Balancing Diapers and Deadlines {Review}

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time getting things done by my deadlines. Well, they almost always get done on time, but I always wait until the last minute. It’s my own fault too! I was interested in checking out Balancing Diapers and Deadlines by Lisa Tanner Writing .

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I don’t have any kids in diapers, and it’s been ages since they HAVE been in diapers, but I think this course applies anyway!

Now my kids have jobs and are looking at college options all while we are still homeschooling.

I have obligations that all have deadlines and doing the home stuff too, you know, like most moms out there!
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As you log on, you can see a very easy to navigate menu. It is pretty self explanatory, just click on the first Unit and go from there!

Each unit has an introduction and then some lessons. These lessons are all different. Some give you things to think about, some give you ideas to implement, but they all go towards the same goal.

As you go through each section you can then mark it complete. That way you know where you left off. Or what I did in a couple spots was NOT mark it complete so that I could go back to that section again.

Balancing Diapers - Decisions

So far, this is the Unit that speaks to me the most!

I have the WORST time making decisions. What do I want for lunch? I don’t know. It’s the story of my life.

This unit reminds me of that meme that went around a while back, about the mind being like a computer with too many tabs open and the music playing, etc.

How many of us feel like that often? I know I do!

A lot of the suggestions mentioned in this section are so very good! Of course, some don’t really apply to me, and that’s ok, they may apply to you! It is just due to my kids ages mostly. So, if your kids are younger, this will be perfect!

I still like how she narrows down different ideas for your time. It’s just so simple. But to see it written down, with a plan, that makes it so much easier for me!

Like right now, I have quite a few things due. But you know what? I am also on a little vacation type thing. I want to go out and explore and see places that I have been wanting to see again for a long time…

But I also have these obligations and deadlines. And also the plus of fast internet, I mean, hello…definitely need to take advantage of that!

So the last few days have been like a game of tug of war. Yesterday I didn’t get much done because of jet lag and I pulled something in my shoulder area so I was just sore. But things must still get done!

Anyway! Another section that I need help with is chores. I have a great system down for the kids. It works out so well! When they do them….teens. But I wish I had this in place years ago!

She gives you ideas on chores around the house, laundry, all the good stuff. I am pretty proud of the system I have set up for the kids, but um…I kind of need a system for me! She mentions what she does and I am excited to figure this all out when I get home again!

We do get chores done, and it is usually pretty even for Jeffy and I, but some of the things sneak up on us. Mostly it is the chores that only need doing once a month. It would be nice to have something made up that would organize what we need to do daily, monthly, etc.

I am going to get on that asap!
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Another area that I want help in is for meals. Lately we have been having the same things every week. I love these things, but they are getting old. This past week we threw in two meals that we haven’t had in a while and it definitely made a difference!

I would like to look more into meal planning, and I think this section will be great for me. I haven’t had a chance to look at it thoroughly as I think I need to be home with all of my recipes and such around me.

But you can bet next week when I am back home, I will be sitting down and going through this Unit carefully!

There is so much that people can get out of this course. Even if all of it doesn’t apply to you, there is definitely help here! I mean, I don’t have a business and I don’t have kids in diapers. But I have already gotten so much information and the way it is written out just makes sense to me!

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Last trip of the year – California

We are off on another trip tomorrow! This one is tricky. We are doing a quick trip up to New York and then we are off to California!
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You know how long it has been since we have seen palm trees?

I am looking forward to being done in NYC and going on to San Diego. There is just more room, is’t more relaxing, and we are excited to see the changes since the last time we were there!

We were trying to figure out when the last time we were there was and we just can’t do it! We used to go all the time, back when we were first married and then even when the kids were little. It was just a 5-6 hour drive which isn’t all that bad.

Now that we live on the East Coast, we never thought we would be back on the opposite coast any time soon.

There are so many things that we want to see, but almost more importantly, so many places we want to eat!

In-N-Out, Rubios, real Mexican food… Gah…just thinking about it all makes me realize I am going to gain ten pounds…hahaha!

Well, I better get packing. It’s going to be interesting because of the two different climates. It’s also going to be chilly when we get back home. I am definitely going to bring a jacket, but hopefully just a squishy one that can be shoved in my carry-on or something..

