Summertime Favorites – Girls, Again

Free homeschool podcast about raising girls.

Summertime Favorites – this month replaying some of Homeschooling IRL’s best episodes for the summer! Enjoy! —-This is not the first time we have tackled the topic of girls on the podcast. On Episode 10, we talked about many of the common pitfalls we have observed in homeschool families raising daughters. From restrictive environments to preventing any access to higher education, we dove into tough topics.

On this episode, we are getting very practical, especially as it relates to raising daughters into the pre-teen years. Join us as we dive into the discussion on how to navigate the tricky years of hormones and body changes as we sit down to talk about girls, again.


SHOW NOTES:

PREVIOUS PODCASTS:
HomeschoolingIRL Episode 10: Girls

MUSIC USED:
Thank Heaven For Little Girls by Maurice Chevalier – BUY IT HERE ON iTunes

ARTICLES REFERENCED:
Your Daughter’s Hormones – Homegrown Mom Blog

 


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Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.

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Best Summertime Outdoor Activities

summertime outdoor activitiesBest Summertime Outdoor Activities

Episode 279

What are the best summertime outdoor activities — well they can range from those that please the most active child to those who would rather sit and read a book. Yet, there is just something about being outdoors that makes us happy! The sun, the sky the bugs… okay, well we want to avoid those as much as possible but still enjoy being in the beautiful world that God gave us.

Thanks to our sponsor the Well Planned Gal, Rebecca Farris! She has various planners for every homeschool need and the Prayer Journal is brand new. You can visit wellplannedgal.com – and in just a few minutes I can’t wait to tell you more about them…

In my last podcast (Best Summertime Rainy Day Activities Episode 277) I went over some things like rules that are important for kids to know before you begin any activity as well as encouraging positive character qualities – you may want to listen to episode 279 in order to learn more. It is important to realize that the minute kids get outside all they want to do is run. It’s like the saying, “Free and in the wild!” But, kids can also be directed once outside and I’m excited to share these ideas with you.

My list would not be complete without the following:

  1. Sports with little skill
    1. Badminton – minimal fuss – there is a skill involved
    2. Archery
    3. Tennis
    4. Water balloon fights
    5. Messy relay races like water balloon toss
  2. Camping
    1. In the backyard or at a park!
    2. Set up a minimal tent – bug spray!
    3. Sleep under the stars
    4. Cook over a small charcoal grill/ fireplace
    5. Cook on skewers – veggies or meats (wood – soak in water first)
  3. Stargazing at night – summer skies are awesome for this.
    1. Download a phone app
    2. Use a handheld device that helps you identify your sky
    3. Learn the constellations – lifelong skill
  4. Bike riding
    1. Take bikes to a local park
    2. Ride off the beaten path
    3. Put noisemakers in spokes
    4. Decorate bikes
  5. Nature Walks/hikes
    1. Learn something new – plant, terrain, or wildlife
    2. Use a map and learn map reader
    3. Use a compass for directions
    4. Night walk – use only the moon no flashlight, notice the vegetation in the night light – this is an amazing experience!
  6. Fishing
    1. Use a stick and string
    2. Research what types of bait work best
    3. Fish in a pond (be sure an adult is present) use hotdog, corn or worms
    4. Make your own fishing pole
  7. Picnic
    1. Pack easy to assemble foods
    2. Finger foods
    3. Fruit
    4. Picnic in your backyard
    5. Picnic in the back/ tailgate of your car
  8. Competition/ training for a marathon
    1. Research times for local or nearby marathons
    2. Check out the possibility for kid entries. (Disney)
    3. Train slowly!
    4. Learn about foods that help you when you train
    5. What do you eat before a marathon?
  9. Water Sports
    1. Swimming
    2. Sail Boating
    3. Paddleboard
    4. Make a boat! Create paper boats – try to make them float
  10.  Geocaching – Find treasures!
    1. Go to a geocaching site for locations of treasure
    2. Teaches map skills
    3. Create your own in your home.

 

Do you have a great idea I left out that is a win-win? Please share them with us!

 

 

Summertime Healthy Snacks

Summer Time Snacks | Summertime Healthy snacks do not have to taste like cardboard or break the bank. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #SummertimeSnacksTop Summertime Healthy Snacks Episode 279

Summertime Healthy snacks do not have to taste like cardboard or break the bank. In this episode, of Vintage Homeschool Moms, I will share some yummy snacks with you that are crowd pleasers and even the kids will love them–promise!

Thanks to our sponsor…The Well Planned Gal and her amazing planners! Visit the Well Planned Gal Planners to learn more.

There are so many healthy snacks that appeal to kids! However, I’ve learned that my kids will eat different things when they help in the prep! Teach kids some safety rules.

  1. Wash hands before preparing any food to eat.
  2. Use care with knives. Don’t put your hands by the blade.
  3. Use a cutting board when slicing fruit or vegetables.

Listen to the audio to learn about many more! 

Summertime Healthy Snacks

  1. Cucumber sandwich – you can use two slices of cucumber, sharp cheese, and sliced meat.
  2. Crackers and peanut butter.
  3. Frozen yogurt
  4. Hard boiled eggs.
  5. Cucumber and tomato salad. Drizzle olive oil.
  6. Smoothies – use your child’s favorite fruit and blend with ice.
  7.  Banana and peanut butter popsicles. Blend bananas and peanut butter until creamy. 2 large bananas or 3 small bananas – ripe work best plus 2-3 Tablespoons of peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter). Nutella works well.
  8. Apple muffins are always a favorite. Use grain-free alternatives if needed for gluten-free.
  9. Ketogenic – high fat, low-carb. Shakes as well as various snacks such as coconut balls. See recipe here.
  10. Chocolate peanut butter: Mix 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with 5-10 chocolate chips, eat with a tiny spoon
  11. Melt peanut butter with coconut oil – unless you live in FL like I do and coconut oil is liquid here, stir in the cocoa and add the sugar. Take it off from the heat and mix in the van. extract. Pour it into a candy mold – or simply line a cookie pan – lipped with wax paper and pour it in, cut into tiny squares or break once it is cooled. You may need to put it in the frig to Harden.
  12. Use mixed nuts and place in a shallow pan, toast them in the oven and sprinkle’ with sea salt. Drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate until set. Store in a mason jar and enjoy
  13. Kale chips – wash and place leaves on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with olive oils – be sure to watch carefully and bake until toasty – break up into chunks, cool and eat. Very low cal and yummy. Great rainy day activity.
  14. Homemade Applesauce – Wash apples in vinegar to take off waxy polish sometimes on the skin. Core the apples and place whole in boiling water until mushy. Take out and process in a food processor or remove the skin and mash with a fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
  15. Roll banana in peanut butter and then roll in crunchy cereal
  16. Snack tray — pretzels, applesauce, banana chips, raisins, nuts, cereal
  17. Yogurt and fruit parfait. Try instant pot recipes for yogurt – super yummy!
  18.  Yogurt bark. Spread yogurt on parchment paper, top with fruit such as blueberries or strawberries. Freeze. Break into chunks once froze. A family favorite.
  19. Frozen banana pops. Cut bananas in half, thread popsicle stick in banana. Dip the banana in melted chocolate. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheets and freeze.
  20. Pinwheels: take a soft, tortilla and use a spread such as mayo or mustard. Layer your meats or cheeses, add lettuce, tomato, roll up and slice. Have the children add their favorites.
  21.  Melted chocolate. Use fresh fruit to dip!
  22. Frozen grapes. Try them, they are a yummy snack!
  23. Homemade trail mix – add your favorites.
  24. Fruit and veggie platters. Use favorite salad dressing for a dip.
  25. Scooped chips filled with fresh salsa.

This list of twenty five snacks will help to jump start your own ideas. What did I leave out? Leave your favorites with me!

Summertime Favorites – Boys, Again

Free homeschool podcast about boys and raising boys.Back in Episode 9, we sat down with our friends and fellow podcasters, Hal and Melanie Young from Making Biblical Family Life Practical, to discuss the topic of boys. We talked about how these rambunctious little piles of energy can completely undo the unprepared homeschool mom. From peeing on the carpet to falling from the top of the trees, we discussed how the overload of testosterone is a God-given gift to young men who need discipling and direction from both parents, especially as you prepare boys for adolescence and young adulthood.

On this second episode, we dive back into the topic of raising boys. We begin by reminding our listeners that in the midst of basic school curriculum, we need to also address basic life lessons. We also answer a listener’s question about living in a small space with boys full of energy. We finish our by discussing how to raise boys with a sense of adventure and how sometimes we need to let life teach the hard lessons to stubborn boys.

