Wednesday, July 6, 2016

When Teaching Reading is Scary

When considering homeschooling, the number one scariest thing for me was thinking about teaching reading to my children. It was this weight on my chest that overtook all the other considerations when making the decision. It was the main reason that made me decide to put my son in public school kindergarten, when my heart and soul was screaming at me to keep him home and teach him.

That year taught us both a lot of things. Alex learned some choice new words, he learned that not all of the kids in his class were going to be his friend and he had a great teacher. He also learned to read. I think, however, that the lessons I learned were just as important. I did my best to help out in his class once a week or so, and while there, I observed that the kids might be learning some basic concepts in class, but the real important work happened at home, where we drilled and read books and put in lots of one on one time. I realized that teaching him was something that I could do - because I'd already been doing it! 

The next year, we homeschooled and have been ever since. You'd think that since I'd overcome that insecurity with one child that it would be so simple with another one, wouldn't you? Well, that's where you'd be wrong! I had the same insecurities! We used lots of reading aids, videos, lots of repetition, and lots of just plain sitting down and reading together. She learned to read and loves it now!

I've two down and one to go! Now that I'm on child number three, I know a thing or two. I know that I'll have insecurities until my kids graduate (and probably beyond!), I know that all kids learn differently and something that helped one may completely miss the mark with another. I know that approaching learning from lots of different angles is always the best option. With that in mind, when given the opportunity to review Rock N Learn's 'Let's Learn to Read' 10 DVD collection, I was excited!

I've had great experiences with Rock N Learn before, so I knew that the product would be high quality, but I was unprepared for all the topics it covers. The collection contains:

  • Phonics for Beginners
  • First Sight Words
  • Phonics Short Vowels, Consonants, and CVC Words
  • Phonics Double Consonants, Plurals and Blends
  • Sight Words
  • Phonics Digraphs, Trigraphs and Silent E
  • Phonics Long Vowels and R-Controlled Vowels
  • More Sight Words
  • Phonics Diphthongs, Syllables and More
  • Phonics Rule Breakers and Silent Consonants

Whew! Reading that list might be a little overwhelming, because if you're like I was a few years ago, you look at words like, "Trigraphs?! What's that?!" It can be kind of scary to honest. That's why this program is so great. It easily explains these concepts on a kids level and actually keeps them interested and wanting to learn. (*A trigraph is a series of three letters that make one sound - like the igh in sigh.)

These DVDs make a great supplement to your reading program or for keeping kids learning throughout the summer and prevent any reading loss. One of my favorite parts of these are the part where a persons mouth moves slowly on screen, so that kids can really SEE how to make the same sounds. 

Something you might love are the free worksheets that you can print to go along with this. Even better? Right now, you can snap up the set for $74.99 (regularly $99.99). Shop with Rock N Learn and connect with them on Facebook to keep up with all the latest products!

*I received a product in exchange for my honest opinion of this product.

Friday, December 18, 2015

An Experience They Won't Soon Forget

Holy crap.

Christmas is only a week away and you know what that means.

Greedy, money-grubbing children want presents. They want to dive into a mountain of carefully wrapped presents and tear them apart like the rabid little animals they are... or like I do with chocolate cake.

This year, instead of indulging the "More, more, MORE" ideology of our consumerist culture, why not try scaling it back and give the gift of a truly memorable experience?

A week from Christmas, half of their new toys will be broken or forgotten about and the money and time you spent on them will have been wasted.

Think about it:   What memories from your childhood stand out as ones that you'll never forget? Was it a trip to an amusement park? A week spent in a rustic cabin? What about the horseback-riding lessons that you'd dreamed about for your entire life (of 13 long years)?

Those are the things that our children really want. They want our time, not just our money. They want our attention, not just stuff. They want us to know them and take the time to do something special with them.

So this year, I've partnered with LivingSocial to show you some really great ideas of what you can do for your family. Want to spend time in a rustic cabin? It doesn't get better than Yosemite for $39 a night! Or, turn up the fun at an indoor water park for $195 a night for up to six people.

Want to impress your significant other or best friend with how amazing you are? Pick up a discounted spa package and let them think you paid full price!

Want to know what's under my tree this year? Yes, I do have some of the standard gifts, but I also have an 'Archery Experience for 2 at Average Joe's Archery' for my husband and son (just $19),  two horseback riding lessons for my daughter (just $45), and a gel manicure and pedicure for myself ($17)!

Obviously, your area will have different deals than mine, so the possibilities are endless and amazing! Try out LivingSocial, you won't be disappointed.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Have an Opinion to Share?

Are you opinionated and having a hard time NOT telling everyone what you really think during all your family gatherings and holiday parties? Believe me, I understand.

Sometimes you just want to tell everyone what you think. Sometimes it's hard to hold it in.

However, it's probably best that you don't tell Great-Aunt Beulah that her chin whiskers look like they're about to jump up and gallop away.

BUT.... you still need an outlet.

That's where PINCHme can help. PINCHme is a place where you can share all of the opinions that you want and you're actually encouraged to do so!

You don't pay a dime, you simply select products that you're interested in trying out and reviewing and sample them for a couple of weeks. Then, leave your feedback and let them know what you loved, what you hated, what could make it better.

Don't hold back!

To get started, go on over to PINCHme and sign in with Facebook or create a profile. You'll verify your email address, then you get to take some surveys to the folks at PINCHme can get to know you and your family.