Wish me luck! 🙂

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Hurricane Michael

So, it seems like Michael wanted to outdo Florence! And he definitely succeeded at our house! Did you get anything from Hurricane Michael?
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The silly thing is, I was watching the path since before it was anything really.. I saw that it kept saying it was going to swing over NC.. But we didn’t prepare anything at all.

I guess we thought that it would be so weak by the time that it got to us. We had no idea!

There was definitely a lot more rain with Florence, we had another flooding type situation going like we did at the beginning of August.

But the wind this time around. We lost this huge tree in the picture and that knocked down another huge tree. Then there were a lot of smaller trees as casualties as well.

It’s hard to see it in the picture as it was still raining and blowing like crazy. I guess it was probably not a good idea for me to be out there taking pictures since things were falling still, good sized branches and such.

Thankfully we didn’t lose power or have any trees land on anything important. We had friends that were without power for almost a week, and some lived in our own city. Not sure why we were spared!

I see one more thing forming in the Atlantic, and I am hoping that it doesn’t turn into much. Then, the season should be over shortly after that.

These hurricanes seem to be getting stronger every year that we have been here!

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Heirloom Audio St. Bartholomew’s Eve {Review}

Heirloom Audio has done it again! You guys know how much of a fan I am of their audio dramas! The latest one is called St. Bartholomew’s Eve.
St. Bartholomew's EveNow, I will admit, I really didn’t know much about this period of time going into it…therefore, the kids didn’t either! But I think that made it even more exciting!

But because we didn’t know much about it all before hand, it made listening to it a little confusing.

We ended up listening to it twice!

The first time around we did chapter by chapter, a new one each day, which is what we usually do with Heirloom Audio products.

I think that helped and hindered us on knowing what was going on. First of all, the accents were really strong this time for us. Second, there are a lot of characters right away in the story. And third, the not knowing the background of the story that I already mentioned.

I think that this particular drama would have benefited greatly from the study guides that they used to put out as an add on with purchase! I miss those!

But what we decided to do, was finish going through each chapter one by one like we were. We started to research more about that time period, and then we understood more of the story, the characters, and what was going on in each scene!

It is quite a sad story we figure out, even moreso than the drama portrays. Tens of thousands of Huguenots all across France were killed.

This is acted out in this audio book, so keep that in mind. There are a couple parts that have a little of this violence. The suggested age for this is 6-16+, but I would listen to it first for yourself if you have some of the younger ones. You will then be able to know what they would be comfortable with.

Anyway, after we listened to it once through, chapter by chapter, and then did the research about all that went on and the circumstances around it all, we listened to it again.

This time we listened to it in two sittings. One cd at a time. That was the best thing to do! It definitely helped us remember who the characters were and what was going on.

The little stories within the stories are great. There are characters that are thrown in here and there and then surprise you with another appearance at the end in a more lighter, happier time.

This story mentions  a couple different virtues, but I love that they also threw humbleness in there. It was just quick, but I think being humble is so important!
Heirloom-Audio-ProductionsI appreciate these audio theater stories so much! They put so much life into stories that make it so much more real. You can always read about it like we did to understand more, but to hear it with such lifelike emotion and sounds, it makes such a difference!

If you are new to Heirloom Audio, it isn’t just an audio book being read. This is basically like going to the theater to watch a movie, but with a blindfold. They put so much work into the sounds and the effects of everything. The actors put their all into their characters as well!

I love listening to the very end where they list the credits of these. One actor can play a few different characters and sometimes we are caught by surprise by which ones they had played!

While I wasn’t sure if we were going to like St. Bartholomew’s Eve, it has definitely turned into one of our favorites! I am so glad that we were able to really learn about this like we did as it really hasn’t been mentioned much in our history books!

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Another fun trip!

We just had some crazy travel! This one was another fun trip!
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This trip was squished in between two other trips, so it was pretty hectic!

Jeffy’s family flew in from Arizona and we rented a cabin-y type place for all of us. It worked out well as there was also a guest house that the two grandmas stayed in and almost everyone else had their own room. Kyle didn’t like the bed he had so he slept on the couch, and then Lauren and Emily shared a bed.

The place had it’s quirks but it was definitely something that added to the memories of the trip.

We got there on the 3rd, but his family wasn’t planning on getting there until after midnight as they had a late flight and then a little bit of a drive.

Emily’s birthday happened to be on the 4th, so we filled up as many balloons as the two helium tanks allowed and went to work. It was fun! It made it a bit more festive for them to walk in I think.

We had a bunch of fun playing some games, we went to the Biltmore for the Chihuly exhibit and we also did our favorite bike ride at the Virginia Creeper trail.

I was hoping for a bit more in the fall color department, but you can’t win them all! Maybe next year!!

I don’t have more pictures to share as I am writing this between stops, maybe I will add more at a later date!

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CashCrunch Careers {Review}

All three of my kids really don’t know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. I mean, they have ideas….but… I am sure you know how that is. We were excited to try out the CashCrunch Careers survey from CashCrunch Games.

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A couple years ago Ryan did a free career test online with his homeschool co-op group. Nothing really clicked for him 100%, but then again, it was a couple years ago.

I wanted to try CashCrunch Careers with all three kids to see the different results for all of them.
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The questionnaire is set up like any of the personality tests online pretty much. Just click the one that is more like you. A lot of them are similar but just using different words that help the results be more accurate.

The kids all did them at different times, but it worked out that they did them in age order, so I will mention Ryan first.
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CashCrunch Results Ryan3I like that it goes through and mentions the attributes as well as the motivators and de-motivators. Sometimes you many not even think that you feel about something so strongly until it is pointed out to you.

The Career Attributes section totally describes Ryan. Anyone that knows him would more than likely agree. I can totally see him in the other results section.

Now, I will list both of those sections for Kyle.

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This describes Kyle as well, although there was a couple surprises that I didn’t even think about, but totally make sense..

Here are the same sections for Lauren.
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CashCrunch Results - Lauren4Again, these definitely describe Lauren!

All three of the kids are very calm and adaptable. They have a lot of similar results, but some definite different ones as well!

Now, you might be wondering what jobs they were matched up with since they were similar yet different in the above results. Here they are, with Ryan at the top, Kyle in the middle, and Lauren on the bottom.
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CashCrunch Results - LaurenIt is interesting that their results were similar yet different, just like they are. Almost all of them are management positions, which doesn’t fit any of them at all.

The website mentions that most people will get results that are similar like this. As you are looking at the list, you can then click on each job and it will bring you to another menu.
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So, in clicking on the Farmers & Ranchers section, one of the few that weren’t a manager position, you can see the tabs at the top. Under the Course tab, it lists the general duties, activities and then it shows how it matched up with the quiz you took.
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On the Colleges tab, it has a list of colleges that you could look into that involve this particular job.
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The video tab includes a video that shows more of what the job is, and different things about it.

You can see that you can click on any career on the list at the left, and it will take you to the same sort of page that you can then click through.

The site is very easy to navigate, which is always a plus in my opinion!

I do like seeing a lot of the different results, but I do wish that the listing for careers would be more in depth. None of my kids are interested in a manager position, but as you click through the different jobs, there are definitely some that they would be interested in.

And on another note, I didn’t realize that a funeral director would be such a popular job career on here…goodness..

All in all, I do like this program, I just wish the results were more finely tuned instead of mostly the manager type jobs that were listed. Immediately my kids just said that they weren’t interested in anything because they saw the word manager in the title.

I appreciate all the information that was gathered and listed into one place, the college lists and such. That is so helpful to have, especially if one of the jobs was interesting to you, you could just click on the list of schools and go from there…

It definitely gets you thinking!

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Books of the Bible At-a-Glance {Review}

When we are doing school, a lot of our schoolwork is intertwined with the Bible somehow. We focus a lot on the familiar books, but sometimes we use some of the ones that aren’t as familiar. These Printable Books of the Bible “Summary Sheets” by Teach Sunday School are fantastic!

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These are very easy to use! You can print them off all at once and keep them in a notebook, or just print them as you need them!

We printed them off as we needed them, although we used them for different things.
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One of our drawing things that we do each day is basically drawing through the Bible. One of them that we do is drawing through the book of Acts, and one of them is about the life of Jesus.

We spend a lot of time in Acts, but the kids don’t really know much about the book, or the books in general in the Bible.

These sheets go over a lot of information in just a short little page.

For this particular book, which is Acts, It tells you the very basic info like if it is Old or New Testament, who the author was, and when it was written. A lot of the times the kids always ask me who wrote a particular book and sometimes I just don’t even know… This is totally great for that.

It mentions the time period that it was covered too. That is nice if you are doing a timeline or something similar.

There is a claim to fame for the book as well as some famous stories and the most famous verses. I think if you were looking for a particular story, it would be great to have these all printed so that you could just scan for that story. The same with the verses.

At the very bottom of the page there is some important points about the book.

It is all put together so very nicely. Your eyes follow the next thing in order and aren’t just roaming across the page wondering where to land. The graphics aren’t distracting and are quite helpful.
Books of the Bible At-a-Glance
Now another thing we did was print off some sheets from books that we really hadn’t gone into much, or at all.

Nahum is such a short chapter, I know that if we went through it at all it would have just been briefly.

I enjoyed the summaries a lot for these books, the ones that we weren’t as familiar with!

When Ryan was little, one of his favorite Bible stories involved Ninevah. You know, it was Jonah, right? Anyway, this is about the other part of Ninevah…

The sheet is set up the same as the others, which is nice for familiarity of knowing where to look for the information that you are wanting. You can tell that this one has a lot more writing in the important points section than the one from Acts! And for a book that is only three chapters long, you know that it must be an important book!

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I think these are great for families! I could also see them being used in Sunday School at church or in a co-op setting with your homeschool. There is a lot of information on each one, and I love that there may be information that you don’t know on there!

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Forensic Faith for Kids {Review}

Y’all know how much I like to read and therefore we read a lot in school. This past month had us reading Forensic Faith for Kids by David C Cook and Case Makers Academy.
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This book is geared towards kids that are younger than mine, but I was drawn in by a couple things when I first saw it.

First of all, the author, J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective. I thought that was pretty cool. His cases have been featured in tv shows and news channels.

Another thing I thought was interesting was that he was an atheist until his mid-30s when he decided to follow Christ.

I think this book mixes both of things really well!

The story involves a few children, and the reader, in a couple different situations. One is to figure out where this adorable little dog came from, and the other is how to convince someone that Jesus is God.

Both of those are pretty huge! This book is written very well in regards for the audience reading it.
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There are little sections in the book that have you do other things. Some involve reading passages in the Bible and answering questions, that sort of thing.. But actually one of my favorites is this definition section. I love reading how words came to be, what language they are from and what that word then means. I am fascinated with it all and I am glad that they put that in there!

The book is broken down into just eight chapters, and the book itself is not even 150 pages so it was definitely an easy read for us.

Even still, we did just read one chapter a day.
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Accompanying the book is an online tool that you can go to. The little sections in the book suggest using this website as well. As you log onto the site, it is broken down by chapter as well.

There is a video with a recap and some extra discussion on what happened in the chapter. You can also download a few things to do as you go through that specific chapter.

The buttons on the bottom have extras that you can download and print if you so choose.

The activity sheets are varied so they aren’t doing the same thing every chapter. Chapter 4 was fun, it had you write down all the characters names and then fill in the circled letters to spell something out at the bottom. There are also word searches and things like that.

There are notebook sheets that you can print out and keep in their own notebook. They are basically sheets to reinforce what they read, make sure they retain it. I like some of the questions asked as they are different from what other worksheets are like.

Lastly is a leader guide. This works in conjunction with another book from the same author, Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith.

I didn’t have this book as we were reading Forensic Faith for Kids, but I see now how well the two would pair together.

Anyway, the leader guide has you reading some from both books. In this chapter, it had a section on the important concepts as well as some good questions to ask. I think that for our family, I would have wanted to read both at the same time, to get the most out of them that we could!

I like the fact that the author doesn’t just say, this is why you should be a Christian and that’s that. You are sent out to find out answers for yourself and come to your own conclusion with those answers. It will more than likely not be instant, but definitely be plenty to think on for a while.

I think this book is great, even for older kids like mine! A great starting off point!

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What I read in September

My book reading slowed wayyyy down this past month! Well, in comparison.. But I am still on book 60 out of 65 for my Goodreads challenge, so I think I am still doing ok. Have you read any great books lately? Here is what I read in September!
What I read in September 1
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.

Jojo is thirteen years old and trying to understand what it means to be a man. He doesn’t lack in fathers to study, chief among them his Black grandfather, Pop. But there are other men who complicate his understanding: his absent White father, Michael, who is being released from prison; his absent White grandfather, Big Joseph, who won’t acknowledge his existence; and the memories of his dead uncle, Given, who died as a teenager.

