Recent Posts by Tera Bare

Is Homeschooling in the U.S. in Jeopardy?

Have you heard about the German family that came to the U.S. seeking asylum from their government so they could homeschool?  If you haven’t or even if you have then you better pay attention.  It doesn’t even matter if you support homeschooling or not.  There is an agenda within our own government that we better wake up and pay attention to.

The issue is bigger than this one family that had to make the heart breaking decision to leave their country, their friends, their jobs, their families, everything to come here.  It’s bigger than the fact that homeschooling is banned in Germany.  It is the reason it is banned and it’s the reason that our government wants to deport this family back to Germany where they will be sent to prison and have their children stripped away from them and deemed unfit parents by their own government and for us to possibly find homeschooling banned here.

To get a fuller understanding, please click here and read what the attorney from HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Assoc.) says about the case and its importance to all of us.  Did you read it?  Good!  That saves me a lot of explaining!  The problem is our current government believes they have the right to determine what our rights, liberties and freedoms are.  They could potentially ban homeschooling here too.  This is unprecedented in the U.S.

For those of you that have just started homeschooling in the past few years, then you don’t have the experience of what we went through when we first started homeschooling. Even thought it is legal in NC., I remember being taught at homeschool meetings to not take our kids out in public during school hours, being asked why our kids aren’t in school when we did dare go out, being taught what to do when DSS showed up on your doorstep.  Yes those were the days!  But that doesn’t compare to what the ones a few years before me when through.  You guys have been blessed!

But let’s look a little more in the past. Have we forgotten what Germany did during WW2 to their kids?  What does their stance say about them today?  They no longer want people in their country to have a religious upbringing?  They know what is best for the children and not the parents.  Are they going back to another version of their WW2 state?  God I hope not!

But what about us? The nanny state is ever-increasing and ever-encroaching.  And now it has its aims set on homeschooling.  If this family gets deported, this could lead to huge ramifications on our rights here.  The government is trying to say that homeschooling isn’t a right and they can take it away.  Look at the other rights we are losing right now.  They already think they can tell us how to eat, what size drink to purchase, pushing more and more vaccinations, health care, gun rights, etc.  What will this say about Christianity in the U.S.?  We are losing more of our religious rights every year.  Are you ready to stand up and tell our government, that we know what is best for ourselves and our children?  That we don’t want to lose our rights?  Are you willing to make the phone calls, emails, etc. to get the message across to them? Or will you sit silently by and mumble complaints when you can’t homeschool your kids or your grandchildren are taken from their parents because they dared to do what God was leading them to do? 

I know I may have taken this to the extreme, but it is a possibility if we don’t take a stand now.

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Speckled Cake for Easter

Speckled Cake for Easter

This is so pretty! I can’t wait to do this for Easter! It would even be pretty if you did a light chocolate icing with dark specks!

What Rare Disease Day Looks Like to Me

Today is Rare Disease Day all around the world.  I never thought in a million years that this day would have any more significance than any other day, until this year when our daughter was diagnosed with a rare disease.  This is what Rare Disease Day looks like to me.

Rare Disease Day looks like my daughter Emily.  On the outside, you can not see her disease.  She is a beautiful girl, with a talent for volleyball and acting.  She will slide into a row of chairs and dig on the court to save a ball like no one’s business!  She will stand for hours acting and delivering her lines like a true actress even though she may be in pain. The show or the game must go on!  So on the outside, you wouldn’t know she has a disease that may eventually stop her from playing the sport she so passionately loves.  But she tries hard not to let it stop her from living a “normal” life. 

Emily’s story stared when she was 8 years old.  She had been a pretty normal kid up to that point, with the exception of already living with asthma and reflux.  She began taking gymnastics and loved it.  We had always teased her about her flexibility and joked with her that we were going to sell her to the Russian circus as a contortionist!  She can bend like crazy!  She was great at gymnastics and they even asked her to be on their competition team.  Then she sprained her ankle one day and just couldn’t seem to get over it; so we got her ankle braces to wear.  They helped a little, but eventually not at all.

As time went on, her ankles kept hurting.  She would have bruises all the way around her ankles and they would swell turn pink and get very warm.  We thought at first she was just re-spraining them.  Then her knees started to hurting and we thought growing pains.  After all, she was getting really tall.  This went on for a couple of years and we would go back and forth with ice packs, heat, Tylenol and doctor visits.  Most people told me it was growing pains.  Friends told me I was making something out of nothing, but the pain grew worse.  In my gut I knew something wasn’t right. She couldn’t enjoy the things she loved due to the pain.

Thankfully, our orthopedist had an MRI done, and we were sent to Duke Children’s Hospital.  After going there for a year, we got a name!  The doctor, nurses and staff all celebrated with us.  A name!  It means so much when you finally have something to work with.  That name was Ehlers-Danlos Hypermobility Syndrome.  A big name that means she has a genetic connective tissue disease that effects the collagen, ligaments, tendons, muscles, skin and organs.  Pretty much everything! 

Now we are learning what it’s like to live with a rare disease.  It isn’t easy.  But it could always be worse.  Most of the time she is a normal teenager.   She plays volleyball, which I know could be damaging.  She has already dislocated her shoulder three times this year!  But she has to have something to look back on and say, “I loved doing this and I was good at it.” when she gets older.  She will determine when it’s time to stop and not me.  She hangs out with her friends; at least the ones that don’t look at her disease, but the ones that look at her.  She may pay for it the next day with swollen ankles, joints that hurt no matter what we do, and with pain medicine that feels like it’s not working some days.  But at least she had a smile on her face and got to forget for a time that she has a disease.

Some days, it’s just overwhelming for her; she doesn’t understand why she has this disease.  Days when she’s just sick and tired of being sick and tired.  Days when she doesn’t want to take her medicine because she’s sick of taking medicine.  Days when she just wants to be normal, no diseases anymore. No asthma, no reflux, no EDS!

It breaks a mother’s heart to know that your child has a disease; any disease or illness or injury.  But to know that you’re one out of 5,000 or 20,000 or even more is a little overwhelming.  Some days you feel it’s more than you want to deal with.  But, thank God for Him.  I know that He will see her and us through this.  He has a plan and this could always be worse.  This disease could always be worse.  So we pray and thank God and we pray for a cure as we and thousands of others pray that no more children will have to live with a rare disease.

Coming Soon!!!!

Graduation Book Cover

Finally got Girlfriend’s Guide 2 Homeschool Conferences sent off again to the printers.  You soon will be able to buy it in print and not just as a digital download!!!!  Woohoo!  So what’s next?

Finishing my graduation planner that’s what.  I’m working on it like crazy because graduation season is upon us.  So I hope to have it finished soon.  I was finally able to upgrade my desktop publisher software that I’ve had since the Dark Ages and it’s made a huge difference!  Just take a look at the cover ideaIt only took a couple of minutes so I should have the book knocked out by the end of the week right?  haha!  I wish! 

But I am really excited about it and I hope that it will be very helpful to anyone that is planning a graduation.  I’ll keep you posted and if you have anything that you would like to see in the planner, please let me know!

Yummy Strawberry and Cranberry Smoothie

 

This strawberry and cranberry smoothie is sweet and creamy and just a tiny tart!

I love smoothies! My son Spencer loves apple juice. Apple juice is what I use in my smoothies. But almost every time I go to make a smoothie the apple juice has mysteriously vanished. Today was no exception. So what am I supposed to do? How do I make a smoothie with no apple juice?

