homeschool mag deal – hurry

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You can get a full year subscription to both TEACH Magazine and Home School Enrichment for only $12.97 if you order by midnight April 30th, so hurry!!!

Visit Nourishing Heart and Home for details.



As a mom of five little blessings, I don’t have a lot of time to fit personal reading into my schedule.  I jumped at the chance to review The Old Schoolhouse WeE-books. They are short enough to read while feeding the baby or taking a coffee break, and they only cost $1.95! (And if you love notebooks like I do, you will appreciate the FREE binder cover.)

These are the three I chose:

A Naturally Clean Home ………. and Baby!

Get rid of the toxins in your environment and replace them with natural products. Lisa Barthuly will show you how to clean your home with just 5 household ingredients. She also has some info on the naturally clean baby, and includes 4!!! different wipes recipes.

A Baby Shower for Jesus

I think I am going to print this out and read it every year! Deborah Wuehler gently reminds us that comparison and disappointment are signs that we are focusing on circumstances instead of God. Contentment only comes from focusing on Christ!

Entomology: The Study of Insects

Oh my! This one is full of creepy crawly things but, as the mom of a curious little boy who is fascinated by bugs, I plowed through. Dr. Heather W. Allen takes you on a tour of the interesting bugs her family has collected. (I hope I never run into a vinegarroon!)

I want to encourage you to go take a look at these wonderful little treasures called WeE-books.  Whether you are a homeschool veteran or just starting out, there is something for everyone!

homework review


The Old Schoolhouse has published a wonderful e-book called HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School Without Losing Your Balance. Whether you need to supplement your income, or just want a little extra spending money, this book is full of ideas from families of all sizes for blending a home business with home education.

Each family shares how they got started, what a typical day looks like, and how much their business brings in each month. I loved the wonderful tips for including your children in your home business.  A bonus at the end of each chapter is a link to that person’s website. It helps to get a complete picture of each business.

The last section of the book is about keeping  your work-at-home business organized.  Learn what documents to keep, how to design a spreadsheet, and what to do at tax time.

I give the format of this e-book a big thumbs up! It fits perfectly on my computer screen without me having to scroll up and down to read a page.

I’m very thankful for the chance to review HomeWork: Juggling Home, Work, and School Without Losing Your Balance and recommend it to anyone looking for some creative ways to work and school from home.

wfmw – free blog bling

I love changing up the header & graphics on my blog, but it can be quite a chore to find the cute stuff. These are a few of the free sites I’ve used to decorate my bloggy home. Be sure to always read the terms of usage on each site.

~*~ Icons/Buttons ~*~


Icon Archive

Purple Dragonfly Designs

Smashing Magazine

Cheth Studios

Make Your Own Button

Cool Text

~*~ Graphics/Clip Art ~*~


Open Clip Art Library

Reusable Art


lil bit country



Cute Colors

Graphics by Irene

Country Heart Designs

Antique Clipart

Classroom Clipart

WP Clipart

Clipart Etc. 

~*~ Christian Graphics ~*~


Faith Frog

Red Phantom


~*~ Photos ~*~

Open Photos

Wkikmedia Commons

Kubrickr for WordPress

Free Photos Index

Free Blog Things

~*~ Headers ~*~

Free Image Headers

Theme Headers

Smashing Magazine

The Cutest Blog on the Block

Shabby Blogs

~*~ Image Generators ~*~

Image Chef


~*~ Design-Your-Own ~*~

Speechable add speech bubbles to your photos





Do you have any favorite graphics links? Share them in the comments!

Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great tips!


our 2009-2010 plans

I’ve been prayerfully searching for next year’s curriculum. There are so many options! Here are the resources I’m considering:

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~*~ BIBLE ~*~

Through the Bible with My Child FREE



American History for Young Students I (Exploration – 1800)


Memorizing the Presidents & States FREE

A Book In Time crafts FREE

~*~ MATH ~*~

Teaching Textbooks


Saxon Math



All About Spelling


First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind


Explode the Code


Holiday House LA Guides FREE

First Grade Language Lessons with Dr. Seuss FREE

~*~ SCIENCE ~*~

A Year with Gail Gibbons FREE


Science With Me FREE

Waterford Press Activities FREE


Observation Calendars FREE

Field Study Bags FREE

Nature Detectives FREE

~*~ ART ~*~

Flickr Art Images print 8×10 FREE

Looking at Art FREE

Color Me Masterpiece FREE

Art Coloring Pages FREE

~*~ MUSIC ~*~

Basic Music Theory Study Guide FREE

Classics for Kids FREE

Composer Biographies FREE

Music Ed Resources Idea Library

take a tour tuesday


Here are some of the interesting things I’ve found on my tour around Bloggyworld.

Godly Things

Yummy Things

Do It Yourself Things

Money Making Things

Check back next Tuesday for another tour!

Want to share your own Tuesday Tour? Leave a comment with your link and I’ll post it here.

simple woman’s daybook



Outside my window… the perfect sunny day

I am thinking… (praying) about next year’s curriculum

From the learning rooms… umm, sorting practice as they pack, lots of nature “study”  LOL

I am thankful for… my sister’s help with packing my house

From the kitchen…  cottage cheese & sour cream pancakes

I am creating… a big mess

I am going… to pick up a new-to-us chair & ottoman we bought off of Craigslist

I am reading… Acts;  Stepping Heavenward

I am hoping… to get an exact closing date for the new house soon (it’s next week!)

I am hearing… cousins playing the Wii

Around the house… lots of packing & cleaning

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… take girls shopping for new comforter sets, make a list of utilities to change/transfer

Here is picture thought I am sharing…


This is the park at the end of the street at our new house – we move next week!

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hello, my name is amy

I felt the need to introduce myself again since I’ve been a complete stranger TO MY OWN BLOG!!    I tell ya, having a baby at 37 is way different than at 27. Good thing she is totally worth it! My other kiddos have been a huge blessing during our adjustment.

Here’s a look at what’s been going on in our neck of the woods:

  • Our little Sweetpea is turning 6 months old!!
  • We are in the process of buying a house and hope to close at the end of the month
  • My sister, her hubby, & their 4 kids moved up here from San Antonio. Woohoo!!
  • They will be renting our current house and planned on moving here at the end of March. We didn’t know at the time that we couldn’t close until the end of April. Soooo, we’ve had a big slumber party for the last month and God has really blessed us with a great time!
  • Our house (& yard) is currently home to 4 adults, 9 kids, 6 dogs, 3 fish, 2 rabbits, a cat and a lizard. Oh, and a frog the kids found in the strawberry plants today.

I promise to get back to my regularly-scheduled random posts. I have lots of great links to share, products to review & lovely things to tell you that God has shown me. See you soon!

wfmw – american girl patterns


My 10 year old became the proud owner of an American Girl doll in November. I cringe at the thought of paying $100 for a doll, but she diligently saved up her birthday and allowance money, and she has proved to be a very responsible mommy. I draw the line, however, at paying more for doll clothes than we pay for our own. I did a search and found some beautiful (and free!)  American Girl doll dress patterns.  Our Walmart has some very pretty fabric on the dollar table that should work great for these!


Run on over to We Are That Family for tons of great tips!