His mother, Leonie, is an inconsistent presence in his and his toddler sister’s lives. She is an imperfect mother in constant conflict with herself and those around her. She is Black and her children’s father is White. She wants to be a better mother but can’t put her children above her own needs, especially her drug use. Simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high, Leonie is embattled in ways that reflect the brutal reality of her circumstances.

When the children’s father is released from prison, Leonie packs her kids and a friend into her car and drives north to the heart of Mississippi and Parchman Farm, the State Penitentiary. At Parchman, there is another thirteen-year-old boy, the ghost of a dead inmate who carries all of the ugly history of the South with him in his wandering. He too has something to teach Jojo about fathers and sons, about legacies, about violence, about love.

What I thought – There was so much goodness in this book… but the ghosts and just some other random things made it lose some of the appeal to me after a while of reading.

What I read in September 2
Girl Unknown by Karen Perry – ‘I think you might be my father . . .’

When first-year student Zoë Barry walks into Professor David Connolly’s office and tentatively says these words, he is left reeling. But it is the lives of his family – particularly his wife Caroline – which are turned upside down by the arrival of this stranger.

A daughter, a sister, a friend . . . an enemy?

Though no one knows quite who Zoë is, she is soon entangled in their lives. Yet her stories don’t ring true and Caroline is determined to learn if the girl is the unlucky innocent she claims to be or someone with a far darker agenda.

A deadly cuckoo in the nest . . .Because by letting Zoë in, David and Caroline aren’t just leaving themselves vulnerable. They’re risking the most precious thing in the world – the lives of their children . . .

What I thought: It was an easy read, but it just didn’t have the suspense and story that I thought it would. It did have me keep reading, but it just wasn’t as exciting as I had hoped.

What I read in September 3

Flying at Night by Rebecca L. Brown – An emotionally charged debut novel, told through the voices of three family members, who learn that when your world changes, so does your destination….

Stay-at-home mom Piper Whitman Hart is too close to her nine-year-old son Fred to realize that his idiosyncrasies are signs of something more. And just when his diagnosis of autism sends her life reeling, she’s dragged back into the orbit of her emotionally abusive father, Lance, after a heart attack leaves him with brain damage.

Fred is in need of a friend. Lance is in need of care. And Piper just wants to feel stable ground beneath her feet. What she never expects is that Fred and Lance–both misunderstood by the world–will start to connect in the most miraculous of ways…

What I thought: At first I thought this was the authors story, it just seemed so real. It was a great story full of well done characters. I actually enjoyed the three character narration as it wasn’t too involved…
What I read in September 4
Forever, or a Long, Long Time by Caela Carter – An achingly beautiful story in the vein of Rebecca Stead and R. J. Palacio about two foster children who want desperately to believe that they’ve found their forever home.

Flora and her brother, Julian, don’t believe they were born. They’ve lived in so many foster homes, they can’t remember where they came from. And even now that they’ve been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe in forever. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past—for only then can they really begin to build their future.

What I thought: So, this was a middle grade book. And it was just everything. I am so very glad that I read it and wow. I am still thinking about it. It’s hard to know that things like this are happening to so many children every day. Foster care and adoption is all so very hard, but so very worth it. Gah, everyone should read this book…

That’s all I read for this month! Let me know of your favorites and I will put them on my list!!

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Yearbook portraits..

Tomorrow I am doing our yearbook portraits for our homeschool group.

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The crazy thing is that I will be using lights for the first time. I have never had a studio or anything to require them. I mean, hello beautiful light in Arizona 360 days out of the year… 😉

I am so thankful that my friend is letting me use her studio though, especially with the crazy weather we are having. I mean, the hurricane just left and who knows what’s coming!

She was very nice to set everything up for me so perfectly too. All I had to do was just come in and pick out a backdrop that she had and go from there! I picked white as that seemed completely different than the past years yearbook portraits.

Of course I will still be doing some outdoor shots, because how can you not? I think next year I will schedule them more into October so that I can get more fall color. Of course I also have to come up with a location for that. That’s the tricky thing. At least I have almost a year to think of something.

Looking forward to doing these portraits every year and I think this year will just be a fun change…

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