From House to Home {Link Party} #107

 

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: “In Freedom’s Cause: The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce” Audio Theater

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I am so glad that I was able to review the second audio theater CD-set of the series “The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty.”  This time the story is “In Freedom’s Cause: The Real Story of Wallace and Bruce” by Heirloom Audio Productions and teaches about the exciting lives of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, who worked to bring freedom to Scotland.  It is adapted from the book In Freedom’s Cause by G.A. Henty (which was written in 1885).

This is a physical CD set with other digital downloaded components.  I received the In Freedom’s Cause Single Package which includes the 2-CD set in a nice case with a booklet explaining about Heirloom Audio Productions and giving the link to the study guide.  Inside the case is printed “The Prayer of William Wallace” (from the sacred song for King David, Psalm 23).

Also a part of the Single Package are links to some digital downloads: In Freedom’s Cause Study Guide (pdf file), In Freedom’s Cause Soundtrack (MP3 download), and Printable copy of The Prayer Of William Wallace (digital download).

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We listened to the CDs in our car, and it played really well there.  The story is 2 1/2 hours long.  They recommend it for ages 6-adult.  I will say that you might want to listen to it yourself to see if you think it would be ok for your younger kids.  There is quite a bit of fighting and violence in the story.

I found the story fascinating.  I really haven’t studied William Wallace or Robert the Bruce very much.  It’s so easy to listen to since it’s told as a story using 2 main characters Ned and Gerald (who were also in the first story we listened to.)  These boys go through the events and battles so we see first-hand what is happening in Scotland.  You really feel the time period, the oppression, and the drive of the people toward freedom.

One of my favorite parts was the focus on the Psalter.  Wallace and Ned’s mother speak about how wonderful reading the Psalms are.  It’s important to know and follow God’s Word.

Watch a trailer of “In Freedom’s Cause” here:

The quality is top-notch!  The soundtrack (which we also listened to separately through MP3 downloaded on our computer) is really nice–excellent instrumentation and adds to the excitement of the story.  The actors are professionals.  You’ll hear Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey, Billy Boyd from Lord of the Rings, Skandar Keynes from Chronicles of Narnia, and James Cosmo from Braveheart.

One thing that homeschoolers will really like is that you get access to a study guide along with your CD-set!  It’s 49 pages long and nicely graphically-designed including some color photographs and pictures.  There are Listening Well questions, Thinking Further questions (including some history links and study on geography), and Defining Words for each of the 37 tracks of the story (you could use these for vocabulary building or spelling words).  It starts with short biographies of G.A. Henty, Sir William Wallace, and Robert the Bruce.  After the questions and definitions, there are “Some Notes on the History of Scotland”, 3 Bible Studies, and a bibliography for further study.

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You can read my review of the first Heirloom Audio Production CD set “Under Drake’s Flag” here.

With Lee in Virginia

The next story coming out will be “With Lee in Virginia” (a story about the American Civil War). We started trying to read this particular  Henty book and couldn’t get very far because the reading level is difficult. I know we will love it in the audio theater version!  Help them out by following these new pages:   Facebook , Google+Twitter

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Giveaway: LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray

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Welcome to the LEGO Justice League Vs Bizarro League Blu-ray Giveaway!

Lego fans wait no more! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards.

Input your name into the LEGO Bizarro Name Generator below to reveal your Bizarro alter-ego.

Then enter on the Rafflecopter to win a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack + with Batzarro LEGO minifigure of LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League.

About LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.

 

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Family Update: Drama, Speech and Debate

It’s pretty obvious by how we spend our time and money that we feel that being a good public speaker is important in our family.  Our kids have just spent 3 jam-packed weeks doing drama, as well as a speech and debate tournament.  Enjoy the pictures!

“Hairspray” presented by Spotlight Youth Theater.  We had 2 kids involved in this musical, which played for 9 performances.  My oldest son B and oldest daughter M performed in it. My 2nd son J worked backstage, and I worked in costumes.

Here is a promo video about it.  B is at the very beginning and M at the very end.

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At the strike party, the directors give out awards, and B received the “Outstanding Actor” award!

