It’s Pay Day!

Pay DayAs funny as it may sound, CJ is learning more about money with this board game that he was with the worksheets and a real allowance!

Pay Day is not some super-secret, super-hard game for super-smart kids (or adults, Webmom says). It’s a fun game where you learn what it’s like to get bills, keep them safe until it’s time to pay, and really think about any investments.

Is it a good return? Will I really have a chance to sell it before my month is over? If you don’t sell, you lose ALL the money you invested because you can’t carry the investment over to the next month.

Did You Know … A Center for Media Literacy article written by Texas A & M University’s Marketing Professor James U. McNeal says that kids spend around $4.2 billion a year of our own money on what we want. Plus, we help our parents spend their money too!

We are proud to say we were having family game night before it got cool. You know, before they started advertising it. This is just one of the games we play as a family but it’s the one that helped CJ to “get” how the money cycle works.

The best part? We get to learn while having fun AND without losing any of our real money!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





Product Description
The classic game of Payday makes family finance fun as it reminds everyone just where the money goes. Players take turns along the game board, which is designed as a 31-day calendar. You could make a big profit or lose your shirt on a bad investment and have to take out a loan to pay the bills as they pile up. Don’t worry, you might win the lottery or hit the jackpot and pick up money. At the end of every month, you get paid. Play as many months as you like, pay off all your bills and figure out how much money you’ve got left. Whoever has the most money is the winner. Includes game board, four plastic tokens, one die, 64 deal and mall cards, savings and loan pad, paper money. For 2-4 players.

Want One Too?
Amazon has them for $14.70 right now and it’s eligible for free shipping with Amazon Prime. Nice!

Easy Drink Mixing

Okay, admit it. Sometimes you want a cup of cocoa or some other kind of drink but the adults are tired or don’t want to make a big batch of something.

Or maybe, you want to make your own drink. CJ is always saying “thanks but no thanks, Mom”. He is growing up and wants to do some things himself. Maybe you feel the same way.

Anyway, you are thirsty and all you need is a drink for one kid. You. We know the kitchen is the place for noms (food) but it can also be dangerous. So, what’s a kid to do?

Mix your own drink like CJ does, of course!

The Webmom let me have a couple of her wide-mouth, 8 ounce canning jars. They make perfect servings for one person and you can close them up so they don’t spill. I use one packet of cocoa and the right amount of warm, purified water for me.

Get ready ...
Step 1 - Ready?

Step 2 - Shake!

Drink up!
Step 3 - Drink!

Some people may make fun of us and call us hillbillies or something for using the “Mason jars” but guess what? It works, CJ got his drink and the Webmom just had to supervise.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





Safety Note
The Webmom still supervises whenever CJ is in the kitchen. Even when he’s just making a drink. So don’t get upset if your parents still want to be there with you. Like the Webmom says, safety first!

Get Your Own
You can probably find them in your local grocery store but, if not, you can get a 4 pack on Amazon for less than $5.00.

Becoming A Storm Ready School

CJ and the Webmom
Although we are rural homeschoolers and not a school or school district, we do believe that disaster preparedness is a very important topic. Keeping our children – and ourselves – safe is an ongoing series of life modifications and planning. This webinar promises to be an informative and helpful resource.

Hope you can make it,
CJ and the Webmom





From The Website … Learn how your school or district can easily become certified as StormReady by attending this informative webinar. Guest speaker Angelia Enyedi from NOAA’s National Weather Service will walk educators and district administrators through the simple process as well as the benefits of becoming Storm Ready.

To Register … Discovery Education Event Center

The Importance Of Backing Up Your Files

There was a lot going on in my house last week and I was definitely feeling the pressure of looming deadlines and unexpected expenses. It truly seemed that although I knew I was distracted and frazzled, the only logical solution was to work through it. To challenge it and own it. You know, take the bull by the horns and all that.

Decision made, I grabbed my reusable water bottle and settled down to tap away at my favorite writing program. Now, I have to admit, almost nothing gets me as excited as a new program or an update to a program I already have and like. You just know I’m going to be clicking over to that as fast as my TouchPad will let me and today, I saw that little “upgrade available” notice. Did I mention I was using my favorite writing program?

That part of the story is a bit long and boring. We’ll just cut to the chase and say I had to import my files to make them compatible with the new ones.

Allowing myself to get distracted by all the craziness around me, I frustratedly clicked “update file”. I growled at the “are you sure you want to overwrite this file?” question and clicked “yes”. Then I watched as my word count went from almost 14,000 to 0.

My stomach realized what that meant before my brain did because it dropped to my feet before my swirling thoughts grasped the implications of what had just happened.

The message here is three-fold:

  1. Don’t make important decisions while distracted.
  2. Taking time to relax and refresh will help you accomplish more in the long run.
  3. Always back up your files!

The tears and nausea passed as I remembered that I had started the story on pen and paper. That meant I at least had half of my work. Somewhere. Glaring at my reflection in the monitor, I let my eyes drop and noticed a little green padlock in my taskbar. Carbonite! Maybe I hadn’t lost my work after all!

