AUG
24
2014

Homeschool in the Woods Review & Giveaway

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I’m so excited to try a new history unit this year! While we’ve used Abeka in the past, and it’s been fine, I really wanted to have a little more fun this year and do something out of the box. Sometimes you’re just ready for a change!   After careful consideration we’ve chosen to go with the Homeschool in the Woods Middle Ages unit to start with. We’ve done several years of United States History and it is time to start looking into some world history. We haven’t started yet, but after looking through it and getting everything ready I wanted to share some of my first thoughts on the curriculum as well as how we set it all up. --> And make sure to read to the end, because I have a great giveaway for you too!   First Impressions: My first impression of this curriculum is that it is going to be lots of fun! It is very hands on, and we love lapbooking and notebooking over here, so it’s a great fit for us. The activities look engaging and the text is definitely … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2014

Watermelon Agua Fresca Recipe

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Okay, this has to be the absolute yummiest most refreshing summer drink I’ve tried in a long time! And not only that but it’s also one of the easiest recipes I’ve made too! It’s my totally awesome Watermelon Agua Fresca recipe! Let’s get started with the deliciousness shall we?   Ingredients: 4 cups cubed seeded watermelon (I just buy mine seedless and throw it in, didn’t really measure it.) 1/2 cup water Tajin Seasoning (You can find this in the produce section) ice cubes Optional: Pinch of sugar to sweeten it up. We didn’t add sugar, ours was sweet enough as is! Optional: Lime slices to garnish. You can also squeeze in a little if you like!   Directions: Add watermelon and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over ice into a fancy cup and sprinkle with a little Tajin seasoning to give it some kick! Add the lime to garnish then sit back and enjoy the warm summer afternoon!     That’s it! Seriously. I kid … [Read more...]

AUG
19
2014

2014-2015 First Day of School

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What!? Yep, it’s that time again. Back-to-school time! Honestly, I don’t think I was quite ready. And neither were my kiddos. We were knee-deep into summer, and enjoying all of the lazy, fun-filled, play-date filled, marshmallow roasting days. And now I can’t believe I have kindergartener, 3rd grader, 5th grader, and *sigh* a 6th grader…a.k.a. middle school! Say WHAT!? That tall girl in the middle is only a few inches shy of being the same height as me. She already steals my shoes. When did that happen? Last time I looked she was 4 and starting preschool. Please hold while I have a small melt down… I’ve been in denial for a few months now. Thank you for understanding, I know you can relate. So…what happened to summer you ask? Who knows. It’s eluded me, and most every one else I’ve talked to too! But, I find the best way to start school back up, is…in the words of Nike…Just do it.   Did I feel like starting? Um, no. Did I have a huge headache that day? Um, yes! … [Read more...]

AUG
18
2014

2014 Omnibus

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Good morning readers! It’s that time of year again… and I’m honored to have the pleasure of announcing the iHomeschool Network 2014 Omnibus Sale! I know you’re all excited to get the deal of a lifetime, so you better speed read this post, the sale is only available from August 18-24, 2014! (NOTE: I am participating in the group giveaway, however I am not in charge of the downloads. If you experience difficulties downloading, please visit the Omnibus FAQ page for more help. Links included in this post are affiliate links.) What is the Homeschool eBook Omnibus? The Homeschool Omnibus is a digital stockpile of books to carry you through the school year with encouragement and practical how to’s.     What is COAH contributing to the Homeschool Omnibus? This year I wanted to add something new, so I’m contributing a copy of my Classic Literature Mega Pack Vol. 2 for the sale.   And not only that, but you’ll also receive 83 ebooks and 24 audio MP3s as well, … [Read more...]

AUG
17
2014

The Picture Smart Bible Giveaway

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Hi readers! I am really excited to try out a new Bible curriculum this year. It’s The Picture Smart Bible and I love the detail that they’ve put into this program and my kiddos absolutely love drawing their way through the bible! So I’m hoping this will be a great fit for us!   Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase a product through one of these links I receive a small commission. What is The Picture Smart Bible? For those of you who don’t know, The Picture Smart Bible is a curriculum that teaches all of the book of the Bible in illustration form. Each Bible book has its own full page illustration sheet with the exception of some of the shorter books that have been combined. It also comes with a time line as well as maps to help students grasp the lesson further. They currently offer New Testament and Old Testament lessons, and you can get them individually or as a set. They also come in CD, download, and printed formats so you have a lot … [Read more...]

