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Open Letter to Future Homeschoolers: Free Homeschool Lesson Plans Curriculum

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Free Homeschool Lesson Plans and Curriculum Resources We've Tried

Disclaimer: This is my homeschooling journey story. To avoid my open letter to future homeschoolers and the homeschool haters, just scroll down to the bottom for the free homeschool lesson plans and curriculum resources. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Enjoy!


Open Letter to Future Homeschoolers: Free Homeschool Lesson Plans Curriculum
Open Letter to Future Homeschoolers: Free Homeschool Lesson Plans Curriculum.

Should you homeschool? Deciding to take a homeschool journey is scary. Okay, terrifying! It doesn't help that people all around you are shaming you for it. They are telling you how weird it is. How wrong it is by saying things like: You'll make your kids weird, They won't have any friends, I'm just worried about socialization.

Is that REALLY their concern? You can do it on your own with a free online public school, or with the aid of homeschooling websites that keep records of lessons and attendance. After I vent a little, I'll share some of our favorite homeschool resources for lesson plans, curriculum, and online learning opportunities.

If you are going to homeschool, you will need to have a thick skin and lots of self-confidence to help you survive the homeschool haters and the sadly misinformed loved ones.

Here's my homeschool journey story with my random thoughts on the matter:

Those non-homeschoolers. I think they're worried that people will think it's strange or it's wrong. I think they think that I am screwing my kids up for life. I think they're worried about how they will explain it to others. How they will justify the decision when talking to other people they know? If it weren't for perfectly well-meaning adults, homeschooling would be far less stressful. It's embarrassing for them to think that someone they care about is doing something so off the grid. Those shaming you aren't the only ones afraid that you will screw it up. You will always be second guessing yourself.

Don't worry, you can do it! You don't have to be a genius, a teacher, or even very good an any subject. You just need a willingness to learn, a big dose of patience, and a bigger dose of perseverance.

You always have to be on your toes, and so do your kids. You never know when another question is going to come out of left field. You never know when another "loved one" is going to shame you or your kids. You will probably live in fear that they will decide that you aren't doing a good job and report you to the "authorities." You'll worry, that the authorities, no matter how great a job you've done, will side with "the man." It is better for kids to be in schools, because each seat filled means $ for the school. Never mind the consequences to the child. Never mind, that in my case, the school (a teacher) was the first one to suggest the idea of homeschooling.

I will check this post again and again, and still there may be typos. I can hear it now, "Wow, she homeschools her kids and she can't grammar properly." (That's a little joke the kids and I like to make.) Truth is, you don't have to know everything about everything to be a successful homeschooler. If your kids are weird, it is because your kids are weird. You are probably weird too or at least slightly outside the parameters of "normal." That's better than okay. Normal is boring.

People, don't blame homeschooling! Poor homeschooling. What has it ever done to you?

I like to think of myself as progressive. A think-outside-of-the-box-er. People often talk to me about conformity for my children. This blows my mind. They want to make sure my kids are conformist or at the very least, that they know how to conform. I think this is where the biggest breakdown between homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers comes into play.

I don't want my kids to conform to societies norms. I don't want them to have a set idea of how their life is to play out: go to school, go to college, work 9-5 to keep food on the table, retire, die. That's fine for you, if that is your dream life. Well, as a matter of fact, that's fine for my kids if that is their dream life, but I want them to know, it doesn't have to go that way, if they don't want it to go that way.

Every year, I ask if they want to go to a public brick and mortar school. It's their choice. We make the decisions together. After reviewing the state of our homeschooling last year, I asked the question, "Online public school, public school, or online homeschooling resources?" They vetoed public brick and mortar school, but they both told me that if I felt they needed to go to public school they would willingly attend an online public school again. Currently, the verdict is still out, we'll probably sign back up for Time4Learning (affiliate link).

We've been doing Life of Fred* with Mom paired with unschooling (Montessori style), Khan Academy, Brainpop, and other online activities. Each week, on this blog, I try to plan and share an online lesson that they have to complete in addition to the other activities.

The biggest obstacle to my dreams has always been the conformists. "You can't do that, do you know how many people actually succeed at that?" "You'll never accomplish that; I'm afraid if you set your goals too high, you will feel like a failure." Say what? I won't. I will only feel like a failure if I don't try to do something that I dream about doing. Be everything I can be and all that jazz.

