Sarah’s list of Homeschool Resources

Here’s to my first blog post in approximately 4 years! Most of my friend’s know me as a self-proclaimed research-aholic. Now, everyone will see some evidence of that below. Some day I will share our homeschool journey because I swore I would NEVER homeschool, only to begin homeschooling our 4 kids this year: 7th grade, 5th, 1st, and K4. Below you will find the resource information page that I made for ME. I tweaked it ever so slightly so some of it might make more sense, but I hope this is helpful to all of you who have NO CLUE where to begin. If you have any resources to add… PLEASE share them with me. I’d love to learn more and add it to my list. And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

A few weeks ago I did a live video on my personal Facebook page about a “day in the life” of what our homeschooling every day looks like. Every homeschool family does it differently, but I believe the way we do it with BJU Press curriculum, is helpful to those parents (moms especially) who don’t think they have what it takes to homeschool. We use BJU Press DLO (distance learning online). My kids log on, click on the subject, click on video and their teacher pops up with the lesson (10-30minutes), they do their assignment, and move on to the next subject. It was pretty easy for my kids to catch on. I grade their homework & answer any questions they have, but I love that I’m not teaching every subject to everyone.

If you DO decide to use BJU Press, don’t forget to use a consultant. Consultants are mom’s who have been using the curriculum for at least 3 years, can guide you to the best options for your children, and can help you get the best pricing. I saved over $1,000 by not ordering off the website and using a consultant. You are welcome to use someone you know, or call my sweet consultant Jennifer Leeds @ 816-785-4524. *Tell her I say hello!

Click here to see the video of a day in the life on my Facebook page.

(OUR personal plans)

Summer 2020
1. Typing.com
2. Online Piano & Guitar

2020-2021 Tentative Plan
1. Gabriel: Dual Credit at Home + BJU Algebra 1
2. Lucas: BJU-6
3. Lily: BJU – 2
3. Piper: BJU K4 or Reading Eggs
4. Spanish: Duolingo Classroom made for all the kids.
5. Music: Piano & Guitar
6. Sports: Gabriel – Soccer; Lucas/Lily – Gymnastics

Fort Worth/Benbrook Co-ops
1. West Fort Worth Homeschoolers: http://www.wfwh.us
2. Travis Academy of Fine Arts: https://tafa.org

3. Science Etc: http://www.scienceetc.com
4. WACHE: https://www.wacheweb.org
5. Legacy Homeschool Coop – http://www.legacyhsc.com

2019-2020 Colegio Shalom – Bosch Family
1. BJU $2,200/4 kids (discounts K4, 1, 5, & 7) , $200 science kit, $8/per journey forth book
a. Consultant Jennifer Leeds 816-785-4524
2. Dual Credit at Home?? (start w/first test for G) $99 or /$1,000
3. Preschool: Reading Eggs
4. Music:
*Hoffman http://www.hoffmanacademy.com or https://homeschoolpiano.com/
*Justinguitar (free guitar): http://www.justinguitar.com
5. Typing
6. Elementary Spanish (DuoLingo)
7. Chromebooks vs iPad: iPad is BEST because of ScreenTime parental controls.
8. Resources to use:
*https://www.edutaters.com
*https://hellobible.org/home
9. Soccer and gymnastics
10. Outschool.com Photography classes for Lu.

My OTHER favorites
1. Typing – Mavis Beacon
2. Spanish: https://schools.duolingo.com/7
3. Music:
* Hoffman Academy (PIANO): http://www.hoffmanacademy.com
* Justinguitar (free guitar): http://www.justinguitar.com
4. Gardening: https://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/the-homeschool-garden/
5. Thinking Tree Journals: http://www.Funschoolingbooks.com
6. Geography? Mapping the World by Heart grade 5-12: $53 https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/mappingtheworldbyheart/
7. Nutrition? http://growinghealthyhomes.com/curriculum/ ; https://kidscookrealfood.com/homeschool/
8. Character Bible
9. Faith: A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays (All Ages) (Robin Sampson)
10. God / Finances:
* https://thekingdomcode.com/ ages 10-13
* https://www.moneymunchkids.com/ K-3
11. Character Building:
* https://wechoosevirtues.com/
* My Brother’s Keeper Bible Study: http://www.notconsumed.com
12. Fun: http://www.storytimechess.com

