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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Schedules? Yeah Right.


If you know me at all, then you know I’m a hot mess.  I’ve never been good with keeping a schedule.  Maybe it’s the free-loving hippie in me or maybe I’m just irresponsible.  Whatever it is, my indifference to keeping a schedule is problematic when trying to do this homesteading and homeschooling thing. (more…)

Vacation? Yes Please… Oh Wait.


The Husband has an opportunity to go to a conference out of town.  His travel for this conference is immediately prior to a trip with his motorcycle buddies to Barber Motor Sports in Birmingham to the motorcycle races.  This means him being gone for 7 days.  No big deal.  I can hold down the fort while he’s gone. (more…)

8 Easy Steps to Eat Fresh, Local Produce


Most of us would agree that there is a huge difference in eating grocery store canned or frozen foods, and eating produce taken straight from the garden.  A beautiful difference.  A tasty difference.  A choir of angels singing down from the Heavens difference.  Ok… maybe that’s a bit too far, or may not.

NOT TO FEAR!  Follow these 8 easy steps and you too can be eating the best of fresh and local produce. (more…)

Chicks and Dudes


Today I got up at the butt-crack of dawn with the Littles.  As I was sleepily running through my morning routine I could faintly hear the ca-caw of my chickens outside.  Someone was proudly announcing the egg she laid.  As the coffee began to seep into my sleep-deprived brain I became more aware that the ca-cawing kept going and it didn’t really sound like a proud chicken.  It sounded more like… a rooster going through puberty?

Wait.  What?! (more…)

Starting A Garden


I’m going to make a confession.  I have zero real working knowledge of creating a garden.  Yeah, yeah… I know.  What exactly did I learn when getting an agriculture degree?  To be fair, it’s an agricultural business degree.  Give me your produce and I can sell it, but to grow it?  That’s a whole new ball game. (more…)

Let’s Talk Curriculum… or Lack Thereof 3


This is the 3rd and final installment for talking about curriculum.  You can find a post about Year 1 here and Year 2 here.

I have thus far run our school year much like the traditional school year:  August through May with summers off.  When I began this year I knew we were going to move to a more year-round schedule.  I felt a lot of pressure this year to be much more academic with The Princess.  On top of that The Littles have been showing a lot more interest in learning so I really wanted to tap into that and start some more academic learning with them.  But up to this point I hadn’t really tried to teach The Princess and The Littles at the same time so I was nervous about that. (more…)

Let’s Talk Curriculum… or Lack Thereof 2

This is the second installment of my post on curriculum.  If you missed Year 1, you can go back and read it by clicking here.


Year 2 was different than Year 1 in so many ways.  First, this was the first year that we had to legally register our homeschool with the State.  Second, we moved into the old farmhouse and were starting our homesteading journey.  Third, I no longer had a newborn baby, but 2 active toddlers to entertain while also doing school.  On the other side of that, I was getting slightly more sleep than one gets with a newborn… although not much.  The Baby is not a big sleeper.  With the changes and a little experience under my belt I made some schooling decisions a bit differently.   (more…)

Let’s Talk Curriculum… or Lack Thereof


Talking curriculum is an overwhelming subject.  If you have ever looked at curriculum then you know there are hundreds of thousands of different types of curriculum.  Picking a curriculum was the single most daunting part about my decision to homeschool.  In fact, talking curriculum is so huge that I’m going to break this post up into 3 different posts for Year 1, Year 2, and Year 3 (current year). (more…)