Virtual Homeschooling 101

With our increasingly computerized world, virtual homeschool is a hot topic these days. Fortunately for you, our family has been following this path for the past three years. Read on for answers to all your questions about attending a virtual school from the comfort of your home.

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Summer Brain: Keep Your Kids Sharp While School is Out

Summer break is upon us and billions of regular school-attending children are in need of input! Keep their brains sharp with these resources for reading, math, science, and more.


Reading is one of my favorite things to do. I do it with my children, to my children, or just while sitting in the same room next to my children. In my opinion one can never read too much. Whether your children are just beginners, or taking down chapter books in a single setting, you can keep them moving forward with the right resources.

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Amazon Prime: What’s Included and is it Worth it?

Amazon Prime was first launched over 10 years ago and boasted two-day shipping on numerous products for a flat fee of $79 a year. A lot has changed in those 10 plus years; now a yearly membership is $99 (or you can pay $10.99 a month). Read on for a break-down of all the goodies tucked in to see if Amazon Prime is a good fit for you.

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Wind, Water, Earth, Fire; Your guide to renewable energy options for your home

Alternative home energy options are now within reach. Whether you are building a house or supplementing your local system, these choices could save you money. And they are renewable, to boot! Renewable energy is not longer something far off in the future. The time has come for serious consideration and implementation of these earth-friendly systems. Read more

Common Sense Computer Buying Guide

Smart phones are everywhere these days, but when the rubber hits the road, a good computer can be worth its weight in gold. A full keyboard, and not having to squint or view one section of a web page at a time, are the top benefits that come to my mind. There are many options these days. Between sales and brands, the pressure to buy can be intense. But the decision process does not have to be a nightmare. The following common sense considerations can help you quickly decide what type of product will serve you best.

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Online Management Tools: Keep Your Kids On Track

“Mom, Paul was on again!!”

“I was not!”

This conversation has been rehearsed about 500 times since my children discovered that silly website. The standard fix would be to monitor their online time or just take it away altogether. The Paul mentioned above is only six-years-old, surely he does not NEED to be on the internet, right?

Unfortunately no. Since my children “attend” a virtual school, a lot of their day is spent online, accessing much of their coursework through the school’s website. This problem is confounded by the fact that I have multiple children in school at the moment — four to be exact. In addition I have three more not-quite-school-age children running around, as well. But we are going on our third year with this program and we really do appreciate all it has to offer. So what’s a busy momma to do? — Get smart!

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Self-driving cars; Ready or not, here they come.

Yes; you read that right. Cars that drive themselves. Cars not dependent on human intervention. Would they be safe? Would they be affordable? What about maintenance? Who gets blamed when they crash? Clearly there are many uncertainties blanketing this concept. But that’s not stopping auto engineers from designing and testing self-driving cars. The list of car makers currently creating self-driving cars totals 30. Look here to see it in full. Clearly many, if not most, see this as a worthy pursuit.

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Money Matters: A timely look at three budgeting options

Although I consider religion an integral part of my identity as a person, the “holiday season” still causes dollar signs to dance before my eyes. This time of year we need money. We need money for gifts, travel, and the endless activities and events. Even if you started your Christmas planning early, chances are good that money is on your mind right now. As we go into the new year, now is the optimal time to consider implementing a budget. Read on for a quick review of three budget-friendly options to track your expenses and keep your money on target.

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Protect Yourself From Scams

Scene #1: You pick up the ringing phone, answering an unfamiliar number. The caller explains you are going to be issued a grant of $3,000 but you have to verify your bank information first.

Scene #2: The unknown number brings a formal but pushy voice proclaiming you owe $550 to the government and asking for your credit card or bank information, while threatening a slew of horrible events, should you fail to comply.

Scene #3: A suspicious e-mail makes it’s way to your inbox, claiming to be updating you on a suspicious charge to your bank account, and requesting you to click the enclosed link.

Are these scams? Probably so. Thanks to technology, sending and receiving information has become incredibly easy. Unfortunately, that means you need to be consciously protecting yourself from scams. It is not exceedingly difficult to keep yourself safe. Read on for some basic tips concerning your phone and your e-mail.

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