What’s For Dinner? Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

This spring while in Ireland we headed to the West coast. We visited the beautiful Cliffs of Moher and spent the weekend with our friends in their picturesque Irish cottage in County Claire. This was our last trip in Ireland and a gift.

Cliffs of Moher West Coast Ireland

Our friends little home was surrounded by idyllic fields full of sheep. Everything about our weekend was perfect, spending time with dear friends, a warm fire in the fireplace and a delicious meals.

Sheep-West-Coast-Ireland

Erin, our host is an amazing cook. She values healthy eating and everything she whips up is a culinary masterpiece. She makes it look so easy and friends are always asking her for recipes. She’s a natural at making the most delicious, healthy meals from whatever “fell out of the fridge”.

This week when she shared her Almond Lime Vermicelli recipe and I knew I HAD to make it right away. We whipped it up and let me tell you… heaven!! Like Erin says it really is “all about the sauce!”

Erin’s recipes are mostly vegetarian so we added chicken to ours. This is an easy, healthy meal that our whole family loved! Erin finally started a blog and I’m excited to follow along as she shares her delicious recipes with the world, until then, look at this chicken stir fry….

Chicken-stirfry

Hop over to Erin’s Blog: Fell Out of the Fridge to see Erin’s Almond Lime Vermicelli Recipe

Why Periscope is Perfect for Perfectionists!

I am a perfectionist.

Decision making is not my strength. I’m the queen of over thinking things.

Blogging? Oh my! Hitting that PUBLISH button is hard for me! I will tweak blog posts to death before I finally publish them.

Then I found Periscope. 

Periscope is a LIVE video broadcasting app/social media platform. It’s available on Android and iPhones. You just download the app and sign up via Twitter (or create your own account). Once you’re all set up you can begin start following your friends, watch their videos and do your first BROADCAST! A BROADCAST is a live video where you record yourself or an event and discuss with everyone watching LIVE via text chat. It’s as much fun as it sounds!

These live videos are also called “Scopes”. Periscope only saves your video for a short time and your followers can replay your videos for 24 hours. (You can also use a program called Katch.me to record your Scopes but that’s another post!) You can follow all of my scopes at my Katch.me account here: http://Katch.me/Hey_Donna

Periscope is brilliant and I’ve fallen in love with it!

So, why is Periscope Perfect for Perfectionists?

Why-Periscope-is-perfect-for-the-perfectionist

1. LIVE video means mistakes happen and it’s ok!

You can’t avoid the occasional mistake and it’s ok, because no matter how prepared or organized you are you are likely to make some kind of mistake or have unexpected interruptions. Knowing that you can’t always avoid these little imperfections take the pressure off and helps you to relax a little more.

2. You don’t need high quality audio/video equipment.

I love listening to podcasts and YouTube. Both are a minefield of great information and tutorials. YouTube is HUGE for bloggers but recording and editing a video has always intimidated me. Many podcasters have great mics and edit their audio to make everything sound great. While these outlets sound perfect for bloggers they sound overwhelming to me! I would be editing my videos/podcasts forever to make sure they were “just-so!”. Scopes can be recorded right on your cell phone. You can use a tripod if you have one, but you really don’t have to. While lighting and sound are still important, perfectionists can relax and know that followers are there to watch the REAL you. Periscope is a quick, easy and super personal way to connect with your followers and readers.

Yes, you should always consider your internet connection, lighting and sound. Do your best to make your scope a good experience for your viewers but don’t stress too much. I’ve watched plenty (many!) scopes that had bad lighting, bad angles of the camera (can you say nostrils??!!) etc. but you know something, I’ve still enjoyed the content.

If you have something of value to share, stop over thinking it and get it out there!

3. You can talk about anything!

I have dozens of blog posts saved as a draft, posts that I’ve never published. Many of those posts are just too short or maybe not relevant to my blogs topic of Homeschooling, Homemaking and Productivity. These little posts would make great Scopes! Periscope is the perfect place to discuss a topic that might not make it onto your blog.

