Hey – welcome to Real Life at Home! My name is Angie Kauffman, and I’m the girl behind the site.
Before I started Real Life at Home, I was the founder of the four former sites that make up Real Life at Home – Many Little Blessings (founded in 2006), The Homeschool Classroom (founded in 2008), Catholic Mothers Online (founded in 2007), and Catholic Printables Online (founded in 2013).
Facts about Me
- I think Rice Krispie Treats, cupcakes, and French macarons are just about the most perfect desserts ever made.
- I’m very visual, so my desk is always stacked with papers because if I can see them, I can remember them. This makes my husband, an engineer, crazy. Despite that, we still manage to be BFFs.
- Other than a handful of Catholic weddings, neither my husband nor I had been to a Catholic Mass when we decided to convert. We began the conversion process (RCIA) in August 2006, and then officially converted in April 2007. (I grew up Episcopalian. He grew up thinking that church was a place people went to just for weddings and funerals. He started attending church in his later teen years.)
- I spent seven years in college, earning two degrees in education. I taught for only two and a half years, and later surprised everyone by deciding to homeschool our children.
- I’m a fan of commas.
- I love music. I have a not-so-secret desire to play guitar. Instead, I just buy copious amounts of music from iTunes.
- Those glasses in the picture that I have used all over the Internet since 2010? Yeah, those are actually my back up glasses. I pretty much haven’t worn them again since that day. I like the other pair that I got at the same time better. My Mom still wishes I would wear the back up ones.
- I have only lived in the Midwest (Wisconsin and Indiana).
- Sometimes, I’m surprised when I look in the mirror and see my eye color. Everyone in my house has brown eyes, and I often forget that I don’t.
Why combine all of the sites into one new site (Real Life at Home)?
Honestly? I was kind of going crazy. I would like to act like that was a joke, but while considering the scary idea of merging all of my sites together, I told a friend, “I feel like having all of these sites might be slowly killing me.” I stayed up late every night, I worked on the sites as much as I could, I spent copious amounts of time on social media sites, and I never felt like I could stop for a breath.
So, while I love the idea of this site as one collected spot for posts that might (hopefully!) help you in your real life at home, I also have great hope for one central site being something that might bring me a little more sanity and benefit my real life at home (which has kind of turned into a mess).
This is not a site for people who are perfect and have their act together all the time.
This is a site for real life at home. It’s a place where I’ll offer practical tips and advice, share experiences, attempt to make you laugh now and then, share awesome posts in the homeschooling section from the former Homeschool Classroom writers, and even share all kinds of different free printables. Score!
I can’t wait for this exciting new adventure and to share it with all of you!
What’s that? You want to connect with me other places too?
Great! I’d love that!
- Subscribe to Real Life at Home. (Click through to see all of the choices for subscriptions, including daily or weekly, as well as the choice to subscribe to just particular topics from the site, such as only homeschooling posts.)
- Pinterest (My favorite social media site!)
- If you’re just interested in Catholic printables, you can follow the Catholic Printables Online Facebook page.
- Email me