JUL
14
2014

Summer Vacation 2014

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It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing scenery, time with family, and hopefully making some great memories! Don’t worry, we’ll be back next week with all new posts! Until then…I pray you’re all enjoying your summer break as well. … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2014

It’s 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY!

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What better way to end my summer activities series than sharing that today is… 7/11 FREE SLURPEE DAY! For those of you who don’t know, on July 11th, the 7/11 convenience stores give out free kids size Slurpee's all day! This photo is from a couple of years ago, but rest assured we’ll be heading out today to get our free Slurpee today too! It’s actually the only day of the year we get these (I know I’m a horrible mama LOL), so the kids are always excited when July 11th rolls around ;o)   I hope you all have a great weekend, and get to enjoy a free icy treat with your family! … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2014

Happy Independence Day 2014

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My fellow Americans…   Thank you to 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. 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. Maybe a little swimming. Enjoying some yummy BBQ. Talking the Teeny Tot through another year of semi-terrifying overhead explosions. And enjoying squeals from the older kids as each one lights up the night sky! I hope you will be able to enjoy a wonderful and safe Independence Day with those you love!   Digital Scrapbooking Template: For all of you digital scrapbookers out there, I also have a fun star template to share with you. It was inspired from a class at www.jessicasprague.com where I’ve learned most of my mad graphic … [Read more...]

MAY
25
2014

Happy Memorial Day 2014!

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Good morning faithful readers! I’d like to take time today to thank all of the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed forces. I’d also like to encourage you to pray for their families and our nation.   A Little History For those of you who don’t know, Memorial Day (originally named Decoration Day) originated after the American Civil war to commemorate both Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. Though there were other instances of decorating soldiers’ graves, the first publicized observance of this holiday was held on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was covered by the New York Tribune and many other national papers. In 1967 Memorial Day became the official holiday name. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while serving in our military. Today we still decorate soldiers’ graves with flowers as a token of our remembrance of them and their … [Read more...]

APR
15
2014

Hands on Easter Activities for Kids

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Bunnies, chicks, eggs…oh my! All of those things are fun, but I really want my kiddos to get the real meaning of Easter as well! So here are a few of my favorite ideas to help make this Easter special! Since Easter is quickly approaching I’m in the mood for Easter Activities! Yesterday I shared the mini resurrection Easter garden you, but today I wanted to share a few more fun hands on Easter ideas with you!   Easter Garden If you missed yesterday’s post, creating a mini resurrection Easter Garden is a wonderful idea to remind your family of Jesus this season! Click here for detailed instructions on creating your own mini resurrection Easter garden.   “Life of Jesus” Bracelet This is a great Easter craft for kids as well as a wonderful gift! Here is the story: One night there was a bright start, which guided three wise men. They carried three gifts to give to the King of the earth upon His birth. He grew up to become a carpenter, and a fisher of … [Read more...]

FEB
13
2014

Happy Valentine’s Day 2014!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Valentine’s Day Craft Extravaganza!   And just for fun, here is a last minute Valentine’s Day Gift Tag  printable for you!   I hope everyone has a wonderful day and enjoys some sweet time with family and friends!     And don’t forget about my fun Preschool Letter V for Valentines activities.   These are all part of my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum.   Happy Valentine’s Day! … [Read more...]

FEB
12
2014

DIY: Valentine’s Heart Craft Tutorial

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Good morning readers! I’m back with some more fun Valentine’s day activities for you! Today Strawberry Shortcake is doing a Valentine’s Day Heart craft for you! Click here to watch the Valentine’s Day Heart Video Tutorial, or press the play button below! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Here are a few pics to send you off with! We found this super cute polka dot shipping tape at Michael’s craft store. It’s so fun because any color you put it over will show through the dots!   Here’s the Teeny Tot hard at work. The button/glue combination is very dangerous. So you need protective eye-wear incase it accidentally flies in your eyeball.   And here is her finished project. She decorated hers with some heart stickers, and more pink duct tape.   And here is the finished project! It’s super cute and easy way to add a little Valentine’s Décor to any room! I hope you enjoyed today’s Valentine’s Day Craft Tutorial! Join us … [Read more...]

FEB
06
2014

DIY: Valentine’s Butterflies, Flowers, and Hearts

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Hello awesome readers! As we continue on with our Valentine’s Day Ideas, I have a super fun and inexpensive Valentine printable to share with you!   Today we’re working on Valentine’s for our co-op friends and we’ve decided to go with some homemade Valentine Butterflies, Valentine Flowers, and Valentine Heart Pencil (or Straw) toppers.   DIY: VALENTINE BUTTERFLIES: These guys are super cute and easy to make. First we purchased some Valentine suckers, and then printed out our own cute little butterflies to attach them to!   Just print out these cute little butterflies on colorful cardstock, make slits for the suckers, and voila! You have an easy DIY Valentine your kiddos can make!   You can also print them on white cardstock, then color them as desired! Oh, and don’t forget the glitter. No Valentine is complete without glitter!   --> Download the Valentine Butterflies here! <-- DIY VALENTINE FLOWERS: Next up we made some cute … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2014

Red Velvet Milk Shakes!

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Oh Nelly do I have an awesome recipe for you today. I love red velvet cake. And I love shakes. Add them together and you get a red velvet shake! I just have one word for you. Y.U.M. These are so easy and they only take about 3 seconds to prepare. They’re most definitely the perfect Valentine’s Day party recipe around! Well, except for the Neutella brownies I have coming up for you next week. Those are really good too. But I digress… Let’s get started shall we!   On to the ingredients, you will need: 1 cup vanilla ice cream 1/2 cup milk 3 tsp. red velvet cake mix (dry) 1 tsp vanilla extract Optional: Whipped cream & sprinkles!   (Just pretend there is milk and vanilla in this photo. Oops!)   STEP 1: Get out your blender and have a willing participant scoop in some ice cream…   STEP 2: Once your first assistant gets bored, call in his big sister and have her add in 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2013

Happy New Year 2014!

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Hi everyone, and Happy New Year! I know people say it all the time, but I really just can’t believe 2013 is gone already! I think I lost track of time somewhere around August…go figure… 2013 was a tough year for many of our friends and family, so honestly I’m excited to see a new year come around and am praying that it is full of goodness! This year Strawberry Shortcake will turn 11, Turbo will turn 10, Tinker Bell will turn 8, and the Teeny Tot has agreed to stay 5 forever. Because it saddens me to know they’re all growing up! Despite my inability to stop my children from aging (and myself *ahem*), we did have some fun highlights this year that I thought I’d share with you today. We started our 7th year of homeschooling. (WOW. Never thought we’d make it this far haha!)   We moved to a new home. In the middle of the school year. While doing school. Out of boxes. Good times.   We took a family vacation out to sunny San Diego, CA. Except it wasn’t so … [Read more...]