I’m very excited to learn some new recipes, meet new friends, and getting healthy one simple change at a time. I have been getting my smoothie recipes lined up, and planning some healthy simple tweaks to my life.
A few of the goals I have during the challenge and I will add more as I go on this journey:
Drink more water and add lemon essential oil to each glass.
Drink a complete whole food smoothie once a day.
Eat a salad once a day.
Take my fruit, veggie, and berry capsules once a day.
Take my superfood supplements once a day.
Use essential oils everyday to help detox, cooking, detox my body, cleaning, etc.
Menu Plan each week to help me stay on track to reach my goals.
With Lee In Virginia
A Civil War Story of Courage, Honor, and Duty
Audio 2 1/2 hours
2 CD Set
Plus: 1)free downloadable PDF Study Guide
2)free printable poster and 3)free downloadable MP3
Ages 6 – Adult
Retails for $29.97
Benefits of sharing these CD’s with your kids:
Truthful retelling of the facts of the Civil War.
2 1/2 hours of “Active Listening” that captivates children’s
“Travel time” becomes fun and exciting “Adventure Time”
Creative and exciting method of story telling to learn and remember history.
Inspires kids to have strong moral values like daring, determination and duty
FREE Study Guide with a bible study that helps parents engage children with the story
Christian Entertainment For Families
With Lee In Virginia 2CD Set
This audio production is so vibrant with sound and life it is amazing. It is full of honest people sharing their struggles in the midst of a Civil War. The audio production has amazing sound effects and you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action. They have a huge cast of stars with great character voices that keep you captivated in the story including Sean Astin, Kirk Cameron, Chris Anothony, Kelsey Lansdowne, and Kim Weiss.
Cast of With Lee In Virginia
Watch this short video clip about the making of With Lee In Virginia and see the amazing talent and excitment that went into this great retelling of history.
How We Used This In Our Home:
My kids were so excited to listen to With Lee In Virginia. The story follows a 15 year old boy named Vincent who joins the Army of Virginia where he meets and observes the life of General Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Vincent learns valuable lessons about character and honor and duty and war. His decisions are impacted by what he learns from these great leaders who care about their men, their families, and their country.
CD set and Study Guide
We listened to the CD’s together in the living room. I printed out the free study guide and put it into a three ring binder. There is a free word hunt on Live The Adventure Kids Corner.
I also printed off some Civil War coloring pages I found on the internet for the kids to color while listening.
Civil War coloring pages
The kids loved coloring the pictures while listening to the story. There are no coloring pages in the study guide so you need to find these elsewhere.
There are 8 of us in our family, and our kids ages range from 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, and 3. They were all captivated. Because we are on our summer break, we are doing a “lighter load” of about 1 hour of schoolwork a day through the summer. Listening to this audio product was a good fit for us to do for a couple of days.
For now, we did a pleasure round of listening of the story and just enjoyed it tremendously. We listened to CD1 on the first day, and CD2 on the second day and the kids were hooked to the story. It takes a little more than an hour per CD. At times the youngest two kids got up and down and played which is to be expected for their age. But the rest of the kids were quite satisfied to sit and listen to the whole story. We also took sometime one afternoon to make some Civil War food. The kids tried Johnny Cakes and we plan to learn to make our own Hard Tack (like crackers or very dry bread), and some other Civil War era recipes this fall during our unit study. We are really looking forward to this.
I had the kids look over the map provided in the study guide and see where the story took place. We also completed the first lesson of questions and defining words from the study guide. Each question covers between 4 to 10 minutes of the audio drama. You can either have kids write out their answers to the questions, or just use the questions for discussion. The questions cover three areas of learning:
The Listening Well: discussion about events, characters, and facts in the story.
The Thinking Further: increase understanding of the story by looking up facts and doing further research, deductive reasoning about characters actions and mindset,
The Defining Words: Look up vocabulary words in a dictionary.
This is a fantastic study guide with lots of questions to get your kids to think deeper and remember the facts. We are going to make the study guide a regular part of our learning this fall and do a complete unit study and lapbook on the Civil War this fall. The depth of the study guide will be a perfect fit this fall when we can dig deeper and go over each section of the audio at a slower pace and pause to do the corresponding pages in the study guide.
With Lee In Virginia makes history come alive. You feel like you are right there with all of these great men in their daily lives. You can continue learning when you sign up for the newsletter called Live The Adventure. The newsletter is jam packed with additional learning including recipes and projects for kids to do.
