Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Funny---Homeschool Barbie

Homeschool Barbie™

Submitted by CSandkc 
Need a Christmas gift for your sheltered home schooled children? Well now there's Homeschool Barbie™!

Homeschool Barbie™ is just the toy for your precious little angel. She has a fresh, clean complexion and simply styled hair to show forth her natural beauty. And because she loves her family so much, she keeps right on smiling as she rises with the sun and works until long after they're in bed, and she has the eyes to prove it. (Coffeemaker and mood enhancers not included.)

Homeschool Barbie™ comes modestly attired in a denim jumper with an embroidered t-shirt for warm months and a turtleneck for winter. And no bare legs and flip-flops for this doll--her legs and feet are properly covered with dark tights and comfortable shoes. As an added bonus, Homeschool Barbie's™ underclothes are painted on. So, even when your daughters are interrupted at play, your boys won't be scandalized by the sight of a naked Barbie™.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I'M IN PRINT---Home Educating Family Blog

So excited!
I just got my copy of Home Educating Family Magazine which contained my article about sarcasm!
That's right. I'm in print.
Of course, I knew they were going to do it, but it is different when you actually see it in black and white!
If you get the magazine, check it out. If you don't, sign up for the magazine HERE! ;-)

Ken Ham & Bill Nye Debate--A week from today

Have you been following the events as they unfold?
Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham at the Creation Museum

Bill Nye made a big ta-doo by saying we are harming our children by teaching them creationism and AIG responded. 
Go back the this post to see the videos.

Fast forward to now when Bill Nye and Ken Ham of AIG are going to debate each other on Tuesday, February 4. 

Evolutionists have having a heart attack stating that Bill Nye should waste his time debating. Richard Dawkins, of course, had to spout off about the dangers of debating Creationists. It gives Creationists an "apparent legitimacy." 


Anyway, you can go HERE to sign up to watch the debate online for free.

Nye Ham Debate Pre-order DVD now!You can also pre-order Uncensored Science: Bill Nye Debates Ken Ham  Pre-order your DVD copy today! The basic DVD is only $19.99 or you can actually download the video for $12.99 (HD) or $9.99 (SD). I think it would serve as a great resource to watch again and again.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Stay-at-home moms: you don’t owe the world an explanation

I appreciate reading Matt Walsh. He just lays it on the line. Here's a piece he posted yesterday.

Stay-at-home moms: you don’t owe the world an explanation

To stay-at-home moms:
Once, several months ago, I wrote this post about you. It was a simple expression of gratitude for stay-at-home moms, particularly my wife.
It got some attention. It was viewed around three million times in two days, in fact.
Truth be told, I never intended to be an official spokesman for SAHMS across the nation. You do not require my services, nor am I equipped to provide them. Plenty of you can eloquently defend your vocation, and because you have experience in the arena, you can do so more richly and convincingly than I ever could.
I’m just a guy who loves his wife and appreciates the sacrifices she makes for the family. That’s really the entirety of my insight into this subject.
So it’s with appropriate hesitancy that I offer just one suggestion to all of you.
Here it is: don’t pay any attention to people like this.  Read the rest HERE.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday---Why I don't buy Girl Scout Cookies.

Now, honestly I could say the last thing I need as a chubby diabetic is yummy cookies laying around the house. It would be true.

I could also mention that at $4 a box, my budget definitely does not them either!

Neither is the real reason I don't purchase Girl Scout cookies, however.

I don't buy them because I don't want to support teaching our daughters a liberal, feminist, pro-abortion agenda.

There it's out!

Here are some articles you can read to understand where I'm coming from:

An informative site is 100 Questions for the Girl Scouts which was started by the president of Family Watch International.

Please know that when a little Girl Scout asks me to buy cookies, I don't jump back, make a cross with my fingers, and shout, "Back you midget whore of Babylon." I just politely say no thanks. 

After all, it's their parents who need educated. So, it's the parents I take aside, grab by the shoulders, and while shaking them firmly, shout, "Stop turning your daughter into a femi-nazi, anti-christ!" 

Okay, I don't do that either.

But sometimes I wish I could.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Remembering Segregation

Here's my latest article for HEDUA. It's about my mom!

If you have read some of my other posts, you know I love to celebrate holidays. Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. While he may be controversial in certain circles, there is no denying the impact he had on ending the wrong of segregation.

Living Through Segregation

It is hard for our children to understand segregation–thankfully so. In fact, a lot of you reading may know about segregation but not fully grasp what it would be like to live in that manner. However, not realizing or understanding it can lead to not appreciating what those who came before us accomplished or experienced.

A few months ago I took my mom to tea at a local mansion. It was a belated Mother’s Day activity. Interestingly, those sharing our table were all mothers and adult daughters roughly in the same age groups. We were having a lively discussion that somehow turned to the subject of segregation and each of the elder lady’s experiences.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Funny--Who's your favorite?

This father is determined to get a certain answer. (Warning: there are a couple of mild swear words.)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

How I am making a little extra cash---Join Me (Updated)

Things are tight financially here, and I'm sure we're not the only one. I spend a few additional minutes online to help my family out. Let me tell you about them and maybe you can benefit as well.

