From House to Home {Link Party} #86

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

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Review of “Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling Older Kids With Success While Loving the Little Ones at your Feet”

Preschoolers and Peace Review
Today I am happily reviewing Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet .  It’s an e-book in PDF format written by Kendra Fletcher from Preschoolers and Peace . This helpful resource is for any mom who is homeschooling an older child with a preschooler (or baby or toddler) and only costs $2.99! It’s an easy-to-read e-book and is 47 pages long.  It has a few pictures sprinkled throughout.

When I first started blogging 8 1/2 years ago one of the first bloggers I started connecting with was Kendra Fletcher.  I was drawn by the name of her blog: Preschoolers and Peace.  At the time I had 4 children ages 5 and under, with another baby soon to be born.  I knew we wanted to homeschool them, but I didn’t know how in the world I would actually be able to do it!  I looked to people like Kendra who were a few years ahead of me on the road and had some wisdom (actually, lots of wisdom!) to share.  Kendra ended up with 8 kids, just like me!  Her oldest 2 are now high school graduates and the youngest is 5.  My oldest is 13 and youngest is 2, so, I’m still looking her for wisdom!  And I have to tell you one more thing before I review the book.  I got to meet Kendra in person this year at the 2:1 Conference (a blogging conference for homeschooling moms).  She came all the way from California to Chicago.  It was a blessing to finally meet her and to hear her speak.  :)   And, she’s just as wonderful in person as online!

Here are the chapters that you will find included:

What a Homeschooling Mom Needs

Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot

Planning Around Preschoolers

How Do I Keep Them Busy?

What Does a 2-Year-Old’s Day Look Like?

How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?

How Not to Just Kill Time Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In

Preschool Boys

When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers

Preschool Chores

Planning for Preschool

When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)

Meal Planning 101

What you’ll find in the Preschoolers and Peace book is some practical advice and heartfelt encouragement.  I loved reading about her struggles and how she had to change things along the way.  One of the best chapters was about different activities to do with (or give to) toddlers to keep them occupied when you need to concentrate your teaching on the older kids.  I’ve used a lot of those ideas, but she listed some I had never thought of!  I also loved how there are so many links to online articles to give additional information to the topic being discussed.  The e-book is short, but it would be way longer if she included all the linked-to articles in it!

In one chapter Kendra references Circle Time.  I learned about this years ago from Preschoolers and Peace and have done it in various ways ever since.  Basically, it’s simply getting all your kids together to teach them something as a group.  This year we do it as soon as I get my 2-year-old down for a nap.  It includes my 5 middle kids and we do memorization, Bible reading and study, science and history reading, and literature read-alouds.

I really can’t think of anything I didn’t like about the book.  It’s short and full of great information about homeschooling multiple ages from someone who knows what she’s talking about.  It’s well worth the money!

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Fabulous Fall $500 Cash Giveaway

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Welcome to the $500 Fabulous Fall Cash Giveaway!

I have joined forces with a fantastic group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway. One lucky person will win $500 cash!

So, what is your most pressing need (or want right now)?  I have a want: I would be happy with some new clothes and shoes, maybe some boots!  It’s been a really long time since I’ve bought some new clothes, and with the fall weather finally upon us, I have some ideas! But, I can’t enter, so good luck!

 

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Review of New NuNaturals Stevia Products: Giveaway, too!

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I’m so excited to share a review of some new NuNaturals healthy food products today!  And we have an awesome giveaway today–with FOUR WINNERS!!!

I received the following:

Nustevia White Stevia Powder (100 packets)

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Nustevia Cocoa Syrup 16 oz.

Nustevia Cocoa Mint Syrup 16 oz.

Nustevia Simple Syrup 16 oz.

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Nustevia Cherry 2 oz.

Nustevia Cherry Vanilla 2 oz.

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Nugrain Oat Fiber 1 Lb

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Nustevia Reb99 TM Extract 1 oz.

Nustevia Nocarbs Blend 2.75 oz.

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and the NuNaturals All-Star Worldwide Recipe Collection.

 

Wow–what an awesome set of products to try out!  If you are a sugar-free household, you must give these a try.  They will make you smile. :)

So, what is NuNaturals?  They make Stevia products which help us reduce sugar and carbs.  NuStevia is not bitter, has zero calories, and doesn’t raise blood sugar–which makes it perfect for dieters and those with diabetes.  It dissolves instantly in beverages, cold or hot!  They are gluten-free and contain no preservatives or anything artificial.  You’ll find NuStevia powders, liquids, and syrups, which can be used to make a wide variety of recipes!

