Mothering is a Marathon with Keri Vasek

Mothering is a Marathon with Keri VasekIt had been a while since I had Keri on the show. Actually, it had been a while since Keri and I had talked in real life. It was good to catch up with her and hear what was on her heart. Keri took a few minutes to catch us up on her home and family.  She has been a busy lady since we last chatted. Next, Keri asked about my suggestions for sibling disagreements. I admit that I don’t know all the answers on this one, but I did have a few thoughts and suggestions to teach children to be kind to one another.


Keri and I spent a good amount of time talking about a statement I often make during my speaking engagements, “Mothering is a marathon.” I do say that a lot. I really want parents to understand that it isn’t a sprint, it isn’t just getting them to kindergarten, or high school, or even adulthood. It is a long, tough journey that has ups and downs… highs and lows. It will test us, require patience and definitely demand endurance. It will be worth it. It is worth it.

We chatted a little bit about the popular TV show, This is Us. If you haven’t seen it, you should. I am pretty sure my twin is the writer for this show. I know you feel the same. It is so true, so raw, so needed. We can all learn valuable lessons from this show.

Thanks for listening. If you have topics you would like for me to discuss or people you would like to hear from, let me know. Just email me at or shoot me a message on social media.


Find a way to #sayyes today.

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Money Tips: Accounting software for homeschool groups

Money Tips: Accounting Software for Homeschool OrganizationsDoes your homeschool group use software to manage it’s finances? It’s something you should consider. Carol Topp, the HomeschoolCPA, discusses when you should use software and offers  her opinion on software that’s best for homeschool groups.
















Money Management in a Homeschool Organization


Does your homeschool group manage their money well? Do you have a budget and know where the money is spent? Do you know how to prevent fraud? This 115 page book will help you to open a checking account, establish a budget, prevent mistakes and fraud, use software to keep the books, prepare a financial statement and hire workers. Sample forms and examples of financial statements in clear English are provided.

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Come and Be Encouraged

Come and Be Encouraged with Leslie Nunnery of Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conferences Do you attend Homeschool conferences?  If the answer is no, you may want to reconsider your decision not to go. Today Dr. Jan Bedell visits with Leslie Nunnery who along with her husband David, started the Teach Them Diligently Home School Conferences.

Leslie shares the call they felt to encourage homeschool families to stay the course in their ‘High Calling’.   Our very own Brain Coach, Jan Bedell will be speaking and exhibiting at all the Teach Them Diligently locations this year. The new locations have been expanded for this coming year’s conference season so they are more convenient to more families or make a great family get away.  Today, you will also learn what Teach Them Diligently offers to homeschool families outside of the conference arena.

The Little Giant Steps team will be conducting NeuroDevelopmental Screenings at all of the Teach Them Diligently conferences.  Discover exactly how a screening can benefit the individuals in your family by tuning in to today’s Brain Coach Tips and by following this link – NeuroDevelopmental Screenings.  These screening are helpful if you have a gifted child because the way the brain is organized, even when the individual has a high IQ, makes all the difference in the ability to use that intelligence.  Screenings are valuable when you have a child that is doing “OK” in your eyes but you know he is having to work much harder than you would expect. Screening are also valuable to help you identify the root causes of learning difficulties or even when children already have learning labels like ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, CAPD, OCD and Learning Disabled.     When you know the root cause of learning struggles, you can become equipped to change the outcome for that child.

Dealing with Parental Guilt – MBFLP 192

A recent study reported that parents experience 23 “pangs of guilt” every week about their parenting decisions. Surely we’re not all ruining our children, destroying the planet, and failing in every regard. So what can we do about nagging guilt feelings as Mom or Dad? This episode we talk about real guilt, false guilt, and how to deal with both kinds Biblically!

“THE ‘GUILTY TRUTH’: New Research Reveals Top Reasons for Parental Guilt”, PR Newswire (by Farm Rich), 9/13/17



Pass the Torch

Pass the TorchPass the Torch

Podcast #41

In this episode, Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about the importance of passing on the values of homeschooling, learning about legislative processes, getting involved and valuing the freedom and legacy of  homeschooling.  Pass the Torch to future generations! Teach these important freedoms to your family.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

Please visit to learn more about who we are!


