I will be the first to admit that we are not 100% all natural in our house. I try to find a good balance between natural ingredients, expense, and effectiveness, but let's be honest. Sometimes the most natural options are either downright expensive or just don't work as good as a chemical alternative. (Who likes funky smelling clothes? Anyone?)
So when I find something that uses natural ingredients, is actually cheaper than its chemical-laden equivalent, and is effective, I just have to pass on the news. Here are my top 3.
I am super excited to be launching our next blog post series: Keeping Mealtimes Simple. Rachel and I are passionate about many things, but definitely topping the list is finding simple and economical ways to feed our families healthy and delicious meals. Keeping Mealtimes Simple will be an ongoing, monthly post series featuring our own family favorite recipes and mealtime tips, as well as great ideas and recipes from other bloggers.
I am SO excited to announce the first ever giveaway from Sisters with a System!! We have put together a Mother's Day package with two of our favorite parenting resources: Don't Make Me Count to Three and Wise Words for Moms.
The end of another school year is upon us.
Whoot whoot! You can't see me, but I'm doing a happy dance in front of my computer. (Actually, it's probably a good thing you can't see me, because I can't dance.)
Decades before recycling, upcycling and repurposing became fashionable, generations were frugal not because they wanted to get out of debt, save for retirement, or be en vogue, but because it was a way of life.
My grandparents were part of that generation. They lived through the Great Depression and the lessons learned in that period of hardship stayed with them through their lives, shaping their thinking and influencing their actions. They were simple people who lived simple lives.
Mother's Day is pretty predictable here at the Beechy house. Every year, kids hide behind bedroom doors, giggling (or arguing) while they make homemade Mother's Day cards. They sneak away to hide their cards, leaving behind glue bottles, paper scraps and scissors, quite pleased with themselves for being so sneaky. Usually there is a hanging basket hiding in the garage. On Sunday morning, five grinning faces present me with homemade, misspelled cards and aforementioned hanging basket, so sure of themselves that they've really surprised Mom this time! Of course I act surprised with enough dramatic flair as to be nominated for the next Academy Awards Ceremony. And what a joy it is to thrill them with my surprise and delight over their precious gifts of love. How wonderful it is to be so loved and appreciated by those you hold so dear!
The early years of homeschooling are so fun! Teaching letter and number recognition is like playing with your child when you incorporate do-a-dots, messy fun, and lots of games. Many times the child doesn't even realize they are "working" because it's just having fun with Mommy.
Confused about how to calculate your student's grade point average (GPA)? It is really simple and can be done in 3 easy steps!
Every year our family participates in a local Homeschool EXPO. It is similar to a science fair, except the children can present on any topic they choose. Each child is expected to prepare a visual display and a 3- to 5-minute oral presentation on their chosen topic. It is always a very positive experience for the kids. It is not a competition; rather, each child is given a participation ribbon and slips of paper from several parent "judges" with comments regarding their presentation and visual display. This has been a wonderful opportunity to help my children gain confidence in public speaking!
Part of the process of maturity is children learning responsibility necessary to complete tasks they know need done without being reminded (also known as nagging). Different children mature at different rates and I recognize the definite need for grace as that happens. Often if a child struggles to remember it's not that they don't want to be responsible, but their mind and body are in a process of gaining maturity and self-regulation. They are being trained to acquire the habit.
Welcome! We are Tara & Rachel, the "sisters" behind Sisters with a System. We are so glad you stopped by! We are passionate about God, our families, homeschooling, gardening, meal planning and a whole lot of things in between! We hope you'll grab a cup of coffee and stay with us for awhile!
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