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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: Arizona,art,audio books,business,computer,curing diseases,Do Life Right,empowerment,food,software,Tucson,vegan,video

Third Week of the Doing Life Right Teleconference 2012

We’ve now had three full weeks of videos for the 1st Annual Doing Life Right Teleconference. It’s been so much fun! From October 15th-21st we’ve heard from: Avani Shah on Doing Enjoyment (through making Pani Puri) Right Lisa Cottrell-Bentley (me) recapping the first 1/2 of the teleconference Mel Mason on Doing Grocery Shopping Right Larry […]

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Topics: art,books,photographs,travel,Wright on Time,writing

Spoonbridge and Cherry: Optical Illusions

In preparation and research of my upcoming children’s chapter book, Wright on Time: Minnesota, Book 5, my daughters and I traveled to Minnesota to visit the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the “World’s Biggest Ball of Twine”, and the Franconia Sculpture Park, as well as very good friends (our favorite part, of course!). Here are a few […]

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Topics: Arizona,art,crafts,homeschooling,how to,photographs,Wright on Time

How to make: Homemade Lightbox and t-shirt decorating with bleach pen

For Father’s Day presents, we had a lot of fun making decorated t-shirts.  Click here for a bunch of really cool examples (with directions). Since those turned out so nice, I decided to have a try at putting my Wright on Time books turtle logo onto some shirts.  I printed out the design as large […]

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

How to Make: Fun (Quick and Easy) T-shirt for Dad — using a Bleach Pen

Trying to come up with Father’s Day crafts for my Girl Scout troop this year was quite a challenge!  We’ve been making crafty things together for nearly eight years and it seems like we’ve made everything there is to be made.  Then, I thought, it’s been a LOOOONG time since we’ve decorated t-shirts…  To do […]

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Topics: art,crafts,empowerment,environmentalism,zen

Making the World a Better Place — One Anonymous Act at a Time

Nowadays it seems as though everyone wants credit for everything and they also want to get permission (and funding) to do it first.  I love the idea of doing something anonymously and paying for it myself (whether through my time or actual dollars).  If everyone did something, just imagine what a nicer world we’d be […]

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

How to: Make an Artistic Tiled Photo Present

This tiled black & white photograph project is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or just any time you want to give a truly unique (yet inexpensive) present to someone you love. Total time to make one: about 90 minutes, longer if it is your first one (less if you are doing a […]

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Topics: art,crafts,empowerment,Unschooling,words

Where does your Creativity come from?

When I describe a typical day with my children to a stranger I’m often greeted with, “Wow, you are so creative.” I’m then asked where I get my creativity and how I come up with such fun things to do with my kids. I’ve thought a lot about this and I realize that I believe […]

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

How to: Make a Photo Collage Clock

My kids love making letters and numbers with their bodies.  To use their number photographs in an extra fun way, we decided to make collage clocks using 12″ blank clock faces from ClockParts.com.  The parts are great and the directions are fantastic — full of lots of neat ideas! Here is how we made ours: […]

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Topics: Arizona,art,crafts,photographs,Tucson,Unschooling

123 People Photographs

After taking photographs of my daughters as the letters of the alphabet, they wanted to try making numbers, too.  We recently got around to doing this and here are the awesome results (they were taken in Rancho Sahuarita in December 2008).  We’ve made something really exciting with these numbers that I’ll be posting about very […]

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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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