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Christmas Donations – Reese’s Rainbow

December 09, 2014 Category: Family, Holidays Print This Post Print This Post


Please consider making a donation to Reese’s Rainbow for their Christmas Warrior program this Christmas.

Reese’s Rainbow is an organization that helps to raise money and awareness for adoptions for children with special needs. This runs near and dear to my heart. If you are looking at doing something special this year with your children, please consider this organization.

We select a child and pray for them to find a home. It is amazing how many families have found children through this amazing group of people.

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Thank you and have a wonderful Christmas!


Teaching Math to Children with Special Needs

November 17, 2014 Category: Education, Family, Special Needs Print This Post Print This Post


I have spent some time searching the internet for materials to teach Math concepts to my daughter that has special needs. I came across a great resource. The name of the website is Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County. Go to www.dsfoc.org to access the site.

They have spent countless hours putting together a Learning Program. The resources on their site are free. You do have to create a login, but they do not send unnecessary messages and they do not sell your email address.

The resources available are to help teach reading, speech, and math. I printed out the Math resources. The Math book I printed only showed counting and number recognition to number 5. The way the material was presented was very easy to teach and easy for my daughter to understand.

I liked it so much, but could not find more resources for teaching numbers after 5. So I spent some time today creating a pdf that continues in the same teaching/learning style that is presented in their materials, but shows numbers up to 11. The How Many 6-11 resource is the book with some worksheets in the back. The Numbers 6-11 are the flashcards that you print to use for matching and other games.

I am working on additional books that will teach more numbers. So be sure and check back if you like the format.

Feel free to print the materials as many times as you need and share with your friends and school.


How to Make Fly Repellant Sachets for Your Barn or House

September 24, 2014 Category: Animals Print This Post Print This Post


Flies and other insects are a pest around the barn. They carry diseases and are sometimes hard to eliminate. This recipe for sachet bags, made from herbs, can be hung anywhere that these pests hang out. My daughter put this together to share with our readers.

You can make theses and hang them from rafters, beside stalls (just make sure your horse doesn’t eat them), or by the back door. They are very easy to make and you can use fresh herbs or dried, whatever you have on hand. There isn’t a set measurement for the herbs, either.

For one sachet:
About a tablespoon of whole cloves
Fresh Mint
Fresh Rosemary
Dried Eucalyptus Leaves
Dried Thyme
Fresh Mint


Mix the herbs together.


Just wing it with the herbs. Try to put enough of the herbs so that you get a sachet that is a little bigger than a golf ball. Put about the same amount of every herb. If you use fresh herbs, just crush then up a little bit before you mix them in.

After you mix them, cut a square of cheesecloth to put them in and tie it with a string and hang it wherever you want to keep flies away from!



We also grow some of these herbs in the area around our barn, but not in the area where the horses can get to them to eat them.


New Page of Education Resources

June 16, 2014 Category: Education, Family Print This Post Print This Post


I started a new page on the site to add Education Resources. If you click on “Teaching Children”, you will see the menu option for “Education Resources”. I will be adding some of my favorite resources here for teaching your children. Or click here Education Resources .

If you have any sites that you use and want to recommend, please send a comment so that I can add them to this list for other parents


Homeschool Helper iPad App

May 15, 2014 Category: Education, Family Print This Post Print This Post


This year, I found an app for the iPad that is called Homeschool Helper. The app was designed, developed, and tested by a homeschooling family.

I purchased it mid school year. So, I did have to go back and enter some grades to be able to print End of Year Report Cards. The app is wonderful!

The features include:

– Ability to set up multiple students
– Enter lesson plans and print them
– Enter grades and print report cards
– Keep track of attendance and print attendance reports
– Track field trips
– Set up your own Grading Scale
– Built in Grade Calculator
– Email yourself a backup of your data
– Copy lessons from one student to another
– And lots more!

What I liked about it, compared to others I have used, is that the subjects/classes are not tied to a scheduled time during the day. I also liked that I was able to set up the app and begin using it in a very short period of time. You do not have to enter every lesson plan to enter a grade. You can just enter grades if you want to and let the app calculate your grades. So it is very flexible.

Check it out. Here is the link to their web site: http://www.homeschoolhelperapp.com/

Email or comment if you have any questions about it and I will try and help you. I did not receive anything from them for posting this review. I just wanted to share something that has been helpful to me!

Have a great one!


Texas A&M Colors Paracord Dog Leashes

May 06, 2014 Category: Dog Leashes, For Sale Print This Post Print This Post


The children found burgandy and white paracord and made dog leashes. We had some requests for these colors from Texas A&M Alumini. Now, we are offering them on our web site.

Texas A&M Colors

maroonwhiteIt measures approx. 33″ in length.
$20 plus $3.99 shipping
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If you would like to place a custom order, please contact us at support@ranchoburritofarm.com. For an additional price, we can also make matching dog collars. Make sure that you email us with the size, if you want a matching collar.


Learning to Play the Fiddle

May 02, 2014 Category: Family, Instruments, Kid's Corner Print This Post Print This Post


Our daughter is learning to play the fiddle. We were looking for an easy way to teach her some songs. It seems to be more motivating when you can learn to play a recognizable song.

