Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Power in Your Hands by Sharon Watson

Writing has always been a struggle in our little homeschool. 

My son hates to write anything.  And I mean anything.    As in he sometimes does his assignments orally because he doesn’t want to write the answers. 

So, when I was offered the chance to review a high school writing curriculum I was on board 100%. 

I met Sharon ( the creator of this curriculum) at our local homeschool conference this past spring.  We had heard about this review but wasn’t sure who would get which book and I honestly didn’t even know if I would be picked at all. 

Sharon was amazingly sweet and helpful.  She talked to my friend and I about each book and helped us understand the difference between the three she has available.   I love using curriculum that fellow homeschooling mom’s have written.  Sharon has been homeschooling her 3 children for years and she understands all of the good and the bad that goes along with it.   You can read everyone’s reviews on the different books at Home & School Mosaics

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I was given The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School.   I received the teacher’s guide and the Student’s Book.  It is meant to be used without the parent’s help.  That is a huge plus for me because I am going back to school and just started a new job.  I needed curriculum for the upcoming school year that allows Griffin to do it himself and then  I can check when I get home.    The Power in Your Hands works perfectly for that.   You can also have a  more input if you would like.    I do have to grade the papers but this is easy compared to other writing curriculums.

The cost is $14.98 for the Teacher’s manual and the Student Manual $39.98.   This is very reasonably priced for a curriculum that is intended to be used for two years.  I love that if you need to take it slower, it is okay to do so, also.  This means for less than $60 we have two high school years of writing. 

I have always liked writing.  So I never understood why my kids do not.    Griffin was quite hesitant when we started this because he thought it was going to be like every other time I’ve tried to have him write something.  Getting him to write even a paragraph was like the proverbial pulling teeth.   

Teaching the course is super easy too.  It shows exactly how to grade writing which can be a little confusing (especially if you have never done it).    The course starts at the very beginning and is perfect for even the most basic writing when you child has had none (which mine hasn’t). 

Griffin has finished the first few lessons and hasn’t complained too much.  I’m not going to act like he loves writing now.  I won’t even say he likes it.  But, we don’t cry now when I mention writing.  This is a win for us.  

THE FACTS:

8 1/2 x 11 soft cover books

Student Manual (420 + pages ) which costs $39.98

Teachers Manual (200+ pages) and costs $14.98 (honestly this is worth way more)

Designed for homeschools, co-0ps and Christian schools.

The student writes essays, biographies and more.  Sharon teaches from brainstorming ideas (my son needed twriting-fiction-in-high-school-coverhis a lot) all the way through proofreading. 

The teacher guide gives all the answers.  Plus so much more.   

Griffin says he likes that it is funny, and it allows him to be funny, too. 

jump-in-front-cover-231x300Sharon has written two other books that were reviewed.  Writing Fiction in High School and Jump In.   You can also view Sharon’s website.  

All in all, I really like this curriculum.  I like that Griffin doesn’t hate writing with this curriculum.  The teacher’s manual is great and the style of teaching is very student friendly.   Check out what our other reviewers have to say so you can see if this may be a fit for your family. 

 

 

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Medical Conversions for Math

So, I’m trying to get into nursing school.   It’s a crap load of work Winking smile

I’m in a math class that is A Dimensional Approach to Medical Dosages and Calculations.

We have to memorize all of the conversions so that the math questions are easier and we don’t have to continue to look to see what equals what.

I have been studying these for a couple of weeks.  I have found that the easiest way to memorize them is flashcards.  I picked bright colored paper because white bores me.   The following is the list that our teacher requires us to learn.  This is for me as well as it is for you because I’m hoping that typing them will help me remember.   I didn’t put them in any specific order because this also keeps me from just memorizing them in order.  (I’m lazy that way).

