The Homemaker’s Daily Planner Review

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“A homemaker’s life consists of innumerable details.  Appointments, church activities, school schedules, and homemaking in general, repeatedly call for our time and attention.  A planner and a pencil assist you in shaping these details into a written plan while freeing your mind at the same time.  As you see these items eliminated one by one, you will enjoy the satisfying feeling of accomplishment.”

I concur!

 

By nature, I am a list maker, checker and rejoicer.  I love making sure my ducks are all in a row. The Daily Planner from Sue Hooley helps keep me on top of my to-do’s and must-do’s.

 

“The Daily Planner was designed by Sue Hooley, wife of Dan for 23 years and mother to six lovely children ages 4-20.  It was developed after several years of motherhood and homemaking.  Sue understood that a homemaker’s day can rarely be scheduled and structured the same as the one before – not every task can fit neatly into the time-slot allotted by other planners.”

 

Daily Planner is divided into these sections:

Dates to Remember

Yearly Calendar for present and coming year

Two-page Monthly layout

Two-page Weekly layout with Task List and Menu planning

Shopping List

Task and Project Lists planning pages

Information Section

I was so excited to receive both the 2014 and 2015 planners to review.  Immediately I put this beautiful, faith-filled planner in pretty purple hues to work!

 

First, I marked all my “days of infamy”  (i.e. family birthdays ) on the 2014 Dates to Remember Page.

 

Then I used the Mini Calendar to help keep track of our school days – 180 in all!

 

On the monthly Calendar pages I marked down all my appointments, co-op meetings, Mom’s Night Out, practices and more…

 

And then my FAVORITE part of the planner – the Weekly Schedule complete with ample room to write and make a Task List (aka burning hot must-do’s).  I really like this feature because at the beginning of the week I can jot down those things that must get done.  I limit it to just the lines available…and then portion this list out through the week.  Many times I “hijack” the Menu box for my daily “to-do’s”.

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Other nice features are the Proverbs provided on these weekly pages and clipable corner that is cut away when that week is completed.  This enables the user to find their place easily in the planner.  Did I mention the sturdy spiral bound design that lies flat when opened?

 

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The sections for Tasks and Projects are filled with plenty of lined papers just waiting to be filled with brainstorming and detailed facts.  Plus the Shopping Lists section boasts 18 pages of 3 lists per page!

 

I have really enjoyed using this as a “Mom Planner”.  It fits easily into my purse, is durable and travels well.

 

“Consult your planner often.  At first it may feel like a new shoe, stiff at the beginning, but the more it is used, the more you will like it.  It will help you to wisely schedule what is good for you and your family, always taking into consideration your healthy, ability and stage of life.  It will be a friend that helps you remember and you will be rewarded with a feeling of satisfaction when even the simplest of jobs have been completed.”

 

The Daily Planner is definitely a friend to me.  I am quite content to continue using it and look forward to next year’s planner done up in beautiful hues of yellow/brown and in the same easy to use format!

 

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I received the above item to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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Guest Post: Reimagining Traditional Meals in a Healthy Light

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Susan Yoo-Lee, mother of two, brings us a Vegan alternative to Mac-n-Cheese and healthier versions of the infamous Grilled Cheese AND Sloppy Joes!

 

It’s raining, it’s cold, it’s dark and you’re craving some of your favorite childhood foods that mom used to make. Only now, you’re healthier and you don’t want to use all of that cream, butter and pounds of sugar. The question is, how do you make food taste good without all of the bad stuff?

Surprisingly, there are so many alternative products that not only elevate the taste of your favorite dishes, but are healthy for you. From mom’s amazing macaroni and cheese recipe to dad’s signature Sloppy Joes, here are three of my favorite recipes re-imagined for a healthier lifestyle. Most importantly, none of the taste is sacrificed.

 

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Vegan Truffle Macaroni and Cheese

My 8-year-old loves her macaroni and cheese. Since she is vegetarian, this is a great meal choice for her. Over the years, we’ve tried many recipes, and her favorite one is made with cashew cheese — perfect for those that have dairy allergies like me.

Ingredients:

Vegan Cheese Sauce

1 box of elbow pasta (gluten free, whole wheat — your choice)

1 tsp. truffle oil

3 stems of parsley (dried parsley works, too)

Pepper to taste

Directions:

Start making the vegan cheese sauce from Detoxinista.com. Get a pot of water going and follow the instructions on the box to cook your elbow pasta. Mix the cheese sauce and elbow pasta together. Add 1 tsp. of truffle oil to the mixture and a little bit of pepper. Chop up the parsley and sprinkle it on top. Serves 4-6.

Veggie Grilled Cheese

Most people have fond memories of eating grilled cheese sandwiches. While grilled cheese can be the simplest of meals, it can also be one of the greasiest and unhealthiest. By packing the sandwich with veggies and swapping out the butter for Earth Balance, you can create a much more healthy meal.

Ingredients:

1 ciabatta loaf bread

8 extra sharp cheddar slices

4 slices of tomato

1 handful of spinach

Earth Balance butter

Directions:

Cut the ciabatta loaf into eight slices. On one piece of bread, stack two slices of cheddar, one slice of tomato and a few pieces of spinach. Melt some Earth Balance butter on an iron pan over medium heat. Place the sandwich onto the pan and put another iron pan on top of it for weight. Once you notice the cheese melting, flip the sandwich over. After a few minutes, it will be ready to eat. Serve with your favorite tomato soup. Serves 4.

Lightened-up Sloppy Joes

I don’t eat meat, but this is a beloved family recipe from when I was a child! Rather than using fatty ground beef and preservative-packed store-bought sauce, this recipe relies on lean ground turkey and a serving’s worth of vegetables.

Ingredients:

1 pound of lean ground turkey

2 cloves of garlic (we love garlic so we usually add a little bit more)

¼ cup chopped onion

¼ cup of green bell pepper

½ jalapeno (we like it spicy, but you don’t have to add it)

2 chopped carrots

¾ cup of ketchup

1 tsp. of yellow mustard

1 T. brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

6 whole wheat hamburger buns (gluten-free works, too!)

Directions:

Combine all veggie ingredients and ground turkey in an iron skillet over medium heat. Cook and stir everything until fully cooked. Drain the liquids. Add mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar. Mix all the ingredients together. Reduce the heat to low until the sauce thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the mixture onto hamburger buns and serve with sweet potato fries. Serves 6.

What are some of your childhood favorites, and how do you keep them healthy? Let us know in the comments below.

Susan Yoo-Lee is a mother of two and the editor at The Scratch, a Savings.com blog where professional funny people take a crack at saving you a buck. She founded Mommas in the House in 2009 when she was pregnant with her 2nd child. Currently, you can see some of her published work on LHJ.com, More.com, WomansDay.com, AJC.com, ClarkHoward.com, US News & World Report, Military.com, LearnVest.com and more.

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One Family’s Life Changing Experience with the Feingold Diet

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Disclaimer:  Neither the owner of this blog, nor the author of this post is a medical professional.  The experience in this post is not meant to diagnose or treat a medical condition.  This is only one family’s experience.  Your experience may differ.  

 

Today’s guest post is from Beth, a fellow homeschooling mom.  In it, she describes how following the Feingold Diet helped her family.

 

I was a parent who struggled to get my children to generally behave and to even obey the simplest of instructions from time to time. My youngest was especially difficult but I didn’t think that my parenting (or lack of it) was the reason for his behavior. I’m strict – even my mother says so and if your mother says you’re strict, then you’ve got to believe it! But nothing would control him at times. It also seemed as if he couldn’t even control it – he would sometimes come out of tantrums and say he didn’t know what had happened.

 

I had heard about the Feingold diet several years ago, first from friend who put her two girls on it. She said that Feingold made them less grumpy. I knew my friend generally provided organic, whole foods to her girls and so I could only imagine that she was doing all sorts of nearly impossible things to implement the Feingold diet because I didn’t really know what it was. My imagination was incorrect in how difficult it would be. I later found out she needed to remove some of the salicylates, something commonly found in grapes and apples. I had no idea that healthy fruit could cause behavioral issues in some people.

