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.

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.

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