The Boxcar Children, Chapter 4 (BYFIAR)

Popstar finished up Chapter 4 of The Boxcar Children for her Beyond Five in a Row for school. Chapter 4 is called “Henry Has Two Surprises” and in this chapter, the children find a dog and take care of him because he was hurt. They pick some blueberries for supper and Henry comes home from town with some food for them. They decide to make beds out of pine needles.

We spent 3 school days on this chapter.

Day One: Popstar read the chapter and answered the Writing/Discussion Questions in her notebook. For History and Geography, we learned about Evergreen Trees and where they are grown the most. Combining that information along with what we learned about where blueberries grow, we decided that the Boxcar Children may live in Maine!

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Week 2 of the Fast Food Challenge

We are now at the end of week 2 of the “no eating out” challenge for the month of August. It has been going really well for us. We’ve been sticking to our plan, for the most part. We have had to make a few adjustments to our menu plan here and there, but we have stuck with it and had no fast food or take out this month! We’ve made it almost to the middle of the month, just a few more days! Actually, it hasn’t really been that extremely hard for us because Jason and I have been trying to eat healthier and it just makes more sense to not eat as much fast food.

Here is our menu plan for this coming week:

Sunday: Deli Sandwiches, French Fries, Fruit

Monday: Lasagna & Garlic Bread

Tuesday: Chicken Legs, Rice, Veggies

Wednesday: Ham & Potato Casserole, Green Beans, Cornbread

Thursday: Meatloaf, Mac & Cheese, Glazed Carrots

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: Sloppy Joe & French Fries


So how is it going for you? Is anyone out there trying the challenge with us? I would love to hear from you! Don’t forget to make your menu plans and don’t be afraid to try new recipes! Pinterest is full of them!





20 Great Summer Books for Kids!

I thought I’d share some of the books we’ve been enjoying reading this Summer. It is such a wonderful time of year, with the kids being off for school break, July 4th, the beach, blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk, sunny days, fresh produce and ice cream cones! Even though summer isn’t my very favorite season of all, I do love the fun stuff we get to do and I try to appreciate all the differences each season offers us.  Some of these books we own and others we checked out from the library…we LOVE the library! I have linked to Amazon for each book, so you can see what it looks like and the description of each book. They were all great reads for Preschool and Elementary ages.






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Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares Recipe

I have a new delicious dessert recipe for you today! This one was so yummy! We decided to look for a dessert with lemons, because I had some leftover from when I made the Lemon Pork Chops the week before. So we found Creamy Lemon Crumb Squares at The Girl Who Ate Everything Blog. It worked out really well because we already had all the ingredients we needed to make it and who doesn’t love lemon desserts?




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Week 1 of the August Fast Food Challenge

So we have finished our first week of the August Fast Food Challenge I presented you with last week. How is it going for everyone? We have done very well. So far, we have had no Fast Food or Take Out Food! We made our plans over the weekend and stuck to our menu and things went pretty good. I have our menu plan for this coming week all ready.

Sunday: Breakfast (Probably French Toast & Sausage)

Monday: Meatball Subs

Tuesday: Spaghetti & Salad (using the leftover meatballs from the night before!)

Wednesday: Chicken Enchilades

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Homemade Pizza

Saturday: Roast Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Veggies


So that’s our plan for the next week. I always keep on hand several frozen pizzas and other items that are easy to heat up, just in case we end up being pushed for time. It’s always good to have a back-up plan!

I would love to hear how it is going for you and if you have any advice for us!




The Boxcar Children, Chapter 3 (BYFIAR)

Popstar finished up Chapter 3 in The Boxcar Children for Beyond Five in a Row for school. She actually finished it over a week ago, but I’m a little slow getting this done! Chapter 3 is called “A New Home in the Woods” and in this chapter, the children find an old abandoned boxcar. They use it just to hide out from a storm at first, but after the storm is over they realize how nice it is and decide to move in. They also find some blueberry bushes nearby and go blueberry picking.

We spent three school days on Chapter 3.


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Reasons why I LOVE my Husband to the Moon and Back

On August 6, 1994 around 9pm I met someone who forever changed my life. After that moment, I was no longer “just Amy”. I became part of something so much more amazing than I could ever have imagined. I became half of “Amy & Jason”. This may sound clichĂ©, but from the moment we looked into each others eyes, it was like our souls connected and we’ve been one ever since.

This picture was taken the summer we met, Summer of 1994. I had just graduated from High School. I was 18 years old and he was 17. 



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