My mother states that I once was a conformist. She is sad to think that somewhere something went wrong. Sure, I used to do things that I was told to do, because I thought I had to... I did have to. There weren't other options. I had big ideas, but they weren't options. I wanted to do other things. Let's say, I didn't take the opportunity when it presented itself. I thought I couldn't. I felt trapped in a life that was stagnant. I didn't like it. I had tried to live out those conformist ideals, but they weren't for me.

I went to public school. I applied, got accepted, and graduated from Ball State's School of Architecture. As a double major, I studied Technical Theater the whole time. It's a pretty big deal ( to a lot of people) to be accepted to study architecture. I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "Oh, why are you doing that! If I had a degree in architecture, I'd be using it. I'd be an architect." or "I always wanted to be an architect."

I was born to act and to create things. Not skyscrapers. Not cookie cutter houses, just things!


Do you worry that your kids won't be able to go to college?


Did you go to college? Did you graduate? I don't care. Since I did attend college, I think I feel differently about it than those who didn't or couldn't. You know, it is that feeling of missed opportunity. The mourning of what might have been. I don't have that. Architecture was never my thing.

I just thought, that's what you do. You go to college after you graduate high school. My parents had told me that my entire life. You see, they didn't go to college. The opportunity didn't present itself. I was the first one to go to college. That was special. I was proud, but it wasn't my favorite thing. I would do it differently if I had it to do over again. You can bet on that. What I'm saying is, I don't think college is for everyone. Everyone doesn't need to go to college. There are many ways to gain valuable career skills- college is just one way.

I am grateful for that opportunity. That time meeting people who thought in a similar way that I did, who had big dreams with no doubts, who, even in their most conforming outfits or tennis shoes, were still non-conformists in thinking- I'd never lose that from my dossier. It helped me discover that I could be me, even if I was slow to the party. It took a long time to let go of twenty years of conformist teachings.

I worked to find ways that I could be a non-conforming conformist. Get a job, a real job. Well, what's a real job to one person, isn't necessarily a real job to another person. Eventually, I took a 9-5 at a living history museum. I acted (interpreted), I sang, I baked bread, I swept floors, and I rode horses. What I didn't do was make a lot of money. It didn't matter. I loved what I was doing. Isn't that the real business of life? Being happy?

Over and over I heard those conformist questions, "Why are you working for peanuts when you could be making so much more?" or "You are worth more money than that, you should ask for a raise!"or  "Are you going to do this for the rest of your life?" or "You didn't need to go to college to work there." And, the familiar non-question, "If I had a degree in Architecture, I'd be working as an architect."

Not once did anyone ever say, "You look happy!" or "Are you happy?" Too bad, because I was very happy. The job fulfilled all my needs. I always wanted to have a farm, to ride horses, to act, and to write scripts. There, I did all of those things and more.

People whispered behind my back, "She got that fancy degree." or "She went to school all of these years and wasted her parent's money."  Okay, not behind my back. A lot of people said those things to my face. I was content. This was enough. I was conforming (sort of) without really conforming. I didn't have to move far away from home, from family, or from friends and go to a strange new land. I was never hip on moving to a big city for those big city dreams. I just needed a creative outlet.

I know what you're thinking. What the heck does all of that have to do with the price of beans? Actually, a lot. As the Manager of Museum Theater and Music, (The historical acting troupe) I met a lot of youth volunteers. These kids worked in the summer, but most of them worked in the fall too. They worked the same hours as I did. Do you know how?

That's right, they were homeschoolers! Were they weird? Not to me. Actors have a reputation of being weird, you know.

At first, I was awful. I said all of those horrible things that non-homeschoolers and ignorant people say. I was ignorant. I had only heard of bad things about homeschooling. I had only known people who were homeschooled because they got kicked out of school or they were extreme Evangelicals - not that there is anything wrong with either of those things. It just sits outside of societal "norms."

These kids at the museum were cool. So cool, so smart. I was in my twenties, but I was envious. What a great life. What a way to experience life. Everyday, they were immersed in living history. They were prepping to fulfill their dreams while actually living life to its fullest.

Still, I hadn't learned my lesson. I was still ignorant, a few years later, when I had my own play place for kids. One of my homeschoolers from the museum, lived in the same town (she guest posts here too). She had younger brothers that needed summer jobs. I hired them to help. When one of them came to me to see what he needed to do to apply to Ball State's Architecture department, I was less than supportive.

