How to Create a Chore Plan for Your Children

How to Create a Chore Plan for Children If you’ve implemented a chore system with your children you already understand the importance of children doing chores.  If you are like me, then you might be hesitant to assign chores to your children...
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Quinoa Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash

Easy Acorn Squash Recipe – Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash I’ve found a new favorite fall recipe!  This quinoa stuffed roasted acorn squash is so delicious and super easy to make.  Although it takes 40 minutes to roast the squash, the...
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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes Although I am no longer a vegan or vegetarian, I certainly remember how it felt to participate in meat-centered holiday meals with friends and family when I didn’t eat meat.  When the standard Thanksgiving centerpiece dish is a turkey,...
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Paleo Thanksgiving

Paleo Thanksgiving When I was a child, Thanksgiving was a lovely holiday that meant lots of delicious comforting food.  My father, who was born and raised in the North Eastern US made his homemade turkey stuffing and my mother, who...
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Holiday Gift Guide for Homeschoolers

If you’re looking for some great holiday gift ideas for the special homeschooled child in your life or just want to take advantage of holiday sales to add to your homeschool stash, now is the time! Check out this awesome...
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25 Days 25 Ways to Care Contest – Enter Now!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Create the Good for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. We all know someone who has selflessly given of themselves in a caretaker role. These compassionate individuals step outside...
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  • Easy Butternut Squash Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe Butternut squash soup is a family favorite here.  It’s creamy, it’s sweet, it’s savory, it’s . . . perfect.  And, made with homemade bone broth, it’s incredibly nourishing. I love serving this dish on cool fall evenings...
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  • Easy Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice

Easy Pumpkin Curry With Coconut Rice Recipe I have a serious fondness for curry dishes.  The warmth and the variety of the flavors in both curry powder and garam masala make me very happy.  Though I never ate Indian cuisine...
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  • How to Save on a Cell Phone Bill

9 Ways to Save on Your Cell Phone Bill

I haven’t accepted many guest posts on Our Small Hours lately, but when Stephanie of HowMuchIsIt.Org presented this idea for an article I knew you guys would love it. If you ever feel like you are paying too much for your...
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  • Chocolate Fudge Made With Maple Syrup

Easy Maple Chocolate Fudge

Easy Maple Chocolate Fudge Raise your hand if you love chocolate! When I’m in the mood for chocolate, my easy maple chocolate fudge is my go-to chocolate treat. It’s simple, it’s silky and it’s more decadent and healthy than the...
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Children’s Books About Fall

The Best Children’s Books About Fall Oh, sweet Autumn!  It’s that time of year again when we all feel a little more snuggly.  There are few things more precious on a cool fall day than snuggling up with my boys...
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  • Ways to Help a Child Who Daydreams in School

Tools to Help Your Homeschool Child Focus

Happy Fall, Homeschool Mamas! Many of us are the midway point of this semester. The weather is gorgeous outside and sometimes our kiddos would rather be out there than trudging through homeschool lessons. That’s why I’m sharing some great tools...
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  • The Best Real Food Pumpkin Recipes

Real Food Pumpkin Recipes

The Best Real Food Pumpkin Recipes If there’s one food flavor that has the ability to make me feel cozy and comfy, it’s pumpkin.  Pumpkin, combined with the warmth of pumpkin pie spice flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves,...
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Five Must-Have Essential Oils for Fall

Five Must-Have Essential Oils for Fall I’ve been using essential oils daily to support my family’s physical and emotional wellness since the spring of 2014.  I am amazed all the time at what a difference they have made for us....
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  • How to Make Risotto Easy Recipe

Pumpkin Risotto

It’s everything-pumpkin season again. I’m sharing my easy pumpkin risotto recipe with you today. You can add it to your fall recipe list along with the amazing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I shared recently. Don’t forget to check out my...
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  • Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Thanks to my pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipe my whole house smells like autumn. Yum!   It’s finally fall – even here in the South where fall seems to come a little later each year.  That means, in addition to...
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My Family’s Journey Into Natural Living

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. My family’s journey into natural living actually began when I was a child. My mother was passionate about green...
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  • Why I'm Not Encouraging my Children to go to College

10 Reasons I’m Not Encouraging My Kids to go to College

Call the parenting police! I’m not encouraging my kids to go to college. Really, it’s not that simple. Let’s get this out of the way:  We homeschool and we make college prep a priority. It is my responsibility to prepare...
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  • Help for Dyslexia

Four Great Resources for Dyslexia

October is National Learning Disabilities Awareness month, and I’ll bet that at least one person in your life has been affected by a learning disability. I have a family member with dyslexia, so being a part of providing helpful resource...
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  • How to Make Homeschooling Fun

An Easy Way to Make Homeschool Learning Fun

Here’s An Easy Way to Make Homeschool Learning More Fun One of the reasons that we homeschool is so our boys can learn in an environment that supports their individual learning styles. We also strive to make learning as natural and...
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3 Ways to Make Moving More Affordable

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U-Pack. All opinions are 100% mine. Since we married almost 16 years ago, my husband and I have moved three times. We’re currently considering a fourth move within the...
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  • The Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

The Best Homeschool Math Curriculum

Math can be quite the 4 letter word but, with the right curriculum, it becomes an amazing tool that unlocks the world around us. Using the best math curriculum for your individual children is important because each child learns differently. ...
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You’re Not Responsible For Your Children’s Happiness

You’re Not Responsible for Your Children’s Happiness Guess what, mamas? You’re not responsible for your children’s happiness.  I know some of you are nodding furiously in agreement but others of you are requesting that I hand in my attachment parenting...
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  • Wearsafe Wearable Safety Device Review

The Simple Way I Keep My Teen Safe in the Real World

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Wearsafe for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. The Simple Way I Keep My Teen Safe in the Real World My oldest son received his learner’s permit last week....
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  • How to Watch TV Without Cable

How to Watch TV Without Cable (Yes, Even ESPN)

How much is your cable bill each month? Do you really watch $50-200 worth of TV? If you’re ready to cut the cord on cable and get rid of the unnecessary expense, like my family did, read on to find out...
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  • Easy Way to Improve Posture

I’m Improving My Posture with ALEX Wearable Posture Tracker and Coach

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ALEX Wearable Posture Tracker and Coach for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Once upon a time, I had perfect posture. When I was a teen and my body...
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  • Life of Fred Buyer's Guide

The Complete Life of Fred Buyer’s Guide

I’ve heard about the Life of Fred series for almost as long as we’ve been homeschooling. It’s been highly recommended by all types of homeschoolers – secular and religious, eclectic and structured. Life of Fred was written by a former...
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  • Ecocentric Mom Subscription Box Review

Ecocentric Mom Box Review

Yesterday I received an Ecocentric Mom Box in the mail to review. I’ve been a fan of the Ecocentric Mom shop for a while. I love that they sell green, organic, natural products for baby, home, pregnant moms and the...
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  • Easy Slow Cooker Roast Recipe

Easy Slow Cooker Roast Recipe

I have to admit that my easy slow cooker roast recipe was inspired by my own mother. When I was a kid, Sundays meant we had a delicious roast for lunch with leftovers for dinner. Before we left for church my...
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How I Get My Kids Christmas Gifts for Free

It’s never too early to start thinking about holiday gift shopping.  In fact, I plan way ahead to get my kids’ Christmas gifts for free. It’s easy to get Christmas and birthday gifts for free as long as you have a...
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