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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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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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Instant Pot Yogurt!
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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


 75% off

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 61% off  This is a heating lunch box! WHAT?!?

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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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Walmart Grocery – What I Think After A Month

Walmart Grocery Pickup


We started using the new service at Walmart a little over a month ago. And not to sound dramatic BUT it has changed everything about grocery shopping for our family!


How Our Family Uses This Service

I place an order through Walmart Grocery Pick up once a week! I still do a monthly stop by Winco Foods bulk section for the staples like flour, sugar, etc. And Monthly Sam’s club trip for our big things. But as for our weekly needs like produce, bread, snacks, breakfast, and other meal items. It’s all been coming from Walmart and I haven’t had to step inside a Walmart store in a long time! (insert happy dance here)


We have discovered (at least for our area) same-day order/pick up doesn’t work. Because they are just so busy, in fact one of the workers told Ryan they have had up to 70 orders in a day!!

So, I place my order the night before I want to reserve a pick up time and I’ve never had a hard time getting the time I want.

Because I can fill my cart anytime on the app I usually have a few items in there all the time. When I’m standing in the kitchen and we use up the last piece of foil, or Ryan is digging in the fridge and says, we are out of lunch meat.. Instead of writing it on a list somewhere, I just put it in the cart on the app and it’s there, ready for when I complete my order.

We have been reserving to pick up between 5-6pm and it’s works out so great for us. Ryan gets off at 5 and then heads over to pick up the order. We usually choose to have our own bags in the trunk and the workers just put all the groceries in them right there at the car.

What happens when Walmart is out of an item you have ordered?

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What is this Instant Pot craze?


A quick personal note: I have not been around on this blog much recently. It has made me sad to take a break but it was needed. Pregnancy + Holidays + sickness kind of got the best of me. But here we are on the other side and I’m excited to continue this blog journey in 2017. Also, we have all taken a little much-needed break from the Kitchen Remodel, but it is nearly finished. When it is, you’ll be sure to see the whole beautiful thing! I’m hoping to post a video so you can see it in all of its glory! for now if you want to catch up on what we have done you can head over here!

I hope you’ll stick with me and even share with friends! And I pray your 2017 has started with health and excitement for the future!


Well, you’ve probably heard about the amazing Instant Pot! It seems to be all over the internet world. And for Christmas Ryan surprised me with one, so now I’ve joined the craziness and I have to admit, it is pretty fantastically amazing!

If you are like me, you’ve been hearing a lot about this kitchen appliance and kind of thinking everyone was a little obsessed and crazy about it. Like Come on, I’m sure it’s nice, but really?


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walmart grocery pick up and FREE $10.00!

Have you heard? Walmart now has a pick up program!


I just used it for the first time today! It is simple to add items to your cart. Select your nearest store and choose your pick up time slot.

The instructions at the end of the order say

” At your designated time, go to your grocery pickup location. Tip: For fast service, check in using our Walmart Grocery app (Iphone) or Grocery Check-in App (Android). No smartphone? Call us 15 minutes prior to arrival, and again when you arrive.

Enter the Parking lot and drive to the front of the store.

Facing the entrance, proceed to the right side of the building, then head to the back. Look for the grocery pick up signs.

Park in a designated spot, your order will be out shortly.”

  • We also discovered that the phone number is a different one than the main number (which is impossible to get through to anyone) the pick up order number is a direct line to them and was a much better way to contact them about my order! (At Trinity store in Stockton the number is 209.371.7046)
  • We were told today that if they ever have to substitute an item for you, they always go bigger and better. The example the manager gave to me was, let’s say I order a 12 oz jar of Jiffy Peanut Butter. But they don’t have the 12 0z in stock.. they will bump it up to the 20 oz and yet still charge for the one I wanted!!
  • They give you a little sample bag of goodies at your first pick up, that’s fun!

This service is FREE!!! You really do get to order and purchase your walmart goods online and then drive up and they bring it out to your car and email you a receipt!! It’s CRAZY!!  I am super excited about this! I think we just figured out how to make grocery shopping manageable even with kids, and preggo and all the other things that make Grocery shopping a difficult task. And seriously? walmart deals and prices without having to go inside walmart??!! You couldn’t sign me up fast enough!!


Walmart also has a great referral program. And if you use this code you can get $10 OFF your first order and I’ll get $10 OFF too! In turn, you also can get a referral code and refer your friends and family and you each get $10. up to ten times a year!


Here’s the code:



Happy shopping!


Let me know how you like new service!

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