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    August 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! We’re already gearing up for school within the next couple of weeks! The summer always flies by no matter how much I try to slow it down. I don’t know about you, but the school season brings a whole new level of chaos to our day. And one of the things that helps keep me sane is having a … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Baste a Quilt

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. I hope you’re enjoying these posts! Today I’ll be showing you how to baste your quilt top and get it all ready for quilting!   There are a few ways to baste a quilt top, today I’m going to show you how to pin baste and … [Read More...]

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    Sew Sampler Box Review

    Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be reviewing the new Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler subscription box for you all today! I’ve had my eye on these ever since Fat Quarter Shop said they were releasing them and so far I’ve loved every single box that’s come out. Now I want to say that I’m not always a … [Read More...]

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    Word of Life Devotions Review

    Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests to do a review of the Word of Life Devotions that we started using last year. I really like these devotions, they’re fairly short and easy for my kids to complete. And their a great way to get them in the habit of getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. They … [Read More...]

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    Friends & Heroes Family Devotion Giveaway

    Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Friends & Heroes just came out with a new family devotion pack that I wanted to share with you all! The Family devotions are designed to be easy to use, parent-led  devotions for families with children ages 5-12. They include 26 weeks of … [Read More...]

NOV
05
2015

2016 Free Yearly Blog Planner

Good morning!  I was filling out some information for my blog the other day, and needed to write something in for January 2016. It was then that it dawned on me that 2015 was almost over! Which also means that it’s time for a brand new blog planner! So for all of you bloggers out there, my new 2016 Blog Planner is now available! YAY! And it’s FREE! Double YAY! So if you’re ready to get going for the new year, keep reading! As you can see above I went with the calendar layout for this planner and added some extra info on the opposing page. It includes Monthly Statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes.   Print & Assemble: After downloading, I print the planner double-sided by printing the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the pages and print the even pages on the backs. I print on a light weight cardstock (meaning the cheapest one I could find), just to give the planner a little more … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2015

November 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

Welcome readers! It’s time for another monthly holidays post! Yep, it’s already November, and so I thought it would be fun to take a look at what we have going on this month. So I’ve listed some, not all, of the fun holidays and wacky days that occur during November 2015. Keep on reading to see what’s happening! Holidays: November 11 - Veteran's Day November 26 - Thanksgiving Day in the US Fun Days: November 3 Sandwich Day November 3 U.S. General Election Day (The first Tuesday of the month.) November 4 King Tut Day – King Tut was the 12th king of the 18th Egyptian dynasty. He was in power from approximately 1332 to 1323 B.C. November 4, 1922 the British archaeologist Howard Carter, and his workmen, discovered the tomb entrance. November 5 Gunpowder Day & 5 Guy Fawkes Day – On November 5, 1605 Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords in an attempt to kill King James … [Read more...]

NOV
01
2015

DIY: Patchwork Journal Cover

Hey guys! I have a fun tutorial for you today that I think you will love! A few weeks ago I put up a sewing tutorial on making your own journal or book cover, and today I have another one that involves more quilting and cuteness! This is another great project to get you started quilting, and it’s a super fun way to make those ugly text books and composition notebooks much more exciting!   In this tutorial you will learn how to sew together patchwork squares and nest your seams for nice sharp points. You’ll also learn how to baste a quilt, then do straight line quilting on your project. To make this project even more fun, you might want to add a ribbon to tie around the booklet! Just tie the ribbon around the book cover and adjust it to where you want it. Then pin it along the book cover’s spine. Then untie the ribbon and take it to your sewing machine, and just stitch along the book binding edge where you pinned it and voila! You now have a cute ribbon tie to keep … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2015

November 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Hey guys! I feel like I just posted the October meal plan, and here we are again ready for a new month! I am telling you the time period between August and December flies by like nobody’s business doesn’t it? It’s like I step into a vortex of school, sports, holidays, and shorter days that seem to make time fly by. That said, I do love this time of year. There is so much going on, and the cooler weather in our area is a welcome relief from the hotness of summer. I love the changing leaves from fall, and the drizzly days that make for fun afternoons crafting in jammies. And if we’re lucky we might even see some snow here pretty soon! And…it also means we have some yummy soups and more meals to look forward to as well. I hope that my monthly meal plans help relieve a little bit of stress in your home. And maybe they’ll even save you enough time to enjoy some afternoons relaxing too!     Download the 2015 November Monthly Meal Plan: 2015 November Monthly Meal Plan … [Read more...]

