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Fun Activities for Groundhog Day

Even though Groundhog Day isn’t major holiday, in our home we try to make it a lot of fun.  We make sure we’re up early to watch the festivities and to see if the little guy sees his shadow.  And if the holiday falls on a homeschool day, we add in activities to make it fun.   Here are some things we’ll be doing to celebrate Punxsutawny Phil’s big day.

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My Goals for 2016 (and Favorite Resources for Goal Setting)

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January is in full-swing and we’re almost a full month into 2016 – it’s crazy how fast the weeks fly by.  Especially since January is my crazy season at my job and I’ve been working long hours.  But things are slowing down and now I’m able to focus on the months that are stretching out before me.

In years past, I haven’t really been intentional about setting and meeting goals, but I’m excited about 2016 and ready to jump on the goal setting bandwagon.

Here is how I developed my goals:

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“God-First” Goal Setting for the New Year

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve enjoyed seeing all the posts about New Year’s resolutions and goals.  I don’t have a great track record of setting goals (and sticking to them!), but this year I’ve been inspired to do a little planning and goal setting to challenge myself.  So when I went to a mom’s group meeting the other day, I was excited to find that the topic dealt with doing a “reset” of our schedules for the New Year.

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Decluttering Diva Challenge – Day 4: Cost Based, Dream-Smashing, and Abundance Clutter

This post is Step 4 in a 5-part decluttering challenge by Mridu at LifeisOrganized.com.  To see the beginning of the series, check out De-cluttering Diva Challenge: Day 1.

We’ve reached Day 4 of the decluttering challenge!  According to Mridu, this is the last day of hard-core decluttering before finishing up the challenge with some clutter prevention techniques.

Today our assignment is:

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Our New Year’s Day Menu – Creamy Loaded Baked Potato Soup and Lemonade Cranberry Bread

Where I’m from, the tradition is to eat black eyed peas and collard greens on New Year’s Day.  During the first few years of our marriage, I stuck to the tradition, even though we don’t like either one of those options!  I eventually gave up on the greens but still continued to make the peas, until one year we decided enough was enough.  (In the same way, pumpkin pie has started to make a slow exit from our Thanksgiving table – I’m a little more sad about *that* tradition going away.)

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5 Ways to Practice Math Facts (without Flashcards!), plus a $10 Credit @ Educents.com

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Learning math facts can be so difficult!  I know that they’ve caused some headaches in this house.   But not having a solid grasp on the facts makes new math concepts and subsequent math courses much more difficult.

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Decluttering Diva Challenge Day 3: Guilt Clutter

 

*This post is the third in a series of the 5-day decluttering challenge from Mridu Parikh at LifeIsOrganized.com.*

I’m continuing to work through the decluttering challenge, and I like how my three target areas (kitchen, master bedroom closet, and van) are looking less messy.  I also like how I’m changing the way that I view the items in my house.  I’m learning that it’s okay to be less emotionally tied to things that are cluttering my life and only focus on the important things.

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Brunch Favorites – A Recipe Collection


I just love a brunch, don’t you?  Just the name makes me think of a bright mid-morning, celebrating a holiday or a milestone in life with friends while sharing delicious food.  I’ve put together some of my favorite brunch recipes for you to enjoy with your family and friends.  Over the years, I’ve prepared each of these recipes, most of them multiple times, with great results.  Here is my ideal brunch menu.

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A Christmas Break Planner for Moms with Free Printable

Hip, hip hooray for Christmas vacation!

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to spending Christmas break with your kids, but you might be a little overwhelmed at all of the extra time that you’ll be spending together without the usual structure and routine.  Kids everywhere will be sure to be declaring, “I’m bored!” within hours (or minutes!) of being out of school.

I’m all about relaxing over Christmas break, but without some structure, my girls tend to either argue a lot or beg for screen time, screen time, and more screen time, which we like to keep to a minimum.  And I don’t like to get to the end of the break and think of all the things I wish I had done.

But with a little advance planning, this Christmas break can be meaningful and fun with lots of rest and relaxation thrown in!

I’ve put together a printable to help you make a strategy for your days at home, as well as plan for fun times out with your family.  I also included some links to sanity saving articles if you happen to hit some snags along the way.

Click here for a free printable Christmas Break Planner for Moms!

I hope that this last week of Advent is filled with the wonder of our Savior’s birth, and that you have many moments of joy throughout!

What are your plans for Christmas break?  How do you maintain your sanity while the kids are out of school?  Share below in the comments!

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