Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wordless Wednesday! No Glasses for the first time in 27 years, I got contacts yesterday! #nomoreglasses #firsttimecontacts

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Circle Time is not just for little kids anymore! Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsreviews #hsmommas #circletime

Pin It Now!   When I think of Circle Time the first thing that pops in my head is a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds sitting in a circle learning their colors and the days of the week and talking about the weather conditions. Well after my recent opportunity to review the e-book  Circle Time by Kendra Fletcher over at  Preschoolers and Peace.

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  Circle Time: Plan the BEST Part of Your Homeschool Day is a book every parent needs to have. Now that my boys are getting older, which means they are getting busier, I find myself feeling as if there is something missing. Reading Circle Time made me realize that this does not have to be the case. As a family with 3 busy teenagers, who are now driving and working real jobs I find myself longing for that quality family time more and more. Being a family that is split between homeschooling and public school, mornings were not the best choice for our Circle Time to be implemented so we tweaked it and we do our Circle Time in the evenings just after dinner when everyone seems to be home. We do our family Bible time and devotionals, as well as talk about how our days went and also look towards what tomorrow will bring. We may play a quick game or talk about the news. Everyday the conversations may be different but it all comes back to the main objective, sitting around as a family getting back to basics and finding that time to bond.

   Kendra who has kids from Infant to High School talks about the importance of being together as a family and making Circle Time the most important time of the day. Now you may be thinking Circle Time? You have got to be kidding, my teens will run and hide. Well I will be the first to admit mine did just that, so I took Kendra's advice and renamed our Circle Time something else that would not scare my boys into running for the hills. So what do we call this sacred family time you ask? We have called it THE Gathering, simply because it is achieved by us all gathering as one group in the hub of the house, our living room. My boys do not mind Gathering time and we have all gotten to the point where we just congregate to the living room after dinner before everyone takes off to their activities for the evening. We always begin with prayer even though we have prayed a blessing over our meal just moments before. This is important to us and we have implemented one of Kendra's suggestions by creating a prayer box, using a simple index card box we purchased at the $1 store and some index cards. We write who we are praying for on each card and we pass the box around and pick 3 each every evening, rotating them so that throughout the week we hopefully make it to everyone.

 Not only is this e-book full of valuable advice for keeping your family centered and focused  but it also includes some valuable resources offered such as, scripture and memory verses, hymns, academic lessons, and printables that are amazingly helpful in giving your Circle Time direction and give it momentum to keep the kids engaged no matter what their age and you get all of it for only $4.99 for the PDF e-book. You can also check out the Circle Time Pinterest Board that has been created to help keep ideas flowing for everyone's Circle Time, be sure to visit and follow their board. There is no right or wrong way to accomplish Circle Time, it truly is what you and your family make of it. My plan is to change it up each month to keep it fresh and keep the kids happy and content on continuing with The Gathering. As the school year begins in just over a month I see us incorporating some studies along with our prayer and sharing time that we are already doing. I did not want to overwhelm the boys or make them dread Circle Time, my goal is to incorporate one new thing each month until my vision for what I want this to be for our family is accomplished.
   Now what comes to mind when you hear the words Circle Time? Are you still envisioning Littles sitting on a brightly colored carpet? Or are you envisioning a time in your day where your whole family Gathers to Worship and Praise, Learn and Share and simply just BE! For the price of your coffee at your favorite Coffee shop you can achieve this for your family. Whether you call it Circle Time, or The Gathering or whatever else you may come up with, it will be worth whatever sacrifice you need to make for this to happen for your family. Whether you have toddlers or High Schoolers or everything in between it is never too late to start your very own Circle Time. So don't just sit there head over to Preschoolers and Peace and order your copy of Circle Time right now, do not waste another minute. If you still need some convincing click on the banner below and read the reviews from the rest of the crew, I am sure it won't take long to help make up your mind.


