Friday, May 16, 2014

I won again!

I was absolutely shocked to open an email today notifying me that I had won another homeschool giveaway! God must be trying to tell me to keep going down this path because I never win anything....and especially not twice!! :D

This time the giveaway was from Jodi Mckenna. The giveaway was for an All About Learning $100 gift card! The first giveaway I won had a $50 gift card to All About Learning, so that gave me $150 to use. I could have cried!

I used the gift cards to buy All About Spelling levels 2-4 and the interactive kit. My DS is a great reader and speller so I skipped level 1. Now we are set for the next couple years on spelling curriculum. I went from being totally stressed out about where to even start on our homeschooling journey to having one curriculum totally taken care of! Praise the Lord!!

I can't think Jodi, Jill, and All About Learning enough!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I won!

I can't believe it! I actually won something. This is a rare occurrence, so I wanted to share it. A few days ago I received an email from Jill Craft of Blessed Beyond a Doubt that I had won a huge homeschool curriculum giveaway. I was a little worried it might be a spammy/advertising thing. It wasn't. :)

I was SO excited. We are looking into doing our own thing for DS in 2nd grade and have nothing right now. This prize couldn't have come at a better time. Now we have a chance to get our hands on actual material without breaking the bank. It's a good opportunity to try out some of these materials too.

I received the e-books from Map Trek/Knowledge Quest today. They look very thorough and have a lot of information. I am excited to go through them. I love e-books for the cost, especially; but I also love the ease of use and that fact that they save a lot of shelf space! :)

I cannot wait for the rest of the materials to arrive. Before this all happened I was really dragging my feet on researching curriculum and dreading getting started. This gave me the boost I needed to begin this new journey!

Thanks to Jill and all the sponsors of this amazing giveaway!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Our homeschool journey

Long before we had our son, we discussed schooling options for our future children. From the very beginning my husband and I both agreed that homeschooling would be best for our family. When the time came we decided to start with K12 OHVA. This worked well for Kindergarten. It was a little tough to keep up while trying to focus on things that my DS needed extra help with. I figured it would get better in first grade. Unfortunately it only got worse. We have struggled this year to keep up with all the work and requirements. The worst part is that I feel like we have to rush past things that my DS really needs extra time with. This has led to me looking into building my own curriculum and leaving OHVA. I loved having all the free resources, but in the long run I think my DS will do so much better if we can build a curriculum around him.

The biggest problem I am facing right now is the overwhelming amount of information and resources to filter through. We aren't able to spend hundreds (even thousands!) of dollars on materials, but we want to give our DS the best education we can. Praise the Lord for the dedicated and hardworking homeschool bloggers. I have found so much through them! Of course the challenge is going through it all and putting it to use.

My Pinterest page has exploded with all the homeschooling information!

Some of the best bloggers and sites I have found are:

Free Homeschool Deals

Teachers Pay Teachers (Plenty of free and cheap resources)

CurrClick (Some free resources)

These are only a few of the sites I use. I wouldn't have enough room to list them all. I tend to use these three the most.

I am overwhelmed, but hopeful. I need to start reading, sorting, planning, and most importantly; praying. It is going to be a long summer!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Minecraft Birthday Party

So, this year my soon-to-be 7 year old has requested a Minecraft party. This might be one of the easier parties I've done. Since everything is blocky, it's not too hard to make your own decorations and things. I've found lots of great ideas already on Pinterest.

As I get things done I will post them. Here's hoping he doesn't change his mind before the end of February!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

One craft fair down, three to go!

My first craft fair of the year was a pretty good success. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to sell much. I ended up making a nice little chunk. Even though this was a very small event it was a good starting point. I have a better idea of what might sell well and how to better display my items. Space was tight so I couldn't display things quite the way I would have liked. Here are some pictures from the day.

Eventually I will get around to making individual posts about some of the items I am selling. :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Slowly but surely

I am very slowly getting my craft fair work done. It has not been easy. Between working, homeschooling, cleaning, and trying to keep my sanity I have gotten a little bit done at a time. This is crunch time though. My first craft fair is Saturday. I actually have a lot of work to do. I don't have any one project completely finished. o.0

I am making cards, gift card holders, chapstick holders, cocoa sleeves, gift bags and toppers, mason jar Christmas scenes, notebooks, magnets, ornaments, and a few other things. I hope I can get a decent amount of each project done, but we'll see, lol.

I will post pics of each project as I finish them.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Outlet cover

I made this outlet cover a long time ago and posted it on an old blog of mine. Today while trying to think of craft fair ideas I remembered it and wanted to put it here so I could pin it on my Pinterest board. It was very easy to make and looks super cute. The possibilities are endless for the image on front. I am going to try using some Stampin' Up paper and stamps.

I made this one by painting a thin piece of wood with black craft paint and then stamping the image with red craft paint. I added the little crystal embellishments to the lights. Then I super glued the outlet cover to the back.

Cute and easy!