*BOOKS OF THE WEEK* 2 Favorites

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We love children’s classics and have been reading one after another the last few months. We’ve been through Pinocchio, Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and a few others. Most recently we picked up Ian Fleming’s modern classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This anniversary edition is beautiful with thick glossy paper, fun illustrations, and a […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #9 & 10: Bohnanza & Dodge Dice

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9. Bohnanza We got this game for Christmas last year and have played it gobs of times since then. It’s made by Rio Grande and they usually come out with pretty fun games but sometimes they’re very long, complicated, and require so much strategy to ever have hope of winning. I love Bohnanza because it’s […]

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Easy Pre-Cooked Chicken

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I just got my box of Zaycon chicken last week – 40 pounds of chicken with no added hormones, additives, or artificial ingredients, fresh from the processor. I’ve used my chicken in lots of different ways: canned – I love having canned chicken on hand, but I still have plenty from the last time flash […]

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HATS!

Crafts
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I just pulled out my box of hats cause BRRRRRRR! It’s been cold here! We switched from beautiful fall to frigid winter overnight. I hates cold weather, but cute hats save the day. I made this one last winter and it’s one of my favorite – Another great pattern from ShanaGalbraith! Remember her? She’s the […]

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Top 10 Family Games EVERY Family Should OWN & PLAY OFTEN

Shopping
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It’s finished! My list of TOP 10 Family Games is complete just in time for Christmas. Here you have 10 great gift ideas for players of ALL ages. They range in price from about $10 – $20 so completely affordable and so much better than all the much more expensive and far less entertaining toys. From the […]

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TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #7 & 8: Wackee Golf & ZipIt

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We’ve been playing so many games together as a family recently and we’re not tired of it yet. We cycle through our 10 favorites and Gus and Elliot are getting pretty good at some of them! Our newest favorites are Wackee Golf, a simple but super fun card game, and Zipit, another great word game. […]

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*TUTORIAL* I Spy Economy Block

Quilting
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  I’ve had a few things getting in the way of my craft time. Baby #4 (he doesn’t have a blog alias yet, coming up with his real name was hard enough…) and Homeschooling But I started to go a little crazy…again…and decided I needed to make something. I thought an I Spy quilt would take forever, […]

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Give stampanda

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We’ve been trying out all kinds of cool stuff lately – this is another perfect gift idea for Christmas, a personalized stamp from stampanda. I had such a hard time choosing a design. I love this and this and this. You can personalize each stamp to see exactly how it will look with all your […]

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4 Toys Amazon Missed

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Have you seen Amazon’s Holiday Toy Guide for this year? It’s pretty bad. I had to look for several minutes before I found something I would even consider buying for my kids. Most of it is noisy, plastic, electronic, or just plain junk. I’m not sure who is buying all that garbage when there are gobs of […]

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*BOOK OF THE WEEK* Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens

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This week’s book is part of a series that is a new favorite of ours all about Math Adventures. I love the clever idea behind Sir Cumference (get it…Circumference??? As in the “the enclosing boundary of a curved geometric figure, especially a circle?” Ha!) There are 8 books in the series and they cover a […]

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