Then I discovered something hiding behind the tea in the fridge, cranberry juice! Let’s be honest here, the only reason I have cranberry juice is to mix with Sprite or ginger ale for an issue that us girls get on occasion. I’m not a huge fan of cranberry juice. But I was willing to try it. I was so surprised! I think I might like it better in my smoothie than apple juice! I love how the tartness of the cranberries goes so well with the sweetness of the strawberries! Here’s what I did…

Ingredients:

1-2 scoops of frozen vanilla yogurt (it depends on how big your scoops are and how thick you like your smoothie)

1 container of Dole single serving frozen strawberries

1 container (used the one above) of crushed ice

approximately 1/4 cup of cranberry juice

Directions:

Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. I added the strawberries first so they are closet to the blades and get blended smoother. Then I added the ice, yogurt and then juice. Blend away!

If your smoothie is too thick add a little more juice, if it’s too thin add a little more yogurt.

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I put mine in a pretty glass just to make it extra special!

DIY Soap Dispenser

I’ve been re-using a plastic soap dispenser for awhile now and I really didn’t like it.  So after looking for inspiration, I made my own.  I used a glass Starbuck’s bottle that I had from Becca’s graduation party, we had used it as a vase and it’s been sitting in my cabinet with nothing to do.

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First remove any stickers and sticky residue from the glass.  I just used fingernail polish remover and a cotton ball to get the sticky off.IMG_4873

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I painted the background with a hot pink color.  I didn’t have any glass paint so I used the outdoor craft paints that I had.   If you look at the above picture you can see black Yard and Garden paint that I used.  Not the red craft paint, I just forgot to get it out of the shot.  The icky blue thing is my paint caddy with it’s sticker coming off.  Please ignore it!   It took several coats, about 4 to get the depth of color that I wanted.  I took this picture after two coats.  Make sure you let the paint dry between coats! Be patient, you will be rewarded!

This is where I mixed my paints, a simple paper plate.  I also practiced my handwriting a little while waiting for the paint to dry!  I highly recommend this! Look up a font you like and try to practice it before you do the real thing. Also you can go ahead and paint the cap.IMG_4874IMG_4875

When the paint is good and dry, I added the wording.  You could do a monogram or a cute saying.  I think the font I used is called Always Forever.

 

 

 

 

Next I used a small brush to paint the bubbles.  I used a basic blue that I mixed with white to get the lighter colors.  I just swirled the bubbles on and made the circles.  I didn’t worry about if they were perfect circles.  Then I added lighter colors and the white highlights.  Don’t worry about perfection, it will be cute no matter what!IMG_4902

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The final product!  Isn’t it cute?  My hubby drilled a hole in the cap just barely big enough for the pump to fit in.  It needs to fit really snug.  I stole the pump from the bottle I had been using. He thought it turned out really pretty and so do I! Send me a picture or a link if you make one, too!  I’d love to see what you make!

Basketball Banquet Ideas

It’s about that time! Time for basketball banquets!  I love decorating for them.  They are such a challenge, trying to figure out what the athletes will like, trying to figure out something new and fun, but not make it look overly fancy or like a little kid’s birthday party.  I think we succeeded!inspiration board

I made an inspiration board for last year’s banquet.  We decked out the tables with white paper and black runners.  Then used various basketball scrapbook paper for centerpieces.  On top of the centerpieces (not really shown in the pics) we scattered various 3D basketball sayings also from the scrapbook section, sayings like “Go Team, Swoosh, etc.”  Then we made balloon bouquets and put them in the center of the centerpieces.  And of course with a large crowd you have to have table numbers.  I made these on my computer, they have a picture of a basketball crashing through glass.  Really cool!  Then to top of the tables, we added crayons.  Yes, I said crayons!  The kids, uhm…teenagers, uhm… athletes loved it!  So did the parents, be honest, you know when you see white paper and a crayon, you’re going to doodle.  I hated throwing away the works of art at the end of the evening.

For the awards table and the food tables we kept it simple with alternating black, white and red tablecloths with alternating circle table cloths.  We also used the banners the teams and fans made during the season to decorate the walls.  Everyone loved that.  It gave all the athletes and fans a chance to really see them up close and they had worked so hard on them, why not use them, right? 

It was very simply decorated, but it was very cool and most importantly our high school athletes, both boys and girls, as well as the younger athletes liked it!

