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Friday, July 24, 2015

REMINDER!!! Free Discovery Education Streaming Plus this Summer!!!

Reposting this just in case you forgot to check it out!  :)




I just found out about something from Home & School Mosaics that sounds like a great deal. Home School Buyers Co-op is offering a service called Discovery Education Streaming Plus this summer (June 1 - August 31, 2015) for free. This service usually costs $375 for a one year subscription. I will definitely be checking this out.  

Here's a bit of info explaining what exactly this is:

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive, educational digital streaming service that has over 12,300 full length educational videos, plus tons of other educational content including games, interactives, images and more.   So, homeschoolers can have their kids engaged with educational content all summer long at no cost! 


Discovery Education Streaming Plus features:
  • Thousands of full-length videos from scores of producers, segmented into tens of thousands of content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.
  • Supplemental resources such as Assignment Builder, Quiz Center, Writing Prompt Generator, lesson plans, and more
  • Fast and accurate search functionality and dynamic navigation menus
  • The ability to customize and personalize lessons to different subjects, grades, and learning styles
  • Comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
  • Thousands of images
  • Membership in the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Interactive self-paced training
  • Exclusive Discovery programming such as Frozen PlanetHuman PlanetLIFEInto the UniverseMythbusters, and Curiosity
  • Video series from trusted content providers such as BBC Worldwide, CBS News, Channel 4, Discovery Studios, Scholastic, TV Ontario, and Westin Woods
  • Hundreds of games, skill builders, and body atlas interactives
  • Thousands of self-paced math tutorials spanning concepts from basic addition to calculus
  • Thousands of audio files including podcasts, classic literature audiobooks, children's literature audiobooks from Scholastic, and numerous supplemental study aids for auditory learners

Read testimonials from other homeschoolers here.

Try is for yourself here!

I hope this helps keep your kids busy this summer.  Have a wonderful summer vacation!

Happy Streaming!

Crazy Mom







Monday, June 1, 2015

FREE SUBSCRIPTION to HSBC Discovery!!!!






I just found out about something from Home & School Mosaics that sounds like a great deal. Home School Buyers Co-op is offering a service called Discovery Education Streaming Plus this summer (June 1 - August 31, 2015) for free. This service usually costs $375 for a one year subscription. I will definitely be checking this out.  

Here's a bit of info explaining what exactly this is:

Discovery Education Streaming Plus is a comprehensive, educational digital streaming service that has over 12,300 full length educational videos, plus tons of other educational content including games, interactives, images and more.   So, homeschoolers can have their kids engaged with educational content all summer long at no cost! 


Discovery Education Streaming Plus features:
  • Thousands of full-length videos from scores of producers, segmented into tens of thousands of content-specific clips tied directly to state and national standards.
  • Supplemental resources such as Assignment Builder, Quiz Center, Writing Prompt Generator, lesson plans, and more
  • Fast and accurate search functionality and dynamic navigation menus
  • The ability to customize and personalize lessons to different subjects, grades, and learning styles
  • Comprehensive K-12 curriculum coverage in six core subject areas.
  • Thousands of images
  • Membership in the Discovery Educator Network (DEN)
  • Interactive self-paced training
  • Exclusive Discovery programming such as Frozen PlanetHuman PlanetLIFEInto the UniverseMythbusters, and Curiosity
  • Video series from trusted content providers such as BBC Worldwide, CBS News, Channel 4, Discovery Studios, Scholastic, TV Ontario, and Westin Woods
  • Hundreds of games, skill builders, and body atlas interactives
  • Thousands of self-paced math tutorials spanning concepts from basic addition to calculus
  • Thousands of audio files including podcasts, classic literature audiobooks, children's literature audiobooks from Scholastic, and numerous supplemental study aids for auditory learners

Read testimonials from other homeschoolers here.

Try is for yourself here!

I hope this helps keep your kids busy this summer.  Have a wonderful summer vacation!

Happy Streaming!

Crazy Mom








Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book Review: Living on HIs Income: Remembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife


Back when I was doing a lot of reviews, I made friends with some of the other reviewers.  There were hundreds of us over the years, but only a few stood out to me, and though we've never met "in real life," we've remained friends to this day.  One of these ladies is a woman named Mrs.Sharon White. (She gladly wears the Mrs. title!) who writes a blog called The Legacy of Home.

