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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


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#PRIMEDAY Homeschool Must Haves

These are the things I'm hoping to score some good deals on today! What homeschool products are you looking for?

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Monday, July 10, 2017


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June Favorites!

 It is time for my favorites. I have a couple things I've been reaching for pretty much every day. I was thinking of adding my non-favorites - so let me know if you would like that in the comment section below.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Why You Should Join Amazon Prime - TODAY! #PRIMEDAY

 You know you've heard about Amazon Prime in the past and wondered if it would be a good fit for you. Is it really worth paying for a service like Prime? For me it is a 1000 times yes. We use it weekly in our homeschool and home. We have some things on auto delivery (subscribe and save.) I don't even have to think about those things when shopping - they come to my doorstep. We use the music on our Echo and watch the television with our Firestick. We are a total PRIME family.

Laurie Berkner, Solo! "The Greatest Hits Tour" Comes to the QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning 7/18/2017

WHAT: Laurie Berkner, Solo! "The Greatest Hits Tour" Comes to the QuickCheck New Jersey Festival of Ballooning
WHEN: 1:30 p.m., Friday, July 18, 2017. Festival gates open at 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Solberg Airport, 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station (Readington Township), NJ 08889
TICKETS: $25, $35, $45, plus applicable fees. Super Premium tickets $75*, plus applicable fees. A limited number of $75 Super Premium tickets are available.
*Super Premium tickets include preferred seating, after-show Meet & Greet, photo opportunity, and a personalized, autographed picture of the Laurie Berkner Band from Laurie.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Pipsticks Review for June!

 Pipsticks is a monthly sticker subscription. They have a kids and a grown up subscription and two sizes a Classic ($14.95) and a Petite ($9.95). I chose the the Kid's Classic and that is what I will be featuring in this review.


Friday, July 7, 2017

#PRHpartner ** Win A Set of Mr. Men Doctor Who Books! #whovians

 Any other Whovians? I discovered Dr. Who a few years ago with the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith). Being a huge fan of sci-fi, this show really appealed to me. When I heard about the new Mr. Men (Little Miss) books featuring our favorite Dr. I could not wait to get them in hand. I have always loved that book series and the new rendition is adorable. Featuring all our favorite characters in the series. The Doctor Who books are available at your local book retailer or online at stores like Amazon.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Our Kindergarten Year with Memoria Press, Abeka and Horizons & More

We did it! We completed our kindergarten year. This was my first time teaching kindergarten because the bigger boys were in private Christian school during the beginning years. I have to admit I was nervous. I had never taught a child to read. My oldest learned in school and my second son taught himself. I really worried that we would struggle to master skills but that didn't happen. I credit our success to wonderful curriculum and a child that loves learning. We kept our days short which I think made a huge impact. He was willing to sit for a bit usually an hour and up to two hours but mostly about an hour and 15 minutes a day.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Giving Heart - A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood by Stephanie Corfee #ad

Now that summer is officially in full swing I have some time to sit and color again. It is a past time that I love to do. I just love all the new adult coloring books because they appeal to how I like to mix colors and give the page a mature look. A Giving Heart - A Coloring Book Celebrating Motherhood by Stephanie Corfee is a beautiful book with bible and famous quotes throughout. It is encouraging and uplifting with just enough variety to keep it interesting.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Octonauts Calling All Sharks! DVD Review & Giveaway #ad

 My youngest is obsessed with Kwazii from Octonauts. He loves to say 'yeow' just like his favorite character. Naturally he is one of the main Octonauts so my son is happy to watch any episode but some of my personal favorites are the ones with the sharks. In Calling All Sharks! I've personally learned about Lemon sharks, latern sharks and cookie cutter sharks just from watching. Of course Logan is only 1 so he just likes to watch and I'm not sure how much he is learning but this show is entertaining enough for me that I like to watch with him. It might help that whenever the sharks come on screen he makes this adorable chomping sound.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Captain's Daughter Review #ad

