FEB
01
2016

Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling days!     We’ve all done it, bought something or tried something new that just doesn’t work out. So what do you do with it? Do you tough it out for the rest of the  year, or let it go? What about the cost of the curriculum? Certainly we don’t want to be wasteful with our money, or curriculum. Find out my opinions on switching curriculum mid-year, and how I recuperate any lost money in the process!   Check out today’s Tip Tuesday video on Switching Curriculum Mid-Year to find out more!     I hope today’s Tip Tuesday helps to encourage you on your homeschooling journey! If you have a tip to share, or want to have me do a Tip Tuesday on a topic, make sure to leave … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2016

A Homeschooling Mom’s Daily Schedule

Hi everyone, have you ever wondered how I do it all? How I homeschool, work from home, and keep up with daily life? Well, I think the last time I posted about our daily schedule was about 4 years ago, so I thought maybe it was time for an update! Ya think? LOL!     While each day can bring on a chaos of its own, we do have a basic routine that we try to stick to. Obviously things don’t always run smoothly around here, and some days are crazier than others. But I like to at least have a basic guideline to get me through the day. As most of you already know, we homeschool. For me that’s like my full time job, and I do my best to focus solely on school during those hours. I also work from home on my blog, creating YouTube content, and I create homeschool curriculum as well as free printables.  Those all take up quite a bit of time, so without some planning I’d never be able to get those things done! I try to view that as a part-time job and have to plan work … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2016

Tip Tuesday: Beat the January Blahs!

Hey guys, I’ve been wanting to do some Tip Tuesday type videos for you for awhile now, and I’m finally getting around to it! I think it’s nice to do these in video format because I can just sit down and talk to you all which makes it a little more personal.     I don’t know about you all, but our January has been ho-hum in the back to school sense, and after my instagram post showing our first day back after the break, I’m guessing some of you have been experiencing the same thing! Well, don’t worry fellow homeschoolers, you are NOT alone! We’ve been homeschooling for about 9 years now, and honestly the new year is always kind of a let down after the fun holiday break. Everyone is tired, and no one really wants to do school, including me! But considering school isn’t optional in our state, I wanted to share some of my tips for beating the January Blahs. Check out my Beating the January Homeschool Blahs video below for some helpful tips and tricks to get your … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2016

2015-2016 Mid-Year Curriculum Review

Hi everyone! We’ll we’re about half way through our 2015-2016 homeschool year, and I thought I’d do a mid-year review for you all since we’ve made a few alterations. For the most part I’m happy with what we’ve chosen this year. And I think we did good as far as balancing teacher led, with student independent work as well. But we have changed up a few things as needed. So here’s what we chose for the year and what we like or dislike, and whether or not we’ll stick with it for next year!   Miss Lady Bug: 1st Grade   So after going through our day, I realized that I loaded up Miss Lady Bug’s schedule pretty full. As a matter of fact it is almost too full, so we did drop some things to make it easier for her to get through her day, and make her schedule a little more realistic for what she’s able to handle right now. She’s still doing everything with the exception of my Literature units, & handwriting. I had planned to use my Lit. units as … [Read more...]

JAN
07
2016

January–December 2016 Weekly Planner

Hi everyone! I have a fun new planner for you all today! It’s my new 2016 Weekly Planner layout! I actually created this for myself, and thought I’d share it with you as well. Even though I’m a homeschooler, I’m also a work-at-home mama, and then we have all of our personal commitments so I really wanted a planner that I could use for everything. In past years I’ve used a separate blog planner to keep track of work stuff, but I was also carrying around a planner for our daily activities, my iPhone to help remind me of things, and sticky notes to remind myself of things to pick up or to do. Obviously with a family of 6 that just isn’t working very well. So I created my own weekly planner that has spots for everything, so I can hopefully track it all in one place! I’ll show you how I intend to use the planner below, but I’ve left most of the spots blank so that you can customize it to fit your needs too. The planner comes with a 2016 & 2017 yearly overview, along with a monthly … [Read more...]

DEC
27
2015

January 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

What in the world happened to 2015? Is anyone else wondering that? I think I have to start paying better attention, because 2015 seriously slipped by me. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the things that went on for the COAH household in 2015, honestly it was hard remembering everything and I had to look back at my Facebook and Instagram to see what we did LOL! The kids are all one year older which makes me sad. I wish they could stay babies forever, but at the same time it’s been fun having older kiddos around too. Strawberry Shortcake turned 12, and will be 13 at the end of this January, Tinker Bell turned 9,  Turbo turned 11, and Miss Lady Bug made her debut as a 7 year old! We’ve successfully completed 2 years of homeschooling in the new house. And I think I finally have our school room set up in a functional and mostly organized manner. We lost one of our border collies to cancer, then had to put the other one down due to old age this past … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2015

December 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Good morning everyone! It’s finally December, and that mean’s it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you already know that I love Christmas time. I love driving around and enjoying all of the twinkle lights, sledding, snow fort building, and hot chocolate drinking If you live anywhere near us, you’re also getting to enjoy snowy evenings by the fire. And if you’re like me, then you’re also standing outside in the snowy cold night waiting for your new puppy to go potty. It’s seriously a good thing he’s cute! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve already met him, but I’d still like to officially introduce you to our newest family member, Bandit. He’s was originally named Cosmo after "Cosmo’s moon" in the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage. I saw it years ago, and when I saw him I start singing… “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore” I also used it as a selling point for … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2015

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Hey guys! I have a delicious new recipe to share with you today! As most of you know, I’m a big meal planner. Mainly because if I don’t plan our meals, then we don’t eat. Trying to figure out what to make at the end of a busy homeschool day doesn’t usually go well, and since we’re usually running to sports in the afternoons it can get hectic. So a good plan is essential! So is an easy and good dinner, that everyone likes! I recently tried this recipe from my mom, and everyone enjoyed it, so I thought I would share it with you too! And there are two ways to make this one. The long way…and the fast way. Both are good! Ingredients: (Long way) 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 - 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 - 14 ounce can low sodium chicken broth 1 1/3 cups half and half 3 tablespoons dry sherry (Optional, we skipped this and it was still yummy!) 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1 4/ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground … [Read more...]

NOV
08
2015

2016 Day Planner

Hey guys! It’s that time again…time for a fresh new planner with tons of possibilities! Presenting the 2016 Daily Planner. You can use this to plan your homeschooling days too, but it was designed to be more like a home organizer/day planner.   Included in this planner: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc. This planner runs from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.   It also has weekly  calendar pages to help you plan out all aspects of your day, including a quick glance meal plan at the bottom of each day. There’s also a weekly meal planner with more room, so you’re welcome to use whichever fits your needs best! And of course there are also the monthly meal planner pages that … [Read more...]

AUG
27
2015

September 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Greetings readers! In our neck of the woods it’s officially back-to-school time! And for me that means I have about 5 minutes of free time a day. Which means I don’t have that much time to think about or plan meals for our family. And with 6 people in the clan eating out all of the time isn’t exactly budget friendly. Or healthy for that matter. So, you’ve probably guessed by the title, it’s time for my monthly meal plan! I can’t tell you how much sanity this plan saves me during school time. I tend to fall off of my meal plan band wagon over the summer just because we’re always doing different things. And I’m a lot more flexible with my time. Which means I have time to cook, run to the store here and there, and so I make whatever sounds good. But as soon as school & sports start back up I have zero time to be worrying about meals. So that means that I need something I can just hang in the kitchen that will tell me what to do each day. Kind of like my homeschool curriculum. So … [Read more...]