Mom Conference


The Mom Conference is going to be more fun than shopping in PJs and fuzzy slippers, and more educational than having brunch with Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Dr. Spock! And, better yet, it’s ONLINE and FREE from April 7 – April 14, 2014!

Desi Ward, host of The Mom Conference and creator of The Unconventional Kitchen, created this educational and entertaining event because no mom is perfect. That’s why we MUST share our strengths! You know the whole idea “I’ll do your laundry if you do my dishes?” At The Mom Conference we’ll gather together to learn from each other because we’re our greatest resource!

Register for FREE now at the following link:

Being a mom can be overwhelming at times, right?! The Mom Conference contains 30+ online classes to make motherhood more enjoyable. 30 rock star bloggers (mostly moms) will be teaching classes on topics incredibly important, like:

– Cooking a month’s worth of dinners in ONLY a couple hours!
– Getting kids to listen without yelling, nagging or reminding!
– Making sure there’s not just heat in the kitchen, but how to put the sparks in your marriage, too!

Sounds amazing, right?

Here are a few of the incredible presenters:

Get Kids to Cooperate Without Yelling or Nagging
with AMY MCCREADY from

Knock Out a Month’s Worth of Dinners in One Day

Feel Connected in a Disconnected World

I Lost 60 Pounds & Kept it Off: YOU Can Too!
with JEN GROTHE from

Get & Stay Organized: A Fail-proof System
with JENNY LAYTON from

Healthy Marriage: Top 3 Successful Marriage Tips

… along with 20+ additional presenters sharing their wealth of knowledge. This invaluable (and FREE) resource is intended for moms everywhere!

Better yet, if you register today, you’ll have access to the following FREE GIFTS as soon as your registration has been completed!

– FREE Video 1: Creative Ways to Get Kids to Love Fruits & Veggies
– FREE Video 2: Tips & Tricks for Awesome Hair
– FREE Video 3: Make Foaming Hand Soap in One Minute
– FREE Video 4: Find Jeans That Flatter Your Body Type
– FREE Video 5: The Best Tasting Green Smoothie

Come listen ONLINE and be inspired from April 7 – April 14, 2014!
Register for FREE at the following link today:

See you at The Mom Conference from April 7 – April 14! 🙂



Sick Days!

It seems that we have had so many things going on and I feel like we haven’t hardly even touched our curriculum!  I feel like we are not going to get through all of what I wanted to do this year.  I suppose it doesn’t help that this is our first full year of homeschooling, I am still learning the ropes.  Also, I suppose it doesn’t help that I changed curriculum in November and we have been trying to catch up ever since!  I have come to the conclusion that we are going to school through the summer and I am sure our kids will not like that.

On top of being our first year of homeschooling and changing curriculum, we have taken off school when my husband is off of work.  We have family days.  I really enjoy that!  I am seeing the benefit to homeschooling (besides having control over what they are learning) but being able to take off any time.  We have had friends come down from the north and escape the cold, we didn’t school on those days.  We have had 4 field trips already since January (I think we did about 5 field trips in the fall semester)!  Yes, those count as school days but those are days where we don’t touch our curriculum.

Then you have days like today where one kids is sick and all she wants to do is watch TV.  So, I decided that if the TV is going to be on, we are going to make it educational, so bring on Magic School Bus!  I decided to Google Magic School Bus and see if there were any study guides that went a long the show.  You know what I found?  There is a bunch both free and for sale!  I was excited!

Girls schooling in living room Copyright by Holly Hedman

Girls schooling in living room
Copyright by Holly Hedman

I found the website and printed of a study guide for the girls to fill out while watching the show.  It was perfect! Seemed like every show we watched Star Materials had a study guide to go with it!

Here are a couple more DVD’s I bought called The American Heritage 10 disk collection and The American Heritage 7 disk collection.  I am really excited about these DVDs!  Our oldest daughter and I recently went to a Constitution seminar and I was floored by what I don’t remember.  When I saw these videos, I figured they will be good for learning and for when we don’t want to do a full day of school!  Learning a different way! 🙂

My new theory about when kids get sick, we can watch educational TV!  I am not too sure how my kids like this new theory, but it is one I am going to stick with it!  Poor kids, even when they are sick I make them “do” school!  I love how they think!


