MAR
15
2015

Updated Homeschool Room Tour

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Good morning friends! It’s not unusual for my husband to come home to find our home rearranged, and today was no exception! I like to switch things up, give things a fresh new look, and clean out the accumulation of clutter that seems to infiltrate my homeschool room.     So after school the other day, we decided to do just that, and we tackled our homeschool room. It was starting to feel cramped and cluttered, and after the holidays I think everything just needs to get a good cleaning. We started by pulling cleaning off all of our shelves, then decided to move our furniture around to give it a new feel as well as hopefully give us some more space. Here’s a video tour of the new setup, I hope you enjoy it!     Below you can see our school desk setup. I have a whole post on our Ikea desk units you can check out. They discontinued the table tops I purchased, but they replaced them with the Linnmon Table Tops, white.   For … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2015

Spicy BLTA Sandwich Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but lunch time is my hardest meal to plan. I don’t always like to eat cold sandwiches, and frankly I’m over “kid” food like chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese. Not to mention that traditional kid food isn’t usually all that healthy anyway! So lately I’ve been experimenting with some new twists that I thought I would share with you all. Now I know the BLTA sandwich isn’t necessarily a new thing, but I’m totally loving this spicy twist on a classic recipe! And the whole thing takes about 5 minutes to prepare, which is right up my alley since that’s about how much time I have to whip something up on school days! Ingredients: (for 1 sandwich) 2 slices bread, lightly toasted (Any kind you like. I like to use Oroweat Buttermilk, but Sourdough is great too) 1/2 avocado, sliced into thin strips 2 slices cooked bacon (I cooked mine in the microwave, wrap in paper towel to absorb grease) 2 slices ripe tomato 1-2 slices lettuce (I like butter … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2015

Things I wish I Would’ve Known

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  I’ve been so amazed by the participation in the COAH Community. You all have amazing questions, and I love reading through all of the responses as well. They’re so great in fact, that I’ve decided to start highlighting some of them as blog posts so they don’t get overlooked! One of the lovely ladies in our COAH Community forum posted our topic for today, and it was just too good not to share! Not only did I think it would make a great blog post, but I also wanted to share my top 10 things with you all as well. So here are my top 10 things that I wish I would’ve known before we started homeschooling. Of course some of these things pearls of wisdom were given to me when we started, I was just too eager and set in my vision to hear them out. So here I am today, passing them on to you. I hope you’ll find them helpful and that they will encourage you in your journey. Let’s do this in a Late Night style count down, shall we?   Number 10. Several stores give teacher’s … [Read more...]

MAR
10
2015

My Teacher’s Desk Organization

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Good morning fellow teachers! Today I thought it would be fun to do a short video on how I organize my teacher’s desk area. It’s kept full of all of our most frequently used supplies. This not only helps keep them organized, but it also saves us time so we’re not traipsing all over the house looking for things when we’re doing school. I know not everyone has a teacher’s desk, we didn’t have one until I took over our office space for our homeschooling. But you can still use these tips to help keep your supplies organized using any drawers you have available. I used to have all of this in drawers in my kitchen, including our computer. So just use whatever space you have available! Watch my teacher desk organization video on Youtube.     Supplies mentioned in this video: Micke Desk & Marius Stool X-Acto Pencil Sharpener Spielgaben Kit Math U See Blocks Ticonderoga Pencils (Red, and Regular) Frixion erasable penshttp://tinyurl.com/ne8eqlc HP … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2015

A-Z Alphabetical Order Puzzle

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Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all continuing to enjoy and use our new homeschooling community! I am blown away by the response we received, and I’m so glad that it seems to be of benefit to so many people! I have another fun freebie to share with you today! For those of you who don’t know, I created the K4 Number Order Puzzles quite awhile ago, and so I thought it would be fun to have an alphabetical order puzzle as well. I’ve had this on my “to-do” list for quite some time, and finally had the chance to sit down and make it!     --> Download the A-Z Alphabetical Order Puzzle here! <--   Directions: Print the A-Z Alphabetical Order Puzzle download on copy paper, or cardstock if you would like to re-use it. Have students cut along the solid lines to create puzzle pieces. Next have them place the pieces in alphabetical order to complete the puzzle. You can laminate and re-use this puzzle, or have them glue the pieces in order on a … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2015

