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{Review} Tales of the Wovlen: The Dragon’s Son

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While movies like The Lord of the Rings are at the top of my list, I usually stay away from fantasy novels. I’ve started to read a few over the years, but rarely finished because the names were impossible to pronounce, the “good guys” were too dark, and the fantasy worlds were so over-the-top that I couldn’t engage with the story.

I pretty much ignored Tales of the Wovlen: The Dragon’s Son when I heard about it. I had given up on fantasy books, remember? But something kept pulling me back to this one. My curiosity got the best of me when the book’s editor commented on how good it was (and she’s not one to say it if it’s not true).

First, a little intro:

“After the brutal massacre in his village, a broken, grieving boy chooses to live with a golden dragon in the wild rather than go to the mountains to be with his own people. If only he had known then what that simple choice meant… Thirteen years later, Keegan, no longer a boy, learns that his younger sister survived the massacre and so sets off to be reunited with her. When Keegan accidentally interrupts a plot against a princess, what should have been a fairly simple trip turns into a complicated struggle for survival. A mysterious elder appears, full of wit and riddle. Mythical monsters shed their fictional skin and hungrily pursue Keegan and his dragon. Haunting nightmares begin to tear at his mind. As he continues on his quest to be reunited with his sister, Keegan is only just beginning to understand what it means to be The Dragons Son.”

I have one main requirement for a fiction book if an author wants me to finish it- I must be able to create the story in my mind as I read. Kathryn Fogleman certainly delivered in this area! Her attention to detail allowed me to imagine the scenery and the action with ease. The characters are intriguing as well.

I am not a fan of blood, gore, and creepy things. Knowing the author is a Tolkien fan, I went in hesitantly. Please no uruk-hai, oh PLEASE. While there are plenty of sword fights, battle wounds, and mythical creatures, I was relieved to find that none of it is overly graphic. I  have no problem letting my 11 year old read this book.

There were a couple of sections where the characters’ relationships weren’t as well-developed and I was left with questions. I don’t know if this is the result of being a first-time author, or if maybe it will all be tied together in the next book. Either way, it wasn’t enough to detract from the overall story.

Tales of the Wovlen: The Dragon’s Son is one of those books that, upon reaching the end, had me saying, “No, it can’t be over already!”. I truly look forward to the next book!!

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You can purchase a paperback version for $13.10, or snag the Kindle version for only $3.00! Better grab it now in case it goes up!!

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{Review} My Christmas Wish List Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids

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Are you looking for a simple way to focus your child’s mind on what really matters this holiday season? I am so tickled about My Christmas Wish List, a devotional prayer journal created by Heather of Upside Down Homeschooling. The colors, the graphics, the layout … it makes me happy just to look at it!

The 15-day journal is divided into five sections: Obedience, Love, Joy, Charity, and Peace. Each day has scripture to read, a prayer prompt, and a fun activity that involves encouraging or serving others. The daily assignments follow a WISH acronym:
Write
Investigate
Share
Hear

There are extra activities at the end that include copywork, coloring pages and a nativity set to cut out. I consider this journal a gem because most of the devotionals I’ve found for younger ones are either very generic (same type of activity each day just with a different picture & verse), or too complicated for this easily-overwhelmed momma.

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My Christmas Wish is on sale for only $2.99 (regularly $7.99)! Such a small price for the opportunity to point your child to Christ all December long.

As a BONUS,  purchases made in November will come with 2 FREE holiday webinars: 9 Stress Busters for the Holidays and The Wonder of God’s Love for Christmas

Are you looking for meaningful Thanksgiving activities? You might also be interested in My Book of Thanks, Heather’s Gratitude Journal for Kids. It is on sale for only $1.99 and comes in a younger & older version.

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As a member of the My Christmas Wish launch team, I received a free copy for the purpose of giving my honest review. I only share products that I think my readers will enjoy and find useful. Thank you for any purchase made through my affiliate link. <3


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Maintain Your Weight Through the Holidays with Calorease {Review}

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October is the start of birthday season in our house – four kids in six weeks. That adds up to lots of decadent cake and dining out. Then comes Thanksgiving with the dressing and the pies. And Christmas? It gets a whole month of delicousness! It is hard to ring in the new year without a couple of extra pounds.

I was recently introduced to Calorease, a dietary supplement to help manage your weight. I am not about to pop a scary pill to lose weight, so I did a little research before agreeing to a Moms Meet review. The active ingredient in Calorease is FBCx. It is a naturally sourced soluble fiber derived from grain, with no genetically modified components. It is stimulant free and gluten free. Calorease does not contain lactose, yeast, wheat, sugar, salt, egg, soy, dairy, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

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Calorease works by binding dietary fat and flushing it out of the body. Taking two tablets with three healthy meals a day makes it possible to lose up to a dress size in a month.

I decided to do a little 3-week experiment and see just how well this product works. For the first two weeks, I took the tablets only when eating foods high in fat. This included birthday meals and an amazing triple brownie cake. For the third week, I took the tablets with one or two meals every day. I made no other changes to my routine (because obviously I would have lost weight had I switched from an occasional walk on the beach to power walking several miles a day!). I must say I was shocked to lose almost three pounds!

I realize that weight lost without any real effort is weight that will eventually show back up, but it is so encouraging to see that scale move! I am excited about trying out Calorease while eating healthy and adding in more exercise. I will definitely continue this supplement through the holiday season and want to leave those extra pounds in 2013!

