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Stefani

Stefani was raised in California; with her husband hailing from South Carolina, they’ve settled in the middle and are now raising three Texans. She loves classical homeschooling, great books, period dramas, modifying recipes, simple living, deep thinking, and cuddling up with her family to watch silly YouTube videos.

Simple Tips for Birthday Party Etiquette

We’ve all seen it… that child who tries to “help” the birthday boy or girl unwrap their presents. The one who yells out that the cake is “gross,” or who throws a fit because he or she ends up on the losing team during a party game. The last thing you want is for YOUR child to ruin half of the party with their poor manners and bad attitude. Hopefully these tips will help you to avoid your child becoming THAT child after you drop them off.

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No Pressure: Getting a Restful Night’s Sleep

If getting a restful night’s sleep sounds like it would be a dream come true, you’ve come to the right place. In our high stress world, we know we need to properly rest and rejuvenate our bodies at the end of a long day, but restful nights of sleep don’t just happen. If we want a restful night’s sleep, we need to set ourselves up for success by evaluating our sleep environment and our sleep surface.

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3 Unconventional Vegetable Sides

Move over green beans. Step aside potatoes! And corn… well, we weren’t even going to mention you because technically you’re a grain, but you can take a break from the dinner plate as well. There are some new vegetables in town! It’s time to add some pizzazz to your dinner sides by adding tender asparagus, hearty taro root, and delicious spaghetti squash to your rotation.

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Ode to My Kitchen Scale

It sits, unassuming,

     on my kitchen counter-top.

Its stainless steel gleaming,

     as I mix and bake and chop.

This recipe: perfection, indeed,

     with delight my guests will wail.

I place the bowl and tare and read.

     Foolproof measuring from my kitchen scale.

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Top 5 Influential Home Education Books

There are a lot of homeschooling books on the market. So many, in fact, that one gets bogged down just scanning the Amazon search results. There are several reasons why there are so many books.

  • There is no one “right way” to homeschool.
  • Homeschooling educational philosophies vary.
  • Different states have different requirements.
  • Homeschooling has become more commonplace.
  • Veteran homeschoolers desire to share their wisdom.
  • Curriculum options are endless and ever-changing.
  • Available choices for charter schools, hybrid schools, university model schools, and homeschooling co-operatives have exploded in recent years.

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Cleaning House With Kids Underfoot

Have you heard this before?

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  – Phyllis Diller

Or how about this one?

Cleaning with kids in the house is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.

While entertaining (and a bit true), these quotes make cleaning with small children (or big ones) underfoot seem absolutely pointless. Does this mean that you are relegated to a messy house until your kids leave for college? Absolutely not! Your house may not be perfect 100% of the time, but following these 7 tips will help you keep your sanity as you attempt to keep a tidy home that is still filled with children.

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A Day in My Life: Stefani

Have you ever looked at someone and wondered what a typical day in their life is like? We bet most of us have. We wonder sometimes if our days are similar to others, especially people who are in the same season of life as us. Or we are curious how someone who is the complete opposite of us spends their days. How many times as a new mom have you scoured the web to find other mom’s feeding, sleeping, and daily schedules for their baby, just to be sure you’re on the right track and to feel a sense of camaraderie? Have you wondered how working mothers juggle it all? Do you really think stay at home moms sit on the couch and eat bonbons? Do you ever ask your friends how they spend their days or what they do on the weekends? We all want to know what the other person is doing. We’re curious by nature. Social media has certainly helped us out in this area, so thank you Facebook and Instagram.

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Books to Prepare and Give You Confidence for Labor

Birthing a baby, though obviously quite normal, seems to be complicated in today’s culture. From the moment you announce your pregnancy, people will have advice to give. There are choices to be made and—once you’ve made those choices—choices to be defended at seemingly every turn. Everyone (or so it seems) has a pregnancy or birth or postpartum horror story to tell—whether it’s theirs or just someone they know. With all this information and confusion, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and scared at the very thought of giving birth.

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4 New Kitchen Staples

Sometimes change in the kitchen is hard to do. You want to vary your family’s diet or introduce more nutritional powerhouses, but finding a place for them in your meal repertoire is sometimes difficult.

Change doesn’t have to be hard, though! These four new kitchen staples can easily find a place in the kitchen as they are substitutes for items you are already using. Swap them out and enjoy an easy and beneficial change in routine.

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