Link Love – Homeschool Edition

Link Love - HS

It’s not about school – Homeschooling is a way of life. It’s not about “school” at all.

How to save a child’s love of learning in one easy step – It’s so, so simple.

Dragon World sensory play – Fun!!

A simple handwriting trick (with free printable) – LOVE this.

Why you need to plan a Teacher Institute Day – Teachers need to learn in order to teach.

10 Scientific Method tools to make science easier – 10 awesome links in this post.

Homeschooling with Depression – A must read for any mom having a rough time.

Homeschooling when the kids don’t want to – All kids need a break. Even homeschooled kids.

Magnetic calendar activity with free printables – Perfect for anyone looking to teach days and months.

Polymer recipes for middle schoolers – I love seeing how older kids are homeschooled.

The Only Sloppy Joe Recipe You’ll Ever Need

Looking for an easy dinner recipe? This sloppy joe recipe is the only one you'll ever need. It's quick, easy, and delicious.

The most common question asked in Facebook mom groups is “WHAT’S FOR DINNER?!” Ok, maybe they don’t shout, but moms are always looking for delicious recipes that are easy to make and kids will actually eat. Let me tell you, these sloppy joes will be devoured by your kids.

I have been making this recipe for close to 10 years now. I’ve made it for birthdays, snack day at work, and it’s a perfect meal to take to a new mom or a family in need. It reheats beautifully. Making it perfect for leftovers, freezing, and gifting.

Looking for an easy dinner recipe? This sloppy joe recipe is the only one you'll ever need. It's quick, easy, and delicious.

This recipe is from Rachael Ray’s cookbook “30 Minute Meals,” and it is truly a 30 minute meal. Simply brown ground beef, add the secret ingredient, add veggies and tomatoes. Let simmer and serve! It’s fast enough to quickly serve your starving family but also flexible enough to give you time to whip up a side dish.

What is the secret ingredient you ask? I usually never tell, but I will say that brown sugar mixed with steak seasoning provides this dish with a sweet undertone which balances wonderfully with the acidic tomatoes.

Looking for an easy dinner recipe? This sloppy joe recipe is the only one you'll ever need. It's quick, easy, and delicious.

I love the reliability this recipe gives me. I know it will turn out every time, and it just takes me minutes to cook up. I can cook it at lunch time and keep it warm until supper. Or if we are leaving for the day, I can throw it in the crock pot to stay warm until eating time. You can serve it simply with pretzels or apple slices or side of roasted vegetables.

Now you must make sure you have napkins handy, because they are sloppy joes after all. My kids actually used to eat this with a fork. No need for that pesky bun when they can just dig in.

Sloppy joes are a quick and easy meal that pleases even the pickiest of palates. It is probably Fofo’s favorite recipe and I hope it becomes one of your family’s favorites too. Enjoy!!

Looking for an easy dinner recipe? This sloppy joe recipe is the only one you'll ever need. It's quick, easy, and delicious.

Sloppy Joes Inspired by Rachael Ray

Ingredients

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBSP steak seasoning
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 TBSP red wine vinegar
2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
2 TBSP tomato paste
Hamburger buns for serving

Directions

1. Prep ingredients. Chop up the onions and peppers. Combine the brown sugar with the steak seasoning.
2. Heat a large skillet with EVOO over medium high heat.
3. Add meat to the pan and break it up.
4. After the meat is broken up, add the sugar and spice mixture.
5. After the meat has browned, reduce heat to medium and add onion and red peppers and combine.
6. Stir in red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to deglaze the pan.
7. Cook for 5 minutes.
8. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine.
9. Reduce heat to simmer and cook another 5 minutes.
10. Pile sloppy meat onto toasted bun bottoms and cover with bun tops. Enjoy!

Link Love – Foodie Friday Edition

Wow. It has been awhile since I have posted. Between the holidays, the death of our dog, and vacation I have been hard pressed to find time for blogging. But I am slowly but surely getting back into the swing of things. Starting with one my faves: link love! I have so many links saved so I am switching up the way I post them, going with one theme rather than a random group of ten links. Let me know which you like best 🙂 My first post of 2016 is food, one of my favorite things. Enjoy and have a lovely weekend.

