11.30.2016

Bible Journaling Kit ~ REVIEW


It's no secret that I have been coloring in my Bible for a few years now to my Family.  But, I haven't always blasted it out on here but on occasions.  One of my most prized possessions is my ruddy mauve King James Bible I received from my Foster Parents when I was Saved and Baptized at 16.  Every since then no matter what the circumstance I have walked closely with the Lord.  Coming from the Bible Belt area in our country I would have never thought to use my creativity to enhance my experience in God's word.  It wasn't until a few years ago I walked though a Storm in my Life where I couldn't even walk with my own two feet, God had to carry me throughout my day for months....many months.  During that time I leaned into him more and more each day and grew stronger with every breath I whispered in prayer.  I also fell into the word, daily reading my Bible and God spoke wisdom to my heart and I would scribble out what he said to me in a journal.  I started highlighting and underlining in my Bible and it just came natural to start writing my thoughts in the blank spots or on index cards and leaving them tucked away near the passages that I was reading at the time.  And this my Friends is what lead me to Bible Journaling....it was simple at first, but now I use many forms of mixed media.  I'm thrilled to have had the privilege to Review a wonderful Bible Journaling Kit from Ellie Claire, a Division of Worthy Publishing Group thanks to FlyBy Promotions.  
In the Bible Journaling Kit you get so many Fun Goodies......
    4 Sheets of Word Stickers
   4 Sheets of Alphabet Stickers
        24 Tab Stickers
       8 Colored Pencil that Twists
      1 Black Journaling Pen
·         1 Pouch with Adjustable Strap to fit any size Bible
·         1 Ruled Page Protector Mat with Tracing Lines

Look How much room I still have!
I dived in immediately, because the colors were beautiful and I was stunned about the pouch.  I had never seen anything like that before.  When I work on a Bible study I am usually at home with all my supplies.  But, how nice is it to have some essentials in a beautiful pouch conveniently strapped to your Bible??  It's crazy I know, but I can't wait to take this pouch with me camping next time we go. 





















I was impressed with the quality of the product compared to what I'm currently using now.  The Colored Pencils were smooth, true to color, didn't smudge and were easy to use.  The Stickers made my heart sing......they were clear so I could put them over words or on top of color to make the letter or words pop!!!!  The pealed off easily, stayed stuck and I was even able to re-position a few of them and they didn't loose their stickiness! :) 
Page Protector

The Tabs were another favorite of mine.  Most Tabs you need to glue into your Bible....these were stickers....no glue needed, which means one less step to do and I don't have to worry about them coming unglued in the future.  Some of the Tabs were left blank, which was awesome because I could put in whatever I wanted, I Love Customization!!!!  The Page Protector is another great feature I didn't know I needed when I first started Bible Journaling.  It didn't take many times of paint splattering somewhere I didn't want for me to realize hmmmmm I need a page protector.  This one is clear....a nice bonus!  And offers a ruler, 3 straight sides and one side that offers 2 different waved edges to trace onto your Bible, card stock, envelopes, anything  that you need to add detail or wording to.
Finished Page

 These Stickers are Great and cover many areas of Study in your Bible, I even used a few in a Birthday card I made last week. :) 







I made a few spreads with this Kit so far and still have plenty more stickers, tabs and letters left for further Projects and Journaling.  This is a perfect Kit for Starters in the Bible Journaling Community, for People New and Seasoned in their Faith.  This would make a Sweet Christmas Gift for a Loved one or to have on hand for Birthday Gifts, Graduations, Devotional Study Groups....I mean you name it this would put a Smile on their face. :)  

Where can You Buy one or two of these Bible Journaling Kits?  Just Click on one of these links Below.  Also, a huge Bonus is that they are going to be hosting a giveaway to give away 5 different Kits. Click HERE to enter and don't forget to check out the several Free Beautiful Coloring Pages available for You to download. YAY!!! 

And One Last Little Nugget is that I was able to Offer 1 Bible Journaling Kit to 1 Lucky Winner......Enter Bellow!!!
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11.28.2016

Hey Monday.... See Ya Later!!!