What stood out about Mrs. White was how different she was (and is!) from most women today. She is an "old-fashioned" housewife, and loves it!!!  She loves to cook and clean for her family, and she does it without complaint. Now, I am an "old-fashioned" housewife, too, but I've much to learn in the cooking, cleaning, and no complaining department. Reading Mrs. White's books is like having that wonderful friend who actually models what I would like to be. One of her books is Living on His Income: Remembrances and Advice for The Christian Housewife.  

Now, I understand that not all women today are full-time homemakers for various reasons. Living on His Income is not for those women. For some it may not apply, and for some it might even seem like a joke. I am not writing this review to start any "Mommy Wars." We all have our thoughts and opinions on that and are hopefully doing what we feel is best for our families. This book is for those few of us who still stay home full time (or want to) and must live on our husband's income.

Now, if you're looking details on how to cut coupons or make homemade laundry soap, this is not the book. (Though it include a list of resources.) This is a book you might want to have around for a lovely pick-me-up when money is tight, the kids are sick, or you're just having a bad day.  It is a collection of short articles that are meant to inspire you to continue to love and serve your family. Here is what it says on the back cover:

 "Teaching on the Christian home is needed more now than ever for housewives. . . Here you will find brief examples of 5 housewives over 3 generations from Mrs. White's family. This includes her mother-in-law and grandmother. . . There are also 9 short chapters of advice and encouragement. These cover such topics as standard of living, the content wife, being dependent on him, and the house account. . . Practical resources are recommended at the end of the book. . . You will be inspired to continue on as a cheerful housewife, knowing your work is just as important as the mission field."

If you are a housewife, like me, I hope you will consider picking up this little book.  I'm sure you will find Mrs. White and her advice as lovely as I do!


Recap:

The product: Living on His Income: Remembrances and Advice for The Christian Housewife

Where to get it: Amazon.com

The pros: Written by one of the loveliest people on earth!  Very encouraging to those of us who are stay at home wives and mothers.

The cons: You will hate this book if you are a feminist!  :)  Also, it's more of a book to encourage us in our chosen role, than it is a "how to" book if that's what you are looking for.

The bottom line:  This paperback book it $6.99 plus S&H (Free if you have Prime or spend over $35 on Prime eligible purchases)


Rating*:  Home Run! (Yes, I understand not many women these days would even want to read a book like this, but for the demographic it's written for, it is wonderful!)

*Rating Scale

Home Run!  This product is totally awesome, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

Triple!  This product is great, and I think almost anyone would like it.

Double! This product is good, and it would probably work for some people, but not everyone.

Single!  This is an okay product that some people might like, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.

Strike Out!  This is not a good product, and I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone. 


Happy reading!  :)

Crazy Mom

"Disclosure of Material Connection: Mrs. White is a friend.  She sent me a copy of this book, and I agreed to write a review about it on my blog.  Other than that, I received no money or other type of compensation for this review.  It might be a bit biased, I'll admit, because I just love her!!!  

Saturday, November 1, 2014

New Review!!! Wizzy Gizmo: Who Created Everything?

Last week something happened that hasn't happened in quite some time around here; I got a review item in the mail! It was audio drama on CD (now also available as a download) called Who Created Everything? From the Book of Genesis: Chapter One from Wizzy Gizmo!

If you'd be so kind as to allow me to digress for just a moment, I did want to let you know that I am doing this review for a site called Homeschool Mosaics which is thee place to go for homeschool information and encouragement.  I'd suggest you check it out.  Well, after you read my review.  :)

Anyway, I had never heard of Wizzy Gizmo before, and didn't know quite to expect. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be too impressed.  It seems like a lot of people out there who put out of homeschool resources have wonderful hearts and amazing ideas, but are just a few (or a lot) of dollars shy of an adequate production budget. Now, I have no idea what was spent to make this CD, but is sounds very professional to me. (Mind you, I'm just a mom, and not some sort of audio drama producer, but chances are so are you! LOL)

The CD is about a young boy who is new to the town of  Sunnyville. He soon makes some new friends who introduce him to Professor Wizzy Giszmo, or Whiz, who has basically invented a machine called Gizmovision that makes books come to life. Of course, what better book to try first that the Bible? So they kids get to experience the very first days of creation!

I popped the CD into my laptop drive, called my little guy Baber (11) over, and we had ourselves a listen.  I do have to admit that Baber wasn't totally enthralled with the CD, but I feel that is more due to the fact that he is getting older and is definitely more of a visual and hands-on kinda guy. If he is going to be in the kitchen making lunch, the very first thing he does is shut off the radio. He didn't want to shut off the CD, though, and was content to sit and listen with me. That's saying something. He said he liked the story, but would like to have had video along with the audio. However, I would think that younger kids, especially kids who enjoy listening to stories, would love it.  Like I said, it's very well done. The acting was good, the songs catchy, and the sound effects very well done but not over done. It was funny without being too silly.

Oh! I should mention one more thing that really impressed me. The creators are careful to make sure the characters have positive attitudes. This is so refreshing. I get so tired of all the disrespectful attitudes that are so prevalent in much of our modern media.  Here's what they have to say:

"We make sure the characters in our stories do not make it a practice to display unwholesome attitudes, language or actions. We avoid slang and keep things family friendly and appropriate for all ages."

I am so thrilled that in this day and age there are still people out there who are putting out quality biblical resources that are fun and wholesome without undermining biblical truths.  I think most Christian families with young children would thoroughly enjoy listening to Who Created Everything. Also, check out the website for lots more fun and entertaining biblical resources from Wizzy Gizmo!


Recap:

The product: Wizzy Gizmo's Who Created Everything? From the Book of Genesis: Chapter One

Where to get it: https://www.wizzygizmo.com/

The pros: For children who enjoy audio books, I think this would make a fun Bible study tool! It would also make for a great way to settle them down for a quiet time, or as part of a bedtime routine.

The cons: Honestly, there really are no cons that I can think of for a Christian family who enjoys listening to Bible stories.  Perhaps if you aren't comfortable with more modern music, or use a particular version of the Bible.

The bottom line:  CD; $14.99 + S&H (Free shipping when you order either $25 of more, or any three items) or download: $9.99

Social media links:


Rating*:  Triple!

*Rating Scale

Home Run!  This product is totally awesome, and I'd recommend it to anyone!

Triple!  This product is great, and I think almost anyone would like it.

Double! This product is good, and it would probably work for some people, but not everyone.

Single!  This is an okay product that some people might like, but I wouldn't recommend it for most people.

Strike Out!  This is not a good product, and I could not, in good conscience, recommend it to anyone. 


Happy listening!  :)

Crazy Mom

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I bought and paid for this product myself, have no connection to Family Dollar other than the fact that I shop there, and have received no compensation for this review.  I just liked it so much, I thought I'd let you know."

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Running Behind! Yikes!

How is your cleaning going?  I feel like I am SO behind!  These "little bite-sized projects" are taking up all of my time!  I guess you could say I've finished the bookshelves and junk drawer.  However, there are still a bunch of things I have to find a place for. I have an extra large storage bin in my dining room that is FULL. This is where I've been putting all the homeless things for "later." I did clean off my dresser top today and  hope to get to the closet.  I keep finding other things to add to the list.  It never ends....

Well, no time to blog, I have to get back to work!

Read the original post here.

Happy Cleaning!!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

a glimpse of our life: Cleaning out and organizing

A while back a blogging friend of mine, Jennifer, challenged me to do another cleaning challenge. We'd done one a year or so ago, but wouldn't ya know, we both needed to do it again. After reading her post, it sounds to me that she is doing a fantastic job.  Go Jennifer!!!

Check out Jennifers post about cleaning out her office!!!
a glimpse of our life: Cleaning out and organizing

Here's my original post. 

Won't you join us???

Happy Reading, Cleaning, and Organizing!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

I've been busy!!! (Cleaning update!)