March 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

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Welcome to the monthly holiday’s and fun days post everyone! It’s March. And for me, that means that I have serious spring fever…it also means that I’m looking out the window and seeing about a foot of snow. Normally I love the snow. But why can’t it come down like this when it’s actually Christmas time? I mean by March I’m ready for warm weather, and I’m definitely ready to get outside and get some exercise! I feel like we’ve been stuck inside for months now and I’m getting cabin fever! But no worries, I’ve got a bunch of fun days to celebrate this month, and knowing Colorado, it’ll be sunny and 70 tomorrow. Better get out the flip-flops just in case. What’s March like where you live? Holidays: Irish American Month National Craft Month March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Fun Days: March 1 National Pig Day – Oh my goodness! Tinker Bell LOVES pigs! And she’ll be thrilled to know that there’s actually a day dedicated to pigs! Take a couple of minutes to learn all about … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2015

Visit me on Instagram!

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce that I’ve finally caught up with the Instagram train and decided to hop on! For a long time I just didn’t have time to figure out another social media outlet, but I think I’ve mostly figured it out and am having lots of fun over there! Blogging takes some time, but Instagram is fast! And I can easily put up quick pics on Instagram and it will even post to my Facebook and Twitter as well, so that makes it really nice and easy for me to use! I’ve been posting pretty much daily, and that includes homeschooling pics, quilting pics, crafts, food, and whatever else we’re doing that seems interesting at the moment! That means you get to see a little more into our lives and not just what I deem worthy of an actual blog post ;o)   For example my Instagram followers were the first ones to know that I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to rearrange our homeschool room! And yes, I do have a new tour video coming up … [Read more...]

MAR
01
2015

March 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! March is already upon us, and that means we only have about 3 more months before schools out for summer! Yay! And yes, I have a bit of spring fever here. Colorado has been crazy, 70 degrees one day, and snowing the next. I basically keep a pair of flip-flops and my Uggs at the front door, so I can decide on the way out which ones to wear. Anyway, I have a new monthly meal plan for you all today! Hope you enjoy it. Download the March 2015 Menu: March 2015 Meal Plan PDF March 2015 Meal Plan – Word Doc (editable) For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes, just click on the image below! … [Read more...]

FEB
25
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 4

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Welcome to the last day of my COAH Community kickoffs!  I have a really exciting giveaway for you today, so make sure you read all the way to the bottom.  I am so excited about how well this week has gone and how fun it has been in the community.  I will be hanging out there and hope you all will continue to join me!   As you might be able to tell from my blog, I H.E.A.R.T school supplies! And I have several helpful school supply organization posts to prove it! I mean just look at all of these goodies! I’m a total sucker for freshly sharpened pencils, new glue sticks, highlighters, fresh paper stacks, and those cute little animal erasers that nobody actually uses. Actually one time we found a pack of sushi shaped erasers. Be still my heart.   Anyone else like school supplies?   And I know you’ve all seen my supply caddy that literally holds our Ikea school desks in place. I honestly do LOVE this thing! It’s called the Making Memories … [Read more...]

FEB
24
2015

COAH Community Kickoff Day 3

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Oh my goodness! You guys are so much fun! I’m having so much fun reading your comments, and posts! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about lesson planning, and scheduling! So let’s head over to the COAH Community and talk all about our favorite planning tips and tricks! I personally like to plan out our entire year, even though there’s a possibility something will change. It’s been my experience that having my year completely planned out makes my year go more smoothly and reduces my amount of stress during the year as well. Changing just one thing is quite easily done. Some people prefer to schedule only a few weeks or months in advance since things might change. Homeschooling schedules can be very flexible based on your own needs, so again, do what works best for the needs of your family. I like planning ahead because it frees up my nights and weekends since all of my scheduling is already complete. All you have to do each Friday afternoon … [Read more...]