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    February 2015 Monthly Meal Plan

    Hi everyone! Guess what time it is? Yep, you got it right, it’s time for another monthly meal plan! And we have a fun holiday during February so make sure to check out some of my Valentine’s Day activities, recipes, and I have a whole week of new ideas coming up next week too!   Download … [Read More...]

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    Sight Word Printable Worksheets

    Welcome back lovely readers! Since my sight word activities are one of my most searched pages, I thought it would be a good idea to put them all in one place for you to see!  So here they are, all of my free sight word flashcards, worksheets, and activities! Check back for updates … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling Do’s & Don’ts!

    Have you ever wished there were a list of things you should do or definitely not do when beginning homeschooling? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Even veteran homeschool mom’s are doubt themselves at times. When I first started homeschooling I asked everyone I knew which curriculum to use, … [Read More...]

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    3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences–Manuscript

    Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for a manuscript version of my 3rd grade sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word manuscript sentence printables with you. (I have 3rd … [Read More...]

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    Beachy Waves Hair Tutorial

    Hi everyone! After I put up my video on a day in our lives I’ve had several requests for a hair tutorial video. I thought it sounded like a fun idea, so here we go. Check out the video below to see how I create these loose curls!   While I take a shower daily, my hairdresser advised … [Read More...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]

DEC
09
2014

The Foto Finch Photography Curriculum Review

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Hi everyone! I’m all about the giving spirit right now, and so I have another giveaway for you this week! I’ve had a lot of questions on our photography curriculum that we’ve started this year with my 6th grader, and so I’m going to do a review and giveaway of it for you today! The Photo Finch was created by a good friend of mine, Ernie Treu, a fellow homeschooler, and an amazing photographer! And not only is she a photographer, but she has created two different and awesome homeschool curriculum! (You can read more about Ernie in her bio here.) Both curriculum are geared towards Junior High and High School students, but my 6th grader is going through it and she’s doing great! The lessons are easy to understand, and each lesson has accompanying assignments for your student to complete. As they progress through the lessons they’ll be creating a photography portfolio of their work!   Composition & Photojournalism ($79 Download, $84 CD) This course is divided into two … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2014

DIY: Peppermint Swirl Soap Tutorial

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying all of the Christmas gift ideas, tutorials and videos this month! Today I’m sharing a really easy and fun DIY Peppermint Swirl Soap recipe with you. These not only  make great gifts, but they are super easy and smell absolutely wonderful!   You will need: 1 lb. Shea Butter Soap Base (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) Peppermint Essential Oil Red Soap Colorant Soap Mold Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout Toothpick or wooden stirring tool to swirl the coloring. Note: My recipe made about 5 small bars of soap.   Watch the video below to see how to make this simple but festive Peppermint Swirl Soap! Tip: Pour the melted soap in the mold, then add a few drops of red food coloring. Next finish filling the mold completely with the soap and swirl the mixture with a popsicle stick or tooth pick to spread out the color within the bar of soap. Here’s what they look like … [Read more...]

DEC
07
2014

Math U See Giveaway!

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Good morning everyone! I am so excited today, I have a great giveaway for all of you Math-U-See and Spelling You See users out there! And if you haven’t tried Math U See yet, now is a perfect time to check it out. If I switch curriculum, I try to do it after the Christmas break so it’s like a nice clean start.   Math-U-See One thing I love about Math-U-See is that they teach to mastery, and that means your student might not learn a certain skill right off the bat. They build on concepts so that the math skills actually make sense for your student. Students also use the MUS visual manipulatives to help further understand whatever skill they are working at the time. However to my surprise the students do not become depending on the manipulatives to solve problems. They’re simply hands on training tools to use until a concept is mastered. This is what the Math-U-See looks like in our workboxes. I pull out their worksheet each day and keep the video DVD and our little plastic … [Read more...]

DEC
04
2014

2015 Daily Planner

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  Hi everyone, I know I’m cutting it close, but I finally finished the 2015 Daily Planner! You can use this to plan your homeschooling days, or as a regular daily life planner too! Included in this planner: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc. –> Click here to get the 2015 Daily Planner! <–   This planner has weekly  calendar pages to help you plan out all aspects of your day, including a quick glance meal plan at the bottom of each day.   There’s also a weekly meal planner with more room, so you’re welcome to use whichever fits your needs best!   And of course there are also the monthly meal planner pages that everyone has requested as well. P.S. If you need some help … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2014

DIY Christmas Candles

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Hi readers! I have a super fun and cute DIY project for you today. These sweet little candles look good enough to eat, and they make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. I don’t know about you but I love doing fun crafty things for the holidays, and these were fun, and my kiddos even helped decorate them!   Let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the DIY Christmas Candle video here!     You will need: Soy wax flakes (Can be found at your local craft store.) 1 brown crayon 1 festive holiday mug 1 candle wick E-6000 glue or super glue Glass microwaveable bowl Popsicle stick for stirring Optional: Soap mold to form wax marshmallows as seen on the penguin candle. Optional: Sprinkles and candy canes Optional: Peppermint essential oil for scent   Santa candle with whipped cream: Super glue your wick to the bottom center of your mug and let … [Read more...]

DEC
02
2014

Our day in a vlog!

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Hi everyone! Okay, so you asked for it, and I’m crazy enough to deliver! Today we’re going to share our daily activities in a vlog format. For those of you who don’t know what a vlog is, it’s basically a video log. So essentially what that means is that I’m going to take my little camera, and film our day to the best of my ability. Today we have a normal school day, followed by hockey, swimming, and whatever else pops up over the course of our day. So here we go! If the video doesn’t play in your browser, click this link to see our daily routine! I hope you enjoyed that, and like I said, it was my first vlog, but for the most part that’s how we roll! ;o) After this week we’re on break which means a lot of fun holiday recipes, crafts, gift ideas, and more are heading your way! Yipee! … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2014

DIY: Santa Hat Snacks

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Good morning everyone! I have a  super fun December planned for you all and I’m so excited! I have a ton of great DIY snacks, crafts, and even a few video glimpses into our daily lives here at the Confessions household. So if you’re ready to embark on an exciting and festive holiday season with me, stick around! Today I have a very easy, and I mean easy, but absolutely adorable Santa Hat Snack for you. This recipe is great for kids, and it makes a wonderful treat for all of those holiday parties coming up. I found this idea on pinterest. I couldn't resist trying it out, and I'm so glad that we did, because it was delicious! So let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the Santa Hat Snack video here!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Strawberries, washed & stems removed White frosting (You can make royal frosting, buttercream frosting, or if you’re in a rush…use the kind in the can like … [Read more...]

NOV
30
2014

2014 Cyber Monday Sale! 40% OFF!

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Good morning everyone! Guess what time it is? Go ahead, guess. Okay fine, I’ll tell you… It’s time for my annual Cyber Monday 40% OFF sale, that’s what time it is!     I’m so excited for December to be here, I love all things Christmas-y!  Celebrating the birth of our Savior, sparkly lights, cookie baking, decorating, caroling, gift shopping, wrapping, warm hot chocolate, you name it, I love it! (As I’m sure you can tell by my overuse of exclamation points in the last couple of sentences.) Well…I love everything except for waiting in lines at stores. And navigating parking lots in very busy shopping malls. But most of all, I especially enjoy sharing Christmas cheer wherever I go! And I love all of my fabulous readers! So I thought Cyber Monday would be a great day to offer a HUGE SALE!!   (PLEASE NOTE: Sale excludes iBlog, iBlog Pro, and Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. They are affiliate products, and not sold directly through my store.)   So for … [Read more...]

NOV
27
2014

2014 December Holidays & Fun Days

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Yay it’s here! December is here! I love twinkle lights. I love baking cookies. I love decorating. I love gift wrapping and gift giving. I love Christmas crafts. I love those festive red cups my coffee now comes in. I love snow shoveling. Wait a minute. I do NOT love snow shoveling. But that’s a dilemma I’ll have to work out another time. Anyway, you get the idea. I can’t wait for this time of year, and am so excited for all of the goodies I have planned for you all this month! Make sure to stay tuned because we’ve got special treats for you all month long. There will be video vlogs of our daily lives, some great holiday DIY projects, recipes, crafts, and more!   But the reason we’re here today is because it’s time for my December holidays & fun days post! So let’s get on with it shall we? Holidays: December 7: Pearl Harbor Day December 12: Poinsettia Day December 16: Chanukah lasts 8 days December 21: Winter Solstice (The shortest day of the year) … [Read more...]