Saturday, May 7, 2011

Because of a Squirrel

    They say everything is bigger in Texas, I wouldn't know because I've never been but my daughters decided they wanted to live there because of Sandy the Squirrel is from there (Sponge Bob.)

    So for the kicks of it I started looking at real estate there. In particular I looked at Dallas Real Estate because once again the t.v. show. (I swear we don't watch a lot of t.v.!) The market is great there, unlike here in Florida. You can buy houses to rent out (with renters in them) for under $20,000! I can't believe the Dallas homes for sale! Even secluded condos for $36,000.

   What you get for your dollar is amazing! Beautiful houses on lakes for under $200,000 and it's in Dallas so your close to everything. Have all of the city amenities like museums, concert halls, shopping, and big cities have work.

   Check out Dallas Real Estate to see what kind of great deals you can find. I promise, you will be amazed.

Brought to you by USA Realty Services, all opinions are my own.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Freebie Alert - Free Legos

Tomorrow at 2pm, take your little LEGO Fan to Borders to enjoy the Throne of Fire release party:
Enjoy LEGO fun and receive a FREE LEGO Pharaoh’s Quest building set. Best for ages 8-12. Contact your local store to reserve your spot.

Thanks Fivedollarshake

Safety Net for your Family

     As moms the last thing we want to think about is the loss of our spouse or our children but unfortunately sometimes the unthinkable happens. The good news is you can prepare now and purchase burial insurance from

    It's comforting to know that you will have a safety net for your family in case a loved one is lost. You don't have to worry about being able to give them a proper burial on top of everything else. The best part of the life insurance for children is that they can borrow against it for school or whatever they need. If something does happen to you little one (God forbid) then you can bury them and the insurance money can help while you are out of work or for therapy.

  Burial Insurance even has plans for seniors too, to help with the burial expenses of your parents. Unfortunately we have to set aside some time to take care of these things so you have peace of mind when the time comes.


Brought to you by Burial Insurance but all thoughts are my own.

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Thank you everyone for participating. The winners have been contacted, if they do not contact me within 48hrs, I will pick new winners.

Freebie Alert - Herbal ebook & classes

Free Home Remedies and Simple Herbal Medicine Making

After you signup you will get other information on free video classes and other ebooks that are great to learn about herbs to heal and cook with.. A free cookbook too! 

I had to hit the Sign up for our 7 day Herb course to get it to accept my email. Maybe yours will work on the first page?

Freebie Alert - Free Comic Book Day

Saturday May 7th! 37 different free comic books! Can't believe no one mentioned this day yet! Actual availability and number of free comic books varies based on stores in your area.

Link for website: Free Comic Book Day

Not just for kids, there are many comic books that adults would enjoy as well. Many comic book stores have other events and free items going on as well. You can check to see what stores are participating in your area (zipcode) at the above link. 

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Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a Time

Carrots 'N' Cake: Healthy Living One Carrot and Cupcake at a TimeIf you've been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I (Amanda) am the Taking Time for Mommy blogger who is on a mission to lose weight. Our other bloggers are beautiful, healthy bloggers in great shape, but I have about 50 pounds to lose, so when we received the book Carrots 'N' Cake to review, I called dibs. Carrots 'N' Cake was written by fellow blogger Tina Haupert. 

Tina was on her own mission to lose weight for her wedding when she started reading food blogs and following an online calorie counter, and then decided to start her own blog. Her blog has become one of the most visited food blogs on the internet. In her new book, she shares her strategies for maintaining her weight and staying fit. 

As you would expect, the book is full of great recipes and workout plans, but what I really loved reading was her personal stories and her thoughts on food. She lets you get an inside look at what actually goes on in her mind throughout the day as she's eating and exercising. For example, in one section she describes a morning where she binged on fresh homemade muffins. I also like to bake, and have been there so many times. She follows it up with strategies she has discovered to help prevent binging: keeping trigger foods out of the house, not mistaking thirst for hunger, eating by the clock, not being too hard on herself, and limiting treats to planned times.

The book includes more than 50 recipes which all look fantastic, and almost all are suitable (or easily altered) for vegetarians like me. I've tried a few of them with great success. Here's the one I tried most recently: 

 3-Minute Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

 1/4 cup oats
 1/8 cup liquid egg whites (I used 2T water with 1/2 t Enr-g Egg Replacer)
 2 t brown sugar (I used a packet of Truvia)
 2 t all-purpose flour
 1/4 t vanilla 
 1/4 t baking powder
 1 T raisins 
 Cinnamon to taste (I used 1/2 t) 

 Combine all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Scrape batter down the sides of the bowl and flatten into a cookie shape at the bottom. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook for 45 seconds on high. Allow to cool, remove from the microwave, and enjoy! (Makes 1 Giant Cookie)

The cookie was great! It's just a good thing the recipe only makes one cookie. :-)

This book is great for anyone who's interested in living a healthy life without giving up your favorite things. Tina's found a great balance between carrots and cake. 

How Extreme Couponers Can Help Tornado Victims – Donate Your Stockpile Items!

Guest post by 
While this recession makes it difficult to donate cash money, couponers have a secret weapon… that’s right, COUPONS! You can donate from your stockpile or use current coupons and sales to affordably acquire the items requested for donations. Our hearts go out to all of the victims of natural disasters. With heavy hearts full of love and concern, it’s time to take action! Whether you are an extreme couponer or a casual bargain hunter, use your money saving skills to help now.

Commonly Requested Items for Donation:
Bottled Water
Non-perishable / Shelf Stable Food (canned food, granola bars, peanut butter, etc.)
Toiletry Items (soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, etc.)

Where to Donate – Nationwide
Salvation Army
You can donate unopened packages of water, food, toiletry items, etc. at your local Salvation Army drop off. Find Locations HERE.
LDS Humanitarian Services
LDS Humanitarian Services distribute needed items to natural disaster victims, though distributed items are stocked up well in advance. If you’d like to contribute for future natural disaster needs check the “Current Needs” list HERE. In Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington you can drop off donations at a local Deseret Industries store: Find Locations HERE.
Ask Your Church
Churches are wonderful resources to those in need, including being aware of the charitable events in the community. Ask your local church (any church, even if you aren’t religious) if they are collecting donations for natural disaster victims since churches tend to be the forefront of charitable causes. If you aren’t comfortable donating directly to a church, feel free to simply ask if they know of local food banks that would accept your donation.
Check Your Newspaper
Newspapers across the country are announcing local events for collecting donations for tornado victims. Don’t throw out that Sunday paper that came with your coupons, take a look for donations opportunities in your area.
Where to Donate – In the South
Newspaper and volunteer websites are spreading the word about where to donate in the south.
Alabama Donation Drop-Off Locations
(Please see links for more information)
Tuscaloosa News
Toomer’s for Tuscaloosa
Blog – Alabama
Magic City Post
Red Cross – Marion County
Work Volunteer Abroad
Five Points Baptist
Mississippi Donation Drop-Off Locations
C Dispatch

North Carolina Donation Drop-Off Locations
ABC News 11
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle

If you have information on local natural disaster relief donation drives please post it HERE and let’s make sure everyone has “A Full Cup!”

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Dying Memories Book Tour and Ebook Giveaway

About Dying Memories 
When you can’t trust your memories.
A woman shoots a man to death on a crowded street in Boston, claiming
that he raped and murdered her eleven-year old daughter. Except he
didn’t, because this woman never had a daughter. Another man stabs an
MIT professor to death in front of a crowd in Harvard Square, saying
that he witnessed the professor running down his wife in the street.
Except the MIT professor was three thousand miles away when the man’s
wife was killed.