Join us February 8, 2018 for Day at the Capitol!

Day at the Capitol

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA

This week on HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization, Interview with Carol Topp CPA.

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization Interview with Carol Topp CPA


HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization,  Interview with Carol Topp CPA

Homeschool parents are movers and shakers! If they need something, or their kids need something, and it is not available, they make it happen! Homeschoolers often start organizations: co-ops, support groups and more.

BUT here’s her rub: When we take money for services, we’ve started a business, whether we like it or not.

How do we know when we have a business or a non-profit? We go to the experts! Our favorite expert is Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA.

Carol joins Vicki for tips about starting organizations in a wise and responsible manner. She helps us understand important concepts such as:

  • What is an organization
  • Understanding its operation
  • Creating non-profit status, if you need it
  • Creating a for-profit status, if you need it
  • Forming a board
  • Creating bylaws
  • Communicating with the IRS

Carol gives us her Checklist for Starting a Non-profit Homeschool Organization:

  • Gather a board
  • Appoint officers
  • Create a binder to keep track of records
  • Create bylaws
  • Choose a structure (unincorporated or incorporated)
  • Obtain your EIN from IRS
  • Open a checking account
  • Get tax exempt status from IRS
  • Communicate with the state
  • Send in annual forms to IRS

Feel intimidated? You should probably get in touch with Carol. SHE’S intimidating. (She has great resources, too!) 

In the meantime, catch her podcast here on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network.

HSHSP Ep 93: How to Start a Homeschool Organization,  Interview with Carol Topp CPA



How to Teach Foreign Language in Your Homeschool

How to Teach Foreign Language in your homeschool #podcast #homeschool

Hey, homeschoolers!

Have you had a hard time teaching foreign language in your homeschool like I have? I studied German but wanted my kids to learn Spanish. It’s been a challenge for me to say the least. That’s why I was excited to meet Anne Guarnera. She has a PhD in Spanish and is also the homeschooling mother of two boys. She has the author of the website Language Learning at Home and seeks to help homeschooling families teach foreign language and actually enjoy it. We’ll learn from her in just a minute, but first I would love to invite you to join us at The Organized Homeschool Life Facebook page. We’ll get to know each other by sharing our weekly goals, our focus for the day, and even what we’re planning for dinner. I’ll share tips there for getting your homeschool life organized whether you own the planning system or not. Join us at

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to pare down the information you want to share with your kids to the essentials. Then you can add it to your homeschool schedule in short segments. Here’s an example. If you don’t have time to do a complete music course, use Music in Our Homeschool’s 100 Classical Pieces Mini Course. Gena was my guest on this podcast before. I’ll link to our interview on including music in your homeschool in the show notes. Play and discuss one classical music selection from the course every day that you’re home or do one a week and you’ll greatly enhance your child’s music education in a short time. The mini course is just $5 through the end of January 2018. Learn more at

Foreign Language Resources Mentioned in This Episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show

Duolingo and Mango Languages

Anne gives other ideas for motivating your students at Language Learning at Home.

Language Learning at Home

Facebook group

Connect with Anne on Twitter @LangsatHome.

Read the blog post

What challenges have you had in teaching foreign language in your homeschool?

Life Hacks Traveling and First Aid

life hacks traveling and first aidLife Hacks Traveling and First Aid

Episode 250

Traveling with kids can be stressful and with these traveling and first aid life hacks this is an easier way to make things happen.

