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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

WFMW- Secrets of Organizers

I was going through some old magazines and articles earlier this summer and getting rid of most of them. (recycled!) I found an article from 2000 from Family Circle and decided to summarize it for my blog!

The article is titled:
Secrets of Super Organizers: Say Goodbye to Clutter

The article discusses excuses that we give for getting organized, and how to BUST them!
Excuse #1: "I paid good money for it."
-At this point, the item is not earning you anything. You can re-coup money from the item by re-selling it or donating it (and getting a tax deduction).
-The item may actually be costing you! -consider the expense or storage or maintenance...
-The item provided it's value, and move on from that.
-When you organize, think of the money you are NOT shelling out, because you are not buying duplicates of the same item.
-Emotional cost of the time being used endlessly searching for misplaced belongings.

Excuse #2: I might need it someday.
-If you save everything you might need someday, you're going to need a warehouse to store it all!
-Clarify your personal mission and goals, and it will help you decide what to get rid of and what to keep.
-Define a financial threshold: Can it be replaced for under $5? Even if you might need the item in the future, the promise of clear space makes it worth pitching and replacing, when and if necessary.

Excuse #3: They don't make them like this anymore.
-There may good reason for that! Product improvements often render earlier generations obsolete.
-Have you used it in the past two years? If so, fine. But if you're holding onto it because you can't replace it comparably, it's only wasting space.
-Discarding it does not mean you are negating its quality. It may just not have a place in your life anymore! Someone else may appreciate its value AND put it to good use!

Excuse #4: It holds a special memory for me.
-Getting organized is not about throwing out all your treasures! It's about weeding out the junk, and keeping only what is beautiful, useful or loved.
-Is there another way to reminisce? Does another object (photo) prompt similar feelings?
-Memory-joggers may create want for more... things you may need need or use!

For many people, the down-side of getting organized is letting go! It doesn't have to be that way! These stumbling blocks can help you live clutter free, as well as create space- physically and mentally for what truly matters in your life.

It didn't help me decide if I can get rid of my tennis racket, though!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labor Day lapbook

This is another lapbook that we made several years ago. It is all about LABOR DAY! Since we are getting close to Labor Day (how did that happen?), I thought I'd post this great freebie that we got from In the Hands of A Child. You can find it here. You might be able to get it as a freebie from them or from, like we did! 
The cover of our lapbook

Whole lapbook, open

Mini-books open: (top to bottom)
The first celebration-When? Where?
When and Why Then?
Celebrations (around U.S.)

Middle bottom:
Undesirable Jobs
My Life without Them (firemen, police)
A Reason for Labor Day
and some graphics from the Project Pack
Middle top:
Timeline mini-book open
Reason for Labor Day book open

Left flap:
Vocabulary mini-book (words like Negotiator, Union, etc.,)
Equal Value mini-book open (we wrote on two sides)
Work interview with--Her Dad!
She wrote the questions and interviewed him. She asked:
Where Do You Work?
What do you Do?
When do you Work?
Who do you work with?
How do you do your work?
It was a great lapbook! We learned a lot about the history of Labor Day and different jobs. I hope you'll be able to do this lapbook soon too! I'd love to hear your review!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Kids' Favorites

I had seen this on another blog, recently and liked it. I tried it, and we took pictures of the kids with extra room on the first day of school. Then I put the photos into the Picnik website, added their favorite things right now, and saved them! It was easy and fun! I hope to try this every year!

My youngest...

My son...

My older daughter...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Baked Beans recipe

This is a delicious side dish that I have been making for a few years. My friend Kim from church brought it to a bar-be-que a few years ago, and gave me the recipe. It is the best! The beans are even yummy as leftovers!

Adding the bacon before cooking...

Awesome Baked Beans
32 oz. Bush’s original baked beans
1 pkg onion soup mix
1 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp worchestershire
4-6 strips of bacon
Mix together all ingredients except the bacon. Pour into 9 X 9” or 7 X 12” dish. Layer bacon on top. Bake at 350 for 45 min. Broil 5 min to crisp the bacon.
Easy to double, may need a few more minutes baking time. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

School starts tomorrow...

written on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

School starts tomorrow.

