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Are you serious about living a life of freedom? Then you need to invest in yourself. Yes, I mean spend money to learn what you need to learn to achieve that freedom.

The resources I have to offer you

If you’re in debt and/or want to be able to retire much earlier than the mainstream tells you is possible, buy my book Hatching The Nest Egg: Achieve Super-Early Retirement Without Gambling, Side-Gigs, Or An Above-Average Income.

If you know you’re not eating right, and need a nutrition/diet book that culls through all the confusion in the nutrition world, buy Simple Diet, Beautiful You.

If you want to get into a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle, I have two books that will be up your alley: Crazy Simple: 307 Ways To Save Money, Your Health, And The Planet, and Simplicity: Finding Freedom From The Inside Out (this is a book and course in one).

Need a step-by-step guide to achieving a particular dream? Buy Simple Success: Eight Steps To Dream Fulfillment. (Also an e-book course.)

Still looking for your soulmate (finding the right person is a critical part of living a free life!)? Buy my book, No More Broken Hearts: The Low-Stress, Joyful Way To Find Your Soulmate.

Want to get more food freedom? Buy How To Grow Vegetables Without Losing Your Mind.

You will not pay more than $6 for any of those books. If you bought all of them, you would pay under $40.

$3.99 would save you hundreds, even thousands, in future medical bills.

$2.99 would save you untold amounts of money when you apply the frugal living principles in the book.

$2.99 would help you leave the work force and live most of your adult life on your own terms – with more money in a nest egg than many people have even by the time they finish a 40-year career at a job they don’t like.

$5.99 would lead you to the life of your dreams.

If you’re serious about changing your life, you will invest money in books that will help you to do so.

Thanks in advance for checking out those resources! 🙂

Blessings to you,

Emily

 

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Yet Another New Publication!

A couple of weeks ago, I let you know about my new paperback book, Multiplication Is Fun! (and division is delightful!), which helps older children learn the concepts of the two operations by engaging in fun and quirky activities.

Now, I present to you my latest publication, Kindergarten Story Math. Remember Story Math? I told you about it in this post. It was going to be a full K-5 math curriculum. But then, an interesting thing happened.

I completely changed my philosophy of education. Frankly, I almost didn’t publish Kindergarten Story Math.

But after doing some thinking, I went ahead and did so. Because young children are so eager to try new things – and because their world is filled with math and problem-solving – I still think it’s a good thing to get them grounded in the bare-bone basics of math. But not with the horribly boring homeschool math curriculums that are out there. And I include the one that many homeschooling parents drool over because it supposedly is manipulatives-based. It is still boring. (Math U See. I speak from experience. It’s even worse once you get past the Kinder-level book.)

What makes Kindergarten Story Math different? Stories, of course! All of the concepts are taught in the context of fun stories. There is also less filling in of blanks and more looking at number patterns than you find in any other Kindergarten math workbook. I also included pictures to cut out and use as manipulatives, so you don’t have to prepare them (or purchase them) all on your own.

If you homeschool, or are thinking of homeschooling and have very young children, please give Kindergarten Story Math a look. And pass on the info to your homeschooling friends! Here’s the direct link to the book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1543052177

Check out the bottom of the product description to find the link to the free sample pages!

Thanks a bunch. 🙂

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If my child attended school, he would not hear much of what the teacher said. He would not be able to attend to paper and pencil tasks for long.

And they would label him as “Attention Deficit.”

Yet, my child can sit for two hours building an original Lego creation. He can watch any number of DVD’s that hold his interest, from a nature program to the Charles Schultz “Peanuts” cartoon specials. He will entertain himself for hours playing video games, and pays rapt attention to engaging stories and books.

Attention deficit? I don’t think so.

You see, my child is right-brain dominant. He thinks in pictures, and people who think in pictures have minds that go a million miles a minute. Their brains are not deficient, they simply get bored quickly with non-relevant, uninteresting, or slow-in-coming information.

My child has trouble sitting still for long periods of time when he is being forced to do work that is tedious and boring. He sometimes experiences periods during the day when he “goes wild.” My child experiences emotions at a more intense level than most people.

If he were in school, he would be labeled as having a “hyperactivity disorder.”

Yet, when he is allowed to engage in activities that stimulate is picture-thinking mind, he remains calm. When he is not constrained from moving his body freely, as much as and for as long as he needs to, he is happier. His intense flare-ups of emotion result from frustration when the stimulation to his brain comes to a screeching halt.

My child does not have a disorder. He has a creative, quick-thinking mind that does not appreciate being stifled or forced into conformity.

My child has a special gift from God which is not intended to be medicated into oblivion. My child is not deficit in anything, does not have a disorder.

Tweet this post, and share the link to it on Facebook, to encourage all the parents in your network whose child has been slapped with the label of “ADHD.”

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Figuring out how to play video games without an Internet connection has caused my and J’s brains to get tied in knots the past week or so. The reason is that, living in the middle of nowhere, we can’t get an Internet service that provides unlimited bandwidth. We have wireless Internet, and until a week after B got his computer had had only 25 GB per month, for $25. It was all we needed.

Until B discovered video games.

*Sigh.*

Also, as I discussed in this post, we had to upgrade our service to 50 gigs for $45, thanks to all the updating the new computer did. Even so, I called our ISP a couple of times over the next week, asking how much of our data we’d used so far so we could guesstimate how many video games we dared let B play every day.

He was using too much. See, he would try maybe ten video games a day because he would play a new one for ten or fifteen minutes, decide he didn’t like it, and click on a new one.

How to play video games offline…NOT

A couple of times I tried looking for articles that explained how to play video games without being connected to the Internet. And I found a couple of websites with promising information.

Until J tried to follow the instructions. A lot more complicated than they let on, he said.

The solution

Long story short, we tried to go back to severely limiting B’s time online. Then, trying to get him to stick to two or three games per day. After I’d developed several dozen more gray hairs, one morning J told B to turn on his computer and to open Firefox, but not to plug in the router. That way, he said, B could play the two games he had loaded the day before…WITHOUT BEING CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET, because the files were already downloaded to the computer! Hello! And why didn’t my geek husband think of this a week earlier?

So, here’s how to play online video games without using any bandwidth (note this only works for computers, not phones. I have no idea if it would work for a tablet/iPad).

  1. Play whatever games the day before.
  2. When you finish a game, leave the tab open.
  3. When you’re finished for the day, leave all the tabs with all the games open.
  4. Disconnect from the Internet. If you turn off your computer, make sure that the next day when you turn on the computer, go through whatever process you need to go through to disconnect from the Internet (there is probably an icon on the bottom of the desktop that you can click to disconnect).
  5. Open your favorite web browser.
  6. Play the games that have already been loaded into the various tabs.

Voila! An easy-peasy way to play online games, offline, bandwidth-free, without having to be a geek.

You’re welcome. 🙂

 

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve revealed some of the lessons that I learned from watching The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy. (Click here for the first lesson, here for the second, and here for the third.) I love it when I can be entertained and learn something at the same time, don’t you?

The fourth and final lesson I want to talk about is this: temptation is ever-present, but you can overcome it. Well, unless your conscience is as far gone as Smeagol’s. Then again, he was demon-possessed.

The main temptations faced in The Lord of the Rings

The most obvious temptation that all of the good-guy characters face is the temptation to give up. You don’t always see it, but you have believe that at more than one point, every single one – except maybe Gandalf – want to quit the game. Yes, even Aragon. Especially when he thinks that Arwen, his future elf-wife, has died.

Speaking of Gandalf, how about when Saruman tempts him to come over to the dark side? Sure, Gandalf is a man of strong morals and character, but he is tempted nevertheless.

Neither Sam, Merry, nor Pippin are obligated to see the whole quest through. And they are likely very tempted to bail pretty early on. Galadriel is clearly tempted to take the ring from Frodo when he offers it. And, apparently, Frodo is tempted to relinquish his task at least in that scene – probably in others, as well.

These are not mild temptations to do things that would have little impact. No. They are strong temptations that, if given into, would have dire consequences for the entire world. In addition, the temptations are accompanied by fear of the potential horrible consequences if they choose to resist the temptations (for example, death seems certain much of the time if they keep going forward). Yet, the characters resist.

What’s your excuse?

About a year ago, I lost a new friend, because I called her “stupid” in a round-about way. I did so because she admitted that she’d gone back to smoking cigarettes. “Nicotine is addictive,” she told me.

So I’ve heard. But many people – including my mother – have quit cold turkey. They fight temptation every day for a while, sometimes years. But they resist it, and their lungs are much happier for it.

I quit eating sugary sweets in my mid-twenties. When some vanilla ice cream in my mother’s freezer tempted me, I gave in. But the first bite repulsed me. I hadn’t eaten anything with sugar in it for so long (it had been at least six months by that time), that I couldn’t stand the taste. After that, I was able to resist the temptation.

People sometimes ask me how I stay so thin. Simple: I resist temptation. I know overeating will eventually cause chronic illness to develop in my body. I know certain foods will do the same. So I resist.

“But I just had to have sex with him/her! We let things go too far.”

Really. Shut up. It’s not “too far” until the you-know-what is in the hole. And why the *BLANK* did you start kissing when you knew that was the risk?

We all make excuses for not resisting temptation, from stealing office supplies from a job to committing murder (although, I certainly hope that latter temptation has never been serious for any of my readers!). How weak can we be?

The characters in the Lord of the Rings do not have superpowers. They simply have faith, focus, and the ability to access their inner strength.

So can you. But you have to decide it’s worth it.

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