Friday, September 23, 2016

A Night of Medieval History

A popular item on our CC calendar has become our family nights that we hold twice a school year. We have one in the Fall and one in the Spring and the events and activities are usually themed around the history we are studying at the time. My three wanted to dress up for the occasion so here they are in their best free medieval costumes we could scrounge up at home last minute!

We just had our Fall night and I'm sharing what we did in case any of you might like to try this! It is always a fun and with everyone signing up to bring things it lifts the burden for all and makes it possible to do so many activities.

Most of these ideas are from the Story of the World volume 2 activity book though there are lots of Pinterest options as well!

Eat a Monk's Dinner: families brought split pea and lentil soups, crusty bread, sliced cheese and apples and cider. A rustic tasty meal!

Avoid the Plague: I brought homemade Thieves oil and this story from the time of the Plague!

Write with a Quill Pen: feathers were brought for dipping in grape juice concentrate and trying to write on paper!

Gutenberg's Printing Press with Potato Stamps: I used alphabet cookie cutters to make potato stamps. My alphabet stamps would not press in backwards so some of our letters did turn out backwards but it was still fun and part of the learning process of developing the printing press I'm sure!

Make a Chinese Lantern: like this.

Make your own Coat of Arms: use this printable.

Jousting with stick ponies and foam swords or pool noodles. This was a HUGE hit! I think they will be talking about this for a while!

Castles out of marshmallows and toothpicks.

Illuminate the Book of Common Prayer: see SOTW volume 2 for the details and printable for this.

Play a game called Elephants and Horses.

We always have a reading corner or area with books that fit the theme - Emily created what she called the Book Castle on a little stage in the Fellowship Hall where we were meeting with chairs and books. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Chistmas Postcards

I'm so glad some of you enjoyed the series about taking your own family photos! I really love to order photo cards from Shutterfly - and every year I sort of have sticker shock about how much they are {even on sale!} and how many I need/want to send.

This year, I realized that I have ordered several batches of full color postcards from Vista Print for promoting my book. I decided to check out the options there for Christmas greetings.

And, I was pleasantly surprised. First, I looked at their actual card selection. I found two I especially liked and began to customize them. They were between 0.40-0.60 each which is a big jump below Shutterfly which are over $1 a piece.

After playing around with those and even adding to my cart, I wondered about postcards and if that would be cheaper still. YES!

I was able to get 100 full color 5x7 postcards for around $37 including shipping. What a savings! They have a bunch of templates you can pick from, though they are not really intended to be Christmas cards but more of coupons or savings cards. I was able to customize and choose something I liked and I already know the quality is great from the other cards I've ordered to share about my book or include with t-shirt orders, etc...

Here is the front of the card I chose and I added three more pictures on the back. Plus I'll still be able to mail as a postcard and hopefully save some postage!

If you want to try this out too - you can use this code for free shipping on a $25+ order plus 30% off your order. I'll get referral credit too. Code:

Love figuring out creative ways to save a little money!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Slow Day

Rain, rain and more rain from Julia provided us a cozy gray day!
Homemade donuts from refrigerated biscuits for a breakfast picnic.
We brought some caterpillars home from our friends house when we went apple picking and two of our cocoons opened up while we were gone to CC on Tuesday. Patience and Lightening were happily welcomed and enjoyed!
I made Apple Cider cake! I baked in an 8x11{ish} pan and made only half the frosting. We agreed more frosting would have been waaaaay too much! So yummy!
Playing CCopoly! We were excited to find an updated edition for Cycle 2. For CC families: find on CC Connected under user name heatherreg.
Christmas movies are happening here - this evening I watched A Very Merry Mix Up and then served hot tea and a read aloud when my kids came home from church.