Mom School 101: Lessons in Letting Go


This post was originally intended it to be a reflection on our first year of homeschool.  I figured I would share a little of what we learned over the past twelve months; the good, the bad, and the ugly.  A few clever observations and I'd be on my way.  Alas, that post was not meant [...]

Legoland {Homeschool Field Trip}


I know in many parts of the country Spring Break doesn't happen for a few more weeks, but since all the schools in our area are off this week (meaning no dance or other activities) AND since my awesome, adorable, & crazy talented niece Coryn decided to spend her college spring break with us instead [...]

How I Get My Kids to Clean Their Room


I haven’t talked about it much but for the past year or so an epic struggle has been waging in the Soukup household.  It is Mommy versus Kids in the War of the Tidy Room, and while there are still small battles being fought now and then, I can finally say with confidence that I [...]

How to Make Homemade Butter


Okay, so maybe I just tend to get overly excited about butter in general, but I am pretty sure that making homemade butter in my Kitchen-Aid is both the coolest and the most domestic thing I've ever done.   Just when I didn't think it was possible to love an appliance even more....I mean really, [...]

Dissecting an Owl Pellet {Homeschool Science}


I am so thankful that when it comes to homeschool science, Husband is more than willing to step up and handle all the gross stuff.  (Like the infamous chicken mummy!) He thinks it is cool.  What a guy. This past week we studied owls.  Who knew those adorable little birds were so interesting?  I took [...]

Watercolor Thank You Cards {DiY}


In the wake of our battle with the flu last week I wasn't feeling up to any major creative endeavors, but by the end of the week the girls were begging to do a craft.  What can I say?  They are definitely my kids! One of my favorite writing activities for language arts is having [...]

Valentine’s Day Embroidery Hoop Art


We are in full Little House mode over here, and I gotta say, I am loving every minute.  As I told Husband last night, our girls may never score a 1600 on their SAT, but my oh my, will they be able to sew, bake, & pickle like nobody's business! Last week, inspired by one [...]

And Then I Realized I Was Doing It All Wrong… {Lessons in Homeschooling}


Last spring, as I prepared to take on this crazy adventure called homeschooling, I read countless books and articles and websites, most of them helpful, a few of them scary, but almost all containing phrases like this: Every homeschool family is unique.  You’ll start out doing one thing and end up someplace completely different.  You [...]

the chicken mummy {the grossest thing we’ve ever done}


We finally finished our Chicken Mummy. Finally. It took FOREVER. The Ancient Egyptians could crank out one of those puppies in about 40 days; ours took at least twice that long.  It was by far the grossest thing we've ever done.  I can't even tell you how gross it was.  And stinky.  It reeked.  The [...]

fall leaves canvas {easy kids DiY project}

We had a one-day cold front pass through last week, (and by cold, I mean 85 degrees instead of 95), which I took as a clear sign from above that it was time to dig out the bins of fall decorations.  I also took it as a sign that it was time to rock the [...]

3 easy reptile crafts for kids {DiY}

A few weeks ago (or was it months....) I mentioned that we were studying reptiles in our homeschool science class.  For reasons that I still don't understand, my normally all-things-pink-and-pretty girly girls are really, really, really fascinated by snakes, lizards, alligators, & turtles. I suggested a few times that we move on to something else but [...]

Tender Spirits {Why We Homeschool}


It is often in our failures that we learn the biggest lessons; the same holds true for parenting. Several weeks ago, on the final leg of our summer road trip, I had an epic mom fail.  We still had 4 hours to go and  I was tired and crabby and ready to be out of [...]

Simple Kid-Friendly Olympics Party


I don't know about you but here in the Soukup household we have been SO excited for the Olympics to start!  We hadn't made any big plans, but on Friday the girls & I decided it would be fun to throw together a very impromptu party to celebrate watching the opening ceremonies.  We invited one [...]

reptile world {our first field trip}

I hate snakes. Actually the word 'hate' doesn't even seem strong enough to describe the way I feel about snakes.  Just the thought of them makes me shudder.  I don't like talking about them, reading about them, looking at pictures of them, or especially seeing them in person. Unfortunately for me, Princess has been totally [...]

our new adventure {welcome to homeschooling}

I've delayed putting off this post as long as I could, but the more I try to separate my blogging life and my home life, the more disconnected I feel.   The time has come to lay it all out on the table. This is a personal blog, a record of my own experience as [...]

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