Friday, February 27, 2015

Library Day Week 8 - Book ideas for all ages

Library Day Week 8 - Tons of great book ideas!

This week I was pretty sick so we just grabbed a few books to get us through. There are some great books here though so don't miss out.

Audio Books
Peter and the Starcatchers (Starcatchers Series) - We were so excited when we found out we get to listen to this some more. We are really enjoying it! It will probably be on next week's list because we haven't finished it yet. Such a great story. Just know I have heard 2 curse words on it. If you are sensitive to that it is something to be aware of. My kids didn't even catch it.

Scarlet - I am currently flying through this book and LOVING it!!! This is such a great read! I can't believe I have missed out on this series for so long. #BookGirlProblems!

R -
This week R is looking for a new series to love. She checked out a huge pile the librarian recommended and she is working her way through them. I will let you know next week if any stick...

Candy Apple #21: Snowfall Surprise
Stella Batts Something Blue
Heidi Heckelbeck Has a Secret
Rodeo Queen (Kylie Jean) - Is anyone surprised Kylie Jean found her way back? She wanted a fail safe in case she didn't enjoy the new books.
Sophie #5: Sophie the Snoop

Bitty Baby Has a Tea Party The Bitty Baby series has become a favorite of hers. They are not on a higher reading level but she enjoys the simplicity of them.
Bitty Baby Makes a Splash
Bitty Baby Loves the Snow

C is my 5 year old son. He has a huge love for graphic novels and anything I can read to him.

Sidekick City Elementary (Tiny Titans) C is really enjoying the Tiny Titans series of Graphic novels and I am loving that his sister loves to read them to him. It's a win win in my world.
Meet Tiny Titans East!
Penguins in the Batcave! (Tiny Titans)

Due to a very heavy work load Mike has been unable to read much. He will be back in books next week hopefully.

Read Aloud Time
I try to read a few books each day with the kids aloud. Right now I am focusing on Christmas books. I will let you know how I feel about them in the coming week after we have had a chance to enjoy them.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Can I Afford to Buy a House? - Things Break!

Last week I talked about how we got into our house even though money was extremely tight. One of the first things that happened after we moved in to the house was that things started to break. The thing with owning your house is that you can't call the landlord to fix things. Whether it's the leak in the faucet or the A.C. deciding to stop working completely these things fall on your shoulders completely. We were not financially prepared for this at all!
Can I Afford to Buy a House? - Things Break!

Truth be told we were barely making our bills each week. When things started to fall apart we started to spend a lot of time figuring out how we could fix them ourselves online or how to barter with someone to have them help us fix it. There was a lot we didn't know how to do. With limited funds small problems quickly turned into bigger ones and small debts quickly became bigger ones. We were overwhelmed and under-prepared.

Then things really started to fall apart.... 
Not long after we moved in the dishwasher broke. Next came the refrigerator, the tub, and the toilet. In order to hire someone we would have to hit the lottery. Can you guess who doesn't even play the lottery? That's right, this girl. We were so upset. We had no idea how to fix any of this and we had no extra money to take care of it. Looking back I can say with 100% assurance that we were not at all prepared to own a home at that time. We didn't even have a working lawn mower. With a decent sized back yard that became a problem quickly.
My aunt stepped in and saved the day. She taught us how to fix the small things that we could fix and how to properly budget for the things we couldn't. If it weren't for her help and the financial help of certain families we would have been in a very dark place back then. I will never forget the day our Sunday School class came out and helped us get our back yard mowed so that we could start taking care of it.
Looking back, I know this was the house we were meant to have but I also know that we should have been more prepared for the financial commitments that come with owning a house.

Questions to ask yourself: 

  • Am I ready to be landlord free? 
  • Do I know how to fix things? 
  • If I don't know how to fix things do I have enough extra income to handle the problems that will arise with my home? 
  • Should I look at a newer home to avoid things falling apart?
  • Are any of the big items due to be repaired/replaced on this home? If so, am I going to be able to pay for that? 
Owning a home is a beautiful thing but it is a huge financial undertaking. Make sure that you are prepared for these expenses before they hit or they could sink your ship. 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Geeky Educational Link Up Week 38 Dissecting Owl Pellets

Dissecting Owl Pellets - Huge List of resources to make it easier on you - Geeky Educational Link Up Week 38

We have been studying birds in Science this year. This past week we studied the bird digestive system and I decided it was a great time to dissect owl pellets with the kids. I will share a few pics from our experience but I wanted you to have many resources available to you should you decide to do it. That is why I have put together a great list of posts about dissecting owl pellets so you can be prepared.

Where to get owl pellets

  • Amazon - You can get a great variety of packets of pellets depending on your budget. Some even have free shipping with prime. 
  • Home Training Tools - This site has a huge variety and even offers classroom sets. Shipping starts at $7.95. 
  • Pellet - This site has a huge variety of pellets. Shipping starts at $7.50. 

Free Printables 

Unit Studies and Owl Ideas 

My Favorite Post from this week:

Gypsy Road shares a great unit on magnetism you won't want to miss. Read it at Gypsy Road

Introducing my Co-hosts!
There are some great co-hosts for the Geeky Educational Link Up. You can find out a bit more about each co-host by clicking here. I highly recommend checking out their blogs each week as they will have different favorites than I will. Some of these blogs also post some great geek projects and Science projects! You never know. You might be highlighted on their blog.

Come Link Up!