Thursday, July 20, 2017

Save Everyday With Coupons From Groupon!

Do you love to shop online? I do! It is so much more convenient, the prices are usually better because you can shop around, and you often find more variety. You don't have to fight with crowds, lines, long drives, or impulse shopping of things we really didn't need. It is nice to be able to buy things in the comfort of your own home...even in your pajamas.

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I love getting deals on my frequently shopped at stores like, Target, and Walmart. I also love to get savings on home improvement and home decor from Home Depot and Bed Bath & Beyond. For my critters I love to shop and save at Petco and Tractor Supply.

I love having Groupon right at my fingertips. I have saved so much on eating out, shopping locally/online, staying at hotels, going to the movies, and more! Groupon is a wonderful way to save!

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: This post is a sponsored post. Thanks to US Family Guide and Groupon for providing me this promotion information. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Doctor Aviation Review

My family had the privilege of trying the six-month aviation course from Doctor Aviation for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Doctor Aviation is a wonderful online educational course that teaches about aviation. This is a 6 month online subscription. This course is made up of fifteen 45-60 minute video lessons with three segments (Technical Trivia, Notable Innovators, and Legendary Aircraft/Events). Each video lesson has two PDF files to download for further learning. These include: "To Learn More" which are suggestions that have extra readings, YouTube videos, movies, hands-on activities, research and writing assignments, etc. & "Guided Notes" to fill out as your student watches the video lessons to help them learn and retain the material. There are also Practice Exam Questions and Final Exam Study Notes to download. This course is recommended for ages 16 and up although it can be done with younger children and as a family course as well.

If you are having your child take the course for credit for high school you would need to have them do enough of the suggested activities in the "To Learn More" PDFs to make it a half credit course. If you had them do most of the suggested activities it could possibly even be a full credit. You need them to also fill out all notes and do Exam 1&2 and the Final after studying. The Examination 1&2 and the Final needs to be obtained by contacting Doctor Aviation. Exam 1 is done after session 5 is completed. Exam 2 is done after session 11 is completed. The Final is done after session 15 is completed.

Daryl Smith a.k.a. Doctor Aviation

Daryl Smith a.k.a Doctor Aviation, the instructor and founder of the Doctor Aviation lessons, has logged over 2000 flying hours while in the Air Force  and 24 years of service as a Command Pilot. He was also an instructor pilot and research pilot during testing of the Strategic Defense Initiative (aka The Star Wars Program). On the ground he has served as an instructor at the United States Air Force Academy teaching aviation and other courses and a published author an aviation book. Currently he is a college professor. He is well qualified to teach the Doctor Aviation course.

Doctor Aviation Video Course Overview

Course Syllabus for Doctor Aviation:
  • Section 1 Course Intro.
    • Session 1: Course Overview: The Aviation System (42:29)
  • Section 2 The Aircraft: These include primarily airplanes, but also helicopters, gliders and balloon craft such as blimps and hot air balloons.
    • Session 2: The Major Components of an Airplane (53:41)
      Session 3: Axes & Forces (54:47)
      Session 4: Why an Aircraft Flies: The Secret of Airfoils and Lift (1:09:27)
      Session 5: Why an Aircraft Turns, Pitches and Slides: The Flight Controls (1:02:40)
  • Section 3 Air Traffic Control: The air traffic controllers, tower personnel and radars that  control the flow of air traffic. Think of them as traffic cops of the skies.
    • Session 6: How We See an Aircraft Miles Away: The Secrets of Radar (1:06:53)
      Session 7: The Air Traffic Cops: How Air Traffic Control Works (59:33)
  • Section 4: Aircraft Maintenance: Those individuals and equipment that repair or maintain aircraft.
    • Session 8: Keep 'Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance - Propeller Engines (49:10)
      Session 9: Keep 'Em Flying: Aircraft Maintenance - Jet Engines (1:00:47)
  • Section 5: Airfield Operations: These tasks keep an airfield running; items like: De-icers, baggage handlers, ramp attendants, refueling trucks, ticket agents, etc.
    • Session 10: The City in and of Itself: Running a Large Airport (48:07)
      Session 11:The Small Airport and Running an FBO (57:47)
  • Section 6: The Aircraft II
    • Session 12: Flying in the Clear and Not so Clear Air: VMC & IMC (48:44)
      Session 13: Important Pilot Instruments - Altitude Indicator (53:34)
      Session 14: Important Pilot Instruments - Airspeed Indicator (43:44)
      Session 15: Other Aviation Ships: Gliders, Helicopters, Airships (1:00:18)

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My 16 year old teenage son, Delbin, and I started taking this course together. Delbin and I have had an interest in learning more about aviation and I thought that the Doctor Aviation Online Training Videos would be a great learning course for us to do this. I am glad to have the opportunity to try this in addition to my other homeschool lessons.

Doctor Aviation Dashboard

After we subscribed we could access the aviation video training course by logging in on the website. After logging in the dashboard shows our next lesson and by clicking on the "Watch This Lesson" in yellow we could go to video lesson page. The lesson page has the video to watch, "Action Steps" to take, and "Additional Resources" (the PDFs) to download.

The "Guided Notes" are best done with the video programs they go with. So I would download and print them out ahead of time. While Delbin and I followed along we would fill these pages out as we watched. These pages are great to help retain all the the important information in these videos.

Doctor Aviation Video Lesson Page

We have been doing one lesson every two weeks so far because the extra work involved to get the high school credit for Delbin. The videos are very informative and interesting. The instructor's lectures are filmed in an airplane hanger and he uses props and graphics as well to explain his lessons better. Each video session has three parts: Technical Trivia, Notable Innovators, and Legendary Aircraft/Events. These parts go well together and with the section and session themes. The Technical Trivia is jam packed with the principles of aviation. In the Notable Innovators part we learned about the people behind aviation, like: The Wright Brothers, Chuck Yeager, Amelia Earhart, etc. In the Legendary Aircraft part we learned about famous aircraft and what makes them famous. In the Legendary Events part we learned about important things that happened to shape aviation history. It might take my son longer doing all of the activities in the "To Learn More" PDF so that he can get high school credit. I am glad there are 6 months to work on it.

Some of the props and images/graphics used in the Doctor Aviation films.

The "To Learn More" PDF has all sorts of neat books and articles to read, websites to go to, and videos to watch outside of the Doctor Aviation website. There is also a For Further Study section in it that suggests activities, like: field trips, detailed studies on more focused subjects, building models, doing research papers, hands-on activities, etc. Many of the links to websites are hyperlinks in the PDF making it easy to click on and go there. Some of the books and links are out of print or not working any more, however; because these were last updated in 2016. It would be really great if Doctor Aviation could update these more regularly.

All in all Delbin and I have thoroughly enjoyed the Doctor Aviation course and can't wait to learn more in the coming months. I am glad to be able to take this course with him too because even as an adult I love experiencing and learning new things. Delbin will be glad to get a high school credit for this course as well. We highly recommend this for homeschool aviation education and high school credit. You could also apply this course to having your son receive a Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge or just watch it yourself.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Instant Pot DUO is Amazon Prime's Deal of the Day!

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Huge news! The Instant Pot Duo, 8 qt. is today's Amazon Prime's Deal of the Day!

That means big savings on the Instant Pot!!! If you don't have one, today's the day to get one...

A Few Notes About this Instant Pot and Why You Should Get It…
  1. It has an 8 qt. insert. This means it will hold more – It will easily cook a whole chicken, as well as larger cuts of meat and more beans, etc. 
  2. It is a DUO – This means it has High and Low pressure functions. 
  3. It combines 7 appliances in 1 – This means it has all the cooking functions you need: Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer.
  4. Features 14 Smart Programs: Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Cooking is as easy as pressing a button!
  5. Healthy! Stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304 with no chemical coatings.
  6. Safe! Microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration. UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms.
  7. Comes with accessories: stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet
  8. Makes yummy food. Traps the flavors, nutrients and aromas within the food and prepares healthy, tasty dishes.
  9. Supports busy lifestyles. Cooks your food 70% faster while you do other things.

Read more about the specifics and order yours here! 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Home School in the Woods HISTORY Through the Ages Time Travelers American History Study: The Early 19th Century Review

My family had the privilege of trying Home School in the Woods Time Traveler American History Study: The Early 19th Century for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Home School in the Woods is a family run business that creates Christian based history curriculum for homeschooling. This curriculum immerses your student in the topic. It is very hands-on with lapbooks, timelines, recipes, art, creative writing, notebook projects, dramatized audio theater, maps, crafts, projects, re-enactments, file-folder games, vocabulary to learn, etc.

The Time Traveler American History Studies are a seven part series that starts with the New World Explorers and concludes at the end of World War II. These are recommended for grades 3-8. There are two different versions you can purchase, a CD version or a digital download version. With the CD version everything that you access and print is on the CD. With the digital download version you download a zipped file, place all of the contents into a folder on your computer, and access it by the start.htm file that is in that folder. We received the digital download version.

Left: Main Menu, Right: Lesson Layout

We found that there was a lot of preparation that needed to happen before getting started. There is a lot of things needing printed, items needing prepared for crafts and other projects, and general preparation of materials before one can begin the travel. The Beginning of the main menu includes: Acknowledgements / Copyrights and Usage / Bibliography, Introduction, Tips to Consider Before Starting..., and Teacher Helps which gives you a great foundation. Teacher Helps guides you with preparation and organization, gives you a Lesson Planner schedule to help you see an overview of the things being taught and Additional Resources to pull from. It also includes the printables for the 3-Ring Binder Covers and the Teacher Keys for the timeline.

Each study has twenty-five lessons and is supposed to last roughly 5-10 weeks depending upon how quickly everything is completed. These lessons have reading Text Pages and an activity that go with them. Project Pages accompany these to give directions, list of supplies needed, printing instructions, and illustrations for each project and activity. Masters are provided for all printables.

In the Other Resources section at the end of the main menu there are some visuals and directions to help you with the projects, activities, and lapbook. These include: All Master Pages in numerical order, A Gallery of Project Photos (final photos of what projects should look like at the end), and Lap Book Instructions. You can also have your student catch up with the five Project Days that are included in the schedule. The student will compile a lapbook in the 24th lesson. This lapbook is pieced together throughout the studies. The final lesson is a party with a theme that goes along with the series to celebrate the end of the study. These are very flexible and you can pick and choose what projects work best for your family.

You will need a few items to get you through the lessons:
  • Working Printer
  • Color and Black Ink for the printer to cover all the printing that will be happening
  • White and Colored Printer Paper
  • White and Colored Cardstock (this is best, but admittedly we didn't have any of this and used only white printer paper and it worked OK)
  • One 3-Ring Binder for the Teacher's Binder (reading text, project direction pages, the "Guide-at-a-Glance," teacher keys, and any of the other teacher helps)
  • One 3-Ring Binder for the Scrapbook of Sights (student binder for all notebook projects including)
  • Colored File Folders or Colored Pocket Folders with Fasteners
  • Scissors and/or an X-acto Knife (when using an X-acto Knife you will need a thick piece of cardboard or self healing mat to use as a cutting surface)
  • Crayons, Markers, or Colored Pencils to color the pictures, if desired
  • Glue
  • Other Craft supplies specified for each of the different projects that your student wants to do
Lessons for Time Travelers American History Study: The Early 19th Century:
  1. Washington, Jefferson, & the Barbary Pirates
  2. The Louisiana Purchase
  3. Lewis & Clark
  4. Inventions & Innovators
  5. PROJECT DAY - 1
  6. America, England, and War!
  7. The Erie Canal
  8. Trappers, Traders, & Mountain Men
  9. The First 12 American Presidents
  10. PROJECT DAY - 2
  11. People of Interest
  12. Statehoods & The Alamo
  13. Native Americans - Part 1
  14. Native Americans - Part 2
  15. PROJECT DAY - 3
  16. Pioneer Living - Part 1
  17. Pioneer Living - Part 2
  18. The Wild West!
  19. ...And Still More Trails
  20. PROJECT DAY - 4
  21. The Mexican-American War
  22. Ante Bellum
  23. PROJECT DAY - 5
  24. Pulling together the Lap Book™
  25. A Chuck Wagon Dinner!

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
I enlisted my daughter Teela who is going into 4th grade this upcoming school year to learn about The Early 19th Century. She has loved doing Home School in the Woods Project Passports, Ancient Egypt and The Middle Ages study, in the past. This is supposed to be for 3rd through 8th graders so most of the projects she did very well on. She did need my help with some of the more advanced projects and writing assignments and it took her a lot longer to get through some of the written assignments than it might have taken for my older boys. I learned quite a bit too while helping her with this study.

Teela coloring the binder cover.

This study was jam packed with information. This is all about early U.S. History. It is about the growth of this nation and the people that left their mark on it. In the weeks we had before this review we learned about Barbary Pirates, The Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and Inventions & Innovators of the time. There are creative writing, recipes and songs of the era, notebook timeline, factfile cards, file folder games, penmanship pages, notebooking activities, three-dimensional projects, arts and crafts, lapbooking, and a Chuck Wagon Dinner to bring the whole unit to a close. We still have not gotten through all the lessons, but we have enjoyed everything that we have done thus far.

This was differently laid out than the Project Passports I was used to. There were no stops or pretending to be on a trip and these did not have any audio files to listen to. Like Project Passport though, the instructions are not hard, but there is a lot of things to set up and print out initially and throughout the be aware of that and set some time aside to begin with to get things done so you are not overwhelmed.

Pioneer Cooking Recipe: Jam Filled Cookies

Teela really liked our project time together the most. She loves art and making things. She especially loved making the yummy Jam Filled Cookies from one of the Pioneer Cooking recipes. These turned out to be more like scones in my opinion. She also loved learning and singing the songs. We can't wait to make corn husk dolls, a faux coon skin hat, the woven wheat heart, and the other recipes. We are learning a lot and are enjoying every moment. These are so much fun!

I highly recommend the Time Travelers American History Study: The Early 19th Century from Home School in the Woods. This is great for anyone homeschooling who might need some help with teaching The Early 19th Century in a highly educational, fun, and very hands-on way. This is a great stand-alone unit study or can be used to supplement something already being taught. This would also be perfect for those wanting something fun to do with their kids in the summer time. I am looking forward to reviewing more from Home School in the Woods in the future and learning more about United States history with this study!

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You can purchase the download version of the HISTORY Through the Ages Time Travelers American History Study: The Early 19th Century for $27.95 and CD version for $28.95. Also, new this summer are A-La-Carte Projects, individual projects from their materials to purchase without having to buy the whole unit. Visit the for the A-La-Carte Projects above and receive a FREE Erie Canal project from Originally found in Time Travelers: The Early Nineteenth Century by adding the project from the list into your cart and then entering "alacarte" in the discount code bar at check out.

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Monday, July 3, 2017

BubbleBum Booster Seat: New Stars & Stripes Design Review!

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The BubbleBum is a portable, lightweight, inflatable booster seat for children ages 4-11 (40-100 pounds). So easy to set up, it easily inflates by mouth within 20 seconds and deflates so that you may fold it easily into a backpack, suitcase, or purse. Weighing less than 1 pound it is lightweight and manageable. It also comes with a convenient tote bag to carry it around with and shoulder belt positioning clip so that your child's seat belt doesn't chafe or be too high. It is perfect for ‘3 across’ tight fits because it is only 13” wide. This makes it the perfect car seat booster for vacations, rental cars, taxis, plane flights, car pools, play dates, and care givers.

Award-winning BubbleBum meets and exceeds all European and U.S. safety regulations and is rated the 'Best Bet' Booster by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) 6 years in a row. The material used to make the BubbleBum is similar to that of a lifebelt making it durable and extra safe. The air bladder is made from memory foam which adds structural integrity and comfort.

Includes: Bubble Bum booster seat, shoulder belt positioning clip, instructions/registration card, 1 free mobile games app, & bag.

  • For children ages 4 - 11, 40 - 100 pounds
  • Inflatable - easily inflates by mouth within 20 seconds
  • Deflatable, foldable and portable - great for travel, vacations, rental cars, taxis, plane flights, car pools, play dates, and care givers
  • Easily fit three car seats across the back seat with BubbleBum because it's 13" Wide
  • Lightweight - weighs less than 1 pound
  • Meets and exceeds all European and U.S. safety regulations
  • Rated a "Best Bet" Booster by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Winner of many awards including the National Parenting Center of Approval
  • When deflated, it easily fits in a purse or backpack
  • Fun designs

Installation: inflate through valve, attach shoulder belt positioning clip and place behind shoulder of child, place belt through both red side clips, & buckle child in.

Our Thoughts:
We love the BubbleBum! It is easy to install and super convenient to take on trips. We plan on bringing it when we all go to Ohio in the fall as a family. We love how easy it is to grab and go and it is super affordable! For the safety and peace of mind of always having a car seat for my younger children, the BubbleBum is the perfect solution!

Zari siting in our van on the BubbleBum Booster Seat. Notice the shoulder belt positioning clip.

The Stars & Stripes design is so patriotic and a great way to show off your love of the United States of America. This design is especially wonderful for showing some Red, White, and Blue during Memorial Day, the 4th of July, or Veterans Day! BubbleBum also comes in Pink Chevron, Black, Union Jack, and Irish Shamrock.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Precious Moments “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” Figurine Review

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Precious Moments is having two different special offers on separate dates. Starting on June 30th with a purchase $100 or more, you can select a free gift ($35.99 value) to add to your cart with the coupon code FREEGIFT17. Free figures to select from are the following: It's All Good!, Thanks For Being There, “Love You Lots!” Glass Bud Vase, Bisque Porcelain Figurine, Girl; and “Love You Lots!” Glass Bud Vase, Bisque Porcelain Figurine, Boy. Offer ends July 5, 2017 11:59 pm CT. Starting on July 7th you will get free shipping with a purchase of $75 with the coupon code SHIP4FREE17. This is for US residents only and excludes Disney Masterpieces. Offer ends July 12th. Don't pass these savings opportunities up!

I received one figurine called the “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” Figurine. Made of hand painted bisque porcelain, the “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” Figurine shows a young fisherman happily and comfortably waiting with his puppy dog for the "big one" to bite. He is relaxing the day away enjoying time with his pet, not a care in the world. I love the details of this figurine! The boy is wearing a fisherman's hat with lures and flip flops. His fishing pole has a fishing buoy float that is attached by actual fishing line to the pole. A smiling fish pops his head out the water nearby.

This is a unique gift for a loved one that loves fishing and the great outdoors. It is 4 inches high and can be personalized with with a loved one's name or initials. The pole does look like it might be fragile and is a bit flexible, so I hope it doesn't break. Perfect for Father's Day or any day that celebrates the fisherman in your life. I love this figurine because it makes me smile and reminds me of fond memories of fishing with my Grandpa and Uncle when I was little. This figurine is a great reminder to slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life and that patience is a wonderful virtue to have because good things certainly do come to those who wait.

You can purchase the “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” Figurine on the Precious Moments website for $60.99.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wordless Wednesday Blooming Bulbs

Yellow Ornamental Onion "Allium moly" and a few bluebells.

Hewitt Homeschooling Grade 3 Lightning Lit Set Review

My family had the privilege of trying the student workbook and teacher guide from the Grade 3 Lightning Lit Set produced by Hewitt Homeschooling for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Hewitt Homeschooling was founded in 1963/64 by by Carl Hewitt and Dr. Raymond Moore. Their primary function has shifted from working with public education to now focusing on home education. Because of Dr. Raymond Moore's publications and books about home education this foundation became at the forefront of the homeschooling movement. They produce high quality curriculum that follows a balanced, flexible approach to homeschooling. Some of their products include: Lightening Literature, Unit Programs/Studies, My First Reports, Hewitt Readers, "Best" Literature, Math-It, Winston Grammar, State Chronicles, etc. They serve parents with students from kindergarten through high school.

The Grade 3 Lightning Literature & Composition Set is composed of just the Lightning Lit: Grade 3 Teacher Guide and the Lightning Lit: Grade 3 Student Workbook. You can instead purchase the Grade 3 Lightning Literature & Composition Pack w Book of Poetry that has all the books that you will need for your student to read as well as what is also in just the set. The books you will need with the workbook and teacher guide are: Sarah, Plain and Tall; Rickshaw Girl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Random House Book of Poetry for Children, Ramona and Her Father, The Big Wave, Charlotte's Web, The Wheel on The School, and The Tale of Despereaux. These books are all reasonably and affordably priced. Some are classics and others are new to us. The Wheel on the School, is currently out of print and is not included in the pack; but it is easy to find a used copy.

The Lightning Lit: Grade 3 Teacher Guide is easy to follow, clear, and thorough. It includes an introduction of how to use the guide at the beginning. It contains answer keys as well as a schedule of what to do in what order. This guide helps you teach Literature: Reading and Comprehension Questions, Book Discussion, and Reading Journal (summary of the story, story theme, feelings about the book in own words, and one favorite sentence to copy from the book); Grammar and Mechanics (these are in the workbook and includes: grammar, punctuation, capitalization, parts of speech, sentence diagramming, and occasional literary concepts), and Composition (writing or dictation depending upon level of child, includes: creative writing, essays of all sorts, research papers, poems, etc.) Extension and related activities are not required, but suggested for further learning in such subjects like: science, geography, history, and art.

The Lightning Lit: Grade 3 Student Workbook is a consumable workbook that contains instruction on grammar (including sentence diagramming), workbook pages, a reading journal, dictionary pages, and sentence puzzles. It is printed in larger print and has colorful graphics. The lessons are short and to the point. There are four days worth of workbook pages per week. You can use the fifth day of the week for make-up or the extra related activities. If you follow this you will easily have a complete literature, grammar, and composition curriculum for the whole standard 36-week school year.

Teela doing the Hewitt Homeschooling Grade 3 Lightning Lit Student Workbook and reading.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
I used the Hewitt Homeschooling Grade 3 Lightning Lit Set with my daughter Teela who has just finished up third grade and is 9 years old. She is a strong reader and so these books are fairly easy reading and comprehension for her. She; however, is not as good with the grammar or composition so I got this for her to strengthen those. We also love to do summer reading programs and this has just fit into our summer reading quite well so far.

I found that the book selection was very appropriate. I remember reading some of these as a child myself and enjoying them. We started with Sarah Plain and Tall, moved onto Rickshaw Girl, and after that started Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was happy to have had some of the books in our library at home. The others I found online or will be checking out from our city library. Teela had not read Sarah Plain and Tall before, but I had. Both of us hadn't read Rickshaw Girl before and it was interesting learning about Bangladesh and their customs. Teela has read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory many is one of her favorites.

We followed the 5 day a week schedule that was suggested. I had her read all these books to herself except Rickshaw Girl, which she read the chapters assigned and then I did after her. Then after the assigned reading she did the daily comprehension, assignments from the workbook, etc.

As I thought would be the case, Teela didn't much care for the grammar and mechanics parts of the lessons. Begrudgingly, she got through it though with some encouragement, but I believe she learned the concepts well. The sentence diagramming was not something that I remember from school, so I had to have a refresher to help Teela out with it. We both were glad that the lessons were not too long so she was not overly bored or exhausted by them. Her favorite parts were the reading, discussion, and creative writing.

Overall, I am pleased with the Hewitt Homeschooling Grade 3 Lightning Lit Set. It is a great English homeschool curriculum that can be personalized and tailored to the student. We liked how it was laid out and the flow of the lessons. We will be excited to read the other books needed for this set during the summer.

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The Lightning Literature & Composition Grade 3 Pack w Book of Poetry (comes with all the books, but one that is out of print) is $137.50. The Lightning Literature & Composition Grade 3 Set: Teachers Guide and Student Workbook is $71.01. Prices are accurate as of date of this post.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel Book Review

In the book, Israel - God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel (Skypics Israel, November 2016), top aerial photographer Ron Gafni shares his love of Israel's beauty from above. We soar across skies to see stunning photographs of ancient ruins, historic sites, and view vignette's of Israel's modern lifestyles in this book that brings Holy scripture alive. Author Kathleen Barrett offers thoughtful narrative with Christian scripture pointing to God's redemption plan for the world.

My Thoughts:
This small hardback book holds many breathtaking photographs of scenic places in Israel. I love looking at the pictures and hope someday I can actually visit these epic places from the bible. I love the reflective nature of the author's words. They remind me of God's almighty plan for us and His infinite wisdom. This book, though small, is impressive and would be a wonderful coffee table book or conversation piece. I highly recommend it to all who would love to learn more about the Holy Land and have a captivating scriptural journey with gorgeous photos along the way.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series Review

My family had the privilege of receiving all five books in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. We have been reading the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh with our history lessons. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Rush Revere book series came to us in a blue ribbon.

Adventures of Rush Revere is a great historically based book series by Rush Limbaugh and his wife Kathryn Adams Limbaugh. This series is made up of 5 books so far and all have hardback covers. They go in this order: Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, Rush Revere and First Patriots, Rush Revere and the American Revolution, Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner, and Rush Revere and the Presidency. These fictional books teach American History in a fun way with true facts, dates, events, and people interwoven through the text. The main characters are: Rush Revere, a seemingly typical substitute history teacher, his horse companion that talks named Liberty, and group of middle-schoolers from the Manchester Middle School honors history class. They are always up for adventure through time. Together they get to know history first hand. They meet some pretty neat people and experience some of America's great events, all while asking a lot of questions one might have about the journey. The books are geared towards ages 8-12, although older kids and kids at heart will enjoy these too. The glossy aged looking pages are filled with fun illustrations and historical photographs & documents all in vivid full-color.

Book Summaries:
Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims is about the pilgrims that crossed the ocean in the Mayflower in 1620 to escape religious persecution. It follows them to the New World where they brave their first winter and celebrate the first Thanksgiving. This book introduces Rush Revere, his horse, and two students (Freedom and Tommy) who travel through time to get the truth and answer questions surrounding these events. Meet famous people like: Miles Standish, William Bradford, Miles Standish, and several members of the Wampanoag Tribe such as Squanto, Massasoit, and Samoset along the way.

Rush Revere and First Patriots is about the people who were rising up against King George III because of his taxes in Boston in 1765. We learn about the Stamp Act, the Quartering Act, the Townshend Acts, etc. and the Boston Tea Party & other events that happened just before the American Revolution. The books characters: Rush Revere, his horse, and three students (Freedom, Tommy, and new student Cam) travel through time to get the truth and answer questions surrounding these events. They also try to stop Elizabeth, another student in their class, from changing history. Meet famous people like: Benjamin Franklin, The Sons of Liberty, Samuel Adams, Patrick Henry, and Paul Revere along the way.

Rush Revere and the American Revolution is about the people and battles of the American Revolution around the year 1775. We learn about the Signing of the Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride & the battles of Lexington, Concord, and Bunker Hill. The books characters: Rush Revere, his horse, and three students (Freedom, Tommy, and Cam) travel through time to get the truth and answer questions surrounding these events. Cam needs help understanding the true meaning of freedom to see why his father, a soldier, needs to be deployed oversees to Afghanistan and this trip will give him the understanding that he needs. Meet famous people like: Henry Knox, Dr. Joseph Warren, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Hancock along the way.

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner is about the nation's most iconic symbols. Here the Time-Traveling Crew take a field trip to Washington D.C. to distract Tommy from his anger and sadness about his ill grandfather, but then things go terribly wrong. We are whisked off to the year 1787 to see the Constitution and Bill of Rights, then a few years later to the year 1814 to read about a George Washington portrait being saved from fire at the White House and witness some of the Battle of 1812's major battles and the writing of the national anthem. Meet famous people like: James Madison, Dolley Madison, George Mason, Francis Scott Key along the way. Also a new member of the crew is introduced, a homeschooler named Maddie.

Rush Revere and the Presidency is about the first forefathers of America. When Cam decides to run for student-body president the crew go back in time to meet America's first three presidents and first ladies so that Cam can get a handle on how to be successful. We learn about elections, voting, leadership, and the early presidents. Meet famous people like: George Washington, Martha Washington, John Adams, Abigail Adams, and Thomas Jefferson along the way. With the help of a local congressman and Cam's friends he learns what it really takes to become a great leader.

The website is jam packed full of wonderful bonuses! I love the Homeschool/Educational Depot because it has some great study guides to go along with each book. These can be printed out and saved. The website also has an Activity Depot that is full of fun games, activities and quizzes. Your child can also email the crew, apply for scholarships, and accomplish challenges. Feel free to look around because there is so much more to be discovered.

Teela and the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series.

How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
My daughter, Teela, who is 9 years old read the first 3 books in the series so far. She told me that they are fun to read. She especially likes the antics of the talking horse and says he gets into trouble because he loves to eat. She can relate to the horse because she too loves food and thinks horses are great! We have three horses and a mini pony of our own...not talking, of course 😁 She says he also has another power besides creating time portals and talking, but she says she doesn't want to spoil it for me by telling what it is.

