Monday, November 11, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection Review & Giveaway!








I love creating memories for my children. We have several traditions for Christmas, such as reading the Christmas Story from the Bible on Christmas morning and our special ELF Magic Elf comes to visit each December. The kids talk about these traditions and look forward to them each year. The Magic Christmas Ornament Collection is a new concept to our home but one my kids will thoroughly enjoy! My plan is to read this book to them on Christmas Eve and give them the ornament to hang that night. Perhaps they will have their own magical Christmas adventure!


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Saturday, November 9, 2019

10 Thanksgiving Books You MUST Read!!



 Before we get to caught up in Christmas there is still one more holiday to celebrate! Thanksgiving. I feel like while traditionally this is about the Pilgrims and Native Americans it has morphed for my family to be a season we set aside to look at what we are thankful for. We've picked up some fall crafts to work on at Dollar Tree. They seriously have the best stuff for crafting! Plus I had gotten this thankful wreath which we worked on this week.



One of my friends puts up a paper tree and she has the kids add leaves throughout the month with what they are thankful written on. I love this but I've yet to have the wall space to be able to do this so the wreath was a perfect alternative.






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 Of course we usher in all holidays with books. I have quite the collection at this point of all holidays and Thanksgiving is no exception! That is why I composed this list of 10 Must Read Thanksgiving Books!





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Friday, November 8, 2019

Holiday Gift Guide: Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set from Timberdoodle!






Before I started on my path of homeschooling I didn't really understand all the ins and outs of children's development and learning. I had gotten super lucky with my oldest two. Learning comes effortlessly for both of them. They seem to have photographic memories on top of their above average intelligence. I'm not boasting I'm actually trying to explain how the process changed me when we get to kids 3 and 4. My oldest children could learn any which way. They didn't like hands on activities and they preferred to read material or watch. So I could give them a book and they would absorb it all. Then came my third son. He loves hands on activities. He is arty and creative. He showed me so many ways we could really expand our learning ideas. My youngest threw another curve-ball. He isn't as fast of a learner as the other kids. What they did at 2 he is doing at just 4. And that's OKAY, he is academically on time and on level but I had to change my approach again. 

I read somewhere that doing a letter of the week with little kids isn't ideal anymore. So I went with that concept with my youngest and boy do I regret it. Once I started back with each letter getting lots of love through activities and worksheets - basically tons of exposure all week, things started sticking. This is wonderful I finally have a plan after six months of little success. However I need OTHER things to do with him as we will not be flying through curriculum like I had originally thought. We will be taking this preschool year to really cement letters but I needed more fun activities to round out his school day (which is about 20 minutes.)

When Timberdoodle offered up Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set for review, I knew he would love it! It was the perfect tool to bring out every week and work on colors, sorting, counting and patterns.

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 about the product:

Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set
Odd as it sounds, research indicates that early math skills are a better predictor of academic success than early reading skills. Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set makes math accessible to toddlers as young as 18 months. Sort, stack, and sequence by size with these tactile-pleasing smooth, rubbery pebbles. Perfect for developing fine motor skills and creative design, Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set comes with large activity cards to create toddler-friendly building structures, patterns, and pictures.

An outstanding early mathematics manipulative, Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set includes 36 pebbles in 3 shapes and six colors, with eight double-sided laminated activity cards.

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Includes:


  • 36 pebbles in 3 shapes and 6 bright colors
  • 8 double-sided laminated activity cards

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     How We Used It:

    First we pulled out the activity mats and used the different pebbles to complete the pages. The mats range in difficulty and are double sided and sturdy. The pebbles are lightweight (not rock material.) I would ask him to pick certain colors and the different shapes. The next way we played was working on sequences. This was an area we were struggling with but Junior Rainbow Pebbles was the exact tool we needed to help my son visual patterns. Just simply saying the order of the colors and asking him what comes next was exactly what he needed. Counting was a natural companion to working on patterns. Lastly, I gave him some time with free play just stacking and building. He really enjoyed all the different ways we used this set.



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     My Thoughts:

    I really liked the quality of this product. I expected the pebbles to be hard but was pleasantly surprised by the rubbery texture. I think it made them very pleasing to touch especially with the weight of them. It came with enough planned activity mats to get you started and then there is enough free-play activities you can easily add. My son really liked playing with them and the added bonus of seeing patterns for the first time makes this a winner for me. We will continue adding this activity into our rotation of hands on toys. Junior Rainbow Pebbles Activity Set is part of the 2019 Tiny Tots Curriculum Kit.

