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Six random facts about myself

Posted by Tiffany on May 23, 2013 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

 So this is going to be my first blog writing prompt on my new blog. So please if you like the blog at all please follow!

Writing prompts for this week are,

Writing Prompts:

1.) A time you felt validated. (inspired by Adventures in Alyssaland)
2.) List six random facts about yourself.
3.) Talk about a trend you don’t care for.
4.) The last thing you lost.
5.) Pinterest Inspired! Share something you pinned and actually tried.


I will start with Six random facts about myself, since this is a new blog and getting to know a bit about me wouldn't hurt.


1. I am only 4'11. So ya I'm super short! Same height as my mom though so its all her fault.

2. I have a bad social anxiety and I have a troubles in almost all social situations. =S

3. I am pretty much a high school drop out but during a evaluation test I took for me to continue my high school at a collage I was graded a grade 13 for English!

4. I have a slight addiction to mediation and ASMR. I guess it is my way of relaxing since I don`t get to much or my way of escaping since I rarely leave my own house

5. I quit smoking 3 years ago and it is one of the biggest things I did in my life that I am proud of aside from creating my awesome adorable children.

6. I can`t drive! I am almost 30 and I do not even have my learners! I have a fear of driving. Probably part of my anxiety and I did get my learners and learn a bit of driving and it helped me get over my fear a tiny bit but I let it expire and ya ... I don`t even have my learners now but do plan on getting it again soon.


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Our New Strawberry Bed for under $10

Posted by Tiffany on May 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we started making some raised beds. We are just using scrap wood from around the yard. They are not perfect but its all we need to start.

So first we built our bed which was FREE with scrap wood around the yard, you can also collect pallets for free from around town.The bed we made was about 4x10. Which seems big now but it will fill up with strawberries throughout the years.

Each of the kids have picked out a bed they really want to help with and Oren picked strawberries so he helped get it started.

Next we laid down a bed of news paper. This will be a good barrier for weeds. We didn't to a lasagna  bed but about half of on in a sense. We got the papers for FREE from the news paper box. We made sure they were old ones and old grabbed enough for the bed, you don't need them all just in case not everyone got their papers yet, 

Then we placed a layer of straw down. The bail was $5 and we only used about 1/4 of the bail so i'd say about $1 worth. ;)



Organizing school work and individual school crates.

Posted by Tiffany on May 19, 2013 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As a homeschooling mom, I find myself organizing and re-organizing all the homeschool stuff. I have posted one post before on how I organize. I find I will post  something once I find it works. I don't know how many times I have moved things around in the last 2 years but I guess it is ALL a learning process for sure!


We recently went and used up the last of our school funds, since the end of the year is coming and they do expire. So we went down to a local store and picked up a few things.I got a few things for the rest of this year, over the summer and next year. We are still a bit behind on reading so I made sure I got a few reading games. I will be doing reviews on things for now on. I really want to see what will work or at least what they enjoy to try and help. I want to continue school sort of through out the summer. Maybe just keep to unfinished books we have taking up room and focusing on problem areas to fix next year.


So after we get home with this huge haul. I had no clue where to put it all! My homeschool cupboard was already over flowing and disorganized. Sometimes when you don't have KID FRIENDLY organization going on it can make more of a mess then nothing. I thought I had it good FOR ME but for the kids ... not so much.

I had it so all subjects had there own spot. which was nice and tidy (SEEN HERE IN MY LAST ORGANIZATION POST) but then the kids would go put something back and they would just shove things in places or would put them in just messy and even sometimes just put them on top of all the other books. So after the haul and feeling the NEED to change things up I got on Pintrest of course and searched and searched for homeschool organization ideas. I found this neat Idea using milk crates and file folders. I knew I just happen to have two crates around the house. One is was using as a stool in my room! So I started by completely emptying the cupboard, and I didn't get any before pics sorry. I didn't really think i was going to go as far as I did with the organizing. I mainly planned on cleaning and moving things around.

So I pulled everything out and this is what I ended up with. Scary! I know!



So I got out cupboard all cleaned out, in between searching pintrest. Tried a few different things and that's when I came across the crate idea. I went and grabbed them and went and started collecting file holders. I was so happy I got everything I needed from just around the house.



