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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Past Darkness

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…

Feb 2019 goals update

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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Healthy Valentine’s Day *Kid Friendly* Menu Plan

Hi Guys!

I know how hard it is to come up with a healthy meal for my family, especially holiday meals. That’s why i’ve decided to write up a healthy menu plan for this Valentine’s Day.

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Before, for Valentine’s Day, we would most likely have donuts for breakfast. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely love a good donut here and there, but they aren’t healthy and they are packed full of sugar, and they don’t fill you up.

Instead, for a healthy breakfast option, how about Banana Oatmeal Pancakes!

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You could even make them in a heart shaped mold, to make them more festive. What’s great about these pancakes is they are; sugar-free, oil- free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

For lunch, the Banana Dog Bites are super yummy!

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We have been making these for years, and all my kids love them. They are also super simple to make (only 3 ingredients)!

**If you are not a fan of peanut butter and bananas, you could do a tortilla roll up instead, with deli meat, cheese, and your favorite condiment (i love mustard on mine).**

Where we live Valentine’s Day is always chilly, so warming up with a hot bowl of soup always sounds like a good idea. This Cheeseburger Soup is a big hit with all of my children.

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Packed with veggies, even a secret one that was blended up that my kids still don’t know about (Shhh!), it’s creamy, delicious, and can be made in a pressure cooker!!

Of course it’s Valentine’s Day we are talking about ,so i can’t forget about dessert. Chocolate Covered Strawberries will always be a classic Valentine’s Day dessert for me.

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You can make them healthier by using a dark chocolate, and skipping out on the sprinkles.

I hope you have enjoyed this healthy sample menu for Valentine’s Day. What do you normally eat on Valentine’s Day?

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January Favorites

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing all my favorite things from January.

Jan favs 2019

Water w/ lemons – In December I was loving water with cranberries in it, but in January lemons in my water were my jam!

Mothering From Scratch – This was such a good book, filled with valuable information about mothering. I highly recommend it! (While i was finding it on Amazon to link, i noticed it was on sale for $5, it is regularly priced at $15. What a great deal!)

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Bullet Journaling – I love, love, love bullet journaling! Every morning in January i made time to spend bullet journaling. I have this bullet journal and i’m using these markers!

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Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation – This foundation is my new favorite, i bought it in December and have been using it ever since. It’s a little bit on the pricey side, but the coverage is amazing! It’s well worth the price in my opinion! (Tip: I recommend buying this at a beauty store {Ulta or Sephora} because Amazon’s price is like $20 more expensive!)

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Running on my Treadmill – That is all i did in January for my work outs, was running on my treadmill!! I love having a treadmill, because there is no way i could go to a gym regularly or run outside regularly. It’s so convenient to have a treadmill at home.

Ordering on Costco.com – Costco will ship non-perishable items to your house in 2 days with free shipping on orders over $75! I really enjoy this option in winter months, where maybe i can’t get out of the house (snowy days) or the flu is going around and i don’t want to risk getting sick. I took advantage of online ordering twice last month!

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Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, & Nails Gummies – Although i don’t see a major difference yet, i think my fingernails have been growing a little more quickly. It’s only been a month, so i’m going to keep taking them and see what happens. Plus they taste yummy!

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That’s all for my favorites for January. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

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