February Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our February reading list!

February Reading List

Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th Grade)

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Infinity Ring book 4 

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th Grade)

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The Great Escape (Secret of the Hidden Scrolls book 3)

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd Grade)

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May I Please Have a Cookie?

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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The Kissing Hand

Veronica (Me!)

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Everybody, Always – I actually just finished this book yesterday. It is was so good, i highly recommend it!!

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Mere Christianity 

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Emptied

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It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way – I have loved every Lysa Terkeurst book I’ve read, so i expect this one will be no different.

Read Aloud Book

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Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm

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

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Morning Routine {For A Mom Of 5}

Hi Guys!

Today I thought I would share what my morning routine looks like, as a mom of 5.

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Usually my body just wakes up around 5 o’clock, but if it doesn’t then my alarm goes off at 5:30 and I get up. That’s when I will let the dogs outside, use the bathroom, and weight myself.

Then I go into the kitchen and turn on the coffee pot, and then pour myself a cup of coffee. After getting my coffee, I walk back into my bedroom, sit down at my desk, and enjoy my cup of coffee, while chatting with my husband (who is also enjoying a cup of coffee).

Once i’m done with my coffee, I grab out my bullet journal and work on that for a little while (my husband is usually leaving for work at this point). In my bullet journal, I keep track of all my health/fitness stuff so that’s usually what i’m entering into my journal in the morning.

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After that, I try to get moving. I start with picking up my bedroom. I make the bed, pick up stuff off the floor, put away any laundry laying around, etc..

Then, at this point, I am just waiting for 7 o’clock to come around (when the children wake up), so I might; read a book, watch a YouTube video, write a blog post, or check my social media accounts, to kill some time.

7 o’clock rolls around, and all the children start to wake up. That’s when I start making breakfast, after some morning snuggles with the littles. By 7:30 we are eating breakfast.

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After breakfast, I clean up the kitchen (dishes, wipe down counters, etc.), then I start a load of laundry for the day. Once my morning chores have been done, I help the 2 youngest get dressed and ready for the day.

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Then I get myself ready for the day, and then once i’m done it is usually almost 8 o’clock (which is when we start school). I call the 3 oldest to get their schoolwork and come to the table. We get started with math first (which we do for 1 hour) and while I go back and forth helping the 3 oldest with any math problems they are struggling with, I am also working with my 4 year old with his preschool work.

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Then the rest of my morning is spent helping children with schoolwork, keeping the toddler entertained, and trying to move around as much as possible (so that i get my 10,000+ steps every day).

So that’s what my mornings looks like pretty much every day, with the exception of the weekends. However, i still wake up at the same time on the weekends, and do most of the same things in the morning, with the only exception being schoolwork with the children.

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Homeschooling In Small Spaces

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Last year we moved from a 2,600 Square feet house into a 1,900 square feet house. In downsizing, we lost a dedicated school room, so now we’ve been doing most of our school work at the dinning room table. I know, from first hand experience, that homeschooling in a small space can be tricky, but it’s also completely doable.

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Here’s how we have been doing it…

  1. Find a spot for your curriculum/books/Supplies (Tip: Think outside the box) – We have this little area at the top of our stairs, which i refer to as the “book nook area”, where we keep all our curriculum, books, and supplies.

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If you don’t have a space like that, use a closet, or a bookshelf, or a cabinet, or keep             your curriculum in containers that can be easily stored under furniture or a bed.

2. Only buy/keep what’s necessary – I’ve had to get rid of a lot of things that we just              really didn’t need and things that were taking up space. Would it be nice to have a              model skeleton? Sure, but the space it takes up makes it not worth it, when we can              just look up pictures in books or online. Also i have to be very picky about what i                buy and bring into our house, because we don’t want to add more clutter.

3. Mini white boards – My big white board is probably the thing i miss the most.                    However, i found some mini white boards at Walmart that were only a couple of                dollars. They work great to work one on one with each child, and can be easily                    stored.

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I hope you enjoyed hearing about my tips on how we manage to homeschool in a small space. Are you also homeschooling in a small space? I’d love to hear some of your tips.

