SpeedyPrep CLEP Prep - Review

My oldest daughters are juniors this year in high school, so I admit I am still figuring out things with them. Such as looking past high school and helping them to plan their next steps for the future. I recently became familiar with CLEP and how it can save a lot of money down the road. Specifically, using SpeedyPrep, an online CLEP preparation subscription program designed to help you pass the exam. You can get a detailed view about SpeedyPrep by checking out their CLEP prep.

I Will

My daughter shared this song this week with me and it meant so much! I just wanted to share it here in case of you could use this reminder & encouragement!

Memoria Press American History - Review

My 8th grade son really enjoys learning about history, especially American History. He finished his history curriculum early this year. Right about the time he finished it, we were give the chance to try out The Story of the Thirteen Colonies & the Great Republic Set from Memoria Press. They also included 200 Questions About American History Set.

Spinach and Strawberry Salad w/Poppyseed Dressing

It's coming up on one of our favorite times in the world of gardening, the ripening of our strawberry patch!  In addition to making jam and freezing whole berries for smoothies, we also like this refreshing salad. Combining our strawberries with the spinach from our garden, this salad can easily be thrown together with pecans I keep in the freezer.

I know, the thought of spinach and strawberries together sounds a little odd but even my picky-eating husband likes this salad!

Spinach & Strawberry Salad w/Poppyseed Dressing

Creating a Masterpiece - Review

The latest curriculum that we added to our homeschool has been by far one of my most funnest reviews this year! We were able to take a subject and make it something for the whole family to do together, me included! The kids and I definitely made some memories and had a blast while completing a variety of art lessons via the Monthly Plan from Creating a Masterpiece.

Note, this is not my child but the photo that the vendor asked we share.

I'd Rather Be Your Mommy - Review

Being a mom is one of the hardest jobs ever! I know most of us definitely wouldn't trade this job for anything in the world but sometimes both our kids and us moms need a reminder of that. What better way to remind us that we'd always choose being a mom over anything else then to have a book dedicated to this specific topic! I'd Rather Be Your Mommy from Home School Adventure Co. is the perfect book to sit down with your little ones to cuddle up and read.

I'd Rather Be Your Mommy

Happy 1st Birthday Mia Grace

I literally blinked and before I knew it, my 8th baby turned 1 year old today!! I don't know where the time has gone! (Actually, I do, she's been high needs at time and often only wants mama to nurse a lot due to her laryngomalacia and reflux I'm sure). But that's ok, they are only little for such a short time.

I started her birth story not long after she was born, but again, it's taken me awhile to chip away at it due to not having 2 hands free very often. And the few moments I do find myself alone, I have a lot of other work to stay on top of but hopefully soon I'll get her birth story posted.

Happy 1st Birthday my sweet girl! Your smile & personality has brought us so  much joy and I can't wait to see how God continues to shape and mold your precious life!!!

Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A - Review

This year we started kindergarten with my 5 year old daughter. I remember when I first started homeschooling 12 years ago, I was piecing everything together myself as there wasn't nearly the resources available like there are today. We were recently introduced to Eclectic Foundations Language Arts Level A from Eclectic Foundations and had a chance to review it.

Money Saving Monday-Gardening & Homemade Laundry Soap

I often get asked how in the world do I save the money I do especially with having a large family on a small income. So I thought I'd spend some Mondays sharing a few tips & ideas on things I do.

St. Patrick's Day Treats

I love making themed food for holidays. One of my more popular desserts for St Patrick's Day is my Minty Pudding Parfaits and Shamrock Pretzels. Both are easy enough to make along with your children!

Minty Pudding Parfait, St Patty's day treat

How to Clean Foggy Headlights

Not long after my daughter bought her car, she wanted to clean it up. One thing she had noticed was the outside casing of the headlights was foggy. She remembered reading that toothpaste can clear up the fogginess, so she decided to try it out.

Baked Spaghetti

Baked spaghetti changes up traditional spaghetti a bit. I like that I can prepare it ahead of time and just pop it in the oven to warm up. It also is a great dish to freeze! In fact, make a double batch one day, have some for dinner that night and put the other half in the freezer for a future meal. I'm all about making things easy when it comes to meals. ;)

And She Bought a Car

Life has been flying by in the blink of an eye! It is SO true what they say, kids grow up SO fast! I can't believe my oldest 2 will be official adults later this year. The twins have been keeping their eyes out to each buy a car. Sarah recently found a local car and after my dad and I researched it and asked some questions of the seller via email, we made time to go check it out.

My CVS Savings for 2016

If you've followed my blog for a little while, you know that I absolutely LOVE shopping at CVS and get TONS of free or low cost deals. The CVS app keeps track of how much money you've saved over the entire year so I wanted to document here how much my daughter and I saved so we can look back to compare it to coming years.

Because we both purchase things, we have 2 cards (she has one and I have one). So that is why you see 2 different savings amounts below, but CHECK IT OUT!!!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

 Nothing is better on a chilly, winter day than homemade cinnamon rolls. Even better, the copycat recipe to Cinnabon's Cinnamon Rolls! They take a little bit of work but they are oh so worth it! I even took pictures as I went through the process!

The Beginner's Bible Review

My little ones love reading books! We have a vast library of children's classic books as well as a lot of books based on Bible stories. One book that we recently were given to check out is the new updated version of The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz.

The Beginner's Bible