"Believe me, it is difficult," I said. I thought, how is a homeschooler going to get in, what do they know? I practically had to jump through hoops to get accepted. Truth is, if I hadn't already had a 4.0 the first year of college, (from theater classes) I probably wouldn't have made the cut. I wished him good luck while promptly discouraging him from trying.

First of all, I didn't want anyone to put themselves through that. I wanted him to understand how intense it was. How would they measure his ability? Does it sound familiar? What a hypocrite. I didn't want him to face failure for attempting something in which he couldn't succeed. Sad face.

Yeah, it was a non-issue. He applied. He got accepted. End of happy story.

Now, this really got me intrigued.

Blah, blah, blah... two kids, two different sets of special needs. A move across town. An online public school to help ease into it. I was sold; we were officially homeschoolers!

We're only weird if you think we're not "normal" like you.

Though, I probably think you're weird so...

I might look like a conformist, but inside my brain is very, very, non-conformist. How can people not see that? Most think I'm just "quirky." Quirky now, eccentric in twenty years. Okay, ten. I'm old.

We are certainly not unsocialized. If anything, we are over socialized. We are all very social people.

Stupid stereotypes.

We are always doing something, somewhere, with someone else.
We want to spend more time at home.

Why do people homeschool?

Because... ballerinas, olympic figure skaters, pianists, actors, free to learn their own way, live outside the box, stay away from bullying, no more school lock-downs, religious reasons, non-religious reasons, control over how they learn, control over what they learn, they don't want to get overlooked in an overworked school system. Those reasons, and oh so many more.


Thought Bites for Homeschooler Haters:

Just because someone says they homeschool, don't assume they don't attend public school. One day, everyone will "homeschool." Mark my progressive words.

Don't ask homeschoolers, "Quick, what's 2340 divided by 892?" Why? Because, they might have a learning disability. They might have Autism. You might look like a jerk. You will put someone on the spot and humiliate them whether they know the answer or not. Don't be a jerk!

Shut up about cursive writing. If you want your kids to learn cursive, then teach them. Don't worry about other people's kids. Did you know that many public schools stopped teaching it? Did you know that many homeschoolers do teach it. If your kids go to a public school that doesn't teach cursive... just teach them yourself.

"Well, how will they read historical documents?" I'll tell you, in a word, Google. I'll tell you in another word, Calligraphy! Do you know how to write in Calligraphy? I did, but I forgot. I bet you don't. I bet it hasn't stifled your progress in life.

It is a new age.

Progress.

Also, if that is your big concern, you've probably led a charmed life. Lots of people have way more important things to deal with on a daily basis. Think survival.

Historical documents? Really? Birthday cards... they'll figure it out.

In case you wondered, we are learning cursive, albeit slowly, but we're learning. We have a fairly charmed life too.


Thought Bites for Homeschooler Wannabes:

If you are a CONFORMIST you CAN homeschool too! You can. You can do an online public school or you can do it on your own in a traditional format. You can teach cursive or whatever you want. You can hold school every day from 8-3. This is the beauty of homeschooling!

We do some kind of educational experience nearly every day of the year. We are always learning. Always, probably far more than those who attend public school.

Don't feel bad if you try it and you don't like it. It may be overwhelming. It is very stressful. I'm not advocating it for everyone; I'm only defending my personal choice. It isn't easy. Some people don't have the patience or the persistence needed to succeed. Homeschooling gets a bad rap from the few homeschoolers who don't do a good job. If you aren't fully committed, please don't do it!

Give it a try; if you don't like it, just move on to the next thing. Then, chalk it up to been there, done that!

Online Homeschool Resources and Curriculum:

Connections Academy
This is a free online public school. They send you free textbooks, school supplies, materials, and a headset.

Brainpop has a yearly or monthly fee for their online school activities. They offer a daily free educational video with a quiz which is great. They also offer free lesson plans.

Time4Learning
This is an online program similar to Brainpop, but without the fun videos.

Khan Academy
This is a free online program. It is excellent for older students. They do math very well, and they are always adding new classes. There are video lessons and quizzes for most grade levels.

Tenses
Learn grammar here.

Kids Creative Chaos Online Lessons
We offer many online lessons and plans in history, science, math, English, and more. Each lesson is in blog post format and designed to last the entire week. You'll find links to kid-friendly videos, free printables, and fun online educational games.

