Back to School Printables!

Today I have TWO different Back to School Printable packs for you! I can’t believe summer is over! Wow, that went fast didn’t it!

The first set:




Whether you Homeschool, Private School or Public school these are perfect for taking pictures of your kids on their first day of school. My kiddos look forward to the “first day of school” pictures every year! {Download the whole pack and print what you need! Save until next year!}

The second set: Back by popular demand!

Back to School


These are fun little keepsakes for your little ones {and bigger ones} I posted these last year and they were so popular that I decided to add an all new “last day of school” These will be so fun to see how your kiddos have changed in just one year! {Download the whole pack and print what you need! Save until the end of the year and beyond!!}

Keep your eyes out next week for all NEW Lunch Box Note Printables!

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2014-2015 Curriculum {4th/5th & K/1st}

CurricChoicesI cannot believe that summer is almost over! This year we decide to take the summer off. There was just so much going on, including my moms 70th, my grandfather’s 98th {and subsequent illness that has us waiting to get the call that he has gone to be with the Lord} The biggest reason we decided to take off the summer is because of my husbands summer term {I mentioned in the past he is currently working towards his Bachelors/MBA} We wanted to make sure we got as much family time as possible before the Fall/Winter semester starts for him {next week} Ahhh I digress…lets talk Curriculum!

We are really excited for the 2014/2015 School year to begin! As always I’ve selected a very eclectic homeschool Curriculum {meaning I don’t strictly do a curriculum in a box, Classical, or  Charlotte Mason. I fall in the category of, well…eclectic!} If I told you that all of our school curriculum has been selected and we know exactly what we’re going to do for every single subject, well…I would be lying to you. The reason being that I’m still trying to decide between a couple different things, so look for a more in-depth ‘curriculum by grade’ post in September!

All Together {as a Family}:

Our family is very spoiled, my husband’s office is downstairs! He works from home 100% of the time, which means that he is very involved with our children’s homeschooling!

My husband and I want to instill faith, humility, honor and character in our children. Here are some of the resources we will be using to accomplish this:

Along with all of our Bible time together we will also together do:


4th/5th Grade: {Boy}

As usual Elias will be participating in our  Thursday ‘co-op’ throughout the school year! Classes he will be taking include Archery, Pottery, Leatherworking, Woodworking & Theater!

*Please note Elias is doing a mixture of 4th & 5th grade this year to ensure he is working at his level for him! These are all the ‘main’ books for the subjects we have a many ‘filler’ resources. I’m planning to having a large post coming up in late September about some of my favorite resources.


Kindergarten/1st: {Boy & Girl}

I would really like to find a local “school age” play group. I’m not interest in a co-op for the twins. We shall see what happens.

* Please note that the twins will be working at their paces, so if they don’t accomplish anything in for ‘first grade’ that’s absolutely okay! If they’re anything like their brother they were all in excel in certain subjects, I just wanted to be prepared.

My husband and I also have some really fun family field trips and activities planned for the school year!

Coming Soon! {Back to School Edition}

  • ‘Back to School’ Reviews and Giveaways
  • Just for you Mom: Homeschool Mom’s Bible Giveaway
  • Our 2014/2015 full Schedule
  • How we Organize our School Room {Next week!}
  • Amazing History Book List
  • How We Decide on our Curriculum
  • Our Day: A day in the Life of a Homeschooler
  • AND what you’ve been asking for since May:  My 2014/2015 Homeschool Planner {I’m running a little late and I apologize. Look for it later this month!}


Don’t forget to head over to the Not-Back-To-School Hop and see more 2014-2015 curriculum! It’s always fun to see what cool resources families are using this year! Who knows you might learn about something you would like to incorporate in your curriculum!  

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Intentional Marriage | A 31 Day Devotional | The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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One of the coolest perks about being an affiliate for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is getting my hands on some of the book included early! Over the next few days I will be sharing some of my favorite ebooks and programs that are apart of the amazing bundle! Intentional Marriage: the art of loving your husband  {a 31 day devotional} is one of the fabulous books in the “Marriage” section of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!



In the introduction Crystal says “the biggest threat to marriages in our modern world is neglect. When we stop trying, we start drifting apart.” I have to wholeheartedly agree, once you’ve been married for any length of time it starts becoming comfortable you get caught up in the busyness of life you start only thinking about yourself and sadly we often become thoughtless.Over the last 14 years my husband and I have strived to not allow the busyness of life to take control and pettiness of personal bad habits (in both my husband and myself) but the thing is life is busy and it’s easy to sink into that. Because it is so easy to get consumed by life you have to make every day intentional before you find yourself right in the middle of marriage in crisis. My husband and I have watched countless marriages fall apart because of more than just drifting apart but because they just stopped caring, they stopped being intentional in their marriages in their lives together. They had reached crisis and stopped wanting to be together. I think that it’s a sad reality that this is so very common in this current  world that were part of, but it is and we have to be proactive!

