September 23, 2014

Stay Snug with a DIY Lap Rug




Be sure to stay until the end of this post! There's a big surprise!!!!

So you're going to the big game. You know it might get pretty cold later on but you don't want to lug around a big blanket. Here's the perfect solution! A lap rug! All the warmth of a big blanket with none of the bulkiness! 

What I Used :

Steelers cotton print 50" x 20"
Black minky dot 50" x 20"

This is soooo easy. Seriously, it takes about 15 minutes!!!!


Step 1 -




With right sides together, pin your 2 pieces. Sew all the way around leaving a small opening. 

Step 2 -



Remove the cat from your work area!!!


Step 3 -



Turn right side out. 
Tuck the pieces of the opening in and pin. 
Top stitch in place. 




  ALL DONE!!!! See how easy??? I'm almost ashamed of doing a tutorial for it. ;)


Now, for the surprise!!!                                                                                                 
This is another tag team tailgating post!! WOO HOO!!

While I showed you how to stay warm from the outside, Karen at Baking in a Tornado will show you how to warm up the inside.




Check out Baking in a Tornado for some tailgating cocktails that are sure to get you ready for the big game!


HAVE FUN TAILGATING!!!!!






September 22, 2014

French Revolution Resources




You would think that there would just be tons and tons of resources for the French Revolution... Well, you would be wrong. ;) I did find an adequate amount but to me, the more to choose from, the better. 

As always, I post resources for a variety of ages. 
I am not affiliated with ANY site or business. 

All the books should be easily found on Amazon, PaperbackSwap or your local library.

All printables are free unless marked under $.





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Coloring Page - Crayola

Handouts - Modern World History

Lapbook - Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus


Notebooking Pages and More - HS Launch (put French Revolution in search files)

Unit Study with a Few Printables - Free Homeschool Lessons

Worksheets - Student Handouts

Worksheets and Lessons - Core Knowledge 


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Crafts and Projects - A Book in Time

Games and Activities - Wartgames
Info - GMU,edu

Info - Fact Monster

Info - History Whiz

Info - Kids Past

Info - Social Studies for Kids

Info and Videos - History.com

Video - Cartoon - YouTube

Video - Horrible Histories - YouTube

Videos - neo k12

Videos - Watch Know Learn


So, there you have it. Not much but at least it's a good starting place. 
I'll be putting up resources for a France country study next week! 

                      HAVE FUN LEARNING!!!!




September 20, 2014

Our Week in Review - Sept. 15-19, 2014




Usually when I sit down to write this up, I am thinking that we really didn't do a whole lot during the week or that maybe I didn't take enough pictures of the things we DID do. Then I start looking and remembering and realize that once again, I was wrong. 

That being said, we didn't do as much as I had planned, but that's not always a bad thing. ;)

Here's a look back at our week.



Deanna, Cailey and Colin sitting on the couch watching TV together. Ahhh, the moments when they aren't arguing are so precious! ;)







Colin is excavating a triceratops! (And making a big mess!) He still loves dinosaurs! 








We were reading about Leonardo da Vinci and how he painted frescoes. We decided to paint some ourselves. :D
Colin's is a battle scene. He even painted a siege tower like the one we made a couple of weeks ago. 







At one of our co-ops we did wet felting again. This time the kids made shooting starts in preparation for Michaelmas. 
Don't you just love our outdoor classroom???








In our other co-op the kids took their first Art & Architecture class as well as their first Geography class. 
I didn't get a picture of their art work (it was a collaborative effort) but I did get these from Geography! 




If you've known me for a while then you'll know how I love cows. Sure, they are being overshadowed by my love of owls these days but they are still there! I just had to have these cow cookies from World Market!!! LOL I haven't tried them yet but the others say they are very good. 
That reminds me! I need to try them before they are all gone!!! 




           Silly Cailey Bird and her crazy candy!! 



