A Trip Down Memory Lane!

I survived my first plane trip and wanted to share a little bit about my trip down memory lane with all of you! Be prepared because as my Pop-pop would say, ‘This might take a while’.

Last week proved to be one of the most stressful weeks I can remember. I have been trying to refocus my life in so many areas. And on top of the everyday stresses of a large family and back to school worries I got the call that I really needed to head back to my childhood home.

While I call Florida home right now I was born in Pennsylvania. I grew up about an hour from Philadelphia in the mushroom capital of the world, Kennett Square.

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Funny the things you didn’t know, huh? We were also very close to the Amish and Mennonite communities. In fact several of my siblings were delivered by an Amish midwife.

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Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

My visit wasn’t about sightseeing or pleasure. I needed to go visit my Mom-mom, our name for grandmother, who isn’t doing very well right now. I had last visited her and Pop-pop, our word for grandfather, around Easter of 2014 when we all traveled to Virginia to meet. It was a wonderful visit and we made some very special memories. Honestly, we thought it would probably be the last time we saw each other.

She is fighter though! She says we get our stubbornness from her. While that may be true we also learned a lot more from her. She was the epitome of a Proverbs 31 woman in so many ways. She acted as a mentor to many to teach them skills that their mothers/grandmothers had not taught them. She loved the old ways and she loved gardening.

She suffered many troubles in her life but you never heard her complain. I have never heard anyone speak a bad word about her and she was always willing to help anyone in need. So if I could help her by making a visit I wanted to do this for her. Love can generate the courage we need to overcome any fear or obstacle.

One of the biggest obstacles I had to face was my fear of flying which is up there close to my fear of the water. I have been working on overcoming these fears and I decided that this was something that just had to happen. Granted it wasn’t a decision that came easy as I also had to consider my budget, babysitters, and many other aspects.

Everything came together as my family all helped out. Mr. Awesome said he would babysit while I was away and insisted that I go. Once those issues were squared away I committed to go and my sister soon informed me that a plane ticket had been purchased.

After many instructions about what not to pack I had to decided what to pack. I waited until the last minute to pack but managed to get everything I needed into one small carry on bag. I wanted to keep things simple and I did. Friday afternoon Mr. Awesome and the kids drove me to meet up with my sisters and then we said our ‘Good Byes’.

I really did my best to hide my nervousness and anxiety which by this time was more about leaving my kiddos behind. They were really anxious too as Momma doesn’t go many places without them in tow. I had already decided to make a couple of videos of me reading some bedtime stories for them to watch while I was gone. I got to work on it while I was at my sister’s house.

You can see them all here and I do plan to add some more in the future.

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After that was taken care of it was time to head to the airport and tackle my fear of flying head on. This was a totally new experience and it could have been really overwhelming but I had one of my sisters with me and that helped a lot. I had taken a book to read on the flight but I was a bit dizzy and didn’t think it would be a good idea to try to read it.

Later that night we made it into Philadephia, the city of brotherly love, and we were soon on our way to Mom-mom’s house. Both of our phones lost service/died before we reached out destination so we had to rely on our internal GPS to get us home.

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I had not been to Pennsylvania in over 20 years and I have never driven anywhere in the state plus it was dark so things were a bit strange. Little by little we started recognizing landmarks and places and we found our way. A little after midnight we pulled up into the driveway of that familiar place. While things looked different than we remembered the feeling was the same.

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This was taken the next day.

My mom met us at the car and led us up the stairs that we had climbed so many times when we were younger. The steps where Charlie, Mom-mom’s dog, had once chased me because he wanted to pull the pompom off my hat, the porch where many an ice cream cone had dripped on hot summer evenings,  and the porch where Mom-mom had more than once applied tobacco to a bee sting. So many forgotten memories flooded my mind it brought tears to my eyes.

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Part of my family and Charlie. I am the one in red with the pig tails.

Many more memories were waiting inside those walls. It is so funny how things that once seemed so big were now so much smaller. While many things had not changed since I was younger a few things had. I walked around the downstairs looking and reminiscing as we talked to mom.

We knew the next day would be busy so we headed upstairs to get a little rest. Once again being surrounded by so many familiar things. Although the strange noises coming from the open windows were new they were also kind of familiar as I remember having trouble sleeping there because of the noises and the lights.

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My first birthday party with my older brother and two of my cousins.

The next morning we had a surprise visit from one of our cousins who, along with mom, fixed us a nice breakfast. We shared a few stories over coffee before getting started with our day. We also visited with another cousin on Sunday. I checked in with Mr. Awesome and the kids to see how everyone was doing.

These are some of the messages and photos I received:

Followed by:

And then there were some like this:

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After talking with Mr. Awesome I wanted to walk up the steep path to the garden, curious to see if the berry bushes and the apple trees were still there, but the rain had made everything very slick. I walked up a little ways but decided to make my way back down before I fell and broke something like Mom-mom had many years ago.

She was such a strong woman. She made that trek up the steep hill on an almost daily basis. On one of those occasions she fell and broke her ankle. Charlie stayed by her side as she made her way back down to the house to call for help. You know who she called when she made it home? My mom. She wanted someone to come help her clean herself up before getting medical attention. She said she was so muddy and bloody that she didn’t want anyone to see her like that.

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She did eventually make it to the hospital where she received a metal plate and several screws to fix the damage. I remember staying with her that summer to help her as she recuperated. I also remember her doing several things that I wasn’t supposed to tell Pop-pop about including her driving to the post office and helping her get to her hidden stash of Tube Rose. I hadn’t told anyone until this past weekend.

While we were at the house we looked through pictures like these pictures of Mom-mom and Pop-pop.

They were such a good looking couple, weren’t they?

We also found some that we had no clue she even had like these:

Yep, that’s me in 1988 dressed as a clown. The  right picture is of my granny and some of her great grandchildren. I’m the one in red again.

There were also several older pictures that we aren’t sure of who they are:

One of these is my great, great grandmother.

We spent as much time over the next couple of days at the nursing home. She was so surprised to see us. We had taken her and Pop-pop a couple of jelly donuts as these were one of their favorites.

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As you can see in the picture above she insisted on making everyone take a bite. She wouldn’t take ‘NO’ for an answer. My tears from seeing her were soon replaced with laughter.

