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    Word of Life Devotions Review

    Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests to do a review of the Word of Life Devotions that we started using last year. I really like these devotions, they’re fairly short and easy for my kids to complete. And their a great way to get them in the habit of getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. They … [Read More...]

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    Friends & Heroes Family Devotion Giveaway

    Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Friends & Heroes just came out with a new family devotion pack that I wanted to share with you all! The Family devotions are designed to be easy to use, parent-led  devotions for families with children ages 5-12. They include 26 weeks of … [Read More...]

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    Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern

    Hey guys! I’m so excited to be releasing my very first quilt pattern! It’s called Vintage Christmas and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!   I mean who doesn’t love heading out to look for that perfect Christmas tree? This one was super fun to make, and fairly quick to put … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric

    Hey guys,  and welcome back to my Quilting 101 series! I hope these videos are helping you with basic sewing and quilting techniques! Today I’ll be sharing my helpful pressing tips and tricks. We’ll also talk about how to read pressing instructions on patterns, and how to fix common seam problems. … [Read More...]

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    World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

    Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about … [Read More...]

JUN
20
2011

Digital Scrapbook Alphabet: Floral Vellum

I’ve been having a great time this summer creating Digital Scrapbooking Supplies for you and me! It’s a passion of mine, and something I don’t have a ton of time to do, but when I get a chance….oh baby! I’m so all over it! Today I’m releasing my Floral Vellum Alphabet. One of the things I absolutely loved about traditional scrapbooking was the alphabet sets. I had tons of different kinds, and the clear plastic type were some of my favorites! The thing I didn’t like, was that once you spelled a title for one layout the chances of you having enough letters to make another layout were slim. Well….with digital scrapbooking that doesn’t happen! Supplies can be used over and over and over and over and over…you get the point. So how can you go wrong? Something you spend barely a buck on but can be reused infinitely…well now that’s a deal I just can’t pass up! Sorry…I’ll quit my babbling about digital scrapbooking and get on with the info. All files are 300 dpi, elements are in … [Read more...]

JUN
19
2011

Guidecraft Review & Giveaway: Fraction Action

Hi everyone! Can anyone guess what today is? You got it, it’s Guidecraft review and giveaway day, yipee! Today we had the pleasure of reviewing the Fraction Action set and Fraction Cups set. I don’t know what it is about wooden toys, but I really love them! These are great as a math supplement too! And apparently so do my kiddos, because I’ve found these out multiple times since we received them! The Teeny Tot has commandeered these as her own. Anyone who tries to touch them has to answer to her. She did really well fitting all the pieces into the grooves, but once I stopped working with her, she went on to making her own creations, stacking, mixing, seeing which pieces fit where. Later she realized she could build some fun stuff with the blocks. Then she knocked them down. And literally the second she walked away, an intruder came in… Of course I used them in math the other day to demonstrate actual fractions to my first grader, he got it quite quickly and it’s always nice to … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2011

Ministry of Motherhood: Week 5

“Yet often, I think, we get lost in these multitudinous tasks that rule our lives, and we lose sight of the underlying purpose behind all these tasks, which is to prepare our children to go into the world and make disciples for our Lord.” – Sally Clarkson S.O.A.P Downloads for Week 5 S.O.A.P Discussion Week 5 Book Discussion for Week 5 My thoughts for this week: Well, that’s me in a nutshell!  Always distracted and overwhelmed with daily tasks of keeping my household running. Of course I forget the main purpose behind the monotony of the laundry, who wouldn’t! But that doesn’t change the fact that we will be held responsible for what we did with these little hearts we are given. And how faithful we were in seeking to pass on His message and purpose to them. One of my goals this week is to make more of an effort to show my children their individual potential and inspire them for God’s purposes! Sally gives us a few examples of how she used her children’s strengths to encourage … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2011

Australia Craft: Sponge Art Activity

G’Day Mate! Welcome to our artistic celebration of the Great Barrier Reef ! We had such a great time exploring through Australia this week and spent a lot of time learning about the Great Barrier Reef , looking at pictures, videos and reading about it! Did you know the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the world? It is located off the northeastern shores of Australia and consists of more than 2,900 coral reefs, 900 continental islands, 300 coral cays and thousands of species making it one of the world’s most complex ecosystems! The animals found in the reef include over 1500 species of sponges, 1500 species of marine fish, 30 species of whales and dolphins, 6 species of marine turtles, 22 species of seabirds, 125 species of sharks and stingray, and close to 5,000 species of mollusks, including the giant clam, and well…I could go on and on! It’s even considered one of the seven wonders of the natural world! To go along with our Expedition Earth Australia study, we … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2011