Let’s talk about intentional marriage | 31 day devotional! Crystal Brothers did an awesome job putting this together!!

There are 31 different topics covered in the devotional, including:

  • Cooking your husbands favorite food
  • Five things you love about your husband
  • Date night
  • Be his support
  • Speak only what is helpful assure him of your devotion
  • and more

Each day is put together in such a way that is very easily to accomplish a matter how busy you are. There are four parts to each day

For example Day 15 is “Thank God for him”

  1. A Bible verse Philippians 1:3  “I think my God in all my remembrance of you,”
  2. 2-4 paragraphs discussing what it means to “Thank God for him” What does this mean? How do we do it? Practical tip on how to accomplish said task.
  3. A daily challenge, for this particular day the challenge is “give thanks for your husband every time you think of him having an attitude of things will change your actions towards him”
  4. Finally there is a section of “Daily Challenge” reflection that Crystal has provided on each page. There are number of lines to write some reflection about “today’s challenge” for example you can answer questions like: did today’s challenge go today did it go better-than-expected? did today’s challenge go worse than expected? depending on each days particular challenge you will have different question to reflect on and respond to. If you are like me you will end up doing this section at the end of the day.

I really like the way this devotional is put together! There’s not too much, there’s not too little, it’s absolutely perfect! No matter how much time you have or don’t have, you can do this Devo! I found that no matter how many activities we have each day or how many things I have to do I always have the time I need to read each day, do the days challenge or prepare for it, and spend time praying for my husband. It has to be intentional so I recommend doing it first thing in the morning depending on your situation it might before work, before the kids get up, or like me when the kids are having breakfast. Set a time and stick to it {as best you can}

Besides the fact that this is just an altogether wonderful devotional I love what’s at the end of the book…awesome resources like:

  • 101 ways to bless your husband
  • 101+ free/cheap date night ideas
  • 101+ conversation starters

I like to add to each day the time to pray and write out a prayer for your husband. We are all different, were all going through different things, each of our husbands are going through different things. I would highly suggest taking the time to really pray for your husband!  Pray the things that he’s going through both big and small, any issues that you are having with each other, family, friends {ect.} and lastly, that God will help you be the wife that he has created you to be for your husband.

I hope you grab up the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and enjoy the Intentional Marriage Devotional as much as I did! As a reminder this bundle is a one time offer, once it’s gone, it’s gone!!!! There’s only 5 days left!

Keep an eye out tomorrow for more of My Favorite ebooks from the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

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UHBIt’s here, it’s finally here! Today is the day The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is available right now!!!! I have it for a little bit now and I have been so very blessed by it already!  Its more than just a bunch of book about homemaking…it covers everything from Marriage to Finances! You will not be disappointed! Over the next few days I will be posting reviews on a bunch of the books, printables and programs I’m in absolute love with from this amazing bundle!  Don’t delay on getting your hands on this bundle, it’s a one time only sale once its over its over! Pssst…This would make a fantastic Mother’s day gift {or birthday} 

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Homeschool Mom’s Bible {NIV} Review

photo 1-1As moms we are used to meeting everyones needs and making sure that our families spiritual life is growing…as homeschool moms we are used to having over filled plates. Not only do we feel we are responsible for our children’s spiritual journey and their education and making sure that our children are socialized without being taking over by socialism! Then add in daily schooling, activities, church, ect… I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to get a copy of The Homeschool Mom’s Bible to review! It was in March when my husband and I were having the every important “without the kids” Barnes and Noble date! We were perusing the tiny Bible section and I came across The Homeschool Mom’s Bible. I flipped through it and feel in love…alas…we are home owners, parents, and have bills so the bible was not in our budget. So I prayed that somehow I would be able to get the bible. There was more than once when our budget had to go to repairs, shoes for the kids, you know…THEN I got an email…The Homeschool Mom’s Bible would be available to review then very next week!!!!! I was BEYOND thrilled…yes I cried! Ok, enough about that!

About the Homeschool Mom’s Bible

It comes in either NIV or KJV with 366 Days of  Devotions by Janet Tatman {a veteran homeschooling mother with more than 25 years of homeschooling experience}!

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Janet did an amazing job with the devotions, they are extremely encouraging almost like chatting with a “been there, done that” friend! They have been spot on every single day. I truly felt like the Lord spoke through Janet’s words to the depths of my heart weather I was happy, sad, overwhelmed or discouraged.  On the cover of the bible there is a little tag that says “Encouragement” and that is exactly what this bible doe, it encourages homeschool moms in their day-to-day life. I really recommend this Bible for all homeschooling women. I think it is very important that women/moms stay in the Word and this is perfect! If you {or someone you know} wants a bible that gives daily encouragement, you will not go wrong with the Homeschool Mom’s Bible.

