My Circle of Love

It’s no secret that I LOVE my 3 children.  Yes, they are the source of pure craziness, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!  I adore these crazy little munchkins!  I got a new necklace which honors them, can you see it in this new family photo {which was snapped quickly on our way into a restaurant the other night}?IMG_3714-4Want to see it closer up? Take a peek in my review/giveaway post and enter to win your very own!!!!! I LOVE my new necklace…and my KIDDOS {my husband rocks too}!

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Homeschool Lunch Made EASY

I hate stopping in the middle of the school day to make lunch.  Even more than that, I hate to clean up after lunch.  When I stumbled upon EasyLunchboxes, I was HOOKED even before they arrived.

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We were recently sent a set of Easy Lunchboxes along with a cooler to review. I am about to admit how truly dorky I am. I was probably more excited for these to arrive in the mail than I have been for any other item we have had sent to us for a review!!!!! Yup, I LOVE containers and I knew if these ended up being half as great in person as they appeared online, I was in for a plastic container state of bliss.

They arrived and I tore into the box to find my plastic slice of heaven. They ARE better in person! I honestly had 2 main concerns that I knew I would have to figure out when they actually arrived…

  1. How easy the lids came off, and if they sealed enough for my liking without being too tight or too loose. They are PERFECT, seriously. Somehow they stay on, but yet the kids can open them alone.
  2. The quality of the plastic itself. I have used both Tupperware and also Ziploc…and I don’t loveeither. Tupperware tends to be a bit too tough for my liking, and the lids are often too tight and secure for me. Ziploc {and other cheaper brands} are too flimsy and don’t cut it for me either. Easy Lunchboxes are the perfect middle ground, Honestly I was shocked, they are much sturdier than Ziploc-ish containers, but the lids are still able to be removed easily.

Within hours of their arrival, they were neatly stacked in my fridge like this…IMG_3418…all ready for the next day. I also decided to color coordinate the boys’ juice cups {they only get 1 per day} and pre-fill those too. The container under the juice cups is the morning snack, and to the left are the boys’ water bottles.

Lunch the next day was a dream {and each day since then}. I pulled out the boxes and handed them out. It was wonderful.IMG_3514

After lunch, what wasn’t eaten, got left in the Easy Lunchbox and put right back into the fridge to be eaten before afternoon snack!!!! This was a feature I hadn’t thought of! It makes lunch easily re-storable for those little sweethearts who don’t eat all of their healthy food only to beg for snacks later. We don’t offer our children alternative meals, and if they don’t eat what is served, they are either done for the day {if it is dinner} or if it can be saved, it will be saved for the next time they are hungry. Easy Lunchboxes make this plan work beautifully!!!!

The boxes that were emptied went into the sink, and that was the ONLY mess I had to worry about! I didn’t have to clean up the entire kitchen after preparing lunch in the middle of our homeschooling day. Nor did I need to stop early to begin preparing lunch!!!! Doing the prep work at night saved me tons of stress!!!

I LOVE these things!!!!!! I highly recommend them to all of you…both for home use and for traveling use. Whether you homeschool or pack your child’s lunch for “going” school…they are perfect!

We LOVE Songs for Saplings!

I am sure most of you know how much we love our Songs for Saplings CD

Songs for SaplingsWe loved it so much, that we focused on one verse {song} per week until we got through them ALL, including the seasonal bonus verses.  You can see all of the verses and download printables for each verse here on the Totally Tots website.

Each day we did our verse as a part of calendar time.  Their favorite verse was for letter J, they simply loved getting up and rejoicing in the Lord!!!!  You can see the boys in the background of this photo, holding hands and singing together!!!IMG_8119

 

Thanks to Songs for Saplings for sending me the CD so long ago, we have loved it and I have enjoyed creating the printables to go along with it.  I pray they will bless many families!

Letter of the Week Preschool Curriculum

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If you’d love to have Erica’s {Confessions of a Homeschooler} great preschool curriculum all in one download or on cd, head on over to my giveaway blog to enter to win!

10 Days in the USA…


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Way back when we had our 1000 Subscribers Celebration, I was sent 2 awesome games from Out of the Box . The first one, Backseat Drawing-I reviewed here {we still love it}. The next one, 10 Days in the USA-I saved until now as Pac Man is a bit older and it is more of an advanced game.

You can read the rules of this unique game here, and some modifications for younger kids here. This is a game that I will need to play with Pac Man for quite awhile, and we have yet to get Dad involved but I am sure he will whoop us all.

This game takes tons of focus and strategic thinking, even my brain was tired {in a good way}. It is recommended for ages 10 and up, Pac Man is almost 8. We just played it in a modified way and worked togetherer and it was awesome. I could really see his brain working as he explored the different ways to create a travel plan that would work for him.

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It is an awesome game, the board alone is wonderful as a teaching tool itself even without the game! You could easily just use the board and cards to find the states! In our version of play this day, Pac man won the game!

Here’s the view of how Pac Man won {and yes, the cat helped a ton}…

Start in Texas, walk to LA {since it borders TX}, fly to GA {since they’re both blue}, drive to MO{since they share a bordering state}, walk to IA, drive to ND, walk to MT.

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They also have different versions of this game, {Europe, Asia, Africa}, and so many other great learning games on their site, we love Apples to Apples also!