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Molly's Back to School bundle contains five school supplies every homeschool family needs to get organized and save money!

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Molly's Money-Saving Digest September 2009

 Special feature: Frugal Decorating

"A lovingly decorated home is not about high price tags, debt, or keeping a set of design rules. It's about pulling together pieces that work for your family, at a price you can afford, in a way that makes you smile . . ."
-Molly Green

There's so much packed into this special issue-ideas to express creativity and enjoy beauty; inspiration for daily living; and gentle wisdom and encouragement shared by real, contemporary families.

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In many parts of the United States, school has just started, but I am sure that there are kids out there who are already feeling overwhelmed with the amount of schoolwork they need to accomplish. In fact, some of them may need a tutor. But what if your budget does not allow for that expense?

This newsletter is filled with tips and resources that can help you provide a tutorlike atmosphere at home without having to pay out of pocket.

Speaking of homework help for the kids, how about some dinner help for the family on those busy school nights? Don't forget about the Back-to-School bundle sale we have going on right now. You can get the Organization Bundle, which includes the January 2010 Digest and Molly Gets Organized All In One Place. You also get both of our recipe E-Books--Molly Makes $5 Dinners and $3 Desserts, and Molly Makes $7 Slow Cooker Suppers. Not only do you get all four of those books, but you also get the education Digest as well: May 2009: Learning For LIfe-Your Child's Education.

So there you have it! Five educational, inspirational, and money-saving resources for only $15! Remember, use the code MOLLYSCHOOLS to take advantage of the sale. Just add all three items to your cart and use the code when you check out to receive your discount.
From the Blog
Here is a recap of what we shared on the blog last week, just in case you missed a post or two.
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Hi Molly Members!

September member freebies are now up and ready for you to view!

Here is one of the fun and exciting freebies we are offering this month.

The kids will love this freebie! They'll have fun and learn at the same time with this fun Safety First! E-Book from The Old Schoolhouse.

"How was my bicycle helmet made?"
"When can I stay home alone?"
"What do I do if someone I know needs CPR?"

We all want our children to be safe . . .
Help them learn how to be with our latest module:

Play It Safe!

The newest Planner module from The Old Schoolhouse-full of information, puzzles, quizzes, and more-all designed to help your children understand how to be prepared for anything from bike safety to natural disasters!

To get this freebie, you have to be a Molly Member!

As you can see, September focuses on emergency preparedness and is chock-full of helpful tips and creative ideas. Feather Your Nest is an especially creative (and frugal!) example this month. You'll find checklists, pantry lists, resources, kids' activities, and much more. And Penny Raine shares how she went from being a successful California businesswoman to a "no longer self-driven but love-driven" mother with eight children on a horse farm in Tennessee. Living frugally is not something she has to do; it is something she chooses to do. Inspiring stuff!

And, of course, you'll find all kinds of freebies and extra goodies on the August members freebie page. Can't wait to see you there!

Not a member yet?
Don't miss out. Click this link today to become a Molly Member yourself! For only $3.95, it is well worth it.

Hey, I Can Make That!
Create a Homework Motivation Station

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Create a work place just for your kids to do their homework. This would be great whether you homeschool your kids or whether they go to public or private school.

Having a space to call their own, where they can find their pens and pencils, will help them to focus and not feel frustrated. It will also help to reduce the noise and distractions that sometimes cause kids to feel overwhelmed with schoolwork.

You can find the tutorial to create a homework motivation station for your child by visiting the Microsoft Home Magazine website.

Ideas From Around the Web
Here are some ideas to help your children with their homework.

