Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Magic Stix - Washable Markers Stocking Stuffer - Review and Giveaway

Captain loves to color! You all know we love our KwikStix paint sticks, so when we were approached by the same company to try them Captain was super excited.

What I was excited about was the 7 day cap off guarantee. Now I don't normally find markers all over the house with the lids off. What normally happens in my house is that "someone" swears they put the caps on correctly - but they don't click it all the way and the marker dries out.

Well these new markers from The Pencil Grip called Magic Stix  are awesome! They are available on prime from Amazon and I would definitely recommend them. The colors a bright and believe me I am a marker snob. There are no 'non' named brands in my house. I just can't stand wishy washy markers. When we use them I like to see the color and want it to last. You can see my Instagram post as soon as they came in the mail Captain started coloring with them. I left him on his own to see what he would create and we weren't disappointed with the quality. They come in packs of twelve and Twenty - Four the larger pack is not available for prime at the moment I noticed.




If you want to get your hands on a set - order through Amazon (soon) and have them in time for Christmas. However, even if you order make sure to enter my giveaway for a pack of 12 sent to you directly from the company.

I'm doing a quick giveaway (ends this weekend) so make sure to enter soon!




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Wordless Wednesday - First Snow Edition



Pop over here to see some more Wordless Wednesday Posts.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Meet our new family member - Filey The Yorkie

At the end of November we welcomed a new family member into our home. She is adorable and has won the hearts of everyone here.

She is such a loving little fur ball and is such fun to have around.



 Isn't she just adorable!

She lives in a a safe area of the house when we go out (she is still a puppy after all) Well last night we had an adventure. Hubby and I popped out with Captain and the older kids were at swim practice. On our return home, I was chatting on the phone with my mom who is on vacation so hubby went into the house first. He could hear the puppy jumping around excited for us to be home, but couldn't see her and she didn't come up to him. Finding it strange he looked around only to see this little fur-ball on the wrong side of the baby gate. Now this gate has small holes so there is no way she could have squeezed through. So after putting her back over the other side (to see if she tried to get over again). Yep within a few minutes she backed up as far she could ran towards the gate and jumped...yep this little 5lb ball of fluff just about cleared the baby gate! She had obviously kept trying while we were out and been successful.

So guess what hubby's newest 'honey do' list item is...buy and install a door! So when we go out she has more freedom than her little crate she uses at bedtime. She loves her crate and sleeps in it on my bedside table. However, I don't like leaving her in it during the day.

She is so adorable and has won all our hearts!

If you want to follow Filey (the name of a Yorkshire Sea Side town - perfect name for our Yorkshire Terrier) You can follow her adventures on Instagram #FileyTheYorkie

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Hormel Gatherings Party Trays - easy to snack and share

I was invited by Hormel Gatherings to try some of their party trays!

I am sure you all are always looking for an easy way to impress at your next gathering! My kids love the party packs from Hormel that include the pepperoni and salami choices. They are not as keen on the ham version. I am going to try the deluxe tray next.

These packs can be kept in your refrigerator until you are ready to use them. The tray is perfect for storing and serving, which is perfect for when you don't want to worry about forgetting your special serving dishes.

The packs we chose for our Thanksgiving get together had two kinds of cheese, 2 packs of crackers and a packet of salami and pepperoni.




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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

All Things Now Living - Review and Giveaway!

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While on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle in Rondi Bauer Olson's All Things Now Living. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are. Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer. Time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.

Stay up all night reading this thrilling new book from Rondi and enter to win a Kindle Fire!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of All Things Now Living
  • A Kindle Fire
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 14. The winner will be announced December 15 on the Litfuse blog.


I read this book in just a day or two. At first the way it was written seemed a little odd to me, but I soon got into the story. You need to know that this is really Young Adult fiction. It's a good clean book, with some action and twists and turns. Just the kind of book I feel safe letting my kids read for fun.

Here's more about the story!