Life of Fred Book Series*
These books use a story format to teach English and math for all grade levels. We love them! They are easy to read. In the math books, he takes the opportunity to teach grammar whenever possible. In the English books, he teaches math concepts. Basically, he teaches with "real life" scenarios. Never mind, that Fred is a five-year-old college professor.














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It is Better to Try and Fail Than Never to Try at all: Lora's Law #10

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Quote: It is Better to Try and Fail Than Never to Try at All


It seems all you do is try, try, try, and never get anywhere. You have to keep trying to succeed. If you are too afraid to try, you will always feel like a failure. There is no try- only do! You can do it, we say that every day. We keep trying to be a success, but maybe we already are, because we aren't afraid to try. Stay positive, and share this quote to keep motivated. It is better to try and fail than never to try at all. Enjoy!

It is Better to Try and Fail Than Never to Try at all quote: Lora's Law #10
It is Better to Try and Fail Than Never to Try at all quote: Lora's Law #10.

Lora's Law #10:  "It is better to try and fail than never to try at all." Translation, by Dory, "Just keep swimming!"

Motivation is key. If you are unmotivated, you are at risk for depression. If you see yourself as a failure, you will fail at the game of life. If you keep trying, others see you as a success. You motivate them to try to. 

I see so many people (adults and kids too) who take a look at something and decide it is too hard. The fear of failure stifles them from even trying. The task isn't something that they are incapable of doing. Generally, it requires listening skills- concentration. If they'd take a deep breath, relax, and say, "I got this," the outcome would be so different. Instead, they take one look at it, realize they've never done anything like it before, worry about failing and looking stupid, and refuse to try. Boo! This makes me so frustrated.

You aren't always going to "get" everything on the first explanation. You may need to ask questions. You may not understand after you ask questions because you didn't know what questions to ask the first time around. You may think your question is stupid. Don't say, "I can't do this." You will feel miserable. You will feel like you let someone else down, like you are worthless and can't do anything, and you will become depressed. 

Don't beat yourself up. Do try! Say, "Let me take a look at it. I may have lots of questions, but I will try!" If you say, "I can't do this, it is too hard," the person asking may also begin to doubt your ability. It is difficult to lose respect for someone who is willing to try, but it is easy to lose respect for those who aren't willing to learn something new. 

If you think you can't do it, you won't! 

If you think you can, you will try harder and become more likely to succeed. 

No matter how many times it took me to learn something new or do something I didn't think I could, I always felt great once I accomplished my goal! 

I don't succeed at everything. I make so many mistakes! With each mistake, I learn new coping skills and new ways to work things out. Failures are educational. Sitting back and doing nothing? You think you are protecting yourself from failure, but in reality you are defining yourself as a failure. You learn nothing, you do nothing, what have you gained besides convincing yourself that you are worthless? 

Trying is far better.


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Leftover Barbecue Meat Recipe: Easy Cowboy Baked Beans

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Easy Weeknight Dinner: Turn Leftover BBQ Meat into Cowboy Baked Beans


Summer is barbecue season in the states. We have Memorial Day, family reunions, Independence Day, and Labor Day. All of these summer activities are perfect for barbecuing. Chicken, hot dogs, brats, steak, ribs, pork chops, baked beans- we want to make sure we have enough for everyone. Sometimes, we over plan and over cook. All of that leftover barbecued meat is expensive. You don't want to throw it away. When microwaved, it doesn't taste so good. You need some leftover BBQ meat recipes. Leftover BBQ meat stew is good, but most kids don't like stew. What's a poor cook to do? We've got a roundup of leftover recipes for barbecued meat including some yummy Cowboy Baked Beans. Enjoy!

Leftover Barbecue Meat Recipe: Easy Cowboy Baked Beans
Easy weeknight recipe: Easy Cowboy Baked Beans from leftover BBQ.


The day after an outdoor barbecue, you may find yourself inundated with leftovers: leftover beans, leftover meats, and cooked veggies. The meat is dried out. It doesn't taste so great on day number two, what can you do? Turn those leftovers into Cowboy Baked Beans. These are super easy to make!

Recipe for Leftover BBQ Meat, Cowboy Baked Beans


Take your leftover meats and cut them into bite size pieces.

Use leftover baked beans- if you don't have baked beans, use canned baked beans.

Simmer the beans over low heat. If the beans are flavored, you don't need to do anything else for a super easy weeknight dinner. We like to add 1/2 C. Barbecue Sauce to 2 - 16 oz. cans of baked beans. If you really want to eat like a cowboy on the ranch, add 2 Tbs. of Molasses.

