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Monday, June 19, 2017

Life is So Different

Just eight short years ago, all of my children were children. What I mean by that is they were all 17 and under. What on earth has happened? LOL Suddenly I have five, soon to be six, adult children, and my two youngest are now high school age! What???

This morning I just saw my four youngest off to church camp. One counselor and three campers. They are a whole state away! Yesterday my oldest just came home from a week-long trip with a friend where he drove several states away. Tomorrow my husband and I take off for a trip across the country for a week, and while we're gone, my third oldest son will be going camping for the weekend. While we're doing all that, my second oldest and his wife are house hunting. How did this crazy life happen? I remember the day when I had all eight of my kids 24/7 every single day. I could barely stand to drop them off at the church nursery. Now, they and we are spread out all over the place.

Am I totally calm cool and collected about all of this? No. But I have to face reality. One day they might all move out. Notice I say "might." It doesn't seem like that will ever happen, but I know it will. What will the next eight years bring? Only God knows. I told them all they weren't allowed to grow up, but they are doing it anyway. Kids never listen. LOL


New Review!!! Rush Revere!


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Adventures of Rush Revere

Adventures of Rush Revere


About the Book: As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received a complimentary set of the Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh. Wow, that's quite a mouthful. LOL It is Rush Limbaugh we're talking about though. ;) 

Some people might be surprised to find out that Rush Limbaugh has written a book series for kids, but that's exactly what this is. The Adventures of Rush Revere series is about a substitute middle-school history teacher that travels back in time. His name is Rush Revere (yep!) and he and his horse Liberty, along with two of his students travel back to this country's founding to find out how things really went down. 

The five books in the series are as follows:

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims - As you might have guessed, the first book follows the story of the Pilgrims and their trip to the new world aboard the Mayflower. It also includes the story of their first winter and the very first Thanksgiving.

Rush Revere and the First Patriots - This book follows the event leading up to the American Revolution. Rush and the students get to meet people like Sam Adams, Patrick Henry, and even King George III! 

Rush Revere and the American Revolution - I think this one is obvious. LOL In this adventure the kids get to meet some of America's most famous founders, like George Washington and John Handcock. 

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner - This one sounds the most interesting to me. Rush Revere takes the kids on a trip to Washington D.C., but then they travel back in time to meet Betsy Ross and see the Star-Spangles Banner written! 

Rush Revere and the Presidency - This one also sounds really cool. It's a bit more unique than other books I've seen as the kids actually get to see the first three presidents, Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, in action. Our first three presidents are some of the most interesting figures in our history and this book lets kids meet them in a fun and interesting way.


What are the pros of this book? These books look at the founding of America in a fun and entertaining way. They also include colorful illustrations and copies of original documents. They are written about middle-schoolers, but older kids, and even adults can easily enjoy them and even learn something!


What's not to like? Well, if you don't like Rush, you probably won't like it. Why? I don't know. That's just how people are. Haha. But, seriously, though, this is a book series from a conservative, so it has a conservative bent. I happen to think that is the probably pretty close to the right way to look at our history, to be honest. (And, yeah, you see what I did there.) 


The Crazy Mom take:

I have said it before, but these types of book are my favorite way to learn history. I absolutely despised history as a child. Despised it. It was all about dead people and events long ago. What did I care about all that? Really, there were "Brady Bunch" and "Happy Days" reruns to watch after all. Honestly, that's what really mattered to me as a kid. When I got older, I started reading biographies about actual human beings with dreams, feelings, and passions. What? These people could be interesting? Yes! They could be interesting, indeed. So, as a homeschool mom, I have tried to find books like this that are either biographies or historical fiction. Lo and behold, most of my kids actually enjoy them! 



Full disclosure: At first the Rush Revere character seemed a little silly to me. Rush's face imposed on a revolutionary figure. Really? I remember when these first came out. I actually thought they were more of a joke than anything. You know, just something to irritate liberals. LOL I often wondered what they were really like, but never got around to getting any. Then we got them to review and my daughter really liked them! Once I checked them out, I realized they are really pretty cool. Apparently, they are a great resource after all! (Who knew? I mean, I'm a pretty conservative gal, but I honestly didn't think Rush Limbaugh was the kinda guy I'd want to teach my kids. LOL)

Anyway, my daughter has only gotten through the first two books but plans to finish the series. She says "they are great books" and she thinks it is a "great history series and is a good way to introduce history to a kid who might not otherwise enjoy history." As a history lover herself, she says she couldn't put the book down and looks forward to finishing the rest.

I think I might just add these books to my summer reading list!

What's the bottom line? 
The book itself says $20 for the hardcover, but I found that the different retailers have it for varying prices. The book can also be purchased in audio and e-book formats for varying costs. Links to the book from several sellers are found on this page on the Rush Revere website.



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Monday, June 5, 2017

Six Down, Two to Go!!!

So, it's been a great weekend. Very busy, very stressful, but still great. Why? Because I just graduated my 6th student! Yep, my little Dode Man is now a grad. He graduated with a group of local homeschoolers in a very nice ceremony where he was able to be both a flag bearer and part of the pre-ceremony entertainment. He played drums and his sister, Princess, sang and played guitar. They did a great job! (Proud mom moment. What can I say?)

Soon Dode will start college and will (hopefully) be on his way to becoming a physics engineer. For right now, I just want him to clean the kitchen. (Yep, he is right here and I keep bugging him. LOL)

So, this fall it will be just me and Bear and Baber. It was more or less that way this year anyway, but now it's official. I can't believe I will be done in less than four years! It's almost unbelievable!

For now, though, I am going to try to enjoy my summer. I still have to plan for the upcoming school year, but it can wait. It's going by fast enough. I really don't even know what I'll do with myself when it's all over. One thing I can tell you is I'm going to have a big party. Ugh, but then I'll probably have to plan it. Maybe I'll just have my kids take me out to dinner. :)

Happy summer!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

New Review! Milton Hershey: More than Chocolate


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YWAM Publishing


YWAM Publishing


About the book: As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received a free copy of the book Milton Hershey: More than Chocolate, which is just one of 28 books in the Heroes of History series from YWAM Publishing. (See also the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series.) This is an autobiography of, yes, you guessed it, the man who started the company that makes Hershey Bars and Hershey Kisses, among other things. As the title states, though, his life was about more than just chocolate, and this is that story. Learn how he used his wealth to found a town for his workers, start a school for needy children, and start a foundation dedicted to education, culture, and health care. 

While we're at it, I should also let you know that there is also a downloadable unit study guide to go with the book, should you wish to use it. All study guides for the books can be found here. The guides are nice because they have different versions for small groups, classrooms, and homeschools. They contain questions to answer at the end of each chapter, ideas for hands-on activities, ideas for creative writing, etc. 

What are the pros of this book? These books are great. I really mean that. They are so well put together and interesting, yet easy to read. They are appropriate for older grade school kids and up. I am an adult (I think. LOL) and I absolutely love them. The Milton Hershey book is no different than the other books in the series. They basically follow the usual pattern of most biographies in that they follow the person's life from birth to death. I've never found anything inappropriate in any of the books. I had my daughter, Bear, read this book and she confirms that they are just as good as any of the others we've read. 


What's not to like? There is absolutely nothing not to like about this book or any of the other books in this series or the Christian Heroes: Then & Now series that we have read.


The Crazy Mom take: Like I said above, I love this series and also the Christian Heroes series. I'm going to say we've read at least a dozen of them, probably closer to 20. They are fantastic books. I didn't get a chance (yet) to read this one, but my daughter, Bear, did and said it was just as interesting and informative as the rest. Crazy coincidence, I wrote up this review yesterday, and when I later checked my Facebook, I saw that I had a memory from last year where I had posted a picture of two books from the Chrisitan Heroes that I had purchased! 

What's the bottom line? Regular Price: $9.99 YWAM Price: $7.50 

I am going to give Milton Hershey: More than Chocolate 5 out of 5 hearts!!! 💗💗💗💗💗   (Maybe I should make that kisses!)

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Great App: YouVersion.

Do you have a hard time fitting in Bible reading, but always seem to find time to check Facebook and Instagram? Well, I could just tell you to put down your phone; instead, I'm going to tell you to pick up your phone and download the YouVersion Bible app.

This is not a commercial. I have no relationship with the makers of this app; I just love it. First, you can read the Bible. It's easy to search for whatever scripture you like. You can also do things like highlight scriptures, share them, and even make images from stock photos, or your own, featuring your favorite verses.  You can also set it up to do devotional plans. For example, there are plans from some of your favorite artists like TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, and Switchfoot. There are also topical devos such as the one on Thankfulness from Joyce Meyer that I'm doing right now. The great thing is that you can set it up so you get notifications on your phone to remind you to read them.

