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THM Egg Roll in a Bowl

I started the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating a few weeks ago and have already lost about 6 pounds. I have not done it perfectly... but I have found one of the most amazing aspects of this diet. I rarely have left-overs. Why is that important? Well, I have three boys (two teenagers and a tween) and a hubby who all love my cooking. So, I was worried that I would have to cook two different meals each night! That is SO not the case! Honestly, they love the meals as much as I do. I still cook them carbs and they can have their sweet tea. But I can't tell you how surprised I have been at how much they are loving these recipes! That helps me stay on plan! Such a blessing. This recipe is … [Read More.]

Is it a Bug or an Insect?

Hello! This is the second post in my Backyard Bug Study series. Did you know there are over one million different kinds of insects? How about that for every one human there are two million of them?  Or that they are in nearly all habitats?  Or did you know there are over a five billion bugs in the world? No wonder we are so familiar with them!   Bugs. What are bugs? Many people use the word "bugs" interchangeably for "insects." But should they? So lets see if we can decide... is it a bug or an insect? Let's start with some scientific information about insects. Insect scientists, called entomologists, categorize all of creation. For insects they are in the Kingdom of … [Read More.]

Backyard Activities for Kids

Have you ever wanted to spend time outside, but didn't know what to do? Or maybe you wanted to do an activity outdoors, but didn't know how to do it. Or maybe you were simply bored with your normal activities. I know, I've been there on more than one occasion.  So to help all of us come up with some creative ideas, I've decided to start a new series, Backyard Activities for Kids. I'll share activities you can do in your backyard or neighborhood that are affordable, educational, and will be fun for all ages!   Before I get into the series, I thought I should give you a bit of the back-story on why I decided to start writing this series. For my entire life, I've lived on a forty … [Read More.]

Backyard Nature Journaling Series

This is Gage. I'm so excited to announce I will be sharing about all the flowers, plants, trees, animals, and insects (nature) we find in our backyard... and teaching you how to do nature journaling.This will probably be the last year we spend here because we are getting our house ready to sell. So this series will be a way to help me remember where I grew up.    I have really loved living here. I enjoy being able to keep and care for farm animals.  We used to have a bunch of dairy cows, I really enjoyed them. We had many calves born here on the farm and have had many funny escapades with them. Here is Bullophagus -- one of our frisky baby bulls, out investigating if the … [Read More.]

Backyard Bug Study Series

  Hi, I'm Blake. This is the first post in a new series I'm starting called the Backyard Bug Study. Guess what I will be writing about? Yep... Bugs! And Insects.   First let me introduce myself to you! I'm Blake and I'm eleven years old. I have two brothers who also write on this blog. We are all homeschoolers. We live in a small town in Tennessee called La Grange. It is a very rural area where we have around 40 acres of land with a huge house! So large we can't manage all of it! We are trying to sell it to buy a smaller house and less land. So I thought I would create something to help me record the great memories of my first home!    Our backyard has … [Read More.]

The Egg and the Packaging Test – Will it Survive?

Everyone has ordered something online at one point or another.  When you first decided to go online to buy something, you most likely thought about things like from where you plan on buying it, how much you're willing to pay for it, etc.  But in reality, those tasks are minute challenges compared to what goes on behind the scenes.  A ton of work, research, and testing goes into packaging that item up, and getting to your household safely within a few days.  Last year, I got to see how all these things are done at a summer boxing and packaging program at Christian Brothers University. Packaging may sound like an odd career to some people, but here in Memphis, Tennessee, it's a large … [Read More.]

9 Fun Elementary Math Board Games

Math can be really hard sometimes. So anything that can make it fun is worth trying. Have you ever tried playing a game to help with math? Well I have a few suggestions for elementary math board games for you!  We play games a lot for math!  And I love playing them too! 1. Math Bingo    Whole Number Bingo  Although I haven't personally played this game, I've played many others like it. I think they are a fun, and a creative way to review math! I love playing the Conceptual Bingo games when I don't understand a subject in math completely. It brings a fun way to learn, and memorize it (with my mom or older brothers helping me)!    Money Bingo Money Bingo is a great way for kids … [Read More.]

11 Doctor Who Gift Ideas!

Hello! Today I am going to be talking about Doctor Who gift ideas. First I need to give an introduction about how I came to love Doctor Who. One of my friends from SKrafty (a safe Homeschool Minecraft server) loves Doctor Who. I was interested so I asked dad if we could watch the first episode. After that I was in love with the plot and theme. Now I have watched all of the series from 2005 on (excluding the 8th season). So, I have lots of favorite gift ideas but have narrowed it down to 11!   1: 11th-12th Doctor's Sonic Screwdriver, this device looks similar to an everyday screwdriver, but with many more handy features. It is the Doctor's favorite tool. He uses it to unlock … [Read More.]

10 Fun and Educational Preschool Board Games

We love to play board games in our homeschool. Always have. And they get their love of playing games honestly. I have always loved board games and so did my dad. So it is not a huge surprise that are constantly on the hunt for games to incorporate into our school. And I figure if we are always looking for them, somebody else probably is too! So, we are going to write an entire series on our favorite fun and educational games... starting with preschool. All of these games we had and played or used in a setting outside of our home. So these are kid tested and have proven to be fun (at least to my three boys). So without further adieu, let's get to the 10 Fun AND Educational Preschool Board … [Read More.]

Frugal Decorating – Porch Makeover

As many of you know, we are in the process of remodeling our home and getting it ready to put on the market. Ironically part of the remodeling process is also decorating to create that "curb appeal". Unfortunately, our budget will not allow much allocated to that expense, so we are learning how to decorate on a dime. I will be writing some articles to show you some of the frugal decorating ideas we are trying. I hope they inspire you try some too!     Last year we started fixing up and painting our house. It has been a huge endeavor, but we really didn't have much of a choice when the lowest quote was $10,000! So, we have all been learning some serious life skills with … [Read More.]