Along with doing musicals, six of our kids are in Spotlight’s drama, dance, and singing classes. I had the wonderful privilege to suddenly take over the auditioned singing class, which is focusing on a cappella music for two sessions. There are 4 boys and 7 girls in the class, and they are so talented.  They performed 2 songs by Pentatonix and an arrangement of “You Are My Sunshine” that they made up themselves.

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Here is my 6 yo daughter’s class.  One of the moms made these cute skirts.

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My oldest son is one of two boys in the advanced dance class called Project Dance.  It has really stretched his dancing abilities!

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J was in a class where they learned how to act for film.  The movie premiered at our showcase, and the kids dressed up for the occasion.  (I think I’ll have a link to the movie online sometime soon, so I’ll share that!)

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My older boys did public policy debate for the first time ever this past weekend.  They have been working on the resolution for a month.  It was a great learning experience for them!  I can see them only improving in it in the coming years.  The resolution they debated was: “Resolved, that travel restrictions have little impact on the spread of serious communicable diseases.”

 

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My oldest daughter is now in the advanced level of ICC (Institute for Cultural Communicators), our speech organization.  Here she is doing her first speech, “Hello, My Name is. . .”  She was able to do this speech at our Tournament this past weekend, along with limited prep (receiving a topic and having a minute to think about it before presenting it), and a literary interpretation of the poem “The Minstrels” by William Wordsworth.

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Along with debate, my sons participated in the speech part of the tournament as well.  B did a speech called “The History of Musical Theater” which he wrote, a duo interpretation of Tadd and Todd by Dr. Seuss with a friend of his, and radio broadcasting (an impromptu competition).  J did a speech called “My Favorite Bible Verse: John 3:16″ which he wrote, a literary interpretation of the book The Remarkable Farkle McBride by John Lithgow, and radio broadcasting.  B qualified for the national tournament in his Duo and Radio Broadcasting, so we’ll be heading out to Virginia in June!

 

From House to Home {Link Party} #106

 

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: Total Workout only $40!

This is an awesome sale today–and today only (Tuesday 2/17/15)!  You can get the T-Tapp Total Workout for only $40 (retails for $79.95), with free shipping, even internationally!
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Giveaway: Margaux and May Organic Swaddle Blankets (8 winners!)

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Welcome to the Margaux and May organic swaddle blanket giveaway!

Organic muslin blanket 3 copyMargaux and May, is a baby product company who is steering away from the cliché baby animals, blues and pinks you generally see when you think “newborn”. Instead, they are putting Mom first, with more “grown up” designs leaning towards style and sophistication. And, you can see that, with the bold print on the twin-set of the organic swaddle blankets we are giving away to our readers.

These blankets are incredibly soft and generously sized at 120cm x 120 cm/47″ x 47″, which are certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as being made from 100% organic cotton. Not to mention, they are hand-woven by experienced artisans; with a practice dating back to the Bangladesh of Medieval Times.

The swaddles are also vegan, meaning no animal products are used in the making of these blankets.Organic muslin blanket 7

Likewise, Margaux and May, have our seal of approval on the natural and recycled packaging they use to deliver these luxurious blankets to the world in.

And, we know you also want to try them out for yourself!

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We are giving away, to 8 lucky readers, an organic twin swaddle set retailed at $29.99 each. Perfect for the arrival of a beautiful bambino, or as a gift to a friend or family member.

This giveaway starts at 6PM EST on Sunday February the 15th, and ends at 6PM on Wednesday the 25th of February at 6PM EST. It is open to the USA and Canada only.

However, if outside of these countries you can still purchase 100% Organic Muslin Swaddle Blankets from Amazon. Confidently, Margaux and May, offer a no questions asked money back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with the product you will receive a full refund.

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From House to Home {Link Party} #105

 

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 “Duck Commander Devotions for Kids”

Duck Commander Devotions for Kids Review

I have a great book to review and give away today:  Duck Commander Devotions for Kids by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard, illustrated by Holli Conger and published by Tommy Nelson.

I’ve been reading a devotion a day to my kids (ages 4-9)  for the past few weeks.  We’re really enjoying this book!  Each of the 104 devotions is on two pages.  You’ll find a little story (often relating to someone from the Duck Dynasty crowd and usually funny) that helps to explain about the lesson from Scripture to be taught that day.  Then there is a short prayer to pray and a “Duck Commander in Action” which gives an action step or application to put the lesson into practice.

Now, we have never watched the show, only seeing a few snippets here and there.  But the Robertsons are still famous, and we were able to learn about them through this book.  They’re funny and God-honoring.

I love the lessons taught and the practical “Duck Commander in Action” applications.  The illustrations are really fun, too!

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Here is an example: One devotion is titled “The Bible, Our Powerful Sword.”  The Scripture is from Hebrews 4:12 “God’s word is alive and working. It is sharper than a sword sharpened on both sides.”  The lesson tells about Uncle Si who had a cup with him when he was fighting in a war in another country.  The cup reminded him of home.  He kept it close to him.  But the Bible is even more important and we need to keep it close to us always so we can use it as our weapon against Satan.  The action step is to say Psalm 18:1 “I love you, Lord. You are my strength” out loud 10 times and then to make a sword out of paper and write the verse on it.

Duck Commander Devotions for Kids is hard-back, 224 pages, with a blue ribbon bookmark.  See inside the book here.  It’s for ages 4-8.

Here is a Promo Video about it!

 

Now, Enter on the Rafflecopter app below to win a copy of Duck Commander Devotions for Kids! The winner will be chosen in February 18 and will have 24 hours to respond to my email.

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(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tommy Nelson in order to write this honest review.)

Book Review: “The Daniel Plan” by Warren, Amen, and Hyman

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I just finished reading The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Warren, Amen, and Hyman.  I can tell you that there haven’t been too many books I’ve read that have actually changed my life, but this one did!

I was intrigued by it because someone close to me had recommended it when she was going through cancer treatment.  I saw how she changed her eating habits and was inspired by it. But I couldn’t seem to get to the point where I could make those changes myself.

So I started reading The Daniel Plan.  I learned that it isn’t using willpower to change how you eat, but there are 5 parts to the plan.

In order to get healthy, you need to change and grow in 5 essential areas: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.

  1. Faith– Growing in your spiritual life is the most important component.  If we understand that it is God who created our bodies and created us for a purpose, we are much more likely to focus on making the changes He wants us to make.
  2. Food– I learned so much about food in this chapter, what are the best foods to eat, what I shouldn’t eat, and why.
  3. Fitness– Not only do you learn why fitness is important and how it helps your body, you learn all kinds of ways to add fitness into your daily activities.  There are even lots of exercises with pictures to help you to do them at home.
  4. Focus– It is our brain that is often the saboteur to our getting healthy.  We need to recognize the destructive thoughts and take them captive in order to get our brains to help and not hurt us.
  5. Friends– If we have an accountability group, we are far more likely to be successful in these life-changing habits of getting healthy.

 

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Where God guides, he provides.  What he calls you to do, he equips you to do.  He doesn’t need your strength and willpower, but he does need your commitment.”

“God designed us to experience joy. In fact, we crave it and search for it. Unfortunately, when stress builds up, joy escapes us, and we wind up overeating, overworking, overstressing, overdoing, and even over-sitting.”

“Even the setbacks on your journey can help you move forward. If you pay attention and track your progress, a bad day gives you good data.”

The Daniel Plan gives a very well laid-out plan for a 10-Day Detox.  It includes a shopping list, a daily menu of 3 meals and 2 snacks for 10 days, and recipes for each meal and snack.  I decided there was no reason not to do it.  At the end of the detox, here is what happened: I learned that I really could go without sugar, gluten, dairy, or any additives/preservatives for 10 days!  The food was fun and filling, so I wasn’t missing anything. I lost about five pounds.  I learned that I don’t have a problem with gluten or dairy.  I learned that you really do stop craving sugar if you stop eating i! I learned that there is sugar in all kinds of things I didn’t expect when I started reading labels–like the chicken at Chick-Fil-A, salad dressings, ketchup, etc.  And I learned how to buy and cook all kinds of new foods and recipes!

I connected with a Facebook group where we encourage each other in our new focus on a healthy lifestyle.  This helped me make it through 21 days of a no-sugar challenge!  And now we’re doing 21 days of regular exercising.

The last part of the The Daniel Plan book gives you a plan for 40 days to make the healthy lifestyle a habit.  They have a specific exercise plan and food plan to follow.  I have been lax about the food for the last couple of weeks (although I have still been exercising), so I need to do this 40 day plan and get the habits fully set!

 

I love the recipes in The Daniel Plan, and I also purchased The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life, which is only $4.99 on Kindle version right now!

(Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book.  Just read it on your computer or download an app to read on any e-reader, smartphone, iPad, etc.)

I’ve now lost 10 pounds and am so happy with my new healthier lifestyle!

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of The Daniel Plan from BookLook Bloggers in order to write this honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)

“23 Blast” DVD Giveaway

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 Welcome to another movie giveaway today.  Have you heard about 23 Blast?  It’s based on a true story.
As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach, and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.  Rated PG-13 / 1h 42m
My Review:
This was another great family movie!  I will say first, though, that some of the themes are a bit intense, so it’s best for older kids.  There was no bad language, but the PG-13 rating is for teen drinking.
It was a very inspirational movie.  I love how people overcome the difficulties that they are faced with.  Travis had a sudden infection (menangitis) that caused blindness, and even though he went through the typical depression, he overcame his trial.  I loved the therapist character who pushed him to deal with his blindness and got him back to school and to take care of himeself.  I loved the coach who took a chance and allowed him to play football again.  I loved the “love” story, and the way Travis encouraged his best friend to do better than he was.  And, I loved that the real Travis was in the movie, too!  You’ll have to watch until the end to see who he is!
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Giveaways are only valid in US & Canada.
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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
 

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From House to Home {Link Party} #104

 

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.)

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Series: Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade (Post # 2)- Choosing the Coursework

Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade- Choosing the Coursework

Welcome back to my series on Preparing to Homeschool 9th Grade. (See my first post on using a How-To book here.) One of the most important decisions in homeschooling high school is to make sure you are taking the “required” courses.  Of course, with homeschooling, you as the parent can make the decision on what some or most of those required courses are.  However, you need to look into 1) What your state requirements are for a high school diploma and 2) What colleges are looking for if your child plans to go.

What I decided to do was to figure out what classes the 3 schools in my area required for their top high school diploma.  The schools were our local public high school, small Christian school, and large college-prep Catholic school.  I also found this article from  7 Sisters Homeschool to be quite helpful.

I firmly believe that not all kids need to go to college–it really depends on their career plans.  Other great options include apprenticeships, trade school, or the military. So, we will do a lot of praying and talking and exploring to see what high school classes are best for each of my children.  However, I also feel that all of my kids should get a “college-prep” education in high school just in case they do decide to go to college. Plans can certainly change in the future!

So, here is our plan.  Because of my oldest son’s interest in music and theater, it won’t be difficult at all for him to get enough electives.  It’s some of the extra classes I’d like for him to take that will be a little difficult to fit in.

8th grade year (high school credits):

1 Concert Band

1 20th Century Literature

1 20th Century American and World History/Geography

1/2 Dance

1/2 Worldview/Apologetics (summer)

1/2 Bible Study (summer)

9th grade year:

1 Ancient Literature

1 Ancient History/Geography

1 Creative Writing (The One-Year Adventure Novel)

1 German I

1 Algebra I

1 Biology

1 P.E.

1/2 Speech and Debate

1 Theater Arts

1/2 Violin

1/2 Worldview/Apologetics (summer)

1/2 Bible Study (summer)

10th Grade year:

1 Middle Ages Literature

1 Middle Ages History/Geography

1 English composition and research paper

1 German II

1 Geometry

1 Chemistry

1 Theater Arts

1/2 Violin

1/2 Health

1/2 Speech and Debate

1/2 Worldview/Apologetics (summer)

1/2 Bible Study (summer)

1/2 Career Exploration (summer)

11th Grade Year: (some classes at community college this year)

1 Physics

1 Algebra II

1 Government and Economics

1 Consumer Math

1/2 Logic

1/2 Business (or computers)

 

The schools and states also require community service or ministry hours, so we’ll keep track of those as well.  (Join me next week when I’ll share HOW we’ll keep track of everything that will eventually be put on his transcript.)

Do you homeschool a high-schooler?  Or have you graduated one?  What advice do you have for those of us just starting?  Please leave a comment!

