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5 Tips For The Best School Year Ever (from a Momma of 9)

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Every year that passes is another one that gives us more experience in life. I know that the past few years have really changed the way I look at things especially our homeschool. This year is going to be our best homeschool year ever because of the routines we have in place. Continue reading 5 Tips For The Best School Year Ever (from a Momma of 9)

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Loop Scheduling Made Simple With An Easy DIY Post It Note Loop Schedule

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Instructions for the Easy DIY Post It Note Loop Schedule at the end of the post.

Many of us have started back to school and some of us started and then quit…errr… well, maybe I’m the only one that did that but I am happy to say that we are well on our way to getting back on track. The big project I have been working on is finished (YAYYYYY!!!!) and I am hoping it will be ready to post this weekend so keep an eye out for it.

In preparation of our new school year I pulled out our old Loop Schedule so I could change it out for this year. What a better time to show you how I do it?

Last year one of the sanity savers I used was this Loop Schedule. You may have heard of Loop Scheduling and I thought it was something new but actually it was something I had already been doing and you probably have too!

I always start the year out with all kinds of fun activities, games, and ideas for us to work on. Before our Loop Schedule I was always trying to make sure we got the ‘meaty’ subjects like Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science finished before we moved on to anything else. If we didn’t get those areas completed we would just not do the other areas.

(These links will update soon and take you to our first Kirby’s Kids Academic Adventure!)

I always felt like we weren’t getting everything done that I wanted to get done. Our days got so BORING! We would be doing the same things over and over and never had time for the fun activities that I had planned for us to do. There’s only so much time in the day so what is an overwhelmed Momma to do? Continue reading Loop Scheduling Made Simple With An Easy DIY Post It Note Loop Schedule

Homeschooling Through The Unexpected

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We’ve all been there… or some of us have. I was once a very efficient, organized, multitasking homeschooling Momma. I still am for the most part but I have learned that you also need a lot of flexibility and patience.

There will be times when your plans go perfectly and everything seems to be so easy. But then there will be times when your homeschool is complete CHAOS! This can happen in the blink of an eye and without warning. Continue reading Homeschooling Through The Unexpected

Cozi Back To School 2018 Survey Results are in!

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Recently my favorite online calendar service, Cozi, surveyed all the parents who use the Cozi Family Organizer, to find out what they’re doing to prepare, looking forward to most, and planning to buy this school year. Check out the infograph down below.

  • 47% of parents say getting their family back on routine is their top priority, followed by organizing all the new events and activities (38%)
  • 25% of parents buying something new for back to school this year say it will be a computer
  • The #1 thing they’ll miss is time with family, followed by the relaxed summer schedule

I know I love Cozi and it helps keep this crazy Momma on track. Try the Cozi Family Organizer today. It’s FREE! I know you’ll love it.

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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.

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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

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!

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

As promised I will share the recipe for the cookies we made earlier today. These are super easy to make and I had made two batches, or about four dozen cookies, in less than 30 minutes.

I’ve always called them haystacks but Mr. Awesome knows them as Noodle Cookies. You can probably add other ingredients, desired or maybe even swap the butterscotch chips for chocolate ones.

Mr. Awesome likes them without marshmallows but with plenty of peanuts. The kids like them with marshmallows. That’s how I ended up making two batches.

Haystacks aka Noodle Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 11-12 oz bag butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 c. Peanut butter
  • 10-12 oz Chow Mein Noodles
  • 1/2 – 1 c. Salted peanuts, optional
  • 3 1/2 c. Mini marshmallows, optional
  • Directions:

  • Line two baking pans with wax paper.
  • Place the chips in a medium to large size bowl. Microwave on 50% for 1-2 minutes or until mostly melted.
  • Stir in the peanut until smooth.
  • Add other ingredients and stir until well coated.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto the prepared pans.
  • Cool in the refrigerator for 10-20 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

We were so very excited to try out Hello Fresh. If you haven’t heard of them they offer a subscription plan where you choose your plan and your meals. They will deliver the meals, fresh from the farm to your home, and they provide a tracking service so you will know when to expect the package. You even have the option to skip a week or two, if needed.

You will need the basic kitchen utensils plus a few things like, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and sugar. Other than those ingredients they pretty much provide everything right in the cute little bags they deliver.

The first meal I made was the Lobster Ravioli with Chorizo in a Sherry Cream Sauce with Honey-Roasted Carrots, which was a Premium meal. Seems so fancy, doesn’t it? Continue reading A Completely Honest Review Of Our First Hello Fresh Box!

30+ Days of Quick and Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas

I know we aren’t quite ready for back to school yet but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be thinking about it. It will sneak up on us quickly and I’m the type of person who likes to have a plan. We have somewhat lazy/laid back mornings here since we homeschool but I remember how crazy and chaotic school mornings could be.

I learned really quickly that we needed a breakfast plan so I’ll share our simple ideas with you. I asked my older kids at the time what their favorite breakfasts were and started from there. Anything hard was put on the schedule for the weekends and the easy stuff was rotated through the weekdays. Maybe these can help make your back to school mornings a little bit less stressful. Continue reading 30+ Days of Quick and Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas

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.

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

This is a recipe that I’ve had for awhile and I’ve tweaked it a bit here and there to get it to our liking. I’ve actually had it on the menu plan for the past couple of weeks but haven’t been able to make it as we’ve just had some hectic schedules here lately.

You can call the kids in to help with this one. My littles like to tear up the tortillas and sprinkle on the cheese while the girls like helping to stir the meat and bean mixture and spread the sour cream. You can also let them help make a salad to go along with this yummy dish!

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of ground meat (I like to use ground turkey for this)
  • 1 onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1 pack of Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 large can refried beans (I use a 31 oz can) or you can use about 3 c. homemade refried beans.
  • 2 – 3 c. Shredded cheese
  • 1 or 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 c. sour cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray a 9×13 casserole dish.

Brown the meat and onion, if using and drain any excess grease.

Add seasonings and stir in refried beans.

You can also mix in a can of soup if you want to make it go a little farther.

Mix one can of soup and the sour cream in a bowl.

Spread 1/2 of the sour cream mixture in the bottom of your greased casserole dish.

Tear 4 flour tortillas into bite size pieces and spread over sour cream mixture.

Layer 1/2 of the meat and bean mixture over this.

Sprinkle with a layer of cheese.

Repeat the layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until heated through and the cheese is bubbly.

Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, yellow rice, and a nice salad for a hearty meal.

This would probably also work well as a freezer meal if you wanted to double the recipe and make an extra casserole for later.