Mum Heart Conference NT

A few weeks ago we had the first Mum Heart Conference in the Northern Territory!  It was such a lovely weekend with like-minded mommas!  Here are a few, just kidding – a lot of photos from the weekend.

pupS80OGST+oadKkPQa1SwThe beautiful Dundee Beach!

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 %amMjBSmRRumJVAcPhj9%QAnd a beautiful sunrise on Saturday morning.

%Z4FgJ3HQ2WqT9JjDkX%pABelinda Letchford was one of our speakers.

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+d3m52MbRIuFGp+rWIGRugJillian Holmes spoke on priorities and our relationships.

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fullsizeoutput_397fIt was wonderful catching up with dear friends.

fullsizeoutput_397d Ainsley Smith spoke on worship.

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cUdlfqFIRw652RqIhs+B8wOn Saturday afternoon a dear friend from Darwin put on a lovely high tea for us.

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fullsizeoutput_3969My friend, Jeanette, who put on the high tea.

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WYieg%X9TfWnVMbE7xFD1gRepresenting Katherine!

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Which gave us a beautiful sunset…EOFxsATXSRymhBq2VKcSAQ

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Nb28t%zmSGyRdQNwXn9A0wSaturday night we played a few games.

8BDhE5TLTBOV%XFDy1iOrwSunday morning we had a time of worship and prayer.

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It was a really great weekend.  All of the sessions blended together even though none of us had spoken to anyone about what we’d speak on.  That’s all God.

As a homeschooler we can often feel isolated, so these type of conferences bring us together so we can get refreshed, encouraged, and inspired so we can put our focus on the Lord and serve our families well.

Go check out MumHeart and find a conference in your area.  I highly recommend you attend.  I’m already praying, thinking, and planning for next year!

Also, if you are looking for a beautiful and isolated place for your next holiday, check out Dundee Beach Holiday Park.  They’re amazing!  We couldn’t have picked a better destination!

 

Education.com {Review}

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Often for homeschoolers, it can be a challenge to find good supplemental materials.  Education.com has been a great resource to our family.  They have heaps of great resources for Preschool – 5th Grade.

Parents can also make their own worksheets and track progress.  You can chose from over 30,000 activities in subjects covering Math, Fine Arts, Reading, Writing, Science, and more.

If you’re stuck or struggle with lesson plans, worry no more!  Education.com can even help you with that.  Take a few minutes and check out Education.com and see if they can help you with your homeschool journey!

Cool off with this kayaking themed word search from Education.com! Practice spelling with more games, activities, and worksheets here.

As a bonus, they have give me a worksheet for you to print and let your kids have some fun (see below).  Don’t forget you can customise your own word searches on their website.

*This review is my thoughts and opinions.  Education.com contacted me to do a review and gave us some sample pages to try.

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Doing Your Best

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Sometimes we need to remember that we are doing enough, we are doing our best.  Adding a million things to our to do list so that we look busy and to show others that we have it all together will only result in a mental breakdown.  As homeschool mums, we tend to second guess our decisions and doubt our ability to educate our children, but guess what?  You are their mum, you know them better than any public school system can ever know them, and more importantly you love them more than any school teacher ever could.  Cut yourself some slack and relax.  You’re doing a great job, mum.  Pour yourself a cuppa and take a deep breath.  You’ve got this.  And more importantly, God’s got you (bad grammar, but you know what I mean).

Essential Oils and your Homeschool

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How do you create a relaxing learning environment for your children?  When building our homeschool room, I did a lot of research on paint colours.  I wanted a colour that inspired creativity and encouraged learning.  I picked a bright blue that I love, but my husband hates.  Since he loves me, I have beautiful blue walls in our schoolroom.

Along with paint colours, I wanted inviting smells that also inspired creativity and encouraged learning.  I’m sure you have certain smells that evoke certain memories.  When I smell vanilla I immediately think of my mother.  She always wore vanilla perfume.  My kids will probably always associate learning with Elevation, a joyful blend that promotes a revitalising environment. I have this in the diffuser nearly every day.

The main method in which we use essential oils in our homeschool room is with a diffuser, but we also have a few roller bottles for specific needs.

Here are some essential oils that I recommend for your homeschool space…

  • Lavender – calming and relaxing (we also put this in the diffuser in the evenings after dinner to prepare for bedtime)
  • Peppermint – boosts mental focus
  • Wild Orange – brings an uplifting atmosphere and helps with concentration
  • Rosemary – helps with memory and concentration (I use this everyday, I’m getting old, what can I say?!)
  • Elevation – elevates mood and helps lesson feelings of stress

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I hope to share more info on essential oils in future blog posts, if you have any specific questions let me know.  If you would like more information on essential oils, please leave a comment or send me an email (thebauerfamily@hotmail.com) and I’d be more than happy to help.  You can also check out my doTERRA website here.

 

 

 

Australian Homeschooling Summit

Have you ever wanted to attend a homeschool conference?  Are you in need of some homeschool advice?  Need to get your homeschool space organised, but not sure where to start?  You can watch the Australian Homeschooling Summit from the comfort of your own home!

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Click here for more information.

*This is an affiliate link, I earn a little something when you register.    PS. I’m going to be one of the speakers.

Lonely Planet Kids {Book Review}

Books are such fun ways to learn about things and places you’ll never get to see or do.  Or maybe inspire you to go, see, and do!  Lonely Planet Kids sent me 3 awesome books to review, and I’m here to share them with you.

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The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places is a fun book that has you joining “hazard hunters” Eddie and Junko as the explore the most dangerous places on earth.  What we personally loved about this book is that they explored the Northern Territory of Australia and found the “biggest, fiercest reptiles around.”  This is right in our own back yard!

Along with the Northern Territory, you’ll places like Tornado Alley, Atacama Desert, Poison Garden, the Cave of Death, the Forest of Knives, and much more!

 

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Have you ever wondered how airports work?  Where does your luggage go after you check-in?  What does the inside of the control tower look like?  I found this books to be so fascinating!  This is an interactive book with heaps of flaps to lift and learn more.

 

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This book came as we were studying ancient history – perfect timing!  In Ancient Wonders – Then & Now you’ll learn about the Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, the Colosseum, Easter Island, Angkor Wat, and many more ancient wonders.

You open the pages to see what they looked like when they were built and what they look like now.  This books also has flaps you can open to learn more.  You can see in this photo my son is reading about the Colosseum.  It’s so cool!

 

 

Check out Lonely Planet Kids for more fun and educational books.

Let’s Get Organised! {Free Printable}

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  For many, Christmas is a busy time of year.  It’s easy to get behind in normal day to day tasks and the clutter tends to pile up.  I don’t know about you, but when there is clutter and the house is disorganised, I just can’t function.  So for the month of January, I’m planning a big declutter of my home.

Would you like to join me?  I created a 31 day calendar to help me focus on a certain area each day.  Feel free to print out the calendar and join me on this fun challenge!  Don’t feel that you have to do it in order, just pick one thing each day.  Let’s get organised together!

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Click the link above to print your own calendar and be sure to tag me in your photos on Instagram! You can find me at HomeschoolAustralia.