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Our Flexible "Routine" How I Juggle Working From Home, Homeschool, & Life

As homeschoolers, we enjoy the perks of being able to choose what we do, and when we do it.
If a fun opportunity comes up, and we don't do school that day...It's okay! If something throws me off track, and I need to handle it-- I do. If we decide to take a spontaneous vacation or lake day in the middle of the week, we can!  It's beautiful!

But this isn't how it has always been for us...

When we first started homeschooling, I struggled to find a rhythm. I was constantly reading blogs about homeschooling, and how others scheduled their time. I thought I needed a routine to stick to...and that all of our time should fit neatly into each day. I (desperately) tried to match how others were doing things, so that we could be "successful."  I was trying to make homeschool, like public school. It was the only idea I had of how to teach my children so that they could learn.
I can't tell you how many schedules I wrote out, typed out, and scribbled on marker boards.…

What Happened When I Took Away Screen Time

As I walked from my kids disgusting bedrooms ...into the messy living room... I became discouraged. I marched onward...into the kitchen ..flipping lights as I went.
I glanced at the dishes piled up. I felt the sticky on the floor. 
I just cleaned all of  this, I thought to myself.

I just freakin had this entire house clean 3 hours ago.   

I started to feel the angst bursting out from my inside my emotions were threatening to get the better of me. I clenched my teeth. The roaring sound in my ears know that sound you hear when you're trying really hard not to cry. Crashing waves from inside my head. It had already been a rough week, and I was trying really hard to keep it together. 

Don't cry. Don't you flippin cry!!! I told myself. 

You did good today. Think of all you did... but it's never enough the other voice says. You can't seem to get it together. What's the problem... this isn't that hard.

There really are voices in our heads... get q…

Hey...Let's Catch Up

Hey guys....
I know I've been somewhat absent lately, and so, I want to take some time to catch up!
Before I get into it all though, I want to say thank you to everyone who reads my blog... When I first started Crazies & Daisies, I did it as a hobby and for an outlet... I never saw it going anywhere and put off starting it for years because of the fear of judgement...and failure...and more judgement 
Once it took off though, I started letting you guys in more and more, and you kept on reading. Y'all are my inspiration, and my motivation to keep writing. 
So Thank You!
Now for the catching up... this is gonna be deep... I don't do shallow, I suck at sugar coating stuff, and most of all, I feel it is almost a calling of mine-- to be real with people. To let them in on my messy, unfiltered, unedited life.
So here goes...
Life has been full of highs and lows for the past several months. One big change that took place back in the fall, is that I moved from Texas( where I&#…

Finding Happiness

While I was driving home yesterday, I was praying in my head...thanking God for my blessings, and praying for strength--and I realized, that I am happy. 
Truly happy.

Although happiness is fleeting for me's more real than ever. Do you know what I mean? For years, I was only happy on the surface. I would tell myself I was happy, and I'm a positive person, but I didn't feel it deep down. I felt stuck, trapped. Like I was moving forward, putting one foot in front of the other, but nothing ever changed. I was going nowhere. 
Now, my life has dramatically changed in the course of three months. It isn't a lot of people's version of "normal." It's not what my normal used to be either...but I've never been one to fit in a box.  There are days when I'm sad. When I feel like a failure. When I lock myself in the bathroom and cry. But there are also days when I'm beaming with happiness that no one can shatter. I now see the beauty through …

Love & War

I wish I had something simple to say. A blog post about a DIY project, or a funny story about my kids...
Sometimes, I wish I was more shallow, less feel-y, and didn't have the overwhelming need to express myself.

But then again, I don't wish that. Because that's not me. I'm outspoken to a fault. Not about what you do with your life, but about my own. My soul just has the need to share.

I'm starting a new chapter...

My marriage has ended. Love hurts.

Happy times are beautiful, and wonderful. But it's the hard times that build character, that mold and shape you...the low blows, the scary twists, and the uncertainty. It's in those times of chaos and falling apart, that I have found myself.

I don't have any regrets.
I was meant to learn these lessons.
I've been a quitter. I have done and said things that I'm not proud of. I've been the abused, and the abuser. There were times I was so lost, and I didn't even know who I was.
There were momen…

DIY Hair Masque: Healthy Locks, High Shine, & Growth

For those of you who don't know me personally, let me tell you...I used to be a color addict. 
Hi, my name is Laurel. :) 

I changed my hair color, a lot. From darkest brown, to red, white blonde, and every color in between.

I loved experimenting! Changing my hair color was a way that I expressed myself, and my creativity.

As the years have trudged on though, and I have become errr--uh-- wiser 😏 I began steering away from color, and bleach... especially box color! My ends were becoming crunchy, and the luster and shine that my hair once had, was gone. Not only that, but so many different colors, were built up on my hair-- that none of them turned out right.

It was a mess! 

I decided the only option for me, was to go all natural... as I made the transition, I looked for ways to ease the damage that I had done, and started making this homemade hair masque. 

Not only did it repair the damage that year's of chemical color left behind, but my hair also started growing like crazy. 


Frugal Eats: Squash & Pepper Soup

A few nights ago, my pantry was almost bare and I had a lot of unused produce from the garden.  I didn't feel like going shopping, and I didn't want something average either... so I decided to just see what I could make out of what I had on hand, and came up with  "Squash and Pepper Soup!" 
It's easy to make, and very versatile, you could put anything in it really.  The whole family loved it. The cool thing about this recipe, is that it was a wonderful summer soup, but would also be great in the winter months too. You could sub some cabbage in place of the squash! 
I think next time, I might try chicken and rice in the soup, instead of ground beef. I served it with crushed tortilla chips and sour cream. 
Here's my version, have fun creating your own!
Squash & Pepper Soup Ingredients: 1 lb of Ground Beef  2 Green Bell Peppers 1 Orange Bell Pepper 1 Yellow Bell Pepper 1/2 Serrano Pepper 8 Green Onion Stalks 1 Large Yellow Squash  1 Large Heirloom Tomato  1 …