FEB
07
2016

2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love them! Often we’ll make cards or little gifts for our friends and neighbors. I have a ton of gift ideas for you today as well as some educational games too! Hopefully you’ll find something fun for your family below. Just click on an image below to find out more information on how to make these fun crafts and Valentine’s projects!   Preschool Letter V for Valentines activities. These are all part of my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum. We played the Letter V games with candy hearts for fun!   One year we made a fun Jesus Loves Me Lapbook for Valentines! I think the site has been changed around a bit, so I’m not … [Read more...]

JAN
05
2016

January 2016 Holidays and Fun Days!

Hi everyone! It’s time for another Holidays and Fun Days post for the new year.  I hope you all enjoy these, and that they help make your homeschool day a little more fun!   There aren’t too many big dates this month, but there were definitely a ton of goofy days! I tried to pair them down for you a little to help weed out the really weird ones, so here’s my list for this months fun days:   Holidays: January 1 New Year's Day – I hope everyone had a safe and awesome 2016! January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, celebrated on the third Monday – click here to learn more about Martin Luther King Jr.   Fun Days: January 3 Fruitcake Toss Day – right? haha! January 4 Trivia Day – Play a game of Trivial Pursuit Family Edition for school today! January 5 National Bird Day – Go on a nature walk and take notes of all of the feathered friends you see today! Then come home and look them up and learn more about the birdies in your neck of the woods! … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2015

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! I can’t believe it’s already 2016, but I think I say that every January first so could just be me… It just sneaks up on me you know! I think I blacked-out somewhere during August, probably right around when school started ha-ha! It just get’s crazy with sports, school, and blogging but that’s okay. I seem to have adapted to the chaos which is homeschooling and we’re on a roll now!   That said, I hope you all had a good 2015 and are ready for 2016 because it’s here! We’re still on break this week, but gearing up to get back into the school groove. Sometimes it’s hard getting started back up after the excitement of the holidays, so here is a helpful posts to get you going again! Beating the Homeschool Blahs   For those of you who are starting school mid-year, whether you’re pulling your kiddos out of a traditional school system to homeschool, or just starting a new curriculum in 2016, here’s a post to help you get started! Starting homeschool … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2015

Merry Christmas 2015!

I just wanted to pop in today to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas! We’ll be celebrating the birth of our savior with our extended family on both sides, an enjoying wonderful food too!   We’re so thankful for all of your support and encouragement this year. I may  not have time to reply to all of the comments, but I do read them, and am so blessed by all of your wonderfully kind words! You guys are the best and make blogging so much fun! We pray you all have a wonderful holiday and a fabulous new year! And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ~ Luke 2:10-11 Here’s a quick peak into Christmas time at the COAH household!     Blessings from our family to yours, We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2016! Erica, Jason, Strawberry Shortcake, Turbo, Tinker Bell, … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2015

2016 Monthly Digital Scrapbooking Templates

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry, I know I’m getting these out late this year, but better late than never right!? So for those of you who have enjoyed using my monthly scrapbooking templates to create annual scrapbook pages or calendars, here are my new 2016 monthly templates for you to use! I used to make an annual calendar pages for my parents, in-laws, grandparents etc. But I’ve since started making these pages and just adding them to an ongoing scrapbook for our parents. It just gives them a nice overview of our year in scrapbook form. These templates are super easy to use, you just add photos, and some text if you want. And that’s all! Then print them out and you’ve got yourself a super quick scrapbook of your year!     What’s included? 12 - 8”x8” Monthly Quick Pages in .png format format (January – December. Can be re-sized to 12×12) All files are 300 dpi .png  images. NOTE: You will need a software program that can open .png  files to edit these … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2015

2015 Sewing & Quilting Holiday Gift Guide

Have someone in your life who is getting started sewing or quilting? I have the perfect gift ideas to help you out! Last year our girls decided they wanted sewing machines for Christmas. And they’ve been in constant use since then. I love to see all of the creations they come up with. And I love that we got them a present that is useful, and teaches them a valuable life-long skill as well. It fosters amazing creativity and I don’t regret getting them one bit! So let’s get started with some gift ideas! I’ve listed all of the basics that one needs to get started with sewing or quilting, and Supplies: 1. Cutting Mat: I highly suggest you get a self-healing cutting mat. You can find them online as well as in most crafts stores. I will say that they can be kind of expensive. I recommend using a coupon at JoAnn’s, or I’ve also found great prices on Amazon as well. I have this Fiskars 18”x24” light blue mat that I purchased on Amazon for $16.10. It’s a nice size, not too large, but not … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2015

2015 Girls Holiday Gift Guide

Last week I posted my educational toys holiday gift guide, and this week I have my fun gift ideas to share with you. Today I’m sharing my girls holiday gift guide, and then in a couple of days I’ll have some gift ideas for boys too!     One of the things that Strawberry Shortcake has been asking for is this Wooden Art Set. She loves to draw, color, and paint. I like that this one comes in a wooden box, and everything is stored neatly inside the case. It is easily portable, and includes most of what she’ll need to get creative! I’ll probably add in a drawing/painting paper spiral too.     Another thing on Miss Lady Bug’s gift list is the Frozen Karaoke Machine. I might regret it, but it looks like it might be cute LOL!   Another fun gift idea that I know Miss Lady Bug would love, is the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. It come with 3 activities, 5 games, and 3 challenges including a motion sensor. It can also take pictures and videos, including a voice … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2015

2015 Boys Holiday Gift Guide

As promised today I’m sharing some of the highly requested items from boys for Christmas this year. These aren’t always educational, but they’re definitely fun and most of his items encourage logical thinking skills so I’m counting them as educational too LOL! Ready?   Books: The Underland Chronicles have been a favorite of my son’s for awhile now, and I think most boys would enjoy this series. Here’s the online synopsis, “When Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, a conflict is brewing between the humans and the giant creatures that live below. Gregor must find his place in the frightening prophecies he encounters, the strength to protect his family, and the courage to stand up against an army of giant rats.”   Another favorite of my son’s is the Percy Jackson series. He really enjoyed these books, but as with any book series, … [Read more...]

NOV
29
2015

Cyber Monday 30% off sale!

hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We spent the day visiting and enjoying some amazing food! And now that Thanksgiving is officially over, the Christmas season begins! And no, I didn’t go Black Friday shopping because I can’t handle the crowds, and the craziness! I have gone in years past, but the last time I went I had someone lunge over several boxes of toys to get to the electric jeep I had in my hands! They ended up knocking another jeep on my head. While I love a good deal, I’m not willing to sacrifice physical injury to get it! Haha! So that said, I hope you all had a safe shopping event if you braved the deals. And with your safety in mind, I'm doing my annual Cyber Monday 30% OFF Sale! YAY!! And the best part is that you can get it from the safety of your home! No long lines, or getting shoved, pushed, and beat up. Your savings is just a simple click away! That means everything in my store is on sale at 30% off. And my 10% … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

As always I am thankful for our health, our families, my husband and awesome children, all of the wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and I’m also thankful for YOU my awesome readers! You’ve encouraged and inspired me and I’m so thankful for all of you! I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos? I have a couple fun and easy activities you can do to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving placemat: Fold a piece of construction paper in half, then cut slits in it like shown below. Next cut a variety of colored strips from more construction paper, and have your student weave them in and out of the placemat base. Laminate your placemat or use clear contact paper to make it spill proof!   Here are a few ideas that we’ve done in the past as well… Thankful Turkey Craft Mosaic Cornucopia Craft I also have a preschool Thanksgiving pack for those younger ones … [Read more...]