AUG
08
2016

2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing our 2016-2017 Homeschool Supply Haul with you.   We have four children and this year we spent about $150 on supplies total. I usually average around $100-$150 on supplies including a few extra things that we have to purchase for their weekly options program. This year I ordered most of our supplies online, but I did pick up a few extras at a local store as well. I hope you enjoy this video!   Watch Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Supply Haul here! Here are some links to products mentioned in the video, I think I found everything, let me know if I forgot anything! (Disclosure: Links below are Amazon affiliate links, I do receive a small compensation if you purchase products from these links. So thank you for helping to support my blog!) Frixion Erasable Pens Desktop Carousel Snowmen Stackable Pencils Gummy Bear Stackable Pencils Regular Stackable Pencils Fun Iwako Animal Erasers (20 Pack) Expandable Acrylic … [Read more...]

AUG
03
2016

Quilting 101: How to Straight Line Quilt

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing my tips for how to do straight line quilting on a quilt. I'll be showing you how to what supplies you need as well as some of my helpful tips for marking your designs and trying something new! I hope this helps you out! So let’s get started!   For this tutorial you will need some batting, some scrap fabric , a ruler, a marking tool, and a walking foot for your sewing machine. You can also straight line quilt with a regular sewing foot, I just suggest going a bit slower so your fabric doesn’t shift.   Watch: Quilting 101: How to Straight Line Quilt If you just tuned in, here are my previous videos in my How to Quilt Series! Quilting Supplies: What do you need to get started? How to Choose a Sewing Machine How to Choose Fabric How to Cut Fabric How to Piece a Quilt Top How to Press Fabric How to Baste a Quilt Here are a few more of my Quilting Tutorials online if you’re just getting started: Sherbet … [Read more...]

OCT
20
2015

DIY: Chalk Paint 101

Hi everyone! I hope you’re ready for a  really fun and totally easy way to make over any piece of furniture! As you can probably decipher from my title, today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to use chalk paint. I was a little apprehensive at first, as I always am when it comes to refinishing anything. I’m not the best at home decor renovations, but I’m definitely living proof that literally anyone can do chalk paint! As a matter of fact, the less perfect you are with this the better!   If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I’ve replace my old counter height black finish kitchen table, with this new regular height vintage beachy table. For those of you wondering, it’s not really vintage. Shh…it’s from American Furniture Warehouse. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post for them, or for the chalk paint! I also had four black bar stools that adorned my kitchen island. I immediately realized that they didn’t quite “go” with my new … [Read more...]

OCT
08
2015

Quilt as You Go Book Cover Tutorial

Hi! I have another fun quilting tutorial for you today! We'll be making this cute quilt-as-you-go book cover from start to finish. It's also super beginner friendly, teaches basic quilt-as-you-go techniques including binding!   This is a really fun project to help make some of those less than attractive school books much more fun to look at! And it’s also a great beginning quilting tutorial as well. You’ll learn how to baste and quilt your book cover, as well as how to sew on binding and even how to sew on a simple button closure. If you don’t want to do the button and elastic closure, you can skip that part. Instead you might consider adding a ribbon to tie your book closed! Just tie the ribbon around the book cover and adjust it to where you want it. Then pin it along the book’s binded edge. Then untie the ribbon and take it to your sewing machine, and just stitch along the book binding edge where you pinned it and voila! You now have a cute ribbon tie to keep your … [Read more...]

OCT
04
2015

1st Grade Homeschool Workload

Hey guys! I have another fun “What’s in the Workbox” post for you today. I have posted my 1st grade curriculum before, but I had requests for a  video like I made for our other grade levels. So let’s take a peek into her workboxes to see what she’s got going on this year! Just to recap, Miss Lady Bug is in 1st grade this year. Her schedule is a little bit full because I couldn’t decide between a couple of things so I’m making her do it all. But so far she’s handling it well. The only thing I’ve officially removed from her list is typing. She just isn’t ready for it, though she loves to do it and begs me constantly. Click here to see my 1st Grade Homeschool Workload video!   And that’s all that is in her daily workbox drawers. Here are a few of the things we do that aren’t stored in her boxes: History: The Renaissance & Reformation (We do this as a group, and I give handouts for it so they’re not in the workboxes.) Art: Combo of World’s Greatest Artists 2 , … [Read more...]

