Fermentools Starter Kit {Review}

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I have friends that swear by eating fermented foods. But all the time they mentioned sauerkraut. I know that I don’t like that. When I was asked to review the Starter Kit from Fermentools, I immediately started researching!

Thankfully, Fermentools has a blog that had a lot of tips and recipes! I am such a newbie when it comes to fermenting things, that I definitely needed this extra help. I decided to try a Fermented Lemons and Mint recipe from the blog as my first attempt at fermenting.

The kit that I received comes with everything you need except the jar and whatever it is you are wanting to ferment. I went to the store and found some cool colored jars that I thought would be perfect. I haven’t really read on if colored jars do anything different, but it seems that for this recipe you only want the jar to have minimal light.
Fermentools lemons
I cut up a bunch of lemons, I tried to keep them as uniform as possible. I always think that lemons are so pretty, especially as the temperatures start warming up.
Fermentools mintAfter putting the lemons in my jar, I added a few mint leaves from this plant. I made the mistake of taking the wrapper off and the whole thing fell to the side almost immediately. Oops! I gave it to my mom who then planted it and she said it is doing great!
Fermentools saltThen I added some water and salt to the mix. It is superfine Himalayan salt. This big bag of salt is included in the kit! The jar is quite large so don’t be deceived by the size in the picture! I was intrigued on the whole lemon thing so I wanted to make a lot.

Before I closed it all up, I sat the included glass weight on top of the lemons to make sure they wouldn’t float.
Fermentools kitI know this looks like a science experiment, and really, it kind of is! But it all just works to help in the process!

The recipe mentioned that lemons tend to take a longer time than other vegetables and fruits, so as much as I wanted to peek, I just left it alone. When I thought it was time, I opened it right on up.

I was hoping that I didn’t mess anything up, but really, is is pretty foolproof. At least this recipe is for me.  I smelled it and it didn’t smell bad, in fact, it smelled nice!
Fermentools finalI am not sure how to tell if it is ‘done’ or not, but it seemed ok to me! They definitely looked pretty!
Fermentools rice
On the recipe it suggested putting it with some rice. We just happened to make some for my daughter and thought I would check it out. It made the rice have such an interesting flavor! My husband cooked up some chicken and I added it to it and had a sort of lemon chicken dish. I never would have thought of adding it to a dish like this!

Even though I added just a little bit of mint to the jar originally, you could still get the flavor from it. I would love to add it to a drink, maybe a strawberry lemonade? Yum!

There are so many things to ferment that I never would have thought of. Just the fruit and veggie category alone have numerous choices. Even if I never make sauerkraut, I could keep busy for a long time with other recipes!
The starter kit sells for $21.49 but you can use the code CREW2020 to get 15% off until June 30!

It comes with:

  • A Stainless Steel Lid
  • One Glass Fermentation Weight
  • Air Lock
  • Two Rubber Stoppers
  • A Rubber Canning Gasket
  • An Instruction Packet

It was also packaged in a nice bag. But if you feel like you want to ferment more than one thing at a time, you might want to get more than one starter kit or check out Fermentools for more ideas!

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What I read in April 2020

Well, with the virus and Jeffy still recovering from his surgery, I thought for sure I would have a lot more books read this month. We ended up getting a little guy at the beginning of the month and he is staying with us for a while! Thankfully we are still able to get school done in a timely manner, and actually I can get a little bit of reading in for myself too! Here is what I read in April!
What I read in April 1
The U.S. Congress: A Very Short Introduction by Donald A. Ritchie – Many scholars believe that the framers of the Constitution intended Congress to be the preeminent branch of government. Indeed, no other legislature in the world approaches its power. Yet most Americans have only a murky idea of how it works.
In The U.S. Congress, Donald A. Ritchie, a congressional historian for more than thirty years, takes readers on a fascinating, behind-the-scenes tour of Capitol Hill–pointing out the key players, explaining their behavior, and translating parliamentary language into plain English. No mere civics lesson, this eye-opening book provides an insider’s perspective on Congress, matched with a professional historian’s analytical insight. After a swift survey of the creation of Congress by the constitutional convention, he begins to unscrew the nuts and pull out the bolts. What is it like to campaign for congress? To attract large donors? To enter either house with no seniority? He answers these questions and more, explaining committee assignments (and committee work), the role of staffers and lobbyists, floor proceedings, parliamentary rules, and coalition building. Ritchie explores the great effort put into constituent service–as representatives and senators respond to requests from groups and individuals–as well as media relations and news coverage. He also explores how the grand concepts we all know from civics class–checks and balances, advise and consent, congressional oversight–work in practice, in an age of strong presidents and a muscular Senate minority (no matter which party is in that position).
In this sparkling addition to Oxford’s Very Short Introduction series, Donald Ritchie moves beyond the cynicism and the platitudes to provide a gem of a portrait of how Congress really works.

