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Free Ebooks For Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Here are a few free ebooks with craft and cooking ideas for Fathers Day:

Fathers Day Crafts

Father’s Day Crafts -FaveCrafts newest ebook with 10 different craft projects for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day Breakfast Safe For Kids To Make -a step-by-step picture ebook of recipes for children to make for Dad.

Father’s Day Fun -activities, gift ideas, children’s crafts and recipes to make this Father’s Day a day to remember.

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11 Frugal Gift Ideas For Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Number 1 Dad

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make Dad happy on Father’s Day. Give Dad a gift from the heart -make him something or do something for him!

Here are 11 frugal gift ideas that will make Father’s Day special for your Dad:

1. There’s an old saying, “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” -so why not cook something special for Dad? Make his favorite dish, a special dessert or even breakfast in bed.

2. Make a personalized BBQ apron. Pick up a plain canvas apron at Hobby Lobby (or another craft store) and decorate with fabric paint -children can add their handprints and a personal message such as “#1 Dad”. This idea can also be used with plain T-shirts or BBQ mitts.

3. Create a themed gift basket. Does Dad like to fish? Fill up a pail or fishing hat with hooks, sinkers, lures, bobbers and fishing line. Is Dad a carpenter? You could fill a nail apron with a new tape measure, carpenter’s pencils, chalk and a small tool or two -perhaps a chisel or hammer. For more gift basket ideas, check out 15 Creative Gift Basket Ideas For Men.

4. Give Dad a framed family photograph in a homemade picture frame.

5. Make him a photo album, scrapbook or collage.

6. Clean Dad’s car or truck.

7. Compose a poem or write Dad a letter telling him how much he means to you.

8. Create a CD of his favorite music or some old radio shows. The Internet Archive’s Old Time Radio section has a ton of old adventure series, mysteries, westerns and more -all of which can be downloaded for free.

9. Does Dad like to read? Homemade, laminated bookmarks would make a nice gift.

10. Clean out the garage or shed.

11. Make Dad a homemade card and fill it with some love coupons full of thoughtful things you can do for him (like some of the to-do ideas above). Don’t have time to make your own love coupons? Check out the Father’s Day Love Coupons on my Free Printables page.

A couple more Father’s Day posts you might be interested in:



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    Free Christian Audio

    Monday, June 7th, 2010

    Have you all heard about -Providing a large-scale, cost-effective download venue for customers of all ages, featuring trustworthy, downloadable audio and video content for the Christian family.

    They have music, films, sermons, audio books, home education resources  and much more -plus they also offer free products each day!

    Today’s freebie:

    Preparing Sons for Marriage and Life Purpose —From the conference album “Building a Family that Will Stand” -Christian men need to make dramatic changes in their lives; changes which reflect a biblical re-examination of the way our fallen culture approaches family, work, finances, education, citizenship, etc. The goal of these conference tapes is to encourage men to see “the big picture” of biblical manhood.

    Most of the products are large files, so if you have dial-up internet service you may want to download them overnight. If your download is interrupted, you may redownload it within three days. Please see BlueBehemoth’s FAQ for more information.



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    Not Just A Mom

    Monday, May 10th, 2010

    I received this from my momma and I thought I’d share it with all you other momma’s out there. :)

    Just A Mom

    A woman, renewing her driver’s license at the County Clerk’s office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

    She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.  “What I mean is, ” explained the recorder, “do you have a job or are you just a ….?”

    “Of course I have a job,” snapped the woman.  “I’m a Mom.”  “We don’t list ‘Mom’ as an occupation, ‘Housewife’ covers it,” Said the recorder emphatically.

    I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.

    The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, “Official Interrogator” or “Town Registrar.”

    “What is your occupation?” she probed.

    What made me say it?  I do not know the words simply popped out.

    “I’m a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations.”

    The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.

    I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

    “Might I ask,” said the clerk with new interest, “just what you do in your field?”

    Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,   heard myself reply, “I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn’t) in the laboratory and in the field,(normally I would have said indoors and out). I’m working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more about the satisfaction rather than just money.”

    There was an increasing note of respect in the Clerk’s’ voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

    As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants — ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.

    I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!  And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than “just another Mom.”

    Motherhood!   What a glorious career!  Especially when there’s a title on the door.

    Does this make Grandmothers “Senior Research Associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations”

    And Great-grandmothers “Executive Senior Research Associates”?

    I think so!!! I also think it makes Aunts – “Associate Research Assistants.”

    Please send this to another Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, and other friends you know.

    May your troubles be less, your blessing be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!

    * * * * * * * * * * * *

    L ive simply.

    L ove generously.

    C are deeply.

    S peak kindly… And leave the rest to God.



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    Free Ebook Of Short Stories For Christian Families

    Monday, April 26th, 2010

    Be sure and stop by Homeschool Freebie of the Day today and get your free resource -today’s freebie is a collection of short stories for reading aloud to your children:

    Short & Sweet: Short Stories with a Message (Volume 2) – A great collection of short short read-aloud stories by Katherine Loop of Christian Perspective. These short stories both entertain and challenge. Each story is written as a mini allegory and illustrates a spiritual truth in a memorable way that you and your child will not forget. Normally sold for $2.99 on their website, but free today only here at HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay!