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Simple Woman's Daybook July 30th 2013 #hsmomma #simplewomansdaybook

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I have not done one of these since before Summer, but it is time to start gearing up for Fall, yes I said it Fall. Time to develop good routines both home and blogging so here goes nothing. Feel free to join in the fun. 


Outside my window...
It is a gorgeous Sunny, Fall like day, yes feels more like a crisp cool Fall Morning than the 30th of July, but I am certainly not complaining.
The temp is only 60 degrees at 8:20 am

I am thinking... Life is Short, treasure each minute and hold those dear to you close.

I am thankful... for the time I have been getting to spend with a dear friend who has been a male father figure in my life since before I can remember, you see he is dying of Cancer, we don't know how much time he has left, only God knows that but we are making the most of the time we have together. We spent the afternoon and evening yesterday going for his blood work and a chest xray but finished off the evening shopping and going out for dinner and visiting his Mom, my Nana who is like a Grandma to me, she is in a rehab facility and is hopefully coming home next week.

In the kitchen... The coffee is perking, the smell is amazing

I am wearing... My PJS Still, although as soon as I am done here I am off to get ready for the day.

I am creating... My lesson plans for the beginning of school

I am going... to head out soon for lunch and shopping with a dear friend, we need to catch up with each other.

I am wondering...  if I will get any packages in the mail today, I am waiting on one to arrive that I am anxious for.

I am reading...  Trim Healthy Mama

I am hoping...  the weather stays mild for the rest of the week but we will see what happens

I am looking forward to...   The Genesee County Fair in 2 weeks when we are back at camp for the last time this Summer.

I am learning...  to take care of me, if I don't who will then take care of my family if I am unable.

Around the house...  everything is in it's place. The house is as it should be and I am happy about that

I am pondering...   growing my hair back out long.

A favorite quote for today...

One of my favorite things...  is spending time with those I love

A few plans for the rest of the week: Getting contacts for the first time ever tonight, I have worn glasses since I was in 5th grade and I am excited for a change. Tomorrow taking Mom to physical therapy, Thursday taking Ricky to Chemo. Friday mom to Therapy again and Saturday a fun filled girls trip down to Ohio for the day. 

A peek into my day... Rise and Shine, devotional and Bible,  get Grama ready for the day, eat breakfast, blog or facebook, morning chores, errands, and family dinner then relaxation 

My photo of the day....
My new glasses I picked up yesterday

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Couponing with Christi the Coupon Coach Molly Crew Review 2013 #couponing #everdayliving #frugal #hsmommas #homeschool #mollyreview

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   I do not know about you but when I think of coupons I envision Extreme Couponing. I tried that and it just did not work for me, but I really want to save my family money. So when I was presented with the opportunity to learn how to coupon for the normal everyday family I jumped on it like a bunch of crazy extreme couponers jump in the dumpster diving for coupons. Christi the Coupon Coach and her handy book Couponing Made Simple

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    So let's get serious for a minute, you know you are just like me, you watch these shows and think are these people for real? I know I tried and failed to be just like them, don't get me wrong I did "score" some great "hauls" and the thrill left me begging for more, but it was also way more time than I had to give to achieve that and honestly do we need enough toothbrushes until the grandkids graduate from high school, absolutely not. Do I need to save money for my family so I can afford to continue to homeschool? Absolutely! and I knew there had to be somewhere in the middle. Well the good news is there most certainly is a right way to coupon for the average family to save some money and be frugal without spending every free minute clipping coupons and shopping. The answer is simple Christi the Coupon Coach and she is here to help us do just that, simple couponing with her book Couponing Made Simple. Step by Step she guides you through being savvy and frugal and finding deals your family will love and use in a normal amount of time, not 10 years from now.