  • Hotmath.com has all the math textbooks available you can think of. Simply look up the book your child is using, the math page he or she is working on, and view the solution and how to arrive at that answer.
  • Tutorvista is an online tutor website with live one-on-one chatting. I typed in "English" and the tutor was able to help me figure out a problem I was having with diagramming a sentence. (this is a small paid service prgram, but the first time using it is free).
  • StudentQuestions.com is another website that offers online help. Just post your questions, and other students will help you figure out the answer.
  • For the younger kids, here is a neat website called PlayKidsGames.com with fun, interactive games to help your child learn that hard-to- understand fact.
  • About.com has a huge list of homework help that would be beneficial to both homeschoolers and public or private school students.
In the Kitchen
Healthy After-School Snacks
(courtesy of Kaboose)

Thanks to Kaboose for letting me reprint this article from its website. Here are five healthy and quick after-school snacks to boost those brain cells back up before the kids start on their homework.

If your child rushes home from school with a growling tummy and in need of a treat, it's time to tell her about these tasty and healthy snacks she can prepare herself. Note: Some assistance is required for kids ages 8 and under.

Snack #1 - Ants on a Log

What you need:

  • 2 celery sticks
  • Paring knife
  • Butter knife
  • Cutting board
  • Raisins
  • Cream cheese or peanut butter

What you do:

1. Wash the celery and use your paring knife to cut it into 4 pieces (about 5 inches long) on the cutting board.
2. Spread cream cheese or peanut butter on the celery sticks with your butter knife.
3. Add raisins and voila! You've got ants on a log.

Snack #2 - "Sushi" Rolls

What you need:

  • Cream cheese
  • 2 slices of cold cuts
  • 1 whole-wheat wrap
  • Butter knife
  • Cutting board
  • Chopsticks (optional)

What you do:

1. Place your wrap on the cutting board.
2. Spread cream cheese on the wrap and then add your cold cuts.
3. Roll the stuffed wrap into a tight roll.
4. Cut the roll into 8-10 pieces (each piece should be about 2 inches wide).
5. Grab your chopsticks and chow down!

Snack #3 - Personal Pizza

What you need:

  • Whole-wheat pita
  • Cheese slices
  • Cherry tomatoes or tomato slices
  • Microwave-safe plate
  • Paring knife

What you do:

1. Place your pita on the plate.
2. Add the cheese slices and tomatoes to the pita.
3. Put the plate inside the microwave and close it shut. Set it for 30 seconds. (Parents may need to help here)
4. Cut the pizza into 4 slices and it's ready!

Snack #4 - Cinnamon Toast

What you need:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • Butter knife
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Toaster

What you do:

1. Toast your 2 slices of bread in the toaster until it looks golden brown.
2. Put them on a plate and use your butter knife to add butter while the bread is still warm.
3. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and eat this treat while it's warm.

Snack #5 - Homemade Parfait

What you need:
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Mixed fruit (strawberries, bananas, and berries)
  • Honey
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Tall glass
  • Tablespoon

What you do:

1. Fill your glass about halfway with yogurt.
2. Fill the rest of your glass with mixed fruit.
3. Drizzle honey on top and use a tablespoon to mix everything together.
4. Add a handful of chocolate chips for a finishing touch and dig in!

Molly's Money-Saving Digest
Molly Makes

Do you have emergency plans ready and set to go? Kids included?
Would the staples in your pantry feed your hungry household for a week?
How far could you stretch it?

Invest your time wisely! Be ready for the unexpected and inspired by many low- or no-cost supplemental projects inside this essential edition of Molly's Money-Saving Digest!

This month's special feature is:
Emergency Preparedness

You won't always know when disaster is headed your way. But you can save your family from needless headaches, harm, and even hunger when you prepare NOW to survive the storm, fire, flood, or calamity that could come.

Are you equipped for an emergency?
It's not exactly fun to think about-but it's necessary. Does your family know what to do?
If you make provisions ahead of time, you can relax knowing that your family will have every opportunity to be cared for regardless of the unfortunate scenario.

Savor September and consider setting aside one weekend this month to focus on preparedness and to develop a plan for your family.

  • Create an emergency preparedness plan that is suited for your family's dynamics and location.
  • Download your choice of crisis planning forms-prepared by the experts.
  • Get your kids on board with designing a disaster strategy-help them stay unafraid, calm, and focused during a critical situation!

Click HERE to view a sample of this item.

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