What I thought: Well, it was for school….so for that reason, it is quite helpful. It wasn’t totally exciting, but it wasn’t totally boring either.

What I read in April 2
The Witch of Blackbird Pone by Elizabeth George Speare – Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.

What I thought: I really enjoyed this book. I admit I thought it would be a little cheesy by just reading the snippet about it, but it was well done. The characters were my favorite.

What I read in April 3
Remembrance by Rita Woods – Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields and veiled behind sheets of laundry. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, a safe haven protected by more than secrecy…if you can make it there.

Ohio, present day. An elderly woman who is more than she seems warns against rising racism as a young woman grapples with her life.

Haiti, 1791, on the brink of revolution. When the slave Abigail is forced from her children to take her mistress to safety, she discovers New Orleans has its own powers.

1857 New Orleansa city of unrest: Following tragedy, house girl Margot is sold just before her 18th birthday and her promised freedom. Desperate, she escapes and chases a whisper…. Remembrance.

What I thought: When a story is broken up in different time periods, sometimes that is just hard for me. I was able to keep them straight after a couple chapters. The end was just…meh for me and I didn’t understand some of the point of the book….but it was still an enjoyable read.

What I read in April 4
Wildland by Rebecca Hodge – When Kat Jamison retreats to the Blue Ridge Mountains, she’s counting on peace and solitude to help her make a difficult decision. Her breast cancer has returned, but after the death of her husband, her will to fight is dampened. Now she has a choice to make: face yet another round of chemotherapy or surrender gracefully.

Self-reflection quickly proves impossible as her getaway is complicated by a pair of abandoned dogs and two friendly children staying nearby, Lily and Nirav. In no time at all, Kat’s quiet seclusion is invaded by the happy confusion of children and pets.

But when lightning ignites a deadly wildfire, Kat’s cabin is cut off from the rest of the camp, separating Lily and Nirav from their parents. Left with no choice, Kat, the children, and the dogs must flee on foot through the drought-stricken forest, away from the ravenous flames. As a frantic rescue mission is launched below the fire line, Kat drives the party deeper into the mountains, determined to save four innocent lives. But when the moment comes to save her own, Kat will have to decide just how hard she’s willing to fight to survive–and what’s worth living for.

A heart-pounding novel of bravery, sacrifice, and self-discovery, Wildland will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page.

What I thought: I was expecting a little cheese with this book, but it was definitely one that I didn’t want to put down. A little of it had to do with the fact that it was based pretty close to where I live! The writing made it all so exciting like you were there..

That is what I read in April! If you have a favorite book that you have read lately, let me know!

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The Hidden Message of the Great Seal {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Like I have mentioned previously, this year we are studying American History. For the first time we aren’t using a prepared curriculum with workbooks and such. It is mostly just books. I love that! Since we just started our school year in February we are still early on in history of our country. One book that I have found quite fascinating is The Hidden Message of the Great Seal from The Hidden Message, LLC.
The Hidden Message of the Great Seal coverI know we have all heard the conspiracy theories out there about the seal. There are quite a few different ones!

