Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Operation Surprise Aunt Lizzie

Hi! It's Jilly. My sister recently returned from an 18-month mission in Brazil for our church. We really wanted to be there when she arrived at the airport, but there was no way we could make it. But, my Mom was planning to have an Open House for her a couple weeks after she got home. My brother and sisters and I secretly planned to all come to her Open House!
The kids and I drove from New York down to Texas, and we didn't breathe a word to my sister, who I text every day. Ha ha! 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Speed! Multiplication Game Review & Giveaway

Hi! It's Jilly. Things have been pretty quiet here on the blog lately. Between homeschooling, kid activities, hubby job hunting, preparing to move, and LIFE, I just haven't been up to blogging much. I feel bad sitting down and writing a blog post when the laundry is to the ceiling and there's packing to do.

Homeschooling is going pretty well. We're still trying to get into our"groove", but I am definitely glad we made the leap! I asked the kids if they want to continue homeschooling next year and they all gave me a resounding, "Yes!!" 

As part of our homeschooling I like to play games. I think the kids learn more when they are having fun! And, with three kids the same age, it's nice to be able to say, "Okay, you guys play a game while I get some stuff done around the house." 

We've been struggling with learning the multiplication facts. Hubby loves drilling the kids with flashcards, but I hate it! Shhh, don't tell. I wanted to find a fun way to practice their multiplication facts and came across this awesome game called Speed! (Thanks to Highhill Education for providing the game!)

Practice skip-counting with Speed! Great game for the whole family!

Each boxed set comes with 8 different decks of cards for practicing different fact families. It is a two-player game, and they are racing to see who can get rid of their cards first. You have to be quick with your skip counting to win!

The kids were playing with the time lapse video feature on my phone, and we made this video of us playing the game!


Doesn't it look like a fun game?! I love hearing their skip-counting and multiplication improve as they play the game. And, they love it so much that they ask to take it with them places "in case they get bored and want to play". It's a great game for both homeschooling and public schooling families. Who doesn't need a little boost when it comes to math facts?!

Would you like a copy of Speed! for your family? Well, you are in luck, because I am giving away a set! Woot woot! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Giveaway ends 5/1/15. Good luck!! 
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What are your favorite ways to practice math facts? Do you enjoy playing card games as a family?

Monday, March 30, 2015

Off Season is the Best Time to Visit Legoland!

Hi! It's Jilly. My kids, especially Michael, love Legos. So, when we went to Florida it was a no-brainer that we had to visit Legoland! And, they weren't disappointed! 
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
The kids had such a great time! I'm so happy we were given tickets to check out Legoland
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
If you're planning a visit to Legoland, the best time to go is during the off-season. 
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
The lines are shorter, the crowds are minimal, and the weather is perfect. 
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
My kids are nine, and the rides were just right for them. 
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
None of the rides were too scary. They had a blast on all of them.
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland

Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
The kids loved seeing everything made out of Legos. The little details were so much fun.
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland

Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
They also liked the show at Pirate's Cove--Battle for Brickbeard's Bounty. The waterski tricks were amazing!
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland
I'm really glad we used one of the days of our vacation to visit Legoland. It was a highlight of our trip! Just the other day Emma said to me, "I loved Legoland. Can we go back?!" Woot!
Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland

Off season is the best time to visit Legoland! #travel #legoland

Have you ever been to Legoland? Are your kids obsessed with Legos?

Follow along on Facebook or Instagram to see more adventures with me & my crazy kiddos!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Kids Craft: Cheap & Easy Valentine's Day Care Packages

Hi! It's Jilly. I know Valentine's Day is this Saturday, but we made these cute and easy Valentine's Day care packages for the kids' cousins and I just had to share them with you!

Cheap & Easy Valentines Care Packages

Empty toilet paper tubes
Scrapbook paper
Small toys or candy
Clear packing tape

making an easy Valentines craft

1. Cut hearts out of scrapbook paper and glue all over the outside of the toilet paper tubes.
making a Valentines craft
covering a toilet paper tube with paper hearts

2. Fill tubes with little goodies. We got little Valentine buttons, heart suckers, and Sixlets from the dollar store.
Valentine's Day goodies package

3. Write the lucky recipient's name and address on a solid colored piece of paper and tape to the tube. Cover the tube with packing tape so the packages will arrive intact.
valentines package

4. Take the tubes to the post office and mail to your distant loved ones. Ours only cost $2.32 to ship from New York to the West Coast and Hawaii. Not too shabby!

The kids had a lot of fun putting these together. Hopefully the cousins will like their little surprise!
making a valentines craft
making a valentines care package

Do you send Valentines to anyone who lives far away? What is your favorite Valentine's gift you've ever received? Let me know in the comments, or on Faceboook!

More Valentine's Day Goodies:

Printable Alien Valentines
FREE Printable Alien Valentines from Hi! It's Jilly. #valentines #printable #aliens #milkyway

Printable "Sucker" Valentines
"I'm a sucker for you" Valentine with Free Printable! #valentine #printable

Two Last-Minute Printable Valentines
Valentines Heart Hair Clips


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