Friday, January 12, 2018

Weekly Web Finds : Jan 12, 2018 : Calendars and Time and Lots More


 Between the frigid cold that has our area in a tither ... we don't often get long freezing spells ... and becoming adjusted to taking HBP meds ... which make me lethargic ... it has been very difficult to keep up with my blog.  I have plans!  Lots of plans!   But I'm finding recovering fully from a stroke while making wholesale lifestyle changes and staying up all night to babysit boiling water and room heaters (so the furnace has warmer air to take in) has been wearing me a bit thin.   Bear with me through the next 5-6 weeks of extreme cold, and hopefully, I'll be back on board by then.

Thank you to my readers!



HOMESCHOOLING

Never underestimate what a kid can do or learn!   I have long held to the belief that if you set a child at a task, and give them room to learn and make mistakes, they will usually surprise you in a positive way.  I've seen good cooks as young as 3 and 4, artists as young as 5, toddlers who could sew or knit or garden ... helping very young children explore talents and interests opens the world for them and gives them confidence.

A favorite author of Historical Fiction - Patricia Beatty - I LOVED her books growing up, they are hard to find now days, but such fun to read!

This week Scholar asked ... "Who decided to invent the measurement of time and why did they use 12s and 60s?"   So we did some research.   He hasn't covered all of it yet, and is still searching for an answer.

Trick to remembering number of days in each month

Loop Scheduling

Theistic Evolution

Periodic Table


MINISTRIES And CHRISTIANITY



MARRIAGE and PARENTING

Mantras to live by

ADHD

Sleeping Kids

So ... I thought about trying to print or make myself a calendar ... and found some interesting places and interesting options


COOKING AND HOMEMAKING POSTS

Bone Broth

Diet

Freezer Meals for the Crock Pot

Garlic Mushrooms

Limit Lecitins to improve health

Cleaning House

Homesteading Kitchen Tools

Coconut Yogurt


HEALTH POSTS

High Blood Pressure  ... this is something I am struggling with.   I went into the hospital on Oct. 15 and they took it at 260 / 159 (or about that).  No wonder I had a stroke!  Thankful to God that it was very small with little damage ... but now I am far more devoted to losing weight and lowering my blood pressure.

Stress 

Heart Disease

Dangers of No Salt or Low Salt Diet

Gluten and Skin Health

Sleeping Issues

Chamomile Tea

 EMF Exposure

Staying Warm

Coconut Oil helps Altheimierz 

Castor Oil

ONE change to improve your health

Losing Pregnancy Weight ..Video (Mom of 10)



GARDENING AND BUGS AND PESTS

 Southern Snow Days

Organic




POLITICS  (Sort of) … HISTORY

 Trump ... so far I'm on board ... I like how he plays with his grandkids, supports the military, gives away his entire salary, rewards hard work, and goes to bat for the common people.  He is not as polished as the common politician and lawyer ... but he has heart and conviction.   I pray he doesn't switch oars midstream as some predict.  But I will wait and judge him on his actions and results, not on speculation.

Emporers new clothes

Oprah ...  not that I agree with the whole article ... but anyway ....



JOBS and FURTHER EDUCATION

Is college really required to live well in our society?   I have a degree in Math from almost 30 years ago.  The Ref has a degree in computer science ... and neither of us have truly benefitted from those degrees.  We were fortunate to not have debt from them either.  I did teach high school math for 2 years, and the Ref worked as a programmer for a little over a decade, but not at the big salaries that the college pushers promised he would have.  He found it took good grades and hard work to find a job and keep it!    Now he manages at a McDonalds, and daily meet people who have a degree and debt and work entry level for minimum wage.

Work from home

Defining What is not



MONEY

Taxes 






TECHNOLOGY

 Kids on the internet ... I'm a mid grounder on this issue.  My kids have tech, lots of it.  Low cost tablets (with Screen Time installed), Kindles that they got for Christmas from relatives and they READ, as well as computers.   But we also have games, books, legos, K'nex, chores and more ... we strive to teach them to use their tech as tools.   What we don't have is a TV with cable nor a game system.... so I think it balances out in the long run.