The book starts out with a little back story, both from the authors life as well as throughout history. I like how the author explains how he first came across the seal and wanting to learn more about it. I am also wondering if his son was glad he didn’t go to an amusement park like two of his siblings…
The Hidden Message of the Great Seal insde
The Hidden Message of the Great Seal is full of wonderful photographs and artwork, most of them are in color. It is also a great quality book, the binding seems strong and not flimsy. That is important because we always seem to flip around a lot.

For school, we are reading just one chapter a day, since our workload is quite heavy this year. It is slow going, but we have learned so much already!

I have skimmed ahead and realized that the book has so much history throughout. I would think you could break the book down into sections and do unit studies on some of the information in the chapters. They could go off on their own little stories.

The book is quite large at 256 pages, the book itself is maybe 12×9. With the pages being horizontal like that, there is room for a lot of information on each page.

The author really goes into so much detail about each facet that involves the seal. Both sides of the seal are covered extensively.

A good part of the book goes over the early designs of the seal. I think that is important! The author is insistent that when they were designing the seal, that they weren’t just designing it for the times that they lived in. He insists that the designers were thinking about the future and the people in it.
Michael-KanisThe author, Michael Kanis, comes from a background of business. Not what you would expect right off the bat, but with a successful business that has allowed him to travel, it has in turn allowed him to research as he went.

The book brings everything back around to the Bible. Mentioning verses and stories from the Bible throughout the book, he explains how it all ties in together.

Since we are only about 1/3 of the way through the book with school and I have only skimmed the rest of the book, I am definitely looking forward to finishing this throughout our school year.

The chapters do get longer, so sometimes we will be spreading them out over multiple days rather than just one day for each. But this also allows us to do extra research on anything that strikes us as extra interesting.
The-Hidden-Message-Discount-Coupon-Expires-30-May-2020The book normally retails for under $30, but the coupon code HOMESCHOOL will give you 50% off until May 30 of this year! Even if you aren’t learning about American History like we are, I still think this is a valuable resource to have in your book collection!

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History on Horseback: The Early Years {Review}

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This year in our homeschool we are studying American History. I am loving all of the new things we are using! It seems like we just did this history, so it is nice to keep it fresh. We have been using a book called History on Horseback: The Early Years from Sonrise Stable Books and it has been great so far!
History on Horseback coverRight away I noticed that the book is nice, the cover is soft, but the nice kind that will last longer. The main part of the book has 183 pages and 53 chapters. Each chapter is quite short, a couple pages is the average.

When we moved to our house, it came with two horses. My daughter has always wanted horses, and although these are older and can’t be ridden, they are still loved by her. She is quite interested in this book, just to hear about horses throughout history. My girl does not get into history on a normal day very much, so this has been fantastic!

Every chapter includes interesting artwork. There are paintings, drawings, and photographs that all help to bring to life what the words are saying.

Also in each chapter there are little snippets as a sort of side note about the story. Quite a few include quotes, or just interesting tidbits that are an extra part to the chapter. I like these also to get a quick feel as to what the chapter is about if the title doesn’t tell enough.
History on Horseback insideSince we are studying American History, we have been reading from this book twice a week so as not to get too far through history that our curriculum is in. It’s nice that we just started our school year in February. We are right about even with our curriculum, if not slightly behind, but I am hoping that we will only ever be a week behind or ahead at any given time. If I see that we are too far one way or the other then we will be doing more or less that week to make it even again.

This book covers the early years from 1493-1866. I know that soon we will probably be reading from this book all five days so as to make it even, since our history curriculum goes to the present years.

The first chapter starts with ‘Arrival in America’ and ends with ‘Beautiful Jim Key’. The first chapters jump pretty far, but then it starts to even out the pace. With more written about throughout history the later the years go, that just makes sense.

If you weren’t already using a history curriculum, I could see using this book as a branching off to learn about the chapter talked about. To me, each chapter almost feels like a ‘behind the scenes’ of different history events. The author stated that horses are strangely absent in history textbooks, and I agree!

Something to look forward to is the current plans for the author to complete a study guide for this book this year! Also, a second and third book and study guide set to hopefully be released in 2020 and 2021 respectively. It will be a full history curriculum once the study guide is complete.

My daughter is graduating later this year, but honestly, I think that she would just read these for fun, and it would probably be something that she kept for a long time!

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Home School in the Woods – A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

The last few years the main curriculum that we have used in our homeschool has suggested we make timelines. To me, it was just overwhelming as I wanted them to look a certain way and I just didn’t know how to start. Home School in the Woods has a Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures that makes this super easy for us!

While  the Timeline Collection is available on a CD, we received the download version. It just works better with how we use things like this in our homeschool.

This year we are studying American History and yes, it is asking us to keep up a timeline! Now, we are only five weeks into our school year, so we weren’t too far behind with starting this up now.

Included in the files we received were some tips and tricks. One folder gave suggestions on different formats of timeline. I was always used to the one that went around your room that you hung up on the wall! Who knew that there were so many different formats? I feel like the last to know…ha!

I decided to go with the notebook version. It’s portable, easy to use, and hopefully will be easier to keep tidy.
Sketch book for timeline
We had an extra sketch book that I thought would be perfect for this! It opened on the shorter side so that left the longer side able to be used for the timeline! You could use any book like this, although I imagine you wouldn’t want to use lined paper. Plus, the paper would be so thin. Sketch books, or watercolor…those are typically heavier…
Home School in the Woods Timeline notebook
Then, I just made a quick cover for the outside of the notebook. You could put anything on your cover, we just like things simple. For the younger kids they could color their own cover, which I think would look pretty awesome!
Home School in the Woods Chronological
One of the ways you can search for figures is chronological. I thought this was fantastic! I started out this way, just printing what we were learning about at the time.
Home School in the Woods American
And then I saw this America’s History section! As I clicked on each page in this section, I realized that there were so many things included that we hadn’t studied yet! We decided to print all of the figures in these sections, and if they weren’t in our curriculum we would learn about them. That rounded out our schooling nicely and it didn’t take up that much extra time.
Home School in the Woods Timeline figures
We kept our timeline very simple. While each page gets a different color, it doesn’t mean anything special, it just changes it up a bit. I would have loved to separate it by certain time periods or something…but this kept it simple the way we like it.

Even with just starting our school year last month, we have already gone through the first two pages in the America’s history section. There are so many different figures that I totally forgot about or that just weren’t included in our curriculum. And there are 40 total pages just in this section!

When we went to print these, I just went into edit mode on the PDF file and I could make them as big as I needed. It would be really neat to have a side project and print a large copy of  just the major characters that we learned about and write different things that we learned about that person or time period.

There are so many different options and ways that you can use these figures. For younger kids you could attach them to popsicle sticks or straws with the person on the front and the text on the back. When you have a couple 12th graders, they just don’t appreciate the fun stuff anymore though…ha! But you don’t have to use them in a timeline is what I was getting at. They are so useful!

There are over 1200 figures included with this set. It’s from Creation to the 21st Century, so that would explain the high number. There are some Biblical items included in case that is something you would want to know.

I have used Home School in the Woods for quite some time now! Their products are so unique. We used to do a lot of unit studies and these were so helpful! I will list my previous reviews here!

U.S. Elections – this is a great one for the election coming up!
Project Passport – Ancient Greece – These are great for unit studies!
Wonders of the World – This included different time periods which was nice!
Ala Carte Products – This had a little bit of everything, it was perfect!
Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression – This would work for us again!

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Venturing with God in Congo {Review}

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I have been reading some fascinating books lately, of various topics. One genre of book I’ve been looking for are about missionaries in different areas and Venturing with God in Congo from Conjurske Publications fit the bill perfectly!
Venturing with God in Congo
Right away I loved the cover. The artwork and the quality both! The cover is soft and makes you just want to pick it up. I wasn’t exactly sure what the artwork on the cover had to do with the story, bu it sure drew me in! That was a great combination!

As I started to read, I had just assumed it would be a novel. It took me a little bit to realize that it was in fact a bunch of short stories. That made all the difference as the first couple of chapters didn’t really blend together like they do in a novel.

Once I realized that it was short stories, I found time to read when I knew I only had a few moments here and there. The stories are all quite short, and easy to read one or two in just a few moments.