1 mg =  1000 mcg

1 tsp = 60 gtts

1 pt = 500 mL

1 C = 8 oz

1 pt = 500 mL

1 tsp = 5 mL

1 mL = 1 cc

1 grain = 60 mg

dram 1 = 5 mL

1 mL = minim 15

1 oz = 30 mL

1 pt = 16 oz

1 C = 240 mL

1 oz = dram 8

1 oz = 6 tsp

1 oz = 2 tbsp

1 tbsp = 3 tsp

1tbsp = 15 mL

1 mg = 1000 mcg

1 qt = 2 pts

1 qt = 1000 mL

1 pt  = 2 c

1 m  = 100 cm

1 ft = 12 in

1 in = 2.5 cm

1 mL = 15 gtts

1 kg = 2.2 lbs

1 lb = 16 oz

1 kg = 1000 g

1 g = 1000 mg

 

Hope this helps!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Random Thoughts 5/7/14

I never profess to know everything.  Heck, in fact, I never claim to “know” anything. 

I do, however, have some interesting thoughts every now and then.  I usually post them on Facebook.  But, since my blog is neglected a lot, I decided to start putting them here.  (And of course linking to it on FB).

Random Thoughts

1.  Hearing what sounds like gun shots in my back yard kinda scares me.  Upon further investigation, it is just my son and his friend shooting about 2000 rounds of paint balls.  At the chicken coop.

2.  I have homeschooled my children now for a total of almost 10 years.  I thought books were expensive for them. 

Can someone tell me how I can buy a complete science curriculum for a sophomore in high school for $170 (which includes everything you need for experiments, Teacher DVD, Ebook and 500 page workbook) and one biology book and the lab manual for college  $320?  Seriously?  No wonder people cannot afford college.  

3.    I believe that everyone deserves second chances.  I’m the best at giving second chances.  I do, however, have a problem with sex offenders.  I don’t believe they should ever be allowed around kids.  If I am somewhere with  my kids and a known offender (multiple offenses including more than one jail sentence) walks in, please don’t be offended because I walk out.  Even small towns have super creepy people.

4.  I really want something to eat.  But, I don’t want to cook. 

5.  Coffee makes me happy.  Chocolate makes me happy.  Chocolate flavored coffee is gross.  But, chocolate flavored creamer in my coffee makes me ecstatic.  

6.  As I have gotten old, I realize that my Mom and Dad really did know everything.  I can’t remember at what age I figured it out.  I’m hoping my kids “get it” a lot sooner than I did. 

Until next time. . . . . . ..  

God Bless

Monday, April 28, 2014

Who needs Chipotle?

My new favorite restaurant is Chipotle

Now let me specify that the first time I ate there I hated it.    I thought it tasted just like grass.  And I don’t like to eat grass.   My niece told me I just didn’t order the right thing.  So I gave it another chance.   I don’t think it was that I ordered the wrong thing, I think I just got a bite of something weird.   Now, I love it.   So, if you try it and think you might as well  be grazing with the little cows out in the pasture, give it another chance. 

I love that it is quick.  I love that everything is fresh and locally grown (as much as possible).   I love their guacamole and I have never liked it any other place.   I love their corn salsa (cept I have to pick out all of the onions (see below))

I get their chicken fajita bowel with a flour tortilla. 

Now, if you know me at all, you know I am a pretty picky eater.   Okay, I am a very picky eater. 

Meat is not my friend.  Because I have IBS, most meat makes me sick. (Onions do too!) Chicken is not one of them so I eat it most of the time.     But, I am also picky about my chicken.  I only eat white meat.   

And I never eat it if it looks funny.  Funny weird, not funny ha ha.    I also do not eat the gross slimy part of the tenderloin.  It is just gross.

So, when I buy chicken I pretty much throw 2/3 of it away.  

Well, Chipotle’s chicken is pretty okay but I have found several pieces of strange looking chicken so I usually pick it all out.

There are two things I do not like about Chipotle.

One is the closest one is almost 40 minutes from  me.   That’s pretty far for a fajita.

