#LearnWithOrkin and the Orkin Household Pests 101 Back to School Pack

We've made it back into our homeschool routine here, sort of. You see, we haven't been able to enjoy any outdoor nature studies yet because mosquitoes are the devil! Just five minutes outdoors and those tiny demons issue a full on assault. As much as I hate them, they are not the only pest we are dealing with.

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Instant Gratification and the Ass Hats of Comic Con

I’m sorry, but I don’t have a lady like response for this. We’ve all heard the big story of people abusing the ADA system at Disney which ultimately led to an overhaul that made it MORE difficult for those that really need it.

As a mother to a child that would benefit from these services I can’t find any response other than anger.

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Our Odd Week in Review: A Trip to the Bayou

Week one of our 2015 - 2016 homeschool year is in the books and it was a fun and interesting one that included an impromptu study of New Orleans and Louisiana. It all started when I decided to make gumbo for dinner on Tuesday and Ema insisted that we make beignets too, because "they are from the same place, we HAVE to!" 

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Plans for Our 2015-2016 Homeschool Year

Today we officially embark on a new homeschool year. Since I have to provide a grade level to the state, we officially but unofficially working on 7th, 5th and 1st grades during the 2015-2016 school year. Having a first grader in the mix has made family learning a little trickier, but to those who say you can't teach all your kids together, trust me, it can be done.

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Blogging as I Knew it Is Dead

2003 to 2006 were the years of "forums" for me. I was a stay at home mom at a time when most of my friends were still running around like single crazies in their early 20's. I didn't begrudge them their kid free lifestyles, but I was left when no one to talk to about this new time in my life. Even in a time when we still relied on lagging dial-up in our rural area, the mommy forums became my daily place to ask questions and share. 

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Nakedness and the Wraptastic - The Worst Day Ever

I’m bummed. I found out my grown daughter saw me naked, and I don’t own a Wraptastic. (Disclaimer: I know. I know. As far as trouble goes these DO NOT MAKE THE CUT. But humor me.) 

“Hey,” my husband said. “Maren saw you naked.”

I felt various body parts clench and quiver. I sucked in my rapidly approaching senior citizen discount stomach. It ignored me.
 

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Our Homeschool Year in Review: 2014-2015

Our Homeschool Year in Review: 2014-2015

Last week in I sent our evidence of progress an annual letter of intent to homeschool to our school district. It seems like the year flew by! There were high points and low points, but mostly, we've found an approach to learning to works great for our family. Lots of great books, educational videos and independent learning.

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Cooking Made Fun and Healthy for Kids

Cooking Made Fun and Healthy for Kids

It’s not rare for kids to hate eating vegetables, especially when they find out there are greens in their food. I had the same dilemma with one of my daughters. Charlotte loves playing sports, but hates eating greens. I’ve been worried about her health for the longest time because I know that her activities require nutritious meals, and she’s turning 10 in a few months. Then, I recently found out she loves helping me out when I cook. I noticed a few months ago that she’s always snooping around the kitchen and it gave me an idea: why not use her fascination in cooking to make her eat vegetables? Here are some simple tips: 

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Mom's Temporarily Out of Order

I've got a confession to make, I'm broken. The part of me that knows how to keep it all together and trudge on has been chipped away at the last few months. Though in the grand scheme of life and the problems of the world the things that have beaten me down seem insignificant. Yet these insignificant things are beating the shit out of me mentally.

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#Giveaway - Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray

#Giveaway - Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-ray

I've told you before that my kiddos are HUGE Scooby-Doo fans, but what I haven't shared it that they've also developed a fondness for classic rock. While they will never truly understand the glory of the outlandish outfits, long hair and crazy guy-liner of the time (this seriously could be a good thing) do get that it's great music. Now I have the opportunity to embrace the fun that is KISS with Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery.

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