Sunday, September 6, 2020

Great Homeschool Curriculum For Elementary Students + How To Get Started #Homeschooling

It's that time again, back to school time is upon us! I know a lot of my friends have decided to switch over to homeschooling this year due to covid-19 school closures and opting out of virtual learning. Today I am going to share with you some really great homeschool curriculum for elementary pre K- 5th grade.

ABCmouse.com
If you want a super easy option that doesn't require you to purchase a ton of curriculum workbooks and supplies then I would recommend ABCmouse.com This is recommended for children ages 2 - 8 years old. I'd recommend trying the free month trial and seeing if you like it first. The monthly subscription is only $9.95/month after the free trial. ABCmouse offers over 2,000 printables too which is great! I really love the fact that they have over 450 books available. My kids really love the interactive zoo and the aquarium. 
     

The Good and the Beautiful
Another great homeschool curriculum that I love that incorporates the Bible is The Good and the Beautiful
The Good and the Beautiful is a faith based curriculum for grades PreK-8 and high school. They have great 'electives' also such as a Nature Notebook, Creative Writing Notebook, Creative Arts & Crafts to name a few. I really love that they offer Language Arts curriculum that requires no daily prep time. Simply open the workbook and get started! Here's a great video to watch all about getting started with homeschooling: How To Get Started Homeschooling 

 

Here is a really great video sharing a homeschool room makeover! I just love this homeschool room!! 

   

For more great information and tips on homeschooling check out some of my favorite homeschool blog Mom's: 
http://alwayslornamarie.com/    Super creative diy Mom of 4. Full time RV family. Great tips for organizing too!
https://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/    Great printables!! Great curriculum resources!
https://www.instagram.com/shantripp/     Great homeschool info, parenting advice, CPR course
https://herheartshomeschool.wordpress.com/    Great homeschool info, curriculum, diy
https://www.instagram.com/faith_and_nature_homeschool/  Great homeschool info, curriculum, montessorish 


Wednesday, August 26, 2020

My Favorite Monthly Subscription Boxes For Kids #Homeschool #Steam #KidFriendly

Do your kids love to cook? If so, check out Raddish Kids    
I signed my 3 children up for Raddish Kids monthly cooking club and I can't wait to share with ya'll our first kit when it arrives. My kids really enjoy helping me bake muffins and brownies so I know they will LOVE this monthly subscription! Each kit includes 3 recipe guides that are illustrated and laminated. Plus each kit includes a kitchen tool and a hands on craft, experiment or food game. A detailed grocery list is provided also. *Additional kitchen tools and aprons can be purchased for siblings*  You can visit their website at https://www.raddishkids.com/ to sign up. Each kit cost $24.95 per month and if you sign up for 6 months you will receive a free apron. 

Wonder Crate
Wonder Crate is perfect for children ages 8 -11 years old. Each kit includes a hands on activity, a biography book. You may choose your theme: Activists, Artists or Innovators. Each monthly subscription cost $29.95. Perfect for early readers. 

Young Woodworkers Kit

Each woodworking kit is designed to make it easy for kids to follow along and learn. The instructions are easy and inviting—perfectly suited for the 7-12 age range. Your young builder's first three kits will include 5 kid-sized, high-quality tools they'll use again and again including a tape measure, screwdriver, jeweler's screwdriver, carpenter's square and hammer. The first shipment is just $9.99. I have signed my 10 year old son up for this kit and I will be sharing our experience next month. Check out their website at Young Woodworkers Kit 

Kiwi Co
I just love these super cute crates! How Kiwi Co works is you select your child's age and then you can choose the crate. The crates are designed to inspire kids to become creative problem solvers. They have so many cool options ranging from craft crates, science and engineering crates, geography and culture, etc. Each month your package will arrive with instructions and all the supplies needed for your child to get creative! Best of all, you can switch crate lines anytime and there is no monthly commitment. The crates cost $19.95 per month. Visit their Kiwi Co to learn more.
Tinker Crate perfect for ages 9 - 16

Atlas Crate perfect for ages 6 - 11 


Highlights Kids Book Club
My kids love Highlights magazines and hidden picture books. I am so excited that Highlights now offers a monthly subscription box. Boxes are available for preschool, Kindergarten and 1st grade. They also offer a box for ages 0 -2 years old called "Let's Grow!"
Boxes includes 2 practice books that integrate skills practice with fun activities, a poster, reward stickers, double sided writing board. Boxes cost $24.98 *Currently there is a promo on their website for 50% off your first box.* 

