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!

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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. 


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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


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.