DEC
16
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 12: Who is God?

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Welcome to day 12 of my Christmas Extravaganza! Today I have an awesome prize to giveaway to one of you! Today I’m giving away something not only PERFECT for this season, but for every other day of the year too! It’s the Apologia: Who is God from the What We Believe series. I’ve always loved the Apologia company, and what they stand for. They offer a wide variety of curriculum to help grow your homeschool! And they’ve recently come out with a complete Biblical Worldview Curriculum. Now hopefully the term “worldview” doesn’t scare you away. Here’s a special note from Apologia regarding their curriculum: Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas—ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. It is more important than ever that young children be equipped to discern … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 11: Reshaping it All

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    Feliz Navidad! And welcome to DAY 11 of my Christmas Extravaganza Giveaway! Today I am giving away one of my favorite books, Reshaping It All! I absolutely adore Candace Cameron Bure and Co-Author Darlene Schacht! So when I found out about this new book, I just had to get it! And that’s a lot coming from me, I’m not a huge reader, nor do I have a lot of free time, so I pick my books carefully! Although it’s been promoted as a weight-loss book, the title reveals that it’s really about reshaping your entire life! In Reshaping It All Candace candidly shares her testimony, and how she embraced a healthier lifestyle by moving faith to the forefront. She encourages women to find their worth in the eyes of God. The bonus side effects off reshaping your lifestyle is that you are motivated to be in better physical and spiritual fitness which naturally leads to weight loss and beautiful the gift of self-control. I received the book and sat down to flip through. I ended up … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2013

Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas!

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Hi everyone! I have a fun giveaway for you today, along with an invitation to pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox if you haven’t already! This year Big Idea and Operation Christmas Child are working together to promote the fall 2013 release of the new VeggieTales Christmas movie, “Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas.”   “To celebrate their 20th anniversaries, Operation Christmas Child and VeggieTales have teamed up to let kids around the world know that they are special and loved by God. Just as the new VeggieTales movie Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas reminds us that the true meaning of Christmas is the birth of Jesus Christ, shoebox gifts demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way and serve as an example of His greatest gift to us.” Visit the Samaritan’s Purse & Veggie Tales webpage to download party packs, including a discounted coupon for Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas DVD! They also have fun coloring pages, downloadable … [Read more...]

NOV
05
2013

Christmas Around the World Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I can’t hardly believe it, but apparently 2013 is just about gone! I don’t know how it’s already November. I feel like this year just flew right by without me noticing. Apparently I was busy homeschooling or something? Anyhoo…on to the point of my post today. I’m so excited to participate in an iHN Thanksgiving/Christmas hop! there will be lots of fun ideas going around the blog-o-sphere today from some seriously talented iHN Bloggers! Everyone is sharing something for Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I thought it would be fun to share a Christmas Around the World Unit Study with everyone.     If you’ve already done my Expedition Earth World Geography Curriculum, then this will be quite familiar to you. What is it? Christmas Around the World is a unit study designed to introduce students to how different cultures across the world celebrate the Christmas holiday! Since it’s nice and simple, you can easily insert this unit wherever … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2012

Merry Christmas 2012 & GIVEAWAY!!

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Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” ~ Luke 2:13-14 Blessings from our family to yours, We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2013! Erica, Jason, Strawberry Shortcake, Turbo, Tinker Bell and the Teeny Tot! While we’re off spending time with family and friends, I wanted to leave you with a little holiday cheer that can be found over here at the Confessions home…courtesy HP Pin the Halls!     As part of the HP Pin the Halls program, I was super excited to receive the EVNY 20 TouchSmart AiO to review, and it was just in time to help me make that super cute video for you! I was also dying to try out the new Windows 8 platform, and true to rumors, it’s super cool! Just like my tablet, it’s a touch screen, which makes it all the easier to use. It is also great for running apps, and you can even … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2012

