Thursday, May 31, 2012

Neon Art

Ducky's Art work from this new studio we found. This was the first project that they completed. 
Ducky loves Art:)

Neon Bugs

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Rice Cake Lunch,Dinner or Snack

So ever since the Daniel Fast I have been trying to eat healthier. A friend shared this recipe with me and it's yummy. Sometimes I have this for lunch or dinner or just a snack.

2 Rice Cakes
Hummus on bottom
Then Shredded Chicken
Cherry Tomatoes chopped in half
With Avocado on top( I normally don't put this on but wanted to try it)

Not many calories and you feel good about eating it. 

Try it and I hope you enjoy:)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Thank you to Peace Hill Press for letting us review The First Language Lesson Level I.
First Language Lessons, Level 1

A complete grammar text for the youngest student, First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 1 uses copy work, narration, picture study, and other classical techniques to develop the student's language ability.

Level 1 has the same great content as the original edition, along with new picture narration lessons. It has been redesigned for clarity and ease of use. Lessons follow the same order as the original edition.

Originally published along with the second level of First Language Lessons as a single volume, Level 1 has been redesigned as a simple-to-use one-year program.

My Review:

I'm thankful to Peace Hill Press for letting us review the First Language Lessons. 
First Language Lesson teaches your children the basics of Grammar. What I love is that it is a very gentle approach. The lessons are short and sweet. I love that First Language Lessons has narration and memorization. Our children loved memorizing the poem: The Butterfly by: Christina G Rossetti. Our children made a game out of memorizing the poem which is fun and exciting for our children. I love that they have copy work too, I have done copy work for years and I see that our children learn how to read, write,spelling,and grammar with copy work. All by just copy work which is highly affective. First Language Lesson is a Great staring point for any child. I'm currently using it for our 9 year old and 7 year old. With our 9 year old it's mainly review but good for him to review. And our 7 year old is catching on quite nicely. So as you can see you can use First Language Lessons with multiple ages at the same time. I enjoy the gentle approach that First Language Lessons offers. 

Please check out Peace Hill Press for other Classical Curriculum that would fit your needs. We don't do all classical but we use alot of there approach. We use Story of World which can be purchased at Peace Hill Press. And we LOVE the Jim Weiss Cd's, you can even download them to your I touch. Awesome website and resources. Please check it out:)

Baby Sling

Last week we had a pool play date and all the moms that were at our house that had babies had slings so after the pool play date Ducky made her baby a sling out of an old shirt she cut and tied and there she had a sling for her baby, girls are naturals at naturing. 

I thought this was adorable. 


I'm pleased to announce that I'm hosting a giveaway for Rudi's Organic Bakery.
What I love about Rudi's Organic Bakery is that all the ingredients are organic.

The best things in life are free. Free from (anything bad like) synthetic ingredients, chemical pesticides and fertilizers. When we say organic, we mean it. Our products are USDA Certified Organic, which tells you that at least 95% of our ingredients are organic. This is good for you, your family and the environment.

Also what I love is that Rudi's Organic Bakery carries gluten free products which is mostly what we eat. We aren't allergic but I know we have a sensitively to gluten and wheat so we choose to use gluten free products. I can't wait to try some of there Gluten Free Products. 

One Lucky winner will win a Super Fun Art Kit with coupons for Rudi's Organic Bakery Bread

1 art kit complete with paints, crayons, markers, etc., 1 sketch pad for doodling, 1 black beret for creative inspiration, a reusable Rudi's Organic bag and 2 free coupons good for any Rudi's Organic product.

Their is a alot of exciting things happening at there website or Facebook Fan Page. Through there Let's Doodle Campaign you can go to there Facebook Page and upload your child's artwork and you will have the sandwich box for a lifetime with your child's artwork to remember when they were young. There artwork will immediately be viewable in there gallery. They will then mail you the sandwich box with your child's artwork on the lid of the box. This is FREE. Submissions are between now and June 30th. 

From Rudi's:
The fun will continue from July 1 to July 31, 2012, when Facebook fans will be invited to vote for their favorite design and receive a $0.75 coupon good for any Rudi’s Organic Bakery product. Each vote will also trigger a $1 donation to Chef Ann Cooper’s The Lunch Box, an online toolkit offering healthy tools for school food service, administrators, parents and students to help transition K-12 school lunch rooms nationwide from processed foods to healthy made-from-scratch meals. (Throughout Let’s Doodle Lunch, fans can text “Lunch” to 50555 to sign up for The Lunch Box Newsletter and learn more about how to get involved and support The Lunch Box.)

