Do NOT Plan Or Schedule One More Thing Until You Do This FIRST

Priority Scheduling and Planning

How many days a week do you ACTUALLY get everything done on your schedule?

How often to your plans get changed or go awry? And do you ever sit (or stand if you put it on the fridge like me) before your schedule and wonder WHY? Why did I do it that way? Why isn’t everything getting done? And why don’t I feel satisfied?

If you are planning for the sake of planning, putting stuff on a schedule because you know you need to do something like that, or simply living week to week based on the the latest needs and emergency, then you are missing the KEY to planning! You are missing the FOUNDATION to build on.

I know, because this is what I have been doing for far too long and God has shown me a better way.

Super Simple Planning and Scheduling

The Key To Good Planning

I have been planning without purpose. Oh, I have some goals: get the house clean, homeschool the children, make sure errands are getting done… but I am not putting before me each week WHY. Why does the house need to be clean? Yes, I know there are lots of good reasons, but what is MY FOUNDATIONL reason?

The key to change my haphazard daily and weekly planning was that I FIRST needed to define PURPOSEFUL goals for my current season of life.

I needed to know what my priorities for my life (and my families life) were and then I could proceed to make a useful, working schedule for myself and my family.

Start With A Simple Daily Schedule

Blank Schedule
Blank Schedule

Here we have an empty weekly schedule. Notice how simple it is (the name of my site IS A Simple Life Too). Notice that it is not defined in an hourly fashion. I am a fairly organized person, but I am simply unable to stick to an hour by hour schedule. Outside of maybe one miracle day per month, it NEVER goes according the the schedule… so then I have to start erasing and moving stuff… crying a little as I am wasting more time doing that instead of the task… and feeling like a failure because I could not stick to the exact schedule.

Therefore, I do a daily task list instead. I keep it as close to the order the tasks and events should occur and I DO write down a time if there is an appointment. This way, if we don’t start “on time” or if a task takes longer or if we have to adapt and add something to the day, we can still be on track.

If something does not get done, I circle it and refer back to it the next day to see where I can fit it in.

How Priority Based Scheduling Works

Before I start entering ANYTHING into my weekly schedule, I write down my priorities on the bottom or top of the page. Some of them are the same for many weeks, even for years. Some are week, month or season specific. Theses priorities, in order, dictate what I then put on the schedule for that week.

For example, my first priority is a life priority, I have chosen to follow Jesus. My priority is to become more like Him and serve Him.

In a practical sense, this means the first thing I schedule each week it my time with God, my time to do devotionals with my children, any service the Lord has asked of me, church (and church events), and Bible Study.

Schedule With First Priority Tasks
Schedule With First Priority Tasks

My second priority is to take care of my family. This means time with my husband, homeschool, healthcare for the children (we have had a LOT of that lately), and some time for self care.

This results in me adding homeschool tasks, any doctor’s appointments, any outings with the family, children or husband, plus my every other week outings with myself or lady friends.

My third priority is a deeper teaching for my children. I have been reading the book of Titus over and over again for the past couple of months in our Tue night Bible study and the section on what older women should teach the younger has been a guidepost for me:

Titus 2: 4 – 5: so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.

I am especially honing in on the “workers at home” part. So I am teaching my children to how to cook, how to clean, how to decorate, how to host, and much more. This dictates how I fill in most of the rest of the schedule with housework, who cooks what, time for our home based business, creative pursuits, etc…

The next priority can sometimes end up higher then the second or third. These are seasonal and holiday priorities. For example, we just had the Hanukkah / Christmas season. Since we were off of school for a couple of weeks and we had lots of holiday activities to do, this took precedence over everything except for devotionals, church and doctor’s visits. Yes, it even took a priority over housecleaning!

Final Schedule
Final Schedule

If other things come up, I evaluate them against those first sets of priorities, decide if they fit, if they bump out other things, or if they have to wait until there is a slot. I create a little list on the bottom of my chart called “to be scheduled” to keep track of them.