Also in this show, Fletch and Kendra share a few more of their favorite items as they throw them into the HIRLer’s Treasure Chest.

Show Notes

HIRLer’s Treasure Chest
Fletch: Life is Good.com
Kendra: Chewy Gooey Crispy Crunchy Melt In Your Mouth Cookies

MUSIC USED:
The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzie – buy it here on iTunes
Boys by The Beatles – buy it here on iTunes

ARTICLES REFERENCED:
My Teenage Sons Are The Smartest People I Know

 


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Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her  popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.  

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Summertime Rainy Day Activities

rainy day activities | Are you ready for some fun rainy day activities? Unless you live in a frigid place there will be a time that rainy day activities will come in handy. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #RainyDayBest Summertime Rainy Day Activities

Episode 278

Are you ready for some fun rainy day activities? Unless you live in a frigid place there will be a time that rainy day activities will come in handy. I guess it if is winter change it to “snow day” activities! Here we have some fun ideas that will help you entertain children with the least amount of tears!

Thanks to our sponsor the Well Planned Gal, Rebecca Farris! She has various planners for every homeschool need and the Prayer Journal is brand new. In just a few minutes I can’t wait to tell you more about them…

This month it is all about making memories and keeping some last minute plans in place for those unexpected events is so helpful. In my early years as a mom and homeschooler, I subscribed to different mailed sets – one was a kit to do with your kids and it involved crafts and things to build. However, I found that while some of the ideas were great many were not anything that interested my children. So I started and proceeded to lose lists! Sound familiar.

Rainy Day Activities

Now that I’m so much older I have a wealth of experience and information at fingertips! I know what works and what does not, and it is amazing how these old ideas still work well. I’m happy to share my ideas with you—and you can keep these handy and we plan for your own rainy day activities.

I know, I know – kids are all different, and what makes one kid excited can leave the rest yawning, so I add a few little ideas to the list of my favorites and that enforcing good character qualities in our children through every-day events.

My children all struggle, we all struggle with different things such as patience, sharing “our” things, waiting for others who are slower, perfectionism, doing things we don’t want to do.

At times I would plan out fun things to do only to have kids say they don’t want to participate! Talk about a fun-damper, right? So… instead we want to set up the kids for success and keep our sanity by planning out even their reactions!

Before we do anything, especially with little children I remind them of the rules.

  1. We are thankful for everything and everyone.
  2. We will be grateful
  3. We will share and be happy for others
  4. We won’t touch anything until given permission

Quick opinion on rules: I grew up as a teacher in the era of coloring without lines and classrooms without walls – this permissive atmosphere cause kids to be confused about what was expected and certainly did not encourage the creativity and “free thinking” it was meant to instill and allow. Yet, I continued to use this type of methodology in my parenting. It made parenting at times very difficult because I had little kids that were “exploring” and loving their surrounds but certainly not listening to anything I had to say. I learned to change my methods and teach them some rules of what I expected and wonder of wonders, they learned to obey and listen! Life was much happier.

An overview of rules allows kids to know what is expected when we played games or before we left the house – even in the car, I made sure to go over what I expected. I didn’t want to be embarrassed on our outings and my kids were sure to get excited when they saw friends or shelves full of fun things to pull off in the store! I think shopping carts are probably an invention by a mom to keep kids contained while shopping!

Kids will still enjoy themselves and believe me rules will not starve creativity! I met a lady recently who works with parents, she is a parenting expert and helps moms and dads learn how to parent — there is even a certification for this! For many of us this is probably not surprising and I’m sure it is much needed.

So, as we look forward to rainy day activities be sure to let the kids know – we will have fun, but we do have some rules we want to follow.

Are you ready for these tried and true ideas for 10 fun rainy day activites?

