How Often ….

 

How often do we sit and look at other posts on social media and maybe get down on ourselves? Just a bit? It’s so important for us to remember that we only see what others allow us to see. …How many of us are going to post photos of our messy homes or failed meals? Children in a tantrum?

 

 

We post what we want to share….But there is so much we never see..Before we compare ourselves and beat ourselves up over all those things others seem to do, those skills and talents others share…remember those things that they do, and that there are many things they do not do as well

 

 

 

 

 

For example, I do not:

Meal Plan
Decorate my home in lovely ways
Keep an immaculately or well organized home
Wake early in the morning
Work out at a gym
Eat as natural as I should
Keep a schedule
Volunteer
Have quiet time (ever!)
Go on fancy family vacations
Have home birth
Keep my car clean
Play with my kids
Do arts and crafts
Sew or Knit
Keep my mouth shut
Show patience and an even temper ūüėõ
Speak softly
Have a lovely garden

 

 

This list could go on and on but I think you get the idea. I actually got this idea from another wise lady!

 

 

We look inward so we know what to look to Christ for.

 

 

Can we begin to focus on what we actually do?

 

Keeping our eyes and our focus on Him and the Kingdom of God?

 

 

So many things we do may seem small and insignificant but are very powerful!

 

 

 

Never Not Ahead

We just returned from an amazing little vacation that my husband blessed our family with. We came home just in time.

 

I have a terrible toothache. Have I mentioned ever the anxiety and stress that dentists cause me? Out of nowhere, this constant throbbing on the side of my face; just one tooth causing so much trouble.

I remember that this could have happened while we were away; I kind of am thankful that all of this pain comes now that we are home.

 

Yet it reminds me that there always seems to be something…..repairs to do on the house; a bathroom that desperately needs renovation …. but there is always something. A kiddo needing glasses or braces… Seems no matter how we try we are never quite able to catch up.

 

 

I stopped being interested in getting ahead a long time ago; today it is just my hope that one day we can catch up. We can get that updated bathroom. We can fix the flooring. We can get what was once a kitchen, to look like something with purpose.

 

 

I love our little house. I love seeing it change and grow. I love being home with our children.  Sometimes though РI get stuck. I focus on those things that really do need to get done, and are seemingly impossible to get done. It seems to never end. We have a lovely new kitchen! Designed and built ~ We have to start somewhere right?

 

I am reminded of how on our own we really are though when I have any aches or pains…what about the kids? Have to bring them. Without close family or friends, where I go they go .. ¬†I try not to go far, very often. Yet I remind myself often, it is this closeness, this needing one of another, that brings us closer. We have to rely on one another. And Jesus of course.

 

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I am praying this morning. Asking Jesus to do something for me. At the same time, asking Him what more I can do for Him. I hate asking anyone for anything. It’s the thorn in my flesh maybe. Yet even so, I go before Him, I ask Him, to heal this awful pain. To take it away; to make this tooth new. If nothing else that it may glorify Him. I know He can; I trust that He will.

 

 

 

For now its coconut oil, sea salt gargling…Waiting. Patiently waiting. Enduring. Letting my children take the day to learn about their own things. Because this day. ¬†I need a break. I need that break that I just cannot get. Not yet. But I know too that all things work together for His chosen ones and so I am so grateful that I am His.

 

 

 

Internship for High School with Apologia! {A Review}

My son is only 11 but he already has quite a few ideas about what he would like to be when “he grows up”. I remember when I was young, volunteering in a variety of organizations; this was such a blessing in helping to guide my steps. Because he is already thinking about his future, I was more than happy to have the chance to review¬†Internship for High School Credit¬†by Sherri Seligson,¬†from¬†Apologia Educational Ministries.