 

My kids really enjoyed the Cocoa Syrup and Cocoa Mint Syrup–fun for chocolate milk or hot chocolate.  They were a bit too strong (the NuNaturals Stevia products are highly concentrated) to eat straight when poured on ice cream.  They also make a plain Simple Syrup.  One-quarter teaspoon of the syrup is as sweet as 1 teaspoon of sugar.  We made a healthy banana chocolate “ice cream” with banana, milk, and NuStevia Cocoa Syrup.  It was pretty good!

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One of my sons really liked the Nustevia Cherry and Cherry Vanilla in water and other drinks to give it a different flavor.  He even put it in his cereal!  (My favorite of the liquids was from my last review of NuNaturals when I got the Peppermint.  I love putting that in hot tea!)

The Nugrain Oat Fiber can be used for making baked goods or added to smoothies, porridge and other recipes where you want to boost the fiber content.  I’m always looking for ways to do that!

Here are some great recipe ideas to use the products:

*Banana Oatmeal Walnut Muffins using NuGrains Oat Fiber and NuNaturals Reb 99 Pure Stevia Extract.

*Cocoa Oat Fiber Pancakes using NuGrains Oat Fiber, NuStevia Simple Syrup, and NuStevia Cocoa Syrup.

*Apricot Avocado Scones using NuStevia Simple Syrup and NuStevia Vanilla Stevia Liquid

*Sugar-Free No Bake Chocolate Coconut Brownies using Nugrain Oat Fiber and NuStevia Vanilla Stevia Liquid

 

I would encourage you to check out the NuNaturals website to see all they have to offer!  Here are some wonderful discounts:

Use Coupon Code BLG1214  and receive a 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2014 .

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding $35.00 after discounts.

And now a giveaway!

FOUR winners will receive the following set:

One bottle of the Cherry Vanilla Stevia Liquid,  a 50 pkt box of our NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets, a bottle of the Nustevia Cocoa Mint Syrup, and a bottle of the Nustevia Cocoa Syrup with a retail value of $ 55.00, PLUS a free bonus product!

Giveaway runs until 10/8/14 and is open WORLDWIDE, no P.O. Boxes. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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From House to Home {Link Party} #85

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3. Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Family Time Fitness–Get your kids active!


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The programs and information included in the Ultimate Fitness 4 Homeschool Membership will enable you to become an expert in teaching physical education to your kids! Over the next 12 months you will get access to everything listed below. The Ultimate Fitness 4 Homeschool Membership is valued at over $1000 and still growing! 

  • Homeschool Physical Education Core 1 ( Age 5-10+)
    Introduction to Physical Education
    156 Lesson Plans
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    Instructional Videos
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    31 Sports Books including Bowling, Soccer, Basetball, Golf and more
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Little Passports–Fundraising Program

Little Passports Fundraising For Your School!  Who needs more money for their school?  Who doesn’t?  :)

Here is a wonderful and unique fundraising opportunity.  Little Passports is a really fun way to get kids interested in geography.  They receive a package in the mail each month and learn about a new state or country!

**The links in this post are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

Planning a fundraiser at your child’s school? Little Passports is the perfect partner, with an award-winning educational product that kids and parents love.

Here’s how it works: your community shops at Little Passports and we donate 15% back to your school. There is even a flyer to help you spread the word. Get more information here: www.littlepassports.com/schools. The fundraising period is from October 21 – 28 and the deadline to sign-up is October 10th so check it out today!

 

Need to spruce up your Writing Curriculum? Use Creative Freewriting Adventure

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Here is a wonderful way to spruce up your writing curriculum! I know I’m always looking for different assignments for my kids to encourage their writing.

Try out Creative Freewriting Adventure! You can get it on sale right now, but only through Monday night (9/22/14).  The print version coupon code is cfa-fb-25 and the digital version code is cfa-fb-50.  Get them for 25% and 50% off!  That is a huge savings!

Curious as to what Creative Freewriting Adventure contains?  Here is my review of it.  And get some free samples here!

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Awareness: Dangers of the Power Morcellator

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September is National Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month, and I am helping to raise awareness this month about some alarming statistics on power morcellators.

