Friday, February 4, 2011

The Homeschool Mother’s Journal- Week 3

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The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…

I’ve been busy learning the art of couponing.  After watching an episode of Extreme Couponing, my husband is convinced that I should be able to acquire all of our groceries and personal care items at little to no out of pocket cost. Clearly, couponing is not as easy as that or everyone would do it. However, I have couponed in the past and was doing really well when we began traveling with my husbands job. Let me say that stocking up when you live in a motor home is easier said than done.

In our homeschool this week…

We’ve not been very diligent. My boys each worked together two full days which left just my daughter and I at home. It doesn’t take long for her to complete her assigned work, so we spent our afternoons visiting some of the thrift stores in our area. We found some amazing quilt pieces so we are beginning  a quilting project. Sewing is not my thing so I’m really hoping that I can be a good example and see this project through to completion.

Since our visit to Narnia: The Exhibit, we’ve been fascinated with the works of C.S. Lewis once again. I rented a movie from Netflix, The Life and Faith of C.S. Lewis, that we watched and enjoyed. It also discussed his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien. I’d found a book called The Tolkien Companion by J.E.A. Tyler which I presented to my oldest son and he’s been reading it every spare moment.

My 15- year old is still focused on training for boot camp and has visited the gym every day this week and is thrilled with his progress.      

Places we’re going & people we’re seeing…

My parent’s will be visiting from Ohio next weekend and I’m busy planning some sight seeing excursions while they’re here. We’re all looking forward to showing them around Alabama- we just hope that the snow lets up in Ohio so they can actually drive here!

What’s working/not working for us…

I received two products this week to review that I am absolutely thrilled with, a bible/worldview curriculum  and an art program. You’ll hear more about these products in the weeks to come. 

Homeschool questions/thoughts I have…

Now that my boys are working more, I’m trying to figure out how to schedule our days. It’s been a challenge since they don’t really have a set work schedule. They work for my husband and he doesn’t typically know too far in advance when he will need them. So far we kind of take it day by day. 

A photo to share…

smashed penny souvenir jewelry 4

Check out my newest adventure….I’m planning to open an Etsy store next week featuring my unique penny jewelry. I’m also hosting a contest until Sunday night - if you’d like to help me choose a name, you can win any one item in the store when it launches.  

Hope you’ve had a great week! Happy Homeschooling!

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  1. I hope you have a fabulous visit with your parents.

  2. Tonya - I have always been a diligent coupon gal, however, these women over on TLC take it to the extreme (hence the name) I wish I had the time to cut that many coupons, go dumpster diving for them and go to more than 2 stores each week. It's fun to see how much we can save each week! Congrats on your Etsy store opening soon. I will have to check it out! Rock on momma!

  3. Oh I was hoping you'd come up with your new name...I'm just dying over those bracelets~maybe I can just get some pressed pennies from you to make my own stuff, huh?? PRETTY PLEASE??? LOL...Love 'em!

    I truly never found much use in coupons b/c we eat so much fresh food. NOT too many coupons for that or the discounted items I find at either those thrift stores you talked about OR the other kinds of shopper saving type stores either...We don't take the newspaper so my supply of coupons is pretty limited to and to take it just for couponing is silly and I'd have to add that cost into a line that would impact my savings pretty good...but let me say that I do print an occasional coupon: we use the local beauty school for hair care services and @ $3 a haircut it can't be beaten. NO WAY! LOL...sooo there's ways to SAVE without going coupon extreme~just be those prices...that's my biggest thing, I would say: know your prices and be willing to WAIT...
    Have a blessed day~BIG HUGS!!;-))


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