No Such Thing as Bad Weather


There is no such thing as bad weather. Yes, I know you may be socked in with rain or snow, but we are tackling the silver lining of bad weather on episode #178.  The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the back porch and behind the wheel. Holly Giles, the creator of The Giles Frontierbroadcasts from central Florida.  This week, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher stops by Holly’s back porch to talk about days to consider no bad weather.

No matter the season, winter, spring, summer, or fall, many planned outings have been canceled due to bad weather. How can you take that disappointment and turn it into something fun?

The Mess

Mary Beth and Holly share that their number one reason for halting the outdoor fun due to bad weather is the clean up afterward. Moms have this vision of the end in mind. Where dirt, mud, snow, and water end up on their floors along with a pile of clothes that need washing.

The Memories

Holly shares fond memories of playing in the rain at her grandparent’s house. Mary Beth loves to recall how she enjoys hearing the sound of the rain on the roof. Both share childhood memories of storms and hurricanes where everyone piles in the middle of the living room and plays cards to the lantern light. This memory seemed universal to wherever you live.

Free Yourself

Let go, mamas! Free yourself and your children. Have a few tricks up your sleeve to let go and go outside. Keeping a few items stashed in the garage will make it easy and fun to take a walk in the rain, make some snow queens. We even suggest hot cocoa and a read aloud under a park pavilion.


Invest in a little fun with your kids when they least expect it. Say yes to getting out of your comfort zone. We share some indoor activities along with movies and audio books to keep it real. A lightning storm is no time to head outdoors.

Holly and Grant after the unexpected sled ride.

The hurricane Facebook video Mary Beth and Holly talked about.

Books to enjoy:

The Umbrella, by Jan Brett

Sunbread, Elisa Kleven

Roadschool Moms Information

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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. These roadschool defined adventures don’t stop there. Holly Giles, founder of The Giles Frontier, and Mary Beth Goff, creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling from the back porch of your home and behind the wheel across America’s backyard.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 12


Homeopathy: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond – Session 1 Preview

Listen to Session 1 of Sue Meyer's new online course, Homeopathy: Pregnancy, Birth and BeyondJoin Sue Meyer for this journey of motherhood from pregnancy to birth and beyond!  In this week’s episode of Homeopathy for Mommies,   Sue shares Session 1 of her new online course, Homeopathy: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.  Throughout this new course, sue shares what she learned through her life as the mom of 11 children and 33 grandchildren (with more on the way!).  This specific session is an introduction to the course where Sue talks about her birth stories and shares a few prenatal remedies along the way.

Click Here to find out more about the Homeopathy for Mommies NEW Homeopathy: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond Online Course!


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Insurance Questions for Homeschool Co-ops

Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA answers questions from homeschool leaders about insurance, waivers, and using a church's insurance coverage. 

Insurance Questions for Homeschool Co-ops

This podcast is an excerpt from a workshop titled Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run Them and Not Burn Out.

Carol Topp, the Homeschool CPA answers questions from homeschool leaders about insurance, waivers, and using a church’s insurance coverage. 

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8 Essential Steps to Start a Successful Blog

8 Essential Steps to Start a Successful Blog- HomeschoolBlogging PodcastOne of the top questions that I’m asked is “How do I start a blog?”. In today’s episode, I’m sharing with you what I consider to be the 8 most essential steps to starting a successful blog. These are the steps that I use myself when I launch a new blog and they are the steps that I coach others through when I am assisting them to start a new blog.

Note- this episode is an overview of these eight essential steps. In future episodes, I will expand on each of these steps.

  1. Define your purpose. Think long term. Will you be a hobby blogger or a professional blogger?
  2. Determine the mission and vision for your blog. Are you passionate about the subject? What do you do if there are already hundreds of blogs on this subject? How can you provide a different angle to set yourself apart?
  3. Brainstorm post ideas before purchasing a domain. Have a brain dump where you list out potential post topics. Are you stuck at 20 posts? Time to go back to the drawing board.
  4. Decide site name and purchase domain and hosting. Your answer to question #1 determines the path you will take at this step.
  5. Design a professional looking logo/header for your site. You can hire a professional designer or you can find tools to design it yourself. Again, your answer to question #1 will influence this decision.
  6. Establish a social media presence and begin engaging with potential readers before you launch your blog. Secure your handle/username on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.
  7. Launch your site with no less than ten quality posts published.
  8. Recognize and embrace the importance of networking with other bloggers. This is key to your success.

As mentioned in this episode, I have a Blogging Basics Bootcamp course which is a nine week course designed to help you launch a successful blog from the very beginning. We cover everything from developing your idea for your blog to blog design to content creation to developing a social media strategy and building an email list to networking with bloggers to monetization and making money from your blog. It is a self-paced, very hands-on course that ensures that you get your blog off the ground and helps you develop a plan to make it successful! Listeners of the Homeschool Blogging podcast can save $25 by using coupon code: PODCAST at checkout! Click here to learn more about the course!

Stay tuned next week as I cover another frequently asked question “How do you balance running a successful blog while being an effective homeschool parent/spouse/friend/and all of the other hats we wear! I’ll share with you my top tips and the secret to being successful and effective!

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The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

The fruit of the Spirit is familiar to most of us, but how can we apply this to motherhood? The Fruit of the Spirit for Moms is the topic of this podcast, as we examine how we can exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control towards our children. #ChristianparentingThe Fruit of the Spirit for Moms

Our pastor recently did a sermon on the Fruit of the Spirit, and it inspired me to start a Bible study inside my private Christian parenting Facebook group.  (By the way, anyone listening who’d like to join that group, I’d love to have you! You can click here to join.)

Over the last several weeks, we’ve been studying the Fruit of the Spirit, as it applies to motherhood.

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Wow! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are all things that I desire to be to my children as their mother.

So how can we attain this fruit of the Spirit?

The way we attain the fruit of the Spirit that we desire is by faith through the Holy Spirit. But when we put God on the back burner, we experience what I have officially named “the fruit of the mom flesh.”

And here’s the Marianna version… “But the fruit of the mom flesh is nagging, yelling, annoyance, harshness, manipulation, shaming,  and lack of self-control.”

Ouch. I have no problem admitting that some of these qualities describe my parenting some days. But, I believe that there is hope in Christ.

Maybe you’re a mom who has blown it time and time again and you think there’s no hope for you to change. Perhaps you come from a long line of emotional abuse and you feel powerless to break the cycle. Maybe you feel like you’ve been mommin’ the same way for so long that there’s not even any point to try to change.

But here’s the good news for you today.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control….it’s not up to you to produce this fruit. In fact, it’s not even about you! It’s about Christ in you and the Holy Spirit working in your heart.

When we experience the gospel and the love that God has so lavished upon us, we cannot help but overflow with that love!

Be careful not to get stuck in this place of mom guilt. If you’re thinking to yourself, “Man, I just don’t embody these fruit of the spirit,” let me remind you.  Pastor J.D. Greear says, “For every one look you take at yourself bemoaning your fruitlessness, take ten looks at Christ, boasting in his faithfulness.”

Scripture references

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13 NIV

“…’Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts.” – Zechariah 4:6 NIV

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33 NIV

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23 NIV

Join Marianna Chambers as she talks about practical ways to become a more peaceful parent. Having children is a wonderful blessing, but it can also be quite stressful. Every day we hear from moms just like you who are struggling to be the gentle parent they want to be. Moms desperately want to raise their children on a firm foundation of love, but those sweet kids sure know how to push our buttons. (And boy, do they push them!)

Marianna Chambers is a counselor, parenting coach, blogger, homeschool mom, and best-selling author. She’s passionate about supporting and encouraging moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Instagram, or read her blog here. You can also join her private Facebook group for Christian moms on a peaceful parenting mission.


HSHSP Ep 110: What’s it Like to be a Homeschool Senior?

This week on HSHSP Ep 110: What’s it Like to be a Homeschool Senior?

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HSHSP Ep 110: What’s it Like to be a Homeschool Senior?

What’s it like to be a homeschool senior? Well, we know there’s not ONE right way to be a senior but it IS nice to know what it is like for one of them!

Gabriella Eltringham is a homeschool senior who started homeschooling during high school and has been a student in Sabrina and Kym’s classes at our local homeschool group classes.

After elementary years of both homeschooling and a local charter school, Gabriella began homeschooling in middle school at a local homeschool umbrella school and then high school freshman year at a public school and then back to homeschooling at sophomore year at the umbrella school where’s Marilyn, Sabrina and Kym teach.

Photo owned by Gabriella and used with permission.

Gabriella’s 2 older sisters homeschooled in elementary school also but went to public school.

Gabriella liked about homeschool umbrella school:

  • Freedom
  • College preparation
  • Literature classes
  • Smaller classes than public school for better discussion
  • Friends
  • A good finish for her after trying lots of educational settings

Gabriella’s challenges in homeschooling umbrella school:

  • Science classes (she doesn’t like science so more often with teachers might have helped her)

After graduation, Gabriella is headed to West Chester University to study Secondary Education Literature. Gabby reviews books on Instagram and decided on the major after visiting the college and talking to the staff there.

Advice from Gabriella:

  • If you’re a procrastinator, be careful! Be sure to plan out your work and commit to it!
  • If you need to be around people, choose a homeschool umbrella school.

Join Sabrina, Kym and Gabriella for a fun and encouraging chat about being a homeschool senior! In the meantime, enjoy these posts:

What Are Homeschool Umbrella Schools?

HSHSP Ep 76: Homeschool Transcripts for Transfer Students


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Discipline Without Breaking Their Spirit – MBFLP 202

Kids need discipline, and in fact, God tells us that a child who doesn’t receive discipline has been rejected by his parents! (Hebrews 12) Discipline, after all, is discipleship – it’s meant to teach, not just punishBut there are good and very bad ideas for administering the needed correction to our kids. How can you discipline your child without breaking their spirit? That’s what we’re talking about this episode.

Best Experiential Gifts

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Episode 273


What are the best experiential gifts you can give? The ones that last a lifetime in memories!  Whether the gift is for graduation, birthdays for that hard to buy for person in your life. While opening presents can be fun, the glamor soon wears off and the gift is forgotten. In fact, how many times can you remember wanting a gift, only to receive it and see that it wasn’t worth the wait! In this episode, I explore various trips, and events to create lasting memories with your teens or even for the adults in your life who have “everything,” or want “nothing!”

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The Best Experiential Gifts 

  1. A trip – giving an experiential gift and making a lasting memory on a trip can be the most rewarding with some planning. As a caution, I am not a fan of allowing your teens to travel to far-off places alone, especially trips to the Islands, where cheap flights and hotels lure many unsuspecting tourists. However, visiting as a family is recommended:
    1. Hiking
      • Plan ahead.
      • Check the weather
      • Know the trails you will hike
      • Bring neem spray or bug repellent
      • Wear comfortable clothing
      • Bring food
      • Take lots of pictures
    2. Camping
      • Plan ahead
      • Off the beaten trail
      • At the beach
    3. Beach
      • One day trip
      • House rental
    4. Extreme Sports
      1. Cave exploration
      2. Water Rafting
      3. Mountain Climbing
      4. Sky Diving/ Para Sailing
      5. Sailing
      6. Water Skiing
    5. States Exploration
      • Planning Trips State Side
      • State Fairs
      • Rodeo
      • Williamsburg
      • Visit New York
      • Yosemite Park
      • San Antonio Texas
      • Grand Canyon
      • Theme Parks
    6. Europe
    7. A staycation event
      1. Party
      2. Family Camp Out
      3. Town Events
    8. Lessons
      1. Art Classes
      2. Cooking Classes
      3. Tennis Lessons
      4. Sports Training
      5. Flying Lessons
      6. Parachuting

Mother’s Day Surprise

Mother's Day Surprise! with The Real Kathy Lee Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all of you moms listening!! This week I thought I would share some reminders from a talk I have been giving this summer at conferences across the country. At the end of this episode, I have a BIG surprise; you don’t want to miss it!

During my talk, “What Every Mother of Preschooler Needs to Know” I share the following:

  1. Your children will remember how you lived.

How do you spend your time? What are your passions? Will they remember that you were physically and emotionally present?

  1. Your children will remember how you loved.

How do you love? Do you show affection? Say I love you?

  1. Your children will remember what you loved.

What do you love? People? Things? Birds?

  1. Your children will remember whom you loved.

Do you love others? Do they see that? Do you love yourself? Do they see that? Hear that?

  1. Your children will grow up and will mother like you.

Someone once said, “The days are long but the years are short.” This is such a true statement. They grow up so incredibly fast and before we know it, we will witness them being moms and dads just like us. Yes, they will resemble you in so many ways. You are their model for what a mom looks like.

What’s the surprise, you ask? I have decided to add one more spot to my birthday celebration weekend. If you would like to be the final person chosen to attend, please like or follow me on Instagram @_therealkathylee or like my page FB @The Real Kathy Lee.

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I hope you all have a fabulous Mother’s Day!


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Special Replay: Transcripts Your Key To Free College

Transcripts-Free-CollegeTranscripts! Your Key To Free College with author, and speaker Jean Burke

In this podcast Jean tackles the difficult topic of transcripts and getting them right the first time. Your transcript can become your key to free college with some very important information from this podcast. You don’t need fancy transcripts or expensive services to produce a wonderful copy of your highschool record. In this episode Jean drills down and explains what must be on the transcript as well a the difference between weighted and unweighted grades. Once again you will be taking notes and sharing this episode with a friend!

With a great transcript it is you key to free college!

Remember to keep your questions coming! Visit Jean on her website to find the FAQ or learn more about test prep.

Show Notes:

  1. What is a transcript?
  2. What goes on a transcript?
  3. How necessary is a fancy transcript or transcript service?
  4. What is a weighted and unweighted grade?
  5. Must you have a grading key on the transcript? Why is this important?
  6. Do you need your SAT or ACT scores on your transcript.
  7. Do classes count differently, such as dual enrollment or an AP class?
  8. Including Community Service Hours

Website Links:

HSLDA – State Information

Common App – Common

More show topics coming – such as Community Service Hours, and High School Notebooks.

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