September 1, 2014

What's on Your To-Do List

I'm kicking off a new week by linking up with Andrea for "What's on Your To-Do List"~

We are getting ready to jump in to our Homeschool Preschool year! I am finalizing lesson plans, gathering supplies, etc. It is so much fun to see things through the eyes of a little one!

Birthday Party Planning:
Last month, my youngest turned one - He had has first-year checkup and his first haircut. This month, my oldest turns three! We love hosting special little family celebrations, and I am currently putting the finishing touches on my oldest little guy's party.


Fall & Winter Calendar: 
Each December/January, we do our best to tentatively plan family travel, vacations, special events, etc for the coming year. As each new season approaches, we like to sit down and finalize our plans. If I've found a new restaurant I want to try, a delicious-looking recipe I want to throw in to the mix, an interesting activity I want to do with the boys, I add it to our calendar! Being strategic and intentional about this helps us stay organized and makes it possible for us to accomplish all of the things we want to do. I am right now firming up fall plans for day-trips to hiking trails, regional parks, etc. Last year, we tried a local Apple Festival, and this year, I'm hoping to spend a Saturday at an orchard. 
See the table? Hubby made it! Can't wait to show you more pictures!
The Holidays:
This year, I'm planning to decorate a little earlier for fall. Last year, I waited til the weather got cooler to start putting out my pumpkins, etc. Since we live in North Carolina, this resulted in my having to get up the next day and tear it all down so we could get started decorating for Christmas. This year...even though it's still typically hot, hot, hot here in September, my fall stuff is going up early in September - okay, maybe mid-September.


As far as Christmas shopping goes, I like to shop all throughout the year. This allows me to actually enjoy the holidays - Christmas lights, hot chocolate, baking, etc. - and not be fighting crowds or standing in lines. I have a few more things I'd like to grab in order to finish up my shopping, but for the most part, I'm just about ready for December 25th. 


We also love participate in Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child Outreach. Be sure to check out my ideas for preparing now!

So what's on your to-do list? If you're like me, you are constantly thinking ahead and planning!
Do you have any fun events coming up soon?
Do you prepare early for the holidays?

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August 30, 2014

Baby's First Haircut

So here's Caleb - back in 2012 - getting his first haircut~ 

We had let his hair get to the "mullet-stage", and we promised ourselves we wouldn't do that with our second little guy. It's just so hard to let those sweet little curls go~

Here's a few little snapshots of Isaac getting his first haircut today!
Basically just a little trim~
 He was sportin' his Herd gear!
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August 29, 2014

My Favorite Book Report Projects

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Attention classroom teachers & homeschool educators~ Today, I am linking up with Momfessionals and featuring some of my favorite book report projects from my Teachers Pay Teachers shop! 

I have had great success using these creative "out of the box" activities with varying age groups of elementary students! These projects can be adjusted to fit your specific needs - no matter the age, grade, or teaching environment. 
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A unique twist on the traditional book report format~
This assignment requires students to use a cereal box as the basis for a fun and exciting book report project.
Students will design and attach a captivating cover, a list of story "ingredients", an introduction to themselves, an "about the author" section, a summary of the book, an additional creative piece, etc.
They will also be asked to prepare and present a cereal box commercial. Students absolutely love this project, and I always look forward to their fun presentations. It is also fun to put their projects on display for others to see.
This file can be modified to fit your specific classroom needs, due date, etc. **Clear instructions are included - as well as an evaluation rubric.**





A unique twist on the traditional book report format~
(Rubric Included
This book report project requires student to "follow a recipe" in preparation of their report: 
1 cup of plot
2 teaspoons of characters
2 tablespoons of excitement
1/2 cup of a opinion
1 teaspoon of recommendation
(plus a sprinkling on top which includes: title of book, author's name, publisher's name, number of pages, literary genre)
This file can be modified to fit your specific classroom needs, due date, etc.
This project is so much fun!
*Suggestion: Allowing students to put their information on recipe cards instead of note cards and having them present to the class adds an extra-special touch to this assignment.


Biography Book Report Project - 

When it comes to book report projects, this assignment offers a unique twist~

"This book report will be centered around a biography of a famous person that we study about in our social studies book or read about in class." 

This project includes a written report, oral presentation, and project. 
(Assignment Details):
1. Use the characters and the setting of the book you have ready to write the front page of an imaginary newspaper. 
2. Design, create, and write your own book jacket. 
3. Pretend to be your character, and write a one-week diary of the way the character might have lived.
4. Design your own bookmarks for your book (at least 5).
5. Dress up in a costume that the character may have worn.
This file can be modified to fit your specific needs, due date, etc.
An evaluation rubric has been included for you - as the teacher - to use for assessment.


A unique twist on the traditional book report format~
This assignment requires students to use a coffee can or a soup can as the basis for a fun and exciting book report project. 
Students will design and attach a creative can label. They will also be asked to create/include various items inside of their can (a mini story booklet, a finger puppet, a picture of their favorite part of the story, three index cards that include information from their book, and a bookmark to go with their book). Students then use these items in their presentation before the class. *It is also fun to put these projects on display for others to see!
Artistic students especially love this creative project!
This file can be modified to fit your specific classroom needs, due date, etc. **An evaluation rubric is included.*


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for 2nd-5th grade classrooms, homeschool environments, etc. Happy Browsing!

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August 28, 2014

Meet Stasia from Our Life on a Budget

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Stasia here, from Our Life on a Budget!
A little about me?  First and foremost- saved by grace!
I am a wife, mother, teacher, blogger, cloth diaper enthusiast, runner, and person who loves to eat (had to throw that one in there).  
As the name of the blog infers, I am pretty frugal and the blog started as a journey to document that.  Then it grew to cover more- everything from family, to faith, to how to have a garage sale!  
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August 27, 2014

Sandwiches on the Griddle

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 Today, I'm linking up with Momfessionals for "Recipe Club" and Leslie for "What You Wish Wednesday", and we're talkin' hot sandwiches - easy pleasers for sure (at least in this house)!

While I always love a good deli sandwich, my hubby is not a huge fan of cold cuts, etc. 
A hot sub? A grilled panini? Now you're speaking his language!

A couple of years ago, I introduced you to The Green Goddess Grilled Cheese Sandwich, and it is still one of our favorites around here!
With this sandwich, sourdough bread is a great place to start! Pile on a variety of cheeses, some sliced avacado and tomato, a couple slices of bacon (In my opinion, thick cut is the way to go!), and then add a little more cheese to the top. Grill this concoction up on the griddle - making several at a time - of course! Yummo!

I love using my griddle to make hot sandwiches - It allows me to make everyone's sandwich at one time, and it's super easy cleanup! Alot of times, I will simply use whatever is in my fridge...
...like cheese, bacon, spinach, and onion~ Grill those onions separately before you throw them on, and it will make for heaven on earth. While we love sourdough, sometimes we use just plain bread. See that heel down there on the end? Flip it over (facing in) and no one ever seems to notice they're eating the heel. Okay, okay, I'll admit it. I always eat the heel just in case it's going to upset anyone. This would be just one example of the many sacrifices I make as a mother.




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