Monday, April 8, 2024

Total Solar Eclipse Fun

The sun before the eclipse.

The kids watching the eclipse!

At totality!

David's work gave out "Space Junk" snacks, so fun!

I hope you were able to see the eclipse today.  It was such a unique experience!

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Saturday, February 17, 2024

The Action Bible: Faith In Action Bible Review

I have a fun Bible to share with you today, The Action Bible: Faith In Action Edition, which is an enhanced version of the bestselling Expanded Edition.  The Action Bible has helped millions of kids engage in God's Word through short, impactful stories and amazing, vivid illustrations.  The Faith In Action Edition is probably the most complete interactive Bible for both kids and teens.

Courage, Faith, Hope, Love, Service, Trust and Wisdom are major themes highlighted throughout this Bible with icons.  They are easy to spot.

A peek inside

The stories are in chronological order to help kids understand God's redemptive story.  I really appreciate that this Bible encourages kids to engage, grow and live in God's word.  There are spiritual growth resources that include over 200 devotionals, prayers, character stories, teaching videos, timelines, maps, and more!  Parents and kids can access these digital resources by scanning the QR codes found throughout this Bible.  If you are looking for a fun, engaging Bible for your kids we recommend The Action Bible: Faith In Action.

This is quickly becoming a favorite for my boys!

Order your own copy of the Faith In Action Edition of The Action Bible today on Amazon or from The Action Bible

Disclosure:  Many thanks to David C Cook for providing a sample of this Bible for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Planet Earth: Land, Water, Sky Review

You guys know I love Science!  I want to share with you a fun middle school Science program from Timberdoodle, Planet Earth: Land, Water, Sky.  Planet Earth is published by Centripetal Press and is recommended for kids ages 12+ or middle school.

Our compact book is 502 pages in length and contains 15 chapters on earth science including topics on our solar system, weather systems, minerals, plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, and landforms to name a few.  There are a plethora of colorful illustrations and real life photos throughout our text to keep students engaged.

This earth science text is mastery-based.  Instead of cramming or the learn and dump method, the goal is for students to study and prepare in an effort to retain the content they are learning long term.  Because this is a rigorous text, the suggest pace is a bit slower.  It is recommended that students cover ~ 2 chapters a month.

I really like the chapter on matter and minerals.

Our homeschool mineral and rock kit

The experimental investigations in this course allow students to experience hands-on learning.  In the 2nd experimental investigation, students learn about how geologists analyze and identify minerals.  It was fun to break out our mineral and rock kit and look at their various properties as we tried to identify them ourselves.

I appreciate that this course is a slower pace so that students can really study and learn the material.  I'm excited to see what E remembers after we have completed this text and see how well the concepts transferred to her.  I'll keep you posted!

If you are looking for an easy to use science text for your middle school student, we would definitely recommend Timberdoodle's Planet Earth: Land, Water, Sky so far!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I received Planet Earth in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, December 8, 2023

The Prince of Egypt the Musical & Amazon Giftcard Giveaway


I have an exciting musical to share with you today, The Prince of Egypt the Musical!  If you have grown up with this story like my kids then you are already familiar with it but now you can watch a live stage production.  This is a great musical to watch with your kids and entire family, it is sure to spark conversations about Moses & the Old Testament.

Synopsis:  This production was filmed live at the West End's Dominion Theater in London.  It features a cast and orchestra of 60 performers, making it one of the biggest musicals ever staged!  Based on the classic DreamWorks Animation film the classic story has been brought to life by Stephen Schwartz's "miraculous music" (Time Out), including Academy Award winning song 'When You Believe' and Sean Cheesman's "astonishing choreography" (The Guardian).  This epic, critically acclaimed production tells and inspiring tale of resilience and hope.  Journey through the wonders of Ancient Egypt as two young men, raised together as brothers in a kingdom of privilege, find themselves suddenly divided by a secret past.  One must rule as Pharoah, the other must rise up and free his true people; both face a destiny that will change history forever.  Check out the trailer below.

I love this timeless classic.  The story is phenomenal and so is the music.  It can be hard nowadays to find something safe the entire family can watch.  I'm so glad this musical is now an option!  The sets, costumes, acting and singing are all incredible.  You can buy or rent this production digitally starting Dec 5th here.  

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Disclosure:  Many thanks to NBC Universal for providing a sample of the product for review.  Opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, November 5, 2023

D's Gymnastics Holiday Fundraiser


D at the end of her last meet season!

It's that time of year for D and her gymnastics team and their holiday fundraiser. I will say that these wreaths truly are beautiful and you do get what you pay for! Just head over here and check out all the products you can get (and don't forget you are supporting a very hard-working gymnastics team). The Fundraising Code is TEAMACTX001 and Member Name is D Cummins. Thank you so much and let me know if you have any questions!

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Stepping Into Science Review

You guys know I love Science!  I want to share with you a fun product from Timberdoodle, Stepping Into Science.  Stepping Into Science is published by Thames & Kosmos and is recommended for kids ages 5-7+.  This all-in-one kit makes science with your little ones convenient.

The back of our kits has a nice list of its contents.

A peek inside our kit

Using this Science kit, students will study 5 main topics through 29 experiments.  These topics include Biology, Physics, Chemistry, air and water.  

G turned 7 last month and he just started 2nd grade!

I am using Stepping Into Science as part of G's 2nd grade curriculum.  I really like the convenience of a grab and go science program.  Apart from common household items like water, vinegar, paper towels, crayons, etc., everything else is included.

In Experiment 6, G learned about spinning colors.

Assembling our spinner

Creating homemade discs for our spinner

About to spin

While spinning

I loved watching this homemade disc spin

In motion

In Experiment 7, G learned about magnifying glasses and how everything looks larger when you use them.

After catching a doodle bug, he watched and observed it move around using our magnifying glass.
Watching his new friend

In Experiments 14 and 15, G learned about hovercrafts and paper airplanes.

Playing with his newly built hovercraft.

And our airplane

Flying our plane and seeing how it does

Since there are 29 experiments,  you can do 1 experiment a week to fill your school year or you can adapt and use it as best fits your needs.  I find that G likes to sit down and do several experiments at one time so that is how we use our kit.  I love that experiments are simple and easy to expand on for kids that want to learn more!  In this particular kit students will learn what makes a magnify glass magnify, how air pressure indicates weather, how suction cups work, why soap bubbles are round, how air resistance depends on an object's size and shape and so much more!  If you are looking for an easy to use, affordable Science kit for your young student, we would definitely recommend Timberdoodle's Stepping Into Science.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  I received this kit in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.