Highlights 15 Minutes a Day to School Success first grade subscription box

Little Passports monthly educational subscriptions
This is such a great way to learn about the world, the United States and many great science projects. Perfect for children of all ages. Simply select your age range and pick your theme. Included in your "WORLD" subscription: blue suitcase, your very own passport, a world map, an exclusive country coin and coin board, three fun soft animal squishies, stickers and access to online content. Cost is $20.95 per month  

Included in the "United States" package: USA field guide, USA scratch book, giant USA map. Each month the United States subscription includes learning materials for 2 different states. $18.95 per month.
Be sure to check out their website to learn more information https://www.littlepassports.com/


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Friday, August 14, 2020

All About Our Vacation To #MyrtleBeach

This has been such a crazy summer due to Covid19. Unfortunately our original travel plans changed several times. Originally we were booked on a Caribbean cruise for May 2020. This was cancelled and luckily the cruise line refunded us 100%. We decided to book a vacation in the Florida Keys and we booked a week at a beautiful resort in Marathon, Florida Keys. However....as you know Florida quickly became a Covid19 "Hotspot" and we opted to cancel that vacation. We felt like we would not be able to relax and let our kids enjoy the attractions there without being worried about Covid19 the entire trip. Luckily we did get a 100% refund. And this is how we ended up at North Myrtle Beach! 


We love North Myrtle Beach, SC and we have visited many times over the past few summers. I grew up going to North Myrtle Beach, SC. Our favorite resort is called https://www.kingstonplantation.com/ and this is where we stayed. We booked a two bedroom condo thru VRBO. We had a great week at the beach and pool. We took our kids to mini golf several times and they had a lot of fun! We felt like mini golf was a pretty safe option since it is outside and the golf clubs were all cleaned between golfers. There was not much traffic on the main road which typically in July highway 17 is always bumper to bumper but this was not the case. I feel like the media may have scared the tourist away from Myrtle Beach. Here's a brief video our week at North Myrtle Beach: YouTube video 
mini golf at Molten Mountain 





We opted to get take out for dinner a few times and we also dined at a few restaurants on the patio outside. 
Delicious dinner at https://www.flyingfishmarket.com/ at Barefoot Landing

The Intercoastal Waterway behind us



Things I observed in North Myrtle Beach: 
lifeguards wearing masks
beach umbrella's spaced very far apart (further than I've ever seen them!)
wait staff wearing gloves and masks at restaurants
tables spaced apart at restaurants
masks required to enter shops, restaurants, mini golf, etc. 

Here's a brief video our week at North Myrtle Beach: YouTube video 

The Splash Waterpark at the resort was so much fun! We spent a lot of time here!






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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Disney World Is Open!! #Familytravel

Disney World is finally open again!! Woohoo!! Are you planning to visit this summer? If so here's what you need to know: Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are OPEN! Epcot and Hollywood Studios are opening on July 15th. Disney Parks have added new enhanced safety measures listed below:


  • Park reservations are now required. Guests can not simply show up and purchase same day tickets. Guests must purchase tickets online ahead of time. 
  • Annual Passholders can make theme park reservations up to 3 days at a time
  • Face coverings are required for all guests ages 2 and up and cast members
  • Temperature screenings may be required for entry to some locations
  • Disney resort pools are operating with reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing
  • Stormalong Bay will not be open during the early phase of reopening
Temporarily Unavailable:
  • Arcades
  • Campfires
  • Character Experiences
  • Dog Parks
  • Electrical Water pageants 
  • Marina Rentals
  • Playgrounds
  • Spas, Salons and Bibbidy Bobbidy Boutique...so no princess makeovers :( 


 *Photo credit DisneyFoodBlog*


Disney is selling these awesome shirts throughout the parks for $26.99


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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Pool Closed? Here Are Some Ways To Bring The Fun To Your Backyard

Trampoline Sprinkler $50 for hours of water fun on your trampoline! Easy to set up and your kids will love this! Great way to cool off a hot summer day.

Spinning Sprinkler from Amazon.com $15.99

*Image courtesy Amazon.com*

Inflatable Splash Pool For Toddlers This is great for little one's who want to cool off this summer. $25 on Amazon.com

*Image Courtesy Amazon.com*

Inflatable Swimming Pool $30 from Amazon.com This pool fits up to 7 people (including adults!) and it is easy to set up. Be sure to cover the pool nightly to prevent bugs and animals from enjoying the fun.

*Image courtesy Amazon.com*

Or you could always go big and get this amazing waterslide: Bounctech Inflatable climbing waterslide
for just $599 from Amazon.com

*Image courtesy Amazon.com*



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Friday, May 15, 2020

Super Cute #Disney Face Masks

It is looking like Disney World will be opening this summer and will more than likely require guests to wear a face mask. Fingers crossed the parks will open soon!! Disney Springs is opening May 20!! There will be a limited number of people allowed into Disney Springs during phase 1.

