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Finland
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Finland

Jul 27, 2016 by

photo from GoogleMap – somewhere in Finland We have studied Sweden and Norway and now must learn all about their Scandinavian neighbor to the east – Finland! The kids really wanted to not skip over Finland – though I was tempted….. but boy am I glad we didn’t!! What a beautiful country!  Funny story about Moomins – we had never heard of this but were in...

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Italy
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Italy

Aug 22, 2015 by

We took the summer off from our geography adventure, but we’re back it at with our exploration of ITALY!  The last country we studied was Germany.  Before that we trekked through the tiny and fascinating country of Andorra – nestled in between France and Spain. PASSPORT and MAPPING Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. Print out and label Italy...

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Germany
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Germany

Jun 30, 2015 by

Heading North East from the little country of Andorra which we just completed our study on – we are ready to explore Germany! MAPPING and ABOUT GERMANY Germany Travel website Stamp passports with flag, continent, country name, capital, languages, crest coloring page for Germany with flag and facts Fill in blank Germany map LANDMARKS and LANDFORMS Black Forest Fairy tale castles! Inspired Disney movies...

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Portugal
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Portugal

Mar 3, 2015 by

We couldn’t visit Spain without heading west to explore Portugal!  My hubby enjoys sipping port…. but there’s much more to this beautiful land than that. Let’s find out. PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Portugal’s flag and coat of arms Explore Portugal with Google maps. Print out and label Portugal map with...

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Spain
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Spain

Dec 26, 2014 by

Starting to get momentum going in Europe now…. just finished FRANCE and now we’re headed SW to sunny SPAIN! PASSPORTS Stamped their passports with date, country, capitol, flag and languages noted. MAPPING Learn about the meaning of Spain’s flag and coat of arms – both symbolism and colors. Also here. Cruise around Spain’s coast, climb the mountains and run around the olive groves with...

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France
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France

Oct 17, 2014 by

Crossing the English Channel we head over to FRANCE which will be our 5th country studied after England, Scotland, Ireland and Iceland. When I think of France I think of vineyards, wine, cheese, baguettes, croissants, the Eiffel Tower, old castles, elegant churches, farm cottages and the French Riviera – oh, and my husband’s annual favorite… Le Tour de France. Can’t wait to explore! PASSPORTS:...

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Volcano
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Volcano

Oct 15, 2014 by

Pebbles had a Smithsonian Giant Volcano Kit that was begging to be finally made. She loved making it, was fairly easy to do! Once the plaster was dry she had just as much fun painting it to look as realistic as possible. Then… it sat in the cupboard for ages for the day when we felt like making the lava erupt.  Since we were...

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Republic of Ireland
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Republic of Ireland

Aug 10, 2014 by

We’ll be exploring the Republic of Ireland next on our geography adventure. On my paternal family tree side our ancestors were originally from Ireland, County Wicklow area before they left for Yorkshire, England back in the ? 1800s?  Pebbles would fit right in today in Ireland with her bright copper red hair for sure. I don’t know very much about Ireland so will be...

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Scotland
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Scotland

Jul 28, 2014 by

After learning about England we go north to explore another country within the United Kingdom – SCOTLAND!  One thing I’ve learned about visiting the first country is that it is more helpful if I use these blog posts and update them with resources live as we go so that Pebbles can link off and use it rather than just document what we did! This...

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England
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England

Jul 28, 2014 by

The first country of our global geography adventure is ENGLAND! This was a great country to start because this is where my parents were born and the majority of our relatives live today.  I remember visiting England a couple of times when I was little and have a few strong memories.  The double decker red buses.  The cobble stoned streets. Tall skinny brick homes....

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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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an impromptu Passover Seder
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For the very first time ever, I decided that we would attempt to pull of a Passover Seder dinner this year.  Didn’t know much about it.  Didn’t plan it. Was just on my heart to try it out!  I knew that while it’s a prominent annual Jewish holiday – I also know that many Christians do observe it as well.  After all…. Jesus celebrated it...

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 28, 2013 by

Here’s a fun easy paper craft project for the kids:  feathers of thankfulness. Just cut a large circle out of brown paper.  Glue a second small circle of the same brown paper and glue on top. Cut out a triangle for a beak out of yelow or orange paper or craft foam. Draw cute eyes and outline the head. Cut out multiple feather shapes...

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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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