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We also brought several other treats to share with Pop-pop. We sat and talked and listened to her sing. She told us stories that we had never heard and some that we had heard many times before. She apologized for things that had happened in the past and explained things that we couldn’t have understood when we were younger.

We looked through old pictures and talked about those already gone. She did talk about how she didn’t have much time left here but that she was ready to go home.

While this was sad to think about, many tears were shed during our visits, she reassured us that she would see us again in her new home. She reminded each of us of how much she loved us and how special each every one of her grandchildren are to her.

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The nursing home staff were wonderful and accommodated us on so many levels as they knew we didn’t have much time to spend with her. We were able to have a ‘family dinner’ with her in one of the rooms that they weren’t using one evening. It was so nice to sit around the table with family. She had wanted to pretend it was her birthday and we had an ice cream cake after dinner.

It was also good to see both of them eating so well. She was constantly reminding us of how much macaroni and cheese we ate at her house.

Our last night there was hard. We didn’t want to go but we knew that we had other obligations, like my family at home, that we had to attend to. My brain tried to come up with a solution to spend more time but nothing feasible could be found.

We were able to stay with her until she went to sleep that night. Later that evening I sat with Pop-pop as we shared a 3 Musketeers bar. His favorite candy bar. He told me that the thought of losing her scared him and he didn’t know what he would do without her. I told him it scared us all and we talked for awhile before he was ready to go to bed.

I cried when he told me he didn’t want me to go and I had to explain to him that I have kids that need me too. We said our ‘Good Byes’ before he headed upstairs as we knew we had to leave early in the morning.

Morning came too early and soon we were in our brother’s car headed back to the airport. The plane ride home was sad but another new experience as well as it was daylight during this trip.

The closer we got to home the more anxious I got. I was so ready to see everyone. I was so happy to see the coastline as I knew I was closer to being back home.

We finally landed and my sister picked us up from the airport. Mr. Awesome arrived shortly after and we headed home. I was exhausted from the trip for various reasons but I am so thankful I had the opportunity to go and I am hoping that I may have a chance to visit again.

My Mom-mom is one of the greatest women I have known. She was wise and understanding. She could be trusted with anything big or small. She was caring and loving in her own way. I don’t remember hearing her say she loved us so many times as she did during this visit.

During our childhood when things were bad or crazy she stayed the same. She was our constant though difficult times and I am so thankful that we had her for the time we did. Even when we moved away she was there for us if we ever needed her but I admit I did lose touch with a lot of family members for a while.

If I could be half the woman she has been I will feel like I have accomplished something. The treasures she will be leaving behind may not be physical and may not mean anything to anyone else but she will be leaving behind a legacy that all of her family will cherish forever.

I am going to do my best to follow in her footsteps as much as I can. I hate that we missed so much time together and I hate that I didn’t have the chance to learn so many of the things she could have taught me. For now, I will keep pulling memories so I can be sure to teach my children some of those valuable lessons that she taught me when I was younger.

If I could just ask everyone who reads this to please say a little prayer for my family as we go through this difficult process. I know this is something that almost everyone must go through at some point in their life but it isn’t easy. Just pray that God will have His way and that He will give us all the strength and courage to get through this. There are still so many preparations that need to be taken care of and I know that there will be so many decisions to make in the next few days, weeks, and months so I pray that He will guide each and everyone of us.

Thank you all!

Do you have someone in your past that was a great role model? What is your favorite memory?

You’re Invited To Join Our New Tribe!

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Hey y’all! I am excited to announce that we’ve just created our very own Tribe on Tailwinds. What is a Tribe? Well, it is a new Pinterest tool that allows people like you and me to meet others with similar interests. We can use this tool to share our experiences and grow our blogs/businesses.

‘Tribes is Free for anyone to get started, even if they aren’t using Tailwind already!’

I’m so excited to start our Kirby’s Kids Homeschool Tribe and would like other homeschoolers to join us as we help each other on this journey. I know I don’t have a lot of homeschool support close to me and I am always looking for ideas and solutions to problems we encounter. If I am looking for these things I know others are too and I just wanted to make a place where everyone is welcome to post ideas, tricks, and tips to that they have found which may help others.

As a member you can share up to 3 posts per day with the request that you will repin/reshare 3 posts (or more) from other members. Feel free to share anything related to homeschool, parenting, or anything else that might help a busy mom keep it all together. I look forward to seeing all the great tips and advice as well as watching each member help another to grow and learn on our journey.

If you join our Tribe right now you can get a very special surprise when you join with this invitation link right here.

Continue reading You’re Invited To Join Our New Tribe!

Don’t Forget This Back to School Essential!

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This is one part of the back to school adventure I do not miss at all. It never failed that when my kiddos went back to school the girls would eventually come home with those dreaded head lice. EWWW! I would always get a bit paranoid when one of them would start to scratch their head for any reason.

I am gonna spare everyone the description of what head lice are and how they infest anyone around them because I really hate thinking about them. 

I can vividly remember many a time combing through long thick hair with that little metal comb trying and trying to get all those pesky little buggers and their eggs. It would take several comb-throughs before I was satisfied. Even after being very meticulous with the treatment they would often have a reinfestation.

My girls would be in tears because those metal combs really hurt!

I can’t tell you how much money I spent on Lice Killing Shampoos. I tried everything I could get my hands on. They smelled nasty and made me wonder how safe they were. I even tried some of the home treatments like the mayonnaise treatment. Yuck! It left their hair so greasy I didn’t think it would ever wash out.  Continue reading Don’t Forget This Back to School Essential!

Homeschool Organization. Simple. Flexible.

This post is sponsored and includes affiliate links, yet the opinions are my true opinions, as always.  We really do love using this program in our home and I feel that you will too!

‘Scheduling and planning that’s flexible and organized.’

Has the idea of keeping track of lesson plans and schedules got you feeling overwhelmed? The thought of keeping records for report cards, transcripts, and attendance can be enough to make anyone second guess their idea to homeschool.

Just a few years ago I was overwhelmed with the task of record keeping for my large brood. I had one child who needed transcripts and several others in multiple grades with different needs. I was suffering from an informational overload trying to sort it all out and make everything work together without losing my sanity.

