Low Carb Shake: My Favorite Chocolate Fudge Protein Shake

I’ve never been one of those people that can stomach typical off the shelf protein shake mixes. Too…chemical tasting for me!

I’ve tried a LOT of homemade protein shakes, but I needed one that was low carb, low sugar AND I wanted it to taste creamy.

Long story short, I found out that by adding a little cottage cheese to your protein shakes it changes the texture and the taste. It literally transforms drab into an almost Frosty like texture.

This shake is so weird. And so good. And so healthy. The cool thing is you can modify the ingredients to make your own taste buds happy! It tastes like a decadent fudge dessert….I mean, well, IT IS a decadent dessert shake!! Enjoy!

Creamy Chocolate Protein Shake

  • 1/2 Cup Almond Milk (I like unsweetened vanilla)
  • 1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon high quality chocolate baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons Cottage Cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
  • 1 Scoop Collagen Powder, unflavored
  • 2 to 4 Teaspoons of Sweetner*
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Start with the milk, crushed ice. Blend, blend, and blend some more. Then add the remaining ingredients.

Blend until smooth and creamy. The texture should be creamy and velvety!

*I used Truvia!

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Nature Walk I Spy Ideas For Kids

If you are looking for ways to get out of the house and still have a fun learning experience, consider going on a nature walk while playing “I Spy” With the kids.

You can give them a list of items to track down while out walking around your neighborhood or on an approved nature trail!

10 Ideas For Playing I Spy on a Nature Walk

  • A Flower
  • A Leaf
  • A Specific tree (Pine, Palm Willow, etc)
  • A Large Rock
  • A Hanging Plant
  • Specific Colored Front Doors
  • A Large Garden
  • A Rose Bush
  • Holiday Decor (Front Door Wreath, Yard Blow Ups, etc)
  • Moss

Have you gone on a nature walk paying “I Spy” before? If so, what items did you spot?

For more fun with kids, check out list of 25 Fun Kids activities!

Fun For Kids

5 Can Chicken Enchilada Soup

I love Tex-Mex food. Give me all the tacos and enchiladas…better yet, give it to me in soup form! This chicken enchilada soup recipe is so easy, anyone can make it! It’s creamy and can easily be adjusted for heat preference…we love our spice around here!

5 Can Chicken Enchilada Soup

  • 1 Can Chicken, Shredded
  • 1 Can Rotel or Diced Tomatos, drained
  • 1 Can of Pinto Beans or White Beans, drained
  • 1 Can Chicken Broth
  • 1 Can Corn, drained**
  • 3 Tablespoons Taco Seasoning
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, heat ingredients until boiling. Reduce heat and let it simmer until the broth has reduced. About 10 to 15 minutes.

Ladle soup into bowls with 1 tsp of sour cream. Stir the cream into your soup until creamy. Add cheese, corn chips, avacados…even a dash of hot sauce!

**For a thicker soup, use half the broth.

Chicken Enchilada Soup

If you like your soup with added kick: Add 1 teaspoon of chili powder or lime chili powder. We love to top ours with jalapenos!

Creative Writing Prompts

Check out this list of writing prompts! This is a great way to de-stress and get your emotions on to paper!

21 Writing Prompts

Here’s a simple list of 21 ideas to get you writing. Try to work through this list one day at a time or even mix up the ideas! You’ll be surprised at how much you have to write about each tops.

  1. Write About Your Favorite School Memory
  2. Write About Your Goals
  3. Write About Your Favorite Holiday
  4. Share insight on people who have changed your life
  5. Share a list of your favorite things
  6. Share your top favorite colors
  7. Share a memory from your favorite vacation
  8. List your favorite ice cream flavors
  9. List your favorite books in order
  10. List your favorite movies
  11. “When this month is over I plan too…”
  12. “When I talk to my spouse I feel…”
  13. “When I go for a walk I like to look for…”
  14. “When I travel I like to collect…”
  15. Try writing a poem
  16. Try writing rhyming words only
  17. Try writing only three words per line
  18. List things that make you happy
  19. List things that make you sad
  20. List things that make you angry
  21. List things that make you excited

Which journal prompt do you think you will start with? Share below! Also, be sure to check out our post on bullet journaling for more ideas!