Here are some super cute Disney themed face masks from Etsy:
Disney Face Masks $8 - $10
Select the pattern you like and the size

There are some super cute face masks available for pre-order on DisneyStore.com There is a limit of 2 per guest.
They range in size from small, medium, large and they have some really adorable prints.
Medium – Disney Cloth Face Masks 4-Pack Set – Pre-Order
Image courtesy Disney Store

Small – Disney Princess and Frozen Cloth Face Masks 4-Pack Set – Pre-Order
Image courtesy Disney Store

When is your next Disney vacation? Do you plan to reschedule due to COVID-19?


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Saturday, April 25, 2020

My Daughter's Birthday Haul! #GiftGuide For A 13 Year Old



My daughter will be turning 13 in a few days!! I am going to share with ya'll what I got my daughter and I will also link everything down below. We had planned a really fun roller skating birthday party for my daughter with all of her friends but sadly due to coronavirus we had to cancel the birthday party. We are just having pizza and cake along with presents at our house with just immediate family members. We did promise my daughter she could have 5 of her closest friends over for a sleepover once our Governor 'opens' up our state....which could be August or even December for all we know. UGH.



Back to the gift guide!!! Almost all tween's love technology. So you simply can't go wrong with that. Airpods are super popular right now so if your tween doesn't own them go ahead and make their day by purchasing those! They start at $159 and you can find them at the Apple store, Target, Walmart or Amazon. The #1 gift that my daughter has been begging for is an iphone. She currently has a very cheap Android phone that we purchased from Target for $40 for Christmas two years ago so it is time for a phone upgrade. You can't go wrong with a new phone!! I also purchased her a Simply Southern tee shirt, a screen protector for her new phone and a new phone case. My daughter loves Pura Vida Bracelets so I purchased her a few of those. I also purchased her body spray and lotion in her favorite scents from Bath and Body Works and I purchased her some really fun color changing LED lights from Amazon. I also purchased her a super cute nail polish dryer from Target. 2 books because she loves reading. I got her the books One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus and One Of Us Is Next (sequel). I am also planning to surprise her with giant gold balloons of number 13 when she wakes up. Follow along on my Instagram to see the big day!

LED strip lights for her bedroom (they can change color with a remote)

Nail Dryer from Target (Found in the girls clothing section where they have a cute set up with bath bombs, hair brushes, nail stuff, etc.)


Links:
LED strip lights
PuraVida bracelets
iphone XR
Simply Southern
Bath and Body Works Happy Birthday Bag
One Of Us Is Lying
Nail Dryer

Some other really fun gifts you could get for a 13 year old girl include:
glitter laptop sleeve
Pop Sockets
ipod touch
Flamingo Pink Fujifilm Instax Camera
Lululemon pants
Starbucks 2020 Summer tumbler

Sunday, March 15, 2020

No School? Stuck Inside? Super easy & fun crafts, STEAM toys, etc for your kids #Indoorplay

While everyone is stuck at home during the quarantine I thought I would share some fun and easy activities that you can do with your children.

Mosaic Butterfly Stepping Stone $7.99


*Image Credit Amazon*

Melissa & Doug Figurines Craft Kit $7 This is a great deal, perfect for the whole family. Set includes 3 animals to paint, paint and paint brushes

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

Paint Your Own Birdhouse  $27.99 for a 3 pack This is a favorite activity for my children!

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

Brain Flakes $13.98 This is a great STEAM toy for boys and girls. This will keep them busy for a while!! My kids begged me to purchase these for them after using them in their school STEAM classroom.

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

WikkiStix triple pack $15.99 These are so fun! I even love to play with these!!

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

KNEX Building Set $27.50 Perfect for ages 7 -12. My son is 10 and he loves building with KNEX.

*Image Courtesy Amazon*

Be sure to check out my Pinterest page for even more fun activities for your kids.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Should You Cancel Your Upcoming Vacation Due To #Coronavirus

Today we are going to talk about the infamous Coronavirus and whether or not you should consider cancelling an upcoming vacation. There are many things to consider and you should make the decision that is best for your family. I am not giving medical advice, simply my opinion.

As a Mom to 3 children and an avid cruise lover who has a cruise booked in less than 2 months I myself am considering whether or not I should cancel our upcoming Royal Caribbean cruise. We are loyal to Royal and really do not want to cancel. We have had a cruise booked for a few months now and we are all super excited about it. Cruising is just so relaxing for everyone in the family and my absolute favorite thing about cruising is the fact that I don't have to cook for 7 straight days ya'll!!! We get waited on at every meal plus the beautiful ocean views can't be beat.

