JUL
05
2015

Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

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One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we have quite a variety of bugs to investigate. And a rather large quantity of them as well, so they’re fairly easy to locate. However being the cautious mom that I am, I don’t always want my kids picking up and inspecting bugs up close. Plus it’s just gross. And apparently also very interesting to younger members in this family! So you can imagine how excited I was when Lakeshore Learning offered to send us this Real Bugs Discovery Kit! The bugs are safely encased in indestructible acrylic, so that kids can explore these little guys up close and personal! Without getting bitten or ending up with nasty guts all over the place.   That makes this mama happy! And honestly I was super … [Read more...]

JUN
21
2015

The Allowance Game Review

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Are your kiddos whining that there’s nothing to do for summer yet? Mine are! I think they started saying they were bored after about 5 minutes into our summer vacation LOL! If that’s you, make sure to check out my whole series on summer boredom busters to help give you some ideas. Lakeshore Learning also has a whole section of free craft ideas for kids on their website too! I love doing family game time when there’s inclement weather, or if it’s just way too hot outside to head out. Of course we love the old classics like Sorry, Monopoly, Life, Chess, and Scrabble. And recently I found this fun game from Lakeshore Learning that they really enjoyed playing. It’s called “Allowance” and players earn or spend money as they travel around the board. It’s a fun and relatively fast paced game. It’s also great money counting practice as well. I have a 20% off coupon just for you all too! (Good through 8/31/15 only) Yipee!! Disclosure: I received this product free for review … [Read more...]

JUN
02
2015

Summer Bridge For Kids a.k.a. Make sure they don’t forget it all

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Do your kids tend to forget everything over the summer? I can’t really blame them, I tend to do the same thing.   That’s why I like to pull out our Carson-Dellosa Summer Bridge activity books. They’re great for covering a range of skills for each grade level. And they’re also relatively fun, colorful, and have a variety of activities to work on. I like to pull them out randomly over our summer break just to keep skills fresh. And honestly they’re also a great way to alleviate a little summer boredom as well. And no, Carson-Dellosa didn’t pay me to say all that! We’ve used these books over our summer break for awhile now, and love them! Well I love them. I can’t say the kids LOVE doing school over the summer. But I think even they like a little something to do here and there. We also try to go on a lot of outings, field trips, and things like that. Just to get out of the house, have a little fun, and hopefully learn a little in the process! But shhhh! Don’t tell my kids … [Read more...]

MAY
27
2015

School’s Out For Summer!!

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Good morning everyone! If you follow me in Instagram, you probably already know that we’re officially out of school for the summer! And thank goodness because this mama is in serious need of a B R E A K!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! At the start of the year I’m always energized, excited, and ready to rock-n-roll. Then I slowly start to fizzle out as the year progresses. I don’t know what it is about the end of the year. It’s like the culmination of all of the school days, sports, and other activities have all piled on top of me and I can barely keep my head above water! So when the sweet relief of the end of the year rolls around I seriously REJOICE! Then I let out a big sigh…. Then I stare at a blank wall for about 10 minutes… Then…   Then I go to the pool… And that’s where we’re headed right now! I plan to spend most of the summer relaxing and having fun with my family. My husband has taken some time off this summer as well, so we might just hop in the car and head … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2014

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

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Okay, this has to be the absolute yummiest most refreshing summer drink I’ve tried in a long time! And not only that but it’s also one of the easiest recipes I’ve made too! It’s my totally awesome Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe! Let’s get started with the deliciousness shall we?   Ingredients: 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon (I just buy mine seedless and throw it in, didn’t really measure it.) 1/2 cup water Tajin Seasoning (You can find this in the produce section) ice cubes Optional: Pinch of sugar to sweeten it up. We didn’t add sugar, ours was sweet enough as is! Optional: Lime slices to garnish. You can also squeeze in a little if you like!   Directions: Add watermelon and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over ice into a fancy cup and sprinkle with a little Tajin seasoning to give it some kick! Add the lime to garnish then sit back and enjoy the warm summer afternoon!     That’s it! Seriously. I kid … [Read more...]

JUL
09
2014

Summer Boredom Busters Part 3

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Hi all! I have one more day packed full of fun summer ideas for you and your kiddos! I say YOU because, I too like to get involved in these crafts and fun activities! It’s a great way to burn off a little energy, spark some super cool creativity, and today’s ideas are even great for cooling off a little!       This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series! Have a fun idea to share? Make sure to leave a comment below! … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2014

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids Part 2

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Hi everyone! I’m back with another day of Summer Boredom buster ideas for kids! This is a great series for anyone looking for some fun ideas to fill those long afternoons and rainy days this summer! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   Stick around tomorrow for more fun Summer Boredom Busters! … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2014

Summer Boredom Buster Ideas for Kids

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Hi everyone! Need some ideas to keep your kiddos entertained this summer? Here is a great list of non-electronic ideas to help get them outside and put their creative energy to good use!http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2013/06/summer-boredom-buster-sidewalk-chalk-fun.html We’re well on our way into summer and we’re having a great time. We’ve actually been kind of busy so we’re still waiting for those “relaxing summer days” to roll around. But I wanted to share my Summer Boredom busters with you for those long afternoons, rainy days, and anyone looking to have a little extra fun! Click on the images below to see each idea!         This post is part of my Summer Boredom Buster Series, click below to see more ideas!   P.S. I have several to share, so I’ll be breaking them up into a few posts over the next couple of days so stay tuned for more ideas tomorrow! … [Read more...]

JUN
26
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Sidewalk Chalk Fun

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Welcome to another semi-educational summer boredom buster! Today we’re making homemade sidewalk chalk, yep, from scratch. This recipe is fairly easy, I will warn you it can get a little messy, but all in all it went well! And, what better way to get kiddos outside and playing than some homemade sidewalk chalk! It provides hours of entertainment, while at the same time exercising some of those hand muscles they’ll need for handwriting when the new school year starts back up! It’s all part of my sneaky summer education program…um, yeah… So let’s get down to the nitty gritty shall we? What You’ll Need: A mold (This can be toilet paper tubes, or silicone ice trays. In our case, silicone cake pop molds) 3/4 cup warm water 1 cup Plaster of Paris 2 tablespoons powdered or liquid tempera paint (color of your choice, we did red, blue, & yellow, then mixed for secondary colors) Disposable bowls & mixing utensil (like plastic cups, and a popsicle stick or … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2013

Summer Boredom Buster: Science & Math

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Welcome to another semi-educational summer boredom buster! Today we’re experimenting with mystery potions and color mixing! I will start off by saying that I highly recommend you do the science lab color mixing activity O U T S I D E. Outside. Do it outside. Are you outside? Okay, we can begin… Supplies: Plastic measuring containers, bowls etc Safety glasses, you know for effect and all. Water Food Coloring Optional: Eye droppers, measuring spoons A few willing scientists I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning, but you can really use any variety of containers you have on hand.   If you’d like your children to follow some recipes, try out my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors! Otherwise it’s also fun to let your students just mix to their little hearts content. As long as they’re outside.   Directions: Mix containers with different color water. Set up the containers on a table outside, and let kids have … [Read more...]