Thursday, June 30, 2016

Bath Time with Baby Magic #review






 Oh just looking at the pink bottle of Baby Magic Gentle Baby Lotion brings back memories of my first babies. After bath time just lathering them up - oh how sweet and clean they smelled. The pink stuff has been a baby staple in our home for over 15 years. I still love using it with my current littlest!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Favorite Things - July Edition




 It is that time again. Time to see what my obsessions are. This month it has been interesting for sure!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NotebookingPages.com #REVIEW







 Let me start by spilling the beans - I love this product! I was so excited to be picked to review it.  What am I gushing about so early on in my review?  NotebookingPages.com has give me their Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership


Monday, June 27, 2016

The Cat in the Hat: Oh Say, What's the Weather Today? #Review & Giveaway




 Can we go, go, go on an adventure? I just love The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! It is just a fun series. We recently received the newest DVD - Oh Say, What's the Weather Today? My 5 year old learned about rain and the blue sky. He has had a blast watching it and it has been a requested DVD every day since it arrived! Personally I just love that he is learning when he thinks he is just watching television.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Finding Dory: Dory's Adventure Poster-a-Page book Giveaway!






 I'm so excited to share a review and giveaway for Finding Dory: Dory's Adventure. This is a full glossy color book that has 7 tear away posters. 6 of the posters are fully colored and complete and one you get to color yourself!

Dwelling Places: Words To Live In Every Season #bookreview




 Different seasons bring different circumstances to life. Dwelling Places: Words To Live In Every Season by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is a beautiful devotional to carry you through the four seasons.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

June Boxycharm #review




 June's Boxycharm is here. Remember this is all full sized beauty products. I have to tell you this was my least favorite box so far. I don't really use much nail polish and I hate loose powder makeup anymore - it is just too messy.  Still that Ofra is pretty awesome.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MySchoolYear.com Online Homeschooling Record Keeper #review





 Today I'm going to share with you a tool for homeschoolers to keep track of all their important records on an online program. MySchoolYear.com gave me an annual membership to their program
My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping).

MySchoolYear.com is a program where you can plug in all your important school year information. You can keep track and easily pull up any record information you need to find just by logging on.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LearnBop Online Math #REVIEW




As homeschoolers Math can be a tricky subject to teach especially if you haven't found your child's best way of learning (hands-on, visual, auditory.) Other factors might be coming from a brick and mortar school home and needing to work on missed skills. Maybe your child just struggles with a few concepts and needs extra practice in these areas.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

PETE’S DRAGON Trailer! #PetesDragon







I have to say I'm super excited about this one. We own the original and my kids watched it all the time when they were little. Can't wait to see it come to life in a new way for my younger kids!



Saturday, June 18, 2016

All Hail King Julien Father's Day Activity *FREE PRINTABLE*







Check out the new season of All Hail King Julien on Netflix!


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Steven Universe: The Return Available on DVD



 Calling all Steven Universe Fans!  The latest DVD - The Return is now available! Beach City is getting crazier by the episode and there are lots of surprises in store on this DVD.


Friday, June 17, 2016

YA Summer Reading: Destined For Doon #review





 I love me a series. Investing time into a book then getting to dive right in to the sequel with characters you love is just about the best thing when it comes to being a huge book reader. Now that we are into summer it is the time of year I like to devour books and I totally did with Destined For Doon by Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon.


Thursday, June 16, 2016

My Mother’s Quilts Devotional Review #MyMothersQuilt #FlyBy




 I want to share a beautiful devotional book by Ramona Richards. My Mother's Quilts: Devotionals of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith is a true treasure. Richards shares her Mother's quilting story through devotions with stories, pictures and scripture. The quilts themselves are stunning but the stories behind them are even more special. I have been using this devotional the past few days and I'm just loving it. It reads like your sitting with your older wise best friend and chatting over a cup of tea. You take away wisdom and a closer walk with the Lord. I imagine Richard's Mom would have loved this tribute book. Having lost my own mother at 17, I just love this legacy and heart felt project. I plan on sharing it with my step-mom who will also love it.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

8th Grade Graduation






 I cannot believe that we will have another highschooler in the fall. When we started this journey of homeschooling it was just for one year. Now we are completing our 4th year. We are celebration 8th grade graduation this week. My son will get a diploma to document his achievement and we bought him a nice graduation gift (not sharing here in case he actually reads my blog!)


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Great Expectations Study Guide from Progeny Press #REVIEW




 I don't have many academic memories from high school. Most of my classes are a blur. However, English was the exception. I have always loved to read. There is something about reading great literature and discussing it with knowledgeable teachers and students that just thrilled me and has always stuck with me. My husband and I were talking recently about some of the books we read in school and Great Expectations came up. Characters like Pip and Mrs. Havisham were wonderfully complex. I think Mrs. Havisham was a mental image that was awesomely horrifying - I can just picture her decaying. During our discussion we both agreed we wanted our kids to make a pit stop with this book during their literature classes before graduating. About a week later we were offered Great Expectations E-Guide from Progeny Press for review. I was so excited to add this book and the E-guide to our end of the year and we took it on as our last project before closing out the school year.