  • What is a Power Morcellator? A device used in hysterectomies to cut tissue into small pieces to be removed from the body. However, uterine cancers sometimes go undetected prior to the procedure. In these cases, the morcellator dices up and spreads unsuspected cancer inside the woman’s body.
  • Hysterectomy is the 2nd most common surgery among women in the United States
  • By age 70, one out of three American women will have had a hysterectomy
  • 90% of these surgeries are done to remove Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors found in the uterus)
  • The average life span following accidental morcellation of sarcoma is only 24-36 months
  • Only 15% of women who have leiomyosarcoma (LMS) that has spread (stage 4) will be alive after 5 years
  • Women with sarcoma who are morcellated are about 4 times more likely to die from sarcoma than if they had not been morcellated

Please visit the power morcellator website for more information.

I encourage you to always do due diligence in researching before consenting to a major surgery or medical procedure.  Stay healthy!

Review My Student Logbook

My Student Logbook Review

The company My Student Logbook has produced a wonderful product for homeschoolers that my daughter and I reviewed called My Student Logbook.

We received a physical logbook with our choice of cover design. We chose to have a dated book (August 2014 – July 2015) in the Rainforest design. You can get an undated version if that works better for you.

 

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My Student Logbooks come in 10 different cover designs ( for $15 each), so you’re sure to find one that you student will like.  They also come in PDF versions that you can download, print, and bind yourself.  The PDF single copy license (no cover design) is $10; the PDF family use license (no cover design) is $20.
Here are a couple other cover designs:
 

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My Student Logbook Review

The age range for My Student Logbook is 2nd grade and up.  It’s especially helpful for high school students who need to keep track of all their work and hours for a high school transcript.  But it also worked perfectly for my 6th grade daughter.

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I’ll explain about the regular logbook pages in a moment, but first let me share about the special pages included.
You can see a green sheet dividing the front section of the logbook from the back section special pages.  The first one is “All About Me” so the kids can keep a record of how they grow and change each year!
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There is a Prayer and Goals page:
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Pages to keep track of Books Read:
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A Place to keep track of events, projects, field trips, presentations, activities:
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Bible Verses Memorized,
Test Records:
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And Year Highlights–favorite memories from the year:
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Now for the logbook itself!
You start out with a page like this.  You fill out right side checklist with all the assignments (subjects) you want your child to complete.  There is also a section for time if there is a subject that they need to spend a certain amount of time doing it (such as reading for 30 minutes, practicing piano for 45 minutes). 
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You cut this sheet out and then fold it in half from top to bottom.  You tape the back section on the back of a log page.  (If this confuses you, there is a YouTube video to show you how to do it!)

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If you need to list specific page numbers, chapters, etc. for the student to do in that subject for the week, you can list it underneath.

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Then, here is the really cool part, you simply fold that checklist page over the next week’s log so you don’t have to rewrite it!  Again, you can write specific notes that are unique for each week on its own page.

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If you need more checklists in case the subjects or books change throughout the year, there are 5 extras included.

What We Liked:

I have tried lots of different types of logbooks/checklists for my kids throughout the years, including ones that I have made myself.  None of them were as good as this.  I love how the author really planned it out so well.  It is sturdy, so I expect it will last throughout the year.  I’m really considering using this for my kids to keep track of everything during their high school years, so we can get it all written out on a transcript. If you’re worried about getting a high school transcript prepared, Corina includes 3 full pages at the beginning of the logbook to explain how to do it!

What We Didn’t Like:

I actually can’t think of anything I didn’t like about it.  :)

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From House to Home {Link Party} #84

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

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Review The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

7 Minute Life Daily Planner Review

For the past month I have been using The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner from The 7 Minute Life and am happy to share a review today!

 

What it looks like:

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This is a 7.3″ by 8.5″ physical planner.  It has lovely light green colors with white and black.  It is nicely spiral bound with a think plastic cover for the front and back. It’s best for adults; it’s not a student planner. It begins with an introduction to the planner and the system, with pages to help you get ready and lots of different types of list pages.  Then, there are 90 daily planning pages.  “Ninety days is a long enough period of time to see if a plan is working and goals are being met.  It’s also a short enough period of time to maintain motivation.”

