This n That Blog Chat

Do you love to write? Are you a blogger?

If so, come join my brand new group This n That Blog Chat on Facebook. Let’s connect, support and build each other up!

I needed a safe place to go where I could talk to other bloggers about anything blog related.

Come on by and ask questions and get help with…

  • Where can I find ideas for posts?
  • Writers block help.
  • Sharing your work.
  • Finding collaborators.
  • How to set up your site.
  • Tools that help make your site run smooth.

And much more!

We can chit chat, vent our frustrations and make new friends. The more relationships we have in the blogging world, the more support we can gain.

All niches welcome!

I need you as much as you need me! Bringing knowledge and friendship will help us go further.

Hope to see you there!

❤Jess

Mom’s Journal: My Reflections put into Actions.

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Today, I want to continue talking about reflection. In my last post, Mom’s Journal: A Moment of Reflection, I talked about how it was important to reflect each day. I was open and honest about how I am not always proactive in reflecting. I also mentioned that I will be taking further action to do so.

I have made a small list of actions I will take while reflecting on a day to day life. I truly believe this will help me stay positive and it will show my children how to manage their lives emotionally and physically as well.

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1. Reading: This is something that really helps clear my head and give me some downtime. Normally, I will have to wait until night time. I love reading mystery novels but I also enjoy something that will teach me something new. I also have tried devotionals and they have helped bring me understanding about myself and life.

2. Writing: Writing is one of my favorite things to do and which I have the least amount of time for. I use to even keep a journal. When I have an idea about something to share, other than homeschool and reviews, I blog about it. If I believe it will be helpful to others. Writing also has helped me release stress. My goal is to make more time for writing and make it a career.

3. Creativity: I absolutely love getting creative! I don’t always have the biggest imagination, so I head to Pinterest or Google for ideas. When I was younger I did a lot of letter Art. I would make my name fancy and my notebooks would be full of calligraphy. I also like painting, coloring, drawing and making crafts with the kiddos. Being creative has been on the back burner much of this year. I think it is time to bring it back out and enjoy this as a time of reflection.

4. Crocheting: I usually save crocheting for the cold season. The winter is for staying cuddled and warm on the couch. This way I can keep my hands busy and stay warm! I love crocheting because it is pretty relaxing and rewarding. I can use this time to think as well. Just as long as my little tater tot lets me!

5. Talking to my husband or friend: It is pretty important to have someone to talk to. Someone who will listen more than tries to tell you how you should act, think and feel. Sometimes, saying it all out loud is very helpful. When I hear my words I can make better sense of them. It is like being recorded. You don’t realize how good or bad you sound until you hear yourself out loud. Does any of this make a bit of sense? Even so, it is helpful to let all the words out, letting the fall upon ears that you can trust.

You can read quotes and books all day but it doesn’t mean a thing unless you want it to. You have to really want to make your life better. That goes for any circumstance. -Jess

So, these are a few things I will be focusing on the rest of the year. I do hope I can stick to at least one or two. Life can be so busy taking care of everyone else. It is easy to forget about myself. As a Mother, I need to have these moments to myself. I need to do things that make me calm and happy.

How about you? Do you need more time for you? Have you made time yet? What advice would you give Mother’s like myself? Please let me know in the comments!

❤ Jess

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Mom’s Journal: A Moment of Reflection

I have been thinking quite a bit the past few months. To be honest, mostly the last few days. Reflecting about positivity. I say all the time that it is important to stay positive. But, am I actually doing so? Sometimes I’m not so sure.

You can read quotes and books all day but it doesn’t mean a thing unless you want it to. You have to really want to make your life better. That goes for any circumstance.

I’ve decided that I will proceed by reflecting each day. However, I will be adding actions to my reflections, daily. I have 5 children, who count on me and depend on me. They learn the good and the bad habits that I show them each day.

This is something I will be encouraging my children to do each day as well. Time of reflection, discussing the good and the bad, how we feel and what those feelings mean. It’s time to put the devices down and start communicating emotionally and physically.

