This Month on Homemaking Organized

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  It's July! And this month we're working on.... We're implementing our Great Morning Plan. If you struggle with getting things done during the day and want to capture more hours in your day I highly recommend getting on the Morning Plan bandwagon. Continuing with 34 Weeks of Clean (this month we're in the homeschool room and home office, ) Getting some summer fun in. Joining the July Blogging Challenge This Month Check out the Carnival of Homeschooling … [Read more...]

A Heart’s Home (A Journey of the Heart book 5) by Colleen Coble, Book Review

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About the Book: Emmie's hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny. Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie and she knows she shouldn't hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby? With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie's solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart—and Isaac's? Or is there another way to find … [Read more...]

Get a Coupon for Blue Bunny Ice Cream

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Yummy, happy times this summer with Blue Bunny! Be sure and check your local newspaper this Sunday, August 2 for a special offer on Blue Bunny ice cream cartons, cones, sandwiches and bars redeemable at a store near you. Taste the signature Bunny Tracks, classic Simply Vanilla ice cream sandwiches or irresistibly fun Mini Swirls.  Ice cream lovers throughout all 50 states can choose from a buffet of tasty Blue Bunny ice cream flavors and a delectable collection of cones, sandwiches and bars. Blue Bunny is made in Le Mars, Iowa.  They use fresh milk sourced from local dairy farms and … [Read more...]

Menu Plan Monday July 27, 2015 – Back to School in the Kitchen

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A lot has happened this past week in my kitchen. First of all I've talked a family member into getting a chest freezer. But more importantly I've started taking cooking lessons of a sort. From the Culinary Institute of America.  I love to cook but I know there are tips and tricks I could be using to make my food taste better, look better, and even be easier to prepare. All this from watching various cooking shows. My husband and I often talk about taking cooking lessons but with his really busy schedule finding time (and a good place or format) for taking them has just not … [Read more...]

Violin Starter Set for Kids – On Sale Now!

Perfect for beginners, this Violin Starter Set contains everything your child needs to play the violin What’s more, it includes a great teacher, the award-winning eMedia My Violin interactive Win/Mac CD-ROM. Available in three sizes so kids as young as 5 can learn to play! Here's what Kole, age 11, has to say about the eMedia My Violin. Kole has a point - what is the difference between a fiddle and a violin? Do you know?? Leave your answer in the comments!! Here's more ideas on how you can incorporate music to your lessons: Easy ways to add music to your lessons How to … [Read more...]

Tidying Up the Home Office

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Oh what a web of excess paper we weave! These past weeks in 34 Weeks of Clean we have been relegated to the Home Office. Wherever you have one wherever it may be it's time to clean it out! In the past our Home Office was in our dining room. A computer table where I paid bills and answered correspondence. Then in our next home it was supposed to be a spare bedroom but our homeschooling and my crafting took over. It still housed the "home office" stuff of bills and files but most of the work was done on the kitchen table. Now we finally have a "home office" but boy is it a mess. Our … [Read more...]

Monthly Computer Maintenance Checklist – FREE Printable

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This Friday I have a FREE Printable to help you keep on top of your computer. Whether you have a Mac or a PC there are different things to do to both so make sure you know the internal updates to keep your machine in top shape. But there are some other things that are usually common to both and those are listed on my printable along with some blanks for your custom ones.   ~Enjoy! … [Read more...]

DaySpring $4 Flash Sale from the Karen Kingsbury Collection

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DaySpring is having a $4 flash sale starting today on several great desk items from the Karen Kingsbury collection! Nine items are on sale (magazine file, letter sorter, organizer box, pencil cup, journal, single letter tray, small desk pad, 6pk file folders and notepad) and only $4 each. These are beautiful ways to add inspiration to your desk space, AND they make a great way to bless a friend, coworkers, or even the daughter who’s headed off to college. The sale will continue through the weekend and end on Monday. You don't need a code! Check out the collection … [Read more...]

What’s Going on in the Garden: July Blogging Challenge Day 22

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Today is Day 22 of the July Blogging Challenge hosted by This Day Has Great Potential and A Glimpse of Our Life and today's topic is Garden. This is a timely post this week as my garden made a real turn this month. If you don't know I do a Monthly Garden Party Link Up  with my friend Wren from FinchnWren.com I  got really discouraged last month because it seemed that bugs and disease had riddled my garden. My tomatoes looked awful. I was pretty sure the zucchini had some issues and I saw no flowers on my peppers to speak of. Aside from my too small onions and supposedly pest resistant swiss … [Read more...]

A Bride at Last by Melissa Jagears : a Book Review

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About the Book: Abandoned by his mail-order bride, Silas Jonesey has fought an uphill battle to recover from a pattern of poor choices. Now his prayers for reconciliation have finally come true and his estranged wife has contacted him with her whereabouts. Kate Dawson was supposed to be a mail-order bride, but upon realizing she'd been deceived about her intended groom, she's now settled into life as a schoolteacher. When the mother of a student passes away, Kate assumes she'll take on care of nine-year-old Anthony---until two men suddenly show up in town, claiming to be the boy's … [Read more...]

Family Fun Day 21 July Blogging Challenge

Today is Day 21 of the July Blogging Challenge hosted by This Day Has Great Potential and A Glimpse of Our Life and today's topic is Family Fun. In our limited window of summertime freedom my husband always has our daughter make a list of things she would like to do during the summer. Our summer vacation times are always staycation times since this is my husband's busies work season. Due to that we're always on the lookout for a few things to do locally to have some summer fun. Our daughter is a bit of a nature girl and animal lover so her excursions always include animals or scenery, … [Read more...]

Reviewing Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt

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My daughter has been saying for a few years that she wants to go to Egypt. This revelation happened right after we watched a documentary on the Exodus. The scenery was so visually stunning that she knew right then and there that Egypt was a place she wanted to go! Well this year she got her trip to Egypt via Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt by Home School in the Woods. Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt is a digital lesson plan that takes your child on an exciting trip in Ancient Egypt starting with how Egypt began in what I have to admit is a … [Read more...]