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    Raising Entrepreneurial Kids: Free Video And Ebook

    Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

    Help your children become self-sufficient and start their own business with today’s resources from Homeschool Freebie of the Day:

    Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs Video -Today we are featuring this great talk by Cameron Herold who shares some of his own experiences growing up as a “different” entrepreneurial kid — and then sharing why/how you should help your kids develop their own entrepreneurial skills. There’s loads of tips, examples, and helpful information here for homeschool families, though this was not an address specifically for a homeschooling audience.


    Earning And Learning: 101 Ways for Your Young People to Earn an Income (PDF ebook) -Lots of young people would like to earn their own money, but aren’t sure how to go about it. You’ll get all sorts of creative ideas and inspiration in this unique “idea book” — a collection of profiles of kids with their own businesses, business, service and product ideas, common sense tips, and suggestions for young entrepreneurs, from pre-teen to young adult.

    If you haven’t signed up to the Heads Up! mailing list at Homeschool Freebie of the Day, I highly encourage you to do so. You will get an email each Monday listing all the free resources for the week plus an extra subscriber’s only freebie. Sign up today and don’t miss out!



    For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

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    Free Ebook About The ADHD Fraud Plus Free Food Guide

    Thursday, April 15th, 2010

    Has your child been “diagnosed” with “ADHD”?

    You might want to check out these very timely resources brought to you by Homeschool Freebie of the Day and Mike Adams “The Health Ranger”:

    Live with Dr. Fred Baughman: The ADHD Fraud (PDF ebook) – In the last 30 years, the field of psychiatry has transformed childhood into a disease through the label of ADHD. Dr. Fred Baughman, a pediatric neurologist and fellow of the American Association of Neurologists explores the reasons for this in this transcribed interview. He is one of the few neurological experts that is willing come forward with the truth about ADHD and the mass drugging of America’s children. Have you ever wondered why other countries don’t have this explosion of mental illness in their kids? Have you ever wondered why people in your parent’s generation didn’t have these problems? The answers are all right here in this interview.


    The Honest Food Guide (PDF chart) – An outstanding chart on food choices & how they affect your family. Offers genuine nutritional information, not watered-down information designed to boost the sale of processed milk, beef and grain products.

    Note: These links are no longer available at the Homeschool Freebie of the Day website, please see updated links below.

    My personal experience with what “they” call “ADHD”:

    • Processed foods, especially food colorings and corn syrup, will affect a child -we got rid of the cheetos, hard candy and soda pops and there was no more bouncing off the walls, anger, and self-destructiveness. Every once in a while, my children get a soda or candy as a treat -and it takes two days for them to calm back down.
    • Exercise is also important -we noticed long ago that our children are calmer and can concentrate better if they get plenty of exercise such as running, jumping rope, hiking and long walks.
    • Drugs aren’t good -what about the side-effects? I’ve seen many children turned into walking zombies after being put on “ADHD” drugs.

    Educate yourself, get the book and food chart -they’re free, so you have nothing to lose.



    Updated Links:

    Live with Dr. Fred Baughman: ADHD fraud and the chemical holocaust against a generation of children

    The Honest Food Guide

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    Citizen-Science Project: The Great Backyard Bird Count

    Thursday, February 11th, 2010

    The Great Backyard Bird Count 2010


    The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual “citizen-science” project that the whole family can participate in. This year’s bird count begins tomorrow, February 12th and runs through Monday, February 15th.

    What is The Great Backyard Bird Count?

    “The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.”

    The GBBC website contains a printable poster, tally sheet and regional bird checklists; a PowerPoint slideshow about the GBBC; a kids page with fun activities, games and coloring pages; an educators page with ideas and activities to involve children in the GBBC; plus a photo contest to enter!

    Have fun –I know we will! :)

    Happy bird watching,


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    More Free Thanksgiving Audio

    Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

    littlepilgrimsepia Thanksgiving Poems, Music and Stories

    “Poems of Thanksgiving” and “Land of the Pilgrims Pride” are this week’s programs from Homeschool Radio Shows.

    Music For Thanksgiving is a nice little collection of hymns and classic folk songs in midi format.

    More Thanksgiving music can be found at The Holiday Spot’s Free Thanksgiving Music page (these are also midi files).

    At The Story Home, you can download an audio of Thanksgiving On Grandfather’s Farm –a short story by Maud Lindsay from “More Mother Stories”.  (I haven’t listened to this one yet.)

    Some Thanksgiving History

    Listen to America’s Thanksgiving Proclamations of the past and be thankful!

    Go to’s Thanksgiving page, download the free mp3s and listen to “Governor William Bradford’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1623”, “President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1789” and “President Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1863”.

    One last thing…

    If you haven’t downloaded them already, Homeschool Freebie of the Day has left several of their Thanksgiving resources up this week including Let’s Sing About Thanksgiving + More!





    If you have slow internet service, a download manager is very helpful. I use the free Orbit Downloader to schedule large and multiple files for downloading overnight.

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    Free Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages

    Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

    I’ve uploaded my “Thanksgiving Memories” notebooking pages that I made last year and posted at my old site. You can find them here:

    Free Printables|Pawpaw Holler Home

    File is 2 pages with places to record the date, place, guests, menu and notes.

    Stay tuned…I’ll be adding more free printables in the coming weeks!


    Blessings and enjoy,



    For even more free educational resources, please check my education freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

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