Last Minute Gift Ideas for Any Occasion

Whether you're on your way to a birthday party, or a Christmas dinner, you don't want to show up empty-handed. Read more

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How to Spend Less Money this Christmas

Many people overspend at Christmastime, charging a great deal of gifts in order to make sure people think well of them. When finances are tight however, this is not possible. Instead of spending money that you don’t have to give gifts for the holidays here are some ways you can still give gifts without breaking the bank. read more

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Free Christmas Gift Idea: Online Photo Album


Free Christmas Gift Idea: Online Photo Album

If you have little to no money this holiday season, there is no reason to avoid friends and family because you cannot afford to purchase a gift. The gift I am talking about is an online photo album.

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About Outdoor Nativity Scenes

Outdoor Nativity scenes are used by Christians to display their belief that Christmas is first a celebration about the birth of Jesus Christ. Some display nativity scenes in addition to other Christmas accessories, while others display nativity scenes instead of Christmas trees and other decor. Nativity scenes are also displayed at and in front of churches to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

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About Autumn Weddings

eople get married year-round, but most large wedding celebrations are held during the spring and summer months. While these weddings are lovely, couples should consider an autumn wedding for the beauty of the season and conveniences of getting married in a less busy wedding period. If you are trying to decide when to get married, you should consider having your nuptials in the fall.

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About Minimalist Style

The words "minimalist style" tend to conjure up thoughts of empty rooms devoid of personality and style. Minimalist style is so much more than that. It is a style of decorating and living where the goal is to strip down the elements to their most fundamental features. In decorating, it means removing unnecessary items from the decor and finding beauty in simplicity.

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Go to college free at these tuition-free colleges

In my last article, I discussed Berea College, a no frills college with no tuition fees.Berea is not the only college that is free of charge. Here is a list of other free colleges to investigate.

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Inexpensive Pumpkin Fall Wedding Centerpieces

Inexpensive Pumpkin Fall Wedding Centerpieces
If your wedding is in late fall such as October or November, you might want to consider making pumpkin centerpieces.
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Tips for Growing Out Your Relaxer and Going Natural

How to Grow the Relaxer Out of Your African American Hair
Growing out your relaxer can be a long process for African American Women, but it is well worth the struggle.
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How to Get Beautiful Long Eyelashes

How to Get Beautiful Long Eyelashes
Long eyelashes is a highly coveted feature by many women. While there is no guarantee that you can get your eyelashes to grow longer, there are some tips that are used by women all over the world that might work for you.
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Why is American Outsourcing Teachers?

“Some of the largest users of H-1B visas aren't tech firms or major research universities. Rather, these unlikely users are the nation's public school systems.” (Ednews.org)

Baltimore had 196 visas issued to teachers for the 2006-2007 school year. New York City had 171. Smaller school districts have a proportionate number of foreign teachers.
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Americans Give Public Schools a C-

Americans Give Public Schools a C- Grade. What Does this Mean?

POSTED August 19, 1:26 PM at Examiner.com

According to the Hoover Institution’s 2008 Education Next-PEPG Survey of Public Opinion, Americans are less than excited about the state of public schools. In fact, many more Americans gave public schools a failing grade than an A or B. The overall grade assigned to our nation’s public schools is in the low C range. This is down considerably from last year.

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2009 Resume

A.Hermitt
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SUMMARY

Self-motivated writer who always meets deadlines seeks a working relationship with a large website with national exposure. I have a large following of regular readers and subscribers to my existing blogs and articles and have ten years of experience in writing content for websites.

COMPUTER SKILLS

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How to Develop a Capsule Wardrobe

A "capsule wardrobe" is a thought-out collection of clothes where all of the items can easily be mixed and matched and are versatile for a number of occasions. You can build a capsule wardrobe if you want to invest in high-end, quality items.

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How to Make Your Hair Grow

Growing hair has nothing to do with how you treat your hair. Treatment only affects how good your hair looks and feels. The truth is that once the hair leaves the scalp it is no longer “alive” and so, while ...read more

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How to Make a Dress Form Mannequin From Duct Tape

A great tool for altering clothes is to use a dress form mannequin. However, a store bought dress form mannequin can be pretty expensive, especially when it is custom made for your measurements. read more

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How to Set Up Special Children's Catering for Your Wedding

When planning their wedding reception, many couples cringe at the thought of paying the price of an adult plate for any children who will attend. This causes many couples to ask that kids be left at home--which, of course, leads to many other problems.... read more

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Treat A Home for Licce

Treating hair for lice is an important step in eliminating head lice, but eliminating lice from the home is most important. If the home is not treated properly, the lice will pass from person to person and you will never get rid of the lice infestation.

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How to Make Your Own Wedding Cake

Professionally made wedding cakes are very beautiful, but they are also very expensive. If you want to save some money on your wedding cake, you can make your own and the guest will... read more

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Pillow case dress

Making a pillowcase dress is a fun and easy project. The dresses are very pretty and inexpensive to make... read more

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How to Date Vintage Nike Shoes by the Numbers

Nike shoes are very popular high quality and high performance sports shoes. Nike shoes are also very attractively styles. This makes them collectors items with many people purchasing, and collecting vintage Nike shoes.... read more

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How to Announce an Elopement

If you eloped and now need to break the news to your family and friends, you are likely very nervous about how they will receive the news. People will be upset that you skipped the traditional wedding... read more

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About Tin Ceilings

How to buy a tin ceiling
A tin ceiling is a wonderful addition to any home. Tin ceilings add a sense of history and sophistication to any home and looks great in kitchens, dining rooms, and even living rooms and bedrooms.

How to Decorate a Tin Ceiling

Tin ceilings are a wonderful addition to any home. They are even more beautiful when they are decorated with a painted finish. ...

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How to Plan Your First Mural Job

So, you have a client who wants you to paint a mural in their home. This is very exciting. In your excitement to paint your mural, be careful to not skip very important steps... read more

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How to Choose a Party Plan Business

For someone looking to start a party plan business to make extra money from home, there are many party plan businesses to choose from. There is Arbonne, Avon, Discovery Toys, Home and Garden Party, Southern Living at Home, Mary Kay, Tupperware, and at least a hundred others.... read more

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How to Plan a Wedding in Two Weeks

Having a yearlong engagement with plenty of time to plan an elaborate wedding is great but some people do not want to wait so long. If you want to get married in two weeks,... read more

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How to Get People to Read Your Articles

If you work as a web content writer, or even someone who writes for publications, your first goal is to get people to read your article. After all, if you get people to read your articles, the people you write for will get more traffic and make more revenue.... read more

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How to Elope without Leaving Town

Whether your plan is to get married in secrecy or want to have an impromptu or intimate wedding, you do not have to fly to Vegas to elope. ... read more

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Seven Ways to Shave Even More Money Off Your Grocery Bill

Seven Ways to Shave Even More Money Off Your Grocery Bill
You may call yourself a master shopper, employing the use of coupons, bulk shopping and shopping at multiple stores to save on your groceries, but there are still more dollars that you can shave off t...

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How to Plan a Shopping Theme Bridal Party

What bride doesn’t love shopping? For a very unique wedding shower, you can throw the future bride a shower with a shipping theme. Here are tips on how to throw a shopping theme bridal shower.... read more

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How to Get People to RSVP for Your Wedding

One of the most frustrating parts about wedding planning is waiting for RSVPs to come in and hunting down people to get their answer. Some people plan to attend and just never get around to sending it.... read more

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How to Throw a Bingo Theme Bridal Party

Bingo is one of those games that you can’t help but love. While some people love Bingo, and will gladly play it if they get a chance, others are absolutely fanatics for the game... read more

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Advice for Landlords

Returning the Security Deposit
One of the biggest complaints you hear from tenants about property owners that they do not refund security deposits. As a landlord, you my feel justified to withhold your tenant's security deposit. Y...

How to Evict When Tenants Don't Pay Rent

In most states, there is a process you have to follow to evict a tenant. If you skip a step or act impulsively, it will make it even harder to get them out of your property.

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Summer Wedding Advice

How to Find a Nontraditional Wedding Dress
Before the late 1940's there was no such thing as a "Wedding Dress". Instead, brides wore fashion of the period. There is no reason why you can't do the same.

Should I Keep or Lose Old Wedding Customs: How to Integrate Family Expectations into Wedding Plans
Wedding plans can cause many expectations from friends, family, and especially parents. There are several things you need to consider to decide if you should keep or lose old wedding customs.


How to Throw the Best Bridal Shower Ever
If you are throwing a bridal shower for a new bride, you probably want to do a great job. Here are ideas on how to make your bridal shower, the best bridal shower ever.

How to Choose Bridesmaids for Your Wedding
Choosing a bridesmaid can be difficult, especially if you have a lot of friends or a large family.

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Want Great Looking Fingernails?

How to Get Your Natural Fingernails to Look as Good as Acrylics
Acrylic nails, when done correctly can look very beautiful. While acrylic nails are nice to wear for special occasions, prolonged wearing can be problematic.

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Ready to Fire Your Hairdresser?

