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    Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

    Okay, this has to be the absolute yummiest most refreshing summer drink I’ve tried in a long time! And not only that but it’s also one of the easiest recipes I’ve made too! It’s my totally awesome Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe! Let’s get started with the deliciousness shall we?   … [Read More...]

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    2014-2015 First Day of School

    What!? Yep, it’s that time again. Back-to-school time! Honestly, I don’t think I was quite ready. And neither were my kiddos. We were knee-deep into summer, and enjoying all of the lazy, fun-filled, play-date filled, marshmallow roasting days. And now I can’t believe I have kindergartener, 3rd … [Read More...]

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    2014 Omnibus

    Good morning readers! It’s that time of year again… and I’m honored to have the pleasure of announcing the iHomeschool Network 2014 Omnibus Sale! I know you’re all excited to get the deal of a lifetime, so you better speed read this post, the sale is only available from August 18-24, 2014! … [Read More...]

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    The Picture Smart Bible Giveaway

    Hi readers! I am really excited to try out a new Bible curriculum this year. It’s The Picture Smart Bible and I love the detail that they’ve put into this program and my kiddos absolutely love drawing their way through the bible! So I’m hoping this will be a great fit for us!   Disclosure: … [Read More...]

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    Big Book of homeschool Ideas

    Hey happy homeschoolers! Most of you know that I’ve been part of iHomeschool Network for some time now. And I’m always amazed at how much cool stuff they come up with. And today is no exception people. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is finally available! It is a gem written by 55 bloggers and is … [Read More...]

JAN
20
2010

Delightful Learning Give Away

Check out the fun Lacing Buttons Give Away over at Delightful Learning! They look like a great tot-school activity, I know we'd love to win! I love Michelle's blog, if you haven't already visit her at Delightful Learning! … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2010

What’s In The Box Wednesday: Kindergarten

As promised, here’s our first official What’s in the box Wednesday post! I’ll alternate between Prek, Kindergarten, and 2nd Grade for variety. If things get hairy, I’ll do a Teeny Tiny Tot box post…and yes, she does have her own boxes! Math U See Primer video and workbook Abeka Letter Flashcards: Sentence practice Abeka Handwriting practice Abeka - blend flashcard practice, click here for my blend ladders Bob Books for Reading Fun Abeka – Numbers writing practice (May switch this out with dry erase ones) Counting by 10’s $1 logic puzzle from Michael’s dollar section Melissa & Doug See & Spell My Father’s World Art: I Can Do All Things – Paint Dabbing Happy box filling to you all! … [Read more...]

JAN
20
2010

The Love Dare Day 18: Love seeks to understand

Day 18: Love seeks to understandHow blessed is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding. Proverbs 3:13By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4TODAY’S DARE Prepare a special dinner at home, just for the two of you. The dinner can be as nice as you prefer. Focus this time on getting to know your spouse better, perhaps in areas you’ve rarely talked about. Determine to make it an enjoyable evening for you and your mate. Since we have 4 kids, I am going to prepare a kids meal and feed them first, then put the kids to bed and have a romantic dinner with just my husband!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, … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2010

Logic Links

Have you tried Logic Links Puzzles yet? I promise they aren’t paying me for an endorsement, we just love this game! Its great for building logical reasoning skills and I add them to our workboxes for fun! Each card contains a puzzle that tells which disks they'll need along with clues as to how to place the colored disks. I mostly use it for 2nd grade right now since my Kindergartner can’t read the cards quite yet. I have given them to him though, just made sure there was a “Work with Mom” sticker on that box! They also come as workbooks in varying skill levels, here are some they offer, as well as some other fun logic games: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2F6ff3a976-d7a4-4730-bf3b-4bf7435420e7&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2010

Science Center: Magnets

Today we did a science project with magnets. We made a pile of random items, some magnetic and some not. We hypothesized which we thought were magnetic by making 2 piles (Magnetic and Not magnetic). Then we tested our theories… We discovered that Bakugan balls are magnetic (actually we already knew, this but it was cool to see that it was true with the magnet wand.) We made things travel up the glass using the magnet on the outside, and also made paper clips move around on the table with the magnetic wand below it. They loved this part! We noted how many balls we could hang from the wand before the weight of them caused them to drop off spraying all over the floor. Afterwards we filled out our Science Experiment Grids, then just spent time playing with the tiny little choking hazards until the Teeny Tiny Tot woke up from her nap. … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2010

The Love Dare Day 17: Love promotes intimacy

Day 17: Love promotes intimacyHe who covers over an offense promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9Are the secrets you know about your spouse, ones that you keep to shame them, or to draw you closer together? Do they make you feel safe, or scared?"There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18TODAY’S DARE Determine to guard your mate’s secrets (unless they are dangerous to them or to you) and to pray for them. Talk with your spouse, and resolve to demonstrate love in spite of these issues. Really listen to them when they share personal thoughts and struggles with you. Make them feel safe.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
18
2010

The Love Dare Day 16: Love Intercedes

Day 16: Love IntercedesBeloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 John 2Do you feel like giving up? "Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up." Luke 18:1TODAY’S DARE Begin praying today for your spouse’s heart. Pray for three specific areas where you desire for God to work in your spouse’s life and in your marriage.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
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...]