Links I Love – April Edition

memorable reads

My most memorable reads this past month:

Why we waited more than 10 years for extracurriculars When you choose simple/frugal living, you can occasionally feel like your kids are missing out. This veteran homeschool mom shares excellent reasons why it can be beneficial for the whole family to wait on organized sports and activities.

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What I’ve been reading lately – April Quick Lit

I’m joining Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy today to share what I’ve been reading lately.

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6 Things I learned in March

I’m following the example of Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy to share what I learned last month, from the trivial to the life-changing.

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The Most Important Thing to do BEFORE You Homeschool

homeschool philosophy of education

So many parents start homeschooling with only a vague idea of what they want their homeschool to look like. They only know that traditional school isn’t going to give their kids the kind of education they want for them. But with only a vague idea of what you want school to be, you might end up hating homeschooling, or worse, your kids will.

If you invest time before you homeschool to develop your philosophy of education, you will find a homeschool style that fits your family and have a thriving homeschool for years to come.

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What’s Saving My Life Right Now

Today, I’m joining Modern Mrs. Darcy to mark Groundhog’s Day (winter’s technical halfway point) by sharing what’s saving my life right now. Every year, she lists what’s actually helpful in life right now, as it is SO easy to focus on what seems to be killing it.  While my current winter looks nothing like the picture above, I sympathize with my New England friends who will have another two or three months of winter.

I’ll jump right into my list, and I’d love to hear what’s saving your life right now!

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1) My Keurig

I’ve always wanted a Keurig, but everything frugal in me screamed “no! too expensive!”  Well, since I turned over a new leaf and decided to find ways to save both time and money, I started thinking about a Keurig again.

My generous parents gave me this one for Christmas and birthday (close to Christmas birthday blessings)! The color alone makes me so happy. And since I discovered these k-cups (see my Amazon Subscribe & Save post), I am thrilled that I can enjoy an extremely hot, fresh cup of coffee at a moment’s notice for a decent price.

The kids of course have automatically adopted it and call it “The Hot Chocolate Maker” because we discovered it’s a built-in hot water dispenser (without the k-cup of course)! Thank you fellow bloggers everywhere for sharing your awesomeness and thinking outside the box because I sure don’t.

 2) Amazon Prime

I wrote a whole post on it. Enough said.

3) The Magic School Bus

I love finding shows my kids love but totally count as science at the same time! It relieves the media guilt with the fact that it’s packed with great content, things I didn’t even remember from science classes in school.

4) The Backyard

In Boston, we had a teeny tiny backyard with a small patio, but I never felt comfortable allowing my kids to play outside unattended.  Now, it is such a relief to be able to say “go play in the backyard!” and check on them from the window.

5) Subject Integration in our Homeschool

I used to picture homeschooling as school at home: 5 hours a day at a desk reading textbooks and doing worksheets.  That was seriously intimidating and almost prevented me from attempting to homeschool.

Now that I’ve been at it for six months and I’ve read a whole lot more, I am embracing homeschooling as a lifestyle and love how a good picture book from the library allows me to teach vocabulary, history, and math all at the same time!

Learning doesn’t just happen in the four walls of a school, and it doesn’t need to be segmented into subjects.

6) Podcasts

I love staying home with my kids, but I do crave adult conversation and interaction. I’m married to an extreme introvert whom I love, but often needs far more silence than I do.  We also just moved long-distance after 13 years in the same city.  Relationship-building takes longer with four small kiddos.  Podcasts help fill my cup, providing me with both intellectual stimulation and adult conversation.  These are on my regular playlist, and I get sad if they skip a week:

7) The Same Simple Meals

We’ve been eating the same core four meals each week with a little variety one night a week.  I got the idea from reading a post about minimalist meal planning, and it’s totally saving my life right now.

That’s all for now. What’s saving your life right now?






Boston to Raleigh: Downsize Non-negotiable


Oh no.  It’s not going to fit.  Deep breaths.

The cube had arrived, and it was smaller than expected. Much smaller.

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