Death Wish of a Cat

Death Wish of a CatThis is my kitty boy Arthur. His full name is King Arthur Pendragon. Creative aren’t we?

I’m not quite sure what emotion he’s communicating in this look. It could be annoyance that I’m taking a picture of him or maybe the eyes of a psycho plotting the imminent death of the photographer (me). Honestly, I think he’s getting geared up to attack the cell phone, which he often does when I have it out near him. It’s his reaction when I’m not paying attention to him.

An attack of the cell phone looks a little something like this. Continue reading

Game Day Pepperoni Pizza Kabobs

This shop for DiGiorno® Pepperoni STUFFED CRUST® Pizza to make Game Day Pepperoni Pizza Kabobs has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #PrepareToParty #CollectiveBias

Pepperoni Pizza Kabobs

The other day I posted about Charlie’s pizza challenge which I’ve confidently accepted. Pizza is a family favorite, which is why this challenge was created. In that challenge she said we can make anything into pizza. This got me thinking, why not do something fun with pizza for the Big Game. Pizza is a game day staple after all.

With a little brainstorming, Game Day Pepperoni Pizza Kabobs were born. Continue reading

Pizza Challenge: Accepted

Pizza Challenge Accepted

My kids and I have many things in common. One fantastic thing we have in common is our love for pizza. Just thinking about that gooey, piled high with toppings, delicious pie with any ingredient combination you can imagine makes my tummy get a bit grumbly. We may not agree on what the best toppings are, but we can agree that pizza is amazing. Someday I’d love to take a pizza tour around the United States and try all kinds of different varieties from New York thin crust to Chicago deep dish. My kids would love me! My stomach would probably have a different idea. My tastebuds would be happy though. Continue reading

M&M’s Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits

This shop to make M&M’s® Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RedVelvetLove #CollectiveBiasValentines Day Parfaits with M&M's Red Velvet

Our kids are getting older. Why must they get older?! With age comes excitement over holidays and these kids have been asking about Valentine’s Day well before Christmas. I’m not sure what has grasped their interest about this particular holiday, but they have been begging to do something special. It’s the holiday of love and I love these kids, so how could I say no.

In our family we like to create family traditions for the holidays. Valentine’s Day is one holiday we haven’t done too much with other than exchange some candy and maybe a small gift. Since the kids want more, it’s time to make some memories. We decided to do it with a breakfast, or treat, recipe using M&M’s® Red Velvet. Continue reading

Blog Goals for the New Year

Blog Goals for the New YearThis is the first year I’ve been excited about taking Living a Sunshine Life to the next level. The past couple of years have been fun finding my style, learning the blog world and just plain figuring it all out. Okay, I haven’t figured everything out yet, but I do have a better vision and direction for the blog. Better, not perfect. I’m still hashing that out.

With a new vision, direction and more excitement about the blog, I decided I should set some goals.

First thing in my goal setting was some brainstorming. Continue reading

Giveaway for an iPad Air 2! Entry Details Included

The Narrow ThreeIn less than three hours yesterday I started and finished reading The Narrow Three by J. K. Miller II. I loved this book! For being such a short book, it had decent character development and the ability of the author to manipulate the story in a way to constantly have the reader wondering what the next twist was is fantastic. I was wondering what would happen from the first line all the way to the very last line, and I’m excited to learn there will be a sequel! Continue reading

Orange Honey Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip

This shop for Müller® Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone but I hope you’ll try this delicious recipe for Orange Honey Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip. #MullerMoment #CollectiveBiasOrange Honey Vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip with Orange Zest

Everyone’s story is different, but we all have similar components to our stories. One of those components that I’m sure I share with many of you is that I have to work to squeeze in just a bit of me time among the chaos of the day.

As a stay at home, work from home, homeschooling, military spouse mom I don’t get much time alone. I’m either helping the kids, working with clients, spending time with my husband, and when all is quiet in the house I have a dog and two cats seeking out a little extra love. Oh, and a fish. Yes, even the fish begs for attention. If I happen to sit down next to the aquarium he’s immediately there at the edge staring at me. I’ll admit it, I’ve had more than a few full conversations with the fish. Continue reading

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle SoupOver the past week the girls and I have been sick. Not so sick we can’t move, but sick enough we didn’t leave the house for a week and we spent most of the time in our pajamas (don’t worry, we own many many sets of pajamas.)

On one of my sickest days I decided we needed soup. Homemade chicken noodle soup always seems to hit the spot and makes us feel better, I was hoping this time wouldn’t be different. Continue reading

More Than Just a Word of the Year

More Than Just a Word of the Year

One thing I love about my journey with Living a Sunshine life is the self discovery that has happened, almost without me even realizing it. I know, I’m a bit oblivious sometimes.

There has been learning since day one, there have been ups and downs. There have been celebrations and there have been challenges. I even took six months off to give myself some much needed space. It’s been a crazy ride, and if you’re reading this, I’m glad you’re here with me, whether it’s been from day one or if you’re new, this, what you see today, is the product of my own blogging journey.

Something I noticed this year is that a lot of people are creating a word of the year. This is a word that will help to motivate, challenge, and ultimately define what 2015 will be all about. I’m sure some people will embrace this word and take it to the limits. Others will do as they do with every other New Year’s resolution they’ve made over the years and sweep it under the rug after a few weeks. If you’re me it’ll be just a few days in. Continue reading

Do you use Time4Learning?

Time4Learning

I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid curriculum review. Time4Learning offers an online curriculum for prek-12th, information about homeschool portfolio reviews and tools like the How to Homeschool Guide. Be sure to come back and read about my experience.

With that said, have you ever used Time4Learning? I’d love to hear about your experiences with it. We’re still looking for the best program for our kiddos, and so far I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on this from others who have used it in the homeschooling community.

What are your favorite parts? What parts do you think need to be improved? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to have an open discourse on this program. Who knows, maybe your insights will help another family who is using this program if they’ve been struggling.

Do you use this program alone for homeschooling, or are you using it as a supplement to public school? What other kinds of educational activities are you using along side Time4Learning? I have so many questions! Feel free to answer any or all of them.

We tried out the demo and my daughter liked them, but I could tell it might put up just a bit of a challenge for her. Do you sit with your children to do the program or do you let them do it on their own and ask for help when needed. I want to know about your experience, not just the program itself, but how you use it.

Thank you in advance for any and all input and advice, I greatly appreciate it! This is why you all are some of the best readers in the world. I do love your feedback and you usually have some great information for me! If not great information then a whole lot of laughs, which is what I like to do ;)

What are your thoughts on Time4Learning. Spill it and tell me the good, the bad and the not so obvious in the comments.