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Sunday, December 18, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 370-399


Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time


370. baking healthy foods for Thanksgiving dinner.
371. having deer roast for Thanksgiving that we killed ourselves
372. putting up the Christmas tree
373. staying home in my warm bed and not venturing out for Black Friday
374. having all my shopping done before Dec 1st
375. baking Christmas goodies for family, friend & neighbors
376. getting a hug from a thankful neighbor when delivering cookies
377. Saturday evening church service
378. Advent
379. Christmas movies
380. Cub Scouts Chariot Race
381. making Pinewood Derby car w/ dad
382. kids helping in the kitchen
383. kids doing their chores w/out issue
384. presents under the Christmas tree
385. planning son's 10th birthday party
386. making a checkered race car cake for son's 10th birthday
387. watching my son enjoy his birthday party
388. hot cup of tea on a snowy cold evening
389. my AWD vehicle on slick roads
390. having a month of from reviewing books to enjoy Christmas
391. making greeting cards for friends birthdays and Christmas
392. my stamping class- learning new techniques
393. hanging w/ the neighbor at the craft store
394. Christmas lights throughout the house
395. setting out our keyboard and listening to the kids play
396. receiving Christmas cards from friends and family
397. excitement in my kids faces when they shop for their father for Christmas
398. Jesus's birth
399. having three weeks off of homeschool to enjoy the Christmas season

Monday, November 14, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 350-369


Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time


350. getting my very first deer hunting license
351. shooting my very first deer on the first shot
352. hubby shooting a buck the following weekend
353. having almost 100 lbs of venison to feed our family this winter
354. having friend time while our kids play together
355. watching a new friendship blossom and grow and nuturing an old one
356. having friends volunteer to watch kiddos so you can have an anniversary date
357. 14 yrs of marriage
358. cooking my very first venison meal & loving it
359. making apple pies for neighbors & friends
360. Saturday church service
362. family game night playing Yahtzee and Wits and Wagers Family until almost midnight
363. Veteran's Day- thanking all the serviceman & woman including my hubby
364. making an anniversary cake for my hubby as a surprise
365. losing more weight and feeling great
366. being able to run longer distances without injury
367. our first snowfall
368. cuddling up on the couch warm while the cold wind whips outside
369. reading about Montana history

Friday, October 21, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 326-349



Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time

326. losing 8.6lbs over the past 4 weeks
327. running my second race in 49:54.. 3 1/2 miles
328. hubby coming home safely after two, 2 week work trips to TX
329. harvesting the last of our garden before our first freeze
330. 8 weeks done in our homeschooling and still loving it all
331. finishing up a hand made gift for my daughter's 17th bday
332. being able to run everyday and not having pain
333. having a supportive husband in everything I do
334. getting our first hunting license to get us some deer.. hopefully
335. having the opportunity to get our own meat for the winter
336. living in Montana
337. enjoying this slow season of my life
338. getting lost for an hour in a corn maze w/ my family
339. picking my own pumpkin at the patch
340. getting rebate checks at the perfect timing
341. winterizing our vehicles and being blessed we have all three of them
342. reading the entire Bible in 88 days
343. monthly stamping class
344. time to get creative and make cards
345. fall decorations around my home
346. Autumn.. my favorite season
347. watching God's beauty through all the changing leaves
348. my husband's job
349. yummy veggie burgers from Costco- all natural

Saturday, September 10, 2011

One Thousand Gifts- 309-325


Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time



309. zuchini bread from my garden
310. cucumber salad from my garden
311. sunflowers in my garden that are taller than me
312. boys excited about watching a movie on Gettysburg on the history channel
313. DS9 in 4th grade
314. DS12 in 7th grade
315. DD16 in 11th grade
316. repairing cracks in the ceiling
317. corn almost ready to harvest
318. painting the exterior of the house
319. being able to preserve the new deck by putting a tough coat on the top
320. having my hubby back home from Texas
321. two days off that doesn't include paint
322. ordering the radiator fan for my 'burb' so we can drive it soon
323. having the $$ to buy broken door latch on Mountaineer
324. finishing up 100 Christmas Cards
325. feeling sore from the gym tells me I am helping my body grow stronger

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

One Thousand Blessings 260-308






Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time




260. making lasagna, apple pie & rosemary biscuits
261. knowing my Suburban will be fixed and not totaled
262. having something on the roof of your car, having it fall off, and then having someone find it, give it to a police officer and then have him return it.
263. nail polish on my toes
264. a shower after a hot 100 degree bike ride
265. thunderstorm cooling off a hot summer day
266. watching God's fireworks above the city
267. getting a rental car for our family while the 'burb' gets fixed
268. visiting family in Idaho
269. Homeschool Book Store in Spokane
270. Costco membership
271. watching kids play at the Bounce House
272. ability to cook good food for my family
273. Donut House
274. getting the right price for our totaled Suburban
275. road trip to Salt Lake City, Utah
276. finding our new Mountaineer in Butte, MT
277. being able to return our rental car in Butte to save money on gas
278. getting our Suburban back from the autobody shop
279. watching DS12 and hubby work together on putting the 'burb' back together
280. Downpour Festival
281. my hubby and his ability to fix almost everything
282. our 'burb' back together again
283. family coming to see Downpour Festival for the first time
284. Listening to the David Crowder Band
285. new hose for my front yard
286. my daughter safe with her father for the school year
287. being content that my daughter is staying with her father this year
288. having three vehicles
289. a cool house on a hot day

290. Bible in 90 Days
291. selling curriculum to make room for new stuff
292. Women of Faith tickets
293. school starting back without any issues
294. watching DS12 get excited all week with his school waking early to get started
295. Heart of Dakota Curriculum
296. Apologia Science
297. Notgrass Curriculum
298. Reading with my son each day for school while he cuddles with me
299. hearing DS9 read clearly
300. having a clean house
301. painting a yellow room for DS12 and seeing how excited he is to have it done for him
302. painting daughters room light pink
303. painting DS9's room light blue- his favorite color
304. seeing my boys do their chores without having to ask
305. watching my garden grow
306. seeing my very first tomato growing on the vine
307. harvesting my lettuce and carrots
308. working on my Christmas cards

Monday, July 18, 2011

One Thousand Blessings 246-259


Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time



246. watching 13 ducks walk down our road and across our yard

247. hearing my son's ask me "Are you ok Mommy" right after the car accident

248. hearing that my son's told their friends that 'My Mom was brave'

249. knowing God wrapped His arms around us during our car accident & kept us safe

250. Seeing the love of friends and family after the accident

251. Allegra Allergy meds

252. the other driver had car insurance

253. my boys earning their blue and green belts in Martial Arts

254. making my Christmas cards in July

255. reading my Bible in 90 Days

256. Preparing my photos for the fair

257. having my hubby enter photos in the fair for the first time

258. hot Summer day

259. watching the boys play with water balloons



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Homemade Iced Coffee

There is something about having iced coffee in the Summer. I absolutely love it. Of course, mine is decaf since I kicked the caffeine habit back in November 2010. I came across the best and most delicious iced coffee recipe ever over @ The Pioneer Woman.

I used to just make a pot of coffee through the coffee pot, then pour it into a large caraf. Let it cool down completely, then fill a glass with ice, pour it in along with my yummy vanilla all natural creamer to make iced coffee. Well now that I've made this, this way, I will never go back to the coffee pot again.

Go check out the recipe and her detailed instructions on her website above.

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She had a container that held twice as much as mine could to steep the coffee. So I ended up making one batch which you can see above in the picture and then the next day did another batch so I have double what I have above now and about what she had in her one. I just didn't have the space or bowls to make the large one she did at once.

