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Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

Celebrating the Love of My Life

First let me say that I am honored to celebrate the most amazing man on the planet.  For this birthday I wanted to take a trip back down memory lane to the the birthday posts from the past, thanks to Facebook Memories.

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Today, in honor of this handsome, suave, intelligent, upstanding, strong, courageous, honorable, sexy, chivalrous birthday boy we created a fun video to show our love and appreciation for him.  It was so much fun to record and edit with my children and each one of us shared a special message with him.  We hope that you enjoy it just as much as we did.

On this Valentine’s Day, make time to let your family (estranged or close) and friends (near or far) know how much you love them.  Life is short so don’t waste any more precious time remaining distant from those you love.  Forgive, apologize, take lots of pictures, hug often, laugh until your stomach hurts, and make great memories with the ones that you love.

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Oh and ladies, if you have a hot date planned for tonight, watch my recent tutorial for a beautiful makeup look that will sweep him off his feet.

 

Make today lovely,

Ta’Neisha K.

January 2017 Homeschool Wrap-up

January is always a fun month because we get to review what we have learned in elementary while my preschoolers get started on their new curriculum.  This month I started two new lessons with our preschoolers via SchoolhouseTeachers.com and they have been a hit.  I truly enjoy the creative play that ignites as my toddler and preschooler pretend to have whichever career we are learning about.  It has taken the phrase “use your imagination” to a whole new level of play.  We enjoyed reading the book I Want to Be an Astronaut by Byron Barton, watched several NASA launches via YouTube, and enjoyed seeing real-time footage via their live feed.

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Our oldest student at Team Kemp Academy enjoyed reviewing everything we’ve covered from August until December.  We were also able to revisit the countries we’ve visited so far via My Father’s World ECC with a focus on their government to coincide with our presidential inauguration.  To continue our presidency discussion we read the books When Penny Met POTUS by Rachel Ruiz, Grace For President by Kelly DiPucchio, and Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown.  My favorite book that we read was Grandaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein.  I suggest every family borrow it from your local library or purchase it for your home library.  I also had Bear write a schedule of his perfect day with any president, dead or alive, wherewith he played soccer, went to Hollywood, and gave the weather report on the news with George Washington.  I thought he’d pick a different leader; however, he reminded me that nothing is cooler than the FIRST. Touché son, touché.

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In addition to sharing our homeschool high points for the month of January, I also included a Dollar Tree haul in a recent video.  I was able to purchase counting blocks, arts and crafts supplies, posters, and a myriad of geometry items for $1.

All in all, January was a success and we look forward to what February has to offer.  I hope you are enjoying our monthly wrap-ups because they have been great encouragement for me on those hard days.  Hold your heads up homeschoolers, every day will not be perfect, but with God (through Jesus Christ) we will see fruit of our labor from sharpening our arrows.

Make this week successful,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

February Weight Loss Goals

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I am so excited to share all the awesome things that happened to me during the month of January.  First, I have dropped another 8 pounds! WHOOP WHOOP! I didn’t meet my goal of 10 pounds this month but that’s okay because I accomplished so much more.  I am now able to do strength training five times a week and I do at least 30-45 minutes of cardio six days a week.  On Sundays, I rest and do a complete body stretching session and give my body time to recover and prepare for the upcoming workout week. I am definitely pleased with the way January wrapped up and you can see more of my accomplishments and the failures, including a 2 pound weight gain, via the first three videos placed throughout this blog post.

 

Here are a few more great accomplishments:

  • Husband worked out with me 4 times this month
  • Our children participate in my daily workouts
  • Clothes are fitting looser in the legs and around the waist
  • Double chin on my face is smaller and starting to disappear
  • I signed up for my second 5K
  • My journey has encouraged others to begin their own weight loss journey

 

But wait, there’s more! Check out these additional accomplishments:

  • Stamina during workouts has increased tremendously
  • Able to complete an entire strength training session without taking longer rests in between sets
  • Family members and friends are noticing my weight loss
  • Tried (and enjoyed) two Salmon recipes
  • Dropped a dress size

 

 

So, in February I plan to tighten my diet and take the entire house with me down the narrow path to a narrower waist.  As the head chef for Château Kemp, it is my duty to ensure our household puts nothing but the best into our temples.  Four years ago I removed 90% of our dairy intake from our diets.  Yes, we enjoy the occasional cheeseburger and southern macaroni and cheese dish, but we no longer use cow’s milk in our recipes and have seen extraordinary benefits from it.  I’ve also increased the water intake of the entire house and decreased the sugar we consume.  I’ve eliminated high fructose corn syrup/corn syrup (except for birthday goody bags), alternative (diet) sugars, along with GMOs and gluten will be the next thing to go.  Yep, GLUTEN FREE IN 2017! 

You can find out more about our family goals, hear what Kevin (husband) thinks about the changes, and learn about my annual goals via my recent video.

 

There is no telling what other household transformations will take place during this journey but I looking forward to good health and soul prosperity this year (3 John 1:2).  I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) so I’m going to continue to do my part and trust that He will help me be successful.

