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Motivation Lost? 5 Steps You Can Take To Get It Back!

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The months of May and June 2017 will now be known as the time that I lost my motivation.

It all started when our family kicked off  the summer with a vacation. It was a lovely time. I took a break from technology, and read books instead. We explored a cave, had fun on a boat, and laughed with family. motivation

I had every intention of working on a blog post, once I returned. After all, I had just experienced a relaxing week in a beautiful cabin. I was refreshed and could look at the world with a clear head.

But I did not get any writing done.

I kept telling myself that I SHOULD work, but I could do it tomorrow.

Even my beloved bullet journal suffered, it’s pages were lonely. I didn’t doodle, I didn’t track the weather or my mood, and worst of all, I had nothing to check off.motivation

Then, I realized something.

My journal is a huge KEY in keeping me motivated and organized.

When I stopped writing my tasks in my journal, and checking it daily, it gave me a reason to procrastinate. I also felt myself become more anxious and overwhelmed.

I had no plan to follow, so instead my brain just had a running list of things that I needed to do. Without putting it on paper, I quickly went into overload, and fell into my old pattern of just shutting down and doing nothing instead. The motivation was gone.


SO WHAT CAN YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED TO GET YOUR MOTIVATION BACK?


  1. GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION FOR A BREAK

First of all, it is okay to take a break.

I think that in a way, my body and mind were telling me I needed to allow myself some time to do nothing. To read those books that have been piled on my nightstand, catch up on the magazines, and even take a few naps.

Of course, my first instinct was to beat myself up for being lazy and not accomplishing anything.

Instead, I changed my perspective. I gave myself permission to have that break. No writing or work was done, but I did get to enjoy some extra time with my family. I even did some crafts and tried some recipes. And did I mention the naps?!motivation

I was just productive in a different way.

And that is okay.

2. REVISIT YOUR GOALS

However, it is important not to stay in permanent break mode. The longer you remain in it, the harder it becomes to snap out of it.

I needed to take a look at my goals and remember why I was doing all that work in the first place.

When I was checking my bullet journal daily, I was reminded of what I was working for. When I stopped doing that, it became easier to ignore the steps that I wanted to take to accomplish my goals.

If you don’t already have a list of goals, with a plan of action, take some time to write some out. Or make a vision board. Or start a bullet journal.

Even if you are feeling unmotivated, just the simple act of looking at your goals each day will help remind and inspire you to keep working.

3. START SMALL

Part of the reason that I stopped being motivated,  was that I felt like things were piling up around me. Each day my mental lists grew longer, yet I wasn’t doing anything about it. I didn’t feel like it would be possible to get everything done, so instead,  I just shut down.

To combat this, pick just one thing and DO IT.

For me, I told myself that I needed to get out my journal each day and look at and start using my tracker again.

By doing my basic daily tasks again, I started feeling productive and like I was re-building my self discipline again.motivation

Still missing a lot of x’s, but let me tell you, checking off those boxes again when I completed something felt so good!

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, just pick one small thing and work it into a routine again. Don’t get overwhelmed trying to juggle too many things, or all of the things that you were doing before you lost your groove.

Baby steps!!

When you are feeling ready, add another task. For me, I will start doing my affirmations again. I need that positive reinforcement. 🙂

4. REWARD YOURSELF AND CREATE AN INSPIRED SPACE

This one is easy.

Make sure you create a fun space to help you feel inspired, and give yourself a little reward. Treat yourself to new journal supplies, find some inspirational quotes, clean your work area or re-arrange it, get a cute plant. Little rewards like this are good for motivation.motivation

Just have a little corner or space where you can plan, work, clear your head, or meditate to help keep you on track.

5. DON’T FOCUS ON FAILURES

Finally, be nice to yourself.

Don’t focus on what you did wrong, or what you didn’t accomplish. Negativity can kill motivation. As I mentioned earlier, a perspective change can do wonders.

