Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )


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fun

how we have fun in our homeschool ?

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although I do feel like everything we do is fun 🙂 otherwise why bother doing it ?
I figured the best way for me to answer this; is to make a random list of “fun” things we do; some daily … some weekly … and some seasonal 🙂

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library visits 

museums 

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park days

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chalk fun 

bike rides

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scooter rides

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board games 

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card games

hide and seek 

play tag 

nature hunt 

hikes

city adventures

making smoothies

swimming 

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blowing bubbles 

reading books

drawing 

painting

dancing 

singing

play basketball

play street hockey 

play mini put 

roller blading 

skateboarding

hopscotch

playing with our dog

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making desserts 

water fight

shadow play

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friendship bracelet making

origami 

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free creative play

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cardboard box playing

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lego play time 

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I am certain I forgot a lot more things… but this is a good starting point 🙂

Whatever we are doing … I love taking pictures (as most of you know) 🙂 I just had the chance to review Picaboo yearbook … go check it out here 

We are having a contest for a chance to win a Picaboo yearbook photo book of your own … so don’t forget to go enter here 

Now GO and HAVE SOME FUN!!!!

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Take some pictures 

And then come back and tell me know what you did 🙂

Also go check out my fellow Canadian bloggers on how they add fun to their homeschool here 🙂

Lisa

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picaboo yearbook review

I received my yearbook photo book from Picaboo last week and my whole family is totally impressed!

The quality is awesome! 

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I want to start by saying that it was loads of fun to do this yearbook photo book.

The web site is really neat. The amount of options are incredible… from simple little things; like different text to write in; to a ton of different layouts  and  backgrounds to choose from, and even scrapbook fun stickers to add where ever you choose. That is a just a few of the options to play around with and make your yearbook completely personalized.

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I want to suggest if you choose to make your own, set yourself a deadline. Otherwise you could probably be at it forever; if you’re anything like me. I would probably have kept adding pages and kept editing it for a long time.

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I suggest that you use high quality pictures; but don’t worry if some of your pictures are not the best quality they have this neat feature on the site where it will tell you when you zoom into a picture past where the quality will be good for printing and viewing.

Their customer service is amazing. The response time was really fast. I had to contact them as I could not figure out where to add a page. And I want to suggest that they do something a little easier for consumers to see a very simple  “add page” button; as even once I figured it out due to a friend telling me I was still confused. 

The site was a little glitchy for me. I would upload a picture and then drag it to the photo book but it would not let me move the picture around. So I would have to reload the picture.  One more thing that didn’t work so well for me and ended up  taking a long time was when  I would want to superimpose a picture on top of another. For some odd reason it would just not do it; even after several clicks. I had to click on another picture and then back on the picture I would want to superimpose and even then it would only work sometimes after a couple of clicks.

Besides those couple of small  issues; everything else went very smoothly.

Once completed; you get a file to review your completed photo book and then ordering took less than 2 minutes time.

And although they do say expect 3 weeks for delivery; I got lucky and got it in less then one weeks time.

I want to finish by saying that although it was a little glitchy for me … it is a super awesome site and it has so many customizable options; and I love how they include homeschoolers in the list of what kind of photo book you are making 🙂 and although they call it a yearbook, you could use their yearbook for any kind of photo book… from groups, families, activities even for camps … and so much more. You can customize the book anyway you want … it is really neat! Even kids could work on a photo book together as a group project.

As a homeschooling mom I will definitely be making one every year with them. I am even thinking of making an individualized photo book for each child  although you could change the cover picture on each of your yearbooks to make each one more individualized. like I said completely customizable!  🙂   oh and another option is family and friends could order a copy for themselves easily through the website.

Go check them out here and start your own yearbook today at Picaboo Yearbooks

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~Lisa