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Make this week prosperous,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Curriculum Review

 

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Our homeschool, Team KEMP Academy, was given the awesome opportunity to review Yearly Membership with a phenomenal, fully stocked, subscription curriculum website called SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  This website consists of over three hundred courses and resources ranging from preschool to high school covering math, language arts, science, reading, writing, art, music, foreign languages, computer programming and other electives.  But wait, there’s more!  You can also access unit studies, parent’s courses and assistance, bible studies, monthly menus, custom schedules; special needs focused options, and video lessons.  Upon arrival to this site I was a bit overwhelmed, in a great way, by everything that was offered and I can’t wait to share my experience with you.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com has been brought to us by The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine and my favorite part was noting that this website is not aligned with Common Core.  So far we have enjoyed using the Preschool Playground section and have started the ABC: What Will I Be course with our 3 year old, Bam Bam.  I loved the idea of this course because it breaks down the alphabet by careers and introduces children to the letter as well as math, science, sensory play, and crafts for twenty-six careers.  I love setting up the sensory play for the careers and allowing Bam Bam’s imagination to roam as he plays while he learns.  We are also using the Pre-K Activities Read and Play lessons for story time which provide activities and recipes to correspond with local library books, bible stories, and holidays.

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As a mom, I’m often reminded that what works for one child, might not work for the next one so I was so excited to see that a myriad of additional resources are provided to ensure the parents and students have smooth transitions to each level of homeschooling.  The Literacy Center provides preparation and reading for preschool through second grade as well as comprehension for third and fourth grades.  I’ve been using this section to prepare poetry lessons for our third grader, Bear, and I love how it breaks down each essential skill for understanding content no matter what the genre.  SchoolhouseTeachers.com also provides each member with a complimentary subscription to World Book e-book Library website and includes a list of classes that correspond with the library.  The Focused Learning Centers provide direct links to courses, lessons, and articles that can aid in educating children that are struggling in specific areas.  In the Special Needs area you will also find articles, tips, encouragement, and a nineteen part program to help families prepare, modify, and adapt lessons to teach their children.  The High School Help area includes information on creating transcripts; assigning credits to courses, taking standardize tests for college, and finding and applying for scholarships.

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This website has been a great tool in lesson planning for our next semester of school and family bible study.  I have checked out something new in the Just For Parent’s section each day and found numerous bible studies, marriage enrichment videos, recipes and monthly menus (Yes, one less thing to do!), and homeschooling tips.  I definitely encourage you to consider Yearly Membership and see what all they have to offer your entire family.  There is also a monthly membership option as well as substantial discounts for civil servants, HSLDA or Home Life Academy members, coo-ops and homeschool groups that qualify.

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To check out more reviews from The Homeschool Review Crew and see how other families are using this website, click this super cool, large hyperlink.

 

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You can check out our December Homeschool Wrap Up and get a coupon code for their Christmas sale (ends 1/15/17) or a code to try this website out for $1 via my recent video.

Make this week resourceful,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

January Weight Loss Goals

Like most, I used to set my New Year’s resolutions with plenty of hope for success but little to no follow through for action.  In October of 2016, I decided enough was truly enough because “nothing changes if nothing changes” and I that’s when I noticed a difference.  I am so excited to kick off 2017 actively pursuing my resolutions in weight loss and journaling on a daily basis.  I couldn’t believe I met my goal for last month and I am so enthusiastic about what the remainder of 2017 will reveal as I grow in strength physically and spiritually.

In 2017, I have an annual weight loss goal of 120 pounds, by losing 10 pounds each month.  I’d definitely consider that an aggressive goal, however; I am more than sure that true diligence will pay off tremendously.  I am enjoying the workouts and the healthy eating habits.  I had already started changing our household dietary regimen two years ago so fine tuning for weight loss hasn’t been a scary transition.  I look forward to trying the new recipes I see on social media and on the weight loss apps I frequent.  Most dishes have turned out to be savory and loved by the whole family while others only require a bit of tweaking thus becoming our next favorite.  Finally, I’m enjoying the accountability I’ve received from family, especially my husband and children, friends, and on social media.  I’ve received so much support on this journey thus far and it is truly encouraging to me.

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This month, I’ve set several goals and placed them on my Fitlosophy Monthly Motivational Goal Calendar (FREE download)  which I’ve hung on the refrigerator.  I’ve also recommitted to setting weekly goals, small rewards, and even tracking my food and exercise in my fitbook.  To hear my goals for the month of January, see my sweet reward for last month, and see how I log my workouts on the motivational calendar watch my recent video.

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All in all 2017 is off to a great start! Let’s support one another in completing our resolutions and being successful in all areas of life.

 

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Make this week triumphant,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

 

God Has You Covered

I posted this status update on December 30, 2015 but the words still ring true today. Remember to remain obedient to God each day of every year and He will keep you covered.

“The story details are simply amazing but I will just hit you with the high points.

1) Quick transition can seem scary but when you’re obedient to the will of The Most High you shouldn’t be afraid to move swiftly. He’s got you covered.

2) Frustration in work is normal. Take a deep breath, take a break, and get back to doing what you’re supposed to. No labor, done in good faith is EVER in vain. He’s got you covered.

3) Keeping a prayer journal is an amazing tool. You have an actual log of every life battle and how God brought you out. Oh, and on the days you don’t think he is moving then just look in the mirror and realize that you’re still here. He’s got you covered.

4) As a wife I get the privilege to experience all our adult problems but not necessarily bear “ultimate responsibility” as my husband does. Sometimes life happens and it is super wacktastic. My favorite part of every day is letting him know that he is doing a great job. Our pastor, protector, and provider is awesome and I’m amazed at how he bears it all. Kevin is built for it and he has us covered. Kevin is obedient to The Most High God. HE HAS US COVERED!

Remain obedient in 2015 so you don’t lose your covering.”

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Happy New Year!

Ta’Neisha K.