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Four Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday, everyone!

As some of you may know, we are homeschooling for the very first time, so “back-to-school” doesn’t really have the same meaning for me this year. It’s a whole new kind of frantic! Between figuring out what I am doing, keeping the kids happy and learning, and all the other details that go into homeschool, I have spent NO time working on my favorite blog. Going forward, I will have to figure out how to better manage my time!

But for now, here are my Friday favorites:

Protein bars

One thing I try to avoid in my life is getting “hangry” (hungry + angry). For me, this hangry feeling is often closely followed by shaking and light-headedness. This is not pleasant for me or for anyone around me! What is the best way for me to avoid this situation? Protein. After years of taste-testing many brands and flavors of protein bars, I have come across a new favorite – OhYeah! ONE bars. I ordered a multi-pack from Amazon including these four flavors: blueberry cobbler, maple glazed doughnut, salted caramel, and birthday cake. All of them are delicious!

ONE protein bars

These bars go beyond my expectations for both taste and hunger satiation. They contain
up to 22g of protein, only 1g of sugar, and 10g of fiber. I like to keep one in my purse for emergency situations… you never know when hunger might strike!

Bread in a Bag

As I mentioned earlier, I have begun homeschooling my children this year. Having never planned to do such a thing, I did not know where to start. Thank goodness for the internet! After several weeks of research, I finally picked all of the books and supplies I needed, and ordered everything on-line… Or, so I thought. On our first day, when it was time for my favorite subject (science!), I realized that I am missing a few essential items for our science unit.

Until the next shipment of homeschool supplies arrives, I have been “winging it” with science projects at home. Luckily, this is something I enjoy and have experience doing! So this week, we made “bread in a bag”, and learned all about the wonderful life of yeast. Did you know that yeast are living single-celled organisms? I found this great article about yeast and the science bread-making if you’d like to learn more.

Bread in a bag

We followed this method to make our bread in a bag, except after we activated the yeast, we took a tiny drop of the solution and observed it under a microscope (at 400x). Although the kids were a bit disappointed that the yeast just looked like “blobs” on the slide, we could see bubbles (of carbon dioxide) coming into the solution due to the fermentation process. Or, at least that is what I told my kids.

This bread would go fabulously with some homemade butter!

Flying High with R2-D2: $2 Kite

Michael’s is having their huge summer clearance right now. Among other goodies, they have $2 kites! We purchased a Star Wars kite with R2-D2 and C-3PO, and have enjoyed flying it in our front yard. I may or may not have forced them to learn about Benjamin Franklin and electricity after flying our kite. Ha! “Mom, does everything have to be about learning?”. Why, yes it does!

Flying a kite

Ibotta

I am a sucker for coupons, deals, Groupon, retailmenot.com, ThredUP, etc. Saving money is the best! When I first heard about “Ibotta”, it sounded too good to be true. I just do my regular grocery shopping, take a photo of my receipt, and get paid for buying the items I normally purchase? Okay, I’ll try it!

Throughout the last year, I have been able to cash-in my rebates for several Amazon gift cards (though you can also get paid through PayPal, venmo, and a large variety of other gift cards).

If you are interested in giving Ibotta a try, register here: https://ibotta.com/register , and please use my referral code “loxdurt” – you will get $10, and I will get $5. Winning!


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2 Responses to Four Friday Favorites!

  1. Thank you for information about ibotta. I signed up and sent your referral code.
    I wanted to give you information about home schooling. My daughter just graduated high school after 4 years of online school. We had a school that was affiliated with the state where we live. I wanted to be sure our state’s requirements were being met. We paid nothing for tuition. Each year, books and supplies were shipped to us. We even got an “internet rebate” twice a year. Her classes were live presentations from the instructors and the teachers had office hours when the students could reach out with questions. Since I am certified in math and physics, I helped her with those subjects but the others went very well with her teachers. She even took an AP course. She had a guidance counselor so there were no issues with college applications. Her school offered field trips and clubs, including National Honor Society.
    I wish you luck with homeschooling but if it becomes overwhelming, online school might work for you.

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    • Kathy, thank you so much for sharing your daughter’s homeschool experience with me! It is a whole new world to me with so much information, and so many opportunities.

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