Monday, February 29, 2016

Let Your Creativity Flow...With Canvas Factory


This post is brought to you by canvasfactory.com.  They sent me a canvas to review and I am happy to share my thoughts with you!

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Last year, while preparing for our annual Reformation Day party, my husband came across a picture of the 5 Solas that he really liked.  He mentioned that it would be neat to have a print like that hanging in our home one day.  The problem is that the coloring of the one we found didn't quite work for our home, it didn't come in as large of a size as we wanted, and you could only get it as a paper print.

Fast forward a few months and canvasfactory contacted me asking if I would host a giveaway for you wonderful people.  I thought for a few minutes about what kind of picture I would want printed on a canvas and then it hit me that I could create a 5 Solas image that would work perfectly for my home!

So I set to work and came up with this image (that I LOVE!)  If you would like this image too, just sign up for my newsletter and I'll email it right to you!


I was so pleased with the whole process of ordering at canvasfactory.com.  You simply upload your image (or choose one of their 25 million wall-art images), choose you size and material, customize details like solid edges or wrapped images, and you are good to go!

One of the many pre-designed
images at canvasfactory
Of course you could get a canvas picture of your kids or a picture you took of the mountains on your last vacation, but you can also think outside the box like I did and create something unique and beautiful especially for your family.  I just used Microsoft Paint to create my image, but I'm sure there are a hundred other programs out there that would be just as good or better.

Here are some ideas that I came up with that might be perfect for your family/homeschool. (Imagine them in pretty fonts, creatively across a canvas...check out Pinterest for inspiration!)

  • Family Rules (ex. Be Kind, Say Thank You, Always Try Hard) 



  • Bible Verse (ex. The fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control - Galations 5:22)

  • Homeschool Maxims (ex. Festina Lente - Make Haste Slowly) 

  • Motivational Quotes (ex. I am, I can, I ought, I will)


Those are just a few ideas to get you thinking!

If you just want one of your family photos printed, canvasfactory has so many great options.  Check out their website to see all of them, but here are a few highlights:




Would you like to have a canvas for your home?


You can enter to win a free 16x20 canvas of your choosing from canvasfactory right here!  Enter the giveaway by using the Raffelcopter below. (Residents of Australia, Canada, and USA only.)


Can't wait?  Need a different size or style?  You can still get a great deal!




Would you like THIS print?  I will give you this image for free and you can make your own canvas with it at canvasfactory!  Just subscribe to Living and Learning at Home's newsletter and the file will be sent right to your inbox.  




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Here you go!  Enter to win a 16x20in. canvas from canvasfactory.  Make a beautiful piece for you home using a family photo, my 5 Solas image, or create a unique masterpiece of your own!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Trivium Tuesdays + Norwex Giveaway


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this link-up is hosted by Living and Learning at Home (that's me!) and Classically Homeschooling and is aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.


Norwex Giveaway


Congrats to Jackie, the winner of last week's giveaway! If you did not win, you can still pick up for own copy of Homeschool Made Easy on Amazon for just $2.99!


This week, the giveaway is for a Norwex window cloth ($18.99 value).  If you are not familiar with Norwex, you can read my post, Norwex - Cleaning with Kids.  Essentially Norwex is all about reducing chemicals in your home.  As homeschool moms, we need as much help as we can get, don't we? This Window Cloth is my favorite cleaning product!  All you do is wet a corner of the cloth (or spray your mirror/window with water) and then wipe it off with the dry part of the cloth. Easy, peasy, streak-free windows!

Enter to win your own cloth below.  (You'll be glad you did!)

Are you enjoying this month of giveaways? If this is something you want to continue seeing, let us know! If you have a product you would like to donate to this giveaway, send me an email.

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Featured Post from Last Week


I love taking a peek into how other people fill their homeschool days!  Carol, from Journey and Destination, lets us take a look into her homeschool as a part of the A Day in the Life of a Classical Homeschooler round-up.


This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <ahref="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/search/label/Trivium%20Tuesdays" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-buY0wC9qaRM/VrDUpNYowsI/AAAAAAAAHsM/pLOwdyHxCvU/s200/Trivium%2BTuesdays%2B-%2B2016%2BButton.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trivium Tuesdays + Homeschool Made Easy Giveaway


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this link-up is hosted by Living and Learning at Home (that's me!) and Classically Homeschooling and is aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.


Homeschool Made Easy Giveaway


Congrats to Allison W., the winner of last week's giveaway! If you did not win, you can a copy of Aesop's Copywork! These copywork lessons are a wonderful way to start children writing. They are also a wonderful addition to your ancient Greek history lessons. With 193 pages, you have more than enough copywork for an entire year!





Homeschool Made Easy Giveaway

This week, the giveaway is for Homeschool Made Easy: Homeschool Your Way This book, from Lea Ann Garfias, is a delightful read about how homeschooling can and should be easy. Lea Ann Garfias was herself homeschooled and has graduated her oldest child from her classical homeschool.

In Homeschool Made Easy, Lea Ann Garfias gives an overview of homeschooling, our goals for each stage, and tips for making homeschooling work for us. We all have a tendency to complicate homeschooling. Homeschooling Made Easy reminds us to take our time, keep it simple, and do what works for our family.

Are you enjoying this month of giveaways? If this is something you want to continue seeing, let us know! If you have a product you would like to donate to this giveaway, send me an email.

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Featured Post from Last Week



This was a great post on the heels of the Your Morning Basket giveaway from two weeks ago. Sara gives some great advice and ideas about the purpose of morning time in her post from last week. Check it out!


This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <ahref="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/search/label/Trivium%20Tuesdays" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-buY0wC9qaRM/VrDUpNYowsI/AAAAAAAAHsM/pLOwdyHxCvU/s200/Trivium%2BTuesdays%2B-%2B2016%2BButton.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Trivium Tuesdays + Lessons From Aesop Copywork Giveaway


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this link-up is hosted by Living and Learning at Home (that's me!) and Classically Homeschooling and is aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.


Lessons from Aesop Copywork Giveaway


Congrats to  the winner of last week's giveaway (look for an email soon)!  If you did not win, you can still get Your Morning Basket and until February 21st you can get a free Listener Guide with your order!  The Listener Guide is a great accompaniment to the Your Morning Basket podcast.  The Listener Guide includes: Show Notes Links, Key Takeaways from the Show, Action Steps for You, Inspiring Quotes from the Show, and more!


This week, the giveaway is for Lessons from Aesop - Elementary Copywork.  This copywork book, from Classical Copywork, includes the morals for each of the fables in Aesop for Children.  The winner will receive this 147 page, physical copywork book delivered right to your door!

Are you enjoying this month of giveaways?  If this is something you want to continue seeing, let us know!  If you have a product you would like to donate to this giveaway, send me an email.

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Featured Post from Last Week



I was nodding right along with this one! If you find yourself paying a lot of fees at your library (or avoiding your library all together because of the thought of fees), check out these great tips from Learning Mama!


This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <ahref="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/search/label/Trivium%20Tuesdays" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-buY0wC9qaRM/VrDUpNYowsI/AAAAAAAAHsM/pLOwdyHxCvU/s200/Trivium%2BTuesdays%2B-%2B2016%2BButton.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #196


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this link-up is hosted by Living and Learning at Home (that's me!) and Classically Homeschooling and is aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.


Your Morning Basket Giveaway


As promised, our month of giveaways is continuing!  Congratulation to last week's winners, Laura L. and Sharron C, who each won a French for Children bundle from Classical Academic Press.

While we all know the many benefits of morning time, getting it started can be difficult. That's why we're I'm thrilled to be able to offer Your Morning Basket as a giveaway today.

Pam Barnhill guides you through everything you need to set up a working morning time for your family including a no-fail habit to make morning time stick! With tips and tricks for dealing with wiggly children, you'll soon have a successful morning time to begin your homeschool day.

(click below to enter if the giveaway isn't showing up)

Featured Post from Last Week



I appreciated Lindsay's honesty last week when she shared about dropping out of her co-op.  As homeschool moms, we are constantly making difficult decisions about what is best for our children and our families as a whole.  I'm starting to think about plans for next year and it is a lot to think about!  Anyone else making any mid-year switches or planning on changes already for next year?



This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <ahref="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/search/label/Trivium%20Tuesdays" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-buY0wC9qaRM/VrDUpNYowsI/AAAAAAAAHsM/pLOwdyHxCvU/s200/Trivium%2BTuesdays%2B-%2B2016%2BButton.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

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