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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 3 – Let’s Talk Fabric!

    Good morning! I hope you’ve enjoyed my How To Quilt series! I hope these posts have been helpful for you. Today I’m so excited to share the final part in my series, fabric. I’ve also added a section at the end of this post full of helpful links, websites, tutorials and more to help you get going! … [Read More...]

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    FREE Parenting Webinar–TONIGHT!!

    Hi everyone! Join Amy McCready and I for a FREE LIVE parenting webinar TONIGHT Wednesday, April 22 at 9:00 PM, EST.   For those of you who don’t know, Amy is author of the awesome website, Positive Parenting Solutions, where she shares all kinds of great tips and tricks for parents! She … [Read More...]

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    Little Bits Review & Giveaway

    Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out! … [Read More...]

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    How to Get Started Quilting Part 2 – Best Sewing Machines for Beginners

    Last week I shared How to Get Started Quilting Part 1 with you. The post got rather long, and so I decided to split it up into 3 parts.  Part 1 is your basic supply list, part 2 is going to be about sewing machines. Then next week part 3 is where it gets fun. We’ll take a look at fabric as well … [Read More...]

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    Positive Parenting With Amy McCready–Free Webinar!

    It’s been awhile since I’ve partnered with Amy McCready, and I wanted to do another seminar for all of my new readers! So next Wednesday night I’ll be joining her for another great FREE parenting webinar for you! Amy is founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor. Together … [Read More...]

MAY
07
2010

She’s getting resourceful!

As a homeschooling mom, I try to make sure we learn at least 1 thing per day. Today I learned that my refrigerator has a “Lock” control on it. I learned this after my 4 yr old came running in yelling “Mommy, Mommy! Your baby’s in the water!” Apparently she’s figured out how to scoot, stack and climb her way to just about anything. And today it was a kitchen chair right over to the refrigerator where she proceeded to drench herself, and my kitchen, with a nice stream of cold fridge water. It hasn’t ended there, she’s found the fruit bowl, yesterday she scooted her chair over to the fruit, snatched an apple, took a bite, looked up, saw me, and took off running and squealing. Today it was an orange…she spit out the peel after taking a bite though, guess it didn’t taste so good. Looks like she’s after a Kiwi this time… Since then I’ve caught her here: and here… and here: and here: and here…ugh, always here! What is it with the snack cabinet? and here…but I suppose … [Read more...]

MAY
06
2010

Lego Printables

I found some fun printables for Lego’s at Lego’s Family Time fun website! Each month they release 3 new building instructions. The thing I like is that they are step-by-step printable instructions! Perfect for workboxes! We downloaded the Dragon from February, it was a great project with easy step-by-step instructions that he did very well following! And for the finished product, we did indeed end up with a Dragon of many colors! As a side note, this is how we currently store our legos, (he has specialty sets which are usually made as soon as he opens them and kept on display in his room on a shelf), but this box is for our basic set of legos. It’s a Creative Options Grab N' Go craft case. I like that it’s portable (has a convenient carrying handle) and the front opens to reveal 3 different sorting boxes. I’d originally sorted them by color and size, but as you can see that lasted…NOT! Overall, if you don’t have billions of lego’s it’s a great storing option. We also use … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Prek A-Z Review

Welcome to “What’s in the Box Wednesday”! This week we’re doing review activities from our Letter of the Week curriculum. Date number and chain link to complete our calendar pattern. Shape puzzles Number collages Shape silhouette matching A-Z writing practice A-Z Puzzle (I printed 2 copies and cut one up for a matching game) A-Z Floor Letters (Spread on floor and call out letters then have your child hop to them, have your child say the letter/sound as they hop to it, put them in order, etc.) Pattern block pattern cards and blocks Alphabet Foam/Magnetic Builders Shape/Number puzzles (From Wal-mart) Click here for links to download all the contents of our A-Z Review games!Don't forget to link up so we can all see what's in your boxes today! … [Read more...]

MAY
04
2010

Color Mixing 102: Color Cards & Lots of H2O

We did some measuring and color mixing today for Art. I found this Liquid Measuring Kit from Lakeshore Learning. We used it along with my color mixing cards to measure and mix new colors. First we filled each container with it’s designated color using water and food coloring. Next we poured, mixed and measured our way to secondary colors and ultimately, icky brown water. I don’t think anyone cared though, well except me, its hard for me to step out of my box and *gasp* …mix! Oh the horror! But, alas, it was a great math and art activity all rolled in to one. And let’s face it, anything involving water pouring is a hit over here! … [Read more...]