 

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Grumpiness, however, was not my problem. My problem was my 7-year-old who would fly into a rage over nothing. Two of our kids were crazy busy and crazy loud. They were (and still are) also very outgoing and very funny. So they had great personalities but sometimes they just went too far. Okay, a lot of times they went too far in their boisterousness, especially my youngest, my red-head.

 

All four of my kids are adopted and because they are adopted we have no family history either of behavior or medical conditions. We do know one was cocaine positive at birth, but while we have no indication that my youngest’s mom used drugs, she was jobless and homeless during her pregnancy so we can deduce her eating habits were not the best. I did just discover this: “Did you know there are over 200 synthetic chemicals found in the cord blood of newborns, influences of civilized society with unknown effects that our children are exposed to even before they are born?” But I have also come to believe, after being on the Feingold diet for nearly 3 years, that health and genetic history is not the biggest problem for our children. I believe that processed foods are, with the approval of the FDA, harming our children. When I see the difficulties that even a small amount of these chemicals have caused for my children, I am appalled that the Food and Drug Administration — an agency whose purpose is to protect us – would allow the food industry to use things they know are so harmful.  The government regulators know how damaging they are; the food manufacturers know how damaging they are; and both know that additives like dyes can easily be replaced by natural colorings as they are doing in Europe. So even if you don’t have a family history of problems and even if you ate perfectly during your pregnancy (or didn’t), the blame often lies at the feet of our government which says they are protecting us when indeed they are not.

 

In addition to my loud and boisterous boys, my other kids have had their struggles. For my oldest son it was his inability to focus. He is extremely smart and would study and study but despite the effort he often did poorly academically. After we had been on Feingold for two weeks he got the highest test results he had ever received for a chapter quiz! My daughter had trouble learning to read as she could not really hear the phonemes.

 

As I pondered actually doing Feingold, I took my kids to their one-day-a-week enrichment program (we homeschool). The youngest was going to be 8 in a few days so I ran by a grocery store and bought cupcakes with brightly colored icing for his entire class to have at lunch. After I dropped them off, a voice in my head said, “Maybe that wasn’t such a good idea.” The voice was right. I got a call about an hour after lunch telling me that my son had a complete melt down. He tore his camouflage jeans with his bare hands and was banging his head on the wall. I thought of my friend Missy, who had been posting on Facebook and on her blog about her Feingold journey and how it helped her son’s rage. Rage — that described my youngest. It was pure rage that would just spill out!

 

When I went to pick him up, he got in the car and said, “I had a pretty good day.” I told him that when you are tearing your clothes and banging your head, that is not a good day. I immediately emailed Missy and she gave me enough ideas for meals and snacks to get me through the days until my membership materials arrived, so I started implementing Feingold the best I could. I also ordered natural food coloring for his birthday cake; I knew I just couldn’t do the fake stuff on his real birthday. I made a Buzz Lightyear cake for the family birthday party. It didn’t look quite as vibrant as in years past, but it did seem to taste better.

 

My youngest is a new child! Within two weeks of going on Feingold we were getting many comments about his changed behavior. At the enrichment program, people were commenting on how the circles under his eyes were gone. His piano teacher said he was a new child. Although, it’s not that we were problem-free after that, but I could look under his eyes and see circles and know he was having a reaction. He also gets bright red ears after he has eaten something off diet or that he is sensitive to. A food diary became my best friend as I worked to continue to solve the puzzle.

 

It eventually became evident that there were more issues and I was glad to find a doc tor who treats kids with autism and ADHD and who ran blood, saliva and urine tests. In addition to changing his behavior, Feingold helped to clear up some of his auditory processing issues, and eliminating gluten and dairy fixed the rest. My child who couldn’t read at 9 is now almost 11 and reading at grade level (and sometimes above)!

 

While, my first grocery shopping trip after getting my program materials took about 3 hours. The next week took less time and then I hit my rhythm and grocery shopping took no longer than it had before. I cook about as much as I did before, which is not every meal. We eat convenience foods and snacks, but they are the ones without artificial coloring, flavoring or preservatives added. My kids still eat candy, but not the ones with lots of fake stuff added. My youngest routinely turns down food he knows is bad for him.

