One more to adore!

The Bindscheattel family has some exciting news! If you are follow our Instagram or Facebook page, you are already caught up with our great news.

So to get you all caught up, In January of 2020 we are expecting another little Bindscheattel to arrive! I’m currently 17 weeks and this has been the worst pregnancy, between the sickness and loss of energy, it has been a big difference from the last two. So like I did with Leo, I’m going to do updates every few weeks on how everything is going with Baby! This is also a great way to document everything going on for the future!

Highlights: 
  • Found out the gender! 
  • Baby is looking great on Ultrasound! 
  • Heartbeat is strong! 
Lowlights:
  • Haven’t had an appetite 
  • Barely getting sleep
  • Doctor is sending me to a Cardiologist for breathing troubles.  
Weight Gain/Loss:  13 weeks: 170 17 weeks: 165
Sleep: Wake up constantly
Best Moment This Week: 
Finally got into Dr. Smith which is the Doctor I had with the boys and I feel so much more at ease!
Movement: Haven’t felt any movement yet.
Food Cravings: Nothing
What I Miss: Having any kind of energy.
Mood: Emotional
Upcoming Appointments/Events: Coming up I have to get a lot of blood work done, and a few ultra sounds to see why I’m having back pain and to see how the baby is developing.

What I look forward to:  Hopefully getting some energy back.

Thanks for reading
Jessica

10 Amazing Homeschool field trips to go to in Florida

One of the best parts about homeschooling is the endless amounts of times you can take your kids on a “Field Trip”. Going out of town and on vacation? Turn one of multiple days “Field Trips days”. Florida has a lot of great places to take the kids and learn something new! Today I wanted to share with you 10 amazing places to take your homeschooler in Florida!

U.S Air Force Armament Museum

Located in Okaloosa County Right off of Eglin Airforce base this museum has planes and I don’t mean one or two, the parking lot is surrounded by all sorts of Military Planes. Admission is free and donations are always welcome. Both my boys had a blast here, its a great place to show the kids what our MIlitary does. We sat down at the picnic table and did a history lesson!

Pioneer Florida Museum

Teaching the kids about the Civil War? If you go here on Civil War Day you can see an awesome Civil War reenactment, you also can learn about how things used to be during the Civil war, see Pasco’s first “School Bus” visit beautiful old homes, a schoolhouse and more! Admission varies from $5 for students to $10 for Adults.

Tampa International Airport

I recently found out the TIA gives guided tours / educational programs for children of all ages! Have a co-op group and have kids who love Airplanes? Contact them to set up a tour! This is definitely on our bucket list!

Full Moon Honey

Learn all about how bees work and make honey here at Full Moon! What started as a way to help their daughter get over a fear of insects turned into a love of bees!

Glazer Children’s Museum

We are planning on going here for our next field trip! A hands-on place JUST for kids! Learn about being a Firefighter, Police Man, Store Clerk and so much more! There is so much for kids to do Build stuff, get into stuff, and even destroy stuff! EVERYTHING is kid oriented!

Kennedy Space Center

Who doesn’t love space right? One of the must-sees in my opinion for kids is the Space Center, While it is more on the expensive side ranging from $47 to $57 per person you can learn so much! Take a tour to see old rockets and shuttles, learn more about NASA  the list goes on and on. We plan on going here after we have finished our Good and the Beautiful Space lesson. Call and see what offers they might have going on or see if they give discounts to homeschool groups/ Families!

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

Have a child that loves cars ( Leo is obsessed with them right now ) this museum is geared all towards old and new Automobiles! Admission varies from $8 to $17.50! They also sometimes have a cool event going on, a great way to learn about some History!

Florida Aquarium 

This one is definitely a must! Learning about Marine life? This is one of the best Aquariums in North America. They even have programs just for homeschoolers where you can go each month and learn something new from scientist or people who work at the Aquarium. Dive in and fall in love with over 8.000 different animals and plats throughout the whole area!

MOSI

Another awesome place that has homeschool programs, each month is a new theme and is really hands on! If you want to go for a day MOSI is a science Museum just for kids, they have some fun exhibits, rope course and so much more! Admission starts at $7.95 for kids up to $12.95 for adults.

Walt Disney World

I know what you are thinking, “how can Disneyworld be educational for homeschoolers?” but stay with me here, Disney has some awesome places to learn about some cool stuff and plus Disney is amazing! Go visit all the animals at Animal Kingdom, go to Epcot during the Flower and Garden Festival and learn all about the beautiful flowers! Come back and see my next post on great tips for a day of homeschooling at Disney!

There are so many more great places for a field trip for your homeschooler! Like State Parks, Beaches, Gardens, and Farms here in Florida! We would love to hear if you have been to any of these places or have been to somewhere else that wasn’t on this list!  Leave a comment below and tell us!

 

 

New Family Addition!

Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to tell you about the new addition we made to our family!

Meet Waffles! 

Waffles is a Lionshead Dwarf Rabbit! We do not know if Waffles is a boy or girl just yet, which we will be bringing Waffles to the vet very soon to find out and to possibly get him or her fixed.

Fun Fact: Did you know that Bunnies really shouldn’t have a lot of carrots? They are high in sugar and really are not good for their digestion! Bugs Bunny fooled me!

Having a Bunny is a 10-year commitment and they are very high maintenance! So please make sure you do A LOT of research before you get a bunny of any kind! The boys have been helping me every day, clean his home and feed him! He does live inside, and roams throughout the house during the day!

Honestly, Waffles is the perfect fit for our little family! Does anyone else have a bunny? Let us know down in the comments!

Target Homeschool Mini Haul.

We’ve been homeschooling for 3 months now, and I realized that Bentley likes to change things up a bit for his lessons. So instead of doing the same thing every day for sight words, or math, I have been trying to find fun ways to teach his sight words or how to do his math problems!

Target has been my go-to for finding inexpensive manipulatives to help with our homeschooling! Here is my mini haul of everything I got, and how we will be using them in the future.

Target Homeschool Mini Haul

Magnetic Letters

I had been wanting some letters for Bentley to use to spell out his sight words and I did find a good set on Amazon with 208 pieces for around $30. I wasn’t looking to spend an extra $30 at that time, so while in the Dollar Spot at Target I found these Magnetic Upper and Lower Case for $1 each set. We will be using these as a rotation for his sight words!

Wooden Chalkboard Blocks

Another great manipulative for sight words or spelling, in general, would be the wooden chalkboard blocks I found for $3 in the Dollar Spot. Great for having the kids write the letters and then spell the word out! Also can be used for mathematics by writing equations such as 1+3 = _ and having the kids write the answer on another block!

Two- Color Counters

This was my favorite find of the haul because I remember as a kid using these in my classrooms. Bentley loves them, we use them for adding, subtracting, and grouping! Also, I’m pretty sure you can write on them with a dry erase marker and use them for spelling as well! These were also found in the Dollar Spot for $3 at Target!

Pop for Sight Words Game

The last piece of my haul was a pretty awesome game for sight words! You have pieces of “popcorn” with the sight word on them and you have to try and guess the word and if you get it right then you keep it, unless you pull a little card with “POP” on it then you have to return all your pieces you have earned, the kid with the most by the end of the game wins! We haven’t played this yet, but Bentley is pretty excited and wants to invite his cousins and friends over to play it with him!

I hope you rush off to Target and find you some homeschool goodies if you do come back and tell me what you found!

 

DIY Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Hey Witches, Wizards, and Muggles! The world of Harry Potter is so magical, and what better time to make some magic then Christmas time? We had an extra old White Christmas tree from when we lived in our apartment a few years ago. Our main tree is Disney themed and I thought why not have a Harry Potter themed Christmas tree as well? I wanted to share with you how I made our “Pottertree!” It’s extremely easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  •  White Christmas Tree
  • Rust-oleum “Navy Blue” Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Marigold” (Yellow) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum “Claret Wine ” (Red) Spray paint
  • Rust-oleum ” Hunter-Green” Spray paint
  • Protective gloves

*Tip: Whatever houses are going to be at the bottom make sure to get at least one more can of each.

