It’s Home-Pre-School Time


Happy Monday! So today we are starting our home-pre-school curriculum with Simply Learning Kids. We are actually starting two weeks early and re-visiting The Little Blue Truck Unit. Reason being is when we originally did that unit I had just had London and really wasn’t able to focus on it but now we are ready to go full force and Learn!

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Now lemme tell you a bit about my teaching/learning style and why I chose Simply Learning Kids. So when we originally made the decision to homeschool I really had no idea where to start. I spent hours and hours on Pinterst looking at different curriculum’s, different learning styles, and all of that in between! Wow was it overwhelming!! So I was so lucky to come across Simply Learning Kids on Instagram. She provides awesome free curriculum on her blog and makes it so incredibly easy with links to everything you need. I also liked the idea of having a book as a reference point. As far as learning style goes I am really going to take Beeg’s lead on this… I myself am a visual learner but she may not be so at this point we are taking it one day at a time. Now yes we are using a curriculum but really its a lot of play at this age and she is learning through daily activities. That is one of the things I love about homeschooling is that she will be witnessing everyday activities (grocery shopping, the post office, the bank, etc.) and learning through those experiences.


 Also today we got a “Back to School” care pack from my Grandma for Beeg and she just absolutely LOVES mail!

She sends these little care packs for each holiday and includes a themed pillow case which I just adore!

 So be ready to see a lot of posts on how our schooling journey is going:)

Now London is not in school but she’s just too darn cute not to share 😉 


 

6 years!! 

Today is my Husband and mine’s 6 year wedding anniversary 💕 I am so happy and lucky to have this man in my life!

A funny story about our “wedding” well 6 years ago today we eloped… In our backyard with about 15 of our closetest friends. We had been talking about getting married the Sunday before and well we went ahead and did it! Some may say “how did you know?” Well considering I only knew him for about 6 months I really didn’t know a whole lot about him but I KNEW that this was the man I was meant to be with.
To be honest I still don’t know everything about him and that’s one of the great things about our relationship is that we are constantly learning about each other. In these past 6 years I have watched this man turn into an amazing father and devoted husband. He is constantly making me laugh and to be able to have someone that is always there for you is such a gift!


Can’t wait to make it to 50 years! 

A Letter to my first born..

Its 3 am and I am lying here awake with my infant next to me and all I can think about is my older daughter (3.5) so I sneak out of bed and go in to check on her. She is curled up in a lil ball, no covers because she constantly kicks them off, and she is about to fall out of bed. Usually by this time of night she has crawled into bed with us. So as I scoot her back over to her pillow and cover her up I lay with her for a minute or two and cherish her. And think of all the ways I have cheated her the past few months 😞 
{To her}

I’m sorry. I’m sorry I get frustrated with you on a daily basis. I am sorry that I have to put your sister’s needs before yours. I am sorry I can’t play with you as much. I am sorry that I am not able to put you to bed every night, this kills me as this was my favorite time of day. I’m just sorry that in the blink of an eye the mom you once had was gone because of me having your sister…
But I promise there will be better days to come. I promise to make you giggle more and to not say “No” all the time. I promise to play with you daily and kiss you constantly. I promise one day I will be able to put you to bed again.

Because remember you are so special to me… You made me a mom.

The infant passed out next to me 😇

Today

So today was a kinda magical day… Everyone was happy and I was able to get things done 😊

Starting my home Organization project with this Book below! I follow the author on Instagram at @abowlfulloflemons and love all her ideas, oh and that delicious drink is my GodFather Chai it’s sooooo yum! 

The book is divided into weekly challenges and I used these Post it Dividers.

This has probably been one of the best purchases for our backyard, Beeg is on this Swing everyday! 

Oh that Smile!!! 😊😊

Hope your all having a happy weekend!! 

Lost

Okay so I am writing this post in hopes to get some ideas from other bloggers. Particularly you SAH Mama bloggers (yes you)… I feel as though I have hit a road block, well I hit it way before I left the driveway. I have a passion to start a Blog, and my goal is to be able to help contribute to the family as well as enjoy what I am doing… So basically it can’t feel like work.

 

Now I need to be able to be a present mom and wife all while homeschooling my girls (basically I don’t want it to over take my life). I am giving myself two years to be successful – really I would like to be profitable in one year so we can start saving to buy a house:)

 

As of right now I am pretty scrambled and have all of these random ideas but I don’t see it flowing properly. I know I need to focus on a “theme” and stick with posts based on that but not quite sure what would be best and what will get me the most visitors. I have also considered a vlog but as of right now my hair lives in a bun and is not super cute haha.

 

So Give me all your tips, tricks, and secrets on how to be successful at this! I am looking for some guidance and I figured no better place to go than the Online community!!

