Usborne Christmas Stained Glass Coloring.

A Christmas coloring book with 12 see-through pages to color.

Happy Holiday and Merry Christmas!

Today I am sharing a couple books I received from Alexandra. Since Christmas is just 9 days away, we are going to show you what we have been doing. I absolutely adore this coloring book from Usborne. The pages are just the right thickness and the coloring are so beautiful. 

Inside you will find a Christmas/wintry themed picture already colored. On the right, there is another exact picture to color for yourself. Each picture has a stained glass look, which really makes the color pop. 

My daughter seemed to really enjoy coloring in this book. She said is was easier to stay in the lines and make it look really nice. With this book, you can use color pencils, markers, crayons or even Gel pens. Her choice was markers, as you can probably tell. 

Most of our coloring books are collecting dust. You will usually find my kids drawing their own creations and coloring them. So, this Christmas Stained Glass Coloring Book was a huge hit. I don’t think she wants to share!

I would also like to share what is in the back of this coloring book. I find it pretty handy for the kids. Check out the photo below.

How to use this book.

Next I will show you one of their cute tiny Christmas books. It is a hard book, so perfect for little toddler hands. My littlest one, who will be 2 right after Christmas, loves it. It is really the perfect size for little hands. Usborne’s Very First Christmas Carols, has all the popular Carols, including ones I haven’t heard.

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Silent Night

Away In a Manger

I Saw Three Ships

The Holly and the Ivy

While Shepherds watched their Flocks by Night

We Three Kings of Orient Are

O Come all ye Faithful

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

This book has become a special read in our house already. However you celebrate Christmas, I believe this is perfect for little ones. I think the pictures speak for themselves.

I hope you enjoyed our little review. I wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday or Winter Solstice. No matter how you celebrate, I send you positive vibes, prayers and well wishes! 

You probably won’t see me around until after the New Year, so Happy New Year to all!

PS: Oh, don’t forget to go check out Alexandra’s Facebook page, aka The Sleepy Storyteller! 


Disorganized Thoughts

Hey there!

Gosh, it’s been so long since my last post. I have been on a much needed break. It wasn’t planned, however, it was much needed. Now I feel like it’s time to get back into writing and helping others.

So begins a new journey. I have done quite a lot of thinking and figuring some things out since I have been away. From homeschooling and how I’d like to truly approach my children’s life now, to what is best for myself as a Mother. I have asked myself many times if I should discontinue writing on my blog.

Sometimes I feel like it isn’t doing any good for anyone. As much as I love to write, it seems like it is only feeding that desire. When I started this page, my main goal was to share our homeschool journey, to help others see that it isn’t about what is in a book. I don’t feel like I have accomplished that.

I rarely have the time to organize and record everything we do. To be honest, some days there is nothing to note and share with you. True learning moments aren’t always noticed at first. It’s when they are having a conversation with me and I notice a certain word I’ve never heard them use. AND they know how to use it properly! There are many moments like that I don’t think to write about. Those quick and amazing moments don’t get captured with my camera.

As a Mother, it’s difficult to find time to do things you enjoy for yourself. Even the simplest of hobbies like reading. Which I may add, I love! I have reached the point of giving up on having time and enjoyment for myself. I’m fighting that within me because I am trying so hard to be a good Mother on top of it all. Moms deserve time and enjoyment. Sometimes even that isn’t so simple.

So, while I am re-evaluating what I truly want this blog to be about and how I want to become an even better Mother, I’ll just do my best at sharing and helping others. Soon I will have a few reviews to share with you. I am very much behind and will probably take my time getting it all done properly.

❤ Jess

Celebrating My 100th Post on WordPress!

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My son and I. Yes we are weird. I love him! Lol

I was a bit surprised when I logged in the other day and saw I had 99 posts! Really though, I have written many more prior to WordPress. I just did some deleting of really old posts. Still, how exciting! This is my 100th post and I wanted to brag a little. I also wanted to shout a big THANK YOU to all of my readers. So thanks!

