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    2016 iHomeschool Omnibus

    Hi everyone! it’s time for the 2016 iHomeshool Network Omnibus sale! Every year the amazing iHN bloggers put together a huge sale full of awesome resources at an incredibly discounted price for all of you! It’s full of material not just on homeschooling, but parenting, relationships, … [Read More...]

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    May 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hey guys! I’m so excited for May because that means we only have one more month of school left! I start getting really bad summer fever right about now and with the weather warming up I want to do just about anything else besides hang out in the kitchen cooking. So that’s where my monthly meal plans … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Motivating Your Students

    Hi everyone and welcome back to Tip Tuesday! Today we’re talking about how to motivate your students to want to do a good job and work diligently! I think as homeschoolers motivation can be an issue, well it has been for us anyway! My kids tend to think that since they’re at home, they don’t have to … [Read More...]

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    2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our top 2nd grade homeschool curriculum picks with you! As I’ve said before, every family is different, so what works for us may not be the best fit for your family. But hopefully you can use these as a general guide to get started! I hope these posts are helping you … [Read More...]

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    Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken

    Hey guys, I have a super easy and delicious recipe for you today. As most of you know I don’t have a lot of time to fuss around in the kitchen, but I still like to have home-cooked meals as well. This recipe covers both needs beautifully! We have sports in the evenings on most days and so my slow … [Read More...]

MAY
10
2011

Expedition Earth: Kenya

Jambo! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week in Kenya! Of course we started off by stamping our passports! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of Kenya, and Ethiopia Learned about children in of Ethiopia Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a Kenya lapbook activity Read: Living World Encyclopedia about Grasslands Completed and classified animals of Kenya Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made Decorative Necklaces Learned more about Kenya from National Geographic Kids Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Kenya Learned about Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o) Here was my white board for the week: We made some decorative necklaces using paper plates. I think a beaded activity might be more fun here though, these were a little too easy! We learned about … [Read more...]

MAY
09
2011

Easter Egg Dyed Yarn Tutorial

I recently found a wonderful tutorial for using Easter egg dye to create hand dyed yarn and just had to try it! Now, I’m not exactly a rule follower, and the tutorial mentioned prior was too much work for me, so I surfed around and found this tutorial which was much less work. I adjusted it a tad and it still worked, so I’m calling it a success! This is a great project for kids, and it was easy enough that they did most of it on their own, with just a little instruction from me such as measuring and help with the microwave. Supplies: Easter Egg Dye Tablets (I grabbed some after Easter for half off!) Distilled White Vinegar Plastic Wrap Glass Dish (or other microwaveable container, I used a 9x13 pyrex) 6 small dishes for dye tablets Microwave White/Cream Yarn (IMPORTANT: This must be yarn from an animal such as wool, alpaca or silk. If you try to use acrylic or poly-fiber yarns, the dye will not take! Please trust me on this one…) Step 1: Wind yarn into large oval shape, … [Read more...]

MAY
08
2011

Educational Insights $100 Gift Card Giveaway

Hi everyone, I’m so excited today I can barely stand it! So here’s the deal. The totally awesome people at Educational Insights sent me a reward for all the Facebook Fans that I sent their way! And…since it was because of all my wonderful readers that I even won, I really wanted to give something back to you all because you’re the most awesomest readers ever! (And yes, I realize awesomest isn’t really a word, but its my blog and I can make up new words if I want.) So, just ‘cuz I like to share the love…I’m giving away a $100 Educational Insights Gift Card to one lucky reader! Not sure what you’d spend it on? Here are just a few of my favorite things from Educational Insights! The best part is you can get whatever you want, and lots of it with a $100 Gift Card! Ready to win? Rules are below. Good luck to you all, and just before we start, I wanted to extend a BIG THANKS to everyone for reading my blog! Mandatory Entry for Giveaway: Subscribe via email to Confessions of a … [Read more...]

MAY
08
2011

The Well Planned Day Planner Winner

I’d like to say a big thanks to everyone who entered to win The Well Planned Day Planner! Without further ado I’d like to congratulate our winner, Kimberly! I hope you enjoy The Well Planned Day Planner! Thanks so much to everyone for reading my blog, and entering to win! For those of you who didn’t win, you can click here to get your own copy! And stick around Monday for another great giveaway! Trust me, you won’t want to miss this one! ;o) … [Read more...]

