Thursday Things

I guess it has been a while since I have done a Thursday Things! I think I was waiting for fall to really arrive, y’know, with the weather and all. Alas, I think we will be waiting a while.

So, I will just go ahead and do my Thursday Things now, and who knows, maybe it will help hurry fall along. I don’t know why it would, but I am thinking good thoughts. 😉

If you are new around these parts, Thursday Things is just where I mention five things that I liked about my week. It could be products, experiences, songs, whatever! I love looking back on them, and it is always nice to think of the good things that happen in a week.

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First is this Whamisa by Glow Recipe Green Tea Serum Toner that I picked up at Target. Now, I have never been much of a toner gal, just because my bedtime routine is already so long, even longer now that I have braces…so it was just one.more.step that I had to do. I figured I would go ahead and try this one and I love it. Very mild which is great for my sensitive skin. I love how it feels after, and then adding moisturizer is the icing on the cake.

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Next is Lafe’s Active deodorant. I know I posted about a deodorant last time that I loved, but it all of a sudden gave me a rash. Of course it has to be the coconut because that’s the only thing I have gotten a rash from before with other products. I am trying to find more natural deodorants without aluminum and such, and while I like the smell of this one, it doesn’t work the greatest without reapplying it. But for now, it’s one of the only options that I have found that is natural without coconut. Please let me know if you know of other options for me!

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These OhYeah! ONE Peanut Butter Pie protein bars are sooo tasty! I thought that they might have stopped selling them at one point because I couldn’t find them anymore. I was looking for the old OhYeah! packaging.. I had no idea they had switched until I happened to look closer at the wrapper one day. Yay!! They also have other flavors, and I have a couple here to try, but if I have the peanut butter pie ones around, I will have to eat those first. 😉

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I love my Waterpik Water Flosser! When I first got my braces my teeth were sore for sooo long, there was no way I was going to be able to floss properly. It also seemed like my teeth were moving closer together! Eek.. So I am glad that I picked up one of these guys. You can set the pressure to whatever you want, I started on the low side and moved up higher gradually. I recently had my six month cleaning and they said I was doing a good job with my teeth, so I feel good about that too!

I’ll Name The Dogs by Blake Shelton is such a country song, but I am loving it, lol. It’s a Jeffy song. If you know him, you will agree. It’s catchy and I love me a catchy song…

So, that’s my Thursday Things this week! Let me know what you liked about your week!

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What I read in September

So, I passed my Goodread’s challenge goal this month!! That’s crazy! I never know what to set my goal number to and now it has me wondering about next years! I love the school year because we read so many books that I never read in school that it seems like everyone else did. It’s a good thing! Anyway, here is what I read in September!

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Orleans by Sherri L. Smith – First came the storms.Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct…but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans.  In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.
Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

What I thought – Wow, I was reading this book during all of the hurricanes that were happening and it was just a little creepy… But I totally enjoyed this book! I could see it being made a movie as long as it wasn’t done too cheesy. I mean, it would need a bit more umph, but yeah. I didn’t see the ending coming right away.. It was a pretty good story!

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The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill – At one time Corrie ten Boom would have laughed at the idea that there would ever be a story to tell. For the first fifty years of her life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. She was an old-maid watchmaker living contentedly with her spinster sister and their elderly father in the tiny Dutch house over their shop. Their uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. However, with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, a story did ensue.

Corrie ten Boom and her family became leaders in the Dutch Underground, hiding Jewish people in their home in a specially built room and aiding their escape from the Nazis. For their help, all but Corrie found death in a concentration camp. The Hiding Place is their story.

What I thought – I thought this was fantastic! My friends had all talked about it here and there and I had never read it. What an insight into such a horrible time. I have been enjoying reading true historical books like these lately…

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

What I thought – Again, another book that all my friends have read ages ago that I finally got a chance to read. So glad I did, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I totally thought the main character sounded like Jeffy, lol.

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Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis – In this timeless tale of two mortal princesses- one beautiful and one unattractive- C.S. Lewis reworks the classical myth of Cupid and Psyche into an enduring piece of contemporary fiction. This is the story of Orual, Psyche’s embittered and ugly older sister, who posessively and harmfully loves Psyche. Much to Orual’s frustration, Psyche is loved by Cupid, the god of love himself, setting the troubled Orual on a path of moral development.

