So I’ve taken a few months off from blogging. We have had a lot to think and pray about. Our lease is up in April. When we moved to Alaska las August, we originally planned to head slowly back to Maryland over the summer. We would build a cottage on the eastern shore and Lu…

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As I mentioned when we first decided to go to Alaska, ice fishing is definitely on the must do list for us. It’s all part of our Outdoor Education Unit for our homeschool. Here we are in December and with the sun gone and the winter chill coming, it’s time to bundle up and hit…

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This Holiday Gift Guide for homeschoolers is filled with educational gift ideas for all ages!

I’m going to come right out and say it: I hate Amazon. I won’t go into detail as to why, but let’s just say there are thousands of other places to buy your Christmas and birthday gifts. And while you can get almost anything on Amazon these days ordering direct from small (and large) businesses…

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Flightseeing is a great way to see Alaska. This review of Rust's Flying Service will tell you all you need to know about seeing Alaska by air!

Our preferred flightseeing partner, Rust’s Flying Service, will enhance & amplify your Alaska experience. They are truly the “shortcut” in your Alaska adventure. The views they provide are breathtaking. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to literally cover tremendous ground during your visit. You will also have a team of local, friendly experts to provide unique…

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Would you like to give something unique and special all while supporting small businesses? This Alaskan Gift Giving Guide is filled with one of a kind ideas for everyone on your list. Give something from the Great North this holiday season and support small Alaskan businesses

Please note: I have not been paid by any of these companies to include their information here. Furthermore, I do not receive any payment for purchases through the links in this Alaska gift giving guide. Why not support the small businesses of Alaska with your holiday purchases this year? Alaska boasts a wide array of…

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Travel during COVID: Everything you need to know about COVID testing on arrival in Anchorage Alaska.

My experience with the COVID testing process on arrival back home to Alaska was quick and painless! I was done with the testing process less than 15 minutes after leaving the plane and I had my negative test results back in two days. Bottom line: If you are traveling to Alaska for a short period…

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How do I get a diploma for my homeschool high schooler? How do homeschoolers get high school diplomas?

Do Homeschoolers need high school diplomas? As I am now homeschooling a high school senior for the third time I thought I would answer a question many homeschoolers of high schoolers ask: How do I get a high school diploma for my homeschooler and do they even need one? The short answer is no. Homeschoolers,…

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Does Rosetta Stone really work for homeschoolers?

PencilTreks would like to thank Sarah Carroll, owner of Main Line French Tutor, for contributing the following guest post, “Does Rosetta Stone Really Work?” Please visit Main Line French Tutor to learn more. As a French teacher for over 15 years, I’ve been asked countless times what I think of Rosetta Stone language learning software. …

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Denali Park Hotel is a family and pet friendly hotel. It's a great hotel near Denali National Park.

Many people are absolutely shocked at the cost of hotels near Denali National Parks. To be honest hotels near any national park are expensive, but Denali seems to be even more so. Nevertheless, Denali Park Hotel offers clean, comfortable and charming accommodations at a family friendly price. Where is Denali Park Hotel? Located along the…

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