For example at Christmas, I managed to give one of my nephews a $25 gift certificate for GameStop and the other a $25 gift certificate for Target. I paid NOTHING. That's right. I gave $50 in gifts which cost me $0.00.

Here are the two programs I used to accomplish this. 

With SwagBucks, I usually do the daily survey, watch videos, and occasionally sign up for something. I also use it as my search engine to win extra points. It costs nothing to join, and I've never had trouble getting any of my rewards. Here's another example of how I've scored using SwagBucks.

The other program I use frequently is MyPoints. I click links in emails to earn an easy 5 points almost every time. They sometimes offer points for playing their games. MyPoints also works with to give you 10 points for every coupon you print and redeem. 

In another program I recently joined, I earn actual cash. In fact, when you join InboxDollars for free the program gives you $5.00 credit to start you out. This one sends emails like the previous one. Each paid email earns you $0.02 just for clicking the link. I've even made money just listening to their radio stations!

These are affiliate are program links, so if you click and join, I'll make make a little cash or earn some points or bucks! You can do the same once you join and share with friends.
Next time, I'll let you know how I've been earning some money on my purchases.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Moving Home & School

Moving Home and School
We are going to be moving this week. It's been a little overwhelming. We no longer have a minivan, so we can't carry as much to storage with each trip and of course, we can't move any of our regular stuff in until this weekend.

I was facing a January full of moving, homeschooling, Cubbies, and homeschool group.

Thankfully, I shared my load with ladies at church which brought a quick response of prayer. Also, other mom's jumped in to take over my responsibilities in the homeschool group this month. A big blessing was the encouragement and advice I received.

Then I felt a little ashamed because I had actually written about moving for the Home Educating Family Blog before!! Apparently, I needed to relearn what I wrote!

See if you can glean from it the first time as I review it!

We recently had the challenge of moving. It was not a planned move, and we only had two weeks’ notice, so challenge is the correct word in my opinion!

Thankfully, it was during the summer. We do not “officially” school during the summer, although a lot of learning takes place. The fact that we were free of formal educating, of course, added in our transition. Here are some things I did before we moved to prepare us for next school year after the move.

  • Remember that living skills are learning skills. My daughter was old enough to help with the move somewhat. She learned how to put boxes together. She helped pack boxes and had to consider how to actually place things in a box and not just toss things in a box! She observed the strategy in packing what you need least first and what you need most last. Life skills are education.

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Monday, January 6, 2014 Open House tonight and Tuesday night---RSVP

 I've shared before about Currclick. Tonight and tomorrow night they are doing an Open House so you can actually go into an online classroom and meet the teachers and find out about different classes!

Find out more HERE!

BTW, I highly recommend Founders Academy classes taught by Lynn Schott. Her open classroom is Tuesday at 7PM CDT.

The Ever Changing Solar System

Yes, when I learned about the solar system, Pluto was a planet. 

In fact, the stuffed solar system we have only offers the nine planets.
Sizes and Distances are DEFINITELY Not to Scale!!!
We are going to be moving, so I'm clearing out some things. The solar system is one of them. Of course just as soon as I offered it to a friend, mija decided it was her most favorite science thing to play with. I decided to let her play with it until we actually hand it over. It has given us a chance for some science review.

We reviewed the traditional "My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas" which stand for Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

But now that's out of date!

Pluto is now considered a "dwarf" planet. AND in case you didn't know, they have discovered two more dwarf planets.

Ceres is between Mars and Jupiter.
Eris is past Pluto.

Thankfully, National Geographic had a contest to come up with a new mnemonic for the ever changing solar system.

"My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants."

That's right. It's Aladdin time.

That would be eight planets and three dwarf planets.
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Eris.

Do you have any memory devices you use for the solar system or astronomy in general?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday---From Glory to Glory

Thought I would be thoughtful today.

I was listening to a Contemporary Christian Music station while running some errands today. I am very picky and sometimes critical about CCM. I often find it shallow and sometimes downright unbiblical. Once in awhile though...

In fact, this time was a time which made me think. Some of the words of the song mentioned "Where would I be without You?" In a plethora of songs stating how worthy I am for God to love me, it was refreshing to hear a song recognize that I would be nothing and nowhere apart from God working in my life.

I know that a lot of times, I make the wrong choices. I don't even mean big things. It is most often the simple things like choosing the wrong attitude or words when speaking to my family. Choosing to be on the internet instead of on top of my laundry. Choosing to watch TV instead of my Bible.  

Thankfully, there are times I consider God and His will in my choices. At least I try to do so!

I could have been negative and focused on all the time I fail God, but instead, I thought about how even those few times I have been found faithful to Him, and how through those times He has grown, used, and directed me to where I am today.

Sure, God would have me a lot further along if I chose correctly all the time, but I CHOSE to praise Him for bringing me to where I am thanks to His faithfulness not mine.

Thankfully, each and every little action I let Him lead me in grows me from glory to glory (2 Cor. 3:18). 

So, where would I be without God? I don't even want to make a guess. I do know that with God, however, I am being changed slowly to the glory of Christ. From glory to glory with each tidbit or life I choose to surrender to His will.

Maybe I choose to be thoughtful more often. :-)

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