Passport to Fun - Japan

Travel the world from the comfort of your living room with this Passport to Fun series!  Whether you use these ideas as a date night, family fun night, or homeschool study, you'll be sure to have some fun and bring a bit of Japan's culture right into your own home!




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You'll remember that I came up with a pretty awesome idea for G's Christmas gift last year.

If you're new here and don't know what I'm talking about, then feel free to wander on over to this post to read all about it.

I'll wait.

Even though we spent all of 2016 traveling to new countries each month, we had so much fun I decided to extend this series indefinitely - so many cool places to learn about and we've even got a list of places we want to return to in the future!

Project Snapshot - Week 182

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)


A few years ago, G discovered a homeschool sailing club online. Gv was too little to go, but we realized this summer that she was old enough now to try it.

All 3 of us went out on the sailboat for the lesson (so no photos of that), but the kids also had the opportunity to play around with kayaks and paddle boards and things when they weren't sailing, so I did manage to get just a few photos of that.

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Beverage Edition

Are you already looking for an end to the summer heat, or has your warm weather just begun?

Regardless, a refreshing beverage is most welcome during these dog days, so see if your favorites made the list!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite ice cream flavors and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Favorite Beverages


I've got to be honest and say that I'm pretty much just a water gal. I've never liked soda or coffee and although I'm up for an occasional glass of OJ if someone's offering, I really just always prefer water.

Now, I do drink milk sometimes, but that's only at night and only for dessert.

Yes, milk is my dessert.

However, this wouldn't be much of a list if I just wrote down water, water, and more water, so I decided to really get crazy and list the top adult beverages which I choose to imbibe.

Friday Frivolity - Dog Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we spent some time monkeying around, but this week, things are going to the dogs for Take Your Dog to Work Day (my question is, what job does this actually work with?)


I AM Devotional by Diane Stortz, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

100 kid-friendly devotions focused on the names of God!


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One year, the church that I grew up in had a sermon series on the names of God.

I had long since moved away from Orlando, but I listened to the service online every week because I was fascinated with all the different qualities these names convey.

That's why I was so excited to see this arrive for my review:





Pinkalicious-Inspired Collage Art

Books become even better when you pair them with fun activities!

See what we did to go along with this month's Monthly Crafting Pinkalicious Book Club theme.


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My bloggy pal Hilary over at Raising Fairies and Knights started a fun Monthly Crafting Book Club - a challenge to create activities to go along with some of the most beloved children's books.

We had some great fun last year (see links at the end) and have continued the fun:


January - Ladybug Girl Addition Bugs
February - Giraffes Can't Dance Roll-a-Dance Die
March - How Do Dinosaurs...Social Skills Game
April - The Very Hungry Caterpillar Box
May - Unique Nature Creations


This month, our little group decided to think pink and focus on this book:

Pinkalicious

Project Snapshot - Week 181

Each week, Project Snapshot captures a memory from the past few days - either with a camera, words, or both.  

Time passes in the blink of an eye - see which treasured memory will join the year's collection for this week:



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My Snapshot(s)



An afternoon summer rainstorm had Gv racing to get into her new raincoat and Wellies for some puddle-stomping fun. G urged me to grab the camera and join him on the back porch and we enjoyed a bit of free entertainment for the next half hour.

What was your favorite memory from this past week?  I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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5 After 5, Ice Cream Edition

Do you splurge in the summer and enjoy drippy cones of frozen cream to cool you off?

We're talking ice cream flavors today for our list of 5 After 5!



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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite cookout food and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.


Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.


And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!




Favorite Ice Cream


One of our favorite parts of our summer campout experience is stopping by Dolly's Dairy Bar for a yummy treat to cool us off before heading back to our compound for the night.

I love all of their unusual flavors, named after popular camps in the area and full of all sorts of delicious goodies, but since I can only enjoy them in the summer, I'm listing my five regular favorites here:


Friday Frivolity - Monkey Edition

It's time for this week's edition of Friday Frivolity - the blog party for all things fun, funny, hopeful & happy!

Just wait until you see what we dug up for this week's theme...




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At last week's party, we quacked ourselves up with Donald Duck funnies.

This week, we're going a bit ape-crazy for National Monkey Around Day.

The Bible Explorer's Guide: 1,000 Amazing Facts & Photos

Illuminate the world of the Bible for your family with this fabulous reference book!


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I have to admit, I was super-excited when this children's reference book arrived: