Type-B Homeschool Planner Giveaway

The Type-B Homeschool Planner

{disclosure ~ I was given a copy of the Type-B Planner free of charge to review and my affiliate link is used in this post}

My long time friend, Sarah Mae, author of Desperate, has a brand new homeschool planner specifically designed for the Type-B Mommas out there. I am more of a Type-A momma but I know not all of my readers are, and honestly this planner is good for all mommas. When I opened up my PDF copy I was surprised to see that it wasn’t just a bunch of well organized planning pages, but it was a guide. The first 40 pages read like a book, a very encouraging book. It is a 14 day journey, broken into easily digestible bites to get the planning underway.  It is the type of reading you will be doing with highlighter in hand.  It is a heart journey as well as a practical one.  After the 14 day journey, you find TONS of planning pages to guide you.

Sarah Mae shares more of her heart behind this planner here on her blog.

Here’s a peek inside…

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The Type-B Homeschool Planner comes in either a PDF version for $9.99 or a spiral bound version for $24.99. You can see more details here on here. There are sample pages you can download also.  Be sure to download the Day One ~ Vision, to get a feel for what the 14 day journey is like.

Two of you are going to win your own copy of this awesome planner!  You can choose either PDF or Spiral Bound {USA only}.

Enter using Rafflecopter below {come to the blog if reading in email or RSS}. 

Giveaway is open worldwide for PDF version, and US Only for Spiral Bound version.  Giveaway ends 8/20/14.

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Friends and Heroes Discount and Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Discount and CD Giveaway

{disclaimer ~ Friends and Heroes is a blog sponsor and affiliate links are used}

If you’ve been a blog reader here for awhile, you know that we love Friends and Heroes DVDs!  We used them for our Bible focus last year and own all of the DVDs!  We were given the first 2 episodes for review and ended up buying the rest. All three of my kids {5, 8, 12} love these DVDs, and I do too!

I am excited to share their summer promotion with you, so you can save on these fabulous resources. 

Hurry, these discounts are only valid through August 15, 2014

· 20% off all Friends and Heroes Homeschool Curriculum

· 10% off all other Friends and Heroes resources with curriculum

· 10% off all Friends and Heroes Home and Family DVD Collections

 

New Friends and Heroes Music!

We were sent their new CD, What About Love, to review and have a copy to give away to one of you! The people who brought you Friends and Heroes DVDs now bring you fantastic Bible songs for the whole family! Inspired by Friends and Heroes Series 1, these songs will have you singing along to Biblical truths, helping your children to remember stories that will change their lives!

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For information about the music CD, and to see a music video and more, visit their site here.  I love the CD, music is such a great tie in to the Biblical truths my kids learn through the awesome DVDs.  There is an insert included with the CD containing the lyrics, which I love.  Examining lyrics together is a favorite of mine and these are fabulous lyrics to dig into!  You can see the lyrics if you sign up for a Friends and Heroes account {it’s free}.

One of you is going to win this great new Friends and Heroes CD!

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littleBLAST ~ Review and Giveaway

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{disclaimer ~ we received our BLAST free for this review and littleBLAST is a blog sponsor}

We are excited to share something new with you, littleBLAST!

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littleBLAST offers monthly themed science BLASTs for little scientists! These are created for your preschool aged child or can supplement early education (suggested ages 3-7).  I have a 5 year old and an 8 year old and they both enjoyed our projects immensely!

We were sent the Air Pressure BLAST to review and it came neatly in a package with EVERYTHING we needed.  This is a huge bonus for me, as I am not a science-y person and don’t like gathering tiny materials. The all-in-one feature was very appealing to me.

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Each activity in the BLAST includes all the materials needed to complete 3-4 experiments. This includes instruction guides for the adult, all supplies, an adventure map, super achievement badge chart, and badge.  Read more about the BLASTs here.

Ours had what you see below, which was basically all resources for 3 experiments revolving around the theme of Air Pressure.  When I say it was all included, I mean ALL.  I didn’t need to go hunting for a thing.

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Here’s a detailed shot of all included for the first experiment, Air Cannon.

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The guides are very simple and easy to follow step by step.  We were able to clear a table and jump right in quickly.  The kids were blowing the pom pom across the table in no time!

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See the holes in the bottom for the experiment?  They were pre cut like that which made me oh-SO-happy!

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There’s even a recording sheet included to keep track of our results.

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We also completed the Rocket Balloon experiment and this too was a big hit with both kids. Everything we needed was included as you can see, even tiny pieces of tape.

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Ladybug was my coloring and cutting helper to get the rocket ready.

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This one was more hands on for me so I wasn’t able to take as many action shots.

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The only thing not included for this one was our chairs!  We tied the rocket balloon between two of our dining room chairs.

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After the experiment was complete, she continued to experiment and play on her own with the rocket.  It was really fun.

We have one experiment left to complete, which is entitled Barometer.  We will complete this one soon, once we officially begin school!

 

Overall Thoughts…

I absolutely love the idea of littleBLAST and it is perfect for moms like me who dislike gathering all of the materials.  They also have a digital download option for those of you who don’t mind gathering materials but just want the instructions for the experiments.  You can save money and use your own stuff, or spend more and get the all in one kit sent straight to you!  I love that there are choices.

My kids loved the experiments but honestly I think they loved the attention the most.  They loved that we had something special to do together.  They know I don’t like science much {sadly} and were thrilled to know this was a box of “experiments.”  Ladybug calls them “experiences” and I think that sums it up for me.  It is about the experience of doing this together, it’s special.