Her whole life Amy has been taught the people of New Lithisle deserve to die, but when she falls for Daniel, she determines to save him.
Sixteen-year-old Amy doesn't like anything to die, she won't even eat the goats or chickens her mama has butchered every fall, but she can't let herself pity the inhabitants of New Lithisle. In a few short months the dome they built to isolate themselves from the deadly pandemic is predicted to collapse, but her whole life Amy has been taught it's God's will they die. They traded their souls for immunity to the swine flu virus, brought God's curse upon themselves by adding pig genes to their own.
Then, while on a scavenging trip with her father, Amy is accidentally trapped in New Lithisle. At first her only goal is to escape, but when she meets Daniel, a New Lithisle boy, she begins to question how less-than-human the people of New Lithisle are.
Amy's feelings grow even more conflicted when she learns she didn't end up in New Lithisle by mistake. Her father is secretly a sympathizer, and was trying to prevent the coming destruction.
Now time is running short and Amy has to decide if she will bring the computer program her father wrote to his contact or save herself. Installing the program could prevent the dome's collapse, but if Amy doesn't find her father's contact in time, she'll die, along with everyone else.
This is a fun read. It's not super serious of time consuming.  Definitely a good book to read over the holidays to escape from the stress. It's a teenage dystopian style book with a couple of twists and turns. My daughter liked it too.



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Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan {Litfuse Publishing Review}



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This has been one of the best books I've read in a long time! It's a fun mystery with just the right amount of suspense for me! Plus I was fooled at the end I didn't guess who did it! Which is amazing because normally I know straight away. It's not full of all that junk stuff I don't want my kids to read so Boo got to read it too which is nice! She really enjoyed it as well.

Here's a little blurb about the book!

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.


Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including "Lethal Action" and "Devoted Defender," which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including "Trial & Tribulations" and "Fatal Accusation." These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. "Trial & Tribulations" was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
Find out more about Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.
There is a giveaway that end's tonight! I forgot to post this earlier but if you are super quick you can still enter!!!
MAKE SURE TO CLICK HERE TO ENTER!!!


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Friday, December 1, 2017

What are you doing to #LightTheWorld this Christmas!

Boo and I have already started our Christmas cheer! Boo made her first pumpkin pie and then I helped deliver over a hundred pies to our local Salvation Army in time for their Thanksgiving dinner. It was a a very simple thing but one that hopefully brought a few smiles.

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My church is promoting the #LightTheWorld campaign again this year. Last year the kids and I followed along. We weren't perfect at doing something everyday but we tried and I think it helped improve the feeling of Christmas. This year I'm going to try and be more diligent. Boo and Captain have already printed off their calendar HERE  I don't believe in recreating the wheel - so I didn't make my own! You can also find all 25 videos HERE.

You can have some fun with some Christmas GIFS HERE.

I am so excited to see the joy this will bring to our family this Christmas season! We are already busy collected stuffed toys and socks to donate! My husband's old office used to participate in the Angel Tree program. However, his new office collects money for donations instead and someone else does the shopping. My kids missed the shopping for our 'Angel Tree Child' this year so purchasing socks and stuffed toys is helping a little. Although I've already been told they miss shopping for a specific child - so I may need to find a way to do that again next year!

How are you planning to #LightTheWorld this Christmas season?


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Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Gift by Shelley Shepard Gray - {Litfuse Blog Tour}

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I was excited to review another Amish book! I had read books by Shelley Shepard Gray before. This was was a fun read. There's a little love story and a gentle mystery going on. The story starts with Susana Schwartz hearing gun shots that cause her buggy to overturn, she is rescued by a single Amish guy (Neil Vance) with amazing eyes (of course). The story is full of miscommunication, jealousy, and of course Amish Christmas traditions.

Other accidents happen; Susana's sister falls through the ice on what used to be a perfectly safe bridge, a barn burn down and then there is a disappearance on Christmas Eve. 

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He can't help feeling resentful; until he meets Susanna that is! He thinks the accidents are that - accidents.

Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the accidents or will something more serious happen first!

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This is a fun read. I have read it and then passed it on to Boo. I love that these books don't have anything in that I need to worry about! Great safe read for all the family.



Shelley Shepard Gray is a "New York Times" and "USA Today" bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.


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Home Depot Special extra Thanksgiving workshop!

