Selling Your Handmade Wares

Posted by in Needle&Thread

Last weekend, my friend Laura and I showed our stash (it’s G-rated, don’t worry) at a craft show at the local Intermediate High school that was a fundraiser for their softball team. It was our second craft show, and between the two of us?  We broke even. Which means, the space we rented for the show was $35 and Laura sold a (gorgeous crocheted) hat for $20. She paid $20 and I paid $15 for the booth (because that’s what she told me it cost, and then when I googled…read more

Smithical Snippet 2 ~ Our next series…

Posted by in health, hygge, podcast

In just over a week, we will begin our new series on Smithically Speaking that is near and dear to the heart of my good friend, Heidi Nicholls: the well-being of your body and soul. It is a topic that we talk about a lot when we’re together, and I thought it would be great for the listeners of this podcast to listen in on some of our conversations about health, hygge, and the science of happiness. Listen in for a teaser of our first conversation together… SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave…read more

Smithically Speaking: Episode 5 ~ Resources for Alternative Ways to Learn in Ninth Grade

Posted by in books, homeschooling, podcast

Today’s episode is brought to you by Audible.  Support this podcast by signing up for a free 30-day trial. Click on the Audible image to the left to get your free download now. ~~~~ Today we conclude our series on preparing for high school where I share more fears and slight anxieties. But mostly I’m excited to see the interests that will take over the mind of our oldest as he enters high school. Mentioned in today’s podcast Parrot Rescue in Pittsburgh (hands-on, volunteering in something Rowan loves) MOOCs (Massive Open Online…read more

Smithical Snippet 1: My homeschool hack

Posted by in homeschooling, podcast

Every Friday, I’m back on the airwaves for a brief snippet of information to share with you based on the current series of the podcast. Listen in on my favorite homeschool hack. This week, I share my favorite homeschool hack that has really helped me each year of homeschooling for the past nine years:  My Pinterest Boards ~~~ We wrap up our series on Homeschooling High School next week!  Listen in on Monday to what we plan to focusing on for 9th grade.  We’ll also announce our new series, going…read more

forty five

Posted by in books, general, health, homeschooling

Today, I turn 45 years old. Even though it feels like I’ve been in “midlife” for a few years now, I think 45 is a perfect “midway” year of living. If I live until 90, with good health and happiness, I will have had a good, good life. I woke up this morning, already having celebrated my birthday over the weekend with dinner out with my husband and parents, and my husband gifting me a Kindle Paperwhite because my books and reading obsession is cramping our living room style (truly…piles…read more

Smithically Speaking: Episode 4 ~ Homeschooling High school Part 3

Posted by in family, homeschooling, podcast

Episode 4 of Smithically Speaking continues with the series about preparing to homeschool for the high school years.  I know I’m not the first to do this, but it’s the first time we’re hitting this milestone.  But I’m not the only homeschool parent who has doubts and fears along with being confident in our homeschool lives. In today’s episode we hear from other parents what their fears and confidences are. After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople Socks Rocks (my 13-year-old son who is also my producer)…read more

Smithically Speaking: Episode 3 ~ Homeschooling High School Part 2

Posted by in family, homeschooling, podcast

Welcome to Episode 3 of Smithically Speaking, a podcast of stories about everyday people, where you can walk around in someone else’s shoes for a while. We continue our current series following my family as we dive into the high school years outside the four walls of a traditional school.  Today, I get to introduce you to my son, Rowan and we learn a little about what his interests are, and we begin to talk about how his skills and interests can guide our plans for his high school years….read more

Friday Favorites…

Posted by in books, family

Fridays are what keeps us going every week.  Especially during February.  And maybe January.  Okay, maybe even March. Fridays usher in the weekend…where we can do what we want to do ALL DAY LONG.  Unless we are driving to soccer, futsal, shopping, youth group, garage sales, rehearsals…what have you.  But we love weekends because nothing hangs over our heads. We watched Get Out this week and just loved it.  Creepy and thrilling AND humorous.  In a very intelligent manner.  In other words, this isn’t Scary Movie. The boys and I…read more

What I Read Next…

Posted by in books

The episode of the What Should I Read Next podcast that I was a guest on aired this week. It was so fun to chat with Anne on her show.  I listened to the podcast with my three boys and at the halfway point, my youngest told me that he liked the podcast, but he thought I talked way too much. Yep.  It’s what happens when I talk about books and reading, and talking to Anne was like talking to a BFF about all the books that I love so…read more

Smithically Speaking Episode 2: Homeschooling High School, Part 1

Posted by in homeschooling, podcast

Welcome to the second episode of Smithically Speaking.  A podcast full of stories from every day people. We begin with my family as we start the road to homeschooling high school.  Our three sons are all in middle school and one is headed into high school next year.  He’s not shown a desire to go to school, and we are content to continue his education at home.  So, the research has begun.  Follow along for the first few episodes of the Smithically Speaking Podcast to see how we plan to…read more