How I simplify My Homeschool Day With Textbooks

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I was homeschooled K-12 and was given a fantastic Charlotte Mason education—a philosophy of education that emphasizes “living books” and no textbooks at all. During High School I actually read through some of Charlotte Mason’s books myself. Even as a 17 year old I loved her philosophies and dreamed of the day when I could homeschool my own children with these amazing ideas.

And then I had children.

How Textbooks Help Me Homeschool


As I started my homeschool journey I realized that being the teacher versus being the homeschooled student is much harder. I know, amazing thought. :)

After juggling businesses, a husband that went through college full time for several years, and adding new babies to our family, we have experimented with different teaching methods.

Click here to read the rest of my thoughts over at Intoxicated On Life!




Chalk Pastels – An Easy Art Project for Children!

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We struggle getting formal art lessons worked into our school days. My children are always drawing and coloring on their own, so I don’t stress about it as much as I probably should.

When I saw that the chalk pastels ebook was included in the DIY bundle, I was so excited! I’ve wanted to try doing chalk pastels with my children for a long time, and I’ve read wonderful feedback from homeschoolers using this ebook.


This is a simple art project to do. All you need is some art paper, chalk pastels, and a tutorial of some sort. I highly recommend the ebook from Southern Hodgepodge, Through the Seasons Chalk Pastels.

You just need a few simple supplies to do chalk pastels!

I purchased my chalk pastels at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon, and we were pleased with them.

Drawing out a chalk pastel picture!

I put our iPad in front of them and they followed the instructions on how to draw out their picture.

It is so easy to start learning how to do chalk pastels!

The directions were easy to follow and I was pleased with what my boys were able to do for their very first time!

A baseball chalk pastel picture!

My boys love baseball, so they were happy I picked this tutorial from the ebook for them to do!

Creating chalk pastel pictures are easy when you follow a good guide, such as the one from Southern Hodgepodge!

Carrianna followed several of the tutorials, and then she made her own picture. They have already asked if we can do more chalk pastels tomorrow in school!

For just a few days, you can get the chalk pastel book included in the DIY Bundle! I only promote a few ebook bundles a year, as I don’t like overwhelming my readers with bundle sales.

The Ultimate Bundles that are put together are amazing resources, the ebooks, courses and bonus offers you get! A $1200 value for just $34.95! But you only have a few days to get this deal!

DIY Bundle Bonus Offers Exclusively from The Modest Mom Blog!

Don’t forget about the extra bonuses you will receive when you order through our blog! Receive a $15 off $30 coupon for the cami page at Deborah & Co. and also receive these sewing cards for children to practice on!

Fill out the google form below once you purchase the bundle to redeem your free offer from us!

Wordmarbles – A Fun Way to Teach Kind Speech!

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Wordmarbles - A fun way to teach your children the importance of kind speech!

Written by Sean Allen – better known as Caroline’s husband. ;) 

Tell me if any of this sounds familiar?

“Quit it!”
“You are SO mean!”
“I’m not playing with you!”
“Leave me ALONE!”
“Give me that back!”
“Go away!”

And that’s about enough of that. I could hear the little voices of my children in my head as I typed every one of those lines. And even though they’re in bed as I type this, it’s still enough to make me cringe a little. :)

Every family could benefit from more kindness in their speech. Bickering children who have hardly a nice thing to say to one another make for a very disrupted and tiresome day. Harsh words have a way of taking the peace that ought to reign in your home by the scruff of the neck and booting it out the front door. By bedtime, your ears are nearly ringing with the commotion of it all.

We’ve always had little tolerance for cruel or harsh speaking in our home, but a few months ago it seemed as if our children were constantly at each other’s throats! It usually came in pairs, that is, a different pair would be cross with each other every day. Some days were worse than others and then there were days where it seemed the whole lot of them had morphed into one of those big rolling, brawling balls of kicking and screaming you see in cartoons!

Of course our natural inclination was to diffuse the ball with – you guessed it – more shouting.

This would bring the ball to a stop but it did little to teach our children about the importance of kind words. I realized we needed some help. Something along the lines of a visual aid.

I sat down one night and began to tinker around on the computer. I wanted to come up with something that would help my children see just how often unkind words slipped out of their mouths. I also wanted them to see the times they used kind or gentle speech to one another and to reward them for their efforts. What I eventually came up with was Wordmarbles.

Wordmarbles Supplies needed, so easy and only takes a few minutes to put together!

Wordmarbles couldn’t be simpler. All you need is two mason jars, a bowl, and some marbles. Your marbles represent “words” and they all go in the “words bowl”. We’ve taught our children that words are very much like marbles. They can be smooth and bright and shiny or, if you throw them at someone, they can really hurt! It all depends in how you use them.

Wordmarbles Jar with Kind and Mean speech jars!

If we hear our children using kind words, we tell them to put a marble in the “kind words jar” and if they use mean speech, they have to put a marble in the “mean words jar”. I’ve designed three fun and colorful labels to put on each container – just cut them out, stick them on and you’re ready to go!

