3 Financial Myths About Having Older Children

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3 Financial Myths about Having Older Children- The Fundamental Home

One of the best aspects of spending so much time on YouTube is the people I “meet.”  It is so much fun to get to know others who enjoy watching videos.  Many of those folks are bloggers, too.  One such person, is Liz. She has been frequent visitor to my YT channel and even started her own channel about a month ago.  Her YT handle is The Frugal Libertarian, and her blog is, you guessed it, frugallibertarian.com.  One of the things I most appreciate about Liz is that, though we don’t have a lot in common, we can connect over the things we DO have in common.  For instance, we are both mothers and frugal.  Let’s be honest, those two things connect most of the women I know 😉

Anyway, Liz asked me if I would consider doing a collab with her.  She wanted to talk about some financial myths about having kids.  Liz is the mother of young children, and she has had to deal with SO many critical comments about her purchases that were based on financial myths- including a lecture from her pediatrician who felt that only the most expensive formula was acceptable!  She wanted to share her experiences and encourage mothers of young children, but she thought I could add to this as a mother of older children.  Of course, I have also had my share of criticisms based on financial myths, so I agreed to join her.

I know all of you mothers of older children are fighting battles, especially now as it is Christmas time.  There is so much pressure to buy bigger and better.  Don’t buy into it (literally or figuratively)!  You can have happy, healthy kids without over-spending- at Christmas time or any other time!  Here are 3 Financial Myths About Having Older Kids…

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$60 Bi-Weekly Meal Plan- Extra for a Long Term Guest

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$60 Bi-weekly Meal Plan with extra for a long-term guest

I did it.  I went over my budget.  Actually, this is the SECOND time in a row I went over budget.  On my last shopping trip I went WAY over with junk food.  You can check out the haul for that trip here.  In fairness, I went over and bought the junk food on that trip because I was recovering from gall bladder surgery, and I needed some easy things for my family to make and eat.  I wish I had enough time to prepare meals in advance, but I didn’t.  That’s just the way it goes sometimes.

Anyway…  This time, there is ANOTHER emergency situation that has caused us to expand the budget.  My mother is staying with us for a while.  She lives one street from the ocean on the SC coast, and she was forced to evacuate because of Hurricane Matthew.  We are not sure how long she will need to stay, so we planned to include her in our meals for the next two weeks.  Since I have a family of 5, and we normally budget $50 for two weeks (check out How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month for more info), that means we normally budget $10 per week per person.  So, I added $10 for my mom for a total of $60 to spend on this bi-weekly budget.

The menu plan for the coming weeks has proved to be a little tricky, though.  It’s not all because of my mom.  It’s because I have a LOT going on.  We have revival coming up.  There is our homeschool co-op and a Mom’s night out.  Plus, I have a doctor’s appointment. It just feels like I need an easy meal or crockpot meal just about every night.  The thing is, that gets boring, and it’s just not possible.  So, I finally came up with a meal plan, but I am still not 100% happy with it.  I may be hitting Pinterest up.  Still, I wanted to share with you what I have down.  It may help you to make a plan for your week.  Here it is…

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7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool II Virtual Homeschool Co-op

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7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments about Homeschool- The Fundamental Home with The Virtual Homeschool Co-op

Homeschoolers get negative comments from time to time.

It’s just a fact.

But let’s be real.  From the time you have your first child, you are bombarded with opinions from well-meaning family and friends (and sometimes critical strangers) who feel they need to share with you exactly where they stand on whatever it is your are doing with and for that child.

Of course, once you take a step out into the world of homeschooling, it can seem like you stepped in front of a firing squad.  Those negative questions and comments come at you so fast, you hardly know how to respond.

So, how should you respond to negative comments about your homeschool?

Let me tell you how I deal with it…

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The $44 Menu Plan- Feeding a Family of 5 for Two Weeks

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The $44 Menu Plan Feeding a Family of 5 for Two Weeks- The Fundamental Home

This has been a time of bounty.  We are coming off the end of summer.  Everyone is back on a rather normal school schedule. Our cabinets, refrigerator, and freezer are stocked.  Life is good.

So, this week, when we made our bi-weekly shopping trip, we discovered that there wasn’t much we actually NEEDED.  Instead, we could just get some great bargains and use them to build our menu plan.

Of course, I started at our local discount grocery store.  After that, it was Aldi.  My total spending: $44. 15.

Even I was impressed. As you know, we usually budget $50 every two weeks for our family of 5.  (If you didn’t know, be sure to check out my blog series called, “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 Every Month” for more details about how I shop.)  This was probably my smallest haul in a really long time.  Even so, I got some amazing deals!

My favorite deal of all was the packages of frozen bagels.  I got them 4 for $1.  I also bought some hot dogs for $1 a package.  What made them special was that these were all beef, kosher, gluten free hot dogs.  Let me tell you, having a child with special dietary needs means that hot dogs usually aren’t a family friendly meal.  Sure, I buy them, but then I have to make Ricky something else.  Not this time.  I could but these hot dogs knowing that everyone in the family could eat them.  That is a great buy!  Another great deal was the frozen, antibiotic-free, ground turkey that we purchased for $1 a pound.  I was SUPER excited about that.

I can’t neglect to mention, too, that my sweet friend shared her bounty with me.  We were the recipients of a large supply of free food thanks to her generosity.  Her mother decided to get rid of some things in her freezer, so she have them to the daughter.  Well, my friend filled her freezer and offered me what wouldn’t fit.  And guess what?!  A lot of it was gluten free!  BONUS!

Anyway, if you want to see all of my great deals, check out the video haul:

My face, though 🙂

This shopping trip was on Thursday, but I have not had a moment to post the video or share my menu plan until now.  I rushed to make sure it was available to you ASAP!  Without further ado, here is the menu plan…

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2016 Assignment 1

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2017 Assignment 1, The Fundamental Home

It’s a new school year!

I am so excited to, once again, be participating in the fantastic online community: The Virtual Homeschool Co-op.  This is a YouTube channel (and now a blog) where community members are assigned a question every week.  They answer that question about their homeschool and share that information online.  This can be in the form of a YouTube video or in a blog post.  Every Tuesday, we are linking up!  You should totally consider joining, too!  It’s free!  Plus!  If you don’t want to make videos or blog posts, but you are interested in learning about how other families homeschool, the Virtual Homeschool Co-op has all of this information in one place for your convenience.  We hope it will be a help and an encouragement to you.

This is the first assignment for the 2016-2017 school year: “Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed?”  We were supposed to answer this question in terms of our curriculum, our schedule, and our classroom.

Let me share a little bit with you about how I responded…

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins & Pumpkin Bread Rolls

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Gluten Free Pumpkin Blueberry Muffins & Pumpkin Bread Rolls from The Fundamental Home

 

It’s starting to feel like fall!  That means pumpkin flavored everything!

Recently, I made a vlog showing how I make some pumpkin treats.  The pumpkin bread rolls were tasty, and I wanted to share the recipe, so I looked all over the internet thinking I could just attach a link.  Would you believe that I could not find it?!  The recipe came from an old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.  I figured that the blog would be a good place to share this old, classic recipe.  To spare my fingers from typing more than necessary, I snapped this picture of the recipe:

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How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month: June 2016 Bi-weekly Meal Plan

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How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month with Bi-weekly Menu Plan. thefundamentalhome.com

It’s  been a while since I have been active on the blog.  My new love for YouTube and finishing up the homeschool year has kept me from having the time and energy to write.  That doesn’t mean I won’t be writing in the future.  I just have to figure out a way to balance it all.  You know how it is, moms.  We have so much on our plates, something has to be let go or we get super overwhelmed.  In my case, it was writing.  I am sure you understand.

Of course, if you miss me, you can always run over to my YouTube channel, called- The Fundamental Home.  I am posting there every day.

Anyway, this week, I did my 6 month video update on the “How I Feed My Family of 5 for $100 a Month” series.  If you haven’t read that blog series, there are five parts.  Here are the links to each part:

Part 1: Organization and Discipline

Part 2: Menu and Inventory

Part 3: The Process with Video and Tips 

Part 4: Making Your Groceries Stretch (this is my favorite part)

Part 5: Tips to Make the Most of Your Budget

The last video I made for the series was in January after we had been snowed in for two weeks.  I have been so surprised by the number of views and comments on that video.  People are asking the same questions over and over.   I think I am going to do a follow-up video and answer those questions, even though, if folks read the comments, they could probably find the answers they are looking for.

But I digress.

So, here we are with the new update.  I went shopping with Briana yesterday, and we found lots of great bargains.  You will see in the video that I did use one coupon, which I don’t normally do.  Hey, if you give me a coupon to get something for free, I will use it!  I also went to several stores.  We had the time and energy, and I wanted to try some new stops.  Normally, I don’t drive around so much because it defeats the cost-saving purpose, but you have to check out the competition every once in a while.  Otherwise, you might miss out on a deal.  Here’s the video:

I like to share my menu plan after I do a shopping video.  This way, you can see how I use my purchases.  I did shop on Friday this week.  We had enough that I didn’t have to run out on Thursday, my usual shopping day.  This was good because I had made plans to go see one of my new YouTube friends.  It was a blast!  So, the plan is for Friday to the 2nd Thursday.  I have links to some that have videos.  Without further ado, here’s our menu plan…

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Natural Remedies for Pneumonia That Worked When I Couldn’t Take Antibiotics

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Natural Remedies for Pneumonia that Worked When I Couldn't Take Antibiotics- Essential Oils, Mullein Leaf Tea, Etc...

