Sunday, March 22, 2015


I am not going to be posting much for a little while. My health and energy is low and I am taking the time to get better before returning to writing.

You deserve my best effort not something I half way throw together just to have a new post.

Thank you for bearing with me during this time.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Our Childrens Future will be what?

Of all the wonderful things accomplished and advanced in the last 30 to 40 years, who knows what will be accomplished in the next 30 to 40 years. 
So to me the question becomes how do we prepare our children for the things we can't imagine yet? The answer, to me, is to encourage creativity, an inquisitive mind, curiosity and an open mind. 
Here are some of the advances we have made in that time frame. 
Can you remember how these changed everything?

Internet, broadband, WWW (browser and html)
PC/laptop computers
Mobile phones
DNA testing and sequencing/Human genome mapping
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Fiber optics
Office software (spreadsheets, word processors)
Non-invasive laser/robotic surgery (laparoscopy)
Open source software and services (e.g., Linux, Wikipedia)
Light emitting diodes
Liquid crystal display (LCD)
GPS systems
Online shopping/ecommerce/auctions (e.g., eBay)
Media file compression (jpeg, mpeg, mp3)
Photovoltaic Solar Energy
Large scale wind turbines
Social networking via the Internet
Graphic user interface (GUI)
Digital photography/videography
RFID and applications (e.g., EZ Pass)
Genetically modified plants
Bio fuels
Bar codes and scanners
SRAM flash memory
Anti retroviral treatment for AIDS

this list is from

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nurturing your Child's Dreams and Spirit

Things I learned from Sir Ken Roberts Ted talks.

What are your child's talent? interests? not the superficial ones but the real ones.
what is it that excites them to do.
to nurture it is our goal as parents & homeschool teachers
however it takes looking for it, exposing kids to different things. To museums, car shows, different kinds of music,dancing, martial arts, cooking, business, firemen, police,emts, medicine, science, art,and oh so much more.
what upon scratching the surface of do they want to know more and more or do more and more.

there was a young man who as a child decided he wanted to be a fireman.
which was encouraged until high school when a teacher told him it was a waste of his potential.
he ignored him and became one anyway.
A few years later he responding to a car accident and guess who it was.
He freed the man, performed cpr and saved that mans life. Saved the wife too.
He became what he was meant to be and was there when needed by the very man who told him being a fireman was a waste of his talents...... think the teacher might have changed his mind.
 now but what we need to learn from this story is simple

Encourage and support our children in what they are passionate about.
They know what that is and we don't need to confuse them. If they are unsure Then we can go about introducing things to see if any of them resonate with the child but Never push what we want on them. It is their life and their chance to make their personal mark.
We want the best for them the best paying the most secure jobs and careers but that might not be what is best for them.
We want them to have a job and life that they are excited to wake up to not one they are just marking the time and miserable in.

Communities need and thrive on a diversity of talents.
We need lots of people with different talents and skills to make it all work.

We have adopted a fast food style public education everything is standardized.

we need a education system that is more personalized.
Group children with other kids on their skill and learning style not age.
kids that learn by visuals best together in a class that teaches that way.
kids that learn best alone, together but  cubicles will work wonders for these kids.
kids that learn best audibly be taught audibly,
and people that learn by doing or moving being taught that way.
test the kids to see how they learn and teach them that way not by age.

Remember tread softly lest you trample your childs dreams or spirit.

to see the ted talk yourself

Thursday, March 5, 2015

How to Homeschool In Texas class

I will be MIA from the blog for a few days. I am writing up a class on how to Homeschool children in Texas.

I am getting asked frequently

*How do you move from public school to homeschool?

*What if I am not knowledgeable on certain subjects to help my child with them?

*What are the laws and requirements to homeschool in Texas?

*I work so how can I possibly homeschool?

*Where do you get the books and such?

I will be answering all of these and more in the class. However for now I need to type it all up, Find a place to hold the class, advertise the class, and such.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Now Hiring! 

we also provide training both team and corporately, up to 40% commission, they ship to customer so you just need to find the customers and we all know a few candle lovers don't we.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Relaxing and Staying Warm for the Weekend

We have holed up this weekend, its cold and there is snow outside.

Well some days are below 30 degrees and others are around 70 degrees in the same week.

I am not a fan of the cold by any stretch of the imagination.

Kids went outside for a few minutes to explore the snow on Friday. They Loved it! Tabby stayed until her hands hurt from the cold and then screamed when we made her come in to warm up.

We have been watching movies and alternating comfort food and pizza delivery.

