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18 Reasons Homeschoolers Love Heart of Wisdom


We have completed several polls concerning the Heart of Wisdom teaching approach, and the results show the top reasons why homeschoolers choose Heart of Wisdom’s materials: Our Bible-first focus. Read our philosophy. We teach children to love to learn. Read about Charlotte Mason’s methods. We believe in focusing on children’s gifts and talents. Read about Delight-Directed Learning. We teach to all four learning styles ... Read More »

12 Most Nutritious Super Foods


1.  Kale Kale is ranked among the top 10 of the World’s Healthiest Foods when it comes to providing the most nutritional value for the least number of calories, and like other cruciferous vegetables, is a rich source of unique health-promoting compounds. kale is loaded with vitamin A, B complex, and C. It is also a powerful antioxidant. One portion of kale ... Read More »

QAYG 20 Quilt As You Go Tutorials


Quilt As You Go or QAYG is a fun and quick, machine quilting technique where you piece your quilt at the same time you add the three layers of quilt top, batting and backing. Once you finish piecing the quilt is almost done. Just join and add binding. Here is the one I’m working on now using Verna Mosquera Rosewater fabric. ... Read More »

An Easy Chevron Quilt Tutorial


How to Make a Chevron Quilt Without Piecing Triangles! No triangles, no half-square tirangles. Just rectangles easy to strip quilt. It  is basically a Rail Fence Quilt on point.   See the rectangles. I found several tutorials for Chevron quilts.  See fabric requirements and tutorials at the bottom of this post.     Chevron Quilt Tutorials 1. Crazy Mom Zig Zag ... Read More »

Quilting Again After a 23 Year Break


My daughter passed in 2014 so I began making memory quilts for her boys. The process has been very good for me. Time to remember, reflect, and pray. I haven’t quilted in  23 years! I enjoy designing the quilts more that making them. I like designing patterns even more. I decided to make some of my digital papers into fabric to quilt. It is ... Read More »

No Papers Hexagon Quilting Tutorial


If you are wondering why there is an explosion of hexagon quilts its because they are totally addicting. The cuteness sucks you in, you try just one, then BAM! You are forever addicted. Your family will never see you watch TV with an empty lap again. Every car trip will include a sewing basket. You actually look forward to waiting ... Read More »

Organizing Cutting Dies

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I’m using a Sizzix Big Shot to cut fabric for quilting. As my die library has grown I needed a store solution. Accuquilt offers a wire die holder in a few sizes from $23 to $35. I picked up a few letters holders at  thrift store for 50 cents each. As your die addiction supply grows you can add more letter holders. If I could do ... Read More »

How to Recolor in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements

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I was preparing to make a step by step tutorial on recoloring scrapbook elements (below) when I found a great video tutorial by Simply Tiffany Studios. Step by Step Recoloring in Photoshop 1. Open image in Photoshop. 2. With the element layer selected, click fx, then from fly out menu click COLOR OVERLAY.   4. Pick a color 5. Change blend ... Read More »

Organize with Mason Jars in the Sewing Room


There are better way to store thread, but I’m using what I have on hand. I use Mason jars a lot. I use them for charm packs (so I can see them), for leftover scraps from projects and for crumbs (tiny scraps) by color I can quickly grab for appliqué. They look so pretty on my shelves. Follow Me on Pinterest for ... Read More »

Comparing Fabric Cutting Machines


Which is the best fabric  cutting machine?  AccuQuilt, Big Shot? Brother ScanNCut? Silhouette? It depends on your needs. I liked rotary cutting until I lopped off the corner of my finger and had stitches. Machine cutters are much safer. I researched machines for weeks before purchasing. Here is what I learned.Note: I’m blogging as a quilter not a scrapbooker here.(Cricut ... Read More »

22 Differences between Liberty and Legalism


The curious thing about legalism is that you might look at a legalist and a person walking in grace and at times not be able to tell them apart. They could very well be doing the same exact things. The difference lies not on the outside but on the inside, in the realm of motivation. Why is he or she doing it? A person is a legalist, therefore, not necessarily because of what they do or do not doubt do, but because of why they do or don't do it. Read More »

50 States in 50 Days with Bunny Trails


This year, our homeschool focus is 50 States in 50 days with Bunny Trails. All the links are now on Pinterest Follow Robin Sampson’s board Homeschool HOW Unit Study: US Geography on Pinterest. Every day, we study a “State of the Day,”  then we branch off into a Delight Directed bunny trail. This was not my original plan for this year, it just ... Read More »

Frugal Fabric for Quilting


Quilting fabric is $10+ a yard. I indulge but I also pick up vintage sheets, pillow cases and dust ruffles at thrift stores to feed my habit frugally. I just turned several pillow cases into these 2.5″ strips. I have enough for a nice strip lap quilt. I cut the strips with a Big Shot Pro and 2.5″ dies. I cut ... Read More »

Scrapbook to Learn


What’s faster than a lapbook, more fun than a book report, makes for super review and teaches computer skills while documenting learning? Digital Scrapbooking!   We had fun making this Ben Franklin page this morning.  More and more of our school time is watching documentaries then scrapbooking. Boys love it. You can get lower resolution images using Google image search. Scrapbook ... Read More »

