Peace, Nature and Art

Now that the Awards are underway and you can find all your favorite blogs in the polls, here are even more of our gracious sponsors and the prizes they have offered to our winners… which just might be you!


Shining Dawn Books


With the super-engaging activities suggested throughout these studies, you can cover the topics of amphibians, birds, insects, arachnids, and even a little bit about mammals!  Your animal lovers will be so excited (and your non-animal lovers just might come around) using this NaturExplorers bundle which includes Frogs and Toads, Spectacular Spiders, Beautiful Birds, Flying Creatures of the Night, and Butterflies Flutter By.

NaturExplorers studies offer everything you need for creative nature walks – the background information, engaging literature suggestions, field guide favorites, 25-40 different nature walk ideas, and even several notebooking pages!  If you like, take your nature walks a step further by completing some of the many hands-on, follow-up activities.  Keep diving deeper with the unique research and writing projects that cover an immense amount of science, as well as history, geography, art, music, Bible, and more.  Each study is stuffed so full that, should you desire, you can easily create month-long unit studies on each of the nineteen available topics!

Approximate value = $44.75



Preschoolers and Peace


-Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day! eBook-

Plenty of insight, ideas, and tips from other moms who utilize Circle Time in their homes, including printable planning pages. If you’ve been wondering exactly how you can fit Circle Time into your day, then you’ll love having Circle Time: Plan the Best Part of Your Day! to guide you. It’s like having seasoned homeschooling moms walking right alongside of you. Pretty great!

-Preschoolers, Preparation, and Peace MP3-

a workshop by Kendra Fletcher

How can I possibly homeschool my older children while little ones are under foot? How can I plan the year so that we accomplish more than crowd control? How can I discover joy in the journey as I walk alongside my children? Preschoolers, Preparation, and Peace will give you practical ideas and all that nitty-gritty stuff that can make the difference between utter chaos and sheer delight!

-Organization and the Homeschool MP3-

a workshop by Kendra Fletcher

Here’s one for all of you who are feeling the frustration of juggling so many proverbial balls while trying to keep your sanity. Homeschooling, housekeeping, cooking, laundry, driving, shopping, yard work, babies…how does a mom with all these things (and more!) on her plate accomplish what God has given her to do without reaching the end of her rope by the time Christmas break comes around?

Much of what I love to share with other moms walking this path is included in this workshop on organization. My hope is that you’ll come away with new strategies, new ideas, and fresh encouragement!

-Practical Classical MP3-

a workshop by Kendra Fletcher

Ever wondered how one goes about implementing a classical style of education while simultaneously caring for little ones? Using Classical Education while raising little people is all we’ve ever known in our home and we’ve learned a few tricks along the way.

If you’re considering a classical approach, curious about classical methods and theory, or utterly overwhelmed at the thought, Practical Classical just might be the encouragement you need.

Kendra covers the basics of classical education, explains what it looks like to start slowly and finish strong, and answers questions about balancing all the other things life throws at us along the way.

Get recharged for the school year ahead!

-Finding Quiet Time MP3-

a workshop by Kendra Fletcher

Struggling to find a quiet moment to spend reading your Bible? Wondering when in the world you’ll get the time to “pray without ceasing”? I have struggled with these same thoughts for many years, but there is a way when you have the will.

God wants you to put Him first, feed on His Word, and find restful quiet times with Him. It is possible, because that is His heart for you, Mom.

-Choosing Curriculum MP3-

a workshop by Kendra Fletcher

Confused by the choices? Overwhelmed by the vendor hall? Straightforward advice on choosing the curriculum that fits your family best, from seasoned homeschooling mom and curriculum reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, Kendra Fletcher.

-Science for Moms Who Don’t Like Science MP3-

a workshop by Kendra Fletcher

Science is a daunting subject to teach if you don’t love it or feel you don’t know a whole lot about it. Come learn about approaches to elementary science, junior high science, and even high school science from a mom just like you!

Approximate value = 21.99 each pack


See The Light Art Class



Graphic: Lesson 1: TOOLS OF THE TRADE –

Learn the basics of what makes a drawing. Master artist Pat Knepley demonstrates what you need to have on hand in your drawing toolkit to always be ready to draw. Supplies needed: #2 Pencil, White Eraser or Gray Kneaded Eraser, 1 Sheet of White Paper – 8 1/2 by 11.


The most fundamental element of all drawing is the line, but not all lines are alike! Learn about different line qualities and the most essential skill of drawing – contour drawing. Supplies needed: #2 Pencil, White Eraser or Gray Kneaded Eraser, 1 Sheet of White Paper – 8 1/2 by 11, 2 Apples.


Train your eyes and hands to be synchronized! You’ll learn some tips to place items in a drawing – or composition – to get the best results! Supplies needed: #2 Pencil, White Eraser or Gray Kneaded Eraser, 3 Sheets of White Paper – 8 1/2 by 11, Black Fine Marker or Pen, Black or Dark Gray Charcoal Pencil, 2 Apples or any two pieces of Fruit.


You’ll take a common everyday item – like a shoe – for your subject for a completed contour drawing. This is a true test of whether you draw what you SEE or what you KNOW! Supplies needed: #2 Pencil, White Eraser or Gray Kneaded Eraser, 1 Sheet of White Paper – 8 1/2 by 11 or a little larger if you have it, Black Sharpie Marker, A Shoe.

Bonus Lesson: CHALK-IT-EASY CHALK ART LESSON with See The Light chalk artist Gloria Kohlmann

Approximate value = $14.99 each


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Sweet Potato Pudding

I accidentally made this while attempting yams and not having all the right ingredients – or enough of the ones I did have.

It turned out so yummy that I made it for my sister’s birthday brunch. Again – success!

If you’re looking for something that’s sweet, perfect for the holidays, and a little different, give this a shot.

Sweet Potato Pudding

Pre-heat oven to 350° and pull out a casserole dish. Gather these ingredients:
  • 5 – 6 medium sweet potatoes cut and boiled so they’re mushy
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar

Combine and mix all the ingredients except the brown sugar. Pour into casserole dish and then sprinkle the brown sugar over it.

Depending on how many and how big your sweet potatoes were, the brown sugar will either bake on top or float to the bottom. Both ways are really good!

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until you can put in a toothpick and pull it out clean. This will depend on how big your casserole dish is – if it’s small, the pudding will be deep and likely to need more time.

Also note, that when I’ve done this, I mix in the sweet potatoes while they’re hot, so that might reduce my cooking time too.

Have fun and let me know how it goes!

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