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Little Women – Now, as Then

September 28, 2018

I hope that you were able to enter the giveaway for a Fandango gift card to see Little Women. I have to say, I’m impressed. Fair warning: If you are a purist, and only interested in a close retelling of the original tale, this film will not be for you. That said… I hope that … Read more

Bring Back Dinner!

September 22, 2018

  Table of Contents The Benefits of Eating Together. 4 Develop Closer Relationships. 4 Eat Healthier in Realistic Portions. 4 Your Kids Will Do Better in School 4 Everyone Will Generally Be Happier & Healthier. 4 You’ll Save a Lot of Money. 5 Eating Together Reduces Stress. 5 You’ll Improve Everyone’s Communication Skills. 5 It’s … Read more

Upcoming Movie Release: 150th Anniversary of Little Women!

September 20, 2018

Correction: the original version of this post indicated a review would be posted on September 24. This was incorrect. The company has prohibited the publication of any review prior to September 27. There will be a review posted on September 27. Please forgive my mistake. As techy as we are, in our home we really … Read more

Wild Dash!

July 3, 2018

I’m excited to share another game from RoosterFin: Wild Dash. Wild Dash is a card game… and a dice game… and it’s nothing like any card or dice game you’ve played before. Player are dealt five cards. Each card is either a racer or a booster. We all know that not all racers are created equal: your avergae … Read more

Use Magnets for Your Teaching Props?

May 25, 2018

I got these magnets on Amazon from AULife (you can check them out here if you like – and that’s not an affiliate link). These have been – simply put – great. They are super strong like the neodymium magnets I’d been using. However, these were larger and (no small issue) the price was very reasonable. … Read more

Flashcards for teaching on – and off – line

May 25, 2018

If you’ve been a reader on here any length of time, you know that we’re a work-at-home, homeschooling family. Last autumn, I started something I never thought I’d do – teaching children online. Now, I started working as a school teacher almost 30 years ago (crazy!) and this is our eleventh year as homeschoolers. And … Read more

Capturing Family Memories

May 25, 2018

Our family  – all five of us – avidly study taekwondo. We may not be Olympic material, but we have a great time and learn a ton. Our school has a strong emphasis on personal best and community development. And they manage to make every little thing a ton of fun! Last year, our dojang had … Read more

Get Dinner on the Table in 30 Minutes — or Less!

February 15, 2018

Whether you’re a working mom, single dad, parent who works from home or stay at home parent, there’s no doubt that keeping up with day to day responsibilities can be a challenge. With plans constantly in flux due to over-communication and over-scheduling, it’s getting more difficult to stay on top of things like dinner prep. … Read more

Family Honor Plate

December 4, 2017

I received a complimentary Family Honor Plate for reviewing purposes. The Family Honor Plate is a wonderful gift for a family! We received ours last month, and saved it for Thanksgiving Day, when we gathered with extended family. The Family Honor Plate is meant to be a tool to help get out children thinking about … Read more

May the FAITH Be With You Holy Bible

November 22, 2017

The other day, we got a surprise. This was in our mailbox: Now, I didn’t order this, nor did I request to write a review of it. Sometimes, it’s fun to get surprised like this in the mail. This time, though, I’ll admit – I was skeptical. I suspected some commercialization… I’m always hesitant to … Read more

Awesome Wipes – the Name Says it All

September 3, 2017

  This post contains affiliate links.   For your electronics and glasses (not your kids!). These REALLY WORK. Nice lemon scent, anti-bacterial, guaranteed not to dry out, but best of all NO STREAKS. I’ve used wipes similar to these for years, but gave up using them on my glasses because the end result was worse … Read more

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Patterns of Evidence

August 28, 2017

Patterns of Evidence is a new, intriguing release. Filmmaker Tim Mahoney took over a decade to create this documentary that investigates the Biblical Exodus from a scientific approach. Mahoney’s goal was to take a balanced approach, and leave the audience to decide for themselves the truth about the Biblical account. In our household, we encouage discussions from … Read more

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Changes on the horizon.

August 15, 2017

Hm. I don’t think they’re that far (as far as the horizon) away. Speaking of away, I’ve been away. Not physically, but away from here. We had a lot of drama (health issues, work issues – my husband and I have christened 2017 The Year of Many Things, and are quite gleefully aware that we are more than halfway … Read more

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PhotoMamas

August 15, 2017

  I received free access to PhotoMamas MasterClass at no cost for review purposes. Any opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. Everyone’s got a smartphone now, and taking pictures comes as naturally as breathing. We don’t even think about it. Even before my iPhone days, when I had a simple flip phone,  I learned … Read more

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And away we go…

August 14, 2017

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure here. This. This is why we started homeschooling. I’ve shared before – our family did not begin homeschooling for the same reasons many other families do (although we enjoy those benefits). When we made the decision to homeschool (which isn’t the same as making the decision … Read more

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Phonics Museum

August 3, 2017

Phonics Museum is a fun, engaging app designed to introduce children to beginning reading skills while having fun. We don’t currently have a child this age, so I created a child, Rose, to “play” the game. Parents can add multiple children, so each child’s progress is tracked separately. The avatar choice selection is odd – … Read more

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They Really Are Listening

July 13, 2017

Okay, so, yes, I know – when it comes to dishes or laundry, walking the dog, maybe even schoolwork <gasp>… the kids might not be listening. Or, perhaps they’re simply filtering it out, since there are activities and topics they’re more interested in. Maybe they really are listening, but they only react when what they … Read more

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Living History

July 5, 2017

A side note, before I get into the content: Sorry I’ve been so absent. We had a rough beginning part of the year – our youngest was in the hospital three times between January and the beginning of April. We’re all fine now, but mercy, just when you think you catch your breath… Then we … Read more

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Smartick Math Method – Online Math for New Generation

June 13, 2017

On a regular basis, I get approached by app developers who want me to try and share their newest offerings. The app market is exploding, and apps can be powerful tools in our tech-saturated lives. Whenever I think I can make an honest trial of an app, and I think it will be of interest to … Read more

Through the Rug

May 19, 2017

Through the Rug is a delightful chapter book by Jill Ammon Vanderwood. Full of silly action and event that will delight young readers, this book is now available in a special 10th-anniversary edition. If you haven’t been lucky enough to read Through the Rug, here’s a glimpse. Alyssa is over for a visti with her … Read more