The second is it is kind of expensive.   

Now, instead of driving 40 minutes, picking out all of the things I don’t like, and spending lots of money, I  just make my own at home.  It also is better because neither one of the kids will eat with me when we eat out there.  They’re even pickier than me.

Making the fajita’s at home is super easy and not very expensive.  I used our garden produce for the corn and sweet potatoes.  I know, sweet potatoes don’t go in fajita’s but they were delicious and make up for no meat in them.

Here’s the way I make them.  I use GMO free and organic things as long as I can find them. 

Yummy Chicken Fajita’s (without the chicken Winking smile)

  2 small fingerling sweet potatoes

1 small onion (for some reason, onions out of my mom’s garden do not make me sick)

about 10 mushrooms

1 garlic toe (That makes me smile.  Did you know that is what one little thing off of a garlic clove is called?)

hand full of asparagus

black beans

corn

sour cream

shredded cheddar cheese

You can use however much you want of each of the ingredients.  I guess you could even put chicken (or another meat) if you wanted to in them.   If you like something a lot, just use more of it.

I sautéed in the following order in olive oil:

sweet potatoes and onion together

add garlic

asparagus

beans

corn and mushrooms last

Once all of the ingredients are cooked to your likeness, I warm the tortilla up in the skillet, add everything then top with the cheese and a bite of sour cream.   YUM-O 

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These are great with rice also but I was too lazy tonight to make it.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Music to my ears.





Do you blame yourself for things that you have no idea if you could have
prevented? 

Do you feel like everything lies on your shoulders, regardless of if it had
anything to do with you?

Do you believe that you mess things up no matter how hard you try?

Well . . . .  I do.

My son used to love to play the guitar.  He was passionate about it like
nothing else he had ever done.

Here is a video I took of his first band practice at our old church.  This
makes me miss a lot of things.  Sardinia Church of Christ, hearing Griffin play
on stage, and hearing Robby (the former worship leader) sing.


Here is a video I took of his first band practice at our old church.  This
makes me miss a lot of things.  Sardinia Church of Christ, hearing Griffin play
on stage, and hearing Robby (the former worship leader) sing.

He played at church.  He is very gifted.   If he played a song, he didn’t
have to have music after the first time.  He just remembered everything he
played.

I loved to hear him play at night before he went to bed.  It didn’t matter if
it was loud, crazy, head banging music or if it was church songs played
quietly.  I loved it all.

He stopped playing about a year and a half ago.  Completely.  This happened
when my ex-husband left.  This is the part I worry about being my fault.  I
worry that I didn’t handle it well.

 Of course I didn’t.

 But,  I wonder if there was something different I could have done to help
our kids deal with it better.    The saying Hindsight is 20/20 rings so true in
this circumstance.  Griffin has dealt with it by withdrawing.  From a lot of
things.  I’m pretty sure not playing guitar has been one of them.  I’m not sure
if he just gave up on things he liked or what.  I know that he feels like he
doesn’t get to do the things he used to do with his Dad.  This breaks my heart. 

I’m a girl.  I can’t change that, of course.   I try to do things with him
that they used to do.  I ride four wheelers (which I love).  I watch him do the
things he likes.  Like shoot guns.   And play video games.  But, I know that it
will never be the same.  He feels like Bella and I have things in common because
we are both girls, and I have nothing in common with him.   

But, I believe that a Mom cannot replace a Dad.  Ever.   Kids need their Dads
for so many reasons.  I can’t be everything.  No matter how much I try. 

Now for the good part.  The other night I was watching tv (which I rarely
do).  I heard an amazing sound coming from upstairs.

IT WAS MUSIC!!!  Sweet guitar music.  I don’t know what has changed.  Time
really does help, I guess.   The music made my heart smile.  

Every day since then, I have heard him practicing.  Today, I asked him to get
his math so I could help him.  Algebra is killing us.  Winking smile

He said, can I practice the guitar for a little while first?  

Why, YES.  Yes you can.   He is upstairs now playing the old church songs I
have missed hearing so much.  Bella is singing while he plays.

After all the praying I have done, it seems as if God has showed up.  In HIS
time.  I wanted everything to be better immediately.  But, once again, I see
that things don’t happen when I want them to.  They happen when God is ready.  
My children mean the world to me.  I know they mean so much more to God. 

When people of this world let us down, isn’t it amazing that God never
does?   I serve an amazing God who never leaves me.   That is worth more than
anything this world offers. 

Every single time.




Happy Homeschooling and God Bless.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cake in a Cup

My kids love snacks.   Especially chocolate.  They get that from  me.  Winking smile 

And they feel the need to eat every day?  What is up with that?   I thought as they got older it would get easier because they would want to fix their own food.  

Nah. They like me to do pretty much everything.

So, my mom has been telling me about this great “cake in a cup” that they make in the microwave at work.   I’ve heard her say it about a thousand times and thought, whatever.  It sounded silly. 

Well, my kids talked me into doing it.  And Mom handed me the cake mix and said “make this for your kids” so I just about had to.

It really is simple.

You take an Angel Food Cake mix and mix it with any other kind of cake mix.  The Angel Food mix is a must cuz it has eggs and milk and stuff in it which allows you to not need anything other than water to make it.

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We used Devil’s Food cake mix along with the Angel Food.  I figured they would balance each other out.  You can keep the mix in anything you want to.  I put it in a gallon zip lock baggie because I have pretty much thrown away all of my plastic wear because I didn’t want to wash it.

The recipe after you mix the two cake mixes together is simply

3 – 2-  1

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3- tablespoons of the mix

2- tablespoons of water

1 – minute in the microwave

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Our mug was a little big so I’m gonna try to do it by doubling the recipe (all except the time cuz Mom said you only cook it one minute no matter what). 

It makes a very yummy, spongy, little cupcake.   It would be delicious with homemade buttercream icing but that would be too much work. 

The only thing I need to warn you about is make sure you tell the kids to rinse out the cup when they are finished.  I just unloaded 10 dirty coffee mugs from the dishwasher because it evidently doesn’t get the crusty cake mix off without rinsing.   (Yeah I said 10 cups.  These things are addictive, I guess.)

Happy Homeschooling and hope you enjoy.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Baby it’s cold outside

Living in Ohio gives us the opportunity to see some freaky weather.   Yesterday it was 48 degrees.   Today the weather app says it is –4 with a wind chill factor of –28 degrees.   Now that is some cold temperatures.

Last night I decided to start forecasting the weather on Facebook.  It has been a huge success.  I am right 100% of the time.  How can I do that when even the best meteorologists can’t even come close ?  It’s easy.  I just look out the window and give up to date, right this minute, weather. 

Right now, as it was this morning, it is cold.   How cold?  Who know’s?  Honestly, I don’t care.  It is so frickin cold I don’t want to go out and find out how cold it is. 

But, being the amazing homeschooling mama I am (besides the fact that we don’t do snow or cold days) we went outside to do an experiment.

Thank you, Amy for giving us the experiment idea.   Will a bubble freeze in this cold weather?

We had no bubbles so first we had to make them.   Easy enough with water and Dawn dish soap.  Bella informed me that warm water freezes faster than cold so we used that.

We also had no bubble wand.  No problem.  We used my fancy little whisk that I have no other use for.  I think it actually is an egg separator?

We spent about 5 minutes outside on the porch.  No coats which probably wasn’t a great idea but honestly I wasn’t too cold.  Bella was shaking so I’m guessing she was.  Griffin put on coat, gloves, hat with face covered, boots and all the other normal clothes.  He said he was going in the woods.  He wanted no part of our experiment.

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We blew the bubbles and waited.  It was kind of windy so most of them busted before we could catch them on the bubble want/egg separator.

They didn’t freeze.  At all.   They spun around a little.

Bella then decided we could just leave them out and see if they freeze.  

We put it in a flower pot and they turned into a thin sheet of ice.  Bella touched it and it was kind of like saran wrap.   Then it broke.

So, maybe if you have good bubbles and not homemade ones this would work better.   I wasn’t too impressed with the results but we can now say we have played with bubbles when it below zero outside.   

Check out my weather reports on Facebook, well if you’re my friend.  If not, I guess you’ll just hafto either look out of your own window or watch the news.  I apologize that I can’t allow everyone the enjoyment of my friends and my senses of humor but there are freaks out there, as I’m sure you well know.

Happy Homeschooling and Stay Warm.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Udderly Smooth Cream -

Winter is always hard on my skin.   It’s like an alligator most of the time.  I try all kinds of lotions and creams to keep my skin from itching. 

I was given the opportunity to review Udderly Smooth Body Cream.  I received a package of goodies from the company.   Foot  cream, hand cream and body cream were included.  I was really excited thinking my skin is going to be super smooth and hydrated. 

 

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Here is what I received with retail prices in parentheses:
- a 4 oz.tube of hand cream ($2.75)
- a 2 oz. tube of hand cream ($1.75)
- a 12 oz. jar of body cream ($5.75)
- an 8 oz. jar of shea butter foot cream ($6.50)
- sample packets (and a coupon!)

Udderly Smooth is a product which is made in the USA and has been for over 30 years.  It is good for cracked, dry skin.  You can use it as a moisturizer on your entire body including your face.  

It was invented by a pharmacist and originally made for use on cows. 

First I tried the tube of hand cream.  It felt pretty good.  The lotion is not greasy at all but it also doesn’t smell that great.   Personally I like scented lotions but I now a lot of people do not so this isn’t really that big of a deal.

The second thing I opened was the jar of body cream.  This is where things got a little weird.  Okay, a lot weird.  LOL

I thought there was mold in the jar.

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Mold doesn’t really bother me that much.  I was just going to scoop it out and try it.  Upon closer look I Bellarealized the mold had a tail.  Yep, a tail.  Obviously it wasn’t mold.  It did look like it had udders which was appropriate for the cream.   My daughter decided to have a closer look.   She showed me wings which were pretty cool.  I honestly have no idea what this was.  We poked it and my niece even touched it, lol.  She said it was squishy but firm.    I zoomed in on the picture and posted it on my facebook page to see what people thought it was without mentioning where I found it.  First response told me to clean out my refrigerator, lol.   The general consensus was that it is a tiny baby bat.  My thoughts are that when this was being made it landed in the jar before the lid was put on.  I’m sure this happens often but I have never been blessed enough to be on the receiving end of such a present.  Okay that was a joke.   Needless to say, I didn’t use this jar.  As time has passed more mold has has grown on the poor little thing and he has turned completely white.  It has turned into quite the science experiment. 

The rest of the products worked well.  Bella rubbed my feet with the foot cream and it was heavenly. 

If you would like a coupon you can visit the Udderly Smooth Facebook page $1 off any two  products!  I doubt you’ll get an animal friend in yours but you will get some really nice lotion.   You can buy it at Walmart and other major retailer stores. 

You can read the rest of the reviews of my fellow friends on the  Mosaic Reviews page

Thanks to Mosaics Reviews and Udderly Smooth for this review opportunity.  It was quite fun Winking smile 

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Hello Fresh–Mosaics Review

hello freshI love to cook.   I honestly don’t like to grocery shop.  It makes me smile that people think that if I leave my kids to go to the grocery store it is like I am getting a break.  Woo Hoo!  Vacation time.  

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Hello Fresh is a company that helps take some of the stress out of figuring out what you are going to have to eat.    Oh yeah, and they send you all the ingredients and the recipe with it.   

