10 Things To Buy At The Dollar Store

Who doesn’t love dollar stores?! You walk in and feel that wonderful feeling that you can buy anything in that store, without breaking the bank.

I don’t visit the dollar store that often, but when I do here are the 10 things I stock up on…

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  1. Envelopes
  2. Bandages – My store always has a fun assortment of character bandages that my kids love.
  3. Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
  4. Greeting cards – Some of the greeting cards are 2 for $1!!
  5. Wrapping Paper
  6. Candles
  7. Teaching Supplies – Classroom posters, workbooks, stickers, etc.
  8. Sponges
  9. Kitchen tools – Measuring cups, serving spoons, etc.
  10. Party supplies – Balloons, table covers, streamers, etc.

What are your favorite products to buy at the dollar store?

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Homeschooling Multiple Grades

This is one of the things that scared me the most about homeschooling. How was I going to teach multiple grades at the same time?! It seemed like a daunting task when I first started looking into homeschooling, however it doesn’t seem that tricky now.

Today i’ll share how I homeschool multiple grades at the same time…

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For those of you who are new here, I currently have an 8th grader, 5th grader, 2nd grader, preschooler, and a 2 year old* (*not pictured below).

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When we first started homeschooling I had a 3rd grader, kindergartner, and a 2 year old. My days then would be filled with teaching my 3rd grader all day long, while my kindergartner would work next to us on; cutting practice, writing practice, puzzles, etc. Then while my 3rd grader had some independent reading time, I would be teaching my kindergartner to read, or doing any other work with him that needed to be done.

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Now that I have 4 students things have gotten harder and easier all at the same time. Harder in the sense that sometimes they all need my help at the same time. Which can be very chaotic. Easier in the sense that my 2 oldest children are pretty much independent workers, so they need very little instruction from me.

The one thing that I have found helps me to teach multiple grades at the same time, is to have all the kids working on the same subject at the same time. For example; all my kids do math at the same time, then they all move on to English, then vocabulary, and so on and so on.

This makes it easier for my brain, in the fact that I don’t have to switch between graphing equations to diagramming sentences in a matter of seconds. My brain can fully focus on math, then on English, and so on and so on.

Another thing, like I just talked about, is my 2 oldest are pretty much independent workers. This helps a lot when you have multiple grades. But let’s say you have a 1st grader and a 2nd grader, both of which need a lot of instruction from you. How do you do it?! My advice would be to teach them the same thing, for example; last year we did My Father’s World curriculum for my oldest 2 and i was teaching them the same things for history, science, and Bible. Of course my oldest child would then have a little bit of extra assignments in those areas because of this grade level.

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My best advice I can give you, is to find what works best for you and your kids. That could be teaching one grade level in the morning, and a different grade level in the afternoon. Or teaching different grade levels on different days. Just do whatever works best for your family, and don’t be afraid to switch things up if it’s not working for you. That’s one of the perks of homeschooling, the flexibility to change things up as needed!!

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20 Field Trip Ideas

Hi Guys!

Field trips are always my kids favorite part of homeschooling, however coming up with new ideas for field trips is my least favorite part of homeschooling.

In case you struggle to come up with new ideas as well, I thought I would share 20 field trip ideas to help you out…

20 field trip ideas

  1. Aquarium – This is a great place to go and see all underwater creatures. Especially if you don’t live close to the beach or any bodies of water.
  2. Zoo – This is great if you are learning about different animals from different parts of the world that you can’t go to, or afford to go to. This way you get to see them up close without traveling too far from home.
  3. Museum – There are so many different types of museums; art, history, space, etc.
  4. Train Station – We were lucky enough to ride on a train last time we visited my parents, which was so much fun for the kids.
  5. Library – Teach the kids how to check out books.
  6. Post Office – Visiting the post office is a great way to teach kids about mail.
  7. Fire Station – Check with your local fire station before heading there, sometimes they have certain days/hours where they will give homeschoolers tours!
  8. Police Station – I would check in with them first before heading there, just like with the fire station.
  9. Airport – Watching the airplanes take off and land, seeing the baggage come down the baggage carousels. This would be a really good field trip idea, if you are going on a airplane sometime soon, as a way to get your child(ren) acquainted with the airport.
  10. Factory – We have a few different factories in our area; a cheese making factory, a sugar factory, etc. Just to give you an idea of the different factories you could possibly check out on your next field trip.
  11. Garden – We have 3 different garden places in my state; a botanical garden, a rose garden, and a Japanese garden.
  12. Beach – One of my favorite places on this list!
  13. Mountains – Another one of my favorites! You could talk about different wildlife in the area, investigate tracks/droppings to see what animals have been there, etc.
  14. Nature Walk – You could stop along the way and do some nature journaling, or have a picnic.
  15. Grocery Store – So much learning could happen in the grocery store. Make a fun game of it and give your kid a budget and see what they can come up with for dinner without going over budget.
  16. Farmers Market – A great place to really learn more about the food you consume.
  17. Farm/Petting Zoo – To learn how all their foods are grown, and pet some fun animals.
  18. Fruit Picking – Apples, cherries, pears, peaches, etc.
  19. Corn Maze/Pumpkin Patch – I know it’s a seasonal thing, but I had to add it because they are so much fun for kids. They can see for themselves how pumpkins and corn grow.
  20. Capitol Building – Not sure if all capitol buildings allow tours, but if they do it’s great for the kids to see where state legislature takes place.

