RV Camping {with kids}

Hey Guys!

As most of you probably know (if you follow me on Instagram), we are a camping family. Even before we had kids my husband and i would go tent camping every chance we got.

After we started having kids we still went tent camping, just not as frequent as it is harder to tent camp with babies and toddlers.

We got our first RV over six years ago, it was an old 1970’s fixer upper. It had water damage, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and in the floor was a giant hole. We basically just fixed the cosmetic stuff (paint, bedding, replaced couch, flooring, etc.) and left the electrical and plumbing issues alone.

After having our 5th baby and adding dogs to our family, we quickly realized that old ’70’s RV wasn’t working for our family anymore. We decided it was time for an upgrade. So last year we purchased a new (2017) RV, one that sleeps 9 for our growing family.

We are the boondocking or dry camping type of campers. Isn’t the whole reason to go camping, is to get away from the hustle and bustle of people?! That is why we don’t use campgrounds. Boondocking has definitely been an experience. We fill up our water tank, and make sure of other tanks (gray & black) are empty before we go camping. We have a generator that we bring along, to be able to have power. For our family size, we have found that we can’t go camping for more than 3 days because our tanks fill up and our water run out.

If you are camping with kids, here are a few of my tips to make it go smoother.

  • Bring extra clothes – I usually double the amount of clothes needed (i.e. if we are going camping for 2 days, i bring enough clothes for 4 days.).
  • Bring their pillow and/or blanket from home – They will sleep so much better if they have that same familiar pillow/blanket.
  • Pack extra snacks/food – There is something about camping that makes everyone extra hungry.
  • Pack at least 2 pairs of shoes – Everything is going to get dirty or wet while camping, shoes are no exception so bring back up.
  • Bring toys/books/games/coloring books/etc. – With camping most of your time is spent outdoors (fishing, hiking, etc.) but an unexpected thunderstorm could come along (happened to us last time we went camping) and you find yourself stuck inside it’s nice to have something to keep the kids entertained (and their minds off the storm).

One thing i just found that was super helpful was to buy a big exterior mat (i got mine on sale, 40% off, at Hobby Lobby) and place it on the ground right in front of your door. It really helped to lessen the amount of dirt that got inside the RV.

If you are new to camping, or are thinking about purchasing an RV, and you have some questions feel free to leave me a comment and i will try my best to answer your questions.

Happy Camping!

Paying Yourself To Workout

Hi Guys!

If you are anything like me than you can’t go to a gym to workout. Whether it’s because of kids, your schedule, or money, you just can’t make it to the gym.

Before i really started my health journey, last month, i had a thought… “Since i’m not paying for a gym membership, why don’t i pay myself a little something every time i workout”.

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This is how it looks like for me…

Every time single time i workout, i pay myself $5. I put that money into an envelope and save it away.

Once I’ve reached my goal weight, i will then give myself all that money that I’ve been saving away. Which i will then use to probably buy myself some new clothes. Because at that point i will definitely need new clothes.

It’s just nice to have a little extra motivator to workout.

If you want to do this too, but $5 seems a lot or not enough, you can totally customize your amount. $1, $2, $10, $15. etc.. It will all add up in the end. And you will have a very nice little gift for yourself for all your hard work. Which you can then spend on anything you want.

I hope you have enjoyed this little “tip”, and if you end up doing it let me know, i’d love to hear about your experience!

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*Stock photo provided by Unsplash.*

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Tips {Free Printable}

Hi Guys!

Every year I call my Mom up with the same questions “when do I put the turkey in the fridge to defrost?”, “how long will the turkey stay good for in the fridge?”, “what if it’s not ready in time for Thanksgiving?”… and every year she answers those questions for me without ever saying “I told you last year, and the year before that, and the year before that..” she’s awesome like that!

However this year I decided to pick her brain on all things Turkey and finally write it all down, so that way I can pass the information down to my children some day, and their children, etc. etc., and pass the information on to you guys as well.

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You can download my Thanksgiving Turkey Tips printable, for free, HERE!

I hope this helps you and your family!

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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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