Iced Americano

Anyone else remember what it was like to sit there absolutely bored and watching the clock barely move?

Yeah, me neither.
Now I look up, it’s noon, I haven’t showered, haven’t brushed my teeth, found my coffee I lost the day before sitting on the bookshelf in the classroom, just finished the days lessons with the kids and am staring at a gigantic pile of laundry…

It’s time for a good cup of coffee. But since I can’t ever seem to find time to drink it hot, here is my husbands recipe for an iced coffee he found me:

  1. Have kids
  2. Make coffee
  3. Forget coffee
  4. enjoy iced coffee

Pretty much! 😂 And after numerous trips to Starbucks to have an iced americano, which has become my new favorite due to the quickly rising temperatures here in Mississippi, I decided to try my own out.

I admit I don’t have a detailed recipe for this one, but I will share what I did to create it. And there is room to customize it how you like! Also note, that you can do the same by brewing a pot of coffee and chilling it, and skipping the water addition to make an iced coffee!

Iced Americano

  1. Brew espresso in an espresso maker.
  2. As soon as it is done, pour over a cup of ice to chill.
  3. In a separate cup add whatever sweetener, creamer, white chocolate syrup, chocolate syrup, etc you like (but take note, do less sweet on this than you would an actual cup of coffee to start) ****I do roughly a Tablespoon of white chocolate syrup and nothing else to create a “white mocha americano”. But that’s me!****
  4. Fill the cup halfway with cold water and mix.
  5. Top with ice
  6. Now add in your chilled espresso
  7. Mix and enjoy!

Now back to my long to do list ❤️ A mother’s work is never finished! 🤪

E71: Building Memories Through Family Camping

Hello everyone and welcome back to the campfire! Today we are taking you on our camping trip with us. We are currently camping in Ohio and it is our first time tent camping with the entire family. Nathan and I both grew up tent camping but for the last five years we have had a camper. As luck would have it, last winter a tree fell on our camper and we used that opportunity to try something different. We decided to purchase an old conversion van and buy a big tent. We wanted to be a little more flexible when it came to our next adventure. So today is our first time hitting the road and setting up a tent with all five of us and the dog 😉

We wanted to hit on the subject of building memories and moments for your children. What we are doing is very simple but they are the same memories that we both have from when we were little. We make a very conscious effort to give memories to our children and not THINGS. Camping is a beautiful experience that you can hand to your family. Trips and vacations do not have to be extravagant and overly expensive. You can keep it simple and the only person that knows that is you. Your kids look at the world with wonder. It’s us as adults that are tainted through life. Lol. Don’t project that on your kids. Remember to look at life through the eyes of a child and you will be blown away by the amazing thing that we call life.!

Thank you all for listening and please join us next week for another great conversation and interview. Have a great week!

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E70: The World is Our Classroom: Extreme Parenting and The Rise of Worldschooling with Dr. Jennie Germann Molz

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have the pleasure of Dr. Jennie Germann Molz joining us for a conversation. Dr. Molz is a Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts and is the author of the newly released book, The World Is Our Classroom: Extreme Parenting and the Rise of Worldschooling.   

Drawing on interviews with parents and stories from the blogs they publish during their journeys, as well as her own experience traveling the world with her ten-year-old son, she takes us inside a fascinating life spent on trains, boats, and planes. She shows why many parents―disillusioned with standard public schooling―believe the world is a child’s best classroom. Rebelling against convention, these parents combine technology and travel to pursue a different version of the good life, one in which parents can work remotely as “digital nomads,” participate in like-minded communities online, and expose their children to the risks, opportunities, and life lessons that the world has to offer.  So grab a seat by the fire as we discuss how more and more families are choosing the world as their classroom! 

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Show Notes

Dr. Molz’ s book:
The World is Our Classroom: Extreme Parenting and The Rise of Worldschooling 
The World Is Our Classroom (nyupress.org)

or you can purchase on Amazon at:
The World Is Our Classroom: Extreme Parenting and the Rise of Worldschooling (Critical Perspectives on Youth, 8): Molz, Jennie Germann: 9781479834075: Amazon.com: Books

You can find Dr. Jennie Germann Molz at College of the Holy Cross | A highly selective, four year, undergraduate, Jesuit, liberal arts institution. College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

E69: How To Fill Your Cup / Staying Motivated, Energized, and Relaxed In A Hectic Life

Hello and welcome back to the campfire!  Today it’s just Nathan and I.  We woke up early on a Saturday morning to record with a cup of coffee.  We wanted to talk about how to fill your cup.  How do you recharge every day?  What do you do to keep your energy level high and your internal fire burning?  Today we discussed what we do and our routine for keeping our personal lives going strong in the midst of parenting and homeschooling. 

