Friday, September 12, 2014

Random 5 on Friday ~ September 12th


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1. When I was pregnant with Carter and Morgan I used green apple dish soap. To this day, I still can not use it! The smell gets me every time. I actually love a green apple smell but NOT in the form of dish soap. Gag!

2. I love Fall. I didn't think I was ready and part of me is not but I also love it at the same time. It feels so good outside. I sleep like a baby. I am so comfortable in a sweatshirt and jeans.

3. Are you a football fan? I never used to be. I still see it as a waste of time but I get hooked every season.

4. We finally start school on Monday. (I think!)

5. Alyssa started a blog. She named it A Little Spot to Write. How cute is that? She would love a few followers. Hint, Hint. :)


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

SchoolHouse Review ~ Heirloom Productions (Under Drake's Flag)

We LOVE audio dramas. I try to keep us out of the car as much as possible but you know how life is. We have therapy, library runs and all the other endless errands that a mom has to get done. Also being a mom that really hates the television...audio dramas fit into our house just perfect!

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Recently, I was able to review an audio drama from Heirloom Productions called Under Drake's Flag. It is a 2 CD set that includes a study guide. In addition the the physical study guide I also had access to an extended version of the study guide in PDF form. The drama is recommended for children 6 and up but it can definitely be enjoyed by the whole family!

This story is a 2 hour audio drama based on the book Under Drake's Flag by G.A. Henty. If you are not familiar with Henty, he was a prolific English novelist who is well known for his exciting stories, strong Christian themes and historical accuracy. I love his writing and could not wait to get my hands on this audio drama.

This story included fictional and historical events throughout. It tells the story of Sir Francis Drake through the eyes of a fictional character, Ned and his friend Gerald. They accompany Sir Francis Drake on his many adventures aboard his ship as they sail through the Pacific. There is nothing boring about this story. The boys encounter battles, shark attacks, ship wrecks and more! It leaves you on the edge of your seat!

More than the adventure was the strong Christan theme with courage and conviction. Today's society is filled with stories where boys are dumb and incapable. I am always on the lookout for character building stories for the kids. This was perfect.

All of the kids really enjoyed this. Here is what they thought...

Carter ~ It was very interesting and funny. My favorite character was Ned. He was courageous. I also liked Gerald. He was smart and talked a lot.

Morgan ~ It was awesome! It had a ton of drama! My favorite character was Ned. He never gave up on God and always wanted to make things right with his enemies.

Alyssa ~ I really liked  this. It was very entertaining. I liked Sir Frances Drake and the way he treated his captives. He set a very good example to Ned on how to treat your enemies.

Taylor ~ I would recommend this story to other families. It is filled with christian character.

We have listened to it more times than I can count. We listened once as a family. I have heard the story playing numerous times. Carter listened to it many times while he played with Lego's. They brought it in the car with us a few times. The girls popped it in while they were doing dishes. It is very well liked!

I can't end this review without mentioning the quality of this product. Trust me when I say, it is fantastic! You can purchase this 2 CD set for $29.95 by visiting their website. They also offer a MP3 download for $20.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Random 5 on Friday ~ September 5th

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 Sorry that I am running so late today. I have been so busy canning! I love canning season but it is exhausting and very time consuming. So worth it though.

1. Speaking of canning...So far I have done pickles, salsa, pizza sauce and peaches.

2. I entered a 12 week transformation challenge. I am so excited about it! To enter the contest you had to follow in person or online a No Excuse Moms group. There was not any local ones so I was able to start my very own "official" No Excuse Mom group. If you are interested in joining, come on over! https://www.facebook.com/groups/313579488821843/

3. The other day, Alyssa told me I was the coolest mom ever. I wonder how long that will last?

4. I keep pushing our school start day back a week. Eventually, I guess we should just jump in...right?!

5. I am hungry and this eating healthy is for the birds! Haha!


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Friday, August 29, 2014

Random 5 on Friday ~ August 29th

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1. Big news...Big. Huge! We signed up for foster care orientation. It may not go any further than that but it just might! I am so giddy with excitement. I have a lot of questions and I'm scared of a few things. At the same time I just want to hurry up the process. We shall see. And pray. Yes, pray. And pray some more. :)

2. I am thinking about going hunting with Brian this year. I am pretty excited about it. I love to be with him. I used to hunt with my dad when I was a kid. I have never gone with Brian before. The whole family signed up for a hunters safety course. It is 3 nights in a row for 3 1/2 hours. Yes, 3 1/2 hours. That should be interesting.

3. School is starting very soon. I have to much to do before then. Lord, help me. I haven't even ordered all the curriculum!

4. Morgan is starting horse back riding lessons! Excited does not even do justice to how she is feeling.

5. Today is grocery day. I made out a meal plan. It is color coded and everything. I must stick to it. Must, must, must!



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