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    Happy Labor Day 2014

      Hi everyone! It’s Labor Day! I like to think of it as “relax because the rest of the year’s gonna be crazy” day. So that’s what we’re doing… We’re taking the day off! The day off school that is. We’ll be hanging out and Barbequing, marshmallow roasting, and hanging with a few friends. … [Read More...]

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    2014 September Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning everyone! Well, we’re finally back in school. I don’t know where my summer went, but I’m always excited when we get to start new curriculum and a new year. Fall is one of my four favorite seasons, and I H.E.A.R.T. September back-to-school time! And this is when my meal plans really … [Read More...]

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    Back-To-School for Homeschoolers!

    I H.E.A.R.T Back-To-School time! It means fall is coming, we get to start new and exciting curriculum, and we get new school supplies! Goodness all around! But what does Back-To-School look like for a homeschooler? I mean, don’t we just come downstairs and start school? No back-to-school … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Special Needs Students

    Good morning! Today I have another Homeschooling 101 post to add to my series.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling special needs students.   First off I want to encourage you that you are not alone! There are several families that have chosen to homeschool children with … [Read More...]

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    Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

    I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with … [Read More...]

FEB
02
2014

DIY Valentine’s Body Butter

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Hi everyone! I have a super fun, slightly messy, Valentine’s treat for you today! It’s a DIY Body Butter tutorial!   This butter is so great to use during this time of year when dry skin is rampant. It’s light weight, natural, and doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on your skin. It can look at tad oily at first, but if you’re skin is dry like mine, this stuff will just absorb right in! And since we’re making this ourselves, we don’t have any of those yucky chemicals in it that come with store bought products!   WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A container (I reused Bath & Body Works candle holders, but you can get containers at your local craft store.) Natural Oils: Pure Shea Butter, Raw Cocoa Butter, and Raw Mango Butter, Extra virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil Utensils: Glass bowl, measuring cup, hand beater, and spoon Optional coloring: Wilton Oil Based Candy Colors Optional Fragrance: I used Butter Cream & Snicker Doodle and Island Coconut from … [Read more...]

JAN
30
2014

February 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning readers! I hope you are having a great year so far! Like I mentioned earlier this week, meal planning is a must for us! So today I have our February Monthly Meal plan for you all! Download the Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 February Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 February monthly meal plan Word Doc (Editable) I’ve had a lot of requests for our smoothie recipe, so I’ll link some of them below. We mostly experiment these days with our smoothies. Turbo is in charge on most days and he’s getting really good at them. Today we had one of Turbo’s original creations: 2 cups frozen mixed fruit (We had a mixed bag of peaches, strawberries, bananas, & mango) 1 cup orange juice 1 cup water 1 handful of spinach 2 Tbsp. Raspberry Flavoring (this was an experiment and it turned out really good!)   Here are a couple more posts with our smoothie recipes: … [Read more...]

JAN
29
2014

World Geography Unit: Netherland

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Good morning readers, today I have another world geography unit to share with you! Hoi and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Netherland! Since it snowed here this week it was perfect timing, we had a great time, and we learned some fun things about Netherland too! Of course we started off our week finding Netherland on the map and stamping our passports with their flag:   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Netherlands on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Dutch– Hoi or Hello Prayed for the Netherlands people Learned a song in Dutch Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Netherlands Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Ford Learned about Windmills and made a craft Completed an Ice Skating Craft (I wasn’t brave enough to actually go ice skating!) Went Bowling Had a cheese tasting party. Cheeses from Netherlands include … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2014

Introducing Kiwi and Remi!

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Hi everyone! As you may have seen on a recent Facebook post, we added a couple new feathered friends to our homeschool room!   So today I’d like you to introduce you to Kiwi and Remi!   We’ve had them for about 2 weeks now and they’re doing great. Kiwi was definitely more hesitant with us at first, but his love for millet won out over his fear of us. We’re working on the “Step Up” technique. This comes in especially handy if one takes off, and you have to get them back to their cage. if they don’t trust you and are not used to stepping up onto your finger it can be very difficult to get them back into their cage! Watch a video of Remi & Kiwi practicing the “Step Up” technique!   Here is their cage. Since we got two birds (they keep each other company) we went with a big larger cage. It gives them more room to cruise around and as you can see, my husband went a little crazy with the toys for them. We purchased the Vision Bird Cage L12. It’s a great … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2014

