Popsicle Stick Scarecrow

Popsicle Stick Scarecrow

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My kids just adore popsicle stick crafts.   This one is so cute and easy peasy to do.  These would also make great name place settings for Thanksgiving and your kids will just LOVE helping you make them.  You could either write names across the brim of the hat or on the little orange nose.  Either way, they will be super cute!

Gather your supplies:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • brown and yellow craft foam
  • 1 yellow pipe cleaner
  • 2 googly eyes, yellow
  • orange and red construction paper
  • scissors, black marker
  • You can find the full list of supplies and instructions over at iVillage!
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Big Hero 6 New Trailer #BigHero6

Big Hero 6 New Trailer

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We cannot wait!  While we are waiting on Big Hero 6 to open though, we have been watching every trailer that comes out as soon as it comes!  I wanted to share with you that there is a brand new trailer out.  I’m warning you though, it’s only going to make you want to see the movie THAT MUCH MORE!  I don’t know about you, but my kids are counting down the days :D

From Walt Disney Animation Studios, the team behind “Frozen” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” comes “Big Hero 6,” an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax (voice of Scott Adsit), a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada (voice of Ryan Potter). When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago (voice of Jamie Chung), neatnik Wasabi (voice of Damon Wayans Jr.), chemistry whiz Honey Lemon (voice of Genesis Rodriguez) and fanboy Fred (voice of T.J. Miller). Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called “Big Hero 6.”

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REESE’S Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spider Recipe

REESE’S Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spider Recipe

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Photo Credit: Hershey’s Kitchen

These are so stinkin’ cute!  They’re also easy peasy lemon squeezy.  I am always on the lookout for fun and easy treats for the kiddos.  This one fits all of the criteria.  Now, just to make it to the kitchen to get started.  My kids always think I’m the smartest mom in the world when I make fun food for them.  These will definitely take me to genius level.  I hope y’all enjoy them as much as we did.

Ingredients

  • 8 REESE’S Peanut Butter Pumpkins(1.2 oz. each)
  • 32 Large pretzel twists(2-1/2 to 3 in.)
  • 1/4 cup HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate Chips, HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips*
  • You can find a full list of ingredients and recipe over at Hershey’s Kitchens!
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6 Ways To Stay Organized While Homeschooling

6 Ways To Stay Organized While Homeschooling

If books, videos and school supplies have begun to invade every room of your house then you know how important it can be to take control and get organized.  Here are my favorite 6 Ways To Stay Organized While Homeschooling.  These keep the clutter at bay, our supplies on hand when needed and most importantly mom and dads sanity in tact as we tackle the challenge of teaching our children.

6 WAYS TO STAY ORGANIZED WHILE HOMESCHOOLING 

3 Ring Binders.  I cannot say enough about how much my 3-ring binders save the day.  Keep one for each student for porfolio purposes (include test scores, annual evalutaions, completed projects, etc.).  I also suggest utilizing one for each subject your children takes.  With these available in various sizes, it makes it easy to color code and create a shelf of binders that keeps the paperwork at bay and the needed items easily accessed.

Color Coded Storage.  As mentioned above, color coding by student or subject is so important.  I like the method of assigning each subject a specific color (History-Red, Science-Green, etc.).  I also like assigning each student a color to be associated with their school supplies.  Student A has a blue pencil case, blue pencils, blue pens, blue eraser, etc.  This cuts back on arguments of what belongs to whome.  It also helps younger students be able to grab what subject you need by color recognition only. 

Dedicated Homeschool Space.  While some of us don’t have homes large enough to have a full classroom, you can easily convert corners and nooks into dedicated spaces.  That means supplies don’t leave that area and travel to bedrooms, living room, etc.  Keep your supplies, books, binders and everything related to homeschooling in one location to cut down on clutter and disorganization. 

Purge Papers.  While there are some things you need to hold on to for test review or perhaps a portfolio required by your state, there are many pieces of paper that are of no use after they have been completed and turned in.  Once a month go through your paper and determine what you feel is needed and what is simply busy work or review that can be thrown away or shredded.  If you want to go the extra mile of eliminating paper waste while still having a record of it, invest in something like a Neat Desk or a simple scanner to scan and save on your hard drive or flash drive for future reference.  

