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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

    Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had … [Read More...]

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    Affiliate Love…

    Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

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    Heidi Unit Study

    Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun … [Read More...]

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    Summer Vacation 2014

    It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing … [Read More...]

DEC
30
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 20: Jumbo COAH Pack!

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  Hi everyone! So we’ve reached day 20 of my Christmas Extravaganza giveaways! I hope you’ve enjoyed this month of wonderful prizes and want to thank you all for reading and supporting Confessions of a Homeschooler!   Since I’m still in the Christmas mood, I wanted to do a giveaway of ALL of my main products for you today! Yep, you heard me correctly! I’m offering a free copy of all 8 of my curriculum to one lucky winner! Letter of the Week K4 Kindergarten Expedition Earth Road Trip USA Worlds Greatest Composers 1 & 2 World’s Greatest Artists 1 & 2 Scientists and Inventors Mega Pack Literature Units Mega Pack Ready to win? Make sure to fill out all of the rafflecopter entries below to win! If you need more information on any of my curriculum, you can visit my store here Confessions of a Homeschooler Store. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

DEC
29
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 19: Ann Voskamp

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  Hello wonderful readers! Today I have a special giveaway for you all! It’s the new book “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp. Aside from being a New York Times bestselling author and blogger on A Holy Experience, Ann is a homeschooling mother of six. She is no stranger to the difficulties of motherhood – and life. In ONE THOUSAND GIFTS, Voskamp shares her own journey through hard, dark days and hidden fears as she seeks to answer one of life’s greatest riddles: how do you discover joy—right where you are? The book serves as an encouragement for all to find joy and gratitude in the midst of the worn-ragged days by counting their own 1,000 gifts. In her book, Ann shares her amazing journey through difficult times, which has brought her closer to her Jesus in a way that I can only aspire to! Ann not only has an amazing gift for encouragement, but her words flow beautifully across the page. It’s like reading poetry in novel form! Since I clearly don’t have that gift, I’m … [Read more...]

DEC
26
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 18: Virtue Training Bible

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Welcome everyone to another fabulous giveaway! We’re nearing the end of our 20 days of giveaways with number 18! today’s giveaway is sponsored by the Virtue Training Bible folks! You may remember me reviewing a similar product called the Child Training Bible awhile back? Well this product is by the same creators and is a wonderful way to help parents and children go directly to the pages of Scripture for instruction in 42 virtues! The front key which comes with your order helps you color code each of the scripture with tabs for easy location later on. The cards also include three-part prayers for each virtue which help you: “Worship God” (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), “Remember Christ” (Hebrews 12:1-2), and “Walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-26). You can find out more information on Virtue Training Bible, and on Child Training Bible.   Ready to win this wonderful tool for your family? Just fill out the rafflecopter below to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

DEC
25
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 17: Home Art Studio

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  Good morning readers! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas with family and friends! Today I have a super fun giveaway for you all from Home Art Studio! For those of you who don’t know Home Art Studio is an Art DVD program that is great for homeschooling families. Students watch the DVD tutorial taught by Ms. Violin as they create their projects. It is designed to help increase students’ love and appreciation of visual arts! They currently offer DVDs for grades K-5 each one costs $29.99. You can also purchase needed supplies for each grade through their website which makes it easy for you! We just started this program, but my kids definitely enjoy the lessons so far! But don’t take my word for it, Ms. Violin also has free art lessons on her site that you can check out to make sure you like it too! Here’s a sample of the 4th grade Giraffe lesson which we love!   Ready to win? Ms. Violin has offered a free DVD for one of you, and you get to pick the level that … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2013

Merry Christmas 2013!

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Merry Christmas!  I’m taking today and tomorrow off from our giveaways to celebrate the birth of our Savior! I pray that you have a blessed time with friends and family this season and that you keep Jesus the center of all festivities! We’re Italian, and my husband’s family is German. I’ll be hosting Christmas this year, so I thought you might like to see our menu…weird as it may seem ;o) Spaghetti Meatballs Garlic bread Salad Turkey Cranberries Mashed potatoes Sweet stuffing Green bean casserole (yuck!) Pumpkin Pie Italian Christmas Jello   We’ll be gathering at our home for food, presents, and fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior! What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions or foods, I would love to hear what you all do to celebrate! Blessings from our family to yours, We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 16: Bartholomew’s Passage

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Good morning everyone! Wow, only one shopping day left until Christmas Eve! We celebrate with my family on Christmas Eve, and my husband’s family Christmas Day, so today is my final chance to gather any last minute things! Yikes!   But even with all of the hustle going on right now, i still have a fabulous giveaway for you today! My lovely friends at iHomeschool Network have donated two of favorite Christmas books for you today! Bartholomew’s Passage: A Family Story for Advent by Arnold Ytreeide “Bartholomew's Passage is an engaging story that guides families through the Advent season. Young Bartholomew's adventures start when Roman soldiers destroy his village and disperse his family, continue through his enslavement to a tyrannical master and his escape with his new friend Nathan, and end with a reunion with his family in Bethlehem. Along the way Bartholomew makes a new friend, a young boy named Jotham!” (This book is the sequel to Jotham’s Journey.) Tabitha’s … [Read more...]

DEC
19
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 15: Alphabet Alley

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Happy Friday everyone! Today’s giveaway is sponsored by a company near to my heart! It’s called Alphabet Alley and is owned by a good online friend of mine Melissa Fleming! Alphabet Alley is a family owned and operated business dedicated to providing good quality faith-based toys for young learners! Our vision is to provide toys that engage the souls of children while introducing God’s Word into their hearts. It is our sincere hope that these toys will bring smiles to the children in your life and encourage more families to invest and delight in one another. - The Fleming Family One of my kiddos favorite toys as a toddler were the very durable ABC Stacking Blocks! They loved to create towers with these, knock them down, and start all over again!   Another of our favorites is the Bible ABC Matching Game. This cute game comes with 60 durable tiles to make 30 pairs. It’s great for working on those logical thinking and memory skills! And it’s perfect for young learners since no … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 14: The ADVENTure of Christmas

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Hello Festive Holiday Readers! I have a super awesome giveaway for you today! I’ve given this book away before around this time of year, and I was so excited to have Lisa Whelchel offer it again for you! In her book, The ADVENTure of Christmas Lisa Whelchel has created 25 activities that bring our holiday back to its true meaning: Jesus! This book is one of my all time favorite Christmas advent activities to participate in. For each day there is a story to turn your focus towards Jesus, along with a coordinating activity. You can do 1 activity a day as a countdown, or just pick ones that look fun for your family to participate in over the advent season! I highly recommend this book! Just so you know what you’re getting, here are some topics covered in the book: Advent Wreath The Christmas Tree Lights on the Tree Ornaments on the Tree The candy cane The Star Christmas Greetings Outdoor lights The colors of Christmas Angels Candles … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 13: All About Learning

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun product for you all! One of my favorite companies, All About Learning Press is sponsoring our giveaway today! If you don’t know already, AALP products are one of my top picks for teaching spelling skills, reading, phonics, phonograms, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and decoding multi-syllable words. And If you’ve already been using All About Spelling or Reading you already know that this is a fun hands-on program! Tinker Bell loves the fun activity sheets included in the Student Activity Pack for the reading program, and thanks to the AALP spelling program she’s one of my best spellers!  She actually asks to do these fun sheets all the time! And I figure if a kid is asking to learn it’s a good thing.   Ready to add this wonderful program to your homeschool? The awesome people at All About Learning Press is offering a giveaway of of the All About Spelling Level 1 PLUS the Deluxe Spelling Interactive Kit to one of you! Fill out … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 12: Who is God?

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Welcome to day 12 of my Christmas Extravaganza! Today I have an awesome prize to giveaway to one of you! Today I’m giving away something not only PERFECT for this season, but for every other day of the year too! It’s the Apologia: Who is God from the What We Believe series. I’ve always loved the Apologia company, and what they stand for. They offer a wide variety of curriculum to help grow your homeschool! And they’ve recently come out with a complete Biblical Worldview Curriculum. Now hopefully the term “worldview” doesn’t scare you away. Here’s a special note from Apologia regarding their curriculum: Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas—ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. It is more important than ever that young children be equipped to discern … [Read more...]