25.5.18

Congratulations!

My daughter Emily graduated with our homeschool group. I am so proud of her and excited to see her continue to learn. 







Daphne & Velma Slime Lab

Daphne & Velma Mystery Video Decryptor & Soundboard

Daphne & Velma Mystery Video Decryptor & Soundboard Blog App:
• Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge.
• Trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in this fun soundboard


Daphne and Velma

The following is a promotional post for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Jinkies! Your favorite mystery solving teenagers are back in an all-new, live-action feature length movie! 

Synopsis:

Ridge Valley High is an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the nation, including both Daphne Blake (Jeffery) and Velma Dinkley (Gilman). Together, the best friends discover a number of questionable disappearances on campus as kids who were once full of life appear to become “zombified.” The mystery brings Daphne and Velma together to see if they can solve the case.

Check out the trailer link below:
Our only complaint is that it doesn’t include Scooby Doo. He did not even have a cameo appearance in this spin-off. It is actually designed as a prequel which takes place before any of the Scooby Doo adventures. My daughter noticed that in one part, the silhouettes of the two main characters look like their familiar cartoon versions.

We had the opportunity to join in a teleconference with Sarah Gilman, who plays Velma in the all new live action Warner Bros. Home Entertainment film Daphne and Velma. Sarah shared that she, like me, grew up watching the original Scooby Doo cartoons. Her favorite characters were Velma and Shaggy who seemed to solve most of the mysteries. 

About Daphne and Velma

State of the art robots and high-tech gadgets are common sights at Ridge Valley High, an innovative center of learning for some of the brightest minds in the country, including new transfer student, the bright & optimistic Daphne Blake (Sarah Jeffery) who is excited to finally go to school with her online bestie, the whip-smart & analytical Velma Dinkley (Sarah Gilman). But not everything is as innocent as it seems as mysterious disappearances begin to plague the top-performing students on campus. Once cheery and full of life, kids now appear in a “zombiefied” state - lifeless and shells of themselves. Can Daphne and Velma learn to work together and save the students or will they become the next victims? Get ready for thrills and laughs as we follow the first adventures of Mystery Inc.’s fierce female duo. 
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment just released Daphne & Velma on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD on May 22, 2018. Daphne & Velma will carry a suggested retail price of $19.98 for the DVD and $24.98 for the Blu-ray.
Check out the Daphne & Velma Slime Lab and the Daphne & Velma Mystery Video Decryptor & Soundboard.

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

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19.5.18

Scripture and a Snapshot


That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:25-27
     

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17.5.18

Vacation Reading

The following post includes promotional links for Sonlight’s Summer Reading Packages. 

Cue the music... “School’s out for summer.” We have tried year-round homeschooling in the past, but we all agree we are ready for a break. Instead of hours of dedicated study time, summer time means more time to do things that we all enjoy. We each make lists of things we would like to do each summer, and this year “beach vacation” which made several of our lists is happening! We’re packing already, and books are on all of our lists of things to take with us.

We received Sonlight’s High School Boys’ Summer Reading Package. These books don’t come with unit studies, timelines, maps, or study guides. They were selected just to encourage reading for enjoyment.




Sonlight offers packages for elementary school, middle school, and high school; each sections includes different packages for girls and boys.  

My son will be beginning ninth grade in the fall. When given the option to choose one of Sonlight’s Summer Reading Packages, I knew the one specifically designed for high school boys would be just right for him. What I didn’t expect was that my daughters and I would also find books in that package that we’d enjoy, but we all did. The cover of York is intriguing; my daughter said the description reminded her of Dr.Who.

York: The Shadow Ciper In this alternate history, the Morningstarr twins arrive in NYC in 1798 and set about creating their vision of skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines. When they disappeared 57 years later, they left a puzzle for the people to solve. It remained unsolved. In contemporary Manhattan, the Bidermann siblings live in one of the last Morningstarr towers, about to be torn down for a real estate developer. The New York Times Book Review said it well: "The pleasures of this novel go far beyond the crackling, breathless plot and the satisfaction of watching the puzzle fall into place. The book is shot through with humor, both laugh-out-loud and subtle." Don't miss this visionary epic.  
Navigating Early Set in the years after WWII, after Jake's mother dies, he is uprooted from his Kansas home and sent to boarding school in Maine. Out-of-place, he and Early Auden (today probably called "autistic") go on a canoe quest. Unusual story, filled with gorgeous writing, surprise twists, and interwoven connections that tie together the best books. Lovely odyssey.
Guts and Glory the American Civil War Amazing, entertaining stories from the Civil War. The author tells astonishing stories from both sides, and gives rousing explanations of both individual triumphs and battles, and includes occasional zingers like the single sentence describing Ambrose Burnside, whose fiancee burst into tears at the altar and fled. Memorable, enjoyable, entertaining, and excellent!
The Mysterious Affair at Styles Meet Hercule Poirot, the Belgian refugee and retired detective in this, the first mystery story by the best-selling novelist of all time. When a woman dies of poison in a locked bedroom, Poirot must determine whodunit: the fortune-hunting new spouse, the aimless stepsons, her private doctor, her hired companion? When first published a century ago, one review said this was written as "the result of a bet about the possibility of writing a detective story in which the reader would not be able to spot the criminal. Every reader must admit that the bet was won."  Addictive and fun.

