Jennifer Bly

35 Flips | 6 Magazines | 1 Follower | @deliberatemom | Writer at The Deliberate Mom & Deliberate Homeschooling. Living and loving life with 1 hubby, 2 kiddos, and our 3-legged dog.

The Most Unexpected Parenting Lesson Ever

photo creditI’m certain every parent has experienced it… that moment when you pull away from the hospital in your car. You look at your newborn babe …

How to Plan for a New Homeschool Year

I know I’ve said this before but I love planning. I make Bible study plans, life plans, budget plans, cleaning plans, and homeschool plans. I am a …

10+ Ways to Increase Returning Visitor Rates on Your Blog

Have you ever thought about your website visitors? How visitors are coming to your blog or website? And what is your current blog post bounce rate? …

15 Useless Phrases That Parents Use

My dad had a phrase he used to say, “You can shit in your mess kit, but eventually, you’ll have to eat it.” While I appreciate the sentiment, and the …

Parenting

A Search for Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Earth Day can be everyday and it can be easy to live a non-toxic lifestyle. Not only is recycling and reusing products important for our planet but …

Easy Healthy Summer Snacks

Picnics, beach days, adventures in the park and vacations often = a bad eating day or two or three. While, I do believe in “sometimes foods,” …

Why We Should All Walk A LOT

When I was younger, preparation for bikini/wedding/holidays or frankly any season, inevitably meant a new workout regimen. Endless hours were spent …

How to Effectively Slay the Laundry Beast

photo | chair Do you love to do laundry? Or do you look at clothes hampers and laundry machines with contempt?If you need some help in the laundry …

3 Ass-Kicking Workouts I’m Loving Right Now (Minimal Equipment Required)

The #20x20Challenge is off and running, and juuuuuust this morning, we hit 12,000 check-ins on Instagram! If you want some REAL #fitspo, check all …

Wine: How to Get the Benefits (Without the Downsides)

Wine: Drink half a glass per child, per day.That was the answer a mom of many children gave me when I asked how she did it all several years ago. Of …

10 Habits That Blast Belly Fat

<b>These 10 habits can help blast belly fat into next week!</b><p>As a woman and mom, one of the areas I tend to struggle with is my stomach. I want to have a …

Mistakes That Are Sabotaging Your Fitness

<b>If you’re not getting the results you want from your workouts, you could be making some serious mistakes.</b><p>There was a time in my life when I was a gym …

The Most Important Part of Homeschooling - The Deliberate Mom

What would you say the most important part of homeschooling is?<p>Would it be the curriculum that you get to select for your children?<p>Perhaps you would …

Homeschooling

How to Turn Any Trip into a Homeschool Lesson | Simple in the Country

The best thing about homeschooling your children are the abilities to get creative with any and all lessons. I love being able to teach my children …

Top 10 Homeschool Do's and Don'ts

As we begin a new homeschool year (or continue our year for those who homeschool year-round), it can be tempting to feel like we need to be perfect. …

Homeschooling

How to use Give Your Child the World in your homeschool

<i><br>Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool</i> What a beautiful ride it’s been since <i>Give Your Child the World</i> came out a few months ago!Thank you, …

3 Homeschooling Myths That Need to be Debunked

<b>Debunking 3 Myths About Homeschooling</b><p>When you hear the word “homeschool,” what do you think? Do you think of underground bunkers filled with fringe …

Our Daily Homeschool Routine (Homeschooling with Littles & Real Life – Part 4)

“How do you get everything done?” Is an important and valuable question that every homeschool mom receives. It is important because homeschooling …

Homeschooling to my child’s strengths

<i>Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things.</i>Too often, I spend a ton of time, energy and effort focused on what my children can’t do.I am …

Creative Playspaces for Small Backyards

Shares 1.6K<p>One of the biggest challenges we faced as townhouse dwellers was making the backyard a fun playspace for our daughter. We have a decent …

Gardening

Summer Activities for Kids

Easy ways to keep little ones entertained all summer long.<p>Little artists can brighten up cards, envelopes, bags, and tags with graphic fruit-and-vegetable motifs simply by repurposing a few corks as stamps. Just add ink and a little imagination for custom party invitations, stationery, gift tags, …

50 Outdoor Summer Activities For Kids | Six Sisters' Stuff

I am seriously down to HOURS until my kids are done with school<p>and I am getting a little nervous . . .<p>the first few days are always fun, but then the</b> …

101 Fun Things To Do in the Summer

Summer activities for kids, crafts, outdoor fun, travel ideas, cool-down treats and lots more! We have enough fun summer activities for kids to keep …

Kids

DIY String Lights for a Summer Party

<i>Every other week, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.</i><p><i>Today: A quick way to turn a string of lights into an elegant garden party decoration.</i><p>When you're rearing up to have a summer party, it’s easy to become consumed with menu …

Origami Ice Cream Cone Sleeves

<i>Every other week, Anna Hezel talks about the innovations, decorations, and other quiet touches that make a party memorable.</i><p><i>Today: Transform a pack of origami paper into a bright and summery set of ice cream cone sleeves.</i><p>Is there anything more summery and nostalgic than an ice cream party? You take …

When A Mom Reaches Her Limit

<i>This is a true story from my friend, whom I’ll call Kari. She’s 31 years old, happily married, and has three daughters, 4 years old and under. This</i> …

Parenting

5 Parenting Skills You Never Knew You Needed

Everyone knows that there are quite a few standard parenting skills you need to get through day-to-day life with kids. These skills include but of course aren't limited to diaper changer, booboo kisser, meal preparer, housekeeper, multitasker, cab driver, yeller (just kidding...but not really), …

How Parenting Has Changed My Life (In At Least 8 Ways)

Today, I realized my life has changed. Don't get me wrong, I knew my life changed when I saw a human come out of another human (and when I realized I had to take care of this Russian nesting doll). But, today is when it was clear how much my life has changed.<p>What made me realize this? How often I …

4 Steps to Fit Your Parenting to Your Child's Temperament

Every child is different, so learning their temperament differences can help you custom fit your parenting style to their needs.<p>Shutterstock<p>As a …

Parenting

The Beauty of Morning Time in Our Homeschool Day

Shares 9.3K<p>For the longest time, our homeschool routine has been the same….<p>Breakfast.<p>Clean up the kitchen table.<p>Bible and prayer.<p>Start homeschool …