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10 Physical Signs of Stress

It’s important to be able to recognize the physical signs of stress. { Disclosure :  This is a sponsored post. I have been compensat...


It’s important to be able to recognize the physical signs of stress.


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As a single, working mom, raising special needs kids, I experience a variety of stresses. I'm sure you, too, experience stresses unique to your lifestyle.

Below are 10 of the top signs to be on the lookout for so that you can stop stress in its tracks before your body suffers.

Spring Activities To Do With Your Kids (Indoors and Outdoors)

Spring is in the air! The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make ...

Spring is in the air!
Spring Activities to Do with Kids

The warmer days, beautiful flowers blooming, and the opportunities to get outside and enjoy the days make spring such a wonderful time of year. Everyone is excited to get outside!

Sometimes, however, the weather doesn't cooperate, so today am sharing both indoor and outdoor activities you can do with your children.
Here is a list of activities. On the warmer days you might want to get out and enjoy the weather, and on some more rainy or cooler days stay inside!

3 Easy Ways to Relieve Stress

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easy tips for stress relief

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As a single, working mom, I'm an ideal candidate for stress. As a workaholic sort, I have to make a conscientious effort to decompress and enjoy life. It's not easy for me.

Recently, I was babysitting two of my grandchildren. For the first half of the morning, my thoughts were on getting things done so I could work.

Basically, the goal meet the kids' basic needs so I could stick my face in the laptop. But something else happened along the way. 

The older kids were riding bikes. Then, the toddler joined them outside to play on the trampoline. I was taking pictures and videos. Later, my 2-year-old granddaughter wanted to play - with me. She wanted me to chase her, then tickle her. Snuggle on the bed. Tickle some more.

I knew that was more important than working. So I played with her most of the afternoon. What happened next was amazing.

I felt my body relax. I felt my mind relax.

I suffer from chronic muscle pain, most of it brought on by my own behavior. I work to much; stress too much; and don't put in enough time enjoying life. I do all the things that cause muscles to ache.

But not that day. I didn't have a bit of pain all day. Why? Because I was relaxing and enjoying my family.

I stopped thinking about work.
I stopped worrying about clients.
I chose to just enjoy those grandbabies.

So today I want to talk to you about stress relief.


10 Essentials for the Work at Home Mom

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Work at home must haves


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I've been working at home for a long time.

To be exact, I've been working at home since 2004, whether I was running my cleaning business, working for an employer, or doing what I do now - blogging and working as a social media manager.

Obviously, not all jobs require the same tools. 


As a cleaning business owner, I had to keep a lot of customer files, whereas as a call center employee I did not. Therefore, one job required a file cabinet and the other didn't.

No matter what work at home position I've held, there are a few things I've needed for all of them. These are my suggestions for any work at home mom.


Homeschooling Middle School Kids with GrammarFlip

A simple, straight-forward homeschool grammar program that is perfect for independent learning in the middle school years. {This i...

A simple, straight-forward homeschool grammar program that is perfect for independent learning in the middle school years.


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Over the years, I've pretty much stuck with grammar books that fit with our Charlotte Mason philosophy. And I still like those books.


But the world is more technology-oriented these days, which means we have more options when it comes to homeschool curriculum choices.



As most of you know, my kids and I prefer real books and pencil/paper over online learning. Every now and then, however, we try out an online learning program.

This time, it's GrammarFlip.

TLTR Synopsis: This grammar program is fantastic for middle school kids. We loved it and you can get a 30-day trial here.


50 Story Starters for Teens

Because sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Sometimes the hardest part of creative writing is coming up with the openin...

Because sometimes getting started is the hardest part.

story starters for teens


Sometimes the hardest part of creative writing is coming up with the opening line.

Where do I start? 
How do I draw the reader in? 
How do I make the introduction interesting?

Sometimes a prompt is helpful.

Weekly Wrap-Up: The Week Found a New Home

This is something I've kept under my hat for a while, but I've been looking to move. Housing in my area has become unaffordabl...

new house

This is something I've kept under my hat for a while, but I've been looking to move.

Housing in my area has become unaffordable, to say the least. Experts claim the country is experiencing an affordable housing crisis because millennials, unlike generations past, aren't purchasing homes. 

They're just renting indefinitely.

The result is sky-high rental rates. At least that's the case in the Orlando-Daytona area, where I currently live.



30+ Easy Fall Recipes

Fall is my favorite season of the year. Granted, in Florida, it's a weird season that's mostly sunny and warm, but when the cool...

easy fall recipes

Fall is my favorite season of the year.

Granted, in Florida, it's a weird season that's mostly sunny and warm, but when the cooler temperatures finally do visit, it's nice to have warm foods to come home to, isn't it?

I've asked my friends to share a few of their recipes with me. I'm sure you'd like to try new things, too, so I'm re-sharing them with you today.