 Summer is in full swing and that usually means I'm up late reading books. This past week it was reading The Captain's Daughter. This books was set in a time where women's lives were vastly different than today's times. It was hard for women to make it in the world. We forget how far we've come and how wonderful we have it. At the same time looking back relationships were proper and had a beautiful romantic dance to get to happily ever after. I love that about novels and how different courting and the social rules were of the different time periods. This book is set in London and we see a bunch of trials to get the story to where it needs to go. It was well written and wonderful to read.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

RAGÚ Celebrates 80th Anniversary! #WIN #ad

 Some days I just can't make it to the store for all the ingredients necessary to create a wonderful Italian meal at home. Let's face it I have four kids and we homeschool - that takes up the bulk of our day and grocery shopping is the last thing on my mind. My kids love pasta and meatballs. It is a staple in our home as everyone eats it so I like keeping plenty of boxes of thin spaghetti and jars of sauce to make a quick lunch, side for dinner or sometimes the whole dinner.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Has the church become your god?

I recently had God put something on my heart. It might be different than what your used to in the areas of church. However when the Lord speaks I hope I'm listening and I wanted to share these thoughts with you. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

*Time For Kids* 50 States Our America Review & Free Printable! #WIN #ad

 We are full swing into summer at the Rup house. This means we slow down our structured learning and take time to enjoy the lazy days. While we might stop most of our formal learning we never really stop learning. Each of our three older kids is required to do some sort of reading each day. For our 6 year old it is 20 minutes of independent reading and 20 being read to. I was sent Time For Kids 50 States Our America to review. Let me tell you how perfect this book is for our our family.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Reading: It Started with Goodbye #zblogsquad #ad

 It Started with Goodbye
by Christina June

 I remember how hard summer was when I was a teen. It felt like the whole world stopped but at the same time it was moving so fast. From June to the beginning of September was almost a blink of the eye. I worked the most amazing summer job at my family's ice cream stand. I was surrounded by my cousins. We have such sweet memories. However one summer when I was 15 I got into some major trouble. It was a turning point in my life.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Reading: T-Veg: The Story of a Carrot-Crunching Dinosaur #partner

Written by: Smriti Prasadam-Halls
Illustrator: Katherina Manolessou

 It seems like in today's world each family eats very differently. We have friends that are vegan, paleo, vegetarian, meat-atrians, gluten-free, and primal. Those are just the ones I remember! Our family likes to enjoy a diet that is rich in organic food and we have an organic garden with tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, basil and mint. This might differ from your family. Guess what? That's okay.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Summer Reading: Beginner's Bible Collection & Giveaway #ad

My littlest son just loves books. He loves to sit and look at them or carry them around. When I received this sweet collection from The Beginner's Bible, I knew he would just love them. As you probably know these books include bright colorful pictures from various stories in the bible. The people and animals have the sweetest faces. These illustrations bring the bible alive to our littlest readers. I love sharing God's Word with my children and having tools like this collection help. I'm always amazed at how much my 6 year old remembers from our short story times. We were talking about some thing and he piped in with, "that's just like in the bible." It made my momma's heart soar to hear him make the connection from the current topic to the character in the bible.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How Our Year Went with Guest Hollow High School Chemistry plus *NEW* Study Guide!

 This past year we ventured away from what I consider traditional science. Admittedly, I was a little scared at first. Would my kids take to the new approach? Would it be enough? What I knew is that we were burned out with the way high school science textbooks were written. They cram a lot of information with little practical application. Most of the labs we had done in the past were just not that successful. We would end up watching a video to see what we should have produced at home. I even have an expensive microscope still in the box because there was zero interest in opening it.

I did a review with Guest Hollow High School Chemistry in the fall (you can read my initial thoughts and see some how the first two weeks went here.) Sometimes after we review a product we use it for awhile then we move on to something else. This was not the case with this curriculum. We used it for the entire school year - and spoiler alert - we LOVED it!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

FERDINAND *Trailer* #Ferdinand

 I love the Story of Ferdinand. We've read it many times in our homeschool. I'm pretty excited to see an adaptation on the big screen this winter! I have a feeling we will be reading the book a bunch this fall as the trailers come on television and my 6 year old starts seeing them.