   This small book has more to offer than those the shows you see on TV, it is full of knowledge and funny little stories of her family's different adventures in savings. Ten chapters, 123 pages of reading with a few extra pages left for you to write down noteworthy things you might want to remember, maybe some couponing sites. Now there are no actual sites listing in the book, as they are subject to come and go, if you do a search you are sure to find some. I have a few of my own and I will share them at the bottom of my review if you would like to check them out to help you get started. They are surely not hard to find in today's economy. Now Christi teaches 8 simple steps.
1. Buy Newspapers( I personally buy mine from the dollar store, see saving money already, and the neat thing about the dollar tree is they sell the Sunday paper all week long, they always have plenty. So no need to skip church to grab your coupons, they will be there after church or on Thursday on the way to homeschool co-op)
2.Sort Newspapers (The first thing I do is sort the papers, I flip through a few of the circulars, pass a paper onto my parents and the rest is recycled or repurposed. I then stack like coupon circulars together and keep the craft store coupons Like Michaels's and JoAnns. )
3.Find the Deals (This is where your search for good coupon match up sites comes in handy.)
4. Make Coupon Matches (This takes some practice and with the help of Christi it becomes easier and easier.
5.Organize for Coupon Run (Being organized at home saves you time and money(so no mistakes are made) and frustration.
6.Shop and Save (You know the fun part)
7.Wrap Up at Home (This includes taking a photo of your great bargains, getting any rebates ready to mail, putting your items away pulling older like products forward and putting new ones in the back. Nothing like wasting money when you find expired product because you did not rotate your shelves.
8. Celebrate and Share (Use the products you got for free or cheap and celebrate and enjoy them with your family, donate them to charity or bless family and friends by sharing.

    Here is a photo from a coupon trip we did recently, we combined a clearance sale on the below dishwasher tabs, fabric softener crystals and air fresheners with coupons we had in our coupon binder. Also the toothbrushes and toothpaste were on sale for $1.00 and we had coupons to make them all FREE. Our total out of pocket for this trip was $3.75

     There is also a chapter on couponing etiquette. Bad couponers give all couponers a bad name. Play fair let's not ruin it for everyone. I have seen some people abuse the system in our area and it has made redeeming coupons not so fun anymore. If we want to continue to reap the benefits of coupons let's play by the rules.

   Some of my favorite chapters were not even about coupons, they were just about being thrifty, and thrifty is my middle name, it was nice to know I was not alone in my love of garage sales and thrift stores. Also you may have heard me talk about my addiction to school supplies and how this is my favorite time of year, I mean how can you go wrong with crayons for 1 cent. I do not care if we need them or not this is one area where I may be a tad extreme but my kids will tell you I share my deals with friends all but my glue sticks, in a homeschool that loves lapbooking cheap glue sticks are sacred and cannot be shared.

   I love "curb shopping" as well and I am not ashamed to admit it, we love to pick up discarded furniture and repurpose it or give it a facelift and make it beautiful and add it to our home. Here is a table we found on a curb and look how beautiful it came out. It now sits next to my bed and I love it, it is also storage as it opens as well. Makes a great hiding spot... SSHHH! Don't tell the kids.
Not only that you can fix up discarded items and give them as gifts, like Alyx did with a table a neighbor threw out in their garbage, Alyx sanded it and restained it and it turned out like new and for less than $10 he gave his brother a gift he will cherish for years to come.

 Or how about that pallet he redid and made a great addition to my Mom's Patriotic decor at her house, for a few dollars of paint it is craft show worthy.

Christi teaches us in Couponing Made Simple that being frugal is not all about coupons. She also teaches how saving money can be a family affair and it can be load of fun too. I hope I pass on my penny pinching nature to my kids, I cannot wait to continue following Christi's book to add more money saving knowledge to my family.

     The final chapter is about a Free gift for everyone no coupon needed, but I cannot share this secret, but do know that my family enjoys and treasures it immensely. If you want to know what it is you will just have to buy the book. You will be glad you did, and it will save you so much more than money. For the price of  $18.00 and free shipping or on your Kindle for the bargain price of $4.99, you will make your money back in no time flat so it is an investment that will return bountiful harvests to your family over and over. So visit Christi the Coupon Coach 

    As Promised here are a couple of my favorite coupon matching sites... Just a note these were current at the time I published this review but may become inactive over time, the best way to find the current ones is to ask your friends or search the web. Now these are only a few that I follow and they all have facebook pages as well, and post coupon deals all the time, but there are so many more you will have to find your own favorites.

       1.Coupon Cousins  
       2. Bargains to Bounty

     As always you can always click on the banner below to read all of the other reviews from the Molly Crew from our Schoolhouse Review Crew Family.

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Picaboo Yearbooks preserving homeschool memories one year at a time... Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013 #hsmommas #homeschool #homeschoolyearbooks #memories

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     One of the treasured memories of school for me was my yearbook at the end of every school year.  My kids enjoyed that too, but still get an opportunity to purchase one through our co-op. I always feel like something is missing from our co-op yearbook though. Maybe a more personal touch. So I was so excited to be chosen to make a homeschool 20 Page Softcover Yearbook just for our family with the help of Picaboo Yearbooks.

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      Now you may be wondering what the difference is between a Picaboo Yearbook and those other photo story books? Well the soft or hardcover book (your choice for a small price difference) are intended for a yearbook so their style is that of a traditional yearbook. These books are not solely intended for homeschoolers so there are some features that I did not find useful such as some of the page categories or tabs. I did love just about everything else about them though.

   The process is quite simple though, create your account so that every time you take a break you can simply pick up where you left off. You pick the size book you want, your choices are 8 1/2 x 11 or 9 x 12, soft or hardcover, there is a $10 up charge for the hardcover and a small fee for each additional page over 20. For my book I chose an 8 1/2 x 11 softcover with 20 pages so the price was $8.49. Now schools that use their service or maybe your co-op also gets free shipping with a 50 book order. There is also a free e-yearbook with every school purchase, it is available 48 hrs after you submit your order. Shipping runs $8.99 so for under $20 you have a fabulous book of memories.

    After you have decided how big your book is going to be you then have to choose a title and design the cover. You simply upload your photos and away you go.You have to pick the sections of your book as well. Such as classes, or you can do students like I did and put each student on a page and then write a bio, I did my boys age, their height and favorite food, hobbies and anything else that I felt that was unique about them this year.

  One of the sections I created was field trips, and I also made one about our trip down South in the Fall. I also did extra curricular activities, such as our co-op and listed the classes they each took this year. I also was sure to include hobbies that we count towards school, such as Alyx's Automotive work he does with our friend Eric, and Taylor's Archery. You can put as many photos as you could possibly fit or simply just one. You can add a little text or a whole page of text. This book is completely customized by you so the possibilities are endless. There are layout choices and positioning of the photos, you pick the background colors to help make your photos "POP" off the page. You can also pick the text, this can be the same text throughout the whole book or you can make it different with every page. I tried to match the background to the a major color in the boys clothes for each page to really help make a statement. I also made the fonts different on each page, a traditional font for serious things like the pages that show the boys hard at work and a more fun font for fieldtrips and their bios. I like creativity and to me this process was all about creativity and individual style. No two people's books would ever turn out the same.

     Once you have designed all of the pages and the cover and tweaked your layout and proofread your journaling you are all ready to submit your order for processing. This was the most exciting part for me, to look over my finished project and relish in all the hard work we had accomplished over this past school year. You really do not fathom how much you accomplish until it is laid out in front of you to simply flip through the year. So all in all it took me about 6-7 hours to complete, but in contrast to my scrapbooking days 20 pages in 6 hrs is a small sacrifice for a lifetime of memories. I enjoyed working on the book so the time to slip by without me noticing it. I tend to think best late at night or early in the morning when the house is dark and quiet. Call me crazy but it is what works for our family.

