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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Koru Naturals Pure Emu Oil Review #hsreviews

Koru Naturals Review
One thing I hate about winter is the dry skin we all get!! I continually use lotion & lip balm, but my kids usually don't & only complain when their hands are cracked and bleeding. After years of putting up with this I finally found something that will work quick. That would be Pure Emu Oil from Koru Naturals
I received Pure Emu Oil and Pure Lanolin Lip Balm from Koru Naturals to review and all three of my girls and myself have been using them. 

I'll admit I had never heard of Emu Oil before. So I had no idea what it was for or how it should be used. The Pure Emu Oil from Koru is a powerful moisturizer for skin and hair. It contains all natural ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, and Omega 3 & 6. They test each batch to make sure it contains all the natural concentrations, and it's hypoallergenic and will not clog your pores. 

We used the Emu Oil on our hands, face, hair and as a carrier for our essential oils. I think I'm the only one who used it on my face. I used it every night before bed. You only need a little bit and it feels really good on my skin. It wasn't heavy at all. The first time I used it I got way to much and I was a little shiny & greasy. After reading the directions I found out that when I felt this way I had used way to much. My daughter's leg was sore so we mixed our doTerra Deep Blue Essential Oil with the Emu Oil and it worked great as a carrier. We also used it on our hair. I have naturally curly hair and it can get very frizzy. I used the oil on my hair after it was dry to tame down my frizz! I used it on my girls straight hair to smooth their static. For the girls I just used one drop of oil and rubbed it in my hands and smoothed it on their hair. I used a couple of drops on mine and used my fingers to get it all over. All three of my girls used it on their hands.
This is Alaina's hand. It was very red and was just starting to crack. She loves to wash her hands and she will use a lot of soap and she will wash them a lot. We put Emu Oil on it right before bed. 
As soon as she got up she came and showed me her hand. She said it isn't burning any more & it is almost better. She put it on a couple more times throughout the day and it completely gone the next morning. 
The Pure Lanolin Lip Balms come in a four pack. It is 100% pure anhydrous lanolin and comes in .2oz container. There are no additives, preservatives, colorants or fragrants added. I love that these come in a four pack. I keep one by my bed, one in my purse, one by my computer, and one in the kitchen. This lip balm works great. It actually stays on in the cold and wind. My girls have been using them too. And today I couldn't find the one that sits by my computer.......I found out it is in Alaina's room! The only down fall with this lip balm is it gets to soft when I tried to keep it in my pocket. 
Koru Naturals has been bringing the beauty of New Zealand to the U.S. since 2002. They offer a wide variety of products including skin care, bath salts, and eye contour. They think products from New Zealand offer better value and emphasize natural substances more than the products found in the U.S. Originally they were using the products themselves and sharing with their friends. They believed in the products so much they opened their own store to offer them to other people.

All Crew members received the Pure Emu Oil and one other product. The other products were Koolpurrie Restoring Balm, New Zealand Pure and Simple Lanolin Cream, or Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner. You can read those reviews on the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog.
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Lego Cake #legocake

This cake was for a little girl turning 6. She couldn't decide if she wanted a lego cake or one with a frozen theme. She opted for purple & blue legos with snowflakes. 

The cake was for her party & she took the cupcakes to preschool.

Friday, February 27, 2015

In Freedom's Cause Review #hsreviews

The best way to bring history alive to my girls and myself is to read good quality literature and listen to well produced audio dramas. Heirloom Audio Productions gives a very vivid picture of the past & we loved their first recording Under Drake's Flag so when we were offered In Freedom's Cause Single Package to review we had to have it. 
In Freedom's Cause Audio CD Review
The In Freedom's Cause Single Package you will receive the G.A. Henty Audio Drama 2 Cd set which is the real story of Wallace & Bruce, the Estudy Guide and Discussion Starter, a printable of the Prayer of William Wallace, and the soundtrack MP3 download. 
In Freedom's Cause is over 2 hours of radio theatre that brings G.A. Henty's book alive. The team at Heirloom Audio did a wonderful job putting this together. There was a lot of thought and planning put into this Christian drama. The audio team traveled to Scotland to walk where Wallace & Bruce walked to capture the essence of this story of freedom. The cast members have plenty of experience between them and have had roles in Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Robin Hood, Braveheart, Adventures in Odyssey, and more. 
The Estudy Guide contains 49 pages. Each section gives us vocabulary words, questions to answer from listening to the story, and thinking questions. We are given a brief introduction to G.A. Henty, Sir William Wallace, & Robert the Bruce. A little history of Scotland is at the end of the estudy guide and a bible study covering fearing evil, forgiveness, vengeance, and Freedom. 
The MP3 download contains 29 tracks. The score was written by Emmy Award winning composer John Campbell. I downloaded this to my computer and I really enjoy listening to the Scottish music while I am working. The printable of the Prayer of William Wallace is very beautiful. It is Psalms 23 of the Latin Vulgate and I love how it reads in old English. 
We have listened to this several times. As soon as it came in the mail the girls (ages 10, 12, & 13) didn't want to finish their school work, so we listened to it that first afternoon. The next week we went on a trip and as soon as we hit the Interstate they had it in the CD player. I know they have listened to it a few more times in the house. The cast and the music made us get so wrapped up in the story that we could feel the excitement and feel like we had stepped back in time. The girls never want to stop the audio drama to work on the study guide & they didn't want to worry with answering questions while they were wrapped up in the story. After listening a couple of times I read the introductions & history of Scotland out loud to the them and then we went through some of the questions. Of course my 13 year old could answer the most question, but I was surprised at how much the other girls remembered. My oldest son loved G.A. Henty when he was younger and those are among the few books he took with him when he moved out. I know he would love to listen to In Freedom's Cause. This would make a great gift for him.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