Also, Don’t forget some awesome Harry Potter Christmas Tree ornaments and tree toppers to go with it!

Here’s What to Do:

Make sure to get the House colors, we used Ros-oleum, it was about $4 a can and you can get it at Walmart.  We matched as close as we could. Don’t forget depending on how large your tree is you may need more spray paint to cover the sections.

If your tree is pre-lit like ours, wrap each light with blue painters tape. Yes, it’s time-consuming.

Figure out the way to you want your House colors on the tree. Being a Hufflepuff I put Yellow on top, then green for my Husbands house (Slytherin) then Gryffindor, and last is Ravenclaw which is Blue.

Then separate the tree into four sections for each house.

My tip is, start spraying from the top then move down till you get to the bottom, section by section so that if the paint were to drip it could be covered up by the next color.

Let each section dry for at least 20 minutes in between.

After applying each color let it dry overnight just to make sure. Then pull off the painter’s tape if you had a pre-lit tree the next day and decorate! We found the cute doe at Walmart as well for $15!

That is basically it!  Decorate it however you like, we are going to be adding some handmade Potter ornaments and some House scarfs as well! We hope you enjoyed and make your own Harry Potter tree!

Homeschool Room on a Budget

When I first even thought about homeschooling Bentley I immediately thought I needed an epic amazing top notch homeschool room. I looked up homeschool room ideas every day for a week. I watched mostly Vlogs of Angela from This Gathered Nest and a few others on how they set up their rooms or spaces. Obviously, something I noticed is that nothing was perfect, and every homeschool space was different. Your homeschool space doesn’t have to be the best it just needs to work for your family. You can use whatever space is open around the house, the dining room table, a spare bedroom, or even the floor if that’s what you want. It is your space to enjoy and do what you want to do with what you have.

We had an extra front room in our house that we dedicated to homeschool. I wanted a space just for school where Bentley could really focus and not watch tv and listen to what is actually going on. I just wanted to show you guys that you can have a great homeschool space without breaking the bank!

That small tote is from the Dollar Tree that I used for Easter one year and didn’t want to waste it, holds our daily workbooks. Also, all of our books are from the library! I could never stress enough about how the library is honestly your best friend, saves such a great deal of money by borrowing the books instead of buying them. If you love a certain book then you can buy it and add it to your bookshelf, It’s a great way to weed out some books the kids just aren’t feeling into.

Whiteboard

We bought our whiteboard at lowes for maybe $15, it isn’t magnetic but works perfectly! You can get a larger size as well and ask them to cut it for you.

Shelves 

Our cubed organizer is from Walmart along with the Fabric organizers but I found similar ones on Amazon as well. Just click here.  I keep all of Bentley’s curriculum other on top or in the fabric organizers, along with all of the extra supplies like flashcards, Manipulatives, and Supplies for anything we need that day.

Maps/ Posters

My mom went to a thrift store and found our large map for us for extremely cheap along with a lot of supplies, I also check the Dollar spot at Target right before school starts to find any teachers supplies that might come in handy!

Our Table

This is honestly my favorite thing to talk to you guys about. I found this table on the marketplace on facebook for $35 and its perfect. It’s basically just a wooden dining room table. It has a little sprucing up to do, like sanding the top and restaining, but It was such a deal it was hard not to say no!

TIP: Look around, shop in different places like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and little Thrifts stores, you honestly have no idea what you can find that can turn your homeschool room into is a perfect fit for your family!

Also, your homeschool room or area will NEVER stay clean… here’s mine after a good days work!