   I have to say the hardest part of the whole process is the 3 week turnaround time. This is the time it takes for them to publish the masterpiece that you created. If you are lucky it will come a little sooner than that.

   We have enjoyed the book so much that we have decided to make one for every year of our homeschool experience. I am going to go back and start with our first year of homeschooling and move forward. This is something for my kids to cherish for many years to come and to share with their kids. Another nice thing is with your account created though Picaboo you can go back and order more books and all you have to do is choose your already created book that is saved in your account, I plan on doing this so both boys have a copy and maybe order some for family gifts like my Mom. All I have to do it order and they will be on their way in a few short weeks.

   If you like the idea of a scrapbook but simply do not have the time like me to do that anymore, or you are short on funds to buy the latest tool or supplies then this is perfect for you. If you are a person who is not particularly creative this can be for you too. You create the book that fits your style, traditional or eclectic it is all up to you and how you want it to turn out. I tend to be a little more artsy and like to let me creativity flow but this can be for the person who just wants to savor their memories and make every page look like the one before, there is no right or wrong.

   So be sure to gather your photo, you can pluck them from facebook with ease, from your hard drive, or a disk or your memory card, anywhere online that you use to store your photos. You can get started right away and in a few weeks have your Picaboo Yearbook to cherish forever,

  Be sure to click on the banner below and read all of the crew reviews for Picaboo Yearbooks. You will quickly see that no two books were created the same way and no two turned out the same in the end. Then create your Free Picaboo account and get started on your journey of a year of memories with your homeschool's very own Yearbook. What are you waiting for?

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Wordless Wednesday Alyxander Thomas turns 15 Years Old..... Birthday BBQ with camp friends... #birthday #camping #BBQ #babyisgrowingup

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Monday, July 22, 2013

ACE your Weight with Deana Frettinger WAHM REVIEW

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   I was recently given the opportunity to review a bottle of Ace with Consultant Deana Frettinger, it is an appetite suppressant and energy booster in capsule form. You can take up to 2 capsules daily and it gives you a boost of energy and helps control those hunger cravings. You know your body's way of telling you to eat what you are not supposed to. Each bottle contains 60 capsules and can last either a month or two months depending on how many you take I took 1 each day so it lasted me 2 months. They retail for $40 with wholesale pricing after you purchase the starter kit for $59.
The start kit includes..

$59 Natural ACE Starter Pack

  • 1 - 60 count Bottle of Natural ACE Weight-Loss
  • 7 - 2 count Natural ACE Weight-Loss Trial Packs
  • The Ability to Get Natural ACE at the Wholesale Price of $40 per Bottle (plus tax & shipping)
You can order straight from Deana's website, http://deana.lovemyace.com/

   Deana was friendly and curteous and offered to answer any questions I might have. She also has a Fan Page on Facebook that offers to much support and you can get questions answered there as well. You can find her facebook page by going here... https://www.facebook.com/acemazingenergy
By liking her fan page you will have access to contests and inspirational messages as well as get first hand information for upcoming sales and new products, sometimes there are recipes shared as well as exercise and fitness tips. It is definitely the full package. 

   Saba which is the main company offers a plethora of other products as well you can get in touch with Deana and ask her about them, since I did not try them I cannot be of any help but I am sure she will be happy to assist you, be sure to tell her Jenn sent you. 

   I took the Ace over 2 months, the months of May and June and let me tell you I felt so full of energy when I was taking it. I have definitely noticed a depletion in my energy and vigor since stopping after I ran out of pills. The mornings I took ACE with my breakfast and I was off and running, I always had energy to go for a walk or run or bike ride and the best thing about ACE, it helped me lose 11 pounds and over 15 inches in the 2 months I took it. For optimum results you can take an additional capsule in the afternoon as well. Next time I try it I am going to try that and see how much my results differ. 

Here is a before and after photo from when I started ACE in May 1, June 1 and  at the end of my two months on July 1st.

