Welcome! I am using this blog to share our family's homeschooling thoughts and experiences.

THIS SCHOOL YEAR (2018-2019): Our oldest child, EL, finished her formal education in May 2017. She remains at home due to her special needs, and continues to learn with us when she is able. JJ is in 10th grade this year. We intend to homeschool him through High School, and are using a variety of different curriculum choices to complete this goal.

Please feel free to follow along....

Saturday, August 24, 2013

LIMITED TIME OFFER: Free Professional Student ID Cards

In the past, I have always used the FREE printable student ID cards from Homeschool Buyers Co-Op and we have been satisfied with them. However, this year, I am taking advantage of an offer from AlphaCard. They are offering professional Student ID Cards at no cost to homeschoolers (including free shipping) through September 30, 2013. There is a limit of 5 ID cards per household. They do say they reserve the right to end the program earlier than scheduled based on capacity, so you may want to try and get your order in soon.  I just placed an order for both of my kids, and they say to expect 2-4 weeks for delivery.

Click here to be taken to this special offer:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Kitchen Wall Makeover Finally Finished!

Last August (yes, I mean August 2012, which was a year ago), the kids and I started a PROJECT that was just recently finished. The plan was to remove old wallpaper from our kitchen wall, prime and paint the wall, and put up a new wallpaper border.

Last August, I posted pictures of us removing the wallpaper. Then, we had to wait a couple of weeks, due to extreme heat conditions, to do the painting. I never got around to  posting pictures of the painting because I was waiting until the border also got put up, so I could give a final before and after picture. But, then, "life" happened and the border never got put up until a little over a week ago.

So, here are a few more pictures to share of this project, and you can see the final before and after pictures at the end.

As a reminder, this is the BEFORE picture. The wallpaper was too busy for my taste, and it was beginning to peel anyway, so it needed to come down.

Priming the wall

The finished painted wall

David and his dad putting up the border

A close-up of the border
After the border was put up, I felt like there was something still missing in the overall scheme. So, with a little bit of thought, I decided to buy some cheap picture frames at a Dollar Tree store and put some of the leftover border pieces inside them to hang on the wall above the cabinets.

A close-up of a finished picture frame.

And, here is the FINAL product. 

Its not a drastic change, but its a simple one that I am pleased with, and we all worked together as a family to get it done. It was a fun project, even if it did take us a year to finish it.