Fun Times with Slime

Hey there!

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. ๐Ÿ˜„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. โค

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.

Kwik Stix

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

โคย Jess

 

Book Review: The Forgotten Lands Part 1 & 2

Hey y’all!

I am a true book lover. Books of all kinds make me super excited. Whether they are for me or my children, they make me jump for joy…on the inside. I try really hard not to embarrass myself ha!

It really makes me happy that my children love books and reading as well. My 13 year old has always asked for books for Christmas and birthdays, aside from music of course. She will read all day and night if I let her. And I do!

So, I’ll stop rambling again…I have two brand new books to share with you! By author Jennifer Strain, I bring to you The Forgotten Lands Dragon Island and Stormy Mountain.

Dragon Island (Book 1)

Join Sadie on a thrilling adventure as she discovers that her grandfather’s treasures are from a once-forgotten land. When Sadie and her cousins find a magical map, they are whisked away to a land where royalty is plagued by fire-breathing, book-eating dragons! Can Sadie save the Queen’s most prized possessions?

Let me just say wow! I started to read this book to my kids and they loved it. I did get busy and couldn’t finish it. However, my eight year old daughter Bella finished where I left off.

I asked her what she thought of the story and she said this:

I love adventure books! I really thought Dragon Island was awesome! I couldn’t stop reading and it never got boring. I really was so happy to have the next one to read. These books are so exciting and I could see all the adventure happening in my mind!

What was your favorite part of the story?

When Sadie and her cousins were coming up with a plan to defeat the dragon that was eating the Queen’s books.

So as you can see, the first story was very much enjoyable to her.

Stormy Mountain (Book 2)

Join Sadie, Finn, and Nora as they return to the Forgotten Lands in another whirlwind adventure, this time to a place called Stormy Mountain–a land as fierce as it sounds. The cousins must work together to solve a problem that has plagued the mountain for years. Can they figure out a way to stop the weather that threatens the survival of the mountain and the mysterious sprites who live there?

I will let Bella tell you what she thought of the second book. I feel like even if I read it, her view is more important than mine. This is because it is a children’s book and their imaginations are much better than mine.

I really loved it so much that I did not want to stop reading it!! The sprites are really cool! I like that the sprites are all different colors. And I like how one of them is pink. And when they first met the sprites I knew it by the moment that they were SPRITES!๐Ÿ˜„ It was so Awesome. And I love how they control the weather. It was so fun to read!๐Ÿ’ž

She melts my heart. The words of children are the sweetest. I believe she will grow up to be an amazing woman. She is already so amazingly smart and has the biggest heart.

I believe these stories were a HUGE hit in our home. I hope Jennifer is working on book 3!

If you head to the website, there is a free download to go with these books. I just found it! Here is a direct link to the Free Download.

What do you think?

Does this series sound like a good fit for your children?

Leave us a comment below and tell us what you think.

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You can find The Forgotten Lands books on Facebook at The Forgotten Lands.

Visit her website at Forgotten Lands Books.

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*I received these books free for my honest review. All words were my own. Please take a look at my comp page. Thank you!*

Homeschooling with a Toddler

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Wow! I took a much needed break from the blogging world. As much as I love to write and share with you all, it was getting too overwhelming.

It is so important to take a step back and do things that are the most important for your family. Of course, that is and always will be the well being and care of my children.

Life definitely handed me a reality check. It signed and dated it for “whenever and whatever necessary”….stamped and pre-approved. Get it together Mama!

Okay, now that I’m done rambling….what have I been up to exactly?

Raising an adventurous, daring, sweet, handful of a toddler boy! I call him my Tator tot….because he is so cute and well he’s a toddler. Haha!

He’s been learning how to play with his siblings. Especially with his older brother, who is now 6 years old. I know at 18 months, it’s a bit hard to play with others. It’s one of those learning curves.

Toddlers and babies love playing alone because they like things their way and nobody else’s! At least that is what I have experienced.

I’ve also learned that no toddler is alike. Each of my other four were all so different, yet so much the same. It’s so odd. So basically, we have been trying to survive the toddler times again!

Tator tot is so determined. It truly amazes me. We are at that point where if it doesn’t happen for him, the temper is released. It’s hard to process emotions when we are little and cannot use many words to communicate.

So yep, I’ve been busy. This stage of life is a job all on its own. It also doesn’t last forever. He will be grown one day and we will look back on the challenging days, as well as the beautiful, and laugh and reminisce.

Getting Ready for Fall & Learning

Just a quick word about what to expect this fall. We will be getting back into our groove by September.

You will see a few new Homeschool reviews for various products. Some new and some related to past reviews.

My goal is to share more of our real life struggles, mundane days and activities. Hopefully this year we will have more hands on activities to share.

Pray that we can accomplish our goals this year. Toddler times are rough and busy around here.

โค Jess

How have you been doing? Any tips, advice or just plain fun stuff to share with us?

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