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    30% off Fan Appreciation Sale Day 4

    Good morning! We only have 2 days left of our 30% off Fan Appreciation Sale. The sale will expire at May 22, 2015 midnight EST, so make sure to get your orders in! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 20% OFF, plus my 2 or more 10% discount still applies for a total of 30% off!!** … [Read More...]

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    30% Off Fan Appreciation Sale Day 3

    Good morning! I hope you’re enjoying my week long sale, and today I have another fun giveaway for you! If you missed Monday and Tuesday posts, make sure to go back and enter to win the goodies on those days too! And as an added bonus, if you can’t wait to win it, you can always purchase now, and … [Read More...]

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    30% off Curriculum Sale Day 2!

    Good morning everyone! I hope you’re enjoying this week’s sale, and getting lots of fun curriculum for next year. Just incase you missed yesterday’s post, for one week only I’m offering my curriculum at 30% OFF! Whoo hoo! And if you did miss yesterday’s post, make sure to go back and check it out … [Read More...]

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    Annual 30% Fan Appreciation Sale!

    It’s about that time again, time to start looking for new curriculum! And just to say a big thank you to all of my readers, today I’m having a 30% off everything sale in my store! So lets get on with some serious savings! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 20% OFF, plus my 2 or … [Read More...]

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    Quilted Zipper Pouch Sewing Tutorial

    Hi everyone! If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen this adorable little zipper pouch. It’s really easy to make, and I had a ton or requests for a tutorial! Just because pictures can be difficult to tell size, this is a smaller pouch that I use for my hand quilting supplies. It measures … [Read More...]

JUN
03
2010

2010 File Folder Games

Since this blog is called “Confessions…” I have one.  When I first started homeschooling, I didn’t understand what a “File Folder Game” was. I downloaded all these fun games and just kept them in a manilla envelopes. It wasn’t until this year when we started Lapbooking, that I realized what a File Folder Game was! I immediately went and gathered my manilla envelope games, and put them into file folders and voila! Here is a gathering of all the file folder games we did this year, just click on the Titles to download:Paint Brush Color Matching:  Numbers Cards by Homeschool Creations (This goes 1-20):Puppy Match Up by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching) Fishy Faces by File Folder Fun: (Memory Matching) Apple Matching by Homeschool Share: Shades of Color (to be used with paint chips): This is game I ended up making into a file folder game. You can download my color grid here, and I used a 1 1/4" square punch to punch the colors out. Candy Cane Color Match by File Folder Fun: … [Read more...]

JUN
02
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: 2nd Grade

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, where I try to share exactly what I’m putting in boxes for the day! Today I’m sharing my 2nd Grade boxes and there are lots of ‘Fun Boxes’ this week as it’s our last official week of 2nd Grade! Whew! View Full Album Abeka 2: Math (We’re done with our Math U See Yay!) Abeka Phonics Test (No she doesn’t get the answer book, I just put it in there so when she get’s to the box, the test and my booklet are there so I can grade on the spot, no homework for Mommy!) Abeka Spelling Book Spelling Words & Magnetic Letters Abeka Language 2 worksheet My Father’s World: State Worksheet Sue Patrick’s Typing Money Hot Dot Cards Pick-&-Draw Art Game Spanish Card: We use PowerSpeak Don’t forget to link up below, I’m sharing 2nd Grade, but feel free to link up any age you’d like to share ideas for! … [Read more...]

JUN
01
2010

A-Z Review Clothespin Match Up

I’ve seen this idea on paper plates before and decided to make it for my preschool A-Z Review games. A-Z Clothespin MatchUp: Write uppercase or lowercase letters on the ends of mini-clothespins (I got mine from the craft section of Wal-mart), then clip them on to the appropriate spots on the game disks! This is a fun game, and my daughter loves the little clothespins so it was a wonderful addition to our review games.   Clothespin Number Match: Write numbers 1-10 on mini-clothespins and match them up to the dots on the number disks. As of 5/24/10 both of these games have also been added to my Letter of the Week curriculum downloads! If you missed the review games click below to see them! A-Z Review Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review … [Read more...]

MAY
31
2010

Muffin Tin Monday – Orange

Well, I doubt orange is the theme for the week, but for my 2nd grader who was in charge of our snack today it was indeed “ORANGE”. I have only made 1 muffin tin meal for them thus far, and apparently it made quite an impact because she’s always making snacks in my muffin tin now. So here’s her line up: Mandarin oranges tomatoes carrot sticks Colby/jack cheese cantaloupe green grapes (I added these to which my daughter replied: “Hey those aren’t orange!”) To join in on the muffin tin fun click on link below! … [Read more...]

