Wordless Wednesday

We had the lake to ourselves yesterday.

Cliffs of the Neuse State Park


Homeschool Verse

We started our 11th year of homeschooling this year. I have been wanting every year to incorporate a school verse into our homeschool, but have never found the right one, until this year. While doing some Bible reading, I came across this verse and it fits well with our homeschool.


Menu Plan Monday

I found many stores having meat sales this week, so I was able to stock up my freezer and hopefully have enough meat for 3-4 weeks. After shopping the sales, I then, for the first time, decided to brown 3 lbs of the 6 lbs of ground beef I bought. I'm planning to use it for spaghetti sauce and tacos.

After shopping, I was able to come up with some meals for the week. I'd also like to incorporate one meatless meal each week.

In no particular order:

~ BBQ Chicken
~ Cube steak and gravy
~ Hamburgers
~ Bean burritos
~ BLT's
~ Pork tenderloin

I also have a turkey in the freezer I would like to thaw and cook up so I can have more room in my freezer. It is suppose to be cooler this week, so I may try to cook that up with some sides.

And we always have a leftover day so there is no wasting food.

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FlipStir Puzzle ~ Review

I loved to put puzzles together when I was younger. My children also like to put puzzles together. We having been having fun over the past month with our Solar System FlipStir Puzzle from Enlivenze LLC.

So, what is a FlipStir Puzzle? It is a ten piece puzzle that is contained inside of a tube with a stick in which to help you solve the puzzle.

When we received the puzzle, we all took a turn to try to put it together. There is a picture on the bottom of the tube that helps you as you are putting it together. On our first try, none of us could get the pieces in place. The FlipStir we received is a level two puzzle. The reason it is a level two is because the pieces are wavy. There are some level one puzzles that have straight lines and are easier to put together. I loved that we were able to review the solar system puzzle, because my 6th grade daughter is studying astronomy this year in science and I thought this would add some fun.

It did take several tries before I was finally able to solve the puzzle, but, with a lot of patience, I did it and have put it together a couple more times. My kids have not yet tried again, but I will get them to try it again. It is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it. I love that the pieces are contained and they won't get lost.

I would actually like to buy some of the other puzzles that are available- maybe as a Christmas gift.

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

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Throwback Thursday

I was a senior in high school during the 1992-1993 year that Pepsi released a drink called Crystal Pepsi. I drank a lot of it the year that it was in stores. I loved it and it was one of my favorite drinks. I was upset when they quit making it.

When I heard that they were going to temporarily make Crystal Pepsi again, I was so happy. It took me a few days to find it in stores, but I finally did. To me, it taste the same it did 23 years ago. I also let my kids try it and they said that they liked it.

Having fun reliving the 90's. :)


Foreign Languages For Kids By Kids ~ Review

My youngest son, who just started 8th grade, has been asking me for a while if he could learn Spanish. I had been looking at different curriculum trying to find a good one for a middle school aged child. The opportunity came up to review the Starter Set 1 from Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids. I had planned to use this for my 8th grade son as an introductory Spanish curriculum before he starts high school next year. But, all of my kids (ages 5, 10, 13, and 14) have really enjoyed this curriculum and they have learned something.

What is Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids?
Kit Strauss, who was having a difficult time finding a good, quality foreign language program for her three sons, created the program. The program was created as a fun and easy way to learn Spanish. This program is designed for children as young as three all the way up to adults.

What is included in Starter Set 1?
The starter set comes with everything you need to get started on your journey to learning Spanish. The set includes the following;

  • DVD with videos for levels 1-3
  • Three parent - teacher guides (gives a detailed lesson plan, with a suggested viewing schedule, and a variety of fun activities to do - supplemental and hands on activities to choose from)
  • Flash cards and game cards for each level
  • Student workbooks for levels 1-3 (contains activities, culture facts, and answer key)
  • Stickers for levels 1-3
How we used Starter Set 1:
We are working through each level in order. The first level, Basketballs aren't for Breakfast, was fairly easy for my son and he learned many Spanish words in this level. He has started the next level, The Little Magic House, but it has been a little bit harder (as expected) and he has taken a slower approach with the level. Since he is in 8th grade, I've given  him the choice of how fast or slow he wants to work through each level. He has chosen to go slower through level 2 and has even re-done some of the lessons. We have been going through the the workbooks orally after watching the appropriate video. Doing the workbook orally has helped to be able to go through the lesson again and re-do the workbook pages. We spend around 20-30 minutes each day going through the lessons.

What we thought of Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids:
We have all enjoyed it very much. I though my 8th grade son might think it was childish, but he has enjoyed it very much. He will just start talking in Spanish phrases at random times. I know he has been able to learn so much and will be ready to start high school Spanish next year. My other children also love watching the videos and my 5 year old has picked up on many Spanish words. She will also start saying Spanish phrases at random times. They love watching and interacting with the kids on the videos. We definitely give this program 5 stars!

Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

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Scripture Verses

I am need of some encouragement right now and what better way than to turn to the One who will always be with us and encourages us.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
~ I Cor. 15:58

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
~Psalm 46:1

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
~Psalm 55:22

I just wanted to share a few of the many verses that have touched me and has been of a help to me over the last few days.


Random Five On Friday

1. We had a great week of school. So glad to have everyone home from camp and be (sort of) on a schedule again.

2. My birthday is coming up next month and I have decided to go see Pete's Dragon with my family. It looks like it will be a good movie.

3. I cannot wait to have park days again with all of our homeschool friends!

4. In one week, my oldest will be 14 1/2 which means he can take driver's ed (in NC).

5. My younger son is so excited that the Olympics are on. He has been counting sown the days.



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