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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: curing diseases,dairy,empowerment,environmentalism,food,green living,holidays,kidney stones,lowfat,McDougall,PCRM,top ten,vegan,vegetarian

Top 10: Reasons Why I’m THANKFUL My Family is Vegan

Continuing on the theme of thankfulness, here are my top 10 reasons (in no particular order) why I am thankful my family is vegan: No worries about animal product illnesses (Mad Cow, Bird Flu, etc.).  If you do eat meat, make sure yours is never undercooked! No worries about more serious diet-induced diseases such as […]

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Topics: Arizona,photographs,Tucson

Then and Now: Photographs of My Daughters in 2003 and 2008

From the moment each of my daughters were born, you’ve seldom been able to find me without a camera close by.  A favorite thing for me to do is to take photographs of my second daughter in the same environment and clothing as her sister wore at the same size.  Here are a few photographs […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,homeschooling,mindful parenting,relationships,so you think you know,Unschooling

“Are you qualified to teach your children?”

I’ve been asked the above question (or similar) hundreds of times since I started telling people that we were a homeschooling family.  Just about every kind grandmother at stores or check-out personnel ask me this when I go out shopping with my kids in the middle of a school day.  Very few are rude about […]

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Topics: books,business,curing diseases,education,empowerment,favorites,holidays,homeschooling,mindful parenting,relationships,sleep,television,top ten,travel,Unschooling,zen

Top 10: Reasons Why I’m THANKFUL We Discovered Unschooling

On this day of thankfulness, I am reminded of the thousands of things I am thankful for.  Many of the most life-altering ones revolve around our decision to become whole life learning Unschoolers.  I never would have come to this without the birth of my oldest daughter. Here are my Top 10 Reasons why I’m […]

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Topics: crafts,Girl Scouts,holidays,how to,photographs

How to Make: Solstice Wreath

I wanted to decorate fairy (Christmas) lights to celebrate the upcoming Solstice in December.  Since the lights I had were not the new fancy LED ones, I didn’t want to use paper or anything else potentially flammable.  I loved the idea of lighting up a wreath, especially a grapevine one.  However, when I went shopping […]

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Topics: crafts,Girl Scouts,holidays,how to,photographs,Unschooling

How to Make: Moon Cycle Calendar 2009

For the Solstice this year, I’ve decided to make Lunar Calendars with my older Girl Scouts.  I went back and forth several times on how to do this and decided to do the following: Cut out one of each of the moon cycles from Science Netlinks. [Hint: number the moons and draw up arrows on […]

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Topics: art,crafts,Girl Scouts,how to,photographs,Unschooling

How to: Double Tie-Dye with Super Cool Results

We recently hosted a tie-dyeing party for our local Unschooling group.  Since we’ve tie-dyed a lot over the years, my older daughter wanted to do something a bit different.  We decided to “double dye” a few items. First we dyed the items as usual using Procion dye and directions from the Dharma Trading Company (both […]

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Topics: Arizona,pets,photographs,Tucson

Our Newest Friend: A Desert Tortoise

My friend Robyn and her family recently found a Sonoran Desert Tortoise roaming on a sidewalk in a residential area in far western Tucson, AZ.  After speaking with Arizona Fish & Game and the Sonoran Desert Museum, they were advised to find a good home for him out in the desert.  They picked us (or […]

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Topics: Arizona,cheese,chocolate,cookbook,dairy,environmentalism,food,green living,holidays,lowfat,Tucson,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Thanksgiving Made Vegan

With the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving Day less than a week away, I’m finalizing my family’s meal.  For the past five or so years we’ve either gone to a vegan potluck or out to Lovin’ Spoonfuls for their vegan Thanksgiving meal (which we highly recommend).  This year, with a super busy schedule the last few […]

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Topics: dairy,food,photographs,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

VEGAN RECIPE: Veganized Chex Mix

We LOVE-LOVE-LOVE Chex Mix (yes, this is Eloise inspired).  This year’s boxes of Chex cereal seem to only have the microwaveable directions on it, but we still go by the oven version.  Here is how we’ve modified and veganized our Chex mix. VEGAN CHEX MIX: 12 cups stuff: We use a mix of Wheat Chex, […]

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