November Favorites

AHHHHH – It’s December! When did that even happen!?

I am going to try a new series on my monthly favorites! I thought this would be a fun way to share about items i have been asked about or that I have been loving. Just a disclaimer – I am NOT sponsored or endorsed by ANYTHING in these videos (although I may link you to the products via my amazon link so that you can easily find them if you’re interested). I’ve actually never been paid to push a product. I have consciously turned down ALL sponsorship opportunities to keep my channel genuine. The only products reviews I have agreed to do have been things I am already loving or have been using personally and I don’t receive any commission for posting about them – although a few I have been able to offer you a discount/coupon or giveaway!

If you’d like to be linked to the product click on the link to find them. Some of these items will be linked to my Amazon Affiliate store.

These posts will revolve around what I am….

  • Wearing
  • Reading
  • Doing
  • Making
  • Using

What I am Wearing

Booties – I have kind of fallen in love with the short boot trend. Its a nice mix up from my everyday get up of either my Tony Lama buckaroos or my Birkenstock Gizehs. Who else is loving this trend? (click the picture for link)

 

CK packable down coat – You guys! These coats are really light – like nothingness light! And they fit into a stuff bag. When you’re the pack mule mom this thing is a lifesaver. So far it is proved pretty warm (not arctic warm – but definitively doable for running errands). One down side – if you’re baby weaning in them they are quite slippery. (click the picture for link)

What I am Reading

Most of these are Civil War era books that I am reading to my kids for our history.

  • The Boy in the Alamo – http://amzn.to/2iIIe45
    • About a young boy who follows his older brother into war and ends up in the Alamo seize
  • Little House on the Prairie – http://amzn.to/2BnBXq5
    • Family favorite and CLASSIC
  • Harriet Tubman Book – http://amzn.to/2AK5A1t
    • Easy to read for an emergent reader or as a short lesson as a read aloud.
  • Clara Barton Book – http://amzn.to/2AK5A1t
    • Again, this one is an easy read for an emergent reader or as a short lesson as a read aloud.

What I am Doing

Driving Lessons – our oldest turned 15 last week and things are GETTING REAL! We have acquired an awesome car for him to learn on (instead of bogarting the prison van that I NEED to have to transport my entourage). Its a 2000 Buick Park Avenue!

Decluttering – ahhhhh… one of the pitfalls of SO many people living under one roof. I am definitely not a minimalist but I don’t like things that aren’t proven to be beautiful, useful or needed. Right before Christmas each year I get an itch to clear out all the extra clutter and re evaluate what we actually need, love and use. Does anyone else LOVE Christmas but really don’t get into the materialist part of it?

Being a MOM BOSS: I have started an entire new leg of my doTERRA business and it is going so well! IN FACT, I hit DIAMOND last month!!! WHAT???? If anyone has been interested in starting a new business in the new year now is your time to come aboard! In a little under a year I have built a business with FULL TIME income from HOME! WHAT? I am still in shock about what a whirlwind it has been. If want more information click here and look around and email when you are done (afarmhousefull(at)gmail(dot)com. If you’re interested in getting some education on essential oils and how to practically use them in your own home click here.

What I am Using:

Handmade Coffee Mug – You guys ask all the time where I got this thing. I LOVE it! There is an amazingly talented and kind man who is at the Covered Bridge Festival year after year and is local to the Parke County, IN area and I bought it from here His website is www.wagonerpottery.com

Apple Slicer – YOU GUYS – this little $20 apparatus is a GAME CHANGER! Why didn’t I own one before? This makes slicking and coring apples (and also peeling them if you are making pie or applesauce) a 4 second endeavor. Do yourself a favor and GET ONE! (click on picture for link)

Stress Shot – an awesome recipe for emotional support.

Bladder Bomb – Any ladies suffer from “bladder discomfort”? I never had issues with this but after my cycles have returned I have had numerous bouts with it – I am hoping it is just me adjusting back hormonally. After playing around with recipes I have found this works amazing for me:

  • In an empty veggie cap – 2 drops each of doTERRA Oregano, Onguard, Lemon and Frankincense (or Copiaibia) Take 2 times a day for 5 days.
  • In a glass spay bottle combine 1/2 oz. witch hazel with 10 drops each frankincense and melaleuca. Use each time you use the bathroom and if you and your hubby have a “date night” during that time period.

