Tuesdays Giveaway Link Up- March 31, 2015

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday’s Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, and Shelly @ The Attic Girl.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday’s Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-host this week is Danelle @ Our Wolves Den

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews and Shelly @ The Attic Girl along with Danelle @ Our Wolves Den.

Weather, Dr. Seuss Style with the Poppins Book Nook

Welcome to the March edition of Poppins Book Nook! 
It’s the first Book Nook post of the new year!!! I am so excited to be a part of this great book club again this year. Won’t you join me for a year of book related fun.
This month’s theme was: Weather    
Seeing as it was Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the beginning of the month, the children and I have been enjoying several classic books by this famous children’s author.  I was thrilled to discover that Dr. Seuss had written a book that fit with our weather theme.
Okay, okay, this isn’t your typical weather book. But the children and I had done a weather study last year when we were reviewing Moving Beyond the Page with the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I felt Bartholomew and the Oobleck would fit in wonderfully with the other Dr. Seuss books we were reading. Additionally, I added some more weather-focused books so we could explore different types of weather. 
If you have never read (or heard of) Bartholomew and the Oobleck, as I hadn’t, let me give you a brief summary. Bartholomew is a page boy for King Derwin of the Kingdom of Didd. One year the king decided to get angry at the weather because it was always the same. He got mad at the sun, snow, fog and rain. He decided to have his magicians create a completely new type of weather to fall from the sky. This led to Oobleck which wreaked havoc on his kingdom until Bartholomew showed him what he had to do to fix it. It was something quite simple, but I won’t give it away. 
Obviously Oobleck is not real weather, so we did supplement with some other books (which went along with our My Father’s World water related science topics). 
We read:
Weather Words and What They Mean  by Gail Gibbons
On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather by Marilyn Singer
The Magic School Bus At the Waterworks by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
This Is The Rain by Lola M. Schaefer
Nimby: An Extraordinary Cloud Who Meets a Remarkable Friend by Jasper Tomkins
Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
I made the children a Weather Muffin Tin
They had:
Pineapple Slice/Yellow Pepper Slice Sun
Popcorn Clouds
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich Raindrops
Marshmallow Snow
Cheese Lightning Bolts
Jello and Yogurt Oobleck
We made Nimby/Island crafts. 

In this book, Nimby meets an island friend. They can both change shapes and they would complement each other’s imaginative creations. The children each picked one from the book to recreate with brown construction paper and cotton balls.
Then we made Weather Books.

And for our final project, we made Oobleck. I found the instructions here.
All you need is corn starch, water, and food coloring. First we measured out the water, using it as an opportunity to work on measurement equivalents (Tbs, cups, pints, quarts) as that was part of our math topic in My Father’s World.

I gave the children 1/2 cup of water, plus 3/4 cup of cornstarch. As it was a little runny, I added a smidgen more cornstarch, about 1/3 of the 1/4 cup measuring cup.

We had a blast. And now we have Oobleck in a Bag!

Just for the record. Oobleck comes out of clothes pretty well. The carpet, not so much.

Don’t forget to check out what the other Poppins Book Nook co-hosts have been up to this month. Then, don’t forget to link up your own posts! Lastly, enter the Kid’s Poetry Bundle Giveaway.


Kid’s
Meteorologist in the Making Bundle Giveaway!
Every month the Poppins Book
Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or
product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant
will win the Kid’s Meteorologist In The Making Bundle. The winner will enjoy two
fun weather themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Weather
Tracker and National Geographic’s Kid’s Everything Weather (*kindly note that
these are affiliate links and your purchase helps to run this book club). These
two wondrous weather items can bring your children a fun weather activity or
two.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that
receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company
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Come and find out more information about Poppins Book Nook at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, on Facebook and on Pinterest.

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Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #40: March 26, 2015

Welcome back to… 


I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn’t something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.
I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I’ve posted around March 26th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don’t already have one, and share it on Facebook. 
Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don’t need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn’t hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.


Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. 


I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 
Here is my Throwback Thursday post:
Originally posted March 23rd, 2013
A is for Allegiance

Here is this week’s randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday:
Christianity Cove shared:
To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

If you would like to help spread the news:

Tots and Me
Happy Throwback Thursday!

Workbox Wednesday- March 25, 2015

Welcome to Workbox Wednesday! 