African American Hair: How to Fire Your Hairdresser and Still Look Great
Many African American women continue to go to their hairdresser long after we have become unhappy with the results. If you feel it is time to fire your hairdresser, and do your hair yourself, here ar...

African American Hair: How to Know When You Should Fire Your Hairdresser
African American women spend a great deal of time at the hairdressers. If the wait to have beautiful hair is not bad enough, other problems could arise that makes you wonder if it is not time to find ...

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The Keys to Decorating a Teenage Boys Room

The Keys to Decorating a Teenage Boys Room
Parents generally have a different idea as to what is acceptable decorating for a teen boy's room than the teenage male occupant actually has. The truth is boys do not really like their room decorate...

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Decorating the Jack and Jill Bath

Decorating the Jack and Jill Bath

Decorating a space that adjoins the two bedrooms can be difficult when the decor in the adjoining bedrooms are radically different. Here are some tips you can use when decorating your Jack and Jill b...

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Traveling soon?

How to Travel Lightly
As of May 5, United Airlines began charging an extra $25 for customers who want to travel with a second bag. Here are my tips for traveling lightly to avoid the second-bag fee.

How to Get a Good Hotel Using Hotwire
Hotwire is a good site to use to help you secure low cost accommodations for your trip. It does not however guarantee you the best accommodations for your money.

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Voting and Registration

With more than half of our states still to hold presidential primaries, and with presidential elections coming up, here are some things you should know about voting.
 
With more than half of our states still to hold presidential primaries, and with presidential elections coming up, here are some things you should know about voter registration.

Foreclosures, taxes, and Refund anticipation loans

 
The rate of foreclosures in the United States up 75% from last year, with 1% of homes being foreclosed on. When the bank comes calling, there are several things you can do to prevent your foreclosure...
 
As you are probably aware, the President introduced a bill that would give most Americans a few hundred dollars each in the hopes of stimulating the economy. This is merely a band-aid placed on a gap...
 
Are you anticipating an income tax refund this year? You may want to think twice before you accept a Refund Anticipation Loan

Black History Month Articles Part 3

 
I remember the first time I read Sojourner Truth's speech, Ain't I a Woman?; I don't know that I fully understood the gravity of those words back in the fifth grade. This was the very first time I ...


The Back of the Bus: Why Rosa Parks Refused to Get Up
The anatomy of bus segregation in the Jim Crow South: To understand why Rosa Parks would not move, you must also understand how bus segregation worked.
 
We all know that Rosa Parks's actions on December 1, 1955 helped to spur the Civil Rights movement that ended legal racial segregation in the south and propelled Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. into the f...
 
Popular knowledge tells us that Rosa Parks is the person whose actions spurred the famous Alabama Bus Boycott. That is only partially true. A series of events involving her and other people led to h...

Black History Month Articles: Part 2

You may know that Jackie Robinson was the first African American major league baseball player who is credited with breaking the baseball color line. What you may not know is that he was also very act...


A Biography of African American Track and Field Olympian Jesse Owens
Jesse Owens was the black man that showed Hitler that there was no such think as a dominant race. In spite of his Olympic success in Nazi Germany, Jesse Owens was snubbed in the Jim Crow environment ...


Biography of Thurgood Marshall, First African American on the Supreme Court
The things that I did not connect to Thurgood Marshall's name are that he argued Brown VS Board of Education and that he was the first African American on the U.S. Supreme Court.


Biography of African American Chemist Dr. Percy Lavon Julian
Dr. Julian's chemical patents total 130 in all. Included in these accomplishments is the synthesizing of progesterone, estrogen, cortisone, and testosterone.


Biography of Alex Haley, African American Writer and Historian
When I was growing up in the 1970's, Roots WAS Black History. The movie and the book Roots by Alex Haley taught African Americans about the history of slavery and gave us insight into how it still aff...

Black History Month Articles: Part 1

A Biography of Black History Giant Medgar Evers
If you have ever seen the movie Ghosts of Mississippi, then you know the story about the trail that convicted the murderer or Medgar Evers.

The Life and Death of Marvin Gaye
I also remember the moment I heard the news of Marvin Gaye's tragic death. What I did not know was that in the midst of his popularity and success, is that he was a tortured soul.

A Biography of Dr. Charles Drew
Drew Charles was an African American surgeon credited for creating blood transfusions and the development of blood banks. He also worked to integrate the donation of blood.

A Biography of Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglas was a famous abolitionist who fought to end slavery as well as improve the conditions of black people and for women's rights.

A Biography of the Candy Man, Sammy Davis Jr
Most people remember Sammy Davis Jr. as the fun spirited character of a performer who made people smile. But, he fought through a great deal of prejudices and roadblocks along the way.