JUST AMAZING STUFF


Largest Prime Number

Cute Valentine Craft

Snow Globe Craft

Friday, January 5, 2018

Weekly Web Finds : January 5, 2018



HOMESCHOOLING

 Purchasing Alaska

School Success and Life Failure

Visual Memory


MINISTRIES And CHRISTIANITY





MARRIAGE and PARENTING

 Government is here to raise your kids

Overexcited  (reminds me of me actually)


COOKING AND HOMEMAKING POSTS

 Hanging Hair Bows




HEALTH POSTS

Close the Lid to flush

Amino Acids

Fats Benefits

Yeast Overgrowth

Pain Meds and Kids

Probably not true...

Vaccines

Flu
https://medium.com/@andreangelantoni/there-are-several-significant-errors-the-doctor-includes-in-her-article-6dfc196afd9b




GARDENING AND BUGS AND PESTS

Coffee Table Project

Free Camping



POLITICS  (Sort of) … HISTORY

 Abortion

 FDA has Homeopathic Meds in their sites

Trump

Indulging the mentally ill and confused kids




JOBS and FURTHER EDUCATION

Working Dog Myths

Minimum Wage



MONEY

 7 things not cheaper at Walmart



TECHNOLOGY

 Messenger Kids


JUST AMAZING STUFF


Double Whirlpool

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Weekly Web Finds : December 30, 2017

  Holidays can throw everything off... Yesterday we partied hard with my 2 sisters - 13 cousins total.   What fun ... and What a LONG day!!!



HOMESCHOOLING

 Homeschool Records Notebook

Executive Functioning and Gifted Students

Teaching Life Skills

Don't Be Misled By Schools





MINISTRIES And CHRISTIANITY

What kids ask for ..for Christmas

Dumbing Down Christianity



MARRIAGE and PARENTING

 Learning about disagreements while a child



COOKING AND HOMEMAKING POSTS

 Cooking with Cast Iron

Holiday Bark

THM Fudge

Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies


HEALTH POSTS

Better Water?   Video or lots of reading of commercial - interesting.

Hemorrhoid Cream

Frankincense 



GARDENING AND BUGS AND PESTS

 Privacy Fence Ideas

Mistletoe

What happens to Helium Balloons?




POLITICS  (Sort of) … HISTORY

Water in Crisis

Vaccines


JOBS and FURTHER EDUCATION

 Productivity Habits


MONEY

 Frugal Living with Molly Green video 

A couple who retired early


TECHNOLOGY

Tiny Houses

Surgery to Regrow Bone?

Bible App for Kids

Windows over Linux

Fixing Win 10

Garmin VivoFit 4



JUST AMAZING STUFF


All around the world these candy eggs are a big hit with kids, except in the USA where they have been banned as unsafe for children