Reporter Bill Conway discovers that these victims are connected to
ViGen Corporation, a shadowy pharmaceutical company. When he tries to
investigate ViGen Corporation and their role in these deaths, he soon
finds himself framed for murder. And that turns out to be the least of
his problems…
Read an Excerpt 

Dave ZeltsermanDave Zeltserman won the 2010 Shamus Award for ‘Julius Katz’ and is the acclaimed author of the ‘man out of prison’ crime trilogy: Small Crimes, Pariah and Killer, where Small Crimes was picked by NPR as one of the five best crime and mystery novels of 2008, and Small Crimes and Pariah (2009) were both picked by the Washington Post as best books of the year.

His recent The Caretaker of Lorne Field received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it a ’superb mix of humor and horror’, and has been shortlisted by ALA for best horror novel of 2010. Outsourced (2011) has already been called ‘a small gem of crime fiction’ by Booklist and has been optioned by Impact Pictures and Constantin Film.
His latest book is Dying Memories (StoneGate Ink).

You can visit Dave’s website & Connect with him on Facebook 

Dave Zeltserman is allowing us to giveaway a copy of his ebook Dying Memories.

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Freebie Alert - The Strange Case of Finley Jayne [Kindle Edition]

Product Description

Finley Jayne knows she's not 'normal'. Normal girls don't lose time, or have something inside them that makes them capable of remarkably violent things. Her behavior has already cost her one job, so when she's offered the lofty position of companion to Phoebe, a debutante recently engaged to Lord Vincent, she accepts, despite having no experience. Lord Vincent is a man of science with his automatons and inventions, but Finley is suspicious of his motives where Phoebe is concerned. She will do anything to protect her new friend, but what she discovers is even more monstrous than anything she could have imagined…

An ebook exclusive prequel to The Steampunk Chronicles.

I love YA books. Get The Strange Case of Finley Jayne for Free. 
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The Thirteenth Gift

The Thirteenth Gift
A Novella of Hope for all times
by Charlene Costanzo

Collecting stones is an impulse that crosses cultures and centuries. What instinct urges people world-wide to stoop for simple stones? This fourth work in Charlene Costanzo’s Twelve Gift SeriesThe Thirteenth Gift (March 2011) features, in a story-within-a story, an obscure Eastern European fable that shows: we are all trying to remember something…who we truly are.  Stones can help us remember.

Costanzo’s uplifting novella is also a cautionary tale that speaks to our times in the way it depicts the consequences of greed, arrogance, fear-mongering, and abuse of power in a culture. The story’s central character, Claire, a U.S. journalist, is one that modern women can relate to.  Claire is torn between pursing her ambitions and dedicating herself to her family. Claire also faces the choice to focus on what’s wrong in the world or to promote what is promising. While on assignment in Eastern Europe, Claire learns of local legend when she stoops for a stone. The deceptively simple story about “the thirteenth gift” has a profound affect on Claire, transforming her marriage, the way she sees the world, and her work in the world.

Charlene’s fictional narrative reinforces the importance of consciousness, community, and maintaining our inborn sense of wonderment. In a world with many distractions and dismays, it is easy to lose one’s sense of wonder. Charlene’s new book invites readers to renew their natural awe and appreciation for life and to experience greater hope, beauty, and joy in daily life.

For many years, Charlene has been collecting physical stones and sharing them as a concrete reminder to keep in touch with the gifts of life, which are illustrated in Charlene’s bestselling book, The Twelve Gifts of Birth. She also collects what she calls “touchstone stories” that demonstrate how these gifts are real and relevant in everyday life. These “touchstone stories” are described in the book’s Afterword and featured in Charlene’s new website,

The publication of The Thirteenth Gift coincides with the 10th anniversary re-release of The Twelve Gifts of Birth from HarperCollins. Both books will be featured at an experiential “birthday party” event held at Changing Hands in Tempe, Arizona on March 30, 2011.

