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Eating Healthy on a Single Mom Budget

Living on a single mom budget doesn't mean we can't serve healthy meals to our children. Learn how this single homeschooling mom manages to do it. www.heartofmichelle.com

Each single mom has her own unique experience and challenges. My only real challenge as a single mom is finances. 


There just never seems to be enough money. Ever. Feeding a family on a single mom budget isn't always easy, but I've found what works for us. 


It is entirely possible to feed a family healthy foods on a tight budget. In fact, I spend approximately $65 each week. Here's how.

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 weighing a whopping 10lbs 11oz and measuring over 22 inches long.

Yep. She's a big girl! 

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.

The Week We Had a Baby Shower

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.

Weekly Wrap-Up: A Difficult Decision and a Nerd Fest

My kids attended a nerd fest and I decided to leave my "forever home." This and more in my weekly wrap-up and homeschool mother's journal.

It has been a while since I made any personal blog posts. One of my goals, now that I've changed my blog name, is to write on a more personal level more often. I suppose participating in the Homeschool Mother's Journal and Weekly Wrap-Up is one place to start.

Our Doctor Who 5th Grade Homeschool Graduation Party

A homeschool graduation set to the theme of Doctor Who turns out fabulously for this little girl.

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Two weeks ago, we had a 5th grade graduation party for Lorelai. We went with a Doctor Who theme because she a huge fan. Huge fan. Did I say HUGE? 


We invited family members and her closest homeschool friends to celebrate this transition from elementary to middle school years. It was a day she'll never forget!

I'm sharing photos from the day. I've blurred the faces of certain ones, either because I haven't obtained their permission to publish or for their own protection.

I Can't Homeschool Because I'm a Single Mom

Being a single mom can present challenges, but these are not necessarily barriers to homeschooling. Here are some tips and advice for homeschooling as a single mom.

Are you a single mom? Do you want to homeschool? Do you think you can't?

You're wrong. You absolutely can. 
How do I know? Because I'm a single mom and I've been homeschooling for 15 years. 


Incredible, isn't it? I must be a super mom! No. Not at all. There is nothing special about me.


I do it because I love homeschooling and it is best for my kids. Honestly, I find homeschooling as a single mom easier than sending them off to school. But that's me.



Single Moms Can Homeschool


You may have a job outside the home. 
Maybe your work from home. 
Maybe you own your own business. 

Whatever the situation is, I can tell you I've done it before. 


Yep. I've done all of it. I've worked at home and away from home. In 2005, I even worked two jobs while building my green cleaning service. At that point, I had 5 kids and was on my own again. 


A Homeschool Field Trip on the Sunrail


Our family took a trip on the new Sunrail train. Read about our day on this field trip.

We've had a most busy week.

We spent an afternoon at the library and park. On Tuesday, Lorelai and I were hanging out in downtown DeLand for an afternoon and went grocery shopping the next. 


10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know about Me


No introduction needed here. I'll get right to the list.

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