Jul 20, 2017

HOW TO CUSTOMIZE A HOMESCHOOL PLANNER

the happy planner homeschool planner

For my plannre this year I chose The Happy Planner Teacher's Edition (sold at Michaels). I know this planner is set up for a classroom teacher but I wanted to show you all how you can add some additional pages to make it usable for a homeschool mama!

the happy planner homeschool planner

the happy planner homeschool planner

THE HAPPY PLANNER for HOMESCHOOLERS

This planner is absolutely beautiful and the kit comes with so many fun extras like note pads and stickers. However beautiful I needed to make this planner work for a homeshool mom so I created some colorful yet functional pages to plan our homeschool year. 

FREE HOMESCHOOL PLANNER


By adding in these pages I made this beautiful planner work for this here homeschool mama and I can not wait to plan in it!!! 

HERE IS A COMPLETE LIST OF ALL THE PAGES (PDF is set up to print FRONT to BACK)
WEEKLY PAGES
ATTENDANCE RECORD
LIBRARY TRACKERS (2)
PASSWORD TRACKER
DAILY SCHEDULE
LOOP SCHEDULE
YEAR AT A GLANCE
SUPPLIES TO BUY
STUDENT PLANNER (comes in handy for plannign for multiple children)
MONTHLY GOALS


To see how I used these pages in my planner (p.s. I haven't added all of them, yet)... CHECK OUT THE VIDEO BELOW!!



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?

Apr 29, 2017

Week In the Life™ | MY DIY KIT

Okay so I'm super jealous of all ya'll working with Ali Edwards' Week in the Life™ kit but I just couldn't justify the extra expense at this time, not when I have so many new scrapbooking supplies. I've been shopping so much in the past few months and I have so many new things that I absolutely love and wanted to use for this project.

So I set forth a new challenge for myself and for all of ya'll that hoard your stash... DIY MY OWN KIT!

Okay so at the bottom of this blog post you'll find a pretty long video of me walking through my kit. I may or may not have went a bit overboard but like I said I have so much I love. I know I won't use it all but it's there if I need it. ;)

When it comes to pulling items together for a project I do have a few tips....

#1 BOX, BIN OR BASKET
Whether you like to have things tucked away or out in the open get ya a box or basket to hold everything. I recommend these clear Iris containers. I like these because I can fit small things as well as large 12x12 papers.

iris scrapbook container

 #2 FIND YOUR ALBUM

I always do my WITL project in a 6x8 album. I usually use these Snap Albums from Simple Stories. The always work well for me, the only downfall is that they only have two rings so sometimes it's hard to add smaller things to the album. I always make it work but I do wish they had additional rings. Has anyone found it difficult to find 6x8 albums?

small 6x8 scrapbook album

#3 PATTERN PAPER
I always start with paper! I always start with color. I pull patterns based on what colors I'm in the mood for. I honestly just go with my gut on this and this creates my base for my kit.

patterned scrapbook paper


#4 JOURNAL CARDS & STAMPS
Next, I'll go through my stash of journaling cards and just pick out the ones that appeal to me. Making sure they match my paper and have good sentiments that can be used with our week. I usually grab a few lined cards for journaling. Look through your stash for some fun date stamps. Perhaps you have some with the week days!

scrapbook stamps for week in the life

#5 EMBELLISHMENTS
I love a chunky album! I usually go overboard with adding embellishments to my kit and I don't end up using them all but I like to have a good assortment to chose from when I'm ready to embellish. However, having too many can distract me and keep me from choosing any. A good tip (which I rarely ever follow) is to pick only 5 types of embellishments. This helps to cut the time you spend deciding on what things to use. However, if you're like me, if it's not there you'll just get up and go find it.

scrapbook embellishments


Here are some of my favorite embellishments to use for my projects!
  • stickers
  • tiny words
  • flair
  • chipboard
  • washi
  • ribbon
  • sequins
  • anything STARS!!!
#6 OTHER STUFF
I also like to include different things like tags, glassine bags and transparencies. Like I said I like a chunky and funky album!

So here is what I gathered for my kit...



Apr 25, 2017

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2017 | Friday's Photos & Words

mom hair getting it done9:25 AM // Today I did my hair up in a pony tail. It didn't last long. 


cleaning house11:40 AM // Today I cleaned three houses by lunch time. 

taking the car to get washed1:03 PM // Today I washed the car.Well I sat in the car while it was washed. 


taking the car to get inspected1:35 PM // Today I took the car to get inspected. I also renewed our license plates. 
taco bell for lunch3:00 PM // Today I regretted my lunch decision almost immediately. 

getting ready for mom's night out4:10 PM // Today I took a little extra time on my makeup and hair. #readyforGNO

girls night out at Michael's5:25 PM // Today I went to one of my favorite places with some of my favorite people. 

being silly at Tuesday Morning
 7:00 PM // Today I laughed so hard. 

super mom super wife super woman super tired7:15 PM // Today I found my perfect mug. 


chillis for supper8:59 PM // Today I ate way too much food. 

Don't forget to check out Monday through Thursday Photos & Words...








Apr 24, 2017

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2017 | Thursday's Photos & Words

morning coffee8:24 AM // Today I'm enjoying three cups of coffee before the kids wake up. I'm working on editing photos and blogging work during my quiet time this morning. 

letting the kids sleep in9:10 AM// Today I'm enjoying just letting them sleep until they wake up. I'm enjoying the look of sweet innocence that will quickly fade when she wakes up. 

dirty bathroom floor
 10:00 AM // Today I am enjoying not cleaning.I'm making the kids do it. I need to rest. 

kitchen homeschool
 12:43 PM // Today I'm enjoying that they actually did school without me reminding them to do it. Well math anyways. We are all really enjoying their new math curriculum 

afternoon naptime
cuddles with mama during naptime

1:23 PM // Today I'm enjoying a nap. Just a few minutes to sit and close my eyes and rest. I need it today. I need it everyday.

coffee and healthy snacks and to do lise2:20 PM // Today I'm enjoying some more coffee and new snacks while I cross things off my to do list.  On a side note I really didn't like these dried peach slices.

laundry piles
 4:15 PM // Today I'm enjoying that its' okay to not worry about the mess. Or at least take my time with it.

carpet cleaning machine
8:05 PM // Today I'm enjoying a new carpet cleaner. I'm a little obsessed with my carpets even though it's a never ending battle. (5 kids and red Carolina mud...ugh)

WEEK IN THE LIFE 2017 | Wednesday's Photos & Words


9:02 AM // I'm thankful for modern day technology. // Especially the dishwasher. 


 10:25 AM // I am thankful for a bathtub that doubles as a swimming pool for these two. // They can play (getting clean at the same time) while I get ready for the day. 

 11:04 AM // I'm thankful for help from the older kids even though on this particular day they failed at keeping the babies out of nail polish which ultimately led to another bath and ruined carpet. 

 12:43 PM // I am thankful the laundry is almost caught up.

 1:06 PM // I am thankful that they are old enough to make their own lunches while I get some chores finished. //  I am also thankful that they all can agree on PB & Js. 


1:55 PM // I am thankful for "nany kisses". She is so sweet and loving.

2:20 PM // I am thankful that for history I can teach my children biblical lessons. I am thankful the babies nap so we can get some school done.

2:30 PM // I am thankful that I took the time to prepare. These coloring sheets kept them busy during our lecture on Joshua, Jerico, and Rahab. 


3:10 PM // I am thankful that I can also teach my children that God made the world in 7 days. I am thankful that I don't have to include lessons on apes and big bang theories. 

6:07 PM // I am thankful for nice Spring days that you can enjoy front porch sitting and bubble blowing.

6:35 PM // I am thankful for this little Troll that has brought the little ones so much joy recently. Can you spot poppy through out my entire week?

7:30 PM // I am thankful that I live near an Aldi. It really is my favorite grocery store. Today's list included fresh produce, unsalted butter, and milk. 

7:50 PM // I am thankful for affordable food. Affordable healthy food. 

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