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My Favorite Homeschool Planner

Today’s topic needs no introduction because it is something we all have either mastered, need assistance in, or have completely failed at. Today’s topic is organization and planning as it pertains to homeschool.

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Since the beginning of our homeschool journey I have used several different planners to keep our lesson plans, projects, library notices, and activities organized. Some of them I found quite overwhelming in the beginning since I only had one child. There were also a few that I found needed a bit more, no matter how many children you are teaching. Today, I want to share my current to favorite planners for homeschool and how I use them at Team Kemp Academy.

Screenshot_20180517-134219_Samsung Internet.jpgFirst up is the A Simple Plan, Homeschool Planner which can only be purchased at Mardel in-store or online.  This you meet teacher plan is geared toward the Christian home school family. I love that includes scripture throughout, always has a unique design, and is fairly priced. This planner also includes a detailed letter explaining the features as well as several example pages to ensure that you use your planner effectively and efficiently.

 

 The Simple Plan system is also noted for having matching accessories as well as coordinating student planners each year. The varieties offered with the designs are amazing and you will never get bored because every year there is something different to choose from for your children. The only con I’ve noted is that occasionally the spring that holds the planner together does come apart. However, according to Mardel they have updated the design and that will no longer be an issue.  Also they only have one planner available for teachers so for those who like to mix and match or have a unique look that is not unlikely.  Since the planner is always so beautiful the latter has not been an issue for me in previous years.

 

To see how I have used this planner in the past, check out this YouTube video.

 

 Next up for discussion is The Happy Planner system by Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI). This system is based on using disk to attach and remove paper from your planner as well as their variety of covers and colorful accessories. For several years they have incorporated a teacher planner system that includes various kits as well as individual large planners.  These items are available in-store and on from various retailers as well as the MAMBI website. This school year I switch to this planner because my simple home school planner did tear up because of the after mentioned spring. I was reluctant to add another happy planner to my repertoire but it worked out well. I enjoy the ability to quickly add and remove things so I can organize my planner the way I see fit.

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Though they are beautiful, the complimentary accessories might be noted as a con because it is an additional cost to the user. By the time you purchase your planner, stickers, folder packs, and protective covers you may have broken the bank.  Next, another con might be that there are too many choices within the happy planner system. You might like the cover on one, the monthly calendars on another, and the folders in another. Unless you buy all three, there is no truly cost effective way to perfectly customize your planner.  Finally, in the past it was mentioned that some teachers did not like the large size of the planners. To fix that this year MAMBI put out a classic sized teacher planner for those who prefer less space.

 

To see how I’ve used this planner for homeschool, check out my recent YouTube video.

 

So, here we are preparing for our next school year which begins in July.  I have been looking at my previous planners and going through the pros and cons of each system. Ultimately, I have decided on which one I will use next year but you’ll have to wait to find that out. Just know that it has shipped and is on the way.

 

Make this week organized,

 

-Ta’Neisha K.

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Enjoy Moments of Motherhood

Happy Mother’s Day!

It was my desire to share a new video, recorded a few months ago, about motherhood but time got away from me. Thank God, I had already had this queued up from last year and totally forgot about it. The feeling of invisibility can come over all mothers occasionally as we go through the first years, working extremely hard to raise our children. This monologue is a grand reminder that no matter what we must appreciate our creation role, let the small stuff go, and cherish every moment. The years fly by. Hear me again, THESE YEARS FLY BY so cherish every moment. Understand that your are a pivotal of God’s story for your children so enjoy your role and be grateful for the blessing of motherhood.

‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

Happy Mother’s Day


The Invisible Mother
It all began to make sense, the blank stares, the lack of response, the way one of the kids will walk into the room while I’m on the phone and ask to be taken to the store. Inside I’m thinking, ‘Can’t you see I’m on the phone?’ Obviously not; no one can see if I’m on the phone, or cooking, or sweeping the floor, or even standing on my head in the corner, because no one can see me at all.

I’m invisible.

The invisible Mom.

Some days I am only a pair of hands, nothing more! Can you fix this? Can you tie this? Can you open this??
Some days I’m not a pair of hands; I’m not even a human being. I’m a clock to ask, ‘What time is it?’ I’m a satellite guide to answer, ‘What number is the Disney Channel?’ I’m a car to order, ‘Right around 5:30, please.’


Some days I’m a crystal ball; ‘Where’s my other sock? Where’s my phone?, What’s for dinner?’ I was certain that these were the hands that once held books and the eyes that studied history, music and literature -but now, they had disappeared into the peanut butter, never to be seen again. She’s going, she’s going, and she’s gone!


One night, a group of us were having dinner, celebrating the return of a friend from England. She had just gotten back from a fabulous trip, and she was going on and on about the hotel she stayed in. I was sitting there, looking around at the others all put together so well. It was hard not to compare and feel sorry for myself. I was feeling pretty pathetic, when she turned to me with a beautifully wrapped package, and said, ‘I brought you this.’ It was a book on the great cathedrals of Europe.

I wasn’t exactly sure why she’d given it to me until I read her inscription: ‘With admiration for the greatness of what you are building when no one sees.’

