NOV
18
2014

DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

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Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial:     Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Shea butter soap block 2 Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice 4 drops yellow soap colorant 2 drops red soap colorant soap mold Instructions: Cut up about a 1/2 of a pound of Shea butter soap and place it in a microwave safe container.   Heat on high for 30 second increments until smooth stirring in between. Once the mixture is smooth, add the pumpkin pie spice, red coloring, and yellow coloring and stir well. Pour mixture into soap molds and let set for about 40 minutes. Once soap is firm, flip over mold and press gently to release.   Gift it! I thought these would make really cute gifts for holidays, … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2014

Teeny Tot Tuesday: Kindergarten!

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I know, I know, she’s not exactly a Teeny Tot anymore! And she’s been begging me to change her blog name for awhile now, but she’s come up with some seriously crazy names and I just don’t want to commit to those yet, so for now… It’s time for another Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Except that she’s not so teeny. And she’s not really a tot. And she’s in kindergarten now, which I’m in denial over. Sigh. Moving on…You can see her full curriculum in our curriculum post for this year, but she’s also doing some of my k4 work that she didn’t finish from last year as well. Number Writing: She completed the 1-20 handwriting worksheets last year, so I moved her on to the K4 Number Writing Worksheets this year. These are great because not only does she have practice writing the numeral, but she is also learning how to write the number word, as well as recognize the number by finding it in a grid of numbers at the bottom of the page.   Letter Hunt Worksheets: Here she’s working on my … [Read more...]

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
09
2014

Great Homeschool Convention Giveaway

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Hi everyone! I know it’s a little early, but if you’re like me you have to plan ahead a bit to get your homeschooling family out the door and to all of those awesome homeschool conventions! So in the spirit of planning ahead…   Great Homeschool Conventions is offering a great giveaway package to my readers.  They have conventions in Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, and California coming up in early 2015, so there’s no reason why you can’t plan ahead and pick one closest to you! Here are some more details on the GHC upcoming conventions: Outstanding Speakers - including Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, M.D., (TX) sponsored by WORLD News Group 100s of Information-Packed Workshops, including Homeschooling 101, Special Needs and Gifted, Parenting, and Classical Education specialty tracks HUGE Homeschool Curriculum Exhibit Hall REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track High-energy Children's Conference, hosted by Giant Cow Ministries Special session Thursday evening … [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...]

NOV
02
2014

Election Day Worksheets for Kids

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Hi everyone! If you live in the United States, TOMORROW is Election Day! Even though it isn’t a Presidential election year, I thought I’d make some fun activities for you to do with your kids to include them in the voting process. I thought it would be fun to have my kiddos learn a bit about our election process by registering to vote, as well as filling out a mock ballot. I’ve also included election day vocabulary, word search worksheets, and “I voted!” stickers to help you get your kids in the voting mood too!   --> Download the Election Day Worksheets here! <--   Election Day: Election Day in the United States of America is always the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It is the day when voters across the nation gather to elect public officials, and cast their vote on ballot issues. Presidential elections are held every four years, where voters elect the President and Vice President. Both the President and Vice President serve four year terms, … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I helped Tinker Bell (8), though she did most of her own sewing. And then I sat with the Teeny Tot on my lap and helped her sew everything. So I would say it is a great DIY project for kiddos 8 and up. Ready to get your craft on? Let’s get started! Supplies: 4 bandanas or 4 pieces of fabric approx. 20”x20”  (You can get bandanas for $1 at Walmart or the Dollar Store) 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for back side (We picked a pattern, but you can do whatever you like.) 1 1/2 yds. batting (We used the thinnest one we could find, see picture below. And I prefer the natural material to the synthetic.) Coordinating Thread Scissors Coordinating Embroidery floss (We just used some from … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to homeschool mid-year. It’s more common than you think to pull students out mid-year and begin the homeschooling journey. And there are several factors that can contribute to your need to switch your schooling choice. Whatever they are, just know that you’re doing the best for your child and it may or not be a challenging switch. But if it benefits your family, then it will be worth it in the long run. As a homeschooler you have the flexibility to start at any time of the year. Most families choose to switch from public to homeschool at the semester break, but you can really make the change anytime you feel it is necessary for your family. Here are a few tips for making the switch to help you … [Read more...]

OCT
26
2014

Highlights Which Way USA

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Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own Road Trip USA journey and we loved them! AND I would love to giveaway some to one of my readers!   What is Which Way USA? Which Way USA is a U.S. geography book club for kids! The magazines sent out are a great way to learn about all 50 states! They include a colorful fold out map, a fact sheet on the opposite side. They also come with a full color magazine that has a lot of games, activities, state facts, and collectible state license plate key tags too! And you can get state stamps as well! The Introduction Set is $6.95 + shipping and handling for two state books, accompanying state maps, Official Game Guide, collectible license plate key tags, and access to online … [Read more...]