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    2014 August Monthly Meal Plan

    Say What!? Did you say “August”? O.M.G! Seriously? I had so many grand plans for summer. Being a dutiful homeschooler, I even got a bunch of curriculum to help keep my kids busy and educated. Which would’ve been nice if we’d been home to actually use it. Which we weren’t. So we didn’t. And … [Read More...]

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    Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

    Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: … [Read More...]

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    The Three Musketeers Unit Study

    Hi everyone! I have a great classic literature unit study for you today. It’s The Three Musketeers! This is an exciting tale that you won’t want to miss!   Story Summary: The Three Musketeers is full of action, intrigue, and suspense! Follow the story of D’Artagnan, a young … [Read More...]

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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...]

JAN
19
2010

Science Center: Magnets

Today we did a science project with magnets. We made a pile of random items, some magnetic and some not. We hypothesized which we thought were magnetic by making 2 piles (Magnetic and Not magnetic). Then we tested our theories… We discovered that Bakugan balls are magnetic (actually we already knew, this but it was cool to see that it was true with the magnet wand.) We made things travel up the glass using the magnet on the outside, and also made paper clips move around on the table with the magnetic wand below it. They loved this part! We noted how many balls we could hang from the wand before the weight of them caused them to drop off spraying all over the floor. Afterwards we filled out our Science Experiment Grids, then just spent time playing with the tiny little choking hazards until the Teeny Tiny Tot woke up from her nap. … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2010

The Love Dare Day 17: Love promotes intimacy

Day 17: Love promotes intimacyHe who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9Are the secrets you know about your spouse, ones that you keep to shame them, or to draw you closer together? Do they make you feel safe, or scared?"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18TODAY’S DARE Determine to guard your mate’s secrets (unless they are dangerous to them or to you) and to pray for them. Talk with your spouse, and resolve to demonstrate love in spite of these issues. Really listen to them when they share personal thoughts and struggles with you. Make them feel safe.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to … [Read more...]

JAN
18
2010

The Love Dare Day 16: Love Intercedes

Day 16: Love IntercedesBeloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2Do you feel like giving up? "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." Luke 18:1TODAY’S DARE Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to start from Day 1!If you're … [Read more...]

JAN
17
2010

The Love Dare Day 15: Love is Honorable

Day 15: Love is honorableLive with your wives in an understanding way...and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life. 1 Peter 3:7Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure. Hebrews 13:4TODAY’S DARE Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine. It may be holding the door for her. It might be putting his clothes away for him. It may be the way you listen and speak in your communication. Show your mate that he or she is highly esteemed in your eyes.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and … [Read more...]

JAN
16
2010

Plate Spinning 101

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Ever feel like you've got a thousand plates spinning all at once and can't seem to keep up? I think its a daily feeling for me, with the big question being "How do I keep all my plates in the air and in what order do I spin them?" In other words, how do we keep our heads above water in a world that seems to be crashing in around us? (Mind you this isn’t some fool-proof master plan, its just how keep those little men in little white coats from coming to take me away.) First job, list your plates: Here are mine, in order...God, husband, Strawberry Shortcake, Turbo, Tinker Bell, the Teeny Tot, homeschool, school planning, family time, 2 dogs, 1 cat, cooking, cleaning, laundry, kids activities, me time (yeah right...) Second job, Prioritize! So, here goes… 1. God: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 At times like this its important to keep things in perspective. If everything else gets pushed … [Read more...]

JAN
16
2010

The Love Dare Day 14: Love takes delight

Day 14: Love takes delight Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life. Ecclesiastes 9:9 HCSB Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:3-4TODAY’S DARE Purposefully neglect an activity you would normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse. Do something he or she would love to do or a project they’d really like to work on. Just be together.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would … [Read more...]

JAN
15
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Easy as 1,2,3

My Teeny Tiny Tot has embarked a new mission called “The Kitchen Table”. She’s discovered that with some effort, she can get to all the goodies that were previously out of her reach…here she is in action: One night, after setting the table for tacos, I found her sitting happily on the table top, with a bowl of guacamole in one hand, the spoon in the other and a faceful of guac. I was too stunned or I’d have taken a picture! I guess this pic should’ve tipped me off, and even though she got in trouble for it, I guess the guacamole was just too tempting. Other places we've found her… … [Read more...]

JAN
15
2010

Salt Painting

We found this fun activity on Blissfully Domestic today! It looked so easy I had to try it, especially since I hadn’t planned anything else for the afternoon out of sheer laziness, and I had everything for this already. Supplies: Construction Paper Elmer's Glue Baking Sheet or Plastic Tray Crayons or Chalk Salt Instructions: Place construction paper in plastic tray or cookie sheet (This is to minimize the mess!). Draw images on construction paper using crayons or chalk. Trace the drawings with glue (I had to help my 3 yr old with this part). Have fun pouring or sprinkling salt over the glue, shift the salt around to make sure all the glue is covered. Empty the excess salt off your paper and let it dry (shake off salt once more after the pictures dry) (Note: This craft is as easy as it looked and the kids loved it!) … [Read more...]

JAN
15
2010

The Love Dare Day 13: Love fights fair

Day 13: Love fights fairAnd if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25TODAY’S DARE Talk with your spouse about establishing healthy rules of engagement. If your mate is not ready for this, then write out your own personal rules to “fight” by. Resolve to abide by them when the next disagreement occurs.If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.The Love Dare is a 40-day challenge for husbands and wives to understand and practice unconditional love. You can do it as a couple, or if your marriage is in trouble, do it as an individual, for your marriage, out of obedience to Christ. Each day has a challenging lesson on love, followed by a ‘dare’ for the day, and space to journal how it went. For more information visit Fireproof My MarriageI would ask for you all to pray for us as we embark on this journey, and let me know if I can pray for you as well. Click here to start from Day 1!If you're participating in The Love Dare, I … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2010

Wooden Logic Puzzles

I found these fun little wooden logic puzzles at Michael’s in their $1 bin! So of course I bought a couple just to see…and without even asking this is what I walked in to find! These are a fun addition to our workboxes! P.S. They had other designs, I just grabbed a couple that looked fun. And they’re harder then they look! … [Read more...]