AUG
13
2014

eMeals Kid-friendly meal plans

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Hi everyone! As most of you know, I put up a monthly meal plan for you all each month. But even I get bored with my own meals sometimes. And I was really excited to see that eMeals has put up a new kid-friendly recipe plan which is great for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner meals! And if you sign up for eMeals their plans you can get 20% using code SCHOOL along with a FREE back-to-school Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 2 power breakfast recipes, 2 lunch box recipes, 1 weeknight dinners, 2 after school snacks, and 1 yummy dessert! {Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission whenever a product is purchased through these links.} One of my favorite meals is their Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups! And here’s the recipe courtesy of eMeals just to get you going for back-to-school! Pre Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins   Ingredients: 8 slices bacon Mayonnaise 1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole 4 … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling an Only Child

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling an only child.   Sometimes when we think of homeschooling, we envision a larger family. But that’s just a stereotype; there are many families who  homeschool an only child. One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that homeschooling families are as diverse as the world we live in! Don’t be intimidated by the size of your family, large or small, you can homeschool if you are committed! Not only do you have the added benefit of truly being able to tailor your curriculum to your child, but your child will also benefit from one-on-one teaching. And since you only have one student, you’ll most likely find you can finish school a little faster than most which gives you a lot of opportunities to add in fun activities like field trips, and other hands on projects! It also gives you time to participate in other homeschooling groups which I’ll talk about below. I know … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2014

“The Best Yes” Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to share a new book with you all today. New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a fabulous new gem called The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and it’s all about finding your Best Yes. Many call this book “inspiring”.  I call it a necessity! As a homeschooler, mama, blogger, wife, Christian, daughter, business owner, and long time people-pleaser, it’s a game-changer for me.  And at a time when my life has been getting more and more hectic by the hour, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive an email from Lysa about her new book.   Here is a word from Lysa herself on why she wrote The Best Yes. And I agreed with every single one of her points! I know my kiddos are growing up fast, and I don’t want to miss out on the “sweet” parts of life or regret where my time went. I wrote this message because I need this message. I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling on a Budget

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I’m back today with another helpful Homeschooling 101 post.  We’ve talked all about getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, homeschooling through various grade levels, and today we’re talking about homeschooling on a budget.   Homeschooling is flexible in so many ways, and that includes budgetary concerns. There are many options for homeschooling on a budget. Here are some things to consider when creating a homeschooling budget: Curriculum (most likely the greatest expense) Testing Fees Printing or Copying Costs Building a Home Library School Supplies Extracurricular activities or lessons Annual State Conventions Technology Aids There are so many ways to save money and homeschool successfully. Below I’ve listed a few ideas to help get you started! Use your library Not only does the library have an expansive selection of materials, it can be successfully used to build an entire curriculum if you take the time. Along with books, … [Read more...]

JUL
29
2014

2014 August Monthly Meal Plan

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Say What!? Did you say “August”? O.M.G! Seriously? I had so many grand plans for summer. Being a dutiful homeschooler, I even got a bunch of curriculum to help keep my kids busy and educated. Which would’ve been nice if we’d been home to actually use it. Which we weren’t. So we didn’t. And now school’s getting ready to start. I want to know what happened to my summer? Did anyone see it? Because I blinked the other day, and I think I must’ve missed it! Anyhoo… I honestly can’t believe I’m posting this today, but yes it’s time for an August meal plan!   Download the 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I hope this helps all you homeschooling warriors who are getting ready to head back into battle for another year! For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2014

Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

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Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook: I'm mixing pages from my elementary and preschool notebook this year so she can write her own calendar numbers. Art: World’s Greatest Artists 2 and See the Light Art DVDs Phonics/Reading:  K4 Curriculum, Abeka K5 Letters & Sounds, Phonics Road Level 1 (A new product we’re reviewing!) Logical Thinking: Abeka K5 Think and Learn Math: Math U See Primer & Spielgaben Bible: Picture Smart Bible (Trying new this year), Grapevine Traceable Units P.E.: Family Time Fitness Other: We will be doing The Middle Ages by Homeschool in the Woods this year, and the Teeny Tot will be participating in the fun crafts and activities that go along with that, though she won’t be expected to do any … [Read more...]

JUL
23
2014

One Pan Pasta Dinner

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Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had me at “one pan”! So today I have a one pan pasta dish for all of you busy parents out there!   So if you have about 15 minutes to spare, then stick with me people and you’ll also have dinner ready too!   One Pan Pasta: 12 ounces linguine 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (Or finely diced if you’re trying to hide them from your children.) 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 3 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 5 cups water 6 oz. tomato sauce … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2014

It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

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What better way to end my summer activities series than sharing that today is… 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY! For those of you who don’t know, on July 11th, the 7/11 convenience stores give out free kids size Slurpee's all day! This photo is from a couple of years ago, but rest assured we’ll be heading out today to get our free Slurpee today too! It’s actually the only day of the year we get these (I know I’m a horrible mama LOL), so the kids are always excited when July 11th rolls around ;o)   I hope you all have a great weekend, and get to enjoy a free icy treat with your family! … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2014

Homeschooling 101: Kindergarten & Elementary

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Make it fun! Elementary years can be an exciting time. Students at this age are eager to learn new things, but might also start to become reluctant when things start to get harder. With homeschooling you have the flexibility to take subjects that might otherwise be somewhat boring, and turn them into hands-on type activities that make the learning process much more exciting and memorable. Now that your student has entered into elementary school, you will need to check with your state laws regarding curriculum, subject requirements, testing, and any other regulations that might be relevant to your area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take the opportunity to make it fun. With a little bit of planning, you can add in relevant hands on projects, lap booking, note booking, field trips, science experiments, and anything else … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2014

July 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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We’re in full swing of summer and enjoying every minute of it! I have to say it’s been a little hectic though so I’m still wondering when the actual relaxation part of summer will hit! Since I don’t like to have to think a lot during summer time I made up another Monthly Meal Plan for you. I hope it’s helping you get your meals planned, and relieving a little bit of stress from your day too!   Download the 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 July  Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to a recipe.   Since you always ask, here are some of our smoothie recipes, just click on an image below for a fabulous recipe! … [Read more...]