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UPDATE: I never received my return phone call, so I called the toll-free customer service line again and spoke with a women who explained that the representative that I spoke with yesterday was incorrect that Sam’s Club would call back to verify my information and then give me a member number. Instead, they are mailing out a packet that we should receive no later than October 15 and the packet will include the member number. We are to take that member number to Sam’s Club no later than November 17. The offer does expire on November 17 if you have not gone to your local Sam’s Club to get your physical membership card. Readers have verified that they are being told the same thing about the process and everyone is being promised their packet no later than October 15.
EDIT: A kind reader informed me that I had a mistake in the phone number. The number has been updated.
Sam’s Club is offering a FREE annual membership for all of us new or expectant mothers through Setember 29! Call 1-888-746-7726, choose option”2,” then choose option “3.” If you receive a busy signal, just keep calling in and trying again. It took me calling 27 times (yes, TWENTY SEVEN!) and then being on hold for 25 minutes before I reached a representative, but once I did he was very friendly and the process went smoothly and quickly. Tell the representative that you are calling for the New Mom Membership offer and they will ask for your name, email address, and mailing address.
You will then be given a reference number – be sure to write this down! Sam’s Club will call you back within a few hours (so I was told) to verify all of the information is correct and they will then give you a member number, which you take to your local Sam’s Club’s service desk to then have your photo taken for your membership card. The membership is active immediately and valid for one year! Be sure to share with all your mama friends!
We decided to do a trial-run with homeschooling 3.5 year-old Magoo this year. In my search to find a Catholic curriculum I came across Catholic Schoolhouse (CSH), which is “a supplemental program designed to enhance and add accountability to any homeschool style or structure.” Children ages 4-11 all study the same topics, but delve deeper into those topics as they grow older. This makes Catholic Schoolhouse perfect for families of multiples because it eliminates the need for multiple textbooks and workbooks for various ages. Material does not become boring, old, or monotonous because Catholic Schoolhouse has broken the content up into three years and provides you the option of purchasing the materials as a bundle or purchasing a la carte and ordering only what you think works for your family. All children learn differently; some are visual learners, some hands-on, some auditory. The wonderful think about Catholic Schoolhouse is that it incorporates all methods of learning; art for those who do their best with hands-on, Memory Work audio CDs for those whose minds are sponges when they hear something aloud, and written word and images for those who do their best with visuals.
I spoke with co-founder Kathy Rabideau, who explained the philosophy of Catholic Schoolhouse and put me in touch with Toni Graff, Director of the Northern Indianapolis chapter of Catholic Schoolhouse. Initially, I was only interested in using Catholic Schoolhouse at home, but Jeremy has expressed concerns in the past about lack of socialization if we chose to homeschool Magoo. I spoke with Toni over the phone and was offered an opportunity to not only enroll Magoo in our local Catholic Schoolhouse chapter, but also work as an assistant in the Nursery room. Being that Magoo is only 3.5 and the material is geared for children ages 4-11, Gloria is in the nursery until next year. Our nursery works more as a preschool of sorts because our time together is filled with educational activities that the children adore. Despite being in the Nursery this year, we have had the opportunity to try some of the Year 2 (the current year that Catholic Schoolhouse is teaching) materials with Magoo and I couldn’t be happier with them.
Catholic Schoolhouse is probably one of the most flexible bundles of materials that you will find for homeschooling your child with focus on the Catholic faith. The Tour Guide is not a curriculum in itself, but is more of an outline of material to cover with your child, the backbone of your work with your child for that school year. Catholic Schoolhouse is currently working on their Year 2 materials, so I have been using the Year 2 Tour Guide in conjunction with the Year 2 History Cards Year 2 Memory Work CD set. We have yet to explore our Year 2 Art Guide, which focuses on Ancient-Medieval Art, simply because we are seriously lacking in art supplies at this time. All of the Catholic Schoolhouse materials can be found here.
In the Tour Guide, you can expect to find a visual one-page layout each week of the material that your children will be working on, which includes lyrics to songs that are found in the Memory Work CD and imag
es of the history cards that will be used that week.
The first week that we attempted to use the Catholic Schoolhouse materials Magoo was disinterested. It was a different style of learning that we have focused on up to this point, so keeping her attention was difficult. I decided to take a break from the materials for about a week before trying to explore them again. We recently started with Week 1 again and Gloria has enjoyed the material tremendously this time around. She has been working on memorizing the Memory Work that is featured on the CD and had fun sitting with me and looking at the History Cards. I would be happy with using Catholic Schoolhouse at home solely if that were my only option, but being that we are fortunate enough to have a local group filled with wonderful people I would venture to say that we will continue on with our Catholic Schoolhouse journey for years to come.
