8.25.2016

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP


Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 10pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. If you are interested in being a co-host for an upcoming week, please fill out this form

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8.18.2016

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP


Happy Friday everyone! Thanks for joining us again for That Friday Blog Hop which goes live every Thursday evening at 10pm EST. So join us each week & link up your blogs, social media outlets, or anything you'd love to share. If you are interested in being a co-host for an upcoming week, please fill out this form

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8.16.2016

US Angels Dress Review


Having a little girl is amazing. I'm even luckier that I have two little girls. I remember when my oldest was the only child and she was little. I had the hardest time finding a dress for her to be the flower girl in my wedding. Every dress we tried on was out of stock or no longer carried from the company in her size. 

It was a mess and stress for me to say the least. With the wedding fast approaching, I could never find the perfect dress. After countless bridal stores and online websites, I finally found the perfect dress. But it was such a long and stressful journey. I really wish I had known about Us Angels. I just recently was introduced to them and I fell in love with the site. Why couldn't this have been around when I needed a flower girl dress?

But now, we have found their site to be perfect for other occasions. With my daughter very involved in violin, she has lots of recitals. As everyone knows, recitals come with formal wear. And sometimes it's still hard finding a gorgeous recital dress for her. And now we finally did. 

When she looked through the Us Angels website with me, she instantly fell in love with two dresses right off the bat. I couldn't wait to get them in the mail for her to try them on. Shopping on their website was really easy. There is a great variety of choices and most dresses come in several colors. They have a great collection of flower girl, Communion, and semi-casual dresses, as well as accessories to choose from. Their dresses come in a wide range of sizes from infant sizes to girls plus size. Not every dress is offered in every size and I highly recommend using their size chart to make sure you are getting the perfect fit.

Once I placed my order, it did not take very long at all to arrive. We were out of state when my package came but I was excited to receive it when I got back. The two dresses my daughter chose was the Aztec Double Knit dress and the Peony Flower Girl dress. Both so very gorgeous on the website and even more amazing in person.








The dresses fit true to size. I measured my daughter before placing the order just to make sure but it fit and measured the same size she normally wears. I was really happy about that. Both dresses are made with high-quality material. You can tell in the weight of the Peony dress that this one feels like a mini wedding dress. I was highly impressed.

The Aztec dress was made with lighter and more breathable material but still very high quality. My daughter loves both these dresses so much. They are going to be perfect for her recitals and more dressy occasions. She was able to move around comfortably in them which I was really happy to hear.

If you have a special occasion coming up and need a beautiful dress for your little girl, check out Us Angels and see all the wonderful dresses and accessories they have to offer. These are perfect for the special occasions in your little girl's life.


8.12.2016

THAT FRIDAY BLOG HOP


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8.11.2016

10 Tools for Olympic - Sized Learning

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are Here!

As a child, I used to love watching the Olympics on tv. There was something so spectacular about the entire thing. From the opening ceremony to the competitiveness. I just loved it all. It felt so patriotic to sit and watch these amazingly talented people competing to be the best of the best in everything you could think of sports wise.

My daughter likes watching the Olympics going on right now in Rio. She's excited that the USA women's Gymnastics team won the gold medal. She loves gymnastics and would one day love to see herself possible complete amongst some of the best. We shall see!

Now until August 21st the whole world will be abuzz with Summer Olympics, and there is so much opportunity for learning and getting active! Here are (a perfect) 10 tools to foster Olympic-worthy learning and help you host your own Olympics at home! Tip: Use code GETREADY at Educents for free shipping on any order.

Learn About the Olympics

1. Summer Olympics Fun Pack - Printable!

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This pack has crosswords, medal tally sheets, coloring pages, and my favorite - a Venn diagram comparing modern and ancient Olympics! A lot of punch in one downloadable package, making it a great start to learning fun with Olympics. Suitable for Pre-K - 5th grade levels. $4.75.

2. 2016 Summer Olympics Lapbook with Study Guide - Printable!


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Get the details on all of the summer games, the history of the Olympics, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Created by one of my favorite resources, Knowledge Box Central. Tip: You can print as many of these lapbooks for your family and friends to build knowledge and community while you watch the games. $5.


3. Sporting Events Interactive Foldable Booklet- Printable!


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For the avid sports - watching kiddos, this foldable game tracker allows them to track scores in each game for the summer 2016 Olympics. Use this as an opportunity to practice math based on their skill level - whose in first, second and third place? What percent is 4.8 out of 10? I love this handheld, interactive, printable tool! Just $1.

