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    2016 September Sew Sampler

    Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I always get excited around the 20th of each month because I know that my Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler Box is on the way! Today I’m showing you what all came in the September Sew Sampler Box. It’s too late to get this exact box, but if you sign up before … [Read More...]

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    October 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I really love living in Colorado because we really get to experience all four seasons here. While I tend to be excited for the start of each of them, I really have to say that fall is my absolute favorite. It’s still nice outside, but the air has a fresh crisp feeling to it. And don’t … [Read More...]

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    The Quilt Block Cookbook

    Hi everyone! I have an exciting announcement for you today! A good friend of mine, Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, just released her new book “The Quilt Block Cookbook” and I’m honored to be part of her blog hop introducing the book as well as showing you some of what I love about … [Read More...]

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    Expedition Earth Brazil Unit Study

    Oi! And welcome to our Expedition Earth World Geography Brazil unit study! I think out of all of the countries this is one of our favorites because we get to learn all about the rainforest and the cool animals that are found there. We also get to do a fun craft which you’ll see … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: World’s Greatest Composers Review

    Hi everyone! Today I'm going to show you what my World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1 curriculum looks like up close in a fun video review! For more information on World’s Greatest Composers curriculum, click below! World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1 World’s Greatest Composers … [Read More...]

DEC
28
2010

2010 Geography Fair

Thanks to some of my wonderful blog readers we were able to come up with the coolest boards for our Geography Fair this year! My daughter did China, she read a wonderful report and presented her Great wall of China display. (Her outfit came from a lovely friend of mine,  I realize it’s a little more Japanese, but don’t tell her that!) My son did his report on Japan, he was a total super star. His sister sat quietly by incase he needed help with bigger words, and after the morning practice we did I was slightly concerned for the audience. But it’s so cool when you get to see your kids just bring it to the table when the pressures on! He did better than I could’ve hoped and even pushed his sister away letting her know he didn’t need her help. You can’t tell because he’s in front of them, but thanks to my mom he had real Samurai Swords to show off, of course this was his favorite part of the display! (They’re shown in the top picture if you’re interested, and no, they … [Read more...]

DEC
27
2010

Expedition Earth: Germany

Guten Tag and welcome to our week on Germany! We always start off by stamping our passports and locating our new country on the World Map. Here are some more of the things we covered this week: Located Germany & the Baltic Sea on the map and completed our worksheet How to say “Hello” in German – Guten Tag (Good Day) Learn about Neuschwanstein Castle Prayed for the German people Learned a German Song Had bread with Neutella & lemonade! Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Germany Read: Geography from A-Z pg 23 Highland, Lowland, Hill, knoll, Pg 43 Valley Learned about Germany from National Geographic Kids German Composers: Ludwig Van Beethoven, & Johann Sebastian Bach Watched The Sound of Music (I know it takes place in Austria, but it's close to Germany, and we found it on the map before watching, plus it's a classic and it was a good excuse to add it in!) Finished our week with an authentic … [Read more...]

DEC
26
2010

Character Study: Humility

Welcome to my 5th Character Study based on Humility (vs. Shifting Blame & Making Excuses.) (Click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character study: Humility Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the blessings of obedience and consequences of disobedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "confess our sins instead of trying to cover them up by blaming others". I also make a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good instead. Whoever has the most … [Read more...]

DEC
23
2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2011! I’m so thankful to all of you for your continued support, encouragement and the tremendous blessings that you have given our family through this blog. Your comments and emails always fill my heart with joy! I am so thankful to have “met” so many wonderful people through my blog and although we may not know each other personally, it feels like we’re old friends! I pray that each of you would have a wonderful Christmas and an awesome 2011! But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11 May your hearts be filled with the peace and love of God, Merry Christmas from my family to yours! … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2010

Sublime Digital Scrapbooking Kit

I’d like to introduce my new Digital Scrapbooking Kit with a mini-kit freebie! And without further ado…I present “Sublime!” Click on the image above to download your FREE mini kit! And if you like the mini-kit, here’s the full kit: What’s included? (All files are 300dpi and .jpg, .png and .abr file types) 26 papers 2 Ribbons 2 Frames 3 Flowers Alpha (upper and lower) 3 Postage Stamps 2 Paper Clips 7 Epoxy Pebbles Twine 12 Mos Circle Date with months and days(.png and .abr files included) Weekly Date Stamp & 2 Paint Highlights 2 Tiny Tags Purchase the Sublime Kit for ONLY $3! Visit my store to see all of my kits: Don’t know what Digital Scrapbooking is? Click here! … [Read more...]