Another cool thing is that you can actually be "friends" with people through the app. It can be accessed through Facebook and it automatically lets you see which of your Facebook friends are using the app. You can then see what plans they are doing (if they have it set to public) as well as other activities they do. You can then like and comment on what they're doing, just like on other social media. It makes it really nice to be able to encourage one another to read the Word.

I honestly had this app for quite some time and barely used it. It was actually my daughter, Princess, that told me about how cool it was. I am really just getting into it, and I am not even sure of all that you can do with it. This is not meant to be a review, just a heads up on a cool app I've found that has made remembering to read my Bible every day easy. I figure if technology can make it easy to waste time, I might as well figure out a way to make it use my time more wisely. This is a fantastic way to do it. Hope you check it out!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Review! Thin Stix!


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The Pencil Grip, Inc

Thin Stix by KwikStix



About the product/service: 
As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received a free pack of Thin Stix 6 Pack of Classic Colors from The Pencil Grip, Inc. so I could check them out and let you know what I think. These are cool little paint sticks. They look like markers but are actually tempera paint. You take off the cap, twist the bottom, and the paint is exposed. (Like old-fashioned lipstick.) Then just draw on your paper, poster board, cardboard or canvas. 

What are the pros of this product? 
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to use
  • Quick Drying (90 seconds)
  • No water needed
  • Easy clean up
  • Comes in lots of colors (even metallic!)
  • Works on paper, posterboard, and more
  • The colors are very vibrant
What's not to like? 
The only thing I can say I didn't like was the fact that the caps don't fit on the end of the pen when you are using them. That's probably because you have to twist the end to bring up the paint. It wouldn't keep me from buying the product, but I always lose my caps when they don't attach, and sometimes when they do. LOL 


The Crazy Mom take:
I was excited to try these paint sticks because lately I've been dabbling in hand lettering and drawing. I thought I would use them to letter. I really didn't have a whole lot of success with that because they are paint, not ink. To be honest, I thought that they would have a finer point because they are called Thin Stix, but when I got them, I realized they were thicker. So, instead I tried to draw with them. They are really cool to use! (Maybe I'll keep working on using them to letter, too. I am just really new at it and it takes me a while to learn new techniques.)

For my first project, I decided to go with something simple. Just a few flowers. I can't really describe it, but I really liked how the Thin Stix felt to use. They are paint, so they felt smooth. Then they really did dry very quickly. The company says 90 seconds, but it seemed to be even faster than that. (Sorry, I didn't time it. LOL) 

Anyway, I love they way the color went on so smoothly and dried still looking just as vibrant and shiny as when I first drew the flowers. My picture is very simple, but I feel like it looks so much better than it would have had I used markers, colored pencils, or crayons, or tried to use regular tempera paint with a brush. You don't see the lines the way you do with most other drawing products. 




I'm sorry my photo isn't the best. They look much better in real life, but that gives you an idea as to what you can do with these paints. 

What's the bottom line? $8.49 at Amazon.com 

I am going to give Thin Stix 5 out of 5 smileys!!! 

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Friday, May 19, 2017

School's Out for Summer!

We officially ended our school year today! Of course, that doesn't mean we're actually done. LOL What it does mean is that I am done sitting down with them and doing our "together" school. We still have a few review items we're working on, and Bear still has some history and math to work on, but we no longer have set school hours and life is a whole lot freer. Oh, and of course we will still do Bible study. :)

I have a grad this year, so right now my main focus is on getting his graduation party planned and everything purchased. I really do not enjoy planning parties. LOL I am good at it, though, I have to admit. This is our thirteenth big party that we're throwing, and honestly, they are all just about the same. So, it's cool. I got his.

You might have noticed that I never did post anything about the cleaning project goals I made for myself. Well, I that's because I honestly never did them. I will get to them eventually. I think. We keep talking about moving. We have lived here 26 years and that scares me, but maybe it would be a good thing to clear some things out. Of course, we talk about moving all the time, but we never do. Who knows. :)

Anyway, hope everyone else's school year is going smoothly and that you're finishing things up, too. We have done really well this year and among other things, finished two math books, two science books, learned tons of new ASL signs and went through all of Genesis and most of Exodus. Who knew how easy homeschooling could be with just two children to teach. (Yes, technically three, but Dode was pretty much on his own.) I just hope next year is just as easy. Yeah, maybe I should get around to planning that. LOL

Here's to a great summer!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

New Review! Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity


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Only Passionate Curiosity Homeschool Rescue


About the product/service:
As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received a free subscription to Homeschool Rescue from Only Passionate Curiosity. (Trivia: This company is owned by Heather Aliano who is a former Homeschool Review Crew member!) The whole idea behind this 60-day online course is to encourage any homeschool mom who feels overwhelmed or inadequate. In others words, everyone at one point or another. Their slogan is: Breathe New Life Into Your Homeschool. 

