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Homeschool Field Trip: apple picking!

We had such fun day yesterday at a local apple orchard.

One of my homeschool goals this year is to go on a field trip with the kids every month. I wanted to take the kids apple picking last year but I kept putting it off and then we never ended up going.

We met our friends at the orchard for a picnic and apple picking. Not all of the apples were ready to pick but we picked a whole bushel of Jonathan, Gold Delicious, Fuji, and Cortland. The trees were all short enough that the kids had no problems picking… and eating along the way 🙂

When we went to check out I saw a pile of “funky pumpkins.”  <— that’s what the sign said! There were ones that were white, and some were all bumpy, and the ones I fell in love with where called Cinderella pumpkins. Have you heard of or seen these? The are silver-y blue and oh, so gorgeous. I should have went back and took a picture!! I cannot stop thinking about them! I’ll definitely be going back next week and getting one or two of those pumpkins to decorate beside the front door!  Fall officially starts tomorrow so I need to get decorating, am I right?

I did however let the kids pick out three little $1 pumpkins to decorate our homeschool table, a jar of apple butter for hubby (it’s a favorite) and a half gallon of apple cider. I was a bit bummed they didn’t have a fresh cider stand set up because I really wanted to show the kids how it was made, so I may youtube search it for them!

It was so fun I think I will keep this on the Fall to-do list from now on!!

YouTube Adventure

So, we did a thing… And started a YouTube channel!

 

For years I have read blogs and finally started one, and I’ve also watched YouTube over the last couple years. Something my husband said has really struck me.. If I spend “all this time” reading blogs and watching videos, why am I not doing it myself?  .. Our vision is to be family centered: family trips, homeschool, one income/stay at home mom life, recipes, kids fun, nature walks, etc!

Let me say this, videos take practice to create 🙂 Yesterday I uploaded our 2nd video: Apple Picking with Daddy. Feel free to watch and if you want to stick around to watch our adventures just hit subscribe!

do you watch YouTube? If so what kind of videos do you enjoy the most?

 

Listen, Doing, Making 

capsule wardrobe

Decluttering – I know I said above I want alllll the new things, but this girl also wants things in my house that I love. I recently went through boring things like the medicine shelf, switching out summer clothes and making need lists, and I just planned on going through the toy box of the next couple of week both with and without the kids to get rid of toys.
And since we are talking about pairing down and decluttering – Capsule Wardrobes – I already do this during pregnancy naturally but as I was getting out my fall/winter clothes I immediately threw out or donated clothes that were faded, didn’t fit right, or that I just plain didn’t like but kept anyways. I found Corina’s blog through pinterest and I printed off the FREE Fall Capsule wardrobe check list- I had a few items, but am slowly buying items the other items I need. She also has paid versions of the seasons and even came out recently with a whole year
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5 tips to monthly meal planning_

 

I am really relying on my monthly meal plan! And have already started October’s! New recipes, fall food, yum! If you want my FREEBIE Meal Plan you can sign up for my newsletter HERE and get yourself a copy!

 

 

 

 

Making

APPLES. APPLES.APPLES.  Last year we went apple picking with friends, but this year we made it a family outing. We’ve made apples sauce, apple “nachos”, and apple pie! I’ve canned one batch of applesauce, but we plan on going apple picking again to get more!
Me Time. Some days it looks like a bath, or 20 minutes of reading a book, or buying a new nail polish, or having the husband take the kids on a drive so you can clean and relish in the silence of your house! . “You can’t pour from an empty cup” is so true! I plan on getting my sewing machine out soon!

 

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Homeschool Review: Year 2

Our homeschool year in review: curriculum, field trips, and supplies!

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Before I jump in let me say that I am no expert and although I know quite a few homeschooling mom’s, none of our choices/curriculums/schedules are or will be the same. Every child is different even within a family, so what works for my oldest may not work for one of her siblings. Over the last 2 years I have been researching how different families ‘do’ homeschool, looking at different homeschool curriculums, what homeschool ‘looks’ like, but with all the research came one big point: no two families do it the same way and there isn’t a ‘wrong’ way. With all that said here is what we’ve done homeschooling year 2 wrap up. (more…)