Monday, May 13, 2019

Becoming Us {Review}


Emily and Trevor come to California hoping for a fresh start.  After years of infertility and financial exhaustion, the couple is seeking a new beginning at their uncle's car lot.  And when invited to a women's Christmas party, timid Emily comes out of obligation... and vows not to get close.  But as the group becomes more intwined, the women find that they need each other... and that becoming is truly a group effort.  Will Emily and Trevor get the break they need to start a new life?  Or will their "becoming" be cut short?

Written by the author of Christy Miller and Sisterchicks series, Becoming Us follows the lives of five women as they try to discover who they really are.  In various stages of life, they form a community through effort and time together.  I really appreciated the way Gunn always brought the story back to relationships: Emily with the other women, Trevor and Emily together, family relationships, Emily and her daughter... and so many more.  It is these relationships that bring the women through a variety of tough situations.  And these relationships that ultimate tie Trevor and Emily even closer together.  It was this marriage relationship that was even more enjoyable for me to watch... the way they both supported and encouraged each other.  

There were times that I felt Gunn minimized some of the character's issues.  For example, timid Emily quickly changes her ways and opens up to the group.  And some serious marriage issues were resolved rather easily.  These were issues that I felt could have been further developed and seemed somewhat trivialized.  But all in all, it was a light quick read about the importance of relationships... not only in terms of friendship, but also in terms of becoming all we were meant to be.  

* Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, May 6, 2019

The Tinderbox {Review}


As part of the Hickory Hollow series, The Tinderbox follows the story of an eighteen year old Sylvia and the secret that she uncovers.  As her father's past comes back to haunt the family, Sylvia wrestles with the role she has played and how it affects her parent's future.  Meanwhile her parents, Rhoda and Earnest, struggle to rebuild trust.  Will their marriage be able to survive the threat of the Bann?  Or will this secret tear apart a family, an engagement, and a community? 

I've always enjoyed Beverly Lewis' work and this book was just as enjoyable.  There are so many layers of story in The Tinderbox... Rhoda's sister struggling with a miscarriage, the romance between Sylvia and her fiancΓ©, the loss of a dear friend and mentor, Earnest's struggle to find his place... and salvage his marriage to Rhoda... all of it wrapped into on beautifully written book.  While the beginning started out slow, once Earnest's secret came to light, I found that I couldn't put the book down.  This is a beautiful story of hope, forgiveness, and the power of commitment.  The Tinderbox left me with a lot of questions and I look forward to reading the sequel this fall.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.


Monday, April 29, 2019

What's in Our May Morning Basket?



Sharing the books and ideas in our May Morning Baskets. Click "show more" for multiple links.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

Bytes of Memory:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

The Brave Homeschooling Mama:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

Winter Favorites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1QlXQJ_sY

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Growing in Godliness {Review}


Raising a teen girl is not for the faint of heart.  Today's world is full of challenges that previous generations never dreamt of facing.  And yet, the basic foundations of life remain the same.  Foremost of which is how do we live to glorify our creator?  Throw in teenage emotions and peer pressure, and you're in for a wild ride.

In Growing in Godliness, Lindsey Carlson leads teens through 10 lessons that address this tumultuous time, including:

*Who we are in Christ
*God's sovereignty in all situations
*The importance of the Bible
*The importance of the church
*and more!

When I first started reading this book, I was slightly put off by some of the language.  The words weren't inappropriate.  It was more the tone... the edge... and maybe some of the author's illustrations.  But as I read, I realized I was viewing it through the eyes of a preteen mom.  And as much as I'm protecting her now, she will one day be going through growing pains like these.  As I began to read through a different lens, I realized I did like this book, but would suggest it for a slightly older audience... waiting until the later teenage years.  I did appreciate the fact that Carlson takes time to touch on two important topics: identity and the role of the church.  Identity for it grounds us in life and keeps us from being swayed by trends.  And the importance of the church that seems to have been lost in a seeker sensitive culture.  All in all, I would hesitantly recommend this book, but would caution that it's probably most useful as a mother/daughter study in the older teen years.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

10 Tips for Planning a Stress Free Disneyland Vacation

*Originally posted on 6/29/15.  Enjoy!

