New Year’s Resolutions – for Mom!

You might be busy making resolutions right now. Especially resolutions about how to manage your homeschool this year.

How about this as a Mom New Year's Resolution list: Wake, Move, Read, Write, Share! @hsbapost

But don’t forget about you – the mom and the blogger.

In addition to continuing the #12er “12 Habits in 12 Months” I started last year, I’m planning on doing the following everyday:


I’m going to set myself up for a fresh start every morning. This includes eating well the day before and getting a good night’s sleep.

I’ll also set up the coffee pot to automatically make some yummy java.


This starts with getting dressed to move and not changing clothes until I do.

Moving might be running (if it’s warm enough) or doing some pseudo-wii dancing using YouTube. But I’m going to get at least 13 minutes of moving in each day in 2013.


By golly I’m going to open that RSS reader that I’ve put tons of stuff in and take a gander. I’m going to know what’s happening in the world of math and learning – even if it’s just a little at a time.


I’m going to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and write something everyday. That may mean a post for my blog, a post for a blog I contribute to (like this one) or a guest post. I could also write a newsletter to go out to my email subscribers.


Since I’m reading and writing, I’m going to make sure to hit the social media sites and share! My focuses this year will be on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. I’m going to be posting and pinning like crazy!

How about you? Can you sum up your year as a mom and a blogger in a list of verbs? Share in the comments – and don’t forget to tell others on twitter!

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Waffle Words Spelling Game {Free Printable}

I was inspired the other day by Lana’s post on spelling lessons. One of her “rules” was to play a spelling game.

“What’s a spelling game?!” I thought.

Waffle Words Spelling Game free printable @hsbapost #homeschool

I’m the math mom, remember. Spelling doesn’t involve logic or rules – rules that can be consistently followed anyhow. So how on earth can there be games with spelling?

Okay, yes – I’ve played hangman a bazillion times. But I never thought of it as a spelling game.

Google saved me.

I found lots of online spelling games. But I wanted ones you could play with pencil and paper.

In my mind, that’s what Lana meant.

So I kept digging.

Cool “unplugged” spelling games DO exist!

I found a really neat one called Waffle Words. One person hides as many words in a grid (the waffle) as they can. The other person finds them. (tweet this)

Words can be hidden straight across or down but also “crooked.” Each letter of a word you put in the grid is allowed to be written 90 degrees from the previous letter. (See – I got some math in here!)

Like the word “park” in this grid:

Words can go around corners in the Waffle Words Spelling Game!Wanna play?

I made this game grid so it would be easy for families to play. It also has a place to write the word list – so your kids get even more practice!

Click to download the Waffle Words Worksheet

Have fun and let us know how it goes in the comments!

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Sweet Potato Pudding

I accidentally made this while attempting yams and not having all the right ingredients – or enough of the ones I did have.

It turned out so yummy that I made it for my sister’s birthday brunch. Again – success!

If you’re looking for something that’s sweet, perfect for the holidays, and a little different, give this a shot.

Sweet Potato Pudding

Pre-heat oven to 350° and pull out a casserole dish. Gather these ingredients:
  • 5 – 6 medium sweet potatoes cut and boiled so they’re mushy
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar

Combine and mix all the ingredients except the brown sugar. Pour into casserole dish and then sprinkle the brown sugar over it.

Depending on how many and how big your sweet potatoes were, the brown sugar will either bake on top or float to the bottom. Both ways are really good!

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until you can put in a toothpick and pull it out clean. This will depend on how big your casserole dish is – if it’s small, the pudding will be deep and likely to need more time.

Also note, that when I’ve done this, I mix in the sweet potatoes while they’re hot, so that might reduce my cooking time too.

Have fun and let me know how it goes!

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