If you are interested in joining a local chapter of CSH, you can find a list of local chapter here. If there are no chapters in your area, yet you are interested in the philosophy of CHS, I encourage you to prayerfully consider starting a Catholic Schoolhouse group in your community. The process is straightforward and Catholic Schoolhouse helps you every step of the way. When contacting Catholic Schoolhouse, whether to join a chapter, order materials for home use, or to inquire about starting your own chapter, please let them know that Circle City Mama sent you.
Who doesn’t love a quick lunch? Or even better, who doesn’t love a super simple, fast dinner? Magoo requested noodles for lunch today, but I was wanting to add a little flavor other than our usual go-to of pesto, so I threw together this 3 Ingredient Noodles in Beef & Mushroom Sauce and it was quite tasty!
Give it a shot and let me know what you think!
I hope everyone is having a Blessed Labor Day. In celebration of our Holiday and in celebration of homeschooling, I am offering a free Labor Day printable preschool worksheet. If you choose to share the worksheet on your blog or website, please link back to Circle City Mama.
Yesterday was difficult for us for various reasons; Birdie had his second opinion cardiology appointment, he was fussy because he wasn’t feeling well, and I had a lot of housework to get done. I naturally went for the one thing that has always helped comfort Magoo and Birdie when everything else fails; a woven wrap. They say there’s “sleepy dust” in wraps because once you have your baby wrapped close to you they calm down and quite often fall asleep quickly. The evening before I had been grocery shopping and I had a group of cashiers & baggers asking me how I got him up on my back by myself, where I got my wrap, whether or not they could make their own, how much he weighed, and if it hurt me to wear him. They all commented on how content he was and how it was amazing that it had allowed me to fill an entire cart full of groceries while he peacefully slept on my back. They’re right; it is pretty amazing.
So, here is a quick little tutorial how to Superman the baby onto your back and wrap them in a Rucksack carry with a size 5 woven wrap. Happy wrapping. ❤
Meal plans are essential to eliminating stress, saving money, and eating more healthfully. Fitness experts, financial experts, and life planners all recommend creating a meal plan and sticking to it. How many times has your husband or children asked, “What’s for dinner?” and it triggers a slight bit of anxiety as you try to figure out what you can quickly make with what you have left in your cabinets? I know it’s happened to me more times than I care to admit. I used to be diligent about creating a meal plan and sticking to it, but life got busy and I started neglecting to create them. This made my life even more chaotic. Recently I realized that I needed to get control of our meals and finances again and I knew the first step was to create a meal plan. I’m going about it a little differently this time; instead of creating a two-week meal plan I’ve chosen to do a monthly meal plan.
- Save Money
Do you ever find yourself running to the grocery store multiple times a week because you need one or two items in order to complete dinner? Or do you swing by a drive-thru because you don’t know what to make or you’ve run out of time to stop at the store and then have to go home and cook? With a meal plan in place you know exactly what to buy to get you through until your next grocery store trip and you will have those items at your disposal when it comes time to cook dinner, thus eliminating the need for multiple grocery store trips in a week.
- Shop Easier
When you have a meal plan in place you know exactly what to buy and already have all of these ingredients on your list. This eliminates impulse purchases. Have you ever purchased something at the grocery store because you think you will need it, but it winds up going bad before you use it? It won’t happen anymore with a meal plan in place.
- Eat Healthier
When you have to write out what your meals are going to be you are forcing yourself to to a hard look at what you will be ingesting and you more than likely aren’t going to be loading up on TV dinners or Hot Pockets when you grocery shop while you have a meal plan in place.
- Eliminate Stress
Saving money, having easier grocery trips, and eating healthier will, in turn, eliminate stress associated with dinner.
- Enjoy Variety
Start with a list of your family’s favorite meals. The bigger the list the better. You need at least 30-31 meals if you want something different every night. I recommend this since it helps prevent your meal plan from getting boring. The more meals you can incorporate the better. I’ve started by adding one or two new meals each month so we can have something we’ve never tried before. If we like it we add it to our master list, if we don’t we pitch the recipe.
Below you will find our September meal plan. As you can see, we’ve left Saturday as our “free day.” We don’t necessarily have to use Saturday as the free day, we could use it on a Tuesday or a Friday, but it’s there to give us a day that we can use if we so choose. If we choose not to utilize the free day we will have something simple like grilled cheese, ham sandwiches, or egg salad sandwiches.