Category Archives: Single Parenting

Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

How is everybody? Have the kids been driving you bonkers yet since they are out of school? Well, a couple of my kids haven’t finished their school work yet but hopefully they will be completely finished by Friday. As I was going through the rest of their assignments I came across a couple of links that I thought I’d share.

As many of you know I homeschool my kiddos and we like to use Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool. Most everything is FREE and so useful. They are always adding new things to the site as well and I am ever so thankful for them. My kids really love the site and all of the different resources that they provide. They have learned a lot of different subjects and various subject matter. However a lot of times our kids get so busy playing that they forget, what they’ve worked so hard to learn during the previous year, over the short summer. This can cause for a lot of trouble at the beginning of the new school year.  Continue reading Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

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Is Cleaning Bad For Your Health?

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If you’ve been following along with my blog you know that I have been making changes around the house. These changes have not only been with the decluttering but also many personal changes and changes to benefit my family.

One of the biggest things I have been implementing is to bring in more natural cleaners and products into our home and getting rid of those toxin filled cleaners that so many of us use everyday. There have been so many studies and articles, like this one here, that talk about just how dangerous these cleaners are. One of these articles, click here to read, even compared daily exposure to cleaners to being as harmful as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day!

Wow! That’s so crazy but it makes me glad that I’ve been making some of the changes that I have. I know that when three of my kids first came into my life they were all on allergy, asthma, and/or ADHD medications. I had even been instructed, by the caseworker, of what to do in case of an asthma attack as well. I was scared to death as I’ve never had a child with asthma. Fortunately we never had any asthma attacks and  within the first year or two they were all off of their medications and now they don’t take any medications on a regular basis.

It seemed that many of their allergy/asthma problems had come from cleaning, or the lack of cleaning in their previous home, and the chemicals in the products that they were being exposed too when the cleaning did happen. 

I know the use of essential oils has really helped out a lot here in our home as well. I love my Simply Earth subscription and I am constantly looking up and researching new uses for them and new recipes to use for my family and around the house. I’ve probably mentioned oils to all of my friends and family and I know some of them have started dabbling in the oils as well.

Y’all also know how much I love my cleaning and hygiene products that I get from Grove Collaborators and The Honest Company but money has been a bit tight here lately as I’ve had some doctor bills to pay off. I haven’t had a lot of extra money coming in either as I really haven’t felt much like blogging or promoting anything. So when a friend of mine told me about a shopping club that offers a 30-50% discount on supplies, that I am already buying, I was interested. When I found out that this company had over 400 all natural products, including essential oils, that are made right here in the USA I was really interested and decided to check it out.

I’m sure that I’ll be sharing some of these products with you all soon as I’ve placed my first order just today. I placed an order for the ‘customer favorites’ so I can get a variety of different products to try. I’m excited to see how these compare to what I’ve been using. Being able to make a ‘one stop shop’ was so convenient as well and if I like these products this will save me money in the future too. The company has been in business for over 30 years and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back. Can’t beat that. Not to mention that they also have several other ‘perks’ for preferred customers. (Right now, through June 30, 2018, I can help you sign up for only $1.00!)

Well, I’ve gotta go get some dinner started as the kids are starting to sound like ravenous T-Rexes and they are ready to eat just about anything in sight. I think we’ll be making some Oven Fried Chicken (not really healthy, I know), Vegetable Casserole, and maybe some ‘Smushed Taters‘ which is a new recipe I saw recently.

Hope you all are having a blessed day!

101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

Did you know that January 24th is Compliment Day? I didn’t until here recently but now that I do I want to be prepared. These would really be good for any day of the year though and the smallest compliment can really turn a bad day around.  Continue reading 101 Compliments To Really Make Someone’s Day Better

How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

Skill Trek: Life Proofing The Next Generation Like Nothing Else

One of my New Year’s goals is to get more organized. Well that is gonna take some time and I have had so much on my plate that it almost seems impossible. Plus I’m always trying to come up with fun and exciting lessons to teach my kids everything they need to know.

Sometimes I worry that I am missing things like teaching them to tie their shoes… yeah my 4 and 5 year olds need to work on this school as it was something I’ve just overlooked. This made me wonder how many other skills have I overlooked? What other skills do my kids NEED to know in order to be successful in life? How am I possibly gonna find time to research all of this and put lessons together?

 

Continue reading Skill Trek: Life Proofing The Next Generation Like Nothing Else

Kids Driving You Bonkers Yet?

