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    Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with an easy recipe for you!   Every now and then we make a spiral sliced ham for dinner, and for a long time, I just tossed the left over bone with all of that meat on it. I never could get it all off. ugh. Anyway, I’ve finally come up with a really easy and … [Read More...]

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    Parenting Webinar TONIGHT!!!

    Good morning parents! Last week I mentioned the webinar we’re doing for parenting, and it’s tonight! Are you wondering how to get your kids to listen without nagging, reminding, or yelling? Look no further! I’m partnering with Amy McCready in another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy … [Read More...]

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    The Adventures of Robin Hood Literature Unit & Lapbook

    Hello! Today I’m releasing The Adventures of Robin Hood Literature Unit Study and Lapbook! This is a great book for young readers as not only is it an all time classic, but it includes a lot of adventure and excitement! Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: As a young boy Robin Hood … [Read More...]

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    World Geography: Kenya Unit Study

    Jambo everyone, and welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography week in Kenya! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of … [Read More...]

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    iBlog & iBlog Pro Bundle Sale!

    Hi everyone, are you thinking about starting a blog? Do you wonder how to make some extra income for your family at the same time? Well, we have iBlog and iBlog Pro bundled for you at a discount yipee! But you’ll have to hurry the sale ends April 20th at midnight!   Disclosure: I am a … [Read More...]

DEC
07
2009

Handprint Snowman Ornament

I’ve seen this idea on a couple of blogs and originally intended on giving them away as gifts, but after making them, I don’t think I can part with them! Supplies: Plain bulb ornaments (I used clear ones from Michael’s, but metallic red would be just as cute!) White acrylic paint paint brush Little hands Something fun to fill your ornament with, I used sparkly tinsel Permanent markers to draw on embellishments Instructions: 1. Carefully paint your kids’ hands (Be prepared for lots of squeals) 2. Have them carefully ‘grab’ the bulb, being careful not to move their fingers. I helped to press their fingers onto the bulb. 3. Use markers or acrylic paint to draw on embellishments: Scarf, hat, eyes, buttons, nose, arms 4. Write their name and year onto the palm of each ornament and hang on tree, or give as gifts! Warning: These turned out so cute I couldn’t bear to part with them, sorry grandmas :) … [Read more...]

DEC
05
2009

The Polar Express Pizza Night!

Thanks to Barnes & Noble offering a storytime with “The Polar Express”, we decided to do “The Minivan Express” night tonight! We started off with a make your own pizza night: Getting ready for the ride, we used our Plastic Cup Rudolf craft to hold the popcorn, and I did opt for hot chocolate, but don’t be afraid, I put sippy cup lids on them LOL!: We hid the tickets in the kids beds and listened as they all screamed with excitement that they’d found golden tickets! Getting tickets punched to board “The Minivan Express”: (Please overlook the insanely dirty Minivan Express! This is a real live working minivan, its not just for show people!) We showed up for the story time and found that they’d asked two children’s authors to read the story for us. They gave all the kids little silver bells to ring each time they turned the page, it was a lot of fun! Afterward we went driving around looking at lights and singing Christmas Carols in the car. I think … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2009

Advent Calendar

I found a wonderful Advent post from Pink&Green; Mama! I'm basically copying her ideas, but changed up a few to suit us!I downloaded these cute Christmas ornaments from Jessica Sprague and wrote the ideas on the back. Then hung the ornaments on our garland with little clothes pins.Here's our activity list:1. Candle lit bubble bath!2. Make paper snowflakes & decorate!3. Fill Operation Christmas Child Boxes4. Make personalized Christmas Ornaments5. The Minivan Express6. Rootbeer floats tonight!7. Bake something yummy!8. Make Christmas Cards for friends/family9. Have hot chocolate and marshmallows10. Make a pipe cleaner candy cane craft11. Make Christmas Star Paper Chain12. Make Candy Ornaments13. Use Puppets to tell a bedtime story14. Family Game Night15. Make Gingerbread house with Nana16. Dance and sing to Christmas Music17. Make a christmas craft18. Dress Fancy for dinner tonight19. Wrap Christmas Presents20. Watch "It's a wonderful Life"21. At home … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2009

Paper Cup Rudolf

Since we are planning on The Minivan Express trip, I decided to try this cute Rudolf craft from Kaboose to use for our popcorn cups!Note: A kind reader said that Barnes & Noble is doing The Polar Express story time friday night December 4th at 7pm at most locations, so you could put the tickets in their beds early and plan on going to story time, and then to see lights! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Supplies: Paper, Plastic, or Foam Cup Brown paint: I used red/blue/yellow mixed Paint brushes Brown Pipe Cleaners Craft Glue Google Eyes Pom-pom nose Brown felt squares for ears Hole Punch Instructions: Punch 2 holes on both sides of the cup for the antlers and ears. Paint the cup using brown paint. (We tried foam cups, and the paint just beaded on the cups –see below. Instead we ended up substituting with plastic cups. I think next year I may just cover the cup with brown felt. I didn’t want paint inside the cup either since we’ll be using them for food.) Twist pipe … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2009

