Our Journey

 

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 This review was one of the easiest reads I have had all year. Normally the reviews I have done have been for the kids and while they have been fun, having something to read just for fun was well FUN! I received  Franklin Sander’s first book Nothing That Eats! in the three part series  At Home In Dogwood Mudhole! After reading this teaser I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Excerpt from the back of the book: When Y2K looms and modern life fails to satisfy, Franklin Sanders and wife Susan go from nuclear family to multigenerational farm. Despite Susan’s admonition that they acquire nothing that eats, they gain dogs, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, ducks and sheep. Their children move back in and bring their spouses, filling Dogwood Mudhole with grandchildren. It’s no Green Acres, but through sheer persistence and good humor, they learn to farm.  

 photo Franklin_Deal-300x451_zpsb3f59745.jpg  The biggest surprise for me was that Franklin Sander’s writes this book in a series of letters instead of in a storybook format. He tells us in the preface that He wrote these letters once a month for sixteen years recounting his family’s news for The Moneychanger, which is his monthly newsletter.    Another thing that I enjoyed about this book is that there are plenty of pictures and hand drawn maps to help you to relate to the family. Unfortunately some of the entries didn’t seem to flow just right for a book, while I’m sure they really worked for a monthly newspaper, reading them back to back in the book did confuse me sometimes. I also LOVED that he supported “roadside joints, mom-and-pop, family- and real people run businesses that he patronized” , he would give addresses and phone numbers that that readers can experience the charm of the south too!   We start this journey in June of 1995 and one of the last entries takes us to September 2002. We learn about his family and the family pets, we go on family vacations, see how they participate in civil war reenactments. After dealing with the IRS and Y2K looming right around the corner, what’s a family to do?  I hope you get your own copy of this book and see how the Sanders deal with Y2K and farming life!!   How did your family prepare for Y2K?  Nothing That Eats is available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF

Volume Two: Best Thing We Ever Did is also available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF

    I would recommend this book for teens and adults!     Check out what the Crew is saying!!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Have you heard about VocabularySpellingCity? I’m sure you have! We have used the free version for many years but over the last couple of weeks we were given the opportunity to review VocabularySpellingCity’s Premium Membership! While we enjoyed the free version having the Premium is so much better!!!

After you purchase the Premium Membership you create a parent account and then you can add up to 5 students into your class, and they can be all in different grades.The Teaching Resources page has many great features for you to use to set your child’s account. There are Language Arts Lessons, Articles, Useful Word Lists, & Help & Information, with tons of how to videos and helpful resources. After you have created your account and added your students you need to make a list, there are how to videos to help you if you get stuck, there are also premade Word Lists that you can use or you can add any words you want. So if your science curriculum has vocab word, or your history lesson, or any other words that you feel your child needs to know you can manually add them to a list.

Since Leann and Bella are in 2nd grade and I wasn’t sure about which words to put in, so I decided to use the Summer Program – grade 2 list. Once the lists are made you can then assign activities with due dates, you can add as many or as few as you would like. The girl’s first week was a bit overloaded with assignments. All of the activities are really fun and I had a hard time choosing which ones they should do, but I realized that if I only assign 4-5 activities a week then typically they would play other games just because they were fun and not because they had to!

Here’s a peek at a few of the fun filled games that they get to play!!

Flash Card: gives the word and the meaning. Great study tool! photo flashcard_zps3b3e1de7.jpg

 

Word-O-Rama – Game show host asks the question and the student guesses!! FUN!! photo wordorama_zps693e47d4.jpg

 

Letter Fall – Student moves the mouse back and forth trying to catch the right letters! photo letterfall_zps87fc7ce0.jpg

   Another great option is the App!

Courtesy of VocabularySpellingCity: Both free and Premium Members can log in through the app for easy access to their lists! Students of Premium Members can complete their assignments and parents and teachers also have easy access to their student records through the app. Premium students assigned to multiple teachers’ classes have the option to select the teacher whose assignments they wish to complete through the app.

Games available through the App. spelling3 So how do you know if your child likes it?? When it’s time for bed and this is what she is doing: spelling4    

VocabularySpellingCity is for ages K-12th grade.

Price: Families with up to 5 students $29.99 or Classrooms with up to 25 students $49.99, they also have pricing options for schools.

Typically the girls would work on VocabularySpellingCity for about 30 minutes a day. The assignments only took a few minutes to complete but then they would play other games.

Bella’s view: I really like this program, I LOVED playing all the different games!

Leann’s view: I LOVE IT!!! I have so much fun playing the games on my phone and on the computer! The only thing is that I wish Word Search was on the phone app.

My view: This program is super easy to set up and to monitor the kids progress. Having the word lists also helped to take a bit of the burden off of my shoulders, since I didn’t have to look through the books and come up with words. I love the progress tracker, I can tell how long each of the girls took to complete an assignment, how long they played each game, each time they log into their account, it also grades the tests for me! No more hunting for loose papers, everything is neatly put onto a sheet that is printable for your records.

