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25
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 4

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Welcome to the last day of my COAH Community kickoffs!  I have a really exciting giveaway for you today, so make sure you read all the way to the bottom.  I am so excited about how well this week has gone and how fun it has been in the community.  I will be hanging out there and hope you all will continue to join me!   As you might be able to tell from my blog, I H.E.A.R.T school supplies! And I have several helpful school supply organization posts to prove it! I mean just look at all of these goodies! I’m a total sucker for freshly sharpened pencils, new glue sticks, highlighters, fresh paper stacks, and those cute little animal erasers that nobody actually uses. Actually one time we found a pack of sushi shaped erasers. Be still my heart.   Anyone else like school supplies?   And I know you’ve all seen my supply caddy that literally holds our Ikea school desks in place. I honestly do LOVE this thing! It’s called the Making Memories … [Read more...]

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24
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 3

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Oh my goodness! You guys are so much fun! I’m having so much fun reading your comments, and posts! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about lesson planning, and scheduling! So let’s head over to the COAH Community and talk all about our favorite planning tips and tricks! I personally like to plan out our entire year, even though there’s a possibility something will change. It’s been my experience that having my year completely planned out makes my year go more smoothly and reduces my amount of stress during the year as well. Changing just one thing is quite easily done. Some people prefer to schedule only a few weeks or months in advance since things might change. Homeschooling schedules can be very flexible based on your own needs, so again, do what works best for the needs of your family. I like planning ahead because it frees up my nights and weekends since all of my scheduling is already complete. All you have to do each Friday afternoon … [Read more...]

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23
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 2

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Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new COAH Community! I’m having a blast, and I’ve decided that this whole week I’ll be doing fun giveaways and prizes for all of my new chatting friends! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about history and geography! So let’s head over to the COAH Community and talk all about our favorite history curriculum! We’re currently using the Time Traveler’s Units and loving them! They include fun hands-on activities that make learning about our history a little more interesting and fun for our family. We also really enjoyed using our Expedition Earth, or Road Trip USA. And since we’re discussing history today, I thought it would be fun to giveaway a copy of both of them!     I’ve also added two new categories, so make sure to check them out! 1. Prayer Requests: I'd love for this community to help encourage others, and lift each other up! Use this area to post prayer requests, praise … [Read more...]

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22
2015

COAH Community Kickoff!

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Hi everyone! I have some super exciting news! Some of my most visited posts are my curriculum forum discussions. Commenting on old blog posts can be a pain and don’t get looked at very often. So, we wanted to create an area where we can have ongoing conversations, ask questions, and generally chat up a storm! So my amazing and talented husband created a homeschooling forum for all of us to use! YAY!! And as a kick off I have a fun week of discussions, and giveaways going on, so make sure to check back daily to see what we’re talking about and how to win some free homeschooling goodies!     What is this community about? The short answer is homeschooling, but the long answer is everything! I’m so excited about the forum, I hope it will be a great place where we can all go and get to know each other, build up a support group, ask questions, get help, encourage one another, and share fun things! That means that you can come here and talk about … [Read more...]

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18
2015

Ham, Egg, & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

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Hi everyone, I have another fast and easy breakfast recipe for you today! My son loves breakfast sandwiches and he loves bagels. So he’s been asking for these breakfast bagels quite a bit lately. And they’re super easy too, which is just what I need! Ingredients: Bagels Eggs Cheese Ham (You can use sausage patties too!) Butter or cooking spray Directions: Melt a couple of tablespoons of butter in a skillet on medium heat. You can substitute cooking spray if you like, it’s mainly to keep the eggs from sticking. Crack an egg in to the skillet, and cook until done on one side, then flip. Place your bagel open sides down onto the skillet just to toast it a bit and heat it up. If you like you can warm a piece of ham or cook a sausage patty in the skillet as well. Once your egg is done, simply place the bottom half of the bagel on a plate and top it with the egg, ham slice, cheese, and the top half of the bagel. And voila’! You’re done! Egg, ham, and … [Read more...]

