How I Make Money Blogging October 2015 Income Report

I first heard of income reports about a year ago. I have been toying with the idea of sharing what I am making as a blogger but my income hasn’t been much. It’s still far from what we hope to be making each month but since my husband resigned from his job in August we have been focused on my blog income.

It has been a dream of mine to be a WAHF (work at home family) but I was thinking sometime like Summer 2016 not Fall 2015 but that’s okay. Sometimes you just have to roll with what life tosses your way!

How I Make Money Blogging

Now on to the nitty gritty details of my income! Still amazed that I am actually writing this post. I feel it’s a great time to share the ways to make income plus it will help ease the pain of tax time.

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Top 10 Nativity Crafts for Kids


I love having a Nativity set that is child friendly. They are super expensive to buy until after the Holiday season so I would highly suggest that you make some Nativity crafts with your kids this year!

top 10 Nativity Crafts for kids

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Gingerbread Man Kindergarten Math Facts

Today I am bringing you a super simple and fun Gingerbread Man Kindergarten Math Facts activity. I created a four page printable that you can use and print for your home or classroom.

Gingerbread Man Kindergarten Math Facts
I created this activity to be used with multiple ages and math skills. I created a page with 0+0 to 0+11 math facts. I also created a 1+1 to 1+12 math facts page. Then for the answers I created two pages of gingerbread men with just numbers on their bellies. These pages can be printed on cardstock and laminated or used for the younger children to practice number recognition.

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Holiday Events in the Dayton Area

This post is part of Kara’s Unique Holiday Traditions  blog hop.

Who doesn’t enjoy those special activities and Holiday events surrounded with family and friends this time of year! I have begun to collect a variety of events for the Dayton, Ohio and northern Miami Valley area. Please take a look and try to make it out to some of these fabulous holiday events.

Can't Miss Holiday events Dayton Ohio

Specialty Shoppes of West Milton Holiday Open House

11/19/2015 – 11/22/2015 | All Day

The Specialty Shoppes of West Milton invite you to join them for  a special event this Holiday Season!

Piqua Community Holiday Open House

11/20/2015 – 11/21/2015 | 12:00 am

The Piqua community’s independently owned businesses are coming together to host a community-wide Holiday Open house!.

Troy-Hayner Gift Gallery

11/21/2015 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will be hosting their 5th annual  “HAYNER GIFT GALLERY” Event on Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hayner Center.

Christmas at The Greene Shopping Mall

11/21/2015 5:00pm-7:00pm

Join us in the Town Square where we will illuminate a 50 foot tree! Santa arrives and sleighs rides are available.

The Dayton Children’s Parade Spectacular in Lights

Friday, November 27, Approximately 8 p.m.
Along Second, Main & Fourth sts.
Immediately following the tree lighting, the Children’s Parade will round the corner of Second and Main streets to start its route through downtown, sparkling with more than 100,000 lights! Watch decorative seasonal floats, horses, drill teams and bands, and some special holiday treats.

Ice Rink Opening Weekend

Fri. Nov. 27, 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sat. Nov. 28, 11:00 am-10:00 pm
Sun. Nov. 29, 1:00-5:00 pm

Spend the holiday weekend creating lasting memories with friends and family at MetroParks Ice Rink! Warm up with hot chocolate from our food concession.

Stock-up Wednesday

Wed. Nov. 25, 11:00 am-3:00 pm at 2nd Street Market

The Market will be open to pick-up your last minute needs for Thanksgiving – homemade breads, fresh turkeys and hams, pies and cakes, flowers and more. Many of our vendors are accepting pre-orders throughout November so remember to ask on your next visit.
The Grande Illumination Tree Lighting
11/27/2015 7:45 pm

Courthouse Square, Third & Main sts. (Dayton)Watch the holidays light up during Dayton’s traditional tree lighting. At 7:45, we’ll throw the switch and approximately 100,000 colored lights will brighten the three-story-tall holiday tree on Courthouse Square.

Hometown Holiday Celebration

11/27/2015 | 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

The 2015 Hometown Holiday Celebration will take place on Friday, November 27th in downtown Troy. includes Tree lighting around the square.

Tippecanoe Christmas in the Village

12/04/2015 – 12/05/2015 | All Day

The Tipp City Christmas In The Village and Holiday Home Tour has become a “holiday must” for hundreds of Miami Valley and Ohio residents.

Christmas on the Green

12/04/2015 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Community caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling characters, children’s activities and live entertainment make this family-oriented holiday celebration a “must do” on many calendars. Stop in and visit downtown Piqua’s many stores to choose the perfect gift for your loved one.

Holiday Open House

(Ross Historical Society/Amos Memorial Library)

12/05/2015 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

Visitors will enjoy the journey back to a simpler time, when Christmas gifts were not store bought but created lovingly out of everyday items. Enjoy the toys from the past, get your picture taken with Santa ($5), decorate a gingerbread house, see the old fashioned train sets, make a clay ornament, have roasted chestnuts and popcorn on an open fire!

Downtown Piqua Holiday Parade

12/05/2015 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The tradition of celebrating the holiday season with an old-fashioned hometown parade is a long one in downtown Piqua.

Christmas Walk in Dayton

Sat. Dec. 5, 9:00 am-3:00 pm

This outdoor community recreation opportunity is sponsored by Ohio Wander Freunde Volkswalk Club. Start between 9am and 12pm, finish by 3pm. Contact Carol Yegerlehner.

An Evening of Lights at Charleston Falls Preserve

12/05/2015 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

An Evening of Lights at Charleston Falls Preserve has been a tradition for over 20 years.

9th Annual Sudan Christmas Bazaar

12/06/2015 | 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Ginghamsburg Church will open its doors for the Ninth Annual Sudan Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 6 from 9:30 am to 2 pm.

Christmas on the Farm

Sun. Dec. 6, 12:00-4:00 pm at Carriage Hill MetroPark

String cranberries and popcorn for the farm-grown cedar tree just like families did a century ago. Enjoy fresh baked gingerbread and sample chestnuts hot from the fireplace. Play some period parlor games. At our Visitor Center you can make a Victorian Christmas decoration to take home.

Aullwood Luminary Walk

Sun. Dec. 6, 6:00-8:00 pm

Welcome winter with a great evening walk through the luminary-lit paths of Aullwood Garden and then join us for a hot beverage and cookies at the house. We may even have a visit from Santa! We’ll meet in the parking lot.

A Holiday Evening at Carriage Hill

Sat. Dec. 12, 6:00-8:30 pm

Come join us for a candlelit stroll through the farm and experience what it was like at night. Listen to holiday music, play some parlor games or watch some historic crafts. An old fashioned Victorian Christmas will come to life. Concessions will be available.


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HP Social Media Snapshots Make Homeschooling Fun

This review was made possible by Mom Select and HP.  I was provided free products and compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions are 100% mine.

If you have been around my family at all you know we are complete techies. From my hubby with multiple game consoles to the toddler who loves tablet app games, we all love media in some form or another. Since we homeschool we try to incorporate media as well as social media into our educational objectives.

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