AUG
14
2014

Big Book of homeschool Ideas

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Hey happy homeschoolers! Most of you know that I’ve been part of iHomeschool Network for some time now. And I’m always amazed at how much cool stuff they come up with. And today is no exception people. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is finally available! It is a gem written by 55 bloggers and is 560+ pages full of encouragement, advice, and resources for homeschoolers.    (Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. For more information see my full Disclosure statement here.)   What’s it all about? Wouldn’t it be great to have a resource you could turn to when you have a question in your homeschool? How can I encourage my tweens and teens to be more independent learners? What should a preschooler be doing for school? How can I make geography practical and fun? What can I do to make learning handwriting easier for my children? What are my options for foreign language learning in homeschool? What should I do if my child hates math? … [Read more...]

AUG
13
2014

eMeals Kid-friendly meal plans

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Hi everyone! As most of you know, I put up a monthly meal plan for you all each month. But even I get bored with my own meals sometimes. And I was really excited to see that eMeals has put up a new kid-friendly recipe plan which is great for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner meals! And if you sign up for eMeals their plans you can get 20% using code SCHOOL along with a FREE back-to-school Survival Guide filled with fun back to school recipes including 2 power breakfast recipes, 2 lunch box recipes, 1 weeknight dinners, 2 after school snacks, and 1 yummy dessert! {Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I receive a small commission whenever a product is purchased through these links.} One of my favorite meals is their Turkey-Bacon Tortilla Roll-Ups! And here’s the recipe courtesy of eMeals just to get you going for back-to-school! Pre Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins   Ingredients: 8 slices bacon Mayonnaise 1 (8-oz) package store-bought guacamole 4 … [Read more...]

AUG
12
2014

Anatomy of a Homeschooling Room

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With the homeschool year starting again for us, I wanted to share some room organizing ideas with you all. I’ve previously shared my homeschool room in great detail and you can see those posts here. I even did a Homeschool Room Video Tour if you’re so inclined and have about 10 minutes to spare. But today I wanted to just highlight some of the key components of our homeschool room. Not because I think you need a dedicated homeschool room, but because I think there are definitely some important elements that will aid whatever area you’ve set aside for your educationally focused family. Is that the new politically correct term for homeschooling? “We’re educationally focused”. I don’t know. Anyhoo…I have a couple of ideas I wanted to share with you to help you get your homeschooling groove on!     1. Work Space. No matter where you choose to do school, your children will need some sort of decent space to work. This includes laying out books, … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling an Only Child

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling an only child.   Sometimes when we think of homeschooling, we envision a larger family. But that’s just a stereotype; there are many families who  homeschool an only child. One thing I’ve learned over the years, is that homeschooling families are as diverse as the world we live in! Don’t be intimidated by the size of your family, large or small, you can homeschool if you are committed! Not only do you have the added benefit of truly being able to tailor your curriculum to your child, but your child will also benefit from one-on-one teaching. And since you only have one student, you’ll most likely find you can finish school a little faster than most which gives you a lot of opportunities to add in fun activities like field trips, and other hands on projects! It also gives you time to participate in other homeschooling groups which I’ll talk about below. I know … [Read more...]

AUG
10
2014

“The Best Yes” Blog Tour

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I’m so excited to share a new book with you all today. New York Times Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has written a fabulous new gem called The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands and it’s all about finding your Best Yes. Many call this book “inspiring”.  I call it a necessity! As a homeschooler, mama, blogger, wife, Christian, daughter, business owner, and long time people-pleaser, it’s a game-changer for me.  And at a time when my life has been getting more and more hectic by the hour, I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to receive an email from Lysa about her new book.   Here is a word from Lysa herself on why she wrote The Best Yes. And I agreed with every single one of her points! I know my kiddos are growing up fast, and I don’t want to miss out on the “sweet” parts of life or regret where my time went. I wrote this message because I need this message. I wrote it because I’m tired of rushing and stressing and missing … [Read more...]