Even though the stories were short, a lot happened in each one. I wasn’t prepared with how much the book involved hunting the animals. I personally don’t enjoy reading about that, but I do understand how it was necessary living where they did.

Venturing with God in Congo basically started from the beginning of the missionary experience of the Champlin family. It started with just him and his wife and then slowly their children are introduced.

I thought it was so interesting to read how they made it work, living in the jungle like they did. Their structures and how they made it as safe as they could, the food that they had to get used to, even the clothing that they wore in comparison to the local people.

Almost every story had a tie in to a Bible verse or two, which was posted at the beginning of the story, the end, or both. It really made you think about the verse a little differently when you could put it in the context of what they were going through at the time.

One thing I really enjoyed was throughout the book there were local words that were defined or shown the pronunciation. That is so handy when reading a book that has words from a different language!

I would definitely recommend this book. If you wanted to read about missionaries like I did, or if you just wanted some cool little adventure stories, it would be a great book to read!

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What I read in February 2020

February was sort of a wonky month. A leap year, traveling all at the last minute, the start of our school year. It was just a lot to fit in! I only got in a few books for the month, but I think I will be back on track come March. I am still doing well for my Goodreads challenge though! Here is what I read in February 2020!
What I read in February 2020 1
The Box by Craig Biehl – Mr. C’s little antique box is giving Mr. A fits. How could such a simple idea ruin his sleep and push him to abandon his atheism to become an agnostic? And why does he doubt his former confidence to deny the possibility of miracles and the existence of the God of Scripture? It seems the little brown box had shaken him to the core. Was he really a man of faith, and blind faith at that? Must an atheist really know everything about the universe and beyond to know that God does not exist? Was his atheism irrational? Atheists and agnostics pride themselves on being reasonable and scientific while viewing Christian faith as blind and unreasonable. But the opposite is true. Christian faith is neither blind nor unreasonable while the best arguments of atheism and agnosticism rest on false assumptions of faith. Moreover, the toughest arguments against Christianity and the truth of Scripture can become the means of stronger joy and faith in Christ when we see the unreasonable and unscientific nature of unbelief in the best of its proponents. All arguments against the existence and nature of God can easily be exposed as resting on unreasonable assumptions of blind faith. When Christians learn to see and understand these assumptions, they are not only equipped to refute the most difficult claims of unbelief, they will be encouraged in their faith in Christ and inoculated against intimidating arguments that would steal their joy and assurance.

What I thought: This book was part of a review that I did for The Unbreakable Faith Course and you can read that blog post to check it out more. But I did enjoy this book and the banter back and forth between the two characters.
What I read in February 2020 2Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea by Barbara Demick – In this landmark addition to the literature of totalitarianism, award-winning journalist Barbara Demick follows the lives of six North Korean citizens over fifteen years–a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung, the rise to power of his son Kim Jong-il (the father of Kim Jong-un), and a devastating famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

Demick brings to life what it means to be living under the most repressive regime today–an Orwellian world that is by choice not connected to the Internet, where displays of affection are punished, informants are rewarded, and an offhand remark can send a person to the gulag for life. She takes us deep inside the country, beyond the reach of government censors, and through meticulous and sensitive reporting we see her subjects fall in love, raise families, nurture ambitions, and struggle for survival. One by one, we witness their profound, life-altering disillusionment with the government and their realization that, rather than providing them with lives of abundance, their country has betrayed them.

What I thought: Wow.. I finished a couple books about this and my mind is still boggled by the things written about. The circumstances that people are living through to this day! Just wow…
What I read in February 2020 3
The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami – In these pages, Laila Lalami brings us the imagined memoirs of the first black explorer of America: Mustafa al-Zamori, called Estebanico. The slave of a Spanish conquistador, Estebanico sails for the Americas with his master, Dorantes, as part of a danger-laden expedition to Florida. Within a year, Estebanico is one of only four crew members to survive.

