U is for Underwater

We have a year membership to our local aquarium which also gets us into 29313183_10155028183545683_5825407458033532928_nother places around the state for free. It is definitely worth the price to us as homeschoolers since we like to visit places when it is less crowded during the year and it allows us to just go somewhere fun for the day when needed.

Yesterday, my girls and I decided to go to the aquarium for the day. The boys are gone on a church trip this weekend, so I wanted to take the girls 29249547_10155028172945683_4102005084089483264_nsomeplace fun. It was such a beautiful day at the coast. I didn’t think it was supposed to warm up, but it did. We actually went to the aquarium, the fort, a park, and the beach. We had such a great time. It was a much needed girls day out.

We do go to the aquarium several times throughout the year and we love it each time. Even though not much has changed, it is still fun to look at all of the fish, turtles, otters, and other marine animals. Our membership is definitely worth the money for us.

Here are some more pictures of our day:



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T is for Trust in the Lord (Free Printable)

T is for Trust in the Lord

I have had a rough beginning to 2018. I really cannot believe that it is already March and that I have actually made it this far. So when thinking about what I should write about for the letter T for blogging through the alphabet, this verse came to mind.  In order for me to have gotten this far this year, I have had to fully trust in the Lord with all of my heart.

This verse has helped me get through the rough times this year. I do have to keep reminding myself to fully trust that God will handle all of my problems and that I don’t need to worry. He already knows the end, He is just waiting for me to trust Him fully.

The rest of the verse says “lean not on thine own understanding.” We are not to rely on ourselves to get us through the rough times. We are not to stand alone when trying times come our way. If we fully trust the Lord, we will have the faith needed to get us through and we will not be alone in our troubles. We will have God by our side.

Enjoy this free coloring printable I made for the first part of Proverbs 3:5. Remember to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart.”

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Until I Knew Myself ~ Book Review

Until I Knew Myself Book Review*This post contains affiliate links*

Tammy L. Gray is a new to me author that I was introduced to by another author I follow on Facebook. I haven’t been reading much lately over the past several years because I haven’t really had much time. This year, I wanted to get back into the habit of finding good Christian authors who have good Christian books available.

 Until I Knew Myself is a story about friends. It’s a story about finding out who your family really is. Tyler was an orphan taken in by his best friend’s family. Ten years have passed, but he still longs to know about his biological family. Can a call following his grandfather‘s death tear him apart from his adopted family? Will Tyler trust his friends or his biological family? What will happen to Tyler’s relationships with his girlfriend and best friend? Will he see that they are his true family?

What I thought ~ I would consider this book a contemporary Christian28056109_10211353768295994_2321130705852523272_n fiction book. It takes place in modern-day Texas. It did take me a couple of chapters to get into the book. But once I started reading, I was hooked. There were some parts of the book that I was not expecting. Tammy Gray managed to keep me guessing what would happen next. Just when I thought I had it figured out, the story took a totally different turn. There were some parts of the story that I wished had gone a different way, but in the end, the story came together and it had a great ending. I'm glad to have been introduced to this author and will read more of her books, especially in this new series so I can find out what happens next.

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Magic Stix Markers ~ Review

Magic Stix Review
I am always on the lookout for great art products for my children to use on their projects. My kids love to draw, color, and make different creations with items from around the house. Over the past several weeks, our family has been enjoying Magic Stix Washable Markers from The Pencil Grip, Inc.

The Pencil Grip, Inc is a company that sells many products. We have reviewed their Kwik Stix in the past and we love using those since they dry so fast. We have also reviewed and used the pencil grips they have designed.

When I first saw that they had markers now, I was hoping to be able to review them or buy them for my children to use. One thing that I noticed was that these markers won’t dry out if the cover gets left off accidentally or doesn’t get put on tight.

Magic Stix 24 pack comes in a nice plastic case that also has handles for easier carrying. They are odorless, washable, and non-toxic. They guarantee that they will not dry out for seven days and I don’t know of any other company that has that same guarantee for their markers.

IMG_20180227_132631I started to do the 7 day test but would forget to test the marker, so I just left the cap off for 7 days and at the 7 days mark the marker was still working just the same as it had on the first day. These markers color in such vibrant colors and are so bright and bold. We love all of the colors that come in the 24 pack. There are several different variations of greens, purples, blues, yellows, and reds. There is also black, brown, and gray.

We have enjoyed using the markers on coloring pages. One thing we noticed is that they do bleed through, so we just IMG_20180227_132635put a sheet of paper underneath the coloring page. Also, if we colored too much in one spot the page would start to rip.  I tried using them on cardstock paper and they did not bleed through. I think if we were to do more coloring pages, I would print on cardstock so we wouldn’t have to worry about it bleeding through or the page ripping.

We have all enjoyed using the markers, even my 14 year old son colored with us girls.

Our favorite thing about the 24 pack is the variety of colors. There are so many to choose from for us to get our pages just the way we wanted them to look. We also liked that the colors are so bright and vibrant. We also like that these markers won’t dry out if left uncovered. My 6 year old IMG_20180227_115759sometimes has difficulty getting the cover on tight and we won’t notice until we use them again. With other brands, we were left with a marker that didn’t work if the cover was left off or not on tight. With the Magic Stix, we never had to worry about it. The markers worked every time!

We give Magic Stix Washable Markers 5 stars!

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Week in Review

Homeschool Week

I can’t believe it is already March! We have recently finished up our 3rd quarter and we are counting down the days until we are finished for the year. I know we are all looking forward to having a break.

27973572_10154966732030683_1095751420158368971_nThe weather has been so beautiful here and our daffodils have already bloomed. I love daffodils because that means spring is definitely on the way!

My kids have been enjoying playing outside and getting fresh air. My boys play soccer and basketball in the yard and my girls enjoy riding their bikes around the yard.


I have started using a new review product from Memoria Press with my 1st grade daughter this week. We are going through Traditional Spelling I and she is having fun with it. She looks forward to doing spelling work every day. The other spelling program I was using was not an every day type spelling program. I love that this program has something for the child to work on every day to reinforce the words. I feel like she is already learning much better with this program. Full review coming in April.

My 7th grade daughter has been enjoying reading through Little House in the Big Woods and I am hoping to be able to review a Laura Ingalls Wilder biography so she can learn more about the author.

IMG_20180302_080059And to end this post ~ Today is a special day! My youngest daughter turns 7 today so  everyone gets a day off from school!
She has chosen to go to Cook Out (a fast food restaurant here in NC) for lunch and we may go by the nature center also. She wanted to play at the park, but it is very windy and chilly here today, so we will have to go another day.

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