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Beach Days 2017!

Hello Friends!

It’s been a month since I updated the blog and I don’t have to tell you how quickly this year is flying by! I thought last year went by quickly. :/ So I’ve been thinking about what I wanted to share in upcoming posts and I’m excited about what is to come. I just didn’t want to get bogged down in all the posts that I haven’t written. Blogging should never get you to a point where you are drudging through posts. I think that my unplanned month hiatus did the trick and I feel ready to share and share some more! 😉

One of my favorite beach spots is Charleston, SC. We had one full day on the beach. This year we decided to check out Isle of Palms and I would definitely recommend it. The only thing I would change is stupidly thinking that the cloudy skies meant that sunscreen wasn’t necessary. We got lobster toasted. :'(

Beach day ready!

Selfie with my bug

family selfie

Sillness

D absolutely adored the beach. I can’t wait for our next visit!

Overall, we had a wonderful visit and couldn’t ask for better weather. We are already looking forward to our next beach trip. Who knows where we will head next year?!

Restaurant Recommendation:

Luke ‘n Ollies– This place is a gem. I’m not big on pizza, especially when I’m sweaty and tired from playing at the beach, but this pizza was perfect! We ordered a white pizza with spinach and bell peppers. So yummy! D loved his spaghetti and meatballs too! Another plus, there was a Ben and Jerry’s next door for dessert. I fell in love with their vegan almond crunch ice cream. I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else ever since. 🙁

What is your favorite beach? Any fun beach memories? Share in the comments below!

<3 Anna

Our Homeschool Curriculum for 2017/2018 School Year!

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m very excited to share with you all the home school curriculum I chose to use with D this school year! I looked through various sources and it was easy to choose this one from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  This curriculum was so impressive! Hours and hours, days and days of great information to teach my little sponge. He really is absorbing everything!

Check out a sample of the curriculum here! D absolutely adores the daily songs and activities. He is learning and his handwriting is improving. It’s so neat to see him pointing out words in books. I’m sure he’ll be reading (very soon) on his own. 🙂 I’m one proud mommy!

Below are a few pics of D learning from his new curriculum:

D’s first day of pre-k/kindergarten! <3

Rolling dice and tracing numbers is so fun!

As you can see, we have been very busy reviewing the alphabet and numbers. It’s been a joy to teach D each week and I’m looking forward to all the fun to come!

What have you and your kiddos been working on this month? What curriculum do you use? What do you love about it? What do you dislike about it?

<3 Anna

Family Fun Day

Hi Friends!

I’m playing catch up, but I have lots of adventures to share here. So just bear with me on the picture heavy posts. 😉

Last month, our local library teamed up with our train museum for a fun Train Day. We began our day at the Hen and Egg (a local restaurant that we were excited to try!) It was wonderful with fresh foods and delicious flavor! We’ve definitely found our weekend breakfast spot. 🙂

After breakfast, we made our way to the Train museum for the main event. 😉 Declan was enjoyed a train story time, songs, and crafts.

Story Time

We then explored the Train Museum next door. The model trains were very impressive! D had a blast watching them and playing with the toy trains in the kid’s area.

So grown up!

We also recently visited Hickory Dickory Dock. This is a local fun place that is similar to Chuck E. Cheese, but much better in my opinion. 😉 D decided to have his birthday party here. So we are looking forward to another visit later this month.

Hickory Dickory Dock has a wide variety of activities including, mini golf, mini bowling, soft play, and more!

Check out that bowling stance.

 

 

September Goals and Progress

Hello all!

Things have been crazy busy here! It’s been tougher to find time to post, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things. Believe it or not, I haven’t even gotten my fall stuff up yet and I usually have it out on day one! It seems as Declan gets older that our schedule gets busier, I’m not complaining though. I feel that we are pretty good at keeping things fairly balanced. One way that I do that, is by sharing my goals and progress here. It helps to hold me accountable and crossing those goals off my list is fun. 😉

  1. I worked on my decluttering checklist.
  2. I’m working on weekly lesson plans for D.

This month, I want to focus on:

1) Declan’s lesson plans– I’m dedicating Sundays and (any other day I have time) to finishing up for this year.

2)Decorate the house for fall- This one is no surprise. 😉

3)Order Declan’s birthday cake- We have the venue chosen and the final step is the cake and invitations.

I’ve decided to stick with three goals per month so that I can more easily achieve them. The holidays are just around the bend and I don’t want to get discouraged because I made too many goals per month.

What goals are you setting this month?

<3 Anna

Adopting a Plant Based Diet

Hello Friends!

If you follow me on social media, you know that I recently adopted a plant based diet. I decided to make this step because I’ve tried many diets and was still looking for what would work best for me. I’m happy to say that I think I’ve found it!

What does a Plant Based Diet mean to me?

A plant based diet for me is excluding meat—-eating more veggies and greatly reducing dairy and products that come from animals.

Why?

I’ve always been an animal lover, so the idea has been with me for as long as I can remember. I never pursued the idea because I practically grew up on a farm and eating meat and using animal products was just a part of living that life style. My health going south changed everything. (I could go down a rabbit trail with that truth.) I explored many options as I said above and discovered What the Health and finally watched Forks over Knives after knowing about it for a few years. These documentaries helped me to take the big leap and really consider my diet from a different angle. I’ve been on this diet just over a month and I’m feeling great! I have more energy and feel lighter than I have in years. My pain has drastically reduced. I wish I could say that it is completely gone, but I’m just grateful for less pain.

What has been the most challenging part?

I think the hardest part has been changing my mindset. I went from eating Paleo to no meat and incorporating grains and carbs back into my diet. It’s a hard shift and I’m still adjusting. It’s been much harder to balance adding the grains and carbs back than cutting out meat.

Do you have any questions about a Plant Based Diet? Stay tuned for more Plant Based posts.

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #6 An Update Post

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It’s been over a week since my last update. I want to say that things will slow down a bit here, but I know with D beginning soccer and music class again that this isn’t true. We will get back into our own routine though and I’m looking forward to working on Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum with D this year. We have made the decision to put Declan in Kindergarten next year (He missed the deadline this year and I’m thankful for the extra time for him to grow and mature and enjoy him being here with me.) We came to this decision because Declan wants to go and I want to respect his decision and also it will help me to gauge his progress if we decide to homeschool him for first grade.

Since we’ve been gone, John has turned the BIG 3-0 and we celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. I can’t believe it’s been that long! I wish I had gotten some pics from our date night, but it completely slipped my mind. We went to see The Dark Tower and had dinner at IHOP. The Dark Tower was pretty good. John explained a lot of the flaws to me because he read the series, it’s Stephen King in case you’re interested. 😉 John definitely made me want to check out the books. It sounds like they would be waaay better. I will say that Matthew Mcconaughey and Idris Elba were wonderful in their roles. I’ll admit that I may or may not have a bit of a crush on Idris Elba…;)

Before I end this post I want to highly recommend this podcast, The Wellness Mama podcast has been an awesome resource to me and my family as we try to improve our health in various areas.

Now it’s your turn! Link up your favorite posts of the week and share any products that you are loving right now. 🙂 Remember to stop by and say hi to others on the hop and grab a button! (Optional)

 

 

Wishing you all a safe and wonderful weekend. This time tomorrow I’ll be in Charleston. AGH! I can’t wait to have my feet in the sand. 😉

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #73 Usborne Launch Party!!!

Hello everyone!

Last night, was my first Usborne LAUNCH Party! It was so much fun! I got to discuss one of my favorite topics, books! 😉 The party is closing tonight at midnight. So if you wish to place an order with me, please do so before that! Here’s my link: https://s6780.myubam.com/

Week 66: August 11, 2017

  1. Blind dates, I’ve never been on one. I almost went on one just before I met my husband, but as soon as I met him—I broke things off with the guy I was talking with. I did have a pretty hilarious conversation once with a guy I talked with online. He called me one day while I was in college and talked to me in Klingon. Needless to say, I seem to attract and enjoy the company of other nerds. ;).2. It’s hard to believe that nearly 5 years ago, I gave birth to my son. He was due on September 18 and I gave birth on September 22, The First Day of Fall.
  1. I admire    anyone who doesn’t let age, disability, etc. keep them from achieving their dreams because we are only given this one life and it’s best to make the most of each day.
  1.       People’s ignorant comments and actions makes me think I should lose faith in humanity, but I know there are still good people out there and besides we all make mistakes and don’t have perfect days. 

Now it’s your turn! Link up your favorite posts of the week and fantastic finds! (Grab a button, optional!)



Wishing you all a safe and fun weekend!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites #72 August Goals and Progress

Hello Friends!

Can you believe we are already in the month of August?! It seems the years just continue to fly by! This is just another reason why making goals each month is so important. We are only given so many hours in the day, week, month, and year. It definitely puts things into perspective and pushes me to make goals each month.

In July, I set two dates for taking boxes to Goodwill. Our Goodwill dates are the 15th and 30th (or last day of each month.) This has been super helpful to us! It takes the pressure of trying to remember to take a load of clutter off every time we are going out. (Which we would always forget anyway! :/)

I took my first yoga class this month. It was so relaxing and I’m hoping to make it twice a week or at the very least once a week. I’m also planning to set a schedule for workouts once I figure out what days I wish to do yoga.

