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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Happy Homeschooling!

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. 3, 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.



Place your order now.


Southern Collection
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Classic Collection
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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!

September 29, 2014

Homeschool Showcase #144: Hands-On Learning and Practical 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.

This edition of the Homeschool Showcase is full of fun hands-on lessons and some encouragement from other moms.

Welcome to the back-to-school edition of the Homeschool Showcase! 

Fall is here! Can you believe it? It's a time for changes and I'm making one little change here at the Homeschool Showcase. Previously, I limited submissions to two posts per blog. I'm now changing that rule because ya'll share so many great posts and they make for huge editions. 

From now on, you may submit four posts total (no matter how many blogs you post from). This means four from one blog or one from four blogs. I don't care how you mix it up.

Now.. on with the showcase! 
If you don't have time to read right now, pin it for later.
 

September 28, 2014

16 Crockpot Recipes for the Autumn Season

This collection of crockpot recipes is perfect for cooler autumn weather.

I love cooking in the fall. I don't enjoy cooking at any other time, but for some reason I'm OK with it during the autumn season.

One thing I appreciate, during these busy homeschool days, is the ability to use the crockpot. There's something so wonderful about coming home from a day of activities, nature studies or field trips to find dinner is ready and waiting for us.


With that in mind, I have gotten together with some friends to put together this collection of crockpot recipes for the fall season. These foods are sure to warm your bones when the temperatures drop.

September 27, 2014

"Meet" the Authors: The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour

Join the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas for a month-long "meet the author" tour that includes a sale and a giveaway.

If you recall, iHomeschool Network published a new book recently. The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas was written by 55 of us and covers 103 topics.

We want you to get to know the authors and why they chose to write the book, so we're going to have a month-long blog tour!

September 26, 2014

Why Public School Would Never Work for Us

A homeschool mom shares the reasons she believes public school wouldn't work for her children.

As I drove by an elementary school one day, the thought of sending my kids to school passed through my mind. 
Not that I want to send them. It was just a thought. 

I recalled the excitement of getting the kids ready for the first day of school. No sooner than I had that thought, I had another thought.


"We could never do the school thing." 


It simply wouldn't work for us. Here's why.

10 Things I'm Thankful for Despite Hardships

It's important to be thankful, even in the face of hardship. Here are the things I'm grateful for right now.

This hasn't been the easiest year. I've had several things go very wrong. Big, life-changing things. It would be easy to slip away from gratitude and approach a place of bitterness.

But that's not me. I don't do grudges or bitterness very well. I move on and find the positives in my life.

Here are 10 things I'm grateful for right now.

September 23, 2014

Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup

LL BadgeLaugh and Learn is a homeschool and parenting linkup that is open every Tuesday. We'd love to share YOUR homeschool and parenting posts. Come join us! 

Welcome to our first week of Laugh and Learn - Homeschool and Parenting Linkup! We are excited to start on 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+ 


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




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Happy Homeschooling!

September 22, 2014

6 Fall Traditions My Family Enjoys

Our family has a list of things we do each and every autumn season. Come find out what they are.

I've been waiting for fall for months now. I know that must sound crazy. I don't know why it was on my mind, but it was. For a few months, I've been having mental flashes to all the things we did last fall and found myself anticipating all the fun events.

And now it's finally here. FALL IS HERE! 


Right now our family is busy preparing for the birth of another child. The baby is due on October 8th (Yay! Another grandchild!) and we're putting together foods for labor and postpartumn. (You can see some of the great suggestions my Facebook followers gave me here.) But baby needs to time this right, because I have plans! ;-) 

Here are a few of our family traditions.

September 20, 2014

Four Things I Do to Manage Fibromyalgia Pain

How do I handle the pain of fibromyalgia? Not very well. Here are four things I do to manage fibromyalgia pain.

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Fibromyalgia is nothing new. It was first called "muscular rheumatism" in the 1800s. When I was a child, being raised my grandmother, I recall her struggles with sleeplnessness, fatigue and chronic pain.

I recall stepping off the school bus one afternoon when I was 11 years old, to see emergency vehicles in our yard. They were taking Grandma to the hospital. She had surgery on her legs to "strip" the nerves in her legs, whatever that meant. I never heard a name for why she was always suffering in pain.

September 15, 2014

Homeschool Showcase #143: Back to School Edition

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.

This back to school edition of the Homeschool Showcase features science, nature studies, geography, history and so much more. #homeschooling


Welcome to the back-to-school edition of the Homeschool Showcase! 

This edition of the Homeschool Showcase is packed with fun, educational and informative posts. You can really tell everyone is back to school and making progress!

If you don't have time to read right now, 
pin it for later

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.