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Happy St Patricks Day!

Happy St Patricks Day!

Happy St Patricks Day! I was leary of homeschooling for so long and afraid my kids would miss out on all the fun stuff that kids do in school.  I want to make their childhoods as perfect as possible…whatever perfect is!  Thankfully, there is Pinterest!  I […]

Spring is Coming!

Spring is Coming!

I’m so excited that the weather is starting to change!  Ok, well, its only 39 degrees today but its SUNNY!  I already started my spring cleaning because I am NOT staying indoors cleaning when Spring actually comes!  The sun alone gives me energy & makes […]

Is It Groundhog Day AGAIN?!

Is It Groundhog Day AGAIN?!

Lately, my life feels like a scene from that movie Groundhog Day.  Its the same thing over & over again.  Get up, make breakfast, workout, do schoolwork, do crafts, go outside, go to the gym, make dinner, do baths, tuck kids in, go to bed….repeat. I assume most people feel that way but I am NOT happy to live a life of monotony!  Its why I chose the life we did.  We usually do field trips each week and change things up but for the past two weeks, we’ve gotten wrapped up in a few things that stopped us from doing what we really wanted to. 

Tomorrow, we are breaking out of the rut and leaving all of our businesses behind and we are spending the day in Worcester, MA at the Ecotarium.  Fingers crossed that the weather is nice for us!  My sons are going to start studying about the Solar System next week so I’m hoping the planetarium is open!  My little guy is learning about dinosaurs at preschool so he will be really excited about the dinosaur there-I didn’t tell him!

I have been spending more & more time at the kickboxing gym.  I honestly did not think I’d ever like it but now I love it.  I’m really thankful that my friend suggested it to me.  I’ve met a great bunch of women and will soon be running with them, which was something I really wanted to find.  I don’t have a lot of friends who like to run so this will be a nice thing for ME. 

My kids have been awesome and are getting used to me going to the gym, or sometimes coming with me.  They are SO good and sit quietly and wait for me to finish my classes.  Most nights they are able to stay home with my husband.  Unfortunately, the classes are right at dinnertime and I hate missing our dinners around the table.  That is probably my favorite time of day.  We turn the television, radio, scanner, computer OFF and its just the four of us.  We talk about our day, our thoughts, our best & worst thing of the day, etc.  Its just a great bonding time for us.  Fortunately, since we homeschool, we have turned our lunchtime into our bonding meal at the table so I don’t have to feel guilty about missing dinner!  There is always a way to make things happen IF you want them to happen. 

NO excuses.

This is a saying I want to have made into a tank top…isn’t it awesome?

Shakeology

Shakeology

  I have been drinking Shakeology since 2010.  I’ve never skipped one shipment.  Once, it was late and we were left looking out the window for the delivery truck.  Its expensive.  $120 is more than most people think they should spend on a “shake”.  However, Shakeology is […]

24 Hours is not enough, or is it?

24 Hours is not enough, or is it?

I hear people say all the time how “time flies” or “I wish I had more time in a day”.  Why?  If people had more time, they’d just fill it up anyway!  I can wake up at 7am and stay busy until well past midnight. […]

If you WANT to homeschool, you CAN

If you WANT to homeschool, you CAN

I started homeschooling my son (6) in September.  Of course, everyone asked “WHY?!”  We didn’t have a solid answer, or at least one that people seemed to accept.  We got a LOT of eye rolls and uneasy ‘Oks’ but thats fine with us.  We are doing what we believe is best for our family & now that we are 7 months into it, we KNOW it was the best decision for us.

Now that we are doing it, SO many people say “oh, I wish I could do it, “how do you do it?!” or “I could never do it”.  Um, yes you could.  If you want to do something, you can do it.

Excuses people have told me why they can’t: 

They have no patience.  

Yeah, me either.  I get frustrated!  My husband tells me all the time that I don’t have any patience.  I do for some things but not everything-like instructions, I can’t stand them!  If I have to read instructions to figure something out, forget it, it is not going to happen-or give it to Daddy.

Its a lot of work.

This is a TRUE statement!  It is a lot of work but its a job that I am honored to do.  This is a job that I truly enjoy doing.  Creating a curriculum, lesson plans, fun assignments, crafts, projects, reading lists, etc-I love it!  I was never a person who just knew what I wanted to do when I grew up and THIS is the first ‘job’ that fulfills me.  When my little boy read his first book and I am the one who taught him to read?!  Nothing else like it. 

I wouldn’t know how to teach them.

