Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Finding Peace in God's Love

It seems I always have 1000 things running through my head these days that I want to post about and yet I never do.  I come to the blog, I open a post and yet I shut my mouth so to speak.  Me at a loss of words!  Can you imagine? 

I try my best to avoid drama and it seems to be drawn to me like a bear to honey.  It finds me, searches me out no matter how much I try to hide from it.  I find that to be a huge reason behind my lack of inspiration in writing and sharing with others online lately.  I'm sick of being drawn into the midst of some small drama that turns huge for no reason and I surely do not want that monster to find my sweet little blog!!

But I feel the need to write, to share, to talk, to guide, to let God speak through me as much as I'm able and to share my thoughts with others.  Many of us feel that way, I know.  I read wise words from my lovely friends and those who inspire us every day.  I see God in these works and I want to see God in my work too.

Lately, I've been persuing my photography career thanks to my dear friends who have greatly encouraged me (you know who you are).  It's been time consuming and enjoyable all at the same time.  I see God in their shoves and God in my work.  Now I find myself wanting to see God in my words too.  Is he there?  Can I easily find him? 

I personally don't see it often enough.  I feel the weight of the Devil on my thoughts and I try to avoid him like the plague.  I feel depressed and discouraged, left abandoned and wanting for more from this life of mine.  God can overcome all of this, I know.  I have that faith in him.  That mustard seed of faith that I must always keep just to perservere and tredge ahead in my personal world. 

Tonite, I feel God calling me to do more.  I feel him saying Grow, Blossom and share my love with others.  Share your talents as I provide them, he says to me and so I am doing my best to do that both in my words and my photography.  I am finding peace in my thoughts, peace in my words.  Much needed peace that I don't want to forget and can't always find.  By seeking Him I can find them though.  And that is what I need to do more of.

I'm surely not alone in this need, to find peace and love and God all at once together.  And in God is where I will find the three.  Only in God.  I know this.  You know this.  It's what each of us seeks daily.  His guidance and His Love. 

There is so much more to do, to say, to be and yet His Love is enough.  More than enough ever it will be.

Goodnight all.

Dana <3

Monday, November 28, 2011

TOS Review: The Reading Game

The Reading Game is a fast action memory card game created by Kenneth Hodgkinson, the author of Wordly Wise.  A series of 6 books and 6 sets of cards work together to make reading fun and exciting.  Upon completing the entire series of books, the reader should have a reading vocabulary of 180 words.

Each book in The Reading Game tells a new story using only 30 new words.  Each of the 30 words is broken down into six sets of five words.  Each set of five words is taught by simply matching the words in a game.  Learning is proven by giving simple tests such as "The Cat is not sad".  A student may only  move on once proving they have mastered the provided list of words at that time. 

I played this game with my son, who is my struggling reader and found he did quite well with it.  He found matching the words and repeating them in the game a lot of fun.  He actually enjoyed the simple but fun readers provided along with the game.  It didn't take a long time to play the game during each session; no more than around 30 minutes a day.  His reading skills were strongly strengthen from playing The Reading Game.


The Reading Game is available through their website for $24.95.  For more reviews of The Reading Game, please visit the TOS Homeschool Review Crew blog


*Disclaimer: This review product was provided to me by The Reading Game and the TOS Homeschool Review Crew for free in exchange for my honest review of the product.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

FFH's One Silent Night and Giveaway!

FFH's One Silent Night is an absolutely beautiful cd filled with wonderful Christmas songs sure to get you in the Holiday Spirit.  Old favorites like Baby It's Cold Outside, Winter Wonderland, and Jingle Bell Rock await you on this cd along with a few new songs, or songs that I at least have never heard before!

I personally love this FFH's One Silent Night Christmas Album.  It is quickly becoming one of my own personal holiday favorites.  And as always, the kids love it too!! 

This album is available in FFH's webstore at http://ffh.net/store/one-silent-night/ for $12.99.  It will be one of your favorite purchases for this holiday season.