About the Author:

Charlene Gorda Costanzo is an award-winning author, workshop facilitator, wife, mother, and grandmother. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University and an M.A. in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

The Twelve Gifts series of fables began in 1987 when Charlene wrote The Twelve Gifts of Birth as a life message for her own, then teenage, daughters. Twelve years later she published the book and began to discuss its message in schools, shelters, prisons, churches, and hospitals throughout the United States.

The Twelve Gifts for Healing was written while Charlene was in treatment for advanced non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2001. The Twelve Gifts in Marriage comes from the ups and downs, ebbs and flows, and hurts and healings that are part of every long-term marriage.

To learn more about The Twelve Gifts, please visit

The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens

The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and TweensAs the mother of three girls who are 11, 14 and 15, I was interested to read Dr. John Duffy's new book The Available Parent: Radical Optimism for Raising Teens and Tweens. I feel like I have great relationships with my girls already, so I was a little surprised how much I learned from the book. One of my biggest problems as a parent, that I'm not always aware of, is letting go. My oldest will be 16 in a few months, and it's hard to imagine her as an adult, yet time keeps speeding by and she's ever-increasingly closing in on the age of adulthood.

The book begins with a few introductory chapters, which are followed by  three parts: "Your Teenager's Wild World", "What Always Works", and "What Never Works". Here's a quote from the introduction that kind of sets the tone for the book, and which I found particularly comforting.

"As confounding as parenting a teen can feel day to day, I want you to keep in mind that our job is actually abundantly clear. Our goal is to foster an environment that is most likely to provide a sense of competence and resilience. Competence and resilience. That's it. As long as you remember this goal when you are confronted with decisions about your adolescent, be it about discipline, bullying, school, drugs, or too much TV, your compass will be pointed in a clear direction, and you will feel increasingly comfortable with your decision-making ability, as time goes on.

Further, you need to know that you have all the influence you need to be a force in your teen's life. Recent research indicates that the vast majority of teens spend at least three times as much time with peers as with parents. Despite this statistic, research also continues to support the idea that parents remain the strongest influence in the lives of their teens by far, in both their beliefs and decision making. You remain your teen's primary role model, and you carry more influence than you may believe.

Your availability will be a function of faith that your influence in combination with her  own inner strength and wisdom, will carry your child through any challenge. [...] Open yourself up, become available, have faith in her, and slowly, perhaps very slowly, you will begin to see change. Close yourself off to the possibility of it, assume the worst about your teenager, and you are contributing rather needlessly, to a self-fulfilling, self-defeating prophecy."

Part 1: Your Teenager's Wild World covers the issues that teenagers are facing and dealing with today. Many of them we're not dealing with yet, as our children are homeschooled, but I always have in the back of my head that these things are coming, and, to tell you the truth, sometimes it scares the cr@p out of me. In this part, Dr. Duffy touches on what's going on in "the adolescent mind" as well as the natural separation that needs to happen for teenagers. There are some great tips in this part on teaching teens to understand and manage their own emotions that are inevitable as teens try to establish a unique identity for themselves and discover the type of person they strive to become.

In Part 2, the author discusses "what never works": lectures, vicarious living, micromanaging, snooping, underestimating, blinders, judging, smothering, coddling, overindulgence, bribery, "good cop bad cop", and waiting. Half of those things, I have no issues with, but I do have to admit to smothering and bribery, and before reading this book, I hadn't seen any problems with snooping or lecturing. Reading these chapters really gave me a new perspective on my own behavior as a parent.

In Part 3, Dr. Duffy offers what he proposes "always works". He begins with asking parents to check their ego at the door. "Our job is to be available, to guide them, to counsel them, and then to get out of the way to let them establish who they are, and let them be themselves." Our job is not to diagnose them, change them or put "conditions" on our love for them. As an alternative to punishments, he encourages parents to focus on their children's positive behavior and negotiate and draw up a behavior contract with a list of behaviors and their consequences every 6 months or so. Dr. Duffy goes on to ask parents to find and support their teen's strengths and interests, set a good example, and, of course, be available.

