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    Lakeshore Learning Real Bugs Discovery Kit

    One of our favorite outside activities to do is explore. We’ll often bring our science journals out and take nature walks making note of all of the amazing creations God has made.   And in the summer time, bugs are one of our favorites. Luckily we live by a lake, and so that means that we … [Read More...]

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    Happy 2015 4th of July!

    Good morning fellow U.S. peeps…   Thank you to all of our armed forces that ensure our safety on a daily basis, and to our founding forefathers who built this country on the values we hold dear. I pray all of you have wonderful and safe Independence Day celebrations! We’ll be heading … [Read More...]

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    2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow

      Hi everyone! This year we had the privilege of watching the 2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow from our back patio! No kidding! What a cool thing right? Plus there were a zillion people on the beach area and I heard parking was a nightmare, so we were extra thankful to be located where we were. So … [Read More...]

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    July 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    July. Seriously? When did that happen? Last thing I knew we were finally done with school for the year and I was looking forward to enjoying some down time. And now it’s already July! Which means we only have a few more weeks before school starts back up. That also means that I need to get … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2015-2016 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you  … [Read More...]

JUN
18
2010

Friday Freebie: 6 Photo Template

Welcome to another Friday Freebie! Today I'm sharing a layered PSD file that includes a flower, clear page pebble, scalloped border and swirly stamp. Download the 6-Photo Template Here’s my layout: Supplies: Jessica Sprague Strawberry Lemonade paper; Brown Paper-emadesigns(that’s me); Digital Crea Old School 4 patterned paper; AJ Floral Swirls brush, Amanda Thorderson paperclip; Dianne Rigdon tags; Traveling Typewriter FontFor more digi-goodness, visit Jessica Sprague today for a FREEBIE Blog Hop!For more digi-goodness visit Jessica Sprague for a FREEBIE Blog Hop, this weekend only! … [Read more...]

JUN
17
2010

Yummy Homemade Pizza

This recipe is super easy to make and the kids love it! The dough recipe comes from my dear friend over at Abiding Mom.Ingredients:7 1/2 c flour 1 Tbsp salt 1 Tbsp yeast 3 cup warm water 1 jar Pizza sauce Shredded mozzarella cheese Your favorite pizza toppings Instructions:STEP 1: Preheat oven to 425 degrees.STEP 2: In large bowl mix/knead together yeast, & warm water, then add flour & salt. Knead together for 6-10 minutes until dough is smooth. I use a Bosch Mixer to knead my dough, but this is super easy to hand knead. (Also, if you’re in the market for a Bosch, check eBay, I got a used one for pretty cheap!)STEP 3: Divide dough into 2 even pieces and roll into circle shape (or to fit your cookie sheet, I have a round pizza stone) Place dough onto a GREASED cookie sheet. STEP 4: Bake dough at 425 for 5-8 minutes and remove from oven and add sauce, cheese and other desired toppings. Continue baking for another 15-18 minutes until crust is golden and cheese is melted.After … [Read more...]

JUN
16
2010

Spanish Rice

Since I’ve posted several Mexican food recipes lately, I thought I would put up a wonderful recipe for Spanish Rice that a good friend gave to me. Ingredients: 1/4 c vegetable oil (enough to cover bottom of skillet) 1 c. long-grain white rice 1/4 c tomato sauce 2 1/2 c water 2 Tbsp Knorr chicken bouillon seasoning Directions: In 12 inch or larger skillet, heat oil. Add rice, stirring often until golden brown then stir in tomato sauce; add 2 1/2 cups of water and Knorr seasoning. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer about 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has been absorbed. (Do not mix while simmering or rice will become sticky!) Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2010

Storage and Record Keeping

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With the year closing, it just begs the question “How do I store all our schoolwork and records?” One word. Binders. (Click here to download an editable version of my 3" spine labels.) It depends on your state requirements as to what you’re required to keep for homeschooling records. For our state, all I’m required to keep is a record of my hours and what curriculum I used and that’s it. You can find out about your state requirements here: www.hslda.org For my own conscience though I keep the following for each year: My Yearly Records Binder: Legal Docs: ie “Notification of Intent to Homeschool” or enrollment in an umbrella school, etc. Receipts: I keep all receipts together for things I’ve bought for each school year. We aren’t allowed a tax write off right now, but a girl can dream can’t she? Plus it’s good for budgeting purposes. Lesson Plans : I use my workbox excel sheet as lesson plans and keep these in the Records Binder. I have dividers that separate … [Read more...]

