September 14, 2014

Kiwi Crate: A Kid Crafts Subscription You're Going to Love

A review of Kiwi Crate, an educational, high quality craft subscription for kids.

{Disclosure: I received this product free of charge. I was compensated for my time. I was not required to give a positive review.}

When I first heard of Kiwi Crate, I was interested and considered subscribing. Kiwi Crate is designed for children ages 3-16 and I really wanted it for my 6-year-old. A few weeks later, I was offered me the opportunity to review it and I jumped at the chance. 

September 8, 2014

National Suicide Prevention Week: September 8 - 14, 2014: Spread the Message

As survivors of suicide, my family would like to encourage your family to show your support during National Suicide Prevention Week.



A Day to Raise Awareness and Prevent Suicides

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is an awareness day observed every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world.  #WSPD14


A Week of to Reduce Stigma and Reach Out to Those at Risk

National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day. This week-long campaign in the United States is designed to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention. The campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding this topic so that those suffering from suicidal thoughts will feel more encouraged to reach out for help. #NSPW14

This year, the campaign runs September 8 - 14, 2014. If you are interested in becoming involved in suicide prevention activities, please check out the opportunities from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


You can find some other ways to show your support here.My family would like to encourage you to show your support this week.


A Month to Learn and Spread Awareness

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Learn all you can. Share with others. Get more information at NAMI.org/suicideprevention

Some ideas for spreading the message:



Spread the word. Stop the stigma.



If you are considering suicide, please call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or visit http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.




I wrote three chapters in The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas including 
  • Navigating from High School to College with a Dyslexic Child 
  • Homeschooling the Bipolar Child and 
  • Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School Years. 
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I Have a Problem with Labeling Kids, Not with Diagnosing Them

In this post, I challenge the concept of 'labels' when it comes to children and their special needs diagnoses. #specialneeds #parenting

This topic has been on my mind for a while now. A long while. Here it is: I don't understand why so many people have a problem with 'labels' when it comes to kids with illnesses or disorders.

Why? Why is it a problem? Actually, what I want to know is why a diagnosis is being called a label in the first place.

If my child has a flu, cancer or diabetes, I don't rush away from the doctor's office proclaiming we'll never have our child labeled. I take that information, learn about the causes and symptoms, and then I work to get rid of the illness or help the symptoms.

Why is it different for other illnesses or disorders? Why do we call those 'labels' rather than diagnoses?

September 5, 2014

Confession: There Is Something I Dislike about Homeschooling

You know I love homeschooling, right? What you may not know is that there is one thing about homeschooling I don't love. There is one little thing that I avoid at almost all costs. What is it?



You'll have to read my post at The Mommy Mess to find out! 

I'm guest posting over there today, so hop over to find out what I dislike about homeschooling.


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Supplement Your Homeschool with Middle School eLearning

Standard Deviants Accelerate is a great online educational teaching tool you can use to supplement your homeschool curriculum.

{Disclosure: I received this product free of charge and was compensated for my time. I was not required to write a positive review.}

This year, I've put a strong focus on independent work in our homeschool. Although I design our own literature-based curriculum, sometimes it's fun to try outsourced resources. Sometimes those are online courses.

September 2, 2014

Coming Soon! Two New Features and Two Old Features

The Heart of Michelle will have two new features soon: mental health articles and a homeschooling/parenting link-up.

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Things are a bit crazy around here right now. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I'm trying to move. I'll have more details on that once the legal issues are resolved. Basically, we're packing at a break-neck pace.

The good news is that I did find a house. YAY! I'll leave it at that. You can expect photos on Friday.

August 29, 2014

$20 Off the New Release of All About Reading Level 4 {Giveaway Alert}

All About Reading Level 4 is available NOW!. Save $20 and enter a giveaway for this reading curriculum.


You've waited patiently and the time has finally arrived. 

The final level of the All About Reading series is available! To celebrate, All About Reading is hosting a great sale and giveaway. (We all love those, right?)

Your child will learn new concepts while continuing to build his skills of vocabulary, decoding, fluency and comprehension. Learn more.



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$20 off All About Reading Level 4

September 4-15, you will save $20 on Level 4 program materials. This discount can only be applied to new Level 4 components (Interactive Kits and other AAR/AAS materials are not included).



All About Reading Giveaway


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One Daughter Honors Another

In my weekly wrap-up you'll find a photo shoot, thoughts about moving and a baby shower at which one daughter honored another daughter.

The week has been stressful and busy. Last week I made a decision to stop a legal battle over my house. This week, we've been searching for a new place while trying to pack, make appointments, and deal with the everyday tasks of life.

It hasn't worked very well.

August 27, 2014

Why I Wouldn't Spend a Day with My Father Even if I Could

The following is a guest post by my 16-year-old daughter Alexis.


A teen girl explains why she wouldn't spend a day with her deceased father if she had a chance to do so. #bipolardisorder

"If you could spend just one day with a person from the past, present or future, who would it be?"

I've seen this post on Facebook. I've thought about it. 

I have a few people in mind but, as odd as this may sound, there is one person on that list that I actually wouldn't spend that day with.

My father.