Link Love – Week 12

Link Love - Week 12

Is Your Child Ready for First Grade: 1979 Edition – You MUST read number 8!

20 Things Every Traveling Gal Needs – Now I just need somewhere to go :)

Build your own Caesar – A perfect idea for next year’s couple’s weekend!!

What would you put in a homeschooling starter kit? – Wine, booze, and chocolate ;)

An Open Letter To Anyone Who Likes Starting Group Texts – Oh my god yes!

I’m not a liar but my Facebook sure it. – This is a MUST READ!!

Turkey, Pesto and Cranberry Melt – This sandwich is everything.

Turning Mommy Guilt into Mommy Grace – You are not alone.

This Plot Hole In ‘The Little Mermaid’ Is Painfully Obvious – I’m an idiot for never realizing this.

How To Set Up A Playroom Your Kids Will Use – Advice everyone could use!

Link Love – Week 11

Link Love - Week 11

10 Facts all Parents Hide from Their Kids. 73 seconds people. 73 seconds.

The Khal and The Hound. Epic!

I know a mama who. LOVE.This.

The day my boob died. If you don’t relate to this, I kinda hate you ;)

Carrot zucchini bread with cream cheese frosting and walnuts. I don’t think I have ever wanted vegetables this much!

7 Things I’m NOT Saying When I Tell You I Homeschool my Kids All 7. I love all seven.

5 photo for 100% free stock photos. Make sure you scroll to the gif at the end!!

Bacon jalapeno meatloaf. Yes please.

33 Jokes Only “Arrested Development” Fans Will Appreciate. Number 8 gets me every time!

Love, Her Mama. Get your tissues!

Link Love – Week 10

Link Love - Week 10

We are up to week 10 of Link Love! I really enjoy putting these lists together, and I hope you enjoy it to. Let me know what you would like to see more of. Recipes, homeschooling, pop culture? What links do you love to check out?


I think my husband and I just found a new backyard sanctuary :)

Fried Chicken and Waffle-tots with honey. Ah-mazing!

The Public School Parents’ Guide to Homeschool Parents. Amen to number 9!!

Can you guess the pop culture characters by their eyes? I love Mondo!

Sick bucket for kids. So simple and something all parents need.

5 ways Menopausal Women are Like Daryl Dixon. I will read anything with Daryl gifs in it :)

Honoring the Spark. Fan the inquisitive spark in your children’s eye.

Insta2YearOld. It’s worth joining Instagram for.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cheerios Bars. I think I need these for two little ravenous girls in my life.

It’s Amazing what a strong jaw will do. Mind.Blown. by these illustrations.

100 Women to Study for Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month. This list of 100 women is guaranteed to give you ideas for bulletin boards and activities for the month of March. The list includes authors, athletes, entertainers, humanitarians and more! The last category is my fave!!

March 8th was International Woman’s Day. A “global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.” The Clinton Foundation, along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, released a video entitled “We’re Not There Yet,” highlighting what the women’s rights movement still needs to achieve.

For example.
1. The U.S. is one of only nine countries that does not provide for paid maternity leave
2. One in four girls worldwide is married before the age of 18
3. Women now make up the majority of U.S. college graduates, but only occupy 5% of the CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies
4. Women in the U.S. make $0.78 to every man’s dollar

To learn more about the Not There campaign, check out Not-There.org.

Along with International Womens’s Day, March is National Women’s History Month. Back before I was a mom of girls during my college days, I had a Women’s History Month folder in my curriculum file. I decided to build upon that and create a list of 100 women from around the world to study during Women’s History Month. 10 categories, 10 women in each category. This is by no means a complete list, but the results of my brainstorming and researching. The list is in no particular order and a brief description is added when needed.

Here is to 100 strong women.

March is Women’s History Month. This list of 100 women is guaranteed to give you ideas for bulletin boards and activities for the month of March. The list includes authors, athletes, entertainers, humanitarians and more! The last category is my fave!!

Activists
Susan B. Anthony – suffragist
Rachel Carson – environmentalist
Jane Goodall – animal rights
Temple Grandin – autism rights
Helen Keller – disability rights
Aung San Suu Kyi – Burmese opposition activist
Rosa Parks
Gloria Steinem
Nancy Wake – special operations executive
Malala Yousafzai – human rights

Athletes
Bonnie Blair – speed skating
Mia Hamm – soceer
Jackie Joyner-Kerese – track and field
Billie Jean King – tennis
Lisa Leslie – basketball
Martina Navratilova – tennis
Rhonda Rousey – mixed martial arts
Wilma Rudolph – track and field
Serena Williams – tennis
Babe Didrikson Zaharias – golf, basketball, track

Authors
Maya Angelou
Jane Austen
Anne Frank
Betty Friedan
Toni Morrison
J.K. Rowling
Sappho
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Mary Wollstonecraft
Virginia Woolf

Entertainers
Lucille Ball – actress
Kathryn Bigelow – director
Dorthy Dandridge – actress, singer, dancer
Katherine Hepburn – actress
Billie Holiday – singer
Rita Moreno – actress and singer
Annie Oakley – sharpshooter
Joan Rivers – comedian
Meryl Streep – actress
Barbra Walters – journalist

Entrepreneurs
Mary Kay Ash – founder of Mary Kay comsmetics
Olive Ann Beech – aviation
Julia Child – chef
Ruth Handler – inventor of Barbie Doll
Ariana Huffington – co-founder of The Huffington Post
Rosabeth Moss Kanter – economics
Helena Rubinstein – cosmetics
Muriel Siebert – finance
Martha Stewart
Oprah Winfrey

Fashion
Coco Chanel – designer
Audrey Hepburn – icon
Iman – model
Donna Karen – designer
Estee Lauder – beauty products
Claire McCardell – designer
Mary Quant – designer
Diane von Fürstenberg – designer
Diana Vreeland – columnist and editor
Anna Wintour – editor-in-chief of American Vogue

History
Abigail Adams
Catherine the Great
Cleopatra
Amelia Earhart
Joan of Arc
Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Victoria
Sacagawea
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Sojourner Truth

Humanitarians
Jane Addams – pioneer of social work
Clara Barton – founder of the American Red Cross
Princess Diana
Elizabeth Glaser – AIDS activist
Angelina Jolie – UN Ambassador
Rebeccca Lolosoli – woman’s rights
Juliette Gordon Low – founder of the Girl Scouts
Eunice Kennedy Shriver – Special Olympics
Mother Theresa
Harriet Tubman

Politics
Madeline Albright – first female Secretary of State
Benazir Bhutto – former Prime Minister of Pakistan
Hillary Clinton
Indira Gandhi – former Prime Minister of India
Angela Merkel – Chancellor of Germany
Sandra Day O’Connor – former Supreme Court Justice
Frances Perkins – first woman appointed to the U.S. Cabinet
Condeleeza Rice – former Secretary of State
Eleanor Roosevelt
Margaret Thatcher – former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

STEM
Dr. Virginia Apgar – obstetrics
Elizabeth Blackwell – first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S.
Marie Curie – physicist and chemist
Gertrude Elion – biochemist and pharmacologist
Alice Hamilton – occupational health
Grace Hopper – computer science
Florence Nightingale – founder of modern nursing
Sally Ride – physicist and astronaut
Marie Stopes – pioneer in family planning
Flossie Wong-Staal – virologist and molecular biologist

Link Love – Week 9

Link Love - Week 9

Colorblocked Scratching Post DIY. For all the cat lovers out there.

Homeschooling Advice from Homeschool Graduates. I hope I’m as smart as these kids when I grow up :)

27 Underrated Things about Being in your 30s. They had me at number one.

6 Reasons You Blog Needs a Newsletter. I am convinced!

Baked Chicken and Avocado Burritos with Creamy Roasted Poblano Sauce. Holy shirt!

10 Obvious Truths about Educating Kids that Keep Getting Ignored. Amen to number 3!

19 Perfect gifts for people who love to swear. In case any of you want to send me a birthday gift in a couple of months.

Love these illustrations!!

Choosing Love as a Mom. Beautiful

Light(er) Steak au Poivre with Brandy Sauce. Meat good. Brandy gooooood!!

Taking Care of Me Monday – Life Lately

Life Lately - Pictures and Memories

I have been transferring and editing photos ever since I got our new MacBook. (Best purchase ever btw) FYI, don’t wait 9 years in-between computers. File transfer can be a bitch. Well, only if you are technologically challenged like myself. After much googling, reformatting, transferring, file sharing, and Aperture YouTube videos, I finally have a chuck of old photos on my new computer to organize. Believe it or not, organizing photos is totally Taking Care of Me. I haven’t done any scrapbooks for my girls, terrible I know, but at least I know the photos are there waiting for me when I am ready to get creative, organized by year and month

Fofo and the Bear

This was just yesterday right? It seems like it. But yet it doesn’t. I see other moms or bloggers juggling a toddler and a newborn and wonder, “How on earth did I ever do that?!?!” The current batch of photos I am going through is Bear’s first 6 months. That time really is a blur. Between breastfeeding, trying to entertain a toddler, adjusting to housewife life from working mom, and squeezing in a nap whenever possible, I’m not sure how I survived. But I did!!

Fofo and the Bear

FYI They haven’t sat this close to watch tv together since this photo was taken.

It brings back such a flood of memories as I go through all these photos. You forgot your head strong 6-year-old, used to be the littlest big sister ever. You forgot your ditzy 4-year-old, used to make the most funny faces as a baby. Once kids are out the baby and toddler phase, it’s easy to forget they are still little kids. We think because they can tell us what they want and do so many things independently but yet still need help with simple tasks and reasoning.

Fofo and the Bear

Each stage of parenthood presents us with different challenges. I know that first year with a baby and a toddler was tough, but I am having a hard time remembering specific hard times. I remember the sleepless nights and a baby screaming while I was trying to put Fofo to bed. But mostly I remember the good times. Fofo’s sweet little voice. Our trip to the zoo when she wanted to chase the peacock. The 80 degree October day at the pumpkin patch. Trick-or-treating. Visits to friends when Fofo got to ride a horse for the first time. Lilly’s first time meeting our friends’ children L and G. The way Fofo used to run.

At times it is hard to get through the day with kids. Other times its hard to get through the hour. Some days it is really, REALLY, hard to stay positive. But we only have this one day with our kids at this age. They grow a little each day and before you know it, a whole year has gone by and you are celebrating another birthday. Remember to make each trip around the sun a memorable one. Remember the good memories and learn from the hard times. Focus more on what you did, rather than what you didn’t. Remember to laugh or cry or scream on those hard days, but remember the end of the day always comes. And with it, a glass of wine :)

Link Love – Week 8

Link Love - Week 8

Another batch of links for you to enjoy! Let me know which ones you are digging :)

Organize your bathroom vanity like a pro! A great helpful step-by-step process.

Insert Purse Organizer. Game Changer.

Creamy Eggs and Kale Breakfast. Glorious.

“Stay weird, stay different.” Weirdoism forever!

5 Ways to Make your Blogging Life Easier. I am all about this.

Graphic of all the dresses worn by Best Actress winners. I don’t care for the Oscars much (but yet I still watch) and this is an awesome piece of artwork.

Letting go of screen time shame. This is spot on.

How epic would the zombie slaying duo of Jillian Michaels and Michonne be?!

When worksheets don’t work. The beauty of homeschooling is tailoring learning to the needs of our students.

Apple peanut butter delights. Fofo has been begging for me to make these!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Weekly Wrap-up – Homeschool Bowling

Homeschool Bowling

Happy Friday everyone! We had a good week around here :) The past couple of weeks were a little rough so it was nice to have a relatively easy week.

After the craziness last week, my husband took the girls out on Saturday to run errands with him. They stopped for a Starbucks treat on the way home. Papa’s little valentines :) Don’t worry, it’s hot chocolate. Although Papa did make them try his flat white. Shockingly, they didn’t care for it.

Mofo at Starbucks

The major excitement of our week was homeschool bowling. A local homeschool mom set up a time for our homeschool group to bowl. They had a session last fall, but we didn’t participate thinking the girls would be too little. My friend Amy did participate and said it was a great time. I figured I would give it a chance during the spring session.

Nothing is as cute as a little 4 and 6-year-old in bowling shoes. Adorable! They had shoes that fit, but the bowling balls were a different story. They were a tad big for the girls. But that didn’t stop Fofo!!

Fofo the bowler

She is a natural. She got three spares! She has a bit of Lebowski in her you could say.