 

 

Apologia Educational Ministries

 

 

Apologia is one of a handful of companies that my kids and I just love. We have a number of their products and every single one of them is a winner. Again and again. The variety of subjects covered by their various materials is amazing; the fact that they all teach to a variety of learning styles is a blessing! And the way they weave the Word of God into all of this…I love it! My family loves it too! ‚̧

 

 

Internship for High School Credit

 

This is only about 100 pages but there is a wealth of wisdom within these pages. Like I said, I know my oldest son has a long ways to go before this is something he will have the opportunity to make active in his life. This is a one of a kind book walking you through the whole process one step at a time. What better way to get the right start then this? After all, a career choice is a big thing; with this we can make sure they have all the information they need to make a wise and responsible choice.

 

 

We received this shortly before my son went on his trip to our local humane society and wildlife rehabilitation center. The timing for this book’s arrival was perfect because he thinks he might want to work in this area when he gets older. So we dug into this one right away and were thrilled with the material included. ¬†My son learned on his outing, that this organization encourages internships and allows volunteers even, at the age of fourteen. He learned about the positions he would be able to take on, the expectations and responsibilities and schedules. He even talked at length with a veterinarian about various educational paths to take when you have the interests he does. ¬†I was blown away with all the information he obtained in the short visit. ¬†And lots of the questions he asked he said he was inspired to ask by the little time he was reading the pages of this book before we left! ¬†I wish I would have had this back in the day! ha-ha

 

 

With this book, you are inspired to really think about what you want to do and how you want to do it. Clearly outlining the benefits of an internship versus an apprenticeship; written to students, I love the reminder given, to pray and seek God’s direction for their life, as well as how God ¬†made them, along with their skills and strengths. This book really encourages them to be creative; thinking outside of the box!

 

Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

 

The pages within this book are full of examples of forms to use to track your internship, examples of student resumes; a letter of introduction to send to companies of interest, goals worksheets and lots more. There are even writing assignments and a sample thank you note to send to the organization that you complete your internship at. Can I say again how much I wish I had these resources when I was a student and an intern? These things are priceless; invaluable tools to make the most out of your time and experience.

 

This really is a book that will be of great value for students who are coming into this season of their home education. The opportunity to explore any career – gain experience in the field – is a wonderful benefit for encouraging and building hard working, satisfied young men and women. And whatever trepidation or intimidation you may feel when you think of the idea of taking on an internship; this book will ease your worries. Step by step this book will be your guide as you learn how to “Plan your work and then work your plan.”

 

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K5 Learning Fun {Review}

 

 

My sweet little daughter has recently decided that she really wants to learn how to read and write like her brothers. So we were really excited to get the chance to try out¬†K5 Learning,¬†¬†an online supplemental math and reading program.¬†¬†Since we are all about encouraging a love of learning in our children, a program like this, both educational and entertaining, is a wonderful introduction to “school”.

 

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K5 Learning is also recommended for those with special needs and ESL learners too because of its individualized, self-paced design. If we need to fill in some gaps; perhaps we simply need to keep that learning going throughout the summer, or winter break even! This program offers plenty of fun, interactive opportunities for our kids to have a blast while they gain critical, necessary skills.

 

 

 

The moment this one arrived my daughter sat down excitedly to do her assessment. I love that this program offers personalized lessons and even worksheets to go along with what they are learning. They have assessments for both math and reading; their program covers Kindergarten all the way through grade 5.

 

 

 

Since three of my four are all learning at different levels and different paces too, this was a wonderful opportunity to allow them each a bit of independence in their learning. And in such a way that it doesn’t seem like learning at all. ¬†In fact, this is a wonderful program to use for “summer school”; those times when we want to take a break but still want to encourage some reading, writing and arithmetic ūüôā Each account can have up to four students and they offer monthly and annual subscriptions to the site.

 

 

 

 

I had my two older sons both complete the assessments in reading and math; this was a nice opportunity to see where we have learning gaps and also to get a better idea of their reading abilities so as I plan for the coming year, ¬†I can better meet their needs. I was impressed with how complete the assessment is too; each one takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s great how they have a variety of levels of material in these; all so that the program for your children can be completely unique to their learning abilities.

 

 

 

My younger son really enjoyed the math portion of this program. The activities that he completed were fun and engaging. The lessons for all the perfect length for him too. Since he is my struggling reader, we spent quite a bit of time in that part of this program. The best part of this program for him, was how he was able to start over, per se, with reading and letter sounds. Really go back to the basics so we could make that foundation a greater one for him.  We really liked that there were worksheets for him to complete as he went along. For whatever reason this little man of mine really likes doing worksheets.

 

 

 

 

With my oldest son this was a wonderful addition to fill in those gaps particularly in the area of math. I especially appreciated the worksheets but I think helped him to firm up his understanding of certain concepts. He also would use the spelling and vocabulary portion of this program. And of course doing a little bit of reading each week was a must. He tends to be my very reluctant learner right now so again, the entertaining and fun way these lessons are put together really was encouraging. It is rare as of late that he wants to work on any thing – This was very helpful in inspiring him to learn because the lessons really are so much fun! I have to admit I even logged on to my kids accounts to try my hand, for review purposes of course, at these activities. Fun, fun!

 

 

 

 

 

All of my children especially enjoyed the joke of the day. Since there was a new one every time they logged in some days I would hear my kids teaching each other the joke that they learned on their account that morning. My younger son especially enjoys sharing these jokes! There is such an amazing variety of material for our kids to learn on this program. You can even get a free trial if you aren’t sure that this is your thing. I am so glad that we were given the opportunity to use this though; we will definitely be continuing with this through the summer. ¬†It’s a great (and fun) way to really strengthen skills in so many different areas!

 

 

K5 Learning

 

 

 

I love the variety of learning! For my littlest¬†one there’s phonics and basic number and operations skills. For my oldest algebraic thinking and geometry and how to analyze data. And because this program adapts right along with our kids it is always just what they need. Well, maybe it isn’t always exactly what they need, but they have a wonderful and very helpful staff that is quick to fix whatever you need. Move a level up or down. Schedule an additional assessment. There is so much to be gained from this one. ūüôā¬†

 

 

 

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A Book of Trees {Review}

Memoria Press is one of those companies that I could shop endlessly in. I love so many of their materials! If I could fill my house with their books I certainly would.  My son recently purchased a really nice pair of binoculars which has resulted in us being out and about a lot more than usual. Since I love nature, even though I know so little about it all, we were so very blessed to get the chance to review The Book of Trees.

 

 

 

 

This is meant for students in grades 6-8; it is a wonderful introduction to botany, through the study of trees. For this review we received:

 

 

 

They also recommend having a copy of the Peterson First Guide to Trees. We really have just started to enjoy having field guides and so we had to get ourselves one of these to use.  However if you purchase this as a complete set, they include the field guide. ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

My oldest son is 11; my younger son is almost 8. I should have purchased an additional workbook for this so both could work together because younger son was really interested in the work that we were doing with this one. Since my oldest son tends to be rather reluctant in doing any book work as of late, I had to chuckle a bit when this arrived and the very first chapter in the reader spoke of Why Study Trees?

 

My younger son really loved all of the illustrations throughout the pages of this book. It was an excellent way to study more his seeds in their sprout and grow because he was able to read with us all of the things he was seeing! Pretty cool!


This also opened up a for for folklore as my kids were all fascinated with the idea of people using trees symbolically through the years. It is always wonderful to be able to study something so beautiful, something that is all about us, and see and understand even more the value they bring.

 
 

Do you know the difference between a fibrous root and a taproot? I had no idea there was more than one kind of root to be honest. Then there was pith and wood; heartwood and sapwood. We even learned about the various shapes of leaves flowers and fruit trees.  Then how to observe trees! 

 There is also a section for Advanced Work in the reader; this covers things like photosynthesis, has the Periodic Table of Elements and a chapter on respiration. These pages made my head spin just a bit truthfully! So we read over these together but this is definitely something we will come back to in the future. I have to say, I was amazed at all the things I was learning myself, just in the pages of this reader!

 

 

The student book is a wonderful resource! I love how there are not smooch multiple choice or true or false questions but activities that really make you think. You have the opportunity to label diagrams. There is memory work to do. As you study the root system you are encouraged to look at real roots (we have lots planted indoors waiting for warm enough weather to plant outside). 