I decided while on our RV trip that when I got back home I wouldn't be doing anymore Mondays.  I mean honestly who Likes Mondays?  So, I have decided that Mondays are going to be kind of like "warm up" days.  So, that I can gear up for the other 4 days and following weekend.  
My weekends look like this:  Big Family Breakfasts, Movie Marathons, Game Fests and a Mad Dash around the house picking up Messes.  So, on Mondays I used to drag around and beat myself up for not being productive enough.  Not, anymore!  I make sure that the important things are accomplished like feeding my Family and my Soul.  Then I make sure the kids Read, complete some sort of project or chore like Mahala just finished cleaning her bathroom from top to bottom.  And I make sure I'm organized and ready to go for the next 4 days of school and complete any phone calls, emails or assignments I'm working on.  

This change has given our Home a more relaxed atmosphere and I have found that we are so productive the rest of the week.  I enjoy lighting candles, listening to music and slowly move into full force on Tuesday.  Today I prepped my Bible Journal for December's Devotional Project, made about 5 phone calls, took care of some Blog/Social Media matters, painted, made a delicious pot of Kale and Turkey soup, washed clothes and read books with Kaden while noshing on blueberry scones and hot chocolate.   And tonight we will start on the Christmas tree....a Beautiful Monday!  How was your Monday, sending Happy Holiday Vibes out to everyone!!!

11.17.2016

The 101 Series ~ REVIEW

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I can not believe that I only have a few years left Homeschooling Mahala....it has gone by way too fast.  That said we have been busy catching up in any areas that she's not strong in and all the loose ends are being tied up.  She needs only one more Science to graduate and that was going to be Zoology.  But, thanks to this next Review she is going to be able to add Chemistry as her final Science.  The Chemistry 101 curriculum is from The 101 Series and it couldn't have come our way at a better time.  Normally we like to use Christian based Science programs and I was thrilled to see that this program hit that nail on the head.  I was pleased to see the quality of the 4 DVDs and videos.  This Series was produced by Westfield Studios, which was created by Wes Olsen.  Wes Olsen is a Homeschool Dad that had 15 years of film production experience and a love for Science that decided he wanted to make a High school level curriculum that was easy to use, understandable and visually enriched.  From the first lesson I can confidently say he succeeded! 

11.15.2016

Commissioned from Chara Games~ REVIEW

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11.14.2016

Tuesday Self-Talk ~ Four Violet

This is my very 1st Tuesday in my Tuesday Self-Talk Series over at Four Violet...... I wanted to share on here too.  Check it out each week, because we are commanded to Love ourselves and what better way to do that then to Power Up our Self-Talk!!!  No more Negativity!!!  God created us Beautifully in His likeness.  

I have found that Daily Affirmations are a positive way to start your day.  Or when you start battling negative self-talk, try one of these instead. :)  In the Bible it says Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” What we think, we’ll eventually say and what we say is very powerful.  We can speak words of life and we can speak words of cursing.  The Bible warns us to guard our thoughts and mouths.  Proverbs 18:20-21 says “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s stomach is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied.  The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Bellow are just a Few Affirmations to get You started, I'll share more each week.  I have mine written on index cards on my bathroom mirror, dash of my van, at my desk and in my planner.....get creative and let your Self Love Flooooow!

*I am strong.
 
*I am wise.
 
*I am precious in the eyes of God.
 
*I can love and be loved.
 
*I have power to choose my course in life.
 
*I accept my self for who I am.

*I replace my anger with understanding and compassion.

*I know that God’s unfailing love surrounds me and that I can trust Him.

*I have everything I need.  
*I trust my ever-increasing ability to eliminate the non-essential and appreciate that which matters.

11.12.2016

Four Violet Illustrates Bible Time


Illustrating my Bible Time over on my other Blog.

Wow...I have been reflecting like crazy over here.... Part of my Dalies that I strive real hard to do is to Read my Bible and Journal along with Illustrate whatever comes to my heart.
One of my Bible times this week reminded me of my childhood.

Read More Here....

