October 21, 2014

Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting Linkup Week #5

Welcome to the 5th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 

Welcome to the fifth week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! 

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! 

When you link your post with us it will not be featured on only one blog, but featured on three blogs for added exposure!

October 19, 2014

The Week I Became a Grandma (again) and Remembered Home School Is a Lie


I'm a Grandma! (again)



Eight days ago, my newest grandchild made her way into the world. Winter Amaryllis made her way into the world weighing a whopping 10lbs 11oz and measuring over 22 inches long.

Yep. She's a big girl! 



Left: The day she was born.
Upper right: Lorelai holds her new niece for the first time.
Middle right: Full belly = sleep.
Lower right: Aunt Alexis fell asleep while getting the baby to sleep.


Left: Winter - 4 days old
Upper right: Aunt Alexis takes a selfie with the baby.
Lower right: Aunt Lorelai is so proud of her new niece.

Other than that, we're in another round of trying to keep Lorelai on her 'good schedule.' It's been a super-busy week.


During this time, I remembered... 



October 16, 2014

How I Use My Homeschool Journey to Help Others

Learn why I co-authored The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and why I chose these particular topics: Bipolar Disorder, Dyslexia, High School and Middle School. www.HeartofMichelle.com

Our Homeschool Journey

I believe all parents are homeschoolers and some of us simply choose to do it full time. We're all on our own educational journey. There are twists and turns, detours and smooth traveling. It's a journey.

In my case, I learned about homeschooling in 1991, but chose to do it full time in October 1999, when I pulled my son out of public school. Over the years, our homeschool has experienced many changes. 



Experience is one skilled teacher! Now I teach others as a homeschool and parenting consultant

October 14, 2014

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup #4

Welcome to the 4th edition of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 

 Welcome to the fourth week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! 

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup, so be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! 

October 10, 2014

I Felt Tired and Irritated, but Chose to Feel Blessed Instead

I was tired and irritated with my situation. I had to change my attitude. I had to see that my complaints should have been blessings counted.

"Cook, cook, cook! And when I'm done, I cook some more."

This is what I was thinking and how I was feeling a few days ago. It seemed no sooner than a meal was cleaned up, I had to begin another. In fact, it didn't just 'seem' that way. 


It really was that way. It is that way.

October 8, 2014

Why this Teen Girl Should Inspire You to Bust the Stigma of Mental Illness

Find out how this teenage girl showed her support of Mental Illness Awareness Week with her art at www.HeartofMichelle.com #BustTheStigma #SayItForward #MentalHealthAwarness

Alexis is a quiet 16-year-old girl. She keeps to herself and spends a lot of time drawing. She doesn't care for conflict, avoiding it at almost all costs. She always strives to be polite, respectful and to not hurt anyone's feelings. She can get along with most people with no problem.

She's a peaceable girl.


She's a Quiet Girl, but Speaks up When Necessary

On Monday, Alexis was telling me that someone she knows "doesn't believe in mental illness or at least she doesn't believe it's common."

I turned to her and said, "Uh, one in four. I just wrote a post about this today because it's Mental Illness Awareness Week. 1 out of 4 adults and 1 out of 5 children. 1 out of 17 of those has a serious mental illness like bipolar, schizophrenia or major depression. Not common? Quite the opposite."

We had a little discussion about all sorts of things. She's had several debates with friends about mental illnesses or even "disorders" that aren't mental illnesses, such as dyslexia and Asperger's. 


She's not afraid to tell it like it is. She doesn't hide from the conflict when it comes to helping others understand, or when she sees the need to bust the myths associated with a disorder.

She's bold when she has to be.

October 7, 2014

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup

Join us for Week #3 of the Laugh and Learn Homeschool and Parenting linkup. See what our favorite posts from last week were and share your own posts! 

 Welcome to our third week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! 

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following weeks linkup. So be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! 

When you link your post with us it will not be featured on only one blog, but featured on three blogs for added exposure!

October 6, 2014

Mental Health Monday: Oct. 5-11 is Mental Illness (Health) Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week) is October 5 - 11, 2014. What can you do to help #BustTheStigma and #SayItFoward?


Do you think mental illness doesn't touch your life?

Actually, 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness. Think about that. That's a lot of people. It means that a lot of people you know are struggling with mental illness.

Mental Illness Awareness Week 2014


October 5 - 11 is Mental Illness Awareness Week (also known as Mental Health Awareness Week). It is a week dedicated to spreading awareness.

Let's begin with some facts.

How We Bring Life to German Language Studies

We're trying to bring 'life' to our German language lessons by doing fun and interesting things.

Let's face it: Language studies are not usually the most exciting of lessons. 

Depending on the program or curriculum, they can be downright monotonous. So why not spice up the language studies with other things?

Lorelai and I have been studying German. She's thrilled to know her name is German as is her heritage on her father's side. Simply feeling like German is a part of who she ismakes it a bit more interesting to her. But how else can we make it interesting?

We've had a little fun with it. 

October 3, 2014

Learning German Using an Online Foreign Language Course

Middlebury Interactive Languages provides online learning for kids of all ages. Read my review to learn how it worked for our homeschool children.

{Disclosure: I received free access to Middlebury Interactive Languages in order to review it. I also have been compensated for my writing time. All opinions expressed are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.}

My History with Foreign Languages

When I was a teenager, I had a friend whose parents were deaf. Not only were they deaf, but they were also from Puerto Rico and spoke no English. In order to communicate, we used a notepad. The friend's mom would try her best to help me understand what she was saying by pointing to an object, write the Spanish word and then teach me the sign.

