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25 Ways to Stay Sane in December

25 Ways to Stay Sane in December
25 Ways to Stay Sane in December It happens every Christmas … all your warm, fuzzy ideals end up in shambles, leaving you feeling frazzled and stressed. The easiest way to stay sane through the holidays is to set balanced expectations of yourself, your family, and your budget.Start the month right, by planning ahead. You can work on at least one thing a day to make the whole month easier for you to manage!1. Make Ahead...
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Candied Nuts, Cookies, and Crafts, Oh, My!

Candied Nuts, Cookies, and Crafts, Oh, My!
Candied Nuts, Cookies, and Crafts, Oh, My! This is a perfect recipe and makes your house smell DELICIOUS! These nuts are great for parties and gifting.Cinnamon Candied NutsIngredients1 lb nuts (pecans or almonds are good)1 large egg white1 Tbsp water1/2 tsp vanilla1 cup granulated sugar1 tsp cinnamon1/2 tsp saltInstructionsPreheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.In a large  bowl, vigorously mix egg white, water, and vanilla until very frothyIn a separate small mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, cinnamon,...
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Guest — Angie | Real Life at Home
Thanks so much for including the handprint ornament from my site. I appreciate it! You've put together a great list, and the cand... Read More
Sunday, 20 December 2015 13:58
Guest — Lee
You're welcome, Angie! I hope you get to try the candied nuts this season...mmmmm! Blessings, Anita, Social Media with The HomeS... Read More
Monday, 21 December 2015 09:27
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Christmas Baking - Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes

Christmas Baking - Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes
Christmas Baking - Gluten-Free Holiday Recipes Maybe you have friends that you'd like to gift a Christmas goodie to, but they are a gluten-free family?  Don't worry - I have you covered!  Check out these yummy recipes.Coconut Christmas Cookies1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut1/4 cup agave or honey2 tbsp virgin coconut oil1/2 tsp vanilla1/8 tsp saltChristmas décor or colorful candiesCombine everything but the décor in a food processor. Add candy decorations, candies, or chocolate chips. Press into...
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Christmas Baking - Sweet Bread Gift Recipes

Christmas Baking - Sweet Bread Gift Recipes
Christmas Baking - Sweet Bread Gift Recipes I love giving sweet bread treats to our neighbors and friends, and bringing them as hostess gifts. These can be made in advance and frozen.  They travel well, too!  You can find wrapping suggestions from Martha Stewart Crafts and from Wilton available on Amazon.Pistachio Bread1 package yellow cake mix1 package pistachio pudding mix (3 oz.)4 eggs1/2 cup oil1 cup sour cream1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)1/8 cup water.Cinnamon-sugar mix: 3...
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Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College

Give Christmas Gifts that Pay for College
Are you busy getting all of your Christmas gifts purchased? If so, you won't want to miss this list! Christmas gifts for your homeschooler that will free you from checking your list twice! What are Gifts that Pay for College? Kids want fun things that they are interesting to them. Parents want educated children without going broke or crazy. Colleges want “passion” and delight directed learning. Give gifts that will increase the fun factor in school,...
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Holiday Writing Prompts for Homeschooling Christmas

Holiday Writing Prompts for Homeschooling Christmas
My favorite Christmas school project was our yearly creative writing assignment based on Norman Rockwell art. Have you seen some of his holiday paintings?  Amazing creative holiday writing prompts! I asked my boys to choose any picture in Norman Rockwell's Christmas Book. Their assignment was to write a story behind the picture. They came up with some GREAT creative writing ideas, and the pictures really helped to get those creative juices flowing. This tradition of creative...
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Christmas Reading List

Christmas Reading List
Relax and smell the peppermint mocha! Christmas is a great time to snuggle up with a warm beverage and read some classic literature. Christmastime is the perfect season for great literature.  Even during this frantic time, you can enjoy quality academics that don’t add to the craziness. During your busy season as a parent, pick a book or two for your family from my Christmas reading list. Encourage your teen to spend time relaxing with a...
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3 Big Ideas That Save Money on Gifts

3 Big Ideas That Save Money on Gifts
You can save money on gifts for the holidays! Several great ways to save money on gifts included: buying things that are useful AND are things you will eventually need to buy anyway.  Buying gifts that improve your chances of receiving really great scholarships saves you money in the long run, too! Here are three HUGE ideas to help you save money on gifts this holiday season.  1. Buy Great Books  Many homeschoolers love great books...
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Fun Christmas Ideas for Kids and Families!

