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Creative Writing through Dictation
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Long before our son could write….. he could verbally tell the most detailed and action packed stories.  One day, I decided to record him using the “Voice Memo” utility on my phone while he was playing and creating his story ‘live.’ Later I would listen to the story and write what he said into a special book. Most of his stories revolve around high seas...

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daily calendar & weather board
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We liked the idea of incorporating the days of the week, months, seasons, weather, concept of today, yesterday and tomorrow in one easy SMALL convenient way.  I looked all over at different systems and while they were SO fun and great.. they were larger than the space I had. I bought a 7-day magnetic white board from Office Max.  It stuck to our ‘magnet...

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Foolproof Shortbread
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Foolproof Shortbread

Aug 11, 2014 by

When studying Scotland we wanted to make real shortbread.  Being long time fans of everything that America’s Test Kitchen makes… naturally we turned to them for advice on making shortbread.  Followed it perfectly… even grinding the oats to flour in our Vitamix. Cutting out the center with a cookie cutter and baking it in an open spring form pan top did the trick.  I...

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Key Lime Pie
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Key Lime Pie

Jul 30, 2014 by

My hubby LOVES Key Lime Pie so for his birthday I made him one.  Our recipe of choice is from Martha Stewart with a minor adaptation. INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 cups graham-cracker crumbs (crushed crackers via food processor OR rolling pin over a ziploc bag) 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 5 tablespoons brown sugar (never white!) 1/2 cup freshly squeezed key-lime juice (best...

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fashion party
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fashion party

May 16, 2014 by

For Pebbles’ 9th birthday party last year she chose to have a FASHION PARTY and sleepover. We had a ton of fun coming up with crafts for the girls to make along with creating a photo shoot complete with keepsake magazine cover. Decor was hot pink and black – streamers, balloons, tablecloths, bowls etc.  Invitations were designed by me and emailed out.  Signs and...

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family favorite spaghetti with meat sauce
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T he “inevitable but always delicious” spaghetti with meat sauce. It’s our family favorite and loved by everyone – but it never used to be so thoroughly enjoyed. We used to always buy the huge Prego sauce at Costco and regular ground beef. Everyone liked it except Pebbles. She HATED it. Literally until maybe 8 years old… she would just have plain spaghetti noodles...

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needle felting: baby penguin
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Needle felting a baby penguin was Pebbles’ first project after receiving a complete set of supplies for Christmas. She saw instructions from a cute book in the library and went for it!  This time, she did use her finger guards that I insisted she wear. 😉 After dozens of youtube videos warning everyone about excruciating bloody wounds and NOT to needle felt while watching...

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needle felting: MLP Pegasus
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We discovered needle felting last year when Pebbles found an adorable guinea pig kit at Rainbow Resource.  A friend casually mentioned the idea of needle felting into a silicone mold last summer and when Pebbles showed me the kit it reminded me about this intriguing craft.  Christmas wish lists were being generated at the time so we checked out the kits and there were...

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review: Camp Chef Artisan Pizza Oven 90
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Making fresh pizza is something that we’ve done as a family for many years. The kids love making it and we love rolling out the dough and personalizing the toppings. Up til now, we either try grilling it or pumping our oven up to max heat and pre-heating our pizza stone for a long time. So far…. our most favorite ingredients have been from...

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organized homeschool room
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Here is the ‘AFTER’ result from the ‘homeschool room organization overhaul time‘ post ! Organizing and de-cluttering truly feels peaceful and wonderful.  It’s hard work and takes time but it is beyond worth it to help minds be focused. STRATEGY: 1. We ended up moving a wall unit that we used to have in our living room (contained our fine china, wine glasses and...

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homeschool room organization overhaul time
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I n our house, there is NEVER such a thing as a “little re-organization.” My husband is the King of do-overs.  I can’t even count the number of times that he has re-organized our house (multiply that by the 6 homes we’ve had together from Maui to Washington State back to  Maui and lastly to Arizona.)   I can tell when he has something...

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sculpting fossils
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sculpting fossils

Jul 27, 2013 by

Since the chances of us finding real fossils in the ground are pretty slim – this art project combines both history, geology and art all together in this creative activity. We were studying the dinosaurs in our Mystery of History Volume I: Creation to the Resurrection and I remembered that I saw this great lesson plan for “FANTASTIC FAUX FOSSILS” on the Dick Blick...

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free & flexible meal planning
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While tempted to try the groupon for emeals I know that it won’t work for my ultra picky family. It is guaranteed that 50% of the suggested recipes someone in my family will not touch. Until they all become more flexible people and willing to try new things I have to use recipes from our own cookbooks, family recipes or many of the billions...

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whimsical fingerprint drawings
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These are SO fun to do – and all credit goes to the plethora of books written by Ed Emberley.  We found ours at the library but see that are highly rated on Amazon.com too. Really couldn’t be simpler – just have fun with all of your fingers and some water-based ink stamp pad colors [ we had some that were more archival …....

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making bath salts
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making bath salts

Jul 5, 2013 by

We had LOTS of leftover epsom salts from Pebbles’ science fair project about crystals.  Inspired by the plethora of American Girls’ books that she reads on how to do many fun things – she wanted to make some bath salts. As I was new to buying products from Young Living – I did happen to have some peppermint and lavender essential oils. Items needed:...

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friendship bracelet
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friendship bracelet

Jul 5, 2013 by

In the mood for making jewelry of some sort and inspired by the patriotic colors – Pebbles dug through her knotted and mildly chaotic pile of embroidery floss looking for red, white and blue. She make three separate bracelets with a simple braid with the three stands. Then, she braided each of those together – ending with a fluffy knot. Simple, quick and...

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