Everything You Need to (temporarily) Teach Your Kids at Home

Hi all!  This list is a work in progress:) We created it as a clickable resource list (to keep our sanity), and to have all of the most popular online resources and apps in one place during our newfound homeschooling time. We will keep adding as we find more. Have a suggestion to add? Email us info@shopthemanor.com.

General Learning Apps

Adventure Academy

Khan Academy Kids

ABC Mouse (free month, or teachers may have classroom codes)

Brain PopStoryline Online

 

READING

Epic Books (ask teachers for login)

Teach Your Monster to Read

MATH

Prodigy – math literacy games (ask teacher for login)

Fuzz Bugs ABCYA

WRITING

Typing Club.com

SnapType

Letter School App

 

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS (so many of these, will link more as I find)

Zoo Tours on YouTube

ART & QUICK BREAKS

DOODLING WITH MO WILLEMS

Learning A-Z
Mystery Doug

Exercise

Fluency and Fitness
Go Noodle
Cosmic Kids Yoga 

YouTube Brain Breaks

Philanthropy

Decorate a Lunch Bag for Kids in Need

General Curriculum

The Measured Mom

Learning A-Z

 

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5 Reasons Zaza Memorial Should Be Your Next Girl’s Getaway

5 Reasons Zaza Memorial should be your next girls getaway

Ya know that feeling, after hours of travel, after you uber to the airport, fly to your destination, shuttle to the resort, check in, and you are finally sitting by the hotel pool, frosé in hand, and the world melts away? Well what if you could cut out all of that traveling nonsense, and be tanning in the pool in under 30 minutes? THAT is why Zaza Memorial should be THE destination for your next girls getaway.

1. Pool & Pool Bar – Frosé Rosé All Day

The cabanas are ultra cozy and chic, the pool staff is extremely attentive (made sure we were fully hydrated), and always had something tasty in our hand to drink. We also chowed down on their giant fruit plate, which paired extremely well with their Whispering Angel Rose 

2.  20% off the ZaSpa

When you book the Girl’s Getaway package, everything on the spa menu is 20% off. We needed some serious relaxation while we were there, so we went for the Swedish Bliss Massage, and it was heaven. After the massage, we sweated out (the pound of volcano salt fries we ate at The Tipping Point the night before) in the infrared sauna, and our puffiness disappeared. 

3. Dinner at the Tipping Point Restaurant and Terrance

I’ll be honest, we’d been enjoying our beverages at the pool all day, and although the Zaza Car was more than ready to take us out to dinner, we were perfectly content dining on the poolside terrace at the Tipping Point.  I devoured the wedge salad, and I’m still dreaming about the luscious “One Hot Chick” wrap. Oh yeah, and we split the Volcano Salt French Fries, which were deadly…in a good way.

4. The Rooms are AMAZE

Okay, so one of the things Zaza Memorial is known for, is their fabulous luxurious rooms. The magnificent 7 are especially…magnificent, and The Beach House was 960 square feet of coastal bliss that clinched our feeling of being on a tropical vacation. 

5. Flight of Mimosas in room upon awakening & Breakfast in Bed

You heard me right. Included in your girls getaway package are 4 carafes of your choice of juices, and a big bottle of bubbly. Delivered. To. Your. Door. Nothing makes girls happier than mimosas, and options, so this one is a HUGE crowd pleaser. 

To book your girl’s getaway or upcoming trip, CLICK HERE:)

 

 

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Healthy No Sugar Smash Cake

Winter Wonderland Sugar Free Smash Cake

We’ve had so many questions about Arlo’s healthy-ish smash cake recipe, that I figured it was time for a post! I scoured the web and pinterest, and the one I found here is by far my favorite! Here is my adaptation based on what ingredients we had in the house.

*Quick note – the recipe below is enough to fill one 6″ round. The cake above was made with TWO 6″ round pans so we doubled the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup natural no sugar added applesauce
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (we used coconut flour)
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour – this recipe called for oat flour (grind rolled oats in blender, then measure) – but ain’t nobody got time for that
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Disco Dust – we used green and iridescent 
  • Sisal Trees
  • Baby Deer

Directions

  1. Mash the bananas in a medium bowl.
  2. In a separate large bowl, mix the flours, baking soda, and cinnamon together.
  3. Add the mashed bananas, applesauce, coconut oil, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix just until incorporated.
  4. Coat your pan with oil.
  5. Spread the batter into the bottom of the pans.
  6. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes.  Check with a toothpick for doneness.
  7. Cool the cakes before frosting.  If you used the 8″ or 9″ pan, then use an overturned smaller bowl to cut out small cake rounds.

Healthy No Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

*dislaimer – I didn’t have the best luck with this particular frosting, but you might. Even cooled, and blended with a hand mixer, I couldn’t get the cheese smooth, and the frosting was very runny. If I did it again I would use less apple juice concentrate OR I would use the second frosting option below it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup (4 ounces) no sugar added apple juice concentrate
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Soften the cream cheese.
  2. Whisk the cream cheese with the apple juice concentrate and vanilla extract until creamy.

Frosting Option 2 -Sugar Free Whipped Cream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 small box sugar free, instant pudding, any flavor
  • 1 pt. heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Whisk together pudding and milk. With an electric mixer
  2. add cream and beat until stiff peaks form.

 

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We Heart Simple Truth

When Simple Truth asked us to try out some of their goodies with some crrraazy coupon deals, I really considered making a salad. Really I thought it through down to the dressing….but not for long. I found myself in the frozen food aisle, staring at the cutest little containers of organic ice cream, and I knew I needed to change plans.

So we had the cutest ice cream party methinks the world has ever seen. We tried Simple Truth’s Strawberry and Vanilla, and they were both scrumptious. I ended up eating the vanilla straight out of the container. And the pouches, Arlo cannot get enough of their Greek Yogurt.

 

Disclosure: We received samples from Simple Truth Organics in order to share our opinion about their products, but this isn’t a sponsored post. All opinions are our own. 

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