I sincerely hope you find this useful and that you find your weekly schedules having more purpose going forward. I am open to any thoughts or feedback you may have.

Feel free to use my Super Simple Homeschool Planning Worksheet. It takes about 1 minute to type the framework into your favorite spreadsheet program. Then you can update it on the computer or pencil stuff in (which is what I usually do) or you can get some great planners on Amazon!

 


Teach Your Children To Cook: Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies

Teach Children To Cook Pumpkin CookiesThere are SO MANY amazing recipes available on the web today, but how many help and encourage you to make meals and memories with your children?

I mean, what are the holidays for? Are they not to make spend time with your family? To create Traditions? To pass down your favorite crafts, recipes, techniques, stories and more to your children?

This year we decided to try a few traditional holiday recipes from Better Homes and Gardens, modify them to suit our family, and teach the girls how to make them.

This recipe from BHG, the Melt In Your Mouth Pumpkin Cookies, was so easy for the girls to make. Your children will enjoy making and eating them!

We added cream cheese frosting, halved the recipe, increased the pumpkin, and used whole wheat flour (but you don’t have to). The BHG site includes a video if you want some extra help.

Teach Children To Cook Pumpkin Cookies

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Equipment Used

I teach the children to gather all of the needed equipment at the beginning of making a recipe. For this cookie recipe, we used:

Ingredients

I like to make recipes flexible. I comment here and there with a few modifications and suggestions.

Cookies: 

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, soften butter (in the microwave for 30 seconds for ease, or have left the butter out overnight).
  3. Add organic cane sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. We also added 1/2 tsp of cardamom for a unique taste, but you can leave it out if you don’t have that on hand.
  4. Stir until combined, scraping bowl occasionally.
  5. Add egg and vanilla; stir until combined.
  6. Stir in pumpkin.
  7. Stir in flour.
  8. Drop dough by heaping teaspoons, 2 inches apart on lined cookie sheets.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
  10. For the frosting, soften butter and the cream cheese (again, in the microwave for 30 seconds or have the butter left out overnight. Cream cheese is usually soft enough to mix w/o softening).
  11. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin.
  12. Stir in powdered sugar, about 1/2 cup at a time. Keep adding sugar until the frosting is thick, not runny.
  13. Wait until cookies are cooled before frosting. Use about one heaping teaspoon of frosting per cookie.

I would love to hear about your favorite cookie recipes to make with your children!

Want to start with the basics and teach your children to cook? Check out: Teach Your Children To Cook – The Simple, Healthy, Cheap Way: For Ages 7+ With Parent Supervision and follow the 16 incremental lessons to give your children a good cooking foundation and give them a beginning repertoire of recipes that they can use to contribute to the family meals.

Better Homes and Gardens is one of my favorite magazines. Click here to subscribe to Better Homes and Gardens (link TBD).

 

Our 7 Favorite Childrens’ Biblical and Devotional Series On Pureflix

 

7 Favorite Biblical ShowsAre you wanting to find edifying media for your children to occasionally watch?

Would you like to teach them some basic Biblical and Christian concepts and disciplines through engaging videos made especially for them?

Do you want them to be able to watch something encouraging during a sick day? Or when you are too sick to do devotionals that day?

If you answered yes to any (or in our case – ALL) of these, then you need to go and get your free trial of PureFlix!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

Here is a list of our 7 favorite Biblical / Christian shows on PureFlix:

Just for kicks, some of these shows are links to Amazon.com so you can see the cost of purchasing them outright and what savings you get from the low cost of $7.99 per month on PureFlix. 

The Torchlighters’ Heroes of the Faith

Friends and Heroes

321 Penguins

Veggie Tales

Juniors Giants

Hermie and Friends

Kingdom Under The Sea

There are many more children’s biblical and christian shows on PureFlix, we just haven’t checked them all out yet!