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Pour in some yummy creamer and some ice and VOILA!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

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I don't know about you, but I won't buy the packaged Angel Food cake or sponge cake that you would use with your strawberry shortcake. I came across an absolutely DELICIOUS alternative to the storebought cakes and will continue to use this recipe unless I find one that is better. You can check out their website @ Deliciously Organic to find this recipe and more.

I love making things from scratch and this recipe was really easy to make. I also made my own whipped cream from scratch. Really easy. 1 cup heavy whipping creme, 1/4 cup of organic sugar and 1 tsp organic vanilla. Whip together with beater for few minutes until it peaks.

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Here they all are after I baked them. I probably could of taken them out a minute earlier. They tasted just fine though.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

One Thousand Gifts 191-245



Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time


191. watching my daughter dress up for her first prom
192. daughter getting her hair done at the salon for her prom
193. being able to share in her prom experience
194. making a masquerade cake
195. safe travels to Michigan on our vacation
196. seeing cousins for the first time
197. watching my son make a birdhouse with his grandpa
198. spending time with my father in law for the first time
199. seeing Mount Rushmore through the eyes of a child
200. seeing Michigan lighthouses for the first time
201. touching Lake Huron and collecting sand
202. touching Lake Michigan and collecting sand
203. enjoying Mother's Day with cousins in Michigan
204. catching my first Michigan fish
205. watching my youngest catch 4 fish.. His first ever!
206. driving to see Oscoda, MI
207. seeing a dear friend after 3 yrs
208. having the money needed to take a trip across country
209. hubby being able to take two weeks off for the trip
210. watching my daughter's big grin as we go through Mt Rushmore Caves
211. collecting pressed pennies on our journey
212. seeing Colonial Michilimackinac and enjoying the Fort all to ourselves
213. walking around the entire border of the Devil's Tower
214. watching my two boys earn their Ranger badge
215. walking through the streets of Deadwood, SD and watching my kids see history come alive
216. walking through the ghost town Fayette and thankful it didn't rain on us
217. seeing hundreds of barns on our drive through Wisconsin
218. having my hubby help with driving over 3000 miles
219. the Lego Store at Mall of America
220. the Rainforest Cafe at Mall of America
221. 1880's Town in South Dakota.. Seeing the 1880's live and in person.
222. seeing the smiles on my daughters' face when we went to the Corn Palace, SD
223. knowing that Crazy Horse is being built by one devoted family and not the government
224. finishing up another school year with success
225. son finishing up his elementary school career
226. making a graduation cake for my son's 6th grade graduation
227. seeing his surprise when he saw it was for him
228. seeing my daughter complete her first year of homeschooling
229. hubby coming home from a three week work deployment to Arizona
230. green grass
231. working sprinkler system in the back to simplify watering the lawn
232. lawnmower that works
233. helping hands to pluck weeds to prepare for our garden
234. willing hands to assemble the garden boxes
235. watching the garden grow
236. hubby putting together watering buckets to simplify watering the garden
237. homemade iced decaf coffee
238. curriculum for 2011-2012 purchased
239. nature studies
240. 'Created for Work' book to read to my son
241. my gym membership..
242. being healthy enough to workout
243. my tendon healing
244. homemade chocolate chip cookies straight from the freezer
245. making new friendships

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rosemary Buttermilk Biscuits


I have decided to join in on this fun open house over at The Legacy of Home blog. Today she is asking for us to share a recipe..

I would like to share my Rosemary Biscuit Recipe I found online at Organic Valley several months ago. This is so easy to make and so delicious. Perfect to add to any dinner you are preparing.

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Rosemary Buttermilk Biscuits


Ingredients
3 cups white flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 1⁄2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary
4 1⁄4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
1 1⁄2 sticks Butter, frozen
2 cups Buttermilk

Directions


Heat oven to 425 degrees.


Place flours, rosemary, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl; whisk to mix them together thoroughly. Using the large holes of a hand-held grater, grate the frozen butter directly into the flour mixture. Stir lightly and briefly to combine. (Alternatively, you can mix the dry ingredients in a food processor and use a large-holed grating disk to grate in the butter. Then transfer the flour-butter mixture to a bowl.)

