Think Outside the Big Box. Buy From a Small Business This Weekend.

I like Amazon as much as anyone, and I shop at Kroger rather than a neighborhood grocery store. Mainly because there isn’t a neighborhood grocery store. But I try to remember and remind others that there are oodles of small businesses out there, both online and in your neighborhood. While everyone is rushing out tonight and at the crack o’freaking dawn tomorrow, you can stay home where it’s (hopefully) nice and warm, there are no lines and no traffic, and you get original gifts rather than the same things that a million other people have....more

Can a Homeschooler Live a Minimalist Lifestyle?

I’ve posted several times over the past few months about decluttering. I’m not talking about just cleaning out a closet. I’m talking about 30+ moving boxes of junk that I’ve moved around the country with me — some of them for 26 years. I have two boxes left that I didn’t get to before I moved again this week. My ex-husband found four small boxes (mostly books, of course) and one large box (only part of the contents were mine) that I left when I moved out. Because I couldn’t find all my stuff because we had too much crap stored in the basement....more

Moving: The Ultimate Decluttering Tool

Fortunately, I have a moving trailer and a pickup truck available this time, which will make things go a lot quicker. Especially since I finally have more furniture than just bookshelves. Also good is the fact that I’m about thirty boxes lighter now than when I moved in here! It will make moving so much quicker and easier. Now I just have to pack up seven bookcases worth of books. Tonight. Including this thing:...more

Online Small Business Owners: Want To Promote Your Black Friday Sales?

It’s that time of year again. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales ads all over the place. (Well, really, now they’re Black Thursday ads.) As a small business(es) owner, I’d prefer to help promote other entrepreneurs.If you have a small business, and want me to include your business in my Thanksgiving night post, then leave a comment on my blog....more

#NaBloPoMo Daily Prompt: Are You a Night Owl?

 Are you a morning person or a night owl?I’d have to say I’m a night owl, although I don’t really stay up late much anymore. I’d still rather be up at midnight than have to wake up early in the morning. The three years I worked the graveyard shift were much easier on me than the one year I had to be at work at 6AM. Humans should not wake up before the sun comes up. That’s what the sun is for. To tell us it’s time to wake up. Eventually....more

Free Middle Grade Ebook from Fabulous Author Karen Pokras Toz!

Karen Pokras Toz is a great writer with a way of getting to the minds of middle graders that is, frankly, a little scary.  But she’s also a fabulous friend and I’d love to do something special for her today for her birthday....more

#NaBloPoMo Daily Prompt: Favorite Hour

 Wednesday, November 13, 2013What is your favourite hour of the day? Any hour there is food.No, wait. I think I prefer sleep.Decisions, decisions.In all seriousness, I love both sunrise and sunset. The sky is gorgeous and animals come out to play. I think I prefer sunrise, though, just because it’s a new beginning....more

#NaBloPoMo Daily Prompt

 Nov 6 Prompt: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?...more

#NaBloPoMo Daily Prompt: Conflicted

You’re in the middle of a terrible argument, and everyone turns to you to help resolve it. How do you respond? How do you react to conflict?This is actually the prompt from November 2, but I was at a loss so went picking through the daily prompts.The way I see it, I have several options:1. Turn around and walk out of the room.2. Curl up in a ball in the corner and pretend nothing is happening....more

Who Knew I Could Be a Creative Mom?

We don’t do crafts in our house. Jeffrey has never been interested, even when he was in Mom’s Morning Out and when they did weekly crafts in Sunday School. He was probably seven before I realized he didn’t know how to use scissors, because it was never an issue. (Turns out it was part of his motor skills issues, but we didn’t know that then.) And frankly, I’ve been pretty happy with the no-craft thing, because I’m not very creative. I can’t write fiction, as much as I’d love to, because my brain just won’t work that way....more