Techy Tuesday: Working on the Go? Plan accordingly

I predict that the office cubicle will be as extinct as the mimeograph machine in a decade.  If you don’t know what a mimeograph machine is, um, well, let’s just call it a manual copier with a distinctive smell that went the way of the 8-track tape.  And if you don’t know what an 8-track […]

Good coffee makes good mornings. Phoenix Coffee does even more.

I love coffee. I love coffee so much that I named my three dogs after coffee: Java, Cappuccino, and Mocha Latte. They have all gone on to the big coffee cup in the sky, but while they were here my mornings involved very good coffee and very furry company. I wouldn’t classify my love of […]

Techy Tuesday: Plan a password strategy and stop locking up your bank account

The human brain is designed to hold a gazillion trillion amounts of information. I made that number up, because really no one knows for sure how much information the human brain really holds. Like when you recall some obscure childhood memory where you put play dough in a door lock thereby cementing the internal mechanisms […]

Techy Tuesday: Make your computers work for you, not against you

Change can be hard. One of Newton’s Laws of Physics says “for every action there is a reaction.” Newton was a real deep guy. Basically, he was saying that there is no such thing as inaction. By not changing, you cause a reaction, too. I call it The Law of Burying Your Head in the […]

Teaching Teens Online Manners or How to Bang Your Head Against a Wall

Teenagers have an uncanny ability to tune out their parents calling them for chores, but they can hear the blip of their phone’s text alert in the other room. They develop sudden amnesia when homework is due but can follow a complicated digital conversation among eight people for hours. Face to face communication is virtually […]

Reducing caffeine might not boost your energy, but it might boost your health

If there is one “acceptable” drug in our fast-paced culture, it is caffeine.  While caffeine is naturally occurring in the seeds, fruits, and leaves of some plants, such as coffee beans, it can also be crystallized and added to foods, drinks, and pills.  In fact, caffeine is a huge food and supplement business.  It is […]

Gluten-Free! What the Heck?

If you’ve lived anywhere but under a rock, you’ve heard the health craze called gluten-free. You might think it’s all about bread, but gluten is found, or hidden, in many things. Whether you think it’s hype or not, you probably have a friend or two who is trying out this gluten-free fad.  If you’re inviting […]

Identifying and Finding the Type of Work That’s Right for You

If you, as a homeschool mom, find yourself in the position to need some extra income, there are many factors to consider.  I discuss some of them in Can You Work AND Homeschool I Do and Four Principles of A Family-Friendly Job. What can you do without joining or rejoining the workforce full time or permanently? These […]

Four Principles of a Family-Friendly Job

When I worked full time in the corporate world, I was blessed to work for a company that was family friendly in almost every sense of the term. Most everyone in our 30-person office was married. Most of our outside staff were also family men and women. We had company parties that included spouses and […]

Can You Work AND Homeschool? I Do

It’s tough getting by on one income. Like tight with a capital T. I quit working full time when I was pregnant with my second child, the week after I finished my MBA. Great timing? We thought we were in pretty good shape. No debt, except the mortgage. A little savings. A budget. Boy, were […]