We had chips and sandwiches for lunch then we had homemade Pot Pie for supper.

I got really excited tonight when I found out about the new candle coming out next week for April Fools Day from Jewelry in Candles. Grand prize for this candle is .An all expenses paid vacation for 2 to Disney World in Orlando FL. Airfare, on resort room, meal plan and park tickets!

Tomorrow is Church for the big kids while Mommy spends quality time with Tabby. She is still scared of being in small rooms with strangers ex. nursery and can't sit still long enough for Big Church.

I will be getting my grocery list and making list of where all I need to go to go finish paying bills and running errands on Monday.

Monday we will be picking up on our ASL lessons from Friday. We are trying to get the kids and Mommy to where we can have a No talking day, ASL only.

We ordered in new workbooks as Acheron and Ilyana have almost finished the ones they just got. They Love to finish them as fast as they can so they can have more free learning days until the new ones arrive.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

March Meal Plan

Busy day today, planning what all needs to be done on Friday Payday.

what bills to pay where and when
what all household supplies we need
write up a meal plan
gathered a grocery list from the meal plan

after doing all that I played with the kids some and relaxed with a book. (we took a bad weather day today)

we do cereal for breakfast and sandwiches or ramen noodles for lunch so...

Here is our Dinner meal plan for march

 1 salisbury steak
 2 pizza
 3 baked potato*
 4 grilled cheese*
 5 pot pie*
 6 salmon patties*
 7 hot dogs
 8 mac and cheese with wieners
 9 biscuits and gravy
10 meat loaf*
11 enchiladas*
12 salisbury steak
13 pizza
14 baked potato*
15 hot dogs
16 store lasagna
17 pot pie*
18 grilled cheese*
19 biscuits and gravy
20 meat loaf *
21 enchiladas*
22 salmon patties*
23 pizza
24 store lasagna
25 pot pie*
26 baked potato*
26 mac and cheese with wieners
27 hot dogs
28 pot pie*
29 pizza
30 salmon patties*
31 sausage stir fry*

* made at home not from a box
 If you want the recipe to any of these just let me know in the comments section!!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

New Scent Release on Feb 24th

Soo excited for this new scent coming out on tuesday!!!

Love is in the air. the sweet soothing aroma, of pink roses, jasmine, and soft violets, will sweep you off your feet. A light and romantic fragrance with lingering base notes of sweet musk and unique woodsy notes. Natural soy moonlit serenade scented candles and tarts.

I am ordering mine payday!! order yours at 

Bake Sale and a Lesson

Saturday the kids held a bake sale.

Ilyana sold two kinds of mini cupcakes, brownies, and blueberry muffins.

Little Henry sold homemade Lemonade.

They worked the sale from 9-2.

Their first customer bought all of the brownies and some lemonade. Then No customers for Hours.

They took one dollar out of the money they earned, and went to the dollar general around the corner from us, to get a poster board.

We had a new friend come by to help with the sale and she painted them a sign. The kids then took it to the busy corner near us about a block and a half away. They held the sign up trying to draw in more customers.

They succeeded in getting One customer. That's all they needed, the nice couple that stopped bought them out of everything they had left!!!

After the sale was over they paid back Mom for the baking mixes and lemonade supplies.

They ended up making 9 dollars each. Not bad for a Saturday afternoon adventure.

They learned that with work and advertising they can earn money but that you also have to spend money on supplies to make money.

Saturday had a temperature of  65 degree. Today on Sunday our high is 40 with rain and snow.... so it will be a while before they can attempt this or any of their other outdoor ways of earning money.

After the sale they didn't want to stop selling so they took mom's flyer's and goodie bags for my Jewelry in candles business and went off handing them out to everyone they know and their friends decided to help and took them to everyone they know too.

Results. Kids learned that money is earned and about paying expenses to find the profit. Mom got to watch them learn and got some free advertising done by the kids!! We made a new friend, kids ended up having a sleepover, and some pride in earning their own spending money.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Dorito Casserole

1 bag of doritos your choice flavor (i favor ranch)
1 pound hamburger meat
taco seasoning
shred cheese
shred lettuce
diced tomatoes

In a skillet brown the hamburger meat,drain and season with taco seasoning
loosely crumble the whole bag of doritos into the bottom of the casserole dish
add the hamburger meat on top of that
layer on the lettuce then cheese then tomato's
bake at 350 till the cheese melts and lettuce starts to wilt

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Fun activity with the kids

My kids Love when we run out of laundry soap.

They fight over who will do the most to make our next batch.