Last weekend I heard that our local Home Depot was offering an extra kids crafts clinic. These are quite a high priority in Captain's schedule as he LOVES them! It's so fun to collect the pins and add to his collection.

This week it was a simple tree photo ornament, with a few nails and a bit if painting. They even let Boo do one.

Captain got super excited for next week's craft! A Gingerbread House, even Boo want's to go back and do one!




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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gathering Threads - Litfuse Book Review



You have all heard about "Switched at Birth" stories. What if, you switched with a completely different life. Raised with completely different values and beliefs. 

That's what happened in the series by Cindy Woodsmall. Her latest book The Gathering Threads. It's the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. 

I was chosen to review the third book; however, one look at the back cover sent me searching for the other two in the series. I found the first on another review site and then paid full price for the second on Amazon kindle - yes they are that good!

The stories are spellbinding. I love how the relationships play out between the characters. The two families that are caught in the middle of the 'switch' mess are so different. The girls are raised so differently but each have their own struggles they are dealing with.

One raised with basically no boundaries. Parents who have been separate all her life. In fact, they were never even married. The other raised by very faithful Amish, who if truth be told always suspected something was wrong. One raised as an only child, the only sibling being the child of her Mother's new husband. The other the twin sister of an Amish boy, and many siblings.

It's definitely a a tale with many threads (pun intended).

My husband teases me about my love of Amish fiction and this one definitely didn't disappoint.


Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written 20 works of fiction, including her most recent series, Amish of Summer Grove. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline. The Wall Street Journal listed Woodsmall as one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
RT Book Reviews recently presented her with a Career Achievement Award and gave her latest release, Gathering the Threads, a Top Pick review.
Woodsmall and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.
Learn more about Cindy Woodmall by visiting her webpage here.

Definitely worth the read!


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Writing With Sharon Watson - Illuminating Literature : Characters in Crisis {TOS Review}

Writing with Sharon Watson

If you haven't tried any of the curriculum from Writing with Sharon Watson you are missing out! We have used Illuminating Literature - When Worlds Collide, and The Power In Your Hands previously so Boo was super excited to receive Illuminating Literature ~ Characters In Crisis to review. She is super impressed and will work on it for the rest of the school year!

Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis

We received:

Illuminating Literature : Characters in Crisis - Teacher's Guide
Illuminating Literature : Quiz and Answer Manual
Illuminating Literature: Text Book

You can also download a Novel Notebook here.

Boo loves this program. The first book covered is actually found in the text book and so it's really easy to get started with this program.

We printed The Novel Notebook as it contains extra questions and ways to get the students involved in the book. Since we have used some of Sharon Watson's programs before I knew to do this straight away. The added questions in this notebook really help the student think deeply about the book and to write their ideas down as they are going through the text.

The Teachers guide starts by giving a brief overview of the course. It gives a list of the books that your student will be studying and what publication to purchase. This may seem like a simple thing but it's really important for the student to have the correct book. Throughout the guide specific pages are referred too, so to make it easier and prevent frustration it's easier to get the actual specific text (ISBN numbers are given).

The Books and Short Works studied during this course -

"A Jury of Her Peers" by Susan Glaspell (In the textbook)
"Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley (ISBN 0-486-28211-2)
"Silas Marner" by George Eliot (ISBN 0-486-29246-0)
"Much Ado About Nothing" by William Shakespeare (ISBN 0-486-28272-4)
"A White Heron" by Sarah Orne Jewett (In the textbook)
"The Garden of Forking Paths" by Jorge Luis Borges (Link in Textbook)
"Haircut" by Ring Lardner (Link in Textbook)
"The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton (In the Textbook)
"Of the Passing of the First-Born" by W.E.B Du Bois (In the Textbook)
"A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas (Link in Textbook)
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen (ISBN 0-486-29049-2)
Biography/Autobiography - Students Choice
"The Hobbit" by J.R.R Tolkien (ISBN 978-0-547-92822-7

The next part of the teacher guide gibes a simple grading grid and explains the recommend process, course objectives including; skills, attitude, course.