 

I have been away from the blog for a LONG time because I have been recovering from a-typical pneumonia.  It’s a long story, so I won’t go into all the details.  The short version is that I got bronchitis, which turned into a-typical pneumonia.  For the sickness, I was given an antibiotic, which my body had a bad reaction to- INTERNAL BLEEDING!  It was awful!    After the reaction, I had to stay away from antibiotics, build my intestinal flora (which was ravaged), and recover from my illness with only natural remedies.  It was a long, slow recovery, but I am feeling a lot better.

Not perfect.  Better.

I am on my way to a full recovery, though, and feeling positive about the month of April- so positive, in fact, that I have agreed to participate in VEDA (video every day in April) on YouTube.  One of my most requested videos was a discussion about which natural remedies worked for me (the actual remedies are linked below if you just want to check them out), so I made that one today.  Here it is:

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3 Fast & Frugal Crockpot Meals for When Mom is Sick

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If you are following me on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube (and if you aren’t, you should totally click those links and take care of that), you may know that I have been taking a break from blogging because I have been very sick.  I had some kind of sickness that turned into a-typical (AKA walking) pneumonia.  The struggle has been real-er that real.  It has been R.E.A.L.

Now, in my house, I have two grown men with college degrees, one young man that is a full-time college student, and a girl who has been cooking since she was 4.  I have a meal plan with all the ingredients in the cupboards.  I have Pinterest boards that every member of my family can access to get recipes for the meals on the meal plan if they don’t remember how to make them.  I even keep the kitchen relatively clean, so they don’t have to work too hard to get something started.  Yet, in spite of all that, on the day that I was feeling the worst, everyone could not get it together with what I had in the house in order to make dinner.

They ran to the dollar store to grab some cans of pasta (the red ones made by a chef 😉 ) .  No problem with that part, exactly.  We have emergency funds to cover the cost.  The one issue was that my husband, who is cheap, did not buy himself anything for dinner.  He decided to do without until I could cook for him again.

Is my husband the only one who does this?

OK.  Actually, he decided he would make something from what we had at home, but couldn’t figure out anything when he got there.  So, I woke up from a fitful sleep at 7PM to discover that my kitchen was a mess and my husband was hangry.  Not a good combination if you know about his OCD issues.  I even offered to make him something, and he responded that he would figure it out.  He didn’t.  The next day, he didn’t figure out lunch for himself either.  I knew that if there was going to be peace for my recovery, I would need to ensure that everyone in my household had food while I was sick.

Out comes the Crockpot.

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When People Don’t Agree With How You Raise Your Children

 

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I posted a picture with Briana and me on Facebook.

Someone told me that I shouldn’t allow my children to use the peace sign.  I also has someone say that I shouldn’t encourage Briana to make a poochie face, and I definitely shouldn’t be doing it with her.  Then, they said that we could take the picture for our fun, but we shouldn’t post it to Facebook because my husband is in ministry, and it would reflect poorly on him and the Lord.

Le sigh.

I have been reading blog posts, and it seems that a lot of folks had issues with acquaintances, friends, and family (and sometimes, strangers) that didn’t agree with how they raise their children.

There’s the homeschool mom whose extended family felt that they were sheltering their children too much with their educational choices and were vocal about the dangers of this “extreme” option over the turkey dinner, even calling them names in front of their children.

There’s the parents who allow their children to listen to certain types of music or watch certain movies that another member of their church does not feel is acceptable.  The children overheard someone criticizing their family over their entertainment, and now, they don’t even want to go to church.

There’s the family who is vegetarian, and every person who meets them that finds out about their diet feels the need to tell them the dangers of not eating meat (or gives them “helpful” Bible verses).  That one’s for you, C.O.

Maybe you have seen some of the same posts I have.

Maybe you have even experienced critical attitudes from others.

It’s pretty hard to deal with when it is happening to you.

We’ve had our moments.  I have bitten my tongue.  I have also neglected to bite my tongue, and later, wished I had.  When people don’t agree with how I raise my children and feel the need to tell me, I struggle with extending them grace, but that’s exactly what I need to do.

Extending someone grace isn’t simply a matter of biting your tongue, though.  It is also a matter of the heart.  It means not thinking ill of them.  It means letting hard comments pass by without even inflicting pain.  It means compassion and understanding on your part.

I should have two goals when dealing with people who don’t agree with how I raise my children.  I want them to leave the conversation feeling as though they were able to effectively communicate with me, and I want to leave the conversation with feelings of love toward the other person.

So, here are a few ways we try to handle it when people don’t agree with how we raise our children.  Maybe it will help you to extend some grace when you need to do so.

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