JUN
14
2010

Make Your Own Homeschool Printables!

I get a lot of questions about how I make my homeschool printables, so I thought I’d share them with you. By the way, this also applies to my digital scrapbooking supplies. What software program do I use to make my downloads? Software: I use Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop CS3 depending on what I need to do. If you are just starting out, I find Photoshop Elements very user friendly and great for beginners. There are TONS of free tutorials to get you started, and it’s about $80, but you can usually find sales on it if you look. Photoshop CS3 (at the time of this post they have CS5 and it is currently $699) , so there’s quite a price difference! Tutorials: Jessica Sprague: One of my favorite tutorial sites is Jessica Sprague, she offers some free tutorials that include graphic image downloads, as well as video classes that are well worth the cost. She is a very good instructor and her videos are great quality. Plus most of her classes come with great digital freebies to help … [Read more...]

JUN
11
2010

Glass Pebbles Freebie

Just another fun Friday Freebie for all you digital scrapbooking ladies out there! Click here to download the Glass Pebbles! These are transparent tinted glass page pebbles. You can easily put a piece of patterned paper under the clear pebble to make it any color you want!. You can also put text behind them, or anything else you can think of. Hope you like them and Happy Scrappin’! … [Read more...]

JUN
10
2010

Easy Beef Burritos

These burritos make for a super easy and yummy dinner, so I wanted to share it with you all. Ingredients: 10-12 Flour Tortillas 1lb ground beef 1 Can Black Beans (drained) 1/2 med onion finely diced ( I do this so my kids don’t see them!) Hatch’s Green Enchilada Sauce Monterrey/Colby Cheese (Shredded) Optional: guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, tomato Directions: Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In Skillet, sauté onions and beef until done. Step 2: Add black beans to meat and stir until warmed just a few minutes. Step 3: Pour a small amount of the green enchilada sauce on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Fill tortillas with beef mixture, wrap and line in pan. Step 4: Once pan is full, top burritos with green enchilada sauce and sprinkle top with cheese. Step 5: Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until warm and bubbly. Optional: Serve with Spanish Rice, beans, guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes! Note: This is a great freezer meal, just prepare the … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2010

My Baby Boy is 6 today!

Ack, where is the time going? I can’t believe my once precious little 5lb baby boy is turning 6 today! I have to say that I love each day I get to spend with this little guy, he’s super funny, always to the point, and has a laugh  so contagious that it has been requested as a ring tone on more than one of my friend’s phones! Happy Birthday little man, or should I say young man {sigh}, I’m so glad God let us be your family, you ROCK!! … [Read more...]

JUN
09
2010

Pen Pals

I found this idea at The Homeschool Post and thought it was such a great idea, I had to share! We started a notebook that will contain letters between me and my daughter, its a great relationship building activity and will become a wonderful keepsake down the road! (Not to mention that it works on handwriting, spelling, and writing at the same time, and you know, if you can sneak in a little school, hey!) But really I’m hoping to gain some treasured insight into my daughter and what goes on in that sweet head of hers. As well as strengthen our bond, and even give us some “1 on 1” time with each other that can be difficult to find in a family of 6. I copied Beverly’s initial letter almost to the T: “Dear ****, Would you like to be pen pals? I thought it would be fun! Instead of mailing letters to each other, we’ll keep them in this notebook.I will write to you, and leave the notebook on your bed. Then, when you want to write me back, you write on the next page and leave the notebook … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2010

Going Green!

I constantly have manipulatives all over the place. Sometimes they’re in plastic baggies, sometimes plastic tubs from the store, sometimes they’re just in a bowl, and if the Teeny Tot’s been around they’re all over the floor!  But I’ve come up with a solution, and it even means I don’t have to cook dinner which is AWESOME! After ordering from a local BBQ restaurant this past weekend, I noticed that their plastic containers for their side dishes were the PERFECT size for storing manipulatives! I washed them out well, and started sorting! They even come with handy little lids and they stack perfectly, which takes up less space!  We only had 4 this time, so I’ll have to order out again soon as I have lot’s more to sort! They work really well, and I like that they’re semi-transparent so you can see what’s inside. Now my daughter can just go grab any bucket she wants for her activities. So the next time you order takeout, make sure to pay attention to their containers! Maybe … [Read more...]