Time-Out, Mom-Style

JMJ134  *How to celebrate?  Take a moment and think of something that you need to celebrate.  Give yourself the permission to give yourself a small pat on the back.  Or simply take the day off to take a break from the relentless busy-ness of being a mom-on-call 24-7!  After all, you don’t want to turn…

Quotes for a Weary Mom Part 2

JMJ130  *Although it has been mainly a pleasant journey writing about this academic year, journaling every day has been more tedious than what I had anticipated, especially at this point.  The pot of gold at the end of the academic rainbow is not within reach, and I am getting weary for it. Ring the School…

Choosing the Right University with your Child

JMJ131  *Ultimately, it is your child’s decision as to where they will attend university.  If your child is wise enough to will listen to your advice and ponder it, then give them your words of wisdom.  And then… let go and support their decision.   Ring the School Bell 131/180 Days Here is the update on…

Fine Arts Curriculum: 5 Ways to Instill Art Appreciation in your Child

JMJ129  *One way for your youngster to develop an artistic interest, is through putting together an experiential kit for them to enjoy art on their own terms.  When my kids were much younger, I was busy enough just getting everyone fed and the thought of classes for my 3-year-old was definitely one thing too many. …

Fairy Gardens in Danger of Extinction: Setting Limits on Electronics

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ JMJ  *Set some limits, so that your own children can experience the same magic many of us are so sentimental about from our own childhoods.  This is easier said than done, especially with today’s generation bombarded with so many electronic devices.  Ring the School Bell 128/180 Days While our girls are beyond the “believing…

Handymom and her Littlest Fairy: Irish Limerick Fun

JMJ  *Limericks are so fun, quirky and goofy to write!  Rather nonsensical, they may have originated in the city or county of Limerick, Ireland.  Nobody knows for certain.  There are a few things to keep in mind as you write your own limerick. Ring the School Bell 127 After mending some of the items I…

Weekend Reflections: Crock Pot Irish Stew Recipe

JMJ  *I have a very special recipe to share today, one that I hope you will try.  It is one of those family recipes in the respect that it is very easy to get everyone involved chopping the fresh ingredients that go into the stew.  We love to prepare this recipe on a cold day,…

A Creative Mess: My Home

JMJ  *My home is usually more of an organized mess than not, unless I am expecting company or hosting an event.  There are usually multiple projects going on in multiple rooms of the house.  I prefer calling it a creative mess!  To me, it means that learning is taking place.  Ring the School Bell 124/180…

Sabrina’s Piano Audition Finale: Moms Living Vicariously

JMJ  *I have a confession to make.  I am one of those parents that is living vicariously through her child, and that child is Sabrina.  The dictionary defines vicariously as:  felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others.  Yep.  That is me! Ring the School Bell 125/180 Days Sabrina was more than a…

Reasons to Homeschool Through High School: My Top Reason

JMJ123  *Many parents choose to send their homeschooled kids to a brick and mortar school for high school, thinking it has to be that way.  I am inviting those parents and students to consider extending homeschool into the high school years. Ring the School Bell 123/180 Days Today was Sabrina’s last day of Driver’s Education….

Until Soon, Dad

JMJ122  *I never took the time I had with my dad for granted, and I am so happy I didn’t.  It is not a good idea to assume that there will always be a tomorrow to make amends or to spend time with a loved one. Ring the School Bell 122/180 Days A bientôt j’espère,…

Grandpas and Homeschooling

JMJ121  *I am going to leave the reader with the thought that homeschooling provides more time to visit with extended family, when they come to visit.  That is, if you are willing to be a little flexible with breaking away from the regular routine.   Ring the School Bell 121/180 Day Another great reason to homeschool…