Series: Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade (post #1)

Preparing to Teach Ninth Grade

Welcome to Post #1 in my “Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade” series.  Today I’ll be discussing the book

How to Homeschool 9th and 10th Grades: Simple Steps for Starting Strong by Lee Binz.

I attended my first homeschooling conference when my oldest son was 17 months old and have been a “homeschool mom” ever since. I can’t believe he will be in high school next year!  I have learned about homeschooling throughout the years almost as much as I’ve taught my kids.  So, I was surprised when all of a sudden I started having anxiety about homeschooling for high school a couple of weeks ago.

Then, the above book popped in my inbox and I immediately downloaded it.  Aww, I feel so much better now!  Download it yourself today, while it’s still on sale!  (You don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book.  Just read it on your computer or download an app to read it on other devices.)

Here are some of the things you’ll learn in this ebook by Lee Binz:

  • Setting Priorites
  • Planning High School Courses (basics)
  • Beyond the Basic High School Courses
  • Electives
  • Create Great Homeschool Records
  • Take Important Tests
  • Expect and Accept Gradual Maturity
  • Technology Boundaries
  • College Financing
  • Career Exploration and Activities
  • Looking Ahead to Sophomore Year
  • Big Ideas for Success

Join me in future weeks as I share more that I’ll be doing to prepare for homeschooling my first child in high school.  I have lots to share!

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Salads to Go– Free on Kindle today

I’ve been really focusing on eating healthier this year, and salads are great and easy way to do that. I took one of these salads last weekend to my kids’ musical rehearsal, to eat for lunch while I was sewing costumes.

I’m happy to get this free e-book so I can get some more great ideas!

Head over to Amazon to get Salads To Go while it’s free!

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How to Make a 1920’s Dress and Cloche Hat

How to Make a 1920s Dress

I shared a few days ago about the 1920’s Roaring Twenties Unit Celebration that our homeschool group had.  I bought clothes for my kids (and my husband bought a vest), but I decided to make my dress!  The common dress we think of in the 1920’s is the flapper dress, but ladies who dressed more conservatively often wore a dropped waist dress, so that’s what I made!

Enjoy the following tutorial of how to make a 1920’s dress:

1.  I started with a shirt that was bought at a thrift shop.

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2.  Cut enough fabric for the skirt length you want and wide enough for twice around:

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3.  My shirt had some open flaps, so I sewed those together in the front and sides:

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4.  I gathered the skirt fabric:

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5.  I cut my shirt’s sleeves to make short sleeves:

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6.  Sew the skirt to the bottom of the shirt:

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7.  Hew the shirt sleeve:

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7.  Choose a coordinating fabric for a belt and hand-sew it around the middle:

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I found a hat at Joann Fabrics, so I didn’t need to make one.  But if I had made one, I love the tutorial for a cloche hat here!

Ultimate DIY Bundle is now on Sale!

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their schoolwork, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone for DIY and crafting!

But I know I look at the bare wall in the den and the empty, boring kitchen table, and wish I had a few hours to do something about them? Maybe you, like I, browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry!

For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

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From House to Home {Link Party} #102

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 (up to 3 and 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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T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday specials: January 20


Today is the T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday: January 20, 2015 only!

Enjoy the following specials:

Get 2 workouts that are normally $39.95 per DVD for only $46.50:
Finger & Foot Fitness Workout DVD (Retail $39.95)
NEW Brain-Body Fitness Turn Back Time Workout DVD (Retail $39.95)
1. Finger & Foot Fitness DVD:  50% off $19.98 Finger & Foot Fitness is a Master Level Educational Clinic filmed at the 2007 Safety Harbor Fitness Retreat which educates and demonstrates several movements for fingers and feet to help improve flexibility, lessen pain and decrease inflammation. Maintaining optimal function of fingers and feet is not only important for lymphatic function but also help your body lose weight easier and get fit faster. This DVD also has a special menu that allows you to choose exercises individually from both Finger Fitness and Foot Fitness sections.
2.  Brain-Body Fitness Turn Back Time DVD:  20% off $31.96 This recently filmed DVD features two workouts.  The Standing Workout is similar to the T-Tapp Total Workout but features new tweaks from Senior Fit Workout and T-Tapp More – Level 2 to help maximize muscle activation and not allow your body to take path of least resistance. The Floor Workout is similar to Critter Crunch 2, Brain-Body Fitness Floor and Brain-Body Fitness Core Floor but with additional tweaks as featured in Hit the Floor Tempo.  Each workout is effective alone but packs extra power when done back to back.  Discover the difference how full fiber activation of multiple muscles and leverage isometrics in a special sequence for lymphatic function and fascia fitness can make… inside and out!
Or get both for only $46.50!  Just click on the “Deep Discount Tuesday icon” over at T-Tapp!

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T-Tapp January Special: $10 off Senior Fit exercise DVD



Here’s a wonderful T-Tapp special deal for January! The Senior Fit DVD is $10 off with code SFWOS!

What is Senior Fit?

It’s an exercise DVD especially made for the older crowd.  I love how it helps get seniors stronger, in shape, and more flexible, but at the same time focuses on ways to keep them from injuring themselves.

From the website it looks like you’ll also get FREE SHIPPING and these extra DVDs!  Retail Value Over $119.00:
Finger & Foot Fitness Workout DVD (Retail $39.95)
Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD – Teresa’s seminar (Retail $19.95)

It’s NEVER Too Late – Yes You Can
Senior Fit is NOT just for Seniors! Teresa Tapp created this special Brain-Body Fitness Workout to help everyone maximize muscle activation, circulation and lymphatic health, regardless of age. Every exercise of mindful movement within Senior Fit is designed to improve strength, flexibility and heart health, as well as increase energy and decrease inflammation. Its special sequence of mindful movements combined with leverage isometrics will help your body rebuild from the inside out, improve posture and build better balance.
No weights, no equipment, no impact and no need to increase sets or repetitions… this progressive workout delivers MORE results in LESS time and will continue to challenge as you get stronger and more flexible.
Senior Fit is the workout that helps you stand taller, look and feel better so that Yes You Can be Fit and Fab Forever!

Here is a list of each chapter on the Senior Fit Workout - Level One DVD:
Warm Up Workout (16:21)
Level 1 Instructional (32:08)
– Individual Movements
Level 1 Workout (1:07:28)
– Individual Movements
Tempo (4) Workout (47:40)
– Individual movements

List price: $69.95
Price: $59.95
You save: $10.00 (14%)

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Tapestry of Grace “Roaring Twenties” Celebration

I’ve mentioned how happy I am with our new homeschool co-op this year! We are using the curriculum Tapestry of Grace and studying 20th Century literature, history, and geography with our friends.  (I also teach music appreciation/music history).

Twice this year we will have a Unit Celebration where we all get together in the evening to celebrate an era of history we’ve studied.  Our first one was a “Roaring Twenties” party!  The kids had so much fun dressing up in 1920’s garb.

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When we first got there we were directed as families to the photography area.  We were blessed to have my husband’s parents join us.

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Twenties Photo

Photo rights:  Kenneth Smith Photography 847-845-5549

Next we went into the sanctuary for a showing of the first ever “talking picture” The Jazz Singer.  We had a little speech from a couple of our co-op’s leaders and a presentation from some of the kids.

We were then directed into a room where lots of projects from the year were displayed.  And then finally into the room where were to eat!

On the menu were some popular foods from the 1920s: turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, and even a fun Flapper cake!


I planned the musical portion of the evening (during dinner).  We had several students play or sing popular songs from the 1920s:  “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Side By Side,” “Second-Hand Rose,” “In the Mood.”  I even sang a couple of Gershwin tunes!

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When I had my back turned, she got into the cake frosting.

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I made my Twenties dress.  (I’ll share a tutorial in a future post.)

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After dinner came the costume contest and dancing–The Charleston!

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Everything about the evening was a smash–the food, the entertainment, and especially the costumes!

Christmas Pictures 2014!

Enjoy some pictures from our Christmas this year:

Sledding down the hill:

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Mumsy in the kitchen:

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Poppy reading:

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Playing pool:

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The Tree!

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Working puzzles (and my music is on the piano):

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Performing at Christmas Eve service:

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Opening presents:

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All the cousins!

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The lovely yard display my husband made years ago:


From House to Home {Link Party} #101

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 (up to 3 and 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/ Giveaway “The Identical” DVD

The Identical movie giveaway

I’m so thrilled to give a review on a family movie today–along with a giveaway!  The movie is “The Identical” and stars actors such as Ashley Judd, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano, Blake Rayne, and Ray Liotta.

When the movie first arrived, I wasn’t sure if my family would enjoy it or not, so I decided to watch it on a Thursday night, rather than on our typical weekend movie night.

I popped it in the DVD player, and it wasn’t long before the whole family was sitting around!  I also planned on stopping it after 45 minutes and finishing it the next day, but we were so drawn into the story, we watched it all right then.

The story really gripped at me. Poverty and the Great Depression leads a couple to give up one of their twin babies to an infertile couple.  Oh, the tears flowed!  The boys grew up apart, and both had great musical talent.  I don’t want to give away the story.  But it is heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming.

I loved the history portrayed as we travel from the 1930s to the 1970s.  I loved the music.  I loved the marriage relationships.  I loved the focus on God.

Even my husband and oldest son gave it a thumbs-up, and they are strong critics of movies which could be thought of as “B” movies!

Rated PG, approx. 107 minutes.

Visit The Identical official website.

Watch The Identical trailer here:

Check out this special offer from Family Christian —>
Purchasing the DVD from this link comes with The Identity Series DVD.

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Yay–a giveaway!  Enter on the Rafflecopter app to win a copy of “The Identical” DVD.  The giveaway will end Sunday January 18!

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. US and Canada only.

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Review: Strengthening the Heart of a Homemaker


Have you ever found yourself weary as a homemaker?  Find strength and encouragement for your homemaking journey with Kristen Smith’s new ebook Strengthening the Heart of a Homemaker.  It’s a devotional guide which gives you encouragement, guidance, devotions, and printables!

I had the privilege of looking through a copy myself.  It’s really lovely!

The 4×6 printable Scripture verses are my favorite part.  I love the fonts, colors, and graphics.  There are so many different ways to use them–print them out on cardstock or photo paper and put them up in various places in your home, make a set of them by using a ring, put some in frames, etc.

The ebook starts with an encouraging introduction.  Kristen divides the rest of the book in sections of different homemaking topics:

  • General Homemaking
  • Caring for Yourself
  • Health & Wellness
  • Food & Cooking
  • Pregnancy & Babies
  • Motherhood & Parenting
  • Marriage
  • The Homemaker’s Faith
  • Faith for Children
  • Homeschooling
  • Finances
  • Working from Home
  • Special Events

For each of the thirteen areas of homemaking, you’ll find

  • 4 decorative printable Scripture cards
  • 1 printable journal page
  • 1 devotional guide featuring reflections and questions to consider

As homemakers, sometimes we get weary and need a boost of encouragement. This 100+ page resource offers 52 printable Scripture cards, multiple journal pages, and heartfelt devotional guides that offer strength for the homemaker’s heart.

I have 2 suggestions which I’d love for Kristen to work on in an update.  I wish the pages were numbered.  After printing them out a couple of pages got out of order, and it took me a while to figure out where they went.  Also, all Scripture verses are in the King James version.  I prefer to read and memorize the English Standard Version.

The price is only $7.95, so be sure to check it out and see if it will help encourage you in your homemaking walk!

To celebrate the launch of her new ebook, Kristen has an awesome giveaway going on at her blog!  There are 2 prize packages, each worth more than $100!  You’ll find Lilla Rose hairclips, essential oils, Norwex cloths, jewelry, books and ebooks, bath sets, and Tupperware!


(I received a complimentary copy of this ebook in order to write this honest review.)

My “Get Healthy in 2015″ Update #1

I’m really excited!  As you may remember I have decided to get healthy for 2015.  I have already lost 4 pounds and 7 1/2 inches after 8 days of T-Tapp exercise and 5 days of clean eating (Daniel Plan 10-Day Detox diet: no sugar, no gluten, no dairy)!  This was really a challenge for me because I doubt I have ever gone a single day in my life sugar/gluten/ and dairy free.  I love my sweets, bread, and cheese!  But having the great recipes and meal plan in the Daniel Plan 10-Day Detox diet has kept me fully satisfied!

I learned to buy all kinds of new ingredients and prepare many meals that are healthy, fun, and delicious. Even my kids tried some of them, so maybe a transition to a healthier home won’t be as difficult as I originally thought. I also froze some of the meals I made in single servings so if others are eating something I shouldn’t, I can easily eat something that’s good for me.

One funny story was that last Monday I was supposed to chop a jicama into sticks to eat with hummus. I remember fondly that my grandmother used to serve us jicama.  :)  My husband helped me grocery shop last weekend, so when I went to the fridge to get it, realized I didn’t know what the jicama looked like.  There were 3 things I couldn’t identify; I knew one had to be a beet, one a turnip, and the other a jicama.  Google Images to the rescue!

For exercise, I mostly did the T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus Tempo DVD (18 minutes).  Two days I did some random T-Tapp exercises.  And one day I didn’t exercise at all.  Today I’m entering the 60-Day T-Tapp Challenge.  I’m hoping that by having to enter my measurements again in 60 days, it will motivate me to be consistent!

By the way, you can get the Basic Workout Plus DVD and start getting fit and fabulous in 15 minutes!  It’s only $35.95 in January and comes with 3 bonus items: Barefoot Basic Plus DVD (Retail $29.95),Basic Plus Tempo DVD (Retail $29.95), and Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD (Retail $19.95)

The T-Tapp Deep Discount Tuesday special is next week on January 13, so stop back by to see what’s on sale that day.  And be sure to enter to win the T-Tapp Prize Pack of the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, 4 DVDs, and 2 CDs (ends 1/14/15).

I love the Facebook accountability group I’m a part of.  We’re doing a 21-Day Sugar Fast.  So, after 10 days on the Daniel Plan Detox Diet I still have to stay off sugar!  Oh, I miss my husband’s chocolate chip cookies!


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From House to Home {Link Party} #100!

Today is the 100th edition of my weekly link party “From House to Home!” Let’s see if we can get 100 blog posts linked up!

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 (up to 3 and 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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T-Tapp Giveaway: Prize Pack (Book, 4 DVDs, 2 CDs)

T-Tapp Prize Pack (book and DVDs)

I am so excited to offer this awesome T-Tapp giveaway today!  It’s a T-Tapp Prize pack including the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp, 4 DVDs, and 2 CDs.   T-Tapp is an exercise program, and it’s the only one I enjoy doing!  I have been doing various T-Tapp workouts for about 4 years (off and on), and am back to being consistent with it.

What I love about T-Tapp is that it is such a focused type of exercising that “less is more.”  You are not just exercising one muscle at a time, but at least 5 muscles at a time with every exercise–so you get more benefit in less time.  I won’t lie to you– it’s not easy!  The Basic Workout is 15 minutes of hard work.  But I can do it for 15 minutes!

Here is what you get in the Prize Pack:

  • The book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes by Teresa Tapp (explains everything about the T-Tapp technique and why it works so well, gives detailed instructions for the Basic Workout and the Total Workout, and explains the God Made/Man Made way of eating).  The book also includes the coupon in the back to get 30% off your next order at T-Tapp and is signed by Teresa Tapp!
  • The DVD Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes, which comes in the book.  It has 3 special exercises on it such as Hoedowns (to balance blood sugar in 3 minutes) and Organs in Place/ Half Frogs (to get a flatter stomach).
  • The DVD Yes You Can With T-Tapp Instructional Seminar (Teresa gives a live seminar; there are exercises included on it.)
  • CRT Body Brushing with 4 Special Exercises to Target Trim Inches and Reduce Cellulite.  (Body brushing is skin exercise to help tighten your skin as you lose weight)
  • Barefoot Basic+ 30-Minute Clinic Workout (You can learn the Basic Workout using DVD and the book.)
  • Radio Interview CD with Teresa Tapp
  • The Truth About Cellulite CD

Win 4 incredible DVDs!:


If you purchase the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes in January for $16.95, you’ll also get a bonus DVD Healthy Hormones: Brain-Body Fitness Documentary DVD (Retail $24.95):


Or get the Basic Workout Plus DVD and start getting fit and fabulous in 15 minutes!  It’s only $35.95 in January and comes with 3 bonus items: Barefoot Basic Plus DVD (Retail $29.95),
Basic Plus Tempo DVD (Retail $29.95), and Yes You Can with T-Tapp DVD (Retail $19.95)

Enter to win the T-Tapp Prize Pack on the Rafflecopter App below.  Winner must be 18+ years and live in continental U.S.  The winner will be chosen on Wednesday January 14, 2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: All items for the Prize Pack were purchased by myself because I love T-Tapp and want to share it with others!  This post contains affiliate links.)

House Cleaning Made Easy- Free on Kindle Today!


Do you have a New Year’s Resolution to have a cleaner, more organized house? Try this book: House Cleaning Made Easy: How to Clean your House Fast, Easy and Clutter Free !
It’s free on Kindle today.

(If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it on your computer or download an app to read on a different device.)

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Clean Food Diet book– free on Kindle

If you saw my post yesterday, you know that I’m working on getting healthier this year.  I know that food is one of my biggest hurdles.  I really don’t want to change the way I eat.  And I really don’t like cooking or being in the kitchen.  So, I need all the help I can get.  So, I was really happy to find this book- Clean Food Diet: Avoid processed foods and eat clean with few simple lifestyle changes -FREE on Kindle today!  (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still read it on your computer or with an app on another device.)  Let’s get healthy!

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2015 Word of the Year: HEALTH!

2015 Health

I don’t know about you, but I have decided that I am tired of the symptoms I’m experiencing that maybe by eating better and exercising more consistently I might be able to do something about!  So, here is my Word of the Year for 2015: Health!

Here are the symptoms I’m hoping getting healthy will eliminate: low energy/fatigue, brain fog/poor memory/poor concentration, joint pain (arthitis), poor sleep (trouble falling asleep and staying asleep), hormonal spikes leading to irritablilty twice a month, and headaches.

I’ve been reading The Daniel Plan and there are 5 areas which need to be addressed in order to live a more healthy life: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.  I have some goals for each of these areas and will be working on them in 2015.  (I’ll be sharing a full review of the book in the coming weeks!)

Faith:  I’ve starting reading the book of Isaiah from the Bible, and am looking forward to studying it this year.  I’ve gotten some great recommendations for study guides and commentaries, so I’ll share those in another post!

Food:  I think I’ll start with the 10-Day Detox diet that is laid out in The Daniel Plan.  I don’t know how I can possibly live without sugar, gluten, or dairy.  But I need to see if one or more of those is contributing to these terrible symptoms I’m feeling.

Fitness:  I’m starting the T-Tapp 60-Day Challenge on January 10, so I’ll be working on losing those last 15-20 pounds that I’m tired of carrying around.  T-Tapp is my go-to workout because it can be done at home with DVDs, doesn’t require any equipment, is a whole-body workout, is quick (all the workouts I do are 30 minutes or less), and really works–if I’m consistent!  I’m hosting a giveaway of the T-Tapp book Fit and Fabulous in Fifteen Minutes in a day or so, so stop back by the blog (or follow me by email so you don’t miss it–see sidebar for a way to sign up.)

Focus: Ways to control stress– breathing, prayer, and meditation (I’m doing a Praying Through the Scriptures challenge with  Using a gratefulness journal (from

Friends:  Connecting with others who are also deciding to get healthy this year.  Most of this will be online, especially with a new Facebook group I’m a part of.  I’m thinking of getting a FitBit as well, so I can have challenges and encouragement with friends through it!

Please leave a comment with your “Word,” resolutions, or goals for the new year!

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New Magazine for Teen Girls: Dear Magazine!

Have you checked out this new magazine for young ladies called Dear Magazine?  It looks great, and it’s on sale for 25% off today (discount shows in the shopping cart).


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From House to Home {Link Party} #99

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 (up to 3 and 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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