- 1 package of pie crust
1 jar of strawberry jam
Pink, purple, green, yellow and blue gel colors
Parchment paper, cut to fit the baking sheet
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup white wine vinegar
- 1 tsp Cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp of chili powder
- 1/2 tsp of red chili flakes
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 pound Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
- 1 15oz can black-eyed peas
- 1 15oz can black beans
- 1 11oz can sweet corn,
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
- 1 bunch of chopped cilantro
There are a few Things To Do Before You Start Homeschooling that is a must. These are things that will help make your homeschool classroom work better, but also keep you in line with local rules and regulations. This list is a great place to begin to keep you and your children in line for homeschooling the right way from day one.
10 Things To Do Before You Start Homeschooling
Check with your state board of education for requirements. Before you begin working as a homeschooling parent, you need to make sure that you are following the state guidelines set out to keep your children on track. Some states have little to no requirements, while others require you to keep strict track of testing and do annual testing.
A phone call to your state board of education will direct you to the necessary requirements for you to homeschool. This may also include letting local school districts know in advance about your choice so you will not end up with truancy cases against you and your child.
Make a choice about how you will manage standardized testing. One thing you will find in each state is that standardized testing is a big deal for both traditional schools as well as homeschooling. While not all states require this, it can be a good way to check and see how your child is doing according to state standards for that age and school grade.
If your state requires testing and you want to abstain, make sure to find out what needs to be done to refuse testing legally. Sometimes it is a simple note stating you don’t wish to participate. Other instances require formal filings with the state. Your local state board of education or homeschool division will assist with how to fix this.
Get in contact with your state homeschool liaison. Each state will have a separate division for homeschoolers within the board of education. Many states will also have a state or even county homeschool liaison. Many of these individuals are there to answer questions, set up meetings, or even help set up oversight of your classroom to make sure you are staying on track educationally. You want to get to know this person and their role in your homeschoool classroom early.
Connect with local homeschooling groups. Local homeschooling groups and co-op opportunities are going to be a life saver. You’ll want to take a look online and especially on Facebook to find out when and where the local groups meet. These are great for discounted field trips, local play dates, and in many instances advanced classes being taught by other parents so you can include your children even if it isn’t your area of expertise. This is one of the most important things to do before you start homeschooling since you’ll learn so much from this community.
Take time to research curriculum options. There are tons of curriculum options out there for you to use in your homeschool classroom. Whether you purchase a curriculum through popular brands like Abeka Book, Bob Jones, Alpha & Omega, Saxon, or printable free programs like Easy Peasy Homeschool or similar options, you must choose what will work for your family. Take the time to go over each of these options to find what will really suit the needs of your child, your budget, and their learning style.
Set up a schedule your family can function with easily. Homeschooling gives you a ton of flexibility. That is one of the best parts of this choice for your family. So, setting up a schedule that will work for your family is important. For some that is just a few days a week for a few hours each day. For others, it is a strict schedule with subjects and breaks just like a public school setup. Work with your children and spouse to figure out the best schedule for your family.
Set rules for your children that will keep you on track. Homeschooling often leaves children feeling like they can just do whatever they please. It is important to make sure you set up rules your children can follow that will keep them and you on track. This can be anything from no electronics until school work is done, to a daily chore list to keep them on a schedule. Rules are a must for your home in general, but also in relationship to your homeschool.
Look into outside activities available to your children. One thing children miss when they move from public school to homeschool is the list of activities available in their school. Sports, drama and more are easily available from outside sources. Take some time to check with local clubs, art studios, gymnastics studios, dance studios, and other organizations to help your children find some outside activities they will enjoy.
Invest in organization and curriculum needs before you get started. There are tons of things to help keep your homeschool classroom organized, and I highly recommend making that investment ahead of time. Things like bookshelves, storage units, filing cabinet, and even a great laminator or 3-hole punch are all great for having on hand. This will make your transition smooth and easy to manage.
Listen to your children about this choice. At the end of the day, this will change their lives a lot. It’s a must for you to check with them and hear them out. That doesn’t mean you will change your mind about homeschooling, but it will give you insight into their concerns and needs.
This list of things to do before you start homeschooling is a must. From a logistic standpoint, you need to follow these basic tips to make sure you have everything needed on hand to begin your homeschool class with the best foot forward.
I am what the blogging world refers to as a “light green” blogger. I think eco-friendly, prefer to not eat the dirty dozen and avoid GMO ridden foods. We are conscious of a few food allergies in the family and make a lot of things from scratch. I am learning more and more and broadening my horizons and that is why I am excited to be a part of the team working with the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo in Schaumburg next month!
What can you expect if you go?
Incredible classes from amazing speakers
This one caught my attention: “Not Just Gluten Free … Make It Low Carb!” Gluten free is a good first step, but to get the best health benefits, make it low carb, sugar free, and all natural. Baking and cooking low carb food that is healthy and tastes great takes some practice, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor. I’ll show you my tricks as well as tried and true recipes for baking low carb food that you can enjoy with your family and friends.
World class exhibitors
Leaders in the food industry that are concerned about our health – ranging from Abundant Life Foods to Yum Butter. These peeps will be on hand to not only answer your questions about their products but usually offer samples and/or coupons. 100+ brands! Baked goods, pizza, healthy options & more
Discounted products available for purchase
Safety is Our First Priority
By entering the exhibit hall, you are accepting the following:
The show is not 100% free from any potential allergen, as it is hosted in a multi-use venue. All visitors must be aware of their health situation, take appropriate precautions and carry necessary medication.
The show is meant to meet the needs of people with a diverse array of health conditions. All products are gluten free however, many booths do contain other allergens.
Not all items at the show are certified gluten-free. Also, some items are made in shared facilities but meet certification and government requirements. It is up to each individual to read labels before using, consuming or purchasing products.
You know your health situation better than anyone else. If you are not able to tolerate a product, do not sample.
The products and advice of exhibitors are not endorsed in any way by the show organizers. Show organizers take no responsibility for discussions between visitors and exhibitors, nor for any situation that may occur as a result of those conversations.
Now, all of that being said, I will be there both days and look forward to seeing YOU there!
You can get tickets for 20% off with the code ADVANCE (thru 4/21) – you only need to go here to get them!
If you didn’t know, the Schaumburg Convention Center is at 1551 Thoreau Drive North in Schaumburg, IL
disclaimer: I may have been compensated for this post but all thoughts are entirely my own. I am beyond excited to attend this event and hope to see a few of you there too!
Oral hygiene plays a key role in your pet’s long-term health. If your pet suffers from gum disease, it can enter their bloodstream and cause a number of health problems, including organ failure. While it’s especially important to keep your older pet’s teeth clean, it’s best to form good oral hygiene habits when your pet is young.
Here are 3 tips for good pet oral hygiene:
- Begin with home cleaning. Good oral hygiene starts at home! Buy a doggie toothbrush and toothpaste. Unlike human toothpaste, your dog can swallow it easily. Be sure to reach the gum line, which is where most of the bacteria lurks.
- Schedule teeth cleanings with the veterinarian. It’s ideal to schedule yearly cleanings, but you might consider having an older pet’s teeth cleaned twice a year.
- Get your pet dental-friendly treats. While your pet might not be able to take a toothbrush to their own teeth, they can chew on treats (and will enjoy doing it!). A number of pet treat brands sell dental chew treats. Rawhide bones will also have the same effect. Cheese is also known to help clean teeth, but be sure to check with your veterinarian before feeding any to Fluffy.
These are just 3 tips for good pet oral hygiene. Taking care of your pet’s teeth is just as important as taking care of your own.
There has been a cultural practice of not wearing shoes in the house since shoes were invented. I see it often from friends and associates of Asian descent however most cultures around the world practice not wearing shoes in the house with the exception of the United States and Canada.
When I visit a home and notice all the shoes lined up by the door my heart smiles. I totally love it, respect it and practice it. Shoes were actually created to help you function and benefit outside the house not inside the house. Here are a few definite reasons for the need of shoes outside the house.
- Shoes protect you from germs.
- Shoes protect you foot injury.
- Shoes help you maintain your gate.
- Shoes are required by Health codes and OSHA.
- Shoes are required in most business settings for health and safety reasons.
- Shoes help posture in many ways outside the home.
- Shoes help you drive by providing a better grip on the driving pedal.
Now on the other hand there are even more benefits of not wearing shoes in the house which were clearly outlined in studies by The University of Houston and The University of Arizona. These studies were very informative, eye opening and alarming at the same time. The studies and testing presented some real life eye opening facts. Let us stop and consider the following:
Comfort Facts of Going Barefoot
- The feet actually need to be barefoot other than when you are sleeping to develop properly,maintain good foot health and constantly improve angel strength of the foot.
- There is proof of barefootedness offering less deformed toes, improving blood flow to the legs and good energy being absorbed through the heels. Check out Reflexology.
Sanitary Facts of Going Barefoot
- Shoes are pretty germy.
- Thirty nine percent of shoes contain some form of bad bacteria from the ground you walk on.
- Imagine in a given day your shoes can come in contact with spit, blood infections, E Coli, germs, chemicals, pesticides and more. Alarmed yet? This is very alarming and I would not want to bring any of that energy inside my house because that is home base and my sanctuary so to speak.
Recommendation and Solutions
In the words of author M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D. “Shoes are contaminated from diverse sources, and we are regularly contaminating our doorsteps by shoes”. Seriously considering this I would recommend that shoes be taken off outside the home and placed in a bind that closes and then be brought inside. Not I am germaphobic I just practice and enjoy good health.
When homeschooling, one of the best things you can do for little to no cost is to utilize printable items from other homeschoolers. This list of 50 Homeschool Printables You Need is a great place to begin. From simple handwriting practice to lap book topics, this is the ultimate list to help you get started on your way toward making homeschooling simple, easy, and affordable for your family.
50 Homeschool Printables You Need
Holiday Themed Homeschool Printables
- New Year’s Pack from 3 Dinosaurs
- Multiple New Year Activity Printables from Activity Village
- Valentine’s Day Word Search Printable from You Brew My Tea
- Ultimate Collection of Valentine’s Day Activities & Printables from You Brew My Tea
- History of St. Valentine’s Day Unit Study & Printables from Free Homeschool Deals
- St. Patrick’s Day Crafts & Learning from Enchanted Learning
- St. Patrick’s Day Printable Activity Pack from Apples 4 The Teacher
- Spring Free Homeschool Printables from True Aim For Education
- Easter Activities & Lapbook from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Memorial Day Printables from Homeschool Creations
- 4th of July Worksheets from The Happy Housewife
- Halloween Word Search Printable from You Brew My Tea
- Thanksgiving Handwriting Printables from Midwest Modern Momma
- Thanksgiving Measuring Printables from Midwest Modern Momma
- Thanksgiving Language Arts Printables from Midwest Modern Momma
- Christmas Preschool Printable Activity Pack from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Christmas Themed Worksheets from The Happy Housewife
Science Printables For Homeschooling
- How Plants Travel Notebook Set from Free Homeschool Deals
- Backyard Birds Notebooking Pages from Encouraging Moms At Home
- Printable Periodic Table of Elements from Encouraging Moms At Home
- Weather Worksheet Printables from Encouraging Moms At Home
- Bug Unit Study & Worksheets from The Happy Housewife
- Science Worksheets from Adventures In Homeschool
- Earth & Science Space Worksheets from Education.com
Math Printables For Homeschooling
- Multiplication Printables from Free Homeschool Deals
- Multiple Mathematics Worksheets from Primary Worksheets
- Free Homeschool Worksheets from A2Z Homeschooling
- Math Printables on Many Topics from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- 2nd Grade Math Worksheets from The Happy Housewife
- Free Math Curriculum from Math Is Fun
- Multiple Printable Math Worksheets from TLS Books
- Football Math from The Happy Housewife
- Math Worksheets at Math Drills
Language Arts & Grammar Printables For Homeschooling
- Free Root Card Flashcards from Encouraging Moms At Home
- Capitalization & Punctuation Worksheets from Homeschooling Ideas
- First Grade Sight Word Printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Very Hungry Caterpillar Printable from The Happy Housewife
- Free Grammar Worksheets from Wondrous Worksheets
General Printables For Homeschooling
- Multiple subjects from Worksheet Place
- Free Printable Resource Center from Super Simple Learning
- Worksheets for Multiple Subjects from Worksheet Works
- Printable Art Lessons from Concordia University Chicago
- Multiple Subject Printables from School Express
- Free Homeschooling Curriculum from Homeschool Curriculum.org
- Tons of Free Resources from Notebooking Pages
- Printable Lesson Plans for Various Subjects from Lesson Plans Page
- Multiple Printable Worksheets from Learning Treasures
- Printables & Lesson Plan Ideas from File Folder Fun
- Free Coloring Pages from Color Mountain
- Printables & Lessons Plans from Woo Jr.
This list of great homeschool printables is a great place for you to begin working with your child. This list includes printables for all ages, and grade levels. Tons of fun ideas, great busy work, and even complete lesson plans to help new homeschoolers begin!
Don’t be deceived by the small size of the chromecast by Google audio system as it is designed to stream WiFi over your audio speakers from your device like a phone, tablet or computer.
It comes with a 3.5 mm cord to plug into your speakers and it also comes with a plug in power supply.
It has a host of features enabling you to play most content from your devices powered speakers, or your old school stereo. We found that the sound was above our expectations for a simple device, however you need to download the Google Home app for your phone or tablet to operate the chromecast. It is hooked up to our old style stereo and I can now play vintage classics for my Father-in-law loud enough for him to hear. That alone was a golden endorsement for this item.
The one thing we would change, despite all of it’s advantages, we found it disturbing as it seems to want excessive personal information from your Google accounts. While most people would probably be fine installing it, this was just something I wanted to mention if you are private with your date, like we are. There may be permissions in there that you can find or turn off, but we couldn’t find them.
We understand that smart tech is the wave of the future, but we are a Gen-Xer and Baby Boomer in this house. The Millenials would be all over this and love it.
We were surprised to learn that it works with Apple devices as the Android world is the Google platform. The chromecast works with streaming sites that are Google friendly like Spotify, Google Play, Slacker Radio, Pandora, etc — as far as I can tell, it doesn’t work with YouTube unless you get the free YouTube Music app.
It is small — so it doesn’t stand out obnoxiously. If you add one of these little gems to each speaker, in a different room, you can create a wireless sound system in your hoe that is controlled by your wireless device. That. Blows. My. Mind.
Overall, we feel that this little guy packs a great bang for the buck and will come in beautifully for traveling. You can stream your favorites at the hotel instead of hunting down a local radio station that matches your preferences.
disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All thoughts are entirely our own and we are crossing over to the dark side with smart tech…