As you go walking outside, classify the plants you see according to stem type or colors and textures of the bark on the trees. There are pages for sketching leaves, flowers, fruit.  There are pages for you to identify and then research a tree. From learning and recording average height, to interesting stories associated with the tree and the Latin name and meaning of various trees there are tons of great ways to learn more than I ever imagined about all of these trees surrounding us. As he gets older I can see us doing so much more with the pages in this workbook that cover chemical equations and photosynthesis.

 


Some of the lessons and reading did go a bit long for my son, but overall we really enjoyed this one! While my oldest is not one for workbook work, this program makes it so enjoyable, it didn’t seem like work at all. And when he does finish this program, what an amazing nature journal of sort he will have, with all of his newfound information about trees! Certainly this is one to hang on to and enjoy even after it has been completed. And again, there was so much more we learned from this making it a program that covers so much more. ūüôā

 

Between all of the reading and questions; the activities (some experiments too!); and test/quizzes within this set students are guaranteed to know lots about these tall, majestic trees that are so symbolic to so many throughout time and around the world. I really cannot say enough how pleased I was with this one! We all appreciate materials like this that help to make something really come to life through lots of hands on learning opportunities!  And if you are looking or something else perhaps? The Crew reviewed so much more than just this one Memoria Press set so be sure to see what else they offer. ūüôā

Latin, Nature and Trees {Memoria Press Reviews}

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NOW Women‚Äôs Probiotic 20 Billion Review

I have never actually used probiotics myself. I always mean to but never quite get around to researching and reviewing to make a purchase. So I was really excited to learn that I would have the opportunity to use these for review with Moms Meet. My family received:¬†NOW¬ģ Women‚Äôs Probiotic 20 Billion, as well as their: BerryDophilus‚ĄĘ Kids Probiotic, Super Enzymes, and a couple brochures to read for this review.

 

 

The¬†NOW¬ģ Women‚Äôs Probiotic 20 Billion¬†is a supplement that is meant to support flora feminine balance, as well as a healthy immune system. These are small gel capsules which are easy to swallow. I say that because I really dislike taking pills myself. These are gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. And they can be kept fresh simply by refrigerating them once the bottle is opened.

 

NOW¬ģ BerryDophilus‚ĄĘ Kids Probiotic was perfect for my younger son who does have some issues with constipation. These are chewable tablets, he says they taste pretty yummy too! He especially likes that there are some in the shape of elephants and lions (his favorite animals). There are 60 tablets in a container and it is recommended these are taken 1-3 times per day (he took one a day).

 

The¬†NOW¬ģ Super Enzymes¬†supports healthy digestion; breaking down fats, carbohydrates, & protein, while improving the efficiency of receiving and absorbing nutrients that are needed. This is a combination of super enzymes including: Bromelain (from pineapple), Ox Bile, Pancreatin and Papain (from papaya).¬†These come in large gel capsules and I admit these were not as pleasant to swallow. It is recommended to take one capsule with a meal.. The bottle contains 180 capsules and needs to be stored in a cool, dry place once opened so as to help keep ingredients fresh. My husband uses this and really notices a difference when he takes them regularly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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~Love the Long Locks ~

My dear Aunt passed away some months ago from cancer. Throughout her trials and her sickness she was full of such joy and peace.

Yet now and then you would see sorrow…just a little…because her hair, the treatment caused her to lose so much of her once long and lovely tresses.

As one who believes in the beauty and femininity that can come from having those long locks; I was sad for my Aunt every time she would mention her hair. And yet she also believed that when it was all over she would once again, one day, have beautiful hair, long and luxurious. My sweet Aunt, a bit of a diva? How precious was this little, sweet lady. So old and yet so young!

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Needless to say when I was asked to write to promote¬†their sensationnel wigs,¬†I was more than happy to do so! I think of so many I have known through the years, some who we have lost to cancer, others who perhaps have battled and had amazing miraculous healings. Through it all I think of these women, they lose their hair and they cover their heads. There is the feeling of sorrow, sadness, shame perhaps….And now here, natural looking and fitting wigs. They are beautiful and while I find beauty simply in these brave women myself, it certainly helps so many to see their own beauty outwardly too.

