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A Learning Event for You (and a First for Me)

The next few weeks I am stepping out of my comfort zone by quite a bit, but it will be ALL good, because:  

  • it will be with two ladies I love immensely and who have become dear friends in the last ten years (Jodi and Carisa) and
  • it will be on a subject that I absolutely love – essential oils (and kids)

For three weeks, Jodi, Carisa, and I will be sharing OILY KIDS learning events focused on ways that we have found to help the kiddos in our lives by using essential oils. I really am excited to be a part of the classes (and teach a few), because our family has learned so much over the last five years. 

Here’s the thing: my kids aren’t perfect (I’m guessing yours aren’t either), but through all the ins and outs of day-to-day life, there are oils we’ve discovered that help us in a variety of areas – and I do want to share that with you. 

How to Join Us

Through Facebook, we have set up a public recurring event hosted by all three of us. Over three weeks, one of us will be there to share every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting March 19 at 1pm EST! The lessons will be a surprise, filled with either LIVE or pre-recorded videos, some graphic-based tips, and several fun PDF downloads!

ALL are welcome to attend, even if you aren’t on our Young Living team, but please know this event will be specific to Young Living products, and only positive comments will be allowed!

Topics that will be covered {all centered around KIDS}: Focus, Sleep, Emotions, Wellness, Moms, Cleaning with Kids, Healthy Bodies, & more!

Join us on Monday, March 19th as we launch the fun with the topic schedule, downloadable note taking guide, and giveaway. T fun will begin at 1pm EST and posts will appear throughout the day, closing up by 9pm. Be sure to pop over on the 19th so you don’t miss the giveaway and PDF download!

Starts: Monday, March 19th through Friday, April 6th

When: 1pm EST every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 

Ready to Participate? 

Click “going to” the event using this link (or clicking the image below), and you will be able to access all of the recurring events. We’d love to have you join us live, but you will still be able to view the videos if you can’t make it at the designated time (YAY!). 

Not on Facebook? 

Currently this event is only running via Facebook. If you aren’t on FB, please email us for more information. We do hope to create different versions of this event (off FB), but currently this event will only be in our FB group. 

Hope to see you there! 

Six Things I Love

TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 24th), the flash sale for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ends. But before you forget, I wanted to share six things that I’m loving from the bundle. 

These six items make this bundle MORE than worth it for me. Purchased separately the six are worth over $200, but are all in this $29.97 bundle! Here’s a quick look at what I’m excited about: 

  • The Temper Toolkit by Lisa Jo Baker ($29) – The Temper Toolkit is a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it. I wrote a much more in depth post about this course (you can read it HERE) and highly recommend it!
  • Steady Days by Jamie Martin ($8.99) – teaches you how to apply the same techniques of efficiency, intention, and purpose that you’ve used in other careers to your most important position in life–motherhood.
  • The Cozy Minimalist ecourse ($39) – decorate your home with confidence, starting today, using just the right amount of stuff without wasting your hard earned money.
  • Delight in the Word of God ($8.99) -tool to help you connect with Jesus and hide God’s Word in your heart in a relaxing and fun way.
  • Adventures in Bible Journaling ($18.97) – designed with beginners in mind giving detailed descriptions of any supply you could possibly want and also helps you learn how to use each of those supplies in your own journaling.
  • A Mom’s Guide to Better Photos ($99) – teaches beginning photography to moms with any type of camera – smartphone, point & shoot, or DSLR on automatic – without using manual mode. Laurianna is going to use this course!

In addition to the multitude of ebooks and ecourses in the bundle, there are FREE bonus offers from amazing companies! Our family has already taken advantage of several of these, including Strawesome, HomeBinder, and HopeInk. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only.

There is a catch though – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) re-release will only be available from 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 23rd until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 24th. JUST TWO DAYS!!



A Bonus for You!

As an added bonus, if you purchase your bundle through Homeschool Creations, you’ll get a FREE copy of my Student Planner OR the new Weekly Homeschool Planner.  Purchase through THIS LINK and then email me a copy of your receipt  – and I will send you your freebie! 

Your Purchase is 100% Guaranteed

You can buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family, you’ll get your money back in full!


Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. Don’t forget – this bundle is only available until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Disclosure: As a contributing author (since my printables Yearly Planner is included in the bundle), our family benefits from each purchase that goes through Homeschool Creations. We value your support – thank you! We pray this bundle and bonuses are a blessing to your family as they are to ours!

