APR
14
2014

FREE Parenting Webinar with Amy McCready!

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Good morning parents! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together we will be hosting a FREE LIVE parenting webinar on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM, EST. For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She is a regular on The Today Show and has appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, MSNBC, in The New York Times and more.   What’s the Webinar About? Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling (And who couldn’t use some help in that area right!?) I’ve hosted this seminar before and had several requests to repeat it since many of you were unable to attend. And quite honestly, it’s a good refresher for me as … [Read more...]

APR
10
2014

Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

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  Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull out the leftovers, stuff them into burritos and heat! It’s a great way to use up the leftovers but make it seem like a whole new meal! But if you need to take the long way…the directions for the insides are at the bottom of this post! Ingredients: 4-5 Cooked and shredded chicken breasts 2 cups Spanish Rice 2 cups Refried beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. milk Tortillas of your choice. I like the small corn tortillas, just heat in a warm skillet for about 30 seconds each side. Optional: Toppings of your choice, we use sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce. Maybe a little hot sauce if we’re feeling crazy ;o)   Directions: Spray a casserole dish … [Read more...]

APR
07
2014

Homeschooling 101: First Day of School

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Storage Solutions and  Organization. And today we’re going to talk about the inevitable FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!   Once your curriculum is ordered, lessons are planned, the work area is organized and ready, it’s time to start school! Typically students and teachers are excited for the first day and it’s no different in your homeschool. To help foster our excitement I let students help to set up the school room, purchase supplies, and organize their work area. Once it’s officially time to start school, everyone is excited and ready to go! Some people like to start school on a Wednesday, so they’re only doing three days the first week, then break for the weekend, and then start in on Monday with a full week of lessons. I typically start on Monday, but keep the first day light and fun. Remember, there is not one “right” way to homeschool, and what works for one … [Read more...]

MAR
31
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Storage Solutions

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Student Organization. And today we’re going to talk about homeschool storage solutions and a few extra things too!     Student Work Long Term Storage. The records you are required to keep will be determined by your state requirements. Most states do not make you keep everything for each year. However, many will request an attendance sheet showing hours and days completed for each student. Some states will also require a list of curriculum used each year as well. Find out what your state laws are before you delve into the practice of storing all of your student’s work. You’ll find that it adds up quickly and many of us don’t have the storage space required to keep all of everything over the years. For the time being, I have chosen to keep our work for my own fond memories. I also have a hard time throwing out a full year’s worth of sweat and tears! So for … [Read more...]

MAR
28
2014

April 2014 Monthly Menu Plan

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Hi everyone! I hope you are enjoying 2014! We’ve only got a few months left of school, then we’re out for summer! Yay! .   So today I have another monthly meal plan for you. I hope these are helping you to keep your days a little more organized and stress free! I don’t change my meals up too much, but the plan helps me stay on budget when grocery shopping. It also helps me avoid ordering out for dinner, or heading out for lunches. I normally shop once a week either on the weekends on on Mondays. That way we have all of our needed ingredients for the week’s menu plan. I also do my best to stay to my shopping list so I don’t go over budget or come home with a lot of extras I didn’t intend on buying. Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 April Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 April monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) Here are some of our yummy smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

MAR
24
2014

Homeschooling 101: Student Organization

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  Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Teacher Organization, so today we’re going to talk student organization!   Organize Student Daily Workload Most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file folders, accordion files, or whatever else fits your needs. See a workbox video tutorial here. Here is a close up of my Vika Alex Drawer Units $79.00. There are only 5 drawers in these, so right now we’re putting two subjects in a couple of the bottom drawers. Using this organizational system, you will keep everything needed for one subject into each drawer, file folder, or whatever organizer you choose. That way … [Read more...]

MAR
18
2014

Kid friendly Green Smoothie Recipe

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  Hi everyone! I’ve posted several of our smoothie recipes before, and today I wanted to share my kid friendly Green Smoothie recipe! We’re always experimenting with smoothies here, and we drink them almost every morning. Turbo is our resident smoothie expert, and since we drink them frequently he’s been working out a recipe that tastes both great for kids and makes mama happy! This recipe is a nice bright green color which I’ve found helps when convincing kids to drink something that is good for them.   So let’s get started shall we?   Ingredients: 2 cups Fresh spinach leaves 2 cups water 3 cups combination of frozen mango & pineapple chunks 1 banana, peeled Optional: 1/2 lemon The above recipe is one we’ve decided is our favorite, but really you can make your own combination. Here is a handy chart to help you out. If you’re trying to get kids to drink these, I recommend starting out with the ratio below. Having more fruit than … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2014

Homeschooling 101: Teacher Organization

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you! Last time around we discussed Gathering Curriculum, so today we’re going to talk about what to do with it!   Organizing all of those fun school supplies is my favorite part of homeschooling. Preparing your school area is not only fun, but also a wonderful way to start the year. Kids will get excited about the prospect of a new year, and you as the teacher will rest comfortably knowing that your school area is organized and ready! Prepare Your School Area: There are tons of different ways to homeschool, and with it are just as many places to homeschool. Some families do school in the kitchen, some at the library, and some outside if the weather allows. Some people even have a room or specific area of the home dedicated to homeschooling. Whatever the Lord has blessed you with; make the most of your space. You can see our homeschool room in my updated Homeschool Room Tour Wherever you … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2014

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Today I have a treat for anyone looking for less stress, more sleep, and a restored passion for life. So I’ll just assume that probably includes everyone on this planet. With the exception of our cat. He has no stress. Unless you count moving from the bed, to a sunlit spot, and back to the bed again in the evening. But technically he’s not a person…so… For the rest of you all reading this post, today I’m talking about Crystal Paine’s new book “Say Goodbye to Survival Mode”. In her new book Crystal shares some much needed practical ideas to help you get a big picture perspective to help you live your life on purpose! Disclosure: I received this book for review and giveaway on my blog. All of the opinions expressed in this post are mine and were not influenced by the company or the free product provided. “In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Conventions

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The season is upon us everyone! Homeschool Convention season that is! That’s right, all of the amazing homeschool curriculum vendors meet up to display and share all of their materials. There are usually workshops taught on various homeschooling topics by wonderful speakers to help you get started on your journey. And many even offer used sales areas for people to come and sell their used curriculum at a bargain rate! You know that’s where I get most of my materials! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post for you, and today we’re talking about how to get through a homeschool convention in style! Or at least with all your hair and sanity still intact.   Homeschool Conventions: Here are a few of my favorite  Homeschool Conventions. I can’t say enough good things about the people who put on these conventions. They pick wonderfully inspiring speakers, and really go out of their way to create a great experience for both new and veteran homeschoolers! They’re … [Read more...]