Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What do you enjoy must about Fall?



Fall is one of my favorite seasons.. Ok, it is my favorite! One of the reason is because the temps are perfect and you can enjoy the outside. I love that it is warm, yet a nice cool breeze.


There are so many other great things about fall though that I enjoy. So I wanted to share a few with you, and see what some of your favorite things about fall is.


First thing I love is Apple Picking.. We love to go apple picking as a family. This is one of the best activities we enjoy. Here are a few pictures of us Apple Picking this year..














Then after apple picking comes another things I love about fall.. Homemade Applesauce!!! Yum! We already had 24 qts of Applesauce in food storage, (that I forgot about) and we made another 22qts and 9 pts this year! We love our applesauce!





This year we also got to make fresh pressed Apple Cider.. Yum!









Another fun thing I love about Fall is the beautiful scenery that you get to see.. here are a few of my favorite shots from this year.











Another great thing about fall is birthday, and Halloween fun!!







What are some of your favorite things to do in the Fall? Our your favorite part of Fall?


Monday, October 29, 2012

What happens when…



you combine Halloween with a Birthday??

It becomes a Halloween Birthday Party!!!





After much thought.. and only a couple weeks before her birthday this year..

Middle Monkey decided on a Halloween Birthday party…




Good thing I like to throw a good party right?



(Hands in the punch.. fingers are floating)


To work I went.. didn’t quite get everything done that I wanted too..

but the kids had a blast..



Here are a few shots from our day!











Simple Woman’s Daybook:








October 29, 2012


Outside my window...

It is damp… but surprisingly warm.

We are buttoning down the hatches, as we

prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Sandy..

We (fingers crossed) shouldn’t get more than some mild winds, and rain.

Praying everyone in the path stays safe.


I am thinking...

Wow, the end of another month..

Where does the time keep flying away too?

Hard to believe my Middle Monkey turned 9 this weekend..

and that we are almost done with another year.


I am thankful for...

The health, and safety my family has.

We may not be rich in monetary value, but we have

each other, and amazing friends and family.

What more can we ask for?


From the learning rooms...

We have been busy.. Trying really hard to stay on track.

We hate to have to catch up..

However, with my nasty headaches this week…

Long days, and crazy schedule.. we do have a bit to catch up on


Want to see what else we are up to, stop by our blog here.



From the kitchen...

Tonight we are having Chicken, Swiss Chard, and Oven roasted potatoes.


I am wearing...

My comfy pants, and my hoodie.. It’s a Monday..

so I’m being lazy!


I am creating...

More organization.. we are trying to clean up some stuff, so

we can attempt to paint over the winter.


I am going...

to be actually somewhat laid back this week.. Almost 3

whole days at home. That is so unlike us! I’m trying to make it

a reality more often. We don’t like being to busy!


I am reading...

Nothing at the moment…

Time to find another new book..


I am hoping...

to get some more stuff sorted through…

sent to goodwill, or sold!


I am hearing...

The girls chattering as they make their beds, and get prepared for the day!


Around the house...

We have laundry to catch up on, dishes to do,

and more stuff to go through!


One of my favorite things...

Seeing the smile on my kids faces!


A few plans for the rest of the week:

This week we have Cub Scouts,

Library, Co-op,

Piano, a dance, and fun to be had!


Here is picture for thought I am sharing..

Another one of my shots from this fall…


Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal:





  • In my life this week…

We were super busy…

I don’t think I have ever felt so exhausted..

We were baking..


Visiting with friends..

and enjoying each other’s company…


  • In our homeschool this week…

We had our typical studies…

Cub Scouts..


and 4H

If you would like to see more of what we have been up to, please visit our

homeschool blog… HERE.


  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Find fun things to do around your studies.. Lighting up their

mood always helps!


  • I am inspired by…

Those that are so organized, and keep me focused!


  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This week we are going to be a little more laid back..

Seems like we have been crazy busy lately…

I need to tweek our schedule I think..

We have a fun “Flower Power” class coming up for Co-op…

The girls and I have a “Sock Hop” dance for girl scouts..

Hopefully we will have some play time with friends this week..

and Piano.




  • My favorite thing this week was…

Was the fun things we did for Middle Monkey’s Birthday!

We enjoyed breakfast with one of her first on her birthday…

Then we had a fun party the next day!



  • What’s working/not working for us…

Being really busy.. is not working for us.


  • Questions/thoughts I have…

What fun things are you planning for the upcoming holidays to do with your kids?


  • Things I’m working on…

Nothing right now.. The last couple weeks have been crazy!


  • I’m reading…

Nothing.. Just finished a book..

Need to find a new one.