Set against the backdrop of Glome, a barbaric, pre-Christian world, the struggles between sacred and profane love are illuminated as Orual learns that we cannot understand the intent of the gods “till we have faces” and sincerity in our souls and selves.

What I thought – Eh…it was ok. It was a good story but after a while it just got frustrating and repetitive.

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Animal Farm by George Orwell – A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned –a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible.
When Animal Farm was first published, Stalinist Russia was seen as its target. Today it is devastatingly clear that wherever and whenever freedom is attacked, under whatever banner, the cutting clarity and savage comedy of George Orwell’s masterpiece have a meaning and message still ferociously fresh.

What I thought – How have I not read this one until now, right? Well, there are a slew of books that I haven’t read… :sigh: But this one was just eh for me too. I liked it, but just… :shrug:

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The October List by Jeffery Deaver – Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter.
At last, the door opens.
But it’s not the negotiators. It’s not the FBI.
It’s the kidnapper.
And he has a gun.
How did it come to this?
Two days ago, Gabriela’s life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She’s given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the “October List” within 30 hours, or she’ll never see her child again.
A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.

What I thought- This book was so hard to get used to as it was written backwards. Some of the things I figured out ahead of time, but I still don’t understand what exactly happened at the end…or is it the beginning, lol.

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The Map that Leads to You by JP Monninger – A romantic, vivid novel that takes place in the tender time of a young woman’s life: Heather has graduated from college and is traveling around Europe with her two best friends. She’s left school responsibility behind and adult responsibility is looming, but this is her one, one last summer to be free. Heather doesn’t expect to even meet Jack, let alone fall in love with him. Jack is an enigmatic Vermonter a few years older than she is, who is following his grandfather’s journal to various cities around Europe. But in the same way that forces are bringing Jack and Heather together, life and duty are pushing them apart. And Jack has a secret that is going to change absolutely everything.

What I thought – It seems like a story somewhat told before but I really enjoyed the way it was done. All of the places they traveled to..the way it was written really made you feel like you were there. I could see this being a movie too in a way. I liked it!

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Bridge to the Sun by Gwen Terasaki – Bridge to the Sun is a beautiful, tender, and moving love story — the true report of an international and interracial marriage of a an American girl from the mountains of Tennessee and a Japanese diplomat. They were married in 1931, just as tension between their two countries was mounting, and their constant dream was of a “rainbow across the Pacific,” a bridge of peace between Japan and the United States.

In the following ten years, Mr. Terasaki’s service with the Japanese Foreign Office took them to Japan, China (where their daughter Mariko was born), Cuba, and Washington, where they were living at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. As head of Japanese intelligence in the Western Hemisphere, Terasaki took enormous personal risks to avert war between the two countries. Mrs. Terasaki describes with rare perception and fine humor her months of internment with the Japanese diplomatic corps at Hot Springs and White Sulphur Springs, the long voyage back to Japan via Africa on the famed exchange ship Gripsholm, and the struggle of the war years in Japan which were marked by illness and near starvation. After the surrender, Mr. Terasaki, a courageous and brilliant man who had risked everything to avert the war, was appointed liaison between the Emperor and General MacArthur, and in this capacity, he made a lasting contribution to post-war relations between the two countries.

What I thought – This is another true story during a war.. I thought it was fascinating too, I loved reading how this family dealt with this particular war. This version that I had was filled with mistakes, so that made it a little more difficult to read, but otherwise it was really good…

 

That is what I read in September! Let me know if you have any book recommendations! I am always looking for some, even if it is a year down the road that I get to them, lol.

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Captain Bayley’s Heir {Review}

With the end of our school year only about a month away, I thought it good timing to do one of our favorite things! We listened to Captain Bayley’s Heir, the latest audio story from Heirloom Audio Productions. We have listened to quite a few of these so far and they just keep getting better and better!

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This story had us right from the beginning. It starts out in England where you are introduced to most of the characters of the story. Each chapter develops some of the characters more and more. And just when you are getting comfortable with everyone and how the story is going, bam, something happens to throw it all up in the air.

Frank, the main character, has decided to flee England to clear his name as best he can from something that had happened. He goes to America where a whole different story starts taking place. This is where the adventure really picks up. Fighting, drama, injuries…it’s like your typical old western movie. Which is basically right where they are, right in the middle of the Gold Rush!

The story follows him through his travels when he first lands in America and ends up in California and then what happens there. He meets some great people, one of which helps him understand what grace is…

But meanwhile, there is another story going on in England! Harry, one of the characters you first meet at the beginning, is involved in what is going on over there. It is almost like another adventure!

It is interesting how the two stories are happening at the same time and are completely different, but they tie in together nicely. It is hard not going into more detail as you can only say so much without giving something away.
Captain Bayley's Heir Read AlongSince we were introduced to the Live the Adventure Club website, we have been addicted to listening to the audio adventure along with the read along script! Well, Lauren and I do the read along, and the boys just listen. Which makes sense since her and I are the readers of the family.
Captain Bayley's Heir Script

Here’s an example of the read along. I like that it gives you the location of where they are, what they are doing, the feeling, and any other information. A bonus is that it gives you a little more on the characters in the story so that you can get more of an idea of what they look like and who they are.

As the audio part of the story goes, the word that is being said is highlighted with yellow so that it is easy to follow along. The script also scrolls as it goes as well. It’s done wonderfully!
Captain Bayley's Heir definitionsThe study guide is still a long time favorite. You are able to download a pdf of the study guide, but I am really enjoying the look of it with the Live the Adventure Club website. After you listen to the chapter you can click right on the same screen for a quiz of that chapter and then after that are some deeper questions. At the bottom are some vocabulary words. For the words you don’t know, you can hover over that word and the definition pops up right there!
Captain Bayley's Heir MoneyIt is still great to have the pdf though as it is great to keep it on the computer to get some extra information. It lists resources and other things for that time period. One thing I thought was great on the study guide was this little snippet. Being in America, it is hard sometimes to know the equivalent of the money they are talking about. Of course we always have a giggle when we are reading something about payment with guineas, since we have guinea fowl and can only imagine paying with those!
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This was also fascinating to us..paying $20 for a single egg! We tend to donate a lot of our eggs, so we can’t imagine selling them for $20 each!

There is a lot to learn on these audio cd’s, especially with the study guide. And it is done in a way that you don’t even feel like you are learning! I think this story is my favorite so far, just the characters and the story line really drew me in especially this time. I think it is the most modern one that we have listened to as well, maybe that is it.

We have listened to The Dragon and the Raven, Beric the Briton, The Cat of Bubastes, and most recently besides this one is In the Reign of Terror. You can read my reviews of each of them if you’d like!

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Lauren’s friend the tree frog

I have to share what happened to Lauren..

Jeffy was hanging her pod from the tree outside and told Lauren to get in. Right before she got in he asked her why there was a frog on her leg.

Sure enough, there it was on her calf! She picked it up and it just loved sitting on her fingers..

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She then went to go and put it on the tree near us and it just did NOT want to leave her hand. It did everything it could to stay there.

Next thing we knew it jumped and landed on her nose. It was the funniest thing… She just went and peeled it off and we were all laughing like crazy.

I wish I had gotten a picture of THAT…but at least I still got a picture of it in the end..

Good times… 😀

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Hero Nutritionals Vitamins

You guys know that almost everything I take for vitamins are in gummy form. I take a multi-vitamin, hair skin and nails, fiber, I mean, it just goes on… I have to be careful what brands I get because some of them have some icky ingredients! Have you looked at the ingredient lists lately on some of those? Hmm.
Hero Nutritionals logoI was recently sent some gummy vitamins from Hero Nutritionals and I am hooked! I received this product for free from Moms Meet to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided. But I will mention that I am always honest in what I talk about on here!

Until I got these I had no idea that this company were the first ones to bring gummy vitamins on the market! That’s awesome. They have continued to be the first with new gummy products as you can see from their timeline.