Thankfully, I was able to recover my old files and restore the part of my soul I had given to my novel-in-progress. This time.

Please take my experience to heart. Implement a backup plan as quickly as possible if you don’t already have one. If you already have a system in place, test it periodically.


Transformers Bath Fizzies

Transformers Bath FizziesYes, we know, we know. We just shared a really cool Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Soap we found. Well, we just found these cool “Transformers Bath Fizzies” on that same website!

“Fizzies” sounds girlie but Transformers rocks anyway! It says “unisex”. The Webmom says that means it can be for boys *and* girls.

The site doesn’t say much about it but it does look like there might be 5 “fizzie” balls in the package.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





From The Site
6.32 oz unisex bubbling bath fizzies.

Want One Too?
Lisa’s Bath Shoppe, Kids Stuff, Page 2

Glow-in-the-Dark Alien Soap

Glow-in-the-Dark AlienCheck this out! We found this while looking around for fun bath stuff for CJ.

The Webmom had been talking about making something like this because we’d never seen anything like it and I am into aliens. Now, we’re going to buy from this site instead. It’s easier than making it ourselves and the price is pretty good!

What does “oxygen scented” mean? As soon as we get our soap, we’ll let you know.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom





From The Site
The alien glows in the dark, and is in glycerin soap. Along with the alien, is outer space bath confetti, which is small shaved pieces of soap in outer space shapes (rocket ship, planet, moon). Soap weighs approx 3 ozs & measures 3″ x 2″ x 1″.

Want One Too?
Lisa’s Bath Shoppe, Kid Stuff, Page 2

Earthbox Education

As homeschoolers, we’re lucky that we get to investigate and explore whatever CJ gets interested in. Besides the tech stuff, we like doing things to help the environment and keep ourselves healthy.

[su_pullquote align=”right”]The artificial colors and flavors in food and medicine can actually make ADD and ADHD symptoms worse![/su_pullquote]Sadly, most of the food we buy today is processed. They have too many chemicals and the vitamins and minerals have been sucked out. We wind up with stomach’s full of nothing. Then we wonder why we are tired, feel sick, and our minds just can’t seem to think right!

We live out in the country but our place is surrounded by oil and gas wells. Penny the Webmom used to work for an oilfield company and she knows they plug wells by pumping nasty stuff down and then “capping” them.

We may be rural but not even we are safe. That stuff gets in our water and into our food just the same as if someone had sprayed pesticide on it.


Eating organically is considered the best way to stay healthy and as close to the natural food cycle as possible. The biggest reason why most families don’t do this is because it can get expensive to buy Certified Organic food.

The other alternative is to grow your own produce, raise your own meat, and cut out all the extra processing most grocery store food stuffs have.

Except, that’s complicated, right? I mean, you have to have a green thumb and know a lot about plants, soil, fertilizers, pest control products, …

Actually, it can be a lot easier than most of us think!

EarthBox® | Homegrown Vegetables Without A Garden

The EarthBox® support curriculum structure intentionally and substantially increases student understanding of the science behind light, soil, water, plants and nutrition from grade level to grade level. Pre school students grow plants from seeds in their classroom to learn about the life cycle and the interconnectivity of plants, light, water, soil and nutrition.

Elementary students learn scientific principles behind light, water, soil, plants and nutrition and middle school students perform science-based experimental activities that develop critical thinking skills. High School students perform authentic scientific experiments.

The EarthBox® can work for everyone. It’s easy to get organic seeds and soil at your local gardening supply or hardware store. Then you can grow your own organic veggies in an apartment or outside in the yard and not worry about digging holes or what was in that dirt before your seeds.

It may be part of our homeschool science curriculum but we still think it’s really cool to say, “I grew that!” and know we’re eating a bit better.


Hello World!

CJ and the WebmomWelcome to CJ’s Kids Club. A club for kids, by a kid. Well, at least, CJ dreamed it up and the Webmom helped make it happen. =)

This site is about kids having fun and making friends. Oh, yeah, we definitely want to add “safe” in there. So, this site is about kids having fun, making friends and being safe. We’ll be adding fun stuff about homeschooling but this isn’t just for homeschoolers. We want to have stuff for ALL kids!

Every month we are going to be having contests, giveaways and reviewing some cool stuff. Websites, toys, tech .. if it’s something someone wants a kid to use, you can bet we want to check it out. The Arcade and Video sections will be ready soon too.

Want to know more? Sign up for the official CJ’s Kids Club Newsletter and you’ll get all the details. Don’t worry, we won’t share you info with anyone or send you a ton of messages. You’d automatically get a message every Sunday with all the details about what’s in the works, if we added a new game, video or other cool content during the week and what the latest subscriber-only contest is.

Yes, you can win real prizes!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom

To Realize The Value

I received the following message in an email from a friend today. While I may not believe that it will bring me good luck as it claims to, I really believe in the message.

To realize the value of a sister/brother
Ask someone who doesn’t have one.

To realize the value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week:
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:

Remember to hold on tight to the ones you love!