OCT
01
2015

Quilting 101: Quilted Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Hey guys! As most of you know we participate in a Keeper’s At Home girls group and this month I’m teaching quilting. So I needed a fun and easy project that covered quilting basics, was beginner friendly, and that we’d be able to complete in one night. So we ended up making this really cute tic-tac-toe board. It takes about an hour and a half to complete, and uses minimal supplies. This project is super beginner friendly, and teaches beginner quilting techniques all the way from piecing, quilting, and binding! So not only is it a great way to learn how to the basics, but you’ll end up with a fun project at the same time! Supplies: 2 fat quarters (Pick two contrasting colors) 10.25” x 10.25” batting (I use Warm and White cotton batting for most of my projects) Spray Basting (I like 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive) Buttons: 5 each of 2 different colors (You can really use anything you want as game pieces!) Rotary trimmer (I like this one: Olfa Splash  45mm Rotary … [Read more...]

SEP
27
2015

7th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hey guys! I’m back today with another What’s in the Workbox? video for you all! Today we’re taking a look into my 7th grader’s daily homeschool workboxes.   It’s crazy to think that I have a 7th grader, but here we are in Jr. High already! I’ve been homeschooling her for 8 years an that just seems crazy to me! Anyhoo…let’s take a closer look to see what her day looks like, and how she goes about her daily assignments. She is mostly independent in her work now. I still help teach her English as well as our group subjects. But otherwise she’s doing well working on her own. And she likes to get a head start in the morning so that she can finish early and be done with school for the day. Click here to see our 7th grade daily homeschool workload video!   For those of you who prefer photos and links feel free to keep reading! Drawer 1 In her first drawer we keep her expandable drawer organizer which holds her basic school supplies, as well as her … [Read more...]

SEP
20
2015

6th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hello fellow homeschoolers! Today I have a fun video showing you what my 6th grader’s day looks like. We’re taking a closer peek into his workbox drawers to see what he does all day long. The only thing not shown in the drawers is his affinity for procrastination. And a few group subjects that I’ll mention at the bottom of this post too! So let’s take a closer look into my 6th grader’s homeschool workload each day!       For those of you who don’t like videos, here are some pics and links to all of the products for you! Drawer 1 His first drawer contains our expandable drawer organizer from The Container store along with all of his basic supplies like pencils, pens, erasers, glue, etc. It also has his daily assignment spiral which tells him exactly what he has to do each day. He just crosses each item off as it is completed. It also has his Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion which he does daily. They’re nice short devotions … [Read more...]

SEP
15
2015

4th Grade Homeschool Workload

Hey guys! I’m back today with another fun video for you! Today we’re taking a closer look at what is in my 4th grade workboxes, and for something new, we’re going to be looking in her drawers via video spy cam! Okay, we’re not really spying, but it really is a video of her daily work, plus some lovely commentary from me as we browse through her drawers! Click here to see what’s in our 4th grade workboxes this year!     For those of you who like pictures and detailed descriptions there are links below to all of our curriculum this year, so feel free to keep reading!   Drawer 1 In her first drawer we keep her expandable drawer organizer as well as her daily assignment notebook (more info on this in the video) and her Word of Life Challenger Quiet Time devotion.   Drawer 2 This is our math drawer and I keep her Math U See Delta workbook, as well as an Evan-Moor Daily Math Problems 4 workbook in there. I like the … [Read more...]

AUG
30
2015

Road Trip USA Video Review

Good morning readers! I promised to do a video review of my Road Trip USA Geography & History curriculum, and I’ve finally had a chance to get it uploaded for you all. We had so much fun using this curriculum to learn about the United States! It’s packed full of interesting state facts, symbols, crafts, recipes, activities, and more!   Want to see more details on what it looks like? Check out my Road Trip USA Video below!   So I hope you’ll come along with us on an exciting journey learning about the U.S.A! From the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the wild west, you’ll uncover all the secrets this Nation has to offer! Within this curriculum you’ll discover the sights and sounds of all 50 states, including state symbols, U.S. Presidents, famous people, landmarks, historical events, and much more! For you history buffs, this is a great introduction for young learners! You will start out learning about the Constitution, Declaration of … [Read more...]