 

He told me, “I don’t like this diet because of all the things I can’t eat, but I like the way I feel.” If an 8-year-old could understand, why can’t the Food and Drug Administration get it?

 

One day, were in a store where they had some left over, well-known, cookies from Christmastime with a brightly colored red center. The youngest was over in that section of the store with his siblings while I picked up something else. I walked over and heard him telling the woman, “Yes, they are poison. If I were to eat them, they would make me a crazy boy. They poison me.” I had never used that word with him. I just told him there were things that made him not feel his best. Apparently, he had wondered out loud why the store was selling poisoned food and while the lady had nicely explained to him that it wasn’t poison, he was telling her why he disagreed. He gladly takes his own cupcake to birthday parties and turns in candy prizes from Sunday School (which I always replace with acceptable treats). Everyone sees that my son is a new child, and I’m not just “out there.”

 

I believe the Feingold diet, and thus eliminating the consumption of petrochemicals from your diet, would be beneficial for any person but it is especially beneficial for children who struggle to control their emotions or to pay attention. The annual fee to get the material that the Feingold Association publishes, telling you which foods do not have artificial dyes, artificial flavorings and preservatives in them is some of the best money you can spend on your family’s health. Please visit their website for more information.

 

Beth has been married to the love of her life for 20 years. They have four children, 3 boys and a girl. She homeschools the children, and in their free time, the family loves to travel the United States on mega school field trips.   She also blends traditional medicine with essential oils.  Learn more here.

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Fall: the Season of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot!

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A few months ago, I had the pleasure of reviewing an Olive Seeds Kit from Holy Land Seeds. What a great experience!  I’m equally excited to share this guest post from Doron Shor­Malcathe owner and founder of Holy Land Seeds!

 

Fall… how do you know when fall is here?


The kids are going back to school…the leaves on the trees changing colors… all kinds of
pumpkins are out on display.


But for me the fall feels different. My memories of fall take me back to my home, to my
childhood, to my favorite part of the year: the celebration of the Jewish new year (Rosh
Hashanah) followed by Yom Kippur and Sukkot.


I was born and raised in the Holy Land in a small village in the Jezreel valley near Nazareth called Beit Shearim. The town was established in 1936, by a small group of ideologically motivated young adults who loved the land, believed that tending the land would reconnect them to their religious roots, and the desire to build their future in the Promised Land. Two of those early pioneers who put their hearts into the growing small village were a newly wed couple: my grandparents. They started their own small farm, living in a small shed with their newborn son. Their labors, along side the other founders of the community helped the village to flourish and become well-known for it great agricultural achievements.


As the years passed, my parents got married and moved to the family home in Beit Shearim,becoming the second generation to tend the Promised Land and created their own family who joined the growing community of Beit Shearim. My parents joined the family farm and established the Shor Nursery, that became a well-known nursery in Israel as well as in Europe.


As a child, I knew the fall was coming when I saw the big pomegranate tree in the back yard with its ripened fruits. Those big, delicious, red pomegranates were always the first sign of the fall and that Rosh Hashanah was coming. I remember eating pomegranates with my younger sister outside in the back yard every day after school. It was our job to peel the pomegranates and collect the great tasty seeds to be put into the big, special dinner of Rosh Hashanah.


Now that I live here in the US, I find myself trying to give my kids the same experiences and the holiday spirit. I have tried to do it through sharing my own memories: the tastes and the smells of my childhood in a the small village in the Jezreel Valley. By doing so I have also tried to create some connection between them and the magnificent place that, for some, is the Land of God,the Promised Land, but for me is home. I believe that my home, the Holy Land, is a unique place that has a special place in every believer’s heart.


As third generation farmers, I believe that the best way to create a strong and meaningful connection to your land and faith, is through planting, and establish your roots in your own land. Although, physically being far from my home­ the Holy Land­ I’m doing my best to connect my kids to our roots and faith by bringing them a piece, a taste of their heritage.


