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FREE February Love, Family and Peace Printables

This month’s subscriber only freebie is just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Since Valentine’s Day is in February, it seems fitting to have a love theme focus for the entire month. I am not very big into the commercialism of Valentine’s Day, but I do enjoy showering my husband and my children with love. We always like to have a special dinner together and make some cute treats. Valentine’s Day is also a great time to focus on God’s love for us, and to share that with our children, our friends and family. This month’s printable pack has over 50 pages of encouragement and planning with a focus on love and peace in your home!

Included in this printable pack is:

  • Printables for the entire family
  • Ways to say “I love you” without words
  • Schedules and Planning
  • 4 Square Planner with Step-by Step Instructions
  • Faith and Family Encouragement
  • Special Themed Meal Ideas
  • Sibling Rivalry Advice and Helps
  • Peace vs. Confrontations
  • Printables and Scripture Copywork
  • Journal Pages
  • and More!

You can receive this planning pack and a new one each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!

For the Love of Florida…Early Tourist Attractions

For the Love of Florida Early Attractions #WildFlorida #FPEA #PodcastFor the Love of Florida…Early Tourist Attractions

Podcast #65

We thought it would be fun to have a love theme for our February podcasts…..so today the topic is……FOR the LOVE of Florida!

Yes, Florida is beautiful……and I could just camp out right here. We live in a fabulous place. You know, since we’ve been doing these podcasts, one of the things that we have seen over and over again, is that some of the most popular episodes are the ones that focus on field trips or just great excursions to take around the state. So, I don’t think I’m alone in my admiration for all things Florida…the wild side, the history, the small town, the big, the famous….whatever it is….we Floridians enjoy sharing and experiencing it, apparently together.

So we’ve picked a couple of new places to explore together. With an underlying focus on the development of tourism in our state too. For you and for me it is hard to imagine a Florida that wasn’t a tourist destination. I mean now it is a challenge to find any small place in Florida that hasn’t been touched by tourism and/or the imprint of people who have vacation homes or retirement homes here. But….there was a time that Florida was a wild frontier and not heavily populated or developed….and then paradise was found. So I wanted to just share some fun facts about some of those places that began to draw visitors and vacationers in….and what those places were like then AND what they look like now.

First…..I should state what may appear to be the obvious…..but Florida was originally a destination that drew wealthy and famous people, people who could afford the time to travel and vacation here. This was, of course, before the invention of some of our common modes of transportation but one man who had discovered Florida and the virtual paradise that it is, was Henry Flagler.  Flagler loved Florida so much that he decided, in the 1880s, to begin investing in building he built railroads and hotels, and hotels along the railroads. With the expansion of the railroad systems, more people could travel to the sunshine state. By the early 1900s, thousands of tourists came to visit. Those tourists were drawn, of course, to the natural beauty, the warmth and sunshine, the salt air and a climate that would bring healing from illness and disease…..soon, there were winter homes being built by those who could afford it….and they would live here for months at a time.

The invention of the automobile opened the opportunity for more affordable travel and people continued to come.

During these years, the attractions were simply natural…..the white sand beaches, the Wild of the Everglades, the coral reefs, the Florida Keys……boating, swimming, fishing, hiking….relaxing, sunbathing…..

It wasn’t long before Flagler started investing in building Florida, that a man by the name of Hullam Jones, invented the glass bottom boat. In the bottom of a row boat, jones installed a pane of glass and charged people 5 cents a piece to ferry them above the crystal clear Silver Springs. Voila…our first tourist attraction is born. Silver Springs features one of the largest artesian springs in the world. It became famous for its glass bottom boat rides which you can still enjoy today. In 1971, Silver Springs as a National Natural Landmark. Definitely worth a visit.

So it is, we begin to move into a season of building attractions that embrace wild Florida…..the springs, the alligators and the flora….as people begin to build beautiful gardens that will become some of the most famous Florida roadside attractions.

Bok Tower Gardens is a prime example. Dedicated in 1929 in Lake Wales, it was one of Florida’s first major attractions during that era. People would drive long distances to see the gardens, the tower and to hear the tower sing. Edward Bok, editor of Ladies Home Journal, built the gardens. The tower was actually built to cover the irrigation system that would water the gardens. There is a 200 bell carillon that plays music in the gardens each afternoon. This is honestly one of the most beautiful and peaceful places.

