Final Analysis Friday: Week of 1/13/2013

Around the House
With Santa’s generosity comes my generosity, I’ve been loading up bags of toys, games, and puzzles to give away or sell in a yard sale this spring. I haven’t decided which yet. But it has inspired me to go through the kids’ rooms and really purge and rearrange things. The house if feeling lighter already!

From the Kitchen
I made my Creamed Chicken and Biscuits recipe this week using the Chicken Pot Pie version. It was perfect for our cold winter weather that blew in! At some point this next week I’m going to make crockpot bread. I’m kind of excited about it!

We started our world geography study this week and it was a LOT of fun! We also moved into new curriculum in some subjects for Chipette and Magpie. Instead of doing a combination of things from last school year and this school year we are now full on third grade and Kindergarten.

On the Blog
Well, I’ve been a busy beaver! I’ve been participating in a Virtual Curriculum Fair which led me to write two reviews, one on our spelling curriculum, Apples and Pears, and the other about our math curriculum, Math in Focus. I also found time to write up a post about how to use Timer Training to manage your homeschool if you have distractible, dawdling students, but I’m sure none of you ever deal with that!

I’m really excited about this category because I stumbled upon a “diet” (really it’s more of how I should be eating all the time!) called the No “S” Diet. There are only three rules to follow: no snacks, no sweets, and no seconds, except on “S” days which are Saturday, Sunday and Special days (like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). I started this new way of eating Tuesday and I’ve already lost 5 pounds. And it was easy! Other than not eating sweets and second helpings. J Seriously, though, there is nothing off limits, no special food, but I do try to watch how many carbs I eat each day and make sure that I am eating healthy, but this is definitely a doable way of eating for me for the long term.

Up next week, joining the gym!

I’m starting Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder for an online book club. It looks very interesting about the lack of outside play in children today and how they don’t explore nature like generations past.

I’m about halfway through Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard. It’s a really wonderful book about how to make new habits which is kind of what I’m really focusing on this year.

Feel free to follow me on Pinterest using the button in the sidebar. I wanted to share some of my favorite finds this past week:

Homeschool: I’m so excited about these paper dolls from around the world that I pinned a few weeks ago. They will be perfect for my two little Kindergarten students to color and put in our notebooks.

Home: I love the look of this light fixture and even though I’m not crafty at all, a hot glue gun, a lampshade, and some paint sticks, that I can handle!

Cooking: I’m using this Rosemary Olive Oil bread recipe but attempting to cook it in the crock pot. I’ve already been dreaming about this bread, so I hope it lives up to my expectations!

Plans and Schemes
I’m attending a Ladies’ Day (Bible study) tomorrow morning, so I’m looking forward to that. We started ballet and our homeschool group this week as well, so the girls were happy to be busy again. Me, not so much. I kind of like our down time of non-rushing.

A Memory
Monkey and Chipette got married this week. The bride looked beautiful in her golden veil and her purple wedding dress. The groom was very handsome in his high heels, one black and one sparkly, with no pants.

Looking forward to a new week of productivity, loving, learning, laughing and cooking in the tree house,



  1. LOL!! Oh that picture is priceless!! LOVE IT!

    1. He's such a good little brother! Always ready to play whatever game his big sisters come up with.