Make a well in the center of the flour-butter mixture, pour in the buttermilk, and use a meat fork to stir until mixture just barely comes together as a dough. Transfer it to a lightly floured surface and gently but briefly knead it 4-5 turns. Use a floured rolling pin or your fingers to roll or lightly press the dough out to a thickness of 3/4-inch. Use a floured 3-inch biscuit cutter to cut out rounds, taking care to slice straight down into the dough without twisting the cutter. (This will help the biscuits rise better.) Gather any dough scraps, press them together, and cut additional biscuits.

Transfer biscuits to an ungreased baking pan.


Bake until high and golden brown, 10-13 minutes. Serve hot or warm. Makes 12-14 three-inch biscuits.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Read for the Heart Review

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I have had the opportunity through the TOS Crew to receive and review "Read For the Heart" by Sarah Clarkson.

What is Read For the Heart?

Keeping this volume close at hand is like having a child's librarian for a best friend! A great book spurs the imagination in childhood, inspires our dreams in adulthood, and nourishes the soul with depictions of life fully and courageously lived. Among the greatest gifts you can bequeath to a child are a love for reading and a passion for books. But how do you sort through the many thousands of books available to your children to find those that are worthwhile?

Let Sarah Clarkson be your guide to the best in literature for your family. From timeless classics to modern favorites, from picture books to adventure novels to read-aloud favorites, more than 1,000 wonderful stories for young people are recommended within these pages. Now you can make great literature a lasting part of your child's life and education.

My Thoughts on this Book:

I am absolutely in love with this book. It is hard to go through all the books that are out there to find appropriate ones for your children. Sarah has helped take the guesswork out of this difficult task. This is a great book to go to, to locate the perfect book to check out at the library or to purchase for your bookshelf. Includes brief descriptions that are right there with the listing. Includes many books not already in other booklist style books out there.

As a Christian parent of three growing children, I am concerned about the books my children are exposed to. It's difficult to really search out books that give good moral character lessons and are not full of worldly influence. This book is full of books that are worth reading and sharing. The book titles are listed by age groups and also includes a notice if there is upsetting content. A++ in my book!

The Cost of this Product?
Retail cost of this paperback book is $17.00

Contact Info:

You can purchase this book at Apologia or wherever paperback books are sold

I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Mad Dog Math Review

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I have had the opportunity to receive and review Mad Dog Math through my participation in the TOS Crew.

What is Mad Dog Math?

From their website "Mad Dog Math is a supplement to any math curriculum... taking the basic facts and braking them down into bite-sized pieces that any child can master. A child progresses through a series of timed drills at his/her own pace."

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How To Use This Product?

*Enables children to master their +, -, x, and ÷ facts in a fun challenging, exciting, and motivating way
*Math supplement for any math curriculum
*For grades K through 5th; remedial middle school and high school
*Standard, daily 10 minute time commitment from start to finish
*Huge body of math facts broken down into bite-sized pieces any child can master


There are three levels to this program plus a challenge level. Levels 1 and 2 are addition, subtraction and Level 3 is Multiplication and division. Each lesson consists of twenty math problems on levels 1 or w and twenty-four problems on the other two levels.

Your child will move through short, timed practice pages. It is designed around your child— if your child misses two or fewer problems, they will move to the next set of facts, if they don't pass, they will work on that same set again.

Mad Dog Math is available for Windows only, and it will track mor than one student throughout the entire program. You can try it out for free at their website, and that gives you access to the first fact family in all three of the levels.

As your child masters each level he will get a sticker that will be placed on the top right corner of their screen. So far my son has earned one.

My Thoughts on this Curriculum?

We really enjoyed working through this. We've had it for a little over a month and I have seen a lot of improvement in my son's division. He is middle elementary age so working through the addition and subtraction was easy for him but he did enjoy the multiplication and division. He was eager to beat the clock. As he worked through each level it went from 2 minutes to 1 minute to 30 seconds to complete each page. This really helped him in memorizing and working through the math facts quickly and most of the time he didn't even have to think before typing it in.

