• the idea of all year school

    Why We ‘All Year School’ Our Kids

    Ever heard of all year school? It’s the concept of continuing your child’s education throughout the year, as opposed to breaking for several weeks or months over the Summer and holidays. I know there are a few districts out there that offer all year school, but not many. This is one of the benefits of homeschooling that we’re really thankful for. As the main educator for our children, we make the decision on when they take a break and for how long. Why We Love All Year School One of the reasons I love all year school, is because it’s less pressure on me and the kids. Each grade level…

  • Who I Am Besides Being a Mom

    As I write this, I can feel my chest tighten and my eyes fight back tears. I feel like I’m having a bit of an identity crisis. Okay, so crisis may be too strong of a word. I’m happy, I’m healthy, and I’m not lost. But I’m having a hard time figuring out who I am besides being a Mom. I’m a Wife. I love my husband and try to support him in his goals and dreams. I look to him as the head of our family and respect his input and decisions. I do my best to make him laugh, look pretty, and feed him good meals. We’re getting…

  • What Getting Healthier In My Thirties Looks Like

    For those of you who didn’t know, I turned thirty-two a few months back. Turning thirty has definitely impacted my body in ways I didn’t previously think about. Getting healthier in my twenties looks a lot different from getting healthier in my thirties. I’ve never really worried about my size. I’ve always been a curvy girl, and that doesn’t come with the model thin body you see on TV and in magazines. For the most part I’m okay with that, because (honest sharing), I like having a larger chest. My weight has always landed on my hips area, but that’s fairly easy to cover with the right clothing. But now…

  • Focusing On The Positives In Your Life

    Today I’m feeling very grateful to live the life that we do.  It’s been a hard couple of weeks. My husband has been working crazy overtime and I’ve been on my own with the kids a lot. Instead of being frustrated by the long days, I’m choosing to be grateful that the kids dad has such a great job and the ability to work. He goes to his office each day without complaint and never brings home that weight. He’s giving me the ability to stay home with our kids full time and not worry financially. And when he’s here, he’s really here! He’s changing diapers, he’s emptying the dishwasher,…

  • Are You Living The Life You Want To Live? | Challenging the Status Quo

    Take a second to answer the following two questions: First, how did you spend your last 24 hours? And second, what was the last thing you purchased? I’m asking you so that you can determine how you’re investing your time and money. I’ve been thinking about this a lot the past couple of days. It’s important now and then to take a hard look at the life we’re living and determine if the path we’re on is bringing us joy and fulfillment, or stress and exhaustion. Are you living the life you want to live? Are we truly connecting with the people we love? Do we visit them? Call them?…

  • 5 Things I Noticed After I Cut Back On My Social Media Usage

    I know, I know. I’m talking about social media again. It’s been just over a week since I drastically cut down on my social media usage though and I wanted to share what I discovered. I didn’t realize how much being on social networks was affecting my life until I pulled back. When you’re a blogger, your entire job revolves around it. You need to share your content, gain followers, connect, etc, and it forces you to be online. That wasn’t always the case, but it definitely is now. I’ve been limiting myself to about 20 minutes total a day. That includes time on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter – though…

  • Social Media | It Ain’t What It Use To Be

    Take a second and think back about twelve years. Do you remember what social media was like? Facebook was a year old, Twitter had just begun, and Instagram wasn’t even a thing. I had Facebook, but used it mostly to share photos with friends and family. I’m fairly certain MSN chat was still my main form of online communication. Community. That’s what this was suppose to all be about. We were staying in touch with old friends and sharing special moments with those we knew but didn’t see often. Signing on was lighthearted and fun. It brought a smile to my face! But something changed. I don’t find social media…

  • Stormalong Bay

    I Don’t Want To Play The Game

    I don’t want to play the game. What game am I talking about? The competitive, can’t keep up, buying followers to make my numbers look better, trading likes, make-sure-you-see-my-stuff-first, blogging game. Nope – as far as that stuff is concerned, I’m out. It’s not why I blog and I don’t like it. I’ve done a lot of chatting with fellow bloggers since my return from Florida, as well as my own family. You’ve probably noticed a slow down in my blog and social media posts as well. Let me be clear – I’m not quitting blogging! What I am doing is freeing myself up from the responsibility of posting a…

  • Pulling back on my social media usage

    A Day In The Life of This Country Mama

    A day in the life of this country Mom… At 5:30am I’m abruptly woken from my sleep. My morning alarm is going off, but it’s not one I can quickly silence. The toddler is hollering from her bedroom across the hall. She wants out of her crib. I groggily walk across the hall and scoop her up into a hug. I walk blindly back to my room and drop her into the bed with my husband and I. I push the Netflix button on my phone app and let her watch Paw Patrol while I enjoy some quiet for another half an hour. At 6:00am, I hear LEGO snapping and…

  • Today I’m 32 | Moments in Mommyland

    Happy Birthday to me! That’s right, folks. Today I turn 32. My initial reaction is to whine about how old I’m getting, but seriously, 32 is not old. And when I look around at the life I’m leading, I have zero reasons to complain. I’m so grateful to have had another year with my family and friends! I thought this would be a good opportunity to tell you a little bit more about me. I’m going to share some random facts that you may or may not have known. Perhaps you’ll learn something. Survey says, this is me… Today I’m 32! 1. I’ve lived pretty much my entire life in…