Friday, July 29, 2016

Masterbooks Biblical Basics Kindergarten Set #review





 First off, I have to say I'm totally loving the changes and additions Masterbooks has made recently. From an easier to navigate site to curriculum packages - they are quickly rising to the top of many homeschooling Momma's must haves. Of course I've been using MB curriculum for the last few years and I'm happy to see the growth of this company and products. They really do provide budget friendly options with Christian content.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Reading: Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-To-Head #WIN





Interactive books are such a hit with my kids. Who Wins? 100 Historical Figures Go Head-To-Head And You Decide The Winner! by Clay Swartz and illustrated by Tom Booth is such a fun concept. You flip through the pages to match up historical figures against each other in epic battles.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Favorite Things August







 It is that time again. The time where I admit that I'm obsessed over things and label so it looks like I'm not obsessed.

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Back-to-School Membership Sale 





 Don't miss this great opportunity to get Notebookingpages.com at a great price. We are using these pages with science and history this coming year for all the kids. It is just so easy to add them to our lessons and the kids enjoy being able to take notes.


Monday, July 25, 2016

Summer Reading: Animal Atlas from Animal Planet #WIN




 With summer in full swing getting kids to sit and read can be difficult. However August is only days away and the count down to school will begin. Giving kids quality, engaging books to foster the love of reading is so important and Animal Atlas by Animal Planet is a pretty awesome book!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe #BOOKREVIEW




 If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe
by Rhonda Stoppe 


 I have to be honest I wasn't so sure about this book. The quirky title had me a little scared. However one chapter in I was hooked - and convicted! Rhonda Stoppe writes to us like that older best friend that has been there and doesn't want you to have to go there too. She shares life experiences of her own and others to help us learn from their mistakes. We all know being selfish and wanting to change others doesn't work but sometimes we do not recognize those moments in our own lives. By reading others' tales it helps us to see the bigger pictures and makes changes before we fail.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beets BLU Wireless Scale #REVIEW



I have to admit the scale has not been my best friend. In fact I had been avoiding since my last pregnancy. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it out and it didn't work. So I had to look into a new scale. I had worked with Beets Blu previously and when they reached out asking me to review their new scale - I jumped on the opportunity.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Reading: The Magical Fantastical Fridge #REVIEW




Story by Harlan Coben
Pictures by Leah Tinari

 I have a special book to share with you today. The Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben is super fun story about a little boy who gets distracted while helping prep for a big family dinner. Walden takes a magical trip to his fridge jumping from all the wonderful things that are tapped on there. From aquarium tickets to a picture he drew. He has a fun time until he realizes he is missing the family party and wants to go back. I think we can all relate to feeling a little overwhelmed at family gatherings. This book captures that in such a fun and humorous way. The illustrations by Leah Tinari fit perfectly and make this a feast for the eyes.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

July Boxycharm




 OHHH this month was the jackpot of Boxycharm boxes. I knew there would be a really good one because I had been stalking this beauty box for some time before subscribing and this is IT!  A magnetic palette!!! Woot! I've wanted one but honestly wouldn't spend the money. I've seen other beauty bloggers who buy the shadows individually to put in or take apart their other shadows to cut down on cases. Either way I'm so happy. It came with SIX shadows too and they are NICE and NEUTRAL!!! WIN!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Land That I Love Book Series - God Bless America, God Bless Florida, God Bless Texas



 Henry Bear is going on a road trip across America and visiting all the cool places! In the Land That I Love Series - we see all the beauty God created as Henry shares it with us. These sweet books spotlight landmarks with sing song words through out the pages. At the end of the trip Henry visits the souvenir shop stocking up on cool maps and books. Then when he gets home he prays and thanks God for this beautiful country and our freedom. This is really an adorable series!


Lollipop Motel - Children's Music Review #WIN





 Summers at the Jersey shore are something that I fondly remember growing up fairly close to the ocean. I found this album fascinating because it is inspired by those memories. There are even mentions of landmarks in the songs like Day At The Beach mentions the Parkway - a famous road everyone uses to get to the shore. Oh, and why do I keep calling it "The Shore"? That's a Jersey thing too!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

High School Writing Course by Sharon Watson #review






 English. It is perhaps one of the hardest subjects to confidently teach as a homeschooler -second only to Math. Why? I think writing is one of the things that makes students and teachers stumble. They just don't know how to motivate kids, how to incorporate it and how to grade it. Writing with Sharon Watson designed her high school course The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School, 2nd Edition  especially for the reluctant student.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Skinny Tan Review






Summertime and glowing skin go hand and hand. If your like me you have been avoiding tanning because you don't want the harmful effects of the sun - like skin cancer or premature aging. That also leaves out tanning beds. So what about an at home option that fits easily in a busy lifestyle?

