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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...]

MAR
17
2015

WIP Wednesday: Let Them Eat Cake Quilt

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Good morning readers! I have another fun WIP post for you today.  Fat Quarter Shop is hosting a Snapshots quilt along benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. There are some super cute blocks in this quilt along so make sure to check them out! Each month they’re sending out a free block pattern and they just ask for any donation you’re willing to make to support St. Jude’s. It’s a great cause, and this quilt is so cute I couldn’t resist! They offer it in a kit as well, or you can make the quilt with your own selected fabrics. I am making mine out of Pam Kitty Garden Aqua fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop. I purchased a fat quarter bundle along with 2 yds Moda Bella Solids in white 9900-98 for the background, and Moda Best Day Ever Grass green fabric for the cake stands.   I also grabbed some of the Fat Quarter Shop Alphabities to help me keep track of all of my pieces! They were very helpful.   The first block in the quilt along was a … [Read more...]

MAR
16
2015

St. Patrick’s Day Ideas

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone! Who was this man that now encourages us play bagpipes, eat corned beef, and what’s with all of the people sporting green? St. Patrick of Ireland was a 5th- century Christian missionary in Ireland. When he was about 16 years old, he was captured by Irish pirates and taken as a slave to Ireland.  He lived there for about six years before escaping and returning to his family in Britain. After years of training and study, he returned to Ireland serving as an ordained bishop, and later became revered as the patron saint of Ireland. March 17th, thought to be the date of his death, is the day we now celebrate St. Patrick’s work, as well as Ireland itself. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in New York City on March 17, 1726. Irish Americans celebrated the day with a traditional meal of corned beef and cabbage, a parade, bagpipes and drums. Over the years many Irish immigrants fled to America in the wake of the Great Potato Famine, and the … [Read more...]

MAR
15
2015

Updated Homeschool Room Tour

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Good morning friends! It’s not unusual for my husband to come home to find our home rearranged, and today was no exception! I like to switch things up, give things a fresh new look, and clean out the accumulation of clutter that seems to infiltrate my homeschool room.     So after school the other day, we decided to do just that, and we tackled our homeschool room. It was starting to feel cramped and cluttered, and after the holidays I think everything just needs to get a good cleaning. We started by pulling cleaning off all of our shelves, then decided to move our furniture around to give it a new feel as well as hopefully give us some more space. Here’s a video tour of the new setup, I hope you enjoy it!     Below you can see our school desk setup. I have a whole post on our Ikea desk units you can check out. They discontinued the table tops I purchased, but they replaced them with the Linnmon Table Tops, white.   For … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2015

Spicy BLTA Sandwich Recipe

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I don’t know about you, but lunch time is my hardest meal to plan. I don’t always like to eat cold sandwiches, and frankly I’m over “kid” food like chicken nuggets and mac-n-cheese. Not to mention that traditional kid food isn’t usually all that healthy anyway! So lately I’ve been experimenting with some new twists that I thought I would share with you all. Now I know the BLTA sandwich isn’t necessarily a new thing, but I’m totally loving this spicy twist on a classic recipe! And the whole thing takes about 5 minutes to prepare, which is right up my alley since that’s about how much time I have to whip something up on school days! Ingredients: (for 1 sandwich) 2 slices bread, lightly toasted (Any kind you like. I like to use Oroweat Buttermilk, but Sourdough is great too) 1/2 avocado, sliced into thin strips 2 slices cooked bacon (I cooked mine in the microwave, wrap in paper towel to absorb grease) 2 slices ripe tomato 1-2 slices lettuce (I like butter … [Read more...]

MAR
11
2015

Things I wish I Would’ve Known

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  I’ve been so amazed by the participation in the COAH Community. You all have amazing questions, and I love reading through all of the responses as well. They’re so great in fact, that I’ve decided to start highlighting some of them as blog posts so they don’t get overlooked! One of the lovely ladies in our COAH Community forum posted our topic for today, and it was just too good not to share! Not only did I think it would make a great blog post, but I also wanted to share my top 10 things with you all as well. So here are my top 10 things that I wish I would’ve known before we started homeschooling. Of course some of these things pearls of wisdom were given to me when we started, I was just too eager and set in my vision to hear them out. So here I am today, passing them on to you. I hope you’ll find them helpful and that they will encourage you in your journey. Let’s do this in a Late Night style count down, shall we?   Number 10. Several stores give teacher’s … [Read more...]

