Monthly Archives: May 2011
Ever get frustrated when you download a really great resource that is in Word or Excel format, but you do not have MSOffice, thus making it so that you cannot change things in it to personalize it for your own use? Also, do you ever need a document to be a PDF file for sending to someone, because for whatever reason, they cannot accept a Word document? Ever wanted to watch or create a PowerPoint, but could not? I have a wonderful software suite that I have used to deal with all of these issues, and even more! Best of all, it is free (although they do accept donations)! It is called Open Office at http://www.openoffice.org/ To learn more about Open Office, go here. http://why.openoffice.org/
This next one is very helpful in finding bargains, freebies, and coupons for you and your family! http://moneysavingmom.com/ Psssst… Guys can use it too! You will want to grab a favorite beverage, and find a comfortable seat before exploring this site! Make sure you go here the first time, so you can learn how to get the most out of her site. http://moneysavingmom.com/beginners-page
These two should keep you busy for a while! 😉 One more thing, Money Saving Mom is updated with new items almost every single day, so if there is not something for you there one day, chances are, there will be something you can use the next day! Enjoy!
This first one is a WONDERFUL website, by the author and very humorous speaker, Carol Barnier! It is a site dedicated to the celebration of, and appreciation for, the highly distractible people in your life! http://www.sizzlebop.com/ While you are there, make sure to sign up for her emails (especially if you have a distractible – ADHD, or otherwise – child in your life). They are such a blessing by reminding you to appreciate these people, even in the midst of the seemingly crazy and random things they might do! 😀 I also highly recommend all of her books – I own, and use them all, often! Besides being helpful, they just plain make me laugh!
The next, is one of my personally favorite educational sites, for ANY age! There are well over 2000 instructional videos here for Math, Science, Test Prep, Humanities, and some miscellaneous others. From the most basic arithmetic… to calculus and chemistry, and even money and bailouts explained! http://www.khanacademy.org/#browse These are really great for the visual and auditory learners. They can be played over and over, paused and backed up, and they NEVER GET TIRED OF EXPLAINING the concept! Works for me! LOL
This last one is one that I ran across recently. http://www.eyecanlearn.com/ There are eye exercises and tests for visual perception issues. They also talk about how visual perception problems can interfere with daily life.
It is my prayer, through Jesus Christ, that there will be something useful here, for someone out there struggling in the education of themselves, or their child! Be blessed! ~Annette
With having special dietary needs, a need for several pairs of eyeglasses at our house, and wanting to be a vigilant steward of our finances – I thought that I would share some resources that I use, regularly, to help with our household budget spending!
The first one is, on Wednesdays, our sale ads double-up (one ad ends on Wednesday and the next one starts on that same day – so it doubles the options of saving) at Sprouts and Sunflower Farmer Markets! This is when and where I do my weekly produce, and bulk buying (and many times meats, and pre-made gluten-free items also)! Many times, there are organic produce items that are the same price, or even less than the non-organic! You just have to keep your eyes open. It is really wonderful when something is on sale, and I can add a coupon on top of it too! Also, Sprouts many times has coupon books available to you, if you just ask! 🙂 To find out if there is a location near you, and to see other ways to save at these stores, follow the links below.
http://sprouts.com/home.php They also put up sneak peeks (on Saturday) of Sunday thru Tuesday specials that are only listed online, and not in their regular weekly ads! 😉
Now, here is another really GREAT one that always gets me hyped up! For families, like ours, where everyone wears eyeglasses, and from fairly young ages… this can be a REAL MONEY SAVER! You can actually get a pair of COMPLETE plain eyeglasses (including basic lenses) for as little as $6.95! The shipping is also $5 for the COMPLETE order (at least, it was, on the most recent order of the 4 pairs of glasses that I received)! I do have to say, that if you have children, or are rough on your glasses, in some way, you do want to get the polycarbonate lenses (they are MUCH more durable) for an additional cost of $9. Still, where else can you get prescription glasses for $16?! These are even great to get, just to have a spare pair on hand (great for emergency packs, in your car, a style change, or even “just in case”)! We have never been disappointed – especially for the price!
All you need, is to have the numbers from your eye prescription, and the Pupillary Distance (PD)… THAT is what trips many people up…! You see, I have yet to find an eye doc who will give you the PD (I believe that it is because that it then empowers you to go and buy glasses, on your own, rather than from them)! What this is, is simply the distance from the middle of one eye’s pupil, to the middle of the other eye’s pupil. First, you need a ruler marked out in millimeters. Then, have the person you are measuring stand in front of you, and focus on something about 15 to 20 feet away. While they are focusing on this object, take the measurement, and this is their PD (the “near PD”, for reading glasses and bi-focals, is usually about 4mm less)! Now, you can order your own glasses! 😉
I hope that you find something helpful here, for YOUR household budget!