The design that receives the most votes on Facebook by the end of the July will be named the Rudi’s Organic Official Sandwich Box. The grand prize winner will receive a year supply of Rudi’s Organic bread, a $100 Target gift card for school supplies, a $150 Whole Foods gift card, and a year subscription to KIWI magazine.

From Aug. 1 to Sept. 30, Rudi’s Organic fans can send in three proof-of-purchases and receive a free Rudi’s Organic Official Sandwich Box featuring the winning design. Rudi’s Organic will donate $1 to The Lunch Box for every Rudi’s Organic Official Sandwich Box ordered. 

Our Children's Artwork:

 Olympic Rings
By: DMan 

American Flag
By: Ducky

Multigrain Sandwich Flatz
Rudi's has came out with a NEW Sandwich Flatz which I love to use when I make grilled cheese.

Multigrain Sandwich Flatz

New! Baked on the lighter side, but with all the organic yumminess you want. With 24 grams of whole grains and 5 grams of fiber, but only 110 calories per serving, it’s a healthy option the whole family will love.
Made with stuff you can pronounce and ingredients you recognize
Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Organic Grain & Seed Blend (*Yellow Corn Grits, *Flax Seeds, *Sesame Seeds, *Milled, *Sunflower Seeds, *Rolled Oats, *Spelt, *Wheat Flour), Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Oat Fiber, Yeast,Organic Wheat Gluten, Organic Guar Gum, Organic Oat Flour, Salt, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Raisin Juice Concentrate, Organic Corn Meal, Organic Malted Barley Flour, Organic Vinegar, Organic Cultured Wheat Starch, Citric Acid, Enzymes, Lactic Acid, Absorbic Acid. *Organic CONTAINS: Wheat Baked in facility that uses eggs.

Thank you to Rudi's Bakery for sending us coupons for the New Sandwich Flatz which we will be trying shortly.

To enter giveaway please enter on Rafflecopter.  

Monday, May 21, 2012

Three Cup Holder

So D Man thought he could make a three cup holder so he thought that you could fill each one up and when you are finished with the first one then you could have a back up but there is a problem the other cups would spill and you would have a Big mess. So we decided that this cup holder could be used for three people at a time. This is one of D Man's invention. So funny!!

A close up of the Cupanator, D Man named it:)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mother's Day Gift

I know it past Mother's Day but I thought I would share anyways the gifts our children gave to me:)
I wasn't feeling good on Mother's Day and our children know I love Tea so below is the tea cup Ducky made for me. 

I had lentils,tea cakes,lettuce and milk with my tea. Very cute!

This is a close up picture of a tea cake made out of cardboard and bend ables. 

D Man made we a cup made out of duck tape.

And there it wouldn't be a great day without cake, Ducky made this for me:)

Hope it was a great day for all of you too. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

American Girl Tea Party!!!!

Ducky's Birthday Party was this weekend, We had a American Girl Tea Party!!!
Ducky looked beautiful, I bought her dress at Costco. It was beautiful!!!

This is our goody box table which I got from the dollar store and inside was a hair tie I made which had  Tea Party Ribbon and Sheer Ribbon on either side. Also we made American Girl Bracelets which I will post in another post and we put in a Biblical Card about Friendship. Also on the table was the mini- cupcakes I made and a American Girl Craft we made during the party. 

This is one of the place settings. 

I decorated our patio. 

It turned out beautiful for Ducky's Tea Party!!

Ducky with her American Girl. 

We had mini quiches,popcorn chicken,veggies,fruit,dips and of course cupcakes. Everything came out so cute. I'm so thankful for all our family and friends that came out to celebrate Ducky's day!! Thank you to my wonderful husband for all his help,xox. 

Happy Birthday Ducky!!!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Art with Music

Thank you to Karen for introducing our children Art and Music. They had a blast:)
What they did is that they listened to Jazz and they interpreted the music into Painting. 

D Man with his masterpiece. 

D Man's close up artwork, pretty cool. 

Ducky's masterpiece, what a cool lesson. 

Ducky's close up of her painting. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

AVKO Sequential Spelling Review

Sequential Spelling is AVKO's premiere seven-level spelling program for the teaching of the patterns of English spelling within seven normal public school years.  Sequential Spelling is great for schools as well as homeschoolers.  The sequences are not based on grade level curriculum. The sequences are based on building from easy words to advanced words as from all, tall, stall, install, installment, installation. Most students should start with Level 1.  Use our rough pre-test for Sequential Spelling (PDF) to determine more specifically where your student should begin if level 1 will be too easy for your student(s).  View other placement tests for spelling and reading.

