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...]

NOV
26
2013

Happy Thanksgiving 2013!

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I pray you will all be enjoying a very blessed Thanksgiving holiday with your family tomorrow! I’m posting a day early since I didn’t think many of you would be reading blogs on Thanksgiving day! We will be spending time with our loved ones and counting all of the things we are thankful for this year. I’m always thankful for my mom’s home cooked meals! Unfortunately this year she happens to have a broken wrist right in time for Thanksgiving! So that means my dad and I will be trying to cook the meal ourselves. We actually had the same thing happen a few years ago, and we did a pretty good job! Hmm…now that I think about it, she coincidentally seems to break bones right around Thanksgiving and Christmas…hmmm So Lord willing, we’ll be enjoying spaghetti, meatballs, turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, salad, and pie! 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, our freedom, and those … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2013

Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

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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! I also have a preschool Thanksgiving pack for those younger ones that’s not only fun, but also educational! Thanksgiving Preschool Pack   Thankful Turkey Craft   Mosaic Cornucopia Craft   Turkey Buttoning Have some fun Thanksgiving Ideas to share? Make sure to leave a comment! … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2013

Give the Gift of Literacy Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I’m so excited for today’s post! Mainly because I’m partnering with one of my favorite ministries, Samaritan’s purse. And also because I have a fun FREEBIE for you today AND a giveaway! The bloggers of iHomeschool Network have come together to help support the Samaritan’s Purse Literacy Campaign. We’re sharing our favorite books, along with some fun family activities, as well as giveaways! The Jesse Tree The past couple years we’ve been putting up a Jesse Tree in our home to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The Jesse Tree gets it’s name from Isaiah 11:1-2 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him.” The main Branch is a Biblical sign of the expected coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and the faithfulness of God. The other branches of the tree represent a piece of the stories that make up the whole story of God’s relationship with His people. As we read through … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2013

Christmas Around the World Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I can’t hardly believe it, but apparently 2013 is just about gone! I don’t know how it’s already November. I feel like this year just flew right by without me noticing. Apparently I was busy homeschooling or something? Anyhoo…on to the point of my post today. I’m so excited to participate in an iHN Thanksgiving/Christmas hop! there will be lots of fun ideas going around the blog-o-sphere today from some seriously talented iHN Bloggers! Everyone is sharing something for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I thought it would be fun to share a Christmas Around the World Unit Study with everyone.     If you’ve already done my Expedition Earth World Geography Curriculum, then this will be quite familiar to you. What is it? Christmas Around the World is a unit study designed to introduce students to how different cultures across the world celebrate the Christmas holiday! Since it’s nice and simple, you can easily insert this unit wherever … [Read more...]