1 Day Only – Chalk Pastel Giveaway and 25% off Sale

Fall in Love with Art - 30% off All Fall Art

Today only (Monday, October 9th) you can save 25% on the ENTIRE STORE at ChalkPastel.com. They have a wide variety of video art courses and ebook tutorials – a little something for each season and subject. Chalk pastels are very forgiving and a great start for budding artists.


They are also hosting a giveaway for three (3) starter sets of Alphacolor soft chalk pastels to go with their lessons! 

Shop now before the sale ends! 

Print PDF Files for Less – Inexpensive Homeschool Printing

If there’s one thing we do a lot in our homeschool, it’s print. So many of the curriculum components we purchase come with ebook downloads or workbooks to print. Add to that the various bundle sales that pop up and the digital files pile up quickly. While I don’t mind printing them, often it can get tedious to remember what all I still need to print off.

My printer had already been getting quite the workout this year printing student planners, my homeschool planner, and a few various other items when one of my friends mentioned an online company she has been using and the prices were FABULOUS. 

I shared a live video on Facebook where you can see more of the questions people asked and a little more detail, but I also put together a quick video showing some of the things we had printed and how much we saved. 

Let’s put it this way – it was a good chunk of change compared to having it printed at Staples or another copy center locally. Overall I had TEN items printed and with shipping it was a few dollars more than having just two of the items printed at Staples (and that was for two of the smaller workbooks, a total of 220 pages). In all, we had over 900 pages printed from The Homeschool Printing Company

Here are a few of the services they offer: 

  • Black and white or color printing (single-sided or double-sided)
  • Laminating
  • Spiral binding with protective covers
  • 3 hole punching
  • various weights of paper
  • cardstock covers
  • 10-12 day turnaround time

Yes, I could have spent a chunk of time printing it off myself, but quite honestly I’m looking at that being $50 very well spent (and both time and ink saving for me!). Take a peek at the video above and see the various services they offer! I promise you – it’s a huge help! 

Want to save 10% on your first order? Visit TheHomeschooPrintingCompany.com and let them know I referred you and they’ll put the discount on your first order! 

11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Now the textbook pile may be looking a little sparse, but I promise it’s not because our oldest is taking a break from anything. This year marks a big turn for Laurianna! As of the end of her sophomore year, Laurianna has earned 20.5 credits toward her diploma. An advanced diploma in our area requires 26 credits and she still has two years to go in school, and this year she will be taking at least two classes at the community college that will count for both high school credit and her college degree. 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

One of the biggest helps has been finding our textbooks on Amazon. Until recently I had no idea you could rent textbooks via their site! When we priced out books at the campus bookstore and also via the Chegg website (for college texts), Amazon came out with the best prices overall for brand new, used, or rentals (another reason to love Prime!!). Laurianna’s Human Anatomy book was $335 new at the campus bookstore and $92 from Amazon. Since it’s one we knew she would use in her nursing degree, we went ahead and purchased it (and truthfully, the $92 isn’t much worse than some of our high school text costs). 

We kept her class load in the fall fairly light with only two classes at the community college since she is still struggling with health issues (and we are still in limbo on a diagnosis). There are a few classes we are looking at for the spring, but we are waiting to hear from one of the colleges Laurianna is interested in attending before committing to the specific classes. 

This year Laurianna will also be studying for the SAT and hopefully taking it either November or December. Prior to that, she will be taking the PSAT in October. To help her out, we are using CollegePrepGenius. Both Laurianna and I sat in on a class with the company in June and it was one we both believe will help her out this year (I’ll be sharing more about it on the blog this fall). 

Overall, Laurianna is very excited since she will be taking one of her classes with a friend and we are thrilled she has this opportunity this year. Granted, not as many of her classes will be at home with us, but it’s all for a great reason!

Does High School Have You Scared?

If homeschooling high school is worrying you, don’t miss the free middle and high school planning printables and map out your middle and high school years!

Homeschooling in High School Middle and High School Planning How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum

If you are new to homeschooling and aren’t sure where to begin in choosing homeschool curriculum, please don’t let this post overwhelm you! Here are a few posts that you might find helpful as you discover what is best for your family. Be sure to check out the entire Homeschool Basics series for answers to more frequently asked homeschool questions.

See What the Other Kids Are Up To…

I’ll be sharing more in the upcoming days and weeks on what our other kids are studying this year, so stay tuned for those posts. 

5th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2017


What subjects are you excited to work on this year with your kids?

Thanks for Your Patience…

I’ve received many emails over the last few days that files are unavailable for download on my site. People are getting 404 errors – and I apologize. 

There is an issue we are trying to fix with files prior to 2015. Thanks so much for your patience. :) I understand how frustrating it is and would be happy to help you out if you email me: homeschoolcreations at gmail.