Homeschool Sanity – My Mother’s Day Gift to You

Homeschool Sanity – My Mother’s Day Gift to You

You deserve a day to be honored, mom. You deserve a day of rest, too! But what I most want to give you is the gift of homeschool sanity. That’s what I’m all about. Scroll down to enter this amazing giveaway and to get access to the rest of the Mother’s Day giveaways from iHomeschool Network.

Homeschool Sanity Mother's Day Giveaway

The Organized Homeschool Life

I have created a collection of gift items for a Mother’s Day giveaway that I think will give you just that. First, I have a print copy of The Organized Homeschool Life. Working through these organizing challenges one week at a time, fifteen minutes a day will make life saner for more than just Mother’s Day. Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to spend hours and hours this summer “getting organized”? With this book in hand, you won’t have to. Purchase your copy today and if you win, I’ll refund your money!

Ahners Grove

Ahner’s Grove Natural Skin Care Products

With these gift items, you can light a candle, take a bath, moisturize, and soothe yourself into bed on Mother’s Day and for weeks afterward. I’m so thankful to my friend Sara Ahner for providing these items from her Etsy shop. You’ll receive:

An organic beeswax candle

Lemongrass & Calendula, Oats & Honey, and Lavender Peppermint soaps

Lemongrass Bath Melts

Whipped Shea & Cocoa Body Butter

Coconut & Honey Lip Scrub – this is edible! How cool is that?

Coconut & Honey and Cocoa Mint lip balms

Lavender essential oil roll-on

You can rest easy knowing that you are putting all-natural ingredients on your skin. I am literally enjoying the scent of these products as I write. I don’t want to send them off, but I will. I know where to get more! The Fresh Brewed Gift Basket pictured above would make a great gift for your mom or for a new bride.

Plunder Jewelry

I get compliments on the Plunder jewelery I buy from friend Brandy Alderman all. the. time. I’m so thankful to her for providing the gifts for this giveaway. They are my two favorite pieces.

Tabitha necklace photo

The Tabitha necklace in silver and black that can be worn long or short. It goes with almost everything and can be dressed up or down!

The Lilly earrings are also so flexible. They go perfectly with the Tabitha necklace. You’ll love them!

Enter until April 23rd 2017 at 11:55 p.m. to win below. 

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A Giveaway that Will Make Fine Art Learning Fun (Plus a Freebie)

A Giveaway that Will Make Fine Art Learning Fun (Plus a Freebie)

If you are looking for quick and easy ways to bring more fine arts into your homeschool, you will love Enrichment Studies! This brainchild of a veteran homeschool mom includes resources where all the legwork has been done for you to enjoy quick and easy Composer Studies, Artist Studies, Poet Studies, and much more. They also offer a super easy and fun approach to art appreciation, called Fine Art Pages.

Giveaway from Enrichment Studies

This week I am hosting a terrific giveaway for you from Enrichment Studies! One winner will get a lifetime membership to 5 big collections:
Great American Poets
Famous Inventors
Great Scientists
Baroque and Classical Composers
Jazz Composers

The value of this giveaway is almost $75! If you’re ready to enter now, scroll down to the form below or click here. The winner will be announced next week.


You’ll get to know about the life and works of famous composers like Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Beethoven, and Mozart.
You’ll enjoy the toe-tapping talents of great Jazz-era composers like Goodman, Gillespie, Ellington, Basie, Armstrong, and many more!
Poetry will come alive for you and your children in a way that will surprise and delight you!
You’ll be awed by the great minds and works of Inventors and scientists such as Archimedes, da Vinci, Edison, Carver, Ford, Copernicus, Curie, Linnaeus, Morse, and many more!

Resources include:

  • Biographies
  • Activity Sheets
  • Games
  • Podcasts
  • Videos
  • Coloring Pages
  • Free Music Downloads
  • and More!


Celebrating Blacks in Art

PLUS everyone who enters this giveaway will get their new Celebrating Blacks in Art collection ($14.95 value) totally FREE!

Entrants will also receive the Enrichment Studies and Sanity Savers newsletters.

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Great Christian Homeschooler Christmas Gift Ideas & Giveaway

Great Christian Homeschooler Christmas Gift Ideas & Giveaway

At this time of year, I wish I were Oprah and could afford to give all my readers my favorite things for Christmas. While I can’t do that, I’m thrilled that I’ve been given some amazing gifts to pass on, many of them from 2 to 1 Conference Sponsors. If you’re a homeschooler involved in social media, I hope you’ll join me at 2 to 1 in October, 2016!