They even start doing laundry just so they can use it,this attitude lasts about a week.

Assign each child one of the tasks, grating the soap, measuring out the powders, stirring.

You get to have a great time and make something a lot more useful than the old macaroni art.

To make liquid Laundry Soap:

1 bar of soap grated per 5 gallons (I use Ivory soap) you can get a 3pk for $2.00
1 cup borax $3.00
1 cup arm and hammer washing soda $3.00
1 cup of oxyclean small tub 3.00
so about 11.00 makes 15 gallons

Grate one bar of soap with cheese grater or food processor.

Put grated soap in pan with 2 quarts water and gradually heat, stirring constantly until soap is completely dissolved.

Put 4.5 gallons of really hot tap water in a 5-gallon bucket

and stir in 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of Washing Soda until completely dissolved.

1 cup of oxyclean to this as well

Pour soap mixture from pan into 5-gallon bucket. Stir well.

Cover and leave overnight.

Stir until smooth and pour into gallon jug or whatever you decide to use as your laundry bottle.

Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

How much could this save your family???

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Our Homeschool Plan for the Week

This week with our homeschool schedule is going to be

Monday - Home Ec, learning personal finance, business, cooking and cleaning

Tuesday - workbooks and reading and library time

wednesday - science Reading aloud and history videos

thursday - workbooks and reading

friday - our foreign language class - ASL

Monday I will be calling our Local EMS to schedule a field trip to go talk to them and see the ambulance for the kids.

Tuesday I will call or go by the local Fire dept and see about scheduling a field trip with them as well.

I will continue to work on my business while they are doing workbook time and after school with their help.

They are learning so much about not just Facts but Life as well with this model of learning.

They are learning the difference between assets, liabilities, budgeting, how to cook, clean, and shop on a budget.

How to work together as a team to accomplish goals, from simply running a home smoothly and to help run a business with a mutual goal.

We are so glad we chose to homeschool the children so they could learn what they need for life instead of just facts to pass tests.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Finding Balance in my Life that's Out of Balance

I have been so off balance with my life the last couple of weeks.

Trying to start a business, write my Blog and grow it, Home school the children, run the house, be a wife and mother.

It's exhausting just reading what I have been trying to do.

I apologize for falling behind in doing quality posts on here. I have been studying so much on my business and how to sell that my brain didn't have a lot left to offer.

My kids schedule with their home school keeps them pretty self sufficient with regards to that. However Mom is still on call to help with anything they don't understand fully.

I started with a direct sales company called Jewelry In Candles. Selling you guessed it Soy Candles with Jewelry inside them. I have been trying to network, learn selling strategies, get samples, catalogs, and all the other little things that go with it going.

Create a meal plan we can all live with. Shop for it, remember it, and Cook it. I need to reprint and put it on my fridge so that I can remember what to defrost and when.

We have doctors and dentist appointments coming up for all 4 kids. Of course they are dreading them, afraid that they will need shots.

I am also trying to find the time to fit in driving lessons. I somehow made it to 30 unable to drive.

Oh and we also got a new kitten this week. We named her Raven, she is black with a little grey and brown mixed in. Tabitha my toddler tells us that its name is not Raven its kitty cat.... she gets so adamant about this its cute.

I need to sit down and come up with a schedule so I can meet all of my goals without falling as short as I have. I will be posting 3 times a week maybe more but 3 times for sure.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Wow I could never do that or I am thinking of homeschooling?

It breaks my heart when parents tell me how their child is being bullied and they are thinking of pulling their child but don't think they could Homeschool them.

If both parents work I can understand this might SEEM really hard but do you have a relative, family friend, or babysitter that could supervise them as they work?

You can buy a whole years curriculum online and it comes with lesson plans usually telling you how many pages of which books per day. There are answer sheets for grading, and youtube video's for nearly any subject to help if you don't know how to explain something. Khan Academy on youtube teaches math from single digit adding all the way to calculus. the money you save on back to school clothes and supplies pays for this.

There are online schools like K12. Where they do the school work online! No workbooks to keep up with.

Yes, you need to check with the state Laws. Some are very simple others are very detailed. I am lucky Texas actually encourages Home School and makes it easy for the parents to do so.

If your child is being Physically or Mentally hurt at their school go to the teacher.If nothing is done or not enough is done go to the principle. Same thing if nothing is done go to the superintendent followed by the school board. Change schools if you think it will help.But DO Something!!!

Do Not Leave your child to suffer. To many kids each year commit suicide because of this. Others are mentally scarred and carry the trauma through life.