I’m going to be honest, I still have my dark moments and there are days that I just want to remain in my blanket cave and ignore everything. Just getting out of bed is a simple victory, and it counts as a success.motivation

Think of and remember the successes that you experienced. Even if they are small. Write them down so that you can revisit them when you feel unmotivated.

I followed these 5 steps and was able to find my motivation and get to working and writing again.

It feels good to be back.

What do you do when you find yourself in a funk and need to find your groove again? I would love to hear about it in the comments.

xo,

Melissa

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How a Bullet Journal (and Coffee) Can Help with Cleaning

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*Disclaimer: I received a product for free in exchange for a review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own. 

Cleaning is something that I have not always been great about keeping up with. I live in a house with six people, so you can imagine that sometimes things can really pile up.

Enter the bullet journal, my new favorite tool.

As I have explained in some of my past posts, the bullet journal is a great tool for tracking habits and keeping yourself in check. Using a cleaning calendar is similar, and it can help make staying on top of cleaning easy and painless.

If you stay on the schedule that you come up with, and keep up the rotation, your house will stay organized and clean!

I decided to create my calendar page while recovering from a procedure. I was on orders to rest and not move around, which is not an easy task for me. Luckily my family was helpful in assisting with the cleaning while I could not. So, I used my down time as an opportunity to come up with a plan to keep us organized going forward into the future.

Here is what I came up with:

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As always with a bullet journal, you can customize your schedules and lists to work for you. Don’t forget that you can add or leave out anything that you would like.

Also, I prefer to keep my cleaning calendar at the front of my journal, where I include the pages for my morning routine.  So, when I pour my first cup of coffee (more on that later!) and go through my daily pages, I am reminded of what I need to do each day.

You may notice that I try not to give myself too many daily tasks. This is so I don’t get overwhelmed and just decide to put everything off.

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I have assigned a different chore for each day of the week. Doing this helps to add a little variety to my daily routine.

At the bottom I included a rotating schedule of things to do each month. These are larger house projects, like the dreaded washing of walls and baseboards, but when they are broken up over the year, it becomes much easier to get them accomplished.

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And just how does coffee come into play?

Well, quite honestly, it is the fuel that keeps me going. I manage to pack a lot into each day, and in order to get things accomplished, I need to be energized. When I work on my bullet journal pages, or decide to take on any kind of project, a cup of coffee is usually in my hand. Or, at least nearby.

I received a bag of the Sabertooth Roast from Caveman Coffee Company to try, and I must say it is quite delicious. They even sent me samples of MCT Oil, and while I wasn’t sure what to do with it at first, they had recipes on their website. Adding that to my morning brew gave me some amazing energy!

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I am sharing this because they have an awesome monthly coffee subscription box available. Which means not running out of coffee. Plus, who doesn’t like fun goodies delivered to your door each month?

I would definitely recommend giving this fun company a try and make your life easier with delivery each month!

Finally, do you want to take your cleaning routine one step further?

Add your daily routine and monthly chores to your bullet journal tracker. If you aren’t sure what a tracker is, check out my Beginners Guide to Using a Tracker.

I love to check off my accomplishments, so this is the extra security that I need to motivate me to stay on top of not only my daily personal goals, but also my cleaning goals.

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If you are struggling to keep on top of your cleaning projects, pour yourself a cup of coffee and try making a cleaning calendar. Having all the tasks listed and planned out, gives you one less thing to think about each day!

XO,
Melissa

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5 Ways To Use Glow Sticks For Your Next Family Night (Plus Giveaway!)

glow sticksDisclaimer: I received a set of glow sticks for free to test out, however all opinions here are my own. This post may contain some affiliate links. That means I might receive a small commission if you make a purchase by using my link. This happens at no additional cost to you, and it helps provide a few supplies for our homeschool classroom. Miss Bean and I thank you for it! 🙂

I am going to let you in on a little secret, I am a big fan of glow sticks. I feel that they can make anything exciting. They are great to have on hand for picnics, party favors, concerts, stocking stuffers, care packages, camping, night swimming, or even living room dance parties.

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They are a wonderful way to add visibility to kids when they are out and about at night time.

Best of all they are very budget friendly, and an inexpensive way to have a little fun.

I received a set of glow stick bracelets from Lumistick to play with. They arrived in a tube of 100, with plastic connectors. There are 5 colors; pink, green, blue, yellow and orange, and are non-toxic.

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We had a blast thinking of all the things that we could do with them.

Besides the obvious choice of wearing them as bracelets, what else can you do with glow sticks?


Here are 5 fun and different ways to use your glow stick bracelets:


Have an indoor glow stick dance party

This is definitely a favorite, as we love to have spontaneous dance parties. They always help cheer us up, and get us laughing. So, turn out the lights, put on some fun music and dance around with your glow-sticks.

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Play tic-tac-toe with your glow sticks

Make a giant board by using the plastic pieces that join the bracelets together. Instead of X’s and O’s, we just used O’s, but two different colors to place into our board boxes.

 Play a game of glow ball or Frisbee

Change up your game and join a few glow-sticks together. Attach them to a frisbee, or put one inside a wiffle ball.

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Use them in your hair

Put your hair up in a bun and add a glow stick bracelet for a little color fun. You could even leave them straight and use them like hair sticks!

Play ring toss

This is a fun one to do when camping or at an outdoor concert. Make some rings with your glow sticks and connectors, and then grab a stick and push it into the ground. Make it a competition and see how many rings you can land on the stick.

Have a glow in the dark picnic

Spread out a blanket and wrap your glow-sticks around some clear plastic cups. Pick out your favorite foods and dine by glowing light!

You can use connectors to create a glow ball lantern. They look so awesome, and would be a fun centerpiece to a glow picnic, or a even a dance party decoration.

(Want one of your own? Check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post)

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Bonus: Relax in a glow in the dark bath

I realize this isn’t really a family night acitivty, but it is still a fun one for both kids and adults. Instead of candles to help calm you, fill up your tub and add your favorite glow-stick colors!

I hope this gives you some ideas on the different things that you can do with your glow-sticks. Check out the different sets on Amazon, choose one or two and you will have several options for some family night fun!


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xo, Melissa

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How a Tea Party Gave me a Little Perspective

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This week, my daughter organized a tea party, and ended up giving me some important perspective.

This is how she did it.

This year, I had visions of a holiday season filled with baking, crafting, and decorating. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and made a checklist. I was ready to go!

However, the flu decided to make an appearance and work its way through my family. I had no choice but to put everything else on the back burner.

My blog, the crafts, the baking, were all replaced with what seemed like never ending loads of laundry, holding back hair, rubbing backs and disinfecting the house each time the flu hit another family member.

It. Was. Rough.

Once we were through it, my daughter Bean suggested that we have a tea party for her stuffed animals and dolls, because we missed out on so many festivities. Since we were all starting to feel human again, it seemed like the perfect way to ease back into things.

My brain started to plan out all the cute fancy things that we could make for our party. Tiny sandwiches, white and pink napkins, cupcakes, doilies, glitter, and fun punch to fill our tea cups. I was so excited to put together a perfect party for her.

But Bean had other plans.

She informed me that she wanted to make it a picnic tea party. Instead of white and pink, she wanted orange, yellow and maybe blue. She spoke of lanterns, invitations in the shape of tickets and immediately ruled out cupcakes.

I was tempted to take control and try to do it all myself. After all, I wanted it to be perfect and fancy for her. Just as I was getting ready to tell her how I thought we should do things, something inside me told me to be quiet.  I decided to stop, and listen to her specific vision.


In the end, instead of me trying to convince her to do it my way, I let her take the lead.

I followed her instructions and assisted her in writing out a to-do list. I pulled out the orange and yellow construction paper and helped cut out ticket shapes for her invitations. She carefully labelled each ticket with the news of her tea party, and even made a special one just for me! I could have made the lettering perfect, and uniform, but seeing her working so hard to write each letter so carefully was awesome. She put so much love into her work.

