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Historical Paper Dolls



Paper Dali
I stumbled upon a fun little website specializing in Historical paper dolls, created by a homeschool mom who loves history and doodling. Paper Dali has hand-drawn paper doll figures of historical people. The Egyptian dolls are especially fun and given freely by this creative genius to enhance your home education efforts. These paper dolls would make a great addition to a lapbook, notebook, or just fun to play with while you read and learn about history.

Anti-Social Homeschoolers

What happens when your homeschooled and you have your first encounter with a girl? These 3 boys are so silly, what a fun video series about the sterotypical homeschool teens.. Follow the link at the end of each episode to see the next one. Aside from the silliness of these videos, these boys have some great videography and acting skills.

Living on Less




These days almost everyone I know is trying to stretch a dollar. Unless you have a money tree in your back yard, everyone could use a little extra cash from saving at the checkout stand and using our resources wisely. It's a great time to learn how to live more frugally. Here are a few websites I have found to help me with my New Years goal of living on less.

Miserly Moms--This site has lots of recipes and a great section with budget calculators

Mommy Savers-This site has great articles and tips, I especially like the home decorating tips and the freebies forum

Grocery Guide searching the ads at the stores in your area, lets you print coupons, find recipes to use the the items you got on sale and much more!

Pinching Your Pennies helps you do just that, many great resources and information. The State forums are awesome for finding local deals and sharing what you've find.

Homeschooling 101: Some Homeschool Freebies

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I was searching the internet and reading my emails and got the scoop on some fun homeschool freebies. Who doesn't love free stuff?

Inventors Lapbook and Unit Study at A Journey Through Learning Blog.

Currclick, always has a free section and everyweek they also have a featured free item to download. Just click on BY PRICE at the left and then SHOW ONLY FREE PRODUCTS.

The Ingnite the fire website (which has the coolest name ever!) Has a very detailed list of free curriculum resources, which they call free wood, this site is well worth a bookmark.

The Homeschool Helper website is just that a big help! They provide lots if little items to help you. I'm a big fan of their lapbook section, can I just say WOW! HH has saved this mom hours of work. Check out their Valentines Day resources.

BFS #117-Say it in Signs!



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A Simple Women's Daybook: January 26th, 2009


A Simple Womans Daybook


FOR TODAY January 26th...

Outside my window...it is bright and sunny and the snow is melting, drip, drip, drip. There is hope for spring.

I am thinking...so much to do, where to begin.

I am thankful for...The warm, warm sun.

From the learning rooms...
we aren't doing school today, Levi is home for his day off playing with the boys. I've been getting some lesson organized.

From the kitchen...we are eatting all the leftovers in the fridge and my Amish Friendship bread starter is sitting on the counter.

I am wearing...t-shirt, capris, and bare feet

I am creating...a pleasant calm home for my myself and my family

I am going...to need to return movies today in town and maybe take a few moments for me at a little shop.

I am reading...lesson manuals

I am hoping...for the sun to stay a while and warm us up.

I am hearing... Ingrid Michealson sing Breakable on Pandora Radio.

Around the house... the boys are busy playing and talking with their Dad.

One of my favorite things...cuddling cats, who purr.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Tuesday- Movie with Levi, Scout Pack meeting, Wednesday-conference with teacher Sunday-Church

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Kaleb's Lima Bean plants

Free Charlotte Mason E-Book




Ever heard of Charlotte Mason? If you have children or work with children her books are a must read. She was a truely inspired soul who was a visionary in her own time and her ideas are universal and still applicable today. I have learned so much about parenting and educating my children from her books and ideas.

Simply Charlotte Mason is giving away this free ebook download called Masterly Inactivity with Charlotte Mason. Check out the information at the Freely Educate blog.

Oink!


Levi was helping the boys with some of there school work, I was working on some lesson planning. I heard the little boys Kaleb and Oliver, lauging histerically. I looked out and saw Levi running through the house after them, with a pig mask on his head, going "Oink, Oink, Oink". It was SO funny how he put his glasses over the mask. I got it on video :)

Easy Centerpiece

I have a love affair with centerpieces and one day I will be able to leave one out on my table, just 'cause, not only for holidays or when I'm hosting something for grownups. The kids aren't usually 'nice' to my centerpieces. Anyway...here is a really cute centerpiece idea anyone can pull off and like she shows its very versatile.

The Simple Women's Daybook: January 19th


A Simple Womans Daybook


FOR TODAY January 19...

Outside my window...everything is cold and frozen, the dog is curled up on the front porch for a nap, little sparrows have stopped at my feeder for lunch.

I am thinking...I will be glad when my taxes are done.

I am thankful for...my husband, who comes home and pitches in 100%

From the learning rooms...Kaleb is at the kitchen table working on his place value.

From the kitchen...a yummy stew is cooking and rolls are rising.

I am wearing...jeans, t-shirt, and an apron

I am creating...tatted edging

I am going...no where today, just being a home-body

I am reading...Leigh by Lyn Cote

I am hoping...for my cold to clear up and to-do list to be done

I am hearing...silence, Levi took the other boys to the store-so it is just me and Kaleb

Around the house...it looks lived in but not too messy

One of my favorite things...my cozy spot on the couch under the reading lamp

A few plans for the rest of the week: Tuesday-Scouts, Wednesday-Trip to Boise for boys IRI's, and portfolio meetings, sleep over at Grandma and Grandpas, Thursday-town stuff,Friday-home stuff Saturday-My B-day!, Sunday-Church

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Chocolate Chip Cookies

 


This is our favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes.
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ORIGINAL TOLLHOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
I printed it off of allrecipes.com when we were first married and we use it time and time again. It always turns out perfect and the cookies are still moist and chewy in the middle the next day of you put them in a container.

Awesome Blog Find: Freely Educate

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I stumbled upon Lori's blog while looking for some free math resources. I just wanted to share how amazing her blog is and how generous she truly is to share with us all. I love the idea for her blog and whole heatedly believe you can educate your child for free these days, without purchasing curriculum. And certainly Lori is aiding many of us in this quest. Thanks bunches Lori!!

Mr.Monk and the Naked Man



Have you seen Monk? We love that show, the whole family does. Levi gets whole seasons of Monk on DVD from the library and watches them on his laptop while he is away. He lets the kids watch them before we return them to the library. I like Monk because although it is a murder mystery show, it is really clean (no sex, gore, blood, etc)- just a funny man solving crimes. I am so glad to know that our media viewing values are rubbing off on the kids.

Last night Levi and I were in bed watching a movie, he had given the boys his Monk DVDs to watch in the living room. We heard a knock at our door. "Yes?" we said. A muffled and sad Josef(11)voice,"We can't watch Monk anymore." "Why?" we ask miffed. "This next episode is called Mr.Monk and the Naked Man and I know we can't watch it if there will be a naked man." was his reply.

Levi went out and consoled him and let him know it was about a murder at a nudest colony, no truely naked men will be shown. Which prompted a whole modesty discussion with the boys.

So I am glad our boys have enough information to make good media choices, even when it's a show they love.

A Simple Womans Daybook January 12


A Simple Womans Daybook


FOR TODAY January 12...

Outside my window...Shooter our Chesapeake Bay Retriver is barking madly at some animal near the river, there is lots of snow still on the ground, but the sky is blue with fluffy clouds.

I am thinking...Levi will be home soon, we haven't seen him except for one day since Christmas, it will be nice to have him home.

I am thankful for...Jane Austen books, a little escape from modern real life.

From the learning rooms...err, we are falling behind again. I don't think we will do the Charter School next year, to much pressure to push the kids through each grade level- hurry up a learn, test, test, test. I look forward to trying the Charlotte Mason method of educating next year, I have been researching it for years and now that we live in the country with the river in our back yard it would be a perfect time.

From the kitchen...a sink full of dirty dishes is not inspiring me to cook anything today.

I am wearing...my pj's still. Should get dressed before Levi get here...lol.

I am creating...some tatted lace edging for a handkerchief.

I am going...to find some motivation, hurry and tidy up the house, get dressed and great my sweet husband when he comes home in his big red truck.

I am reading...a sad little Young Adult book called You Know Where to Find Me by Rachel Cohn

I am hoping...we have a nice visit with Levi, and we can send him off with pleasant memories of home.

I am hearing...a little three year old voice, saying " I 'ink Molly want in" calling in our black lab dog from outside.

Around the house... things are strewn about, laundry needs folded, lots of work waiting to be done.

One of my favorite things...sleeping in.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Library today, Scouts on Tuesday, Levi leaves on Wednesday, Visiting Teaching on Wednesday, Bunco on Thursday, Church on Sunday and a call from my Dad in Florida

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

Instant Turkey


The week after Thanksgiving,I was alone at the grocery store and I saw the turkey's were really cheap. I decided to get one and cook it. I also picked up some Reynold's Oven Bags, these take the work out of cooking a turkey, no mindless basting, and checking on the turkey. Kaleb came into the kitchen and asked what I was doing, I said, "Just cooking a turkey." "Oh." he said as he continued to watch. I got one of the Reynolds bags out and added the 2 Tablespoons of flour, as per the direction, and started shaking it. Then I busied myself getting the big roasting pan out. The turkey was still sitting in the deep sink. Kaleb lost interest and moved on to playing. A few hours later... I am taking the turkey, all golden brown out of the oven. Kaleb comes in and comments on the yummy smell. He then gets a look of absolute amazement on his face, and yells "Wow! that is SOOO cool!! You just put some flour in that bag, shook it, and cooked it and it grows a turkey! That is so cool!" I couldn't answer him, because I was laughing too hard.

All the little birdies...

We have a ton of little sparrows visiting our feeder this winter. Chubs, our orange tabby cat, saw one just outside my bedroom window. The little bird bounced around from branch to branch, on the bush. Chubs whined loudly and then began pawing at the window, in an attempt to get the birds attention. It was a very pathetic attempt. The little sparrow never noticed him and stayed on the bush. Chubs eventually lost interest and swaggered away from the window.

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Movie Reviews

Molly

We added another pet family member. Her name is Molly, she is 1 year old, and is a Golden Retriver/Lab mix which equals smart, good with kids, and loves people. She was adoped from another family we knew who had found her as a stray several months ago, but their older femal dog did not like her and picked on her alot, so they needed a new home for her. She settled in perfectly here, like she had always lived here. She gets along great with teh other animals and she likes rides in teh car.

 

 
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One Day...

One day... my bathtub will not be full of wet hotwheel cars. I will not step on painful lego's strewn about the floor, late at night when I check on the boys as they sleep. One day I will not get to talk to a fieman, a caterpillar, and a pirate all in the same day, as Oliver puts on all the costumes in the dress-up box throughout the day. One day I will not step on clumps of snow brought in my little boy snow boots, in my bare feet. One day Ian will stop telling me that cactuses have milk inside them to feed the animals in the desert. In one day all these things will change, but today they are mine.

The Simple Woman's Daybook-January 5th


A Simple Womans Daybook


FOR TODAY January 5...

Outside my window...snow is falling yet again this winter

I am thinking...I need to get the boys School Portfolios organized

I am thankful for...my warm home

From the learning rooms...we just finished working on math

From the kitchen...we just ate the cookies warm out of the oven

I am wearing...White t-shirt and black yoga capris

I am creating...a mess in the kitchen today

I am going...to finish this Porfolio Project so I am not so stressed out

I am reading...nothing right now except the occassional blog

I am hoping...my life will calm down and be normal

I am hearing..the boys playing in their rooms

Around the house...the ceiling fan is whiring

One of my favorite things...warm cookies fresh from the oven

A few plans for the rest of the week:Scouts on Tuesday,Portfolio Conference on Wednesday, Awanas meeting with Kelsi in Star

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

2009 Primary Theme: Free Copy Work/Handwriting Practice

I made this copy work file using the scriptures from the 2009 Primary Theme. You will need to click here, download the PDF file, and then print it out.