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FREE Membership to Homeschool Planet (Contest for Existing Members)

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We want to hear how Homeschool Planet works for your family!

Over the years we have heard from die-hard “Planeteers” who attest that Homeschool Planet has changed their lives. We have over 500 customer testimonials and 125 blogger reviews raving about our homeschool life planning software.

Would you like to win a LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to Homeschool Planet or even a FREE YEAR? Keep reading!

 

We are not looking for perfection, we want authenticity. We want you to record your video testimonial telling other homeschool moms how much you love Homeschool Planet.

Have you already submitted a written testimonial? No problem! You can still make a video letting others know what you like about Homeschool Planet and enter it for a chance to win.

You can submit your video throughout the month of February. We will choose 4 winners. This contest ends on 2/28/19.

Prizes:

  1. Grand Prize Winner: LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to Homeschool Planet
  2. Three Winners: ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTION added to your account

You don’t have to be scripted (we would rather you be authentic!), no need to get your hair done, or lock yourself in a closet (but you may want to). We are looking for videos that will appeal to moms just like you. Have fun!

P.S. We are releasing some amazing new lesson plans this month.Our lesson plan marketplace continues to be a magnet for families who want to try us out. Cathy Duffy has raved about the features. Have you checked them out for yourself?

HOW TO ENTER THIS CONTEST

This contest is for existing Homechool Planet subscribers, AKA “Planeteers.” We are seeking quality video testimonials from real moms like you who love Homeschool Planet. Here’s what you need to do to enter to win.

Record a video testimonial talking about how much you love Homeschool Planet. Here are some ideas that you can use for good talking points:

  • Talk about how many children you homeschool, how long you have been homeschooling, etc.
  • If other planners have failed you but Homeschool Planet works, that’s good to mention. Please no bashing of other programs though. 
  • Mention your favorite features of Homeschool Planet and how long you have been a user.
  • If Homeschool Planet has benefited you in other ways of life (appointments, scheduling, grocery lists, etc.) be sure to tell us about it.
  • If you feel you cannot live without Homeschool Planet, let us know!

Please make this your own. The list above are merely suggestions, we really want you to be authentic and share your heart with us.

After your video is complete, you can submit it here. Please be sure to read through the submission guidelines found on the form and contact us if you have any questions. Contest ends on 2/28/19. The winning entries will be announced on social media and this blog post no later than 3/31/19 as well as contacted via email. Void where prohibited by law.

 

SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO TESTIMONIAL!

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Why an Online Planner Can Be a Lifesaver

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Without an online planner to keep me organized, my life could quite possibly be in complete disarray. If you are like me, then keeping organized may be the only thing that is keeping your head above water. Finding an online planner that worked for my family wasn’t easy, but when I found one that actually worked it was truly a lifesaver.

Flying by the seat of your pants when trying to keep your home “together”, just doesn’t seem to work in the long haul.  Even the most organized person can easily fall into a hay ball of chaos throughout the month and wonder where time has gone.

I remember a time in life when my homeschool and home life was literally a blur. My memory of those days was like a cloud of chaos; like when cartoon characters get into a scuffle and all you can see are hands and feet popping out of a cloud of smoke. I know that seems like an exaggeration, but in the midst of my unorganized life, it truly felt like that.  I wonder how I was able to even function.

If this sounds familiar, then maybe this is the year you let an online planner be your lifesaver as well. Anytime is a good time to start using an online planner, but why not start today?! Once you get started you will wonder why you didn’t start a long time ago. When I learned all about Homeschool Planet’s multi-purpose online planner, and there was no turning back.

Check out these reasons why Homeschool Planet was a lifesaver for my family and why it will do the same for you.

  1. I am forgetful

It is easy to find yourself wrapped up in a super busy week, and let your to-do list pile up with not a thing to checked off.  My online planner helps me to remember what is due and when, what my deadlines are, and what I need to do next in my housework, work, and family. Reminders can be sent to each family member individually. My kids even send me reminders. “Mom, don’t forget about our movie date!” They keep me on my toes. Plans change and an online planner helps us roll with those changes seamlessly.

  1. I need flexibility

How many times have you been out and about running errands or at a doctor’s appointment, when you need to write something down, set-up a reminder, or even learn you have missed a deadline? An online planner follows us anywhere that has an internet connection to update and edit as many times as we’d like.

  1. I couldn’t do it all

I decided to start a work-at-home business. As if my life wasn’t complicated enough! My family needed an extra income and I knew I was able to help provide it. Yet, how would I homeschool, run my household, AND work from home? I was using the best homeschool planner online ever already with my kids. It kept them on schedule and sent them reminders on when their assignments were due. I soon found that I could organize my home schedule of appointments, set daily chore schedules, and all while using the online planner for work deadlines and tasks. This online planner literally kept me in line, when I needed it the most.

