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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

    Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had … [Read More...]

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    Affiliate Love…

    Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

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    Heidi Unit Study

    Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun … [Read More...]

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    Summer Vacation 2014

    It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing … [Read More...]

JAN
17
2010

The Love Dare Day 15: Love is Honorable

Day 15: Love is honorableLive with your wives in an understanding way...and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life. 1 Peter 3:7Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure. Hebrews 13:4TODAY’S DARE Choose a way to show honor and respect to your spouse that is above your normal routine. It may be holding the door for her. It might be putting his clothes away for him. It may be the way you listen and speak in your communication. Show your mate that he or she is highly esteemed in your eyes.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...]

JAN
16
2010

Plate Spinning 101

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Ever feel like you've got a thousand plates spinning all at once and can't seem to keep up? I think its a daily feeling for me, with the big question being "How do I keep all my plates in the air and in what order do I spin them?" In other words, how do we keep our heads above water in a world that seems to be crashing in around us? (Mind you this isn’t some fool-proof master plan, its just how keep those little men in little white coats from coming to take me away.) First job, list your plates: Here are mine, in order...God, husband, Strawberry Shortcake, Turbo, Tinker Bell, the Teeny Tot, homeschool, school planning, family time, 2 dogs, 1 cat, cooking, cleaning, laundry, kids activities, me time (yeah right...) Second job, Prioritize! So, here goes… 1. God: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 At times like this its important to keep things in perspective. If everything else gets pushed … [Read more...]

JAN
16
2010

The Love Dare Day 14: Love takes delight

Day 14: Love takes delight Enjoy life with the wife you love all the days of your fleeting life. Ecclesiastes 9:9 HCSB Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down in his shade with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Song of Solomon 2:3-4TODAY’S DARE Purposefully neglect an activity you would normally do so you can spend quality time with your spouse. Do something he or she would love to do or a project they’d really like to work on. Just be together.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
15
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Easy as 1,2,3

My Teeny Tiny Tot has embarked a new mission called “The Kitchen Table”. She’s discovered that with some effort, she can get to all the goodies that were previously out of her reach…here she is in action: One night, after setting the table for tacos, I found her sitting happily on the table top, with a bowl of guacamole in one hand, the spoon in the other and a faceful of guac. I was too stunned or I’d have taken a picture! I guess this pic should’ve tipped me off, and even though she got in trouble for it, I guess the guacamole was just too tempting. Other places we've found her… … [Read more...]

JAN
15
2010

Salt Painting

We found this fun activity on Blissfully Domestic today! It looked so easy I had to try it, especially since I hadn’t planned anything else for the afternoon out of sheer laziness, and I had everything for this already. Supplies: Construction Paper Elmer's Glue Baking Sheet or Plastic Tray Crayons or Chalk Salt Instructions: Place construction paper in plastic tray or cookie sheet (This is to minimize the mess!). Draw images on construction paper using crayons or chalk. Trace the drawings with glue (I had to help my 3 yr old with this part). Have fun pouring or sprinkling salt over the glue, shift the salt around to make sure all the glue is covered. Empty the excess salt off your paper and let it dry (shake off salt once more after the pictures dry) (Note: This craft is as easy as it looked and the kids loved it!) … [Read more...]

JAN
15
2010

The Love Dare Day 13: Love fights fair

Day 13: Love fights fairAnd if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 3:25TODAY’S DARE Talk with your spouse about establishing healthy rules of engagement. If your mate is not ready for this, then write out your own personal rules to “fight” by. Resolve to abide by them when the next disagreement occurs.If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2010

Wooden Logic Puzzles

I found these fun little wooden logic puzzles at Michael’s in their $1 bin! So of course I bought a couple just to see…and without even asking this is what I walked in to find! These are a fun addition to our workboxes! P.S. They had other designs, I just grabbed a couple that looked fun. And they’re harder then they look! … [Read more...]

JAN
14
2010

The Love Dare Day 12: Love lets the other win

Day 12: Love lets the other win Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. James 3:17TODAY’S DARE Demonstrate love by willingly choosing to give in to an area of disagreement between you and your spouse. Tell them you are putting their preference first.Ugh, I don't know about you, but I'm scared today, its really not like me to "let the other win"...today will be a challenge!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 … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2010

What’s in the box Wednesday: Second Grade

Randomly I go back to my beginning blog days and do a “what’s in the box” post…maybe I’ll do it on Wednesdays…”What’s in the box Wednesday”…huh, has a nice ring to it, and today is Wednesday! So here goes: Math U See Beta video and workbook Abeka Spelling Abeka Language Worksheet Abeka Phonics Worksheet Spelling List Practice Sheet Abeka Phonics flashcards to practice special sounds Abeka Math 2 workbook (yes, I make her do 2 math’s) My Father’s World American Pioneers and Patriots Sue Patrick’s Typing lessons My Father’s World Art: I Can Do All Things – Paint Dabbing Underneath the art lesson in the bottom drawer is a crocheted scrunchie craft bag. I got it at Michael’s for $1. She’s learning to crochet, although so far it seems that knitting has been easier for her to pick up. We leave this in the box for her to work on as time allows until completed. Also, for homework she has a reader that she does nightly with Daddy. … [Read more...]

JAN
13
2010

The Love Dare Day 11: Love Cherishes

Day 11: Love cherishes Husbands ought also love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it. Ephesians 5:28TODAY’S DARE What need does your spouse have that you could meet today? Can you run an errand? Give a back rub or foot massage? Is there housework you could help with? Choose a gesture that says, “I cherish you” and do it with a smile.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 … [Read more...]