Thursday, December 11, 2014

10 Favorite Phone Photos. 1st Edition.



I try to take pictures with my phone to remember the memories. 

Then the pictures just sit on my phone until I load them onto my hard drive, then they sit there. 

I never do much with them. 

Occasionally I post them here, or on Facebook or Instagram.  But most just sit in digital land…

I decided as a way to show and share my life with you all I would share some of these hidden gems. 

My goal is to post my 10 favorite phone photos each month.

1IMG_6169[1]Katey and I had a special day.



I found this picture and made it my screen saver on my phone.

3 & 4

IMG_6114[1]IMG_6090[1]Katey and I went in the Zorb Balls at one of our towns holiday events.


IMG_6082[1]After Thanksgiving Dinner we decorated a Gingerbread house.  I never did get a picture of it fully decorated before the kids started eating off it.



Some of my friends and I went out to eat in our Ugly Sweaters.  So much fun!



Tyler was learning about Volcanoes for science and he got to make one explode.  It was AWESOME!


IMG_6031[1]My little guy knows how to cut a rug.  He is always the star of the show at weddings with a dance floor!


IMG_6034[1]Same wedding.  I asked someone to take our picture since we were all gussied up and while there are good (non blurry) ones on my phone this one is my fav.



This is not one of my favorites because one of my kids got hurt.  It is one of my favorite because I was so grateful she was able to get treated quickly and that the ER was not busy that night. Katey burned her hand cooking dinner on the Monday before Thanksgiving.  We spent that night in the ER getting burn care.  She is fine now and the blister has popped. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Fun


Today Katey and I had a mom and daughter day.  IMG_6169[1]

When she got done with her school work we headed out to the ice rink. IMG_6165[1]

We had a ton of fun there, just the two of us. IMG_6166[1]

Then we came home and made dinner.  She made Sloppy Joes with my help.

After dinner we cleaned up and then made a bunch of cards for Little Addie. IMG_6172[1]

We had so much fun today and I realize that I need to spend more one on one time with each of my kids. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back to the basics!


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Sometimes life just gets so overwhelming.  I have deep thoughts and I have a hard time putting them into words.   I know what I believe in and why, I have the self confidence struggle to put it all out there.  I am not a controversial person.  That doesn’t mean I don’t believe in something one way or the other. It just means that I don’t put my believes out there for all to know…

I haven’t been blogging as much as I would like to because I keep thinking that I have to write about something deep and meaningful.  I blog to write about OUR LIFE!  I blog to show everyone a glimpse into OUR HOMESCHOOL! I blog to share MY OPINION on products with you!  Most of all I BLOG BECAUSE I WANT TO!


I don’t have to blog about my feelings on things going on in the world today.  (But, I can if I want to.)  I don’t have to blog about the fight I have been having with my youngest to get his schoolwork done.  (But, I can if I want to.)

In all this deep thinking I have decided that I just needed to get over it all and write a blog post about this. 

Some ways I am going to ease back into blogging is by creating a daily routine where I actually turn on my laptop and do something on it. 

I truly want to blog.  Sometimes I just don’t feel important enough to write something.  On the other hand I don’t want the pressure of being so important. 

See ya on the flip side! 


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday (Updated) Gingerbread Houses and Architecture.

This is the very first post I ever wrote on this blog.  It was so long ago and the kids have grown so much!  I decided to go back through and add some resources I found.

We studied architecture around the world during November. We built Lego houses. We drew cities with many different elements (such as roadways, utilities, parks, stadiums, ect.). We learned about how the first towns/cities were built. (It all started with farming, they didn't have to travel for food anymore.) We went to see the lights at Temple Square and to talk about the architecture of the buildings downtown. To end this unit study we built an igloo in our front yard, thanks to all the snow.


We also built gingerbread houses. What fun!





Since this post I have found quite a few architecture resources.

Here is a graded Homeschool Architecture course.

MIT has an open coursewear  class that is completely free!

Homeschool Giveaways has a whole list!

There are many great elementary architecture resources, including this one.

Architecture is a great way to incorporate art and show kids that art is all around us.
Check out these art architecture resources:

Deep Space Sparkle


I hope you enjoy teaching your children about architecture!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Clued in Kids {A Review} Get one free!


Clued in Kids in a company that makes learning fun, easy and engaging.  They do this by creating a wide variety of Treasure Hunts.  (Check out this video to see one in action)

Stay tuned to the end to get one for free!

Some of their printable PDF treasure hunts are:

They also have preprinted ones (even some in a greeting card, that you could mail to a friend or family member.)

Christmas Treasure Hunt In A Greeting Card
Slumber Party

About The Product we received:

We were able to play with the Multiplication Dragon set and the Halloween Printable Set.

The Halloween Printable Treasure Hunt ($5.99).  This treasure hunt has 12 premade clues that either have activities such as howling at the moon or saying Boo after each sentence for so long, as well as worksheet type activities, like riddles and puzzles.  All of the activities were Halloween themed of course!  An instruction sheet and answer key is also included.

The Multiplication Dragon Printable Treasure Hunt ($19.99) Actually comes with 5 separate hunts; 2X- 6X.

Each hunt came with 12 clues that varied between math problems, riddles and puzzles. There is an instruction sheet and an answer sheet included as well.  

