Author: kmantoan

Blogging Predictions For The Next Nine Years

Nine years ago this week I started blogging at This Ain’t the Lyceum. Obviously I can’t let the anniversary go by without a blog post. But rather than reminiscing, I decided to make a few predictions for the future of blogging. Most people are aware that many bloggers have moved over to sharing content on Read More

You Can Do Lent

Day two of sugar withdrawal is going well. How about I use these under-fueled brain cells to put together my annual ambitious Lenten plans post? There’s nothing too crazy this year; it’s actually pretty much the same as last year. I even made a video with some ideas for people who wonder why they should Read More

Why I Love My Son’s Feeding Tube

It’s Feeding Tube Awareness Week. When I first heard of it, I didn’t know what kind of awareness I was supposed to spread- is there anyone out there who is afraid of feeding tubes? Are there still people who are ignorant of them? I suppose there must be; I’d never heard of them until 10 Read More

A Day in the Life: 2021 Edition

As promised, today’s post is a “day in the life”. Last time I did one was in March 2016!! At least, that’s the most recent I can find. It’s entirely possible I wrote another day in the life post more recently and simply lost it in my archives (now (840+ posts deep). Though, this is Read More

2020-21 Mid-Year Homeschool Review

So I guess last weeks Takes just aren’t happening. Might as well get to this weeks latest, which is a mid-year school progress report! WOOT! (Oh, and of course- AFFILIATE LINKS!) I can’t believe we’ve made it halfway through our year. Knowing we’re on the downward slope will make it easier as we meander through Read More

{SQT} No More Clean Kitchen, Flax Seed Surprise and Speaking

It’s the time of year when you discover which Christmas toys are actually cheap junk, and the kids start clamoring to spend their Christmas money on more toys even though you haven’t found places to store all the stuff they already have. But ITS FINE. REALLY. LET’S GO TO THE MALL FOR FUN. We’re wrapping up Read More

{SQT} Holiday Recap

It’s time for my first random Quick Takes of the year. I’ll back it up and bring you up to date on all the very non-exciting things happening here. First, I know that you’re all wondering what happened to those chestnuts I mentioned two weeks ago. Well, I didn’t ruin them during the roasting process, Read More

Reflections on the Magi

Epiphany commemorates the arrival of the Magi at the home of Christ. The feast is often overshadowed by all the celebrations of Christmas and is noted by most as simply the end of the Christmas season. We run the risk of forgetting the Wise Men, their gifts to Jesus, and the message they send to Read More

2021 Resolutions

First, let’s just acknowledge that no one was able to stick to his or her resolutions in 2020, and consequently agree to not judge one another. Second, I’m going to share my resolutions as I always do, more from a sense of obligation/tradition rather than the belief that doing so will make me more successful. Read More

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I’m writing this late on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day. This peaceful time before sleep, and a fun, yet crazy morning, is my favorite. The gifts and stockings are all laid out, and I’m on a high from lighting the candles on our tree and singing carols as a family. I managed to Read More

2020 Year in Review

And what a year it was right?? Last year I never wrote a year in review post. Instead, it went out as a belated newsletter to subscribers. In fact I hardly posted in December at all, and in reading my January posts, I’m reminded of the high hopes I had for this year. Lots of Read More

The Caregiver’s Companion; A Book For All Caregivers

As the founder of Accepting the Gift, I’m always on the lookout for resources that speak directly to Catholic special needs parents and the unique struggles they face. When I learned about The Caregiver’s Companion: A Christ Centered Journal to Nourish Your Soul, I was eager to talk to its creators and learn more about Read More

How to Think Like Shakespeare; A Review

After my last post on Shakespeare, it should come as no surprise that I’ve found another book on dear William that I want to recommend to my readers. I was so happy when Scott Newstok reached out to me and shared a copy of his book How to Think Like Shakespeare, Lessons from a Renaissance Read More

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