The camper has new tires and is almost completely ready for our beach trip. Each time we go camping, we revise our packing list as we try not to forget anything essential. Sunscreen—check, swimsuits—check, books—check. It is going to be a wonderful weekend! 

Disclosure: One of Sonlight’s Summer Reading Packages was provided for this promotion. All opinions shared are my own. No other compensation was provided. 
 
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16.5.18

Bible Bee Registration Time

The following post is a promotion for Bible Bee with Front gate Media.

We first heard about Bible Bee from friends who were in the middle of memorizing verses one summer. The next two summers we joined, and it was a memorable experience for our whole family. My daughters have aged out of it now. Kids up to age 18 can compete, and parents can join them with their own study guide devotional. Watch more about it here.

We received a copy of last year’s study guide, and I’ve loved reading it. One of the main verses is from Colossians about everything being created by and through God, and the connecting theme throughout the book is creation.

The method of Bible Bee has changed through the years, but the purpose remains the same. The main goal is Scripture memory.

Product Description:
National Bible Bee was founded with the mission to engage young people in the memorization and study of God’s Word and provide opportunities to proclaim it through local, national and broadcast competitions.

The NBB Summer Study takes young people on a journey through the Scriptures asking questions designed to help them learn tools to discover the truths of the Bible. Whether they are studying on their own or taking part within a church or other hosted group, the participants use the 8-week Discovery Journal to explore the Scriptures in as little as 20 minutes a day with the option of a deeper study.

At the end of the Summer Study, participants have the opportunity to qualify for the National Bible Bee Competition.  The NBBC hosts 360 of the top contestants from around the nation who compete for over $100,000 in prize money. But beyond testing the contestants on Bible knowledge and memorization, the National Bible Bee Competition provides an opportunity to proclaim God’s Word and find fellowship and encouragement within the body of Christ.

Sign up now! This year’s Bible Bee begins in June.

Disclosure:  Frontgate Media provided a copy of this Discovery Journal study guide book for this review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions shared are my own and that of my family.
 


15.5.18

Go Bananas for Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Banana Muffins

The following post is sponsored by Coyne PR for Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.


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Entenmann’s® Little Bites® Banana Muffins are now available nationally, and they are flying off the shelves. We saw them once in Kroger when we fist heard of this opportunity in March, but repeated visits to every store we know that’s carries Entenmann’s® have just shown us every flavor except Banana Muffins. No problem, though, because my kids love them all.



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What’s in your bag? We pack a lunch bag on park days after our group meets for organized classes, and Entenmann’s® muffins are always a welcome addition to our picnic lunch.


 

At our homeschool group’s end of the school year party, muffins were on the list of suggested food to share. My kids picked their favorites, and we brought party and brownie bite muffins. 

Disclosure: The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s® Little Bites® so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s® Little Bites®. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s® Little Bites®.


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12.5.18

Scripture and a Snapshot

 

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 
     My daughter just graduated. We shared these verses with her as we presented her diploma, verses she has memorized and knows well. They keep showing up. Her youth minister quoted them at graduate recognition at our church. I pray that all of my children do this. 

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6.5.18

Scripture and a Snapshot


Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
     This weekend away has been wonderful yet bittersweet. The last 4H shooting sports competition and the last weekend before my second daughter’s graduation. 

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1.5.18

Milton Hershey

The following is a review of Milton Hershey: More Than Chocolate from YWAM Publishing with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew.  


In addition to the book about Milton Hershey, we received a download of the corresponding comprehensive study guide. A Homeschool Guide includes extensive suggestions for incorporating the Heroes of History books in history lessons, social events, language arts, writing skills, as read-alouds, a timeline of the biographies, and parent-directed as well as student directed study guides. The unit study includes quotes and related questions as well as outside links. Six chapter questions for each chapter include some for older and younger students. 