MAR
10
2015

My Teacher’s Desk Organization

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Good morning fellow teachers! Today I thought it would be fun to do a short video on how I organize my teacher’s desk area. It’s kept full of all of our most frequently used supplies. This not only helps keep them organized, but it also saves us time so we’re not traipsing all over the house looking for things when we’re doing school. I know not everyone has a teacher’s desk, we didn’t have one until I took over our office space for our homeschooling. But you can still use these tips to help keep your supplies organized using any drawers you have available. I used to have all of this in drawers in my kitchen, including our computer. So just use whatever space you have available! Watch my teacher desk organization video on Youtube.     Supplies mentioned in this video: Micke Desk & Marius Stool X-Acto Pencil Sharpener Spielgaben Kit Math U See Blocks Ticonderoga Pencils (Red, and Regular) Frixion erasable penshttp://tinyurl.com/ne8eqlc HP … [Read more...]

MAR
09
2015

A-Z Alphabetical Order Puzzle

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Good morning everyone! I hope you’re all continuing to enjoy and use our new homeschooling community! I am blown away by the response we received, and I’m so glad that it seems to be of benefit to so many people! I have another fun freebie to share with you today! For those of you who don’t know, I created the K4 Number Order Puzzles quite awhile ago, and so I thought it would be fun to have an alphabetical order puzzle as well. I’ve had this on my “to-do” list for quite some time, and finally had the chance to sit down and make it!     --> Download the A-Z Alphabetical Order Puzzle here! <--   Directions: Print the A-Z Alphabetical Order Puzzle download on copy paper, or cardstock if you would like to re-use it. Have students cut along the solid lines to create puzzle pieces. Next have them place the pieces in alphabetical order to complete the puzzle. You can laminate and re-use this puzzle, or have them glue the pieces in order on a … [Read more...]

MAR
04
2015

March 2015 Holidays & Fun Days

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Welcome to the monthly holiday’s and fun days post everyone! It’s March. And for me, that means that I have serious spring fever…it also means that I’m looking out the window and seeing about a foot of snow. Normally I love the snow. But why can’t it come down like this when it’s actually Christmas time? I mean by March I’m ready for warm weather, and I’m definitely ready to get outside and get some exercise! I feel like we’ve been stuck inside for months now and I’m getting cabin fever! But no worries, I’ve got a bunch of fun days to celebrate this month, and knowing Colorado, it’ll be sunny and 70 tomorrow. Better get out the flip-flops just in case. What’s March like where you live? Holidays: Irish American Month National Craft Month March 17 St. Patrick’s Day Fun Days: March 1 National Pig Day – Oh my goodness! Tinker Bell LOVES pigs! And she’ll be thrilled to know that there’s actually a day dedicated to pigs! Take a couple of minutes to learn all about … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2015

Visit me on Instagram!

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce that I’ve finally caught up with the Instagram train and decided to hop on! For a long time I just didn’t have time to figure out another social media outlet, but I think I’ve mostly figured it out and am having lots of fun over there! Blogging takes some time, but Instagram is fast! And I can easily put up quick pics on Instagram and it will even post to my Facebook and Twitter as well, so that makes it really nice and easy for me to use! I’ve been posting pretty much daily, and that includes homeschooling pics, quilting pics, crafts, food, and whatever else we’re doing that seems interesting at the moment! That means you get to see a little more into our lives and not just what I deem worthy of an actual blog post ;o)   For example my Instagram followers were the first ones to know that I got a bee in my bonnet and decided to rearrange our homeschool room! And yes, I do have a new tour video coming up … [Read more...]

MAR
01
2015

March 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

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Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! March is already upon us, and that means we only have about 3 more months before schools out for summer! Yay! And yes, I have a bit of spring fever here. Colorado has been crazy, 70 degrees one day, and snowing the next. I basically keep a pair of flip-flops and my Uggs at the front door, so I can decide on the way out which ones to wear. Anyway, I have a new monthly meal plan for you all today! Hope you enjoy it. Download the March 2015 Menu: March 2015 Meal Plan PDF March 2015 Meal Plan – Word Doc (editable) For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes, just click on the image below! … [Read more...]