Month: January 2019

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Love notes to your kids

Every day is a blessing and our family knows that all too much after the sudden loss of one of the kids in the family. As a mom, I try to be even a better mom that I was before. I want each of my kids to know that I love them and tell them in different ways. Leaving each…

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Learning to homestead with a small property

20 years of researching has led me to the conclusion that you can homestead on truly any size property. You just have to have GREAT organizational skills on smaller properties to streamline what you want to accomplish. Here is a link to and 15 homesteading ideas for your property.

Posted in Chino Valley Discovering Education discovering education. Gardening Homestead homesteading Just Being Family landscaping & gardening prepping

Seed storage and other tips to start your garden

Download the 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule Over the last 20 years, I have been able to streamline how we store and use our seeds for our gardens. Check out the quick video below!

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An Outdoor Kitchen Full of Sunshine – by Kris Mazy

Summer will be here before you know it. Several years ago, my family put together a cookbook on recipes that you can cook with your solar oven. Check out the link below. 🙂

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Discovering Education – Fort Whipple Museum

We visiting a little known museum in Prescott, AZ the other day. The Fort Whipple Museum is on the VA grounds and filled with information on the fort and the hospital beginning from the times of the “Old West” of Prescott. This museum takes less than an hour and I don’t recommend for super littles. Also, you do have to…

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Local Area Activities Rock Wall Gym

Searching out and finding activities in our area can sometimes be daunting. I have such a diverse set of ages and abilities in my family. We ran into a church family member at a local museum (more on that later) and our family was invited to check out this new Rock Wall Gym!   The crew was very excited to…

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blast from the past – homeschooling from 9 years ago.

This is what homeschooling my children is all about. Elwyn has come a long way in 9 years, now in high school. Here she shows off at 6-years-old presenting a simple report (lapbook on Amelia Earhart) Check out our lapbooking introduction video and other videos on on

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Setting Personal & Business Goals

I am not talking New Year’s Resolutions. I am talking about starting this any time of the year. I have always been one to put forth goals. Last year I had a goal to be an ESL teacher whose schedule filled weekly. I wanted to pay for Grayson’s adoption I purchased a printer and laminator, as well as my new…

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Take time for yourself

We celebrate every day as a new day at our home. Once every other week, we (someone with mom) in the house takes a trip down to Phoenix (2-1/2 hours each way) to visit with Trystan on his long journey or recovery. The big guy went down with me and we had a heart to heart with Trystan about how…

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New Year, New Opportunities

NOt only am I offering classes for kids through Outschool, but, I have also opened up an Etsy shop for my digital art. Every file in store will not only be cut, but will also be tested and created into something. Here is the first of many files to come in our Etsy store. This downloadable file is usable…