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    October 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I really love living in Colorado because we really get to experience all four seasons here. While I tend to be excited for the start of each of them, I really have to say that fall is my absolute favorite. It’s still nice outside, but the air has a fresh crisp feeling to it. And don’t … [Read More...]

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    The Quilt Block Cookbook

    Hi everyone! I have an exciting announcement for you today! A good friend of mine, Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, just released her new book “The Quilt Block Cookbook” and I’m honored to be part of her blog hop introducing the book as well as showing you some of what I love about … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

    Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

    Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers … [Read More...]

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    Sewing 101: How to Clean Your Iron

    Good morning! Do you get nasty brown gunk on the bottom of your iron? Worried it might come off and stain your fabric? Before you toss out that old iron and buy a new one, I wanted to share a quick and easy method for cleaning your iron and making it look new again!   You will … [Read More...]

MAY
01
2011

Well Planned Day Planner Review & Giveaway

I’m so excited to review The Well Planned Day Planner for you all today! It is a beautiful planner designed specifically as a family homeschool organizer. It’s easy to use, and designed for 4 students. Since I just happen to have 4 kids, I couldn’t resist! I’m also a sucker for pretty flowery things, and these planners are absolutely beautiful inside and outside! It just begs me to open it and flip through it. I’m hoping it will be enough to motivate me to actually plan my year and follow through! --> Click here to preview the planner <-- Each month has a month at a view planner, then weekly planner area (below) where you can list the assignments for 4 students for each subject. I really like how you can see the assignments for all 4 kids at one time. Right now I do one whole page for each student, so I’m flipping through 4 pages of plans each week to fill my workboxes. It think this will simplify my planning and workbox organization as well. What are the … [Read more...]

MAY
01
2011

Living Loving Math Winners

Good Afternoon! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend! I spent the weekend at a marriage retreat with my awesome husband enjoying some much needed time away! But on to business! I’m excited to announce our winners for the Loving Living Math by Cindy West giveaway!  Cindy was kind enough to offer TWO free copies of Loving Living Math to my readers! Congratulations to…drum roll please….{I’m actually making that noise in my head right now} 1. Rebecca at Joys of the Journey! 2. Sonita at Cows Don’t Moo! If you didn’t win, don’t worry, you can get your own copy of Loving Living Math for just $8.95 at Shining Dawn Books! Thanks to everyone for reading, make sure to check back Monday for a Well Planned Day Planner giveaway! … [Read more...]

APR
29
2011

Digital Scrapbooking Element: Muted Flower Pack

As a fun addition to my Bright Flower Pack, I made some more muted flowers for you. I tend to use more of these colors in my layouts, and they’re great for fall type projects. Presenting my Muted Flower Pack: What’s included? All files are 300 dpi .png format, drop shadows not included. For Personal Use Only 8 Colorful Paper Flowers Purchase the Muted Flower Pack for ONLY $1! Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbooking supplies: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

APR
29
2011

Monthly Meal Plan: May 2011

Oh my, can you believe it’s already May? I really don’t know where the year has gone, but I do know that we’re almost out for summer! Yipee! I’m totally ready for a break! Yes, I take summer’s off to relax, re-group and get things ready for next year. Also, if I didn’t take a break I think I’d be sent away to a padded room. So that means it’s time for an updated meal plan! I’m hoping to add some yummy summer recipes soon, but didn’t quite get to it in time for this month. So look for those in June! And, no I don’t actually cook every single day. I skip days to go out or eat left overs, but this at least gives me something to plan for! Click below to download your preferred file type: May 2011 Meal Plan ~ PDF May 2011 Meal Plan ~ Word Doc … [Read more...]

APR
28
2011

TOS Review: Latin’s Not So Tough

This week I reviewed Latin’s Not So Tough from www.greeknstuff.com. Latin’s Not So Tough is a Classical Latin Curriculum designed for young learners. We received level 2, but they have levels 1-6 available. The beginning levels start mostly with vocabulary lessons. Once you get to Level 3 you start with simple sentences, then all the way to Level 6 where you are writing and translating. What’s the Cost? Each level is different, but the full set for Level 2 is $51.40. It comes with a Student Workbook, Answers Key, Full Text, Quizzes/Exams, Flashcards on a ring, Pronunciation CD or Cassette, and Classical Alphabet Books. Click here to see the Pricing for all of the Levels. What did we think? It was a bit confusing to learn the same letters only with different names and sometimes different sounds as well. I think it would be better suited for kids who are a bit older and aren’t working on learning to read. I do like how the workbook is laid out, with plenty of review and practice. The … [Read more...]

