Two free games of bowling every day for kids — all summer long

Kids Bowl Free

Looking for a fun and frugal activity during the hot summer months? How about free bowling?

Sign up at KidsBowlFree.com to get a voucher for two free games of bowling for each of your children every single day all summer long. Check to see what nearby bowling alleys are participating here.

Please note: Shoe rental is not included, so if you plan to take advantage of this more than a few times, I’d recommend purchasing bowling shoes for your children. You may be able to find a good deal on these at a local sporting goods consignment store. Or, you can purchase them on Amazon.com for around $25-$35.

Register your child today.

Thanks, Frugal Finds During Naptime!

Share This:

HUGE List of FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

This week we found some really great homeschool freebies! They are sure to bring some fun to your homeschool year just when you need it most.

Preschool and Early Elementary

I love this FREE Strawberry Themed Cutting Practice Pack! It is super cute and just gets me in the mood for summer. Not to mention it practices important skills.

Gardening and spring go hand in hand. Study gardening with this FREE PreK and K Garden Themed Learning Pack {32 Pages!}.

Here is a FREE Preschool Frog Worksheets Pack to throw in some science.

Practice letter recognition with these FREE ABC Upper and Lower Case Letter Find.

Math

Free Blueberry Muffin Math

Math is so much more fun with these FREE Blueberry Math Games and Printables.

Your little man will love these FREE Dinosaur Math Worksheets {15 page pack}.

This FREE Exploring Data Math Lesson with Printables : Mean, Median, Mode is a great way to practice graphing and statistics.

Bible

Learn How We Do Family Bible Time at Our House {+ Tips to Make it Work for You!} so you can find a place in your day for it, too.

This FREE Joseph and the Coat of many Colours Pack {140+ pages!} is a huge study and a great Bible lesson.

Teach your children about the 10 commandments with this FREE 10 Commandments Bible Learning Pack.

Reading, Spelling and Language Arts

Do you ever wonder “Can I Teach Reading & Spelling To My Kids Together?” Find the answer in this great post.

Minecraft lovers will enjoy these FREE Minecraft Story Starters.

Spring Themed Freebies

Spring is the best time to teach life cycles. Try this FREE FLOWER LIFE CYCLE FLIP BOOK (instant download).

Your daughter will love this cute FREE Spring Themed Dress-up Playset Printables.

Find a shady tree and fill up these FREE Spring Notebooking and Coloring Pages {30+ Pages!}.

April showers are abounding with these FREE Rain Themed Crafts, Printables, and Activities.

Science

FREE Insect Notebooking Pages

Study insects with these FREE Insect Notebooking Pages Set.

Farm life is always an interesting topic. Here is a FREE Chicken Lapbook.

Learn about the changing weather with this FREE Weather Activities and Printables.

Dreaming about the beach already? Study the ocean with a FREE Learning the Oceans Printables Pack.

History

Here are two great history notebooking packs:

Homeschool Planning

Use these FREE Middle and High School Planning Pages to help your child stay organized.

Plan and organize your next unit study with this FREE Unit Study Planning and Organization Pack.

Random Homeschool Goodness

FREE music Printables

Music is a great subject to study. Use these FREE Music Theory Worksheets, Lessons, and Printables.

Here is a FREE Thales Unit Study.

It’s soccer season! Here are FREE Soccer Themed Printables, Crafts, Activities, and More {60+}.

Try this FREE Earth Day Letters Game Cards.

Figure out your career with this Free What Do I Want to Be? Career Mini Unit.

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resourceson MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

Share This:

Free Kid’s Workshop at The Home Depot (Saturday, May 2, 2015)

Free Kid's Workshop at The Home Depot

Home Depot is hosting another free Kid’s Workshop on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. My kids LOVE these! This month’s project is to Build a Picket Fence Photo Frame.

Here are the details:

  • Come learn how to build a picket fence photo frame in time for Mother’s Day
  • FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12
  • All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m.

Register for this free workshop at your local Home Depot store here.

Share This:

Free Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program

BN_Summer-Reading

Sign your 1st to 6th graders up for the FREE Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program and they can earn a free book.

Here’s how it works:

  • Read any 8 books and record them in the Reading Journal (PDF).
  • Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store. Find a Store.
  • Choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store.

See more free Summer Reading Programs here.

Thanks, Hip Mama’s Place!

Share This:

My New Laundry “System” (if you can even call it that!)

Screen-Shot-2013-08-12-at-4.39.09-PM

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know I have laundry issues. It’s the area of homemaking that I’ve always struggled with the most.

For years, I tried system after system to attempt to fix this issue:

  • I tried the one-load-from-start-to-finish-everyday system.
  • I tried the only-do-laundry-one-day-a-week idea.
  • I tried divvying the laundry chore between my kids.
  • I tried Laundry Parties.
  • I tried doing certain kinds of laundry on certain days (towels one day, whites one day, etc.)
  • I tried encouraging my kids to re-wear things over and over again.
  • I religiously cleaned out closets and drawers so that we didn’t have too many clothes.
  • I hired out the laundry chore for a few years.
  • I’ve even considered having our family become nudists… okay, just teasing. ;)

Yes, I’ve pretty much tried it all. While these systems can be great and work well for many families, none of them seemed to work well long-term for us.

How I Finally Discovered a Laundry System That Works

You see, I work full-time and have weird hours in order to homeschool. My husband works weird hours, too.

I travel regularly. And our family travels regularly. We also have an ever-changing routine because we’re an entrepreneurial family and our kids are very involved in their respective activities (something that we’ve decided is a family priority for us).

So all of these things mean that neat little systems we try only seem to work for a total of three days for us and then something comes up that derails the whole system.