Re-introducing Dorothy Dandridge
I first heard of Dorothy Dandridge when Halle Berry played her in the tale-drama movie Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999. Her name is mentioned as inspiration by numerous modern day black actress...

Bill Cosby, Making Change Through Comedy
For me, Bill Cosby is one of the funniest men alive. Through his humor, he has touched the hearts of millions, and he has caused countless others to think.





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Outsourced Jobs Coming Back Home

 
 
 
NBC Nightly News recently ran a story about outsourced call centers that are being brought home. Brian William reported that the problem has gotten so bad that people have taken to posting these horri...
Five Useful Things You Can Get for Free They say nothing in life is free. However, if you are the thrifty type, a bit of determination will prove that wrong. If you have internet access, you can find free things without climbing through d...

Five useful things you can get for free

 
 
They say nothing in life is free. However, if you are the thrifty type, a bit of determination will prove that wrong. If you have internet access, you can find free things without climbing through d...
 

Last Minute Valentines Day Wedding

   
Not only are Valentines Day Wedding incredibly romantic, but also it will ensure either party will never forget your wedding day.

Frugal recycling: Housecoat

   
It is fun and wonderfully frugal to take an item you no longer want and turn it into something you need. One item I have found alternate uses for is a ladies housecoat or robe.

Six Ways to Lower Your Home Phone Bill

The telephone bill is one of those things that are nearly impossible to figure out. While many of these charges are mandatory and impossible to eliminate, you can eliminate some charges.

18 things to do with junk mail

 
 
 
I get enough to fill a large Rubbermaid bin each month and for many years tossed it out. Now I keep a couple of empty bins to toss it into, and when I have free time, sort it to use for different pro...

Frugal Fall Decor

 
 
 
I absolutely love fall home decor. Nothing gets you ready for winter like a home filled with fall decorations. Still, I would never pay a cent for fall home decorations. Why?

Frugal laundry

 
Laundry costs can ruin a budget if you let it. There is no reason however, to let your money go down the drain.

Make Chicken breasts last all week

 
 
 
Take a little bit and make it go a long way. That's my philosophy when dealing with meats. I have become especially good at stretching chicken breast through several meals.

Homeschoolers are suspect

As Utah homeschool bills SB36 and SB37 are discussed and/or passed, opponents are being clearer about their problems with public school kids, private school kids, and homeschoolers being on the same p...

expensive exercise equipment

 
 
 
Before you spend all that money on infomercial exercise products, stop and consider if you really need it. You can get the same benefit from items already in your home.

Can Homeschoolers get scholarships?

If you are a college bound homeschooler, or parent of a college bound homeschooler, his is some basic advice for your scholarship search.

Save money after the purchase

 
 
 
What do you do when you buy an item only to find out it went on sale afterward? Popular opinion would say that you are out of luck... that you missed out on a good deal.

Homeschoolers and the SAT

 
 
 
The SAT score alone in many cases will eliminate the need for the student to prove that his or her education is valid. A good SAT score often speaks for itself.

Frugal uses for plastic grocery bags

 
 
 
Eliminating plastic bags would be a nightmare for a cheapskate like me. Here are all of the things you can do with grocery store plastic bags.

In my last article about uses for grocery bags, I gave 10 useful ways you can make recycle your grocery store that included mailing supplies, freezer sorting, and knitting. Here are 10 more uses for p...

In previous articles I wrote about uses for grocery bags, I gave many useful ways you can recycle your grocery store bags. The list included mailing supplies, freezer sorting, shoe protection, pillow ...

My Rights as a Homeschooler

 
 
 
When people ask me why I homeschool, I have a habit of saying, “we can, and so we do.â€ï¿½ We homeschool because we it is our legal right and we choose to exercise that ...
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Frugal House Cleaning Supplies

Did you know that if you were not careful, you could lose hundreds of dollars a month before you even take your money out of the bank?

High school Pushouts

   
 
   
I recently came across a news article about students being forced out of a middle school in New York for not being immunized with a new booster for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.

Frugal bank fees

Did you know that if you were not careful, you could lose hundreds of dollars a month before you even take your money out of the bank?

Penpals for socialization

   Penpals: An Answer to the Socialization Question

There are better ways to socialize with other kids than to sit next to them is a classroom trying to ignore each other. One of the numerous ways for homeschoolers to make and keep friends and sociali...

 

frugal cat care

 
 
 
In my 17 years as cat owner, I have spent a lot of money. These days, I have learned my lesson and spend quite a deal less. Here are some ways to save money on cat care.

Making the Decision to Homeschool

 
 
 
For most homeschoolers, the decision to homeschool their kids come out of a series of life experiences, personal decisions, and life philosophies.

frugal batteries

 
 
 
Whenever I purchase a new item that relies on batteries, I also purchase a new set of rechargeable batteries as well. Here are some reasons you should consider purchasing rechargeable batteries.

Why do we need black history month?

Black History is a foreign study for me. Therefore, I am writing this series of articles on black history notables to educate the public and myself on black history in the United States.

Frugal Bathroom items

 
 
 
Previously, I have discussed a few items that you can get or make free or do without. In this article, I will discuss items for the bathroom that you should not pay for. They are as follows:

Teaching Advanced Math

 
 
 
One of the many questions I get about homeschooling is how do you teach your kids Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. After all, how could the average adult be qualified enough to teach th...

Frugal Baby

 
 
 
In my series on Cheap Rules for the 21st century, I have listed my basic cheap rules as well as things I will not do to save money. Here is a list of bay items, you may think you need to buy, but you...

In addition to baby food, baby wipes and diaper bags, there are some larger items that I would also not be inclined to purchase.

Fasting to lose weight

 
 
 
To fast is to deliberately deny yourself of food. People usually fast for religious reasons to weaken the body and strengthen the spirit. There is no reason you avoid a religious fast while dieting,...

Teaching in spite of weakness

 
 
 
People give me many excuses to justify their decision not to homeschool. Here are some of the most common reasons people give me for not homeschooling, and ways you can homeschool your kinds in spite...

Items You Can Recycle to Make Aprons

In addition to my hard-fast rules, and my list thrifty of no-no's; I also have a list of items I would never pay for. The first thing I would never pay for are aprons.
 

Glucose and its effects

 
 
 
Glucose is a form of simple sugar, which is a carbohydrate. Commercially, glucose is found in food products such as corn, rice, wheat products, and potatoes.

Homeschooling Preteens

A fellow homeschooling writer on Associated Content wrote an article detailing her homeschooling experience. Our homeschool experience is quite opposite.

How to Avoid ATM Fees

 
 
 
ATM users have grown accustomed to the numerous fees they have to pay to access their own money. I do not feel this is something we need to get used to. Here are my tips for avoiding ATM Fees.

How do you lose excess fat?

 
 
 
When you are overweight, it means your body has stored too much fat. Most of this excess fat is most likely to be in the form of bad fats that cause heart disease.

Where to buy Homeschool Lab Equipment

 
 
 
If a homeschooler does not join a class or workshop for science experiments then they have to be done at home and lab equipment is an absolute must. But where do you purchase lab equipment?

How to Use the Library for a Homeschooling Curriculum

Introduction

Who needs money to homeschool when you have access to the public library? Every city big and small has a public library system with multiple locations and an endless amount of information you can consume.  Read more

How to Use Time4Learning as Your Low Cost Homeschool Curriculum

Introduction

Time4learning is the website I used to homeschool my kids for several years. Time4learning provides an interactive online curriculum for children in grades pre-school through 8th grade. I found it extremely useful and well organized. Still, you need a little organization to use it. Here are my tips for using Time4learning as your Low Cost Homeschool Curriculum. read more

How to Start a Homeschool Blog

Introduction

Starting a homeschool blog is a great way to share your homeschooling journey with other people. It allows other homeschoolers to know they are not alone and homeschoolers to share information with each other. If you want to start a homeschooling blog, here is what you need to do. read more

How to Find Homeschool Electives for Your Kids

Introduction

Homeschool opponents like to point out that homeschoolers have limited access to extracurricular activities and elective classes. The truth, however, is that with a bit of work and creativity a homeschooler's options for electives are endless. Here are some ways you can find homeschool electives for your kids.  read more

Guttenberg Project book source for Homeshoolers

If you homeschool you should be aware of the Guttenberg Project eBook website. The purpose of The Guttenberg project eBook website is to provide all public domain works free to the public as soon as ...
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Making the Most Out of Tiny Bedrooms

In most new construction, to balance out the size of the huge master suites and you will find that the other bedrooms are quite diminutive. Here are some ideas you can use to make the most out of ti...
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How to Add Color to Your Rental Apartment Without Painting

Since painting is generally out of the question, and plain walls are boring, renters are always looking for ways to add color to their home. Here are some ways to add color to your rental apartment wi...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Why Homeschoolers Will Not Take the GED

There are many people under the impression that a homeschoolers should take the GED exam to prove they know enough to graduate from homeschooling. Homeschoolers disagree.

Are You Eating Enough to Lose Weight?

