Christmas Pictures 2014!

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Enjoy some pictures from our Christmas this year: Sledding down the hill: Mumsy in the kitchen: Poppy reading: Playing pool: The Tree! Working puzzles (and my music is on the piano): Performing at Christmas Eve service: Opening presents:    All the cousins! The lovely yard display my husband made years ago:

Merry Christmas 2014!

May the wonder of Christmas be yours this season! May you know the Peace and Joy that only comes through our Lord Jesus Christ! Have a very Merry Christmas from the Mayo Family! (Photo Credit: Kenneth Smith Photography 847-845-5549)  

Review/ Giveaway: Christmas Art Lesson DVD from See the Light

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know how much we LOVE the See the Light art instruction DVDs here at our home. We don’t have professional art instruction outside the home, so this is how I help my kids grow in their art skills. And, it’s fun! So, this week we started their Christmas DVD. It’s called The Gift of Love. There are 3 art projects on it, and we have only done the first so {Read More}

10 Gifts to Buy for the Men in Your Life

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Men and older boys can be difficult to buy gifts for, huh?  I’ve been brainstorming some ideas for Christmas presents for these guys (and asking some friends for their ideas). Here are a few gifts that you might be able to get for those wonderful men and older boys in your life! Gifts for Men: 1. Phone and Tablet Cases 2. Season Tickets (or just one ticket!) to a sport or musical activity they enjoy 3. An Experience they can {Read More}

Review/ Giveaway “Buck Denver: Why Do We Call it Christmas?” DVD

Today we have a Review and Giveaway of the DVD “Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?” If you have kids ages 4-10, they’ll love it!  Mine did. “Buck Denver asks Why Do We Call it Christmas?” is from the VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer.  He even appears in the video talking to the kids and narrating some about the story.  But most of the movie is done with puppets and animation. There are many episodes of Buck Denver; {Read More}

Review: “The Legend of St. Nicholas”

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Today’s review is of a Christmas book you might want to get this Christmas: The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Story of Christmas Giving by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey. In this modern-day story, Nick is a young boy who is going Christmas shopping with his dad.  He’s not real excited about getting something for others; in fact he’s hoping there is money left over so he can get something for himself.  As he is wandering around the {Read More}

Review: If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson

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Are you looking for a new Christmas book to read to your kids this year?  I’ve found one for you!  Today I am reviewing If He Had Not Come by David Nicholson. This story is best for ages 6 and up and is a beautiful physical hardback book in full color. David Nicholson has reintroduced the story which is a classic Christmas story by Nan F. Weeks.  It is illustrated by Charles Jaskiewicz. I really enjoyed reading If He Had Not Come.  My {Read More}

New Product Giveaway: SQUILT Christmas Carols (and a Sale!)

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I’m so happy to introduce the newest SQUILT volume today!  SQUILT Christmas Carols by Mary Prather is being released today!  (And there’s a giveaway of it–read to the end of the post!) SQUILT stands for Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time and is a method for EASY teaching of music appreciation for your kids!  It’s perfect for homeschoolers or any kids and for all ages! All SQUILT volumes (including the new Christmas Carol volume) will be discounted 25% using the code {Read More}

$1650 Christmas Cash Giveaway

  Thanks to some amazing bloggers we were able to come collectively together with a  CASH PRIZE of $1650.   Yes, you read it correctly, $1650!    What could you do with a little extra cash  this holiday season?  Let’s see, if I could win. . .  I would book a little Christmas trip for husband and me!  I’d love to know what you would spend the $$ on.  Presents? Clothes?  A special Christmastime surprise! Please leave a comment below! {Read More}

Review of 3 New Veggie Tales Books

We have 3 great new Veggie Tales books in our home that I’d like to share with you today. First is Yuletide Ice Cube Fair by Karen Poth.  The Veggie Tales characters are all getting ready for Christmas!  They ice skate and then hear the bell calling them over to the annual ice cube carving contest.  Everyone works hard creating their incredible carvings to display what Christmas means to them.  The finalists are a shopping mall, angels singing, the peas {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Christmas Pictures

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    It’s time for our From House to Home Link Party:   From House to Home! 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! The code can be found at the top of the Link Party page. (If you don’t link back somewhere on your {Read More}

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Mayo’s! Remember the Savior as you celebrate today! I’ve heard about this baby boy Who’s come to earth to bring us joy And I just want to sing this song to you It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift With every breath I’m singing Hallelujah Hallelujah A couple came to Bethlehem Expecting child, they searched the inn To find a place for You were coming soon There was no {Read More}

Free Christmas Resources from Friends and Heroes

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  I’ll be doing a review of Friends and Heroes in January. But, in the meantime, Friends and Heroes have some great FREE Christmas resources that might interest you: 1.  A Christmas music video which can be viewed or even downloaded for free. 2.  A free online Advent Calendar. Each day includes a Bible reading plus a goodie like a puzzle, coloring sheet, music video or Bible story video. Each day is designed to be a fun way to turn {Read More}

J is for Jotham’s Journey

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I’m blessed to have joined a group of amazing bloggers for the series “The ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays” over at Upside Down Homeschooling.   . I have written a post about using the book Jotham’s Journey for some wonderful family time during December.  Head over there to read what we do! –Gena

Review of “Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families”

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  I’m really excited about the resource I’m reviewing today: Celebrate Jesus: An Advent Journey For Families by Amy Blevins. It’s an Advent Guide chock full of all kinds of wonderful ideas–and it’s only $4.99! Here are some examples of ideas I got from it that I’m going to try this year: Listening to a great version of A Christmas Carol on CD, wrapping up our Christmas books and opening one each day, using advent candles, listening to wonderful music–songs I haven’t {Read More}

Review/Giveaway of “The Story of Christmas” board book

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We have received another precious book from Tommy Mommy, The Story of Christmas.  It’s a small padded board book and tells the story of Christmas through rhyme and with adorable illustrations.  My daughter (in the picture) had fun reading it to herself! The Story of Christmas *ages 0-3 *Shows children the true meaning of Christmas *Durable padded board book with a small trim size and carry-me handle, perfect for little hands! See a Flipbook here!   Enter a giveaway to win this {Read More}

Collage Friday–Christmas 2012

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  Well, I’m back from “vacation” and ready to start my regular work again:  homeschooling and blogging.   The other work didn’t take a rest.   We had a wonderful Christmas this year–thankfully everyone was well from the flu and colds by the 21st. The kids enjoyed some great presents.  Several received roller blades (which they even use in the winter by roller blading in the garage!). One son received an iPod, which will double as a birthday present.  And {Read More}

Funny Friday- Twelve Days of Christmas

Click through if you don’t see today’s Funny Friday from YouTube.

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Some more pictures from Christmas!   Here’s a cute idea when the kids need something to do:  On day one of “Snow Days” Vistaprint features Magnets! Order one with lots of blank space for drawing. When you need an activity, stick it to the fridge and let your kids draw their own artwork with dry erase markers!  Kids can draw their own colorful artwork for display in your kitchen. Today they are 50% Off, with FREE Shipping! That’s $4.99 for {Read More}

Merry Christmas from the Mayo’s

Our Christmas letter, written by my husband. Dear Friends and Family,                                                                        Christmas 2011 Among the outlands of the Big City there lives a family of the King.  Highborn nay, for they were of lesser-than-royalty means.  Unto Him, though, they were born again, not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. They testify to the true light that had come into the world, the one that gives light to every man.  Adventus  – Ecce {Read More}