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Coming October 11-13! Free Online Mom Conference

free online mom conference

Coming October 11-13! Free Online Mom Conference

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could attend talks by all the best authors and speakers on motherhood topics? Well, guess what? You can! And it’s free. You don’t even have to leave your house to participate.

What is the Mom Conference?

The Mom Conference is a free, three-day online event featuring some truly amazing speakers and you are invited to attend!

Join over 100,000 moms around the world on October 11th, 12th, and 13th and come away armed with powerful new strategies for everything from sibling rivalry, to healthy eating, to finding more joy in motherhood.

Register free now.

Why Attend?

Being a mom can be overwhelming at times! Sometimes it’s hard to keep things in perspective – and keep from getting burned out and resorting to yelling. In addition to making sure I attend at least one homeschool conference a year (usually online), I also make sure to go to at least one on mothering. For the past couple of years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the fresh perspective and practical advice I get from attending the Mom Conference online!

This free online Mom Conference includes 20 online classes by 20 rock star speakers (mostly moms) who will teach you how to:

    • Understand and manage your children’s emotions (and your own!)
    • Teach your children about sex (so important!)
    • Help your children to embrace healthy foods while teaching them to cook
    • Raise grateful children and avoid the entitlement epidemic these days
    • Manage your children’s cell phone use and screen time (a tricky and important subject!)
    • Take better care of your body, mind, and soul (yes, yours, Mom!)
    • Develop and stick to a budget that works (I’m looking forward to this)
    • Nurture your marriage
    • Teach your children – babies through teens – values and character traits to help them be successful and happy
    • Get that house clean and keep it that way (in a fun way!)
    • Find more joy in motherhood

Sounds amazing, right?

Here is a list of some of the incredible presenters and their sessions:

    • Dr Laura Markham, Clinical Psychologist, bestselling author and discipline expert at Aha Parenting (Helping Kids – and Yourself – Manage Emotions)
    • Katie Kimball, expert on healthy eating for families and founder of Kitchen Stewardship (Want Responsible and Healthy Kids? Teach Them to Cook and Eat Real Food)
    • Ruth Soukup, NYT Bestselling Author and Founder of Living Well, Spending Less (Decluttering your Home, Mind and Soul)
    • Ramona Zabriski, Founder of Wife for Life University (How to be a Wife for Life)
    • Amy McCready, parenting expert, TODAY Show Contributor, author and creator of Positive Parenting Solutions (Raising Motivated and Grateful Children During this Me, Me, Me Epidemic)
    • Jesse Mecham, Founder of You Need a Budget (Budgeting Made Simple)
    • Dina Alexander, Founder of Educate and Empower Kids (How to Talk to your Children about Sex)
    • Richard and Linda Eyre, NYT #1 Bestselling authors who run Valuesparenting (Simple and Powerful Ways to Teach Children Values)
    • Marla Cilley (a.k.a. the Fly Lady), author, home organization and cleaning mentor, founder of (Cleaning in a Fun Way)
    • Shawni Pothier, founder of the popular mom-blog, 71 Toes (Managing Kids’ Cell Phone and Screen Time – Without Making Them Hate You)
    • April and Eric Perry, life architecture experts and founders of Learn-Do-Become (Building the Life and Future you Really Want)
    • Saren Eyre Loosli, family organization expert and co-founder of Power of Moms (The Three Basic Systems Every Family Needs)

And to help you avoid procrastination (I know how it goes!), if you register now, you’ll have access to the following free gifts as soon as your registration has been completed!

– FREE Audio Story and Family Discussion Guide (to teach your children about honesty in a fun way)
– FREE Guide: 7 Day Healthy Eating Meal Plan and Shopping List

Come participate online in this free, online mom conference and be inspired October 11th, 12th, and 13th!

Register free here today!

See you at The Mom Conference!

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Love, Luck &


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Attending Homeschool Conferences

I LOVE attending homeschool conferences! I love the books, the products, the camaraderie of other homeschoolers, not to mention the speakers. Years ago when I lived in Ontario, I loved attending various conferences within a one or two-hour drive of my home. Living here in Cape Breton, the closest one is almost five hours away, so I don’t get out to it every year. It often conflicts with my children’s dance recitals. But I do attend as often as I can. I have even attended the wonderful homeschool conference in New Brunswick.

attending homeschool conferences

Attending Homeschool Conferences

When attending a conference, it’s a good idea to prepare before you go. Bring a list with you, otherwise you may find yourself unable to make choices, or even worse, buying everything in sight when you’re on a strict budget!

