Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Notebooking Pages Huge Giveaway and Freebies Event

The following is a giveaway sponsored by a company which I use in homeschooling my children. Links included in the post maybe affiliate links which if used for purchasing the product may give me a small commission, I am not affiliated with the giveaway in any other manner.

Join us for a Homeschool Giveaway!

Over $3600 in prizes ... 25 regular winners and

1 GRAND PRIZE winner, plus FREEbies for EVERYONE!

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Wednesday, Sept. 6th @ 9am (Eastern)


Friday, Sept. 8th @ 9pm (Eastern)


Everyone receives our FREEbies!

                        Everyone who enters the giveaway receives our free notebooking pages download &; special freebies from our prize sponsors.

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25 winners receive a Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership.

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Our Grand Prize Winner receives

ALL of the following prizes!

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  • Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Membership

  • Train Up a Child Publishing

  • One Year of Daily Lesson Plans

  • A Better Way to Homeschool

  • Homeschool Guide for Real Family: Includes Dozens of activities

  • How to Homeschool My Child

  • Approaches to Christian Homeschooling {Complete Package}

  • Proverbial Homemaker

  • My First Kitchen Binder for Kids

  • Bible Road Trip

  • Bible Road Trip Year Three Curriculum, and Lower Grammar, Upper Grammar, and Dialectic Notebooking Journals

  • iHomeschool Network

  • The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume One

  • iHomeschool Network

  • The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume Two

  • Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula

  • Winner's choice of levels 1-5 of English Lessons Through Literature text -AND- workbook

  • Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood

  • Script-n-Scribe Roller Coaster Writer Digital Download

  • Harmony Fine Arts

  • Harmony Fine Arts Bundle Grades 1-4

  • Art History Kids

  • Vincent van Gogh Art Guide for Kids

  • Outdoor Hour Challenges

  • Ultimate Naturalist Library Membership

  • Heritage Grove Academy

  • Thornton Burgess Words of Wisdom Copywork Bundle

  • Homeschool Copywork

  • Lifetime Homeschool Copywork Membership

  • Homeschool Solutions with Pam Barnhill

  • Fall Morning Time Plans

  • Homeschool Solutions with Pam Barnhill

  • Harvest Term: Preschool Morning Time Plans

  • Home School Adventure Co.

  • Philosophy Adventure - Pre-Socratics Digital Edition

  • Homeschool Solutions with Pam Barnhill

  • Plan Your Year Homeschool Planner

  • Enrichment Studies

  • Renaissance Artists PLUS the coordinating Fine Art Pages

  • Adventure Homeschool

  • Interactive Unit Study Combo Pack – Owls & Alligators


  • Mom's Household Planner LIFETIME Membership

  • Music in Our Homeschool

  • Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School online course

  • Katie's Homeschool Cottage

  • You Can Make Your Own Unit Study Using Charlotte Mason Methods Audio Seminar Workshop Set

  • Writing with Sharon Watson

  • The Power in Your Hands: Writing Nonfiction in High School (text & teacher editions)

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    Thursday, August 24, 2017

    Bic Gel-ocity Quick Dry Gel Pens Review

    I recently received a free package of Bic Gel-ocity Quick Dry Gel Pens from Smiley 360 to try and then share my thoughts about the pens.

    My Thoughts

    I really like these gel pans.

    • The ink flows quickly right from the get go, I didn't need to prime it at all to get an ink flow.
    • The ink does dry quickly. Thus it doesn't smear. I tried all three colors on various types of paper, including a glossy finish, and no smearing. 
    • The pen barrel is very comfortable to hold and it isn't slick, so there is a steady grip.

    Even though I would not use the Bic Gel-ocity Quick Dry Gel Pens to do much colorring they did color quite completely. 

    As the ink dries so quickly these would be great pens for a left hander as the likely hood of their smearing their work would probably be greatly reduced. 

    After trying the pens I received to review I purchased a twin pack of blue Bic Gel-ocity Quick Dry Gel Pens to see if they performed the same way the colored pens did. I am happy to report that the blue pens share all the same qualities as the colored pens. 

