Back to School Week Day 3(ish):  Lunch Lists

Back to School Week Day 3(ish): Lunch Lists

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having back-to-school week. Scroll down to learn how to make lunch lists and then click here to find out what other awesome back-to-school activities we’ve done this week. I know:  I’m limping towards the finish.  I knew I wasn’t going to finish week 8 in one week.  Not even close.  But I am going to finish.  And so here you have it: This isn’t really even an activity… but it’s something simple you can do to avoid lunch packing drama.  Just get out a piece of paper and write the following categories on it: *  Fruits *  Veggies *  Proteins *  Snacks *  Drinks *  Treats (Or change the categories depending on what you pack.) Then have your kids write down the things they like in each of those categories.  Hang the lists on your fridge and viola!  you will have a list of things that are okay to pack them and what isn’t.  (Note:  If your kids are too young to write, have them draw their list or even dictate it!) (Note:  If you look really closely, you’ll see that my son wrote “HEMP” on one of his.  That was awesome.  I always put hemp seeds in his oatmeal and for some reason he loves them… and so under “snacks” he thought “hemp” would be a good idea.  So, yeah, that happened.)      ...
Back-to-School Week Day 2:  School Spirit Ribbons

Back-to-School Week Day 2: School Spirit Ribbons

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having back-to-school week. Scroll down to learn how to make school spirit ribbons and then click here to find out what other awesome back-to-school activities we’ve done this week. I know these are supersimple (and for only girls) but they are so fun and my daughter loves hers so much that I thought I’d share. What you need: Ribbon in your kid’s school colors. Iron-on patches with your student’s school mastcot or letters. An iron A lighter (for you to use, not your kid) What to do: Clip the ribbon at an angle, use the lighter to burn the ends so they won’t ravel. Use an iron to iron on the patches. Use as hair bows!      ...
Back to School Week Day 1:  Homework Drawers

Back to School Week Day 1: Homework Drawers

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having back-to-school week. Scroll down to learn how to make homework drawers and then click here to find out what other awesome math activities we’ve done this week.   For those of you who don’t know, we have decided to enroll our kids in a new school this year.  I know this is a big about-face for us– we really liked the public school they were in and the teachers they had were absolutely fantastic.  But, after realizing that our family time was superlimited during the school year on top of our concerns about class size and school size, we prayerfully made the switch to Veritas, a University Model school in town.  Our kids will be going to school 2 full days each week and then on 2 additional days, they will be doing work at home with me and my mom as their “co-teachers”. With this in mind, I needed an organizational system for all of their work.  So, I made these drawers (Thanks to my friend Mollie for the idea.) This type of a system is ideal for home school or University Model, but it would also work for full time schools as it is an easy way to organize homework and permission slips and papers and everything else. What you need: A set of drawers with enough drawers to fit your child’s needs.  If you have one...
Garden Week Day 5:  Garden Tomato Salad

Garden Week Day 5: Garden Tomato Salad

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having math week. Scroll down to learn how to make Garden Tomato Salad and then click here to find out what other awesome math activities we’ve done this week. I know this looks like a bunch of vegetables but my kids LOVE it.  Oh, and I love it, too.  It’s one of my favorite salads. What you need: 2 cups tomatoes (we use a mix of yellow, red and orange from our garden) 1 bunch asparagus 1 handful torn basil (again, from the garden) 1 avocado 1 cup Arugala blue cheese 3 tbsp sesame oil 3 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tsp. honey salt and pepper to taste What to do: Cut veggies into large chunks.  Add to bowl.  Stir in blue cheese. Mix sesame oil, vinegar and honey.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle dressing over salad. Toss and eat...
Garden Week Day 4:  Homemade Peach Freezer Jam

Garden Week Day 4: Homemade Peach Freezer Jam

Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having math week. Scroll down to learn how to make peach freezer jam and then click here to find out what other awesome math activities we’ve done this week. Note:  Did you notice that I just kinda quit blogging for a week there?  Yeah.  I did.  Let’s just say I had a meltdown at work paired with a really busy week and I just stopped.  But I’m back.  And I’m going to finish out the Pintastic Summer.  This week I’m going to finish Garden Week and next week will be week 8.  Thanks for being so understanding. What you need: Peaches.  From your tree, from the store, from the roadside stand.  You’ll need about 4 cups so that’s about 8 peaches. 1 1/3 cup sugar or Splenda (I use sugar) 4 tbsp pectin 1 tbsp lemon juice What to do: Peel and cube the peaches Use a potato masher to mash them up. Add sugar, lemon and pectin Stir well. Let sit for 1-2 hours Spoon into ziplock bags and freeze. Take out 2-3 hours before you want to use.  Will store in fridge for up to 2...
Garden Week Day 3:  Sun Sticks

Garden Week Day 3: Sun Sticks

  Welcome to The Christian Mama’s Guide Pin-Tastic Summer! If you’re just joining us, click over to our intro post to find out what we’re doing and to see what other crafts, activities and projects we’ve done. This week, we’re having math week. Scroll down to learn how to make personalized pots and then click here to find out what other awesome math activities we’ve done this week.                                 I’ve already confessed that I’m really good at killing plants.  So I loved this way to help kids (and me!) determine exactly what a plant needs. What you need: Popsicle sticks Waterproof acrylic paint Sharpie Planting label information from your plants (we saved our labels from yesterday’s project). What to do: Have your kids paint the sticks using the acrylic paint.  Let dry. Use a sharpie to draw the following symbols on your sticks: A sun for full-sun A cloud for full-shade A sun behind a cloud for partial sun A drop of water for water every day Two drops of water for every other day Three drops of water for plants that need water infrequently. Put the sticks in your plants and use them the track their care! Tweet it:  Are you a plant-killer like me?  Keep track of watering with this fun sun stick craft.  http://wp.me/p33YCp-uU Click to Tweet...
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