Easy and Cheap DIY Laundry Detergent

When you have kids, laundry is a never-ending chore. When you have kids that are outside all day, every day, laundry is not only never-ending, but hard to get 100% clean.

My oldest child isn’t one who likes to get dirty. Big Man is more of a computer tech kind of guy and would rather read, take a walk, or work on his computer. So when we had him, the worst mess he ever made was when I purposely took him out to stomp in mud puddles or went to the playground after a rainstorm. However, he always had to rush right home, wash his hands, and change his clothes. He HATED being dirty.

Then we had my youngest. Munchkin LOVES dirt. He is the child who has to be outside all the time. He stomps in every puddle, digs in every pile of dirt, climbs every tree, plants the seeds without gloves (so therapeutic, actually. You should try it sometime.), and runs through the woods without a care in the world. Dirt? No problem. Just clean it up by rubbing it in.

Now that we belong to a homeschool group that is completely nature-based and outside, we are in the mud… A LOT. Most days we are in frog ponds, building forts in the woods, running through muddy trails, spending days in the garden, or just rolling through the grass down the perfect hill. Needless to say, our clothes need to be washed with something that will be tough on stains but gentle on the skin.

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How to Set up and Keep a Homeschooling Portfolio

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Keeping records of what your children learn is required in many states. Some states are more strict on how detailed your records have to be. Here are ideas on how to keep things straight, regardless of how detailed (or not) that you need to be.

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How to Create a Butterfly Garden

What is butterfly gardening? Simply put, butterfly gardening is the art of growing flowers and plants that will attract these colorful and dainty creatures to your garden. Your family and friends will be delighted seeing the beautiful butterflies that visit you daily, but be sure to create a safe habitat for them. If you own cats or chickens, rethink your plans, because it would be a shame to attract these lovely insects to their death. Both will eat the insects.

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Sadly, we can see how nature is treated these days amongst the general population.  People don’t utilize the joys of nature anymore, nor do they really know how.  They just simply haven’t been taught to embrace the natural world.What can we do about this?  Simple. Start with children are young and engage them in the great outdoors.  One of the easiest and most accessible nature-loving activity that children could easily get their hands on is gardening. It’s a great start and so easy to do! Why do we recommend you consider gardening with your children?

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8 Strategies for Successful Homeschooling

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Your children’s education is incredibly important, and there are many considerations that go into making the decision to homeschool your kids. After all, as their parents, you want to give your kids the best start in life that you can. Sometimes, the public school system just doesn’t work out, private schools are expensive, or you just know that you can teach your child in their own way and in their own environment.

Homeschooling includes so many things in addition to academics, such as physical skills, social skills, field trips, sports, music, and much more. It’s not just sitting around a table working from books all day. If your child learns best that way, great! But most children do not. They need creativity. They need to move. They need to experience learning out in the world.

How can you create a well-rounded homeschool program that gives your children the most benefits that you can? How do you KNOW that you CAN do this?

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