SEP
26
2016

The Quilt Block Cookbook

Hi everyone! I have an exciting announcement for you today! A good friend of mine, Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, just released her new book “The Quilt Block Cookbook” and I’m honored to be part of her blog hop introducing the book as well as showing you some of what I love about it.   The book is different in that it allows you to come up with your own unique designs and patterns. There are 50 block ideas in the book itself, along with several quilts showing you how you can combine the blocks to create a fun quilt design. But you can really put any of the blocks together that you’d like to, and in any arrangement you prefer as well. Each block is made up of a variety of staple units, and so you can create the blocks as directed in the book, or you can put them together in anyway that you can dream up on your own! . This is one of my favorites. It’s also near to my heart because this quilt needed a little extra love and attention, and I was honored to … [Read more...]

SEP
12
2016

Fix It! Grammar Review

Hi everyone! As most of you know we are trying out a new English/Grammar curriculum this year and I’ve had several requests to do a review of that for you. We’ve been using Fix It! Grammar now for about 6 weeks and so far I really like it. I also have a giveaway for you so make sure to read all the way to the end! Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, however please know that I would not recommend a product that we don’t use ourselves!     We are starting with the Fix It! Grammar Level 1 book, The Nose Tree with my 5th, 7th, and 8th graders this year. Now I do want to say that this level is a little too easy for them right now, but I’ve looked ahead and it does pick up in difficulty as the year progresses. But the main reason I wanted to start off with the first book is because it’s a new curriculum for us. I did look at other levels and some of the terms used were not familiar to me, and so I just thought it would be more effective to start fresh … [Read more...]

AUG
26
2016

FQS August Sew Sampler Box Review

  What is a Sew Sampler? The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items which may include fabric, notions, patterns, thread, and anything else full of quilty goodness! You’ll also receive a Block Recipe card each month with three size options. These can be put together for a super cute sampler quilt! You can see previous recipe cards here. If you’re new to sewing or quilting these are a great way to build up your stash of fabrics, patterns, and notions. Especially if you’re unsure of what to get to start out. I’ve been sewing and quilting for about a year and a half now and I think the Sew Sampler boxes are really fun and have thus far been packed with super cute and helpful tools!   Let’s take a look into the August 2016 Sew Sampler shall we? I’m always amazed at how much fun stuff that … [Read more...]

JUL
26
2016

Sew Sampler Box Review

Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be reviewing the new Fat Quarter Shop Sew Sampler subscription box for you all today! I’ve had my eye on these ever since Fat Quarter Shop said they were releasing them and so far I’ve loved every single box that’s come out. Now I want to say that I’m not always a fan of subscription boxes because I feel like you never really get your money’s worth. Or you get a bunch of stuff you don’t like or need. So I tend to be a little skeptical of things like this. But I really have to say that I literally love everything in this month’s box! Disclosure: I received this box free for review on my blog. The opinions expressed in my post are my own and were not influenced by the company or free product provided. So what’s the Sew Sampler? The Sew Sampler Box is a monthly subscription quilting box that delivers surprise goodies right to your door! It’s $24.95/month and the boxes ship on the 20th of each month. There are at least 5 specially chosen items … [Read more...]

JAN
10
2016

Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope your 2016 is getting off to a good start? Ours has been a little crazy, but we’re getting back into the swing of things around here! We’re heading into our 2nd week back in school after the holidays and that’s always the time that I like to introduce a new curriculum if we’re going to be making any changes.   So I also thought that it would be a great time to do a Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum giveaway for you all. For anyone looking for a new Bible curriculum, now’s a great chance to get ahold of a fun and engaging curriculum! It’s the new Series 1 Homeschool Bible Study Curriculum from Friends & Heroes. We’ve been doing daily devotionals which we’ll continue with, but I was excited to add in this new element into our week. I love that it provides a little break from the norm for us. We get out of the school room and head to the family room for a little movie time during school! What? Yep, I didn’t get one single complaint from any of … [Read more...]

