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90 Day Pocket Planner by The Thinking Tree

Sarah from The Thinking Tree has come out with some really neat planners and I can't wait to get my hands on one. I'll make a video as soon as I do.

They are pocket size so you can take them with you. The Begin Again is on sale right now for half price. I'm not sure how long the sale will last. Don't expect this planner to be like anything you've used before!

Many moms are in survival mode. They are just surviving from day to day and that's not good for your family or your health.

We need to get out of survival mode to be the best we can for our husband and kiddos. This planner is meant to help moms get out of survival mode to be the best we can be. To not feel overwhelmed.
I'll have pictures and share more but I didn't want you all to miss the sale for the first one above (Begin Again)

On day one you choose four important things you want to accomplish. On day two you choose four necessary things you plan to accomplish. If you can't get to them all then just begin again on the next day. The dates are not set in stone, which means they are blank, you write the date. If you are sick or one day you just couldn't get to everything you DON'T have to skip that page. I love that because many times planners are predated and I really, really, don't like skipping pages (makes me feel behind and that's not good we don't want you mamas to have that "behind" feeling).

Take a peek inside.

Some pages in the back of the Pocket Planner.

Here's how I'll be using my 90 Day Pocket Planner. I don't feel like I'm in survival mode at this time but do need to stay on track. I'm currently in "Derailed Mode

Make-Up Travel Roll-Up Bag to the Rescue for Taming Some Clutter!

It's been a while since I've blogged. I really meant to blog something daily in December. Even if it was just a picture. Then thought January would be good but as you can see I missed the first two days already so that didn't work out either. Maybe Feb.

There's so much going on where do I even start. Haha, 

Here's a nifty little idea for you all who own craft stuff. What mama doesn't right? I don't know if I ever mentioned that I like to color so if I didn't now you know. Consider yourself informed 😁

I own a Mary Kay Travel Roll Up bag. It's pretty neat except I don't know what to use it for. I don't travel much and when we do I have another bag I put my stuff in. I didn't want to give it away because it was expensive ($35 to me is a lot!). It was a gift too so unless I was going to to give it to my sister MaryEllen it wasn't going anywhere, hehe.

The other day I got this awesome idea. Well, actually the Lord gave me the idea because I am so not creative like this.

I had a lot of different kinds of markers in one bag! Little one, skinny ones, and double sided ones. I decided to separate them but wasn't sure how. Then I remembered I had this Travel Roll Up bag and it worked like a charm! Now I wish I had a few more for my gel pens. I might search one out at the second hand stores.

And you can hang it up too if you have one with a hanger attached! Pretty neat huh? Can you tell I'm a bit excited. I don't normally think of things like this. Although I'm sure you ladies have been using one for all your crafty needs and I'm just now getting the idea, ha! Better late than never as they say.
Imagine all the other things I can use this for (now I need more, hehe). I can put white board markers in a pocket, tape in anther, scissors, and so much more!

What would you put in it? Leave a comment below, thanks!

Little House Coloring BOOK!

Look what I found! I'm so excited but it will have to wait until after CHRISTmas for me to get it 😍
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20 Years and Counting

20 years, 1 week, & 1 day married to the love of my life! 

 These are pictures of pictures 😃
 Having fun at a company picnic.
 The picture below is the only pic that I'm not pregnant in. It was before we were married.
 Lupe, me, Josh and I'm prego with Annette. We are at another company picnic. When FedEx was Kinkos back in the day 😊
Not sure who I'm prego with in this picture.

I Can't Eat Anymore :)

The kids made this funny video. An after Thanksgiving video 😊

Actor: Lance
Music: music chosen by ~Musicl.ly app
Director: Brent
Camera Man: Caleb

Beautiful Thankgiving

This year I kept Thanksgiving super simple. Last year we ate at Cracker Barrel things were a bit daunting and I really just wanted to sit and enjoy my Thanksgiving dinner with the kids. Normally I don't get to. By the time I sit down most everyone is done and I'm so hot from the eat of the stove (we have a small kitchen). Plus, I always cook for an army when I don't need to.
Our plates from Hobby Lobby

Soooo, this year I decided only bake 3 pies: 2 sweet potato and 1 pumpkin. Only a few sides instead of gazillions: mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, yams, and cranberry sauce. That was it.

I also didn't spend days cooking in the kitchen because there wasn't so much to cook! I loved it AND I sat down with the kiddos and hubby of course. I wasn't over heated (haha) and I enjoyed my Thanksgiving dinner with my family (this is not to say I didn't enjoy other Thanksgiving dinners).
It was just a really nice day. Annette helped in the kitchen which I absolutely LOVED! Normally she's with her dad fixing something. It was nice chatting with her. She made a cranberry salad.
This is one of the recipes that her Auntie Cynthia taught her how to make.
 Lupe made the Turkey. I'm not sure why our butter ball turkey looks so round. usually they don't look like this. It was tasty though.
 I made sugar free Cranberry Sauce. It was so yummy! I added some blueberries this year.
 Green bean casserole. I didn't take a picture of the mash potatoes.
 I made two sides of sweet potatoes. One had a yummy pecan crumble type topping and the other had a marshmallow topping. The kids prefer the marshmallow and Lupe and I love the pecan.
Um, yeah, the kids decided that it needed more marshmallows.

Even though I only baked three pies there was still a lot of yummy desserts! Josh made an apple pie and a chocolate pudding pie from scratch too! And Annette made lots of cream puffs. It was her first time. She made three different fillings: Nutella, Vanilla, and Pumpkin. She also made Rice Crispy Treats!

Annette's Cream Puffs
Nutella Cream Puffs
 A plate for my dad to take home. They may not look too pretty but they were tasty. We need to work on our presentation ~ hehe.😜

 Joshua's apple and chocolate pies. They were so good! Yes I age carbs and sugar this year.
 Not sure what happened to Joshua's cookies but they were delish as well.
It was a relaxing day of fun and being with my wonderful family. Lupe helped me clean up. I love him 😍💗

Of course I had a nice cup of java ☕ while watching the football game with hubby. Yes, we watched a football came. I'm not a football fan but it was for the hubby. Lupe's not a watch-every-football game type of guy but he enjoys a game now-and-then.

Thank you Lord for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with my family .

Quiet Time

Quiet time at the cabin. Just hubby and me. It gave me time to ponder what I'm thankful for.
Thinking Tree Journal
It was a nice weekend getaway celebrating our 20th Anniversary. Hard to believe we've been married for 20 amazing and wonderful years.

Of course I brought more of my Thinking Tree journals. 
Thinking Tree Journals

Thinking Tree Journals

First Selfies

My hubby and I are not good at taking selfies together but we try. I think this is one of the first ones. I'm sure we must have taken one before.

 We took a 20th Anniversary weekend getaway and thought we'd try out hand at selfies. I think we need a selfie stick, bwahahaha
 We discovered that our phone will snap a picture if we say, "cheese", so I'm saying cheese while keeping my smile. My hubby on the other hand is saying it in Spanish and the picture snapped as he was saying the 'o' sound in queso.
 We tried again. This time with just me saying cheese. We stayed in a one room cabin with a gorgeous view from every window.
This picture was funny. I said, "Hey, Dear, let's take one here."

His reply, "It's just wood, you want us to take a picture in front of wood?" and as I'm typing this I'm laughing to myself because it was funny but you had to be there. And yes my love of my life is saying, "Queso" :)

I said, "It's the cabin wood though."

We keep looking in different directions. We were not sure where we should look while taking the selfies. We tried looking at different spots but his eyes and mine are still looking in different directions. Any tips!?!?

Anyway it was fun taking some selfies with my Sweets.

Update on Our 8th Grade Year with Using The Thinking Tree

Ethan my 8th grade son has been using The Thinking Tree full time for a while. I need to gather all his journals and write about it in more detail.

Library Based Journal for Boys by The Thinking Tree
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Ethan my 8th grade son has been using The Thinking Tree full time for a while. I need to gather all his journals and write about it in more detail.

He's currently using:
The Library Based Journal for Boys
How to Make Money
Timeline of World History
Are You a Math Genius
Word Hunt
And he'll probably start United States Geography soon as well.

Here is a page from his Library Based Journal. The lines on the copywork pages are too far apart for Ethan so we added some more.
Library Based Journal for Boys by The Thinking Tree
My 8th grade plans that I wrote back in June and it has changed a bit from in October too. Mostly the writing. I really need to buckle down and stick with a writing program with him. Yikes, crazy me. My two oldest were more natural writers than my younger ones.

For the month of November Ethan has used mainly The Thinking Tree for history, spelling, and some social studies too. He continues to use CTC Math along with Are You a Math Genius and Bible Games.

The Thinking Tree
I am going to have Ethan start Climbing to Good English and see how that goes with writing. I'll continue to add copywork. I have some Spelling You See copywork books that I might pull out for him later in the year.

We haven't been doing science: Let the Rocks Cry Out regularly but plan to starting in January. I am actually going to see if I can use one of The Thinking Tree journals for that and keep my science book clean for Lance to use next year but we'll see. It all depends if the journal is completed by then.

So, as of today this is what we are using with Ethan.

Just SLOWing Down

Just taking time to SLOW down.
 We decorated our gingerbread houses. Of course mine was a Coffee House.
I'll share more soon. One of my SLOW goals is to stay off the computer during the holidays. And I'm so proud of myself. Through the Thanksgiving week I've been very careful NOT to jump on the computer.
Which means we actually decorated our gingerbread houses early this year.
Normally we don't get to them until New Years Eve.
 When I pulled out all the gingerbread houses Lance said, "But it's our tradition to decorate them when we stay up all night", which translates to New Years Eve, hah, He made me laugh.
I guess I might have to buy some more for our "tradition" (me laughing and smiling).