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    November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s … [Read More...]

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    DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

    Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to … [Read More...]

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    Highlights Which Way USA

    Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own Road … [Read More...]

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    Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

    Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready … [Read More...]

JAN
28
2010

Preschool things we LOVE!

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Today I’m posting some of our favorite prek activities, great for workboxes! I usually mingle these in with our alphabet activities, they are also things she willl just go grab them on her own to do for fun as well. Imaginets: These blocks are great for boosting fine motor, and visual thinking skills. And though the product is rated for ages 3 and up, it’s been a favorite for my 2 year old all the way to my 8 year old! A favorite around here are the wipe-off books, one in particular is the Pre-Printing with Mazes book: We also LOVE these See & Solve Math Manipulatives, they come with the wooden rods as well as lacing strings. You can do patterns, counting, sorting etc! Homemade transferring activity! I used a plastic paint pallet probably from Michael’s and some kid’s chopsticks PF Chang’s. I have a bunch of variations of this game. Daily counting calendar: I use this every day to practice counting, months and days of the week. We also put … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

Look and Find Books

I picked these fun Look and Find books up last night at a local homeschool mom’s group meeting! I’ve actually been thinking about buying them for some time now, so it was a sweet blessing! The kids love them, they did them for fun after school today, and I’ve found them back in the room reading again and again! I found Disney Princesses and Wall-E Here are some more great Look and Find Books: http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fconfofahome-20%2F8010%2Fc0783ba9-164e-438c-ba9a-d471dd1bcc21&Operation=GetDisplayTemplate … [Read more...]

JAN
28
2010

The Love Dare Day 26: Love is responsible

Day 26: Love is responsibleWhen you judge another, you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the same things. Romans 2:1 TODAY’S DARE Take time to pray through your areas of wrongdoing. Ask for God’s forgiveness, then humble yourself enough to admit them to your spouse. Do it sincerely and truthfully. Ask your spouse for forgiveness as well. No matter how they respond, make sure you cover your responsibility in love. Even if they respond with criticism, accept it by receiving it as counsel.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 … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

Happy Birthday Sweet Baby! You’re 7 Today!

Ugh, I can’t believe it, you’re already seven…SEVEN! It makes me so sad, but also so proud at the same time! You’ve become such a beautiful, caring young lady! So kind that you allowed your brother and sister to pick where we go tonight for your birthday dinner! Love you Bunny! Mom & Dad … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

Frequently Asked Questions

I seem to be getting a lot of similar questions, so I thought I'd address some of them in one spot, so here goes... 1. What age did you start doing your prek activities with your children? I started doing our prek stuff with my daughter at 3.5. Really I think this is sort of on the young side, the main reason for it was that she has 2 older siblings doing school already and wanted to have her own boxes! We started with motor skill stuff from 1+1+1 Tot Tray ideas, and it evolved into my letter of the week program! 2. How many boxes do you do with your 3 year old? Typically she gets 5-6 boxes on M,W & F. On T and Th, she gets 3-4 boxes of fun games, or motorskills stuff (see tot tray link above). I also found a bunch of fun prek activities on My Montessori Journey, Shannon's Tot School, Homeschool Creations, Totally Tots, and more! See my sidebar to the left for all my favorite homeschool blogs! 3. What is the "Workbox System", and where do you get your … [Read more...]

JAN
27
2010

The Love Dare Day 25: Love forgives

Day 25: Love forgivesWhat I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:10 TODAY’S DARE Whatever you haven’t forgiven in your mate, forgive it today. Let it go. Just as we ask Jesus to “forgive us our debts” each day, we must ask Him to help us “forgive our debtors” each day as well. Unforgiveness has been keeping you and your spouse in prison too long. Say from your heart, “I choose to forgive.”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 … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

Stuffed Pasta Shells

This stuffed shells dinner was super fast and easy to make, and every one loved it! I found it on the Crockpot site, but didn’t use my crock pot! Ingredients: 1 box Jumbo Pasta Shells 1 lb lean ground beef 1 onion, chopped (I skipped this as my kids don’t like onion) 1 clove garlic, minced 2 c Mozzarella Cheese, shredded 1/2 c seasoned bread crumbs 1 Tbsp. parsley flakes 1 egg, beaten 1/2 c grated Parmesan Cheese 1/2 c lowfat ricotta cheese 2 jars spaghetti sauce, or your own homemade sauce! Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Cook pasta shells according to directions, just until tender. Meanwhile, brown beef, onion and garlic on stovetop, drain. Mix remaining ingredients in bowl and add beef mixture when done. Line bottom of 9x13 pan with some of the sauce Stuff shells and place in pan as you go. Cover finished shells with sauce Bake (covered w/foil) at 350 degrees for 40 minutes During last 10 minutes of cooking top with a … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

Bible Time

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JAN
26
2010

Our Curriculum 2009-2010

I've gotten a lot of questions asking about our curriculum, and what we use. Here's a sample of some of the things we use for our curriculum.Teeny Tiny Tot School:Pretty much whatever she wants to do...click here to see a typical day in Teeny Tiny Tot School!Preschool:Letter Of The Week by meTotally Tot Tray Ideas from 1+1+1Let's Sticker & Paste!My Book of Easy MazesTangramsKumon ABCs UppercaseMelissa and Doug GamesKindergarten:Art: Draw Write Now Series, How to Teach Art to Children, I Can Do All ThingsBible: Abeka Bible SeriesFun: LapbooksMath: Math U SeePhonics, Language, Reading, Math: Abeka K52nd Grade:Art: Draw Write Now Series, How to Teach Art to Children, I Can Do All ThingsBible: Abeka Bible SeriesMath: Math U SeePhonics, Language, Reading, Math, Spelling: Abeka 2History/Geography: My Father's World AdventuresScience: Abeka 2, MFW Adventures, Exploring Creation With AstronomySome other tools we use in our homeschool:www.starfall.com (Online reading … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2010

The Love Dare Day 24: Love vs Lust

Day 24: Love vs LustThe world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:17 TODAY’S DARE End it now. Identify every object of lust in your life and remove it. Single out every lie you’ve swallowed in pursuing forbidden pleasure and reject it. Lust cannot be allowed to live in a back bedroom. It must be killed and destroyed—today—and replaced with the sure promises of God and a heart filled with His perfect love.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 Marriage I 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 … [Read more...]