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Summer Reading: All Things Bright and Beautiful Review & Giveaway #AllThingsBrightAndBeautiful #FlyBy





Written by Cecil Francis Alexander
Illustrated by Katy Hudson


I have a unique book to share with you today.  You might be familiar with the hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful. Well, is that hymn written with gorgeous illustrations from Katy Hudson. The book brings the wonder of childhood and exploration of this beautiful world God created for us. It is a stunning book and a true treasure!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Berenstain Bears: School Time Blessings



 Back to school is right around the corner. While we homeschool many of our friends have children in public or christian school. Our older boys even went to private school for some time. So the anxiety of first days and summer ending are not lost on our family.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Debunking Evolution: What Every Christian Student Should Know DVD Review & Giveaway #WIN




 I grew up in a home that didn't teach me anything bible. This left a deficit in my education as a Christian. Yes, I went to church when I was older but frankly even there we didn't study the science of the bible. Mostly we had good preaching about living right and getting saved. Those are great foundations but I wish I had learned more about history and science. That is why, when we become homeschoolers, my husband and I decided right away we wanted our kids to have a firm foundation in bible. This includes living right but also the deep history of our religion and the beautiful science God created when he made our earth and even us humans.


Thursday, July 14, 2016

Summertime Tips for Traveling with Baby



Summer is that time of year where the weather is nice and we naturally think about getting away from the daily grind. For us that typically means visit family because we want our little ones to see all our loved ones. Traveling when you have a teeny tiny can be challenging. At home we have stations of activities to occupy our little guy. We also have all our supplies right at hand. While it can be tricky I think these tips will help you have a smooth vacation with your baby.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Gift ‘ems™ by JAKKS - The Hottest New Toy for Girls! #jakkstoys #giftems




 I am so excited to share with you the *NEWEST* and most adorable new line of collectible toys by JAKKS. These sweet little dolls are called Gift ‘ems™. They come in little boxes - that look like presents -  you open up to reveal the country, town and flag of your doll's location.


Navigating Homeschool Curriculum Choices





 When I first began thinking over the idea of homeschooling a friend sat my husband and I down. She went over a wealth of information. One of the best parts was getting a chance to look over curriculum. She had homeschooled for many years and had pulled some of the best from many styles. As I now talk to new prospective homeschooling moms this is one area I see holding back parents from taking the plunge. They worry about what to use and where will they get it.



Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Power Rangers Dino Charge Breakout On DVD 7/12 + FREE Printables!







I have a confession to make. I've never seen Power Rangers until just recently.  It took until son number three to have one of the most popular television and toys hit our house. (I guess there is some truth that the more boys I have I'm bound to own EVERY boy toy!)  Of course Power Rangers appeal to both boys and girls but I only know boys in this house. So my five year old was literally jumping for joy when we received Saban's Power Rangers Dino Charge: Breakout for review!


ABeCeDarian #REVIEW



ABeCeDarian Interactive Reviews

Today I'm going to share a CREW review for ABeCeDarian Company. This is an interactive - WORKBOOK- designed to be used on your ipod or kindle. You can also use it on a computer however it works best on a handheld device.


Monday, July 11, 2016

ArtAchieve Drawing Curriculum #REVIEW






 Teaching art at home can be very intimidating. It is not as simple as just buying a kit at your local Target and handing it to your kids. There is some skill and it takes actual time. Drawing is a combo of natural ability, practice and know-how. ArtAchieve  is a complete drawing curriculum for at home learning.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

How I Lost 37 Pounds... Playing Pokémon Go




Ok this game has only been out a week and I haven't actually lost any weight playing it. I have been spending the past few days walking around with my teen sons collecting Pokémon. I can see this game as a HUGE potential for people getting up and getting active. I think I've logged about 2 miles walking in two days which was way more than I usually do!

Summer Reading: Ferocious Fluffity Book Review & Giveaway!



 I don't often giggle when reading a book outloud but then again it is not often I read a book as cute and funny as Ferocious Fluffity by Erica S. Perl. Antic of a classroom pet cause the children to run and scream as they try to get away from their new and ferocious pet.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Notgrass American History for High School #review




I could not wait to get my hands on this curriculum. History is my favorite subject and I'm so excited to be teaching American History this fall.  I love the concept of of having three subjects done with one curriculum. That is exactly what Notgrass Exploring America does. It is complete and very much grab and go.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Messenger By Moonlight Book Review & Giveaway!




 Messenger By Moonlight by Stephanie Grace Whitson is one of the most unique books I've read because the story line focuses on the Pony Express. That is a fascinating time in history and this book shares a great bit of details revolving around that time.


Thursday, July 7, 2016

SPD and Fireworks - Tips for making the two mesh this summer!





 Fireworks are a big part of the summer. In our neighborhood they go off all summer long. As long as they are not right on top of my SPD (Sensory Processing Disorder) kid we don't usually have a problem. Holidays though make for a different story. One of his SPD triggers is loud noises. Bathrooms with automatic dryers and toilet flushers are always a problem and so are fireworks. I quickly realized we needed a plan for this summer.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas on DVD #review




 My kid's have been big fans of Shaun of the Sheep. So they were pretty excited to see the latest movie Shaun of the Sheep The Farmer's Llamas on DVD. This new special features all the craziness you love with new characters - llamas!  The kids giggled away at this one it is full of fun and laughs!