My Homeschool Co-op Experience

When we first started homeschooling, i had thought about joining a co-op, but at the time it didn’t make sense as we were pretty unstable (moving state to state, pregnancies, etc.). Come January 2019, 6 years into homeschooling, we finally joined a co-op for the first time.

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Towards the middle of January, i had heard about a new co-op starting the first week of February. I had been praying so hard in the months leading up to that, that something might come along for our children, as i was just feeling like they were needing something more. Some other people to connect with, who live similar lives.

I went to the information meeting the week before the first classes were to start. I was honestly pretty nervous (being that i’m a really shy introvert) and was continually trying to talk myself out of going to that meeting all day long. But i’m glad i forced myself to go and even more pleased that we joined this co-op.

Most of my kids were on board for joining a co-op, a few were hesitant, but after our first day all of my kids loved it and couldn’t wait for the next week.

Now, because we have never been a part of a co-op before, i have nothing to compare it to. I do know, that since this was this co-op’s first year, things were pretty much trail and error. And i believe next semester will run even more smoothly.

If you have been wanting to give a co-op a try, but have been on the fence about it, I say go for it, the worst that could happen is you absolutely hate it, and if that happens you can always drop out. You won’t know until you try, right?

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Hey there!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, i thought i would share some gift ideas for the special mom in your life…

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  1. Flowers – Flowers are pretty much the classic Mother’s Day gift right? That’s usually what i send my mom. I love the selection and affordable prices that Proflowers has to offer.
  2. Chocolates – What mom doesn’t love chocolate?! See’s Candies are absolutely delicious and they have several Mother’s Day gift boxes available.
  3. Makeup – If your mom is into makeup, but you aren’t sure what to get her, how about an Ulta or Sephora gift card.
  4. Books Books always make a great gift.
  5. JewelryNoonday has an amazing collection of jewelry.
  6. Coffee/Tea – A new coffee maker, a gift card to her favorite coffee shop, or if she likes tea, DavidsTea has the most amazing teas.
  7. ClothingOld Navy, Zulily, and Maurices are my favorite places to buy clothing.

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I hope you have enjoyed this short list of ideas.

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April Reading List

Hi Guys!

It’s a new month, so you know what that means. Another monthly reading list.

Here’s what we are reading in April.

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Samuel (13 years old/8th Grade)

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The Cooper Kids Adventure Series books 6,7,8 – He loves the Cooper Kids!

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Electronics for Kids – He is wanting to know more about electricity, so he asked me to get him a book about it.

Dasean (11 years old/5th Grade)

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Ghosts of Belle Isle (The Virginia Mysteries volume 3) – He loves this series!

Karina (7 years old/2nd Grade)

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Barbie, I Can Be- A Pet Vet

Veronica (Me)

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Hello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine

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The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

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Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed

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That’s it! Those are the books we are reading this month! What are you reading?

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Goals For March 2019

Hi Guys!

Every month this year, i am making goals for that month and sharing them with you all. Today i’m going to be sharing my goals for March…

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  1. Lose 5 pounds – This is the same number i had last month, and i think it’s doable again for March.
  2. Read 6 books – This is a jump from my previous months of reading 4 books, however i think it’s totally doable.
  3. Get at least 15,000 steps each day – It was tough to get 15,000 steps every day last month, that’s why i don’t want to increase it yet.
  4. Go on 2 field trips – We didn’t go on any field trips last month, so i really want to go on 2 this month.
  5. Remodel our camper trailer – We have an older camper trailer, that we temporarily fixed up a few years ago. Now we are really wanting to do a full makeover on it. I really hope we can get it done this month.
  6. Plant a garden – With Spring right around the corner, now is the time for us to start planting.

That’s it, those are my goals for the month. I’d love to hear your goals.

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Goals For February 2019 *Update*

Hi Guys!

Last month i shared my goals for February, and today i’m going to tell you how i did with my February goals…

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I’m kind of scared to share this update because February was a tough month for me, but here goes.

  1. Read 4 books – This is the same goal i had last month, however this goal will increase next month. I completed this goal easily, and even started reading a 5th book!
  2. Lose 5 pounds – Since February is a shorter month and it has a few different holidays, plus one of my kids birthday, i thought i would make my goal smaller. This was sooo tough, but i did it! I lost 5 pounds last month!
  3. Buy only 1 coffee from a coffee shop – I feel like if i don’t have this goal i will buy coffee every time i leave the house, so this goal is sticking around. I failed this goal HARD! I got 4-5 coffees out last month. 
  4. Get at least 15,000 steps each day – This shouldn’t be too hard of a goal for me to accomplish, but it is a step up from last month. I did it, but man some days i just didn’t want to take another step. This was tougher than i thought it was going to be.
  5. Go on 2 field trips – Last month my goal was 3 field trips and i believe that if i didn’t set that as a goal we probably wouldn’t have gone on any, so i’m keeping them in for now until it becomes a habit. Another failed goal, we didn’t go on ANY field trips last month. 
  6. Workout 5 times a week – Another goal that is the same as last month. I feel like it works well for me though. I completed this goal, but not without trouble. 
  7. Blog 3 times a week – I don’t know if you noticed, but my January posts were not consistent at all. I really want to get more consistent with blogging, so hopefully having this goal will push me to get better at it. I kind of completed this goal, but not really. I tried my best and i think there was one week where i only ended up doing 2 posts that week. So it was close, but not a complete victory. 
  8. Do some form of scripture writing every day – I really want to get more into the habit of studying the bible, memorizing scripture, etc., so i’m hoping this helps me with that. I started off strong, but completely failed this one. I maybe did it for like a week, and never did it again. So another failed goal. 

 

As you can see February was just a tough month for me, lots of failed goals, but i’m not giving up. March is going to be amazing, and i’m going to crush all those goals. Tomorrow i will be sharing my goals for March.

If you set goals for yourself for February, i’d love to hear how it went for you. Did you crush all your goals? Did you struggle (like i did)?

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Great Christian Book Sale

Hi Guys!

As i was browsing through the Christianbook website last night, like i do some nights, i saw they were having a $0.99 sale (through 2/25/19). Now my first thought was “oh it’s some of those cheesy pamphlet style books”, but it turns out they have a few really good books for only $0.99! I ended up buying several books, and i thought i would share the ones that i’m most excited about…

The Money-Making Mom: How Every Woman Can Earn More and Make a Difference by Crystal Paine – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $22.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $2.40 + $4.49 Shipping (even Prime members have to pay that shipping fee). So needless to say i think $0.99 is a great deal!

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Wild in the Hollow by Amber C. Haines – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $16.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $6.95. Again, $0.99 is a great deal!

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Happy Wives Club: One Woman’s Worldwide Search for the Secrets of a Great Marriage by Fawn Weaver – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $16.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $8.70. Another steal at $0.99!!

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Made Well: Finding Wholeness in the Everyday Sacred Moments by Jenny Simmons – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $14.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $6.99.

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Strong and Kind: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed by Korie Robertson – To compare, this book is regularly priced at $24.99, on Amazon right now you could buy it for $9.99.

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Those are some of the amazing deals Christianbook has going on right now with their $0.99 sale! Another thing i wanted to add was, that all these books come with a 4-5 star rating! Great books at an amazingly low price, you really can’t beat that!

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Valentines, Colds, and Goals… {Life Update}

Hi Guys!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day, and if you don’t celebrate, then i hope you had a wonderful Thursday! Fun Fact: My husband proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, 16 years ago. It seems like so long ago, i was just a baby then (17 years old). 

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We have been battling a cold in our house for the past week, so that is why there hasn’t been much new content on the blog. The 2 year old has it really bad, and is not really napping because of the cold. Which, if you are a work from home mom, you know those nap times are when all the work magic happens, so if they stop taking the naps, your whole schedule gets messed up. But it’s fine, it’s fine. He is on the mend (he actually took a 2 hour nap today), so i’m back on track.

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One of my goals for February was to put out 3 blog posts every week, but i don’t want to just put out content for the sake of putting out content, i want it to be good/useful content. So far, it looks like i’m going to make that goal, but it would be super helpful if you (Yes, YOU reading this blog post) could leave me a comment and let me know what else you would like to see/hear about… Do you want more homeschooling things? Mom life/parenting? Food? Animals? Books? Fitness?… Let me know in the comments.

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I did this crazy thing recently, well crazy for me at least because i’m such a big introvert. We joined a homeschool co-op. It had really been a goal of mine to get out there, and meet new people, etc. So i heard about a new co-op in my area starting, and i went to the information meeting, and ended up signing the family up to join. This was a huge step for me. HUGE. It has turned out to be pretty great though, the kids are loving it, and all the people there are so friendly.

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That’s about all the news i had to share. I hope you all had a fantastic week.

Take care,

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