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    2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow

      Hi everyone! This year we had the privilege of watching the 2015 Rocky Mountain Airshow from our back patio! No kidding! What a cool thing right? Plus there were a zillion people on the beach area and I heard parking was a nightmare, so we were extra thankful to be located where we were. So … [Read More...]

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    July 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    July. Seriously? When did that happen? Last thing I knew we were finally done with school for the year and I was looking forward to enjoying some down time. And now it’s already July! Which means we only have a few more weeks before school starts back up. That also means that I need to get … [Read More...]

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    2015-2016 Student Lesson Planner

    Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2015-2016 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you  … [Read More...]

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    The Allowance Game Review

    Are your kiddos whining that there’s nothing to do for summer yet? Mine are! I think they started saying they were bored after about 5 minutes into our summer vacation LOL! If that’s you, make sure to check out my whole series on summer boredom busters to help give you some ideas. Lakeshore … [Read More...]

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    Grapevine Bible Studies Video Review

    Hi everyone! I have another video review for you today, this time on the Grapevine Bible Studies curriculum. We’ve used Grapevine studies for several years now, and I think we’ve done just about all of the ones they have available. Thankfully they just released a new one this year, so we’ll be … [Read More...]

JUN
05
2010

Breaded Chicken & Parsley Potatoes

This week I thought I’d share my comfort recipe! Partially because it’s super easy, and also because its yummy! It’s nothing super special, but everyone seems to like it and for me that’s a huge deal! Breaded Chicken: 6 boneless/skinless chicken thighs (can substitute with chicken breasts, but let’s face it, they’re just not as yummy!) 1/2 c. seasoned bread crumbs (I use Progresso Italian) 1/4 c. shredded parmesan cheese 1 egg (beaten) 1/2 c. milk olive oil Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9x13 pan with cooking oil. Step 2: Mix breadcrumbs & shredded parmesan cheese in shallow bowl. Beat egg and milk together in another shallow bowl. Dip each chicken breast into egg mixture then coat with bread crumbs and place into 9x13 pan. Step 3: Drizzle breaded chicken breasts with olive oil and bake at 350 for approx 45 minutes or until golden brown. Parsley Potatoes: 3 russet potatoes (can substitute with red potatoes) butter 1 T parsley 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tsp onion salt … [Read more...]

JUN
04
2010

Friday Freebie: So Happy Together Template

I have another template for you for Friday Freebie! This one is a scrap-lift from a paper layout I found a long time ago in an issue of Creating Keepsakes. Download So Happy Together This is a layered PSD file and includes the flower stems, title block, transparent flowers and sample text. Here’s my layout: Supplies: Katie Pertiet: hemp tie, Rose Garden brown pattern paper; Amanda Rockwell Crushin' On My Man Brown lined paper; Phoung Ton Floral Grunge Green Paper; Traveling Typewriter Font; Ali Edwards Handwriting Font Hope you like it! … [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...]