See the sweet little bunny we found in our yard?? It never fails to amaze me at the wild life we find living just a couple of miles from the city limits. We live in a very busy area! Just because we aren't in the "city limits" does NOT mean we are in the country. Not here!! LOL This whole county is still "city". 


These are things that I remembered to take pictures of!!! LOL

I also got quite a bit of sewing in this week. WOO HOO!! You know what that means! Lots of tutorials coming up!!
I started on Cailey's Halloween costume the other day! I am thrilled with the way Anna's cape is taking shape! 

             HAVE FUN WITH YOUR WEEK!!!!!


September 19, 2014

Fly on the Wall - September 2014






Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 14 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.










Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

http://www.BakingInATornado.com Baking In A Tornado

http://www.therowdybaker.com The Rowdy Baker

http://www.justalittlenutty.com/ Just A Little Nutty

http://themomisodes.com The Momisodes

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/ Spatulas on Parade

http://thesadderbutwisergirl.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl

http://followmehome.shellybean.com Follow me home . . .

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/ Stacy Sews and Schools

http://www.menopausalmom.com/ Menopausal Mother

http://www.gomamao.com Go Momma O

http://dinoheromommy.com/ Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://www.juiceboxconfession.com Juicebox Confession

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com Someone Else’s Genius

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com Battered Hope






So what craziness has been going on around here lately???

Well, we've started up another homeschooling year. We are another student short. Joshua graduated at the end of last school year. Sniff!! Sniff!!


We are now the proud members of 2 homeschooling groups! WOO HOO!!! 
Cailey and Colin took their first Art & Architecture class this week.

We also had our 3 meet up with our other homeschool group. FUN TIMES!!!!

We built a tabletop siege engine!!

To check out our homeschool adventures just search for Our Week in Review! I'll have a new one up tomorrow!

Now, on to the craziness!!

Me
The Hubby
Jacob - 20 year old son
Joshua - 18 year old son
Deanna - 17 year old daughter
Cailey - 10 year old daughter
Colin - 7 year old son
Cloud and Derpy - our cats



Cailey - Jacob and his friends just came in downstairs. They had a guitar and a box of pizza. I don't know what they were doing.

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Colin - Hey! I got it and I just met that sound!!

 (He's learning to read using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and it's WORKING!!!)


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Deanna is helping Colin with his math. She says, "It's 4 and 1 0." He writes 410. She says, "No, I meant 4 and then a 0!"


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Deanna and I are discussing her psychology course. Cailey pipes up and says - Hesitating can lead to spasms and hallucinations!
Deanna and I try to control it but we lose. We burst out laughing. WHAT????
Cailey - Well, I heard it on "Gumball".

Deanna and I continue laughing for the next 30 minutes. Apparently we both had the same picture in our heads.
Do you know QWOP???? Just try it and you will see what I mean. ;)


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Deanna walks into the schoolroom the other morning. 
Colin seeing Deanna's new zit - EWWW! WHAT is THAT????


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Deanna - One Direction has a new perfume out. I wonder what it smells like?
Me - Desperation???


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Deanna and I are running errands.

Deanna - I have never been in a bank before. What's it like?
Me - Boring.

We walk into the bank and are immediately set upon by 2 men. One is a financial manager and the other is the bank manager.

The financial manager - I love your shirt! I haven't seen one of those in a long time.
(I'm wearing my Orange Crush t-shirt)
Me - Oh! I just got it at Penney's! 
Him - Recently?
Me - Yeah, about a month ago. They have Dr. Pepper, Pepsi. They even had old Guns n Roses!
Him - No way!!
Deanna says something about GnR.
Him - You know GnR???
Deanna - Sure! I know all kinds of music. Beatles, Bob Marley.
The Bank Manager - You know Bob Marley??
He looks at his friend and says - Y'know, I when to Marley's grave and talked with his other friend.
The Financial Manager - What?
BM- Yeah... I TALKED with his OTHER friend. I think the SMOKE is going over your head!
FM - OOOOH!!! You're lucky the cameras don't have sound!

