Friday, August 18, 2017

#PRHpartner I'm Scared - My First Comics Book

 Comics are a rite of passage for all kids. I remember when my older two sons were about 2 and 4 my husband took them for their first comic books on Free Comic Book Day. It was the start of a life-long love and collection for both kids. I'm Scared is an introduction to comics in the style it is illustrated. In I'm Scared - Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm have designed a delightful story featuring weather. The personification of the little snowflake Chilly is unique, adorable and quite fun. He is afraid of many things but in the end over comes his fear to have fun on the playground with is friends Tornado and Cloud. This is an important story written in a sweet relatable way.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Homeschool Must Have -

 This coming school year marks our sixth year. While I'm no expert there are some things I've learned along the journey. Curriculum choices matter. Curriculum might claim to be complete but you will most likely supplement here and there. The internet has tons of things but searching is a chore. Last year, I was lucky to review as part of the crew. I fell in love instantly because of the layout of the site. Everything is broken up into categories. You can look by subject or grade. There are printables for Pre-K - 12th grade.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

What You Really Need To Know To Start Homeschooling!

 Whenever we share that we are a homeschooling family one of the very first things people share is that they wouldn't even know where to begin. I get asked all sorts of questions and I get it because I was once there too. Thankfully I had a few close friends that had navigated this before me and I knew I could get the answers I needed quite easily.

Do you need a degree for that?

Is it legal?

Where do you get curriculum?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mily Miss Questions DVD Giveaway #WIN

 Kids are full of hard to answer questions. Some things they ask just don't have a solid answer. Sometimes the answers depend on the parents faith or beliefs. So what is an inquisitive supposed to do with those burning questions? In Mily Miss Questions - a french cartoon- we have a main character who gets to the bottom of those questions. She asks her friends and family to form valid answers.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sustainability Made Simple Giveaway #ad

If I'm being honest I haven't spent much time thinking about sustainability. It has always seemed overwhelming for this time in my life with homeschooling and the two little kids. When I was approached to read Sustainability Made Simple: Small Changes For Big Impact by Rosaly Byrd and Lauren DeMates - I was intrigued. I liked the title because it sounded like it was written for someone like me. Someone who needed the work done for them as far as explaining Sustainability and the importance. I was right! The first half of the book really is all information. From explanation to examples of why we need to think about sustainability.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Lost: Book Three of The Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano

 I'm so excited to share the third book in The Sidhe series by Cindy Cipriano! The Lost brings us back to Calum after his harrowing experience with the Void. In this story the characters have grown. They are not the little kids they were in the first book. They've experienced real life challenges and evil which has molded them into the young adults they are becoming. This book answers questions that we've had but it also transitions us into the next step for Calum and his friends. It feels like a transition book and I liked that because some of the things were resolved and new things popped up. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

July Favorites

Can you believe it is August already? I'm always amazed at how fast the year goes by. Summer is almost over and I'm quite sad! I wish it would last 6 months! I have a few of my favorite things to share with you today.

I had this Pure Leaf tea a few weeks ago at a mom's night out cheese tasting party. I went out and bought it immediately after. It is so refreshing and the raspberry adds a ton of flavor. It is a special treat. I usually drink water but I've been really enjoying these.

Cosrx Advanced Snail 96

Yeah, I realize that this product sounds gross but guess what it really works. It makes all the other moisturizing products work 100 times better than without. It last a long time too. I purchased mine in March and I'm only about half way through. You only need about one small pump and you apply after cleanse/tone steps. 

My Name Is Earl

I've been watching this show this month and it is just some good old fun tv. The antics crack me up and I love the idea of a criminal loser trying to redeem himself from all the bad he has done. (It is on netflix if you want to check it out.)

That is it for July. I've been on a spending cut trying to save some money so not really shopping like I did.  I hope you'll share your favorites in the comments !! DID NOT receive product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that by clicking on an affiliate link I may receive a small amount of money. We only give our honest opinions of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising. Lisa Rupertus/ A Rup LIfe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#PHRpartner Splat! by Jon Burgerman #WIN

We had a great time reading this new book from Jon Burgerman. Splat! is a fun and interactive story about great big messes. It didn't take long for my little one to catch on to the idea that things were going to be splatted on our characters face. He had fun shouting the action words as he read along with me. This brightly colored book is just a fun time. I think it is the perfect "exciting" book for bedtime or really anytime.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Disney Learning Explore Music Library - featuring Mickey, Tangled and Moana #ad #win

Teaching music at home can be challenging. As homeschoolers we try to sing often and we even go to sing at a nursing home once a month. Teaching is different. Getting the kids to project their voice, hold notes and keep tempo can be challenging. Disney Learning has commissioned a series of books -Explore Music / Creative Arts authored  Hal Leonard for the 4 and up crowd that brings music learning to their level by including characters that kids know and love.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Sports Illustrated Kids - The Football Fanbook #WIN