Next, add the chopped leftover meat from your barbecue. If you like onions, add 1/4 C. chopped onion. Stir until combined. Stew over medium heat until bubbly. Turn heat down and simmer another 5 minutes. Sprinkle shredded Colby Jack Cheese over top of beans.

Serve warm with a side of sourdough bread.


Cowboy Baked Beans from leftovers.
Cowboy Baked Beans from leftovers.

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Limit Smartphone Use App: Are You Addicted?

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Put Down Your Phone! It Can Save Your Child’s Self- Esteem


Do your kids have mobile phones? We recently purchased a smartphone to use as a house phone. Though, my kids have tablets and free access to computers, I worry about the cell phone, the texting, the access to the world in the palm of your hand. Smartphones have become addictive. I wondered, is their an app for that? Of course, there's an app for everything! Should we limit smartphone use? In this post, Hilary Smith, shares some insight on the overuse of technology combined with our kids, but it might not be the child who has the problem. That's right, Mom (or Dad), you might need an app to limit smartphone use. Enjoy!


Limit Smartphone Use App: Are You Addicted?
Limit Smartphone Use App: Are You Addicted? I know you are, but what am I?

As parents, we have all heard about the damaging use technology and Smartphones can have on child development. Headlines and news segments abound with tales of how glitzed out video games and instantaneous messaging are affecting our kids’ attention spans, abilities to spell, and even their perception of reality. We see the experts wagging their fingers and warning us about the dire future our children are facing if we don’t encourage them to unplug every now and then.

While those are very real concerns plaguing today’s youth, it is also important for parents to take a step back and reflect on the ways our own personal Smartphone and device usage can impact a child. It’s easy to label this action silly, but think about 30 years from now. Chances are that we won’t remember all the Pinterest boards, grumpy cat videos, or Snapchats.



However, the memories and experiences we have with our children will ultimately be what matters in life. If we are not careful with our Smartphones and devices, their infiltration in our daily lives can derail all of our good intentions. Technology is powerful, it can unite our families or have a ripple effect that inadvertently causes harmful side effects in our children’s lives.
How Can A Parent’s Technology Use Impact Children?

Surprisingly, researchers and doctors are taking notice of how a parent’s use of technology is hindering our ability to effectively parent, which in turn affects our children’s self-esteem, development, and future. Besides the obvious hindrance to a child’s budding language skills, putting technology ahead of our children can cause severe emotional inadequacies to form.

Physicians from the Boston Medical Center were so intrigued by how technology was impacting modern parenting that they conducted an anthropological study. In this study, they compiled observations of families eating dinner together at popular fast food eateries. During this experiment of people watching, they unearthed that close to 73 percent of the parents involved appeared to be fixated on their devices, almost completely ignoring their offspring.

Catherine Steiner-Adair, leading author and psychologist, commented on this topic, "We are behaving in ways that certainly tell children they don't matter, they're not interesting to us, they're not as compelling as anybody, anything, any ping that may interrupt our time with them.”

The distractive quality of our technology unintentionally tends to make children feel inadequate and less important than a parent’s device. This has caused many children to develop anxiety or depression- all because of our reliance on Smartphones, tablets, and more!

3 Ways To Merge Technology And Family Life

To help combat this issue, try the following three suggestions to help put down your Smartphone to save a child’s self esteem:

  • Power down devices during family time. Take advantage of family meals, carpools, or play time. Look for meaningful ways to connect and show them that you care- even if it is for just a few minutes at a time throughout the day.


  • Allow yourself a certain amount of time to use social media, check emails, or send a text during the day. Technology does have a place in our lives. By allotting 30 minutes, or an hour, everyday you will satisfy the urge to check in, shop online, or update your status without compromising your parenting.


  • Create a docking station in the home for all electronic devices. Set up an area for family members to store and charge their devices when they are home. This will help beat the temptation to mindlessly scroll and allow you to be more present. As an added bonus, using a common drop area will make locating chargers, cords, and devices easier which will ease morning routines.


Looking Ahead

While we don’t often think twice about using our cell phones or tablets at home, during dinner, or even while taking the kids to the park- we really should. Understanding how our own technology use is affecting our children is an important first step in addressing this issue. We need to teach our children that relationships are important, not empty sources of pleasure like social media or devices. We need to make sure we provide social interaction and engagement to the best of our ability.