Friday, December 22, 2017

Weekly Web Finds : December 22, 2017


HOMESCHOOLING

 No Planning Schooling

Christmas Stories

Writing How To essays

PE

Chemical Elements

Story Telling Rocks

Printable Readers

Free AOP Assesment Tests

Best Books for Pre Teens

Ecology


MINISTRIES And CHRISTIANITY

Comfortable Christianity

Creation Ministries - Aliens






MARRIAGE and PARENTING

 Social Cost of the Fatherless

Growing into Manhood takes WORK

ADHD and Routines

Why police took a newborn from his parents  ... parental rights fight

Best Boy Toys

Intelligence and Autism

Respect

 Executive Functioning Disorder



COOKING AND HOMEMAKING POSTS

Gingerbread Bath Scrubs and Bath Bombs

Ways to keep your house cleaner

Light Hacks during Power Outage

Butternut Squash Soup

Spruce Needle Tea

Apple Cinnamon Bread

Zucchini Brownies

No Cook Menu Plan

Civil War Foods



HEALTH POSTS

Blood Pressure Medicines

Food that You Should Not Eat

Essential Oils and Your Lungs

Ferminted Beets and Health Benefits

Too Much Protien

 Grey Hair

Herbs and Spices for Healing

Magnesium

Ear Infections

Allergy Elimination Technique

Copaiba

Valerian Root

Vaccines

Brain and Multitasking

Lysine

Lose the Love handles


GARDENING AND BUGS AND PESTS

 Weed Control

 Cost Estimation Checklists

 McDonald's and Agriculture

$50 Greenhouse




POLITICS  (Sort of) … HISTORY

 Trump Speach to Military Marine One

Effects of the $15 minimum wage in  California

Hook Up Culture



JOBS and FURTHER EDUCATION

 Lost Survival Skills

Girl or Boy - it's getting confusing



MONEY

 Taxes



TECHNOLOGY

Lights

Net Nutrality

Win 10 Passwords


JUST AMAZING STUFF

Toys Worth Money

It's not a Cacoon

 SeaJet Capsules

A simple mistake saves the life a tiny preemie

Camel Milk?

Craft Hacks

Time to learn a different language?

A House for Cheap and Fast


Thursday, December 21, 2017

REVIEW of Habatica.com and Chores

For years and years, I've hunted for ways to help my kids and myself keep track of CHORES .....

I would try all kinds of systems, to no avail ..

FIRST, my oldest child was easily bored.  Story is an ENFP with ADHD and she would get super excited, work the program like crazy for a few days, or a few weeks, and then realize that she was doing chores ... UGH ... and quit, leaving her chores to pile up undone or completed by mom or Song.  It did not help that people were constantly chiding me about grounding her because they felt that she had too much school and too many chores, obviously because she was smart and could be a hard worker when she chose to be.  Rewards and Punishment were equally ineffective.  

SECOND, the ref was seldom on board with anything that I did.  He worked 40+ hours a week and prefers to have his weekends or days off to rest and recuperate as much as possible.   The kids and school and the house were and still are my job.  Complicating matters is the problem that he is the ONLY driver in the house.

THIRD, to often the kids did not receive their rewards that they earned ... on the other hand, punishments were also often overlooked, dismissed, or downsized.   And that was often my fault for caving into empty promises or relatives being "do-gooders" or just being exhausted.    Story once worked super hard for a year to earn a trip to the North Pole.  Just as she earned it, the Ref lost his job, then got a job in another city, we packed, put the house up for sale, and moved ... and she never got her reward.  The North Pole was only 30 - 40 minutes away, we probably could have afforded it before we left that city, and the Ref could have taken her alone ... but he never "had time" from March to July ... .  Such was the fate of many rewards earned.  Substitutions were rare and a long time in coming.

But it was hard to set up a system, and see it crumble within a few weeks to the point that only Song and I were on board.  Especially when coming up with rewards costs real money.  I needed something that rewarded without my having to come up with money and time to buy it.


Then about 2 years ago, I tripped on Habitica.com ... at the time, we were using OUR HOME to track chores and rewards, but it was slow and hard to keep track of for me.  I dilly-dallied around with Habitica for a few months, signed up, dilly-dallied around some more.   Until Scholar saw the website and begged to try it for weeks.   Sure, why not.

Logo of Habitica

Within 2 weeks, the whole family was signed up (except the Ref) and we joined a couple of other groups of kids/young adults to form a group that worked together.   And the kids thrived.   

I later discovered that kids are supposed to be 13 to join, or parents need to send in a written permission to use the site.  It was easy to do.


So what is so great?

First, you can work with others.  Groups of 8 - 16 work pretty good.

Second, you can add rewards of your own right along with what the "game" offers.  You earn gold and buy equipment and pets eggs to hatch.  You get to cast spells.  And there is frequently new content and contests.  This keeps it exciting (and cheap).   http://habitica.wikia.com/wiki/Pets

Third, It is pretty easy to set up, tweak, and check off.   And lends itself to a game like feel as you fight battles, change your equipment/ costumes, and raise your pets into mounts.  As a group, we have costume challenges, and it is a lot of fun to see what we all come up with as the game progresses.

Fourth, we have to work together to succeed.   If you do your tasks, you get rewarded.  But if you don't, you lose your health.  If you are on a quest with your group, this hurts everyone!


As you reach level 10, you are able to choose from one of four workers.  


Everyone starts as a Warrior.  The warrior is the only type with 3 ways to help others.   There is also a Mage, a Healer, and a Rogue, who only helps others in 1 way.   There are 4 qualities to increase, and each type has 2 of them.