11.04.2016

Homeschool Legacy ~ REVIEW

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11.02.2016

Looking Like Christmas



Here is a few pages I've got started for Christmas.  We always make a ton of treats for Friends, Family and our Neighbors.  So, I have a several sweet treats that make their appearance every single year.  But, we also like to introduce some new treasures each year too.  This year I'm going to do some bread making, both sweet and savory varieties.
The little house over on the right is just my way of being able to have a visual of what will be on our Christmas Chain.  Read More HERE!!

11.01.2016

Accountable2You ~ REVIEW

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This next Review is going to be a real personal Review....it's about keeping your Family Safe....keeping everyone Accountable.  I have shared a little in the past about our Family's experience with addiction.  It's personal and not all My story to tell, so I haven't shared in detail on here and I probably never will.  But, this next Review came at a great time for our Family.....at a Healthy time in our lives.  We were given a year long subscription from Accountable2You for their Family Plan.  They also offer a Group Plan, Individual Plan, and Small Business Plan, so there is something suitable for anyone.  So, what is this Amazing Family Plan?  Well, first let me tell you a little bit about our story.

Kwik Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. ~ Review

I Love new school supplies....but there is one thing that I love even more then that.....New Art Supplies!!!!  Not too long ago I did a Review for Kwik Stix and Kaden absolutely Loved them.  So, when they asked me to try more of their products I was thrilled to accommodate that request.  And little Man was just as happy!  When we came home from our RV trip they were sitting there waiting for us.  Kaden has a lot to say about these new sets we tried.

We were generously given 2 different sets from The Pencil Grip, Inc., the 6 pack of Metalix and 6 pack of Neons.  Kwik Stix are a Solid Tempera Paint that dries in 90 seconds!!  Yes, you read correctly...honestly in my experience it dries even faster then that.  You can paint with this product on cardboard, wood, plastic, paper and more. 

10.28.2016

What's over on the New Blog.....

 
It almost sounds too good to be true to have both a Meaningful and Simple Holiday Season.  But, that's exactly what I'm planning on having.  I only have a quick moment, but I wanted to write this out to share with all of you.  For years now I have stuck with a simple organized plan.  The key is organization, I have done things basically the same way for about 10 years now.  Before I made my system that actually worked for me I was always running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  I thought to myself....it's just not fun, I can't enjoy this season of my life and my children's lives if I'm so scattered and last minute.

Read More on My New Simple Lifestyle Blog...... Four Violet

CrossTimber ~ REVIEW

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Growing up in foster care after my parents passed away really made me appreciate life, Family and the Lord.  I knew from an early age that I couldn't wait to have a Family of my own....with lots of Kiddos! :)  Well, the Lord gave me three beautiful ones and I have enjoyed every minute of our Family Life.  One thing that has been a bit sour is the fact that they have no living Grandparents.  And we really don't know a lot about our Family and where I come from.  For the past few years though we have researched a little on that and have learned a lot.  This has sparked an interest of our Heritage for My Daughter Mahala.  She has been scouring through photos, my parents old paper work and even made some phone calls to a few living Family members.  I had never heard of CrossTimber before, but I was thrilled to have the opportunity to Review a Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse from them.  

10.26.2016

Middlebury Interactive Languages ~ REVIEW

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Since being on our 9+ week RV trip I can finally say we are in full school node now.  Most everything is unpacked, washed up and we are rested. :)  And that means now our energy is fully on school and little projects here and there.  This next Review I was so thrilled to be apart of.  Middlebury Interactive Languages has been a company we have Reviewed for before and have not only enjoyed it, but actually learn and retain what we have learned. 
This time we were able to Review High School German 1 from Middlebury Interactive Languages.  I was excited Mahala decided to learn German.  When she was younger and Skylar was taking German she picked up her colors and numbers, but nothing fluent.  So, we still felt like it was starting from scratch.

10.20.2016

How Does Your Garden Grow?

