Since before my husband and I even thought about having a child, we had plenty of talks on how we would want to raise our future children. One thing we always played around with was the idea of homeschooling. The idea of being able to make your own curriculum, set your own schooling hours, allowing your child to lead the way on how he/she would learn was pretty intriguing to us. Being able to teach the Bible was huge too. I mean we can do that and they could attend public school, but to be able to create a lesson plan based around a bible story or character was pretty neat!
When we tell some that we are homeschooling, we either get the questionable look followed by “you are?” or comments like, “I could never do that”, “I wish I could do that, but…….”, “my children would never listen to me!”, “good luck with that”, “are you going to do that forever?”, “your child is never going to be socialized enough” and many others. Some of course being more supportive than others. Either way, it all kinda just makes me giggle. I know its not for everyone and to be quite honest, I’m not sure if it’s 100% for us yet, but we are giving it our all to find out! All I know is that I want to make this the most positive experience as we go through it together.
This year our daughter is turning 4. She has a birthday that would allow her to start preschool this year or next. We thought, we would start her this year and just see what it all brings. She could be ready for Kindergarten next year and just be a little younger or do another year preschool and she would be older. However, with homeschool there isn’t really exact grades, more like levels of learning and I love that. If they excel at one subject, they can continue to grow and still work on their weaker subjects along the way.
As I started to put together her curriculum, I knew I needed help. I’m not a teacher and had no clue where to start. So, after some research I decided I would make up binders of “book work”. I slid worksheets into protective sheet covers and she could use an expo marker and practice until she had it down. We would do plenty of crafts, that is my thing. However, she is more like her dad when it comes to that. She would rather sit and do book work than play with glue and glitter! That’s going to take some adjusting for me because, that was the thing I was really excited about. It’s the beauty in homeschool, she can choose how she wants to learn! Although, now I may just have to sit in the corner and play with pipe cleaners and glitter glue by myself! haha
When I started posting photos of our first week, I was so excited of the support that I got from my friends. In fact, they were wanting to know what I was all using. Instead of posting website after website, I decided I would just write an entry and share it all this way. It took a while to find good material. I am pretty frugal and for this year, I didn’t want to pay for anything. I know it took some educators a long time to come up with all this and they request a fee, but there is a lot of great free material at your fingertips, just sometimes takes a little longer to find!
I knew I wanted the basic subjects, English, Science, Math and The Bible. I broke my subjects down a little more and made sure I checked off all the qualifications she would need to learn for the next level. Colors, shapes, numbers, writing, letters, some sight words, writing her name, identifying different items, rhyming and phonics. I wrote it down and started searching.
I want to add at the following info isn’t anything I came up with. I give full credit to all the sources listed. Some can be downloaded directly to your computer and printed and others will have to be loaded to DropBox and then printed.
Great! Schools is a website that has tons of worksheets. You can break your search down by grade level and subject.
Weather Charts– A great way to start the day. Having your child go or look outside and tell you the weather! I printed off a basic sheet and laminated it. Used velcro, so the weather pictures attach easily to the chart!
Preschool Printable Activities has over 1000+ worksheets to choose from. From early learning to Holiday worksheets.
Guru Parents is a great website for reading and math. Beginning or a little more challenging for kids. I printed off a lot from this website.
Edubuzz Kids was one of my favorite sources. You can search by grade level, subject or topic. They have bring colors and the website is well organized for finding what you need!
1plus1plus1equals1 is becoming my go to place. It has a bunch of great lesson plans and worksheets with everything laid out with instructions. Awesome resource. I could get lost in the site with everything they offer.
Mrs. Jones Creation Station– I was so excited when I found this site. From here you can get tons of freebies, but even better you can edit a document so you can add your child’s name to it and they can trace it! My daughter has traced her name all week using this worksheet and she can almost write her name all by herself! I love this worksheet!
Education.com gives you a limit of what you can download each month for free, so choose wisely. They do however have a huge selection of worksheets you can download and print for free! The big thing I printed from here were sight words flash cards.
