March Favorites

 

What I am doing:

Kitchen work: Sheesh… – I don’t even know where to begin here! We decided to rip out our plate rack and within 1.5 minutes we were headed to Menards for some primer and paint… because that’s how we roll! Our former wood and cream kitchen now is a soft white. We still have to re-grout the backsplash, build a picnic table (for INSIDE), replace the pendant lights and shiplap the crap out of the kitchen island, but at least the painting is done, right?

Unit studies: I have confessed this before. I tweak EVERYTHING… even my own curriculum I tweak. Does that make me crazy? Unstable? Maybe… But there’s a blessing that comes with it! I have been doing little mini-unit studies to go along with my History curriculum and I am going to start sharing the resources I am using and what we are doing in blog posts AND with YouTube videos that SHOW how we are doing it!  Keep an eye out for that!

What I am Wearing

Acid wash leggings (from Kohl’s juniors department) – Need I say more?

Graphic Tees! The Brave Momma Company (10% coupon code “afarmhousefull”) and Never Lose Hope designs (coupon code “Nicci20” for 20% off) are my current favorites. Both are super soft and comfy and have messages that I can stand behind!

What I am Reading:

Some schooling inspiration

  • How Children Learn: https://amzn.to/2JNA9ay
  • How Children Fail: https://amzn.to/2JNA9ay
  • Teach Your Own: https://amzn.to/2JRBn4O

As well as some mothering/parenting inspiration:

  • No More Perfect Moms: https://amzn.to/2J2J8nj
  • No More Perfect Kids: https://amzn.to/2JQxHQT
  • Professionalizing Motherhood: https://amzn.to/2IWskOH
  • Parenting is Heart Work: https://amzn.to/2qxkunZ

What I am Making:

 

Besides failing 138 times at making a addition to a swimsuit (frogging work SUCKS!), I crocheted Easter baskets for all 8 of my kids – which I shared with you in my last blog post.

     

What I am Using:

I can not say enough about my new editing software. It is amazing and FREE! If you want their watermark removed it is still only $60. Totally worth every cent! I am so glad it is working out because after downloading 2-3 of them that I didn’t like I was starting to think I would never find on that was both user friendly AND had the features that I have been eyeing that my ancient Window’s Movie Maker didn’t have! The real reason I switched is because the computer that had it installed on it crashed and died. Any good recommendations for a PC laptop that can handle video editing well?

 

Baby Buys: Garage Sale!

I really thought taking 7 kids on a Saturday (sans husband) to a garage sale that was almost over was going to end up in a bust, but BOY was I wrong. I scored some MAJOR deals and was happy to support a local women’s charity. I got 48 pieces of clothing for  TEN dollars, y’all! TEN BUCKS! At that price it makes the clothing work out to be less than $0.21 a piece. Below is a video on what everything I picked up.

 

Baby Buys – Consignment Clothes

I had a little credit at my local consignment shop and decided to pick up a couple of things for baby Cypress. Here is the price break down on what I spent:

Onsies (6):

Rock Star – $1.00

Orange striped – $1.00

Illini football – $2.00

Pirate – $1.00

Little Man with a Big Plan – $4.00

Older chicks – $1.00

Subtotal: $10

Shorts:

Jean – $3.00

Blue/orange plaid – $3.00

Aqua/black plaid – $3.00

Subtotal: $9

Polos:

Car – $2.00

Boats – $3.00

Subtotal: $5.00

Sleepers:

Blue sleepsack – $3.00

White/sports – $1.00

Blue baseball/#27 – 2.00

Subtotal: $6.00

One piece outfits:

Carters blue/navy striped – $4.00

Brown/orange striped – $2.00

Subtotal: $6.00

GRAND TOTAL: $36.00

Grocery Haul and Menu (5-11-2016)

Our weekly grocery haul:

Aldis: $184.26

Meijer: $71.85

Total: $256.11

Detailed Price Breakdown:

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Weekly Dinner Menu:

Dinner 1: Salmon fillets, roasted asparagus (from the garden), rice and salad

Dinner 2: Eating out to celebrate my dad’s birthday

Dinner 3: Jamaican jerk chicken, Jamaican rice and peas and salad

Dinner 4: Bacon cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomato and onion, baked beans, salad and corn

Dinner 5: Fettuccine Alfredo with peas and salad

Dinner 6: Subs with meat, cheese, cucumber, tomato, lettuce, banana pepper, bell pepper and mayo, yogurt and fruit and probably some crackers

Dinner 7: (our one meal Sunday): Chili with cornbread or grilled cheese and salad