To be great parents, especially homeschooling parents, you have to find ways to fill your cup everyday.  To be the best you can be you have to fill your cup first and eventually it will overflow to the rest of your family and into the rest of your life. 

We hope you all enjoy the conversation and that you can find ways in your own life to keep your cup full.  Have a wonderful week. 

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We would love to hear from you so please email us with any comments or questions you have.
Visit us and all of our content, including our blog, at http://www.thehomeschoolprojectpodcast.com
As always, let’s Light A Fire They Can’t Put Out
Thank you for listening!

Mom Fails Make Good Laughs

Alright parents. Let’s talk about school fun-tivities.

My son is in Pre-K3. Last week we got an email that we needed to provide 12 pre-filled eggs and an Easter basket for the class Easter egg hunt.

Ok. No problem! What can go wrong? Right? Wrong!

It starts with the basket. My husband tells me he picked up some baskets at Target several weeks ago. Check! Then we go on Amazon and find some pre-filled eggs that will be delivered the day before they are due at school. Check!

The eggs arrive. I open the box. The things are HUGE! So I ask my husband if he thinks the basket he got earlier in the month was big enough. He’s not sure. So I go find them. The answer is no. The basket is the size of a take out box!! The egg fills the entire basket! (See the photo…not exaggerating.)

I promptly send my husband to Target who buys the largest bucket he can find. I then begin sending photos to every family and friend, while I’m in a fit of laughter.

So remember parents, when it’s the night before something is due for your kids school and it’s a huge mess, just laugh. Because let’s face it, giant eggs and tiny baskets are definitely reasons to laugh and not cry!

E68: Life’s Biggest Lessons with The Ollinger Family

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have Haley and Chad from All In Ollies joining us. Their story begins with Chad having a brush with death while flying, which led them to decide to prioritize things in their life.  They took their children out of traditional school, eventually sold their home and most of their possessions, purchased an old school bus,  and hit the road to start truly living.  Their story shows us all how fragile life can be and that the best time to make a change and to put your family in the forefront of everything is today.  
So grab a seat by the fire as we travel to Mexico to speak with the Ollingers about life’s biggest lessons.

If you like what you hear and have enjoyed our show, please show your appreciation by subscribing to our Podcast and leaving us a review on your Podcast App of choice.
We would love to hear from you so please email us with any comments or questions you have.
Visit us and all of our content, including our blog, at http://www.thehomeschoolprojectpodcast.com
As always, let’s Light A Fire They Can’t Put Out
Thank you for listening!

Show Notes
You can find Haley and Chad on:

Instagram @allinollies
YouTube- All In Ollies
Mystery at Blind Frog Ranch on the Discovery Channel

COOKIE DOUGH SMOOTHIE BOWL

I absolutely LOVE smoothie bowls. And for as long as I could remember…going as far back as 2002 when I worked at Smoothie King…I preferred to EAT my smoothies with a spoon. Then years down the road, they became all the rage and the toppings began to be added. All I could think was ‘why didn’t I think of that before?’ Maybe it’s psychological in my thinking that the smoothie is more filling if it’s thick and creamy like ice cream with those random bites of chunks of fruit, granola, nuts, whatever. Yet, when it comes to smoothie bowls, it is feast or famine with me. Mainly because it does require some prep work. That prep is to remember to toss some bananas that are about to go bad, peeled and cut up and thrown into a freeze bag and put into the freezer. These frozen bananas are what will help with the creaminess and ice cream like consistency. It also adds a natural sweetness and you won’t have to add any sort of sweetener, unless you prefer things really sweet!
For once I remembered I have been wanting to try making this recipe that requires a frozen banana and some frozen canned chic peas that are rinsed and drained. So I made it a point to put both those things in the freezer last night, and the trial began today. And OMG I was not the least bit disappointed.
I know what you must be thinking, chickpeas in a smoothie? Seriously? Seriously. Cant taste them. I promise. But I do recall making muffins with chickpeas, so trust me! Ha!

