Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Our Thankful Tree 2015

Every year for the last 5 or 6 years we have had some version of a "Thankful Tree". Last year we actually skipped the actual version and did a journal instead so this year I was eager to return to the beautiful eye candy of a Thankful Tree.

Something about writing your blessings down makes me happy. I love seeing my children search their heart to write what they are thankful for and hanging it for everyone to see.

This year we went with a very basic version and I bought tags at AC Moore for us to write on.

If you have never done a Thankful Tree you should try to start one next year. It is a wonderful tradition!

Here are somethings we are thankful for:



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Reading/Spelling Polar Bear Pack Freebie

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My family loves All About Learning Press. We have used it for many, many years and this year we are using All About Reading Level 2 with our smallest son.

I always look forward to seeing all the wonderful freebies that All About Learning Press offers and the newest freebie is just adorable! 

Go here and check it out! 

Your receiving a $10 value FREE.

The Polar Bear Pack is a 30 page packet of polar-bear themed reading and spelling activities.



Trim Healthy Mama GGMS Recipe

I get tired of drinking water sometimes. I do not do juice, soda or coffee and sometimes feel limited.

I've posted a few times about Trim Healthy Mama (THM) and what it is helping my family with.

Today I want to share my favorite drink recipe with ya.

It is super easy and super good for ya!

In the THM cookbook there is a recipe for Good Girl Moonshine, I have took that and altered to make it mine!

Makes 32 ounces and I mix in a canning jar: 

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar (with the mother)
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp cherry extract
3 doonks Pure Stevia
Fill jar with ice
Then fill jar with water

Now your ready to enjoy your sweet, tasty Good Girl Moonshine!!!

It is my favorite variation yet. I have tired strawberry, orange, peppermint and even just drunk it plain but this is my go to every day.

Easy and very healthy for you.

Give it a try and no special ingredients!


Saturday, November 14, 2015

You Can Only Homeschool If...

Here you will learn the 10 basics of what you have to do in order to homeschool your children: 

1. Mom you must wear a denim jumper. Every day because that is what is expected, right?

2. Parents be prepared because your going to be the only friends your children have. After all you know we keep them locked up.

3. You have super human patience. Unless you have this you will fail miserably. 

4. You have to buy or own a Honda. It is just the rules.

5. Your family must have more than one child because you can't educate just one child at a time. Come on everybody  knows that.

6. Your children must love lego's like it is the only toy in the world.

  7. When your not wearing that denim jumper you have to be in a skirt. Period.

8. You must live on a farm because all homeschoolers must grow/raise their own food. To go buy food at the store is just wrong.

9. You only are allowed to go to the library anywhere else you go will be held against you. Trust me.

10. You can only purchase and teach with Abeka or Bob Jones curriculum. They are the only two publishers that exist.

Hope you enjoyed my worldly view on these topics. 

I don't know about you but I get so sick of what "everyone else thinks" we homeschoolers look like.

Happy Homeschooling.


Weekly Wrap Up (9,10,11,12 & 13) LOL

Ok, so I have totally neglected writing about how our week has went. My Fridays are full throttle, Saturdays are too and then we get to Sunday and I am finally able to rest and I do not touch the computer at all normally. 

So I haven't completed a weekly wrap up in 5 weeks! Yikes.

Here goes so hold on.

We have been busy, very, very  busy. Homeschoolers have things to do - right?

Coop finished and my children loved it because this Fall's theme was Hands On Science. I posted some of the experiments that we had tried in the class I taught a few weeks ago. 

The weather has been nasty but finally we saw the SUN SHINE again! My children have enjoyed playing outside greatly.

We started practicing for our church Christmas play!

Kyle has completed a long study on World Religions. We are exploring a little deeper into some of them. He has also started getting exposure to writing reports on the computer. He is still doing really well with driving. I do not like allowing him to drive in the rain, going to have to work on that. He also is getting tired of all the hands on science projects/labs that he is doing this year so I told him we could mix it up with some lapbooking or research papers on science topics. The only snag we have hit really is math, Algebra 1 is interesting to say the least. We will get through it.

Alexis completed her Spelling You See book 1 finally! That sucker is big. She loves that set and that makes me happy because it is so much more than spelling or writing! She wanted to buy some paint by number pictures a few weeks ago and I challenged her to take a picture of the ones she wanted and I would buy her canvases if she would try to paint her own! Well she has took the challenge and done wonderful with it! I am so happy and proud of her. She is going to get some supplies for Christmas.

Zachary has hit another hard spell with his reading. I tell ya dyslexia sucks! Little man has worked so hard and as a mother it is so difficult to watch them struggle when you see the effort they are trying their best to put forth. One day last week we had a really hard day, nothing was coming together and before I could say we need to stop the tears started. Needless to say we stopped, we told jokes and cuddled on the couch and then went out to get pizza for lunch. The highlight of Zachary's year was my dad giving him his own lawn mower and leaf blower last week. OH MY WORD the child has not went a day without using them yet. He has loved every moment of having his own. See my Zachary is a worker and he loves to keep busy.

Overall the only issues lately have been Kyle's math and Zachary's reading snags the last few weeks. 

Foster son has a lot of things going on right now too, I can't talk about them but they have been huge.

Hubby has 2 more weeks before completing his associates Christian Theology degree!! I couldn't be happier for him. He has worked super hard but that does mean he is stopping, As long as the Lord will allow him to go I think he will.

We are getting new chickens. Our other chickens (10) have started having some issues and I can't take it anymore. I do not want to buy store bought eggs and I am tired of feeding chickens that will not produce. I feel like I am going in the hole and we have tired everything. Therefore it is time to move on. We have 30 coming the first week of December.

I've done a ton of canning the last few weeks between deer meat and fresh greens.

I am loving this time of the year, Fall is my favorite! Hope you enjoy the season too.

Happy Homeschooling! 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Trim Healthy Mama { First 7 Weeks }

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I have posted several times within my weekly wrap ups about my new way of eating but I thought it would be a great idea to make a separate post about it because it has been that wonderful!

Trim Healthy Mama

Here are the books that help greatly however you could join in the Facebook group and learn all the facts too but to be more informed the books are a wonderful tool and the cook book is awesome! 

Trim Healthy Mama Plan & Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Have you heard of it?

I actually had heard of it several times but not until about 3 months ago did I really start looking and learning what it is.

Trim Healthy Mama is a team of sisters Pearl and Serene that is educating families (woman) about eating healthy and by doing that we are losing weight!

I will be totally honest here. I have never done a diet. I'm lazy. I do not like to exercise either so I don't.

Okay that is out of the way.

I have been having some issues with sugar and noticing the way that it made me feel and it was scaring me so much so I had several conversations with my husband and spoke to a doctor about it too.

Last year I took away all boxed items in our home. HUGE step in our home.

I do not drink caffeine - it doesn't like me very well and that too was an issue I had to speak to the Dr about.

I have been on IBS medicine for about 2 years and although I have took medicine my symptoms are still something I would fight on a normal basis.

I said all that to say - We needed a change. I wanted to try something to see if my issues would get worse or better or if it was just my body.

I've been walking almost 2 miles every day and if not I have been working out 30 minutes to varies dvds.

I have been following the plan laid out in Trim Healthy Mama.

No sugar and watching carbs - the bad white ones!

In no way shape or form have I been hungry at all on this *diet* BUT I MUST SAY THIS IS NOT A DIET, it is a way of life. It is a simple lifestyle change.

I've been doing well. I have had some challenges like not wanting to exercise, getting use to cooking with different ingredients.

My biggest challenge has been bread and potatoes but the cook book has helped me greatly to have healthy versions I can turn too.

I have lost 10 lbs already. Maybe that doesn't seem like much to you but it is HUGE to me.

I have went down one entire pant size and almost 2 shirt sizes!

I can't really tell a difference unless I look at pictures.

The scale actually didn't show anything for the first few weeks. Then it went to 3 lbs and I knew I had lost more than 3 because I had to have more pants! The scale will lie.

If you are in need of a lifestyle change I encourage you to take a look at Trim Healthy Mama.

I have had no stomach issues, I have stopped taking my IBS medication.

I have had only a few ups and downs with sugar but nothing like I was having before.

Give THM a try!

I love them and their products but you do not have to buy their products at all.