Then on October 8th of 2015, with the help of my friend Google, I found the perfect app for our family. It was Homeschool Manager. It sounded so easy and I decided to give it a try.

They had me at the Free 30 day – No Card Required – Trial period which was more than enough time for me to know that this was just what we needed. This one tool IMMEDIATELY brought order to the homeschool chaos we had. (Our Cozi app keeps the rest of our life running smoothly.)

Homeschool Manager completely changed my life and has allowed our homeschool to be the productive and fun learning environment I had envisioned!

Homeschool Manager also gives us the flexibility to adapt and reorder our school year as needed when life throws us an unexpected curve ball or two. We can also easily rearrange our schedule to fit in time for new learning experiences that pop up. We have been able to be more spontaneous and have had the ability to incorporate so many more spur of the moment activities into our homeschool which has allowed our children to have a much more fulfilling and enriching learning experience.

Portfolios are so EASY with Homeschool Manager!

Continue reading Homeschool Organization. Simple. Flexible.

Top 5 Back To School Worries For 2018

It’s almost time for many of us to get those kids ready to head back to school. Well, my kids have never left…lol. That’s a plus to homeschooling but sometimes it can be a downside too because this Momma just needs a BREAK every now and then. If my kids can see me then I am ‘on call’. In this tiny house that is pretty much 24/7.

We are gearing up to get ready to start a fresh homeschool year which will be our 5th year! Wow! Where has time gone? Anyway I am so excited to be using the PRAIRIE PRIMER this year. We have enjoyed reading the biography which I had hoped to have finished by now but we aren’t quite there yet. I have pretty much gotten our first four weeks planned out. I still need to look through a few activities and plug them into a few gaps.

1. Learning Disabilities

I am also going to look through some of the new items that we purchased for William. His learning disabilities mean that we do have to practice some things more than others and I really try to keep things interesting. I know I get tired of doing the same thing again and again. When William gets tired of repeating something that usually ends up in disaster. And I realize I am off topic… Oops, sorry guys! Continue reading Top 5 Back To School Worries For 2018

Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

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Hmmm… have you thought about what you’ll be feeding those hungry learners? If your kids were in public school you may not have had to think much about it before. If you plan to homeschool then you will be feeding them at least three meals a day and maybe a few snacks in between.

This can turn into a chaotic juggling act if you aren’t prepared. How do we prevent meal time chaos in our home? By meal planning. I even plan out snacks sometimes so I don’t forget to include them on my grocery list. Check out this link for some Healthy Snacks to Go.

10 snacks your kids can make star (1)

It might seem like a lot of trouble but when you find a system that works for then it is so easy. It will actually save you time and money in the long run. This is also a helpful thing even if you don’t homeschool.

Check out this post for some quick and easy breakfast ideas to help you beat that morning chaos and fill those tummies with a nutritious breakfast to start their day off right. Here is another link for even more ideas: The Healthy Breakfast Book. Continue reading Preventing The Back To HomeSchool Meal Planning Madness

Lefthander’s Day

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Lefthander’s Day honors those of us who are Southpaws or who use our left hands. Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on August 13th.

Do you know a leftie in your house? Here are some great ideas for them.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Also check out:

Homeschool: August on Pinterest

Lefthanders for kids on YouTube

 

7 Piece Set for Left-Handed Middle Schoolers - Blue Implements, Blue NotebookLeft-handed School Supplies (Scissors, Pencils, Ruler and More) for Kids Under 8, 9 Pc Set; Pink/purpleFiresara Left-handed Pencil grips, Original Butterfly Pencil Holder Correction Writing Aid Grip for Kids Handwriting Special Needs Preschoolers Children Adult Lefties Assorted Colors (4PCS)

What is Financial Freedom And How Do You Achieve It?

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What is financial freedom?

That doesn’t seem like a trick question but it can mean so many different things to so many people. Financial freedom is a goal for so many of us. For a lot of people it may include things like:

  • not living paycheck to paycheck
  • not having to work overtime to make ends meet
  • being debt free
  • having a significant amount of money in savings
  • having money set aside for college
  • having money set aside for retirement

For others, including myself it not only includes the above but also things like:

  • having money to plan for future events
  • having money to help others
  • not having to worry about bills
  • not being afraid to check your bank account
  • not having to worry about unexpected financial emergencies

Sound almost impossible doesn’t it? Well, it’s not. I promise. I haven’t made it there yet but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It does require a lot of work and some sacrifice on your end. Continue reading What is Financial Freedom And How Do You Achieve It?

Have You Grabbed This Amazon Count Down Deal Yet?

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Did you know that I have a couple of cook books on Amazon? Both of them are full of family favorite recipes that we enjoy eating again and again. I had planned on having another one out last year but with the move and the hurricane that just didn’t happen.

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Starting today you can get 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes ebook for just $0.99! (That’s a 67% savings!) Yes, less than a dollar and you can have some really great breakfast ideas on your tablet, phone, laptop, or other device. These will come in so handy when the back to school morning chaos hits!

It is available as a paperback as well, if you prefer to have a ‘hard copy’ at home. This deal only lasts until August 6, 2018 and then the price will increase to $1.99 and then back to regular price after August 10, 2018.

What are you waiting for? Grab yours today.

While on Amazon you can also check out my other cook book, Kirby’s Korner Blog: Top 40+ Family Favorite Recipes ebook or paperback, by clicking either of these links.

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You can also get both of these books for FREE (and about 1 million others) if you have Kindle Unlimited. Try it FREE today!

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

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National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is the day we can enjoy these sweet treats. Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on August 4th.

This would be the perfect day to bring the kids in the kitchen and let them help with a batch of these yummy cookies. Don’t have a favorite recipe? Check out one of these books and try out some of the delicious recipes.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day: Continue reading National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Back To School Giveaway!

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Congrats to Caroline K. who was the winner of this gift card. Please check your email and respond within 48 hours.

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I’ve had a couple of great successes as far a my blog goes and I want to thank everyone for their support and loyalty. Without readers I wouldn’t be where I am right now.

At the New Year I had set some goals for myself and my blog. While a lot of those goals haven’t been accomplished for various reasons some of them have. Some of you may remember that I had planned to move my blog over to BlueHost. I had some BIG plans. (Great site and exceptional customer services!)