2013 Mini-Van Express Night!

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Guess what tonight is!? Yep, it’s “Mini-Van Express” night at the Confessions home! Whoot whoot! So what are these golden tickets good for? Besides sheer excitement from most kiddos? Ready to start a Christmas tradition that the whole family will enjoy? I know you’ve all seen The Polar Express, well, this is our own version of that fun adventure! Each year we hide the “Golden Tickets” in our kids’ beds, then get ready for a night full of fun! Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express! Click here to download your golden tickets! P.S. Don’t drive a mini-van? Don’t worry, page 2 has “Christmas Express” tickets, so you can make it work for your family no matter what you’re driving, it could even be a sleigh! ;o) wink…wink… So what the heck is the “Mini-van Express” you’re asking yourself?   We usually start off with a make your own pizza night: Right after dinner, usually an early dinner…*wink, wink*… I have the kids go get ready for bed. While … [Read more...]

DEC
12
2012

2013 Christmas Gift Ideas!

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Hi everyone! Each year I receive emails asking about gift ideas for all of those awesome kiddos in your life! Well, this year I have a packed post of great ideas for the not only the little ones, but you mama’s too! Hope you enjoy! Sorry, apparently I’m really into exclamation points. WARNING: Beware, this post is full of eye-candy, so try to contain yourself, and just to help out, you should be able to click on any of the images below and get to them online… ;o) Stocking Stuffers: Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.)     Tot School: Alphabet Lacing Beads / How to build an A Color Sorting Bears / Magnetic Fishing Game Stacking Cups / VTech Touch & Teach Turtle VTech Write & Learn Letter Book Preschool: Magnetic Color Cubes / Chicka Chicka … [Read more...]

DEC
05
2012

The Ultimate Guide to Christian Christmas Crafts!

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Good morning everyone! I *H*E*A*R*T* Christmas and am so excited to be part of the iHomeschool Network Christmas Blog Hop! We have some great Christmas posts for you each day in December, so make sure to check over at iHomeschool Network to see what’s coming!     Today I’m sharing some great Christian Craft ideas to help keep Jesus the focus of your holiday season! So grab a cup of some warm cocoa and join me for some yummy eye candy!   Printable Nativity Scene by Mama Jenn   Confessions of a homeschooler Advent Calendar   Truth in the Tinsel Ornaments by Mama Jenn: Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 1-6 Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 7-12 Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 13-18 Our Truth in the Tinsel ornaments from Day 19-24   Baby Jesus Craft Kit from Craft Kit and Supplies     Birthday Cake for Jesus from … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2012

FREE Printable Advent Ornaments

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Well, I’m just going to keep adding to the fun today with a brand new Free Advent Ornament Printable for you all! I did one a couple years ago and everyone loved it, but I think it needed a facelift! So without any further ado…I created a fun Advent banner! --> Click here to download the 2012 Advent Ornaments! <--     (Art Work: Santa’s Sleigh digital scrapbook kit used with permission from Carina Gardner. Santa Basics kit may be purchased from www.jessicasprague.com. These printables may NOT be re-sold or re-distributed in any way, they are for your own personal use only.) Supplies: 2012 Advent Ornaments Cardstock & Scissors or paper trimmer Printer Laminator (optional) String, garland, or small Christmas tree Mini wooden clothespins (Found at most craft stores) Directions: Print the ornaments as directed on cardstock then cut out each triangle and laminate for durability. Use mini-clothes pins to attach ornaments to a small … [Read more...]

OCT
17
2012

Operation Christmas Child 2012

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For several years now we have packed shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child.  Their mission is to “demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world” by packing a shoebox full of items for a child in need.  You’ll be surprised at the blessing this can will have on you, your child, and the child receiving the box! This year our Keepers at Home group will be participating in a group packing party! And I’m inviting you to join in on the giving and have your own packing party! 1. Order a a party packing kit from OCC. Samaritan’s Purse has put together some great resources and promotional materials to help you share Christ’s love with others through their Shoe Box Ministry! They shipped me a bunch of boy/girl labels, pre-printed sheets for each girl to fill out with information on where they live, what they like, etc. And also some fun bookmarks and stickers for each girl. 2. Get your OCC packing boxes. You can pick up free OCC packing … [Read more...]