Weeki Wachee Springs…this old Florida attraction brought international attention…..why?? Well, because of the live, underwater mermaid shows, of course……believe it or not….you can still visit the original attraction where the mermaids are still swimming along with other shows, entertainment and activities. It has now been designated a state park. Sounds like a good day of fun….right?

Cypress Gardens is one of my all time favorites. It was in Winter Haven. It was really the states first theme park (1936). It’s well known for a couple of things…..first of all, an amazing array of flowers and gardens. Girls that wore antebellum-style dresses and walked around, you know, southern belles, we called them, who would pose for pictures. Cypress Gardens was also the birthplace of performance water skiing. The man who opened it, Dick Pope, during WWII, introduced the water ski shows to entertain troops who visited the gardens. Even though tourism was a bit stifled during the war, the military played a role in continuing to bring people into Florida. Cypress Gardens basically became the water ski capitol of the world. The park closed in 2008. In 2010 the land was acquired with plans to turn it into legoland. Legoland opened in 2011.

Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg was built in 1935. The gardens are 100 years old so it is home to some of the oldest tropical plants in the region. Built in an ancient drained lake, it was the perfect place for the owner, George Turner, to enjoy his favorite pastime, gardening. The beautiful gardens he built became a real treat to his neighbors and they would spend hours strolling through them….so eventually, he began charging 5 cents for tours. So it became a destination….the family later purchased the building that is now the housing the ticket office and a children’s museum, it was previously the Coca Cola bottling company, but they purchased it to build worlds largest gift shop and a wax museum. It is a great afternoon/Saturday morning excursion, a beautiful botanical garden with several water features and flamingos.

Another neat little old Florida day trip is Winter Park. This is one of the cities that was developed as a winter resort for wealthy northerners, seeking warmth from the harsh winters. It’s just north of Orlando, so in a very over developed part of the state, but it is like stepping back in time a bit when you visit. The men who developed it did so with a great design that included residential communities and business, a large Central Park in the downtown area. Rollins college, which is still there, was built and winter park developed a bit of a reputation as an art and literary colony of sorts. It was, and still is a gorgeous area, surrounded by several lakes and of course, citrus. It was a little slice of paradise. There were beautiful homes built on the lakes and the lakes are connected by little canal systems. Hence one of the oldest attractions, the winter park scenic boat tour…. opened in the 1930s and is still operating today. Also, a throw back to that art colony, we always visit the Morse Museum of American Art which houses the worlds largest collection of Tiffany glass, plus other beautiful art.

Another great excursions farther south that had some early tourist beginnings are the Theatre of the Sea (1946) which is in the Keys….Islamorada to be exact. It is a marine mammal park with dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, tropical gardens and birds. It’s family owned, beautiful to explore. Plan on visiting it this summer if you and your family decide to join us for our FPEA fun in the sun Florida Keys trip.

Miami Seaquarium…built in the height of the 1950s when families were hitting the road and enjoying these attractions. At the time, it was the worlds largest marine life attraction and quite popular. Then in the 1960s it actually became one of the primary locations where they filmed the TV show Flipper.  The Seaquarium is still a fully functioning park with great options for wildlife experiences. It’s a neat experience and they still play with those bottle nose dolphins.

So there you have it……for the love of Florida….get out there and enjoy some of these places with your family.  Let’s keep them on the map for the generations to come because they truly are a tribute to establishing Florida as the tourist destination that we see today with the more recent theme parks.

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I Love Homeschooling…But I’m Totally Burned Out – HIRL Episode 39

Homeschool BurnoutLet’s be real folks! It’s February and the mid-year homeschooling doldrums can hit any of us. One of our listeners sent us a great email with five questions all about homeschool challenges and wanting to throw in the towel.

As we read through the questions he asked, we decided to combine all of them into one podcast and return  to a popular theme and call this episode, I Love Homeschooling But I’m Totally Burned Out. Don’t be confused. You may think this is an episode for just the homeschool moms, but moms and dads alike are going to relate to the questions and discussions.