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January Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our January reading list!

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Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th grade)

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The Prince Warriors – This is a 4 book set, we just bought the first book to see if he will like it.

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th grade)

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The Green Ember – His brother read it back in October, so he is wanting to read it as well.

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd grade)

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Boxcar Children book 2 (Surprise Island)

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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Sneezy The Snowman

Veronica (Me!)

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Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moves Of a Woman On Holy Ground – I’m not sure if i shared this book before, i really wanted to read it last year, but never got around to doing so.

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Mothering From Scratch

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Rush of Heaven

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The Orphan Keeper

 

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

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Christmas Crafts {Blogmas Day 16}

Hi Guys!

I shared some fun Christmas crafts a few years ago, but they are still pretty awesome crafts that i thought they were worth sharing again today…

Beaded Snowflakes

 

Supplies needed:

Pipe stems

Pony Beads

Directions:

Take 3 pipe stems and arrange them so they overlap in the middle.

Twist the centers of the pipe stems together.

Start adding on beads to the ends of your snowflake. (I liked the blue and white ones, but the kiddos wanted to do colorful ones.)

 

 

Once you have added your beads you can curl the ends and ta-da you have a snowflake!!

Or, you could do like my Hubby recommended and make it into an ornament! (Thanks Hubby!)

This is how we did that…

Once we had added all our beads we folded the sides up, to make a ball. Then we took an additional pipe stem and tied all the ends together. Then we hung them on the tree.

 

 

 

Christmas Lights

 

Supplies needed:

White Cardstock Paper

Paint

Black Sharpie

Directions:

Take a black sharpie and draw a swirly line on your paper. Then add in little squares along the swirly line to be the bulb bottom.

Next have your child dip their pointer finger in some paint and push it right above the black squares. You could have your child do a pattern or just randomly do it.

 

And that’s all there is to it!! Pretty easy!!

Snowman Felt Ornament

 

Supplies needed:

Rolled Felt Snowman Ornament Kit 

Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

All you have to do is follow the directions that were included in the kit. Super Easy!!

What are your favorite Christmas arts/crafts??? 


I got the idea for Beaded Snowflakes, HERE and the idea for the Christmas Lights, HERE.

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Ugly Sweater Craft {Blogmas Day 9}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing with you all a very fun Christmas craft, ugly sweaters!

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This is our second year of doing this craft, because we loved it so much the first year, we decided to do it again this year!

To make these you’ll need…

  • Ugly sweater template  from Fun Learning for kids.
  • Red cardstock
  • Various Christmas themed craft items – pom poms, glitter, jingle bells, etc.
  • Glue

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These are super easy to make, once you have printed your ugly sweater template on your red cardstock, then all that’s left to do is cut it out and decorate it.

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The kids thoroughly enjoy making this Christmas craft, and one of the best things is i bought most of the supplies at the dollar store so this was also a super affordable craft project.

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Christmas Sensory Bin {Blogmas Day 7}

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I’m back today with another fun Sensory Bin…

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To make this sensory bin you’ll need:

  • Rice (or beans) – I bought a 10 pound bag of white rice for $6.48 and a 4 pound bag of black beans for $4.57, at Walmart. With these amounts, i was able make 3 sensory bins.
  • Plastic Bins w/ lids – I bought a pack of 4, for under $10, at Walmart.
  • Mini Trees – I bought mine at Target for $3 for a 6 count pack.
  • Mini Wreaths – I bought mine at Target for $3 for a 5 count pack.
  • Jingle Bells – I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.50 for a 75 count pack.

 

I had the rice, beans, and  bins already from when i did the Halloween Sensory Bins. So all i had to do was clear out the Halloween items and store those away for next year, and then add in my Christmas items.

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My kids love sensory bins! This keeps them entertained for a very long time.

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One of the great things about these sensory bins, is that the rice, beans, and  bins are all one time purchases. Just change up the items you add to your sensory bins based on holidays/seasons/etc.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Have you made a sensory bin before? What’s your favorite items to add to yours?

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