Pre-Manicure Magic with Palmolive #PalmoliveWM

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Palmolive dish soap is something my family uses all the time, but usually for boring things, like washing the dishes.  But did you know there are many other interesting uses for Palmolive?  One of my favorite is using it for Pre-Manicure Magic.

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Using the dish soap in this way is simple and effective. Soaking your nails for a few minutes before applying nail polish has a number of benefits.  First of all, the water and soap helps loosen dirt and dead skin, so that your nails are sparkling clean before the polish is applied.  Secondly it softens your cuticles, which makes them easy to push back before the manicure. [Read More...]

Spicy Italian Beef Sandwich with Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing

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Quick and easy dinners are something every family needs, especially during this busy back to school season.  One of the best ways to make sure dinner is ready when you are is to use a slow cooker, and this recipe for Spicy Italian Beef Sandwiches is one of my family’s favorite slow cooker meals!  It is easy to make because it uses Vinaigrette dressing for flavor, so there are only a few ingredients and no complicated instructions.

Slow Cooker Spicy Italian Beef Sandwich made with Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing #shop #FoodDeservesDelicious

This dish is easy to put together, and perfect for serving to hungry kids at the end of a busy day.  I headed to Walmart to buy my family’s favorite Italian dressing, Kraft Zesty Italian, for this meal. [Read More...]

Beach Vacation in St. Kitts

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An exotic beach vacation sounds like fun to me!  I finally got a passport, so now I can travel internationally, and one of the place I'd like to explore is the lovely Caribbean island of St. Kitts.  It is a little bit off the beaten path and has many exciting activites beyond relaxing on the beach.  One of the things I find most fascinating about St. Kitts is that it has an extinct volcano.  Liamuiga is a  3,792-foot extinct volcano that has left the island with rich fertile soil and lush tropical vegetation. 

The island also has a long history, which has quite a bit of violence for a place that is now so beautiful and peaceful. It was fought over by the British and French, which had tragic results for the native population of Arawaks and Caribs. Then it became a major producer of sugar with over 68 sugar plantations.  The resulting culture is now a mix of African and European.

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Family Favorites from Coupon Deals – Chicken Bacon Quesadilla with Peanut Sauce

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It seems like food prices just keep going up, so I am always looking for coupon deals that will let me save money on groceries. Using coupons can help me stretch my food money while still giving my family tasty food to eat. Kraft frequently has printable coupons available on products my family eats every week, and this week I used those coupons to add a twist to a family favorite meal and make Chicken Bacon Quesadilla with Peanut Sauce.

Chicken Bacon Quesadilla #PackedwithSavings #shop

Like many moms I have go to quick meals that I know my family will enjoy, like Chicken Quesadillas. But those old standby meals can get boring. So when I saw that Kraft had an online coupon for bacon this week I decided to change things up, and add bacon to quesadillas along with using Planters Peanuts to make a quick peanut sauce for dipping. [Read More...]

Homeschool and College

642559_89524063When people find out we homeschool one of the things they are always curious about is college.  Many people know someone who has homeschooled for a few years, but homeschooling all the way through and sending a child to college is still unusual.  I have sent two kids to college from homeschooling, and have learned a lot.

One of the first decisions to make was what kind of college to apply to.  At first my daughter was planning to go to a community college for the first two years and save money.  Then she started attending the local community college part-time, and realized she wanted something different.  We live 45 minutes from the closest community college, and the drive gets tiring fast.  Every day she goes it takes at least 1 1/2 hours out of her day for the commute, more if the weather is bad.  Plus with the price of gas going up daily it isn’t as cheap as it seems at first. [Read More...]

Outlander on Time Warner Cable

Did you watch the premiere of Outlander on Starz provided by Time Warner Cable last weekend? I had the chance to watch the first two episodes early, and I loved them! The show did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit and excitement of the book series written by Diana Gabaldon.

The show follows the story of Claire Randall, who is mysteriously sent back in time to 1743, in the middle of a conflict between the Scots and British. The first episode did a great job of setting up Claire’s relationship with her husband Frank, and showing her confusion when she is suddenly in the past.

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Back to Homeschool – High School Record Keeping

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Some parents are intimidated by the idea of homeschooling through high school, but it really isn’t that much different from the younger grades.  I have graduated two children from 12th grade so far, and they have had no trouble getting into and succeeding in college. From my point of view the one big difference between high school and younger grades is that in high school you have to keep good records of schoolwork. As a homeschooling parent you will also be serving as an administrator and guidance counselor, and at the end of high school will need to produce information for transcripts and college applications. Good record keeping will make that whole process much easier. [Read More...]

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