That sentence means something different for homeschoolers. For homeschoolers, it means that Mom gets to work alongside her kiddos. She gets to be there for all of the ups and downs of learning. Mom gets to be the one that sees her child's "A-HA!" moment in learning, when they "get it". Mom gets to be the one that chooses what they learn and when. Dad may get to teach them one subject, like math, science or Bible. Usually Mom is the primary teacher, the one that grades their papers, keeps them on task, and still wipes their tears, as Mom always has.

Some moms look forward to their kids going back to school so they can have a break. For homeschool Moms, it's the opposite. It is the start of using a curriculum, and working on the 3 R's... right alongside the students, your own children. It is teaching your child to add, subtract, multiply and divide. It is teaching your child the letter sounds and how to read. It is working on their handwriting, first printing and later cursive. Homeschool moms get back to work when school starts.

The new school year beginning marks a new time to read new books on the couch, maybe one or four  missionary biographies over the year. It is sitting at the table, explaining their grammar and the rules of capitalization. It is helping them learn punctuation and practice it in their writing. It is exploring new things in science that your child may not have ever learned how the eye or ear works. It is learning in depth with your child all about a country, such as Brazil.

It is getting to be together, day-in and day-out, not getting away from the child, but fostering the relationship. It is helping your child get along better with their siblings, who will become their life-long friends. It is reading the Bible together first thing in the morning, and memorizing Scripture together. It is teaching character traits and seeing your child grow in the area of patience, or perseverance.

I am looking forward to getting back into the daily routine, not making spontaneous trips to the store, but plan them better. I look forward to being with my kids at the table learning together again. Sometimes I wonder if I am ready. It seems like a big job to teach my kids. But I know God is with us and has a plan for us. "I will never leave you or forsake you."(Hebrews 13:5) "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11) I am so thankful that He will help me all along the way. I have a good teacher to learn from- Jesus! May I strive to be like Him each and every day as I teach my children. I have given this year to the Lord, and I hope it is one of our BEST!

How about you? Are you ready?

School starts tomorrow.

This is a writing prompt by Mama Kat's. Prompt 4: Write a post that begins and ends with the same sentence.

Our kindergartener!!
Our third grader!
Here are a few pics of our first day yesterday...
Our 7th grader!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: End of Summer fun!

Well, almost wordless! We had a fun weekend, hosting friends for dinner and a movie, hanging out with family, playing at the park, great church services, and going to another friends' pool! It was packed with fun times! Here are a few pics...

Mallory and her friends, Ashley and Chloe
The three amigos! 
Our "Charlie's Angels" pose on the backyard screen! LOL!
Watching "101 Dalmatians" with friends/ family!
Daddy and kids in the pool!
Bethy getting a ride from Rebekah! (Caleb and friend too!)
And this picture is from last Wednesday night, when Rebekah sang in her first voice recital! She did well and we were so proud of her!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

New calendar board

We are getting ready to begin homeschool soon, and last week I ran across this great website that had free printables for a calendar board. I am going to use the calendar again with my new kindergartener, and I liked the idea of updating my sad, old system. So I printed the new pieces for the board, laminated them, (it's my favorite teacher's tool!) used an old foam core board that we had and put it together. I am looking forward to using it!
Putting it all together...
There is:  a Today is the ____ Day of School, with a hundreds place chart;  100 chart to check off the days of school with a marker; a  weather chart to add the day's weather; and a flip chart with The Date, Every week, Days of the Week and The Months of the year charts.
The finished product!
You can also check out this blog for calendar board ideas.
This blog has added a few things to the calendar that are for preschoolers and for skip counting.

I hope my kindergartener enjoys it, and I am looking forward to teaching her from it- something new! The main thing I added is in the bottom right corner, the "Letter of the Week," since that is something we do in kindergarten. I printed cards from a here online, and made a pocket for them. I also made pockets for the Days of the week and the Months of the year. We tried taping a dry erase marker to the board, but it fell off. I guess we'll have to keep it nearby, or maybe tie it onto a ribbon! In the middle on the bottom, I also added the Pledge of Allegiance to our board, a laminated printable that I've had for several years.

We have a wall calendar nearby that we will refer to also.

How do you do calendar in your homeschool? I'd love to hear your comments and ideas!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Summer "Bucket List" review

Since Summer is coming to a close, I thought I'd review my "Bucket List" made in the beginning of the summer. (Technically, summer's not over until the Fall Equinox in September, but we are starting homeschool again this week!)

Here is my original post from June.

