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  • 07/06/16--07:47: A Reason to Color
  • We have been knee deep in preparing for our neighborhood garage sale.  If it were up to me, I would just donate our unused items to Goodwill, but my children on the other hand are professionals in the world of…

    The post A Reason to Color appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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  • 07/19/16--06:51: Why Am I Always Worried?
  • I discovered a happy little quote, “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.” — Iris Murdoch It is no secret to my family that I am HIGHLY motivated by treats — be it chai, a…

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    Everyone likes a good massage.  Including non-humans . . . like kale.  There are two salads I make regularly:  massaged kale salad and  Cesar salad.  If you eat at my house, chances are you will partake of one of these…

    The post Kale Every Day: A Massaged Salad appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    This year marks the first year I am REALLY thinking through {kindergarten} curriculum for Omi.  For the past two years we have been working our way through Sonlight Pre-school/Kindergarten.  I ended up ditching the teacher’s manual and plodding along through the…

    The post Kindergarten Curriculum Choices 2016-2017 appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    My childhood was captured on a film camera by my dad  and until recently lived on slides.  For my 40th birthday, my dad sorted through hundreds, if not thousands, of slides to create the most tear jerking gift of my…

    The post Turning Instagram Into A REAL Book appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    At our house, I am the self-appointed Vice President of Fun.  So one way this translates is that we have gluten free chocolate cake for breakfast.  Now before you think I have lost my marbles, I have to warn you…

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  • 08/16/16--05:57: August’s Book Bag
  • Gooey warm cinnamon rolls, cold brew with a splash of cream, reclining on a beach or sitting in a hammock swing perched on a mountain, all with a good book — these are the things I dream about to relax…

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    My degree is in Secondary Education with English.  This gives me a marginal degree of confidence being a Challenge A Director and tutor for Classical Conversations this year. Except that everything I learned in college related to learning and education hasn’t…

    The post My Journey as a Challenge A Director Pre-Week 1 appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    Being sanguine is NOT a character trait that comes easily to me.  In fact, I have discovered that the state of unhappiness and melancholy is much easier to maintain.  I think that some people are even addicted to the attention…

    The post The Best Kind of Fun Requires Work appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    Do you ever have good intentions and broadcast them as unrealistic as they may be to the world — or rather your Facebook wall?  Then you find that you end up eating crow?  The objective was to journal our Classical Conversations Challenge…

    The post The Hardest Homeschooling Year appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    Sometimes the truth is shocking.  And sometimes honesty is uncomfortable.  It can even be confusing. Truth can rub us the wrong way and create tension.  It confronts a preconceived idea. When I actually sit down to write, the process of…

    The post Why I Share My Life and Struggles appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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  • 07/12/17--17:27: 4th Graders Are FREE!
  • You might say, we rode on the coattails of our 4th grader this summer.  Like we used the simple fact that he is entering 4th grade to visit not one, but two, national parks and take a joyride up to…

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    Books are like candy to me.  I’d probably eat them if that was actually good for my digestion.  And they would be mandatory supplements for my children at each meal. Oh wait, I do read to them at meals. Books…

    The post An Author Doesn’t Have to be Dead to Read Their Book appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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  • 07/31/17--14:12: Does Summer Have to End?
  • I was almost tricked into believing summer was over.  Does Summer have to end?  Because I don’t want it to.  Ever. Saturday morning was listed on the calendar as the last day of the summer reading program in our city.…

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    Do what I say and not as I do.  Right? I mean that’s why I don’t eat the entire jar of  Trader Joe’s FAKE Nutella in front of my kids.  ‘Cause that’s an image they don’t need to see or…

    The post Quiet Time(s) for Kids and Young Adults appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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  • 11/02/17--13:51: Make Your Own Guitar Picks
  • The reality is that guitar picks really aren’t that expensive. But I became pretty annoyed at purchasing them again, and again, and again on Amazon.  Ironically, after visiting an Indian American and Western Art museum, I discovered that you can…

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    I think people who can make colorful Excel spreadsheets and keep organized planners are real life magical unicorns.   Thankfully, I happen to live with such a human. I’ve found that since The Engineer retired from being a full-time Engineer to…

    The post Free Customizable Homeschool Planner appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    Books are like candy to me.  I’d probably eat them if that was actually good for my digestion.  And they would be mandatory supplements for my children at each meal. Oh wait, I do read to them at meals. Books…

    The post An Author Doesn’t Have to be Dead to Read Their Book appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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  • 07/31/17--14:12: Does Summer Have to End?
  • I was almost tricked into believing summer was over.  Does Summer have to end?  Because I don’t want it to.  Ever. Saturday morning was listed on the calendar as the last day of the summer reading program in our city.…

    The post Does Summer Have to End? appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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    Do what I say and not as I do.  Right? I mean that’s why I don’t eat the entire jar of  Trader Joe’s FAKE Nutella in front of my kids.  ‘Cause that’s an image they don’t need to see or…

    The post Quiet Time(s) for Kids and Young Adults appeared first on Jodi McKenna.


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