Saturday, August 30, 2014

T is for Tent (learning about Father Abraham), Twinkle Little Star, Triangles, India and Goodnight Moon (Week 2)

Welcome to week #2 where we had a lot of adventures involving tents (learning about Father Abraham), Twinkle Little Star, Triangles, India and Goodnight Moon.  Daddy had a day off on Friday so we took the day off with him and did homeschool Saturday while he was at work.  B got sick on Tuesday and he would have lost a whole day of school, but by the afternoon he was feeling better so we did homeschool in the evening.  I love the flexibility of homeschooling!  Here is our
"Yep, I'm a homeschooled kitty!"

Have questions on where I am finding ideas for curriculum and resources?  Check out my post here.

Bible and Reading:
Monday - T is for Tent is the theme of the week in God's Little Explorers.  We "camped" under our dining room table and read "God's Friend - God's Promise" in "Jesus Calling."  It was about Abraham (Genesis 15; 17-18) and Mark 10:27, where nothing is impossible with God.  We made T's and t's with our hands and fingers.  The verse this week is Galatians 3:6 and we practiced the phonics of letter T.

Lesson #47 in "100 Easy Lessons" - new words included or, for, goat, coat, need, have, cold, give, and gave.
Daddy doing reading lesson with B, and G playing.

Tuesday "Media Day" - We learned about everything with the letter I on Sesame Street while B was not feeling well. I is for Iggy, ice, and ice cream.  B learned about Gg and Hh on ABCmouse and the boys built words on with Super Why.

Wednesday - We went over Abraham and how he had to travel for so long and kept having to change camps to follow God.  I asked the boys what would they see at night if they were camping.  Their answers included God, Jesus, lightning, thunder, rain, the moon and the stars. 

We read, "The Four Friends" and "The Mouse Bride" from  by: Bob Hartman.  The cool thing about this was I could not find the book but my local library had an ebook version of it so all I needed was my library card and we had access! 

We also read, "Where the Wild Things Are" by: Maurice Sendak on  Other books included "Pizza Party" by: Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, "Bolt" by: Apple Jordan and "TMNT Magnet Book" by: Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.

Thursday - We read "Goodnight Moon" by: Margaret Wise Brown.

Saturday - We read "Thank God for Good Health" by: Stan and Jan Berenstain and "Beware the Green Goblin" by: Tomas Palacios.

Art/Music/Physical Education:
Monday - The boys, Daddy and I sang and danced to "Father Abraham."  We went over "B" words for "Blueberries for Sal" and B cut and pasted them into his Alphabet book (from Five in a Row blog - bear, Bb, blueberries, bird, and balloon.)

Wednesday - The boys learned "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and we sang and danced to the rhyme and then colored a booklet.

Thursday - B colored the flag for India and the map of India because India was our country of the week. 

We did a finger play from the Five in a Row blog called "The Big Yellow Moon."

We also swam at the pool today and learned why it's important not run at the pool.

B spotted a stick bug while we were at the pool!

Saturday - We sang "Father Abraham" again and went swimming.  The boys learned "Hickory, Dickory Dock" and did a color and paste craft project.  We also had fun being silly switching out the word "one" out of the nursery rhyme and switching it with numbers 2-10 and new rhyming words.  B also colored in the "My Goodnight Moon" book, and matched the rhyming words.

Father Abraham, Twinkle Little Star, Triangles and India

Motor and Social Skills/Critical Thinking:
Monday - We went over Mommy and Daddy's names and our last name.  B answered Reading comprehension questions from his reading lesson.

Wednesday - Opening night at Awanas.

Thursday - Reading comprehension questions from the stories we read on Wednesday.  The boys played a rhyming game with words and pictures from Five in a Row for "Goodnight Moon."

G doing puzzles while his brother worked on his lessons.

Saturday - We practiced what to do when there is someone at the front door.  We took turns and role played and asked, "Who is it?" before we opened the door.

