Wednesday

Do you buy glasses online? My GlassesShop.com Review - Coupon

I posted this review on my personal blog but thought all of you homeschoolers 
might like to check it out as well!




I was asked by GlassesShop.com to collaborate with them and I jumped at the chance!  I seem to have a slight glasses obsession lately so I couldn't pass this up!

I decided to get prescription sunglasses and can not wait to wear these babies to the beach.  It's been rainy and overcast here so the first sunny day I just had to try them out. (See my video.)

The glasses frames that I chose are the Lina Rectangle in Green.  I am totally loving how the green looks with my hot pink hair!  lol.  I do have green eyes so that helps with color coordinating. They put the gray 60% tinted lenses in which I think is the perfect tint.  This style comes in blue and black as well.  





I really like how these sunglasses fit and they are very lightweight.  They don't weigh down on my nose at all like other eyeglasses!  That's a plus when it's hot out.  I've got a LOT of glasses (told you I'm obsessed with them) and these are definitely one of the nicer pairs that I've gotten online.

Lina Rectangle: $29.95
Gray 60% tint: $9.95

Have you ever ordered glasses online?  I've done this quite....a few times.... (obsession).  Basically, you need to know your prescription, and your Pupillary Distance (PD).  Say what? That is the distance between your pupils.  For GlassesShop.com you don't have to have it if it's not on your prescription but I followed the instructions I found online and figured mine out.

Want to try these out for yourself?
Use this coupon code for 50% OFF!! GSHOT50 
This code means you can have 50% off on eyeglasses and sunglasses 
with free lenses (sale frames excluded).











Disclaimer: These glasses were gifted to me by GlassesShop.com. But of course, all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own! 



Friday

Homeschool Mom Superpower


Homeschool mama's have a superpower...or two...or three!

What's yours?

I think mine was multitasking.  I say 'was' because mine are graduated and nearly graduated.  YAY!!

(Feel free to copy and share this photo!)

Thursday

Turn Your Homeschool Experience into a Business - Guest Post by Carol Topp



Turn Your Homeschool Experience into a Business 
By Carol Topp
The most successful businesses spring from using the skills, talents, and experiences of the owner. Why not use your knowledge and understanding of homeschooling to create a business? It can be done! Here are some business ideas that use your experience as a homeschool parent, as well as tips from those who make their livelihood in the homeschool marketplace.
Tutoring
Many homeschool parents find they are qualified to become private tutors earning money from tutoring math, reading, or foreign languages. My friend, Cynthia, tutors Spanish to individuals and small groups of students. She has also has been hired to teach Spanish at several homeschool co-ops. Katie tutors online with Tutor.com in the evenings after her children are in bed. She could earn more with face-to-face tutoring, but the online model fits better with her schedule.
Editing 
Why not use all that grammar and punctuation you've been teaching your kids to good use. Offer your service as an editor to bloggers, novelists, and writers of all kinds. Mary Jo Tate raised her four sons on her income as an editor while homeschooling. To learn how she did it, read her book Flourish at Home available at FlourishAtHome.com. She explains, “I didn’t know much about running a business, but God providentially led me to some conferences for entrepreneurs where I began learning principles that could help me grow a home business while continuing to teach my children.”


Monday

Homeschool Moms Love This!

I am a homeschool mom who is also an entrepreneur.  I have a shop on Etsy and run a business from my home while I homeschool!  
I love it!


Customize any design with YOUR quote!






Homeschool MAMA necklace

I am a homeschool mom who is also an entrepreneur.  I have a shop on Etsy and run a business from my home while I homeschool!  I love it!

This is a necklace that I made for us "homeschool MAMA's"

We ♥LUV♥ homeschooling and sometimes we want to show that to the world!


Everything Beautiful Etsy Shop (link)





Made-by-Hand Education By Lindy Abbott

I am so excited to put this article on my blog considering I have my own Etsy business and I also homeschool! (Come visit me! Link at bottom of page.)  

I LOVE the ideas presented here so check it out:

Made-by-Hand Education 

By Lindy Abbott

“It’s better homemade,” is increasingly a sentiment many young homemakers, especially those aged 20 to 30, believe. Thankfully we still have our older generations who happily share their skills with those who are increasingly seeking lessons.

Several months ago it thrilled my heart to have my spiritual mother teach my daughter and me how to knit. As she sat between us on the sofa, she guided us between the giggles and missed stitches. We learned how to knit, and the time we shared together created a precious memory in our hearts. The benefit of knowing that a lot of love goes into a product makes it worth the extra time it takes to have something homemade.


Tuesday

School's...in! What are you looking forward to the most?


So, what are you most looking forward to this school year?  Is it a new curriculum?  Field trips?  Unschooling with no curriculum?

Leave a comment and let us know!




Monday

I Am a Lifelong Learner ~ Are You?

