The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight: Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years

The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight - A Review from HomeWithPurpose.net

This has possibly been our busiest school year ever, or at least it’s felt like it.

I think multiple factors have contributed to making it feel even crazier than usual. A major job and work schedule change for my hubby, a new church, and my youngest hitting school age and starting to participate in extracurriculars alongside his siblings, just to name a few. Regardless of why, I was unprepared, and our household and school routines have suffered. So, the opportunity to review Heidi St. John’s The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight, published by Real Life Press, came along just when I needed some encouragement and inspiration to get things back on track.

The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight is subtitled “Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years”. Heidi, a busy homeschool mom of seven, writer, and speaker, aims to encourage both moms who feel overwhelmed by all that’s entailed in running a household and homeschooling, and those who just need some fresh inspiration. She covers not only the practical stuff like how to make a schedule, time management, tips for organizing your home, meal planning and preparation, etc., but also heart issues like being intentional, the importance of flexibility, procrastination, the tendency toward legalism, and more. [Read more…]

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms (Review Crew)

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms

It’s that time when many of us (myself included!) are deep in the throes of organizing and planning for the new homeschool year.

I’ve been a homeschool mom for well over a dozen years now, and I still haven’t outgrown the need for encouragement and support in juggling the many roles and responsibilities this job entails. Even the most seasoned homeschool mom can easily become discouraged and burned out if she’s not careful.

For a variety of reasons, life has been incredibly stressful for our family for the last year to year and a half. The effects have shown in my home management and our homeschool – it feels like we’ve basically been in “survival mode”. We’ve finally seen the end of some of the trying circumstances we were dealing with, and I’m really feeling the need to focus and get back on track as we move into fall. As part of that preparation, I’ve been working my way through Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms from Apologia Educational Ministries.

Flourish was written by Mary Jo Tate, a single mom who homeschools her four boys and also runs a successful home business. She wrote the book to encourage and equip exhausted, overloaded moms who feel like they’re barely getting by. By sharing the story of God’s faithfulness in her own life, she wants to give God glory and inspire hope in those who are struggling that they can not just survive, but flourish in the role God has given them! [Read more…]

Coming Soon! The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle Black Friday Encore Sale!

UHLB Black Friday collage

Did you miss The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle the first time it came around?

We’ve heard from so many people who were disappointed they missed out the first time around, that we’re happy to announce the Encore Flash Sale for Black Friday weekend only!

I said it before and I’ll say it again:

This one is different from any other bundle I’ve seen. It includes a collection of over 80 ebooksmembership to a 12-week mentorship series with interactive online conference calls and private support groups with well-known bloggers, and multiple other bonusesMuch more than just a set of ebooks and/or products to purchase, it’s designed to encourage, equip, and connect you with a like-minded community!

That’s what I really love about this collection: it’s purpose isn’t just to sell you a bundle of products, but to create a community with interaction, encouragement, and support!

And if you have already purchased one for yourself, this would be the perfect time to buy one (or more!) to use for Christmas! You can gift the entire bundle to one person, or split it up as many ways as you’d like, making multiple gifts out of it!

Do you have a new mom on your list? Gift her Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert and several of the other Healthy Kids and Babies titles! Maybe you have a  gardener in the family. The Gardening Notebook would be a fantastic choice! Do you have a friend or family member who’s just getting started on their real food journey? Better Than a Box, Real Food on a Real Budget and Real Food for the Real Homemaker are excellent choices. The possible combinations and ways to mix and match different titles to create unique, individualized gifts is almost endless! Print them or put them on a CD-Rom with a personalized label and voila! A unique, personal, and useful gift! 

Need a Refresher on What’s Included? [Read more…]

What Do I Do With Dozens of Ebooks? A Few Tips!

What Do I Do With Dozens of Ebooks? A Few Tips

The world of ebooks is a whole new ballgame.

Keeping digital products organized and accessible is completely different from organizing physical books. It’s so easy to download them and then lose them in the black hole of your hard drive. Out of sight, out of mind.

So, with all the talk this week about The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle, some of you are probably thinking, “How on earth would I organize, keep up with, and use so many ebooks?! I don’t want to just download them and then forget about them and never get any use out of them!”

Well, I have a few tips for you! [Read more…]

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle: Connecting, Encouraging, & Equipping You For a Natural Lifestyle

The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle: Connecting, Encouraging, & Equipping You For a Natural Lifestyle

Back for Black Friday weekend!  We’re having an encore sale for only 4 days, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Friday, November 29 to 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, December 2. After this time, this bundle will never be available for purchase again. Additionally, 25% of this flash sale’s proceeds go to a few of our favorite non-profit organizations… Shelter Box (specifically for Philippines relief aid), Compassion InternationalHope for Women, and Love146! If you missed it the first time around, here’s your chance to get this resource collection and support some very worthy causes too!
Living a natural, healthy lifestyle is important to me, not only for the benefit of my family’s health and well being, but because I’m firmly convinced that it honors and glorifies God and His creation. 

Home With Purpose exists as a way for me to encourage and equip others to do the same. Some like-minded friends of mine in the blogging community have been hard at work for the last several months putting together a comprehensive package of resources to do just that for all of us on this journey.

I’m really, truly, excited to be a part of bringing The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle to you.

This one is different from any other bundle I’ve seen. It includes a collection of over 80 ebooks, membership to a 12-week mentorship series with interactive online conference calls and private support groups with well-known bloggers, and multiple other bonusesMuch more than just a set of ebooks and/or products to purchase, it’s designed to encourage, equip, and connect you with a like-minded community!

That’s what I really love about this collection: it’s purpose isn’t just to just sell you a bundle of products, but to create a community with interaction, encouragement, and support! I’ve already seen that in action these last few weeks as the authors and team members have worked together to get everything ready to launch. What a wonderful group of people! The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle embodies what I’m striving for at Home With Purpose: encouraging and equipping others to live in a way that honors and glorifies God in every aspect of home and family life. It’s been a real blessing to be part of it!

I’ll be sharing some of my favorites and a few sneak peeks here on the blog and in our Facebook community this week, so you may want to subscribe to updates and join us on Facebook too!

With that said, I’m thrilled to share the details with you! Read on for a list of exactly what’s included, and click the links for even more details! 

Thanks for letting me share my excitement with you! 🙂 [Read more…]

Back to Homeschool 2013/2014: Our Typical Day

Back To Homeschool 2013/2014: Our Typical Day (www.homewithpurpose.net)

It’s that time of year again when we develop a new daily routine. We (mostly) school year-round but we’re pretty relaxed through the summer. Each fall, we begin a new school year with new subjects and requirements, plus a new schedule for extracurricular activities. Also throw into the mix a preschooler with changing needs as far as naps and supervision, and older kids with varying levels of supervision needed. All of this means that each year looks a little bit different from previous years.

We’re a couple of weeks into the year now, and we’re beginning to settle into the new rhythm. We’re not a highly-structured schedule-down-to-the minute family by any stretch of the imagination, but we do have a routine to our days. We have several events each day that serve as “anchors” – fixed points in our schedule – and we allow some flexibility in between. [Read more…]