ONLINE/Streaming/Digital/Computer Based
1. BJU: K3-12 $1,000/kid/year http://www.bjupresshomeschool.com/content/about-distance-learning-online
2. Alpha Omega: http://www.aop.com/ Grades 3-12,
*Monarch – Family Subscription $700/year, Online, core subjects/all grades access
*Switched On Schoolhouse – Digital, more teacher hands on, 5 subjects for $413
*Academy – Ignatia Curriculum, k-12, $2,000/year/
d. Horizons (3+), but not online
3. Abeka: http://www.abeka.com/Homeschool K3-12. $826, $826, $1108
4. Veritas: http://www.veritaspress.com, some online classes
5. Englightium Academy: http://www.enlightiumacademy.com/
6. Logos Press http://www.logospressonline.com
7. Well Trained Mind: http://www.wtmacademy.com
8. Schole: http://www.scholeacademy.com
9. Liberty: http://www.liberty.edu/ms/online-academy
10. Wilson Hill: http://www.wilsonhillacademy.com
11. Memoria Press: http://www.memoriapressacademy.com
12. Freedom Project: http://www.freusa.org
13. Western Christian Academy: http://www.westernchristianacademy.com
14. EasyPeasy: http://www.allinonehome school.com/ Free, not as formal (under construction)
15. Time4Learning: http://www.time4learning.com Great for Travel, $64/month/4 kids (NO Bible)
16. IXL: http://www.ixl.com $319 for whole family
17. Kendall Hunt Publishing (gifted): http://www.k12.kendallhunt.com
18. Liberty U Academy: http://www.liberty.edu/onlineacademy/
19. Power Homeschool: http://www.powerhomeschool.org
20. Schoolhouse Teachers: http://www.schoolhouseteachers.com (50% off Ultimate: NEWYEAR19)
21. The Academy at Bright Ideas Press: http://www.academy.brightideaspress.com middle/high school.
22. HSLDA: http://www.academy.hslda.org/ High School

Book Based/Parent-Led Curriculum:
1. Sonlight: http://www.sonlight.com/ ($700/kid)
2. My Father’s World: CM/Classical/Unit, $500/year http://www.mfwbooks.com
3. Masterbooks: http://www.masterbooks.com
4. The Peaceful Press: http://www.thepeacefulpreschool.com
5. The Good & the Beautiful: http://www.jennyphillips.com/good-beautiful/ : inexpensive
6. Timberdoodle – http://www.timberdoodle.com
7. Allinonehomeschool: http://www.Allinonehomeschool.com (FREE)
8. Classical Conversations: http://www.classicalconversations.com
9. Memoria Press: http://www.memoriapress.com/ – classical
10. Well Trained Mind: Classical w/Latin, http://www.welltrainedmind.com
11. Ambleside: Charlotte Mason, free, parent led, no math/foreign lang
12. BiblioPlan: http://www.biblioplan.net Classical history
13. Christian Light: http://www.clp.org
14. Heart of Dakota: http://www.heartofdakota.com/
15. MiaAcademy: k-8 http://www.parents.miacademy.co
16. Rod & Staff (Titus 2)
17. Charlotte Mason
18. Lighthouse Christian Academy: http://www.lcaed.com/ ; http://www.aceministries.com
19. Robinson Curriculum: http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com
20. K12: http://www.k12.com
21. Thomas Jefferson (www.TJed.org ) Ages 13-19
22. Teach Faster http://www.mobymax.com – Teach faster
23. Reading and Math k5: https://www.k5learning.com/
24. Spelling: http://spellingclassroom.com/ $50/year
25. https://agentlefeast.com/ (Charlotte Mason)
26. https://simplycharlottemason.com/
27. ABCJesusLovesMe: http://www.abcjesuslovesme.com Preschool Curriculum

