Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made:
You know Lydia and I ... we've been in the kitchen.  Today is actually our final day of the school year so I baked chocolate chip zucchini muffins for breakfast (a family favorite) and we're trying a new ice cream recipe: fresh mango!  It should be good.  I sampled a little.  :-)

What I'm Reading:
I just finished Atlas Girl that was the bookmarks selection this month.  So good.  A little quirky, a little off timeline... but good... like deep thinking good.

What I'm Doing:
This is our first weekend without baseball.  I almost don't know what to do with myself.  But today, we're celebrating the end of the school year.  And this weekend, we plan on doing some hiking to some waterfalls.  I'm excited.

What I'm Watching:
Not a whole lot really... Oh, I've been watching old episodes of Little People, Big World.  I haven't watched that show in years, but got sucked back in so I went back several seasons and I've been binge watching.

What I'm Enjoying:
Homemade Ice Cream... good friends... cool evenings... 

What are you up to?



2017 May Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for May was Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga.

These are the books I read this month:


Are My Kids on Track by Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan-- See my review here.


What We Read With The Kids:


On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder--  We are book #4 of the Little House series and the kids are soaking it up.  Especially my 5 year old; he loves them!



Our suggested reading for May was Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga--  This book was so good.  Memoir written in rich language, Wierenga explores a life marred with imperfect people, an eating disorder, and trying to make sense of a loving God in an unlovable world.  Leaving home at a young age, Wierenga finds the love her life, but learns that battling her demons will follow her.  And when her mother is diagnosed with brain cancer and she's needed at home, those demons continue to follow along.  Written in a nonlinear, quirky, thought provoking way, Atlas Girl discovers that sometimes the last place you want to be is the place that will heal you.  Meant to be read slowly and savored, Atlas Girl is a great book for gaining deep perspective.

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga.

Also don't forget to come back on June 30th as we discuss Sacred Parenting by Gary Thomas.

Friday, May 19, 2017

May Homeschool Favorites



Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

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Weekend Links












This Week:

What I Made:  The kids had a baking presentation at school last week and King Arthur Flour sent home baking kits with them.  Each kid baked at least one loaf of bread to share with a local charity and then a baking project of their choice.  Each one was so different.  Josiah baked bread to have with pasta one night, Lydia made rolls for Mother's Day dinner, and Noah made cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  It was nice to take the time to bake one on one with each kid.  And I'm seeing how quickly they'll be taking over the kitchen.

What I'm Reading:  I've been reading a wonderful Amish adventure by Beverly Lewis set at the ocean.  It's entitled Ebb Tide and is reminding me how much I love the coast.  I'm also reading 2-3 chapters a day in Atlas Girl for May's book club selection.  Very deep.  But simply beautiful.

What I'm Doing:  Oh, this weekend I'm on a scrapbooking getaway with my mom.  What a wonderful way to cap off celebrating Mother's Day this month.  So we're scrapping the weekend away and enjoying some rest and relaxation.  

At the same time, I'm missing my boys' baseball games on Saturday and that makes me sad.  The season is nearly over and I realize that they're growing so fast.  This days are going to fly by and as much as I wish some of the days away, I ache for them to last.

I also broke a month long sugar fast this week.  I was fasting from Easter to Mother's Day and it really helped reset my cravings.  So I'm hoping to successfully limit my sweets intact in the future.

What I'm Watching:  Season finales are happening, but one of our favorites has been watching Masterchef Jr.  We even let the kids stay up late and watch.  The judges are so good and encouraging with the kids and it's amazing to see the dishes they prepare.

What I'm Enjoying: Asiago cheese... roses... baseball season... smoothies... 

What are you up to?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Are My Kids On Track? {Review}


We track our children's physical growth with doctor check ups and percentages.  Vaccinations and vitamins are a regular part of the routine.  Their intellectual progress is tracked in the classroom and standardized tests.  But in terms of social, emotional, and spiritual growth, it can feel like we're stumbling in the dark.  What should be expect?  What's reasonable?  And how in the world do we get there?