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We love Disneyland if you can't tell.  My kids have been spoiled to land in, not one but, two families that love vacationing there.  So we've traveled with big groups and small groups, grandparents and cousins, quick trips and longer trips, and have loved every minute of it.  These are just a few of the tips we've learned along the way for Planning a Stress Free Disneyland Vacation:

1. Choose the "best" time-- I personally love traveling in the fall.  School is back in and the crowds are thinner.  My in-laws like traveling in mid-spring.  I have a friend that swears by the week right after Thanksgiving.  Whatever you do, avoid summer and Christmas, and be prepared for heavier crowds around school holidays.

2. Choose the "best" hotel-- We've never stayed on-site and yet we've had good experience with all the hotels we've stayed at.  Look for hotels within the first couple of blocks as the blocks are loooooong.  Other things we look for are continental breakfast, free parking, and shuttle service.  At the end of a long night, shuttle service is pretty incredible.  :-)

3. Consider a travel agent--  Travel agents can often find deals that the rest of us can't.  Plus if you have a good agent, they'll keep an eye out for fluctuating prices and can get you a better deal as your vacation approaches.

4. Consider a dining experience-- Booking one or two Character Meals will ensure that you get to see several characters while you eat, maximizing your time.  We've dined at Goofy's Kitchen and Minnie's Breakfast and loved every minute of it.  It's a great way to see several characters and they come to you!

5. Book it-- Book those character meals several months ahead.  As soon as your travel agent gives you the green light, book them to get the best possible times for your family.  Be mindful of your child's schedule and your energy level.  We booked one for the beginning (while we were fresh) and one for the end of our vacation (when we needed a chance to sit).

6. Keep trying-- If you're preferred times are booked, keep trying.  Cancellations happen and you just might get into your time slot anyway.  Also check into your meal a few hours ahead and see if there's been a cancellation that you can get into.

7. Rent a stroller-- Even if you have older elementary aged kids, you will not regret renting a stroller. Disneyland vacations can include some really long days and even older kids will get tired.  Last time, we took our double stroller and even the 8 year old rode once in awhile.

8. Check the weather before packing-- Weather patterns change.  We once went in January and found ourselves running to Target to get t-shirts and shorts.  The weather had changed in the days leading up to our trip and I was caught unprepared.

9. Know the park schedule--Disneyland's park schedule is posted with hours, parades, fireworks and more.  Planning a few of these things ahead of time will help you prioritize what you want to see and what you're willing to miss.  It can help you plan what part of the park to enjoy throughout different parts of the day.

10. Be flexible-- While all this planning can help you enjoy a stress free vacation, you also have to remember to be flexible.  Traveling with kids will keep you on your toes and being flexible is key.  If someone needs a snack, veer from your plan.  Everyone will have a better time with a full tummy.  Flexibility is important in any vacation and will ensure that everyone has a more enjoyable experience.

What are your tips for Planning a Stress Free Disneyland Vacation?

For more Disney tips and tricks, check out our Disneyland tag.  You'll find everything from ride info to bucket lists to ways to save money on food.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Escape of Robert Smalls {Review}


In the early morning hours of May 13, 1862, Robert Smalls poses as a Confederate warship captain to lead a crew of slaves on a daring escape.  With a ship full of crew and family, they must pass by one of the most highly defended Confederate forts.  Will Smalls be able to successfully impersonate the captain and lead the ship to safety?  Or will their escape be over before it even starts?

Based on a true story, this book introduces readers ages 9-12 to one of the little known heroes of the Civil War.  Before reading The Escape of Robert Smalls, I'd never heard of this unsung hero.  But his story, courage, and integrity were so clearly portrayed in this picture book.  Due to his clear thinking and nerves of steel, Small changed the fate of his crew and their families.  We need more stories like this, holding up men and women of integrity for our kids to admire.  As a teacher, I'm happy to share this book with my students as we study the Civil War.  If you're looking to learn more about the Civil War or just looking for great examples of strength and character, this picture book is a great place to start.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, April 12, 2019

What's In My Kids' Easter Baskets? ll 2019



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One of my favorite videos to share each year... Today we're taking a sneak peek into my kids' Easter Baskets!
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The Waldock Way:
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Little Guides to Great Lives: Anne Frank {Review}


A young girl who dreamt of being a writer and ultimately touched the world with her personal look into the atrocities of WWII... Anne Frank's words have touched the world for generations and now her story is being told in a new way.  In this Little Guides to Great Lives book, Anne Frank's legacy is shared using a friendly, yet informative, picture book format.

