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    Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

    I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

    Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Strawberry Shortcake’s … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

    Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as … [Read More...]

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    All About Spelling Giveaway!

    We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake … [Read More...]

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    Updated Preschool Daily Learning Notebook

    I have had some specific requests to update the 2014-2015 Preschool daily learning notebook .  Hopefully this will help all of you out there. And if you don’t want the updates, you’re welcome to continue using the copy you already have! Updates include: Upper/lowercase weekdays. i.e. … [Read More...]

JAN
31
2010

No Sew Fleece Quilt

This was a total experiment, but it worked out well. We made small doll blankets since there was A LOT of knotting required here. And really its for 6yrs and up I’d say. My 3yr old couldn’t tie the knots so I ended up doing most of her blanket. However, it was excellent tying practice for my six 7 year old. Supplies: Fun colored fleece (I got 1yd per color, yield: 3 doll blankets) A cutting mat A clear ruler Scissors Instructions: Cut fleece into 14” squares (For doll blanket I only used 4 squares) Lay 2 opposite colors of felt on top of each other and cut fringe along edges: cut 3” deep into fleece every 1” along edges (a 3x3 corner piece should come off leaving you with the image below: Lay your cut pieces next to each other like you want them to be (see above right photo). Starting with 2 squares tie knots with the strips of fleece. DO NOT TIE CENTER STRIPS YET Once all 4 squares are tied together EXCEPT center strips, these will be tied diagonally to opposing … [Read more...]

JAN
31
2010

The Love Dare Day 29: Love’s Motivation

Render service with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to men. Ephesians 6:7 TODAY’S DARE Before you see your spouse again today, pray for them by name and for their needs. Whether it comes easy for you or not, say “I love you,” then express love to them in some tangible way. Go to God in prayer again, thanking Him for giving you the privilege of loving this one special person—unconditionally, the way He loves both of you.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
30
2010

Cranberry Turkey Breast

This recipe was delicious and SUPER easy! Ingredients: 1 3lb turkey breast 1 packet of Onion Soup Mix 1/2 c orange juice 1 can cranberry sauce (not jellied) Directions: Place turkey breast in crockpot Mix all other ingredients in bowl and pour over turkey breast Turn Crockpot on low and cook 8 hrs or until meat is tender Serve with salad and bread!Tip: This makes a great freezer meal, simply prepare sauce and place raw turkey breast and sauce in Zip-lock Freezer Bag and freeze. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in refrigerator then place in crock-pot and cook on low 8hrs until meat is tender! … [Read more...]

JAN
30
2010

The Love Dare Day 28: Love makes sacrifices

He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers. 1 John 3:16 TODAY’S DARE What is one of the greatest needs in your spouse’s life right now? Is there a need you could lift from their shoulders today by a daring act of sacrifice on your part? Whether the need is big or small, purpose to do what you can to meet the need.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
29
2010

Bring on the snow baby!

Its been ridiculously cold here lately, and with cabin fever setting in, kids running through the house screaming, I knew I had to do something…something drastic, something completely out of my comfort zone… I’ve seen this on several blogs and I apologize at this point, I don’t remember where! But I grabbed our workboxes, went outside, whined because it was cold, and filled the boxes with snow! I had the kids grab some of our plastic toy, cups and spoons, and said “Have at it ankle biters!” They gave me a weird look, but then realized that I’d just given them permission to play with snow…INSIDE! This may have been one of the best ideas I’ve tried all year! They played quietly until all the snow had melted, about 30-45min, I’m not sure as I was blogging ;o) And here’s the best part, there was literally NO cleanup. Just a couple drops of water on the floor and that was it! So for all you who’ve posted this idea on your blogs, I say THANK YOU from the bottom of my ‘seriously … [Read more...]

JAN
29
2010

The Love Dare Day 27: Love encourages

Day 27: Love encouragesGuard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You. Psalm 25:20 TODAY’S DARE Eliminate the poison of unrealistic expectations in your home. Think of one area where your spouse has told you you’re expecting too much, and tell them you’re sorry for being so hard on them about it. Promise them you’ll seek to understand, and assure them of your 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 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 … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

Preschool things we LOVE!

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Today I’m posting some of our favorite prek activities, great for workboxes! I usually mingle these in with our alphabet activities, they are also things she willl just go grab them on her own to do for fun as well. Imaginets: These blocks are great for boosting fine motor, and visual thinking skills. And though the product is rated for ages 3 and up, it’s been a favorite for my 2 year old all the way to my 8 year old! A favorite around here are the wipe-off books, one in particular is the Pre-Printing with Mazes book: We also LOVE these See & Solve Math Manipulatives, they come with the wooden rods as well as lacing strings. You can do patterns, counting, sorting etc! Homemade transferring activity! I used a plastic paint pallet probably from Michael’s and some kid’s chopsticks PF Chang’s. I have a bunch of variations of this game. Daily counting calendar: I use this every day to practice counting, months and days of the week. We also put … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

Look and Find Books

I picked these fun Look and Find books up last night at a local homeschool mom’s group meeting! I’ve actually been thinking about buying them for some time now, so it was a sweet blessing! The kids love them, they did them for fun after school today, and I’ve found them back in the room reading again and again! I found Disney Princesses and Wall-E Here are some more great Look and Find Books: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fc0783ba9-164e-438c-ba9a-d471dd1bcc21&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

The Love Dare Day 26: Love is responsible

Day 26: Love is responsibleWhen you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Romans 2:1 TODAY’S DARE Take time to pray through your areas of wrongdoing. Ask for God’s forgiveness, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love. Even if they respond with criticism, accept it by receiving it as counsel.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby! You’re 7 Today!

Ugh, I can’t believe it, you’re already seven…SEVEN! It makes me so sad, but also so proud at the same time! You’ve become such a beautiful, caring young lady! So kind that you allowed your brother and sister to pick where we go tonight for your birthday dinner! Love you Bunny! Mom & Dad … [Read more...]