Christian Resources:
1. Teri Maxwell Resources:
2. Passport to Purity: https://shop.familylife.com/p-2998-a-pre-teen-purity-training-set.aspx
3. Business/entrepreneur: https://thekingdomcode.com/
4. The Kingdom Series: http://www.kingdomseries.com/ Grades 4-8
5. The Kingstone Collection: http://www.kingstone.co
6. Thinking Tree Journals: http://funschoolingbooks.com/
7. Character Coaching: https://wechoosevirtues.com/
8. Heart of Wisdom Blog http://www.Heartofwisdom.com (Biblical Holidays book)
9. Picture Smart Bible, http://picturesmartbible.com
10. My Little House: http://www.mylittlehouse.org/
11. God’s Generals for kids books: https://store.robertsliardon.org/category-s/116.htm
12. Genesis Curriculum: http://www.genesiscurriculum.com
13. Kids Read Truth: http://kidsreadtruth.com/
14. Sabbath Schooling https://www.theunlikelyhomeschool.com/2017/06/sabbath-schooling.html
15. Creation: http://www.creation.com
16. Character Reference Bible: http://www.characterreferencebible.com/
17. Child Training Bible: http://www.childtrainingbible.com/
18. Covenant Eyes: http://www.covenanteyes.com
19. Rock International: http://www.rockintl.org
20. Torch Lighters: http://www.torchlighters.co/
21. Zook Books: https://zookbooks.org/ Christian books
22. Christian Curriculum: https://compassclassroom.com – VIDEOS
23. Hubbard’s Cupboard: http://www.hubbardscupboard.org
24. Jonathan Park: https://www.jonathanpark.com/
25. They Call Me Blessed blog: http://www.theycallmeblessed.org/
26. Wisdom & Righteousness Blog: http://www.wisdomandrighteousness.com/an-easier-homeschool-day/
27. Heidi St John Blog: http://www.heidistjohn.com
28. Slugs & Bugs: http://www.slugsandbugs.com Music, CD or Digital, Cord Charts
29. Maven Truth: http://www.maventruth.com For youth
30. Beacon of Hope: http://www.beacononlinelearning.com
31. Dave Ramset Finances for youth
32. http://www.puppydogsandicecream.com Ancient Adventures books

Foreign Language / Spanish:
1. Duolingo FREE: https://schools.duolingo.com/
2. Spanish: http://www.spanish.academy.com
3. Spanish Reading for Kids: http://www.spanishreadingforkids.com
4. Fun Class: http://www.funclase.com Spanish, PreK through high school
5. Foreign Language: http://www.foreignlanguagesforkids.com/ Spanish
6. Rosetta Stone: (Family pack -3-, $300/2 years)
7. Mango $20/month/5 students
8. Berlitz: https://www.berlitz.com/
9. TalkBox: https://talkbox.mom/
10. Muzzy

Dual Credit
1. Dual Credit at Home: http://www.dualcreditathome.com
2. Modern States: http://www.modernstates.org Free Dual Credit?
3. Homeschooling for College Credit: http://www.homeschoolingforcollegecredit.com/
4. College Out of the Box: http://www.collegeoutofthebox.com

Literature:
1. Beautiful Feet Books: http://www.bfbooks.com/

Science:
1. Apologia for Science (Christian): http://www.apologiaonlineacademy.com/
2. FREE science: http://www.evavarga.net
3. Free science curriculum: https://mysteryscience.com/
4. MelScience: https://melscience.com/en/

Math:
1. Saxon Math: http://www.hmhco.com/programs/saxon-math
2. Math U See: https://mathusee.com/
3. Math Seeds: http://www.mathseeds.com/
4. Thinkwell: http://www.thinkwellhomeschool.com

History:
1. History lessons: https://schoolhistory.co.uk/
2. Notgrass History: https://history.notgrass.com/
3. Brimwood Press History: http://brimwoodpress.com/
4. Science etc.
5. Www.School.bighistoryproject.com – FREE history course
6. Tapestry of Grace: http://www.tapestryofgrace.com
7. US Constitution Course: http://www.theamericanview.com/store/products/2017-u-s-constitution-complete-course-hosting-kit

Music:
1. Hoffman Academy (PIANO): http://www.hoffmanacademy.com
2. Justinguitar (free guitar): http://www.justinguitar.com
3. Music: http://www.prodigiesmusic.com/
4. Homeschool Piano: https://homeschoolpiano.com/ $300/lifetime/6 people
5. E Media: http://www.emediamusic.com/
6. Kids Guitar Academy http://www.kidsguitaracademy.com/ $140 Lifetime (homeschool discount)
7. Singing Program: https://www.michaellandmusic.com/singingprogram-2/
8. Key’dnergarten: https://keyndergarten.com/ Montessori Piano
9. ONQ Piano: http://www.onqpiano.com

Hebrew/Israel:
1. Duolingo FREE: https://schools.duolingo.com/
2. Talk Box: https://talkbox.mom/product/hebrew-talkboxes/
3. One for Israel: http://www.oneforisrael.org (college. No Hebrew)
4. https://www.rockofisrael.org/ (Israel info)
5. http://www.rosettastone.com/learn-hebrew/Duolingo (Family pack -3-, $300/2 years)
6. Mango: https://mangolanguages.com/ $20/month/5 students
7. http://www.hebrewforhomeschoolers.com $77 (online, self paced)
8. http://www.twebrewschool.org (FREE)
9. http://www.readhebrewnow.com $50 for books
10. http://www.beingtaught.org/courses FREE
11. http://www.psalm78ministries.com/Hebrew.html Level 1 books: $60
12. Jewish Holiday Box: http://www.daysunited.com