Set Timers.  While you may have a basic schedule in place, setting timers for breaks and cleanup can help tremendously.  Taking periodic breaks throughout the day to cleanup from projects, evaluate where everyone is on their assignments and take a break to just relax will help your homeschool classroom stay neat and orderly as you need it.

Hire Help.  Sometimes we just need to be able to focus on our classroom, or one specific student.  Hiring help can relieve stress and help you stay on task.  That could be hiring someone to come help you with some deep cleaning once a month to help relieve a bit of stress.  It could be hiring a babysitter  to come hang with younger kids while you focus on another child and their learning needs, or a tutor to help with subjects you lack skills in.  It may simply mean buying some homeschool planners or books and spending the time creating a new daily routine for yourself.  Sometimes, you just need to invest a little bit to keep things organized and running smoothly.

Homeschooling can be a wonderful thing for the whole family, but organization on some level is important at all times.  These ways to stay organized while homeschooling have been our go-to list for some time.  They help us stay on track and focused on the important things and not wasting time on busy work.

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Easy Cinnamon Apple Pie

Easy Cinnamon Apple Pie

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Photo credit: Hershey’s Kitchen

Cinnamon apple season is here! I love this recipe. My favorite thing is that it is made with fresh apples. So many time people will reach for the apple pie filling instead of using fresh apples, but fresh apples are very easy to use and taste delicious :D This is a weekly staple around our house during the holiday season. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Ingredients

  • 1 package (15 oz.) refrigerated pie crusts, or pastry for double-crust 9-inch pie
  • 2 cans (20-oz. each) sliced apples (not pie filling), drained *
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1-2/3 cups (10-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY’S Cinnamon Chips, divided
  • You can find the full list of ingredients and recipe over at Hershey’s! 
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New Clip From Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day #VeryBadDay

New Clip From Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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A very good day is coming up!  There is a hilarious new clip from Disney’s ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY starring Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner and Bella Thorne available to watch.  We are so stinkin’ excited that it is coming out in just a couple of weeks.  We have watched every clip that came out and laughed at all of them.   We are hoping to make it to the screening in New Orleans before it opens everywhere so I can give you a full review!  Be sure to keep your eyes opened for my review coming up :D

Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

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Candy Corn Cakes

Candy Corn Cakes

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Photo Credit: Snack Works

How stinkin’ cute are these?!  I got on a huge candy corn kick last year, but have been so busy with homeschooling this year that I have hardly had time to bake.  I have been looking for great recipes to share on my blog with all of you and just fell in love with this on from Oreo, when I saw it.  I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did :D

Ingredients

  • 26 Halloween OREO Cookies, divided
  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) white cake mix
  • 1 container (16 oz.) ready-to-spread white frosting, divided
  •  yellow and red food colorings
  • You can find the full list of ingredients and recipe over at Snack Works!
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How To Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

HOW TO STAY ENCOURAGED WHILE HOMESCHOOLING

How To Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

While we are happy we homeschool and believe in it wholeheartedly for our family, we know it isn’t always an easy choice or task.  There are days when throwing in the towel truly feels like the best plan out there.  Yet, other days it feels like the best thing we have ever chosen for our family.  How To Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling has become something we realize every person needs to figure out.  Whether it is your first year, your 10th year or only your second day, discouragement is sure to find you at some point.  Hopefully our tips will help you to remember your goals and focus your energy on the good things until you can get over this hump. 

Pick A Motto.  One thing that helps is to pick a homeschool motto.  A scripture, a great quote or simple a sentence that states why you have made this choice for your family are all great motto’s.  Print it on paper and frame it, place it on post it notes throughout your classroom or create a custom vinyl wall decal of it.  Keeping your motto in sight at all times will help you to retain your focus and be a constant reminder that bad days happen yet the good is out there to be had.

Take A Break.  Whether it is for the day, week or a month taking a break is very important.  Sometimes we just need to leave the problem alone and come back later to solve it.  Take time off from school to relax, have a movie day, do some deep cleaning or just go play.

Ask For Help.  If you are struggling with a particular area of homeschooling in general or studies with one child, it may be time to seek help.  That can be online in one of the many homeschool groups or forums you find, or it could be from a local parent or educator who might know more than you about the subject.  Sometimes it simply means asking your spouse to step in and give you constructive criticism about what may be causing you to be stressed or discouraged.

