Thursday, August 16, 2018

Who Eats Orange? Book Review & Giveaway!

 I love books that can easily turn into a whole learning experience. That is exactly what we did with Who Eats Orange by Diane White. This book explores colors, foods and animals. Honestly, homeschooling friends, you could make this into a long unit study on any of the topics. This book is fun all by itself to read too. We really enjoyed it. We read it, then pulled out some paints and then had a yellow snack.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

2nd Grade Picks for Homeschool 2018-19

 I don't think there will be many surprises here with what we are doing for 2nd grade. We had such a solid and fun year with Memoria Press for 1st grade that we are continuing with almost the complete core for 2nd. I'm not subbing in much this year (last year I added some history with Abeka) because I feel like it is very complete if you do all the enrichment.

In addition to the bookwork I will continue adding seasonal crafts, library books and activities. We do mastersclub at church and a nursing home ministry once a month. Our local homeschool group has sports, field trips and craft parties. I think I'm getting excited to start! 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Mae's First Day Of School Review & Giveaway

 The very first day of school is a big deal. I remember when we sent our oldest to school, their Daddy even took time off to see them to their classrooms. We do now homeschool but I will never forget the look on my oldest's face that first day. He looked too small and too sad to leave him.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

What If Everybody Said That? Book Review & Giveaway!

 Do you sometimes speak without thinking?

Do you sometimes think about yourself only when thinking?

Do you sometimes say things you don't mean?

 Let's face it sometimes we really don't put a lot of thought into how our words affect other people. I know I'm guilty and I'm an adult. I see my 7 year old really starting to learn that his words are not always kind. We all need gently reminders that what we put out there can really hurt someone's feelings. In the days where bullying is prevalent and so many schools are trying to eradicate it a book like - What If Everybody Said That? - can really help kids to visually hear and see how the words they say really matter.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Summer Reading: The PRINCESS AND THE PIT STOP Review & Giveaway!

The Princess and the Pit Stop is a fun look at classic fairy tales in a new environment. Our Princess is in a race and finds out she is dead last. She races hard to pass all your favorite fairy tales. It is quiet fun to see them racing and mentioned. This is a story about a girl that never quits and achieves her dream. There is a sweet message there.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Preschool Homeschool Picks for 2018-2019

 If you've been following my blog for any time I don't think you will be surprised by my main curriculum choice for preschool. I wanted something fun with lots of literature and Memoria Press has all of that. In fact the whole preschool level is just reading books and doing activities. There is some bible stories and recitation. I bought the whole core from Memoria Press. The only thing I did different is I bought all the readers from  (This is was the cheapest option to own the whole reading list.)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Blog Tour & $50 Amazon Giveaway for The Banished Lands by Benjamin Mester!

Do you love diving head first into fantasy lands with tales of old and prophecy? Then The Banished Lands is just the book for you. We start out with a young man that is thrust into a whole wild adventure with war and danger. Mester brings us along to meet several key players as they travel across dangerous terrains and fight battles. This book had a lot of action. If you like Lord of the Rings - then this book will totally appeal to you. While the story is different it has that epic story quality. The author took his time laying the story while not revealing all or too much too fast. He described the characters and the surroundings so well that you can see the entire seen. This book is also completely appropriate for children as there is no adult material. Just two quick kisses but nothing heavy. I really appreciate that as a mom of teens who often look for books they feel comfortable reading.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Summer Reading: Froggy's Lemonade Stand

 Have you read any of the books in the Froggy series? There are books for sports, going to the doctor and even getting a doggy. In Froggy's Lemonade Stand, Froggy learns the ins and outs of running a lemonade stand. Mostly though he learns about working together with his friends and having a good time. While he doesn't make a penny running the stand he had a blast with his friends that day. I loved this book because it is silly and fun and perfect for summertime. My son has been wanting to do a lemonade stand and this book has set him forward towards doing that next week.

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Friday, August 3, 2018


 Back to school shopping can be daunting. I know I look for great deals because honestly the cost adds up quickly. I typically go the local rounds of Target and Walmart then I start looking on Amazon. I love the convenience of free prime shipping and not having to leave the house. I've done the searching for deals for you making shopping a breeze!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

NCircle Entertainment DVD Giveaway!