These are the growth markers Goff, Thomas, and Trevathan tackle.  These three counselors identify and outline 12 key milestones in your child's social, emotional, and spiritual life.  These milestones include: 
  • Perspective
  • Empathy
  • Ownership
  • Identity
  • Mercy

Each milestone is identified, stumbling blocks for both boys and girls are explained, and hands-on practices are given.  And the end picture is inspiring.

However, the book in its entirety is quite overwhelming.  While reading through each chapter, it felt like everything I say and do with my kids is at critical mass.  Like the slightest word could tip them over the edge.  And while I do believe there's good material in this book, the authors seem to be overly critical and targeting parent's insecurities.  There's so much information and warnings to parents; the entire book become overshadowed with a negative tone.

All in all, the tone of this book outweighed any good it could do.  If you can read this book with a lot of wisdom and perspective, there are nuggets of truth to be mined.  Otherwise, I would pass on this book.  There are better parenting books out there.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: S is for Summer Learning Plans



Dance Mat Typing--
http://www.typing-games.org/a/learning/2010/0723/90.html

ABCYa (math, reading, and strategies for grades Pre-K through 5th):
http://www.abcya.com

Cool Math Games:
http://www.coolmath-games.com

Who Was Journal:
https://www.amazon.com/Who-Your-Name-Here-Story/dp/0448487152/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494908230&sr=8-1&keywords=Who+was+journal

Writing Prompts Journal Gr. 1-2:
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Sourdough Series:
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Lava Beds National Monument:
https://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm

Tule Lake Unit:
https://www.nps.gov/tule/index.htm

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This week we're talking about our summer learning plans.  We don't homeschool year round so we're going for a light summer learning schedule with plenty of fun activities, extra curricular opportunities, and some home ec.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab Letter S playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter T is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Weekend Links













This Week:

What I Made:  Oh, we've been busy this week.  We made muffins, humming bird food, "sea life" jello.... :-)  I love having kids who are interested in cooking.

What I'm Reading: I finally had a chance to pick up Atlas Girl, which is the May bookmarks selection.  Good so far, but I'm only a few chapters in.  Not the typical style of writing I go for, but good.

What I'm Doing:  We're hosting family this weekend.  My mom is in town for her birthday, and my in-laws are visiting to watch the boys play baseball.  So I'm spending the weekend in the baseball bleachers.  Planning on getting some time to prune my roses and firing up the grill.  

What I'm Watching:  We started the Friends season again and we're on Season 2.  Never gets old.  We've also been watching Master Chef Jr.  There's a kid in there from Sacramento so we've been cheering for him.  Amazing what these kids can create.

What I'm Enjoying:  Fajita salad... fresh fruit... smoothies... watching the kids play in the sprinklers... baseball season... Greek & Roman mythology... new friends at church...

What are you up to?

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: R is for Rev, Rumble, and Roar



 This week we're going to Rev, Rumble, and Roar with some of the businesses here in town... all while visiting our local library.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter R playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7FwY6p1R3M&list=PLdEwsx69jopsbqApM9znuavRNm4AwJjQu

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter S is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Lucky Few {Review}


Parenthood didn't come about as Josh and Heather Avis thought it would.  After struggling with infertility, the pair decided to travel the adoption road.  Despite the bumps in the road, Heather still had a very clear view of how her family would look. That is until an email from her adoption agency left her questioning everything.  Through an amazing turn of events, Josh and Heather ended up adopting Macy, a precious little girl with Downs Syndrome requiring open heart surgery, medications, and multiple therapies.  Not ones to back down from a challenge, they went on to adopt a second child, and later a third child, also with Downs Syndrome.  Through it all, Heather chronicles the ups and downs that not only created their family, but also ultimately found her in a deeper relationship with her Creator.

The Avis story is one of encouragement and truth.  From struggling through infertility, to managing birth family relationships, to waiting through two open heart surgeries, Heather Avis isn't afraid to tell the honest truth about the messiness of life.  Despite her parenting journey not playing out the way she planned, Avis is honest about the ups and downs of adoption, foster care, and special needs, all without coming off as angry or looking for sympathy.  Instead, she reminds the reader of how she was constantly pointed to the greater reality of our Lord, walking in faith, and the joy that comes from obedience.  The Lucky Few isn't just for those looking to adopt.  Rather it's a book for anyone trying to understand adoption, how to support families, and more broadly for those catching a glimpse into the Father's heart.  I couldn't put it down.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Homeschool Mom Tag// May 2017



Sharing the homeschool mom tag today.  This one was created by Rachel from Day2DayJoys and includes 10 questions.  Feel free to tag yourself or leave the answers to the questions in the comments.  Love learning and sharing with you all.

1. Were you homeschooled?

2. Did you always know you'd homeschool your children?

3. What are your three favorite books in your homeschool library?

4. Are you the only teacher?

5. What is your favorite place to buy curriculum?

6. Do you have a set budget for your homeschool?

7. What are your two must have homeschool supplies?

8. What are you favorite and least favorite subjects to teach?

9. Have you ever been a part of a co-op or homeschool group?

10. What is your homeschooling style?

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

One Second Every Day {April 2017}



April turned us from rain to sunny days.  We celebrated Easter, played with friends, got wrapped up in baseball season, and went to a classic car cruise.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: Q is for Q&A



 This week's I'm tackling some of your questions?  Will we have more kids?  Will we adopt again?  How do you camp with kids? and more!  Leave me any additional comments/questions below.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
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Homeschool ABC Collab Letter P playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter Q is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 2, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Speed Cleaning While Homeschooling/ Power Hour Cleaning {5/1/17}



 A little Monday Motivation for you.  Didn’t know I could complete so much in a Power Hour while homeschooling K, 4th, and 6th grades.  Some typical household chores, a few little projects, and getting dinner in the crockpot in those little blocks of time.

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5 Challenges to Take on with Your Kids

Summer is just around the corner.  I'm planning the last of our lessons and dreaming of days by the pool, homemade ice cream, and sleeping in.  Since we only have a few weeks of school left, we've been talking about what we want to do over the summer.  And while we've been creating our bucket list (to come soon), I've been thinking about ways I can intentionally spend time with the kids.  So these are 5 Challenges You Can Take On With Your Kids:

1. Book Club-- This would be a fun challenge with an older elementary student on up through high school.  Pick a book that you're both interested in and just start reading.  Set a deadline for yourselves of when you want to get together to discuss it.  Once a week or after you've finished... it's up to you.  Make your meetings fun with book themed snacks and drinks.  Talk about the characters, the setting, and what your child would do in various situations.  And don't be afraid to step outside your comfort zone with your book choice.  You may discover that your child has pretty good taste after all.

2. Fitness Challenge-- We all like to be active in our family.  Whether it's taking a bike ride, swimming, or jumping on the trampoline, we like to get our heart rate up.  So how fun would a summer fitness challenge be?  Maybe take a new class together, take on an abs & squats challenge, or sign up for a 5K together.  Or maybe yoga is your thing.  Try a kids' yoga challenge every morning.  Whatever it is, get up and get active with your kids.

3. Gratitude List-- The best thing for improving your outlook on life is being grateful.  We all have a tendency to loose sight of our blessings once in awhile.  So why not challenge yourself and your kids to be more grateful people.  How?  Pick up an inexpensive notebook and spend some time each day writing down your blessings.  Write about your thankful list at meals times or bed time.  Reflect back on your day and try to find a handful of things to be thankful for.  You'll be amazed at how quickly you can fill a notebook once you get started.

4. Kindness Challenge-- Trade names in your family and have secret friends.  Do something nice for your secret friend.  Do one of their chores, make their bed, or help them with their homework.  Try to do it secretly without being found out.  Or practice kindness in public.  Open a door for someone.  Give up your seat in church. Or encourage someone.  What can you do to practice random acts of kindness?  If you're doing this outside your family, share around the dinner table each evening.

5. Art Challenge-- Pinterest is full of art challenges.  How fun would it be to do a 30-Day art challenge with your kids?  Invest in some inexpensive sketch books, set the timer for 30 min, and just create away.  After 30 min, come back together and share your drawings.  If you want to, you can spend more time on the drawing later, but for now, just share what you have.  What a fun way to create together, encourage each other, and work on a new skill.