One lucky reader will win their own download of this wonderful Christmas album from Luv'N Lambert Life though!  Just enter below through Rafflecopter.  Be sure to click each entry for directions on how to enter properly!  And good luck to everyone. 

Have a very merry Christmas!!






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Revolution Worship Live Giveaway


“Revolution Worship…Live At Joy Church International” is really a wonderful worship cd.  A great contiplation of rock and soulful Christian songs that almost anyone would love.  And best of all it is LIVE worship to listen to right in your home. 

Included among the songs are prayers and thoughts that reach into the listeners soul to bring them closer to God.  “Revolution Worship…Live At Joy Church International” is a blessing to listen to.  My children and I have both enjoyed this cd greatly.  I love to watch them praise the Lord along with this beautifully made album.  This cd will definitely bring your family closer together in a very enjoyable way.

Guess what?!  You guys have a chance to win your very own copy of this wonderful cd, “Revolution Worship…Live At Joy Church International”!  Just enter through the Rafflecopter application below!  And Happy Thanksgiving to all of my beautiful and wonderful readers and friends!  God bless everyone of you!!!




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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

TOS Review: Time Timer


Time Timer was one of my favorite products to review.  Time Timer's main product was created over 20 years ago by Jan Rogers in an effort to meet the needs of her then 4 year old daughter.   Her daughter needed to "see" time's passage in order to understand it.  From this need, Time Timer was born.

This timer isn't like your normal everyday kitchen timer.  Time Timer shows the user how much time is left in red as it ticks down the time.  This allows the user to physically SEE how much time they have to continue working on their project or simply just to wait, whatever use you choose to use it for. 


For this review, I was given the new Time Timer App free of charge for use with my iPad and I must say I really love it!  I have looked for a similar app in the past for my own personal use at home that will allow me to countdown several timers at once in an effort to keep each of my children on different tasks.  Time Timer allows me the ability to do that. 


Each timer is completely customizable.  You can select from four colors for each timer: red, blue, green and yellow.  You can customize the hours, minutes and seconds for each timer.  You can turn on or off the time display and signal.  You can select and change the number of times each timer plays.  You can also change the sound for each timer to fun tones like Robot, Game Over, Explosion and even a Truck Horn.  You can set up to 19 different timers at once!

Simply put, this timer is a whole lot of FUN!!  I completely enjoy setting timers and my children love them too.  I set up different timers with a different sound each time for them to do chores, schoolwork and various other things.  They love hearing the sound go off at the end and it often gets some kind of laugh!  Time Timer actually helps make kids chores fun!  And honestly, Mom's housework is more fun because of them too.  I set my own timers throughout the day the same as the kids to keep myself on track. 

I completely recommend the Time Timer app to everyone, homeschooling or not.  It's absolutely wonderful!  You can read more reviews for Time Timer at the TOS Homeschool Review Crew Blog.  But trust me on this one, this is one app you will LOVE!

*Disclaimer - Time Timer and TOS Homeschool Review Crew gave me this app for free in exchange for my honest-to-goodness opinion to be shared in a blog post on my personal blog.  No money was exchanged for this product. 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

TOS Review: Read Naturally One Minute Reader


The One Minute Reader from Read Naturally is an at home reading program developed to help build reading skills for children who may be struggling with reading and concepts in school.  One Minute Reader offers the extra practice that is often needed to build strength and fluency in reading. Simple, yet efficient, the One Minute Reader program is a blessing to any child.

The One Minute Reader provides materials based upon the average reading levels of E- Early First Grade through 5 Mid-Fifth Grade level.  Each reader provides a series of short minute long stories, an audio CD, a red and blue double end pencil, and a one minute timer specially made for the Read Naturally program.

While using the One Minute Reader the student marks off words they do not recognize the first time through with the blue pencil giving them a cold score.  They then listen to the story and read along with the provided CD.  Next they read the story again on their own.  They take a quiz to see what they have learned from the story, testing comprehension.  After that they read the story to an adult of their choice.  And finally they go through and mark the reader with the red pencil to gather their hot score showing how much improvement has been made while reading.

