FEB
17
2015

WIP Wednesday: Playful Petals Quilt

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Good morning readers! I have another fun WIP post for you today! I’ve been working on this super cute Petals quilt, and it’s almost done! As soon as I saw the cover of the Playful Petals book by Corey Yoder from Little Miss Shabby I knew I wanted to try and make one. There was only one small problem. I’ve never done applique’ before. Then again, I’ve never really quilted before either! So I figured I’d give it a shot. I mean why not start off with something difficult like applique’ first? Then everything else will seem easy right!? I don’t feel like I do a very accurate job at the cutting process yet, so anytime I can save some time and sweat I do! That’s why I’m totally digging pre-cuts. Now I will say that they’re a bit more pricey, so if you’re good at cutting, then you’ll want to buy your fabric by the yard. Me, not so much. So I went for a Moda Bella Bleached White (9900-98) layer cake, and a matching jelly roll. Yum! Not only are these super cute, but … [Read more...]

FEB
16
2015

My Career Path Assignment

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Hi readers! I have a really fun and challenging activity to share with you today! It’s something that Strawberry Shortcake has been working on for our weekly co-op group. Since she’s in 6th grade this year, they’re working on career paths, and I thought it was such a great idea, that I wanted to share it with you! The Assignment: Pick 3 career choices that sound exciting. (2 should require a college degree, 1 can be non-college.) List daily duties, skills/abilities needed for each career choice. Create a plan of action stating how you plan to get there. Include possible college choices, and if you have an older student, have them list some of the entrance requirements to help them get started planning now! Compose a presentation to showcase your career choices, skills, and plans. Some suggestions to help research careers include internet searches, interviewing someone you know in the field, and if possible shadow someone in the field to get a good feel for what … [Read more...]

FEB
15
2015

Math U See Video Review

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Hi everyone! I have an exciting post for you all today! I’m going to start a new series of curriculum reviews on my YouTube channel.  I think that sometimes its just nicer to see curriculum in person (a.k.a. video) rather than trying to figure out what it looks like online, or via photographs. I thought it might be helpful to show you how we use it, prepare it, store it, set it up, and things like that. I’ll also include what materials I recommend that you purchase when using the curriculum, and what supplies I think are optional. Remember these are just my opinions, and what I’ve found work best for us. Of course you’ll want to do what’s best for your family. I want to start off by saying that these are not sponsored posts, I really just wanted to try and give you all a better look at the curriculum that we use. So let’s get started! Today’s video review is all about our well loved Math U See curriculum. As most of you know, I’ve used Math-U-See for several years now. … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2015

DIY: Valentine’s Day Candy Box

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  SUPPLIES: Paper Mache boxes (I Found this set of 3 from Michael’s Craft Store) Elmer’s Glue Fun colored duct tape Red or pink felt sheet Scissors Valentine’s stickers & other embellishments  you like     And here are some more goodies we found…   STEP 1: Trace the top of your box onto a piece of felt, then cut it out and glue it to the top of your box.   STEP 2: Time to decorate! Because we found some transparent polka-dot tape I quickly painted the box white using some spray paint. I just didn’t want the brown box showing through my cute polka-dots!   Next we finished decorating our boxes with duct tape, heart stickers, some fun washi-tape, and whatever other embellishments my kiddos managed to scrounge up.   STEP 3: Time to make it sweet! And then lastly, we filled them with some of our favorite candies! I put a tiny bit of tissue paper in our boxes to make them a little bit fancier. … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2015

DIY Valentine Candy Jar Gift

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Hi everyone! Well, I can’t believe it’s February already, and that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! This year I wanted to do some fun activities with my kiddos, as well as create some great DIY Valentine’s gifts for friends and family!   Today we’re going to be making these super cute little DIY Valentine’s Day Candy Jars. What you need: Candy of your choice Small empty jars (I used some tiny jam jars, but you can use anything you have on hand. Baby food jars are great for this!) Some fabric scraps (preferably Valentine colors) Optional: Washi Tape and labels   Not only are they super cute, but they’re also easy and fairly inexpensive to make!     Directions: First you’ll want to fill your jar with your favorite candy. Or better yet, the favorite candy of your intended recipient.     Next cut out a piece of scrap fabric to about 5”x5”. It doesn’t have to be a specific valentine print, recycle what you have … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2015

DIY: Paper Roll Valentine’s

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  Hello everyone! I hope you’ve enjoyed the past few days of Valentine’s Craft ideas and recipes! Today I have a really cute craft to share with you, and even better, they’re recycled! Drum roll please… Introducing Paper Roll Valentines!   SUPPLIES: Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut in half red or pink paint, or colorful scrapbook paper foam valentine hearts, stickers, etc. googley eyes or foam eye stickers (Michael’s Crafts) Elmer’s glue   DIRECTIONS: First paint your rolls with some red or pink paint then let them dry. You can also use colorful scrapbooking paper to cover them as well. Just cut it to the right height, then glue the paper to the roll and let dry. Next we went crazy decorating them. To create an owl shape simply fold in the top of the tube on each side.   As you can see Turbo gave his owl a little duct tape camo. We also added some beaks with a little orange construction paper, but a heart sticker … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2015

Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Floats!

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Good morning everyone! We’re just getting crazy over here with Valentine’s Day fun! And today I have a yummy treat to share with you all! They’re pink. They’re fizzy. And they’re yummy! They’re Valentine’s Day Ice Cream Floats!   You will need: Ice cream – I suggest vanilla ice cream, strawberry ice cream or raspberry sherbet! Soda – I suggest Cherry 7-up, or any other red soda you prefer Optional: Whipped Cream, sprinkles, and fun Valentine’s Day straws!   We found the cute heart straws at Michael’s craft store, the rest was purchased at our local grocery store.   STEP 1: Okay, so to start off with, put a few scoops of your favorite white or pink ice cream into a fun glass!   STEP 2: Now carefully fill up your glass with your soda…go slowly or you’ll have an overflow sticky mess on your hands!   STEP 3: Finally add some whipped cream, and top it off with festive sprinkles and a cute … [Read more...]

FEB
02
2015

Calendar Bulletin Board Setup & Use

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a great day so far! I get a lot of questions on how we set up  our calendar bulletin board area, and how we use it. So I thought it would be fun to do a short calendar time video showing you what supplies I have used, and how we review our calendar each day.   So if you’re interested in seeing what supplies I used, and how we go about learning our calendar activities, check out the calendar time video below!   You will need: 2 x 3 Cork Bulletin Board (Or whatever size you like, but I probably wouldn’t go smaller than 2x3) Polka Dot Calendar Poster Month and day cards 3m Velcro wall hanging strips Velcro dots Push Pins Mavalus Tape Page protectors (Cheapest ones you can find!) We Choose Virtues Character Cards Today Tomorrow Yesterday What’s the Weather Chart   I hope this video helps you out, please feel free to let me know if you have any questions!   Check out … [Read more...]

FEB
01
2015

February 2015 Holidays & Fun Days!

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Hello and welcome back! Looking for some fun educational opportunities for February? Look no further, today I’m sharing my monthly holidays & fun days post!   Everyone knows that this month is the month for love! But I’m going to warn you ahead of time, it seems February is also riddled with sweet treats, candy, pies, and other cavity causing days. Just a heads up. I also have some great recipes and crafts coming up for you next week, so make sure to stick around. But today we’re taking a look at what is going on this month, so let’s get on with it shall we!   Holidays: February 2 Ground Hog Day – The day the groundhog decides how much winter we’ll have left. If he sees his shadow that means we have six more weeks of winter. No shadow? Spring is just around the corner! February 14 Valentine's Day – The day we celebrate our loved ones with cards, candy, and special dinners! February 16 President's Day (Third Monday of month) - Today we honor all of the … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2015

February 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Hi everyone! Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! And we have a fun holiday during February so make sure to check out some of my Valentine’s Day activities, recipes, and I have a whole week of new ideas coming up next week too!   Download the February 2015 Menu: February 2015 Meal Plan PDF February 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...]