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My name is Jessica but you can call me Jess if you'd like. I am 32 years old, younger at heart, artistic, crafty and I am a down to earth woman who wears her heart on her sleeve. I am also a Mother of 5 beautiful children, from 9 months up to 12 years old. I love being a Mom. I am married to the love of my life; almost 13 years now. It has been a long hard road with many wonderful memories in between. The last 13 years has truly been full of learning for me. As hard as life has been, I wouldn't trade any of it because I would miss out on all the beautiful moments I got to experience with my family. 

Happy Homeschool Anniversary.


Does it ever feel like your journey has taken quite awhile longer than it really has? Have you ever just met someone and felt like you have known them for years? Life is so extraordinary and amazing like that. Yesterday marked our second year of homeschooling. When I think about it more it really is surprising to me. Just two years? We are homeschooling babies!




We have been through so many changes since the beginning of our homeschool journey. I started out stressing like a mad woman. Every day worried that I was going to ruin my kids. My mind completely warped by the expectation of the public school mind set. It still gets me sometimes. Its hard to drop it completely. I myself was not homeschooled. I am not saying public school is awful. Some probably are. There are some great schools in my area. Each family has their own reasons and what works for them.

I have learned a lot about my kids these past two years. I even have gained knowledge I lost. Its amazing what and how much kids will learn when given the choice to learn what interests them. Give them the reins and let them go. Yes it is hard to really do that until they start reading on their own. My oldest was already there before we started homeschooling.

I have tried a thousand different ways to teach them and cried a lot of tears. When all along I was the big problem. If I knew then what I know now, I'd have a lot less wrinkles! Learning at home is simpler than some think. We make it hard or easy. What makes it challenging is learning while living a family life. It isn't just school t home. It is LIFE. Have you never heard of someone learning to read on their own. What do you think people did before schools? Yes some didn't know how to read but if they wanted to they learned and they gained a lot of life experience compared to kids today. I am talking responsibility, farming, team work, money skills, business skills, sewing, cooking....the list goes on.

Some little things I would have loved to have heard when I first started this long journey:

**Take a couple months off and do whatever you want. Read a lot, go to the library; take a few trips.

** Figure out what they are interested in.

** Know their learning styles. This is a huge one! We all are NOT the same.

** Try not to get mad. I wasn't the only one dealing with change. Think about how they feel too.

** Have conversations. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. Talk about what you love and what interests you. This will get them talking.

** Listen. Really listen.And actually think about what they are saying to you. Are they struggling; do they need you to confirm them?

** Instead of fighting their interests...support them. "I want to be a super hero when I grow up!" Yes support that! Let them be a super hero. We need more of those!




Well that is all I have for now. There are probably a few more I haven't learned yet. I am far from an expert and I know I have many years left of this. I just hope I can help others while helping myself. Do you have fears of homeschooling? Do you feel lost? Join my Facebook group  Homeschool info,. advice and tips and follow for advice, free homeschool resources and support. I hope to see you there! Have a fantastic night!









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Ruby Ribbon Cami Review

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We are in the middle of July and it is very hot here in Georgia. The older I have become the less I admire the fun summertime. It isn't so much fun anymore. No longer can I stay cool by running around in my cute childish swimsuit. It is okay though, I am very blessed to have air conditioning so I will try not to complain too much. I hope your summer vacation has been a fun and comfortable one. As for me, I am patiently waiting for Fall.
Today's blog post is all about Ruby Ribbon's Shapewear. I was sent The Original Tank Cami in leopard print to try out. 



The benefits and features are:  NO bra required. Support built in. Provides wider straps for comfort, and a firm but comfortable support for    full  figure/full fit frames.Molded cups allow for a natural bustling.Provides comfortable everyday smoothing and defined shaping.Lifts and separates.Can support almost any cup size (C and above) and provides…

Thieves Laundry Soap by Young Living Oils

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Good Monday everyone! Can you believe I am writing another blog post so soon? Haha yes! After weeks of feeling in no mood to write or anything for that matter, here I am sharing another great review with you. It is true that so far I have not had one bad product experience that I have wrote for you. I would think that is an amazingly great thing. I just want you to know that each review and post I make is my complete and honest opinion.
Today I want to tell you about my experience with Young Livings Thieves Laundry Soap. First of all, I love essential oils, making my own laundry soap and anything that is safest to use for my family. You probably know that by now but in case you do not I wanted to make that clear in my review. When I make my own laundry soap I do add lavender EO for the nice fresh scent.



First, I noticed that I did not have to use much soap for a medium sized load of clothes. It is a small cap as i…

DIY Paint for Kids

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I stumbled upon a really cool homemade paint recipe.....
You see, my kids love to paint so much that it was starting to get expensive. Acrylics, watercolors, the list goes on. Young kids don't usually care about they type of paint. They just want to have fun and be creative!
So like I said I stumbled upon this great, simple and cheap paint recipe. With ingredients you most likely have in your kitchen. Can't get any better than that ;)

Check below for this simple recipe....
Here is what you need:
1 Cup Salt 1 Cup Flour 1 Cup Water Food coloring Jars are squeeze bottles.
That is it! You mix those well together and you have paint! I made four batches so the kids could have four colors! Fun to make and fun for the kids to use :)

Preparing to mix...
































Once you have all the colors prepared just pour into jars or squeeze bottles. Really, you can use just about anything to store it in.


Natural Health: Oxylent Supplements

I am always trying to find the best vitamins for my kids. It is important to me to give them something that will help their growing bodies and immune system. Most vitamins sold at stores like Wal-Mart are full of synthetic ingredients. One has to really pay attention to the ingredients list, even if it does say Natural. I have an eight month old, and although he doesn't need vitamins because I breastfeed, I need them very much! 

Breastfeeding takes a lot from a Mother. She needs all the nutrients and vitamins that she can get. If she doesn't then it all goes to baby, leaving her with nothing. Let's face it, Mom needs to take care of herself too! I have recently discovered a natural vitamin supplement for the whole family. This is not your everyday vitamin. It is a vitamin powder that you add to your water. Shake and drink!
A company called Vitalah and founder Lisa Lent created an amazing health and nutritional supplement. I was sent to review a few from their Oxylent line. I…

Four Dirty Boys Soap

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Good October everyone! It has been awhile since I have sat here to write to you all about something or another. Have you all been enjoying the cooler weather? If you are from the South like me I bet you are. I know many that love the summer but Fall is my happy time. My kids agree with me on this one ;)

Today, I am introducing you to another amazing business and its owner. Teresa makes natural handmade soap. She has a big family of boys to keep clean! What better way to do that than by doing it the healthy and non-toxic way? From what I have learned so far by my own research, it isn't simple work....but highly rewarding. Keeping her family healthy, happy and clean :) All while running a family owned business. I am truly in awe of her and what she has accomplished.

I have ordered her soap and tried many great scents. My absolute favorites are Sweet Orange Chili Pepper and Spearmint. Each soap has an amazing …
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