Saturday, December 20, 2014

Random Five Friday - a day late

This week has been so much fun.

1. Last Saturday Jam and Boo had a swim meet in Kansas.  It was especially fun because their cousins were swimming too. Out of the four age groups between the boys and girls races we had swimmers in 3 the afternoon went really fast! All of them did really well.

2. The kids have bought and wrapped all of their presents!

3. Captain played his first song! Jingle Bells! He felt so proud of himself.

4. I found all of the ingredients to make some iced cherry bakeswells - I will share the recipe if they taste like the ones from home. (Hubby wants Mr Kipling).

5. I love this time of year. We even had snow this week - but I hate the mess after it!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Awesome Giveaway Hosted by Chestnut Grove Academy

Chestnut Grove Academy has recently hit there 1000th blog post and their 150th Field Trip post! That's a lot of blogging and field trips.

She wanted to celebrate in a BIG way and to Thank ALL of her readers for, well, reading!
She has over $500 in prizes set up for you guys!  There will be 3 winners!  So the odds of winning are even greater! 
She has amazing donors and so keep reading to learn a little bit about what you can win!  Then use the Rafflecopter form to enter!  There are over 45 ways to enter, with some daily entries, so make sure you come back!!
Giveaway Extravaganza

A HUGE Thank you to our sponsors:

A+ Interactive Math, Veritas Press,, Building Brilliant Minds Online, Skrafy Minecraft, Classical Composers Monthly, Educents, Classroom Friendly Supplies, Our Time to Learn, and A Virtuous Woman
Now for the Prizes:

A+ Interactive Math – 1 year family math package for 2 students ($199.99 value)
You can see my review of A+ Interactive Math here. .  You can try a MONTH of their ONLINE program for FREE!!

Veritas Press
Self-paced Bible course for grades 2nd-6th ($179 value)
You can see Chestnut Grove Academy's review on the Self-Paced History course by Veritas Press HERE

Building Brilliant Minds Online
Introduction to Architecture course for ages 11+ ($150 value). Chestnut Grove are looking forward to taking a course with Building Brilliant Minds Online this Winter! - 3 Full year subscriptions ($139 value each)
You can see my review of HERE.

Educents – $30 Gift Card
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Educents is a online DISCOUNT place for all things educational!  It’s a great place to find amazing deals on homeschool curriculum and supplemental materials.  They often even have FREE items!  Check them out!
Classroom Friendly Supplies – The Quietest Classroom Pencil Sharpener ($24.95 value)
I have never used them but Chestnut Grove Academy loved it and you can read about it HERE.

Classical Composers Monthly – Fine Art Pages – Christmas Set, Winter Set and Corrier & Ives Set ($14 value)

You can see Chestnut Grove Academy's review of their products HERE, be sure to check out their entry – Register for FREE units! 

Skrafy Minecraft – Any Skrafty Homeschool Class
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Again this is something I have never used but Chestnut Grove Academy has, you can see her review for the Astronomy class HERE, These are a MUST for Minecraft fans! 

Our Time to Learn – About Me Curriculum Book ($15.99 value)
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You can their review on this book HERE

A Virtuous Woman – Planner of your choice

Keep your eyes open to read Chestnut Grove Academy's review coming on the 18th!

I am so excited to be able to bless the lives of my readers with some of these amazing prizes.  They have been divided into 3 packages!  They are listed on the Rafflecopter form in their groups. 
Please pay attention to the Terms & Conditions at the bottom of the Rafflecopter form!
Good Luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Random Five Friday Dec 11th 2014

WOW December is going fast!

1. Ordering Christmas presents online is awesome. Except when someone else gets the mail from the box and then can't remember where they put it. I did find it - luckily as it contained the only present that Captain America asked Santa for.

2. Times have changed and Captain was the only one to be taken to Santa this year. It was a fun just to have some one on one time with him. He was a pretty good Santa wasn't he!

3. We had an Etiquette dinner at church with the youth I work with this week. It was really good but I didn't get any pictures. I managed to take one just before it started. I can't believe how grown up she is getting.

4. I introduced my kids to Marti McFly this week!

5. The kids had great fun with our little homeschool group today. We all got together and made 'graham cracker' houses, pizza, games and a story. It was such fun!

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Review - Princess Spy - Melanie Dickerson

As an adult that doesn't want to read books written for adults, unless of course they were written by Charlotte Bronte or Charles Dickens. I am forever in search of books written for teens that are not completely childish.

I was given the opportunity to read The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson and I was impressed. I had never read any of her work before and so I wasn't sure what to expect. However, the other reviews seemed rather good so I thought I would see for myself. The book itself is listed as a #1 Best Seller in Teen and Young Adult Action & Adventure on Amazon.

The story is told alternatively from the view point of two protagonists Margartha and Colin. Colin has come to Germany from England to revenge the death of his friend. However when he is attacked with his best friend John and is left for dead he is brought to the castle of Margartha's father. He can't speak German and is in a bit of a state when Margartha steps in to help. In the meantime Margartha is the oldest daughter and is at marrying age. She talks A LOT and seems to annoy a lot of suitors. She wants to get married, but not for the wrong reasons. She wants to marry for love, to someone who loves her. When we first meet her in the story, she is receiving attention from her newest suitor, Rowland Fortescue, Earl of Claybrook. She is not sure if she likes him or not. In fact she could just like the idea of liking him.

Not far into the story Margartha and Colin join forces to save her family. I hate heroines that faint and are helpless. Margartha is definitely not a wimpy heroine. She is willing to do what ever it takes to help her family.

Although the rest of the family play quite minor roles, each of them have quite strong personalities. I didn't realize that there are other books that include some of these characters. However, it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the story.

I really enjoyed this, and it's a story that I will let Boo read!

Thumbs up!

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