Stop Seeking Perfection.  This one is hard for those of us who tend to be perfectionists.  While we want to give our children a better education by homeschooling them, that doesn’t mean we won’t face the same struggles other teachers do with their students.  Every child is different and in some cases, a perfect grade just isn’t going to happen no matter how hard you both try.  Let go of the ideal of perfection and seek to improve and learn. 

Evaluate Your Goals.  Sometimes we get caught up in the grade level, the test scores and the comparison of our children to other homeschooled or even traditionally schooled children.  Take a step back and evaluate your goals.  Why did you choose to homeschool in the first place?  Are those goals still what you are seeking, or have you lost track and begun a different pursuit?  Sometimes stepping back and remembering our goals, or adjusting them to suit our family and children better is important.

Remember You Are Not Alone.  So much truth here, but it bears repeating.  You are not alone in this journey.  Your frustrations, exhaustion, discouragement – almost every homeschooling parent has gone through it at some point.  If they haven’t, they likely will.  Cling to the knowledge that you aren’t the first to hit this hurdle, and there is likely a group out there waiting and willing to give you a boost over it.

Keeping your focusing and allowing yourself to be human and sometimes vulnerable will help you to stay encouraged while homeschooling.  Remember every day is a new day and a new chance to begin again.

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How Do Homeschool Kids Get Socialization?

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One of the most commonly asked questions when you are a home educator is, “How will they learn social skills?”  While many who ask have good intentions, this is by far one of the most frustrating and annoying questions posed to a homeschool parent.  We hope to dispel the question of How Do Homeschool Kids Get Socialization, and educate some non homeschooling families on how it works for most of us.

HOW DO HOMESCHOOL KIDS GET SOCIALIZATION?

Time spent with siblings, cousins and family.  If you have multiple children socialization and learning how to get along, play well with others and share things is fairly simple.  It is built into the family unit.  While that shouldn’t be the only social aspects a child is shown, it is a great foundation.  Siblings, close cousins and family are always going to be first up for becoming friends. 

Playing with neighborhood kids.  If you live in an area that has neighbors with kids, it is pretty easy to understand the concept of making friends with the neighbors kids.  While other kids may be in a traditional school during daytime hours, there are always evenings, weekends and school breaks to build friendships.

Church groups.  For those who attend church, there are a multitude of ways to socialize on a weekly basis.  Not only will these groups form friendships with kids and families of similar values and core beliefs, the classes attended, group setting and events held will also help your child understand more about structure, order and respect for others (example: learning to be quiet and respectful while others are speaking/teaching/leading). 

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Homeschool Co-op Groups.  Most communities will have some group or another that will allow you to participate in either routine field trips, meet ups, play dates or even educational co-ops.  These are great places for your kids to meet other homeschooled children, build friendships and learn new things.

Sports Teams.  Upward programs have become popular everywhere.  They bring a great sports team to your area for kids who aren’t eligible or might not be able to get into public school sports programs.  Basketball, soccer, football and even cheerleading are common with Upward as well as local Boys & Girls Clubs.  School affiliation is not required for these programs.   Recreational sports are usually a great option for children who are elementary age. Louisiana allows homeschool children to participate in school athletics once they are high school age.

Art, Dance or Music Classes.  If your child has exhibited an aptitude for art, dance, music or even gymnastics these are great places to develop social skills, learn good work ethic and make lifelong friends.

As you can see, it is very easy for homeschool kids to get socialization.  As long as parents are dedicated to making it happen, there is no lack of availability for a homeschool child to make great friends in their community.  They have a multitude of places to learn how to play well with others, learn how to behave in a classroom or simply find friends they have things in common with.

 

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Thankful Turkey

Thankful Turkey

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Photo credit: iVillage

This thankful turkey is such a super adorable way to show everything your thankful for.  It is also a great way to show your little ones what Thanksgiving is all about while still having fun.  I love making holiday crafts with my kiddos that have meaning and this one is full of meaning.  This turkey also has construction paper and paper plates which totally puts it at the top of my kids’ “fun” list :D  I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Gather your supplies:

  • Two paper bowls
  • a toilet paper tube
  • glue, construction paper
  • markers, scissors
  • paint
  • a paintbrush
  • toothpicks
  • You can find the full list of supplies and instructions over at iVillage!
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Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewing System Giveaway

Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewing System Giveaway

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Oh,  National Coffee Day!  This has to be one of the best holidays ever thought of :D  I absolutely love our Keurig and am so excited to be giving one away.
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