I really enjoyed this book, and think it's definitely one to read and then keep in your library to refer back to from time to time. 

What's the best parenting advice you've received?

Cup of Joe Thursday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Thursday Blog Hop "Won't you hop by for a cup of Joe"
Hosted by Yes I Have A Coupon! and 3 Princes and a Princess 2 
I am the Spot Lighted Blog this week.


Thanks for joining the hop!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Napper Pals

This is the first time I've seen these and they are super
Cute! Making my girls only pic one each with be a problem lol.

Scentsy Review and Warmer Giveaway


   When I was asked to review a Scentsy Warmer and Bar I said sure. I had heard a lot of buzz about Scentsy but had never experienced it myself.

    I love candles, I even make them myself. I assumed that Scentsy would be like every other candle company out there. This doesn't happen often *wink wink* but I was wrong.

 Their products are smoke-free, lead free and soot free.  People have converted to Scentsy because it was a safe option for their pets. I also liked it because I didn't have to worry about little ones knocking a candle over and catching the house on fire.


    I chose the Apex warmer with the Gardenia Scentsy bar to review. The color scheme matched my house beautifully and the Scentsy bar smelled delicious. I was so impressed the the care Scentsy took with the packaging of the products. The bar was wrapped with an icepack to it didn't melt.(That pack is now being reused in my freezer). Both the warmer and bar are high quality.

  Since receiving my product to review, I ordered one for my Mother In Law for Mother's day along with a pack of scents for myself and her present to slip.

  I'm so impressed with Scentsy I'm actually contemplating signing up if for nothing else getting a discount on the products.

Magellan Full-Size 

Scentsy Warmer

It is the  Warmer of the month and on sale for 
$27.00. It think it would be perfect in any dad's office. The Scent of the Month is 
Amber Road Scentsy and it's available in the bar, brick, spray, and circle. 
  So start thinking about Father's Day NOW. 

Scentsy - Be Wickless!

Penny the Pig Scentsy Buddy

   When you make a purchase please remember to add which country you are from!

My Scentsy Independant Consultant Theo Anidu is allowing one of our readers to win a warmer and scentsy bar of their choice!

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Deal - 1/2 Price Frappucinos

Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour!
Stop in to enjoy ½ price Frappuccino’s from 3pm-5pm on May 6th – 15th!
 Thanks fivedollarshake

5 Ways to Lose Stubborn Belly Fat

The Naked Fitness exercises emphasize a balance between strength and flexibility, endurance, and the development of self--awareness. And you absolutely will get results and be thrilled by the benefits described below.

Move it to lose -- You have to get that blood circulating in order to burn calories and utilize fat for fuel. Walking is a great way to get into shape and the American Heart Association's recommended way to START exercising. Make every effort count by using a core balancing shoe like the Skechers Shape Ups. To really lose those inches fast try for 2 hours of walking a day. Break it up into 10 minute increments.

Eat this not That -- You have to make choices and most of the time you probably know which ones are the right or healthier way to go. To get those pounds on the scale to fall off your body try a no label diet. Eat only foods that do not require a label to tell you the nutrition or ingredients. That's fruits, veggies, meats and water. Skip the rest for two weeks and you can lose up to 10 pounds as many of my clients have.

Tea Totaling -- That's right to really whittle that waistline, you need to give up alcoholic beverages. Before you start to whine, realize that if you have a goal in mind to lose a few inches in a few weeks, then you are going to have to skip those empty calories. Opt for club soda with a slice of fruit.

Hydratation sensation -- Water is key to keeping your muscles working optimally and your metabolic one too. So drink water as your beverage of choice even over diet sodas. You'll reduce the amount of chemicals that you are putting into your body that may be holding onto to that waistline.

Muffin movers -- Strength training is key to building calorie burning muscles, so try these great strength moves to tone, not bulk up, your total body. Try on a pair of Shape Up Resistance trainers to get a little more out of this workout.

