Messy Monday

It’s Monday Ya’ll!

It’s time to get on board the HOT MESS Express with me!

Let’s get real!  
In my book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step with God, I talk about the importance of not only sharing your wonderful homeschool days but to make sure we share our the crazy, messy, mixed up, awful homeschool days too.  Yep, that’s right! Post your beautifully messy lives too!

Social media is filled with perfect little families, perfectly completed lessons, and perfectly clean houses.   Don’t get me wrong,  these pictures can be very encouraging and very inspiring to see especially for a mom like me who struggles. But also we need to remember that even the most seasoned homeschooling moms have bad moments, bad days, and even bad months.

Sharing with other moms your good, bad, AND ugly is an opportunity to be real.  

  • It is an opportunity for growth.  
  • It is an opportunity to laugh at ourselves.  
  • It is an opportunity to ask for prayer.  
  • It might even be an opportunity to encourage a mom just like you who might be struggling with the same things you are.

⁣Check out today’s Coffee With Carrie IG post: I give you a real look at last week’s mess in our home!  Enjoy the piles of dirty cloths, unfinished school work, kitchen disasters, and desks covered in, well, all kinds of stuff.  (And you can thank me later for making you feel like a super mom after you see it!)

It’s Messy Monday, ya’ll!  Join me today!
Share your Monday messes in your IG stories and don’t forget to tag me @coffeewithcarrieconsultant so we can be hot messes together!

Be proud of your mess. It just proves that God isn’t finished with you yet. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Then make sure you listen to this week’s upcoming podcast.  It drops on Thursday morning. I talk more about the importance of being transparent and dangers of the comparison trap.

See you @ Instagram today!

Start the School Year Strong


The countdown has begun!  It is almost time to start the 2020-2021 school year.  Whether you are new to homeschooling or you have been homeschooling for years, you don’t want to miss this coffee break podcast.  In this week’s episode, we share simple and practical tips to help you prepare for this school year, how to focus on what is most important, and how to make your first day, your first week, and your first month of your school year a success.  It is the first episode in a 4 Part Series to help you start the year strong!start year strong podcast

  • Thursday, August 6th (Today):  Start the Year Strong
  • Thursday, August 13th:  Getting Organized & Simple Steps to a Successful Year
  • Thursday, August 20th:  A Good Homeschooling Day
  • Thursday, August 27th:  Your Ultimate Job Description

Some of the suggestions shared in this week’s podcast can be found in Chapter 8 of my new homeschooling book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God while I also share some of my favorite things our family has done at the beginning of each and every school year.  If you want to make sure you are following God’s plans for this coming school year, then join me for this special coffee break.

CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast “Start the Year Strong”

Subscribe to Carrie With Carrie Website and join our community, and we will send you as gift our “JUST BREATHE & Start the School Year Strong” Comprehensive Checklist!  CLICK HERE to subscribe.

To purchase Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God, go to
To view or share our book trailer, go to our YouTube Channel.

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It’s a COFFEE DATE Release Party!

AUGUST 1ST, 9:00 AM (PT)

book release imageYou are invited to join Carrie and some of her friends to celebrate the release of her new book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee): Homeschool in Step With God.  

At the LIVE Online Book Release Party,  Carrie will share her new book, play a few games, give away a ton of prizes, do a brief Homeschooling Q & A session, acknowledge some very important people, and hear from a few members of the book launch team.

All are welcome but you do need to RSVP at our EventBrite Page and register to get the  special ZOOM link.

You come with your favorite cup of coffee, and we will bring the prizes, the conversation, and the fun!


 ☕️  Copies of Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee) book

 ☕️  Pound of Fresh Coffee Beans & “Saved by Grace & Fueled by Coffee” coffee mug

 ☕️  Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Gift Cards and Starbucks Gift Cards

 ☕️  Amazon Gift Cards

 All who attend will be entered into the drawing for a FREE copy of the book, Just Breathe (and Take a Sip of Coffee):  Homeschool in Step with God.

 Winners of the Homeschool Trivia Game and Coffee Mug Selfie Contest will win one of the other Giveaway Prizes. 

☕️   **To Enter the Coffee Mug Selfie Contest, take a selfie holding your favorite coffee mug or teacup.  Post it on your personal FB page, tag Carrie De Francisco,  use the #justbreathesipcoffee, and mention the book by name in your post.  You know I love coffee humor, so if you have a witty coffee comment, add that too!*** ☕️



Saturday, August 1st, 2020

Paperback can be purchased at or ordered from your favorite bookstore.

Kindle Version can be pre-ordered.

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img_1221.jpegA FREE GIVE AWAY!  In the spirit of the holidays, we will be giving away Carol Joy Seid’s Homeschool Made Simple DVD and a $25 gift card to Amazon!  For my CA friends, we are also giving away one COMPLIMENTARY registration to our special weekend for homeschooling moms in Pasadena on March 27th & 28th!

To put your name in the drawing, visit our Instagram account (IG):

  1. “Like” today’s “Black Friday Freebie” post and leave a comment.
  2. Tag a friend (or two) in your comment.
  3. Follow us on IG.
  4. Repost in your IG or FB story
  5. Subscribe to our website and “Join our Community” @  

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We will draw the lucky winner tomorrow on Small Business Saturday at our IG account, Coffeewithcarrieconsultant, so don’t put it off!  I will contact the lucky winners by IG DM to get your email and preference for give away delivery.

Getting Social!

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Coffee with Carrie is now on INSTAGRAM!

You can find us @coffeewithcarrieconsultant. On IG, we post daily words of encouragement, mini devotionals, book recommendations, curriculum ideas, and humorous points to ponder.  We will also continue to post on our website bi-monthly blog articles filled with encouragement, teaching tips, and updates on our special weekend for homeschooling moms.

Join us at IG @coffeewithcarrieconsultant!  Follow us and join the fun every day!