Happy journaling!

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Fun Activities For Kids: Over 25 Ideas!

Are you home bound due to weather? Or simply looking for fun activities for kids? Check out our list of fun things to do with kids + free printables!

Fun Things To Do at Home with Kids!

Staying home doesn’t have to be boring! Make a list of these fun activities for kids and post it on your fridge. Whenever they say, “I’m bored!” direct them to this list!

  • Draw or color
  • Read a book
  • Play a game
  • Make slime
  • Take a bath
  • Make homemade play dough
  • Write a letter
  • Go for a walk
  • Play with Chalk
  • Play hopscotch
  • Learn a new card game
  • Build a Lego tower
  • Have a fun movie night
  • Download Free printable to color
  • Watch a scientific video
  • Try watercolor or finger painting
  • Exercise
  • Write your own book
  • Clean your room
  • Play eye spy
  • Bake cookies
  • Try a science experiment!
  • Plant a garden
  • Build a fort
  • Read a book backwards

Free Printables!

Here’s a list of a few free printables that we currently offer. Check back for more as this will be updated!

More Free Resources

If you are also looking for free learning resources or even tips for free homeschool options, check out the info below!

Check out this post for more free learning resources!

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Free Coloring Page Heart Printable For Kids

Free coloring page alert! Looking for boredom busters for your little ones? Download this fun coloring page for your kids!

I love learning how to create free printables for other families to enjoy. I have been creating them for my own kids to use in our homechool journey.

Today, this printable focuses on an easy heart coloring page while encouraging kids to practice counting 1 through 4! Simple and fun! You could create multiple pages and have the kids focusing on different colors. One page full of green hearts for St. Patrick’s Day, one page full of rainbow colors, etc. Have fun with it!

Free Coloring Page Printable

Download your free preschool math heart printable for your kids right here!

Free Coloring Page

We also have other free printables geared towards the early years! Check them out here. For more free learning resources, check out our post on 11 free resources for your family!

Homeschooling in Arkansas

This information is intended for information purposes only!

If you have made the decision to homeschool in Arkansas, you may be wondering where to start.

Check Out The Education Alliance

Thankfully, we have the incredible Education Alliance that will help you to get started on the right path. The EA has information on how to start homeschooling, keeping up with high school transcripts and information on homeschool graduations held throughout the state. It is crucial to make sure you are following state guidelines and they provide this information free of charge!

Start here to learn more about filling out an intent to homeschool which is required by Arkansas law!

Check Out Arkansas State Laws Through HSLDA

You can read more information regarding the state laws in Arkansas. They are another great resource for homeschool families that are just starting their journey.

Check Out Homeschool Groups

There is no shortage of homeschool groups in the state of Arkansas. Homeschool groups are a great way to meet other homeschool families, participate in field trips, etc. To find these groups, check on facebook by typing in your city plus homeschool group. You can also ask local online community groups for direction.

Even our state parks provide homeschool classes and activities throughout the year. You can check them out here.

More Thoughts Homeschooling in Arkansas

I’ve created a list of FREE resources for homeschool families that include curriculum options and free printables. You may also want to check my article on How to Homeschool on A Budget!

My best advice to you is to first learn the legal aspects of homeschooling and then ask a few trusted friends what curriculum that they love. This will help you to start narrowing down your style and curriculum choices.

There are also tons of homeschool curriculum reviews on YouTube!

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Travel Safety Tips

It’s important to be prepared while traveling with your family. Travel safety tips helps you to stay calm, stress less, and enjoy vacation time with your family!

How To Travel With Kids

One of the best tips I’ve received over the years is to travel with an open mind. You may have an idea on how the trip will go, but know that circumstances can change or you may need to re-think certain aspects of your trip once you arrived. Remember that the most important thing is to have fun and make memories!