The course itself is designed to be taught/studied over nine months. The teachers guide gives instructions on how to break it down. Boo really liked this guide as she is very self motivated. This helps her stay on track and makes sure she is completing enough (or sometimes helps her from doing too much) every month.


The Text Book contains the information the student needs to work through the course. There are some places where the student can write and answer questions but most of this is done in the printable workbook. Since this course has lots of small stories included in the course they are found in this book.

The Quiz and Answer Manual contains quizzes that are to be completed after the student reads the book or story. Some of the books also contain Literary Quizzes and Opinion Surveys. The answers for the Yes, I read it, and Literary Quizzes can be found in the back of the book. The Opinion Surveys are only graded for completion not for content since they are after all opinions.

What BOO thinks-

I love how Sharon Watson writes her courses. The introduction inspired and motivated me. I had heard about simple "Character Labels" before like Protagonist and Antagonist but Sharon Watson includes so many other's that I found super interesting! I had never thought of a character being a "Shapeshifter" or a "Mentor" before. I feel like I learned so much - just by reading the introduction.

 I love the background information she gives of the authors and the novels. She makes me think about what the author felt while writing. I always wondered how people could write such intense novels; however, I realized if you learn about the authors life and the trials they have lived through you can see what inspired and influenced their stories. 

I am so excited to see where this course takes me over the next year. I am sure I will be better prepared to see the artistic values of a book. To find the issues and truths about life that are embedded in the pages and to be able to reach beyond reading to be just entertained.  

I also love quotes! I get the impression that Sharon Watson loves quotes too. I have a notebook where I wrote down my favorites!



As you can see from Boo's comments above she really likes this course. She was a little nervous about reading "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly; however, learning about the author really helped with this and gave her an excitement to get started!

You can follow Sharon Watson on social media by clicking on her pages Facebook and Pinterest.

Check out what others on the review thought by clicking on the link below!!


Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis {Writing with Sharon Watson Reviews}

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Monday, November 13, 2017

Forbrain ~ Sound For Life ~ LTD {TOS REVIEW}

Boo is trying hard to memorize scriptures. We heard that the Forbrain from Sound of Life LTD could help with concentration and memorization. Boo was really excited to be chosen for the review. Captain has gotten some use out of it too. We have found it very adaptable for different situations. So carry on reading to find out more!

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

What is Forbrain I hear you ask. It's a device that helps you use you own voice to help your brain be more attentive. It is a little head set that has a microphone. You speak into the microphone and you can hear yourself very loudly. It is perfect for using daily when reading aloud. Captain has been using this when he has to read aloud for school. He hates reading school texts and finds it hard to stay on task. Of course it's a different story when he reads for fun! Although Captain doesn't suffer with ADD or ADHD I have noticed that it helps him stay focused, I can really see the benefit for a child suffering with these conditions.

Captain has been using the Forbrain while reading his assigned science text. It's a little bit of a novelty for him and helps him stay focused. He finds it easy to stay on task when using it. I have noticed a change in his fidgeting during his science readings.

Boo has been using the Forbrain while memorizing her scriptures. She has twenty five scriptures to learn for a class she attends. They are not all simple short ones. In fact some are multiple verse long. She has mentioned that she finds it easier to concentrate and retain what she is studying when she's using the Forbrain.

Forbrain Sound for Life LTD

The device itself is very small and easily stored. It comes in a hard sided case and is rechargeable (which I LOVE) because it doesn't go into your ears I have no problem with the kids sharing the device.

It is recommended that you only use this for a limited period of time each day. Captain only uses it for 15 minutes per day. However, depending on your circumstances or needs you could follow the chart below. Captain did use it for longer that the suggested time once and got a really bad headache. He has made sure to stick to the recommended time after that! Boo however is older and she has found that 20 minutes is perfect. She also finds that wearing this device has trained her brain to know that she is working on memory skills. She finds she is less distracted with the device on as she knows she only has a limited amount of time to focus.

Both of my kids love this and go and get it without being reminded. I think Captain thinks it makes him look cool - like someone from star trek or something!

