Review: Warriors of Honor DVD by New Liberty Videos

One of the the beauties of homeschooling is that I get to take history a step further than you’ll typically find in a traditional school classroom. Not only do we explore the who/what/when/where and why of important dates in the history of our world and this country, but where possible we also explore the role […]


Review: Clued In Kids

Growing up my husband’s family had a bit of a tradition. At special times or even just because his parents would put together treasure hunts. Sometimes it was a hunt to find his birthday gift and others it was simply to find a tasty treat. My husband has fond memories of these days and occassionaly […]


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 […]


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 […]



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 […]


More Summer Fun! New York City!

It seems to be becoming an annual thing.  My husband Todd and I celebrate our wedding anniversary by taking the crew to New York City.  We’ve done it now at least 2 years in a row.  This year was awesome, it had to be as it was our 10th anniversary! Our boys LOVE LOVE LOVE […]

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What a CRAZY week!

I survived!  I survived the busiest week I’ve had in I don’t know how long!  In the last 7 days I have homeschooled my children, nursed a sick child, completed two private photo sessions, edited one of those sessions, shot 3 sports events and edited all of them.  I also shot a 12 hour wedding […]



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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