Popstar’s 13th Birthday Slumber Party

Back at the end of February we celebrated Popstar’s 13th Birthday. For her special day, she wanted to have her first Slumber Party. I thought I would share with you all of the fun activities that she and her friends did. I had a blast planning her party with her. We found some neat crafts, games and activities for them to do.

For the first activity, she had them each answer a few questions about themselves on a piece of paper. They did not put their name on it and she had them fold it up and put it in a hat. Then they took turns pulling out the papers and tried to figure out whose each one was. It was fun and a neat way for them to learn new things about each other.

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Five in a Row Volume 4 Chapter Book Go-Along List

Hi everyone! I want to share with you a list that I have come up with for go-along chapter books to use with Five in a Row Volume 4. I have seen a really good list on this website for all of the volumes and I have used it a lot and I highly recommend you check it out: School of Good Books Blog.

My list is a little bit different from that one. I use the reading curriculum from Heart of Dakota called Drawn Into The Heart of Reading. I love this program so much! The way this program is laid out is that there are 9 different genres of books and there is a student workbook to go along with it. There are wonderful activities to go along with each different genre and I love the way the program allows you to explore each different type of book.

I used this program the other year with my oldest while we were rowing half of Five in a Row Volume 4. With Volume 4 books I like to take our time and space out each book for a month. This allowed me to do one book per month and it worked out so well with the reading program that there were 9 different genres and half of Volume 4 was 9 books. So I spent a lot of time researching and finding just the right chapter books to go along with each FIAR book that we were doing, but also one for each of the different genres. I’m going to be doing the other half of the books in Volume 4 soon and so I went ahead and planned out the rest of them with go along chapter books that would once again fit the FIAR books.

So what I have is a list of wonderful go-along chapter books that not only go along with FIAR Volume 4, but also cover 2 books of each of the different genres of books to go along with Drawn Into The Heart of Reading. I really hope this will make sense after you read the list! If not and you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Some people may think I’m a little crazy…but I love books and love my Five in a Row so much, that I actually had a blast doing this! I just couldn’t keep it to myself, I thought it may be helpful to someone out there so I figured I’d share it!

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Field Trip to Comporium Telephone Museum

Back in April one morning we decided we needed to get out of the house and so for school we decided to go on a small field trip instead of doing our regular book work.

We chose a local museum called the Comporium Telephone Museum. It is right in town and free. It is a really neat museum, they have displays showing the history of telephones. They even have working telephones and switchboards that kids can play around with. They were able to talk to each other on old telephones, even a phone booth where they could call my cell phone from. I love finding places like this where we can get out of the house and still learn a lot. The kids all had a great time!

If you live in the Rock Hill area, you should definitely check out this place. It’s near downtown, just off of Main Street. It would be awesome if you are studying the history of telephones as well!

Here are a few pictures from our trip:


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Tuna Casserole Recipe

I have a new recipe for you today! I first found this recipe in one of my favorite cookbooks years ago and have changed it over the years to adapt it to the way our family likes it. Tuna Casserole is one of those go-to recipes of mine when the budget is getting low. Tuna and pasta are very inexpensive! This recipe is so easy and if you love cheese, you really should give it a try!


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Our Baby Girl’s 5th Birthday!!

Princess celebrated her 5th birthday in the middle of May! It is so hard to believe my youngest is 5! I’m so used to having a little one around and that is not the case so much anymore. I am having a little trouble adjusting to all of this!!

We did have a great time celebrating our baby girl’s 5th birthday!!


3 Months Old                                                    5  Years Old

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5 Great Chapter Books with Go-Along Movies

For our summer break, we have chosen 5 chapter books that have really good movies made of them. We’re going to read a little of the book each day and then when we finish the book, we’ll have a family movie night and watch the movie with some popcorn or other special treat.

The kids are very excited and we’ve already started on our first book. Here are the books/movies we chose:

  1. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

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June Monthly Dinner Menu Plan


It’s hard to believe it’s summer already! Last night I worked on our dinner menu plan for the month of June and I thought I’d share it with you. I talked a little about menu planning in my Dollars & Sense post on Saving Money at the Grocery Store if you want to check it out HERE. You can also check out my post about How I Do Menu Planning HERE.

So here is my dinner menu plan for our family for the month of June:

Keep in mind we’re very flexible and our plans change a lot! Also, you will see that I do plan for leftovers as well as on days when I know we’re going to be busy (like weekends) I do plan for frozen dinner type of meals. I know that some people prefer to have everything fresh, but this works best for our family right now and planning ahead at least helps us not to spend more on fast food! Also please note that I have linked any recipes that I’m using that are on the blog so all you have to do is click on them and you can see my recipe.

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