I received this product in exchange for my honest review as being part of WAHM Reviews. The fact that I received the product for free did not sway my review in any way, I truly did enjoy the results of this product and look forward to trying it again. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It has happened!! At least according to Alyx! #girlygirl #momsflipped #kidsthinkimnuts

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   It all started with this statement from my middle son Alyx who just turned 15 yesterday. "Mom, what are you turning into a girl or something?"
This was said while browsing for nail polish in the store the other day. You see my boys obviously do not see me as a girl unless I wear any kind of make-up. I was always a tomboy growing up and when I got married and had 3 sons I was surrounded by boys and dirt and bugs. Along the way though something has been transforming in me and as Alyx puts it I am turning into a girl. OH MY GOSH, AS IF!

     When I was in a Red Hat group as a pink hatter(because I was and am under 50) I wore pink hats with lavender clothing, I used to put my pink clothes on and go out acting like a girl. The boys thought it was hysterical and at first I hated that part of it, the dressing up and bling part of it. Although somewhere along the way I started to like the color pink, ok like is not a strong enough word. LOVE! PINK! I also quickly found out that if it was pink the boys would not lay a hand on it. So I very rapidly started choosing everything pink. Even my gym bag and overnight bag....

    My iPod is pink, my iPhone case is pink as well as my arm band that holds my iphone when I run or bike, and my earbuds are pink as well. It doesn't just stop there, I was given the gift of my scooter painted pink for Mother's Day and guess what they do not want to take it for a spin anymore.

Also My first pair of bright colored tennis shoes were HOT PINK! Then I quickly realized I did not just like PINK I liked all bright colors, hence my new shoe obsession of one pair of gym shoes in just about every color of the rainbow. When I purchased my new bike, guess what color? Yep You guessed it I searched the web for a non expensive pink bike. I found it on walmart.com and I love it. I also have a pink tennis racket and pink tennis balls. I love pink, in case I forgot to mention it.

  So to get back to the nail polish, yep I bought fushia nail polish, when my son made his statement about me turning into a girl, but it was cheap nail polish so the next day I went and splurged on some cool acrylic fake nails that are neon tie dye and have silver bling to them. I absolutely love them.

   This epiphany of Alyx's got me thinking, Have I really changed that much and when did it really happen? I have been pondering it the last few days and it finally hit me like a ton of bricks. The major change of me "becoming a girl" happened in February after I had lost about 40lbs since October and started to lose many inches and needed new clothes, a whole bunch of new clothes because nothing I owned fit me anymore. I had dropped from a 26 waist to a 18 and my shirts had gone from a 3x to a 1x. What was it that changed the most, I found myself feeling proud of my accomplishments and did not want to hide behind frumpy tshirts that were 2 sizes too big to hide the bulge within. I found myself not feeling self conscious and accepting compliments when they were given to me and knowing I deserved those compliments.  

    This Summer I actually enjoyed shopping for my new bathing suit, yes of course it is shocking pink. My new Beach towel is pink with polka dots and I love my pink Thirty One Purse. I cannot say it enough I love pink. I am starting to branch out a bit into other colors, but they need to be bright. I find my disposition is always cheerful when I am wearing bright clothes and it always boosts my confidence when people comment on my shoes or outfit and I know they truly mean what they say.

  Recently I went to the thrift shop and are you sitting down? I bought a DRESS!! It is denim and it can be worn as a sundress or with a shirt and it is long. Me a dress without reason, who would have thunk it. Now I am toying with what to do with my hair, I am thinking of growing it ou tlong again, so I can OH MY GOSH do girly things to it, like style it and wear fun clips in my hair, like those Lilla Rose ones everyone is all abuzz about. I am jealous cause I want one too, but my hair is still to short. I will need to work on that. I am even thinking of dragging my make up out of wherever it is hiding GASP!

  Whatever will the boys think then?? We will just have to wait and see.