MAY
07
2011

Happy Mother’s Day!

I wanted to take a moment today to say “Thank You” to my awesome mom and mother-in-law! You are both so wonderful and caring, and the kids couldn’t love you more! Actually, I think they love you more than me! Probably because you bribe them with mints and let them have popsicles for breakfast. ;o) We are truly honored and blessed to have you both in our lives! And quite frankly, my sanity would be severely in question if it weren’t for your help and support! I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being there, for encouraging us, and for loving us. I pray you have a wonderful day as we celebrate this time with you! … [Read more...]

MAY
06
2011

Digital Scrapbooking Freebie Twill Date Tabs

Well, I think it’s time for a digital scrapbooking freebie! I haven’t done one in awhile, but these were too cute not to share! Presenting my Twill Date Tabs. What’s Included? All files are 300 dpi, .png format, for Personal Use Only 6 Colorful Twill Tabs 24 Date Stamps (.png format) Click here to download the Twill Date Tabs Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbooking supplies: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2011

South African Apple Crumble

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice 1 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Flour 4 Cups Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg dash salt 1/2 Cup Butter, softened 1 1/2 Cups grated cheddar cheese (I would skip this part if I make it again!) Directions: 1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees. 2. Mound apples in a 9” buttered pie plate. 3. Sprinkle with lemon juice. 4. Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter. 5. Spread the mixture over the apples. 6. Top with cheese. (Quite frankly, I didn't like this part, so I'd skip it and just have the crumble!) 7. Bake at 375 Degrees for 45 minutes or until top crust is golden. 8. Serve warm, I think vanilla ice cream is a nice addition to this ;o) --> Click here to see the rest of our South Africa Activities <-- Click here to learn more about my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum! … [Read more...]

MAY
04
2011

Expedition Earth: South Africa

Haai! And welcome to South Africa! We’re having so much fun with our Geography Curriculum this year. I’ve been excited about Africa and it’s finally here! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for South Africa: Some Things We Learned: Where S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town Learned a song in Afrikaans How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book) Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a South Africa lapbook activity Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree) Completed and classified animals of South Africa Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert Learned more about South Africa from National Geographic Kids Learned major landmarks and other fun … [Read more...]

MAY
03
2011

Living Math Ideas

Last week, I reviewed Loving Living Math by Cindy West. I love the ideas she presents in the book, and plan to implement the ideas for next year. (See my review here.) Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m a planner, and so I’ve been working on ideas to add into our homeschool. Of course I’m going to share them with you! For now my plan is to do 4 days of Text Book math, and 1 day of Living Math. I figure if I do 1 Living Math lesson per week, I’ll need at least 34 ideas for next year’s schedule. So far I’ve come up with 45 ideas to pick from. I added in printables where possible to help you implement the ideas in your homeschool as well! --> Click here to download Living Math Ideas <-- This is just a start to my Living Math ideas, and I'd love to hear what you all incorporate in your school as well. The ideas in this download are mainly for early elementary level students. For preschool, you can easily add in any type of counting, sorting, patterning ideas as well. You can even … [Read more...]

MAY
02
2011

Knitting On A Loom

We are involved in a local Keeper’s of the Faith group, and this month we learned how to knit on a loom. We’ve also tried knitting with needles, but for young kids, this is a very easy way to go! It also goes really fast, which helps to encourage! It’s fairly simple once you get started. I realize it’s kind of hard to explain in written form, so here’s a link to a You Tube video if that helps you more. Supplies: Knitting Loom Heavy weight yarn Instructions: Step 1: Wrap the end of the yarn around the peg on the end of the loom and hold the yarn in place to get started. Step 2: Holding the loom vertically, take the yarn attached to the Skeen, and wrap it around the first peg on the right side of your loom. Make sure to wrap yarn over the top of the peg. Pretend you are climbing up a set of stairs, always step on the top of the stair. Step 3: Wrap the yarn around the underside of the first peg and across to the first peg on the left side of your loom, again, going over the top of … [Read more...]