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Protect Your Homeschool Gifts

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Perhaps you’re a veteran homeschool parent.  Maybe like me, you’re nearing the end of your first year.  You might even be in that familiar stage of researching your education options for your children.  I’ve been at a place where I knew I had a heart for Homeschool, but it wasn’t quite time.  Whatever stage you may find yourself, we are ALL familiar with THE question…

What will I tell the people who are against us homeschooling our children?

How will I explain that I know this is best for my children?

How do I respond to that one family member who always has something bad to say about our decision?

This same question can be packaged in many different words.  It can also be found being asked repeatedly in almost every homeschool ‘discussion forum’.  Homeschool and ‘Pre-Homeschool’ Mom’s alike have faced the opinions of others on more than one occasion.  Sometimes it may really bother us.  Other times you might not care.  I know for myself, I kind of broke from that ‘newbie’ homeschool stage into that ‘I got this and you can’t tell me otherwise’ frame of mind.

We could go on all day about the wonderful advantages of homeschooling.  We could provide site research, statistics, personal experience, and more to back up what we do.  That’s not what I’m here to share today.

I’m here to tell you something else when it comes to explaining yourself and your family’s decision to others…..

You simply DONT HAVE TO!!!!!!

In all reality, I feel there are certain people who deserve explanations.  That list of people is personal for each of us.  I can also tell you that the list of ‘critics’ is probably just as personal.  For us, criticism didn’t come from those close to us, but to those who actually had no right or place within our family to voice their opinions.  I shared our journey in the beginning not because I had to, but because I wanted to.  It’s exciting, fun, and I enjoy the input of others….until it became negative.  Kids are very smart, they pick up on the comments of disapproval, and it was actually entertaining to hear their opinions of these moments.

At the end of the day, the Lord showed me that I simply didn’t have to share our journey, this gift, with any and every one.  It IS a gift to me, and I have learned to protect it.  Thankfully, we’ve been very blessed.  Even the few family members who are not on board with our decision, have decided to support us whole heartedly.  That too has been a gift.  As for the ‘other’ opinions I mentioned above…I’ve learned that if I don’t put the information out there-it leaves less opportunity for criticism.  As for the now rare occasions that the negativity of another filters to my children, I simply use it as a great moment to teach my kids how NOT to act when they grow up!

And for the record….most everyone I know has something great to say about what we’re doing.  If not, then it’s usually just a reason why THEY can’t homeschool.  But like any good thing…there will always be a critic.  Just remember, you don’t have to explain why you do what you do.  Just like the public school parent doesn’t have to explain why they’ve made the choice to send their child to school.

Keep doing what you’re doing.  Treasure this gift.  Enjoy the journey.  And don’t EVER be afraid to protect and cherish what God has given you!

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Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool at Stop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.

 

Character Badges Giveaway + Freebies & Giveaways Link Up


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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Giveaway is sponsored by The Modest Mom 

Caroline, from The Modest Mom has offered to give away 3 Character Badges Bundles.  That means 3 different people will win!  In the bundle, you’ll get:

Character Badges recommended for children ages 5-12
Little Character Badges recommended for children ages 3-5

The value of this bundle is $12.99.

What is “Character Badges”?

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Character Badges is a system consisting of three charts (the Obedience Chart, the Disobedience Chart, and the Consequence Chart), a series of specially designed badges, and a set of flash cards which work together to make character training fun and rewarding for both you and your child.

The chart system presents a visual representation of your child’s behavior for a specified period of time and can show you any areas that need attention. You may also assign consequences to specific acts of disobedience (and keep it all organized) in the hopes of helping your child better understand why what they did was wrong.

Character Badges is not intended to be the magic solution for instant obedience in your child. It’s simply a fun and creative way for you to reward them for good behavior and to teach the habits of good character with more consistency. If you feel your child training could benefit from both of these things, Character Badges can produce amazing results in your child.

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Other Giveaways & Freebies:  Lets Link Up!

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Embracing the Teen Years

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First steps, first words, first birthday . . .

We celebrate these milestones and look forward to them from the day our children are born. The teen years seem so far away, but they arrive before we know it.

Many homeschool parents look upon the teen years with dread. They worry about how they’ll teach more difficult subjects, how hard it will be to keep track of grades, and [gulp] Driver’s Ed. Unfortunately, some parents believe that they cannot even continue to homeschool the teen years: What if my teen is weird and unsocialized for life?

I’d like to reassure you that:

1. You can teach more difficult subjects. When my oldest was in kindergarten, I began having the inklings of doubt for his high school years. Algebra and upper level science scared me to death. A funny thing happened, though. As my son grew older, he also grew to become more independent. I don’t have to do the algebra and science; HE does. I am here to help him, and I coach him and facilitate lessons, but the real work is up to him. And, thankfully, there are plenty of wonderful homeschool materials out there that make these subjects not only doable, but interesting and even fun.

Some math curriculum is computer based, with a virtual teacher to lead the student through the lessons (DIVE CDs for Saxon and Teaching Textbooks). Dr. Wile’s Apologia science texts are written to the student, so I really only have to help by gathering materials for experiments and discussing the study guide questions with my son. The reading is up to him.

Spanish is pretty much self-taught using a computer based program as well. And, supplementary CDs are benefitting the entire family as we listen to them in the car and all learn new vocabulary. (Rosetta Stone and Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day).

History is similarly written to the student, so he does the reading, and I follow the prompts in the teacher’s guide for discussions (Sonlight, TruthQuest, Beautiful Feet). We’ve learned that there are tons of “helps” out there if we need them, such as supplementary notebooking materials, study aids, and tutors. (Donna Young’s free science printables, Harmony Arts free notebooking pages, and Khan Academy’s free tutorials).

However, even though my son is working more independently, I am finding that I am actually enjoying learning many things alongside him. I didn’t enjoy some subjects very much when I was in school, but I am discovering that homeschooling is producing a love for learning in me as well as in my kids. Don’t forget to sit down with your teen and learn alongside him! It will benefit you both.

2. You can keep track of grades. The only thing I do differently for middle and high school grading is to switch over to a system for letter grades instead of the Satisfactory/Needs Improvement/Unsatisfactory elementary grading system. There are many free resources to help you figure out how to do this, but don’t over think it too much. Establish a grading scale in the beginning (see your state’s department of education website for requirements in your state), and use the numerical grade on the progress report and report card. Include the letter grade alongside it if you’d like, but the numerical grade is what you will use to calculate GPA and class rankings.

3. Driver’s Ed is scary, but inevitable, so you might as well face your fears. When your teen is ready to drive, start out slow – baby steps! It isn’t easy to sit in the passenger seat, and I am still learning to trust my teen. I asked our insurance company to send us free materials for teen drivers. They sent us a booklet with mini-lessons based on driving scenarios and a DVD with tips and safety measures, along with warnings about driver distractions. There is also a pledge my son signed before getting behind the wheel the first time, promising never to text and drive, etc. (Some driving schools even offer discounts to homeschool families.)

4. Teens are weird anyway. They are goofy and gangly and want to stay up all night and sleep all day. Their rooms are disaster zones, and they eat everything in sight. They can be moody, stubborn, and too silent at times.

But, they are also delightful.

You will discover how fun it is to listen to their opinions on things, to get to know them as emerging adults, and to just hang out with them. Their independence gives you more room to trust them with greater responsibilities, which is an enormous help with household tasks, caring for younger siblings, and running errands.

Just remember that they are still children, and they still need your guidance, your time, and your love and affection. They never get to old for these!

 

Anne CampbellAnne Campbell is the mother to three boys (in every sense of the word!) and a homeschooler for the past eleven years. She is the Managing Editor of Blog at Home Educating Family Association, columnist for Home Educating Family Magazine, and member of the Home Educating Family review team. As a former classroom teacher, she loves to share resources and ideas and encourage other moms and homeschoolers. When they started on their homeschooling  journey, her oldest son was in kindergarten. They decided to take it one day at a time, one year at a time, and now she has a high school student, middle school student, and elementary student, and all still at home. They fly by the seats of their pants most days, spending as much time as possible exploring nature, and seizing learning opportunities whenever they appear. You can visit her at her blog Learning Table. You can also find Anne on Bloglovin’FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Homeschool Movement With Easter Eggs

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Here in the state of Washington it rains ALL the time. It is only sunny about 90-100 days out of the year and it can be quite depressing. As a homeschool mom, we want our kids to keep active and busy, but if your kids are like mine, they get bored with the same old activities. Recently I got a package of plastic Easter Eggs to use as a Math activity with my youngest.  After we completed the activity, he wanted more time playing with the eggs. On a whim I came up with some activities and they loved it!!!

