Meet Amanda Rog

 
Are you a busy stay-at-home mom, juggling the demands of family life while yearning for a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle? If so, you've come to the right place!
I'm Amanda, a certified life coach, aroma freedom therapy coach, emotional wellness coach, and herbalist. As a devoted homemaker and homesteader myself, I understand the desire to nurture your family with wholesome meals, natural remedies, and a frugal, DIY approach to life.
In my journey, I've learned the art of preserving harvests, cooking from scratch, and embracing the power of herbs and natural remedies. I'm passionate about sharing this knowledge with you, empowering you to create a fulfilling life filled with health, abundance, and connection to all that God has given us in nature.
Join me as we embark on a journey of discovery, learning practical skills to enrich your homesteading dreams. Together, we'll explore the joys of crafting, gardening, and sustainable living, all while honoring our faith and the blessings bestowed upon us.
Let's cultivate a life of purpose, abundance, and joy, one step at a time. 
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Top 10 Budget-Friendly Homeschool Tips

Top 10 Budget-Friendly Homeschool Tips
We started homeschooling my kids as they were entering 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades.  My husband and I had been thinking about it for years, but the idea of spending all that money held us back.  But somewhere along the way we realized that it doesn't have to cost a lot.  Being a single-income family, I had to find ways to stretch our dollars and make the most out of it so that we could provide our kids with the right education and tools they needed, and also allow me to stay home with them so that I could help them as needed.

Here is a list of 10 budget-friendly homeschool tips:

  • Leverage Free Online Resources: Utilize free educational websites like Khan Academy (this is one I used with my older 2 as they navigated the high school years) and Starfall, which offer a variety of lessons, interactive activities, and even audiobooks for kids.
  • Join Homeschooling Groups and Co-ops: Connect with local homeschooling communities to share resources, buy used curriculum, and participate in group activities and field trips. Share teaching responsibilities and resources with other homeschooling families. This can reduce costs and provide your children with more diverse learning experiences.
  • Use the Library: Borrow books and educational materials from your local library. Many libraries also offer free access to online resources and educational programs.
  • Buy Discounted Supplies: Shop for school supplies during back-to-school sales, use resell websites like eBay, and check dollar stores for basic supplies like paper, pens, and crayons.  You can also join mailing lists and get notified when big sales are happening.
  • Create a Budget: Plan your homeschooling expenses carefully. Make a detailed list of needed supplies and resources, then look for the best deals to stay within your budget.
  • Choose Cost-Effective Curriculum: Consider using unit study curriculums that allow multiple children to study subjects like history and science together. This can save money compared to buying grade-specific materials for each child.
  • Engage in Free Extracurricular Activities: Take virtual tours of museums, historical sites, and other attractions. Many places also offer free or discounted admission for local residents.  Take Advantage of Community Resources: Utilize community resources such as parks, museums, nature centers, and historical sites for hands-on learning experiences. Many of these places offer free or low-cost educational programs and tours 
  • Incorporate Life Skills: Teach practical life skills like cooking, budgeting, and gardening as part of your curriculum. These activities often require minimal expense and provide valuable lessons.
  • DIY Learning Tools: Create your own educational tools and resources. For example, make flashcards, use household items for science experiments, or design your own worksheets. There are many free templates and guides available online to help you get started.
  • Online Used Curriculum Marketplaces: Explore online marketplaces specifically for used homeschool curriculum, such as Homeschool Classifieds or eBay. These platforms often have gently used materials at a fraction of the cost of new ones.
This is just the tip of the iceberg.  I combined a few that were similar.  Sometimes it helps get those creative juices flowing when you see similar options together. The biggest way to accomplish budget-friendly homeschooling is to become a part of a homeschool community.  Many homeschool moms love sharing their resources and swapping curriculum.  Joining a local homeschool co-op was one of the best decisions we ever made for our homeschooling journey.
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Women Of The Bible - A study of women in scripture

Women Of The Bible - A study of women in scripture
My mom, sister, and I did a thing over the past year.  We realized we all had the same devotional book, one that we had all had for years.  Each of us at one time or another had started to work through it, only to never finish it.  So we decided to do it together...well, or at least all do the same day every day.  

We live in 3 different places.  So each night we would send a devo reminder.  Sometimes we discussed it, sometimes it was just a simple "devo reminder" typed out into our group chat.  It was really all about the accountability to just get it done.

You know what?  It worked!!  Today we all 3 finished the devotional book.  We even have a few more lined up and ready to tackle.  

If you, like us, need some accountability in doing a little Bible study each day, I would like to encourage you to find a group of ladies and simply hold each other accountable.  If it turns into a full fledged Bible study, that's great!  But even if it's just a simple accountability partner, you have still succeeded.  The idea is simply that you get it done.

So, what is the book we finished?  Women of the Bible by Ann Spangler & Jean E. Syswerda.  It's an old copy, but good non the less.a

If you have done this study, I'd love to hear your thoughts about it.  Did you enjoy it?  What did you like the most when going through the studies?  Did any particular woman stand out to you more than the others?
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