Monday, July 21, 2014

The Homeschool Build Your Bundle Sale is live!

Today's the day when you get to see all of the amazing bundles that have been put together for this sale. Even if there isn't one that's perfect for you, you can build your own bundle!

(The links below are affiliate links.)


The first ever "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition sale is here!

For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling homeschooling products, including MANY on Cathy Duffy's Top 100 list!

     
The bundles are AMAZING, including products such as Learning Language Arts Through Literature, A Child's Geography, Character ConceptsPicture Smart Bible, Math Mammoth, and more! There are SO many incredible products to choose from, all bundled up in grades/themes OR you can "Build Your Own!"

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
       
     
Our "Build Your Own" bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks! When you purchase a combination of any 2 "Build Your Own" bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!

     

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!



   
Buy more & save more! Purchase 2 "build your own" bundles and get the 3rd one 50% off! See  site for details.


You will also find the following pre-assembled bundles with saving up to 92% off retail:
Tot/Pre-K Bundle, K-3 Bundle, 4-6 Elementary Bundle, Middle School Bundle, High School Bundle, Charlotte Mason Bundle, & the Homeschooling/Homemaking Mom Bundle!
         
Charlotte Mason Style Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $377.35 - On Sale for ONLY $49.00 - One Week Only!




Elementary Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $220.35 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only!




Middle School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $361.77 - On Sale for ONLY $59.00 - One Week Only!




High School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $381.68 - On Sale for ONLY $69.00 - One Week Only!




K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $187.13 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only!




K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $171.37 - On Sale for ONLY $29.00 - One Week Only!




K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $118.19 - On Sale for ONLY $10.00 - One Week Only!




 Homeschooling Curriculum - You Choose What to Buy - Save up to 80% - One Week Only!




 Homeschooling Resources, Curriculum & More - Save up to 60% - One Week Only!






   
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Harry Potter Party: Platform 9 3/4 - the Entryway

We had some pretty strong feelings about some aspects of the entry to our Wizarding World.  I collected tons of ideas for creating a Platform 9 3/4 entryway in hopes that I would find a shortcut for creating the effect I wanted.  In the end, I stuck with the painted brick curtain that served as the entry to the Hogwarts Express Platform. 

Most of the examples we found online had the Platform Sign posted above the curtain, but in my mind this is a huge "no no!"  Platform 9 3/4 isn't ever visible to muggles, so we didn't want to post the sign outside.  Instead, I printed simple signs for Platform 9 and Platform 10 similar to the ones visible in the movies.  We posted those on each side of the door with the curtain.  

I'm just keeping it real here because when I looked at this photo, I realized just how badly our house needs to be power washed.  So, here I am sharing photos of the green-covered bricks by our back door with everyone on the internet.  Life's too short to worry about what you might think about my moldy bricks.  There's a reason I'm not a home blogger!  The curtain would have been more impressive at our front door, but nobody ever comes to our front door.

In the end, I am so glad I took the time to paint the bricks on the curtain.  It blended in with the real brick so much better than anything else ever would have.  Because I put it off to the last minute and my goal was to keep from spending an insane amount of money on the party, I used items from around the house.  I even got lucky because our neighbors put a tension rod out by the street for the garbage the same day I was painting the curtain!

I used a beige twin sheet that I already had.  Some tutorials I came across used sponge-stamped bricks and a couple used taped lines and spray paint.  I didn't have a rectangular sponge, and I decided it would be less stressful for me to try to keep tape straight and properly spaced than to risk messing up with a sponge stamp.  I used some frog tape from our painting box, and I actually used a tape measure to try to get the tape lines pretty even and straight.  It would have been faster to use spray paint, but I mixed together acrylic paints that I already had to get a good brick color.  This ended up working well because I could tweak it a tad to get some varied color in the bricks.  I used a kitchen sponge to daub the paint on over the taped lines.  