Favorite Beauty Must~Have’s for 2012

These are the products that I simply wouldn’t want to do without this past year.  I’ll definitely be keeping them for 2013! I never would have thought that I would have fallen in love with actual products, but these have stolen my heart.  All of them are extremely affordable which makes them even better!  Give them a try and you might make them your favorite too!FaveThings2012

Girlfriend’s Guide 2 Homeschool Planning

I can’t plan school without a planner.  I’ve tried several ways, computer programs and other planners, but none seemed to fit.  Some are just too complicated and some are just plain boring to look at.  I like things to be pretty and easy to use and versatile.  So since I couldn’t find what I liked, I made my own!  It’s super simple, and it’s really pretty.  You can use it for any type of school or method.  No matter what your planning or teaching style this planner will work!  To purchase just click here!

Front cover

Want to know everything this book contains?  Check out the pic below!  This book has tips, how-to’s and so much more!

Table of Contents

This is a sample of the Calendar Considerations page.  When you are planning out your year there are things you know you have to plan around.  Jot them down here and you won’t forget to work your school calendar around them!

Calendar Considerations

Classes/Co-Ops and more!  How do you keep track of them all?  Right here!

Coops classes

I love this page!  It keeps me on track and helps me see where I need to be when we do get behind. 

Course Projections

The fun stuff!  Keep track of field trip ideas or trips that you’ve been on throughout the school year!

Field Trips

These are the planner pages.  It prints as a two-page spread.  You fill it out as you need with classes on the tabs on the left side and plenty of room to write down assignments.

Planner Page 1

The right hand side of the planner pages with notes for the week and a section for things you might need to buy for this week or the upcoming week, like Chemistry supplies!  Also included is a place for things to do over the weekend.  Use it for homework, assignments to catch up on or things you as the teacher needs to do like grade papers!

Planner Page 2

There’s so much more that this book offers.  I just couldn’t fit it all in one page.  If you would like to purchase this book, just click here!

Girlfriend’s Guide 2 Homeschool Conferences

I think of all my books, this one is by far my favorite!  If I’m allowed to play favorites with my my books.   I can’t shop for books without it!  Whether shopping used book sales, online purchases or homeschool conferences, this is where I plan it all and keep track of it all.  This book is a must when you have to shop for homeschool curriculum.  It’s chocked full of helpful pages for shopping and planning out your curriculum.  It’s also full of information and tips on how to make the most out of a homeschool conference.  Below are just some of the sample pages from the book.  Take a look!   To purchase just click here!

Girlfriends Cover

Want to know what all is covered in the book?  Look no further!

Table of Contents

How do you keep up with all those workshops you want to attend?   When do I fit in lunch?  Plan it all out with this page!

My Itenerary

Dying to ask the vendors questions, but you’re afraid you’ll forget the question?  Right those questions and the answers down here!  You’ll never forget again!

Vendor Q & A

Did I order that book online?  Is it cheaper at this vendor or that vendor?  Did I buy it already?  Keep track of purchases here!

Curriculum Worksheet

How much can I spend on books?  How much on lunch?  Did I budget for parking and gas?  You’ll never have to guess, use this page to plan out your conference expenses and you’ll never go over budget again!

Budget Worksheet

Did I remember to pick up that book for my friend?  Keep a list of what your friends are looking for and if they need you to pick something up for them!Girlfriend's Page

Did I reserve the hotel?  Did I confirm the children’s conference?  Keep track of all that vital information here!

Checklist

I love packing lists!  This one will help you remember everything you need to pack before you go to the conference so you won’t forget a thing!Packing List

This is where make notes of things throughout the year that I’d like to do for next year or if I see something at the book sale or conference that I want to remember to use next year but don’t need this year.

Goals for next year

Attending workshops?  Keep track of those notes from classes you attend.  You’ll have them all in one place and you can refer back to them year after year!

Workshop Notes

To read the great reviews this book has gotten or to purchase, just click here!