The “mean words” and “kind words” labels are nice because they have these little gauges built into the side of them. These are there to help you and your little ones keep track of their speech over the course of the month. You can use these gauges for either rewards or consequences as the jars fill up with marbles.

Labels to use on the Wordmarble Jars!

I was surprised to see how hard our children worked to keep the level of the marbles in the “mean words jar” lower than that of the “kind words jar”! At the end of the month, if our children have more kind words than mean words they get a treat of ice cream, sometimes at home and sometimes from Chick Fil A. :)

As with our Character Badges program, consistency is key. For Wordmarbles to be effective, it’s important to try and acknowledge as many instances of either kind or unkind speech as you can.

You can purchase the Wordmarbles pdf file here for $2.99, but for two days only you can get it totally free when you subscribe to the blog! This offer has expired. 




Mega List of Black Friday Deals!

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There are so many good places online that are offering Black Friday deals! I’m going to share my favorite places here.

Black Friday Sale at Deborah & Co.! Save 20% off Storewide and 30% off select items!

Save 20% off storewide at Deborah & Co. with the code: BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout! Our fleece lined leggings and full length layering shells are 30% off, no coupon code needed! Every order of $50 or more (before shipping) gets a free pair of Angora Socks for free! Get the gifts you need for the ladies in your life at Little Deborah!

Character Badges Bundle Sale! Save 40% off our popular Character Training program!

Character Badges Bundle Package is 40% off from Friday through Monday, no coupon needed.  This is our popular character training program for children ages 3-12. It comes with charts for obedience/disobedience/consequence, reward badges for the children to wear, flash cards and a complete instruction kit on how to use this program. Get it now while the price is so low!

Lilla Rose Black Friday Sale Info!

 The enormous Lilla Rose Black Friday sale is here! Save 20%-50% off and all the Flexi Of The Month Clips have been brought back, in very limited quantity! I’m having a mystery hostess party, and all orders of $50 or more in the USA will receive a free clip of my choosing!! This is good for my current and brand new customers, (please stay loyal to your current consultant if you have one!).

Osborne Books are up to 60% off during Black Friday!!

You will hear more about Usborne Books in a few weeks. I’m hosting a party as I have fallen in love with so many items they sell! Our 9 year old son loves the sticker books they have on soldiers, knights, etc. I’m loving all the new doodling and drawing books they have just released. Seriously, there are so many good items and you can get a large selection of them for up to 60% off during the Black Friday weekend!

You can shop through my party link here. My children will be absolutely thrilled if I’m able to earn them some free books as the hostess! :)

Black Friday at the Bulk Herb Store!

I love so many things at the Bulk Herb Store! I’m drinking the red raspberry tea right now during my pregnancy and love it. You can save 15% off your entire order (minus a few exceptions) with the code: BLACKFRIDAY14.

2014 Black Friday Sale BIP

Bright Ideas Press has most of their curriculum 20% off! This includes the popular Mystery of History, and Christian Kids Explore Science series (we have used that science and love it!). Use the code gobblegobble at the checkout.

Character Concepts Black Friday Sale!

Character Concepts has 25% off everything with the code: HOLIDAY25 through Sunday. My boys love the stories on CD they have, and the character training workbooks they offer are excellent.

I don’t normally share deals for other bloggers but I’m excited about this sale! I signed up with great hesitation for this blogging course a few months ago. I’ve purchased other courses and been disappointed with them, but I am so very grateful I made the investment in this course! It’s really good, and if you are wanting to work harder on your blog and grow, this is a good place to start! The private Facebook page that goes along with the group is really helpful as well. This is the lowest price you will find the Elite Blog Academy course, as it will jump up $100 in price next month. The sale price of $299 ends December 5th.

I’ve heard excellent things about The Tummy Team’s online programs. They have an 8 week program to help get your body ready for birth, and they also have a program that helps you heal from a weak core.

Do you….

…suffer from low back pain?
…struggle with a weak core and protruding tummy?
…have a chronically “slumped’ posture?
…occasionally have “leakage issues” when you cough, sneeze or jump?
…have a weak spot at your belly button that pushes out when you try to do a crunch?
…have trouble performing everyday activities without pain or fatigue?

You might need one of their programs!

Use the code: HAPPY35 to save 35% off all their online programs. Or save 20% off a splint with the code: SPLINTSALE at the checkout. These codes are valid Friday through Monday only. I’m interested in getting a splint from them for after the baby is born, as I’ve heard really good things about them.

Flirty Aprons

 Flirty Aprons –  50% Off + Free Shipping with code BLACKFLIRTY50

This sale is from Black Friday through 12/3.


Cents of Style – On Black Friday only you can get Knit Winter Scarves for $7.95 & FREE SHIPPING with the code BLACK at the checkout!

Save 30% off at Dayspring with the code: 30FRIDAY14 plus save up to 76% off the Markdown area!