Directed Drawing Turkey Activity

I have been searching on the great Pinterest (where I am 80% of the time) trying to find a good Thanksgiving project for Bentley for his homeschool “art class”. But I didn’t want just anything, I wanted something that could serve a purpose in any way, not just some coloring page.

While looking I found Proud to Be Primary by Elyse Rycroft and she had this amazing idea of Directed drawing a turkey. Where the kids have to watch you step by step draw something and they try the best they can to draw what you drew. Bentley loved this idea and had a blast making the turkey in his way.

Here’s what you need:

  • Construction or Cardstock Paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored Pencils or crayons
  • Sharpie

You can find the full instructions on Elyse’s website Proudtobeprimary.com, She has a bunch of great Directed drawing ideas for kids.

Honestly, this was such a fun activity for the kids and while the kids are coloring their turkeys, read than a story about Thanksgiving and go around and have the kids show off what they drew.

The Crowns of Croswald Book Review

Author D.E Night

Published July 21st 2017 by Stories Untold Press

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Review

I was browsing on Instagram, and looking through a few pages I follow, and I noticed quite a few people talking about this book. Recently my husband had built me a bookshelf for my small but growing book collection, so I’m desperately trying to fill it. Even though I already have a long list of to be read books, I pulled this one ahead of all the rest. After going to the author D.E Night’s blog and seeing the trailer (Which was amazing) I quickly jump into the book and let my imagination take over.

To start off I was completely intrigued by the cover, Seeing the girls all bright I was excited to see if and what kind of magic was behind them. A lot of people who reviewed the book have said it is a mixture of a Harry Potter and Cinderella type feel, and they were totally right. Even though I loved this book, the only thing that was a con for me, was I that I was confused on a few parts during the first few chapters, but by the end of the book everything had straightened its self out so I understood better.

Minus that, this book had me guessing what was going to happen next, Every time Fyn and Ivy were together I was hoping Fyn would steal a quick kiss. I fell in love with the Magic and the creatures throughout this book. From the perfectly put description, I could imagine everything from the dwarf to the Cabby’s. D.E Night did an amazing job keeping you on your toes throughout the book and then left you wanting more at the end. It definitely had you getting the Harry Potter and Cinderella vibes throughout the whole book, from Ivy being a Maid, to the school, and a few other things in between. I honestly did not want to put this book down, trying to make dinner and spilling pasta sauce on it, My husband had me put it down so I could actually have a conversation with the family and not burn our food.

Finding out from her Instagram that D.E Night has now written a second book I am extremely excited about where and what Ivy’s next adventure is going to be. I am giving this book a 5 out of 5. I enjoyed this book so much and encourage you do grab it and dive into the adventures

D.E Night is releasing the second book of this series “The Girl with the Whispering Shadow” and its already on preorder and It is already in my cart! It comes out January 23rd 2019! I am so beyond excited for this book!

Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

It’s finally feeling like fall here in Florida, so it gave me some inspiration to make some new fall projects for the kids! One Major sensory project I love to make is Playdoh! Bentley loves to sit and squish it between his fingers and make snowmen out of them, and it even lasts for a few months so it’s a perfect seasonal project!

Today  I want to share with you my recipe for so easy fall cinnamon playdoh that Bentley had a blast with and smells so good.

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Easy Pumpkin Cinnamon Playdoh

 

What you will need:

  • 2 Cups of All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Salt
  • 2-3 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil (optional)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tartar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil (or Vegetable oil)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon
  • 2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 1/3 Hot Boiling Water

Directions:

  1. Mix all Dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl
  2. Slowly and carefully Stir in Water
  3. When a good base has formed move to counter and knead until fully mixed.
  4. Let sit and cool down
  5. Pull out some cookie cutters and rolling pins and let the fun begin!

This is such a simple and easy recipe and great for sensory activities. Just store in an airtight container and store at room temperature and it should last 3-4 months! Here are some of the Rolling pins and Cookie cutters we used, The kids love the different designs on them!