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Valentines Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Valentine's Day Ideas for Homeschoolers

 

Being a homeschool family doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun that comes with Valentine’s Day for kids.  It means mom and dad might have to be a little more creative, but that’s what homeschooling is all about!  There are so many fun Valentine’s themed crafts and activities to choose from that you won’t have time to be bored! 

One great idea is to get together with friends and have your own “class party.”  Get crafty and make your own valentines – check out these adorable Pom-Pom Love Bug Valentines from 5 Minutes for Mom!  If you don’t have other kids to participate, perhaps you could exchange Valentines with family members instead.  Set up a mail exchange so your child can send out Valentines and receive them as well.  This cute Heart Balloon card is simple and fun and grandparents would definitely love it!   

Another fun idea is to find ways to build your meals and snacks around the theme of Valentine’s day.  Start with heart shaped pancakes for breakfast and cover them with red berries or strawberry syrup.  For lunch, you could make heart shaped sandwiches.  Don’t forget desert – Embracing Homemaking has a fun idea for Valentine’s Day fruit kabobs that the whole family will love!   

Don’t forget about some more educational activities as well. Preschool and kindergarten students can practice writing Valentine’s themed words. Those a little more advanced, may want try this Valentine’s Day Word Scramble activity

For a science lesson, check out some of these fun Valentine’s themed science experiments!  You should already have some of the items on hand or be able to pick them up for pretty cheap.  

 

Here are a few more fun ideas:

Heart Suncatcher Activity

DIY Conversation Heart Bath Bombs

Valentine’s Day Photo Frames

“You light up my world” Wooden Mason Jar Craft 

 

Valentine’s Themed Snacks:

Conversation Heart Cookies

Pink Marble Cupcakes

Strawberry Flavored White Chocolate Hearts

Valentine’s Chex Mix

 

Valentine's Day ideas for homeschoolers

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Day More

5 Ways to Enjoy Your Day More

 

  • Start the day by thinking of 3 positive things about yourself or about your previous day.  Thinking about the positive things can really change your mood for the better.  You can think of what you accomplished, how you handled a particular situation, or just the simple fact that you are alive and healthy.  

 

  • Make a list of what needs done – as you check it off throughout the day, you will feel a sense of accomplishment.  Unfortunately we can’t just put all of our responsibilities aside, so let’s find a way to make the best of them! 

 

  • Set the technology aside – it really does help!  You will engage your other senses, your body will benefit from the decrease of “blue light”, and you will stay away from all that Facebook drama that is secretly driving you nuts!  You will finally find the time to finish projects or even extra time to spend with your family.  I am guilty of this myself and have to tell myself to put my phone or computer down at times.  

 

  • Close your eyes and listen to music for 15 minutes or have a solo dance party!  Forget about any nagging thoughts and just let go for a bit.  If silence is your jam, enjoy some silence instead of music.  Just take this time to let go of your thoughts and sort of re-set yourself.  

 

  • Declutter.  Clutter and messes can paralyze our motivation and enjoyment of being home, in our office, or even in our car.  Tackle each area, one at a time, and soon you’ll feel more free and have less bogging you down.  Check out Embracing Homemaking’s awesome list of 200 Things to Throw Away

 

As you start to follow these suggestions and make habits of them, they will become easier and easier.  Eventually you will have a routine to help you get through the days easier and you won’t know what you did without it!  

Feel free to comment below with any other suggestions you have! 

Saving Together Means Playing Together

 Saving Together Means Playing Together

Having a shortcut to saving money is something everyone would like. With a small amount of effort in the right directions, it can become a reality. It may seem to be difficult to accomplish when looking at all the times just a little extra cash would have been nice to have but was nowhere to be found. Keeping a few details in mind, you can minimize the areas where the money seems to just disappears. Before long, the savings will start to add up and opportunities that were out of reach will be the next planned event for the family. Things like taking a vacation will cease to be a dream and instead will be a regularly scheduled occurrence that does not leave parents working overtime the rest of the year.

Traditionally, Getting to the airport in time for your flight is always a worry. One of the issues whether to pay someone to drive you to the airport which can be expensive and cause you to miss your flight if transportation is late or unavailable. Driving your own car to the airport can also be expensive and a hassle if the airport lots are full. There is an easier way. Reserve your parking in advance with Got Parking. By reserving your parking in advance you have one less thing to worry about, and you will save money that you can put towards making your time away more enjoyable!

To figure out where all the income is being pulled into, which is surely a black hole from which there can be no escape, take a look at the bank statements of previous years. While examining these records, pay close attention to all the things that are not absolutely essential expenses, such as eating at restaurants and ordering takeout food to start. Next, look for the items purchased from retailers that could have been just as easily left on the shelves for the next person trying to give away their wages. Another option is to go on a scavenger hunt around the house for products that have not been used and can be returned, even if only for credit. The credit can be used for necessities as an alternative, like food, if they can be taken back to a store that also houses a grocery section.

An approach that is often overlooked when trying to find ways to save money on a regular daily basis is to limit wasting electricity when it is not actively being used. It just requires at least one individual to pay attention to what is not frequently needed and simply make certain to always unplug it. Most electric devices, especially those with a digital display that is always on, have an initialization circuit that constantly uses power when they are not in use or even turned on. Additionally, entertainment electronics should also have the plug pulled out in every room of the house or be connected to a multi-plug surge protector that is turned off when not necessary to run. Appliances can all be a significant cost to leave plugged in like:

  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Hair dryers, curling irons, straighteners, etc.
  • Countertop machines like can openers, blenders, coffee makers, etc.

All of these modest adjustments will have a major influence on the amount the power company claims is owed at the end of the month. To save further in common places of loss, be sure to keep windows and doors closed at all times when the house is heated in the winter unless there is an unavoidable reason to open them. This will prevent the furnace from having to use additional power to reheat the space when it should not have needed to. Incorporating these basic guidelines into the daily routine can sound like a lot of hassle, but it is only a matter of changing inefficient habits into ones that conserve energy and costs. Teaching other members of the family to do these same things will eventually create a far more economical lifestyle, which easily provides for the fun stuff everyone loves to do.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

 

2018 has been a wonderful year and there is no better way to show your loved ones how much you care than to get them gifts they will truly love!  Here are a few of my favorite suggestions, separated by category for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: 

 

Top Gift Ideas for Kids

Top Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Family

Top Gift Ideas for Busy Moms

Top Gift Ideas for the Crafters & Artists

Top Tech & Gadget Gift Ideas 

Gift Ideas for Your Young Paw Patrol Fan

also head over and check out my friend Ashley’s Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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