As a parent, I've struggled with how to talk about the Holocaust with my kids.  But this book made it so simple.  The author was honest without sharing too much and wrote about the horrors of WWII in an age appropriate manner.  Marketed to second to sixth grade, I came away from the book with new insight into Anne Frank's struggle for survival as well as further background information about Nazi Germany.  This would make a great introduction to WWII for any elementary aged student.  I'm happy to have found this series and this edition in particular.

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Amish Cookie Club {Review}


Best friends Edna, Vera, Wilma and Mary meet together every other week to bake cookies for their Amish fellowships and to make time for each other.  Their "cookie club" provides a place to reconnect and unburden.  When Vera's daughter, Myrna, is fired from multiple jobs, the group conspires to help her find her place... and perhaps, even a beau.  Widower Ezekiel desperately needs help with his four young children, and for awhile it appears as though a romance may be kindled between he and Myrna.  But when a misunderstanding regarding his deseased wife occurs, Myrna finds herself on edge in their relationship.  Will the truth be revealed in time for this two to connect and find happiness together?

Sarah Price was a new to me author and I loved the way she was able to weave together several minor and major characters throughout the book.  I was a little worried about Myrna in this one.  Although I was pretty confident that things would turn out alright, the author had me guessing throughout most of the book.  The Amish Cookie Club was a wonderful story about second chances, the stickiness of gossip, and finding ones self.  Perfect for a light, uplifting read.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Top Five Parenting Books That Shaped Me As A Parent



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Sharing the Top Five Books that have changed me as a parent... the five I always recommend and will never get rid of.
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Plan With Me ll Mom on the Go Easter Layout



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Monday, April 1, 2019

What We Read ll March 2019



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Sharing what our family read this month...
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This Open Collab is hosted by:
Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg
The Simple Rugged Path: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ
Creative 2X Mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jc2X9jKUgTkoxsPB49_bg

Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLId_JNKYCQ7KKA1BqMTH4q4Gaz43OrZvA&jct=YLWHBrPkk8M2nmXKX8KICy3RKCLXIg

Winter Book Swap Unboxing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw

The Mozart Girl Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-mozart-girl-review.html

Raising Giant Killers Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/02/raising-giant-killers-review.html

Boy Mom Review:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/boy-mom-review.html

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Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Miracle of Hope ll Reading Between The Lines Book Club



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Joining Reading Between The Lines Book Club this month as we discuss A Miracle of Hope.  An old favorite genre with a new plot twist...
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In Collaboration with Mommy and Mia Homeschool Chronicles :
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcr...
and The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HV...

Playlist:
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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Homeschool Bravely {Review}


Do you ever struggle with mom guilt?  That disabling feeling that you're screwing it all up?  What about homeschooling mom guilt?  Wondering if you're not only screwing up your kids, but also sending them off track academically?  Raising my hand HIGH over here!  Homeschool Mom Guilt is the real deal and can throw a mom into a tailspin if she's not careful.

Enter Jamie Erickson's new book, Homeschool Bravely.  This book was unlike anything I expected.  Picking it up, I expected more of a how to style book as is typical of the market.  What I wasn't expecting was the address of the heart that Erickson delivers.  Speaking directly to the core of the issue, Homeschool Bravely addresses the fears head on, encouraging the reader that the Lord is well aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and has called them to homeschool for such a time as this.  Easily the most encouraging read that I've had the privilege of reviewing, my copy of Homeschool Bravely has a multitude of notes and highlights, and has completely changed my view on my homeschool.

These are just a few of my favorite quotes:

"Sometimes the crossed-arms of resistance are the quiet pleas of a child who just wants to be heard- to feel like a portion of his school day is within his control."

"What you don't know, or perhaps what you need to be reminded of, is that a 'struggle' shows that you are doing something right.  Struggle is a verb.  It implies action; effort; giving it all you've got."

"In his kindness to me, God's shown me that in trying to do everything perfectly, I end up doing a lot of things with mediocrity... Again and again, His kindness has helped me see how and when I've made parenting and teaching harder than it needs to be."  

"If you're being pushed around by fear, you're not listening to the Voice that really matters."

"You can drape yourselves in the tattered cloak of the perceived judgment of others and trudge around in it all the livelong day, wrestling for shreds of approval from everyone else.  Or you can homeschool like you know you are already pre-approved by the One who called you to do it.  The choice is yours."