Whatever you decide to do with your kids this summer, be sure to do it together.  Stepping into a challenge together can be bonding, reassuring, and fun.  So embrace the lazy days of summer, and take on a challenge.

Which challenge most interests you?

Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekend Links











This Week:

What I Made:  It was a week of being in the kitchen working on school projects.  Lydia had to make Seminole-style hominey for history and we made sea jello cups for Josiah's science.

What I'm Reading:  I started a book called the Lucky Few for review.  It's one family's story of adoption and how they got there.  Fitting, huh?

What I'm Doing:  There's a classic car cruise this evening and the kids are super excited.  So we're going to go to that.  Saturday is filled with baseball games.  And I owe Josiah a Jamba Juice date for finishing his math book.

What I'm Watching:  I've been catching up on Once Upon A Time, and I'm terrified that they're going to cancel it.  It's so good, but it looks like it's headed into the direction of being over.

What I'm Enjoying:  some pre-lesson planning... astronomy... field trips... 

What are you up to?

2017 April Bookmarks

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*Bookmarks is an online book club hosted at Creative2xmom. Here we discuss the books we've read in the past month as well as the suggested reading. Our suggested reading for April was Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

These are the books I read this month:


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult-- Ruth, a labor and delivery nurse of over 20 years, has been taken off a patient's case through no fault of her own.  So what's her fault?  She's African-American and the baby is the son of a white supremacist.  When the baby goes into cardiac arrest, with only Ruth in the room, what will she do?  Will she act as a nurse?  Or simply walk away?  Told through the eyes of Ruth, the supremacist father, and her public defender, Small Great Things takes on the challenge of race in America.  Challenging and thoughtful, I agreed with some of it, disagreed with some of it, and came away with a lot to think about.


Love Unending by Becky Thompson--See my review here.

What We Read With The Kids:


A Dog's Life by Ann M. Martin--  This book was so sweet.  At times heartbreaking.  It reads as an autobiography as the dog tells about his various owners, good and bad.  And the adventures and misadventures of a stray.  Honestly, it was a horrible book for me to read 'cause now I want to go adopt all the strays at the shelter.


Our suggested reading for March was Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty--  Six adults and three children at a dinner party... what could go wrong?  Spend this book uncovering what exactly did happen at that dinner party and who's to blame.  But be careful with your guesses.  There may be more than one right answer.  If you've read many of these bookmarks posts you know that I love Liane Moriarty's books and this one is no exception.  It was a page turner for all 415 pages!  I couldn't put it down as my mind was racing to unravel this mystery of friendship, guilt and obligations.  Read it!

So what are your bookmarks this month?

Tell us in the comments about the books you're chewing on. Or link up a review from your own blog. Let's share the books we're finding, good and bad. And give us your thoughts on Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty.

Also don't forget to come back on May 26th as we discuss Atlas Girl by Emily T. Wierenga.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Jell-O Challenge



 Today we're doing the Jell-O Challenge!  Who will win?  And who will be stumped with the Jell-O?

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

May Holidays and Homeschool Ideas

Look for a few ways to add some fun to your homeschool?  Here are just a few of the holidays and fun days you can celebrate this month:

May 1st--May Day
*Create a floral bouquet and surprise your grandparents
*Gift your neighbors with some floral plants and offer to help in their garden
*Learn about composting

May 5th--Cinco De Mayo
*Read the Real History of Cinco De Mayo
*Complete Cinco De Mayo word search
*Plan a special dinner together

May 6th--National Scrapbook Day
*Create a scrapbook page around an "I am" poem
*Create a page around a state/ historical figure you're studying

May 14th--Mother's Day
*Make Mother's Day coupons
*Create a menu/shop/cook dinner (w/help)
*Play this Mother/Baby Animal Memory Game

May 16th--Pizza Party Day
*Have a pizza party of course!
*Cut pizzas in different amounts and talk about fractions
*Double or half the recipe for more practice in fractions

May 18th--Museum Day
*Go to your local children's museum
*Check out an art gallery
*Or explore the train museum

May 20th--Pick Strawberries Day
*Visit a U-Pick Strawberry farm
*Pack these Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly Bars

May 29th--Memorial Day
*Attend a memorial service at a veteran's cemetery
*Write to a serviceman in your family

What days are you celebrating this month?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: P is for Poetry



 This week, we’re talking the latest poetry books on our shelf.  Which ones do we like?  Which ones don't we like?  And which ones are we on the fence about?

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter P playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter Q is for... will be posted on Tuesday May 2, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Five Costco Favorites {Collab}



Five Must Buy, Gotta Have, Can't Live Without Costco Favorites.... from our family to yours... What's your favorite?

Collab Playlist:
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Weekend Links







This Week:

What I Made:  I actually didn't make anything this week, but I've been sitting here drooling over these Taco Pop Tarts.  Why does junk food taste so good?

What I'm Reading:  I just finished Love Unending and was really impressed.  So right now I'm reading Are My Kids on Track? for review.  Wow!  Talk about a lot of information all at once.  The jury is still out on  that one.

What I'm Doing:  Oh, talk about a busy weekend.  Seems like everyone planned events for this weekend.  We're shopping at going to an Earth Day event, a library event, both boys have baseball games, there's a church event,... and that's just Saturday.  Wow!

What I'm Watching:  We're watching Survivor.  Like half of America.  :-)  We also started going through the Friends series again... for about the billionth time.

What I'm Enjoying:  Cool weather... baseball games... smoothies... poetry books... 

What are you up to?



Thursday, April 20, 2017

3 Mommy Favorite {April '17}/ Collab



 Three of my Pampering Mommy Favorites in collaboration with some other awesome Youtubers!

Collab Hosted by The Purple Alphabet:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePurpleAlphabet

Momma Schomooze Reviews https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYuz-4KLYbLOMrnvKZSx6XQ
Crazy Busy Family Life https://www.youtube.com/user/CrazyBusyFitMom
Faith4lly Homemade https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyLNiHYreVLBpfLotgP_SWQ
mommybeautybudget https://www.youtube.com/user/mommybeautybudget
DA FAM https://www.youtube.com/user/FaceLuv07
Light Table Guide https://www.youtube.com/user/LightTableGuide
Play With Purpose https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeP_7bu8u_JQP5vcw2vgO6Q
Cis4Crafting https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeeUMgE58x6YYFygY34mSOA
Creative2xmom: https://www.youtube.com/user/Creative2xmom
The Life of Valerie Allison https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi4vq4gi0k9-A11pt_lPvXA
Daisy Days https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCs94p6-xfkvM6hcRSJQOGhg
Living Even Keeled https://www.youtube.com/user/pkeele
A Common Life https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4zsjxGSfl4FiYcxJO_4H_Q
britegee mom https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrkWyEUQzrMcGvgewWx-DXg
Gentle Thrifty Mama https://www.youtube.com/user/GentleCanadianMama
Valerieinthesky https://www.youtube.com/user/ValerieInTheSky
My Hands and Heart Are Full https://www.youtube.com/user/handsandheartarefull
Pepper and Pine https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN7Jb3UtsPmdSCmb0IPmT_Q
V Loves https://www.youtube.com/user/VlovesStationery
Chapel Lane Life https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFQ_kA3nklmow-5truhDzmQ
Ana Rosa https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtdnMQKkErS4H9PcH0N68ow
Sarah and Fam https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiyZ58nY9BZmXgDE359DUeQ
Mama S https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7T1_Hm_cqpTKbKQxS7cwIw
Kelly’s Thrifty Finds https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqFHg3XSoZJZE_6CWfOKatQ
Planningmehappy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1NYaPzLjZpvlGc01ttzXvQ
Armors&Arrows https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDi6hw2hTYfmfEeV6TzR_Dw
LisaMarieTTC https://www.youtube.com/user/LisasVlog
PinkSprinkles27 https://www.youtube.com/user/ForeverPinkSprinkles
Michelle Munster https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTjMT3ODXT-fN95iaFsw5eA

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Love Unending {Review}


It's no secret that I value marriage.  Marriage is a topic that I've written about extensively here and even ran a series on 52 First Dates.  I've tried to walk out a healthy relationship with my husband and over the years, that's leaked into this space as well.  So it should come as no surprise, that I was delighted to review this book on... marriage.

