Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner Review (2017 & 2016 BOGO Sale)

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner Review for the 2017 version.. new features!


I love planners of all types. In fact, I just love all spiral-bound notebooks and journals for planning and recording all of life’s things! There is something beautiful about holding a planner in your hands, all empty and waiting for life to be written into it. So, I was excited to get a copy of the 2017 Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner by Sue Hooley! I have seen other reviews about her previous yearly planners and always loved the looks of them. I am going to give you a close look at her newest planner!

First of all, I LOVE the pictures and colors. They are totally my style. Beautiful flowers and a mix of neutral and bold colors. LOVE! If you want a better look at the inside then check out the video I posted to Instagram. Read more

Our Homeschool Mission Statement, Vision, & Prayer

Our Homeschool Mission Statement, Vision, & Prayer - Recapture the reasons you started homeschooling in the first place or why you should start now!


Are you new to homeschooling or are you looking for ways to breathe life back into your homeschool after experiencing homeschool burn out? Then you have come to the right place!

I want you to recapture the excitement you felt when you first knew you should start homeschooling. How? By coming up with a homeschool mission statement/vision! Here is a great resource that walks you through capturing your homeschooling vision and then helps you plan how to implement that vision: The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner & eCourse! (Psst… it is on sale right now!)
Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner & eCourse - A planning system for the type B homeschooler!

Now, read on to learn our mission statement and why I feel called to homeschool! Read more

Lower Grammar Curriculum Choices For An Eclectic Homeschool

Lower Grammar Curriculum Choices For An Eclectic Homeschool (plus $500 Rainbow Resources giveaway!)


Our lower grammar curriculum choices for 2016-2017 will include grades K4, 1st, and 2nd. We will also have 1 student in dialectic level (6th grade) and 4 in pre-school, or primer level.  I will share about each of those levels in another blog post.

These are the plans I currently have, but I may change some things since I have not actually bought all of our curricula yet. We start our new school year on September 5th, so there is still a little time for changing my mind. Plus, we are going to our homeschool conference this weekend and will be checking out all of the amazing vendors up-close. Praying I can keep my senses amidst all of those new books! lol.

By the way, if you can’t attend a homeschool convention in-real-life, then check out this awesome affordable digital homeschool convention featuring over 30 speakers and tons of virtual vendors for 1-stop curriculum shopping without leaving your house! More info here >> Digital Homeschool Convention 

I had wanted to have all of our curriculum purchased by August so that I could spend a month preparing, but our budget didn’t allow that. Now I am feeling like we are cutting things close, but I don’t plan to stress too much if we don’t get all of our books by September.

Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner & eCourse - A planning system for the type B homeschooler!

Need help planning the homeschool year? Check out The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner!

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Healthy Ways To Grieve (is there such a thing?)

Simple, practical, & healthy ways to grieve as a busy mom and wife...


I am a realist and a factual person. So, it has been hard for me to admit to myself that I have been running from my grief for years. It has been my coping mechanism, I guess. Plus, I am a mom and moms don’t have the time or energy to grieve, right? It has taken years for me to learn healthy ways to grieve… if there is such a thing.

The truth is, I have to “be strong” or I would fall apart. I have to stop the flood of tears or I would sit in a puddle all day, every day.

When the wave of grief hits me and a heart-wrenching sob tries to surface, I know I can’t give in to it because I am needed constantly by my children.

I can’t give myself 5 minutes to grieve alone because the truth is if I allowed myself to think about my mom or my son in any depth, the grief would be so overwhelming that I don’t think I could ever cry enough tears or feel enough hurt to overcome it.

So, I suck it back in and I forge ahead. I am a mom and my children need me.

But, that isn’t really healthy. And it’s all gonna come out in the end, probably in an ugly rush of snot and tears when I least expect it or want it to. So, what is a busy mom to do with her grief? Read more