4. Can’t find the perfect new post idea?

One thing I struggle with as a perfectionist is making sure that you enjoy reading what I’m writing. I want to write content that you want! During scopes many of you have been asking me great questions – after a 5 minute Scope I can walk away with several blog post ideas! Getting to talk to you LIVE gives me an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had otherwise. The fast-paced discussions on Periscope open up a world of questions and ideas!

As a happy extrovert I love that Periscope is more of a conversation platform instead of just a video platform! 

Are you on Periscope?

If you haven’t already tried out Periscope give it a go! (<–there’s a little Aussie slang!) You don’t HAVE to ever do a broadcast yourself, you can pop into periscope and watch your favorite bloggers, authors, actors etc. If you check it out be sure to follow me, Hey_Donna!

Why Periscope is Perfect for Perfectionists

Our 2015-2016 Homeschool Curriculum for 2nd and 4th Grade

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2015-2016-Homeschool-Curriculum

We are very excited to have started our Homeschool year!

After months of weighing the options ( so many options!) we’ve decided and purchased all of our homeschool curriculum for this year! We started school last week and it has been going great!

Here are our Homeschool Choices for 2015-2016 for 2nd and 4th Grade


 

Claire – Age 8 – 4th Grade Our 4th Grade Curriculum 2015-2016

History, Bible, Geography and Reading: Sonlight Core B+C  [Ancient History] *see picture below

Reading: Read-alouds from Sonlight grade 4/5

Grammar: First Language Lessons 2

Spelling: All About Spelling 2

WritingWriting Strands 3

Handwriting: A Reason for Handwriting – T

PhonicsExplode the Code

ScienceTo be determined (I can’t make up my mind!)

Here’s a picture of the Bible and History that we will be doing for Sonlight Core B+C. Both Children will be doing this Core together. They also each have a pile of about 20 books that they will be using for independent reading time.

Sonlight-Core-B+C

 


 

Caleb – Age 6 – Grade 2

2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum

History, Bible, Geography and Reading: Sonlight Core B+C  [Ancient History] *see picture above

Reading: Read-alouds from Sonlight grade 2nd grade

Grammar: First Language Lessons 2

SpellingAll About Spelling 1

WritingWrite Track

HandwritingA Reason for Handwriting – B

PhonicsExplode the Code 4

Science To be determined (I can’t make up my mind!)

We are already enjoying our curriculum, especially Sonlight. I’m still looking for an affordable Science curriculum that is not too overwhelming, I have a few ideas but I’ll be adding science in later this year. I plan to share more details about each curriculum choice soon so be sure to subscribe or check back for updates!

I know that finding great homeschool curriculum can be a headache, there are so many great choices! We’re taking time to try the curriculum out and see how they work for our family. Every family is different and every child is different; I suggest that you read lots of reviews ask questions and always be ready to switch curriculums if you need to.

Let me know if you have any questions below in the comments!

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Our New Homeschool Room – Before

We’re all moved in!

What a relief and a blessing to be moved into our new place. We are renting a townhouse from a friend that moved out of the state. It is furnished and one of the nicest homes we’ve lived in.

Before we moved to Ireland we sold nearly everything. We saved our kitchen items and some personal items, so having a furnished house is a huge blessing!

Today I’m sharing a peek into our soon-to-be new homeschool space. The house has a newly finished basement and it is a dream!! The laminate flooring is beautiful and the space is perfect for our little homeschool room and family room.

Our Homeschool Room – BEFORE

Homeschool Room Before

We’re hoping to make a trip to Ikea to pick up a few tables and a bookcase. Until then we’re working with what we have and getting the room all set up. This week I made a quick trip to Walmart to buy a small bookcase ($15!) to get us started.

There is so much to do but I’m diving right in. We’re still pinching ourselves, what a great space to work with!