Teach Us to Number Our Days

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I wanted Benjamin to keep better track of his time. So I created a visual aid and went to print it off. And then I saw all the papers I usually tape to our Wall of Achievement. The pile was getting out-of-hand, so I looked for the tape. The tape was empty, So I hunted […]

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Natural Goo-Be-Gone

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Someone put stickers on our whiteboard. Three weeks ago. So guess what happened when we tried to take them off. Go ‘head. Guess. Yep.  The world asploded. No.  Just kidding.  That was a horrible guess. There was icky-sticky residue!  Only the top half of the sticker came off.  You know how it goes. But that […]

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The New Lego Solution

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At first, they all fit in the plastic bin they came in. Then they were divided into two bins: Specialty Pieces and Ordinary Pieces. After more time passed, we introduced the Lego Blanket. A large, beige, fleece blanket. Lego creations could stay out, but couldn’t leave the blanket. But sometimes these creations needed to be […]

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The Homeschool Magna Doodle

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Think 1800 era one room school house.  Think Anne of Green Gables.  After you’re done picturing her braids being dipped in ink, remember those slates they used.  How handy, right?  Writing spelling words and sums, erasing quickly, and then writing more.  Sure saves on paper! Well, slate is pretty rare to find these days, not […]

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The Bajillion Kitchen Towels

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We have limited drawer space in our kitchen.  So our kitchen towels are stored in the bathroom linen closet. We have lots of messes. Lots and lots of messes. Mostly caused by small children. Who can’t reach the kitchen towels in the bathroom linen closet. Our solution? Hanging a bajillion kitchen towels on the stove […]

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Honey Oat Flax Bread (Bread Machine Recipe)

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So I’ve updated my bread recipe. Interested? Oh, and there are, embedded within this recipe, some works-for-me tips on bread-making.  Like how to make it moist(er?) and keep it fresher longer.  And all-around-better.  So ya know. Honey Oat Flax Bread Ingredients: 1 c warm water (not hot, slightly warmer than room temp) 2 tsp yeast […]

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“We Go On Twain ‘Morrow, Mommy?”

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After hearing this question asked multiple times on the same day, a day which was still over three weeks away from the oh-so-exciting train ride, I created the Train Chain. You may remember the Train Chain from your childhood, although you would have most likely called it a Christmas Chain, or more generically, a Countdown […]

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Our Make-Shift Whiteboard

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This week’s Works For Me Wednesday is the “Mooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmm, I’m bored” edition.  And while my kids aren’t old enough to say things like that, they sure can act bored. And today, while Benjamin was napping, Olivia was just not tired.  So I brought her out of her room to see what we could do.  We […]

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How To Keep A Climber Off The Table

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I’ve already established that we have a climber. And it was really only a matter of time before he made his way onto the dining room table. And into the butter. And salt. And napkins. We tried to deter him by pushing all the chairs in, but this did not work for the following reasons: […]

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It Works For Me, But I’m Open To Suggestions

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My spices live in a tall, skinny, skyscraper of a cupboard.  It’s narrow, so fancy schmancy pull-down spice organizers will not work for me.  It is deep, so if say, the cumin is all the way in the back, I have to remove the black pepper, red pepper, oregano, lemon pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, […]

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