New Year, Goals, Crafts, Links and a Request

We had off last week of school to enjoy family and all the fun of the season. We are also off this week!  

My head is clogged up with so many goals and activities for the New Year.  I am taking this week to regroup, replan and reevaluate our household needs and wants.

If you followed along, for the last two months,  we have changed the way we eat and think about food.  Getting rid of almost all our processed food and eating 90% organic and whole foods (real foods).  We have all transitioned to this new way of thinking and eating without many bumps in the road!  I am also still sticking to my $ 100 - $ 120 per week food budget (for 5 people with lunches included for hubby at work).  I have been able to menu plan and get creative with our budget (not using many coupons).  It is amazing when you cut out the processed food from your food list and add in the organics, the budget really did not change much at all!  (more on this to come in January)

On to the goals....

Personal Goals:

Taking care of myself with more exercise and physical exam.
Less snap judgement with the children. Looking them in the eye and talking to them instead of yelling.
Blogging more with value content.
Trying out new recipes monthly.
Continuing to lift up other bloggers and support them thru continued prayer and social media.
FINISH A BOOK! (great starter, weak finisher)
Learn how to use my camera better.
Wear more of my fabulous jewelry (I am a creature of habit and never mix it up!)

School Goals:

More Science experiments
More field trips
Set a chore schedule and stick to it!
Better use of computer and IPads.

Home Goals:

Switch over to all natural cleaning products.
Less "stuff" - weeding out
Repurposing items.
Cleaning out the garage.
January Challenge - NO Spending - more on this challenge coming up on Tuesday!

Fun stuff for School - 1st Quarter!

For school - First Quarter - Fun things to do (in addition to our regular teachings) - using Pinterest for my organizational tool!

January - 15th - National Hat Day - we will have fun with this one!  I am sure ya'all have a hat at home to celebrate this day!

January 20th - MLK Jr Day 

January 31st - Chinese New Year - Year of the Horse!  Oh the girls will be excited! (you can follow my Chinese New Year Pinterest Board for ideas)

February 2nd - Superbowl Sunday
February 2nd - Groundhogs Day! - fun crafts
February 6th - 23rd - I am so excited for the Winter Olympics. If you want ideas on how to celebrate and lesson plans you can go HERE to follow along with my Pinterest page.
February 14th - Valentine's Day - homeschool Monster Mash Party!
February 17th - Presidents Day

March 4th - Mardi Gras (follow along on our Pinterest Page for ideas)
March 17th - St. Patrick's Day (follow along on our Pinterest page for ideas)
March Teachings - Dr. Seuss - sprinkled throughout the month

Some exciting things coming up in 2014:

Zachary turns 10 (double digits - WOW)
Jeremy  (my oldest) gets married in September!  (BIG WOW- new title for me - MIL)
More camping! 

What I would ask of you:

To Please pray for our home, school and my father's health
Continue to stop back to the blog and see what's happening from time to time!

Until Next Time:

Be Blessed!


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