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Friday, April 11, 2014

One Thousand Gifts 275-296

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 Blogging my One Thousand Gifts.. One Gift at a Time...

275. Warm sunny days above 60 degrees
276. Being outside hanging with my neighbor friends
277. Watching all our kids play together and have fun
278. Seeing some of the children flying kites
279. Spring Cleaning
280. Organizing the closets and letting go of items I no longer need to bless others
281. Almost half way in the Bible in 90 Days reading
282. Reading about Job and praising God in all my blessings
283. Iced Coffee on a 65 degree day
284. Warm chocolate chip muffins that my kids absolutely love
285. Listening to my hubby in the shed making a knife from scratch
286. My hubby's willingness to help clean the house
287. My son holding the door for me and saying "m'lady" as he bows before me..
288. Hubby applying for a job that could bless our family
289. My yummy lemon water
290. Spring Break
291. Running 3 miles in warm weather
292. DS15's  94% on his math test
293. Watching DS12 enjoy his science lessons as he quizzes me on what he's learned
294. Grass turning green
295. Wonderful neighbors
296. Sleepovers w/ friends


Return next week for my next installment of One Thousand Gifts....
You can join in on the 1000 Gifts Journey by visiting A Holy Experience HERE

Random Five on Friday- April 11th

The Pebble Pond 

  Joining in with The Pebble Pond and her weekly meme "Random 5 on Friday" Five random things so here goes...

1. It's been a busy week on my blog. Just finished up a five day blog hop on organizing school and home. I think it went well and look forward to adding to this in the near future as I've started to go through all my stuff AGAIN and then I'll be taking pictures of areas that I've re-organized that I haven't talked about yet. I'm looking forward to it. I love organizing....

2. Starting my Spring cleaning. It's that time of year where I clean things I normally don't like curtains, replace shower curtains and clean windows etc. This will take me the entire week I'm sure to get to every room in the house. As I deep clean, I'll be doing #1 as well.

3. It's been so nice this past week that I've been able to go outside and hang with my neighbor friends. It's great to socialize again after our cold winter..

4. Even though #3 above says we've had nice weather, doesn't mean it's going to last long. I've been hearing the cold and snow will return tomorrow.. ick.. Short lived is all that keeps me optimistic since this time of year it never stays long...

5. My daughter put in a job application at Walmart. Not sure how it's going. She's had two interviews but hasn't heard back yet. She's been doing well where she works now but she believes a newer job will give her more money for college. I pray that will be the case for her..

Organizing Home & School- Personal Binder

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Organizing Home and School- Personal Binder/Organizer

Today I would like to show you how I organize my personal life using this binder/organizer.

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Awhile ago Staples had Martha Stewart binders for 25 cents. I snagged one so I could make a personal organizer for myself to keep my daily things together and to keep my future plans all in one place.

Here above is a view of the tabs I've designed using Avery.com label designs.

The tabs I have include:

Weekly Tasks
Bills
Notes-To Do
Calendar
Chores

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The first tab helps me organize my day. I place appts that need my attention outside of the home here as well as any notes I'd like to add. These pages above are good for an entire week.



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The next tab is all about Bills. I designed this from my personal program. I used to place all my bills info on index cards and put them into a sleeve each month but found this method easier to read and keep track of. It has a column for DUE DATE, PAYEE, AMOUNT DUE, PAID

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I all about taking notes.. This section is my note taking or task ideas. Sometimes I get an idea that I'm not ready to implement. I'll place it on one of these sheets.

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From The Home School Mom I found this printable calendar for 2014. I use this to mark dates I need to be somewhere or special occasion.

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The last tab is my chore schedule. This is my Motivated Moms chore chart which I had the opportunity not too long ago to receive and review. I fell in love with it and have kept using it since the review. You can read what I thought of this product HERE

I love keeping my daily to do lists and ideas all in one place. I've been implementing this idea for years, changing ways to keep it all in one place. So far I like the small binder concept since it's ringed and the pages can be moved out and new ones put in it's place.

Do you use a personal binder or organizer? I'd love to hear what you use..

Thanks for stopping by this week as I've shared how I organized my RECIPE BINDER, HOMESCHOOL SUPPLIES, CRAFT SUPPLIES, and DIGITAL PHOTOS. I've really enjoying sharing some of my organizational tips with you and would love to see how you've organized these areas in your life. Please leave a comment below...

 Don't forget to check out the other wonderful ladies that have participated in this week's Blog Hop to see what they've shared... I'm including 8 of the 60+ that are participating below.

