January Reading List

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with our January reading list!

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Here are all the books we have planned to read this month…

Samuel (13 years old/ 8th grade)

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The Prince Warriors – This is a 4 book set, we just bought the first book to see if he will like it.

Dasean (10 years old/ 5th grade)

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The Green Ember – His brother read it back in October, so he is wanting to read it as well.

Karina (7 years old/ 2nd grade)

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Boxcar Children book 2 (Surprise Island)

Cruz (4 years old/ Preschool)

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Sneezy The Snowman

Veronica (Me!)

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Dance, Stand, Run: The God-Inspired Moves Of a Woman On Holy Ground – I’m not sure if i shared this book before, i really wanted to read it last year, but never got around to doing so.

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Mothering From Scratch

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Rush of Heaven

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The Orphan Keeper

 

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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Ugly Sweater Craft {Blogmas Day 9}

Hi Guys!

Today i’m sharing with you all a very fun Christmas craft, ugly sweaters!

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This is our second year of doing this craft, because we loved it so much the first year, we decided to do it again this year!

To make these you’ll need…

  • Ugly sweater template  from Fun Learning for kids.
  • Red cardstock
  • Various Christmas themed craft items – pom poms, glitter, jingle bells, etc.
  • Glue

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These are super easy to make, once you have printed your ugly sweater template on your red cardstock, then all that’s left to do is cut it out and decorate it.

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The kids thoroughly enjoy making this Christmas craft, and one of the best things is i bought most of the supplies at the dollar store so this was also a super affordable craft project.

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Christmas Sensory Bin {Blogmas Day 7}

Hi Guys!

I’m back today with another fun Sensory Bin…

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To make this sensory bin you’ll need:

  • Rice (or beans) – I bought a 10 pound bag of white rice for $6.48 and a 4 pound bag of black beans for $4.57, at Walmart. With these amounts, i was able make 3 sensory bins.
  • Plastic Bins w/ lids – I bought a pack of 4, for under $10, at Walmart.
  • Mini Trees – I bought mine at Target for $3 for a 6 count pack.
  • Mini Wreaths – I bought mine at Target for $3 for a 5 count pack.
  • Jingle Bells – I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $3.50 for a 75 count pack.

 

I had the rice, beans, and  bins already from when i did the Halloween Sensory Bins. So all i had to do was clear out the Halloween items and store those away for next year, and then add in my Christmas items.

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My kids love sensory bins! This keeps them entertained for a very long time.

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One of the great things about these sensory bins, is that the rice, beans, and  bins are all one time purchases. Just change up the items you add to your sensory bins based on holidays/seasons/etc.

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I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post. Have you made a sensory bin before? What’s your favorite items to add to yours?

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My Thoughts On Santa *With Bonus Elf On The Shelf Ideas* {Blogmas Day 6}

I grew up believing in Santa Claus. In fact I never knew that there were people out there that didn’t grow up believing.

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Because my parents did Santa, i just naturally continued with that tradition with my own children. And here are my thoughts on Santa…

Why i love Santa:

  • The excitement my kids get when it is Christmas Eve, when they know at any minute Santa will be coming. And the looks on their faces Christmas morning when they find Santa has come and eaten the cookies, drank the milk, and left them presents.

Why I don’t love Santa:

  • It does take some of the focus off Jesus (the real reason for Christmas)
  • I’m lying to my children, hiding stuff, keeping secrets. I really hate that part.

If I was able to go back to the beginning, that very first Christmas with my own children, i never would have done Santa. Now that we have been doing it for so long, i can’t stop, so we will continue to do Santa until my last child stops believing.

If you also do Santa, and have come to do Elf on the Shelf as well, i have a few ideas for you listed below…

  • First Day – Intro – Have the elf write out a message letting your kid(s) know what the elf is doing there, etc.

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  • Have the elf fill up a bathroom sink with marshmallows and have your elf take a bath in it.
  • Have the elf play with your kid(s) toys.
  • Have the elf drink syrup from the bottle with a straw.
  • Have the elf make snow angels with flour.
  • Have the elf have a snow ball fight with other toys (or another elf), using tiny marshmallows as snow balls.

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  • Have the elf write on a mirror with lipstick.
  • Have the elf bring your kid(s) a gingerbread house for them to decorate.
  • Have the elf redecorate your Christmas tree with toilet paper.
  • Have the elf write up a grocery list, with things like; sprinkles, syrup, candy canes, candy, etc. on the list.

 

I would love to hear if you do Santa or not in your house.

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Children’s Books We Are Reading In December {Blogmas Day 3}

Hi Guys!

Today I’m sharing what children’s books we are reading this month.

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december childrens books

What are you reading this month?

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10 Thanksgiving Themed Books {for kids}

Only 7 more days until Thanksgiving, which is enough time to hit up your local library {or Amazon} for some great Thanksgiving themed books for kids.

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My personal favorites are; God Gave Us Thankful Hearts, Thankful, Thank You Stinky Face, and Thanksgiving in the Woods!!

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving themed book?

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November Reading List

How is it already November?! I swear, it’s true what they say, “the days are long but the years are short”.

Anyways, since it’s a new month you know what that means, a new reading list!

Here are all the books we are reading this month…

November Reading List

Samuel {13 Years Old/ 8th Grade)

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Summer of the Woods (The Virginia Mysteries)

 

Dasean {10 Years Old/ 5th Grade}

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Race to the Ark (The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls, Book 2)

 

Karina {7 Years Old/ 2nd Grade}

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Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail 

 

Cruz {4 Years Old/ Preschool}

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Thank You, Stinky Face 

 

Veronica {me}

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The Song of Achilles: A Novel – I was actually recommend this by a reader of mine (thank you!), I can’t wait to read it!

That’s everything we have planned to read this month. What book(s) are you reading?

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