I put down a drop cloth inside, and laid the sheet on top of that to paint it right in my living room.  It took me four (yes, four) hours to finish taping and painting the curtain.  Thankfully, we were able to listen to part of the Goblet of Fire on audio while I worked.  That helped to keep the crazy almost-six-year-old occupied.  It took FOR-EV-ER, but I loved how it turned out.  The colors were perfect.  I learned that red, a LITTLE bit of green and some yellow mixed together will get you a pretty good brick color.

I made some general measurements before I started taping to know how much of the sheet needed to be covered, and I cut the sheet after the paint had dried.  The tension rod fit neatly into the seam at the top edge of the sheet once I trimmed the sheet and cut it down the middle, and I just left the edges raw.  


It was difficult to get a good photo of the entryway because it's so small.  I designed a Hogwarts Express Platform sign that I printed onto card stock, pieced together, and posted on the wall opposite the back door.  I also used my favorite kraft builder's paper and string from the Dollar Tree to wrap some boxes to decorate the platform.  A borrowed lantern, Hedwig, and Trevor welcomed everyone to the Wizarding World!


There are lost of Hogwarts banners for sale online, but I really didn't want to spend that much money on just one decoration for the party.  I knew I would need a lot of little items to help create an atmosphere with decorations, so I came up with a plan to save some pennies for other things.  I bought a 1/2 inch dowel, round ends that fit the dowel, a sheet of stiff, black felt, and some gold acrylic paint.  All of these supplies were maybe $7 - $8 with a coupon.  


To make the banner, I printed the Hogwarts crest onto white card stock, and cut closely around the edges.  I measured and cut the dowel to a good width.  The cut didn't have to be perfect because the ball ends covered that up.  I hot glued the round ends to the dowel and painted it all gold.  I measured and cut a triangle out of the short edge of the felt to make the pennant shape, and I hot glued the crest onto the center.  I hot glued the top of the banner to the middle of the dowel, and I used plain old string to hang it over the doorway.  It served its purpose, and now it's hanging in my kids' room--all for a couple of bucks and some time well-spent.

Be sure you check out  the Overview Post for links to other Harry Potter party ideas!
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Friday, July 18, 2014

Homeschool Build Your Bundle Sale Begins July 21st!

Don't forget to check out this amazing bundle sale on all sorts of homeschool products when it goes live at midnight Monday morning!

(These are affiliate links)

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
    The BIGGEST digital homeschooling 
      curriculum sale EVER is coming! Mark your calendars!

     

Save up to 92% on popular homeschooling curriculum!

        ONE WEEK ONLY - July 21-28, 2014!
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Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

What is the "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition Sale?

   
The "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition is designed to contain the best educational digital products on the internet! Sprinkled throughout the bundles are well known publishers, including products on Cathy Duffy's Top 100 list!
      Unlike overwhelming bundle sales with nearly a hundred ebooks, the "Build 
      Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition is a brand new concept that will allow 
      homeschoolers to pick and choose what they want to purchase ~ all 
      at a MASSIVE discount of up to 90% off!
     
   



Take a Sneek Peek at Our Bundles:

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Tots & Preschoolers Bundle

Teach your littlest ones about God's amazing creation and the value of virtue using our Tot & Preschool Bundle!

This bundle gives you a complete Christ-centered preschool program, including age-appropriate character-building tools, a stick-figure Bible study, a creation-based coloring book, a handwriting curriculum, an independent activity guide (for those times when you need a moment to focus), and much more!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
      Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Bundle
      Teach your K-3 children basic skills and core truths through easily understandable 
      lessons and hands-on activities. Our K-3 Bundle includes reading, math, 
      science, handwriting, character training and Bible resources.

Your children 
      will experience life in 17th century America as they learn about the settlers 
      and our 13 original colonies. You will have everything you need to savor 
      these first days of discovery!


Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
      Elementary: 4-6th Bundle
      Your 4th-6th graders will develop foundational skills and gain insight into 
      the ancient world using the comprehensive collection of resources found 
      in our 4th-6th Grade Bundle.
      This bundle features both a science curriculum and a creative writing course 
      from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks. You will get a popular curriculum 
      that has a blend of history, geography, and art. Also included: Math, Bible, 
      handwriting and copywork resources, writing guides, timeline cards, ancient 
      history notebooking pages, creative writing for both boys and girls, and 
      an editable weekly homeschool planner for Mom!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
      Middle School Bundle
      Your middle school students will tour the classical world and develop academic excellence using our Middle School Bundle.
      This bundle features a full language arts curriculum and two science curricula, 
      one from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, as well as a complete geography 
      and history curriculum
, a popular history timeline/book of centuries, 
      Renaissance and Reformation notebooking pages, a classical music curriculum 
      and famous composers notebooking pages, and a creative writing collection 
      that even “non-writers” will love!

    Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Bundle for High Schoolers

Your high school students will develop academic mastery and intellectual maturity using our High School Bundle.
      This bundle features a New Testament Bible curriculum, an introduction to 
      psychology, a full year of math curriculum, resources for world history 
      and geography, philosophy, home economics, college prep, grammar, a creative 
      writing collection that even "non-writers" will love, an anatomy science 
      unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, and more! You 
      will receive enough materials for a full year of high school!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Charlotte Mason Bundle

Amazing things await you in our Charlotte Mason Bundle!
      This bundle features a complete curriculum using the Charlotte Mason 
      Methods
for language arts, handwriting, and reading, a full geography 
      curriculum, a plethora of resources for studying nature, artists, poetry, 
      and a variety of "extras" just for mom!
     
      Learn all about Charlotte Mason and enjoy a special bonus (a $90 value 
      all by itself) of great, classic audio books!
This bundle is jam packed 
      full of amazing resources your family will love!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Bundle Just for Moms!
      Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using 
      our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak 
      to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!). Whip your home into 
      shape and train your children to do their chores effectively using a popular 
      book "chores program".

This bundle brims with useful tools to help you bring 
      calm to the chaos. Get them all for just $10!

    Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!"Build Your Own" Bundles
     
Our "Build Your Own" bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks!

When you purchase a combination of any 2 "Build Your Own" bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!



     

*Lots of ways to save!

 
     
           
  1. When you purchase ANY 2 pre-assembled bundles you will get the 3rd 
  2.           pre-assembled bundle of equal or lesser value for 50% off!
           
  3. When you purchase ANY 2 "build your own" bundles you will get 
  4.           the 3rd "build your own" bundle of equal or lesser value for 
              50% off!
           
  5. When the sale goes live on July 21st, tell your friends about it 
  6.           using our referral system that will be found on the top of the website
              When 10 of your referrals visit our site using your unique link, we 
              will give you a code to save 10% off your total purchase!
             

             

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    Pre-Sale Promotional Giveaway - Enter to win $100 towards the purchase 

            of ANY of our individual or "build your own" bundles! Winner annouced 
            the day the sale starts!
       
    Enter to win $100 towards your purchase at Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale! One Week only - July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
         
         

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

    Harry Potter Party: The Invitations

    For our Harry Potter party invitations, I was inspired by many ticket invitations I came across during my idea search.  In the end, I created our ticket to be printed onto a parchment-style card stock. Originally, I though I might print them on plain white card stock, so I created a colored parchment-style background.  


    I wish I could create a custom invitation for anyone who wants one, but I know that would never happen.  I think I was able to get pretty close with this set of tickets.  I removed all of the unique information, and I put a couple of options into a PNG file.  If you're used to creating graphics, you should be able to add your own text in a few places and create your very own Harry Potter party invitation.  


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    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Amazing Homeschool Resource Bundle Sale - Coming Soon!

    This is just a heads-up for my fellow homeschool moms out there.  I know we're all in the midst of planning for the new school year, so I wanted to share this upcoming sale with you.  Next week the Build Your Bundle Sale will launch, and I think some of you will be amazed at the options available in this sale.  There will be something for students of every age as well as an opportunity to put together your own bundle by choosing the products you want.  Stay tuned for more details when the sale launches!

    (Disclaimer: There are affiliate links below, so if you click through from this page and then purchase something from the sale next week, I will receive compensation for helping 
    you find your way to the sale.)
       