Monday - h, h, S, s

Wednesday - star, stop, stove, stir, stamp (st words)

Thursday - mouse, cow, India

Saturday - sock, clock, moon, balloon, kitten, mitten, brush, mush

Monday -  We did a numbers review for 9-12 in our Math Readiness book.  The boys had to count the number of items and use subtraction and addition with stickers.


Tuesday "Media Day" - We had a review on number 20 on Sesame Street.  G did Lesson 4 in ABCmouse on numbers 1-5.

Wednesday - B did Lesson 10 on ABCmouse, also on 1-5.  He had to pick the number he heard, and Bowling Addition game where he had to add the numbers to the equation that would equal 10.

Saturday - We did a shapes review and cut out 10 squares that B drew stars in and also a triangle for a tent, to signify Abraham's tent.  We then glued these items onto black construction paper to pretend like it was night.

Social Studies and Science:
Tuesday "Media Day" - Both boys learned about eating a healthy, balanced meal (fruits, vegetables, protein, dairy, and bread) on ABCmouse.  They then went exploring to to a dinosaur game where they had to pick the words and phonics of the picture to create an illustration. 


Thursday - Our country of the week was India.  We learned that India is in Asia and where it is in comparison to North America, the United States and our state.

That is our week.  Hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

zulily Frozen Sale: Up to 60% Off

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What We Can Learn From Children: Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.  It is so simple and yet because of that, we almost miss it.  Little children are innocent and their imaginations are so remarkable that just by you being excited about something, they not only believe, but want to know more.  They are so open minded because they have not seen the many harsh realities of the world that are out there. 

As parents, we try to protect them from this world and keep them in a world that is living for the glory of God.  God has this extraordinary way of opening up His world back to us as adults.  My father and my oldest son are very similar in the aspect that they are both extremely social and outgoing and they love talking to everyone!   I am more of a shy person until I am comfortable in my surroundings and have gotten to know people, quite like my youngest son.  I have noticed though, how people stop and not only open up and talk, but are delighted by the conversations initiated by my father and oldest son.

We encountered two scenarios at our community pool this week that I am so incredibly proud of both of my sons for.  Do you ever notice how children can just make friends in the second they meet another child, and how as adults we become more skeptical of people?  That day at the pool, my sons met a little boy about their age.  He was there with his grandmother and my oldest ran right up and introduced himself and his brother and asked what their names were.  I kindly smiled, but something in me said to do more, so I started a conversation.

I borrowed a lesson from what my son always does and you know what?  We ended up at the pool having a wonderful day for almost three hours!  The children got to play and neighbor got to know neighbor.  That’s what God designed us for.  He wants us to not only fellowship with Him, but he wants us to fellowship with each other.

The other scenario was horrific, but God always has a way to turn bad events into good ones.  My sons and I went to the pool and there was more of a separation at the pool that day.  There were some people sitting independently just tanning and relaxing, and others just wanting to spend time with their own families.  Children don’t see that scenario I just described though.  They saw children there and that meant they wanted to make friends and play.

All was going smoothly until a group of people showed up.  There was one child in this group that went beyond the call for attention, and at one point, had a pool of about 23 people silent because of her behavior.  This was more than the grocery store melt down, which all of us as parents have run into no matter how good our children are.  I was completely taken aback by the behavior as were the other parents at the pool to the point where we all almost left.   The only one not affected was the child’s mother who seemed to be the only person not hearing the cry for attention.

Suddenly something amazing happened.  My sons and the other children at the pool “killed” this child with kindness.  They let her know her behavior was not acceptable because they started to ignore her.  They didn’t react in a negative fashion or get confrontational, but they continued to enjoy their time at the pool.  Eventually, this child got the concept and she began to play with the children and there were no more episodes.