4. 2016 Summer Olympics Interactive Bundle - Printable!


SO BUNDLE 

There's a little something in this bundle for everyone, from writing prompts, to coloring - great for the littles who need an activity while the group watches swimming. Suitable for 6-10 year olds. $4.99, down from $7.99.

5. Summer Olympics Bingo!

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Whether you're planning a viewing party with other families, or you have a class full of excited viewers, this is a fun group activity for all ages. Bone up on Olympic vocabulary with this classic game with a timely theme. Speaking of which, let the games begin! $2.

6. Olympics Online Unit Studies


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For homeschoolers looking to mix things up this summer, this online course by 5-star reviewed Online Course features self-directed research projects, unit studies, and a deeper dive into the history and global meaning of the Olympic games. Great for elementary and middles school level kiddos comfortable with the internet. $15.  

Host your Own Olympics at Home!

7. Scoop and Toss Game

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Scoop and Toss Game features 2-15" scoops and a softball-sized plastic ball can be used for a number of outdoor games including baseball, jai alai or catch. This would be a great game for field day!

8. Playground Balls

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These classic rubber playground balls come in a set of three assorted designs. Inflate with standard pump and needle.

9. Play Ring Set

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These fun play ring sets can be used in the yard, park, in the pool or at the beach! The big foam-ring paddles have a stretchy nylon center that make toss and catch games tons of fun.

10. Resistance Tunnel

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Many children love the feel of climbing through the tunnel. Some of the benefits that can be realized are deep pressure input/touch, increased sense of body awareness, motor skills, balance, coordination, prone extension, and self-regulation.

May the best Olympians win!  

The Homeschool Planner That Is Finally Right For Me

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August is here and that usually means it's Back-To-School time. Am I right? Everyone is rushing around to get that last little bit of summer vacation in and heading to buy school supplies and getting prepared for another school year. It's almost like that in our house. Except, as most of you know, we homeschool. So things are just slightly different. 

  • We are able to grab our school supplies when they go on sale after public school has started.
  • We can choose whatever we want and need. No worries about grabbing specific colors and brand names.
  • We probably already have it from last year and therefore, can save money and not have to buy it again.
  • We don't have to go grade specific and can work at our own pace. This one I love! Because my daughter needs a higher grade level for her spelling while a lower grade level for her math so she can do just that while staying on point.
  • We can take off the days we need without any worry of missing any work or trying to catch up. 

These are just a few things, but there are many more that I could keep on adding to this list. But one thing about homeschooling is that you have to keep up with your state laws on what is needed to homeschool. I live in a state where it is more relaxed. But that doesn't mean I am a lazy homeschooling mom or take it lightly. In fact, my daughter sometimes gets mad that I'm more strict with her than when she was in public school. But I don't see it as a bad thing.

One thing though my state does require is a log of hours. We must keep and record all of our hours and have a total of 1000 hours by the end of the school year. 600 of those hours must be core hours {Science, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies} and the other 400 can be non-core or other core hours.

But I was having a hard time finding a planner that would record our hours and keep them neatly with our lessons. Our first year homeschooling, I made a simple sheet that had the date, subject, lesson, and the number of minutes we did. I then added those up each month. Our second year, I went the digital route and used an online planner. I really liked this because it was the only online planner I could find that allowed you to input hours. But it did not calculate them and sometimes, it got a bit much to keep clicking on every single subject and trying to figure out the minutes to write down and add up.

So this year, I decided I needed to just create my own planner. One that would work with us. I first attempted to look at several planners but there were so many pages in them that I wouldn't use or I liked, but wish were slightly different. I wanted something secular, which was a bit hard to find as well.


So I had no choice but to create one to my needs. And that is what I did. I jumped on the computer and decided it was time to put my designing notions in gear and create one from scratch. And now, I loved it so much, I'm making it available to all of you.

So here it is! The debut of my own personal homeschool planner that allows you to easily keep track of hours and assignments and other plans. However, if you don't need to track hours, you can choose not to use that portion and just use the planner as is.

It is a basic and simple planner. It doesn't have a bunch of home planning and meal planning and organizational things which I know most homeschool planners do and that is awesome. But I wanted to keep mine simple and to just school. You can see more of a preview and purcahse the digital files on TeachersPayTeachers.

I was so excited that I ran to Staples and the UPS store and had it printed off and bound there. Now I have a hard copy to start filling in for our school year approaching fast. I can't tell you how excited I am to use my planner. I thin this will really help me stay on track, while being able to record everything I need to a bit easier.