 I love sharing new, family friendly DVDs with you and this month I have three! I'm pretty excited because the age range between the three is from preschool to grade school which means both of my little boys are happy! Pirates, Monsters and Princes are all covered in these great movies!

Sunday, July 29, 2018


 Anyone else excited about the new Disney film Christopher Robin? It looks so sweet! I can't wait to see it!!!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener GIVEAWAY!!

 There are some supplies that you purchase when your a new homeschooler that you think you will need, the kind you only use once or twice a year like a laminator and then there are the supplies you use daily. The ones you can't live without. Classroom Friendly Supplies Pencil Sharpener is the one we use every single day. I went through two expensive sharpeners and so many cheap little hand helds before finding this outstanding product.

Friday, July 27, 2018

#PRHpartner Summer Reading: Niblet & Ralph Giveaway!

 Calling all cat lovers! (You know who you are!!) This book is totally for you. It is an adorable tale of friendship and fur as two kitties who look like twins get mixed up. Their child owner's know something is up and set out to solve the mystery of what happen to their pet. Of course there is a happy ending. We really enjoyed this cute tale (pun intended!!)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

THE KID’S AWESOME ACTIVITY BOOK by Mike Lowery Review & Giveaway!

mike lowery activity book

 I've been a big fan of Mike Lowery's books since his Doodle Adventures series. Those were a lot of fun. The Kid's Awesome Activity Book is equally wonderful. At first you might think this will be a typically kid's activity book with crosswords and mazes but it is so much more. There are lots of pages that punch out for activities like making a face mask or finger puppets. There are pages to draw and lots of Lowery's artwork littered on all of the pages. This is really the book to take on those long car rides or to visit your great-aunt when you need your child to be entertained quietly!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Teaching Textbooks Giveaway!!!!

 I recently did a review of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 - which is the same program we all love but entirely online. They just added a new feature. A free trial. This is awesome because most homeschool parents worry about our curriculum choices. This will give everyone an opportunity to check out the product and really see how it all works. I love that this company is working hard at understanding homeschooling and our needs.

Now Teaching Textbooks has generously offered a wonderful homeschool giveaway of any level of Teaching Textbooks 3.0 for one lucky reader of A Rup Life. To enter you just need to visit my review post and use the rafflecopter widget at the bottom of the post.

Good luck!!

 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

Saturday, July 7, 2018

FREE Summer Reading List Printable

 Summer reading programs are popping up at libraries, banks and even required from school. One way to keep track is with our Summer Reading List. This fun printable allows kids to use a five-star system to rate the books. I kept the printable to 10 books but I hope that my son will complete this printable 10 times this summer. I plan on rewarding him for each completed list he does.

 This printable is provided free for personal use. Please do not sell, copy or edit. 

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 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, July 6, 2018

Disney’s Big Hero 6 – The Series: Back in Action now available on DVD + FREE PRINTABLES!

Baymax is back in Disney's new  Big Hero 6 The Series - Back In Action!  Baymax is one of our favorite characters of all time so we were excited to see this new series. We get all the fun and lovableness from the original movie. This one is a hit!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Netflix Series - Who Was Blog Tour!

Netflix recently released a television show based off the Who Was Books from Penguin Random House. These books are a great way to introduce famous people from history to young readers. You can read the book then watch the corresponding episode for extra enrichment. Our 1st grader is just about the right age for this book series and we were excited to receive two in the series - Isaac Newton + Amelia Earhart. We recently sat down and watched episode 4 on Netflix which features both of these books. My son thought it was great fun and giggled through out. The show is a bit goofy but it kept his attention and he actually learned quite a bit about each person by the end. That's a win for me!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Abrams Summer Book Giveaway! #summerreading

We are taking part of our library's summer reading program this year and my kids are just gobbling up books! I love that we have a local incentive to spark their love. The main thing is they are getting into a life-long habit of summer reading and learning to LOVE it to. I remember my lazy days of summer when I was growing up and all I did was sit outside in the sun and read. It was almost as if reading was my best friend those summers. I traveled the world and learned so many things through those books.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Reading Series: Max and Marla Are Having A Picnic #WIN

by Alexandra Boiger

 What a delightful book about two friends, a little boy Max and his pet Owl Marla. The two are so excited that spring has finally arrived and they plan a big picnic to enjoy the first day of beautiful weather. Some problems happen and the two have a tiff. That night they make up and have a special indoor picnic. I loved the sweet story. While there is conflict there is also a nice learning opportunity with they way the characters resolve the issues. We were able to make this book into a small teaching moment about friendship. Books that are well written, and enjoyable but also have a lesson are my personal favorites and this one fits all those criteria!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Summer Reading Series: My Pillow Keeps Moving!

