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Review: Middlebury Interactive Languages

Has anyone noticed anything about our homeschooling?  This mom is obsessed with my children learning a foreign language (or two).  Perhaps it is because that is the one thing I can’t teach at all, as I flunked out of French in high school. Or maybe it is because there were a number of jobs I […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Tips for Your Photo Shoot! What to Wear! Connecticut Portrait and Wedding Photographer!

Do you have a photo shoot with Crystal Starr Photography coming up soon?  Have you thought about booking one soon?  Let me help you have the best possible experience and create photos you will treasure forever!  Let’s begin with the basics.  What should you wear?  What kinds of clothing are most flattering and look best […]

A Review of the Children’s Book Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream

As part of our President’s Day studies I thought it might be interesting to share with my children a book by Inspiring the American Dream  called Abraham’s Journey: A Celebration of the American Dream by Robert and Kathleen Basmadjian. Before sharing this with my own children I chose to read it to myself ahead of time.  I’m glad I […]

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A Nice and Easy Holiday Projects!

  This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here. Thank you for helping to support my blogging. I have a bad habit of not getting anything together for my children for these smaller holidays… ie. Ground Hog’s Day, Valentine’s Day, President’s day… you know… all of the ones right around this […]

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Welcome Baby Eliza

Our family was blessed to welcome little Eliza Grace into the world on July 31!  Her brothers, sister, and mom and dad are over the moon!  I know I’m biased but isn’t she just beautiful!

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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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What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

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

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