Create a Story

Do you have a struggling writer? I know that a couple of my kids have been reluctant to write, mostly because they didn’t know how to get started or what to write about. Enter Create a Story. This little book walks your writers through the process of writing a story in a fun and creative way.

In this edition, they give you two story options

  1. The Vikings
  2. The Arctic

Each section provides you with some background information about the different options. The informational section is brief so it’s great for those that would be intimidated by a lot of reading, but you could also have more advanced learners dive further by doing more research to add to their story. As soon as they are done reading about their topic, the book dives right in. It helps them to

  • Choose and develop various characters
  • Create a plotline
  • Design a setting
  • Come up with a problem
  • It even suggests having one of the characters have a trusty pet.
  • I also love that it gives some suggested word choices to help avoid repetative word usage.

One thing I would suggest if you have a young struggling writer is to not be overly critical. Sometimes it’s beneficial to just let them write. As their love for writing grows, then you can gently come in and offer corrections. If they are currently having a difficult time, just let them have fun with it and that’s what I love about Create a Story. It makes writing fun! So head on over to their site and check out how you can get your hands on this great book.

https://www.createastorybook.co.uk/ 

 


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“Like a wildflower; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.”

I found this pretty little flower growing in a crack in the sidewalk the other day and I had to snap a picture of it. Here this beautiful flower was growing in the most unlikely of places. How many of us are like this flower? Or rather, how many of us could be like this flower, but let outside influences keep us from thriving? This little flower didn’t need everything to be perfect to take root and grow. It found an opportunity, regardless of what the circumstances were, and grew.

How many of us are like this flower? Or rather, how many of us could be like this flower, but let outside influences keep us from thriving? This little flower didn’t need everything to be perfect to take root and grow. It found an opportunity, regardless of what the circumstances were, and grew.

So many of the things I’ve done in my life, I’ve had people ask me, “Well why would you want to do that?” Homeschooling, fitness instructor, event planner, making wedding cakes . . . quite literally all of these things I have done I have had someone say, “well why would you want to go and do a thing like that.” “It will be too hard.” “Why are you wasting your time?” If I hadn’t let go of my fear and doubt and made the decision to grow, even when all the odds were against me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

If I hadn’t let go of my fear and doubt and made the decision to grow, even when all the odds were against me, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I still have a lot of growing to do, but am grateful for the opportunites to be like that little flower and to look in the small cracks of life and grow.

Have you had moments where you’ve bloomed where you’ve been planted or have you let fear and self doubt keep you from becoming who you are supposed to be. You are capable of AMAZING things so go and plant yourself in unusual places.

5 Fun and Inexpensive Things to do in the Snow

After our awesome trip we just took to McCall, ID for the winter carnival and with all the snow our area has received lately, I thought it would be fun to share some fun and inexpensive things that my kids and let’s be honest, the adults love to do with all that white powdery stuff.  Let me start with . . .

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Snow Caves

This activity does require quite a bit of snow, but if you have enough, this is an activity that will keep the kiddos occupied for hours! They can have a contest, my kids like to do boys against girls, to see who can create the best cave. This particular cave even included a mailbox!

 

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Sledding

Who doesn’t love sledding! My kids LOVE sledding and mom and dad had a pretty great time with it too! And bonus, with all the trudging back up the hill, you can burn some serious calories. Win, win!

 

 

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Snowball Fights

Snowball fights are my sons favorite! Unless of course, those snowballs have ice in them, so be careful! On one of his more recent conquests to take over the above-mentioned girls snow cave, there was a little too much ice and not enough snow in the snowball and got a little bit of a black eye. He was a trooper though and stayed strong to follow through with the battle.

 

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Snow Ice Cream

After all of these activities,  the kids are probably going to be hungry! You could, of course,  go for the hot cocoa and cider, but why not use that snow to keep the fun going and make your snack with all that fluffy white stuff mother nature has given you? Snow ice cream is super delicious and super simple! It only takes a couple of ingredients and it’s so simple that the kids can make it on their own. You can find my kids favorite recipe right here.

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Snow Cones

This last activity is even simpler, but oh so yummy! You just need a couple things for a tasty treat that will please just about anyone. Check it out right here!

 

 

 

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FREE EOS Valentine

Are you looking for a last minute valentine idea? Check out this super cute eos lip balm valentine!! I mean, who doesn’t love eos lip balms?

As homeschoolers, believe it or not, we still hand out valentines! We give valentines to our coop friends, church friends, neighborhood friends, etc. I know that these valentines will be well received and the kids can’t wait to give them to their friends! And the best part is you can use any eos shaped lip balm!

Did you know that the dollar store sells a similar product? So does Walgreens! The silver one is a cheaper version from Walgreens and is a coconut lime scent! YUM!! It reminds me of summer and at this time of year, we can all use a little summer, right?! You can also find a pack of eos at Costco in a variety of colors and scents.

