Encouraging Resources for Homeschooling Moms

We homeschooling moms have got to stick together. Homeschooling is a lifestyle, hello, not just something we do on the side. That means it’s easy to get discouraged or to think we’re alone, because it’s not an easy job we’ve signed on for.

And homeschooling high school? Sheesh, whose idea was that, anyway? But here you are!

I homeschooled for 22 years before my youngest graduated in May 2021. All five kids, K-12 — and the oldest was only 8 when the youngest was born, so you know it was a bit wild and crazy for a few years!

The reality is that we don’t always just need information about how to teach math or which curriculum is best. MUCH of the time, we need encouragement that we’re doing OK, that we’re not gonna ruin our teen’s future, that there is meaning and purpose beyond 2+2=4.

Resources to encourage homeschooling moms through all aspects of the homeschool lifestyle -- so you'll know you're not alone!

On this page I’ve compiled links to ALL of my articles, podcast episodes, and other resources that will encourage homeschooling moms in this lifestyle endeavor. I’ve divided them into three main categories:

  1. Encouragement Specific to Homeschooling – Be encouraged by big picture thoughts about homeschooling that will renew you, as well as find practical tips to help you keep going.
  2. Christian Living – This is the only place where I list articles that have an obvious Christian message. While you might find occasional Christian references elsewhere, these articles are intended only for Christian homeschooling moms.
  3. Everything Else – Here is where you’ll find links to articles about cleaning, time management, organization, easy recipes, meal planning, and money. In the past I’ve actually written a fair amount about topics other than homeschooling, and you’ll get access to it in this section.

This is a LONG page, y’all. Just keep scrolling! — or use the quick links just above.

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Encouragement Specific to Homeschooling

You've heard about "teaching from rest," but you're in the high school years now. How does the idea translate to homeschooling your teen? Read to find out!

