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    Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

    Hi everyone! After I put up my video on a day in our lives I’ve had several requests for a hair tutorial video. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so here we go. Check out the video below to see how I create these loose curls!   While I take a shower daily, my hairdresser advised … [Read More...]

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    I’m Quilting. Say What? WIP

    What’s WIP you ask? It stands for “work in progress”. And I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot of WIP posts from me in the future. I know I haven’t posted much on my quilting projects, but that is because I’m kind of a new addict. So today marks my first, and hopefully not last, WIP post! I started … [Read More...]

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    A Day in the Life of a Kindergartener

    Happy new year everyone! School is officially back in session and we’re all rip-roaring ready to go! Well, kind of. Mostly we’re still mentally on vacation. But… We have to start sometime or we’ll be doing school over the summer, and no one wants that! So I thought I’d take time today to do a … [Read More...]

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    LEGO Education Go Carts & Sleds

    We've been using the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms for our Co-op group for awhile now. Since we only meet once a month this kit is lasting us about 2 academic years which is nice. So far we've had a great time, and today we learned all about go carts and sleds. The lesson … [Read More...]

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    Strawberry, Pecan, Feta Salad Recipe

    This gorgeous salad is quick and easy, not to mention delicious!   I don’t always like to eat “kid food” for lunch, so I’m always looking for something a little more adult I can pull together. I found this pack of honey roasted pecans in the salad dressing isle of my grocery store and … [Read More...]

AUG
13
2010

SMEAD Stadium File Folder & Super Tabs

I recently had the chance to do a review for Get Buttoned Up on the SMEAD Stadium File Folder and Super Tab Folders. I mean what homeschooler would turn down the opportunity to get some nice new shiny organizing tools right? I have to say that I love this thing, it was the perfect way to organize my Expedition Earth Geography Units for the year! The Super Tab Files have double the label space which made them nice and easy to read and the Stadium File was a great way to organize everything in a manner that was easy to see and use! The only thing I wished was that the Super Tabs came with labels you could print, I had to use my own which were the smaller labels, but there is enough room that you could easily use them with mailing labels. Otherwise, it’s a great way to organize all the clutter that comes with homeschooling! If you’re interested here is a list of places they are available: Stadium File     -Office Depot     -Franklin Covey … [Read more...]

AUG
12
2010

Our Homeschool Room 2010-2011

Ack! Ok everyone, I’m just trying to keep it real here and show you what kind of disaster occurred to my beloved school room over the summer. The kids playing in here definitely took its toll and I was procrastinating even going in there! But fear not, this is definitely the BEFORE picture! And after several hours complete madness one evening…ahh, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. Everyone left me alone while I was working on this, I think they could sense the urgency. Here’s the AFTER picture: Is it wrong that I don’t want to let my kids in here now? I organized all of our manipulative containers in shelves along the back wall. I tried to put all the pre-k stuff on the pink shelves and then the math stuff and older kid’s manipulatives on the blue shelves. The only dangerous thing here is that the Teeny Tot can easily get to all of this, but then it will also eliminate the climbing that was going on before, so… The blue and white drawers contain puzzles, coloring supplies, … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2010

Water Safety Awareness & Guilt

I’ll never forget the day my son almost drowned. It was exactly 1 year ago from today. We had been at a private swimming pool, there were 4 adults there that day along with my 4 children. Somehow when there are more adults around, I feel more comfortable, but really I think everyone assumes someone else is watching. (This photo taken 7/7/2010 at his first swim lesson for this year, he did amazing, much better than I did actually, I was on the edge of my seat the entire lesson.) We were getting ready to leave the pool that day and everyone was getting out. My son was playing on the steps and I was changing the baby’s clothes and not paying attention. The next thing I realized my daughter was yelling “MOM! MOM!” she was also yelling her brother’s name. When I looked up, she had her floaty in one arm and our son in the other and was swimming as fast as she could back to the edge. Thankfully my mom was quick to yank him out but he was already blue and non-responsive. My heart dropped … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2010

Expedition Earth Animals Correction

Hi everyone! I have to apologize, I have an error on one of the pages of my Expedition Earth Animals download. If you have downloaded the file prior to today, please click on the below image to get the updated Italy page. Click here to download the Corrected Italy Page Sorry about that and thanks to the kind reader who pointed it out to me! … [Read more...]

