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    Quilting 101: How to Cut Fabric

    Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series.  I hope you enjoyed last week’s video where we learned all about fabric. And today I’m going to show you my methods for cutting up all of that pretty fabric! Cutting accurate pieces is one of the first steps to creating a … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips

    Hey guys! I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today I’m going to share my tips for organizing your school room, teaching supplies, and record keeping. We’ll also discuss some things to consider when choosing a space for your homeschool as well as a few organizational tips that … [Read More...]

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    Baker’s Dozen Quilt Kit Giveaway!

    Hey guys! I have a super fun giveaway for you all today. As many of you know Stitches_N_Giggles4U is one of my favorite Etsy shops and she is always up for doing a fun giveaway for my readers. Now I know it’s mid summer for most of us, but that’s the perfect time to start a Christmas quilt! Yep, … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth: Germany Unit Study

      Guten Tag! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Germany! My husband’s family is German, so this was a special week for us. We even sampled some of his grandma’s butter ball soup and homemade kraut burgers! Yum!   Here are some more of the things we covered this … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Choose Fabric

    Hey guys! I’m back with another fun video in my Quilting 101 series. Today we’re talking all about fabric! I’m going to show you all about precuts and yardage, share what I like to buy. And then I’ll share some of my favorite places to get my fabric too!   Fabric is one of my favorite … [Read More...]

MAR
20
2011

See The Light: Art Class Review & Giveaway

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing See The Light: Art Class DVD’s. I have to say I really like this program! Each DVD includes step by step art tutorials, for any given subject. I like that it is a video, so we could easily stop it, rewind if necessary and continue on when we were ready. It is also really helpful to see how to do each task. The cool part is you really only need a pencil, paper, colored pencils, and colored chalk and you’re ready to go! I reviewed the first DVD in the series “Art Class Volume 1: Lessons 1-4” ($14.99). This DVD included: Tools of the Trade, It all Starts with a Line, Contours & Composition, and Draw What you See, and a bonus lesson: Chalk-It-Easy. The first DVD was fairly basic, so I’d really like to get more and see how the rest of the lessons go. The teacher also ads in a bit of Art History and Biblical Truth into each lesson. My daughter didn’t love that part, since we already do Bible time each day, she kept saying “I already know … [Read more...]

MAR
19
2011

Digital Scrapbook Element: Life Badges

As you already know, I love photoshop brushes, but I also realize that not everyone can recolor them, so I’ve created a colorful set of Life Stamps along with the photoshop brush file for those of you who prefer that. Hope you enjoy! What’s Included? All files are 300 dpi, all are both .png and .abr file formats, for Personal Use Only 12 colorful Life Badges Photoshop brush .abr 1 Chipboard Base Click below to purchase the Life Badge Setfor ONLY $1! Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbooking supplies: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! Visit our Sponsors! Time 4 Learning,& Pick and Draw … [Read more...]

MAR
19
2011

Educational Insights Play Foam Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win Play Foam! As promised we have a winner! Congratulations to Mommy Days, you just won yourself a brand new, non-mixed up, set of play foam! YAY! I’ll be emailing you shortly for more info! :o) Stick around on Monday, I have a review and giveaway from See The Light Art Class DVD’s! … [Read more...]

MAR
17
2011

Campanelle with Meat Sauce

Lasagna, mmmm, who doesn’t love lasagna? I mean except lactose intolerant people that is. Well, I have an old standby recipe that my family loves! It’s not lasagna. But it is like “faux” lasagna! I call it Campanelle with Meat Sauce! It’s basically all the ingredients of lasagna but without all the layering, and well…let’s face it, with out all the work! Ingredients: 1 box Campanelle Noodles (These are like they took all the lasagna filly ends, and rolled em up) (Also great with Cavatappi, hollow spirals) 1 Jar Spaghetti Sauce (Or homemade ;o) 1lb browned ground beef 1/2 pint low-fat ricotta cheese Shredded Parmesan Cheese (For sprinkling on top) Optional: Garlic Bread, green salad and dressing Directions: 1. Cook noodles according to package instructions. 2. Meanwhile, brown 1 lb ground beef, season as desired. I use garlic salt, onion salt, oregano, basil, and parsley. It’s my secret mix, please don’t tell anyone. 3. Heat spaghetti sauce in … [Read more...]

MAR
16
2011

Alphabet Tree Letters

I’ve had several people asking for a set of lowercase letters to go up on their alphabet tree, so here they are! At the end of the week, once our letter is learned, we put it up on our tree signifying we’re now a master of that letter! My daughter loves adding the letters to the tree. We’ll usually review all the letters and their sounds we’ve learned at that time as well. Palm Treecan be found here! Here are the links to download both sets: Alphabet Tree Letters – Uppercase Alphabet Tree Letters – Lowercase Alternate Uses: You can punch holes in the letters and use them as lacing cards Use letters to practice blends or spell CVC words on the floor Put magnets on the backs and use as magnetic word builders Visit our Sponsors! Time 4 Learning, & Pick and Draw … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2011

Expedition Earth: Mexico

Hola and welcome to our week on Mexico! Here’s what we did this week, and what we got pics of! Located Mexico & the Gulf of Mexico on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in Spanish– Hola! Prayed for the Spanish people Learned a Spanish Song Made homemade tortillas Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Mexico Learn about the underwater city of Tenochtitlan Made a play-doh Aztec Temple Learned more about Mexico from National Geographic Kids Geography from A-Z pg 40 Seamount Learn about the 4th Wonder of the World: Chichen Itza Children Just Like Me Book Made sun clay faces and pots with Terracotta clay Went out to a local favorite Mexican restaurant, yum!Each week we go over all of the countries we’ve learned so far, plus our new one: Mexico! Here’s our Mexico whiteboard, we review the facts daily through the week and sing our fun song: We worked on our mapping and flag … [Read more...]

MAR
14
2011

Guidecraft Block Mates Review & Giveaway!

Well as you know, each month I always get so excited for Guidecraft review day! And today’s the day! That’s right, we have another fun giveaway and review from the super cool folks at Guidecraft! This week we had so much fun reviewing the Block Mates Farm Animals! They come with several animal pieces so you can experiment and make fun animals! Each animal comes in 4 pieces: head, tail, front legs, and hind legs. This enables lots of fun mix-n-match animal creations! (Please note: the wooden blocks are sold separately) I have to say when we first got these I thought “huh, weird little animals, I wonder if anyone will actually play with these”. Since then I’ve done nothing but pick them up after a long day of playing! They are constantly getting out their new Block Mates Farm Animals and playing with them. I wouldn’t have thought they’d be so entertaining, but apparently they have some kid appeal that I don’t quite get. Does that make me sound old? Mostly they keep the animals … [Read more...]

MAR
13
2011

Educational Insights Play Foam Review & Giveaway

We love Play Foam! It’s fun to squish, squeeze, and easy to mold! I think I’m asked almost daily if we can get out the Play Foam. Play Foam is a fun way to create just about anything you can imagine! It’s like play-doh, but never hardens, there's really no mess to clean up since it sticks to itself, and its super easy to mold. I think for preschoolers it’s a great way to go, sometimes my daughter gets frustrated with things like model magic which is much harder to form. Are you a mixer? I’m not a mixer, I like to keep my play-doh, play-foam, moon-sand and anything else of color separate. My kids are mixers. Except my son, my beloved son, he shares my need for order. He did a wonderful job of keeping his Play Foam separated out by color. These are caterpillars. See…look at those nice blobs of color, all nice and separate. Then there’s my wonderful daughter…she’s a mixer {gasp!}. She has a flair for color and mixes anything she can get her hands on. Play-doh, paint, moon-sand, and … [Read more...]

MAR
12
2011

Digital Scrapbook Supplies: Clock Works

Along with my addiction to photoshop date brushes, comes my fondness for Digital Scrapbook Clock Part Supplies! I can never find exactly what I’m looking for so I finally made my own set called Clock Works. Hope you like it too! What’s Included? All files are 300 dpi and .png format, for Personal Use Only 2 Aged Clock Faces 2 Transparent Clock Faces 4 Clock Hands 9 Clock Cog Wheels Purchase Clock Works for ONLY $2! Visit my store to see all of my digital scrapbook supplies: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2011

Time 4 Learning Review Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win a free 30 day Trial from  Time 4 Learning As promised, we have a lucky blogger who get’s to do a Free 30 Day Trial! And the winner is.. Becky @ Purposeful Homemaking I’ll email you shortly with instructions on signing up for your Free Trial! Thanks so much for entering! Stay tuned Monday for a super fun giveaway from Educational Insights! … [Read more...]