Thanks for taking time to reading.  Please feel free to share my blog with your friends and family!  Also, I would love to learn from you and how you homeschool.  Please leave a comment below.

Yummy Black Bean and Mango salad

Not sure if you knew this about me, but I love a good recipe!  When I find a good recipe I share it.  But, did you know that I love changing recipes to make them my own?  Yes, I love to experiment with food!  It has been something I have done since I was a kid.  I still remember the time my brother and I were home alone (we were old enough to be home without parents) and wanted to make cookies but couldn’t find a recipe.  Since we had made cookies often, we figured we knew what we were doing.  Hahahaha! Oh yeah, we only sort of knew what we were doing.  We made the dough and made sure it tasted right with each ingredient we threw in there! Oh my Word!  It ended up being a horrible cake but we had a blast making it!

Since then, I have learned a thing or two about cooking and baking!  I have many cookbooks and have watched hours of the cooking channel to know what makes good food!  As with all good chefs and bakers, I have made some things that I would not want to eat, but that is part of the learning process!  But, I have also made food taste better then a restaurant’s food!

I would like to introduce to you one of my favorite recipes! Black Bean Mango Salad!

Ingredients for Mango Black Bean Salad

Ingredients for Mango Black Bean Salad
Copyright by Holly Hedman

Black Bean and Mango Salad

1 can of rinsed black bean

1 mango, diced

1/4 white sweet onion (if you like strong onion, add more)

1 lime, zest and juice (I have made this with just lime juice)

1 cob of fresh organic white corn, cut off cob

1 avocado, diced

A small hand full of chopped cilantro

salt and pepper to taste

Drizzle of grape seed oil (olive oil will work too if you don’t have grape seed oil but a little goes a long way)


Mix all ingredients in a bowl gently. Eat right away or chill for later!

Mango Black Bean Salad Copyright by Holly Hedman

Mango Black Bean Salad
Copyright by Holly Hedman

Pretty easy recipe that everyone will love!  I think you will enjoy this as much as I do!

Tip of the day!

When you buy fresh herbs (like cilantro, parsley, etc…) one of the best ways to store them and make them last longer is to put them in a tall glass with about an inch of water in the bottom of the glass, make sure the herbs are touching the water and put it in the refrigerator.  This will help keep it longer so you can use it for other recipes! 🙂

Please feel free to share this recipe with your friends and family! Thanks so much!

Our First Homeschool Valentine’s Day

Dressed and Ready for Valentine's Day Copyright by Holly  Hedman

Dressed and Ready for Valentine’s Day
Copyright by Holly Hedman

I am not big on some of the so called “holidays” like Valentine’s Day.  I always called it a Hallmark holiday.  So, I never really think about cards or gifts until the last minute.  Oh yes, I was one of those people who were searching for the perfect card in the already picked over Valentine section.  But, I was able to find the perfect card.  Whew, got big hugs and love for those cards.

Valentine Decor 2 Copyright by Holly Hedman

Valentine Decor 2
Copyright by Holly Hedman

While organizing and cleaning out our pantry, I found chocolate melts for making chocolate covered strawberries.  Insert light bulb here!  Yes, I will make chocolate covered strawberries!  I have never made them before.  Off to the store I go!  Luckily, my neighbor was already watching our kids for me because I had an appointment.  Bonus for the day, a shopping trip without kids! 🙂

This week my husband was on a business trip to North Carolina.  He was suppose to fly home on Thursday but was snowed in and couldn’t fly out.  What a winter, so strange for that part of North Carolina to have snow in February.  Luckily he had a rental car and the interstate was fit to travel, so he and his co-worker drove down.  He made it home just in time for the best dinner ever!

