Have you moved with us?

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Just checking in to see if you have moved to our new blog


We would love for you to join us.  This week we are having a Blog Candy Contest…enter to win one of our 5 copies of “Keeping Kids Busy”.  Just post a comment here:


Later in the month, we’ll have other Blog Candy Contests & giveaways.  We’ll also be hosting a facebook or twitter party with some very special guests.

I also have some special articles on God’s mission for homeschool moms & love of learning (for Valentines Week)

C’mon…. join us!

It’s Here…

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I am so excited because our new website is finally here.

How To Homeschool My Child.com

Since last fall, we’ve been in the process of moving everything to this site.

14 Days of February Freebies

Join in on all the fun…14 Days of February Freebies, starting today (Wed, Feb 1) All you have to do to get all 14 Freebies is register on our home page. We will send you a daily email with that day’s freebie/gift from one of our homeschool partners.

83 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day

Our first freebie is our brand new ebook, 83 Ways to Celebrate Valentines Day.

  • Top 10 Our Family Celebrates Valentines Day
  • History of Valentines Day & Homeschool Activities
  • Special Celebration Ideas
  • Valentine Cards
  • Crafts & Games
  • Valentines Day Around the World

Grab your copy on our new site.

How To Homeschool My Child.com

You can also enter to win our Blog Candy Contest.  Just post a comment on how you integrate your family passion into your homeschool.


How To Homeschool My Child

BTW…I will no longer be using this blog on a regular basis.  Instead I will be posting our upcoming articles & Blog Candy Contests on our new blog.  Take a look

How To Homeschool My Child BLOG

If you like what you see, please tell your friends about our new site.  You’ll find lots of blog buttons to post on fb or your blog

Blog Candy Winner & Organizing Tips

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Thanks for everyone that shared their one-word for 2012.  I loved it.  Hope you did too!

Since we got so many cool words to consider for 2012, I am trying to convert all the words into a printable.  Give me a few days & hopefully I will have a printable for 2012 One Words

Oh yeah…Lisa is our winner.  Lisa’s word is “reclaim”…striving to reclaim:

  • my enthusiasm
  • the wasted time
  • my faith
  • the goals I haven’t met

Lisa will win a copy of my ebook, Let’s Get Organized.  Congrats to Lisa…watch your email for your book.

Remember to check our blog this week.  You’ll find:

  • 4 part series on Setting Goals for Homeschool Moms in 2012
  • Over 35 words to contemplate in 2012
  • 15 Minute Tip for Organizing Your Home in 2012 – Coming Soon

What Is Your One Word For 2012?

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I’ve thought about this for awhile and am having a hard time coming up with just “one” word to sum up my 2012 new years resolution.  I keep trying to decide between Faith & Focus.  My friend, Maggie Hogan of Bright Ideas Press, suggested I hyphenate those words as faith-focus. So, I’m going with “faith-focus” for 2012.

Why Faith – Focus?

God has truly challenged me to grow in my faith these past few months.  I feel as though the last several years have not been very deep in faith.  Since my gift is service, I have found ways to serve those around me.  I know this is part of growing, but I really want to deepen my relationship with Him.

I just finished reading Lou Holtz’ biography. (For those of you who are not sports enthusiasts, like myself, Holtz is one of the most winning coaches in college football).  Holtz shared that his wife spent an hour a day in prayer.  I remember spending more time in prayer when I was single and am challenged to do so again.  So, I am publicly stating that I want to grow my faith by spending more time in prayer with my Lord.

lou holtz

Another lesson I learned from Lou Holtz is about prayer.  Lou & his wife prayed before accepting a new coaching position (and he moved alot in his career – 11 moves in 43 years).  He mentions this throughout his book.  When he was released from University of Arkansas, he was asked to visit Minnesota the very next day.  Minnesota offered him the head coaching position.  When he returned to the hotel with his wife and kids, they could not decide if this was the right move.  So, Lou told everyone to go & pray for 30 mintues.  They would come back together in 30 minutes and  make a decision at that time.  In their family meeting they all came together with peace that God wanted them to move to Minnesota.  What an example of prayer.

Not only do I need to grow in my faith, I need to stay focused on what’s most important.  I can talk all day long about priorities and organization.  I can even make daily lists and get LOTS accomplished.  However, many times I wonder if I’m accomplishing the right things.

Back in October I listed 3 goals I wanted to accomplish by February.  I posted those goals next to stay focused.  I have so many ideas in my head that I want to accomplish, so I can get sidetracked.  The other activities are good, but not always the best.  Posting those goals in a place I saw it everyday reminded me of what is important.

I’ll let you know that I am right on track to finish my 3 goals.  Two are already done & the last one will be finished this month.

This week, I’ll be posting my 3 goals for 2012 next to my desk.  I will see them every day.  I might even post them in the kitchen because I spend lots of time in the kitchen.

How will I decide what my 3 goals will be?

I’ll be sharing some ideas on goal setting over the next few days.  In the meantime, I will start with “prayer”.  I will be praying all week to decide exactly what direction God wants me to go in 2012 viagra generique sildenafil.  I’ll post those goals next to my desk and I will continue to pray for God’s guidance on a daily basis.

Having said that, I am not so rigid that I might not make a change this summer…if & only if I pray about it.  I want to stay in tune with Him this year… Faith – Focus for 2012

How about you?  

What is your word for 2012?

