Let’s talk about some simple ways to start saving money, so you can pay off debt, save for a vacation or car, or maybe to retire early! Small little steps make it easy to start out. You can always find more ways to save money, and sort of make a game out of it! Writing down everything in a notebook (Ledger) that you are spending will help you learn where to cut back. 1 Daily Coffee I understand that many of you are sick of hearing to cut out buying coffee, but it adds up! I know many … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Start Saving Money
How many of us had many life skills as a teen before leaving home? We’re going to talk about 16 life skills every teen should know before leaving home. When I grew up and moved out, I did not have life skills that were going to help me as an adult. I had hardly ever done my own laundry, and had never cooked. My first meal that I “cooked” was spaghetti. I opened a jar of spaghetti sauce, heated it up, and poured it overcooked noodles. It was gross. Our kids are going to have a hard enough time … [Read more...] about 16 Life Skills Your Teen Should Know
We have been experiencing a major heatwave here in Germany these past few weeks. With no air conditioning in our home (or anywhere else in the country) we've been a little obsessed with keeping cool, so we figured what better theme for our sensory bin than the arctic! We played with this bin for several days and ended up remaking it with new materials because it was so much fun! The first time we used epsom salt for snow and vase filler crystals for ice and water and then let our … [Read more...] about Arctic Sensory Bin, Two Ways!
Materials you need: 6"x9" cut fabric5"x7" cut fabric2"x4" cut fabric2.5"x14" cut fabric for neck strapCrayola Fabric Markershot glue gun and glue sticksvelcro Take the fabric of your choice and cut four different pieces measuring 6"x9", 5"x7", 2"x4", and 2.5"x14". Decided what pattern you want to draw on your bowtie; I chose to do a lemon pattern for the bow and then stripes for the middle. You only have to cover the middle portion of the fabric because it will be folded. Take the largest … [Read more...] about DIY No-Sew Bowtie
I don't see the appeal, but for some reason, whenever I ask Aurora what her favorite animal is she tells me it's a pig. I remember when we visited Nebraska a few years ago and went to the county fair, we toured the livestock barns and when we got to the pigs she burst in to terrified tears! After such a traumatic first meet n' greet, I'm a little surprised that piggies were her pick, but she's been unwavering in her animal favoritism for the past several months! Because I knew she would be … [Read more...] about Farm Sensory Bin
Ethical spending may not be the first thing on your mind as we head into the holiday season. Afterall, the in-laws are about to arrive and you were just volun-told that you're in charge of cooking the turkey this year, but I'd like to make a case for why it should be. Our dollars count for more than our words these days, and with little ones watching, it's important to set a good example. Having children really forces you to think through everything that you do. I want to be able to … [Read more...] about An Ethical Christmas: Helping Kids Embrace Culture and Make a Difference