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Curriculum and Beyond | Homeschooling advice from Deb Deffinbaugh, founder of Timberdoodle

Curriculum and Beyond | Homeschooling advice from Deb Deffinbaugh, founder of Timberdoodle

BY BARBARA DANZA If you’re a homeschooler who has spent any time online looking for curriculum resources and tools, you’ve likely come across the company Timberdoodle. This family-owned and -operated purveyor of resources offers pre-assembled curriculum kits along with a la carte offerings for homeschooling families. I asked founder Deb Deffinbaugh for her insights on choosing curriculum and homeschooling […]

Answering the Call to Homeschool

Answering the Call to Homeschool

BY BARBARA DANZA Homeschooling advice from Leigh A. Bortins, founder of Classical Conversations As many parents trepidatiously dip their toes in the homeschooling waters this year, veteran homeschoolers are watching and cheering, knowing that so many children are about to experience newfound freedom in their education and life. While homeschooling may be a new concept to […]

Making the Most of Your Backyard

Making the Most of Your Backyard

BY BARBARA DANZA . It looks like many of us are going to be spending more time than usual at home this summer. Backyards, or whatever outdoor spaces one has access to, have never been more appreciated.  I asked interior designer Vanessa Deleon for her advice on making the most of outdoor spaces. Here’s what she said. The […]

6 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

6 Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

BY BARBARA DANZA Don’t look now, but Mother’s Day is almost here. As we continue to navigate uncertain times, familiar holidays and traditions act as comforting anchors in our family experience. This year, if you want to gather a few goodies to surprise Mom, ordering online will likely be key. You can also check out what […]

Pandemic Generosity: Free Online Resources for Families During the Crisis

Pandemic Generosity: Free Online Resources for Families During the Crisis

BY BARBARA DANZA One of the most encouraging aspects of the crisis we all find ourselves in is the outpouring of generosity and kindness across all planes of society. Consider the sudden new realities of home life—juggling family, homeschooling, and working at home. Many companies, large and small, have stepped up, offering free resources to make this time […]

How to Start a Backyard Garden

How to Start a Backyard Garden

BY BARBARA DANZA As families aim to make the most of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, spring just happens to be springing. What better activity to enjoy with your family than to start a garden? Whether you have a green thumb or have never planted anything in your life, we’ve got the information you need to get […]

The January Kitchen Cleanout

The January Kitchen Cleanout

BY BARBARA DANZA, EPOCH TIMES As the dust settles on the holidays and the new year gets into full swing, one area of your home that may need some special attention is the kitchen. If yours is anything like mine, you may find in there a mélange of hors d’oeuvres, cookies galore, leftovers of all sorts, […]

Recipe for a Peaceful New Year’s Eve

Recipe for a Peaceful New Year’s Eve

BY BARBARA DANZA, EPOCH TIMES For many, New Year’s Eve brings to mind boisterous parties, fireworks, champagne, finger foods, and merriment into the wee hours of the morning. Some feel there’s simply no better way to ring in the new year. If that’s you, cheers! For others, though, New Year’s Eve is a time to slow […]