Yesterday’s post was my reflection and celebration of our successes these past several months.  Today, I bring you the the bad and the ugly side of things.***Not everything is rosy around here, folks. A friend of mine once told me some advice a homeschooling mother had shared with her:You can’t have it all, and you can’t do it all.Truer words were never spoken.So guess what? You cannot have a spotlessly clean house AND a delicious home cooked meal, AND a stellar… Read more »


Each January, I like to stop, take 5, and assess where we’ve come from and where we’re going.  What worked well for us the first semester, and what didn’t. Typing it all up helps me to get all my ducks in a row moving forward, and allows me to sort out my swirling thoughts. (btw, if you are feeling discouraged, and need to know you’re not alone in your failures or missteps, feel free to skip this post altogether and… Read more »


Hi friends.  Today’s post is really just a fun little holiday recap of all we’ve been up to the past several weeks (especially for those of you who don’t follow us on Facebook).  We had a memorable holiday season, and I wanted to share some of it here with you. So first up… Like many of you, we did a whole bunch of baking together in the kitchen in December~ marshmallow caramel snowmen for the kiddos Jam filled Butter Cookies… Read more »


My son’s birthday falls on New Year’s Day.   And while I normally LOVE planning my kids’ birthday parties, and going all-out with their cakes, I have realized that a January 1st birthday celebration is always going to make party-planning a challenge. I’m just tired by then.  We’re ALL tired by then.   And sadly, none of us really want another bite of anything sweet by then. Cake is just not something anyone is craving January 1st. Hence, the decision… Read more »


 Happy New Year, friends!  This is the first year I’ve ever picked a one-word resolution for the New Year. And whadaya know? I couldn’t narrow it down to one word. But I managed to get it down to two.  And that’s pretty good for me. Ironically, the first word is FOCUS (because sheesh, obviously–it’s difficult for me to NARROW mine). One common failure of young(ish) energetic people like me is that we tend to lack focus. I am someone who… Read more »