Chocolate Strawberries Copyright by Holly Hedman

Chocolate Strawberries
Copyright by Holly Hedman

Seeing as this was our first Valentine’s Day since homeschooling, I really wanted to make this Valentine’s Day special.  How did I make it special?  Well, hubby making a drive home (OK, I guess I can’t take credit for that), little bit of decorations, cookies made in a heart shape, homemade chocolate covered strawberries, vanilla cake with strawberries on it, shrimp and scallops scampi over a rice mixture and a very yummy kale salad!  Oh yes, I made a ton of AWESOME mom points yesterday!

What did you do for Valentine’s Day?  I would love to know, write it in the comments below!


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I Just Our Kids To Be Happy!

Reading too many negative posts on Facebook!

After reading Facebook post from friends, family, acquaintances, I sometimes feel sad.  Seems that people like to post all the negative things that have happened in their day.  I understand that things go wrong, but what about finding the positive in what happened?  I decided to ask my Facebook friends, family and acquaintances this question…

What question?

Are you a positive person or a negative person?  Here is a good way to find out, look at all your posts here on Facebook.  Count how many of your personal comments are positive and count how many are negative.  Go back about 2 or 3 months (depending on how much you are on FB, you might need to go back about 6 months).

If you find that you have more negative comments then positive, maybe you need to find something good that happened in the day to post about.  If you think more positively, your outlook on life will change!  If you look at things in a negative manor, your outlook on life will be a negative one and people will see you as a negative person!

Everyday, find one positive thing that happened and post about it!  Start it Jan. 1 and see how long you can go.  See how thinking positively can change your life!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

When you were a kid, did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?  I had no clue and didn’t know till I was in my late 20’s.  But, what I really wanted to be, was happy!  We all want our kids to be happy when they get older.  I thought this video from TEDx Talks was very interesting and well spoken… specially by a 13 year old!

Logan LaPlante did a really good job explaining the science for being healthy and happy.

I want to be happy!

Looking through my Facebook post, I am happy to say that most of my posts are positive.  There are a few of what I would call neutral (homeschool related or politically related) and a few that have something sad or negative in it but I also have positive comments within the same post!

So, learning from 13 year old Logan LaPlante, I not only want my kids to be happy when they grow up, I want them to be happy now while they are still young!  Let our kids be kids and play!


I would love to hear from you how you let your kids be kids and how your kids are happy kids!  Click on the “Comment” word below and tell me about your happy kids! 🙂


Thanks for taking time to reading.  Please feel free to share my blog with your friends and family!  Also, I would love to learn from you and how you homeschool.  Please leave a comment below.

Special Days in January

This is fun! Special Days in January for those who do Unit Studies or just want to do something different for a day!

Still Learning Something New

iMOM 2013-14 Calendar-JAN14

Updated for 2018 here –

Here is my listing of January’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more!  Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this listing of special days gives you plenty to choose from.

January’s Food Themes

  • Apple
  • Apricots
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Be Kind to Food Servers
  • Dried Fruits
  • Eggs
  • Hot Foods
  • Hot Tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Slow Cooking
  • Soup
  • Wheat Bread

January Awareness Themes

  • Bath Safety
  • Blood Donor
  • Birth Defects
  • Celebration of Life
  • Financial Wellness
  • Glaucoma
  • Quality of Life
  • Personal Self-Defense
  • Poverty in America
  • Thyroid

January’s Miscellaneous Themes

  • Book Blitz
  • Change Your Stars
  • Clean Up Your Computer
  • Creativity
  • Get Organized
  • Hobby
  • Mail Order Gardening
  • Mentoring
  • New Year’s Resolutions
  • Rising Star
  • Shape Up
  • Skating
  • Thank You
  • Train Your Dog
  • Way Finding

Jan. 1

  • Celebration…

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Ah, The Christmas Memories!

Ornaments Copyright by Holly Hedman

Copyright by Holly Hedman

Two days before Christmas and this is the first time (I believe) that I felt so relaxed!  Living so far away from family has its benefits… sometimes!  This year we have no visitors, no travel plans and no one coming over on Christmas day.  It is the first, time in a very long time, that we are celebrating Christmas just our little family of five!

Are these our kids?

