Homeschooling In Small Spaces

Hi Guys!

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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Thanksgiving 2018

I wanted to get this post up yesterday, but as luck would have it i came down with a nasty cold over the weekend. Right now it’s 10 o’clock in the morning and as i’m typing this up i have a freshly brewed pot of coffee and a box of tissues next to me. But i do really want to write up this post if not for anything else, but to remember this Thanksgiving, because it was pretty eventful.

So here is a look back from Wednesday (November 21st) – Sunday (November 25th).

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Wednesday (Day before Thanksgiving)

Morning time i realized i needed a few things from the grocery store, so i loaded up all the kids and we ventured out to the grocery store. We came back home, put away groceries and started cleaning up the kitchen so we could get started on baking pies.

Once i pulled out all the ingredients for the pies, i realized my evaporated milk (which was to be used for the pumpkin pies) had expired like years ago. Oops! There was no way i was going back to the grocery store, so i googled what else i could use. Luckily i had some heavy cream on hand and was able to use it in place of the evaporated milk.

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The kids and i were able to get all 4 pies baked and 36 rolls made up for Thanksgiving.

We also did some cleaning, as my niece was planning on coming over that night to spend the night with us.

Thursday (Thanksgiving Day)

I woke up around 7 o’clock and started cleaning up the kitchen so i could get the turkey ready for the oven. I was able to get the turkey in the oven by 9:30.

Shortly after that i started getting the appetizers ready. We did an appetizer lunch around 11:00.

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We played some games, and got the rest of our Thanksgiving meal made.

Around 4 o’clock i tried to take the turkey out of the oven, to check and see how it was cooking. In doing so i spilled turkey juice all over the oven and floor of the kitchen. This caused the house to be filled with smoke and the smoke alarms to go off. Which then led to my 4 year old going outside to get away from all the noise.

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After opening all the windows in the house, turning the oven off, cleaning up all the juice that spilled inside it, and mopping the kitchen floor we were back on track.

We finally ate our Thanksgiving meal around 5:30, which was a whole hour and a half later than i had originally planned for us to eat, but that’s ok.

The rest of the evening was just spent relaxing together as a family.

Friday 

We had a 9:30 appointment for our dog, Bear, with his veterinarian’s office. He had been limping for 2-3 weeks and it wasn’t getting any better.

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We had to leave him at the vet’s office all day, for them to get some x-rays done.

While Bear was at the vet’s, my husband was told about this dog that was going to be thrown out on the streets because his family couldn’t care for him anymore. We couldn’t let that happen, so my husband went and picked the dog up.

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He is 8 months old. We aren’t sure what breed of dog he is, we were told he is a lab/poodle mix, but based on just googling images of that dog i really don’t think he is. I’m fairly certain he is an Irish terrier, but mixed with something else. We did not care for the name he was given, so we are still looking for the perfect name for him.

We got Bear back from the vet’s office and it turns out his joints haven’t grown as fast as the rest of his body, so he is on pain pills and joint supplements for the next 4-6 weeks. He also has exercise restrictions for the next 6 weeks. We are just really glad nothing was broken and that we have our Bear back home.

Saturday

My 10 year old and i went to get Bear’s medicine at the pet store. We had a fun time looking around at other things in the store.

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That night we went over to my sister’s house to see her and have dinner with her family. Once we got back home, my daughter was complaining that her throat was feeling scratchy, and my oldest son also wasn’t feeling well.

Sunday

I woke up not feeling so great, and my daughter and son were feeling worse. I still went to Walmart to pick up my online grocery order. Came back home and relaxed.

My husband went out to pick up more Christmas lights for the outside of our house, and while he was out he also picked up a Christmas tree.

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That’s pretty much it for our Thanksgiving weekend. I hope all that celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful day!

 

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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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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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5 Marriage Books

Hi Guys!

I’m back with another Monday Marriage post. Today i’m sharing with you some of my favorite marriage books.

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The 5 Love Languages – With over 11 million copies sold, Gary Chapman must be onto something right? What i love about this book is, it can be applied to every relationship, not just marriages.

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The Love Dare – A 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love.

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For Better or For Kids – Remember that even when you feel worn out, over-extended, and neglected, you promised to be a team. Marriage with kids may not always be what we expected, but it is good. We need to make a vow to love our spouse with kids in the house.

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Love Unending – A 21-day challenge to discover the best way forward is by looking back at the beginning.

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No More Perfect Marriages – No marriage is perfect. But every marriage can get better.

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What’s your favorite marriage book(s)?

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Bikini Body Mommy (Intro/Progress)

Hi Guys!

I’ve decided i’m going to try to post fitness/wellness stuff on Fridays.

I started doing Bikini Body Mommy back in October/November 2017 and had great success with it, however the holidays hit and i stopped doing it.

Now i’m back at it.

So what exactly is Bikini Body Mommy?

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It’s free YouTube workout videos, however she also has a website with more stuff to offer like; meal plans, cookbooks, etc.

I’ve just been using the free YouTube videos. I’m doing challenge 1.0

I’m on day 25 of a 90 day challenge.

What i love about these workouts is that most of them are under 20 minutes. Which makes it so easy to fit into my day. I also love that they don’t require any extra equipment, just some weights.

If you haven’t heard of it before, and are looking for something to do from the comfort of your house i would definitely give Bikini Body Mommy a try. But be prepared to be incredibly sore for the first 2 weeks.

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