Announcing Moms’ Scripture Fellowship


This year it is my prayer to be an encouragement to you in your walk with the Lord.

Mamas in the Word is an accountability group, not a Bible Study, and we will meet each week to keep ourselves accountable for:

  • Reading the word & Memorizing Scripture or
  • just Reading the word or
  • just Memorizing Scripture

You will have to determine for what you want to be held accountable .

This is not an anonymous sort of group. Each week you will come here and type that weeks accountability verse from memory. You can also leave a note about how your reading plan is progressing.   We will encourage each other.

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The Geography Hop #1

North Star Geography has been slowly progressing in my house despite Thanksgiving and a slew of birthdays. We’ve reached lesson two: Maps! So what could be more appropriate than one of the North Star Geography recommended projects?

A Treasure Hunt!

The Treasure Hunt and First Geography Hop!

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Since I’m a big fan of the KISS (Keep It Simple Sara) principle, I simply obtained a bouquet of lollipops and handed it to my 15 year old daughter. Her assignment? Become an evil pumpkin queen, hide the candy treasure, and create a map.

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Taking Live Online Currclick Classes


We have both used the various curriculum provided by CurrClick’s authors and we have taken Online classes from them. We stared off using some of their products such as:

As you can see they care everything you need from PK- High School and they include, special needs, gifted, teacher resources and everything else in between and all around.

Currclick Classes - Curriculum in a click! Homeschooling resources, lapbooks, and afffordable curriculumAs I mentioned earlier we have also taken several of their and we have taken their classes. So today I’m going to focus more on my experience with CurrClick’s Live Classes. We have taken 2 CurrClick Classes so far and we plan on taking several more classes!

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Review: In Freedom’s Cause by Heirloom Audio


Today I am posting a review of In Freedom’s Cause : The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce on The Curriculum Choice.

In case you didn’t know our Family loves listening to audio books and you will often find us listening to them while cleaning, cooking or relaxing.  Our favorite genre is historical fiction and our favorite author is G.A. Henty. Recently, Heirloom Audio did a dramatic reproduction of GA Henty’s, In Freedom’s Cause. In Freedom’s Cause is the “Real Story of Wallace and Bruce” most folks would probably be familiar with this story,  because it covers the same subject matter as in the movie Braveheart….

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Finishing Strong

Welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up for families homeschooling middle & high school students.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #40

Have you already started your holiday break or are you still working hard at school?

Do you keep your normal schedule during December or are your days spent doing other activities? There are no shortage of fun things to do during this season, that’s for sure!

No matter what’s going on in your home school, we’ve got you covered and can help you with your journey.

Finishing Strong is co-hosted by: Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote,Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, & Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

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100 Ways to make Christmas Memories

aspiredlivingchristmasWe love, love, love the Christmas season. We recognize that this may not be the actual day the Savior was born but we still think it’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the birth of the risen Savior! In this list you are sure to find something that you love, something to incorporate into your upcoming Christmas celebration! May you truly have a fun, fanciful and most importantly spirit filled Christmas this year!

Make Christmas memories by observing Advent

  1. The Advent Book – We have been using this book for several years and our kiddos ages 4-16 eagerly anticipate each days reading. This is a simple quick and easy Advent Book, it is expensive but it is worth every penny!!!!!
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Christ in Christmas 
  3. Christmas at Bedtime: Counting Down With Books
  4. Countdown Blocks
  5. Candy Bar Countdown
  6. Punchable Countdown
  7. Characteristics of Jesus: Advent Countdown
  8. Nativity Story Countdown
  9. Puzzle Activity Countdown
  10. Clipboard Countdown
  11. Advent, Isaiah 11:1-10
  12. 50 Advent Calendar Countdown Ideas
  13. Countdown to Christmas with a Nativity Scene
  14. 1st Sunday in Advent, Advent Calenders

Make Christmas memories with Books

  1. The Advent Book
  2. Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol - We read this book of redemption every Christmas! Love it!
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Classic Seuss)
  4. The Gift of the Magi
  5. The Story of Christmas
  6. The Legend of the Candy Cane, Newly Illustrated Edition: The Inspirational Story of Our Favorite Christmas Candy
  7. The Legend of the Poinsettia
  8. AN Orange for Frankie
  9. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale
  10. If You’re Missing Baby Jesus: A True Story that Embraces the Spirit of Christmas
  11. What Child Is This?: A Christmas Story
  12. The Widows Christmas Tree
  13. Christmas Sweater
  14. Merry Christmas, Curious George
  15. The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Storybook)
  16. The Donkey Who Carried a King
  17. Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas
  18. God Bless Us, Every One!: The Story Behind a Christmas Carol