An excuse to eat chocolate while studying? Yes, please! Hershey's kisses are pictured throughout the pages of the unit study adding to our chocolate craving. We found an assorted bag of Hershey bars instead which seemed the perfect accompaniment to this book and unit study which even suggested eating Hershey's candy. 



Milton Hershey grew up in a Mennonite family. His early  childhood was during the Civil War. Milton's family's description of his as a dreamer reminded me of the Kenny Roger's song that alluded to that being perceived as a bad thing. They actually called him a failed dreamer! But dreamers like him have helped build our nation, and his dreams grew into reality as he built a city and expanded even beyond his home country and a business that outlived him. Obviously he didn't treat others the was his family had treated him. 


“One is only happy in proportion as he makes others feel happy.” —Milton Hershey 

His Aunt Mattie did offer him some great advice:
“Start your own small business, learn from your mistakes, and find a niche that no one else is filling. That’s how you’ll get ahead.”
We discussed the similarities and differences of Hershey's business to both our family business and direct sale businesses that we have been involved in. We also discussed ideas for new businesses. Not all of the advice that Milton Hershey received was good advice, but he learned from problems, too. 

Vocabulary words from the story were more fun than the book my son has been studying all year. Supplement, perpetually, prognosis, and dignitaries made sense when learned in context with the story. 

We have never visited Pennsylvania, but the study guide suggested researching that state as well as chocolate and manufacturing. We ate more Hershey's in syrup form on ice cream and chocolate milk and watched a movie set in Pennsylvania. 


Janet and Geoff Benge have written this entire Heroes of History series which also included this story about Alan Shepard which my son especially enjoyed reading. They also wrote the Christian Heroes Then and Now series including this one about Daniel Boone,  

These are great books for any family, in my opinion. Their unit studies even include classroom versions. The biographies from YWAM Publishing are also available as eBooks and audio books. Pick up a copy for your family, grab some Hershey bars, and read together about the man behind that familiar delicious candy. I just wish we could tour the Hershey factory, too. 
  


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23.4.18

Julie by Catherine Marshall


Welcome to this first day stop on the Julie by Catherine Marshall Reissue Celebration Blog Tour with JustRead Publicity Tours! 

    

This book remains one of my lifetime favorites. My first introduction to Catherine Marshall was through her book Christy which I heard was loosely based on her mother’s life. I enjoyed reading that book but found that I could relate to her book Julie even more. Julie, I heard, was based on her own life experiences. I wish I could have had the opportunity to interview this author!  

This edition of Julie was republished by Giles’s Publishing on April 17, 2018. 

The story begins with 18 year old Julie as a senior in high school. The first time I read it, I was close to her age and had never experienced the tragedy she shared. Even so, it was worded so clearly that it felt like I was right there with her. She was easy to relate to. 

Reading it now, life experiences make me realize the fascinating story is not unrealistic. 

This is a story of life with love, family, questions, community, and mostly of hope. 

From the publisher:
*A New York Times bestseller*
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Will the dam hold?

Julie Wallace has always wanted to write. Trying to escape the Great Depression, Julie’s father buys the
Alderton Sentinel, a small-town newspaper in flood-prone Alderton, Pennsylvania, and moves his family
there. As flash floods ominously increase, Julie’s investigative reporting uncovers secrets that could
endanger the entire community.

Julie, the newspaper, and her family are thrown into a perilous standoff with the owners of the steel mills
as they investigate the conditions of the immigrant laborers. As the Alderton Sentinel and Julie take on a more aggressive role to reform these conditions, seething tensions come to a head.

When a devastating tragedy follows a shocking revelation, Julie’s courage and strength are tested. 
Will truth and justice win, or will Julie lose everything she holds dear?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Catherine Marshall (1914-1983), “The New York Times” best-selling author of 30 books, is best known for her novel “Christy.” Based on the life of her mother, “Christy” captured the hearts of millions and became a popular CBS television series. Around the kitchen table at Evergreen Farm, as her mother reminisced, Catherine probed for details and insights into the rugged lives of these Appalachian highlanders. Catherine shared the story of her husband, Dr. Peter Marshall, Chaplain of the United States Senate, in “A Man Called Peter.” A decade after Dr. Marshall’s untimely death, Catherine married Leonard LeSourd, Executive Editor of “Guideposts,” forging a dynamic writer-editor partnership. A beloved inspirational writer and speaker, Catherine’s enduring career spanned four decades and reached over 30 million readers.





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Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of this book from JustRead in exchange for my honest review.