A Book Review & Giveaway: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

This post contains affiliate links. When we were eating lunch at our homeschool co-op, one of the moms suggested that we all read the book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio, and then go together as a group to see the movie.  Afterward, we’d all discuss the movie and the book. I ordered the book off Amazon, […]

Grocery Report, November 9 – 15, 2017

So far, my plan to reduce our grocery costs is working, but I am getting a little frustrated with my new budget and Costco.  I rely quite a bit on Costco for frozen organic veggies at a great price.  I like to buy their organic frozen sliced root veggies, butternut squash, mixed veggies, and peas.  However, I […]

Homeschool Crew Review – Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis

Because I sometimes teach high school literature in our co-op, I’m always on the hunt for new curriculum. I recently was able to try out Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis.  This is another great product by Writing with Sharon Watson, and it’s a keeper. About Illuminating Literature: Characters in Crisis This Christian world-view curriculum designed […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Forbrain

All of my kids have been in speech therapy at some point in their lives.  Currently, one is in speech therapy and the other is about to start up again.  I also have a child who struggles with focus, so I was excited to try out Forbrain by Sounds for Life LTD as it is […]

Jotham’s Journey by Arnold Ytreeide: A Giveaway

In 2014, we started a new Christmas tradition.  That tradition was to read one of Arnold Ytreeide’s advent books during Advent.  Ytreeide’s books are set up so that you read one chapter per night.  Many times, the chapter would end in a particularly suspenseful part, and my kids would beg to read more.  We didn’t, […]

A Fun Christmas Movie: The Star

I am always looking for wholesome movies that I can take my whole gang to; considering they range in age from 13 to 7, that can be tough.  So, I’m excited about the new movie, The Star, which tells the story of the Nativity from the animals’ perspective.  This looks like a funny, yet meaningful […]

Fire Road by Kim Phuc Phan Thi: A Book Review

I have seen the picture, as you likely have, too.  It’s iconic and shows the brutality of war as well as the cost to innocent civilians.   But what happened to that little girl in the photo, running naked down the street, being burned by napalm? In Kim Phuc Phan Thi’s book, Fire Road: The Napalm […]

Grocery Report, November 1 – 8, 2017

When my husband went to Flagstaff for work last week, we tagged along.  I brought almost all of our food (all freezer meals from my big freezer cooking session), and we bought some groceries there.  However, that money came out of our vacation fun. So, this week was a light grocery shopping week.    The […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Thinking Like an Architect

Bookworm has reached that point where he’s just not that interested in school.  (I’ve heard from many homeschool moms that this is a common occurrence among middle school boys.)  His favorite mantra is, “But really, when will I use this in real life?” So, I’m always excited when I find a curriculum that interests him […]

Homeschool Crew Review: Thin Stix Creativity Pack

Cuddle Bug has an insatiable appetite for all things creative.  She doesn’t like following prescribed art lessons where she has to imitate someone else’s art.  Instead, she loves to create her own art, and create she does from illustrating books her sister writes to creating paper people for the paper village she’s created. . .the […]