DEC
17
2014

How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

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  You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring Action Rag Quilt Snips are made specifically for rag quilting!) 2/3 yd. each of 5 different coordinating fabrics for quilt front 1 piece of backing fabric (55" x 75") 1 piece of fleece for batting (55" x 75") Sewing machine (Would love some suggestions for a new machine, Mine is about the same age as I am and was my grandma’s Dressmaker!) My quilt used 35 - 10”x10” squares with a 3/4 “ seam allowance all around. After sewing and washing it ended up being 45” x 59” which fits nicely on her bunk bed. You’re welcome to make your quilt any size you like, just make sure to get the correct amount of fabric for your project! So let’s get started! I thought it would be easier to show in a … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2014

DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

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Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And not only are these little guys adorable, but they’re super easy too! As a matter of fact this would be a great recipe to get your kiddos involved in. I know mine would enjoy decorating their own little cup of hot cocoa!   So let’s get started! You will need: Oreos 1 cup of melted chocolate chips Marshmallows White frosting (I used Pillsbury Easy Frost Vanilla) Mini candy canes (break off the straight part so you end up with just the curved tops.) Mini-tree sprinkles or your choice of festive decorations for your mug Optional: Tiny red sugar sprinkles to top off your mug! If the video isn’t working in your browser click here to watch the DIY Hot … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
14
2014

Spielgaben Version 4.0 Giveaway!

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re all enjoying my Christmas posts thus far. Today I have a very SPECIAL giveaway for you all and I’m so excited! Spielgaben has come up with a new and improved version of their amazing product and I have one to giveaway for you all today, so keep reading! For those of you who don’t know, Spielgaben is a company that produces environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials. The Spielgaben set comes with all of the colorful materials you see below, including the 3 wooden trays and a chessboard that store all of the materials together. The set also comes with learning resources that include learning activities, user guides, over 30 sets of interactive worksheets, 65 inspiration cards, and more! I thought their original product was pretty cool, but they’ve upgraded it to a new version 4.0. You can see my full review of version 3.0 here! It’s the same amazing product just updated and made even better! The new version comes with 2 … [Read more...]

DEC
13
2014

HSBA Homeschool Blog Awards Voting open!

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Thank you so much everyone! I’m so excited! HSBA Best Homeschool Blog Awards voting is now open and COAH has been nominated for the following categories! You can vote by clicking the links below: Best Super Homeschooler Best Blog Design I am always honored to be nominated for these awards, and would also appreciate your continued support! As my blog has grown I don’t always have time to respond to comments individually, but I do read them and I’m so encouraged by all of your comments and emails. So thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart! Your support means so much to my family and I and it makes our homeschool blog ministry worth every minute! The HSBA Post Awards are also a great way to find new homeschooling blogs that you may have not heard of before! They have 20 different categories with several blogs in each one, so make sure to check out their voting page and visit some of the amazing homeschooling blogs out there! To see all of the HSBA 2014 voting … [Read more...]

DEC
11
2014

Super Woman vs Abiding Woman

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It was such a blessing when the Super Mom vs Abiding Mom post went viral! And today I have a new version to share with you. With permission, Christin Ditchfield, reworded it a bit to bless not only moms, but all women. And she shared it in a post titled “5 things you can do to have a happier less stressed holiday”. This time of year it’s so easy to get caught up in trying to find the perfect gift for everyone, making sure your home looks just “so”, sending out the best Christmas card, and trying to meet others expectations for hosting the perfect holiday. After a few years of family Christmas’s I’ve learned that there’s really no way to please everyone. People might not love your gifts, or maybe the food doesn’t turn out as you expected. Or if you’re like us, at least half of your Christmas lights will be out by the time December 25th rolls around! But you know what? The year you burnt the marshmallows on top of the sweet potatoes, and nearly caught your kitchen on fire, … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2014

The Foto Finch Photography Curriculum Review

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Hi everyone! I’m all about the giving spirit right now, and so I have another giveaway for you this week! I’ve had a lot of questions on our photography curriculum that we’ve started this year with my 6th grader, and so I’m going to do a review and giveaway of it for you today! The Photo Finch was created by a good friend of mine, Ernie Treu, a fellow homeschooler, and an amazing photographer! And not only is she a photographer, but she has created two different and awesome homeschool curriculum! (You can read more about Ernie in her bio here.) Both curriculum are geared towards Junior High and High School students, but my 6th grader is going through it and she’s doing great! The lessons are easy to understand, and each lesson has accompanying assignments for your student to complete. As they progress through the lessons they’ll be creating a photography portfolio of their work!   Composition & Photojournalism ($79 Download, $84 CD) This course is divided into two … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2014

DIY: Peppermint Swirl Soap Tutorial

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying all of the Christmas gift ideas, tutorials and videos this month! Today I’m sharing a really easy and fun DIY Peppermint Swirl Soap recipe with you. These not only  make great gifts, but they are super easy and smell absolutely wonderful!   You will need: 1 lb. Shea Butter Soap Base (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) Peppermint Essential Oil Red Soap Colorant Soap Mold Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout Toothpick or wooden stirring tool to swirl the coloring. Note: My recipe made about 5 small bars of soap.   Watch the video below to see how to make this simple but festive Peppermint Swirl Soap! Tip: Pour the melted soap in the mold, then add a few drops of red food coloring. Next finish filling the mold completely with the soap and swirl the mixture with a popsicle stick or tooth pick to spread out the color within the bar of soap. Here’s what they look like … [Read more...]

DEC
07
2014

Math U See Giveaway!

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Good morning everyone! I am so excited today, I have a great giveaway for all of you Math-U-See and Spelling You See users out there! And if you haven’t tried Math U See yet, now is a perfect time to check it out. If I switch curriculum, I try to do it after the Christmas break so it’s like a nice clean start.   Math-U-See One thing I love about Math-U-See is that they teach to mastery, and that means your student might not learn a certain skill right off the bat. They build on concepts so that the math skills actually make sense for your student. Students also use the MUS visual manipulatives to help further understand whatever skill they are working at the time. However to my surprise the students do not become depending on the manipulatives to solve problems. They’re simply hands on training tools to use until a concept is mastered. This is what the Math-U-See looks like in our workboxes. I pull out their worksheet each day and keep the video DVD and our little plastic … [Read more...]