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The first activity they did was balancing an egg on a kitchen spoon.  Here are some things that we did:

  • Walk from the living room to the kitchen with the eggs without them dropping to the floor
  • Walk backwards from the living room to the kitchen
  • Walk forward two steps, turn and walk backward two steps and repeat

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They enjoyed this new activity and did so well with it that I decided to turn it up a notch.  Here are some other things we did:

  • Balance the egg on a spoon and hop through the house (this did cause many “broken” eggs – good thing they were plastic:)
  • Crawled on the floor while balancing the eggs under their chin
  • Scooted all over the floor on their backs with their feet straight up and the egg balancing on their feet. This was quite hilarious! 🙂

We had a great time and really enjoyed it! This was just one idea of how to beat the rainy day blues. What are some of the ways you beat the blues or keep your kids entertained on rainy days, or snowed-in days for that matter?  I would love to hear from you!!!

In Christ,

Laura

 

Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

Free Crockpot Freezer Meals Cookbook + Giveaways & Freebies Link Up


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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Giveaway is sponsored by Sarah of SidetrackedSarah.com (That’s Me!)

As a homeschooler, do you find yourself super busy and have a hard time getting supper on the table at a decent time?  I know that I do, unless I’m using my favorite tool, the crockpot.  But, I found that I don’t actually become successful at using the crockpot, unless I prepare my meals in advance.

I plan them a week at a time.  Why?  Because if I don’t, I won’t do the prep work until it’s too late to get the food cooked in time.  Yeah, I’m a forgetful, sidetracked homeschool mom!  That’s for sure!  This is why I’ve developed Crockpot Freezer Meals for my family and if they could help you, I hope you’ll utilize them, too!  I currently have 8 weeks of meals (6 meals for each week) on my site (one of which you can currently buy as a printable) and an extra one available for free as a printable ebook download for those who become subscribers of Sidetracked Sarah.  But today, I’m offering the one that I normally have for sale on my site available for free to all Homeschool Survival subscribers!  That means, if you decided to subscribe to both blogs, you could easily have 2 free printable weeks of crockpot freezer meals.

What does each weekly menu contain?

  • 6 Dinner Recipes
  • Pictures of Each Recipe after Cooked
  • Shopping List
  • Assembly Instructions

I think you’ll find that they help you accomplish dinner time in a much easier fashion.  And, get this, you can prepare all of your suppers for the week in 1-2 hours (depending on the week).  Amazing, right?  In the past, sometimes I spend an hour on preparing 1 supper, let alone 6!

This is the one that is being offered here on Homeschool Survival:

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Good Mom – Bad Mom Battle Tips to Sleep

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Swoosh… our head hits the pillow. It’s the end of a long day. Moments of the day flash through our mind. Suddenly, our heart is heavy as we remember the moments we blew it. Then gut wrenching guilt follows and overtakes our weary mind. Thus, the good mom bad mom battle wages war in our heart and mind.

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Many offer advice. Some dispense their counsel unsolicited, dumping their failures in our lap expecting us to follow their suit of negativity. Everyone evaluates our parenting, even strangers. However, we are often our own worst enemy.

We have our expectations of how we want to raise our kids. Then the added pressure to please family.  Finally, the ever changing of our community that seems to keep the bar raised just out of our reach.  Our pursuit of being a good mom comes from our deep desire to give our families our best. Therefore when we miss the mark, even slightly, we beat ourselves up.

Mothering takes sacrifice, homeschooling requires our vitality. We know this. To keep control and to stay on task we use scrutiny as a form of self-discipline. Typically fear is found at the root of control. Because our love runs so deep for our family we are tripped by control and fall into the bondage of fear.

We fear failing our family. We fear failing as a mother. We fear failing our kids and their education. Satan knows this, (he waited for Jesus to become weary in the wilderness). So he prowls at the end of the day when our hearts are tired and weary, and then at just the right moment he SNAPS at us with fear – in order to steal, kill, and destroy.

The good news is Jesus came to give life and give it more abundantly! We can be released from the bondage of fear and walk in freedom of grace.

Fear distorts our belief. We think to be a good mom:

  • We should spend every waking hour with our child, entertaining them.
  • If something is wrong with our child, it’s our fault.
  • We must over indulge our child with a full schedule and toys.
  • We need to be the one who cares for our kids, no one else, not even our husbands.
  • Complete all the household chores without help from our kids.