God’s Little Explorers is where I found my Bible curriculum. Its based on 4 days a week and full of fun activities! An amazing way to share the Bible with your child and help them grow and understand it.
National Kindergarten Readiness has a lot of holiday printables and fun activities.
Along with all of these printables and book work, I try to have more hands on fun. Little pom pom poofs for sorting color and size. Colored craft sticks for building and sorting. Colored pipe cleaners to sort and create fun shapes. We paint everyday. Play board games..she is getting the hang of dominos, which is pretty fun. I’m trying to incorporate our weekly letter, shape or number that we are working on into some sort of craft. For example last week was X. So, we made a Xylophone out of the letter X and traced her arm on black paper with a white crayon and used q-tips for bones to make an xray!
I’m really excited for what this year will bring. I hope you all find some great printable from the resources I have listed! As I come up with more resources throughout the year or ideas, I’ll be sure to post on my blog!
When I was searching for new cleaning products, I came across Biokleen. They have all natural household cleaners. As many know, I am pretty picky when it comes to what products I allow in my home. I have 2 young children and my youngest gets into everything. So, having a safe alternative that works is important.
I tried 3 of their products. The Laundry Liquid, the Oxygen Bleach Plus and the Bac-Out Stain Remover. I’ve been trying these products for a while now to really form an opinion. Here are my thoughts!
biokleen Laundry Liquid
This Laundry Liquid is formulated mainly for HE washers, however I had a standard washing machine at the time. What I liked is that they had listed how to use it for standard wash as well, so I knew I wasn’t going to screw anything up. It does say 64 loads, but if you’re like me and use it for a standard washer, you’ll get about half as many washes since you’ll need to use more liquid. It doesn’t contain any Phosphate, chlorine, ammonia, petroleum solvents, butyl, glycol ether, metasilicate, brighteners, SLES, or EDTA. Looking at the ingredients, I was pretty happy. Everything is plant based and it really did work!
My kids are pretty messy. My 3 year old is pretty careful, but she always seems to get something on her. My 16 month old has an adventurous spirit. She has no boundaries when it comes to dirt and messes. So, when I first used this liquid, it was on some straight up muddy clothes. Clothes came out great and looked fresh!
Another thing I really liked about this was the packaging. It’s made from 100% cardboard and newspaper. and the bottle actually pulls apart at the seam.
So, from there youll have 2 different pieces. the cardboard/newspaper outer shell and the inside bad that held the liquid. According to their website it’s 70% less plastic than regular laundry bottles. I found this pretty impressive!
See! Pretty cool huh? So, then you can dispose as you’re supposed to!
biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus
Next, I tried the Oxygen Bleach Plus. I could go on forever why regular bleach is horrible for you, but many may not understand how oxygen bleach is different. One huge thing is….it’s not bleach! Like this product, it’s mainly a washing soda or sodium carbonate. With regular bleach, you can’t wash your colors with it… oxygen bleach you can and it will actually brighten them! It’s a safer alternative and way better for the environment. It’ll whiten your whites and it won’t break down your clothes and wear them out faster.
So, what did I think? I really liked it! I had a stain I couldn’t get out of my daughters white shorts. Playing outside and falling in a mud puddle while we were at a friend’s house sat too long. I washed it once and there was a faded grey stain all over her shorts. I basically just told her to wear them under long dresses or to bed, I thought they were ruined. When I got the Oxygen Bleach Plus, I thought, I’d give it a try. Well what do you know.. it got the stain out. Please forgive me, I did take photos, but my phone went all wacko and I had to get a new one and lost the before and after picture. Trust me though, it worked wonderfully!
