Is It Possible To Change Your Day?

Is it possible to change the way your day is going?

Have you ever heard the saying “If mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy?

This saying has a lot of merit, although there are some days you may not believe it.

Mothers and wives have a huge effect on the attitude and atmosphere of the household.

There are several versus in Proverbs about the attitudes of a wife and one that stands out in particular to me is

“The wise woman builds her house,┬ábut with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” (Proverbs 14:1).

This is a serious statement.

So what are some ways that I can build my house or reinforce it?

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Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

Do you have cucumbers that you need to quickly use up?

As our garden is coming to an end, I found a few cucumbers that I wanted to quickly and easily use up.
If I have a lot of them, I will can them, but I did not feel like doing that this time.

Homemade relish is delicious but I wanted something that I didn’t have to worry about.

Then I thought of my grandmas recipe for cucumbers she would make us on Sundays for dinner. I looked through the recipes she gave me a couple years ago and found it. It takes less then 10 minutes from start to finish.

This is a great cool side to go along with your meal.

Gma’s Sweet and Sour Cucumbers

2 cucumbers, (1lb) peeled and sliced
1/2 c white vinegar
1/4 c sugar
2 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c water

After peeling and slicing the cucumbers, mix ingredients together. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Homeschooling With a Busy Schedule

Going to the grocery store, the Dr. and the dentist- these are essential parts of running a household.

It is very important for a homeschooling families to manage these appointments in an efficient manner.

Sure the temptation is there to just pick up and go whenever you feel like it, but for homeschool success it does not pair very well.

When you schedule your appointments or errands you need to know what works best for your family. Perhaps you need time to take a family member somewhere.

Here are some things to consider.

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Learning to Say No

The word no implies a negative meaning; however it is not always a bad thing.

I love being a wife and mom. It makes it even better that I can homeschool too. Often, I have to guard these things.

Sometimes there are seasons in your life that will make it a challenge to run your school. Other times, unfortunately, there are people that make it a challenge for you. Continue reading

Homeschool Laws

Do you know the homeschool laws in your state?

Every state has different laws and some states are more restrictive than others. (Please note- I am not talking about a publicly funded online charter school).

There are a few states in which parents don’t have to file a notice to the school district.

Most, however, require you to keep paperwork and records regarding your home school. Some states are even more restrictive and require you to file an annual notice, test results, and other info.

It is important for you to know the legal requirements in your own state.

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Two Tips For Time Management

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Over the years, I have had trouble with managing my time. I can’t tell you how many times I have done a web search for time management and looked for tips that would help me.

(That alone sounds like a time waster).

Sometimes the tips they list don’t even sound like they are coming from people with time management problems.

For instance, “Just get up and do it.”


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Is There an Underachiever that you know?

Not too long ago I was in a conversation with someone who was very interested in homeschooling. They began asking all kinds of questions about how we do it.

Then this person started talking about their two children.

They told me about their oldest child and how they had graduated early and been very academically inclined. They also told me how this led to success after college.

Then you could feel the mood drop as we began to talk about the youngest child. This child did average work but seemed to have no motivation in school, dropped out of college, and had a string of bad employment choices behind them.

Now I have talked to more than one person with similar situations, and I have seen it play out several times.

What struck me as different this time was the sheer disappointment that was displayed right in front of me, and I don’t even know this person very well. I have the feeling that this was truly something that was a huge issue in their family and that the youngest child was probably well aware that they were the black sheep.

Underachiever Versus Overachiever

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Choosing Your Homeschool Curriculum

Choosing homeschool curriculum could cause you to go into information overload. There are so many choices!

It’s important to evaluate them according to your family’s needs.

For example, a mother with an only child can devote more individual teaching time than a mother with six children. The mother of six needs to be more creative when scheduling school and choosing curriculum.

Here are some factors you need to consider:

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