Our Homeschool Journey & Where We Are Now

This is our third year homeschooling. Our 3 oldest children all attended public school until we moved to a new town. At that time we decided to enroll our children into a private school. It was costly, but I was able to offset a very small fraction of the cost by volunteering my time at the school. After a few years we found that the private school was no longer where we needed to be. I was feeling lead to homeschool more now than I had ever felt in the past. Our first year homeschooling was exciting and fun! We decided to enroll our oldest 2 boys into an online program through a Christian school that I had found after countless hours of research. Our younger children started off with one set of curriculum that the Christian school had put together for us and switched to another set halfway through the year. It's hard when you've never homeschooled and you don't exactly know what will work best for your child. I mean, all of these years I had been sending my children off to school for … [Read more...]

Win a Blanket Scarf +CC Beanie from The Paisley Hanger #2017Products

Interested in winning a CC Beanie and Blanket Scarf from The Paisley Hanger Boutique? Yes? Then keep reading! Plus we're offering an exclusive coupon code for all items at The Paisley Hanger just for our readers. Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas? Maybe your answer was yes, but you can always still use something pretty, right? Of course I'm right! You deserve something new and pretty---something just for YOU! We love  The Paisley Hanger Boutique and all that they have to offer--from leggings to sweatshirts to cardigans, I just love the selection! How cute is this adorable red cardigan. It's perfect for Valentine's Day---especially if it's as cold in your area as it is here in Ohio! Too cute! Which is your favorite item from the Boutique? Every item is limited quantity so if you love it, buy it or it may not be there the next time you go to look. The Paisley Hanger is offering a special discount for our readers. Just enter code 15BMO4 at checkout and get 15% off. … [Read more...]

Show That You Care With Kohl’s Cares Gifts

We received Kohl's Cares products to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed are our own. We believe that Kohl's has always been a great place to shop for gifts for friends and family members, however I'm super impressed with the Kohl's Cares. It's not just the prices though, the products are great quality and I love that we are giving back each time we purchase an item from the Kohl's Cares collection. Kohl's Cares offers a large assortment of incredible items for the entire family. The prices really can't be beat at just $5 and $8 each! But wait, it gets better...100 percent of the net profit helps support children's initiatives nationwide. The collections change often. We received a few items from the Christmas line right at Christmas time which included... Christmas Movie Trivia --$5.00 Color and Create Your Own Cards--- $5.00 3 Pack Travel Edition of Adult Coloring Books--- $8.00 Crayola Winter Adventure Creativity Kit--- $8.00 Night Before Christmas Book & … [Read more...]

Gift Idea for the Gamer in the Family

We received a Turtle Beach Head Set for this review. We only give honest reviews. I'm raising a house full of boys. You'll find that in a group of boys there is typically at least one (usually more than one) that is into video games. We are no exception. Our oldest son has always had a great love for electronics. He found them interesting at a very young age and has grown to enjoy games and devices over the years. When our second son came along we started to get into a little "fighting" over the games. Both children wanted to choose the game or hog the game. I won't sugar coat it for you. That's real life. Everyone has learned to compromise and they still to this day enjoy video games. Every year for Christmas my boys have different gaming products (they won't allow me to call them toys anymore) on their wish lists. I'm no newbie gamer mom, so I'm getting pretty used to the lingo and know just where to go to look for the newest tech gear they are asking for. Turtle Beach makes a … [Read more...]

Believing in Santa #TheSantaProject

This post is sponsored by Macy's, however all opinions expressed are our own. Christmas is a magical time. It's a time for celebrating the birth of Jesus, a time for sharing and caring and spending time with family. It's a time for giving and a time for receiving. Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I love to spend hours in the kitchen baking delicious treats for our Christmas gatherings while my boys happily mix the ingredients together in bowls, singing Christmas tunes while making a mess all over the kitchen. It's this time of the year that the mess doesn't bother me. It is this time of the year that we are making such fond memories and having so much fun in the kitchen. Christmas is a time to celebrate and rejoice. With that being said, part of the magic of Christmas is Santa. The thought of a jolly old man bringing gifts to all in one night is so magical and exciting! Santa makes people happy. Believing in Santa is more than something fun to do, there's something … [Read more...]

Win a Juniper Kids’ Mattress From Brentwood Home

We received a Juniper Kids Mattress to facilitate the review portion of this post. All opinions expressed are our own. As most of you already know, our family made a big move recently. It has been about a month, to be exact, however I still feel like we are very much living out of boxes. It's so hard when you have a large family and you have to pack up years of belongings. We did it though and we are finally settling. One thing that I did notice in the move is that my boys mattresses were not in as great of shape as I had thought they were. How had I not noticed this sooner? I told my husband that the first thing we were going to do was replace our 13 year old son's mattress. It was way beyond its time and in dire need of replacement. Children deserve to sleep comfortably and it's important for their growth and health. We were thrilled to receive a Juniper Kids' Mattress from Brentwood Home! About the Juniper Kids' Mattress: This mattress is really amazing! It comes rolled up … [Read more...]

Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!

Can you believe that it's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts and Stocking Stuffers already? Where did this year go? I love Christmas though and I always put a lot of thought into gifts that I'm purchasing for others. With that being said, if I can WIN a couple of those gifts for FREE---I'm all for that! I'm excited to welcome you to this year's Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop! It is hosted by The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island and will run from November 16th at 12:00 pm ET thru November 30th at 11:59 pm ET! The prize that we will be giving away is a FREE Blanket Scarf from The Paisley Hanger Boutique! This is a great gift for someone special on your Christmas list, or you can keep it for yourself! You won't be disappointed! We love all of the products at The Paisley Hanger Boutique and think you will too! One reader will randomly be selected to receive a FREE Blanket Scarf from The Paisley Hanger boutique! Enter below & Good Luck!!! … [Read more...]

Faster Internet Speeds? Yes, Please! #ad

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. We homeschool, plus my husband works from home a lot and I use my computer for my blog as well as my online store that I have. Not to mention all of the times the kids are on the computers playing games, watching movies and surfing the net. With that being said, we definitely needed a fast connection, and our currently router was just not cutting it. We tried upping our internet service to the highest possible speeds and we still had slow as a slug (I'm not even kidding) internet connection. It wasn't until we got our WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router that we started to have high enough speeds to run everything we needed to run. And I must say that we were super surprised! Who would have thought that a router could improve the speeds of your internet? The WRT3200ACM MU-MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is powered by Tri-Stream 160 technology, … [Read more...]