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Love Grows Here – Keep Out!

Love Grows Here Keep Out

I have started walking. Again. We’ll see. . .

Anyhow, on my walking route I pass this lovely garden area next to someone’s front door. I mean it is lovely. Lots of flowering plants (even in this triple digit heat we have had for weeks now) and large green leaves. It is well maintained and cared for. You can tell.

But –

Planted in the very front, for all the passersby to see, are two signs. One is so pretty and in colorful cursive says “Love grows here.” What a neat sentiment. Inviting. Hopeful. Maybe even inspiring. Until you look next to it.

And you see

KEEP OUT!

Black and orange. Bright, glaring, ugly. “You are not wanted,” it says. “You are not welcome.” In spite of what is right next to it about love, this is the message that is most boldly proclaimed.

And it made me wonder. . .

Which of these two signs does my life portray? And I boldly proclaiming that no one is welcome in my life?

Or am I saying I am trying hard to grow love and would like to share it?

Which is the sign your life is proclaiming?

Blessings,
At Home.

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Stylish Hair Accessories That Hold – a review of Lilla Rose

Flexi Clips from Lilla Rose

If you are anything like me, you have quit spending anything on hair accessories, no matter how cute they are, because they just don’t hold in your hair. It is so frustrating to find a clip or a barrette or a comb and purchase it, just to find the first time you place it in your hair it slips right down. Or worse – it slips off and you lose it.

Lilla Rose Flexi Clips have changed all that for me. Not only are there tons of adorable styles to choose from, they actually hold my hair. Some styles still slip but it is easy to put a small band underneath the clip to hold it in place. And I get to use the cute clips! I recently received Hibiscus Sea and Morning Joy for the purpose of this review and boy, do I like them! They have both gotten lots of use already!

My favorite size is honestly the XL, especially with summer here. Okay – it might only be May but the heat is starting to hit and I am wearing my hair up a lot now. But these XL Flexi Clips allow me to quickly pull my hair up into a bun. No fuss, no muss. I can truly have my hair done in under a minute. Just twist it up to a bun and place the clip over the top of it.

bun with Morning Joy flexi clip

It is neat. The clips adds color and interest and, yes, even cuteness. It stays put. And I don’t have to mess with it. On days like today, when we were out in the heat and the wind, hair stayed put and still looked decent when we came in an hour and a half later.braid held with Hibiscus Sea flexi clip

I have at least one clip of each size and I do like them all. My daughters all have at least one clip each, as well. They do a fantastic job of making hair pretty and holding it in place.

Miss J using Hibiscus Sea flexi Clip

Not sure what size is right for you? You can ask Jennifer (the post sponsor) by contacting her at http://www.lillarose.biz/prettyhair/ (there is a banner in the middle of the page with Jennifer’s picture on it; click that and there is a way to email her) or visit Lilla Rose to see the style videos and suggestions they have. While looking for the videos, check out all the varieties of Flexi Clips they have. There are new ones all the time. Colors on Parade flexi clip

And if these are not your style, they also have hair bands (which are lovely and stay put, too – I have one that I enjoy wearing), bobbi pins (which my girls love to decorate their hair with after they pull it up in a ponytail), U pins, and more.

If you haven’t tried Lilla Rose, I highly recommend giving this company a try. Jennifer is a wonderful consultant (I’ve known her from the blogging world for a few years) and will answer any questions you have.

Contact Pretty Hair (a Lilla Rose consultant) through the Lilla Rose website – http://www.lillarose.biz/prettyhair/ – or through Facebook.

At Home.

This post was sponsored by Lilla Rose consultant Jennifer (*******). I received two free clips in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations.

 

Goals for 2017

Sometimes, I find that I struggle with setting goals. I don’t want to fall short. I have found myself several times lately thinking something like “I won’t even try because I can’t do it.” This often happens when I see something that requires a lot of activity over an extended period of time.

I have found, though, that if I create a much smaller goal with a larger end point in mind, I don’t struggle as much. An example? Walk for 20-30 minutes per day. No distance required so for those days when I am hurting or exhausted, all I have to do is make the time. I don’t have to push super hard. But for those days when I am energetic and feeling good? Then I can do some running and go further and longer.

I have also found that if I write things down, I am more likely to hold myself accountable. If I tell someone I trust about a goal, they are also more likely to hold me accountable because, well, they can since they know. (Something about that knowing – if they don’t know, how can they help?!?) At Home Dad has changed his morning routine to help me meet my daily goal of walking. He did that because he knew about my goal and wanted to help me meet it.

So, with all that rambling in mind, I decided to show you my goals. I wrote them down on the printable that I had created and shared with you in my post on The End or The Beginning? Here are my 2017 Goals.goals-2017At Home.

Linking up with the Homeschool Review Crew’s discussion about goals in 2017.

Homeschool Review Crew Goals for the Year Ahead {Link Up}

The End or the Beginning?

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An end and a beginning. Which do you see?

As the end of 2016 very quickly approaches, I see just that. An end. Finality. The finish line. But is it really? No. So, I find myself wondering.

– what did we do right?
– what did we succeed in?
– what did we make better?
– where did we grow?
– where do we need to do better?
– where do changes need to be made?
– where did we fall down?
– where did we fail?

The end of the year is a natural time for reflection and re-evaluation. But, did you notice that all of these statements have a “we” in them? There is a reason for that. I think of our family as a unit. We are a family and we look to help each other.

Still, what I do well affects others. What I fail at also affects them. So we are moving through this journey together. And when I evaluate and do better at my part in these things, I make our family stronger.

The end is clearly marked by the calendar but what if we took a new approach and looked at it solely as the beginning? This is my beginning. I am beginning a new set of goals. I am beginning a new year. A new outlook. An ending is often a sad time but beginnings are seen as opportunity. So take this new beginning as an opportunity for whatever it is you desire. And write those goals, or desires, down.

I tend to be very visual so I created these two little worksheets to help me think through the good, the bad, the ugly and to plan for where I can do better. I am going to post these in my notebook that I am beginning for Bible time/prayer time so that I see them often through the year and hopefully, it will help me. Remind me. Get me back on track when I wander. And help keep me accountable.

2016 In Review

2017 Goals

I am also tying the 2017 goals into my “one word” for the year – CRAVE. I will share more on that word next week, as I am still trying to work through all the ways I want to apply this in the next year.

Please print these and use them as you can see them benefitting you and your students or family. Please share, as well. All I ask is for you to link back to this page if you share them. Thank you!

At Home.

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Linking this post up with the Homeschool Review Crew bloggers’ Reflecting on 2016 linkup.

 

Dear Postal Worker

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Dear Postal Worker,

I am sorry you had a bad day. I am sorry I wasn’t able to answer the door when you rang the bell several times. I am sorry I flagged you down to ask if I could help with whatever you needed. I am sorry I caused you inconvenience. But mostly, I am sorry you did not see the joy that the package you needed a signature for brought.

It was an unexpected package full of beautiful and amazing learning journals for my girls. When we opened it, I wish you could have heard the “oohs” and “aahs” that accompanied each of the journals we brought out.

I wish you could have heard the exclamations of “Can I use that one?!?”

“Will you color in this one with me?!?”

“Poetry? A journal on poetry? Can I do this right now?!?”

“Look Mom. One just for you. A homeschooling mom journal. Now you can do funschooling, too.”

“This one is all about different places. What are the places we will learn about?”

This went on for a good fifteen minutes, dear postal worker, and all because you did choose to stop for me on the side of the road and allow me to go ahead a sign for that unexpected package. Even though you may not realize it, you bring joy like this to our family quite often. Those annoying packages you leave in the oversized box with the key for us? They are full of opportunities. They are full of unrealized joy just waiting to be discovered. And you? You bring that to us. You doing your job is so much appreciated. So, thank you.

Sincerely,

Just one of many homeschooling families that you bring joy to through the mail

At Home.

5 Days of Homeschool Tips: Change is Good?

change is good

I don’t like change. I like to know what’s coming and how to maneuver through it. I like to have a schedule. I like to know what is expected of me.

BUT . . .

I like to have the flexibility to go with the flow and to do what is best at the moment. I like to make last minute plans. I like to change the order of things. I like to be able to walk away from something that is just not working.

So, maybe I am more of an outline person?

Really, though, change is a good thing. Most people don’t seem to think so. They seem to think that staying the course is what should happen and that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” While that is good advice for a machine or a motor, it isn’t really such good advice for a child.