© 2010 Andrea Metcalf, author of Naked Fitness: The Proven 28 Day Weight Loss Program for a Slimmer, Fitter, Pain Free Body

Mother's Day Brunch Recipe & Recipe Hop

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Here are our Recipes for Mother's Day.
I usually make these Blueberry Pancakes every Sunday.
They are easy for the kids and hubby to make or have your mom over for brunch!
(You'll never buy store bought pancake mix again!) 
Blueberry Pancakes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (I actually use olive oil)
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup blueberries or more :)
  • Beat egg until fluffy.
  • Beat in remaining ingredients just until smooth.
  • Stir in blueberries
  • Grease griddle with butter or margarine.
  • Pour about 4 tablespoons batter onto griddle for each pancake.
  • Cook each pancake until puffed up and dry around edges.
  • Turn and cook other side until golden brown.
  • Makes approximately 8-10 pancakes. Very Easy to Double this Recipe!
Peach or Mango Nectar

    Tuesday, May 3, 2011

    Smallville is Ending!

      Sigh, this is the last season of Smallville. I've been a fan since the beginning and I swear Tom Welling never aged a day. Thankfully you can buy “Smallville: The Complete Series”
    so you can relive all of the action.

       I grew up loving Superman and was super excited when Smallville came out. It dove into the histories of the characters even more. Especially rivals Clark Kent and Lex Luthor. They weren't always rivals.Throughout the seasons you can watch their relationship transform to what it became in the movies.

      In Season 6 "Zod," Lex's body is taken over by General Zod, a Kryptonian military leader, and he kidnaps Lana Lang. Clark Kent and Lex/Zod battle it out and Lex gains the upper hand. Clark is commanded to his knees and is told that if they join forces, he will spare the human lives which Clark cares about. This is a must see episode! Definitely a turning point!

    Relive the epic battles and the iconic rivalries with the 'Smallville: The Complete Series' DVD!  Includes 62 discs, never before seen production art and behind the scenes photos from the set!

    I have been hired by Warner Bros WBWord division to raise awareness for the Smallville DVD release. (But only because I'm a HUGE fan ;)

    I Love Mommy $250 Basket Giveaway!


    Coming May 5th - 10th

    I Love Mommy Blog Hop
    We are offering up to one of our 
    Faithful Followers
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    Vampires - The Emotional Kind

         With pop cultures' obsession with Vampires I think I should tell you they are real. They may not suck your blood or even sparkle but they are draining none the less.
          I'm speaking of the Vampires that suck the energy and joy out of you. The ones that leaving you feeling emotionally spent after any amount of time with them. The ones that are always unhappy, always complaining, and there is always some sort of drama in their life. I've even been one of these Vampires before, thankfully those days are over.

         My husband use to laugh because he said I drew these kind of people to me. He quit laughing when he say how it was damaging me. When I was pregnant with my eldest daughter one of my friends was going through a rough time in her life. Everything was so chaotic around her and it was affecting my own mental well being. It isn't that I didn't want to be a good friend to her because I love her very much and I did. But she was having some serious issues and there wasn't anything I could do, partly because she wasn't listening any way. I actually sat down and talked with her and she was so self obsessed at the time that she didn't realize she was affecting those around her. I'm happy to say she is nothing like this now. She's the most wonderful person to be around!

          Unfortunately most Vampires people aren't like my friend and they won't change until they want to. Do you know how many times Vampires call me to vent and go on and on without even asking me how I'm doing? How was my day? I'm their emotional punching bag. Those days are over. I love myself too much. They can go and find another victim because I'm not going to deal with the negativity any more. Every so often I have to purge my friends. It's sad but true because if someone doesn't care about you and uses you only as a crutch then they aren't really your friend any way.