How Much Does this Cost?

To purchase, you can choose a one or two year license for $19.99 and $29.99 or a perpetual license for $39.99 and download the software immediately. Windows 32 bit or 64 bit software available.

Contact Info:
 

Phone(562) 533-5772

Mailing AddressMad Dog Math
4562 Ocana Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90713


I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Nutrition 101-Choose Life Health Review

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I have had the opportunity to receive a digital copy of Nutrition 101: Choose Life from Growing Healthy Homes through TOS Crew.
 
Who is Growing Healthy Homes?

From their website:

 "We established Growing Healthy Homes LLC in 2007 to educate and train families regarding God's plan to optimum health as outlined in the Bible. We are wives, mothers, researchers and teachers dedicated to reaching homes with a message of hope and healing. Our product line includes family-centered and health-infused books/e-books, as well as educational materials for user of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils.

It is our mission to honor God by creating and distributing products that educate and empower His children to establish healthy, Christ-centered homes."


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-Would you like to feed your family more nutriously, but have no idea where to start?
-Do you think the cost of eating nutriously is out of your budget?
-Are you looking to educate your children on the best ways to eat healthy for your body?
  • Then this might be for you! Nutrion 101 teaches the whys of eating the way we do.
     
    Nutrition 101: Choose Life! is a unit study. Covers a variety of subjects like science, anatomy, biology, nutrition, and health. You can use it daily or weekly.
     
    You can use this in conjunction with your grocery shopping, meal preparation, and meal time. This allows your children to learn as they live. You can also use this as a curriculum.
     
    Chapters are structured to be completed in a week.
     
    There is 6 units to this study including:

  • Unit 1- The Brain and Nervous System
    Unit 2- The Digestive System
    Unit 3- The Respiratory, Olfactory, Auditory, Visual
     Unit 4- Muscular and Skeletal System
    Unit 5- Cardiovascular & Immune System
    Unit 6- Endocrine System & Emotions

     
    Each unit has four chapter... For example... 
     
    Chapter 1- The Brain
    Chapter 2- Brain Health & Nutrition
    Chapter 3- Nervous System  
    Chapter 4- Nervous System Health & Nutrition
     
    Chapters are structured to be completed in a week.
     
     Each unit contains:
     
    -Chapters: each one includes information about body systems or how food affects them.
    -Discussion Questions
    -Activities: Pick and choose or do them all.  
    -Additional Activities: these are optional and great if you'd like to dig deeper  
    -'Power' Recipes and Additional Recipes: 'Power' Recipes to enhance the topics covered in the chapter and use additional recipes throughout the course of the unit.  
    -Activity Guide- answer key for all the activities.  
    -Appendix- contains charts, tables and articles that elaborate on the text and give direction for some of the discussions and activities.
     
     
    Example to implement a chapter a week:  
     
    Monday-Read over the chapter and discussion questions and choose activities 
    Tuesday- Review chapter highlights, collect ingredients for the 'Power' Recipe 
    Wednesday- Prepare 'Power' Recipe
     Thursday- Choose activities from 'Power' Recipe  
    Friday.- Share highlights from the week.
     
     'Power' Recipes following each chapter are accompanied by engaging and exciting activities that will enhance the learning experience beyond the recipes. Activities are divided into elementary and secondary activities.
     
     My Thoughts on this Product:

    We started implementing natural and organic eating into our diet back in November 2010. When I found out I had the opportunity to review this product, I was very excited. Telling my children the importance of eating well and actually serving them wholesome meals was only the beginning. This unit study takes what I've done to the next level. I can now show them why we made the decision to eat the way we do.

     This gives you healthy recipes, wonderful discussion questions and helpful activities that show my kids the benefits to eating healthy for a lifetime. Perfect addition to our homeschooling and to our lifestyle.
     
