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    Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

    I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

    Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Strawberry Shortcake’s … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

    Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as … [Read More...]

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    All About Spelling Giveaway!

    We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake … [Read More...]

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    Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

    I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. … [Read More...]

MAY
21
2010

Freebie Friday: Scalloped Template

As a Friday treat for all you digi-scrap lovers out there! I’ve been trying to put out a freebie each Friday over summer while we’re on homeschooling break! We’ll see if I can keep it up or not! This template was inspired by a class over at Jessica Sprague, so love that girl! Download Scalloped Template (This is a layered PSD File) Here’s my layout: Supplies: Font Porcelain, Teen; Jessica Sprague Strawberry Lemonade Striped Paper and circle swirl: MCO Beautiful Journey02, Katie Pertiet Hemp Tie, LindaGB Tiny Tags Please link up below if you use my template! I’d love to see your work! … [Read more...]

MAY
20
2010

Homemade Granola Bars

I’ve been trying to save money on groceries, and my husband pointed out that we spend a lot on ‘snacks’ for the kids. I decided to try and make some snacks instead of paying high prices for pre-packaged ones, and in the process I found this WONDERFUL granola bar recipe at Raising Olives. I adjusted it to fit our likings, and it turned out great! Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 cup packed brown sugar 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup white chocolate chips (Optional: any Dried Fruit, Raisins, Craisins, Nuts, Chocolate Chips, Coconut Flakes, have fun with this!) 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup honey 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup coconut oil (Melted! I microwave about 30 seconds until liquid, this makes it MUCH easier to work with!) 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Directions: STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9×13 baking dish. STEP 2: Mix together dry ingredients, then make a well in the center and add the honey, beaten egg, melted coconut oil, and vanilla extract. … [Read more...]

MAY
19
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Part Tres

Welcome to What’s in the box Wednesday. This week we’ll be joining in with our Teeny Tiny Tot who has recently decided she isn’t satisfied with my selection of workboxes for her, and has made up her own work for this week. Of course we start off the day with personal hygiene. She gets really into her teeth brushing…literally, into it. Next she counted our calendar and re-arranged our patterned chain links. Later she played with the magnets, she decided that she liked the soft fluffy pom-pom magnets the best. Sadly some of the magnets didn’t survive this activity. One of her favorite activities is the Stacking Cups. Well, not so much the stacking part but more the knocking down part.   Later she went on to practice her handwriting with the Letter Q. She likes to taste-test everything, her findings are more accurate that way. At snack time she sorted her ‘Nilla Wafers’. One for her, one in the box, one for her, one in the box. She’s recently been into writing, so I’ve … [Read more...]

MAY
18
2010

House For Hermit Crab Lapbook

My son wanted to do a lapbook on crabs, and I found this one on Homeschool Share. We read A House for Hermit Crab and then did a fun activity on the back of the lapbook called “Hermit Crab’s Year” It is a story sequencing game, so as I read my son put up the activities of Hermit Crab for each month. Here is the inside of the lapbook, its a simple 1 file folder book that includes: Types Of Crabs (I just downloaded random ones from online) Types of Shells The Wise Man Built His House verse review Sea Creatures Flip Book Hermit Crab Coloring Page Our Address flip book Hermit Crab’s Year sequencing activity Downloads for this lapbook are from Homeschool Share … [Read more...]

MAY
17
2010

Word Jumbles

I made these Word Jumbles to go with our letter tiles, its a fun way to practice spelling in our workboxes. You could also use them with a dry-erase marker or any alphabet manipulatives you have on hand.  The set includes 4, 5, and 6 letter words. Download Word Jumbles Hope you like them! … [Read more...]

MAY
16
2010

Summer BBQ Winner

Thanks to everyone for participating in my Mother’s Day give away for our latest Felt Food Set: Summer BBQ! And the winner is: Mel: I left a comment on your blog, please email me back so I can get the download to you! Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day :o) … [Read more...]

MAY
15
2010

Whole Wheat Pancakes

I have to admit that my children still like Bisquick better, but in an attempt to be slightly more healthy we make these instead. They are pretty good and I feel a little better about eating them! Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour 1 Tbsp sugar (Can substitute 1 Tbsp honey) 2 tsp baking powder 1 cup milk 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1 egg, beaten Optional: 1/4 c your favorite ingredient. Some ideas we like: white chocolate chips, blue berries, strawberries. Directions:Mix all ingredients in a bowl and cook on flat skillet until browned on both sides. Top with a pat of butter and Agave Nectar. Makes about 14 small pancakes, see above photo. I use Agave Nectar from Mudhava instead of syrup. Agave is a natural liquid sweetener made from the extract of the wild agave. It can be pricey, so I buy bulk and just refill the little container! Note: You can make extras of this and freeze them in a Gallon Ziploc freezer bag. Just thaw before ready to eat, and re-heat in your toaster! … [Read more...]

MAY
14
2010

Freebie Friday: Postage Stamp Freebie

I have a little Digital Scrapbooking Freebie for you today! I'm going to try to do a Freebie every Friday over the summer, we'll see if I keep up or not. These stamps come with the drop shadows, hope you like them. Click here to download Postage Stamps. This freebie is a set of 3 postage stamps, I use them for frames, I included a sample layout below. Supplies: Background Paper by FeiFei’s Stuff  Whimsicality; Flourish by Katie Pertiet Graphically Scrolled; Date tabs by JHE Twilled Phrases from Jessica Sprague Now We’re Rockin’ Class; “girls” by Wendy Madeit Worn Out Alpha; “3” by Lynn Grieveson Bellissimo; “a boy” by Melany Violette Kraft Stapled Alpha; font: Ali’s Handwriting Happy Scrappin', hope you enjoy it! … [Read more...]

MAY
12
2010

In memory of Hope Asaiah

Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. A sweet friend of mine lost her baby today. We have been praying for this family for months now, and it saddens me greatly to know that our friends are in such great pain. Hope had great obstacles from the start, but was improving daily. Through her journey this beloved family has kept their eyes on the Lord and they saw miracles each step of the way. You can read the entire journey about Hope’s amazing story on her blog Eyes Closed & Heads Bowed. Here is the email I received today: Today at 1:33pm our daughter Hope Asaiah was born by emergency C-section. She immediately needed help breathing and a team of wonderful doctors started to work on her. They took tons of fluid off of her lungs and placed a breathing tube to try to assist her in her breathing. They rushed her to the NICU to continue to try and revive her. I was taken to the recovery area and we waited for news. Her doctor and my doctor came in and … [Read more...]

MAY
12
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Preschool

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday! Today I’m sharing our preschool boxes! Be sure to link up below so we can all share ideas! As we wind down our final days of Preschool, I’m filling our boxes with some fun review games and other motor skill type activities. Here’s what’s in our boxes today: 1. Calendar number and chain link patterns 2. Pom-Pom Counting with PF Chang’s chopsticks 3. Kumon My First Book of Cutting 4. Shape Tracers 5. Bulletin Board Flowers: Color Sorting 6. Kumon My First Book Of Mazes 7. Alphabet Builders: These are made from foam, but I also made magnetic alphabet builders if you prefer those. 8. Wooden Peg Puzzles from Michael’s: balance marbles on tees Don’t forget to link up so we can see what you are doing too! Also, I’m sharing Pre-K boxes today, but please feel free to link up your boxes for any age! … [Read more...]