So all you have to do to make these awesome valentines is print the pdf on cardstock and cut them out, then cut out the letter “O”. Make sure to cut out INSIDE the circle otherwise the hole will be too big! Then twist open your eos and place the bottom half on the underneath side of your letter “O” and then twist the top half of the eos onto the top of your letter “O” and then you’re done! Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

So head on over to THE SHOP and download this FREE printable and share them with those you love!

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3 Delicious & Easy Snow Treats

We have been on an AMAZING trip as a family to an absolute winter wonderland! I have felt like we are in a magical snow globe! We don’t get a lot of snow back home, so I thought it would be fun to try a couple of treats that we can’t do without snow and I wanted to share those recipes with you. What I love about these, as long as you have snow, you probably have most of the ingredients on hand! Isn’t that great?!

We looked up several recipe variations, tried out a few and then altered the ones we loved the most to make it perfect. So without further adieu, here are the treats.

 

Vanilla Snow Ice Cream

This one was a fan favorite for everyone who tried it! And the fact that it only requires 3 ingredients (one of those being snow) make this a mom fave too.

  • 6 cups of CLEAN snow
  • 1 – 14 oz. can of sweet and condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Have the kids collect clean snow, add in the can of milk and vanilla and mix well! Sprinkle with your favorite toppings and ENJOY!

 

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Chocolate Snow Ice Cream

For all my chocolate lovers, here’s another fun snow ice cream to try!

  • 8 cups of CLEAN snow
  • 1 – 14 oz. can of sweet and condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder

Mix well. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings and ENJOY! We added the little mini marshmallows to make more of a Rocky Road(esque)  Chocolate Ice Cream.

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Snow Cones

Who doesn’t love Hawaiian Shave Ice? This “shaved” ice comes straight from Mother Nature herself and let me just say, she is good.

Fill a cup with clean snow.

Drizzle with your favorite Torani Syrup flavor or flavors. ENJOY!

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That’s it!! Three fun recipes, all only needing a few simple ingredients. So simple, but SO good!! The kiddos LOVED each of these and the adults thought they were pretty darn good too!

 

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Mental Shift Part 2

When I left you last, I wrote about the idea that we don’t need to send our kids to preschool, dare I say kindergarten. This idea is the first step towards the mental shift that can be very difficult to move towards. The next shift we need to make is the shift that we might not be smart enough to educate our children. So many of us, ESPECIALLY women, feel inadequate to teach our own children. Why is that? Who has told us that? And why do we believe it?

In our day and age, when the world is out to empower us all, do we feel so strongly that we can’t teach our strongly that we can’t teach our children? We have every available resource at our fingertips… literally! We have smartphones, tablets, computers, etc. and yet we fear we won’t be able to fill their minds with knowledge. We have been fed the notion that books can no longer be the teacher, that every ounce of education must be spoon-fed or they couldn’t possibly learn anything.

When I made the leap into homeschooling, I’ll be honest. I totally thought that I had to stand in front of my kids for 8 hours a day for them to learn anything. I was so wrong. I learned very quickly that this just wasn’t necessary. It turned out that direct instruction only needed to be an hour or two. I had started out micromanaging their education and it turned into frustration and tears for all of us. It wasn’t until I took a step back and realized that once they could read, the world opened up to them! They devoured knowledge and still do. Sometimes they need a little encouragement and maybe a little help to understand a concept and that is where most people, moms and dads, freak out.

Take a deep breath.

It’s going to be o.k.

No one knows everything. Teachers don’t know everything! SHOCKER!! I know!! But remember how I mentioned those awesome devices? This is where they can become so useful. You don’t have to know EVERYTHING! The inter-web is an amazing resource. Anytime one of my children wants to know about something or how something works, we turn to the internet. I literally go to Google, type in the question, and thousands of resources are available within seconds. Articles will pop up, titles of books to read on the subject will appear. I always have my phone on me and can type in our question or even ask Siri. It’s fabulous! What’s cool too is that my children aren’t the only ones learning. I get to learn right alongside them. And for those extra hard questions, there are online tutors. It’s darn right AMAZING!!! So now that I’ve addressed the issue of filling your child’s head with knowledge, we can let go of those insecurities.

The world would have you feel that you are not enough, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Take a moment and say to yourself . . .

I AM ENOUGH! I AM CAPABLE! I AM AMAZING! And no one is more dedicated to your child’s success than you!

Now start believing it! Who knows your children better than you? You were given these special little people because they were meant to be yours and you have it within you to know exactly what they need to be taught. The trick is to make that mental shift, live it and know it.

So we have covered the mental shift of not sending your child to preschool or even “GASP” kindergarten and now just made the shift that we are capable and empowered to educate our kids. I can’t wait to share our next mental shift! Stay tuned!

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