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Badgers, Butterflies, and Sourdough Bread

It seems that every week is a crazy week around here lately and I know that part of that is probably my fault for trying to squeeze so much into my days. It’s definitely a juggling act around here with the kids, homeschooling, square dancing, blogging and the list of things that need to be done to keep up house and I then I add in things like trying to revamp some of our favorite recipes to make them healthier, working a couple of part-time jobs from home to earn a little extra income and trying to start up my own notary business. Yeah, no wonders things are so crazy right? Not to mention I’ve signed up for a multitude of online classes like the Positive Parenting Solutions which has really helped out when I remember to use the tips and tools I’ve been learning about.

Sigh… parenting is hard. When you add the special challenges of raising two special needs children (ODD, ADHD, Down’s Syndrome and a few others) to the mix it can be even harder on some days. It may be because I am making some progress with our class that I am seeing a little bit more rebellion or ‘testing of the waters’ but whatever the reason it has been quite the challenge here lately. It is enough on some days to make a Momma wanna through up her hands in defeat but I know that God is here and He is going to help us all get through this.

The kids have had a blast with this week with our newest Academic Adventure using the Little House on the Prairie book series. We’ve learned about dugout homes, even a whole town that lives underground in Australia, and some other interesting facts about the strange animal that Laura encountered on one of her adventures.

They’ve also learned some important lessons about obeying rules and right now I have a couple of little girls who have lost some privileges and are under constant supervision similar to what Laura experienced at the beginning of our On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 1 Lesson Plans.

The boys also enjoyed learning with Ziggy as they started their All About Reading Level Pre-reading lessons. They also enjoyed reading  The Very Hungry Caterpillar which I thought was a good book to go along with our lessons this week.

 

Another book they are really enjoying is Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature which are reading through as part of our science lessons. It is full of facts and illustrations that they love. The jacket also unfolds to make a huge poster for them to look at. The next best part of their science lessons was looking at bugs with their Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Bugnoculars(pictured above)

We haven’t finished all of this week’s lessons as this week has been a bit busy and it was hard for some people to get back on the school routine. We still have a few like skills lessons which include our new Herb Fairies books and some dog training lessons from Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days. These might not be things you’d normally expect to find in your school lessons but the kids asked for them so I have included them to keep them interested in learning. Plus we can all benefit from these lessons and I find them pretty enjoying myself.

The best part of our homeschool experience this week is at the bottom of the post so you can keep reading or scroll through to find out what it was.

Getting back the week we’ve had, we had an amazing day at the zoo last weekend followed by a birthday party at my sister’s house. The kids had a lot of fun and a bit too much sugar that day. We had to deal with the after effects for a few days afterward. No fun!

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On Monday we had our usual square dance and then back home. Tuesday I decided to make a grocery run with my favorite Walmart Grocery Pickup service. Mr. Awesome had announced that he was starting a new diet after I had already made up my grocery list so that meant we needed to run into the store for a couple of last minute items. I already had the menu planned out as well so I just decided to tweak a few of the recipes to make them a little more diet-friendly and healthier for everyone. Be on the lookout for some upcoming recipes that we have been trying out.

I remembered that I had bought a couple of Trim Healthy Mama books (Trim Healthy Mama Plan and Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook) before so I dug them out and started skimming over them a bit. I also bought the last book, Trim Healthy Mama’s Trim Healthy Table, as I kept finding references to some recipes that weren’t available in the original book. There are several recipes that I want to try and I have been adding some things like collagen, acv, psyllium husk flakes, sunflower lecithin, nutritional yeast to some of my recipes for a little extra health benefit.

I know we can’t undo all these years of unhealthy eating in a day but we can make one change at a time to become a little healthier every day. I also know that my kids will be learning how to eat healthier and hopefully, they will pass some of these habits down to their kids. I’ve added some healthier options to our breakfast menus like omelets with mushrooms and a side of sauteed spinach. While Mr. Awesome passed on the spinach at breakfast I did manage to sneak in some greens and A TON of veggies at dinner time. That’s not potatoes on that plate but you wouldn’t know it if I hadn’t told you.