“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, you should never wish to do less.” ~ General Robert. E. Lee
This is the second product from Heirloom Audio Productions our family has had the privilege to enjoy in our home and we give Heirloom Audio Productions our highest recommendation. These CD’s would be great for homeschoolers, learning coops, church classes, history clubs, and gifts for family and friends of all ages.
Heirloom Audio Productions
“Building character in the next generation by bringing the lessons of history to life. “
With stories from Heirloom Audio Productions, kids are transported back in time to live the adventure of history. Their products are amazing and they make history come alive! “WOW!” is all I can say. We love it! We can’t wait to see what they will produce next.
The question for parents and grandparents is what do we want our children to learn and who do we want them to emulate? Do we want them to be like Spider man or the Hulk or some character in their video games and movies? Or do we want them to be like real men and women with courage and dignity and responsibility who chose to do what was right no matter the cost.
“Who is teaching and what are they learning?” What morals are our kids learning from TV, Video Games, Smart Phones, and all the media they encounter through the days, weeks, and years of their life? Who and what is influencing them?
With Heirloom Audio Productions kids can LIVE THE ADVENTURE. They will desire to be like real heroes from history. People who stood for what was right and honorable and people of character and endurance. People who loved God and loved their fellow man are the real superheroes our kids will come to love and desire to be like.
Be sure to follow Heirloom Audio Productions on their social media links for all the latest news and updates.
Today is the last day to enter my essential oils kit giveaway. I am giving away 3 of the top oils, Lemon, Peppermint, and Lavender. There are over 100 things you can do with these from self care to home care to pet care and beyond, and I know you will love using them in your home. Go check it out at http://weiseracademy.com/essential-oil-kit-giveaway/
They have won over 150 awards over the years. That is a whole lot of folks saying these games are amazing! All of their games can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Their games are easy to learn and don’t take much time, so they easily fit into everyone’s busy day in the classroom and after-school too.
Ages 10 and Up
Shape Whiz comes with 80 Double Sided Shape Cards; 45 Blue Simple Shapes and 35 Green Complex Shapes. On the Back of each shape card are the answers to match clue cards. Shape Whiz also comes with 40 Double Sided Whiz Cards.
Components of the Shape Whiz Game
Eye Hand Coordination
How We Used The Shape Whiz Game
I am so excited about using this game to teach my kids about geometry. We have played table games several times this summer to bust boredom on hot and also rainy days and this game has come in handy just for fun.
But Shape Whiz goes way beyond fun and is very educational.
We practiced mastering the principles of geometry. We used our basic knowledge of geometry knowledge and reasoning skills to figure out clues and find the shape described.
It is a real challenge to try to be the fastest player to find the Shape Card that solves the Whiz Card question.
You can to use a lot of concentration and other players can take your Shape Cards if they see the answer faster than you do.
We will definitely keep playing this geometry game weekly in our math learning practice through the school year.
The first player to empty their Personal Shape Card Stack Wins!
How To Buy
SimplyFun offers four great ways to purchase their award winning educational games. You can choose the option that is just right for you.
You can purchase AMAZING Educational Games and Puzzles at retail.
You can host a Laugh and Learn Party. Invite your friends and you can earn 15%-25% money back on their purchases, product points, and free thank you products too just by hosting a game party.
Play Saver Wholesale Member
You can become a Play Saver Wholesale Member for $19 which includes two free games (worth $27), and save 15% off every purchase. Each year that you purchase $100 wholesale, you will get free membership. This is an terrific option for Homeschool Families.
You can also become a sales associate called a Playologist. This is your own business where you host parties and earn 25% on every game you sell, plus other bonusses and incentives. The Playologist statup fee is $149 and comes with 11 games (worth over $300), a business starter kit, free training, and your own website.
You can also make and save a WISHLIST on their site. I highly recommend you create a wish list and let family and friends know which of these amazing products you would like to get for birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, youth group, coops, clubs, etc. and also the ones you want to tell your spouse about (hint, hint) to use to support your homeschool curriculum, etc. These games are fantastic!
I think I would enjoy hosting a party, maybe a Back to School or Christmas party, and share these wonderful products. I would love to earn enough to pay for a Playologist kit and have plenty left over to buy gifts on my wish list. This is an amazing opportunity to build your own library of educational games and puzzles!
Special savings offer for my readers. SAVE 15% on your first purchase! Use “SHREVIEW” Discount code (expires 7/31/2015) at checkout.
Be sure to follow SimplyFun on their social media links for all the latest news and updates. They are a fantastic company and you will want to stay in the loop!
Home School In The Woods is a company created by a real homeschool family in 2002. The Pak family understands the challenges of learning history in a way that is truthful, as well as easy to understand and remember. They have created many wonderful uncensored historical homeschool curriculum resources for families, including amazing illustrated history timelines, lapbooks, notebooks, and unit studies. The printable graphics and illustrations in the activities and the organization really gives this curriculum a special quality and I encourage everyone to check out their products and see which ones will work for your family.
Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages
Format: CD or Download (Mac & PC Compatible)
Suggested grades: 3-8
For individual family use.
PDF Download Version $33.95
CD Version $34.95
WHAT IS INCLUDED:
This history product contains 25 lessons (or stops along the journey) that cover people, events in history, and geography from The Middle Ages about 400 AD to 1500 AD. Some of the main historical events covered include:
Everyday Medieval life,
The structure of the classes,
Towns & guilds,
Science & invention,
Battles & wars
When your student is done, they will have made a passport that can be used for this and additional Project Passport Studies in history, a lapbook of all their research activities, a scrapbook of sights visited and project papers completed and a history timeline. They will have several arts and craft souvenirs, file folder games, and recipes that they have made along the learning journey too.
The CD includes directions and printable masters for over 50 projects and activities. This is very flexible. You can choose all of the the projects, or choose just a few of them that work best for your family!
File Folder Game
“Scrapbook of Sights” for storing notebook projects
Newspaper “The Medieval Times”
“Snapshot Moments in History” Scrapbook Timeline
“Postcards from Famous Folks”
Souvenir Craft Cards with a dozen 3-D projects to make
“Dining Out Guide” of Recipes
Lap Book Projects (over a dozen)
Dramatized Audio Tours
Dramatized Audio Tours,
There is nearly an hour of listening on dramatized audio tours. Join “Knight in Shining Armor Tours” as Agatha (your tour guide) and Brian (your coach driver) take you on medieval excursions, such as a town on a Festival Day, a monastery where you will hear the sounds of Gregorian Chant, or the Battlefield of Hastings, and the Duke William of Normandy.
The travel planner helps the teacher see the whole schedule. They can see upcoming topics and projects at a glance and plan and gather supplies accordingly. Use a three-ring binder to lay everything out for this history study including: Travel Tips, teacher keys, Additional Resources (should you wish to include more reading or viewing to enhance the study), and a Quick-Stop Itinerary. Also included is a 3 ring binder notebook cover you can print in either color or black & white. Putting everything in a binder will help you keep it neat and organized.
The teacher’s Guide Book houses the reading Guide Book Text, the Travel Itineraries of project directions, as well as Travel Tips, teacher keys, and any of the other teacher helps.
Lapbook, Notebook, and Souvenirs
Throughout this history study, students will accumulate many lapbook or notebook items they created from printouts and research activities to include in a final lapbook / notebook / scrapbook of the learning adventure. Some of the specific activities include “Snapshot Moments in History” timeline, Mapping the Barbarian Invasions, Famous People of the Crusades, Medieval Weaponry & Armor, The Coat of Arms, Illuminations, Pilgrims & Pilgrimages, etc.
We Love It!!!
All of my kids love this curriculum. It is hands on and my kids love hands on unit studies on any subject, and this one is especially exciting. We have this as our number one history and geography curriculum for this fall. The Project Passports are designed to last at least 8 to 12 weeks in length. That would mean doing two or three lessons per week. However, this will project will stretch for 25 weeks if you choose to do one lesson a week, choose to do more of the projects suggested, and go deeper in the learning opportunities that are offered. So I would personally recommend taking your time with this learning adventure and get as much from it as you can. It is quite the adventure and your kids are going to love it!
I am so impressed with this company and I personally would love to have all of the resources they have created for our homeschool. We were sent their Project Passport World History Study: The Middle Ages for review and it is so huge, it will completely fill our history schedule this fall for our upcoming school year. Here are just a few details to let you know more of what this about and I hope you will check them out and get started using them in your curriculum too.
Our chickens have been on egg production overdrive this summer. I am not complaining though. We have enjoyed having an abundance of eggs because they were on strike all winter and I would have given anything for some fresh eggs then. So I will take it while it’s available and not complain!
There are many ways of preserving eggs to keep them into the winter such as freezing out of the shell, boil them and pickle them in a sweet pickle or even beet juice, or storing whole eggs in buckets of sand in a cellar, and you can also crack them and dehydrate them to use in baking or smoothies later. I have tried freezing them in the past and may put up some this way before winter arrives again.
I may put some eggs under a hen too and try to get her to hatch out some babies too. It takes 5 to 7 months for a chicken to start laying eggs, so it is a long waiting process when you get started. Then they usually lay 1 egg a day for a few months. Then many stop laying for at least a month and up to three months in the winter depending on temperatures and the amount of daylight. They also use this rest time to shed their feathers and grow new feathers each year. Usually by their second or third year, the hens don’t lay every day, but maybe evey second or third day. Most people butcher the hens for soup by their second season when they are less productive.
With farm fresh eggs, it is best to store them unwashed but wash them just before using. This way they keep fresh longer. In the photo above you can see how the eggs look right out of the nest, some are very clean and some have a little dirt on them. This won’t hurt the egg because they naturally have a protective barrior on the outside of the shell that protects them. But once you wash them, you also wash away the protective barrier too.
Another wonderful thing about farm fresh eggs is that if there is a rooster around, your eggs will be fertile. The yolks are also more yellow orange colored than store bought eggs and this is due to all the grass and insects the chickens eat all day and it creates an omega 3 richer egg.
I am thankful my kids love eggs and their favorite way to eat them is in Egg Burritos. This is one of the fastest main dishes I make for my large family. It cooks up in just a few minutes and is ready to serve.
Kid Approved Egg Burritos
Eggs (2 per person)
Butter for cooking
Salt and pepper for seasoning
Tortilla (any soft kind will do, there are many options for different diet needs)
Add In Options: cheese of your choice, sauted veggies, meat, salsa, guacamole, rice, leftovers, etc.
Place a tablespoon or so of butter in a nonstick pan and add your eggs. Scramble and continue to stir as they cook until desired doneness.
Fill tortilla shells. I find it very handy to place them in a cake pan while I am filling them as it helps hold up the sides of the burrito for me to fill. Add cheese and even salsa if you wish and serve. You can make these ahead, then cover and set in a warm oven until ready to eat. They are also great frozen and reheated when needed.
Eggs are such a great source of complete protein and easy to digest for most people. They are delicious served anytime of day or night. Eggs are very satisfying and help you feel full while nourishing your body.
Do you like root vegetables? I sure do. One of the easiest way to make them is to roast them in the oven. This method keeps all the flavor and nutrients in the vegetable instead of in your water or broth. It also carmelizes the sugars in the vegetables and they taste really mild and sweet.
I enjoy eating several roasted root vegetables all together and taste the seperate flavor of each one.
CHOOSE YOUR ROOTS
You can use any roots that you like. Some root vegetables have amazing health benefits and all are full of minerals and vitamins. Here are some ideas:
Red Onion (or white or yellow)
Peel and chop your veggies to the desired size for cooking. The smaller sizes will cook more quickly than the larger sizes because roots are very dense. I like to leave my beets slightly larger than everything else because honestly I want the nutrition of part raw part cooked beets and this is the best way I have found to achieve that. Bake in an oiled pan at 300 degrees until done, about 45 minutes or so.
Everything got nice and soft except for the center of the beets and that is what I want. However, you can get the beets very soft by keeping all your veggies the same size and baking for the same length of time. Again, if you leave some big and some small, the small ones will get soft all the way through but the larger ones will take longer to achieve if that is your desired result. Check on them often to be sure they are not burning and also to rotate them in the pan if needed.
When they are done, they have the most amazing flavors. You can use them many ways now like blend them into purees for soups or smoothies, pancakes and quickbreads, and also use them in roasted root sides and salads. YUM!!!
I’ve got a great bible study tool for teens to tell you about! It is called Prasso Ministries. They sent us their Teen Prasso Homework Manual and Teacher’s Manual for review and I am impressed and putting this into our regular schoolwork for this fall for both my 15 year old and almost 13 year old, and mom and dad too.
Prasso is a Greek word and means to practice all the time. It is about practicing our Christian faith on a daily, moment by moment basis. Prasso Ministries is located in Greenville, SC. Greenville is my favorite location as my home church is also located in Greenville, and so many of our favorite things to do are there too. Since we moved to Indiana two years ago, but we have been blessed to watch our home church services live online. We have visited local churches here, but it is not the same, and we sure miss being at our home church in Greenville in person.
Prasso has been equipping people (adults and teens) as desciples and missionaries for 21 years. Prasso is in 11 states, 5 countries, and has been translated into 6 different languages. The curriculum can be used independantly or as part of a larger group. Prasso Ministries help people find hope, and equip people to be desciples of Christ.
What we received:
TEEN PRASSO HOMEWORK MANUAL
Spiral bound, soft back
Retails for $15.00
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Lesson 1: God Your Heavenly Father
Lesson 2: God’s Love
Lesson 3: Why Doesn’t 1+2 Add Up in My Life?
Lesson 4: It’s All-Out War
Lesson 5: The Enemy’s Lies . . . And Where They Lead
Lesson 6: Pressure!
Lesson 7: Anger
Lesson 8: Forgiveness
Lesson 9: Two Brothers – Pride and Selfishness
Lesson 10: Refocus
Lesson 11: Prasso, Putting It All Into Practice
Lesson 12: The Journey
TEEN PRASSO TEACHERS MANUAL
Sprial bound, soft back
Retails for $35.00
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Lesson 1: The Right Beginning
Lesson 2: The Map
Lesson 3: The Bridge
Lesson 4: The Storm
Lesson 5: The Enemy
Lesson 6: Testimony
Lesson 7: The Two Opposing Fears
Lesson 8: Anger
Lesson 9: Forgiveness
Lesson 10: Pride
Lesson 11: Refocus
Lesson 12: To continually, habitually, and repeatedly practice God’s Word.
Lesson 13: Prasso – Eternal Eyeglasses
How we are using Teen Prasso:
The Teen Prasso program allows students to engage truth in an easy to use method that relates to them. There are 13 weeks of lessons (1 introductory, plus 12). The lessons incorporate teaching, testimonies, video, a story theme of 2 teen boys, a 6 days a week devotional bible study, 20 minute daily assignment in the student homework manual, application and discussion at the end of every lesson.
My oldest son is working his way through the curriculum.
We read the lesson in the Teacher’s Manual. There is a “Teaching Outline” for each lesson. It lists the key verse, the story, the message, and reminds you to open the lesson and close the lesson with a prayer.
Next he works on the corresponding pages in the Student Homework Workbook. He likes to use the phone as a digital dictionary and digital bible when he is writing out his answers and bible verses in his assignments. Though it is designed to be used with a teacher, this curriculum is easy to do and he can work independently or we can work together.
I encourage everyone to try Teen Prasso for your youth. We like it so much that I want to order a copy of the student maunals for my next oldest son, and also for my husband and myself. It is a wonderful faith building curriculum.
Teen Prasso can be used for homeschool students, small group Bible studies, youth discipleship groups, youth counseling, youth retreats and conferences, or one-on-one mentoring. It is a great resource to grow your faith.
Follow Prasso Ministries on their Social Media links for all the latest news and product updates.
This is a unique and easy to implement approach for kids to learn how to master writing in cursive letters.
What we received:
96 page, hardback, spiral bound, full color workbook.
Contains both the teacher instructions, and the student practice pages.
Retails for $29.00
The first portion of each lesson teaches students to write each CursiveLogic letter string through a five-step process. After learning the string method, a student can begin writing connected letter groups and real words. After finishing four lessons, the student will be able to write the entire lowercase alphabet and to connect letters fluidly.
The student will learn how to form lowercase letters and capital letters. Students then practice cursive by tracing and then writing famous historical sayings.
The workbook contains three dry-erase surfaces that recap all of CursiveLogic’s exercises the student used to learn and practice the four CursiveLogic letter strings. Dry-erase pages enable students to practice and review again and again.
Additional helpful tips, and printable practice pages are available through the CursiveLogic newsletter.
How we used the CursiveLogic Workbook:
Each day, my son works in this notebook and loves it. He is mastering writing in cursive and I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn about this resource.
He is learning the CursiveLogic method, and loves working in the workbook. He is learning 4 different skill sets:
CursiveLogic groups the lowercase alphabet into four groups based on the shape of the initial stroke of the letters. The workbook teaches all of the similarly-shaped letters in the same lesson.
CursiveLogic teaches the similarl shaped letters in a connected flowing string. Letter strings teach students to connect letters, students gain an understanding of the flow of cursive handwriting.
CursiveLogic also uses visual and auditory cues to reinforce the shape patterns. My son loves this curriculum. He is an audio visual learner. He usually hates to work in workbooks or to write, but he is loving his workbook.
Each shape string has a color—orange ovals, lime loops, silver swings, and mauve mounds.
Verbal task analysis :
A simple, verbal saying that describes the path of the writing instrument as the letter shapes are formed.
He is surprising himself (and me too) that he likes this curriculum and is mastering cursive writing skills. I am really proud of him. He has been a boy who previously hated to sit still and write. But he really is enjoying mastering this skill and I don’t even have to ask him. He does it all on his own.
I would encourage everyone to put this workbook on their homeschool curriculum list.