Monday, July 20, 2015

Our Weekend Recap


How was your weekend? Ours was H.O.T.! We have been enjoying the mid-80's for much of the summer, so having the temperature crank up to mid-90's plus humidity?! Yikes. I am so not a heat person. Why, you may ask? Well, because I am already hot all of the time anyway. With the heat index near or over 100, I really do feel like I may melt. I seriously thank God for our pool and that this house has AC on the second level! It's the little things. 

The kids were in the pool a good amount of time (the water therapy is so good for Ava's injured foot!). Friends and neighbours came over to play. Friday night, our neighbours invited us over to have drinks and appetizers. I made a Black Bean and Feta dip to take and share. The kids were amazed at how warm their pool is compared with ours. The temps were quite pleasant that evening, and we had so much fun laughing and visiting. It was the perfect way to end the week, as I shared on Instagram . . . 

That night, Bob and the boys started a new tradition they designated, "The Inaugural Royce & Sons All Night Brisket Smoke-Off'! It was a huge hit. Well, until the next afternoon when they all needed naps, but what a fun experience for the Royce men. I don't think it will always take place over night, but I do think the practice of smoking meat will be a more frequent occurrence around here.

Saturday was rainy and stormy in the morning, so I didn't walk down to our Farmers' Market as planned. I did take time that day to start planning our school year. Our summer has been a little odd this year, with taking care of Ava and getting her injury healed. It's hard to believe school will start in just over a month. So, I tried to start getting some things out of my brain and onto the paper. Have you started planning for school yet or doing your back to school shopping?!

I'll share a new idea I'm putting into play for this school year in the next week or so. And if you're new to homeschooling or just need a little encouragement, I highly recommend this post from Sarah at Amongst Lovely Things

I hope your weekend was great and not too hot! 

Blessings and love. xo

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Happy Prime Day!

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Blessings and love. xo

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Enrichment Studies - Freebies!

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Hello Homeschool Friends,

Have you included classical music and art appreciation in your homeschool? I have always loved classical music and beautiful pieces of art but didn't really know much about the individual composers or artists. It has been such an enjoyable aspect of our homeschooling to include this kind of study. And I am learning so much right along with my children!

As you get ready for the new school year, don't forget to include some of the wonderful artist and composers units from Enrichment Studies! You will not believe how easy these lessons are to immediately implement into your homeschool day. Plus, they will add so much rich culture and conversation to your interactions with your kids. 

I have used them for several years now, and Erica just keeps adding more content to make my life easier and more hued. Thank you, Erica!

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And to get you started, check out the FREEBIES that are offered! Don't you just love getting to try before you buy? It always helps to see if it's a good fit for where you want your students to go in the new school year. 

These FREEBIES are just a small taste of what you can find in the product listings. The art and composer selections are extensive and there are other helpful tools offered, as well, such as copywork, which I am always looking to download and print for my students!

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If you have any questions about Enrichment Studies, please leave them in the comments, and I will get right back to you. And I'd love to hear how you apply these lessons in your day!

Blessings and love. xo

Monday, July 6, 2015

Do you have time for a quick survey?

Hi Friends,

I am going to get back into the blogging mode. I really am. I already have some great things to share with you.

But first, would you mind taking a quick survey?

Whether you've been around to read The Scarlett Thread for 5 days or 5 years (or longer), I'd love to have some feedback from you. (If you're on your mobile - here is the link: )

Create your own user feedback survey 

Many thanks! Blessings and love. xo

Saturday, June 20, 2015

bloom: A Journey to Joy (and Sanity) for Homeschool Moms

(Disclaimer: I was given a product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains my affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase through my links, I will make a small commission. Thank you!!!)

***This course is only on sale through tonight (Saturday, June 20, 2015) and will not be available again until sometime in 2016. Please make your purchase today!***

I want all my homeschool mama friends to know about this new online course called "bloom"! It's an 8-week video course that comes with a corresponding At Home Discovery Packet, which includes 88 pages of charts, exercises and writing prompts to get you thinking about how to have more joy in your life and subsequently, in your homeschool. The videos are pre-recorded, which makes it nice to be able to watch anytime, at your convenience. The sessions are about 20 minutes each, so nothing that requires sitting for hours and hours. You could listen/watch while you fold laundry or while you're sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee or even while cooking dinner for your family. 

Please forgive my tardiness in getting this information to you. I had agreed to review and promote "bloom" what seems like "way back" in April. It's crazy how things can change so drastically in a matter of just a few days or weeks. For many years now, I have held the belief that joy is a choice. I've even written in the past about my thoughts on encouraging more Christians to be happy. I believe Heaven to be the happiest place in existence, and we, as believers, are ambassadors of Heaven. So, while I believe happiness and joy go hand in hand, there are those times when life provides more opportunity to purposefully press through in choosing joy more than at other times. My experience these past 7 weeks has been a path of choosing joy. 

In the past couple of years, there has rarely been a time when I didn't blog on a weekly basis, and most of the time, I was posting several times each week. I had gotten into a nice groove. Until last month, when a friend's death, a severe sports injury in our family and some additional circumstances have left me needing more margin and rest. Life can throw some curve balls, and sometimes those curve balls require stepping back, praying more, re-evaluating, listening and waiting. So that's where I've been. That's really where I still am, and although I feel eager to move past it all, I know there is still a need to take a break and rest. 

This course goes right along with pursuing more of that joy that I've been talking about. I believe life can be filled with joy, even amidst the hard places and dark times. And Alicia does a wonderful job in the course to encourage us as homeschool mamas to evaluate what may be keeping that joy at bay in our daily lives and how to put pillars in place to keep it there. 

Here are the class titles to give you a better idea:

  •  Class 1: The Big Fat Lies (and the Truths That Set Us Free)
  •  Class 2: Firm Foundations: Building Rhythm Around Daily Pillars
  •  Class 3: Steps to Simple (and Rest-Filled) Days
  •  Class 4: Homeschooling Joy Stealers: Part 1: The Perfectionist Vice
  •  Class 5: Homeschooling Joy Stealers: Part 2: The Comparison Leech
  •  Class 6: Homeschooling Joy Stealers: Part 3: The Anger Monster
  •  Class 7: Needs and Opinions: How to Not Drown in the Tidal Wave
  •  Class 8: The Path to Perennial (not Annual) Joy
The awesome thing about the “bloom” course is that the learning is three-dimensional: First, you learn the information in the video classes; second, you process and apply the information through the at-home exercises; and third, you have the opportunity to discuss these issues in real time with other women going through the course via our general “bloom” Facebook group or one of our “bloom” Community Groups (hosted by other top homeschooling bloggers). In addition, the resources are always there, so you can always go back to a class and use the tools again and again to gain more wisdom as your life circumstances change.

Please let me know if you have any questions . . . you can contact me directly at scarlettroyce(at)gmail(dot)(com).

And don't forget that today is the very last day to purchase!

Blessings and love. xo