We really love the concept of the One Minute Reader in our family, though my children didn't care a lot for the stories that were included.  However, this concept could be easily adapted to our own story books and probably will be in the future.  My children did enjoy having the questions to answer at the end of the stories, as well as the fun activities and stickers that were included for use with the program.  I also think had I been able to review a full set of the One Minute Reader instead of just a sample of this program we may have enjoyed it a lot more.  Still this particular program would make a great addition to those homeschoolers using a more formal type of curriculum, aiding in fluency and strengthening reading instruction.

You can purchase One Minute Reader through Read Naturally for $99.95 for the full bundle per grade level.  It is also available in a starter pack for $24.95 and per book for $12.95 each per grade level.  Extra timers, pencils and other accessories are also available through the website.

You can read more reviews of Read Naturally's One Minute Reader and their other program, Read Live, on the TOS Homeschool Review Crew blog


Friday, November 18, 2011

TOS Review: Math Mammoth


Math Mammoth was created by Maria Miller in an effort to provide a better, more efficient way to teach math to students in an affordable way.  Math Mammoth covers all the basics of math for grades K-8 in four series levels: Blue, Light Blue, Golden and Green.  Each series is styled differently to work with your personal math needs either as a full or supplemental curriculum. 


We reviewed the Light Blue Series for 2nd grade.  This series included a full curriculum for my daughter.  The basic math topics of addition and subtraction in single and double digit form, place value and much more.  My daughter LOVED this curriculum though we have only begun to touch the surface of this massive downloaded file.  The concepts are thoroughly, yet simply covered, giving plenty of practice in each topic covered.  This math program has been a wonderful addition to our homeschooling days.

Math Mammoth is extremely affordable for homeschooling families too.  The full curriculum for Grade 2 on a CD is $39 or $34 for the download.  The supportive package costs a low $8.95.  Other curriculums are priced similarly and well worth every penny.  Mrs. Miller also offers the Making It Real curriculum which concentrates on relating math to every day life and a bonus download of over 300 free sample worksheets are available FREE on her website for all to use!

To read more reviews of this wonderful Math curriculum please stop by the TOS Review Crew Blog!

*Disclaimer - this review product was provided for free by Math Mammoth and the TOS Homeschool Review Crew in exchange for my honest opinion and blog review of this particular item. 

 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Propeller Review: Game of Your Life

I literally just finished watching another great, great movie from Propeller.  Game of Your Life is a wonderful family movie that will soon be airing on NBC and will be one I know my son is absolutely going to LOVE.


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The storyline for this movie, as provided by Propeller to me:

"When industrious high school gamer Zach Taylor lands a prized scholarship to the prestigious Digital Institute of Game Design (DIGD), his future breaks wide open. The opportunity to study under gaming legend Marcus Bentton and alongside the country’s most creative minds will certainly propel him into a successful career as a video game designer. That is, if he can pass the infamous freshman project that eliminates more than half of the class within the first three months.
Paired with brilliant yet socially awkward teammates Phillip and Donald, the trio persuades Sara Ramirez – a determined and striking team leader with whom Zach has a history (and possibly a future) – to join their team. Working off-campus in the teched-out Lincoln Alley loft, the four set out to involve the entire campus in a quirky new social interactive game. But as the group becomes entrenched in the project, Zach learns that his father Billy, a widower, is facing growing financial woes at home. To help out, Zach accepts an opportunity to work directly with Marcus Bentton on a secretive side project that seems too good to be true. The effort requires nearly all of Zach’s time and energy, which he should be devoting to the project. Struggling to keep it together, Zach is torn between his responsibility to his team, his admiration for Bentton and a chance to help his father.
Everything comes to a breaking point when Zach’s team threatens to remove him from the group and the deceptive truth behind Bentton’s project comes to light. With the guidance of Professor Abbie Lambert, Zach must make a decision that not only affects his future, but the lives and livelihoods of the people around him as well. It’s a revealing story that recognizes the magnitude behind the choices we make and the importance loyalty plays in making good decisions."

Wow, what a movie!  The absolute GENIUS of the characters is amazing.  The hard, strong work ethic.  This is a movie that every teen should definitely see.  Zach works extremely hard to overcome his childhood loss and utilize his strengths, as well as attempting to save his family.  This movie was inspiring and intriguing from beginning to end. 

You can catch Game of Your Life on NBC Friday, December 2nd at 8/7c.  This is one movie you and your family will NOT want to miss!!

For more information visit Game of Your Life on NBC from Family Movie Night.  Become a fan at Family Movie Night on Facebook!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

TOS Review: Keyboard Town Pals




Keyboard Town Pals is one of our absolute favorite reviews. Both my 10 and 8 year olds loved the PALS Learn To Type program. The program doesn't take long to use but helps to greatly improve typing skills in a fun way.

Recommended for ages 6-12, Keyboard Town Pals Provides a wholesome, stress-free and self-motivated way to learn to type in just an hour at a time. No games, no tests just quick instruction through quick video instruction.

My two greatly enjoyed the simple, quick videos provided to excel in typing by Keyboard Town Pals. This is one review item we will be recommending and comtinuing to enjoy for a long time. You can find more reviews on the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Disclaimer - this review item was given free for use from Keyboard Town Pals and The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Lodge Winner!

The winner of the Christmas Lodge giveaway is

Entry #37
L Patel!

Congratulations L - I will be contacting you shortly to get your prize to you!

~ Dana

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

30 Days Living with Epilepsy Day 4


I'm a lot behind on this blog series.  I've been extremely busy.  All the kids were here over the weekend.  I went out of town after dropping Justain and the girls off at home on Saturday.  Sunday I had an unexpected photo shoot opportunity pop up out of no where.  Monday I sent my Mom to visit my brother for a week.  Today little KK came to visit while her parents' went to work for a few hours.  It has definitely been one thing after another and no time to blog.  But I'm going to attempt to jump back in and catch back up to where I should be starting with day 4 of Living With Epilepsy.

What types of seizures do you have?

My girls and I all have the same seizure types and we all have more than one type.  The main one we have is Generalized Tonic-Clonic convulsive seizures.  We also have Atypical Absence and Absence seizures where we appear to stare off into space an ignore the world but really we are seizing.  We have both simple partial, complex partial and myoclonic seizures. 

Yes, I know that's a LOT of seizure types.  Sometimes we have them combined, though I don't think we've ever had them all in one day.  We may have Absence with a Tonic-Clonic, or Simple Partials with Tonic-Clonic or Complex partials with Absence.  Unfortunately with Epilepsy we never know which seizure we'll get and we always hope for none or at the very least the simpliest and quickest seizure we can have. 

To learn more about seizure types visit the Types of Seizures page at Epilepsy.com.

Dana <3

TOS Review: The Person I Marry

Gary and Jan Bower from Bower Family Books provided the TOS Review Crew with a digital copy of their absolutely beautiful book, The Person I Marry.  From beginning to end, this book is gorgeously created.  The photos are breathtaking and completely original.  Even before a child can read, they will be able to enjoy the beauty of The Person I Marry.

The Bower's used their experiences in life and raising 12 kids to provide a book about the kind of marriage they wish for their children to have, the kind of marriage we all wish for our own children.  In The Person I Marry, the Bower's discuss what qualities to look for in a marital partner in language young children can understand, building a foundation for the future.  The images and thoughts provided by the Bower's in The Person I Marry are not soon to be forgotten.  This is one book all parent's should add into their library.

You can find The Person I Marry on Bower Books online at a low cost of $11.99 plus shipping.  This beautiful book is a full 32 pages of original artwork.  Don't forget to take a look around at their other equally beautiful and creative books!  Bower Books offers free shipping on orders over $30.  And don't forget to ask for your book to be autographed by the authors, a free service offered by the Bower's through checkout!