I mentioned last week that we really haven’t been doing anything new, exciting and/or different with the girls’ workboxes. They continue to work on copywork, math, Bible story summaries and some sort of hands-on manipulative. However, the younger children have started using LaLaLogic, which is a great preschool brain training curriculum that we are reviewing for the TOS Review Crew.

Last week, I took the children’s worksheet and turned it into a learning tray activity.

These trays are great for sorting exercises.

The next day we used it, we made a sorting book. 

As much fun as Harold had sorting those pictures, I have decided I need to find some other things for him to sort. 

If you use workboxes, tot trays, or anything similar, feel free to post a link to your blog post or a picture (pictures can be from facebook, but please make sure they are PUBLIC so we can see them, or use a host like photobucket.com to get a URL for your photo) that shows WHAT IS IN YOUR BOXES!

Please don’t forget to visit my co-hosts at Chestnut Grove Academy and Line Upon Line Learning.

Visit others that link up, leave comments, follow, etc. The favors will be returned! Feel free to grab a button too, so others can find the link up and join in the fun!

What is in your workboxes?
Chestnut Grove Academy
 

Wordless Wednesday: March 25th, 2015 (w/linky)- Thankful For Our Little Guy

I recently uploaded the Time Hop app to my phone and have been having a blast taking a trip down memory lane. The thing is, this was the time of year that little Harold ended up in ICU due to having RSV and pneumonia, so I have been reliving those days. Remembering the sleeplessness, the worry and concern, and the faithfulness of our Lord. So, today I just wanted to focus a bit on our precious little guy by sharing those scary days in the hospital again and what our goof is up to these days.

Beginning with a rainbow, a symbol of God’s faithfulness. We saw this as we arrived at the hospital on March 18th.

Admitted Sunday night for observation, diagnosed with RSV and pneumonia.

We had returned home the next day, but found ourselves back in the hospital after a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday. This time we had the privilege of being admitted to ICU. He needed supplemental oxygen.

A little Chest PT (or beating up the baby)

Looking better, and a bit goofy even then.
March 27th
Got the okay from the doctor to go home. You’d think he’d be a bit happier about that.

Our welcoming committee was adorable, Tabitha and Amelia ran out screaming, “Mommy!” As Hannah ran out daddy was pulling Harold from the car, so Hannah screamed, “Harrow, Harrow!”

They sure missed their baby brother.

 Our little guy has been growing up and yes, he can be quite a goof at times.

And his sisters still love him to pieces, though he does tend to get on their nerves at times.

Speaking of Goofy.

Tots and Me

Toddler Ideas Tuesday: March 24, 2015

Welcome back to Toddler Idea Tuesdays! I hope you will join with me again in sharing the fun activities, crafts, and lessons that you are doing with your young children. 

This month’s theme for the Poppins Book Nook is Weather. Now, I am not going to be sharing our actual Book Nook post until next Monday, but I wanted to share the fun spin-off craft we made yesterday.

One of the favorite books I used to read when I worked at the Montessori was Nimby by Jasper Tomkins. I was thrilled to see our library had this book when I was looking for books related to weather. In this story, a little cloud named Nimby frustrates the cloud family by never doing what everyone else is doing. He would rather make fun shapes than conform to what they want to do. He ends up going off on his own and finding a fun friend. He discovers an island that can also change shapes. They enjoy their days together creating things to complement each other’s imaginations.

The children each picked one of these creations to make using brown construction paper and cotton balls.

Tabitha made a fountain.

Amelia made an ice cream sundae.

Hannah made the mysterious castle.

Harold chose to make the banana.

This was a really simple craft, though the younger children needed help shaping the island. Hannah cut hers out by herself and I helped Harold.
Now onto:



Toddler Idea Tuesday Features



On my last Toddler Idea Tuesday post, there were 7 wonderful posts linked up. I will be picking one randomly selected post to share, plus the top clicked-on post. 
This week’s randomly selected post is:

Jennifer from Study at Home Mama shared a wonderful post on Teaching Kids How to Read CVC Words

The post with the most clicks is:


Jennifer from Study at Home Mama also share a lovely Easter craft:  Puffy Paint Easter Eggs (with a Montessori twist)
I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your toddlers and preschoolers? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas board and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up. Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our toddler time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your toddler, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.
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YumEarth Easter Organic Candy Giveaway

YumEarth Easter Organic Candy Giveaway 

I am so glad to be able to join in with some wonderful bloggers to bring you this tasty giveaway.  Spring is here, can you believe it? And that means Easter is right around the corner. We love being able to celebrate our Savior’s resurrection this time of year, and yes, we love hiding eggs and giving the children candy. 


