I've Been a Blogger Slacker & My Favorite Sick "Spiced Tea"

Seriously, I've been fighting off a vicious sinus/head cold thingy since the day after Christmas. While I've been able to keep from taking me down completely (scary flashbacks to last March when it took everything I had to drag myself out of bed for weeks) with some "garlic juice," spiced tea and probiotics, it is still taking its toll on me.

In the midst of the nastiness I picked up a freelance job and Disney money trumps the blog any day, sorry folks! I mean, I could find the time during the day to squeeze in a post, but I'm pretty sure the kids still want to eat and have clean clothes and we are not in an unschooling season, so skipping lessons isn't out of the question either.

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Menu Plan Monday - January 2014 HelloFresh Time

I had the pleasure of reviewing HelloFresh this past November and we loved our box so much that we decided to get one once a month instead of paying to eat out with the kids. It has been proclaimed "Family Date Night at Home," though I'm hoping next month we can ramp the romance up a bit and set the kiddos up in the other room with their own meal and a movie while we partake in the whole candlelight and real adult conversation thing I hear so much about.

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How Many Hours a Day Does Your Baby or Kid Sleep?

On their "Baby and Children Sleep Chart" Parents says that children ages 5 to 12 generally sleep 10 to 11 hours a night. Evidently they haven't met two of my kids.

It always baffles me when I hear parents say that they put their kids to bed at 7 pm at night and they get them up at six or seven the next morning. Not in my house! If I put my kids to bed at seven they would be poking me in the face between three and four in the morning asking for breakfast. NO THANK YOU!

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A Polar Bear Mini Unit - Books, Crafts and More

We actually had two days of cold weather, well cold for Florida anyways, this past week. Meanwhile, the rest of you are still iced over and hunkered down so I say, polar vortex smortex, let's talk about polar bears instead. I love our current curriculum, but sometimes it is fun to just stop for a week and learn about one thing that fits the season of the year or your children's current interest. What better time to plunge into some polar bears then during the icy cold of January.

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Timeless Education: Upper Years Book List

I'm sort of sad today as I publish this post, the final in my series of classic literature for kids. We started out with with the PreK years and now here we are with some great selections to read with your high school aged children. European history, Shakespeare and a generous helping of Sir Walter Scott are all included. 

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Menu Plan Monday - Reigning in the Food Budget

So, I recently came to the realization that we spend WAY more a month on groceries than families similar in size and situation to ourselves. Even though I have already cut back by at least $300 since cutting out most processed foods, I still want to reign in the food budget a little more and that means getting creative and stretching foods. This menu is the start of that creativity.

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An Odd Mom's 2014 Bucket List

Those who have followed my blog for  a while know that I don't do resolutions. Resolutions set you up for failure. This odd mom does bucket list. Simple and extravagant things I hope to do by the time year comes to a close. Since I've had a LOT on my mind at the end of 2013, the list this year is rather long. I'm dividing up by basic goal categories, but stick with me!

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