Well, I hope your kids aren’t making you too crazy yet… I’ve already stepped off the loco train a long time ago when I decided to homeschool but that’s another story. Here are a few crafts to keep those entertained and hopefully out of your hair. (I’ve also included a couple of affiliate links to some crafts you can buy on Amazon… at no extra charge to you! You’re welcome!) Continue reading Kids Driving You Bonkers Yet?

Domestic Violence & The Holidays

I know this is a subject that many of us don’t like to talk about but truth is we do need to talk about it as it affects many of us or people we know.

The holidays are stressful and this can bring out the bad side of people. I know, I’ve been there, and sometimes it can result in an increase of domestic violence. I know from my own experience that the holidays can be very hard, especially when you have kids, to try to get through on your own.

It can be so hard in so many ways. You see all of these happy couples doing all of those wonderful holiday things. They are walking hand in hand while shopping for gifts or your best friend is gushing about how her husband is so perfect and he has picked out the best early Christmas present for her.

Sometimes loneliness can lead us into rash decisions like letting an ex back into our life that we probably shouldn’t. Sometimes parents, I’ve been guilty of this, feel bad for separating and possibly ruining their children’s Christmas. Or sometimes they try to hold off the inevitable breakup until after the holidays have passed. They attempt to hold it together and pretend to be the perfect couple/family while everyone is around.

Then there are times when things seem fine but under the surface one person or both have issues that they haven’t let out. They may hold certain expectation for Christmas or  expectations of what others should or shouldn’t be doing. When things don’t go as planned then everything boils over.

Sadly, too many times, this results in domestic violence. The police may be called, and in some states both parties are taken to jail, or someone may end up in the hospital or worse. I can’t go back and change the memories that some of my kids have from previous holidays however I know this season will be so much different and better but I also have a heavy heart for all of those who are currently in that situation.

There were many holiday events I have attended where no one knew about the bruises I had covered or trying not to wince every time someone came to hug me. I can’t forget the one where I actually had a fractured disc but forced myself to make my expected appearance at his family dinner. There were other times I was humiliated because I couldn’t afford fancy or expensive gifts like other someone wife’s had purchased.

So please, I ask that if you or someone you know may be a victim of DV please don’t try to be brave and hold it together. Think of yourself and your family and don’t take the chance of having something like this happen. If you know you are in a violent situation or you aren’t sure then please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224.

Don’t be afraid to dial 911 if you are in a true emergency.

Chickenpox Remedy

I know Chickenpox is not as common as it once was but boy do I remember when my oldest son got it. I was pregnant with my second child and I got it too for the second time. It was a bit uncomfortable for me but my son’s father had never had it and he and his cousin caught it. They were miserable until I came up with this to use for them.

This would probably be good for any kind of itchy rash that you may have.

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Product Review: Urgent Energy

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Hey Mommas! I know this time of year is so crazy busy and if you are like me you probably feel exhausted here lately. I’ve been so tired as I mentioned in ‘T is for Tuesdays, Twirling, Tea, and Turtles’ and I just realized I had been forgetting to take these awesome Urgent Energy Capsules by @Andrew Lessman.

My mom actually told me about theses a few years ago and I was a bit skeptical. She suffers from fibromyalgia as I do and the constant fatigue is horrible. Well these little babies have helped me so much. They give me the energy I need to get through the day wrestling kids, homeschooling, and keeping up with all that I do. They also give me enough energy to be able to square dance 2 or 3 nights a week. Continue reading Product Review: Urgent Energy

Reblog: Discovering Peace with an ADHD Child

While searching for Cyber Monday deals I found this wonderful article about raising a child or children with ADHD. Click here to read.

FREEBIE: Child Safe Kit

No parent wants to think that their child may be one of the millions of children who are abducted every year but it is a fact that it can happen to anyone.

Get your FREE Child safe kit here. You can also learn more about child safety with the links on the site.

It’s The Day Before Thanksgiving and My House Is A Wreck!

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It’s true, our little house on the pond is a wreck and I don’t know where we will put all of our guests that are coming tomorrow. Anybody else feel the same way right now?

The past couple of weeks have been super crazy. I guess everyone has been trying to fit everything in before the holiday season. Then we had the time change which is always so much fun around here… can you hear the sarcasm?

Continue reading It’s The Day Before Thanksgiving and My House Is A Wreck!