Pebbles Can Change The World

For the last two weeks, our homeschool discussions have been about respect and rebellion. We’ve been looking at the stories of King David, King Solomon and the various people of the Old Testament.

It was really surprising to discover that we aren’t really that different from our “ancient” ancestors at all! Sure, our technology is something they probably didn’t even know they could wish for. The practice of medicine sure has improved too!

Yet, we are all still people. We work to provide for our families, we go to school, laugh, cry, and put our pants on one leg at a time. There are even times when it seems that we could have written King David’s Psalms ourselves! (If we’d have thought of them first.)

Many scientists say we must look to the past to see what our future holds because history repeats itself. Where does the past end though? Is it yesterday? Two hundred years ago? Two thousand or more?

Then comes the tricky part: which part of history should we rewrite and who should do the rewriting when, realistically, we won’t all agree?

After torturing our brains with all those questions, we realized something:

We all just need to be the best person we can be!

Like a pebble thrown into a lake, our actions will ripple out and change our world, one person at a time.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





Training Kallie

This Superstar Saturday, we’re showcasing an awesome video from our friend, cattledogsandmutts. In case you weren’t sure, that isn’t her real name! =)

If you already have a dog or if you plan to adopt a puppy, you know that training is so important. Just like us, if dogs don’t learn the rules, they can get themselves (and us!) into trouble.

Take a peek at our friend’s training session with her Red Heeler puppy, Kallie. Then follow her on YouTube. She’s always uploading some great stuff!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom








Brain Power

Kids, we don’t recommend trying these but if you are going to test these anyway,
please, for the love of all that is good, get your parents’ permission first!


Some interesting facts about your brain:

  • It’s more active when you sleep.
  • It uses about 10 watts of power to function.
  • It needs 20 percent of the oxygen and calories your body requires.
  • It is 80% water.

No wonder doctors tell us we to eat right, drink a lot of water and get enough sleep! We know we feel better when we do but now we know our brain works better that way too!

We found these tidbits at The Nurse Nut.

If you have any weird but true facts you’d like to share, send them in!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





60 Seconds Of Thanks

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Our Thankful Thursday inspirational quote for today is …

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.
Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~William A. Ward

It’s so easy to get caught up in our day. We stay up late, wake up late, rush to get everything done. Or maybe we went to bed on time but still woke up late or couldn’t sleep right and it feels like we’re struggling just to keep up.

Before the day is over, we’ll have to take care of school stuff, extracurricular activities, time with friends, take time out to eat, make time to shower and hopefully stick some good family time in there too. Whew!

Every day, there are a million things to do and less than 24 hours to do them because we have to sleep. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama, the frustration and to feel like we’re being pulled in so many different directions.

Today, try to take a little time out. Stop for at least 60 seconds – 1 minute – and think about all the wonderful people, animals, plants and material things in your life.

We give thanks for our health, for our freedom, for our families, pets, friends, homes, toys and beautiful views from our windows. What else can you think of to give thanks for?

Have fun and stay safe,
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Take A Bow

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Pack It Up

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With some major Holidays coming up, there’s a good chance that you or someone you know will be traveling soon. So this Teaching Tuesday, we’re taking a look at how we can pack a bit better.

These tips from Expert Village will help make sure you won’t have to leave your favorite sweater behind!

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All-Aboard The Slushie Express!

    For Market Monday this week, we’re featuring one of our all-time favorite products: Slushie Express Cups!

These are technically for the Back to Basics Slushie Express but you can use any blender that will turn ice chunks or cubes into deliciously cold smoothness.

We use ours with the blender we already have, an affordable Hamilton Beach Wavestation Express blender with a cool pour spout built in to it.

The cups are basically reusable, plastic versions of the disposable Icee/Slushie cups you are already used to using. They have a removable, dome-shaped lid with a good-sized hole on the top and a straw with attached spoon.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




No One Is Perfect

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Our Spiritual Sunday inspirational quote for today is …

“No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers.” ~ Author Unknown

Sometimes we get stuck. Our homework seems too hard, our writing doesn’t seem quite right, we don’t know the perfect thing to say to that friend who lost their pet or we can’t figure out how to keep our rooms clean and still get everything else done.

If we stop or give up because we are afraid to mess up, we’ll never get anywhere! Take a deep breath, jump in and do your best. That’s all any human can do.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





The Under $25 Organic Garden Challenge

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For Superstar Saturday this week, we’re sharing another great YouTube find. This video is Episode 1 from joegardenerTV‘s “The Twenty-Five Dollar Organic Victory Garden Challenge” series.

Joe is going to try to feed his family of four, all through summer, with a budget of just $25! Does he make it? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out!

Although these videos were posted over a year ago, they definitely still have some great tips and ideas we can use! If you thought pizza boxes were only good for holding pizza, watch this …

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom