Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family {Review & Giveaway}

Being a parent has been, by far, THE hardest, most personally refining experience of my life. The love a parent feels for her child is indescribable. Yet, the day-in, day-out struggles can be grueling, especially when we neglect to see the big picture. In his latest book -- Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, Paul David Tripp provides that big-picture view of God's plan for parents and outlines 14 key principles centered on the Gospel that will give your … [Read more...]

ESV Family Devotional Bible {Review & Giveaway}

What is more important than reading the Bible? Reading the Bible as a family! Having a family devotional time each day is the perfect way to engage in God's Word with your loved ones. Our Bible time happens in the mornings right after breakfast and morning chores. We usually sing a few hymns, pray, read a Bible story, and work on scripture memorization. Recently, I had the opportunity to review Crossway's ESV Family Devotional Bible. (Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the … [Read more...]

Mess-Free Art Supplies for Kids {Review & Giveaway!!}

I am not the mom who loves making crafts. In fact, I have tubs full of paints, glitter glue, pipe cleaners, and stickers that my girls would love to rummage through, use, and destroy the house with, but they are hidden in out-of-reach spaces in our utility room. Every now and then I will conjure up the courage to dig a box out, but only after we have set down newspapers and old towels and the girls have donned their smocks. My #1 problem with arts & crafts is the mess.  But now I … [Read more...]

Grapevine Studies: Review of “The Birth of Jesus – Beginner” Study

Bible study is a regular part of our day. Beginning our school days in God's Word and prayer is foundational. So I'm always on the lookout for new curricula or Bible study materials to use with our girls that challenges them in new ways, applies different learning styles, and works for multiple ages. Recently, Grapevine Studies provided me with the opportunity to take my little ones on a journey to Bethlehem to learn about Jesus' birth in their Birth of Jesus- Beginner study. In exchange for … [Read more...]

Maestro Classics: “The Nutcracker” {Review}

Two years ago I took our oldest daughter to see a local production of the Nutcracker ballet. She fell in love and so did I. Afterwards, we checked out all the library books on the Nutcracker we could find and watched countless Youtube videos of the performance. Kate and her little sisters pirouetted across our living room floor to "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and imagined they were each Clara on her journey with the Nutcracker prince. Since that ballet our girls have always gravitated toward … [Read more...]

A Charlotte Mason-Friendly Geography Curriculum {Review}

I vividly recall memorizing state capitals and locating the U.S. states on a blank map in elementary school. Fortunately, I had a decent memory, so I could recall facts quickly and effortlessly and make the grade. As homeschoolers, though, we take a more relaxed approach to our studies, and memory work is not stressful. As Charlotte Mason homeschoolers, I try to present my children with a feast of ideas and use (limited) curriculum that encourages curiosity and sparks their imagination. Thus … [Read more...]

Reading Kingdom {A Review}

My five-year-old daughter has started learning to read. It's been a challenge to find the right curriculum, but we have had great success with her current reading program. I have really wanted a tool to help her develop and hone her new skills and increase fluency. Like most children, Cora loves playing games on the iPad so when I was given the opportunity to review Reading Kingdom, I decided this would be a good option to try. In exchange for my fair and honest review, I received Reading … [Read more...]

Fun Science Unit Studies {A Review}

While history is our #1 favorite subject, science comes in at a close second, especially when experiments and activities are involved. We recently had the opportunity to review "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" from Susan Kilbride of Funtastic Unit Studies. Let's just say it was the perfect fit for our Summer of Learning this year! I received a physical copy of the book "Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers & Teachers" in exchange for my honest … [Read more...]

Project Passport: The Middle Ages {A Review}

If you were to ask my girls what is their #1 favorite subject, you would almost certainly hear: "HISTORY!" For my girls, learning about people, places, and events in the past through stories and hands-on activities has been key to their love of history.While we are still working our way through the ancient world in our studies, I leapt at the opportunity to review Home School in the Woods' Project Passport World History Study of the Middle Ages. {In exchange for an honest review, I … [Read more...]

How to Learn Piano at Home {Review}

I have fond memories of learning how to play the piano when I was a little girl. I was fascinated with music. Still am. However, at the time I was not keen on sitting still and practicing, and I didn't progress very far at all. Now, 30 years later, I'm yearning to cultivate more creativity in my life and to engage in the arts as a means of self-education. However, life is busy with lots of little ones so I have to be selective with my time. Online piano lessons are one way I am making time … [Read more...]