Monday, January 20, 2020

Happy Homemaker Monday~ January 20, 2020

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Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Good Morning! I finally found some time to join in on Happy Homemaker Monday again. This year has been crazy. The kids have co-op on Monday, so Monday mornings (heck...the entire day) are a little hectic. Today, I was able to drop them off and come back home. No errands or activities planned today.

So welcome back to another edition of Happy Homemaker Monday. Be sure to stop in and visit with Sandra over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and visit for a bit.

So let's get on with the good stuff before I have to pick up the kiddos.

~The weather~

It's COLD!!! It was 19 degrees when I dropped off the kids this morning. The real feel was in the single digits. It's way to cold for this girl. The older I get, the more I hate the cold temperatures.

Monday~ Sunny, 31*
Tuesday~ Sunny, 34*
Wednesday~ Sunny, 38*
Thursday~ Mostly Cloudy, 43*
Friday~ Cloudy, 42*
Saturday~ Showers, 42*
Sunday~ Showers, then Snow, 41*

~How I am feeling this morning~

I've been trying to eat healthy since the new year. I've had some stomach issues and am trying to heal my gut. Yesterday, I we went to a party and I ate some chips and a cupcake... now my stomach is not too happy. I knew I shouldn't eat the treats, but I gave in. I definitely feel better when I don't eat sugar or processed foods. So back to real, whole foods for me. 
and I'm a little cold this morning! I'm so grateful to cozy sweaters and my Ugg boots.

~On my mind~

Oh boy! Lots and lots of things. I'm thinking of school for next year....classes, co-ops, college, etc. Having students in high school is so stressful. I worry about school. I worry about their future. We always want what is best for our kids, but how do we really know what that is. I know I should pray and place in in God;s hands, but I have to tell you that is a whole lot easier said than done. How do we let our babies go? I know that's what our goal is as parents, but that doesn't mean we don't stop caring, loving, or worrying. Life was a whole lot simpler when they were 5.

~On the breakfast plate~

Coffee of course. I grab my to go cup and headed out the door this morning. I sipped my coffee, while Michael drove. He has his learner's permit, so I get to be chauffeured around. When I got back home, I ate two eggs. Sadly, the eggs were store bought. Our girls have been slacking in the egg department lately. I can't wait for the longer days again, so I can have m farm, fresh eggs again. 

~ On the menu this week~

Monday~ Sesame chicken craps
Tuesday~ Pulled pork
Wednesday~ Tuscan chicken with potatoes
Thursday~ Italian chicken with zucchini
Friday~ Turkey meatballs
Saturday~ Herb roasted chicken with roasted vegetables

~From the camera~

~Looking around the house~

Christmas is all down. I honestly thought I hadn't forgotten anything, but I found a air of candlestick on the counter a few days later. The house needs a good vacuum and the wood floors need mopped. We've had rain and snow, so the floors have a few dog foot prints. With five animals in the house, the floors never stay clean.

I started organizing the school/sewing room. I've got the school stuff organized, now I just need to get my sewing area done so I can start quilting and sewing again. I've missed sewing and crafting, so I'm thrilled to be able to have a room again. 
~Chore I'm not looking froward to today or this week~

~On the reading pile~

I have two physical books started...

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts

I've also ordered two new cookbooks in the last few weeks. Since dear hubby wants to lose weight and I need to feel better. It's no fun feeling sick all the time, we've been following a whole 30 approach to meals. I love the two cookbooks I've ordered so far. Easy recipes that taste great!


~To relax this week, I will~

I honestly don't know. If I can get the sewing room done. I'd love to get back into quilting or finish a few of the kids scrapbooks. I'm only a few years behind. 

~On my prayer list~

Praying for all the people traveling to Washington D.C, for the March for Life this Friday.
Our nation that seems so divided. I pray we can wok together and find a way to peace.

~Devotional/Bible Verse~

“The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for all that He, in His goodness, sends to us day after day.”  
~St. Gianna Molla

Till Next Time,

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Review~ 2020

Disclaimer~I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Review

Welcome to another year of reviews with the Homeschool Review Crew.
I'm thrilled to be back for another year. It's hard to believe I've been part of the crew for 6 years already. Sheesh, where have the years gone.
I'm extremely excited to share with you our first review for 2020. Today, I get to talk about the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership from So grab a cup of coffee, get comfy on the couch, and kick back for a few minute while I share about this complete homeschool curriculum from is an online homeschool curriculum that offers so much more than just classes for the kiddos. It truly is your on-stop shopping destination. Homeschooling families will find everything they need for their families! Every subject imaginable, even a few you probably didn't think of, and plenty of resources to help along this amazing, yet challenging journey.

The Ultimate Prek-12 Annual Membership includes course for the entire family. This allows families to homeschool all their students for one low price! offers over 460 courses covering all the academic subjects, over 14,000 lessons, and a variety of homeschooling resources to be utilized by both students and parents. Best of all families have choices! They can design their own curriculum using the courses offered or follow the scope and sequence provided on the site. Families have the ability to go at their own pace. This is great for struggling students or when the entire family gets hit with the flu! We've all been there and know that it can truly put a hold on your homeschool lessons.

~Additional Benefits of Membership~

Print copy of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and access to back issues online
Free membership to World Book Library
Applecore record Keeping System
No searching for all the books needed for your students classes
Well organized site

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The site can be searched by grade levels or by subjects to be studied. Families will find a wide range of subjects for all grade levels.

~Subjects Offered~

Computer and Technology
Drama and Speech
Foreign Language
Health and Fitness
Language Arts
Social Studies
Various Unit Studies

But that's not all the site has to offer! Membership offers families so much more. Planning resources for students and families. Members will have access to scope and sequence, planners, planning pages, record keeping, course checklists, monthly menus, high school help, special needs help, and so much more. I'm still finding new resources every time I log in.
 But wait, there's more. Yup, you heard me right. 

Membership gives you access to a wonderful selection of videos for students of all ages. There are over 450 videos!  Here a just a few of the videos you'll find.

~Kids Videos~ 
Bedbug Game, Adventures of Donkie Ollie, Torchlighters, Children's Heroes of the Bible

Drawing, Digital Art

~ Apologetics~
Searching for Meaning, Creationism

Christian Faith, Addressing Cultural Issues

Accounting, Filmmaking, SAT/ACT Help

~Foreign Languages~
Spanish, Latin,

Journeys of Saint Paul

Drive thru History with Dave Stotts

and plenty more. 

I'd be here all day listing all the great videos they have to offer. Videos for elementary school age students, middle school students , high school students, and parents.

Two other great resources the site offers are the Focused Learning Centers and the Literacy Centers. Both these sections offer additional resources to help students learn.

The Literacy Center will help students learn to read. This is fantastic for new readers and readers that may be struggling just a little. It a wonderful resources for parents that have no clue where to begin. Teaching a child to read can be quite challenging.

 The Focused Learning Center offers help in a wide variety of subjects. Whether you need help with a particular academic subject, high school planning, college planning, or career advice. This section has just what a student ll need. It will direct students and parents to courses, lessons, and articles to help with their journey.

Years ago, I planned out my children's lessons. I collected various resources, books, movies, etc. I then would spend months planning their lessons for the entire year. Things have a changed a little for us now. Both my kiddos are in high school. Yes, high school. I'd be lying if I said that when we entered this new world, I wasn't scared. It was down right nerve wracking. I was so scared I'd mess and they would miss something. Something really important.  I loved having access to the high school planning guides on the site. These resources made this transition less scary and I honestly felt I understood what I needed to do. 
I love the resources available and the selection of courses the kids can take is amazing.

This year, Michael is currently using the Spanish 1 course for high school. Everything is planned out for us. The very first thing I did was print out the Lesson Plans. These pages contain a checklist for the entire course and a detailed checklist for each day of each week. Michael knows exactly what he is required to do on each day. Since we use an online planner, I just sat down, plugged in the information, changed the lessons a little since he has co-op on Mondays. All I had to do really was type in information. No lesson planning or trying to figure out how to break up the lessons. It was great. 
I did print out the lessons and worksheets ahead of time. I placed them in a binder for Michael. I printed out the answer keys and have them filed in a binder just for me. 

Online Classes

At the beginning of each lesson, Michael logs in and downloads the lesson. The lessons are easy to find and download quickly. From there, he just clicks on the links he needs for each day.  He listens to the audio for correct pronunciation and works on his worksheets. The course is well laid out and extremely easy for Michael to follow.

I love how the site offers videos and links to proper instruction. For a mama, who never took Spanish this was a perfect solution to our foreign language needs. I just grade his worksheets, quizzes, and tests. We had started out using another Spanish program, but it quickly became an issue when this mama couldn't help! Even the instructions were in Spanish. Michael and I were thrilled when I remembered to go and check out what the site had to offer.  I love how he can work independently. This is preparing him for when he goes off to college!

Right now, is having a fantastic sale. 

Discover more about all the amazing things offered from!

Be sure to stop in and read the rest of the crew's reviews.
I know you'll discover a whole new world of classes!

Till Next Time,

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Monday, January 6, 2020

Wishing you a Joyous Feast of the Epiphany!

The Adoration of the Three Kings
Girolamo da Santacroce

"Give me, therefore, I pray Thee, 
this gold, this incense, and this myrrh. 
Give me the gold of Thy holy love; 
give me the spirit of holy prayer, 
give me the desire and strength to mortify myself 
in everything that displeases Thee. 
I am resolved to obey Thee and to love Thee; 
but Thou knowest my weakness, 
oh, give me the grace to be faithful to Thee!"
~St Alphonsus Liguori

Till Next Time,

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