Homeschooler Day at Lehman’s

Lehman’s in Kidron, OH hosts homeschool days every Tuesday now through March! At Lehman’s, your homeschooler can learn about a more simpler time and do the following:

-Churn Butter

-Peel Apples

-Learn all about Aladdin Lamps

-Wood Carvings Presentation from local artist Paul Weaver

-Treasure Hunt

-Taste Test funny-flavored sodas

For more information, see their event on Facebook or register on Eventbrite!




Paleopalooza the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Science and art come together at this year’s Paleopalooza, a weekend family festival of musical dinosaur puppetry, live animal shows of dinosaur descendants, rare dinosaur fossils, and even a look at the prehistoric sky, on Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia.


Visitors can watch as Alaskan artist Ray Troll uses chalk to recreate the famous Hadrosaurus foulkii in his distinctive style on a giant chalkboard in the Drawn to Dinosaurs exhibit. Troll, recipient of the Academy’s Gold Medal for Distinction in Natural History Art, will draw the New Jersey plant-eater over the two days, and it will remain on view for several months.

Field Station: Dinosaurs explores the eating habits and table manners of our favorite dinosaurs in a lively interactive show of puppetry set to music at 11 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The playful walking dinosaur puppet also will make appearances in Dinosaur Hall at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m.

Academy paleontologist Ted Daeschler, fresh from a research expedition to Antarctica, will describe his amazing adventure and Devonian fossil finds in a fascinating presentation at 2:30 p.m. both days. At 1 p.m. both days, The Franklin Institute Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will take visitors on a star-filled tour of the prehistoric sky, demonstrating what T. rex would have seen when he took a break from devouring other dinosaurs to gaze up at the sky. That’s at 1 p.m. both days.

The festival also features displays of rare fossils from the Academy’s world-renowned collection, live animal shows with birds and reptiles (both related to dinosaurs), interactive activities, creative craft-making, and more. For more information and to purchase tickets online at a discount, visit ansp.org.


Adventures in mud pie making!

I was going through pictures and almost forgot about this set from last fall. Crankles discovered how cool mud was that day! While toddlerhood can be frustrating at times for parents and toddlers alike, it really is a magical time where they are really exploring the world around them.

I picked some of my favorites from the day and hope you enjoy them too!


Check out my hands Mama!


Look at me as I make duck face Mama!


Oh no, Mama! It is Baby Godzilla!



How to Leave your Facebook Newsfeed and Get What You Need!

Social media has made its way into our lives in such a way that it is almost a part of us it seems at times. Being a blogger, social media is my best way to connect with readers and gain new readership, so leaving one of the big Social Media players like Facebook seems utterly impossible. However, this past year, with the election and all, I want to do just that. I dream of deactivating my account once and for all. Then I realize that as a blogger, I would just be shooting myself in the foot. Then I also realize that ALL of our homeschool groups are also on Facebook, and we do like our homeschool activities. I tried to just ignore the newsfeed when I would do social media on there or look up group stuff, but somehow I would get sucked into it over and over. This past weekend, I decided to make a change. To be honest, all of the constant bickering and bashing is just not good for my well-being, and I do not feel like engaging in it. If you are in a similar position, here are simple ways to step away from your newsfeed but keep involved in what you need.


Until recently, I did not realize that Facebook had a group app. I knew they had a page app, and I know about the messenger app. However, there is also a handy little app for groups. Once you download those apps onto your phone or tablet, you do not need Facebook. You can sign out forever if you would like. Sign into your group app, messenger app, and page app, and voila! You have access to your page and group content. Plus you can use Messenger too. Messenger is still handy if you are active in groups. You can choose to receive notifications. While I have had a few glitches, for the most part, it has been simple to use. One thing to remember is for the groups app, make sure that you have notifications turned on for the groups in which you want to stay in contact the most. You can still search your groups from the app, but it is easier to just have the notifications appear without it.

I miss silly Star Wars memes every once in a while, but I do have Instagram still. Instagram, at least my Instagram accounts, are much more drama free. I know it might seem silly that I am even writing all of this, but the thing is that because social media has become such a part of our lives, it really can wear down a person. Leaving it does not mean that I care any less about some of the issues that are hot topics there. It just means that stepping back from it gives me a clearer head so that I can be a better person and even a better activist for the causes I hold dear to my heart.

Even if you are not in the mindset of leaving Facebook, please remember to step back when you feel things are getting heated. Clear your mind.Don’t get trapped in social media.

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Leaving never gets easier

With the exception of last year, my husband has been doing geology work in the oilfield seven of the last eight years. I think the year he was home, we never quite got used to him being home, nor did we ever fully adjust to being a full-time family of five.


We make it work for the most part. It has been hard lately as Crankles has hit the terrible twos…HARD. She has currently decided that she boycotts all naps, so by 7pm, she is in full meltdown mode. With the kids in extra-curriculars, moving up the bedtime is not an option. Anyways, Crankles does not remember her daddy being in the field so much, and it has been especially hard when he leaves. Tonight, I could feel my husband’s heart breaking a bit each time she told him not to go. It never gets easier.

We are lucky he has a good job, and he is with a good company too. However, the away time is always hard. We manage by chatting via Facebook and doing video chats. Now that he is on day shifts, that will be even easier to do. Making little kids understand that we grown ups have to do things we don’t always want to do in order to provide for our families is not so easy.

I suspect the next few days are going to be rough. I survive by taking time outs in the bathroom or shutting my bedroom door for a few minutes to breathe. The key to getting through it is trying stay calm. It is not always easy, and I often feel frazzled, but I am trying.

If you are in a relationship where your significant other travels a lot, know you have my full sympathy. We all adjust, and while we adjust things flow better, it never really gets any easier.

If your family is like ours, how do you cope when your significant other is away? Feel free to comment below or join the discussion on Facebook, and if you like this post, don’t forget to share!


It’s the little things…

This week I celebrated a birthday. We are supposed to celebrate it later this week as my husband was just getting done with his hitch on this day. To tell you the truth, I was a little bummed. My birthday is two weeks and one day after Christmas and often gets overlooked and sometimes forgotten because of the holiday season. I say that I am okay with it because I am used to it, but honestly, it would be nice to be treated like a princess on my special day. That is why I felt my heart swell when I came home from running errands and taking Sissy to dance to see my son made this for me for my special day!

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My son has never really made a cake, and yet it did not stop him from making me a devil’s food chocolate cake with cream cheese icing. My son is a superstar and really made me feel like it really was my day. Also, for his first try, it was very yummy!

It does not take grand gestures to let someone know they are important or loved. It is the little things, like baking a cake, that make all the difference.


Good Goals for the New Year

by Delia (Contributing Writer)


Every year, I jumped on the bandwagon of setting a New Year’s resolution.  This year instead of making a resolution, I made a list of goals.  Things I want to accomplish, but not really resolutions.  Resolutions are things that tend to be stuck to strictly within the first few weeks of the year and then when we screw up and “fail” we give up entirely.  We often backslide even farther than where we started.  I am starting with this list of goals for the New Year.


  1. Listen more/talk less:  I want to work on my listening skills.  I too frequently listen to respond rather than listening to truly understand.  This is going to take some work.

  2. Communicate with friends and family more:  Call them, and send encouraging notes, birthday cards, and anniversary cards.  Visit my parents more, ask questions, learn more about their lives.

  3. Use my free time more effectively:  knit, paint, make handmade gifts for Christmas.  I waste so much time  at the end of the day just watching TV

  4. Write more: I have ideas for books I want to write and  I want to keep writing for this blog

  5. Learn to say no:  I say yes to helping with too many things.  I always think that no one else is going to do it.  Sometimes, I think people just expect me to step up and do things so they don’t volunteer.  At some point I need to step back and let others take their turn.  I need to keep my sanity which is difficult sometimes

  6. Get more exercise:  Even if it is just more steps during the day, I am going to focus on being more active and taking care of me.  I need to lose weight, but I don’t want to be concentrated on the negative of weight loss.  I would rather look toward improving my health through increased activity.  If that results in weight loss…great.  If not, that is fine too.

I am reaching out to friends to have them help me be more accountable to my goals.  I am going to be gentle with myself.  If I slide with one of my goals, I will just allow myself to move on and try again.  Women in particular need to stop beating themselves up for not being successful when we try something.  When we slip, we just need to give ourselves another chance.  Let’s make a vow to just keep trying this year.  It doesn’t matter how many times we fall down; it matters how many times we get back up.