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Review of ABCMouse.com

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One of the joys of homeschooling  is getting to choose which programs work best for your child.  For my youngest computer based programs have always been the best way for him to learn.  ABCMouse.com is a great online program designed for two to seven year olds.  The program focuses on reading, math, science, arts and colors.
 It has a very impressive scope and sequence that covers a wide variety of information in each subject area.  ABCMouse's approach to learning is a stepping stone type approach with each lesson building on the previous lessons.  The program is designed to encourage children to acieve goals in order to achieve the next step of learning.  One of the great things is that with this program kids do not even realize they are learning but instead they think they are just playing a computer game.
Another feature that I like about ABCMouse is that it does have a built in timer which makes it easy if you want to limit your child's use of the website.
I do think that…

Throwback Thursday - Waking Up Early When You Are a Late Riser

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For this Throwback Thursday post I am sharing this post from August 14, 2013.  While it was written towards homeschooling moms the post is useful for anyone, which is why it has become one of my more popular posts.


One of the joys of homeschooling is the fact that it doesn’t have to run on the same time frame as public schools.However, I have learned that the later in the day we start our school day, the less it seems we get done, and the grumpier my kids are.I don’t like getting up early in the morning to start school.I use to work third shift and getting up at 7 AM is extremely hard for me.After talking with many other moms who homeschool I have found that I am not the only one who finds getting up early so hard.After some work I have managed to get used to getting up early each day.Here are some tips to help you make the adjustment from sleeping in each morning to getting up early. Start Small If you are use to getting up at 10 AM, try getting up at 9:30 AM for a few days, then move …

Menu Plan Monday - April 25th to May 1st

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Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
As I mentioned last week, it is the season of the year when we are busy and don't eat at home a lot, despite my best intentions.  On nights when we are home I do my best to take advantage of the opportunity to cook.  This week is a typical spring week in our home, and we have only a few meals planned.
Here's what I have planned for us this week:
Monday - Eating Out
Tuesday - Pizza Braid for the kids, and a yummy THM pizza on a Joseph's Pita for me
Wednesday - Slow Cooker Corned Beef, Dairy Free Bread for the Bread Machine
Thursday - BLT Frittata, Trim Healthy Mama cookbook page 74
Friday - Tuna and Broccoli Pasta Bake
Saturday - Eating Out
Sunday - Super Easy Crockpot Meatball Hoagies


Weekend Wrap Up - Thunder Over Louisville, 2016

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It has been said that Louisville, Kentucky is the only place where people will party two weeks for a two minute horse race.  The kickoff for that two week party leading into the Kentucky Derby is Thunder Over Louisville, which was yesterday.
My husband and I have both been to Thunder Over Louisville before but we have hesitated on taking the kids.  The traffic is terrible, the crowds are insane, and we just have never been sure that it was something we wanted to tackle with our kids (disclaimer here - I am not saying it isn't the place for kids but that we weren't sure we wanted to deal with the madness of it all).  So this year when we had the opportunity to spend the weekend at Tom Stinnett RV in Clarksville, Indiana we were excited to finally give the kids the opportunity to see Thunder for the first time in person.
It was a wonderful weekend, yes we spent the entire weekend in the parking lot to watch thirty minutes of fireworks but it was a great opportunity to spend som…

Kentucky Derby Menu Ideas, Take 3

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It's that time of year again when the attention in the state of Kentucky turns to the Kentucky Derby. With last night being Thunder Over Louisville, the official opening of the Kentucky Derby Celebration, Derby planning is in full swing.  Food plays a huge part in Kentucky Derby celebrations, and each year my most popular posts are menu ideas for Kentucky Derby parties.  You can see the previous two years menu ideas by visiting those older posts here and here.  And now it is time to look at the new recipes that are perfect for your Kentucky Derby party!

Kentucky Hot Brown Dip



This Hot Brown Dip from Cupcakes and Kale Chips puts a fun spin on the traditional Kentucky Hot Brown and makes it much more party friendly.

Mint Julep Lemonade


The Mint Julep is a Kentucky Derby staple and this Mint Julep Lemonade from Hot Beauty Health is an alcohol free version of the drink that can be enjoyed by party goers of all ages.
Mini Derby Pies with Bourbon Whipped Cream


No Kentucky Derby party is …

Meanest Mom in the World

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Have your heard about the Meanest Mom that has social media all a buzz?  As a mom I love the story she shared on Facebook that tells of how she became the meanest mom ever:


Her post reads:  
So... I am the meanest mom ever... Like... Ever. Took the kids to Dairy Queen after dinner. They ordered their dessert choices and we waited about 5 minutes for them to call out our number. The young lady (maybe 17) handed each child their ice cream. Not one looked her in the eye. Not one said thank you. Not to her, not to me... So I waited. I counted to 10 in my head as they dug into their ice cream and the young lady just looked at me (probably because she thought I was hearing voices) and I watched as my children strolled out the door. I followed them outside where I calmly collected their ice creams and my kids watched in horror as I deposited them into the nearby garbage can. All 3 launched into mass hysteria. I waited. Quiet. Calm. When they realized I had something to say, they quieted down.