Erickson's words were the refreshing drink that I didn't even realize that my heart needed. Again and again, she comes back to the idea that our homeschool's success if based on more than our human abilities, and rests in the trust and ability of the Lord.  To be reminded that I'm not standing alone, but rather with the One that knows and loves my children even more than I do.  And that makes our homeschool more than enough.  If you could purchase one homeschooling book, let Homeschool Bravely be that one.  

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What's In Our April Morning Basket?



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Sharing the books and ideas in our April Morning Baskets. Click "show more" for multiple links and blog post.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

Bytes of Memory:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

The Brave Homeschooling Mama:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

March Morning Basket Blog Post:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/whats-in-our-march-morning-basket_4.html

Winter Favorites:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hd1QlXQJ_sY

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Self-Care Routine Tag



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Today I'm sharing the Self-Care Routine Tag... the good, the bad, the relaxing, and the often neglected.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

The Homeschooling Grammy:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwJvLhRZtwxRwisPrlKTKzw

Mommy and Mia Homeschool Chronicles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SmxA9HvWhk

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1.Do you do set a side time to do things you enjoy?
2.When was the last time you had a make over?
3. IN the last three days have you taken a nature walk?
4.When was the last time you jouranled?
5.When was the last time you made a list of all the things you are grateful for?
6.Which three words describe you best?
7.Do you have nagging thoughts you need to address? How do you deal with those thoughts?
8.How much personal time do you need each week to function well and feel happy?
9.How do you sabotage yourself?
10.What are my favorite ways to take care of myself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually?

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A Common Life
Homeschool on the Hill
The Fall Co Family

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Friday, March 22, 2019

Spring Reading List ll 2019



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Oh my TBR list is out of control.  Today I'm sharing with you all a wrap up of what I read on my Winter Reading List.  And which books are making the cut for spring.
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The Simple Rugged Path
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Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg

Playlist:
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Winter Reading List:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw&t=5s

What We're Reading in Jan ll 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPrjs3UkuiU

Winter Book Swap Unboxing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw&t=5s

What We're Reading in Feb ll 2019:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1fDOGcjz0Y&t=683s

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ten Things We DO In Our Homeschool



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Each homeschool is unique just as each family is unique.  Today I'm sharing ten things we DO in our homeschool as the counterbalance to the ten things we don't do.
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Ten Things We Don't Do In Our Homeschool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKmpCBvyHtg

2019 Homeschool Resolutions:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RZ5nbYLo1c&t=4s

What's In Our March Morning Basket:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tywulm70R0A&t=12s

Camp Game Review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPRwbSOkOXc&t=42s

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Winter Homeschool Favorites


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Sharing some of our homeschool favorites that have gotten us through this long, wet winter.
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January Homeschool Favorites:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/01/january-homeschool-favorites.html

March Morning Basket:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/whats-in-our-march-morning-basket_4.html

Scripture Writing Plan:
https://thecharactercorner.com/product/love-free-30-day-scripture-writing-plan/

The Waldock Way:
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Christ Centered Easter Basket Ideas

As Easter approaches, I've been thinking about what I want to put in the kids' Easter baskets.  It's a fun opportunity for me to treat the kids a little bit and purchase them a few fun surprises.  While I've always leaned toward filling their baskets with practical items, the past couple of years, I've also looked for opportunities to point my kids toward Christ.

But building a Christ Centered Easter Basket requires forethought and intentionality.  It's so easy to get lost in the pastels of bunnies, chicks, and jelly beans.  As I've brainstormed the contents of our baskets this year, I thought I'd share with you a few ideas for building your own Christ Centered Easter Baskets.

Bibles--I like to gift Bibles when my children are transitioning from one life stage to another: entering elementary school, Jr. High, or graduation.  Or when my little ones are transitioning from storybook Bibles to developing quiet times.  These are a few of our favorites:

The First Message Bible
The Adventure Bible
The Action Bible
Teen Life Application Bible

Books--Books are always a favorite in our house.  There is rarely a holiday that goes by that I'm not gifting my children some sort of book.  And again there are so many wonderful characters and stories to pass on good morals to our children.  There are just a few:

Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
Easter in the Garden
God gave us Easter
Berenstain Bears Easter Sunday
The Story of Jesus (Little Golden Book)
The Parable of the Lily
The First Easter
The Tale of Three Trees
Amon's Adventure
Our Favorite Easter Picture Books
The Mandie Books
The Sugar Creek Gang

Devotionals--I've been trying to lead my kids in a deep quiet time this year and help them develop the habit while they're still young.  In earlier years, we've gone through devotionals together as a family, and now as they're growing we leaning more toward personal quiet times.  These are a few of the tools we've used and continue to use:

3-Minute Devotions
The Names of Christ
Prayer Journal
Gratitude Journal
Bible Study (to complete with mom or dad)

Jewelry

Fancy cross necklace
Nail cross necklace
Cross bracelet


Toys and Crafts

Easter activity book
Stained glass coloring book
Stuffed lamb
Bible Pictionary

What items do you add to your child's Easter basket?

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Favorite Easter Picture Books



The First Easter by Carol Heyer


God Gave Us easter by Lisa Tawn Bergen


Easter Mice! by Bethany Roberts


The Easter Egg by Jan Brett


Rechenka's Eggs by Patricia Polacco


Amon's Adventure by Arnold Ytreeide


The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story
by Jan & Mike Berenstain


The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs
by Stan & Jan Berenstain


The Berenstain Bear's Easter Blessings
by Mike Berenstain


There Berenstain Bears: The Very First Easter
by Jan & Mike Berenstain


The Parable of the Lily by Liz Curtis Higgs


The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Ewell Hunt


Easter in the Garden by Pamela Kennedy



What are your favorite Easter books to share with your children?


Wednesday, March 6, 2019

10 Things We Don't Do In Our Homeschool


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Each homeschool is unique just as each family is unique.  Today I'm sharing ten good things that just don't fit into our homeschool.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Boy Mom {Review}


Popular blogger, Monica Swanson, knew she struck a nerve when her blog post entitled "What a Teenage Boy Needs Most From His Mom" garnered a HUGE response.  Moms everywhere were hungering to know how they could connect with their teenage sons.  At an age where boys are pulling away from us, it can be easy to throw our hands up in frustration and hope they come back eventually. But Swanson encourages her readers that teenage boys need their moms just as much now as they did when they were younger.

Boy Mom is filled with practical advice on a multitude of topics including:

Grounding Our Boys in the Faith
Affirming Their Identity
Teaching Discipline with Technology
Physical Health
Emotional Health
and more!

I appreciated that Swanson wrote this book with a combination of research and personal experience.  She struck a good balance between the two: backing up her statements with both updated statistics as well as the personal experience that can only come from raising four boys.  All with the reminder to parent intentionally and with vision.  This is the type of mom that I would love to sit down with and have a face to face conversation.  And Boy Mom is the next best thing.  The author speaks with such wisdom and honesty that I came away from this book feeling encouraged and empowered to raise my own two sons.  And actually looking forward to those teenage years.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, March 4, 2019

What's in Our March Morning Basket?



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For our fairy tale theme, we are exploring some of the classics as well as reading a few remixes.  The following is a list of stories that I am trying to include:

The Little Red Hen
Three Little Pigs
Three Little Pugs
Three Little Gators
Three Snow Bears
Jack and the Beanstalk
Gingerbread Man
Three Billy Goats Gruff
Hansel and Gretel
Little Red Riding Hood
The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday

Printables:

Fairy Tale Choice Board
Hansel and Gretel: Reading and Writing Unit
Myths, Legends, and Fable: Definition Signs

For language, vocabulary and story telling, we are including:

Rory's Story Cubes
Happily Ever After Mad Libs
Roll a Story Writing Activity

I'm also putting together a Fairy Tales Playlist on Youtube.  In this case, we can switch back and forth from reading to viewing fairy tales as we need to break things up.  Family Movie Night this month is going to be fun as well with options like Cinderella, Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, and The Little Mermaid.

For art, we are including lots of art lessons from Chalk Pastel and Arts Hub for Kids.  We try to do an art lesson once a week, learning new techniques and art forms.

In history, we are nearing the end of Story of the World Vol 2 (Medieval History).  This month, we are reading excerpts from Why Do Castles Have Moats?, as well as various other story books.  We'll also be including A Lion to Guard Us as a short read aloud.

For science, we are including a variety of picture books including The Man Who Named the Clouds and Magic Schoolbus Inside a Hurricane.  We'll also be playing with these Weather and Climate Flashcards as well as Professor Noggin's Earth Science cards.