Sweet Broccoli Salad Recipe

Well, I really should preface this recipe by saying it was NOT loved by all…except me…I ate almost the whole bowl…I know, not on my diet plan, don’t remind me! But in my defense, its deceptively healthy looking with all that broccoli! That said, Sweet Broccoli Salad is apparently an acquired taste. And if my husband didn’t hate broccoli…and my kids didn’t hate onion…then maybe it would’ve gone over better, but I’m going to share this with you anyway for 2 reasons. Because its my blog and I can do what I want. Also because I have to come here to find my own recipes from time to time as they get lost in paper piles. Maybe…just maybe…there’s some of you out there who might find this tasty and I’d hate to take the risk of not sharing it! You can decide for yourself. Salad: 1 ½ -2 lbs. of raw broccoli 1 cup of craisins or raisins (I used craisins) 1 cup cashews ½ cup crumbled bacon bits ½ cup chopped red onions (I did a little less here) Dressing: 1 cup mayonnaise ½ cup sugar (just … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2011

Digital Scrapbooking Supplies: Journal Spots

I have some fun digital scrapbooking Journaling Stamps for you today! They are great for adding journaling to any scrapbooking layout! The files include .png and photoshop brush (.abr) formats for ease of use. What’s Included? All files are 300 dpi, and include .png and .abr formats, all files for personal use only. 12 transparent journaling stamps 10 transparent word art stamps .abr photoshop brush Purchase the Journal Spots for ONLY $1! Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbooking supplies: New to Digital Scrapbooking ? Click here! … [Read more...]

JUN
12
2011

All About Reading Review

As most of you know, I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE All About Spelling! So…I was totally excited when I got the honor of reviewing the All About Reading Level Pre-1! I have to say we’ve had so much fun! First off the kids all attacked me when they saw Zigzag Zebra (My kids immediately changed his name to Ziggy). I mean who doesn’t love a fluffy zebra puppet, and it is a genius way to make reading more fun! So fun in fact that my 2nd grader offered to read to my preschooler just so she could play with it! So What’s it All About? The All About Reading Level Pre-1 is a reading program for preschool and kindergarten age children. They focus on what they call the “Big Five Skills” that are important for preparing children to read. What are the “Big Five”? Letter Knowledge Phonological Awareness Print Awareness Listening Comprehension Motivation to Read For the Teacher, All About Reading Level Pre-1 includes an in-depth Teacher’s Guide much like the All About … [Read more...]

JUN
11
2011

Weekly Day Planner Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Weekly Homeschool Planner! Congratulations to  Heather from Reese’s Righteous Recipes! I’ve sent you an email, and Jolanthe will be contacting you shortly with your prize! Thanks so much for entering, if you didn’t win,visit Homeschool Creations to get your own copy! … [Read more...]

JUN
10
2011

Digital Scrapbooking Supplies: Date Journal Spots

I have some fun digital scrapbooking Date Journal Spots to share with you today! They come in several colors including photoshop brush .abr files. They’re a fun journaling accent to add to any page! What’s Included? All files are 300dpi, .png and .abr photoshop brush formats, personal use only. 24 Colorful Date Journal Spot (2010-2011 included) 1 Blank Journal Spot so you can add your own date .png & .abr file formats included Purchase the Date Journaling Spots for ONLY $1! Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbooking supplies: New to Digital Scrapbooking ? Click here! … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2011

Ministry of Motherhood Week 4

"Words are powerful, the Bible is full of that message" .... “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Prov. 15:1 … looks like it’s another convicting week for me! Unfortunately I can often be harsh and critical when talking to my kids…I don’t know why? "Don't do that, put that down, get off the refrigerator..." I’ve read this verse over and over again… And you'd think I'd be better at it already considering I also have Ephesians 4:29 plastered on our homeschool wall…and I repeat it to my children constantly: "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Eph. 4:29 But sadly I still seem to I fail on a daily basis! Obviously it’s a common issue as God’s Word repeatedly cautions us to be careful with our tongues…but I’m a slow learner. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:7-9 She … [Read more...]