The course includes over 20 videos, plus worksheets, audio files, resources, free teacher and student planners, and, if you sign up for the VIP version of the course, you actually get three one-on-one coaching sessions with Heather herself!

This graphic illustrates the content of the course very well, so I won't reinvent the wheel:





What are the pros of this product?
Did you see the above graphic? I don't think there is anything here that is not covered. The 60-day course is very comprehensive. I like the way the video lessons are fairly short, and then there are printable sheets to do as "homework." There are also audio files and other resources. It's great because everyone has their own learning style and this course incorporates many ways to learn. There is even a facebook group, a planned "live group" experience, and free digital planners for both parents and students. 

Also, Heather keeps it real. Really real. Oh my goodness, she is spot on. I mean, she actually reminds us to put our phones down during school. She seems to really have a grasp on all the struggles we homeschool moms have. :)



What's not to like?

Ooohhh, you might just feel a little convicted. ;) 


The Crazy Mom take:
I think this course is fantastic. I know there are times in my life when I really could have benefitted from a course like this. Heather is like having a homeschool veteran as a best friend who will not only help and encourage you, but will call you out if you're getting off track. 

I am just finishing up my 21st year of homeschooling. I think I have things pretty much down. I still felt like she pointed out some areas I could tweak. That cell phone thing. Ugh. I am so guilty. If my kids are working on a math problem, I'll just pick up my phone to take a peek. You know, they hate that! They are always on me to put it down. Even though they don't need me to watch them work step by step, they want to know I am fully engaged in their learning.

Another thing she talked about was saying "no." I have learned to do this, and I can't tell you how freeing that is! Even when you feel obligated to someone to do something, you really have to decide how it is going to affect you and your family. Yes, God wants us to do things that aren't easy sometimes. Yes, we are called to sacrifice, but we really need to be sure we are in God's will when we say yes.

Yet another issue I have struggled with that she addresses is finding time to do "hands-on" things. Wow, this one is me all the way. I am a book learner. I am always putting off things like experiments and art projects until "later." I have gotten a lot better since being on the crew forces me to do some things, but I'm still learning. :)

I didn't get through all the lessons like I'd have liked to. What I did get though, I thought was really good. She really does have a gift for teaching and obviously has gained a lot of wisdom. She's basically the Titus 2 woman I aspire to be. :)

What's the bottom line?
$97 for a lifetime membership/VIP membership $137


I am going to give Homeschool Rescue 5 out of 5 smileys!!! :) :) :) :) :) 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Band Alert! The New Respects

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Here's another hip new band out there featuring former homeschoolers. Check out The New Respects.




Published on 19 Jan 2017
The New Respects - Official Music Video for “Money”
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LYRICS:
If I was a rich girl
I'd spend my days alone
Never leaving my own home
If I was a rich girl
I could have a lot
And have nothing left to give
Have a pocket full of change
But have no sense
If I was a rich girl

The money you save
Can't buy a day back from the grave
My love, my love, my love

Life ain't about money
Life ain't about money
Roll all the windows down
Ride ‘til the tank runs out
Life ain't about money

If I was a rich girl
My wallet full of woes
Wouldn't save a single soul, no
If it was a free world
And all that I possessed
Was some love and happiness of baby
I would be a rich girl

The money you save
Can't buy a day back from the grave
My love

Music video by The New Respects performing Money. (C) 2017 Credential Recordings

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LYRICS:
If I was a rich girl
I'd spend my days alone
Never leaving my own home
If I was a rich girl
I could have a lot
And have nothing left to give
Have a pocket full of change
But have no sense
If I was a rich girl

The money you save
Can't buy a day back from the grave
My love, my love, my love

Life ain't about money
Life ain't about money
Roll all the windows down
Ride ‘til the tank runs out
Life ain't about money

If I was a rich girl
My wallet full of woes
Wouldn't save a single soul, no
If it was a free world
And all that I possessed
Was some love and happiness of baby
I would be a rich girl