March Menu Plan for Busy Homeschool Moms

Over in our Hip Homeschool Moms Community, I read the posts by the moms struggling to have time to get everything done. I can't buy you more time, but I can help you organize your menus. I have found that if I'll just commit it to paper, I will cook it! I don't know why, but the guessing and questioning "What's for dinner?" is harder than doing the menu plan! I'm sure there is some great psychological reason behind it... I just know it works, so I do it.  So here is my March Menu Plan.     Also, menu planning saves money. Many know about our struggles to keep our home and for me to able to continue to homeschool, so saving money is a big deal around here. One of my … [Read More.]

C is For Crabbing at the Carolina Coast

Hello this week's post is going to be the C of my alphabet blogging series. C is for  Crabbing at the Carolina Coast. Every few years we rent a beach house for a month in North Carolina. My mom is from New Bern and this is when we get to spend time with her family. One of the many fun things we look forward to doing when we are at the beach is crabbing.  I'm not sure if everyone crabs the way we do. We "crab" with a net to catch the crabs, and a bucket to temporarily put the crabs in before we let them go. We crab at night, because these ghost crabs are nocturnal. We usually go out at about nine to ten o' clock at night because we see the most crabs then.   Here is how we … [Read More.]

C is for Crimson – The Stalker Chicken!

Hello! This is my C post for  our alphabet blogging series where we blog through the alphabet. I have to tell you about something funny that happened to me a few days ago. I was holding one of my roosters when he reached up and bit me on my neck! The rooster that did this is the subject of my post. Crimson - The Stalker Chicken! Now I have to explain to you the story on how we got Crimson, our tiny little rooster. (In this picture he is full-grown.) We ordered some blue Cochin Bantams from Welp Hatchery. A few weeks after we received them we could tell that this breed is a very small breed or Welp had gotten our order wrong. A month or so later, when they were full-grown, we knew our … [Read More.]

One Word

Well, it's been a while since I've had time to spend a few minutes writing. With homeschooling and renovating our home, the general upkeep and maintenance of a family of five with chickens, horses, dogs, cats... Not to even mention managing the social media for the rapidly growing Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook Page, moderating the new Community with almost 10,000 homeschool moms and managing the Montessori Materials Group ... I stay more than just pretty busy. You might even say life has been C.R.A.Z.Y. the last half of 2014. However, it is time to get back into a routine with sharing about our homeschool and life. After all, that is why I started this website to begin with! To share how we … [Read More.]

Minecraft Gift ideas for Teens by a Teen

It seems like one of the more popular gifts these days are Minecraft products. Since I happen to love playing Minecraft I thought I would share some Minecraft gift ideas from a teen perspective.      These are not in any order. I am just sharing a list of my favorite Minecraft products.  1: Lego Minecraft! We love Legos! Anything Lego makes we love. But we especially love Lego Minecraft! There are Lego sets that have tiny little characters and pieces that look like a block. But there are also some new sets that are the normal sized characters and pieces, like the one above (The First Night).    2: Minecraft Plush There are some really cool Minecraft Plush … [Read More.]

B is for Building Minecraft

Hello! How are you? Today I will be talking about me and my family building in a new game we got that is fairly well known called Minecraft. First off I want to say how we got it. We used to play on a similar game called ROBLOX that is a multiplayer game, but recently they added free chat and there has been a whole lot of inappropriate content on there. So we decided to switch to Minecraft.   At first it was just kinda roam around in single player survival mode (survival mode is where you have to collect your materials to survive) and look at all the things I could do, but then I started building! I realized how many blocks were in the game and that the games has an infinite … [Read More.]

A is an Acoustic Tongue Drum

Hello! Today, and for quite a few up coming weeks, my writing will be a bit different than normal.  I will be writing an alphabet post like my brothers.  It looks fun!  So after going through many "a" options I decided my first alphabet article would be A is Acoustic and it is about my new tongue drum.      First, I'd like to share the google definition of acoustic. It means: a·cous·tic adjective relating to sound or the sense of hearing (of music or musical instruments) not having electrical amplification. The picture above is my Tongue Drum. Right about now you are probably asking "What is a tongue drum."  Well, it is a dome-like saucer that has slits or … [Read More.]

Middle and High School August LinkUp #24

Welcome to our Middle and High School Creative Writing LinkUp #24 for tweens, teens and their Moms! We are going to be doing these differently during the summer. Instead of these linkups renewing every week, we will leave it up for a month. So this is August’s Linkup. This linkup is for our children to have a creative writing outlet and for us moms to have a place to share middle school and high school homeschool tips and techniques. For the summer months, the students will not be provided a creative writing prompt.  Thank you all for being a part of it! You can link up at any of the following co-host’s sites: Amy at Homeschool Encouragement Clara at Clara’s … [Read More.]

B is for My favorite books!

Hello! This is my "B" article for the alphabet blogging series, B is for my favorite books. I love to read and I read a lot. These are my favorite books that I've read this year. I love reading book series. I have read many this year. I also love adventure novels. Boone is both. When Boone the Forgotten came out, I stayed up until 1:00 in the morning to read the whole book. I loved it! I can't wait for the next book, Boone the Sanctified to come out. Boone the Ordinary: It's about a boy named Boone and three of his friends, Noel, Case and Wayne, and his little sister Kaylee. It starts with Boone and Noel sitting in church together and their Sunday School Teacher mentioned the … [Read More.]