While watching my kiddos interacting with each other earlier today, I thought I should share where we started out with our special needs, before I can really share our celebrations of where Jesus Christ has brought us, up to this point!
For brevity, I will be using the following abbreviations in my posts: DD14 (Dear Daughter age 14), DS12 (Dear Son age 12), DS9 (Dear Son age 9) and DH (Dear Husband).
About 16 years ago DH and I were married, after I had recently come out of paganism and witchcraft. I (and he) wanted to do things “right” (since I had already had two failed and abusive marriages…), so we lived separately until the day we were married (which was a new thing, for me). Anyway, within eight months after we were married, I found out that I was pregnant! Eight months after finding that out, we had a wonderful homebirth (with a lay midwife), and a beautiful baby daughter in our arms.
Things seemed perfect, at first. She slept through the night from day one, BUT that meant she did not nap during the day (I was okay with that)! The first thing that really bothered me, was that I could not rock her, AT ALL. As soon as I would start to rock, she would absolutely SCREAM (like I was hurting her)! So, whenever I held her, I had to sit completely still. That was the first image of motherhood shattered…
Then, it was time for me to go back to work… I had made arrangements to only have to work 3 days a week, and found a sitter about 10 minutes away from my job, so that I could nurse her on my lunch, and again, when I went to pick her up in the evening. Pretty soon, her sitter was saying that she was trying to make her take a nap, so that she could get a few things done around the house (looking back, I am sure this meant she was putting her in a playpen, in a room, with the door closed, while she just cried…).
I started to notice some things happening with my baby girl… She began to not want me to be away from her AT ALL, during any time I had with her. Not even in a different room of the house! This became very debilitating to getting ANYTHING done around the house! So, DH and I procured a backpack carrier, from a friend, and I was then at least able to make meals (I just could not make moves that were too sudden, or she would scream like she did when I tried to rock her…)! At about 3 months old, she began to scream in the church nursery, and she would not stop until they called me in to get her. She also said her first words, at this age, which were “dada”, “momma”, and “help”…
At about 6 months old, she said her first phrase of “ey-boy, ut up!” This meant “Hey-Boy, shut up!” You see, Hey-Boy was our dog, and he would bark a LOT whenever he was outside (this was when we realized we needed to be much more careful about the way we talked!). At about this time she also began to wake up screaming from night terrors, between 1 and 6 times a night! Because of this, she ended up staying in our room, in a crib right next to the bed, so that I could just reach over, calm her down, and go right back to sleep…
Although her language skills were very advanced, her physical milestones (like sitting up, crawling (which she never did do), fine-motor skills, and walking) were delayed… These things concerned us, but she did finally catch up a bit after about 18 months of age (she just never did crawl).
At about 16 months, her babysitter moved away, and she began to go to a Montessori day school. They too, insisted that she should take a nap (they would sit and rub her back, until she would fall asleep, and then let her sleep until I arrived there to pick her up!). This would mess up every workday, because then, at bedtime, she could not get to sleep, and would be fussy the next day! Then, I had her for my four days off… Finally, I would get her back to normal, and then the vicious cycle would start all over again on Monday.
After she finally began to walk, at 18-1/2 months old, she would have bouts of getting dizzy, walking like a drunken sailor, and many times vomiting from it. The doc told us to try ginger or Benadryl with her (he thought that she probably had an inner-ear virus). Both of those worked to help her! I was later able to find a ginger syrup (the only way I could get ginger into her…) at the health food store, and that is what we used whenever these bouts would happen again. This is when we began to realize that she had inner-ear (vestibular) issues.
http://vestibular.org/vestibular-disorders/symptoms.php (By the way, she has had almost ALL of these symptoms, and effects that are listed, in her life from this disorder…)
Around the time that she turned 2, I left my job, and pulled her out of the Montessori school. At first, she was nervous that she was going to have to go back to the school, and would fuss about it. Then, she began to settle down, became more trusting of me, more affectionate, and even weaned herself from nursing! I was beginning to get my daughter back!
When she was almost 26 months old, her first brother (who tried to come early…) was born at home too! One night, she went to bed an only child, and the next day, she woke up as a big sister, and loved it! 😉
At that time, she was still having her night terrors, so, now we had two kiddos in our bedroom with us! This new baby slept through the night from day one, would wake up with the sun, and would not nap during the day either…!
…..to be continued…..