5-Minute Adventure Bible Stories

Lead your little ones on a great adventure through the Bible with these 30 classic stories!


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We really enjoy time spent each morning with one of our storybook Bibles and now this has joined our collection:




Homemade Bow and Arrow Flight Investigation (A companion activity for the story of William Tell)

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!

See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting Apple-Related Book Club theme.


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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great times last year (see links at the end of this post) and have continued the fun this year:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die
March - How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game
April - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Box
May - Unique Nature Creations
June - Pinkalicious-Inspired Collage Art
July - Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten Can Craft


This month, our little group isn't sharing the same book, but the same theme: Apples!

It'll be a long time before our temperatures inch even a degree or two closer to fall around here, but in the meantime, we Floridians can try to trick our bodies into thinking it's fall by flooding our brains with apple-themed activities.

I had several apple-themed books in mind when I considered this topic, but then one day Gv and I were listening to some tunes and I knew we'd have to go with this selection:





Project Snapshot - Week 190

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)

Sometimes technology is really annoying.

The photo I really wanted to use was taken with my phone, but I spent forever last night trying to get it off my phone and it just wouldn't work.

That photo was of our yummy Greek dinner next to the water for our "Dinner on a Dime" Year of Fun envelope that we did this weekend.

We're still working our way through all the envelopes (stretching out all the fun!) and we were pretty excited to meet the requirement of only spending $10 for a dinner out (we hit $10 exactly!

So you'll just have to imagine our smiling faces (well, I was taking the picture, so it was just G and Gv) holding up our meal of souvlaki and a gyro.

But I've still got a photo to share:


That's Gv with her "Me" book that she finally completed last week.

This was something I did with my students every year in my classroom -- it was a project that would drive me bonkers every year, yet every year, I couldn't help still working on it with them to have ready for their desks on Open House night.

I've been weeding out my school stuff and scanning in papers from my tried-and-true files for the past month and when Gv saw this project, she asked if she could do it.

It took several weeks, but she was so excited and proud of her completed book -- she's even carted it around with her every day to share it with her friends!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Favorite Teachers/Grades/Subjects

Did you enjoy school, when you were younger?

I was generally pretty happy with it and did the student thing pretty well...



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite back to school items and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Favorite Teachers/Grades/Subjects

There's no particular grade or subject that stands out as my favorite (well, I guess it would be math, since I took so much of it in college for "fun" elective choices), but I do have several teachers that I especially enjoyed:


Friday Frivolity - Comedian Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's partywe enjoyed some ooey, gooey goodness while sharing recipes for National S'Mores Day.

This week, it's Tell a Joke Day, so we're looking at some of our favorite comedians.


Passport to Fun - Epic Real-Life Road Trip

Travel is an integral part of our family's life, even with an extremely limited budget.

Each month, we "visit" a different country to explore all that it has to offer, but this past summer, we hit the road and experienced new locales in person, instead!




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One of the benefits of being a Teacher Family is having a giant chunk of time off each summer to travel.


The drawback to being a Teacher Family is that the income it provides means we have only a teeny, tiny budget to do it with.

Over the past years (since Gv's been born), we've managed to actually spend summers away for free through some extremely creative budgeting as well as taking advantage of frugal camping options.

We love our "summer home" in the mountain forest, but now that Gv is getting a bit older (and I'm itching to really travel again), I wanted to begin exposing her to new things, as well.

By combining the cheap camping tricks we've learned over the past years with some major research into the different parts of the country we wanted to visit, we actually managed to take an epic, real-life road trip this summer and finish things up with a week at our "summer home" in the mountains, all within our meager budget!


The Beginner's Bible: Daniel & the Hungry Lions

Learn how to be brave like Daniel when God's on your side with this board book edition of the beloved Bible story.


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We just can't seem to get enough of the fun illustrations and stories in The Beginner's Bible, so we were excited when this new board book showed up for our review:





Project Snapshot - Week 189

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)



Even though G had returned to school the first of the month, he had two days last week before the kids showed up -- which meant he was able to head home early one day and take Gv to a nearby splash park for a special, last-hurrah-of-summer treat.

You can see by the clouds in the background that we weren't able to stay for long, but it was still a fun evening!


What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Favorite Back-to-School Items

Oh, I used to LOVE back-to-school time, when I could get brand-spanking-new rainbow-colored folders to put in my Trapper Keeper and get myself organized for a new year of learning!

What are YOUR favorite back-to-school items to get?



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite movie trilogies and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Favorite Back-to-School Items

Not only do I have fond memories of back-to-school shopping as a kid, but I was able to enjoy new school supplies each year as a teacher, as well!

Here are some of my favorite things to start the new school year off with:


Friday Frivolity - S'mores Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's partywe moved towards a more minimalist lifestyle for National Simplify Your Life Week.

Today, in honor of National S'mores Day, we're focusing on those yummy, sticky, campfire treats.