Usually when I do a review I write that I was asked to do it.  This time I want to say I was given the privilege of being allowed to review this product.    This was such a blessing.  I came home to find a box of food waiting on my doorstep.  It was packaged amazingly well. 

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Doesn’t this look like a cooler?  It came in an insulated box and with two huge ice packs.  My kids were hoping it would come with dry ice because they love to blow stuff up with that.  (You know, in the name of science.)  

I was told that the box of three meals would come with everything I needed but I was impressed that it really did.   All of the ingredients were indeed fresh as well.  Fresh produce impresses me when it comes in the mail.  Sometimes I can’t even find decent stuff at the store. 

Another thing that I love about this company is that their ingredients are

Let me explain how Hello Fresh works.

The first thing you do is create an account.  This is super easy to do.  The website is very user friendly.   And, if you do have problems, the customer service is one of the best I have ever worked with.  They went above and beyond to make sure everything was excellent.

Each week you get to chose the meals you want to try.  You get to pick three out of five available.   There is also a vegetarian box you can chose.  Hello Fresh says that the average person spends 90 minutes a week grocery shopping.  I must be slow because I spend more than that.  Maybe it’s because of coupons.  They take me forever.   Ordering from this company can help you spend more time with your family by spending less time at the store.  It will also save money because they send only the exact amounts of each ingredient that you need.  I even had some things left over because of my families preference on the amount of onions and spices.

After choosing the meals from the exciting recipes, you just wait for them to arrive.  Easy enough. 

I chose Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish, Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir-Fry, and Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini. 

Now, if you have ever read any of my reviews you will know that I have a hard time using things like they are supposed to be used.  Winking smile 

I like to tweak (not twerk, there’s a difference).  I love products that make my life easier but also can be adapted to our family.   Let me first explain that I probably have one of the pickiest eaters in my family in the entire world.  He gets it from me but he has taken it to a new level.  So, if I had made any of the three meals like the beautifully suggested recipe cards showed, I would have been the only one who would even try it. 

Without further ado (I’ve always wanted to say that), here are the dishes I made.

Chile Dusted Shrimp with Corn Relish

Each included recipe card shows step by step instructions, along with the ingredients needed and Nutritional values.

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This is the ingredients that were included for this dish.  Yep, it includes everything you need.  Now, here is how I modified it.  My kids only like breaded and deep fried shrimp.  Okay, they only like breaded and fried shrimp from Cracker Barrel.   So, I looked up the recipe for their breading and used that.    I ruined the first 104_2322batch of breading because I didn’t read the directions.  Oops.  The shrimp turned out delicious.  Both of my kids loved it. Of course, I deep fried it so I totally blew the nutritional value they listed but oh well.   I also substituted red onion for the scallions because I don’t like them.  I gave those to my mom.   I was leery of the ginger because I haven’t ever cooked with it.  I used a small cheese grater to mince the garlic and ginger. 

My fingers smelled yummy for days.  Now for the truth, I hate canned corn.  I have never liked it.  We freeze our own corn from the garden and I love the texture of it.  So, I made the relish with the canned corn it came from and then had our corn on the side. Bella wouldn’t eat the relish but I thought it was pretty good.  

What the plate was supposed to look like.  (Well minus the breading)

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What mine looked like. . . .

 

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A little Chick-fil-a sauce for the shrimp, cheesy garlic biscuits and home grown corn.  YUMMY . . .     I was fine with the food prepared the way the recipe stated but my kids would not have ate it.    I have one disclaimer.   When you cook like a chef, expect a mess.  My kitchen was destroyed.  I used all of the pans and half of my gadgets.  It was fun but I cannot say the clean up was.   I would recommend two boxes come.  One with the food and one with a maid.  Just sayin.

Day 2:

Steak and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

First, let me say I had no idea Brussels has an “s” on the end.   Does anyone say it? 

PuppyThis was my favorite meal of the three.  My kids wouldn’t eat it.   Bella tried it and spit it out.   My dogs, however, loved it.  They literally tried to climb the stove to get to it while it was cooking.  Even the three legged one. 

I have to say that it smelled as good as it tasted. Steak and Sprouts

Comments I heard were “That looks Asian, Mom.  Could you please focus on the fact that we live in America?”  and “Wow, that could win Chopped”.  (The latter came from the one who spit it out, lol.)

This one I tried not to change too much.  I left out the scallions, of course and used red onion.   I also substituted the jalapeno for home canned banana peppers because I don’t really care for spicy food.  I cooked the steak much longer than the recommended three minutes. 

Like I said, I LOVED it.  Reminded me of being in a Chinese restaurant except I don’t eat meat at those.  And it didn’t make me sick like Chinese food usually does.  

Day 3 (which really was like day 5 or 6)

Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Lemony Skillet Potatoes and Zucchini

First let me say, all of the ingredients were as fresh this day as they were when I received them. 

Now, that being said, this was the only meal I didn’t like.  I didn’t follow the directions very well.  I cooked the pork loin in the oven completely with salt and pepper.  Pork makes me sick so I didn’t taste this part.  My kids said it was just yucky?  They wouldn’t eat potatoes or zucchini like it said to prepare it so I mashed the potatoes and fried the zucchini.  The potatoes were good.   The zucchini was okay.  I didn’t add the lemon and used it as a garnish without caramelizing it.  I knew I wasn’t going to eat it so didn’t bother wasting my time making it look pretty.    I have a really nice picture but I can’t for the life of me get it from my phone to here.  I’m working on it.

Now for the important information.

This is a subscription service.   You can delay future shipments at any time.  So if you are not going to be home or just need a break from the service, it is very easy to suspend.  

This is more expensive that I spend on food for my family.  This is comparable to eating out.   The three meals that we received were for 2 people (easily would have fed more) and costs $9.94 per meal.  This includes shipping.  The vegetarian box is $8.28 per meal.    So, that is $69 for two people three meals.   They are available in either two meals or four meals for delivery.

This is pricey if you compare it to going to the store and getting your own ingredients for these meals.  But, if you compare it to eating out, it really is not so bad.   My experience is that the larger your family, the less you eat out.  So, for me this could be doable.  For someone with several kids, it may not be able to be fit into the food budget.  A lot of the other girls who reviewed this say they are going to use it for date nights.    As long as your kids or babysitter do the clean up, then I say that’s a great way to go.

You can read all of the other reviews by visiting here.

You can also check out Hello Fresh on these sites. 

This was a fun review and I really appreciate the opportunity Mosaic Reviews has given me as well as Hello Fresh

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Perhaps some of the best things I’ve learned . . ever.

Of course it was on the internet.  You already knew that right?

First, I have always wanted to be a planner.  As a homeschool mom it really is a necessity.  Someone has to keep track of all the crap we have to teach, learn, do, eat, clean and pretend to know. 

I’m admittedly not that great at it.  I start a planner, use it for a week or day and pretty much forget I have it and can’t find it if I do remember it.  I have great intentions.  My follow through just isn’t that great.  

So, starting this week I decided to do my planner at the end of the day. 

Isn’t that the best way to make sure you get everything finished?   Smile  No more unfinished things hanging around on the days page.  No one has to know that I didn’t get to half of what I wanted to because it won’t be on today’s page.   Damn, I’m a genius. 

So for our first well planned day (um, sorry if that is a real planner name.  If it is I’ve never seen it or used it so no knowledge of it and it will give you free exposure on my blog so should be all good)

Wake up before Noon.   Well, I got up at 11:40 so CHECK. 

Eat a good breakfast (well lunch because of the time).  You see I’m learning that if you get up a little later you can totally skip a meal and hopefully this will help me lose weight.    I had an egg and toast.  Not too bad so  CHECK.

