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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...]

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    eMeals Kid-friendly meal plans

    Hi everyone! As most of you know, I put up a monthly meal plan for you all each month. But even I get bored with my own meals sometimes. And I was really excited to see that eMeals has put up a new kid-friendly recipe plan which is great for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner meals! And if you … [Read More...]

JAN
10
2010

Rainbow Crayons

Wanna keep a couple kids busy for about 30 minutes? Give ‘em a stack of old broken crayons and have them peel and break them into tiny pieces so you can make some Rainbow Crayons for your Prek Letter R for Rainbow curriculum! Supplies: used, broken crayons no one likes to use anymore! metal muffin pan Instructions: Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fill muffin tin with chunks of peeled broken crayons (For our rainbow theme we mixed lots of colors together! They were really fun to draw with) Put muffin pan in oven for about 8-10 minutes or until crayons are melted. Once crayons are cooled, pop them out of your muffin pan for some fun rainbow coloring! Super easy and the kids love ‘em. And look how nicely they stack for storage! (ps…they came out of my muffin tin very easily…I only note this because I was slightly concerned about getting my pan cleaned…) … [Read more...]

JAN
10
2010

The Love Dare: Day 8 – Not Jealous

Day 8: Love is not jealous love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Song of Solomon 8:6TODAY’S DARE Determine to become your spouse’s biggest fan and to reject any thoughts of jealousy. To help you set your heart on your spouse and focus on their achievements, take yesterday’s list of negative attributes and discreetly burn it. Then share with your spouse how glad you are about a success he or she recently enjoyed.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
09
2010

The Love Dare: Day 7 – Believes the best

Day 7: Love believes the best [Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 cor 13:7TODAY’S DARE For today’s dare, get two sheets of paper. On the first one, spend a few minutes writing out positive things about your spouse. Then do the same with negative things on the second sheet. Place both sheets in a secret place for another day. There is a different purpose and plan for each. At some point during the remainder of the day, pick a positive attribute from the first list and thank your spouse for having this characteristic.I had to edit today's challenge for the kids a bit. We each said 1 thing that hurts their feelings and we wrote it on the board. Then we wrote everyone's name on the board and put a list of things we LIKE about each person on that list. We are going to try NOT to do the 1 thing that hurts their feelings, and if we think of something bad about another person, we are to go in the room and read all the good things we like about … [Read more...]

JAN
09
2010

Green Chili with Homemade Tortillas!

This is an easy recipe and fun to make! I made the super spicy chili for my husband for day 2 of The Love Dare since its his favorite! Green Chili Ingredients: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 1/2 pounds cubed pork stew meat (I used chicken) 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 (4.5 ounce) can diced green Chile peppers, drained (I used fresh hatch chili) 1/2 (3.5 ounce) can chopped jalapeno peppers 1/2 medium onion, chopped 5 tablespoons tomato sauce 3 1/2 cups water onion salt to taste garlic salt to taste salt and black pepper to taste Directions: Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in cubed pork, and cook until nicely browned and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove skillet from heat, and allow to cool briefly. Sprinkle flour over pork. With a wooden spoon, stir pork to coat, scraping the bottom of the skillet to loosen browned bits. Add chile peppers, jalapenos, and onions. Stir in tomato sauce and water. Season to taste with onion salt, … [Read more...]

JAN
08
2010

Felt Food: Lunch Time Tutorial

Felt Lunchtime Pattern by Little Crickets, we did purchase this pattern for $6, and it was so worth it, these are the cutest little lunch sets I’ve ever seen! Check out Little Cricket’s Etsy shop for more felt creations, they are so cute! According to my mom , it took awhile to make these, but then she’s such a dear, she made 4 sets since there are 4 kiddos! (I know, one is missing from the pic, she kept it to show a friend.) Here’s a close up of one of the sets: The pattern comes with bread, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes (oh the dreaded tomatoes! From what I hear these took the longest, but just take a look at them, they’re adorable!), chocolate chip cookies, pickles, an orange, and a sweet little bag to put it all in! And look at that cute little orange, we joked that it looked like a pumpkin, and when my 3 year old was ‘fixing me lunch’ the other day, I asked for an orange, and she said “Oh, it looks like I’m out of oranges, but you can have this punkin!” Needless to say … [Read more...]

JAN
08
2010

The Love Dare: Day 6 – Not Irritable

Day 6: Love is not irritable (Should be a fun day for me…sigh) He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. Proverbs 16:32TODAY’S DARE Choose today to react to tough circumstances in your marriage in loving ways instead of with irritation. Begin by making a list below of areas where you need to add margin to your schedule. Then list any wrong motivations that you need to release from your life.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
07
2010

Did somebody say Jenga?

I found a generic version of Jengaat Michael's in the Christmas clearance section. Not sure why it was there, but none the less, I had to grab it. I also got some great wooden puzzles for $1, they have all their Christmas Stocking Stuffers on sale for 60% off.So...I brought it home and said to my son "Son, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to use these blocks to build the tallest tower you can". Now everyone knows a man can't deny a dare...so a few minutes later we had this:(And since no 3yr old can resist a dare either...) Then, being a good sport, my daughter had her own ideas for the blocks and made a nifty little log house for her dolls.So aside from the actual game, I thought this was a good workbox fun item to add, and everyone seemed to like it! So go, and get yourself Jengaand see what you can build! … [Read more...]

JAN
07
2010

The Love Dare: Day 5 – Not Rude

Day 5: Love is not rude He who blesses his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it will be counted a curse to him. Proverbs 27:14TODAY’S DARE Ask your spouse to tell you three things that cause him or her to be uncomfortable or irritated with you. You must do so without attacking them or justifying your behavior. This is from their perspective only.I think today's dare will be challenging. Unfortunately we tend to treat those closest to us the worst for some reason, and its probably become a habit for most of us as well. Not rude....hmmm...I'll have to keep an eye on myself today!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 … [Read more...]

JAN
06
2010

Felt Strawberries Tutorial

I really can’t say enough for my dear mom, who has been making all these beautiful felt food creations for us. Here’s her latest: felt strawberries! Click here for the Felt Strawberry Tutorial from Mr. Monkey Suit. Not only did my Mom make a whole basket of them, she even made two sizes for us! Click here to see our other Felt Food Creations!Here are some more fun felt tutorials to aid in your newly found obsession: Felt Food Round up at Crafty CornerFelt Pizza Tutorial by Lilly Bean Chocolate Cake White 3 Tier Cake Sandwich and chips Ravioli Farfalle Strawberries Avocado sushi Fortune cookies Brown paper bag Chinese takeout boxSugar Cookie Dough Cutouts and Cookies … [Read more...]

JAN
06
2010

The Love Dare: Day 4 – Thoughtfulness

Day 4: Love is Thoughtful How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand…Psalm 139:17-18TODAY’S DARE Contact your spouse sometime during the business of the day. Have no agenda other than asking how he or she is doing and if there is anything you could do for them.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 participating in The Love Dare, I would love to hear from you! Add your link to our … [Read more...]