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17
2015

WIP Wednesday: Playful Petals Quilt

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Good morning readers! I have another fun WIP post for you today! I’ve been working on this super cute Petals quilt, and it’s almost done! As soon as I saw the cover of the Playful Petals book by Corey Yoder from Little Miss Shabby I knew I wanted to try and make one. There was only one small problem. I’ve never done applique’ before. Then again, I’ve never really quilted before either! So I figured I’d give it a shot. I mean why not start off with something difficult like applique’ first? Then everything else will seem easy right!? I don’t feel like I do a very accurate job at the cutting process yet, so anytime I can save some time and sweat I do! That’s why I’m totally digging pre-cuts. Now I will say that they’re a bit more pricey, so if you’re good at cutting, then you’ll want to buy your fabric by the yard. Me, not so much. So I went for a Moda Bella Bleached White (9900-98) layer cake, and a matching jelly roll. Yum! Not only are these super cute, but … [Read more...]

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16
2015

My Career Path Assignment

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Hi readers! I have a really fun and challenging activity to share with you today! It’s something that Strawberry Shortcake has been working on for our weekly co-op group. Since she’s in 6th grade this year, they’re working on career paths, and I thought it was such a great idea, that I wanted to share it with you! The Assignment: Pick 3 career choices that sound exciting. (2 should require a college degree, 1 can be non-college.) List daily duties, skills/abilities needed for each career choice. Create a plan of action stating how you plan to get there. Include possible college choices, and if you have an older student, have them list some of the entrance requirements to help them get started planning now! Compose a presentation to showcase your career choices, skills, and plans. Some suggestions to help research careers include internet searches, interviewing someone you know in the field, and if possible shadow someone in the field to get a good feel for what … [Read more...]

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15
2015

Math U See Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have an exciting post for you all today! I’m going to start a new series of curriculum reviews on my YouTube channel.  I think that sometimes its just nicer to see curriculum in person (a.k.a. video) rather than trying to figure out what it looks like online, or via photographs. I thought it might be helpful to show you how we use it, prepare it, store it, set it up, and things like that. I’ll also include what materials I recommend that you purchase when using the curriculum, and what supplies I think are optional. Remember these are just my opinions, and what I’ve found work best for us. Of course you’ll want to do what’s best for your family. I want to start off by saying that these are not sponsored posts, I really just wanted to try and give you all a better look at the curriculum that we use. So let’s get started! Today’s video review is all about our well loved Math U See curriculum. As most of you know, I’ve used Math-U-See for several years now. … [Read more...]

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11
2015

DIY: Valentine’s Day Candy Box

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  SUPPLIES: Paper Mache boxes (I Found this set of 3 from Michael’s Craft Store) Elmer’s Glue Fun colored duct tape Red or pink felt sheet Scissors Valentine’s stickers & other embellishments  you like     And here are some more goodies we found…   STEP 1: Trace the top of your box onto a piece of felt, then cut it out and glue it to the top of your box.   STEP 2: Time to decorate! Because we found some transparent polka-dot tape I quickly painted the box white using some spray paint. I just didn’t want the brown box showing through my cute polka-dots!   Next we finished decorating our boxes with duct tape, heart stickers, some fun washi-tape, and whatever other embellishments my kiddos managed to scrounge up.   STEP 3: Time to make it sweet! And then lastly, we filled them with some of our favorite candies! I put a tiny bit of tissue paper in our boxes to make them a little bit fancier. … [Read more...]

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10
2015

DIY Valentine Candy Jar Gift

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Hi everyone! Well, I can’t believe it’s February already, and that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year I wanted to do some fun activities with my kiddos, as well as create some great DIY Valentine’s gifts for friends and family!   Today we’re going to be making these super cute little DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Jars. What you need: Candy of your choice Small empty jars (I used some tiny jam jars, but you can use anything you have on hand. Baby food jars are great for this!) Some fabric scraps (preferably Valentine colors) Optional: Washi Tape and labels   Not only are they super cute, but they’re also easy and fairly inexpensive to make!     Directions: First you’ll want to fill your jar with your favorite candy. Or better yet, the favorite candy of your intended recipient.     Next cut out a piece of scrap fabric to about 5”x5”. It doesn’t have to be a specific valentine print, recycle what you have … [Read more...]