    Time for the homeschooling mommy and daddy

    Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick-Start 
    Guide to Legally Homeschool in 2 Weeks

    Guest Post by Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau

    Few people in the world are as busy as homeschooling parents. Between schooling and lesson plans, outside lessons and activities, scheduling and record-keeping, not to mention staying up-to-date with teaching materials and homeschooling methodologies, the days sometimes never seem to end. Add to this larger-than-average families spending longer-than-usual amounts of time at home and it is easy to see why homeschooling parents face constant activity and virtually no down-time – pretty much ever.

    While it’s par for the course (and most families wouldn’t have it any other way) homeschooling schedules leave little precious time for moms and dads to spend together. As the first several years of homeschooling blur by, and the next several years are met with greater challenges as children grow and work levels deepen, best laid plans to make time for mom and dad are often pushed aside.

    It isn’t that homeschooling parents don’t want time together, it’s just that it never seems, well… possible. Not without giving up something important for the kids, that is.

    And therein is the problem.

    Though the duties and responsibilities of homeschooling parents are serious and their importance cannot be overstated, putting attention on the marriage is important, too. Placing a greater emphasis on homeschooling and less on the marriage may begin to cause strain, resentment, and in some cases even be quite disastrous over time.

    So how can busy homeschooling parents carve out time for themselves when there seems to be little time for a shower or a hot meal, let alone a night out?

    The solution is one of changing priorities. And while it may seem counter-productive at first, it is actually quite the opposite. Just canceling one class or postponing a single play-date can easily clear an afternoon or evening calendar. Ask family or friends to watch the kids, and suddenly an uninterrupted 2-3 hour time block becomes a reality. In the long run, the occasional missed activity has little bearing on ultimate homeschooling success for the children. On the other hand, it can go a long way toward maintaining the health of a marriage, which ultimately trickles back down into the family and the children anyway.

    Even smaller chunks of time alone with a spouse will do. A simple cup of coffee shared during a 15-minute break or an after-dinner stroll around the yard once the children are tucked in are better than nothing at all. Once parents begin to get in to the mindset of finding extra time for one another, it becomes easier to spot opportunities like these. Plus, because time is so limited, both parties will begin to plan time together more creatively and enjoy those moments even more.
    Somewhere down the road, when the children are grown and formal homeschooling has finally ended, moms and dads will be glad they invested this meaningful time with one another. The constant nurturing of the relationship during the busiest years will guarantee many future years of happiness once mom and dad finally have time off for themselves!

    Marie-Claire Moreau, Ed.D.
    Author, homeschooler, teacher, mom
    Suddenly Homeschooling (Wyatt-MacKenzie, 2011)

    Relationships and Facebook

       A couple of months ago I noticed my ex-boyfriend had befriended my dad and my brother. No big deal. Then every time I would comment on anything my brother wrote, he would comment directly under. I ignored him.

       Then he sent me a friend request. I told my husband and said I was just going to ignore it.
    This is the guy I was dating when I met my husband and as soon as I realized I had feelings for my husband I broke up with him. We had been friends long before we started dating. He was a great person, just not the person for me.

       If he was such a great person then why did I ignore him? I didn't want to go back to that time in my life. I didn't want him to think there ever could be anything between us. I also didn't want to ever put myself in a situation I would regret. My husband is my very best friend and he is 100% the person for me but I've seen so many people's relationships harmed because of Facebook, Myspace, or other social media outlets. 

         A matter of fact, my husband has all of my pass words to all of my accounts. Not because he doesn't trust me. I gave them to him so he knows that I don't care if he looks through my stuff. I have nothing to hide. He doesn't really care, he trusts me and he couldn't care less about the computer.

        After I ignored my ex-boyfriend he emailed me on there. Explaining we were such good friends and he was sorry he screwed up or relationship and how he needed me. I emailed him back and told him I was happily married and blocked him. I know him and he's persistent. I knew I had to end it immediately.

        I think it's great to use Facebook to connect with old friends and keep up with family. I had some long lost family members even find me via facebook so I'm not anti-social media. I do however think you need to be wary on who you are connecting with.

        Are you friends with ex-boyfriends on facebook? Does your significant other have your passwords?


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