Archive | March, 2013

Homestudy Field Trip – March

29 Mar

For spring break our family drove to Richmond, VA. I thought it would be a good idea to take advantage of being in a different part of the country, and have our homestudy field trip there.

We chose to visit historic Jamestown for our field trip! We went to Jamestown Settlement where you can explore and learn about 17th century Virginia, and America’s first permanent English colony founded in 1607. There were films, gallery exhibits, and outdoor living history. It was all very interesting, and personally I could have spent a lot more time exploring the museum exhibits but we let the kids lead the way.

Back at the hotel I pulled out the worksheets I had printed at home before we left. My 3rd grader (public school) did two 4th grade level reading worksheets, and my pre-k girl (private school) did a 2nd grade level coloring worksheet. Originally my plan was to visit Colonial Williamsburg, so their worksheets were geared a little more towards the Revolutionary War, but they didn’t seem to notice and they still learned about early American history.

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Berry Smoothie

25 Mar

My oldest LOVES when I make smoothies, so I decided to try this one this past weekend. It was a hit with all four of us! This recipe was adapted from a smoothie recipe in one of my cookbooks, and my version is completely healthy and supports our whole foods lifestyle. Enjoy!

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Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup crushed ice

10 oz frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries is our favorite mix)

1/2 cup organic plain Kefir

3/4 cup organic orange juice

1 cup organic milk

1 whole banana, sliced

1/8 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until combined. You can also combine your ingredients in a pitcher, and blend using a stick blender. Pour into cups, and add a slice of fresh strawberry to the rim for garnish (optional). Makes approximately four 8 oz servings.

No Screens on Sunday

23 Mar

no-tvI recently read a post by Tsh over on Simple Mom about taking leave from screens on Sundays, and I felt inspired to make that change in my own home. Technology is an important part of our day to day lives, but sometimes it gets in the way of actually living our lives. Between our televisions, computers, ipads and cell phones, it’s no wonder we don’t have time to do the things we say we really want to do.

Last Sunday was our first screen free Sunday, and let me tell you it was fantastic. There seemed to be more hours in the day, granted we didn’t have to be anywhere that particular day which helped. A couple times I felt the urge to go to my computer, and I did actually have to turn it on to get the online recipe I was making for dinner, otherwise it was untouched. Our girls didn’t seem to mind at all that they couldn’t turn on the TV or use the ipad, they stayed busy doing other things like playing together. I was able to get things done around the house, read, and play with the girls. What a nice day!

We are going to continue No Screens Sundays, because I believe we will continue to benefit from those days as a family. Try it one day a week, and let me know how it feels!

Educents.com

20 Mar

I recently read about this new website, launching April 2nd, over at Hip Homeschool Moms and I wanted to share it with you. Educents.com will offer study guides, educational software, curriculum, learning tools and toys, special needs products, videos and tutorials for all subjects, and much, much more-at 30-90% OFF!

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Right now the company is offering $10 store credits to everyone that preregisters! I have already signed up, and hope this will be a useful tool as I supplement my daughter’s public education.

2013 Goals: March Update

13 Mar

My progress so far this year…

Financial

1.Pay off all debt except student loan and home mortgage (this includes two cars, a line of credit, and credit cards) – Paid $992 towards debt

2. Make a decision about what I want to do (for work), and work towards putting myself in that position

Physical/Health

1. Convert to clean eating, while spending wisely to save on groceries – Did some research and found a local natural foods store, and farm to table produce shop that sells all organic Texas grown products only. Found and am following several bloggers that are on all natural, whole foods diets.

2. Exercise 2-3 times per week (30 minutes or more)

Home

1. Finish girl #1’s room re-model

2. Start (and hopefully finish) girl #2’s room re-model

3. Continue improvements to yard and landscaping – Finished cleaning out front and one side flower beds. Purchased new garden hoses for those flower beds.

4. Start a garden

Spiritual

1. Find a church home

Personal

1. Learn Spanish with my girls – Still working our way through the 6-disc children’s Spanish learning DVD set I purchased. Finished disc 1 (learned all words), currently on disc 2.

2. Read (books) – Currently reading two books

3. Volunteer (more often)

4. Be a better wife/mother/daughter/sister/friend

5. Simplify my life – Made the decision to not continue next year with the three PTA roles I have this year, and let the board know. I will continue to volunteer within the PTA, and at the school, but need to not commit so much of my time so that I have time for other things I would like to do. 

Cutting Out Sugar

7 Mar

As part of my goal to move my family towards a whole foods diet, I am trying to cut out sugar. Who would have thought that it would be so difficult to cut out artificial and refined sugars?! Apparently there is a long long list of sweeteners that I have to keep an eye out for as I read ingredients lists.

The sugars that I am ok with in our diet are all natural, and unrefined. Here is a list of the sweeteners that made the cut based on the research I have done:

Local raw unfiltered honey
Organic coconut palm sugar
Date sugar
and Organic pure maple syrup

Start looking at the list of ingredients on products before you buy them, it is so important to know what we are putting into our bodies…and more importantly the little growing bodies of our children. You will be amazed/shocked at all the products that have unnecessarily been sweetened.

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