Today I wanted to share with you a special spot in our fifth wheel-an extra closet! When we had our Class A, we had to store the vacuum in the already small hallway, the hoses and extensions underneath in storage, and the cleaning products underneath the sink. This particular 2006 Newmar has an extra closet between the toilet room and the master bedroom.
The top holds bulk toilet paper, hoses and extensions for the vacuum, carpet cleaning attachments, 2 hand-held brushes, and an extra essential oil diffuser*. *We sell essential oil diffusers on our doTERRA website. Check out our products here.
So what did you think of our utility closet? Do you have any extra space in your RV or trailer that you love? Write your comments below. I would love to hear from you. Don’t forget to follow our blog to keep up with our journey.
You might be wondering, “What are the Cedarwood Blocks for?”
“The unique power of cedar wood absorbs moisture and eliminates mildew and fungus. The natural wood also acts as a natural insect repellent, keeping away moths and other insects. Cedar blocks also deodorize the air and refresh the aroma in your cupboards, closets and storage spaces”
Today I decided to do another video update due to my Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis giving me so much trouble this past week. My hands have been too swollen to type a lot. I wanted to share how I deal with my Autoimmune Disease while living a minimalist lifestyle on the road. We use essential oils to help take care of our family’s minor health issues. If you are interested in buying any, check out our doTERRA website here.
If interested in some coconut oil to use on your skin, try this brand on Amazon.
Do you have an Autoimmune Disease you deal with? I would love to hear your story. Don’t forget to follow my blog to keep up with our journey.
Today was Wash Day at our house. This time it was a little different. We didn’t go to the laundromat and we didn’t wash clothes by hand. Well, at least not like we used to. We used a Wonder Wash by The Laundry Alternative.
The Wonder Wash is so easy that my 8 year old can do his own laundry! You can watch Part 2 here.
We ended up doing 4 loads of laundry today in about an hour and a half (including hanging to dry). I enjoyed how quick and easy it was to wash our clothes. I plan to wash one load of clothes every 2-3 days and smaller bedding about once every two weeks or so. I also plan on getting the Mini Countertop Spin Dryer to cut down on dry time.
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Last year when I was looking for curriculum for our 8 year old son, I wanted to find a homeschool convention to help me out. I found one and was able to browse all the different types of homeschooling curriculum you can possibly think of! Anything for Preschool through Seniors, any subject, any learning form, any approach, and even learning games.
Homeschool conventions are great to go to at least once towards the beginning of your homeschooling journey. Homeschooling conventions offer you a chance to figure out what is available out there but it can also be extremely overwhelming. When you visit, have a general idea of what you are looking for.
Lucas had started last school year out in second grade but the Christian school principle suggested he repeat 1st grade since his reading was behind their advanced A Beka reading program. Seeing him struggle on reading homework every night, we agreed. That made a dilemma for figuring out what curriculum I should use for this current school year though. I was torn between 2nd and 3rd grade. After going to the homeschooling convention, I was able to make these decisions.
One major subject I was indecisive on was Math. Did he need to do second grade math or was he advanced enough for third? I ended up searching out different companies that offered 2nd grade math curriculum. Most the ones I looked at seemed a bit too simple or written in a style that would confuse my son. I revisited a booth called Teaching Textbooks that only offered 3rd grade and on.
The Teaching Textbooks booth offered books to review and even offered samples of the CDs. I was impressed! The first 20 lessons were all things he already was doing at the time. The curriculum is broken down and explained in blocks of 7 lessons and then reviewed with a quiz. Every lecture is explained and gives sample problems to be answered by the student to make sure they understand. Every five lessons has a Bonus Round where the student has about 3 minutes to basically do a digital version of flash cards to earn bonus points. The program keeps track of grades but also allows the parent to delete lessons, quizzes, or bonus rounds that need to be repeated.
I will definitely be using Teaching Textbooks from now on in our homeschooling. The book and/or CD form makes it easy to do with or without electricity. I would suggest this program to any family not currently satisfied with their Math curriculum.
To learn more about Teaching Textbooks, click here.
At the beginning of the year, I used A Beka’s A Handbook for Reading for Phonics for Lucas. I did not have a solid plan for Spelling or Vocabulary. We tried on-line lists and two books but nothing seemed to work for us. I decided to take a break from Spelling this year until I saw this book:
My son struggles with using modern day phonics (like A Beka) because phonics books teach that “a” has two different sounds. When in actuality, the dictionary shows “a” has 6 different sounds. Words like ate, care, arm, last, all, and am all have different “a” sounds. There are other differences between modern phonics and this spelling book besides the “a” sounds though. We still use the A Beka book to practice enunciation and consonant blends.
I have recently switched Lucas over to verbal spelling tests since he scores significantly higher on them. He has dyslexia and written tests trip him up a lot. Until we can overcome this struggle, we will stick with verbal spelling tests. It is more important to me that he can spell words than write them down during tests.
We just went over Lesson 6 today so he can test later in the week. Lesson 5 through Lesson 35 in this book are second grade lessons. The “Sp._.” at the bottom of the page (shown above) is used throughout the book. This book is laid out to be used through 9th grade. I think this $13 purchase was well worth it!
As far as vocabulary goes, we look up spelling words he doesn’t understand. I don’t test him at this age but we do discuss the meanings in detail. I believe learning dictionary skills, basic spelling, and enuciation are more important right now. As long as there is noticable growth in his vocabulary, I see no reason to use tests.