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Please note that the Homeschool Mom’s Bible is NOT study Bible, so there are not footnotes and extras.

What the publisher is saying:

Heartfelt Inspiration to Revive, Encourage, and Strengthen the Homeschooling Mom

If you’re on an airplane, you’re instructed, in the event of a loss of cabin pressure, to put on your own oxygen mask before helping your child. The reason? If you don’t have a supply of oxygen, you won’t be able to help anyone else.

The same is true for the rest of life: you can’t give what you don’t have. And as a homeschooling mom, you pour yourself out every day for the sake of your children. Yet how do you fill yourself up? Where do you get your spiritual oxygen?
Now you can be filled and restored by the original Bible for homeschool moms—with a full year’s worth of encouraging daily devotions placed alongside the clear, accessible text of the NIV Bible. These heartfelt, practical readings written by Janet Tatman, a former homeschooling mom, cover topics such as finding strength to keep motivated, avoiding burnout, staying focused and committed, navigating the needs of toddlers while educating siblings, managing schedules, delegating tasks and chores, setting boundaries, and most importantly, maintaining proper soul care while juggling educational and household responsibilities.

The words of these devotions will breathe life into your soul so that you can successfully run the race.

I received a copy of the Homeschool Mom’s Bible from the publisher for free in exchange for my honest opinion. I was in no way persuaded to give a positive review.



Keyboarding for the Christian School Elementary e-book {Review}

photoDo you remember 2nd-4th grade keyboarding? I totally do! Remember that NEW thing called a computer {only a child of the 80’s huh} I remember it getting boring fast and droning on and on and on. Well, let me tell you keyboarding has totally and completely changed! At the beginning of our school year I was given the great honor of reviewing Keyboarding for the Christian School ebook for Leanne Beitel! I was super stoked about Keyboarding for the Christian School… because honestly when it came to the subject of keyboarding for my kiddos I was at a total loss at what to do {I know I’m not the only one!!} All I knew was that I wanted something fun and structured! I was beyond thrilled when I opened Keyboarding for the Christian School ebook and couldn’t wait to start it with my oldest son!

Keyboarding for the Christian School Elementary edition  comes in either NIV or KJV versions and you can get it regular print and large print! AND you can even get a hardcopy! The book is broken down into 6 sections with a total of 32 lessons for grades K-5! It starts with basic keyboarding skills and progressively increase in difficulty. At beginning your students learn key placement and work up to typing Scripture as copywork which I LOVE LOVE LOVE!


How the lessons are laid out:

  • Lessons 1-20: Alphabetic Keys
  • Lessons 21-25: Numbers and Symbols Keys
  • Lessons 26-29: Number Pad
  • Lesson 30: Centering Vertically and Horizontally
  • Lesson 31: Enumerated Lists
  • Lesson 32: Timed Writings

Here is what a lesson looks like {each lesson takes from 10-20 minutes in our experience}


I really love the ebook version. It’s so easy to access! I love that my son is able to grab the iPad and open it up and pick up at his next lesson! IMG_0987But honestly I think that my most favorite part is that he enjoys it! He has so much fun and after every single lesson has asked it if can peek ahead and see what tomorrows lesson will be! As a parent…as a homeschooling parent that is something to truly love!

I also love the bible verse copy work…and so does my little man!

I highly recommend this to all parents…not just homeschoolers!  It is such a great program! Got older kids…Keyboarding for the Christian School has you covered with the 6th and up edition! Don’t forget to check out the FREEBIE page!


The First School Day of 2013-2014

Yesterday was our first official day of the new school year. I’d love to tell you it went off without an emotional” hitch and everyone was happy and full of smiles all day…yeah if I told you that I would be…lying! Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t bad it just didn’t go as smoothly as I had hoped and dreamed it would be!


It started out WONDERFUL, all three kids were eager to start and so excited! We started with our bible study…they loved it! Then came We Choose Virtues….they loved it! It was some time later as we were doing our daily journal when Elias {8} started getting annoyed with his little brother {almost 4} then little brothers feelings got hurt, then his twin sister got all the markers and that caused another outburst…well you get the picture!


School wise, it was fantastic! Elias has gotten older so he can very easily work by himself which gave me the ability to work with the twins! This is our first “really real” structured {use that term loosely} and I wasn’t sure how it would go over since they are both EXTREMELY strong-willed! I’m pleased to say they really enjoyed it…actually they did more that I had planned. Am I under the misconception that it will be like this every day? Of course not, but I am absolutely tickled that it went this well today!



How was your first day? If you haven’t started when are you planning on starting? I’d love to hear!

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