We someone how got to discussing anarchy.
FM - I don't need this stinkin' tie! I don't need these stinkin' shoes or this suit!!!
BM - Hey! The cameras! The cameras!!

Deanna - I thought you said banks were boring.


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Deanna - I just saw a ton of Nightmare Before Christmas stuff! Too bad I already bought Jacob's Birthday presents. I don't like him THAT much.


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Deanna rushes over to my seat with her Algebra book (she's reviewing) and says - OK! Explain THIS!!!

I show her just exactly why it is the way it is.

Deanna - Ok. But what about THIS ONE!!!

I show here, again, just why it is the way it is.

Deanna - Oh. Darn. I thought I had something on Algebra....

Me - You can never have anything on Algebra.


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Cailey - I want to hear someone say the alphabet but not using the letter names, only the sounds.

I comply and hilarity ensues. 


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Colin was practicing his writing and forgot how to write an L. I throw my fingers up to show him what they look like. Deanna freaks out because she thinks I shot Colin the bird.

Me - WHY would I do that????

Deanna - I don't know. I thought maybe you had finally had enough.... It's not the first time I thought you shot someone the bird.

We were walking out of the grocery store one morning and an elderly couple stopped and let us pass. I thew up my hand in a little wave.

Deanna - WHY did you do that?

Me - Do what??

Deanna - Shoot them the bird!!!

Me - WHAT??? I waved at them!!!! 


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Don't forget to click the links and check out all the other posts!!!!








September 16, 2014

Fan Tote Tute with a Special Surprise



Today starts a series of special posts. My friend Karen from Baking in a Tornado and I are teaming up  to bring you some tailgating specials! 



Check out Karen's Raspberry Steak with Lemon Yogurt Sauce!


On to the tutorial!

My contribution to the tailgating theme! A team tote to carry all your fan gear/tailgating supplies!! 

What I Used -

The equivalent of 4 fat quarters 
  2 for the body of the bag
  1 for the straps and pocket
  1 for the contrast at the top of the bag

Step 1
First I cut one fat quarter in half.
One half will be the handles and the other will be the pocket.
The half for the handles should be cut in half again.
Fold with right sides together and press. 
Sew up the long side of each.



Step 2 -
Turn the handles right side out and press.
Top stitch along the edges.
Remove the cat from your work space.
Press again. 


Step 3 -


I did NOT use fat quarters. I used a long strip of contrasting fabric. I folded it in half and pressed. Folded in half again and pressed.
If you use fat quarters -
Cut it in half. Sew the ends together to make a longer piece.
Fold in half and press. Do that again.


Step 4 -

If you are using fat quarters, this is where you will sew up one side ONLY. Pin the 2 fat quarters with right sides together and sew up one side seam.



Step 5 -
Now, with right sides together, pin the contrast strip at the top of your fabric.
If you are using fat quarters, line up the side seams.
Once you have sewn the contrast strip to the top, press the seam UP.
Now, top stitch or stitch in the ditch. 
*Stitch in the Ditch means to run a line of straight stitches on top of the fabric in the seam line. I did NOT stitch in the ditch. I top stitched instead. 


Step 6 -

Now we are going to attach the handles.
On the right side, pin the bottoms of the handles to the contrast strip. Your handles should be hanging upside down with the wrong side showing.
Line up the handles on the other side and pin in place.
Now, attach the handles.
Once you've attached all 4 ends, you are going to fold the handles up and pin them in place,
Now, sew a box with an X in the middle. That makes sure the handles stay on even if you are carrying a heavy load. 


Step 7 -
Take your remaining fat quarter half and fold it up into a pocket.
Turn the sides in and press.
Pin it to the front of your bag and stitch in place. 

Step 8 -
Pin and sew up the remaining side and bottom.
Clip your corners.
Turn the bag right side out and press.





YOU ARE DONE!!!!

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!!


Don't forget to check out Karen's DELICIOUS tailgating recipe!!! OMG, that looks sooooo good! I'm drooling on my keyboard.