Keep Reading to Get to the Link to Enter to Win!


Then things kinda fell apart because when we went to transfer the site it didn’t go as planned. I was panicked for a bit as I thought for sure that we’d lost my whole blog but thankfully most of it was restored.

Then the next month I had gotten really sick and had to go to the hospital TWICE. Not fun! Then I’ve spent the past few  several months recovering and paying off those bills. Last month I finally finished getting them paid off… Yay! I also started getting back  to blogging. I mean I’ve really been working hard at it trying to get back into the swing of things.

Last month I also stumbled across the Wealthy Affiliate program and did some of the FREE trainings that they offered and boy did I learn a lot. In fact I started putting the information to use right away.

Then a funny happened. I expected to see an increase in traffic on my blog and I did. (I had set a goal of having at least 20 views/day which was kind of pathetic since I had well over that this time last year but you’ve got to start somewhere, right?) I am happy to say that I far succeeded that goal and have set an even bigger goal for this month.

Along with the increased blog traffic I began to notice a dramatic increase in my Instagram followers. I had initially hoped to reach 1,500 followers by mid year but that didn’t happen, probably because of my lack of effort. This week we finally reached that goal and are steadily climbing as we speak.

To celebrate I have decided to host an Amazon Giveaway but I couldn’t decide on what to do. I debated on whether to go with back to school supplies or books/magazines as I know my kids love these:

National Geographic Kids Magazines

Then being a busy Momma I know that there are a lot of other ideas I could come up with. I know I could really use this:

Well Planned Day, Family Homeschool Planner, July 2018 – June 2019

Decisions, decisions but sadly after spending over an hour talking with three different Amazon customer reps I was not able to set up a giveaway as I have previously done. (My account was hacked a few months ago and now they have suspended most of my privileges.) 

Click Here To Go To The Entry Form!

No worries as I have decided to use Rafflecopter to host a giveaway of an Amazon.com eGift card in the amount of $25.00! Then the winner can choose whatever prize they like and I can get off the phone with customer service. Amazon is not affiliated with this giveaway.

Click Here To Go To The Entry Form!

Ok, now that we have the prize decided. What do you need to do? Simply click this link and follow the instructions. The link will take you to the Rafflecopter Giveaway Page.  If you already follow my blog then please just leave your screen name and leave a comment for me on a recent post.

Click Here To Go To The Entry Form!

The instructions are pretty simple. You just need to come to my blog and click the ‘Follow’ button. (Located in the left column of the page.) After you have followed my blog I need you to leave a comment on this post letting me know you entered. Then enter your username/email into the box on the Rafflecopter form so I can verify.

Click Here To Go To The Entry Form!

I do encourage you to share this post with others but it is not a requirement to enter nor will it increase your chances of winning. The giveaway will start 8/2/2018 at 12:00 am and end on 8/10/2018 at 12:00 am. The complete rules are listed at the bottom of this post.

Again, Thank you all!

I plan to do some more giveaways as I reach some of the other goals I have set in place. In fact I will host another one when my blog reaches 1500 followers and/or my Pinterest page reaches 500 followers. 

Back To School Giveaway Rules

The winner will receive a $25.00 Amazon eGift card.

No purchase necessary to win; only an email address is required. Your privacy is important to me, I will not share (other than with a sponsor for the purpose of getting a prize to you) or sell your email address or mailing address.

Winner will be chosen randomly through Rafflecopter Random Selector (which uses Random.org) and contacted via email. A reply to the winning email is required within 24 hours before a new winner is chosen. The winner’s entries will be verified.

Kirby’s Korner Blog and it’s owner and writer, Susie Kirby, is not responsible for any technical failures or for any sponsors inability to live up to his or her prize obligation, nor is she responsible for lost, broken, damaged or stolen prizes.

Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery of prize, unless other wise noted. Unless otherwise specified, open to U.S only, ages 18+. Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway.

The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Kirby’s Korner Blog reserves the right to publish winner’s first name and last initial.

Kirby’s Korner Blog also reserves the right to choose a different winner in the case that the randomly chosen winner refuses to co-operate with rules, reply to winning email in 48 hour time period or does not have verifiable entries.

Contact information for sponsor(s), if applicable, can be found in the review text via website links. Giveaway is subject to the laws of the state of Florida.

Taxes due, if any, on prize winnings, are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Void where prohibited by law.

 

 

 

 

Have You Heard Of Jaaxy?

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Have you heard of Jaaxy? I hadn’t until here recently when I stumbled across the Wealthy Affiliate websiteRead more about this here.

What is Jaaxy?

Jaaxy is one of, if not the best, keyword research tool program for SEO out there today. SEO is so important for affiliate marketing and for anyone trying to promote anything.

I have been using for the past couple of days and have seen a dramatic increase in my blog traffic. Continue reading Have You Heard Of Jaaxy?

Sisters Day

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Sisters Day celebrates being or having a sister. Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on the first Sunday in August.

Do you sister who could use a little encouragement? Here are some gift ideas for them.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day: Continue reading Sisters Day

Dancers Wanted! Learn to Square Dance!

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Friendship Day

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Friendship Day honors our friendships, new and old. Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on the first Sunday in August.

Do you know a special friend who could use a little encouragement? Here are some gift ideas for them. Continue reading Friendship Day

Have You Bought Your School Supplies Yet?

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We’ve bought the majority of our school supplies for the upcoming year. I know from experience that this is something best done sooner rather than waiting to the last minute.

Not sure what to buy? Check out my post here with our Free Printable Back to school list. I’ll try to start planning for our next year’s school choices about midyear. This gives me plenty of time to research and make lists for supplies that we’ll need.

Not homeschooling? Check with your child’s school and/or teacher for supply list. Many times the local Walmart will have a handy checklist available when you walk in. Continue reading Have You Bought Your School Supplies Yet?

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a favorite around here. Did you know that August 4th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Be sure to share a link to your favorite recipe in the comments below.

Granny’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. butter, softened
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 12 oz packages of chocolate chips
  • 1-2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.

Cream together the butter, sugars, and vanilla.

Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well.

Gradually add in the flour mixture.

Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop by Tablespoons on ungreased cookie sheetI love these pans!

Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool 2 minutes and remove from pan.

Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!

 

Wealthy Affiliate, The New Way To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

**This post does contain affiliate links which help to support our blog and our family!

Maybe you are like me and just kind flopping around trying to get this affiliate marketing thing to generate enough income to justify the amount of work you put into it. The little successes you see from time to time are just enough encouragement to keep you going but you know there has to be a secret to earning more.

Or maybe you don’t have a clue on where to start but you know you need to earn a little extra income because your minimum wage job just isn’t cutting it.

Or maybe you are a stay at home parent, a single parent, or unemployed for other reasons and really need an income to help support yourself and your family. Continue reading Wealthy Affiliate, The New Way To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing?

Amazon Back To School Lightning Deals: July 20, 2018

Here are some affiliate links to a few back to school lightning deals on Amazon with prices so low you’ll have to see them with your own eyes!

Arts and Crafts Supplies

Manipulatives

My kids love manipulatives and we have the interlocking ones but I think the wooden ones would work well too:

 

Rulers

 

Writing Supplies

Everyone needs some kind of writing utensil so here are a few that I found a deals that make it easy to stick up.

Pencils:

 

Pencil Sharpeners

 

Markers

Combo Pack

Paper

With all of these great deals on writing utensils you’ll need some paper to go along with them.

Other Supplies

This has been on my wish list for a while so I might just have to grab one at this price!

We have an Epson printer and absolutely love it.

This is another one of my wish list items right here but I just don’t have a place for it right now.

 

 

Don’t have a laminator? No problem with these self laminating sheets!

 

Many of these are for a limited time only so check them out right now!

Kirby’s Kids: Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Reveal

*This post does contain some affiliate links which help to support our blog and our family.

Ohhhh! I am so excited to be sharing this post with you. The kids are pretty excited about it too! My fingers are going faster than my brain as I am typing and somehow or another they are managing to put into words what I want to say. I did show a sneak peak of some of the items we’ve received in this post here but now I am going to show you everything we have right now.

If you haven’t seen my latest posts about homeschooling check out the links here but if you are only interested in what we have planned for this year, please keep scrolling.

I’ve been talking about how excited I am for our next homeschool year and I just can’t wait to get started. I have actually talked about this curriculum before but its been awhile. My kids are finally at the age that I think this will work out really well for everyone. Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Our 2018-2019 Homeschool Curriculum Reveal

A Look Back On The Past Week And A Peek Ahead To This Week

I honestly don’t even know what all we did last week. It seemed to have went by in such a blur. I do know that I had put out a few different posts and here are the links in case you missed them:

I hate how I sit down to write a quick little post and my internet acts up and makes it take foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………………

But anyways let’s get back to what all we did last week…

We did get more packages from UPS and Fed Ex… the drivers pretty much know me by name and recognize me when I am out and about now… I guess that’s a good thing? Continue reading A Look Back On The Past Week And A Peek Ahead To This Week

Top 5 Best Blog Posts Ever!

I wanted to take a few minutes to thank all of my readers for helping my blog to grow into what it is now. I’ve been a little bit here and there with my posts and probably will be as my family is always into something new. Recently I did the top 10 posts for the 2018 midyear but here is a look at my best posts ever:

  1. Hoe Cakes 
  2. My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box
  3. Crockpot Peanut Clusters aka Reindeer Poop
  4. Pantry Challenge Week and Daddy Can’t Wait Casserole
  5. So Much More Than a Basketball

Wow! Lots of food posts and number was a tie. If you haven’t checked these out please do… What has been your favorite post?

 

2018 Mid Year Top 10 Blog Posts

I decided to celebrate the middle of the year with a look back on my blog’s top ten blog posts for 2018. Can you guess what they were? The results certainly supervised me!

Here they are!

  1. Hoe Cakes
  2. My First Simply Earth Essential Oil Box
  3. My First Stitch Fix Box
  4. Peanut Butter Cake Mix Cookies
  5. New Stitch Fix Promo!
  6. Don’t Let Your Kids Take The Furniture When They Move Out!
  7. Raising Adventurous Eaters – 7 strategies even for picky kids
  8. Good Friday
  9. Southwestern Produce Company
  10. Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

So it seems that everyone really likes recipes and food as those post had half of the top ten spots. Of course we have to balance that out with holiday ideas, special promotions, and just good ole’ family stuff.

Anyway I just wanted to take a minute and say thanks to everyone for such a great first half of 2018. It really does mean a lot that everyone reads and follows along on our adventures.

Have a blessed weekend!

10 Back To School Shopping Links For 2018

Here are a few links that I’ve found that are related to Back To School shopping for this year. Whether our kids go to school or live at school we all need to stock up on supplies from time time. So I’m gonna keep this short and sweet so you can get to work on getting ready for school.

  1. Back to School Tax Free Weekend 2018 by Passion For Savings

  2. Get Ready for These 2018 Tax Free Shopping Dates [By State] by Hip2Save

  3. 19 Best Back To School Sales That Will Save You Major $$$ by Seventeen

  4. Walmart Back to School Deals 2018 by Passion For Savings

  5. Shopping Holidays: The Best Days to Shop in 2018 by U.S. News

  6. All you need to know about Target’s Back to School deals & discounts by Back To School Deals
  7. 2018 Back-to-School Stock-Up Price List by the Krazy Coupon Lady
  8. Top Back to School Deals by Coupons.com
  9. Back to School Deals by Offers.com
  10. What to buy on sale every month of the year in 2018 by CBSNews.com

Happy Shopping!

Kirby’s Kids: 20+ FREE Homeschool Sites

Recently I came across a few, some of them new to me and some that I’d forgotten about, homeschool resources that I wanted to pass along. A lot, if not all, are FREE! Here they are:

  1. An Old Fashioned Education
  2. Ambleside Online
  3. Free World U
  4. Core Knowledge
  5. HippoCampus.org
  6. Phonics Lessons
  7. Free Reading
  8. Starfall My boys really love these activities.
  9. ABC Fast Phonics
  10. Adapted Mind
  11. Super Teacher Worksheets
  12. Khan Academy So many activities!
  13. Teach Your Monster To Read My kids loved this!
  14. Teachers Pay Teachers I love this site!
  15. Education.com
  16. Edhelper.com
  17. XtraMath
  18. ESL Writing Wizard
  19. Have Fun Teaching
  20. Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool – This truly is Easy Peasy!
  21. Discovery K12 — My kids have enjoyed using this site.
  22. Free-Ed.net
  23. Mystery Science (Regular $69.00/year but they are offering a few limited trials — less than 400 spots left so please hurry!)

Whew! That’s quite a list. I wish I’d had this when we first started our homeschooling adventures! I know there are plenty more sites that aren’t on here but I’ll pass any that I find along to you later.

Note: I have not had time to check out all of these sites for myself so I can’t positively say that they are all completely FREE but I’m sure that they offer some FREE resources.

What are your favorite homeschool sites? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to the list!

Hello Fresh Deal!

I’m so excited that I have been given the opportunity to test out a couple meals for Hello Fresh. Although I haven’t received the meals yet I wanted to share a special deal with you…

For a limited time, you’ll receive $40 with this code (and I’ll receive $30). No limits on the amount of friends I can invite, so start sharing!

Now this is only good until tomorrow so please Hurry! Be sure to follow my blog so you can find out how we enjoyed our Hello Fresh experience!

30+ Family Favorite Go To Cookout Recipes

With Summer here there will be so many cookouts and family gatherings I wanted to share some of our all time favorite cook out recipes and ideas! We often alternate as to what different family members will bring or contribute but these are my most asked for dishes.

Main Dishes

  1. Hamburgers… who doesn’t love a good hamburger? I like to mix my hamburger meat with some Lipton Onion Soup mix for a little extra flavor.
  2. Hot Dogs… I like mine burned black, how about you?
  3. Land Your Man Baked Beans (These can be a side also.)
  4. Meatball Sandwich Casserole
  5. TACO RING
  6. SLOW COOKER BABY BACK RIBS
  7. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
  8. Ham and Cheese Sliders on Sweet Rolls
  9. Pig In A Blanket
  10. SUPER EASY ROTISSERIE CHICKEN SALAD

  11. BBQ Chicken and Pasta Bake
  12. Oven BBQ Chicken
  13. Oven Fried Chicken
  14. Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Continue reading 30+ Family Favorite Go To Cookout Recipes

Ham and Cheese Sliders on Sweet Rolls

This is one of our favorite go to recipes when we go camping. I love to make these ahead of time in foil pans with covers. They can be easily reheated over the camp fire or in an oven if your aren’t roughing it.

These are always a hit when I take them to covered dishes and other get togethers as well. I thought I had posted the recipe before but I can’t seem to find it so here it is again. You could probably use some other small roll if you can find the sweet rolls. Continue reading Ham and Cheese Sliders on Sweet Rolls

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I had all intentions of making some delicious cinnamon rolls on Sunday morning however Mr. Awesome had an awesome surprise planned and I just didn’t have the time. Well Jacob had his little heart set on those rolls and as we all know this child loves to eat. He also loves coming up with new recipes and he decided we should try to make some Cinnamon Roll Muffins.

I combined the filling from our Cinnamon Roll Pancakes and Basic Muffin Recipe with a simple glaze to come up to sweeten the deal. The kids loved helping to mix the muffins and make the swirls. They also really enjoyed eating them too!

Did I mention how wonderful the house smells when you bake these? I will definitely need to make a double batch the next time around. I may also try this out in a loaf pan or as a super easy coffee cake.

Short on time? You could mix up everything and set it in the fridge until the next morning and then surprise your family with the aroma of these delicious treats. They will think you slaved all morning long! Continue reading Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Kirby’s Kids: Choosing, Buying, and Organizing Your Homeschool

OK, So this is the third part of this little series that I’ve been working on. If you missed the first two you can check out Part 1 here, and Part 2 here. If you’ve been following along I know you are ready for this part.

This part can be extremely overwhelming but very exciting at the same time. It also requires a bit of control if you are like me. I tend to see so many things I like I often go overboard and end up with an abundance of supplies and resources that we can’t use.

Researching and Buying Homeschool Supplies

This can be so overwhelming but if you’ve done your homework from the previous post then that will help out a lot.When you really know what your child likes and how they learn it can make the world of difference when choosing the curriculum. You also want to consider your teaching style before selecting the curriculum.

Think about your priorities. Does your child need more help with math or reading or maybe they have special needs and you should focus on motor skills? Keep these things in mind when making your decision. Also as you compare jot down what you like and dislike about particular options. This will help to narrow down the choices. Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Choosing, Buying, and Organizing Your Homeschool

Kirby’s Kids: Making The Decision To Homeschool

So maybe you’ve decided to try homeschooling or maybe you have already been haphazardly homeschooling and have decided to continue but you aren’t sure what to do next. Or maybe you were just browsing and came across this post by accident. No matter what your reason I’m glad you are here and invite you to follow along this little series.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced homeschooler the decision to homeschool or not can be quite overwhelming. I’ve broken it down into a few different sections to help you out. I’ve also shared a few affiliate links to some of our favorite resources.

Go ahead and grab a notebook so that you can jot down some notes as we go through this series. (I may try to make a printable checklist at some point.) Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Making The Decision To Homeschool

Kirby’s Kids: Our Favorite Homeschool Supplies and Printable Checklist

A lot of what you need for homeschool is dependent on how, who, where, when, why, and what you are teaching. A kindergarten child may not need a thesaurus while a high school child with lots of writing assignments will find it very useful. I have found that a lot of what we use are your basic back to school items that can normally be found on sale before the start of public school.

As I was going through our supplies I thought it might be helpful to come up with a checklist for everyone to go by. I have divided this list into what we use most and then some of the other items that we use on occasion which would be optional. I have provided affiliate links for a lot of the items that I order online because it is just easier for me to have the items delivered. (Affiliate links help to support this blog and allow me to provide more FREE resources.)

Most Used

Some of these items like the pencil sharpeners, staplers, and hole punches are not purchased every year so I try to invest in higher quality ones that will last. The printer we bought last year was a bit expensive and I had to save a while but the money we’ve saved in ink has proven that it was an excellent investment. We have only filled the tanks one time and still have plenty of ink left. Continue reading Kirby’s Kids: Our Favorite Homeschool Supplies and Printable Checklist

Midweek Progress: Vacation Pics, Unplugging, and Movie Night

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Hey everyone! Yesterday I posted about the ‘Summer Slide‘ but I really want to post these vacation pictures. I really hope everyone had a great a Father’s Day weekend as I know we did. While we didn’t see the Altamahaha on this trip we did make some really great memories. (The Altamahaha is a local legend dating back for centuries.)

