Coffee

It clearly says "Whole Bean".
I think there are 3 kinds of coffee drinkers: the Caffeine Lover, the Coffee Lover and the Casual Coffee Drinker. I a definitely the Caffeine Lover. I know this because if all that was left in the world was decaf, I would pass it for hot chocolate. But during the last trip to the grocery store I grabbed a bag of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. This was the first time I had picked it up The last trip we needed coffee I got Gevalia vanilla coffee. Before that we had the largest container of Folgers possible. When I was putting away the new bag I realized I had grabbed whole beans. Grrrrr. I Googled how to grind beans without a grinder. The two most commons recommendations was a rolling pin or a blender. I opted for the rolling pin this morning.  Let's just say, tomorrow I will try the blender and I am glad I bought good coffee creamer.



Using the rolling pins on the beans was surprisingly loud.





































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         I'm sure you can guess that it wasn't the best cup of coffee. 

Pumpkin Cookie Recipe


 A couple of years ago I got a handed down Pumpkin Cookie recipe. I just made these delicious, bread-like cookies last week and plan to make another batch this week.  I am going to share a pic of my daughter a few years ago when we made these cookies together

Cute Gift for Coaches

 Ever need a cute, inexpensive gift, but completely fail to come up with something?  I understand. Thanks to some Google searching and a creative blogger I found this cute thank you gift.  
My picture doesn't really do this justice. The original blogger has a cute bag and clip. However, if you are in a hurry you can tape the bars together and add some ribbon to hold the tag. 

Check out this very creative blogger and get the tag here:
(It will take you to the page with the thank you gift)


What I'm Reading: Room



Room
Emma Donoghue
Quick Review:  A young child knows no other existence than the isolated room that he and his mother have been imprisoned.  Original and a good read.
With some books I can give more details in this section, but I am going to pass on giving much more about this one. I will tell you it is written from the child’s perspective.  I will also tell you it is very original and you should read it if you looking for something that’s outside of the box.

What I'm Reading: You Had Me At Goodbye


You Had Me At Goodbye
Tracey Bateman
Quick Review:  Dancy has to come term with life not always going the way she plans, but the way God plans. Christian romance (probably appeals mostly to a twenty/thirty female). Unfortunately this one was just ok. 

Soccer Practice



It's soccer time again! Yesterday was Sophia's first practice for this new session. Last winter/spring she played for the Y and another local league. They were really little (3-5 yrs)! This time the kids are a little older and actually have real practices that focus more on learning the game. We got home at 7:30 and by 8:10 she had shower and was asleep! That's a nice way to end a day!

First Day of Preschool


Sophia's first day of preschool was yesterday. I love the pictures with the signs that say "First Day of...". I found mine here. I wish I would have had them for her 3's and 4's classes. She had a great first day! The neighbor girl is in her class this year and she just loves having someone she knows from outside of school to play with.

Teacher's Gift

Sophia's preschool is big. Last year there was 33 kids and 4 teachers in one very big room! Sophia's preschool in the town we lived in before was much smaller. There was one teacher in a small room with 7 little girls. It was a big change for both of us.  Both have their advantages. I think Sophia focused more in the smaller room and had a strong friendship with those little girls. We left mid-year and on her last day it was so sad for Sophia and her friends. 

At this school they are very active. Due to the preschool pretty much taking up the entire building, there is tons of room for them to play games. They have a play center (think of the small ones you might see at a fast food place), trampoline, climbing toys, and scooters all divided up in areas within the room. Of course, there is also tables for snack and projects in another area. 

I had been thinking of sending the teacher's gifts on the first day. I saw a lot of cute ideas online, but ended up finding these cute boxes of cookies at Cracker Barrel. 

I just love the pretty packaging!

I dropped Sophia off for her first day of preschool today. She is there right now. I hope she is having a good day and having a lot of fun. 

Happy Fall Y'all!



 

Isn't this print fun?
I found it during my googling pursuit of all things Fall related. I should let you know that I get prematurely excited about holidays and seasons. I get excited for Christmas around October. I get excited for fall in August. I already have the fall decorations sitting out in a storage bin. I am googling Halloween costumes for Sophia. So, during my google search I found this and just had to share. 

(Want to have your own? Just click on the image to go to the blog where I found it. Thanks Aimee @ Sprik Space for being gracious enough to share!)


Have a great day!
-Brittney

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Online Shopping

Online shopping is great on its own, buts its got even more advantages for parents.  It can be really hard to take the kiddos shopping and no one wants to be the parent with the screaming kid. But online shopping is even better when you don't have access to major stores nearby (small town living).  I could go on for days about how great online shopping can be, but I will skip to my favorites.

I know you recognize that! Let me tell ya, Amazon Prime is worth every penny and a life savor for me. You can use Amazon to search for deals and if they are "prime" then you get free two day shipping. The Sunday before Ry's birthday which was the following Wednesday, he mentioned wanting Colts stuff for his desk at work. I ordered on Monday and had it on Wednesday. It was stuff I wouldn't have been able to find at any nearby stores.  I have used it for many other things: textbooks, soccer gear and clothes for Sophia, gifts, household items. I know it's mainstream, but I love it.


Zulily has kids clothes, household items and other goodies at a sale price. Some of the deals are really good and some are just ok, BUT the great part is that you get to see brands and stores you might not otherwise see. I have had great experiences with clothes for Sophia, but keep in mind that it can take awhile to get items. Think way ahead when your shopping. 



-Brittney

This post is linked-up at Kelly's Korner.

What I'm Reading: While My Sister Sleeps

While My Sister Sleeps
Author: Barbara Delinsky

Quick Review:  A tragic event leads to a family having to come to terms with the many secrets they have kept from each other. It’s worth the read. Overall a good book.

Preschool Resources

PRESCHOOL

Sophia has been at my mom's for almost two weeks. My mom has kept her a lot this summer and I am definitely missing her! When Sophia gets home it will be time for her to go back to preschool. Sophia is old enough to attend kindergarten, but we, along with help from my family and preschool teachers, decided that Sophia would benefit from another year of preschool. She is one of those kids that is all over the place and VERY social. Hopefully another year will help her mature more and help her have a better school experience.
Even though Sophia may not be prepared to enter school I do think home education is definitely possible this year. While she has been gone I have been pulling together online resources and putting together lesson plans. At first I was consumed by trying to complete a whole year of lesson plans and making them perfect. Eventually I realized that this was too difficult. How fast would we go? What if I was pacing the plans too quickly or slowly? And eventually, why am I making this so hard? I have one kid and she is kindergarten age!
So, I put together 4 weeks of lessons plans centered on literacy and math. Some science projects and social studies are thrown in there, but always themed around the literacy and math. Recognizing the letters and numbers is one of the most important things. Of course, field trips and outside activities too!

Where are the resources? This week I am focusing on Teachers Paying Teachers.

Teachers Pay Teachers (link)

This site is full of great, inexpensive worksheets, unit packs and ideas. There are also tons of free ones! They are organized by grade, subject or you can use the search engine to find what you need. I also love that teachers are making money for the work they would probably be doing for their own classrooms. And icing on the cake is that these packs and worksheets are absolutely adorable! Whether you are a teacher, home educator or just looking for ways to help your kids, this site is a great !

(And while some people may disagree, I think this is a great way for home educators to show support for many of the hard working teachers in public schools! Home educators may be choosing a different type of education, but most home educators appreciate and understand the need for the public education system and all the hardworking people contributing to it. )

Returning to Blogging

I finally decided to jump back into blogging. Jump might not be the right word. I am sticking my toe back into the water.
I think what makes me drawn to blogging is that it doesn't just give insight into how other people live, but can be challenging and inspiring. I see other bloggers doing GREAT things. Their faith, creativity, and honesty are reminders that we can think bigger, aspire to be better, and that no one is ever alone.

-Brittney