A day/week in our life:

Scavenger Hunts are nothing new to my kids.  We often do them for them to find their birthday presents.  They were pretty excited to complete these.  Each hunt says 8 minute prep, but my teens enjoyed putting the clues out for my 9 year old, and helping her with the treasure hunts if she needed it.  So I really didn’t have to do much!  I had her do one each week as a reward for completing her schoolwork.  (How fun that I could use something educational as a reward!) The prizes that I provided ranged from a sticker sheet to a candy bar to nothing.

Our thoughts and feelings:

Overall we loved these hunts.

I like that the clues were pre thought out and they were puzzles and riddles to solve.

One thing is that I had to be pretty creative for a few of the areas we were supposed to hide them.  For instance, the prize for one was supposed to be hidden in our mailbox.  Our mailbox is clear down the street and I didn’t want her going down there.  So we hid the clue with her shoes so she would see it when she got ready to go to the mailbox.  She does have a suggestion that you just have the kids to some type of physical activity, like jumping jacks, to earn the next clue if you have a hard time hiding it where they suggest.

For some hunts our answer sheet didn’t always match up, but it wasn’t really a big deal as each clue has the place to put it on the bottom. 

While they are PDF files, so you could reuse them, I found that my daughter would memorize the order of where they were hid.  I think after a few months we will get them out again when she has forgotten where the clues go. 

The Halloween one we will be using as an activity at our Homeschool Halloween Party.  So even though she knows where the clues go, they will be in different places than they were at our home. 

My kids love treasure hunts and I love the ease of use!

You can get the Homework Reward Treasure Hunt for free by signing up for the Clued In Kids newsletter.

Join Clued In Kids on the following Social Media:

Twitter: @cluedinkids


To see what others think of this check out this post. To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.

 Review Crew

Sunday, October 5, 2014

How I became more productive by doing less.


I have been working this year on finding balance in my life.  In an effort to find that balance, I have decided to almost completely stop multitasking. 

  • No more cooking dinner and blogging at the same time. 
  • No more paying bills while I am supposed to be helping the kids with schoolwork.
  • No more having my phone downstairs during the day.
  • No more cleaning during school hours.

Now I didn’t just stop doing those things all together.

I still have to cook, I still enjoy blogging, I still have to pay the bills and help the kids with schoolwork. 

I just focus on the task at hand and each task has been taking me less time. Instead of taking an hour to pay bills while helping kids with schoolwork at the table.  We do schoolwork for 20 minutes and I can have the weekly bills paid in 20 minutes. That saves me 20 minutes, or 1/3 of my time. Instead of cooking dinner and blogging at the same time, where cooking dinner would take 1 and a half hours and blogging would take 2 hours.  I can cook dinner in 30 minutes to 1 hour and blogging only takes about 45 minutes.  That saves me anywhere from 30-45 minutes together. Also my blog posts get more attention and I can pay more attention to details then.  And… our dinner doesn’t burn.

While often we think that multitasking saves time, I have found in many areas of my life that is actually costs me time as well as costs me giving the task my best.

I have recently found time to get my house as clean as I like it and I have organized my sewing supplies and set up a sewing area and I have even done quite a bit of mending and hemming of my pants for the cooler months.

Do you multitask?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Preschoolers and Peace {A Schoolhouse Crew Review}


Preschoolers and Peace is a company that has written 2 ebooks.  This time we reviewed their newest one Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet (e-book, $2.99)

About The Company:

Preschoolers and Peace is an excellent blog written by Kendra Fletcher and Michelle White.  This blog is completely full of homeschooling ideas for many ages.  The focus is on preschoolers but many ideas work for all different ages. 

About The Product:

This e-book is a short read, I think they know us homeschooling moms don’t have very much time.  This book was written by a mother of 8 children ranging from adult to age 5.  She pulled the best of the best from the Preschoolers and Peace blog and created The Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet.

The book is broken down into 13 chapters along with Meal Planning 101 at the end. Each chapter is only a few pages long, which was nice since it allowed me to pick it up and put it down easily as needed.

The chapters are:

What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot
Planning Around Preschoolers
How Do I Keep Them Busy?
What Does a 2-Year-Old's Day Look Like?
How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
How Not to Just Kill Time
Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In
Preschool Boys
When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
Preschool Chores
Planning for Preschool
When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)
Meal Planning 101

A day/week in our life:

My youngest in in Kindergarten, but don’t think that means this book has nothing for me.  I actually found many helpful ideas in the book.  I am organizationally challenged as well as we have a hard time sticking to a schedule.

Most of the ideas can all be done with out purchasing anything more.   An amazing tip that I got has to do with “five things.”  You teach your little ones to do five things each day when they get up.

She talks about how to schedule with out being a slave to the schedule as well as has many scheduling ideas.

Our thoughts and feelings:

I learned a lot of things from reading this book.  Things that will help me now and I can only imagine if I would have read it while I had 2, 3, or 4 year olds under foot it would have really been a lifesaver. 

In the past I have reviewed another one of their e-books; Circle Time

Preschoolers and Peace can be found all over social media:

You Tube:

I have even listed to a few of Kendra Fletcher’s Podcasts.

To see what others think of this check out this post. To see a wide variety of reviews check out our crew blog.

 Review Crew


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