OCT
27
2015

Expedition Earth Israel World Geography

Shalom! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week on Israel!   And of course we always start out by locating Israel on the map. This is the smallest country we’ve done so far, so the kids really had to look to find it. As we enter into each country we make sure add our flag sticker and date our passport with our entry date. When we’re done at the end of the week, we add in our exit date. Here are some of the highlights of the week: Where Israel is on the map, the Mediterranean Sea, the Dead Sea, and the capital A song in Hebrew How to say “Hello” in Hebrew How to pray for the Jewish people About children in Israel Completed a lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Israel Learned new Geography terms Made a stone inlay craft Learned about the Dome of the Rock Learned about the 7th Wonder of the World: Petra in Jordan   We learned some fun facts about Israel including how to say hello in … [Read more...]

OCT
25
2015

0-100 Kindergarten–1st Grade Number Writing Practice

Good morning! Are my 1-20 Preschool Number Writing worksheets too easy for your student? If so, you might be ready to move on to more number practice. And since I’ve had a ton of requests for more number handwriting worksheets, today I have a new set of 0 – 100 handwriting practice worksheets for you!     You’re welcome to use these downloads as they fit your needs. So just use the worksheets that your student is ready for, and save the higher numbers for later. You can also add these into your Daily Learning Notebooks for extra practice there too! --> Download the 0-100 Number Writing Worksheets here! <-- (If you’re having trouble downloading, RIGHT click the download link and select “Save File As”. You will be prompted to save it to your computer.) The download includes worksheets for numbers 0 through 100 including word writing practice. Here is an up-close of one of the worksheets. Each one includes number writing practice, then writing the number on … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2015

LEGO Education: Weight Bearing Crane

Good morning everyone! For our LEGO Education experiment this week, we applied our knowledge of pulleys, gears, and forces to create some cool cranes. The objective for this project was to create a crane capable of lifting a specified weight, as well as performing a valuable task.   The boys created a crane that could retrieve dropped keys for their moms who apparently have troubles bending over to pick things up LOL! I almost cried.   Then the girls created a crane to rescue a boat full of passengers about to be eaten by circling sharks. Both valuable services!   Click here to see our LEGO Education Crane in action! It’s a short video, but I think it shows how the LEGO Education curriculum encourages creativity along with logical and critical thinking skills! (And as a side note, I apologize for the sideways video. I don’t know what I was thinking, but I took the videos using my iphone in the portrait mode. So it appears as though our … [Read more...]

OCT
20
2015

DIY: Chalk Paint 101

Hi everyone! I hope you’re ready for a  really fun and totally easy way to make over any piece of furniture! As you can probably decipher from my title, today I’m going to show you just how easy it is to use chalk paint. I was a little apprehensive at first, as I always am when it comes to refinishing anything. I’m not the best at home decor renovations, but I’m definitely living proof that literally anyone can do chalk paint! As a matter of fact, the less perfect you are with this the better!   If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I’ve replace my old counter height black finish kitchen table, with this new regular height vintage beachy table. For those of you wondering, it’s not really vintage. Shh…it’s from American Furniture Warehouse. And no, this isn’t a sponsored post for them, or for the chalk paint! I also had four black bar stools that adorned my kitchen island. I immediately realized that they didn’t quite “go” with my new … [Read more...]

OCT
18
2015

Oliver Twist Literature Unit

Hi everyone! I have a new literature unit for you today. Oliver Twist is one of my favorite classics, and now you can add it to your homeschool literature unit studies too! Psst… There’s also a giveaway at the bottom, so make sure to keep reading!   Story Summary: Oliver Twist is a classic story telling about his life as a poor orphan. As we start out, Oliver has a hard life working on a workhouse. He has no possessions besides the clothes on his back. He’s forced to eat a small amount of gruel at mealtime, until one day when he finally speaks up. Things turn from bad to worse when he runs off to London to find his fortune. Caught up in the company of a band of pickpockets and thieves, Oliver struggles to find his own place in the world. Including the family that he’s always dreamed of having. Ready to make a keepsake lapbook that is not only fun, but will also help your students remember this classic? Watch my Oliver Twist unit study video to see the inside … [Read more...]

OCT
15
2015

LEGO Education Letter Balance

Good morning everyone! Today I’m sharing one of our LEGO Education Co-op activities. The kiddos made a really cool balancing mechanism using levers, gears, and a combination of materials and components to make a machine to measure weight and balance load. They built the scale, but then were challenged to build something that could handle heavier objects as well. They needed to work out a fair system that differentiated between the weight of different objects. They started out creating a scale that could hold a letter or envelope weight.   Next they were to add additional weight to see what the maximum capacity of their scale was.   As you can see we used our LEGO tires to help increase weight. This particular one held one LEGO battery pack as well as a whole stack of tires.   Next they did an experiment to try and determine weight of objects by hand to find items that appeared to have a similar weight. Next they placed those same items on their scale to see … [Read more...]