Here is my list copied from that post:
My Miche bag cover
Kids writing on the hall wall...
Repaint walls in front hall -DONE

Wash all curtains & valances-DONE
Repair rings on blue & white curtains-DONE
Sew bag for cross-stitch supplies- DONE
Sew cover for Miche bag-DONE
Sew valance for kitchen window- DONE
Purge toybox-DONE
Swim lessons for kids-DONE
Prep for Josefina/Kirsten classes, Read-Partially DONE
Wash M/B food/toys -DONE
Go thru MOPS books @ RCC-DONE
Regal Cinema moviesDONE
Go to the park! (at least 2 X) -DONE (I think?)

Visit family in Durango=ROAD TRIP!- DONE
Go to Glade Park Movies- no...did not do...
Hikes/ geocaching with family-no...
Clean fridge-DONE
Make homemade popsicles-DONE
Go to the local drive-in-no...did not do...
Have picnic lunches & dinners outside!-DONE
Go camping? DONE (with lots of S'mores!)
My dad with Beffy while camping...
I later added a few- Potty-train Bethany (we've been working on it!)
Home school prep for fall- almost DONE
Bethany on the potty...

The only ones that I did not do out of those 23 items are these three!
Go to Glade Park Movies
Hikes/ geocaching with family
Go to the local drive-in

We still have time to do them, I think... maybe not the Glade Park movies... They are so fun, but hard to get the crew out the door early to get good seats there!

All in all, it was a great summer, and I am a little sad that it is almost over!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cucumber Salad recipe

Here is a family favorite recipe- it's another EASY and delicious one! It is a great recipe to make this time of year when cucumbers and tomatoes are ripe and fresh!
Cucumbers ready to slice and eat!
This is one of my mom-in-law's recipes, and of course we change it a wee tad each time we make it.

Summer Salad (aka Cucumber Salad)
 2 tomatoes, diced
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 onion, diced
1/4 cup vinegar, any kind
1/4 tsp dill weed
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
If desired, you can also add 2/3 cup oil, and 1 1/2 Tbsp sugar.
Combine veggies in a bowl. Add vinegar and dill, salt and pepper. 
Let stand in refrigerator for at least an hour to let flavors mingle. 

Vine-ripe tomatoes from our garden!

Sliced cucumbers, also peeled pretty!

All mixed up...

And ready to eat! Yum!
Let me know if you make it- I'd love to hear your review!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thrifty Thursday: New Coupon Binder!

This is my old binder, just a big 3-ring notebook.
Several months ago, I found the Krazy Coupon Lady's website and on it, she has pages to put into a binder for coupons. My old coupon holder was falling apart, so I decided to try it. The KCL site has pages that you can print to help you organize your binder into sections, and talks about what you need for the binder. I had some old sectioned page protectors, so I used them. Then I did buy some baseball card holders at Target for my binder. They are just the right size for coupons! 

My new ZIPPERED binder!
I have been looking around for a new binder that zippers. The best time of year for school supplies is NOW! So I picked one up at Office Depot this week with a discount, so it was $10. (Of course the next day I saw one at Goodwill, and I'd never seen one there!)
This shows the index in the front of the binder, and the tabs on the side.
A little closer up of the pages...
I found the KCL website very helpful in building my coupon binder, using all the categories and downloads. She says you can also get the baseball card holders at Walmart and even on eBay. I've had people ask me about my binder in the store, and I tell them about KCL! (and show them my system). It makes it very quick and easy to find the coupon I need and use it! I did change my binder categories slightly after using it for a bit. I added a section for breads/ biscuits and one for Deli-Meat. You can really customize it any way you want!

I hope this helps you in being more frugal. And remember, "If she has a binder, don't get behind her!" (in the checkout lane!) :-D

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Watches

Watch #1 with heart bracelet!
Some of you readers may remember my watch battery saga from last year. If you haven't read it, you can find it here. In the past few months, I've been wanting to have fun watch bands again. We had family visit in the end of June, and my "auntie" helped me make a watch band bracelet. I've worn it LOTS, and when I was at the craft store recently, I found another bracelet for my watch.

This watch face was one from an old watch bracelet I had that broke.
I reused the watch face and the toggle clasp- I like it a lot!
New bracelet pieces from Hobby Lobby with a discount =$2+!

