The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Review

Hi Guys!

I shared during my curriculum picks that we are using The Good and The Beautiful for language arts this year. **Side note: What homeschooler isn’t using it? as it seems to be very popular this year.**

Anyways, we are into our 10th week of school, so i thought i would give my review on this curriculum.

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I’m just going to dive in and tell you my pros and cons of The Good and The Beautiful language arts curriculum.

(We are using levels Pre-k – 7)

Pros:

~Levels 1-5 are available to download for FREE!

~It’s pretty much open and go, not much prep work involved.

~I love how it covers more than just language arts, they also add in geography and art appreciation.

~If you don’t decide to download it for FREE (or you order one of the levels are aren’t available for free download), their prices are aren’t that expensive compared to other language arts curriculum.

~It’s just beautiful. I love all the artwork throughout it.

~I feel like it’s a well rounded curriculum, it covers everything, there are no gaps. From spelling, to punctuation, to grammar, to vocabulary, to writing my kids are covered.

Cons:

~It’s advanced. Which isn’t really a con, it’s just something you have to be aware of before you order/place your child into a level. They have a level placement test which you can download for free on their website.

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That’s it, those are my pros and cons. Which obviously my pros outweigh my cons and i’m 100% sure i will be ordering this curriculum again next year!

If you are using The Good and The Beautiful this year i’d love to hear what you think about it. Leave me comment with your thoughts.

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DIY Coffee Cup

Hi Guys!

As you all probably know by now, especially if you follow me on social media, i love coffee.

Recently i discovered a new love of mine, DIY coffee cups. I started out by doing some with oil based sharpie markers, which turned out ok. But then i got a Cricut and oh my gosh how fun it is to create different designs on that thing. I’m now totally obsessed with using it to create DIY coffee cups.

Here’s a recent cup i did with my Cricut.

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See what i mean? Isn’t that adorable?! It says “This Day is Powered by Coffee”.

Today i thought i would show you both ways (Sharpie and Cricut) to create fun DIY coffee cups. P.S. With the holidays coming up in a few short months, these would make great gifts for anyone (not just coffee drinkers)…

Method #1 – Made With Oil Based Sharpies

Supplies needed:

White Coffee Cup (you can get these for like $0.88 at Walmart)

Oil Based Sharpies

Step 1: Decorate cup with sharpie markers.

Step 2: Let it sit for a few hours. You could even leave it overnight

Step 3: Bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. *Tip: put the cup in the oven before turning oven on and leave it in the oven until the oven cools completely, to avoid cracks.*

Step 4: Hand wash and enjoy!

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Method #2 – Made With Cricut

Supplies needed:

White Coffee Cup (you can get these for like $0.88 at Walmart)

Cricut (I have this one)

Vinyl (for this project i used Midnight)

Cricut cutting mat

Cricut Vinyl Transfer Tape

Free SVG file 

Step 1: Download the free SVG file, then open Cricut Design Space and upload the file to it.

Step 2: Once you have decided what size you want it, let your Cricut do all the cutting.

Step 3: Remove all the excess vinyl then transfer your design over to the transfer tape.

Step 4: Apply design to coffee cup with transfer tape. Then discard transfer tape.

Step 5: Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed this fun DIY Coffee Cups post, as much as i enjoyed making them!

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Last Chance {Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018}

Hi Guys!

There are only a few more hours left to get your hands on the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018 and then it’s gone..

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I love this bundle and it couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. If you read my blog post on Saturday, i was just diagnosed with a thyroid problem and to my wonderful surprise this amazing bundle has an incredible Thyroid cookbook packed with over 390 pages of super helpful information and over 100 delicious recipes.

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In less than 2 hours this bundle goes bye bye, so don’t wait, grab your copy now.

————> Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018 <———————-

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Invisible {Journey to a diagnosis}

I’ve always felt like i was invisible, and i’m not saying that as a bad thing. I enjoy not being the center of attention, i like to blend in. So, I’ve always thought of my invisibility as a super power. And it’s been a great super power, kid’s i went to school with since preschool couldn’t even get my name right in high school, that’s how great my super power was. Until the day my super power felt not so super anymore…

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But to get to that, we have to go back to 7 weeks ago.

I had been completely healthy until one day i just wasn’t. It hit me out of nowhere, my ear was in intense pain. The next day i woke up to a lump behind my ear. The following Monday i went into quick care because the pain was unbearable.

They prescribed me some antibiotics, because they believed an infection was about to start. That week i was still in a crazy amount of pain, the antibiotics were not working, the lump was still there, other symptoms started showing up too. I went back the following week and they didn’t know what to do.

They referred me to an ENT (Ears, Nose, and Throat doctor). I made the appointment, went and saw him, he was of no help. He thought it was a jaw problem.

I made an appointment for a GP (general practitioner). He thought it was Mono so he made me get some blood work done.

I waited and waited to hear back from them, days passed with no word. So i finally called them, apparently they had my phone number wrong. But it turned out the blood test was negative for Mono. And they actually asked me if i wanted to continue with more testing or if i was ok to give up?

This was around week 4-5 of being in pain, i was still in pain, nothing was working. Here’s a list of all the symptoms i was having:

  • lump behind ear
  • ear pain
  • fevers
  • chills
  • chest pain
  • left side pain
  • headaches
  • loss of appetite
  • fatigue

I couldn’t believe they would even ask that, yes i want to continue. I want to know why i’m in so much pain and i want to know how to fix it.

So we continued, they made an appointment for me to get an ultrasound done on my neck.

On a Monday morning i had my ultrasound done. I was told i should hear back sometime Monday afternoon. But nothing. No call back.

Tuesday comes and goes, no call back. So i called them and was told “well it can take up to 48 hours to hear back, so keep waiting.”

Wednesday comes and goes, nothing.

Thursday, my husband was fed up at this point and decided to call them. Yes they had my results, they had had them since Monday. They just forgot to call me. 6 weeks of me being in pain.. 6 weeks of having no idea what is wrong with me… and they just forgot to call me… This is the point where i started to feel like my super power wasn’t so super anymore. It now started to feel more like a curse.

The ultrasound came back not conclusive, so more tests were in order. A CT scan was our next step.

Have you ever had a CT scan done before? I don’t recommend having one done, if you can avoid it. Especially if they are doing it with contrast. They hook you up with an IV, shoot iodine into your blood stream, which immediately makes you feel like you have peed your pants. But for me, it also made me feel dizzy and sick to my stomach. Probably didn’t help that i wasn’t allowed to eat anything for 6 hours before the test. I was on the verge of passing out.

However, the next morning i received a phone call from my doctor. We finally have a diagnosis. It’s my thyroid. More specifically my thyroid is swollen. 7 weeks later, 49 days of being in non-stop pain, 70,560 minutes of not knowing what the future will be like. And i finally have an answer.

Well, a partial answer. They asked me to go back in to get more blood work done and i have an appointment on Monday to see my doctor again to go over everything. But finally after 7 weeks of pain, i am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018

Hi Guys!!

I just wanted to take a minute to tell you about this awesome Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle 2018, before it expires on Monday (September 10th).

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I’m so excited about this bundle, it’s such a great way to collect fresh ideas, products, and resources to support my family’s health.

So what is the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle?

It’s a huge bundle of healthy living resources: books, courses, and amazing bonuses.

Here is what’s included in this years bundle:

  • 62 eBooks
  • 12 Printable packs & workbooks
  • 20 eCourses
  • 2 Membership sites
  • plus amazing bonuses!

All of that adds up to 96 products worth $2,235.92!! But the best part is, you get it for a fraction of the price, you only pay $29.97!!!

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Do you love discovering new healthy resources for you and your family? Then this is the bundle for you.

Here’s everything covered in this bundle:

  • Allergy-Free Cooking
  • Alternative Health
  • Detox & Reset
  • Fitness & Weight loss
  • Gardening
  • Healthy Children
  • Home & Beauty
  • Homesteading
  • Natural Remedies
  • Pregnancy & Baby
  • Real Food
  • Recipes
  • Wellness & Self-Care

Here are a few of my favorites i’ve found so far in this bundle:

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Rise Up – Integrative Wellness Membership

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10 First Steps To Real Food

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Healthy Life Handbook

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The Easy Detox

Can you believe they give you all these super amazing resources for such a tiny price?! But don’t wait, the thing with these bundles are they don’t stay around for long and once they are gone they are gone.

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Get your copy today! ————> Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle <—————- Don’t wait!!

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September Reading List

Hi Guys!

Here’s what we are reading this month.

September Reading List

Samuel (13 years old/8th Grade)

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Where the Red Fern Grows

 

Dasean (10 years old/5th Grade)

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The One and Only Ivan

 

Karina (7 years old/2nd Grade)

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Mac and Cheese

 

Cruz (4 years old/Preschool)

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The Best Nest

 

Veronica (Me)

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The Fall of Butterflies

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Eat Pray Love

Those are all the books we are reading this month. What are you reading this month?

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Anniversary Box *Update*

Hi Guys!

A few weeks ago i shared my idea for an Anniversary Box. Well, since yesterday was our anniversary i thought i would share how the Anniversary Box went.

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Here’s what my husband and I ended up putting in our box:

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We had a lot of fun doing this. Other things we both thought about adding to the box, but didn’t get around to doing, were:

  • Movie tickets
  • Wine
  • Massage oils
  • Cookbook (to try new recipes together)
  • Small decor items for the bedroom

I think this will be a new tradition for us every year, because it was so much fun! If you end up doing an anniversary box of your own, let me know! I’d love to hear about your experience.

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