How it works:

Allyson Lewis is the creator of this planner and the ideas behind it.  Before jumping into the planning pages, she takes you through 11 pages of preparation for understanding the system.  It took me a good week to go through all these 7-minute projects.

I learned that the goal of the 7 Minute Life is to provide strategies to learn to prioritize, organize, and simplify.

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We don’t need to continue doing tons of low priority tasks, but to organize and simplify so we can focus on the high priority tasks.  What’s high priority?  You’ll find out after you go through the preparation pages!

The first 7 Minute Life Idea was to prioritize my top 10 values.  There is a page that lists 75 values, and you are to circle the ones that “speak to you.”  This was really a fun activity for me.

Here were my Top 10 Priorities:

1. Relationships/Family/Love

2. Teach and Inspire

3. Learn and Grow

4. Balance/Order

5. Faith

6. Solitude/Peace

7. Excellence

8. Laughter/Joy

9. Creativity/Arts

10. Leaving a Legacy

The next 7 Minute Life Idea was to Discover Your Purpose.  Here was mine:

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At the age of 85, I will know I have fulfilled my purpose when: my marriage feels fulfilled and my kids are all following Christ, serving Him and have a good relationship with me.

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The third 7 Minute Life Idea was to Establish 90-Day Goals:

There are some great goal sheets to fill out:

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Next, Allyson explains 10 “7 Minute” Micro-Actions, which should only take you about 7 minutes to complete!

1.  List unfinished tasks (for work and home separately)

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2. Identify and list mental clutter–“anything that takes up your finite time and emotional attention.”

3.  Home Repair–start the list of problems that need to be taken care of

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4. Life Connections–list people you are connected to.

5. Annual Projects and Tasks–list events, holidays, conferences, vacations, etc.

6.  12 Month Calendar

7.  Meeting Planner–great for writing out a meeting’s plan

8.  Notes Pages — these were useful for figuring out my priorities

9.  Annual Exercise Progress Report

10.  Daily Progress Report pages–“takes your personal values, purpose, your 90-day goals, and your unfinished tasks, and translates them into DAILY ACTIVITIES and ACTION STEPS.”

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Here’s an example of how I did one day:

 

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My thoughts on how it worked for me:

I found the planner quite useful in helping me to identify my priorities and values.  I loved the exercises that I had to do to figure these things out.  The lists are also great and will help me figure out what I need to do next (such as in house repairs and unfinished tasks).  The part that didn’t work so well was that the Daily Progress Report pages were meant more for a business woman.  I have some slight business leanings (in blogging and in an e-book I’m writing), but mostly I’m a stay-at-home homemaking mom who homeschools!  So, I did what a lot of my Schoolhouse Review Crew colleagues did and adapted the planner to fit my life!  Instead of “Daily Contacts” I started using that section for blogging activities I needed to complete.  Instead of voice mails (because I don’t usually get any!) I used that section for Prayer Requests to remind me to pray throughout the day.  And in the blank pages at the bottom of the second page I started writing Homeschool Accomplishments.  Why? Because sometimes that’s all that gets done, and it helps me to see that I actually did accomplish something even if the other goals on the page (thank you notes, connections, unfinished tasks, exercise, drinking water, etc.) didn’t get done.  :)

**The best part of the whole system is to figure out the day before what your “5 before 11″ will be.  Above I wrote that I wanted to accomplish these five high priority tasks before 11 a.m.:  exercise, make orthodontist appointment, promote blog posts, package stuff for nieces, and make babysitting requests.  I practically never get these things done before 11, because I’m focusing on homeschooling.  But I do try to get them done before 4 pm!

 

More info on it:

Price: $24.95

Watch this 12-minute VIDEO to help explain how The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner works.

And, the 16 very short videos (total viewing time approx 30 min).

There is a Getting Started Section here and a number of completely free tools here.

You can follow the 7 Minute Life on social media here:  Facebook , Twitter , Pinterest , Google+ , and You Tube .

 

 

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Tutorial: Robin Hood Costume for Stuffed Bear

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It been such a long time since I’ve posted anything crafty here.  And even this Robin Hood costume for a small stuffed bear was done way back last May!  But enjoy this tutorial and let me know if you make the costume!