Typing:
1. https://www.broderbund.com/education Mavis Beacon download $20
2. https://www.typingclub.com/ FREE
3. https://www.nitrotype.com/ FREE
4. https://www.typing.com/ FREE
5. https://typetastic.com/ FREE or HS Curriculum $59/year (edu.typetastic.com?
6. https://www.lwtears.com/ cheap
7. https://www.dancemattypin gguide.com/ FREE

Extras Resources:
1. Kids cook Real Food: https://kidscookrealfood.com/homeschool/
2. Grace & Grit: http://www.graceandgritbox.com For girls 3-6th grade
3. Gardening: https://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/the-homeschool-garden/
4. Preschool: http://www.thehomegrownpreschooler.com/
5. Minimalist Homeschooling: http://www.zaraphd.com/
5. Teaching Self Government: http://www.teachingselfgovernment.com
6. MockTrial: http://nationalhomeschoolmocktrialassociation.org/
7. Finances: https://www.moneymunchkids.com/
8. Debate Club: https://www.ncfca.org/
9. BrainPop: http://www.brainpop.com
10. The Crash Course: http://www.TheCrashCourse.com – high quality FREE videos
11. Growin Geers: https://growingeers.com/
12. Hoeden At Home: FacebookCo-op
13. https://homeschoolplanet.com/
14. Parenting: https://www.frictionlessfamilies.com/
15. Self Governance in the Family: https://teachingselfgovernment.com/store
16. Character Skills: https://celebratekids.com/
17. Usborne: http://www.usborne.com/
18. Simply Convivial Blog: http://www.simplyconvivial.com
19. Pam Barnhill HS Solution & Consistency bootcamp: http://www.pambarnhill.com
20. Geography: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/Geography.htm
21. Geography: Mapping the World by heart: https://www.fablevisionlearning.com/
22. Kahn Academy – http://www.khanacademy.org
23. Educational Games: http://www.abcya.com
24. Royal Gifted and Talented: http://www.rfwp.com
25. Gifted Support Network: http://www.giftedsupportnetwork.org
26. HomeHacker: http://www.homehackercamp.com – computer science & roboticsh22n–
27. Easy Grammar: http://www.easygrammar.com
28. Janet Newberry: http://www.janetnewberry.com
29. Doctor Aviation: http://www.doctoraviation.com/
30. GenMindful (emotional tools)
31. MIT http://www.k12videos.mit.ed
32. The Great Course Plus: http://www.thegreatcourseplus.com 1000’s of videos
33. Step Up with Ann: http://www.stepupwithann.com grammar
34. World travel resources: https://cakeandeatit3.com/educational-websites-resources/
35. Teachers Pat teachers: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ – resources from teachers
36. Education.com http://www.education.com/
37. Coding: https://code.org/
38. More programs: https://www.accreditedschoolsonline.org/k-12/online-home-schooling/
39. Test Prep & Skill Builder: https://www.testingmom.com/
40. Play Silly Street http://playsillystreet.com/
41. World School Academy: http://www.worldschoolacademy.com/ (Guate in May)
42. Reading Eggs: http://www.readingeggs.com – Reading
43. Less Clutter: http://www.kathilipp.com
44. Learning disabilities: http://www.wingstosoaronline.com
45. CiRCE: Classical Method help: http://www.circeinstitute.org
46. The Rabbit Room: community through music, story, & art. http://www.rabbitroom.com
47. Hifalutin Homeschooler: http://www.hifalutinhomeschooler.com – homeschooling humor & book
48. Mr. D highschool Math: http://www.mrdmath.com
49. Miracle Mountain Ranch: http://www.mmrm.org Family camp and highschool graduate discipleship
50. Homeschooling Today: http://homeschoolingtoday.com/
51. Computer Deals: http://www.greatcompdealsonline.com
52. Dyslexia: https://www.dyslexiagames.com/
53. National Geographic: https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/
54. Scholastic
55. Lakeshore Learning
56. MobyMax: Fix learning gaps
57. Art: artforkidshub.com (youtube)
58. Www.clever-dragons.com