Okay, here's a little rundown of what I've done lately.The big chore I've been doing is organizing my bookshelves. What a chore!  First of all, all the books are totally out of order.  Every year I organize, and by the end of the year you'd never know it.  The kids shove the books in here there and everywhere, and often horizontally on top of the other books.  {sigh} Also, pens, pencils, and just about anything that will fit end up on the shelves in front of the books.  It's a mess. I've been working on it for days and now realize that one day per bookcase was not enough time.  Both cases are now neat and organized, but I have other books and things that I took off them that have to be dealt with.

The reason it takes so long is that I have to decide what books I will be using in the upcoming school and what books can be packed away. I wish had a whole room for them! Then I try to group them in the order we'll use them each day, as well as order them for each student.  It takes a lot of thinking and that wears me out!  LOL

Oh!  I forgot that what started me on the bookshelves was that I went to go through the miscellaneous tub in the younger boys' room and found it was mostly filled with books. So the tub is done. :)

Enough of that. :) I've also reorganized all the clothing drawers in our dresser.  We both have a "junk drawer" and my husband takes care of his own, and I'm avoiding mine.  It's like a little hoarder drawer and it scares me, much like the junk drawer in my kitchen, which I am also avoiding. As for the rest of my house, it looks like a mess right now. Trying to get my kids to do their chores so I can get back to my organizing and some paperwork that needs to be done.  After 25 years I have to prove that I'm married to my husband so I can be on his medical. :)

See my original post here.

Happy Un-hoarding! :)

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Making Progress :)

So, yesterday I went for a bigger job. :) I got to the cupboard under my junk drawer (another big one.) Now I am left with only three kitchen areas left to clean/organize. Well, I should say that are on my list. There are still other areas to clean, but I actually have done some of those areas already as I've been in there working. I cleaned the top of the fridge and the little bit of the microwave that sticks out where it fits under my cabinet. That was quite gross! (Who looks there? I'm short!) In other news, I also got the wall vents cleaned in my living room and dining room. These things seem to happen.  If you clean one thing, you just get on a roll! I know you want pics, and I plan to put some up. I've been to busy cleaning to take them. ;)

To see my original post click here.

Happy Housework!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Yet Another Update! :)

Starting to feel accomplished as one whole side of upper kitchen cupboards are done!  (Well, technically I have to put the a few things back in one of them, but they are all clean.)

Yesterday I did the Lazy Susan and the cupboard over my fridge.  I wanted to do the cupboard over the oven but I ran out of time.  (We have Wednesday night church and I had to get dinner and then go.)  This morning did it right away, but I still plan to do something else on the list if  I get to it before going to the grocery store.  Since the Lazy Susan was a job on its own, I'm technically ahead of myself, but I'm okay with that.  Looking around I can find a lot more things to do than the 40 I planned to do, so if I get them done before my deadline, I have plenty more to keep me busy.  (Plus the things I did first will likely be dirty and/or disorganized.  It never ends, does it? ;)

Happy Cleaning, Organizing, Giving, and Tossing!!!  

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Another Update!

Just a quick update.  Did my spice cupboard yesterday. Whoo hoo! It's a regular cupboard with three shelves.  I don't even use that many spices!  So, I condensed my spices and cleared the top shelf.  I finally have a home for the many extra bowls and baking dishes I never had a place for.  (I have a small kitchen.)

Then I went a little crazy.  Yep, I cleaned out another area!  Okay, another easy one, my cereal cabinet. I am now over halfway done with my kitchen cupboards.  This whole one area a day thing is working for me. Messy folks like me just can't handle the thought of cleaning a whole house or even a whole room.  It's just overwhelming.  So breaking it down to one small task works! I feel like I've accomplished exactly what I set out to do.  Goodbye feeling like I'm drowning.  :) 

Today I plan to clean the cupboards over the oven and fridge.  Then I am going to go a little wild again and clean the Lazy Susan.  My youngest, Baber, is clearing off all the cans as I type.  It gets so dirty considering I just keep cans on it.  Could be that my kids broke off the door. Whenever I clean it, which has been maybe three or four times, I reorganize like foods together.  It makes it so much easier to use.  I'm actually looking forward to it.  I actually do well organizing small areas.  That doesn't overwhelm me.  It's large areas that freak me out.  What about you?  Are you better at the big picture or the details?  

Happy Cleaning and Organizing!
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