As we answered his questions, we also turned our microphones onto other loyal listeners and asked three seasoned homeschool moms how they survive homeschool burnout in their home. These moms did not disappoint! Their answers were terrific and timely as we all approach midyear burnout in our homeschool  classrooms.

Episode Timeline
2:12 – Introduction – The Fluff!
10:30 – Question 1 – Have you ever wanted to throw in the towel and put the kids in public school?
18:33 – Question 2 – Has mom ever been burned out?
24:35 – Question 3 – Has there ever been a disagreement about the direction of your homeschool between mom and dad?
33:28 – Question 4 – What do you do with lazy kids?
37:33 – Question 5 – Has dad ever needed to step in and stop the direction of the family? Academically Socially?

Show Notes:

Guests: Michele White, Kari Clark, and Cheryl Pitt

Intro clip: Wipeout by the Surfaris – We encourage you to purchase this directly from iTunes
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Unplug the Christmas Machine. Dollars and Sense #4

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In this episode of the Dollars and Sense Show host Carol Topp’s topic is:

Unplug the Christmas Machine

About 20 years ago, Carol read a book Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli that transformed the way she and her family celebrated Christmas. She shares her plan for having a less stressful, more joyful, debt-free Christmas.

Listen to the show below (click the play button or download and listen later on your mp3 player)

On the show Carol mentioned the four things children really want for Christmas:

Time with parents and the family

  • Kids spell love T-I-M-E.
  • Consider what you really enjoy about the Christmas season. What traditions, activities or occasions were particularly pleasurable to you? What brings you peace and joy?
  • Encourage time-related activities instead of stuff-giving.
  • Have a plan for Christmas day and the day after to ward off boredom.

Reliable traditions

  • Traditions can be simple such as the same decorations on the tree year after year, visiting a local nativity, watching the movie A Christmas Story, or doing a puzzle and drinking hot chocolate.
  • Consider asking your children to donate a nearly-new toy that they rarely play with to a homeless shelter or Toys for Tots campaign.

Realistic expectations about gifts

  • Talk to your children and spouse about realistic expectations and the real reason for the season.
  • Ask your children for ideas on how to make Christmas more Christ-centered. They may surprise you!
  • Teach your children to recognize advertising slogans that emphasize spending, consumerism and a false sense of perfection for the holidays.
  • Consider buying only for children and not adults.
  • Consider buying one gift for an entire family
  • Pay for gifts in cash. Studies have shown that we spend up to 20% more when we use debit or credit cards instead of cash.
  • Talk to your children about proper behavior before you enter a store. Explain that you are shopping for someone else (not them) or for necessities, not toys.

An even pace to the holiday season

  • Don’t start Christmas too early. Wait until after Thanksgiving or later to start activities.
  • Put aside count-down calendars or “letters to Santa” wish lists if they promote greed and over-emphasize the gift-aspect of the holiday.
  • Save some activities for the post-Christmas let-down such as playing games, baking cookies, watching a movie.
  • If your children receive an overabundance of toys (from grandparents or relatives), hide some away and pull them out in February or even as late as the summer.
  • Consider with holding some gifts until Epiphany (the 12th day after Christmas) which is traditionally when the Wise Men arrived with their gifts for the baby Jesus.

Four Things Children Really Want for Christmas handout. Feel free to share!

Carol also mentioned her plan for a debt-free Christmas

Carol Topp’s Plan for a Debt-Free Christmas (click to download) mini-ebook. Feel free to share!

In this 7 page mini ebook Carol includes a budget for the holidays, tips, a funny poem and a recipe that eliminates holiday baking.

 

Tune in for the next Dollars and Sense show on December 5, 2013 when Carol will discuss “Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool organization?”

 

 

Homeless Homeschooling – HIRL Episode 124

Free homeschool podcast about homeschooling on the road. RV homeschooler.Homeless homeschoolers? Sorry for the bait and switch, but this family is anything but homeless! This is a family who decided to take the kids AND the homeschool on the road! Join us and our special guests Megan and Mike Knorpp from KnorppandSouth.com. The Knorpps are homeschooling parents of 9 and cross-country travelers extraordinaire. We discuss the logistics of housing 11 people in 800 square feet, the excitement of learning by doing and exploring, and how exactly they’re paying for this whole crazy adventure! 

