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    How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

    Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m sure … [Read More...]

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    DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

    Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas … [Read More...]

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    How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

      You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring … [Read More...]

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    DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

    Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And … [Read More...]

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    DIY Reindeer Treats!

    Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get … [Read More...]

JUL
22
2010

Travel Kit Review

My first review for TOS Homeschool Crew is a new e- Book called Travel Kits by The old Schoolhouse. The Travel Kits book is a wonderful resource for families that travel often. It contains 93 pages of fun filled ideas complete with colorful pictures to help you create your own super fun, creative travel kits all for just $12.45! So What is a Travel Kit? A Travel Kit is a collection of items geared to entertain your tiny passengers, thus making the trip more pleasant for everyone. The items are chosen, purchased (or baked, rented, checked out of the library, or crafted), and then wrapped individually. The components of your travel kit are assembled in an appealing, creative, hardy “container” that will easily fit in your vehicle, within easy reach of the passengers (or Mom’s reach, if you have very young children). Travel Kits are also a great way to bless friends, relatives and neighbors! What’s Included? Small cars, Big Cars Small Price, Big Price Packs for … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2010

Our Garden: June Update

I know it's already July, but I'm just now getting around to sharing these photos from June! I showed some of our seedling plants in my first garden post this year, and here’s where they are now! They’ve been successfully transplanted and seem to be thriving despite the unusually cold start they had followed by the lovely harsh wind that’s been ripping through our state. Our first bed has onions, lettuce, carrots, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, snap peas, peppers, tomatoes, basil and parsley. Our second bed contains strawberries, watermelon, and cantaloupe. The third bed isn’t worth showing, its mostly corn, cucumbers and zucchini but they’re still babies. I’m getting a canning lesson from my good friend at Our Family Homestead this weekend and will share that with you once I know what the heck I’m doing! … [Read more...]

JUL
20
2010

Homemade Strawberry Jam

We had our Keepers Meeting tonight and we made our very own homemade strawberry jam! Yum! It was so easy, I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. This is NOT a canning recipe, I’ll cover more of that in a later post, but for this we put the jam in jars and then into the refrigerator. They should be good for about a month. So don’t be afraid, YOU CAN DO IT! And the taste is WORTH it! Ingredients: 4 pints of strawberries (cut off stems, wash & chop) 7 cups sugar 1 pkg fruit pectin (I used Ball Brand) Equipment: Potato masher Large sauce pan Glass Jars, seals and lids (Recipe makes about 8 cups, or 5 pint sized jars) Metal Spoon Measuring Cup STEP 1: Put 5 cups of strawberries into large sauce pan and using potato masher, mash strawberries until pulpy (is that a word?). We left some chunks just ‘cuz we like it! STEP 1.5: Make sure to sample the strawberries for freshness! STEP 2: Stir in 1 pkg of fruit pectin into the strawberry mixture and place on stovetop. … [Read more...]

JUL
19
2010

Find It Games Winner!

I’m sorry for posting this a day late, but here is the winner for the Find It Games Giveaway! Congratulations Amy from Amy’s Coupon Class! … [Read more...]

JUL
19
2010

CSN Giveaway

When CSN contacted me to do a giveaway on my blog, I originally said no. I didn’t think they’d have anything that pertained to my readers and I strive to remain dedicated to homeschooling on this blog and do not to take on advertisements for companies. But then I found out that they have educational games galore! So when they offered ma a $40 coupon to give to one of you, I changed my mind! And after looking over their website, I found this cool Table Lamp, they also have tons of Home Decor stuff and actually TONS of stores are affiliated with them! Of course my favorite section is the Developmental and Educational Toys section. Here’s what’s on my educational wish list: So now that you know they have some great stuff at CSN, we can do the giveaway! CSN has offered me a $40 coupon to give to one of you! Here’s how to win: ~ Contest is CLOSED~ Leave a comment here to let me know you are interested in winning a free $40 Coupon to CSN! For optional additional entries: Visit … [Read more...]

