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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

FEB
11
2010

The Love Dare Day 40: Love is a covenant

Where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Ruth 1:16 TODAY’S DARE Write out a renewal of your vows and place them in your home. Perhaps, if appropriate, you could make arrangements to formally renew your wedding vows before a minister and with family present. Make it a living testament to the value of marriage in God’s eyes and the high honor of being one with your mate.Congratulations!! We made it! I hope your journey was as successful as ours! My mother-in-law found this great devotion called Living the Love Dare. It is a 365-day flipbook marriage-strengthening tool to sit on your bedside table, by the coffee maker, or at your desk, daily inspiring husbands and wives toward unconditional love.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 … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Prek Valentines!

Welcome to "What's in the Box Wednesday, where I share some of what we're putting in our workboxes. Today I'm sharing my prek boxes, we’re doing all valentine activities!  Here's our prek lineup for today:1. Calendar Numbers, Pointer for counting, color links from Lakeshore Learning, for making  patterns on calendar2. Candy Hearts and numbered bowls, put correct # of hearts in each bowl. (And a snack for fun)    3. Letter V tracing practice4. Valentine letter matching 5. Roll A Valentine game6. Valentine puzzle  7. Shape finders, downloaded from Erin’s blog8. Jesus Loves Me Lapbook with games and coloring 9. Heart sorting with Target $1 bin heart ice cube tray!10. Heart painting craft from Michael’s Click here to see and download all of our Valentine Activities!Click here for more information on the Workbox System! … [Read more...]

FEB
10
2010

The Love Dare Day 39: Love Endures

Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:8 TODAY’S DARE Spend time in personal prayer, then write a letter of commitment and resolve to your spouse. Include why you are committing to this marriage until death, and that you have purposed to love them no matter what. Leave it in a place that your mate will find it.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 would love to hear from you! Add your link to our McLinky so we can all pray for each other! … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2010

My Baby is 4 today!

  Wow, time has flown by my sweet baby! You are so full of life, almost 100% smiles all the time, and still the cuddliest kid I know! Everyone loves your vibrant personality, and we’ve all been so blessed by your presence in our lives! Do Mommy a favor and stop trying to cut off those beautiful curls okay? Love you bunny, Mommy and Daddy … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2010

stART – Rainbow Fish

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the stART concept, if you haven’t gotten involved yet, Visit A Mommy’s Adventures for more info! Each Thursday Michelle puts up her stART project for everyone to link up to and share ideas. Simply put: A Story + Art = A Great stART!! Our first project is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, this went along perfectly with our Letter F For Fish activities! I found the Rainbow fish idea on Bytes of Memory’s blog, and since we already had the book, I went for it! We made these fun little fish using colored construction paper and Tin Foil pieces. I had the bright idea of cutting them with my 1” hole punch so they looked like scales, but really I like how Bytes of Memory’s turned out better. She let her child tear the pieces of paper to add on to the fish. For more stART projects, be sure to click the button below! … [Read more...]

FEB
09
2010

The Love Dare Day 38: Love fulfills dreams

Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 TODAY’S DARE Ask yourself what your mate would want if it was obtainable. Commit this to prayer, and start mapping out a plan for meeting some (if not all) of their desires, to whatever level you possibly can.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 would love to hear from you! Add your link to our McLinky so we can all pray for each other! … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2010

Jesus Loves Me Lapbook

We’re making a fun Jesus Loves Me Lapbook for Valentines this week! Here’s a VIDEO of a sample book, (mine is a little different) I downloaded the contents from Christian Preschool Printables (There are 4 pages of items to download, so look at them all!) Here is the inside of our book, left side, middle and right when opened fully: I used 2 file folders for this lapbook, it includes: Tic-tac-toe Number cards to make the verse John 3:16 when put in order Bingo Love Is…game Mini-book Hide ‘em in your heart coloring verse Here is the inside of the lapbook, and the back 2 pages with the Love Is… game on it. For my preschooler, I made a Jesus Puzzle instead of the numbered verse cards since she can’t read yet.Click here to see all of our Valentine Activities! … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2010

The Love Dare Day 37: Love agrees in prayer

If two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father. Matthew 18:19 TODAY’S DARE Ask your spouse if you can begin praying together. Talk about the best time to do this, whether it’s in the morning, your lunch hour, or before bedtime. Use this time to commit your concerns, disagreements, and needs before the Lord. Don’t forget to thank Him for His provision and blessing. Even if your spouse refuses to do this, resolve to spend this daily time in prayer yourself.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 … [Read more...]

FEB
07
2010

The Love Dare Day 36: Love is God’s Word

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105 TODAY’S DARE Commit to reading the Bible every day. Find a devotional book or other resource that will give you some guidance. If your spouse is open to it, see if they will commit to daily Bible reading with you. Begin submitting each area of your life to its guidance and start building on the rock.If you can't seem to get time to read, maybe you have time to 'listen'. Check out this awesome Daily Audio Bible! They also have a Daily Kids Bible Audio too!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...]

FEB
06
2010

Dinner Planner

Homeschool takes up so much of my creative juice that I just don’t have time to think of creative, healthy dinner ideas too! Fortunately, I stumbled on DinnerPlanner! Its a wonderful site, that sends a new weekly menu to you every Friday. The thing that made me LOVE this plan, was that not only does it include a great meal list for the week, but they also give you a grocery shopping list, that’s color coded and separated out by section, so finding the food is super easy! They also include things you need, but probably have on hand, which reminds me to buy staples! So far we have really liked the meals. We don’t like one for this week, so I’m just going to skip it, but otherwise they’ve been really yummy and they even include a dessert! The DinnerPlanner also offers your choice of Family Dinner Menus and a Healthy Meals menu. You can give it a try with a Free Week Sample Menu! … [Read more...]