Everyone knows that eating too much makes you gain weight. But are you aware that eating too little can prevent weight loss? This is why crash diets don't work for many people.
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Budget Redecorating Trends for 2008

You are happy with your furniture. Your flooring is just fine. But your home still needs a little updating. It is time to redecorate! Here some 2008 decorating trend ideas you can use.
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How to Keep the Fun in Homeschooling

If you are too caught up in creating a school environment at home, you will suck all of the fun right out of homeschooling. Here are some things you can do to keep the fun in homeschooling.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Ear Stapling for Weight Loss: Does it Work?

When the ear is stapled, a small surgical steel 'staple' is used to pierce the inner ear (instead of the lobe). The location of the staple is a pressure point believed to control appetite.
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Ideas for Creating Furniture from Recycled Items

Whether you are in need of furniture in a pinch, or want to exercise your creativity to make your furniture from recycled items, here are some ideas you can try.
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Window Treatments Where There Aren't Windows

While window treatments are of course made for windows, there are other places you can use them too. Here are some ideas for window treatments without windows.
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Online Flexible Learning Programs (Unschooling with a Diploma)

Flexible learning programs are programs that will facilitate an unschooler to get a diploma. Here are a few online schools that offer online flexible learning programs.
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What You Should Know Before Signing Up for Bob Greene's Bestlife Diet Plan

This is a true story about the horrible cancellation policies for Bob Green's Weight Loss Diet Plan.
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Neutral Home Decor Does Not Have to Be Boring

If you like the idea of neutral home décor, but want to add a little pizzazz, you should focus on adding texture to your home decorating plan.
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Homeschooling Your Kids Can Make You Smarter

I just discovered a new hidden benefit of homeschooling that I had to write about right away. Did you know that homeschooling your kids can make you smarter?
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Quick and Easy Decorating Ideas for Your Bedroom

Bedrooms are often the most neglected room in the house when it comes to decorating. Either homeowners run out of time or energy by the time the living room, dining room and kitchen are completed.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

The Days of the Crash Diet Are Over

Popular belief over the years was that you would just suddenly start your new diet plan, which meant, eating healthy, cold turkey. This was usually after a period of binging knowing what was to come. ...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Even more money savings tips

 
One reliable way to save money on cleaning products is to clip coupons. Still, this is not my preferred way to save money on cleaning.
 
Did you know that if you were not careful, you could lose hundreds of dollars a month before you even take your money out of the bank?
 
Whenever I purchase a new item that relies on batteries, I also purchase a new set of rechargeable batteries as well. Here are some reasons you should consider purchasing rechargeable batteries.

Do it Yourself Home Staging

Staging a home means preparing a home to sell by removing items that distract buyers while visually maximizing the desirability of the home. Here are some quick home-staging ideas that you can use.
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Super Nanny Exposes Bad Homeschooling ... Or Does It?

The internet is abuzz over a recent episode of Super Nanny. While it is clear that these "homeschooling" girls were being neglected educationally and emotionally abused, I am not so sure that this sa...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

What's the Deal with Carbs?

According to the 2005 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, “Carbohydrates are part of a healthful diet.â€ï¿½ In fact, they say that 45-65 percent of our diet should co...
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Decorating with Personal Photographs

A wall full of school pictures may be boring, but artistic photographs of family members make a house a home. Here are some ideas you can use to fill your home with personal photographs in a fun and s...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Homeschooling and Educational Neglect

Educational neglect occurs when a child is allowed to be repeatedly truant from school, or is of mandatory school age and not participating in any kind of educational program.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

How Much Do Calories Really Count?

Eat more protein. Eat less carbs. Don't forget your good fats. Follow the food pyramid. Don't eat at night. According to all the weight loss knowledge and tricks, you would think that calories do...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Online Tools for Home Decorating

There are now tools that will help you get professional results on your own. Check out these free (or mostly free) online tools that will assist you in decorating your home.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

What You Can Teach Your Homeschoolers Using the Discovery Channel

For homeschooled children, science and history come to life on the Discovery Channel.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

How to Measure and Interpret Body Mass Index

According to the centers for disease control, the "Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height." This will indicate your chance of developing weight related health ...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

More money savings ideas

In my 17 years as cat owner, I have spent a lot of money. These days, I have learned my lesson and spend quite a deal less. Here are some ways to save money on cat care.
 
Previously, I have discussed a few items that you can get or make free or do without. In this article, I will discuss items for the bathroom that you should not pay for. They are as follows:
 
In addition to baby food, baby wipes and diaper bags, there are some larger items that I would also not be inclined to purchase.
 
