Lunch Box and Snack Ideas for Kids & Pinning Party

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Welcome to the Toddler & Preschool Moms Pinning Party! I invite you to join in the fun, sharing your favourite pins and checking out all the fabulous ideas that are shared!

Back to school is coming up quickly. We are starting our homeschool year this coming Monday. One of the big challenges for moms whether their kids are in school or homeschooled is coming up with lunch and snack ideas. For me, I find lunch the hardest meal to come up with ideas for so this week, Angela and I are featuring some of the lunch box and snack ideas that were linked up to the party last week.

Lunch Box & Snack Ideas for Kids

Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas from Kids Activities Blog

30 Healthy Kid Snack Ideas from Crystal & Co.

Packed Lunch Box Ideas from The Chirping Moms

Back to School Lunch Ideas from In the Playroom

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: By linking up, you are giving us permission to use a photo (with proper link to you!) to use in a featured collage.For this week’s pinning party, you can link up to 3 pins (or posts if you prefer) relevant to parenting toddlers and preschoolers. This can be anything from activities to child-friendly snacks to parenting tips. Then, visit some of the other pins linked up to get new ideas and help others find these great ideas too by repinning! Sharing the love by pinning your favourites really helps everyone.

Toddler & Preschooler Moms - THE place to find family friendly ideas!The Toddler & Preschool Moms Pinning Party is THE place to come to find all the best ideas from Pinterest each week. You can find the pinning party on the following blogs:

Angela Teaching Mama

Sharla The Chaos and The Clutter

Last week’s most clicked posts were:

Review Letter Sounds with Beginning Sounds Blackout from The Measured Mom

Dragons Love Tacos Books and Craft from Dabbling Momma

10 Boys Crafts from In the Playroom

If you were mentioned as a favourite, you are welcome to grab the most pinned button below.

The Chaos and The Clutter

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You may also want to follow my Pinterest boards where I pin many of the ideas linked up here.

Huge List of Free Homeschool Printable Sites

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As part of my 5 part series on Frugal Homeschooling, I am sharing a reference list for finding the best online printables for free or almost free. Using printables, you can create an entire curriculum that will fit with many types of homeschooling.

Huge List of Free Homeschool Printable Sites

Free Printable Websites

Donna Young – Donna Young is often thought of as the original site when it comes to homeschool printables. It is best known for planners and home and school organization sheets but there are homeschool printables there as well.

Free Homeschool Deals – Free Homeschool Deals is one of my favourite homeschool sites (and not just because I’m a contributing writer over there!). I like that they share about free printables that you can find elsewhere on the web as well as their own free printables but I appreciate that they look at homeschooling families as a whole and realize that providing articles about saving money on household items also allows you to have more to put towards homeschooling and that providing encouragement for homeschool parents trickles down into the schoolwork too.

Frugal Homeschool Family – Frugal Homeschool Family also provides both their own free printables and shares printables from others as well as deals for homeschoolers.

Confessions of a Homeschooler – This is the original place I discovered free printables! I have used her Letter of the Week printables as well as many of her others, including lapbooks.

1+1+1=1 – This site has really good quality printables and printable packs, especially for Preschool and Kindergarten.

123Homeschool4Me – This site offers free printables in all homeschool subjects and even includes some in Spanish.

Blessed Beyond a Doubt - There are a lot of free printables here and Jill seems to add more almost every day!

3 Dinosaurs - Cassie creates some of my favourite printable packs and I am very thankful that she keeps them free. Many of them are huge packs and they work well for us for unit studies especially and for seasonal times.

This Reading Mama - Spend a few minutes poking around Becky’s site. She does have a few resources and printables that she charges a fee for and she also has a ton of free printables. Her focus is on literacy and her printables are extremely good quality ones that will enhance your homeschooling.

Teaching Mama - Angela is the author of the very popular preschool curriculum The Preschool Journey but she also offers free preschool printables on her site (as well as great craft and activity ideas!).

Homeschool Share – Ami from Walking by the Way runs this site and it is a great place to search for any topic of printable you can think of. It has notebooking pages, educational printables, mini books, and more. I’ve used this site to find sheets to go along with topics we are studying because of its easy search feature.

Notebooking Pages – Thought has a membership feature that is their most popular way for printables, they also do offer some free notebooking pages as well. We have the membership and use the pages regularly.

The Chaos and The Clutter - Right here on this site, you can find free printables. I don’t have a large selection yet but it is growing. You can find unique printables such as relaxation cards for kids, a babysitter checklist, notebooking pages, and more.

Picklebums – Some of my favourite printables are from Picklebums. They have a different quality to them that is hard to describe but I would say that the best way I can explain it is that they are cheerful.

Meet Penny - Tabitha offers free printables in a variety of subjects. She also has a membership option for other printables which is discussed below.

