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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 3 – Let’s Talk Fabric!

    Good morning! I hope you’ve enjoyed my How To Quilt series! I hope these posts have been helpful for you. Today I’m so excited to share the final part in my series, fabric. I’ve also added a section at the end of this post full of helpful links, websites, tutorials and more to help you get going! … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar–TONIGHT!!

    Hi everyone! Join Amy McCready and I for a FREE LIVE parenting webinar TONIGHT Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST.   For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She … [Read More...]

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    Little Bits Review & Giveaway

    Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out! … [Read More...]

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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

    Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well … [Read More...]

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    Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

OCT
06
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Prek

This week I’m sharing what’s in our boxes for preschool. We’re on the letter B this week, so that means Butterflies! Click here to see all of our Letter B for Butterfly Activities Click here to get the entire Letter of the Week Curriculum! 1. Calendar date and day of the week, the pointer stick is for counting the days of the month, we do it daily. It’s really helping her learn to count. Making the letter B with Magnetic Letter Builders Letter B practice worksheet (You can download the entire alphabet sheets here) Butterfly Counting Game: Butterfly Large Floor Numbers for number hopscotch Butterfly Beginning Puzzle Letter B lacing cards: Butterfly Counting game: Click here to see all of our Letter B for Butterfly Activities Click here to get the entire Letter of the Week Curriculum! What’s in your boxes today? Link up below! … [Read more...]

OCT
05
2010

Expedition Earth – Japan

Konnichiwa! We had a great adventure in Japan this week as we went through our Geography Curriculum! I’m so glad I took the time to get it all together, it’s really paying off and the kids are having a great time learning about our world! Here are some of the highlights of the week: Of course we stamped our passports and greeted each other! I’ve found it useful to review all the continents and oceans daily, then we review all of the countries for the continent, this might not work as well once we’re on country 31, but for now each day we’ll review the countries for Asia: China, S. Korea, and Japan. And yes, my preschooler is doing it! We studied our animals of Japan when they were done writing all the fact sentences they each picked their favorite animal to show you: After that we classified our animals, I did some re-organization of our wall to make room for the over abundance of mammals! I hope they all fit on the wall, after looking at it closer, I doubt they will, I’m going … [Read more...]

OCT
04
2010

Letter B for Butterfly

Welcome to our Letter B for Butterfly week! This was my favorite week from last year, and this year I meant to get the butterfly kits and actually release butterflies, but I slacked and didn’t do it, so maybe next time around LOL! Our Letter B binder page idea came from my good friend and co-writer at Totally Tots, Jolanthe! Where can you find all these fun activities? Download the Letter B for Butterfly activities here! Download the entire Letter of the Week curriculum at once! Letter B handwriting practice: Making the Letter B with Alphabet Fun Cards by Wikki Stix: Letter B Puzzle: Letter B Number Hopscotch: Letter B color puzzles: Letter B number and letter writing practice: Letter B Counting Cards: Making the letter B with Magnetic Letter Builders: Letter B sticker page: Letter B Pattern Activity: Letter B counting game, roll the die and see which butterfly makes it to the end first! Upper and lowercase letter matching: Number identification cards: We … [Read more...]

OCT
01
2010

South Korea ~ Jeweled Crown

We made Jeweled Crowns for our South Korea craft this week. The Koreans were known for their metal-craft skills. They created these elaborately decorated metal crowns for their royalty’s attire. Each crown contained countless jewels and precious stones! This fun craft is from our Global Art book. Supplies: Construction paper or Foam crowns (I got mine at Michael’s Hobby Store) Glue Decorations such as glitter, jewels, markers, & anything else you like! Directions: Step 1: Cut out crown shape, or use pre-cut ones like we did. STEP 2: Decorate as desired: STEP 3: Wear them to dinner! Click here to see the rest of our South Korea Activities! Click here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey! … [Read more...]

SEP
29
2010

October 2010 Meal Plan

I know I’m cutting it close this month, but I’ve been swamped! So better late than never is apparently my motto these days! Anyhoo, here’s my October Meal Plan. It’s not too much different than the September 2010 plan but I did swap out some meals that my family didn’t like as much for new ones. Otherwise I kept to a similar schedule. Download October 2010 Meal Plan ~ PDF Download October 2010 Meal Plan ~ Word Mangi! (That means Eat! in Italian, we’re not quite to Italy yet, but I’m Italian and apparently I’m a little excited) … [Read more...]

