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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

    Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had … [Read More...]

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    Affiliate Love…

    Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

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    Heidi Unit Study

    Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun … [Read More...]

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    Summer Vacation 2014

    It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing … [Read More...]

JUL
11
2010

Find It Review & Giveaway

We’ve been obsessed with a new game that arrived this week, everyone including the Teeny Tot has gotten involved! What am I talking about? Find It! So what is a Find It Game? Find it games are large cylinders filled with all sorts of fun objects hidden in tiny plastic confetti. The object of the game is simple: Spin it, shake it, twist it until you find all the hidden items! You can time it to make it more of a challenge too. Each game comes with score cards so you can check off each time you find an object, the first one to find them all wins! Find It can be played with a crowd or alone, ages 3-adult. They come in all different themes such as beach, bird watch, kids version, zoo theme, sports, glitz/glamour and the Wizard of Oz! They are also great to take in the car on road trips as well! I’d also like to note how big they are, I was expecting a tiny little soda pop can sized game, but these things are about 10.5” tall! My thoughts: When Find It Games emailed me, I requested to … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2010

Liberty Lapbook Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Liberty Lapbook from Egghead Academics! As promised, we have a winner! Congratulations to Embracing Destiny   Stay tuned tomorrow for a Find It Game review and Giveaway! … [Read more...]

JUL
09
2010

Bloom Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Hi everyone, I’m really excited to announce my very first Digital Scrapbooking Kit and my new company! After A LOT of long and hard work, I am very happy with the results for my first kit: BLOOM. I wanted to share it here with all of you as well! Without further ado, here’s the BLOOM kit: What’s included? 17 12x12 Papers 2 Torn Edge Papers 1 Felt Stitched Alphabet 1 Date Brush (.abr & .png files included) 1 Bended corner frame (not pictured, Shadow & No Shadow) 1 Flower 3 Glass Page Pebbles 3 Ribbons 1 Paper Clip 2 Staples 1 Twine 1 Border Stitching 13 Tags 3 Journal Spots 1 Bloom WordArt   Get the full Bloom Kit for just$3.00! NOTE:You will receive download links immediately following your purchase. Hope you all like it and I’d love any feedback you have for me as I’m just starting out. But you know, don’t be too harsh lest I break down and cry ;o) … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2010

Magnetic Mosaics

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, today I’m doing it a bit differently and instead of showing all the boxes for a certain grade, I’m showing what was in our “Fun Box” that everyone received! A nice reader led me to these super fun Orb Factory Magnetic Mosaics! I like that they are re-usable. We’ve done the Sticky Mosaics, which are also fun, but once they’re done, well, they’re done. And let’s face it, they’re not cheap, so this is a great alternative! The only downfall is that the box came with enough to create 1 picture at a time, and with 2 kids trying to work simultaneously, well, you can see that there may have been a small issue. The other thing is that the sheets are VERY thin, so you have to be careful not to rip them. I am going to try and laminate them, but the magnets aren’t super strong, so I’m a little worried about whether they’ll still work. We’ll see… That said, we really did love these, and they still get pulled out frequently! I bought mine at a local … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2010

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors!

We just finished up our Life of Joseph Bible Study and I found this great craft on Delightful Learning so we had to do it! I used a box of tissue paper squares since I didn’t have fabric. (I got them at Lakeshore Learning, and probably paid way too much, but all the colors and pre-cut squares seemed worth it to me for all the crafts we use tissue paper for!) The words showed through a bit, so if you use tissue paper, turn the paper with the square on it over, and glue to the other side without the words! It’s fairly simple, just print the worksheets from Christian Crafts. Then cut out the coat from page 1 leaving the outside intact: Next fill the square on page 2 with colorful paper, fabric, ribbon, paint or tissue paper. Next we painted glue around the outside of the colorful square and glued page 1 on top of page 2 to reveal our colorful coats!. Here are our finished coats:Review the verse and story! If you need ideas for this unit, we like the Nest Family Videos! They are a video, … [Read more...]