Free Admission to All National Parks During National Park Week

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Chimneys Picnic Area in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park
We here at the Modern Day Mom love visiting National Parks.  There are so many activities that can be enjoyed in our National Parks and we even plan many of our trips around visiting a National Park.  Our favorite National Park is the Great Smoky Mountains, which always has free admission.  However, during National Park Week, which is April 16-24, 2016, all National Parks will have free admission.  


Great Smoky Mountains National Park
National Park Week is meant to give everyone an opportunity to explore what the more than 400 National Parks across the United States have to offer.  In addition to free admission there will be several special activities throughout the week.  You can find out more about National Park Week by visiting their website.
So pack a picnic basket, and head out to your closest National Park for a day of frugal family fun!
Clingman's Dome Lookout Tower
And how will the Modern Day Mom family spend Na…

Menu Plan Monday, April 18-24, 2016

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Spring has finally arrived and it is the time of year when we are incredibly busy.  As much as I try to cook at home, it seems as if we are never home to eat.  This week is one of those weeks where we will be eating at home very little, and there aren't a lot of recipes to link up.  We won't be home on Monday night, we are meeting my sister who is coming in from out of town for dinner on Thursday night, and this weekend we will be going to Thunder Over Louisville.  Since we are taking our camper with us this weekend, I will be taking some appetizers that I can keep warm in the slow cooker.
Here's what I have planned for this week: Monday - eating out Tuesday - Trader Joe's Irish-ish Beef Stew, Bread Machine Bread Wednesday - Grilled Salmon & Asparagus Packets Thursday - Eating Out Weekend Chili Con Queso Pineapple Meatballs Ham Sandwiches on Yummy Dinner Rolls Easy Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Dapper Day at Disney

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As a Disney fan it always amazes me when I discover something new at Walt Disney World.  How is it that I have never heard of Dapper Days at Disney?



Dapper Days are a semi-annual event that are held at Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Paris.  This fashion centered event has Disney guests stepping out in vintage style.  This is not a Disney Park event but more of an informal meetup that was started in Disneyland in February of 2011.  The event has grown over the years, and by the looks of posts on social media I am not the only Disney fan who has never heard of this event.  
Check out some of these lovely outfits from Dapper Days at Walt Disney World in Florida yesterday.


Happy Dapper Day from the Magic Kingdom! #DapperDaypic.twitter.com/BzLm7BygjH — Disney Tsum Tsum (@DisneyTsum) April 16, 2016



Hey, Sarge 😚💚 #DapperDaypic.twitter.com/NFQVz3YE5j — Miranda (@MirandaLough) April 16, 2016


Had a great time taking pictures today at Dapper Day. #DapperDay#dapperday2016pic.twitter.…

New Pete's Dragon From Disney

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Remember Elliott the Dragon from Pete's Dragon?  I loved this movie growing up and was soo excited when I heard that Disney is remaking it and can't wait to share this movie with my kids.  
Entertainment Weekly featured the movie this week and got an in-depth look of the movie that releases on August 12th.  As part of their story they released a photo giving us our first look at the new Elliott the Dragon and it is has the Internet in an uproar.


The photo is trending now on social media sites with people crying out that they are disappointed in the new Elliott.  Some are saying the dragon now resembles a furry cat with wings, or a green dog and others are even comparing it to something that would be found in Monsters, Inc.  Some want to know where his pink tufts are and his scales.  And those most skeptical commenters believe that a furry dragon is a way for Disney to push Plush character sales for the movie.  
What are your thoughts on the new Elliott the Dragon?
Me?  I am no…

When Plans Don't Go As Planned

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If you have read my blog much at all you will know I am a planner. I like huge holiday celebrations with bunny shaped rolls or Santa shaped bread. A fully set tablescape, with all the little touches attended to. I go big when it comes to holidays. But what about the holidays when things don't quite go as planned?

This past Easter was one of those holidays. At the beginning of the week we realized we were going to be on our own for Easter this year, it would be just our little family of five, which was a huge change for us. My daughter was upset and wanted me to try to pull something special together. All of my kids wanted to make sure that they would still receive an Easter basket and that we would still celebrate the day.

I had a busy week at work all week and was unable to shop for the kids Easter goodies until the day before Easter. So on Saturday morning, the day before Easter, my husband and I headed out to attempt to pull something together from all the picked over …