How Teaching From Rest Applies to Homeschooling High School

Overview: Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie is a must-read that not only provides powerful insight about successful homeschooling in general but can be adapted to homeschooling high school, too ...
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It's January, when we all look at our lives and try to improve them. To become better people. Or at least to figure out how to keep from running out ...
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Did y'all know that I work outside the home? Yep, for 20+ hours per week. And then I do this blog/podcast and my Facebook group, send emails, speak at conferences ...
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Is it really a good idea to go to a homeschool convention? Is it worth it to drive multiple hours if necessary to get to the closest Great Homeschool Convention? ...
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As you anticipate homeschooling high school with your oldest, it's natural to wonder how you will make it work with all the younger kids that you still have to homeschool ...
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How fun is this? A new podcast has been born! In this very first episode, I introduce myself and my passion for helping moms realize that homeschooling high school is ...
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Go to a Great Homeschool Convention to find out more about homeschooling high school. There will be learning opportunities for both teens AND parents!
Overview: Go to a Great Homeschool Convention to find out more about homeschooling high school. There will be learning opportunities for both teens AND parents! Note: This post is sponsored ...
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You won't feel guilty when you go to a Great Homeschool Convention - but you WILL feel recharged! Here's why you should make plans NOW to attend one soon!
Overview: Attending a Great Homeschool Convention will equip, encourage, and energize homeschool moms. Start now to make plans to go to one! Note: this post was sponsored by Great Homeschool ...
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I asked a question in my It's Not that Hard to Homeschool K-8 Facebook group recently: "Do you feel like a success as a homeschool mom? Why or why not?" ...
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If you are a parent who is struggling because your kid is at college and you are at home missing them, here are some tips to cope. From a mom who knows!
You just dropped off your baby at college. Yes, you wanted this for them; and yes, it's a natural part of growing up. But still. Their image got smaller and ...
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The seemingly far-reaching ramifications when your homeschooled teen is behind can be very scary. I'm here to reassure you that it will truly all work out!
Overview: The seemingly far-reaching ramifications when your homeschooled teen is behind can be very scary. I'm here to reassure you that it will truly all work out! One of the ...
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Independent learning has got to be one of the most valuable life skills there is. Teaching it to your kids will bring lotsa benefits to them AND YOU!
Are you getting frazzled trying to teach all of your children every homeschool day? I've been there. Early on in our homeschool career, I realized I could not be all ...
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Are you a homeschool mom who is unsure if you are doing enough to keep your child from falling behind? NO WORRIES! I have some encouragement for you!
Dear homeschool mom, are you afraid your homeschooled child is academically behind his/her peers? Or maybe you already "know" he is, and you are thinking you should put him back ...
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If you need homeschool organization ideas, this is the place to be. 36 great articles with simple tips for organizing your curriculum and lesson plans, doing homeschool in small spaces, and more. Browse a few today - and then pin so you can read more later!
Lesson plans, grading, supplies, papers, books, cd's, workbooks, workspace, manipulatives, scheduling, etc. etc. etc. There's a LOT to keep track of when it comes to keeping our homeschools running smoothly ...
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Are you frazzled and frustrated? Are you feeling behind, not only with your homeschool but in life? I can help. Join me for 31 days, as we look at one ...
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These are great homeschool help ideas to help me get over the slump you're in right now! They could probably be used any time of the year, actually!
How do you feel about the fact that the new homeschool year is just weeks away?? Do you feel weighed down and/or overwhelmed? Are you coming off of a summer ...
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Are you at your wits' end and feel like you want to quit homeschooling? Get tips from a seasoned homeschool mom about how to think through your decision. And find out about an amazing resource that may just change your mind!
Wow, at this point of the year it's getting tough, isn't it? The flowers are blooming and the weather is getting warmer and you're stuck inside doing homeschool for hours ...
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Are you thinking about starting homeschool for your family? Read this advice from an experienced homeschool mom so you don't make the same mistakes she did.
We've been at this homeschooling thing for quite awhile now. If you count the pre-school years, when I started teaching my daughter to read, it's been about 18 years of ...
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Dear Mom whose baby is a high school senior this year, I know it was just yesterday you were changing diapers or wiping crumbs. Or tucking in at night. Or ...
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Find yourself being the type of homeschool mom you DON'T want to be? I've got some ideas to help with several specific situations!
Who is your favorite homeschool mom? Is there one that you wish you could be like? Maybe she is extremely organized, or she has the parenting thing DOWN, or she ...
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Afraid to homeschool high school because your kids will miss out on great opportunities? Read about our own experience -- it may surprise you!
I will freely admit that our children have missed out on some things because we homeschool high school. There is no doubt that there are experiences that the public school ...
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Overview: It's impossible to have NO homeschooling regrets, but maybe you can lessen the list by avoiding the ones this veteran homeschool mom has. 20-20 hindsight is an amazing thing ...
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Overview: Our homeschooling expectations can make or break our joy and our success. Get a reality check from a veteran homeschool mom! Did you ever expect something out of someone ...
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Why homeschool? For us it was NOT about academics but about character development -- even through high school. Read this to understand why.
I'm going to start out by saying something that may come as a shock. It's not the sort of thing you hear many homeschooling families admit, but I will confess ...
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Not sure if the homeschool lifestyle is right for you? I've got some likes and dislikes to share with you about our own experience!
Can we be real, here, people? As much as I love homeschooling, there are aspects of the homeschool lifestyle that I don't like so well. I never want to come ...
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Read this homeschool encouragement for when you feel like you'll never arrive at the destination of your journey.
Feeling like the road is long? Here is some homeschool encouragement to help you regain perspective. These days we live in a world of instant gratification. If I think of ...
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The story of our homeschool journey from kindergarten through high school, and one of the most important lessons we learned along the way.
We have been a homeschooling family for over 15 years, since our oldest child started kindergarten. None of our children have ever been enrolled in public school; the only reason ...
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Christian Living

If you're struggling with making personal Bible study a consistent thing, these easy tips will help! Even choosing just one can help your heart TODAY!
Overview: Personal Bible study can be hard to maintain day after day. Here are doable tips that don't expect you to spend hours but still give you that injection of ...
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Worry less, trust God more. This daily devotional idea will help you overcome everyday anxiety so you can live better and smile more. Start today!
Do you worry? LOL, that's like asking if the sky is blue -- we all do worry, to some extent. But some of us worry more than others, even though ...
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Were you disappointed on Mother's Day? I was. But there's more to it than that... Find out how to deal with ALL the disappointing holidays in your life.
I really HATE Facebook on days like Mother’s Day. All those pictures of beautiful families showing their moms such gushing appreciation with all the flowers and the pretty church dresses ...
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Stop complaining - Tips, quotes, inspiration, and motivation to develop a mindset of positive thinking, which is better for your brain health.
"Sometimes the hardest, bravest thing is choosing to live another day in this broken, wonderful world." --Melanie Dale Because the world is broken, make no mistake. And that means life ...
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We can get ourselves tied in knots trying to figure out God's will. This secret is one you can use today! And there's a printable worksheet!
Do you wonder what God's will is for you today? How do you determine what His wishes are for you on any given day? Do you think your circumstances will ...
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Have you ever asked yourself this question? I have had to do it often throughout my adult life. "Am I important anywhere? Where might that be?" And no matter how ...
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Learn about an effective method for dealing with anxiety that you can start putting into practice now for a calmer, more stress-free life.
I had a fairly epic failure recently. But the positive changes it has brought about in my life are significant enough that I want to share it with y'all, in ...
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Find yourself being the type of homeschool mom you DON'T want to be? I've got some ideas to help with several specific situations!
Who is your favorite homeschool mom? Is there one that you wish you could be like? Maybe she is extremely organized, or she has the parenting thing DOWN, or she ...
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Why are we so afraid of asking for help? Here's why we should ask for help when we need it -- even BEFORE we need it.
There came a day I realized I could not keep going the way things were. I could not keep sucking it up and continuing on. I just could not do ...
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Feeling overwhelmed with life today? Read these tips from a gal who's been there.
I don't know about you, but some days I wake up and just don't feel like doing it. Like, anything. Whatever “it” may be for the day – homeschool, work, ...
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Not long ago I was woken up in the middle of the night by a different cause than my usual middle-age issues. LOL. One of the younger kids, who was ...
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A detailed review of this inspirational book for women that will help you do exactly what it says -- to maintain a quiet heart of trust and faith.
Update: Elisabeth Elliot passed away on June 15, 2015. Hers was a life well-lived. Her books are a very important legacy that will encourage and inspire women for years to ...
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Everything Else

I had many of these articles hidden for awhile but have now brought them back out again, because they are still full of helpful, uncomplicated information that works at any time for busy moms. There are lots of stress-free tips and encouragement here for all aspects of a mom’s life!

Cleaning, Organization, and Time Management

31 Days of Practical Organizing Tips for a Homeschool Mom’s Life

Are you frazzled and frustrated? Are you feeling behind, not only with your homeschool but in life? I can help. Join me for 31 days, as we look at one ...
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Burnout is a thing among homeschool moms. The homeschool lifestyle is one of constantly giving and serving and going and doing, and it can be very hard to make time ...
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I love pretty magazine pictures with beautifully organized shelves, don't you? The kind where everything is stored in identical black baskets with little calligraphized labels. No strings hanging out, nothing sticking ...
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Forget what everyone else does, what do YOU need in your morning routine? The author shares her own routine and how to decide what should be in yours. Very helpful!!
Raise your hand if you like the idea of having a morning routine but cannot for the life of you make one work over the long haul. That has been ...
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This article has the best tip for being able to keep your morning routine going week after week! Say hello to a better day tomorrow -- and from now on!!
Have you ever set a morning routine and started doing it really well, only to have it fall by the wayside in a matter of just days or a couple ...
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Having trouble keeping your house decluttered once you've gone through all the hard work of getting it organized? Read to find out my simple tip and also get a glimpse of Ruth Soukup's new book, Unstuffed! Today can be the day you start to bring things back under control!
I thought I had this decluttering thing DOWN, y'all. I've read many books and blog posts on the subject; in fact, I've even written my own blog posts on the ...
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Are you lugging around an overstuffed purse, unable to find what you need when you need it? Knowing how to organize your purse and the things in it can make a difference in your daily life. I've got several ideas that may be new to you -- and a video!
Let's face it: we can have the entire rest of our world fully streamlined and running smoothly, but if we don't know how to organize our purse, life will still ...
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Feeling disorganized and out of control? The best way to begin getting organized is to set up a home management center; then from there you can tackle everything else! Create yours today to start becoming a more organized you!
Sometimes getting organized can seem like an impossible goal.  We look at all the areas of our life that need help, and we feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ...
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As you may already know, I don't like to clean. I mean, I REALLY don't like to clean. When I was a teen and young adult, my room was ALWAYS ...
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A popular series on this site has been the Prepping Your House for Sale series. It seems that many people are thinking about selling their homes, either to downsize or payoff ...
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I don't want umpteen homemade cleaners cluttering my cabinet. These four will clean the entire house! And they do not contain expensive essential oils or other hard-to-find ingredients. EASY and CHEAP!
Let's make this whole house cleaning thing simple, shall we? When it comes to homemade cleaners, there are DOZENS of recipes out there. The ones I use meet my three ...
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How to do laundry the Annie and Everything way -- cheap and easy!
Here we are with the second installment of Not Your Typical Spring Cleaning Tips. Remember, I'm not talking about “spring cleaning” per se; it just happens to be spring when ...
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Spring Cleaning Tips 5&10 Minute Jobs
Here's the thing: I don't do spring cleaning. At least two of my friends work hard for several weeks in March and April, deep cleaning all cupboards and closets and ...
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Looking for a simple method for how to organize your life paperwork? I've been using a system for years that takes little effort, space, or thought! :-) Take a look and get organized today!
Piles of papers can become overwhelming quickly, can't they?? You think it's all under control until you have to find one in particular for the thing with the guy at ...
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Easy Recipes and Meal Planning

