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    COAH Community Kickoff Day 4

    Welcome to the last day of my COAH Community kickoffs!  I have a really exciting giveaway for you today, so make sure you read all the way to the bottom.  I am so excited about how well this week has gone and how fun it has been in the community.  I will be hanging out there and hope you all will … [Read More...]

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    COAH Community Kickoff Day 3

    Oh my goodness! You guys are so much fun! I’m having so much fun reading your comments, and posts! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about lesson planning, and scheduling! So let’s head over to the COAH Community and talk all about our favorite planning tips and … [Read More...]

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    COAH Community Kickoff Day 2

    Hi everyone! I hope you are all enjoying the new COAH Community! I’m having a blast, and I’ve decided that this whole week I’ll be doing fun giveaways and prizes for all of my new chatting friends! For today’s forum discussion, I thought we could talk all about history and geography! So let’s … [Read More...]

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    COAH Community Kickoff!

    Hi everyone! I have some super exciting news! Some of my most visited posts are my curriculum forum discussions. Commenting on old blog posts can be a pain and don’t get looked at very often. So, we wanted to create an area where we can have ongoing conversations, ask questions, and generally chat … [Read More...]

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    Ham, Egg, & Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich

    Hi everyone, I have another fast and easy breakfast recipe for you today! My son loves breakfast sandwiches and he loves bagels. So he’s been asking for these breakfast bagels quite a bit lately. And they’re super easy too, which is just what I need! Ingredients: Bagels Eggs Cheese … [Read More...]

AUG
22
2010

Expedition Earth Giveaway!

Remember to visit Mama Jenn’s blog, she’s doing a giveaway of my Expedition Earth Curriculum! Yay!  Hurry, the contest ends 8/27/10. And just to double your chances head over see Maureen at Spell Out Loud, she is also hosting a giveaway! Her contest ends 9/1/10. Click here if you don’t know what Expedition Earth is.  And as an added bonus, just cuz’ I’m just nice like that, if you’ve already bought the curriculum, go enter to win anyway and I’ll refund you! Good Luck! … [Read more...]

AUG
22
2010

Easy Lunch Box Giveaway Winner!

  I want to thank everyone who entered to win the Easy Lunch Boxes giveaway we had 607 entries! Wow, I would love to give one to all of you, but I didn’t think the rep at Easy Lunch Boxes would go for it, so I picked one and we have a winner! Congratulations to Lindsay at Bytes of Memory!  And if you aren’t Lindsay, visit Easy Lunch Boxes and check out their great lunch ideas and maybe grab a set of lunch boxes for yourself, I promise you won’t be disappointed! … [Read more...]

AUG
21
2010

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

Seriously, this is SOOOOO easy it’s almost not fair to call it cooking! These things are super yummy and if I were you I’d double the batch for sure. I don’t have any pics of the final product, mainly because there were none left, little fingers snatched them as I pulled them out of the oven. Ready for the recipe? Ingredients: 1 cup peanut butter (I use Skippy Natural) 1 cup sugar (Can sub. 1/2 c agave or raw honey) 1 egg, beaten fork or cookie press Directions: Mix all ingredients in a bowl and roll into 1” balls and place on cookie sheet a2-3” apart. Flatten with fork in ‘X’ pattern as usual. Bake at 350º for approx. 10 minutes, watch as cooking times may vary and they burn easily! OPTIONAL: Recruit one of your kids and break out the cookie press! (I have a Pampered Chef Cookie Press) Hand over the cookie gun press and stand back while your enthusiastic helper has at it! Make sure to cool a couple minutes before moving the cookies to the rack where they will magically … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2010

Playful Patterns

I went to a homeschool fair this weekend, and this was one of my finds! For just $2 we had lots of fun with this Discovery Toys PLAYFUL PATTERNS It comes complete with fun shape matching cards and a rainbow of color shapes! Everyone had fun with this one. Here are my preschooler’s finished cards, as well as a glimpse of the cards that come with the game. Best of all, when they were done, they even had fun sorting the shapes by color back into the box! And I’m all for anything that includes cleanup fun! … [Read more...]

AUG
19
2010

Zoo Field Trip

This was our first trip to the zoo this summer and we had a great time. I made these super cute little flipcards to carry with us as we visited each animal. I downloaded the zoo cards from Early Learning Activities, but sadly I ran out of laminate the night before and so we couldn’t bring them with us! My plan was to have the kids bring a pencil and write down something fun on the back of each card as we saw that animal. For the little kiddos I was going to let them put a sticker on each animal signifying that they saw it since they can’t write. So, it was a good idea, but we’ll have to do it next time. If you’re interested here are some pics of our trip, and I’m not sure how, but the kids still managed to have fun without their books. Maybe it was because we were celebrating my son's 6th birthday and there was candy involved. I pouted some ;o) View Full Album … [Read more...]

AUG
18
2010

Homemade Grape Jelly

Last time I showed you how to make homemade Strawberry Jam, so this week I’ll show you how to make Grape Jelly! We did this at our Keepers Meeting the same night as the jam, and though I prefer the jam, my son loved this so for all you jelly lovers out there, here goes! What’s that? You don’t know the difference between Jam and Jelly? Jam is made by boiling fruit and does have fruit bits. Jelly is made from fruit juice and so has no fruit bits. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, we can continue on. This is a bit more involved, but still fairly easy. Again, this is NOT a canning recipe, just one for the refrigerator. Are you ready? Ingredients: 3 1/2 lbs seedless grapes (washed and sliced in half ) 7 cups sugar 1 box fruit pectin 1 1/2 cups water Equipment: Potato Masher Large Sauce Pan Glass jars with lids (Recipe makes about 8 cups, or 5 pint sized jars) Medium Bowl Metal Spoon Measuring Cups Cheese Cloth (Can be found everywhere, even Home Depot!) … [Read more...]

AUG
17
2010

Monthly Meal Plan – September 2010

With school starting I was already feeling overwhelmed with the thought of having to cook so I decided to come up with a Meal Plan for September. I may actually repeat this each month if it goes well just because I’m lazy, but if I change it up, I’ll let you know! I also decided to add Snacks to the list just to help myself out a bit more. I’m hoping being prepared will help relieve stress for me and the kiddos! Download September 2010 Meal Plan – PDF Download September 2010 – MS Word (editable version) And let's just get one thing clear, I realize that I have meals scheduled for each day, and some of you may think that I don't have intentions to slack off and eat out! Let me just assure you that is not the case! I'll take a dinner out anytime my husband offers! I also plan to skip a meal and add in a "left overs" day whenever needed, but if you don't know me yet, at least know this: I am a planner. And my motto is "better to have a plan and not follow it, then have no plan at … [Read more...]

AUG
16
2010

Easy Lunchboxes Review & Giveaway! ~CLOSED~

I have to say that I found the Easy Lunch Boxes site awhile back and absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I know as a homeschooler, you’d think I was better at planning lunches but frankly, its always a last minute call around here based on what’s available and what I have time for! And frankly, after planning out our entire school year, I just don’t have it in me to come up with meals too! Well, consider your planning done for you because Easy Lunch Boxes not only has these super cute kids lunch boxes, but they also have easy kids Lunch Recipes, a gallery of Yummy Lunch Ideas, and even some fast hints and tips to help you! The lunches are so pretty, they remind me of Bento Boxes which I long to have the time for **sigh**. They also have these super SWEET compartmentalized food containers that fit all nice and neat into a Lunch Bag Cooler which as a homeschooler, make it perfect to take with us to co-op days, the park, field trips, the zoo, and anywhere else we’re going! (Some days I … [Read more...]

AUG
15
2010

TOS 2010 Homeschool Planner

I know everyone is in planning madly for this year and you may have even started, but I just had to share this awesome TOS 2010 Homeschool Planner with you! I couldn’t even believe it when I got it, but the thing is 614 pgs! I almost need a planner to use the planner LOL! Thankfully the whole thing is interactive, so in the table of contents when it specifies the forms, you can just click there and it takes you right to it which makes it super easy to navigate. Click here for a sample of the planner! But seriously, this thing isn’t just a planner, it includes all kinds of things to help you keep your household organized and flowing smoothly. First of all there are forms for things like important dates, contacts, birthdays, anniversaries, and health forms. But you kind of expect that out of a planner, no? Of course they have household organizers and forms to help you stay focused, on task, plan crafts, and work out a daily & monthly schedule. I have to say that I LOVE the … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2010

Request for help with 4 Shared File Sharing

Hi everyone, I’ve had some people saying that they are seeing not so friendly images on 4shared while waiting for files to download. I’ve contacted 4shared and they say they don’t allow that and I need to send in a screen print to them and they’ll look into it. I haven’t been able to re-create the images so I’m asking for your help. If you see anything that is not okay while waiting for one of my free files to download, would you mind taking a screen shot and emailing it to me at erica {at} confessionsofahomeschooler dot com so I can send it to 4shared. How the heck do you take a screen print? Make sure your browser window is open and then press the “Prnt Scrn” button on the top right side of your keyboard. Open your email and click in it where you would normally type and then press '”ctrl” + “V” to paste the image into your email.  (If you have a mac you need to press “cmd” + “V”) For my sake and yours click on the corner of the image and drag it down to a smaller size so … [Read more...]