Long Suffering – The 4th Fruit of the Holy Spirit


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22) One of the main definitions of the word long suffering is that it is referring to patience. And patience is another sorely needed quality in the fast paced world in which we live in today. Just watch people standing in line ... Read More »

33 Easy, Healthy, & Delicious Oatmeal Toppings


A heart-healthy oatmeal breakfast is a super nutritious way to start the day. Oats contain a bio-active, anti-oxidant compound called avenanthramide that could be responsible for cleaner arteries, prevention of fatty buildup, and reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a concentrated source of fiber and nutrients. Children will warm up to oatmeal if you let them put on sundae-type ... Read More »

The Woman with the Issue of Blood


The woman with an issue of blood is one of the most heartrending of all Bible stories. “If I can but touch the Hem of his Garment . . .” These words of desperation formed an axis of faith which brought a miracle into the life of a dying woman when she reached out and accessed the power resident in ... Read More »

What the Bible Says About Education


The Hebrew Education Model “What would Jesus do?” is a popular question today. We should also ask questions like: “How did Jesus teach?” “What kind of education did Jesus receive?” “What were Abraham and Sarah’s educational goals for their children?” “Would Jesus have been at the head of His class if He had attended the Academy of Plato?” “How was ... Read More »

Overcoming Homeschool Fears


I receive many, many emails from nervous, anxious, frustrated mothers trying to make homeschool decisions. Some are deciding to homeschool, some are deciding on teaching approaches, some are deciding on curriculum. The common thread is fear of making the wrong decision. God wants us to call out to Him in all decisions—especially homeschool decisions! Of course God cares what you teach ... Read More »

How to Create a Bible Timeline Book


In her writings, Charlotte Mason recommended preparing a handmade Time Line Book (originally called a Museum Sketch Book; sometimes called a Book of the Centuries). This activity is based upon one of the major keys to motivation: the active involvement of students in their own learning. Students learn by doing, making, writing, designing, creating, and solving. Creating this Time Line ... Read More »

Healthy Food on the Run: Prepare Ahead Healthy Wraps


To be successful developing healthy habits you need easy, quick, on-the-go meals and handy snacks. This wrap a mainstay on my food plan, especially while I’m on a 21 day Daniel Fast.  I learned it years ago from the authors of the book The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health. It is amazingly delicious. I make a Rainbow Salad that I use as my ... Read More »

Rainbow Salad – Good for One Week!


I found the ideas for this Rainbow Salad in the book The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health page 286. I make it when I get home from the grocery store. Store it in the same airtight bowl and it stays good for a full week. It consist of mainly lettuces, spinach, and lots of shredded veggies (no tomatoes or ... Read More »

Homeschool Planning: How Would Jesus Schedule?


In previous posts I have asked you to rethink your beliefs about knowledge and education. Now I’m asking asking you to consider another paradigm shift—to rethink scheduling. How Would Jesus Schedule? Jesus had obvious long-term goals but He practiced daily as a responder. He prayed daily and allowed the needs of the people around Him to set His agenda. He ... Read More »

Homeschool: What People Think I Do / What I Really Do


Note all the friends, social skills and no overalls in photos of our homeschool. Computer Skills Straw Shooting 101 (You thought we miss this important lesson because we don’t go to school! Wrong!) Home Economics Fractions Horse Back Riding (animal husbandry) Tom Sawyer Unit Study (Literature) Civil Air Patrol (community service) Horse Driving (animal husbandry) Horse Driving (animal husbandry- the ... Read More »

Deathbed Letter from My Great, Great Grandmother

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This is a letter to my Great, Great Grandfather from my Great, Great Grandmother in 1887 (original spelling). She wrote this letter as she lay at death’s door. She died before it was completed. My favorite line is in bold letters. What a joy it was to find the thing she desired most for her children was the needful thing ... Read More »

Fun Ways to Teach Math with Playing Cards


Playing cards are easy and fun teacher helpers. They are cheap, require no scissors, baggies, game pieces or dice. Use regular cards (Ace to King) and make up fun math games. If your children are like mine they will enjoy the game much more and beg to play again if you avoid using the word “math.” All the games below ... Read More »

Animal School Parable


  Once upon a time, the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of “A New World”. So they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum all the animals took all the subjects. The duck was excellent in swimming, in ... Read More »

Torn Over Christmas?


How do you feel about Christmas? Do you observe it differently now compared to how you observed it when you were a child? Do you observe it at all? Did you know Christmas has pagan roots? Does that bother you? Don’t get nervous. I’m not going to tell you what you should or shouldn’t be doing this time of year. ... Read More »

Submissive Wife or Narcissist Victim?

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It is an admirable goal for a Christian woman to work on becoming  a  submissive wife as outlined in Ephesians 5:22-33, but this sincere desire to please God and her husband can tempt a narcissist to manipulate and abuse the woman. Narcissist predators are on the lookout for women who strive to be  selfless and willing to sacrifice to care for ... Read More »