You might be interested in the Teen Safe app that tracks your child's smartphone use or the BreakFree app that controls your smartphone addiction.

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Sometimes You are Wrong Quote: Lora's Law #9

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Quote for Sharing on Facebook or Pinterest: Lora's Law #9

Sigh. It is difficult to imagine and even harder to accept. Sometimes you are wrong. What a shock! You thought you were right. You weren't trying to be a jerk, but we can't know everything there is to know about everything. No... I promise; you can't- no matter how much you think you know. Don't act like a know-it-all. Accept it, admit it, and move on! Lora's Law #9 is a perfect quote to share on Facebook when you need to eat crow. Be the bigger person. Let them know you were wrong. Enjoy!


Sometimes You are Wrong Quote: Lora's Law #9
Lora's Law #9: Sometimes you are wrong quote.








Do you like to be right? People think I do. For me, it isn't as much about me being right, as it is about them being wrong. I don't mean that in a bad way. I just cringe when someone says something that is wrong. I don't want them to say it to someone else who will think less of them. I don't want them to make a fool of themselves. I want to help. Turns out, people don't care if you're trying to help them out. They get embarrassed. They lash out. They accuse you of needing to be right all of the time. Sometimes, you are wrong. Accept it, and move on. Then, share my quote.

Hey, I know that isn't possible! I'm wrong a lot, (less now with Google) but it happens! Sure, it is embarrassing. Sure, I can't believe it most times. When I'm wrong, I'm wrong, but when I'm right, I'm right; right? 

Since the launch of the movie, Frozen, I've been learning to let it go. Let it go. Let them be wrong. Let it go, admit when you are wrong. Whether you made a mistake, said something that was incorrect, or just tried to help someone appear less foolish... admit that you were wrong and move on. That's right, sometimes you are wrong... and by you, I mean me too. 


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Quote Memes to Share on Facebook: Lora's Law #8

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Complaining Quotes to Share

People drive me crazy with their gossiping and clucking like a bunch of old hens. They can't wait to share the worst news about friends, family, or that stranger in the grocery store. Where's the good news? I often find myself complaining to others about the people who talk about others to me. I hate gossip! So, why do I partake? Isn't there any good news to share? Why is negative news more exciting to share? Here's something to share on Facebook or wherever you like to share memes and quotes. Lora's Law #8 is all about complaining about the gossips. Enjoy!

Complaining Quote Memes to Share on Facebook: Lora's Law #8
Lora's Laws: Quotes about complaining.


Lora's Law Number Eight: 

"When you complain about someone who talks about others, you are talking about others too; keep it to yourself." 

Chew on that.


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Cat Food Reviews: Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend

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The Cat Food You Pick is Important

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PawsToSavor #CollectiveBias

We claim that we have four cats. We have one original, one adopted stray, two inherited brothers, several neighbor cats, and a feral cat on the property. That's a lot of mouths to feed. So, when it comes to recognizing a hangry cat, we know the signs! A hangry cat will eat most anything, but a hungry cat has time for a more refined palette. If you are looking for cat food reviews, you've come to the right place. Today, we share how much our cats love Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend and how much we love our cats. Enjoy!



Cat Food Reviews: Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend


Our cats, all four of them, stick to us like glue. Wherever we go, they follow. When we walk laps around the pond, two of the cats walk with us no matter how many laps we  do. Our youngest kitty runs around the pond stopping for us to catch up with her.


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Our Pete, the Cat.

When we play in the yard, they interrupt. When we try to do work, they try to stop us. When we sit in a chair, they sit on our laps. These cats are more like dogs. When we pull into the driveway, the run to greet us at the car. They show their love for us in so many ways. Our job is to protect them.


Pete and RePete at play.

How do you make sure your kitties don't fight over the food? First, you make sure no kitty is hangry. You know, he's so hungry that he is angry. A hangry cat will spit, slap, and attack anyone anyTHING that tries to take his food. Our two, inherited older brother cats, Pete, and his brother, RePete, (insert LOL) often find themselves locked up inside a barn, garage, or even our RV.

They are sneaky and determined. One winter, Pete was missing for 3 weeks! We later found him in our barn. Hopefully, he had lots of mice to eat. RePete was missing for a fews weeks the next winter. We found him in the RV. Boy oh boy, was he hangry (and happy to be found). When they are hangry they fight the feral cat, the raccoon family, and the opossums.

Lots of growling ensues.

