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    Quilting 101: How to Wash a Quilt

    Hi friends! Today I’ll be showing you how to wash a quilt! There are several ways to go about washing your quilts, but today I’m just going to show you how I like to do it to help prevent any damage or bleeding of fabrics or thread.   Products I recommend: Dreft Detergent or … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 7th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. We’re making some changes around here this year, and I’ll tell you all about it in the video!   This year we’re focusing on a little more independent work for my son. As they get into 6th, 7th, and … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Bind a Quilt (Machine or Hand)

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. Today I’ll be showing you how to bind your quilt! There are several ways to go about binding your quilt, so today I’m just going to show you a couple of ways that I like to do it. I’ll also be showing you some tips to help you get … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

    Hey guys! Today I’m sharing our 2016-2017 8th Grade homeschool curriculum with you. I know I’m a little late in sharing this, but it took longer for me to decide what we’re doing this year and to get some of the curriculum ordered.  I’ll also be sharing our other curriculum picks for grades 2, 5, … [Read More...]

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    2016-2017 First Day of Homeschool!

    Hi friends! Wow, I can’t believe we’re starting out 10th year of homeschooling today. It’s been quite a ride thus far, and I’m looking forward to a brand new year full of possibilities! We’ve got our new curriculum all sorted in our work drawers, and the school room has been cleaned out, … [Read More...]

NOV
30
2015

December 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Good morning everyone! It’s finally December, and that mean’s it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you already know that I love Christmas time. I love driving around and enjoying all of the twinkle lights, sledding, snow fort building, and hot chocolate drinking If you live anywhere near us, you’re also getting to enjoy snowy evenings by the fire. And if you’re like me, then you’re also standing outside in the snowy cold night waiting for your new puppy to go potty. It’s seriously a good thing he’s cute! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve already met him, but I’d still like to officially introduce you to our newest family member, Bandit. He’s was originally named Cosmo after "Cosmo’s moon" in the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage. I saw it years ago, and when I saw him I start singing… “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore” I also used it as a selling point for … [Read more...]

NOV
29
2015

Cyber Monday 30% off sale!

hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We spent the day visiting and enjoying some amazing food! And now that Thanksgiving is officially over, the Christmas season begins! And no, I didn’t go Black Friday shopping because I can’t handle the crowds, and the craziness! I have gone in years past, but the last time I went I had someone lunge over several boxes of toys to get to the electric jeep I had in my hands! They ended up knocking another jeep on my head. While I love a good deal, I’m not willing to sacrifice physical injury to get it! Haha! So that said, I hope you all had a safe shopping event if you braved the deals. And with your safety in mind, I'm doing my annual Cyber Monday 30% OFF Sale! YAY!! And the best part is that you can get it from the safety of your home! No long lines, or getting shoved, pushed, and beat up. Your savings is just a simple click away! That means everything in my store is on sale at 30% off. And my 10% … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

As always I am thankful for our health, our families, my husband and awesome children, all of the wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and I’m also thankful for YOU my awesome readers! You’ve encouraged and inspired me and I’m so thankful for all of you! I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos? I have a couple fun and easy activities you can do to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving placemat: Fold a piece of construction paper in half, then cut slits in it like shown below. Next cut a variety of colored strips from more construction paper, and have your student weave them in and out of the placemat base. Laminate your placemat or use clear contact paper to make it spill proof!   Here are a few ideas that we’ve done in the past as well… Thankful Turkey Craft Mosaic Cornucopia Craft I also have a preschool Thanksgiving pack for those younger ones … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2015

Black Friday Homeschooling Promotions!

Hey everyone, I have a couple great homeschooling deals and freebies for all of you!! Friends and Heroes is having a bunch of deals and freebies, see below for their 2015 offers: Black Friday Deals: Nov. 22-29, 2015 $10 off any purchase of $20 or more FREE USA shipping on orders of $25 or more FREE Christmas music video download FREE, fun Christmas puzzles and activity sheet downloads Cyber-Monday  Dates: , Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2015 50% off Friends and Heroes DVD 1 FREE USA shipping on orders of $25 or more FREE Christmas music video download FREE, fun Christmas puzzles and activity sheet downloads   Ellison Education is having an awesome sale! It starts tomorrow, November 26th at 4pm Pacific and runs through to our Cyber Monday sale on November 30th. Click below to see the deals!   See The Light Art is having a 10% off sale + FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.A. Code to use: CHRISTMAS Offer expires 12/15/2015   All About … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2015

The Jesse Tree Free Printable

I posted this printable a few years back, but wanted to bring it back out this year! For about 3 years or so we’ve been putting up a Jesse Tree in our home to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The Jesse Tree gets it’s name from Isaiah 11:1-2 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him.” The main Branch is a Biblical sign of the expected coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and the faithfulness of God. The other branches of the tree represent a piece of the stories that make up the whole story of God’s relationship with His people. As we read through the stories we see God’s people awaiting the coming of the Messiah. Similar to how we anxiously wait through each day of December in anticipation of celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Creating a Jesse Tree for your family is a fun, hands-on way to walk through the story of Jesus. As you read through the daily devotions, … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2015

2015 Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone! I can’t believe the holidays are already hear. And I’m sure a lot of you are starting to make lists of items to get, so I wanted to share some of our favorites with you as well. This year I’m going to post an educational gift guide, then another one for boys/girls, and finally one for sewers and quilters just incase any of my family is reading LOL!   In this post I have a bunch of fun stocking stuffer ideas for you as well as educational, and also fun, gifts for elementary aged students. Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2015

Expedition Earth: India

Namaste! I hope you have a few minutes today to join us on our Expedition Earth travels through India! We’ve learned a lot about India culture this week, and tried some amazing food as well. We started off by finding India on the map, then we located the capital, as well as the Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea. India is the 7th largest country in the world. It also boasts some of the world’s most amazing landmarks as well. The Taj Mahal is located in northern India and is one of the world’s most magnificent buildings. The structure was completed in1643 and is a white marble monument built by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The world's largest pilgrimage destination is in India. It is called the Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupati. Around 30,000 people visit this temple daily, donating about $6 million US dollars everyday. The most rainfall in the world ever in a month's time fell at Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. It was in July 1861 and 9,300 … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2015

Gooseberry Fat Quarter Bundle Quilting Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! Today I have a super fun giveaway for all of you sewers and quilters out there! I’m partnering with Lori from Stitches ‘n Giggles to offer you all a Gooseberry by Vanessa Goertzen Fat Quarter Bundle! Whoo Hoo!!   I have to say that this line is probably one of my most favorite lines this year! I love the bright colors, they’re just so cheery and lovely. I’ve already made a few projects with this line because I just couldn’t wait! I made this cute patchwork quilted book cover using a Moda 2.5” mini-charm pack of Gooseberry. It was super easy, and turned out really cute. You can make your own too, just check out my Patchwork Book Cover tutorial on YouTube!   I also couldn’t wait to get started on this super cute Gone Surfin’ quilt block by Thimble Blossoms.   I thought the Gooseberry line would be perfect for this one, and I ended up making a bunch of cute little slug bug blocks with colorful surf boards on top!   I did a large … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2015

Chicken Tetrazzini Recipe

Hey guys! I have a delicious new recipe to share with you today! As most of you know, I’m a big meal planner. Mainly because if I don’t plan our meals, then we don’t eat. Trying to figure out what to make at the end of a busy homeschool day doesn’t usually go well, and since we’re usually running to sports in the afternoons it can get hectic. So a good plan is essential! So is an easy and good dinner, that everyone likes! I recently tried this recipe from my mom, and everyone enjoyed it, so I thought I would share it with you too! And there are two ways to make this one. The long way…and the fast way. Both are good! Ingredients: (Long way) 1/4 cup unsalted butter 1 - 8 oz. package sliced mushrooms 1/3 cup all purpose flour 1 - 14 ounce can low sodium chicken broth 1 1/3 cups half and half 3 tablespoons dry sherry (Optional, we skipped this and it was still yummy!) 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt 1 4/ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper 1/8 teaspoon ground … [Read more...]

NOV
11
2015

Happy 2015 Veteran’s Day!

I’d like to give a huge THANK YOU!!!! To all those who have served to preserve our freedoms. Each year, on November 11th, the Veterans Day National Ceremony is held  at Arlington National Cemetery. It is to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. where a color guard honors America’s war dead by a wreath laying ceremony held at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The ceremonies then continue inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations as well as special speakers. There are also observances throughout the country from parades to special military exhibits and tributes to veterans.   Here are some ideas to help teach your kiddos about Veterans Day: Sing the US National Anthem, say the Pledge of Allegiance, and learn about proper USA flag handling etiquette. Click the image below to download a printable copy of the US Pledge of Allegiance. Make USA Flag Snacks: … [Read more...]