Themed Learning {Apples}

This past week we learned almost all there is to know about APPLES!!!

themed learning apples

And today i’m sharing all we did during our themed learning week.

Books we read:



Fun Stuff we did:

#1 – Science Experiment


We put apples slices into 4 different jars. One jar had just air, the next had water, the next had oil, and the last one had vinegar. We observed them all day to see what would happen to the apples and we put our results in our journals.


#2 – Bobbing for Apples


This is such a fun activity to do with the kids, all my kids loved it! My 10 year old has even requested that we do this activity on his birthday!

#3 – Worksheets


Life Cycle of an Apple, Apple Pop ArtApple Unit,  and Pattern Block Puzzle Apples. All of these are free downloads on Teachers Pay Teachers.


Food we ate:

Apple turnovers – Super easy and delicious!


Fun lunch – Apple shaped sandwich, Apple Pie Oreo, Applesauce, apple slices, and apple juice.


That’s it for our Apple Themed Learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!


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November Reading List

How is it already November?! I swear, it’s true what they say, “the days are long but the years are short”.

Anyways, since it’s a new month you know what that means, a new reading list!

Here are all the books we are reading this month…

November Reading List

Samuel {13 Years Old/ 8th Grade)


Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries)


Dasean {10 Years Old/ 5th Grade}


Race to the Ark (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Book 2)


Karina {7 Years Old/ 2nd Grade}


Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail 


Cruz {4 Years Old/ Preschool}


Thank You, Stinky Face 


Veronica {me}


The Song of Achilles: A Novel – I was actually recommend this by a reader of mine (thank you!), I can’t wait to read it!

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?


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Themed Learning {Halloween}

A few years ago I shared about doing a themed learning unit, Winter. I remember how much fun that was for the kids, so I decided to bring back themed learning units. Yay!

Of course with Halloween being only 1 day away, what better theme to start with…

Halloween Themed Learning


We started our Halloween themed learning unit last week, and here is everything we did.

Books we read:


Fun stuff we did:

#1 – Halloween Sensory Bin

halloween sensory bin

You can read all about our Halloween Sensory Bin, HERE. The kids had a lot of fun doing this.

#2 – Carving pumpkins


We carve pumpkins every year. It has been a tradition of ours for about 12 years now.

#3 – Candy corn, corn on the cobs


We first tried our hand at this a few years ago, and it was a lot of fun so we decided to try it again. You can find really cool ones on Pinterest.

Food we ate:

Pumpkin shaped sandwiches – We made peanut butter and jelly, but you could do any kind of sandwich. You just need a cookie cutter. I paired the sandwiches with oranges, Jello (orange), Carrots with ranch, goldfish, Halloween Oreo, and a homemade pumpkin looking pretzel.


Mummy hot dogs – So cute, fun, and easy to make! You only need hot dogs and crescent rolls to make these mummy hot dogs. Recipe can be found HERE.


Roasted Pumpkin seeds – Use the seeds from the pumpkin carving, roast them in the oven (350 degrees F) for about 20 minutes.


Movies we watched:


That’s it for our Halloween themed learning week! I hope you enjoyed it!


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October Reading List

Hi Guys!

Another new month, another new reading list. Here’s what we are planning on reading this month…

October Reading List


Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)


The Green Ember


9 From the Nine Worlds – This is a brand new book being released Tomorrow, we pre-ordered it a few weeks ago, my son can’t wait to read it.


Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)


100 Cupboards


Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)


I Like Bugs


Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)


The Pout-Pout Fish


Veronica (Me!)


The Read-Aloud Family


The Long Path to Wisdom – It’s not going to be released until the 23rd of this month, but i pre-ordered it weeks ago and i’m very excited to read it!

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?


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Book Goals for 2018 *Update*

Hi Guys!!

I did it! Last week i completed my reading goal for 2018.

book goals 2018

Yes my goal was small, only 20 books for the whole year, but as a busy mom of 5 i wanted to make sure i didn’t set the goal too high for myself.

Here’s a recap of all the books i have read so far this year…

book goals 2018 2

I really enjoyed all of these books, there isn’t a bad one in the bunch.

If i had to pick my favorite book out of all of them, it would definitely be Kisses From Katie. This book is  just so good and it really makes you want to evaluate your own life and become a better person.

If i had to pick my least favorite it would be The Fall of Butterflies. I honestly just picked this book based on it’s pretty cover (i know, i know… never judge a book by it’s cover). Just because it’s my least favorite doesn’t mean it’s a bad book though. I mean it has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon how bad could it be?! Honestly, I just wasn’t expecting this book to head in the direction it headed in. If you read it for yourself you will see what i mean. But a bit of warning, there is foul language. If that bothers you (it didn’t bother me) you might want to skip this one.

I’ll list all the books below, so you can check them out for yourself….

The Best Yes

A Stranger In The House

The River

The Lying Game

Praying Circles Around Your Children

One of Us Is Lying

She is yours

Kisses From Katie

Girl Wash Your Face

Wild and Free

Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens

The Death of Mrs. Westaway 

Whispering Shadows 

The Perfect Couple


Prodigal Summer

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

The Fall of Butterflies

Brain on Fire 

Eat Pray Love

Just because i’ve reached my goal for 2018 doesn’t mean i’m going to stop reading, no way!! I love books way too much and i’m excited to see how many books i will end up reading this year.

What’s been your favorite book you have read so far this year? Let me know in the comments.


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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)


Where the Red Fern Grows


Dasean (10 years old/5th Grade)


The One and Only Ivan


Karina (7 years old/2nd Grade)


Mac and Cheese


Cruz (4 years old/Preschool)


The Best Nest


Veronica (Me)


The Fall of Butterflies


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.


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


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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