When something breaks your homeschool heart


I call it “homeschool heartbreak.”

I’ve dealt with it before, and right now, I’m in the midst of it again.

It happens when something, or someone hits you square in the chest, and you begin to question homeschooling; question yourself.

It’s a terrible feeling, and it can be incredibly hard to get back up and keep fighting.

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This week, I shared a post at Simple Homeschool about what to do when someone or something breaks your homeschool heart. I can tell you, that a week after writing it, things are already a lot easier.

I feel more sure of myself and of our decision.

But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been really hard.

If you’ve ever been there, or are there now, my heart goes out to you, my friend.

Wishing you peace today.

Much love,


P.S. I’ve been sharing shorter stories about our days as well as books suggestions over at Facebook lately. So come by and say hi!

Your one best good thing


Man. I have a lot of things.

I bet you do too.

They look like this:

  • call that lady
  • give cat medicine 4 times a day
  • make breakfast, and lunch and dinner
  • buy a birthday card
  • get a baby gift
  • make hat for donation
  • give cat other medicine 2 times a day
  • print Latin thing
  • call that lady who asked me to call back
  • figure out children’s Kindle so they can’t Google
  • make a snack
  • eat a snack
  • MATH!
  • where is cat?
  • what did you say?
  • charge phone
  • write story
  • write another story
  • edit a thing
  • return trumpet
  • give everyone a vitamin
  • yoga?
  • return so many library books
  • “Answer your phone, lady!”
  • we have no clean towels

Is it any wonder that as moms, we constantly feel pulled in a bunch of different directions?

But starting today, I am going to try something new.

I’m calling it my one best good thing.

Because I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself.

I bet you do too.

We feel like if we aren’t doing all of it, and doing all of it well, then we are failing.

Who told us this?

(I do not like them.)

I have come to realize that really, in my world, I can only do one thing well at a time.

Some days, I am a really good mom.

Some days, I am a really good homeschooler.

Some days, I am an awesome employee.

Some days, I am really good at cooking and meal planning.

Some days, I am very good at reading and drinking cocoa.

There has never, that I can think of, been one day when I was equally good at all of these things at once.

So today — I am choosing one thing.

(I haven’t decided what it is yet.)

We can sort of do it all, I think.

But we can’t do it all at once.

Cut yourself a little slack today, mama. There is always tomorrow too.

P.S. I’ve been sharing shorter stories about our days as well as books suggestions over at Facebook lately. So come by and say hi!

What’s in my homeschool mama bag


It doesn’t seem like that long ago that I had a purse full of dirty diapers.

Really. We used cloth diapers, and so, it was pretty common that I would need to bring home used diapers to launder.

(It made a lot of sense at the time.)

But I haven’t had a diaper in my purse in years.

(Not complaining.)


Instead, I find myself carrying things that my older kids and I need while about and about. So today, I thought I would share a little bit about that.

First things first, as a homeschool mama, you need a good, sturdy bag. (It should be able to easily carry around 150-200 pounds.)

Pockets help.

This is my current bag by Matt and Nat. My sister gave it to me as a gift because she is awesome.

(My bag immediately before this my husband got for free at a work conference and advertised a now defunct television show.)


That book in the front pocket is a hardcover copy of The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma, in case you’re looking for an idea about size here. It is not petite.

Inside, you will find my favorite Keen wallet:


I love it because it carries all my expired gift cards, homeschool receipts for two pencils and pennies.

Also, I can put my phone, keys and a lip balm in there, and just grab that and go. It has a strap. I last saw it 2 minutes after I took this out of the Amazon box.


I pretty much always have snacks, because my kids are pretty much always hungry. I like to have some protein with me because it helps me from wanting to run into mailboxes with my minivan.

I really love our Graze subscription. If you want to try Graze, you can use my coupon code, ANDERS3YP, and you will get your first box to try FREE, and I will save a dolla. Holla! (Also, thank you!)

(I should probably qualify that I don’t count mints as a snack. They are not filling.)

personal care

I have a lot of personal care stuff in my purse. I pretty much always have:

  1. Rescue Remedy Pastilles: These help us all deal with sudden changes, worries or weirdness. A few months ago, we got in a minor car accident and I immediately passed the tin around the van.
  2. Bach Elm Remedy: This is another similar remedy that helps with feelings of overwhelm. I don’t leave home without it.
  3. Hand Sanitizer: In case we touch a turtle.
  4. Badger Sleep Balm: I like this because of the convenient tin, and it smells wonderful. It’s calming, and helps with motion sickness and anxiety. I use it now as a solid lotion and for my cuticles. I usually carry some hand cream come winter.
  5. Lip balm.
  6. Nail file. Sometimes if I have a minute when the kids are busy, I’ll do a quick manicure with the file and the Badger balm. I HATE it when my nails get too long. Drives me nuts.
  7. Headband. Because some dummy cut bangs.
  8. These essential oil blends.


My planner, pens and a Sharpie in case I need to mark a juice box or put a comical mustache on something.

I love these pens, which help me color code things in my planner. I’m convinced color coding is what keeps me from talking to invisible people.


Some random things. I keep earbuds in my purse for when I go to work at coffee shops and the people next to me are on a super awkward first date, and the guy says, “Yeah, all women say that.” (True story.)

Also, Yummy Earth Lollipops can turn a day around.


I never leave home without my Kindle or a book, because YOU NEVER KNOW. My kids always bring a book now too, which makes me feel like I’ve done one thing OK.

I also always have a notebook with me. This beautiful one was given to me by my mentor and makes me happy whenever I look at it. And then sad, because it is filled with hopes and dreams and ideas, but also, one time I wrote down a grocery list in there.

Finally, I like having a game with me for when we are lessons or classes and we have to wait. It’s also just fun.

Sometimes, if we are having an off day, I’ll take the kids out for “coffee” or pie, and we’ll play Uno or Blink (our very, very, very favorite!) or another quick card game.


And so that’s it. That’s what I carry with me most of the time.


It seems like a lot, all spread out like that, so I use a lot of little pouches to keep like items together.

Are you up for sharing what you have in your Mom Bag?

See you soon,

Kara :)

P.S. I’ve been sharing shorter stories about our days as well as books suggestions over at Facebook lately. So come by and say hi!
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