Teela reading Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims.

I love the fact that these books contain accurate history along with humor and science fiction. This is a bestseller book series for good reason. These are great for use with any homeschool or school American History studies especially with the study guides that are on the website. We love history and love the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series so far. Teela can't wait to read more of the books and we hope that this series doesn't end at book 5.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Whistlefritz Spanish Educator's Collection Review

My family had the privilege of trying the Spanish Educator's Collection from Whistlefritz for this review to use in conjunction with our own homeschool curriculum. This is a Homeschool Review Crew Review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family.

Whistlefritz is a great foreign language curriculum with videos on DVD, music CDs, lesson plans, matching cards, etc. Whistlefritz’s award-winning French and Spanish products teach children these languages using the immersion method. This means the child is taught by the exclusive use of the language by hearing and speaking only that language without translation. This is one of the most effective ways to teach a language.

The Spanish Educator's Collection from Whistlefritz is a wonderful Spanish curriculum for ages 1-7. This collection includes a lesson plans book, Spanish videos for kids on 5 DVDs, 3 Spanish music CDs, and some Spanish matching cards. These work together to provide a complimentary program that appeals to all types of learners.

Whistlefritz Spanish Educator's Collection.
The Educator’s Spanish Collection comes with:
  • Whistlefritz Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids book
  • Whistlefritz Ultimate Collection Spanish for Kids DVDs & CDs
  • Whistlefritz Spanish Matching Cards

Whistlefritz Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids is a 273 page book of 40 reproducible lesson plans. This manual doesn't rely on drills or memorization to learn Spanish. Instead, it uses a multi-sensory approach with projects and activities like: crafts, sorting, playing games, drawing pictures, coloring, etc. to go along with each lesson. This helps the child learn the language easier because they are actually learning by doing and making as well. The lesson plans start with the lesson number and title with: a short description of lesson, goals, objectives, vocabulary, materials needed, and time taken. Then it has activities and their: focus and review (if any), teacher input, guided practice, independent practice, closure, and extension activities. This lesson plan book also has over 50 flashcards and other pages to copy, print, and use for use with the lessons. This can be used as a stand alone lesson book to teach Spanish, but it does reference the other products in it as well for the some of the extension activities. These lessons build upon each other and come back to words and themes that were previously taught to reinforce the vocabulary. You can also find Translation Guides and extra Lesson Plans to download on the website.

Spanish Lesson Plans for Kids book and some pages. Zari with her puppet.

Whistlefritz Ultimate Collection Spanish for Kids is a compilation of 5 DVD videos and 3 music CDs. This educational and fun series is a blend of animation and live-action with Latin rhythms to get kids dancing and singing. These programs have fun characters: Maria, Jorge, Fritzi, and the rest of the gang that engage the learner with enjoyable themes, songs, and stories. It also features live, native-speaking adults and children so the child learning can hear the language spoken in complete sentences. This helps teach the structure and cadence of the language. The child learning the language learns the vocabulary by actually using it too. You can listen to a Spanish music sample here. The videos can be watched in any order, but recommended to be watched in order in which they were created if you have a child 3 and under and if you have a child older than 3, start with Adentro y Afuera, then circle back to the earlier videos. The videos were created in the following order from first to last: Los Animales, Vamos a Jugar, Adentro y Afuera, Las Estaciones, and La Fiesta de Fritzi. Each video focuses in depth on specific themes and vocabulary. All teach greetings, introductions, and numbers.

Some images from the Spanish DVD videos.

Whistlefritz Spanish Matching Cards are a set of 50 fun memory cards. These are made up of 25 cards with a match to themselves. These show a illustrated fox that has been drawn to be doing different commonly-used action words. At the bottom of each card is the action word or phrase in only Spanish. These cards introduce new vocabulary and reinforce words that are introduced in the DVDs, CDs, and Lesson Plans.

Zari found her first match!
How We Used This and Our Thoughts:
I used the Whistlefritz Spanish Educator's Collection with my daughter Zari who is 6 years old. She knew a bit of Spanish from me teaching her at home. I had taken 3 years of Spanish in high school and so I remembered how to pronounce the words well, but I was still not as fluent as I would have liked to be. I am glad we got this program to try together.

We started watching the videos first. We started with Adentro y Afuera like they suggested. Even though Zari can't read yet, I still thought it best to turn off the subtitles so that it could be viewed without translation. We found that this video was about directional terms, rooms in a home, and foods. The lady named Maria was trying to find the animated mouse named Fritzi with the help of children and audience. She also showed foods by asking a dog puppet what he liked to eat...then later she asked a mouse puppet, and in the credits a horse puppet. They are educational, fun, entertaining and Zari learned quite a bit while watching. I loved all of these. They are very pleasant and can be watched over and over for repetition without being irritating.

