.

Flash and Find Geography Game I would have more fun with this than the kids!

When You Don’t Seem to Accomplish Anything “Seeds of love. Seeds of Connection. Seeds of encouragement. Seeds of affirmation.” All the likes!!!!!!

How many times per week do you actually need to blog? I love this author’s answer, and it’s a similar system I have adopted for myself.

Link Love – Week 37

Link Love - Week 37

10 First Aid Skills Every Parent Should Know Always be prepared.

What to do when comparison kills your confidence “I return to what I KNOW is authentic about myself.” I’ll be honest, I made a list.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan on Climate Change, AC/DC, Puscifer’s New LP I can’t put into words how awesome and wise this dude is!!

8 Reasons I’m Not Homeschooling My Kid I swear I could have written this. SO.GOOD!

Bratwurst Sliders 700 please!

How to stay disciplined and get a massive amount of stuff done Number two could help anyone!

Suri’s Burn Book This Tumblr is fantastic. The post about Justin Timberlake had me howling.

If the quirky shoe fits, wear it “The courage to become who they are may be the greatest gift homeschooling gave my kids.” Amen.

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad I’m not a salad person, but this is to die for!

Kids’ Birthday Parties for Introverts Introverts need this survival guide.

Fall TV 2015: 10 New Shows to Watch

Fall TV 2015

I love the fall for 3 major reasons. One, it’s back to school time, and as a homeschooling mom we can now enjoy empty parks, museums, stores, and a quiet neighborhood. Two, the weather cools down. I’m a big fan of sweatshirt and sandals weather. And three, new fall TV!! I’m a tv addict and I love the beginning of the new fall season. My old favorites come back (Bob’s Burgers, The Affair, The Middle, The Blacklist, The Amazing Race) and the promise of finding a new favorite show. Here are 10 shows I am super excited about this fall season!


The Catch
The newest edition to Shondaland is The Catch. Mireille Enos plays a fraud investigator who is a victim of fraud by her finance. First of all, MIREILLE ENOS has my heart. And second, this series looks a thrill ride very reminiscent of How to Get Away with Murder, another show I love. The Catch is a midseason show slated to premiere in January.

Dr. Ken
Community’s Ken Jenong was a real doctor. Like that kind of doctor. A medical doctor in case you didn’t get my joke. His new comedy series on ABC centers around brilliant physician Dr. Ken with no bedside manner trying to balance work and family. I’m excited to see Ken mix his first job with his new love of comedy and acting. Dr. Ken premieres Friday, October 2nd on ABC.

The Family
Oh my gosh, Joan Allen!! I would watch her read the phone book. I love a good murder/mystery and this series fits the bill. A politician’s family is rocked by the return of a son who was presumed dead 10 years earlier. But, is he really who he says he is? The Family is another midseason premiere for ABC set to debut in late 2015.

The Muppets!!!
Shot in the documentary style, The Muppets return to tv to show their work, personal lives, and relationships. I’m hoping this retro favorite will be a hit with both kids and adults. The Muppets are a part of ABC’s Tuesday night line-up starting on September 22nd.


Code Black
I was a huge ER fan back in the day, and ever since then I have been looking for a new medical show to grasp on to. Code Black may be the show. It is a medical drama based on a documentary of the same name. It follows the staff of a Los Angeles emergency room as they fight to save lives while being understaffed and overcrowded. Code Black begins on Wednesday September 30th.

Life in Pieces
The all-star cast of Betsy Brandt, Diane West, Colin Hanks, and James Brolin star in this comedy about the Short family. This single camera sitcom is a series of separate stories about different family members. The creator was inspired by Lonney Tunes, where you have several separate plot lines in one half hour. The Life in Pieces is in the Monday night line-up following The Big Bang Theory which begins on September 21st.


The Grinder
The Grinder is a new comedy coming to FOX starring Rob Lowe as a (previously) successful television lawyer who comes back to his hometown to join his family practice with his brother, played by Fred Savage. The Grinder premieres on Tuesday September 29, after the lead-in Grandfathered starring John Stamos.


Chicago Med
Again, I miss ER. And this medical drama is a spin-off of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise: Chicago Fire and Chicago PD. Chicago Med is described as “an emotional ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors that holds it together.” Chicago Med is set to be released on Tuesday November 17th. A four-way crossover between Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Chicago Med, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is set to air in February 2016.

From director James Burrows and executive producer Sean Hayes, Crowded is a new comedy on NBC where an empty nest suddenly becomes, well crowded. Patrick Warburton and Carrie Preston star as parents whose grown daughters AND parents decide to move in. Stacy Keach stars as Warburton’s father. With the combination behind and in front of the lens, this show should be a hit. Crowded is yet another mid-season premiere set to begin in late 2015.

Shades of Blue
A cop drama starring Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, and Drea de Matteo. I don’t feel like I have to say anything else. This drama centers around Lopez, a detective and single mother, who has fallen in with a group of dirty cops. When the FBI comes calling, she faces a decision on how to keep it all together. This series was ordered a full season without a pilot so I am super excited to see the full 13 episode run starting sometime in the midseason.

The Player
The Player is an action packed Las Vegas thriller centered around a high-stakes game. An organization of wealthy individuals gamble on a former military operative-turned-security expert (Snipes) ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. If it sounds a little surreal, it’s from the creators of The Blacklist where anything is possible. The Player debuts on NBC on Thursday September 24th.

What show are you looking forward to this fall? Do you like all the new shows or your returning favorites? Let me know in the comments below.