Updates, changes and life!

                                                                     Yup Updates

So much has happened in the past few months that it's kinda hard to figure out where to start. So let's go easy then complicated. 

 1) No longer married....which this is a good thing. Never realized how abusive my marriage was till I got out.
2) Moved 3 times in less than year and now kinda staying put...I hope!
3) Never thought that I would be with someone that drives me, pushes me when I the issues get to me and loves me for me.
4) Reconnecting with old friends, knowing who my true friends are.
5) Lost of family and the headaches that come with that.
6) Starting over again, but with love, trust, understanding and with my best friend. How lucky can a girl get?
7) Re-doing a home and hence changing my blog, updating the theme and later on the feel of it.

Like I said so much change and more going on, who knows what's next and where we go from here. I will hopefully be adding more content and pictures and etc as the new approaches and things in the cabin change with greatness.

Changes and Updates

How I have been for 10 years. 

Where to begin with this. I know...if you are in a domestic situation GET OUT! Save yourself and your kids. I can't tell you how bad it's been and the damage that is still going on but I know in the end I will come out broken but stronger than I have ever been before.

I'm having to redo EVERYTHING for my household binder. Why you ask well read the statement above. Yeah, I moved from the standard binder to a 5.5 X 8.5 binder. I can take this baby with me everywhere.

I had to create new sections to suite my son and I. I am still working on building it. I know like everything else it takes time. Some of the sections got left out and most stayed.

I am loading up the links to the pages that I have visited the most. There are tutorials that show you how to print double sided for half page planners.

So let the links begin!

5) http://www.organizinghomelife.com/31-days-of-home-management-binder-printables/
6) http://organizedhome.com/topic/free-printables
7) http://ihomeschoolnetwork.com/free-household-organizational-printables/
8) https://www.pinterest.com/organizerhilda/organizing-printables/

Tutorials on Youtube for printing A5/ half page planner

1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQBj_8wf-iM

Chalkboard labels by KANAS

See how pretty they are!

So I have items in bulk...like the rest of you all do too I am sure. I use alot of rice, and I mean alot of rice. That container with the pretty label that ya see is 5lbs. of jasmine rice. 

But look at those oh so pretty labels. I got to try them and try them I did, still kinda in the process of using more to make things more organized. Well any ways back to the labels. 

I have tried other versions of chalk board labels and HATED them, I figured I would try them since I am to write a review for them....(Thanks Tomoson and KANAS). I love these labels. Here's what's different about the KANAS labels I got to try compared to the others that I have used and since recycled them somewhere else.

With KANAS Labels I was able to easily wipe the writing off and rewrite what ever it was I was writing.  The other labels well lets say my coffee container will always say coffee not matter what. "I don't like that".

KANAS labels are easy to use...I mean easy! Easy to remove and if I had little air bubbles I was able to lift the label and re-position them without a fight, losing the adhesive or tearing the the label.

Decorative: The set I was able to try had 4 different styles. As you can see in the picture below. I used 2 framed, one square, one circle. I liked the variety I had with these labels. The ones I had before I would have had to buy 4 different packages and honestly it's not worth the money if I can buy 1 package with 4 different styles.

Ease of use: These were pretty darn easy to use. I had an issue getting them off the paper but that was more operator error than product error. 

Style: These can work pretty much any style that your are going for. I currently have a mix mash of styles going on in my kitchen and yet these pretty little labels work in my kitchen. 

Organizing: Makes it where you can see it, you know what it is and most importantly everything will have a home. I homeschool and can't wait to use more of these guys to help me better organize my room that we use. It's so hard trying to keep everything straight but with these labels that I can just erase when something changes makes so much easier then having to make more new labels that I can't change the name of.

Kid friendly: My son loves these labels....hence why I had to hide them. I plan on using more of these awesome labels for homeschooling. Once the work is done on the house (that's another post). 

See 4 pretty styles to do a number of things! 

Want to know where to get them??? Amazon! Check it out here. Lots of great reviews with other pictures of their uses for the same labels. Honestly it's worth it.  I wrote a review but hey that's what you do right?

Here's my final say; I would buy these again and again. I love how simple they are to use, different styles to dress up about any jar/box/keeper you have. Bonus its a prime item which means 2 day shipping free. Let me know how much you all love them too.

* I was given the chance to try these labels courtesy of Tomoson and King Cobra. This review was written based upon my own formed opinion of their labels. This is only my honest opinion and I am not responsible for any issues that may or may not happen based upon the review written. I am not affiliated with Amazon for paid links. I post Amazon links cos well they have almost everything. *

Unit Study done my way

Yup such nice handwriting I have there...don't ya think?

Insanity that known as the homeschooling mom. Well here we are gearing into week 8 and yes I am well aware that says week 10 in the photo. I had come to the issue of that we weren't learning no where I thought we were in science. 

Dear Son is in love with magic school but once the video and scholastic worksheets were done we had anywhere from 2-3 days open. I was tired of going to the next video and knew I needed to fix it and fast! That's where unit studies come in.

