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Fanatic News Flash – February

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I’m switching things up! I had started writing my monthly “What We’re Reading” post, and it was looking like a repeat of last month. Life happened. Rather than relist those with an additional book or two, I wanted to do something different. I thought maybe a newsletter-type post near the beginning of each month would be more practical. I’ll still include reading, as well as other topics of interest as to what’s coming up for the month.

News from Home

January seemed to drag on, but ended quickly with my daughter completing driver’s ed, and I got sick with strep. I don’t think I have been that miserable in a long time! Other happenings in January included a field trip to the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, NC, some curriculum changes, and a rare night out with my husband, as we celebrated our 20 year anniversary! We stuffed ourselves at dinner, then came home and watched the much talked about movie, Birdbox. Other big news is that I was recently selected to be a team member of the Homeschool Review Crew! I’m so excited to be trying new things and sharing them with you, so be on the lookout for reviews!

The first week of February graced us with record high temperatures, so we took advantage of it! I am working on a lofty goal – participating in the NC 100 Mile Challenge. It is an initiative launched by NC State Parks to encourage people to get outside. We have had cold, wet weather, so it was nice to finish our school work early, and enjoy a beautiful day with the kids (and dog).

I went to my hometown in Oriental, NC for a little culture and to welcome in the Chinese New Year last Saturday. There’s nothing Chinese about the place (except the name), but I think it’s fantastic that I get to celebrate my favorite holiday twice!

Crew Review News

In review news, I just completed my first review as a Review Crew member. It was an online curriculum called SchoolHouseTeachers.com. I was very impressed and found quite a few things we will be using on a regular basis. You can read my full review here. I will also be reviewing Victus Study Skills, so stay tuned to hear about it after we have had a chance to use it.

What We’re Reading

In addition to my year long Bible reading plan, and year long Organized Homeschool Life book club, I am reading The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John. I have an autographed copy that has been sitting on the shelf, and since it is the love month……I thought it was time to finally read it. So far, it is very good! You may hear more about it this month. I also just started another book, The Wellness Project by
Phoebe Lapine that I look forward to telling you about as I get farther in it.

Our read aloud this month is actually an audio book, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. It’s been nice to hear a great storyteller, Jim Weiss, read to us!

Other Things: School/Not School Related

I wrote a post at the first of the year, “Do The Things”, to be more intentional about doing things with our kids, and I encourage you to do the same. “The days are long, but the years are short” saying is certainly true, especially when you have teenagers! Maybe the things are cooking, art, going somewhere, or working on life skills. They don’t have to be big things.

The other day, my daughter and I tuned in to a live art class with Masterpiece Society. We made Jim Dine inspired hearts, and enjoyed just being creative on a Friday afternoon. My son decided to go on a long bike ride, but that’s understandable.

Spotlight on Something I Love – Usborne Books!

I’ve been an Usborne Books & More consultant for 9 years this month! I still think they are the best books around! Each month, I’d like to highlight some that have been our favorites over the years. One in particular, that I would LOVE to be on every shelf in every home is Do Nice, Be Kind, Spread Happy. Did you know that February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day? This book is full of neat ideas to do just that. This book involves a “mission”, with eighty activities to help spread happiness.  Show your ninja niceness by doing things such as collecting smiles to spreading happy graffiti. All ages can do these missions, and “kind acts make people happy, and happy people are nice to others, so the movement grows and grows.” Be sure and check out my Facebook page for more info on Usborne!

February is shaping up to be a busy month. I’m not a huge plan-ahead type gal, so there may be some other topics not mentioned here that I will write about if time permits. Be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss anything! I love to learn about people, especially other homeschoolers, so drop me a comment and tell me about what you’re up to this month!

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