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Picture from: Deviant Art

It was a little stressful and chaotic getting ready for the trip but we all managed to survive. We went to the Altamaha Regional Park in Brunswick, GA. We stayed the weekend in one of their rental cabins while some of my family stayed in tents. I wasn’t quite brave enough to do this with so many kids in tow. Continue reading Midweek Progress: Vacation Pics, Unplugging, and Movie Night

Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

How is everybody? Have the kids been driving you bonkers yet since they are out of school? Well, a couple of my kids haven’t finished their school work yet but hopefully they will be completely finished by Friday. As I was going through the rest of their assignments I came across a couple of links that I thought I’d share.

As many of you know I homeschool my kiddos and we like to use Easy Peasy All In One Homeschool. Most everything is FREE and so useful. They are always adding new things to the site as well and I am ever so thankful for them. My kids really love the site and all of the different resources that they provide. They have learned a lot of different subjects and various subject matter. However a lot of times our kids get so busy playing that they forget, what they’ve worked so hard to learn during the previous year, over the short summer. This can cause for a lot of trouble at the beginning of the new school year.  Continue reading Have Your Kids Went Down ‘The Slide’ This Summer?

Dealing With Bug Bites

It’s that time of year when we all like to be outdoors. The weather is nice, well most of the time, but the bugs are not. Here we’ve had quite a bit of rain so it’s been a struggle dealing with mosquitoes and yellow flies too.

These things really itch when they bite so we really like to use our ‘Stop The Itch Cream’. It really does help to soothe the skin and stop that annoying itch. I’ve just made up a new batch and you can follow this link for the recipe.

My favorite place for buying oils has been Simply Earth. (This is an affiliate link.) They also have a monthly subscription box where you can get recipes and all the ingredients you need for them delivered right to your door. It’s so easy!

Kirby’s Krafts Favorite Facebook Posts June 2018 and Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

I have several Facebook Pages to help keep all of my ideas semi organized. Below are some of my favorite Kirby’s Krafts posts from the last month or two. At the bottom of the post you will find some links to the Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas.

My kids would love this!

Turn A Washcloth into a Teddy Bear

Continue reading Kirby’s Krafts Favorite Facebook Posts June 2018 and Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

It’s Not Just Another Night

I wrote this several months ago even though it only posted today. This was written before the recent loss of famous people like Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain. It is so important for us to take the time to check on one another and to make sure those around us know just how important they are to us.

In today’s day and age it is sometimes confusing as to how we can communicate our feelings without crossing or blurring relationship lines. I don’t have a ‘one size fits all’ answer for that as every relationship and every individual are different and require a different approach. But when it all boils down to it just do what feels most comfortable to you. This post was an example of how I felt comfortable in sharing this.

I have a friend that doesn’t seem to know just how important he has been to me. I was talking to him a while back and wished him a ‘Good Night’ like I normally do. He replied that ‘It is just another night’. That bothered me for some reason.

Yes, maybe it was just another night, but it was special in its own way. It was another end of a day, a day to add to the time we have been friends.

When we met I was going through a really rough time. He didn’t know that at the time but I was really sad and kind of lost in a way. I had thought God was leading me down one path only to have the path bulldozed, without warning, in front of me with no detour ahead. I was at a dead end in some ways.

We just happened to meet and I really didn’t think we’d ever become friends. God has way of changing our thinking and making things happen.

We would make plans to go out or do something. The plans never happened. We would try again only to have something else come up.

Then I’d think to myself that it was probably for the best. I mean his ‘wyd’s’ were driving me nuts anyways… lol. (I had to get someone to translate a lot of his abbreviations for me to start with.)

Then he’d text me and everything would be OK. We talked a lot. Sometimes he would send me a text when I least expected it and it would totally catch me off guard. One time he sent me an early morning text, which was very out of character for him, that I credit for saving my family and me from a potential house fire.

Over the months I learned a lot about him. I began to see him differently. When it seemed like we were getting close he would just pull away and I didn’t understand.

There would be days and even weeks we didn’t talk at all. Then I would start to think about how much I enjoyed our friendship. I tried to tell him but sometimes it just didn’t come out right.

We went for a bit without speaking or texting. I just assumed he had met someone and I continued on with my normal activities. After all I wanted him to be happy and he had said he wanted the same for me.

Then I met someone. When we talked again and I gave him my good news he didn’t react the way I’d expected. I’d hurt his feelings without meaning too. I really didn’t think we would ever talk again. But I was wrong again.

Our paths kept crossing in crazy and completely unexpected ways. We start texting and catching up and it feels like it did. We can talk about most anything and he can cheer me up with the craziest things.

So Pepe,

I don’t know what plans God has in store for you but I know they will be great! I know he sees everything you do and he sees everything you don’t. He sees the little things you do as well as the big ones. He is working on something very special for you, I can feel it!

I want you to know that it’s not just another night or just another day. Today is a special day because you are a special, one of a kind friend! Don’t shortchange yourself because you are a great friend! Anyone who can call you a friend is very blessed and that includes myself!

If you read this I want to thank you for being my friend through the good and the bad! I’m always here if you need to talk, no matter if it’s about the weather or the one who got away (girl or fish).

Your friend,

Susie

Do you have a friend like this? Maybe someone who you haven’t kept in touch and would like to let them know that you still think about them? Go ahead and let them know how much they mean to you. It might just make their day a little extra special.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Mmmmm…. these were so good. The idea for these came about as I had forgotten to take the rolls out for my Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Bread to go with dinnerWe’d had a very busy day dealing with ants.

I happened to have some canned biscuits (and mozzarella cheese sticks) in the fridge from the weekend. I had planned to use the biscuits for Monkey Bread on Saturday but as that is one of William’s favorite breakfasts and he wouldn’t have been able to eat it I chose not to make it.

This is also a great recipe to let the kids help with as they can cut the cheese sticks and wrap the biscuits around the cheese.

Cheesy Garlic Skillet Biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans biscuits (I used 2 -10 ct tubes)
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 t. Italian seasoning
  • 3 sticks mozzarella
  • Extra cheese for top, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400.

Cut each cheese stick in quarters.

Wrap one biscuit around each piece of cheese.

Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet. Add seasonings and cook 1-2 minutes.

Turn off heat.

Carefully place the biscuits into the skillet, turning once to coat each biscuit with butter.

You could sprinkle with Parmesan cheese at this point, desired.

Bake 10-12 minutes

Sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired.

Cool 5-10 minutes and serve.

Mother’s Day Weekend Wrap Up

Oh my! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. We did here but it has left me pretty much exhausted from all the fun. Continue reading Mother’s Day Weekend Wrap Up

Kitchen Kleaning Monday Mission: Stove and Spice Storage

If you read yesterday’s post you probably know that I am in the process of cleaning my kitchen. Now it had a fairly thorough cleaning last August before we moved in and I have rearranged a few things here and there but it is still a work in progress. Small house living has its pros and cons and can be quite aggravating when you can’t get to things you need on a regular basis.

Last month I tackled that problem in our bathroom and reorganized it from top to bottom in one day! Now it still needs a thorough cleaning and a bit of work but it is much more user friendly and I have a much better storage area too. You can check out more here.

The kitchen was next on my list as that happens to be the FlyLady Zone right now. (I love this site!) My first mission was to tackle the stove area. This whole project took me 30-45 minutes (in between loads of laundry and helping with schoolwork) to complete. Continue reading Kitchen Kleaning Monday Mission: Stove and Spice Storage

Family Fun Weekend

I was hoping to have this published last night but I was exhausted and it just didn’t happen. That seems to be too normal here lately but I am making progress towards feeling better and I am hopeful that soon I will be back to my old self once again.

This weekend was a bit busy with invitations to birthday parties, meetings, and errands that we needed to get finished up around the house. There were a lot of things that we wanted to do but only a few that we accomplished. We weren’t able to attend the birthday party as we already had other plans but we do plan to meet up with family next month for a day at the river. Continue reading Family Fun Weekend

Building Up An Emergency Fund

I’ve done a couple of posts here and here about getting out of debt, and hopefully staying out of debt. One of the ways we can stay out of debt is to be prepared for unexpected circumstances.

Now that I’ve gotten my $1,000 emergency fund built up and I’ve been working on getting those bills paid off it’s time to build up that emergency fund so I can handle anything that comes my way.

Ideally this will cover between 3 and 6 months worth of expenses. I should definitely be setting up a separate savings account for this to keep it from tempting me to spend it on something I might want.

You can read more about this approach with Dave Ramsey’s book here.

This post does contain affiliate links which help to support our blog.

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13 Fun First Day Back To HomeSchool Ideas

**This post does contain some affiliate links which could possibly earn me a small commission if a purchase was made through them. These links help to support our blog and our family.

I can remember how excited I always was on my first day back to school. I loved school as a kid and I was always so eager to learn. My best memories were of the teachers who let us play games or gave us special treats on that first day. Maybe they were just trying to bribe us but it was something I remember.

As a homeschooling Momma I can find ways to bring that excitement into our homeschool. I try to keep things fun and interesting and sometimes do something a little crazy. Check out my new Pinterest board, Homeschool: First Day Activities. Continue reading 13 Fun First Day Back To HomeSchool Ideas

National Lighthouse Day

*This post contains affiliate links which help to support our blog and our family.

National Lighthouse Day honors those beacons of light that represent safety and security. Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on August 7th. This would be a great day to take a tour of any local lighthouses.

Do you know a lighthouse collector? Here are some gift ideas for them.

Below are some of the activities I found to celebrate this day:

(Use at your own discretion.)

Also check out:

Homeschool: August on Pinterest

Lighthouses for kids on YouTube

 

Collectors Gift Set of 4 Assorted Lighthouse Figurines 4 Inch Resin Home Boat DecorEbros Five World Famous Light Houses In Metal Rings Wind Chime Decor Resonant Relaxing Patio Aluminum And Resin ConstructionJeremiah 29:11 Outer Banks Lighthouse Hardcover Wirebound Journal

Simplify Your Life: Step 7 Pay Off Those Debts and Bills

Pay Off Those Debts and Bills

Money is a big cause of stress in many people’s lives. So it would only make sense that getting rid of debts and bills can help us to simplify our lives and reduce stress. Credit cards and online shopping make it is so easy to buy things and accumulate debt without realizing it. We see something we want and we buy it and then we regret it when the bill comes in.

If we can learn to live a bit more frugally then we can learn to buy less, want less, be more eco friendly, simplify our budgets, and reach our financial goals of being debt free. We can’t do a lot about what has already been done but we can work towards simplify our lives to prevent the stress from these debts and bills.

One way we can do this is by setting up automatic deposits and payments. You can have your paychecks automatically deposited and you can also set your bills on auto pay. By doing this you can get those bills paid while preventing late payments. If you want to save a little bit more then you can even go paperless which will help to cut down on paper clutter and mail.  All of this adds up to less stress and a simpler life as there are fewer things to worry about.

I have found that I can not only simplify some of my shopping but save time and money while helping the planet by using subscription services and the convenience of online ordering for some things like cleaning supplies, household supplies, groceries, essential oils, and other items. My favorite place to use are:

Now if you have already overspent and just don’t have the money to cover the bills then that is another story. That can lead to a lot of stress. You can set a budget and work on learning to only buy what you need. You may also want to look into ways to bring a little extra income. Many of these places I listed above also offer affiliate or referral bonuses which can help out too.

I really like the simplicity of the Wealthy Affiliate program. It not only teaches you the ins and outs of affiliate marketing but helps you to set up your own website. With the company’s ‘pay it forward’ attitude there is a constant supply of support from other members who have been right where you are right now. Go ahead, check it out, and sign up for your FREE account right now.

Congratulations!

This was the last step of my Simplify your life series. I hope you found some of the information useful. If you implement these easy steps into your life you will find you have more FREE time for quality moments with your friends and family. Good luck!

Have you thought of starting your own blog to make a little extra money? Check out 3 Steps to Start that Blog You’ve Been Dreaming Of for some great ideas to get started.

 

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