SEP
29
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Teeny Tot

What’s the Teeny Tiny Tot been up to these days? Workboxes of course! Here’s her line up and some in action: 1. Her new Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Piggy Bank Numbers Puzzle 2. Bead sorting. I found this tiny ice cube tray at Wal-mart and couldn’t resist getting it for school! It’s the perfect size for sorting little beads into: 3. Felt Strawberries. We used chopsticks to transfer the strawberries to bowls.   4. Dice to stack, roll, toss? 5. Stacking Cups, to, um, stack? 6. Leapfrog Fridge Phonics to drive Mommy crazy. 7. Stickers and paper, this is one of her favorite boxes, she loves to put stickers on things. 8. Pom-poms, bowls and measuring cups to scoop.    Coloring book, I did tell her to ‘do it on your desk’, guess she’s a literal type person. Magnets, she loves to put the magnets all over the white board, too bad she doesn’t like to take them back off again!   Biggie Beads by Fun Fusion and a Water Bottle. She loved to put the little … [Read more...]

SEP
28
2010

Expedition Earth ~ South Korea

Ahn-yong-ha-seh-yo! We had a great week learning about South Korea, my preschooler especially liked the song this week, the vibrato was right up her alley! I apologize for the lack of pictures for this week, but the unthinkable happened on day 3…that’s right…I dropped my camera on the hard wood floor and well…let’s just say it’s apparently not okay to do that. First I panicked, next I tried desperately to fix it, then I called my mommy crying and she happened to have a spare camera which she so kindly donated to our cause. Thanks MOM! But despite this sadly lacking in photos post, we did have fun week! We worked on our Animal Unit lapbook components: Here is everyone displaying their favorite animal: We added our animals to the Classification Wall: We did our lapbook activity: And we made jeweled crowns: Here are some more of the things we learned about this week some of which will sadly only exist in our memories now: Completed our Mapping Worksheet Learned the South … [Read more...]

SEP
27
2010

Letter A for Apple

Since we did upper case letters last year, I thought it would be fun to go back through and do lowercase letters this year! Our first week was the Letter A! Where can you find all my Letter A activities? Download the Letter A for Apple activities! Download the entire Letter of the Week curriculum at once! We put all of the completed letter’s in a fun 3 ring binder so we can read through them as we go! I get most of the ideas for our letters from my wonderfully creative co-writers over at Totally Tots! They have some super cute letter ideas, if you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure to stop over!   So here was our page for the letter a. I used red, green and black foam for the letter pieces. We glued all the pieces in order for a sweet little apple a craft! Click here for step by step instructions from Totally Tots! Here are some more of our Letter A activities this week: Sign Language letter A: Numbers review with help from the Teeny Tiny Tot Letter Aa … [Read more...]

SEP
26
2010

Guidecraft ~ MagNeatos!

I’m so excited to announce that I joined up with an awesome group of Mom Bloggers who are teaming up to write reviews for Guide Craft! We’ll be doing lots of reviews and giveaways throughout the year so make sure to stay tuned in! And just to start things off with a bang, we received a super fun set of Magneatos from Guide Craft to review. This set was so much fun, it comes in straight pieces and we recently got the curved set as well. Every one loved playing with this, and it’s particularly friendly for your Teeny Tots since all of the pieces are large! Here is the creation my daughters worked so hard to on: And here it is again…after “help” from the Teeny Tiny Tot Here’s my son calling someone: And here’s the best part! The super nice people at Guide Craft are hosting a Back To School Party with over $1,000 in prizes! How can you enter? Click below for more info! Disclaimer: I received a free set of Magneatos from Guidecraft in order to review the product on my blog. The … [Read more...]

SEP
25
2010

China Craft ~ Paper Lantern

This craft was a fun and easy addition to our China studies this week. Supplies: Construction paper or cardstock Decoration items like jewels, ribbon, markers etc Stapler Instructions: STEP 1: Fold an 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock in half long ways. Cut horizontal slices every inch starting from the folded side and stopping about 1” from the other end. STEP 2: Cut a 1 x 11 inch strip from another piece of cardstock for the handle STEP 3: Unfold cut paper and decorate as you like: STEP 4: Roll decorated lantern together and staple ends, then staple on handle to inside of lantern. Enjoy! Use the lanterns to decorate your classroom, or dinner table!Click here to see the rest of our China ActivitiesClick here if you’d like to follow along with our Expedition Earth Geography Curriculum Journey! … [Read more...]