LinkLoveFoodieFriday

The ultimate breakfast sandwich – This may become a regular in our meal plan. Looks to die for.

Perfect Every Time Cut-Out Cookies – We made these for Christmas this year, and they were amazing. Kept for several weeks after too. Perfect for any occasion you may have.

Parisian-Style Drinking Chocolate?! This needs to go on the couple’s weekend menu.

15-Minute Chipotle Cumin Grilled Chicken – You can never have too many chicken recipes. This looks divine!

Need a side dish? Lauren’s Famous Butter Rice will fit the bill no matter what you are cooking. It has become one my family’s favorites.

It’s not quite garden time yet, so these tips for the best way to store fresh herbs will not only help brighten up your food, but your wallet as well.

Junior mint cupcakes – Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

7-Ingredient easy zuppa toscana – This recipe calls for gnocchi instead of potatoes. Love this idea!

Graham streusel coffee cake – The layers of cake and streusel look perfect on this coffee cake. Perfection.

Perfecting the Long Island Iced Tea – Please and thank you. It’s the Friday after vacation. I’ve earned this 😉

Link Love – Week 44

Link Love - Week 44

Animals and their continents geography activity Perfect for my animal loving kids!

Kevin Smith: It costs nothing to encourage an artist Every parent needs to see this.

Crazy Brownies Just the thing to start off the seasons of pigging out 😉

Pinterest’s crazy-fun new visual search tool We live in an amazing age.

20+ Dogs That Don’t Care About Personal Space Sigh. Dogs can be such dicks.

One Pot Spicy Chicken Rigatoni Pasta – good. Chicken – good. Spicy – gooooooood!

18 Very Sweary British Words You Need To Use Right Now Now I can curse like a sailor in English and American.

Beautiful Oops! Love this activity to go along with the book.

What I Learned About Rejection After a Year of Seeking It Out “Fear is loud, so get some ear plugs.” Amen!!

10 Things I Didn’t Expect About Being a Grown-Up Adulting is hard.

Link Love – Week 43

Link Love - Week 43

Can I stream it? Love this resource for finding the best way to get what you want to watch.

Lego Minion Building Instructions My kids will love this!

Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches A great way to flavor up plain ol’ chicken.

4 Things to Consider when you Feel like Giving up Abso-freaking-lutely!

Ask these 3 questions when decluttering toys LOVE THIS! Tsh hits the nail on the head.

Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Perfect snacking for football season.

18 Real-Life Locations That Inspired Disney I love seeing where Disney’s inspiration comes from. Especailly Tangled!!

Overcoming the 10 Biggest Obstacles to Creating How can you not take advice from zen habits?!

20 Counting Activities for Preschoolers All of these are so helpful!

My Lady Cave: Why I needed a Room of my own Preach!!!!

Link Love – Week 42

Link Love - Week 42

I am in love with these Disney fashion artist renderings.

Thai Pumpkin Soup Delish!

Frog Puppets with Free Frog Facts Printable So cute, fun, and educational.

A Thank You to the Big Kids AMEN!!

How to Write a 1,000 Words a Day Needed to read this.

How to Raise a Confident Child Numbers 2 and 3 will change how you talk to your kids.

Double Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cookies Holy cat!

13 Hidden iPhone 6s Tips and Tricks I so needed this for my new phone.

10 things every new homeschooler should know THIS!

Five Tips on Getting Back to Blogging After An Extended Break Simple, effective, and efficient.

Link Love – Week 41

Link Love - Week 41

Galaxy Cake I wish I had the ambition to make this 😉

8 Tips for surviving Halloween with Younger Kids It’s almost time folks.

This Friends/The Walking Dead Mashup is too funny.

Give Late Blooming Children the Time They Need I needed to read this!!

24 Time-Saving Hacks for Busy Entrepreneurs Number 4 is so true.

20 Things Only “Parks And Recreation” Fans Will Find Funny Treat yo’self!

Risk is essential to childhood So good!

The Secret to Coding your own Website Number 2 is good to know!!

Crock Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Can’t wait to make this!

Leaf Rubbing Family Tree Craft Adorable!

Link Love – Week 40

Link Love - Week 40

Apple Crumble Pies It’s fall. Ya gotta have apple pie!!

The Beautiful Thing This Teacher Does for His Students Every Day We all remember a teacher that had an impact on us like this.