DEC
21
2010

The Gingerbread Disaster

Ever start one of those projects and silently cry “Why, oh why did we do this? If only we could go back in time 10 minutes ago when my kitchen was spotless and I’d just mopped…why???” Then you remember “oh yeah, because my mom brought up gingerbread kits for my kids and started the mess while I was out shopping because she thought it would be fun.” Every year we make these houses, trains, trees oh my! And EVERY year we vow to make the formation of the object and allow it to dry BEFORE letting the kids decorate. And every year we forget to do that and end up with a house with a roof that slides off and a train that leans like the Tower of Pisa. This year we had the added pleasure of a small, okay large, icing snafu which resulted in white icing all over, and I mean ALL OVER my kitchen. I think at one point I decided we were going to have to throw out my kitchen table and bring in the big sander for the floor. (Which isn’t all bad, I’ve been wanting to re-stain my wood floor a lighter … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2010

Expedition Earth: Greece

γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Greece! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum learning about Greece! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off finding Greece on the map and stamping our passports with the flag of Greece. We learned: Where Greece is on the world map & located the Aegean Sea A song in Greek How to say Hello in Greek: γεια σου (pronounced yah-soo) How to pray for the Greek people About children in Greece Learn about the Greek Parthenon Learn more about Greece from National Geographic Kids Completed our Greece lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Greece Learned new Geography terms Made Kourabiethes (Greek Butter Cookies) Learned a bit about Greek Sculpture Here are some of the fun things we managed to photograph this week: We worked on our Greece mapping worksheets: Made Kourabiethes (Greek butter cookies) Learned about … [Read more...]

DEC
19
2010

Character Study: Selflessness

Welcome to the 4th study in my Character Study series based on selflessness (vs selfishness). I thought with Christmas coming, this might be a good time! (click on the image or link below to download a pdf of this study.) A Character study: Selflessness Other books required for this study: The Bible (any version will do!) Each day you will learn a verse, read a story where this sin is illustrated, then discuss the consequences of this sin followed up by the blessings of obedience. I encourage discussion with your children on ways they can help one another to stay free from this sin. Putting these ideas into practice on a daily basis will help them to become habit. Our daily/weekly "Challenge" for this week: "think of others first, better to give than receive". I have a sticker sheet and anyone caught making good choices, that’s right “caught making good choices” gets a sticker. I tend to only respond when someone is making bad decisions, and this helps me to focus on the good … [Read more...]

DEC
18
2010

Currclick Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Currclick giveaway! As promised we have 4 (you heard me FOUR) winners! YAY! Our First Winner is Katie at Hippos & Dinosaurs: Next is a.evans1804: Next is The Iowa Farmer’s Wife: And last, but NOT least, Kelli from Living in a Monsters World I’ll be contacting everyone with your prize information and will try to get you what you requested if all works out well. Thanks everyone for entering to win and stay tuned January for more fun giveaways! … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2010

Sculpey Clay Christmas Ornaments

Each year we make some sort of Christmas Ornaments. This year we decided to try Scupley clay for our ornaments. Supplies: Sculpey clay Rolling Pin Straw (used to poke holes for the ribbon) Cookie cutters (Optional, we cut shapes out of the rolled clay) Ribbon Paint, or we used Sharpie Paint Pens from Michael’s (note: these are REALLY hard to get off of counter tops, don’t say I didn’t warn you!) Although the clay was a tad hard to roll out, once rolled it was really easy to cut and manipulate. We baked it for about 15 min and voila, ornaments! Once the ornaments were dry, we colored them: Even the Teeny Tot got involved. (Note to self, do not let Teeny Tot use Sharpie Paint Pens in future projects) And here are our end results, this was an easy Nativity craft if you’re looking for one and it turned out really cute! Click here for more Christmas Craft Ideas! … [Read more...]