     I think I am going to like this new me, the me that is a "girl", seems like it could be a ton of fun. There are so many things out there for "girls".

    Here is a picture of my nails I took yesterday! I just love them and cannot wait to get some more, if I could get my nails to grow myself I could get some of those fun Jamberry nails... Oh the possibilities, I may need a second job to support my girlish new looks.
I cannot wait until I lose some more weight and get to my goal, OH BOYS Look out your Momma is definitely turning into a girl!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Reading Adventure with Susan Marlow and Kregel Publications Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2013

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    Being the Mom of 3 teenage sons, I want them to love reading but I am also cautious of the content they are being exposed to. I want them to read books and I want them to read books that do not have objectionable content, yet still be intriguing and exciting. Susan Marlow and Kregel Publications deliver just that type of reading material with the book Badge of Honor which is part of their GOLDTOWN ADVENTURES series.
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    I have to say my 13 almost 14 yr old Taylor who is entering 9th grade is my child that I really have to entice to read, finding books that really hold his interest has been a challenge to say the least. The one thing I can count on is he loves History, so maybe a book full of adventure and historical fiction may be just the thing we are looking for?

    Badge of Honor is the first in the Goldtown Adventures Series, and sells for $7.99 plus $2.50 S&H or 13.99 for the set of books one and two. The third book is due out this coming November.
Badge of Honor is set in 1864 and centers around the adventures of a 12 yr old boy named Jem and his Sister and his cousin. Taylor loved that these books were centered around children as it was easier for him to relate rather than it being all about adults. The kids set out to learn why Cripple Creek is losing water, and end up being trapped in a mine! Will they be rescued? I should let you read it to find out but common sense is if there are other books the kids are probably safe and sound. No peril here, but the most important lessons to be learned in these books is that you have to trust in God. The book teaches how to cope with change, something we seem to know a lot about. Jem's cousin moves from back East, Jem's father gets a new job as Sheriff, these are all hard things for kids to deal with but with the help of God and Faith Jem learns to adapt.

     The book was hard for Taylor to put down, he could not wait to get to the end, and of course begged me to order the second book, I am doing that next week and it will be his first day of school gift. I am hoping the third book is out in time for his Birthday at the beginning of November otherwise it will be a stocking stuffer for sure at Christmas. Yes you heard me right, I am already thinking ahead to stockings and Christmas. It is closer than any of us want to admit. I hope he can wait that long because he talks about the book all the time, and has lent it to a friend, who needs to find a relationship with God, and Taylor is hoping this will help him to think about trusting God, in his times of need. I love that my kids get excited about things and then want to share them with others. Especially so when it is Christian in content. I think this a great ice breaker for kids to share the word of God with their friends.

   Adventure with a Bible twist, you bethcha and it really doesn't get better than that. I grab every opportunity I can to give my children Christian material to read, these books are perfect for parents like me that want their kids to have a love for reading but still long for adventure.  The cool thing is the learning has just begun, as this is just not a book. Susan K. Marlow is offering FREE downloads of study guides that go with each book. The study guides are 24-25 pages long and can be accessed by clicking here.   Study guides have been a hit much to my surprise in our homeschool this past year, and this was no exception. The guides are well thought out and very in depth.  Taylor's favorite part of the study guide was studying more about the tools that miners used. He even went further and researched some on the internet. I enjoy watching my children get ignited for a topic and this was a new avenue for Taylor as usually he migrates to the wars of History and to me I am happy to see him get excited for something other than War and Peril.

    If you are looking for Christian Fiction for your kids, both suitable for boys and girls that are packed with adventure and sprinkled with Faith then you should head over to Susan Marlow and Kregel Publications and order both of these books for your kids, if you order just one you will just end up going back to order the second one like me, so why not save on shipping and get them both now. Be sure to check back in November for book 3 as well. Be sure to click the link to learn more about both books that the crew reviewed.


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