Unit study= "Unit studies, sometimes called thematic units or integrated studies, are very popular with homeschoolers. Unit studies usually use a hands-on approach for effective learning. The child learns by actually experiencing or discovering through different methods and activities, rather than just reading a chapter from a textbook. Studies show that children using unit-study methods retain 45% more than those using a traditional approach."

Now with said and done... I have done science and broke it down with projects and activities. Next week we are learning about the rainforest. So things that we are going to get into are what types of animals live there, where are rain forests located, what types of plants can be found, are their indigenous peoples that live there and so on. Some topics that we cover have mini books that I printed off and lapbooks to go with them.

As you can see the color the Coral Reef is a lapbook with tons of information about sea life, the ecology, biology and more. I have combined the subjects of ELA (English, Language Arts), Science and arts and crafts. Everything blends with each other. I also have a print out for DS to do a report on an animal for each topic that we have science. 

It expands on what we are learning in science, but unit studies can be use for any subject really. There are tons of resources that are free, you just gotta know where it look or how to Google them.

It's taken me 3 days to figure out how I wanted to do this and keep DS attention with science as well as expand our topic so he is actually learning more than what Mrs. Frizzle can teach in a 20 min. YouTube video.

Clutter, clutter everywhere and now it needs to go!

                                            The picture will take you to the challenge!

Yup challenges are great especially if it's to get rid of clutter and trust me we have it in spades here at the ole Adams cabin. With 6.5 years of dealing with the military and 9 years of marriage it's time to go through and clean house literary. 

Books I have gotten from here and there, old toys no longer loved/ played with, boxes still in the garage not even being combed through. I have signed up for this challenge starting Oct. 1st as well as the squat challenge and even printed a monthly cleaning list to help me out.

I'm kinda tired of being a rut with everything. Well next month is the best time to start. So here we go! What are you tired of? Heck better yet what are you wanting to get rid of???

Join the challenge and see how much stuff you really don't need! Plus if you sign up now you will a get a free ebook how cool is that?

So far our adventures in homeschooling

And it's the truth!

We started our homeschool adventure Sept. 3rd of this year and so far it's been busy! We had our first co-op play date on the 2nd at leaping lizards and to be honest a bunch kids running around jumping like crazy on bouncy house type of equipment and lazer tag too, no school work would be done that day!

So far the things i have heard (apparently it's normal) is at my old school. My son's old was PS or Public School. I'm not saying there is anything wrong with Public School but with our son's situation he needed to be homeschooled.

He told me everyday in the first week that he was timed in writing. Hubby and me had to talk to him about what he meant by him being timed. Come to find out had X amount of time to work on an assignment before being rushed into the next. He's so happy that he gets to take his time with his assignments. He also let me know (I'm the main educator) his typing class was timed, and it seemed everything was timed. This timing thing was/is the cause of his sloppy handwriting.

Since homeschooling (yup that right we are into week 4 come this Monday!) he is able to have the time he needs, he's improved in his spelling tests (90%-100% every time), handwriting is soooo much neater than ever before, reads a bit more with prompting and best of all tells me every day how happy he is that we school him.

Since home schooling we have been to Gasparilla Beach in Boca Grande and swam within reach of a live sea manatee...can't say you did that in PS. We had our first coastal class with Mr. Keith from the Sarasota county 4H club teach the kiddos about inverts. 

Baby female Horseshoe crab & shrimp

Sea Slug

Many coastal inverts

Octopus (Octopi is the plural form ;) )

Lots of sharing, giggling and hands on fun for the kids. Next month it's plankton with Mr. Keith.

My son also is so happy that he many new friends that like him are homeschooled. He loves the projects that we are doing for history with Story of The World & absolutely loves daily grammar (Dailygrammar.com). He can tell me about helping/linking verbs and more he couldn't do that in PS. Our house runs smoother and he learns so much better. I'm just glad that I can do this with him.

I can't wait to see what other adventures we have, even though our co-op rocks with lots of fun things for us to do. I am so lucky I found this great group of homeschooling parents to rock with in educating my son.

Ahh the last home stretch....High School Freebies!

Here are links for high schoolers, you know them last 4 years of mandatory classes...unless you dual enroll and if so then my hat is tipped you sir or ma'am. This is the time in schooling when one finds themselves and figures what they want to be when they go out there and show the world the education they have had. That and a diploma to show off doesn't quite hurt either!

9th Grade

http://www.life.illinois.edu/ib/102/Levetin/ < botany text book

http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mepres/book9/book9int.htm < math

http://goo.gl/j88vkG < Vocabulary Power

http://goo.gl/FycQKZ < Spelling Power

http://goo.gl/Ku2pr1 < Grammar and Language

http://goo.gl/uBA2Wi < Language arts. Click on the + icon next to the words and it will open up to show grades 6th -12th.

http://goo.gl/rJR78l < government workbook

10th Grade

http://goo.gl/jmryoT < Grammar

http://goo.gl/29n9wz < Vocabulary Power

http://goo.gl/2c7pVW < Spelling Power

11th Grade


http://goo.gl/ZPGr1g < Spelling Power

12th Grade

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/vp/12vp2.pdf < Vocabulary Power

http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/workbooks/language_arts/spw/12spw2.pdf < Spelling Power