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    August 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! We’re already gearing up for school within the next couple of weeks! The summer always flies by no matter how much I try to slow it down. I don’t know about you, but the school season brings a whole new level of chaos to our day. And one of the things that helps keep me sane is having a … [Read More...]

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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...]

MAY
30
2016

June 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

School is out for summer! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you guys, but I am so excited I could pee! But I won’t. Because that would be gross. And also not fitting for a monthly meal plan post. But I really am so excited to be done with school this year. I can’t wait for long summer days, sippin’ sweet tea on the front porch, and hanging out at the pool. Oooh, and grilling up some yummy summer food too! Since my plan is to relax and have fun, I don’t want to be slaving in the kitchen all summer. But I do like to make fresh salads, fruit salsas, and grill up a storm! So if that sounds good to you…here’s my way of keeping it simple for the summer! Oh, and don’t worry I’ll be back next week with all new Tip Tuesdays for you all! Yay! Hope my monthly meal plans help you as much as they do me!     Download the 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 June Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can … [Read more...]

MAY
29
2016

Happy Memorial Day 2016!

Hi friends! I hope you all enjoyed last week’s sale and were able to get some great deals! Since today is a holiday I will be spending time with my family and hopefully enjoying some nice weather. They’re calling for rain so we’ll have to see. I think someone forgot to remind Colorado that it’s typically sunny out! Anyhoo… I’d like to take time today to thank all of the men and women who have given their lives while serving in the United States Armed forces. I’d also like to encourage you to pray for their families and our nation. A Little History For those of you who don’t know, Memorial Day (originally named Decoration Day) originated after the American Civil war to commemorate both Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. Though there were other instances of decorating soldiers’ graves, the first publicized observance of this holiday was held on May 1, 1865 in Charleston, South Carolina. The event was covered by the New York Tribune and many other national … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2016

LAST DAY!! 40% Off Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

Hey guys! Today is the LAST day for my 40% off sale! Unfortunately sale prices will not be honored after tonight at midnight EST, so make sure to get your orders in before then! I hope you’re all enjoying the giveaways and grabbing some great stuff for next year! (**Please note: Sale does not apply to the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, iBlog, or iBlog Pro books as they are affiliate products.) How it works: Just to keep things simple and easy, there is no need for a coupon code this time around. Instead, I’ve just marked everything in my store on sale for 30% OFF, plus you’ll get an additional 10% OFF if you purchase 2 or more items totaling 40% off. Please NOTE: The Literature Mega Packs and Scientist Mega Packs do not count towards the multiple item discount because are already discounted as a bundle. TODAY’S FEATURED PRODUCTS: Planners: As most of you know, I have several varieties of planners you can use. I have homeschool lesson planners, a traditional day … [Read more...]

MAY
25
2016

40% OFF Homeschool Curriculum Sale Day 4!

Welcome to day 4 of my 40% off sale! Just in case you’ve missed the last two days, I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I hope you’re all enjoying the giveaways and grabbing some great stuff for next year! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 30% OFF, plus by 2 or more qualifying products and get an additional 10% discount for a total of 40% off!!** (**Please note: Sale does not apply to the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, iBlog, or iBlog Pro books as they are affiliate products.) PSST…GIVEAWAY! As an added bonus, I’ll be running a giveaway each day, so make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post to enter! How it works: Just to keep things simple and easy, there is no need for a coupon code this time around. Instead, I’ve just marked everything in my store on sale for 30% OFF, plus you’ll get an additional 10% OFF if … [Read more...]

MAY
24
2016

Homeschool Curriculum 40% OFF Sale Day 3!

Welcome to day 3 of my 40% off sale! Just in case you’ve missed the last two days, I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I hope you’re all enjoying the giveaways and grabbing some great stuff for next year!   For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 30% OFF, plus by 2 or more qualifying products and get an additional 10% discount for a total of 40% off!!** (**Please note: Sale does not apply to the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, iBlog, or iBlog Pro books as they are affiliate products.)   PSST…GIVEAWAY! As an added bonus, I’ll be running a giveaway each day, so make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post to enter!   How it works: Just to keep things simple and easy, there is no need for a coupon code this time around. Instead, I’ve just marked everything in my store on sale for 30% OFF, plus you’ll get … [Read more...]

MAY
23
2016

Homeschool Curriculum 40% OFF Sale Day 2!!