As he journeys across America with his Spanish companions, the Old World roles of slave and master fall away, and Estebanico remakes himself as an equal, a healer, and a remarkable storyteller. His tale illuminates the ways in which our narratives can transmigrate into history—and how storytelling can offer a chance at redemption and survival.

What I thought: This book was fascinating. I quite enjoyed the storyline. What made it better was the fact that we are studying this time period in our homeschool and the names and events matched up so it was an added bonus.

And that is what I read in February 2020! March is longer but is going to be busier, so we will see what I can get read! Let me know if you have any favorite books!

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The Unbreakable Faith Course {Review}

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With different things going on in my life, and even the world as a whole, I have been looking for more solid teaching about God and faith in general. I was excited to work through The Unbreakable Faith Course from Pilgrim’s Rock, LLC.
Pilgrims RockThis course is definitely something I was looking for! What is included in the set that I received were two books and then access to the online course.
The Unbreakable Faith Course booksSince I love reading, I was happy to find out that it included books. I am the type of person that prefers physical books rather than online. There is the option to get ebooks though, if you prefer that.
The Unbreakable Faith Course Box
The Box is the first book I read and was a pretty easy read. It is based on the conversations of Mr. A and Mr. C, which is basically Atheist and Christian. I enjoyed the banter between them.

Even though this book is an easier read, there is a lot of information tucked into its 150 pages. Once Mr. A and Mr. C are introduced, the author brings them into the story more often using them as examples. It really helps understand where he is going with certain points.

I also appreciate the end notes at the end of each chapter. Those are usually things I tend to skip, but these had quite a bit of interesting information. I would highly suggest reading them!

The book did not end as I thought it would, which I appreciated. It made it more real, if that made sense. I could see passing it out to friends and family that you know may be interested in learning more and are questioning certain things.
The Unbreakable Faith Course Book
God the Reason is the next book. And wow…it is pretty much the opposite of the first book. That isn’t bad! Just mentioning it is different.

The first book reads more like a novel and this book reads more like a textbook. Just as an example.

Some chapter titles, for example, include: God Is Eternal, God Needs Nothing, and God Cannot Be Known Unless He Reveals Himself.

I was thinking that I was going to read it quickly like the first one and that definitely isn’t the case. I find myself reading and rereading so many sentences and phrases.

Each chapter is like a book in itself, there is just so much information. It even brings up the age old question, which came first the chicken or the egg. I remember being asked that when I was little and always had a definitive answer….and then it changed. And changed again..

This book is definitely going to take a while to finish, I am almost done with chapter four currently. When I am done I will definitely keep it on my bookshelf to refer back to.
Unbreakable Faith Course screen
Lastly is the course itself. There is so much I could say about what I have seen so far! The dashboard is where you can access all sorts of information. Quite a few extras are there that are handy to have for life in general, like a calendar and such.

I recommend looking at the syllabus, which is provided. Among other things, it provides a sort of schedule. That really helps so you don’t feel overwhelmed. The course itself is not overwhelming but for people like me that like a little order, it is nice to have it included.

You have approximately 36 weeks to take the course. You can do it in your own time, which for this course, I would say is a must!

The syllabus breaks the course down into six parts. Well, basically five parts and then a final exam. Each part is then broken down and lets you know what to read and what videos to watch. There are quizzes after each part.

The quizzes are mainly about each part, but will include bits from previous parts as well. As with most quizzes, they are supposed to be closed book and with no distractions…and obviously no cheating!

Unbreakable Faith Course video
The videos in the course are an average of 10 minutes long. They are full of Bible verses as well as discussions that coincide with the reading. The narrator explains things in such an easy to understand way. You can follow along with his speaking through the use of bullet points when there aren’t verses on the screen. That makes it nice.

As a side note, I enjoy the songs that play before and after each video. They are very easy to listen to, and familiar to me as they remind me of a church I went to when I lived in Arizona.

I can understand why the site gives you 36 weeks to take it. This is a course that I want to take my time with and really absorb it and not just take it for the sake of taking it.

It is suggested that the age for The Unbreakable Faith Course is 15 and older. I agree with that! What is neat though is if your student does everything according to the syllabus, they could get a high school credit for the course!