In the days ahead I would read – no, devour – the book. And I would discover what would become for me, four life-changing truths, after which I could pattern my work:

  1. No one cany say who built the great cathedrals — we have no record of their names.
  2. These builders gave their whole lives for a work they would never see finished.
  3. They made great sacrifices and expected no credit.
  4. The passion of their building was fueled by their faith that the eyes of God saw everything.

A story of legend in the book told of a rich man who came to visit the cathedral while it was being built, and he saw a workman carving a tiny bird on the inside of a beam. He was puzzled and asked the man, ‘Why are you spending so much time carving that bird into a beam that will be covered by the roof, no one will ever see it.’ And the workman replied, ‘Because God sees.’


I closed the book, feeling the missing piece fall into place. It was almost as if I heard God whispering to me, ‘I see you. I see the sacrifices you make every day, even when no one around you does. No act of kindness you’ve done, no sequin you’ve sewn on, no cupcake you’ve baked, no Cub Scout meeting, no last minute errand is too small for me to notice and smile over. You are building a great cathedral, but you can’t see right now what it will become.

I keep the right perspective when I see myself as a great builder. As one of the people who show up at a job that they will never see finished, to work on something that their name will never be on. The writer of the book went so far as to say that no cathedrals could ever be built in our lifetime because there are so few people willing to sacrifice to that degree.

When I really think about it, I don’t want my son to tell the friend he’s bringing home from college for Thanksgiving, ‘My Mom gets up at 4 in the morning and bakes homemade pies, and then she hand bastes a turkey for 3 hours and presses all the linens for the table.’ That would mean I’d built a monument to myself. I just want him to want to come home. And then, if there is anything more to say to his friend, he’d say, ‘You’re gonna love it there…’
As mothers, we are building great cathedrals. We cannot be seen if we’re doing it right. And one day, it is very possible that the world will marvel, not only at what we have built, but at the beauty that has been added to the world by the sacrifices of invisible mothers.

From one mommy to another…
The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.

The actual title of this drama monologue is “The Invisible Woman: When Only God Sees” and was written by Nicole Johnson who performs it at many Women of Faith Conferences.

Makeup May! Sweet Spring FOTD

Happy Makeup May and welcome to my first Makeup Monday!

Over the years I have tried my best to sprinkle in some of my favorite beauty items and reviews. Now, I think it is time for much more makeup! To start off Makeup May I wanted to share a recent face of the day (FOTD).

This look is my go to, Liner, Lashes, & Lips from my mommy makeup series. The entire looks usually takes me 5-10 minutes at most, depending on whether I define my brows and add lashes. The whole process includes primer, foundation or bb cream, and setting my face with powder. If I have an extra two minutes I might highlight with concealer and bake while doing the next step.

For the liner portion of this look, I combined Wet N Wild blue liquid and black glitter fantasy maker liner. I applied the blue liner first and immediately added the glitter eyeliner to it. This gave me the dark navy line with a hint of sparkle. The fantasy maker items are only sold during October but they do sell another black glitter eyeliner all year.

Usually, the lashes only include mascara but I occasionally add falsies for flare. Today was definitely a flare day! Currently, my favorite lashes are the Wispy style by Broadway. These lashes add flare and I love how they aren’t perfect like natural lashes. These add great length, are very inexpensive, and extremely lightweight.

On my cheeks, I did add so glow with a few swipes of highlight and blush. Today’s blush is a mix of the darker colors in the BH Cosmetics Professional Blush – 10 Color Blush Palette. I always tap into several colors when using this palette. I used the Wet N Wild Mega Glo Loose Highlighting Powder to brighten up my T-zone.

Finally, on my lips, I’m wearing LA Colors Oh So Shiny lip color in the shade Radiant. I picked up the entire set of these lippies from eBay. I love that they are shiny because I was a bit over the matte phase. These lipsticks add sheen and glow to your perfect pout.

To see how I throw together a similar Liner, Lashes, and Lips look watch my recent video.

Hope you enjoyed this look!

Make Makeup May marvelous,

Ta’Neisha K.

Orly Color Pass Subscription Review

Today I want to share with you an awesome gift that I received from my husband approximately one year ago. The Orly Color Pass nail polish subscription service was given to me by my family for Mother’s Day 2017.

With the Color Pass, you receive a nail polish subscription box once each quarter. Each box features the newest collection released from Orly as well as awesome freebies and occasionally uses. Over this year the extra bonuses included hair scrunchie, makeup primer, makeup setting spray, jewelry, a purse, and so much more. Orly has also included various base coats, top coats, nail jewels, striping tape, and a nail polish bottle holder.

Since being a subscriber for a year here are the pros:

  • Shipping has been phenomenal! The package arrives within 3 business days.
  • Company communication is quick! They answered all my questions in a timely manner and sent shipping notifications for each package.
  • The goodies are great! Yes, the box only comes quarterly but the polishes and gifts are worth waiting for.

The only cons from the subscription were some of the colors throughout the year were similar. Each collection unnecessarily included a variation of a nude frost color. I definitely didn’t need four extremely similar colors.

