Parenting

The Importance of Encouraging Volunteer Work

There are a few things in this world that I find to be absolutely crucial when it comes to raising children. Respect, discipline, and empathy are usually the top 3 things that I work hard to instill in my little beauties; especially in this world we are living in. I firmly believe that it is us, as parents, who mold our children into the type of human beings they will grow to be. This is only a small part of why our family chose homeschool as our journey. I wanted to ensure that my children received the best individual growth, something that i believe the public school lacks in encouraging. As we know so well, growing an individual is much more than providing an education. Growing a well-rounded human being and a compassionate heart involves so much more than anything books or facts can offer. I strongly believe that there…

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Ethnic Splurges

Not Your Typical Ceviche

Ceviche… If you would have asked me 12 years ago what it was and if I would try it, I would have said “No idea and no way!” It sounded to me like some exotic seafood dish, maybe with octopus. Who knows really. However, when I met my husband 11 years ago, he introduced me to a world of new delicacies; ceviche being one of them. However, his was very different! So, if you have not yet tried it because of the “typical” ingredients, like raw fish, I encourage you to give this one a try! It is Not Your Typical Ceviche! Fear not! There is nothing raw of funky in this recipe. If you like shrimp and crab (imitation) then I encourage you to give this a try. It is perfect for lunch, dinner, and parties. It is light but so full of flavor; and did I mention that…

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Ethnic Splurges, On The Grill

The Perfect Teriyaki Sauce

I love chicken breasts. They are so versatile and affordable so I cook with them at every possible opportunity. One thing I love to make, and the kids all approve of, is teriyaki chicken. We often used a store bought marinade, but after awhile the taste just was not right. I wanted a more naturally tasting teriyaki flavor. For many years I have played around with ingredients and have FINALLY found the right mix for the Perfect Teriyaki Sauce. It has just the right combination of tangy and yet sweet, along with a nice hint of ginger. You can use this for chicken or beef. In fact, we plan on making some teriyaki beef next week. However, for the sake of this blog post we decided to make Teriyaki Chicken Kebabs. (I will post an alternate way to cook this if you don’t want to make kebabs). It is best…

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All Things Products

Literature Study For All Ages

Reading literature is so important for the growing mind. Literature can provide a river of information, or it simply provides the tools to let the imagination of a curious mind wander. Although it is not something that I fully appreciated when I was younger, it is something that I have grown to love. It is something that I find myself putting above all other lessons with my children. This love for books is one of the many reasons I chose to follow in Charlotte Mason’s footsteps and bring living books into our daily routine. You can read more about how we use books as our education here. But aside from those, my children have thankfully developed a love for reading a variety of literature. So I have jumped at the opportunity of conducting a literature study with each of them.. Their fascination with books has allowed us to explore so many places…

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Educational Thoughts

For The Love Of Books… & Homeschool

“One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child’s intellectual life.”  – Charlotte Mason Our family is half way through our third year of homeschool- Proudly I might add! This journey has been a long, turbulent one and the reality of it is that some days it still is. In the past we have tried numerous curriculum and altered our schedule many times. I will be the first to admit that some weeks we didn’t get done as much as I had hoped and that became discouraging…

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Educational Thoughts

The Misguided Homeschool Statement: “I Could Never Do That”

I have been homeschooling for 3 years now and although I still consider myself new and always learning, I regularly get asked those questions. Questions like “How do you homeschool four different grades at once?”, “What made you choose to homeschool?”,  and so many others. I also hear things like: “Wow, you must never have any time for yourself!” However, there is one statement that I can never wrap my head around… That misguided homeschool statement: “I could never do that!” You see, when I decided to homeschool my children I broke the mold from everyone that I knew. In fact, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Sure, I had people who supported my decision, but I had no one who could really SUPPORT me when I had questions or felt that I needed guidance. I was terrified at what  I had gotten myself into; “What…

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Ethnic Splurges

Crispy Chicken Taquitos

I love Mexican food. I love simple food. Even more, I love anything that I can eat with some delicious guacamole. So, it is no surprise that one of my go-to dinners after a busy day are these Crispy Chicken Taquitos. They combine just a few ingredients and are fried to perfection. I like to serve them with some rice and beans at dinner and the left overs make the perfect lunch time meal the next day. The best thing about this recipe is it is completely “to taste”; meaning that you add as little or as much as you like of almost everything. I start off by boiling the chicken. I buy my chicken breasts on the bone because they are better in cost. So to prepare them I cut off the skin and boil the bone and breast meat in a little salt. I do this because I…

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Traveling the Country

Exploring Flagstaff, Arizona

Flagstaff is a beautiful mountain town in Northern Arizona. Something that many don’t think of when they think of Arizona- mountains. Not only is it home to one of the Universities in Arizona, but it is a stop when headed to the Grand Canyon. It is a a destination town and many people enjoy exploring Flagstaff, Arizona every year. However, there is much more to see and do when coming to Flagstaff. When we first considered Arizona as our next home, all I could think of were the hot deserts. I was extremely excited when we discovered the beautiful White Mountains, an area that we soon called home. However, after exploring our area far and wide, we decided that it was time to expand our adventures. We decided to begin exploring Flagstaff, Arizona. We always try to keep things exciting for our family and get out of the house at…

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Educational Thoughts

Teach Geography…. Without A Curriculum

Geography is an important subject to incorporate into weekly lessons outside of a history curriculum. Not only does it teach children where places are, which is what many of us associate the subject with, but it can really connect a child to the world! Teaching geography can bring the places, people, lifestyles, and cultures from around the world to life. Along with this, children get to explore the beautiful geological wonders of the world, the many different environments begin to make sense, and historical civilizations become easier to understand. Dr. Seuss said it best after all… But who said that you needed a curriculum to teach Geography? For awhile, our family tried a few geography curriculum. However, nothing ever seemed to please everyone and after awhile, this was one area that I did not want to keep throwing money at. I didn’t feel like it was a subject in which…

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Life & Lovely Chaos

Why I Stopped Worrying About Romance

We’ve all been there… years into marriage, numerous children, and the most chaotic life one could imagine. Sure, you’ve got things down- you can keep the house decently cleaned, the lessons are done, your to-do list is half way checked off, and you only forgot to feed the animals once! By the time it is all said and done you are having a glass of wine (or three) and finding yourself too tired to have some quality time with that handsome man sitting across the sofa. If you are anything me then I am sure at some point this has caused some bumps. Sometimes those bumps and lack of intimacy can cause feelings of worry; worry that things are beginning to fail. Then comes the insecurity; what am I doing wrong? Maybe you try to recreate that old passion and lust that you had way back in the day. Maybe…

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