Who are they? Divatress is a leading beauty company that specializes in hair care products. Being the best in the market, beauticians, professional stylists, working mothers, and even students love their products which range from hair care to wigs, kids products, accessories to style and manage and so many other hair and beauty related products. Among their more popular products is the Freetress Equal Wigs.

I had the opportunity to review some of their lovely hair products and they were not at all what I expected. There is a quite a variety they offer too of products made naturally; Shea Butter, Coconut oil Lavender, Mango and Lime. One of my favorites? Hibiscus and Coconut Curl and Shine (because I have no curl – none at all). And flax seed oil. Such goodness especially for our hair! Naturally.¬†¬†That’s my favorite way to do it!

How I wish I had found them before so I could have surprised my sweet Aunt with long and lovely hair in her time of trials. ūüôā¬†Of course if you aren’t looking for wigs for yourself they also have lots more to help you care for your lovely hair! There are also lots of great products and accessories to help you care for your hair (and your kids hair too!).

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It’s Beautiful to be Brave

As a mother of two little girls, I often ponder – what does it really mean? To be beautiful … what is beauty really? My girls often tell their friends that they are beautiful; they tell each other too. Beauty is deep though. I know that. Because I have struggled with this concept in my life…Haven’t we all?

 

In our world today girls are ”¬†bombarded (overwhelmed?) with ‚Äúthinspiration‚ÄĚ messages and pressure to ‚Äúdo it all‚ÄĚ; they become skilled at¬†wearing a mask of perfection. “

 

 

So many women struggle with feeling left out, not good enough, lonely and unsure of themselves.   Are we really brave? How can we possibly be beautiful?

 

 

 

 

In Brave is the New Beautiful, Lee Wolfe Blum shares stories from  women who are beautiful and brave. Who have struggled, questioning their own beauty, and in their search, have found true beauty. This is a read you cannot put down; woven in is her own journey along with inspirational stories from everyday women who bravely took off their masks and live an authentic life. With reflections and call-to-action questions, we are all  encouraged as we read to be brave enough to be who we really are and who God has for us to be .

 

 

 

 

‚Äú‚Ķbravery is at the root of true beauty‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

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As I read this brought back so many memories Рof clients I worked with long ago Рlost and empty souls who seemed so far from what the world would see as beautiful. Yet they were stronger, lovelier than so many. They were real and raw; there was nothing hidden. So are the women whose stories are told within the pages this book. These stories, these reflections, they redefine beauty for us. They make us consider for ourselves what beauty is and who we are striving to be beautiful for. Are we authentically who we were created as? I really enjoyed this book! Really. I read it in one day!

 

 

Shannon Ethridge says, ‚ÄúVulnerability breeds vulnerability, bravery breeds bravery. Beauty breeds beauty.‚ÄĚ ‚̧ ‚̧

 

 

This really is a wonderful and powerful read. It reminds of us the value of being our situations and experiences through the right lens. Are we looking at everything through the grace and love of God? Again and again, as I read the stories told within this book, I had to stop to wipe tears; I had to get paper and pen to write down notes and thoughts that came to me. How beautiful every one of the women whose stories are told in these pages.

 

 

“To reinvent myself, I had to quit.”

 

Read this. I mean it. See grace in action. See God’s love and true beauty. Real, raw life. That is what you will find in these pages. No filters, no pretend, no masks. Can we quit? So we can begin again. The right way? God’s way? We all have to realize, He has a better way for us. If we just trust Him.

 

 

  • How do you define beauty?
  • Do you think of yourself as a brave woman?
  • Why do you think it‚Äôs so difficult to forgive others?
  • What does it mean to you to trust God?

 

 

Read this. I mean it. See grace in action. See God’s love and true beauty. Real, raw life. That is what you will find in these pages. No filters, no pretend, no masks. Can we quit? So we can begin again. The right way? God’s way? We all have to realize, He has a better way for us. If we just trust Him.¬†Let us be courageous ladies; let us be brave as we go forward to find the new beautiful within every one of us!

