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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

JUN
04
2010

Friday Freebie: So Happy Together Template

I have another template for you for Friday Freebie! This one is a scrap-lift from a paper layout I found a long time ago in an issue of Creating Keepsakes. Download So Happy Together This is a layered PSD file and includes the flower stems, title block, transparent flowers and sample text. Here’s my layout: Supplies: Katie Pertiet: hemp tie, Rose Garden brown pattern paper; Amanda Rockwell Crushin' On My Man Brown lined paper; Phoung Ton Floral Grunge Green Paper; Traveling Typewriter Font; Ali Edwards Handwriting Font Hope you like it! … [Read more...]

JUN
03
2010

2010 File Folder Games

Since this blog is called “Confessions…” I have one.  When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t understand what a “File Folder Game” was. I downloaded all these fun games and just kept them in a manilla envelopes. It wasn’t until this year when we started Lapbooking, that I realized what a File Folder Game was! I immediately went and gathered my manilla envelope games, and put them into file folders and voila! Here is a gathering of all the file folder games we did this year, just click on the Titles to download:Paint Brush Color Matching:  Numbers Cards by Homeschool Creations (This goes 1-20):Puppy Match Up by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching) Fishy Faces by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching) Apple Matching by Homeschool Share: Shades of Color (to be used with paint chips): This is game I ended up making into a file folder game. You can download my color grid here, and I used a 1 1/4" square punch to punch the colors out. Candy Cane Color Match by File Folder Fun: … [Read more...]

JUN
02
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, where I try to share exactly what I’m putting in boxes for the day! Today I’m sharing my 2nd Grade boxes and there are lots of ‘Fun Boxes’ this week as it’s our last official week of 2nd Grade! Whew! View Full Album Abeka 2: Math (We’re done with our Math U See Yay!) Abeka Phonics Test (No she doesn’t get the answer book, I just put it in there so when she get’s to the box, the test and my booklet are there so I can grade on the spot, no homework for Mommy!) Abeka Spelling Book Spelling Words & Magnetic Letters Abeka Language 2 worksheet My Father’s World: State Worksheet Sue Patrick’s Typing Money Hot Dot Cards Pick-&-Draw Art Game Spanish Card: We use PowerSpeak Don’t forget to link up below, I’m sharing 2nd Grade, but feel free to link up any age you’d like to share ideas for! … [Read more...]

JUN
01
2010

A-Z Review Clothespin Match Up

I’ve seen this idea on paper plates before and decided to make it for my preschool A-Z Review games. A-Z Clothespin MatchUp: Write uppercase or lowercase letters on the ends of mini-clothespins (I got mine from the craft section of Wal-mart), then clip them on to the appropriate spots on the game disks! This is a fun game, and my daughter loves the little clothespins so it was a wonderful addition to our review games.   Clothespin Number Match: Write numbers 1-10 on mini-clothespins and match them up to the dots on the number disks. As of 5/24/10 both of these games have also been added to my Letter of the Week curriculum downloads! If you missed the review games click below to see them! A-Z Review Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review … [Read more...]

MAY
31
2010

Muffin Tin Monday – Orange

Well, I doubt orange is the theme for the week, but for my 2nd grader who was in charge of our snack today it was indeed “ORANGE”. I have only made 1 muffin tin meal for them thus far, and apparently it made quite an impact because she’s always making snacks in my muffin tin now. So here’s her line up: Mandarin oranges tomatoes carrot sticks Colby/jack cheese cantaloupe green grapes (I added these to which my daughter replied: “Hey those aren’t orange!”) To join in on the muffin tin fun click on link below! … [Read more...]