Love Unending, by Becky Thompson, is a 21 Day challenge to view your marriage in a fresh light.  Each chapter is includes a quick devotional, action steps, a beginning prayer (that often sparks deeper conversation), and reflection questions.  Interspersed through out is blank space for journaling and further reflection.  Topics include: 
  • Speaking with Kindness
  • Praying Constantly
  • Listening with Purpose
  • Fighting Fair
  • Honoring your Spouse
  • and more!
I really liked that the writing spoke from the heart and didn't gloss over the messiness for marriage.  It's tough building a life with someone.  There will be misunderstandings.  It's nice to know that someone else has been there.  And made it through to the other side.

I also appreciated that the chapters had concrete action steps that could be enacted right away.  These were simple points that allowed for action in that very same day, not to be held off for date night, but put into motion from the start.  So much of marriage is about the every day, not just the special days.

When I received this book, I was excited to start using the suggestions right away.  And I noticed how much they were about me and not my spouse.  We both share in the health of this marriage, but it's a great reminder that problem solving, or marriage maintenance, begins with me.  Similar in feel to the Kindness Challenge, this book made a huge difference in our relationship right away.  And I'm happy to return to it's concepts again and again.  A great place to start!

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publish.  All opinions are my own.




Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: O is for Outside Activities



 This week, we’re talking outside activities... all those crazy fun activities we fit into our lives.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter O playlist:

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter P is for... will be posted on Tuesday April 25, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

April Homeschool Favorites



Some of our favorites this month in our homeschool!

Original Creator: FullTimeWifeLife
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIwT8Shrs-A

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Friday, April 14, 2017

2017 Aqua Egg Hunt



 This past weekend, we attended an Aqua Egg Hunt at our local indoor pool.  We weren't sure what to expect, but we had a great time.  It was a fun way to start the Easter season!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tarzan, Speed Cleaning, And Forgotten Camera Batteries {DITL 3/31/17}



 In this Day in the Life... we take a field trip to the theater, frantically clean the house, get ready for baseball games, and have a mishap with the camera.

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For Mimi by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)
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The Creek by Topher Mohr and Alex Elena MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...)

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Homeschool ABC Collab: N is for Nature



 This week, we’re talking about how to get out into nature.  I'm sharing how we're dipping our toes into Charlotte Mason philosophy and incorporating more nature studies into our homeschool.

Join us in this new youtube collab exploring and celebrating the ABC's of your homeschool.

This video gives you the information you need to join us. Any other questions, let me know.
Homeschool ABC Collab Intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-kVcpEeZ3c

Homeschool ABC Collab Letter N playlist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBfnX_LefYs&list=PLdEwsx69jopsKSqIE4-5y0VrI_b41egWT

Homeschool ABC's Collab- Letter O is for... will be posted on Tuesday April 18, 2017.  Come back with your links to be added to the playlist.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

What's In Our Easter Baskets? {Ages 11, 9, and 5}



What's in your Easter Basket?   Take a peak into our 11 yr son, 9 yr daughter, and 5 yr old son's baskets for this year.

2016 Easter Baskets:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gxVI6lT9Js

2015: Easter Baskets:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lfOA71_i0U

2014 Easter Baskets:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtHnAH0Obow

2012 Easter Baskets:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtBfZkGcNIw

Other Contributors:
Day Tucker: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwFhACVGAiIJoDHTDlvoBQg
Allbaby Adahttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9xVCPhHGPmteZ0jz685ixg
MeYouPlus2: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWK1LzPmir946jxjPz4HhZA
DontSayHurry: https://www.youtube.com/user/vetsmomrgv
JensBigBlend: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe-zDTqODTaim_cWN8bDMzQ
Jason and Aubrey: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCsQRehCMNzS_O-d31opW7A
Live Posh: https://www.youtube.com/poshbymandi
Tammie Arch: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC85YxWQ7SR_v4Izu_IDlGNg

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