DEC
20
2015

All About Reading Level 4 Review & Giveaway

Hi everyone! I have an awesome Christmas giveaway for one of you today! All About Learning Press sent us All About Reading Level 4 for review, and we’re having so much fun with it! I had Tinker Bell, who is in 4th grade, review it for me. So let’s hear what she had to say about this program!   “I like all of the fun activities, it doesn’t seem like school.”  ~ Tinker Bell I’d have to agree with her assessment, I like that the activities for reading are fun for her, and anything that she asks to do gets a thumbs up from me! The AAR levels do build on one another, so it’s helpful if you start with Level 1, but if not, you can contact AALP to get help with level placement. The program covers some spelling rules, multi-syllable words, phonograms, prefixes, abbreviations, and words with an unaccented A. They also cover phonics practice as well. For our reading lessons, she really enjoys the fun hands-on activity book. They usually involve cutting, pasting, coloring, etc. … [Read more...]

DEC
17
2015

FotoFinch Elementary Photography Curriculum

Hi everyone! I reviewed a product for The Foto Finch a while back and we loved it. Strawberry Shortcake used it last year as her elective class. She loves to take pictures and it really helped her with learning how to use her camera as well as how to put together a well composed shot.   My other kiddos were anxious to try out the program themselves, but I wasn’t sure if it would be too difficult since they are younger. And so today I wanted to share with you the elementary level version that is now available! Along with written lessons, assignments, and activities, the elementary level curriculum also comes with video lessons to help explain the concepts and assignments which I love. That way students can choose whether the prefer to read the lessons, or watch them online. My son prefers to watch the video lessons and honestly so do I.   Each lesson is followed by a hands-on activity to help solidify the concepts taught. Just to give you an idea of the lessons, … [Read more...]

AUG
25
2015

Spelling You See Video Review

Hi everyone! I have another curriculum video review for you today. This one is on the Spelling You See curriculum that we reviewed and used last year. We will be using this curriculum again this year as it worked well, and it doubles as handwriting for us as well which is a bonus! Psst…stick around to the end for a fun giveaway!! --> Watch my Spelling You See video review here! PLEASE NOTE: I apologize, in the video I mentioned that the curriculum comes with the Teacher’s Manual, however it does not. The Teacher’s Manual can be purchased separately. I don't use the teacher's manual for my older students, however there are some dictation exercises in the Level B unit that does require the teacher's manual.   What is Spelling You See? For those of you who haven’t heard of Spelling You See, it’s a new curriculum recently released by the same folks as Math U See, Demme Learning. They have a unique approach where students search for things like vowel … [Read more...]

AUG
20
2015

Friends & Heroes Homeschool Curriculum Giveaway

Hi everyone! I hope you’re school year is getting off to a good start. Unless you’re year round homeschoolers, in which case I hope it’s going well too! Today I have a fun giveaway for you all, it’s from the Friends & Heroes Bible Curriculum. They wanted to do a fun promotion to kick off the year, and so today I have a free copy of their Homeschool Unit Study #1 for you!   We’ve enjoyed the Friends and Heroes DVDs in the past and have used their unit study as well. Here are some of the things included in the curriculum. Homeschool Unit Study 1 Includes: Each DVD features two themed Bible stories (usually one Old and New Testament). CD-ROM printables that can be used with multiple children. Parent’s/Teacher’s Lesson Guide including answer keys and certificates of completion. Student Workbook of activities Friends and Heroes DVD containing a full length adventure episode. Each unit study contains a lesson pack with hands-on, fun worksheets to go … [Read more...]

AUG
11
2015

All About Spelling Video Review

Good morning readers! Today I have a much requested All About Spelling video review for you! Psst…there’s a giveaway at the bottom of this post, so keep reading! As most of you know, we’ve used this program for several years now, and we still love it! But I do get a lot of questions about what you need to order, and how we use the program so I thought a video would be a great way to share more information with you and hopefully help you learn a little bit more about this curriculum. --> Watch my All About Spelling Video Review here!     What do you need to purchase?   Every time I post on this product, I get questions like “Do I really need the teacher’s manual?” or “What do I need to purchase?”. In order to complete this program successfully, you will definitely NEED the Teacher’s Manual. The student packet is basically  a list of word cards and a few other special items needed for the unit, however without the TM you won’t have any … [Read more...]