JUL
24
2016

Friends & Heroes Family Devotion Giveaway

Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Friends & Heroes just came out with a new family devotion pack that I wanted to share with you all! The Family devotions are designed to be easy to use, parent-led  devotions for families with children ages 5-12. They include 26 weeks of devotions along with accompanying video adventures. Each devotion comes with a focus theme, a Bible story to read, a memory verse, then a devotion that includes some critical thinking questions, discussion leads, prayer time and a few extras including free printables and children’s activities. They cover both old and new testaments where you’ll watch together, read together, explore together, share together, then pray together. The devotions take about 30 minutes depending on whether or not you also watch the accompanying video which vary in length.   What’s Included in the kit? The Series 1 Family Devotion Pack includes Episodes 1-13 on six multi-language DVDs along with 26 … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2016

Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern

Hey guys! I’m so excited to be releasing my very first quilt pattern! It’s called Vintage Christmas and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!   I mean who doesn’t love heading out to look for that perfect Christmas tree? This one was super fun to make, and fairly quick to put together too! I mixed a fun vintage truck with some super cute tree blocks.   The tree unit in the truck was probably the most challenging part, but it’s still a fairly easy and straight forward pattern to make. For the front of the quilt I used a mix of fabrics from the Mistletoe Lane fabric by Bunny Hill Lane for Moda. This line is actually from last year but I know that Stitches N Giggles Etsy shop has some left! And it’s on clearance too! For the backside I used the white snowflake print from Sweetwater’s Cookie Exchange fabric. I went with a festive red binding as well because I love red binding! Check out the fabric requirements below to see what you’ll need … [Read more...]

JUL
20
2016

Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric

Hey guys,  and welcome back to my Quilting 101 series! I hope these videos are helping you with basic sewing and quilting techniques! Today I’ll be sharing my helpful pressing tips and tricks. We’ll also talk about how to read pressing instructions on patterns, and how to fix common seam problems. I’ll also be sharing some things to look for when buying an iron too! So let’s get started! Watch Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric here!     I hope those tips helped you out! If you’ve missed any of my Quilting 101 videos, you can check them out below! How to Piece Fabric How to Cut Fabric How to Choose Fabric How to Choose a Sewing Machine What you need to get started!   Here are a few of my Quilting Tutorials online: Sherbet Stars Quilt Tutorial Pink Pig Rag Quilt Tutorial DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game (*Great for learning beginning skills!) Patchwork Book Cover Quilt-as-you-go Book Cover Kids Pillow with Pocket … [Read more...]

JUL
18
2016

World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about the World’s Greatest Artists here!     Click below to get your Greatest Artist Unit Studies now! Hope you enjoy learning all about art! The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 – $5.50 The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2 – $5.50   Age Group: These unit studies are intended for elementary students ages Kindergarten - 5th or 6th grades. Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists! So grab some art supplies and get ready to explore, create, and learn! In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 8 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well … [Read more...]

JUL
17
2016

EEME Project Amp

Hey guys! Do you have a student who likes to build stuff? Do you have one who is interested in electronics? Well I have a super cool project  to share with you today! EEME sent me this really fun Project AMP kit to review and I have to say that it’s been really cool. Turbo is always into building things, and he loves things that end up turning on in some fashion. He’s recently taken up guitar as well, so he’s somewhat familiar with amplifiers and the like. So when they asked if I wanted to do the Project Amp review I was all over it! Project Amp is a fun kit where your child will learn to  build an entire speaker amplifier system as well as learn how it all works in the process. You can order it a 6 month subscription where you’ll be mailed one kit per month. Or you can get the whole thing at once. This particular kit is recommended for kids ages 10 and up. EEME also offers hands-on projects and free online lessons to help teach kids all about electronics and foster their … [Read more...]

JUL
13
2016

Quilting 101: How To Piece Fabric

Hey guys and welcome back to another video in my Quilting 101 series. Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for piecing a quilt top. Usually when you talk about quilting most people think of a finished quilted product. But quilting can be separated into two main parts. Piecing your quilt usually refers to taking smaller pieces of fabric, and sewing them together to create an overall design for your quilt top. You can piece your quilt back side if you want to as well. The actual quilting comes in when you create a quilt sandwich using backing fabric, batting and your pieced quilt top. You can either hand quilt or machine quilt the layers together using your preferred method of quilting. I’ll be doing a video on various ways to quilt coming soon! So now that we’ve cleared that up, today I’m going to share some helpful tips for piecing your quilt top as well as some common terminology that will help you follow quilt patterns. Watch Quilting 101: How to Piece a Quilt Top … [Read more...]

JUL
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Student Organization Tips

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another Tip Tuesday episode! Today I’m sharing how I keep all of our homeschool student materials organized. I’m also going to be showing some of our homeschool room as well as an update on how we’re using our workbox system.   So if you want to see how this mama of four keeps all of our materials organized and easy to access check out my Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Student Organization Tips here!         Check out this post for more details on how I organize our daily and long term school work! Student Organization   I get a lot of questions on our desk set up. And most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2016

Sherbet Stars Quilt Tutorial

Hi everyone! As promised, I have a super fun and easy quilt tutorial for you today. This one is great for beginners and comes together really quickly. It uses all HSTs which means “Half Square Triangles”. There are a lot of ways to create HSTs, and several different designs you can get simply by turning them around. Today I’m going to show you an easy way to create 4 HSTs at one time.   You can use any fabric selection you like, but I thought I’d share with you what I used just in case you were curious. Background: 1-1/2 yards Moda Bella White 9900-97 Stars: 18 FQs, I used Fresh Cut by Basic Grey for Moda Backing & Batting: 4-1/2 yards backing fabric & batting (I use Warm N White 100% cotton batting) Binding: 2/3 yards, sub cut into 8 – 2.5” WOF strips (WOF = width of fabric)     Watch the Sherbet Stars Quilt Tutorial here!     For those of you who like to reference the cutting instructions in print, … [Read more...]

JUL
03
2016

Happy July 4th 2016!

Hi friends! I’d like to take a moment to thank all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear.   I love this time of year! For us it means summer BBQs and picnics, swim days, concerts, family, and friends. Sweet tea, front porches, and good neighbors! And of course you knew I’d have to make a quilt to decorate right? I made one for me and one for my mama. The blocks are from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book and I added some fun mini-star sashing in between for fun! These were super fun to make, and even better to cuddle up with for fireworks!   What will we be doing over here at the Confessions household? Getting up early to check out the July 4th Parade Possibly witnessing a rodeo. (Tinker Bell has high hopes of seeing a pig there.) Relaxing and spending the day with family and friends Maybe a little swimming Enjoying some yummy BBQ … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2016

July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey everyone! It’s July first, can you believe it!? Summer is already flying by for us, and there’s so much I still want to do before school starts! But worry about what to cook isn’t one of them. So today I’m sharing my July 2016 Monthly Meal Plan with everyone. This way we can spend time having fun with the family, and not worrying about what to make.     I don’t know about you, but being home all day with 4 kids makes me feel like I’m just going from one meal to the next. As soon as breakfast is cleaned up, people start asking about lunch! Not to mention snacks and dinner prep. So if you’re like me and don’t want to worry about it, this meal plan is my gift to you! Go forth and enjoy your summer!   Download the 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 July Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like … [Read more...]