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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

    Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well … [Read More...]

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    Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

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    Kindergarten Daily Schedule

    A few years ago I did a series of posts titled Daily Homeschool Schedule for you all. Since then I’ve had countless questions about our updated homeschool schedule, and specifically for my kindergartener since I didn’t do one at that time. You can see a basic overview of our daily schedule here. … [Read More...]

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    LEGO Education Simple Machines – Crane

    Good morning readers! We had another great LEGO Education group again this month! This time we worked on building and using cranes!     This month we created LEGO Ants which were probably one of the more enjoyable creations! Well, the most entertaining anyway! We had … [Read More...]

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    How To Get Started Quilting Part 1 – Basic Supplies

    Good morning everyone! I’ve been so excited about how many of you are interested in quilting. I’m trying not to overwhelm my blog with pictures, so if you’re interested in keeping up with me make sure to follow me on Instagram. I’ve had a ton of questions asking how I got started quilting. And I … [Read More...]

MAY
14
2010

Freebie Friday: Postage Stamp Freebie

I have a little Digital Scrapbooking Freebie for you today! I'm going to try to do a Freebie every Friday over the summer, we'll see if I keep up or not. These stamps come with the drop shadows, hope you like them. Click here to download Postage Stamps. This freebie is a set of 3 postage stamps, I use them for frames, I included a sample layout below. Supplies: Background Paper by FeiFei’s Stuff  Whimsicality; Flourish by Katie Pertiet Graphically Scrolled; Date tabs by JHE Twilled Phrases from Jessica Sprague Now We’re Rockin’ Class; “girls” by Wendy Madeit Worn Out Alpha; “3” by Lynn Grieveson Bellissimo; “a boy” by Melany Violette Kraft Stapled Alpha; font: Ali’s Handwriting Happy Scrappin', hope you enjoy it! … [Read more...]

MAY
12
2010

In memory of Hope Asaiah

Dear friends, It is with a heavy heart that I write this post. A sweet friend of mine lost her baby today. We have been praying for this family for months now, and it saddens me greatly to know that our friends are in such great pain. Hope had great obstacles from the start, but was improving daily. Through her journey this beloved family has kept their eyes on the Lord and they saw miracles each step of the way. You can read the entire journey about Hope’s amazing story on her blog Eyes Closed & Heads Bowed. Here is the email I received today: Today at 1:33pm our daughter Hope Asaiah was born by emergency C-section. She immediately needed help breathing and a team of wonderful doctors started to work on her. They took tons of fluid off of her lungs and placed a breathing tube to try to assist her in her breathing. They rushed her to the NICU to continue to try and revive her. I was taken to the recovery area and we waited for news. Her doctor and my doctor came in and … [Read more...]

MAY
12
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Preschool

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday! Today I’m sharing our preschool boxes! Be sure to link up below so we can all share ideas! As we wind down our final days of Preschool, I’m filling our boxes with some fun review games and other motor skill type activities. Here’s what’s in our boxes today: 1. Calendar number and chain link patterns 2. Pom-Pom Counting with PF Chang’s chopsticks 3. Kumon My First Book of Cutting 4. Shape Tracers 5. Bulletin Board Flowers: Color Sorting 6. Kumon My First Book Of Mazes 7. Alphabet Builders: These are made from foam, but I also made magnetic alphabet builders if you prefer those. 8. Wooden Peg Puzzles from Michael’s: balance marbles on tees Don’t forget to link up so we can see what you are doing too! Also, I’m sharing Pre-K boxes today, but please feel free to link up your boxes for any age! … [Read more...]

MAY
11
2010

The Big Green Pocketbook

The Big Green Pocketbook:We did a fun reading activity from Homeschool Share to go along with this book. Each child received their own pocket book along with game pieces.As I read the story they filled their little pocketbooks with the correct items.I've found them playing this on their own several times since then!Contents downloaded from Homeschool Share. … [Read more...]

MAY
10
2010

PreK Numbers, Shapes, Colors Review

To review all of the numbers, colors and shapes we learned as we went through our Letter of the Week curriculum, I made some fun review games! Note: If you missed it, don’t forget to do the A-Z Review also! Number Review: Clothespin Number Review: Write numbers on mini-clothespins and then have your child clip them on to the correct number of dots! 1-10 Number Sticker Sheets: This download includes numbers 1-10. You can put stickers in each square or laminate it and re-use over and over with any manipulative of your choice! Number Word cards: This download comes with the letters in the boxes like below and for more of a challenge I also added blank cards for each color word as well. Your child can match up letter tiles to each number word card. The letter tiles are included in the download as well, but you could use any letter manipulatives you want to spell the words. Includes 1-10 number words. The word tiles come color coded to help younger children, for more of a challenge … [Read more...]