Make sure that the people you entrust your childs education and safety to actually do the job you expect them to do.

I hear people say I must be really strong emotionally to homeschool 3 kids myself. Or they Say they could never do that. If you get a schedule down mine is loose.( see our schedule or a day in the life) Then it flows easily. Yes some days are harder than others,when life happens. However we have the flexibility to say, ok we have doctors appointments for 4 kids today, we are taking the day off.

 It is better that your child feels safe and free to learn. If they see school and learning as something to be feared it doesn't bode well for them in this ever competitive corporate world. Don't let your fear or theirs stifle their Education.

You are your Children's Best, and usually only, advocate so fight for what is best for them.No one loves them like you do.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Food Safety

Please Sign the Petition at   
Its time they made the cereal as safe to eat here in the US as they do in Europe!!
My kids are not guinea pigs Kellogg's.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New schedule

Today we started a new homeschool schedule.

8-9 get dressed and eat breakfast

9-11 book work

11-12 lunch

12 -1 recess or tv depending on weather

1-3 independent study, reading, art, science

This freed up the mommy to work on her home based business selling scented soy candles with jewelry in them. I am always working on inventory, flyers, catalogs, meeting people and such.

Now the kids Love to help me handing out flyers or pretty much anything other than writing the contact information onto labels for the catalogs.

I think they are more excited than I am when our packages of supplies or inventory comes in. I bounce off the walls waiting for that mailman every time impatient to sniff all the wonderful wax tarts and candles.

The kids are learning about the hard work involved in self employment without the pressure. Mommy gets to meet other grown ups and bring in an income so its definitely a win-win for us.

Kids absolutely Loved the new schedule and watched the clock calling out how long till the next thing was.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Another Busy Day

Today was a BUSY day.

Kids voted to work on their reading and art today.

While they started this, I took Henry and Tabby to the library to get everyone some new books, and print out flyers for my Jewelry in Candles business.

Went to walmart to get an over the door shoe rack. Tabby's and Ilyana's shoes were everywhere. :D

Came home fixed Chef's salad with Olive Garden Italian dressing. They cleared their bowls.

I got my large flyers ready to put on bulletin boards in town, bought and set up a new domain name thats easier for customers than my original one for Jewelry in Candles. Then prepped the half page flyers to hand out and leave with local businesses.

We went to get our car's inspection sticker. Took Acheron with me. He loved the mechanic shop. They had a Shelby Cobra inside and a vintage pinball machine.Of course I immediately said don't touch anything. He was so in awe that the owner gave him a hot wheels car to play with. Acheron asked them if he could work there when he gets older. They said when he reaches High School age come back in and they might let him sweep up and start learning how to work on the cars.I am loving them for encouraging his interest.

Now I am resting up before I start supper. Its meatloaf night, a favorite in our house. Last time I made a 4 pound meatloaf we had No leftovers.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Valentines Gift Idea

GUYS its less than 2 weeks till valentines!! 

Get her a great smelling candle she will love! 

As a bonus it will have the jewelry inside you choose earrings, necklace or ring. (if in doubt go for necklace) 

We have lots of scents, Might I recommend Midsummers romance or Love Potion? 

a few clicks and your shopping is done and you are ready to surprise her!!…/e…/c/106/romance-elixirs/

Saturday, January 31, 2015

My Crazy Kids

Little Henry just asked me "Mom have I ever been on a plane before?" 

I said "No you haven't and the last time I was on one I was 13 years old."

Ilyana looks at me and says "That was what 10 years ago?"

"Umm no, That was 17 years ago honey."

Little Henry is 12 years old...........

Ilyana says "What? I forget how old you are Mom."

Little Henry replied "Our mom looks pretty young for her age."

ahh Kids they never cease to amaze you with what they will say.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Against testing the Kids?

Here is why I dislike the Academic testing of our kids.

Have you ever stopped and thought of how many times a year a child gets tested in school? Exams, pop quiz, standardized tests, spelling tests, math tests, its endless. Public schools now teach entirely to what is on the standardized tests instead of what the student needs.

What does that test really tell you? For my youngest son, Not a thing other than, he hates them. He fails every test and I do mean every test. However if you do the math test as flashcards or make it a game he Aces the test. He just hates book work of any kind.

We test kids and find out what they excel at and what they do worst at? Once the results come in, what is done about it? We give them tons more work on the subject they are worst at?

How does this inspire them to want to learn? Why don't we give them more work in what they excel at? Encourage their strong suits instead of focusing solely on their weaknesses.

