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Issue #23 - Summer is in Full Swing
In this Issue:
From Laura's Desk: Summer is Finally Here!
Homeschooling Tips and Ideas: Getting Rid of the Excess
Book Recommendations: "The Nesting Place"
Product Announcements: An Exciting Sale!!
Our Favorite Recipes: Turkey Crunchwraps
From Laura's Desk
Summer is finally here and the livin' is busy, as usual. I am excited about this summer, however, in that we don't have too many activities lined up and the ones that we do are very...doable.
So far we've gotten through graduation and the corresponding parties, four days of evening basketball camp, boys' camp for my oldest son and this week the kids are in a theater camp. See. Not too much! It definitely helps that this summer I have more drivers.
In addition to that, we've had time to have fun and that is what all of us around here needed...some downtime and some relaxation. Not laziness, mind you, but something different; something out of the ordinary grind of school. This is why we take our summers off, though I think I need it more than they do!
We have been keeping up with some math practice and some reading practice, which is a first for us! I'm impressed that we've gotten into July and I'm still remembering to have them do it.
Slowly, ever so slowly, I'm formulating my plan for the upcoming school year. Our homeschool conference is coming up at the end of the month so that will be my deadline for having a plan. I used to think the end of July was too late for a conference, but now I think it is just perfect - especially for those of us who don't have the time nor the inclination to plan any sooner.
I'm giving a talk to a local homeschool group this coming weekend about being organized, so in light of that, I thought I'd share some Exciting News!
I'm having a mid-summer sale on my book "A Plan for Joy in the Home" starting July 11, 2014. If you need help with organizing your life so that next school year gets off to a good start, consider checking it out. A Plan for Joy in the Home!
I'll be sending out a short reminder or two in the coming week, so take advantage of the
savings and organize your life!
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Homeschooling Tips and Ideas
My youngest child is 9 years old and will be in 4th grade this coming year. It struck me recently, that we won't be going back to use some of the books that we've been using for oh so many years.
Books like: Math books on addition and subtraction; Science books from early grades; History books we've already covered.
Some books are timeless and can be used forever, as well as for reference in the later grades.
Other books I just really don't think we'll ever touch again.
This got me wondering what I should do with them. Should I save them for my older children so that if they have kids and if they homeschool and if they don't want to buy their own school books (ha ha) then maybe they'll be grateful I've hung onto these books for 10 years?
Right. I don't think so. What I'm going to do is go through my shelves of school books and really evaluate their worth to us. If I don't find that they are worth the space they're taking up,
I'm going to put them in the used book sale at our upcoming conference. I've just decided that it is worth more to help someone else out and free up some space than to have them sit on my shelves "just in case".
What about your books? Do you do this periodically? I guess it could be like clothing. If you haven't touched a school book in a few years and you don't have another child coming up who will need it, then why not donate or sell it to someone who could really use it?
I'm actually looking forward to this now. Especially because more space on my shelves means I will have more room to add new stuff!
This book I'm recommending is not homeschool related, or even faith related, but it had such an impact on me that I can't NOT share it. The book is called The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to be Beautiful by Myquillyn Smith.
I am not a very creative person, especially when it comes to decorating. Both my parents are, but those genes seem to have jumped right over me. However, after reading this book, I was totally inspired to begin small and start redecorating my home.
We live in a rental home with restrictions about hanging (or NOT, as the case may be) things on the walls. For years I've been depressed about this, but Myquillyn even addresses the rental dilemma in her book because most of their homes have been rentals.
this book, one of my daughters and I have a new outlook on our home and have begun small redecorating projects this summer. I've blogged about one of the projects here if you'd like to see what we've been up to. We did just finish painting a coffee table to go in the room, which I hope to have up on the blog later this week.
If you yearn to have beauty in your home but are just too afraid to try anything, or even if you have very little money to work with, you should check out this book. It will change your life - or at least your home!
I'd just like to remind you that I still have a few Life of Fred math books to sell so that I can sell out my remaining stock. If you wouldn't mind taking a look at what I have left and then consider purchasing them from me so that I can be done, I would be very grateful!!
Here is the link to my general math page. You can click on any of the three Life of Fred links at the bottom of this page to see what books are available, as well as find out what information is contained in each book.
Also, as I mentioned up above, I'm having a sale this coming week, beginning Friday the 11th, on my book "A Plan for Joy in the Home". Details and reminders will follow, so keep your eye out for them!
For those of you who feel the need to be more organized with your time and your day, please check out my workbook, A Plan for Joy
in the Home that was written to help you specifically with managing your schedule.
Thank you for your support!
Our Favorite Recipes
This is an easy but super yummy recipe I found not too long ago. The original recipe was considered "clean eating" but I opted to go with the sour cream over Greek yogurt, so I guess it's "mostly" clean.
Tortilla chips, crushed
Lean ground turkey meat (we use 3 lbs for 9 of us)
1/2 onion, diced
Taco seasoning to taste
Shredded Mexican cheese
Brown the diced onion with salt, pepper and a little olive oil until translucent. Brown the turkey meat with the onions. When done, drain if necessary. Then add your preferred taco seasoning to taste.
Microwave the tortilla shells so that they soften up and are easier to work with.
Lay the tortilla shell on the counter, spoon on some sour cream then add turkey mixture in the middle of the tortilla. Top that with some shredded cheese, a few of the crushed
tortilla chips, tomatoes, lettuce and avocado. This is where you have to be careful how much you put in your shell, because now you have to fold it all up.
Beginning with the bottom, fold the edge up to the center. Continue doing this in a clockwise direction until all of the tortilla is folded over and the filling is closed (or at least as best as it can be).
We like to put some butter in our skillet, but you could also spray it with cooking spray. Then place your folded tortilla in the hot pan and press down with a spatula to keep it all together. Cook until it is browned, then flip it over and brown the other side. After that, remove it from the pan and enjoy!
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