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From Homeschool to High School

Transitioning Your Child From Homeschool to High School

Tips for transitioning kids from homeschool to high school

My soul feels like a balloon zipping around after it has been released. “I love it,” was my daughter’s response concluding her first month of public high school. And let me add, her first month after being homeschooled the previous 5 years!

Making the transition from homeschool to high school has been more like a giant leap rather than a mere jump. Aside from much paperwork and the dreaded physical, it has been nearly effortless. Not much has changed in the past 25 years with the exception of culture, educational standards, and technology; you know, minor stuff. Thankfully, we do not have to rely solely on our educational experiences from ancient of days to prepare for this monumental move.Continue reading

How to Plan a Baby Shower on a Budget

How to Plan a Baby Shower on a Budget

Tips for planning an awesome baby shower that's fun but fits on your budget

The stork is coming and it’s time to celebrate! Everybody loves baby showers but the cost can be staggering as anyone who has ever planned a baby shower knows. Whether it’s for your friend, a relative or neighbor, you, of course, want to make this baby shower the happiest and best as possible. It should also be stress-free but how can it be when you’re thinking of it to fit on your budget. It isn’t that the guests expect a large bash but we want to host a memorable baby shower that the expectant parents and that the guests will feel comfortable and will surely have a great time. It’s a day of celebration for the coming baby, you want it to be a success so to help you out plan that awesome party I want to share with you some of my tips on how to plan a baby shower on a budget.

Easy Baby Shower Ideas on a Budget

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April 15, 2018

15 Uses for Coffee Grounds

After you brew your morning coffee, what do you do with the used coffee grounds? If you said, “I throw them away”, have I got a list of uses for coffee grounds for you! Used coffee grounds can be used for many different things. Before you toss them in the trash, take a look at these unusual uses for coffee grounds that may come in handy.

15 Amazing Uses for Coffee Grounds that you should know!

Uses for Coffee Grounds

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March 23, 2018

Ideas For Kids Over Break

Ideas For Kids Over Break

It is spring here. You wouldn’t know that since there is snow on the ground and my children are home for the second day in a row. I am on the brink of insanity since I still have work to do. Then I got to thinking even though they do not have school. I bet I could find a way to teach them something.  I just needed Ideas for Kids Over Break.

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Are you tired of hearing I am bored? Do you have a nervous breakdown when your kids are at home from school? (I do.) Do not worry I love mine to the moon and back but I can’t keep them entertained forever and more importantly I do not have the funds to buy them everything they think they want.  What I do have is a desired to help them learn new things. I love when they can find those gifts that they have and use them. I can’t tell you how overjoyed I am when they are excited and happy.

I have three kids, and they are all different. They differ in age, gender, and interest. They also vary in learning style so how did I find a resolution for all three children at the same time on a limited budget?

Am I magical?

It depends who you ask. I will share my magic with you and tell you my secret. It is Craftsy.com.Continue reading

How to Explain the Military To Children?

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How to Explain the Military To Children?

I was sitting with my son last week. He is a very thoughtful child full of more questions than I can answer. He has these long eyelashes and eyes the make you want to melt. His questions are well thought out and come at you faster than rain in a storm. They wet you and sometimes chill you to the bone and other times refresh your spirit. They are occasionally light and kiss your soul, and sometimes they have the world driving each word. Today was one of those days where I had to stop everything and answer his question. This question was so big it filled the room, and I had to give it the attention it deserves, so I did.

He asked, “Why, do people want to serve in the military.” I sat down. I asked him for a minute so I could give this question the attention it deserves. I closed my eyes. I opened my heart, and my words began to flow. I asked him if he liked being able to talk. He said, “Most of the time except when my teacher tells me to stop.” I asked, him if he likes to pray. He said, “Yes, I do it all the time, but you told me to stop praying for toys and instead pray for peace and wisdom which I think I can find in toys.” Then I said, “Do you love being an American?” He said, “Yes, we have fireworks.” Then I asked him if he feels safe outside. “Yes, mama. Why wouldn’t I?”

How to Explain the Military To Children?

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The One Thing You Should Do for Your Child that You Could

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Bloggin’ Mamas & the Florida Prepaid College Board. All opinions expressed are my own.

I recently had a conversation with my son. He wants an $800 cellphone because his “starter” cellphone isn’t good enough. I wonder did I buy him a cellphone to let me know he was on the bus and for him to call me when he was done with soccer or did I buy him a cellphone to keep up with the Jones? If you know me you know, I bought him the cheapest phone I could find that worked. You know why?

He doesn’t have a job. His phone doesn’t earn money, and I wanted to pay cash, and it would be a cold day in Hawaii before I would spend $800 on a phone for a kid. Why is it that this same mom wrote a check for thousands of dollars for something he will not even use for 18 years?

You see I like to spend money on things that matter. We live our lives with the big goals in mind. If I spend money on all the little things that do not matter the thing that matters most will be out of my grasp.

What matters most to me?

College.

Yes, college. I wanted to make sure my children have the ability to attend college and to graduate college debt free. We chose Florida Prepaid College. We were able to pay all three plans off before our oldest attended high school. We said “no” to many things along the way so we could say “yes” to the one thing that will never break, that will never get old, that will never lose value. We gave them the gift of an education.

Say no to things that don't matter so you can say yes to things that have value just like the gift of education for your children. Florida Prepaid College Savings Plan Open Enrollment is on until February 28, 2017. Use my exclusive code Deals1718 to save $25 off the application fee (normally $50) http://bit.ly/ragopenenroll #StartingIsBelieving #ad.Continue reading

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