I was so fascinated by it all, then I set out to learn these languages myself. Of course, the family was Hispanic and used a different sign language than ASL, but ASL is what I chose to learn. My step-mom used to buy books to help me learn it. I learned much Spanish in my east Orlando neighborhood, but also signed up for it in school.

Although I didn't stick with ASL long-term, I did stay with my Spanish classes all through middle and high school.


Teaching Foreign Language in My Homeschool

When I began teaching foreign language in my homeschool, it only seemed logical that I would teach these two languages. Unfortunately, my daughters haven't had a strong interest in either. They were just doing what I said we would do. We had success with a Spanish program last year, but if the kids aren't interested, why press onward?

When Lorelai began 6th grade earlier this year, I asked her what she wanted to learn. The answer? German.

Great. I don't know German.

October 1, 2014

First-Year Homeschool Burnout and How to Fix It

I am a homeschool consultant. People call me for advice on homeschooling. Do you know what the most common type of call is? Calls from parents who have been homeschooling 18 months or less and are overwhelmed. Their kids are resistant to 'school time' and they don't know what to do.

95% of my calls are like this. Yes, homeschool burnout in the first year is a very common issue, but what do you do about it? 


You'll have to read my post at Bright Ideas Press to find out! 

I've written an article there called How to Banish First-Year Homeschool Burnout.


Did you find me at Bright Ideas Press?

If you’re new to The Heart of Michelle, I'd like to welcome you! I'm so happy you paid a visit. I am a single mom who writes about anything from homeschooling and bipolar disorder to recipes and life in Florida. You can learn more about me and this blog here. 

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September 30, 2014

Introducing Natural Scentsations Handmade Soaps

Introductory offer for natural  handmade goat milk soaps. Soaps contain goat milk, cold pressed vegetable oils, natural herbs, clays and butters.

I'm selling natural, handmade soaps again!

It's been a while since I owned on online shop and I'm going to do it again. I'm currently in the process of designing it. But I'm so excited, I want to share them with you now.


Right now, I'm able to offer a few fragrances of goat milk soaps. Later I will be adding olive oil soaps and other bath products.



Goat Milk Soaps Made of Natural, Wholesome Ingredients

All soaps these soaps are made with natural ingredients such as goat milk, olive oil and oatmeal. These natural soaps are made with a special formula using fresh, goat milk made in the traditional cold process method. They are made with full cream goat milk, cold pressed vegetable oils, natural herbs, clays and butters. They're even handstirred! These handmade goats milk soaps are suitable for all skin types.


Introductory Offer

From Sept. 29 - Oct. 10, 2014, you can purchase the soaps for only $3.95 each (reg. $4.95) 


Buy 6 bars, get the 7th FREE 

In addition, for every 6 bars, the 7th one is FREE! (Please do not place the 6th bar in the shopping cart, so that you aren't charged for it. Type it in the box provided.) 

Shipping is a flat rate of $6.95 per order. There is also a 6% sales tax if you when shipping to a Florida address. (See Terms and Conditions)


Note: These soaps are made to order. When your order is received, the soap is made. It takes a few weeks for it to cure. It's always best to order ahead for this reason.


See fragrance descriptions here.



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Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup: Week #2


Welcome to our second week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup. 

Welcome to our second week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited about this new project and we hope you will join us in the fun and help us spread the word! Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup will be open at 6 am every Tuesday morning. 

My co-hosts and I will be picking our three favorite posts and featuring them on the following week's linkup, so be sure to link your best content and maybe we will pick you! When you link your post with us it will not be featured on only one blog, but featured on three blogs for added exposure!


Your Fabulous Hosts ;-)


Tina Ernspiker
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Tina lives abroad in Latin America with her husband and four children. Currently in Mexico, Tina is active in homeschool, travel, and her Bible ministry. She blogs about all of the above and more at Los Gringos Locos

Find Tina at her blog link above, and on the following social media networks: 
Facebook  Twitter  Pinterest  Google +  Linkedin 


Selena
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Selena is a writer and a homeschooling mom to four kids, including three with ADHD/SPD. She and her husband, Jay, are committed to teaching their children at home and loving every minute of it! You can read about the family's homeschooling experiences at Look! We're Learning, written by Selena

Find Selena at her blog link above, and on the following social media networks: Facebook  Pinterest  Twitter  Google +  Instagram 


Michelle Cannon
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Michelle is a single mom homeschooling two daughters. She currently writes at The Heart of Michelle where you'll find articles about anything from homeschooling to special needs, opinion pieces to fandom posts. 

Find Michelle at her blog link above, and on the following social media networks: Facebook  Twitter Pinterest Instagram Google+ 


Our Favorite Posts for the Week of September 23:



10 Tips on Parenting Strong-Willed Children 
Written by Katie at Fruitful Vine Wife


5 Ways to Teach Kids Kindness 
Written by Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures


"MMM" is for Muffins 
Written by Jennifer at Study At Home Mama

Thanks to everyone who submitted a post. Please check out the posts above by clicking on the image, if you have a minute for some good reading. Thank you Katie, Dianna, and Jennifer for your great homeschool and parenting posts!

Now, let's see your best posts for this week so we can share them as next week's favorites!


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Happy Homeschooling!