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Saint Joseph, MO, United States
I'm a stay at home Mom of two children and I have the unique privilege of being able to homeschool both of them. I am a stepmother to two older daughters one who is going to college. I enjoy shopping, baking, cooking, cleaning, organizing, running, clowning, making soap, playing piano and lately painting with ASCP paint! I am learning to enjoy the little things in life and make the most of it...clinging to my Savior through the tears that life brings and enjoying his GRACE He gives us every day! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

HomeSchool Schedules

This year has been tough....we had a lot of family difficulties in February and March and school....well....for the first time since we started homeschooling three years ago we will NOT be done by the first of May!

I MAKE my son finish ALL his history, math, Science, and Foreign Language, and Grammar as well.  Since we have had two deaths in the family and my father who was ill with a heart attack and my sister who came up that I haven't seen in a year...PLUS my laptop which is where I have my son's Language and Science on decided to DIE last week...as ridiculous as it sounds we are down to ONE computer....can you believe that I'm saying that like that's a hardship??? I remember when a computer was a LUXURY and now its a NEED!

So, there is a method to my my babbling....or should I say a POINT!

It is this time each year that I re-evaluate what we are doing and what we NEED to be doing for each child.  As those teachers who teach the same grade every year they are able to re-evaluate what is working for their class and what isn't....with homeschooling you have to constantly do that AND you have to take in account what your child will NEED for the next year.

This year I allowed my T to do a reading, grammar, spelling curriculum all in one...which he LOVED! It is called www.totallanguageplus.com   I HIGHLY recommend this curriculum, however, this next year I will be using my good ol trusty grammar...because frankly....I just plain like the STRUCTURE of it....www.rodandstaff.com  so since we are going to 7th grade next year....(can I CRY now) that's what we are using...in fact, I've already ordered the books for next year! My son is sooo happy (insert sarcastic laugh here). 

Our Math we are doing I'm completely pleased with so we will continue with that as well www.teachingtextbooks.com  I CANNOT say enough of awesome things about this curriculum.  It's AWESOME!!!!

We are lacking in the Science department though...I have tried Apologia and frankly its too easy for 6th grade....we need something serious....so for next year we have already ordered  bobjonesuniversitypress.com  I have heard its wonderful (from my sister) and I'm trying very hard to get my son EXCITED about Science.

For History we are continuing to use www.peacehillpress.com  We have enjoyed this series to the fullest.  History is my son's FAVORITE subject and she does not disappoint with this curriculum.  This will be our last year for these books, I have enjoyed how she puts it in chronological order.  It totally makes sense NOW!! History to me was always taught in segments and my brain just can't process that way....I need it ORGANIZED what can I say!

For Bible my son is actually happy with the paces kind of approach so he wanted to do it this way again...so I ordered the next series for that as well.  www.aop.com  Lifepac has a lot of packets designed for the "extra" subjects so to speak.  The only negative I can give you is the grade books...they are very difficult to figure out where they are so you can check your child's work.  I have no idea WHY they are set up that way.  If you have graded your child's work you know what I mean.  However, it gives my son a lot of "meat" so I am happy with this curriculum.

For French this year I'm going to bite the bullet and get Rosetta Stone...I have heard its the BEST.  We have used two other methods because they were cheaper and they are just not getting it done!  So, that's what we are doing.

Those are the main subjects that we are working on.  I of course have spelling, critical thinking skills, geography to fill in as well.  My son is also involved in a co-op and each semester those classes change.  He takes chess and has since 4th grade.  Last year he took French, martial arts, guitar, chess and really continues to enjoy those classes as they change each fall and spring.  He is also involved in Boy Scouts, sports and highly involved in our church.

For my 4 year old things differ.  She is my first child to homeschool from the beginning.  We have successfully learned to count, learning our numbers, our alphabet and are now in Kindergarten Math.  For her I am teaching her www.mathusee.com  She greatly enjoys Math so we decided not to wait until next year we decided to just keep going.  We are also doing handwriting and Bible as well as craft time.  This summer we will be concentrating on learning to enunciate our words and learn the TRUE sounds of words.  My daughter couldn't hear for the first year of life and so now even though she can write her name with absolutely no help and knows the alphabet she has trouble with the proper sounds of the letters.  WE will be doing a new study this summer called www.proedinc.com  The study we are using is called LiPS and I'm excited about it.  My daughter also enjoys Science so we are doing a study of ladybugs and now we are moving on to butterflies.  We are buying the kits from www.insectlore.com  and LOTS of books from the library! We are also getting ready to go to the zoo very soon and spend lots of time in the Butterfly house! I can't WAIT! This is where homeschooling gets really fun for me.  She doesn't even realize she's learning she just LOVES learning! Is it just me or is it super exciting to hear my daughter walking around saying "chrysalis"....seriously so fun to watch her fascination!

So, if you homeschool this just gives you an idea how I approach the next school year.  I have two children who have completely different learning styles.  If I waited to the summer to order curriculum and re-evaluate for the next year it wouldn't get done well because our summers seem to be more insane than the regular school year.  Plus we have one going to college this year so that will REALLY be a difficult thing for my husband and the household in general!

Have a GREAT day !

Letting our ladybugs go in our garden!

Educating your children can happen anywhere at anytime.  Making your children LOVE the adventure of finding out how things work, learning about the world around them is the key to making them LOVE learning.  

