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Follow homeschoolers Nadia and Aidan as they travel the USA! Each book in this series explores a new state and a new research topic. Along with their parents and pet turtle, they find adventure and learning everywhere.

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Topics: Barnard,curing diseases,empowerment,food,lowfat,McDougall,PCRM,vegan,vegetarian

Looking to lose weight in 2008?

Many people have the New Year’s Resolution to lose weight. While I’m not a big fan of once a year resolutions, I am a big fan of advocating a McDougall style vegan diet for life! To me, regaining health (or getting it for the very first time in your life!) is the most important reason […]

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,sleep,Unschooling,zen

Take Care of Yourself and the Rest Will Follow

As attachment parenting advocates, we’ve learned that our children’s needs are just that — true needs. While we now know that babies shouldn’t be left to “cry it out” and toddlers shouldn’t be ignored, and older children shouldn’t be “left to their own devices”, sometimes we forget our own needs in the mix. This can […]

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Topics: empowerment,mindful parenting,Unschooling,zen

Alternatives to Punishment — NO Spankings Necessary

“A child whose life is full of the threat and fear of punishment is locked into babyhood. There is no way for him to grow up, to learn to take responsibility for his life and acts. Most important of all, we should not assume that having to yield to the threat of our superior force […]

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Topics: Barnard,books,censorship,curing diseases,empowerment,environmentalism,food,lowfat,McDougall,PCRM,television,vegan,vegan leather alternatives,vegetarian

Vegan Bashing and Sabotage

Go to a gathering of healthy vegans, and the topic of vegan bashing and food sabotage often arise. In a healthy and happy room of people, it’s a shock to hear utterance of these not so healthy and happy topics, yet there is often someone there desperate for advice on how to deal with their […]

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Topics: empowerment,environmentalism,green living,homeschooling,housing,Unschooling,vegan,zen

Radical for the sake of being rebellious?

I’ve been asked why I am so “radical” in so many ways to current mainstream society in the United States of America (where I live). People wonder if I just enjoy being radical for the sake of being different/exciting/rebellious. What are a few of my “radical tendencies”? Unschooling our children Eating a vegan diet Living […]

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Topics: alternate energy,empowerment,environmentalism,green living,housing,vegan

How many Earths does your lifestyle require?

Periodically, I enjoy taking one of the popular Earth print quizzes to determine how many Earths my family’s lifestyle requires. When I first took one of these quizzes, about six years ago, the answer was somewhere between 5 and 6 Earths! I was shocked and dismayed. Today’s answer came up: 1.2 Earths on The […]

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Topics: empowerment,holidays,mindful parenting,zen

Choose Zen

When you are in a difficult situation, your reaction is yours and no one else’s. You own your emotions and you own how you react to them. No other person nor situation in this world makes you act a certain way or say a certain thing. Only you make these decisions. Although oftentimes it might […]

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Topics: games,holidays

Reindeer Games

It’s Christmas Eve and the stockings are all hung on the DVD-case (hey, we’re modern Americans!) with care and we’re diligently following St. Nick on Norad’s website. We spent the evening playing our favorite board games, admiring our tree, and just enjoying each other’s company. There are no better memories made than the times we […]

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Topics: books,holidays,movies

Merry Christmas Eve Eve

Today we skip, run, jump and play play play Eloise-style. The days are growing longer and Christmas is a mere two days away. The anticipation is throwing off sparks that need a release. Thus, we need to celebrate “Christmas Eve Eve”. On this very special day, we watch and . We also read Eloise books […]

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Topics: pets,photographs,Webkinz


Without ever having heard the phrase, “Dude, Where’s My Car?“, my oldest daughter consulted her pendulum and discovered the perfect name for her Webkinz Gorilla: Dude. Dude is now a family favorite. We debated for a while whether Dude would be the Hawaiian shirt type, or the bib overall type. Clearly, Dude already knew. My […]

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