Thursday, April 28, 2016

TOS Review~ GREEMU from Devonian


Are you concerned about all the harsh chemicals found in our personal care products? Do you worry about what all those chemicals are doing to your body? Are you looking for natural alternative? Well today, I get to share with you an all-natural product called, GREEMUfrom Devonian. GREEMU is distributed by  Koru Naturals. You might remember that I reviewed other products from them last year. They are a wonderful company offering customers a wide selection of natural products.

Greemu Devonian Review
Devonian is a health and beauty company that is dedicated to bringing the power of plants to beauty products. Devonian's goal is to bring plants into the beauty world, hopefully replacing the animal ingredients often used. They believe that they can replace ingredients from animals with plant derived ingredients offering a greener alternative to customers. This is perfect for vegans looking for a natural product.
So What is GREEMU?



Greemu Devonian Review
For this review, I received a 4 fl. oz. bottle of GREEMU from Devonian. GREEMU is a vegan alternative to Grade A Emu Oil. Many people don't like using products containing animal based ingredients. Greemu offers the perfect solution. GREEMU uses a blend of plant oils and butters that have a lipid composition that is similar to Grade A Emu Oil. GREEMU looks and seems identical to Grade A Emu Oil. The color, the constituency, and texture are very similar. At least that is what I think. They feel identical to me in my hand. I really can't tell the difference in texture either. Grade A Emu Oil does seem a little thicker to me than the GREEMU, but it doesn't change the effectiveness of the product at all. I was lucky enough to review Emu Oil from Koru Naturals last year so I had both products to compare side by side.
Vegan Beauty Product

How I used GREEMU?
I replaced the GREEMU with my usual daily use of  Grade A Emu Oil. I used it every day after washing my hair. I used it as a leave-in conditioner for my natural curly hair. I really didn't notice any difference from the Grade A Emu Oil. GREEMU still left my hair soft and shiny. My curls were still defined. No frizzies here! 
Vegan Hair Products
I also used the GREEMU as a hand lotion. I've noticed lately that the skin on my hands had been drier and that my hands did not look as young as they once did. I skirted a small drop , about the size of dime into my palm and than worked the lotion into my hands. 
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I loved how soft my hands felt. The GREEMU was a nice consistency. It was perfect. It wasn't greasy at all. It absorbs as well as the Emu Oil. I did notice that I needed to use less of the GREEMU. A little bit went a long way. My hands are no longer dry and they don't look as wrinkly as they did before. Younger looking hands are always a good thing.
What I thought of GREEMU?

I personally liked the GREEMU. I didn't notice any difference between it and the Grade A Emu Oil. The products seemed identical to me. I am not a vegetarian, so I really have no issues with using products with ingredients from animals, I would recommend  it to all of my vegan friends though. I think it would be a great product for them to try. 
I did like the fact that GREEMU was a little bit cheaper than Grade A Emu Oil. A 4 fl. oz. bottle of GREEMU is $10.80 while a 4 fl.oz. bottle of Grade A Emu Oil is $18.20. That's a big savings. When money is tight GREEMU would be a great alternative.
Right now and until May 31, 2016, you can get a 20% discount off GREEMU with a special coupon code. Stop by there website and get you discount.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday


Free Roaming Chickens





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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

TOS Review~ Abraham Lincoln from YWAM Publishing



Today, I get to share with a wonderful book called, Heroes of History Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom  from YWAM Publishing. For this review, we received a physical copy of the book, Heroes of History Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom and a downloadable Unit Study Curriculum Guide for Abraham Lincoln.

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

YWAM Publishing is a wonderful company that's one goal is to provide families with great quality Christian materials. While looking over there website, I discovered that they started as a small company. They printed tracts to be handed out during the 1972 Munich Olympic games. They continued to print and distribute books to the Eastern Bloc countries. They eventually moved production to Seattle, Washington. They now publish 150 of their own titles, as well as 2,000 books, videos, and Cd's. It amazes me how far they have come. YWAM Publishing has two great book series that are perfect for children, Heroes of History and Christian Heroes. Both of these series are a fantastic way to have children learn about important people from history and the bible.

Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

For this review, we got to read and learn all about Abraham Lincoln. We choose this title since we are learning about the American Civil War this year in history. I had Michael read this book for his choice of a history book to go along with our studies. I always have the kids pick a book that goes along with what we are covering. This was perfect. He read it at night as his bedtime reading. He lives to read at night. It helps him relax and unwind after his day. 
Heroes of History: Abraham Lincoln is all about Abraham Lincoln. It tells about his childhood, adult life, life as a the president, and ends with his tragic death. The story helps children see what type of person Abraham Lincoln was as a child and as a man. They get to see what events helped shape his life. 
Heroes of History: Abraham Lincoln has 19 chapters. It's geared for children ages 10 and up. Depending on your reader, I'd say an 8 year old could read it. It's a fun way for children to learn more about the influence that Abraham Lincoln had on this country. I love when kids can see history first hand and see how our ancestors lived and dealt with every day life.
With this review, we were also given the Unit Study Guide to go along with the book. It is a wonderful addition to the book. It really helps parents and students dig a little deeper into the book.
So how did we use the Unit Study Guide?
The Unit Study is a great way for parents to use the book to teach various curriculum subjects.
The study guide provides resources for teaching.....
Reading Comprehension
Creative Writing
Essay Writing
History
Geography
Quotes for Memorization
We have been extremely busy so our use of the study guide has been mostly the chapter questions that deal with vocabulary and reading comprehension. I liked how I could use these questions to see if Michael had read the chapter, but more importantly that he understood what he had read. I love the reinforcement of new vocabulary words too.
I have looked over the other suggestions in the unit study and am thrilled with the suggestions. I know we will be adding a few of them to our American Civil War study when we get into it. 
Build a log cabin, look at flags and coins from Abraham Lincoln's time period, look at photographs from the time period. This is important since this was when we get to see photos for the first time in history.  If you are lucky, planning a field trip to a site that is associated with Abraham Lincoln. We are a few hours from Washington, D.C. so maybe a trip to The White House or Ford's Theater could be a wonderful way to bring this book to life.
When Michael finishes the book, he has a few chapters to go, I'll use one of the essay writing suggestions to get him to write a paper. I love the creative essay ideas, but I love the hands on ideas so much more. I've found when kids get active and involved int heir learning they remember so much more. How fun would it be to create a cartoon about the book! I know Michael will enjoy this a lot.

What did Michael think of the book?

Michael liked how the book talked about Abraham Lincoln's childhood. He says it does skip his teen years. Abe missing his home in Kentucky as a child made a big impact on Michael.He felt sorry for the pain and sadness Abraham experienced. Michael enjoyed when they talked about Abe wanting to see a steamboat and then he gets to see plenty of them. It's a dream come true. 

Michael felt the book was pretty easy to read. He did say that some chapters are more exciting than others, but that the book isn't boring. He liked how it explained what unfamiliar topics were. For example, in one chapter Abe says the cow hows the shakes. The box explains and clarifies what the shakes are and what it meant to the people back then.This is our second book from YWAM Publishing that we've read and I have to say we have enjoyed this one just as much as our first book, Heroes of History Davy Crockett

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Christian Heroes {YWAM Publishing Review}

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Friday, April 22, 2016

TOS Review~ Writers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries



Over the past few weeks, Michael has been using Writers in Residence from Apologia Educational Ministries to help improve his writing skills. Writing has never been a fun thing in our house. Michael is very hands on and loves science, but dislikes writing a lot. Let's just say it's his least favorite subject to do.