  1. Reading
    1. Books saved particularly for rainy days – read aloud – get the pop corn out and erect a tent!
    2. Books kids want to read on their own – again save special books for a special occasion.
  2. Crafts
    1. T-shirts – use fabric makers or paint
    2. Clay
    3. Mason Jar terrariums
      1. Use soil and small plants – poke holes in lid and keep an eye on the soil moisture
      2. Use sand and shells for a great beach memory craft and something to do with those shells the kids like to collect
  • Use for rock collections or any type of “nature walk” collections the kids bring home.
  1. Paints
    1. Use ink pens – draw a picture and color it with watercolors
    2. Make a mural – use large pieces of paper (packing paper – keep it!)
  • Use fingers to make prints and create fingerprint creatures
  1. Balsa wood – models, etc.
  2. Mini-marshmallows and toothpicks – build!
  3. Ready made kits
    1. Beads
    2. models
  4. Games
    1. Board games with Play offs
    2. Video games
    3. Active games
      1. Charades
      2. Hide and Seek
  • Don’t step on … avoid different areas.
  1. Learn a new dance
  2. Games that are interactive
  3. Inflate balloons and allow the kids to play games with them!
  1. Movie marathon
    1. Series of movies to watch
    2. Short movies and then act them out
  2. Indoor tents or forts
    1. Set up a pop up tent
    2. Use sheets and blankets and chairs
  3. Puppet show / Plays
    1. Use an box as the puppet stage
    2. Make hand puppets
    3. Act out a movie, or characters from a book
  4. Indoor Scavenger hunt
    1. Monthly printable for June – subscribers only
    2. Go to the place where you enter the home – there you will find the next clue
    3. Be sure to set up your rules first
  5. Baking cookies or bread
    1. Be sure to have ingredients on hand
    2. Create a dough that requires rolling out and cut outs for added fun
    3. Learn to braid bread
    4. Make cinnamon rolls or other breakfast breads
  6. Learn something new
    1. Learn simple vocabulary for a new language – Spanish, French, Italian learn how to say hello, please, thank-you, etc.
    2. Learn how to eat with chop-sticks
    3. Learn to juggle
    4. Learn to paint
  7. Activities
    1. Ice or roller skating
    2. Sock skating indoors
    3. Make and fly paper airplanes
    4. Create slime
    5. Exercise
    6. Give the kids a bag of recyclables and ask them to create something – have contests to see who wins.

Remember, whatever you do –do it with fun in mind! Have some activities ready for when the rains come, and you will create a fun atmosphere without resorting to placing the children in front of the TV!


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor – Well Planned Gal

Rebecca from the Well Planned Gal understands the challenges of working within a budget, managing multiple children, and trying to keep up with a variety of information. That is why she created popular planner bundles!

Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her  popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.  

Click Here to Go to Well Planned Gal


 

Summertime Making Family Memories

creating family memories |Making family memories is one of the most important things you will ever do as a family. As homeschool parents, we naturally make memories with our children each day, but in this episode, we explore making positive memories. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #FamilyMembersSummertime – Making Family Memories

Episode 277

Making family memories is one of the most important things you will ever do as a family. As homeschool parents, we naturally make memories with our children each day, but in this episode, we explore making positive memories!

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels Membership. For your curriculum needs on a budget visit the website to learn how to receive all the books and classes I’ve created to give your children a Christian worldview!

I was at a homeschool conference once where the customer asked if I could come and teach her child the subject, of course, we both laughed. But, in one of the bundles you will find classes where I teach your children the content in my study guides – visit MediaAngelsMembership.com for more information – and we will learn more a bit later on!

The topic of making family memories is very important to me, and I recall my own parents trying very hard with a meager budget to create memorable events for us each summer. There were eight siblings and they all pitched in to buy a house in upstate New York. I remember the house being very small but most of what I remembered was the stream with running water that ran across the property and we happily played in, the baths outside in a big steaming metal tub, and the huge play balls we enjoyed with my cousins. The food was delicious, the fresh watermelon and barbeque chicken on the grill.

This was a family adventure and we spent time there every summer up until I was in the third grade. One of my uncles was part owner of this house and when he aged and retired to Florida, he and my aunt were frequent visitors to our home and family events. He would smile as he surveyed the table, the decorations or the big homemade cake and his comments resonated with me, he would say that no matter what we do with our children each day, making memories is the most important.

I recently heard the same quote at a business meeting – and that seemed like the Lord’s confirmation that this is something so many of us need to hear. The quote was something like this, “People will forget what you say, what you do, but they will not forget how you make them feel.”

This is the basis for so many successful businesses. How do you feel when you walk into a coffee house, or a small mom and pop business where people say hello when you walk in the door? There are several brands that focus on the user experience – and that is the key to their success. Another brand continually updates their food, their product line because they listen to the customers and again they want to make the customer welcome and a “regular.”

