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    Quilting 101: How to Baste a Quilt

    Hi friends! I’m back with another video in my How to Quilt series. I hope you’re enjoying these posts! Today I’ll be showing you how to baste your quilt top and get it all ready for quilting!   There are a few ways to baste a quilt top, today I’m going to show you how to pin baste and … [Read More...]

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    Sew Sampler Box Review

    Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be reviewing the new Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler subscription box for you all today! I’ve had my eye on these ever since Fat Quarter Shop said they were releasing them and so far I’ve loved every single box that’s come out. Now I want to say that I’m not always a … [Read More...]

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    Word of Life Devotions Review

    Hi everyone! I’ve had several requests to do a review of the Word of Life Devotions that we started using last year. I really like these devotions, they’re fairly short and easy for my kids to complete. And their a great way to get them in the habit of getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. They … [Read More...]

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    Friends & Heroes Family Devotion Giveaway

    Hey guys! I have a fun giveaway for you today. Friends & Heroes just came out with a new family devotion pack that I wanted to share with you all! The Family devotions are designed to be easy to use, parent-led  devotions for families with children ages 5-12. They include 26 weeks of … [Read More...]

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    Vintage Christmas Quilt Pattern

    Hey guys! I’m so excited to be releasing my very first quilt pattern! It’s called Vintage Christmas and hopefully you’ll love it as much as I do!   I mean who doesn’t love heading out to look for that perfect Christmas tree? This one was super fun to make, and fairly quick to put … [Read More...]

NOV
17
2010

What’s in the Box Wednesday: Tot School

Welcome to What’s in the Box Wednesday where I’ll be sharing my Teeny Tot boxes!    One common question I get is people asking me what I do with my Teeny Tot while we do school. Well, here’s my answer…workboxes of course! I found my Teeny Tot climbing on the older kids desks and pulling open their drawers and stealing worksheets, so I finally just gave her some boxes of her own with lots of fun colorful and SAFE stuff to get into. I don’t refill her boxes daily, I try to change them out weekly just because I’m lazy and also she doesn’t always get into them all. But if she’s being particularly pesky I’ll grab a drawer she hasn’t done yet and give it to her. So with that said, here’s what I put in for this week... Go fish game: She can use the suction fishing pole to grab the fish and place them into the boat trays. All good motor skill stuff! If you have time you can say the color of each fish she grabs. Number Peg Cards: These cards are foam and the pegs stack on top … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2010

Expedition Earth Books Giveaway!

I have a really cool giveaway to do today! A super generous and lovely reader would like to bless one family with a FREE set of books to go along with my Expedition Earth Curriculum! Here is a list of the books included: Geography from A to Z Usborne’s Living World Encyclopedia Maps and Globes Wee Sing Around the World CD Stories from Around the World Window on the Word So how can you enter to win this free set of books?~ Sorry this giveaway is now closed ~ Mandatory Entry: Leave a comment on this post letting me know your family would like to be blessed by this wonderful set of books! Additional Optional Entries: Become a fan of Confessions of a Homeschooler on FB Follow Confessions of a Homeschooler on Twitter Subscribe via email to Confessions of a Homeschooler (Yes, you can enter if you already subscribe :o) ) Giveaway Information: The give away will be open until midnight EST Friday November 19, 2010. Winner will be announced by Sunday November 21, 2010. … [Read more...]

NOV
15
2010

TOS Review ~ Corps of Re-Discovery

Corps of Re-Discovery is a website dedicated to helping you re-discover America! They have TONS of crafts and activities centering around Colonial and Pioneer times. We reviewed the Corn Husk Doll Kit which my daughter absolutely loved! What’s the Cost? $4.50 for a Corn Husk Doll Kit, the rest of their products vary from $2.00 to $58.00 depending on what you purchase. For the Corn Husk Doll you need to soak the corn husks for about an hour before beginning. Next we laid out all of the husks and started following directions. I will say that this was definitely a 2 person job. You really need someone to hold the doll while the other person ties it for each step. The directions were a little tricky, but we did manage to figure them out and get the doll put together. Once she was basically completed, we trimmed the bottom edge of her dress to even it out. This also helps her stand up when dry. We let her set overnight to dry, then added the dress and my daughter glued on hair … [Read more...]

