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 […]

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 […]

Need Help With Eating Real Food? Try These Helpful E-Books.

I love books. Almost any kind of book. Fiction. Non-fiction. Biography. Historical. Classical. Mystery. Most self-improvement (there are some wackos out there, though). Funny. Adventurous. Even cookbooks. Especially cookbooks. Nothing will replace the feel and smell of a real hardbound novel, but I like electronic cookbooks. It seems so much more efficient to search and bookmark […]

Splurge on You with Discount Gift Cards

When you’re a mom, splurges can sometimes be few and far between. By the time you buy diapers, replace ripped jeans, fill in seasonal clothing for the child who doesn’t have hand-me-downs because she was the only one not born in the winter, and plan enough snacks to feed a third-world country, there isn’t usually […]

Testing My Resolution to Do Less

I expounded on my resolution to do less this year instead of more, but I have met my first resistance. The decision to re-up for another year of homeschool co-op looms on our horizon.  I thought I had a pretty good case to not return when I examined a few realistic facts. Fact #1: Expenses […]

When Pinterest Goes Wrong, You’re Not A Loser

Has anyone ever wondered about the people who pin perfectly decorated cupcakes, amazingly delicious cookies, totally cute craft projects, or ingenious DIY renovations? Are they really people or alien life forms sent to make us normal humans look like total losers? You think I jest, but have you ever really come close to copying one […]

Income Idea: Sell Outgrown Clothing and Toys

Most moms are always looking for a way to help generate a little extra money, if it’s only to be able to finance another purchase.  An odd job here or there stretches the budget.  One project I have done off and on for several years is sell our outgrown clothes and toys.  There are several options […]

Lemon Essential Oil: What’s Not to Love?

The cleaning aisle is filled with lemon-scented products, from dusting to soaps.  Lemon is the rage.  Why?  Well, because lemon is great.  It rocks the cleaning world. Ever notice that lemon wedge on your glass of water at the restaurant?  It’s for more than decoration. Lemonade on a hot summer day.  Refreshing. If you don’t […]