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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

OCT
29
2014

November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops.

Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s snowing.

Literally.

And with the coming of a new month, it’s time for another monthly meal plan for you all! I actually veered from my plan the last few months but I’m getting back on track this month since we’ve been eating what seems like the same thing over and over due to lack of creativity on my part!

A little planning can do a lot for the budget, and help keep people from whining about my meals. So here we go!

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I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then flying by the seat of my pants. I also end up with ingredients that will actually go together instead of a bunch of random items that don’t amount to anything.

 

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OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I helped Tinker Bell (8), though she did most of her own sewing. And then I sat with the Teeny Tot on my lap and helped her sew everything. So I would say it is a great DIY project for kiddos 8 and up. Ready to get your craft on? Let’s get started! Supplies: 4 bandanas or 4 pieces of fabric approx. 20”x20”  (You can get bandanas for $1 at Walmart or the Dollar Store) 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for back side (We picked a pattern, but you can do whatever you like.) 1 1/2 yds. batting (We used the thinnest one we could find, see picture below. And I prefer the natural material to the synthetic.) Coordinating Thread Scissors Coordinating Embroidery floss (We just used some from … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to homeschool mid-year. It’s more common than you think to pull students out mid-year and begin the homeschooling journey. And there are several factors that can contribute to your need to switch your schooling choice. Whatever they are, just know that you’re doing the best for your child and it may or not be a challenging switch. But if it benefits your family, then it will be worth it in the long run. As a homeschooler you have the flexibility to start at any time of the year. Most families choose to switch from public to homeschool at the semester break, but you can really make the change anytime you feel it is necessary for your family. Here are a few tips for making the switch to help you … [Read more...]

OCT
26
2014

Highlights Which Way USA

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Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own Road Trip USA journey and we loved them! AND I would love to giveaway some to one of my readers!   What is Which Way USA? Which Way USA is a U.S. geography book club for kids! The magazines sent out are a great way to learn about all 50 states! They include a colorful fold out map, a fact sheet on the opposite side. They also come with a full color magazine that has a lot of games, activities, state facts, and collectible state license plate key tags too! And you can get state stamps as well! The Introduction Set is $6.95 + shipping and handling for two state books, accompanying state maps, Official Game Guide, collectible license plate key tags, and access to online … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2014

Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready for dinner! And this homeschooling mama loves anything that can help reduce dinner time chaos! I did want to mention that I’m not that creative, so this recipe was modified from the original Taste of Home recipe to fit the likes of our family. I was introduced to it by my sister-in-law who made it at a family gathering, and we all loved it! Which is rare for a family of 6. There’s usually at least one person who doesn’t like my cooking on any given day. Anyway, ready to get started? Ingredients: 1 lg can white chunk chicken (or 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts) 1 jar Alfredo sauce (I used Emeril’s) 2 15 oz. cans white Northern Beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups chicken … [Read more...]

OCT
21
2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

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It's that time of the year again...time for roasted pumpkin seeds! And really who doesn’t love pumpkin seeds? Here’s a great roasted pumpkin seed that’s so easy your kiddos can do it themselves!   Step 1: Head to the pumpkin patch and pick out some sweet pumpkins! Next seed your pumpkin. I usually cut off the top of the pumpkin, then we use a spoon to scoop out all of the gooey insides.   Step 2: Find a willing participant to pick out all of the seeds from the orange stringy pulp.   Then finish cleaning them off by rinsing them in a colander under cold water. Shake them dry just to remove the excess water.   Step 3: Preheat your oven to 300 °F. Spread seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast them for 30 minutes to finish drying the seeds out.     Step 4: Toss seeds lightly in olive oil and salt, then bake them for another 20 minutes or until they’re golden and … [Read more...]

OCT
20
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching curriculum mid-year.   Occasionally it happens that we find ourselves needing to switch one of our curriculum choices mid-year. For me it was about three months into our 3rd year of homeschooling when I realized that our math curriculum was not working. So what do you do? Especially when you’ve spent more than you wanted on something only to find it isn’t a good fit? Well, you switch to something else. Freedom is one of the many gifts that come with homeschooling. We are free to choose curriculum that best fits the needs of our family. Sometimes things can seem like a great choice. But then when put into action they just don’t work like you had hoped. And despite all of our careful research in choosing curriculum, we can choose things that don’t work for us. Don’t feel bad about switching mid-year. We have all had things we’ve needed to change during our year to … [Read more...]

OCT
19
2014

Kindergarten Cursive Bible Verse Handwriting

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After publishing my Kindergarten Bible Verse Handwriting Worksheets, I had several requests for Cursive Bible Verse worksheets, so that’s what I have for you today! many of you know already, there is a weekly bible memory verse in the K4 Kindergarten curriculum, and so I’ve also added in some fun handwriting practice which will also aid in your memory verses for the week!     What is included? There are 42 memory verses in this download to go along with my K4 Kindergarten curriculum. Each one includes the scripture reference, printed verse, and a traceable version of the verse for students. Not only will you be working on handwriting skills, but also getting the Word of God into their hearts as well!   –> DOWNLOAD the Kindergarten Memory Verse Cursive Handwriting Worksheets! <– Note: If you’ve purchased the K4 Curriculum, it comes with the manuscript version of these worksheets. If you prefer to use the cursive version you’ll want to download the … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2014

Sashay Scarf for kids

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Hi all! I don’t know what it is about fall, but it definitely brings out the inner crafter in me! And today I tried one of these super cute, and might I add extremely EASY, sashay scarves!   Supplies are simple: 1 ball Sashay Yarn: I used Red Heart Boutique Sashay mini since it was for my daughter. The regular sashay yarn is wider than the mini. 1 – 6mm or “J” crochet hook   This would be a great project to take with you while you’re sitting at soccer practice, swim lessons, or even watching TV in the evenings. And since it’s sooooo easy, I also highly recommend it for a beginner student!   Pattern: The Yarn: If you pull the netting apart you’ll see one edge that looks finished and one that is plain with large hoops on it. That’s the side you’ll be working on. Begin at the first loop on the plain side of the yarn. **Place your hook through the first loop coming from the backside to the front side. Skip one loop, then pick up the next loop … [Read more...]

OCT
14
2014

Paper Pumpkin Fall Craft Idea

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Hi everyone! Fall is here, and I absolutely L.O.V.E. the beautiful colors, crisp air, cozy sweaters, and all of the fun crafts that go along with this time of year! Now I know this isn’t a new idea, but honestly we haven’t made the paper pumpkins before. I know, crazy right? Anyhoo, the Teeny Tot has been asking for crafts nearly everyday, and so I’ve had to come up with some ideas and since fall is upon us, I thought some fun pumpkin crafts would be the way to go! This craft is not only fun and easy, but it’s great for improving fine-motor control, scissor skills, and creativity! So all you need are: Orange construction paper Green construction paper Scissors Ruler Pencil Metal Brads Hole punch (optional)   Step 1: Using your ruler draw vertical lines along the short side of your construction paper to create 8 1” strips. (I know my pic has 7 strips, we used more than one sheet of paper.) We just used the width of our ruler so it was easy. If … [Read more...]