Click Here to get your first month free!

A Simple Truth: Without God, The United States Will Become Another Babylon

I am sitting here watching God’s Not Dead 2, I am moved to speak.

without-god-the-united-states-will-become-another-bablyon-fbSomewhere over my lifetime, some of the people in this country, many in government places, have started a war on God, Christians, and the right to live and believe as we want.

They use excuses like “separation of church and state,” tolerance, and faith not having a place in our schools, businesses, and government.

People haven’t just turned from God themselves, they want others to turn from God also. They don’t want us to mention Him. They don’t want any of it to be true. They want us all to go away and let them do what they want… to let them live it up… and then die, in peace.

But we can’t let God leave this country, for when He does, it will become Hell. It will be so dark, so cruel, so depraved. Look at countries who have “kicked out” God, and what they have become.

Do you really want to live in Russia, North Korea, China, Hati, Vietnam, Thailand, Afghanistan, Iran, and many more atheistic or ani-Christian Countries?

I know I don’t.

God’s blessing is STILL upon us. Lets keep it that way.

God’s Not Dead, He Is Surely Alive!

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Our Favorite Educational Shows On PureFlix

our_favorite_educational_shows_pureflixDo you ever use videos to supplement your homeschool / Christian school?

Have you ever had a few days or weeks of sickness, but you want your children to be learning, not just vegging out?

Would you like to have access to a variety of learning and educational shows – Biblical, Historical, Scientific (especially Creation Science based), Artistic, and even Fitness?

If you answered yes to any (or in our case – ALL) of these, then you need to go and get your free trial of PureFlix!

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 

Here is a list of our 7 favorite Biblical / Christian shows on PureFlix:

Just for kicks, some of these shows are links to Amazon.com so you can see the cost of purchasing them outright and what savings you get from the low cost of $7.99 per month on PureFlix. And some of these videos are hard to find, you can’t even get them on Amazon!

Drive Through History

Discover World

Discover Science

Mike’s Inspiration Station

Fit Family

There are also lots of Missionary Documentaries. A couple we have watched include:

Amy Carmichael

Travel The Road

Fanny Crosby

There are over 100 educational shows on PureFlix, we just haven’t checked them all out yet!

Click Here to get your first month free!

 

DIY: How To Make Simple Fall Jewelry and Hair Accessories

diy_fall_jewelry_accessoriesWe love Fall around here. The cooling down from a super hot summer, the change of colors of the trees, and the somewhat slower pace of life.

For the first time, we decided to tackle the fall theme and make some useful and practical fall crafts: fall themed jewelry and fall themed hair accessories.

Basic Fall Beaded Necklace with a Central Focus Piece

Lets start with the fiery orange necklace that my daughter Sarah created. Isn’t that center metallic piece with the orange leaves just stunning?




Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Necklace Supplies:

First, we went to Hobby Lobby and looked for two things:

  1. What was on sale – all our components, except for the toggle clasps which we call ‘findings’, was 50% off.
  2. What made us think of fall.

Sarah immediately found the metallic pieces and then the swirled orange beads. She then added the second set of slightly transparent beads to add texture to the final necklace.

I looked around a bit and found the beading wire for half off. The findings (the toggle clasps and crimp beads) were full price – but since the toggle clasps were the most expensive item, we got it using Hobby Lobby’s 40% off coupon! We used gold colored wire and findings.

The complete list then is:

  • Fall themed centerpiece
  • Fall themed beads
  • Beading wire (28 gauge)
  • Findings (toggle clasps and crimp beads)
  • Pliers or jewelry tools

Click here to find jewelry wire and tools on Amazon.
Click here to browse findings on Amazon.

How To – Steps To Create The Necklace

1 – Clear The Workspace

diy_fall_jewelry_accessories_2I love to start with a clean workspace. Since we don’t have room in our house for a separate place, I keep my craft items in bead boxes and stackable baskets. We then clear the end of the table, lay down a clean cloth, then lay out our supplies.

2 – Lay Out the Beads

Decide were you want the pieces of the necklace to go. Do not start beading on the wire until you have laid things out. You may want to experiment with different patterns, how many beads you use, etc… My oldest daughter Sarah created this necklace. She started by laying down the centerpiece. She then decided to do two of the smaller, slightly transparent beads and then one of the swirl painted larger beads. When she was finished, she added a couple of additional smaller beads onto the end.

Please note that the supplies in the photo above above made two necklaces.

3 – Measure Out the Wire

Now that you have the beads laid out, you also will know how long the necklace will be. Start your wire about two to three inches before the beginning of one side of the beads, then measure it out to the other side of the laid out beads, then add two to three more inches.

4 – Add Finding One (Toggle Clasp) to the End of the Wire

Since this Wiki article does such a good job in explaining how to start with the wire, the first half of the clasp, and the crimp beads. I will refer you to it vs. trying to explain it all here.

5 – Thread the Beads onto the Wire

Make sure your wire doesn’t have any kinks or bends in it, otherwise, the necklace will have kinks and bends. Now, start feeding the beads on from one end to the other. This is why you laid everything out beforehand, as you are starting at one end, then going to the other. This is the only way to make sure you get the centerpiece in the center of the necklace.

When you get to threading (putting on) the centerpiece, you will notice when you pick up the necklace, that it is sideways on the wire. You can do two techniques here.

  1. Make a simple twist of the wire (two times) until the centerpiece is facing forward.
  2. Use a finding called a jump ring. Thread the jump ring onto the wire instead of the centerpiece, then thread the jump ring through the loop on the top of the centerpiece. You may have to use the pliers to open up the jump ring, then squeeze it closed again.

6 – Add the Second Finding (Toggle Clasp)

This was the hardest part for us so I will refer to this video: Click here for a free, quick video from Annie’s that shows how to do the beads and finish with the second finding.

Annie’s has a series of jewelry making videos that go in-depth into many different techniques and types of jewelry to make.



Cute and Simple Fall Hair Accessory / Hair Clip

Hair Accessory Supplies

In case you did not read the above section, we look for two things first when looking for looking for supplies for our project:

  1. What was on sale – the fall holiday decor was 40% off at Hobby Lobby (oh Hobby Lobby, how I hope you have an affiliate program soon!)
  2. What made us think of the season or theme we are currently working on – in this case, FALL!

We wanted a cute hair accessory that girls (and maybe even women) would want to wear. We went through all of the fall craft supplies and jumped when we saw these felt sunflowers. They were perfect!

We already have a small glue gun, glue sticks and felt.

The supply list then is:

  • Hair clips (we already had these, I had purchased them for a good price at Walmart)
  • Mini glue gun and glue sticks (again, already have, purchased at Walmart)
  • Fall felt Sunflowers
  • Orange felt (had on hand)

Click here to find glue guns and glue sticks on Amazon.

How To – Steps To Create The Hair Accessories

1 – Clear the Workspace

As with the jewelry making, we clear a large space on our table to start our work. Hopefully someday we will have a dedicated table / craft station!

Since this project uses hot glue, we do not put a cloth under the work, but instead use a sheet of cardboard. We put the glue gun on an old plate.

2 – Set Out the Components of the Project

We make a neat pile of the sunflowers, another pile of the hair clips, plug in the glue gun and have a backup glue stick ready. We then cut out the backing felt in a round or oval shape from a simple piece of felt.

3 – Construct the Hair Clips

dyi_fall_jewelry_accessories_3I will be honest, this is pretty simple.

  1. Add hot glue to the back of the sunflower (please be doing this with an adult).
  2. Open the hair clip and place the sunflower on top of the clip (or, you can leave the sunflower on its back, then open the clip upside down and hold it down on top of the sunflower).
  3. Place the felt under the top part of the clip so the glue attaches to it too (see picture above).
  4. Press (this is the hard part, to not get hot glue on you) and don’t close the clip until the glue is dry (otherwise it will adhere to the bottom of the hair clip).

We have learned the hard way that the felt is a MUST have. Hot glue does not hold permanently on surfaces like metal and plastic. But it will adhere for life (or close to it) on fabric, especially felt.

That is it! Let it dry for a few minutes and then you can put it in your hair.

BTW, if you aren’t sure you want to dive in and make either of these at this time, you could always purchase the finished product from our Etsy shop!


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Kids Eat Free Restaurants in the Treasure Valley

treasure-valley-kids-eat-freeDo you love to eat out one in awhile? Do you find it hard to afford when you have children (especially if you have two or more)?

Lots of restaurants around the Treasure Valley have caught on to the new trend – to offer one night a week where children get to eat free!

As a Blogger here in the Treasure Valley and a mom of four children, I have compiled this list both for myself and for you. Let me know if your favorite isn’t on the list yet.




Disclosure: Any restaurant can stop or start a kids eat free at any time. Please check with the restaurant before visiting to make sure it is still in effect. Most restaurants will give one meal free for each adult meal. If you find some that allow more than one child per adult, let us know!

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Kids Eat Free Boise

  • Chipotle – Sundays in September
  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays
  • IHOP – every day from 4 to 10pm
  • Rockies – Mondays
  • Rumbi Island Grill – Thursdays
  • Tucanos – every day, children 6 and under

Kids Eat Free Meridian

  • Chipotle – Sundays in September
  • Corner Bakery at The Village – Tuesdays
  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays
  • IHOP – every day from 4 to 10pm
  • Ram – $1 Kids Meals Thursdays
  • Rumbi Island Grill – Thursdays

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Kids Eat Free Eagle

  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays

Kids Eat Free Nampa

  • Chipotle – Sundays in September
  • Dickey’s BBQ – Sundays
  • IHOP – every day from 4 to 10pm
  • Jade Garden – Mondays
  • Pita Pit – Mondays

Kids Eat Free Caldwell

Other Freebies

  • Kids get a free book any day they visit the Idaho Youth Ranch
  • Whole Foods has a free healthy snack kiosk for kids to eat while parents shop,
  • Nampa Fred Meyer has a free healthy snack kiosk for kids to eat while parents shop.
  • Rosauers in Meridian / Eagle has a free healthy snack for kids to eat while parents shop.

Want to teach your children to cook and experience making meals with them? Check out my cookbook – Teach Your Children To Cook on Amazon.

Treasure Valley Homeschool Resources

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My heart is with my local community. This is a series of listings that are useful to the homeschool families in the Treasure Valley area (Boise and vicinity). 



Events

Treasure Valley Homeschool Organizations

CHOIS – Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State – quarterly magazine, lots of resources, produces a convention in Idaho each year in May/June

ICHE – The purpose of the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators is to protect the right to home educate within the State of Idaho. They do this by providing optional standardized testing, Legislative day and Legislative alerts.

SELAH – A homeschool support organization

CHEER – Homeschool support and co-op

Mom Heart Treasure Valley – We are a group of homeschooling mothers who love Jesus and gather together for inspiration and encouragement, often using the resources of Sally Clarkson. We have two groups currently meeting in the Treasure Valley:

Jennie Nelson – Eagle area- you can contact Jennie at juneberryblue@gmail.com or on FB at Jennie Durward Nelson for more info on her group.

Shelly Roy- Meridian, Nampa, West Valley- you can contact Shelly at the.roys.family@gmail.com or on FB at Shelly Lynn Roy

Both Jennie and Shelly are most quickly reached by email. Please use Mom Heart in your subject line and we will answer any questions you may have about our groups as quickly as possible. We look forward to meeting you and getting to know you!

Catholic Home Educators Of The Treasure Valley – See the Group page for more information.

LDS  Deseret Homeschool Association – Homeschool support for Mormon / LDS families

Homeschool Days:

Boise Foothills Learning Center – free classes a couple of times a year, hands on nature learning.

DartWarz – Our first day will be October 3, from 1-3 pm. Price will be $5 per person per hour. Address is 501 E Scenery Ln, Meridian, Idaho. We have tentatively scheduled the first Friday of each of the following months. October, November, December, February, March, April, and May.

Farmstead Homeschool Day Friday October 7th and Friday, October 21 from 12:00-11:00pm. The charge is $4.25

Homeschool Board Game Bunch – This Boise, Idaho group is for all ages! We play quality strategy games once per month at All About Games on Overland in Boise.

Idaho Iceworld Boise – every Friday is homeschool discount day

Jump Time – Tue – Thur 10 – 3pm

Nampa Rollerdrome – 10a.m. – 12p.m – third Wednesday of every month – $4 to skate, $2 skate/blade rental or you can bring your own.

Nerfed – homeschool days on the first and third Tuesday. $5 from 1-4.

Roaring Springs Homeschool Week – Monday, August 16th – Friday, August 21st – 16,99 per person – FLIER REQUIRED – 2015_Roaring_Springs_Homeschool_Day

Silverwood Theme Park2015_Silverwood_Educational_Days PDF- May 20th – Physics Day, May 21st – Science Day

Homeschool Co-ops & Classes:

Arrow Homeschool Co-op – meets in Nampa

CHEER

Common Ground Homeschooling

FHL Homeschool Co-Op – Charlotte Mason and faith based

Holistic Homeschoolers – elderberry picking and other food and natural stuff

Providence Homeschool Co-op

Revelations Homeschool Co-op – Caldwell, Mondays

Treasure Valley Commonwealth

Vineyard Christian Homeschool Co-op

SweetPea Knitting – Beginner Knitting, Beginner Lace and Cables, Intermediate: Baby Sweaters, Advanced: Toe-up Socks (Magic Loop).

Boise Urban Garden School – The Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) is a specialized, inquiry-based education organization that utilizes an organic garden setting as the foundation for our unique learning environment. We know that a student that is able to dig in the soil, plant a seed, and watch it grow is excited to eat the fruits of their labor, and will understand the science behind a sprouting seed or photosynthesis.

Canyon County Stars Square and Round Dance Club – Lessons Start Wed, Sept 2nd, 7pm – 8:15pm. Caldwell Senior Center – 1009 Everett St, Caldwell.



Homeschool Meetup Groups

208 Families With Teens – Meetup group for homeschool families with teens

Homeschool Family Businesses:

Gone Girly –  Designer Engraved Bakeware

Vassar Enterprises – concrete and grading — phone 208-602-3583- Paul Vassar

Travel Whiz  – Vacation and Travel Services – FB page

TrueAim – Christian Parenting and Early Childhood Education – FB Page

Swim Lessons:

Boise Public Pool

Gem State Gymnastics Swim Lessons

Meridian Public Pool

Nampa Rec Center and Public Pools

Susie’s Swim School in Eagle

VBS (Vacation Bible School):

***Search KTSY for VBS Listings***

2015

Univeristy Baptist Church Jun 8-14 at Manitou Park from 12:30-2:30 after the Idaho Food bank serves their lunch.

College Church in Nampa has VBS June 15-19. Theme: “Everest”

Bethel Church of the Nazarene in Nampa – June 22-36

Silver Sage Baptist Church is having theirs July 13-17 from 6-9pm.

2014

10 Mile Christian – June 23rd – 27th

Sovereign Grace Fellowship – June 23rd – 27th

Meridian First Baptist Church – June 23rd – 27th

Treasure Valley Worship Center (Foursquare) – July 20 – 22

Heritage Bible Church – July 7 – 11

 Cross of Christ Lutheran Church – Jul 7th – 9th

Farmer’s Markets and Upicks:

He Can Do It – list of CSAs/Farms/Markets/Upicks

IdahoPreferred – find local farms

LocalHarvest – Find Farms/CSAs/Farmer’s Markets

PickYourOwn.org – links to a few local Upicks

Boise Farmers’ Market

Caldwell Farmers’ Market

Capital City Public Market – Boise

Eagle Saturday Market

Idaho Berry

Kuna Farmers’ Market

Meridian Public Market @ The Village

Nampa Farmers’ Market

 

Encouraging Children: Contests For Homeschoolers

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Academic, Artistic, Service Oriented, STEM and other contests and challenges that are specifically for homeschoolers or allow homeschooled students to enter.



Academic Contests:

Khan Academy 

Who: 18 and older

Dates: June 22nd – August 1st

What: 10 minute video explaining a complex subject – math, physics, engineering, etc…

Prizes: $300 for 9 finalists, $3000 grand prize, possibility to get hired to work for Khan making teaching videos

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 

Who: Ages 13 – 18

Dates: September 1 – October 10th

What: Make a short film about a big idea in science or math

Prizes: $250,000 scholarship + additional prizes

Artistic Contests:

Doodle4Google

Who: All children K – 12 can enter

Dates: September 14th – December 2nd, 2016

What: Using any artistic medium, create a work of art in and around the word Google.

Prizes: $30,000 Scholarship, grant for school for technology (homeschoolers still get some, but much less), Chromebook Laptop, Android Tablet.

Reading Programs:

Pizza Hut

Who: K – 6

Dates: October – March

What: Set a reading goal and then meet that goal each month.

Prizes: free, one topping personal pan pizza each month the reading goal is met.

STEM Contests:

Google Science Fair

Who: Children / Teens (ages 13 to 18)

Dates: Feb 21st – May 18th

What: Similar to a science fair, enter experiments, observations, engineer creations, etc…

Prizes: $50,000 Grand Prize. Various other prizes for regional winners and the special category winners (LEGO Educational Builder, National Geographic Explorer, Virgin Galactic Pioneer, The Scientific American Innovator, and more)…

How To Eat For $4 Per Day

How To Eat For $4 Per Day

Raise your hand if you are on a tight food budget?

Yea, that is a LOT of hands.

Keep your hands raised if you are on Foodstamps?

Yea, still a lot of hands.

Have you tried to eat healthy on a tight budget and find yourself continually going back to cheap carbs / fillers?

I sure do and I am so frustrated with myself.

Then a friend posts a link and voila, this great, FREE, cookbook emerges!




About The Free Cook Book

It is called “Good and Cheap: Eat Well On $4 Per Day,” By Leanne Brown. And best of all, it is free! Click here for the link: Good and Cheap Free Cookbook.

Leann moved to America from Canada to study nutrition. She was shocked at how many people were on Food Stamps and how few resources there were available to teach folks to eat healthy and well within a Food Stamp budget. So she decided to create a great cookbook full of healthy recipes, nutritious food, meals that aren’t too complicated to make, and most of all, stick to the $4 per day budget.

Leann’s philosophy: “The best health advice is simple: eat fruits and vegetables. Many American cookbooks rely on meat as the central feature of a meal. My recipes celebrate the vegetables rather than the meat. My intent was to create satisfying food that doesn’t require you to supplement your meals with cheap carbohydrates to stave off hunger. I strove to create recipes that use money carefully, without being purely slavish to the bottom line. For example, many recipes use butter rather than oil. Butter is not cheap, but it creates flavor, crunch, and richness in a way that cheap oils never can. ”

She really created this out of a desire to help.

Follow Up

I will be testing out these recipes over the next few months and I hope to share some of my successes and failures on my blog. I also will be revamping my current recipe series, Simple, Healthy, Cheap, to have better photos, include more recipes using Leann’s philosophy and budget, and to include more variety.