Love, Juliebug: November 2016



If you are just starting your homeschool journey you will probably get or come across advice on what to do. Who am I kidding- you'll get an over-abundance of info. What you might not get are things you should avoid. Don't worry - it's not another list of rules. Not really. Read these through and see some of the things I've struggled with as a semi-new homeschool mom. Take the ones you need and really think about them. Toss the rest out of the window. Let me know what areas you might struggle in. 


Here are five things NOT to do while homeschooling:

1. Worry Too Much

If you are anything like me then you are a worrier. It comes naturally to a lot of moms and it's easy to see why. I mean, we definitely want the best for our children. But, when it comes to homeschooling try not to freak yourself out by worrying about every little detail. It will be okay.

2. Compare Yourself to Another Parent

Your child is just that - yours. I whole heartedly believe we are chosen to be our child's mom for a reason. Just be the best teacher you can for your kiddos. I guarantee you that there is no perfect mom out there.

3. Compare Your Child to Another Child

Just like we, as parents, aren't the same as each other - our children aren't the same as each other either. Not all kids are great at reading. Some kids struggle with math. Again I guarantee you that there is no perfect child out there even if it looks like there is.

4. Think That There is Only One Way to Do This

The things that work for one homeschooling family will not always work for the next. There are so many different choices of curriculum for a reason. People use different schedules, different teaching methods, and so on because that is what works for them. Don't trap yourself into thinking that you have to do this homeschool thing a specific way. It's all about your individual family.

5. Forget to Make It Fun

The best part about homeschooling is that you get to enjoy your child on a daily basis. You get to see them learning, yes, but you get to play games and interact with them in ways that they will never forget. Take the time to make it fun and love on your kiddos.

Was there one of these that stood out to you? Obviously for me, it was a little bit of all of them. Please take the time to leave me a comment below. I'd love to hear from you!
Adoption is a special thing to us for several reasons. Simply put, there are too many kids without a permanent home. Without a family. It breaks my heart when I think about it. Take a look at the following post. See if you can break some of the myths floating around about adoption and share it with your friends and family too.

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Children are our future. As they grow up, they become us, the adults who work in the factories, bakeries, local businesses, and the leaders of our nation. A truly great life is filled with love and family and those pivotal moments that we get to share with one another. As the holidays are approaching and we get busy thinking about our family get-togethers, cooking food and shopping, I ask that you take a moment to stop and think about the kids who have no family. It may be a somber thing to think about. Maybe it isn’t something you want to think about. But it is so very important.

There are 428,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system and 112,000 are waiting to be adopted. AdoptUSKids’ maintains a national photo listing service for children waiting to be adopted. Since the project launched in 2002, more than 26,000 children who were once photo listed on adoptuskids.org have been adopted and nearly 39,000 families have registered to adopt through the website.  Nevertheless, older youth are disproportionally represented – approximately 43% percent of children and youth photo listed on adoptuskids.org are between 15 and 18 years old, but only 17% of those adopted have been in this age group.

Can you imagine? Knowing that because you are too old, you may never have the family that you always hoped for, that you always dreamed of? Older youth and teens have lower adoption rates than younger children, and they often wait longer to be adopted. But no matter their age, all kids need a supportive, loving home and the teenage years are a critical period for growth. While these kids may have the essential things that they need to grow up healthy, like food and a roof over their heads, that does not make up for the kind of love and support that a family can give them. Having a roof over your head doesn’t mean that these kids are being given a truly happy life, one which every child deserves. Some of the Misperceptions about Adoption from Foster Care:
  • Adoption is expensive.  Unlike the private adoption of an infant or adopting internationally, there are virtually no costs associated with adoption from the US child welfare system. In addition, the vast majority of youth adopted from foster care are also eligible for monthly adoption assistance up to the level of the foster care rate. 
  • You have to be married. You do not have to be married to adopt in most states. Many children have been very successfully adopted by single parents. Single-parent families accounted for 29 percent of all adoptions from foster care in 2014 (AFCARS). 
  • You have to own a home and each child has to have their own room. You can rent your home or live in an apartment or a mobile home so long as your living situation is a stable one. 
  • You have to be of child-bearing age to adopt. Experienced parents and empty-nesters are encouraged to adopt. In most instances, you’re eligible to adopt regardless of age, income, marital status or sexual orientation.  
  • You can only adopt a child who is the same race and ethnicity as you. Federal law prohibits the delay or denial of an adoptive placement based on the race or ethnicity of a child in U.S. foster care and the prospective parent or parents who are seeking to adopt them. The only exception to this law is the adoption of Native American children where special considerations apply.  
  • You can’t adopt if you’re in the military. Military families stationed overseas and within the U.S. are eligible to adopt children from the U.S. foster care system.
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The truth is there are kids out there who need YOU. And whether you realize it or not, maybe you need them too. For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit www.adoptuskids.org or visit the campaign’s communities on Facebook and Twitter.

Hi Everyone *crunch crunch*!

My name is Mocha. *crunch crunch* Sorry, I'm eating these awesome tuna cat treats that my peeps made me. They invited me to watch a hilarious movie with them called Nine Lives. They've never done that before. Maybe it's because I sit on their chest and block their view. No matter. We are gonna have a blast watching this movie together. The humans even have on whiskers like me!



My favorite person was even playing with my toy! Boy, does she look playful. Hey, hey, don't catch it and chew on it!


I decided to take a break outside and show off our fun new doormat. Aren't I adorable? Ah, I guess it's time to watch the movie now!



Here we are cuddling for more of this action-packed, laugh a minute movie! She really is my favorite. We've been best buds since they found me as a kitten on a hot, summer Arizona day. Believe it or not, this human was only 3 years old when we met!



Our movie fun is over for now but I have a feeling we will be watching Nine Lives again very soon. I loved seeing all my feline friends on the screen. Now, it's time to stretch out in the sun and eat more homemade cat treats. This is the life! Why don't you watch Nine Lives with your own humans? It's available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD now.

xoxo,
Mocha



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I don't know about you but I want to give a gift I know will be well-loved. Jewelry. Beautiful jewelry is a great way to go for so many ladies in our lives. To be perfectly honest, I want to add lots of Stella & Dot to my wishlist too! 

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My family and I love watching movies together. It is a fun and special time to just be together laughing and enjoying each other's company. We're so lucky to have such great movies coming out. Nine Lives is one that we had been looking forward to seeing in the theater so now that it is on Blu-ray & DVD we are extra happy! Have you seen it yet? It's about a workaholic father who gets trapped inside a cats body. It's a silly premise but has a great message. 


We even have a giveaway below but before we get to that we decided to make some fun cat treats (for your own furry friend!) Click on the image to print a copy for yourself!


 



I hope your kitty loves the cat treats as much as ours does. She really did love them but she was being camera shy. Of course. Now, onto the giveaway! Please wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load below and good luck. 



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