I would never say I have a green thumb…not even a light green thumb.  But, my desire to have rows and rows of beautiful fruits, veggies and flowers is almost painful.  This past year was my best year yet.  We successfully grew strawberries, lettuces, onions, herbs and carrots.  We knew we were going on a long RV trip, so we didn’t want to commit to a huge garden that nobody would be around to tend to.
This year is going to be different…..I’m already drawing up plans for some new planters that my Daughter who is extremely handy with tools is going to build for me this Spring!  Oh Happy Day!!!  Now to look into seeds, churn my existing soil and line up some starter plants from my Local Nursery.  I usually get a few plants that are already thriving to add into my rows of seeds.  Unless I plant real early in the year.  How do you start planting and tending to your gardens?  Are you a lone-gardener or do you make it a Family affair?

10.19.2016

The Familyman's Christmas Treasury - Audio Collection ~ REVIEW


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It's no secret I love Christmas with a passion.  When others start planning Halloween costumes and thinking about trick or treating routes I'm under the stairs polishing my 30 year old Nativity set inspecting this year's cracks and missing paint flecks.  So, I had no hesitation in whipping out and Reviewing the Digital Downloads of  The Familyman's Christmas Treasury - Audio Collection from The Familyman. 
 
Kaden loves Audio Adventures and during our Rv trips we listen to countless audio Dramas and Books.  Our whole Family was able to start this  Collection towards the end of our last trip.  But. mainly Kaden was the one who spent the most time listening to them over and over.  He listened to them all in just 2 days.  But, would replay them while we drove, while he played or just lounging around.  Here are the titles from the Christmas Treasury....they are all written by Todd Wilson and read by Jim Hodges.

10.18.2016

Educeri Lesson Subscription Service ~ REVIEW

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10.15.2016

A Little Bit of Me Time.....

Have you heard of Self Care?  I had never heard of it before until a few years ago when our Family went through a crisis and my world came to a crashing halt.  That's when I first heard about Self Care.  I learned that it's true what the flight attendant always tells you at the beginning of your flight.  If you don't put the oxygen max on yourself first you wont be able to help your traveling partner beside you that's gasping for breath. 

Every single day I make a point to practice Self Care.  I have this bag I put together filled with lotions, a candle, nail polishes, books, journals, pens, candies, cards with affirmations on them, pictures of Family and I have a list of things to do for myself.  On that list I have meditation, walking, art, writing, facials, hair masks, soak my feet, read, watch a movie alone with Pop Corn, 5-10 minutes of intentional deep breathing, take a bath with essential oils, make up a scrub or oil combination, make a cup of tea or coffee and drink it outside.  There are so many things that you can add to your special list.  I usually take one to two times out of my day to do one of the things mentioned above.  Some days it may be just lighting a candle, clicking on Pandora and enjoying my morning shower.  Or drinking my tea outside while deep breathing....the point is to take time for yourself and stop putting everyone's needs before your own. 
As Parents that can be hard, my youngest has Autism.  But, I know if I'm not right with myself, I'm not going to be able to be there mentally and emotionally.  Take some time for yourself this next week and watch the difference it makes.

10.13.2016

Online Christian Filmmakers Academy ~ REVIEW


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My Mahala is a natural photographer.  I know without a doubt that God gave her a talent.  Even though there is talent and passion when she's behind a lens.... she can use all the learning experiences she can.  Which is why I was thrilled to hear she would be able to Review the Online Christian Filmmakers Academy from Family Gravity Media, a division of Families For Christ Ministries, Inc.   Honestly I wasn't even sure what this course included...I just knew any new info I could get in front of her would be beneficial.  And I'm so thankful I was right....it was like Christmas had come early for her!

I had plans to do this along with Mahala because when she needs help photographing and asks for something I would like her to eventually one day be able to call things by their proper name and not round thingy with the squiggly lines.  But, since we were heading home from our 2 month long Rv trip I was overwhelmed and once we made it home I was exhausted.  Needless to say she couldn't wait for me to catch my breath....she had to get started right away.  So, I will probably crack open the videos after the Holidays. :)

  • Module 1 ~ Camera
  • Module 2 ~ Cinematography 
  • Module 3 ~ Sound
  • Module 4 ~ Pre-Production
  • Module 5 ~ Production
Basically Mahala has worked through 3 of the 5 modules so far.  And we are amazed at all that she has learned when even she thought she knew all of the basics.  Each Module contains quizzes that to my surprise she listed as one of her positives.  She said it was nice to be tested on this new knowledge to make sure she actually retained it! :)  Mahala said she learned that you have a lot of options when film making and just one little change can make the viewer's perspective change.  She also commented on how nice it was to see them handling the equipment.  She is always so careful when handling her equipment....almost insainly careful. I think she might loosen up a bit now since she feels a little more confidence in caring for her camera.  Mahala's favorite part of Cinematography is editing, she even edits her older Brother's videos.  
Since I have not taken the course I was asking her what her over all thoughts were and they were all positive.  She said that anyone wanting to get into Cinematography or just learn more about the Camera could benefit from taking this course.  She said it was nice to see that at the bottom of the lessons you could post ideas or questions and they would get back to them.  Another bonus was the quality of the course, very professional, super user friendly and legit and not boring.  (Her words, not mine....) 

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Would we recommend Online Christian Filmmakers Academy?  For sure if you own a Camera, take videos and or need credits for your High-school student in the Arts department.  I think it's a very great elective that really hits on a major part of today's culture for teens and young adults.  When I was in High-school I didn't think about taking videos, but in today's world.....my 9 year old takes better videos then I do.  Like I said....I'll be taking this course after the Holidays! :)  Make sure you head over and see their NEW Online Christian Filmmakers Academy Facebook Page
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10.12.2016

MyFreezEasy ~ REVIEW

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I Love Cooking and for years I have been a throw what I have in the pantry and fridge kind of person.  Crazy thing is those Goulashes as my Husband calls them have become some of my Family's Favorite meals.  But, the last few years we have changed a lot as far as our eating habits, what type of food we eat and how we eat it.  With that comes a little planning, but it's been worth it for the benefit of my Family.  Many years ago I used to take two Saturdays a month and by all the food I needed to make dinners for the following 2 weeks.  And the very next day I would cook it all.....talk about a jam packed freezer.  And the amount of planning and preparation it took to pull this off month after month was intense, so intense I only did this for about a year.  Did it help me during the time I worked outside the home and still homeschooled my Kiddos?  Yes, it sure did and that is why during this busy season of my life I was intrigued when I heard about this next Review.  MyFreezEasy generously gave me me an Annual Subscription to their MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership.  

I was so Excited for this Membership because previously when I would plan out meals for the freezer for later meals they were mainly casseroles or highly Carb filled...not to mentioned everything was mixed with the dreaded can of mushroom soup.  Why is that not a good thing for our Family?  Gluten, which we have tried to eliminate as much of it as possible for Kaden.  When I took a look at MyFreezEasy I was pleasantly surprised to see the variety of Healthy, Yummy food options.  Food that would not only be fast and easy to prepare on weeknights, but food that would meet all of our Family's dietary needs.
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Here is a quick overview...there is 2 different Membership Plans to choose from.  The Basic and the Premium Membership.  What you get is the ability to have 5 customized recipes sent directly to your inbox that will take you an hour of prepare 10 meals from to freeze for later!  Each recipe gives you two delicious meals and every month you can look forward to new ones so you can kiss eating the same old thing over and over goodbye! :)  I was given the Premium Membership and the main thing I Love about it is it allows me to swap meals from any of the meal plans or even make up my own meal plan.  This works the Best for our Family because even though I tend to eat more clean high protein foods other Family members enjoy a little something different here and there as a surprise treat.  
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I haven't even got to the Best Best Part...not only do both Memberships give you the recipes, but also a well detailed shopping list,  Assembly instructions for both the Prep Portion before you freeze and the the actual prep to thaw and cook.  Hands down this brings a tear to my eye...1st of all I hated writing out the shopping list when I did a big cook...no matter how hard I tried I always forgot at least one thing each Big Cook Day. :(  And please tell me I am not the only one to pull out a frozen bag of "something" and wonder what the heck is it and how do I reheat it and fix it properly to feed my starving Family. :)  With the Assembly instructions and printable labels for your freezer bags this wont be a problem ever again.  That alone is worth the membership here in this house. :) 

It was simple and easy to get started.  I logged on and did a happy dance when I saw all of my amazing choices.  Setting up my menu was easy, I printed my labels and lists and headed to the store.  I felt confident that everything I needed was right in my little hand, I shopped, laid everything out and got to work.  The instructions were clear, accurate and easy to execute.  I even got the kiddos involved in the cooking.....and the clean up too!


I also wanted to add that not only do you get suggested side options, but you are able to select serving sizes for your recipes.  That's awesome, because most recipes I find in magazines or online are for only 4 servings, sometimes 6.  But, we are a Hungry Family of 6.  I find a lot of the times recipes are small and when I try to bulk it up the flavor may be off.  So, being able to customize the serving amount for our Family was awesome.  And I just have to say I have used the meals I froze and they tasted fantastic and my Family was excited to have something other then a fast salad or snacky meal on those nights that I ran out of time before the dinner pains became apparent! :)

So, what did I think?  I loved this service.  It was helpful and to be honest I didn't even know that I needed something like this....but I do.  And I will more than likely continue with this service even after my Membership expires.  It gives me peace of mind knowing delicious healthy meals are already prepped and ready for my Family when I need them.  I encourage all my Momma Friends to take a look at this service.  Get a little help in areas of your life that get a bit hectic...it's okay! :)
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10.08.2016

New Way to Stay Organized......


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Oh my goodness I can’t believe it is just the beginning of the weekend.  YAY!!  That means I have so much time to get through the things I have marked down on my list.  How do you stay organized?  I use a Bullet Journal to keep track of everything from Favorite movies and Bible verses all the way to Future plans and this weeks schedule.
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The Bullet Journal was created by Ryder Carroll, check out his Website, because he has an Amazing Video that will explain this life changing system way better then I could do.  Let me know what you think and if you are a BuJo enthusiast too!
 

10.06.2016

Handbook For Writers ~ REVIEW

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This Handbook came to us as a PDF, which was perfect because we were on our RV trip.  We weren't planning any essays or papers while on the trip, but I did have Mahala and Kaden keep a daily journal.  While Dad was driving Mahala and I would get out the laptop and read a little a few times a week and I would have her take notes while we read.  This Handbook is HUGE, I'm talking over 400 pages!  As soon as I scanned the enormous table of contents I knew this was going to be our Best Friend.  Mahala wants to go to College, this means she needs to be able to write different types of papers.  And guess who she's going to ask for help.....Me....so, I better learn some of this too! :)  I'll be honest Mahala took one look at this and instantly felt overwhelmed.  But, when I explained to her that this was a resource not a begin at the beginning and read straight though kind of text book she was relieved.

We quickly noticed certain topics that we knew we needed help on...here are a few of our Favorites and most helpful so far.
*The Visual Guide to Organizing Your Papers
*The Rubric for Writing Evaluations
*Paragraph Structure and Function
*Honestly All of Part 2 in this Book, which cover Usage and Style.  It covers everything from early grammar information that Mahala needs to brush up on to frequently misspelled words and "wishy-washy words".
*Basic Punctuation that my eyes have been opened to the many things I need to tweak.
*And last but not least we are going through the References and Bibliographies section right now.  Amazing!!!  I have forgotten so much since I was in School and I realize now that Skylar wasn't as prepared as he could have been when he started College.  He's in his 3rd year of College now....hopefully thanks to this Handbook, Mahala will be more prepared and confident with whatever kind of paper is thrown her way.

So, what did I think?  Well, Mahala and I both learned so much and have only scratched the surface of what this resource has in-store for us.  I would HIGHLY recommend you run right this minute and order one of these for your Family....even if you are not a Homeschool Family.  If your Kids are going to College or just in High school...this Handbook is worth it's weight in Gold.  I plan to get it printed so that we can make side notes and highlight in it....we roll like that.  We need to be able to held it in our laps to really soak it all in, so I look forward to doing that hopefully this next week.

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