I believe that concepts like tradition, symbolism, and faith are still relevant in today’s world. I believe that it can still be attractive and appealing to our children, providing them values, and showing them there is more in that world beyond smart phones and tablets. That just for a second, lift our heads and take a deep look inside, connect to our roots, our faith and the values we all cherish.

 

Doron Shor Malca is the founder and owner of Holy Land Seeds.
The Pomegranate is part of The Seven Species- seven agricultural products – that are listed in the Hebrew Bible (Deut 8:8) as being special products of the Land of Israel.

 

You can connect with Holy Land Seeds on Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter.

 

 

 

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Why Homeschool?

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Why homeschool?

I can give you a couple dozen reasons why you should homeschool.  We could debate upon test scores, the myths of socialization and more.  Instead, I’d like to use an example from YOUR OWN life….

 

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If you’ve graduated from school, in whatever form, I want you to close your eyes.

Now, picture some of the best learning days you had while in school.

Done?

Ok.  Now, let me ask you this….

How many of those days included a special workbook page?

How about a spirited recitation of monotonous facts?

How about that awesome film strip back in social studies?  (*note:  For those of you too young to know what a filmstrip is, it’s a stagnant picture projected onto a screen with a sound track generally playing on a cassette tape recorder.  At the sound of the “ding” the teacher advances the film to the next frame.)

I’m willing to guess that the most memorable learning days of the vast majority of you reading this had something to do with a hands-on project, a field trip, a living piece of literature that took you to another time and place or a teacher who took extra time to engage with you one on one.  In other words, you were ACTIVELY doing what you learned, creating something or sharing a connection rather than sitting on your backside, pencil in hand filling out pages of monotonous twaddle or getting blurry-eyed from dry texts.

Am I right?

Homeschooling seeks those memorable types of learning connections and hands-on doing.  That’s one of the reason it’s so successful.

Remembering you own key times of learning, why wouldn’t you want those few moments you experienced as a student to be a consistent reality for your children?

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Wordsmith Apprentice Review

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Recently, two of my four children staged a ‘creative writing revolt’. Stating some very impressive reasons why the current writing curriculum wasn’t working for them, I knew this was more than just a cry of “we don’t want to write”.

 

Several years ago, my then 11 year old reviewed Wordsmith Apprentice.  Remembering how much fun it was and how easy it was to use,  I decided to get a copy for my now 11 year old.

 

Since it’s been received with great enthusiasm, here is the original review …..

 

Looking for a fun way to engage creative writing skills in your 4-6th grader?

I was too!

My 11 year old is a charismatic, socially charged, colorful individual. Shouldn’t he have a curriculum to match?

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Right off the bat, I knew he’d enjoy Wordsmith Apprentice….

TO THE STUDENT

“Writing is one of the most important skills you will ever learn.  Whether you like it or not, at times in your life you will be called upon to express your thoughts in writing.  Just suppose:

You are asked why you want a certain job.

You want to send your mother a special birthday or holiday greeting.

Your local hang-gliding club volunteers you to write the club history.

Your boss demands a report on sewing needle factories in South America (due tomorrow).

You are called upon to teach a Sunday school class.

You want to convince someone to marry you.

All of these will be much easier if you know how to write down your own thoughts.”

Written to the student, Wordsmith Apprentice is self-directed, teaching “writing excellence through unique, skill-building exercises.”

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Organized into three main sections, your student will utilize real-life exercises progressing from nouns, verbs & basic sentence structure to modifiers & more complex sentences to organizing & reporting.

This “learning” is done in stealth mode as he/she becomes a member of a fictitious newspaper working through various ‘journalism type’ exercises.  Plus, it’s just plain fun!

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After my son wrote a help wanted ad for someone to train his frogs and another for someone to do his school work, he was hooked!  As a bonus, he loved being able to work through the book on his own with minimal oversight from Mom!

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Map Travelers Review!

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What does the perfect geography curriculum look like?

 

Hmmm…multi-level, interactive, encompassing all continents, easily adjustable to age and learning styles AND super affordable.

 

Well, I found it.  Really, I did!

 

It’s called Map Travelers from NIA Unit Studies!

 

Map Travelers Review

 

Map Travelers is carefully and thoughtfully compiled with hand-on activities (recipes too!), research and open ended projects/assignments, with literature and movie suggestions for ages 6-13.

 

Though this curriculum is schedule 5 days a week for 21 weeks, it is easily adaptable to your family’s interests and needs.  So, if your child (children!) is really enjoying a particular continent or country, stay put!  There’s enough flexibility built into the study to extend your “visit” to that region!

 

 

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For this review, my 11 year old daughter picked two weeks of “travel” from the cd-rom. The first was a week from Europe (specifically Russia and the Netherlands) and the second, a week from the United States.

 

Pulling up the interactive schedule for the week on Europe, on the first day we label a map of Europe with our destination and discuss why Russia is considered part of Europe and Asia.

 

As we look ahead to the rest of the week, we consider what activities to do and gather the necessary supplies.  We also comb through the book and movie lists.

 

One unique part of this curriculum is the movie and book lists.  The author realizes that what is ok for one homeschool may not be alright for another.  With this in mind, links to read reviews for each book and movie are included.  This way, you won’t be caught off guard!

 

Out of the many choices for Russia and the Netherlands, we choose Wheel on the School for our reading (note, this selection takes us both weeks to finish)

 

 

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For research, we took a fun tour of those ‘Onion dome’ buildings of Russia via the link on the Map Travelers cd-rom.

 

For hands on fun, Russian Paper Dolls ….

 

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And a try at making Oliebollen – a doughnut type of dessert from The Netherlands.  Regretfully it didn’t turn out, so we will try this one again at a later date.

 

As we tour week one of the Unites States, we stop to enjoy making a Paper Quilt….

 

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and Native American Sand Painting (we took the liberty of using glitter instead of sand)….

 

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Plus a selection of possible movies …..

 

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We both were so thrilled with this curriculum that we will continue with it over the summer and into next year!  We can’t wait to visit the other 43 featured countries!

 

Make sure YOU check out the interactive sample HERE!

 

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Introducing Clean from Healthy Home Company!

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Introducing Clean from Healthy Home Company, made “from organic, Ecocert, ToxicFree®, and natural ingredients that remove hard water and tough stains, yet is completely biodegradable and safe. It replaces over 10 products in your home, including the bathroom, laundry room and kitchen, effectively cutting through stubborn grease and more.”

 

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In my experience, most orange cleaners have a rather pungent, artificial smell reminiscent of circus peanuts candy or baby aspirin – GROSS!  The thought of using such a toxic product to clean my house makes me weak in the knees!

 

When I received my sample of Clean, I admit I opened the cap with trepidation, expecting to be hit with that all too familiar “orange yuck” smell.  Let me tell you, I was absolutely shocked to be greeted with a wonderfully mild and absolutely pleasant smell that warranted another whiff.

 

Ah!  Yes, I’m actually going to enjoy this product!

 

Clean is the perfect “natural cleaning agent for surfaces such as countertops, sinks, showers, metal, dishes, laundry, windows, floors, and pets.”

 

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Setting to work with my very own bottle, I cleaned our bathroom and kitchen countertops, stove top, refrigerator, bath tub and shower.  I was pleased with the results and I didn’t have to worry about anyone getting a headache from toxin overload! As a budget conscious mother of 4, I was pleased to see that 18 fl oz of Clean concentrate makes up to 36 bottles of cleaner!

 

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If you’d like to know more about Clean or other Healthy Home products through Montana Healthy Living, please fill out their special contact form.

 

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Green Scene Mom’s Fall Awards Giveaway!

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Celebrate Fall with this great giveaway featuring winners from The Green Scene Mom Award Winners!  Enter to win an amazing prize package worth $400!

The Green Scene Mom Awards celebrate niche, eco-friendly products and innovative product designs. We are very excited to announce the 2014 Fall Award Winners! Many of these great companies have also contributed prizes to Green Scene Mom’s Fall Awards Giveaway. Enter to win below!

Green Scene Mom 2014 Fall Award Winners

Baby Buddy Tooth TissuesBaby Buddy Tooth Tissues
Tooth Tissues make cleaning a baby’s teeth simple and easy to introduce regular oral care to a young child. Tooth Tissues are the natural first step to brushing a child’s teeth after every meal and they’re a simple way to ensure a baby isn’t negatively affected by oral bacteria. Award Details »

bambu natural utensilsbambu natural utensils
bambu’s natural feeding products are an eco-friendly twist on conventional baby utensils. Each product is created to meet a need within the various stages from infancy to childhood and each item is shaped to be easy to use by kids learning to feed themselves. Award Details »

Bumkins Finer Baby ProductsBumkins Finer Baby Products
Bumkins has a huge selection of eco-friendly products that are available in coordinating prints. Bumkins waterproof bags and cloth diapers are easy to use and clean and help reduce household trash. Award Details »

Buttons Cloth DiapersButtons Cloth Diapers
Buttons Cloth Diapers make diapering easy and Eco-friendly. Their new prints are so adorable and feature quality details, sturdy leg gussets, and a simple adjustable snap system that allows the diaper to grow with your baby. Award Details »

Cache Coeur Signature Maternity LingerieCache Coeur Signature Maternity Lingerie
Cache Coeur offers elegant solutions for pregnancy and nursing to make life more comfortable and stylish. Their lingerie line includes designs that are functional and embellished with feminine details. Award Details »

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Exploring the New World with Winter Promise

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We’ve done it!  We’ve completed the first unit of Winter Promise’s American Crossing curriculum.  Written in Charlotte Mason style with plenty of hands on activities, this year’s History learning has been a hit so far!

 

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We explored the new world with Cartier, De Soto, Columbus, Drake, and Hudson  (just to name a few), reading historical accounts from Homeschool in the Woods Time Travelers series and choosing from a wide variety of hands on activities.

 

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Utilizing these cd-roms are easy because Winter Promise has done the scheduling and matched up the lessons and activities for you.  Simply insert the cd-rom into the computer, read the pre-scheduled lesson from your screen, choose which printable activities you wish and print them! Voila!

 

Our History learning also included living books:  Native Homes,  Life in a Longhouse Village, Benjamn Franklin An American Genius, Naya Nuki, and Blood on the River.

 

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For our hands on activities we visited cities of gold…. well, it’s not exactly precious metal.  But, for being paper, it’s pretty cool!

 

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Studying up on navigation and sailing skills, we tried our hand at tying knots.  While it was an eye opening experience, regular rope would have worked much better!

 

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Among the choices of handwriting, and creative writing, is an option for lapbooking.  My daughter, being the “out-of-the-box” kind of girl, picked from the printables to make her own ‘Navigators notebook’ at the end of the unit.

 

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How about a game of Pirate Panoply?  All my kids joined in for this one!  Roll the dice and be the first one to dress your pirate in his garb…..

 

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Spiffy!

 

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For your culinary indulgence, there are a number of recipes to choose from.  We tried out Spice Cookies and Portuguese Sweet Rice with yummy results!

 

Speaking of food, when we studied more about Benjamin Franklin, we noted that in his pursuit of being frugal he consumed A LOT of Hasty Pudding.  Curiously, we cooked up a batch.  My children all agreed that “while it benefited Mr. Franklin, they were more than happy not to eat it all that often”.

 

I didn’t think it was that bad.  It’s really impressive how much just one cup of corn meal makes!!!  (Shown is small serving sizings…there’s PLENTY left in the pan!)

 

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In addition, Winter Promise comes with the ability to make a State Study Notebook.  In this unit we learned more about Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

 

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And that doesn’t even scratch the surface of maps, mapping, timelines, art study and character/Bible study!!!!  There’s so much to choose from that some weeks I end up whittling things down a bit as we have more going on outside the home.  That is one of the great features of American Crossing!

 

Back in the day, I remember LOVING the study of the Explorers.  My 6th grade daughter wasn’t too thrilled with this part of history – until we got to the Pirates and moved into Colonial Life!

 

Arrr matey!!! Stay tuned as next time we’ll wrap up Colonial Life!

 

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