Finding My Way to Zendoodle Calm

A Review of Zendoodle Calm By Felicity French and Lauren Farnsworth Zendoodle Calm is a fantastic new kind of coloring book for adults. You color designs with doodles, not solid color. This makes coloring more of a meditative activity, and thus the name, Zendoodle Calm. Coloring with doodles is a lot like the pattern shading that Albrecht Durer made commonplace in his famous rhinoceros woodcutting in 1515. I actually tried an art project with my kids once to recreate their own versions of that Durer rhinoceros, but it was a disaster. The kids were too young for the concentration required to make the detailed patternsRead More →

Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures I was excited to have the opportunity to review Brinkman Adventures Season 4 from Brinkman Adventures and I was even able to interest my teenage son! Season 4 of the Brinkman Adventures includes 12 episodes of fun and adventure and learning about what it means to be a Christian. Each episode highlights a Christian principle that we all try to instill in our children. Some of the episodes relate fun and hijinks. Some of the episodes are mostly fiction. And many of the episodes tell the real-life stories of one person’s struggle to worship God in spite of culturalRead More →

CTCMath Family Membership

Our Experience Trying Out The Family Membership from CTCMath My son and I were delighted to try out the Family Membership from  CTCMath. We discovered that it is a great way of learning math for homeschoolers, and you can try it out – free! As homeschooling parents, we spend a lot of time trying to fill in the gaps in our education that we all have but that homeschooling moms must fill so that they can better educate their children. That is one of the reasons that homeschooling benefits three generations: the child who is homeschooled, the parent who strives to learn so that sheRead More →

Jeremy Camp Shared "The Answer" With My Teens

I Am So Glad I Discovered Jeremy Camp’s Music I had frankly never heard of Jeremy Camp before I had the opportunity to review new CD (The Answer) for FlyBy, but I am so thankful that I did. Jeremy Camp’s Music is Real & Authentic & My Teens Love “The Answer” I love his music and his message. It is real and gritty and authentic. My teenagers, who are often the biggest critics when it comes to faith-based music, love Jeremy Camp’s music. The message is real and not preachy, a feature that is so important to teenagers. My kids listen to this music over,Read More →

I opened the mailbox the other day to find a wonderful surprise! A picture book that teaches fractions is a fun and engaging way. The Story Twinderella is the story of two girls, Cinderella and Twinderella, who live with two mean step sisters and a wicked step mother (figured out the twist yet?). They get the opportunity to go to the royal ball, but must share everything they are given by their fairy godmom, just as they share their daily chores: by fractions! The real surprise is how they end up sharing when they meet the prince (or could there be two?) and how theirRead More →

Everyday Cooking, a cookbook for homeschooling families from Everyday Homemaking When my children are grown and move away to start families of their own, I want them both to know how to cook and so I was very excited when we got the opportunity to review “Everyday Cooking“, a cookbook filled with extra tips and ideas from Everyday Homemaking. More Than Just A Cookbook Everyday Cooking is so much more than just a cookbook. Vicki Bentley wrote this book for her daughters. She wanted them to have one spot filled with all the recipes that they grew up with, as well as advice and directionsRead More →

No-Nonsense Algebra

No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials We discovered that No-Nonsense Algebra is a fantastic curriculum from Math Essentials designed to teach your child algebra in a way that will ensure he masters it. And my son has learned more than Algebra using this text – he has learned to take control of his own education! We Planned to Use No-Nonsense Algebra As Review My son is currently working his way through Algebra II and so we decided to review No-Nonsense Algebra more as a way to check and see if he remembered Algebra I or if he needed to brush up on some of the lessons.Read More →

The Children of Lir is an Irish folk tale that demonstrates the power of family and perseverance, and that love for one another can conquer evil. The Story in a Wonderful Picture Book I ran across a Kindle eBook version of The Children of Lir a few weeks ago that is absolutely fantastic. The illustrations are gentle and perfect for younger children as well as the rest of us. The story is detailed enough you could easily read this book aloud as a bedtime story. Audio Drama Version If you have children who are audio learners, there is a recording of The Children of LirRead More →

Raise Them Up – How Can You Find The Best Way? How can your best “raise them up”? That is a question that all homeschooling parents struggle with daily. We have been homeschooling for a long time. Our journey is a bit unique because even though we have two children, they are twins and mostly travel through schooling adventures at the same time. And so every course and each activity I plan or create is only used once. I need to be learning and growing at the same pace as my kids to prepare new materials and fill in the gaps in my own educationRead More →

Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products I was excited to get an opportunity to try a totally new type of sculpture crafting product, Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit from ACTÍVA Products, and the kids and I ended up having fun. What Comes In The Box We opened the package to find 2 packages of Rigid Wrap and 1 Bag of CelluClay. There are project ideas on the sides of the box, and you can find more project ideas in the free ebook (ACTÍVA Products’ Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS). Prepping The Art Area When the product box arrived, my kids unpacked it from the shippingRead More →