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    One Pan Pasta Dinner

    Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had … [Read More...]

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    Affiliate Love…

    Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: High School

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I … [Read More...]

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    Heidi Unit Study

    Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun … [Read More...]

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    Summer Vacation 2014

    It’s that time of year where there’s an abundance of… hot summer days… cool swimming pools… warm summer evenings with iced tea and a porch swing… amazing sunsets… time to relax, refresh, and remember… and that’s exactly what we’re doing this week.   We’ll be enjoying some amazing … [Read More...]

JAN
01
2010

Happy New Year 2010!

Wishing everyone a blessed New Year!I pray that your year would be filled with motivated, eager young learners,who marvel at your every idea and beg for more,and mostly, that your focus for the year be glorifying to God!These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.Deuteronomy 6:4-9 … [Read more...]

DEC
31
2009

Felt Gingerbread Man Cookies!

I wish I could take credit for these sweet little guys (and if you know me at all, you know I am going to attempt my own!) But I found them on Oh So Happy Together!They're a perfect addition to our Felt Doughnuts, Felt Pizza and Felt Sandwiches, most importantly, they look easy enough for me to attempt even with my poor sewing skills! For more of our felt food creations click here!Supplies:Brown felt (I made 4 cookies out of 2 8.5 x 10 pieces of felt)Gingerbread cookie cutter or object (for tracing shape)White and black embroidery floss, and needleColored felt circles or plastic buttonsFabric Glue if you use felt for buttonsInstructions:Trace your gingerbread man shape on to felt (you need 2 pieces per cookie)Using black floss, stitch on eyes and mouth onto one of the brown cookie shapesSew or glue on buttonsStack this piece onto another brown cookie shape and stitch together around edges using white flossServe on cute cookie tray!Here's what mine turned out to look like. Not too … [Read more...]

DEC
30
2009

Snowman Compound Words

We put a new lapbook together this week! I downloaded it from File Folder Fun! Its a compound words lapbook, check it out! I had to glue 2 folders together since there were 3 full pages of words: Here it is in action! … [Read more...]

DEC
29
2009

Free Felt Sandwich Pattern

While on my felt food kick, I recruited my lovely mother to help! She made these super cute felt sandwiches. Knowing that there's 4 kiddo's she went all out and made one for each of them!She used this free felt sandwich tutorial from myrtleandunice.com.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 box … [Read more...]

DEC
28
2009

Quote of the Day: Bad Attitude

From my 5 year old son today in regards to doing his school work. (Mind you its day 1 back from Christmas Break, and a short week to boot!)Me: "Buddy, do you need to go to the laundry room to clean your bad attitude?"Him: "I don't have a bad attitude Mom, I just don't wanna do it" … [Read more...]

DEC
28
2009

Pattern Block Activity Printables

I found a great website today with these free Pattern Block Printables: Prekinders. They also have a TON of other great ideas! I got my Wooden Pattern Blocks Here!Anyway, they are a big hit with my kiddos, I also gave them to my 3 year old and asked her to do 1 card. When I came back, this is what I found: I think I’ll try making some for my alphabet collection! I also have Pattern Block Design Cards as well. They’re more abstract so I thought my younger one would like the pictures more.I also have these Pattern Blocks & Cards:They’re great for logic, patterns, shapes and puzzle making. It also takes some dexterity to place each shape on the board without disturbing the others.I also made pattern cards for use with these blocks, click the image to download a copy, there are 8 patterns plus a spot to make your own fun pattern! Here are some more fun pattern activities! Amazon.com Widgets … [Read more...]

DEC
25
2009

Merry Christmas To All!

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 2:10-11Every year growing up, my mom would buy us each a Department 56 Dicken’s Village house for Christmas! Once we got married she gave them to us to take to our new homes as a gift. Here’s the result of many single years LOL! I love my houses, they just make me happy! Here they are at night:And speaking of happy, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! May your day be filled with the joy of the season! You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 Here are some close ups of this years houses:http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fb42854ff-4430-45ae-90a2-9fdd7d9fed22&Operation=GetDisplayTemplateAmazon.com … [Read more...]

DEC
24
2009

Gingerbread House, Train & Tree Oh My!

What would possess my Mom to buy 3 different Gingerbread kits this year is beyond me, but let’s just say I’m happy this one got done (and left) at HER house! This is becoming a tradition for our kids to do with Nana. Its a huge mess and I usually try to have ‘plans’ on the day they do this, but this time I bit the bullet and participated. Here we go: Getting every thing setup was the hardest part. The train’s caboose was falling apart, roofs were coming off, the tree was leaning…ah, good times, good times. (When we do this next year, we may 'pre-make’ the base shape, let it harden, then have the kids decorate.) None the less, once we got everything setup (we had to use a rubber band to hold up the house) decorating was fun…I think the we’ve been doing too much school as my 6yr old said “Do a pattern on the roof Mom” and we did…red candy, green candy, red candy, green candy, well until we ran out, then it was a free-for-all of colorey goodness. My son did a pattern too: … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2009

Peppermint Bark

(Wish I could take credit for this lovely photo, its from Cathie Filian, mine are nowhere near as pretty!)Did I mention that I am NOT a baker? Every year I try though, and this year shall be no different! My husband always makes fun of me because I come up with grand plans, and think they are going to be WAY more fun than they actually turn out to be. Today, "Christmas Baking Day", was one of those days...We'll start off with a great recipe, ending in a seriously messy kitchen, that I found on My Family My Forever, called Peppermint Bark, followed by an awesome recipe called 'Reese's Fudge'. Read on if you dare...it's not for the faint of heart, nor those on weight watchers...uhem, like myself.Ingredients: (Looks harmless enough right?) 24 ounces white chocolate chips 24 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 package Bob’s Candy Canes Cookie Sheet lined with foil Cooking Spray Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with tin … [Read more...]

DEC
22
2009

Reese’s Fudge

I found a yummy recipe for Reese’s Fudge, and seriously, what could be better than a combination of Reese’s and Fudge? The original is here at Spell Out Loud, and thanks so much to her sweet daughter for writing the post! Ingredients: 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk 1 bag of Reese peanut butter chips 1 bag of Nestle chocolate chips Vanilla Extract 8 inch pan 1 small microwave safe bowl Wax paper Instructions: 1. Line 8” pan with wax paper and set aside. 2. In a small bowl, mix peanut butter chips, 2/3 cup of condensed milk and a 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 min. Stir mixture until smooth and spread evenly over wax paper in pan. Put in refrigerator to set. 3. While peanut butter layer is setting, pour 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips into bowl. Mix in 1/2 t vanilla and remaining sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth and spread over the top of the peanut butter layer. 4. Put back in refrigerator … [Read more...]