Finding Time to Strum

Posted by Admin on September 5th, 2014 filed in Homeschooling
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I may have mentioned that I have an acoustic guitar I want to learn to play. I’ve even purchased online guitar lessons to motivate myself to make the time to do it.

Have I done it yet?


But I WILL carve out this time. Some people may motivate to learn the guitar by browsing through a guitars centre. For me, spending money on lessons is a great motivator! Now that I have made the investment, I intend to learn how to play a few songs on the guitar.

It’s That Time Again…

Posted by Admin on August 20th, 2014 filed in Homeschooling
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Are you getting excited about school yet? No…well here’s a tip that is sure to get your blood moving! I have recently found this new buying co-op that really takes some of the sting out of buying curriculum. As a veteran homeschooler, I know that it can be hard to get motivated to begin another school year. I have been at this for a loooooong time and I still have a number of years to go…so I can’t let myself get burnt out.

The Homeschool Buyer Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Co-op membership is free and confidential, and entitles homeschooling families to discounts from hundreds of educational suppliers. The Co-op also sponsors “GroupBuys” for curriculum packages that can save homerschooling families lots of money. Public schools get these types of discounts…why shouldn’t homeschoolers get in on the action, too?On the site you’ll find lots of free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships. There is definitely something for every type of homeschooler and homeschooling family.

So far, I’ve bought a Kaplan ACT prep class for a daughter who really needs to get herself in gear to take the ACT this fall or early winter. I saved $250 off that purchase so I’m excited about that one. The cool thing about the prep class is that it’s a subscription that we can start whenever we’re ready and we know she’ll be able to focus on it for the next six months. We’ll be starting our subscription in about a month or so. I also bought an online piano program called Simply Music that has two levels of instruction — the whole family can use this program and it’s a lifetime membership, so I am expecting to get a lot of use out of this membership. We saved 35 percent off this purchase. I can’t wait to see how the kids enjoy this new musical instruction.

I also have my eye on an art program with a year’s worth of lessons for kids between K and 5th grade. Nothing to do but pop in a DVD, print out a few pages and make sure they have the supplies they need. Easy peasy, right? This program is called the Home Art studio and we will be saving about 50 percent off that purchase. My kids love to create, so I anticipate that they are going to enjoy adding these new art lessons to our school routine. The curriculum even walks kids through how to make a portfolio to hold art creations.

I definitely had some holes in my curriculum and the Homeschool Buyer Co-op ha helped me fill in these holes, get some interesting programs and save a bunch of money. That works for me! So, take a look and let me know if you see anything interesting! I challenge you NOT to find one of their group buys that you don’t want to jump on! Seriously!

Click here for more information.

Guitar Strumming

Posted by Admin on August 7th, 2014 filed in Projects
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I have an acoustic guitar sitting in a corner of my living room, taunting me. This guitar dates back to my childhood. It is the very guitar that I tried to learn how to play about 35 years ago and I quit.

I don’t fancy myself a musician, but I do know how to read music and play the piano…so learning the guitar shouldn’t be such a stretch…

About a year ago, I had it restrung by a family friend and I bought myself some online lessons…I was going to learn to play it as a summer project. That summer came and went and the guitar still sits there, waiting for me.

Some day…I will bump this ol’ guitar up to the top of my to-do list and I WILL learn how to play a few pretty songs!

Cucumber Bonanza

Posted by Admin on August 7th, 2014 filed in Gardening, Vegetables
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Cucumber on a white backgroundI’m trying to look at this positively…but my cucumbers are doing WELL this year. As in…we have pretty much exhausted the options for eating them fresh and in salads and my kids are starting to complain…a little.

But never fear! This just means it’s time to get creative in the ways we use cucumbers. Here are a few new ways we have been using cucumbers at our house this summer:

Rub a sliced cucumber on a foggy mirror to defog.

Rub a cucumber slice on a squeaky hinge.

Rub an unpeeled cucumber on crayon scribbles on the wall.

Rub a cucumber slice on shoes to shine them and add a natural water repellent.

Wipe down the kitchen tap with a cucumber slice to shine it beautifully.

So…got any interesting ways to use cucumbers? I’d love to hear them!


Veggie Garden 2014

Posted by Admin on May 2nd, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Would you believe me if I said that our garden is rototilled, the weed-block sheets are on, AND the spring seeds are planted all before May 1st?? To say I’m proud, is an understatement, because we NEVER get our garden in this early. I guess I have to give some credit to my 17-year old daughter, Sarah, who decided she wanted fresh spring veggies this year, for her cooking endeavors. No complaints here!

One of the things I most love about having our own vegetable garden, is that it’s usually pretty inexpensive. — I definitely don’t need any don allred insurance or anything, because besides the cost of the seeds and renting the rototiller to break the soil, our garden is pretty much very low-cost and we all love reaping the fruits of our harvest!

Acts Of Kindness May Lead To Stronger Immune Cells

Posted by Admin on May 2nd, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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Recent UCLA research discovered that people who derive their happiness from helping others have strong antibody genes, while people who tend to lean more on self-gratification can suffer from low antiviral and anitbody gene expression.

The study, which also involved the University of North Carolina, is one of the first of its kind to find out  how positive psychology impacts human gene expression.

Dance Lessons

Posted by Admin on April 20th, 2014 filed in Family
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I don’t really pride myself as much as dancer. I can slow-dance with my husband just fine, but as far as knowing any dance steps such as the waltz or the tango, I’m pretty much clueless.

I definitely don’t need dance lessons from the dance doctor, but it would be kind of cool to learn some classic dance moves. You know, just in case hubby and I actually go dancing someday without the kids. ;)

NASA Builds Mosaic With Over 1400 Waving People

Posted by Admin on April 20th, 2014 filed in Technology
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On July 19, with the information that our planet would be in pictures taken that day due to a rare total eclipse of the sun, NASA asked people all over the world to take a few minutes out of their normal everyday life to spot the planet in the sky and wave their hands at Cassini, 900 million miles away.

In total, people from 40 countries and 30 U.S. states sent pictures of themselves waving at the spacecraft to various social media outlets.

To thank those who graciously participated, NASA created a mosaic of Earth using the photos submitted.

‘It’s just thrilling me to no end that people all over the world took a break from their normal activities to go outside and celebrate the interplanetary salute between robot and maker that these images represent,’ said Carolyn Porco, lead of the Cassini imaging team.

Shopping Fun

Posted by Admin on March 9th, 2014 filed in Seasons, Shopping
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Sometimes I don’t know WHY I look to buy things like live wildlife cameras, for instance. Maybe it’s the anticipation of something fun coming in the mail, maybe it’s the pure joy of browsing the web for cool stuff. It drives my husband CRAZY, but I just love shopping online! I love it even more than shopping in real stores, because I don’t even have to leave the comfort of my own home!

Man’s Auction Bonus

Posted by Admin on March 9th, 2014 filed in Uncategorized
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When a small business owner bought a storage container in a blind auction for $100 he hoped he might be able to double or even triple his money by using it’s contents to for selling.

But inside he discovered one the world’s most legendary film cars – and now it’s looks like he’s going to make at least 10,000 times what he paid for the storage.

James Bond’s Lotus Esprit submarine car, which was featured in the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me, is now going to be available for auction in London where it is expected to reach over 1 million dollars.

Its owner, who has decidedto stay anonymous, discovered the car after buying the storage container in Long Island in the year 1989.

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