I do recommend littleBLAST and think it would be a great fit for many families. You can see all of the purchasing options here. You can purchase a monthly subscription or buy individual BLASTS {digital or the all in one box}.  They are adding new BLASTs and currently have the following available…

  • Air Pressure
  • Float-Sink
  • Ice
  • Construction
  • Bubbles
  • Magnet
  • Lubricant
  • Seed
  • Ramp

GIVEAWAY!

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Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends 8/8/14.

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Blue Manor Education Preschool and Kindergarten eBook Giveaway

Blue Manor Preschool and Kindergarten eBook Giveaway

We are excited to have Blue Manor Education as a blog sponsor and reviewed their eBook curriculum here.  We have another giveaway for you, this time for both the Preschool and Kindergarten eBook set!

Here’s more about Blue Manor Education, straight from Janine, the creator!

Blue Manor Education creates learning eBooks for Kids ages 1-12 and early learning curriculum – new eBooks are added every month! They inform and inspire parents and homeschoolers through their sites Blue Manor & True Aim.

As a parent on the hunt for the best Christian Preschool curriculum, I am sure you know just how crucial the first five years of your child’s development are and that those first five years will have a far greater impact, for good or bad, than any other stage of development.

At this time, our accelerated preschool curriculum is your best friend. We have compiled everything that your preschooler needs to know into one comprehensive eBook set. Next, we spent over a year testing and adjusting our program, as we discovered new and improved ways to present the material. We have a finished product that you will find is highly accelerated, yet easy to teach and easy to learn.

So, if you plan to give your child a tremendous head-start and you can spare 15 minutes a day, then Blue Manor’s Christian Preschool Curriculum is the perfect solution. Our preschool curriculum is designed to help ambitious parents like you, give your child an elite physical, intellectual, and spiritual foundation – a foundation that lasts a lifetime. Parents love our preschool curriculum because it requires no lesson plans and no teaching experience, while producing outstanding results. Start with LEVEL ONE today, and you will be amazed by the ripple effects!

Join our Free eBook Club for Kids! Your children will love our original easy to read stories! Each month you’ll receive an offer code for one of our children’s eBooks for free! To see a sample, download our Free Book of Virtues Now.

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Giveaway & Discount Code!

Blue Manor is offering my readers a 30% discount! 

Use code 1plusE30 for 30% off! This code expires on July 31, 2014.

AND…

We’re giving 1 Preschool Curriculum eBook Set & 1 Kindergarten Curriculum eBook Set. This is a $79.98 value! Enter below using Rafflecopter!

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If you are reading in RSS or email, be sure to come to the actual blog to enter! Giveaway is open worldwide and ends July 23, 2014.

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Fort Magic Review and Giveaway

Fort Magic Review and Giveaway

{Disclaimer ~ we were given the Fort Magic kit free of charge for our review.  Fort Magic is also a blog sponsor.}

When the Fort Magic box was opened for the first time there were many ooohs and ahhhhs!

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We unpacked it all together, as the kids anxiously awaited the moment they could get busy building!

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It wasn’t long and they were hard at work, each building their own fort.

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This was only the first 30 minutes!

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The kit does not come with covers, but that’s fine, we used flat sheets for ours!

Fort Magic is a unique fort building kit, which includes all you see below…

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Every Fort Magic kit includes 382 Pieces:

  • 165 Straight and Curved Sticks in seven different sizes!
  • 87 Connector pieces in five varieties of shapes and sizes!
  • 130 easy to use fabric and accessory Clips! Securely fasten sheets or fabric to ANY shape design your child invents!
  • A full color Instruction Manual with over 20 designs to build!
  • A high quality Storage Bag that securely holds all of the Fort Magic pieces – so clean up is quick and easy every time!
  • A 30-day Money Back Guarantee!
  • Full Manufacturer’s Warranty on all parts!
  • Fabric Covers are not included.
    There are many ideas for building included in the kit …
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It isn’t just forts my kids are building, they also built a “telephone” that went all through the house.  Here’s Ladybug in the living room…

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She’s talking to Krash who is up the stairs in another part of the house!

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Here’s a couple of the forts they have built using their own imaginations {not the guided models}…

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This one Krash made alone, it has a little hallway entryway {the pink part} that turns to go into the main part. Inside he had a whole room set up and hung out in there for hours.

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They also chose one of the designs from the included guide to build,  the castle.

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We worked on some character development during this process.  It isn’t always easy for two boys to both be the boss. This kit builds forts and character, all at the same time!

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They LOVED it!  They set up house in it and have played for days.  I even overheard them talking about how much better this design was than their original designs.  They loved how big it was to fit them all and their stuff, even strings of lights and a glow light build they have strung from the ceiling!  As you can see, both K and L can stand in it.

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Overall we are very pleased with Fort Magic.  I expected it to be a bit flimsy and was blown away with how sturdy it is once built. The only downside {according to my kids} is cleaning up the forts. My kids built a new fort a day for about 2 weeks straight and then they stopped for a bit.  When I asked them why they stopped, clean up was the answer.  It takes awhile! Cleaning up is a good character quality to instill, so this complaint from my kids is not a complaint from me! The kit comes with a nice bag to hold all of the pieces so it doesn’t take up much storage room when taken apart. 

You can see more reviews and photos from other families here!

You can purchase Fort Magic for $199 from their website here, or from Amazon.

We are giving away a complete Fort Magic kit valued at $199!  Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open to US and Canada and ends 6/25/14. Be sure to click over to the blog if reading in RSS or email.

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