 Something I do OTHER than make jewelry: LEARN

One of my plans for today (other than getting some orders out) includes learning. I am a lifelong learner...homeschool mom... who is showing my kids how to be lifelong learners as well.

On the agenda for today is: The Power of The Brain by Dr. Caroline Leaf. I've already watched part of this video. (Oh yeah, and I will watch it while I fold laundry! LOL)

Dr. Caroline Leaf is:
*An amazingly smart woman
*A Christian
*A scientist
*Interesting
*A captivating speaker
*A beautiful, amazingly smart woman!

This video isn't just for adults. I recommend it for teens as well. My 17 year old was enjoying it as well. She offers amazing insights that all can learn from.

Let me know if you decide to watch and learn!

The Power of The Brain




Wednesday

Printable Maps - Large World Maps, Country Maps

I found a GREAT resource!

This is from Owl &  Mouse at YourChildLearns.com Print Large Maps Homeschool

"Print maps large or small; from 1 page to almost 7 feet across; PC or Mac.  For classroom and student use.  MegaMaps requires Adobe Flash. Free online software - no downloading or installation."

You can even print mega maps! Super huge!  So big you can walk on them.


Check out my map!


Yes, I am a homeschool mama AND and entrepreneur.  
I run a business from my home.

A bunch of my international sales have been 
marked with a dot on this map.
It helps me to keep my vision of my jewelry 
going all over the world!!

Find my shop here:
Everything Beautiful





Friday

My fam team!

Son 1 the photographer / videographer 



Husband the preacher



Son 2 the... whatever hat he is wearing at the timer



My mom & me





Tuesday

Kitchen Lab: Edible Experiments and Other Mad Scientist Recipes ~ Guest Post By Tamara Christine Van Hooser



Kitchen Lab: Edible Experiments and Other Mad Scientist Recipes
By Tamara Christine Van Hooser

“Who—me? Teach science? You must be joking! I barely passed science when I was in school. I’m certainly not qualified to teach it now!” The prospect of teaching science brings to mind names such as Einstein, Newton, and Bernoulli, along with the complex equations and scientific theories they espouse. Thus, it is easy for a homeschool parent with no science degree to view science as a daunting challenge and to shy away from teaching science. It’s easy to become even more discouraged by the price tags found on numerous materials required for science experiments, especially if you have a limited budget.

The truth is that science is all around us, and it takes no special training, knowledge, or extra expense to introduce your elementary-aged children to basic scientific principles right in your very own kitchen with common household ingredients. As The Magic Schoolbus’s Miss Frizzle likes to say, the key to making science come alive for kids is to “take chances, make mistakes, get messy.” Conducting science in your kitchen lab is an excellent vehicle for tying in cross-curricular skills such as measurement, nutrition, responsibility, and following directions, as well as kitchen safety and the scientific process. Select recipe experiments that end in an edible treat to motivate your kids’ scientific curiosity, and reward the junior mad scientists for a project well done.

Homemade Root Beer
Combining root beer and science will be an instant hit for all root beer lovers.1 While many recipes call for ingredients that the average family does not have handy, a simple recipe of brewer’s yeast, root beer extract, sugar, and warm water is enough to teach kids about fermentation and carbonation.

Mix ¼ teaspoon yeast in a cup of warm water. Dissolve 1 pound of sugar in ½ gallon of water heated to 180 degrees F. Stir in 4 to 6 teaspoons of root beer extract and let cool.

Mix in the yeast solution and carefully pour the mixture into a plastic gallon-sized jug. Pour in enough warm water to fill the jug, leaving 2 inches empty at the top, and twist the lids on securely. Keep the bottles at room temperature for three to four days, and then refrigerate for an additional four to seven days.

For young children, a quick version of this experiment substitutes dry ice for yeast. Simply place the dry ice in the root beer liquid in an airtight container, such as a portable cooler. It should be carbonated and ready to drink in one to four hours. Add ice cream for a root beer float celebration, or hold a taste test to compare commercial brands to your homemade version.

Ziplock Ice Cream
For a completely scientific treat, make your own ice cream to go with your homemade root beer.2 In addition to being a tasty project, making ice cream is a good way to learn about freezing, melting, and changing states of matter. In a quart-size ziplock bag, mix ½ cup milk, ½ cup heavy cream, ¼ cup sugar, and ¼ teaspoon vanilla. Seal the bag securely and place it within a 1-gallon size ziplock bag filled with 2 cups of ice and ¾ cup rock salt.

Seal the gallon bag and let the child squeeze and shake the bag vigorously until the mixture thickens like ice cream. Spoon the ice cream into your float or a bowl, and enjoy your tasty treat. Optionally you may substitute other flavors for vanilla, such as adding mashed berries, chocolate syrup, peppermint extract, or food coloring for a colorful snack.


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