Saturday, May 24, 2008

Hello, CVS - I'm back!

For the past several weeks, using my brain too much seemed to increase the pregnancy nausea, so I took a break from thinking beyond normal limits. :>)

I've still been couponing and trying to get the best deals at the grocery store, but I just didn't have it in me to bother with CVS. After all, it does involve research, matching coupons, etc. The grocery store scenario was enough for me, and I just had no energy left for CVS.

I'm now happy to say that I'm feeling much better, and I'm back on the bandwagon! For the past couple of weeks, I've been getting some pretty good deals. Here's what I got yesterday:

1 - 3 pack Dial Soap (on sale for $1.99, used $.60 coupon) Received $1 EB
1 - Almay eye shadow (on sale for $6.99, used $1.00 coupon) Received $5 EB
2 - Sunlight Dishwishing Liquid (on sale for $1.39 B1G1 free, used two $.25 coupons)
2 - Purex Laundry Detergent (on sale $5.99 B1G1 free, used $1.00 coupon and $.50 coupon)

Used $3/$15 coupon
Used $4 EB

Paid $6.42, Received $6 EB !!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Regarding Steven Curtis Chapman

My husband directed me to this story on Fox News this morning. Let's all remember them as we pray.

Click Here

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Field Trip: Atlanta Botanical Garden

We enjoyed home school day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden yesterday. We met some friends early for breakfast (6:30 a.m.) and afterwards headed to Atlanta. We arrived at the gardens around 8:30, which was thirty minutes early. That worked out great as we were the first ones in the *free* parking lot and were able to leisurely make our way to the ticket counter where we were of the first to purchase tickets. We also were in the first tour, which began at 9:00. We had a great tour guide who added to our experience and was better able to explain some of the things we were seeing. At first we felt like we were the only ones there, but within an hour or two, it was very clear that we weren't! I was very glad we arrived so early as we were able to enjoy most of our visit without the distraction of the "crowd."

I'm also very, very thankful that we made it to Atlanta and back quite smoothly and without incident. We only had to turn around once, and that was when we took a wrong turn in the ABG parking lot!!

We love field trip days, and yesterday was certainly a nice one!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Have I Stopped Blogging?

I don't think so. It's just been a little difficult to find time here lately. I mostly blame the medical transcription, but I guess I could get up at 4:30 a.m. and find some extra time somewhere.... I don't think I miss it enough to do that! When I'm finished with my MT work in the mornings, I'm ready to shut the computer down for the day and put it in a place where I can't see it. I'm hoping that will end soon as I'm thinking it's time to once again hang up the medical transcription for a while. We're planning on re-starting school sometime in the middle of July (we actually still have two more weeks left of this school year), so I would really like to call it quits before that time. This work can sometimes really interfere with our school work, especially when I have extra and I don't get the girls up as early as I would like to. That puts us behind getting chores started, which puts school behind, and then the whole rest of the day is crazy.

With Madison and Cari beginning 7th grade and 4th grade respectively, I feel like they are going to need more attention than in the past. We received some of our new curriculum this week, including My Father's World, and I'm so excited to get started with it, but I know it's going to require more effort on my part than what we've used in the past. I will definitely need the early morning time to get everything prepared each day and not having the distraction of MT will be a huge plus!

Every spare moment I had yesterday was spent looking through all the wonderful books I received and the teacher's manual, which simply amazes me. I had been reading a comment by a reviewer of this curriculum the other day, and they had said they didn't like being told every detail of what needed to be done and on what day it needed to be completed. Their negative comment was actually a positive for me! That's exactly what I've been looking for! I've been reviewing and studying the schedules for the first few weeks, and I just love how everything has been put together. My oldest wanted to stop what we're doing now and just go ahead with the new stuff, but I told her we need a little break before moving on. My husband wanted to start reading some of the missionary biographies during our Bible time in the evenings, but I told him those were part of the schedule, but that's something we can definitely do when the time comes in a few weeks. Madison has already started reading one of the books that came with MFW - it was part of an additional set of books that was for older students and is not on the schedule, so it won't mess anything up if I let her go ahead and read it.

Anyway, I haven't stopped blogging, it may just be few and far between as we finish school, complete the year-end assessment test for each child, bring transcription to a close, and, oh yeah, we're having a yard sale in a few weeks, so I've got to get serious about cleaning out/organizing in my spare time instead of looking through books!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Key to Getting My House Clean - Quickly & Efficiently

I'm sure you've received the following email at some point:

A.A.A.D.D. -Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.

This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car, etc., etc.

Well, I finally realized that is the way I've been cleaning my house! Here's the scenario: I pick up a sock in the living room to take to the laundry room. I get to the laundry room and realize some clothes need folding. After folding the clothes, I take them to my bedroom and realize I haven't made the bed yet. I make the bed and then start to the closet with the clothes. While walking through the bathroom to the closet, I see a glass that someone left in my bathroom that needs to be in the kitchen. I get to the kitchen and see some dishes that need to be put away. While doing this, I notice a book on the kitchen counter that needs to be in the living room. When I enter the living room, I realize that's where I was supposed to be in the first place.

After going through about four cycles of this, it's then time to start school or make breakfast or we have to be somewhere by a certain time. I end up leaving the house with every room half cleaned or picked up. Definitely not a good plan!

For a few weeks now, I've been trying to change my ways. It's been a little challenging, but it certainly works.

Here's the new scenario: I start picking up in the living room (there's always shoes, toys, etc. from the night before). I take everything to its proper place and make a special effort to not even look around in any other room I may be entering. I drop off the item, leave promptly, and return to the living room. While I'm finishing up this room, I'm thinking where I need to be next. I then enter the next room and do not touch anything on my way there. I keep going until every room I'm responsible for is taken care of.

This way works. It is much quicker, and the results are much more visible. Even if I'm running behind or we have to be somewhere and I don't get finished with every room, there are at least some rooms that have been completely taken care of, and that is a nice feeling.

On a similar note, I had posted several weeks/months ago about my desire to clean our home in a healthier way and to avoid a lot of those toxic cleaners. I'm glad to see that companies are offering more "green"-type cleaners that can easily be purchased at stores now (whereas in the past, mail order was about the only way to acquire these). But for the price, I can say that I have been extremely happy with my distilled white vinegar/water and baking soda for deep cleaning around my home. That's all I have been using since that last post, and I am completely satisfied. I've also been using the Basic H by Shaklee for basic cleaning and some dusting (I received my first bottle of this stuff in January or February of 2007, and I still have some left!! and I use it on a daily basis!) But when I'm needing something antibacterial, I definitely turn to the vinegar/water combo. It's great for cleaning the bathrooms. Both vinegar and baking soda are natural deodorizers, and my bathrooms are left with a fresh, clean smell. (Once the vinegar/water solution dries or evaporates, there is no lingering vinegar smell.) If I need some fragrance, I light a candle, and the candle is not competing with any other scents. Also, I had mentioned purchasing a dusting mit at Dollar General, and it has worked out wonderfully. It holds the dust and does not just move it around. When I'm finished, I throw it into the washing machine. I don't know how many times I've washed it (but it's been a lot), and it is still working.

We used to have a lot of allergy problems around here, especially my oldest, but I've really seen a difference these past few months. She could be outgrowing some of them, but I believe that getting rid of the toxic fumes has been a tremendous help.

Okay, I need to stop blogging now as it's time to go tackle the living room!