Guest Post at The Schoolhouse Review Crew on The Spirit of Advent

Anticipation and Hope!  These are the things that mark the Advent season which begins on Sunday.  In these days hope can be a difficult thing to hold onto.  How can we keep the spirit of Advent alive even through the despair that surrounds our world? Advent is all about expectation and longing.  It is about […]

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2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards!

The 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew year has come to a close!  No worries, as we are already gearing up for 2016.  I’m excited to say that I’ve been asked to return for another great year of reviewing.  While we are blessed to work almost exclusively with the best homeschooling vendors, us reviewers can’t help but […]


Review: GrapeVine Studies Stick Figure Through the Bible

Bible studies!  I am so blessed that we homeschool and I’m able to participate in daily Bible study with my children.  It is vitally important to me.  If we accomplish nothing else in a day besides Bible study I call it a good day.  My family has tried everything.  During different seasons we have studied a […]

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Review: Brinkman Adventures Season 3

Did the whole world hear my family squeal at the top of their lungs with delight when we got news of one of our latest reviews?  That’s right our family was privileged and blessed to have our request to review The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3 from Brinkman Adventures.  If you haven’t heard of the Brinkman Adventures before then you’ll want to pay attention […]

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Review: The Nutcracker from Maestro Classics

My boys love to listen to classical music!  They tell me it is pretty, often relaxing, sometimes exciting, and just something different that they enjoy.  An amazing company called Maestro Classics just gave my family that very opportunity when they offered to let us review the The Nutcracker. I knew this was a review I had to be […]

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Review: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from Apologia

I’m really excited to tell you about something I have had the privilege to review these last few weeks.  It is something that has added a lot of focus to our homeschool plans and my record keeping.  This product has filled a void in how I capture our week to week schooling.  It is The Ultimate […]

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Review: IEW’s Phonetic Zoo Spelling A

Spelling!  I have an love hate relationship with this subject.  I’m not the most spectacular of spellers myself. When I  was in school spelling usually consisted of the tried and true…. write each word five times every day, write a sentence with the word, take a test on Friday.  That worked alright for me except […]


Review: Natural Beauty for You, Koru Naturals

I have a new review for you today that is different than the things I normally review.  I’m not talking about homeschool curriculum or books this time but something else.  Something just for mom.  It is a line of skin care from a company called Koru Naturals.  I was given a few different Koru Naturals products to review […]


Do You Have What it Takes to Homeschool?

Do you have what it takes to homeshool your children? There is no doubt that being soley responsible for your children’s entire education is a daunting idea.  The very notion can stir up so many emotions in a potential or even veteran homeschooling mom. Am I capable? Am I smart enough! Maybe I’m just not […]



Celebrating NOT Back to School!

The first sounds I heard that morning were those of a little boy’s foot steps as he came bouncing down the hallway and into my bed.  Ezra was the first to rub the sleep from his eyes as he snuggled his way into my bed.  Noah wasn’t far behind.  There we were, 4 of us […]


Wait… whose kids are these? Surely they aren’t MINE!

Something funky has been happening around my house lately. Something I thought I might never see. Something I fear might stop as fast as it started. My boys are reading! Ok, they’ve had the ability to read for a while… especially Noah my older one. But they never CHOSE to read to themselves all on […]


This has become such a blessing! The Child Training Bible

Ok my fellow Christian Mommies… and Daddies for that matter. You know what? Let’s throw in aunts, uncles, Pastor’s, cousins, ministry leaders… ANYONE who ever works with a child… no actually, anyone at all. I’ve GOT to tell you about this fantastic tool that my good friend Julia shared with me. It’s called the Child […]


Caryn, Mike, and the WHOLE Gang!

You might not remember but just about a year ago I had the opportunity to photograph three of the cutest kids I know (next to my own of course).  Elizabeth, Sarah, and Joshua did a stupendous job rocking the camera at nearby Hubbard Park.  If you don’t remember the session then click here to go […]



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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