I am also purchasing a few of these gifts to bless a couple of my readers. I encourage you to enter for a chance to win the gifts in both giveaways, but to purchase them as well. If you win, some of your Christmas shopping is done! Would you like to hear more about these great gifts? Scroll down to see the Periscope video where I share more.


Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Christian Homeschoolers & Giveaway

Great Gifts for Homeschoolers


Ultimate Homeschool Planner

The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

I am all about sanity for homeschoolers and there’s nothing like a planner to organize you and give you peace of mind. This comprehensive planner by Debra Bell is flexible enough to be used with any kind of homeschooling approach for up to six kids. My favorite aspect of the planner is that you’re encouraged to plan spiritually and to reflect on God’s grace to you throughout the week. Another huge plus is space to record the little victories! The planner was a gift from Apologia. I know you’ll love it! But if you want to make this an even better gift for yourself, ask for a night away to do some planning for the new year.

Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal

The Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal

You can make any field trip you take this year that much more educational with this journal. Your kids will write about the story of their day and what they want to remember. But there are also spaces for specific field trips like state and seasonal trips. You don’t have to use Apologia Science to enjoy this journal.  You could add a certificate to this promising a fun field trip. We have used a Groupon for rock climbing as a gift–a big hit! The journal is also a gift from Apologia.
DIY Homeschool Reading Curriculum

Kids’ Reading Journal

Speaking of journals, if you’d like your kids to document their reading and learn more about literature at the same time, you’ll love the Kids’ Reading Journal. It’s so cute that once again, I want to write in it! Even better, it doesn’t bore kids by requiring the same journaling every day and it uses short entries that don’t overwhelm kids. Add a set of great books as a gift for young readers. The journal is a gift from Kim Sorgius of



20th Century Music Appreciation curriculum
21 Lessons in 20th Century American Music Appreciation Black Friday/ Cyber Monday $10 off sale

21 Lessons in 21st Century Music Appreciation

I’ve raved about this curriculum before. The truth is that I don’t care as much about my kids learning about 21st Century music as I do about learning it myself! The lessons are short and fun — perfect for a unit study, co-op, or just to use when you need a break from your regular curriculum, like now!  Add a musical instrument that your child would like to try as a gift, like this beginner’s guitar. This curriculum is a gift from Gena Mayo of

Yancy and Friends Praise Party

Yancy & Friends Little Praise Party DVD

Maybe you have little ones who aren’t old enough to truly appreciate 21st Century music. They’ll love this DVD music video that includes Christmas and Easter praise songs. This would make a great stocking stuffer. A portable DVD player with headphones would be extra fun. It’s a gift from


If I Were a Puzzle by Kenneth Good

What would a homeschool gift package be without a book? This picture book by a pastor teaches character and would be a great gift (along with a puzzle like this underwater scene floor puzzle) for your preschooler. It’s a gift from Kenneth Good.

Enter the giveaway below and then scroll down to check out the gifts exclusively for you.

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Great Gifts for Christian Homeschool Moms

Well Planned Day On the Go Planner The Well Planned Day, On the Go Planner  You have your Ultimate Homeschool Planner, but what about the rest of your life? The pretty Well Planned Day Planner tucks in your purse keeping your appointments and to-do’s organized with place for meal planning as well. Keep up with your goal to read through the Bible this year with the reading plan. Make this an extra-special gift for you or a friend by adding a set of my favorite erasable pens. The planner is a gift from HEDUA.   That I May Know Him Bible Study  The Christmas season is a perfect time for you to delve into a Bible study specifically about knowing the Lord better. It’s a short study, making it perfect for the busy holiday season. A new Bible with study notes would make this an even better gift.  This is a gift from Homeworks By Precept. The Renewing Your Mind Project  This book by Barb Raveling, a Bible study author who homeschooled her children, has changed my life. Next to the Bible, it is my #1 resource for managing emotions, changing habits, and meeting goals. I love it so much that the Kindle version is a gift from me to you. Add an “I Can Do Everything Through Him” journal to make this an especially generous gift for you or a friend. Moodstruck 3D Lashes Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+ Mascara from Younique  Not long after I started using Periscope, I saw a broadcast by Kristin Blackwell who demonstrated this mascara. It doesn’t just coat the lashes with liquid, but with fibers that make the lashes appear thicker–much thicker. I ordered it immediately and love it. The mascara is a gift from Kristin Blackwell. Add an eyelash curler as an extra gift. Norwex Window/Polishing Cloth  One thing that drives me crazy as a homemaker with many kids is keeping my windows clean. Why do kids feel the need to touch windows constantly? Cleaning them in the typical way involves lots of cleaner and paper towels that invariably leave residue on the windows. When I tried a Norwex cloth with plain water, I was astounded. It leaves my windows cleaner than any other method I’ve tried. My daughter helped me demonstrate in this Periscope broadcast. The Norwex cloth is a gift from me. Add a water mister bottle and you’re all set. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipstick  I am usually too busy and lazy to reapply lipstick. When it’s gone, it’s gone. When I learned that there was a lipstick that I could apply once and have it last all day, I ordered it right away. And it works! It lasts so long that the only way to get it off completely is to wash it off. I use a makeup-removing toilette. It can make your lips feel a little drier than with no lipstick on at all. I like to reapply the gloss at those times and I wear Carmex to bed at night to keep my lips moist all day. The lipstick is a gift from me. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Are you looking for more gift ideas? Check out 60 of the Best Christmas Gifts for Kids.

