Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Free Bible Songs for Kids: WORDology

Do you want your little ones to have the Word hidden in their heart, but can only do so much Bible memorization? We love making up songs to learn Bible verses and there are a few resources we really love that pair the Word to upbeat, relevant music. Oh, and they don't sound like it's only for kids.
One such resource we love is WORDology. Not only is is awesome music (made by dear friends of mine), but it is also FREE! Who doesn't love free music?
If you enjoy their music, please tell your friends!

To download you FREE copies of WORDology and WORDology2 visit: http://noisetrade.com/wordology or click on the Album covers below.
"Romans Road" by WORDology




For more information visit their official website: https://www.facebook.com/wordologymusic

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Valentine's Craft for Sending Love to Relatives

Who doesn't love little baby feet? Our littlest just turned 3 months this week. Realizing we never got prints of his tiny little baby feet when he was born, I decided to create this fun craft to remember how cute those little footprints are and send some love to his grandparents who live out of state.

All you need to create this craft are:
  1. One set of adorable baby feet
  2. Red washable tempra paint
  3.  Paint brush
  4. White card stock or plain paper

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Last Minute Valentine's Day Snack/Craft: Painted Toast hearts

Are you a multi-tasking mom? Do you need a good Valentine's craft to occupy your kiddos - RIGHT NOW?  Well, here it is. This week we combined snack time with craft time and celebrated  Valentine's Week. As I child, my mom used to do this activity with my sister and I. To keep my kids excited about it, I only pull out this activity/snack for special occasions. Since my little girl and husband both have birthday's on Valentines day it was the perfect week to break out: Painted Toast.

What you need:
  • egg tray or some other tray to hold your "paint"
  • milk
  • food coloring
  • white bread
  • paint brushes (that you reserve for this activity or new)
  • cookie cutters - we used heart ones
  • cookie sheet
  • oven or toaster oven or toaster
How to make your paint:
  1. Pour a small amount of milk in each spot for your painting tray (egg tray)
  2. Add food coloring to the milk- this is also a great opportunity to teach your kids about primary and secondary colors. (red, yellow, blue and then how to make green, purple etc), mix with toothpick
  3. Give each child a paint brush and slice of white bread (you could try another kind of bread, but the colors show up best on white). Let you kids create their designs.
  4. Using a cookie cutter, cut shape out of the bread. My kids liked to eat the scraps that were left over.
  5. Toast the bread designs on a cookie sheet in the oven or in toaster oven/ toaster. Be careful not to burn the bread.
  6. Enjoy! Totally edible art - Can it get any better?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lessons from The Giving Tree

This week the kids and I have been studying Apples and I decided to bring out one of my favorite books of all time, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Here is a link to the lesson we are using for this book on Homeschool Share.

I loved this story as a child because it's about a little boy and his journey as he grows up. However, now as I read this book to my own children, as their Momma, this book has taken on new meaning. Instead of identifying with the boy, I now identify with the Tree. She loves the boy. ALOT. She plays with him, he hangs from her branches and makes crowns from her leaves. She plays hide-and-go-seek with the boy, and feeds him apples.
And as the boy gets older, she sees less and less of the boy. The boy goes off to experience the world, but she remains, firmly planted in the ground, unmoving. She's there for the boy when he needs money, when he wants to get married, and have his own children. And she is happy to serve him in any way she can, giving him her apples, her branches, even her trunk. She comforts him when the boy returns and is sad. And eventually, at the end of the book, when the boy returns, She is still there to provide him a place of rest.

What amazing sacrifice this tree makes for the boy she loves. As a parent, I can identify more now with the Tree. However, I can see how the Tree is much like God. God wants to be our friend. He gives us food (physical and spiritual food) to nourish our bodies and souls. He is our Refuge when we need shade from the harshness of life. He promised to give us what we need, if we only ask Him. He is our Provider. He is our Rest, when we feel too weary to go on.  Oh, that we might remember that God really is like this tree - he wants to be our friend forever.

Friday, January 10, 2014

No More tears...No more Tangles...this Hairbrush is Amazing!

I thought it was too good to be true. My husband came home from a haircut speaking the impossible...a hairbrush that got the tangles out of my little girl's long hair without tears or fussing? Could it really exist? He claimed to have seen it in action, and after reading the reviews on Amazon.com, I wanted to believe it too. So, I ordered one.

Meet The Wet Brush. This thing is amazing!  I used it for the first time on my 3 year old daughter's wet hair and not a single tear was shed, no yelling, no fussing! It's almost too good to be true! I then used it on myself. I have to admit it works. This brush glides through wet hair without resulting in fussing or complaining.

Now, I will say I have used this brush on my daughter's dry hair with mixed results. It doesn't seem to glide as easily through her dry hair. However, I again tested on my own hair and I don't think it hurts. It is possible that little kids just have more sensitive scalps. Or, that my scalp was "de- sensitized" by my own mother's brushing of my hair from birth to age 10 (when I got my first real hair cut).

Regardless, this product was a great buy. You can purchase it from Amazon or at Target. I've also seen it at Sally Beauty Supply.  I liked it so much I gave one to my sister for Christmas and bought one for myself.