A 90-count package of Caloraese is $29.99, but I have a coupon for you!!

Use the code 4MOMS and buy it for only $14.99, a 50% discount!

(Calorease is also sold at GNC, but the coupon code is only for the Calorease website)

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Your turn: Do you have any tips for maintaining your weight during the holidays?

Would you like to see a follow-up review on this product?

I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product  and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.


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Review: How To Succeed As An Educational Printables Business

Homeschoolers are typically one-income families. More and more moms are looking for a way to bring in some extra money, and the educational printables business is booming! Having made a few printables myself, I can say that creating them is the easy part. Most of it can be learned through trial & error and a few Google searches. Selling them however? That is easier said than done.

I have the privilege of reviewing How To Succeed As An Educational Printables Business, an ebook written by Jill of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom.

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How To Succeed As An Educational Printables Business is a workbook that walks you through the process of what it takes to sell your printables. It is not as simple as creating your pages and finding a market for them. How are you going to deliver your product? Do you need to register your business? What steps are going to protect your copyright? Jill answers all of these questions and more in these chapters:

  • So, You Want To Start An Educational Printables Business…
  • How Will I Start My Business…
  • What Is Your Target Audience…
  • Creating Your Educational Printables…
  • How Will I Get My Items To My Buyers…
  • Price Point – Not Just How Much I Want To Charge…
  • Advertising My Business…
  • Why I Have to Keep Good Records…
  • Tax implications…
  • Are You Having Fun Yet…

Jill has created a successful printables business with her Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Member’s Only Website. She has a heart for helping others get started, and plenty of experience to share. Let her help you avoid some of the obstacles along the way by creating a start-to-finish plan.

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You can purchase How To Succeed As An Educational Printables Business for $15 and get started on your new business today!

{I received a free ebook for the purpose of sharing my honest review. No other compensation was given.}


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Review & MEGA Giveaway: Philosophy Adventure

There are no affiliate links in this post. I received a free copy of Philosophy Adventure  for the purpose of giving my honest review.

Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates is a brand new curriculum from Stacy Farrell. I introduced it to you a couple of months ago, and now we have had time to really dig in and see how it works. You are going to love it!

Complete-Set.Med_Before I share my thoughts on this curriculum, let me give you a little glimpse into what I look for when choosing courses for my kids. I don’t want to waste our time with busywork, so mindless worksheets and pointless assignments are out. If the text is so dull that my eyes want to roll back in my head, I am not going to make my kids plow through it. This sometimes proves to be a problem when searching for upper level courses.

That’s not a problem with Philosophy Adventure! The text is engaging, the book is visually stunning, and the assignments are meaty yet broken down into bite-sized sections so my girls don’t feel overwhelmed. Stacy Farrell challenges my kids to stretch their brains with deep thoughts, but she doesn’t just leave them there. She cheers them on to try hard and to always be ready to give an account of what they believe.

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Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates introduces us to Eight Famous Philosophers:

  • Thales
  • Pythagorus
  • Xenophanes
  • Heraclitus
  • Parmenides
  • Empedocles
  • Protagorus
  • Democritus

After reading about the life & times of each philosopher, we get to read one of his actual writings. That writing is compared and contrasted with a biblical worldview. Each lesson is divided into three assignments: Write, Think, and Speak

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The thing I love most about this curriculum is the ease of use! Each assignment is broken down into very specific tasks, and they are color-coded to match the reading. The digital student book allows my girls to type & print their work. (Because handwriting the answers is soooooo torturous and out-dated, you know. ;))

A breakdown of the Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates set:

  • Reader – Philosopher stories, images, geography, biblical worldview, lessons and assignments
  • Student Workbook – Notebook pages, mapping, writing journal, and the most amazing writing checklists EVER!
  • Teacher Resources - Memory cards, timeline, maps & keys, quiz keys, instructions

Depending on how you choose to use it, Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates offers .25-.5 high school credit in these areas:

  • English Composition
  • World History/Geography
  • Speech/Communications
  • Logic/Critical Thinking

I want to leave you with one last observation. Stacy Farrell, the author, loves Jesus. I have had the privilege of interacting with her over the last few months and she believes what she writes. She has prayed over this study and for the ones who will read it. What a blessing!

Philosophy Adventure™–Pre-Socrates comes in four formats:

  • $89.95 Print Reader, Print Student Workbook, Digital Teacher’s Resources on CD
  • $69.95 Print Reader, Digital Student Workbook on CD, Digital Teacher’s Resources on CD
  • $49.95 Digital Reader on CD, Digital Student Workbook on CD, Digital Teacher’s Resources on CD
  • $39.95 Reader Digital Download, Student Workbook Digital Download, Teacher’s resources Digital Download

I recommend the $69.95 option. The readings and assignments are placed opposite each other in the Print Reader, but you will have to line them up yourself with the Digital Reader. View a SAMPLE of the first lesson.

** I have some fantastic coupons code for you if you order by August 7th! **
They are good for any of the Home School Adventure Co. products.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL-10 saves you 10% off any print edition

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Giveaway is open to US residents and ends August 31st

As part of the Philosophy Adventure Launch Team, I received a copy of Philosophy Adventure in exchange for my honest review and the opportunity to participate in related giveaways and social media promotions. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.

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