     What's the Cost?
     
    You can purchase this in three ways. In book form for $99.95, as a CD for $79.95 or you can purchase the combo pack CD and book for $129.95.
     
    Contact Info: 

    Website:
     
    Address:
    P.O. Box 3154
    Bartlesville, OK 74006

    Phone 
    918-841-2934
     
    Email:
    karen@growinghealthyhomes.com
     
     
    I received this product as a part of my involvement in the 2010-2011 TOS Crew in exchange for an honest review of this product. No other compensation was given.

    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts 171-190

    Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time

    171. watching my son turn 12
    172. creating a lego cake from scratch
    173. watching my son's expression when he sees his cake
    174. having the $ to buy an alternator when it goes out on the Suburban
    175. catching up on grading papers
    176. running my first 2 mile marathon in 28.08 minutes
    177. healing tendons
    178. feeling my muscles getting stronger and smaller
    179. watching my boys spar in a Martial Arts competition
    180. signing up for IceBreaker
    181. being able to help out w/ the Spring Fling dance
    182. watching my son's face when I got the whole Series of Unfortunate Events books for him when he thought he wasn't going to get them
    183. being a member of HSLDA
    184. knowing they are there when you need them
    185. lemon water- helps with detoxing
    186. fishing license so I can fish with my honey
    187. feeding the birds in the yard
    188. watching in awe at how quickly they go through the birdseed
    189. knowing that God provides for all of us
    190. Reading Kingdom- helping my son connect the dots to help w/ his reading

    Tuesday, February 22, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts 161-170


    Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time

    161. Being able to run a full 1.5 miles without having to walk
    162. having the money to purchase 2011-2012 curriculum
    163. finding a new curriculum that looks perfect for our family
    164. being able to spend a whole day in the kitchen baking & making food for the family
    165. making my own homemade pop tarts that are healthier for my family
    166. attempting to make homemade fig newtons
    167. able to teach the 4H class yesterday and really enjoyed it
    168. being able to sell my curriculum to be able to make room for my new stuff
    169. hugs from my 9 year old
    170. hearing my son say "Have I told you today that I love you?"

    Friday, February 11, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts- 146-160

    Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a Time

    146. having the strength to run longer intervals in my new quest to run in a race
    147. signing up for my first ever race for 2 miles
    148. skating with my hubby while holding hands
    149. watching my kids with their friends at the homeschool Valentine skate today
    150. having my hubby say "I would like to fix a special dinner for you but the ones you make are so great I can't top them" and he means it..
    151. being blessed to sell my unused curriculum to get curriculum I'll use
    152. celebrating 3 months without caffeine and lovin' it
    153. being blessed with so many curriculum options that wasn't available just 20 yrs ago
    154. hearing my son say "Have I told you today Mom that I love you?"
    155. getting a beautiful flower as a special delivery today from my secret sister
    156. running 2 miles quicker than a week ago
    157. feeling the aches in my legs from running and being blessed that I can run and walk
    158. cuddling with my guinea pig Mattie.. she's so cute and loveable
    159. enjoying quiet time with my Bible
    160. Gold's Gym

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    On Thousand Gifts- 136-145

    Multiple Blessings, One Blessing @ a time...

    136. being able to have the energy to return to the gym
    137. hearing 'thanks for pushing me to go to the vet class tonight' from my daughter
    138. reading the Bible everyday
    139. making arrangements to have tea with a friend
    140. losing 4lbs
    141. watching my daughter make dinner that she planned all by herself
    142. seeing my son's eyes light up when I bring home a reading book from the library
    143. the 41 degree weather today
    144. getting back into my routine after my sickness
    145. watching my kids play together and their laughter filling the room

    Monday, January 31, 2011

    Times Alive Multiplication CD Review

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    I have had the opportunity to receive and review Times Alive Multiplication Download for PC.
     
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    Who is City Creek Press?

