Healthy peanut butter cups recipe. Pin this for a spectacular treat. Uses whole foods and is really easy.

Healthy Peanut Butter Cups Recipe: Make Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cups, Bars, Balls, or Eggs

Hey guys!  It’s almost New Year’s Eve and so I really wanted to share this recipe.  I love, love, love peanut butter cups (who doesn’t?), but they are so NOT healthy.  So today I give you a recipe for healthy peanut butter cups!

These are a great option for sharing at get-togethers because even people on a Standard American Diet love them.  Usually, I announce really loudly that they’re vegan and super-healthy.  That way, most people avoid them and there are more for me.  Ha ha ha.  So tricky. Continue reading

Change your mindset to combine Charlotte Mason and Minimalist Homeschooling. Learn 4 tips for spreading the feast minimally, and with less overwhelm.

Combine Charlotte Mason and Minimalist Homeschooling: How to “Spread the Feast” with a Minimal Mindset

One of the questions that comes up frequently among minimalist homeschoolers, is how to “spread the feast,” while keeping things simple and stress-free.  Luckily, if you can adjust your mindset a bit, there are a 4 key ways to combine spreading the feast like Charlotte Mason and minimalist homeschooling simplicity. Continue reading

9 Ways to foster self-learning. Minimalist Homeschooling Mindset Hack #11

Foster Self-Learning: How & Why to Create Independence While Minimalist Homeschooling

A friend of mine, who is a kindergarten teacher, once told me that one of the skills she considered most valuable was independence.  In my opinion, self-learning and independence follow from each other.  I was surprised that her answer wasn’t the alphabet, or some other academic metric, but at the same time, I wasn’t surprised at all.

John Holt said:

“Since we can’t know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance.  Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.”

Yes!

It doesn’t matter if you’re an unschooler, Charlotte Mason, Classical…

You could be homeschooling a preschooler or a senior in highschool…

We all strive to create LEARNERS.

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Simplify Life the Little House Way. Pin to remember 7 ways to get back to what's most important.

Simplify Life – The Little House Litmus Test

Life can feel so overwhelming.  So busy.  Some days – most days – there is a never-ending to-do list and no light at the end of the tunnel.  We crave an easier existence, but don’t know how exactly to simplify life.

In comes Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  If you haven’t read the book recently, I suggest picking it up as a case study on how to simplify life.  Then use the Little House as a litmus test for your own life.

No time to go read a novel?

I hear ya.  That’s why you’re here!

So, I’ll give you the “Everything You Need to Know about Using the Little House Litmus Test to Simplify Life” article here.  Here are 7 ways to be more “Little House” in life: Continue reading

All you need to know for minimalist homeschooling kindergarten. Save this post to use over and over and over again!

Minimalist Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teach Everything with a Pencil, Notebook, Crayons & Library Card

What better place to start, than with minimalist homeschooling kindergarten?

The irony is that when people first begin homeschooling their little ones, they feel so much pressure to do it “right,” or to do it “all,” that minimalist homeschooling often doesn’t start until the later years.  In reality, the requirements in kindergarten are so straight-forward, that I highly recommend starting minimalist homeschooling with the youngest learners.

It takes a leap of faith, and a whole lot of confidence to minimally homeschool – to trust that simple works, and that simple is enough.

Why not start here?

If you are homeschooling multiple ages, and wondering how to convert to minimalist homeschooling, and take that leap of faith, perhaps changing how you school the youngest learners in your home will empower you to gradually simplify your approach with the older children as well. Continue reading

Must read for times of homeschool self-doubt. How to homeschool confidently!

Homeschool Self-Doubt – How to Make Confident Changes

If you want to make a change in a behavior or habit, it is widely accepted that there are specific steps to take.  These steps apply to pretty much any change – including accepting homeschooling.  I bring this up today because I am seeing a lot of homeschool self-doubt.

I have seen it everywhere I turn – homeschool self-doubt is in my friends, in facebook groups, in emails from readers… and in myself.  It seems that nobody is immune.

My hope is that with a clear understanding of what is involved in making a change, and accepting that choosing to homeschool is a “change” from the “norm,” you will be better prepared to homeschool confidently.

Furthermore, homeschooling minimally requires a changed mindset compared to traditional homeschooling, so this post should hit home with anyone who is seeking to create the homeschool that they imagine – whatever that may be.

The five basic steps to making a lasting and successful change are:

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Learn how to be awesome instead of being it all. Create a minimalist homeschool starting today.

Minimalist Homeschool: Don’t Be It All, Be Awesome

People often hear “minimalist homeschool,” and they wonder if it’s a code-word for under-achievers who do the bare minimum to educate their children, with little intention or effort.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

In reality, a minimalist mindset is about being awesome, instead of being it all.

Every homeschooler that I have met wants the best for their children.  The task that they have assumed is not one that they take lightly – they are aware of the importance of how their children are educated.

If anything, the homeschoolers are often homeschooling BECAUSE they value education SO MUCH, and are acutely aware of its impact.

Because, honestly, who would take on all of this extra work and thought if it weren’t really, really, important?

You’ve gone all-in for this challenge, so be awesome at it!

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