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I like to do a homemade gift for my family at Christmas time.  One year, I did pillowcases.  It was super easy!  At first, I had thought to try to find out what each person’s bedroom colors were and try to match those, but that turned out to be too difficult.  Matching colors was a problem, and I didn’t want my family to feel guilty for not using them all the time.  By doing the Christmas theme, family members could just bring it out once a year if they like.  I had also thought to use up some...

Well, I’m almost half-way through. We’ve just completed 8 years of homeschooling, and I have 9 years to go. So it is time to give an update on how things have gone with our curriculum choice and what changes we’ve made over the years. Format I’ve continued to enjoy the overall format of Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.). It has worked well with this family’s lifestyle. There have been multiple ways in which I have to “drop...

Here’s a post that’s out of my ordinary topic.  However, saving money and saving time is definitely a MostlySensible part of my life.  Who doesn’t like saving money?  So I’d like to pass on a little of what I’ve found helpful to me. I hate wasting time.  I especially don’t appreciate participating in something that was supposed to be a benefit to me but isn’t in the end.  Frankly, I don’t like getting “rewards” as much as getting cash back.  I don’t...

Who doesn’t love a great easy holiday treat?   My husband and daughter whipped up some sea salt caramel last night. After letting it cool overnight, the rest of the girls helped wrap them up. Of course, we had to eat some as we wrapped them.  Add to that some “quality control” tasting we ended up with a little more than 2 1/2 lbs. of pure deliciousness!  These individual caramels are perfect for gift giving or for your own personal sweet tooth stash.  Enjoy it!   Sea Salt...

This is what I do every week.  There are so many things that come my way that need to be tracked or worked on or engaged with.  Generally, I’m an organized person even though I have four little saboteurs buzzing around me every day.  But every year as my children grow older and they become more considerate and helpful around the house, my happy little list-making self is becoming more and more productive.   So I just wanted to share with you something that has been a HUGE help to me in the last year.  It...

This was a fun quilt to design.  It wasn’t so easy to piece together, though.  In the end it was worth the effort. I’m in the mood to use up my scraps and stashed fabrics, so I wanted to do something with all of those old jeans I had saved.  The hexagons and triangles gave a nice texture to the quilt.  It gives it a kaleidoscope look.  I really love that!  The hard part was just getting that denim material to cooperate.  Some jeans were thick, some were thin.  Some were stretchy and some...

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