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Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews

My kids and I have enjoyed notebooking and lapbooking since we started homeschooling. I think that using creative notebook pages are a great supplement to any curriculum as they allow you to explore topics in further detail. They are also great for unit studies! For this review, I was excited to check out the Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership from

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The Lifetime Membership offers thousands of notebooking pages in a variety of subjects including fine arts, geography, history, science and even holiday and seasonal pages. Suitable for all ages, the pages would be easy to use with children in multiple grades. For my oldest, he liked the fact that the pages didn’t contain “little kid” illustrations, since he is now in high school and doesn’t want to do kid stuff anymore.

Since we were already studying Australia for our geography program, we started with the geography notebooking pages. The menu allows you to download a zip file of all the pages in a unit, or choose individual pages for a specific country. For Australia, we had pages to record basic facts like the population, climate, capital etc. as well as natural resources, geographical data and more. You can also print maps of the countries as well. In addition, the site offers USA state study pages.

In science, we dove into the study on plants. I really like how this one was set up because you can choose the level of activity for your child. For younger kids, you could allow them to color in the labeled illustration of the parts of a plant. For older students, they have blank diagrams to label, with and without a list of terms, as well as pages where you can write down what each part of the plant does. So, if you wanted to do a unit study on botany using a specific curriculum with multiple children at once, you could print the pages suitable for each child and have them work on the same topic at their level. There are many other science topics to study including dinosaurs, reptiles, and astronomy.


The fine arts pages offer a selection of composer and artist studies, and we thought these were really cool. We started with the study on Van Gogh, because he is one of my favorite artists and I have several prints of his work in my house. The pages were very well done, offering a space to record Van Gogh’s birthdate, a short biography, and thoughts about the pieces of his work you studied. The site also offers a set of prints for each artist listed that you can use for the study if you want. We used a combination of the prints included and the ones I have in my house. You could certainly do a web search for other prints as well. The notebooking pages include the large, segmented lines for younger students and the same pages with regular lines for older students, so again, you could easily do this with multiple ages at once. Other artists available include Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Leonardo DaVinci among others.

A variety of blank notebooking pages are available if you want to create your own study on a specific topic as well. I think is a resource I am going to use again and again as my son goes through high school. And for less than $100 it is a great bargain for everything you get.

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Menu Plan Monday 6/27/16


It’s the last Monday in June and we are officially one week away from our annual family vacation. Every year we go up to the mountains in NC to get away from it all and I am so excited. This week is going to very busy, with all the vacation prep I need to do! So, I’m going to try to go with simple meals for the week.

Monday: Chili Mac Casserole

Tuesday: Caesar Pockets with fries

Wednesday: Sofrito Chicken

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Pizza

Have a great week and thanks for stopping by for Menu Plan Monday!


Chili Mac Casserole

This is a great one-dish meal for a busy night. It is very filling and makes a lot, so I like to serve it when my boys have friends over. The yummy flavors make it a hit with teenagers, and it’s “grown up” enough for my hubby too!


2 cups elbow macaroni (I like to use Dreamfields Pasta because it fits with my lower-carb diet)

2 lbs. lean ground beef

1 medium onion

3 garlic cloves

1 can diced tomatoes (undrained)

1 can chopped green chiles

1 can tomato paste

1 can kidney beans (drained and rinsed)

Adobo seasoning

1/2 tsp. pepper

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. cumin

2 cups shredded Mexican Cheese

Olive Oil


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and set aside
  2. Chop the onion and the garlic.
  3. Add some olive oil to a large skillet and cook the onion and garlic for 2-3 minutes, until they start to soften.
  4. Add the beef to the skillet and sprinkle with Adobo seasoning to taste. Cook until no longer pink and drain.

5. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, kidney beans, green chiles and spices. Stir to mix.

6. Fold the pasta into the skillet.

7. Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and pour the macaroni mixture into the skillet.

8. Cover with aluminum foil and and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

9. Uncover and add the cheese and bake for another 10 minutes until cheese is melted.

10. Serve with some bread and a salad.

That’s it! Thanks for stopping by.