 My Pillow Keeps Moving!
by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Today's book feature is one that is sure to have you all giggling! The premise is that a man goes to the store to buy a pillow and comes home with a puppy pretending to be a pillow. The hilarity ensues!The man is frustrated by his pillow not performing as a pillow. Eventually it all works out and that pillow gets a nice home. We loved this book. I love the humor and antics. It is a perfect addition to our summer reading recommendations!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Girls Who Code Baby Code Board Book Review & Giveaway!

Author: Sandra Horning
Art by Melissa Crowton

 Technology is everywhere and kids are learning how coding works from kindergarten all the way through high school. (My 10th grader is taking a coding class for high school credit this year!) It is not surprise that babies should be introduced to coding as well. Girls Who Code Baby Code is a set of four books that show baby how coding is used in her world.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Summer Reading Series: 10, 9 8... Owls Up Late!

 Summer Reading Series

10, 9 8... Owls Up Late! is an adorable tale of 10 little owls who are fighting going to sleep. The board book features a sing-song style of writing that repeats the main verse on each page. One by one each of the owls finally gives over to bedtime. What is particularly special is that over the course of the pages it changes from night to day as owls are nocturnal. This was a great book to introduce that to our little ones.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ARM&HAMMER™ Foot Care Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders

 You know I don't really talk about stinky feet much on this blog but well, I do have teenage boys! I was sent a set of the new ARM&HAMMER™  Invisible Spray Body and Foot Powders to test out and guess what they are pretty awesome.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Reading Series: Turn This Book Into A Beehive!

 I love a good interactive book. Having hands on features always keeps my 7 year old's attention. As homeschoolers we take time to study topics deeply especially when it comes to science. This whole past year we've focused on animals and insects so Turn This Book Into A Beehive! was a perfect addition.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Get #PerfectlyCute with @JAKKSToys

 We have been really enjoying Jakks Pacific new Perfectly Cute line. We were the lucky recipients of an adorable My Sweet Toddler Dolly and  Folding Stroller. Both of my little guys wanted to play with dolly and have fun pushing her around the house. Did you know that pushing and pulling are great activities for their gross motor skills. Leave it to a homeschooling momma to find the learning in their playtime.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Curriculum Review: Exploring Ecomomics from Notgrass History

Having a faith-based curriculum is a high priority in our house. We have never used a History curriculum that wasn't faith-based. This past year we did two courses from Notgrass History - Exploring Government and Exploring Economics. Both are designed to be half year studies so this gave us a full year of history credit. Exploring Economics takes us on a journey through money on a personal and larger level.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Alex & Me Giveaway & Free App! #AlexandMe

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Alex & Me is a family friendly movie perfect for those summer movie nights!

About Alex & Me

Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream – to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother, Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!


 I love a good story that shares how items are made. Band-Aids are something in this modern age we take advantage of. In fact my toddler will ask for one for any little hurt even the invisible ones. They now come in classic flesh tone but even in neon, waterproof and a variety of characters. They are a staple in every medicine cabinet and first aid kit, but how did they come to be so popular? The book - THE BOO-BOOS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Barry Wittenstein shares the history of the band-aid.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Two Father's Day Books to Read With Dad #WIN

 Father's Day is just around the corner. I recently starting reading the book The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease in it the author goes into great detail about how important reading books aloud to your kids. This has always been a passion of mine. We try to get at least one book a day but I'm upping my count this summer and trying to make better habits. The book also explained that it is a great idea to have special 'Daddy books' to read together as well. I love this idea.  Today I'm going to share two books perfect for the 'Daddy bin' and for Father's Day!