Sometimes, as adults, we want to get confrontational or react in a negative way when someone is bullying or not treating someone fairly, but that’s not our place, it’s God’s.  I don’t know what the mother of that child or the child have going on in their lives, but it’s none of my business.  All I could do was pray for them.  I also acknowledged and gave praise to my sons for how loving and kind they were to someone who at the time really didn’t deserve to be treated so nicely.   It is good to give praise to your children when you see them doing something good.

I believe this is what Jesus wanted not only his disciples to know, but also us.  Come to the Lord open and excited so that you may see the world through His eyes and children’s eyes.  See possibilities and not failures.  See hope and not loss.  See dreams and reach out and find a way to make it happen.  See others as God’s creation and love them for who they are.

Is there a time you encountered a problem and saw how God turned the situation from a bad one into a good result?  What are some things that you have learned by seeing your children do something?

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Satisfaction Through Christ on August 27, 2014 here.


#parenting #children #inspiration #Christian Living

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blog Swap - The 10 Commandments of Parenting

I am honored this morning to be doing a Blog Swap with one of my fellow Satisfaction Through Christ contributors authors, Michelle Lesley.  She is a wonderful Christian women who is sharing today one of her posts from a series she wrote called "The 10 Commandments of Parenting."
"Most things in life are simpler when you’re a Christian. Not necessarily easier, but usually less complex. Take parenting, for example. If you’re a Christian, parenting by God’s word, you have a plan of action all laid out for you."
#parenting #inspiration
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool: 1st Week back to School

Hope everyone had an awesome summer and thanks for joining us for our homeschool journey!  Last week started back to homeschool for us and overall, was really excited about how much we got done.  First day was smooth sailing and for the second year in a row, the second day crashed and burned but we got right back up and everything has been fine since.  I am learning it is best to take it day by day and be in the moment.

1st Week Back to School (Humpty Dumpty)

My youngest being Max, King of the Wild Things From Maurice Sendak's, "Where the Wild Things Are."
I put together a post on all the curriculum and resources we are using this year.  Please check it out here to see what we are covering this year!  Here is our week :)


Monday - We started God's Little Explorers and talked about the Bible and what it is (God's Word).  We read "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by: Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  We actually then acted it out in the house and pretended our dog was the bear!  It was a lot of fun!

Tuesday - We discussed that God's Word is a Treasure (the theme of the week).  We read "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World" by: Marjorie Priceman.  We then shared some yummy sliced apples!

We read and listened along to the CD song/story of "It's Raining, It's Pouring" by: Peter, Paul and Mary and Illustrated by: Christine Davenier.  I had never heard this song before on this CD and it was truly wonderful. We also read "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 3: Planet of the Pies" by: Judi Barrett.

B did Lesson #46 in "100 Easy Lessons" and his new words and sounds this week were: v, of, save, give, and have.

Wednesday - "The Story of David" (David Spares Saul) 1 Samuel 24 where David cut Saul's robe and let him know he could have killed him.  Saul proclaims what a better person David is than he and says what a great king he will make.  We also covered "Poems, Songs, and Prayers" Psalm 23;100 where it discusses calling on God when you are afraid and being thankful. 

We read "Blueberries for Sal" by: Robert McCloskey (a classic and family favorite!) 

Thursday - We read "The Tortoise and the Hare" by: Carl Sommer (an e-book available on Kindle)

Art/Music/Physical Education:
Monday - The boys and I sang and danced to the "B-I-B-L-E" song.  We took a walk and went swimming, where the boys learned how to tread water.  We also made a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Alphabet Book.


Tuesday - We made a Passport booklet and B drew a picture of himself and G in the photo slot.  We talked about how you need a passport to get into different countries and how they stamp where you have been, so we got some stamps out and had fun stamping all the places we learned about in "How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World."

Wednesday - We learned the Nursery Rhyme, "Pat-a-Cake."

Daddy went into work later so he could help with writing the rhyming words.

Thursday - We went swimming and took a walk, and listened to the "B-I-B-L-E" song.