  • I’m cooking…

Tonight we are having spaghetti!



  • I’m grateful for…

The amazing friends I have.. that were so helpful this week for

Middle Monkey’s Party! YOU All ROCK!



  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

A picture from our Middle Monkey’s Party..



Saturday, October 27, 2012

Birthday in the house…


Today is Middle Monkey’s 9th Birthday!


Where has the time gone?


9yrs!! It seems like just yesterday..


Rach @ Easter

(at 7)



(at 8)


This girl is all girl…

Drama, giggles, dancing, singing and all the craziness!


She is a stubborn, wild, bouncy girl!


But she sure does bring a lot to this family..


She has taught me lots!



Happy Birthday Middle Monkey!!!




Monday, October 22, 2012

The Simple Woman’s Daybook…







October 22, 2012

Outside my window...

It is very dark now.. and chilly. Brr!


I am thinking...

Got a lot done today, but still have quite a bit left to do.


I am thankful for...

Amazing friends!! They can be so helpful!


From the learning rooms...

We have been pretty busy..

We have lots of history to finish up.

Botany is going really well..

Should be a very busy week!

Want to see what else we are up to, stop by our blog here.



From the kitchen...

We had Taco’s today!! YUM!


I am wearing...

My favorite jeans, a t-shirt, and flip flops.. (still having a hard time putting them away!)


I am creating...

Lots of plans for Middle Monkey’s birthday!

It is creeping up on us..


I am going...

To be super busy this week..

We have our normal stuff, and lots of cooking

to get done..

Plus working on lots of other projects!


I am reading...

The newest Susan Wiggs book!


I am hoping...

everything goes smoothly this week..



I am hearing...

My Little Pony in the background.. The girls are watching it while

we wait for the boys to get back from Boy Scouts!


Around the house...

We are pretty well caught up..

a friend dishes, and laundry to finish up..

A bathroom to clean.



One of my favorite things...

Yummy Ice Cream.. I can’t wait to dig into my

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream tonight!!!


A few plans for the rest of the week:

Helping out some friends, Co-op, a movie night with my girls,

and a birthday dinner to be had, Primary Presentation at church for my youngest, and then a birthday party!


Here is picture for thought I am sharing..



Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal





  • In my life this week…

It was so crazy busy…

I didn’t know if I was coming or going…

We had Co-op,

4H achievement night…

and then our normal life



  • In our homeschool this week…

We didn’t get everything done..

so we will have to play catch up this week..

Otherwise we had some fun at Co-op..

We made fresh apple cider!

If you would like to see more about the things we have been up to go HERE.


  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

Don’t really have any this week..



  • I am inspired by…

everyday life.. even the simplest things can leave us in awe..



  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…

This week we are going..

to Cub scouts,




and then this weekend we are going to celebrate a Monkey’s birthday!



    • My favorite thing this week was…

      Making Apple Cider.. that was really cool!

  • What’s working/not working for us…

I’m struggling with all the things we are doing this year..

Our schedule is a bit crazy..

I need to figure out how to get it to flow a bit better…



  • Questions/thoughts I have…

    Are any of you dressing up for Halloween?
    If so, what are you going to be??
    Do you go to Halloween Parties?

  • Things I’m working on…

Plans for Middle Monkey’s Birthday party..

We are doing a Halloween Party


  • I’m reading…

I’m working on the newest Susan Wiggs Book..


  • I’m cooking…

We are having fish, carrots, spinach, and rice… YUM!


  • I’m grateful for…

all the wonderful things in my life..



  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…



Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TOS Review: Dayspring Christian Academy- Pilgrim’s Story







With Thanksgiving coming up, this was the prefect time to be studying this particular program with Dayspring Christian Academy. Learning about the Pilgrims each year makes it hard to find the right stuff to teach. I try to mix it up each year, so we don’t get to bored. However, this year I was completely at a lose, we had read most of the books, and done most of the resources I had. I was glad to try The Pilgrim Story is an online course which contains 17 lessons that are geared toward third to six grade.






In these 17 lessons are 5 units, and unit tests. They are designed to take about 30-45 mins to complete. Which is just about how long it took Middle Monkey to complete one. Sometimes a bit longer if she needed to re-listen to something she didn’t understand. Each lesson also has accompanying worksheets, and some have writing projects. In the worksheets you may find Vocabulary words, quotes, and an assessment quiz. The lessons are power point presentations, that show you pictures, or bullet points it wants you to remember.