Every child is different. The approach you take to reading for one child might not be the right avenue to understanding for the next child. Math online might be perfect for child number three but for child number six, you need to be right there working it with them on pencil and paper and restating it a million and a half different ways before the child understands it.

So, while it is fantastic to have a “tried-and-true” method, you really need to be up for change. You just might have to change your teaching style, your curriculum, your time of day, or your setting. You might need to change every single thing for that one child. Or you might not.

That is one of the beautiful things about home education. We can change what we need to for that one child.

One of our children loves math. I mean L O V E S it! She would do only math all day long if she could. She loves pencil and paper and seeing those pages turn with completion. However, what works for her is an absolute no-go for another child. That child needs someone sitting right there with her, checking understanding on most steps that she does until she is entirely – and I do mean entirely – confident that she can do it with no mistakes. So, we have searched and searched until we have found something that works for teaching her. (A combination of a fun book and using printable worksheets that I can pick and choose from. See the book we are using by reading this post. For the worksheets, see the review on Super Teacher Worksheets.)

For learning to read, sight words and just reading books worked well for two of the girls. For the third, she had to grow into it. She could do her sight words with no problem but reading a book was a struggle for her until she was ready. When she was ready, she took off and her reading is very good now. But she didn’t really start reading until she was a good year older than her sisters. And that is okay.

I have to be ready for change because change comes in educating our own children. That is part of why we home educate, is it not? So we can tailor their education to them? So, get ready. Change is coming. And it is good.

At Home.

Previous Posts in this series:
Make Time
Structure vs Flexibility

5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents
Looking for more great ideas and tips? Check out other Review Crew members who are sharing tips all week long. Today, I encourage you to go visit these friends:
Melissa @ Grace Christian School
Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays
Missica @ Through the Open Window
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Rebekah @ There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining
Renita @ Krazy Kuehner Days
Sarah @ Renaissance Mama
Sasha @ Such a Time as This
Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling
Tiffany @ The Crafty Home
Tina @ Desperate Homeschoolers

5 Days of Homeschool Tips: Make Time

This tip can go a lot of different ways. But it all relates to the same idea.

 We make time for the important things.

So we need to prioritize.

Prioritize who is important.
Prioritize what is important.
Prioritize what needs to be learned.
Prioritize where to focus.

Make Time

While I was sitting in Ladies’ Bible Class this morning, I had this thought come to me. We make time for the things we want to.

I know. That thought is not profound. It is nothing new under the sun. However, it kind of hit me hard after we had this amazing weekend.

We made time to focus on God on a weekend when so many people typically spend time with family and have egg hunts and take lots of pictures. Instead of “having Easter” we had a weekend filled with God.

So, my question to you is: what do you make time for?

Do you make time daily to read God’s word?

Do you make time daily to do something with your children other than formal schooling?

Do you make time daily to connect with someone who is important to you?

Do you make time for activities that will enrich your life?

Do you make time for those things that will take you where God wants you to go?

I want to encourage you to know what your priorities are and where you need to be headed. Know your goals and who you need beside you. Then, make time every day to be sure you are headed in the right direction.

Our most important goal is to have children that know and love God, who serve Him, and who have followed the Bible to salvation (hear, repent, believe, confess, be baptized, and live according to His word). We make time daily for that to happen, whether it is through a family devotional, Bible study time, or having Bible be a part of their school day. We make time for that by going to church and Bible classes and spending time with others from our church.

Do you know your priorities? Do you make time for them? If not, what are you making time for? Do you need to redirect?

This, more than anything else, will direct your life and, if you are a home educator, your homeschooling. So what do you make time for?

At Home.

5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents

Looking for more great ideas and tips? Check out other Review Crew members who are sharing tips all week long. Today, I encourage you to go visit these friends:

Dawn @ Double O Farms
Dawn @ Guiding Light Homeschool
Debbie @ Debbie’s Homeschool Corner
Desiree @ Our Homeschool Notebook
Diana @ Busy Homeschool Days
Diana @ Homeschool Review
Elyse @ Oiralinde: Eternal Song
Emilee @ Pea of Sweetness
Erin @ For Him and My Family
Jen @ Chestnut Grove Academy

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