JAN
13
2015

Healthy Lunch Ideas!

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Hi everyone! With the new year upon us, I thought it would be a great time to share some healthy lunch ideas with you all. Well, not my ideas, but emeals has some great healthy lunch ideas to help us out! I am getting bored with our lunches, we tend to just go for the same meals all the time. I’m a a sucker for labels that promise health benefits, or fun, colorful packaging which I know isn’t always a good thing.   Here are some helpful tips from emeals on reading those labels! Fruit roll-ups seem like the childhood dream food, but they have three types of sugar listed in the first five ingredients and some brands also have trans fats and artificial colors, which may lead to hyperactivity in some kids.  Choose all-natural fruit leathers with simple ingredient lists and no added sugar or artificial colors. Juice pouches have attractive packages, but water and high-fructose corn syrup are the first two ingredients on some versions containing only 10 percent juice. … [Read more...]

JAN
12
2015

Charlotte’s Web Activities for Kids

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Good morning readers! I have a cute post to share today of our creativity in action! I’m sure most of you have seen my Charlotte’s Web unit study, but I wanted to show these cute webs that my kiddos came up with.  Tinker Bell decided to make one with pipe cleaners. By the time she was done she had a whole little family of pipe cleaner spiders. They turned out really cute.   True to form, Turbo took the web concept to a whole new level, and created this gigantic web using a hot glue gun and large popsicle sticks.  As you can see it’s about 2 1/2 feet tall or so. It went up to the middle of our school room door.   As you can see Tinker Bell LOVES pigs, so this book was right up her alley! She read through it quite quickly though, so she ended up doing a couple of lapbook activities each day. But I didn’t want to slow down her reading because she was really enjoying the book.   And here’s Tinker Bell’s completed lapbook along with some … [Read more...]

JAN
11
2015

South Dakota Vacation

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Hi everyone! This summer we took a fun trip to South Dakota and I just found the pictures when I was browsing around my computer. And in the spirit of blogging, I thought it would be fun to share our adventures today!  If you haven’t had a chance to visit, there are definitely some things worth seeing there!   Mount Rushmore For example…Mount Rushmore is located in South Dakota. The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is an absolutely breath taking sculpture carved into granite on the side of the mountain. The construction begin in 1927 and features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of four of the United States presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The park offers a beautiful trail hike where you can get even better views of the mountain as well as an indoor museum and lots of historical information on the creation of this magnificent memorial. Although we’ve probably all seen photos of the memorial, it’s truly … [Read more...]

JAN
06
2015

The Middle Ages Review & Update

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Hi everyone! As you may recall, we decided to try the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages history unit this year. Since we’re a few months into our curriculum, I thought I’d do an update on how it was going so far. Right off the bat I have to say that our kids are really enjoying history this year. They’re always excited when it’s time for history and each day has a fun activity that makes learning fun! Right now we’re knee deep in castle life. We’ve learned about the different casts of people, various jobs, and roles that each person plays in the system. We all picked which group we would want to be in, a few people wanted to be freemen, some went for the nobles, no one was brave enough to be king, and unfortunately no one wanted to be a serf. Go figure.   We also made puppets of all of the different groups of people. This one took a little longer than expected to color, but everyone wanted their own full set of figures. So we just stretched it out for a few days. Once … [Read more...]

JAN
05
2015

Back in the swing of things!

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Good morning to all of my long time friends, homeschoolers, and new readers! It’s a brand new year, and schools a foot! And I’m so excited to start up again aren’t you? No? Okay, me neither. Despite my welcome picture here it’s a cold, dreary day, and no one wants to do school. Including the teacher. My husband didn’t want to go to work either. Everyone wanted to stay in jammies and have a snow day. We always take a nice long break over December. Partially because I LOVE Christmas and I prefer to spend our days making cookies, doing fun crafts, reading books, sledding, and otherwise just relaxing. I need a break and so does my family. It’s amazing, incredible, wonderful, relaxing, and just plain needed. But man sakes alive it’s hard to come back! The craziness of our homeschool days, sports, and various extra curricular activities seem like they all come rushing back in at one time. But as I lay in bed thinking of excuses of why we should start school tomorrow instead, I begin … [Read more...]

JAN
04
2015

January 2015 Holidays & Fun Days!

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Happy New year everyone! I can’t even believe it’s 2015. When I was little we used to play make-believe-games centered around what it would be like when we hit the 2000’s. We thought there would be flying cars, teleporters, and other various back-to-the-future/Star Trek type advances. While we aren’t quite there yet, those things are on the horizon! But for now, all that’s on my horizon is a backyard full of snowy bliss, along with a few more very very cold winter months ahead! As I write this it’s about 5 degrees outside, we’ve already shoveled and are now keeping warm by the fire with a little hot apple cider and some good movies. The lake is almost frozen over and the ice shanties will be coming out soon. Along with all of the crazy ice fishers who dare to venture out into the middle of the lake with all of their gear. We walked out there last year just to check it out and I have to say it was a bit terrifying knowing that I was standing in the middle of a lake. I can’t imagine … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2014

DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

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Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas right?   Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the North Pole Snack video here!     Ingredients: Marshmallows Marshmallow fluff Candy canes (Break off the curved ends so you have straight sticks.) Red hots or red m&ms White crystal sugar sprinkles   Directions: Place your marshmallows on a plate. Stab each marshmallow with a candy cane. (Snap the curved ends off to create a straight stick.) Carefully spread marshmallow fluff onto each marshmallow then roll them in the sugar crystals. (Hint: You can roll them in any kind of sprinkles you want, go crazy!) Spread a little … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
14
2014

Spielgaben Version 4.0 Giveaway!

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re all enjoying my Christmas posts thus far. Today I have a very SPECIAL giveaway for you all and I’m so excited! Spielgaben has come up with a new and improved version of their amazing product and I have one to giveaway for you all today, so keep reading! For those of you who don’t know, Spielgaben is a company that produces environmentally sustainable and non-toxic child friendly materials. The Spielgaben set comes with all of the colorful materials you see below, including the 3 wooden trays and a chessboard that store all of the materials together. The set also comes with learning resources that include learning activities, user guides, over 30 sets of interactive worksheets, 65 inspiration cards, and more! I thought their original product was pretty cool, but they’ve upgraded it to a new version 4.0. You can see my full review of version 3.0 here! It’s the same amazing product just updated and made even better! The new version comes with 2 … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]