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Wednesday Words

15 Jan
Letter board inspirational quotes. Letter boards for in Europe. The Letter Tribe

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Crafty Haul Post-Part One!

14 Jan

I picked up several crafty items over the past several months with all of the holiday sales. I also got a few things from my hubby for our anniversary, and also a few for Christmas.

So, thought I would start the new year by posting about them so you could see what I got!

Today I am going to share one of my new favorites. I have absolutely fallen in love with Hello Bluebird stamps and dies. They are so cute, and the dies are so inexpensive, which is really nice!

I didn’t previously own any, but I do now!

Here are the ones I picked up:

Frosty Friends Stamps:

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Jungle Littles Stamps:

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Jungle Littles Dies:

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Christmas Word Dies #1:

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Gallery Frame #2:

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Snowy Sky Scene Die:

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Stitched Tag Builder Dies:

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Tropical Foilage Dies:

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That’s quite a bit, but I did save up for a while to get them, and of course waited for a Black Friday sale! 🙂

I did manage to use some of the Hello Bluebird as well as some Lawn Fawn patterned paper on a few Christmas cards, but otherwise, I haven’t had much time to dig in to everything.

I am looking forward to playing with all of it here in the new year, so watch for some more cards coming soon!

Wednesday Words

8 Jan
Felt Boards: Looking for quotations you can put up on your newly-purchased letter board? And more ways to use it in your classroom? Check out this fun post featuring fifteen photo examples and seven different fun ways to use your new felt letter board.

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7 Jan

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I post a lot of reviews on my blog, but today I am featuring something that is pretty amazing.

For the past ten months, I have been helping to produce curriculum behind the scenes for

It has been a ton of fun to see just all the site has to offer-for every age (including parents.)

So, today I thought I would highlight five of my favorites included in their Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership.

1. Schoolhouse Recorder Lessons

My nine-year old son really wanted to learn to play the recorder, and I would hear him trying to play his every once in a while. We tried a couple of YouTube videos, and while they were fun, they were just a couple of songs, and nothing cohesive. Then, I found the videos on Schoolhouse They are so comprehensive-starting with what you need to buy and why, how to clean your instrument, how to blow, finger placement, reading music, and playing the notes-perfect for a beginner.

I really like the pacing, and how things are explained. I also like that each lesson is pretty short-perfect for short attention spans. In fact, I didn’t mind playing along with these myself!

2. World Book-this amazing resource is filled to the brim with fun books and activities, and there is something for everyone. Have a kiddo that likes Arabian horses? How about baby hedgehogs? Dinosaurs? Space? There are books for all of these-and tons more. There are also games and activities. Want to learn to count like a Roman? Anyone? 🙂

3. Digging Into Dinosaurs

I watched a fascinating live webinar called Digging Into Dinosaurs and the Truth of the Scripture. SO interesting, and a great resource-especially for older kids and adults that want to be able to know what God has to say about dinosaurs, and what research is showing here on earth. The video is still available for members to watch, and I definitely recommend it.

4. Drive Thru History by Dave Stotts-if you haven’t seen these videos, you are missing out! Dave has a way of describing history that is humorous, educational, and really brings history alive. And bonus-there are included lesson plans!

5. RightNow Media-this is a fun bonus you get with a membership to the site. It is a separate website that contains tons of great Bible studies, kid programming, etc. My husband and I have particularly enjoyed the marriage series by Chip Ingram.

6. OK, I know I said five, but I wanted to mention the magazine too! With your membership you get a free quarterly magazine. It is filled with inspiring homeschool articles you won’t want to miss.

These are just a few of thousands of options you can use in your homeschool on You can literally customize an entire education for PreK-12th grade, or pick and choose individual topics that are just right for your family like we do.

If you are interested in a homeschool site for the whole family, please click here and check it out!

You can also visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to view more reviews about!

Wednesday Words

1 Jan
Funny New Years Eve letter board quotes for the holidays. via @HouseHawthornes

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December Books

31 Dec

Happy New Year’s Eve!
This year, I was on a mission to read more books.
My goal for 2019 was 150, and…..I MADE IT!!!
Here are the books I read in December (plus some I forgot to record from earlier months):
1. Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason-I liked these short stories, they were really interesting and packed full of action.
2. End Game by Rachel Dylan-Really good, and looking forward to the next one.
3. An Arkful of Animal Jokes by the Barbour Staff-fun, clean jokes for the whole family-I liked it.
4. Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller-Not bad. I liked the story line, but it got a bit too mushy for me in the end.
5. Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman-OK, but I wouldn’t read it again.
6. Because by Mo Willems-fun!
7. Where was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? by Jean Fritz-a good read aloud the kids and I did with our history unit.
8. And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz-another good read aloud with the kids.
9. George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz-I liked this one. I will be reading this one as a read aloud next month to the kids for school.
10. Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse-pretty good, but not my favorite of theirs.
11. Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy-good
12. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge by Colleen Coble-good
13. Spy School British Invasion by Stuart Gibbs-I finished reading this series to the kids, and everyone loved it. In fact, we bought the audio books, and the kids have already listened to the first six over again!
14. Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black and Rosalind Beardshaw-a cute, heartwarming Christmas book. I liked it.
15. Tractor Mac Autumn is Here by Billy Steers-the pictures in this one are AMAZING.
16. The Bumpy Little Pumpkin-cute, and I liked the message in this one.
17. The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith-just as fun as the first book.
18. The Full Armor of God by Tony Evans-The Boy and I read this devotional together.
19. Indescribable by Louie Giglio-I read this aloud with the kids for our family devotional in the 2018-2019 school year. It was so good we are going through it again. I am excited there is another one now, and I am sure I will pick that up for the next school year. Great devotional!
20. Bedtime Math The Truth Comes Out by Laura Overdeck-I read one of these per week to the kids. We started this one in 2018, and finished it in 2019. We are now reading another one. They are really fun!
21. Eggs and Chicks by Usborne-this was a science read aloud with The Little Guy. Very informative, and great pictures.
22. Mommy’s Favorite Smell by Brock Eastman-cute book, and better than the first one.
So that’s all the books for December, and now I have officially read 155 books in 2019!
I am already in the middle of four more books, so I will post more about those next month when I set my new goal! Yay! 🙂

Card Monday-A Birthday Card

30 Dec

Now that the end of the year is approaching, I found one card I never posted, and thought I would post it today.

Supplies: Die: MFT; Stamp: Lawn Fawn; Other: Alcohol Inks
To say I had problems with this card is an understatement. I tore it apart three times and would have given up on it, but I did not want to waste that pretty alcohol ink background-the only part of the card that went right the first time! In the end, I wasn’t totally happy with it, but it worked, so there you go!