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    Cookie in a Jar Recipe

    Good morning everyone! Looking for a last minute easy gift idea? Look no further! Today I have this adorable Holiday Cookie in a Jar recipe to share with you! These are not only super cute, but they’re also delicious! So read on to see how we made these lovely gifts for our friends and … [Read More...]

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    How to Winterize your Nails & Giveaway

    Dry hands and cuticles? Don’t worry I have some tips for you today! This one is for not only the ladies out there, but the men too so don’t close your browser too fast boys! It’s winter time, and I don’t know about you, but my hands are super dry and that includes my cuticles and nails. I’m sure … [Read More...]

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    DIY Festive North Pole Snacks

    Cheers! I hope you’re enjoying all of my fun Christmas-y posts as of late! And today I have another one for you. These adorable North Pole Snacks are not only easy to make, but I think they turned out super cute too. I will say that they were a little on the sweet side, but hey, it’s Christmas … [Read More...]

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    How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

      You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring … [Read More...]

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    DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

    Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And … [Read More...]

JUL
14
2010

2010-2011 Curriculum Plan

With summer almost half over, I’m getting that feeling that I should have already been working diligently on next year’s plan of attack! So, after about 4 weeks of total procrastination I think I’ve finally got a working plan. Here’s our list of curriculum choices for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year: Preschool: Since I”m not ready to launch my 4 year old into Kindergarten, we’re going to repeat our Letter of the Week curriculum, but this year we’ll be “kicking-up-a-notch”, think Emeril BAM! Of course I’ll post the printables as we go. My preschooler will also participate in the art, geography and science along with the other kiddos. Art: We’re doing a Geography based year so we’ll be using Global Art by MaryAnn F. Kohl. I’ll also finish up with last year’s I Can Do All Things and How to Teach Art to Children if we have time. Bible: I’m planning on continuing on with our Abeka Bible Series along with Nest Family Videos. Our children LOVE these videos and I have to say it’s … [Read more...]

JUL
12
2010

Letter of the Week Curriculum

This curriculum is a full 26 week core program for preschool students (ages 3-4). Included are weekly lesson plans that cover all the subjects a preschooler needs and more! Download my ENTIRE preschool Letter of the Week set now! $10 - Download version $16 - CD Version {Please allow 7-10 business days for shipping} $20 - CO-OP Version So what’s in the Letter of the Week curriculum? Click here to see a typical week of activities While I provide many of my printables for free on my blog, you currently have to download each item individually. For those who prefer multi-file downloading, I am now providing the complete curriculum PLUS BONUSES for ONLY $10 downloadable version and $16 for a CD! There are approximately 1500 printable pages of games, ideas and activities included in this curriculum! What's included? As an added BONUS, you will receive Weekly LESSON PLANS! Click here to see a SAMPLE LESSON PLAN   A-Z ACTIVITIES … [Read more...]

JUL
11
2010

Find It Review & Giveaway

We’ve been obsessed with a new game that arrived this week, everyone including the Teeny Tot has gotten involved! What am I talking about? Find It! So what is a Find It Game? Find it games are large cylinders filled with all sorts of fun objects hidden in tiny plastic confetti. The object of the game is simple: Spin it, shake it, twist it until you find all the hidden items! You can time it to make it more of a challenge too. Each game comes with score cards so you can check off each time you find an object, the first one to find them all wins! Find It can be played with a crowd or alone, ages 3-adult. They come in all different themes such as beach, bird watch, kids version, zoo theme, sports, glitz/glamour and the Wizard of Oz! They are also great to take in the car on road trips as well! I’d also like to note how big they are, I was expecting a tiny little soda pop can sized game, but these things are about 10.5” tall! My thoughts: When Find It Games emailed me, I requested to … [Read more...]

JUL
10
2010

Liberty Lapbook Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Liberty Lapbook from Egghead Academics! As promised, we have a winner! Congratulations to Embracing Destiny   Stay tuned tomorrow for a Find It Game review and Giveaway! … [Read more...]

JUL
09
2010

Bloom Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Hi everyone, I’m really excited to announce my very first Digital Scrapbooking Kit and my new company! After A LOT of long and hard work, I am very happy with the results for my first kit: BLOOM. I wanted to share it here with all of you as well! Without further ado, here’s the BLOOM kit: What’s included? 17 12x12 Papers 2 Torn Edge Papers 1 Felt Stitched Alphabet 1 Date Brush (.abr & .png files included) 1 Bended corner frame (not pictured, Shadow & No Shadow) 1 Flower 3 Glass Page Pebbles 3 Ribbons 1 Paper Clip 2 Staples 1 Twine 1 Border Stitching 13 Tags 3 Journal Spots 1 Bloom WordArt   Get the full Bloom Kit for just$3.00! NOTE:You will receive download links immediately following your purchase. Hope you all like it and I’d love any feedback you have for me as I’m just starting out. But you know, don’t be too harsh lest I break down and cry ;o) … [Read more...]

