Saturday, January 14, 2017

Starting Another Wonderful Year on the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew

Many of you know that I have served on the Homeschool Review Crew for several years. I was thrilled to be invited back again for the 2017 school year. The homeschool curriculum we've received and the virtual friendships I've made have been an absolute blessing.

The homeschool bloggers on the Homeschool Review Crew come from all walks of life and each individual blogs about a variety of topics. Please grab a drink and click on each blog button below. You may find a new friend to follow and I know you are bound to find interesting material to read. Enjoy!

Let me present to you . . . 
Several members of the 2017 Homeschool Review Crew.

Footprints in the ButterEvery Bed of RosesDouble O FarmsFamily Faith & FridaysCircling Through This LifeAt Home: where life happensHomeschool Coffee BreakA Net in TimeGypsy RoadCounting PineconesOur Life ~ Home and SchoolTots and Meluvnlambertlife.comDelightful LearningMom's PlansA Learning JourneyThis Day Has Great PotentialWeiser AcademyAs We BloomHomemaking OrganizedMountain of Grace HomeschoolingA Stable BeginningHome Sweet LifeThrough the Calm and Through the StormOur Worldwide ClassroomA Glimpse of Our LifeSan Gabriel FarmTrout WifeCastle View Academy homeschoolCreative Madness MamaDoodleMom's Homeschooling LifeGift of ChaosMcClanahan 7Cross Rhodes AcademyApron Strings & Other ThingsApron Strings & Other ThingsMama’s Coffee Shop BlogThe Country HomemakerGod's Writer Girl's BlogHomeschool Review Crew

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Our Christmas Kitten: Meet Gypsy

My daughter begged me for a kitten for Christmas. It was a very hard decision to make. I hope everything works out so that our home can be her forever home. I wanted to surprise Alyssa with a kitten, but I decided it would be better if we chose one together. After visiting the animal shelter several times, we added our names to a waiting list to adopt one of two cats. Both cats were adopted over the weekend. One was over a year old and looked like Gypsy. She was a very gentle and affectionate cat, but did NOT play at all. The other kitten had strange bloating medical issues. 

A neighbor friend asked me what kind of cat were were looking for one day, because she saw one at the vet's office. We wanted a female calico kitten. We quickly hopped in the car and headed over to the vet's office to see the rescued kitten. My neighbor said we might be interested. We were pleased to find a female tortoise kitten. This kitten was found on the side of the road wandering about as a baby kitten around 5-6 weeks old. So, we decided to adopt her and give her a home. Alyssa named her Christmas kitten Gypsy.    

She was calm, skittish, and playful at first. Now . . . she is one wild kitten who attacks and bites! We are trying to train her NOT to bite all the time. We are still learning how to handle her wild kitten behaviors. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. 
Meet Gypsy
Gypsy Finds a Owner and Home
Relaxing First Couple Days Home
She had diarrhea and blood in her stools.
Waking From a Nap


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

DIY Ceramic Tile Christmas Gifts

I didn't blog last week, because I decided to unplug and spend time with my daughter since she was with me this Christmas. These are moments I don't want to miss out on especially when she so young. She asked me to take a break from computer and work-related activities . . . luckily I could and did.

I wanted to share a meaningful "Do It Yourself" (DIY) activity. Alyssa made a ceramic tile gift for her piano teacher and aunt as a Christmas gift this year, but it could definitely be created any time of the year as a gift for someone special for any occasion at any time of the year. 

Let me start with the Photo Ceramic Tile Gift. First, we adjusted the size of the photo to be printed on white copy paper. She chose a picture of her with her piano teacher from recital day. Alyssa used acrylic paint to sponge paint the edges of the tile brown and off white paint to paint the clothespins for the back. Then, she used Modge Podge on the front and back of the photo to apply it to the center of the tile. She carefully worked out any wrinkles. The next step was to spray clear acrylic over the entire project after it dried. Finally, we hot glued the two painted clothespins to the back to create a stand. We meant to cover the back with felt, but it wasn't absolutely necessary.   

The next ceramic tile gift was just a mini sunflower painting my daughter made for her aunt. Her aunt Sammie LOVES sunflowers and the color yellow. After painting it, we sprayed it with clear acrylic and attached the clothespins to the back. 

These gifts can be personalized in any way you desire and they are pretty easy to make. I hope you enjoyed your visit. See you soon! I will link this post up at Virtual Refrigerator. I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Avent Balloon Tree Countdown

I am always on the hunt for fun activities to countdown the days until Christmas. This year I was inspired by two blog ideas to make Alyssa an Advent Balloon Tree Countdown. She absolutely LOVES to play with and pop balloons.

The original idea came from WhiMSy love. Her idea for using a calendar to track events and number the scrolls was very helpful too. She posted a balloon advent calendar. Then, I saw a countdown in the shape of a Christmas tree which I loved. I knew this was the activity for us!

I used green balloons instead of gold or colorful ones. Look What I Made used colorful balloons for her Christmas tree advent countdown. I also decorated the tree with numbered paper ornaments and a strand of garland. I even decorated the pin with a ribboned bell and a few silver jingle bells. I didn't have much on hand otherwise the ribbons would have been red and green.
Decorated Pin
What I Did
First, I researched local events and Christmas activities focusing on FREE activities.
Then, I jotted down the activities we'd most likely participate in this year.
Next, I make a list of those activities on a piece of paper and cut them into strips.
Finally, I rolled them up and placed them inside the balloon before blowing it up. I love the idea of creating scrolled events, but I was running out of time and wanted ours ready when my daughter came home. I tried to stuff a Hershey kiss in it, but my balloons were too small and old so they kept breaking.

You can also research countdown activities and utilize the FREE printables online to make things super easy.

I have to say . . .  this activity was a HUGE hit with my 9-year-old daughter. I wonder if she'll want to do it again next year.

I hope you enjoyed visiting A Learning Journey. Come back soon. Happy Holidays!