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    Thanksgiving is soon upon us, and it traditionally heralds in a holiday season full of indulgences and overeating. Would you like to enjoy the holidays and yet avoid the need to spend January detoxing and losing the 5 or 10 pounds you gained? Kick off Thanksgiving right with these tips for keeping the holidays healthy!

    1) Choose Your Indulgences Wisely
    Before you get too festive, take an honest look at where your weaknesses are. Do you gorge yourself on Grandma’s old-fashioned Thanksgiving cooking? Do you have a sweet tooth that gets a little too sweet this time of year? Recognizing the problem is half the battle! Come up with a reasonable plan you can stick to, perhaps limiting yourself to drinking only water with meals, or only having one sugary dessert item at your neighbor’s annual Christmas party this year. Little things add up, so make some small adjustments where you can, and you won’t need to feel so guilty about indulging on the things that it just wouldn’t be the holidays without.

    2) Let Your Body Realize It’s Full
    Did you know that the First Thanksgiving feast lasted for days? Maybe the Pilgrims knew better than to stuff themselves full of every harvest food all at once, but many of us sure try to do exactly that! Definitely enjoy your meal, but it may help to then take a break to let your food “hit bottom” before going back for another helping. Plan on some time to digest your meal before having dessert, too. You’ll cut down on the risk of indigestion and also make better food choices when you’re not rushed to load up on as much as you can, as quickly as you can.

    3) Have A Glass Of Water Before Meals
    It’s old advice, but it really works! Have a glass of water before the meal is served, and your stomach won’t have as much empty space to fill during dinner. If you choose an appetizer, try something with fiber, like vegetables and whole grains, that will help keep you feeling full and less likely to overeat later.

    4) Cook From Scratch
    You probably already know how unhealthy all that processed, ...
    by Published on 11-15-2013 11:01 PM
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    I see so many people on Facebook posting their daily things they are thankful for because November is Thankful Month. I am not sure I could remember, much less sit down and come up with 30 things that I am thankful for. I know I am thankful for many things and I am sure that number is more than 30 but to be put on the spot and have to remind myself daily to do it... yeah, not happening. If you can do this, great!


    So, instead I am posting here! What are you SHS members thankful for?



    • I am thankful for the ability to HOMESCHOOL! Both legally and mentally! It has changed my boys lives and my life for the better. I get to spend quality time with my boys, let them learn to their ability and enjoy almost every minute of it.
    • I am thankful for my boys! They are TERRIFIC kids! They are the best teenagers I have known and when I see, read or hear about friends or families kids and their issues... I am just even more thankful for my kids! They are polite, they consider others, they are inquisitive, they love each other and their parents, they love animals and they love learning. Which makes my job as their teacher that much easier!!
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    by Published on 10-06-2013 10:13 AM
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    This week, we are lucky enough that one of our members MudHutMama has graciously allowed us to reprint a post "Explaining Death to Children: Preschoool Homeschool" from her blog. This is a hard subject to tackle, much less from a secular point of view and she did it!


    Jody is a stay-at-home mom, married to a career conservationist, who is raising two girls in the Zambian Bush. Pre-motherhood she worked with international and environmental education. Jody is homeschooling her daughters and enjoys sharing her love of other cultures, nature and conservation with them. She writes about their adventures at Mud Hut Mama.


    This weeks homeschool was a little different than usual but one of the things that I love about homeschooling is that it allows me to tailor our weekly lessons to my kids’ needs. Boo has recently had a lot of questions and concerns about death and, since Boo has been talking about it so much, Kooks has also started questioning. This weeks activities have been all about explaining death to children (specifically my children) as honestly as possible while trying to allay their fears.
    To be honest I hadn’t really thought about how I would talk about death to my kids until I read this post at Mama Mzungu about a year ago and thought – oh no – I’m next! Since then I’ve definitely been thinking about it. Well a couple of weeks ago I got the question. Boo asked me if everyone has a Granny and then told me that her Granny doesn’t have a Granny because she’s never met her. When I explained that Granny did have a Granny once but that her Granny had died Boo asked how she died. I said that she was very old and that was why she died. Then she asked if everyone dies, I said yes. Then she asked if she was going to die and I felt so much less prepared than I thought I was when I answered “not until you’re very old.” Then Boo started crying and said, “but I don’t want to die!” This post contains affiliate links.
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    Homeschooling has an interesting side-effect for my boys. My children have no clue about clothing. What’s in…what’s out. It’s all Greek togas to them.

    Case in point…if I happen to leave both summer and winter clothing accessible to them, it is not unusual to see someone sitting around
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    by Published on 05-10-2013 09:52 PM
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    I’ve never been able to do completely year-round schooling. I’ve had intentions - - even made a complete summer plan one year - - but I’ve never been able to fully commit. I’m just entirely too conditioned by my own experience of “summer break,” I guess. But of course that doesn’t mean that the kiddos weren’t constantly learning - - even on the absolute laziest sun-kissed August day.

    If you’ve been starting to wind down for school year 2012/2013 then you might be pondering what you are going to do with the upcoming break time. Or if you’re a year-rounder, maybe you are looking for some ideas to “revitalize” your routine. Let’s explore just some of the ways that you and your kids can keep boredom at bay and the learning recharged this summer!

    Go Green

    Nothing says summer like working in the dirt, so get those trowels dusted off and those gardening gloves shaken out. Try one of these fun and educational ideas to get the dirt (and your brains) flying: ...
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