APR
27
2011

Homemade Calzones

One of our favorite meals are homemade Calzones! I wanted to share this easy recipe with you too since I am asked for it weekly.  I think my son would eat it every day if he could! These are so easy, you probably have the ingredients already! So go ahead, make ‘em tonight, your family will rejoice! Ingredients: 1 loaf Rhode’s Frozen Bread Dough (You can also use  homemade pizza dough, or even Pillsbury Pizza Dough!) 1 Jar of your favorite Marinara Sauce (I make my own usually, but when in a hurry we use Barilla Tomato & Basil) Mozzarella Cheese, shredded Toppings: Canadian Bacon, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Browned Sausage, Black Olives, Green Bell Peppers, Onions, etc. Directions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Step 2: Follow dough thawing instructions or make your own. If you use Rhode’s Frozen dough, place frozen dough in greased bowl and cover with a towel or greased plastic wrap. Let rise 6-7 hours or until doubled. Step 3: Divide dough into equal parts for … [Read more...]

APR
27
2011

Circle of Moms Top Homeschool Blogs!

Hi everyone! I’m excited to be nominated for Circle of Moms Top Homeschooling Blogs!!!  Of course I would to have your vote, but its also a great resource where you can find some more awesome homeschool bloggers! I’ve found so many great resources from fellow homeschool bloggers, so I’m honored to be part of this community! You can vote for as many blogs as you like EVERY day from now until May 11, 2011.  Also, if you are a homeschool blogger, be sure to add your blog to the list!  I am voting daily for my favorites! How can you vote? You don’t need to sign in, simply click the button below to vote for Confessions of a Homeschooler, then click the little thumbs up icon to place your vote and support the online homeschooling community! Click here to see all of the Top Homeschooling Blogs … [Read more...]

APR
26
2011

What’s in the Box Wednesday: First Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday! I’ve been trying to get back to adding in fun things to our workboxes lately! With the end of our year in sight, I’ve been slacking a little, but the kids notice and have requested more fun things. These were our first grade boxes for today: Abeka Reading Abeka Letters and Sounds Tape Measure It: This is a favorite! I give my son a tape measure, and a chart of objects for him to find and measure. He records the length of each object. On page 2 of the printout, he charts the objects based on length then lets me know which one was longest and shortest. Math U See Alpha Abeka Language iPhone Math Bingo: Another Favorite, anytime I can add in a fun educational iPhone app, they love it! AbekaLetters and Sounds Test A Reason for Handwriting T All About Spelling Level 2: I LOVE THIS PROGRAM! Have workboxes to share? Leave your blog in the comments, I’d love to see them! … [Read more...]

APR
25
2011

Princess Preschool Activities

I’m a contributing writer for Totally Tots Blog, and since this month’s theme was Princesses, I couldn’t resist creating some of my Letter of the Week activities to go with the Princess Theme! Bible Verse: “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14 Numerical Order Puzzle: This is a new item added to my K4 Curriculum! Simply cut out each strip of the puzzle, then arrange in numerical order to complete! Princess Reading: Do Princesses wear Hiking Boots? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle (See bottom of post for more books by Carmela LaVigna Coyle) This cute book portrays a young lady asking her mom questions about what it means to be a princess. It’s a rhyming book full of whimsical questions and answers, concluding with the question and answer “Do princesses look at all like me?” and the mom responds “Look inside yourself and see…” Outside Activity: Go take a hike! Literally ;o) Math Activity: Princes Counting! … [Read more...]

APR
24
2011

Loving Living Math Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to review Loving Living Math by Cindy West for you today! I listened to Cindy’s session at the last HOTM Online conference and immediately wanted to add some living math into our homeschool days! What is Living Math? Living Math is simply introducing math to your students using real-life situations. It is typically hands-on, fun, and can include anything from board games, cooking, logic games, and more! Cindy suggests using your standard math text book 3 days a week, then using fun living math lessons 2 days a week. I haven’t quite gotten that far yet, but I am planning to implement these lessons next year. I am currently planning to do 4 days of text book math, then one day of fun Living Math. What’s Included? Cindy’s book has ideas, resources, and printables for topics such as: Logic Problem solving Manipulatives Skill and drill Living literature Games Everyday opportunities Math projects Writing Incorporating other subjects Technology … [Read more...]