Monday, September 11, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Hobbies

I am trying out a new hobby. I'm not sure how its going to go but I guess we will see when the first real project comes off the block. I am trying my hand at metal stamping. I have had some letter stamps for a while I used them to mark something a few years ago. But this will be my first attempts at actual nice jewelry. I ordered some polished stainless blanks online last week and I finally got brave today and gave it a go. I made this necklace for me and the girls. I think it came out well for my first real try at it. 

Now I have to look for some other projects to make for them. Does anyone else do metal stamping? I would love to hear some tips and tricks to get a better impression. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Let the Little Children Come Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract Review

Let the Little Children Come

Let the Little Children Come Halloween TractToday we are reviewing a little something for Halloween. Halloween is probably one of my favorite holidays. We love the make believe aspect, the dressing up to be something silly. But we also love the candy and this super cool product from Let the Little Children Come has got to be the best way to give out those sweet treats and be able to share the Lords word at the same time. We are reviewing a product called Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract. These Halloween Tracts are super cute pumpkin shaped boxes that you fill with candy and then the child unfolds it to reveal not only a sweet treat but they get an amazing gospel message. You get 20 pumpkin shaped boxes in a pace and they will run you around $15.95 or if you buy 11+ packs you can get them at a discount price. 

This a some assembly required product. You do not need to be crafty for this one though. All you are doing is inserting the stem of the pumpkin into a slot in the other panels. Each panel is numbered and it is basically fool proof. See my super cool picture on the right. My girls helped me to assemble a few of these and they had a lot of fun. You can see from the pictures they are small pumpkins and since they are round they would better hold small candies like sweet tarts, Hershey kisses, star burst etc. We plan on taking ours to some of our homeschool friends that live in town. These candy boxes would be great for a church trunk or treat night or even a birthday party that happens to land around Halloween. Might even use them as a classroom Halloween party treat or for you homeschoolers give them away at a co-op or park day. We have no birthdays around Halloween so we will be donating ours to our small town church. They do a Trunk or Treat every year on Halloween and I just know that they will love having these to give out. 

Be sure to order some today so you have them in time for your Halloween Party. You can also click the banner below to see what the other Crew Families did with their Is There Anything Better Than Candy? Box-Tract.

Is There Anything Better Than Candy?  {Let The Little Children Come Reviews}

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Kwik Stix! are at it again

Hey everyone Kwik Stix has ask me if I could share some exciting news for them. On September 8th Kwik Stix will now be easier to find. They are pleased to announce that you will be able to purchase all their great products at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs for only $19.99!

So head on over to your nearest BJ's Wholesale Club and pick up a pack. 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Review

A Journey Through Learning
We are doing Lapbooks again! This time we are excited to be using A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks. We are using a set from their Apologia Curriculum page. Specifically we are using the Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (2nd Edition) Lapbook. This Lapbook set is designed for grades 2-7 I am using it with a 3rd grader and a 5th grader. It includes something for each lesson that is in the Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy (2nd Edition) book. It also includes instruction on assembly, and placement of mini books, lesson plans and answer keys. This is a downloadable product and contains 158 printable pages. 

This is what my girls call a mega big Lapbook. It used 14 file folders that you will install in a binder. They included some directions and pictures on how to do this and I am thankful for the photos because I would have messed it up with out them. This hole process includes lots of folding and taping and it took me way longer than it probably should have to create two of them. I had issues with my 3 hole punch. I am going to recommend not using one. The tape gets stuck in the punch and tears out the holes when you try to remove it. At least that is what happened with ours. A single hole punch was much easier although it was more time consuming to do and still got stuck at times. We live in a small town and the only duct tape I could get a hold of was plain silver but you could get fancy and do some of the colored duct tape or something with a print on it. Stars would be cool if you could find it or may be glitter. I thought blue with glitter would kind of go with the hole Astronomy theme. All in all assembling the file folders was probably the most time consuming thing for me. 

I was pleased with this lapbook. We have not completed the entire thing yet but we are well into it. Like I said above each lesson has a mini book that your child will complete to go along with the lesson they learned in the text book. I found these to be a great edition to the student notebooking journal that came with their Apologia set. Some of the mini books repeated the information that they did in the notebook, but we did find a good number of them that gave them additional information that was covered in the text but not the notebook. Review is always good so we were ok repeating some of it. I can actually say that I think the Lapbook would be good substitute for the student notebook if you had a child that preferred doing the lapbooks. 

The girls found the lapbook assignments easy to do and understand. I do think a 7th grader might be a little bored with it though. A good number of the pictures were offered in color. This was an issue for us as we only have a black and white printer. The girls did try to color some of the pictures to make them a little more interesting. You can see some of the pieces we have been working on before we put them in the file folder. All in all this Lapbook is a nice edition to the Apologia Astronomy set.

A Journey Through Learning offers a variety of Lapbook sets and everyone should check out the other sets that other Crew Members have reviewed.

Lapbooks for Classical Conversations, Apologia, Inventors & 20th Century {A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks Reviews}

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