Homegrown Learners – Homegrown Learners is best known for their free Lego printables. I am especially a fan of the minifig writing prompts.

Kids Activities Blog – I love this site for so much more than the printables but thought it is known more for the activities, they do have free printables and good ones at that!

Homeschool Creations – Perhaps best known for its great Homeschool Planner which is available for purchase, Homeschool Creations also offers free printables. There are a LOT but it takes a bit of navigating to find them all.

Living Montessori Now – There is a very large list of places here to find free printables Montessori materials.

Every Star is Different – Renae is regularly adding free printables for Montessori style unit studies.

Montessori Print Shop – While many of the printables here need to be purchased, there is a section for free Montessori printables.

Teachers of Good Things – While the focus of this blog is on Charlotte Mason homeschooling and not on printables, you will find some preschool printables that are quite good, particularly for boys.

Teach Beside Me – There are a wide range of printables here and I like that there are some that can be used for older kids which are generally harder to find.

Simply Vicki – Vicki has some nice out-of-ordinary free printables.

Not Consumed – Kim creates some really fun printables that are outside of the usual educational printables box. They include things like kids’ party planning, practical items like morning checklists, encouragement, as well as educational printables.

Golden Reflections Blog – This blog has printables related to sensory, homeschooling, fine motor and preschool. – has a large variety of free worksheets for all age levels. The selection is huge but you do have to put up with there being a fair amount of ads and many are only available through membership.

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom – While this site is most known as a membership site, there is still a large selection of free printables (that link will take you right to them!).

Handwriting – Make your own handwriting printables.

Royal Baloo – Royal Baloo has free printables that focus mainly on preschool, kindergarten and the lower grades.

Suzy Homeschooler – Although this site doesn’t have a huge selection of printables yet, the selection seems to be growing and there are themes that are harder to find.

File Folder Fun – If file folder games is what you’re looking for, this is where you’ll want to visit.

In All You Do – This site has a selection of free homeschool printables, particularly for holidays, even the more obscure holidays.

Free – While not expressly homeschool focused, there are printables here that can be used.

Adventures in Child Reading – There are some beautiful printable here.

Homeschool Encouragement – Many printables available including some Lego printables.

Tutus and Tea Parties – Some cute printables here.

Gift of Curiosity

The Crafty Classroom

Making Learning Fun

DLTK’s Crafts for Kids

Of course Pinterest is a huge resource all on its own and a good source for finding printables.

Membership Sites

Membership sites can still be a frugal choice because many have a one time fee so once the cost is recovered, everything else after that can be considered as free.

Notebooking Pages – We have a lifetime membership to NotebookingPages and use them often for all kinds of learning opportunities. They have a huge selection and what’s even better is that you can even use their creator to make your own.

Enchanted Homeschool Mom - EHM has been around for years and has amassed a HUGE collection of printables. Purchasing a lifetime membership gives you access to all of what is there and everything added in the future. It is just $15 for a family use and $30 for a co-op or classroom membership.

Meet Penny - Meet Penny has many free printables but for the larger printable packs and specialty packs such as Minecraft and Dr. Who, as well as for some of her ebooks, she offers a lifetime membership for $25. This can be a cost effective choice if there are several printable packs that you want to purchase as it pays for itself quite quickly.

Enchanted Learning – I haven’t used this membership site myself but it looks to have a lot available. – has a membership option.

Teacher Share Sites

Many of the products on teacher share sites such as these are paid but there are also free unit studies and printable worksheets that can be found. Some of them allow you to search by cost so it’s easy to find the free resources.

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Notebook

Homeschool Swap

This list is by no means exhaustive but by using the links on this list, you can create curriculum, organize and plan entire homeschool years, and best of all, save a lot of money doing so.

Frugal Homeschooling...a 5 day series on The Chaos and The Clutter

This is part of my 5 day series on Frugal Homeschooling. I hope you’ll join me in discovering how you can homeschool without breaking the bank.

This week only, you can get in the Homeschool Omnibus, with a $590 value (almost $100 of that in free printables) a homeschool ebook bundle with so much more. Buy it for only $25 while it’s still available…it’s the best deal you can find.

83 Books and a ton of additional homeschool resources for just $25!


The 2014 Homeschool Omnibus is Here!

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The Omnibus is here! There are a lot of ebook bundle sales out there but there is only one original homeschool bundle sale. It’s called the Omnibus and it just keeps getting better and better and better!

One week only - 83 ebooks and more for just $25!

This year, the books are available on pdf and Mobi/Kindle for one price so you can read them on whatever device you like, wherever you are! Books can also be purchased on DVD for those who would prefer that option.

Why should you buy THIS bundle?

