Elliot’s Port Wine Stain

Yesterday we made the hour and a half drive to the University of Michigan-Mott’s Children’s Hospital for our youngest son, Elliot’s, laser surgery. Elliot was born with a facial Port Wine Stain that covers about 1/3 of his face. This is just a part of who he is. What is a Port Wine Stain? Contrary to most beliefs, a Port Wine Stain (PWS)…

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History Odyssey Curriculum Review

History is just one of those topics that bore me to death. Most of it anyway. I am not a history buff and my children aren’t much interested in it either. So finding a history curriculum that isn’t torturous hasn’t been easy.  We started this school year off in the fall with a “Wing it Yourself” style curriculum. What this means is that…

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Grieving Kobe Bryant: My Thoughts

I wasn’t going to write a blog post on Kobe, because it’s really not in line with what I write. But I was feeling sassy about what I was facing all over social media, so I figured it is. On Sunday, January 26th, 2020 Kobe Bryant, along with his daughter Gigi and 7 other passengers, died in a fiery helicopter crash. The internet…

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Homeschooling and Sickness

It's official, the flu has hit our household. Well, I guess not *official* yet since we haven't had our oldest tested, but we're pretttty positive. Either way, the sickness is here. Last week her school shut down for 2 days due to this rampant flu virus but kept the sports schedule intact. So our basketball-playing teen, Emma, was surrounded by the germs despite…

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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms: A Book Review

Another overdue installment of my book reviews. The holidays slammed me HARD and my reading went out the window. We’re already 13 days into the new year and I’ve only managed to read ONE book thereby putting me behind my reading goal for the year already. But, eh, who cares. I’ll make it up at some point, or I won’t.  My first book…

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Girl, Don’t Wash Your Face: Relaxing in a Fast-Paced World

I don’t know about the rest of you, but 2019 was fucking exhausting. Really, the last six months were nothing but a rollercoaster of ups and downs. And when I was down I rarely had a chance to fully get back up before I was knocked down again. That shit is tiring.  90 Days ago I committed to doing the Last 90 Days…

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2019 Reading Goal in Review

Each year I set a reading goal for myself and most years I get pretty close or barely make it. I think the highest goal I've ever set for myself was 25 books in one year. I love to read but finding the time to do it with three small kids was a tough feat. Homeschooling has given me the opportunity to actually…

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Thrift Shopping: Stretching Your Dollar While Homeschooling

I love thrift shopping. Really I love ANY shopping but thrift shopping is my jam because there is so much less guilt that accompanies it. Most homeschool families are a one income household so we really excel at cutting costs and pinching pennies. Thrift shopping gives me the experience of retail therapy while keeping my bank account intact.  Pinching Pennies While we are…

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My Kids Talk To Strangers: Online Friends in the Digital Age

Don't talk to strangers. I'm willing to bet every single one of us was warned about the man in the van with candy. Or puppies. We've all heard some version of "If someone approaches you with candy, what do you do?" We run the scenario with our own kids because safety is important. But the world is changing. Communication is evolving. Yes, "we've"…

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Pandemonium Book Review & Interview with Sonia Harper

I’ll start this off by saying that I’m not the type of reader that’s in love with classical literature. I love a good vampire novel and read solely for the adventure and escape. That’s not to say that I don’t love some classics, it’s just that it’s not usually my first, second or tenth pick. You get the idea. Read on for my thoughts…

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