    The first ever "Build Your Bundle" 

          - Homeschool Edition
    sale is almost here!
    Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

          You can enter to win $100 towards your purchase 
          to use when the sale goes live on 7-21-14! Enter now through 11:59PM EST 
          on 7-20-14. The winner will be announced the day the sale starts! 
         

    Be sure to look for the special coupon code you will get when you pin 

            the giveaway on Pinterest!
       
         

    Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Enter to win $100 towards your purchase!
         
       

          For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling 
          homeschooling products, including MANY on Cathy Duffy's Top 100 list!

         
         
         

          Not interested in entering the giveaway, but you want to be reminded 
          when the sale goes live?
    They will send you a reminder email! Click 
          here and enter your email address and click "Remind Me!"
     

    Take a Sneek Peek at Our Bundles:


    Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

    Tots & Preschoolers Bundle
          This Bundle includes products for little ones: 
         
             

    • Character Training Resources
    •        

    • Handwriting Curriculum
    •        

    • Preschool & Toddler Activities
    •        

    • Bible Curriculum
    •        

    • Full Preschool Curriculum 
    •        

    • & More!
    •      
         


            Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Bundle
            The K-3 Bundle includes products in the following subjects: 
           
               

      • Reading
      •        

      • Math 
      •        

      • Science 
      •        

      • History 
      •        

      • Handwriting 
      •        

      • Character Training 
      •        

      • Bible Resources
      •        

      • Full Kindergarten Curriculum
      •      
            
           

        Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!




        Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
           
        Elementary: 4th-6th Bundle
             
              The 4th-6th Bundle includes products in the following subjects: 
             
                 

        • History
        •        

        • Language Arts
        •        

        • Geography
        •        

        • Art
        •        

        • Math
        •        

        • Bible
        •        

        • Keyboarding
        •        

        • Writing Guides
        •        

        • Handwriting andCopywork Resources
        •        

        • Timeline Cards & Notebooking Pages
        •        

        • Customizable Homeschool Planner
        •      
             


             
          Middle School Bundle
               
                This bundle features a full language arts curriculum from Cathy Duffy’s 
                Top 100 picks
          and two science curricula, one of which is also from Cathy 
                Duffy’s Top 100 picks
          , as well as:
               
                   

          • A Complete Geography and History Curriculum
          •        

          • History Timeline/Book of Centuries
          •        

          • Renaissance and Reformation Notebooking Pages
          •        

          • Classical Music Curriculum
          •        

          • Creative Writing Course
          •        

          • Math Materials
          •        

          • Keyboarding Course
          •      
               

            Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!


               
            Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

            Bundle for High Schoolers
                 
                  This bundle features:
                     

            • New Testament Bible Curriculum
            •        

            • Introduction to Psychology
            •        

            • A full year of math curriculum
            •        

            • Resources for World History and Geography
            •        

            • Philosophy
            •        

            • Home Economics
            •        

            • College Prep Tools
            •        

            • Grammar
            •        

            • Creative Writing Course
            •        

            • Anatomy Science Unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks
            •           and more!
                   
              You will receive enough materials for a full year of 
                        high school!
                 



              Charlotte Mason Bundle
                   
                    This bundle features a complete curriculum using the Charlotte Mason 
                    Methods for:
                   
                       

              • Language Arts
              •        

              • Handwriting, and Reading
              •        

              • Geography
              •        

              • Nature Study
              •        

              • Artists Study
              •        

              • Poetry
              •        

              • And a variety of "extras" just for mom!
              •          
                          Learn all about Charlotte Mason and enjoy a special bonus (a $90 
                          value all by itself) of great, classic audio books!
                     
                   

                Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!



                Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

                Bundle Just for Moms!
                      Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using 
                      our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak 
                      to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!). Whip your home into 
                      shape and train your children to do their chores effectively using a popular 
                      book "chores program".

                This bundle brims with useful tools to help you bring 
                      calm to the chaos. Get them all for just $10!


                   
                "Build Your Own" Bundles
                     
                Our "Build Your Own" bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks!

                When you purchase a combination of any 2 "Build Your Own" bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!


                Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!