I would recommend this program for ALL students. Whither you are a homeschooler, public school or private these games are a fun a helpful tool for all kids to learn a better vocabulary and spelling skills. 

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“Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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WL Journal Day 3

My typical workout schedule looks like this:

Sunday : Cardio Day – I usually walk with a friend about 3.5 miles

Monday – Thursday – I am normally at the gym. The variation is that I do 2 days of total body and 1 day of Arms and 1 Day of Legs. Which day decides on what we start with on Monday. So this week I plan to Start with Arms, so the line up will be:

Monday – Arms

Tuesday – Total Body

Wednesday – Legs

Thursday -  Total Body

Friday – OFF because of CC

Saturday – OFF because I need a day to myself :)

 

Now that you know the schedule, I plan on only updating my Journal on Thursdays 

 

Helpful Tip

Remember to follow you work out with fuel for your body!! Get a serving of protein and a fruit and drink plenty of water!!

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How are you getting protein into your diet??

 

Encouragement

 

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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WL Journal Day 2

So today is Arms!! And I am super glad, between the coughing and sneezing from these pesky allergies my poor abs can’t take any more!!

The Workout

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Meal Tip

Measure your food – that way there is no doubt to how much is the right amount!!

Protein 2-3 oz. – Beans ½ cup, Nuts ¼ cup, Peanut Butter 2 TBSP

Carbs ½ cup

Veggies as much as you want

Fruits small sized

 

Encouragement

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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WL Journal Day 1

The Plan

Workout 5 days a Week

Eat 6x a Day

Meal Plan

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Ok so lets be honest, you gotta eat healthy foods or else this really won’t work!! If you only workout and don’t eat right your not gonna have the success you want. Same as if you eat right but don’t workout!

When we eat every 2-3 hours a day we are telling our bodies that we are not in a famine and that more food is coming. Your body then responds by using the nutrients that it needs and flushing the waste.

The Workout

intervalIf you workout alone and timing is a pain then do 20 each.

 

No excuses – I have a head cold and I still worked out!!

Encouragement

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Accountability

When I started this blog I never thought I would be posting about weight loss, healthy eating or exercising. I mean come on those subject are kinda taboo to someone who is overweight. We talk about it all the time, but we never really do anything about it. We know we need to eat healthier, and we need to get moving to burn those calories but really what are we doing??? I have tried numerous diets, I have counted calories, counted points,  measured my food, I have exercised 2 hours a day, I have joined clubs, read books and still have failed with my weight loss. A lot of us have the same struggle. And the worst is when someone we know starts losing weight because then we NEED to know what they are doing and hope/pray that it will work for us too, but surprise surprise it doesn’t!! Why????

Well, because we are all different!! And what works for you might not work for me.

My advise: Do what works for you!! And own it!!

The Basics:

1 pound of fat = 3500 calories

*So in theory if you reduced your calories by 500 each day you should lose a pound a week

Measuring your Food helps you to control the actual calorie intake.

*But what happens when you go out?? Do you bring the measuring cups with you??

30 minutes of activity a day helps you burn more calories

 

Here is some inspiration:

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So why am I sharing all of this? Because for me I don’t want to be hiding anymore. I want you to know that I have decided to change my life and honesty is the best form of accountability. One way I can be accountable is to share with you my workouts and eating tips. Maybe some of it can help you and maybe none of it will work but it will be what I am doing and what I have my family doing.

I will be posting workouts, recipes, and helpful tips and hopefully encouragement to others in my Weight Loss Journal.

Today’s Workout:

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Chime in and tell what works for you!

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Kitchen Remodel Part 1

It seems as thought since we bought this house, almost 13 years ago, we have been working on this house. And a couple of months ago Hubby asked which room I want to do next. I replied, “Selfishly, the kitchen!” He was flabbergasted that I would even suggest the kitchen, especially since we want to add a 2nd bathroom, and we need to do some minor work in the bedrooms. With adding a bathroom we would have to move the utility room, which would mean adding a room to the house.

Fast forward a couple for months, I am out of town and hubby has to cook in the kitchen for the kiddos. Being as this is a rare occasion, me being away and hubby cooking, he was surprised with how dysfunctional our kitchen is. I came home and he started complaining explaining to me about why our kitchen doesn’t work. There is no counter space, it is to hot, on and on. Needless to say the kitchen was the next project we started!

IMG_0986Before Dining Room looking into Kitchen.

IMG_0980 Kitchen: Notice the water stains on the ceiling!

Did I forget to tell you that the roof had started leaking??

That helped to start this project off to quick start!

IMG_1007This is what happens when your roof leaks!

IMG_1021IMG_1026  So we decided to take out the wall that divided the kitchen and dining room.

And ended up with this:IMG_1031

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WOW, look how big it looks!!!

Still a work in progress, but we no longer have a leaky roof, but the insulation and drywalls not up either. Between hubby working full time, going to school full time there isn’t much time left over. But we enjoy working together and hopefully my Christmas present will be a completed Kitchen!!

 

Do you have any home improvements going on? Would love to hear about them.

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

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