Monday, June 13, 2016

Eric Herman and The Thunder Puppies - Bubble Wrap CD Review & Giveaway




Everyday items and situations brought to music in the most delightful way is what Bubble Wrap by Eric Herman and The Thunder Puppies is all about. Even the cover art screams fun - I just want to pop those air bubbles!!  Songs like Phone which is all about parents being busy on the phone, it is catchy, convicting and oh so truthful! My favorite song on that album is I wanna Be That Guy - it is a great song about being the type of person we all want to be. Dependable, kind, a stand up guy. I hope that song inspires our youth like it does me - being an all boy-mom this really spoke to me!  Lastly, I have to mention Take A Bath - what a fun song. It brings images of a stinky kid who played hard and had a great day and needs to wash it off to start fresh the next day. I've even included a video of it at the end of this post.  This album has two sides, it is has a bunch of songs that kids will relate to and enjoy but it has a tender side that parents will love to. Okay is one of the best songs, written as a child singing to their parent is just touched me. It reminds us that while the days are long we are doing something magical here as parents and that kids just get it, the get the love and care we want them to feel.


Voltron Legendary Defender Cupcake tutorial!









Voltron Legendary Defender is on Netflix NOW!


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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Crew Review: The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins #bookreview



 Summer reading is just around the corner for our homeschool. Time to fill the bookshelves with new books for my older children to pick from to complete their daily summer reading requirements. We stop school soon and typically they have to do a little math and a little reading each day as those skills seem to evaporate if not practiced over break. This year we agreed Mom picks a book then they pick one as our requirement. Hopefully this alternating arrangement will keep the kids interested.

One of the books I will be including in their choices is The  Shiloh Run Press book:  The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B. Jenkins. I was recently sent this book to review and I know the big kids will enjoy it as much as I did.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Baby Chicks Go Outside & Our Coop Addition







 This post is filled with pictures, hopefully they load properly. Our baby chickens are about 8 weeks old and they were passed ready to get outside. We finally had a free weekend to build the addition to the coop. I say we but it was almost all hubby with a little help from the biggest kid. We decided to build a mini coop onto the main run because eventually we will cut the wire between the two and add them all together. For now they have a barrier and can interact.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Zootopia in stores 6/7 #review & Printables!




 Last week we had the opportunity to watch Zootopia on Blu-Ray and we sure did enjoy this film. The message is clear  you can be anything you want to be but it also focuses on stereotypes and believing in yourself.  Bunny Judy breaks the mold by becoming the first police officer. After everyone tells her she can't. I love that message.



Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Daughter's Dream #bookreview





 Shelley Shepard Gray has made her way into my heart as one of my favorite amish authors. I love that she continues to bring us back to the same location while expanding on the store with new character focus. In A Daughter's Dream we focus on Kinsinger family's daughter Rebecca.  She is ready to focus on her life after a hard year with the death of her dad, mill fire, brother's wedding and another brother running off. She is finally ready to move ahead and see what God has for her.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Summer Reading for Young Adults: Doon #review





 I have to tell you about an exciting new series I've stumbled upon! Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. This story is follows friends Mackenna and Veronica as they stumbling into an exciting adventure in Scotland.


Friday, June 3, 2016

The Hollow Trees Hello Friend! #REVIEW & Giveaway!




 The Hollow Trees' new CD - Hello Friend! is a wonderful treat! This band blends folk, bluegrass and jugband styles to sing about topics kids will understand and enjoy. I simply love that they think about what kids can relate to and make fun songs for their enjoyment. Songs like I Can't Dance (I've Got Ant In My Pants) will cause the family to giggle because it is something parents are always saying to their children! I love the old time feel of this album, it is lighthearted fun that will make you nostalgic for days gone past.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Masterbooks: Math Lessons for a Living Education: Level 1 #REVIEW




 I'm so excited to share the cutest math curriculum with you today. Masterbooks has recently released a whole line of elementary math. Math Lessons for a Living Education Level 1 is considered first grade or ages 5-7.  We are using it for our five year old who is in kindergarten. This is our first real Math curriculum that we are using so to be honest I was a little worried about abilities. However this book is a very gentle approach. The author - Angela O'Dell - uses a story of twin siblings that you follow through out the book. As they learn about numbers so does your child. This is basically a living book approach to math.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The Old Schoolhouse - Hey Mama! Printed Planner #review


 One of my favorite times of year as a homeschooling Mama is planning out the next year. Getting to decide what we will learn and researching curriculum is so much fun. Having the blank canvas open for learning... it is all wonderful. For me I like to write things down. Hard copy, on paper. I'm going to be sharing my next year's planner from The Old Schoolhouse with you today.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Essential Skills Advantage - Multi-Grade Online Learning #review






Having online learning for my youngest has been a great help with our homeschool. Yes, we still do traditional books but he is always wanting to do more. With 3 school aged kids I just don't haveextra time to sit for hours - that is when it is easy to put him onto the computer to practice his skills. For this review Essential Skills Advantage gave us an online subscription to Complete Home Learning Suite.


Favorite Things - June






We started feeding our little guy now that he is 6 months and so a 'few' of these things will be feeding related because I'm loving my finds!



Saturday, May 28, 2016

Summer Reading - Wolf to Woof! #bookreview






From Wolf to Woof! by Hudson Talbott shares the evolution of predator to man's best friend. Hudson explains how our common household breeds all share one ancestor - the wolf. This is a charming talk with lots illustrations. As homeschoolers we love to learn history and this book is a rich treasure of animal history which brings us to today's animals.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Invent & Investigate with Sid the Science Kid Season 1 Volume 3 Review & Giveaway!




 My 6 month old is OBSESSED with Sid! Seriously if he is fussing and we put on Sid he stops. He loves the songs. As soon as the theme song comes on he coos and smiles. I was so excited to receive Invent & Investigate with Sid the Science Kid Season 1 Volume 3!