Review: Standard Deviants Accelerate

As a reviewer for the TOS Review crew I regularly get access to review homeschool products I’ve never heard of before. Often times these products are gems and our family is blessed to get to use them.  When  Standard Deviants Accelerate popped up I was quite intrigued. What a name!  Standard Deviants Accelerate has Homeschool Courses on a tremendous variety […]


Hands Free Revolution? A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!

Can I share with you something I don’t like about raising children?  It goes by too fast.  Now I’m not being all pollyanna and pretending like raising for babies is all rainbows and lollipops!  My goodness are some days hard and yes I do sigh with great big RELIEF when my children all settle into […]


Review: Preschoolers and Peace

What a season of life I am in right now.  I am currently homeschooling two boys who would be considered 4th grade and 2nd according to their age.  I also have a preschooler and new baby.  What a juggling act!  How on earth do I make sure each every child gets what he or she […]


Review: IEW Fix It Grammar Book 1

I think the number one question I hear from homeschool moms in my homeschooling circles is… “What do you use for grammar?”  I think solid, yet enjoyable grammar programs are difficult to find.  My family certainly didn’t have one. We were piecing together bits and pieces from here, there, and everywhere.  When I had the […]


Homeschooling With a Baby!

  My family was blessed to welcome a precious baby into our family just 7 weeks ago.  Ever since life has been a whirlwind.  My older children are totally enamored with this little princess.  Mommy and Daddy are busier than ever and totally sleep deprived.  It comes with the territory though doesn’t it? To say […]


Review: My Student Logbook

Do you have children who THRIVE on checklists like mine do!? My Ezra is a total checklist kind of kid.  If I’ve made him a checklist I can guarantee you everything I’ve asked him to do will be done and likely without any fuss.  His older brother Noah is a bit more laid back but […]


Review: The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner

An organized life!  Doesn’t it sound wonderful? As a homeschooling mother to four I wear many many hats.  Not only do I have a household to run but I also run a small business (or two), assist my husband in various ministries at our church, and I direct a new and growing Homeschool Co-op!  It is all […]


Encouragement for a Mother’s Heart… The Holy Spirit

And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:16-17 Mom’s… we tend to feel inadequate. […]


Books to Encourage the Homeschool Mom

If you are like most homeschoolers I know you love to read!  I know I do!  I love to read all kinds of books but anything that can bring me encouragement in my job as a homeschooling mom ranks high on my list.  I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite books that […]


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Review: Lessontrek Lesson Planning Software

Hello, my name is Crystal and I am a planner junkie!  I have been on the hunt for the perfect planner since I was in high school.  My search hasn’t ended yet!  So when a company offers to let me try out their new homeschool planning software and review it for all of you I […]

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Schoolhouse Planners 2013-2014 Giveaway!

For most homeschool families I know it is planning season! I wanted to share with all of my readers a wonderful tool that could help you get your upcoming school year organized and ready to roll!  The School House Planners really can simplify your year.  They come complete with just about any form you could […]


Amy & Kevin | Engaged! Elizabeth Park Engagement Photo Session!

I’ve got a new Crystal Starr wedding couple to introduce to you!  This is Amy & Kevin and their little doggie too!  Kevin is with the Coast Guard and they are planning a Coast Guard Academy wedding here in Connecticut next spring.  Yes! Full white dress uniform for Kevin and of course a gorgeous white […]


Oh Christmas!

This might just be my very most favorite photo from our Christmas festivities. I just adore these hats! And I love how my brother-in-law Steve hopped into the photo too. I’m sure this is one we’ll all look back on with a smile! So there you have it! My silly holiday photo! I hope it […]



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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