In my series on Cheap Rules for the 21st century, I have listed my basic cheap rules as well as things I will not do to save money. Here is a list of bay items, you may think you need to buy, but you...

Reclaiming the Formal Living Room

Traditionally, living rooms were the considered the jewel of the home. Perhaps the usefulness of the formal living room waned as people stopped visiting each other.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites) 

Do You Think You Need a Homeschool Consultant?

Homeschool consultants will offer to help you do everything from handling your paperwork to overseeing your child's education. Before you hire one, there are things you should be aware of.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Considering Bariatric Surgery for Weight Loss?

Bariatric surgery is performed on people who have tried and failed to lose weight by regular means. It involves decreasing the size of the stomach or how much food can enter the stomach at one time.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

High End Kitchen Trends You Can Copy for Less

Today's kitchen trends include large open spaces that mimic the look of a living room and give the kitchen a lived in feeling. However, these new trends do not come cheaply.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Take Time to Visit a Homeschool Conference or Two

One of the best things that I did my first year of homeschooling was to attend several homeschool conferences. I met authors of homeschooling books I had read. I heard from homeschool experts of who...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

money savings tips

 
In addition to my hard-fast rules, and my list thrifty of no-no's; I also have a list of items I would never pay for. The first thing I would never pay for are aprons.
 
ATM users have grown accustomed to the numerous fees they have to pay to access their own money. I do not feel this is something we need to get used to. Here are my tips for avoiding ATM Fees.
 
In my last article, Cheap Rules for the 21st Century, I gave my basic rules for being cheap. The following list details things I will not do to save money.
 
I am cheap, and proud of it. There are many rules that I could not break, no matter what. Here are my basic rules of cheap.

Homeschoolers Can Start College Before They Are Done with Homeschooling

I think one of the most interesting things about homeschooling is the fact that students can excel at amazing rates. Highschoolers in particular can finish high school and start high school at the s...
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)

Eliminating Belly Fat

As a person with a reasonable amount of belly fat, I am always looking for ways to slim down my middle. Here are some solutions I have found through my research.
By A.Hermitt (dreahwrites)  

The Charlotte Mason Approach to Homeschooling

There are numerous ways to homeschool a child. One of the many approaches to homeschooling is the Charlotte Mason Approach.

Homeschool Supplements on CD-ROM

 Homeschool Supplements on CD-ROM

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
When I started homeschooling, my kids I wanted to make it as much fun as possible. Of course, I wanted them to learn at the same time. Here are some of our favorite CD Rom educational Supplements: Read more»

What is the Problem with Being a Christian Homeschooler?

 What is the Problem with Being a Christian Homeschooler?

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
I get many questions asking for questions that assume all homeschoolers are conservative Christians. The questions are often accusatory and stereotypical. Read more»

Homeschool Camps for 2008

 Homeschool Camps for 2008

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
If you and your homeschooled kids are itching for some serious homeschool socialization, perhaps you should consider visiting a homeschool camp. There are homeschool camps all over the United States. Read more»

Homeschool Bloggers Are Never Lonely

 Homeschool Bloggers Are Never Lonely

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
With the sheer magnitude of the number of homeschooling blogs online, I would argue that homeschoolers manage to keep themselves very well connected. Read more»

Hidden Benefits of Homeschooling

 Hidden Benefits of Homeschooling

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
A great many homeschooling benefits are evident even to those who oppose homeschooling. In addition to these homeschooling benefits are rewards that are happening behind the scenes. Read more»

Autistic Parents Having Great Success in Homeschooling

 Autistic Parents Having Great Success in Homeschooling

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
In reading messages from various homeschooling boards I noticed a great deal of the homeschoolers on the boards have autistic kids. It worried me until I found out how successful autistic homeschoolers are. Read more»

What is Afrocentric Homeschooling

 What is Afrocentric Homeschooling
By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
 
Did you know there was such thing as afrocentric homeschooling? Afrocentric homeschoolers are families who incorporate black positive or pro black curriculum into their educational approach. Read more»

Don't Expect Every Homeschooler to Be a Homeschooling Advocate or Spokesperson

 Don't Expect Every Homeschooler to Be a Homeschooling Advocate or Spokesperson
By dreahwrites, Dec 21, 2007
 
A homeschool advocate is one who speaks out on behalf of homeschoolers. One does not have to be a homeschooler to be a homeschool advocate, and being a homeschooler does not make you a homeschool advocate. Read more»

Web Based Instruction Could Improve Public Schooling

 Web Based Instruction Could Improve Public Schooling

By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 

Web based instruction has shown itself to be quite effective. People receive college degrees online each year. High school students complete classes and make up courses, get their GED, and high school diplomas. Read more»