If they come into the house, they fight the innocent indoor cats who are just guarding their food bowl from would be thieves.

This is RePete, he was at the food bowl enjoying Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend, when Tigger decided to come over and have a bite to eat. RePete says, "You may be bigger, but I'm older and that makes me the boss!" Tigger obliged, RePete was clearly hangry.

When your cats are hungry, they love you more than ever. They rub against your legs, purr, and request that you feed them. It is a special moment to cherish, but when cat's fight over the food it can be stressful.


Timid Tigger, testing out the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend.
RePete hogging both sides of the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend.
So, what can you do? Well, first, make sure you never have a hangry cat. Feed them well and often. Hungry cats will growl to protect their food. Hangry cats slap and hiss! If everyone is hungry at the same time, what can you do?

Every morning, we have hungry cats crying in the kitchen and hungrier cats crying at the front door. We've been testing cat foods to find a food that everyone likes. That's right, you know cats can be snooty and too good for the cheap stuff.

One of our cats is too good for people food. Which is good, because we don't advocate feeding your cat people food. It's just funny. If something drops on the floor he races the other cats to get to it. Then, he proceeds to bat it around as if it were a cat toy. It isn't fun to find rotten food under the stove or the couch. That's Tigger.

Another one of our cat has seizures. If we feed her cheap food with lots of gluten, her seizures get worse. It took a long time to realize that cat food played a role. We have to be extra careful with food and flea products. That's Buddi.


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This is Pete. Listen to our happy, hungry kitty eating Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend.


How to Keep Cats from Fighting Over Food

Step One: Give everyone their own bowl.

This is the best solution. You can pour food in the bowl and let the cats fight it out, first come first serve. That's what most of us do, right? Your cats will have a better chance of getting their fair share if you give everyone their own bowl or at least their own side of the dish. Just don't invite RePete to the party!


Cat Food Reviews: Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend
Those darn cats won't sit still for a picture with the bag of cat food.

Step Two: Feed an awesome food.
Head to PetSmart and purchase some Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® Shredded Blend. If you hurry, for every $15 you spend, you'll get $15 off your next purchase. SPEND $15 on any Purina® Pro Plan® product between 5/31/16–7/5/16 and SAVE $15 on your next purchase of 10.5-lbs. or larger Purina® Pro Plan® Dry Cat or Dog Food or Litter by 7/31/16. They'll enjoy their dish of food so much that they'll forget everyone else has a dish of delicious food too.

Our indoor cats are good about sticking to their own side of the dish, as long as everyone has the same thing.

Step Three: Distract.
Who is the least hungry or the most intimidated by the others? Remove that kitty from the food. Entertain them with a toy or some scratching behind the ears. Kitty bonding time! For us, this is Tigger. He is the biggest, but not the baddest!

Step Four: Evict.
If someone doesn't want to play nicely, evict them. Grumpy Gus can eat last. So, this step is usually handled by the other cats. In fact, we tried to get a picture of all the cats happily eating out of their own dish, but someone always got evicted for being greedy. They even got evicted for just being near the food.

Step Five: Feed them separately.

They are cats not dogs. Cats do what they want. How do you make sure your cats don't fight over the food? You realize you don't have control. Move their food bowl to another place. In the end, we had to feed everyone separately. A little growl here, a hiss, a dirty look, and the younger cats walked away. I could almost hear them say, "I'm not that hangry!"


This is Buddi. She likes to play outside, she doesn't like to cooperate for pictures.

Aww... poor kitty, come get some love while you wait, let's savor this moment in time.   

Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend has its own aisle at PetSmart.
Pete helping with homework.
Pete helping play with toys. You can see, Pete is our resident dog. He loves to go for walks.


This is a great choice for cats of all ages and body types. Purina® Pro Plan® Savor® has the advanced nutrition cats need to help live a healthy, active life, along with a sensory experience that will have them loving every minute of it. Shredded blend adult dry formulas has a combination of crunchy kibble and tender shredded pieces for a taste and texture that cats love.

No ingredients are unnecessary. For sensitive cats, be assured that real poultry or fish is the #1 ingredient in all of the dry formulas. There are over 20 different flavorful wet entrees that are protein-rich, with accents like pasta, rice, cheese or vegetables. All formulas provide omega fatty acids for a healthy skin and coat. Prebiotic fiber helps promote digestive health. 


Now is a great time to try it, spend $15 or more and get a coupon for $15 off of your next purchase. In the meantime, let us know how you keep your cats from fighting over their food. What do your cats do when they are hangry?