Disclaimer: This e-book was provided by Bower Books and The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew for free in exchange for my honest opinion in a written review of this book!  No money was exchanged only a free product download.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

TOS Review: Ooka Island Books

Ooka Island is an educational reading curriculum for today's technical empowered child.  Focusing on children in grades K-2nd, Ooka Island offers a fun environment for building reading skills up to a 2.0 level.  Fun characters and games capture a child's interest and has them reading without even realizing they are doing it. 


My children greatly enjoyed Ooka Island, journeying to different areas on the Island to learn in fun ways.  They loved the adorable characters and the bright colors of the game.  This game has greatly improved their reading skills in an enjoyable way. 

Ooka Island is available online through their website for differing prices ranging from $12.95 for one login to $129.95 for a family plan of 4 logins.  Right now they are offering an exclusive launch special of 30% using promo code LAUNCHSPECIAL30.  For more reviews of Ooka Island please visit the TOS Review Crew blog.


Disclaimer: Ooka Island was provided to me by the TOS Review Crew for free for a limited subscription to the website.

Friday, November 4, 2011

30 Days Living with Epilepsy Day 3


What tests were done to diagnose your Epilepsy?
For myself, I barely remember the tests.  I do recall going traveling 3 hours by car to MUSC in Charleston, SC weekly for several years in my childhood.  I recall having bloodwork done at least once monthly, often more.  I recall having EEG's done monthly too.  I also recall having x-ray and CT-Scans done to see what my brain was up to.  As a child it was a stressful time and now going through it all with my own girls, I see that it was just as stressful for my mother to go through too.

My oldest daughter's Epilepsy was diagnosed after two light seizures that she had at 3 months.  She was immediately sent to MUSC in Charleston too and immediately diagnosed with Epilepsy after her doctor reviewed her medical charts and my family history with this disorder.  She was given and EEG which showed a normal working brain, yet we know it wasn't because she was seizing for no reason.  She was not put through any other tests, except for bloodwork and she was placed on medication for the next four years of life.

My youngest daughter's Epilepsy was not so easily diagnosed.  She went through every test in the book: an EEG, EKG, MRI, CT-Scan, X-rays in the old fashioned turn of the century wooden torture like device, and blood work only to diagnose her with the very thing I told them in the first place: Familial Epilepsy.  Nowadays she only has to have occasional bloodwork and an EEG here or there. 

As you can tell, tests to diagnose this disorder varies with each case.  Some doctors prefer to be more thorough while others choose not to torture a small child when they pretty much know what is wrong.  Either way it's important to have a correct diagnoses and to treat each case to prevent seizure that could lead to serious damage for the person going through them. 

- Dana

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Christmas Lodge, Review and Giveaway!


When Propeller asked me to review Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Lodge, I was a little unsure. I mean Christmas movies are a dime a dozen. You can find them everywhere and some are great while other's are only ok. Christmas Lodge, however, is a cut above all the rest!

I chose to have the whole family sit down to watch and review this movie. Every one of us LOVED it, including Josh who is often harder to please movie-wise. Christmas Lodge will definitely be added into our DVD collection for permanent viewing.

As a bonus, a print of Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Lodge is included with each DVD.  The gorgeous artwork is a wonderful addition for any Thomas Kinkade collector or simply a sweet reminder of the beauty of life.  It was a wonderful surprise gift from the company.

This heartfelt movie is about a young woman on a quest to find her place in life. She's dating a guy who seems perfect but is not quite Mr. Right to her, though she cannot place why. Her beloved grandfather and best friend is in his last stages of life and she is in denial about his health, trying to hold on to his life as long as she can. Fate has her cross the path of an old friend and a lodge filled with family memories. She is reminded of the joys in life and takes on the task of restoring the Christmas Lodge for generations to come, all while finding her place among the past memories and love found at Christmas Lodge.

This amazing movie is not one you will soon forget. The heart-warming story reminds us what Christmas is truly about. Place it on your to watch list today!  Available for order now through Amazon and Walmart.

And now for your chance to WIN a free copy of Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Lodge DVD.  Enter by completing the following Rafflecopter requirements.  The giveaway starts today and will end on Friday November 11th at 12am.  A winner will be announced later that day.  Good luck to each of you!  This is one movie that is worth trying to win!





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30 Days Living With Epilepsy Day 2


30 Days of Living with Epilepsy Day 2

How is your Epilepsy medically treated?

For us, Epilepsy is an everyday part of life. I began my seizures at 3 months after a crib accident. My oldest daughter began her seizures at 3 months with no warning what-so-ever. My youngest daughter began her seizures at 4 months also with no warning.

For me, growing up with Epilepsy in the 80's, medicine and experiements were the only way to deal with medically treating this disorder. I was put on many types of medications as a small child, some still trials and others, like Phenobarbital, well known for treating this disorder.

Thankfully for my daughters, treatment of this disorder has somewhat changed though not much. Medicines have improved and more treatments are available than ever before. In the last 10 years, vast improvements in care have been made and a better understanding of the brain and how it works.

Both my daughters' Epilepsy has been controlled by medication. My oldest was on medication from 3 months until she was 4 1/2 years. My youngest began medication at 4 months and just began a new one in the last two weeks. She will remain on medication for a while as her seizures show no sign of ending. I'm simply thankful they are controlled at this time and pray they will continue to be controlled for her lifetime.

Everyone's treatment in this disorder is different. As I mentioned in my last post, there are many different catergories and types of Epilepsy, each requiring a different treatment and each having a different affect on the person who has the disorder. No two disorders are alike and neither are treatments. It's like rolling die, you never know exactly how it will turn out and all you can do is hope for the best.

- Dana

You can join in with Luv'N Lambert Life's 30 Days of Living with Epilepsy by sharing this button and linking up here! You can find the original questions at this blog post!





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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

30 Days Living With Epilepsy Day 1


Welcome to 30 Days of Living with Epilepsy! Please feel free to join in by linking up your blog, posting your response to each question every day and including our blog button in your post, linking back to us! Everyone is invited to join and remember that talking about Epilepsy helps to Spread Awareness! So get out there, talk and share!

- Dana





Day 1 - What is Epilepsy??

Epilepsy, as defined by Webster, states that it is a noun meaning: any of various disorders marked by abnormal electrical discharges in the brain and typically manifested by sudden brief episodes of altered or diminished consciousness, involuntary movements, or convulsions.

The problem with Epilepsy is that it is a vast disorder covering a wide range of little understood actions of the brain. It is often diagnosed through an EEG which provides a chart of various abnormal electrical discharges the brain puts off throughout a set time frame. There is often no explaination as to why these electrical discharges are abnormal nor why the body reacts to them with any of a number of types of seizures.

To learn more about Epilepsy, what it is and how it affects those you love and care about, please visit the Epilepsy Foundation at www.epilepsyfoundation.org.

Stay tuned for more of 30 Days of Living with Epilepsy from Luv'N Lambert Life!

- Dana

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TOS Review: Memoria Press

We were asked to review Classical Phonics and First Start Reading from Memoria Press.  Both of these products are for children on a Kindergarten through 2nd grade level who are just beginning reading.  They can be used together or seperately if you'd like but both are thorough in Phonics and Reading instruction.  The books themselves are beautifully presented from the front cover through the back cover.  The imagery is simple yet interesting and the lessons are perfect for any reader in this age group.


Classical Phonics was perfect both for my early reader and for my struggling reader.  This book is set up like an early american reader with instructions for each lesson at the bottom of the page.  There are two parts of the book and each part is divided into units, teaching assorted phonics lessons.  Each unit also provides a list of common words to use along with the lesson, building on phonics and spelling through rote method. 



We personally used Classical Phonics by simply handing the book over to my children and allowing them to read it alone.  They read the beginning sounds and words, then built upon the words through rhyming or letter matching skills they've already learned.  My second grader loved it as she is now into rhyming styled reading.  She practiced writing the new and already known words in a notebook, then began creating sentences with these words for her own stories and pictures.  She had a lot of fun with this book.