    If you would like more information about Bic Gel-ocity quick dry gel pens check out the following link.   

    Disclaimer: I received a free package of the Bic Gel-ocity quick dry gel pens from Smiley 360 to try. All opinions expressed here are solely my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Songs of Joy in The Anthems of Zion

    Do you ever pick up a book which turns out to be so good that you don't want to put it down? Do you say to yourself  "Just one more chapter" and it turns into 2 or 3 or more?

    If you answered Yes to either of the questions then I know of a new series of books for you.

    Check out the Anthems of Zion series by Katie Schuermann. Titles in this trilogy are House of Living Stones, The Choir Immortal, and the soon to be released The Harvest Raise.

    All three books are set in the fictional southern Illinois town of Bradbury.  Not only is the series a chronicle of small town life, the church in town, Zion Lutheran, is just as central a setting for all three books.

     In House of Living Stones  you will meet the main characters; Pastor Fletcher, Dr Emily Duke; a college music professor, Mrs Scheinberg; the church secretary, and many other loving souls who make Bradbury a wonderful place to live. Not only will you share in the joys (and not so joyous parts) of small town life, but also the life and happenings of Zion Lutheran Church.

    The Choir Immortal  begins with a highly anticipated wedding at Zion. But will it happen or will several events turn into catastrophe and prevent this joyful event from taking place? As the story moves on the reader continues to experience life in Bradbury through the many people they came to meet in House of Living Stones. Just as in real life the people in Bradbury experience trauma and heartache and joy and happiness. Through it all they are comforted by their friends, but most importantly through the Word of God.

    The Harvest Raise concludes this Bradbury trilogy. It may not begin the way the reader anticipates based on the conclusion of The Choir Immortal, but it is good none the less. Just as real life goes on, life moves along in Bradbury as well. Real life is full of changes, challenges, and new experiences and these are all experienced by the people in Bradbury as well. They grow and pull together through trials and joys, just as we do. Good comes out of difficulties in both real life and Bradbury. Through it all the members of Zion Lutheran Church are guided and loved by their faithful pastor, Pastor Fetcher. He never ceases to give anyone who comes to him the Word of God to comfort, guide, and instruct them.

    My Thoughts 

    I really enjoyed reading all three of these books and found myself nodding 'Yes' or agreeing with many of the situations. There were two parts of  The Harvest Raise with which I could especially identify. Bethesda is a Lutheran organization dedicated to serving people with developmental disabilities. Bethesda has facilities in many communities around the United States. Some of these facilities are smaller and provide homes for just a few people. The people who live in these homes are fairly integrated into many aspects of their community. In The Harvest Raise two of the residents of the Bethesda Homes attend church at Zion. One of the young men there develops a relationship with them and help them become a special part of Zion. I liked seeing the integration of the clients served by Bethesda into the life of the congregation. When I worked in the Chaplaincy department for several regional Bethesda facilities it was a high priority for us to see the people we served attend and be welcomed by their local churches.

    In addition, in my vocation as a Pastor's wife I could really relate to many of the challenges faced by the occupants of the parsonage. I pray I can relate to those I encounter with as much grace and compassion as exhibited in these books.

    I whole heartedly recommend The Anthems of Zion trilogy to anyone looking for a thoughtful and enjoyable read. I think these books will especially be enjoyed by fellow Lutherans as well as being great for those wanting to know a little more about the practices of a Lutheran Church. While Lutheran doctrine and teachings are a part of the story line these wonderful books are not a complete exposition of Lutheran beliefs.

    To learn more about all three great books and for some fun things visit the Anthems of Zion homepage.

    The Anthems of Zion books are the perfect books for summer reading. However, if you like them as much as I did you will certainly finish them long before summer is over.

    The Harvest Raise (Available for preorder) as well as House of Living Stones and The Choir Immortal are available from CPH.

    Disclaimer: I personally own House of Living Stones and The Choir Immortal. I received an advance digital copy of The Harvest Raise for the purposes of promoting it. I have not been compensated in any other manner and all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.