From House to Home {Link Party} #157

It’s time for our Link Party: From House to Home! Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts! Please link back to I Choose Joy! when you link up your posts below!   <div align=”center”><a href=”http://ichoosejoy.org” title=”I Choose Joy!”><img src=”http://ichoosejoy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Blog-Button-2014.jpg” alt=”I Choose Joy!” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

Free Lenten Devotional

Wednesday February 10 is the first day of Lent this year. Here is a great devotional to download: Forty Names of Jesus: A Lenten Devotional for Families. It’s usually only $1.99 but will be free on Wednesday 2/10! I’m really looking forward to reading this one myself. I need to get focused in on my Savior and His great love and sacrifice for me. (This post contains affiliate links.)  

Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial!

Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial This looks perfect for homeschooling! Might as well try it for 30 days. I’m really thinking that this would be great for my middle kids for listening to audiobooks in the afternoons!   (This post contains affiliate links.)

On Opening Night the Power Went Out, But God Showed Up!

After three long nights of tech/dress rehearsals and two morning shows for school kids, it was finally opening night. The performers were pumped! I was so excited as well since it was my first show on the directing team. We drove into the parking lot at the theater and -boom- all the lights suddenly went out. It was pitch dark. I looked toward the theater and could see lights, so I though it was just the parking lot that had a {Read More}

New Course to Help Moms Prepare for Homeschooling High School

Will you be Homeschooling High School soon? Get started with confidence! Vicki Tillman from 7 Sisters Homeschool walks you through 15 lessons to plan wisely for homeschooling high school.   Homeschool High School: You Can Do It Course is only $35.00! It’ s a self-paced course for parents who are preparing for homeschooling high school! See all that it includes in this promo video: You’ll learn what a credit is, how to make a transcript, what to teach to get {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party} #156

It’s time for our Link Party: From House to Home! Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts! Please link back to I Choose Joy! when you link up your posts below!   <div align=”center”><a href=”http://ichoosejoy.org” title=”I Choose Joy!”><img src=”http://ichoosejoy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Blog-Button-2014.jpg” alt=”I Choose Joy!” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

The “I Choose Joy!” 10-Year Blogiversary Giveaway–just for Homeschoolers!

Ten years ago today I dove into the world of blogging. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I thought it would be a fun way to document our homeschooling and family life as well as connect with others outside my immediate sphere of influence. Now, I have made so many friends in the blogging world, have been encouraged in my homeschooling and parenting walk, and have been inspired to try new ideas! A few years ago I decided {Read More}

Seussical the Musical Week is Here!

When we are involved in a musical, it starts to ramp up until it starts to take over our lives. That will be the case this week, especially now that I am on the directing team. Today I have 5 hours to work in assisting moving into the theater. The next 3 nights, we have dress rehearsals, where I’ll be listening to get the sound balanced. It’s so exciting when we get into the theater–adding the costumes, make-up, hair, sound, {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party} #155

It’s time for our Link Party: From House to Home! Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts! Please link back to I Choose Joy! when you link up your posts below!   <div align=”center”><a href=”http://ichoosejoy.org” title=”I Choose Joy!”><img src=”http://ichoosejoy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Blog-Button-2014.jpg” alt=”I Choose Joy!” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

Review/Giveaway: GrubMarket box of Fruit

I just had the exciting experience of opening up a box of fruit delivered by FedEx. It was from GrubMarket, where you can get wholesome food at wholesale prices, always 20-50% off! Specifically I received the regular-size California Fruit Bounty box. We got a pineapple a pomegranate a grapefruit a box of dates an avocado 3 blood oranges a tangerine 3 apples a pear GrubMarket delivers local fresh food. It’s direct, farm-to-door. Pretty cool. And perfect since I’ve started eating mostly {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party} #154

It’s time for our Link Party: From House to Home! Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts! Please link back to I Choose Joy! when you link up your posts below!   <div align=”center”><a href=”http://ichoosejoy.org” title=”I Choose Joy!”><img src=”http://ichoosejoy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Blog-Button-2014.jpg” alt=”I Choose Joy!” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

10 Tips for Starting Private Music Lessons

I’m a homeschool mom of 8 and a music teacher. My kids have taken a variety of private instrument lessons throughout the years. I have written two posts which add up to 10 Tips for Starting Private Music Lessons. You’ll find tips on What instrument to start with What to do if there is no teacher in your area What to do if your child wants to quit The best instrument to purchase Where to find teachers What to do {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party} #153

It’s time for our Link Party: From House to Home! Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts! Please link back to I Choose Joy! when you link up your posts below!   <div align=”center”><a href=”http://ichoosejoy.org” title=”I Choose Joy!”><img src=”http://ichoosejoy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Blog-Button-2014.jpg” alt=”I Choose Joy!” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

Review/Giveaway: PASSION Salvation’s Tide is Rising CD

 Do you love Christian worship music? Then, you are going to love PASSION Salvation’s Tide is Rising, the new album which will be released on January 29, 2016. I have had the opportunity to hear an advanced copy, and I love it! Many of the songs are new to me, so this is truly a unique album. You can enter to win the CD yourself. See below for the giveaway. About Salvation’s Tide Is Rising: This brand new Passion album contains {Read More}

Get a Well-Planned Day Planner for 50% off!

Here’s a good way to get more organized–and to see if the Well-Planned Day planners really work for you. They are 50% off right now! Head over to get one before they’re sold out.  You can “see inside” to see how cool they are. Choose from Student, Family, Homeschool, College, High School, etc. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Four Reasons We Study Spanish

Why do we study Spanish? It’s a great question because every subject we spend time with means less time to spend learning something else. Here are Four Reasons We Study Spanish: Spanish is spoken by a huge number of people in the world. Even in my own town in Illinois, we are surrounded by Spanish-speakers. We want to be able to converse with them because many of them don’t know English. Learning it now gives a great head-start for my kids to {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party} #152

It’s time for our Link Party: From House to Home! Thanks everyone for joining today and sharing your wonderful posts! Please link back to I Choose Joy! when you link up your posts below!   <div align=”center”><a href=”http://ichoosejoy.org” title=”I Choose Joy!”><img src=”http://ichoosejoy.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Blog-Button-2014.jpg” alt=”I Choose Joy!” style=”border:none;” /></a></div>

The CurrClick Stock-up Sale!

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 CURRCLICK STOCK UP SALE: The CurrClick Stock Up Sale is January 5-19. You can get my products for 40% off! You can find everything that’s on sale at this link. PUBLISHERS IN THE CURRCLICK STOCK UP SALE: 4 Little Penguins 15% 4R Press 40% A Godly Legacy Publishing 70% A Journey Through Learning 40% A Teachable Year 40% A+ Interactive Math 40% All Things Homeschool 40% Amy Biddison 40% Brodie Education Consulting 50% Canadian Winter Homeschool Materials {Read More}

Giveaway: $200 Amazon Gift Card

This is a good time for a giveaway, isn’t it? I’ve joined with 9 other blogger friends to offer a $200 Amazon Gift Card giveaway! It ends January 15. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Trim Healthy Mama: Day 5 of “6 Days of New Year’s Resolutions”

Personally, I don’t think that not being able to keep New Year’s Resolutions is enough of a reason not to make any. I know that I am always the most motivated to make changes in my life at this time of year, and even if it doesn’t continue, I still make baby steps! So this year I’m ready for Trim Healthy Mama. Last year I used The Daniel Plan and made some healthy changes in my eating habits. The best {Read More}