First Friday Free for All-February 2017 Edition

My mother reminded me this morning that it was time for my free-for-all post, I had completely forgotten! See, even at 42 I still need my mom to tell me to do things.

At first, I wasn’t sure what to include, but as I started to make a list, I suddenly had too many things.

Sprouts is Open!

First, my Sprouts opened, and this is huge news because I’ve been missing Sprouts since we moved from Texas almost three years ago. There are others in the area, but they’re too far to shop at regularly. Back are the days of cheap produce, bulk bins, and kombucha!

I went in last weekend with my husband, and a lady was handing out samples of  Neocell Beauty Infusion. This is a supplement drink mix that contains 6,000 milligrams of collagen which is supposed to help with skin elasticity, nails, and hair.

I bought this with the hope it would help some crepey neck skin I seemed to have after losing weight. Also, my cheeks look to be getting saggier with age, and I was hoping it might help.  It’s hard to believe, but I think I can tell a difference after only one week.

Getting Crafty

For Christmas, I ordered a 3-month subscription to DIY Happy Kits for my nine and six-year-olds through Educents. Our first box contained a Dream Catcher Kit and a Wall Hanging Kit. Every month includes two projects for three to seven-year-olds.

These projects were too much for a three-year-old, and I would give an age range of maybe six to twelve. Both girls needed assistance, and my 11 and 13-year-olds would have enjoyed them, also.

Committing to Weight Loss

So I’ve kept off a 40-pound weight loss for six months and I finally committed by ridding my closet of everything that was too big. This makes me a little nervous, because what if I need them? However, it was a little ridiculous and out of control in there. I’ve reduced it down to only what fits, what I wear, and to a manageable amount.  This may be the beginning of a strict one-in/one-out rule.

Thrifting Goodies

I love thrifting, and we have some amazing Goodwills here. While the girls were at co-op Monday, my mom and I checked out a couple of thrift stores. The first was Goodwill where I scored two parsons chairs,  a large, white Fire King bowl, another china bowl, and a board book copy of Silly Sally by Audrey Wood for only $37 total. Woo hoo!

Next, we went to a local consignment store that is a church ministry. They have a store where they send items that don’t sell within a set time and have them reduced either 50% or 80% off. I was able to find a pair of Lauren jeans and an Elle jean jacket for only $9. Overall, it was an excellent day thrifting.

February Homeschool Blues

I know everyone says it’s coming, but I’m not sure I’ll experience it this year. We’ve had such a warm winter that I would enjoy some days that were so nasty we had to stay home. This winter hasn’t been one of being cooped up and going stir crazy; I’ve had a hard time keeping everyone inside to get something done.

Last year was our first time participating in the Journey North Mystery Class, and we’re tackling it again this year. We had such a good time and it gives us something to look forward to every week. You can watch my Periscope which walks you through the website and how we keep track of our data.

Lastly, I’m going to write it on my big calendar and make a point of participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. This is something I’ve always wanted to do, and it seems to pass me by every year. We’ve already noted a sharp increase of Robins in the yard.

Have a Great February

I hope you have a beautiful February and enjoy our last days of winter (at least in the South).

What would you like to hear about this month? Leave me a comment and let me know. A plant-based diet, Self-Care for the Homeschool Mom, or maybe our rabbit trail days, I’m up for any of them.

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About Bethany Ishee

Bethany is the mom of six, always-homeschooled children, who one day realized she'd lost herself in the process, probably under a pile of laundry. Her eclectic style of homeschooling draws upon Classical to Unschooling and everything in between.  While homeschooling her children and writing about learning outside of school, she tries to find time to read a book, drink coffee, and pay the bills.

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