When our parenting is fueled by fear we lose the purpose God has for our life. To regain perspective, we need rest. Sleep deprivation comes free with motherhood. There are seasons that poor sleeping habits are unavoidable. During those seasons guard your heart and your mind, accept grace. You are a good mom!

Tips For Finding Rest.

  1. When you lay in bed and suddenly struck by fear, turn that fear into a faith filled prayer.
  2. Instead of scrolling through your social media at night, scroll through your bible app.
  3. Keep a note book by your bed, write down concerns, and let them go.
  4. Remember you good moments too.
  5. Count your blessings.

Momma, if God needed to rest on the seventh day…you definitely need rest! Long term investments do not bring instant results.  The work you are doing on a day in, day out basis seems monotonous. Keep in mind you are working towards a much bigger prize by investing in your family and it takes time. Your investment will pay off in the long term. Enjoy the journey. For more encouragement become a member of Schoolhouse Teachers and gain access to my daily column  JOY IN THE MORNING.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

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Michelle Pohl - BloomingwithJoy.comMichelle is a storyteller who encourages her readers to begin Blooming with Joythrough every chaotic moment, disappointment, and mess. Her readers keep her motivated to be real with life and laugh at her mistakes. Michelle is reformed coffee addict turned devoted tea drinker. She lives in Missouri, USA with her husband and homeschools her three daughters. Shas experienced God’s peace while enduring life’s many messes; childhood abuse, motherhood, miscarriage, and homeschooling. All the while, allowing God to trade her ashes for beauty. She has learned we can begin Blooming With Joy through every obstacle when our Hope is in Jesus!  You can visit her on her blog, Blooming With JoyFacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

 

Finding Joy In The Little Blessings

Make Your Own Joy Jar

There are so many times in our homeschool days that we get so caught up in…..stuff.  Stuff can often overtake us mommas!  We are often busy from the time that we wake up until we fall into bed, too exhausted to sleep.  We can’t sleep because we often have so many thoughts going through our head.  Well, in the midst of a frazzled Mommy day, my husband and I were working on a printable book and this activity came to me.

Between the lessons, discipling my children, guiding them, training them and shuffling them to activities, some days the little things get lost.  The week ends and we start again.  I wanted to find a way to teach my kids (and remember myself) all the small little blessings that we encounter each and everyday.

To help remember the little blessings, we made a JOY Jar.  It’s a simple project that allows for as much creativity as one can muster.  It is also a great project to get little ones involved too, especially if you use a can.  They can put stickers or whatever you like on it.  For me, I admit I am NOT the most crafty person in the world.  That is a skill my mother did not pass on to me and grandma wasn’t in town :).

Here is how you do it:

1.  Take a can, any can.  Wash it first! 🙂

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2. Cut out a piece of construction paper or fabric to cover the can.  My husband has also used card stock.  You can use almost anything in your imagination to cover the can.

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3.  Decorate the construction paper how you like.  Make sure to place the word JOY on there somewhere, then you can know exactly what the can is for.

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4.  Take paper strips and write blessings for each person in your family each day. At the end of the week take time to go back through them and read them aloud and thank God for your blessings.  Reading them aloud can be something shared as a family too by taking turns:).

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If you want to use an actual jar instead of a can let me share some pictures of how to do that too.

1.  Take your jar and cut a square of fabric bigger then the opening so that it hangs down. You can make a decorative edge if you want.  Then cut a circle the size of the jar opening in the middle of the fabric.

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2.  Screw the ring of the jar on, don’t use a lid:)

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3.  Adjust the fabric so that it is pretty even and there you go! Very simple:) Then place your strips in each day like you would the can.

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I hope this activity blesses you and your family.  If you make one I would love to hear from you!

In Christ,

Laura

Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

It’s OK to Change Your Homeschool Curriculum

 

It's OK to Change Your Homeschool Curriculum

Well, you”ve made it to halfway through the school year.

How do you feel?

Excited?

Need a break?

Are you satsified with your curriculum choice? Its ok if you’re not. Sometimes we get excited and feel we have to get the latest and greatest versions, do everything the manual says, go on every field trip etc. But to me that’s not homeschooling. If you’re feeling too rushed and the kids are getting burned out and overwhelmed, then maybe you should analyze your schedule and take a step back. We as parents have a responsibility to raise our children, teach them and nurture them. We feel pressured to do the very best far and beyond what we may be capable of and be subject to burnout.