I would definitely recommend this course if you are at all interested in learning more about faith and maybe the lack thereof. You will learn even more in the process!

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SchoolhouseTeachers.com {Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW inexchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

A few years ago I tried out SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I remember they had violin lessons which was perfect timing since Lauren had just received a violin as a gift! We have the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership now and the site has changed so much! For the better!
The kids were just finishing up the 11th grade when we logged on this time. I was curious how many different things they had for the high school range. It’s usually harder to find than for the younger crowd.
Look at all of these subjects! I didn’t need to worry about selection, that’s for sure! Since we had just finished a rough school year, I thought we would focus on electives for a bit. But I am definitely having ideas for their next school year!

When you look at the Electives choices, they have such variety.. From Accounting to Bread Making…from Photography to Logic. There is definitely something for everyone.

I decided to look at things in the 12th grade since that is what they will be starting soon. Kyle has been talking about getting a job, and while he won’t be able to jump into what he wants to do right away, I thought that taking the Career Exploration first would be a great idea!
Schoolhouse Teachers CareerThe course is 8 weeks long, a lesson a week. You can do the lessons whenever you want though, so if you had a real go-getter, they could finish it pretty quickly.

What I liked about this Career Exploration course is that it isn’t just a personality test. There are so many of those online that the kids have taken and the results were quite random and unbelievable.

This course has you doing research and thinking hard about different careers. I think a lot of kids might know what they want to do and not want to think about anything else, but this really helps in the why you might want to at least look into other thing conversation.
SchoolhouseTeachers GraphicAs we looked at the rest of the elective choices, we saw quite a few that we wanted to do. But seeing as we just recently moved and not everything was unpacked, we couldn’t do all of them. The kids decided to get a head start on Introduction to Graphic Design.

One thing that I noticed and loved right away about this course is the section on legality. Being in the creative field in the past, it’s hard to get people to understand about copyright. I love that this course touches on that.

Another thing that is nice is that it doesn’t require any special software. I already have Photoshop and such, but not everyone does. It’s nice that they are doing this course with a free software.

We haven’t gotten too far into this course, but I  am loving it so far.
Schoolhouse Teachers KyleOnce we start our last year in high school, you can bet that I will be looking into the other sections besides the electives. They have every subject that you need!

This last year we are working on American History, and they have plenty to choose from for that…I was happy to see that they had Drive Thru History American History for a little bit longer. We have used that in the past and we all loved it!

We are also doing Art this next school year and I am really intrigued about the different things that are offered. I know we are doing Photography, but they even have a course for that! I have to admit I am curious about the drawing classes that are offered…for myself!

I really believe that the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership is the way to go with SchoolhouseTeachers.com.  There are so many different courses to choose from for your school year.

And since we start our school year in the winter, it is nice to know that we can just start them whenever we like and aren’t tied into a certain start/finish time. You can mix things on the site with curriculum you already have, or, what is super cool, at least with the courses we have done, it tells you all about the transcript information so that you can put together your own year just from the courses on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. That is always helpful with high school courses because homeschooling high school can be stressful!

The courses are all planned with a Christian worldview, which is reassuring. In the past we have used a secular curriculum and have been somewhat shocked at the things included in there.

One other thing that I noticed as we were perusing the site was a section devoted to holiday and seasonal resources. I think this is fantastic, especially for the younger kiddos.

I really do think that you can get so much done with just this site for your school year! If you want to read what others think about their time so far using the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership, feel free to click the banner below!

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What I read in January 2020

I had a great reading month in January! I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with everything we had going on, but I was able to finish a lot that I thought were going to work their way into February. I am doing well on my Goodread’s challenge, which helps since I am not sure what 2020 looks like for us. Here is what I read in January 2020!

What I read in January 2020
Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose – It’s 1587 and twelve-year-old Alis has made the long journey with her parents from England to help settle the New World, the land christened Virginia in honor of the Queen. And Alis couldn’t be happier. While the streets of London were crowded and dirty, this new land, with its trees and birds and sky, calls to Alis. Here she feels free. But the land, the island Roanoke, is also inhabited by the Roanoke tribe and tensions between them and the English are running high, soon turning deadly.