NOV
14
2010

Expedition Earth ~ Russia

Dobrey Dyen! We had so much fun with our Geography Curriculum last week learning about Russia! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for Russia: We also learned: Where Russia is on the world map & located Moscow A song in Russian How to Say ― Hello in Russian: привет (Privyet), Good Day добрый день (Dobrey Dyen) How to Say ― Thank You in Russian: Спасибо (Spasibo ) How to pray for the Russian people Listen to Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker About children in Russia Studied the Tundra Completed a Russia lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Russia Learned new Geography terms: Tundra, Plain, Peninsula, Swamp Learned about the North European Plains, Kamchatka Peninsula & Vasyugan Swamp Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Russia Made a Matryoshka Doll Box Here is what I managed to photograph! We found Russia on the world … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2010

Your Backyard Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the new DVD by Crowe’s Nest Media - Your Backyard ! As promised we have our winner, congratulations Suzanne! I’ll be emailing you shortly to get your shipping info for your new DVD! YAY! And don’t worry, if you didn’t win! Crowe’s Nest has offered a special discount exclusive to my readers! You will receive $5 off the Your Backyard Starter Kit when you enter the coupon code: Confessions ***Coupon good anytime between 11/15 - 11/16! Stay tuned Tuesday for an Expedition Earth Books giveaway from one of my generous readers!  … [Read more...]

NOV
13
2010

Care package from Japan

We were so excited to receive this awesome care package from one of my readers who lives in Japan! She nicely put together a whole selection full of goodies for my kids! We’re having a blast going through all of it, and my kids and I want to give a HUGE thank you to Marla for her kindness and generosity! They were so excited to see things from Japan since they studied it a few weeks back for our Expedition Earth Geography studies. My son was so excited that he’s going to do Japan for our Geography fair in December and we’ll be using some of this cool stuff for our display! Thanks so much Marla, this was so cool! … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2010

Guidecraft Giveaway & Review ~ Animal Sort Match

Guess what time it is!?! Yep, we have another fun giveaway and review from Guidecraft! This time we have the Animal Train Sort & Match! I have to say that these games are super fun and a great way to practice repeating patterns, building with balance as well as creativity! As a matter of fact my kids liked it so much that we had to bring out our Flower Match game so there wouldn’t be a fight! My first grader did think it was a little ‘babyish’ at first, but that didn’t seem to stop him from playing with it for quite awhile! LOL! The cool thing about this board is that it is magnetic. This helps the pieces stick better which seemed to be better for my teeny tot. The set comes with several thick cards with designs to copy and they can also create their own scenes. And even the teeny tot got into the action, she loved sticking the pieces onto the magnetic board. Now for the fun part! Carissa at My Life on a Taffy Pull is hosting this months Guidecraft Givewaway! Click … [Read more...]

NOV
11
2010

JS Digital Designer Blog Hop!

Hi to all you digi-scrappers out there! I’m totally excited about participating in the Jessica Sprague Certified Digital Designers Blog Hop! Each blog is giving away a FREE mini-kit to create this super awesome collaborative Christmas Treasures Kit that’s full of digi-goodness! There are 48 Designers participating so make sure to stop by all of them! Now for my part of the Christmas Treasures FREEBIE hop! What’s included in the mini-kit Freebie? 5 12x12 Papers, 2 Curly tags, 1Tied ribbon, and a Felt Alpha with hanging strings. (All files are 300 dpi, includes .jpg & .png format) Click on the image above to download your Christmas Treasures Freebie! EDITED: The blog hop is now over, but my Christmas kit is up for sale! Here’s my full Christmas Time Kit! What’s included in the Christmas Time Kit? (All files are 300 dpi, includes jpg & .png formats) 24 Papers 1 Pocket with 12 paper strips 3 Buttons 10 Tags Felt Alpha with string ties (bow and … [Read more...]

NOV
10
2010

Happy Birthday To Me!

Okay, since I’ve posted on all of my kid’s birthdays, I felt like I should post on my own. Now, I’m definitely not telling you all which birthday it is, but let’s just say it’s a big one and I’m trying to avoid it. ‘Nuff said. But, in attempt to be a good sport, I thought I’d share some things about myself that you might not know, so here goes: 1. I’d give up chocolate, but I’m no quitter! 2. I never thought I’d homeschool…as a matter of fact, I think the words “I’d NEVER homeschool” actually came out of my mouth at one point. 3. I swore I’d never drive a mini-van (Ahem, did any of you participate in last year’s Mini-Van Express with us?) 4. I swore I’d never marry anyone younger than me or from my hometown. (Let me introduce my wonderful husband, who happens to be 5 yrs younger than me and, yep, you guessed it from my hometown! We actually went to the same high school, but due to the age difference we never met. And don't think I can't hear you laughing because I can.) 5. I’m … [Read more...]

NOV
09
2010

HOTM Fall Leaf Animal Craft

I am contributing at Heart of the Matter for a once a month column and I wanted to share the first one here with you as well! We made fall leave people last year, and I just had to do it again especially with all of the beautiful colors in our backyard right now! This project is so easy and all the supplies are right outside! (Okay, not the glue and paper, but you know what I mean.) So what do you need? Paper White craft glue Lots of leaves! Scissors (to cut stems off, or shape leaves) Click here to read more -----> … [Read more...]