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Guest Blogging over at Mommy by Day...Crafter by Night


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Hello All!  I'm super excited to be guest blogging over at Mommy by Day...Crafter by Night!  Below is a little snippet of the project I'm sharing; hope you can get a chance to hop over there and read more! 

Fold-Top Snack Bags

Everyone uses snack bags, whether it’s in lunch boxes, picnic baskets, diaper bags, or even purses. And while I try to do right by recycling and re-using my baggies I wanted another option. I could just buy re-usable bags but why when I can make them myself? Plus, the idea of crumb incrusted Velcro doesn’t sound appealing to me. The bag I came up with is reminiscent of the fold-top bags I had in my lunch box, circa 1984. They stitch up in a jiffy and in addition to being great snack bags, they make great treat bags for parties or gifts themselves.

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It’s a Challenge



It's that time of year again to bring out the glue guns and start making Christmas ornaments with the kids.  But something, kinda, unexpected happened - my oldest son rebelled.
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Recipe: Baked Crab Rangoons


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It doesn’t have to be a holiday or a party for my family to enjoy these Quick and Easy Baked Crab Rangoons.  I just made a quick batch for lunch earlier today and thought I’d share.
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Spider Web Window Clings


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Here is a quick and easy project.  All you need are a handful of black hot glue sticks and a non-stick surface – I chose the mat that came with my glue gun.

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Little Boy, My String Bean, My Lovely Man


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This past Saturday was my oldest son’s birthday, I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to post this little story about and for him.  He was feeling kind of bummed earlier so I went ahead and had him read it first.  He agreed it’s kind of corny, but, I’m a Mom, so it’s allowed from time to time.  Anyhow, here’s a little bit about my life and my little man, Charles, aka Teagan.
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Phonics and Photos Friday


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Earlier this week we tried our hand at making mosaics.  Vincent said he’d prefer a collage.  Then we discussed portrait versus landscape.  Halfway into the project Esther asked to please change the color of her mountains to white.    Vincent’s is actually a tree and house with silly monkeys trying to camouflage themselves in the grass. 

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This Is Uncomfortable - Reflections of a Secular Homeschooler


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Last weekend was a long one for this family and while it was filled with fun gatherings and new experiences there was one that’s still making me feel uncomfortable.

If you’ve EVER been around homeschoolers, you learn pretty quickly that a very large majority have chosen this lifestyle for religious and/or political reasons.  We did not, but I still know what to expect when we attend homeschooling functions.  This weekend we took part in a field trip.  It was fun and the kids had a great time.  Are you anticipating a big BUT?  Yeah, here it comes. 
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Granny Square Purse Tutorial


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A woman’s purse is like a baby’s diaper bag.  It contains everything she needs to get through her day, outside the comfort of home, and it does it all with style.  It defines functional fashion. 
A number of months ago I saw this super, awesomely sweet bag on Etsy, that I can no longer find.  Yes, I should’ve just bought it but, if you saw my stash of unused yarn, I’m hanging my head in shame, I had to just make my own.  Here’s a quick tutorial, that will only be helpful to you if you already know how to crochet (basic sewing experience is also helpful).  I have to warn you this was quick and easy I’m sure there will be more in the future!
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