About Me

Hello and welcome to Be Simply Better.  

I hope you stay awhile and enjoy.

  about me:

  • I am an engineer turned stay at home mommy.   Being home with my daughter is the hardest, most challenging and best-est job ever.  She brings joy to my days and I love getting to be with her.
  • I not only drank the homeschool kool-aid....but the unschooling as well.  We are living our lives, exploring this world and learning through living!  It is so exciting, everyday is a new adventure and we can't wait to get up and investigate our curiosities.
  • My husband and I met in college, we fell-in-love over calculus.  He is my other half, and I thank God everyday that he is in my life.  We were married in May of 2003, and moved to Michigan to begin our engineering careers.
  • We were blessed to both find jobs, and work at the same plant.  The only downside was shift work.  For the first 3 years of marriage I worked 6AM - 3PM and he worked 9PM-6AM (and most weekends).
  • When we finally got onto a similar schedule, it was like we were newlyweds all over again.  We had lived together, but didn't know how to live together...it was an adjustment!
  • We  moved back to Missouri (where we went to college, and I grew up) in 2009.  Being close to family and friends was awesome.


Fun facts about me....

  • I have a love hate relationship with cooking.  I like to eat yummy food, but I don't like to do dishes or stand on my feet for hours just to eat a few bites of food.
  • I've been Keto since July 2016 and love being off carbs!  Hubby and I both lost weight and have tons of energy.  I love feeding my family whole nutritious foods that are locally grown.
  • I love to read.  I will try almost any book (as long as it's not scary).  Self-help, cookbooks, organization, romance, historical, but my favorites are teen fantasy; big changes, romance and saving a world from destruction! .
  • I enjoy HGTV.  As a family we like to do home improvement projects.  At the beginning of 2012 we took a wall out between our kitchen and dinning room.  In 2013 we gave our kitchen a very cheap but beautiful face-lift.  2016 we started renovating or Farmhouse and ready to bring it into the 21st century! Follow along on Instagram (@myozarkhomestead). 
About Be Simply Better:

I created be Simply Better to encourage and inspire others, all the way back in 2011. 

It has shifted focus over the years.  Now I'm happy to be helping other homeschoolers, who are looking for a relaxed method and still love to plan!

Please check out my books and see if they would be a good fit for your family.  What I make through book sales keeps this little blog going.

This blog should be a happy place where you can come to find hope.  I hope you sign up for the newsletter and check back with us often. 


Leslie Monroe


  1. I just wanted to tell you how much I am enjoying your site - I'm so glad I found it!

    1. Stephanie, thank you so much :) really you have made my day with your encouragement!

  2. Hi! I found you at the Faithfully Parenting linky. I like your 3 areas of focus! I'd love to follow you and learn more!

    1. Sylvia, I'm so glad you want to follow! In the top right corner you can type your email in and get updates. So many blessings, trying to focus on what matters and keep it simple. God bless you.


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