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Beverages


The Richest, Chocolatiest Hot Chocolate Ever | I Love My 5 Kids
Decadent Chocolate Pumpkin High Protein Shake Recipe | Annie & Everything

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie | Family Fresh Meals


Breakfast

The Best Pancake Recipe | I Love My 5 Kids
Pumpkin Spice Scones | Adventures in Mommydom
Apple Muffin Recipe | Adventures in Mommydom
Fantastic Fall Flavors to Spice Up Your Oatmeal | Family Style Homeschooling
Pumpkin Spiced Apple Muffins | Starts at Eight


Soups

Easy Broccoli Potato Soup and Curried Pumpkin Soup | Pat and Candy
Cool Weather Chicken Soup | Pat and Candy
Minestrone Soup | Susan Evans
Perfect Hearty Chili Recipe | The Heart of Michelle
Homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup | Faith with the Little
Homemade Vegetable Beef Soup | Pat and Candy
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup | Happy Brown House
Broccoli Cheese Soup | Happy Brown House
Grandma's Crockpot Ground Beef Stew | The Heart of Michelle

Get ready for winter
with these soup recipes!

Dinners

Super Simple Lasagna Recipe | Practical by Default
Turkey and Rice Casserole | Susan Evans
Easy Sausage Vegetable Bake | Family Fresh Meals

Desserts and Treats

Crockpot Pumpkin Pie | Family Fresh Meals
Lee Anne's Tiramisu Balls Recipe | The Heart of Michelle
Cranberry Apple Cookie Cobbler | I Love My 5 Kids
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing | The Kennedy Adventures
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies | Faith with the Little
Pumpkin Spice Thumbprint Peanut Butter Cookies | Happy Brown House
Apple Walnut Wonders | I Love My 5 Kids
Easy Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats | The Kennedy Adventures
Pumpkin Turnovers | Happy Brown House
Apple Crisp | Susan Evans
Gluten Free Dairy Free Cake | Layered Soul
Honey Pumpkin Pie | Faith with the Little
Homemade Wheat Flour Pie Crust | I Love My 5 Kids

4 Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins | The Kennedy Adventures

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6 Terrific Reasons Your Kids Should Learn To Cook

Cooking is one of those important life skills many kids aren't learning these days. In the 1980s, more moms entered the work...

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family cooking together


Cooking is one of those important life skills many kids aren't learning these days.

In the 1980s, more moms entered the workforce than ever before, and latchkey kids became a very real thing. The microwave became a household staple.

The result is that we're seeing a lot of millennials who don't know how to cook.

In fact, I've met quite a few adults in their 20s and 30s who do not know how to cook real food. I kid you not, these young adults only know how to cook in a microwave.


Weekly Wrap-Up: The Week We Had a Hurricane and I Announced I'll Be a Grandma Again

It's been a couple of weeks since my last wrap-up (or any posts at all). I have good reasons though. A little guest named Hurr...

new grandchildren

The Beatles Movie #TheBeatlesEightDaysAWeek

It's been a couple of weeks since my last wrap-up (or any posts at all). I have good reasons though. A little guest named Hurricane Matthew visited us.

So I'm actually wrapping up two weeks.

Although our Beatlemania week was a joyful time for the family, the following weekend was crazy-busy making preparations for Matthew. Fortunately, we went to Orlando, as well always do during these storms, to a friend's apartment.


How Can I Better Serve You? Annual Readership Survey

Hello Dear Readers! It's that time of year again. I need your input. Considering my blog direction has changed over time, I'd ...

blogging survey


Hello Dear Readers!

It's that time of year again. I need your input. Considering my blog direction has changed over time, I'd love to have your input so I can better develop my blog topics meet your needs.

Please take a moment to answer these few questions. The survey is anonymous (even I won't know who answered the questions).


Weekly Wrap-Up: The Week We Had a Beatlemania Experience and I Dyed My Hair Blue

I haven't written a weekly wrap-up in about a year. Seriously, I really need to do them more often - like maybe weekly - becau...


The Beatles Eight Days a Week #TheBeatlesEightDaysaWeek
The Beatles Movie #TheBeatlesEightDaysAWeek

I haven't written a weekly wrap-up in about a year. Seriously, I really need to do them more often - like maybe weekly - because I often want to write about what's going on in our lives, but don't want to bore you with my daily activities.

Yes, I need to just wrap up once a week to fill my own need to document our story. After all, this is the perfect place for my mom blogging.


Notebooking for Reluctant Writers

Guest Blogger,  Kaylene , joins us today to share her experience with NotebookingPages.com. { Disclosure:   The Heart of Michelle...

Guest Blogger, Kaylene, joins us today to share her experience with NotebookingPages.com.
notebooking for reluctant writers


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Mr. C absolutely loves to learn, but he's always been a struggling writer. Well, struggling, reluctant, unmotivated, something. 

He's always been my "writing is not my favorite" kiddo. You can imagine my surprise when my struggling writer asked about notebooking. I'd been Pinteresting, and he read the blog post I found over my shoulder. 


I explained what it was and he decided he wanted to try, but only if "it was a really cool topic and the sheets looked cool."  Oh dear. I'm the farthest thing from "cool!"

I drive a minivan. How was I going to get notebooking pages "cool" enough to inspire my struggling writer to use them?