MAY
30
2010

Geography Fair 2010

Every year our local homeschool group does a Geography Fair. This year, we were not going to do it for lack of time and creativity on my part. I awoke this morning to my daughter who had made an entire board on her own, prepared a speech and was begging to go!She made this board on The Earth and all the things that God made, and had put so much work into it, that I couldn’t really say no, so off we went…One of my favorite displays was made by a friend of ours on the Brazilian Rainforest. She made a 3 tier diorama with each layer of the rainforest, it was awesome!Here are 2 of the layers up close: After all the presentations were completed, everyone received a Passport and got to go visit each of the other boards. Everyone provided a sticker for their country to place in the passports. Then we finished off with some food tasting from all the countries!Ours was only 1 of 3 rooms they had this year, people are spread out so presentations don’t take so long. I’m not really a last minute … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2010

How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes

I gave away my first brush set yesterday, and thought some of you might need a quick tutorial on using Photoshop Brushes. They’re super easy and fun to use and can add that extra bit of digi-goodness to your designs! So fire up your Photoshop and follow along! STEP 1: Download my brush set! Unzip the set, then extract the files into a folder on your hard drive. If you don’t have an unzipping software already, here are a few free ones: Winzip 7-zip CamUnzip STEP 2: Once you download and unzip my file, simply copy and paste the .abr file to your brushes folder and the next time you start Photoshop, the brushes will be available from your brush set menu. The brushes are typically stored in the presets folder wherever you installed your Photoshop program. For example mine are here: C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop Elements 7.0PresetsBrushes C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS3PresetsBrushes STEP 3: Use your brush! Create a new Photoshop document, make it whatever … [Read more...]

MAY
28
2010

Friday Freebie: Circle Date Stamps

Today marks the official last day of school for us! Yay! I’m looking forward to a break, I hope to get some digi-scrappin’ done, and then start planning for next year! Don’t worry, I have lots of posts to come for summer, I plan to share lots of recipes, more school ideas, digital scrapbooking freebies, field trips, blogging tips and more! Speaking of digital scrapbooking freebies... here’s a new one for you! They’re Circle Date Stamps. The file includes 2 different font sets in .png format as well as a brush (.abr) file for you. (Note: This is my first brush set, I tested it, but please let me know if it’s not working properly!) Download the Circle Date Stamps If you haven’t used Photoshop brushes before, they’re super easy and a wonderful tool! They’re basically like rubber stamps, you can re-color them, re-size, rotate, and edit to your hearts content! If you don’t know how to use Photoshop brushes, stay tuned tomorrow for a brush tutorial! Happy Scrappin’ and Happy Summer! … [Read more...]

MAY
27
2010

Freezer Meals – Cooking Twice a Month

Hi everyone! As a homeschooling mom of 4 I don't have a lot of free time to be creative when cooking dinners! As a matter of fact if I don't plan ahead, I end up starring into my pantry at 5pm wondering what's for dinner myself! To help out, I've started making freezer meals. Here are some of the recipes we like, and I go shopping one day, then cook the next. I'm not super crazy so I don't do a 12 hour cook day, more like 4 hours in the evening after kids are in bed. And remember, its easier to prepare more than one at a time, so if you can, double up the recipes you like! Here’s the Master list: These recipes are for a family of 6, keep in mind that's 4 kids who don't eat a ton, and we usually have left overs. (Scroll down for individual recipes) Mexican Casserole Fajitas Meatloaf Beef Burritos Cranberry Turkey Breast Stir-fry Chicken Meatballs (To use with spaghetti, stroganoff, meatball subs) Chinese Style Ribs St. Louis Style Ribs Stuffed Shells Chicken … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Kindergarten

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, where I try to share exactly what I’m putting in boxes for the day! Today I’m sharing my Kindergarten boxes and there are lots of ‘Fun Boxes’ this week as it’s our last official week of Kindergarten! Whew! View Full Album Abeka Number Flashcards: Before/After Number practice Abeka Math Worksheet Kumon Amazing Mazes Abeka Phonics Worksheet Ocean Creatures Puzzles (From Borders Bargain Bin) Abeka “I can read well” series Dinosaur Sticker Book CVC Hot Dot Cards Don’t forget to link up below, I’m sharing Kindergarten, but feel free to link up any age you’d like to share ideas for! … [Read more...]