Get Your Meal Prep Game On (Fridge Edition)

So a while back I shared how easy and helpful it is to create meals to fill your freezer with to keep you out of the kitchen. It’s so helpful on busy days to go to the freezer and pull out a meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or all three! Well I’m here to tell you that not only can you prepare meals for the freezer, but you can also prep snacks and meals for the fridge as well.

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Super Scary Shakespeare in your Home

When I was in middle school, I was placed in a supplemental class called AVID. The goal of the class was to help teach quick-witted kids how to find key ideas in books and lectures, take notes, learn to present information and provide a rich learning environment for kids whose minds seemed to always want more. I hated keeping my binder in the one organized format they wanted us to use, it didn’t work for how my mind worked. I hated oral presentations, I am shy and turned red in front of everyone ever time.

I LOVED the play studies and poetry.

The average person cringes when they hear the name, Shakespeare. The old English, the complex storylines, the numerous characters, and long scripts. Often times it has been the same two plays that people have dealt with over and over again until they were sick of them. Often times, these plays were not fully read or shown to students but were just snippets of them. Shakespeare is not an easy writer to work into lessons with kiddos but it is one that is more tolerable if they get the full picture. Shakespeare’s plays are difficult sometimes to expose our children to.

It is doable though.

The first Shakespeare play I went to with my class was Midsummer Night’s Dream. I remember sitting in the audience totally transfixed on the story which we had been reading in class together. I was so excited about the play afterward I couldn’t stop talking about it. This is what I wanted to give my children.

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The past few months I have been doing just that. First, I picked up a copy of Midsummer Night’s Dream from our library. The copy they Continue reading “Super Scary Shakespeare in your Home”

Be Ready for the Season

Just a quick post to share one of my favorite things I use during this time of year. It’s getting colder and with the falling temps comes illness like cold and flu. We know it’s coming so why not prepare for it.

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My go to for cold and flu season is elderberry syrup. It is a wonderful little berry that packs a lot of health benefits. The elderberry is the fruit of the Sambucus tree (a flowering tree). Both its flowers and berries can be used and consumed. Elderberries have been used for many years for their medicinal qualities. (1)

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What are you Eating this Fall?

It’s Fall! And the weather has finally decided to show it. Lol I’m loving the 70 degree days and 40 degree nights. I’m all about bundling up in warm socks and cozy blankets to play games, watch movies, or just hide from the cold. What better to have on these cold nights indoors than good food. I want to share with you some of my favorite meals to enjoy during the Fall.

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Just Take a Knee

 If you are a football fan, you have more than likely heard the term ‘take a knee’ in reference to the actual game and not protests in recent years. It’s when the play starts, the ball is handed to the quarterback, and the quarterback goes down on one knee. This act ends the play and in most cases the time clock runs out ending the game. The team who has the lead preserves the win and they don’t have to play until the very last second of the game. You essentially finish and win the game without putting forth any additional effort.

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A Blocked Schedule

Let’s talk schedules. Daily schedules are a major piece in keeping your homeschool organized. It would be so nice if everything fell into place each day. You know little people and big people completed all their assignments without you telling them to do so. Meals just appear hot and ready on the table just as tummies were empty. Clear sunny skies, rainbows, butterflies..all that jazz.

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I’d love to have a homeschool that works like that, but I don’t. I have to create a plan or at least create a framework that structures our time throughout the day. I have set up an hourly schedule in the past, but I could never consistently follow them. Everytime I tried to implement these hourly schedules, something happened to throw a wrench in the plan and our day was completely decimated. 

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Speak Life

Today’s post will be short and sweet. I want to encourage you all today to always speak positive words and have positive thoughts toward your homeschool journey. What you say and think about your children, your teaching abilities, and your home all play a major role in your success this school year. You can not expect to have excellence if you are constantly speaking mediocrity.

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Curriculum That’s Easy Peasy!

Ok. So, I’m not very versed on curriculum, but I wanted to share my experience with the Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool curriculum. We had our first child go through kindergarten last year, and this year we have a first grader, two kindergartners, and a host of toddlers and preschoolers (Lol). clarissa-watson-jAebodq7oxk-unsplash

I created my own curriculum last year with our first. I loved it. I found everything for free online or used things I had gathered during my time in graduate school and while working in childcare. I was able to flow freely into any subject matter I wanted without feeling bound by a script or someone else’s objectives. I was free to leave an area of study if it were time to move on or stay in that area until we mastered it. 

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Clear Your Mind of Clutter

Last week, I talked about clearing the clutter from your home. But that’s not the only place you can clean up in your existence. You can also take time to clear the clutter in your mind and spirit. kristina-v-c77dIthd_Tk-unsplash

See, we want to hold on to EVERYTHING in our lives, especially us mommas. We want to fix every problem and rescue every victim. Every child’s struggle is ours and every family member’s plight is our own. We want to do it all. There’s an ever increasing list of projects to do around the house. And let’s not even talk about all the stuff we hope to incorporate into our homeschool. We also carry things emotionally that clutter our minds and spirits. Whether it’s a recent upset or a past lost, there are just some things we can’t seem to let go.

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