Olympic Rings Chalk Pastel Art

Olympic Rings Chalk Pastel Art www.hodgepodge.me

With the Winter Olympics getting closer each day, it was time to make some Olympic rings in chalk pastels! This project is pretty simple. And you can make this painting your very own. Add the Olympic torch (our video tutorial) in the background, some athletes, a snow scene. Make it yours! We’ve been learning with […]

The Tool Bag

Tool Bag by Steve Hodges www.purposeful-parenting.com

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 […]

Making Memories This Fall

Making Memories this Fall

Our nature studies are intertwined with wonderful memories with family this past month. Maybe that’s what makes fall a favorite for me. Leaf trips, tromps through my grandmother’s woods, and just noticing changes right in our own backyard. The cooler weather, brilliant blue skies and gorgeous tree color make a beautiful combination. When Grandma and […]

A Practical Christmas

Practical Christmas at Habits for a Happy Home

Deep breath. Here I find myself almost at the end of October. Usually by this time I’ve made my Christmas list. Yes, I make a list early so I can do one or two things while I am out already. I’m all about simplifying and keeping things practical at Christmas. That’s why I’m sharing Christmas […]

Homeschooling High School at Hodgepodge

Homeschooling High School

My eldest two children are just 20 months apart in age. So, quite naturally they do many of their studies together. They are only officially a grade apart. For the 2012-13 year, they are my 8th and 9th graders. It was a few really busy years when they were both so little. But I’ve always […]

Homeschool Makeover: School Books on the Mantel

homeschool books on the mantel

Sometimes rearranging refreshes learning. Sometimes it also helps remedy the winter blahs. Me? I like to rearrange furniture. Especially in the dead of winter. But this idea took me a while. It took giving myself permission. See, I thought a mantel was supposed to look a certain way. A touch of formality. But when the […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken


Another favorite recipe we enjoy from Hillbilly Housewife. We double the amounts for our family. Click over for the recipe. For more Sunday lunch ideas – that can be enjoyed any day of the week, see the other recipes posted here in the Fast Food for Slow Sundays category or Fast Food for Slow Sundays […]

Steering Home


It began as a game. Driving home from some activity one afternoon, I said to our eldest daughter, “Steer us home. You are responsible for telling me what direction to go at every intersection.” We do this occasionally with each of the three eldest children. We have always made it home. Sometimes we run in […]

Up-Close Leaf Study


Our leaf studies started when the first leaves started to change. We enjoyed the fall colors with a local trip to Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield Park. We’ve awed each week at the maple at church, watching it turn every beautiful shade from green to yellow to red. Last Saturday, we traveled to the next state over […]

Beach Umbrellas: A Pastels Tutorial


From last summer’s archives…We sat at the coffee table and looked out at the view. The brilliant teal blue water and the colorful beach umbrellas. Yes, we really had made it to the beach. And on this afternoon, Nana showed us how to capture the brilliant colors in pastels. Not only did we learn how […]

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