March 1, 2015

The Week I Had No Sleep and Accomplished Nothing, but at Least I Didn't Run around Naked

I'm sleep-deprived. Please know that before you get started reading this post. I'm tired. I'm loopy. I've made up numerous on-the-spot song parodies this week, none of which will you ever hear me sing. My kids have. They're disturbed.

Ok, I'm rambling. Let's move on and learn how we came to this point.

A sleep-deprived mother plans a vacation, shops against her will, and is thankful that she did.

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In my life this week…




I wanted to organize everything. I failed.

This was the week I was going to get everything done. I was going to organize my garage, get the last of the books on shelves, and get every hang-able picture on the wall.

Yeah. None of that happened. 


Not one goal was met this week. OK, there was one goal met. I got my new bookcase and got books put into it. That's something. But my garage still looks like my last house threw up into it. It looks that way, because that's kind of what happened when we moved and I just haven't been motivated to do anything about it.


Oh well. Such is my life. I care, but I don't care. I'm too tired.



My kid is bipolar and I'm sleep-Deprived

Which brings me to something else. My little bear has been way off-schedule. We had all her bipolar sleep habits and symptoms under control for a good while. Then I screwed up.

I let her go off to stay with her sister without planning well. It simply didn't cross my mind that if her diet changed for just a few days it would make a a difference. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. It didn't just make a difference, it undid all the efforts I've put in for all these months.


Since then, she's been either mood-swinging, or had her days and nights mixed, or both. Lesson learned: Stick to the nutritional plan. It's just not worth it.



February 28, 2015

February 25, 2015

Homeschool Showcase #149: A Plethora of Tips and Advice

Welcome to the Homeschool Showcase 

This is where we spotlight all the encouraging, inspiring and just plain fun ways that homeschooling families live and learn together.

In this edition of the Homeschool Showcase, you'll find a wealth of tips and advice for your homeschool journey.

I'm late with the Homeschool Showcase! I've had a crazy week getting everything ready for a trip to the Carolinas, so I kept not finding the time to put this together. Oops! Sorry! On the other hand, the next edition will be late because - well - I'll be in the Carolinas.

The good news is we have another whopper of a showcase! These bloggers really have a lot to say these days! This edition is just loaded with helpful tips and advice from some of the best bloggers around. 

Just grab your coffee or tea and get ready for some great articles. 

Don't have time to read it right now? That's OK! Pin it for later.

February 21, 2015

Weekly Wrap-Up: Making Progress in Everything

One mom shares the progresses being made in her personal life and homeschool.


In my life this week…



It started as a rough week, but we made progress across the board. 

First progress: Pain Relief

Although I've been feeling pretty well lately, I had a muscle spasm the other night in my lower back. A result of having injuries from a car accident last summer, this spasm left me unable to sit or lie down at all. I stayed on my feet all night.

The next morning, I went directly to my chiropractor who dealt with the spinal issues, but could do little for the muscles, which were working hard to protect my spine and nerves. Today I went to a massage therapist, who also used Micro-current Point Stimulation on my back and legs.

Now, for the first time in over 20 years, I feel no fibromyalgia pain. It's incredible! 

Homeschool Mother's Journal: February 21, 2015

Check out the featured posts and link up at this week's Homeschool Mother's Journal, where you are encouraged to share your mama heart.

Welcome to the Homeschool Mother's Journal! We're so glad you've joined us.


We encourage you to share your blog posts in the link-up below. You're post will be seen by the readers of my blog, plus the readers of my co-hostesses at So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?, Contented at Home, NextGen Homeschool, Managing Your Blessings, Abundant Life, and Vibrant Homeschooling

If you're not a blogger, that's OK. You'll find helpful and encouraging posts in the link-up below. Grab some coffee and read a few!


February 18, 2015

Paradigm Accelerated: A High School Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum

Homeschooled high school students can earn their science credits with this easy to use, yet challenging biology course.

{Disclosure: I received this product free of charge. I was also compensated for the time I took to write this review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to make positive statements.}


Our homeschool is in an interesting place right now. While Lorelai has just begun middle school, Alexis is working her way toward graduation and college. She's currently an 11th grade student. I can hardly believe she's almost finished!


In the high school years, especially in the junior and senior years, our focus is to provide challenging lessons and projects that will prepare the student for life beyond homeschool. In this case, the focus is to lead her into college.

I also need products and curricula that encourage independent learning. We were a bit slower in moving her toward independent learning due to her profound dyslexia. But she needs to navigate that herself at some point, so here we are.


One product we've decided to try is a science course from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.

This year, Alexis is taking anatomy and physiology. While I don't think Alexis will pursue a career which necessitates knowledge of biology, I believe all kids should take the course. 


Every human should understand how the human body works.



February 16, 2015

How to Grow a Naturalist in 5 Easy Steps

Do you have a child who loves exploring nature? Here are 5 tips for growing a naturalist.

Does your child love being outdoors? Does she collect caterpillars with the intent of raising them? Does he like to help in the garden? You may have a naturalist on your hands.

What is a naturalist? 


A naturalist is a person who studies plants and animals and, I would add, is passionate about nature. 

Anyone can be a naturalist. 

February 14, 2015

Homeschool Mother's Journal: Feb. 14, 2015


Welcome to the Homeschool Mother's Journal. If you're a blogger, we invite you to share your mama heart. If you're not, you can still gain encouragement and support by visiting the posts in the linky at the bottom of this page.

Don't keep it all to yourself, though! Pin a few posts. Tweet this post. Spread the love!

February 8, 2015

Homeschool Showcase #148: Put the FUN Back in Your Homeschool

Welcome to the Homeschool Showcase 

This is where we spotlight all the encouraging, inspiring and just plain fun ways that homeschooling families live and learn together.

Beat homeschool burnout with this edition of the Homeschool Showcase! www.HeartofMichelle.com

This is the time of year when homeschool burnout can set in and wear us down. This edition of the Homeschool Showcase is overflowing with, not only creative ideas for projects, but encouraging posts to help us push through this time of year. 

Whether we are gathering hands-on activity ideas or getting our books back on the shelves, these tasks ultimately lead to a more enjoyable homeschool experience.

Grab your coffee or tea and get ready for some great articles. If you don't have time, pin it for later.