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Pinching Pennies

Over the years I have become more and more resourceful! Looking back I laugh at myself and cry over the amount of money I have thrown away. throwing-away-money In my defense I can only say that I didn’t know!!! Now I try to save on most things but there are certain comforts that I just won’t give up and that is okay with me. I am willing to pay a little bit more for good customer service, organic foods, and safety measures.

What items do you think you can’t give up?

While growing up there were certain food items that you ONLY bought, and ironically my mother still buys them. Whereas I have given up brand loyalty, first because of couponing and then because of healthy lifestyle changes.

So my 1st venture into the money saving world was couponing. While I did really well with getting some great deals, I soon realized that some of these items that I was getting, even though they were free, were not so good for us. 292061_2378062291147_6942957_n I started really worrying about our health. Also thanks to a certain TV show the deals didn’t last very long. When my subscription for the newspapers came due, I use to get 10 papers every Sunday, I decided to not renew. I realized that not couponing I was actually saving money, now I wasn’t in the stores every couple of days trying to get that particular good deal which really ended up costing me because I would usually see something I had “forgotten” and pick it up! 

So now as a homeschooling mama, that really needs to feed my family healthier and save money and use this as a learning experience, I decided to take my search to Google. So here are my top 5.

1. Powered Laundry Detergent

2. DIY Naturally Scented All-Purpose Citrus Vinegar Cleaners

3. Gardening – planting your own food

4. Composting – it really easy and helps with gardening

5. Pinterest well actually this one might cost you some but it’s kinda like recycling!!

 Do you have any money saving tip???

Check out some other money saving tips from the Crew!!! Photobucket


Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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

Our Day Through the Eye of the Camera

Have you ever wondered what homeschoolers do all day? Well since each of us is different and there is no set schedule, or set curriculum that we have to use there is no guarantee that everyday will be the same. Some days may be longer, some may require books, and some may just surprise even us!! I thought I would give you a quick peek into what our day “looks” like!!


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Take a peek at what some of the Crew’s day looks like!! 



Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

Homeschooling in a Crisis ~ Day 4

 Crises comes in all shapes and colors. What might be a crisis to you might not be to me and vise versa.

Definition of CRISIS

: an unstable or crucial time or state of affairs in which a decisive change is impending; especially : one with the distinct possibility of a highly undesirable outcome 

The cool thing of homeschooling is we can make our experiences unique to our family. How each of us deals with crises will be different and what we each learn will be different.

About a year ago our family started down a road filled with crisis. There were minor issues, major issue, issues I felt we would never get through, issues that at the time seemed to overwhelm and control every aspect of our life.

One thing we learned when dealing with this past year is that sometimes doing our normal routine helped to keep everything in prospective, but sometimes there where times where I didn’t even think about school and then on another day I NEEDED the routine to help me deal with everything that was unraveling around us. Life speeds by in a blink of an eye, and dealing with a crisis is really a learning experience for our kids because life is full of obstacles and how we deal with them teaches them about life.

Some things that helped to keep us sane were:

  • Keeping a schedule of some sort, even if it wasn’t the normal one we still had a schedule.
  • We always keep a travel bag ready to go. Books, Games, headphones, snacks, pad & pencils.
  • We cut back outside commitments, when we had some down time, we took advantage of it as a family!
  • Talk! We talked with the kids about big stuff, little stuff, sometimes nonsense stuff but we took the time to just sit and talk with them.
  • And the biggest one is PRAYER!!!! We prayed by ourselves, with each other, as a family and with friends.

How do you school through a crisis??


Check out what the rest of the Crew is saying!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

Toys, Games & Puzzles – Day 3

Our first year of homeschooling, was kind of a disaster. We tried recreating school at home and then we wondered how come it didn’t work. Then we went to this small Homeschool Convention. I think up until that day hubby was just humoring me about this whole homeschooling thing. I remember us walking into the vendor hall and being totally overwhelmed by the many choices.

Then we walked around the corner and there was a booth full of games, toys and puzzles, and hubby finally “got” it!! He got so excited and I think he bought 3 different games that taught English, Math and History. He was so onboard at that moment. I mean come on you can actually teach, just by playing a board game!!! Sadly those games, never did get played and are still sitting on the shelf right where they went after we got home from that convention. But those games, they represent so much more than just games. They were the turning point to my hubby’s outlook to homeschooling.

Since that fated day we have used many different games, toys and puzzles to further our homeschooling journey. What games, toys and puzzles do you use?


We have used Hop Scotch for skip counting, bubbles and jump ropes for counting, Monopoly for money counting, Hangman for spelling, and tons of others.

Check out what the rest of the Crew is saying about the Games, Toys & Puzzles!!!


Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

Schooling in the Kitchen –Day 2

Most homeschoolers can turn any activity into school. And if you’re like me, sometimes we have to force remind ourselves not to turn everything into a lesson, sometimes things can just be fun! But Schooling in the Kitchen, there can be so many subjects: Math, Science, Reading, Following Directions, History, and Geography to name a few.

When I first sat down to write about Schooling in the Kitchen I thought, Ok I’m going to post a recipe, show how the kiddos made it, and give you a run down of what lesson could have been taught with that recipe. But finding the right recipe has been hard, there are thousands of recipes out there. Check out our Cookbook for a few recipes we have already shared.

We don’t follow any particular curriculum for in the Kitchen, we teach the girls (and ourselves) about which food will keep us healthy. We have been amazed at some of the discoveries that we made concerning what is in our foods. The more we found out the more we strive to eliminate them from our diets. Little by little we also found how different spices and herbs help to keep us healthy. We are all about eating good tasty foods, just without all the processed crud and chemicals. IMG_20130228_195727[1]

We even took healthy eating one step further and decided to grow our veggies and compost our scraps.


While incorporating more whole foods into our diet we have also learned to make our foot print on this Earth smaller. Teaching the girls how to take care of their body and the planet has become and amazing learning experience that has turned to a great way to live!

How do you School in the Kitchen??


Check out what the rest of the Crew is saying about being in the Kitchen!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

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

Delight-Directed Teaching – Day 1

 With so many different types of homeschooling it sometimes hard to figure out which one is just right for your family. 5days

When we started homeschooling, we tried recreating school at home, then when that didn’t work. We decided to try Deschooling – which refers to the period of time, also called decompression, when a student (and family) adjusts after leaving a traditional school setting. This period can range from a few weeks to an entire year, depending upon the student/parent’s needs. Then through a few bumps and bruises we settled on the Eclectic Approach – A method of teaching that does not rely on any one approach but rather culls the best from multiple approaches. During the bumps and bruises we found some really fun methods; Lapbooking, and Unit Studies. We used Learning thru Literature, Workbooks, Hands on Learning, Games, Visual Materials, and Computer-Based Learning.

So what is Delight Directed Learning? Merriam-Webster says:

de·light: a high degree of gratification : joy; also : extreme satisfaction : something that gives great pleasure


di·rect·ed: subject to supervision or regulation

So I would say that Delight Directed Learning is those times when we had fun  learning. But usually around that time, that pesky little voice speaks up and you worry is this enough? What would so-so say? Maybe we should be doing what (insert name) is doing!

Do you use Delight Directed teaching? What method do you enjoy the most?

What my girls enjoy the most is Lapbooking. They love it so much that recently while we were babysitting, Amber asked if she could do a Lapbook with the 2 year old. And by chance I had received a product to review on Lapbooking (keep an eye out for the review towards the end of the month) so we quickly shared our love for Lapbooking.

 We started lapbooking with Leann while doing Five in a Row, and surprise, Amber felt left out because she thought we were doing something so much cooler then her workbooks. She started begging to do a lapbook, but I thought “These are for little guys, not 3rd graders!” So I would put her off and tell her to finish her workbooks and maybe we would find something extra for her to do. Imagine my surprise when the movie Dolphin Tales came out and Homeschool Movie Club put together all these resources. Funnier still is the fact that we learned about Winter and her story about 2 years ago, and the girls still talk about all that they learned. Recently we were in the Tampa area and the girls realized that Clearwater was close by they begged to go to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter.

Which to me, proves the point that Delight Directed Learning surpasses workbooks in this household!! Don’t get me wrong we still do our workbooks but we also love being able to take those workbook pages and make them into lapbooks.

Check out what other methods the Crew is talking about!!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

Spicy Chickpea Burgers

Sometimes you just get tired of eating the same ole stuff time and time again. Since becoming a vegetarian, I find myself picking something quick and easy instead of taking time to fix a separate meal for me. So I LOVE when I can make a larger quantity and freeze the extras for another day. Like these little babies:




  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1 medium carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 large celery stalk, strings removed and diced
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ or quinoa flakes
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat or other whole grain flour,
    or garbanzo flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt-free seasoning blend (Mrs. Dash)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crush red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon McCormick’s Steak Seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Heat the oil in a medium-size skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the carrot, garlic and celery and sauté until all the vegetables are tender and golden. Season with sage, Italian seasoning, crushed red peppers and black pepper.

Combine the vegetable mixture with the remaining ingredients in a food processor. Pulse on and off until the mixture is evenly and finely chopped, but don’t puree.

Drop by heaping 1/4 cup portions onto an oiled nonstick baking sheet (or better yet, a baking sheet lined with baking parchment) and flatten gently. Bake for 30 minutes, flipping each burger after 20 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Amber slathered them with hot sauce and loved them.

  Check out what’s happen with Lisa and her friends


Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow