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Science is one of my sons favorite subjects in school. As a mom, especially a homeschooling one, I want to encourage his passions for learning, whatever they might be. Unfortunately, I am not great at science, or at putting together fun experiments for my kids to do. It stresses me out, and there is invariably something that I don't have on hand that is vital to the project. So, usually, we just don't get around to doing those fun things that he loves to do.
I was recently introduced to a monthly box subscription, Groovy Lab in a Box that does it all for me. Everything, including supplies, directions, tests, challenges and more is included, making my job very easy! I love that the stress factor is completely taken out of it. There is no more gathering supplies, searching high and low for the glue sticks, batteries, or tape. That's because if it's required for the experiment - it's in the box!
When I showed this to my kids, they not only squealed with delight, but they thought that I was very cool for bringing this into our home! As for me, I was impressed with the amount of thought and quality that was put into the box. I absolutely loved the fact that it was so easy.
Our box was packed pretty full and packaged separately, to protect everything. It was enough to do not only one experiment, but three! I loved that even the box itself was to be used as a part of the experiment, creating a solar oven. The other experiments were to create a Solar Balloon and a Conductivity Tester. By having three different options, I felt that not only were we given really great value, but that I could veto one of the options, if it didn't feel right for my kids, still leaving fun stuff to do.
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If you've ever had a baby, you know that unless you are one of those incredibly blessed, rare women, your body does not snap back to the way it was before, contrary to what Hollywood would have us believe. Any time you lose weight, whether because of having a baby or just because you've decided to make a change, it can be tough to get those last few pounds or inches off.
Sometimes, when life hands you lemons, you just need some chocolate! So, chuck the lemons and try these delicious chocolate and cherry brownies that will be sure to be a big hit with everyone in your home!
If I've been a little M.I.A. this past week, I apologize, but it has been CRAZY! You might have read in an earlier post that Mostly Together Dad and I bought our first house. Well, we have been blessed to have the time to paint and get everything ready in the new house before we move. I have spent the past 3 weeks painting over very dark woodwork (it's a BIG job!).
Last Monday, I sent the older two children outside to play, while the youngest was napping. I was on a 9 foot ladder, painting a dark railing that runs around the top of wall (I think the previous owner was a decorative plate collector). The ladder was directly in front of the the front entrance. My 6 year old, Shari, decided that it would be an excellent time to open the door.
Recently, I wrote a series on emergency preparedness. Every area has its own emergency situations, be it tornadoes, extreme weather, flooding, etc. Today, I want to talk to you about another problem. GMO's (genetically modified organisms) have overtaken our nations food.
To ensure that you and your family are eating natural, healthy foods, what better way is there than to grow them yourself? When choosing to grow your own foods, there are several things you will want to consider about the seeds you choose. First, are they GMO free? Are they an heirloom variety? Are they open pollinated?
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It feels like this summer has shot by so quickly! Before you know it, teachers will be decorating their classrooms, kids will be ready to start school again, and it will be time for back-to-school shopping! Ever since I was a kid, I have always loved doing the back-to-school shopping. Pencils, paper, glue, but most fun is the backpacks and personalizing folders, lunch bags and more.
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Mostly Together Dad (MTD) and I have purchased our very first home! We are very excited and can't wait to move in, but first, I want to get everything painted. Because of this, I have spent the past 2 weeks painting. Seriously. It feels like it will never end. It feels like I am painting the same things over and over and over again!
One of the worst things about spending all of my time working on the house is the fact that I haven't had time to prepare a proper dinner for my family. MTD hasn't either, as he has been fixing this leak or that squeal on the car.
My little Sophia is just about 18 months. She loves going to the potty with me - privacy in the bathroom has long been a thing of the past for this mama! She is starting to show an interest in what goes on in there and she is also in a mimicking stage. That all combines to make this a perfect time for her to have her own little potty!
As this is my third child to potty train, I have learned a thing or two about the process. First, the earlier you can start, the better. My children are stubborn and only get more so as they age. Most parents can relate. At 18 months, I don't really expect much to happen when she sits on the potty, but it's more of getting comfortable with the seat and the idea of the whole thing that you need to get them used to.
Let me first say that I am NOT an expert when it comes to electronics. To be honest, I don't really understand things like acoustic drivers, audio spectrum, and the like. I am probably an average user of electronics, enjoying computers, music, phones, and such.
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My 9 year old son is a builder. He loves any and all construction sets and building blocks. He has such an imagination that it seems to come very naturally to him. He is fascinated with how things work and can spend hours trying to figure something out. He also loves the show, "How It's Made."
I love toys that allow my children to use their imagination.To make up stories and scenarios that are totally unique. However, I find that sometimes they need a bit of help. Sometimes they need ideas for how to start the game. I find that toys with a theme can do this rather well.
Calico Critters Let's Go Camping gives kids an idea of where to start. None of my kids have ever been camping, as of yet. However, this set lets them play like they are, while also giving them ideas about how it would be to go camping, like gathering firewood, or using a lantern. My daughter, Shari, in particular enjoys this and it's so cute to watch her.