Other Links:
1. Great Homeschool Convention: http://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com/
2. Texas HS Convention: https://thsc.org/events/texas-home-school-conventions/
3. Ultimate Home Checklist: http://www.passionatepennypincher.com/the-ultimate-home-checklist/
4. Books about Homeschooling: http://learninfreedom.org/recommended_books.html
5. What Kind of homeschooler are you quiz? http://eclectic-homeschool.com/what-kind-of-homeschooler-are-you/
6. Homeschool Philosophy: http://www.eclectic-homeschool.com/homeschool-philosophies-a-resource-list/
7. Books to get: Educating the Wholehearted Child, Teaching from Rest, Help, I’m Homeschooling – Helpful Habits.
8. HSLDA: (Home School Legal Defense Association): http://www.hslda.org
9. Homeschool Buyers Co-op: http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org
a. BLOG: blog.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/blog
b. HS Planners FREE: http://blog.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/blog/freebie-friday-25-free-homeschool-planners
10. Homeschool Apparel: http://retro-outfitters.com/

Local Fort Worth Restaurant Deals: Happy Hours, Weekday Specials, Weekend Brunch & Dessert! 

I have spent some time gathering local Fort Worth Restaurants into one happy place. Do yourself a favor and copy this list and somehow get it into the “notes” app on your phone, so you have it accessible whenever you need a fresh idea of where to dine. I used this yesterday and saw that it was $10 backdoor chicken night at Velvet Taco, so I gave it a try and got a thumbs up from the whole family.

An * indicates a special extra info about a restaurant… a particularly good deal or Gluten Free options. Check down at the bottom for the extra info.

restuarant
The “I Need to Try” list is my PERSONAL list of restaurants I  have never been to, so after you copy this list feel free to edit your “need to try” list to fit your personal desires.

I NEED TO TRY:
Acre Distilling & Coffee
Cannon Chinese
Craftwork Coffee – (neat idea for office space rental!).
Dagwoods
*From Across the Pond
FW Market + Table
Kona Grill
Little Red Wasp
Pho Noodle & Grill
Pouring Glory
Press Cafe
Revolver Taco Lounge
Shinjuku Station
Velvet Taco
Woodshed

HAPPY HOUR!!!!
Blue Sushi: until 7, all day Sun
BJ’s: M-F 3-7
Blue Mesa: M-F 4-7:30
Bravo: M-F 3:30-6:30
Brewed: Tu-F 3-6
Cafe Modern: Fridays 4-7
Canon Chinese: M-F 5-6:30
Cat City Grill: M-F 4-7
Chuys: M-F 4-7 (free nacho/taco/queso)
Dutch’s: S-S 4-7,  25% off bar food
Eddie V’s: Sun-Sat 4pm+
Inzo: M-F 3-6
Kona Grille: M-Sa 3-7 & Sun 9-11
McAlister – $.99 kid meals
PF Changs: M-F 3-7
Press Cafe: ?
Righteous Foods: M-F 2-5
*Rio Mambo: M-F 3-7
Shaw’s: M-F, 3-7, T/Th 1/2 burgers
Shinjuku Station: M-F 3-6:30
Silver Fox: S-S 4-7
Social House: M-F 4-7
Tavern: M-F 3-6
Taverna: M-F 1-8
Winslows: M-TH 4-7, Sun 4-10
WorldofBeer: M-F 3-7, Su-Th 10+

MONDAY:
Dutch- $2 kid meals
Hauffbrau – kids free
Inzo wine night
Free Birds – kids free
Rock bottom – kids free
Tavern – 25% off wine bottles
Velvet Taco -$10 backdoor chick

TUESDAY: 
BJ’s – 1/2 off wine
CFA- night kids eat free
Dutch: 1/2 D Burger, $2 beer
Inzo- B1G1 1/2 off pizza
Rock bottom – kids free
Rosas – taco Tuesday 3 for $4.39
Tavern – 25% off wine bottles

WEDNESDAY:
Bravo $5 martinis
Los Vaqueros- kids eat free
Palios- BYOB, B1G1 free pizza
Pappasitos – 1/2 fajitas
Taverna – 1/2 price wine bottles

THURSDAY:
Bravo – $5 wine
FW market & table – $3 draft
*Rio Mambo – margarita discount

SATURDAY Brunch:
Brewed 9-2:30
Cafe Modern 10-3
Fixture 11-3
Gloria’s Cuisine 11-3
Hot Damn Tomales 9-3
Little Red Wasp 10-4
Los Vaqueros 10-2:30
Lucile’s 9-2
Max’s wine dive 10-3
Mimi’s 7-11
Righteous Foods
Shaws Patio 10:30-2, $5 ritas
Social House 11am
Tavern 9-3
Taverna 11-3
Winslows 10:30-2
Woodshed 8-11

