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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...]

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    Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern

    Hey guys! I’m so excited to be releasing my very first quilt pattern! It’s called Vintage Christmas and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!   I mean who doesn’t love heading out to look for that perfect Christmas tree? This one was super fun to make, and fairly quick to put … [Read More...]

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    Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric

    Hey guys,  and welcome back to my Quilting 101 series! I hope these videos are helping you with basic sewing and quilting techniques! Today I’ll be sharing my helpful pressing tips and tricks. We’ll also talk about how to read pressing instructions on patterns, and how to fix common seam problems. … [Read More...]

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    World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

    Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about … [Read More...]

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    EEME Project Amp

    Hey guys! Do you have a student who likes to build stuff? Do you have one who is interested in electronics? Well I have a super cool project  to share with you today! EEME sent me this really fun Project AMP kit to review and I have to say that it’s been really cool. Turbo is always into … [Read More...]

DEC
07
2010

Character Study: Obedience

Welcome to the 2nd study in this series based on Obedience, you can click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. Thanks to a good friends suggestions, I changed up the format to flow more smoothly and added in some extra things as well. A Character study: Obedience Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit.Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "Choose to obey God's Word even when it's hard". I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me … [Read more...]

DEC
06
2010

Preschool Christmas Activities

Hi everyone! I wanted to share my Preschool Christmas Activities for this year! We’re officially on break for school now, but we’re still having fun with preschool games, Christmas crafts (don’t worry, I’ll share!), holiday baking, Advent activities and Christmas Around the World! (I know, not really a break huh!) So here’s what we have going on for Preschool this month: Click here to download the entire Christmas Preschool Activity Pack (Download Help: If your browser is not opening the file, try to RIGHT click on the above download link, then select "SAVE LINK AS" and you will be prompted to save the file to your hard drive.) Roll a Christmas Tree: The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll a die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice Candy Cane Counting: You can laminate these then write the number in the box, or if your … [Read more...]

DEC
05
2010

2010 Digital Scrapbooking Calendar Template

Each year for Christmas gifts I do a digital scrapbook calendar for my parents and grandparents. I fill it in with fun pictures of the kids and family for the year. It’s turned into a great tradition and keepsake for our family. I also give them all a 8x8 empty scrapbook to put the old calendar pages in so they have a chronological keepsake of our family. The pages are for an 8x8 calendar, and I just buy blank calendars and adhere the printed pages to each month. I’ve put together a calendar to share with all of you as well, it includes everything you see above, so not only are you getting 12 layered templates, but paper, tags, twine, frames, flowers and ribbons! YAY! Details: All files are 300dpi, files are .psd (photoshop) layered templates (which means you have full editing capabilities, and you will need a software program that can open .psd files to use these templates.) Here is a post on getting started with digital scrapbooking if you have questions. And just cuz’ … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2010

Nest King is Born DVD Winner

As promised, we have a winner for our Nest Learning - The King is Born DVD! Yipee! And our winner is… Krista from Honolulu Hawaii! Congratulations! Thanks to everyone who entered and stay tuned Monday for a 2010 Digital Calendar Giveaway from….me! … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2010

Christmas Treasures Digital Scrapbooking Kit

For those of you who missed it in the Jessica Sprague Digital Designer’s Blog Hop, I wanted to share my Christmas Treasures kit! I’m still offering the mini-kit freebie and also presenting the full Christmas Kit for sale! Christmas Treasures FREEBIE! What’s included in the mini-kit Freebie? 5 12x12 Papers, 2 Curly tags, 1Tied ribbon, and a Felt Alpha with hanging strings. (All files are 300 dpi, includes .jpg & .png format) Click on the image above to download your Christmas Treasures Freebie! And now for the full Christmas Time Kit! What’s included in the Christmas Time Kit? (All files are 300 dpi, includes jpg & .png formats) 24 Papers 1 Pocket with 12 paper strips 3 Buttons 10 Tags Felt Alpha with string ties (bow and straight) 4 felt flowers 2 Photo Corners 4 Felt Trees Hanging "Merry" embellishment 7 Ribbons 1 Twine tie 2 Circle Tags 4 Postage Stamps 1 stitched border Here’s an up close view of all the elements you’ll … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2010

Easy Taco Salad

This is one of my favorite Weight Watcher Recipes, it tastes great and is low fat (as long as you don’t add too much of the optional garnishes that is)! Ingredients: 1lb browned ground beef or turkey 1 T taco seasoning 2 T water 1 can drained black beans 1 can drained chick peas 1 sm. can sliced black olives Lettuce of your choice (I used baby spinach leaves) 1 Tomato diced Optional Garnish: Salsa, 1 sliced green onion, shredded cheese, sour cream, Tortilla Strips (Found in the salad dressing isle of the grocery store) Directions: 1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add turkey/beef; cook 7 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain if necessary and return to pan. Stir in taco seasoning and 2 T water, cook another 1-2 minutes. 2. Add remaining ingredients except garnish to pan and stir just enough to mix. 3. Serve on plate of lettuce, and garnish as desired. 4. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2010

Letter I for Inchworm

  Hi! Welcome to the Letter I for inchworm collection! I hope you enjoy this week! Letter I Memory Verse: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. John 14:14 For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Letter I Writing Practice: Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards: Letter I   Letter I Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.   Letter Ii Do-A-Dot Page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!   Large Floor Numbers: We spread these on the floor, then i call out a number and she hops to it. Or we'll put them in random order and she'll hop to them in order. You can also do a hopscotch pattern with them and have them say … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2010

Advent Activities

Each year I try to do some sort of fun thing for Advent. This year we’re doing a combination of things. First, I made these cute little numbered ornaments for our Advent activities. Click here to download the Advent Ornaments You simply print and punch out with a 2” circle punch. Then using mini-clothespins attach each one to a mini-Christmas tree or a string of garland. Each day we take one down and do whatever activity is on the back. For this you can print my activities on the backs (they are included in the download) or you can print just the ornaments and write in your own activities. Last year we did The Jesse Tree, so this year I ordered some Make your own Advent Candles and Bartholomew’s Passage. I have to say that these candles didn’t come with any instructions, so if you’re a newbie like me here are some instructions on making Beeswax Candles! We’ll light the candles each night as we read a chapter from our book. If you’re not up for purchasing a new … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2010

Character Study: Arguing

I am working on some character studies for our family and I wanted to share them with you all as well. I’ve been collecting verses that support issues we’ve had in our household and turned them into a 4 day character study that we've been doing each week.I've completed 10 studies, this is the first in the series and is based on arguing, you can click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study. I will post the rest of the studies weekly. A Character study: Arguing Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit.We also do a daily/weekly "Challenge" for each study, so for example the challenge for this week … [Read more...]

NOV
28
2010

Nest DVD Giveaway!

As promised, we have another great giveaway from Nest Learning for this month, The King is Born DVD is up and would make a great stocking stuffer! Yipee! Nest Learning offers Biblical animated DVD series covering the Old Testament and New Testament. They also have a Hero Classics series and other great DVD choices. When you purchase a series of DVD’s you also receive an instant download activity book for each video in the series. The activities range from games, puzzles, coloring pages and more. What I like about them is that the activities cover Prek – 8th Grade, so I can print off a coloring page for my preschooler, a maze for my 1st grader and a crossword puzzle for my 2nd grader. You can purchase the videos individually or as a set! Now for the giveaway! Nest Learning has offered the The King is Born DVD FREE to one of you just in time for Christmas! Click here for more info on The King is Born DVD Journey with Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, and witness the humble birth of … [Read more...]