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Next came the decorations. We learned how to make paper lanterns to use as centerpieces. Once she figured out which stuffed animals and dolls would most like to attend her event, we made them paper name cards for their place settings. She was really excited when I remembered that I had a tablecloth with some of her color choices.

It was decided that the party also needed signs for decoration, so we made one out of popsicle sticks and chalkboard paint. It turned out so cute, and we can even use it for future parties.

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The final step was the menu. She reminded me that she doesn’t really like sandwiches and preferred to have ham rolled up and secured with toothpicks. Then, she filled bowls with blueberries, m&m’s, and pretzels and arranged some sugar cookies on a plate.

My only contribution, other than my help, were my special teacups and teapot from my collection.

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Finally it was time for the tea party!

As we sat on our tablecloth drinking tea with our pinkies up and talking in high pitched voices, Bean exclaimed,


“This is so FANCY mom! It is perfect!”


I looked around at the hodge podge of handmade decorations that were carefully arranged, the bright colors, her stuffed animal and doll guests, the interesting food assortment, and I smiled.

She was right.

tea party perspective

It WAS perfect.

I really needed that change in perspective, I so often get caught up in my own vision of how things should be, and it doesn’t often leave room for flaws.

Bean reminded me that there is more than one way to be fancy and perfect.

This is a lesson that I am going to try really hard to remember throughout this year, and the next time I need to plan a party, I know who to ask!

Happy New Year!

xo Melissa

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30 Great Bullet Journal Page Ideas

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Starting a bullet journal was my attempt at finding a good system to help me stay organized and motivated.


If you aren’t sure what a bullet journal is, and if it would work for you, check out my Beginners Guide to Bullet Journals post.


The past 30 days have been tough on me emotionally. Our family experienced two deaths, and a close friend also lost her father.

I was sad and left with a lot to process.

Working through those feelings and trying to stay on top of my normal routine, was a struggle. I definitely fell behind in my blogging, and I wasn’t feeling my creative self. It was hard to find the motivation to be productive.

But, I noticed one change in myself, and that was that I didn’t completely quit and just sit there being sad. Instead, I used my bullet journal to help me find a little happy again, and get back into my groove.

I got out my colored pencils, pens, and paper, and focused on my wish list, places I want to visit and quotations. The end result? Three new pages for my bullet journal.

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Making these pages helped me re-focus, and also distract me from feeling so down. I found it healing to think about the future, and it felt good to put some of my wishes and goals down on paper.

They will provide a concrete reminder to keep going and continue working for those things.

The things that I focused on may not be exactly what you need, but that is the beauty of a bullet journal.

You can add whatever is important and relevant to YOU!

Here are a few bullet journal page ideas that might inspire you to get started.

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HEALTH: MIND AND BODY

  • Gratitude log
  • Water intake tracker
  • Exercise log/weight tracker
  • Self care and relaxation ideas
  • Habit tracker
  • Dream log
  • Vitamin tracker

HOME

  • Recipes to try
  • Shopping list
  • Bill tracker
  • Spending log
  • Home and organization projects
  • Cleaning schedule
  • Menu plans

FAMILY and RELATIONSHIPS

  • Birthday lists
  • Things kids say
  • Family night ideas
  • Gift Ideas
  • Date night ideas

PERSONAL

  • Bucket list
  • Wish list
  • Movies/T.V. to watch
  • Books to read
  • Accomplishments
  • Memorable quotations
  • Places to travel
  • Skills or hobbies to learn
  • Restaurants to try
  • Journal prompts

I encourage anyone to create and keep adding pages to their bullet journal. It has been such a helpful, and personalized tool in my life. Just don’t try to do too many at one time, or you might feel overwhelmed!

If you have some bullet journal page ideas, or even pages that you have created, please share them in the comments!

 

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How To Sneak In Self Care When You Are Too Busy

Self Care when you are busy

I have to admit, these past two weeks were pretty tough.

I started a new contract position, and in addition to my other job, homeschool, and other regular mom duties, I was exhausted!

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Adding something extra to my routine threw me off, and I started to find it really hard to keep up, let alone carve out some time for my own self care.

I was quickly reminded that it is quite easy to get caught up in life and the changes that it brings. Which in turn makes it even easier to forget about setting aside time to recharge. I know that it is important, and that it might even help ease the stress of such a crazy schedule. However, when there seems to be a never ending to-do list, figuring out HOW to fit it in seems absolutely impossible!

I decided that making a list of quick and fairly easy things to do for a little recharge might be helpful. Sometimes, for me, figuring out what to do is half the battle.

Ideally, it would be helpful to have a little alone time for self care, but let’s be honest, with kids, it can be difficult to get a moment alone.

This list has a few things that can be done solo, but most can be done with a little one hanging out. Have them do the same activity, give them an independent craft project, or some solo reading time. This will enable you to have some time for a mini escape.

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20 Quick Self Care Ideas

  1. Create a morning ritual, start the day with a favorite coffee or tea.
  2. Get out some crayons or colored pencils, and color.
  3. Write in a journal. Jot down worries, and then, write out what you are grateful for.
  4. Put on some favorite music and have a dance party.
  5. Get some fresh air and Vitamin D. Walk, run, play and jump in the backyard or a park.
  6. Organize something.
  7. Work out or do some yoga or stretching.
  8. Give yourself a mani and pedi.
  9. Read a magazine or a few chapters of a book.
  10. Light some candles and take a bubble bath.
  11. Take a class that interests you. There are even some wonderful ones on YouTube!
  12. Treat yourself! Get some new sheets, or pajamas.
  13. Take some deep breaths and listen to a guided relaxation.
  14. Pet a furry friend.
  15. Buy or pick some beautiful flowers to help brighten your day.
  16. Lay in the grass and watch the clouds.
  17. Put on some relaxing music and soak your feet.
  18. Put on your pajamas, pour some wine (or hot cocoa) and watch a movie or favorite show.
  19. Play solitaire or do a cross word puzzle.
  20. Curl up in bed and take a nap.

There you have it! I hope that this list might provide some ideas on ways to fit self care into your busy schedule. If you have a favorite way to sneak in some relaxing, I would love to hear about it in the comments.


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A Good Dance Party Can Solve Anything.

A good dance party can solve anything. This is what I was reminded of today.

There are times when even the best plans can fall apart. Even though I felt I was organized, all those lists in my journal were no match for this past week. As I was having my morning coffee, and preparing for the day, I started being quite tough on myself. I am behind in my blog posts. I did not try the recipes I wanted to test. Then there were the super hot temperatures, and several days of rain that stopped us from being able to take our nature hike field trip. I keep telling myself that I need to get moving and do some yoga. My body hurts, and I’m sure it would help.

As all those negative thoughts accumulated, I began to feel that all too familiar anxiety attack coming on. The combination of another night of insomnia, and the running list of failures in my head, made me feel super overwhelmed.

Defeated.

I wanted to crawl into bed and wrap myself up in a blanket cave.

At that moment, Miss Bean came up to me. She snuggled up next to me and asked if we could have a dance party before we started school.

We picked out our music, turned it up, and started dancing. We laughed, and jumped. Twirled and swayed. We made silly poses and faces.

Suddenly, I started feeling better.

Once we finished, Bean began to gather her school supplies, and pick out the books she wanted to read. I took some deep breaths and began to make a list of all the things that I DID accomplish.

And do you know what?

I found that things weren’t as bad as I had originally felt.

I realized that we actually had a good week in school. Our Beanstalk experiment, did not work the first time. Instead of quitting, we tried to solve the mystery of what went wrong. We determined that we made the cotton balls too wet, and started over. This morning, we discovered that our seed is beginning to sprout!

Also, we did our cabbage leaf experiment to illustrate how plants drink water.

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Seeing the leaves soak up the water and change colors was awesome! Even the teenager was excited to see the results.

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dance party

As for our nature walk, and outdoor portion of our plant unit? We have been having so much fun with it, we will just extend our work over the next week. Another reason that homeschooling is such a great fit for us. The flexibility is a wonderful thing. The weather is officially cooling off, and we are very ready to take a hike. I made a fun scavenger hunt page to take with us. Miss Bean is hoping that we don’t see a snake, she is okay with leaving that box unchecked.

Because of all the rain, I wasn’t needed at work on Sunday. Which gave me an entire day all to myself. Time like that is a rarity for me. With the gloomy skies, it was tempting to stay in bed and binge on Netflix all day. Instead, I got out my supplies, and made some peg people. I was especially pleased with how my peg bat family turned out.

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I even took my productiveness a step further, and got my etsy shop back up and running! Head over and give it a little love.

It is amazing what a little me time can do for the mind and mood!

I may not have gotten much accomplished with menu planning or food testing this past week. But today, I got out the crock pot, and put on some more music. Bean and I had another dance party as we assembled the ingredients for Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli. It is already smelling delicious!

Why did I write this blog entry? Today I may not have detailed lesson or menu plans. I don’t have a crafty project or tutorial to share. I did however, receive a valuable reminder from my wise daughter.

Sometimes, you need to stop being negative or sad, turn up the music, and just dance. It is the perfect way to re-focus and realize that things are not so bad. A good dance party can get you back on track!

 

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Homeschool: The Adventures of Miss Bean

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I homeschool my daughter, and with the beginning of the school year upon us, I thought it might be good to share her story. Miss Bean has down syndrome. That should not define who she is, or what she is capable of doing. I thought being in public school was the best choice for her, and being in a typical classroom would help her make friends and succeed. Instead, I realized it was actually holding her back.

Bean’s father and I were supportive of the teacher aides, and therapists that worked with her during the school year. We asked questions, and helped to set goals during IEP meetings. Helping our daughter thrive and do well with her schoolwork and social interations, was important to us. We noticed a shift during her third school year (the second year of first grade). The main focus of her progress became test scores. Her teacher also had a stoplight behavior system in place, with green being a good attitude in class. Miss Bean was being sent home with yellows and reds, but no explanation as to why. She was shutting down and not wanting to do her classwork. I sent emails in an attempt to reach out and see what I could do to help, however, nothing seemed to change.

One day my mother decided to surprise her at lunchtime. She found her in a windowless room, sitting with a few other children. Miss Bean was spending her days in this small room, attempting to complete worksheet after worksheet. She was not allowed to eat lunch with her classmates, and could not go to gym, art, music or library. Furthermore, no one took the time to inform us of these HUGE changes. I think that was the worst part. Because of this, my heart broke into a million pieces for her.

It was at that moment I wanted to pull her out and begin to homeschool. Her father, a teacher himself, was more leery about such a decision. We scheduled a meeting with her teachers and administration to discuss our options. We hoped to get an understanding of why they made such a choice.

Finally, the day of the meeting arrived. Her aide was in attendance, but not her actual teacher. We were told it had been determined that Bean’s behavior in class was disruptive because she was frequently sitting on the floor in silence, sucking her thumb, and refusing to do her work. I was able to recognize this as her way of coping when she felt overwhelmed with situations. They wrote her off, and hid her away, instead of seeing how they could help remedy this.

Eventually, her teacher made a brief appearance. She told us because she was so busy with the end of the school year, she couldn’t attend the entirety of our meeting. This teacher stayed in the room for only five minutes, but it was long enough to tell us that our 7 year old daughter was not on track to graduate high school. After that, we were advised our options were to try switching to the life-skills classes, look into private schools or switching to another school district.

Her father said we could give homeschool a try after the meeting ended, and so began our homeschool adventure.

Miss Bean has learned so much in the two years that I have had the pleasure of working with her. She is beginning to read, finally counting higher than 10, and speaks much more clearly. People are able to understand what she is trying to communicate, and it is an amazing thing! Our days are filled with walks, library visits, and cooking together in the kitchen, not just worksheets. Because of this, she gets those life skills by being my sidekick all day. We have our daily routines, we grocery shop, make our to-do lists, and clean the house together. She is ALWAYS learning! Best of all, there are no test scores right now. Miss Bean is not just a number.