Friday - We learned about Humpty Dumpty and made Humpty Dumpty out of an Easter egg, Play doh, and construction paper from the Scholastic Follow-the-Art Directions book.  G kept saying, "Momma, I broke him again!" after tossing our plastic egg from the table!  He loved it!  We also learned the nursery rhyme, "Humpty Dumpty."

Motor and Social Skills:
Monday - The boys went on a treasure hunt in the house for Momma's Bible, flash cards, and crayons as part of the God's Word is a Treasure theme.  I taught them how to play "Warmer and Colder" to show how close (warm) or how far away (cold) they were from the objects hidden.  G matched Pom Poms to the color of the turtles masks from our Alphabet book.

Tuesday - We watched "Blueberries for Sal" on YouTube and then went for a blueberry hunt using blue colored Pom Poms and the Ninja Turtle toy figures came along to help the boys!  B answered reading comprehension lessons from his reading lesson.

Wednesday - We had a Play doh day and made cakes for the nursery rhyme "Pat-a-Cake."  We also put letter X into the Alphabet book because X marks the spot on a treasure map.

Thursday - Today, we introduced Calendar Time and I tried to teach B "Tic-tac-toe."  We went on a treasure hunt with gold coins with the words: God's, word, is, a, and treasure. The boys also met a new friend at the pool.

Tuesday - The boys did green, yellow, and red apple patterns in their Clifford magazine and we covered more or less with different pictures of fruits and their seeds.

Wednesday - We did a refresher on numbers 1-8 in our Math Readiness book and did addition and subtraction (pages 26-29).

Thursday - Our shape of the day was a rectangle and played a game with dice where you had to get to the finish line where the Bible was.  (Race to the Hive from The Mailbox)  The boys learned to count the dots on the dice and spots on the board.

Friday - In our Humpty Dumpty craft, we compared short to long and then folded the arms and legs into squares.  G called them stairs!  B also helped me measure the ingredients to make some homemade ranch dressing!

Monday - B spelled troll from memory by reading "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" so much! 

Tuesday - B wrote: apple, his name, his cousin's name, V, v, H and h.


Wednesday - Rhyming words from Pat-a-cake: man, can, fan, pan, tan, van.

Thursday - B wrote out his pets names, Mommy and Daddy's names, and his address and phone number.

Science/Social Studies/Computer:
Monday - G did and played Martha Speaks games.  We also did a back to school sheet with what the boy's favorites are.

Tuesday - We learned that Vermont has apples and is in the United States, semolina wheat is from Italy, chickens that hatch eggs come from France, bark of a kurundu tree produces cinnamon from Sri Lanka, cows produce milk in England, sea salt is in the ocean on the way to Jamaica, and Jamaica has sugar cane.  These are all the countries and ingredients for apple pie in the book we read.

We also did a Clifford magazine from September 2010 and learned how an apple starts out as a blossom and turns into a green bulb that eventually becomes a red apple.

Thursday - B did Lessons 6 and 7 (Around the World Pets and Reading Aa to Ff).  He did puzzles, color by number sheets, and matching pictures to words.

We also learned what city we live in and what our address and phone number are.  We made a demographic puzzle inspired by The Early Learning Coalition calendar in the county where we used to live.


Friday - We did a review of our demographic puzzle and tried to fit the pieces back together!

How did your first week of homeschool or sending your kids back to school go?  Did you do anything fun that has become a tradition for the first day or week back to school?