We need to let the kids show us what excites them. What gets them so jazzed up they can't wait to do it, think about it all the time?

Music, art, inventing, science, reading, game design, computers. There IS something that the child enjoys. You might have to try many things to find it but it is there.

If we only focus are on what the child is bad at so will they. It destroys their self esteem and self worth. Focus on what they are good at and so will they. Increasing their self worth and self esteem.

Now I am not saying ignore math, reading, writing, and other subjects. But as long as they pass it, if its their weaker subject, don't make a big fuss.

Instead of testing our kids I go through their workbooks and if they passed more of their pages then failed then they can go on to the next harder book. We review everything before the next school year so that we keep it fresh in their minds.

I will be honest I had to reread the material in the language art class. I had forgotten a lot. Noun, verb, adverb, pronoun, adjective, preposition, prepositional phrases, homophone, synonym,antonym. I honestly do not think about these things as an adult. I also use spell checker and my computer automatically checks for the grammar that I inevitably mess up on.

If my kids can write a letter or persuasive argument concisely and meaningfully, I will be happy. I just don't want my kids ,to be one of the ones I see as adults, writing C U L8er.

Don't let test scores or grade level Define your childs worth, accomplishment, or future. Who knows how far they can go if we let them. After all it is their ability and not school grades that they will use to build their futures.

What do you think about what I have written? Agree, Disagree? Write it in the comments.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Crazy things I hear from my kids

1. More spinach please, from Tabitha (2)

2. Can I cook supper tonight? Henry (12)

3. Can today be a cleaning day (clean the house) Acheron (8)

4. "I would be sad if something happened to you, Henry." right after she runs back in the yard leaving him out of it and a stray dog coming toward them. Ilyana (8)
5. "My name Tabby not buttercup!", when I made the mistake of calling her this.
6. Yells "Daddy,Bedtime!" then she gathers her blanket and bottle and stands next to him dancing while waiting.

7. Mom, you sell candles? Acheron's question a month after I started selling. I have catalogs and flyers everywhere and watch training videos daily. I also go out selling daily. He just now noticed....

8. Mom this is the best spaghetti ever!! All 3 of the older kids. It's canned sauce nothing added.

9. Can we have Asparagus tonight? Henry

I am so blessed to have these kids. Which of these do you wish your kids said? What Crazy things do your kids say?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Day in Our Life Homeschooling

Today I overslept and Ilyana came to wake me up telling me they had already ate breakfast and started their workbooks.

Let me tell you this makes me proud, not that I overslept, that even without me they get started on school work.

They did a few pages in their workbooks and then it was individual reading.

Time for lunch and they chose Ramen.

After lunch they read aloud to each other a book on Turkey (the country not bird) and a book on Ecology.
I found if They read it aloud then they remember more than if I just read it to them or made them read it to themselves.

3pm run to the Library to get more books and our day is done.

kids have free time, they are reading while they wait their turn on their Sega. Yep we are old school.

5:30 they are bored of the books and games, now they are outside playing while mom starts supper.

So as you can see our days are simple but effective for us. Every Homeschool family is different, No two do it the exact same.

I got soo excited today. I already knew about Khan Academy on youtube as a great math resource for helping the kids get through their math assignments when they don't understand the concept. But then today I discovered English grammer classes on youtube, science lessons, Art lessons and more.

My kids learn more with the videos than books, Visual and auditory combined really clicks for them.

I hope you enjoy a peek into our day homeschooling.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Attitude of Gratitude

How good does it make you feel when someone thanks you or gives you a compliment? 

Do you thank those around you for what they do? 

Have you noticed someone looking nice? 
Tell them! You could be making their day. 

I always feel good after helping someone or complimenting them. So its good for me and them. 

We need to be thankful for what we do have instead of bemoaning what we don't have. 
I am not saying settle for what you have. Always strive to reach the next level on your path. 

I am saying don't get so wrapped up in what you want that you miss what you do have. 

Bless the things you have and the things you want. 

There is always more coming to us if we are ready and open to receive them. 

By blessing and being grateful for what we have it sends a clear message to the universe that we are ready for more. 

If we complain and focus on the lack the universe will send us more of the same. 

Be careful which one your thoughts draw. 

If you catch a thought of lack stop it and think of the blessings already in your life. 
After a while this will become a habit. 

Life will not always be rosy but if you are able to see past its challenges to the lessons and blessings. 
It will take the sting out of some situations making it easier to handle.

Does anyone have any questions or anything to add to this?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sir Ken Robinson on Educating the Heart and Mind

I am a big fan of his idea's on education. We need to leave the standardized McDonalds model and go to a Quality customized for our area model.

How to make Extra Money Fast

If you are serious about wanting to earn more there are an unlimited number of ways. 

You can have a service based business.

cleaning, yard work, babysitting etc.

You can teach just about anything. 

How to work a computer,a language, to cook, a skill, tutoring, guitar, its endless.

You can sell a product.

Direct sales gives you a chance to:

spread your wings
learn the art of networking
how to sell
self confidence
discipline (you only get paid as much as you work it).

The best part is someone else did the hard part, come up with the idea, come up with a product, stocking it, marketing to a large extent, taxes, all the headache.

You just sell and get paid without going to an office or fast food joint 8 hours a day.

I sell candles and tarts thru Jewelry in Candles to earn extra income for my family.

For more on Jewelry in Candles in here is a previous post working the hustle and selling

Sell baked goods but follow the laws found here its easier than you think If your baked goods taste good.

 Decide if to you want to do reselling.
Go online or locally and find out the price for you to buy it and the retail price.

You can order a lot of things on ebay that can be resold on eBay or locally in a store ,flea market booth ,facebook group,  or even a kiosk in the mall.

You just need to decide what you want to sell and go after it.

Advertise / Market

For a service business you can put out flyers, advertise on radio, facebook groups or in newspapers.
Word of mouth also works wonders and is the best form of advertising.
A magnet on your car with your service and information advertises for you everywhere you go.

With Direct sales you have catalogs, samples,home parties, business cards, facebook fan pages, ecommerce sites, networking, car magnets with your information on them, flyers, chatting people up, its endless

For product sales you can do the same as above as well as online advertisements and magazine advertising, ebay, etsy, and lots more

There are some great free websites to create your own web store.For example .

Just don't forget to get the see if you need any legal permits such as a sales tax permit or possibly an EIN number from the IRS.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Why Homeschool? Won't they be Socially Awkward?

This topic has been brought to my attention again from someone asking me why I made the choice.

I have 3 kids in home school. Henry age 12, Ilyana age 8, and Acheron age 8.

It started when my oldest son Henry was bullied so badly by a teacher he stopped learning. I fought the good fight,Parent/Teacher conferences, meetings with the Principle, Meeting the Superintendent. They would not let us transfer to another teacher.

Henry learns fast, gets bored with review, I told the first grade teacher this and suggested he be the teachers helper or receive extra worksheets.She didn't want to do this or listen. When it happened he didn't start talking, getting up and making a scene. He played with his pencil at his desk. She labeled him a troublemaker and wanted me to medicate him. She was ruthless with him. Any little thing she could try to call him out for she did. I got phone calls wanting me to come to the school and beat him (they couldn't) because he was suppose to be in the Gym waiting for the bus to go home, and was found in the parking lot almost getting run over on 3 separate occasions.

Now if I told my 6 year old to stay in this room and he wound up in a busy parking lot, the Department of Child Protective Services would have taken my child away. However when the teacher did this it was the child's fault and he needed to be Beaten (her words to me and him). Yes I refused to beat him and told her to do her job and watch him.

It got so bad that no kids would be his friend for fear of getting in trouble by association. Then she tried the coup de grace, I was informed at the end of the year they wanted to hold him back. I was shocked, He was on the A B honor roll. Why? She told me he was emotionally immature, he doesn't like to sit still and shut up. I informed her no 6 year old child does.

And so we began homeschooling. He is now doing Advanced Algebra that I can't even do. He hates English class but looks forward to school. We incorporate what he is interested in. He wants to own a restaurant when he grows up. So he is learning Business, Cooking, and Finance.

Ilyana is doing multiplication and division at 8 years old.She is an Extremely sensitive child. She cries if she thinks she failed a paper or has trouble getting it. I know how cruel children would be and see no point to dampen her spirit with their teasing and mocking. She is a pleaser, wants to know if we need anything. She cares about everyone. We watched the lion king and when Simba's dad died, it ruined the whole movie for her. She cried and cried imagining how it would feel if her dad died. So no she will not be sent to school to be teased and tortured out of this.

Acheron is adhd diagnosed. He is behind what the schools say he should be at. If he was in public school he would be placed in Special Ed and I am sure you can remember how the kids in that class were and still are treated. Even when he was on medication he was still disruptive, unfocused, and active. We took him off the medication. I don't agree with pumping him full of, a schedule 2 controlled substance, Amphetamine. We beat our heads against a brick wall trying to teach him to read for months with no success. Then we discovered a site called Starfall. A free educational website. In less than a month he was reading!! So we got him a program called Jump start 1st grade. Now he is doing great in all subjects. Those programs turned the lessons into games and It Clicked for him. What school would have taken the time to find his learning style and actually used it?

