Could this be why my daughter doesn’t like to read?

hidden learning disability

I thought McKenna would be easy to homeschool. She is very smart. She retains words quickly and she’s very inquisitive. Preschool was great and kindergarten started off great until we progressed into harder levels of reading. Guess what her favorite thing to say about homeschool is? I love school with Mommy but I don’t like […]

DIY St. Patrick’s Day Garland

diy St. Patrick's Day garland

We’ve been snowed in long enough to attempt crafts. I’ve even handed over the stapler to people under the age of 18. The kids and I made the cutest St. Patrick’s Day garland and they loved hanging it up above our fireplace almost as much as they loved using the stapler. It was a great […]

How to get inspired

advice on getting rid of writers block

Sometime after Christmas but long before Easter I’ve usually had enough winter. This year, with quadruple the amount of snow and a decrease in the temperature by roughly 2 million percent, my winter slump is even worse. This winter slump has led to a case of writer’s block that may be my payback for saying […]

Valentine ideas for boys

Parker valentine

It’s find-a-cute-but-not-too-cute-Valentine round one. Having a kindergarten boy apparently means that I have a whole new set of rules to follow. We are working on a compromise between Valentine cards that do not contain any mention of bodily functions and something short and sweet, casually mentioning he’s not ready for marriage to his current six […]

Homeschool preschool

This is my second year of homeschooling a preschooler. After completing one year with McKenna who believes she should actually be teaching me, I’m expecting this year to go much more smoothly with my youngest. Sawyer tends to be a little more easy going than his sister who has been wearing the same rotation of […]

Making coffee out of lemonade

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The kids have been begging me to have a lemonade stand. There is just one problem. Did you see that tumbleweed go by? That’s the average amount of activity we get on our little country road. Being optimistic and dreamy little 4 and 5 year-olds they all had the “if we build it they will […]

How to have the best summer day

Peeps crafts and recipes

Yesterday was one of those perfect summer days where the weather is good, the kids are almost not fighting and everyone goes to bed with sticky cheeks and sugar-filled dreams. I think we might have figured out how to have the best summer day around here. Start with painting outside 1. Fill shallow bowls with […]

Peace, love and sugar

no bake recipe

My three year-old was officially introduced to Peeps this weekend. He sat at the table wide-eyed while his siblings explained that yes there was sparkly stuff on the outside and gooey stuff on the inside. Once the shock wore off and the sugar-high kicked in, I confiscated the rest of the boxes to try out […]

Field of dreams

play dough recipe

When I was young I had this vision of my future self, married with kids. In my spectacularly clueless vision I was dressed in one of those flowy white sundresses and running through a field (tall, blowing grass of course) with a long line of blonde children and a gorgeous husband. No one was fighting […]

Sometimes I’m almost crafty

candles

I got all crafty again and tried to turn a few old vases into candle holders. In summary: Nothing exploded, there were no hazardous fumes AND they actually turned out great. Here’s what you need: -any candle holder or vase, as long as it has a smooth, even surface -two sided tape or Mod Podge -vellum paper Find […]