Friday, July 24, 2015

The Stories of our Lives

I was recently at a Regional Sync Up meeting with some of my Origami Owl friends and our Dream Manager, Donavon, had us do a REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE role playing situation.  What was uncomfortable in that room with a stranger, has been weighing in heavily with me ever since and may have been the best thing for me after all!

We were to ask questions of our partner, getting them to share portions of their life as we conversed for just a couple of minutes.  While some THRIVE on this kind of activity, I have a hard time with it for a few reasons.  First, I am more naturally shy...I know...if you have known me for a while, you may not believe this.  In a group where I do not know very many people, I feel VERY out of place.  Second, in these role playing situations, I feel awkward and clumsy, like I am 12 and in school giving the wrong answer in a group or something.  There are some other reasons that I won't take the time to go into here, but I just find it awkward.

 I was paired with someone I had not previously met and as we were chatting through this exercise, I found out pieces of her life story...things I probably will not ever forget and I made a connection with this woman in those two minutes, because she told me a story, HER story.
Here is part of Michelle's Story...this is her ADORABLE Little Black Rain Cloud Locket...

There is just something about telling your story that causes a connection to be made with another person.  We do not often get the chance to tell our story, because we are BUSY, BUSY, BUSY..

Those of us with Origami Owl say,

I want to encourage you to listen to someone else's story today and share at least a part of your story with someone as well.

Oh, and Donavon, I may need to re-think that vanilla!

Homeschool Buyer's Co-op/ Discovery Educaton Streaming Plus FREE Summer Subscription

***This is a promotional post for Homeschool Buyers Co-op

Did you hear about the special summer offer for homeschoolers from Homeschool Buyer's Co-op? They are giving away a free subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus for the summer. Hurry, this offer is only available until August 31st, 2015. This is a wonderful value as a one year's subscription is $375. Taking summer school and kicking it up a notch.

Sign up for Discovery Education Streaming Plus here
See what others have to say here

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Melissa's Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were given this name, because a dear friend treated us to a LARGE container of these at a women's retreat.  I have been told that it is basically just the toll house recipe and would love to give credit to them if that is true (although I have never checked...), but it is truly the love of this friend that makes these so special!  These are a FAVORITE in our home now too!  IT MUST be the LOVE!

2 c. shortening
1 c. sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4-4 ½ cups flour*
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. salt
2 bags milk chocolate chips

Cream together shortening and sugars.  Beat in eggs, one at a time until fluffy
Add vanilla
Sift together dry ingredients and add to the creamed mixture.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. I line my sheets with silpats.
Bake at 375 for about 10 minutes**

* Start with 4 cups flour and add in any extra needed to make a nice soft sticky dough.
** We like these slightly underbaked.  Please adjust time according to your preferences and so no one gets sick.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Homeschool Buyer's Co-op FREE Summer Subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus

***  This is a promotional Post For Home School Buyers Co-op.
Homeschool Buyers Co-op is about to make your summer a whole lot brighter and a bit more educational!

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op is giving away a FREE subscription to Discovery Education Streaming Plus for the summer to homeschoolers. This is SUCH A GREAT deal...a one year subscription sells for $375. There are over 12,000 full length educational videos, games, interactives and MORE!  There are so many ways that this could be used!

Here is some information that might be helpful from the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op Website:

It's easy to see why homeschoolers rave about Discovery Education Streaming Plus. It's probably the most extensive and feature-rich educational video streaming service in the world.
It's much like having the entire DVD selection of your local public library available to you from the convenience of your home, 24/7/365.
But it's not just a collection of videos that you can watch from beginning to end. This library has been organized into useable video clips, organized and categorized, close-captioned, and supplemented with lesson plans, teaching guides, interactive simulations, images, audio resources, and other resources and materials that you can incorporate into virtually every aspect of your homeschool curriculum.
Discovery Education Streaming Plus features:
  • Thousands of full-length videos from scores of producers, segmented into tens of thousands of content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.
  • Supplemental resources such as Assignment Builder, Quiz Center, Writing Prompt Generator, lesson plans, and more
  • Fast and accurate search functionality and dynamic navigation menus
  • The ability to customize and personalize lessons to different subjects, grades, and learning styles
  • Comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
  • Thousands of images
  • Membership in the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Interactive self-paced training
  • Exclusive Discovery programming such as Frozen PlanetHuman PlanetLIFEInto the UniverseMythbusters, and Curiosity
  • Video series from trusted content providers such as BBC Worldwide, CBS News, Channel 4, Discovery Studios, Scholastic, TV Ontario, and Westin Woods
  • Hundreds of games, skill builders, and body atlas interactives
  • Thousands of self-paced math tutorials spanning concepts from basic addition to calculus
  • Thousands of audio files including podcasts, classic literature audiobooks, children's literature audiobooks from Scholastic, and numerous supplemental study aids for auditory learners

You can check it out here

Read Homeschooler Testimonials here

Free offer is valid from June 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring Look Book

Looking for an amazing gift for the beautiful women in your lives? Consider an Origami Owl Custom jewelry piece. A Living Locket or an In{Script}ions item gives you the tools to creating a gift that is so unique and just right...take a peek and get those ideas flowing for those you dearly love!
Jewelry Bar # 49668

Sunday, March 15, 2015


A pinata MIGHT just be the worst idea EVER!

And the lovely good news is...we have 2 more layers to go!
So the Moral of the story is: if you are covering Flat Stanley's Amazing Mexican Secret...BUY a pinata...

You're welcome!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

A Flat Update

For Co-op, I am teaching a Flat Stanley Class.  We are just at the beginning of the class, but I am going to try to post here some of the updates we get.

Here they are excited to get mailed out and go off on their adventures!

Seeing The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

And a little horse play in a tree