St. Simons Island – A Golden Isle of Georgia in 48 Hours

St. Simons Island - A Golden Isle of Georgia (in 48 hrs)

We have made a point this year to enjoy local parks, attractions and historic sites here in Georgia. St. Simons Island is one of the coastal islands of Georgia. And it was a special destination for our mother/daughter trip last week. Folks, St. Simons is so diverse, I could write ten posts on all you […]

Chalkboard of Summer Prompts

Chalkboard of Summer Prompts at Hodgepodge

I love chalkboard. I also appreciate a good list. And so we created a chalkboard of summer prompts. A combination of the two! Simple. Actions verbs. Encouraging us all to be creative!   It’s nothing fancy but when I shared it on Instagram and Facebook, there were several friends interested. So I thought I’d expand […]

Love the Journey Review

Love the Journey - Tapestry of Grace

~Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!~ I’ve shared before about the books that have shaped my heart for homeschooling. Oh how I wish I’d had Marcia Somerville’s Love the Journey- Homeschooling: Principles to Practices when I started my journey. But I am very thankful I’ve had it at the top of my stack of […]

Free Things to Do This Summer


In continuation of our Free and Frugal Atlanta Summer Staycation theme, our friends at have a wonderful list of… 101 Things to Do This Summer (our art tutorials are listed as #98!) Learn about cotton candy, learn to play an instrument, make watermelon ice… In addition, they are offering a free summer homeschool magazine. […]

A Clean Slate – Planning and Dreaming for the New Year

A New Slate - Planning and Dreaming for the New Year

In my time with family over Christmas and in these days leading up to the new year, I have been reflecting. Reflecting on God’s goodness. His constant provision. His direction and love over our family, our homeschool. We sat down as a family this past weekend. We dreamed, we planned, we talked. Some specific goals, […]

The Tool Bag

Tool Bag by Steve Hodges

My eldest son turned 14 in May. I was determined to find a birthday gift that would have lasting significance. After looking high and low for a gift, a thought occurred to me. I headed to the garage. I pulled out a practically new tool bag that I had bought some time ago. I had […]

Ultimate Atlanta Summer Staycation Guide: Free and Frugal Family Fun

Super Summer Staycation - Atlanta

Some of our very best summer memories are made with family right close to home. Today I offer up ideas for a super staycation in Atlanta! Plus, you can win tickets for a trip to the World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Aquarium, and tickets to see the Atlanta Braves. Don’t miss this ultimate giveaway at […]

10 Classic Toys That Have Withstood the Hodgepodge

Classic Toys That Have Withstood the Hodgepodge

I hope my children look back on today, And see a mom who had time to play, There will be years for cleaning and cooking, For children grow up while we’re not looking. ~ author unknown Those toys that have been around since our teenagers were toddlers. Loved and passed down to be enjoyed again… […]

Imperfect Homeschool: Drama and Trauma

Imperfect Homeschool- Drama and Trauma All The Time

“Your homeschool looks so peaceful.” “Wow, I wish I was as organized as you.” “Well, you have experience with teaching an age-range of children, I could never accomplish as much as you do.” Every now and then when I share our weekly homeschool wrap ups or an art tutorial, I will get a comment like […]

The Christian Parenting Handbook


So we’ve shared a You Can Be An Artist series for the past 10 days. And today we are sharing another passion. It’s a Hodgepodge, right? We are switching gears because I needed you to know about a fabulous parenting resource. Be sure to read through everything below because there is not only a mega […]

What is Dew Learning?


“With Jesus Christ at the center, our aim is to shape both minds and hearts in his image.” ~This is a sponsored post. See full disclosure policy for more details~ The iPad is a homeschooling tool in our home in many ways. We use apps to supplement and enrich various subjects. Not long ago, my […]

Free HSLDA Membership for Parents of Preschoolers

Free HSLDA Membership for Families with Preschoolers

Today we have a very special visitor! Vicki Bentley of HSLDA The Early Years and Everyday Homemaking is here to share about the absolutely free HSLDA membership available for parents of preschoolers. Plus, she is also giving away one regular membership to a homeschool family, five copies of her cookbook and five copies of the […]