More Christmas Book Lists

  1. Truly Enriching Christmas Books for the whole family
  2. 20 Christ Centered Christmas books
  3. Top 20 Christ Centered Read Alouds
  4. 5 Christmas Books that Top our List

Make Christmas memories with Art

Simple Christmas Art Lessons

  1. Star Over Bethlehem Chalk Pastel Art
  2. A Simple Start in Christmas Chalk Pastels
  3. Christmas Tree in the Snow Chalk Art
  4. Christmas Ornament Chalk Art
  5. Ultimate Guide to Christmas Music

Make Christmas memories with Traditions


  1. Preparing your Heart and Home for Christmas 
  2. Aspired Christmas Traditions
  3. More Aspired Christmas Traditions
  4. Celebrating the Advent Season
  5. Real Christmas Carols  from Susan Evans Blog
  6. Susan’s Wacky Gingerbread House Tips
  7. Jesse Tree Magnets
  8. The Jesus Box
  9. 31 FUN Christmas Ideas for Families
  10. Ultimate Guide to Keeping CHRIST in Christmas
  11. The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Family Traditions
  12. Christmas Tradition: A Gift to Jesus
  13. Countdown to Christmas with a Nativity Scene
  14. Jesse Tree
  15. Homeschool Co-op Christmas Party  – This post from the Unlikely Homeschool is loaded with Christmas games.
  16. Christmas Favorites – recipes, gift ideas and more
  17. 5 Simple Ways to make Memories
  18. Hot Chocolate Station

Make Christmas memories with Crafts

Printable Nativity Set
100 ways to make Christmas Memories
  1. Snowman Keepsake Handprint Ball Ornament
  2. DIY Snowman Ornament
  3. DIY Craft: Holiday Luminaries
  4. Clothespin Reindeer Ornament
  5. LifeSaver Candy Cane ornament based on J for Jesus
  6. Printable Nativity Sets from Mama Jenn
  7. Christmas Tree Do-a-Dot Card from Contented Home
  8. 10 Fun Ideas to do at Christmas Time with your Children

Christmas Gift Ideas


  1. Truly Frugal Stocking Stuffers
  2. Faithfilled Christmas Gifts for Girls
  3. Three Gifts for Christmas- how we keep it focused and frugal with five children
  4. Christmas Traditions buying Presents
  5. Fun Stocking Stuffers for Boys
  6. Fun Stocking Stuffers for Girls
  7. Ideas for Stocking Stuffers for Kids

Make Christmas memories with Movies


  1. * It’s a Wonderful Life (My husband’s favorite)
  2. The Grinch that Stole Christmas
  3. White Christmas
  4. A Christmas Story
  5. *A Christmas Carol(My personal favorite)
  6. Frosty the Snowman (The twins favorite)
  7. *The Drummer Boy
  8. Rudolph the Red nosed Reindeer
  9. Elf
  10. A Muppet Christmas Carol
  11. Ernest Saves Christmas
  12. The Santa Clause (with Tim Allen)
  13. The Nativity Story
  14. Christmas Lodge
  15. Silver Bells
  16. One Special Night
  17. It Happened on 5th avenue
  18. The Great Rupert
  19. Homeless for the Holidays
  20. *Miracle on 34th Street (Black & white or colorized not the modern version)
  21. A Bishops Wife
  22. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Bullet’s Favorite)
  23. The Christmas Candle
  24. Joyexux Noel
  25. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey – with activity

Homeschooling Through Christmas

  1. Christmas-Schooling with 25 Christmas Writing Prompts
  2. The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Nature Study – book list included
  3. Homeschool Co-op Christmas Party
  4. The Nativity Handwriting Printable Set
  5. Christmas School

Find More Ideas to Make Christmas memories on  Pinboards

Follow Kyle @ Aspired’s board Christmas- Fun, Food, crafts, decorating on Pinterest.

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Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes

pumpkinspice doughnutsSomething I will mention repeatedly is that in order to be a successful frugal family you need to be able to cook up some yumminess! If you can cook up some yumminess then that will keep you out of the restaurants and in this case out of the doughnut shop! This is one of our favorite fall and winter treats. I sent them to work with Wayne once and his employees kept asking for more. Baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnut Holes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 donought holes

 baked pumpkin spice doughnut holesFor the doughnuts: