art for homeschooling

Homeschool Art: a fun addition to our day

Today I wanted to share with you all a fun addition to our day for our homeschooling schedule.
If you are like me then this end of winter almost spring time is a hard season to keep our momentum for school work going… so we have been needing to shake things up a bit!

Enter a Youtube channel we quickly fell in love with! SideNote: We are very careful with our use of Youtube with the kids, in fact at this point this new channel is the only one the kids are allowed to watch right now, because it is way to easy to stumble upon unhealthy things on youtube! But, with some wisdom and a lot of parental control Youtube can be a great resource!

Our charter school teacher told us about this channel.

It’s called Art for Kids Hub!


You guys, this family has a lot of fun on this website/channel!!! It’s a Dad who has a blast teaching his kids art! On the website you’ll find drawing, painting, sculpting, origami, cutout projects. And if this is something your little artist really gets into you can buy a membership for lessons that seem even more detailed and learning based then the videos we’ve already watched.


So far William has only followed some of the drawing videos.. “mr hubs” draws an object or character one step at a time and one of his kids follows along. It’s easy to following along too! And they just have so much fun together, I’ve found myself stopping to watch and laugh along with them!


AND so important for this momma… most of the lesson require NO PREP and are self-contained, so you can watch them in any order… or like William has been doing, search for ones that interests your little artist most!

Here’s their website:

And we are discovering our little guy is a budding little artist!!!


check out some of his first drawings!


here’s a list of awesome art supplies to get you started!



And don’t forget to subscribe to our new friends channel for lots of artistic fun!


Do you feel like your momentum is lacking this time of year? I know I’m having to get pretty creative to keep us going these days… hope this helps you as much as it has us!


Here’s another fun art activity we did with a salad spinner!

Crafty Art for Homeschooling

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You are mine and I am yours- mariage

I Am Yours and You Are Mine!
Marriage is my favorite thing!

Isn’t it the craziest, coolest thing ever? I mean, you get to pick this person (and they pick you!!!) to spend the rest of life with, all the adventures, all the troubles, all the joys.. together!! I’m so thankful for marriage.


I think there comes a time in every marriage (ok, more than once) where you have to look at your life partner and say, ” I chose you! And I made a good choice.” Seems simple right? But sometimes it isn’t, sometimes you have to remember why…. why you were/are attracted to that person, how it felt to first place your future dreams in them.
And then continue on confidently in the choice you made.

Sure, maybe there are things you would change. Maybe you misunderstand each other more than you ever imagined you would. Or maybe it feels like you’ve had to set those early dreaming days aside for awhile.

But you know who’s really good at changing things?
Here’s a hint: It’s not you or me 😉
Jesus knows. He sees. He hasn’t finished writing your story!

I mean,  I’m looking at my love and saying, if I had to be deserted on an island, I’d pick you to be stranded with and I know we could make it all right… some of you may be thinking well of course that’s the obvious answer.

But stop a minute and really think about it… What if everything is gone… community, extended family, church, friends, work.. whatever your outside support system looks like… what if one day none of those things are there or what they use to be.

As life goes on and things change it can some times feel like you really have been dropped onto a deserted Island. Loneliness can cause you to feel like there’s no one on your side.. except wait!! There’s my husband!

marriage fun

In fact it wouldn’t hurt to let your partner know that you are glad you chose them. That you don’t feel “Stuck” in marriage with them but you would choose them all over again today! Maybe sitting and dreaming like you did in the early days would be a nice way to show each other that you are excited to jump into the future whatever it looks like with each other!

In the beginning of everything, we were full of plans and dreams, we would sit at my parents house and just think about it all.. our wedding, where we would live, trips we would take, things we could do together. Just being together!!

Life has a way of getting more and more complicated and busy, and it’s easy to put the dreaming aside while you’re living out some of them!!  But, I don’t think we should stop!

As 2018 has quickly began and you are looking ahead to the new year, perhaps take your beloved aside and dream about what’s coming! What do you want 2018 to look like? How can you invest in your marriage? What goals do you have for the two of you, how about for your family as a whole? the house? Will you save for something specific this year? Are there any big birthdays to plan for ? I’m sure there will be lots of adventures… why not just sit for a bit and talk about them?!  My husband may roll his eyes a bit ( I see you :)) when I exclaim with excitement, ” Let’s make a list!!!” ( I do love my lists!!) BUT, the other day I found my list from last year about what our goals were heading into 2017.

I had listed something for each of our boys to accomplish as well as goals for us and our home.. etc. It was so much fun to look back and see what we had actually done! And yep, we are making a new one for 2018!!

I guess what I really wanted to say in this post today is.. If you have a partner in this life, and you are thankful to walk through it all with your hand in theirs.. marriage encouragementthen stop and tell them. And if maybe thankfulness and partnership aren’t the first words you think of about your marriage relationship…. Then stop right now and think about the things that are still true about what and who God has blessed you with! Say a powerful prayer for them and you and dream together again!


well, That’s all for now, Got to go kiss my Man! 🙂

Deanna Grace  I am yours Photo cred for our beautiful wedding photos goes to Jennifer Eileen Photography! 

If you want to see more of our beautiful wedding pictures along with some recreated ones for our 5th anniversary you can read those posts here:

Wedding dresses… Just a one time thing??

Wedding Dress.. Not just a one time thing part 2! (family photos)

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home planner binder

New Year Binder Planner

How do you prepare for the New Year?

I thought I’d share some of my favorite ways I get my planner, household binder ready for the New Year since 2018 is coming up quick!

Also, I’d love to share how I prepare my heart and our family’s goals for the coming year, so read on if you are already thinking on into January! 🙂

I know EVERYTHING is turning to technology and it really is amazing.

We use a calendar app on our phones that links my husband and I together, which is so helpful when we aren’t at home. But I am still very old school when it comes to how much I LOVE binders and to do lists and such.

I’ve had a master house hold binder for a few years and every year it changes a bit. You really want to personalize it the way you need it to work for you. And those needs change as your family grows and changes.

home management binder

A couple years ago I had a section dedicated to pre-school and what I wanted to accomplish with the boys. That isn’t really necessary now that we are in a charter school and it is all kept either online or included in our curriculum.

There are lot of beautiful planners out there, ready-made and some customization if you are wanting to just order something. But building my own with printables here at home has really worked for me!

You really need to think about what you want to use your binder for.. what are some of the goals you want it to help you reach… and what areas do you need to stay organized in? is seriously the best of both worlds in that you can get a complete and pretty extensive planner BUT you still print at home for the best customization possible, you only print what you want to use, so you aren’t left with a binder that doesn’t work for you! Isn’t that great? and just look at how beautiful these pages are??!!!

Check out all the pages included in the Ultimate Life Planner! 

Here’s the description for the ultimate life planner:

“Using the My Life Planner is the best way to declutter your mind, develop rock solid habits, and crush your goals! The planner includes everything you need to stay organized throughout the entire year! Mix and match these planner pages with the pages in The Ultimate Blog Planner and you’ll be nothing but unstoppable this year! “

2018 Life Planner - 

Look at what all is included in the advanced package of the ultimate Life Planner:

The planner includes 50 meticulously designed pages of organizational goodness! Here’s a look at what you’ll receive:  

to do list planner page printables

 This really has everything and more that I’m looking for in a planner

 I would have never thought about tracking things like my workouts in a designated area.. how motivating will it be to see it all filling up!??!

First thing in my binder is always the monthly calendar pages!

I find that even though I have a calendar updated on my phone all the time.. it is nice to just see a whole month in front of me!

There’s also some weekly reminder pages, to do lists.. etc.

Usually every year I will print a couple of something new like a to do list or weekly schedule or something and give it a test run before I print very  many of them.

Cleaning schedules are helpful too and you can have an entire section dedicated to it. Things like those chores that need only to be done once a month or twice a year…

This year I’m adding a blog planner section to my binder ( I tried a seperate binder last year but I think it will work better to have it all in one) I am really trying to make 2018 be a great year for Loveandscribbles and I know I need to be more organized and scheduled.  I love how the pages on fit right in with the Life Planner!

The Ultimate Blog Planner

blog planner printables

Look what all comes in the blog planner:

You can get these 12 pages for FREE


  • 2018 Calendar
  • Undated Monthly Calendar
  • Undated Monthly Editorial Calendar


  • Post Brainstorming Guide
  • Post Topic Brainstorming
  • Weekly Post Planner


  • Weekly To-Do List
  • Blog To-Do List


  • Cover Page
  • Contacts
  • Usernames & Passwords
  • Blank Planner Page

Then the full package comes with all of these too:


  • Advertising Tracker
  • Facebook Advertising


  • Yearly Stats & Analytics
  • Blank Yearly Stats & Analytics – new!
  • Monthly Stat Tracker

    • Monthly Blogging Goals
    • Yearly Blogging Goals


    • Social Media Planner
    • Weekly Facebook Post Planner – new!
    • Weekly Instagram Post Planner – new!
    • Pinterest Post Planner – new!




















  • Email Campaign Tracker – new!
  • Automated Email Planner – new!
  • Email Campaign Planner – new!


  • Monthly Finance Tracker
  • Yearly Finance Tracker


  • Affiliate Programs
  • Giveaway Tracker
  • Sale Tracker
  • Sponsors
  • Change Record – new!
  • Printing Guide
  • Printing Instructions
  • Copyright & Terms

2018 Blog Planner - 

planner 2018

Binders, printables, and accessories are the simple things that help me feel like I can tackle the New Year!  And in complete nerd fashion.. Office supplies are some of my favorite things! 

It’s funny how a nice pen or pretty binder can motivate me to stay organzed or at least try! 

planner stickers

If you are still with me in this long blog post, thanks for sticking around! I hope some of these ideas and resources can be helpful for you as you head into 2018! 

Remember I said there was one more thing that I hoped to share about coming into the New Year. 


  I love to journal and I really love looking back at what we were doing on any given day a year, two, or even three years ago. 

One thing I’ve found to be super fun and motivating is to list our goals of the new year.. Both individually for each of us and as a whole family!  

I just found last years and really enjoyed looking at how much of the list we had actually accomplished.

Sometimes indivually goals are pretty practical (coming of age) sort of things. Like a boy needs to be potty trained or we need to say goodbye to pacifiers or something similar. I also like to try to think of fun goals too.. like maybe investing in an interest that we’ve noticed etc. 

Ryan and I might set goals regarding our budget or a goal to go on more dates, 

For family goals they tend to be mostly practical as well.. items we want to do to our home or adventures/trips we hope to have, 

Writing it all down on one sheet of paper, can really be fun to look at throughout the year to remind yourself of the big pictures. And if your kids are old enough you could even set these goals during a family meeting! And don’t worry if 2018 has already started when you are reading this.. It’s not to late to have a great year! 


Thanks for sticking with me on this long post.. I hope you have an awesome New Year and that 2018 is full of Hope, Joy, Love, and Peace,

Deanna Grace

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Crafty Art for Homeschooling

My Mom is the best. Even when she isn’t necessarily feeling very inspired, she can come up with some creative ideas for the boys!

This day she brought an old salad spinner (one she didn’t mind “donating” to the cause) Some washable paint, and small paper plates.homeschool art with loveandscribbles







The boys had a blast and spinning this salad spinner as fast as they could was a great way to get some extra energy out!

Simply place a small paper plate (or small piece of paper) in the bowl of the spinner. Drop a little paint in spots around the plate, replace lid and have fun spinning.  Salad spinner Art
We instructed to boys to spin one direction then stop and spin the other way.

The colors blended and smeared beautifully and were different every time!

I think we will be doing this art project again! It was definitely a blast!   Cheap art for homeschool






Do you think your kiddos would have fun with this?


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Instant Pot Sausage and Ravioli

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Instant Pot Sausage and Ravioli

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes (plus time to come to pressure)



Prep Time 5 minutes
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  1. saute the sausage in the instant pot until brown.

  2. add the rest of the ingredients to the sausage.
    close lid, set valve to seal.
    select manual (high pressure) for 6 minutes

  3. ( This recipe does take a little while to come to pressure… i would say it was probably close to 20 minutes)

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Fall Time Family Update

Well, here we are, it’s October already!?!?!

We’ve started school here at the love house. William is officially a kindergartner. We love our charter, Visions In Education! And the resources available to us are incredible!

first day of school- kindergarten

William began taking piano in August. He seems to really have a good understanding of the instrument and music and really likes it!

piano lessons

We’ve even participated in a science class with a group of other charter students and went on a field trip to a friend’s farm!

We really like all of the curriculum we’ve chosen for this year and I hope to write a blog post about all of that soon!


James has challenged me as we balance still giving him the attention he needs while being distracted with hours of school work and the baby!

 Oh the baby! David is 7 months of cuteness already! He’s crawling, pulling himself up on the couch, enjoys trying new foods all the time, and except for teething pain, he is always joyful!


Love and scribbles baby

Even though he is the easiest baby of them all, and super peaceful, Adding a third child to the mix has proven to be a huge game changer. A lot of things just became a whole lot more complicated. I love this calling and mission field, I’m also exhausted! 🙂


Fall time means Awana Bible club has started up again…. 


Farmer Night At Awana!

 We all love it!

We have had a great fall season so far and looking forward to the Holidays coming up so quickly!

As for Loveandscribbles. I am working hard to revamp a lot of the site and even have some awesome organization tools for the recipes I’ve been sharing recently! It will take a while to get it all redone, but I’m excited to share all of the changes with you soon!

And we plan to share holiday deals with you as they come up! Black Friday weekend is less than 6 weeks away! I’m hoping for a killer Instant Pot deal again but we shall see!! So make sure you like us on facebook to see all the deals we share!

I hope you are enjoying Fall too!

Deanna Grace

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Prime Day Is Still Going Strong..

Prime Day is half way over (sad times) but it is still going strong!

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If you shop through them I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you! Thanks  

Remember if you don’t have a prime membership but wan to enjoy the benefits of the Prime Day Deals you can sign up for a free 30 days!

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Check out some of these deals coming up! (I’ll be adding more products as they come up all afternoon/evening!)

I’m sharing a lot of deals over at my FACEBOOK PAGE all day and evening! Like us to keep in the know! 🙂

You can have a look here for all the Prime Day Deals. Or below for some of the deals that have caught my eye!



Of course our favorite deals are anything Instant Pot related!

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Prime Day Starts NOW!!! GO GO GO

Amazon Prime Day is here! and I’ve got a huge list of deals!!

You guys it’s here!!! The deals are being posted as we speak! We have to wait until 6pm for the first batch to go live but then it goes crazy from then on out for 3o hours!!!!

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If you shop through them I may get a small commission at no extra cost to you! Thanks  

First off: If you do not have an Amazon Prime Membership, you can sign up for a 30 day trial!

If you don’t want to keep it you can cancel before your 30 days are up. But a Prime membership is the ONLY way to get the Prime Day Deals! 


Or like us on facebook... where I’m sharing a bunch of great deals for the rest of the evening!!

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Amazon deals… LIVE NOW!!!

These deals are early access deals and are only available for a limited time, there’s an extra 30 minutes of shopping for Prime members!!  these are being released throughout the day! ( all of the following links were live and in stock at time of posting but hurry they won’t last long) All of this excitment just leading up to the amazing prime day deals tonight and tomorrow!

Don’t miss out… get a free 30 days of prime membership and enjoy all these great sale prices.. so many releasing in the next two days!! Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial


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Seriously this is only a very small sample of what is on sale right now… check out this listing here!

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Built For This!

Built BoyMom Tough!


We have now welcomed our third baby boy into our home. He’s perfect!  We are working on the usual.. finding a schedule, balancing the new normal routines with everyone, housework, school work, this blog, church, etc.

There has definitely been a switch in my thinking and perspective this time around.

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