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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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Topics: empowerment,guest post,words,zen

Greg’s Word of the Year 2014: RESOLVE (Guest Post)

Many thanks to my husband, Greg, for this guest post: I’ve never chosen a word of the year before. I guess no single word sounded right, and it sounded like too much effort to find the perfect one when I was already very busy. This year though, I’ve decided that I want more focus to […]

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Topics: curing diseases,empowerment,environmentalism,food,lowfat,McDougall,top ten,vegan,zen

Top 10 Reasons I STAY Vegan

Whoo-Hoo for me, and Happy Earth Day to all! I’m celebrating 10 years this month of having become a vegan! While I’ve alternated precisely what I’ve been regularly eating over these 10 years, there are some undeniable truths about why I have stayed vegan and why I will always be a vegan: I’m hardly ever […]

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Topics: business,Do Life Right,empowerment,relationships,travel,Unschooling,words,zen

Word of the Year 2013

This new year marks my fifth year in a row that I’ve chosen a “Word of the Year.” The concept of this is simple: rather than choosing resolutions to attempt to accomplish within a year’s time (or give up within a week), a theme (or more frequently, a word) is chosen as an inspiring touchpoint […]

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

Airing Dirty Laundry: Lessons Learned

I’ve been thinking about my maternal grandma a lot over the last couple of days. I don’t know why, but I’m always influenced by my thoughts. She’s alive and well, last I heard, and the phrase, “Don’t air your dirty laundry,” comes to mind every time I think of her. She was a fan of […]

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Topics: empowerment,games,money,video,zen

Second week of the Doing Life Right Teleconference 2012

We’ve now had two full weeks of videos for the 1st Annual Doing Life Right Teleconference. It’s been so much fun! From October 8th-14th we’ve heard from: Michelle Barone on Doing Passions Right Michael and Elaine Charton on Doing Public Speaking for Shy Writers Right Zoe Bentley on Doing Parties Right Rob Endres on Doing […]

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Topics: Do Life Right,empowerment,video,zen

First week of the Doing Life Right Teleconference 2012

The first week of my 1st Annual DOING LIFE RIGHT TELECONFERENCE is now complete. It’s been super fun and we’ve heard from some really interesting people. From October 1st-October 7th we’ve heard from: Lisa Cottrell-Bentley (me) Introducing the Teleconference Denise Roessle on Doing Memoirs Right Leslie Schultz and Julia Braulick on Doing Mother-Daughter Collaborative Writing […]

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Topics: business,computer,empowerment,finances,investing,money,Toastmasters,zen


The same year I founded Do Life Right, Inc. (2006), I also co-founded a software company: ZenActOS. A little known fact about me is that before having children, I was a computer engineer. I still love to talk about computer engineering and I strongly believe that the world is prime for some major developments which […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,homeschooling,mindful parenting,relationships,Toastmasters,Unschooling,video,words,zen

Rules vs. Principles–VIDEO

One of my favorite things to talk about is Unschooling. I feel that it is the single most life-changing decision that I’ve ever made. Becoming an unschooling family has broadened my life in more ways than I could ever say. Because of this, I speak at homeschooing and unschooling conferences. I love sharing my experiences […]

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Topics: books,empowerment,fiction,mindful parenting,money,relationships,sleep,Unschooling,words,writing,zen

Are writers more compassionate parents? 20 IDEAS TO HAVE PEACEFUL NIGHTS WITH CHILDREN

As I discuss characters and their unchangeable traits with other authors, I’m often surprised at how much these people believe that their character “has a right to be his/her own self without interference from others”. To me, this is the heart of good parenting. Our children are born to us as complete and whole humans […]

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Topics: empowerment,words,writing,zen

Word of the Year 2011

As the new year began, I embraced my annual habit of picking a “Word of the Year”. My 2009 word was ALLOW. My 2010 word was INTENT.  Each served me quite well. These each came to me quickly and I took them on with gusto. My 2011 word didn’t come as quickly… The end of […]

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