I have a file holder for each subject. Then a file at the beginning of each subject, where they can put all there finished work. Then all there books, fillers and everything else for each subject is within each of the designated files for subjects. Then at the very front I have a file for unfinished work and a spot for their lap books. This I am so excited about! It has been working so well. No more getting mixed up between who is who's. They each have their own crate and I think having their books separated was a big thing. we don't have a lot of space since we do everything out of our kitchen, so choices we slim and I am very happy I found this idea.


Then back to the rest of the fun ... NOT but it needed to be done! I got everything back into the school cupboard and this was the out come! Bottom shelf is the boys' crates. Shelf 2 is bins with their pencils and earasers, glue adn scissors. Then all of Kahlens work, anything for K and down I put there. Then shelf 3 I put more bins full of flash cards and counters and so on, then some more work books. Then shelf 4 is all the games. Then the top is my teachers manuals and all my fun stuff. So it turned out pretty good adn I hoep this one works out.



So I was doing so good I decided to tackle our little book shef. It was a bit easier but I do plan on start color coding them all so the kids know what to grab, if they want to read something to do with science, then i can just tell them to grab a RED book for example but I need to go get colored tape or something. Here is our little book shelf nwo though.


So that is now our little homecshool area organiazation and as much as I wish I had a nice big room for school or more room for more shelves I think this will work just fine!

DIY Burner Liners

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I am horrible when it comes to cleaning my stove, I am so grateful for self cleaning ovens but the burners get very neglected! I usually bought burner liners here and there but I always forget and end up torturing my burners and then I found the answer!

Step 1: Clean your burners



Step 2: 

 Get your tin foil and tear a piece big enough to cover your burner and have a few inches extra.


Step 3:

Start folding the foil around the burner but make sure you start at the bottom. Push the foil along the bottom all the way around to prevent taring. Just work your way around.


Step 4:

 Fold all the foil over the edges so that the hole burner is completely covered in foil.


Step 5:

Then put burner back together.



And TA DA! A clean oven you can easily clean and replace the foil as long as you haev foil and no more scrubbing to death and spending money on the stupid liners!


Pre-made meatballs

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

For my food plan this week I planned on making meatballs and rice for today's dinner. Instead of making one quick batch, I decided to make a bunch and freeze a few batches. We still have a lot of ground moose left over from last year and since hunting season is coming soon so I would like to use up last years before we get more this year.

Meatballs are super easy, all you have to do is mix your ground burger or moose or whatever meat you may use. So use any recipe you like or this time around I made a Italian mix and one normal everyday meat ball which i decided I will use tonight for a sweet and sour meatballs.

Then you make the balls and place on a cooking sheet. Then cook the meatballs about 1/3 through.



Then I take the meatballs once they have cooled down and I like to use my vacuum sealer. So got that out and I filled my first bag and started vacuum sealing and then it started sucking all the juices from it, so that sucked. So the next batched I filled a large freezer Ziploc bag and put it in backwards and folded the Ziploc bag inside my vacuum seal bag and also left and opening on the Ziploc bag so it can still get all the air out. So it all worked out.



I made 4 batches and froze 3 for another day. For easy meatballs for spaghetti or meatball sandwiches!

Freezer Lunches: PB&J Sandwiches

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

So my hubby and I have decided we need to FIX our whole lunch problem. I don't always remember to pack him a lunch or he forgets it at home then he will spend at least $10 a day on lunch (give or take a few dollars).

So this needs to stop, so after wondering around on pintrest and found a ton of idea's! So this is freezer lunch #1. Something super easy and fast! I would have never thought of this in a million years and from the reviews I read and all the different posts about this I thought I`d give it a shot!

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Step #1 Clean your surface! With Green Works of course! ;)


Step #2 Set out your bread.


Step #3 smear your PB&J


Step #4 Put your sandwiches and wrap. I wrapped them in plastic wrap and then in a ziploc bag because they will be in the freezer. Just want to try and make sure they stay a little fresher i guess.


step #5 Put them in your freezer

So this all took like 5 mins. It was just one loaf of bread for now until I know for sure it works out but if it does. It was so easy and simple!


UPDATE:

So my hubby tried them and took a few from the freezer and brought them to work. By time lunch came around they were thawed and he liked them! He said there was no difference from it being fresh!

So it worked and I am very excited! So I am filling the freezer up with PB&J's for sure now!


My Morning Board

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 


Finally, I've been wanting to make a post about my morning board for a while. I still have a big blank spot I need to fill but I just don't know what to put there yet.  I still wanna make some adjustments but so far it has been working out good and the kids just love it! I also finally got to use my laminating machine.


Here is a list of links of the printables I used.

How many day's in school from 1+1+1=1

Color of the Day  from 1+1+1=1

Days of the week songs from 1+1+1=1

Weather Chart from Homeschool Creations

Feelings Chart from Free printable behavior charts


Our Little Nature Walk

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

So we moved a few days ago and we finally just got internet up and running yesterday so I've been trying to catch up on things but today I took the kids for a little nature walk and leaf hunt for school. Were learning about Plants right now so thought this would be a perfect little time to go. Plus I love fall and wanted to try and check out the beautiful path way for some family photo's we want to get soon. So i just wanted to share some pictures of our fun little afternoon leaning about leaves and everything else we got to see.








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Cows, Kahlen kept calling them puppies

New science subject and a field trip!!

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

So we've had a pretty bad week the past week.  Kahlen got really sick with a horrible cough and a fever So for school it made it a bit tough with a poor little Kahlen being very grumpy and sick but for the most part we made it through this week.

We also started a new science subject .. ANIMALS!! yay the kids were so excited, not that plants weren't =P They didn't find most of it as fun as animals. So we started off the science subject a bit off. First thing i was suppose to go through with them was the story of creation from Genesis and ya well I can not find our bible! Some where lost in the boxes that are still unpacked from moving so i ended up having to search it! So funny me reading a bible chapter fro my laptop but they got the point, still it was funny watching me running and searching around the house and the internet but yay for the internet once again.

The next day I tried taking the kids for a little nature walk to search for animals and it started out wonderful but didn't last too long when a bunch of dogs up the street started barking like mad and the kids got scared and Leland fell and so we all decided to go home and try again another day.



                                     (Horse hoof prints)


So this weekend we decided to take the kids on a field trip to the fish hatchery. It was very cool because I've never even been there before. I wasn't to prepared with info or anything but we will be doing a hole thing on the life cycles of a salmon. This is the plan for tomorrow and I just took the picture and blew it up a bit so they have there own little work sheets for tomorrow and I am planning on doing a little fish art project.    Fish life cycle worksheet

So I took tons of pics so here they are! Enjoy, we had so much fun =)


Us when we first arrived and reading about some fish species and then us walking down to the tanks. We were going to be seeing coho and chinook salmon.



This is were the salmon start coming up stream and into the hatchery.


 We got to walk around on this walk way were we can look down on the fish swimming into the tanks.


 Where the fish enter from the river and then pic 2 is where they jump in to get into the tanks.






 

FISHIES!! They were swimming around and jumping which the kids loved and they would scream ever time one jumped up. So cute.



We also got to go see down below into tanks which was neat. The Fish were all beaten up and had a white fungus on them which i learned were from damages from coming up the river. It was kinda sad to see some of these sores though.


Then from there they gather the eggs and federalize them and then make some babies! Which we can go back in a few months to see the babies which we will be doing for sure. The kids had a blast and I even learned a thing or two.

DIY Repurpose Garden Watering System

Posted by Tiffany on May 15, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

My MIL Told about this neat idea, so I thought i would post it and share with you guys. Its a garden watering system made out of 4L milk jugs. Its pretty easy, so here is my little picture tutorial i guess we will call it =)


First: poke hole around the sides of the jug, I just random holes. Probably wouldn't want to do to many so all the water comes pouring out all at once.

 


Second: Cut the top off for easy refilling. I was also thinking you can keep it with the bottom on and use it like those bulb plant watering things 


 


Third: Dig a nice whole. Not sure how deep it was deep enough so it buries the wholes.


 Fourth: Put the jug in and cover around it with dirt and I put a few rocks inside so I know it stayed put. Then fill it with water and it will slowly water your garden continuously. Then just keep it filled.


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