This happened to me. Last year was rough. We were having a difficult time finacially, my husband had a bad bout of sciatica and then when everything seemed to calm down and we were getting back on our feet we got a letter in the mail. Our landlords wanted to sell the house we were liviing in for 7 years and wanted us to move. They only gave us 2 months. 2 months to pack up 7 years of stuff and try to find another place to live. We were devastated. It was the first house we ever lived in.  We were in turmoil. How could I possibly homeschool too? How could I follow the curriculum, househunt and pack? Well, I didnt.

We took a break. I was so stressed. The kids were stressed and I can’t imagine what my husband was going through. Children are learning all the time whether you have a curriculum or not. It’s their nature. They are naturally curious. If your kids are like mine, they love to ask questions. Sometimes that could lead to a trip to the library to look at books about what interests them, going online, there are so many possibilities. Even some television shows are educational and can maybe even give you a break while they are watching it. SCORE!!! Unit studies are also another avenue to use and also lapbooks.  It’s almost endless.

Just find what works for your family. It also helps if you find out what learning style your children are and go from there. For instance my son doesnt sit still for long periods of time so having an actual curriculum with alot of bookwork and seat work wouldn’t be a good fit for him. My daughter could sit longer but she will drift off into never-neverland if she gets bored. A curriculum with a lot of reading where she can’t be creative, wouldn’t be a good fit for her. Find what fits your child and your lifstyle. You want them to love learning.  

Fast forward 6 months: we are in our new home and getting back into our groove. I decided to ditch the curriculum we were using and do something else. Unschooling fits our lifestyle. And guess what? The kids are fine. We survived not using a boxed curriculum. And I’m a much better mother and teacher for it.

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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 8

Welcome to Week 8 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! If you’re new here:  We are hosting one giveaway each Monday that is put together especially for homeschooling families!   We’ll have pampering items, curriculum, e-books, print books and more!  After the giveaway, we’re  featuring a spot where other bloggers can share a link to their own giveaways that they’re hosting on their own blogs.  It’ll be fun!  It’s a great place to come where you can enter several giveaways for homeschoolers AND get some freebies for homeschoolers all at once.  Plus, it’s an easy way to get to know some new products and try them out for yourself.

This Week’s Giveaway is Hosted by Mystie Winckler, Author of Paperless Home Organization!

Mystie also wrote the guest post below:

ubiquitous capture for moms Do you have a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, or an iPod Touch? Do you wish you could use it more effectively? These devices hold out the promise of being an all-in-one organizational tool, but using them to their full potential instead of duplicating places we keep information is a daunting task. With a small, portable piece of technology, we can keep as much information as we want in our pocket! No matter where we are, we can keep an up-to-date calendar, task list, notes and lists and files, menu plan, grocery and shopping lists, an address & phone book – and all that without an internet connection or data plan. Besides the size factor, it is the search feature that really makes digital information so much more useful. Being able to search inside every document, address book contacts, and calendar is the biggest boon of the digital age. Flipping through a binder or file folder or pile, wondering just what you did with that note you are sure you made? A thing of the past. I also use my iPod Touch (I don’t have a smartphone or a data plan, just a smart-iPod) as a timer (15 minutes of decluttering! Go!), alarm (3pm afternoon chore time, everyone), weight-tracker, reader (with the Kindle and Instapaper apps), and audio book supply for the car. I love being able to track whatever I want, list whatever I want, and look up whatever I want, just on my little iPod in my pocket. Plus, I always have waiting-room or car-ride reading & listening materials at hand. paperless organization digital home management Paperless Home Organization is my own instruction booklet for moving the household management notebook into the current decade, utilizing technology to work for our unique, diversified, and very personal roles. In addition to step-by-step instructions for setting up a home management system on Evernote, there are also detailed instructions in this ebook for customizing the application for blogging and homeschooling, since those are also two areas requiring lots of organization in my own life. Along the way I have not only tips for using these programs to their full ability, but also tips on getting and keeping organized that apply regardless of what form your organization takes. For those who don’t want to wait until the end of the giveaway to get started on organizing more effectively, you can use the discount code survival to get $1 off the already-low price of $3.99. This code will work for both Paperless Home Organization and GTD for Homemakers.

 

 

 

 

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It’s time to link up!  If you’re a blogger linking up, I only ask that you link back to me, if possible.  I can’t wait to see your giveaways and freebies! (If you’re reading this in an email, be sure to click to the site to see more giveaways. More could be added all week!)