Awesome CVS Deals This Week

Most of you know how I am a bargain shopper and for quite sometime, CVS has been my go to place to stock up on a lot of health and beauty items such as toothpaste, shampoo & conditioner, deodorant, etc. I outline how I do this in a previous post.

Well this week we totally rocked the deals. My sidekick Hannah, has taken over for me this year as I've been quite busy with the baby. She sits down to figure out deal scenarios, finds the coupons, looks up the different rebate apps on my phone and combining all of the above, she figures out just how to get things almost free!!! She has done an amazing job this year  in helping me save a ton of money.

This is the picture today of everything that we got (click on to enlarge):

Thankful for Friends. . .

. . . who stand by me no matter what! Today is one of those days that would be better ignored due to some sad situations but I have been uplifted in prayer by many, received a few texts that made me smile, had a dear soul sister meet me for a long lunch and came home to find that my best friend sent me gorgeous flowers that will soon bloom. Thank you especially Ashlee and Jes for making me feel special and celebrated today!! It means more than you know!!!

Next time Jes, we SO need to take a selfie together!!! Love you!

A dear friend reminded me of Psalm 37 to read and meditate on. It's been an encouragement to me lately and maybe will uplift you as well!

Safe Email for Kids- Review

In today's world, everyone needs to eventually use email at some point. It used to be you didn't need an address until you were older but now many kids need them for accessing online classes, work, etc. It doesn't matter what email program you use, you almost always get inundated with spam, many times spam that you don't want your children seeing. We recently were introduced to, a safe email program especially for kids and teens. We were given an Annual Subscription to review.

CHSH- Curriculum Download Club- Review

I don't know about you, but over the years as I found resources for homeschool online, I would bookmark them in a certain folder on my computer. When Pinterest came along, I created a board to save certain printables. Both though can be time consuming and hard to find when you want specific subjects. We recently had the chance to review CHSH Download Club from (CHSH stands for Christian Homeschool Hub).

Apologia Astronomy 2nd Edition Review

Over the course of our 12 years of homeschooling, we've switched up the curriculum we've used for different subjects. Except one. We have been huge fans of Apologia Educational Ministries science curriculum and have used it from our elementary years all the way through to high school. We've gone through almost all the books they have to offer except one, Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition which we recently had the chance to review.

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Today's recipe is one I make only for when we go camping. Because let's face it, this isn't exactly one of my healthier recipes. It also makes SO much so it's perfect to take camping to share with all the other families we usually go with. It's become a tradition now that we can't go camping without this tasty treat!

homemade caramel popcorn

Jolly Phonics- Review

This year as I start off on a brand new school journey with my 5 year old, it's been amazing to see how much has changed since I first taught Kindergarten 12 years ago! I am excited for all the resources we have available! Recently, we got to review Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar from (from the parent company just2ducks LLC).

Tips for Freezing Corn

It's that time of year that keeps me busy with canning and freezing. It takes a bit of time to do this but in the middle of winter, it tastes so good to eat food knowing it came from my garden or the farm stand!

Tips For Freezing Corn

FlipStir Puzzle Review

Have you ever heard of a puzzle that is contained in a closed cylinder? A puzzle where you can NOT lose any of the pieces? Neither had I until recently when we were given the chance to try out FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC.

FlipStir Puzzle

Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

Back in high school, I took 2 years of Spanish and while I learned a decent amount, I wasn't fluent. Not until I moved to Lima Peru and was fully immersed did I finally really pick up on the language. Most homeschool Spanish programs out there present lessons the same way I learned in high school. Much to my surprise, we were recently introduced to a homeschool Spanish program that is different in their approach. We recently had the chance to try out the Starter Set 1 from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids.

foreign language for kids by kids

Homeschool Encouragement (w/Free Printable)

Homeschooling has definitely been one of the best decisions we have made for our family. I can't imagine not having these years to spend with my children, growing and learning along side of them.

But let's face it, some days are just hard. We all need a bit of encouragement at times to keep pressing on despite the challenges we may face at times. A couple of years ago, I typed up a printable and gave a copy to each of my kids as well as placed a copy on one of my kitchen cabinets so we could all see it daily. Not only do I need the encouragement as a homeschool momma, my kids need the encouragement as well!

5 Days of Homeschool 101

Back to (Home)School Traditions

I don't know about you but our summer break flew by! I guess between having a new baby, kids working, camping, and just every day life happening, time got away.

My kids look forward to getting back into the grind of school work. Slightly odd I know! I think part of it is the new school books and supplies and knowing they will get to see friends weekly at co-op.