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Friday, March 27, 2015

Lord Heritage: Homeschool Office Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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               The key to successful homeschooling is organization, or so it seems. I have been searching for the answer to my organized chaos since we began homeschooling 5 years ago. Probably for as long as I have been a parent but that is a whole other conversation. I was recently given a chance to review HomeSchool Office from Lord Heritage. Our review is for one year access to their online organizational system.

    Not only do we homeschool but I run a business out of my home, blog, and the kids have many classes outside of the home as well as Alyx has a job and we all have various appointments. This is a big task to wrangle and I was praying HomeSchool Office was the answer to my prayers.

  Could it be possible to have a task manager that could help me balance all aspects of our chaotic but fun filled life? I actually think there is.... Lord Heritage has created the HomeSchool Office and I think it does just what I had hoped and so much more.

  So this is an online management system so the first thing you need to do after buying your membership is... set up your account.


This means the main administrator, which is you! If you have a name for your homeschool then you can add this when you begin setting up your account. My kids love that we have an official school name. Then adding your students and family members. 



The only downfall for this program that I saw right off the bat is it took quite a bit of time to get it all set up. For a household that is running on empty already as far as time is concerned I was a bit overwhelmed. Once I carved out a chunk of time and devoted it to setting our system up I was so glad I did. 
There are places for everything as you can see by the tabs in the turquoise. I took screenshots before I inputted all of our information, I am not too comfortable sharing such personal info with the world if you know what I mean. 
The one tedious thing was picking myself for the kids teacher for each subject that we do at home. Although I found this feature extremely helpful so I can input the info of the teachers of the classes the kids take outside of our home. The boys take, guitar, horseback riding and field biology to name a few. This was helpful in that I could put all the contact info for each teacher in there all in the same place. So if I need to email or call them and do not have my phone handy it is right on my computer. 

There is also spots to put important contact info for people such as my vendors that I use for my business and my customers that order on a regular basis. I loved having all aspects of our life all in one login. That in itself made my life so much easier and I prefer to type than write so being computer based was very helpful to me. 

Now I aleady use a transcript service so I am not entirely sure I will continue to use it to input grades and such on a regular basis but semester grades and final grades just to keep them in the same location as everything else seems like a great idea. 

Having the calendar as well as a to do list along with all of the other features is a handy tool as well. There are so many aspects offered with your subscription that even if you did not use one or two it is still worth the price you pay. I love that I can log on to my account on the go. If I needed to add an appointment or a note to one of the kids then I could do that from my meeting I was attending or sitting at my off hour at co-op. Then the kids could log in with their username and see what tasks they needed to complete or activities they had on tap for that day or week. 

I call it Central Communications System, I think it suits it better than HomeSchool Office but that is strictly my opinion. You can have this too for just $79 a year.
I am so thankful for some organization to our chaotic life. Some days I feel like I am spinning out of control and not sure which end is up but thanks to Lord Heritage and their Homeschool Office I can feel a little better knowing we can all glance at our account and see what is on tap for each day and week. If I need to change something I just go in and change it and then we can all see the changes. 
I love it!! Plain and Simple. I love it! I am sure you will love it too, but do not just take my word for it please click the banner below and check out all of the crew reviews and see what they have to say about Homeschool Office. 
Be sure to use your  30 day free trial to get a feel for it yourself as well. 


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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Mother, Should I Trust the Government? Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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    In this day and age you may find yourself or your children asking this very question. Sometimes over and over. Alyx had the opportunity to review a course titles just that, Mother, Should I Trust the Government? This was interesting as he wants to go into the military so he will be relying on the Government completely. This 8 week online class was out on by the folks at Freedom Project Education.  
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    They have a new Spring  class starting up soon and you can register for Spring 2015 classes by visiting their website. We were also sent the paperback book that goes along with this class. The classes ran every Monday night from 7-9 EST. Sometimes this worked for Alyx and other times he had to work, but that was OK because every Tuesday Morning we were sent the recorded class by link in an email. All of these recorded classes will be available to us for 2 more months. This is great because I am thinking of having Taylor sit through the course as well. I can then count it for both of them for a Government credit for High School.

    This course is pretty heavy material and should be used for those 13 and over, or if you have gone through the course you may choose to use it with whomever you see it suitable for in your home. There are topics covered such as abortion and you may choose to not expose your kids to that and that is always your choice.

  Freedom Project Education only offers one class at a time so if at the end of my review or after reading the reviews from the crew you are interested you should hurry and sign up for the Spring 2015 class as seats are limited. The classes are "Free" but there is a suggested donation of $50 for each family that is completely tax deductible.
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   You can then purchase the corresponding book which for us was "Mother, Should I Trust the Government?"  You should purchase your book from places like Amazon or wherever you would like to purchase it as it is not sold on the website. If you have a kindle there is also a kindle version on Amazon as well.


  In this class and book Dr. Jake Jacobs explores the government through the eyes of our founding fathers and what their originally plan on what the Government should look like and act as. Diving into the History or the Declaration of Independence and The Articles of Confederation,  and even the Constitutional Amendments. How much control was our Government really supposed to have and what was the vision of those men that began the United States many years ago.


    What has changed and why that is? These and many more questions were asked and answered during each of the 8 sessions of class. All class, a little reading, no papers and no tests. As Alyx would say, " This was the perfect class!" He enjoyed the interaction of the "classmates" and the Dr. Jacobs. Alyx says the class made him feel as if he was taking an online interactive college course and he loved that feel. He could sit back and have a snack while reading and sometimes interjecting into the chat window and the teacher would respond to the students questions and then continue on with the class. The class never felt dull or boring and the first class I sat in on with Alyx and it was neat to see the laid back atmosphere of the class, the teacher really made the students whether they were adults or the teens.

   Alyx enjoyed the Worldview that was taught during the class and felt it was refreshing to hear the comments from like minded people. Dr. Jacobs tells the students to be active citizens and to stand up for their beliefs in this broken society, that is veering towards total government takeover. Alyx is interested in the next class coming up as well, that is how much he enjoyed it, I have even told my college Freshmen Nick to take a look at the recorded classes. I would love to see the take that each of my 3 boys have on the class and book and have a family discussion after it is over. They each have such different personalities.

  In conclusion, Alyx felt it was a worthwhile class that he gained a ton of insight from, he is looking forward to the Spring Class and feels everyone in our family should go over the recorded sessions so we can have a family discussion about it. He liked that he was not nailed down to the computer or would have to schedule himself off work to take the class, if he missed the live session he could watch the recorded one the very next day. He appreciated the promptness of class starting on time and that the recorded sessions were sent the very next morning. He felt that Dr. Jacobs was engaging and easy to listen to and felt very at ease and did not feel it was boring at all. He was originally worried it would totally be a lecture that you just sit and listen to and that was not the case at all, it was very interactive. The content really sparked Alyx to dig deeper and research some of the topics that were brought to light. I have loved how this has developed into a rest of the year Government class and extra researching on Alyx's part. This is a Win!! for homeschooling in our house for sure!


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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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EGGLO Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt for Easter Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsmommas #hsreviews #egghunt

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    Are you looking for a way to show your kids how the Light of Christ shines? Egglo Entertainment has a unique way to help you do that very thing. We had the exciting opportunity to review some products from them, we were sent Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book). We also had the chance to enjoy some add on products as well, but we will talk more about those in a bit.

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    My boys love hunts, egg hunts, geocaching, metal detecting, or anything to do with finding treasures of any sort. When you think about it though, What is the most important treasure of all? Finding the light of Christ, of course! This program is based on the Scripture from John 1:5, “The Light shines in the dark and the darkness has not overcome it." We make our Faith an important part of our everyday life, but it is always fun to include an activity that helps cement that Faith and Belief in God a little more. As Christians we cannot get complacent on being a Faithful Follower. This is a relationship you have to work on until the day you die. Children also go through periods as they grow up where they may challenge that belief. How can you help them through this challenging time? Find activities that are both fun but full of Faith and Belief. Do you have little ones? Steering them toward the light of Christ is a parent's most important jobs! We have to train them up, by providing fun activities centered around God, it helps the little ones to get excited about God! After all God is a very exciting part of our lives as Christians.

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   One of the add on products we received with our Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs are Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls, these scrolls each have a Bible Verse on them and help keep your egg hunt focused on Jesus. They fit conveniently inside of the Egglo Eggs. This makes the hunt for treasure fun while keeping the focus on the true meaning of Easter. There are several alternatives that are great for little ones, instead of the Scripture scrolls being placed in the eggs there are 3 different stickers that can be put inside.  Egglo Easter Egg StickersEgglo Bible Verse Stickers, and The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Character Stickers, these are not only adorable items to stick in the eggs, each being cut out to fit in the egg with ease but they are affordable as well at only $3.29 a package.

 We also were given a download of the Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book Audio Download), this made reading our story book interactive and would be especially fun for littles that are not really good readers, there is a whimsical chime that sounds when you are to turn the page, this makes following along with the story fun and easy. My little buddy I babysit for especially enjoyed this feature. It made it anticipatory for him to hear that chime and he could tell me it was time to turn the page. That was something I did not experience with my older kids as they are way past that stage. It was sure fun to have a little to enjoy this with. I look forward to grandkids and having the opportunity to experience some of this with them in a few years time.


  The last product we are going to discuss us  The Egglo Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Event Curriculum this is for the parent, teacher or facilitator.  Here is where you get guidance on how to conduct your Egg Hunt and  other fun activities to tie it all together. There are decorations and invitations to help make your event memorable and exciting. There are printables to put inside the eggs too.  The Egglo products are perfect for anytime but especially at Easter time. They can be used at home with your family, in your church youth program or Sunday School or maybe with your homeschool co-op. Putting Light into your traditional Easter Egg hunt by switching it to a nighttime activity and activating your eggs so they glow to show the light of Jesus! This is done easily by setting your eggs in the natural sunlight or under a lamp. This helps get them charged up. They do not stay lit up for a long time, but what this did was make it a challenge to find them all before their "lights" went out. My kids raced the clock to see who could get the most eggs before the light of Jesus dimmed. This added a bit of a competition and only made it more fun for my boys.
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   The recommended ages for the Egglo products are 4-13, my boys are older than this but  still enjoyed the activities and the Egg Hunts, they had fun teaching the little boy I was sitting for all about the light of Jesus, and they loved hunting up the eggs with him. He had a blast. The books were a little young for my boys and my little buddy was a wee bit young but when my boys worked with him on them they worked wonderfully together!   We look forward to sharing them with my nieces and nephews at Easter time and maybe our homeschool co-op classes as well. We did have to conduct our egg hunts during the review period in the house, since we have had snow on the ground since November, but we are praying that by the time Easter rolls around we can take the hunt outside and make it a bit more challenging. My kids loved how some of the eggs had a cross design on them, we gave extra points to the seeker who found those special eggs, we also awarded different point values to the 4 colors of eggs. For example Pink (since those are my favorite color) had 4 points in value, Blue had 3 and Green 2 and Yellow 1, if you found a Cross egg you gained and extra 5 points in addition to the egg color value. This made for some interesting games of egg seeking and never dulled the kids. I am thinking of putting raffle tickets in some with additional values on them when we do it at Easter time. The possibilities are truly endless and if you are lacking for ideas you can check out the Egglo Pinterest Boards Pinterest.com/EggloEggs . This really helped me to get inspired  and who doesn't love an excuse to hang out on Pinterest!

   I hope I have inspired you to put the Light of Jesus in your Easter time celebrations or anytime of the year for that fact. Your kids will love it and you will too!!! Below you will find a list of all of the products I mentioned above as well as their prices and if you want to learn more about Egglo Entertainment and they wonderful products click on the banner below to visit the other crew reviews. Then head over to Egglo Entertainment to place your order, there is a sale going on right now(at the time this review was written) it won't last for long so be sure to take advantage of it, those sale prices are reflected below!


Glow in the Dark Egglo Eggs  $9.99
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure(book) $9.99
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure (book audio download)$2.99
Egglo Treasures Scripture Scrolls $4.50
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Event Curriculum  $9.99
Egglo Bible Verse Stickers $3.29
Egglo Easter Egg Stickers $3.29
The Egg-cellent Easter Adventure Character Stickers $3.29

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Koru Naturals TOS Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2015 #hsreviews #hsmommas

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  This busy momma loves when I get the opportunity to review something that is actually for me and not for the homeschool classroom and family per se. Although sometimes I share! Koru Naturals has a line of all natural beauty products and it was really hard to choose. I based my decisions on my personal needs and really prayed about my choices. In the end I was sent Emu Oil and Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner.

 I have probably not been this excited about a review coming in the mail since I started reviewing way back 5 years ago. I do not often get to splurge on things for me even if they are beneficial and I have been praying for help with my skin and hair issues since I was a kid. Years ago, many years ago I developed a flaky scalp and hair line, as well as dry patches on my face. It has never been officially diagnosed as it does not meet the characteristics as a whole of any one issue so as most weird issues I have it has been lumped under one of the many things my MS causes. Lovely right? Not so much!

  I have tried more products than I can count, some will work for a while and then I am back to square one. I am game for anything even Emu Oil. I even endured the countless teasing from my boys, their favorite phrase is how do you get oil from an Emu? Do you milk it? Ugh Boys, gotta love them.

  As soon as the box arrived I tore into it and went straight to the bathroom, I had researched the products thoroughly before they arrived so now all that was left was to put them to use. The Emu Oil is a milky substance that looks like it is greasy but really doesn't feel that way and  goes a long way with just a little bit. I put a quarter size drop in the palm of my hand and dabbed my finger in it and rubbed it into my hairline and face. I was amazed at how it did not make my face feel greasy at all but yet I instantly felt my face feel a little bit smoother.

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I used it 2 times daily once in the morning and once before bed and let me tell you I am so pleased I almost cannot believe it. My face feels smoother and less dry and flaky. I am not using harsh creams that left my face red and blotchy anymore. I am so impressed and I will definitely be buying more when I run out.

The other thing I have been using it for is my dry, frizzy hair. God um... Blessed me... with naturally curly hair and while I love the look I hate frizz and I hate dumping multiple products into my hair to tame them. I am a no frills no make up kind of gal so this drives me nuts. So I used a quarter size drop again and worked it through my hair from the root out and OMG! I was so excited and it stayed with my hair all day long. My other products I had to use sometimes 3 times in the day to keep the frizz out especially in the dry Michigan Winters and Humid Summers. I cannot wait to put this to the test this Summer, That is if we ever warm up around here.
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My other products the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner, let me just say Heaven in a shower, I have decided to not share with the family, sorry boys these are mom's and mom's only!! I love how my scalp is not so dried out, now it is not cleared up but I do feel as if it is on it's way. The texture of my hair is so soft and hydrated and all with Natural ingredients! I love it. It is not a strong scent, which I am not telling my boys because then they will definitely want to use it! My secret Ok?

You don't have to use much and it just works it's magic and your hair and scalp are left singing like the birds a song of praise and glory.

I am going to be ordering some more of the products from Koru Naturals especially the lip balm as my lips could use some Koru Magic as well.

  If you like Natural products that work!, You need to order some Koru Naturals today!! The Emu Oil comes in a 2 oz bottle like I received for just $9.85, they also sell a 2 sizes of a larger bottle too,  and the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner are $14.95 for the set. This is so worth the investment, you will be able to feel better and know that you are using natural products on your skin and hair and you can toss all the others in the trash!!

  Ingredients list...


Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner
Shampoo: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Essential Oil, Manuka Honey, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Conditioner: Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, PEG 40 Castor Oil, Stearalkonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Glycerin, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Salix Alba (Organic White Willow) Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil, Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Essential Oil, Manuka Honey.


EMU Oil
Ingredients: 100% Grade A Emu Oil - No preservatives or additives

Please visit the Koru Naturals website to learn more about these products as well as all of the others and to find out all of the other uses as there are so many more. I am excited to try more of their products and I hope you will come back and share your testimony if you decide to take the Koru plunge.

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