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Wondering what to buy for your homeschool in those back-to-school sales?  Need to get your list organized? You'll love this FREE printable!

If you've been in the store lately, you've likely already noticed the aisles packed full of school supplies. Those sales are just for kids who go to school, right? Wrong! Homeschoolers can save a bundle by taking advantage of the back-to-school sales, too. I mean, you do write with pencils and paper in your homeschool, right? Ha. All joking aside, this really is a great time of year to buy some basics and invest in things that will make your homeschooling year a breeze. I have two … [Read more...]

Best Family Devotional Resources

Some of the best family devotional resources are much more simple than you might imagine. Come take a peak at our list!

I have to admit that I'm a purist when it comes to the resources I use for our family devotion time. One reason is that I try not to over-think it. I want this time to be a simple and beautiful time as a family. The goal for me isn't so much hard-core theology, but development of the consistent habit of talking about and enjoying God's Word. (I wrote a lot more about how to have a family devotion time without feeling defeated in this post.) I'm also picky because I want any resource we use to … [Read more...]

How to Have a Family Devotion Time Without Feeling Defeated

I must admit that I struggled for years with having a consistent family devotion time. It seemed that everything got in the way. My perfect plans and dreams just couldn't be reached. Until one day when everything changed. I'm here to encourage you. YES, you can have a family devotion time without feeling defeated!

Our Bibles were propped open on the table before us and my heart was full of anticipation for a beautifully spiritual event. As my oldest daughter began reading the passage that I had picked for the day, one of the boys started poking the dog. Determined to have the perfect family devotional time, I overlooked the offense and pushed on. But over the course of our "spiritual experience" one kid fell backwards off the bench, another ripped a page in her Bible because she was turning the pages … [Read more...]

Back to School Sale

Take a break from the heat and celebrate "Back to School" season with me. For just a few days we are offering 30% off EVERYTHING in the Not Consumed store. Stock up for quiet time, family devotions, or even pick up last minute homeschool curriculum. We've just released a brand new reading curriculum that you are going to LOVE!

We interrupt this otherwise perfectly smoldering summer day to bring you breaking news. No, not the heart-breaking or earth-shattering kind of news. This is the stop-everything-right-now kind of news. So stop everything right now and get those piggy banks out because it's time for a sale. Don't worry, this is the kind of sale that promises to SAVE you money, not "break the bank." Ever since I was a little girl, I have had one favorite season: back-to-school. Yep, it's a little nerdy, but … [Read more...]

Elementary Reading List By Grade Level

What should my child read? How do I know if it will be too easy or too hard? These are common questions among homeschool parents. Fortunately, the answers are right at your fingertips!

On Tuesday I spilled the beans about my near epic fail as a homeschool mom. I know that so many moms face the same issues in their homeschool. In fact, my inbox is filled with questions and comments on this topic. I'm excited about that because I know it means many moms are stepping outside of the box and feeling more comfortable creating something their child will love. But I know that with those questions comes a lot of frustration and fear over picking books that are appropriate for your … [Read more...]

How to Make Your Own Homeschool Reading Curriculum

What do you do when your child doesn't fit in the mold? You create your own reading curriculum, of course. Oh, and it's much cheaper!  Anyone can do it with this simple step by step formula.

This past homeschool year was nearly an epic fail. For months our school days ended with tears, shouting, and incomplete assignment checklists. At first, I didn't even know that reading was the culprit of all this. All I knew was that I couldn't handle it anymore. Perhaps you've been there in your homeschool. It's a scary place to be, mostly because as moms (ahem...and women) we like for things to be under control. We like to be able to predict what is going to happen and we like getting … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Want to Look Like a Good Parent Anymore

As soon as we got back in the car, they traded those angelic "halos" for fists and hair pulling. That was the day I knew that my quest to look like a "good parent" was going to have to end.

We walked into Publix and the angelic halos shone brightly around my family. The kids were gentle and kind to one another. No one broke anything. The little guy even kept his hands out of his nose AND his pants. Naturally I walked out the door feeling like supermom. My walk to the car boasted of years of hard work and training right there on display for the whole world. As I backed out of the parking spot my swelling good-parent-pride was popped by the piercing needle of fighting. Yep, just … [Read more...]