We found a web site called Fretless Finger Guides. The way it works is that you purchase a Finger Guide that goes on the fiddle. This shows you, using color coded circles, where to place your fingers to play certain notes. Then on the web site, they have color coded songs that make it easy to learn to play songs. The web site is www.fretlessfingerguides.com .

We ordered the Finger Guide. You have to make sure that you order the guide that is sized for your fiddle. My daughers’ is a 3/4 fiddle, so we ordered the guide that said 3/4. You can usually find the size on the inside of the fiddle.

When it arrived, we watched the “How to” video on the web site to easily attach the guide to the fiddle. It does not use glue or tape. It is like those window clings that stick to windows. It easily lines up to the strings on the fiddle.

When that is done, go to the web site and they have songs that you can look at the color coded lettered circles and they match up to the ones on the Finger Guide on the fiddle. Check it out! If you want to learn to play the fiddle, you will be up and going in no time!


What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk of the Flu Virus

January 17, 2014 Category: Family, Health Print This Post Print This Post


My husband shared an article with me this morning about the relationship between indoor relative humidity levels and the ability of viruses to survive.


The articles suggests that keeping the indoor relative humidity level above 43 percent will reduce the viruses ability to survive.

My sister and her husband gave us a really nice thermometer with a screen that gives you information about outdoor temps and humidity and indoor temps and humidity. This will definitely come in handy for me as I try and watch the indoor humidity and keep it above 43 percent! This is the one they gave us. It works great and was very easy to set up!

Stay well this flu season!


My Thyroid Journey-Finding a Doctor

January 07, 2014 Category: Family, Health, Thyroid Print This Post Print This Post


We searched the list of doctors provided on the thyroid-info web site and found one in our area. The description sounded like he would be one that would be open to different treatments and would also treat the whole body, not just one set of symptoms.

We called and scheduled an appointment one month later, July, 2002. He was not on our insurance. We would have to pay cash to get in to see him.

He did a check of all my vital signs. My blood pressure was 118/82, pulse 80. I was upset and nervous about seeing a new doctor and finding out more about my diagnosis. I was overweight, 156 pounds, still hanging on to pregnancy pounds. We looked over the journal that I had been keeping. He made recommendations for how to change my diet and start eating better. He also ordered some blood work and he ordered an ultrasound of my thyroid. We documented all of my current symptoms so that we could keep check on how they improved.

I started trying to eat better, more whole foods and less processed foods. I paid attention to the calories that I was getting from what I was drinking as well. I started taking a good multi-vitamin. It contained iodine, which I read would help support my thyroid. It also contained L-Tyrosine, which is also supposed to help support a healthy thyroid. I started some liquid Kelp also, hoping that it would help.

A week later, I received the results from the thyroid ultrasound. There were no nodules, no goiter, and no noted enlargement of the thyroid. All of that was good!

Here are the results from the blood work:

  • TSH: 81.16 This was even higher than the labs just a month ago!
  • Free T4: Below the normal range
  • Free T3: Below the normal range
  • Total cholesterol: 277 Normal: Below 200
  • LDL: Above the normal range
  • HDL: Within the normal range
  • Thyroid Antibodies were high. He said pregnancy could have triggered that and that it might return resolve in 6-9 months
  • Tests for diabetes: all showed normal
  • At this point, I did not start on any medication. I worked on my diet and taking supplements. By June of 2003, 11 months later, my TSH was 6.31 and I had lost down to 139 pounds. I was eating better and felt better, although my TSH was still above the normal range, indicating that my thyroid still was not functioning well.

    This is when I found out that I was pregnant. The OB/GYN felt strongly that I should start taking some thyroid hormone for the sake of the baby and pregnancy. I started taking Armour thyroid hormone.

    *Note: If you are just joining us and are interested in the entire thyroid story, start here “My Thyroid Journey”.


    Disclaimer: This information is based solely on my own personal experience. Please use the information here as such. It is not intended to be medical advice. I am not a doctor. Please use the information as something to consider and discuss with your own personal physician.

    Free Home School Materials

    January 06, 2014 Category: Family, Kid's Corner Print This Post Print This Post


    There is a web site that offers daily home school materials for free. I have used it over the years for some great free books and ideas.

    The site is www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

    You can sign up to receive exclusive emails with special offers and also they send out an email weekly listing what the free resources will be each day. This helps to be able to go out and see what days you want to make sure you download the materials.

    Occasionally, they will put together a package of ebooks or sell some curriculum that someone has created. The prices are always very reasonable and the materials are high quality and really great.

    It is definitely worth being a part of and sharing with your friends.

    2014 Olympics Unit Study

    I wanted to pass this along. With the Winter Olympics just about a month away, if you are interested in a Unit Study with your children, Amanda Bennett has hers right now marked down to only $5 through 1/11/14. Regular price is $10.95. Click here to purchase this wonderful resource now! (I am not a part of an affiliate program for this. I am only passing along a very wonderful resource!)

    Have a great day!