F is for Favorites

F is for FavoritesIt’s time for the annual Blue Ribbon awards from the Homeschool Review Crew. The post will go up next week, but I wanted to get something written up this week while we are on the letter f for the blogging through the alphabet series.  Last year, I mentioned our top five favorites. This year we have so many favorites, I am going to post our favorites in the different categories.


We have a couple favorites that we used this year in the art category. The first one is the Thin Stix from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We were actually lucky enough to review this product twice this year. This product is one of my girls favorite art spplies.

Another art product we enjoyed this year  was the  ACTÍVA rigid wrap that we used to create a butterfly. We plan to make some Christmas items with the product that we have left.


This year, we have reviewed many history curriculum and supplements it was difficult to choose our favorites because there are so many great ones. We narrowed it down to the following products.

Drive Thru History ~ This was a favorite from my high school boys. We all learned so much from the videos and look forward to watching more.

Another favorite history curriculum is from Home School in the Woods. We reviewed Make A State and The Middle Ages. Even though there is a lot that needs to be printed, this curriculum is packed full of information and hands-on activities.

Our favorite history supplements are from Heirloom Audio Productions. We reviewed two of them this year, In the Reign of Terror and Captain Bayley’s Heir.


We reviewed so many great books this year and we are looking forward to the next books in both of these series, Imagine…The Great Flood and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls.

Here is a link to all of the products we reviewed this year and past years. You can read through to see how we used and how it fit or did not fit for us to learn more about these different companies.

Be sure to stop by the Homeschool Review Crew blog next week (and I will update this post) to see the rest of the crew’s favorites from this year.

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Kutless CD Review and Giveaway

Kutless CD Review and GiveawayI don’t know if any of you know who the group Kutless is, but I was introduced to them from a song that was played on KLOVE a few years ago. They have become one of my favorite groups since then.

The group has had many hit songs over the past years and after 15 years continue to be focused on sharing the Gospel with a younger generation that is searching for answers.

Their newest CD, ALPHA / OMEGA, has a collection of both rock and worship songs and both original and cover tracks. They wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian community and have the greatest impact. The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock and worship. ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.”

The songs on this album include the following:
  1. Your Great Name    
  2. Strong Tower (Reprise)    
  3. King of My Heart    
  4. Cornerstone    
  5. You Are Love    
  6. Great Are You Lord    
  7. Your Love Awakens Me    
  8. Shepherd of My Soul    
  9. Gave It All (I Surrender All)    
  10. No Wonder (Roar of the Rugged Cross)
I loved listening to this new album. All of the songs on the album are great, but my favorite is their new song, King of my Heart.

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E is for Exciting Homeschool Adventures

E is for Exciting Homeschool Adventures

Every year I plan many field trips to go on throughout our homeschool year. Sometimes we go to the same places over and over again.  But, we love going out to the different museums, aquariums, and places near where we live.

Each spring I buy a family membership to the aquarium that is an hour from us that lets us get into the aquarium (three different ones), the zoo, and other places for free all year long. And with the  membership, we can just decide to go visit someplace without having to really plan ahead.


I like to sometimes just get in the car and drive and see where we end up. We have several state parks around us and sometimes we go there and hike the trails. There is one trail close by that has a trail that takes you through wetlands and you can see several animals such as fiddler crabs, egrets, herons, and snakes. There have been alligator sightings, but we haven’t seen one, yet. Here is a post with some pictures of the trail from several years ago.

If you want to read more of the exciting homeschool adventures we have been on through the years, you can read about them right here.

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Thin Stix Creativity Pack Review


Having reviewed Kwik Stix and Thin Stix in the past, we were excited to be chosen to review the Thin Stix Creativity Pack from The Pencil Grip, Inc. We love these paint sticks because they dry quickly and are easy to clean up.

The thin stix creativity packs comes with twenty four different colors to choose from. There are twelve assorted colors, six metalix colors, and six neon colors. They range from dark green to bright orange and everything in between.

IMG_20171104_110809_thumbI wanted to try something different this time and I saw these 5X7 canvases at the store. I used one to create a keepsake from my six year old daughter. I drew her hand on a piece of paper and cut it out. Then, I traced it onto the canvas with a pencil. After I copied it with pencil, I traced it with the black thin stix to outline the turkey. I used the metalix colors for the “feathers” and used the brown and red for the other part of the turkey. I added the year to it and used the gold metalix color on the outside for a frame.

IMG_20171104_142258_thumbMy six year old daughter used one of the canvases to create the scene to the right. She had started out with something different, but messed up, so she went with a nature theme.

The paints dry quickly, so we didn’t have to let one part  dry for hours before working on another part. Although, it did take a little more time to dry on the canvas than it does on paper, we were still able to finish our projects in under thirty minutes (which included drawing, painting, and drying).

