OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I helped Tinker Bell (8), though she did most of her own sewing. And then I sat with the Teeny Tot on my lap and helped her sew everything. So I would say it is a great DIY project for kiddos 8 and up. Ready to get your craft on? Let’s get started! Supplies: 4 bandanas or 4 pieces of fabric approx. 20”x20”  (You can get bandanas for $1 at Walmart or the Dollar Store) 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for back side (We picked a pattern, but you can do whatever you like.) 1 1/2 yds. batting (We used the thinnest one we could find, see picture below. And I prefer the natural material to the synthetic.) Coordinating Thread Scissors Coordinating Embroidery floss (We just used some from … [Read more...]

JAN
22
2014

Rainbow Loom Earrings Tutorial

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Hi everyone! My kids have been getting their craft on with some serious Rainbow Loom action these days! We purchased them as gifts, and man was that one of the best gifts EVER!! I’ll be sharing some of the fun things they have made, but let’s just say that they definitely didn’t stop at those plain old single row bracelets! Oh NO my friends. They’ve moved on. We’ve got earrings. Penguins. Necklaces. Turtles. Unicorns. Pencils. And a variety of super fancy bracelets. Ones that take more than one loom if you get my drift. But those will all come on another day. Today Strawberry Shortcake is doing a Rainbow Loom Earring tutorial for you! Tip: Purchase the real Rainbow Loom’s and not the knock-off’s. We purchased ours at Michael’s Craft store, and I believe that is currently the only approved retailer for this product. The main reason being some projects require you to re-arrange your loom, or even use more than one loom and the Rainbow Loom is the only one at this … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 4: Women Living Well

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Good morning awesome readers! Are you ready for another fun giveaway day? I hope so because today I am honored to share a book for all of you ladies out there! Men don’t check out now, this is a GREAT Christmas present for the woman in your life too! One of my good blogging friends Courtney Joseph from Women Living Well has put together a true blessing in her new book Women Living Well!   Women Living Well is an eloquent and inspiring book full of practical encouragement as well as tangible steps we can all take to bring our walk closer to the Lord. Courtney addresses struggles that every woman faces and provides wonderful insight into how we can fully redeem the precious time we have with our Lord, our families, and our roles as Christian women living in today’s world. ~ Erica Check out this video trailer about Women Living Well… What is Women Living Well? Women desire to live well. However, living well in this modern world is a challenge. The pace of life, along … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2013

40 Days of Christmas Giveaways!

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Good morning everyone! Today I have a special post for you! Why you ask? iHomeschool Network is giving away a free copy of my eBook: Homeschooling 101 on their 40 Days of Christmas Giveaways today! So don’t delay, head over and click on Day 10 to enter to win!   For those of you who don’t know yet, iHomeschool Network and it’s supporters have joined together to share some Christmas cheer with YOU! That’s right, just like the title says, they’re giving away one fabulous prize every day for 40 days! What!!? You heard me! During the time frame of November 1st – December 8th you will have the opportunity to win 38 amazing prizes from 38 phenomenal sponsors. But we are not stopping there! On December 9th, the 39th day, you will have the chance to win a $400 cash prize from the bloggers of iHomeschool Network! And if that isn’t awesomely amazing enough, on December 10th, the 40th day of the event, you will be able to win one of each prize (including an … [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...]

MAY
27
2012

Hearts at Home Gift Certificate Giveaway

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I have a great giveaway for you today! Hearts at Home Discount Curriculum store is offering a $50 gift card to one of you that is good for anything in their store! Hearts at Home Store is a great resource for all of your homeschooling needs. With over 200 popular publishers and 10,000 + products, you will not only find super low prices, but they offer fast shipping throughout USA and Canada.     Some of my favorite things about Hearts at Home: Some of the great things about Hearts at Home: Christian homeschool family owned and operated since 2005 Save up to 30% on popular curriculum everyday Earn rewards points on all purchases Same day/next day shipping Price matching – if you find it lower they try to match or beat it! Great customer service, I know Carrie personally and she’s fabulous! I usually do my best to get the cheapest prices on our curriculum that I can. Whether that means buying used, or searching the internet for the best price! So of … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2011

2011 Christmas Gift List

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I hope you are preparing for a lovely Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends, and gearing up for all those crazy Black Friday sales!  Here are some of our top picks for 2011 to help you out! And just to make it a little better, these have all been approved by Teeny Tot, Tinkerbell, Turbo and Strawberry shortcake themselves! (Although I did have to remind them that I run an educational blog a few times! LOL!)   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.) Kids Gifts: Stack & Match Magnet Rings Magnetic Mosaic Design Board Alligator Uppercase Puzzle Bead Sequencing Kit Wedgits Zoob Building Set       Dino Digs (Seriously a huge hit in our house! PlayFoam KaBam Kanoodle GeoSafari® Talking Electron … [Read more...]

NOV
22
2010

2010 Christmas Gift List for Kids

I’ve had a few people ask for me to share some Kids Christmas gift ideas for this year. This is a compilation of fun stuff and educational stuff. 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) 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 Boom Boom Lakeshore Color Sorting Baskets / Do A Dot Markers Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards / Color Cube Activity Cards & Color Blocks Magnetic Pattern Blocks / VTech V.Reader Monkeying Around / My First Sticky Mosaics Letter of the Week Curriculum 1st & 2nd Grade: Magnetic Mosaics / Qwirkle / Pick and Draw Intermed. Pattern Block … [Read more...]