forty. four. days.

“Mom, can you come here?” I could tell by Ava’s tone something wasn’t right. I walked into her room, saw her tears, and knew. “Do you miss Ivy?” She nodded and started crying even harder. I just held her and let her cry. We got home earlier this evening from a week visiting family in the Carolinas. Ava loves all of her family, but she’s got a special place in her heart right now for the …

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the birthday grinch

Funny how a person gets older and stays so much the same. I wrote this post on my 37th birthday (two years ago), and I could pretty much re-post it this year and call it a day. I’m still boring and ultra-practical. I still don’t like birthday hullabaloo (or Halloween). I still get all melancholy on my birthday for who knows what reason. I’m totally a birthday grinch. There is really no pleasing me. Buy …

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pre-birthday special!

It’s late, we leave for NYC in the morning (Run, Pam, Run!!), and I haven’t packed a thing. So, here’s the scoop for today: Share the link to my unschooling e-book on Facebook or Twitter (with a little blurb from you “endorsing” it), and I will give you a FREE PDF of the e-book. OR a FREE copy of one of my other e-books (see list here). OR a FREE paperback copy of my book …

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all the feels

1. I know I’m supposed to be blogging about unschooling. (I’ll be sure to mention it in the post somewhere.) 2. I know that phrase (all the feels) is over-used, but it’s late, and I’m tired, and I don’t have 10 extra minutes to stare at my computer screen while a better title comes to me. 3. October 29, 2014. The three-year anniversary of Gabe’s heart attack. (Here’s the whole exciting story.) I’m so (so, …

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unschooling: by nina

Hi, my name is Nina. I’m 8 years old. I’m in “3rd” grade. And some of the reasons I like being Unschooled are: 1. Because I don’t have to go to school. 2. That I can travel the world. 3. That I can sit on the couch and read a book instead of stare in a math book. 4. I can dance in the living room and dress my self up in sheets and scarfs with music instead …

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unschooling: an interview

Happy Monday, friends! Thanks to everyone who has bought my new e-book. As of the writing of this post, y’all had bought 49 copies on Amazon. THANK YOU! I would love to get to 50 today. (And then 75. And 100.). Today I’m handing the blog over to my online friend, Kim. Take it away, friend! Me: Hi, Kim. Tell us a little bit about yourself (including how we got connected online). Kim: My husband, …

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unschooling: thankful

Just feeling super thankful tonight. For your support of my new e-book. For friends and family. For a new van. For everything. Thanks, God.

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unschooling: good reads

Thanks so much for buying my new e-book! Please don’t stop! (well, if you already bought one, you should probably stop–one is plenty) Here are some cool things I read this week: Your Life Is Too Valuable to Live Like Everyone Else. (totally agree) The Fluid Beauty of a One-Piece Life (yes, yes, yes!) 24 Things They Definitely Should Have Taught You in School (fascinating) And I can’t remember where I wrote down the rest …

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unschooling: let’s chat about this

Day 24 of 31 already?? Just one week left of this unschooling series?? Say it ain’t so. Of course, I didn’t get to half of what I wanted to. Oh, well. There’s always next month. Or, more likely, never. But the e-book is out! Woot! (And Livi and I are already discussing a sequel.) A HUGE thank-you to everyone who has shared the book via social media in the past two days. I’ve made zero …

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unschooling: the e-book is NOW!

Friends. FRIENDS. I can’t even tell you how much easier this e-book publishing process was than all the ones that came before. Holy cow. Thanks to Mr. Taviano and this sweet software (100% worth the $39.99 price tag, and I’m a cheapskate). It’s already available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and as a PDF. This is CRAZINESS! And a HUGE thank you to everyone who has already bought it and/or spread the word. You’ve …

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