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Family Movie Night Ideas

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School's Out! Celebrate with a Family Movie Nigh in the Backyard


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Do you still have a landline? We don't. Teens have a phone, but what about tweens? I'm just not ready to let my tweens have their own phone. Since we homeschool, they aren't influenced by other kids with phones. Neither of them want one. They have tablets. I figure they can "call me" in an emergency via G+, but now that they are getting older, it would be plausible to leave at least one of them home while I run errands or go to the dreaded grocery. Remember those days? The days when your kids fit in the cart and you were embarrassed by their squeals and crying fits, but they were stored neatly in the cart? Ahh... perspective, but what does that have to do with family movie night? I'll tell you...



Family Movie Night Ideas
Family Movie Night Ideas.

Anyway, 911 doesn't have a Gmail account. So, I decided to get a "house phone." To celebrate the last day of school, and the purchase of our new Walmart Family Mobile PLUS plan, we decided to have a friends and family movie night. Check out our family movie night ideas below. Enjoy!

Your phone is capable of so many things, but did you know it can project movies onto a big screen? I don't mean with an app. Learn how to make your phone into a movie projector, so you can watch movies in the backyard... on a sheet! Now, that is fun! Get the details here: Turn your phone into a movie projector. This is a fun homeschool science project. Translation: have the kids build it for you!

So, I was lazy. Sure, I could have poked holes in the corners of my sheet, looped a rope through, and then strung it from two trees in the backyard. That would have been beautiful. But, all of my trees were too far apart, and I didn't have any rope. A backyard swing made the perfect "stand" for my outdoor movie screen. Think outside the box. You could even drape it over a privacy fence. Whatever works, right?



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Family movie night ideas: make an outdoor movie theater with an old sheet and a mobile phone!



Before you invite your guests, you'll need to decide on a movie to stream. Whether you stream inside on a large screen television or outside, Walmart Family Mobile Plus is here for you. The plan features Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE data PLUS a free movie on VUDU (new release rental $7 value) every month per line for $49.88. Translation: Every month you can stream a movie on the television with your family! This makes family time a no-brainer. With VUDU movies, you can stream on your television with your Roku or even an old sheet in the backyard!


Watch a free, family movie every month with VUDU
Watch a free, family movie on your tv every month with VUDU and Walmart Family Mobile.

Movie and snacks. Movie and outdoors on the big screen. Movie and indoors on the television. All for a less than $50 bucks a month. With the extra data from the PLUS plan, you can do more with your phone. Watch your free movie from VUDU and then stream as much of YOUTUBE as you want, play mindless games to de-stress, text your Mom. Text your Dad. Text Santa Claus. You can do it because you have plenty of data.

My favorite thing about VUDU? They also offer some movies prior or in conjunction with the theatrical release. That's right, you can watch a box office hit from the comfort of home.


Walmart Family Mobile Starter Kit is on rollback!



I've got more good news, the Starter Kit is on rollback! Get started for only $19.88 and since Family Mobile bills you later, you only have  to pay the $19.88 when you sign up. That's right, the $49.88 is build at the END of the month not the beginning. Woo hoo!


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Walmart Family Mobile pricing options.

So, we researched all of the Family Mobile compatible phones. Based on the reviews, our top three choices were the LG G Stylo - $179.00 (Rollback from $199.00)Samsung Galaxy Core Prime - $79.92 (Rollback from $99.92), and the Cool Pad Rogue- $19.88 (Rollback from $39.83). Something for every price point. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime -$129 (Rollback from $149.00) is good too. Based on the price points and the reviews, we decided to go with the middle range Samsung Galaxy Core Prime.



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Walmart Family Mobile Samsung Galaxy Core Prime phone.

What will you choose? Since we are celebrating the last day of "school" with our homeschool friends, we decided to kick off the summer with a fun, educational movie. Well, sort of, we chose, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy from 2005. Based on the best-selling book of the same name. The book is on many high school's reading lists.


For out next indoor family movie nights, we have plans to watch, Norm of the North, Ninja Turtles, and all of the Kung Fu Panda movies on our big screen tv. What about you? What fun ideas do you have for family movie night?  Now that we have all of these movies at our fingertips, we need movie ideas! In the comments, tell us your family movie night picks.




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Disclaimer: All prices for phones and Walmart Family Mobile plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/3edbv or your local Walmart for current pricing.


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