  1. Finish planning D’s lessons and use Sundays as pre-planning for each week.
  2. Finish Living Room and Kitchen from Decluttering Check-list.
  3. Set Workout schedule.

What are your goals for August? Now it’s your turn! Link up your favorite posts and finds of the week! 

 

Wishing you all a fun and safe weekend!

<3 Anna

Friday Finds and Favorites 71 DoTerra Goodies!

Hello Friends!

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! It has been a looong week here. We are in the dog days of summer and I’m just so ready for fall. I read yesterday that it won’t feel like fall until November this year. I wanted to cry. I’m going to try to repress this information for as long as possible. 😉 Today, I’m keeping this post short and sweet (as possible!;))

For those who don’t know, I’m a Wellness Advocate with DoTerra Essential Oils. I mainly decided to do this for the discounts, but I have to say I love these products! Tri Ease is capsules made with Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint oils. You take them twice a day and they have done me wonders this allergy season. It’s the only thing that has gotten me through! I love the Deep Blue Rub for my achy lower back. It works better than Tiger balm which I was using every night! I bought Cheer this week. It’s the roll on which has fractionated coconut already in this easy to roll on container. Cheer is great for anxiety and depression. It smells wonderful with the scents of orange peels, clove cinnamon, and much more!

If you are interested in learning more, you can check out my website here. Thanks!

1. As a child, my favorite playground activity was I really can’t remember much about playgrounds, but I think I really enjoyed the swings.

2. For breakfast, I have It really depends on my mood. Sometimes I’ll make something simple like cereal and avocado toast and others I’ll take more time and make coconut flour pancakes or breakfast hash. I usually have hot tea as well.

3. An instrument I would like to play is the guitar or the ukulele. I just think either could be fun and very versatile.

4. I always try to accept the things that I cannot change. Sometimes things happen without warning and you can either ride with the wave or let the wave over take you. I’ve done both, it seems that riding with the wave gives you the more desired outcome.

Now it’s your turn! Link up your favorite posts of the week and favorite finds! Also grab a button below (optional)! Please let me know if anyone has any DoTerra questions. <3

 

 

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Be safe out there!

<3 Anna

D’s New Chore Chart and Moon Money Jar!

Hello Friends!

Today, I’m happy to share with you all D’s new chore chart and our new way of teaching Declan about helping others and managing money. These are both two very important skills that D will need in the future and I believe that there are many things that we should begin talking to our children about as early as possible in age appropriate terms.

Declan has been doing chores since age 2. This began with just cleaning up after play time. (I’ll be honest, this is one of our biggest struggles. I think it’s because we all need to establish better patterns of putting things away after use.) I discovered Declan’s new chore chart while planning for his homeschooling this year. This is chart is so simple to make and it’s been very effective with Declan so far. He does all of his chores (most) every day!

Declan’s Chore Chart

For this chart you will need:

Cardstock (for you printable tickets)

A pocket chart (like the one below)

Reward Stickers

A small prize box

Instructions for the slots:

You’ll need a card with child’s name.

Monday-Friday chores to be completed.

Reward tickets earned, Sticker Sheets, Best“ Bee-havior” awards

Extra cards can be kept in the bottom slots OR you can do a simplified chart like my version below!

At the end of the day, I look to see which tasks are completed and switch them out with reward tickets.(Each ticket has different number values. For example, Declan gets .5 for helping me with folding the laundry, but he gets .50 for taking out the trash. I try to keep it based on his skill level with each chore, as he improves the numbers can increase, but we will see how time goes with all that.)  If Declan completes his chores he receives tickets and a sticker for his reward chart. The tickets he redeems for money go in his new bank. (More on that in a few.) Once the reward card is filled, Declan gets a prize from the big prize box. (Right now, we are doing something a little different, but I’ve decided to switch gears. The prizes will be healthy, but tasty treats. Sometimes we can have goals that combat other goals. One of ours is also to have a more clutter free home and giving out prizes is great for D, but not so great for mama.) Lastly,  is a “Best Bee-havior” card that Declan will get if he has an extra good day. These cards can be redeemed for fun things like going to the movie with mommy, going out to fro-yo with the whole family, etc. If Declan does not complete his chores he gets nothing. He has three chores that are non-negotiable. He cleans his room every day, feeds the girls, and makes his bed.

If you like this idea, you can get the printables, here!

We bought D the Moonjar bank here. This money box is too cool! It’s divided into three sections: Green is spend, Red is Share, and Blue is Save. (I was so excited to discover it on the Mighty Girls page on FB.) We are now teaching Declan to give 10% to our church or charity, 45% to save, and 45% to spend. D love it! The box also comes with a little check book to keep track of deposits and withdrawals. I really wish I had one growing up! 😉

Do your kiddo(s) have chores? What system do you use? What do you think of the money box?

<3 Anna