JUL
08
2010

Magnetic Mosaics

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, today I’m doing it a bit differently and instead of showing all the boxes for a certain grade, I’m showing what was in our “Fun Box” that everyone received! A nice reader led me to these super fun Orb Factory Magnetic Mosaics! I like that they are re-usable. We’ve done the Sticky Mosaics, which are also fun, but once they’re done, well, they’re done. And let’s face it, they’re not cheap, so this is a great alternative! The only downfall is that the box came with enough to create 1 picture at a time, and with 2 kids trying to work simultaneously, well, you can see that there may have been a small issue. The other thing is that the sheets are VERY thin, so you have to be careful not to rip them. I am going to try and laminate them, but the magnets aren’t super strong, so I’m a little worried about whether they’ll still work. We’ll see… That said, we really did love these, and they still get pulled out frequently! I bought mine at a local … [Read more...]

JUL
07
2010

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors!

We just finished up our Life of Joseph Bible Study and I found this great craft on Delightful Learning so we had to do it! I used a box of tissue paper squares since I didn’t have fabric. (I got them at Lakeshore Learning, and probably paid way too much, but all the colors and pre-cut squares seemed worth it to me for all the crafts we use tissue paper for!) The words showed through a bit, so if you use tissue paper, turn the paper with the square on it over, and glue to the other side without the words! It’s fairly simple, just print the worksheets from Christian Crafts. Then cut out the coat from page 1 leaving the outside intact: Next fill the square on page 2 with colorful paper, fabric, ribbon, paint or tissue paper. Next we painted glue around the outside of the colorful square and glued page 1 on top of page 2 to reveal our colorful coats!. Here are our finished coats:Review the verse and story! If you need ideas for this unit, we like the Nest Family Videos! They are a video, … [Read more...]

JUL
06
2010

Waffle Egg & Cheese Sandwich

I tried this recipe after seeing it on Muffin Tin Mom a while back. I had one child not too fond of it, but she also doesn’t like eggs a whole lot. This recipe is from Incredible Egg, if you haven’t already, check out their site, they have tons of great recipes! Ingredients: Frozen Waffles (2 per sandwich) 1 egg, beaten 1 slice colby-jack or american cheese optional: 1 slice Canadian bacon Directions: HEAT oven to 400°F. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray and put frozen waffles on baking sheet. Spoon egg over waffles, spreading to fill cavities. (Careful here, it overflows quickly!) Top with Canadian bacon slice. BAKE in 400°F oven until egg is set and waffles are crisp, 10 to 12 minutes. TOP one waffle with cheese. COVER with remaining waffle and press together. LET STAND 1 minute to allow cheese to melt. Serve with your favorite fruit or smoothie and enjoy! … [Read more...]

JUL
03
2010

Liberty Lapbook GiveAway

Hi everyone, I have an exciting giveaway for you today! In honor of Independence Day the kind folks at Egghead Academics have graciously offered a free copy of their Liberty-The Founding of a Country lapbook to one of my readers! It’s perfect for learning how our country was formed! It includes topics such as: Early America The American Revolution The Declaration of Independence US Constitution Women in History Symbols in History (Flag, Liberty Bell) Reading List Lapbooking Activities Quizzes, word scrambles, word searches, mazes and more! Click here to see a sample of the Liberty Lapbook Enter the GIVEAWAY! ~ CONTEST IS CLOSED~ Leave a comment here to let me know you are interested in winning a free copy of Liberty – The Founding of a Country OPTIONAL Additional Entries: Visit the Egghead Academics website and come back and leave a comment telling me which is your favorite lapbook! Subscribe to Confessions of a Homeschooler an extra entry. Tweet or blog about … [Read more...]

JUL
02
2010

Friday Freebie: Fourth of July Template

Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday! Since we’re nearing Independence Day, I thought I’d share this star template with you. It was inspired from a class at www.jessicasprague.com where I’ve learned most of my digital skills! Download Star Template Here’s my layout: Supplies: Pattern Paper by Anna Aspnes MonoBlendz Paperie Lima (re-colored); flourish by Katie Pertiet Grunged Up Photo Block No2, Date Tabs & Journal paper by Katie Pertiet ; Font Amerika, VTPortable Remington Happy Independence Day! … [Read more...]