Find a lot of high school curriculum and help at 7 Sisters Homeschool:

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SQUILT Volume 4 is Now Available!

SQUILT Volume 4 Sale

I’m so excited that SQUILT Volume 4: Modern Era is now available.  That means that the whole set is ready!  Each ebook has 10 lessons focusing on a different musical period.

You might want to check out my other reviews to read about Volume 1 Baroque, Volume 2 Classical,  Volume 3 Romantic, and Christmas Carols.  These are great for introducing your children to composers and music of those musical time periods!  And there is special bundle pricing to get the whole set!

For the modern era, you will learn about these composers:  Scott Joplin, Maurice Ravel, Bela Bartok, Igor Stravinsky, George Gerswhin, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, John Williams, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Each lesson contains information about one of their best-loved pieces, along with several links to Youtube to listen to it. Some of them have some really fun versions, too, like Sesame Street or a flash mob.  You will also have a composer notebooking page and links to learn more about the composer.

I love how all the printables and YouTube links are included!

SQUILT Vol. 4 Contents

As you may remember, I’ve been teaching 20th Century music history/appreciation at my childrens’ homeschool co-op this year.  Consequently, I have spent innumerable hours researching and choosing the best composers, styles, and pieces to share with the kids.  I am really happy with all that Mary chose to put in SQUILT.  I have included the same ones in my lesson plans as well.  I just wish she had had this book ready last summer!  :)

Here are a few ways you can use SQUILT with your family:

  • Do one lesson a week for 10 weeks.  You can go through the whole of music history (volumes 1-4) in 40 weeks!  Get the whole set (40 lessons) for $45!
  • Do one volume for a whole semester.  You would do about 1 lesson every 2 weeks.
  • Concentrate on one lesson for a whole month.  Listen to the piece often.  This is the Charlotte Mason way of composer study.  :)

I encourage you to take advantage of the sale this week and get SQUILT Volume 4: Modern Era for only $9.99 (regular price is $12) or get the whole 4-volume set for $45!

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(Disclosure: I received a copy of SQUILT Volume 4: Modern Era in order to write an honest review. I am also an affiliate of SQUILT and this post contains affiliate links.)

See the Light’s “God’s Surprise” Art Set Giveaway!

Guess what? See the Light’s most popular set: God’s Special Surprise is on sale for the month of February.

Have the life of Moses come alive for your family!

We are looking for a winner for the best selling Art DVD, God's Special Surprise!

 

GOD’S Special Surprise DELUXE GIFT SET is on special during the month of February!

Families will thrill to the love and faith required of a mother desperate to save her baby boy from certain death. Children and adults will admire the bravery of a sister who dared to speak-up to a powerful princess. It’s the dramatic story of baby Moses, God’s Special Surprise to the Israelites, brought to life through art and sound. This story builds the faith of children and encourages obedience to the Word of God.

Included:

  • DVD w/ 285 minutes of content
  • black light
  • fluorescent pencils
  • fluorescent chalk

The regular price: $29.99.

During the month of February you can purchase God’s Special Surprise $25.00 + FREE SHIPPING in the USA.

Coupon Code to use: STL

See the Light wants (1) family to have their very own God’s Special Surprise Deluxe Gift Set. We will be picking a random winner on February 9th at 12a. All entries will be verified.

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to the owner of this Facebook page and not to Facebook.

 

(Disclosure: I am an affiliate of See the Light, and this post contains affiliate links.

The Daniel Plan Cookbook only $4.99 on Kindle!

The Daniel Plan Cookbook: Healthy Eating for Life is only $4.99 on Kindle version right now!  I checked this beautiful book out of the library last summer and was waiting for a sale to purchase it.  It includes over 100 recipes with beautiful photos.  Eat healthy and eat well!

(Remember, you don’t need a Kindle to read a Kindle book.  Just read it on your computer or download an app to read on any e-reader, smartphone, iPad, etc.)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Giveaway: Subscription to “Dear Magazine”

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Oh, I’m so excited about this giveaway of a Dear Magazine subscription today!

Do you have a daughter or granddaughter (or niece or friend!) who is aged 13-21? Then this magazine is for her! It comes to you from one of my favorite companies Home Educating Family (HEDUA). I have used their Well Planned Day planners and calendars for years, as well as enjoying their homeschool magazine Home Educating Family. Now, I’m excited to have a magazine just for my daughters!

Here’s a little about the magazine:

Every young woman is dear. But not every young woman realizes this truth. Jenny Keliher has a passion to encourage young women to discover that they are dear. She wants to “show young women that they are dear in every sense of the word and in every area of their lives.”

So, who is Jenny? Daughter of Well Planned Gal Rebecca Keliher, Jenny is a young woman who has been taught to chase her passions and use her talents to God’s glory.

In an effort to reach teenagers world-wide with the message that they are dear to God, Jenny has created Dear Magazine. This beautiful product combines Jenny’s heart for the Lord with her love for literature, baking, and design.

Designed for young women ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-one, Dear covers everything from faith to fashion, from relationships to entertainment. But nothing about these topics fits the societal norm. Instead, each article reminds young women that everything they do should reflect the dear woman God has created them to be.

In each issue of Dear, young women will find much to challenge them and spark their interest, such as:
– the biography of a historical hero, beginning with Amy Carmichael
– women’s awareness topics
– do-it-yourself sections
– recipes
– fashion tips
– spiritual growth encouragement
– encouragement and advice for growing in maturity
– discussions on relationships with friends and family
– entertainment suggestions

 

See a Preview of Dear Magazine here:

Before you enter the giveaway below, I have 3 things for you to do:

  1. Go pick up a FREEBIE!  Planning Software, an issue of Family Magazine, and High School Helps ebook!
  2. See if you could use a 2014-2015 planner or calendar–they’re on clearance right now, 50% off!  I just ordered a 4-year High School planner for my son since we realized he is doing a few classes this year that are high school level!

             3. Pre-order next year’s planners since they are 20% off only until March 31!

 

 

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(Disclosure: I am an affiliate of HEDUA and this post contains affiliate links.)

Coupon Code for Graham Blanchard Toddler and Preschooler Books

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Here is a custom discount code at grahamblanchard.com just for I Choose Joy! readers:  ICJ15 to get 15% off!

 

I especially want to highlight the “Knowing My God Series Starter Set.”

I was just reading Jesus Saves Me to my 2-year-old again recently.  It’s a great book that teaches the truth that the Lord is our Shepherd, using photographs of sheep that my daughter loves!

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The special coupon code listed above  gives a 15% discount off of ALL the Graham Blanchard products, through April 30!  So, give them a look and see if there are some that would work for your family.

There are lots of free resources on the Graham Blanchard website as well!

If you’d you’d like to read my Graham Blanchard reviews see here.

(Disclosure:  I have received Blanchard books in the past in order to write honest reviews.)

Grapevine Studies (Bible Studies) 50% off Sale!

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This is such an awesome sale–get yourself a Grapevine Study today!

I’ve been using this wonderful Bible studies with my kids for a couple of years now and this is definitely the best time to buy!  The sale only lasts until Feb 3.

My kids (ages 4-11) definitely love the traceable versions from Grapevine Studies the best.  We’ve been working through the Old Testament and are up to Moses and the Exodus now.  See some pictures of their drawings (they draw while I read from the Scripture and discuss the lesson).

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50% Off!

All Grapevine Studies Student books and ebooks.

Sale ends Feb. 3, 2015

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Beginner – Ages 5-7

PreK- Kindergarten
Introduces students to the major characters and events of the Bible.

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Level 1 – Ages 6-8

Grades 1 and 2

Introduces the timeline and gives students extra room to draw.

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Level 2 – Ages 8-10

Grades 3 and 4

Students memorize additional Bible facts with each lesson.

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Level 3 – Ages 10-12

Grades 5 and 6

Introduces basic Bible geography.

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Level 4 – Ages 12 -14

Grades 7 and 8

Students learn to use Bible study tools: Dictionary, topical Bible, and Concordance.

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Topical Studies

Ages 7 and up

Students study individual characters or events from the Bible.

Here’s a new product to look into:

2015 Biblical Calendar

Drawing from biblical references, Christian tradition, and Jewish history we have created a calendar that contains the dates of important events from the Bible. Combining the Gregorian calendar and the biblical months you will see events referenced in Scripture like never before!

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(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.)

From House to Home {Link Party} #103

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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