Traditional Spelling Program

  1. Gives the child a list of words to study (and he forgets them after the test at the end of the week).
  2. Tests the child on individual words.
  3. The tests are corrected by the teacher/parent with the looming red ink pen—after the tests are done.
  4. The rules of the English language are presented in dry, hard-to-understand ways outside of the spelling program.
  5. The overall emphasis is on a grade for one week over one set of words.
  6. The emphasis is on a theme of words (colors).
  7. The sequencing of the words may be due to introduction of words into the curriculum, instead of the relative difficulty.
  8. There may be a guilt reaction when the child studies but doesn’t do well on the test on Friday.

Sequential Spelling

  1. The child doesn’t study anything (he remembers the patterns used to spell the words—even after the test).
  2. Tests the child on patterns of the English language.
  3. The child corrects his own paper as he is taking the test immediately.
  4. The rules of the English language are embedded in the program, without lengthy explanations.
  5. The emphasis is on learning the patterns of spelling for mastery of the language.
  6. The emphasis is on the meanings of the words (root words, suffixes).
  7. The sequencing of the words is based on research and the building of English words from the root word to expanded forms.
  8. The child builds confidence when he can spell words he has never seen before without studying.

AVKO does not present "rules" in its Sequential Spelling and other spelling materials. Instead, the "rules" are embedded in the program so that the children can pick them up automatically. AVKO does have materials available for parents and teachers to be able to teach the rules if they so desire. 

My Review:
Thank You to AVKO Sequential Spelling for letting us review the Sequential Spelling I DVD and workbook. 
Let me say first I LOVE Sequential Spelling. This is the first Spelling Curriculum I have used and I have definitely seen results with both of our children. I started both of our children on Level 1 because I wanted to start with the beginning. Before Sequential Spelling we did alot of copy work which I still love but Sequential Spelling gives our children a boast in there spelling.I love how the words that they are spelling build upon each other. I love that the lessons are short and to the point. When we sit down to do Sequential Spelling our children are so excited to do spelling, I wish you could be in our house when we are doing Sequential Spelling. Here are some pictures to show you what it looks like when we are doing Sequential Spelling.

Here are our children doing there first lesson of Sequential Spelling. D Man has to have something up so that his sister won't copy, she doesn't need to. The video is awesome. What I love about the video is that she says the word,says it in a sentence, and then repeats the word and then we pause to write, when we unpause you see the word and she spells it again, if you get it wrong and you pause the video and correct your answer and then move onto the next word. You use the words alot so they really know the words to spell them. I found the video was VERY helpful would definitely recommend it. 

Ducky writing her Spelling words during a pause. 

D Man writing his Spelling words. 

I have reviewed one copy of Sequential Spelling so for our daughter we used paper and folded into fours and then wrote Day1,2,3,and 4 etc. 

More of Ducky's work. 

Sequential Spelling builds confidence in your children. Also Sequential Spelling builds on how many words you do too. As you go up in the lessons you have more words to do. 

I love how on each page they have a confidence builder. I especially love this one below. It's OK to make mistakes. You don't learn if you don't make mistakes. It's get for our children to see these. This is one of the many get statements. AWESOME!!!!

This is the best part for me, after each lesson they do a VICTORY dance. This is the very important to me as a Mom that they LOVE there lesson and as you see they are so HAPPY. This says ALOT about AVKO Sequential Spelling

All opinions are my own:)

Ducky's 7th Birthday!!!

I can't believe our baby is 7 today!!! Time Flies!!!

Happy Birthday Ducky!!! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Orthodontist Field Trip

Thank You Jenny for setting up this wonderful field trip.
D Man had a panoramic x-ray. We learned alot about DMan's teeth.  He is missing an adult tooth that will never come in.This was his first ever x-ray. 

One of the ladies went over how to brush your teeth and floss. 

Each children got to make an impression or there teeth if they wanted too or there hand. 

Ducky mixing up the mixture for her impression. 

Ducky putting her hand in the impression. 

Ducky's hand before we filled it. 

D Man had no problem with the impression in his mouth. What was cool they had different flavors to make it more tasty. 

D Man filling his impression. 

Ducky filling her impression. 

Ducky's hand print

D Man's Mouth Impression

Our future dentists:)
Thank you to all the staff it was a great time:)