If you’ve ever dreamed of taking your homeschool on the road, this episode is for you. 

EPISODE TIMELINE

:50 – Fluff : Book Writing and Fletch has a sore butt from driving so much. 
7:38 – Interview with Mike and Megan Knorpp – Homeschooling and living in an RV
35:23 – Goodbye! The Show Is Over!


SHOW NOTES:

Recommended Resources:
Knorpp and South – our guest for this episode
A Prairie Home Companion
Pre-Release for Lost and Found – Kendra’s book due in February 2017

Follow Fletch/Kendra:
Fletch Twitter
Kendra Twitter

Follow the Studio Dogs:
Betty the Surf Dog – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website
Rasta The Chocolate Lab – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Website

Previous Episodes Mentioned:
I Love Homeschooling…But I Hate Teaching Writing – Episode 113
Homeschooling in Alaska – Episode 100
What Homeschooling Does To A Marriage – Episode 17

Music clips used on this episode:
Holiday Roads by Lindsey Buckingham – Buy It Here on ITunes


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Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace and KendraFletcher.com) for the HomeschoolingIRL podcast every week as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades.

Unplug the Christmas Machine

UnplugChristmasMachineButton500px

About 20 years ago, Carol Topp, host of the Dollars and Sense Show, read a book Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson and Jean Staeheli that transformed the way she and her family celebrated Christmas. In her show Carol shares her plan for having a less stressful, more joyful, debt-free Christmas.

Listen to the show, Unplug the Christmas Machine, here (scroll to bottom of the page)

On the show Carol mentioned the four things children really want for Christmas:

Time with parents and the family

  • Kids spell love T-I-M-E.
  • Consider what you really enjoy about the Christmas season. What traditions, activities or occasions were particularly pleasurable to you? What brings you peace and joy?
  • Encourage time-related activities instead of stuff-giving.
  • Have a plan for Christmas day and the day after to ward off boredom.

Reliable traditions

  • Traditions can be simple such as the same decorations on the tree year after year, visiting a local nativity, watching the movie A Christmas Story, or doing a puzzle and drinking hot chocolate.
  • Consider asking your children to donate a nearly-new toy that they rarely play with to a homeless shelter or Toys for Tots campaign.

Realistic expectations about gifts

  • Talk to your children and spouse about realistic expectations and the real reason for the season.
  • Ask your children for ideas on how to make Christmas more Christ-centered. They may surprise you!
  • Teach your children to recognize advertising slogans that emphasize spending, consumerism and a false sense of perfection for the holidays.
  • Consider buying only for children and not adults.
  • Consider buying one gift for an entire family
  • Pay for gifts in cash. Studies have shown that we spend up to 20% more when we use debit or credit cards instead of cash.
  • Talk to your children about proper behavior before you enter a store. Explain that you are shopping for someone else (not them) or for necessities, not toys.

An even pace to the holiday season

  • Don’t start Christmas too early. Wait until after Thanksgiving or later to start activities.
  • Put aside count-down calendars or “letters to Santa” wish lists if they promote greed and over-emphasize the gift-aspect of the holiday.
  • Save some activities for the post-Christmas let-down such as playing games, baking cookies, watching a movie.
  • If your children receive an overabundance of toys (from grandparents or relatives), hide some away and pull them out in February or even as late as the summer.
  • Consider with holding some gifts until Epiphany (the 12th day after Christmas) which is traditionally when the Wise Men arrived with their gifts for the baby Jesus.

Four Things Children Really Want for Christmas handout. Feel free to share!

In the podcast, Carol also mentioned her plan for a debt-free Christmas Carol Topp’s Plan for a Debt-Free Christmas (click to download) mini-ebook. Feel free to share! In this 7 page mini ebook Carol includes a budget for the holidays, tips, a funny poem and a recipe that eliminates holiday baking.

 

Tune in for the next Dollars and Sense show on December 5, 2013 when Carol will discuss “Have you ever thought about starting a homeschool organization?”

 

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