I thought this same thing before we started.  But guess what?!  There are BOOKS that help!  We also have this incredible resource called….wait for it….the internet!  Yes!  Amazing assistance on the internet.  Between the library, the internet, local teaching stores and local homeschooling groups, I have more information than I can possibly use this year!  Oh, and how could I possibly forget Pinterest!? 

I’m not religious.

Me either.

I need ‘ME’ time.

Me too!  This is an area where a supportive spouse (and an awesome mother) are helpful!  I take a few nights to myself to go to the gym, I go on date nights every week with my husband and I have time to go out with my friends (when they have time!  They seem more busy with their kids’ public school than I am!)  I also run my own business out of my house…its important to have good time  management.  Again, if you want to do something, you can make the time for it!

I enjoy spending time with my kids, yes, everyday.  I don’t get bored.  I don’t get sick of them.  Do I need a break?  Yes, and thats when Daddy steps in and I take some time for myself.

 

And the big one….What about socialization?!

Let’s see.  I worried about this before we started because I listened to everyone around me.  Since we started, I don’t worry anymore.  We participate in a homeschool co-op once per week (3 classes with different kids in each), they attend a Lego class, a sports class, a science class, a history class, an art class and a zoo class.  Those are just the ones they are currently in right now.  Different kids in all of these classes.  My kids are being exposed to so many more social & ethnic backgrounds than they ever would at the local elementary school.  They still have our family friends too, the kids they grew up with from the time they were born, our best friends, who are like family to us.  We didn’t stop seeing them just because we homeschool.

 Just today, we walked into a local game store and my son (6) walked in ahead of me and greeted the sales clerk “Hello, how are you today?”  the clerk looked at me with disbelief that someone so small had just greeted him like an adult.  My boys are not shy, they are not sheltered and they are intelligent, polite young boys.  I’m proud of who they are and I look forward to our homeschooling journey!

Here are a few photos of my boys at a few of their classes!!!!

 

   

 

 

Changes

Changes

I have been at this fitness transformation for a LONG time.  Too long really to have such small noticeable physical changes.  Why?  Because I cheated on myself!  I remember back in 2009, when I was finally sick of hiding under baggy clothes and knew we […]

Where Some of the 'Magic' Happens!

Where Some of the 'Magic' Happens!

Homeschool is actually a terrible description of what we do.  While our main education happens at home, we are not at home very often!  I create our curriculum on my own.  I choose various workbooks, games, etc to come up with a fun, educational, well […]

derm Exclusive Review…part one

derm Exclusive Review…part one

 

Last June at Summit, we were introduced to the skin care line that Beachbody offers, called derm Exclusive.  I didn’t buy it then because, well, I was at Summit and wanted to fill my suitcase (and credit card) with items I couldn’t buy anywhere else!  Then, I just kind of forgot about it.  A couple of weeks ago, Beachbody offered the coaches an exclusive deal on it:  just $20 for a 30 day supply!  SOLD!

It came in the mail in a nice big box with a FREE Fill & Freeze pen…which, I gave to my mom! 

I started using the products the next morning.

Step One (2-3 times per week): Micro Peel Resurfacing Pads.  LOVE these.  Exfoliates dead cells & shrinks the appearance of pores. 

Step Two: (AM & PM):  Intensive Repair Serum.  Treats dark spots & uneven textures, works like a photofacial.  I personally, have dark circles under my eyes always, its hereditary so I’m curious to see how this works!

Step Three: (AM & PM) Collagen Lift.  Boosts collagen production for firm, lifted skin & reduces the appearance of wrinkles….we’ll see!!!!

Step Four (AM & PM) Fill & Freeze Wrinkle Treatment.  Instantly plumps lines & wrinkles while reducing the appearance of dark circles.  Hmmm, well, I don’t have ‘deep’ wrinkles so I haven’t really seen the ‘instant’ plumping of lines.  Let’s wait a few more days to see for sure!

My husband did not understand why I bought this package.  He said “but you don’t have wrinkles.?”  I really love him!

Ok, so here are my ‘Before’ photos.  I did close ups around my eyes to really see my wrinkly area & I will take new photos in 2 weeks, after the full 30 days!  If you’ve tried derm Exlusive, please post in the comments section what you think of the products!

Consistency

Consistency

So maybe DAILY blogging isn’t for me….oops!  I really am horrible at consistency with anything!  I’m working on it though.  Thats actually my #1 goal for February-and then it will become a habit and I can work on something else!  There is ALWAYS room for […]