How to Set Up a Homework Space

The new school year is upon us. Your kids are likely to have at least a little bit of homework to do after school. Many parents find it difficult to convince their children to sit down and do their homework. One thing that can make the situation a little less stressful, and more productive, is to set up a homework space. It is easy to see why kids and teens don’t enjoy doing their homework. They just spent their whole day at school trying to learn things that are new to them, working on projects and papers, and practicing the … Continue reading

Smart Reuse Ideas for Buttons

Chances are that you have a bunch of buttons laying around your home. If not, they are easy enough to find cheaply. Put them to good use with these smart reuse ideas. They help solve common problems and save money. Identify Family Towels Don’t waste money rewashing clean towels or going out and purchasing a different color for each family member. Instead identify an individual towel by sewing a button on the lower corner. Use a different color for each family member. This will also make each person responsible for his or her towel, so there should be no more … Continue reading

Free Admission for Military Families

Looking for something to do with your spouse or the kids this summer? Well, thanks to a new program, military families get complimentary admission to more than 2,000 art, science and history museums from now through labor day! The new program, called “Blue Star Museums,” includes free entrance at museums in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. To be eligible for free admission, you must be active duty, National Guard, Reserve military personnel or a family member. The Blue Star Museums program is brought to us through Blue Star Families, the National Endowment … Continue reading

Deals for Members of the Military

Memorial Day has become a three day weekend that a lot of people associate with shopping and sales. The federal holiday was originally created as a day of remembrance for those who died while serving their country. Perhaps the “middle ground” between these two concepts would be represented in these deals for members of the military. Home Depot offers a 10% discount for Veterans. They also offer a 10% discount all year round for Active Duty and immediate family members of people who are in the military. The Home Depot Foundation helps address the housing needs of veterans. More information … Continue reading

Record Keeping with Homeschool Minder

Homeschool Minder is a record keeping (web-based) software for homeschool teachers.  It is intuitive and interactive as it tracks grades, achievements, skills learned, lesson plans, assignments, and your calendar.  If it involves homeschooling it goes in Homeschool Minder.  Yes, you can input field trips.  Yes, you can input appointments.  Oh yes, even days at co-op.  It is the only record keeping system you will need.  Really…it is that exhaustive. You may be overwhelmed at first but navigation is easy and bypassing anything you don’t feel you need is simple and won’t get in your way.  If you state requires attendance or you submit … Continue reading

Homeschool Seniors: Are you prepping for the test?

The time comes too quickly.  We know it’s coming but like to fool ourselves and pretend we have plenty of time.  Then it happens;  our teen prepares to look at colleges.  College!  The thought is almost too much bare.  We just spent twelve years homeschooling and now it is about to reach a brand new phase. For many homeschoolers, a test is breaking new ground.  Some never had the opportunity to take a standardized test to gain some comfort with taking timed tests for achievement.  Relax, homeschoolers are known for performing high marks on tests regardless of how many fill … Continue reading

Seven Things to Get at the Library for Free

If you haven’t visited your local library in a while, you might want to plan a visit sometime soon. The library is a very different place than it was just ten years ago, thanks in part to current technology. Plus, with the economy, there is a new need for additional services, all of which most community libraries are trying to provide. They are doing a very good job of it, too. So get that library card out (or sign up for one) and start saving. Here are seven things that you can get at the library for free. • Free … Continue reading

Share the Home Based Love – Hire a Freelancer

If you are a home – based professional and you need professional help with something for your business, you have a unique opportunity available to you. Whenever you need a logo, web site, ad campaign, or something else that you would prefer not to do yourself, you have the ability to make another home – based professional’s day. That’s right, you can share the home – based business love by hiring other home – based professionals to complete those projects that you need done. Hiring other home – based professionals does not need to be complicated. Web sites like Elance, … Continue reading

Great Frugal Gifts for Teachers

Honor your favorite teachers with thoughtful gifts without going broke. Don’t forget the bus driver, the nurse and anyone else who has taken care of your child this year. The gifts don’t have to be large, and they don’t have to be expensive. Just put a little creativity and thought into each one, and you’ll create a lasting impression, as well as brighten up the day for a special person in your child’s life. Group Present This year, organize a group present. You can do this formally, through the home room moms for a class, or informally, such as asking … Continue reading

Scam Busting Tips For Home Based Hopefuls

It has been a while since I last wrote about a topic that should be top of mind for anyone who is interested in working from home – scams. If you are thinking of finding a home – based business opportunity instead of creating your own home – based business, this topic should be of particular interest to you. People who are looking to work at home are a target of many different types of fraudulent activity. It is important to know how to spot home – based business scams so that you do not lose the money that you … Continue reading