The Social Picnic is Here!

The Social Picnic


The Social Picnic event, hosted by This Lil Piglet and Family Approve, is finally here! To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter giveaway form shown below.

To enter, you will be asked to follow the participating blogs via various social media accounts.  Here at Sweet Phenomena, you can gain three entries by following via GFC, liking Sweet Phenomena on Facebook, and following Sweet Phenomena on Twitter {all of these can be found in the left side bar}. Follow the other blogs’ social media accounts and gain even more entries! If you don’t see the Rafflecopter form, click on “click to continue” at the bottom of this post to go to the entry form.

Enter to win…

$500 Cash via PayPal

Kodak Easyshare M590 Digital Camera – $199 Value

Kobo eReader Touch Edition – $139 Value

Rules of the giveaway:

  1. Each follow gains you one entry towards winning the prizes.  Follow as many as possible to increase your chance of winning.

  2. The $500 Cash (CAD funds) prize is open Worldwide. The Kodak digital camera and Kobo eReader Touch edition is open to US and Canada residents only.  One winner will be chosen and will win ALL prizes.  If the chosen winner is located outside the US or Canada, they will win the cash prize only and a second winner will be chosen for the remainder of the prizes.  The winning entry will be checked to ensure they have complied with their entry.  If it is found that the winning entry has not completed the entry requirement, a different winner will be selected.

Tips:  If you’ve never used Rafflecopter before, it’s an easy way to enter giveaways.  Keep in mind that Rafflecopter is run using Javascript so you must enable javascript on your computer to use.  If you are having trouble, try a different browser or make sure you have updated your computer and browser.

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Fun in the Summer Sun!

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Welcome to this week’s Fun in the Summer Sun event!

We had some great link-ups last week and invite everyone to link up again this week!

Each Monday until September 7th, Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Sun link-up events.

Here’s the line up:

  • The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
  • The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
  • The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer recipes”
  • The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

Here is our kid friendly craft!

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint!

We totally stole this idea from Quirky Momma

It’s just totally awesome.  And cheap.  And fun.

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

Fizzy Sidewalk Paint

25 Random Facts Blog Hop

A blogger I know started the 25 Random Facts Blog Hop, so I thought I’d have a little fun and participate.

Here are 25 random facts about me:

  1. I hate squash.  Yes, really, I hate it.
  2. I’ve never liked animals, but now I have a cat and a dog that I absolutely adore.
  3. I never thought I’d be putting this much thought and effort into a blog.
  4. My first job was as an accounting clerk in high school.
  5. I just turned 30.
  6. I’ve lived in NC, SC, WA, OR, and AL.
  7. I had a successful custom cake business in Seattle.
  8. I love the color pink.
  9. I like to eat my ice cream melted, unless it’s Cold Stone Creamery ice cream.
  10. I like caramel.  A lot.
  11. I love to learn.
  12. I spend way too much time on the computer.
  13. I play an MMO {LOTRO}.  And I like it.  A lot.
  14. I use the words “sweet,” “awesome,” and “awesomesauce” a lot.
  15. I love homeschooling my daughter.
  16. I never planned on having kids.  Or getting married for that matter.
  17. I’ve worked as an accounting clerk, an administrative assistant at a law firm, a foreclosure closing and billing agent, a bookkeeper for Habitat for Humanity, a parking office clerk for the College of Charleston, a custom cake designer, a pastry chef, a chef, and a freelance writer.
  18. I’m a technology geek.  Not hard core, but new “gadgets” excite me.
  19. I enjoy spending time with my husband and my daughter.
  20. I’m sad that my daughter is growing up so fast.
  21. I like my mother-in-law.  Well, love actually.
  22. Most of my friends live in other states.
  23. Vince and I have never had “couples” friends.
  24. I love to cook and bake, but hate the mess.
  25. I would like to go to a culinary arts school.

5 Ways to Epically Fail at Homeschool Planning

The blogosphere is ripe with posts about homeschool planning for the upcoming year!

I love it.  I love planning.  I love organizing.  Many of you do.  But ironically, each year we find ourselves revamping how we plan our year.

Here are five ways to totally FAIL at planning your homeschool year:

  • Don’t plan at all – OK, I’ll go first: I didn’t actually “plan” our first year of homeschooling.  *gasp*  I thought that because I had a boxed curriculum and it contained teacher’s guides that all I needed to do was follow along.  So, so, so wrong…
  • Copy somebody else’s system verbatim – I love, love, love visiting other blogs and seeing how they plan and organize their homeschool year.  I quickly learned, though, that copying them and what they do doesn’t work for us.  I take what works, leave the rest, and move on to the next one.  By doing this, I can create a system that works for our needs.
  • Schedule your homeschool year the way everyone else does – It’s no secret that I hate waking up early.  It’s also no secret that my husband works a rotating shift schedule.  For almost two years I tried to do a “traditional” start-at-8-am-M-F school schedule.  Finally, I realized it didn’t work for us and I didn’t need it to; I could make up my own schedule.
  • Get hung up on what your kid is “supposed” to be learning – Sure, they need to learn stuff and they need to make progress.  Does it really matter if they master their multiplication in third grade or the beginning of fourth grade?  No.  Trust me.  In the grand scheme of things, they’ll be where they need to be.  Keep up with assisting your kids in loving learning and making progress and the rest will fall into place.
  • Over-schedule your kid – Yes, I’m guilty of over-scheduling myself {which is equally as bad}, but it should be repeated:  Don’t sign your kids up for 15 different weekly activities.  You’ll never get any substantial learning done, you know, the hard learning that should probably get done at some point…
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Awesome Linkage

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