I’ve also done a lot of food prep so that we would have some healthier choices when we needed a quick meal or snack. We made a few boiled eggs and our own bagged salads for the week. I made one bag special for Mr. Awesome as he said he wasn’t ‘Popeye’  and he didn’t want spinach in his salad.

We cut all the lettuces, a mixture of iceberg and romaine, into bite-size pieces. Then we washed everything and spun it dry in the salad spinner. (You want to make sure it is as dry as possible before bagging it.) We layered a couple of big baggies with a paper towel and carefully placed our lettuce and spinach inside. Then we squeezed out all the air and sealed them. They have been in the fridge all week and still look pretty. (You will also want to change out the paper towel frequently.) The kids really enjoyed practicing some of the kitchen skills they’ve learned and it seems to make them more interested in trying out new things when they are involved in the process.

I also decided to try my hand at making some sourdough bread again. My first starter died when I neglected it a few months ago when I was sick. I wasn’t really feeling like attempting my own so I ordered some San Francisco Sourdough Starter from Amazon. It was quite easy to get the activation started by using the instructions provided. We’ve named our starter ‘Fran’ and she seems to be doing well. We’ve got some dough rising right now so maybe we’ll have a bit of sourdough bread to go with dinner tonight.

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The kids are really excited about our new ‘sourdough baby’ and they keep checking up on her to make sure she isn’t hungry … lol. They even wanted to try out a new recipe for muffins using some of the leftover sponge we had from the bread dough. Here’s a couple of pictures of the batter and the finished product:

This recipe still needs a little bit of tweaking but I did manage to use some whole wheat flour with these muffins and I snuck some greens in there as well! The kids said they liked them but personally, I think they need a little something more before I want to share the recipe.

I was also excited to get my Grove order this week as I ordered several items I’ve never tried before. I did get the room spray for FREE and I love that it comes in a reusable glass bottle. You can even order the concentrated sprays to refill it. 

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The body wash smells amazing and the brushes have helped out a lot with some of the cleaning we’ve been doing around the house. I bought the washing machine cleaner to help get rid of the mildew on the refrigerator seals … yuck. It has helped somewhat but it may need to be used several times to get rid of it completely. I may cave and get some bleach to get rid of it because I just really hate seeing it.

And now for the best part of our week! We had gotten the Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Garden with 2 Live Cups of Caterpillars & Feeding Kit at Easter and the kids have really enjoyed watching their little caterpillars grow up. I don’t know if you can see in the first picture but they were small enough to fit on my pinky nail but boy did they grow quickly.

The kids have been excited to observe the whole process but they were also very excited to let them go. This was easier said than done as a couple of them didn’t want to leave their little home. A couple of them have been spotted hanging out near the pond so we still get to see them just not as often as we did before. The kids are begging to this again.

Well, I guess I better finish up here as the boys are begging me to ‘let the dough out of the bowl’ so they can work with it. They already have some plans for bread and jelly when it gets finished!

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We just want to wish everyone a very Happy Mother’s Day and we hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Remember that sometimes motherhood, or even parenthood, is not the way we had it pictured that it would be and we can get overwhelmed and stressed but it is so much more rewarding than we could ever hope that it would have been!

Here’s a picture of our finished bread:

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 –Thank you!

 

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Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Bugs Bunny Day Specials, and Cinco de Mayo Specials at UnitStudy.com

We love using Unit Studies here in our homeschool but sometimes life gets the best of me and I just don’t have time to gather the materials and activities together. Instead of beating myself up and feeling bad about it I know I can trust the folks over at UnitStudy.com to have something already made up that I can use for whatever adventure we are leaning towards.

This week they are having some great specials on the Mother’s Day unit studies as well as Father’s Day, and Bugs Bunny Day which I know my kids will be wanting to celebrate. They will also be having a Cinco de Mayo special from May 3-5 so be sure to check out that deal too!

Check out the specials below and then make sure to head over and enter into the giveaway! Good Luck!

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The package includes the following two unit studies:

 

Mother's Day

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“The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Mother’s Day is a fun day for children of all ages—from the excitement of making and giving gifts to planning special surprises for Mom. Why not enjoy a week-long Mother’s Day celebration? Really!