Curiosity Quest DVD Combo Packs Review

Curiosity Quest Review


I've had the opportunity to receive DVD Combo Pack - Produce
and DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea
 from Curiosity Quest as a part of the Homeschool Review Crew 

These wonderful series' is geared towards children ages 7-14, but can be enjoyed by your entire family. My 12 year old and myself watched each of these and we both gleaned a lot of information.

The combo packs include three educational episodes each. Running time for each episode is approx 30 minutes.


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The DVD Combo Pack - Produce  above includes these three episodes. Orange, Cranberries, and Mushrooms. After watching them you will learn how these certain foods make it from the farm to the grocery store to eat.

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In the episode Cranberries, Joel takes us to Wisconsin to Habelman Bros. Farm for harvest time. This farm is all about fresh cranberries. The question was asked "Why are Cranberries in water? With that question, Joel was on his way to share with us how cranberries are grown, when they are harvested and how. After they are harvested we are taken to the factory to see how they are sorted, packaged and shipped off. You will get a chance to see two kinds of cranberry harvests. One where they go through with machines, plucking them directly off the vine's into trucks like they do at Habelman Bros. Farm, and the other where they pluck them all off, and coral them to gather as you see in the picture above. They show us how this is done at Russell Rezin & Son Inc where their cranberries are for juicing and Craison's while at Hableman Bros. Farm, their cranberries are for eating whole.

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Another episode brings us to Dinuba, CA to Gillette Citrus, Co as we learn how they harvest oranges off the tree, bring them into the factory, sort them and package them for shipments. This particular company owns 2500 acres where 2000 of them are for naval oranges which they harvest in Winter, and another 500 acres for Valencia oranges where they harvest during the Summer months. This allows there company to produce oranges year round. You will learn how they utilize every single fruit that is picked off the tree so nothing goes to waste and how they keep the fruits warm during cold spells..

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In the last episode of this Combo Pack it's all about mushrooms. Joel takes us to Watsonville, CA to Monterey Mushrooms where they produce White and Portabella mushrooms. The owner of the company walks us through the steps on how to grow a mushroom to how to pick a mushroom. (Knowing when they are ready). To be an experienced mushroom picker you must process about 104lbs of mushrooms per hour. WOW! After the mushrooms are plucked we will see how they sort, process and ship them to the stores.

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The DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea is the second set that I received to review. This combo pack also includes three episodes. All about penguins, sea turtles and salmon.

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The first episode takes us to Long Beach, CA to Aquarium of the Pacific where we get a chance to learn about the Magellanic Penguins. Joel is guided by Sara Mandel, Aviculturist at the aquarium as she takes us on a back stage tour to get up close to the penguins. From preparing the food, talking about their nutrition, and feeding them, you get a wonderful opportunity to learn a great deal about these wonderful birds. After this episode you will learn about their feathers, their diet, their behavior and to answer the question of "Why don't penguins fly?"

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The third episode takes us to Juneau, Alaska to learn all about 5 different species of salmon. The episode starts off with a visit to the local river with Sheila from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She shares information about the fish behavior in the river, where they are going and the average age when the salmon hit the rivers to spawn.

After the trip to the river, Joel visits with Emily at the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery. You will learn about the fish hatchery, fish ladder, net pens, the time of the year when salmon lay eggs, along with a tour of the inside of the hatchery and fish ladder.

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The second episode takes us to Marathon, Florida Keys to "The Turtle Hospital" to learn why some sea turtles need to be rescued, rehabilitated and released. Joel takes us on a tour of the hospital where we learn amazing facts about sea turtles including, their nutrition, weight, eggs, weight, how old they live, about how they are endangered and why you are not allowed to touch a sea turtle.

The hospital houses about 20-30 turtles at a time and at one point in the past had 200. WOW! Along with taking care of the sea turtles to bring them back into their ocean habitat they also have an educational center where the public can go and learn all about sea turtles.

These videos were very informative and my 12 year old son loved watching each episode. We decided to just have him pick an episode he was interested in and allow him to watch it. He decided he wanted to watch the Produce set first and then move on the swimmers of the sea pack. He is currently studying animals of the sea so his favorite was all about the sea turtles in the Swimmers of the Sea pack. His favorite in the Produce pack was the mushrooms. Each episode includes informative FUN FACTS throughout and questions they ask children and adult about the given topic/subject. I also watched all the episodes and gleaned a lot of information that I didn't know. I'm so happy to have learned about this company and look forward to getting more episodes in the future.

You can purchase these sets along with others at Curiosity Quest . The DVD Combo Pack - Swimmers of the Sea and the DVD Combo Pack - Produce costs $24.95 each set of three episodes.


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