Apologia: Writers in Residence Review
For the past year, I have been searching for a writing curriculum to try that would help my children write better. Not only did I want them to learn how to write well but I wanted them to enjoy writing. I was hoping to find a writing curriculum that they would love doing and dare I say do it willingly and eagerly. 
For this review, we received the Writers in Residence Volume 1 Set
The two book set which included the All in One Student Text and Workbook
and the Answer Key Book.


Apologia: Writers in Residence Review


So What is Writers in Residence?

Writing in Residence is a new homeschool writing curriculum from Debra Bell. Debra Bell is well known author. She's written the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling, The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens, and the Ultimate Homeschool Planners. With the Writing in Residence, Mrs. Bell has created a wonderful writing based language arts curriculum. Writing in Residence (WIR) uses engaging writing assignments to help students learn how to write well. While completing these assignments, students will learn about proper sentence structure, parts of speech, and proper use of capitalization and punctuation. By learning these important skills, students will be able to  write amazing stories, essays, and papers.
Writing in Residence is geared for students in grades 4 through grades 8. The writing program can be used with multiple ages. It's easy to adapt to various levels of learning with just a few modifications in your expectations for the students. The writing curriculum is written to the student in a fun, creative way. The tone of the lessons are engaging and easy to understand. The lessons are broken up into 32 lessons. The weekly lessons are divided up into 4 days a week. The detailed lesson plans makes planning a snap. I love the suggested daily schedule. Less work for all those mamas planning their homeschool lessons. The book is set up to work with a 32 week school year. 


How Did We Use Writers in Residence?



Michael used the writing curriculum 4 days a week. This was perfect since we do a a four day a week schedule for most of our subjects. The student book has 6 units. The units are broken up into modules. The student text has 24 modules. Each unit has 4 modules. The book cycles through 4 repeated types of writing tasks. 

I Remember
I Imagine
I Investigate
I Think

By learning these different writings styles, students will learn how to write a personal narrative, creative writings, a research paper, and an opinion writing piece.
Michael started with Unit 1. Unit 1 starts the students off with learning how to write a personal narrative. In this lesson, Michael learned how to write a story about his childhood. He was asked to focus on his ideas and how to find ideas to write about, organization, word choices, conventions (periods, capitalization, etc.).This chapter also had a section all about verbs and how to use them. The students write a first draft and work on correcting it until they have their final paper. I love how the book has a checklist for the students to use. This check list helps the students improve. For each section checked off, parents will give the students points.

6~ Exemplary in quality and effort
5~ Exemplary in quality or effort
4~Acceptable in quality and effort
3~ Acceptable in quality or effort
2~ needs improvement in quality and effort
1~ incomplete

This allows the student to see what they have done well and what they need to work on.


Michael work through the first two units and will continue to work through the books. We have followed the suggested schedule and it has worked out well for him. They pace is good for him.
He has been able to understand the lessons and has been able to work through the book with very little help from me. This book is a great way to encourage students to become independent learners.



What Did We Think of Writers of Residence?

We have enjoyed this writing curriculum! When the books fist arrived in the mail, I was shocked on how thick the student book was. After looking over the book, I quickly realized why the student book was so think. It's the student's text book and workbook all in one! I like how they are included together, but I am worried if the book will stay together through out the year. Spiral books and their pages tend to get beat up, the pages get loose, and then fall out. I guess if that happens, we can always whole bunch the pages and place them in a large binder.
I like how they teach the students how to write different styles of papers. I especially like how they throw in grammar, punctuation, etc. into each Unit. I like Writing in Residence incorporates all that into one book.
Michael liked it well enough. I won't lie and say he loved it. I honestly don't believe he would enjoy an writing curriculum. He did say the layout was easy to understand and the lesson weren't too long. He didn't find them overwhelming. We will continue on with the program. I think I'll even add Therese to it. I just want to get them writing and this program is well laid out. They can follow along in the book and become great writers.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

TOS Review~ Homeschool Copywork Lifetime Membership



Does your child's handwriting need some help? Do your kids struggle with spelling and grammar?  I know as my kids have gotten older their handwriting seems to have gotten worse and I worry about how well they write. So for the past few weeks, we have been using Homeschool Copywork. For this review, we received a Lifetime Membership from Homeschool Copywork
The Lifetime Membership gives us access to a wide variety of copywork and notebooking pages. 