    From their website: "City Creek Press, owned and operated by educational pioneer Judy Liautaud....Judy was determined to find a way to help her students learn math tables in a fun and meaningful way. She created a unique method that connected visual images, stories, and songs to mundane number facts.

    The great success of this method led Judy to create her first publication, Times Tables the Fun Way, which was published in 1992 through a company she established called Key Publishers. Judy’s second book Addition the Fun Way soon followed.The newly named City Creek Press moved to its new location in Minneapolis in July 2000.
     
    Today City Creek Press offers 20 original products that serve one purpose – to make learning a fun and memorable experience for children throughout our nation."

    What do you get when you purchase this product?
     
    This new program makes learning multiplication facts more fun than ever. It is based on the Times Tables the Fun Way Book for Kids and teaches the zero's through the nine times tables.
     
    •PC Windows Download Version
    •Students read along while they hear the storyteller.
    •Lively animation makes the number characters come alive.
    •Each story is followed by a music video with a catchy song.
    •Interactive games and fun quizzes engage the student while testing recall.
    •Progress reports summarize date lesson completed, quiz scores, and time elapsed.
    •Students may stop anywhere and resume where they left off. The program remembers.
     
    System Requirements
    Windows PC
    Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
    Pentium II 400 and higher
    64 MB of Ram or greater
    Soundcard and speakers
    Mouse or other pointing Device
    CD-Rom or DVD-Rom Drives
    Video at 1024x768 or higher

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    My Thoughts on this Product:
     
    I decided to put both of my boys on this program. They are 11 and 9. My 11 yr old struggled with learning his higher number multiplication facts. The basic math drills were not helping him. We've placed him in front of charts, speed drills, workbooks, you name it and nothing helped. My husband is the math teacher in our homeschool and he was getting real frustrated because my son knew everything else and wanted to move forward but couldn't because he needed to memorize the multiplication facts. He was at a stand still.
     
    My 9 yr old loves math but there was a few multiplication facts that he couldn't remember so I put him on this as well. I saw results the first week we used this program. Instantly they were getting the cute stories and applying them to the math facts. My 11 yr old absolutely LOVED the 4X4 storyline to help memorize 16 even though he knew that fact already. Because he learned that story the first week it kept him interested and helped him move along quickly.
     
    I loved watching my boys get it! For the first time in a long time they were enjoying their multiplication and it no longer seemed a chore. You know it's a great program when you have your children begging you to do that first. The program makes it real easy to look at your child's work to see how they are progressing. If they take a test you can see the percentage they got, and how long it took for them to take the test. I loved that I could go back and have him do the test again if I felt it was not good enough or needed reinforcement. You are also able to print off tests for them to take at the table away from the computer.
     
    If you are looking for a multiplication program to help teach your child the facts this is something you should look into. It takes away the boring stuffy textbooks and really makes learning fun. And the best part is they remember!!
     
    You can check out their website HERE
     
    Please check out the video below to learn more about this great software.



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    Wednesday, January 26, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts 111-135

    Multiple Blessings, One blessing @ a time

    111. watching my daughter enjoy cooking for the family
    112. watching my two boys make lunches while Momma has been sick
    113. my hubby taking care of me these past four days while I've been sick
    114. hot baths when your body aches from sickness
    115. hot showers to help relieve the congestion
    116. energy to do my review while I was sick
    117. my upcoming books to read and review in February
    118. doing our taxes because is shows that we have a job to support our family
    119. the library, to help in the cost of homeschooling
    120. getting school done in a timely manner
    121.being able to rest these past four days while I've been sick
    122. my DD11 making tea for me everyday this week
    123. watching my DS9 make his Pinewood Derby 'schoolbus' w/ his daddy
    124. daddy being able to stay home to take him to his car race since Mom was sick
    125. the excitement of him racing his school bus
    126. being sick so I can see how grateful I am for the family I have
    127. the energy to go grocery shopping when I thought I had none
    128. the melting snow
    129. the warmer temps
    130. listening to my boys playing together
    131. my daughter doing the dishes without needing to ask her
    132. having my boys do their chores without having to ask
    133. feeling better
    134. really soft Kleenex tissue
    135. friendships