Post a comment.  I will randomly choose one to receive my ebook, Let’s Get Organized.  You have until Friday, Jan 6 to leave your word for 2012.  Once you leave your comment, enter again by clicking FB like or tweeting.  Just use the buttons above this post to fb or tweet.

My Favorite Books of 2011

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I read some great books in 2011…and I re-read some of my favorites.
Here are my top picks.
BTW…read to the bottom to find out how you can win my book:
Becoming A Homeschool Pro

wins losses lessons

Although I’m not quite finished with this book (should finish tonight or tomorrow), this may be my favorite of 2011.  Did you know Lou Holtz was 135 pounds, struggled academically and had a speech impediment in high school?  He is currently one of the most sought-after motivational speakers.  He is honest about his life and we can all learn from his story.

Read lessons I learned in Jan 2 post…about prayer

power of positive thinking

FANTASTIC.  I thought this was all about “me” & selfish positive thinking.  However,  it really has alot to do with God, Scripture and following the verses to think on positive things.  Great reminder for all of us.

One Yard Short

Lots of people live life “one yard short”. Les Steckel tells his life story and how God worked in his life to prepare for ministry to others.  Great for sports lovers, but also for men who struggle in feeling like nothing ever goes right.

zig ziglar

Love this book!  Truly rags to riches, but Zig knows who carries him always – Jesus Christ!
Zig is honest with his readers, sharing the good & bad stories of his life.  He willingly shares his weaknesses, but also shows how God uses his strengths.  He is honest about his middle years which tell of his chasing shiny objects.  Zig also shares the importance of his family, both his wife & kids.  Very encouraging to see a man who finds success in the middle of his life.

How Did You do It Truett?

Quick Read…
Quick overview of how Chick fil A began
Great principles to base your life and business. He truly walks the talk!
This would make a great gift for a young person as he addresses young people and how teenagers could use these principles.  I also read his biography which is EXCELLENT!

How to win friends and influence people

Love this book.  You should read this once a year.

Cereal tycoon

Inspirational & Encouraging. Truly a man who ran his business with Christian principles. Biography of founder of Quaker of Oats. I needed a new book to read & found this on my shelf.  So much better than I ever anticipated.

Favorite book series I started re-reading this year

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

I read one new book in this series and re-read 2 books.
They are so much fun, an escape from reality. Fun to read & laugh!

At Home in Mitford

Father Tim & Mitford are so much fun to read…and a great encouragement to me.  I have about 3-4 more to finish re-reading the entire series. I read about one each month.

One of my favorite lines is the prayer Father Tim learned from his grandmother:
“Lord, let me be a blessing to someone today.”

What are you favorite books of 2011?

Post your book title as a comment.
I’ll randomly choose one of them to win a copy of my ebook,
Becoming a Homeschool Pro. 
I’ll choose the winner next Tuesday, January 3.

After you post a comment, you can also enter to win by clicking fb like or tweeting this post at the top.
This will give you additional entries to win.

Blog Giveaway

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In case you missed it earlier this week, we are giving away a Free Webinar on how to put Christ Back In Christmas.  To watch your free webinar, click on our Christmas button:

Free Christmas Webinar-Click Here



We are also connecting our giveaway with Hip Homeschool Moms Giveaway.  Check it out:

Giveaway Day

Monday Meal: Halloween Snacks

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Get ready for Halloween with these fun sandwich snacks!

Dead Man’s Finger Sandwich – http://www.parenting.com/article/spooky-finger-food-sandwiches

Here are a few more Halloween snacks!

Monstrous Mummy Cupcakes – http://www.parenting.com/article/monstrous-mummy-halloween-cupcakes





Halloween Jello recipe

Slimy Jell-O Snacks – http://www.parenting.com/article/slimy-jell-o-snacks



ghost marshmallows

Ghostly  Goodies – http://www.parenting.com/article/ghostly-goodies


Hope you enjoy these fun, spooky Halloween treats!













Freebies for Homeschooled Families

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I have another freebie for you (homeschooled families) …but before I get to the freebie,  I need to ask you…

–>>> Have you entered our Blog Candy Contest?

You can win a copy of my homeschool program…

Raising Leaders, Not Followers!

All you have to do to enter, is post a comment sharing how one of my blog posts encouraged/helped you OR post a topic you would like me to cover on my blog this year. It’s really that simple to enter our contest.
I’ll be announcing the winner tonight!

NOW….to help you Start School Right this Year…

Read the rest…

Blog Candy — Win a FREE Homeschool Package

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I’m having another contest and you can win my Raising Leaders package (3 ebooks, audios & more), chock full of ideas to use this year in your homeschool.  How can you win?

I want this blog to be helpful to you this homeschool year, so let me know what topics you would like me to cover.  You can post a comment about one of these areas:

1.  A post from this blog that was encouraging or helpful to you

2.  A topic you would like addressed on this blog.

I will randomly pick a winner on our webinar next Tuesday, September 20th.


Blog Candy – Win a FREE Homeschool Package

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I’m having another contest and you can win my Raising Leaders package (3 ebooks, audios & more), chock full of ideas if you homeschooled this year. How can you win?

I want this blog to be helpful to you this homeschool year, so let me know what topics you would like me to cover.  You can post a comment about one of these areas:

1.  A post from this blog that was encouraging or helpful to you

2.  A topic you would like addressed on this blog.

I will randomly pick a winner on our webinar next Tuesday, September 20th.

Giveaway Day

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