This might sound like I’m making excuses, but I’m not. I’m just stating reality. It’s a reality that we’ve chosen and what we feel God has called our family to. And we’re very settled in it.

But it has meant that systematic approaches that work beautifully for other families, don’t work so well for ours.

As a result, for years I’ve felt like a laundry failure. Every time I’d pass a towering pile of clean laundry waiting to be folded I felt mocked and taunted by it.

“You’re not a good enough homemaker!” “You can’t get your act together!” “All the other moms can seem to create and keep laundry systems and you can’t.”

Yes, I felt shamed and discouraged by the laundry pile.

How I Finally Discovered a Laundry System That Works

In the last few years, I’ve learned to replace so many of my own incorrect deep-rooted beliefs with the truth. I’ve stopped feeling like I was a misfit. Like I didn’t have anything to offer. Like I wasn’t good enough.

I’ve realized that I do have many gifts and talents. I have great worth and value. And I want to own my gifts and talents.

So, in embracing this, I’ve been challenging myself to also stop listening to the voices of guilt and shame that I hear in my head when I see the laundry pile.

Instead, I’m working on making peace with my laundry pile. With the fact that our current life choices mean things can’t be tied up with a neat little bow. That things will be a little (or sometimes, a LOT) messy. That it’s probably a given that I’ll never be fully caught up on laundry on a daily basis for long periods of time.

And I’m okay with that. Because I refuse to be defined by my laundry pile.

How I Finally Discovered a Laundry System That Works

I have many homemaking gifts and talents. I’m great at keeping clutter at bay. I’m great at sticking with a budget. I’m great at keeping paper piles to a minimum. I’m great at keeping up with dishes. And our home is usually 15 to 30 minutes to being “Company Ready”.

You have different gifts and talents. You might never be behind on laundry. You might have an incredible system that works beautifully for your family. I’m so happy for you and want to learn from and be inspired by you.

But I am going to stop comparing myself to you and feeling like because I am not following the same system as you that I’m therefore a failure.

You see, that’s the “system” that I’ve discovered and that’s giving me so much freedom for the first time. To realize that there are more important things than always being perfectly on top of the laundry. That it’s okay to get a few loads behind in favor of investing in my marriage or hanging out with my kids or spending time with a friend or serving in our community or even sleeping.

It’s really and truly okay. My laundry pile does not define me.

This doesn’t mean that I don’t want to keep baby-stepping my way toward better success with the laundry. Or that I don’t want to continue to learn and try ideas I hear from others or read about on a blog. But if they don’t work for me or only work for a short time period, that’s okay.

How I Finally Found a Laundry System That Works

So, all that said, here’s my laundry “system” or at least my current philosophy for approaching laundry:

1) Be Grateful For the Laundry Pile

A clean laundry pile means that we have clothes to wear. It means we have more than one outfit per person. It means we have options in our closet. All the clothes are a reminder of the wonderful people I get to share life with. These are blessings that many, many people would love to have and I don’t want to take them for granted.

2) Try to Work on It a Little Each Day

I usually have great ambitions each day to get a load or two or three done from start to finish. But that’s just not always possible and that’s okay. However, I try to spend at least a little time — even if it’s 2 or 3 minutes! — on the laundry each day. Every little bit counts.

If I have more time, I can make a much bigger dent in it. I like to set the timer for 10 or 20 minutes whenever I can and work on it. I usually have the kids help put away while I fold and we can tackle a lot in a short amount of time.

3) Make Sure We’re Not Washing More Than We Need to Be

The less laundry we wash, the less there is to fold and put away. Making sure that we keep our closets cleaned out and pared down helps to cut down on laundry.

I’m also working on encouraging our kids to not put clothes or towels in the laundry that aren’t truly needing to be washed.

4) Have Our Kids Help Me

This has been key for us to not get hopelessly behind on laundry in the past year. Kathrynne’s job is to start the laundry every day and to help with folding every day. I also have Silas and Kaitlynn help with putting their laundry away.

Even though we’re rarely ever completely done with laundry, by working together in short stints multiple times per week, we usually have enough clean clothes to wear that we’re not digging through the pile to find something to wear (not saying that doesn’t ever happen, but it’s not an every day occurrence like it once was!)

5) Keep Trying & Experimenting

I’m holding out hope that I will one day be a Laundry Ninja. And so I want to keep learning and trying new things. You never know if something will work for you unless you try it!

I’m signing up for the Stress-Free Homemaking Course (see below) and am committed to trying the system that Holly outlines in it in hopes that it just might be the perfect fit for us.

6) Continue to Give Myself Grace

In the midst of my experimenting, I’m also committed to continuing to give myself grace. To reminding myself that what works for one family won’t necessarily work for our family. And to remembering that a laundry pile doesn’t make me a failure. It just means I’m human and that life is full of other wonderful things that are taking higher priority right now.

4 Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking

Need Some Help With Your Laundry Pile, Too?

If you struggle with your laundry pile, too, I’d encourage you to sign up for the Stress-Free Homemaking Video Course right here.

The first video is on laundry and it has a lot of great food for thought in it plus a simple system that I’ve heard really works well for many people. I think I’m going to try this system — and even if it doesn’t work for us, it won’t hurt to try! I found the free printable that comes with the video especially insightful.

Have you tried this system before? I’d love to hear if it works for you!

(Note: The links in this post are affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.)
Share This:

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Summer-Reading-Programs

Believe it or not, it’s almost that time of year again — when school is out and summer reading programs abound. Yay! (Well, some of you might not be saying “yay!”, but we do because my kids LOVE them some summer reading programs!)

Kids-Summer-Reading-Programs

Saving Dollars and Sense has put together a great round-up of some of the best Summer Reading Programs available. Are there any others you know of that should be added to her list?

Share This: