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Friday, July 18, 2014

My reading apps.

It is a new world today.  There are so many ways we can help our kids with reading.  Since this is reading day here, I wanted to show you what I have on our iPhone, iPad & iPod for our kids to help with reading.

My kids favorite is Reading Raven.  If I remember right you do have to pay for this, but it is cheaper then you think and way worth it.  I don't have the links so you will have to search in your iTunes account.

The next is Marbleminds Phonics.  This is nice as they have games like memory, where you have to match the letters to the pictures.

Speech With Milo Sequencing is great!  Your kids will learn how to put stories together by putting pictures in the right order.

Montessori Crosswords is so good too.  It teaches them to here the sounds and spell the words.  Best part is they can do this at a very young age.

So there is a start for you.  I am pretty sure I paid for all of them, but it was not much and so worth it. If they are going to play on the Apples then they better at least be learning!


ABC Cookbook! Free!

 Need a fun activity for the summer with your little ones?  Check this out!  Just click the picture and sign up to get the cookbook download to make yummy snacks all summer long!  It has 10 fun recipes that your older children can help you make for the younger children.  Or just make it all together.  Here we come Fruity Flags!

Make your own Fabric Alphabet!

Check this easy to do craft!

A must for you little ones...

If you have read my blog in the past you will know that I just love the All About Spelling program!  Click here to order and click here to see why it works so well.  

I have just ordered the All About Reading program as well.  I am excited as so many things I have tired have just not worked.  I really looked into this program and I think it is just what I am looking for.  You can look here and see sample pages.

If you have a struggling reader, or even just lack the time for much preparation, then this should work for you. 

With every question I have, they send me a very personal email with links to how I can be helped. That personal touch is huge.  Recently they sent me a link on how to how help my son with the b & d confusion.  I can't wait till he wakes up to teach him.
All About Reading Activity Bundle
So there it is mama and daddy's!  Check out this program by clicking here or the banner for a freebie!



Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A kids book review! "Terry Treetop" Plus it's free!



Terry Treetop was an enjoyable book to read. I really enjoy kids books that rhyme. It's rhythmic tone keeps and captures kid's attention. The thing I like most about the book were the illustrations. They were impeccable & wonderfully done. I was chosen to review this product and the review is my own and I am not being paid for it.  This book is free right now on amazon so check it out by clicking here.

They have more Terry Treetop books on amazon I will have to check out!  

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

The new Crest Review.

I did not like this toothpaste at all.  To much foaming agent in all of them. The chocolate mint made it feel as though I was brushing my teeth with a cookie.  After all of the toothpastes I had to re-brush my teeth with my Spry toothpaste.  These did not make my teeth feel clean but coated.

My 13 year old liked the flavor of the vanilla mint.  If it was made with less foaming agent and no fluoride I would buy it for her.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Christian mama in prison with her new born & 20 mth old...

