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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

    I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with … [Read More...]

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    Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

    Okay, this has to be the absolute yummiest most refreshing summer drink I’ve tried in a long time! And not only that but it’s also one of the easiest recipes I’ve made too! It’s my totally awesome Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe! Let’s get started with the deliciousness shall we?   … [Read More...]


Summer BBQ Felt Food Pattern & GiveAway

Happy Mother's Day! In honor of all the fabulous moms out there, I've decided to give away one copy of our newest felt pattern called Summer BBQ! My mom came up with another super cute set for our felt food collection in our "Fun with Felt" store! Hope you like it! This set includes instructions and patterns for: Hamburger Bun Hamburger Patty Lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese Hotdog Bun with Ketchup and mustard Hotdog Potato chips with bag Pickle Spear Watermelon Slice Ice Cream Bar Buy the Summer BBQ Pattern now for just $5!   ★Completed Basket measures approximately 9 1/4” long x 7 1/4” wide x 5 1/4” high. ★This pattern includes easy step by step instructions along with colorful photos! ★Pattern comes complete with full Scale Pattern Pieces. ★You will be directed to the download page upon completion of payment. If for some reason you are not re-directed, please email me and I will be happy to email the link to you. ★Patterns are in PDF … [Read more...]


Soft Pretzel Recipe

I’ve been through several soft pretzel recipes, and so far this one tastes the best to us. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 Tbsp yeast 1/4 c brown sugar (Can substitute sucanat) 3 1/2 – 4 c whole wheat flour (Can substitute 2 cups bread flour + 2 c. regular flour) Melted butter to rub on baked pretzels. Course Salt (I use sea salt) Dipping Solution: 1/4 Cup baking soda 2 1/2 Cup very hot water Directions: (Makes about 9 pretzels) STEP 1: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. STEP 2: Dissolve yeast in warm water. STEP 3: Add sugar, stir to dissolve, THEN add flour and mix until combined well. Do not over knead or dough will be tough. STEP 4: Cut dough into 9 even chunks then roll into ropes and shape into pretzels, or whatever you children come up with. STEP 5: Prepare dipping solution: Stir baking soda into hot water until dissolved, then using a slotted spoon dip formed pretzels into the solution for a couple sections each and place onto greased baking sheet. STEP 6: Bake for 4-5 … [Read more...]


She’s getting resourceful!

As a homeschooling mom, I try to make sure we learn at least 1 thing per day. Today I learned that my refrigerator has a “Lock” control on it. I learned this after my 4 yr old came running in yelling “Mommy, Mommy! Your baby’s in the water!” Apparently she’s figured out how to scoot, stack and climb her way to just about anything. And today it was a kitchen chair right over to the refrigerator where she proceeded to drench herself, and my kitchen, with a nice stream of cold fridge water. It hasn’t ended there, she’s found the fruit bowl, yesterday she scooted her chair over to the fruit, snatched an apple, took a bite, looked up, saw me, and took off running and squealing. Today it was an orange…she spit out the peel after taking a bite though, guess it didn’t taste so good. Looks like she’s after a Kiwi this time… Since then I’ve caught her here: and here… and here: and here: and here…ugh, always here! What is it with the snack cabinet? and here…but I suppose … [Read more...]


Lego Printables

I found some fun printables for Lego’s at Lego’s Family Time fun website! Each month they release 3 new building instructions. The thing I like is that they are step-by-step printable instructions! Perfect for workboxes! We downloaded the Dragon from February, it was a great project with easy step-by-step instructions that he did very well following! And for the finished product, we did indeed end up with a Dragon of many colors! As a side note, this is how we currently store our legos, (he has specialty sets which are usually made as soon as he opens them and kept on display in his room on a shelf), but this box is for our basic set of legos. It’s a Creative Options Grab N' Go craft case. I like that it’s portable (has a convenient carrying handle) and the front opens to reveal 3 different sorting boxes. I’d originally sorted them by color and size, but as you can see that lasted…NOT! Overall, if you don’t have billions of lego’s it’s a great storing option. We also use … [Read more...]