Scream at the kids to get their school stuff out after eating our break/lunch.   CHECK

Put load of clothes in the washer.  Oops, let’s make that rewash the ones left in there from yesterday cuz they are smelling pretty funky.  It’s funny how vinegar can take that smell right away.  One load of clothes done completely.  CHECK

Scream at the kids to get their school stuff out.   CHECK

Help Bella do her math and check her other work.  Hmm.   Seems like her other work is about 1/3 filled in.  I’m thinking there must be a little minion or elf that is erasing all of her hard work.  Because I know that my pleasant baby girl would not try to make me think she is doing all of her work and just skipping questions and pages to hurry up.  No way.  So, I showed her the places where the elves erased and said she should redo it.   Who me? CHECK

Griffin’s science, math, writing, and computer programming class finished. CHECK Please realize this was with much prompting from me.

Also, I got super exciting news today.  Griffin loves computer classes.  And he excels at them.  We are about to start a year long program that will teach him JAVA through learning the Minecraft World.  He will be building his own Module.  This is a blessing I never thought we would be able to have.  But thanks to Molly Richards from Youth Digital, he will be doing this amazing class.  I am overwhelmed with her love.

Gymnastics at 3:00.   We were 5 minutes late.  Not too bad so I’m gonna call this one a win.  CHECK    Bella did get her back handspring today by herself without a spotter so I’m super proud of her.  I love watching her excel.

Kids going to their friends for 2 hours after gymnastics (YES).   2.5 mile walk in the 30 degree cold all by myself.  I talked to my aunt on the phone until I could no longer feel my fingers and then listened to some awesome Christian music on my phone.  I’m not sure if people were staring because it was so frickin cold or because I looked like I was having a conversation with myself.  Who knows?  Who cares.  CHECK

Fixed supper.  Even managed to make something everyone would eat.   CHECK

Took my 92 year old grandma supper and did a load of laundry for her.  Cracked up because she was watching a totally inappropriate show and can’t hear well enough to know it.  My kids were appalled.  LOL   They heard more bad language in that 20 minutes that they have in a long time combined.  CHECK

Watch The Voice with Bella (Good mother/daughter time)  I hafto teach her how to spot a good man.   (Because I have got this crap down.)  (We won’t mention I’m alone with no decent feller in sight Winking smile)  We just say who we think is cute.  Just admiring God’s handiwork.  CHECK

Watch The Sing Off.   Our new favorite show.    Pentatonix is one of our new favorite groups.  Here is their version of Little Drummer Boy.  LOVE IT.  CHECK

Do Pilates for 30 minutes.  Upward Cheerleading is coming up and this here coach needs to get in shape.  CHECK

Make sure kids take showers, brush their teeth and get in bed (Preferably without electronics).  CHECK

Wow, I got all the things on my To-Do list checked off.  I feel so productive.   It does work better when you just write the things you hae done.  LOL  I am a single mom who is far from having it together.  I don’t pretend to and don’t want anyone to think that.  In fact, I don’t care.   You know what hit me.  While rereading this I realized I truly do not care.  I don’t care if anyone thinks I’m a failure.  I don’t care if you think I’m amazing and got it all together.  I, for the first time in my homeschooling  journey, do not care what anyone other than God and my kids think about how we are doing.   We are doing what is best for me and my children.  What I feel will enable them to be the God loving, kind, caring, helpful adults that I am praying they become.   I’m doing the best I can and trusting God to make up for my faults.  

His grace is sufficient for me.  All the reminder I need.  I am blessed and give all the glory to God.  There would be no check marks at all on my daily to do list without Him.    It would mostly be skid marks if it were left up to only me. 

Thanking Jesus for this beautiful Christmas season.   I’m gonna love on the people who mean the most to me and pray for everyone.  My family, friends and those I love bring the beauty of Christmas to life for me.   God supplies my every need.  In the people in my life and everything other way.

God Bless you.    Happy Homeschooling. . .I pray that for today, I have blessed someone in some small way. 

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