That being said, I consider myself and my family to be in great health and we take our daily vitamins plus vitamin C now. I am honestly not considering cancelling my families upcoming cruise due to the coronavirus scare.  Until today my cruise was non refundable so I was pretty much committed to going for the simple fact that we could not get a refund if we were to cancel. However, that all changed this afternoon when I read on the Royal Caribbean Blog that Royal Caribbean is now changing their cancellation policy. Now you may cancel up to 48 hours prior to your sailing and receive a credit towards a future cruise! This is great news for people who want to sail but just don't know what the future will hold. The way I see it is, coronavirus could fizzle away once the weather turns warmer and it could be old news by the end of April. If that is the case then I would feel totally confident taking our cruise. Many cruise lines have increased their cleaning and taken precautionary measures to prevent the spread of germs. I also pack Lysol and spray and wipe down our stateroom (telephone, light switches, remotes, door knobs, the counters, etc). I also always, always, always pack plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer. I was doing this before the coronavirus was even a thing ya'll. My husband used to laugh at me about it. Now he gets it!!


                          Myself and my kiddies when cruised on Oasis of the Seas back in 2017

So let's say you end up cancelling or rescheduling your cruise or vacation. You will feel better about not traveling and potentially putting your family at risk of getting sick. However, you could still get coronavirus just by going out and about to the grocery store, movie theater, riding the metro, etc. So you really need to consider if it is worth cancelling.....There are some cons to cancelling your vacation, such as you may loose your deposit depending on which cruise line you are booked with. Also you and your family will face disappointment of not being able to take that vacation (sad face).

Overall, you have to make the best decision for your family. Talk to your family doctor about it if you are unsure. Do some research on your own. Check out the islands your cruise is stopping at and see if they have had any coronavirus cases.

If you are counting down the days until your cruise like I am be sure to visit my must have items for a cruise blog post. Leave me a comment and let me know when is your next cruise?

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Online Homeschool Anatomy Curriculum

I know a lot of my awesome readers are homeschool Mom's. I am so excited to share with ya'll this
amazing class!!!
This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry
Greg Landry’s online homeschool Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum Class offers a full year
(two-semester) option for 9th – 12th grade homeschooled students and a half school year (one semester)
options for 6th – 9th grade homeschooled students.


Professor Landry is a former college professor – he designed and ran a gross anatomy (cadaver) lab for
junior-level pre-med college students. Over the past 20+ years, he has taught science to thousands of
homeschooled students. His students love his online classes that are filled with teaching and stories from
the trenches (cadaver tanks) that make anatomy and physiology come to life! The classes cover the
anatomy and physiology of all human systems plus the insight that can only come from working with
cadavers. His online classes also include time in his virtual anatomy and physiology lab to perform
experiments and write lab reports.


Anatomy and physiology is interesting to most students because they’re learning about themselves but
it tends to most interesting to students who are leaning towards fields such as: medicine (medical doctor),
nursing, athletic training, chiropractic, physician’s assistant, pharmacy, nurse practitioner, exercise
science, massage therapy, sports medicine, physical therapy, etc. Professor Landry believes that studying
human anatomy and physiology is illuminating God’s Creation and that it reveals His glory.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th-12th) - Two Semester Class
- Pre-Anatomy & Physiology (6th-9th) - One Semester Class
In the words of a homeschool parent…
"Greg, ...what you did for our daughter will have far-reaching effects. You showed her that learning
can be enjoyable..."
Thankful in Indiana
Jim H.
Professor Landry also offers homeschool anatomy and physiology/biology in-person two-day lab
intensives at 15 locations throughout the U.S. These intensives enable students to complete a full year of
anatomy and physiology/biology labs in just two days – while enjoying the process!
Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Join My New #Disney Planning Group


Are you planning a Disney vacation? Feeling overwhelmed? Not sure where to start? Unsure where to dine and which character meal and time to select? Not sure which Disney resort will be the best fit for your family? Join my new VIP Disney Planning Group!! One time joining fee of $25


Each week we will discuss a variety of topics ranging from how to select Disney FP+ to which Disney resort is the best fit for your family. You can ask questions in the VIP group and they will be answered by me. Debating staying on or off property at Disney? I will share my favorite off property locations.

The VIP Disney Planning Group will help you with your Disney vacation planning and help you to have the most magical vacation! Grab a cup of coffee and hop on Facebook and start your planning in the VIP Disney Planning Group. Best of all, there will be monthly giveaways!!



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Sunday, February 2, 2020

Valentine's Day DIY Sensory Bin + #Slime Recipe

Valentine's Day is in less than 2 weeks ya'll!! Head over to my Pinterest Valentine's board for tons of creative crafts for your little's and fun recipes. 

For toddlers:
Make a Valentine's Day sensory bin. Grab a plastic bin and fill with fun!

Purchase 1 -2 pounds of white rice. Dye the rice red or pink. Fill the bin with the rice.  OR you could use dried beans or sand (messier route) Add plastic hearts (nothing too small that your toddler could choke on). Also add fun objects like a measuring cup, a plastic spoon, bowl, etc.
Image result for valentine sensory bin
*Image courtesy the Inspired Home*

A fun DIY craft for kids for Valentine's Day:

Super fun Valentine SLIME
You and your kids will LOVE making this easy DIY Valentine's Day Slime project. This fun craft makes a great party favor too!
*Image courtesy The Farm Girl Gabs*

Recipe Ingredients:
Clear Elmer's Glue
Borax Powder
Heart confetti glitter
Pink ultra fine glitter
Water

For the step by step instructions head over to the https://thefarmgirlgabs.com/valentines-day-slime/


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Sunday, January 26, 2020

My #Fabletics Package + VIP Membership Review



I wanted to share with ya'll my recent Fabletics order. I joined as a VIP to get the absolute best price possible. As a VIP member you score great deals and you get free shipping for orders over $49. I love the fun prints for the leggings and sports bras. The fabric is so smooth and soft.

I ordered the high-waisted powerhold capri in camo. I LOVE this pattern!! They cost $84 but if you become a VIP member it will cost $54.

I also ordered this super cute black tank top. It is the Delta Seamlesss Tank III and cost $44.95. But if you become a VIP member it will cost $34.95


It is $59 but if you join as a VIP like I did you will get it for $22

I would have spent over $250 on my order if I had not become a VIP. Since I did join and become a VIP I spent less than $60 for 2 pairs of leggings, 1 sports bra and a black workout tank top!! 

About the VIP program
New VIP member exclusives
Receive low discounted pricing
Early access to new launches
Place a monthly order by the 5th of each month
You can skip a month if you want but you must log in and choose the skip option
Earn points, rewards & gear
Cancel at anytime (no contract)




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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Enter To Win A $200 #Disney Gift Card

It is my birthday weekend and I am super excited to share with ya'll a BIG announcement!!



It is my birthday weekend and to celebrate I am giving away a $200 DISNEY Gift Card to one lucky winner!!!

To enter to win simply follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DisneywithKids and follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/everydayadventureswithkids/

Comment below that you entered and leave your Twitter name/Instagram account and email

*Giveaway winner must 18 or older and live in the USA* *Winner will be selected February 1st*


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Week 2: Getting Organized: Pantry

Welcome to week 2 of getting organized on a budget: PANTRY

The pantry can tend to be a neglected, unorganized space. However, today I am going to share with you a few easy tips on how to organize your pantry on a budget. You will be able to turn your pantry into a functioning, organized space. If you don't want to spend any money on organizing supplies no worries!

For less than $125 you can purchase the following items from Amazon and turn your pantry into an organized space.

Teyyvn Plastic Storage Basket, 10.03" x 7.59" x 4.09", Pack of 6, Gray     Bellemain Spice Gripper Clip Strips for Plastic Jars - Set of 3, Holds 12 Jars

Pack of 6 baskets from Amazon                                       Spice Gripper Strips for plastic spice jars                                                                                                   Set of 3, holds 12 jars
$18.99                                                                                $7.95

Simple Houseware CO-001-1 Kitchen Tool, 1-(Pack), Chrome   
Store up to 36 cans in this stackable organizer
$20.97
Amazon

DII Natural Water Hyacinth Storage Basket with Handles, Beige
Storage Baskets (Set of 5) 
Includes 2 small baskets, 2 medium baskets and 1 X large basket.
$49.99 Amazon

Cereal Container Food Storage Containers, Blingco Set of 8 (2.5L/85oz) Airtight Dry Food Storage Containers with Lids - BPA Free Plastic for Flour, Sugar, Cereal and Pantry Storage Containers
Airtight Food Storage Containers Set of 8
Perfect for pasta's, cereals, flour, sugar, etc.
$23.99
Amazon

Start by removing all items from your pantry. Make a pile of items that are expired and need to be thrown away. Make another pile of items you no longer use, these can be donated. Make a final pile of items you do want to keep.



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