Pre-Holiday Links and Resources -Advent 2018 and Christmas

With Thanksgiving this week, Advent is following quickly behind it!

But besides the busy preparation for Christmas, there are a lot of things we can do to really observe the season of Advent! Over the years I have collected links and resources for the holidays that I thought would help me and my family prepare our hearts and spirits to celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus.  I haven't done everything on this list.  Some of it is a wish list, but there was something in every link that I thought was worthwhile.




Perhaps first on the list is actually getting our homes ready for the holidays:
Holiday Grand Plan or join their Yahoo Group E-mail List Declutter and Clean!
Also DeClutter and Organize on Facebook. 

and get your planner ready~  Advent and Christmas Planner from Catholic Icing or Advent Planner from Wildflower and Marbles. 

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I am thinking...
that I will probably get a start on my Christmas shopping today during the Amazon Prime Day.



Here's a helpful guide on finding the best deals.

I am thankful...
that I was able to get to confession for the first time in four months last Friday! I sure hope I can get in there monthly now that the church is done being renovated.

I am pondering...
I found out last week that one of the paid gigs I did last year came to me because they checked out my Facebook page! I don't put any negativity or anything controversial on my personal page. I do put conservative things on my page for My Domestic Church, but I try to stay away from ad hominems and anything too snarky or nasty. And I try not to be mean-spirited. This was a great lesson learned!

I am also wondering why the Akron Public Schools have decided that they need a copy of my diploma or the name and address of my high school for my notification to homeschool this year. That is NOT in the Ohio regulations and I won't be complying. I'm also going to let HSLDA know about this clear overreach on the part of the superintendent's office.

One of my Favorite Things...
Watching "This Is Us" with Izzy on Hulu.

Also this Mega Organizer I bought at the BYB Sale in the Homemaking Bundle.  I use it several times a week.  You can read more about it here.  That alone is $15, but you can get the whole bundle for the same price! At least during the FlashSALE that starts today.

Mega Organizer for Home, School and Office

I am hearing...
The air conditioner

In the kitchen...
Not sure yet but I think ham and cheese sandwhiches sound quick and easy for tonight

I am wearing...
Blue shorts and gray and black T shirt - ready for my walk and taking Rosie to Cross Country Practice.

I am going...
  • Walking, exercising, weight lifting and ab work as much as possible. I got some extra workouts in over the weekend and walked another almost two miles last night. My speed is way down even though my knee feels fine. 
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of PrayMoreNovenas.com.
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and Intermittent Fasting.  
  • Practicing the Bach Sonata for flute alone. 
  • Firming up my class for Physical Science in my co-op.
  • Writing my book proposal
  • Getting ready to coordinate 3weddings in the next month or so.
  • Registering folks for our co-op.
  • Making some changes in my homeschool support group too.
  • Figuring out the Amazon affiliate changes. 
From the Learning Rooms...



Maryrose: 

10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. 
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

Rosie is enjoying it but I am supplementing it a lot because I also want her to get a good overview of Shakespeare's work. This week we are doing Alls Well that Ends Well!

Still, it gives a good foundation in iambic pentameter and memorization, so I think this is a good course for getting the basics down. 



We are particularly enjoying this book 



ME!!
I will be listening to lectures from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. I'm also taking a new affiliate marketing course from Pajama Affiliates and auditing a teacher's writing class. 



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