The money you save
Can't buy a day back from the grave
My love

Music video by The New Respects performing Money. (C) 2017 Credential Recordings

http://vevo.ly/lKJims

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LYRICS:
If I was a rich girl
I'd spend my days alone
Never leaving my own home
If I was a rich girl
I could have a lot
And have nothing left to give
Have a pocket full of change
But have no sense
If I was a rich girl

The money you save
Can't buy a day back from the grave
My love, my love, my love

Life ain't about money
Life ain't about money
Roll all the windows down
Ride ‘til the tank runs out
Life ain't about money

If I was a rich girl
My wallet full of woes
Wouldn't save a single soul, no
If it was a free world
And all that I possessed
Was some love and happiness of baby
I would be a rich girl

The money you save
Can't buy a day back from the grave
My love

Music video by The New Respects performing Money. (C) 2017 Credential Recordings

http://vevo.ly/lKJims

Get “Money” here:
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Review! High School Essay Intensive from IEW


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Institute for Excellence in Writing




Institute for Excellence in Writing High School Essay Intensive



About the product/service: 
As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I received a free High School Essay Intensive DVD course from Institute for Excellence in Writing, often know as IEW.

The title is pretty self-explanatory. It's a heavy-duty course in essay writing for high school students, especially college-bound students who will be taking the ACT, SAT, and/or writing personal essays as part of the college or scholarship application process. Basically it comes with five DVDs, a 25-page packet of written information and prompts, and what they call a "Portable Wall," which is a tri-fold resource that puts all the tips and trick for writing an essay, such as examples of different essay models, ideas for attention getters, and examples of transitional phrases, in an easy to use graphic.

Here is a breakdown of the different topics that this curriculum covers:
  • General Strategies for Essay Writing
  • Understanding and Preparing for the New ACT Essay
  • Understanding and Preparing for the Redesigned SAT Essay
  • Strategies for the "personal essay"
What are the pros of this product? 
Honestly, it's just done well. It pretty much covers everything you could possibly need to write an essay well. I love that it comes with DVDs, but there are still 25 pages of information in writing form so that it works with more than one learning style. Also, the Portable Wall thing is really cool. I love these kinds of "cheat sheets" as I like to call them. No, it's not really cheating to use them, unless you sneak one into the ACT or SAT test. LOL


What's not to like? 
I can't really see any negatives with this product other than the fact that if you are taking only one of the standardized tests, you don't really need the information for both. It might be nice if they sold an ACT focused version and an SAT focused version for a lower price. I realize that's not really a negative, but more of an opinion. 

Oh, and the packet of handouts is just printer paper held together with a staple. You would probably need to come up with a way to keep them from getting messed up, so there might be an additional cost there if you chose to 3-hole-punch them and put them in a binder or something. It probably depends on your kids and how careful they are. Mine aren't too careful. ;)


The Crazy Mom take:
I was interested in this product because my son was taking the ACT in April. I am a writer, but ironically, writing has been my toughest subject to teach. None of my kids really have the writing bug. I mean, they write songs, poems, and long-winded statuses on social media, but I can't say any of them really enjoy writing a good old-fashioned high school essay. 


Anyway, I had been telling my son, who'd spent a lot of time studying for every other part of the ACT, to please write some practice essays. He gave a half-hearted attempt a few times but really balked at the idea. He's a math and science geek, and has always had issues with spelling, grammar and such. Finally, I was able to have him use the ACT prep part of this course. I could guilt him into it by saying he had to for my review. LOL Well, he did and while he didn't get a fantastic essay score, it wasn't bad at all. Honestly, I was quite pleased and his ELA (English Language Arts) score was at college-ready level. 

I'm so glad I had access to this because, apparently, they changed up the essay section a bit in 2016. I didn't know this and we'd been looking at older essays from previous years as examples. It was great that the video is up-to-date and includes the newer information. (I don't really know anything about the SAT, but it looks like they have also changed up their essay section, so it would be wise to use this resource if your child is taking the ACT or the SAT.)

What's the bottom line? $79

I am going to give High School Essay Intensive 5 out of 5 smileys!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) 

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:) I can't really recommend this product.

:)  :) I doubt this product would be helpful to many people.

:)  :)  :) This is a good product, but it isn't right for everyone.

:)  :)  :)  :) Most homeschool moms will find this useful.

:)  :)  :)  :)  :) This is great, and I would recommend it to anyone!!!



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