 

 

 

Our Very Own Online Typing Coach {Review}

For as long as I can remember, I have gotten by, pecking away at the keyboard.¬†My oldest son is also famous for this method of “typing”. ¬†Being that he is so very tech savvy, I was happy for him to have an opportunity to learn how to better his typing skills.¬†Since he tries to spend much of his free time in front of the computer too, this way, he can learn a bit too! ¬†We received access to¬†¬†The Typing Coach Online Typing Course¬†from¬†The Typing Coach; this is a self paced course and we were given a one year subscription (which we could use with multiple students – myself and my two oldest sons).

 

 

As I mentioned this is a self paced course; we appreciate that in this house. Between drums and piano, drawing and foreign language lessons, it seems there is always something we are struggling to “get done” right now. And in the interest of fostering a love of learning, I have really ben striving to encourage learning for inspiration. Less requiring and more inspiring. I wasn’t quite sure how we were going to fit this program in honestly. But then we logged in and from the start I could definitely see how there was so much more to learn in this program, than just typing.

 

 

 

 

 

My oldest son and I went through the Visual Tour and the Introduction together; we also printed out the Student Packet, the Learning Checks and the Progress Charts to look over together. I was quite impressed with how clearly this was all put together; my oldest is 11 and really struggles with attention and focus, he has some sensory processing issues we are striving to work out…So we need materials that are not full of distractions, that are simple and straightforward. It really helps too, that this one is full of encouragement from the “teacher” reminding us of the benefits of perseverance and diligence and good old hard work!

 

 

 

Like I said, this doesn’t just teach typing. This is a typing course, but it all begins with teaching good posture. Do we even know what that is nowadays? I type this and I remind myself to fix my own posture. ūüôā This really is a simple, basic program It sets you up for success because it reminds you as you go along the value of mastering one row at a time. Repeatedly we see the reminder, not to move ahead, until we have successfully completed where we are right now. Simple right?

 


There are also slower paced lessons offered; for younger children and for those with special educational issues.  We appreciate these a lot! We also appreciated the Teacher Resource area which has plenty of materials to help us understand the process and support our children as they learn. This has Typing Tickets, videos to explain and model, guides for working at a slower pace and an editable incentive chart because we all need those to help our kids keep going sometimes!

 

 

 

Before we begin any lesson, we need to have our word processing program open good posture, and our student packet at the ready. I love how we are reminded in every lesson to be sure to do everything you are told, stopping and rewinding whenever necessary to make sure you get it all.  One thing that did surprise me was how they encourage you to listen to music as you work on each lesson. Bow for my oldest who is always drumming and tapping fingers and stomping feet I was sure this would be a disaster Рbig time distraction  РCan I say how pleasantly surprised I was by how he seemed to work better with the music? Who would have thought? Honestly, not me!

 

 

As you work through the lessons there are Learning Checks to complete (silly nonsense that aren’t words at all says my younger son who is a struggling reader) to ensure that you are in fact mastering the material being taught. When you are ready, you go to their Practice & Testing Center where you set up the test based upon the level they are currently on. You can also choose 1,3 or 5 minutes ( we typically chose 5 minutes – maybe three minutes if we were feeling brave!) and the results are emailed to you when the test is completed.

 

From the beginning with the Before and After Snapshot where we are practicing using The Gettysburg Address, to the Preamble to the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Bill of Rights. There was even a test that required typing out Attitude by Charles Swindoll. With my oldest being rather reluctant and rebellious right now, that was quite a pleasant surprise to have him type out. And what a fun way to get in¬†some history, some civics lesson and some good lessons in the faith too!¬†I love a program that includes this type of material! ūüôā

 

 

 

This is a fabulous, simple and affordable way to help our kids and ourselves better our typing skills.¬†We definitely plan to complete this course over the summer. It is a great opportunity to learn how to type the right way and break some of those bad habits. It is so true, The Typing Course is “complicated made simple” in so many ways.

 

 

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