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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...]

JUL
28
2016

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 meal plan!

So without further ado, here is August 2016 Monthly Meal plan for you! I hope it helps you out as well!

 

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I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then flying by the seat of my pants. I also end up with ingredients that will actually go together instead of a bunch of random items that don’t amount to anything.

For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page!

Here are some of our favorite smoothie recipes, just click on the image below!

kid friendly green smoothie recipe

JUL
27
2016

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 how to spray baste. Hopefully this will help you decide which method you prefer, and I’ll share my tips for doing both! Just to clarify, you do not need to do both methods at the same time. You’ll either want to pin baste your quilt or spray baste. But not both. Unless you really really like basting. I use my kitchen floor to baste my quilts because it’s a nice large open area. But I’ve also seen people do this on their wall by pinning the quilt back to the wall which is probably better on your back!   Watch Quilting 101: How to Baste a Quilt I hope you enjoyed that video and that it helps you out in your quilting journey!   If you just tuned in, here are … [Read more...]

JUL
26
2016

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 fan of subscription boxes because I feel like you never really get your money’s worth. Or you get a bunch of stuff you don’t like or need. So I tend to be a little skeptical of things like this. But I really have to say that I literally love everything in this month’s box! Disclosure: I received this box free for review on my blog. The opinions expressed in my post are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product provided. So what’s the Sew Sampler? The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items … [Read more...]

JUL
25
2016

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 did update their covers from the ones I have, but the Quiet Time Devotions are what we used.   Watch Tip Tuesday: Word of Life Quiet Times Review   Overall Thoughts: I want to mention that these devotions are not super in depth studies, they only take about 10-15 minutes each day to complete. Each day they have a reading assignment which is shorter for younger students and then longer for older students. The reading assignment is followed up by a few questions that relate directly to the chapters themselves. Then there are always a couple of follow up questions that relate the reading to your students everyday life. Then they end with a short time praying … [Read more...]

JUL
24
2016

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 devotions along with accompanying video adventures. Each devotion comes with a focus theme, a Bible story to read, a memory verse, then a devotion that includes some critical thinking questions, discussion leads, prayer time and a few extras including free printables and children’s activities. They cover both old and new testaments where you’ll watch together, read together, explore together, share together, then pray together. The devotions take about 30 minutes depending on whether or not you also watch the accompanying video which vary in length.   What’s Included in the kit? The Series 1 Family Devotion Pack includes Episodes 1-13 on six multi-language DVDs along with 26 … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2016

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 together too! I mixed a fun vintage truck with some super cute tree blocks.   The tree unit in the truck was probably the most challenging part, but it’s still a fairly easy and straight forward pattern to make. For the front of the quilt I used a mix of fabrics from the Mistletoe Lane fabric by Bunny Hill Lane for Moda. This line is actually from last year but I know that Stitches N Giggles Etsy shop has some left! And it’s on clearance too! For the backside I used the white snowflake print from Sweetwater’s Cookie Exchange fabric. I went with a festive red binding as well because I love red binding! Check out the fabric requirements below to see what you’ll need … [Read more...]

JUL
20
2016

Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric

Hey guys,  and welcome back to my Quilting 101 series! I hope these videos are helping you with basic sewing and quilting techniques! Today I’ll be sharing my helpful pressing tips and tricks. We’ll also talk about how to read pressing instructions on patterns, and how to fix common seam problems. I’ll also be sharing some things to look for when buying an iron too! So let’s get started! Watch Quilting 101: How to Press Fabric here!     I hope those tips helped you out! If you’ve missed any of my Quilting 101 videos, you can check them out below! How to Piece Fabric How to Cut Fabric How to Choose Fabric How to Choose a Sewing Machine What you need to get started!   Here are a few of my Quilting Tutorials online: Sherbet Stars Quilt Tutorial Pink Pig Rag Quilt Tutorial DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Board Game (*Great for learning beginning skills!) Patchwork Book Cover Quilt-as-you-go Book Cover Kids Pillow with Pocket … [Read more...]

JUL
18
2016

World’s Greatest Artists Video Review

Hi everyone! I thought it would be fun to do a quick video showing you what my World’s Greatest Artists curriculum looks like, and of course there are a ton of art projects that you’ll be creating as well throughout the curriculum.   So let’s take a look at the curriculum! Learn about the World’s Greatest Artists here!     Click below to get your Greatest Artist Unit Studies now! Hope you enjoy learning all about art! The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 1 – $5.50 The World’s Greatest Artists Vol. 2 – $5.50   Age Group: These unit studies are intended for elementary students ages Kindergarten - 5th or 6th grades. Come along on our quest to learn about some of the world’s greatest artists! So grab some art supplies and get ready to explore, create, and learn! In this series of artist studies, we will be learning about 8 of the world’s greatest artists. We will immerse ourselves in the work of each artist so we become well … [Read more...]

JUL
17
2016

EEME Project Amp

Hey guys! Do you have a student who likes to build stuff? Do you have one who is interested in electronics? Well I have a super cool project  to share with you today! EEME sent me this really fun Project AMP kit to review and I have to say that it’s been really cool. Turbo is always into building things, and he loves things that end up turning on in some fashion. He’s recently taken up guitar as well, so he’s somewhat familiar with amplifiers and the like. So when they asked if I wanted to do the Project Amp review I was all over it! Project Amp is a fun kit where your child will learn to  build an entire speaker amplifier system as well as learn how it all works in the process. You can order it a 6 month subscription where you’ll be mailed one kit per month. Or you can get the whole thing at once. This particular kit is recommended for kids ages 10 and up. EEME also offers hands-on projects and free online lessons to help teach kids all about electronics and foster their … [Read more...]

JUL
13
2016

Quilting 101: How To Piece Fabric

Hey guys and welcome back to another video in my Quilting 101 series. Today I’m sharing my tips and tricks for piecing a quilt top. Usually when you talk about quilting most people think of a finished quilted product. But quilting can be separated into two main parts. Piecing your quilt usually refers to taking smaller pieces of fabric, and sewing them together to create an overall design for your quilt top. You can piece your quilt back side if you want to as well. The actual quilting comes in when you create a quilt sandwich using backing fabric, batting and your pieced quilt top. You can either hand quilt or machine quilt the layers together using your preferred method of quilting. I’ll be doing a video on various ways to quilt coming soon! So now that we’ve cleared that up, today I’m going to share some helpful tips for piecing your quilt top as well as some common terminology that will help you follow quilt patterns. Watch Quilting 101: How to Piece a Quilt Top … [Read more...]