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My kids are involved in Spotlight Youth Theater and they have the option to purchase a Show Bear for each show they are in.  It usually has the costume of the main character.  Last spring they performed Robin Hood, so I made the Robin Hood Show Bears!  Since I was the only one making them (and made 25), I simplified the costume quite a bit.  A lot of this was done with a hot glue gun, but if you have time, sewing it will help it last longer.  :)

 

The Tunic:

1. Cut 2 pieces (same size) for the tunic.

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2.  Sew along the top, leaving an opening in the middle for the head.  Sew along the sides.

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3.  Cut out V’s like you see in the picture below.

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4.  Turn right-side out and sew down the front set of V’s for a collar.

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The Hat:

1. Cut 2 pieces (same size) for the hat.

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2.  Sew along the rounded edge.

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3.  Clip the 2 bottom corners.

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4.  Turn it right-side out and make a tiny cut in one side for the feather to slip through.

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5.  Slide the feather through and hot glue the inside to get it to stay in place.

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The Belt and Quiver Holder:

See these pictures for how they will look.

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1.  I used a sewable pleather type of material.  Cut out the following shapes for each costume.

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Here are the D-Rings I used for the belt.

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Here is the finished belt.

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2.  Slip the D-ring through one side of the belt and hot glue it the belt material down.

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3.  Slide the opposite side of the belt through the ring.

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4. Twist it like you see in the following 2 pictures.

 

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Here’s what the front should look like.

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5. For the quiver, turn the rectangular piece of material around length-wise and hot glue it down.  Hot glue one end closed as well.

 

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6. Then hot glue it onto the sash

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Finishing the Bear Costume:

1. Slide the Tunic onto the bear.

2.  Put the sash and belt on it.

3.  Hot glue the hat onto its head.

4. Optional: Make an arrow out of a pipe cleaner and slide into the quiver.  Tie a ribbon around its leg so you can attach a tag.

 

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The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle–95% off!

Here’s a pretty neat ebook bundle sale that’s all about Healthy Living!  It’s called the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle.

Order now and get:

  • A Complete Healthy Living Library
  • 6 eCourses (including Essential Oils, Herbs, and more)
  • Getting Started Guide
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  • Free 4-Month Online Yoga Membership ($23.97 Value)
  • 8 Amazing Physical Bonuses
    ($136.45 Value)
  • 1 Full Year to Download
  • …And much more!

See below for all that you get in your Healthy Living Library for only $29.95!  But, hurry, it ends Monday 9/15!

 











 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #83

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3. Optional: Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

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Review “Under Drake’s Flag” audio drama

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Heirloom Audio Productions has produced an incredible product that I had the opportunity to review called
Under Drake’s Flag !  

It’s an audio drama on two CDs which lasts for two hours. We listened to it as a family while we were driving on vacation last month.  It’s part of a series called “The Extraordinary Adventures of G. A. Henry.” G. A, Henty is a Christian British author from the 1800s who has written many, many historical fiction novels.  We have tried to listen to a couple of his books on CD, but never got very far. However, this adaptation of one of his books into audio theater was exactly what my kids needed to get interested!

 

What I liked:

The story was exciting and fast-paced.  The main characters were teen boys who are learning to be men, so that kept my older boys’ interest.  The boys end up on Captain Drake’s ship, so they learn about him and the things that he did. The boys do heroic things like saving people from drowning and even fighting off a shark.  But the best part is how they grew in their faith, promising never to denounce Christ and the faith they believe in, even when caught by the Spanish during the Inquisition of the 1500s.

The production side of the audio drama was incredible– the script, the acting, the music was all top-notch!  The wonderful musical score was composed by John Campbell, who also worked with “Adventures in Odyssey” and “Lamplighter Theatre”!  I also loved the sound effects.  Everything worked perfectly to get you into the story!

What I didn’t like:

The only thing I didn’t like was that Sir Francis Drake is exalted to more of a hero status than I think he deserves.  I can see why the Spanish called him a pirate; he did loot and steal.

Other items reviewed:
We reviewed the physical audio CDs that comes with Study Guide and Prayer inside, as well as a longer Study Guide that is a PDF download. Let me tell you a little about the CD case Study Guide. The study guide has something for each track on the CD. There are some questions which are called Listening Well that are an opportunity to quiz the kids on what they heard. Then there are Thinking Further questions that really get the students to delve into deeper discussions about the plot, the characters, their actions, etc. Last, there are Defining Words for vocabulary study.  My favorite part of the Study Guide is the Bible Study section at the back.  There are three Bible Studies included called “Godly Character,” “True Manhood,” and “Confessing Christ.” The downloadable study guide includes all of the above, plus more. Each section simply has more questions in it.


