NOV
12
2014

The Perfect Advent Calendar Giveaway

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Good morning everyone! It's time to start thinking about the holidays, and today I have a great giveaway for you from The Perfect Advent Calendar! I love doing advent calendar activities, and frankly this year I was excited to receive one that was basically already done for me! All you have to do is put it together and go.   What’s in the box? In each box you’ll receive festive number pockets with holes already punched and ready to go! You’ll also receive some red ribbon, along with 30 activity cards. If you’re paying attention that means you get 5 extras so you can personalize your advent activities. Each card contains a family activity, a bible verse, and a short prayer.   The kit also comes with a supply list to help make sure you have any necessary items on hand. The cards are a nice mix of crafts and activities that don’t require a whole lot of time or money, which is a great help out this busy homeschooling mama!   Once you place … [Read more...]

NOV
10
2014

Happy Veterans Day!

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Good morning readers! If you live in the United States, today is Veterans Day! It is a day of remembrance, and a day to honor the men and women who have fought to preserve our freedom. And it’s a great day to teach your kiddos all about them as well.   Each year, on November 11th, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held  at Arlington National Cemetery. It is to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. where a color guard honors America’s war dead by a wreath laying ceremony held at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremonies then continue inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations as well as special speakers. There are also observances throughout the country from parades to special military exhibits and tributes to veterans.   Here are some ideas to help teach your kiddos about Veterans Day: Sing the US National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and … [Read more...]

NOV
04
2014

2015 Calendar Page Templates

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I don’t know about you all, but I like to get my Christmas gifts going early so I’m not feeling rushed in December. Enter my calendar page templates! Each year each year I make printable calendars for our family as Christmas gifts. And of course, I share them with you all in the event you’re looking for something easy, fun, and cute for your family as well!     What’s included? 8×8 – 12 Monthly Quick Pages in .png format and .jpg formats (January – December) (Can be re-sized to 12×12) All files are 300dpi .png & .jpg images. NOTE: You will need a software program that can open .png or .jpg files to edit these templates. Or you can just print the .jpg files and then add your photos to them using archival safe glue strips. Click below to download: (Sorry the files are large, so I split them into smaller downloads) 2015 Calendar Kit PNG 1 2015 Calendar Kit PNG 2 2015 Calendar kit JPG Options: 1. Using your favorite editing software, all … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2014

November Holidays & Fun Days 2014

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  Good morning readers! It’s almost November. Did you hear me? I said N.O.V.E.M.B.E.R! Okay, despite the fact that I have no clue what happened to 2014, I will say that November is one of my favorite months of the year and here are the top 3 reasons why: It’s my birthday month. And yes, we celebrate all month, why not right? It’s also the Teeny Tot’s birthday Nov. 20th, and my husband’s birthday Nov. 25th. They get one day to celebrate since I've taken over the rest. It’s the month before Christmas which means I can be festive without people thinking I’m too weird. It’s Thanksgiving, and we get together with family and friends! Okay, so that said, you’re probably wondering what else is going on in November besides Erica’s birthday? Right? I know, it’s mostly all about my birthday, but still I feel the need to share a few other random things going on this month. So let’s get on with it! Here are the November holidays and fun days for all of you awesome … [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...]

SEP
28
2014

October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

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Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 International Day for the Elderly October 3 World Smile Day October 3 Yom Kippur October 8 Sukkot October 13 Columbus Day October 13 Thanksgiving Day in Canada October 16 Boss's Day October 24 United Nations Day October 25 Make a Difference Day October 31 Halloween   Fun Days! October 1 - World Vegetarian Day Eat your veggies today! Find a fun recipe and make a vegetarian dinner October 3 - World Smile Day Self explanatory, but make sure to share a smile with those around you! Check out pinterest for some healthy teeth activities October 4 - National Golf Day Head out for a game of golf with the family Have younger kiddos? Play a round of … [Read more...]

SEP
08
2014

September Holidays and Special Dates

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I know this post is a little late being that we’re already a week into September, but I’ve been meaning to do some fun posts on monthly activities to help make your homeschooling a little more fun and engaging! We like to find a couple of things each month that we do to make it special. It’s not always an educational thing, but I at least like to make note of major holidays and celebrate a few out of the box days as well!   So here’s what’s going on for the month of September 2014… Holidays: September 1 - Labor Day September 2 - VJ Day, WWII September 7 - Grandparents Day September 11 - 911 Remembrance September 17 - Constitution Day September 21 - International Peace Day (UN) September 23 - Autumnal Equinox September 24 - Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown) September 26 - Native American Day Fun Days: September 5 - Cheese Pizza Day Make you own homemade pizzas Go out for a pizza night! September 6 - Read a Book Day Head to the … [Read more...]

AUG
30
2014

Happy Labor Day 2014

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  Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. Have a great day, we’ll be back in swing with school stuff tomorrow! Until then…Happy Labor Day! … [Read more...]

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...]