Contact & About


I’m Cindy…writer, creator, and outside-the-box mom. This site is dedicated to encouraging and empowering parents who homeschool their outside-the-box children.

Life as a Rinnagade began in June 2012, received a makeover and a slight name change (MY Life as a Rinnagade) in April 2014, and finally became Cindy in February 2017.

I’m a homeschool mom to four lovely and very outside-the-box children. Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, ADHD and dyslexia are all a part of our homeschool adventure.

Here’s the whole gang …

Yes, yes we need an updated family picture (that sweet baby is now three!) but it’s better than nothing 😉

You might be wondering…what exactly is outside-the-box?

Things that work for typical children just don’t seem to work for outside-the-box kids. They may struggle with academics. They may be supremely gifted in academics. They may be a highly sensitive or high needs child. They may be a little immature for their age and have trouble in social situations. They may have difficulties with emotions and relationships. Or they may have a formal diagnosis like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, SPD, ODD or OCD.

I understand what it feels like to be completely overwhelmed and I know what it feels like to go at this alone. There is not a lot of support out there for homeschooling families with outside-the-box children. My goal is to change that.

If you want to come along for the ride, you can sign up for my newsletter here:

Where to start

20 random facts about me

  1. I am slightly obsessed with Target, reading, decaf coffee, children’s literature, Charlotte Mason & Dr. Sears
  2. I have a B.A. in Writing (no, not journalism or English…Writing. This is a real thing)
  3. My life verse is Psalm 18:16-19 because it happened to me.
  4. Tetris and Dr. Mario are the only video games I’ll play
  5. When I was a child, my mom watched so many musicals that I thought people from the past really danced around in the streets and randomly broke out in song
  6. I would be lost without my Kitchenaid Mixer
  7. My favorite color is green
  8. I actually enjoy doing laundry; it feels like I went shopping when I’m  done
  9. My favorite sport is tennis
  10. I adore clean countertops and dream of them often
  11. I sew almost every Sunday
  12. Our family verse was the first thing we ever memorized in our homeschool
  13. I have two raised gardens
  14. I have a published non-fiction book, a published poetry book, an unfinished novel, and an index card stack full of “upcoming projects”
  15. I have wanted a white house with a wraparound porch since I was 10-years-old which is part of the reason I agreed to move south when my husband brought it up (but we don’t live in one)
  16. I love highlighting off my to-do list…like, a physical one with paper and highlighter
  17. My favorite day of the week is Thursday, stemming from my college days of watching “Friends”, getting Chinese food, and having no class on Friday
  18. I love Fried Green Tomatoes (the movie, book, and food…in that order)
  19. My kids and I have poetry and tea time on a weekly basis
  20. I love having a reason to get dressed up but somehow can’t manage to make it out of yoga pants at this stage in my life

For business inquiries…

I am currently accepting the following collaborations:


If after visiting my blog you think we’d make a good team, please email me at cindyrinna at cindyrinna dot com.

For personal inquiries…

Is there something you’d like to talk about more in depth?

Feel free to email me at cindyrinna at cindyrinna dot com. While I do read every email that comes through, I am unable to respond to every one.

To stay in touch, make sure to subscribe via email before you go and connect with me through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+. You can email me at cindyrinna at cindyrinna dot com.

But first leave me a comment, because I’d love to get to know you better.


  1. Amber Crow | 5th Oct 15


    I see your blog charges $2.05 for a sponsored post on IZEA. I represent 10 brands over at (IZEA’s Competitor) that will pay that and want to work with you. Can you sign up for, enter in how much you charge, and then email me back so I can introduce you to the brands?

    Amber Crow
    7204 W 27th St. Suite 220 St. Louis Park MN 55426

  2. Cindy | 27th Aug 14

    Thanks so much, Lynsey! It took me two years to even get one up… :). Great to meet you, too!

  3. Lynsey @MoscatoMom | 19th Aug 14

    HA! Best About Page Ever! So sweet! Nice to “meet” you!

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