What I am Making:

Hei Hei – Click on the photo for this super cheap and amazingly easy pattern! I finished as we watched Christmas Vacation the other night. I am already started on Pua now too! Both patterns available HERE.

Hats – I am sizing my own original pattern. I have a couple different name choices for this one. Kaleidoscope Hat, Tetris Hat or Candy Drop Hat. Which name is your favorite?

What are you wearing, reading, using, doing and making this month?

 

Curriculum Choices for 2017-2018

This post is embarrassingly late! But better late than never, right?

We are in our 7th week of school and I am encouraged to say we have hit a smooth groove with our schedule. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still have days where I feel like I am being torn into a thousand pieces none of which that belong to me (thank you Becky for that awesome analogy at church!), but we are getting things done and I am not loosing by head every day so I am calling that a win!

I will share a more in depth look into our schedule and routine at a later date, but I did make a day in the life video last week that shares glimpses of it. You can Click HERE to watch that.

Not only is the schedule working I believe our curriculum choices are turning out to be very on point as well. Here is what are using this year!

Andrew (grade 9)

AJ is continuing in Classical Conversations Challenge Program and meets once a week with his class and a tutor to go over their work from the week. I like the community and the accountability that it provides.

  • Latin: Henele Latin
  • Science: This year he is researching famous astronomers and their life, theories, laws and contribution to their fields. He is writing reports weekly on what he has learned as well as making labeled diagrams of various theories and laws. For example last week he had to research Kepler and his three laws. He then wrote a paper describing each of  Kepler’s three laws. He is also participating in a Science Fair this year.
  • Debate: This is probably by favorite. He is researching current “hot topics” in current events such as right to life, gun control, women in the military and finding news articles that support both the affirmative and negative position. He then must form his own conclusions on them and be ready to discuss this within class with proofs and sub proofs. The second semester his class will be studying the judicial process and will be participating in a mock trial (in an actual courtroom) after several weeks learning due process.
  • Logic: He is working through two MASSIVE books: Intro to Formal Logic and Intermediate Formal Logic. Again I like that this year he is learning to think for himself not just regurgitate facts.
  • Literature/Writing – He participates in 60 minutes of SSR daily. Using the Lost Tools of Writing he is coming up with a thesis and writing a persuasive essay corresponding with his position. In the second semester he will be focusing on famous short stories and will be creating a short story of his own.
  • Math – We are still loving Teaching Textbooks and he is working on Algebra I this year.
  • Extras – Over the summer he has developed a love music. Piano, drums, guitar, ukulele and even singing. He became and amazing self taught student of piano and has amazed us by what he can place by ear and through a handful of YouTube tutorials. He JUST recently started formal lessons and and thrilled to see him move forward with this passion on his own. (We  never pushed our kids into anything they don’t show interest and/or talent in.)
  • Rube Goldberg- He a few friends are participating in the Rube Goldberg challenge this year as well.
Maddie (Grade 7)

This is Maddie’s first year in the Challenge Program and she is participating in Challenge A.

  • Latin – Henele Latin
  • Science – She is researching and writing a report on topics revolving around biology and natural science each week. Each paper has to have 2-3+ sources, a drawing and a bibliography.
  • Apologetics/Reasoning – She is addressing the topics of thinking and speaking truthfully to help her in her next year of Challenge where she will be studying formal logic and debating.
  • Cartography – She is required to draw 3 maps a day of the region of the world that she is memorizing. At the end of the year she will be able to draw the world (all continents, countries and capitols) from memory.
  • Literature/Writing – She participates in 60 minutes of SSR daily and will be writing 10 persuasive essays based upon a thesis she comes up.
  • Math – She is using Teach Textbooks as well and is in grade 7.
Faith and Michael (grade 4 and 5)
  • English – Rod and Staff, grade 4
  • IEW – US History
  • Spelling – undecided
  • Math – Teaching Textbooks, grade 4 and 5
  • Computer – Typing Instructor Platinum for kids
  • Penmanship (group – more on this later!)
Georgia (grade 2)
  • Math – Math-U-See, Beta
  • Explode the Code books for practice, review and (lets be honest here) busywork!
Ezra (Kindergarten)
Group Studies

 

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