Workin On It

SO I have been working on myself, well my body since…. forever… but in all seriousness since the middle of January and I am finally really seeing some differences!!

Look at the difference!!

I have lost almost lost 2 inches off my belly and several inches everywhere else, but my ultimate goal is to get rid of my belly.

So what have I been doing to get such an amazing difference??

My gills are getting smaller!!

I have been eating about 1400 calories max and I workout at least 5 times a week, I also try to make sure that I am taking as many steps during the day as possible.

My favorite exercises are

Push-ups, I try to do 50 every night

I still do these modified

Planks, I started only being able to hold for 15 seconds and now I am up to 40 seconds each time!

Time STOPS

Flutter kicks and Leg raises

Bent over rows

Lifting dumbells sorry about the baby interruptions, he always “helps” me work out, lol

Normally my abs are engaged

Russian Twists

So that is what I have been up to and it has been quite effective. My clothes are getting loose and I have more energy. I am more confident and my marriage is definitely improving! I will be adding cardio as I actually lose weight (I’ve only lost about 7lbs) because my knees and my hips are in pretty intense pain these days.

Homeschool For Cheap

The websites I use to keep my homeschooling costs down!

I have been homeschooling my two fourth graders since August. It has been an adventure that makes me both smile and cry. But it has been a pretty cheap adventure.

I knew what the expectations for 4th grade learning in my state before I planned because I got them from the Dept of Education website. I immediately started looking for resources that I could use to teach the kids. I found several Facebook pages that offered so much help and guidance; I want to share some of my free resources with you in case you are homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling.

teacherspayteachers.com- there are free downloads which vary in usefulness. There are also plenty of items you could pay for.

123homeschool4me.com- more free worksheets

allinonehomeschool.com- free curriculum

typing.com- a free resource to teach students to type

turtlediary.com- there are plenty of educational games and assessment tests available for free with ads; there are memberships available to make the games ad free.

Pinterest- there are a lot of blogs that have great hands on learning ideas or experiments. I love doing anything that makes learning more fun!

funbrain.com- has both free content and things that need to be paid for. I do like the reading selection that they have.

Prodigy- this is a math website that again has both parts that are free and parts that need to be paid for. My kids want me to pay for the membership because they can’t play some of the games all the way through.

spellingtraining.com- pretty self explanatory. We are going to start using this one more. My kids spelling is pretty atrocious.

readtheory.com- they help improve reading comprehension

YouTube, Netflix, Prime and Disney+ have plenty of documentaries and videos for visual learning.

Amazon actually has learning material you can purchase and download. They are pretty reasonably priced AND they go on sale occasionally. These are some of the items I purchased from Amazon and I really enjoy them, I did get them on sale… I think 50%-75% off, so keep an eye out on them!!

The product links below are affiliate links, if you make a purchase from the link I get a small portion of the sale.

Reading Comprehension

Grammar

Multiplication and Division

Marriage in the Time of Children

Being married with kids in an experience that is not for the faint of heart or those with a weak relationship. Kids change everything, they make more work, take money and focus and they cause more stress; that being said they are the most amazing addition to life.

But this post isn’t about kids today. This post is about being married successfully while raising kids and I say successfully on purpose. Anybody can be married and have kids but to stay together AND love your spouse after going through the terror of raising kidemons is a challenge.

kidemon— “kid demon” defined as child demon you created.

When Matt and I started dating I already had a failed marriage and 2 kids in my repertoire. My previous marriage failed for MANY reasons, but one of them was the burden of parenting. I learned a lot from my first marriage and I wanted to make sure that I prioritized my marriage this time around.

Flash forward to having a house, a baby, 2 older kids and a pandemic which leaves us in the house A LOT. We were struggling a little bit to keep the magic in our relationship.

I am going to talk about things that Matt and I do to make sure that our relationship is a priority on a budget(usually).

We watch A LOT of tv and movies together. We have OUR shows that we only watch together. We have introduced each other to shows that we have loved for years and we have discovered new TV shows together. We have been trying to get away from just movies though.

We go out on dates. This one is pretty obvious but can be a little pricey because lets face it, babysitting is expensive, as is going to the movies and or dinner, so we don’t do that very often. It is important to have one on one time with your spouse when you can’t be interrupted.

Here are couple of ideas for a few different things you can do together!

Hunt a Killer escape room in a box is a service that Matt and I subscribed to, you are literally a detective who has to solve a crime. It is so much fun and can be done with 2 people. You get a box every month for 6 months and they are all the same case.

There are actually date night subscriptions that you can subscribe to. We tried one by Crated with Love. It was super fun!

We also try new recipes together, I love cooking with my man! We have read books together, we take turns reading out loud.

If you go to Five Below they are many creative writing journals you can buy that ask fun questions, we actually play 20 questions with them. It is a cool way of getting to know your spouse.

We work out together. We have Beachbody on Demand and we put on a workout and give it our all. Matt likes to be ridiculous when he is working out and that makes me laugh(which also distracts me from the fact that I can’t breathe).

We are also listening to audiobooks together we actually just got The Horror Collection with our free monthly credit with Audible Premium Plus you can click the link for a free trial on Audible and get up to 2 free audiobooks. (we do get a referral bonus if you sign up for audible or purchase the book)

So those are some of the things that we do together. I think that dating your spouse is the most important thing to do and if you can’t always afford to get out of the house these are some great ideas to keep the magic alive!

Prime Day

Christmas shopping has started in our household. Thanks to Prime Day!!

I can’t go into what I bought my husband but I can talk about the kids. Well mostly Kenz benefited from Prime Day shopping.

She is already struggling between a girl and a young woman. Most of the items she requested were clothing, hair stuff and some craft items.

I know that she is super crafty and does not know how to entertain herself so I got her

I may return the squishies and get a different set

She is really into hair and makeup so I’ve been slowly building her supply

She also got some makeup brushes!

Tobias got a couple of items, I  am trying to get colorful and educational things for him.

My favorite items were some decor for around the house. I am slowly decorating the house and making it a home. My absolute FAVORITE things are pictures. I don’t know why but I love pictures of family and friends displayed on the walls!

So I got the 4 level picture hanger and 3 shelves to display wedding photos and mementos.  I only have the photos up so far.

I LOVE this

We got married at a vineyard so I covered the twine with dollar store vines and I think it looks fantastic!!

Some thoughts on Prime Day… I hate their organization or lack there of. It takes real time to scroll through their deals even within the categories they have them divided into. So if you are prime shopping, be prepared to scroll. I love how efficient they are, even with such a busy shopping day, I still got most of my items within 2 days. Lightning deals are actually my favorite, they have lower prices and you can put them on a watchlist to get notified when the sales are active. If you see something put it in your cart and buy it. I lost more than one item because I kept looking, they only let you keep the sale price for 15 minutes after it’s on your cart. If you keep track of how much you spend write the sale price down because once it’s gone, if you buy more than one item you don’t get to see the sale price again.

Well that’s it, be prepared to use these tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday!!

May the odds be ever in your favor!!

Did you get anything good on Prime Day?