Martin Luther King, Jr. Day gives us a chance to honor and remember King’s heroic work during the American Civil Rights Movement. His dedication and efforts paved the way for countless inspiring individuals, like himself, to leave their mark on American history. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day also kicks off our month long study all… Read More Over 35 of the Best African-American Read-Aloud Biographies
If the Big Island is on your travel list and you are looking to stay in Kona… boy, do we have a place for you! While searching on Airbnb we found Kona House, an adorable two bedroom/two bathroom condo that surpassed our expectations upon arrival. With gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, tropical fruit trees… Read More Kona House Condo, Big Island, Hawaii
The Big Island of Hawaii has SO many adventures to choose from. There are gorgeous sandy beaches (in shades of white, black and green), dramatic cliffs, lush tropical rainforests, plants and animals found nowhere else on earth, and even the world’s largest active volcano. With so much to explore you can imagine my excitement at… Read More Hawaii Forest and Trail: Hilo Tropical Waterfall Tour
Do you have a Lego lover in your family? If so, you need to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Auburn Hills, MI! They are located inside the Great Lakes Crossing Mall. After our visit I can now say, I know what it’s like inside the mind of a child who LOVES Legos. Their whole world… Read More Everything Is Awesome At LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Winter. That can only mean one thing… Snow, and lots of it. Having grown up in Michigan, we are used to the snow and cold. It doesn’t phase us if we have to wear our winter gear when we are trick-or-treating. Sometimes we can have snow on the ground two months before the actual first… Read More The Best Read-Aloud Winter Children’s Books
Where can you go to see sting rays, sea turtles, jellyfish, and sharks? At Great Lakes Crossing Mall, in Auburn Hills, Michigan! I know what you’re thinking, “Did she just say I can go to a mall to visit an aquarium?!” Yes. Yes, I did! This post may contain affiliate links and… Read More SEA LIFE Aquarium – Auburn Hills, MI
Are you looking for a unique gift for family or friends that love to travel? If so, check out our list of gift ideas when deciding what to get for those you know who have a constant case of wanderlust. We’ve spent a lot of time daydreaming about our families’ travels. … Read More Top 30 Gift Ideas for Travelers
Once a year, we all look forward to bringing out the Christmas books. It never gets old! After being tucked away all year with the decorations, the pages still seem to smell like last year’s Christmas. Such a treat to get hints of peppermint, chocolate and firewood while reading. We’re sharing a list of our… Read More Our Favorite Read-Aloud Christmas Books
Conservatory related homeschool resources listed below post. Are you looking for somewhere that will get your children excited about nature and the outdoors? Do you love beautiful artwork, unique flowers, and hands-on learning for the whole family? If so, we have found just the place for you! This post may contain affiliate links… Read More Franklin Park Conservatory – Columbus, Ohio
Books are one thing we are definitely thankful for each year. Time spent snuggling and reading them together is priceless. But, with so many options available today, it is hard to know which books will capture your child’s attention and make the most of reading and learning together. We’ve put together a list to share of… Read More Our Favorite Homeschool Thanksgiving Resources
Hawaiian ocean related homeschool resources are listed below post. Maui’s Maalaea Harbor is one of the windiest harbors in the world. It is full of endless water activities, vibrant rainbows, warm ocean breezes and breathtaking scenery. It is also home to Maui Ocean Center, a one-of-a-kind aquarium that is sure to blow you away! This… Read More Maui Ocean Center, Aquarium
Homeschool ocean resources are listed at bottom of page. On the second day of our stay at Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm, we decided to venture into Gatlinburg and visit the Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies. This post may contain affiliate links and we may earn compensation when you click on the links… Read More Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains lies one of my most favorite farms, Pioneer Cabins and Guest Farm, in Townsend, Tennessee! I initially stumbled on this location by accident while flipping through the written ads in the back of an organic gardening magazine. I’m SO very glad I did! We were so impressed… Read More Smoky Mountain Farm Stay
If you are ever blessed with a chance to visit Maui, the Valley Isle, don’t leave without first stargazing with Becky at Maui Astronomy Tours. You will leave with an experience like none other and feeling like you have touched the heavens. Sadly, on 01/09/19 we learned that Maui Astronomy Tours is no longer in… Read More Stargazing at Haleakala National Park
Are you looking for a place in West Michigan to get your kids outside, connect with nature, and won’t cost you a dime?!? Outdoor Discovery Center is the place for you! ODC is located in Holland, Michigan on a 155 acre piece of paradise and is FREE! Yes, you read that right! FREE and open… Read More All Good Things (In Nature) Are Wild and FREE
Shoeboxes get me so excited!!! I know, first buttermilk, now shoeboxes! You must be wondering, “Charlene, what on earth are you thinking!?” Well it just so happens, I’m gearing up for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child program. The idea is simple: fill a shoebox with items for a child, then take it to a drop-off… Read More Thankful for Shoeboxes!
Get it? Keeping it teal? Real? Haha! I thought it was pretty good! Charlene and I have a lot of things in common.….except when it comes to Halloween. She LOVES it. I could totally live without it. I’ve never understood it; we spend our whole life being told “not to take things from strangers” but… Read More Keeping it TEAL on Halloween
Halloween is my favorite! I’m not talking about the evil, violent, make-you-have-nightmares kind of Halloween full of chainsaws and axes! I’ll pass! I prefer a friendlier approach as in spooky white ghosts, witches, spiders, black cats, and pumpkins. Not to forget seeing an array of your favorite characters running from house to house! I’m not… Read More DIY Halloween Costumes
Today, buttermilk has me all fired up! Yes, that’s right! I’m not ashamed, I said buttermilk! Why buttermilk, you ask?! Well, it just so happens that I scored ten quart sized bottles of it for .99 cents each!!! They are also organic, and feeding my family organic food is a top priority around here! These bottles normally retail for… Read More Buttermilk Bliss
Imagine yourself perched on the hillside of a dormant volcano, above the clouds, hands and knees covered in volcanic soil as you help thin arugula seedlings on an organic farm. Sounds like heaven…right?! That is exactly where my family found ourselves, thanks to prize money from “The Wheel of Fortune,” (a post on that later!). … Read More Volunteering at O’o Organic Farm, Maui
It’s the end of August and what does that mean? Back to school! But not if you’re a homeschooler in this house! We homeschool year round, but our schooling is much more relaxed in the summer. So our “unofficial first day” is usually the week after Labor Day. Something about starting before that just seems… Read More Lemonade Stand and Back to School
As you may already know, Charlene and I are sisters. Irish twins if you want to get more specific, born 11 months apart. And something even more crazy, Charlene was born at 12:31am and I was born at 12:31pm. I know, right?!? We’ve always joked that we share the same brain due to the fact… Read More Who is Trisha?
Salutations! Say what?! ‘Salutations’ is just a fancy way of saying hello! I learned this as a child in my favorite book, Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White. It is likely pretty obvious by that book title that I love nature, farms, friends, spiders (ok…just Charlotte) and of course reading and learning! That makes my responsibility as a homeschool parent pretty… Read More Who is Charlene?
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