First Start Reading was the other book set Memoria provided us with for review.  This book set is wonderful.  The lessons are beautifully presented and simple yet challenging, building from one lesson into the next.  There are three books in the workbook set, along with the teacher's guide.  Each book covers reading skills, comprehension, phonics and writing skills.  The words build upon one another much like Classical Phonics



My children enjoyed the simple, yet fun style of this workbook.  It reviews both letters and words yet flows so that children aren't left waiting for a long time before creating words on their own.  The lessons also teach how to sound out words and letters to create more words, perfect for early reading skills.  I have to say this is probably one of our favorite workbooks we've used for school.  Memoria Press will be a company we will be looking into using for other lessons in the future.

You can find both Classical Phonics and First Start Reading through Memoria Press's website.  You can read more Memoria reviews on the TOS Crew blog too.  Stop by and check them out today!

Disclaimer: I was given this book set by Memoria Press through The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew for free in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.  No money was exchanged for this review.



30 Days - Living with Epilepsy


It's true - I had hoped to have this big blog series all ready to roll for November 1st but with all of last weekend's festivities I simply haven't been able to make that happen.  Life sometimes gets in the way of the simpliest of things.  So I will begin the series today and hopefully at some point I will have a button for it to share with all. (PSST - the button is up below!)

I'm sure at this point you are wondering what I'm talking about.  My plan to spread Awareness for Epilepsy in November is to blog about it.  I plan to write a blog post for every day of the month for the next 30 days, following a list I made last week which I will share with all of you in a few minutes.  Please feel free to jump in and join me.  Talking about our own personal experiences with Epilepsy is the best way to let others know what it's like.  Why hide in the shadows when we can walk safely into the light and live a somewhat normal life?!

For the entire month of November, I will do my best to answer or direct you to an answer for each of these questions:

30 Days of Living with Epilepsy

1. What is Epilepsy?

2. How is your Epilepsy treated medically?

3. What tests were done to diagnose your Epilepsy?

4. What types of seizures do you have?

5. What are your seizure triggers?

6. What does a seizure look like?

7. What medical interventions and medications have you tried in order to control your Epilepsy?

8. What type of people have Epilepsy?

9. What are your first aid tips for seizures?

10. How do I handle living with my seizures?

11. Why tell others about Epilepsy?

12. How do I tell others I have Epilepsy?

13. How do others around you deal with your Epilepsy?

14. How is your life different because of Epilepsy?

15. How does Epilepsy affect your behavior?

16. How do I cope with Living with Epilepsy?

17. How do I help my child deal with their Epilepsy?

18. How do I stay positive about life with Epilepsy?

19. How do I keep my home safe for life with Epilepsy?

20. How do I discuss my Epilepsy with my medical professional?

21. How does Epilepsy affect my education?

22. How does Epilepsy affect my employment?

23. Does Epilepsy prevent you from doing things you want to do, like driving?

24. Describe your day to day life with Epilepsy.

25. What’s one thing you want other’s to know about Life with Epilepsy?

26. What are your favorite Epilepsy websites?

27. How has Epilepsy treatment changed in your lifetime?

28. How do you advocate for Epilepsy?

29. What has been your worst experience while living with Epilepsy?

30. What changes would you like to see happen in the future in dealing with Epilepsy?

As I previously stated, each of you can feel free to create your own posts on this topic and come back here and share.  I simply ask that you credit Luv'N Lambert Life for the original idea.  Link to us using the 30 Days of Living with Epilepsy button below. Feel free to write from the perspective of being a parent, child or a person with Epilepsy, even a sister or brother with this disorder, however this it affects your life!  The important thing is that the more we talk, the more we share, the more people come to understand how this disorder works and affects us all!

So get out there and SHARE!  Spread the word for Epilepsy Awareness!!!  I look forward to reading everyone of your posts.

- Dana

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