Apr 22, 2014

Back at it!

Today, we started back at homeschool after a little break for Easter.  It went well, Princess Belle was able to remember all the things we had covered before our break.  And I am so proud of Princess Magpie, she asked to move ahead to grade 1!  She is only five but she has finished her kindergarten curriculum and she wanted to do more move on to harder stuff.  Princess Snifflefritz is only four, but she started doing some kindergarten work.  We went easy with her, just getting her used to the routine and following directions. I am proud of how much progress they are making.

Speaking of progress, Little Prince is learning to climb stairs!  He can only do it by crawling up with me behind him to keep him from falling down, but he is learning the movement and how to make his body do what he wants it too.  He is also getting steadier on his feet, looking a little less intoxicated when he walks, now if we could get him talking it would be wonderful!

Ways to organize your Homeschool Supplies

I LOVE organization.  I love all ideas and tips for organization.  Here are some that I found today:

Use skirt/pant hangers and plastic bags to hang puzzles, charts, or lightweight craft supplies (feathers, pom poms, etc.).
http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/living/back-to-school-organization-tips-hang-it-up-day-1/

Repurpose Drink Carriers.
http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/living/drink-carrier-organizers/

Reuse Baby Wipes Containers
http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/living/organize-with-baby-wipes-containers/

Make a Book Holder Out of a Drying Rack
http://www.motherhoodonadime.com/living/drying-rack-coloring-book-holder/

Wine Rack for Markers
http://mycasestudies.blogspot.com/2008/06/copic-stuff.html

Use candle sticks and cake pans to build a school supplies organizer that is easy to use.
http://thecraftingchicks.com/2011/05/6955.html

Use a hanging shoe rack to organize your school supplies
http://strictly-homemade.blogspot.com/2012/08/organizing-school-supplies-with-hanging.html

Personal caddies for each child, personalized with name labels, and filled with pencils, a sharpener, crayons and glue sticks so they can grab it and go.
http://thekennedyadventures.com/five-favorite-ways-to-organize-homeschool-supplies/

Cute Homeschool Organization for a Small Space
http://www.feelslikehomeblog.com/2013/10/organizing-our-homeschool-supplies/

Keep Items Used together, Together
http://www.onlypassionatecuriosity.com/the-organized-homeschool-challenge-art-and-craft-supplies/

Great Craft Supplies Organization
http://www.spelloutloud.com/my-craft-stash-organization.html

Silverware tray to organize school supplies

http://winsomedays.com/

Great way to organize art supplies
http://maryandheff.squarespace.com/familyblog/2012/1/2/omas-playroom-makeover.html

Organizing supplies: $1 target finds
http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/b5/ad/0f/b5ad0fbc6bcf91ef98f0f143bbf49fc4.jpg

Magazine File Boxes
http://thepelsers.com/2012/08/20/5-days-of-organizing-your-homeschool-supplies-magazine-file-boxes/




Apr 21, 2014

Easter!

Here are just a few of the pictures I took of the kids over Easter.













The Roasted Smashed Cauliflower (low carb, Trim healthy Mama S)


  • 1 1/2 pounds cauliflower (1 average size head), cleaned
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 t garlic powder OR several cloves of fresh garlic
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 T cream cheese
  • 2 T butter
  • 3 T heavy cream
  • Tiny pinch nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 450°
  2. Wash and clean cauliflower. In a bowl, break into florets, and add garlic cloves (if using).
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and season with granulated garlic (if using), salt and pepper.
  4. Roast at 450° for 30-35 minutes, stirring once. Cauliflower should be tender and golden brown.
  5. Place roasted cauliflower in a food processor or blender with cream cheese, butter, heavy cream and nutmeg. Process into a smooth puree.
  6. Adjust consistency with chicken stock or extra cream (it's best to do this when it's hot from the oven—it makes a smoother puree.) Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve piping hot!

Apr 20, 2014

Happy Easter Everyone!

Well this mama Easter Bunny was up until 2 in the morning this morning, but it was worth it to see the excitement on the faces of the kids.

