Saturday, November 21, 2015

Winter Classroom Theme

Our class is now a Winter theme! I wanted a theme that was easy and cheap this time. I love decorating our room where we do most of our homeschooling. It keeps it interesting for our kids that live in their school. It is a great change of scenery for them. So I found some ideas on pinterest and here is what happened.

I do not think of myself as a crafty person but I LOVE my penguins I made. They were so easy!

A couple cute snowman and snowflakes hanging up over the closet. They were less then $5.00 at Walmart. 

Paper plates make great snowmen. $1.00 plastic tableclothes from Walmart make great icicles and backgrounds. 

Of course I added some silver tinsel to the room and some posters that were winter themed. 

I decorated when my kids were gone for the day and they came home and loved it. 

Friday, November 20, 2015

I Prayed For You by Jean Fischer Illustrated by Frank Endersby

     I Prayed For You by Jean Fischer is such a cute book. It is about a mama bear who as her cub grows up she prays for him. It has small prayers for milestones in her cubs life such as walking and going to school. She also prays when she is mad or sees her cub get hurt. I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. I loved how the mama tells her baby cub how she prayed for him before he was even born. One of my favorite little prayers is "God, give this silly bear dances and wiggles, the happiest fun, and bundles of giggles!". 
     Not only is the story cute but the illustrations by Frank Endersby are adorable. I just want to jump in the pages and cuddle the mama and her cub. The pictures are very soft and kid friendly. 
    This book is for elementary ages and under. I received a free copy from the booklook bloggers program to write my honest review. I chose this book for my two year old and I know he will love it.

You can find this book on, click link below. 

049874: I Prayed for You Boardbook I Prayed for You Boardbook
By Jean Fisher & Frank Endersby (Illustrator) / Thomas Nelson

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Friday, November 13, 2015

Free Thanksgiving Activities and Ebooks

Grab these fun and free Thanksgiving activities for your kids!

 Check out for your free preschool lapbook and unit study on Thanksgiving.

Preschool Thanksgiving Unit Study

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Let your little ones retell the traditional story of the first Thankgiving with this printable craft activity. has free Pilgrim Sentence Scrambles


Free Story Problem Activities using subtraction and addition for educents.comFree Thanksgiving Story Problems

At you can get a free e-book called Celebrate ThanksgivingFree Celebrate Thanksgiving eBook.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

How to Shop for Christmas without Losing Your Sanity

The Christmas shopping season is quickly approaching.  Some black Friday ads are already appearing on the internet.  With a large family it can be hard to afford and find all that I would like to get them.  

Black Friday does have great deals but I hate fighting the crowds, missing family time, and spending more than I intended to.  That’s where my secret weapon comes in.

I use lot!

The benefits are:

·         They still have GREAT deals.
·         They have hard to find toys.
·         I save on gas.
·         It doesn’t interrupt my Thanksgiving.
·         They have great customer service.
·         Shipping is super fast.
·          I get to shop from home.

I have been shopping on for a while now.  A few years ago I took the plunge and signed up for Amazon Prime.  This yearly subscription service gives me FREE 2-day shipping.  That means that whenever I find a great deal it ships fast for FREE. 

Every year for Christmas we have to get a few gifts for family members who live far away.  The shipping fees are usually pretty high.  So last year we decided to buy the gifts on and have them shipped for FREE as a part of our Amazon Prime subscription.  There was a small fee for wrapping but our family raved about how nice the presents looked when they arrived.  It was a huge time and money saver. 

We also enjoy streaming FREE movies, TV shows, and music all year long as part of the Amazon Prime subscription. 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

I am Overwhelmed and I Think My Hats are to Blame

Ladies wear too many hats!! I have heard many say that they just do not feel adequate. We put too much pressure on ourselves to be everything to everybody.

I will use myself as an example.

Here are my hats in no special order:

  • Wife
  • Mom
  • Pastor's Wife
  • Sunday School Teacher
  • Ladies Auxiliary Vice President
  • Homeschool Teacher
  • Cook
  • Laundry Mat
  • Cleaner
  • Seamstress
  • Photographer
  • Blogger
  • etc.....

If you actually sit down and write all the hats you wear during the day, your head would be to small to hold them all. This creates defeat. There is no way we can excel at everything we attempt. It may appear that some woman do. However, most of those women claim to be as lost as everyone else.

When we look at our hats we need to see which ones we can throw away. I can throw out Seamstress. I used to fix buttons and alter clothing. I love to sew but I just do not have the time. Besides a few small projects, my daughter does all the sewing for me.

When we get rid of a hat our head has room for the more important things. As woman we are great multi-taskers. However we can not excel at what we love if we do not make more room on our head.

Next we need to pick the most important hats. Mine is Mom and Wife. Those are my two most important jobs. They will always take priority. If I can excel at being a mom and wife then I feel good about myself.  When I worry about perfect cooking and making sure I have a blog post twice a week I put too much pressure on myself.

If you feel bogged down and inadequate then take a good look at your hats. Maybe you have too many. Once you have conquered your most important hats then you can put more effort into the rest.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Win or Lose I Love You! by Lysa Terkeurst, illustrated by Jana Christy

     I chose to review the book Win or Lose I Love You! by Lysa Terkeurst because I wanted a book for my children to help teach them to play fair. I have had problems in the past with my children wanting to cheat at games just to win. They are very competitive and none of them want to lose. This book certainly demonstrated how to behave whether you win or lose. 

I love the theme for the book "You may not win, but you must try. Sometimes you'll lose, but there's no need to cry. Win or lose, one thing that's true... No matter what, I love you!

Lulu and Max are the main characters and they go into the forest to have a field day with the animals. When the animals compete there is trouble with winning and losing. But everything works out great in the end. Bear-Bear is the character that exhibits the best behavior and is made the leader of the forest. Coyote learns a lesson on how he needs to act when he loses and when he wins. 

Included at the end of the book is 10 Biblical Words of Wisdom Whether You Win or Lose. The only thing I did not like was that the many different versions of the Bible was used in the Words of Wisdom. However if you are a fan of KJV only which I am, then you can just remove this last page. 

The illustrations by Jana Christy were very cute and whimsical. Overall this book was very cute and I hope that my children can better understand what it is like to win and lose with grace the next time they play a game together. 

I am provided with a free copy of this book from the publisher through the booklook bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review but to express my own opinion on this book. 

Click the below link to find this book on

9104007: Win or Lose, I Love You! Win or Lose, I Love You!
By Lysa TerKeurst / Thomas Nelson

Competition can bring out the worst in us, but it can also be an opportunity to learn impactful life lessons. That's why it's so important for kids to understand how to handle winning and losing. Join Lulu and Max as they help Bear-Bear, Goosey, Coyote and the rest of their animal friends in the Field Day contests determine who will be the leader of Lulu's forest. But as the animals soon find out, not everyone can win. Sore losers, unkind winners, flaring tempers, and a few tears are taking the fun straight out of Field Day. Recommended for ages 4 to 8 years.