I am excited for this upcoming year of homeschool. Miss Bean asked to take a gymnastics class, and wants to read books. She has requested lots of art activities, and to learn more about plants and animals. She is really going to take off this year!

The flexibility of the homeschool environment allows us to navigate through the day quite easily, despite any bumps in our day. Most of all, I am grateful every day to be able to help my daughter learn and experience the world in her own way, and at her own pace. Throughout this year, I will share our lessons and adventures on my blog and pinterest board. By doing this, I hope that it might help inspire others who might be on the fence about taking such a leap. I look forward to sharing our journey with you!

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Mission: Family Boredom Busters

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It can be pretty easy for our family to fall into the boredom hole. It is often tempting to curl up and find a show to binge watch, or dominate the newest video game, instead of getting out and doing something, or starting a fun project. We can also be quick to say we have no extra money to spend on activities.

To combat the tendency for laziness, our family decided to come up with a bucket list. We were sure to include a mix of free, inexpensive, and even a few things on which to splurge. That way when the all too familiar “I’m bored”, “What do you want to do?”, “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” conversation arises, we can look at our list and pick something. We plan on adding to it throughout the year, and are excited to take some adventures and see how many things we can accomplish.

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  • Picnic lunch at favorite park
  • Take advantage of museum free days
  • Take a tour of downtown landmarks
  • Free concerts
  • Bird watch
  • Feed the ducks
  • Play disc golf
  • Play baseball
  • See the sunset somewhere beautiful
  • Color
  • Build a fort
  • Blow bubbles
  • Make bread
  • Make paper airplanes, have a contest
  • Visit splashparks
  • Ice cream parlor at home
  • Geocaching
  • Fishing
  • Movie night with candy bar and popcorn
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Play with legos
  • Make a cornhole set
  • Water balloon fight
  • Go on a scavenger hunt
  • Do some origami
  • Go bowling
  • Go putt-putting
  • Take a day trip to Chicago
  • Play tennis

I had a great time on Pinterest exploring other family bucket lists. Here are a few of my favorites:

Childhood 101 has a fun one, that includes prompts to get you thinking and she even has a printable for you to do your own!

Need inspiration? Stay a Stay at Home Mom has a long list of ideas for you!

I also loved this one from Happily Ever Mom. It is for younger kiddos, and involves nature!

Do you have a family bucket list? I’d love to hear what you’ve come up with.

 

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Mission: Bullet Journal

I am feeling pretty excited about this new project. It combines being creative and being productive! Planning and being organized is one of the most difficult things for me. I have tried so many different calendar systems; paper and electronic, and failed each time. I seem to always feel overwhelmed and just give up.

However, in order to get things accomplished, and keep moving forward, I NEED lists and a plan. I’ve been seeing the bullet journal being talked about quite a bit lately, so I decided to give it a try. It seems like something that might help me find a good system for myself, and stick to it.

I know that I need a monthly overview with dates so that I can track family appointments, bill due dates, and work schedules. I purchased an Avery Mini Binder from Amazon, and blank monthly calendar pages. I also picked up some self stick tabs, and blank lined note pages. I used some of my heavier sketchbook paper and punched holes in it, for the fun, creative part of bullet journaling.

My biggest goal right now is to start small with all of my projects, and work towards the big picture. This one is no different. I know if I try to make weekly, or daily *gasp* pages, I will get overwhelmed and quit. So my first bullet journal attempt, will just be an overview of what I want to accomplish in my month. I want to choose 5 or 6 main goals. I would like to remind myself to also focus on my “me” stuff; health, exercise, and a knitting project.

I hope that when I find myself struggling with that frozen overwhelmed, don’t know what to do, or where to start feeling, I will be able to glance at my page and pick one of my goals to focus on.

Ultimately, I would like to have daily journal pages, a menu planner, and a lesson planner. Maybe even a habit tracker. I will be sure to update my instagram feed and this blog with the different pages that I create. July is pretty basic, but with practice, this is going to be a lot of fun.

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