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    Sunday, November 3, 2019

    Blog Tour: Before Christmas




    Before Christmas BannerChristmas is such important time of year for my family. We like to take the season to really reflect on Jesus, His life (both birth and death) and what it all means to us as Christians. Before Christmas takes a different look at Jesus because it looks into when Jesus is first mentioned and how he shows up across scripture prior to his coming. It is a fascinating study and while I've been taught a little of this over the years I've never taken the time to really study it out. This holiday season is the perfect time to do that. By learning about the path to the manger we learn more of who God is and his heart.
     






    I recently went to a women's conference and the theme was "Be Still, And Know, I am God..." (Psalm 46:10.) The verse was broken up into three parts taking each part of the verse and breaking it down to applications. Powerful testimonies were given for each part. In Before Christmas, Crowder references how Christ WAS, IS and WILL BE - it just made me stand still and remember "And Know" - I've been applying Psalm 46:10 to the way I study lately and it just makes certain things stand out when your looking at things with this particular verse in mind. Knowing Jesus has existed from the beginning is such an amazing thought! This book was unique as it isn't a devotional (no questions to answer at the end) but rather an informational text that has you digging through scripture to see the whole story of Jesus up until His birth. I've quite enjoyed the way it is written as it included stories which rounded out the story nicely.   



    About the Book


    Before Christmas




    Book: Before Christmas
    Author: Bill Crowder
    Genre: RELIGION / Holidays/Christmas & Advent
    Release Date: October, 2019

    Embrace the majesty of the Messiah

    Bill Crowder invites you to explore the backstory of the first advent. He brings you on a journey into the very heart of God, to a greater understanding of what it means that “the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world” (1 John 4:14).

     Walk through Scripture to see and know Jesus in a richer way. Examine His character as God, His relationship with the Father, His appearances in the Old Testament, and more. Understand how these pre-Bethlehem truths lead into the Savior’s birth and the events of that first Christmas—and, most importantly, how it all comes together in God’s great story of redemption and rescue.

    You’ll embrace the majesty of the Messiah and celebrate Christ’s birth with renewed joy and wonder.

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    About the Author


     Bill Crowder


    Bill Crowder, who spent over twenty years in the pastorate, is vice president of ministry content at Our Daily Bread Ministries. He is a contributor to Our Daily Bread and the author of nine books, including My Hope Is in You, Seeing the Heart of Christ, and For This He Came. He and his wife, Marlene, have five children.
     

    More from Bill

    During my years as a pastor, I found Christmas and Easter to be challenging. Certainly I love those seasons (for very different reasons), but finding creative ways to retell these important stories was often difficult. But, at one such season I realized that the story we tell at Christmas is not really the whole story. By entering the story at Nazareth or Bethlehem, we enter too late. We can’t simply start with the Baby in the manger—we need to go back. Before time began. To the eternal Christ. Unless we seek to understand Him, we’ll never fully appreciate who He was and why He came. That is the Christmas story.  – Bill Crowder

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    Giveaway



    To celebrate his tour, Bill is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of the book, Starbucks Holiday Blend Coffee, and $10 Amazon card!!
    Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


































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    Friday, November 1, 2019

    Holiday Gift Guide: 25th Anniversary The Swan Princess!!


     The Swan Princess: 25th Anniversary [Blu Ray] [Blu-ray]



     New on DVD for the 25th Anniversary - The Swan Princess!! A perfect gift for your own princess this holiday season!


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     Additional Information:



    In honor of the 25th anniversary of THE SWAN PRINCESS, the animated classic will be available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever, with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on October 29th.  To celebrate the new release of this fan-favorite, creator and producer Seldon Young is bringing the film back to the big screen for a special Pink Carpet Premiere event showcasing the new, fully remastered version at the famed ArcLight Cinemas - Hollywood on October 24th.

    One of the last major theatrically-released films in the US to utilize a hand drawn, hand painted CEL animation style, THE SWAN PRINCESS opened to critical acclaim. The film went on to receive a 1995 Golden Globe®-nomination and become the number one selling home video title in the United States when first released.  As the franchise creator and owner for the last 25 years, Seldon Young has helped spread the story of THE SWAN PRINCESS across more than 119 countries and out to millions of fans worldwide, through the franchise’s ongoing distribution partnership with what is now Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Columbia TriStar Home Video at the time), which has seen the series grow to nine full-length feature films and a vast social media following.








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    Thursday, October 31, 2019

    Happy Halloween 2019!



