How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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Great group service project idea - Blessing Bags - Homeless Gift - Giving to Homeless - Charity

This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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Top 10 Scientific Ways to Prove You’re a Smarty Pants

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Smart People Traits according to Science - Smarty Pants characteristics qualities - smart people

This post is sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. All opinions on how to be a smarty pants are my own. Although used as an insult, it's an insult many of us wouldn't mind coming our way. I mean, of all the things to be called, smarty pants isn't all that bad. Nothing like people feeling inferior to you due to your intellectual prowess. I don't get called a smarty pants very often (used to when I was in high school), but I happen to be married to someone who I definitely consider a smarty pants. In two years he can even be dubbed Doctor Smarty Pants and someday (hopefully) Professor Smarty Pants. I guess you could say I know a ...

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The Surprising Way We Paid Off Debt and Escaped Poverty {While Still Earning Degrees}

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A Surprising way to pay off debt and escape poverty while still earning degrees! Great advice for low-income families struggling to make ends meet.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When we got married, my husband and I didn't have much more than some basic pieces of furniture and a roof over our head. We both were part-time employees, working low-paying jobs on our respective college campuses.  And thanks to paying (aka charging) most of our wedding related expenses ourselves, also had over $8,000 in credit card debt as well as tens of thousands in student loan debt. Our financial situation ...

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How Non-Traditional College Students are Making Ends Meet

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Afford going back to school - non traditional college student

Chances are high that you or someone you know is in a similar situation as I am in: a college student who is earning degrees later in life with a family in tow. As non-traditional students we’re out there seeking educational advancement: degrees, certificates, training, courses, professional development and the like. In the U.S.A, a place where education is viewed as the great equalizer, we’re hungry for bettering ourselves, our families, our vocations, our incomes.  Our group of education-seekers differ from traditional variety in that we started a family prior to finishing our journey for more education. We are the ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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5 Useful but Overlooked Back to School Items for College Students

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Great list of back to school items for college students!

At 36 years of age, I'm still in school, though working on my PhD. Despite plenty of success academically, I still have anxiety dreams before a new school year begins. I dream I didn’t go to class all semester and now need to take a final exam that I cannot read.  I wake up with a bit of fear and stress, but it quickly washes away as I laugh it off and I know I work hard in school, attend my classes, and prepare for all exams, usually achieving good results. Being prepared is good in all aspects of life, but back to school preparation goes beyond simply having a backpack, notebooks, textbooks, pencils, and paper.  I want to ...

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The Affordable Online Early Learning Curriculum for Young Kids: ABCmouse.com

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ABCmouse.com is a subscription based learning curriculum program for kids ages 2-7. They offer a FREE 30-day trials too!

You may or may not know this about us, but we are homeschoolers. We recently completed our first official year of homeschooling as our daughters ended their kindergarten year recently. Only, we haven't actually stopped schooling them. Our year has gone great, and, well, not so great. My original curriculum - Five in a Row - eventually started to collect dust as the chaos of a new baby, a toddler, work from home, increased church responsibilities, and a husband gone with longer and more stressful doctoral classes prevented me from planning and getting to the library like I needed to for that curriculum to work. However, we ...

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Forget Peek-a-boo; Let the Kids Play Speakaboos! {Giveaway!}

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Three-Little-Pigs-story-screen

This post is sponsored by Speakaboos, but opinions are mine. Enjoy. My daughters just turned six and we are heading towards the end of our first homeschool year. As kindergartners we've been focusing a lot on reading, writing, and books. But, my daughters are still not fully reading books on their own (yet). They can read books with simple words and such, but they lack major confidence. One of the things we are trying to do to encourage their love of books, and of reading, is to surround them with stories. I recently became an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and have been reading story books to them out loud. ...

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Green Kid Crafts: The Crafty Way to Get Your Kids Into Science

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Green Kid Crafts Review - Detective Science Kit

Green Kid Crafts may be my favorite educational subscription box for kids to date. Green Kid Crafts is a highly rated monthly subscription service full of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities and experiments. As a homeschooling mom who doesn't really like science, I was so thrilled with the Green Kid Crafts box they sent me to review as an affiliate, that I have since subscribed to receive even more boxes. When I first heard about Green Kid Crafts, I totally thought it was going to be some nature filled box of poorly made crafting materials, containing products that were 100% green/recycled. ...

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Why Girls Should Know Lemons Aren’t Only for Making Lemonade

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STEMBOX LED LIGHT experiment with lemons

When it comes to teaching science to my kids, I come up lacking. I did okay in biology, physics, and chemistry in high school, but only because I actually studied, never because I enjoyed them very much. As we are homeschooling our kids, it worries me that I may not be the best science teacher around. With only 1 in every 1,000 girls pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, I don't want to limit my twin daughters' options because of my own shortcomings! Thankfully, my husband is currently a PhD in Mathematics Education and I did fairly well in high school and college Calculus classes, so they shouldn't ...

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The Safe Way to Let Kids Use the Internet

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A great way to keep kids safe online! Very cool internet filtering software.

This post on internet safety for kids was sponsored on behalf of Net Nanny via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Our main desktop computer is on its way out, prompting us to buy (or rather my husband to assemble) a new computer so that we can better work from home.  We want to figure out what the big issue is with it so we can pass it onto our almost six year old twins daughters so they can use it to play educational games, watch videos, TV shows, look up information, and so on. However, our daughters have not had access to the internet before. Yes, we've streamed videos for them, looked up information in ...

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8 of the Best Educational Subscription Boxes for Kids

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Great list of fun educational subscription boxes for kids. Children love receiving mail, so why not gift them something they can learn from too! Perfect for homeschooling families.

Looking for an educational subscription box for kids? The following are among the best and most popular options out there today! One of the greatest things my dad did was send me postcards in the mail. My dad was a over-the-road truck driver. He was gone the majority of the week, and occasionally for multiple weeks at a time. Receiving a postcard from him in the mail was great. I got to see a cool image of some place he's been before, and get a personalized message from him, just for me, letting me know he thought about me. I don't know a kid that doesn't like to receive something just for them in the mail. My kids love ...

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