Homeschool Copywork Review
Homeschool Copywork has 3 different levels of membership.
  • Free Membership....you get access to a few of the copywork books for free.
  • Full Membership.....you will get access to 54 eBooks for 1 year, plus a few other benefits
  • Lifetime Membership.....you will get full access to all the eBooks, Notebooking pages for a life time
You can find out more about the membership benefits on the website, Homeschool Copywork.


What is Homeschool Copywork?

Homeschool Copywork is an online website that offers copywork and notebooking pages on a variety of topics and grade levels.

Parents will find pages for all grade levels......

Early Elementary 
Upper Elemntary
Junior High
High School

Just a few of the topics or subjects that are covered are religion, bible verses, science, human body, birds, Artist Study, Claude Monet, Poetry from Emily Dickinson, Poetry from Lewis Carroll, etc.
There are so many topics and subjects covered that you could add copywork to almost every subject your kids are studying.



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So why is copywork important? Well, it's not just about handwriting which is important. Every child should be able to write well enough that others can read their works. Copywork is a great way to work on spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation all at the same time.
By using copywork, students will be exposed to great literature and writings. This will then expose them to great ideas and strong literature. If we give our kids great literature to read, they will become stronger readers with a larger vocabulary. They will become the next generation of wonderful writers and readers. If children learn to read and enjoy reading their education is endless.



How Did We Use Homeschool Copywork?

Well I looked for copywork that would work for the lessons I already had planned. I have to say it was very easy to find something. Actually I found too much to use for this year, but hey there is always next year!
Since we are doing a bird study this year and both kids enjoy learning about animals, I decided to download and use the John James Audubon copywork. We are also studying him as an artist this year, so this copywork was perfect for us!

Charlotte Mason Learning

Charlotte Mason Learning

I've already gotten the copywork ready to go for the Human Body. We'll be starting to learn about that in a few weeks. 


What Did We Think of Homeschool Copywork?

I enjoyed the variety of copywork that was available. Homeschool Copywork offered so many topics that I was able to find something that went along with our studies. I even saw (and liked) topics that we might not study any time soon, but knew the kids would enjoy reading and working on them.
Copywork is an easy to add to daily lessons and can give students some added learning along the way. 

At first, I was shocked on how many letters, words, and punctuation marks were missing in their work. I won't even mention the sloppiness of their writing! After a few weeks, I saw a dramatic improvement in the copywork. They were taking more care in their writing. I even saw a difference in their writings for our other subjects. Just adding a few minutes a day of copywork to our schedule had a tremendous .impact on their writing skills. 

The kids were not happy to hear we were adding copywork back into the schedule. We had done it for years, but for some reason we had stopped. I think I felt they no longer needed it. I guess I was wrong. So they groaned a little but after working the first few pages, they realized that it wasn't that bad. 
My only complaint about Homeschool Copywork is that it is a lot of printing. Make sure you have plenty of ink and paper. 

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wordless Wednesday


~Spring Flowers~



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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wonderful Gifts from The Old Schoolhouse Store....and They're FREE


I am very excited to share with you all some wonderful products from The Old Schoolhouse Store.
Last month, we were asked to look over the HUGE selection of products from The Old Schoolhouse Store. They have so much. I found a ton of products I would love to get. I narrowed the list down to my top three and I am thrilled to be able to share with you my top picks.
Better yet....they are free for you!











Can you tell I have a them going for the spring?
Gardening, cleaning, and getting organized!

Just head over to The Old Schoolhouse Store add the items to your cart and use the coupon code
MGCREW16

The items will be yours for free!

Wishing you all a wonderful spring.

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