There are other ebook bundles that come on the market from time to time and occasionally, even one with a homeschool theme, but there is nothing like the homeschool Omnibus. There is no disputing that it’s a great value and that you will find practical help and information, but the biggest reason in my opinion that you should buy the Omnibus is that you will be encouraged.

So often as homeschool moms, we can doubt ourselves or feel alone. There are seasons when we question whether we should continue or wonder whether our choice to homeschool is the right one. There are even times when we hit a wall or worse, hit burnout. That’s why the encouragement is critical to our success as a homeschool mom.

Homeschool Support and Encouragement ebooksAmong the incredible book in the Omnibus bundle are some gems that can encourage you in your situation. You Can Do it Too! is the ultimate read on a day when you are feeling low. There are also books specific to unschooling, homeschooling an only child and homeschooling a large family.

How much is the Omnibus?

With a value of $545, the Omnibus only costs you $25. It includes 83 ebooks, mp3s, freebies, bonus offers, and discounts.

Where else can you buy books for a quarter each?!

Where else can you buy a book for a quarter?!

What’s included in the 2014 Omnibus?

Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase

Is there anything else I need to know?

  •  The deadline for refunds is September 5. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  •  The ebooks will only be available until September 25, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network for more information.
  •  DVDs can be purchased until September 20.
  • The sale runs from 12:00 a.m. ET Monday, August 18 to 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, August 24, 2014.

A Bonus for The Chaos and The Clutter readers… 

If you purchase the Omnibus through my affiliate link, that’s this one here (or by clicking on any of the images above), I will throw in your choice of one of my other ebooks free! My book, The Ultimate Guide to Field Trips in Canada is already included in the bundle but if you buy through my link and then leave me your email address, I will email you a pdf copy of your choice of either my book Sensory Bins or my book Self-Care for Foster and Adoptive Families. In fact, I’d be willing to email you a copy of both! Just e-mail me and let me know you purchased the bundle through my affiliate link and which one of my other books you’d like.

Back to {Home}School Grand Prize Giveaway

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Back to {Home} School Grand Prize Pack GIVEAWAY! over $1,000 in prizes!

Back to {Home} School season is in full force!! If you haven’t started back yet, chances are you will be within a few weeks. Our plan is to start August 25. What better way to kick off a new school year than by winning a HUGE homeschool prize pack? That is exactly what will happen to one lucky reader!

Check out the awesomeness included in this Grand Prize Pack valued at over $1000!!


Felice Gerwitz from Media Angels and Ultimate Homeschool Radio Show is giving away $100 in FREE digital products from Media Angels. Use the $100 on ANY digital products of YOUR CHOICE!

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From Classical Composers Monthly, the winner will a receive huge set of EVERY collection they currently offer. This includes 15 collections valued at $210!

ccpFrom Character Concepts, the winner will receive the Character Concepts for Preschoolers Basic Curriculum valued at $89.95! Character Concepts Basic Character Curriculum includes the following:

Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices
This colorfully illustrated book teaches your child 12 basic character qualities, vital to your child`s understanding of how to make wise choices in their everyday lives. The Boyer cousins (my grandchildren) are the main characters in the simple but effective stories in decision making. The goal is to teach your child the definition of the character qualities (your child can`t implement character in their lives without understanding what it is), and also teaches them a Scripture verse, (what God says about it), and how to apply it to life on their level of understanding.

History for Preschoolers: Uncle Rick has recorded a CD set with stories of American heroes who also illustrate these character qualities in their lives. We supply a picture of these heroes in our Mom`s Guide so you can show them to your child as they listen to these Uncle Rick character stories. The whole family will enjoy listening to these inspiring stories with your preschoolers!

Learning Character with the Cousins Flashcards: These flashcards present the Character Qualities found in Crossroads of Character, simple, kid-friendly definitions, and a Scripture Verse to hide in their heart. Full-color pictures on the flashcards also make memorizing easier, as the child will remember the story that is associated with each character quality.

Learning ABC`s with the Cousins: A set of photographic flashcards for learning the alphabet sounds

Hands-on Character Building: Proven ideas and hands-on projects for teaching character along with direction for when to use them to assist in practically applying what they are learning.

Mom’s Guide: Supplies you with information to effectively teach your preschoolers for a full 36 week period. Patterns are given for seasonal and educational crafts. Suggestions are made for family fun trips to help make learning fun,and as a bonus, over 30 recipes are included for fun food to make with your preschooler.

Also included are Bible stories and pictures of a person in Scripture who illustrates this character quality in their life. Provided for your use are coloring pages for your child to use as you read them the Bible story provided. Also included are additional suggested materials we`ve found helpful for further learning, or even for birthday and Christmas gifts to enhance science and history education as well as educational puzzles for preschoolers, some of which can be purchased from Character Concepts.


