Thursday, March 15, 2018

Aspiring Writer {My Thoughts}

She had wanted to be a author, a writer for her whole life. It was a secret aspiration for as long as she could remember. A deep desire she held inside.

She’d spent her life watching her brother and sister accomplish great things. Their dream careers came to life like it was nothing for them, while she held back, mostly out of fear.

She was afraid. She could admit that. She feared what others might say. She feared that her dreams would never come to life. She feared she would be a failure, if she ever even tried.

She’d spent years dreaming, hoping for something to push her forward to overcome her fears. One day she realized that something could only be herself. She was the dreamer after all. No one could make these dreams happen for her.

So she stepped out of her shy box and began. Her greatest adventures were yet to be written. Her dreams waited to come true.

And now we begin my journey…

Until next time...

©Dana C. Lambert-Hodge - 2018

The Gardener's Log Book {Blogging for Books Review}

Gardener's Log Book
A 5-Year Planner
by The New York Botanical Garden

I choose the Gardener's Log Book by the New York Botanical Garden because of my Mother's and my Husband's equal love of gardening.  I thought this would be the perfect planner for them to use to plan out their plants over time.  They both love it!

The book itself is small and able to be easily carried but not too small that you can't read it easily or write the necessary info inside easily.  It features a waterproof cover, with an elastic rope to hold the cover closed when not in use.  It was shipped with cardboard inside to help hold the book's shape and for now, we have left those in place.

The pages inside are awesome.  The pages are slightly thicker so when you're working on your garden and your hands are slightly grungy, you can easily grab a hold and make the marks or notes that you need to. 

Inside, there is room to write out the names of Plants you're interested in and mark when they grow best for your area.  The book is sectioned into seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  As mentioned above, it is a 5 year planner with plenty of room.  There are note pages and grids inside to use as needed. 

Both of the gardener's in our home were really impressed with this book and look forward to using it for their needs.  I'm probably going to need to order a second copy but for $16.99 the cost is not bad. If you love gardening as much as my family does, you'll want to add the Gardener's Log Book to your gardening supplies right away.

Tell Me About Easter {B&H/LifeWay Review}

Tell Me About Easter
B&H Kids

As a parent, I often find that though Easter is all about Jesus, and God, and their amazing love for us, sometimes Jesus' story gets lost behind that adorable bunny rabbit.  As a parent, I also know that bunny is not the center of the reason for Easter.  God's Love and His gift of His Son is.  I'm always, always looking for books to share with my children, that teach the truth of the Holiday instead of the story.

Tell Me About Easter is an adorable board book with felted pages that share's the story of God's Love for us.  The book isn't terribly long.  Just the right length for your toddler or young child.  Each and every page is loaded with felted, soft texture that you and your child will enjoy. 

This book builds up the story of Easter, beginning with Spring, speaking of the joys that Easter's anticipation brings to us.  It ends by sharing that Jesus died and he rose to show us God's amazing love.  It brings together all the joys and hope of Spring and of God's love as well.

Tell Me About Easter is a B&H Kids book.  It is available in bookstores and online for around $9.99.  The book itself is absolutely adorable and would make a great edition to any home library.


A Very Happy Easter Prayer {FrontGate Review}

A Very Happy Easter Prayer
Bonnie Rickner Jenson
Illustrated by Natalia Moore

As a Mom, I am always looking for great books to add to our home library.  I especially love books that are holiday themed.  I also love books that share God's love with my children.

A Very Happy Easter Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jenson is the perfect book for Easter.  The book itself is gorgeous.  The front cover is slightly textured which makes the book look beautiful with it's shimmer and sparkle.

Natalie Moore out does herself with the adorable, yet beautiful imagery on each page of this absolutely wonderful board book.  The pages are filled with daffodils, picnics underneath the big tree that's featured on the book's cover, tulips with bee hives and so many more lovely things to see.

The cover features a trio of rabbits but the book inside is filled with many great animals: bees, a fox, an owl, a duck, a moose, a bear and so many more.  This book is about God's wonderful world, so much more than just the rabbits.  You're child will love seeing the love these animals share as friends and through God's love as well.

The story itself shares thankfulness for Spring, for rain and gentle breezes. It shares thankfulness for bluebirds and dandelions and honey bees.  It shares thankfulness for fluffy bunnies, for adventures and for Jesus' birth and love.  It shares thankfulness for all the things that make Easter morning special.

This is a lovely book that would be a great addition to any family library.  A Very Happy Easter Prayer by Bonnie Rickner Jenson is from Tommy Nelson Publishers and is part of their A Time To Pray series. It sales for $8.99 in bookstores and online.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Math Meets The Real World {Crew Review}

Mathematics is my least favorite subject.  I have one child that excels at Math and another who, like me, just doesn't get it.  I am always looking for ways to make Math understandable and make relate to the real world for us, especially as homeschoolers.  For this review, we were given an online subscription to NatureGlo's eScience MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle.  

The MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle contains the following courses:
Math Connections with the Real World: 6 Week Online Class
MathArt In Ancient Cultures: 6 Week Online Class
MathArt in the Art & Sciences: 6 Week Online Class
MathArt - Patterns in Nature: 6 Week Online Class

Each of these courses are separately awesome and, of course, we could not complete them all in the time allotted for this review.  You can buy each of these courses separately for $149 a course or you can buy the entire bundle of all four courses for $199 a month for three months or a one time fee of $546.40, which gives a 10% discount for your purchase.

Gloria Brooks founded NatureGlo's eScience.  Her love of teaching brought her to sharing her courses online.  As a full-time RVer, Gloria travels often and shares her knowledge with students as much as she can.

This is a course that you can easily use as a family.  There are no limits on age or educational value.  Each course is different and well developed, with lapbooks, study guides, videos and more.  The courses are each broken down into several lessons.  Those lessons each have different activities to complete.  Games are also included.  Best of all, there are also fun craft activities to make learning real.

For this review, we worked on Math Connections with the Real World.  This course taught us the history of the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Numbers.  Can I be honest?  I briefly remember learning about these in school but I didn't remember much past the words themselves.  As I said in the beginning, Math is not my thing.

In Mathematics, the ratio is Golden if their ratio is the same as the ratio to their sum to the larger of the two quantities.  Fibonacci Numbers are an integer sequence that increases as you add the last two numbers in the sequence.  At least that's how I understood them.

None-the-less, my kids got it.  They learned a lot from this course and I'm glad.  It was awesome to see how Math relates to our world, to things we see everyday.  The videos discussed how everything has a pattern, everything in creation and without those patterns things in this world simply would not exist.  I look forward to learning more with the kids using the MathArt courses as we continue to learn.

MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle is for everyone.  You will greatly enjoy these classes.  We look forward to learning more.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

The Star Movie {FlyBy Promotions Review}

I am so very excited for this utterly adorable movie's release!  The STAR Movie tells the story of Jesus' birth from the animals point of view.  AFFIRM Films, along with Sony Pictures, have truly outdone themselves with this wonderful children's movie.

The STAR Movie was made available on DVD & Blu-Ray on February 20, 2018.  Digital release was a few days earlier on February 6, 2018.  It is definitely one movie you are not going to want to miss.

The voices behind the movie are some of the BEST:  Steven Yeun of "The Walking Dead", Aidy Bryant from "Saturday Night Live", Tracy Morgan of "30 Rock", Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey, just to name a few.  Songs by Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony and Kelsea Ballerini, among others.  This movie has brought together some of the greatest artists of our time.

The story, as I mentioned above, tells of the Birth of Christ from the point of view of the animals.   The main character is Bo the Donkey.  Bo is small, but brave.  He wishes for a life outside of where he's at: he wants to be special.  He finds his courage, breaks free and ends up on the adventure of a lifetime. 

On his journey, he meets the adorable and lovable sheep, Ruth, who has lost her flock.  He also meets Dave, a dove who aspires to be more.  Three wise-cracking camels also cross his path as he follows the Star and becomes the heroes of the greatest story that's ever been told!

The STAR Movie also includes an hour of wonderful bonus materials, including the "Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends".  I don't know about you but we LOVE sing-alongs at our house.  For us, this is one of the best bonuses to have.

There's also a dance along, a variety of lyric videos that will get your family singing out loud, crafts and baking ideas complete with "how-to" videos.  Go behind the scenes and meet the cast.  See who played who and how they made the magic happen.  

But honestly, the BEST bonus is the amazing Live Guided "Faith All Year Round" Bible Study from Devon Franklin.  This study is interactive.  Devon really makes learning about the Bible fun and helps bring the Spirit to Life for children.  You're going to love this addition to this already outstanding movie!

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The STAR Movie is rated PG and is approximately 86 minutes long.  It's available for purchase for around $17.99 online or in stores.  This is one movie you're going to LOVE!

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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Beginning March Update {March 2018}

March has come in quickly.  I can hardly believe it's already the 6th!  It was just February.

This month brings lots of reviews.  Things from the Crew and lots of other places.  Great books from great authors we love to read!

I spent last week gathering a menu for the month.  I haven't done one in quite a while.  32 days to get us through to next month.  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Snack since we are homeschoolers and we're home all day most days.

My biggest challenge is always feeding the picky eaters and keeping up with who eats what and how they prefer certain foods.  Laycie isn't a bread lover.  Jack doesn't like variety.  Win's least favorite is veggies.  Emma doesn't eat cabbage and has recently decided she's not a fan of toast.

This month provides some fun for our menu though.  We will eat mostly Irish meals the week of St. Patrick's Day.  We also have Easter on April 1st so I chose the plan to include that as well.  Lots of variety and fun new foods to try.

Last night, we had Pigs In A Blanket with brats instead of hot dogs.  We've cut out hot dogs a lot because of the processing of them and switched to sausage when we can.  They were good but not a favorite for us this time.

I'm still writing.  I'm also diving into our ancestry which is fun.  It's been awesome seeing who we're all related to and just how unique our family truly is.  The kids have enjoyed the lessons as well.  I hope so share more on this in the future.

I'm feeling better, health and energy wise.  I think it shows.  Healthier me will bring more time to work online as well as get out and do more.  I'm looking forward to taking photos again and sharing more of those here on our little blog.

Well, that is us, for now. 

Until next time...


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