Even though yesterday, I was out getting last minute things and had to walk home through this . . . .
 . . . SNOW!!!!  Yes snow on the day before Easter, but it was still a great Easter so far.

We planted Easter colored candy in sugar and because Magic happens on Easter, when we got up this morning the kids were thrilled to see that magically something had grown in place of the candy!


And we followed these chocolate footprints left by our messy Easter Bunny (they weren't blurry in person, I promise, but when a sleep deprived mommy takes pics at 2 in the morning, this is what happens . . . .

Luckily they led to lots of goodies! (not even including the eggs they had to hunt for!)


Later today we will be having Easter Supper with family and friends so it should be a good day with more pics to share!

Baked Ham and Egg Cups (low carb, Trim Healthy Mama S, low fat)


This is a super easy recipe, and is always a hit!
  • 12 eggs (you could use scrambled egg whites to reduce fat, but I wouldn't)
  • 12 pieces of sandwich Ham
  • 1 onion-diced or minced
  • reduced fat cheese of your choice-grated
  • salt
  • pepper
    muffin baking tin
  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray the muffin tin with cooking spray, or grease muffin tin.
  3. Place one slice of the sandwich ham into the muffin tin, so it forms a "bowl".
  4. Add some onion and cheese on the bottom of each "bowl", and crack ONE egg into each...add some more onion and cheese on top, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Put into oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until egg is fully cooked.  Serve and Enjoy

Apr 19, 2014

Saturday Photohunt: Indigo and Traces

The Saturday PhotoHunts for this week are: Indigo and Traces.  Indigo is a shade of blue and there are definitely some shades of blue in this pic and if you look closely, you can see traces of clouds in the sky and in the bottom corner there is even a few traces of snow down in the bottom corner of the picture. 








Coconut Fudge (low carb, Trim Healthy Mama S, Paleo)


  • 3 cups shredded unsweatened coconut
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil,
  • 2 Tbsp butter,
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder,
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • salt to taste 
  • 1 Tbsp Sweetener (or to taste try 8 drops of chocolate liquid stevia!)
  • Shredded coconut to top

  1. Blend up 3 cups shredded unsweatened coconut in food processor until butter consistency (takes about 10 min),
  2. Add coconut oil, butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt,and stevia.
  3. Pour into dish and sprinkle shredded coconut on top and place in fridge to harden. Seriously, it tastes amazing! 

Easter Craft Fun for the kids on Easter Weekend

I thought I would share some crafts for the kids to have fun with on this Easter Weekend.

Here are some I found:
Toilet Paper Roll Easter Craft
http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/03/toilet-paper-roll-easter-crafts.html

Mouse Egg 
http://spoonful.com/crafts/easter-eggs-mouse-egg

Easter Egg Potato Stamping
http://www.howweelearn.com/easter-craft-preschoolers-potato-stamping/

Bunny Silhouette Yarn Craft
http://www.katiescrochetgoodies.com/2014/04/easy-easter-craft-for-toddlers-bunny.html

Peeps Easter wreath
http://lissables.com/easter-peep-wreath/

Bunny Clothespins Easter Craft
http://club.chicacircle.com/bunny-clothespins-diy/

Plate Easter Craft
http://indulgy.com/post/mqSKrJaZC2/easter-craft

Easter Egg Chicks 
http://spoonful.com/crafts/easter-egg-chicks

Easter Craft for Kids using pom poms, clothespins, and paint
http://easter2014.org/easter-crafts/

Paper Plate Bunny
http://we-made-that.com/paper-plate-bunny/

Easy Handprint Lambs
http://www.babysavers.com/easter-crafts-for-preschoolers/

Bunny Peep Puffy Paint Easter Craft for Kids
http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/03/peep-puffy-paint-kids-craft-easter.html

Spring Footprint Art {Bunny and Carrots} 
http://onekriegerchick.com/2014/03/31/spring-handprint-art-bunny-carrots/

Happy Easter breakfast
http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/25/e5/19/25e519dea8ad59cc19dddbda9308e95b.jpg

Glitter Eggs
http://misskristurner.com/2013/03/28/diy-decorative-glittered-easter-eggs/