• The Best 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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  • Best Place to Buy Essential Oils
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
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
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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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
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
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
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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  • How to make moving cheaper
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
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 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
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 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
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
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
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
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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  • Survey Sites For Moms
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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  • Daily Homeschool Schedules
One of the questions I’m asked about homeschooling is what a typical day looks like. Whether you’re already homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling it can be fun to take a peek into another homeschool family’s daily routine. Our daily homeschool...
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  • Things We Have to Stop Telling New Moms
It’s easy to give the standard, off-the-cuff advice to new mothers in order to make conversation or bolster our “been there, done that” parenting cred. Unfortunately, there is too much unhelpful advice passed around that only frustrates new moms or causes unnecessary...
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  • 3 Back to School Must Haves for Moms
It’s back to school time! Every summer you dutifully shop for your children so that they have everything they need for back to school. You get them off to a great start with all of the essentials because you are a...
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  • My Husband Isn't My Best Friend
 Take a scroll down your Facebook news feed. How often do you come across a post from someone proclaiming how happy they are to be married to their best friend? I’ve seen it over and over. And I think it’s...
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  • How to Stop PMS Naturally
How to Get Relief From PMS Did you know that almost 85% of women experience at least some symptoms of PMS? I’m one of those women and I bet you are, too. While some of us experience more severe symptoms...
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  • Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe
  Easy Sourdough Bread Recipe You know what makes me feel all comfy-cozy? The smell of homemade bread baking the oven. There are few things I bake that are more satisfying to prepare and eat than my easy sourdough bread...
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  • Why We Don't Eat Dinner as a Family Anymore
We don’t eat dinner together as a family – and I’m okay with that. It wasn’t always that way, but we stopped having regular family dinners not long after my youngest son was born in 2006. According to Cornell University, whether or...
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  • How to Stop Wasting Time on Facebook
6 Ways You’re Wasting Time on Facebook How much time are you wasting on Facebook each day? According to this NY Times article the average user spends 50 minutes on Facebook and Instagram per day.   Moms, we have to...
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  • The Best Frugal Living YouTubers
My Five Favorite Frugal Living YouTube Channels Recently I posted a list of my 10 favorite YouTube moms. When I have time, I love to watch the great content these moms create to show us how they live their lives and...
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  • Why is Motherhood so Stressful
The Number One Reason You’re Stressed Out as a Mom I’ll get right to it.  The number one reason you’re stressed out as a mom is because you are always ON. I know, I know. Many of you are thinking...
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  • The Best Summer Learning Workbooks
I know it doesn’t feel like it, but summer vacation is winding down. It seems to me like summer vacation gets shorter each year.  This time of the season is for all of the last minute things you wanted to...
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How to Homeschool Your Second Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good...
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