  1. Setting goals

I go through times when I just don’t believe in myself. I deter myself from moving to the next level in my business or I get discouraged when trying to homeschool my kids. I doubt I am good enough to handle it all, and on my own, I couldn’t handle it all. Yet, my online planner helps me to stay focused and reach my goals. I am able to take notes on spur of the moment ideas, make reminders to research how to grow my business, and when to make time for fun with my kids. I needed something to keep me on track and to motivate me not to give up. Homeschool Planet’s planner online helped me to send messages to my kids for encouragement and to tell them I love them a few extra times throughout the day.

  1. I needed ME time

I honestly was running on empty. Every day felt as if time was getting shorter and shorter. Until I was able to get my life in order, it seemed as though time was literally slipping away. Homeschool Planet’s planner online was able to keep me on target for daily routines, homeschool, and now my work. The last piece of the puzzle was making time for self-care. Moms tend to put themselves on the back burner. Yet, when mom is stressed, everything in the home is affected. Homeschool Planet’s customizable planner has allowed me to schedule in some much needed ME time and my family sees the difference it has mad. It is healthy to set time aside to take care of the earthly temple given to us.

Organization brings me joy. Even in a life full of trials and struggles, being able to have order in my home really helps me feel at ease. I am so grateful to have found an online organization tool to help keep my life together. I honestly don’t know how I could have made it without it.

Homeschool Planet was exactly what I needed to keep my head above water. Do you need a lifesaver in your home too? Homeschool Planet’s Lesson Market Place and homeschool planner online can help!

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Start Fresh in 2019 by Getting Organized

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There is something hopeful about a New Year. It feels as though there is something ingrained in us to want to improve, want to do better, or want to try something new. No matter how the year turned out for us, we have hope that things will either excel from last year’s success or turnaround for the better from last year’s woes.

New Year’s make perfect times to recharge and give a little motivation for being more efficient in your home, work, and life. The key to making a fresh start in the New Year is to organize your surroundings for smooth sailing. There are three things a mom can do to organize and make a fresh new start. I am sure there are a billion other things to help you, but these have helped me first hand.

Prioritize (All else will stem from this)

It is certainly common to hear people say that we should put God first in all we do. However, what does that look like in our lives? Deuteronomy 6: 5 says we should love the Lord our God with all our heart. with all our soul and with all our might. He surely doesn’t command that we do that for any other thing in this whole world, including our kids and husband. It is hard for us to hear that sometimes when we put so much of who we are into our kids and spouse.

It is easy to get consumed with our children’s needs, with our husband’s attention, but nothing will work as it should without God being our #1 priority. The truth is, if we make reading His good Word and being in His presence through prayer and supplication, we will only then fully understand who He truly is. That includes Him being a God of order.

God was the perfect planner and commanded order! He, in 6 consecutive days, planned the whole of creation. He could have made it all exist, all at once but He didn’t. He even scheduled a specific time for rest. We can learn to be intentional in getting organized as the Lord has exemplified. Putting Him FIRST will really put the rest into perspective.

Self-care (Take care of you)

This admittedly was the hardest for me last year; if you have been accustomed to putting yourself on the backburner, then I know you can relate. I feel guilty to take care of me. Do you ever feel that way? My sister-in-law gave me a gift certificate to get a massage for my birthday one year (January). It expired on the 11th of August. Guess what day I scheduled my appointment? August 11th.  I felt guilty about making an appointment for a FREE massage! That is “momlife” sometimes.

There are some common “momlife” challenges that can really drain us physically and spiritually. Regardless of how draining these things can be, we can’t forget that fact that God’s Word tells us to deny ourselves (Luke 9:23). We memorize verses like this and Philippians 2:3-4 and inevitably want to put others before ourselves. I get it, trust me.

Sometimes when I feel drained; it feels as though there is a weight on my body and arms like an X-Ray vest. I can’t help but think that God would have us to find ways to replenish ourselves to keep going. To try and get this weight off of ourselves.

Being a mom is a selfless commission and we do it willingly.  We don’t get vacations, we don’t have lunch breaks, we don’t have sick days, or get off early. We must remember that Jesus clearly has told us to go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest a while (Mark 6:31). He understands us fully. At the time he said this, many people were coming and going. So much so, that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Sound familiar?

Think about this for a moment. We encourage our kids to have healthy godly friendships, do we work on any friendships of our own? We make our kids go to bed at a decent hour (because it is healthy), but do we do the same for ourselves? We have bible study with our kids, read God’s Word and pray with them, but how much time do we spend one-on-one with the Creator—our comforter (Jehovah Nacham)?

What can you think of to do to take care of you this year and give yourself some rest?

Digitize your planner (Organize your homeschool, work, and life all in one place)

I am sure you have heard the saying ”If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.” Planning is not sufficient within itself. We can plan all day long, then not follow through with what we have set out for ourselves to accomplish.

I don’t know about you but my mind is just not working like it used to. I recently started working online on top of homeschooling. I praise God that I was able to get one job after the other when I started, but somehow I thought I could keep it all together… in my brain. After a missed video conference, I knew I had to get organized somehow.

I needed something to use while I was working, but I didn’t want to use yet another platform to log into. If you are like me, you have zillions (OK, not zillions, but A LOT) of tabs open at once. We need to simplify, not add another one. I was already using Homeschool Planet and looked through its capabilities to find that I didn’t have to use it only for homeschool.

