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Thursday, September 29

River (Emeli Sande)

We decided to take a day of downtime on this trip, to recharge the batteries.  If you have a chance to listen to today's song, I suggest doing so...it's really beautiful.  We stopped off at the first hotel we could find, which was in a place called Georgetown.  Everyone was pretty happy to be out of the car, especially since we'd been driving on windy Rocky Mountain roads all day.  

Note :  When you see a windy road sign on an already-twisty road, with a 9% downhill grade....you're in for a wild ride!!!!!

We checked into the cutest little bed and breakfast, called the Hotel Chateau Chamoix.  This place was impeccably run, with the nicest innkeeper!  The breakfast was delicious, the rooms were spacious, and the atmosphere was magnifique!  Hubby and I will definitely be trying to get back there for a quiet weekend....
We went for a walk, just to look around and stretch our legs.  This bridge ran over a rushing river, and we enjoyed its peace for a few minutes.
While wandering around, we found this neat cafe called the Euro Grill.  It's only open in the summer, but it's run by visiting students from the Czech Republic, and the food and atmosphere are fantastic!!  Authentic European cuisine....we sampled a little bit of everything.  Highly recommend!
How can you not love a place that looks as peaceful as this?  The house has a river running right there!  The only thing better would be a glass-bottomed bay window overhanging it....
We stumbled upon this train station in nearby Silver Plume, and will probably be going on a train excursion soon!

Tuesday, September 27

Language or the Kiss (Indigo Girls)

Foreign language is best learned as a child...we all know that already. After much back and forth, my husband and I finally settled on Latin as the language that we would teach them because it has so many real-world applications in the science and history.

Click on the image to see how we came to choose Latin!!

Vocabulary
  • If you and your kids have been working on Latin, then you know there is a lot to learn!  This economically-priced Latin Bundle includes a daily calendar and vocabulary flash cards for nine different sets of words (months / days, weather / seasons, body parts / senses, colors, numbers, animals, food, family, and holidays).
    • Each set can be used as flash cards, or as a memory game (match word to picture).  Use the daily calendar to practice everyday words, and you'll be surprised at how much is retained!

Videos
  • Classical Academic Press has wonderful Latin programs for all ages and they also provide some great extras. 
  • Latin Loaded‘ is a YouTube channel with short videos perfect for a quick Latin lesson.
Curriculum
Games
  • Play Race to the Colosseum with this fun game board – and practice Latin vocabulary while you play (also includes some other fun printables).
  • If you use Visual Latin from Compass Classroom, this Latin vocabulary review game is what you need to review your vocabulary.
  • You can even play online at Headventure Land from Classical Academic Press.
Printables
  • Besides their YouTube channel and Headventure Land, Classical Academic Press also has a large selection of resources on their FAQs page (coloring pages, Latin charts, and flash cards). If you use any of their programs, their resources are perfect for review.
  • Learning all those Declensions and Conjugations takes time – and I don’t want my daughter to forget all she’s learned so these Latin master charts from Family Style Schooling are perfect for reviewing vocabulary (and something we’ll be using to keep all the information fresh in her mind).
  • Lesson Planet offers all subjects, including Latin.  They have games, activities, and worksheets for all grade levels.  Get a free ten-day trial with this Ten-day Free Trial link.

Books

Here is my son's twist-tie "Super Vir."  I love how he takes his Latin and just applies it to....everything.

Friday, September 23

Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)

Recently, our home school group was selected to take part in the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good program - and we had a fabulous time!!!!!  For over twenty years, the Bake for Good Kids Program has been helping kids learn to bake and then share their homework with those in need.  In some cases, the company travels to a location to host an event, but we were provided all of the supplies and hosted the event through the home school group.
Imagine my husband's surprise when sixty pounds of flour and several other boxes of supplies arrived on the doorstep one afternoon!  The company provided ingredients, packaging, course booklets for the kids, and an instructional DVD.  The program is designed to teach kids in grades 4-7 how science, math, and reading all come together in a real-world activity.  The culmination of the project is a lesson in philanthropy, when they donate their efforts to a local charity.

The day before the BIG DAY, another home school neighbor and I got together and baked up a batch of practice bread.  We wanted to know exactly what we'd gotten ourselves into....how long would it take?  Were there any extra supplies we needed?  What snags were we going to run into?  All the little things that you want to be apprised of before entering a room with lots of kids and open sacks of flour!  We practiced with our boys, to see how well the kids would do with the project.
We walked through the four hour process (which took more like six, that first day), from mixing the yeast, to letting it rise, to the baking process.  My friend and I found some science handouts that explained how yeast works, as well as some science experiments that you can do with yeast.  Then, seeing as how it was supposed to rain cats & dogs on baking day, we found a video about the process to help occupy the kids during the downtime.
Baking day came, and everyone arrived on time (yay!), excited to start the process.  Given the size of the oven, some of the moms had started a batch early.  This would allow us to bake two batches of bread and minimize the downtime for rising.  We were missing a few kids, thanks to illness and the weather, but that meant that everyone got to have several hands-on jobs!
As a group, we branched out with the recipes, making yeast rolls and the most delicious cinnamon rolls!!!  They enjoyed sampling some of the bread that was fresh from the oven.  Yum!
The following morning, we bagged up the bread and drove it up to Community Market, a food "store" that helps needy families in the area.  They were very happy to see us, and many loaves of bread were delivered to locals in need within a matter of hours.  Overall, it was a win-win event!
Want to learn the basics of bread making?  It's easy!

Ingredients :

Directions :
  1. A lot of the families at the event had only ever used a bread-maker.  While they are a great kitchen tool and very handy, they are not suitable for this particular recipe.
  2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, yeast, whole wheat flour, and warm water.  Cover with towel and let rest until bubbly.
  3. Stir in cooking oil and salt.
  4. Stir in 3 cups white flour, one cup at a time.  Measure out one more cup of flour and sprinkle half of that onto the sticky dough.  Work into dough.
  5. Flour hands and turn dough onto floured surface.  Knead well.  While it is resting, wipe oil onto inside of bowl.
  6. Knead a little bit more, then put the dough back into the bowl and cover.  Let rise in a warm place for an hour and a half.
  7. Punch down down.  Divide into half and form into loaves or rolls.
  8. Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet, and cover with a towel.  Let rise again for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat oven to 375.
  10. Remove covering, slash tops of loaves, and bake 30 minutes.  Let cool, and enjoy!

Wednesday, September 21

Urthbox Review

Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly

Urth Box : This monthly subscription box focuses on Non-GMO, organic, and all-natural products.  Each month, you'll receive up to thirty full-size products in the box ($100 value).

Subscribers choose from four different box sizes (shown in the cost breakdown) AND four different versions of each box :  The Classic, The Diet, The Gluten-Free, and The Vegan.  Our review is for a mini, classic box.




Our first box contained all sorts of goodies...they looked so fantastic that we didn't know where to start.  So we sampled everything!


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For the most part, we really enjoyed the selection of snacks in the box.  They were portable, contained good ingredients, and presented us with some great new options for road food!  Urthbox included a card that specified the month and type of box I received, but did not provide a list of the items included in the box.  One thing I'd like to see in future boxes is a brochure, or some sort of information about the snacks that were selected for the box.

One thing I want to point out about Urthbox is that there is a huge gap in pricing between a monthly subscription and a 6-month subscription. For the mini box I received, the prices are $19 per month and $9 per month, respectively. The value of this box comes in at $14.65, which is an excellent value only if you’re willing to commit to a 6-month subscription.


The Nitty Gritty
  • The Cost:
    • Mini $12.99 / mo
    • Small  $19.99 / mo
    • Medium  $29.99 / mo
    • Large  $39.99 / mo
  • Boxes ship to US (FREE) or Canada ($6.95)
  • Coupon : Use code CRUNCHWEEK to save $10 on your first box!

Monday, September 19

Alkaline Nights (Serpico)


When you're out on the road, getting sick just isn't an option.  That's not to say that it doesn't happen, but it's considerably easier to take steps toward maintaining good health.  

***  See Staying Healthy On-the-Go  ***


One of the easiest things you can do to stay well is to lay
 off the sugar.  We all know it's bad for us - but do you know how to help break the cycle?  There are only about a million books out there that claim to tell you how to do it.  

Below are the two tricks that are working for us, personally.  They both work to alkalize your body, which actually helps to break the cravings for sugar!  As they are strong alkalizers, they should be used in moderation.

Lemon Cayenne Tonic
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne
  • 2 oz water
Mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.  Inhale it like a jello shooter...  Limit yourself to one daily.
Baking Soda Tonic
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz water
Mix together and shake well.  Do not take with a meal, so that it doesn't interfere with stomach acids.  Limit yourself to one tsp daily - it's very potent!

And if the worst happens, and you still end up sick, there are several ways to help shorten the duration and get you back to enjoying life again!!