 We were recently sent The Football Fanbook: Everything You Need to Become a Gridiron Know-It-All by Gary Gramling. This really is a complete guide to America's most favorite game. Each page is filled with wonderful facts. There is even a section on obscure facts (something my boys love to learn about.) This hardback book has tons of colorful pictures included as well. Perfect for an avid reader or even a reluctant reader who loves the game!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Voltron Coloring Sheets! #freeprintables

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Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 83 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments received product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that by clicking on an affiliate link I may receive a small amount of money. We only give our honest opinions of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising. Lisa Rupertus/ A Rup LIfe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to

Friday, August 4, 2017

Win Tickets for All Saints - A New Faith Based Movie #AllSaintsL3

The power of prayer, miracles and love of community - that's what All Saints brings us to the theaters on August 25th. In a time where we need more movies that show how our God is living and a very present help when we are need this movie is a much needed addition to our Christian community. It is based on a true story that rocked a small, folding church. It seems like churches near me are folding all the time. I'm so excited to share this story with my teen boys and with you all.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Bedtime Book by Mary Engelbreit #partner

I have a sweet book by Mary Engelbreit to share with you today. This book features poems and short stories with the beautiful illustrations from Engelbreit we've all come to love. The Bedtime Book is perfect for cuddling at the end of the day with your little one and sharing a few moments of reading time. The pictures of many different animals are adorable to look at and go right along with the stories.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Enter to Win 3 Touch-and-Feel Boards Books! #partner #win

My youngest is 1 and he is tough on books. The thing is he LOVES them. So we have been adding to our board book collection slowly. The three newest additions are these touch-and-feel books by Megan Roth. Each features a different story about an animal. The illustrations are adorable and the pop of bright coral make each page stand out. These are adorable.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Alisa Knows What to Do: Season 1 DVD Giveaway! #ad

Alisa Knows What to Do! is based on the extremely popular Russian science-fiction novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century. The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like the natural balance, both on the planet and in space.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Lies That Bind And The Truth That Sets You Free by Dr. Deborah Waterbury Book Review & Giveaway #partner

The Lies That Bind And The Truth That Sets You Free 
by Dr. Deborah Waterbury

 I wasn't sure what to expect from this book when I received it. Truth be told I've dealt well most of my life with the things that have happened around and to me. I haven't dealt with sexual abuse and I've never dealt with an unfaithful marriage. I wasn't sure what I would be able to take away from this book since it deals with both of these topics. However, Dr. Waterbury in sharing her experiences has  learned some powerful truths about our identity in Christ and the messages is both powerful and freeing. Satan knows how to hit us with lies and he uses this to pull us away from God.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Teen Summer Reading: In 27 Days #partner

 I've always loved teen books. The authors put a lot of thought into creating deep, meaningful stories that don't revolve around adult themes. Alison Gervais has written a pretty incredible story with In 27 Days. This story centers around suicide in a very different way than you think. It doesn't glorify it, in fact we see a glimpse into the hurt it causes those left behind. We also see two loner characters that are transformed by the circumstances. They learn to value themselves and their roles in others.

Friday, July 28, 2017

First Grade Curriculum Choices 2017-2018 #homeschool

 Can you believe we have come to this time again. At least we still have another month until we get cracking those books open for the new school year. (NJ public schools start after Labor Day and we tend to follow that schedule as well.)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

National Geographic Kids Almanac & Shark Toss and Catch Toy Giveaway! #SHARKWEEK

 Shark Week!!! What better way to celebrate than reading about sharks. National Geographic Kids Almanac 2018 has tons of facts all about those scary creatures of the sea! It doesn't stop there either. 12 different sections all about our world. There is even a game section. Seriously, this book is packed with entertainment. I plan on bringing it on our vacation because it is the perfect portable activity that isn't electronics. We are going to a lake in upstate NY and my plan is to unplug as much as possible.

Nichole Nordeman - Every Mile Mattered CD Review & Giveaway #everymilemattered #flyby #ad

 Nichole Nordeman's new album -Every Mile Mattered - is a story that has been written on her heart for years. She shares the story in a note inside the album about how the good and the bad matters. The titled track - Every Mile Mattered- shares that thought too.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Crazy about Alaska Review & Blog Tour #summerreading

I haven't read a contemporary setting novel in some time but it was just the right fit for a late night summer reading session. Crazy about Alaska by Shannon L. Brown drew me right in from the first chapter. Holly the main character is sharp and together. She didn't need rescuing. I love stories like that. I want my leading lady to be strong and independent. Not needy and weak. Same with the main male lead. He had his life together too, which I appreciated. Now don't let that make you think this story was boring. It was far from it. The characters had chemistry and the story flowed smoothly. It was done well. There are a few more books in the "Alaska" series and I plan on checking them out because I enjoyed this one so much.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD Review & FREE Printables! #ad

When we went to Disney last fall my littlest one fell in love with the Fab 5! He just loves Mickey and Minnie. When ever it is on tv he runs and dances to the fun songs. Minnie's Happy Helpers is a great new dvd featuring 6 episodes. I love how the characters always work together and how sweet they are to each other. Kids need this kind of example in their lives.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Guest Hollow High School Physics Giveaway!!

 As you know last year we discovered Guest Hollow and used it for Chemistry. As I was planning for next school year I consulted with the two biggest critics - my boys - and they both agreed they wanted to use Guest Hollow for Physics! I'm pretty excited by this choice because they are excited and that means they will actually do the work!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Jesus Loves Me! A Sing-Along Book

 One of the first songs our children have learned is Jesus Loves Me! I think it is so important to sing with our children. We naturally use songs to teach faith. Logan is a book lover and he loved this adorable board book - Jesus Loves Me! A Sing-Along Book which is illustrated by Gynux.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Truly Wonderful High School Homeschool Year!

We've had our share of rough homeschooling years. From having a baby to just not really having a groove. I have found that two things are important when it comes to having a good year. Good curriculum that appeals to both student and teacher is the first thing. (Learning style really helps here!)  Second is time. Time can be broken into to thoughts - experience and physical time.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Book Review: I Lost My Sock! A Matching Mystery by P.J. Roberts

 If you love rhyming books then I have the perfect book for your home library! I Lost My Sock! A Matching Mystery by P.J. Roberts, features a Fox who lost his sock and his friend Ox helping him find it. This sing-song story is accented by the geometric shaped illustrations by Elio. This is both a visual and auditory pleaser. The adorable tale really resonated with my 1 year old who is forever taking his socks off and losing them. He loves bringing us his socks or asking where they went so this was a fun read for him!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County #bookreview

 Shelley Shepard Gray has to be my favorite writer in the Amish genre. She has managed to take a classic story locations and spin it with a modern feel. It is not your mother's books but a fresh approach to the tight knit communities that we've grown to love. His Guilt is no different. This book doesn't shy away from real problems and issues facing not only the amish people but our communities as well. Tackling subjects like domestic abuse, alcohol and even emotional longing is tough but Gray weaves these things is effortlessly. This book was a bit of a page turner as it has the added benefit of mystery. I love that and I honestly read it in about two days which is unheard of with all these boys running around and it being summertime! I always enjoy Shelley Shepard Gray's books and this one was perhaps one of my all time favorites!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Big Book of WHY Activity Book (A TIME For Kids Book) #giveaway

 We are about to embark on a week long family vacation with extended family. In our scenario we are the only ones with little kids. In fact there is only one additional kid (a teen) coming. I was racking my brain on what I can pack to keep the 6 year old busy and out of everyone's hair when we are actually in the rental house. Then I remembered receiving the Big Book of WHY Activity Book. This is going to be the perfect thing to bring along with some coloring books, crayons and legos. I think it will be just enough to keep him busy for a short time when we are hanging out indoors.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Kids' Visual Study Bible Review #ad

 In our home we are a KJV family. However we were recently sent the new Kids' Visual Study Bible from Zondervan to review. I know many of my friends and family use the NIV and I really liked the look of this bible so I wanted to share my thoughts on this book.


The NIV Kids’ Visual Study Bible, for ages 8–12, brings the Bible to life in four-color illustrated splendor. This study Bible includes a spectacular full-color interior featuring over 700 illustrations, photos, infographics, and maps on every page that visually represent key Bible information. Each page also features important facts located near the relevant verse. Intriguing facts; colorful, engaging maps; photographs; and illustrations make this a Bible they’ll want to explore.
  • Over 700 four-color photographs, illustrations, infographics, and maps throughout
  • Full-color design
  • Book introductions, including important facts and an image to orient the reader
  • One-column format with side bar study notes for ease of reading
  • Presentation page
  • The complete text of the New International Version (NIV) translation of the Bible
  • Beautiful cover featuring gloss

My Thoughts:

This book would be great for a child that learns well visually. The pictures help break up the reading and tell the story. Each of the books beginnings with a history and key notes about it. Many of the verses are examined along sidebars of the pages. It is a true study experience. The hard cover makes this book very sturdy as it is a big book. I think it would be perfect for home bible study.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cooling Off at Sahara Sam's #hosted

Sahara Sam's was kind enough to host a few of us New Jersey Bloggers for a night of fun. Located in Berlin, NJ it is a wonderful indoor water park. During the summer months they have additional outdoor attractions as well. I brought one of my good friends along with my 4 children (ages 1-16) and teen cousin to the event. It is always wonderful when you can have such an age range go to one attraction and all enjoy themselves.