Monday, November 30, 2015

I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really) Review and Giveaway

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Have you gotten caught up in the comparison game? It's easy to do that in today's society. Between trying to keep up with the Jones on Facebook and trying to create those Pinterest-perfect crafts and recipes, our culture has become one of constantly comparing ourselves to those around us to see if we "measure up."
I don't know about you, but all of this comparing has made me stressed out and crazy. Not at all the mom, wife, or person that I want to be. 

Kay Wills Wyma has written the perfect book to help those of us who suffer from the pressure of trying to keep up with (or out-do) those around us. I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really) shares how Kay and her family have learned to escape the comparison trap.

About the Book
Our cultural obsession with comparison is undercutting relationships and sapping contentment. With disarming candor and humor, Kay Wills Wyma explores how to trade comparison for compassion and rediscover what life is all about.

It’s easy to get caught in the comparison games we play with our appearances, our kids, and our homes. Kay reminds exhausted families about tried and true remedies from the pressures of competitive living.

In her warm, relatable style, Kay confronts the comparison epidemic raging in our homes, our neighborhoods, and our social-media feeds, offering remedies along the way.

With candor and humor, I’m Happy For You (Sort Of…Not Really) explores the troubling effects of living in an excessively competitive culture—and reveals simple yet effective ways to escape the comparison trap.

About the Author
Kay Wills Wyma is a blogger, mother of five, and the author of Cleaning House through which she has appeared on The TODAY Show, CNN, Glenn Beck, The New York Times, Focus on the Family, and more. Before becoming a stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. Kay lives in the Dallas area with her husband, Jon, and their family.

My Thoughts
What a perfect time to read this book! With Christmas rapidly approaching, I find myself looking at others to see what they have, what their kids have, what I DON'T have, etc. (And by the way, how is it almost December already?)

While I don't want to admit that I play the comparison game, the truth is that I am often guilty of judging myself against others, of being jealous when others have good things happen to them instead of simply being happy for them. (Ouch, it hurt to admit that!)

I really enjoyed reading I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really). Well, after my toes recovered from being stepped on as I read the first few chapters and saw myself, that is. The practical ideas throughout the book for how to change my comparison mentality totally made up for my sore toes. LOL

One of the best reminders in the book for me was on p.40. "It's hard to be grateful for, or to, anyone with my eyes on myself." So much truth in that one little sentence! When I take my eyes off of me and how I measure up to others, I can truly be grateful for what I have - the people in my life, the material blessings I have, my health, etc.

You can learn more about Kay Wills Wyma and I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really) on social media:

Not only did I get to review this book, but I have the opportunity to giveaway a copy of Kay Wills Wyma's I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really) to one of you lucky people. Simply enter the giveaway below for your chance to win.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

This Year on the Crew

This year was my first year as a part of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. I had some amazing opportunities to review curriculum and other items that I might never have been exposed to before this. I also met some wonderful fellow Crew members - women and men who also are in the homeschooling trenches.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Regional Champion

Soccer Girl, Little Red, and Sassy all competed in the cross country regionals for South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida today. All 3 ran well. Both Soccer Girl and Little Red had a LOT of competition in their age groups (84 and 77 girls), so while they both had good times, they didn't quite place high enough to move on to Nationals.

Sassy, however, has 4 other girls in her age group from our club so their scores are counted as a team. The top 5 teams get to move on to Nationals. Sassy's team is amazingly fast! In fact, she is the slowest one on her team. Because the girls' total scores were so fast, her team came in FIRST in the region. All 5 girls get to move on to the Nationals - in Albuquerque!

I am so proud of all my runners!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

GrapeVine Studies Review

Grapevine Studies Review

Having a strong understanding of the Bible is very important to me for our homeschool. In fact, one of the main reasons we homeschool is so that I can give my children a solid Christian education. Since I have a wide variety of ages at our house, finding a good Bible curriculum that is engaging for all of my children can be difficult. GrapeVine Studies offers their Birth of Jesus: Multi-Level, which is perfect for families who have children at multiple ages.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Sassy's Birthday Cake

It's been a few weeks since Sassy's birthday, and I'm just now getting around to sharing pictures of her cake.

This cake was so much fun to decorate! Sassy wanted a polka-dot themed birthday, so I immediately thought that we should do an M&M cake. After I put the "8" on the cake with the orange ones, the girls used the other colors to finish the top and sides. I think it was an absolute success!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
I can't tell you how many times I've been asked, "Are you really going to homeschool through high school? Are you sure you'll be able to teach them everything they need to know at that level?" My answer is multi-faceted, but one of the main reasons I feel comfortable homeschooling at the older grade levels is taking advantage of online homeschool programs like Standard Deviants Accelerate. We were given the opportunity to review their homeschool courses.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Cross Country

I mentioned before that Little Red, Soccer Girl, and Sassy are running cross country this fall. They had their first meet a couple weeks ago. I have to say that I really enjoyed the cross country meet; it was much less hectic than the track meets from last summer.

All 3 girls ran a 3K for the meet. For state, though, Sassy will only have to run a 2K. All of them did a great job. I took pictures of them as they came to the finish line.

Little Red was having trouble breathing (and she was a little upset that Soccer Girl was 6 seconds ahead of her) so her finish was quite emotional.

As I said earlier, Sassy had to run a longer race than what she's been doing at practice, and she gave it all she had. She was exhausted after crossing the finish line.
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