Conference Planning List

Add to the list:

    • resources already on the shelf to use for next year
    • resources still needed to purchase for next year
    • resources you want to sell at the conference (if applicable)
    • a firm budget (so you don’t go overboard)
    • the speaking sessions you most want to attend

The fantastic thing about conferences is that there are homeschool vendors all gathered in one place. You will be able to check out any curriculum or product you’ve heard of, but haven’t been able to touch and peruse in person. Be open to the possibility of finding things you haven’t heard of or hadn’t planned on purchasing that would be a perfect fit for the next homeschool year. Beware though, it’s EASY to go overboard! Setting a budget before attending homeschool conferences is essential!

I have found some amazing resources at our Nova Scotia conference over the years, from wooden math pattern blocks (that got a lot of mileage with my kids) to great little BIble verse colouring books. I am always able to pick up some curricula that I was planning on buying. Buying in person saves on shipping and you can also get advice on what to choose directly from the shop keeper or curriculum designer.

The speakers at homeschool conferences are always thoroughly enjoyable and give just the boost you need to look forward to and get excited about the next homeschooling year. This is especially important if you’re dragging your feet in your homeschool by the time the conference comes around or already dreading the coming year. It can and does happen, even to the most enthusiastic homeschool parents!

Write down the speaking sessions you most want to attend and the times so you don’t miss them – consider inputting them in your smartphone calendar so you don’t get distracted in the vendor hall and miss one! You may want to also leave some room in your budget to purchase the conference recordings. You can listen to them again whenever you need to, and catch the speakers you missed because you chose to attend a conflicting session.

If you’re looking for your local homeschool conference, try your provincial or state homeschooling organization website (there’s a handy list of North American homeschool organization links at the end of the article here). If you’re in Nova Scotia, check out the upcoming Nova Scotia conference in June on the Events page here.

If you’re like me, a distance away from your local conference, consider “attending” an online conference or workshop. You can find many webinars under Online Events on the Events page here.

Do you love attending homeschool conferences too? Please share any favourites and stories in the comments below!

Love, Luck &


Please note: This article was originally published in March 2011 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Last Day Wrapup

Alas, The Schoolhouse Expo is all over.  What a terrific final day we had: SO many wonderful speakers and then a big giveaway extravaganza at the very end, and what prizes!  It’s so hard to choose just a few highlights from the final day, but here I go…


  • Jennifer Courtney from Classical Conversations shared all about the Classical method of homeschooling.  Since we have a Classical homeschool, this talk was thoroughly enjoyable for me.  She addressed some of the misconceptions about the Classical method, and mentioned that it is about nurturing ALL the parts of the child, and that Classical educators don’t need to curriculum surf, they just need to think.  The Trivium, or three parts that make up a Classical method of education include The Grammar, Dialectic, and Rhetoric.  I love how Jennifer summed these up.  Grammar means input, and once you have mastered the grammar, you can pay attention. The Logic or Dialectic stage means understanding.  The Rhetoric or wisdom stage means passing on knowledge to others.  As Aristotle said: Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
  • Diana Waring’s talk was a really high-energy, inspirational session about enjoying learning.  She made that point that we don’t teach children, we help them learn and that education is not something we do TO students.  She talked about two different types of teachers:  the Controller who yells at the student, uses parroted responses, shame, and  one-size-fits-all approach, and the Facilitator who is responsive, honours & enjoys the individual student, leads them to water & lets THEM drink!  Diana reminded us that our children are made by God Himself and that we have to work at ENJOYING our students 🙂
  • Zan Tyler of Apologia finished up the Expo with a talk on Biblical Worldview.  In introducing her, it was mentioned that the Tyler family was threatened with jail time when they started homeschooling in South Carolina, and they had to fight to legally homeschool.  I sometimes forget that homeschoolers who came before us had to fight so hard to have homeschooling recognized.  The Tyler family then went on to homeschool for 21 years: K-12.  Zan explained that our Worldview is simply the sum of our beliefs about the world, the big  picture that directs our daily decisions & actions.  Our Worldview brings focus & gives direction.  If we don’t fully understand our worldview ourselves, we need to learn along with our children.  Zan used the example of Daniel in the Bible and how his Biblical foundation saw him through.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend The Schoolhouse Expo this week, you can still purchase The Expo To Go, and listen to the MP3 files when they come out in the next couple of weeks AND get a whole bunch of downloadable freebies.  I’m looking forward to listening to some of my favourite sessions over and over, and am already looking forward to the next Schoolhouse Expo in the fall!

Love, Luck &

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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 4 Wrapup

Day 4 was another great day at The Schoolhouse Expo live online.  I’ve been making some new friends in the live chat, and getting to chat with some old ones.  There was a bit of a kink in the schedule, as Dari Mullins informed the Expo that her car had broken down and she was stranded on the road.  Thankfully, Kim Kautzer agreed to fill in with an additional one-hour presentation after her first one, and Dari’s presentation on “STRESS and the Homeschool Mom” will be recorded and available in the Expo-to-Go as an MP3 file!

Some of the highlights from Day 4…

  • Kim Kautzer of WriteShop started off the Expo with a talk about “Teaching the Timed Essay”.  This not only would come in handy for any students taking the SAT test, but also great preparation for university exams.  She broke down writing a timed essay into 4 steps: Timing, Planning, Writing, and Revising.  This information certainly would have come in handy for me when I was writing my university exams – I think I tended just to launch right into writing and skipped the first two steps!  She then shared a great overview of teaching writing, for K-12.
  • Deborah has been sharing Biblical devotions all week.  On day 4, she shared on “The Heart of the Matter”.  She urged us to praise the Lord with our whole heart, and reminded us that “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”.  We need to renew our focus on God on a continuous basis.  Today, she recommended a number of resources: the book “From This Verse by Robert J. Morgan and the websites,, and more.
  • Barbara Beers of Schola Publications spoke on the History of English.  I find all of this fascinating and thoroughly enjoyed her talk.  Did you know that our early modern English began between 1500-1800?  Or that the Dutch gave us the navigational terms in the English language? Or that while German is the basis of our common English vocabularly,only about 30% of all our vocabulary is German-based, with about 60% being Latin based?

I’m about to join in on the LAST DAY of the Schoolhouse Expo!  While I’m sad that it’s the last day, I am looking forward to being able to listen to the sessions again in just a couple of weeks when I receive the Expo to Go MP3 files 🙂

Love, Luck &




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The Schoolhouse Expo: Day 2 Wrapup

There were a couple of laugh out loud moments on Day 2 of the Expo 🙂  For instance, one of the lovely TOS MC’s, while introducing a speaker, had her 3 year old giggling in the background – so nice to know that other homeschooled children are normal too!

I’ve really been enjoying the chat box that is open throughout the Expo.  Being able to chitchat with hundreds of other homeschoolers is just priceless.  Everyone is encouraging and supporting each other, not to mention making each other laugh 🙂

And wow, the speakers we had on Tuesday!  And I thought Monday’s speakers were inspirational!  Some of the highlights for me…

  • Susan Wise Bauer gave us her “A Plan for Teaching Writing”  with a focus on the high school years. You can find the slides for this presentation (the entire K-12) on The Well-Trained Mind website. I love that she explained what a thesis statement was, and a non-thesis statement (which she called a “duh thesis” lol).  She also had a good little tip: students should have a good thesaurus on hand when writing (a real paper thesaurus, such as Roget’s was recommended).  I have heard Susan speak before, and I LOVE attending her presentations!
  • Carol Barnier of Sizzle Bop fame, gave us a VERY entertaining talk on learning styles.  I’ve heard Carol speak before and I can’t get enough of her!  Carol says that sometimes when we know what our child’s best learning style is, we serve the child up the same thing every day to teach them which can rob us of the joy of teaching – learning becomes formulaic.  Carol is a big proponent of making learning fun.  Carol says, “Our job is to become the seeker & the keeper of the keys to open their minds & grasp the concepts” and she urges us to try different things, to teach in a variety of ways and see what works.  I particularly LOVE Carol’s “ditties” and she actually sang and “rapped” some of them for us 🙂  You can listen to Carol’s ditties on the Sizzle Bop website.  And guess what?  She has a Ditty Bugs CD coming out VERY soon!  If you want to be notified when it comes out, join the mailing list on the Sizzle Bop website or stay tuned on the Sizzle Bop Facebook page.
  • Maggie & her son Tyler Hogan of Bright Ideas Press (creators of WonderMaps!) gave a chat on being an entrepreneur – whether you want to be one as a homeschool parent, or your tween/teen wants to get started.  As an entrepreneur already myself, I got a real “boost” out of this session.  You can download the notes for this session by clicking on Entrepreneurs at Home here.  I am going to share with you here their 6 Reasons To Be An Entrepreneur:
  • 1) Glorify God Using Your Specific Gifts/Talents
  • 2) Learn Stewardship
  • 3) Develop Character & Work Ethic
  • 4) Learn Life Skills
  • 5) Develop Talents & Interests
  • 6) Make Money

I’m looking forward to today’s sessions for Day 3 and sharing with you what I have learned 🙂

Love, Luck &

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The Schoolhouse Expo starts in less than 15 hours!

The Schoolhouse Expo starts at 2pm Atlantic (1pm Eastern) on Monday, May 16th!  There are LOADS of fantastic Door Prizes.  The Latin Road to English Grammar, a One Year Molly Membership from Econobusters, Logo Adventures from MotherBoard Books, and WonderMaps (which I’m posting a review on shortly) just to name a few – wow!

If you didn’t get your LIVE ticket in time (they’re all sold out), you can buy an Expo to Go for just $19.99 US.  You will receive all the downloadable MP3 files just a few weeks after the Expo ends, and you can listen to them whenever and wherever you want.

Love, Luck &


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Schoolhouse Expo: Last chance to get your ticket for $19.50!

Today is the last day to get your Schoolhouse Expo ticket for just $19.50!  As of midnight Easter Time today, February 9th, the price goes up to $29.00 and the Bonus Freebies are gone.

What do you get with your $19.50 ticket?  The Expo doesn’t stop with live online sessions from terrific speakers!  TOS, loves to give gifts ! They have put together a package of free gifts to inspire, delight, and enliven your homeschool.

In addition, when you buy a live ticket, you’ll not only be purchasing admission to the May Schoolhouse Expo, but you’ll also receive the MP3 recordings of each May 2011 session after the Expo with your members-only access at the Expo To Go website.

Get your ticket today and receive even more. During the Early Bird Sale, your live Expo ticket comes with a BONUS pack of freebies–valued at over $100!  I just downloaded the Bonus freebies myself.  Wow: Astronomy, Spelling, Nature and more!

Don’t miss out, buy your ticket today!

Love, Luck &

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The Schoolhouse Expo and Teens in Business

Just in case you don’t already get regular mailings from The Old Schoolhouse.  I’d like to share with  you something I received:  Teens in Business: Beyond the Lemon Stand.  In this article, Gena Suarez shares about her two teenage sons who have started their own businesses.  Homeschooling is terrific, because it gives students the time they need to get involved in endeavours such as this.  My own “tween” son will shortly be launching his own chain mail creations online and locally, as soon as he has created enough inventory 🙂  Do you have a teen?   Then you’re going to LOVE this May’s Schoolhouse Expo!   There are many sessions that you’re going to want your teen to listen in on with you, in the:

AND Are you or your teen interested in starting or do you have your own business?  Then you’re not going to want to miss this either:

Remember, from now until February 9th, you can get a ticket for just $19.50 (regular $39.oo) .  Your ticket includes all the live sessions, over $300 worth of downloads AND once the Expo is over, you can listen again and again to downloads of ALL the sessions!

Love, Luck &

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Free John Taylor Gatto E-book!

The Schoolhouse Expo (coming May 2011) is now celebrating over 1000 fans!  Get your free John Taylor Gatto e-book at the Schoolhouse Expo Facebook fanpage!  If you aren’t already a “fan”, just click “Like”.  Then go to the “Fan Freebies” tab for the code to download your free e-book!   If you haven’t already, you’ll also find the College Success Begins At Home e-book code to download free too!

And don’t forget to enter my Giveaway, below,  for a FREE ticket to the online Schoolhouse Expo!  The draw will be held tomorrow.

Love, Luck &

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Register now for the May Schoolhouse Expo! AND Free Ticket Giveaway!

Registration for the TOS Homeschool Expo has opened as of today! The Expo this year runs online from May 16-20.  From now until February 9th, you can get a ticket for just $19.50 (regular $39.oo).  I am SO excited that Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Trained Mind, will be a speaker again this year!  And this year, there are two special features of the Expo…

Are you heading into the high school years, or are you already there?  You’ll love the Speakers in the High School Track of the Expo!  Have your high schooler sit in on the sessions, because there will be content just for them too!

Do you run a business from home like so many of us do? 🙂  Then you’ll love the Entrepreneur/Work at Home Track sessions!  Listen to practical tips and success stories.

And there’s more!  With your $19.50 Expo ticket, you receive free downloads valued at over $200 – I am always astounded at the number and quality of these fantastic downloads!  Buy your ticket now until February 9th and you’ll get a BONUS pack of FREEBIES worth another $100 – that’s a total of $300 worth of fantastic bonuses!  I can’t wait to download mine, as always there is a ton of downloads that will bless my family beautifully, that will fit right into what we’re studying this year.

AND WOW! I am SO excited to be able to bless one of you with a FREE ticket giveaway thanks to the Schoolhouse Expo!  You will receive a separate entry for each of the following (please remember to provide me with your name and email address so I can contact you if you win):

  • Leave a comment letting me know why you’re looking forward to the Expo this year
  • “Follow” my blog, and leave a comment letting me know how (i.e. FeedBlitz, Networked Blogs)
  • “Follow” my Twitter account: UsborneBooksCB and leave a comment here letting me know
  • “Follow” the Schoolhouse Expo Blog and leave a comment here letting me know
  • “Like” the Schoolhouse Expo Facebook Page and leave a comment here letting me know

Everyone is eligible for entry in this draw, anywhere in the world 🙂  The winning ticket will include the Expo sessions, pre-shows, freebies and bonuses mentioned above, and don’t forget the chance to win door prizes at all the live sessions (physical door prizes for US/Canadian addresses only)!  The Winner will be drawn randomly from the entries below in just a few days, on January 28th!  Good luck!

Love, Luck &