IndoctriNation Review #hsreviews

Everyone who has children have to make the decision of how they should be educated. For us, public school was never an option. I just could not imagine being away from my kids all day Monday-Friday. Mike and I had decided before we had kids that I would stay home with them & when they reached school age we couldn't imagine them being gone. Plus I felt that my public school education was lacking academically & the school Mike attended was full of drugs. When we first started we had a few reasons to home educate our kids, but now years later we have many many more reasons to continue. Our reasons were reinforced in the film IndoctriNation: Public Schools And The Decline Of Christianity In America from Great Commission Films

IndoctriNation is an 102 minute film where Colin Gunn loads his homeschool family into a big yellow bus and drives across the United States. His purpose is to ask questions about the American public school system. He wants to find out the history behind public education, where it came from and the reasons behind it. He interviews many people along the way including John Taylor Gatto, Doug Phillips, Ken Ham, E. Ray Moore, along with teachers, principals, and parents. 

IndoctriNation DVD Review
Colin Gunn is a filmmaker and a Christian homeschool dad. He wants people to be aware of what really goes on in the public school system. He purchased an old school bus on Craig's list and uses this bus as an illustration of the declining public school system. As they have mechanical issues with this bus he tells us about things that are wrong with the public school system. Colin shares some negative things from his public school experiences that were some of the reasons he wanted to homeschool his children. He goes on to show us negative things that are promoted by the public school system that do not align to Christian beliefs. And he tries to answer the question of should Christian families send their children to public school. He interviews former students, teachers, and principals that are Christians who all agree the public school system is not the place for Christians regardless of their position. 
He shares examples of things that are rampant in the school system such as drugs, sex, and violence no matter what school system they attend. Big government and politics also play a big role in the decline of the public school system. The politicians, and teachers unions are out for themselves to make more money instead of for the children. 
I found the history of the public school system to be very interesting. Colin starts with the Puritans. One reason they wanted their freedom was to have control over their children's education and they used the Bible as their textbook. They were taught their alphabet with a poem for each letter that taught biblical principals. They started a common school to teach children to read and understand the Bible. This didn't last long as other men brought in their own philosophy of humanistic views. 

I started watching this film myself and then my 13 year old came and joined me & now she wants to buy an old school bus. She has never been to public school and was actually shocked about some of the things that are discussed. There are issues that younger children may not be ready to hear about such as condoms, abortion, sex, and homosexuality. I was appalled to learn from this film that some school systems are handing out condoms to 6 year old children. Some of them passed out by Planned Parenthood are even wrapped like a smiley face sucker to appeal to young children. A school principal actually admitted that the parent could not call in and restrict their children from getting a condom.  
I have a lot of negative memories about growing up in a government school and I got involved in a lot of things that I should not have. I feel I had a lot of common sense, but my academics were lacking. I know that part of this is because I was not motivated to learn & found school to be very boring and most of what we learned irrelevant to life. I have noticed that this is a common thing just from having contact with public school children and graduates. I have met a couple of high school graduates in the last few years that make me wonder how society will function in the future. This is not just in my immediate area. Dr. David Goetsch Vice-President of Northwest Florida State College informs us that 70% of high school graduates need remedial classes before they are ready for college courses. He says a big part of the problem is students are taught the test and they are not actually learning.
We loved how this film was put together, there is a lot of travel & interviews that kept it interesting. There is so much information and we learned a lot. We have never regretted educating our children at home. They have a good relationship with each other that will continue for the rest of their lives. Homeschooling is no guarantee that our children will always walk with the Lord, they have their own free will to live their adult life as they choose, but I know I have given them a biblical foundation. 
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers
Psalms 1:1

Everyone should be concerned with the public school system and should watch IndoctriNation. These children are the future of our country & parents need to know what really goes on in the system. 
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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Monday, February 9, 2015

Mt Rushmore Tunnels

In January we had a couple of very warm days in the high 60's so we decided to take a trip up to South Dakota. We had been there before but our younger girls had never been. We decided to go through Custer State Park and then take Route 16A. It was a beautiful drive and this time of the year we saw very little traffic. We actually saw more wildlife out roaming than we saw people on this very sunny warm January day. 

On this drive you get some different views of Mt. Rushmore. I used my new Cannon camera with the 55-250 mm lens to get this picture. I had to zoom in all the way. If you were just driving you would not even notice what you were looking at. 

 Alaina found a perfect viewing spot, she thought the rock was just her size. 
 As we drove along there were several different spots to get out and take some photos. This one is when we were getting a little closer & you can see the visitor center in front of the Presidents. 

 The sun was so bright everyone was squinting.
 The pig tail curves along this route make a very interesting drive. One thing we did not know until we stopped at a viewing spot is that there are 4 on lane tunnels along this route that actually frame Mt. Rushmore. 

The tunnels are only one lane & you are advised to honk your horn to indicate you are going through the tunnel.

 Once inside the tunnel you get a very nice frame around Mt. Rushmore. We were fortunate there was no traffic and we could get out to take a picture. We actually only saw 3 cars the whole time we drove through Custer State Park & one of them was a park ranger. 


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