You may be wondering how all this works. I'm not going to try and explain! I've read the information on their website explaining the scientific process. I would suggest you check out the information here. It explains the Neural mechanisms and you can click here to read more scientific research data.

Here's Captain using it while reading his science text. He also likes to sing the text wearing the Forbrain, which is one of their recommended activities.


Check them out on social media!
Facebook - Forbrain
Twitter
LinkedIn

Check out what others think about the Forbrain by clicking on the link below!

Forbrain {Sound For Life Ltd Review}

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Random Monday Posts


It's been a crazy few days. We have some exciting changes on the way. Let's talk about a few.

1. Boo had her piano recital this last weekend and she did an amazing job. I'll be posting a video on our YouTube channel soon!

2. We are having some trees cute down today. We have lived in our current house for about 6 months and have a ton of trees. There are a couple of problems with two of them. After getting some advice from a couple of tree experts it was decided we would remove two of them. Although it wasn't the reason a nice bonus is that I get sunlight in my house now!!!


This may seem like a little thing but we used to live in a super bright house so it was a shock to have no direct sunlight!

3. BIG ANNOUNCEMENT coming on Friday!!!!

Have a great week everyone!!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ©2011-2017 Chickensbunniesandhomeschool. All rights reserved. All text, photographs, artwork, and other content may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written consent of the author Chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thin Stixs Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc - Review and Giveaway {HS REVIEWS}

The Pencil Grip, Inc.
You know how much we love  Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc so we were super excited to receive the Thin Stix Creativity Pack to review! We have used and reviewed these so many times on the blog. You can see some of our creations here, and here I am sure there are a lot more too! Captain is a little older now but I still don't want him getting regular paint out unattended. Sometimes you need to be doing things while your kids paint and relax. I have no issues with him getting the Kwik Stixs out while I'm giving lessons in the morning, as I know there will be no mess.

Thin Stix Creativity Pack

The pack we received this time is amazing. It comes with 24 different thin stixs. Captain loves the thin sticks as it allows him to be a little more creative and detail oriented now he's getting older. The 24 stixs are made up of 12 classic, 6 metallics, and 6 neon. The company claims that these stixs are dry in 90 seconds - I think they are dry in about of 60 seconds. In fact as soon as you paint with them it feels dry!I put them to the test in my little video below.

Captain had a great time working on some new seasonal art. He painted a turkey for Thanksgiving and a snowman. The snowman is in hope of having snow soon. He just bought a snowboard with some birthday and Halloween treat money and now he's desperate for snow. I keep telling him we will get so much he will be bored of it before spring but he doesn't seem to agree.


I mentioned on my video that the only thing so far that we couldn't use our Thin Stixs on is our Halloween pumpkins! It was so cold outside that when we brought them inside they were covered with condensation. We were on a little time crunch to go trick or treating as our neighbor has a rule that you can only go between 4:30 and 7pm so we couldn't wait for them to come up to room temperature. 

Every year Captain makes a new Christmas ornament for our tree, he's already decided that he wants to use the Thin Stixs metallic paints. This pack comes with gold, silver, pink, green, blue and purple I can't wait to see what he comes up with!

These are perfect to give as Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, or just to refill your kids paint cupboard!

The Pencil Grip, Inc wanted to give you the chance to win your own set of Thin Stix. So if you have never used them and would like to try them - or if they are your favorite paints to keep in (which I'm sure they will be after you have tried them!) Entering is super easy! Just click on the entry form below, fill in your details, do a little sharing and boom! You are in with a chance.


Check out some of the fun projects other members of the crew made by clicking on the link below!

Thin Stix Creativity Pack {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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Home Depot Craft Mornings - Veteran Day Craft

We had such a fun time Saturday during our Home Depot kids craft morning. Captain was so excited to complete this craft. This kid loves cars and the fact he was going to make on out of wood had him intrigued.
We arrived and picked up our kit, and Captain's pin. He remembered his apron this time! Sometimes he needs a little help understanding the kit but he had this one done before I remembered to grab my phone to take pictures. It took 4 nails and he decided not paint it as it came with some excellent stickers.
This Humvee was chosen to represent Veteran's Day. My older children go to an online charter school now and they a great thing set up for Friday. They are having a ZOOM meeting with a Veteran from World War II. My kids are really excited to watch this video. They can also ask questions, so I already have them thinking about what they would like to ask. My Dad served in the British Military. However, we were very fortunate that he never had to serve during a war. However, I know lots of people that are serving, have served, and even one who died for our country. This Veteran's Day we are making sure to take some time out of our week to learn about those who have served our great country.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween 2017



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Elder David A. Bednar - One by One

I was recently sent a copy of Elder David A. Bednar's book One by One.


