E73: Using Home Education to Design Our Lifestyle / Our Interview with It’s A Military Life

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today we have the pleasure of sharing with you our interview with the Chief Editor & Program Manager of It’s A Military Life, Jenna Soliani.  We have been able to work with It’s A Military Life on several projects, but this time they asked to interview us about our experience as a military homeschooling family, among other things. We think this conversation gives some good insight into our decision to make a lifestyle change that involved taking our children out of the traditional education system. Our goal was to create a lifestyle designed to bring more quality time, less stress, and a more flexible schedule. As a military family, we share how the fluidity of homeschooling has allowed us to travel and adjust to ever-changing schedules without missing a beat.
So grab a seat by the fire as we discuss our life as a military homeschooling family and how we use home education to design our family’s lifestyle. Enjoy!

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Show Notes
It’s A Military Life : Sharing lifestyle content, personal stories, collaboration opportunities, and military child resources. We are a supportive milso and vet networking community! (itsamilitarylife.com)

You can also find It’s A Military Life on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Book mentioned:
102 Top Picks for Home School Curriculum
https://amzn.to/3e6H7sy

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E72: The Burden of Better With Heather Creekmore / How Comparison Can Keep You From Achieving Your Goals

Hello and welcome back to the campfire! Today’s encouraging conversation is with Heather Creekmore. She is a homeschool mom of 4, blogger, public speaker, and author.  Heather’s focus is on the pitfalls of comparison and how an unhealthy obsession with looking at what we don’t have can lead to many issues that will eventually filter down to our children.  So grab a seat by the fire as we discuss her book (The Burden of Better: How a Comparison-Free Life Leads to Joy, Peace, & Rest ), her struggles, and how happiness can be achieved by something as simple as gratefulness for a cup of coffee or time spent with family.

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Show Notes

Heather’s website: Body Image and Comparison Help for Christian Women – Compared to Who?
Can be found on all social media platforms- @ Compared To Who
Podcast- Compared To Who

Books:
The Burden of Better – https://amzn.to/3tR5X5a

Compared To Who – https://amzn.to/3gz7FV3

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CHOCOLATE COVERED DRIED FRUIT

It’s noon here in Southern Mississippi and it already feels like summer. And the worst part is, it’s only going to get hotter!
Most people are rounding out their school year: graduations, end of school parties, probably ending off the homeschool year in preparation for the summer activities. Us? Continuing on with homeschool, keeping it lighter so we can spend more time playing and not rushing into our days. We opted to school year round because I felt our 5 year old wasn’t catching up with reading very well. We started The Good and Beautiful literature, and I can see her confidence building! Plus, we are a military family and since our schedule won’t change much, I didn’t want to spend the days with the kids bored. They actually ask for school on the weekends! So for now, I will follow their lead.

So back to the heat, you can imagine my desire to turn the oven on has been minimal. But my desire for a treat has not! So I made up these chocolate covered dried kiwi treats. So simple! So good! And I am gonna have to test out other dried fruits now!

The recipe is very simple: dark chocolate chips, coconut oil and dried fruit of your choice. I went with dried kiwi because that’s what I had. Why coconut oil? First it melts easily but hardens just as fast. But I find that when I mix it with chocolate and place in the freezer, I can take it straight out and not loose a tooth biting into it. It also gives a really nice flavor…not coconut at all but almost salty? So if you’ve never tried it, do!!

Chocolate covered dried fruit

1 tablespoon coconut oul

2 tablespoons chocolate chips

(note: it’s one part oil to two parts chocolate, so this is very easy to double, quadruple, etc…)

Dried fruit of choice (I used dried kiwi)

  1. Place coconut oil and chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and heat at 20 second increments, mixing each time until melted and smooth.
  2. Dip dried fruit into chocolate and place on a wax paper or aluminum foil lined sheet.
  3. place in freezer until hardened
  4. Take out and enjoy!
  5. store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge. The coconut oil will melt or soften if it gets too warm.
  6. Thats it!

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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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.

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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!!!