Author: kmantoan

How To Get Stuff Done When Everyone is at Home

Your kids’ schools have closed, you need to stay at home to watch them, and possibly you and your spouse are trying to work from home as well. Maybe you can’t work from home, or your employer is temporarily closed. You’re stressed about finances, you can’t go out, and your kids are bouncing off the Read More

{SQT} Bedrooms, Choosing Hard Things, And A Fun Lenten Quarantine

Let’s talk about something that’s NOT contagious…at least for a bit, shall we? 1.This past weekend we got all the kids bedrooms switched around. The girls moved into the finished attic bedroom, and Byron moved across the hall into the girls old room. I disassembled the loft bed Byron used in the room he shared Read More

On Becoming “That Mom”

I dislike helicopter parenting. Very early on my husband and I both realized, and thoroughly embraced the fact, that getting these kids out of the house sooner rather than later meant encouraging independence from the get go. We agreed to let our children have the same carefree childhood we both grew up experiencing. As baby Read More

Mid-Year Homeschool Review

I wish I would’ve gotten in the habit of these mid-year (or 2/3 year) review posts earlier into my homeschool blogging game. From August to August it can be hard to remember all the things I changed and reasons for doing so, but after a couple semesters, it’s usually much easier to reflect and make Read More

{SQT} Telling You About Lent Won’t Help Me A Bit

First, things first. I hit 40,000 words on my manuscript and today I’m submitting the new and improved version to my editor. Prayers that I didn’t make it horribly worse! I’m so relieved to be done with this step! (Also I need to mention here that I have one Amazon affiliate link below or men Read More

{SQT} Eight Years Of Blogging Love

Today marks EIGHT years since I started my blog. ***E.I.G.H.T. *** I know that doesn’t seem like much to some people out there, but in an era when many websites come and go, eight years is actually like, 56 years on the world wide web (is anyone still calling it that?). Seeing as today’s Quick Read More

Reader Interrogation Time!

Happy St. Valentine’s Day, or happy feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius! I’m going to celebrate by performing in my church’s dinner theater production! While I expect everything to go well, and for the show to be well recieved, I will be glad to be done. I’m ready to have my weeknights back. I love Read More

Self-Care for Special Needs Moms

I was supposed to have my revised manuscript turned in by January 31st, but as you can guess, that didn’t happen. The upside to my release date being pushed out is that I easily got an extension to continue working on the revisions. The downside is I really just want to be done and not Read More

{SQT} NYC Takes

Coming to you from the NJ Transit waiting area at Penn Station in New York City, it’s Quick Takes! I just attended Jennifer Fulwiler’s comedy show (part of her Naughty Corner Tour) at an intimate venue downtown (or was it uptown? or on the West Side? I have no idea.) I wasn’t sure it would Read More

{SQT} Being Small Time Famous and The Ripples We Don’t See

Another week, another post about approaching deadlines. Okay, not just deadlines, I’m also writing about a funeral so, good times all around. 1.In order to make sure I’m making progress on my manuscript, I’m back to writing every day, ideally for at least two hours, while the boys are at school. Since that’s a large Read More

{SQT} My Family Tree, Stomach Bug Free, and Kids With Greed

Back this week with some original scented Quick Takes. Almost got the title to rhyme too. 1.Last week my sister discovered after several hours on Ancestery.com that we’re 1/16th Jewish. Russian Jews to be exact. Tony casually wondered if that degree of Jewish-ness was enough to get one killed under the Third Reich, which led Read More

2020 Vision

How is it already time for another New Year’s Resolutions post? I blinked and 2019 was OVER. Time to reflect, choose a new beast, and think about what I want to accomplish this year. Previous years posts: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 Last year at this time, we had just closed on our Read More

{SQT} Home Movie Edition

Merry Christmas!!! I can’t believe it’s already been a week since I last promised you some late Quick Takes. But never fear, I’m delivering this week in the form of a video. I wanted to make a better effort to shoot some pictures and videos of our family’s holiday celebrations this year because it’s our Read More

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