Friday Frivolity - 5 Books I Want To Read This Year

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we talked about the things we hadn't been expecting about motherhood.

This week, we're sharing five books on our to-read stack for the year!

Homeschool Reading That's Easy, Effective and Economical!

Reading is probably the most highly concentrated topic of a child's education, but teaching it to your child doesn't have to be some great mystery. Learn all about how to follow an easy, effective and economical plan with your kids right at home!  


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I'm up on my soapbox again today over at Pam Barnhill's site, discussing Reading Readiness and why it's so important not to push things and to follow your child's leading in this area.

But at some point, your child will be ready to read and you'll probably be looking for ways to do this in the easiest, most effective, and most economical manner.

So I'm here to share all my insider tips with you - not that these ideas are the only way to go about things, but after teaching hundreds of kids to read in the classroom, I do feel like keeping things simple and frugal are the best suggestions for a homeschooling family to follow.

Latticed Learning - Dinosaurs

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!


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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

TWO Tantalizing Tomato Soups

I've always loved tomato soup and these two versions are my favorite ways to make it these days.  




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I think if I had to choose my biggest comfort food, it would be tomato soup.

Any time I was feeling under that weather growing up, my mom would try to entice me to eat some chicken noodle soup, but all I ever wanted was tomato soup and grilled cheese to help perk me up.

I still love tomato soup, although nowadays, I make my own instead of cracking open a can of the condensed stuff.

I've got two versions that I make most often, although I'll be honest and say that sometimes I just make a mash-up of the two, depending on what I have on hand and what I'm in the mood for.

Try them both and see which one you favor (and don't forget the grilled cheese!)

Project Snapshot - Week 216

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)



We bought our fair tickets way back 100 days ago, when there was a half-price special, but almost didn't make it out there to use them since we've all been so sick.

We barely made it through all the miles of walking, but we survived and Gv was successful for the first time in milking the cow all by herself!

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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Friday Frivolity - 5 Unexpected Things About Motherhood

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we laughed over some memorable life moments lately.

This week, we're sharing five things that we didn't expect about motherhood.

The Berenstain Bears Bless Our Gramps & Gran

Let those beloved Berenstain Bears introduce your own little cubs to Grandparents Day in this sweet new book! 




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It's been a while since we've reviewed a Berenstain Bears book, so we were excited to get this one:


Bless Our Gramps & Gran

Latticed Learning - Zoo Animals

Learn while playing with Latticed Learning!  This week's theme has plenty of activities to go along with it - keep reading to find out more!




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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

6 Things I'm Already Over with the PyeongChang Olympics (& 8 Things I Love!)

It's that time again - that time every four years when I take a break from my "I'm not watching my job" ban of televised skating!  


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As I mentioned yesterday, I was sick all weekend, so every second not spent thinking I was going to die out there on the ice was spent in bed or on the couch, trying desperately to get better.

The only upside to all of that couch-lounging was that it gave me a chance to watch all the figure skating coverage on the NBC Olympics site.

I hadn't planned on writing a post on the Olympics, but just like last time, watching even just the beginning of The Games has me all riled up...

Project Snapshot - Week 215

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for supporting my efforts with this blog!

My Snapshot(s)



I was sick all weekend, but these two certainly did their best to cheer me up. G kept me well-supplied in tea and chicken noodle soup and there was plenty of Olympic skating for me to watch from my nest on the couch.

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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