Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Most Read of 2014

I've never done a post like this before, at least, I don't remember doing one like this before.....nope, I checked, never done this before. It's not exactly a "Top Ten" list, but it is a bunch of links to previous posts from this year. Thing is, my highest post counts this year mostly came from niche blog hops. So my first list is my highest view count NON-hop posts, and then the highest niche posts after that.

Top 6 Non-blog hop Posts (in chronological order):

DORA Review 

Writing Isn't Just Writing

Introduction to Car Schooling

Right Start Math Drop-Outs

Screen Time At Sceleratus Classical Academy

Open Letter to the Women in the Walmart Parking Lot

Top 9 Blog Hop Posts (also in chronological order):

Spring Skirts

Genius vs. Gifted

The Search for Friends

How a Gifted Childhood Prepared Me for Gifted Parenting

How a Gifted Childhood Prepared Me for Gifted Parenting: Part 2

Summer Skirts

The Search For Friends: Part 2

Are You and Advocate for the Gifted?

When Gifted Overexcitiblities and an Introverted Personality Collide

If you're interested in more topics like these I was also put on the Gifted Homeschooler Forum's Most Popular Posts of 2014 list so go check out all the other wonderful posts by other contributors!

So there's the list of the most viewed posts from this year. Was your favorite on the list? Or was there one you consider a "hidden gem" that didn't get as many views? Let me know in the comments, please!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Making a 3+ Doll Baby Safe Isn't What I Thought It'd Be

I didn't want to wait any longer: I bought Lady Bug a non-baby doll for Christmas. A doll that was labeled as appropriate for ages 3 years and up. I thought that surly I could make it safe enough for her to play with, and I did that. But as I was looking at the doll and thinking about it, I realized that there was more that went into that age recommendation than just safety.

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Toddler Friendly Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are beautiful and magical when you're a kid (and even when you're a grown-up.) One day out of nowhere your mommy and daddy put this huge, shiny, lit up tower of awesome in your house and you.....aren't allowed to touch it?! I fought the don't-touch-the-tree fight with both the boys. Some years the little hands obeyed; other years it was miserable. This year with a mobile Lady Bug I'm done fighting against my baby's natural curiosity and wonderment and I made the whole bottom row toddler friendly. Or at least, that was the plan.

Friday, December 5, 2014


We finally moved! Thanksgiving week. Which meant eating out for Thanksgiving meal and then Lady Bug got sick on Monday so we still have a TON of stuff to move and deal with and put away. It's frustrating knowing that we're hoping to move in another year and few months, but it's what we're doing and at least our housing situation is stable again like it hasn't been for.....9 months now? And why do I own so much JUNK?!

We had no learning activities for this Thanksgiving; too busy packing and cleaning. We're only twenty days from Christmas and I still don't have our tree up. And I have a really cool idea for it, if only I could find the glue!

So, we're still alive, I'm still blogging, and I hope to have something cool to post about in a day or two.
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