DIY Perler Bead Bowl

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If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, then you already know I'm a sucker for colorful things. So when I saw all of these fun perler bead bowls popping up, I just couldn’t resist!   My curriculum is colorful. Our Homeschool Room is colorful. And you really can’t get more colorful than these sweet little bowls!             They’re so easy and fun, and our girls have made a bunch of them and used them to hold all of their little knick-knacks, jewelry, and other odds and ends. Ready to get started? Hold on to your socks folks, the supply list is Caa-RAZY! Supplies: Perler Beads by Fun Fusion Glass Bowl Pam Cooking Spray Oven – Preheat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit   Directions: Carefully spray the inside of your glass bowl.   You can use any oven safe glass bowl.   Dump a handful of beads into the bowl and carefully press them along the bottom and then sides of … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2014

eMeals Giveaway!

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Good morning everyone! A new year has started and most of us have returned to homeschooling after a long winter break. And with the return to school comes less and less time to plan and prepare meals. So today I have a great resource to share with you called emeals! emeals is an online meal planning site that offers great recipes, grocery lists including weekly sales, and a variety of plans to pick from. You can pick your plan based on your eating style, your family size, and even your favorite grocery store! You’ll receive your meal plans via email every week including your grocery shopping list. They have over 20 menu plans for families ranging from 2-6 people and in addition to their traditional menus they offer low carb, low fat, and vegetarian options as well! One of the coolest things I think is that you can pick your grocery store! They plan their menus so that you get the best deals for your store! Each weekly menu also comes with a grocery shopping list, which … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2014

Honey Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe

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   Good morning readers! Today I have a super easy and yummy recipe to share with you all. This is a favorite in our house as it’s tasty, but really it takes all of 5 minutes to prepare. And for a homeschooling mama, that puts it on the top 10 list of meals! Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 small onion, diced 1 cup honey 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup ketchup 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Turn crockpot on low. 2. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of the crockpot. 3. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over chicken. Put lid on crockpot and cook for 3-4 hours for thawed chicken breasts, or 6-8 hours for frozen chicken breasts.   4. Curl up in your favorite easy chair and have a few bon-bons.  I mean…go homeschool the kiddos knowing that dinner’s already cookin’!   (Sorry, apparently my camera chose to … [Read more...]

JAN
22
2014

Rainbow Loom Earrings Tutorial

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Hi everyone! My kids have been getting their craft on with some serious Rainbow Loom action these days! We purchased them as gifts, and man was that one of the best gifts EVER!! I’ll be sharing some of the fun things they have made, but let’s just say that they definitely didn’t stop at those plain old single row bracelets! Oh NO my friends. They’ve moved on. We’ve got earrings. Penguins. Necklaces. Turtles. Unicorns. Pencils. And a variety of super fancy bracelets. Ones that take more than one loom if you get my drift. But those will all come on another day. Today Strawberry Shortcake is doing a Rainbow Loom Earring tutorial for you! Tip: Purchase the real Rainbow Loom’s and not the knock-off’s. We purchased ours at Michael’s Craft store, and I believe that is currently the only approved retailer for this product. The main reason being some projects require you to re-arrange your loom, or even use more than one loom and the Rainbow Loom is the only one at this … [Read more...]

JAN
21
2014

iHomeschool Studio Webinar Giveaway!

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  Good morning readers! I have a great online webinar to share with you today! As most of you know, I’ve been participating in the iHomeschool Network for quite awhile now. And they’re always up to something new and fabulous for homeschoolers! And now they’re starting a new site called iHomeschool Studio, and will be hosting an online webinar with 4 days full of homeschooling goodness to help bless and encourage you in your homeschooling journey.   What’s it all about? Sessions range from organizing and frugal homeschooling to personality and learning styles. We will offer help with intense kids, high school students, and lazy kids. Although we cover academics like science, music, and geography, we also delve into matters of the heart as we help you instill a love of Christian missions in your children and build positive character traits all while maintaining the spark in your marriage. There is something for everyone! All of the workshops are delivered via … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2014

World’s Greatest Composers Volume 2

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Welcome to the World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 2! This has been a much requested item from everyone, and I’ve finally had a chance to sit down and work on volume 2 in my World’s Greatest Composers series!   Get the World’s Greatest Composers Study for just $5.50! What’s it all about? In this series of studies, we will be taking a look at 5 of the world’s greatest composers through a study designed for elementary aged students. The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces from each composer studied. They will also have learned several different styles of music, vocabulary, as well as have gained an appreciation for music in general. … [Read more...]