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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.

...and just what is that mysterious device of theirs?

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Top 10: Favorite Reasons I’m Glad I Started this Blog

Happy LEAP Day! Leap Day is one of my all time favorite days. It’s a Bonus day that always makes me think of rainbows and smiles! To celebrate this occasion, I’ve made a list of my favorite reasons I’m glad I started this blog. I’m also giving each of my daughters a “leaping” Webkinz (different surprise animals, I can’t disclose yet) and I have one, also, for the first reader that fills out my request form today and mentions this giveaway (offer expires at 12:01AM March 1, 2008, Arizona time) — be sure to include your physical mailing address — I will mail worldwide.

Large Saguaro with Rainbow

In no particular order:

  1. I’ve been able to clarify my own personal thoughts on a variety of topics. Examples of this include:
  2. I now write down information that I’m frequently asked so I’m not writing repeat information to friends and family every time I’m asked again. Now, I can just point them to this site! Examples of this include:
  3. While I usually come up with topics on my own, I love to be inspired from the people and events around me. Quite a few of my posts have been inspired by conversations and events that I’ve had with my daughters, my husband, my dad, and my friends. Thanks to them! Please keep talking to me about your fabulous ideas and thoughts! Examples of posts that were inspired by my family and friends are:
  4. This weblog has helped me remain in the present (very Zen, which is a goal of mine) and concentrate on the now. It’s also helped me relate better with people around me and get to know myself better. Examples include:
  5. My relationship with my family has become even stronger since we talk about every single blog post in great detail. My older daughter and husband love proofing my posts and my dad is the first to give me his thoughts on the topics each day. I absolute love how I’ve gotten to know my family’s thoughts and dreams in more detail. Interesting and surprising to me, they haven’t always been thinking what I thought they were. I love this! Examples include:
  6. I’ve been able to use my own research abilities to help others. I can’t count the number of hours I’ve spent researching various topics (like education, raising children, and healthy living — which, over time, led me to Unschooling and vegan lifestyles). Now, I’m able to sum up my findings in quick snippets that people can read in ten minutes or less. I wish these posts were new to me! 🙂 I’m helping people in ways that I’ve wanted help myself (and not readily found). Examples include:
  7. Empowerment. I stand by the Do Life Right Mission Statement: “Empowering all people to reach their full potential in life”. Examples include:
  8. Activism. Yes, I honestly believe that everyone on Earth should eat a strict vegan diet and allow their children to learn naturally at their own pace. Once something has been proven to me, I can’t let go of the ideal. I’m always striving to live the very best life I can, and I encourage everyone in the world to do likewise. This forum helps me get this message out on a global scale. Examples include
  9. How To Guides. Being a Girl Scout Leader and a Radical Unschooling mother of two makes me always on the lookout for interesting and fun crafts and art projects. I scour the internet for things my girls will be interested in. Unfortunately, so many of the craft ideas I find have very poorly written up instructions (this can make the most fun project in the world quickly become the most frustrating). So, I’ve started writing up my own How To Guides on various projects. Examples include:
  10. Showing interesting places and vacation ideas. I’ve had a lot of people tell me both in person and via my Request Form that they are so glad I’ve blogged about various places my family and I have been to. They’ve since gone also and have loved every minute. Examples include:

Thinking about starting a weblog of your own? Now is the perfect time! Have something you are passionate about and want to share with the world? People respond to passion! Write at least ten or so posts before you start your blog, so you can know whether or not you’ll be able to keep your drive up. You’ll then have backup posts to use when you aren’t up to writing. If you want readers, you have to write consistently — at least 2-3 posts per week. Most importantly, have fun basking in the rainbows of your life!

Small Saguaro with Double Rainbow