We are able to have a broader curriculum by teaching at home. We have Home Ec. where they learn to cook, clean, and handle finances.

Yes they are a bit socially awkward with kids their age when they play with the kids in our neighborhood. However they are well able to converse with adults and use their manners. They do not understand why kids throw tantrums, talk back or otherwise disrespect authority. They know that good behavior will gain them more than bad. They don't have peer pressure telling them what to do, who to like, what to wear, etc. They are not bullied. They are who they were meant to be without someone squeezing their joy and individuality out of them.

I hope this explains why we home school and why my children love it. Ilyana asked if she can home school through college and I explained online school.  For my family it was about protecting my children and providing the best education we could for them tailored to each child.

Relaxing and Earning Money by Baking Bread

I found a recipe for baking sandwich bread from scratch that my family Loves.

(sorry the date on my camera is way off. I am not motivated enough to figure out how to fix it)

Every time I make it the first loaf is gone immediately, sliced and buttered. The kids start drooling when the smells start drifting out.

I found that baking bread is relaxing for me.

                                (yes another misdated photo, lol)

I later found that others loved my bread too. So now I sell it locally under the Texas Cottage Food Law. It allows me to make extra money selling locally without the hassle of the health department. I do have my food handlers permit though.

I offered the bread for sale on local facebook trade sites and now I have people messaging me wanting to know when I will be making more. One customer ordered one loaf the first time, two the second time, and four the next.

It makes me so happy that my relaxation technique can help my family out financially. Next I am going to see how my cupcakes go over.

Next month I am going to use the money made from the bread to take the kids out to the movies! We don't go very often due to the high prices. Taking my son Acheron for his birthday to a matinee cost me over $20.00.

What hobby or skill do you have that you could turn into an income producing adventure?

What would you use the extra money on?

Friday, January 23, 2015

How to succeed in Life

*Invest in yourself

We are so used to being told that doing anything for ourselves is selfish but that is wrong.

If you consistently invest in yourself you are happier, calmer, more resilient.
Basically able to be a better person, mom, employee, boss, or spouse.

If you implode from lack of self care you will be useless to others.

So take time for that pampering, seminar, day to do what drives you or makes you happy.

You will be happier and more productive when you do.

*Invest in your skills 

Always, always continue learning in your field, this is how you get promotions and raises.

If you always do, what you have always done, you will alway get, what you always got.

Doing it better will get you greater results.

Learning and researching what is current in your field and what is coming up helps you to be more productive and more of an asset to the company.

*Eliminate debt

Quit watching your money run away from you!

Pay off all your debt to release yourself from the stress it brings.

Cut up credit cards before they are paid off to help prevent the temptation to keep spending money you don't have.

You don't need one. 

A debit card with the credit card logo will let you do everything a credit card did except go into debt.

Cut your spending on things that don't matter to you like shampoo, clothes, whatever.
Buy those at the lowest cost or second hand depending on the item.

This frees up your money to spend it on what does matter. Debt, savings, vacation, whatever

*Imagine after you do this the freedom you will experience of not being in debt, money in savings, and enough to go on vacations. 

Knowing you are the best you can be emotionally and financially.

Always Be the best You that you are capable of.

I hope this has helped you. If you have any questions or comments please leave them in the comments section below. I do read them and will respond.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Plan for Achieving the Life my Family Wants

My current plan based on my Goals is:

*Pay off our debt

*Saving to move my family into the country, living the way we want.

*Give my kids a personalized quality education

 To do this I shop sales for the things we need to save the most I can.

  I buy in bulk, rebag meats to put into my deep freezer.

 If I do this I have a long list of meals I can cook without paying the high prices to buy at other times.

 For example I buy several turkeys at Thanksgiving time when they run $10 or less. I can feed my family of 7 three meals from each bird.

I buy hams around Christmas when they go to 99 cents a pound. Then I stock up on these 10 to 15 dollar hams that are $30.00 or more the rest of the year.

I shop online and compare prices for non food items.

I recently bought a printer from walmart online for 25.00. In the physical walmart the exact same printer was $49.00.

For clothes I usually shop on local facebook groups and get great clothes for next to nothing.

I went looking for my toddler some jeans. At the local stores they were $10.00 a pair. On facebook I got 6 pair of really cute ones for less than $10.00 total.

