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Welcome back to my monthly coffee break! I am so glad you can join me. I always feel like I start these the same way because every month seems to fly by, or is that just me? I thought this month I would share a few things that have been going on in my life, books we’ve read this month, and answer a few questions from readers. Of course, I will be sharing the links both you and I loved this month.
Please grab a drink of sorts and join me!
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Coffee & Tea:
As you know I love coffee. I am not particularly fussy when it comes to my coffee. I don’t like it too hot so I always order it “with ice” which drives my husband nuts. (Ha!) I think this comes from being a busy mom who never has time to drink her coffee hot. Now I prefer it “warm”.
Freebie for you: DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer
However, this month my niece gave me a present of loose tea. David’s Tea to be exact. I loved it! I have had loose tea before but it had been ages. I did still have my tea ball, which was awesome and this is now my new favorite evening drink now that fall is here!
I bought this cute little mug for my Mother-in-law with a strainer for loose tea in it and a cover! It was so cute!! Why do we buy things for others that we want ourselves? Or am I alone in this?
Here is a quick list if you love loose tea as much as I do and want to check out these items yourself![bctt tweet=”Come have #coffee and join me for a Q&A as well as my monthly round-up of favorite things! #homeschooling #momlife” username=”PracticalByD”]
This is my tea “wish list”:
Books & Scones:
This month I talked about reading. A lot. I did videos, you can catch them on Youtube . You might be all “booked” out. Therefore, I will keep this short!
Here is the list of books we read:
- Secret Garden
- Anno’s Mysterious Multiplying Jar
- Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women
- The Little House Collection -My kids pull these from the shelf every month!
- The Wind in the Willows – Our read aloud
- The Last Safe House– Our read aloud
- Redwall books another series that gets pulled off the shelves over and over.
- Jacob Two-Two-‘s First Spy Case (Jacob Two-Two Adventures) a favorite from our bookshelf
- Stop That Stagecoach (Canadian Flyer Adventures #13)
Readers Questions This Month:
Reader question: Why I read aloud even though I hate it? My children ask me too. It is that simple. Someday they won’t. For now, I read, simply because they ask me too.
How is Max?
Max is our homeschool mascot, star of a few photos, often in my Instagram stories. He had surgery last month. We took him to get groomed and the groomer found some lumps. We took him straight to the vet and she recommended surgery. He also had some dental work done.
He has since recovered to his bouncy, “talkative”, demanding little self. Apparently, if your dog doesn’t chew up shoes, table legs, toys etc. this is not a good thing. I was always so happy to not have to replace these things I didn’t know this was actually a bad thing! Now I do.
To prevent further damage to his teeth we have had to encourage him to slow down and actually chew his food, ahem and give him treats to encourage him to chew. I was also told to brush his teeth. He’s 8 years old and is pretty determined not to let me do this. Sigh!
So we use a “slow down” bowl and he gets one Enzadent Strip a day. We also used a feeder ball but he figured that out way too fast. He just sticks his paw on it and rocks it back and forth until the food comes out.
Thanks to everyone who asked how he is!
Last question for today: What were those chairs?
Sorry, this one made me laugh. I shared out these chairs on Facebook as the wacky thing my children do!
My children love these chairs from Compaclite!! They are camping chairs made to be used outside. When in the bag they are super small ( 4″ x 4″ x13″).
Here is the funny part, we bought them to go camping with next year.
My husband got a small one then realized he’d like a larger one, so he got the larger one as well. We set them up in the living room to see how comfy they were.
Needless to say, they have not left my living room since! They have become a catch-all for kids, blankets, books and more! Every time I turn around someone is in them, drawing doing school work or reading. My kids swear they make the perfect gaming chair! I had to try them out and I agree! Which is probably why I haven’t started nagging that I have zero space in my living room!
My Favorite Reads:
Since I listed my favorite things above. (Tea, books, and chairs) Here is a list of my favorite links this month:
- 10 Areas of Essential Life Skills for Teenage Boys – I couldn’t agree more! I love, love, love this post and you might want to grab the printable!
- Missouri Scavenger Hunt with Notebooking Pages -This one is my favorite for a different reason than what she is talking about in the post. Odd right? I am sharing this out because half way through the post she mentions something that really hit me! Jackie talks about her main goal of homeschooling and how that helps her out. Made me ask, what is my main goal for homeschooling? What is the BIG picture?
- When nothing is working in your homeschool-After surviving September and knowing October would be almost as bad this was a much-needed read for me.
Your Favorite Reads:
As always I appreciate all the comments, shares, and emails I get. So thank you so much for coming and reading and being so darn awesome!
We had a fun month where I got to give away probably one of my very favorite most used resources ever! A LifeTime Membership to NotebookingPages.com. How awesome is that?! Thank you to Debra and the team at NotebookingPages.com.
I also got to share with you all a brand new just released E-book that makes learning science in your very own backyard easy! I am super excited about this book.
Your favorite reads this month were:
- What Juggling Homeschooling and Working From Home Looks Like For Me – Guest post from Crystal as she shared a peek into her daily life.
- Family Hiking Tips-Safety First!-That time of year when we all are wanting to enjoy the last few nice days, be sure to grab the E-book in the library!
- Returning to the Workforce as a Homeschool Mom– Probably one of the hardest post I’ve written to date. After all, who wants to share with the world when they are failing as a mom?
Did you know about this?
I came across this the other day. As a mom, I had to share with you. You can request a Child Safety Kit (free) for you and your family. They are made available at the beginning of each month and there is a limited number!
Thank you for joining me!
It has been wonderful spending some time catching up with you today! Thanks for hanging out!
So tell me what will you try first? Tea, Scones or books?