TOS Crew Review: Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

Bookworm loves to read, and while he also likes writing, I wouldn't say it's his favorite subject.  I'm not sure what they taught him up through 3rd grade when he attended traditional school, but for 4th and 5th grade, we worked on book reports and … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Apologia Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal

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One of the reasons that we love homeschooling is for the scheduling flexibility.  My husband travels for conferences for work at least once a year, and the kids and I love to tag along.  In the last few years, we've had the opportunity to follow my … [Continue reading]

{CLOSED} Bob’s Red Mill Everyday Gluten-Free Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Congrats to the winner, Shea! Since going gluten free, we've found several recipes that taste just as good as we remember their gluten counterparts tasting.  However, we are also stuck in a rut by eating the same recipes over and over again. We … [Continue reading]

Our Homeschool Wrap Up, 2015-2016 School Year, Week 1


The heat is ON!  It's H.O.T. here in Southern Arizona!  This week, our high temperature almost every day was over 100.  I just about wilt in that kind of heat, so we've been hanging out indoors getting a lot of school done. We started our new … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Famous Men of Rome by Memoria Press


Since we began homeschooling, Bookworm has spent the last two years studying American history from the 1600s to present.  We were both ready to branch out with world history.  A perfect place to start was Famous Men of Rome Set by Memoria … [Continue reading]

TOS Crew Review: Easy Piano Basics by JazzEdge

When I was a teenager, I took piano lessons. While I loved the idea of playing piano beautifully, I was, I must admit, lazy.  I didn't like the time it took to practice.  So, after a year or two, I hadn't progressed very far and quit my … [Continue reading]

A Change of Directions for Mom’s Plans (and a Return to Some Old Favorites)


I started this blog in March, 2009.  At the time, I was on a leave of absence, staying home to care for my second child, PB & J Girl. I was a dairy, gluten loving woman. I was seriously overweight. Bookworm was almost in kindergarten. I … [Continue reading]

Forever Liesl by Charmian Carr – A Book Review

For over 40 years, I've been happily ignorant of almost any knowledge of The Sound of Music beyond what I know from simply being a member of our culture. But Bookworm took an interest in the show when he learned about the 50th anniversary.  The … [Continue reading]

Pumpkin Spice Muffins Recipe – Gluten Free, Dairy Free


I'm constantly searching the web for new recipes. However, I rarely follow the recipe exactly as is.  Instead, I make changes based on what we have on hand and what my kids like as well as our food intolerances. I was looking for a simple … [Continue reading]

How I Feed My Family of 5 for $6,500 a Year–Week 19 (May 8 – May 14, 2015)


Well, another grocery cycle, another over budget situation. The good news is that we're stocked up, so, well, here's to planning on coming in under budget for the next several weeks. This year, I'm aiming to spend $6,500 total for food for my … [Continue reading]