Save Money on Gluten Free Dairy Free Food with Vitacost and Ebates

Our gluten free, dairy free pantry supplies were getting a big low, so I stocked up at Vitacost during one of their sales.  (Vitacost frequently runs 15 and 20% off sales.) This post contains affiliate links. Not only did I get all of these pantry staples at Vitacost for 20% off (plus some items were […]

Menu Planning for July 16, 2017

My husband got a new grill last weekend, and he’s been having fun grilling several of our meals each weekend.  I’m happy because we’re not heating up our house, and the food tastes great. Here’s our menu plan for the week: Saturday Lunch–Grilled Chicken Apple Sausage, Carrot Sticks, Cucumber Slices, Dinner–Ramen with Chicken and Veggies […]

Grocery Report, July 13, 2017

We decided to cut our grocery budget, but we didn’t make that decision until I had completed most of our shopping for the week.  I’ll do what I can over the next two weeks to not spend as much, but it’s tough changing the grocery budget mid-month.  It may take affect at the new amount […]

Homeschool Crew Review – Time Traveler American: The Civil War

This year, we inadvertently ended up studying The Underground Railroad because Cuddle Bug kept picking books from that area of the library.  That lead to the girls earning a badge from American Heritage Girls about the Underground Railroad.  So, a natural fit was to next teach them about the Civil War, which we have been […]

Homeschool 101: Don’t Plan Your Child’s Educational Track In Advance

We’re in our 5th year of homeschooling.  You’d think by now I’d have this all figured out, but that’s not the case.  The game keeps changing, and I feel like I’m scrambling to keep up. Our Educational Journey So Far Take Bookworm, for instance.  We started with Kolbe Academy in 4th grade, which wasn’t a […]

Menu Planning for July 9, 2017

This will probably be the last week in July that we work on filling the freezer.  Then, the rest of the month, we’ll work on eating down those meals and lowering the grocery bill.  Here’s the plan for the week: Saturday Lunch–BLTs, cucumber slices, chips Dinner–steak, broccoli, diced sweet potatoes Sunday Lunch–Chicken tenders, bean & […]

Under the Cover of Light by Carole Engle Avriett: A Book Review

Imagine leaving your wife and children behind for what you think is a 120 day stint in the Vietnam War.  Then, when you finish your 120 days, you’re assigned 60 more days.  When you are less than three weeks away from finishing the 60 day extension, your plane is shot down and you’re captured by […]

Grocery Report, July 6, 2017

May and June were crazy months, so my grocery reports just didn’t posted.  After awhile, I didn’t even have the time (or energy) to keep track of them myself. But, hey, July 1 is the start of a new fiscal year, so I’m going to try to get back on the wagon with tracking my […]

Our Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 2nd and 3rd Grade

We have always homeschooled through the summer.  My kids need the structure (so do I!), and it’s so hot here in Arizona that we don’t want to go outside much after 9 a.m.  Plus, this year we’re playing catch up from all the time we were off in the spring when I had foot surgery. […]

Menu Planning for July 2, 2017

Last week was a weird week because each of our kids developed a cold.  Each of them, on the first day, was completely out of commission–unable to eat, some vomiting, some running a fever.  Every two days, a new kid got the cold until we’d run through all three of them.  As a result, I […]