We Choose Virtues New Website & Giveaway


We Choose Virtues has launched a brand new website, and has an awesome 20% discount code {FAMILY 20} for the Family Kit, which includes: familyKit_grande

You can see a post I wrote last year about using We Choose Virtues in our home.



I am excited to host a giveaway too! 

One of you will win a set of Parenting Cards {34.99 value!} teacher-virtue-cards-family_grande

Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!

Giveaway is open to US residents only and ends 1/24/13

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Maestro Classics CD Bundle Giveaway


The Maestro Classic CDs are wonderful mini-units that help introduce symphony and orchestra to younger students. Maestro Classics produces “Stories in Music” which are a classical music CD series for children ages 5 to 12, but can be enjoyed by everyone, yes…even us big people! Each CD comes with a booklet full of lesson activity ideas and games to play while listening, my kids personally love the cd insert. The CDs also include information on composers and historical facts when appropriate to the musical selections. The stories are engaging keep kids attention while at the same time introducing them to classical symphony and orchestra.

If you aren’t familiar with Maestro Classics, I recommend going to their website to learn more.  If you look for this graphic,down at the bottom of their site, you’ll find answers to common questions about the series!   image

One thing I love about Maestro Classics is their homeschool music curriculum guide.

We personally own Peter and the Wolf, and the Tortoise and the Hare and my kids love both!  IMG_9603

Maestro Classics would like to give one of you a four CD classical music set, called the "Classic Pack" which includes Peter & the WolfThe Story of Swan LakeThe Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and My Name is Handel: The Story of Handel’s Water Music.classic composer pack 4 set

To enter to win this $65 set, use the Rafflecopter form below.  If you don’t see the Rafflecopter form, and you are reading in email or RSS, be sure to click over to the blog itself to enter!

Giveaway is open worldwide {residents outside the US will receive mp3 downloads of albums}, ends Dec 27, 2012.

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Home Art Studio Giveaway


We have been using Home Art Studio for several months now.  We have both the 3rd grade DVD and the 1st grade DVD.  You can see all of our projects here, as I am blogging through each one! If I had to pick a favorite project, it would definitely be the rose windows, I loved them and so did the kids!

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We will be continuing to use this art program, it is working well for us. I am excited to be able to give one of you a DVD form the grade level of your choice, {keep reading}!

You can see more about the Home Art Studio program in this introduction video below, if the video isn’t displaying you can view it on Vimeo here.

Home Art Studio Introduction Video from Official Home Art Studio on Vimeo.

A few FAQ I have gotten over the past few months…

Would you recommend buying the supplies through Home Art Studio or shopping on your own?  What did you do?

I was given a supply box for review, so I didn’t purchase the supplies myself.  The box was awesome, and had everything we have needed so far.  Only one item wasn’t in there, the colored tissue paper for the rose windows, I had to use my own, but so far that’s been it.  I am not artsy at ALL so shopping for some of the items would have been a tad overwhelming for me.  I imagine if you take the list provided and use some coupons for a craft/art store, you could get your own, but I honestly have no clue what the cost difference would be.

What grade level do you have and how is it working for your kids?

We have used five lessons from grade 3 and one lesson from grade 1.  The grade 1 lessons look awesome, and for the most part even Ladybug can participate in many of them!  Pac {5th grade} loves art so he will too.  For the five 3rd grade lessons we have done, only one has been a tad overwhelming for Krash {1st grade}.  Overall we are VERY pleased with the Home Art Studio program!

Enter below to win a DVD from the grade level of your choice!

Giveaway is open for USA and Canada, and ends on Dec. 11, 2012. Winner will be announced here, on Facebook and via email and has 48 hours to reply!

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Need Discipline?

Years ago I was blessed to meet Crystal, from Money Saving Mom.  I have “known” her for years, long before she knew me, as I used to be an avid bargain shopper and visited her site almost daily!  At Relevant {now Allume, we will meet again this week, I leave tomorrow!} a few years ago we met and really enjoyed getting to know each other.  She is an amazing woman and God has truly done amazing things through her. 

Crystal’s latest project is wonderful, it is an eBook entitled 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life.


If you know Crystal, you know she is totally qualified to write a book like this, this chick can get things DONE.  She is inspiring and brings real life, practical tips to you in an easy to read eBook. 

Even better news, this amazing eBook, which I was honored to review, is on major sale for the first 3 days {Oct 23-25} in honor of the launch. 

You can buy it for just 99 cents

Kindle version here!

21 Days to a More Disciplined Life

Yup, you read that right, less than a dollar!  The regular price will be $4.99.

There is also a free calendar download for the first 3 days of the eBook launch! Info about how to get this is on Crystal’s site here!

More awesome news!  5 of you are going to win the eBook!  One simple and quick entry, for a chance to win instead of buy!  This giveaway closes at midnight tonight {EST}, I will email the 5 winners and post their names here on the blog {in the Rafflecopter widget} in case you’d like to take advantage of the .99 deal before it ends and you don’t win!

Don’t see the Rafflecopter widget?  Be sure you are reading on the actual blog and not in a blog reader or email.

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You Can Do It To!

You Can Do It Too - 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories

I am honored to share this eBook with you, and hope it is a huge encouragement to those of you who sit right where I sat years ago.  I was overwhelmed with the idea of homeschooling, confused, and just wanted to find real people, like me, who were doing it.  I had a couple of in real life friends, and I longed for more, so I turned to the internet.  I wish a book like this would have been available to me back then I would have purchased it in a heartbeat and soaked in every word.

I am honored to be a part of this project and hope my words and the words of 25 other homeschoolers {there is one bonus interview}.  Homeschoolers like Stephanie from Keeper of the Home, Toni from The Happy Housewife, Mandi from Life Your Way, and Tabitha from Meet Penny. The eBook is over 250 pages of encouragement and honesty from real life homeschoolers.

A few of the questions I answered in my section {many others answered these same questions}…

  • How and why did you decide to start home schooling?
  • Have you thought about quitting before?
  • How has the home school schedule affected/benefited your family life?
  • Are you worried about socialization?
  • What are your concerns with home schooling now? Are they different than when you started?

You can purchase your copy in Kindle format here on Amazon, or in PDF format here on the YCDIT website.You Can Do it To Homeschooling eBook

I am giving away 3 copies of You Can Do It To here on my blog!  You can enter using Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway is open to anyone, a code making the eBook checkout free will be emailed to you if you are one of the winners!  Giveaway closes 10/2/12.

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