I have combination skin. Basically, my forehead gets really dry and my chin gets really oily. It can be frustrating to find products that are versatile enough to take care of both issues. This is one reason why I love facial scrubs.
I really like my children's doctor. He is great with children, attentive, and patient. He has a great bedside manner and my kids really feel comfortable with him. When I moved to town, he was recommended to me by lots of people whose opinions I very much respect. He is so well liked, in fact, that the wait to get an appointment with him is about 6 weeks, if not longer.
As a parent and a woman, I often have medical issues that I would like to speak to a doctor about, but aren't serious enough for me to schedule an appointment weeks in advance, find a babysitter, and pay far too much just to end up seeing my doctor for only a few minutes. During those times, I usually end up looking up information on the internet and making my best guess - which isn't always a very good idea. The internet has a way of making everyone feel like a hypochondriac!
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At least once a week in my family, we like to sit down and enjoy a movie and some snuggle time. Sometimes we will bring out the popcorn, or our blankets and pillows and "camp out" on the floor. We always try to choose a movie that can appeal to all of us. It's not always easy, with five of use to agree on something.
This past Thursday, we decided on Wings: Sky Force Heroes. My two older children really enjoyed the film, and Mostly Together Dad and I enjoyed the fact that it was DOVE approved, and the fact that it taught a really nice message.
Every summer, I struggle to get my kids interested in something educational to stave off the dreaded "summer slide." We read books, play games, I even randomly quiz them. Some of these things they like, others not so much (would you want to be walking driving down the road, when all of a sudden you must compute 153 x 3? - Probably not.)
One thing that my son, especially enjoys, is time on the computer. I unashamedly take full advantage of that and require that the time he spends on the computer must be spent in educational pursuits. He always agrees to my terms, because he knows that otherwise, he wouldn't be on it at all! I like to have lots of things for him to choose from because I find that by introducing new games gets him interested in learning all over again.
Whether you have girls or boys, they all like a great story. Action, adventure, and even some great object lessons capture a child's interest and get them learning without even realizing it.
Fergus Ferry has it all. Fergus is a Ferry that lives in Australia. He spends his days helping his friends and going on some great adventures, like the time he rescues some people from a fire and learns to be brave. Then there is the time races the larger boats and learns to ignore teasing and taunting and do his best.
Currently, there are 24 Fergus Ferry books, and a newly launched app, available on Apple and Android devices. Now until July 31st, you can download the app for FREE! (only .99 for Android) The app contains all 24 books and a game, where kids can steer Fergus Ferry around the harbour.
My children have been enjoying Fergus Ferry books and the app for about 6 months now. Everyone, from my 18 month old up to my 9 year old, loves Fergus Ferry. Fergus has kept them entertained and taught them lessons through many a boring appointment. My 6 year old is learning to read and loves to practice with Fergus Ferry!
In more exciting news, Fergus Ferry is going to Vegas! They will be at the SDE National First Grade Teachers Conference, so if you are in the area, stop by booth #22 and say "Hi!"
Fergus Ferry is generously giving away the First Fleet - a box set of the first 6 Fergus Books AND a $50 Amazon gift card! (We recommend that you purchase more Fergus books!) This giveaway is open to all those in the U.S. 18+. The giveaway will end on July 18 at 11:59 CST.
Both Mostly Together Dad (MTD) and I wear glasses. For both of us, it is something that we have only needed to do the past few years, so we have had to learn a lot in a short amount of time. You would be surprised how much there is to know about buying, cleaning, and maintaining your glasses.
*This post is brought to you by Spell It Out Photos.
Have you ever looked around you and seen the unexpected in ordinary things? Spell It Out Photos does and has created some very special art with what they have found. They have over 1200 images of letters found in ordinary places.
These letters are then used to create an unusual plaque. Using the letters, you can form a word that means something to you or the person you are creating it for. You can then add dates, a quote, or whatever else you can think of! You have the option to choose wood, metal, or a poster.
The plaque that I received was made out of metal. I was surprised at just how light it is (It's made out of aluminum)! This is really nice for those of you who don't want to worry about hanging a heavy piece. I choose the letters to form the word 'Princess', because my two little beauties are princesses and they will soon be sharing a room.
I scoured the internet for a great princess quote and finally found one from the incomparable Julie Andrews. "Behaving like a princess is work. It's not just about looking beautiful or wearing a crown. It's more about how you are inside." The quote is perfect. I love the way that the whole thing turned out and I really look forward to hanging it in my daughters room
Now for a Giveaway!
One lucky winner is going to take home a plaque of their own! They will have the option of either a wood or metal quote plaque. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. 18+. One entrant per household, please! The giveaway will end July 16, 2014
Thank you to all who come to spend time here with me! I want to take a moment to let you know that some of the links included in this blog will not only take you to wonderful resources, but some will also take you to a website where you can purchase a product or service. Some of these links are affiliate links, which means when you make a purchase, I will make a small fee for referring you. Please know that I only recommend things that I personally have used or would use for my own family.