To the New Homeschoolers Out There (and Veterans Too): Day 1 Back to Homeschool

Please click here to see all of the posts in my 5 day series: Back to Homeschool! Summer is winding down.  A “new” school year is coming upon us.  In many parts of the country traditional schools have already started and my Facebook newsfeed already shows me that lots of my homeschool friends from around the […]


Welcome to the Back-To-Homeschool Giveaway!

It is back to school season! Many traditional schoolers and homeschoolers alike are either already back in the swing of things or are gearing up to get started soon. I always love this time of year as it is filled with new fresh possibilities. It is a chance to start over in a way. A […]


Review: The Conversation, by Leigh A. Bortins from Classical Conversations

I’d say in recent months to perhaps even in the last year I’ve noticed our homeschooling style has started to bend toward the Classical direction just a bit.  We’ve started to use some curriculum from some of the well known Classical curriculum providers and I’ve begun to research this topic quite a bit.  I was […]


5 Days of Back to Homeschool!

Back to Homeschool!  It is in the air! Traditional schoolers all over the country as well as homeschoolers are getting ready to crack open the books and start new in a great new school year.  I’d like to share with you some of the changes we’ve made in our homeschool for this year including how […]


Review: With Lee in Virginia from Heirloom Audio Productions 

As a family we enjoy learning in so many different ways. We read a tremendous amount out loud and alone quietly.  We watch great documentaries.  We listen to audio books and audio dramas.  Audio dramas are often put together with the voices of several actors, complete with dramatic sound effects and music. Heirloom Audio Productions is a […]


Review: Expanders from SimplyFun

Who doesn’t like a board-game?  And what parent doesn’t like a board-game that helps your child learn and develop? Of course I was going to jump at the chance to review a learning board-game.  Recently my family gave the game Expanders by SimplyFun a try.  SimplyFun is a company that is trying to help families connect learning and fun. I am a total […]


My Experiment With Batch Cooking and The Happy Herbivore Meal Plans – The Shopping List

For the last several months my family has been ordering groceries from a local grocery store through an app.  It was pretty convenient because the app saved our most frequent purchases.  I could have groceries ordered in a matter of moments.  A day or two later I’d drive to the store where my whole order […]


Review: Whenever You Come Around: A Kings Meadow Romance by Robin Lee Hatcher

Hey all of my mom readers! Are you looking for a light summer read.  Something to enjoy by the pool?  A good clean book to read?  I might have an idea for you.  The title is Whenever You Come Around: A Kings Meadow Romance by Robin Lee Hatcher. This book is about a famous author Charity […]

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Review: Homeschool Planet by Homeschool Buyers Co-op

I have been on what has felt like the never ending hunt for the PERFECT homeschooler planner for years.  I prefer a digital planner.  I hate erasing or crossing things out on paper, so messy!  I’ve found things before that worked for a season but nothing that was ever just perfect. I came to believe […]



Emma! Class of 2012

I promised you I’d bring Emma’s entire session to the blog this week and here it is!  I typically only blog 1 session or 1 wedding a week.  I like to spread things out as much as I can. But I could not wait to post Emma’s session.  She is just simply gorgeous and on […]


She Stole My Heart! My Baby Turned 2!

I am blessed to have three beautiful, healthy, and happy children. As each of them came into my world I fell over myself in love. They are as different as could be yet they share many of the same characteristics. My three have a pretty distinct look, especially as infants. Take one look and you […]


10 Days of Heart Parenting – The Relational Side of Parenting

I always thought the physical demands of parenting would be the things that exhausted me the most.  Things like sleepless nights with sick child, the mountain of laundry that never seems to dwindle, endless trips back and forth to practices and activities, mopping and scrubbing, carrying toddlers on my hip, bending to tie little shoes… […]


Feeling All Warm & Fuzzy Inside

My to do list these days is endless.  Crystal Starr Photography is absolutely exploding!  What a ride!  The blessings God is bringing me through my camera are exhilarating…. and exhausting!  It isn’t always easy keeping up with what is essentially a full-time business, a husband, and three children (two of whom I am homeschooling and […]



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 […]


What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

Michelle and Tom said ‘I do’ today!  What  a wonderful day!


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