IMG_20171104_142313_thumbMy twelve year old daughter made the painting on the left. She was going for an autumn theme. I think I would title it “Falling Leaves.”

It is so easy to use colors on top of colors without having to wait a long time for them to dry since the thin stix dry quickly.

We also used the thin stix on paper and drew some things to check out all of the colors.

I’m thinking of buying more little canvases to use to draw Christmas scenes onto. It would make a cute gift for a grandparent. Another idea is to buy a bigger canvas that you could write a Bible verse or quote onto and draw a little picture to go with it. The thin stix are thin enough that you can use them to write with, but they are also great for coloring in a drawing too.

IMG_20171104_165008_thumbI just quickly made up the picture on the left so you can see how these are used to write and would look great on a canvas or maybe a piece of wood.

There are so many ways to use the thin stix and the creativity pack gives you so many colors to choose from. These stix will always be number one in our house for creating, drawing, and making gifts.

You could even buy these kids art supplies for the artist in your family to give to them as a Christmas present.

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D is for Durham, NC

D is for Durham, NC

I live a couple of hours from Durham and Durham is filled with many historical sites and parks.

Historical ~ The Bennett Place is a  farmhouse that was used during the Civil War. The house was used as a meeting place between Confederate and Union General’s to sign surrender papers for the southern armies. It was one of the largest troop surrenders of the Civil War.

Interesting ~ Historic Durham Athletic Park was built in 1926 and was used by the Durham Bulls for almost 70 years. It was also a film location for the movie “Bull Durham.”

Fun ~ Duke Lemur Center is a fun place to visit and learn all about lemurs. The lemur from the show Zoboomafoo was here until he died.

Another fun place to visit is the Museum of Life & Science. The museum is packed with many great exhibits and you could probably spend a full day here learning and discovering.

Outside~ Want to spend the day outside hiking and playing? Visit the Eno River State Park. There is something for everyone. There are many trails to hike or you can do some fishing for the day.
These are just a few of the places to visit in Durham. Durham has a lot more places to visit. This would be a great place to spend a vacation.

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Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack Review

Gospel Tract and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack Review

We were sent the Gospel Tracts and Evangelism Tools Sampler Pack from Let the Little Children Come. The pack comes with ten popular evangelism tools that include animated tracts, pop-up tracts, flip-abouts, and wordless salvation tools.This is a good way to see some of the items they have for sale before committing to a larger pack.

A couple of our favorites from the sampler pack are The Most Amazing House pop-up and the Wordless Bracelet.

childrens-gospel-tract-3101-main-aThe Most Amazing House pop-up tract tells a simple story of how Jesus is building a house in Heaven for those who believe in Him. It talks about how sin is in the world and how Jesus died on the cross for us so that we can be forgiven of our sins. The last couple of pages tell how to get to the amazing house and includes a prayer to say.

salvation-bracelet-9110-main-aThe wordless bracelet is something that children can put together while you are telling them the salvation message. It comes with the beads and the string to make the bracelet. It also includes a paper that tells what the colors of the beads mean on one side and a salvation prayer on the other side.

  • Yellow is for Heaven
  • Black is for our sin
  • Red is for Jesus’ blood
  • White is to remind us we are clean after asking Jesus into our heart
  • Green is to remind us grow in our relationship with Jesus

Both of these tracts would be great to use during a community activity by your church or during a VBS in your church. You could also use this on your own if you plan to host a Bible group in your neighborhood or the community. There are several instances where these tracts could be used.

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C is for Christmas

C is for Christmas

Yes, I know Christmas is still 2 months away, but I love the season. We have several Christmas movies that we seem to only watch around November and December. Once in a while, we will pull out Home Alone in the summer or watch The Santa Clause in July. Yes, we have several Christmas movies and I love to watch them several times over the holidays.

My favorite one is The Polar Express. I can watch this several times and still love it. Some others we own are all of the Home Alone, all of The Santa Clause, It’s a Wonderful Life, Disney’s A Christmas Carol, and the people version of The Grinch. We did have the cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas, but it got broken and we haven’t replaced it yet. My favorite movie about Jesus’ birth is The Nativity Story. My kids like to watch the Home Alone movies and the Veggie Tales Christmas movies.

I also love when radio stations start playing Christmas music. I listen to a local station that plays only Christmas music of any genre from the day after Thanksgiving until Christmas and KLove during the Christmas season. My favorite Christmas carol is O Come All Ye Faithful. I don’t really have a favorite Christmas song, but love to listen to them all.

Christmas books…I don’t really have a favorite, but obviously love books that tell about the birth of Jesus. One that I reviewed (If He Had Not Come) a few years ago is still read each Christmas.

So, I look forward to a new month beginning and starting to pull out the Christmas movie, books, and music.

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