MAY
30
2010

Geography Fair 2010

Every year our local homeschool group does a Geography Fair. This year, we were not going to do it for lack of time and creativity on my part. I awoke this morning to my daughter who had made an entire board on her own, prepared a speech and was begging to go!She made this board on The Earth and all the things that God made, and had put so much work into it, that I couldn’t really say no, so off we went…One of my favorite displays was made by a friend of ours on the Brazilian Rainforest. She made a 3 tier diorama with each layer of the rainforest, it was awesome!Here are 2 of the layers up close: After all the presentations were completed, everyone received a Passport and got to go visit each of the other boards. Everyone provided a sticker for their country to place in the passports. Then we finished off with some food tasting from all the countries!Ours was only 1 of 3 rooms they had this year, people are spread out so presentations don’t take so long. I’m not really a last minute … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2010

How to Install and Use Photoshop Brushes

I gave away my first brush set yesterday, and thought some of you might need a quick tutorial on using Photoshop Brushes. They’re super easy and fun to use and can add that extra bit of digi-goodness to your designs! So fire up your Photoshop and follow along! STEP 1: Download my brush set! Unzip the set, then extract the files into a folder on your hard drive. If you don’t have an unzipping software already, here are a few free ones: Winzip 7-zip CamUnzip STEP 2: Once you download and unzip my file, simply copy and paste the .abr file to your brushes folder and the next time you start Photoshop, the brushes will be available from your brush set menu. The brushes are typically stored in the presets folder wherever you installed your Photoshop program. For example mine are here: C:Program FilesAdobePhotoshop Elements 7.0PresetsBrushes C:Program FilesAdobeAdobe Photoshop CS3PresetsBrushes STEP 3: Use your brush! Create a new Photoshop document, make it whatever … [Read more...]

MAY
28
2010

Friday Freebie: Circle Date Stamps

Today marks the official last day of school for us! Yay! I’m looking forward to a break, I hope to get some digi-scrappin’ done, and then start planning for next year! Don’t worry, I have lots of posts to come for summer, I plan to share lots of recipes, more school ideas, digital scrapbooking freebies, field trips, blogging tips and more! Speaking of digital scrapbooking freebies... here’s a new one for you! They’re Circle Date Stamps. The file includes 2 different font sets in .png format as well as a brush (.abr) file for you. (Note: This is my first brush set, I tested it, but please let me know if it’s not working properly!) Download the Circle Date Stamps If you haven’t used Photoshop brushes before, they’re super easy and a wonderful tool! They’re basically like rubber stamps, you can re-color them, re-size, rotate, and edit to your hearts content! If you don’t know how to use Photoshop brushes, stay tuned tomorrow for a brush tutorial! Happy Scrappin’ and Happy Summer! … [Read more...]

MAY
27
2010

Freezer Meals – Cooking Twice a Month

Hi everyone! As a homeschooling mom of 4 I don't have a lot of free time to be creative when cooking dinners! As a matter of fact if I don't plan ahead, I end up starring into my pantry at 5pm wondering what's for dinner myself! To help out, I've started making freezer meals. Here are some of the recipes we like, and I go shopping one day, then cook the next. I'm not super crazy so I don't do a 12 hour cook day, more like 4 hours in the evening after kids are in bed. And remember, its easier to prepare more than one at a time, so if you can, double up the recipes you like! Here’s the Master list: These recipes are for a family of 6, keep in mind that's 4 kids who don't eat a ton, and we usually have left overs. (Scroll down for individual recipes) Mexican Casserole Fajitas Meatloaf Beef Burritos Cranberry Turkey Breast Stir-fry Chicken Meatballs (To use with spaghetti, stroganoff, meatball subs) Chinese Style Ribs St. Louis Style Ribs Stuffed Shells Chicken … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Kindergarten

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday, where I try to share exactly what I’m putting in boxes for the day! Today I’m sharing my Kindergarten boxes and there are lots of ‘Fun Boxes’ this week as it’s our last official week of Kindergarten! Whew! View Full Album Abeka Number Flashcards: Before/After Number practice Abeka Math Worksheet Kumon Amazing Mazes Abeka Phonics Worksheet Ocean Creatures Puzzles (From Borders Bargain Bin) Abeka “I can read well” series Dinosaur Sticker Book CVC Hot Dot Cards Don’t forget to link up below, I’m sharing Kindergarten, but feel free to link up any age you’d like to share ideas for! … [Read more...]

MAY
25
2010

Spelling Practice

I’ve been trying to make our spelling a little more fun than boring ole’ worksheets and thought I’d share for anyone interested. We use Abeka spelling, they have 2 worksheets/week that she does to practice spelling, so to give additional practice I type out the spelling words on cards, then cut them out so she can use them as a reference for the other games we play. Abeka gives about 20 words/week, so M-W-F we play a game (I split them up into 7 words/day) and T/Th she does the Abeka worksheet. Friday she also takes a test. Download the Spelling Word Template here. (The words in RED are sight words.) We use the cards to spell the words with the Magnetic Letters then she writes them on the board with a dry erase marker. Letter Tile Spelling: I found these blue magnetic letter tiles at Lakeshore Learning. We use them for spelling practice and other games! Stair Phonics: I do this with all 3 kids at the same time. They each get a question and if they get it correct, they may hop … [Read more...]