We have been having a lot of fun and the past few days (well, maybe even longer) the kids have been really, really, really good!  I almost wonder if someone flipped a switch in them from “okay kids” to “REALLY good kids”.  Maybe it is because there are all sorts of presents wrapped under the tree.  Maybe it is the fact that Santa is coming soon (Yes, we believe!).  Maybe because it is almost Jesus’ birthday.  What ever it is, our kids have been really good! They have been so good that even they notice!  That is funny to me! Today, one of the girls even commented saying, “have you noticed that we have been really good lately and that you guys haven’t needed to yell at all?”  My husband and I just stopped and looked at each other, kind of surprised by that comment seeing we just talked about that before she came into the room!

Usually on days when we don’t have anything to do or places to be, the kids like to play with friends.  It is almost strange for them to just stay home when they don’t have to!  But, I have to say that I have been enjoying these past few days and I am savoring them because I know it won’t last!

Paper Stars Copyright by Holly Hedman

Paper Stars
Copyright by Holly Hedman

Movie Day!

Today, we got up and it was Christmas movie morning!  All of us in our pajamas (Yes, the girls had on their “Christmas Jammies”… have you seen the video? Oh my word it is funny! Here is a link to it, click here.) sat around watching Christmas movies.  We watched Nester the Long Eared Donkey, Year Without A Santa Claus, Little House On The Praire (the one where it was their first year as Plum Creek) and then some old old old Christmas movies from the 50’s.  It never fails, I always cry mulitiple times when we watch Nester The Long Eared Donkey and so did both the girls!  Such a good video.  I wish they still made good family friendly movies.

Wolf Painting Copyright by Holly Hedman

Wolf Painting
Copyright by Holly Hedman

After we were done watching movies, the kids still hung out!  I decided to make a paper ornament, our oldest decided she would make different things out of the Rainbow loom bands and our blondie decided to start her wolf painting (it is a paint by number type of painting and it is not easy).  My husband was finishing up the shelves he made for our oldest’s closet and our little man was having a great time playing in his room!

Loom Wreath Copyright by Holly Hedman

Loom Wreath
Copyright by Holly Hedman

I made dinner early and then we had a dance party in the living room.  We used to do this when our little man was a baby and the girls would dress up in their flower girl dresses and we would dance together, laugh, let them do solo dances and hug!  It has been about 3-4 years since we did that and it was great to see how much the girls have grown and matured in their dancing (I guess the dance classes have paid off).  Once the dance party was over, we introduced the kids to the movie The Christmas Story!  Yes, it is the one where Ralphie wanted a Red Rider BB gun!  Boy, funny how movies in the 80’s are not like movies now… It is good to know my kids know what not to say and what words should not be repeated.  But, it was a funny way to end such a good day!

Family Tree Copyright by Holly Hedman

Family Tree
Copyright by Holly Hedman

For the love of family!

After we got all the kids in bed, I sat down on the couch and just looked at our Family Christmas tree as it glowed in our lowly lit living room.  Looking at all the ornaments on the tree brought back all sorts of memories from when I was a kid.  I call our tree the Family Christmas tree because that is what it is.  My parents are now retired and are snow birds, so they don’t have room for all the ornaments and a big tree.  Not only do we have our own ornaments on the tree, we also have my parents ornaments and ones from when I was a kid!  The glow of the Family Tree always fills my heart with love.  Love for my parents, who struggled to give my sister, brother and me what we needed (maybe not what we wanted but always what we needed).  Love for my own family and the joy they bring.  Love for our Savior, who came into this world as a baby to save  us from our sins.  Love for God, who loves us unconditionally!  Funny how a silly tree can bring all those feelings and memories!

Today has made me realize that you don’t need to do all sorts of crazy things during Christmas to make it memorable.  Life is crazy and active enough, why make Christmas so non-stop with activities?  Love on your kids, make time to just be!  Remember the true meaning of Christmas is the birth of our Savior and just relax and enjoy this season!  Time goes by way to fast to not slow down!

My God Bless you and yours!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Thanks for taking time to read about our journey into homeschooling.  Please feel free to share my blog with your friends and family!  Also, I would love to learn from you and how you homeschool.  Please leave a comment below.  Have a Blessed Christmas season!