Menu Plan Monday 6/20/16

Welcome back to another Menu Plan Monday! It is a warm June this year and we have been spending a lot of time in the pool. We’ve also been heading to the tide pool at the Inlet for some fishing. Keeping my kids busy is one of my top priorities in the summer. I like to see them doing things rather than sitting around playing video games. I’ve also been having them do some cooking once a week so they can learn some basic culinary skills. This is our menu for the week:

Monday: Baked Italian Chicken with Southern Green Beans

Tuesday: Tacos (cooked by my youngest)

Wednesday: Skillet Pork with Rice and Tomatoes

Thursday: Spanish Meatloaf

Friday: Spaghetti (cooked by my oldest)

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week.




Southern Green Beans

When I think of Sunday family dinners, my nana’s green beans spring to mind. They were a tradition for me growing up as a kid. She cooked them for hours on the stove and they were so delicious! I decided to make some myself this past weekend for my family and they loved them!


2-3 lbs of green beans

6 slices of bacon



garlic powder


2 chicken bullion cubes


  1. Cook bacon in a skillet and set aside to drain.
  2. Wash and trim the green beans and place them in a large pot.

3. Season the beans with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.

4. Add the bacon grease to the pot.

5. Add enough water to cover the beans.

6. Cut the bacon into 1/2 inch strips and add them to the pot.

7. Add the chicken bullion cubes to the pot.

8. Bring the water to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for about 3 hours.

9. Add more water and seasonings to the pot as needed during the cook time. (I like to check the pot every hour and taste the beans to gauge my seasonings).

10. Serve when most of the water has cooked off.

These are the perfect side dish to a pot roast or roasted pork loin. And it makes plenty to serve a crowd. Enjoy.



Menu Plan Monday 6/13/16

Welcome back to Menu Plan Monday! Summer is in full swing here now and myself and several members of the Homeschool Crew shared some of our favorite recipes in the Crew Round Up last week. It includes some of my top recipes for barbecues and the beach! This is what’s on our menu from this week:

Monday: Pepper and Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken

Tuesday: Crunchy Onion Steak

Wednesday: Baked Tacos

Thursday: Lasagna Soup

Friday: Barbecue with friends

Thanks for stopping by, see you next week.


Crew Round Up: Summer Recipes

I love summertime, and not just the slower-paced days and outdoor fun, I also love summer cooking! This week’s Crew Round Up is all about summer cooking, and these are some of my favorite things to make this time of year.


Salads: What’s easier and more delicious than a summer salad for dinner? And you can’t forget side salads to bring to those cookouts! These are some of my family’s favorite salad recipes for summer:

  1. Bean Salad: this is a quick and easy side dish suitable for any party, or serve it as a side for burgers!

2. Avocado Tomato salad: If avocados are on sale at the store I buy them and make this for lunch!

3. Mexican Chicken Salad: this is honestly one of my favorite dinners to make when we go on vacation. I use a rotisserie chicken from the deli, so it requires no real cooking. Plus it makes a lot and the dressing is delicious.

4. Caesar Pockets: Make these and pack them in the cooler for lunch on the go, or serve them with some chips as a light dinner.

Grilling: what seems more like summer than cooking on the grill? Now, I made a lot of these steaks in my skillet, but you could easily adapt the recipes and grill them outdoors or on an indoor grill pan!

  1. Citrus Steak: the orange marmalade in this marinade gives the steak a yummy, tangy flavor!

2. Crunchy Onion Steak: My hubby loved the crunchy topping for this steak!

3. Tuscan Steak with Beans: Simple and tasty!

Crock Pot: When it’s just too hot to heat up the oven (which it often is in Florida!) I turn to my crock pot for dinner!

  1. Pineapple Pork: a sweet and tangy twist on barbecue!


2. Sofrito Chicken: so easy and good, with plenty for leftovers!

3. Pork Tacos: A great meal for a crowd!

4. Cheesy Tortellini: In the mood for some pasta? Try this!

How do you like to cook in the summertime? Let me know in the comments! Make sure to check out more summer recipes from the crew here: (goes live 6/10/16)

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