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dream Catcher Swirl and Sprinklers Too

Oh my goodness! This week is CRAZY and so is next, and the next and the next!  My soap selling went well and I have been busy making baskets which has depleted my soap supply......so, I decided to start making some more...AND...I first started with my cranberry face bars and for whatever reason...that ended in....DISASTER! So, to say I was a bit NERVOUS...was an understatement....but I got my groove back....:)

First I started with four different colors and put them in my mold counting for three seconds each color and pouring from the middle! Then I took a bamboo skewer and started from the middle and worked my way out and didn't pull it out once until I was done! The key is stopping at the first WOW! I wanted to keep going but I didn't have a good track record this week...so I quit early!

Then today was my favorite day! Let's cut it up and see what we got!

I LOVE this soap even from the BACK!

This soap includes the following ingredients: Coconut OIl, Palm Oil, Olive Oil, Aloe Vera Liquid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ultramarine Blue Pigment, Tangerine Wow! Pigment, and Litsea Essential Oil.

For complete instructions and how to do video visit www.otion.com

Also, we enjoyed a 95 degree day yesterday so it was sprinkler time!

I can't believe how fast she's growing!

Yes, we have not weed eated in case you were wondering...hey, I'm a bit busy!

Have a GREAT smelling day!!!!! Weekend Bloggy Reading

Monday, April 23, 2012

A Revision of Detergent

I have been making my own detergent for over a year.  We have a HE front loader and dryer and I have a 4 yr old daughter, 12 yr old son and two teenage stepdaughters, a husband and myself.  We are not avid outdoor people but we do run and my son is a boyscout...plus my daughter LOVES dirt!

In the beginning I LOVED the liquid homemade detergent I made...and now and for awhile now...I have been in love with the powder detergent...let me tell you why.  First of all, in my opinion it cleans better, is easier to make, is easier to store and is easier to use.  I use one to two tbsp of powder and it lasts for at least two months perhaps even three.

Here is my recipe:

1 Bar of Fels Naptha
1 Bar of Dove Soap ....I use neither of these now as I make my own soap.  I now use two bars of my lavender soap....but this is what I used previously before I started making soap.
1/2 cup of Oxy Clean
1 cup of Tide or whatever commercial detergent you favor
2 cups of Borax
2 cups of washing Soda

We have hard water and I can't imagine not using all these ingredients!

Grate two bars of soap and then put in food processor with the powders.

Grated Soap
All ready in a lovely container
Use one to two tbsp and enjoy your wonderfully fresh and CHEAP detergent!

Have a GREAT smelling day!

freckled laundry

Sunday, April 22, 2012

My Guys

I truly hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Mine was wonderfully busy but so happy to be doing what I LOVE!!!

Friday night I had my first soap party and it turned out really well.  I had five guests and I think when I have it again I will only allow eight....five was perfect and eight would be the most we could handle.

We had light refreshments and then we made two batches of soap.  Everyone left with three bars of soap!

Then on Saturday I had my soap that I was selling! and across the parking lot, in the cutest booth ever (besides mine and my friends of course)I spied it....it was love at first sight! The Guys Can....how perfect was this thing....and I just HAD to go rescue it and bring it to my home....where old things go quite nicely together!

I knew it had to be mine....I knew just right where to put it...so it was....and I LOVE it so!

I mean HOW PERFECT was this thing???

Seriously, I need help I think I'm so obsessed with it!

The weekend ended with church and my son coming home from Scouts weekend of camping where he actually admitted he should have listened to his Mom and dress warmer and he changed his clothes (TWICE) and brushed his teeth....I feel we have turned a HUGE corner!

Have a GREAT day!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Soap Selling Silly

Ok....I realize that that title is ridiculous...but I'm tired and couldn't think of anything witty or wittier...or whatever! I'm a good tired though.  Today my little business on the side took a lovely little spin and got my little name out there! I sold around 45 to 50 bars of soap.  I entered today with no expectations.  I truly had no idea what the day would bring.

It was a fun day to sit and visit with my friend who had a booth next to me.  We had fun holding on to our canopies as the wind blew...sadly four of her windows broke...but it turned out to be a very lovely day!

Here is a pic of my little set up at the beginning of the day!

It was a lot of fun!

I also got new news that my hubby wants me to make baskets for our store for new brides and I get to sell my soap there as well! All in all a very happy day!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Growth Chart

So a HUNDRED years ago I set out to make this....two deaths in the family, a heart attack for my Dad and some serious JUNK going on and...I'm BACK!

I have wanted one of these forever and Pottery Barn quit making them (plus they were ummm...$130) then I saw them being offered on another website that I loved for around $80...and seriously.....I just couldn't do it....so I went to Home Depot....bought the board....and then bought stain I used Golden Oak.  I bought stenciled numbers and my grand total came to $12! YES!!!!!

So, after I stained the board and put two coats of stain on it I was ready to go!

I used the tape measure and marked off every inch.

Can you tell my child was annoying me???
After I marked everything off it was time to bring out my sharpie:)

Do you love how I get my new cubbies in every shot?!
She was SOOO excited!
He just has to ACT like he doesn't care!

I just might need a BIGGER chart!  You can adjust the height based on how high you want it off the floor.  I am not hanging mine because its in a place we don't travel through so it will be fine...but just adjust off the floor as you please!

Pretty easy project and fun and best of all...saved me A TON:)

Have a GREAT day!

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special