JUL
06
2010

Waffle Egg & Cheese Sandwich

I tried this recipe after seeing it on Muffin Tin Mom a while back. I had one child not too fond of it, but she also doesn’t like eggs a whole lot. This recipe is from Incredible Egg, if you haven’t already, check out their site, they have tons of great recipes! Ingredients: Frozen Waffles (2 per sandwich) 1 egg, beaten 1 slice colby-jack or american cheese optional: 1 slice Canadian bacon Directions: HEAT oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and put frozen waffles on baking sheet. Spoon egg over waffles, spreading to fill cavities. (Careful here, it overflows quickly!) Top with Canadian bacon slice. BAKE in 400°F oven until egg is set and waffles are crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. TOP one waffle with cheese. COVER with remaining waffle and press together. LET STAND 1 minute to allow cheese to melt. Serve with your favorite fruit or smoothie and enjoy! … [Read more...]

JUL
03
2010

Liberty Lapbook GiveAway

Hi everyone, I have an exciting giveaway for you today! In honor of Independence Day the kind folks at Egghead Academics have graciously offered a free copy of their Liberty-The Founding of a Country lapbook to one of my readers! It’s perfect for learning how our country was formed! It includes topics such as: Early America The American Revolution The Declaration of Independence US Constitution Women in History Symbols in History (Flag, Liberty Bell) Reading List Lapbooking Activities Quizzes, word scrambles, word searches, mazes and more! Click here to see a sample of the Liberty Lapbook Enter the GIVEAWAY! ~ CONTEST IS CLOSED~ Leave a comment here to let me know you are interested in winning a free copy of Liberty – The Founding of a Country OPTIONAL Additional Entries: Visit the Egghead Academics website and come back and leave a comment telling me which is your favorite lapbook! Subscribe to Confessions of a Homeschooler an extra entry. Tweet or blog about … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2010

Friday Freebie: Fourth of July Template

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday! Since we’re nearing Independence Day, I thought I’d share this star template with you. It was inspired from a class at www.jessicasprague.com where I’ve learned most of my digital skills! Download Star Template Here’s my layout: Supplies: Pattern Paper by Anna Aspnes MonoBlendz Paperie Lima (re-colored); flourish by Katie Pertiet Grunged Up Photo Block No2, Date Tabs & Journal paper by Katie Pertiet ; Font Amerika, VTPortable Remington Happy Independence Day! … [Read more...]

JUL
01
2010

Moon Sand: What was I thinking?

Moon Sand: It looks harmless enough, and its even super fun to play with. The best part is that it’s non-hardening & never dries out, so you can use it over and over again, really you’ll have it forever! (Or until enough is swept off the floor and tossed into the trash that there’s none left. This is what I’m hoping for but the stuff just won’t go away!)There’s only one problem, from my perspective that is. It always starts like this, seemingly innocent children, playing quietly with sand that’s kept neatly inside their learning trays.But somehow, it ALWAYS ends up spread in a fine dust all over my nicely cleaned floor. (Its a love/hate relationship…much like my feelings about glitter.)But if you can prepare yourself for the inevitable mess, it will afford your children about an hour of creating time, and fun play. You can roll it out and cut with cookie cutters, mold into almost any shape, build towers, sand castles, and small little heart thingies that your 3 year old loves to … [Read more...]

JUN
30
2010

PowerSpeak Spanish Update

I promised an update on how we like our PowerSpeak Spanish program and a lovely reader reminded me I haven’t done it yet! We’ve been using it for about 5 months now and I have to say we still LOVE it! (Click here to read my initial review) This program really makes learning a language fun and exciting. As a parent I love the features they have on your dashboard. You can have more than one student (they each login separately) and it has a parent section so you can go in and check progress, grades etc.  We definitely plan to continue on to Spanish 2 when we’ve finished with Spanish 1. The only thing I don't like is that they don’t have more lessons! Currently they only offer Language Levels 1 & 2 for elementary level students, each level is 6 months to complete, so you could potentially do both in a year. So that means there’ll be a big break, then the next avail. lessons are Levels 1-2 for middle school. I think that might bit of a jump for my 7 year old to move into a … [Read more...]