Homeschool, Life Lately

Build Your Library Update

Are you interested in the Build Your Library Curriculum? Click here to learn about some of the activities and books this homeschool curriculum has to offer!

Howdy folks! I thought I would give you a little update on how the first couple of months has gone with our new homeschool curriculum, Build Your Library. Click here for our reasons for choosing this curriculum.

We started at the beginning of September and things are going really well! We began with 1st grade even though my kids are in second and fourth grade age wise. Grade 1 began with ancient history so I thought it was a great place to begin the curriculum.

Sisters in front of sunflowers in their backyard

The curriculum includes lessons for history, mythology, literature, science, art, and language arts. Not all are done everyday or on the same day. It has lesson plans for five days a week but I am able to condense it down to three days a week to better suit our schedule. read more

Health, Taking care of Me

Living with Depression

How exactly does it feel to live with depression?

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live with depression? What does it feel like to be depressed? Click here to find out more!

Trying to describe what it’s like living with depression is like trying to describe a sunset. You know all the correct adjectives and nouns, but the description always falls short of seeing it for yourself.

I have blogged previously about my experience recognizing my depression. I am currently on medication which helps, but I am not “cured” of my depression. It’s much more manageable than it once was and my good days far outnumber my bad. But I still feel some of the depression symptoms. read more

Family, Making Memories

How to Choose Outfits for Family Photos

Three easy tips to help you choose outfits for family photos!

How to Choose Outfits for Family Photos

I’m a huge advocate for taking family photos. Our family has a yearly tradition of taking family portraits. I treasure these photos because as Jodi Picoult once said “This is what I like about photographs. They’re proof that once, even if just for a heartbeat, everything was perfect.”

But taking family photos can be stressful. Finding the time, the money, the location, and the outfits! Picking out the perfect outfit for each of your family members that makes them look and feel great can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be! I have a three-step system that I use to coordinate our family outfits. Let me tell you about it. read more

Family, Parenting Tips

How to Organize a Routine with Young Children

Five easy steps to organizing a routine with young children.

Do you feel like you are in survival mode with your kids? In this post learn how to organize a routine with young children to bring joy back into your home.

Do you remember the day when you were left alone with the kids for the first time? Those few weeks after birth certainly aren’t the easiest but most moms have their husbands or moms, mother-in-laws, or sisters around to help them. If you didn’t, oh my word do I pray for you.

But eventually everyone goes home and hubby goes back to work. I may have cried that first night my husband went to work and left me home with a toddler and a newborn. If you are in those trenches, I feel for you. Those early days of motherhood are really, really hard. BUT setting up a routine for your family is one way you can help yourself out. A simple but structured day can save your sanity. read more

FAQ, Homeschool

Homeschool Plan 2017-18

Our homeschool curriculum choices for the 2017-18 school year!

Homeschool Curriculum for 2017

This year I will be teaching a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, and my how things will look different this year. Up until about May of last year, our kids’ schooling could best be described as being kids. They played with their toys, read books, built things, and played outside. We had a very, very loose curriculum that suited their personalities and learning style.

More on our past unschooling/preschool curriculum plans here!

This year my kids are ready for big kid work. For the past couple of years I have purchased workbooks, much like these Brain Quest workbooks, and one day a week we would have workbook time. The other days were library day, game day, Magic School Bus kit day, and one day for homeschool outings or errands. Homeschool is all about adjusting, and I felt the kids needed something more challenging than just workbooks this year. read more