SUNDAY Brunch:
Bearded Lady Brunch 11-2
Bird Cafe 10am
Blue Mesa 9-3
Blue Sushi- 12-10 wine $4
Brewed 9-2:30
Buttons 11-4
Cafe Modern 10-3
Campisis 1/2 price wine
Cane Rosso 11-3 $1 mimosa
Cast Iron 11-2
Cat City Grill 10:30-1:30
Del Frisco’s Grille 11-3
Eddie V’s HH all day
Esperanza’s 6:30-5
Fixture 11-3
Fred’s Texas Cafe 10-12
Gloria’s Cuisine 11-3
Inzo – kids free w/ 2 entrees
Kona Grill 50% all day
Little Red Wasp 10-4
Los Vaqueros 10-2:30
Lucile’s 9-2
Max’s wine dive 10-3
Mimi’s 7-11
Mi Cocina 3-7
PacificTable 9-3 $3 BM,oys,mim
Pegaso 10-2
Reata: 11-2:30
Shaws Patio 10:30-2,
Social House 11am
Spiral Diner 9-5
Tavern 9-3
Taverna 10-3
Winslows 10:30-2
Woodshed 8-11
World of Beer 11-3
Yucatan 10-10


DESSERT:

Bahama Bucks- shaved ice
Baskin Robbin’s
Black Rooster Bakery
Bluebonnet Bakery
Braum’s
Brewed – s’mores in a jar
Came Rosso (s’mores calzone)
Carlo’s Bakery- (Cakeboss Dallas!)
Cheesecake Factory
Cold Stone Creamery
Cookies by Design
Curly’s – frozen custard
Cupcake Cottage
Dairy Queen (apple tart)
Del Frisco’s G-coconut creme pie
Del Frisco’s-Del’s Delight (drink)
Eddie V’s (Banana’s Foster)
Ellerbe (bread pudding)
Funky Town Donuts
Hurley House
Inzo’s Nutella Cheesecake
J Rae’s
La Madeleine
Leah’s Sweet Treats
Lili’s Donuts
Local Foods Kitchen: crunch cake
Marble Slab
McKinley’s
Melt ice Creamery
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Paciugo
Paul’s Donuts on Hemphill
Pho District – Creme Brûlée
Pop N Cream-popcorn & Icecream
Reata-bread pudding & molten
Red Robbin – bottomless root beer
Rita’s Italian Ice
Shakolad Chocolate Factory
Steel City Pops
Stir Crazy Baked goods
Sugar Biscuit Cakery
Sweet Frog TCU
Sweet Sammies
Swiss Pastry Shop
Tavern (Key Lime Pie)
Yogurtland – frozen yogurt

OTHER IDEAS:

3 Parrots
Blue Crab
Cantina Laredo
Central Market
Cheesecake Factory
Chipotle
Corner Bakery
Del Frisco’s
Ellerbe
Five Guys
Flying Saucer
Fuzzy’s
Grace
Jason’s Deli
Joe T Garcia’s
Kincaid’s
La Madeleine
Lili’s Bistro
Little Lilly Sushi
Lucile’s
McAlister’s
Mi Cocina
Olive Garden
Outback
Piranha Sushi
Pho Nam
Pie Five
Razzoo’s
Reata
Red Robin
Risky’s BBQ
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Simply Fondue
Spiral Diner
Steel City Pops
Texas de Brazil
Torchy’s
Uncle Julio’s
Uno
Yucatan Taco Stand

*From Across the Pond – Large gluten free menu
* Rio Mambo – Gluten Free Dinner & Bar menu!

*Frogsaver App – Download the app to find great coupons on restaurants like: Abuelos, Bravo, Brewed, Cantina Laredo, Charlestons, Corner Bakery, Daddy Jacks, IHOP, Inzo, + many more!! In addition coupons for many other services!!

*Fort Worth Kid Friendly Restaurants:  I found this great list of Kid-Friendly restaurants from last year done by the Fort Worth Mom’s Blog. It may give you a few more ideas.

Help me add to this list!! If you have another restaurant others ought to try or another deal… I will keep this list as a work in progress!

Thanks for checking it out and a special shout-out to a group of Tanglewood mom’s for such great input!!