Sign now to save her.... http://beheardproject.com/meriam#action

The Embassy of Sudan has release an official public statement that torturing and executing a woman for her Christian faith isn’t “violating human rights.
Earlier this month a Sudanese judgesentenced Meriam Ibrahim to be flogged and executed for her Christian faith. She is currently on death row and just gave birth to an American girl. Her son, an American toddler, is also imprisoned with her.
The Sudanese government’s statementacknowledging the case alleges that the media and world leaders “have mistakenly accused the government of Sudan of violating human rights.” Its outlandish attempt to deflect, defend, and distort reality is mindboggling.
Sudan literally spends more time contesting the spelling of her name than dealing with the cold, harsh reality of its degradation of human rights.
When it finally does address the heart of the issue, Sudan despicably attempts to justify the abhorrent torture and death sentence imposed upon Meriam. The Sudanese government actually argues, “There was no Government agency behind the case; rather her immediate family had reported their daughter as missing, later and after she was found and claimed that she is Christian, the family filed a case of apostasy against her.”
The Sudanese government is actually publicly making the case that executing this woman is OK because the family turned her in and the government isn’t involved even though it was a judge (which the statement acknowledges) who sentenced her to death.
Sudan actually admits the case is entirely about “apostasy” – becoming a Christian – her personal religious beliefs. That’s their public justification. The family turned her in, they want her dead, so it’s out of the government’s hands. Never mind the fact that her Muslim father abandoned her. Never mind the fact that the very same statement touts the fact that the “ruling of the judge was made at the primary court.”
In its twisted logic, the same statement that condemns her for “apostasy,” proclaims that it is “reaffirming the commitment of the Government of Sudan to all human rights and freedom of beliefs.”
“Apostasy,” by its very definition, is inherently contradictory to “freedom of beliefs.”
Unbelievably, Sudan states, “This case remains a legal issue and not a religious or a political one.” A conviction and sentence under Shariah Law for “apostasy” is nothing but religious.
Faced with this reality, Sudan spins a web of lies and deception to cover its diabolical deed. The official government statement notes, “It is important to emphasize that freedom of choice is the cornerstone of both Islam and Christianity.”
Yet, for Meriam’s “choice” to marry a Christian man, she is to be tortured with 100 lashes. For her “choice” to be a Christian, she is to be hung.
The statement goes on to proclaim that “Sudanese Judges are qualified and dignified.” There is nothing dignified about flogging a woman because of whom she chose to marry. There is nothing dignified about demanding that she change her beliefs and accept the government’s radical Islamic oligarchy at the end of a noose. There is nothing dignified about imprisoning two innocent babies while their mother is shackled in the cell with them. There is nothing dignified about killing a woman for embracing her faith.
It’s evil personified.
The defiant statement attempts to shut off public outrage, calling it “dangerous.”
“It is unwise and dangerous to politicize the issue at hand to spur religious tension between the two peaceful faiths with similar foundations,” Sudan asserts.
There is nothing “peaceful” about hanging a woman for her faith. It is Sudan and not the world that spurred “religious tension” by imposing a death sentence based on religious beliefs.
One thing is for certain: Sudan is listening to the public outcry. It is doing anything in its power, spreading any deception it can, to silence the world. We will not be silenced. We will be heard. Sudan must release Meriam and her two American children.
More than 275,000 people have raised their voice to demand their freedom. Join them by signing the petition at BeHeardProject.com. Sudan is listening. The world is watching. A woman’s life hangs in the balance.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Save Jonathan Park!!!!



Jonathan Park Needs Your Help!
Many of you may have heard that Vision Forum (the organization that brought Jonathan Park audio adventures to you for the past 10 years) has closed its doors. We have GREAT NEWS! Pat and Sandy Roy — the writers, creators and producers — have quickly assembled a talented team to save Jonathan Park. But they need your help! To learn more about how you can be part of the team to save Jonathan Park, go to SaveJonathanPark.com.

And More Exciting News!

Two generous homeschooling families have offered to match every donation to the “Save Jonathan Park” campaign up to $10,000 each for two weeks in a row! They just reached the first $10,000 milestone, and the matching donation was made today for a total of $20,000. We’re now entering week two. Would you help us reach the next $20,000 milestone over the next 7 days?
 
Click here now to help keep this alive!!!!
 
 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

A very unique Christmas....The boys!


The second blog post on my unique Christmas is here.  I will start with my boys.  As stated in a previous post, I decided to do a theme of tools for my boys.  I want to raise my boys to be men and to be do-it-yourselfers, so I thought tools would really help promote this desire.


The first thing I did was research.  I researched what kind of tools are a must.  I then listed them on a piece of paper and decided which ones they could share.  Saws & drills will one day be something they need alone but at 8 & 11 they can share for now.  However, if they were 16 or so, I would probably get them each their own set.  That way they have them to take with them someday.
Once I knew what I needed, I could start looking.  My big place to buy tools at amazing prices may surprise you.  It is Tractor Supply!  Yes, I am serious.  They have a great clearance section that I am convinced many people miss.  It is usually in the back corner of the store.  A little bit hidden.  I can’t even tell you how much I have bought here for 50-75% off original prices.  You may even find something for yourself.  I got Muck Boots for $14.00 one time.  But that is another story.
The best part of this store is men don’t mind going in there.  So if we are driving in a town far from home and I see one, I may ask to stop.  You can also sign up to get their mailings where you can get 10-15% off coupons sent to you.  Sometimes you can use them on clearance items, which is a bonus!


The second best place I found to buy tools is Amazon.  So many items are eligible for free shipping.  And they have hard to beat prices.  This is where I got my 8 year Old’s workbench as well as other amazing items.  Because he is young I found a Real Construction Deluxe Tool Workshop Kit.  It is actually Styrofoam looking wood that you cut and saw and nail with hard plastic tools.  I thought this would be good practice for him.  Boy was I right.  He built so many items all on his own with this kit.  I was amazed.  Even his older sister got into it.
 



The secret with Amazon is four-fold.  First, find a friend or relative to either go in on and Amazon prime account with you or one who has an account and will just add you to it.  You will get free shipping in 2 days on most items.  Second, put the items you want in your cart and save them for later.  Then every time you check your cart it will tell you if the price has lowered or rose.  When it hits the price you like move back to your cart and purchase it.

Thirdly, you can try and take advantage of Swagbucks.  Just don’t waste a bunch of time on it.  You can quickly, by addiction & wasting time, get lots of bucks in your account.   Or instead, slowly earn bucks by using it as a search engine or purchasing through them.  You then use the bucks towards gift cards towards places like Amazon.  It won’t get your rich, but to me it is like getting a $5.00 coupon I can use on Amazon.



Lastly, you can tie in your credit card points with your Amazon account.  My friend and employee used all the points they had saved up this year on Amazon.  They paid nothing for Christmas gifts this year, because they had wisely saved up credit card points and used them for the things they wanted to purchase.  They are also Dave Ramsey people so they pay off their credit card every month.

Another place, that I am not crazy about as most of their tools seem pretty cheap, but is worth the look, is Harbor Freight.  You can sign up for their email and get coupons sent to you.  The only thing I purchased here was my oldest son’s workbench and it is awesome. I paid so little compared to other stores including amazon, with the exact same workbench.


I really wanted kits for my boys.  Things they could easily put together on their own or with little help.  So I searched and found a few to wrap up.  But the best thing I found was a building kit of the month club.  And this was not easy to find.  It is the Young Woodworkers Kit Club.   Every month you get a kit with a tool to help you build it.  The tools are not top notch or anything, but they don’t need to be.  It is the kit my kids want.  I am happy with this club.
So there it is.  My boys were happy to get all these tools and have put them to use many times already.  I think this summer they will even get more use out of them.  I love to see them create and be men.  It makes me a proud mama, when I can call one of them and say, “Please figure out how to fix this cupboard door for me.”  Then I step back and watch them work.  What a great blessing.
I sure hope this gives you some great ideas.  I will post links to many of the items I bought.  I just have to go through my Amazon orders to find them.  Sorry but some tools I am unable to link because I got them offline.  Most of the nails & screws I got at a local hardware.  I really try to use local as much as I can.  They need us.
My next post will be the girls.  Until then, happy shopping.


 

Monday, January 13, 2014

A Very Unique Christmas!

This year I decided to do something different with Christmas.  My children have too many toys and we have been trying to purge our house from many of them.  So the thought of buying more toys for my children was definitely far away from me.

I started by telling my children that they would receive no toys this year.  I wanted them to be warned and prepared.  They get enough toys from their grandparents anyway.

After thinking & praying I choose to pick two themes.  One for the boys and one for the girls.  Since my desire is to train up my kids to be good husbands and wives, I choose to buy tools for my boys and cooking & baking supplies for my girls.

The search took me months.  I was looking all over for kits for building and kits for cooking and baking.  I also wanted the gift to keep on giving so I wanted monthly kits as well.  I searched and searched as well as researched.  I needed to know what kind of tools were a need and which ones they could just share.

The reason I did not put this on my blog sooner is two-fold.  First, for those who are very frugal you will now have a whole year to look for items at the best possible prices.  Second, I did not want my kids to see it on my blog.  That would ruin the surprise.

This may take a few posts because I try not to blog much at all.  Takes time away from my family and home.  I hope to just do 2 more posts.  One on the boys gifts and then the last one on the girls gifts.  I have some great frugal ideas too.   Some you will be very surprised about. 

Thanks for reading and God Bless!