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    Homeschooling…When You Want to Quit!

    Hi everyone! Have you ever wanted to just quit homeschooling? Well I have! And I would venture a guess that you probably have as well. I’ll never forget our first day of homeschooling. I was so excited, and so was my daughter. She was only 3 at the time, so she didn’t really know what was headed … [Read More...]

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    Tip Tuesday: School Work Storage Tips

      Hi! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today we’re talking about what to do with all of your child’s school work. Man that stuff can pile up!   As homeschoolers, we literally have a ton of papers, art projects, and crafts taking up our precious space. … [Read More...]

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    2016 Valentines Day Kids Activities

    Good morning everyone! As most of you know Valentine’s Day is this weekend, and I wanted to share some fun Valentine’s Day kids activities with you to help make the day  more fun and meaningful. Since our kids are young, Valentine’s Day  is just a day to show those around you that you love … [Read More...]

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    The Silk Road Museum Tour 2015

    Hi everyone! We had the pleasure of taking a tour of the Silk Road exhibit held by our local Museum of Nature & Science this past year. It was so cool! And it fit right in with our Expedition Earth world geography studies, so that was a win win! While we weren’t allowed to take any … [Read More...]

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    2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this … [Read More...]

DEC
06
2015

Anne of Avonlea Classic Literature Unit

Hey guys! I have another fun literature unit for you today. Anne of Avonlea is a super cute and charming story following Anne Shirley along with more adventure. If you If you enjoyed Anne of Green Gables, you’ll love Anne of Avonlea!     Story Summary: In this classic, Anne Shirley is grown up and starting out on her own life. She has begun a new job as a teacher at Avonlea School, and also started the Avonlea Village Improvement Society with her friends Dian, and Gilbert whom you will recall. While many things have changed, Anne is still just as prone to adventure as she ever was! I hope you enjoy this classic as much as I did! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts Anne of Avonlea version as retold from the Lucy Maud montgomery original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2015

2015 Boys Holiday Gift Guide

As promised today I’m sharing some of the highly requested items from boys for Christmas this year. These aren’t always educational, but they’re definitely fun and most of his items encourage logical thinking skills so I’m counting them as educational too LOL! Ready?   Books: The Underland Chronicles have been a favorite of my son’s for awhile now, and I think most boys would enjoy this series. Here’s the online synopsis, “When Gregor follows his little sister through a grate in the laundry room of their New York apartment building, he hurtles into the dark Underland beneath the city. There, a conflict is brewing between the humans and the giant creatures that live below. Gregor must find his place in the frightening prophecies he encounters, the strength to protect his family, and the courage to stand up against an army of giant rats.”   Another favorite of my son’s is the Percy Jackson series. He really enjoyed these books, but as with any book series, … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2015

Lakeshore Learning Spiral Art Design Center

Looking for some great gift ideas this year? I’ll have more 2015 Holiday Gift Guides coming out soon so stay tuned! But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway of one of my featured products this year! We got the Spiral Art Design Center for Miss Lady Bug this year and she loves it!   Actually I have my suspicions that a few of my older kiddos will love this too. I remember having one of these when I was a kid, and had so much fun making cool designs with the different disks and colors!   And I was right, everyone ended up giving it a try. I had to set a timer so each one could have a turn.   I’m really hoping they’ll enjoy this for awhile. And I think it’s a great way to encourage creativity while working on fine-motor skills too!   The other thing I like about this one, is that all of the pieces fit into the carrying case, so it’s easy to store, and travel with. Miss Lady Bug likes to bring it … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2015

December 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

Good morning everyone! It’s finally December, and that mean’s it’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! If you’ve been following me for awhile now, you already know that I love Christmas time. I love driving around and enjoying all of the twinkle lights, sledding, snow fort building, and hot chocolate drinking If you live anywhere near us, you’re also getting to enjoy snowy evenings by the fire. And if you’re like me, then you’re also standing outside in the snowy cold night waiting for your new puppy to go potty. It’s seriously a good thing he’s cute! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you’ve already met him, but I’d still like to officially introduce you to our newest family member, Bandit. He’s was originally named Cosmo after "Cosmo’s moon" in the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicolas Cage. I saw it years ago, and when I saw him I start singing… “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s amore” I also used it as a selling point for … [Read more...]

NOV
29
2015

Cyber Monday 30% off sale!

hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. We spent the day visiting and enjoying some amazing food! And now that Thanksgiving is officially over, the Christmas season begins! And no, I didn’t go Black Friday shopping because I can’t handle the crowds, and the craziness! I have gone in years past, but the last time I went I had someone lunge over several boxes of toys to get to the electric jeep I had in my hands! They ended up knocking another jeep on my head. While I love a good deal, I’m not willing to sacrifice physical injury to get it! Haha! So that said, I hope you all had a safe shopping event if you braved the deals. And with your safety in mind, I'm doing my annual Cyber Monday 30% OFF Sale! YAY!! And the best part is that you can get it from the safety of your home! No long lines, or getting shoved, pushed, and beat up. Your savings is just a simple click away! That means everything in my store is on sale at 30% off. And my 10% … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2015

Happy Thanksgiving 2015!

As always I am thankful for our health, our families, my husband and awesome children, all of the wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and I’m also thankful for YOU my awesome readers! You’ve encouraged and inspired me and I’m so thankful for all of you! I pray you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and friends! Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos? I have a couple fun and easy activities you can do to keep the kids busy on Thanksgiving Day! Thanksgiving placemat: Fold a piece of construction paper in half, then cut slits in it like shown below. Next cut a variety of colored strips from more construction paper, and have your student weave them in and out of the placemat base. Laminate your placemat or use clear contact paper to make it spill proof!   Here are a few ideas that we’ve done in the past as well… Thankful Turkey Craft Mosaic Cornucopia Craft I also have a preschool Thanksgiving pack for those younger ones … [Read more...]

NOV
25
2015

Black Friday Homeschooling Promotions!

Hey everyone, I have a couple great homeschooling deals and freebies for all of you!! Friends and Heroes is having a bunch of deals and freebies, see below for their 2015 offers: Black Friday Deals: Nov. 22-29, 2015 $10 off any purchase of $20 or more FREE USA shipping on orders of $25 or more FREE Christmas music video download FREE, fun Christmas puzzles and activity sheet downloads Cyber-Monday  Dates: , Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2015 50% off Friends and Heroes DVD 1 FREE USA shipping on orders of $25 or more FREE Christmas music video download FREE, fun Christmas puzzles and activity sheet downloads   Ellison Education is having an awesome sale! It starts tomorrow, November 26th at 4pm Pacific and runs through to our Cyber Monday sale on November 30th. Click below to see the deals!   See The Light Art is having a 10% off sale + FREE SHIPPING in the U.S.A. Code to use: CHRISTMAS Offer expires 12/15/2015   All About … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2015

The Jesse Tree Free Printable

I posted this printable a few years back, but wanted to bring it back out this year! For about 3 years or so we’ve been putting up a Jesse Tree in our home to help remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. The Jesse Tree gets it’s name from Isaiah 11:1-2 “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon Him.” The main Branch is a Biblical sign of the expected coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ and the faithfulness of God. The other branches of the tree represent a piece of the stories that make up the whole story of God’s relationship with His people. As we read through the stories we see God’s people awaiting the coming of the Messiah. Similar to how we anxiously wait through each day of December in anticipation of celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ. Creating a Jesse Tree for your family is a fun, hands-on way to walk through the story of Jesus. As you read through the daily devotions, … [Read more...]

NOV
19
2015

2015 Kids Holiday Gift Guide

Hi everyone! I can’t believe the holidays are already hear. And I’m sure a lot of you are starting to make lists of items to get, so I wanted to share some of our favorites with you as well. This year I’m going to post an educational gift guide, then another one for boys/girls, and finally one for sewers and quilters just incase any of my family is reading LOL!   In this post I have a bunch of fun stocking stuffer ideas for you as well as educational, and also fun, gifts for elementary aged students. Stocking Stuffer Ideas: Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow … [Read more...]

NOV
17
2015

Expedition Earth: India

Namaste! I hope you have a few minutes today to join us on our Expedition Earth travels through India! We’ve learned a lot about India culture this week, and tried some amazing food as well. We started off by finding India on the map, then we located the capital, as well as the Mediterranean Sea an Dead Sea. India is the 7th largest country in the world. It also boasts some of the world’s most amazing landmarks as well. The Taj Mahal is located in northern India and is one of the world’s most magnificent buildings. The structure was completed in1643 and is a white marble monument built by the 5th Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The world's largest pilgrimage destination is in India. It is called the Vishnu Temple in the city of Tirupati. Around 30,000 people visit this temple daily, donating about $6 million US dollars everyday. The most rainfall in the world ever in a month's time fell at Cherrapunji, Meghalaya. It was in July 1861 and 9,300 … [Read more...]