From WriteShop, the winner will receive WriteShop Primary Book A, B, or C {$40 value}. WriteShop Primary is a parent-led writing program that gently introduces K-3rd graders to the writing process through engaging activities, crafts, and picture books. The winner will receive the package of their choice level A, B, or C which includes the Teacher’s Guide and Activity Book.


From Applecore System, the winner will receive a Gold Membership {$55 value!} Applecore System is a homeschool record keeping service that has proven to be invaluable to many homeschooling families. Here is your chance to check it out for FREE!


Birch Court Books is giving the winner a copy of Story of the World Vol. 4: The Modern Age {$16.95 value}

letterslide_250Simply Fun! is giving the winner their very own Letter Slide! {Valued at $34} Letter Slide is a fun game that helps your child learn about consonants and vowels, vocabulary, and spelling.


We Choose Virtues is giving the winner a complete Homeschool Kit {valued at $99!}. This Kit was assembled with everything a Homeschool parent needs to effectively teach 12 Virtues. It has 5 beautiful posters, a 100 Day’s of Virtue achievement chart with stickers, flash cards and so much more. The Parenting Cards included in this set were created to help you inspire and demonstrate each Virtue and turn your home or home classroom into a place where Virtue is demonstrated with both attitudes and actions!

apologia pack

Apologia is giving the winner a Who is My Neighbor? bundle that includes: Who is My Neighbor textbook, notebooking journal, jr notebooking journal, coloring book, and audio cd {valued at $135}

CTC Math

CTC Math is giving the winner a one- year family membership {valued at $118.80}!


Homeschool In the Woods is giving the winner History Through the Ages Time Travelers American History Study New World Explorers {download} {$27.95 value}. From their website: “Our history studies are designed to create a hands-on learning experience that drives the lessons home in a fun way! Our first in the series, New World Explorers, contains 25 lessons that can spread across 5-10 weeks, covering: Reasons for Exploration, A Sailor’s Life, Ships, Navigation, 23 Explorer Profiles, Pirates, and more!


Creative Writing European Recipes Notebook Timeline
Factfile Cards File Folder Games Science Experiments
Penmanship Pages Notebooking Activities
Three-dimensional Projects such as an Incan Artifact, Ship’s Log, Pueblo Diorama, plus more!
10 Lap Book Projects, including mapping, pop-ups, layered books, etc.
And a final “Exploration Celebration” to bring the unit to a close!

All Text, Masters, Directions, Teacher Keys,
Photos, and Resource Lists Provided on CD
(Supplies Not Included)
The CD includes each lesson’s text pages, project overview pages, and a wide variety of masters for projects! Photos and drawings help illustrate the directions for completing the 35 activities. Choose the projects that work best for your family! Five “Project Days” are built into the schedule to help allow for extra time to complete outstanding projects.Also included are teacher helps, resource lists, teacher keys, and a “guide-at-a-glance.” This one-page guide will allow the teacher to see the whole schedule of upcoming topics and projects on one page. Tastefully laid out for inclusion in your three-ring binder, this unit study will give both the teacher and students a thorough, exciting adventure into the classic Age of Exploration!



See the Light is giving the winner a copy of SHIPWRECKED Deluxe Gift Set – {valued at $29.99}

Includes dramatic story of Paul’s shipwreck/rescue + 3 step-by- step related art lessons,+ black light (including batteries) + fluorescent chalk + fluorescent pencils +bonus features = 260 minutes of content
Homeschool Minder is giving the winner a 12-month membership valued at $40.
Pencilscape is giving the winner this awesome pack that includes: autofeed magic pencils, ultra smooth bio-ink pens, multipurpose pencil box, 2 in 1 pencil case and pencil holders, and MORE! {valued at over $30!}
A+ Interactive Math is giving the winner an Elementary Geometry Software {$22 value}. Elementary Geometry – suggested for K1 – 6th Grade – introduces the concepts and gives your student a solid foundation in basic Geometry.

Lessontrek is giving the winner a FREE one- year membership {valued at $60!} Lessontrek is modern online lesson planner that is simple-to-use and saves time.

Items included in the planner:
  • Lesson tracker
  • Grade recording
  • Drag and drop lessons to another weekday
  • Copy/paste lessons across weeks
  • Copy/paste an entire week of lessons
  • Print weekly lesson plans
  • Secure information storage
  • Customer support
  • Ongoing improvements based on your feedback
  • … and more
Inspired Authors is giving the winner 3 copies of the book, An American Crisis: Veteran’s Unemployment {valued at$59.97}. This book is about increasing awareness regarding veterans’ unemployment and gives ideas as to how we can help. They’re giving the winner 3 copies so you can keep one and give two away.
Isn’t this an amazing prize pack?! To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below. Entries will be verified. The giveaway will remain open until 11:59pm EST on Sunday, August 17th. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 19th. Good luck!

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