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     This year we had two Star Wars characters and two Toy Story characters! 

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    Happy Halloween!! 









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    Friday, October 25, 2019

    12th Grade Curriclum Choices 2019-2020








     How is it that I have another child graduating. I'm not sure I've recovered from the last one! Seriously, though, I'm excited to embark on another senior year. To see what the future holds for my second born and where God will lead him in his future.



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    Each school year in high school is unique. What works for us might not be the same things that will work for you. It is subjective to what courses you've finished in the previous years. It takes planning in 8th grade to figure out what areas of course you want to study each year. If you plan well you won't have much to cover in your child's senior year. Also it largely depends on what your child's future plans are. For example you might need that 3rd or 4th year of a foreign language if they plan to go onto a competitive University but if you don't than two years is really all that is required for most local homeschool laws.

    Sunday, October 20, 2019

    Christmas Jars - Review & Giveaway! #ChristmasJarsL3









     I love a good holiday movie. It is one of the reasons we have cable television after so long of not having it. I love to sit and watch those sappy Hallmark movies centered around Christmas. Christmas Jars has got to be one of the best I've watched - EVER! This is a story about a girl named Hope and honestly so much happens to her that you know she needs a Christmas miracle after the first five minutes. So please have your tissues handy from the start because you'll be blubbering but don't worry you'll be laughing and smiling soon.







     About the film

    Based on the beloved novel by Jason F. Wright, CHRISTMAS JARS shares the story of Hope Jensen, a reporter who uncovers the remarkable secret behind a holiday phenomenon: money-filled glass jars anonymously given to people in need. The New York Times bestseller has created a new holiday tradition that has changed the lives of people in their time of need, all over the country. CHRISTMAS JARS is a one-night movie event that provides hope to all as we enter this special season. In theaters Monday, November 4 only, CHRISTMAS JARS is a heartfelt reminder that kindness truly is contagious.

    Saturday, October 19, 2019

    Faith-Filled Books for Fall from Zondervan!












     Nothing like cold weather to make me want to curl up to a good book. Zondervan - one of my favorite publishers for Christian books - has several new titles for fall.









    Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Djeco Lush Nature - A Timberdoodle Review!






    My 8 year old son just loves hands on activities. He would spend his entire day crafting and creating. His mind is always on creative things. I love hands-on and creativity but I also find that I need some balance with book work and lean more towards a Classical Education model with a flair of Charlotte Mason and Hands-on. What does that mean? It means we read a lot, recite a lot and narrate a lot all while being crafty! 

    Sunday, October 13, 2019

    Holiday Gift Guide: Sonic Boom Season 1 DVD & Team Sonic Racing Game for PS4 Giveaway!






    I have an awesome giveaway to kick off our Holiday Gift Guide 2019!!! NCircleEntertainment.com has released Sonic Boom Season One Vol. 1 on DVD and they are giving one lucky reader the DVD. BUT WAIT!!! I'm also giving away The Team Sonic Racing game on PS4!!!  How awesome is that!!


    Friday, October 11, 2019

    New Book Spotlight!









    New Book Spotlight is a new feature on ARupLife.com to share with you some great new books that might be of interest to you. It is a great way to check out new releases that will be a wonderful addition to your home library - as they are to mine.  For this installment I have 4 picture books to share! I hope you'll check them out


    Thursday, October 10, 2019

    THE ADDAMS FAMILY in theaters 10/11/19 + FREE Activity Book!









     Anyone else excited for the newest Halloween Movie - The Addams Family? My kids have been talking about it all month and it hits theaters on Friday, October 11th - so the wait is over!!

    Just in time I have a free Addams Family Printable Booklet to share with you all!! Just click on the image below:


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     Also there are some really cool DIY videos available on YouTube!





    Cousin It's Trick or Treat Bucket: https://youtu.be/k35qUzmspaw
    Morticia’s Halloween Bouquet: https://youtu.be/2qGavqXXq-c
    Lurch’s Spooky Décor: https://youtu.be/Y0iXG8DKfKQ
    Grandma’s Gummies: https://youtu.be/wrQeudnmOtY
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    THE ADDAMS FAMILY is in Theaters Everywhere this Friday, October 11
    Get ready to snap your fingers! The first family of Halloween, the Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, the Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.

    Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop Dogg as “IT”, with Bette Midler and Allison Janney
    Also starring:  Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Tituss Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, Elsie Fisher, Aimee Garcia

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    Official Site: AddamsFamily.Movie
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    Instagram: @MeetTheAddams
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