September 30, 2014

DIY Team Color Headband Earmuffs

Tailgating Extravaganza!!!!

Oh, do I have something special for you today!!! This is the first of many special group projects (about once a month). Today 9 different bloggers have posts dedicated to tailgating!! We have recipes, DIY and techie stuff. Each and every blogger involved has something special to share with you. SO many bloggers, SO MUCH talent!!!

Are you ready to party?????

My special tailgating offer is a tutorial for headband earmuffs in YOUR team's colors! So warm and cozy! So fast and easy!!! AND they go perfectly with the Fan Tote and DIY Lap Rug (Cailey is wearing the lap rug around here shoulders in the picture).

I was a little nervous at first. I knew in my head how I wanted them to look but I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull it off. Well, I don't know about you but I LOVE IT!!!!!

They are nearly one size fits all, Cailey, Deanna and I can wear them. 


2 pieces of team colored chevron fleece - 24" long by 4" wide

1 piece of black minky dot - 6" long by 3" wide

1 piece of 1/2" elastic - 4" long

1 small piece cut from team print cotton

1 small black bow

Fabric glue

Step 1-

First I cut my pieces to 24" long by 4" wide.

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Next, I cut out the team logo and trimmed it up a bit (maybe a little too much).

Step 3 -

Pin the logo onto the right side of one of the fleece strips.

Sew along the edges. You can use a zigzag. I used a straight stitch (I don't mind if the edges fray a tad after washing).

Step 4 -

Take both fleece strips and pin them with right sides together.

Sew along both long sides but not the short ends. 

Step 5 - 

Take your 6" long by 3" wide piece and fold it in half with right sides touching.

Pin and sew a seam down the long side.

Turn right side out.

Step 6 -

Take a large safety pin and pin both ends of the elastic.

Push through the tube.

Pull the safety pins out the ends and sew the elastic in place. 

Step 7 -

Fold in the ends of the fleece. 

Slide the elastic casing into the end and pin.

Sew in place.

Now, do the same for the other side.

Step 8 -

Take fabric glue and glue on a bow.

Wait for the glue to dry and you are all done!!! :D


Don't forget to check out all of the special posts!! You don't want to miss any of them!!! 

Karen at Baking in a Tornado is our ring leader or should I say coach?? Party planner?? She's the queen, that should cover it. 
She has a SCRUMPTIOUS recipe for Glazed Kielbasa Sandwiches. YUMMMMMY!!!!!

Diane of Canning and Cooking at Home brings you a recipe for a delicious Spicy Mustard Relish (perfect for those Glazed Kielbasa Sandwiches).

Need something to read while you're waiting for your tailgating friends to show up? Check out what Robin at Someone Else's Genius has to say in her review of The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time Football.

Shellybean at Follow Me Home will show you how to make Reversible Busy Bags to keep the kiddos busy while you're trying to watch the game!!

Eileen at Eileen's Perpetually Busy will show you how to keep your tushy comfy with her tutorial for a Tailgating Seat Cushion!

Lydia at Cluttered Genius will show you how to make an Upcycled Garland out of things you already have!! Perfect for decorating that tailgate!! 

Melissa at Home on Deranged shows you how to get tech savvy with your tailgating!!! (I need this!! I am so tech challenged!!!)

Shawn from Literary Litter will show you how to crochet a Snapcap!! (I really want to learn to crochet properly!!)

There you go! The party is in full swing!! Don't miss a second of it!

                    HAVE FUN TAILGATING!!!!

September 29, 2014

France - Geography and World Cultures Resources

I decided to use France as the next country to go along with the resources I posted for The French Revolution. I can't believe that we haven't covered France yet!!! The older kids did a while ago but my 2 youngest haven't! 

As always, I try to post resources for a variety of ages. It's always best to check them out for yourself first. 

All the printables are free unless found under $$$. 

All the links are to free sites. You might have to join but it should be free. If you find something that isn't, let me know!!

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Coloring Pages -

Lapbook - 1, 2, 3 Homeschool 4 Me

Lapbook - Homeschool Share

Notebooking Pages - Homeschool Helper Online

Notebooking Pages - New Bee Homeschooler

Paper Arc de Triomphe - and - Eiffel Tower -  Paper Toys

Paper City - Paris - Made by Joel

Printable Passport - Plano Area Moms

Printable Postcards - Tim's Printables

Printables and Crafts - Making Friends

Worksheets -


Teachers Pay Teachers - Some FREE

Activities - Au Pair in America

Activities - Layers of Learning

Activities and Crafts - Kid Activities

Crafts - Squidoo

Edible Eiffel Tower - Edible Crafts - Craft Gossip

Info - Buzzle

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Info - Country Reports

Info - Dingo Lingo

Info - Kid Port

Info - Kids' National Geographic

Info - ODDiZZi

Info - Primary Homework Help

Info - TIME for Kids

Lesson Plans, Games and Activities - Mr. Donn

Make a Cardboard Suitcase - Ikat Bag

Make a Geography Suitcase - Teaching with a Touch of Twang

Recipes - Kids' Cooking Activities

Videos - BBC

Videos - YouTube (go through these first, just in case)

Virtual Field Trips - Kid World Citizen

Don't forget about Little Passports!! SO MUCH FUN!!! They are worth every penny!