How To Keep Kids Busy | Our Homeschool and Daily Schedule

Hello! It is a crazy time in the world right now, and the kids are out of school! So far in my area of Texas, the schools are canceled this week, but to be honest, I don’t see them going back to school for awhile.

I have a 5 year old in Kinder, and an 8 year old in 3rd grade. They love to “play school” together, so I thought right now was the perfect time to try homeschooling.

At this time, we aren’t leaving the house, and if you have kids, you’ll know that it is really hard to entertain them ALL day at home without leaving. Unlike summer break, where we can usually leave for awhile, we can’t right now. We need routine and a schedule if we are going to be here all day.

My girls have been staying up pretty late, so they’ve been waking up around 8. The longer they sleep, the better!

I decided to start homeschool at 10 am, because, what is the rush? We have all day. I’m not doing it because I’m afraid they will get behind, I’m doing it because we’re gonna get bored.

Before school, they:

  • Make their beds
  • Clean up their rooms
  • Brush their teeth
  • Get dressed
  • Brush their hair
  • Eat breakfast

At 10 am school starts. I’ve made time blocks for the different subjects/activities for us to do.

  • 10:00 Reading

The girls take turns reading a small book or a chapter or two from a chapter book. After each one reads, I ask them reading comprehension questions about what they read. Setting, main characters, main idea, problem, solution, favorite part of the reading, etc. I will switch this up daily and ask different questions, and sometimes I will read to them and then ask questions.

  • 10:30 Writing

I give them 30 minutes for free writing. They each have a journal, and I either give them a topic to write about or they can pick. If they have time after writing, I let them illustrate what they wrote about on the back of the page.

  • 11:00 Math

I make them up worksheets to do for the math time block. Allie is working on multiplication/fractions, and Ashley is working on adding/subtracting/word problems. We grade the worksheets together when they are finished. Also, my 8 year old likes to use our dry erase board to give Ashley some math problems, so we do that too.

  • 11:30 Workbooks

I have workbooks for them to do that are full of all kinds of worksheets and activities. I get one grade level up from the grade they are in so that they are challenging. The girls love doing these.

  • 12:00 Lunch

I prepare lunch while they are doing their workbooks and then it’s time to eat!

  • 12:30 Art Time

The girls love art, so we have devoted a whole hour to art. watercolor painting, drawing, coloring books, origami, crafts, etc. I choose one activity per day.

Today was painting.

  • 1:30 Science/ Social Studies

I prepare a science experiment or a lesson on a certain topic and then we do a quiz on the topic afterwards where I ask them questions about what we learned. You can find tons of ideas online. Today we learned about honeybees and butterflies and had quizzes on those. Brainpop is a great resource.

  • 2:00 Recess

They love to play outside at this time!

  • 2:30 Snacktime and Movie

They usually like to watch a movie in the afternoon. It takes up a while and allows them to rest. After the movie it’s pretty much a free for all till dinner. This time is usually spent outside.

  • 5:30-6:30 Dinner

We usually have dinner during this time, depending on when I start cooking!

  • 7:00 Bath/PJ’s

We will do showers/baths and they’ll put on their pajamas.

I’m not too strict about bedtime, seeing as we do not have to get up early. I let them play and have a sleepover or do whatever they want. They usually go to sleep around 9 pm.

So that is it for our schedule! Without a schedule, we get bored, and it’s hard to come up with things to do. When the girls are on a schedule, it helps with arguing about what to do, and also keeps them busy.

What are some activities and things you like to do with your kids?

Thanks for reading! xx

The BEST Blush

Hello! Today we are talking about blush. More specifically, my favorite blush of ALL TIME. Seriously. Nothing beats it.

This color works all year round, works with all skin tones, and works with any look.

Have you guessed it yet?

It is the famous NARS blush in the color Orgasm. I recently repurchased this blush, and I remember why I loved it so much.

So, this blush is one of the most bestselling blush colors EVER, and I know why.

It is the most perfect, peachy pink color with a golden sheen. No chunky glitter, just the perfect amount of glow.

This blush lasts all day, and is especially pretty in the summer. It is pigmented, but not so pigmented that you have to be careful with your brush. Love the sleek NARS packaging; love everything about it!

Do you love this blush too?

What’s your all-time favorite blush? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading xx

EAT | Allie’s Favorite Green Beans

I HATE green beans. I remember when I was little, I used to pass my green beans to my little sister underneath the table so she would eat them for me. As I’ve gotten older, I know that they’re good for me, so I choke them down (especially if my kids are watching).

My girls are not like me, though. They actually aren’t picky when it comes to food, and they really like veggies! My oldest daughter, Allie, who is 8, loves green beans. They are one of her favorite foods, and I even eat them this way. Here’s how I make them!

What you need:

  • One cup water
  • About one pound of fresh green beans
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

First, we need to toast the almonds. This MAKES the green beans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place almonds onto a baking sheet. Bake for about 5-7 minutes or until they are slightly brown. Toasting is necessary.

Next, I like to cut up the green beans into bit size pieces.

Heat up the water and sugar into a pan and bring up to a boil.

Add the green beans in, and then lower the heat to simmer and cover them.

After about 10-15 minutes they will be ready. Transfer them to a serving bowl and then top with sea salt and almonds.

Super easy! Everyone likes these, so if you like green beans, I’m sure you will too! 🙂

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Thanks for reading! xx

EAT | DIY Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato

Hello!!! Today I am sharing a super easy DIY Starbucks drink. The Caramel Macchiato is one of the most popular and best selling drinks at Starbucks, but since Starbucks is expensive ($5.57 for a Venti), I like to make my own at home!

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cup milk (any kind you prefer- I like nonfat)
  • 2 tsp vanilla syrup (I use Starbucks brand)
  • About 1 cup of ice
  • 2 shots espresso (or just 2 oz REALLY strong coffee)
  • Caramel syrup (I use Torani)

The first thing you do is pour in your milk. If you have a reusable Starbucks cup, just fill it to the first line.

Add two tsp of vanilla syrup.

Add your ice.

Add in your espresso shots.

Top with caramel drizzle. The best part!

That’s it!! Super easy, and it tastes EXACTLY like Starbucks. For a fraction of the price!

Do you like Starbucks? What is your go-to order? Let me know in the comments!

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Thanks for reading!

xx

Top 5 | Purple Nail Colors

A few weeks ago, I posted my top five favorite PINK nail colors, so I thought it would be fun to post my top five favorite purple colors! Pink and purple are my favorite colors to wear on my nails. I just love girly and feminine nail colors. Here are the top 5!

My first favorite is Essie Go Ginza.

This is a very light pale purple cream with a slight gray to it. This is light enough that I consider it to be a neutral.

Next up, Nails Inc. Unicorn Wishes.

This color is so fun. This is a lavender colored multi chrome. The color shifts as you move your nails from purple-y pink to blue. It is so pretty, but sheer. I have three coats on here.

One of my favorite colors of all time, OPI Show Us Your Tips.

This color is a shimmery periwinkle that is GORGEOUS in person. This color is also a bit sheer, so I have three coats on here.

Next up, a Zoya polish in the color Zara.

This is a light purple with a golden duo chrome shimmer. This is unlike any other color I have, and it is so pretty.

Lastly, Essie Play Date.

This is the perfect purple for spring! It is a pinky-toned purple cream color that is pretty opaque. I only used two coats here.

That is it for my favorite purple nail colors!

What is your favorite purple?

Thanks for reading! xx