Welcome to day 2 of my 40% off sale! I’m doing a ton of giveaways this week, and offering a massive sale in my store, so if you’ve been waiting to get your curriculum for next year, the time is now! I only do these sales about twice a year, so don’t wait! For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 30% OFF, plus by 2 or more qualifying products and get an additional 10% discount for a total of 40% off!!** (**Please note: Sale does not apply to the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, iBlog, or iBlog Pro books as they are affiliate products.)   PSST…GIVEAWAY! As an added bonus, I’ll be running a giveaway each day, so make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post to enter!   How it works: Just to keep things simple and easy, there is no need for a coupon code this time around. Instead, I’ve just marked everything in my store on sale for 30% OFF, plus you’ll get an additional 10% OFF if you purchase 2 or more items totaling 40% off. (Please … [Read more...]

MAY
22
2016

Back-To-School 40% OFF Homeschool Curriculum Sale!

Hey guys, it’s about that time again, time to start looking for new curriculum! Our year just ended, but I’m already planning ahead for next year and gathering curriculum, planning, and getting things ready to go for our 10th year of homeschooling! Whaaaat?! And just to say a big thank you to all of my readers, today I’m having a 40% off everything sale in my store!   For ONE WEEK ONLY everything in my store will be 30% OFF, plus by 2 or more qualifying products and get an additional 10% discount for a total of 40% off!!** (**Please note: Sale does not apply to the Big Book of Homeschool Ideas, iBlog, or iBlog Pro books as they are affiliate products.)   WHY A SALE? I don’t know about you, but right about now is when I start looking for new curriculum and getting prepared for our upcoming year. And as a thank you to my awesome and faithful readers I really want to try and bless your family and help you get your hands on some great curriculum for a … [Read more...]

MAY
18
2016

Expedition Earth: Netherlands Unit Study

Good morning friends! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week on the Netherlands! Of course we started off our week finding Netherland on the map and stamping our passports with their flag. Our flags are taking over our wall map! But it’s fun to see how much land we’ve covered!   Here are some of the things we covered this week: Located Netherlands on the map and completed our mapping worksheet Learned about their flag How to say “Hello” in Dutch– Hoi or Hello Prayed for the Netherlands people Learned a song in Dutch Completed a lapbook activity Learned about and classified 6 animals of Netherlands Vocabulary: Geography from A-Z: Ford Learned about Windmills and made a craft Completed an Ice Skating Craft (I wasn’t brave enough to actually go ice skating!) Went Bowling Had a cheese tasting party. Cheeses from Netherlands include Gouda, Edam, Roomano, Herb Cheese, Goat’s cheese, Smoked Cheeses and more! Learned more about … [Read more...]

MAY
16
2016

Tip Tuesday: Running a Homeschool Household

I get a ton of questions about how I keep our basic household running. Homeschooling certainly takes up quite a bit of time and so that means that we need a good schedule to keep  up with our crazy schedule! So make sure to stop by today’s Tip Tuesday video to see how I organize our day and get everything else done too!   Watch today’s Tip Tuesday: Running a Homeschool Household here!     Links from the video: Our Daily Homeschool Routine Vlog Our overall daily schedule (including chores) Freezer meals are a great helper during school months! How to do it all! (a.k.a. yeah right LOL!) FREE Printable Chore Chart! Commitment Worksheet     To keep up with our shenanigans, feel free to follow me: YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/EricasHomeschool Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsofaHomeschooler Twitter: http://twitter.com/ericahomeschool Pinterest: … [Read more...]

MAY
15
2016

5th Grade Top Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Hi everyone! I’m seeing a lot of activity in the COAH Community so I know you are all starting to plan ahead for next year! So today I’m sharing our top 5th grade homeschool curriculum picks! We’ve gotten to the point where we’re pretty pleased with our line up of curriculum. While I like to do a variety of student independent as well as teacher led activities I like to start introducing a little more independent work at this grade level. I think it helps make the transition to 6th grade and above where a lot of their work becomes more independent a bit easier.   I also like to add in something fun and hands-on since this is their last year in elementary school and things get a bit more serious as they continue up the grade levels. I usually try to pick something more engaging for science and history at this stage. It’s the perfect excuse to do fun experiments, and build cool things. It’s also a fun grade to do robotics and electronic lessons.   So let’s get … [Read more...]