A steal @ Velvet Taco

I keep on going absent with my writing,  but I hope to be more intentional about blogging even if it’s short, sweet, and not deep at all. This post is about practicality. I have been gathering / creating a list of Fort Worth restaurants this week and finding out about their happy hours, weekday specials and brunches. Today I took advantage of a Monday special I hadn’t heard about before….

Backdoor chicken @ Velvet Taco. Sounds shady doesn’t it? It is a little bizarre I might add… The restaurant Velvet Taco on West 7th street has a main entrance and a side window. On Monday’s they have a killer steal…. Half price on their rotisserie chicken meal.



Normally it’s $20 for the bag, but in Monday’s you sneak over to the side window… Knock or ring the bell, and they will hand you a bag for $10.


What’s in the bag? Rotisserie chicken, corn (like a spicy cream corn), pico de gallo (very tasty), and a salsa (spicy too)! Oh, and 6 tortillas. Overall I loved it. My kids liked it minus all the spicy stuff.

Sorry the picture isn’t the best quality but this is what we got for $10 and I bought 2 bags so we’d have some leftovers.

Have you ever been there? This was my first experience. What else do you like to eat there?

Xoxoxoxo,

Sarah

#velvettaco

Black Friday – What did I get? Good deals?

I’ve never been one to really hit the stores. (I believe last year we went out on black Friday to a few stores around 4pm and the stores were fairly empty). I prefer not to get trampled… AND other than Christmas gifts, I really don’t have any other necessities.

What have I bought so far? Not much…

  1. I was introduced to Beddy’s zippered bedding about a week ago and I FELL IN LOVE. I’ve been on the search for bedding for Lily who is about to move to a twin bed, so I got her the Chic White bedding set.  They have 20% off + Free shipping using the code BF2015. You can find them at Beddy’s.
  2. My amazing Mother-in-Law has always wanted to buy something special for each baby. So, with baby #4 I am wanting to incorporate Guatemala as much as possible.  I found other moms using this awesome large Day Bag ll purse from Nena & Co, which is 100% made in Guatemala. With the coupons GIVEBACK30 & GBFREESHIP you get 30% off, plus free shipping. On this particular bag that’s about a $95 saving!
  3. Jorge never tends to get anything on Black Friday, but this morning he went and picked up this from Home Depot… he needed a place for his tools at the airplane hangar. (Funny thing is… he called one of the guys he is working with on the way to the airport this morning and he had just bought the same tool storage for himself). HA!400704_188118

What do I INTEND to buy today, this weekend or Monday?

Christmas gifts! Jorge and I agreed to spend next to nothing on each other this year. He has been purchasing stuff for aviation and I have been eyeing baby stuff… we don’t feel the need to buy each other something expensive this year.

For the kids: Last year I somewhat did the 4 Christmas Gifts Challenge… and plan to do that again this year. What is it? ONLY 4 gifts for each child… Something they WANT, something they NEED, something to WEAR and something to READ. My kids have so many toys and financially a million presents just doesn’t make sense, when they get bored with all the toys they actually have. Here’s one of the websites that talks about the 4 gift challenge: Money Saving Sisters

RESEARCH – I don’t do the research for the hottest deals… I ain’t got time for that. However, apparently there are people with time and here is what THEY have found:

Mama Natural : 2015 Gift Ideas (With a Natural Spin).

Baby List Baby Registry: best Baby + Kids Black Friday Deals. This is HANDS DOWN the best Baby Registry site. I created mine a while back and it has actually functioned for me more like Pinterest… if I find something I like I just add it there. I don’t have any major baby NEEDS… so the majority are all just “wants”. Here’s my list: Baby Bosch #4 Registry

Pregnant Chicken: Black Friday 2015 – If you don’t already follow her, you should. She’s hilarious… but a word of caution. She does curse every now and then, so if you don’t like that, I don’t suggest following.

Alright… that’s it for now. I better get my Christmas Shopping DONE!! I’ll try to update with my x-mas presents.
Sarah
xoxo

My journey of Faith with Essential Oils… from a Perfect Provider.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I say that from the get-go, because this is a really important post for me. Essential Oils have impacted my life in a VERY deep way (not only our health), but I haven’t felt led to share about them too much on my blog thus far. But I feel like the time is now and I will be sharing about them more.

I bought my first kit of Young Living Essential Oils in May 2013 and I want to tell you what led me to make this crazy life changing decision….