Prek letter J

Welcome to the Letter J. Since we're nearing Christmas, I wanted to focus on the reason for the season: Jesus! Hope you enjoy it! Letter J Memory Verse: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life..." John 14:6 Click here to download the verse puzzle. (Note: I use this with my 2nd grader, not prek) For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books: ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter J on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here. Song time: Hide 'Em in Your Heart Vol 1 Hide 'Em In Your Heart Songs - Vol 2 Jesus Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they're called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They're shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2009

Nativity Craft

We made this fun Nativity Craft today! I found this cute idea on Family Fun!Materials: 2 small terra-cotta pots1 small terra-cotta saucerAcrylic paintFine-point marker3 wooden knobs, one smaller than the othersTacky glueFabricEmbroidery flossRaffia Instructions Paint the terra-cotta pots and saucer. Use a fine-point marker to draw faces on the wooden knobs. 2. Once the paint is dry, turn the pots upside down and use tacky glue to attach a larger head to the bottom of each pot. When the glue is dry, drape a piece of fabric around the top of each head and tie it in place with embroidery floss. 3. Form a swaddling blanket from another piece of cloth, as shown, gluing it to secure the shape. Glue the small head to the blanket and set it in the saucer on a bed of raffia.More Christmas Fun Crafts!Snowglobe CraftSnowflake CraftSnow Covered Votives … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2009

The Minivan Express!

Toot toot, All Aboard The Minivan Express!I was so excited when I found this idea for The Minivan Express! If you know me at all, you know that I ran right into photoshop and made up some Golden Tickets for the adventure! And you also know I have them here to share with you of course!Click on the image to download!I plan on going online and seeing where the best Christmas lights are in our area, then planning a little map so our nights not a bust! In a week or so when no one is expecting it, I will hide the "Golden Tickets" in my kids' beds. My husband will start bed/bathtime as usual, while I prepare little bags of popcorn and possibly hot chocolate drinks and place them in their carseats, and make sure to have Christmas music playing in the van.When they go to climb into bed, they will find the ticket hidden under their covers, I'm hoping for lots of giggles and screams to see if everyone has a ticket!Upon entrance to The Minivan Express, we will hole punch the ticket (you know for … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2009

Felt Christmas Tree Craft

Fun Felt Christmas Tree Craft:Materials:Green felt (I got the sticky kind)Thin cardboard (The boards that come with dress shirts work well!)Craft Glue, scissorsTree Trimmings: Buttons, Pipe cleaners, glitter, sparkles, etc! Instructions: Cut a simple triangle from the shirt boardTrace the triangle onto your piece of green felt and cut outGlue or stick felt onto shirtboardEmbellish with Tree Trimmings!Add trunk using brown felt if you wishGlue on a ribbon to hang on your tree!If you like this, check out my edible Christmas Tree Craft!(Idea from The Adventure of Christmas: Helping Children Find Jesus in Our Holiday Traditions)More Christmas Tree Crafts can be found at: Family Fun! … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2009

Snowflake Votives: Jesus is the light of the world!

I found this cute Christmas votive craft at Crafts for all seasons!It's a great way to transform our original Jesus is the light of the world candle craft and bring it back out as a reminder this Christmas Season!Supplies:glass votive candle holderDecoupage medium, like Mod Podge (I used glossy)Paint brushFake Snow Flakes from Michael's or JoAnnsPaper plateInstructions:Place fake snow flakes on paper platePaint outside of votive holder with mod podgeRoll votive holder into snowflakes until well coveredOnce dry, re-coat votive with another layer of Mod Podge and allow to dry until medium turns clear!Light candle at dinner and remember that Jesus is the Light of the World!Discuss:It is in John's Gospel chapter 1, verse 4 that we read, "In him was life; and the life was the light of men". Again, in verse 9, "He was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world."What does all this mean? "God is light." (1 Jn 1:5). Not only does he give light and provide light, He is … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2009

2009 Annual Family Calendar

Each year, each month, I take photos of the kids. Why you ask? For our annual family calendar! I give these as Christmas gifts each year and its time once again. Typically I take the calendar class at our local Archiver’s, however, this year, being that I went digital mid-year, I decided to make my own! No more embellishments falling off or calendars held together by paperclips because of poor adhesive, just nice, crisp, digital scrapped pages! Here’s the year in review. Note: If you happen to be one of my family members, you may want to skip this post! : View Full Album … [Read more...]