Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Playing to Learn: Learning About your Kids Day



For some reason, kids can never remember what they have done one any particular day. When you ask, you get a shrug, a grunt, or a “Nothing.” Most parents I know what to know that their kids have done something that day. That is why we are starting the ‘My Day’ book in my house. 


Monday, April 29, 2013

My Breastfeeding Biting Baby



She bit me! Not cool baby, NOT cool….

For the past few days, Sophia (3 ½ months) has been biting me when she is done nursing, and sometimes she will do it after only eating for a couple of minutes. Even without teeth, it is unimaginably painful! I shudder to think of the damage that could be done when she grows teeth. (Yikes!) This is a habit we need to break NOW, before they come through, or I don’t think I will be able to continue nursing her, unfortunately.

First, I am touching her lips and saying, “No bite!” every time she does this. The first couple of times my little angel smiled up at me, seeming to say, “I’m sorry.” 

The Biter
Now she just looks at me like I am taking away her favorite thing in the world, which I probably am.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Saturday, April 27, 2013

DIY: Spice Sachets

It is spring cleaning time in my house.  Part of this for me is going through my cupboards, cleaning them out and tossing anything past its expiration date.  In doing this I came across some spices that we have had for way too long.

Instead of throwing them out I decided to re-purpose them.  There are many things that one can do with old herbs and spices but this time I have decided to sachets.  This is a super easy project that anyone can do with materials that most of us already have around the house.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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10 Reasons We Homeschool



First, I want to say that I love teachers. I think that they are overworked and underpaid, and I know for a fact that there are some really great ones out there. My son Alex attended public school for Kindergarten, and his teacher was exceptional. With that being said, I also believe that the public school system needs work. I think that children can get lost in that system, and that it has failed more than one child. I did not want my children to become merely a statistic.

 Why I homeschool
It is because of this that I homeschool my children. There are many misconceptions out there about who homeschoolers are and why they do what they do. I don’t consider myself to be isolationist, weird (okay, maybe a little bit!), or against the government. My children are not robots who always do what I say in a tandem sing-song creepy voice. Choosing to homeschool was not an easy decision for my husband and me. We were not always on the same page. In the end though, we agreed that it would be the best thing for our family. There were many reasons why we chose to homeschool. Here are ten of them in no particular order:

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Couponing



I will say it loud and I will say it proud…I am a couponer! I am not an extreme couponer with my house overtaken by stuff, but I love the rush I get when I find a great deal. Best of all is knowing that I am contributing to my family finances by saving so much money. When I first started using coupons, I didn’t really know what I was doing. My big sister was the one who showed me the way to get the most out of it and I have saved thousands of dollars since then. Now, I will show you!

Coupons from Sunday paper

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Playing to Learn: Matching with Laundry


Laundry in my house can be ridiculous. With five people, it piles up quickly if I don’t stay on top of it every day. I can’t imagine how horribly painful it must be for moms of larger families! For the most part though, I don’t mind doing laundry….except when it comes to socks. I hate matching socks. It seems that they both multiply and disappear at the same time in the dryer. I find myself with tons of ‘single socks’ that don’t seem to have a match, while there are lots of different sizes, styles and colors. In my house, we have dress socks, soccer socks, black socks, white socks, colored socks, tall socks, and short socks. It’s like living in a Dr. Seuss book. It takes up way too much time that could be spent doing something more productive.

Monday, April 22, 2013

6 Earth Day Activities for Kids




Earth day is here! There are so many ways that kids can help with Earth Day. It is a great time to teach kids about how to take care of the earth. Kids are invaluable in taking care of the earth, and there are lots of ways they can do it while having fun. 


Here are our top six Earth Day activities for kids.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Texas Chili



Truth time….I’m not a great cook. Fortunately for me, my handsome husband is! In fact, he is a really good cook. It’s fortunate for you too, dear readers, as he is willing to share some of his recipes!

Texas Chili


With the weather we’ve been having lately – one day it’s hot, the next it’s cold – chili is the perfect comfort food. My husband likes his chili hot, but he is so good to me and he has perfected a not-so-hot recipe. The recipe is as follows:

Friday, April 19, 2013

How to: Get Through the Library with Your Sanity Intact



Today is Friday, which in our house means that it is time to go to the library. My kids look forward to this all week and I have to admit that I do too. My son and I both love to read, and I am working to instill that same love of reading in my daughters.


Our library has two levels; the adult’s materials are downstairs and the kids are upstairs. What this means is that if I want to look for books for myself to read I either have to leave my kids alone upstairs (not going to happen) or I have to drag three children downstairs while trying to keep them quiet.  You might as well start laughing now, because that is NOT possible!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Playing to Learn: Spelling



If you are like me (and every other mom on the planet) you have a kid who doesn’t always love learning.  My son struggles a bit with spelling and my oldest daughter learning to read.  We tried flash cards, we tried drilling the words, we even tried writing them over and over…the problem with those methods is that they are boring! My kids would get frustrated and give up and in the end we would have just wasted that time. I knew something had to change.

Chalk spelling words

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Question Notebook



My son Alex is 8. We always thought he would grow out of the “Why” phase he hit when he was around 3…he didn’t. Now he just comes up with better questions. My neighbor got hit with every question under the sun yesterday when he and the kids were outside taking advantage of the great weather. Poor guy; he handled it well though. After a few minutes of questioning, Alex asked if he could help the neighbor with his gardening (he was planting corn). He said yes, and the two of them worked the ground for about 30 minutes, questions flying the entire time.
Questions


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Rosemary All-Purpose Cleaner


I’m going to be honest here and admit that I (gasp!) don’t always immediately clean up my children’s messes.  Sometimes I get busy trying to clean my kids up instead or in moving them on to the next activity or yes, sometimes I am just being downright lazy! You all know that when something like a food mess or play dough has been sitting around for a couple of hours, it is not going to be a joy to clean up.  It gets hard and sticky and spraying something on it just doesn’t do the trick (or at least not unless you spend 20 minutes spreading it around and developing your muscles).

Monday, April 15, 2013

More Than Mommy




I am a mom. I love my role as “mommy.”  However, that is not ALL that I am. As moms we sometimes forget ourselves in the everyday, just trying to keep up with being this wonderful thing called “mom.”  I don’t think I am alone when I say that it can get exhausting. We strive for perfection when that is impossible. We forget the things we once enjoyed. We can’t seem to find time to do anything other than tie a shoe, wipe a nose, kiss a boo boo or make their favorite mac n’ cheese. While these things all have merit, and I love chubby arms around my neck as much as the next mom, we also need to find the time to remember ourselves. To remember the things that we once loved to do before these wonderful children came into our lives.