That’s it, those are my 20 field trip ideas. I hope you enjoyed them. If you have an idea to add to the list, let me know.

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How To Drink More Water

I’ve never been much of a water drinker, in fact growing up i never really even drank water. I know that’s totally bad!!

Anyways, lately i have really been trying hard to get enough water. Like at least 64 fl oz. of water each day. And I’ve come up with a few different ways that help me reach that goal.

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Here are the things i do, to help me drink more water each day…

  • I drink 2 bottles of water (or 32 fl oz.) before 10 AM. If i’m able to do that, the rest of the day i find it’s easier to drink the remaining amount needed.
  • The water has to be at the perfect temperature. If it’s too warm, i can’t drink it. Same as if it’s too cold, i can’t drink it. The temperature has to be just right.
  • I add lemon. On the days i’m just struggling to get it down, i add some lemon to help.
  • I drink from a straw. Somehow drinking from a straw makes me drink more and faster.
  • I keep track. I use my Fitbit app (which has my goal of how much water to drink each day) and i log how much water i drink each day. Seeing that really helps motivate me to reach those goals.

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If you are struggling to drink enough water each day, i hope my tips have been encouraging for you.

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Tip Tuesday #6

Hi Guys!

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Tip Tuesday, that i thought now would be a good time.

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Today’s tip is for those of you with more than 1 child, and this tip is all about how to get more 1 on 1 time with your children.

As a mom of 5, i’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to get alone 1 on 1 time with each of my kids. But it’s not impossible.

So i thought i’d share my ways on how i do that.

Way #1 :

When i do my weekly grocery shopping trips i usually just bring 1 kid with me, and i rotate it so each kid has a turn. This is great 1 on 1 time where we get to talk (uninterrupted), laugh, spend some time together, and maybe even get a special drink or treat together.

Way #2 :

Dates. Occasionally i will see a kid is really needing some time with me, so i will plan a special date with them, it could be during the day or at night. We might go out to a restaurant to eat, go see a movie, do some fun shopping, go to the park, or whatever interests that child.

Way #3: 

Homeschooling. Homeschooling provides lots of time for me to get 1 on 1 time with each child, although not necessarily in a fun way as way #1 & #2 would be. Reading with my 6 year old, helping my 10 year old with a math problem, or doing a science experiment with my 13 year old are all examples of how i get a few minutes here and there of alone time with them.

So those are my ways/tips on how to get 1 on 1 time with your kids, when you have more than 1 kid. I hope you enjoyed them, and if you have some tips of your own, leave me a comment.

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Tip Tuesday #4

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday!

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Today’s tip is something so easy and simple, i’m sure lot’s of you probably already do this, but in case there is someone out there (like me) that doesn’t know about how genius this is, i will share….

Using a bottle scrubber to do dishes with, instead of a sponge!

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Alright, a little backstory… My skin is sensitive.

So very sensitive. Doing dishes causes my hands to crack and bleed. It’s super painful.

One day i decided instead of getting my hands wet (which is what causes them to crack & bleed), i would use this bottle scrubber we had. It worked so well. The dishes got clean, and my hands were safe. *Sure i could have bought myself a pair of dish gloves, but i already had the bottle scrubber on hand and so i thought why not.*

So to recap today’s tip is.. use a bottle scrubber instead of a sponge to do your dishes. You get less contact with the water (which if your skin is sensitive this is helpful) and super clean dishes!

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Goals for 2018 {How To Accomplish Them}

I really love new years. I love the idea of starting all over again with a fresh 365 days to make some awesome things happen.

2018 is no different, i was super excited for this year to come, and my list of goals this year is by far the longest list i have ever had.

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My goals this year range from really small things (like getting better at doing my hair & my daughter’s hair), to really big things (like buying a house).

But, just having goals isn’t enough, you have to have a plan on how you are going to accomplish those goals.

So, i thought i would share some of my goals with you and how i’m hoping to accomplish them.

Here are some of my goals for 2018:

  • Get better at doing hair – How? Watching YouTube videos, going on Pinterest for ideas, and trying some new idea at least once a week.
  • Reach and maintain my goal weight – How? Working out at least 5 times a week, and changing my diet.
  • Read at least 20 books this year – How? By dedicating at least an hour a day to read.
  • Buy a house – How? By budgeting, paying bills on time, and saving money.
  • Spend less time on my phone – How? Dedicate an hour first thing in the morning to checking emails, answering messages, etc. Then don’t pick up my phone again until after the children are in bed at night.

Like i said, if you set yourself a goal, you need to figure out how you are going to make it work.

Also, another tip i have for you is to be specific with your goals. Don’t just say “i want to read more”, well what is more? one page more, one book more.. Those kind of goals are really hard to measure whether you are doing well with them or not. Instead say things like “i want to read 10 books this year”, or “100 books”. You get the idea, it needs to be a goal you can measure and see if you are achieving it.

What are some goals you have for this year?

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