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My Tribe

So for those of you who know me know that we moved a year ago. It really wasn’t that tough of a decision since it was less than two hours away from where we currently lived, also it was for my husbands work. I had envisioned myself driving down to Orange County at least once a month to keep in touch with my friends and continue the friendships with my daughters friends. We totally came down all the time up until last December when I was super pregnant and it was pretty uncomfortable to drive that far. After having Lo I though for sure we would come down a lot because babies love to sleep in the car… Well not my baby 😕 ugh this was such a bummer for me as Beeg LOVED and still loves the car! Hoping Lo grows out of this.. (If anyone has suggestions on how to make the car more comfortable for her please please let me know!! ) 


I have lived in Orange County all my life, my parents are there, my best friends, beegs best friends, it’s comfort, and while it is gorgeous up here and our house/neighborhood is amazing I can’t help but feel like I don’t belong. I am seriously missing my family and friends and the strong bonds beeg had with her friends. I know what your thinking…two hours is not that far but unfortunately with LA traffic it can take up to 3 hours sometimes and with a new baby who doesn’t like the car it’s just not possible for me to come down there all the time. Also I am struggling with the fact that if we are going to be stuck up here then we need to start building bonds.


I have lived all my life with just one really close best friend (19 years!!) so it’s really hard for me to find that with someone else… I truly miss that bond. When beeg was about 3 months I joined a mom group and immediately felt connected to these women! I was so lucky to find a momma tribe that was in the same mindset as us and just very friendly and accepting. I miss being able to just have last min play dates with these women and their wonderful kiddos. 


 I have met some great friends up here for myself and beeg. Maybe I am just holding onto Orange County because my family is there but I am really hoping in a few years we can go back. Sorry this post was more of me venting and writing my thoughts all over the place!  I always love to see what has worked for others! So what have you done when you have had to re-build your Tribe? 
Thanks All! 

xxxx

Candace 😘

I had a Baby! 

Woo hoo! I am no longer pregnant! I tell ya this last pregnancy was a doozy! Really just the last trimester… Acid reflux, not being able to sleep, nausea, all of my clothes not fitting, pregnancy mask and a whole lot of other symptoms that you don’t even want to know about! It’s strange because when I was pregnant with Beeg I absolutely loved it! But not this time around… Whew! 
So anyway back to talking about my Baby! London Alice was born on 3/8 at 6:19 AM and she’s perfect! I feel so complete! Our little family of four is probably everything I have ever wanted in life 😊 I will post her birth story in a few days but for now here are some pics of the little lady:

   
    
    
   

Healthy Baby Home Party

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

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Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at generationgood.net to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
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  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
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Can I get a Do-Over?

Oh Lordy what a month!! So needless to say I didn’t accomplish my goal or craft this month…😦

 

I did get a few things done, I was able to clean out my Pantry, Scrub it, and re organize it – now it is still not my Pinterest Perfect Pantry but it does bring me a small amount of Joy:)

 

I was also able to get Beeg’s Room together – Now we are renting so I decided not to paint as right now that would just be a waste of money and I don’t think my Pregnant self could handle the fumes. Her room is so much easier to tidy up now! There are less items in here as well since I have purged a bunch of unloved toys.

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This is a “Fairy House” that the previous owners built above the closet! (Kinda what sold me on the house) And the bottom half is her closet – So much space and so smart for kids since they don’t need the whole closet.638

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I think one of my big problems is I failed to stay Focus!!! I use a great checklist by Organizeforfree.com:

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and in an effort to be the green Eco-friendly gal that I am I didn’t print out a new checklist each week… I simply wrote down what needed to get done in my Passion Planner (more about that later). I am the kind of person that needs to check off, higlight, cross out, etc to feel good and know that it got done! So I printed out a checklist this morning and I am back on tract.

 

Now the lack of check list wasn’t my only culprit… I also focused my attention on other things… three weekends of the month we were in Orange County which really took away from my organizing/deep cleaning goals… I get so much more done on the weekends when Hubby is here to play with Beeg. I also started a Homeschooling group! I know, I know I said I wasn’t going to focus on Homeschooling till next fall but an opportunity rose and I took it!

 

As I am in February now I am focusing on my Blog – you will see me at least once a week and keeping my house Tidy and sticking to a cleaning schedule. So its almost like Chores/Homework for me – I am not able to go out and play until the house is clean for the day and I have a Blog post written😉 This is hard for me because since we have chosen to home school Beeg I really need to make an effort to get out of the house often but this chasing myself in circles to get the house tidy is absolutely driving me insane!!

 

Now as for crafts… I didn’t do diddly squat!!! Ugh I was on such a roll in December with the stocking and I don’t know why but I lost my passion in January😦 Maybe I was sick of looking at Santa ha ha! I now have it next to me at all times… its near the couch so when Beeg wants to watch a movie (and insists that I sit with her) I can be working on it, and each night as I grab a glass of water and head to bed I grab it and work on it each night! Here is where I am so far…

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I know… pathetic!

Alright well wish me luck for February – and pray that this Baby stays in till march so I can have at least one successful Month!

** Of Course in my procrastination I wrote this Monday and just now posting… Friday… some things will never change!😉