Amid the strife, Alis meets and befriends Kimi, a Roanoke girl about her age. Though the two don’t even speak the same language, these girls form a special bond as close as sisters, willing to risk everything for the other. Finally, Alis must make an impossible choice when her family resolves to leave the island and bloodshed behind.

A beautiful, tender story of friendship and the meaning of family, Caroline Starr Rose delivers another historical gem.

Quick thought: I thought this was told really well! I liked the characters and enjoyed the story line!
What I read in January 2020
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine – Nine-year-old Ling has a very happy life. Her parents are both dedicated surgeons at the best hospital in Wuhan, and her father teaches her English as they listen to Voice of America every evening on the radio. But when one of Mao’s political officers moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust and hatred, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors, and soon, for herself and her family. For the next four years, Ling will suffer more horrors than many people face in a lifetime. Will she be able to grow and blossom under the oppressive rule of Chairman Mao? Or will fighting to survive destroy her spirit–and end her life?

Quick thought: This was a short read, but I enjoyed how it was done. The characters were developed nicely.
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Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-Williams – In the spirit of A Short History of Nearly Everything comes Periodic Tales. Award-winning science writer Hugh Andersey-Williams offers readers a captivating look at the elements—and the amazing, little-known stories behind their discoveries. Periodic Tales is an energetic and wide-ranging book of innovations and innovators, of superstition and science and the myriad ways the chemical elements are woven into our culture, history, and language. It will delight readers of Genome, Einstein’s Dreams, Longitude, and The Age of Wonder.

Quick thought:I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. I normally don’t get into science type books, but this one was pretty informative!
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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao – Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Quick thought: This started out with such promise… And then it got a little weird..and then the ending was just a little meh for me. I finished it though, and I am glad that I did.
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Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid – Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living showing other women how to do the same. A mother to two small girls, she started out as a blogger and has quickly built herself into a confidence-driven brand. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night. Seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, a security guard at their local high-end supermarket accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make it right.

But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

Quick thought: I really got into this book for a while…and then it just petered out for me. I finished it, but it really was just a meh book.
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Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea?

You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it.

It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse.

And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…

Quick thought: I didn’t know what to think about this book before I started reading it. But it got funnier as it went and I enjoyed it! I am kind of curious about the tv series, I remember seeing something about it a while back but never watched it…
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The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 2 by Larry Gonick – “From the Bastille to Baghdad,” The Cartoon History of the World Part 2 is the conclusion (for the moment) of Larry Gonick’s award-winning and bestselling annals of humankind presented in graphic novel form. Picking up after the American Revolution, where Part 1 left off, Part 2 opens with the Enlightenment and rolls across Napoleon, the fall of the Ottoman Empire, World War I and II, and all the way to our recent imbroglios in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 2 is a monumental, one might say “historic” achievement, at once edifying, irreverent, and wildly entertaining. Terry Jones of Monty Python said of the first volume of this series, Obviously one of the great books of all time.” And modern civilization’s most recent act is no less enthralling.

Quick thought: This is a good read to refresh things from history that you thought you remembered but may not have… I like the cartoon format, some of them are pretty funny… But it is a pretty easy read, and informative!
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Word By Word by Kory Stamper – With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage.

Filled with fun facts–for example, the first documented usage of “OMG” was in a letter to Winston Churchill–and Stamper’s own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America’s foremost “irregardless” apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.

Quick thought: I found a lot of this book fascinating, but it did seem a bit repetitive and uninteresting in places. I guess if you were totally interested in words and such it would be a wonderful read. I did enjoy some of the things I learned though!
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Kindred by Octavia E. Butler – The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given…

Quick thought: I enjoyed this book! At times I wondered where it was going to go… I found out at the end, quite suddenly. I do wish the ending was a bit longer. I did like the main character!

That is what I read in January 2020! I did get a large delivery of books lately, so I will have to go through them to see what is good to read next!

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