For Bible, we are working our way through The Ology.  Some of the topics are well known to our kids while others are new concepts.  So it's a nice mix of new and old.

Our family read aloud for the month is Mary Poppins.  We're excited to read a classic as we wait for Marry Poppins Returns to hit the dollar theater.

What are your favorite resources for studying fairy tales?
And what are you including in your March Morning Basket?

Friday, March 1, 2019

When I Pray for You {Review}


An inspiring book about the special bond between child and parent, When I Pray for You celebrates all the wishes and dreams we hold for our little ones.  From birth, through childhood, into the growing years, Matthew Paul Turner perfectly captures the heartfelt sentiment that changes and grows as our children do.  The publisher's description markets this book to ages 3-7 years, but the message transcends time.  As I read this book with my children, it brought tears to my eyes.  The author's words were exactly what I wanted to say to my kids, even the teenager.  Through the good days and the bad, I hope these are words that they'll remember spoke over them... "I've prayed for you... I cherish you... I'm here for you."  I can see myself read turning to this one again and again as my own words fail to share how deeply I feel for my children.  And how much I pray for them day after day.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Our Jr. High Reading List


Jr. High books are all about deeper character development and deeper themes.  Conflicts become more complicated, and students have to wrestle with their own beliefs in untangling these novels.  Jr. High novels should certainly be challenging, but not too overwhelming.  Look for topics that will interest your child/student in making the transition more manageable.


Across Five Aprils
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Anne of Green Gables (series)
Amos Fortune: Free Man
The Black Stallion (series)
The Bronze Bow
Captain's Courageous
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
The Chronicles of Narnia (series)
The Diary of Anne Frank
Elijah of Buxton
Hatchet
Heidi
The Hiding Place
Johnny Tremaine
Last of the Mohicans
Little Men
Little Women
Lord of the Rings (series)
National Velvet
Robinson Crusoe
The Secret Garden
Sounder
Treasure Island
Where the Red Fern Grows
White Fang
Wrinkle in Time
The Yearling

What are your favorite books for this age?






Thursday, February 28, 2019

What We Read ll Feb 2019



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Sharing what our family read this month...
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This Open Collab is hosted by:
Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg
The Simple Rugged Path: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ
Creative 2X Mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_jc2X9jKUgTkoxsPB49_bg

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Winter Book Swap Unboxing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AC_H9eJSkOw

The Mozart Girl Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/02/the-mozart-girl-review.html

Raising Giant Killers Review:
http://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/02/raising-giant-killers-review.html

Boy Mom Review:
https://creative2xmom.blogspot.com/2019/03/boy-mom-review.html

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

A Gameschooling Plan



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Today's video is all about how we use Gameschooling in our Homeschool and remember to bring the fun back into learning.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Raising Giant Killers {Review}


  Much of my parenting journey has been birth out of intentionality.  I remember being pregnant with my oldest and realizing what a special gift it was to be his mom.  From the very beginning of my life as a parent, I wanted nothing more than to be intentional in my interactions and choices with my children.  So when I heard about this newest book by Bill and Beni Johnson, I was intrigued.  And hopeful.  Releasing my child into his divine destiny?  Sign me up!

  But coming away from this one, I have many mixed feelings.  I wanted so badly to whole heartedly endorse this book; I struggle to put into words the strange mixed bag of emotions that I'm stepping away with.  Let's try to break it down:

Pros:
  • The Johnson put a special emphasis on being intentional in our parenting.  As parents, we can't live in reaction to our children.  Through prayer and guidance, we need to take active, intentional steps in preparing for this journey.
  • Speaking life over our children.  In today's world, so much is breaking our children down.  It's become the norm, not only to speak poorly of ourselves, but to speak poorly of others.  There is very little filter and often that leads to breaking others down with our words and attitudes.
  • Praying over our children from a young age.  It's never too early, or too late, to be praying over our children, their identity, and the lives they will live in, and out, of our homes.
Cons:
  • There were some questionable verses taken out of context that sent up red flags right away.  I often felt a check in my heart that things just didn't line up.
  • The authors make some far fetched guesses as to the background of some prominent Biblical characters, potentially skewing the intended message to fit their agenda.
This is one of those books that I struggled with reviewing.  There was so much good focused on being intentional, speaking identity, and building up our children with our words and attitude.  And for that, I am extremely grateful for this book and the Johnson's message.  But there was just too many red flags popping up left and right concerning the theology that is the backbone of this book.  So I think for a seasoned parent that's looking for refreshment and refocusing, this could be the answer.  But for a new parent, or a new Christian, I really hesitate to recommend this book.  In all reality, Raising Giant Killers has some great meal, but it filled with bones.  Chew carefully.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Top Five Reading Resources ll Homeschooling on a Budget