JUL
18
2010

Molly Green Fresh Cookbook

I found this great summer time recipe book from Econobusters today, and the best part is that it is FREE! It’s called Molly Green Fresh and it is a 22 page summer time recipe book using fresh ingredients to help you get more fruits and veggies into your menu! Some of the yummy recipes included are: Mango Lime Sorbet—fresh is best and nutritious too. Something-Special Lemonade—with watermelon ice cubes. Grilled Fruit Shish Kebabs With Chocolate Sauce—a perfect party idea! Fresh Lemonade Popsicles—a fun-in-the-sun special treat. Fruit Smoothie—suit yourself with variation ideas. Yogurt, Fruit, & Granola Parfaits—fun to make and eat! There are even helpful tips on most pages with tips on washing produce, relieving sunburns, making your own laundry detergent, keeping bugs away from your picnics and more! Have a great summer, full of healthy goodies! … [Read more...]

JUL
17
2010

TOS Blog Hop

Hi everyone, I announce earlier that I am joining the 2010-2011 TOS Review Crew. Yipee! Anyway, they are doing a blog hop to help get to know one another and I wanted to share these great homeschooling blogs with you all as well, so here’s a list, make sure to check them out for a TON of great homeschooling ideas! There are more blogs I’ll share as I get them, but here are some to start you out: 1. Second Star to the Right and Straight On Till Morning 2. Surviving The Testosterone 3. Family Style School 4. School Around The Bible 5. 1628 The Story of The Goebels 5 6. Morris Family Madness 7. Homeschool Musings 8. Homeschooling (and then some!) 9. Heartfelt Homeschooling 10. following Him home 11. Reaping a Harvest 12. Pink & Orange Coffee 13. Live, Laugh, Learn! 14. Mrs. Mandy's Musings 15. The Fantastic Five 16. Refined Metals Academy 17. Just A Moment in Time 18. Providence Farm 19. My Journey 20. Petra School Make sure to leave a comment if you … [Read more...]

JUL
16
2010

Crumpled Name Tags

I have  a fun set of digital scrapbooking Crumpled Name Tags to share with you today! What’s Included? 8 Crumpled Name Tags 2 Staples {All files 300dpi, .png file format, Drop Shadows not incl.} Crumpled Name Tags: ONLY $1! Happy Scrappin’! Click here to visit my Digital Scrapbooking store! … [Read more...]

JUL
15
2010

Rainbow Eraser Painting

For this stART project, we read What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann I got the eraser dot painting idea from Mama Jenn’s Blog. And just to make life easier, I downloaded this rainbow worksheet from Making Learning Fun. I put out paint cups with red, yellow, and blue paint in them. Then we mixed them together to make the secondary colors. After that they were free to dot paint their rainbows using the eraser end of their pencils. Here were our results: Hope you have fun! Click here for the rest of our Letter R for Rainbow activities! For more stART projects, be sure to click the button below! … [Read more...]

JUL
14
2010

2010-2011 Curriculum Plan

With summer almost half over, I’m getting that feeling that I should have already been working diligently on next year’s plan of attack! So, after about 4 weeks of total procrastination I think I’ve finally got a working plan. Here’s our list of curriculum choices for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year: Preschool: Since I”m not ready to launch my 4 year old into Kindergarten, we’re going to repeat our Letter of the Week curriculum, but this year we’ll be “kicking-up-a-notch”, think Emeril BAM! Of course I’ll post the printables as we go. My preschooler will also participate in the art, geography and science along with the other kiddos. Art: We’re doing a Geography based year so we’ll be using Global Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl. I’ll also finish up with last year’s I Can Do All Things and How to Teach Art to Children if we have time. Bible: I’m planning on continuing on with our Abeka Bible Series along with Nest Family Videos. Our children LOVE these videos and I have to say it’s … [Read more...]