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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas CD Review #flyby #TennesseeChristmas


A few weeks ago the girls and I were organizing our CDs. We pulled them all out to make sure the correct CD was in the correct case and we put them in alphabet order again. We were separating them and my girls were getting a kick out of some they had not listened to in a long time and some they didn't even realize we owned. One of my girls found an old Amy Grant CD and they couldn't get over how young she looked. The very next day I was offered Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas to review.

This CD contains thirteen songs to celebrate Christmas including some hymns and one featuring Vince Gill. Amy first recorded Tennessee Christmas in 1983 when she was 22. On that record jacket was a picture of her two grandmothers. She is still singing this song and now she includes a picture of her with her grandchild.


  • Tennessee Christmas 
  • To Be Together 
  • Christmas For You And Me
  • Melancholy Christmas
  • December
  • White Christmas
  • Joy To The World
  • I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside (featuring Vince Gill)
  • Christmas Don't Be Late
  • Still Can't Sleep
  • Another Merry Christmas
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful

Amy wishes that you feel nostalgic, warm, hopeful, loved, and not alone when you listen to this album. She is also asking her fans to upload any videos that you may have of surprising your loved ones for the holidays to social media and use the hashtag #TNChristmasSurprise. Amy will share a video compilation of these holiday surprises to share on her social media.

I leave my Christmas music out all year and listen to it often. This new Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas will get plenty of use in the next month but also throughout the year. I have a copy of Amy Grant Tennessee Christmas to giveaway.


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Five Minute Friday Crave #fmf #amwriting


This week the Five Minute Friday writing prompt is Crave.

Usually when I hear the word crave I think about different kinds of foods and drinks. I do have things I crave, but I thought I would take a different prospective this time.

I have been craving wood......as in doors and trim. We purchased our home about 12 years ago. It is an older home built around 1925. It had been repossessed by the VA and needed a lot of work. The good thing was the VA had someone come in and clean up everything that was left here. We have done a lot of work to our home and we are far from done. It originally had paneling and a drop down ceiling and I wanted that gone before we moved in.

We just recently started replacing some doors. Our front door was too small and we had to remove the frame to get some of our furniture inside, so we put in a 36" door. I stained that along with a door to our family room and our downstairs bathroom this past week.

Now I am craving wood trim for these three doors. I was planning on starting on the doors in the dining room but I want to see these doors finished, so the new plan is to get the trim stained and up before starting on the next room.

I am so excited and I can't wait until they are finished.



Kate Motaung hosts the Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt. I'm going to read what other people Crave and you can too. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bible Journaling Kit Review andGiveaway #giveaway #biblejournalingkit #flyby #worthypublishing

Bible journaling has become very popular lately and some of the pictures I've seen floating around the internet are very pretty. I like to take notes in my bible, but I haven't had the nerve to start coloring in it yet. I do like to write out bible verses for a couple of reasons. If I write down a verse I can remember it easier. If I write the same verse or verses down several days in a row then I memorize it without really trying. I also like to pick out words that go together in certain bible passages and color them the same color. I recently received the Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Clair, a division of Worthy Publishing Group and they are wonderful for writing down my bible passages and highlighting certain words that stand out to me that day. 


The Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire is very cute and comes with:
  • Pouch with adjustable strap to hold journaling supplies
  • 8 colored pencil twists
  • 1 journaling pen
  • 1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines
  • 4 sheets of word stickers
  • 4 sheets of alphabet stickers
  • 24 tab stickers

This Bible Journaling Kit is very nice. I really like the beautiful pouch to hold the journaling supplies. The sticker sheets, pen, and all the pencils fit perfectly inside. It lays flat and slides right in the pocket of my bible case. The pen has a very fine point making note taking in a bible so easy. The pencils are very colorful, but also light so they do not bleed through the paper. The sticker sheets make journaling fun and the ruled page protector mat helps me keep my writing straight in my bible.

If you are still Christmas shopping this would make a great gift for anyone who likes to take notes in their bible, journal, keep a prayer list, or just to practice their penmanship.
Where to Buy

I have two ways you can enter to win your own Ellie Claire Bible Journaling Kit in you live in the U.S. I have one to giveaway and you can enter through the Rafflecopter below. Worthy Publishing Group is also giving away five of these wonderful kits. You can enter that one by visiting Worthy Publishing. They also have free coloring pages you can download. 


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener Review #pencilsharpener #sharppencils #lovetodraw


Finally!! We have found the best pencil sharpener we have ever used. The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener is by far the best pencil sharpener. We have an electric sharpener, and several different hand held ones. We actually just started buying mechanical pencils because we didn't like sharpening our pencils for school any more. We were eagerly waiting for our new pencil sharpener and hoping that it worked at good as I had heard. 

The Classroom Friendly Sharpeners come in seven different colors and I was glad we got the purple one. This pencil sharpener works a little different than any I have ever used. The front cover plate extends out and grips the pencil. While you turn the handle to sharpen the pencil this plate pulls the pencil into the sharpener itself. When the pencil is very sharp it will become easier to turn the handle. The black levers on the top are used to grip and release the pencil. There is a little drawer under the blade that catches the shavings and it easily removed for disposal. 


We were all surprised at how sharp we could get our pencils and the girls love them that sharp when they are drawing. Alaina liked using this pencil sharpener so much that she sharpened all of our pencils. She also takes it throughout the house when she is drawing or coloring with colored pencils. 

We did have a pencil lead break off inside our blade housing and we could easily clear that by removing the handle. 

This is by far the best pencil sharpener plus it is the easiest  to use and the most quiet. I'm so glad we found Classroom Friendly Supplies

Disclaimer: I received a Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener free of charge in order to write my review. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Homeschool Review Crew 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards #hsreviews #blueribbonaward #favorites

Meet the Homeschool Review Crew Curriculum Favourites for 2016
Now that the 2016 Homeschool Review Crew year has come to an end the Blue Ribbon Awards are out. All the items that were up for review this year are divided into categories and we all got to vote on our favorites for the year. I always sit down with my girls and we discuss what ones we think were our favorites. It is always a hard choice to make because we review so many wonderful items. 

Here is how we voted this year:
History Curriculum ~ Homeschool In the Woods
History Supplement ~ Cat of Bubastes
Science Curriculum ~ Science Shepherd
Science Supplement ~ 101 Series
Math Curriculum ~Demme Learning
Math Supplement ~ Sunya Publishing
Foreign Language Curriculum ~ Foreign Language for Kids by Kids
Fine Art Product ~ Pencil Grip
Elective Curriculum ~ Online Filmmakers Academy
Christian Education Curriculum ~ Veritas 
Middle School Product ~ Writers In Residence
High School Product ~ 101 Series
College Prep ~ Middlebury
Parent's Choice ~ Koru Naturals
Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed ~Apologia: Writers In Residence
Best Online Product ~ Middlebury
Best eProduct ~Everyday Education
Just For Fun ~ Pencil Grip

Kids Choice
Amber ~ Beric the Brittain 
Delaney~ Getting Started With French
Alaina ~Pencil Grip

Friday, November 18, 2016

Five Minute Friday Enjoy #fmf #amwriting

I can't believe it is Friday again and next week is Thanksgiving. The Five Minute Friday prompt this week is Enjoy!

Enjoy

We have had a very warm fall and Wednesday it was 75° and last night it started snowing.   


My kids and I really enjoy our snowfalls & I can't imaging living any where that doesn't get to enjoy looking out at a moonlight snowfall. There is something about standing outside at midnight in the cold with the snow falling.

My husband really enjoys his old truck. It may not run, but they bring him joy just the same. They are a beautiful sight with a couple of inches of snow on them.

We decided to take a "snow day" from school. Amber & Alaina have been outside all day, but Delaney came inside to make some gingerbread cookies. My house smells wonderful and the other girls were thrilled to have a warm cookie to eat outside.

I do not look forward to my kids growing up and moving out, but I do enjoy the time I have with my teenagers. They are always full of laughter and make my days special.

The first snowfall is always a joy to us and we are looking forward to spending time with our friends and family during the holiday season.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Biology 101 Review #hsreviews #101series #homeschoolscience


Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}
I'm sure every homeschool parent worries at some point about teaching their kids through high school. I love that I can choose curriculum to fit each one of my children but I also think there are certain subjects they all need to complete no matter what they think they want to do after high school. Biology is one of those subjects I want all my kids to study and we have been using Biology 101 from The 101 Series
Physics, Chemistry & Biology 101 {The 101 Series}
Biology 101 is a Christian high school Biology DVD course. It teaches biology from the days of Creation found in the book of Genesis and uses scripture in the films and in the Guidebook. There are 4 CDs that last 4 hours and 37 minutes, a guidebook and an accreditation booklet. There are 11 segments that should last 27 weeks and the Accreditation Booklet averages 5 hours every week. The DVD segment should be watched at the beginning and the ending week for each lesson. There are labs, research topics, field trips, reports to write, and extra books to read. 
The DVD segments are the heart of the program and will give you a solid understanding of God's world. 
  • Disc 1~ Introduction: Defining Life and Life Classification & Plants
  • Disc 2~ Aquatic Creatures & Avian Creatures
  • Disc 3~ Land Animals Part 1 & 2 and Mankind Part 1 & 2.
  • Disc 4~ Genetics: A Brief history of Biology & Cells and Genetics
The 114 page PDF Guidebook is a review of the information from the film including a quiz and discussion questions for each segment. 
The Accreditation Booklet is a 12 page PDF and includes an overview of how the program works. There are also charts that list everything that should be completed for each week along with the amount of time it should take to complete it plus a column to record the exact amount of time. 
All three of my girls have been using Biology 101. Amber & Delaney are both in high school and have been using the whole curriculum and Alaina is almost 12 and she has just been watching the DVD segments with us. They all agree that the films are done very well and they liked having an image to go along with the things being taught. Delaney loves words and she liked that Wes explained where words came from and how they relate to other things. He also gives tips on how to remember things like stigma and stamen. The stigma is the female part of the plant and can be remember because it has the word "ma" in it. Stamen is the male part of the plant and can be remembered because it has the word "men" in its name. 
I really like how simple Wes has made Biology. They way he mixes pictures with video and charts in the DVD segment make the course interesting and memorable. It is recommended for ages 15 and up, but the information is appropriate for the whole family. 

Westfield Studios began in 2004 by Wes and Tammy Olson. They are a homeschool family with four children. When their oldest two sons were in high school Tammy couldn't find a Biology curriculum that she liked. Wes loved science and had years of film production so he decided to make a Biology curriculum Tammy was looking for. 
Members of the Homeschool Review Crew also received Chemistry 101 and Physics 101. You can read those reviews at the Crew Blog.  
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