Don't worry, they're not going to ask for your bank account numbers. They just want to know if you have pets, what you're passionate about, your favorite foods, etc. Nothing invasive or major. If you prefer not to answer, you always have that option too.

Next, you get to choose your product samples. This is the really fun part!

Checkout WITHOUT giving any credit card info, bank account info or anything.

Seriously. It's that easy.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Touch T214B Coffee Brewer Giveaway!

Touch Brewers

 The Touch T214B makes coffee simple. You can select so many different options to make the coffee your own. With a tank on the back, you can make about 6 cups of coffee before refilling it.

Touch brewers

Touch's patent-pending Rapid Brew Technology, features Flash Heating and Flavor Grooves. Flash Heating lets through piping-hot water throughout compatible K-cups, where the Flavor Grooves swirl the grinds to release bold aromas and flavors. You will never taste coffee as smooth as this!

Touch brewers

Make sure that you check them out on all of their social media and connect. Also visit their website and get one for yourself. I highly recommend it for the coffee lover in everyone!

Touch Brewer's Social Channels.

Win a Touch Brewer for your home. All opinions are mine and mine alone. This blog is not responsible for this giveaway prize of shipment. Giveaway is hosted by It's Peachy Keen.
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Apple Watch Sport Giveaway!

Sometimes don’t we all wish we can just turn back time? Keeping up with day to day activities and responsibilities takes a heavy toll and you blink your eyes and ten years have simply disappeared -- just like that! In its place are fine lines, wrinkles, and even a few gray hairs peeking out. There is no magical way to completely stop the aging process and stay 21 forever and that is okay. Embrace who you are and your accomplishments. Growing older is a beautiful process, but I bet if you knew you could reverse the signs of aging without surgery or injections…you would be anxious to learn more…

 Hydra Skin Sciences combines the simultaneous action of Snow Algae Powder, six powerful peptides (including Matrixyl 3000, Argireline and Syn-Ake), Vitamin C, with the ultimate moisturizer Hyaluronic Acid. The unique combination of Hyaluronic Acid and Snow Algae Powder gives maximum absorption of vital nutrients into the deepest layers of your skin. Restore your youthful appearance, dramatically reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tighten sagging skin and magically turn back time!

 First, Hydra Skin Sciences offers Allegro, a powerful new anti-aging cream developed by a team of expert scientists at some of the most prestigious laboratories in the world. This specially formulated cream helps rapidly reduce the fine lines and wrinkles that are just part of getting older. Results that had once only been possible with cosmetic surgery or painful injections is now available over-the-counter at a remarkably affordable price.  

Hydra Skin Sciences also offers Brio, an anti-aging serum for daytime and nighttime use, that has been described as a “face-lift in a box”. If you want radiant, glowing skin for life, Allegro Anti-aging Cream and Brio Day & Night Serum, is the closest to the fountain of youth as you are likely going to get!


Hydra Skin Sciences has sponsored this awesome giveaway! One super lucky winner will receive the Brio Day & Night Serum, the Allegro AntiAging Cream AND an Apple Watch sport! Total Prize package is valued at over $550!

Good Luck! Share this Giveaway with your friends and use hashtag #TurnBackTheClock

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

ESV Bible Giveaway! - 2 Bibles & 2 Winners

TWO new giveaways just in time for Christmas! Two lucky winners will take home either a Men's Devotional Bible or a Women's Journaling Bible. Both Bibles are English Standard Versions and both are amazing books that will make great gifts for loved ones or for yourself!

Good luck, everyone! This giveaway is open to all those in the U.S. and Canada, 18+. One entry per household. This giveaway will end on November 20, 2015.


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Show your Support for Paris

In the wake of the tragedy in Paris yesterday, my heart goes out to the people who have suffered because of this tragedy. When something like this happens, we all want to come together and do something to help. The attack in Paris will likely be for France what 9/11 is for all Americans.

What can the average American really do to show our support of our French comrades? Several things, actually.  

French Red Cross

One of the most important things we can do in the wake of a big disaster is to donate money. Funds are always needed for a myriad of things and it's a great way to show your support. It's important to donate to a reputable organization, however, and one who is already doing work is always a great choice.

The French Red Cross has already mobilized over 300 volunteers. These are people providing rescue services for those affected by the tragedy, comfort, blood donations, and medical assistance.

Over 90% of money donated goes to the people receiving services.

Social Media Support

Not everyone can afford to send money, especially in this economy. Instead, show your support on your social media channels. It's a great comfort to know that people around the world are supporting you when you're down, even more so when something truly awful like this happens.

On Twitter, use the hashtags #PeaceForParis or #Prayer4Paris.

On Facebook, there are several options. First, you can add an overlay to your photo of the red, white and blue stripes that make up the French flag. You can use the hashtags #ParisTragedy and #PrayforParis.


Many times it is said in a trite manner, but prayer works, people! No, it won't make this horrible, horrible act go away, but it can help those who have lost loved ones or who have suffered terrible trauma and who don't know where to turn.

Pray for our friends in Paris. Pray for the American life that was lost in Paris and the two who were injured (the number that is currently being reported - may change at a later date).

Pray for healing and pray for grace. Pray for the world to come together in support. Pray for this evil among us to stop spreading and pray for peace.