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Teaching your child to read can be really intimidating... especially if you're on a budget.  Join me in today's video where I share how we taught three preschoolers how to read spending very little money.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Our Sixth Grade Reading List



Sixth Grade continues to build on more elaborate themes and characters.  The storylines continue to deeper and we see more realistic issues.  Students are introduced to multiple types of conflict including conflict with self.  It's from this point on that I find myself stealing book off my daughter's shelf because I want to read them too.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
A Long Walk to Water
Black Gold
Blue Willow
Caddie Woodlawn
Call it Courage
Elijah of Buxton
The Giver
The Indian in the Cupboard
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Lions of Little Rock
My Side of the Mountain
Number the Stars
Old Yeller
Rascal
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
The Secret Garden
Swiss Family Robinson
Treasure Island
Tuck Everlasting
Wizard of Oz
Wonder
Zia

What are your favorite books for this age?



Thinking Tree Adventure Handbook Flip Through


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Sharing a flip through and my first impressions of the Thinking Tree Adventure Handbook... checking out the layout, prompts and how this fun schooling journal is  formatted.

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Thinking Tree Adventure Handbook Flip-Through



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Sharing a flip through and my first impressions of the Thinking Tree Adventure Handbook... checking out the layout, prompts and how this fun schooling journal is  formatted.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Mozart Girl {Review}



Nannerl Mozart, a 12 year old musician, is living her dream.  Traveling throughout Europe, meeting kings and queens, she and her brother Wolfgang share a special bond as the famous Mozart siblings.  But Nannerl has a secret, one that she hasn't even shared with Wolfgang.  She longs to be a composer.

Working in secret, Nannerl begins her composition while on tour with the family.  In her spare time, she sneaks away to write music and learn the violin.  But between Papa's ideas about women and music, and Wolfi's stealing the spotlight, will Nannerl be able to rise up and make a name of her own?

Loosely based on history, The Mozart Girl gives an inside glimpse into the story of a very famous and talented family.  At the end of the book, the author includes a brief explanation of which "facts" were real and which were fictitious.  While Nannerl was the talented older sister of Wolfgang Mozart, much of this story is fiction.  And while I did enjoy the book, the tone was quite modern and a bit out of character.  This is a book that I would gladly put in my daughter's hands, but with a clear understanding that this story is far from accurate.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Our Fifth Grade Reading List




Fifth grade can be tricky.  Reading abilities are all over the place, themes are becoming more complicated, and vocabulary takes a leap in preparation for middle school.  In developing this reading list, I tried to keep the storylines interesting to hold the child's interest, while also challenging their way of thinking.  And we do love historical fiction in our home as you'll see reflected in these books:

My Side of the Mountain
Little Women
Peter Pan
Bridge to Terabithia
Anne of Green Gables
Moby Dick
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
Where the Red Fern Grows
City of Ember
Bud, Not Buddy
Shiloh
Mr. Lemoncello's Library
Call of the Wild
Rascal
Robin Hood
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Toulaine
The War that Saved My Life
The Sign of the Beaver
Wizard of Oz


What are your favorite books for this age?





Monday, February 11, 2019

Three Ways I Am Wrecking My Homeschool


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Homeschooling has so many moving components... curriculum, scheduling, hitting all the subjects... but what if the issues that are wrecking my homeschool stem back to me?

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

Be the Best Version of You ll 10 Affirmations to Live By



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What are affirmations?  And how do they fit into the Christian life?  Join me today and see how we're learning to speak truth into our every day lives.

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The Recycle Mom: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFBkFJSa-WKLCVnBnwXVc5w

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Secret Channel Book Swap Unboxing ll Collab


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Today I'm unboxing my package from the Secret Channel Book Swap!  I'm so excited to dig in and enjoy these treats from my partner.  Also stay tuned for February 28th, where I'll select one of these books to read and review.  Enjoy!

