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

Blue Ribbon Point System

Above is a short explanation of our Blue Ribbon Point system. It is used to reinforce positive behavior in our homeschool, but it would be easy to adapt to a family that does not homeschool as well. Feel free to download the printable below and use them in your own home/homeschool!

BLUE RIBBON PRINTABLE

I simply printed these out on cardstock on my inkjet printer and laminated them with my laminator. After cutting them apart I store them in a pencil box like this.

(This link contains affiliate links)

Large Family Grocery Haul

FOOD HAUL DISCLAIMER

(for my videos and any other channels that you watch)

Please remember in this (and other) food hauls that each family’s diet and lifestyle is unique. Please be understanding that what is best for one family (dairy free, gluten free, non-GMO, organic, vegetarian, etc) is not always best for every family.  Also note that the contents of each haul may not be the ONLY thing that particular family is eating. A lot of people buy fresh produce at farmers markets, grow it in their own garden or take from a stock pile of canned food in their pantries to supplement their purchased items. For some reason food choices and diets have become sacred ground on the internet and opinions are cast out like deadly judgement stones. We are all trying to do what is best for our individual families with what we have. Please be graceful and kind in the comments to one another.

This was my haul from Walmart last night. I purchased a lot of non-food items that drove the price up a little bit, but I also didn’t have to purchase too many veggies and meat which probably negated that. We had several meals worth of meat and veggies here at home so this was a scant week in those areas.

Total: $256.91

And the price breakdown in the receipt below.

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Meet My Hubby

So Mike made the comment that my loyal YouTube subscribers probably thought that I had a “make believe” husband since we seemed never to be around in any videos. Well, that prompted me to put him on the spot and do my very first husband-focused vlog. Enjoy meeting my husband!

DITL: “I’m not grumpy; I’m AWESOME!”

Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in a large family home? Well, here is your chance! Now that the GoPro set up is here and I am playing around with it a bit more to figure it all out I thought I would try to post more regular “Day In The Life” vlogs. Let me know if this is something you would be interested in seeing on a more regular basis and how often (weekly, monthly, here and there?).  I absolutely love doing them because they are so fun to look back on. Life is such a blur sometimes with 7 curtain crawlers that it’s nice to freeze some moments in this very precious and fleeting time.

 

Homeschool Planning Book

 

Many of the following links are to Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. The AMAZING momma that runs this site give these PDF forms, calendars, covers and planners out to people for FREE so go over there and give her some LOVE! I absolutely adore her site and have used her covers, calendars and goal sheets for a couple of years now!

Resources for printing your own planner:

My cover

Other BEAUTIFUL front and back covers

planner title page

6 child planner with weekly independent and daily group studies

Planning pages – 4 day weeks

Planning pages – 5 day weeks

Calendars page

Goals Page

Affiliate Links for products in this video

Laminator

Binding Machine

Spines

 

 

 

Shoe and Clothing Storage

Many of you voiced interest in peeking into our basement to view how we store our hand-me-down clothing and shoes. I think we have a pretty great system and it is working beautifully for us. A big selling point for any system for our home is the ease-of-use of it. If it isn’t easy to implement it WON’T. GET. DONE. That is just the cold, hard facts of it. Intricate organization systems aren’t worth the cardboard boxes that contain them if they aren’t implemented because it’s not user-friendly. So remember K.I.S.S. – Keep It Super Simple.

This post contains affiliate links (YAY.. I finally found out how to become an affiliate since I CONSTANTLY am raving about my amazon purchases!) LOL!

Link for the boxes I showed in the video:


Shoe measuring devise that was shown in the video:

clothing Shoe organization

Curriculum Choices for 2015-2015

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So, I FINALLY got to record my curriculum choices! YAY! I know that so many of you were waiting on this so I am excited to get that out to you.  Without further ado here are my final choices:

Group Studies:

  • Mystery of History, Volume 1
  • Homeschool in the Woods (aka History Through the Ages) timeline figures
  • Wondermaps
  • Real Science for Kids: Chemistry and Physics
  • Memory Work
  • Family Read Alouds:
    • The Golden Goblet
    • A Cry from Egypt
    • The Children’s Homer
    • Archimedes and the Door of Science
    • The Ides of April
    • The Bronze Bow
    • The Greatest Salesman in the World
    • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
    • D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
    • Egyptology
    • Castles, Pyramids and Palaces
    • Coloring Book of Ancient Greece
  • We will also be continuing to work through Training Hearts and Teaching Minds which is a book that teaches the Shorter Catechisms with daily lessons and focuses on one question a week.

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

7th Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 7
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 6
  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Spelling Workout, F
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in cursive and print
  • Mapping of every country in the world (2-3 times)
  • Foreign Language: French

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

5th Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 5
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 6
  • Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons
  • Spelling Workout, F
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in cursive and print
  • Mapping of every country in the world (2-3 times)
  • Foreign Language: French

To see a rundown of  this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

3rd Grader:

  • Teaching Textbooks, 3
    • Daily math drills online at www.Zetamac.com
  • Rod and Staff English, 2
  • Spelling Workout, B
  • Typing Instructor Pro
  • Bi-weekly copy work in print

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

2nd Grader:

  • Math U See, Beta
  • Rod and Staff English, 2
  • Spelling Workout, B
  • Bi-weekly copy work in print

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.

Kindergartner:

  • Math U See, Primer
  • A Reason for Handwriting, K
  • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
  • Hooked on Phonics, grades K-2
  • McGuffey’s First and Second Eclectic Readers
  • Explode the Code books as needed

To see a rundown of this curriculum and a detailed list of his readers you can watch my YouTube video HERE.