I have another new eBook available now and on the Kindle. It’s called Homeschooling by the Numbers, and you can read all about it through that link. In addition to the things that I have written, it also features writings by many of my very favorite homeschooling bloggers.
To celebrate, you can pick it up through the end of this weekend (September 9th) at 50% off with the code HBNLaunch (that means just $2.00).
(Want to know a little secret? You can actually use the code to pick up any, or all, of my eBooks this weekend because of the way I set up the coupon code.)
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Every time I make a recipe from scratch, I am reminded how domestically challenged I am. And, it’s not because I mess it up. Really, things usually come out pretty well as long as I have directions to follow. I am reminded that I’m domestically challenged because I have a strong desire to go outside and shout to anyone within ear shot, “Hey everyone – I made donuts from scratch for my family tonight!”
It’s silly, right? But I can’t help it.
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The donuts in question? That would be these delicious baked pumpkin donuts. (I made mine regular sized instead of mini though.)
It’s okay to have them because I baked them with my new donut pan (which I had to pick up a second one of) instead of throwing them in oil, right? It’s what I’m telling myself anyway. (We each got two. Yum!)
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Did you see that we’re giving away a $100 Chuck E. Cheese gift card at The Homeschool Classroom? If you haven’t popped over there yet to enter, head over. On the up side, even if you don’t have a use for the gift card, you could have an amazing gift to give to someone!
(The Homeschool Classroom was actually down for a whole day on the day that I needed to publish that post. I know it’s just a website, but I thought I was going to crazy with it down all day with seemingly nothing I could do to make it better.)
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I had to go to the dentist this week. Do any of you out there hate going to the dentist as much as I hate going? Sure, I love for my teeth not to fall out as much as the next person, but I dread going every single time.
It only makes matters worse that the sweet hygienist that I really like (who came to my dentist’s office a couple of years ago) is particular
aggressive thorough in her cleanings. It’s nice knowing that I’m getting pretty darn clean, but I had one time where she worked on the area of my mouth where I have a permanent retainer (from way back when I was 12 years old) for so long that I joked with her afterward, “I wanted to stop you and tell you that I would tell you any secrets I knew if you would stop.” She felt bad, of course, though. (But, did offer up a different way to do it the next time around.)
The last time I went in was better then. But, this time? Oh. my. word. There was one little spot that was apparently particularly difficult. She even apologized while she worked, telling me, “I’m so sorry, but it will just be healthier to clean this off” and “I’m sorry – this is really going to be sore tomorrow.”
You know what, kids? It was really sore right then. In fact, it was right about that point where I almost had to tell her to stop because I was about to be sick.
The up side of this all? My teeth were really clean and it was not actually sore the next day (or even by that evening). Gotta look for that silver lining where it can be found.
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I got frustrated with blogging this week. I think it had a lot to do with The Homeschool Classroom being down and having very little control over fixing it.
I said to Jack, “Maybe I should just stop blogging and make us bread and cookies all day instead.”
Jack is generally a pretty supportive kid, so I expected him to give me an “atta girl” and I would move on. Instead, I was surprised (and it gave me more than just a pause) when he said, “You wouldn’t have to make cookies every day.” It made me take stock and try to think about what things I really want to do, and what things I should probably let go.
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No, I’m not going to stop blogging. But, even if I did, I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t work on making cookies and bread everyday anyway.
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