I love the fun hearts on this chained bracelet band!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ten Commandments Lapbook

This is another lapbook that we did several years ago. I got the idea from Jamin's 10 Commandments lapbook, which you can find here.

Here is the cover:

When you open the folder, you see this spread:
We taped the two folders together at the middle. I used a dinner plate to make the half-circles on top of the folders. We talked about Roman Numerals 1-10 when we worked on these folder fronts. We punched holes in the center of the folders and held them together with ribbon.

On the next two spreads, we used this file  They have little pictures that associate the picture & meaning with the commandment. (i.e. and person bowing down to an idol for "You shall not make any idols". On the inside of each of these little mini-books, we wrote the commandment in our own words.
Rebekah wrote: "God is number one." on the inside of #1, and she wrote "Don't use your lips to dishonor God." inside #3.  :-D
This is the left side with the extension out. We have this graphic with the Commandments split up showing the relationships with God and Man. You can find and print it from here. Under the book/yellow graphic is a Ten Commandments quiz to see how you can remember them-- she got them all correct!
I really love these tools for memorizing the commandments. It helped me remember them too!The #6 looks like a bomb for "Do Not Kill." The one for #8 is a thief with a sideways 8 for a mask, to help you remember You should not steal.
The extension flap pulled down here is the Ark of the Covenant made from craft/ popsicle sticks. There is a printed paragraph that tells about the ark above it. Underneath the Ark piece are scrolls that we printed from here.
This is a min-book that we made about Moses and pictures from his life. On the cover we put a poem about Moses. (see below) Then Rebekah did a word search about Moses. On the back, we have one more graphic of Moses and then a maze. It was a wonderful lapbook!

Here is the poem written by Jamin:


Just a little baby, whom Pharaoh sought to kill.
Loved so much by his family, who was trying to do God�s will.
They put him in a basket, and send him down the Nile.
Knowing God�s hands would be there,  to protect him all the while.
Their faith was surely honored, as Pharaohs daughter drew him out,
I will name you Moses was her delighted shout.
She raised him at the Palace; He was Royalty all the way.
He never knew he was Hebrew, until one faithful day.
An accident, or anger?  A Hebrew Slave lay dead,
And somehow in the chaos the words swam in his head.
�Moses, you are Hebrew, my brother whom I love!�
Were her words the truth, sent from God above?
More than he could handle, about the life he knew.
He went into the desert and found a love so true�.
But, God had plans for Moses, no matter where he stood.
And speaking from a burning bush Moses understood.
Moses tried to talk some reason, to God who spoke to him,
But soon he learned what God wanted, he must obey God�s whim.
So off he went to Egypt�To tell Pharaoh how things should be!
Off he went to speak for God saying �Set MY people FREE!�
Pharaoh didn�t want to hear it; he didn�t like one word!
But, Moses never wavered at what he understood.
He tried all kinds of reasoning, he tried a lot of plagues.
But it seemed whatever happened Pharaoh never gave!
Finally, it was too much and God to Moses said
�Above the door each Hebrew must spread the blood so red.�
That night the cries could be heard as death passed over the land.
All the firstborn Hebrews did not suffer from God�s hand.
At last it was enough!  Pharaoh bid them farewell�.
But, soon he would be following, trying to seal their fate as well.
Again God spoke to Moses, and through him he parted the sea!
The Hebrews walked through the water and they were finally FREE!!!
But their troubles were not over as they wandered to and fro
Now that they were free where were they to go?
God never did abandon them he gave them all they needed,
Manna came 6 days a week, just as he commanded.
Then to Mt Sinai once again Moses met with God.
This time he gave instructions, some which seemed quite hard.
They were the 10 Commandments, a guide on how to live.
It was because he loved us that these he did give.
God�s love was so amazing, and it still is today,
So much He loved his people His Son he sent to save!
So blessed are those that trust Him, for salvation they will gain�
To live for all eternity in His heavenly reign!

Here are some additional links used in this lapbook: - Ten Commandments graphic coloring page  -word search  - how to make ark of covenant -Moses graphics to color and print

Lots and lots of additonal goodies!
Books to read:
The Story of The 10 Commandments By:  Patricia Pingry
The Story of Baby Moses By:  Alice Joyce Davidson
The Story of Moses By:  Creative Press
The Story of Moses A Pop Up Book

Movies to watch:
The Prince of Egypt

I hope you will try out this lapbook- it was one of my favorites! Let me know if you do!

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