30+ Ridiculously Easy Dinners for Busy Families on a Budget

Do you hate cooking like I do? Do you actually like cooking but never have time to do it?? Are you a homeschool mom, or a working mom, or the ...
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I hate cooking, especially in the summer! Here's my list of easy summer meals (that are also cheap) to throw together when I'd rather be playing! Check it out!
Overview: Easy summer meals that don't require much effort or heat up the kitchen! So you can have more fun and stay cool! One prime indication that it is summer ...
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Making soup from leftovers saves money on food and is a quick and easy dinner idea! You can use whatever is in the fridge, and dinner will be ready in no time. Step-by-step instructions and ideas for variations. Try it tonight!
Making soup from leftovers is one of the best ways to save money on food. You can get an entire meal out of the bits and pieces you have in ...
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These easy make ahead overnight sticky buns are one of the best ideas for Christmas breakfast. Using Rhodes frozen rolls, dripping with a gooey pecan, cinnamon, and brown sugar topping -- this will become one of your favorite holiday recipes. While they bake, you can open gifts with the family -- then enjoy the decadence!
Imagine yourself sitting down to open gifts with the family on Christmas morning, knowing that breakfast has already been taken care of -- and you didn't have to get up ...
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This high protein shake recipe combines pumpkin and chocolate into a decadent indulgence you can enjoy with no guilt, since it is low sugar and has no gluten or dairy!
Chocolate and pumpkin together has to be one of the best kept secrets known to man. In the age of PSL's (Pumpkin Spice Lattés, for you uninitiated), people seem to ...
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Do you think you have an easy tacos recipe? This one is even easier -- and possibly yummier! You'll be kicking yourself for not thinking of it on your own!
You thought you knew all there was to know about easy tacos, but I'm here to tell you there is an even easier way. You won't believe it when you ...
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Do you need dinner for tonight that is quick, inexpensive, and loved by all? I've adapted a famous blogger's black bean burger recipe to make it gluten free and still taste YUMMY! You'll have it on the table in no time!
Aren't black beans just the best?? They are so yummy, in all sorts of dishes. But my favorite way to use them is in Pioneer Woman's Black Bean Burger Recipe ...
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Meal planning can bring real benefits to our budget and our sanity. Have you experienced these or do you struggle to do it consistently over the long haul? These tips will help make it doable over time so you can use your money for other things.
I think it is a well-established fact that meal planning is a good thing.  I mean, it saves money, hello, and it helps keep our days organized and under control ...
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Meal planning is definitely a GREAT way to manage expenses, but it doesn't work if you don't do it right! Make sure you're not missing anything!
Meal planning is definitely a great tool for cutting expenses. But just planning your meals is not enough -- you have to do it wisely. It's possible to meal plan ...
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My mom's vintage homemade cranberry relish recipe is better than sauce. It's easy and fresh and goes great with everything on the Thanksgiving table. It's so tasty, you can eat it by the spoonful!
You know that scene in Ratatouille where Anton Ego takes the bite of the dish that's been prepared for him, and he is transported in that moment to the happy ...
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Forget those microwaveable things in a cup that only induce guilt. This fruit crumble recipe can be gluten and dairy free and is full of healthy nutrients.
Everyone needs a treat once in awhile. But these days, while we're all trying to eat healthy, treats can make you feel guilty. Am I right? We're eating this really ...
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Other cole slaw recipes are too tart or the texture is too small. This one is creamy, yummy, quick, and easy! Check it out! Don't settle for store-bought again!
There is no easier or quicker salad to make than cole slaw, y'all. Ok, maybe there is -- but my homemade cole slaw recipe is pretty stinkin' quick and easy! ...
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Looking for high protein breakfast ideas to serve the kids? These cinnamon protein pancakes are yummy and filling and above all -- easy!! So you can make them this morning!
I have learned that I do best with a high protein breakfast. When I eat a high carb breakfast (which is what many breakfasts are made of) I am usually ...
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Homemade Hummus
We love homemade hummus around here, although not too long ago we didn't even know what the stuff was. Who woulda thunk that a dip made out of chick peas ...
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Protein Breakfast Smoothie
Breakfast has always been very important to me. I cannot live without breakfast. If I have not eaten within a certain amount of time after waking up, I become a ...
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Festive Caramel Corn
This recipe was handed down to me from a wonderful older lady (I hesitate to use the word “old,” because to me it is a very relative term these days. :-) ...
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Easy Chicken and Sauce
I think every recipe on this blog will start with the word “easy.” I really do not like to cook, so I don't want to spend any more time at ...
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The easy and best way to make the Thanksiving roast turkey. This make-ahead recipe means your turkey comes out of the oven juicy and flavorful EVERY time. And no stress or cleanup on the big day! I've always been complimented on how good it is. You will NEVER GO BACK.
I am not exaggerating when I say that this method of preparing roast turkey will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. I first heard about it many years ago from a wise older ...
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This easy two-week meal plan can be used over and over again! With variety built in! If you hate meal planning, you won't have to do it ever again -- and you'll still save money!
Are you sick and tired of making a new meal plan every time you turn around? I HATE MEAL PLANNING. So I developed a two-week meal plan that I never ...
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This is a super easy chili recipe that can be made vegetarian or con carne. Yummy warmth on a chilly day! (Ha! See what I did there?)
Chili is part of my two-week rotating menu planner. We love it! And now that #2, the bean-hater, is at college, we can enjoy it meatless, with LOTSA LEGUMES!! (See ...
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Money Matters