Overall my year using the Orly Color Pass subscription has been a good one. I’m still debating on whether or not I will renew since I have a lot of polishes already. If you’re interested in trying out this nail polish box then be sure to search for a coupon code.

Make this week colorful,

Ta’Neisha K.

Bible Reading Plans, Part 2

It’s time for me to share an updated list of bible study reading plans that I have enjoyed since beginning of 2018. If you haven’t already be sure to check out the previous post featuring My 4 Favorite Bible Plans. I separated this list by topics and hope that you find something that peaks your interest.

MARRIAGE: It’s always great to have reminders to treat your spouse well, love them a conditionally, and pray for them. These reading plans have helped me remember who is priority in our home and to continuously pray for our endurance as a Christian married couple.

PRAYER & STUDY: These studies are devoted to learning how to pray effectively and gain a better understanding of commonly used scriptures. Twisted was one of my favorites because it provided details and background for the accurate meaning of misquoted passages.

MOTHERHOOD: These mommy motivational studies are so much fun to do in the morning. I love the honesty of the authors, the realistic situations presented in the devotionals, and the encouragement each provides.

FOOTBALL PLANS: I decided to search for plans that I could do with my husband and oldest son. I was so excited when I came across these football plans and elated when the guys wanted to join in. We liked discussing them each day and I learned so much about the sport.

2018 has been my freest year yet! I definitely attribute that to starting and ending my days with God. I appreciate the convenience of the YouVersion application and the variety of plans offered to the users. These are great to begin, reignite, or deepen your connection with God. No matter the plan length, make time to study the bible daily and apply God’s principles to your life.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

Review: Planet 316 Story Bible & 3-D, Interactive App

To date, the Bible is the best selling book in the entire world and I think it’s because each one shares the most amazing story ever told. Our family was grateful for the opportunity to review the new, interactive Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App by Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals.

First, let’s discuss the features in this Planet 316 Story Bible. This children’s Bible includes over 100 stories from the Old and New Testaments. All the stories are written with early readers or those yet to learn in mind. Bam Bam and Princess were really excited to listen to each of the stories and couldn’t wait to hear what was going to happen next. The text seemed to captivate them and Bam Bam has actually memorized several passages already. The colorful illustrations will definitely catch the attention of the reader no matter their age. All the bright colors, attention to detail, and the illustrator’s ability to capture the story is spot on.

“I like this bible because I like to hear the people talking. I love the stories but I really like hearing them talk.” Bam Bam, 4 years old

Next, let’s break down the interactive awesomeness of the companion application. One of our favorite features of this Bible is that it offers augmented reality. Augmented reality is technology that superimposes a computer-generated, 3-D image with sound onto your phone or tablet. Yes! Your child will not only hear about Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho but they will get to watch him march into battle. Our children were especially fascinated with the sights and sounds provided via this application. Our oldest even took it upon himself to read this to his siblings daily because he thought the app was so cool. The Planet 316 Story Bible App is FREE and available for immediate download via the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“I like learning about the king and Jesus. The animals are so cute.” Princess, 2 years old

We used this Bible several times a week during our Bible study time. In most cases, I would read a story to the children or have them listen to their brother recite it. We have used the application on my cell phone as well as all the tablets in the house. We’ve never had an issue with the function of the application and it paired seamlessly well with the aforementioned Bible features.

“I like this bible because it is kid friendly. The stories are written at a level that my baby sister can even understand. The interactive capabilities are awesome! You can see the characters come alive and my brother and sister enjoyed it. This is my new favorite book to read to them.” Bear, 10 years old

Isn’t it truly amazing how the Bible has remained a relevant, timeless, truth-filled masterpiece since its creation? Our children have always enjoyed hearing the phenomenal Bible stories throughout their lives. With the Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App we are able to enjoy the word of God all the more. Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals have definitely found another grand way to share God’s word.

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Make this week fantastic,
Ta’Neisha K.

What. A. Week. (& some encouragement)

The past couple of weeks have been something else, BUT, we made it. Eventually, I might muster up the energy and strength to tell our story but on today I’d like to share a few things that have kept me moving forward.

  1. I’ve enjoyed several podcasts that have encouraged our family and friends during this time. Currently my only two subscriptions are Pastor G. Craige Lewis and Chrystal Evans Hurst. I enjoy the unfiltered word shared by Pastor Lewis and Chrystal makes each podcast feel like girl talk.
  2. I’ve been grateful for listening ears and the hugs of friends and family. Truthfully the entire month of April and the last two weeks of March had me making crazy faces. If it wasn’t for great friends and phenomenal family, I’d never have made it.
  3. Quiet time is a must! When everyone is still sleep in the morning and once the house is settled at night, I pray and listen. This ensures I begin and end my day in peace.
  4. Finally, laughter, laughing, and more of each has been quite helpful. It amazes me how a smile turned into a snicker can end in gut bursting laughs. I’m grateful for jokes, riddles, silly things, and the tickle monsters that have made us laugh this week.

Hope you find these tidbits helpful during your trying times. These will even work on a good day! Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you all up next week.

Ta’Neisha K.