"Shopping" by Roderick Eime at flickr.com (scaled, cropped, logo and text added)

Retail Therapy with Groupon
Groupon Coupons Will Help You Shop Smarter

Raise your hand if you have used Groupon. I know my hand is up. Now raise your hand if you love a great coupon for a “brick and mortar” or online store. What if you could use those two things together? I know I would be all in! Who doesn’t love saving money? For a homeschooling family, like mine, saving money is a must!

"Shopping" by Roderick Eime at flickr.com (scaled, cropped, logo and text added)

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Image courtesy of Marcus Anthony Crow

Painting Rocks
Bringing People Together

Painting and then hiding rocks has become this summer’s craze. Rock painting is taking place in cities everywhere and there are often social media pages devoted to this fun trend. The local Facebook page for my community, 719 Rocks!, has gained over 16,000 followers in a few months’ time. I must say, I think this is such a positive use of technology.

Image courtesy of Marcus Anthony Crow

Image courtesy of Marcus Anthony Crow

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"Climber on Arête Sud-Ouest" by Masa Sakano at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

You Can Do Anything!
6 Ways to Encourage Independence in Your Children

Do you have a little one that is clingy? Or maybe one that likes to run free? Both of my children were a bit more of the clingy type. This worked out great for safety but not so much for letting me get things done. Or even going to the bathroom in peace. I’m so thankful they love and trust me, but I also want them to be independent. It is so important for building confidence and learning life skills. Here are some of the things we do to encourage independence.

"Climber on Arête Sud-Ouest" by Masa Sakano at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of Masa Sakano at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

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"Brooks Lodge" by Max Goldberg at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Snack Attack!
Fight Back with Healthy Choices

Do you have snackers at your house? My daughter is in a phase where should would rather snack all day then eat. I’m not really opposed to this, as several small meals throughout the day can be better than three heavy meals. The problem is finding healthy options we can agree on. Since she has a slight build, I like to make sure has a little protein with each snack. I have also found that I snack while preparing her snack. Oops! Healthier choices help me too.

"Brooks Lodge" by Max Goldberg at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of Max Goldberg at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

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"PARK" by Omer Unlu at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Find Adventure in Your Own Big Backyard
14 Fun Things You Can Do in Any City

I don’t have anything to do. Raise your hand if you have heard this come out of your little cutie’s mouth a time or two… or three thousand. Spring and summer break can seem daunting if don’t already have set plans. I’m all for letting kids experience a little boredom, but it can be exhausting for everyone. The problem is finding something to do can be difficult. Here is a list of things that you can do just about anywhere and provide fun for just about everyone.

"PARK" by Omer Unlu at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

Image courtesy of Omer Unlu at flickr.com (scaled and text added)

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