MAY
03
2010

A-Z Review

We’ve made it! Since we finished our Letter of the Week curriculum To review all of the letters we learned as we went through , I made some alphabet fun games!If you didn’t already download them, here are the A-Z collage worksheets, they come with collage ideas for each letter. Here’s a sample of the letter M with marshmallows glued to them. A-Z Collage Sheets (Capital) a-z Collage Sheets (Lowercase) Clothespin Match Up: Write upper or lowercase letters on small clothes pins and clip them to the corresponding uppercase letters, lowercase letters or picture! (The download includes all 3 games.)A-Z Letter Match Cards: These cards actually go from A-Z and 1-10. We’re using our plastic magnetic letters to match to each card. We matched upper and lowercase letters to each box. A-Z Beginning Sounds Game: This download includes letter disks. Your child then matches the correct letter disk to each picture, for example the “A” goes next to the “Ant” picture. If they need a little help, the … [Read more...]

MAY
02
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot hard at work

Tip for the day: Never, EVER, under any circumstances, leave your Teeny Tiny Tot alone within the general vicinity of your beloved laptop. ‘Nuff said. … [Read more...]

MAY
01
2010

Fall Kit – Digital Scrapbooking Freebie

Welcome to National Scrapbooking Day 2010!In order to celebrate, I’m giving away my very first digital scrapbooking mini-kit FREE! This mini-kit includes: 8 Patterned Papers 2 messy stitched tabs 2 scallop circle frames white stitches 2 flowers 1 ribbon 1 journal spot3 large bradsDownload Fall PapersDownload Fall ElementsHope you have a great National Scrapping Day full of digi-goodness! … [Read more...]

APR
30
2010

Jean Welles Worship Guitar Lessons

I was contacted by Jean Welles to review her Worship Guitar Lessons DVD . Since I already play guitar, I am having my husband take the lessons, and I’ll be including his input as well as mine. Volume 1 Contents:  Introduction Parts of the Guitar Tuning the Guitar Lessons 1-7 Practice Sessions for lessons 1-7 Language Selection (English or Spanish Subtitles) Each Lesson teaches chords needed as well as a song, here are the songs you will learn from the first DVD: "He's Got The Whole World" "My All In All" "More Precious Than Silver" "Lord, I Lift Your Name On High" "This Is The Day" "I Love You Lord" In Volume 1 you will learn these chords: A, Am, A7 E7, Em D, Dsus, G C D9/F# You can play the video below to see what her lessons are like: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWBtBojuTnk] Cost for Worship Guitar Classes on DVD: $24.95   each DVD $99.80 for the set of four DVD's. ($40 … [Read more...]

APR
29
2010

Paint Brush Color Matching

One of our fun file folder games is the Paint Brush Color Match game. Everyone plays with this, even the older kids play with this. Must be the cute little paint brushes :o) (Note: the download contains jars for all the colors, our yellow one ripped and I just haven't reprinted cuz' I'm lazy!) The download includes:File Folder Game Cover Page8 Color Jars (Green, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Blue, Purple, Red, Brown)32 Colored Paint Brushes (4 of each color)Click here to download the Paint Brush Color Match! … [Read more...]

APR
28
2010

Teeny Tiny Tot School: Part Deux

Welcome to "What's in the Box Wednesday" where we're featuring the Teeny Tiny Tot's boxes! And since she has been in everything lately I decided to give in and let her get down and dirty with all the prek stuff she’s been trying to steal anyway. So here's what she found in her boxes this week...We started off with these Power Magnets and a cookie sheet. She loved this and it actually occupied her for awhile taking on and off the magnets, sticking them together, putting them back in the box. I did sit with her for this though as a few tried to find their way into her mouth.Since we had eggs left over from Easter, I gave her a jar filled with them for her to sort through. She loved pulling them out, putting them back, opening them up and trying to get the lid on the jar. She loves this Fisher-Price: Doodle Pro drawing board, she’s getting better at wielding the pen and just figured out those little shapes draw as well.Next we used the Letter Disks for our Prek letter matching games. She … [Read more...]