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Show Notes: Life Hacks for Traveling and First Aid:

Previous Show on Life Hacks for Home and School Here

Traveling Homeschool Life Hacks: 

  1. Traveling with children can we a wonderful time to make memories. One of my favorite traveling life hacks is to have a bag or a backpack ready ahead of time with essential items such as wet wipes, napkins and tissues, quick and nutritious snacks, first-aid items such as band-aids, ointment, (one of my favorites is melaleuca oil), sunscreen, binoculars, and storage bags for “treasures” your children want to keep.
  2. For suitcases – tie a ribbon to identify yours quickly. Yes, it has worked for me for years and guess what? I learned this from my parents. We always had a bright ribbon on our bags and not trouble spotting them.
  3. Another life hack – free bags on your plane. If you have a small carry on and really wanted to check it, most of the time that can be free when you are on an overbooked or full flight. They will make an announcement soon before boarding and check your bag for free. I only like to do this on a non-connecting flight, however, if I am traveling home I will check it. Free is always good!
  4. Set up a alert. This tidbit I learned from a check-out guy at the grocery store. I set up Skyscanner alerts from our airport RSW to the airport where I want to arrive. I get alerts when the price goes up or down. I have saved hundreds of dollars on flights this way. All airlines are compared.
  5. Take a picture with your smartphone of a business card, or important number so you can find it later in your photos. I use this idea for recipes as well.
  6. Take a photo of your parking spot so you won’t forget where you park! Or better yet when you shop at regular locations always park in the same place, it will help you remember which I learned from a lady who followed us on the way out of a store one day and overheard me telling my kids I had no idea where I parked.

First Aid Life Hacks:

  1. Use meat tenderizer for bug stings. Even works for ant bites. Mix a teaspoon full of meat tenderizer with water and put on the bite. Watch for an allergic reaction. If you use homeopathic remedies use
  2. This idea works great! Use frozen vegetables such as peas or mixed vegetables as ice packs. Place it in a thin cloth or washcloth that is wet. It works amazingly well and you can refreeze it as needed or store it for a long time. Just be sure to label these bags so you don’t eat them!
  3. Homeopathic remedies such as Belladonna and Aconite for the first sign of a cold.
  4. A great cold remedy. Vitamin C for colds. Take as needed. 500 mg for adults. Also liquid drops from the health food store of echinacea – or echinacea tablets with zinc. Both have been lifesavers in our family. We use DoTerra drops such as OnGuard at the first sign of a cold. If you want to order some, go here: DoTerra – Felice Gerwitz
  5. Neem spray. Keep this to ward off mosquitoes and biting insects.
  6. Homeopathic advice and great remedies! Be sure to listen to HomeopathyforMommiesPodcast — great tips on natural remedies.

Uncover the Happiness Myth

The Roadschool Moms tackle the happiness myth in Episode#165. This first episode of the team’s three-part Mythbusters series reveals shocking truths about this superficial state of mind. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Familiesbroadcasts from their SouthEast Florida Coast. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from west central Indiana. The OTR duo are on a mission to bust up the happiness myth to Roadschool Moms everywhere. Hit the replay to hear more about this revelation that will unsabatoge your homeschool and your life.


When googled, happiness comes up 567,000,000 times. In addition to the definition of happiness, guides to finding it, secrets to keeping it, and an official happiness index can also be found. If visual happiness is what you’re looking for get your scrolling finger ready as you can find hundreds of thousands of images of smiley faces, sunsets, rainbows, and unicorns to represent. What does this mean? The world is obsessed with focusing on this temporary, external instead of reaching deep inside to find joy from within.


Happiness isn’t a real emotion. In fact, happiness isn’t even a feeling. Even Websters agrees it is just a state. Happiness comes and goes like the wind. Finding joy, now that is real. Make a joyful noise, no matter what the situation. The more joy you activate in your daily life, the stronger connection you will have to your faith, your family, and the life surrounding each.

More about Roadschool Moms

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 150 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


Make Over Your Medicine Cabinet with Homeopathy

Make Over Your Medicine Cabinet with HomeopathyIn this episode, Sue will share ways that you can makeover your medicine cabinet with Homeopathy!  She shares 15 homeopathic remedies that will treat common illnesses and injuries.  Join Sue as she goes over a few helpful hints to help you get started using homeopathy rather than the conventional Pharmaceutical medicines that so many have been raised with in today’s modern world.

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