Are you in a season when money is tight? This article is about a radical money-handling technique that can get you through the rough times. One of the most helpful tips out there for when your budget doesn't meet your spending. I've never seen it explained this way before. Check it out!
When money is tight, sometimes we have to take radical measures. Sometimes the usual cost-cutting techniques are not enough. The Man and I have dealt with money shortages several times ...
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Homeschool moms can make money online with VIPKID. It's perfectly suited for our needs! Work from home on YOUR schedule. Starting pay averages $19 per hour! Check it out!!
Thanks to VIPKID for sponsoring this post! I am sharing my honest thoughts, y'all. I am all about recommending ONLY what I think will help YOU. :-) Are you the ...
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This is a saving money tip you have probably never read about before -- but it works! One of the most effective ideas out there, so you can put aside what you need for a house, or college, or the budget -- fast! Several examples so you can see how to do it yourself.
Overview:This is a saving money tip you have probably never read about before -- but it works! There are several examples so you can see how to do it yourself ...
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We can spend a lot of money on food while we are away from the house. This list of cheap snacks you can buy while you're out will keep everyone happy and will also satisfy the budget!
Are you familiar with the term "hangry"?  I am VERY familiar with it, lol.  It's that state of being so hungry that you are easily angered.  You feel like all ...
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Do you find yourself blowing the family budget every month? Setting up sinking funds can help! You can get control of your finances TODAY!
If you don't know what a sinking fund is, you are in the right place. If you know what one is but are not using them, you are also in ...
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Are you frustrated trying to make the cash envelope system work? Try some or all of these solutions to get your spending under control and make a difference in your budget right away!
Have you tried using the cash envelope system and given up because it was not successful for you? I feel ya; we personally have started and stopped MANY times. But ...
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Is money tight for you RIGHT NOW? One of the fastest ways to save money is also one of the easiest! I was surprised by how much I could save!
Is money tight for you RIGHT NOW?? Do you need to get some cash together quickly to pay a looming bill, or are you trying to gather funds to make ...
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Road trips can be fun -- and expensive. It's easier to keep costs down if you set a budget as part of your road trip planning. Read this for ideas about what to include and how to save money!
With kids in college many hours away, we end making A LOT of road trips -- and that can add up to some big bucks if we're not careful. Since ...
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Doing a no spend month is a great way to get control of your money in a hurry. Read these tips for how to survive all the way to the end!
Usually the saying is that it's the first thing of whatever you're attempting to do that is the hardest. The first step is the hardest, or the first million dollars ...
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Living with less income IS possible, and it's easiest if you can prepare ahead of time. These tips really help ease the transition!! Especially #2!!
We would all like to increase our income as time goes on, wouldn't we? But sometimes that doesn't happen; in fact, sometimes the process goes in reverse, and we actually ...
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Are your family finances prepared for the teen years? Here is a list of costs to expect and some advice for how to plan ahead.
As the Christmas season approaches, and I begin to make my lists and check them twice, I am reminded anew of a truth universally acknowledged: kids get more expensive as ...
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The first step to breaking out of the debt cycle is to know WHY it's happening. Several of these you may not even realize you are doing. You can change your habits today!
Overview: The first step to breaking out of the debt cycle is to know WHY it's happening. Here are 6 possible reasons. You can change your habits today! I am ...
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Coping with anxiety about money can be difficult and lonely. Here are my tips to help ease your mind and get a handle on your fears.
Deep breaths, y'all. It's gonna be okay. If you are reading this, chances are you're coping with anxiety about your finances and are looking for some relief from those emotions ...
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Are you finding that gluten free living is expensive? I've got the ONLY tip you need to keep your gluten free grocery budget in line. Start saving today!
It is a big fad to be gluten free these days. And I will freely confess that I have gone right along with it! Someday I will write a post ...
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I hate when my electric bill goes up in summertime. These ways to save money really help! Now I can stay cool without giving all my money to the utility company! And there are links to other articles with more ideas!
Overview: Reduce your electric bill with these simple ideas. Some might surprise you! It's summer, and it's HOT! And that means the electric bill can skyrocket as we try to ...
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Even camping can be expensive if you aren't careful! This list of ways to save money on it helped me a lot. Especially #3!
Whoever said camping was cheap must have eaten a few too many s'mores. Cuz camping can be downright pricey, y'all. By the time you buy equipment and hit the grocery ...
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Looking for more ways to save money? Have you overlooked the obvious one?
I love reading about being frugal. Give me a good post about 50 ways to save money on toilet paper, and I'm all over it. Shave Five More Cents Off ...
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A few weeks ago we had an appointment with our realtor. Because in the six weeks we'd had the house on the market up to that point, there had been ...
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Couponing
I think it's time to be a little more realistic about couponing, don't you? I mean, let's face it; "extreme couponing" is just not practical for most of us. I ...
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Frugal Christmas Ideas - When our Christmas gift budget was tight we made a new holiday tradition at the dollar store. The kids had a blast - find out how!
Do the holidays sneak up on you and your budget? Even with the best of intentions, sometimes December rolls around and it becomes time to freak out about how to ...
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