    Thursday, January 20, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts 101-110

    Multiple Blessings, One Blessing at a time

    101. Energy to exercise twice today
    102. Being able to run longer intervals on the treadmill
    103. Signing up for my first running race
    104. watching my boys huge smiles as they get their martial arts uniforms
    105. the many thank you's I received from them the rest of the day
    106. my daughter's vet class
    107. making homemade hamburger buns
    108. the extra hug and kiss from my hubby before he left for work
    109. yummy decaf green tea I found and it's organic too
    110. watching my daughter make important decisions about her future

    Tuesday, January 18, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts 81-100

    Multiple Blessings, One at a time...
    81. working out at the gym and feeling my muscles work hard
    82. the $ to have a gym membership
    83. a healthy dinner w/ smiling children
    84. hubby making dinner this week to relieve me for a night
    85. my bible time each day
    86. digging into the Word each and everyday this month
    87. aching muscles knowing there getting stronger
    88. having hubby home for three days this weekend
    89. TOS Crew reading review that I hope will help my youngest read better
    90. being able to get up earlier each day before the alarm & have energy to do so
    91. PaperbackSwap- being able to give my books to others
    92. making birthday cards to give to friends & family
    93. watching my boys understand multiplication
    94. Zumba Classes @ the gym
    95. Step class @ the gym
    96. weight lifting class @ the gym
    97. seeing hubby cuddle with DS9 while he was sick this week
    98. my kids watching old TV shows and loving it
    99. clothes given from my friend in the mail today
    100. youth group starting back up this week & the kids excited about going

    Friday, January 14, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts- 61-80

    Multiple Blessings, One at a time...

    61. getting a card from my hubby to tell me I am appreciated.
    62. exercising at the gym
    63. taking Zumba classes and meeting new people
    64. exercising with friends and my daughter
    65. making wholesome meals for my family
    66. making bread from scratch
    67. listening to the kids desiring to eat fruit and veggies
    68. sore muscles, knowing I worked hard
    69. healthy horizons F/T that is helping teach me to be mindful of our health
    70. watching my oldest son earn his yellow belt in Martial Arts
    71. my hubby's 38th birthday
    72. the delicious carrot cake I made for his bday.. mmmm
    73. the happy smile on his face when we came to his work to surprise him w/ the cake
    74. the friendship I am forming with my workout buddy and her family
    75. being a part of the TOS Crew this year
    76. the wonderful reviews I've been given at the perfect time
    77. my daughter's desire to make dinner
    78. my husband's hard work at his job so he can provide for our family
    79. listening to my youngest son read aloud
    80. seeing the huge smile on my oldest son's face after he completes his schoolwork for the day.

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    One Thousand Gifts- 41-60

    Multiple blessings, one at a time.

    41. getting stuck in the snow & remembering my hubby's loving words on how to get out even though he wasn't there to help me.
    42. watching my baby turn 9 yrs old.
    43. watching the children's excitement opening presents on Christmas Day.
    44. watching the snow fall and knowing you are warm inside
    45. having my daughter home with me full time
    46. spending time w/ other homeschool mom's at Barnes n Noble
    47. watching my daughter make new friends
    48. watching my son's gleam with smiles when taking Martial Arts classes
    49. hearing the words " Can we go to church today" from the mouth of my 11 yr old
    50. reading the Bible everyday
    51. Feeling God's presence over me.
    52. being able to cook healthy, natural foods for my family
    53. the financial provisions for our family to be able to purchase organic foods
    54. the knowledge of what's healthy and what's not
    55. Gold's Gym membership for our family
    56. my laptop purchased by my hubby
    57. a child's birthday party
    58. baking several dozen cookies with the kids
    59. making a snowman cake for a bday boy
    60. watching my youngest son enjoy his Cub Scouts meetings