What’s more comforting on an easy Sunday morning than a stack of warm pancakes spread with butter and drizzled with maple syrup? Well, nothing – unless your belly isn’t comforted by foods made with wheat flour. That’s why making soaked...
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After spending way too much money on our first set of homeschool curriculum just to discover we hated it, I decided to create my own homeschool curriculum. While I love shopping for new homeschool workbooks and supplies, I quickly discovered...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Kandice, owner of Green-Eyed Girl Productions and a Coordinating Blog, The Vintage Event, and her personal blog A Cotton Kandi Life.  You can find out more about Kandice by following her on social media...
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  • Is Salt Healthy
In the “Why I Buy” series I will explain why I purchase certain foods or products.  Today there are many items in my kitchen (and in the rest of my home) that I hadn’t even heard of several years ago....
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3 Date Night Ideas For Busy Parents When you are a parent, spending time with your spouse is easier said than done. Babysitters can be expensive and you surely don’t want to leave your kids in the wrong hands. But...
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Authentic homemade sourdough bread begins with a fermented, thick, gloopy substance called a sourdough starter. It might sound (or look) unappealing, but let me tell you, homemade sourdough starter is the first step to a truly delicious loaf of homemade...
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Did you know that there is no shortage of free homeschooling reading resources? Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  There are plenty of resources out there that are completely free.  We’re fortunate to live in the digital age...
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Natural Alternative to Dryer Sheets What if you could have an easy, inexpensive natural alternative to dryer sheets? You’d be one step closer to a frugal, natural lifestyle, that’s for sure. I recently posted about my one-ingredient, homemade natural laundry...
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Easy Homemade Mouthwash  Anytime I can save money and make my daily routine greener and more natural, I do. That’s why I’m so excited to share the easy homemade mouthwash recipe I created. As I work to replace all of...
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What’s Wrong With Common Core Math? Before you read this post, check out this problem.  Did the common core method of calculation make sense to you?  It did to me.  But, that doesn’t mean I’m rushing to teach my homeschooled...
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One Ingredient Natural Laundry Detergent I’m so happy to share with you guys this easy homemade laundry detergent. It’s no secret that store-bought laundry detergent is not the healthiest of products.  From sulfates to dioxanes to fragrances, conventional laundry detergents...
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Do you want to lose weight in the new year? I’ve got five books you must read for weight loss with real food. 5 Books to Read for Weight Loss With Real Food A few years ago, I lost 47...
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  • Sweet Potato Frittata
Sweet potatoes are an important part of my family’s real food diet. Did you know that sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse? They contain ample amounts of Vitamins A, B, C and the mineral potassium. And, even though they have...
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I admit, my arts are music and writing. My husband is all science and sports. We don’t spend a lot of time on art (outside of music) around here because we fill our time with other activities. But, some of...
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10 Important Things New Moms Need to Know 10.  You can do it.  No matter your age, your financial situation, your education, or your relationship status, you’ve got this, mama.  It’s what you were born to do.  Once you go...
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Easy Homemade Jell-O Recipe – Bonus! It’s Healthy! Did you know that jello is a healthy treat for kids and adults? Wait! Let me explain: My homemade jell-o recipe is healthy because it’s sugar-free (with no artificial sweeteners!) and made...
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 If your kids are as into science as mine are, then you’re going to love this great holiday gift guide for kids who love science. We’ve always tried to get gifts for our boys that were educational so as they’ve...
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  We Don’t Force Our Children to Hug Other Adults (Not even Grandma!) When my boys were preschool age and younger, family members would sometimes act offended when the boys refused hugs and kisses.  My husband and I tried to...
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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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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 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 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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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
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 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
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
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 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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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
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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