However, if you live an organic lifestyle, Easter can be a little hard. All the sugar and traditional candy around. Of course you want your kids to enjoy the holiday and have a little something sweet too right? That is where YumEarth Organic Candy comes in!



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Tuesdays Giveaway Link Up- March 24, 2015

Tots and Me
Welcome to Tuesday’s Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, and Shelly @ The Attic Girl.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday’s Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-host this week is Sue from My Photopage.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews and Shelly @ The Attic Girl along with Sue @ My Photopage.

Sunday Photo Round Up- March 22, 2015

Time to share my photos from this week! Let’s start with Scavenger Hunt Sunday, shall we.

What I Did Today, Green, Errand, In My Kitchen, Something Old
What I Did Today


 It was such a lovely day on Monday. After we finished our schoolwork and made our shepherd’s bags for our My Father’s World lesson, we took a walk around town.

Green

I wanted to call this salad my culinary artistic masterpiece, but is is really just a simple salad with shades of GREEN joined with a splash of color.


Errand

It was Tabitha’s turn to join daddy on an ERRAND to the store. I needed daddy to pick me up some Cool Whip for the pie we were having.
In My Kitchen

Amelia was so upset yesterday when Tabitha got to help me make the pizza. Daddy went out and bought a special cupcake mix just so we could make something IN THE KITCHEN today. 

Something Old

This is SOMETHING OLD I have kept all these years, since I was in junior high school. This is a hand drawn picture that was on a shirt I used to have. Yes, I drew that.


Photo A Day Round Up


I am participating in a few different photo-a-day challenges this year. The photos are being shared daily on Instagram, but I thought it would be nice to include a collage of them here on my blog as well. Here are my collages showing the pictures from March 15 through March 22.
The first one is the Photo A Day Challenge from Fat Mum Slim.
The second one is The Bethadilly Challenge (this is where the Scavenger Hunt Sunday prompts have come from so far this year).
The third challenge is the Capturing Live, Laughter, and Love challenge.

Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen #112: Pi Day Apple Pie

Time for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen
(A weekly linky to share what you and your children have created in the kitchen.)

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The linky is at the bottom.

Last week, Tabitha and I made Cinnamon Roll Pancakes for dinner on Breakfast For Dinner Thursday. If you remember, we had way too much filling left over as I had tripled everything (pancake batter, filling and glaze). The pancake amount was perfect, but the filling and glaze probably could have been kept at a single batch amount. Well, I just have to say, I am glad I did make extra.

Last weekend, on Pi Day, I decided to make an apple pie. However, I decided not to use my regular recipe. I was curious what would happen if I used the filling from the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes in place of the regular sugar mixture.

Here is the recipe for the filling:

1/2 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 Tbs cinnamon
I had tripled this for the pancakes and had a bunch left. I used 1 cup of leftover filling (so a little more than one batch) with 6 medium apples cut into slices. 

I just stirred it together in a bowl and scooped it into a store bought pie crust. Then I added the extra crust to the top. 

I baked it for 10 minutes in a 450 degree oven, and then lowered it to 350 degrees for an additional 35 minutes. These are the directions from my original apple pie recipe. 

I do have to say, it was quite greasy when it first came out of the oven, because that filling had a lot of butter in it. It actually tasted better after being kept in the refrigerator and warmed in the microwave. I definitely want to play around with this recipe. I enjoyed the brown sugar and extra cinnamon, it just needs less butter. 

Do you have your children help you in the kitchen?  What lessons do they learn? Do you have any kid friendly recipes to share?
I’d love to see your posts, whether you have done something this week or some time in the past. Just link up below. This is a weekly linky.

I am linking up to:


PhotobucketMore the Merrier MondayFull Time Mama

Melt in Your Mouth Monday
Try a New Recipe Tuesday at Home to Four Kiddos
The Gathering Spot at Mamal Diane
Friday Food Frenzy at Close to Home
Fantastic Thursday at Five Little Chefs
Foodie Friends Friday at Robyn’sView
Family Fun Friday at Happy and Blessed Home
Find a New Recipe Friday at Almost Supermom

And here is my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky