YET ANOTHER USA HOMESCHOOL BOOK HAUL Part 1: Homeschooling on a Budget

Back in May I went to the USA without the kids and spent a whole weekend with my parents and younger brother. We drove out to Fargo, North Dakota in my parents motor home.

Because my dad was driving, I was able to read the whole way out. I read A Child Called It: One Child’s Courage to Survive & The Lost Boy: A Foster Child’s Search for the Love of a Family Lately if you look through my Goodreads, its easy to see most of the books I read are of the children’s variety. So it was nice to read something that was not written for children for once.

Don’t get me wrong, I love reading children’s stories with my kids, but sometimes a Mama needs some adult conversation.

Of course on the way in I stopped at Mike’s Parcel Service and picked up several boxes of books, curriculum and supplements. I also bought a HUGE 600 page package of laminating sheets. Sadly Amazon packed it will my box of puzzles, and the laminating sheets were so heavy they destroyed the wooden box. Thankfully Amazon refunded me the money for the puzzles and my dad was able to repair the box.

It was such a nice get away, and felt like the old days. We laughed and talked about the old times when my brother and I were kids. I know that this weekend away will be one of those memories I have with me for always.

My mom and I did very good on our Weight Watchers plan. We were able to track and still lose weight at our weigh in the following week. I stocked up on products that I cannot get in Canada and we tried a few need products, and loved them.

Crossing the border was a nightmare. We did not calculate our receipts the way the border patrol wanted us to and we were hauled in. Sadly I depended on my phone to proved receipts for the items I picked up at the border, and for the first time ever I could not get reception at the border. Thankfully, the border patrol officer inside was much nicer, and took pity on us. After a quick look through the motor home, he waved us through.

All I know, is now I plan to have the numbers added up in different ways, ready to go. I will also not depend on my phone to proved receipts. I will print my PayPal and Amazon invoices before I head out.

So of course, if your like me your saying: So what books did you pick up??

Check out the video below to see Part 1 of my USA Haul. Below you can find all the links to the books mentioned. Stay tuned for the next two parts of this USA Haul!


From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Phineas L. Macguire: Brownies Soothe the Savage Beast

Phineas L. Macguire Gets Cooking Part 1

The Turret

Miss Bianca in the Salt Mines

Miss Bianca

Miss Bianca in the Orient

The Rescuers 

Little Farm in the Ozarks (Little House, The Rocky Ridge Years)

In the Land of the Big Red Apple (Little House Sequel)

Amelia Earhart: Young Air Pioneer (Young Patriots series)

Helen Keller (History Maker Bios Series)

Hurricane Heroes in Texas (Magic Tree House)

Warriors in Winter (Magic Tree House)

The Mystery at the Roman Colosseum (Around the World In 80 Mysteries)

Mystery at Kill Devil Hills Carole Marsh Mysteries

The Mystery at Mount Fuji (Around the World In 80 Mysteries)

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom (Easy Biographies)

Albert Einstein: Creative Genius

Adventures of Little Critter (An I Can Read Book Series)

Adventures of Little Critter (An I Can Read Book Series)

Penny Dora and the Wishing Box Volume 1

Spectrum Paperback Math Book, Grade 1, Ages 6-7

Science K & Up (Kumon Sticker Activity Books)

Science Sticker Activity Book (Kumon Sticker and Activity)

Geography: U.S. and Canad Book (Kumon Sticker Activity Books, Pre-K & Up)

You Wouldn’t Want to Explore With Sir Francis Drake!

Little Critter® Little Red Riding Hood: A Lift-the-Flap Book

How Much Is a Million? (Reading Rainbow Books)

If You Made a Million

Skeletons (The Magic School Bus, A Science Fact Finder)

Champ: Gallant Collie

Florence Nightingale (Usborne)

Dear America: Down the Rabbit Hole

Dear America: A Journey to the New World

Dear America: A Light in the Storm

Dear America: A Picture of Freedom

Elizabeth Blackwell: The First Woman Doctor

The Cat Who Went to Heaven

Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes

Rose at Rocky Ridge (Little House Chapter Book)

Brookfield Days (A Little House Chapter Book; Caroline 1)

Pioneer Sisters: (Little House Chapter Book)

Rose and Alva: (Little House Chapter Book)

The Chocolate Touch

Muffy’s Secret Admirer: A Marc Brown Arthur Chapter Book 17 

The Lucky Stone (Yearling Book)

Meet Abraham Lincoln (Landmark Books)

I Am Albert Einstein

Henry and the Paper Route (Henry Huggins)

The USA (Horrible Histories Special)

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Terrible Talking Termite (Berenstain Bear Scouts)

The Berenstain Bear Scouts and the Ripoff Queen (Berenstain Bear Scouts)

Hachiko Waits: Based on a True Story

Double Dog Trouble

The Penguin Problem (Ready, Freddy!, No. 19)

The Whipping Boy

Dear America: The Winter of Red Snow

Dear America: So Far From Home

Dear America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over?

The Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier Normandy France, 1944

The Journal of James Edmond Pease a Civil War Union Soldier (My Name is America)

My America: My Brother’s Keeper: Virginia’s Civil War Diary, Book One

My America: Freedom’s Wings: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary, Book One

My America: Flying Free: Corey’s Underground Railroad Diary, Book Two

My America: Westward To Home: Joshua’s Oregon Trail Diary, Book One

My America: A Perfect Place: Joshua’s Oregon Trail Diary, Book Two

Pippi Goes on Board (Pippi Longstocking)

Pippi in the South Seas (Pippi Longstocking)

The Courage of Sarah Noble

The Well : David’s Story (Logan Family Saga)

Who Conducted the Underground Railroad and Other Questions About the Path to Freedom

Triplet Trouble and the Talent Show Mess

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe (Puffin Newberry Library)

Kidnapped (A Stepping Stone Book)

Me Oh Maya 13 (Time Warp Trio)

Martin Luther King Jr. (Heroes of America)

Bobbsey Twins 01: The Bobbsey Twins of Lakeport

Bobbsey Twins 02: The Bobbsey Twins’ Adventure in the Country

Bobbsey Twins 04: Mystery at School

The Bobbsey Twins On a Houseboat 

The Bobbsey Twins’ Big Adventure at Home (The Bobbsey Twins 8)

Bobbsey Twins 09: The Bobbsey Twins’ Search in the Great City

The Bobbsey Twins’ Adventure in Washington (Bobbsey Twins, No. 12)

The Bobbsey Twins Camping Out (The Bobbsey Twins, No. 16)

The Mandie Collection, Vol. 2: Books 6-10

Mandie Collection: 6

Have you read any of these books? What did you and your kiddos think?

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