I am also working from home selling Jewelry in Candles to make extra money. To help pay the little debt we do have down and save up to buy a new home in the country.

We do not now nor have we ever had credit cards. I do not use checks. I have a debit card, if I don't have enough money in the bank I can't buy it. Our debt is a few personal loans we took out to pay the back taxes on the home we bought. (We bought the house for back taxes so it was an awesome deal).

I have also sold homemade sandwich bread I baked to help us financially in the past. I believe if there is a will, there is a way. So I am pushing to get it all.

What are your goals or plans? What are you doing to reach them?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Some of the Benefits of Home School for our Family

  Today was Home Ec. for my homeschooled children. Cleaning the home, cooking for the eldest child. I think its important for them to know how to cook, clean and, handle money for when they move out. It saddens me the amount of young adults who are unable to shop for basics without spending everything. My kids are learning multiple ways to cook each meat. That way they know several meals they can make using what is on sale instead of being at the stores mercy price wise.

  Reading Rich Dad Poor Dad is part of our economics class. Our kids also earn their money. We work as a team to keep the house running smoothly. If they don't contribute they don't receive money and can't have friends over. Doing this they are always on the look out for how to earn money rather than asking for the parents to buy it for them. Ilyana, my 8 year old daughter, prefers to earn money having a bake sale in our yard. She makes muffins and brownies to sell. Henry, my 12 year old, looks for chores he knows Mom or Dad hate to do and negotiates a price to do them for us. He also does yard work in the neighborhood and babysits his toddler sister.

  Recently we decided we want save up to move out of our town, and into the country. We want to garden on a bigger scale and raise animals. My kids really want to eat healthier and know where their food comes from. Because of this, My daughter recently came to me and asked if she can contribute to our saving for the new house. I can not express my pride in this, its so great.

  My eldest son Henry (12) wants to get an internship at a restaurant to learn all the jobs there for when he opens the restaurant he plans on. I had to break it to him that there are child labor laws and most corporate restaurants won't allow this. So we are adding in cooking and business classes for him.

  Ilyana (8) Loves art, arts and crafts and decorating. She wants an art studio/home decor store when she grows up. She is very sensitive, cries if she fails a paper or thinks she disappointed anyone. She is driven to help people even if they haven't asked for it. Most common phrase out of her is "do you need anything?"

  My next to youngest child Acheron (7) is much more laid back and prefers to play than think of the future. When he does make a choice we will tailor his education as well.

  From watching and listening to her older siblings Tabitha, our 2 year old, is trying to sing her abc's. She is good from k-z . She counts to 13 and asks to do school work with them. For her its drawing on paper but its the request that means so much to me.

  I am so glad we made the decision to homeschool. This way we can tailor each child's education to include their plans for their future.Instead of teaching for solely for the state tests. In this way I believe, our children will have a better foundation going into life and succeeding.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Valentines Special

Get your special someone the perfect gift that is 2 or more gifts in one. No going store to store hunting down a gift or standing in line. Order online thru the link and we will box it up nicely and ship it to you or her. One stop and done in minutes.

Working the Hustle and Selling

Today I made samples of the candles and tarts I am selling.

Made a basket with catalogs, samples, pens, monthly planners and got it put in a local hair salon to get more customers reached. I handed out catalogs and talked people up.

Monday I am going to dentists and doctors offices to place more baskets and catalogs. I am messaging everyone.I am talking to everyone I come in contact with. I am going to Work this business, Earn my money and Reach my goals.

I have big goals. My main goal at this time is to get the money and move my Family to the country. I am after a 5 bedroom 3 bath house in the country with acreage. I want lots of tree's, running water on the property for fishing, space to raise animals and a large garden.

This company will get me to my goal If I work it. To get what I want, I have to work my business and hustle to get customers and repeat customers. The candles are excellent quality, the company cares, so its something I believe in.

I am watching and reading Everything Google, Amazon and youtube can come up with to learn every tip, strategy, inside secret, training to better myself and make the sales.

Monday, January 12, 2015

found my current Next thing

I have become an Independent Rep for an Amazing company jewelry in candles . They make high quality soy wax candles and tarts (wax melts) here in America. Scented with essential oils in 55 scents. I love these candles.

I have also mastered the recipe for homemade sandwich bread from scratch, no bread machine and been selling the loaves locally.

 Waiting for this weather to warm up, I am not a fan of cold weather. However we have returned to school after the holiday break. Getting back in the groove of things, so many things to look forward to.