One thing that I always look at when I get anything gummy is what the gummy is made with. Because nobody wants anything made with gelatin….ick! Do you know how gelatin is made? All of these are made with pectin. Hooray!
Hero Nutritionals multi-vitamin childrenLet’s start with the children’s multi-vitamin shall we? We have been known to get some regular gummy bears at Sprout’s…you know the ones…sooo good.. They have plain and the sour ones. These kid vitamin’s from their Yummi Bears Organics line are just like the sour gummy bears from Sprouts. The flavors are strawberry, orange, and pineapple. It wasn’t just Jeffy and I having them… The boys liked them and hey, they were eating vitamins!
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We also tried out the Slice of Life Organics Energy + B12 gummies. I had these for a few days, commented on how they were to Jeffy and he commandeered them for the rest of the time. Finished the whole bottle. Not in one sitting of course, but over the course of a few weeks, lol. It sure seemed like a great time to take them was around 2-3 pm during the afternoon little slump. Especially when we stayed up too late the night before watching too much Netflix, lol. These don’t have the yummy sour like taste like the kids vitamins do, but they are still yummy. They are just one berry flavor and are very easy to eat.

They also sent some takeaway samples of a couple other things..

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First we tried the Slice of Life Organics Complete Multi+ gummy. These pretty much tasted like the energy ones above. Had the same shape and everything. One thing I noticed, I have a gene that reduces my ability to process folic acid, but I noticed that their folic acid is made from lemon extract, I wonder if that changes anything! I will have to research that!

The Yummi Bears Organics Vitamin C come in an orange flavor and you can see the yummy sour things on the outside…hehehe. These are always good to take when the kids are going to be somewhere that might have sick people. Or just in crowds…or just every day! Because germs!

Now that we have tried these four different gummy vitamins, I am definitely going to check out some of the other things they offer. I saw a Yummi Bears Organics Vitamin D3 that I want to get for sure, because I don’t think any of us spend enough time outside!

I also saw a Slice of Life® Omega 3 with Chia Seed rather than fish oil! Yes!! You don’t know how often Jeffy accidentally got a regular Omega 3 vitamin that had the fish burp problem. :gag: These would be so much better! I add chia seed to my protein shake every morning, so it would be a great thing to add to my vitamins later in the day…
One thing that I noticed while I was on their website was this picky eater section… Having family members with sensory issues, I always take a gander whenever I see something that mentions picky eating. Even though it isn’t pickiness that my kids suffer from, sometimes there is something interesting there anyway. But you can put in your email address and you can get picky eater approved recipes to download! There are some great recipes with some beautiful photos! And for me, that makes all the difference. 🙂 I love me some great food photography!

I do wish that Hero Nutritionals had a hair, skin, and nail formula as well as a formula just for women, or even men, but hey, maybe those will be next to arrive! I will definitely be keeping an eye out just in case! If you are a gummy vitamin connoisseur, you will definitely want to check out this company!

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Let’s Go Geography {Review}

One of my children has had a hard time with…not necessarily learning geography, but maybe remembering geography. I have tried quite a few things and nothing has really made it stick. We recently tried out a new homeschool geography curriculum from Let’s Go Geography and I think it will definitely be helping her!

Let's Go Geography

Now, this curriculum is geared towards K-4th grades, but as I was looking over it, I thought it would be perfect for the way that she learned best. It incorporates various ways of learning throughout each lesson!

Lets Go Geography schedule

Each year is broken down into almost 30 different countries. You can see the order of how it is listed. You don’t have to go in the order listed either! It is very easy to jump around, which is nice in case you are studying a certain country for another school subject or something!

Since it was an easier curriculum for Lauren, we did quite a few pretty fast. Depending on if you do all of the projects or just some, you may take a week per lesson, or more or less! I love that you can work it to how it best suits you!

Lets Go Geography Contents

As you log into whatever lesson you are going to work on, there will be a table of contents. The chapters are going to be pretty similar to what you see above. This happens to be for Columbia.
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There is always a map at the beginning. The first two lessons are part of the US, so you could use the same map if you wanted. They provide links to print one out with each lesson. This one is the one that came with the Columbia lesson. They said to color in Columbia and then make the Andes Mountains. You can almost see the upside down v’s on the paper.

When you work on the flag it talks a little bit about it and then you are able to color the flag. There is a space too that you can cut out the flag and keep it with other flags from similar areas. There is a paper that you can print out and attach the flags to, or also available is a printable passport that you could put the flags in!

We loved the music section! I never thought to do music before when we did geography! The more you can do with each country, the more they will remember, in my opinion, I know it works for me!

The Let’s Explore section is filled with videos and information! This is where a lot of the ‘work’ is done. You can take video tours of the country, learn about various different parts of the country with neat facts, and just see how people live. They provide library call letters to get books on the area too, which is a nice help!

After all of your learning, you can then print out a paper just for that country and write down everything you learned in your own words. This is another great way that people learn, writing it down! And it will be more interesting to them since it is in their own words!

There are some photos included that you can print out if you want to keep them in your travel journal, but for us, we decided to save the ink and just look at them.
Lets Go Geography craftThe create section includes a coloring page and a craft. Surprisingly, my kids still don’t mind coloring. But usually they would rather color something that they drew, or something with a little more detail. So, Lauren would draw something that she chose from that country. Sometimes we would do the craft. This particular craft was a given…if you know Lauren. She is the first to catch the frogs around the house, so this craft was perfect. It looks much better in person, I think the color is off from resizing and such.

I love that everything is so very organized! Once you download a particular lesson you can just scroll through, make sure you have everything you need and just go! All the links are there, the printables, everything! You can print out what you need to make a nice binder to keep everything organized once you are done too!

There are some break weeks included in the year, and you can choose to do them or not, we just kept going. There is also a review week and I really like how these are set up. There are some review type things, but also you learn some new things! We haven’t done it yet since we are just on lesson 10 and the review is lesson 12.

I have gotten reminder emails sent each week to let me know what lesson I am on and that is so helpful too! I like that you aren’t just studying from one area for a length of time, there is plenty of skipping around. I think this would work out great for a co-op if you were a part of one!

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Duke Lemur Center

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I need to remember to post more about the fun stuff we do around our state! Last week our homeschool group had a fieldtrip to Duke Lemur Center. Ever since we first moved here five years ago it was somewhere that I wanted to go! When we first moved here in the RV our RV park was close by so we drove by it all the time.

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It was a fascinating trip! They have the most lemurs in one place other than Madagascar! There are over 20 species there as well! I tried hard to get some photos of them, but with the fence it was a little hard to get clear shots.. I will share some of my favorites..

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As soon as our tour started, a couple of the lemurs must have seen or heard something they didn’t like and they sent out a little warning call. I am used to warning calls, ha! We were warned by some homeschool group people that on a previous tour it was loud and somewhat smelly.. We didn’t encounter anything like that on our trip! The call was very short lived and not loud at all. I am sure if the call spread it may have gotten louder.

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A lot of the lemurs were very playful during our tour. They were mostly grouped in couples, a male and a female. If you put two females together they would fight as each one would want to be ‘the queen’ so to speak. If you put two males together they would get frustrated and not sure what to do with their lives, lol.

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Some were easier to photograph than others, that’s why I have more of one species than others. Some were behind more than one enclosure, etc.

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This lemur is pretty rare! The blue eyes are definitely intriguing! The blue-eyed black lemurs are actually born a brownish red color, but the males will then change to black as they get older. They are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED and there are only four female blue-eyed black lemurs of breeding age in North America, three of them are at the Lemur Center!

Duke Lemur Center

They don’t typically socialize with the lemurs at the Lemur Center. They want to observe them in as natural a way as possible. Every now and again they need to monitor them, but for the most part they are hands off.

Duke Lemur Center

We could have easily spent more time there at each of the different areas. It was nice hearing about the different species.

They have a variety of tours set up, even a night one that I think would be a cool thing to see.. If you are local, or if you ever come to visit, don’t rule out going to the Duke Lemur Center! You do have to make a reservation for a tour though! 🙂

 

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Carole P. Roman books {Review}

A while back I reviewed some books from Carole P. Roman and I was very impressed by them all! We recently got another batch and I am quite impressed again! In picking out the books that I wanted, I chose from a group of books for ‘older’ kids, since mine are all teens. I was sent a couple extras, and one of those actually turned out to be perfect for what we were studying at the time! Sweet!

Carole P Roman

Carole has written over fifty children’s books. She hosts a couple blog radio shows and is one of the founders of a Indie Author’s Monthly magazine. I love that she started writing on a dare, I mentioned that in my previous Carole P. Roman review. She has a lot of our favorite books that we use in our homeschool!

Books by Carole P Roman

The first book we read was If You Were Me and Lived in…Viking Europe. Earlier in our school year we were learning all about the Vikings, and this book was perfect! This book is 76 pages with the ending few pages being a glossary that defines a word as well as has the pronunciation. I find that helpful in all of these books because some of the words are tricky, especially names!

These books are all illustrated by various illustrators. That part also contributes to the different look that keeps each book fresh. This book had a light, airy look to it.

My favorite part in this book was when it was talking about the grandmother in the village. The illustration on that page was a great fit for the image that was portrayed in the words. I also was interested in the part that mentioned they would drink out of horns because you couldn’t set them down on the table, so you had to either hold it the whole time, or just drink fast.

The books mention what your name would be if you were a boy or a girl, which I always find interesting! It describes living arrangements and what each person in the family was in charge of.

At the end of the book it mentioned famous Vikings as well as goddesses and kings.

Books by Carole P Roman

The other book I requested was If You Were Me and Lived in…Renaissance Italy because we were going to study this later in our school year. This book is 54 pages. Some of the pages on this book were so fun as they put in more realistic pictures in as well as illustrations on a couple of the pages.

Being that we have peacocks, I didn’t like to read that they ate peacocks and then put the feathers back on them when they were served so that it looked like they were still alive. Ack. I mean, I guess eating one is like a chicken or turkey, but sticking the feathers back in is just icky to me.

After the story part there is a section on famous artists as well as famous people from the Italian Renaissance. There is a glossary at the end of this book as well.

Books by Carole P Roman

One of the books that I was sent as a surprise was If You Were Me and Lived in…Greece. Now, I originally looked at this book because our whole year we were learning everything Greece, even the Greek language! But I was staying in some of the ‘older’ books that worked for us. So, it was a great surprise that I was sent this one anyway!

Like I mentioned, these tend to be for a little bit younger, not much though. This book is 28 pages and the words are bigger, the illustrations a bit younger.. It isn’t really told any younger though. A little less information than the previous ones.

The Parthenon is shown as an actual picture in the book, which I thought was a nice touch, like in the previous book I mentioned. It also has a pronunciation guide in the back.

Books by Carole P Roman

This book I got was definitely for a younger crowd, but it is so cute! It is A Captain No Beard Story – The Crew Goes Coconuts! It is from a series and this was Volume 6.

I took a look through it and I love the story and the illustrations. Some of the expressions are so silly! Of course having goats, I think that was my favorite… This book is all about friendship and imagination too I suppose…

I will keep this book on hand for any foster placements we get since it is made for younger kids!

Books by Carole P Roman

The last book I received was Oh Susannah: It’s in the Bag. This is from the early chapter readers that Carole has so it is for kids that are ready for small chapter books. This has nine chapters and only 34 pages, so it isn’t overwhelming.

I think quite a few people could relate to this story, even adults. Susannah keeps piling more and more stuff in her backpack until it is just so full. She is ashamed to tell anyone about it until it is too late and her parents end up seeing the contents all over her bedroom floor. Some of them aren’t the greatest either, lol.

I think even us adults kind of keep stacking things like that in a way, things we have to remember, things that we are just putting off to the side. It really does get overwhelming! I think this is great for school age kids to know that they aren’t the only ones that have things to deal with.

Like I mentioned, one of my favorite things about all of the books are the illustrations. Granted, the chapter book didn’t have any, but even the cover art is wonderful. The best thing is that even though some of these books are used in our school, they are told in a story type way to where they don’t seem like you are sitting down with a history book in front of you. All of my teens like these too, so that tells you something right there!

If you want to check out more of her books, they are all on Carole’s Amazon author page. You can also read more reviews of other books of hers by clicking on the banner below!

Oh Susannah, Bedtime Stories, Captain No Beard, If you were Me ... {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

Carole P. Roman books

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The Silver Chair E-Guide {Review}

One of the things we do a lot of during our school year is read. With the school books that we read, I have easily already finished my Goodread’s challenge for the year! I especially love when there is a study guide along with the books that we read! Progeny Press always has fantastic study guides! We recently used The Silver Chair E-Guide with The Silver Chair book.

Silver Chair - E-Guide

Progeny Press has e-guides for all ages! We chose to do this easier level book for a few reasons. The higher level book choice, Macbeth, and the Macbeth E-Guide was just a bit much with the other two books we were reading at the time, it would have been too overwhelming.