Here are things you can find in the Lessons…


Unit One

  • King Henry
  • Geneva Bible
  • Life in Scrooby
  • Liberty of Conscious
  • Unit One Test


Unit Two

  • Leaving England
  • The Second Escape Attempt
  • Leiden
  • Preparing To Go
  • Unit Two Test


Unit Three

  • Leaving Leiden
  • Conditions on The Mayflower
  • Building Christian Character
  • Unit Three Test


Unit Four

  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Exploration
  • The Frist Winter
  • Unit Four Test


Unit Five

  • Spring 1621
  • The Wampanoag People
  • The Rest of the Story
  • Unit Five Test


Virtual Field Trip to Plymouth Massachusetts



Our Thoughts:

Middle Monkey has not yet finished this, but we are about 5 weeks in. She really enjoys it, and begs to do it daily. Which is such a switch for her, cause normally she doesn’t like History at all. She says she likes the way it is taught to her. She likes that she has to interact with it. (She has a hard time sitting still and just listening)


My thoughts:

I find this program really well put together. I love how the information is given. That it breaks it down so much, so it not to overwhelming. I also love that they include notebook information. I was really impressed with the way they have it, so when you are suppose to write something down it will prompt you do to do so. This is really helpful for my daughter, as she does not always know what are important things for her to remember. Then it is all right in front of her.

We keep ours all in a three-ring binder so we can go back and look at the information she has learned, and go over it.



You can get The Pilgrim Story from Dayspring Christian Academy for $99.

This price includes online access to all the course contents for 6 months. The course materials which is a lot of pages. (we print all of ours in black and white, cheaper on the ink)


Overall, I’m not sure I could do justify $99, but it does come with a lot of information. So its not because I don’t think that its worth it, just that I can’t spend that much on a product to only use it for 6 months.



Lets see what some of the other TOS Crew Members are saying…



*I was given access to this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review as part of the TOS Crew. All opinions are 100% mine or my monkey’s.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Simple Woman’s Daybook:








October 15, 2012

Outside my window...

It is drizzly, wet, and cold.. Not making me really want to move so fast..


I am thinking...

I think I will go read my book for a bit, before having to pick up a friends son at school.


I am thankful for...

Mine and my kids health..


From the learning rooms...

We are learning so much!

Botany, History, History Pockets, Grammar, Spelling.. and more!

Want to see what else we are up to, stop by our blog here.

From the kitchen...

We are having Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza..

Little Monkey’s Request


I am wearing...

Jeans, my turquoise shirt, sweater, and sneakers..

(yup some days I’m forced to wear them)

I am creating...

Organization, and working on more walls again..


I am going...

to be very busy for the next few weeks.. I have so much to do before winter..


I am reading...

I finished the first book of 50 Shades of Grey yesterday.. so I’m starting the 2nd today!


I am hoping...

That things will go as smoothly as they do in my head. (I’m funny)


I am hearing...

My kids in their rooms picking them up, and making their beds..


Around the house...

There is so much to be done..

Laundry, dishes, sweeping, vacuuming,

walls to be mudded, rooms to be organized..

Oh the list could go on.. Winter projects are creeping up!


One of my favorite things...

Spending quality time with my kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Scouts, Shopping, Library, Co-op, Piano, and hopefully some fun..


Here is picture for thought I am sharing..

More pictures of fall..



Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal:






  • In my life this week…

Was crazy..

Sick people..

long days..

insane attitudes..


and interesting all at the same time!

Wasn’t one of our finest weeks…

but we made it through.



  • In our homeschool this week…

We worked on Botany learning about seeds..

History, and History pockets..(we really do like the History Pockets)


and our regular stuff..

If you want to see more about our week go HERE.



  • Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

You have to be calm for your kids to be calm..

This is a major thing I need to work on…


  • I am inspired by…

My fellow friends, that struggle.. but keep on trudging.

They are truly and inspiration.


  • Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…







  • My favorite thing this week was…

Spending a few quite days at home.. it was much needed.


  • What’s working/not working for us…

Everything as far as school is concerned seems to be falling into place this year.

I’m very happy about this.


  • Questions/thoughts I have…

Any big plans for Thanksgiving? It is fast approaching!


  • Things I’m working on…

Organizing and getting things in before winter..



  • I’m reading…

I am guilty.. I started the 50 Shades of Grey…



  • I’m cooking…

Going out to eat tonight..


  • I’m grateful for…

My children.. they really do make it easier to get through anything..


  • A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

Little Monkey making her Light Hut.. She thought it was so cool she could fit in the box!


Light Hut

Monday, October 8, 2012

Listerine Smart Rinse Oral Care Challenge #SweetSmart



We all know that brushing is important.. However, I recently discovered a lot of things that I did not know about brushing! More to come on that in a bit.


Upon joining this challenge I had the chance to join in on a webinar about children’s dental care. Fern Igner, the Founding President and CEO of America’s ToothFairy shared information on how to sign up your child for the ToothFairy Club. After registering your child they will get a personalized letter from the Tooth Fairy. As well as information on taking good care of their teeth and gums.





Then Dr. Kanetta Lott, a pediatric dentist answered our questions. I must say their were some really good questions being asked too! The group also was putting out some really great tips that work well for their families as well. Including some ways to get our kids excited about oral care, and keeping them excited. (I think we may all struggle with that) Some of the suggestions that were put out there was a reward chart, and play a song that lasts 3 minutes. Dr. Lott also shared that brushing and flossing is not enough. They need to use a rinse like “Listerine Smart Rinse”. This rinse provides a 12 hour cavity protection and strengthens teeth 99% more than brushing alone! Parents should brush their children’s teeth until the age of 8 to demonstrate good brushing behavior.


Kids should brush their teeth for 2 minutes, and rinse for 1 minute. Which is usually the length of a song. As stated above, some parents found it helpful to play a song, so they know how long to brush. For all purchases of Listerine Smart Rinse at Walmart, you can download a song for your kids to brush their teeth too. You can get songs from Phineas and Ferb here, or a Barbie song here. My kids love Phineas and Ferb, so I really think we are going to try this! Plus my girls love Barbie, so maybe we can switch it up a bit.




If your child has or gets braces, they should be rinsing with Listerine Smart Rinse a couple times a day. Braces have a tendency to trap food around braces, adhere to teeth, and cause more cavities.









Our Dental Habits:

I’m sure we all try to give our kids great dental habits, however that may not always stick. Since my kids were infants we used a washcloth, or the little finger brush you can buy to brush their gums. Then as they got older I would help them brush, and let them try on their own. Morning and night we had nice sparkly teeth. By the age of 2 I had them seeing a dentist. My oldest always did great with this. My two girls on the other hand were more timid, so we just kept trying. Eventually, they didn’t shy away as quick, and did very well at the dentist. I have always been very faithful about bring them to the dentist every 6 months, and getting their teeth cleaned. When they were old enough they all had sealants put on their teeth. As they got older however, they stopped being as active about brushing their teeth. I had to remind them frequently and they still would fight me on it. This is still a work in progress!


My kids are now 10, 9, and 7. The two oldest have not had any cavities. Up until last month, my youngest didn’t either. She recently had 2 cavities, and we had to get fillings. That was such a production. I partially blame myself for her cavities though, since she has always struggled with brushing her teeth well. I have helped her up until the last few months. Since this recent development, I have decided to go back and help her brush them.



The Facts:

  • Oral Disease has become the #1 Chronic Childhood Disease
  • 44% of American kids will suffer from the pediatric dental disease before they reach kindergarten.
  • Of the 4 million kids born each year, more than half will have cavities before they reach 2nd grade.
  • 43% of Americans lack dental insurance
  • All in All, 16 million kids suffer from untreated dental disease
  • Children should have a “dental home” no later than 12 months of age. Some dentist won’t start seeing them until they are 3 or 4 unless they are a pediatric dentist.
  • Even brushing with water is better than not brushing at all.
  • Brushing alone missing 75% of your mouth! (did you know that?)
  • Smart Rinse is alcohol free, and gluten free.
  • Clean teeth do not bleed, if your gums are bleeding then you need to brush more.
  • Foods to cause teeth decay is Gummy bears, raisins, and gooey candy.



Thanks to Johnson & Johnson’s contributions to America’s ToothFairy. In 2011 alone, over 50,000 kids have received critical oral health services (screenings, fluoride treatments, cleanings, sealants, and restorative services). That to me is amazing!





The Challenge:


For the 3 week Listerine Challenge, we are going to be using the reward chart to keep them accountable for when they are brushing their teeth. We are also going to be using the music to help them brush long enough. My kids are anxiously awaiting to try the new products. My Son, and youngest daughter have claimed the Phineas & Ferb toothbrush, and rinse. While my middle monkey decided to go with the Barbie toothbrush and rinse. I’m even excited to try out my new toothbrush, rinse, and floss.

I will be sure to be keeping a better eye on their brushing habits, and helping them to keep up with the proper time. Since we homeschool, I think we are even going to try to fit in brushing after lunch when we can.




Since we have Halloween coming up, I’m trying to come up with an alternative to the candy. We don’t usually go trick or treating to much… so I’m thinking maybe giving them a dollar per pound, or trading it in for a movie or something. Still working on that part.



*Disclosure: I received products from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Divison of McNeil-PPC,INC. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the Listerine Smart Rinse Sweet Smart Challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my or my monkeys.