Q&A + Links

Some recent questions I’ve gotten and haven’t had a chance to answer yet! I tried to include pictures and links when applicable 🙂

(About Payson’s baby food) I thought that had avocado in it! Do you have a book or site that you use to come up with “baby food” ideas, or do you just throw whatever sounds good in the blender/food processor?
I just throw in whatever sounds good or just a bunch of scraps. lol

For the veggie mix for Payson, did you cook the veggies or just blend them raw??
I blend them raw since it’s healthier. And easier!

This is going to sound bizarre but how do you get your eyebrows looking so good….plucking,waxing,threading etc.
Oh gosh, thanks. I don’t think they’re that special. lol
I pluck them. I’ve never tried waxing or threading. Once when I was a little kid I tried cutting them with scissors. I don’t know what I was thinking but I cut half my eyelashes off in the process! ha
I don’t have any tips or anything, I just pluck until they look alright.
I’ve had a few mishaps in the past. Here’s an example- right after Brooklyn was born and I plucked them way too thin.

How did your Project Husband go? Did you really take a pic of Allan everyday for a month?
I did it for 2 weeks and have done it a couple times since. I’m going to start back up and see if I can make it for 30 days in a row. I REALLY love the pictures I got of him during those two weeks.

How did you get your url to show as “mysweetchaos.com” when you’re linking from blogger? I can’t get mine to do that, it still says schoolroomoflife.blogspot.com, instead of just schoolroomoflife.com. GRRRR Love the new name though!
I bought my domain name for $10. That’s the only reason I can think of. I don’t know much about web addresses.

Can I ask how many books are offered in the Scholastic At-Home Reading Program? I saw some for sale on Amazon and they have 72 listed. Is that correct? What else is included in the Scholastic set, any workbooks or guides?
I’m not sure exactly because I haven’t opened each little package but 72 sounds about right.
The set comes in 5 boxes, each box has several packs of materials. In each box there are several workbooks, games, readers, a CD-Rom and audio CDs.

One of the boxes opened up. The pack on the right has workbook, games, readers and stickers. There are 5 of these packs in each box (so 25 altogether? I’m not entirely sure because I got these secondhand and some of the packages are missing)

I pulled out some stuff from one of the boxes to give you an idea of what’s included. Sorry for the weird angle, my 50mm lens isn’t the best for getting everything in the picture.

Homemade Playdough Recipe:
2 cups flour
2 cups water
1 cup salt
2 TB Vegetable Oil
1 TB Cream of Tartar

Put all ingredients in sauce pan. Stir on medium heat. (You will stir for quite a while and when it starts to thicken it’s difficult and your arm will get veeery tired!)
When a ball forms dump the dough out onto the counter and knead for a couple minutes. Let cool for a few minutes and you’re done!
Homemade Playdough (with video how to)

What kind of homemade games did you make?
For Brooklyn I’ve been putting together some phonics games. The one I made this week is a Phonograms and Blends game. I got the idea from The Snail’s Trail Blog (which is a really cool blog I found last week. If you homeschool or just want some neat ideas to do with your kids you should check it out)

The author of The Snail’s Trail Blog used paint samples but I don’t have any paint projects in the near future so I created mine in photoshop.
It was pretty easy. After printing I just cut everything out and laminated the pieces (I bought a laminator at Sam’s Club a year or two ago for pretty cheap. It was a great investment and something every homeschool family should get if it can be squeezed into the budget!)

The game I made for Sierra was a matching game. You can play it memory style or lay out the cards and just let her match them up that way. I like it because there are different shades of the same color.

You can find the printable here: Jolly Penguin Matching Game (it’s free)

(About the brown-toned black and white conversion) My daughter’s picture looked great using this method, except there were portions of the shadows that were all black. It was like it had black paint on it and it looked like the Dissolve blending mode… I didn’t adjust levels or curves or anything on the image (since I was practicing). Do you think that was why?
I’m really not sure why that happened without watching what you did and seeing the original picture. Sorry.. maybe email me the picture so I can see what’s going on?

What kind of sling did you get?
It’s an Amy Coe brand Sling that I got at Babies R Us.

That’s a really cute wrap. Does it make your back ache at all? I have a hotsling and baby bjorn, but I have lower back problems so don’t use them a lot.
It does make my back hurt when I wear it longer than a half hour. I’m going to get a woven wrap one of these days!

Resources used in this post and some I just really like or have future plans in using:
Word Family Pieces at The Snails Trail Blog
Jolly Penguin Matching Game
KidZone Phonics Helps
Carl’s Corber Word Cards
Phonograms from All About Spelling
Phonogram Sounds from Phonogram Page.com
Phonograms from On Track Reading
Amy Coe Sling
Homemade Playdough (with video how to)

I’m sorry if you asked me a question and I missed it. Ask again and I’ll try to answer it next post!

5 thoughts on “Q&A + Links

  • Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions! I did buy my domain name as well (from godaddy), but I still can't get it to show up when linking from blogger. I emailed the support there and they were no help lol. I am going to have to make some of those games for my girls. I also have a laminator (and agree it's a great investment for the homeschooling family) so I will add that to my to do list.

  • That's so funny you mentioned a laminator. I was just at Lakeshore over the weekend and there was a long line to use their laminator. It is a great investment to own your own and so worth it. And THANK YOU for answering my question about the Scholastic Sets. I managed to pick up the whole set on Ebay, brand new, for $60.00.

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