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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

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.]

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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

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.]

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A: Alphabet Posts and Animals

Do you ever get that feeling when you're about to begin writing, and you don't know where to start? In some cases, you could sit there for hours, waiting for something to come to mind?  I know I've done that once or twice. But wouldn't it be great if you could limit it down to a certain number of possibilities? It would certainly make the choice much easier. That's one of the many reasons I've decided to begin writing through the alphabet. What do I mean by "writing through the alphabet"? Well, think of it like this. For the next twenty-six weeks, I will write one post a week.  As you can see in the title, today I started on A. Next week I'll do B, the week after that C, etc. Not only … [Read More.]

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Alphabet Blogging: A is for Amazing Adventures

I was thinking about what to write this week and was having a really hard time choosing a topic. My mom suggested alphabet blogging. I liked the idea! This week is the beginning of my series of posts for writing through the alphabet.  If you are (or want to be) part of our tween / teen linkup, you can join me writing through the alphabet! This first post is: A is for Amazing Adventures. For about two months now we have been going on weekly "excursions" where we explore our neighborhood and county.  Our last excursion was the most exciting and fun. This one we did as a whole family excursion instead of our normal ones where it is just my brothers, my mom and I. This time dad was … [Read More.]

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Middle and High School July LinkUp #23

Welcome to our Middle and High School LinkUp #23 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 July’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 Blue Moon (teen … [Read More.]

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My First Flight

Flying. Some of us have done it on big planes, others on small planes. Then some of us haven't flown at all. That was me, until a few weeks ago, when I got to go on my first flight. At first, I was worried I would be nervous, or get sick on the flight (I used to suffer from motion sickness), but once I got up in the air, I had a blast!   Before I continue, I would like to say that this flight was only made possible via the Civil Air Patrol, and the senior staff of the TN-194 unit. A few months back, my brother and I joined CAP, and since then we've written a few other posts about the experiences we've enjoyed since then. This flight was possibly one of my favorite experiences so … [Read More.]

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Our Dog Molly

Hello! I've decided that I'm doing a chain of animal posts for our creative writing linkup for June, but this will be the last about animals because I have no more animals to tell you about. The other articles are: Our Turtle, our Cats and now finally our dog Molly. Molly is an Australian Shepherd. She's black, white and brown in some places. We got her as a present from one of our best friends as a little puppy back in 2007. We named her Molly Grace Corlew... and there is a story about her name.  So, why did we name her Molly Grace? It was meant as a joke because she was NOT graceful at all. She would tumble-down the steps, or she would run really fast and then just plop over on her side … [Read More.]

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Modeling Life-Long Learning

If you recall, we are in the midst of getting our house ready to sell... we are downsizing in a big way!! Part of the downsizing includes clearing out the curriculum that my children have used and passed by. I have been listing all my curriculum for sale and have been so blessed to have sold a ton. I still have loads more to go, so keep watching that post, I'm adding to it all the time! We have so much we are getting done in preparation for putting the house on the market: We have a new liner going into our pool.   A new slide for our pool coming. I am painting the mortar of our brick floor in the kitchen (I'm writing a post on that too, I'll link it when I complete the … [Read More.]

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The New Chapter – Day 1 with Free Printable

Well, today was the beginning of The New Chapter - Day 1 of T-Tapp.  If you haven't read about this new direction in my life, you can find it here. And I did read the directions first and even watched the introduction of the video!  So, today was the first day of measurements. I created a Tracking My Success word document to track my measurements and be able to see the changes. I added one column that was not on the T-Tapp chart, dress size. Because that will be a huge motivation to me when I start seeing my sizes drop. But one number that you will notice is conspicuously absent is the weight. That is because Teresa doesn't want us focused on our weight... so it's not on the list to track … [Read More.]

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Almost Montessori – All About Spelling

My boys are hands-on learners all the way! All of my boys attended a Montessori School for at least a couple of years before we started homeschooling. My oldest son was in the Montessori school for six years! And when we brought them home to homeschool, we continued with the Montessori education. As they have completed and grown out of their Montessori materials and have moved to more abstract thinking, we are moving into a more traditional education formula... but we still migrate towards the hands-on curriculum. That is what made me start the series Almost Montessori to begin with. We were finding all these materials that were not traditional Montessori works, but close and certainly kept … [Read More.]