After we got done with the videos she did some lessons out of the lesson plan book. The first lesson she did had an activity to make a paper bag puppet and then make it say phrases in Spanish about personal identity and greetings that she learned in the lesson. Each lesson takes about 30-40 minutes depending upon if you do all the extension activities as well. These lessons had great hands-on activities and Zari liked the projects and playing the games and seemed to learn Spanish better when engaged with making and doing something with the vocabulary.

We also tried the matching cards out. First we set them all upside down on the table and she flipped two over trying to match them. Since there were 50 cards total it took a while for her to finish finding all the matches. She had fun anyway and as she matched up two cards together I would tell her the action on the cards reinforcing the learning from the videos and lesson plans.

I highly recommend this foreign language program. We love Whistlefritz! The Spanish Educator's Collection is great for teaching Spanish to children ages 1-7. These programs are a wonderful multicultural homeschool curriculum for a child to learn to be bilingual.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

The BeLOVED Life Travel Pillow Review and Giveaway

The BeLOVED Life™ by Mimi Tin is a great little online store that has travel pillows. These are great to take with you on-the-go! With seven designs you can pick from these have uplifting, encouraging messages of God's love. The fun appliquéd pictures are happy and bright. These pillows are plush, soft, and comfortable. They have an adjustable shoulder strap that comes with them to clip on to the loops of the pillow. This strap has a holder that you can place a cell/mobile phone, crayons or other small items in. The pillows have a pocket on the back to put the strap in when not in use or to hold a small stuffed animal, books, etc. Handmade Plush cover has zipper on the bottom and a soft poly insert. The pillow is size 16" x 16. Surface wash recommended. Comes with a bookmark hang tag with the verse and a short explanation, along with a "Shine" plush clip to share with a friend.


What We Thought:
We received The BeLOVED Life PRINCESS Plush Cushion Travel Pillow for Kids. This pillow is purple with a silver and white princess crown with a heart on one side and a Bible verse on the other that says, "I am WONDERFULLY MADE Psalm 139:14". I got this for my daughter Zari who is 6 years old because she loves the color purple.

Zari and her new travel pillow.

Zari immediately loved the pillow. She adored how cuddly it was and that she could put things into the pouch on the pillow. She also, of course, loved the color and the crown.

I thought The BeLOVED Life Travel Pillow was neat too. I love the inspirational Bible based message. It reminds me of how we are all Children of God and everything God created is exceptional and phenomenal. His masterpiece is you. The adjustable strap with shoulder pad is also cool because you can carry the pillow easily with it and it has a phone/small items holder. I now wish I had one of these too!

I highly recommend The BeLOVED Life Travel Pillow. These are perfect for kids, tweens, teens, and adults on-the-go! They would be great for taking to camps, field trips, sleepovers, play dates, long car/plane/train rides, Grandparent's house, etc. The messages on the pillows make everyone feel wonderful about themselves.

You can purchase a kids Plush Travel Bible Verse Pillow from The BeLOVED Life™ for $34.99.

Prize: A kids Plush Travel Bible Verse Pillow from The BeLOVED Life™
Host: The BeLOVED Life™ and FrontGate Media.
Who Can Enter: Open to US Residents 18 years or older.

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DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

God Loves Daddy and Me Book Review and Giveaway

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God Loves Daddy and Me is an adorable board book that uses fun rhyme and sweet illustrations to give a wonderful message of love and worth to its readers. This delightful book shows illustrations of a daddy racoon and his little racoon sharing the day's adventures together. It is a warmhearted tale about the tenderness of a dad's affection toward their child and how God loves them too.

What We Thought:
This lovely family-friendly bedtime story is a great book to snuggle up with your little ones with. We love the illustrations by Laura Watkins. They are just darling with fluffy, cuddly looking raccoons. The daddy and little raccoon go through the book going boating, building forts, taking walks, doing chores, acting silly, making s'mores, praying, hugging, and tucking in bed, etc. The relationship of the father with the little raccoon is beautiful. This book has a wonderful message and the author, Bonnie Rickner Jensen, weaves this message of a father's and God's love for us throughout the book. Each moment shown is something that children can relate to and are great to share together with Parents and caretakers.

Zari loves the book, God Loves Daddy and Me!

I recommend this board book for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. My youngest daughter, Zari, who is in kindergarten loves this book! It is the perfect size for little hands to hold and the sturdy pages are less vulnerable to tearing. She is learning to read and it has the perfect amount of words on each page for her. She also loves looking at the cute illustrations as well.

This book celebrates the loving bond of a father with his precious child and the God who loves them both. It is a great reminder of the God's love for everyone. We cherish this book and its message of family. It would be a perfect gift for Father's Day.


Prize: God Loves Daddy and Me Book
Host: HarperCollins Children's Publishing and FrontGate Media.
Who Can Enter: Open to US Residents 18 years or older.
Selection Process: 5 winners will be selected on 6/20/2017 and notified by email.
Where to Enter: Go to this link and fill out the form to enter.

DISCLOSURE/DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free to facilitate this review. My thoughts are mine and my family's own opinion and have not been altered by anyone else. I did not receive any other compensation for doing this review.