Age Range:

This is best for ages 6-adult. Some parents may feel that the subject matter is too heavy for younger kids. You might want to listen to it first before having children as young as six listen to it.

Price: The MP3 download is $20 and includes two downloads (study guide and prayer). The 2 CD set is $29.95 plus $6.95 for shipping and handling.  It also includes some bonuses.

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$5.99 Homeschool T-Shirt Sale and Giveaway!

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Are you ready for this year’s $5.99 Homeschool T-Shirt Sale and Giveaway?  Look at the great T-Shirt I got this year!

Head over to the Great Products website to check out all the great designs!  And they’re only $5.99–but only until September 15.

I’m happy to be able to give away this t-shirt:  Bird House– “We learn best in the nest.”  I just love the beautiful design of the birds, bird house, and flowers.  I got it with a pink shirt, adult size medium.  It fits perfectly.  

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You can one win one for yourself!  Enter through the Rafflecopter app below.  Winner will be chosen on Saturday Sept. 13 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.  The winner must be in the continental U.S. (Disclosure: I received a free t-shirt to review.)

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Intro to All About Reading Level 3 & Giveaway of All About Reading Level 4

  

 

I was so proud of my 9-year-old daughter for finishing All About Reading 2 last year.  It wasn’t easy for her, but I saw so much improvement!  One of the best things about All About Reading is that it follows a specific set of activities, so she knew what to expect each day that we worked on it.  We usually took 2-4 days to finish a lesson, but that’s OK.  She’s learning to read.  Hooray!

Here is the order that we do for each lesson:

1.  Review phonograms and words from the flashcards

2.  Learn something new using our magnetic white board and tiles

3.  Practice on an activity sheet  AAR_Level3_Swing-into-Reading_Pages

4.  Read words and phrases in the student book

5.  Learn new words on flashcards

Then the next lesson includes practicing words and phrases that will be in the story and reading the story!

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Now, I’m happy to share with you All About Reading Level 3.  I can see that we will be delving into more complicated phonograms and adding some much for difficult sight words.  She will be at a much higher reading level when we complete this level.

If you are looking for a reading curriculum that is very well-researched and is easy for the teacher/mom to teach, check out All About Reading!

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All About Reading has now come out with Level 4.  Here are some a free download of the first activity sheet in Level 4, “Eagles Learn to Fly.” It’s designed to review words learned in Level 3, so your child will be ready to tackle the new concepts in Level 4. It’s even customizable so you can add your own words!

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There is SALE of the AAR Level 4 Materials September 4-15!

Sale prices will be as follows:

  • AAR Level 4 Materials (Teacher’s Manual, Student Packet, 2 Readers): $99.95 ($20 off!)
  • AAR Level 4 Student Packet (includes Activity Book): $40.95
  • AAR Level 4 Soar with Reading Activity Book only: $25.95
  • AAR Level 4 Teacher’s Manual only: $32.95
  • AAR Level 4 Heirloom Antics Reader: $16.95
  • AAR Level 4 The Voyage Reader: $16.95
  • AAR Level 4 Soaring Balloon Stickers: $0.85

**And they have a GIVEAWAY to win the Level 4 Materials!  It ends September 14, so enter now!

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From House to Home {Link Party} #82

It’s time for our Link Party:

From House to Home!

Last week was our biggest link-up yet! Thanks everyone! Keep on sharing your wonderful posts!
Only 2 rules:

1. Link up family-friendly posts (exact post, not website) about making your house into a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God! Giveaways, too!

2. Link back to my site with the button below or a text link. Thanks! (If you don’t link back somewhere on your blog, your link might be deleted. Find the html code on my Link Party page.)

3.  Optional:  Comment or pin a post or two that you see here!

I Choose Joy!

 

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Great Sale on Well-Planned Day Planners!

How’s your homeschool year going so far?  Are you just starting today?  So far, so good for us!  I wanted to let you know about the great sale on Well-Planned Day Planners.  There are special student ones, even specialized for high school and college kids; those for homeschool moms; and an On-the-Go Planner most women would enjoy.  My personal favorite is the 4-year planner for high school students.  :)

Here are a few pictures from my planners, but go to the website to see lots of samples!

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