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Review: GREEMU from Devonian

If you follow my blog closely you probably noticed that I’ve done all I can to remove any and all animal products from my life.  I certainly don’t eat anything that came from an animal and I absolutely prefer any and all other products to be animal free as well. That is why I was […]

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Review: Heroes of History- Abraham Lincoln from YWAM Publishing

It has been three years since my family was introduced to books from YWAM Publishing.  Since then these biographies of Christian Heroes and Heroes of History haven been a mainstay of our homeschooling lives.  We are almost always reading one of their books as a read aloud.  (My boys could totally read the books on their […]

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Review: Writers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries

Our family has recently been given the opportunity to review a brand new writing program called Writers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries.  We’ve had the opportunity to experience a variety of writing programs over the years and we’ve loved various elements of pretty much all of them.  However, teaching writing to children seems to be one of the most challenging aspects […]

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Homeschooling the Perfectionist Child

The Perfectionist Child Do you have a child that melts down over your slightest correction in their schoolwork?  One of my son’s tends to be this way.  Learning comes very easily to him.  He learned to read simply by watching his older brother’s lessons and now he can rocket through books far above the level […]

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Review: Read, Write & Type from Talking Fingers Inc.

Once upon a time (way back in the late 1990’s) I was an undergraduate student studying educational technology and working in a lab school. A lab school is basically a regular school that opens it’s doors to students and researchers in order to use the children in the school as… well, guinea pigs!  At that […]

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Review: Homeschool Copywork

Copywork is something I’ve wanted to add to our homeschooling for quite some time.  I’ve always fussed with the idea of how to do it well and in the end I just never jumped in.  We’ve used handwriting books in the past but copywork is different from handwriting practice. Well, it does include handwriting practice but […]

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Homeschool Conviction

I recently had one of those moments of epiphany.  It was like a a huge bomb just went in my brain and I finally understood something I have spent years trying wrap my brain around.  The light bulb over my head was shining brighter than the sun.  It finally occurred to me why I find it […]

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Review: Times Tales by The Trigger Memory Co.

Memorizing multiplication facts can be quite the tedious task for some children.  I know my oldest son has a difficult time with this sort of task.  I’m always looking for unique ways to help him building a solid working memory of all of the facts since I sincerely believe this skill will serve him well as […]

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Review: Sixth Grade Literature Guide Set from Memoria Press

  If there is anything in our homeschool that I am big on, and my children adore, is reading wonderful literature. We were recently given the opportunity to review the Sixth Grade Literature Guide Set from Memoria Press and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the experience. Memoria Press is a family run company.  The focus on providing high quality classical […]

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FAQ: How do I bring out the best in my child during a portrait shoot?

Photographing children is a labor of love!  They are quite the wiggly little things who are easily impacted by just about anything! They might be hungry, thirsty, tired, under the weather, or just plain uncooperative.  Honestly, during a child or family photo shoot I have to give the creative credit to the child themselves!  I […]

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ClassDojo App…. Traveling Further Down The Extrinsic Motivation Path

I’m a former public school teacher and I can’t help be at least mildly curious when school related news headlines splash across the screen.  This morning a news article about this new classroom management app called ClassDojo caught my attention.  The news article described this program where teachers give children points based on their classroom behavior and participation. […]

Worship… there are so many ways!

There are so many ways to worship our living and loving God. In my church we sing contemporary music and lift our hands to Him. At home we sing the same songs and we dance as we do. Musicians worship with their instruments. Artists worship with their art. 2 Kings 17:38-39 Do not forget the […]

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Be careful, She’ll Steal Your Heart Away | CT Photographer

I blog about my children often.  All three of them are true unique blessings directly from God himself.  They are my daily inspiration to be everything I can be.  To live up to my fullest potential.  To dream bigger than I’ve ever dreamed before.  If I’m completely honest then I’ll also tell you that they […]

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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!

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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!

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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 […]

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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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