Applying business principals to our families seems rather cold, but in reality, it is a good way to look at things through a different set of filters. I know what it is like to be sleep deprived and wake up early to see my husband off to work, then stay up late with a little one who just would not go to sleep! There was nothing special I thought I was doing during those years, but I was wrong. Spending time with your children is so important – listening to your children is another aspect of parenting often overlooked.

When I discussed this podcast with my husband I asked him for his input and this is what he said was important and foundational for him:

  1. Sharing the children’s interests
  2. Learning about their passions
  3. Making an effort to listen and be involved

Making memories with your children takes into consideration so many different aspects of raising kids. It’s those little things that the kids will remember and believe me, the strangest things you’ve done as a family stand out. When I asked one of my kids what they enjoyed the most about their week, they said helping Daddy paint! I have to admit it was a bit of a messier proposition than my husband had hoped and of course, it took longer but my son remembered that as the fun activity of the week.

Top 10 Activities to Make Memories with your family 

  1. Faith building events
    1. Retreats
    2. Camps – as a family
    3. Bible studies
    4. One day events
  2. Camping
    1. Slowly build up your camping gear
    2. Look for sales
    3. Ask around or borrow
  3. Campfire Stories
    1. Begin with a topic
    2. Each person adds to a story
    3. One person shares a made up story
  4. Cooking together
    1. Use a boxed set of ingredients
    2. Try something new
    3. Use skewers
  5. Work on a project together
    1. Painting
    2. Planting a garden
    3. Set up swing set
  6. Pets
    1. Visit pet store
    2. Think about pet sitting
    3. Think about purchasing a pet
  7. Road trips/traveling
    1. Day trips – upcoming podcast
    2. DIY trips – here and here
    3. Visit friends or family on the cheap
  8. Volunteer work as a family
    1. Habitat for Humanity homes
    2. Soup kitchen
    3. Ask at your local church, adopt a family
  9. Backyard or neighborhood stargazing
    1. Learn about the stars
    2. Invest in good binoculars
    3. Go to the planetarium or local nature center
  10. Collections – rocks, shells, antiques, etc.
    1. Decide on a collection
    2. Figure out storage – box under the bed or shelves, etc.
    3. Go on trips to collect

Is Free Curriculum Really Free

free curriculum | Do you love to get free curriculum? Is free curriculum really free? I love freebies, but sometimes it costs so much more than it is worth. In this podcast, we discuss the real cost of free and how you can organize your freebies and really get the most out of them. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #FreeCurriculum Do you love to get free curriculum? Is free curriculum really free? I love freebies, but sometimes it costs so much more than it is worth. In this podcast, we discuss the real cost of free and how you can organize your freebies and really get the most out of them.

Homeschooling on one income means learning to be frugal and cut corners. It also means that you look for sales and bargains and freebies and printables fit that niche. Many times you can find freebies on a composite website or post, where many different freebies are listed and often in the blogger is nice–sorted into grade-specific or topic-specific categories. With little time and organization, you can get some wonderful printables for your kids.

Do you have a plan for your homeschool, for example, specific subjects you are teaching and the time of the year this is taking place? This is very important, so you can make your freebie work for you. If you are teaching classical music in December, this is a good time to use a freebie on the composers. You can use a one month calendar and list your themes or topics that you will study.

Even if you use a boxed curriculum, you can use a

Is Free Curriculum Really Free?

Episode #275

Pro’s of Free Curriculum

  1. You don’t have to pay for it.
  2. Innovative freebies and printables.
  3. Something for every grade and subject
  4. Don’t have to leave home
  5. Use it for multiple kids

Con’s of Free Curriculum

  1. You don’t know how it use it.
  2. You have to print it out.
  3. Printing is expensive.
  4. There is too much of it!
  5. It is not very good, or it is not complete

How to make free curriculum work for you:

  1. Make a list of what you have downloaded. Use a spreadsheet to keep track, it is easier to search on a spreadsheet. If you do not have a word processing program use google docs or some other free program. You can download the document as a PDF and print it out or search the document.
  2. Before you print the document, look through it and see if you can use all or part of the printable.
  3. Organize your freebie in grade levels or topics.
  4. Decide how the printable will work with your existing plan.
  5. If you can’t use the printable now, write down when you can use it. If you have your printables organized you can put down a date, or start a new page (on the spreadsheet) with the year, and place the printable name there.
  6. Do not print out the printable until you need it — that saves on storage, and you may change your mind.

