Keeping journals: 5 ways your kids can start now

by inspiredrd on February 26, 2015

This year, we started homeschooling our kids, mostly as a way of sticking together as a family. Because of my husband’s job as a professional baseball coach, we move a few times a year.

As we began our homeschool journey, I decided pretty quickly that I didn’t want to have a million pieces of paper to organize or endless works of art that would end up in a shoebox (or the trash).

5 fun ways for kids to start journaling |

I also wanted them to have something they could hold onto, romantically hoping they will treasure these items as adults looking back over their childhood education.

So instead of loose papers, we have started the practice of keeping journals. Right now we have five separate notebooks, a few of which should last them their entire childhood.

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How to get the most out of your library card

February 23, 2015
How to get the most out of your library card |

Nerd alert! I’m about to tell you how to get the most out of your library card. I love the library. Loooooooove. And not just because I love to read (which I do). A library card opens up this whole world of new experiences. Books (obviously), movies, kids programming, community events, e-books, and more. Plus, […]

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Goals – An Update

February 17, 2015
Goals - An Update |

We’re halfway through February, so I thought it would be a good time to see how I’m doing on my 2015 goals. I would love to hear how you’re doing with yours too. Any goal worth working towards requires periodic reevaluation. What am I doing well? What am I completely avoiding? Where can I improve? […]

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Thankfulness Lately

February 13, 2015
Thankfulness Lately |

Every once in a while, I feel the need to unplug for a few days. Since it’s Friday, I thought an analog weekend sounded just about perfect. But before I sign off, I wanted to share a few things I have been thankful for lately. It does my soul good to document these things. For […]

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An Invitation

February 10, 2015
An Invitation |

On Saturday at the IF:Gathering, seven women of various ethnicities sat on stage together and had a frank talk about race. As someone who has spent the last six months trying to listen and learn from people outside my little Gilbert, Arizona bubble, I appreciated the intentionality of this conversation. I asked my friend Laila to […]

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A Lightbulb Celiac Moment

February 8, 2015
Allergy is a word people understand, so I use it.  But on this particular day in Austin, I didn’t. When he asked if I had an allergy, I told him no. I have celiac disease.  And his response changed my whole way of thinking.

While in Austin over the weekend, I grabbed lunch at a little salad place called Leaf. They make the salads right in front of you, and you can customize them any way you want. I asked the guy who was making my salad to please point out anything I should avoid because of gluten. He asked me […]

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Don’t miss it

February 7, 2015
Jo Saxton - IF:Gathering

When my husband was playing minor league baseball, I dreamed about the day when he would be a big league pitcher and I could start doing meaningful philanthropy work. We would give lots of money away because we would have millions of dollars. We would have big impact in the community because we would have a […]

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One step.

February 4, 2015

I tried not to go to the IF:Gathering in Austin this year. I even gave away my original ticket. I had surgery two weeks ago, and can hardly walk to the mailbox and back. I was more than content to attend IF:Local with women from my community. But the door kept opening, the nudges kept coming, and they have […]

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What I’m Reading – January

February 2, 2015
What I'm Reading Now (January 2015) |

One of my goals this year was to read at least 50 books. To keep me on track, I thought I would post once a month to share what I have read so far. I would love to hear about what you have been reading as well. Most of the books I grab from the […]

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Gluten? Get over it.

January 28, 2015
Gluten? Get over it.

I wasn’t going to say anything about the new NASCAR ad that will be running during the Super Bowl because I didn’t want to appear “too sensitive” to gluten jokes. I mean, I’m an adult. I can take it. Stupid gluten-free sissies, haha.  Whatever. But then my friend reminded me that adults making fun of […]

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