At level 10, you get to choose what type you want to play the game being.  You work your way up to level 100, which takes most people 6 months to a year, although, with enough chores set to high, you can reach that goal much faster.   Then at level 100, you earn the Orb of Rebirth and you can start all over at level 1 and choose a new path.

Each of the types has their own equipment to earn, and 4 times a year at the equinox and solstice, they run special equipment and pets that change every year.   http://habitica.wikia.com/wiki/Equipment

There are 3 ways to classify your chores and goals.

Habits can be checked off multiple times a day and set up to be positive or negative. 

Dailies are checked off once a day, and can be repeated at intervals, or on specific days.  Not completing them will hurt you.   http://habitica.wikia.com/wiki/Dailies

To-Dos are One Time.  You put it on and get lots of points when you check it off.  If you wait too long to check it off, it will cause your habits and dailies to worth less and less as time goes on.     http://habitica.wikia.com/wiki/To-Dos



We ran the first year without a subscription.  Although 1 of our group did purchase a subscription, and a second joined the wiki editing and other challenges to earn gems.  But earlier this year, the Ref allowed me to get a year subscription so that I can give the kids gems for extra work in school and chores.  (Do NOT ask for gems online, it will get your chatting privileges revoked!)   So what I do ... I set up a contest, Math, and tell them that the one who makes the most progress in Kahns gets 2 gems.  That will buy them a magic potion for a special pet, and during the 4 galas, they can buy old specialty equipment.  Or they can save them up for backgrounds or special sets of hair or colored skin.   

Having gems is a whole lot more fun than playing without the gems.


Cautions:   the game is not really designed for younger kids.   So you have to keep them monitored to make sure they are not just checking things off.   They keep the game pretty clean, but many of the group are left-leaners and can be obvious about it.   We just don't use the guilds and have not run into problems.   
Ads are often for other games and websites, and some are not child-friendly, especially in the wiki areas.  I have only had problems with Scholar with the wiki.  But now that he is limited to 30 minutes a week on the wiki pages, he only looks at the information he wants to know.  
 Also, some will object to the magic feel of the game.

The Habitica Chore game can be found on several platforms, my kids use their tablets as well as the computer to keep up with their tasks.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekly Web Finds : December 15, 2017


HOMESCHOOLING

 Notebook Computers

Homeschooling an option for black families (and poor families)

Preschool Activities

Simple Machines

At Home Experiments and More

Pictures in your immagination

Coloring Pages

Preschool

Crafts for Teens

MINISTRIES And CHRISTIANITY

 Rewording the Lord's Prayer

Salvation Object Lesson

Creation and Darwin



MARRIAGE and PARENTING

Who protects the children from the CPS and government?

Tracker for Special Needs Kids

How divorce harms kids - especially during family get-togethers and holidays


COOKING AND HOMEMAKING POSTS

 Nutrition and Food Wars  




HEALTH POSTS

Vaccines

Magnesium Citrate

Helping Avoid Stress

CBD Oil

Cell Phones

Clogged Arteries


GARDENING AND BUGS AND PESTS

 Underground Greenhouse




POLITICS  (Sort of) … HISTORY

 North Korea

Not sure what the title has to do with the article ... which is about a couple of college students who wrote a paper as a joke using huge words in ambiguous ways to make hilarious claims  (not for kids)

Social Security



JOBS and FURTHER EDUCATION

 Links Google Doesn't want you to see  ... I've not visited many .. but some may catch your eye or curiosity



MONEY

 Free Credit Report

Credit Card Skimmers - Good advice for everywhere



TECHNOLOGY

 Account security and How to be safer

Cozy Headphones

Keeping Kids safer on Youtube
https://screentimelabs.com/5-tips-for-keeping-your-kids-safe-on-youtube/

Net Neutrality and the connection to expanding the Government ... It is never a good idea to let the government stick their greedy fingers into anything.
https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/12/15/we-wake-up-every-morning-and-face-a-mountain-of-ignorance/



JUST AMAZING STUFF

 Making Millions at 6

 4 year old reads 100 books!



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