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National Lighthouse Day

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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

 

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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.

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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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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

National Watermelon Day

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National Watermelon Day is the day we celebrate our love for this yummy fruit! Click here to learn more about this holiday. It is celebrated on August 3rd.

I think I might make some of these yummy Watermelon Cupcakes for this day. Or we might just pick up a juicy melon at the produce stand.

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

(Use at your own discretion.)

Also check out:

Homeschool: August on Pinterest

Watermelon for kids on YouTube

Simplify Your Life: Step 2 Reduce Your Screen Time

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This post is part of a multi-section post in honor of National Simplify Your Life week which is the first week of August. The original post wasn’t as short and simple as I had wanted it to be so I decided to break it down into a few shorter posts.

2. Reduce Your Screen Time

Ever feel like you just don’t have enough time? Maybe you need to reevaluate how much screen time you use. I’ve seen reports that the average American spends over five hours on social media!

Over the summer I did a little experiment while we went on vacation. I didn’t check any of my social media, no TV (which wasn’t hard for me as I rarely watch it anyway), and I didn’t use my phone unless I needed to check messages from family. Boy did I have a lot of FREE time to spend.

As a country we are spending more and more of our time plugged into social media. I know I’m guilty of wasting time as social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family but time gets away from us so quickly online. Many of us, especially the younger generation, are obsessed with checking messages, new blogs posts, Instagram, tweets, etc. While we are checking on notifications life is passing us by.

Its not just social media and smart phones that are the problem. TV is another time waster as well as gaming that seems to be such an obsession now.

Are you afraid of having nothing to do? Do you think that keeping yourself and your family entertained will be too expensive? Try finding free or cheap forms of entertainment. I promise they are out there.

Unplugged‘ is a cute book about how much fun one can have when you are ‘unplugged’. Try a ‘screen fast’ and see how it simplifies your life this weekend. Check out these books here and here for some fun frugal family fun ideas. 

Be sure to check out the other post in this series for more simple ways to simplify your life.

Click here to go to Step 3.

 

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

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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

Family Fun Day: Books, Elvis, Ice Cream, and Another Huge UPS Delivery

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Oh what a day we’ve had. The kids thought it was gonna be just another boring day but it actually turned out to be quite interesting.

The morning started as it normally does with the exception that we had a cereal day instead of muffins… I just wasn’t in a muffin kinda mood this morning. Nobody complained either. Before breakfast the kids had done a little bit of their summer work books that I’ve printed off for them.

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After breakfast we had some calendar time… do you like our new calendar we got from Lakeshore Learning? This picture was from the weekend. It is quite a bit bigger than our old one and I had a hard time finding a good place to put it. So for now it is in our ‘hallway’ and I put up some new remote control lights to help us see better. These are really neat and I had enough to put one in the closet as well.

After the chores, which included changing/washing the sheets and washing the whites, I had everyone load up in the van. Well first a couple of them had to change clothes because they had already gotten dirty. We also had to brush hair, wash faces, and go potty. Eventually we made it to the van and I had them asking so many questions about where we were going…. but I wanted to keep it a secret. Continue reading Family Fun Day: Books, Elvis, Ice Cream, and Another Huge UPS Delivery

Christmas Activity: Wreck-It Ralph Gingerbread House

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Look what I just found! Just in time for the holidays. And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available. This looks like so much fun but it will take a bit of time.

Continue reading Christmas Activity: Wreck-It Ralph Gingerbread House