  • Quest 1: What Is Mother’s Day
  • Quest 2: The History of Mother’s Day
  • Quest 3: Celebrating Mother’s Day
  • Quest 4: Preparations for Mother’s Day
  • Quest 5: Goodies for Mother’s Day

Mere, Madre, Moeder, Mother—whatever language you say it in, love abounds. A mother’s nature is to nurture . . .

Use this opportunity to help your children understand more about your special relationship with them, learn a little Mother’s Day history, and help them prepare for a fun celebration in honor of the mothers who enrich their lives, whether that’s their own mother or grandmother or another special woman. It’s worth the extra effort to make Mother’s Day a special adventure—an exciting week that everyone will remember for many years to come!

Father's Day

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“Honor your father and your mother,
so that you may live long in the land
the LORD your God is giving you.”
Exodus 20:12

Dads are so important to families, and Father’s Day provides a chance for children to learn more about their dad and recognize all that he does for them.

From some of the fathers in the Bible to the history of Father’s Day, this study is rich with lessons in character, appreciation, and love.

  • Quest 1: What Is Father’s Day?
  • Quest 2: The History of Father’s Day
  • Quest 3: Celebrating Father’s Day
  • Quest 4: Preparing for Father’s Day
  • Quest 5: Goodies for Father’s Day

Celebrate Dad with this memory-making study!

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  • Quest 1: What Is a Cartoon?
  • Quest 2: The Story of Cartoons
  • Quest 3: Science Secrets of Cartoons
  • Quest 4: Cool Things About Cartoons
  • Quest 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Cartoons

I just grabbed my copy of the Crazy Cartoons and the Mother’s & Father’s Day Set …

the kids are gonna love these!

Don’t forget to check back during May 3-5 for this special:

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Expedition Mexico

Are you ready for an education vacation? Not a vacation from education, but an educational vacation, without ever leaving home!

Which country boasts jungles, volcanoes, and Mayan pyramids?

Studying a country is a great way to discover amazing animals and geographical features with your children. Here are a few of the things that they will explore with this study:

  • Quest 1: Where on Earth Is Mexico?
  • Quest 2: Some of the Special Places in Mexico
  • Quest 3: A Bit of History
  • Quest 4: Cool Things to Know About Mexico
  • Quest 5: Fun and Games in Mexico

Mariachi bands often bring Mexico to mind, but what are they?
Exciting dances can be incredibly fun, and you may already know some of them.
X marks the place on the map—some you will have heard about . . . others will be new finds!
Iguanas are often green, but how long are they?
Cinco de Mayo is a holiday in Mexico, but do you know why?
Old pyramids remain after the Mayan civilization—no need to go all the way to Egypt!

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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

Judy Luxury Designer Bracelet Rose Gold Color

As many of you know I am an avid square dancer. I also love to dress up in my fancy square dance outfits but no outfit is complete without a couple of pieces of nice jewelry. I am constantly on the lookout for affordable trendy pieces to compliment my various outfits and I was excited when I was given the opportunity to try out this lovely bracelet by Judy Luxury, which is an online fashion store specializing in affordable fashion items for women.

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I am in love with all things rose gold colored here lately and this bracelet is no exception. This beautiful Judy Luxury Designer Bracelet Rose Gold Color is made of titanium and its variety of patterns looks great with many different outfits that I have. This delicate bracelet has quickly become a favorite of mine and I look forward to wearing it with many different outfits on many different occasions in the upcoming year.

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May 14 – May 20, 2017 Meal Plan

This is our basic meal plan for the week. Sometimes we will switch the days around if I forgot to set something out or put something in the crock pot. Please feel free to use this or change it around to suit your family’s needs.

I have started trying to do easier meals on days that I have square dancing obligations. This helps me to be able to put a nice meal on the table without feeling guilty about having some much needed ‘Mommy Time’. Some of these meals may also help with those that have busy or irregular schedules due to work or extracurricular activities.

I do have ‘Snacks/Desserts’ listed as well. I always try to keep a bowl of fresh fruit out on the counter or table for the kids to snack on. Sometimes I will make a special snack or treat for us to enjoy.

