Mom Sanity – My tiny little secret vacations!

I adore my life more than I could ever express. Amazing husband, Amazing Kids, and all healthy and happy. There is stress though, making ends meet for a large homeschooling family basically on a military budget. My personal healthy issues and lasting grief and anxiety are also challenging. Some days the basics get to me….. […]

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Counting blessings this October


      With my Fathers Cancer news a few weeks ago my head has been spinning honestly and seeing clearly has been hard. The shock and sorrow comes in waves but so to does the realization that none of us are promised tomorrow so we must make the most of Today. October is a […]

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Keeping My Kids Safe on Youtube!


If you follow my blog and social media then perhaps you recall my struggle with the littles and Youtube! You see with 4 kids here who love YouTube it can feel like a part time job just helping them manage the content they want to see, keeping them safe from content we don’t want them […]

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Back to Cyber Schooling


  It was late, 1am kind of late, and my teenager was still awake. She was clearly excited and nervous and she couldn’t sleep. Her eyes glittered in the dark room and she near bounced up and down telling me about how much she looked forward to the next morning. She was going into highschool, […]

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DIY: Using youtube to cut long hair!

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I am the Mommy to 4 beautiful kids and 2 amazing surrogate daughters. They all astound me time and again. I mention this because I need you to know I would do anything for them. Sometimes what they wish me to do scares the heck out of me! So when my teen insisted I cut […]

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Attachment Parenting a Teenager – It’s ok to Panic!


  I am not expert at anything…. or maybe I just am very aware that no one is perfect and there is always something new to learn. When it comes to attachment parenting a teenager I am learning as I go like we all do. Please as always take my thoughts with a grain of […]

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The red haired homeschooler!


One of the wonderful things about homeschooling for my 14 year old daughter is that she can dress the way she wants and she can do what she likes with her own hair. Sadly schools these days are all about making the kids conform a certain way and individuality is considered distracting. We doing think […]

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13 Year Old Reviews Book “Catch The Wind”


My dear lovely daughter wrote a review I thought I would share with you all.     Catch The Wind By Tomas L Trujillo Review By: Crystal (HopePixie) I spent a bit of my summer reading this book about how two boys about my age spent their summer. We clearly have very different summers. Their […]

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Children’s Book Review – One By Kathryn Otoshi


One by Kathryn Otoshi One is the story that I think we all know too well, a bully tries to make themselves feel bigger by making someone else feel smaller and everyone just watches and does nothing. In this story though, everyone is represented by a different color. It has little to do with skin […]

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Myths About Broken Bones


  When I was a kid my mother told me that if we broken a bone we would know it, we wouldn’t be able to stop crying. As I had broken a bone as a baby when a cousin pushed my high chair over, I didn’t remember it personally. I grew up believing what my […]

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The power of books on children.

   We know that there are down sides to TV time and how it effects how we think and even behave because of how it effects our brains. It is not all down sides in my mind, though most waldorf homes are TV free. Ours is not one of them as we want to bring […]

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Homeschooling – Real Education.

While schools are narrowly focused on teaching to test, they are missing so much involved in real education.  This is my oldest showing you what she loves doing. She is a builder, a creator, and loves working with her hands. Sitting for test day in and day out will hurt her bright spirit I am […]

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Winter Handwork

This is not my best photo ever to say the least but I can’t really go wrong when trying to capture the moods of my tween. This is my Hope Pixie, she is 12, in 6th grade, and we do waldorf inspired homeschooling. Part of homeschooling for us, that is not common in other traditions, […]

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Dec 9th — Sugar Glider Joey update!

The Joeys are growing so quickly! Where has the time gone?  My oldest daughter named the boy Rain and girl River.  Rain is soft, River is wild!  We are now in the search of families for them!  We may have found one! (as of Friday night!) Rain is the sweetest glider I have ever been […]

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Greener Alternatives to Wrapping Paper!

If your one of my beloved readers than you might well have guessed by the title of this post that the first thing on my list of greener items to wrap with would be…. 1. Playsilks!                                       […]

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Nov 27

There are few things as beautiful as seeing a child learning. How did mine however get to be so big so fast? “Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.” – Richard L. Evans

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Nov 25

The sugar glider babies are about a month old now! The female joey is still the trouble maker of the two. She is grumpy and has even nipped us. We are going to specially hold and play with her so that she will feel safe and be a great companion for someone. Tween really wishes […]

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October 22nd

Fall is here and soon little cousin will be back off to Grandmas. We have really enjoyed having him here. He is a such a sweetie. I wanted to get a photo with them all together, my mothers biological grandchildren all together. I should have learned how to pose children for such photos as it […]

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October 18th

Night after night you can here the shuffle of lego pieces, it is like what I picture having racoons in the attic must be like. Sometimes it is still heard come 3am. Sometimes this peaceful mama can’t take it anymore and tells the oldest she needs to go. to. bed. because I have no idea […]

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