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Teaching English Online with VIPKid

Have you heard of VIPKid?

VIPKid class

I have to tell you about something crazy fun I have just started doing. I have recently needed to ramp up the income I'm bringing in, and a friend told me about her part-time job teaching English online to kids in Beijing, China. It is with a company called VIPKid.

I went out on a limb and applied, and I was accepted! After I passed the application portion, I went through

  • an interview with a Chinese lady in Beijing
  • some extensive training sessions
  • a test over the curriculum and policies
  • a mock lesson with an American woman who pretended to be a 5yo Chinese child (to see what I was made of)
  • and I finally passed everything and began teaching right away.

I L.O.V.E. IT! The kids are SO PRECIOUS!!! It is so fun teaching them one on one, and they get SO excited when they learn a new word or phrase!
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I made over $2000 for my first full month (May - see photo) which is what the company advertises for 3 hours of work each day! (The only down side is the time difference. I am now getting up at 4:30a.m. to act chipper and peppy all by myself in a dark, quiet house! I am actually getting good at it!)

ViPKid accepts applicants with Bachelor's degrees and any teaching experience (Sunday school, Cub Scouts, homeschooling, VBS, etc.) Don't worry about the language difference. You will be trained in how to teach effectively. (Apply here.)

If you use my link when you apply, and you get accepted, and begin teaching right away, I GET A BONUS!

If you need some extra income and love teaching, GIVE IT A SHOT! Oh, and don't worry about them being legit. Money magazine named VIPKid in the top 5 best work from home companies!

Below are some videos I made with my best tips for applying and being accepted at VIPKid:

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Glitter Ornaments How-To

Glitter Ornaments How-To

My friend, Nikki, from A Crafty Home has written up a "Glitter Ornaments How-To" tutorial. Follow her simple steps below to make your own, or order some custom made from Nikki!


(This post contains affiliate links.)

You'll need:
8 oz. can Minwax Polycrylic (or another brand would likely work too)
Extra fine glitter
Plastic ornaments (2 for $1 at Dollar Tree for the normal size which is about 2 3/4" or the 4" size are $1 each)
• Vinyl words, letters, stickers-- cut your own or buy stickers or pay someone with a vinyl cutter
3 oz. Dixie cups (or larger works fine too)

The polycrylic goes a loooooong way but this was the smallest can I could find. I've done 2 dozen ornaments and have used a quarter of the can. You could make a craft day with a friend and share the cost.

1. Remove the tops from the ornaments and set aside.


2. Using a turkey baster or large syringe or ketchup squirt bottle, squirt some polycrylic into the ornament and coat it completely. Dump out the extra and then let it drain for about 10 minutes into a little Dixie cup.

3. In another little Dixie cup, put a couple tablespoons of glitter, pinch the side and pour it into your ornament.

4. Put a folded tissue (or your thumb if big enough) over the ornament opening (where the top was) and shake thoroughly so it completely coats the inside.

5. Dump excess glitter back into the cup to use on another ornament.


6. Put vinyl decoration or names and dates on the outside.

7. Let dry at least 24 hours so no molding or mildewing happens. Add ornament top and ribbon if desired.


Now go wow your friends! Happy crafting my friends! <3

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You Know It’s a Bad Day When…

You know those times when you think, "This day absolutely CANNOT get any worse" because you just voted for someone that you suspect might take our country to heck in a handbasket, but if You Know Who wins, you are fairly certain the country will go there in a rocket?

And then while you're reviewing your vote your daughter texts you from basketball practice that she is having the same severe allergic reaction that put her in the ER last week and then she sends you a pic of her face that looks exactly like the one of Will Smith in the movie "Hitch" so you tell the voter volunteer and she asks if you want to ditch the voting booth and you say, "NO! I need to get this vote to count!" So you press enter quickly and pray that you voted for the right one and literally RUN out of the polling place and jump in the van, and it's not until you're halfway down the block that you realize you've been hearing a menacing SCRRRRRRRRRAPING sound, so you pull over and get out to quickly walk to the back and see a couple of volunteers (including an elder from church) chasing your vehicle because you have run over a barricade and have been dragging it down the street. The elder asks if there is a problem, and you say, "I HAVE A LOT OF PROBLEMS!" as you run back to the van apologizing.

Then on your way to get the girl to the ER you call a friend to pick up the other teen from babysitting and she tells you your security gate is stuck in the closed position and she can see that the new neighbor who bought some property from the widow and was recently arrested for possession of meth (I can't make this stuff up) is having a fight with his girlfriend in the middle of the road. So she climbs over the gate (sorry, Cintheya!) to make sure your kids at home are okay and you send up a silent prayer that all meth addicts stay clear of your home.

And when you get to the ER the doctor that is assigned to you has only one arm, and I'm not saying anything about doctors with only one arm except that it seems like it would make some procedures pretty difficult, so you find yourself (once again) praying that there will be no need for CPR this day and then you spend the better part of the next hour imagining what it would take for a one armed doctor to do CPR.

The good news is we are home now, the gate opened, and all is well.

And I can just pay that traffic ticket tomorrow...

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What Do You Need Most From Smockity Frocks?

Dear Smockity Readers,

It is no secret that things have been a li'l quiet here on the blog. Life has been happening at break neck pace around our house, and I have not been faithful about keeping up here.


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In appreciation for sharing your time and your opinions, you will receive a code to download my "How to Manage Your Mouth" ebook FOR FREE!

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Up to 50% OFF on Costumes!

Right now Amazon is offering up to 50% OFF on costumes!

up to 50% off costumes

These deals usually last only until a certain predetermined quota has been filled, so you have to act fast to get the discount.

Does your family dress up for Halloween?

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Understood Betsy Read Aloud

Reading Aloud Understood Betsy

I have been reading aloud *Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield to our 2nd -3rd grade literature class at homeschool co-op each week. It is a charming little story published in 1917 about an orphan girl who, through a series of events she at first considers to be horrible, ends up living with "those awful Putney cousins."

She begins to learn something brand new about herself while learning that the Putneys might not be so awful after all.

"It is possible that what stirred inside her head at that moment was her brain, waking up. She was nine years old, and she was in the third-A grade at school, but that was the first time she had ever had a thought of her very own. At home, Aunt Frances had always known exactly what she was doing, and had helped her over the hard places before she even knew they were there; and at school her teachers had been carefully trained to think faster than the scholars. Somebody had always been explaining things to Elizabeth Ann so carefully that she had never found out a single thing for herself before. This was a very small discovery, but it was her own. Elizabeth Ann was as excited about it as a mother bird over the first egg that hatches."

 The 2nd-3rd graders are loving this story! Each 45 minute class period, while I read, I give them a coloring sheet that provides a clue about what the new chapter holds. One week the coloring sheet has kittens to color, and they listen while Betsy gets a new kitten from the Putneys. The next class, there is a picture of a school building to color while I read about Betsy going to a new school.
The class has an equal mix of about 25 boys and girls, and they all listen attentively and can't wait to find out how the coloring page relates to the story each time. I stop periodically to ask questions about what I have read. "What grade did Betsy's teacher say she would be in for reading?" "Why do you think Betsy was surprised about that?" "How did Betsy feel about her new kitten?" "How can you tell?"
If you are looking for a new read aloud for your elementary students, I highly recommend *Understood Betsy!
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