Homeschooling with Hurricane Florence

First off, let me just say, “I survived Hugo”!Hurricane Hugo damage totals.

Hugo was scary. It was loud. It was confusing. And it was destructive.

I remember following it’s path. Noting what it was doing in each town it touched. My parents did everything they could, from boarding up the windows, getting tons of supplies, and even waiting in a gas line for 3 hours only to get 5 gallons. As it was the limit per car.  Then Hugo hit. We all slept together in our parent’s bed and oddly enough, we siblings fell asleep till the next day. That morning we woke up to many disasters. Starting with a big hole in the roof of our back porch and a fallen tree in the front yard. My dad wanted to go out to see what damages occurred in town.  And boy it was a mess!! Our little town of Hemingway is still recovering. From that experience, I’ve learned to be mindful but not fearful.

So when I heard about hurricane Florence, I knew what we needed to do, and what nonessentials to remiss

My husband purchased a generator months ago. That was the best investment yet. We purchased 2 cases of water, fruit, rice, beans and ordered pizza. We knew we wouldn’t get over a category 1 effects of Florence and that wasn’t enough for us to leave our home.    https://www.facebook.com/clt.stories/videos/729447094062156/

So it’s Sunday and Florence has done her damage, as she approaches Charlotte!!!!! Screenshot_20180916-102307.png

Florence weakens to a tropical depression but flash flooding is far from over

Although flooding is still possible, I can take the rain. Heck, I LOVE the rain and wind flow. No problem there. But the kids are a whole different story. Sure we could have just cuddled up and watch movie galore and played a few cards games but we’re extra. lol

  1. We did container gardens with our worn out Nike sneakers.
  2. Played card games.
  3. We cleaned up our closets
  4. Researched hurricanes. We learned what causes them, what it is, and how they end.

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My message is this, you control their world. Make it scary or make it empowered.  The difference is information and creativity. Neither of them are expensive. Okay, gotta go hide and take a nap. (((Hopefully)))

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Florence Notes:

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Check out these checklists while you have power/ WiFi -( click here! https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan  )1537109464577_411.JPEG

 

And we have a little stupidity (opportunist) Just read it.

Friday Four: Tax Free Weekend Shopping Tips

no taxAre you prepared for the busy crowds, long lines, aggravating parking space fights and aggressive shoppers that is affectionately known as Tax Free Weekend?

Shop Smart & make your dollar STRETCH!

Shop Smart & make your dollar STRETCH!

For a few days during July or August, 17 states will temporarily suspend sales tax in the hopes of spurring economic growth. At other times of the year, tax-free shopping days focus on items like hurricane preparedness supplies, hunting supplies or Energy Star products, but late-summer sales tax holidays offer savings on clothing and school supplies in anticipation of kids heading back to school. But is it worth it? Let’s see.

Back-to-school shopping is big business for retailers

With the new tax deal this year, the annual tax-free holidays for school supplies and Energy Star appliances will not continue as of 2014. This will be the last year that this event is held.

(If your state doesn’t offer Tax Free Weekend, these strategies may help change that! )

Here’s four strategies to use while shopping

1.Don’t over shop in the name of saving. “Whether or not you’re shopping during one of these tax break holidays, always go in with a list so you don’t get carried away.”

2. Compare prices. Check weekly sales flyers online before you drive to the store so you’ll know what’s on sale.

3.Watch for price drops. Retailers’ policies on price adjustments vary, but some will refund you the difference if the price on an item you’ve purchased drops within seven, 14 or 30 days. To help keep track of pricing changes, use Hukkster.com, which will email or text you when the item goes on sale.

4. Bring snacks! The worst thing you can do is take the kids out out on a empty stomach AND without snacks. You’re asking for trouble.

Happy Tax-Free holiday, to shoppers and retailers, who know every little bit counts even for us home schoolers!  

(More tips here on participating states and DOR listing! CLICK HERE!)

Some stores offer additional discounts or promotions

Some stores offer additional discounts or promotions