I have dogs so Bac-Out was right up my alley. Especially with our Schnauzer with a sensitive stomach.. That dog is prone to getting an upset and throwing up. Ugh! Let me tell you though, this stuff worked. It’s citrus and plant based with live enzymes cultures that really eat at the odors and eliminate them. I’ve invested in enzyme treatments and cleaners in my time of having animals and nothing really eliminated the stain and the odor, that didn’t leave the fabric or carpet funky feeling. We have a whitish carpet and the carpet looked better after using Bac-Out than before the incident even happened. It’s pretty concentrated, but you don’t have to dilute it to use it. Just point and squirt.. I’m a fan!
Looking at the ingredients, everything is plant based. The big warning for children had me look into it a little further. As that always raises a red flag for me even when its advertised as safe. According their website, they basically say since it is a household cleaner and even though it’s not toxic, they just want to raise awareness to be careful with using household cleaners around children. If they were to get it in their eyes, it would burn etc. So, just be aware!
Overall, I really liked the biokleen products. They tackled every job I gave them and succeeded! It’s nice to see that there are natural cleaning products out there that really work and aren’t misleading with labeling. What you see is what you get here.
If you’d like to check out biokleen and it’s products head over to their website HERE or their Facebook page HERE!
Have you used biokleen? Share your thoughts down below in the comments!
I have another great review for you! I like it because, 1. I never heard of this brand and 2. I am supporting another beautiful lady in a natural organic momma group I am in. Looking further into the ingredients had me intrigued for sure. This brand is Miessence, and the beautiful lady I am talking about is Marie Beermann from Australia! I have to say first off, this blog has brought me to many parts of the world I would have never expected to reach and I am so excited that it has happened. If not, I doubt I would of heard of Miessence! They have all certified organic skincare, haircare, cosmetics, superfoods, homecare and other products. With Marie’s help I was able to check out the skincare and haircare line and I have nothing negative to say.
FOR WARNING the following content will contain photos of my face without makeup! Haha.. To any woman reading this, I’m sure can relate. As I was taking photos of my skin, I did with caution. Trying to find the appropriate light. However, I have to say it wasn’t that bad. These products were really conditioning and it made me feel confident. I didn’t have the horrible dry spots as I do usually. So, of course, I took pictures to share with you all.. Proceed with caution…..even though.. I felt pretty good!
So, after working most the day in the salon, my makeup had worn off some and with the heat outside my face melted somewhat. I was more than excited to wash my face and start over.
The Cleanser was great! Took my makeup off super easy. I didn’t feel like I needed to really scrub. I like that. My eyeliner is prone to raccoon eyes. This wasn’t the case. Washed off easily! See…
Next, was the skin conditioner…..
The skin conditioner was more of a skin serum. It was sooo smooth! The one thing I loved compared to other skin serums was that I didn’t feel like I was suffocating! It was light weight and moisturizing!
The Moisturizer was probably my favorite!
It was smooth and smelled ok. As I put it on, it made me think of tea and butter, which was kind of odd, but it faded. Overall, It made my skin feel wonderful! It wasn’t heavy and didn’t have a greasy feeling like other moisturizers I have tried. I would of felt confident to stop right here, go about my day, feeling like my skin felt beautiful!
Next, I tried the foundations. Now I am a little picky when it comes to foundation. They can get clumpy, gritty and can dry out your skin. They make your skin look dry and flaky, so usually I just opt to not using any. However. Miessence didn’t disappoint! I tried 3 different kinds… Honey, Vanilla and Porcelain!
I was pretty surprised when I used all 3 of these colors on different sections of my face. When they say translucent, they actually mean it. All 3 gave me a different glow when I rubbed them in. The honey gave me a warm glow. I liked it! It was a nice sun kissed color to my cheek. The vanilla I would use probably on a daily basis. It matched my skin and it didn’t look like I was wearing makeup at all. The Porcelain, would work well under my eyes as they can get darker just a tad and this would be a good way to cancel that out! When they were rubbed in, it felt more like a lotion than a foundation.
Can you tell I used 3 different types of foundation? I think that’s what I like most. They have their slight differences but yet cover my imperfections!
Eeeekk.. now forget you saw any of those images and just remember what I said… Miessence is a win!!
I also had the pleasure to try some of their other products! Like the Shampoo and Conditioner….
Now with being a hairstylist and trying every single shampoo and conditioner under the sun. I can be pretty bias, but this was pretty good! The shampoo, I only had to use once. I usually only wash my hair once every 5 days or so, which in turn I need to wash my hair twice to get it really clean. This shampoo, one time did the trick!
The conditioner, left my hair soft and pliable. It wasn’t heavy and was easy to get through my hair. My hair has a tendency to tangle easily… Not the case here… For a natural conditioner, this worked well for me!
The last 3 products I used from Miessence were the Body Wash, Shave Gel and After Shave Balm. With body washes, I’m not to picky. As long as it smells decent (but not over powering with artificial fragrance) and cleans well, I don’t care. This body wash was good though. The smell was light, it lathered well and didn’t leave a soapy residue on my skin!
The Shave Gel and Balm worked well together. I shaved my legs with the gel. I have super sensitive skin. so shaving my legs always leaves me with bumps and the feeling of a rug burn. The shave gel worked well with my razor. It was smooth going on and let my razor get close. I felt like it moisturized as I used it and left no stubble.. YAY! The balm prevented any razor bumps. I was happy. I didn’t feel like I had burnt bumpy legs, probably because it has aloe vera! Plus, it was smooth! Happy lady right here!
Overall, I’d say Miessence is a winner. All the products I tried didn’t disappoint! They over exceeded my expectations and I am happy to recommend the brand to others! The ingredients list is easy to read on all the products and I knew what all of them were. The quality is great and price is probably more on the higher side for many, but more than reasonable for the quality you receive!
I hope you all give Miessence a chance! Check out Miessence HERE or email Marie at email@example.com with any questions you may have!
Having children can make you a nervous wreck. You’re now responsible for this little human, to keep them happy and healthy. The happy part is pretty easy. Well, unless you’re child is like my youngest daughter, then it makes things a little more of challenge. However, for the most part, you play with them and give them attention and they are content. Keeping them healthy seems like it is a pretty easy job, but looking at labels anymore can make any heart race. So many preservatives, artificial who knows what and chemicals galore. Their little bodies and their super thin skin can be easily irritated by the smallest things. That’s why as parents we need to conscious of what we buy and use. To top it off, most of these chemicals are cancer causing. I know, I personally never want my child to ever have to go through something like that.
One thing to remember, just because the store sells it, doesn’t mean it’s safe. One large company years ago……*cough Johnson and Johnson *cough, finally removed formaldehyde from their ingredients and lately were sued for causing ovarian cancer with their talc (baby powder). It’s crazy to me. Just because they label products “soft” and “gentle”, could be anything but that. Or even better, using the words “natural”, when really only 1 ingredient is. Just be aware and read your labels. If you can’t pronounce it, google it or look the product up yourself on the Environmental Working Group page.
Luckily, there are so many great companies that offer alternatives to many of the products we buy for our children. Yes, they might cost a little more, but it’s worth it.
I’ve been researching a lot of these companies and thinking about all the categories needing to cover. Anything and everything that touches their skin.. Eating is a whole other post.. but this is what I came up with. Please look at the ingredients list closely as most links just get you to a main page of products. If you question a product, run it through the EWG. Overall I hope this helps raise awareness to safer products to use for your children.
Naty– Fragrance and Chlorine Free.
Andy Pandy– 100% Bamboo fiber and biodegradable.
Bambo Nature– Free of chlorine, perfume, brighteners and lotions.
Nurtured By Nature– Chlorine Free
Babyganics– No chlorine, latex, petroleum based lotions or fragrances
Broody Chick– 100% Natural and Compostable
Attitude– Free of carcinogens, mutagens & reproductive toxins
Baby Products- Baby Wash/Shampoo, Lotion, Diaper Cream
Tamalia Naturals– Natural and Organic
Daisy Blue Naturals- 100% Natural
Beaming Baby– Organic Lotion, Baby Wash and Bubble Bath.
Naty– Paraben and SLS Free.
Earth’s Best– At least 70% Organic, hypoallergenic.
Pure Haven Essentials– All natural and organic. Baby wash, lotion, powder and diaper cream.
Badger- USDA Organic
Babo Botanicals– No sulfates, parabens, pthalates, synthetic fragrances and dyes.
Lafes Natural Body Care– Over 70% Organic
Earth Mama Angel Baby– Certified Organic
Mom of 11 Kids– All Natural
Beaming Baby– Certified Organic
Naty– 100% Biodegradable.
Bambo Nature- Chlorine and perfume free, no brighteners, eco friendly and biodegradeable. However some ingredients depending on your beliefs can be questionable.
Babyganics– No alcohol, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes or fragrances. However do contain sodium benzonate which can be questionable depending on your research.
Jackson Reece– no parabens, alcohol, phthalates, DMDM hydantoin, sodium benzoate or phenoxyethanol
Bum Boosa– Bamboo and plant based.
Water Wipes– Contain water and grapeseed oil…that’s it.
Broody Chick– Chemical and fragrance free.
Earth’s Best– Fluoride Free and Organic Teething Gel.
Pure Haven Essentials– All natural and made with organic ingredients. Orange
Dr Bronners– this is for older children and adults.
Poofy Organics- Cherry Organic Toothpaste for Toddlers
Jack & Jill– Natural Toothpaste, Fluoride free with organic ingredients.
The Best 26 Organic Clothing Brands of 2016. Credit- The Good Trade
Earth’s Best– All natural, fragrance free and water resistant.
Babyganics– SPF 50+
Badger– 98% Organic and Certified Natural
Raw Elements USA– Organic
California Baby– Top Marks from EWG.
Beachcomber– Organic, no parabens or pthalates.
Kabana Skincare– Organic. My review here.
Babyganics– Citronella, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemongrass & Geranium
Badger– Certified Natural
Lafes Natural Body Care– Certified Organic
My list grows everyday as I’m a mom that wants to use what’s best. If I find something I don’t like, I stop using it and move on. I haven’t personally tried every single one of these brands. Like I mentioned, this was mainly researching these brands and seeing what I thought was best. Use your best judgement.
Do you have any comments about the brands I have listed? How would you rate them on your own scale? Share in the comments below!
I could eat hard boiled eggs all day long… My favorite way to eat them though, on a salad. They just mesh so well with the salad dressing. It’s wonderful…..However what isn’t wonderful…. is making them. I dread boiling the water and then second guessing the whole process. Do I put them in when the water is cold and bring it to a boil or do I put them in after it boils? I can never remember. Then once they are done, that stupid green ring from being over cooked appears! UGH!! It always fails me.
Now, since I’ve been using the oven method, I always have boiled.. uhh I mean baked eggs in my refrigerator! It is fool proof. I love it! So, today I thought I’d share how I do it. Plus, to top it off.. they peel soooo easy! It’s crazy! Before, I had the ugly, crater eggs. Now, they are perfectly shaped.. Yes, they may have some not so pretty spots that I’ll show you here in a bit, but trust me you’re going to love this.
What you need: eggs, a muffin tin and an oven!
Step 1: Put eggs in muffin tin.
Step 2: Bake at 325 degrees for 30 mins.
Step 3: Remove eggs from oven and immediately place in an ice bath until cool.
Step 4: Peel your eggs. I personally like to lay it on a paper towel putting firm pressure on it….
Giving you a cracked shell all around.
LOOK!!! A perfect egg!!
However…. DO NOT BE ALARMED! There will probably be some dark spots on your egg where it rested against the pan! It’s still yummy!
The inside is PERFECT!! No Green Ring!!!
There you have it.. How to make the perfect unboiled, hard boiled egg that’s baked! Best method yet! If you like a softer egg, just take it out sooner. All ovens are different, so you may have to play around with times! ENJOY!!
If you have anymore quick hacks like the egg baking, post down in the comments!!
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