AUG
09
2010

Letter A for Apple

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Welcome to my new version of the Letter A preschool printables! I’m updating a few letters and had some fun ideas for Apples so here they are! Letter A Memory Verse: All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Apple Large Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order. The number cards go from 1-10. Capital A/Lowercase a matching game: This is a great way to match up lowercase and uppercase letters. Simply cut the apples from pg2 and place them on top of the same or opposite letter case on the tree. Apple Counting: This comes with a number sheet to go with it. I put … [Read more...]

AUG
08
2010

Tomato Mozzarella Basil Salad

My kids don’t like this much, but I LOVE it, so I’m sharing a Mommy recipe today! I make this for lunch all the time, it’s quick and easy and semi-healthy as long as you don’t add too much of the cheese ;o) My recipe is kind of “loose” as I tend to just throw it together. Ingredients: Handful of Cherry Tomatoes, sliced in half 2-3 oz. mozzarella-prosciutto cheese roll, sliced Fresh Basil, shredded 2 T Balsamic Vinaigrette Directions: Mix all ingredients together and enjoy! … [Read more...]

AUG
06
2010

Scalloped Journal Spots

I have  a fun set of digital scrapbooking Scalloped Journalers to share with you today! What’s Included? 7 Scalloped Journal Spots w/o shadow 7 Scalloped Journal Spots w/shadow {All files 300dpi, .png file format} Scalloped Journal Spots: ONLY $1! Happy Scrappin’! Click here to visit my Digital Scrapbooking store! … [Read more...]

AUG
05
2010

Aluminum Foil Art

I had no idea that I could ever love a measly $2 roll of aluminum foil so much! I had this left over from a road trip we took (let the kids play with it in the car). So when we pulled it out for a VBS craft this summer the I let them have at it and about 1 hour later (YES, I said 1 HOUR) they were finally done twisting and turning and taping the foil. How do I get a free hour to myself you ask? Simple, grab the below supplies and set them on the counter, call in the kids and walk away. Supplies: Generic box of aluminum foil roll of masking tape scissors (1 per child) I was so shocked at the attraction of foil that unfortunately I wasted a lot of my ‘free’ time staring in amazement wondering why I hadn’t thought of this before. My 4yr old made a, um, a, duckish boaty type of thing. Yea. My 7yr old ended up with a bracelet, headband, wand and boat: Of course my son had to turn it into a weapon of sorts and incase you’re wondering, bullets shoot out the ends. At first … [Read more...]

AUG
04
2010

Expedition Earth: Discovering God’s Animals

Expedition Earth: Discovering God’s Animals is a FREE animal unit study that is designed to go with my Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World geography curriculum. What’s included in the Expedition Earth: Discovering God’s Animals Each country contains a waterfall style mini-book with 6 animals from that country. The flip book has a fun facts sentence for your student to either trace or write depending on skill level. I plan on using this with my preschooler, first grader and 2nd grader as a group (I doubt my pre-k will be doing the writing, but she can cut out the pages and assemble for her animal book, I’ll leave it up to her). The animal study also comes with animal classification cards for an animal discovery wall along with animal cards for each country so you can classify the animals as you are learning about them. I just made a simple bulletin board for our room so we have somewhere fun to display all of our animals as we learn them. (I recommend writing the … [Read more...]

AUG
02
2010

Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World

As promised in my 2010-2011 Curriculum post, I have finally completed my Geography Curriculum! After much research and prayer, I believe I have come up with a solid and hopefully fun geography study for us this year and of course I wanted to share it with all of you who are interested as well! It’s called: Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World: Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World $ 15 ~ Instant Download - No Waiting! $28.00 Classroom/Co-op License $20 ~ CD {Please allow 7-10 business days for shipping} Due to the amount of time it took to complete, I am charging a fee for the curriculum, however I will also be sharing our journey on this blog as we travel through each country. But if any of you are like me, you’ll want it before you start the year so you can prepare, so without further ado….here’s the details! So what is Expedition Earth: A Journey Through God’s World? Expedition Earth is a geography unit study that covers 31 countries across the … [Read more...]