What’s in the Box Wednesday: Prek A-Z Review

Welcome to “What’s in the Box Wednesday”! This week we’re doing review activities from our Letter of the Week curriculum. Date number and chain link to complete our calendar pattern. Shape puzzles Number collages Shape silhouette matching A-Z writing practice A-Z Puzzle (I printed 2 copies and cut one up for a matching game) A-Z Floor Letters (Spread on floor and call out letters then have your child hop to them, have your child say the letter/sound as they hop to it, put them in order, etc.) Pattern block pattern cards and blocks Alphabet Foam/Magnetic Builders Shape/Number puzzles (From Wal-mart) Click here for links to download all the contents of our A-Z Review games!Don't forget to link up so we can all see what's in your boxes today! … [Read more...]


Color Mixing 102: Color Cards & Lots of H2O

We did some measuring and color mixing today for Art. I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning. We used it along with my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors. First we filled each container with it’s designated color using water and food coloring. Next we poured, mixed and measured our way to secondary colors and ultimately, icky brown water. I don’t think anyone cared though, well except me, its hard for me to step out of my box and *gasp* …mix! Oh the horror! But, alas, it was a great math and art activity all rolled in to one. And let’s face it, anything involving water pouring is a hit over here! … [Read more...]


A-Z Review

We’ve made it! Since we finished our Letter of the Week curriculum To review all of the letters we learned as we went through , I made some alphabet fun games!If you didn’t already download them, here are the A-Z collage worksheets, they come with collage ideas for each letter. Here’s a sample of the letter M with marshmallows glued to them. A-Z Collage Sheets (Capital) a-z Collage Sheets (Lowercase) Clothespin Match Up: Write upper or lowercase letters on small clothes pins and clip them to the corresponding uppercase letters, lowercase letters or picture! (The download includes all 3 games.)A-Z Letter Match Cards: These cards actually go from A-Z and 1-10. We’re using our plastic magnetic letters to match to each card. We matched upper and lowercase letters to each box. A-Z Beginning Sounds Game: This download includes letter disks. Your child then matches the correct letter disk to each picture, for example the “A” goes next to the “Ant” picture. If they need a little help, the … [Read more...]


Teeny Tiny Tot hard at work

Tip for the day: Never, EVER, under any circumstances, leave your Teeny Tiny Tot alone within the general vicinity of your beloved laptop. ‘Nuff said. … [Read more...]


Fall Kit – Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

Welcome to National Scrapbooking Day 2010!In order to celebrate, I’m giving away my very first digital scrapbooking mini-kit FREE! This mini-kit includes: 8 Patterned Papers 2 messy stitched tabs 2 scallop circle frames white stitches 2 flowers 1 ribbon 1 journal spot3 large bradsDownload Fall PapersDownload Fall ElementsHope you have a great National Scrapping Day full of digi-goodness! … [Read more...]


Jean Welles Worship Guitar Lessons

I was contacted by Jean Welles to review her Worship Guitar Lessons DVD . Since I already play guitar, I am having my husband take the lessons, and I’ll be including his input as well as mine. Volume 1 Contents:  Introduction Parts of the Guitar Tuning the Guitar Lessons 1-7 Practice Sessions for lessons 1-7 Language Selection (English or Spanish Subtitles) Each Lesson teaches chords needed as well as a song, here are the songs you will learn from the first DVD: "He's Got The Whole World" "My All In All" "More Precious Than Silver" "Lord, I Lift Your Name On High" "This Is The Day" "I Love You Lord" In Volume 1 you will learn these chords: A, Am, A7 E7, Em D, Dsus, G C D9/F# You can play the video below to see what her lessons are like: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWBtBojuTnk] Cost for Worship Guitar Classes on DVD: $24.95   each DVD $99.80 for the set of four DVD's. ($40 … [Read more...]