Showing emotions is hard for some. For me, I sometimes cannot control them. It took me many years to figure it out. Now I have a daughter struggling with it. It’s time for change.

All this will create better attitudes, uplifted moods, and wisdom. Each day will get better in time.

How do you stay positive? Do you have moments of reflection alone, keep a journal, read a Bible? Maybe even listen to audiobooks?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Tell me in the comment section below!

❤Jess

Fun Times with Slime

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Just wanted to drop in and share a quick and fun activity the kids and I did today.

Saturday’s are for cleaning and fun here at our Homeschool Academy. 😄My Bella came to me with her Pinterest find. Homemade slime! At first I was thinking, “oh geez, not another messy project.” Not the case at all! Also, I have seen many parents try this before but never was too interested.

I’m glad I went ahead and tried because it really made my kids happy. And when they are happy, so am I. Just see for yourself. Check out their video below.

They were so excited when we started making it and how all the ingredients had to work together to make it slime. As my daughter Cheyanne said, “The contact solution is the activator!”

I was so impressed with her knowledge in that and asked her how she knew. She watched it on YouTube!

Like I always say, your kids are learning when you aren’t looking. So make sure they are learning the right things! So impressionable at their ages.

I hope you enjoyed my quick post! I sure did. Here is the recipe on Pinterest!

Would you like to see more like this?

Comment below with some ideas on what you’d like to see us do. ❤

Back to School with Kwik Stix

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It is that time of year again. When all the kiddies are heading back to public school and homeschoolers are preparing for new curriculum and lessons. Can I just say, first, how exciting it is to start a fresh new school year? I have always loved the feeling of NEW. Although we do continue our learning ALL year, it is important for me to reflect and organize for myself. I had planned (very difficult to keep plans around here), to have our “first” day of our NEW journey on Monday, August the 13th. Well, we had some things come up and had to postpone it for another week. The kids were okay with it because we have been spending our week in the water and surviving this heat.

Things to come…

A few things I have planned this year are, to finish some of the last years’ history and math activities, a brand NEW science lesson, exploring new words with my 1st grader, lots of crafts and so much more! I must balance all of this with a toddler and things to keep him busy as well. There will be no such thing as boredom in this house.

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Oh, and guess what???

I have a special and fun review and simple activity to share. Recently, Pencil Grip Inc. contacted me to try out there awesome mess-free paint. Of course, I said yes. We love anything to do with Art! Mess-free is even better 😀

They are very much like pastels and go one very smoothly. They really are mess-free. However, I am not sure I would consider them to be like paint. Well, not like the paint you may be thinking of. For example, acrylic or water-colors. It is actually Solid Tempera paint. It can be used on paper, posters, wood and more. They are also non-toxic.

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More information: No water needed, bright vibrant colors, dries almost instantly, and Nut, Egg & Gluten Free.

We received the Metalix colors. I believe these do as they claim and my youngest (6&8) children loved them the most. My oldest daughters (10 and up) didn’t enjoy them as much, as they are into more detailed art with acrylics. Honestly, I love them as a Mom! I can allow my littles to use them whenever they feel the urge to get creative, without worrying about the mess. I no longer have to tell them to wait for me to help. They can just have at it!

So, you will have to determine what will work best for your children. Age is a big factor. They are fat like regular sized glue sticks. Perfect for little hands!

Want to see more? Check out the video below and let us know what you think 🙂 Be sure to keep scrolling after the video, to find out where you can order Kwik Stix today!

Don’t they look so fun? I can’t wait to use them for my next project. I think we may try them on a woodcraft!

You can purchase Kwik Stix online at Michaels, Target, and Amazon. They are also available in your local Walgreens! Thank you Pencil Grip for letting us try your new product. Also, a big thank you to all my readers. I hope you enjoyed this update and review.

If you have any questions about this product or homeschool, please leave a comment or send me an email at whatshappeningwithjessica@gmail.com

Have a beautiful week!

❤ Jess