When this book arrived I was going through a few things and it actually sat by my computer for a few days. This last Sunday we had a lesson in Relief Society about the Holy Ghost. I don't know if it's related but for some reason today, I found the time to pick up his book and read it cover to cover. It was just what I needed and actually spoke to my heart today. So although I was sent this book to review, it actually touched my heart in a way today that I wanted to share with you. I don't think it was a coincidence that I picked up the book today. In fact it reaffirms the whole point that Elder Bednar is making. That Heavenly Father knows us as individuals and that he loves us individually.

Elder Bednar shares many experiences to express the truth that we are important to Heavenly Father as individuals. He knows us and he knows our needs. I was reminded of a tender mercy through reading this book that actually touched my heart again this week. Towards the end of the book Elder Bednar tells about a situation that happened to him while he was serving as a Stake President. He had the prompting to leave a Stake Priesthood training meeting just as it was about to start and take an Elder's Quorum President with him. Where did they go that was so important to skip of of the meeting you might ask - their son's championship basketball game. Their son's were on opposing teams that night. They had a great time, and made their families very happy to see them and share in the excitement. 6 months later Elder Bednar was called by that same Elder's Quorum President on the day his son died in a tragic accident. He mentioned how much being able to watch that basketball meant to him now, and of course always. Elder Bednar went on to mention how he feels it wasn't by accident that he made that decision to attend that game, but a tender mercy and blessing from an ever loving Heavenly Father.

At church last Sunday I mentioned that I have always had an ability to hear and act upon the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I have on many occasions received promptings that have kept myself and others safe from danger. I have also had promptings I have acted on without ever knowing why. So I continued to say that I sometimes wonder that I never received a prompting to enable me to save my oldest daughter from the accident that took her from us, and returned her to Heavenly Father. It's something that has nagged my heart over the years. However reading the story about Elder Bednar and the basketball game reminded me of a tender mercy that Heavenly Father gave to my husband and I with our daughter. A few months before our daughter's accident we were visiting my husband's mother in Boston. She had flown from England to stay with her sister. We spent a wonderful time together, and after a few days decided to head back home. We were going to take a trip to Washington DC and New York. However, while sat at traffic lights in Boston with rain pouring down, I turned to my husband and asked how long it would take us to drive to Walt Disney World. He looked at me as if I was crazy, but then said two days. We didn't even need to discuss it, but turned around to our then three year old and said "If you can sit in the car and be good for two days, we can see Micky Mouse" she looked at us and just said "Deal!!!" The next week was full of adventure and everything Disney. At the time it seemed like a crazy spur of the moment thing. We had no summer clothes (we had packed for the east coast) and had to buy a couple of outfits for each of us. We had a great time and made a lot of wonderful memories. Little did we know it would be a once in a lifetime experience for us with her, she passed away 6 months later.

This book helped me remember that tender mercy. So although I didn't receive a prompting to save her from danger, I received a different prompting that day, in Boston, in the rain that gave us a beautiful tender mercy. Just as Elder Bednar said in this book - because the worth of souls in great in the sight of God. In the work of the Lord their is no such thing as a coincidence.




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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Magic School Bus Science Club! - Educents Deal!!!

I am already looking at school curriculum for next year. One thing I want to change is our science curriculum. Captain still loves the Magic School Bus and was super excited when they came back to Netflix. He also loves doing science experiments! I recently re-looked at the  Magic School House Science Kit. 

There are so many topics available and I am sure that Captain would be super excited. Not only is there some fun projects to do it also comes in the MAIL - that's exciting in itself! Captain would be super excited just waiting for the new box to arrive each month!




Look at those fun topics listed. I think if I had been taught science in such a fun way I might have enjoyed it more. I found that Educents is having a super sale and you can get the kit for just $119.99. For this you get one kit delivered every month! The kits themselves were developed by Harvard graduates and scientists! The website says they are suitable for kids 5-12 years old and since Captain fits right in the middle of that age range it sounds perfect!
Each kit comes with a manual to read about the topic, instructions (as a parent that's great!) The materials needed for a few experiments and access to an online club to learn more about each topic. Plus you can give your child a certificate to say they have completed it. So this is actually 12 months of science - perfect if you school year round.


 This is the best price I have seen this kit and I'm super excited. When I clicked on the purchase link it also gave me the choice of having delivery in October, November, or December so you don't even have to start right away! Oh I just had a great thought... if you are like me and looking for Christmas presents that don't come in the form of another toy this would be an exciting choice. You could even get Grandma or Grandpa to buy it and then it would be like the child is getting a gift every single month!!! So much better than another toy to go in the overflowing toy box - or is that just a problem in my house!

Tell me in the comments if you have tried this program, or what other science you like? Or even better let me know if you agree with me and buy this kit while it's on sale!

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CTC Math {HS REVIEWS}

CTCMath

We have been fortunate to be able to use CTC's Family Plan for the last few years. All of my kids love it. Captain is using grade four for his main math program and Boo and Jam have been using it as a supplement. Don't just take our word for it - you can TRY IT FREE to find out for yourself why we like it. Also Homeschoolers get a huge discount and 6 months free until November 15th!
CTCMath

CTC's Family plan covers more kids than I have. It's one of the reasons I love this company. They don't expect everyone to have 2.4 kids! I think you can sign up at least five without any problems at all.

I also like that this program is so easy to navigate that Captain and do his math, have it graded, and print out a reward certificate all by himself. Captain has used this program since kindergarten and so his is pretty used to it. I don't think there is a big learning curve though it's pretty straight forward.

We have a teacher account and student accounts. If I sign in to the teacher account I can see lots of information. I can each of my child's history. It even shows when they last logged in and what work they completed! You can see below how many lessons each child has completed, what their overall grade is and whether or not they are currently working/logged in.




There are two ways you can work through the material. If your child has already covered some of the material you can assign them specific tasks or assignments. Or your child can work through each lesson in order and no assignments are necessary.

To assign specific exercises or diagnostics you would go to that section on the teacher website.



You can choose to assign a task to a recipient or all of them, this works if you have multiple kids working at the same level. If not you just add assignments to each child in turn.

As the teacher you can also decide how high the student needs to score. Mine is set to 90% you might think this is a little high but it works for us. It doesn't mark the assignment or section complete unless they score at least 90%.


The student can also see their own history when they are logged in. I went back to some of Captain's previous work to show you. This is the detailed report. It shows what lesson was worked on, the score, what their first attempt score was, the highest score and how many attempts it took for the student to pass, finally the last is the date the student passed the subject. As you can see it took Captain a little longer to pass three digit subtraction. He got 80% on the first attempt. He finally got 100% but it took 4 attempts!


Students can also go back over a section to review it, or pass it off if they know the content by completing diagnostic tests. There are three levels of tests available, 20 questions, 30 questions or 40 questions which is considered the comprehensive test.


We all really like this program. There is a video before each lesson. My kids like the accent it's from Australia and they think it's pretty cool!

The program is divided into grades until 6th and is considered a full curriculum until then. After that it is supplemental and covers different topics. Although the older grades are not considered a complete curriculum yet my kids find them very helpful as a supplement to their other programs.




You can see how others have been using this program by clicking on the link below! Also check out CTC on social media!

FacebookTwitterPeriscopePinterest, and YouTube


CTCMath Online Math Tutoring {Reviews}


CTCMath

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Magic Stix - Washable Markers Stocking Stuffer - Review and Giveaway

Captain loves to color! You all know we love our KwikStix paint sticks, so when we were approached by the same company to try them Captain w...