Lebowski

She did this after every ball. Hysterical.

The Pose

Lilly was a little more aloof about bowling. Well, she is pretty aloof about everything.

Lilly bowling

She did have a lot of fun though! She used more of a throw-the-ball-down-the-lane approach.

Lilly Bowling

All four-year olds bowl in a tutu right?!

Lilly bowling

The girls were partners this week, but will change it up next week with some of the other younger kids aka bumper bowlers.

We had storytime on Wednesday which is awesome, because the girls don’t let me come in. It was a chance for me to start a new book!!

Five

And we FINALLY finished the letter Z. We are DONE with our letter of the week unit and will move on word family units. Well, that’s the plan now. It may change ;)

Letter Z

Linking up with Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers for the Weekly Wrap-up!

Weekly Wrap-Up

Link Love – Week 7

Link Love - Week 7

Here is your link love for this week!! Let me know which link is your fave!

3 Key Concepts to Teach Medical Preparedness in a Child. Could your child help you in an emergency?

Guy Trolling his local bookstore. I can’t pick a favorite.

The perfect relationship. Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Historical quotes to encourage homeschool families. Mark Twain’s is one of my favorite quotes ever :)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Squares. That.Glaze.

28 Ways to Fix Stuff your Kids Ruined All the things!

Homeschool: It’s the Goodest (And Other Things Homeschool Parents Shouldn’t Say). We must always know the correct form of their and your.

Neil deGrasse Tyson FTW!!!

These Baby Blooming Onions. Amazingness.

Jimmy Kimmel Proves Regular People Are Way Kinkier Than ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey.’ I have said this for years!!

40 Books by 40 – The Burn Palace by Stephen Dobyns

40Books

I have become a lazy reader in recent years. In order to get back into a reading routine and make myself more accountable, I challenged myself to read 40 books by the time I am 40. I am, ahem, 33 years old which only means about 5 books a year so it will probably be more, but 40 by 40 has a nice ring to it so I’m leaving it :)

It’s time for book number 17: “The Burn Palace” by Stephen Dobyns. I heard about this book from an Oprah Book Club email. Oprah started the whole book club movement years ago on her talk show. Or at least that is my earliest memory of book clubs ;) I signed up for the book club when reading “East of Eden” over 10 years go. Even though she no longer has her talk show she does have Book Club 2.0 through her website, and I still get emails with book recommendations. “The Burn Palace” was listed as a “crazily compelling page-turner.” And that it is!!

The Burn Palace

“The Burn Palace” focuses on the sleepy little seaside town of Brewster, Rhode Island. Late one evening, a baby is stolen from the nursery of the local hospital. To make matters worse, the baby is replaced with a corn snake. Who in the small town could do something like this? State Trooper Detectives, including Woody Potter, are brought in to help solve the case. But what they find gets continually stranger as the thriller, with a hint of supernatural, plays out over the next 9 days.

I have come to the realization that I need to take notes as I read. Yes, I’m that person. Not only to keep track of characters but for memory retention. “The Burn Palace” has a fair share of characters and the point of view jumps around quite a bit. Due to the jumping around of people, places, and plot lines, I had quite a few notes and post-its marked in the book. It didn’t influence my feelings on the book at all. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well written. The plot was fast paced and took many unexpected turns. I recommended this book to a fellow homeschool mom and got a few recommendations from her!

What have you been reading lately? What is your favorite book you were unable to put down?

Book Total
Book 1 – Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Book 2 – Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter
Book 3 – God, If You’re Up There, I’m F*cked by Darrell Hammond
Book 4 – Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Book 5 – Life After Death By Damian Echols
Book 6 – Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Book 7 – Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice Book 1) by George R. R. Martin
Book 8 – Burglars Can’t be Choosers
Book 9 – The Last Jew of Treblenka by Chil Rajchman
Book 10 – Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham
Book 11- Kisscut by Karin Slaughter
Book 12 – A Clash of Kings (A Song of Fire and Ice Book 2) by George R.R. Martin
Book 13 – A Storm of Swords (A Song of Fire and Ice Book 3) by George R.R. Martin
Book 14 – Seven Wonders by Ben Mezrich
Book 15 – Bonk by Mary Roach
Book 16 – Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls.