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    Road Trip USA Video Review

    Good morning readers! I promised to do a video review of my Road Trip USA Geography & History curriculum, and I’ve finally had a chance to get it uploaded for you all. We had so much fun using this curriculum to learn about the United States! It’s packed full of interesting state facts, symbols, … [Read More...]

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    September 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Greetings readers! In our neck of the woods it’s officially back-to-school time! And for me that means I have about 5 minutes of free time a day. Which means I don’t have that much time to think about or plan meals for our family. And with 6 people in the clan eating out all of the time isn’t … [Read More...]

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    Spelling You See Video Review

    Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a … [Read More...]

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    2015 7th Grade Homeschool Schedule

    I don’t know about you, but 7th grade is a little bit intimidating! It just seems like things start getting more serious around now. High school is on the horizon, and this mama can’t believe that her baby girl is officially in Jr. High! If you’ve been following my daily schedules you’ll notice … [Read More...]

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    Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

    Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the … [Read More...]

JUN
30
2010

PowerSpeak Spanish Update

I promised an update on how we like our PowerSpeak Spanish program and a lovely reader reminded me I haven’t done it yet! We’ve been using it for about 5 months now and I have to say we still LOVE it! (Click here to read my initial review) This program really makes learning a language fun and exciting. As a parent I love the features they have on your dashboard. You can have more than one student (they each login separately) and it has a parent section so you can go in and check progress, grades etc.  We definitely plan to continue on to Spanish 2 when we’ve finished with Spanish 1. The only thing I don't like is that they don’t have more lessons! Currently they only offer Language Levels 1 & 2 for elementary level students, each level is 6 months to complete, so you could potentially do both in a year. So that means there’ll be a big break, then the next avail. lessons are Levels 1-2 for middle school. I think that might bit of a jump for my 7 year old to move into a … [Read more...]

JUN
29
2010

Chicken & Steak Fajitas

This is one of my fall back meals, its super easy to fix, and can be ready in about 10 minutes!Ingredients:6 chicken thighs and/or 1lb of Sirloin Steak (cut in thin slices)1 green bell pepper sliced1 red bell pepper sliced1/2 medium onion sliced1/4 cup olive oil1/4 cup canola oil1 Tbsp oregano1 Tbsp basil1 Tbsp parsley1 tsp garlic salt1 tsp onion saltTortillasOptional: guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoesDirections:Step 1: Turn oven to broil.Step 2: Slice thinly all meat and veggies and spread out onto a cookie sheet.Step 3: Pour all remaining oils and spices on top of the meat and mix well with hands. (If I’m doing meat and chicken, I put them on separate cookie sheets. Also, you can sauté the veggies in a skillet if you prefer to keep them separate.)Step 4: Broil fajitas on hi for about 5-6 minutes, flip meat and broil another 5-6 minutes until done.Serve on tortillas with guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, rice/beans, whatever you like!Note: … [Read more...]

JUN
28
2010

Milking Goats

We had a chance to go on a ‘hands-on’ type of field trip today and we love those! A dear friend of mine has a new goat farm and did a wonderful session on milking goats for our Keepers at Home group. The girls had a wonderful time playing with the babies and learning to milk goats. We even got to bottle feed a baby, and try the milk our selves! It tasted quite good and I look forward to sampling some of her cheeses soon ;o) Click below to view the whole album.   View Full Album Thanks Audra! … [Read more...]

JUN
27
2010

Letter I Verse Correction

Hi everyone, a kind reader let me know about an error in my Letter I verse puzzle. I corrected the missing word and you can download the updated copy here. {I realize the words are out of order, but that was just to fit them all on one page}  Thanks for your patience! As always I appreciate your feedback, please let me know if you see any errors in my downloads so I can correct them! Click here for the entire collection of Letter I activities! Thanks! … [Read more...]

JUN
25
2010

Freebie Friday: Butterfly Template

I have another Friday Freebie for you this week! This download includes a Love postage stamp, paperclip, scalloped circle and chipboard scalloped frame. Hope you like it! Download the Butterfly Template Here’s my layout: Supplies: Butterfly Brushes by Hawksmont, Font: VT Portable Remington; Font: Century Gothic, Pink Dot Pattern Paper: emaDesigns (that’s me), Floral Pattern Paper, yellow paper, chipboard letter: Lynn Grieveson Bellissimo If you use this template, make sure to link up below so we can all see your work! … [Read more...]

JUN
24
2010

Creamy Chicken Burritos

These are so yummy, I just had to share!Ingredients:2-4 boneless chicken thighs1/4 yellow onion diced1 clove garlic, mincedDash oregano, basil, cumin (I use about 1 tsp per each spice)Sm. Can diced peeled green chilies (I use Hatch)1 can cream of chicken soup2 cups Instant rice (Prepared)2 heaping Tbsp Sour Cream1 Can Hatch Green Enchilada Sauce1 cup Shredded Monterrey/Colby cheeseOlive oil for cooking (about 1-2 Tbsp)Flour TortillasOptional: garnish with guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoesDirections:Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Drizzle olive oil in pan and Sauté chicken, onion, garlic, spices and chopped chili until chicken is cooked through. Prepare 2 cups instant rice. In medium bowl, mix well chicken mixture, prepared rice, 1/2 cup shredded cheese, 2 heaping Tbsp sour cream and 1 can cream of chicken soup. Drizzle 9x13 pan with green chili enchilada sauce. Fill tortillas with mixture and wrap into burritos and place in 9x13 pan. Top finished burritos with … [Read more...]

JUN
23
2010

Econobusters Review

I was recently asked by Econobusters, to do a review of their site and brand new membership program. Econobusters is a sister site to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and a site dedicated to helping families bust free from this economy by “sharing practical ideas, joy, and encouragement”. Visit the Econobusters blog Become a Molly Member: membership is just 3.95/month! As a special offer to my readers, they are offering a $1 trial subscription, just enter the coupon code: DCF375 As a Molly Member you will receive: Molly’s Monthly Money-Savings Digest Member Memos resources Member-only downloads and E-books Resources, tutorials and articles Contests, giveaways and more! What’s in the Monthly Digests? Each Monthly Digest comes with tons of ideas and resources on how to save money. Some of the things included in the Digest are: Organization tips & tools Special Features such as Frugal decorating, traveling, repurposing & more. On Sale This … [Read more...]

JUN
22
2010

How to Back Up your Blogger Blog!

Why is it important to backup your blog? Well, imagine all those sweet little pictures and posts disappearing right before your eyes due to a glitch in your blogs server! (Note: this tutorial is for Blogger Blogs) Confessions of a Homeschooler has become the complete journal of our homeschooling journey and proof that we actually do something other than eat bon-bons and watch soaps all day. So at this point, the thought of my blog getting accidentally deleted would cause me to curl up in a ball in the corner of the closet and cry. Which would immediately result in my children sticking their fingers under the door in an attempt to reach me while at the same time trying to talk to me through the bottom crack and no one wants that. So how do I backup my blog? Here’s a list of ways to give yourself some comfort and security that all your precious posts, and the cool navbar that took you 3 days to complete won’t disappear in a puff of smoke. 1. Back up your Template! Click … [Read more...]

JUN
21
2010

stART: Ribbon Rainbow Craft

For this stART project, we read What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann This is just one of many ideas I’ve grabbed from Mama Jenn’s Blog. After reading our cute "what makes a rainbow book, we made a super cute ribbon rainbow! I used construction paper and pencil to write guide lines for my kids to follow, but if you want to make life easier, you could download this rainbow worksheet from Making Learning Fun. Hope you have fun! Click here for the rest of our Letter R for Rainbow activities! For more stART projects, be sure to click the button below! … [Read more...]

JUN
20
2010

It’s official, I’ve joined the Crew!

I am so excited to announce that I have been asked to join The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew for the 2010-2011 school year. I am looking forward to reviewing some great products for preschool-elementary level children. So stay tuned for some exciting and helpful reviews on curriculum and products for your kiddos! I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity and hope to share some great information with all of you awesome homeschooling parents, yes you are AWESOME! For more information on this year’s voyage visit: Homeschool Crew The Old Schoolhouse Magazine … [Read more...]