Homeschool Planet allows families to access every family member’s schedule. I have added my chore charts for the family to it as well. I know that I needed to look no further for something to organize my homeschool, life, and now work. I am completely satisfied with how Homeschool Planet keeps my life in order. It brings me joy to know that I have a computer-based system to plan and organize all my needs and in ONE place.

Homeschool Planet may be exactly what you need to make a fresh start this New Year, to organize, and to schedule in some time to take care of yourself.

Putting God first, spending time alone with Him, and efficiently planning my schedule helped me over the years to organize and make a fresh start every year. What will you do to start fresh this New Year?

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Why Staying Organized in Your Homeschool is Important

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When I first started homeschooling I miscalculated my success rate. I was excited about the freedom that homeschooling would afford our family. I envisioned a wrinkle-free environment where my kids would willingly love learning from me, would be enthusiastic to be home, and would not face bullies or disenchanted teachers.

They received a determined mom in the beginning, but 6 months in, I was a momster momniac struggling to get through the day and to put dinner on the table. I realized that no structured order in my home meant utter chaos. Even in the freedom that homeschooling allows, some organization is exactly what we need to succeed and just frankly, not throw in the towel.

I decided that something had to give. I should have known better. As an early education teacher, I knew that every year, the beginning of the year needed to start with a set routine and a set of rules to follow before I even thought about teaching lessons. Why I thought schooling would be different for my own children just boggles my mind now. Well, we live and we learn.

The honest truth is that you can plan to “get organized” and take steps to plan your homeschool, but then the house cleaning flops or dinner doesn’t get done on time. Then what? It is important to realize that at that very moment we decide everything is too much, we also easily forget the very reason why we decided to homeschool in the first place.

In whatever space you find yourself in today, whether it be spending hours on one lesson that should have taken you 15 minutes or your laundry is piling up miles high, some organization will help you tremendously. Taking steps to get organized didn’t help me immediately, and you will see that it won’t have lasting effects either. Let me explain.

Usually, when I find myself out of sorts, I can trace it back to putting my MAIN priority in the back burner. My son is super hyperactive. Even with cutting out red dyes and sugar during the week, along with assuring he gets ample sleep time at night, he still can’t sit still for long periods of time. God love him, he would rather be knee deep in the dirt and playing rugby any day, especially during homeschool.

His reading lessons were taking me all day; it literally had me in tears. I couldn’t attend to his needs and deal with my home at the same time. I had to face the day knowing dinner wasn’t getting ready on time or housework wouldn’t be getting done the way I liked. My son was overwhelmed, I was a momster momniac, and my daughter was being ignored. Why did I think I would be soo good at this homeschool thing?

Oh, that is right! I knew that the Lord would get me through. I trusted, when we first made the homeschool plunge, that this was the Lord’s will and I trusted Him to finish the good work he started. If I knew that was true, then why wasn’t I turning, better yet running to him for help?

In my time with the Lord, I read about God being a God of order. I have talked to people about this plenty of times in the context of order during the assembly of believers. I knew that the Lord was meticulously detailed and exemplified order to us in his good word. I knew it was true for a body of believers but ignored that it might be true in my home as well.

God ‘s Word is everlasting and living water. It truly provides guidance for us in our everyday lives. He showed me that I could apply order to my home and homeschool. There would be blessing in the obedience to follow his word and guidance.

Paul advises the Corinthian church, “Let all things be done decently and in order” (1 Corinthians 14:40). If we stop for a moment to contemplate just how this applies to our life we would see that it would benefit us to bow the knee and ask the Lord to help us bring order into our homes.

God’s creation was perfect, the sun sets and rises without a change. His divine nature is weaved throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. God’s blatant unfolding of order in scriptures lets us know that without it, chaos will soon follow.

A key to getting organized lies with the PLANNING stage. God was a perfect and good planner. God prepared a way for us and purposed us to be his handiwork (Ephesians 2:10). Having an understanding of his plan, along with how he establishes our steps beforehand (Proverbs 16:9), gives us a clear picture of how intentional we should be about organizing our home; the first ministry that was assigned to us.

The Bible as a whole is a great plan of salvation for us all, Ephesians 1:5 -6 tells us that God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

I understood how it really does bring great pleasure to bless my children and home with a plan that will organize them both. Knowing that our good Father exemplified order for us helps us to submit the chaos to him and to establish an organized home. We know this obedience would please the Lord, and everything else will stem from that.

After realizing that he would be pleased with me seeking him first in my home, my next step was finding a tool to help me. Even the Proverbs 31 women needed help!

Homeschool Planet provides a planner that would help you keep your home schedule and homeschool organized. A few of our most popular features include automatic rescheduling assignments, having your home, school, and work schedules in one place, customizable grading/attendance/reporting, and daily/weekly reminders.

Homeschool Planet is an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner you can use on multiple devices and doesn’t require much effort to learn.

Check out Homeschool Planet to help you calm the chaos with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

 

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