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How We Handle Bedwetters {FRUGALLY!}

My kids wet the bed. It has taken me a long time to admit that without feeling shame about it. I used to feel like a failure, as if only a bad parent couldn’t figure out how to make their kid snap out of it. But I’m now at a place where I can admit it. It’s not my fault. It’s not their fault. It happens. Now, what to do about it?  After struggling with this for over 8 long years, believe me, we have tried everything. Withholding liquids. Waking them up to pee. Nighttime alarms. Different herbs and essential oils. They even attended chiropractic appointments Read More

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How to Take a Road Trip with ONE Parent {and not lose your mind!}

Recently I embarked upon an 11-hour drive with my four children and no husband to help. Besides one epic bout of carsickness, it all went pretty smoothly — thanks to some prepwork and organization on my part. Here’s how I did it! Plan 1 movie and 1 activity for every 2 hours of driving. If you can keep them in a constant state of entertained, then they won’t start squabbling. Now, I’ll be the first to say that you shouldn’t endeavor to entertain your kids every hour of the day. They need free, unstructured time to explore and be bored and be creative. Those things Read More

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Cheap Family Vacations!

Taking vacations with the family are awesome — you get to see new places, do new things, spend time together & make memories… but the expenses can add up FAST. Here are some ways to cut costs to the bone, so you can travel MORE and experience MORE with your money! TRAVEL OFF SEASON Like I mentioned in my post about all the ways homeschooling is cheaper than public school, homeschooling gives us the awesome benefit of traveling off season. We went to Spain in February (hello sunshine!). We did a 3 week tour of England, Scotland, and Ireland in September. We went to Italy Read More

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Cleveland Botanical Garden

We’re learning about plants this year in science class in our homeschool, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out in nature! When I found out that my husband was flying out of Cleveland for his long 3 months of military training, I knew right away that I wanted to see the Cleveland Botanical Garden! I first saw this place on Pinterest, because it has something unique: two separate indoor recreations of natural habitats — one is Madagascar and the other is Costa Rica. These habitats are so cool. Like a real-life, miniature Bio-Dome. I was also totally stoked to find out that we got in Read More

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WIN a Passport Holder from Nunes Ohana Momma!

Several weeks ago, I posted a giveaway for this awesome Envelope System Wallet from Nunes Ohana Momma. I’m excited to share that I have another giveaway for you guys — a super cute passport holder! If you’ve been around my blog before, you probably know that I *LOVE* to travel! I’ve been to 21 countries {and counting!} and I speak several languages. Wanderlust is a big part of me, and it’s a big reason why I try to save so much money in my everyday life, so I can get out there and see more of God’s amazing creation! My family packs light when we Read More

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Toledo Botanical Gardens

This year in our homeschool, we’ve been studying plants in science class. I have been loving this subject, because it has given us lots of opportunities to get outside and enjoy God’s creation! A few weeks ago, we went on a field trip to the Toledo Botanical Gardens in Toledo, Ohio. I wanted to share with you some photos and a few things I loved about it (and a few I didn’t). A few other things I loved: Free admission AND free parking! Walkability: it was big enough to explore, but not so big that it would be exhausting for the kids to see it Read More

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Ohio Day Trips: Tiffin Civil War Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! We try to take one every week {though sometimes I fail and skip it} A few months ago, we were learning about the Civil War in history, and I was surprised to find that there was a Civil War Museum in Tiffin, Ohio, only about 30 minutes from where we live! We’ve lived and traveled all over the world, and I’ve personally visited many of the world’s best museums. I have to say, most of them have one thing in common: they are not very kid-friendly. It’s unfortunate, really, that more places don’t make an effort to reach Read More

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Mazza Museum

We love field trips in our homeschool! For the past two school years, we have had a field trip every week, and it has made school so much fun! Sometimes they are simple, like a nature walk in the park, or a morning spent ice skating. Other times we visit local museums, parks, festivals, attractions and more! As I mentioned when I introduced our 2016 school year, one of our elective subjects this year is ART. We have been using How To Teach Art To Children, which is awesome. It goes through all the different components of artwork, as well as famous artwork and their media. We Read More

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Haiti: What I Learned

It’s been hard to sort out my thoughts surrounding this trip. I experienced so many emotions, both extremely joyous as well as completely heartbroken.   Before I dive into all that, I want to tell you a little about our family’s personal situation, and our “plan” for the next few years. {I say plan very loosely, as we know that God has ultimate control over it all, and we are open to any changes He makes!} My husband Byron has been in the military for 12 years. A few years ago, he shared a desire to enter a program called the Chaplain Candidacy Program. Through Read More

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Haiti: What We Did

On Monday, I shared with you some of my observations about life in Haiti. Today, I’m going to show you some of the projects that my team undertook during our stay, and tell you a little about some of the ministries taking place on the Borel compound where we were staying! The Borel Compound The Borel compound houses about a dozen missionaries, most of whom live there full-time. It is surrounded by a wall, with a guarded gate and 24 hour security personnel. Even with these measures in place, Haiti seemed like a fairly safe place, and not crime-ridden like one might expect. This is Read More