Ingrid of Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg

Kim// The Homeschooling Grammy:
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Our February Morning Basket



Sharing the books and ideas in our February Morning Baskets. Click "show more" for multiple links and blog post.

The Simple Rugged Path:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7HVorQE8LgvYfw8_zPiDAQ

Bytes of Memory:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZYXBRaow7qaPnA5i0kf2bw

The Brave Homeschooling Mama:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNT9jeaMb7ylcKvZm5yq2Zg

You are an Artist:
https://www.chalkpastel.com

Art for Kids Hub:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtforKidsHub


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Saturday, February 2, 2019

Mid-Year Homeschool Update



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Today I'm sharing what's working in our homeschool, what's not working in our homeschool... and future plans that could really shake things up.
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Mommy & Mia Homeschool Chronicles https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmcrZSa0FOG6FH5BUv8QNDg

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Friday, February 1, 2019

Our Fourth Grade Reading List

Fourth Grade novels signal a transition in themes for more readers.  While many books like Paddington remain light, lots of books also develop a more mature theme and tone.  Our favorite books from this age range fall in the category of historical fiction, sparking a love for history and cultures.

A Bear Called Paddington
The Black Stallion
The Borrowers
By The Great Horn Spoon
Black Beauty
Caddie Woodlawn
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
Dear America series
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective
Heidi
The Secret Garden
The Sign of the Beaver
Swiss Family Robinson
Tom Sawyer
Treasure Island
The Whipping Boy
Wind in the Willows
The Voyage of Dr. Doolittle

What would you add to the list?

Also see:
Our First and Second Grade Reading List




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Thursday, January 31, 2019

What We're Reading in Jan 2019 ll Collab



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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Top 5 Educational Shows for Preschoolers



Super Why!


Dinosaur Train


Word World


Little Einsteins


The Cat in the Hat

What would you add to the list?




Friday, January 25, 2019

Our Third Grade Reading List

Third Grade year is probably my favorite for reading.  The kids are transitioning out of early readers, but the characters remain fun and the stories are interesting, even for mom.  These have been some of our favorites that we return to again and again.

A to Z mysteries
A Cricket in Times Square
American girl series
Ballpark mysteries
The Bears of Hemlock Mountain
Because of Winn-Dixie
Boxcar Children series
Charlotte's Web
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Geronimo Stilton series
Henry Huggins
Little House in the Big Woods
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Sarah, Plain and Tall
Stuart Little
The Trumpet of the Swan



What are your favorite books for this age?


For more suggestions see our First & Second Grade Reading List.




Thursday, January 24, 2019

January Homeschool Favorites



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Sharing some of our homeschool/ family favorites from the past month.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Under the Midnight Sun {Review}


The third installment in the Heart of Alaska series, Under the Midnight Sun, takes us back to the Curry Hotel where we revisit such beloved characters as Cassidy, Alan, and Mrs. Johnson.  This time, the authors, Terri Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse, focus on Thomas, the beloved orphan who has now grown up and returned from college.  Struggling to find his place in the world, Thomas finds that his growing discontent leaves him with a lot of questions.  When new hire, Taylor Hale, arrives, Thomas becomes frustrated that she is assigned as a new guide in the Alaskan wilderness.  As for Ms. Hale, Thomas' hesitation is nothing new.  Having worked in the National Parks system for years, she's used to living in a man's world.  But proving herself as a guide is nothing compared to what she faces if she returns home.  Hiding from an unfaithful ex-suitor, Taylor struggles to overcome her past and forge a new life.  Can Taylor and Thomas overcome their differences?  Or will Taylor's past catch up to her before she can open her heart?  And what changes are in store for our other beloved friends at the Curry Hotel?

Peterson and Woodhouse have done it again with the third, and final, book in the Heart of Alaska series.  With so many wonderful characters, they continue to bring fresh new storylines while remaining true to the first two books.  Against the backdrop of Alaska, this series introduces to multiple conflicts: against the elements, against others, and again man's own nature.  And while the focus is on Thomas' storyline, other plots play well in the background, wrapping up a happy ending for the Curry Hotel.  Although I would love to see this series continue, I am happy to say that Peterson and Woodhouse have left me with a content feeling that all is well for our friends in Alaska.  I would whole heartedly recommend this book to a friend and am happily looking forward to books written by these authors in the future.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.


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