Showing posts from May, 2016

Tips for Successful Homeschooling

I started homeschooling about ten years ago, so I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t work for our family. Everyone’s situation is different, but I’ve decided to share the following tips, which will hopefully give you some ideas to implement in your own homeschool. We have a large family and will be up to four students in the upcoming school year, but the following tips could apply to any sized homeschool:

Stay Organized With Binders
Each of my homeschooled children has his or her own binder. I select quality binders with built in zip compartments for pencils, and the binders themselves zip for containing any loose books. Keeping just about everything in these binders makes it easy for the kids to take their work on the road when we travel or just have errands to run. It also allows me to check all of their work at once or quickly have someone move to another work station. I also have my own binder for myself as the teacher, and there is another binder for answer keys. The ACE Schoo…

Making Time For Work As a Stay at Home Mom

Carving Out Time Alone

For the last couple of weeks, I've been writing off and on throughout the day, but I really want to start limiting my content mill work to early mornings when the kids are still in bed. While I'm writing those content mill articles, I tend to feel agitated when interrupted. For one thing, the subjects I've had to write about lately aren't that fun. For another, I find myself checking the time while I do them and then working as fast as I can to prove I'm getting a decent hourly rate.

Staying Present
Most of my day is dedicated to quality time with my family, and of course, housework. That said, I don't mind doing a little bit of light work on the computer when I'm in the same room as my kids--like writing this blog post. Because right now, I'm present. I'm sitting in the living room with my four youngest children. I know that the bathtub is filling up for the first of three baths that need to happen tonight. I know that my tee…

Things You'll Learn While Writing for a Content Mill

Writing for a content mill is the quickest way to start earning a few bucks from home with your writing, but at 1.3 cents a word, it’s not very lucrative. If you’re a perfectionist like I am, you’ll find yourself going over an article again and again, which makes for a quality piece but decreases your hourly pay rate.

Necessary Skills
The good news is that you will gain experience as a writer, which will hopefully lead to landing better paying gigs. Writing on your own blog is much different than writing in “AP Style” and to a client’s specifications, but those things are easier than they sound. Including the client’s requested “keywords” in a natural way is pretty much a no brainer that I was nailing from day one, so I won’t even go into that in this post. If you have good grammar and punctuation skills and a knack for wording things, you’ll probably just need to fine tune a few weak areas.
Comma Rules
It was easy for me to adjust to not using the Oxford comma when writing articles fo…

Review of A Slob Comes Clean

I just wanted to do a quick review of a blog I follow called A Slob Comes Clean by Dana White. I discovered her probably over two years ago, and I really relate to her way of thinking. She has some great ideas about teaching kids to clean, freezer cooking, and more, and her posts are often short and digestible--perfect for busy moms.

Dana's podcasts are great to listen to for motivation while doing housework. I've tried numerous other cleaning podcasts but to no avail--they're all boring or not relatable enough. But hers are very entertaining!

This post struck me funny when I read it yesterday.

We all have our own delusions, don't we?

How to Keep your Sanity When Writing for too Cheap

So I made a little over 19 bucks today, and I'm exhausted. The last piece I submitted this afternoon before breaking to make dinner seemed way more valuable than the eight bucks I got paid to write it. I don't mind selling content about mundane subjects like shipping methods or eyelash extensions. But that last post was about a subject I was actually interested in--writing guest blog posts. Now my baby will be out there in cyberspace with somebody else's name on it.  It's been adopted by a less capable parent who won't fully appreciate it...Can you tell it's been a long day?

I'm not complaining though- I'm thankful to be able to work from home, and I'm looking at this as a learning experience. I am using the feedback I am getting, both positive and negative, to hopefully help me grow as a writer.

I was feeling a little depressed holed up in my room a lot of the day writing, but then I walked into my bright and sunny kitchen, surrounded by my childr…

Leveled Chore Chart for Kids

I always enjoy reading posts about how other moms assign chores, so I thought I'd share what we are currently doing at our house. I have four children still living at home, three of which are school-age and homeschooled. With five of us home during the day, there's a substantial amount of housework. I had been feeling like I do too much of the work myself, and I had gotten into the rut of having the same people help with the same jobs every time. So I decided to implement a new system...

With the latest chore chart, each child is assigned a level based on his or her age. My six year old and four year old are "Level One" workers, and my nine year old and thirteen year old are "Level Twos." Level one chores are of course easier than level two chores and are geared toward younger kids. There are two groups of chores for each level but no name assigned to each group. Instead, each grouping has a job title that can be assigned to either of the kids who are at t…

Making Money from Home as a Freelance Writer

My Return to Blogging

I haven't blogged in awhile since I've been pursuing other hobbies lately--not to mention our recent major move back to our home state, but I'm back to writing again, and I'm praying that this time I'll be able to make a decent living at it. So I'm back to posting on this blog which will be a place to discuss my writing adventures mixed in with the usual fun household stuff I like to write about. 

I'm Writing for a Content Mill

It has taken me several days of applying at various websites to figure out what pays and what doesn't, but I am now officially working from home as a freelance writer!  So far, I have found one "content mill" that had a pretty straightforward registration process and seems to have plenty of work. I won't post the name of the company here, because I don't need any competition at this point, but I may give out the information in the future if I am able to secure a better paying gig.

Making a Lit…