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Scaredy Cats Stink

Hello, how are you doing? Today I am going to be blogging about a strange subject. This post is part of my creative writing class in our homeschool. I will be linking it to our June creative writing linkup for tweens and teens. Well let me first start by asking you this! Did you know (Drumroll) that scaredy cats stink!?! No, really they do stink if they get very badly scared. And we found this out the hard way! Let me explain how we discovered this. For a while now we have been trying to move six of our eight cats outside... Pumpkin, Precious, Tiger, T.J. (Tiger Junior), Salsa and Fuzzy have been going outside to play during the day. Two cats are staying inside, Gracie and Midnight. … [Read More.]

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A New Chapter – Weight Loss and Lifestyle Changes

I quit smoking almost two years ago and I hit 49 this year. So, not only did I gain some weight from quitting smoking, but I now have a lower metabolism to boot!  I refuse to hit Fifty with too much extra weight because it just keeps getting harder to lose. So, I am opening a new chapter in my life! At a time when I have zero extra money to spend... I spent it. I'm choosing to look at the cost as an early 50th birthday present to me! I've been looking at the T-Tapp System for a year or so. In that year, I didn't lose any of that extra weight, just kept finding friends for it!  I am one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms and one of our new team members lost 100+ lbs with T-Tapp at about … [Read More.]

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The Great Kitty Migration!

Hello! This month we can choose our topic for our Creative Writing Link-up Posts. I'm writing about our kitties going outside.... I'm calling it The Great Kitty Migration. I'll give you the background story of how we got these kitties, etc.   It all started out when one of our friends in Grand Junction, TN had a litter of four kittens she was wanting to give away. We gladly accepted and brought home three kittens. But when we released them from the carrier one of them ran and crawled under our cabinets in the kitchen. It just so happened that the cat that ran under there was mine. So we went back and got another, he didn't run under so he was my cat. We named the cats we had Tiger, Gracie, … [Read More.]

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Rat Race Rebellion – Just 18 Summers

I worked in corporate America. I personally saw or was involved in lay-offs, corporate mergers, and hostile takeovers! And..... I have worked for myself for twenty years since then. From a quality of life perspective, I would not wish corporate America on my worst enemy, much less my own children. You might say, I am in full Rat Race Rebellion.  Let's define what is "the rat race".  The wikipedia definition goes something like this:   “A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel. In an analogy to the modern city, many rats in a single maze expend a … [Read More.]

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Middle and High School June LinkUp #22

Welcome to our Middle and High School LinkUp #22 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 June'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 Blue … [Read More.]

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Homeschool Used Curriculum and Material For Sale – Montessori and Traditional

If you are a regular here on my blog, you already know I'm in major downsizing mode from our Just 18 Summers post.  So, when Hip Homeschool Moms was approached to partner with other bloggers for a homeschool used curriculum and material for sale event. I was excited that we were ALL IN!!  I am a pretty eclectic homeschooler, so my materials will be pretty varied. The hosts of the 2014 Used Homeschool Curriculum Sale are: Hip Homeschool Moms Not Consumed Free Homeschool Deals Homeschool Creations Meet Penny The Happy Housewife 1+1+1=1 Let's get the fine print out of the way on the front end... Each of the items is in excellent used condition unless otherwise noted. The … [Read More.]

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Curriculum, Schedules, Checklists 2014 – 2015 5th, 8th, and 9th Grades

We are very hands-on (Montessori-ish) homeschoolers and have been homeschooling for five years, headed into our sixth! This article is all about our homeschool curriculum, schedule and checklists for 2014-2015. My boys are in 9th, 8th and 5th grades. Since Chase and Gage both are taking high school level classes, we are now at the point where we are using transcripts. Thankfully our umbrella school, HomeLife Academy makes it easy with their new AppleCore Reporting System!  You will notice that their schedules have changed DRAMATICALLY from last year.  If you haven't read my post 18 Summers yet, that is the best way to explain what has happened... That being said, we can't change our … [Read More.]

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Discovery Park of America Review

Have you ever been to a museum, theater, or a science fair? I imagine everyone's been to at least one of those. What do you get when you mix all of those together? Well, you get the Discovery Park of America! Last Friday, my family and I took a day off to visit this $80 million dollar facility located in Union City, Tennessee, very near the Kentucky border. That's quite a drive from our home in La Grange, Tennessee, over two hours actually. But once we got there, the long drive was worth it! When we got there, we were actually an hour ahead of our schedule, meaning we had a bit of free time before the first event began. So first, we explored the main building of the park. Honestly, I … [Read More.]