Simple Christmas Ornament

I know it is early for Christmas, but these ornaments are easy and fun to make. Even someone who is “not crafty or artistic” can have success. An added bonus is that they turn out great too! You can make them all the same, to match your tree, or you can just give your kids…

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Daily Strategy for Homeschooling

I really love to gain information from others; their success, their mistakes, and their strategies.  I figure, “Why reinvent the wheel or start from scratch, when you can just learn from others and make any improvements or personal preferences?” . I paired up with Erin Randall, an agile coach, who has her own coaching and…

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40 Productive Things Kids Can Do on Their Own

If you are like our family, we are looking for ways to be productive at home AND are trying to limit screen time, especially for my youngest child.  Here is a list of 40 activities to let your kids try while you get some work done or emails answered. I think the key to success…

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Organizing Your Home School

I feel like there are 3 general types of families right now: Families that are in a good situation with their school and don’t need any input.  That is great, and if your situation changes, feel free to come back and take a look. Families that feel like they received some helpful guidance from their…

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Bird’s Eye View

I’ll be honest.  I like birds, but I prefer animals with fur.  And I had very little respect for how amazing birds are until I tried to build this nest.   Just this one aspect about birds, their ability to build a nest that must withstand rain in a tree that blows in the wind, is…

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Fish in an Aquarium Art Project

Art, for me, has always been a way to relax and unwind, but did you know that it also can help with reading and be a practice in perception? According to Clara Richmond in her web article called, How Art Education Can Help Students Improve Reading Comprehension, there are plenty of “professionals that take art…

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Fireworks – Photography, Drawing, and Chalking

Although I am not a fan of glitter, there is one glittery thing that I do like…FIREWORKS!  For those of you that get a chance to see fireworks, here are some photo tips from Valerie Hoffman. Every Wednesday evening my friend, Linda Nickell at LindaNickell.com, hosts a Happiness Hour where different photographers and other creatives…

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An Often Forgotten Step to Independent Kids

a 2 minute read (photo courtesy of Linda Nickell) “He’s never going to read all this,” complained my 14 year old son as he leafed through 5 pages of questions and diagrams in the waiting room of the orthopedic office.   “You’re right, he probably won’t, but we will be stuck here in the waiting room…

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Easy Contour Cat with Watercolor Background

Being able to show value is probably the most important skill that can improve your artwork. This lesson is a beginner step to understanding how value works. Create a 3-dimensional picture (showing height, width, and depth) of a cat using lines for value (lightness and darkness of a color to create contour) applied to a…

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10 Easy Father’s Day Cards

During this season of staying at home, I have seen Dads walking and riding bikes, all with kids and dogs in tow.  I know more Dads are cooking, cleaning, and repairing things around the house, all while trying to also work from home.  And let’s not forget all the Grandpas that have missed their grandchildren…

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