Travel Safety Tips For Family Vacation

Going on your first plane ride or big road trip with kids can be nerve wrecking, but it shouldn’t be.

Prepare your family ahead of time with this simple list:

  • Have a way to keep your kids with you at all times. We choose to bring a light stroller with us. This was an easy way to keep up with the kids and not let them chance walking off! Some of my friends choose to have an armband leash that attaches from child to parent. With older kids, just have a daily conversation of what is expected of them.
  • Keep hand sanitizer and wipes for when you have lay overs or pit stops. You can wipe down tables, chairs and create a safe place for your kids to play and relax.
  • Keep an emergency kit on your carry on or traveling purse. Band-aids, children’s medicine, alcohol wipes are great for your kits. I buy mine at the local Dollar Tree.
  • Check with the airports you will be traveling through to learn protocols, layouts, restaurants, etc. If you know this ahead of time, you will not be stressing about where to go once you land, etc.
  • Have 24 Hours worth of supplies packed on your carry on. In the off chance you get separated from your luggage, you can comfortably take care of your family overnight until your luggage is secured.
  • If your children have travel anxiety or motion sickness, talk to your doctor about options to make their travel experience easier.
  • Consider packing travel Lysol cans to spray your hotel once you have arrived.
  • Try to have emergency numbers written down where everyone in the family can access them. I keep emergency tags on our luggage. You may also want to keep them in your wallet, purse, etc.

More Tip For Traveling With Kids

If you are looking for more safety travel and tips for family vacations, check out this post on Traveling With Kids.

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Free Homeschool Resources

Free Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be costly! There are tons of free and cheap resources out there. I’ve covered ways to homeschool on a budget before, but today I wanted to share a list of FREE resources for any grade!

Free Homeschool Resources Online

Ambleside Online: This is my personal favorite and one that I have used with my own children. This Charlotte Mason inspired homeschool program is available for Kindergarten through High School.

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool: This program provides a very thorough curriculum. Christian based.

Connections Academy: An Online Homeschool Option that is free and in line with state standards.

Free Homeschool Printables

Twisty Noodle: This is a great resource for preschool, Kindergarten and even 1st grade!

Crayola: Did you know Crayola offers free coloring pages for all ages? Even pages perfect for high school art classes.

Super Coloring: This resource offers free printables, drawing tutorials, games and more!

Our Free Coloring Pages: We have several fun coloring pages you can download here!

Free Homeschool Classes

There are also many opportunities for free classes. A few places to check:

  • Local Libraries
  • Museums
  • State Run Programs
  • State Capitols (for History or Day at The Capitol Classes)
  • Art Galleries
  • YouTube
  • Free Learning Aps

Other Homeschool Resources

Free ISpy List for Nature Walks

Free Fun Activities for Kids

Free Preschool Resources

Free Writing Prompts For High School Kids

For more budget friendly homeschool tips, you can read my article here!

25 Easter Basket Ideas For Toddlers and Older Kids!

If you are looking for Easter basket ideas, you’ve come to the right place! I’m sharing 25 Easter Basket Ideas that can work for both toddlers and older kids. Because, let’s face it, you can only stuff so much candy into one basket!

25 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas For Toddlers Or Even Older Kids

  • Bubbles
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • Chalk Paint
  • Craft Kits
  • Bracelets or Necklaces
  • Movies
  • Books
  • Scripture Cards
  • Sand Toys
  • Flip Flops
  • Engraved Bibles
  • Easter Cookie Cutters
  • The Easter Story Egg Set
  • Journals
  • Paintbrush Set
  • Silly Putty
  • Kinetic Sand Packs
  • Coloring Books
  • Watercolor Sets
  • Word Art Books
  • Stickers
  • Kites
  • Collectible Cards
  • Notepads
  • Stencils

What are some of your favorite Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers or Older Kids? I’m always looking for fun and unique ideas to use for my own baskets.

P.S. Be sure to check out our Spring Bucket List Ideas, too!

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