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Thursday, March 10, 2016

2016 is bringing changes...

  How many years has it been since I have had time to blog? Seriously folks. It has been a LONG time.
  Let's see...what has happened to the Foster family in the last 4 or 5 years...

Mom (that's me) is in my senior year in college, online. That ECE degree is fast becoming reality. I am really praying hard to be able to use my degree and my Joy Anderson training to start an in-home preschool. Short on space and living in a rental home, this should be interesting, if the door even opens, but I dream BIG. I plan to recycle the FIAR homeschool curriculum I've lovingly held onto for years for educating my preschoolers, along with a variety of daily hands-on activities that go with the books we read. I'll be challenging myself by making as many portable "shoe box learning centers" as I can in the meantime; this will help me save on space (I hope). I plan my preschool and daydream about it all the time!

  The kids are all growing too fast. One adult, one teen, and one tween keeps my house hopping. Dad (Jarred) is a big help when he's not at work.

 When I'm not studying or working in a local elementary school, I spend a lot of time working on one of my three (yes, I said three) small-ish side businesses. I started a few of them for the freebies and discounts but ended up selling and making some cash too. I really like Initial Outfitters well enough to join for the discount. Maybe once I graduate....


 I have sold Avon for over one year now and was only about $2,300 short of making President's Club level. And that's just selling it part-time! Avon sells itself. I really enjoy doing it and had considered making this a full-time job, but I just can't let go of my preschool dreams.

Visit my fully-stocked AVON estore for daily specials


I also added Usborne Books at Home back to my business list. I have sold UBAM way back in our homeschooling days. I got back into it mainly for the discounts so I can add to my personal classroom library. Great books. I really have not found an Usborne book I didn't like.
See the latest children's books at Usborne Books and More

Then in November 2015, I became a member of Young Living Essential Oils. I started this also because I want discounted products. I have seen such good results already! I live with a family of allergy, migraine, IBS, anxiety sufferers. We were taking a lot of OTC pain meds. for the headaches in particular. When a family member began complaining of ulcer-like symptoms and passing blood, we decided to try to find something else to help with our headaches rather than jumping straight into the medicine bottle. I originally just wanted one bottle of peppermint oil. But I ended up getting the premium starter kit and I have not regretted it. It was a birthday present "from me to me". We use our oils daily in some form or fashion. It is amazing the more I learn through scientific studies of how these oils work in the body. It amazes me also that God made the earth for our use and how these oils are a part of His plan. I will blog again later on some of the ways our oils have helped us be well and also talk about the premium starter kit I got.
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 I also started a new hobby, which I really don't have time for right now but plan to make time for every few weeks...Bible journaling! I have only worked on one verse, and I wasn't 100% about the turn out, but I really enjoyed the process. I have always been a doodler, a sketcher, albeit not a good one. But I learn through note-taking and visuals and journaling scripture helps the brain learn better One of my prayers this year is to grow closer to God and I feel this is just one more way I can do that. Plus it's a relaxing pastime that gets your creativity flowing. And as a bonus when your Bible is full of art, you have a legacy of scriptures that spoke to your heart to leave for generations to come.

 There are lots of YouTube videos showing how to do this and you can use tracing paper to trace pretty graphics onto the pages....you don't have to be an artist!

 Well this college senior has a final to write.  Hope to blog again soon.


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