Fun And Unusual Holidays To Celebrate In January (2018)

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I know, I know it’s already the middle of January and I’m just now getting this list out and I do apologize. I promise I’ll do better! I kinda dropped these posts a while back but I know I like to find all of the fun and unusual holidays to celebrate with my kids so I am determined to start doing these again!

I do have the monthly links on Kirby Kid’s page or you can click this link January Holidays.
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How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

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Has the thought of homeschooling entered your mind? Maybe you’ve bounced the idea around but you just aren’t sure it is right for you and your family? I know I thought about it when my oldest kids were in school but at the time it just wouldn’t work for us. I thought it was going to be too difficult but I was wrong and I’ll share some of our favorite resources with you. You can read more about our homeschool journey here. Continue reading How To Start Homeschool With 10 Easy Resources

10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

I know we’ve all been there a time or two in our lives, if you haven’t then you should still keep reading so you can be prepared for when it does eventually happen to you. We get comfortable in our lives and everything seems like it is going along so well. We have a good job and our lives are stable. Our home life seems pretty good too and everyone seems happy for the most part. Then it happens. It turns our lives upside down and tears our world apart, at least that’s the way it feels at the moment. Continue reading 10 Things To Do When It Feels Like Your World Is Falling Apart

The Nicer You Are The Happier You Are

Kids say the darndest things sometimes and I just don’t know where they come up with some of the things that come out of their little mouths. My five year old told me yesterday that ‘the nicer you are the happier you are’. I asked him where he had heard that and he said he learned it from one of his video lessons.

Wow! I am amazed at the things they pick up sometimes and this time I am so glad that it was a good lesson. We all had a quick little discussion about whether or not that statement was true as Caitlyn (10 going on 30) insisted it couldn’t possibly be correct.

She later changed her mind after realizing that the old advice ‘Do unto others as you would have others do unto you’ was probably the reasoning behind her brother’s remark. We also discussed ways to be kind to one another and how we would want to be treated in certain situations.

All in all it was a very good, but impromptu, lesson in character.

What have your kids said lately that has surprised you?

Getting Organized: Bill Organization Spreadsheet

If getting organized while saving time and money are on your New Year’s Resolution List then these printables are for you.

We all hate paying bills, right? But that is something that has to be done. A few years ago I came up with a spreadsheet to keep me organized and keep me from forgetting what has been paid and what needed to be paid. I definitely don’t need late fees piling up or missed payments affecting my credit. Continue reading Getting Organized: Bill Organization Spreadsheet

New Stitch Fix Promo!

I don’t know about you all but this week has been a bit crazy here even the weather is crazy. I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on 2017 and setting my goals for 2018. One of those is to improve my appearance and one of the easiest ways is with my clothes. If you saw one of my previous post you were able to see my 1st box from Stitch Fix . I was so happy and I am looking forward to my next box. Then I saw some exciting news in my email this morning!

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Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet? I haven’t, well I have a few things in mind but I haven’t actually sat down and put pen to paper or anything like that. I want to be more organized… some people laugh when I say that as they think I am already really organized… this recent move still has been in a tizzy. I’d also like to lose a little weight like many of us. Most importantly I just want to be a better mother, friend, and person in 2018 than I was in 2017. Hmmm… not too much to ask is it? Continue reading Have You Made Your New Year’s Resolutions Yet?

New Year’s Meal

Well 2017 is almost at an end which means we need to get ready for the New Year. Many families have a traditional meal that they serve and below is what we normally serve.

New Year’s Meal:

Brown Sugar & Honey Glazed Ham

Black Eyed Peas,

Greens

Hoe Cakes 

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

I’m not really sure what our meal is going to be yet, as we have been starting some new traditions here in the little house on the pond, but I’m sure it will be delicious.

 

Happy New Year’s!

 

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Precious Moments Sale!

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I know that many of you have been so super busy and may not have had a chance to check out the Precious Moments website that I linked to in our post last week but seriously you need to go check them out right now!

Their After Christmas Sale just started today and it includes almost all of their Christmas items with the exception of most of the Nativity Sets. This is a special sale so you don’t need a coupon code of any sort.

Some of these items are up to 90% off! Here are a few examples of sale items: Continue reading Precious Moments Sale!

Our First Christmas Decoration For The Little House On The Pond!

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I don’t know about you all but this Christmas has not went as planned here in the little house on the pond. We did manage to get a tree up but it hasn’t been decorated yet… and how many days ’til Christmas? I’m afraid to check.

The kids don’t seem to mind that the tree isn’t decorated as Nanny J let us borrow her fiber optic tree and it is so pretty! They also know that Olivia has wrapped some gifts to place under there as well. Momma hasn’t wrapped a single gift, yet, but I do plan to wrap some later today.  Continue reading Our First Christmas Decoration For The Little House On The Pond!

Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

I love cookbooks and when I was given the opportunity to review this one, Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman, I was ecstatic!

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This is a great cookbook filled with different twists on old recipes and then some new recipes that I’ve never heard of like Coca Cola Salad.
Many of these recipes seem very easy to make and I can see my kids learning to make recipes like Cream Cheese and Pimento Stuffed Celery in the kitchen.
There are also some great tips included in the book as well like how to pair wines with certain dishes. I am definitely going to try out the recipe for the Self-Crust Coconut Pie which sounds AMAZING!
All in all this is a great collection of southern recipes and I would highly recommend this book to anyone!

Continue reading Fixin’ to Eat: Southern Cooking for the Southern at Heart by Katie Moseman

Book Review: When God Made You

When God Made You, written by Matthew Paul Turner, is a book that I recently read with my kids. I was immediately impressed when I saw the book for the first time as the cover was beautiful as is the whole book. Continue reading Book Review: When God Made You

Grain-free Christmas Cake Recipe

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Fun party game: see if your guests can guess what this delightful treat is made of!

This cake is healthy enough to serve for breakfast, but decadent enough for a dessert. And it’s SO PRETTY: https://sl290.isrefer.com/go/Christmascake/happy2bmyownboss/ Continue reading Grain-free Christmas Cake Recipe

FREEBIE: Cozi Online Calendar

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I’m excited to tell everyone that I am now an affiliate for Cozi which is an online calendar that I have been using for years! The great thing is that you can sign up FREE and when I say FREE it is FREE. I’ve used it for many years, FREE, and it has helped me keep my family organized and running smoothly! GO check it out!

 

Gift Ideas

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Kids Cook Real Food makes an awesome Christmas gift, and many grandmas are doing it already!! (We have printable gift certificates for them btw.) Continue reading Gift Ideas

DIY: Quick Counter Top Update

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Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast)

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Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast):

What’s your Christmas morning like?

a. Run around like crazy making a special breakfast
b. Break out the cereal
c. Put a make-ahead breakfast in the oven and enjoy family time + a special meal Continue reading Soaked Apple Cinnamon or Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal Recipe (A Make-Ahead Breakfast)

Gift Cards Are The Ultimate Perfect Gift

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Sometimes you have those people who don’t really want or need anything and they can be so hard to buy for… just like me. I always appreciate a gift card, especially when it is for something that I wouldn’t buy for myself or to a store that I normally go to anyway. Here are a few of the interesting cards I’ve found today (many of them can be sent via email to make it easy to reach those far away):

General: (You can use this anywhere!)

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The Big Barn Dance

We had an awesome time Saturday at The Big Barn Dance. Please check out our video on Youtube and give us a thumbs up!

 

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Updated Shopping Links!

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I just wanted to let everyone know that I’ve added some new links on the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab just in time for Christmas. Are you still looking for a unique gift for someone special? Why don’t you check out some of these sites below or check out the Affiliate Disclaimer & Links tab for a complete list of companies I am currently working with.   Continue reading Updated Shopping Links!

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Have you heard of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library? It is a free ‘book gifting’ program that is available to any child, from birth until they start school, no matter what the family’s income is. Continue reading Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

iPhone Emergency SOS Feature

Hey did you know this trick? I just saw it on Facebook and had to give it a try. Continue reading iPhone Emergency SOS Feature

Community and Cops Christmas Fundraiser

I came across this on my Facebook feed this morning. As many of you may remember my family had the opportunity to meet Officer Bobby White, aka the Basketball Cop, last year. Then in September our local square dance clubs held a toy collection for the Basketball Cop. We were then able to present the gifts to Officers Bobby White and Becki Holcomb in October.

Not only do they help organizations here in our own communities and state they also help others all across the United States. Currently the Basketball Cop Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for the Community and Cops Christmas in Jacksonville,AR: Continue reading Community and Cops Christmas Fundraiser

Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Today we attended the NEFSARDA Fall Festival Carnival Dance at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beaches. There was a wonderful turnout and lots of lively dancing. I’m still a bit dizzy from all the whirling and twirling we did! Continue reading Square Dancing: Fall Festival Carnival Dance

Stop The Itch Cream

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I know we are almost to the middle of November and it seems like mosquito bites should be over with for a bit, but not here in Florida. This past weekend was the beginning of hunting season and I spent most of my time out in the woods.

I had forgotten to take along the bug spray but it was quite chilly so I didn’t buy any on the way either. That was a big mistake!

We found a game trail and decided to check it out. Not long down the trail I was attacked by mosquitoes and bitten several times near my right eye. Ughhh…. that really hurt. Not too mention it was quite ugly and itchy.

Continue reading Stop The Itch Cream

New Cook Book Release: 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes

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Hey ya’ll! I happy to announce that I finished another cookbook that I had been working on. It will soon be available on Amazon in an ebook version and a paperback version. I’ll update this post with the links as soon as it is up on the site!  Continue reading New Cook Book Release: 31+ Breakfast Ideas And Recipes

Getting Back To My Morning Routine

Hey everyone! I’m slowly getting back to routines and really hope to start blogging on a more regular basis. This move has really been crazy but as things are settling down we are starting to get back to our routines, and changing them as needed.

Just wanted to give you all a peek into our morning routine today and share some of what we’ve been up to. Continue reading Getting Back To My Morning Routine

Life Update 9/16/2017

Hey y’all! We are still here ….  a lot has happened since my last post and I do apologize for not keeping in touch with everyone. A big ‘Thank You’ to those who have messaged me via Facebook, Twitter, and/or email to check on us. I have not been able to check emails, messages, or respond to everyone as our internet has not been working properly. Continue reading Life Update 9/16/2017

Check this out!

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We just published our first ebook for Kirby’s Korner Blog. It is a cookbook with a few recipes found on the blog as well as some recipes from my recipe box.

Click here for a preview of our book or click here ($4.99 value) for a chance to win a free copy. Continue reading Check this out!

Yearning For Simpler Times

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Last night I dreamed we had moved. It wasn’t a fancy house, in fact it was a bit run down and a lot smaller than where we live now. It needed a lot of cleaning and a bit of work but we loved it. It was a fresh start from all the stress and chaos we have right now at this moment. Continue reading Yearning For Simpler Times

Family Outing: Jacksonville Zoo 6/10/2017

Well a couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we had a special outing planned. Unfortunately we did not get to go the weekend we planned to go because of the weather. We did go this past weekend and it was so much fun!

As you can imagine trying to take a many kids as we did (we took 7 kids, ages 4-14) can be a bit daunting but we managed. One of my sisters was also able to join us which helped out alot. Continue reading Family Outing: Jacksonville Zoo 6/10/2017

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Here is an older post that might come in handy for next week.

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We all know his famous speech but we can use this day to help our kids understand and learn more about who Martin Luther King, Jr. was and what he did that made him so famous.

Below are links to some resources that I have found:

Martin Luther King Day

Kids’ Martin Luther King Day Activities on Pinterest 

Preschool Activities and Crafts

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Activities

8 Frugal & Fun Martin Luther King Day Activities for Kids

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Product Review: Profivex Premium Probiotic Powder

So many of you have seen the pictures of my kids but maybe not of our sweet kitty whose name is constantly changing. I think his name is currently Garfield? but I can’t promise that. He has had some of the following names like Tiny, Superhero, Mr. Kitty, and a slew of names I can’t remember. While the constantly changing of names confuses me, he doesn’t seem to mind as long as we feed him.

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Product Review: Russian Piping Tips by Asani

 

So this weekend was really cold, again, and the kids were getting a bit antsy while being cooped up in the house. Luckily Momma has a drawer full of items that need tested out and the kids really wanted to help. They have been begging me to make cupcakes so I decided to give these Russian Piping Tips a try. (Yep, Affiliate Link… so if you did decided to purchase these I might get a small little kickback.)

We had so much fun! Momma baked the cupcakes and made some homemade icing.  (I did make it a little softer than normal so the kids would have an easier time with it. Continue reading Product Review: Russian Piping Tips by Asani

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via Silver Fox Squares: January 2018 Update

Freebie Alert: 101 Dalmatians Finger Puppets

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Look what I just found! This is so cute! And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available.

Continue reading Freebie Alert: 101 Dalmatians Finger Puppets

Happy New Year!

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