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The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Girls of All Ages

The Perfect Stocking Stuffer for Girls of All Ages

Perfect Stocking Stuffer gift for girls: a Lilla Rose review, sale, and giveaway.Finding a stocking stuffer or inexpensive gift that won’t end up in the trash can be a real challenge. That’s why I am excited about Lilla Rose hair jewelry. I was asked to review the product and give away a piece of the winner’s choice at the perfect time for you Christmas shoppers. Enter to win the giveaway below (ends Sunday Nov. 30th @ 10 p.m. Central), but notice the amazing Black Friday sale! You’ll want to order one of these for every girl and woman on your shopping list.Lilla Rose

I let my daughter pick out what she liked and this is what she chose. I think it’s so pretty but in a more subtle way. She can easily put it on herself at 10.

This is definitely not a gift that will be thrown away! Here are some more pictures of Lilla Rose hair jewelry and ideas for how to wear them. I received a Flexi-O clip and can’t wait to try it on a scarf.

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You’ll want to enter the giveaway below and shop the Black Friday sale. The Everyone will be asking where you got it!

Be sure to use the sizing guide before ordering so you’re completely satisfied with your gift! Giveaway winner will be able to choose their piece and the appropriate size.

Happy shopping!

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You Can Be Confident in Teaching Creation

You Can Be Confident in Teaching Creation

creation debate, Ken Ham, Bill Nye, not Dr. Carl Werner
I have shared my story of being agnostic about the creation-evolution debate to becoming fully convinced that creation occurred exactly as described in the Bible before. I have also shared my passion for the work of Dr. Carl Werner, the man who along with Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis) responsible for making me confident in teaching creation.

If you haven’t heard my fascinating interview with Dr. Werner, you’ll be blessed to listen to it with the kids. But you won’t be content to just listen! You’ll want to read his incredible books, take in his wife’s stunning photographs, and watch his videos which make everything so easy to understand.


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A Homeschool Conference for Busy People

A Homeschool Conference for Busy People

attend a homeschool conference in your pj'sI credit yearly attendance at a homeschool convention with keeping me sane, especially in the early years of homeschooling. I was reminded of why I chose to homeschool in the first place and was equipped with tools for continuing.

But securing childcare and maneuvering a stroller were often a challenge. My husband usually called wanting to know when I would be home. The answer depended on how much screaming I could hear in the background.

A Homeschool Conference From the Comfort of Home

Now we have the opportunity to attend a homeschool conference wherever we are. We can listen and participate in iHomeschool Studio’s Online Webinar (Click here to view more details) live while the littles are in bed or on mobile devices while the kids are in activities.

If we can’t listen to all the talks we’re interested in live, we can listen to recordings while we’re showering, exercising, or traveling. Webinars allow busy spouses to participate, too.

Homeschool Sanity the easy wayI’m thrilled to be presenting on Valentine’s Day at 8:30pm Central time on How to Guide the Gift in Your Child. Preparing this talk made a huge difference in my parenting. I hope you’ll join me for a discussion of what it really means to have a gifted or talented child and how you can parent and teach them effectively.

The range and quality of sessions offered by iHomeschool Studio will impress you. I have 14 years of experience listening to homeschool speakers and I’m still excited to listen in! Tickets will go on sale here on January 28th for $25, which covers four days of inspiration, discounts and giveaways, and 24 MP3s of the sessions.

I’m also delighted to offer a free admission to one fortunate reader.

Please enter the giveaway and let your friends know about the chance to hear some outstanding homeschool speakers–no travel required.

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