Sunday (Mother’s Day)

Breakfast:

Blueberry Oatmeal Bread, scrambled eggs

Lunch:

hot dogs, mac n cheese, veggies

Dinner:

Spicy Chicken and BowtiesSalad, buttered bread

Snacks/Desserts:

boiled eggs/ Strawberry Cream Cake


Monday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

soup, grilled cheese

Dinner:

Popover PizzaSalad **fairly easy meal to put together as we will have a squared dance this night.

Snacks/Desserts:

Cinnamon Toast/Easy Banana Pudding


Tuesday

Breakfast:

French Toast

Lunch:

tuna salad sandwiches, veggies

Dinner:

Boston Baked BeansGrandma’s Mac N CheeseCole Slaw

**(This is a fairly easy crockpot meal. The mac n cheese and slaw can be made a little in advance before I go to the dance in the evening.)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cupcakes (** I will try to make a few extra to take along for refreshments later.)


Wednesday

Breakfast:

Basic Muffins

Lunch:

Hot dogs, veggies

Dinner:

Easy Chili Mac N Cheese**, Salad, 30 minute Rolls ** new recipe

Snacks/Desserts:

Muffins


Thursday

Breakfast:

Pancakes

Lunch:

PB & J sandwiches, fruit

Dinner:

Chicken Pot Pie**, Mashed Potatoes ** new recipe

Snacks/Desserts:

Fruit


Friday

Breakfast:

Cereal/Oatmeal

Lunch:

leftovers

Dinner:

Free Day

**(It will be a fairly quick meal to put together as Momma has a class/dance in the evening)

Snacks/Desserts:

Cookies (again I will try to make a few extra to take along for class.)


Saturday

Breakfast:

Dutch Puff, Fruit

Lunch:

PB & J Sandwiches, Fruit

Dinner:

Easy Bean TostadasSpanish RiceSalad

Snacks/Desserts:

PB Crackers

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day was created to honor our mothers. Click here to learn more about this holiday.

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

(Use at your own discretion.)

Printable Mother’s Day Card

Mother’s Day Crafts and Children’s Activities – DLTK-Holidays

Mother’s Day – Activity Village

Mothers Day Activities Theme for Preschool – Preschool Plan It

Mother’s Day Activities for Kids | Education.com

Mother’s Day Crafts, Cards, Activities, and Worksheets

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR MOTHER’S DAY

PRESCHOOL MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS, ACTIVITIES, GAMES, AND RHYMES

Also check out:

Homeschool: May on Pinterest

May Holidays

I will try to update this list with some fun activities as well. Feel free to click the links to find out more about the origins and meanings behind these special days. I plan to incorporate a few of these into our normal homeschool routine to add a little fun and excitement to our days. Have fun and maybe make up your own personal family holiday or tradition for the month!

This month is also know as:

  • Foster Care Month
  • Gifts from the Garden Month
  • Lupus Awareness Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Blood Pressure Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • National Salad Month
  • Older Americans Month

The weeks are known as:

  • Nurse’s Week – first full week of month
  • Wildflower Week – week two
  • National Bike Week – third week
  • National Police Week – third week of month
  • Emergency Medical Services Week – fourth week of month

(Links will be updated closer to the dates of each holiday.)

I found this list and more here:

May Day (1st)

**see May Day for more activities

Mother Goose Day (1st)

Brothers and Sisters Day (3rd)

**see National Sibling Day for more activities

Star Wars Day/May the ‘4th’ Be With You Day (4th)

**see Star Wars Day for more activities

Cinco de Mayo (5th)

**see Cinco de Mayo for more activities

No Socks Day (8th)

National Train Day– Saturday closest to May 10th

National Windmill Day – the second Saturday in May

Limerick Day (12th)

** see Limerick Day for more activities

Mother’s Day – second Sunday

** see Mother’s Day for more activities

National Chocolate Chip Day (15th)

** see Chocolate Chip Day for more activities

Armed Forces Day -third Saturday

** see Armed Forces Day for more activities

Lucky Penny Day (23rd)

National Missing Children’s Day (25th)

** see National Missing Children’s Day for more activities

Sally Ride Day (26th)

** see Sally Ride Day for more activities

Memorial Day last Monday of month.

** see Memorial Day for more activities

National Macaroon Day (31st)

Also check out:

Homeschool: May on Pinterest