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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy National Dog Day!

Today we celebrate Rover. We got him over 6 months ago and have loved him so much. Watching him grow has been so fun, teaching him tricks and commands and just loving him. We chose Rover for our son Kyle, who had wanted a German Shepherd for several years but it was just bad timing. When my husband and I went to pick him we prayed that the Lord would allow us to pick the right dog for Kyle's personality. We looked and narrowed it down to two babies but Rover won simply because he wanted to be loved on without whining or wanting down. He was a playful little man and so we thought it would be awesome to get him. Bringing him home to Kyle was a day I will not forget - The joy and love he had for Rover was huge and I am glad to say after all this time Rover and Kyle are still best friends. 

Today Rover is 8 months old and he loves his play time with anyone but he wants it from Kyle. He loves his morning walk with us as a family (we walk 2 miles in the mornings) and if he misses it for some reason he pouts! 

He loves balls, I personally believe he has an obsession with any kind of ball! He popped our Volleyball, Soccer ball and Basketball! So when the boys play basketball Rover has to be placed in our back yard but it isn't without anger from him, he will pace the fence and bark the entire time the boys play.

Today is your day Rover, we love you! 
Monday, August 25, 2014

Not Back To School 2014/2015

Today our county schools started back to school. I have my precious nieces that are in Kindergarten and First grade along with my nephew in 9th grade! I pray that they have an awesome day today but today has a different meaning for my family.

Today celebrates my freedom to homeschool my 3 kids - FREEDOM that took a lot of work from early parents that had the same believes as me. Thank you to all of those that fought for me to be able to keep my children at home and teach them as I see fit. 

Normally we do something to celebrate but today we had a different circumstance. I had to take both boys to the Dr. this morning, Kyle has had a sore throat since Saturday night and last night Zachary started complaining about his ears. They both have strep throat so nothing exciting for them today. After the Dr. they did feel like a milkshake so I got them that to enjoy on our Not Back To School day. 

Now we are at home crashing and being lazy before I have to go to work. They are getting a special treat with being allowed to play the PlayStations and Wii because it is a celebration day and they can't celebrate any other way with the way they feel.

Are you celebrating a NOT back to school day ??

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo { Review }

I know before I get started I have to comment on the name! Wizzy Gizmo - you're asking what in the world... That's how I was several weeks ago but man does the odd name stick! My kids are actually huge fans of this silly name.

Until the review came I had never heard of Wizzy Gizmo, so let me tell you a little about them and what they offer before we begin in on my review of what I received.

Wizzy Gizmo is an inventor who makes learning the Bible fun! I guess you could say he invents great new ways to learn the Bible but most importantly he loves God! Wizzy Gizmo is a character created for use in all the products offered whether it is within their audio dramas, bible books or fast track cards. The creators of Wizzy Gizmo have one thing in common - They want kids to learn more about our God and become Christians like themselves.

What did we review?

We received the Fast Track Bible Pack: New Testament. This set contains 27 cards and are only $14.99.

The Fast Track Bible Pack is 27 large flash cards that contain information about the summary of the book, key chapters, people and doctrines. The large cards are packed full of great information front and back!

There are so many ways to use this item that we haven't actually even been able to use them all but this is what we have been doing some of.

The front of the card contains all the information about the book such as who wrote the book and when it was wrote, etc. The back of the card is an outline of all details such as the passages, chapters and people. 

These cards are an awesome study tool for any age. I have used these as exactly that a study tool but honestly not just for my kids; I have studied several of the cards for myself.

We have picked one card per week of this review. Each day we have read the summary and theme of the card trying to memorize the author of the book, dates and some of the key verses. This is actually really hard for me but the kids seem to be learning it really good. I allowed each child to pick a book for the week, Lexi chose Matthew, Kyle picked Hebrews, Zachary picked John and I choose Ephesians. 

I can't begin to tell you the facts that we learned together and the way this worked our brain. The Bible is something so very important and I want my children to know all that I can possibly teach but I could never have thought of all the information on the cards that are ready and easy for me to pick and go.

I actually have great plans to incorporate this into our schooling by using this with some copywork beginning in September when we start back. 

With having children ages 9, 11 and 14, I could use this several different ways. I actually believe Kyle could use this on his own to review the summary of the books, dates, people and key verses while allowing him to use it for copywork too but with Lexi and Zachary they need me to drill it with them. 

This would be an awesome tool for your homeschool or Sunday School class! When we start school in September you will be seeing this item in some of my posts throughout our homeschooling week.

 I can not recommend the Fast Track Bible Pack enough.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Happy 14th Baby Boy

I can't believe that today 14 years ago God blessed me with becoming a mother! Kyle was a joy to bring into this world and I can't imagine what my life would be like without him. At this age Kyle is enjoying reading (finally), hunting and a few other things! LOVE YOU BABY BOY!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Kids Love Publications { Review & Giveaway }

While having a blast at the NCHE Conference this year and being on the Blogger Team for NCHE I had the privilege to meet Mrs. Zavatsky, she is the author of Kids Love Guides. These guides are a large book with hundreds of places to travel and explore for the homeschool budget. Her family had the awesome task of testing out all these places before adding them into all the great guides they offer in hopes to help my and your family save time and have a great resource at our disposal.

The book Michele provided me with was Kids Love the Carolinas. This book is a whopping 386 pages long. The book is divided into North Carolina which is the state I live and South Carolina but to make it easier with finding places you may want to visit or places to travel too she has the state broken down into areas or regions so that you can do a fast scan of the area you are going too. 

Along in the book she has some great tips for you like before you leave and while you are on the road. She also has some great tips on how to save money.

I personally have found several places that are within a 2 to 3 hour drive that I never knew about and it would present a great day trip for my family with little money. There are many sites that are within this book that are some of my family’s favorite places to visit and I was thrilled to see them inside because of our love for them. 

Once you look up the area/region you are interested in you will find many attractions that are in that specific area.  Once you find an attraction that you think is of interest there is a great description of the place so you know exactly what you are getting yourself into. I love how it lists all the basic information without having to call or look online because let’s face it if we are traveling I normally do not have internet reception. The prices and hours of operation are always found in the description too.

Over all this is a great book to help you learn about attractions that you may never hear of. I love how there is so much information for the attraction which really helps me save time. Most places they have visited and places in their books are little to no charge!

Another item I found of interest is their Interstate Guides! They have one for I-75 & I-95 but I personally would love one for I-40 since that is what I travel almost all the time!

Kids Love the Carolinas book retails for $19.95 but it is on sale for $17.95 and there is an option for an eBook for immediate download and with all the information within I would say it is totally worth it!

Michele has generously offered a giveaway for one of my readers to win a Guide for your family! 
The guides are available for:
Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Carolinas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia,Wisconsin and Kids Love I-75 & Kids Love I-95.

Rules for Giveaway: Shipping only in US. Winner will be drawn Saturday 8/23 and winner will have 24 hrs to respond or another winner will be picked. Rafflecopter is the tool I use to chose the winner. I will need your mailing address to pass to Michele for prize fulfillment.

So check out www.KidsLoveTravel.com and find Michele on Facebook and Twitter


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