Fun Christmas Ideas for Kids and Families!
As a homeschool family, you have the freedom to use the month of December for special activities related to the holiday season. I have put together a list of my favorite fun Christmas ideas for kids and entire families! I hope you enjoy them! Christmas ideas for kids of all ages: Instructions for 3D Paper SnowflakesI think a collection of these snowflakes would make for a wonderful and graphic kid-friendly display. Homemade Cinnamon OrnamentsWouldn’t these make...
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Homemade Felt Ornaments for Christmas

Homemade Felt Ornaments for Christmas
My assistant Robin is such a genius! Look at these ADORABLE homemade felt ornaments she created for her Christmas tree! Wouldn't they be awesome as a gift from a child, or to decorate your home with a classic Christmas feel?  Just download this pattern, cut out the colored felt, and stitch. Easy-peasy, cute-and-fun gifts!   "We have lots of little ones joining our family! Having some older siblings with adult children, I now have several great nieces and...
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Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions

Games Across the Curriculum: Christmas Gift Suggestions
    Homeschooling is more fun for MANY reasons, but one reason it that we can play games instead of use curriculum.  Here are some great ideas you can give as Christmas gifts. Then in January you can incorporate games across all subject areas! In my homeschool, we scheduled a few hours every Friday just to play games. Sometimes they loved the games (Diplomacy!) and other times they tolerated the games (Elemento) but they were ALWAYS...
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Guest — Elisabeth
We LOVE Apples to Apples here!
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 02:20
Guest — Bonnie
THIS IS GREAT!!!! Thank you so much!
Monday, 17 November 2014 19:53
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After-Christmas Kindle-Filling Party

After-Christmas Kindle-Filling Party
It's an After Christmas Kindle-Filling Party and you're invited! The HomeScholar is having a party, a Kindle-filling party! Did you get a Kindle for Christmas? We can help you start filling it! ForFOUR DAYS ONLY, All Coffee Break Books are only $1 each! Choose from titles that give you practical tips and encouragement,and will help with those New Year's Resolutions:* Creating Homeschool Balance* Scheduling - The Secret to Homeschool Sanity* Beyond Academics: Preparation for College and for Life* Graduate Your Homeschooler...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Obedience to The Lord

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Obedience to The Lord
25. Homeschooling is the Gift of Obedience to the Lord Homeschooling is our gift of obedience, because we are doing what God has asked us to do. We give this gift knowing it was asked only of us, and we don’t look at the actions of our friends.  We are responsible for our own actions, and our own actions are our gift of obedience. We don’t look at the actions of, or criticize others. 
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Faith to God

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of Faith to God
24. Homeschooling is the Gift of Faith to God. Homeschooling is a gift of faith, demonstrating our faith in Christ that everything will work out for us.  When we first decided to homeschool high school, we went almost entirely on faith: faith that we would be able to finish the job, faith that our kids would end up well-educated, faith that we wouldn't ruin their futures. We don’t have faith that things will be perfect, we...
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The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of a Love Offering to God

The 25 Gifts of Homeschooling: The Gift of a Love Offering to God
23. Homeschooling is a Love Offering to God We are called to homeschool our children. This is our fragrant love offering. We are giving what we have to Christ.  Like the little drummer boy who gave his gift of music, and the widow's offering of a mite, and the alabaster jar of myrrh that Mary gave, our gift of homeschooling is meaningful to God. This gift of homeschooling is just as meaningful as the gold, frankincense, and...
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Guest — Lee
You're welcome, Susan! Blessings, Lee
Monday, 23 December 2013 19:02
Guest — Susan Stowell
Thank you so much Lee for reminding us that loving our kids is a fragrant offering to the Lord. It is a holy task given to us to r... Read More
Monday, 23 December 2013 18:52
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