Unschoolers, Crazy like a Fox

 Unschoolers, Crazy like a Fox

By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 

Public educators think they're crazy. Classical homeschoolers call them lazy at best. Unschoolers call themselves free. But there just might be some genius in unschooling. Read more»

Ideas for Teaching US History

 Ideas for Teaching US History
By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 
US History is taught in Elementary, Middle, and High School. If you stopped a person on the street and asked them questions about US history they will not be able to answer you. US history is taught ineffectively. Read more»

Recognizing Signs of Underachievement in Schools

 Recognizing Signs of Underachievement in Schools
By dreahwrites, Dec 20, 2007
 
There is an epidemic of underachievement in schools. To tackle the problem of underachievement in schools, parents and teachers must first realize that a child is not reaching his or her full potential. Read more»

Raising Twice Special (Twice Exceptional) Children

 Raising Twice Special (Twice Exceptional) Children
By dreahwrites, Dec 19, 2007
 
According to the twice-exceptional website, "Children who are gifted in intelligence account for three to five percent of all children. Read more»

Why Are We Still Testing Children?

 Why Are We Still Testing Children?
By dreahwrites, Dec 19, 2007
 
Students today would rather their teacher get hit by a car, than to have to take a test. Some would rather be hit by the car themselves. Kids hate tests. Yet, every new effort to approve schooling involves more testing. Read more»

Turning Your Formal Living Room into a Home Office

 Turning Your Formal Living Room into a Home Office

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
Home offices have become very popular in the last decade. If you have found that you have little use for your formal living room, and would like a home office instead, here are some tips you can use: Read more»

Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Schools

 Dealing with Sexual Harassment in Schools
 

Sexual harassment isn't just for the workplace anymore. For as long as I can remember, and probably long before that it has been a problem in the schools. Read more» of this associated content article

Is Private Education Any Better Then Public Schools

 Is Private Education Any Better Then Public Schools
 

Parents send their children to public schools for various reasons. Some children go to private schools for religious reasons. Some go because parents feel private schools provide a safer environment. Read more»

The Fallacy of Self Esteem Programs in School

 The Fallacy of Self Esteem Programs in School
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
The second biggest movement in schools next to No Child Left Behind is Self Esteem Programs. Self-esteem programs in schools are designed to make children feel good about themselves. Read more»

Tips for Decorating Your Downsized Home


By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
You are moving into a smaller home and your current home fully furnished. How do you decide what to take, and what to leave behind? This guide will help you decorate your new home with the furniture and accessories from the larger home that you are leaving. Read more»

Why Teachers Should Visit the Home

I learned about parent-teacher relationships early in my child's preschools career. I was shocked to find that we were seriously mis-communicating over the subject of my child's abilities. Read more» of this article I wrote for associated content

What is School Choice?

 What is School Choice?
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
School choice allows students to attend any public or private school they wish within a district. Some oppose school choice vehemently, and others support it. Read more» of this article I wrote for Associated Content

The Importance of School Recess

 The Importance of School Recess
 

New schools all over the country are being built without playgrounds. Older schools are leaving the playground abandoned. School administrators feel that time is better spent improving academic performance. Read more»

New Faux Painting Tips for 2008 and Beyond

 New Faux Painting Tips for 2008 and Beyond

By dreahwrites, Dec 28, 2007
 
Faux painting has been huge for the last decade or so. These bold faux styles however are becoming less and less popular. Read more»

Why it is Important for Parents to Be Active in Schools

There was a time when parents were integral parts of the schools. Each student knew each other's parent by sight and teachers and administration knew them almost intimately. Read more» of this article I wrote for associated content.

Are 'No Talking' in School Rules Unreasonable?

 Are 'No Talking' in School Rules Unreasonable?
 

The first thing most people say to homeschoolers is that they will not get enough socialization if they are not in school. That argument point never made sense to me because I just do not see how schools allow socialization at all with all of the No Talking Rules. Read more»

If Physical Education Should Impact a Child for Life, It's Time to Make Some Changes

If Physical Education Should Impact a Child for Life, It's Time to Make Some Changes

Physical education programs in schools are meant to develop a student by giving them knowledge, skills, and capabilities to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Read more»

Articles on NCLB

 No Child Left Behind... What it Really Means
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
Besides being bogged down in legal lingo, the NCLB law is also bogged down with things like too much testing that does not allow for true learning. Read more»

 
What Does No Child Left Behind Mean?
By dreahwrites, Dec 18, 2007
 
No Child Left Behind is a buzzword created to mean schools should be improved, especially the worst schools. But what does it really mean? Read more»

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