From a very early age, 6 months to be exact, Lucas began a scary journey which would eventually have a name… Chronic Croup. Any cold, flu, germ he caught went straight to inflammation in his larynx and it would quickly become much more than a cold. He struggled with Croup approximately every 6 weeks for years. It was awful. Once we moved to Texas, at one point Lucas was very medicated… Singulair, Zyrtec, Nasonex, and nebulizer 2-3 times a day. Eventually all of that stopped working for him and we wmoved to different medicines: (Flonase & Flovent) which cut the frequency of croup down quite a bit. But his 2 ER visits with steroid shots and serious breathing treatments were so so so scary. There’s nothing quite like watching your child struggle just to breath. We eventually had emergency steroids here in the house just in case it got bad enough… in 4 years of life, Lucas had a lot of steroids.

So, 2 years ago, Lucas began to cough the stereotypical “seal” croup cough. I couldn’t imagine giving him MORE steroids… he had had WAY too many in his 5 years of life.  I began to do research for natural solutions. I found a lot of information regarding essential oils and I researched… and researched some more and then researched some more. I knew my very trusted friend Sonja used them, so I asked her about them. She was confident I could find relief for Lucas.

I went to her house and bought a Premium Starter kit of oils which included 10 oils at the time and she gave me a sample of a blend called RC and told me what to try with him.  I can still remember thinking… “I’m nuts and I can’t even imagine what Jorge will think when I bring home $100 worth of essential oils.” But I did… I am so grateful I did.  I began to use them primarily on Lucas’s feet, but also diluted on his chest, neck, and back. To my astonishment… they were doing something. And to my sheer amazement I didn’t have to pull out the steroids, use any medicine, or even take him to the doctor. I was floored.

I was still very unsure of the oils. I began to pray about them and wanted to hear from the Lord if I should continue to use them or not. What he told me what the following… “You (you all) have forgotten about my perfect provision.”  That’s all I heard and I had to seriously chew on what that meant for weeks. I still think about it quite often. And He began to open my eyes to the tangibleness of the Bible. In Philippians 4:19 it says:

philippians_4_19I have always thought of that verse in a very “spiritual” way… but wait… He did create everything on the earth in order to meet our needs. He created the perfect food for us to eat and created the trees and everything we needed in order to have shelter. He DID create physical tangible things for YOU and ME. And what I find amazing, is that the same breath, the same voice that created You and Me… created all living things. We believe humans are miracles of creation… but even the grass outside is living and contains the breath of God.

Over the course of the next 6 months we saw the oils help out our family in so many ways… wart, cramps, pollen allergies, severe respirator infections cuts, bruises, headaches, stomach issues,  and more. I was (and still am) super incredibly grateful. Because we saw the oils work for so many ailments,  2 things happened… my faith in His provision being sufficient for me began to grow, I really believe in the power of what He has created for us. And that He knew perfectly well what we as humans NEEDED to survive, so He created it.

I also began to have the thought that the essential oils were all we needed in our home and that we were going to be able to use them to cure everything. We didn’t need anything else. I can’t tell you for sure how many times that thought went through my head… but probably a dozen. The very last time I had the thought… out of no-where I felt extremely convicted and as though time stopped for a split second. He, the creator, reminded me VERY clearly… “NO NO NO… I am the healer. These oils are a TOOL I have given you for healing, but I can heal you with the whisper of my voice, the laying of hands, through prayer, or however I wish”. WOW. I had began focusing on creation and NOT on the CREATOR. This began even another journey of truly trusting Him as the Healer and who I need to go to as the great Physician. He will guide me… to oils, to others, to the doctor, to medicine, or just to Him.

This journey of oils is about Him. What He has done for us and continues to do. It’s about remembering and BELIEVING Him for who he says He is. He says He is the healer, our provider, our everything… but yet, so often we look elsewhere instead of to Him.

Story to be continued…

I have a lot on my heart to share about health in the future, but I truly believe that the Lord is taking us back to the basics. He wants us to remember what He has created for us. His provision is perfect, yet man is trying to improve upon it? How does that work? I believe He has equipped us to be creative, but not to replace what He has already given us.

What would it look like if we truly believed in Him as our Healer?  If we were to listen to Him for guidance on what to eat, what to use as medicine (as they did for thousands of years), or how to live our daily lives.  If we got out and enjoyed nature… but sadly, we often eat our own food creations void of nutrition and full of chemicals. We stare at our phones (guilty as charged) or our tv’s instead of truly enjoying life and His creation outside.

Do you have an experience with Lord as your provider? Healer? Have essential oils impacted your life?

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