Landscaping With Plants You Can Eat

Man watering the garden with hose in backyard

I am blessed to be able to grow food almost year round where I live. We’ve been trying to design a garden that is both beautiful as well as functional. I’ve been reading a lot about edible landscapes.  Keeper of the Home has an interesting post about how to grow food while creating a pretty landscape. We have figs and bananas, sour oranges, lemons, grapefruit, grapes, sweet potato vines, kumquats and loquats. Do you have edible landscaping?

Genius Ideas for Homeschool Families

genius ideas

As a fairly new home school family (we’re going into our 2nd year) I’m always on the lookout for some genius ideas for our homeschool. Tricia Goyer has shared 8 of them on her site. I’m really liking Genius Ideas #1, #3 and #5. What are you genius ideas for homeschooling? I sure could use some!

Cleaning with Vinegar and More

Organic cleaners. White vinegar and sodium bicarbonate.

Vinegar is a staple in our household for so many things.  It’s versatility makes me happy. I love it when one product can do many jobs. From laundry to mopping to cleaning toilets and even killing ants, vinegar is one item that is always on hand and always on my shopping list. I found this list of 30 Household Tips & Tricks Using Vinegar from The How-To Crew.   #14 & #18 are my favorites. How do you use vinegar?

Lots of Kids, Lots of Love

lots of kids

Krystyn over at Really, Are You Serious?, shared a post near and dear to my heart about having a large family and the things people say about it without thinking. I’m sure they don’t mean any harm but sometimes it is kinda insulting. In my case, I, too, have four kids – 23, 18, 9 & 6 1/2. Oh, and I’m 47 so along with the things Krystyn mentions I get things like “WOW! That’s quite a spread.” or “You {Read More}

Common Core: Something Smells Off

Common Core Zombie Apple

For it or Against it, Common Core is something we all need to be aware of. If you have school aged children then you know how hard it is to teach them something as simple as addition in the Common Core Way. Forget old math. Forget new math. Now, our children are being taught how to find answers in the most obscure of way. Heck, even when I KNOW the answer to a problem when faced with solving the equation {Read More}

Do You Use Homemade, Natural Remedies?

whats that you say

One of my favorite bloggers in Crystal from Natural Thrifty.  If you haven’t met her yet, she’s sweet & smart with a bit of sass mixed in for good measure. She recently wrote a post Natural Remedies for Step, Colds and the Flu.  Since I like to keep our “cures” more natural or homeopathic I soak up a lot of what Crystal has to say. Do you use natural remedies?

How Grateful Are We Really?

not my car

I was reading a post over at called Give me Gratitude or Give Me Debt (Great title, right?) She was talking about how a picture she posted garnered her all sorts of comments about updating her kitchen.  (Aren’t we all a bunch of know-it-alls?) Anyway, what struck me is that she is truly thankful that she even has a kitchen. Think about it.  I was always taught that if you own a car you are among the richest 1% of {Read More}

New to Homeschooling? So Are We!

back to homeschool

Well, this is actually our 2nd year but I still consider us newbies. I thought I’d share a couple of our favorite sites just in case you’re new, too.  Even if you’re just now considering homeschooling your children these are great sites to peruse.   The Old Schoolhouse I’ve been a subscriber of the magazine for about 10 years.  Yep, it took me 9 years to decide to bite the bullet and it’s been great so far!  The Old Schoolhouse {Read More}

Telling Kids About The Divorce

Divorce & Kids

If you and your spouse have made the decision that you are ending your marriage, one of the biggest hurdles is talking to your kids  about your decision. I mean, it’s one thing to come to the place where you accept that your marriage is ending and an entirely different thing to tell your kids. You have had the benefit of rolling every event, painful situation and the fact that you can no longer stand to be in the same {Read More}

Dinner Is Served! Meal Prep Tips for Busy Moms

Carrie Willard Meal Prep Tips

  It’s a goal of mine to serve my family hot, healthy, home-cooked suppers. Perhaps you feel the same. Honestly, this can be really challenging some days. In my case, being a homeschooling mom to several kids as well as a blogger and author means that I’m not always willing to spend an hour or two in the kitchen every night. There are a few tricks we can keep up our sleeves to make the meal prep rush a little {Read More}