Also, we were doing a C.S. Lewis study during this time and none of had ever read The Silver Chair, and with the Narnia books being a favorite here, it just seemed like a perfect choice all around.

The Silver Chair book

Progeny Press makes it very easy by having the book available for sale! Definitely nice to get them in one place! Doesn’t the cover just make you want to read it??

What I love about these study guides is that they are interactive! Each section makes it easy to just fill in the answer as you are at the computer! So great, especially since we already print a ton of other school stuff.

Progeny Press suggests reading the book first and THEN doing the study guide…but since we were already reading two other books at the same time, that would have just been a bit too much for us, so we read as we went. The guide is broken down in such a way that it was a good amount of reading, for example, the first section was chapters one and two.

In the e-guide there are some pre-reading activities. You can do as many as you like from this list, none of them are very hard. I had to laugh at one suggesting the keeping track of things to memorize. Every week we get Bible verses to memorize, some are harder than others. Some are better at it than others as well… :ahem:

There is a vocabulary section, where you can fill in what you think the word means. It gives it in context within a sentence from the book, or if it is just the word, it is alone. There is also a bank of words that you can choose from on a different section on synonyms.

The questions in the guide are very helpful to see if the student is retaining what they read and can basically retell something in the story. There are also some ‘Why do you think…’ type questions that will get them thinking about that situation.

Grammar and story learning also is happening in the guide as it goes over things like what a simile is, or it mentions foreshadowing.

Throughout the guide there are also Bible references. You can compare a certain part of the book to a certain verse and then answer the questions. Some of these are pretty thorough, listing quite a few verses rather than just one.

I just love that this guide changes throughout each section, it isn’t always the same thing. There is plenty of room for discussion in each of the sections as well.

The Silver Chair extra

At the end of the guide are some After-You-Read activities. The kids all enjoyed these and I had them pick which ones they wanted to do. Some of them aren’t anything I could take a picture of, but this one I could! It suggested to draw and design clothing that the characters might wear. It said costumes, but really, I love how these look, so…It’s all good to me!

There is definitely something for everyone at Progeny Press as far as these e-guides go.. Last time I reviewed Great Expectations and that was a different experience all together, just with the length of the book and such, still a wonderful study guide though! Really had us ALL thinking hard!

If you are curious what others tried out, maybe something on your kids level, feel free to click the banner below!

Study Guides for Literature {Progeny Press Reviews}

The Silver Chair E-Guide

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Thursday Things

I am so excited about the ‘er months coming! I hope they drag out a bit! We aren’t doing a big Christmas this year, so I think it will be more relaxed than it has been in previous years. We are almost done with our school year too, yay! But here I am mentioning more things that I am happy about when I haven’t even started my Thursday Things list! Let’s do it!

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Carol’s Daughter Mirabelle Plum leave-in conditioner is wonderful! I spray it on my hair after my shower and comb it through and then wait a bit before I put the last stuff I talked about in my  hair. The combination just seems to work great! It smells nice and it isn’t heavy.

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Publix! I had shopped here when I lived in Florida and when I heard that they were coming here I was excited. 🙂 Of course it’s like an hour away or something…but still. I was able to finally go today for a quick trip. I will have to go back for sure!

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Burger 21. This was next door to Publix and we ate it for lunch. I don’t eat a ton of red meat so I decided to try their chicken parmesan burger! It was so yummy! They also offer a half and half situation on their fries, so I got that, half regular and half sweet potato. Great idea! I would definitely eat that meal again…

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Chicken Poop lip stuff – This stuff has been a life saver! After getting my braces my lips have been so dry, especially in the middle of the night. AND it has no coconut oil, which I seem to be having reactions to left and right. It’s hard to do things more natural sometimes y’all!!

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Schmidt’s Bergamot + Lime deodorant – Another beauty product… and alas, this one has  coconut oil but I haven’t had an issue with it yet, so hopefully it stays that way. But I am loving this, it feels so much better than others that you can get at the store. I got this at Target, so happy they are carrying it!

Grow Up by Olly Murs – This just has a fun beat and I love having it on my phone, it comes on quite often. The video is pretty cute too, I so rarely watch the videos for songs. That’s one reason why I love featuring a current fave song on my Thursday Things posts…

Well, that’s my five things that I enjoyed about this week! Let me know what you liked about this week! 🙂

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