Natural Cleaning Products That Really Make Laundry Sparkle

Spoiler Alert: I have two boys. I have to do laundry for two boys - although they are old enough that they now help. I'll add that both boys had eczema in their early years until I figured out the best laundry detergent to make it go away. The popular scented baby detergents didn't help their sensitive skin - in...

How to Say Yes To What Matters Most

Spoiler Alert: Over time, I have learned how to say no nicely, politely, and maybe even graciously to family and friends. I can even say no without feeling guilty or like a failure. I'm sharing my best step-by-step tips on how you can do just that. And here's the best part. Saying no gives me time and energy left over...

Three Secrets to Creating a Purposeful Life After Turning 40

I am always interested to hear stories from other women about turning 40. Remember fifteen years ago, we were all telling the birth stories from our most recent baby. Now, I hear more turning 40 stories - or even turning 50 stories. And there is a common theme among the hundreds of stories that you've shared with me - freedom....

Cinco de Mayo For Kids: Discover Mexico’s Magical Culture

If you know Cinco de Mayo as a time of tequilla and tacos, you are missing out on so much that the Mexican culture has to offer! Celebrating Cinco de Mayo for kids means sharing and learning about authentic Mexican traditions and culture. After I figured out our family's reasons to homeschool, it became clear that I wanted to raise empathetic...

The Perfect Cozy & Comforting Winter Kale Salad

We have a neighborhood smoothie bar with a tiny fridge filled with amazing pre-made salads. They make  these salads each day in-house. Having failed at enjoying any kale salad I had ever tried my hand at making - I tried this winter kale salad with its awesome-sauce citrus vinaigrette on a whim. Instantly, I was transformed into the smitten kale kitten. I...

What Is Quinoa? 15 Insanely Cool (But True) Facts

Quinoa. It's pronounced "KEEN-wah." Say it with me - "KEEN-wah." "KEEN-wah." There are so many great things about quinoa. I'm nerdy about food and as I started to learn about quinoa - it's really amazing! Its versatility and ease of use in recipes is virtually unmatched. Quinoa possesses many health benefits, so you can definitely find a way to use...

Stories About Math That Will Inspire Kids to Love Numbers (Proven By Science!)

Spoiler Alert: As I started to homeschool my two boys, I knew that one loves to read and one loves math. I began to search for stories about math to encourage my math lover's enjoyment of reading. What I learned is that reading stories about mathematics and/or stories about numbers can actually helps kids learn math and learn to love math!...

How To Be a More Relaxed and Confident Homeschool Mom {With Printable}

Spoiler Alert: After researching some of the reasons to homeschool that motivate other families to start homeschooling, this year I'm jumping in to homeschool my fifth grade son. As a rookie, I wanted nothing more than to be a relaxed and confident homeschool mom with a great answer to the question, "Why homeschool?" But I had no idea how or...

150+ of the Best Healthy Lunch Ideas Your Kids Will Devour

Spoiler Alert: This post is the result of my personal rant against trying to prepare easy and healthy school lunches for my kids. It's not them that makes it such a challenge - for some reason it's me. Finding healthy lunch ideas feels impossible. I like simple and easy school lunch ideas or recipes that any mom (including me) can...

My Dear Son: You Are Loved Unconditionally

Spoiler Alert: I have no "quick fix" or "magic pill" hacks, tips, or ideas to magically navigate you through raising tweens. But I can share stories about how I've learned that loving children is to love unconditionally. The truth is that parenting through this season of  life takes all of the positive parenting skills, empathy, and unconditional love that I've...

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