Banana, chickpeas, peanut butter, protein powder, almond milk… yummy! The key to making it nice and thick is to a) have those frozen bananas on hand and b) limit the amount of liquid. More will make it more drinkable, less will make it where you can stick your spoon in it. Your choice! And then top it with whatever your heart desires! I opted for chocolate grain free granola by Bare Naked. Awesome combo! I’m giddy with how good this tasted! And how energized I suddenly feel after a morning of homeschool and a four year old that wouldn’t stop talking so I could actually teach.

With that, I leave you with the recipe!

Cookie Dough Smoothie Bowl

1 frozen banana

1/3 cup frozen chickpeas (canned, rinsed and drained)

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (1/4 cup oatmeal can be subbed here)

1 tsp maca powder (optional, but it truly adds to the flavor!)

1 -2 Tbsp peanut butter (nut butter of choice)

sprinkle of sea salt

3/4 – 1 cup almond milk (milk of choice…less makes it thicker, more makes it more drinkable)

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend til smooth.
  2. Top with your favorites: chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, granola, oats, fruit.. (I topped mine with chocolate grain free granola by Bare Naked)
  3. enjoy!!!

E67: What’s Your Normal: Whatever You Want It To Be

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! On today’s episode Nathan and I discuss what “Normal” means.  As homeschoolers we are considered abnormal by most of society because we are still the minority when it comes to educating our children.  We discuss how the world wants to give us a definition of normal in regards to education, finances, lifestyle, and just about everything else in our lives.  Normal is whatever you decide it is and that does not have to look the same as the majority of others.  We prefer to be abnormal when it comes to most of these categories and homeschooling is just the beginning.  So if following the masses is not how you approach life, then grab a seat by the fire and join us in this conversation you will probably love!

If you like what you hear and have enjoyed our show, please show your appreciation by subscribing to our Podcast and leaving us a review on your Podcast App of choice.
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As always, let’s Light A Fire They Can’t Put Out
Thank you for listening!

E66: The Big Life Journal / How Mindset Can Change Everything with Alexandra Eidens

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we had the pleasure of having the founder of Big Life Journal, Alexandra Eidens, join us on the show. Together with her husband Scott, they created the Big Life Journal along with the Big Life Kids Podcast to help kids grow up to be positive, resilient, confident human beings who strive to achieve great things in life. Today, Big Life Journal resources are used in hundreds of thousands of homes and schools around the world and the community has grown to over 500,000 parents and educators. These engaging resources help kids develop a resilient growth mindset so they can face life’s challenges with confidence.  So grab a seat by the fire as we discuss how mindset is the key to unlocking you and your children’s full potential.  

If you like what you hear and have enjoyed our show, please show your appreciation by subscribing to our Podcast and leaving us a review on your Podcast App of choice.
We would love to hear from you so please email us with any comments or questions you have.
Visit us and all of our content, including our blog, at http://www.thehomeschoolprojectpodcast.com
As always, let’s Light A Fire They Can’t Put Out
Thank you for listening!

Listen Here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/777311/8129488

Show Notes
The Big Life Journal website: Big Life Journal for Kids
Can also be found on Instagram and Facebook @biglifejournal

Big Life Kids Podcast can be found on your Podcast App of choice.

The Couple that Puzzles Together…

…stays together. Right?

First, I realized I hadn’t posted in a while. Where does the time go?!

Second, my husband and I are both teachers and on Spring Break! We started the break making a list of all the home-improvement projects we wanted to get done. Painting, bathroom remodel, deck remodel, garage storage…the list goes on. What have we actually done?

Puzzles.

The list was created on Friday when school got out. By Saturday, the list was forgotten. We got in the car, went to Target, and everyone in the family picked out a puzzle. The kids got a puzzle each that comes in some fancy lunch box, the husband got a 500 piece, and I got a 1000 piece.

The kids worked theirs out on the floor. The husband and I cleared the kitchen table, put the laptop between us, put on some true crime shows, and got to work.

The house is still a mess. The projects still haven’t gotten done (there’s always summer right?). But we relaxed. While simultaneously growing suspicious of our neighbors as we watch more and more shows about murders in quiet neighborhoods. It’s a balance people!

So the next time you want to have a relaxing evening with the family. Get everyone their own puzzle. Trust me! (I just hope yours isn’t missing 1 single piece that causes you to search the whole house in desperation!)