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Monday, November 4, 2013

See The Light Review

See The Light Drawing Children To Him Art Projects with Pat Knepley is a DVD based art instruction. I received mine free of charge in return I was to write and honest review. Here is our take on the program.  

When I became aware that I was chosen to review this product I was excited. My daughter loves to draw and I thought it would be great for her to learn how to use oil pastels. We have never tried them before. I thought oil (like the paint) would be messy for a child to use but I was mistaken. They were just like crayons for the most part. The DVD we got to review was Sunflowers by Vincent Van Gogh. It said ages 10+. My daughter is 7 so I was a bit concerned that it would be too difficult for her to do. We watched the DVD in parts. It had for parts approximately 25 minutes long. You are to do the segment along with the DVD.

What I thought: I enjoyed watching the DVD. Pat is very good at explaining all the techniques. Her voice was not irritating. And she tells you its ok when you make a mistake and what to do to correct it.

What my kids thought: She liked the drawing part but it was hard to keep her attention during the DVD. I think it was a bit too long for her. Other than that she enjoyed doing the project and had minimal tears.

All in all I think it is a great program I would definately try the other DVDs in the future if given the chance. You can order yours here: www.SeeTheLightShine.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

September?? Already!!!!!

I can't believe that it is already September. Is this year going by fast or what? Some of you have started school and some (like me) haven't. Just keeping it real folks. The move we had to do unexpectedly a few months ago has really taken a toll on me and my family. I just can't seem to get it together. But I will eventually with God's help. Prayers appreciated.

Here is my latest article I wrote for A Moment With M.O.M.

http://amomentwithmom.com/homeschooling/homeschooling-approach-unschooling/   I hope you find it helpful in your homeschooling journey.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Overcoming my fear

Most who know me are aware of my bout with anxiety. It comes and goes when it pleases and I really love it when it is gone. But some days it comes back like a vengeance with absolutely no warning. Those days I am bound to my bed, my room with the door shut and normal everyday things become very difficult to bear. Sometimes I can't even leave the house. I don't want to talk to anyone nor be talked to and it spirals from there. This past year has been very challenging for us. Finances, unexpected move to name some. I don't take any meds for it. After awhile it seems to me that it's a mindset too. I often don't do things in anticipation of having an anxiety attack. I'll make excuses to myself. One of my biggest problems is driving. I really dislike driving on freeways, especially here in Southern California.

Last January I was put to the test. My husband forgot something he needed for work and he was almost an hour away from home. So your's truly, with the kids in tow went on a trek through downtown L.A, Hollywood, Universal City and 3 freeways to take it to him. I wasn't crippled with fear. All I did was pray and said"Lord take the wheel" and you know what? He did!! I didn't even get lost once. Since then I have gotten a lot better with driving. Sure I have my days just like everyone else but its such an improvement compared to before.

Then just a few weeks ago there was a family get together four hours away. We were all planning to go but something came up and my husband was going to have to work. It was important for us to be there so I said to myself "why don't I just drive there myself with the kids?" this is something I have never done in my entire life. So with my husbands blessing me and the kids headed out on our journey through LA,over the mountains and through the valley to my brothers house. And we survived!!! I overcame my fear and survived!!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Classical Composers Monthly Review

First Classical Composers Monthly gave you a window to classical music at your fingertips. Now they have added Fine Art Pages to give you more to enrich your learning experience. A collection of 25 pages that feature a famous painting, information and the artist.
This is Starry-night by Vincent van Gogh
You can just print them out and hang them around the house. Oh, the possibilities!!!! This van Gogh was our favorite. And right now they are on sale for $9.95 for a limited time. www.classicalcomposersmonthly.com
And it is great for all ages. Just elaborate as needed.
I was given this product free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  

Monday, June 17, 2013

How Do We Know God Is Really There by Melissa Cain Travis Review

Apologia is known for their science curriculum and run an educational ministry. I was sent How Do We Know God Is Really There at no cost and asked to give an honest review in return.

The story is written in a conversation format between father and son as he explains the question "How do we know God is really there?" to his son Thomas. This book is mainly for younger children. My daughter loves anything about space so she really liked it. I loved the colorful pictures as well. 
 The illustrations were by Christopher Voss and I think he did a wonderful job. The pictures were so colorful and inviting. We really enjoyed them.
You can get your copy at www.apologia.com cost is $16.00

Monday, June 10, 2013

My friend Tabitha over at Meet Penny has a new e-book out. Easy Oven-Free Dinners. Just in time for summer!! It's on sale now through Sunday for only $1.99.