May 16, 2017

REAL SIMPLE MEAL PLAN #1 | MAY 2017 | SLOPPY JOES, BLTS, & YUMMY CHICKEN SALAD


Okay ya'll let's face facts most of us spend way to much money on groceries and eating out. For years I've tried to stick to a budget of $100 a week on groceries and I'm able to do that by shopping cheaper grocery stores and discount outlets.



Today I'm sharing a large family grocery haul as well as real simple meal plan!

If you're interested in a lower grocery bill check out the video below!!!

CLICK THIS VIDEO TO SEE WHAT I BOUGHT AT ALDI & A LOCAL DISCOUNT STORE AND HOW I FEED MY FAMILY OF 7 FOR AROUND A $100.00 A WEEK!!!


simple meal plan large family meal plan cheap groceries



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May 9, 2017

HOMESCHOOL | CREATING MULTI AGE LAPBOOKS (Free Earth & Science Printables and Resources)

free christian homeschool earth and science printables

I know it's nearing the end of the school year and if you're like me you're ready to say sayonara to school for a while but there is one thing that can renew a tired homeschooling mama and that's shopping for new curriculum.


I went ahead and ordered next year's curriculum. I wanted to get an idea of how the year would go, when we should start, how our schedule would be and review it just in case it wouldn't work out I would have time to research and order another. 

Since we've finished our material for this year and had about eight weeks left of school I went ahead and started a full course of the new stuff. 

For science this upcoming year (2017-2018) I've chosen Christian Kids Explore Earth & Science. So far I really like it. And most importantly the kids really like it. 

Currently I have three school age children (Ages 5,7,10) who I am teaching from this book. Their reading and writing levels are very different so I quickly learnt that teaching and expecting them both to read and write down notes at the same time was not going to work. 


I needed a way to cover the material, have them both be able to read it and understand it but it not take all day doing it. So I created a lapbook for our first unit. 

HERE IS HOW I CREATED A MULTI AGE LAPBOOK  FOR THE SAME CURRICULUM

First I studied the lesson. As I studied I gathered notes; definitions and important facts. Most of this stuff is in the margins of the book. I typed them up in Photoshop Elements. 

I gathered all my notes and put them on printable pages in boxes so I could cut them out.

using free resources to create homeschool lapbooks


I also did a google search for Christian Earth Science Printables and found a ton of great resources like this one from Bible Story Printables.

using free printables in homsechool
CLICK HERE FOR THIS FREE PRINTABLE FROM BIBLE STORY PRINTABLES 

Using a pair of scissors and a hole punch I cut out interactive pieces.

interactive lapbooking for homeschooling


Then I arranged my notes in a lapbook. If you're new to making lapbooks check out this great resource on making easy lapbooks.

interactive lapbooking for homeschooling


I also used material from the appendix of the book. This book has some great coloring sheets and graphs available to use.

using appendix resources for lapbooking
I like to include interactive pieces as well. This is great for the younger kids. 

interactive lapbooking for homeschooling
Tip: Try to fit an entire unit on one lapbook  verses each individual lessons. This will cut down time on making additional lapbooks for each lesson. And you'll have several days worth of science ready to be worked on.  This lapbook lasted us about two weeks.

christian homeschool earth science
The kids really enjoy lapbooks and lessons that are fun, colorful, and interactive. 

I've included the FREE printable pdfs I created from my notes of this unit. If you're using CHRISTIAN KID EXPLORE EARTH & SCIENCE and you would like to print these resources CLICK HERE!




May 8, 2017

SCRAPBOOKING | How to Cover An Album (Working on my Week in the Life Album)

scrapbooking how to cover an album

I've been working on my Week in the Life™ album this week. It's been a slow process but I'm getting there. One of the things I've decided to do is cover my album with some pretty paper. I had originally thought that I would just keep it as is but it's gotten a little messy over the past few weeks. So I'm covering it.

scrapbook album with scrapbook paper and washi tape on the cover


I'm using this 6x8 kraft album from Echo Park. It's exactly like the Snap binders from Simple Stories. I opted to cover the entire cover with a pretty white and black textured cardstock. This paper is from a paper pad from Hobby Lobby. 

I simply cut down the paper so that it's a tid bit smaller than actually cover, I didn't want any of the paper hanging off the album. 


I used Mod Podge and a foam brush to adhere the paper to the album covers and back side. After that I covered the paper with Mod Podge as well. 

Once it dried it was a really shiny and smooth. It felt almost like leather or vinyl. 

using scrapbook paper to cover an album


I really like the look plus it adds an extra layer of protection onto my album. 

I did the exact same process to the inside of the covers. I opted for this blue gingham from Crate Paper's line, Gather, by Maggie Holmes. 

blue gingham scrapbook paper used to cover the inside of the album



colorful scrapbook album

I love the color of it all and since I'm going for a very modern and colorful look to my album it works out perfectly. 

a colorful week in the life album







You can check out a more detailed process by clicking the video below...




How about you, do you cover your albums or add any fun embellishments to the front or are you more minimal and simple?

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