Review: Commissioned from Chara Games

If your family has a love for board games I’ve got a great review for you.  It is a cooperative game called Commissioned from Chara Games.  This game is designed for 2-6 players and it was created for those ages 14 and up.  With some patience and practice however, my 9 year old and 11 year olds were […]


Review: Language Smarts™ Level E from The Critical Thinking Co.™

Grammar and all of the rules of writing seem to be a tricky thing to grasp for my boys.  I don’t understand why.  I’ve drilled some of these concepts like tomorrow isn’t coming unless they get it.  Nope! A week later I’m still hollering at them to make sure they use upper case letters and […]


Review: Homeschool Legacy Cooking Up History

My homeschooling kiddos are big fans of unit studies.  This homeschooling mom is a big fan of Homeschool Legacy unit studies like the one we recently reviewed called Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents which is a Once-a-Week Micro-Study.  This particularly study happens to be what Homeschool Legacy refers to as a “microstudy” which means you learn a […]


Internet Accountability – A Review of the Family Plan from Accountable2You

The internet is a dangerous place. There, I said it.  Children (and adults for that matter) can be easily lured into inappropriate conversations (or relationships).  There are so many inappropriate websites with content that can do permit damage that I shudder just to think about them.  This is a subject my family takes incredibly seriously. […]


Review: Name Meaning Gifts from CrossTimber

If there is anything that my family seems to get a big kick out of it is receiving gifts with their own names on them.  Placing someone’s name on a gift seems to make things extra special. CrossTimber, however takes it a step further when they include the meaning of the name as well as a […]


Review: Elementary Chinese 1 from Middlebury Interactive Languages

I’ve got another foreign language curriculum to review for all of you!  I’m excited because too many of us moms sadly grew up in the American school system where we might have gotten a few years of Spanish or French and then promptly forgot it all 10 minutes after we walked out of high school. […]


Review: The Familyman’s Christmas Treasury Audio Collection

Christmas is coming!  Did you hear my sing song voice when you read that?  I’ll be honest, I’ve had many Scroogey years where I just about dreaded the holiday season.  For some reason this year my heart is singing when I think about Christmas.  First, it is the time that we remember Jesus’s birth and […]


Review: Educeri Lesson Subscription Service

Let me tell you about one of our latest homeschool products we have received…. it is called Educeri Lesson Subscription Service from Educeri …….  Educeri a division of DataWORKS .  It is full of thousands of lessons for grades K-12 for in a wide variety of subjects. What a bountiful resource. Of course when you first hear of resource […]

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If I Could Start All Over Again Homeschooling What Would I Do Differently?

I’m not even halfway through this homeschooling horse race.  My oldest is just 10 so I have another 8ish year of schooling to go with him while his baby sister is nearing her second birthday.  I haven’t even embarked on this journey with her.  (Well, yes I have… she is actually learning every day… just […]



Review: We Choose Virtues Parenting Cards

One of our greatest priorities in our family is using scripture to teach our children Godly character and virtues.  When we were given the opportunity to review the Parenting Cards by We Choose Virtues we were absolutely thrilled.  All tools to make discipling and parenting easier are very welcome! Also, to add to our Parenting Card program, as part […]


Review: Successful Homeschooling Made Easy

What homeschooling parent isn’t always on the hunt for new ideas to make life and schooling work well!  Whether you are a brand new homeschooling family or a seasoned veteran I’ve got something for you! Our family recently reviewed Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course by Successful Homeschooling Made Easy.   This is a course geared toward homeschooling moms. […]

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Marriage is hard work…the husband’s perspective.

Hi again everyone,  its Todd (Crystal’s less attractive other half).   A few weeks ago my wife wrote an amazing post on our marriage.  Usually I know what she’s writing and when she’s posting it.   This one, however, took me by surprise.   In my opinion, she pretty much nailed it.  Marriage can be hard.  Marriage can […]


Norah is 6 Months Old!

Can you believe Norah is 6 months old already!  What a cutie she is!  I recently had the opportunity to capture this precious time for her very sweet Mommy at a local park.  I was just mesmerized by the sweet, dark, and beautiful eyes.  And that spunky personality! She reminded me very much of my […]



A New 1 Year Session

I wanted to share with  you a little preview of a one year old photo session I recently did.  Isn’t this little man a doll!


A Little Look At A Great Girl

I have a number of photo sessions to blog.  Here is just one from a recent favorite… Ok they are all my favorites!  This is Sarah!  I had a ball with her! Be on the look out for her whole session soon!


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 2, The Basics of Shutter Speed

As an owner of a great DSLR camera I’m sure your goal is to take that thing out of auto and into manual mode so that you can have complete control over every photo you create.  Yesterday I brought you one step toward that goal when I introduced you to the exposure triangle and one […]


So You Want To Learn Shoot in Manual: The Exposure Triangle Part 1, The Basics of Aperture

When you buy a great camera it is with the intent of taking great photos right?  Why else spend the money? Now a days you could just simply use your camera phone for adequate everyday shots that document your memories.  The fact that you own a great camera tells me that you want better photos […]


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