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Backyard Chickens

When my oldest daughter first approached me with the idea of raising chickens I thought she had come up with another grandiose idea that would never come to fruition.  My vintage doll is an idea person.  She has colossal ideas like other people have a glass of water.  It is a regular occurrence.  Her best…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 28, 2016

The Truth About Miscarriage

I want to talk about what no one wants to talk about: miscarriage.  As women we feel many different things when we experience miscarriage:  disappointment, feeling like a failure, feeling physically broken, guilt because we are afraid we did something to cause it, relief over not having to endure a difficult pregnancy, then guilt over…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 27, 2016

Grammar Curriculums

In an earlier post I shared what I like to use for elementary grade English grammar curriculums.  See my post on First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 1 over here.  But when we have been through the four levels of First Language Lessons, what is next? For fifth grade my oldest doll went through Simply Grammar:…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 24, 2016
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The Importance of Grandparents

Think back to the important and influential people in your childhood.  On my list, right after my parents, come my grandparents.  I was blessed to live in the same state as all of my grandparents and to even know three of my great-grandparents.  My maternal grandmother had slumber parties for us, my paternal grandmother let…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 22, 2016

Planning a Mom’s Night Out

After a very busy, yet very productive year of co-op I wanted to reward the moms with some “us” time.  My fun idea?  Put together a food tour.  My goal was to find a couple of delicious, but affordable food stops that offered unique culinary experiences and had a little something for every dietary restriction….

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Donielle By Donielle, September 19, 2016

Scholarships for homeschoolers

What does nearly every homeschool student really need as they near graduation?  Scholarships!  If you have a student in highschool or know someone with a homeschooled highschool student, forward them this post!  The cost of higher education has become unbelievable. There are three scholarships available exclusively to homeschool graduates.  These scholarships are offered by the…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 16, 2016

What to get done when we can’t get it all done

I encourage parents to aim high.  But there are times in life where we cannot get it all done.  They are times when we are just hanging on.  Fortunately, homeschool schedules can be flexible.  But during times of illness, moves, and life changes school must go on. What should the priorities be?  What are the…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 15, 2016

Making Art Museums Fun

Now we all have this idea in the back of our mind that we should enjoy art museums.  But sometimes they leave us scratching our head and moaning at the lack of lovely Monet and the proliferation of weird, abstract modern art.  How do we instill an appreciation for art in our children?  Why bother?…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 13, 2016

Choosing extra-curriculars: When Good is Bad

We just went through that very painful process that must be undergone every school year – choosing extra-curricular activities.  When I was homeschooled there were few activities and resources available. Nowadays there is so much out there for homeschoolers that we have a very hard time not overscheduling!  Band?  Dance?  Martial arts?  P.E.? Sewing?  Drama?…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 12, 2016
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How To Self-Publish a Book

Please welcome a guest blogger – My own darling doll!  She has self-published her book and is kindly sharing the how-to’s with you. How To Self-Publish a Book Go to Create Space is a free Amazon self publishing company. Click ‘Sign Up’. Fill in all information, and click ‘Create My Account’. Go to ‘Member…

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Donielle By Donielle, September 9, 2016
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I am a lawyer, homeschool mom to three terrific dolls, wife to Gary, follower of Jesus. I love literature, researching, chocolate, iced tea and anything to do with the beach. Let's be email friends! Subscribe and leave your comments. I look forward to chatting!
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