MAY
09
2010

Summer BBQ Felt Food Pattern & GiveAway

Happy Mother's Day! In honor of all the fabulous moms out there, I've decided to give away one copy of our newest felt pattern called Summer BBQ! My mom came up with another super cute set for our felt food collection in our "Fun with Felt" store! Hope you like it! This set includes instructions and patterns for: Hamburger Bun Hamburger Patty Lettuce, onion, tomato, cheese Hotdog Bun with Ketchup and mustard Hotdog Potato chips with bag Pickle Spear Watermelon Slice Ice Cream Bar Buy the Summer BBQ Pattern now for just $5!   ★Completed Basket measures approximately 9 1/4” long x 7 1/4” wide x 5 1/4” high. ★This pattern includes easy step by step instructions along with colorful photos! ★Pattern comes complete with full Scale Pattern Pieces. ★You will be directed to the download page upon completion of payment. If for some reason you are not re-directed, please email me and I will be happy to email the link to you. ★Patterns are in PDF … [Read more...]

MAY
08
2010

Soft Pretzel Recipe

I’ve been through several soft pretzel recipes, and so far this one tastes the best to us. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cups warm water 1 Tbsp yeast 1/4 c brown sugar (Can substitute sucanat) 3 1/2 – 4 c whole wheat flour (Can substitute 2 cups bread flour + 2 c. regular flour) Melted butter to rub on baked pretzels. Course Salt (I use sea salt) Dipping Solution: 1/4 Cup baking soda 2 1/2 Cup very hot water Directions: (Makes about 9 pretzels) STEP 1: Preheat oven to 500 degrees. STEP 2: Dissolve yeast in warm water. STEP 3: Add sugar, stir to dissolve, THEN add flour and mix until combined well. Do not over knead or dough will be tough. STEP 4: Cut dough into 9 even chunks then roll into ropes and shape into pretzels, or whatever you children come up with. STEP 5: Prepare dipping solution: Stir baking soda into hot water until dissolved, then using a slotted spoon dip formed pretzels into the solution for a couple sections each and place onto greased baking sheet. STEP 6: Bake for 4-5 … [Read more...]

MAY
07
2010

She’s getting resourceful!

As a homeschooling mom, I try to make sure we learn at least 1 thing per day. Today I learned that my refrigerator has a “Lock” control on it. I learned this after my 4 yr old came running in yelling “Mommy, Mommy! Your baby’s in the water!” Apparently she’s figured out how to scoot, stack and climb her way to just about anything. And today it was a kitchen chair right over to the refrigerator where she proceeded to drench herself, and my kitchen, with a nice stream of cold fridge water. It hasn’t ended there, she’s found the fruit bowl, yesterday she scooted her chair over to the fruit, snatched an apple, took a bite, looked up, saw me, and took off running and squealing. Today it was an orange…she spit out the peel after taking a bite though, guess it didn’t taste so good. Looks like she’s after a Kiwi this time… Since then I’ve caught her here: and here… and here: and here: and here…ugh, always here! What is it with the snack cabinet? and here…but I suppose … [Read more...]

MAY
06
2010

Lego Printables

I found some fun printables for Lego’s at Lego’s Family Time fun website! Each month they release 3 new building instructions. The thing I like is that they are step-by-step printable instructions! Perfect for workboxes! We downloaded the Dragon from February, it was a great project with easy step-by-step instructions that he did very well following! And for the finished product, we did indeed end up with a Dragon of many colors! As a side note, this is how we currently store our legos, (he has specialty sets which are usually made as soon as he opens them and kept on display in his room on a shelf), but this box is for our basic set of legos. It’s a Creative Options Grab N' Go craft case. I like that it’s portable (has a convenient carrying handle) and the front opens to reveal 3 different sorting boxes. I’d originally sorted them by color and size, but as you can see that lasted…NOT! Overall, if you don’t have billions of lego’s it’s a great storing option. We also use … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Prek A-Z Review

Welcome to “What’s in the Box Wednesday”! This week we’re doing review activities from our Letter of the Week curriculum. Date number and chain link to complete our calendar pattern. Shape puzzles Number collages Shape silhouette matching A-Z writing practice A-Z Puzzle (I printed 2 copies and cut one up for a matching game) A-Z Floor Letters (Spread on floor and call out letters then have your child hop to them, have your child say the letter/sound as they hop to it, put them in order, etc.) Pattern block pattern cards and blocks Alphabet Foam/Magnetic Builders Shape/Number puzzles (From Wal-mart) Click here for links to download all the contents of our A-Z Review games!Don't forget to link up so we can all see what's in your boxes today! … [Read more...]