DEC
04
2014

2015 Daily Planner

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  Hi everyone, I know I’m cutting it close, but I finally finished the 2015 Daily Planner! You can use this to plan your homeschooling days, or as a regular daily life planner too! Included in this planner: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc. –> Click here to get the 2015 Daily Planner! <–   This planner has weekly  calendar pages to help you plan out all aspects of your day, including a quick glance meal plan at the bottom of each day.   There’s also a weekly meal planner with more room, so you’re welcome to use whichever fits your needs best!   And of course there are also the monthly meal planner pages that everyone has requested as well. P.S. If you need some help … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2014

DIY Christmas Candles

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Hi readers! I have a super fun and cute DIY project for you today. These sweet little candles look good enough to eat, and they make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. I don’t know about you but I love doing fun crafty things for the holidays, and these were fun, and my kiddos even helped decorate them!   Let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the DIY Christmas Candle video here!     You will need: Soy wax flakes (Can be found at your local craft store.) 1 brown crayon 1 festive holiday mug 1 candle wick E-6000 glue or super glue Glass microwaveable bowl Popsicle stick for stirring Optional: Soap mold to form wax marshmallows as seen on the penguin candle. Optional: Sprinkles and candy canes Optional: Peppermint essential oil for scent   Santa candle with whipped cream: Super glue your wick to the bottom center of your mug and let … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2014

Our day in a vlog!

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Hi everyone! Okay, so you asked for it, and I’m crazy enough to deliver! Today we’re going to share our daily activities in a vlog format. For those of you who don’t know what a vlog is, it’s basically a video log. So essentially what that means is that I’m going to take my little camera, and film our day to the best of my ability. Today we have a normal school day, followed by hockey, swimming, and whatever else pops up over the course of our day. So here we go! If the video doesn’t play in your browser, click this link to see our daily routine! I hope you enjoyed that, and like I said, it was my first vlog, but for the most part that’s how we roll! ;o) After this week we’re on break which means a lot of fun holiday recipes, crafts, gift ideas, and more are heading your way! Yipee! … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2014

2014 Cyber Monday Sale! 40% OFF!

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Good morning everyone! Guess what time it is? Go ahead, guess. Okay fine, I’ll tell you… It’s time for my annual Cyber Monday 40% OFF sale, that’s what time it is!     I’m so excited for December to be here, I love all things Christmas-y!  Celebrating the birth of our Savior, sparkly lights, cookie baking, decorating, caroling, gift shopping, wrapping, warm hot chocolate, you name it, I love it! (As I’m sure you can tell by my overuse of exclamation points in the last couple of sentences.) Well…I love everything except for waiting in lines at stores. And navigating parking lots in very busy shopping malls. But most of all, I especially enjoy sharing Christmas cheer wherever I go! And I love all of my fabulous readers! So I thought Cyber Monday would be a great day to offer a HUGE SALE!!   (PLEASE NOTE: Sale excludes iBlog, iBlog Pro, and Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. They are affiliate products, and not sold directly through my store.)   So for … [Read more...]

NOV
27
2014

2014 December Holidays & Fun Days

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Yay it’s here! December is here! I love twinkle lights. I love baking cookies. I love decorating. I love gift wrapping and gift giving. I love Christmas crafts. I love those festive red cups my coffee now comes in. I love snow shoveling. Wait a minute. I do NOT love snow shoveling. But that’s a dilemma I’ll have to work out another time. Anyway, you get the idea. I can’t wait for this time of year, and am so excited for all of the goodies I have planned for you all this month! Make sure to stay tuned because we’ve got special treats for you all month long. There will be video vlogs of our daily lives, some great holiday DIY projects, recipes, crafts, and more!   But the reason we’re here today is because it’s time for my December holidays & fun days post! So let’s get on with it shall we? Holidays: December 7: Pearl Harbor Day December 12: Poinsettia Day December 16: Chanukah lasts 8 days December 21: Winter Solstice (The shortest day of the year) … [Read more...]

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 lb. Shea butter soap block (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the 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 … [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...]