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Active Moms Guide: Everything You Need for Stress Free Summer Outings with Kids!

Make getting out of the house with kids easier. Summer Essentials for kids! Checklist

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Some good recommendations on this list! Summer checklist for kids, new moms. Everything you need to make survive summer outings with the kids.

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Hello there! How are ya? Hot?!

It’s mid June, but it feels like it’s been summer for a few months here in Atlanta!

Summer solstice is upon us. Wednesday June 21, 2017 will be the longest day of the year and the official start of summa, summa, summa, TIME!

My preschooler (4), my almost toddler (gosh she’s growing so quickly) and I, make a point to leave the house every single day. Funny that they call us HOMEschoolers and stay-at-HOME-moms. Home is not where you want to be stuck with little humans all day, every day!

We frequent parks, playgrounds, the zoo, splash-pads, and many many nature walks.

Oh how I wish, leaving the house was an effortless pursuit. BUT it is not; because, I have these crazy intentions of keeping my crew happy, fed, safe, healthy, clean… well, let’s just say ALIVE — Oh, I also enjoy maintaining my sanity.

This takes preparation!

After four years and many failed outings (because I forgot that one thing, that could have made my life so much easier) I’m finally getting the hang of it!

To pay it forward, I’ve complied this list! Big kid, toddler and/or baby necessities I wish I had my first summer as a mom. Read More »

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5 Inspirational Homeschool Quotes: In Support of Play Based Learning

Homeschool Quotes! I love this blog! Play based learning quotes. preschool & kindergarten PLAY MATTERS!

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My son plays all. day. long. He’s only 4, what else would he be doing?

As a homeschool mom I’m ALWAYS wondering if I’m falling short. Is my little student learning enough? Will he fall behind his peers? Should I be providing more structure for my preschooler?

Worksheets, formal curriculum, should our homeschool look like traditional school?

Maybe you have some of those same concerns?

To answer my questions– NO. NO. NO! I know that I have nothing to worry about, I stand by the reasons my husband and I chose to homeschool. We want our children to have an education that is centered around who they are, and there interests. I also understand that there’s no such thing as being behind or ahead of peers. Children are individuals. No child should be forced-fed knowledge they aren’t ready for; simply because of the month and year they graced us with their presence.

Thankfully, I’m reminded just how important play truly is. My son is getting exactly what he needs, exactly the way he was created to — through play and everyday interactions.

If you worry also, (and what caring parent doesn’t from time to time) I believe these quotes will ease your mind. Read More »

HomeSchooling, Quotes

4 Totally Chill Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Relaxed Dad Who Has It All!

Great Father's Day gift ideas from kids or from wife, for dad who are easy to please! Father's Day gift ideas for dad who have everything!

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My children are pretty lucky to have a really chill dad; it doesn’t take much to make Greg happy. He’s a simple guy, and this makes Father’s Day really easy to plan in our home. Whether the dad in your life already has everything, or is just a happy-go-lucky easy to please guy; these four gift ideas are sure to please! Read More »

Holidays, Mommy Life

Flag Day Facts & Activities For Your Preschooler

Flag day facts and activities for kids/preschoolers

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I believe a child truly learns in the absence of text books. Discoveries are made when we allow our children to get their tiny hands dirty; To make something truly memorable we, as their learning facilitators must bring the topics to life, & make it real for our little ones.

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Holidays, HomeSchooling

Learning Styles: Interest-Led, Child-Centered, Child-Led? What They Are & What They Aren’t

This post may contain affiliate links.Learning Styles.Wow! I thought I was Child-Led...but NO! we are Child-centered homeschool preschool

The school year is quickly approaching and I am really excited to be starting this new homeschooling journey with my son. These extra years I will have with him will be absolutely priceless!

I’ve been using the last few months to plan, research and test drive different learning styles and approaches, as well as different homeschooling styles. There’s an enormous amount of information to sift through; but I have been able to discover two very important things. Our homeschool is Child-Centered and Interest-Led. To my amazement we are NOT Child-led as I once believed. Read More »

HomeSchooling, Interest-Led Learning

Top 4 Ways To Find Kid-Friendly Media: TV Shows, Movies, Games, Books & Apps

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As much as I might not like to admit it, especially in a few of my mommy circles — I allow screen time. I even enjoy screen time. My son is actually able to retain useful information through screen time!


There I said it.

Our family enjoys movie night. Even though we rarely finish a movie in one sitting or day or week. We snuggle up on the sofa, with lots of blankets — we love those times.

Media has also been a wonderful adjunct to homeschool.

BUT — not just any TV show, movie, game, app or book will suffice. Even when a program is rated G, there is often content that I don’t find appropriate for my littles. I also find myself editing out words like “hate” when reading picture books to my 4-year-old.


I have found 4 very reliable resources, that make it super easy to find the very best family shows on TV & kid-friendly TV shows! Plus, books, apps, movies, and games! 

How to Find Kid-friendly Media to Enhance Your Homeschool.

1) Common Sense Media! 

 It’s FREE.

This is an invaluable resource. All in one place you will find movies, books, TV shows, games, websites, books and apps that can be filtered by age.

Check out their “BEST OF” LISTS. I enjoy their Best for Learning: Our Recommendations for Families.

While signing up make sure to “select” that you are an educator! They actually have a, “Home-school parent” option, and you will receive helpful emails if you so choose.

Common sense media is a one stop shop for finding safe, age and value appropriate media for your family; that will also support your learning objectives!

To be honest I also pre-screen the movies hubby and I watch. There are just somethings I don’t want to hear or see.


Facebook is really useful these days. I think I am in more groups than I have friends!

There is a wonderful homeschooling group called Christian Homeschooling with Amazon, Netflix, YouTube, Roku and more. In this group you can ask for recommendations from other homeschooling parents.  You will also find warnings about media that they found inappropriate for their families.

While you are there, like my page!

3) PureFlix

PureFlix does the work for you by only providing media that is inline with their standards.

“PureFlix Digital strives to be the most trusted faith and family friendly streaming video source on the web for PCs, iOS, Android, Roku and many more devices…”

“Our mix of family friendly & wholesome entertainment includes movies for all ages, kid’s animated titles, documentaries, how-to’s, hobbies, educational, health & fitness, sports, outdoors and travel plus many inspirational and devotional titles. We provide a wholesome viewing experience for your entire family. We believe that given a choice, people want to be able to stream wholesome, family friendly titles that carry a great message.”

4) VidAngel.

VidAngel is good for families that want to enjoy mainstream media, but with out the crap! YOU choose what you want to filter out!

“VidAngel is a streaming service that allows customers to filter potentially objectionable content out of their movies and TV shows. Each movie and show costs only $1 after sell back. The customer buys the movie for $20 (because ownership of the movie is necessary in order to legally filter the content) and then within 24 hours, VidAngel buys it back for $19.”

Screen time definitely has a time and place in our home, but I still suffer from screen time guilt.

But the resources I’ve listed reassures me, because I know the media my children consume is inline with our values. That takes a bit of the guilt away — and everything in moderation, right?

Also remember  … Media is better, when enjoyed together!

I hope this helps,


Raivon Lee
The Vain Mommy 


HomeSchooling, Resources & Recommendations