If you have a money saving idea or ways to make freebies work for you that is helpful, please share your idea with us!

 

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DIY Travel On The Cheap

DIY Travel On The Cheap | How about DIY travel on the cheap with your hosts, Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis? Many people would like to travel but feel they can’t afford the cost. That’s exactly right, but in this podcast, we share some top secret tips! #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #cheapvacationsHow about DIY travel on the cheap with your hosts, Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis? Many people would like to travel but feel they can’t afford the cost. That’s exactly right, but in this podcast, we share some top secret tips!

Visit Meredith Curtis here:

PowerlineProd.comMeredithCurtis.com and her podcast Finish Well with great family podcasts here.

Visit Felice Gerwitz here:

And Felice on her website MediaAngels.com and MediaAngelsMembership.com

Episode 274 with Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis

Research for DIY Travel on the cheap!

  • Where do you want to go?
    • Must see vs. I’d like to see if we have time
  • Look online, DK Travel Guides
  • Keep a folder on Pinterest

Look For Deals

  • TravelZoo
  • Goupon
  • Living Social
  • SkyScanner
  • Hotel.com

What do you want to see?

  • List of must-sees
  • List of  what you’d like to see, but only if time

Saving money can be done with little know tips such as packing snacks, renting condos or homes outside of bigger cities or famous attractions, and being prepared to fly instead of drive if the airfare is cheaper — yes, it often is… I can fly from Fort Myers to BWI (Baltimore/ Maryland) for less than $100 round trip! Gas to get there is more, as well as wear-and-tear on the car! Look for deals for DIY travel on the cheap tips.

Where will you stay?

  • Hotels
  • Rental homes
  • Rental condos
  • With a friend

Where will you eat?

  • Restaurants
  • Bring food, nonperishables
  • Take water on the plane if you fly (must buy it after security point) or bring an empty water bottle and fill it at the airport for free
  • Roadside kiosks (depending on where you visit, this may be an inexpensive option).
  • Buy food to cook.

Sights

  • Plan your itinerary. Where will you go first?
  • Plan transportation if you are taking the bus or train
  • Costs – be sure to account for the cost of travel

Check the Weather

  • When you have a travel date look at the weather
  • Plan indoor activities if the weather is bad
  • Layer clothing, it is better than taking big, bulky clothing

 

 

 

Are you a Work At Home Homeschool Mom? (Giveaway)

Are you a work from home homeschool mom?Have you desired to work from home but don’t know where to start? As a homeschool mom, I could not imagine fitting one more thing into my already bursting schedule. But then the invitations to speak at homeschool meetings, then conferences began–soon, I was writing books. I’ve worked from home as an author since 1992 when I wrote my first book but it was several years later before I launched my Media Angels brand, and a few years later that I incorporated my business, and register trademarked the name. Whew! This was all in the pre-Internet and pre-Facebook days. How I wish I had an amazing podcast for work at home, homeschool moms that I’m about to share with you!

Let’s fast forward and look at what we have today.

Social media is a way of life for many. Even if you are not on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest you have an Internet connection and email, or you would not be reading this! The online world gave a platform to stay-at-home, SAM, and work-at-home moms, WAHM! And… drum roll please, I am so happy to introduce Heather Bowen to you and her new podcast the Homeschool Blogging Podcast. Heather is a long time online friend that I finally met in person at a blogging convention. Heather. Heather is the poster child for work at home homeschool mom! She began homeschooling while she still worked full time as a nurse. The Lord put that on her heart.

Do You Want To Be A Work At Home Homeschool Mom?

She shares her story in her new podcast, and first episode here.

Take a look at Heather’s Podcast

She is a blogger at Life of A Homeschool Mom where she shares information about homeschooling, saving money and so much more. In addition, she is the proud and fairly new owner of Homeschool Blogging. It was designed many years ago as the place to find information about homeschooling and blogging and balancing life in the process. She has given the website a facelift and it is absolutely gorgeous! It promises to be a wonderful place for work at home homeschool mom information!

As homeschool moms, our kid’s education and well being are so important. Relationships with our spouse, finding time for meal planning and household is important as well. So now, we are adding a business on top of our already busy schedule! What’s a mom to do? Listen in weekly to the Homeschool Blogging Podcast where Heather Bowen will share her insider’s tips with all of you. Heather is a successful blogger and runs five blogs (don’t try this at home — just kidding!). She is an expert and she is here to help.

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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