Doug Stanhope Saves a Life. Really. Doug is an amazingly fascinating person.

Are Kids Spending Enough Time In Nature? Interesting.

5 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me 5 Years Ago About Meal Planning Numbers 2 and 3 will change your life!

How To Tell If You’re A Good Mom “The simple truth is, bad moms don’t worry about how they are doing— truly bad moms don’t care.” Preeeeach!!!

12 Illustrations That Are All Too Real For Introverts “Often along. Rarely lonely.” YES!!

When nothing is working in your homeschool This happens to everyone.

Blog action plans: 2, 5, 10, and 30 Minutes Sarah’s blog is the best to go to for blogging advice!

Link Love – Week 39

link love - week 39

Homeschooling and Dads We can’t forget the dads!

19 Awkward Moments When You’re The Youngest Person In The Office These are spot on.

Cinnamon Streusel Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Maple Icing EVERYTHING FALL!!!

Dear mom of “that” kid There is always hope.

5 Ways to Cure Chronic Procrastination Ah-hem.

Make Your Own Wild Kratts Creature Power Discs My kids love Wild Kratts so much I may attempt this craftiness.

Crunchy Taco Cups Quick, easy, and look delicious!

16 Things Positive People Do Differently In Their Everyday Lives So good!!

SEO Planner + Free Printable An incredibly helpful tool.

Why Play Matters AMEN!!

Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Hate cleaning but want to get your house in order? With my 5 tips you will get your house in order in as little as 30 minutes a day. Click here to find out!

Keeping up with housework is a never ending task. People are so busy these days and the home can end up a dumping ground for papers, clothes, and dust bunnies. You don’t need a perfectly clean house to be happy, but a neat home can cut down on stress, hurried mornings, and lost items. I put together my list of 5 cleaning tips and tricks that help me keep our home clean and organized.

1. Define your priorities

Picture a perfectly clean house? Looks immaculate huh? Well, that isn’t gonna happen. Now picture reality. Sad huh. Now find a happy medium. What things do you need clean in your house to keep your sanity? What things can you let slide? For me, laundry and dishes are top priority. We have small house so laundry and dishes can quickly overwhelm us. On the other hand, we possibly have the dirtiest windows on the block. I don’t take pride in the fact that they are dirty, but I also can live with it and dedicate my time somewhere else. I also don’t clean the counters every night. I do, however, give them a thorough cleaning once a week.

2. Make a list of your top priorities

Remember, this is just cleaning. Not the 7000 other things you have going on. Keep your focus narrow and specific. On my list I have laundry (including sheets and towels), dishes, animals, floors, bathroom, and counters.

3. Assign frequency to each chore

Break it down into daily, weekly, monthly, and as needed. For example, laundry, dishes, and animal care is a daily chore. The bathroom, sweeping, counters, and sheets are a weekly chore. The vacuuming is done as needed as is towel cleaning. With 2 kids, 2 adults, 2 cats, and a dog we accumulate enough clothes to do laundry everyday so throwing in the towels with the daily laundry load is easy enough.

4. Delegate

I’ll say that again DELEGATE! I hate sweeping so I automatically assign that to my husband. The kids help me with the dishwasher when they can. (Sometimes they are out playing or asleep when it’s done running) My husband and daughter take care of the animals. The kids feed the dog and cats, and Fofo picks up the dog poop. My husband takes care of the litter box and the yard work. I put clean sheets on the kids beds, but they strip the beds.

5. Create a schedule

A cleaning schedule is a must that should include date and time. The girls have half an hour of reading time before bed, so I use that time to get chores done: clean the bathroom, put away laundry, or do dishes. I don’t have to rush to do those things during the day because I have an assigned time to do them. I also assign dates to certain chores. Monday I change the sheets on our bed. Tuesday I clean the bathroom. Wednesday is wiping down the counters and stove. Thursday I change the sheets on the kids beds. And Friday is sweeping day. I am not a big schedule person, but I love having my cleaning organized so I don’t forget the last time I cleaned the bathroom, and I don’t feel overwhelmed. It is broken down into daily, weekly, and as needed tasks to keep things running smooth and the house clean (ish).

What is your best cleaning tip? What is your trick to a clean house?