#homeschool #Kindergarten #Preschool

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Homeschool Kindergarten and Preschool Curriculum and Resources

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I thought it would be a good idea to list what curriculum and resources we are using this year to not only document for my sons, but also if you would like to know what we are using.  I must warn you, I am eclectic in my choices so I like to use a little bit of everything that I think my sons would be interested in.  Every homeschool family and student are different so use what you think your children would be interested in.  That makes learning easier for everyone!
Gods little explorers
 God's Little Explorers - Check out my review on this here.
Follow me on my Pinterest Kindergarten Board so you don't miss some of the cool ideas I find!  I love Pinterest and how creative everyone is!  Here is the link for my Pinterest Preschool Board.
Also, check out my Facebook page for the latest updates and cool new finds!
Bible Time for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
Jesus Calling Bible Storybook by: Sarah Young.
After we are finished with this, I am planning on using
Music for both Kindergarten and Preschool:

We are doing nursery rhymes this year for both boys.  It is not only fun, but it teaches phonics and reading skills along with some rhythm and exercise!  YouTube is also a great way to find ideas for music and cute nursery rhyme videos.  Check out this post from Living Montessori Now for some back to school center songs and nursery rhymes.  We are using Scholastic Follow-the-Directions Art Nursery Rhymes book by: Deborah Schecter and Scholastic Nursery Rhyme Flip Chart book.
Calendar Time for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
Happy and Blessed Home put together this amazing set of printables and it is free until September 30, 2014.
Art for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
I like to use Pinterest for fun art ideas that are holiday themed or appropriate for what we are learning about.  It is wonderful to have paint, crayons, construction paper, laminator, a printer for templates, and Play doh!  Play doh happens a lot in our homeschool art time :)
Physical Fitness for Both Kindergarten and Preschool:
Family Time Fitness.  We also like to go for walks, go to the playground and swim.
Kindergarten Reading:
1.  Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by: S. Engelmann, P. Haddox & E. Bruner - I've been working with my oldest since last year on this when he was doing pre-K.  He is halfway done the book and knows about 120 words to read and spell! offers free printables to go along with this book.
2.  Five in a Row - fun lapbooks and file folder games with book recommendations.
3. BOB Books - This Reading Mama has amazing sets of printables to go along with these adorable books!
Kindergarten Social Studies:
Kindergarten Science:
I found some great free websites for Science:
1.  Macmillan/McGraw-Hill California Science Building Brighter Futures (For fun resource games and activities)
2.  Math Science Nucleus (Free curriculum from a non-profit for K-8)
Kindergarten Math:
A+ Interactive Math TutorSoft Inc. and SchoolZone Math Readiness P-K by: Jennifer Neumann.
Writing, Spelling and Vocabulary:
I plan to use whatever we are learning for the week to practice writing, spelling and vocabulary in their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Alphabet Book.
Additional Resources: - It is worth every penny!  The boys get to do when they are done their studies for the day and I feel like it covers any gaps that I have missed.  It also helps them learn how to use the computer.
The Mailbox - great for printables, crafts and center ideas.
If you are wondering how to put all of your homeschool materials and what you covered throughout the year, check out my post here.
Well, that's about it!  I will update this post throughout the year.  It looks ambitious but I am excited and glad to be back to a routine and some pumpkin lattes! 
What grades are you teaching this year?  What curriculum and resources do you and your family enjoy?
#homeschool #curriculum #Kindergarten #preschool

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inspired Alphabet Book!

Do you have a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan in your house?  My sons love the turtles and I was looking for a fun way to get my oldest (who is in Kindergarten) excited about reading and writing in an alphabet book.  We found this amazing video on YouTube by Cool School on making a Ninja Turtles notebook and a light bulb went off!  This is such a great project to work on with your kids and we had a blast watching the video from Cool School.  Thank you for the inspiration!
What You Need:
  • 1 piece of each color construction paper (green, purple, blue, orange, red, white, & black)
  • Glue or glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Folder, notebook or 3 ring binder (Whichever is your preference)
  • Pencil or pen
Cut fours strips of the blue, orange, red, and purple for each of the ninja turtles to make their mask.  Trace a circle for the eye pattern to make sure they are the same shape.  (Larger white circles and smaller black circles.)
* If you are going to laminate this, first measure out the green construction paper to the size of your laminator. *

Glue the strips to the green construction paper.

Glue the eyes to the masks.

You can personalize the book now with your child's name!
Time to laminate!  After I laminated this, I glued it to a folder that has three prongs inside.

I added other colors of construction paper to the inside and 3 hole punched the papers.  I then wrote a lower case and capital letter on each page for the 26 letters of the alphabet. 
Now my son can use this throughout the year when he learns how to spell new words.  We also are planning to cut pictures out of old magazines with items that start with the letter(s) or word(s) we are covering for that week.
My preschooler actually had another idea with this when we were done. He used colored pom poms to coordinate each color to the corresponding mask color.  We also counted how many colors we used, what color is this, how many circles are there, and how many rectangles we made.
They both love the Alphabet book!  When it is time to start lessons for the day, it is the first thing they grab!  I hope you have as much fun as we did making this and what a cool keepsake :)
#tmnt #TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles #homeschool


Thursday, August 14, 2014

13 Back to School DIY's

13 Back to School DIY’s

Well, it is that time of the year.  Last trips to the beach, end of summer vacation plans, and back to school!  Today I wanted to share some amazing ideas I found on Pinterest to help you make it a great school year.  It is amazing how creative people are so here are some great DIY’s for school supplies and projects, the home, and for yourself!
Before I share these examples with you, I wanted to remind you all that I am not a nutritionist, dietician, dermatologist, chemist, or Procter & Gamble, so please use all of these items at your own discretion :)

The great news is: you probably already have most of the items in your house already!  Great DIY’s for you, the home, and the kids for less than a pedicure!  Plus, I made sure that these were easy to make and not time consuming.

DIY’s for the Home

5-Minute Liquid Laundry Detergent Recipe from The Thrifty Couple – I haven’t tried this yet but I bought all the ingredients and I’m super excited to try it out!  Who doesn’t want to save on laundry detergent? There is also a great tip on using vinegar as a fabric softener and I have tried that! It works amazing and there is no stinky vinegar smell afterward!
Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Mix from Saving Dollars & Sense – I don’t know about in your house, but in my house, we go through gallons of ranch a year!  My boys love ranch on almost everything, so it would be great to save here also!  I can’t wait to try this one :)

Back to School Essential Oils from Sisters Raising Sisters – I am late to the party on the essential oil movement, but I know there are many ways they can help with different ailments.  This post is great for a beginner essential oils person like me because it breaks down 5 different oils and explains how each works with calming oils, oils that can be used with laundry or dish soaps, boosting up your immune system, and so many other ways to maintain a healthy home naturally.

DIY’s for the Kids

Homemade Glue from Life Over C’s – I haven’t tried this one yet but being a homeschool Momma to two boys under five, we can go through some glue in my house in a homeschool year!  I love that the food coloring was added also to make different colors of glue!
Homemade paint  – I am trying to find the originator of this idea because when you click on the photo it doesn’t connect you to a link, but it is a great idea and there is no website to follow up on it.  I would love to give the credit to this person because it is such a great idea for a mostly mess free paint experience!
Edible Scented Fingerpaints from Fun at Home with Kids – This is such a terrific idea if you have a younger child who would eat the paint or for an older child who wanted to do a taste test also!

Color Surprise Rainbow Playdough from Learn Play Imagine – Okay, I admit it.  I have not made any homemade playdough yet, but that is changing this year!  This looks like a fun, family project you could do to include everyone!

Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough from Happy Hooligans – I am excited to try this one also!  My three and five year old will love this for some fun sensory play!

DIY Uncrustables Recipe from TrueCouponing – I used to love these as a kid (…and as an adult!).  Fun idea to send in the kids lunch boxes!

Last, but certainly not least is you busy Momma.  Light up a candle, enjoy a bubble bath, yoga, bake, read or do whatever it is your heart finds the most peace.  Read Proverbs 31 10:-31 and remind yourself what a worthy, God and family loving person you are.  I hope you find something on this list that you can do to pamper yourself.  Sometimes, it’s not financially feasible for us to treat ourselves, or there may not be time, but make time for yourself.  We do take care of our children, husbands, and everyone else before ourselves so make time for yourself to be rejuvenated.

DIY’s for Mom

Easy Lemon Sugar Scrub from a Heart for the Home – This was really easy to make and it smells good and leaves your skin so smooth!  Also, this is a great gift idea for a teacher!

DIY Moisturizing Face Cream/Body Butter from My Crazy Blessed Life! –  The author of this site says this works wonders for eczema; it doesn’t totally get rid of it, but it has helped her and her family.  I bought the Vitamin E oil and I put 2-3 drops of it in my palm and rub it on my face after the lemon sugar scrub and my face has never felt or looked better!

DIY Honey Shampoo from Empowered Sustenance  – This looks like an awesome way to “treat dandruff, reduce frizz, moisturize and soften” your hair.  I think it would also make your hair smell amazing!  I love honey!

DIY: Summer Ready Feet using Two Ingredients by Megan Fenno – I have heard of using Listerine and white vinegar mixed with water to soak off any excess dead skin from your feet to leave them silky smooth!
I am excited to try all of this out and get some items on my Pinterest list completed!

What are some of your favorite DIY items for you, your kids, or home?

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Satisfaction Through Christ on August 14, 2014.  The boys and I will be resuming homeschool next week so keep a look out for our new adventures and field trips!  Hope you all have had a fantastic summer :)



#homeschool #diy #backtoschool

Friday, August 8, 2014

God's Little Explorers Preschool Curriculum Review

God's Little Explorers
Hello everyone!  It is getting to that time of year where our printers start working a mile a minute as us Homeschool Mom's get ready for the homeschool year!  I was looking for a curriculum for my youngest who is 3 1/2 years old.  I wanted something Biblical and something fun to keep his attention and I remember seeing God's Little Explorers on Pinterest a few months ago.
Stacie Ann Nelson did an amazing job of putting this together.  It is scheduled for 4 days a week and it is broken down into Bible, the theme of the week, ABC and 123, Life and a Book Bag section.  She also has blogged about each week so there are pictures to see what that week would look like and what crafts you would do so you know ahead of time. Perfect for visual learners like me :)
There are two options to get this amazing product.  You can pay the $17 homeschool price and it includes better graphics and more incentives such as an Alphabet Notebook, certificates, maps and puzzles rather than downloading the free printables that don't include these items.  The proceeds are going to help set up an orphanage in India so the money is going to a good cause.  Or you can download the free printables.
Either way, this is a fantastic curriculum for a preschooler and I have printed all the lesson weeks and am excited to get started with this homeschool year!  I will post pictures and more throughout the year as we go. 
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Update: Winner announced in the Back To School Giveaway!!!


  "Thanks so much to everyone who participated in zulily's Back to School Giveaway. We would like to congratulate Jennifer Hughes from for winning $500 in zulily credits for herself and for one of her readers. You can check out her winning post here:

Thanks again to everyone who participated and stayed tuned for more opportunities for contests and giveaways coming up soon!" - from zulily
Congrats to Jennifer and one special reader!  There is always next time but I wanted you all to know that the contest is now closed.  Here is the original post: 

Win $500 in zulily's Back To School Giveaway!!!

 There is nothing better than getting all of your back-to-school shopping done in one place…unless you can get it done AND paid for! Enter to win the zulily Back To School Giveway where both you and I can each win $500 in zulily credits! While you're back-to-school shopping on from 8/4 - 8/11, pick out your favorite item (apparel, shoes, accessories, gear and more) and post a link to that item in the comments section below or on my Raising Samuels Facebook page. zulily will announce their winner on 8/12, and if we win, I'll announce who my winner is on 8/13! Thanks zulily for making the task of back-to-school shopping fun!
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Please understand that this is a contest for both of us and that Raising Samuels is not giving out $500 credit as a prize, but by leaving a comment on my blog or Facebook, will go towards a chance of winning a $500 prize credit from zulilyThanks and good luck!