A few years ago, when I decided to start a blog, I wanted it more for a journal. A way to keep track of all the things I do with my children. It was not always easy and I did not get to share as much as I would have liked. Eventually, this blog blossomed into helpful reviews, some tips on different methods of homeschooling and really, just my experience as a homeschool…now unschooling Mother.

There is still so much I want to write and express. One day I may have more time to spare for writing. Those will be sad days. Why? Because that means my tater tots will be spuds! Yes, I referred to my children as potatoes! One day when they are grown I will probably have more time to share my experiences, opinions and just love of writing. By then I just may be a pro!

Life is full of hurdles, accomplishments, frustration, challenges, and Joyousness. It all makes a person stronger in character and each day is a gift to be treasured.

Back to the celebration. I thought I needed a way to share more about myself. Get a little personal. This way you can see I’m just a real human, Mother, wife and daughter. Below I have posted some questions and tidbits that I have been asked before.

Check them out 👇

  • How long have you homeschooled your kids?

Well, if you count the time when I pulled my girls out of public school for good, then that would be nearly 6 years next January. I have sorta lost track of the time. Best thing I ever did for my kids.

  • Do you feel judgment when it comes to the way you parent and the fact that you chose to have your children home educated?

I definitely use to! The hardest thing was hearing that my kids would become too isolated or coddled. That they’d never experience real life at home. That is further from the truth. They learn more about life at home, just with me. As far as socialization, I believe they have quality socialization. The fact that they get to be around people of all ages is extremely important. I do the best I can for them and I think that is enough at the end of the day. As far as my parenting goes, I am judged at times but that is okay. 🙂

  • You make it look so easy! Is homeschooling difficult and how do you manage it all every day?

Oh my goodness! I cannot believe that someone actually thinks I make it look easy. That is what I thought when asked this. Anything you see on social media and the web isn’t 100 percent. I don’t share every single moment because I just don’t have the time. I probably should share a few bad days. That is just it though, who wants everyone to see their messy side?

To answer the question though, YES it definitely is difficult. Mostly for myself, not for the kiddos. One must really change their mindset when learning to homeschool. I started out with public school ideas. That is the opposite of what one should do. Get AWAY from that. I can go on and on but the most important thing to know is that your kids will learn at home just like they learned other things at home.

By the way, I do not always manage it all every day. If I can’t, then I save it for another day 🙂

  • What do you like to do for fun? Do you have any hobbies outside of the home?

I do everything with my kids. We read, cook, bake, grocery shop, fight, watch tv, sew, craft and anything else together. Nope, I do not have any hobbies outside of my home. I am perfectly fine with that right now. One day when my kids are grown I will take up some hobby. I know then I will be bored and need to learn something haha. I will take in every moment with my kids as long as I can!

Last question…

  • Do you ever feel like giving up?

YES. However, I will never! I am a Mom and that is not allowed 🙂


That was fun! I really enjoy sharing some things about me. Do you have something you would like to ask me? Post it in the comments below and I will do my best to answer. Thanks again for reading and all of your support.



This n That Blog Chat

Do you love to write? Are you a blogger?

If so, come join my brand new group This n That Blog Chat on Facebook. Let’s connect, support and build each other up!

I needed a safe place to go where I could talk to other bloggers about anything blog related.

Come on by and ask questions and get help with…

  • Where can I find ideas for posts?
  • Writers block help.
  • Sharing your work.
  • Finding collaborators.
  • How to set up your site.
  • Tools that help make your site run smooth.

And much more!

We can chit chat, vent our frustrations and make new friends. The more relationships we have in the blogging world, the more support we can gain.

All niches welcome!

I need you as much as you need me! Bringing knowledge and friendship will help us go further.

Hope to see you there!


Mom’s Journal: My Reflections put into Actions.

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Today, I want to continue talking about reflection. In my last post, Mom’s Journal: A Moment of Reflection, I talked about how it was important to reflect each day. I was open and honest about how I am not always proactive in reflecting. I also mentioned that I will be taking further action to do so.

I have made a small list of actions I will take while reflecting on a day to day life. I truly believe this will help me stay positive and it will show my children how to manage their lives emotionally and physically as well.



1. Reading: This is something that really helps clear my head and give me some downtime. Normally, I will have to wait until night time. I love reading mystery novels but I also enjoy something that will teach me something new. I also have tried devotionals and they have helped bring me understanding about myself and life.

2. Writing: Writing is one of my favorite things to do and which I have the least amount of time for. I use to even keep a journal. When I have an idea about something to share, other than homeschool and reviews, I blog about it. If I believe it will be helpful to others. Writing also has helped me release stress. My goal is to make more time for writing and make it a career.

3. Creativity: I absolutely love getting creative! I don’t always have the biggest imagination, so I head to Pinterest or Google for ideas. When I was younger I did a lot of letter Art. I would make my name fancy and my notebooks would be full of calligraphy. I also like painting, coloring, drawing and making crafts with the kiddos. Being creative has been on the back burner much of this year. I think it is time to bring it back out and enjoy this as a time of reflection.

4. Crocheting: I usually save crocheting for the cold season. The winter is for staying cuddled and warm on the couch. This way I can keep my hands busy and stay warm! I love crocheting because it is pretty relaxing and rewarding. I can use this time to think as well. Just as long as my little tater tot lets me!

5. Talking to my husband or friend: It is pretty important to have someone to talk to. Someone who will listen more than tries to tell you how you should act, think and feel. Sometimes, saying it all out loud is very helpful. When I hear my words I can make better sense of them. It is like being recorded. You don’t realize how good or bad you sound until you hear yourself out loud. Does any of this make a bit of sense? Even so, it is helpful to let all the words out, letting the fall upon ears that you can trust.

You can read quotes and books all day but it doesn’t mean a thing unless you want it to. You have to really want to make your life better. That goes for any circumstance. -Jess

So, these are a few things I will be focusing on the rest of the year. I do hope I can stick to at least one or two. Life can be so busy taking care of everyone else. It is easy to forget about myself. As a Mother, I need to have these moments to myself. I need to do things that make me calm and happy.

How about you? Do you need more time for you? Have you made time yet? What advice would you give Mother’s like myself? Please let me know in the comments!

❤ Jess


Mom’s Journal: A Moment of Reflection

I have been thinking quite a bit the past few months. To be honest, mostly the last few days. Reflecting about positivity. I say all the time that it is important to stay positive. But, am I actually doing so? Sometimes I’m not so sure.

You can read quotes and books all day but it doesn’t mean a thing unless you want it to. You have to really want to make your life better. That goes for any circumstance.

I’ve decided that I will proceed by reflecting each day. However, I will be adding actions to my reflections, daily. I have 5 children, who count on me and depend on me. They learn the good and the bad habits that I show them each day.

This is something I will be encouraging my children to do each day as well. Time of reflection, discussing the good and the bad, how we feel and what those feelings mean. It’s time to put the devices down and start communicating emotionally and physically.

Showing emotions is hard for some. For me, I sometimes cannot control them. It took me many years to figure it out. Now I have a daughter struggling with it. It’s time for change.

All this will create better attitudes, uplifted moods, and wisdom. Each day will get better in time.

How do you stay positive? Do you have moments of reflection alone, keep a journal, read a Bible? Maybe even listen to audiobooks?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Tell me in the comment section below!


Fun Times with Slime

Hey there!

Just wanted to drop in and share a quick and fun activity the kids and I did today.

Saturday’s are for cleaning and fun here at our Homeschool Academy. 😄My Bella came to me with her Pinterest find. Homemade slime! At first I was thinking, “oh geez, not another messy project.” Not the case at all! Also, I have seen many parents try this before but never was too interested.

I’m glad I went ahead and tried because it really made my kids happy. And when they are happy, so am I. Just see for yourself. Check out their video below.

They were so excited when we started making it and how all the ingredients had to work together to make it slime. As my daughter Cheyanne said, “The contact solution is the activator!”

I was so impressed with her knowledge in that and asked her how she knew. She watched it on YouTube!

Like I always say, your kids are learning when you aren’t looking. So make sure they are learning the right things! So impressionable at their ages.

I hope you enjoyed my quick post! I sure did. Here is the recipe on Pinterest!

Would you like to see more like this?

Comment below with some ideas on what you’d like to see us do. ❤