Special Holiday Goodies From Shutterfly Just For You!

Shutterfly has prints, photo gifts, holiday cards & more. Special Holiday Goodies From Shutterfly Just For You! Click on the link and see what they have to offer.

As a new user when you sign up you get 101 FREE 4x6 prints or a FREE photo magnet, your choice. Offer expires December 28, 2014. By clicking one of the links in this blog post and signing up as a new Shutterfly customer, I can earn 25 FREE prints too! What a deal for both of us!!

I always buy my personalized Christmas cards from Shutterfly. They have an easy to use website, awesome deals, I also do Google searches for Shutterfly coupon codes.

This year the Homeschooled Young Man had his own cards made and he was able to use a free card and a 10 free cards coupons.

In years past I have gotten personalized calendars, coffee mugs and keychains for grandparent gifts. Always a hit!

When you sign up with Shutterfly you will get lots of goodies.


How To Get Your Boys To Write In 2 Easy Steps

Got boys that don't like to write? Reluctant writers? Boys with writers block? Guess what? I have found an awesome easy fix! In just 2 easy manageable steps you too can have a writer on your hands.

STEP 1: Ok, homeschool Mamma secret #1 is here...lol...what is one way to get boys to write? Get them interested in something...lol. BINGO! Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! WHOOP! WHOOP! WHOOP! Lego, Star Wars, hunting, fishing, running etc. What do your boys like to do?

STEP 2: Give them a safe platform to find their nitch in writing. The answer? BLOGGING!

I am pretty excited and a bit nervous as my little Homeschooled Young Man steps out into the world and begins his blogging journey. You can check him out over at The Brick Boy's Tips, Tricks And Reviews blog.

He plans to chat with other boys and teens about Lego's, making airplane models and creating 4-H projects. He is pretty excited about starting this blog. He won't be making any money on the blog (I think he thought he would make millions...lol), guess you have to be 18 to be able to have ads on your blog. Which is a great safety feature over at The Brick Boy's Tips, Tricks And Reviews blog. No worries over nasty ads appearing on the pages.

He is hoping to do some product reviews from companies, but has not done any work on that yet, so he is just buying the items himself and reviewing them.

I hope that you will feel free to pass his blog on to any young boys and teens that would enjoy what the Homeschooled Young Man is offering on his blog. Most of you are already familiar with his writing that he has done when he contributed to The Old Schoolhouse Magazines' product review. Also as readers you know our content will be safe for young readers. Also all comments are on moderation. He is also looking for guest bloggers, so contact him through his blog if you have a boy interested in WRITING (hahaha-insert sarcastic laughing), you can check out their grammar & spelling skills in their blog post.

Boy, am I getting pretty savvy or what at this homeschooling stuff-hahaha, wish I was this calm and laid back in the very beginning. Back when I first began homeschooling I would have never thought about blogging as being a writing, spelling or grammar assignment. I would have relied on worksheets, textbooks and grammar/spelling rules. We've come a long way baby! Have I ever said how much I am loving the teen years?

I hope that you can see your homeschool evolving over time into YOUR homeschool and not someone else's idea of what homeschooling is.

Take care,

FREE Spices from my favorite spice company!

Penzeys Spices has a brand new website that is really simple to use now. They are offering a free 1/2 cup jar of any of there spices (excluding Saffron) with any $5.00 purchase. These make really awesome Christmas gifts and wedding gifts. My cabinet is full of Penzeys Spices. They are also great at answering allergy questions.

Come and get your coupon for FREE 1/2 cup jar of Penzeys Spices.

Here are a few of my all time favorites!

Cake Spice, I use this in my oatmeal, Amish Baked Oatmeal and pancake/waffle batter.
Ground Caraway Seeds, I use this in my pork recipes
Italian Sausage Seasoning, I use this when I buy fresh ground pork and make my own breakfast sausages.
Buttermilk Ranch, don't let the name fool you, there is NO buttermilk in the seasoning. I use this to make dairy free salad dressings and dips. This is also really good sprinkled on mashed or baked potatoes. And super yummy sprinkled on baked chicken breasts.

I like how I can buy small or medium sized bottles or I can buy a larger size bag. I buy the Cake Spice and the Buttermilk Ranch by the bag full!

Stop by Penzeys Spices website or one of there brick and mortor locations. I've been to a few of the locations and love all the recipes that are sitting out by the spices. Like them on Facebook too!


Thanksgiving Freebie

My awesome pals over at TheOldSchoolHouse have a wonderful Thanksgiving freebie just for you!

"Come celebrate Thanksgiving with The Old Schoolhouse® and our friends who have been gracious to share their Thanksgiving products with you! It’s time to relax and enjoy the holiday season as we prepare our hearts and minds for all that we are thankful for. These gifts include everyone in the family – with suggestions on meal planning, activities for the young (and young-at-heart), ideas for creating great Thanksgiving memories and even recipes.
Take some time to enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday with your family, friends, and loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving from The Old Schoolhouse® and our friends!"

Let me know how you use these freebies in your home this festive season. Can't wait until Thanksgiving, this will be the first year in over 20 years that I will get to spend Thanksgiving with my Mother. Can't wait!
p.s. Later this week I will share my Gluten Free turkey and stuffing recipes with you all.

Freshen Up Your Homeschool Today!

Those dreary days of winter are coming upon us! Does your homeschool need freshened up?

One of my favorite homeschool sites is The School House Teachers website. For one low prices you get preschool-12 grade, classes, videos, lesson plans, fun stuff like guitar lessons, art techniques for the lower grades. And tough stuff like biology and algebra for the upper grades.

I have been a member of Schoolhouse Teachers for several years and there is always something new! There are classes that your student can take and they even explain how to give credits for high school for the upper level classes. If you hop around in your homeschool like many of us do, there are archived lesson plans, so no need to be tied down to the computer each day.
Don't just lay there!! Do something fun in your homeschool!
Something that I have liked about Schoolhouse Teachers website is that I have always felt comfortable letting the homeschooled young man freely surf their website. He has actually learned a lot just by goofing around on the site during his free time. Remember the cool think about homeschooling is that our kids learn even when they are having fun! They just don't know that they are learning, because it's fun!

What are you waiting for? Shake things up and freshen up that homeschool of yours!


p.s. The guitar lessons have been GREAT for the Homeschooled Young Man.

Carve Out Some Time For Pumpkin Goodies!

I've been doing some beeboppin' around today for My Let's Get Cooking Series brings you fall time goodies from Gluten Free Homemaker's blog.

Pumpkin recipes galore including:
Gluten free and dairy free pumpkin pie!!
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
Pumpkin Waffles
Pumpkin Chili
Paleo Pumpkin Muffins
and many more!!

What are you waiting for??

Jump on these recipes and take the chill out of your home with some baked goodness from Linda's blog.


~Let's Get Cooking Series~

During my Let's Get Cooking Series, I plan to beebop and hop around the net to some blogging sites that I frequent and give you some tips and tools to find great gluten free recipes to make your home life easier in the kitchen. As a wife, homeschooling mom, daughter of a Mother who lives nearby who needs constant care, I lead a busy life. I know that your life never stop either!

All the recipes in this series can be made either gluten free or with gluten, so don't run away if you are one of my readers that is NOT gluten free.

So the Let's Get Cooking Series is kicking off today with some AWESOME recipes from Lynn's Kitchen Adventures. Hop on over and check her out! Tell Lynn that Moe sent you from Adoptive Mom Home Schooling An Only Child blog.

40 Ground Beef Recipes
Lynn's Kitchen Adventures has some wonderful meals that could be easily made gluten free. Stop by her blog and  check out the 40 recipes that she has on there.

Taco Soup photo from Lynn's Kitchen Adventure blog
We are pinching penny's right now in our household due to my husband being hurt at work and ground beef tends to go a long way in recipes. I plan to make a number of these in the near future.

Many of these recipes look like they could be easily changed to gluten free and also look freezer friendly. Easy swap outs would be regular noodles for gluten free noodles. I think that these recipes will be easy enough for a Gluten Free newbie to try out and enjoy.

Lynn also has a Gluten Free button on her site for more recipes. Always check your ingredients and make sure that you are using gluten free.

Warm up with a nice hot meal on the cheap!

 Lynn's Kitchen Adventures