Friday, July 30, 2010

This Week's Blog Walk

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

Old Navy $2 Cami Sale
Old Navy is hosting a $2 Cami sale starting tomorrow Thursday 7/29 through Saturday 7/31 in stores only. Get layering camis regularly priced at $8.50 for only $2 when you present this coupon or say "Cami 4 me" to the cashier!

10 Free Deals at VistaPrint
VistaPrint is having an amazing Back to School sale on their site, and are offering 10 free things!  All you pay is shipping on what you get.  What’s included: Free Business Cards, Free Return Address Labels (could make labels for kids’ school items), Free Rubber Stamp, Free Sticky Notes, Free Photo Wall Calendars, Free Photo Flip Book, Free Tote Bag, Free Mug, Free Photo Notebook, Free Mouse Pad. 

Free Better Oats Coupon
Get your coupon for free Better Oats HERE. 80% of Coupon is having an 80% off sale when you use coupon code PLATE. This makes a $25 Restaurant gift certificate only $2. Just remember that these gift certificates usually require a minimum purchase.  For instance, a $25 gift certificate usually requires a minimum $35 or $50 purchase.  Be sure you read all fine print on the certificates before ordering so that you understand what you are getting. Coupon Code Expires July 31, 2010.

Disneystore: Free Lunch Tote with Backpack Purchase, Free Shipping
Get a Free Lunch Tote with the purchase of a Backpack at Free shipping is also available on any Back-To-School items when you use coupon code SCHOOLSHIP at check out. This offer expire soon on August 3, 2010.

The Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake - Half Off
July 30th is National Cheesecake Day and to honor that, The Cheesecake Factory is offering any slice of their over 30 varieties of cheesecakes for half price on Friday, July 30th!

McAlister's Deli: Free Tea TODAY ONLY!
Head over to your local McAlister’s Deli today, July 29th, from 10:00am - 9:00pm, for a free glass of sweet tea…no strings attached!

Free Sample Roundup!
Head on over to Deal Seeking Mom for a Free Sample Roundup!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Crape Myrtle

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Preparing Hearts for His Glory: Science

I admit, like many other homeschool moms, that science is one of the last subjects we get to during the week, if at all.  And actually performing a science experiment does not often happen.  In the past we have read books on different topics, gone to the zoo for their classes, and memorized science facts with our CC group, but we never really studied it as a daily subject..UNTIL NOW!!  :o)

Heart of Dakota's Preparing Hearts for His Glory incorporates daily science readings using real books.  The areas of life science, physical science, and earth science are each addressed.  What is cool is that the science exploration topics loosely correspond with the history topics.  Israelites wandering the desert = desert habitat.  Seafaring explorers = coral reef. 

Weekly assignments are as follows:
Day 1: Notebook entry
Day 2: Oral narration by retelling the story
Day 3: Answer five questions in a notebook
Day 4: Conduct a science experiment and log it in a notebook

For the first month we read One Small Square: Arctic Tundra and we just finished reading One Small Square: Cactus Desert.  DD has really enjoyed both of those books and has learned a lot about the animals that live in these extreme climates.  We are now reading The Great Dinosaur Mystery and the Bible

Here are some samples of the work she has completed.


Disclosure: This product was NOT given to Our Homeschool Reviews for review purposes. I bought this product on my own and LOVE it so I want to share it with you! I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

Free Sampling Events at Walmart
Starting tomorrow, Walmart has several FREE Sampling events scheduled. As always, check with your local Walmart to make sure they’re participating. 
7/22-7/25:  General Mills Bugles and Snack Bars, Kashi Cereal and Blueberries, Chelan Fresh Washington Cherries, ACH Tones, Weber Spice and Kraft Toasted Chips, New Gain Dish Soap – FREE 11oz. samples, Wrigley Orbit Gum
7/29-8/1:  Purina One, Coty Beyonce Heat, Fragrance Event, Sun Crystals, Keebler and Tarts, Atkins Nutritional Bars, Deans Foods, Swiss Tea and Fruit 2 Day

Free Sample - Better Than Ears Dog Treats
Head over to Walmart HERE to get a FREE sample of these nutritious treats for your dog! 

Old Navy - 25% off for Students or Teachers
Old Navy will have a special discount for teachers and students July 23 to 25th.  Present a college, highschool, etc ID and get 25% off your entire purchase.  Teachers, you can show your ID or paystub.

Free Burt Bees Toothpaste Sample
Hurry on over here to score a FREE sample of Burt’s Bees Multicare with Fluoride (0.5 oz) toothpaste (or you can choose a coupon for $1 off any Burt’s Bees Toothpaste)!

Uber Samples - Free Organic Samples
Sign up with Uber Samples to receive a mix of sample goodies (super-foods, nutritional bars, health foods, dietary supplements and beauty brands) for natural & organic products.

CVS: Free Trident Layers Gum
If your store has a coupon machine that prints CRTs when you scan your CVS Extra Care Card in store, make sure you scan your card this week because it's reportedly giving out coupons for FREE Trident Layers Gum.

Vista Print - 10 Items Free
In celebration of their 10th birthday, Vista Print is offering 10 different products absolutely FREE. You’ll have to pay shipping.  Deal ends Friday, 7/23.

What can you get?
Free Tote Bag, Free Business Cards, Free Return Address Labels, Free Rubber Stamp, Free Sticky Notes, Free Photo Wall Calendars, Free Photo Flip Book, Free Mug, Free Photo Notebook, Free Mouse Pad 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Our Maisy

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

This Week's Blog Walk

Deanna’s Corner
Light, Liberty, and Learning
Bunny Trails
Flowers N Plaid Homeschool
Gadow Ohana
His Wonderful Works
Confessions of a Homeschooler
The Sojourner
A Full Heart

Monday, July 19, 2010

June Module - Travel the World

Travel the WorldToday Our Homeschool Reviews has the pleasure of reviewing the June Module of the Schoolhouse Planner, Travel the World.  If you are looking for something that gives a great overview of the earth, markings on a globe, maps, oceans, and continents, essentially traveling the world, this is it! 

The Old Schoolhouse (TOS) Magazine makes it easy for parents by packaging together everything you need. 

All modules of The Schoolhouse Planner, including this one, are prepared in a PDF file.  Now normally I don't like to do a lot of printing but Travel the World was perfect because I could print as little or as much as I wanted. 

The first half of the module was full of information, starting with the globe and how to find places by learning about all of the imaginary lines.  If I gave you the coordinates of a city on the globe, could you find it?  Well, we can!  :o)  They also give a link to a fun site to practice using latitudes and longitudes.  My daughter loved playing the game!

The next section covers maps, the continents, and the oceans.  For us that was just review since we have covered this material already.  For those who haven't, it's a great start.

Now we get into the meat of the material, learning about the seven continents.  It was fun learning some things about each of the continents and being rewarded by clicking on links to play games about each one.  Again, my daughter's favorite part!! 

Up to this point, there is no printing required.  I actually think it is easier to read the material on the computer with your child and then just click on the links for further information and games, then to print it all out. 

The rest of the module includes fun activities like a word search, crossword puzzle, and coloring sheets.  There are also some copywork pages, both in manuscript and cursive, and a few pages to get you started on a lapbook. 

If there are older children in the household, there is also a highschool expansion section. 

My Thoughts: I honestly enjoyed working through this module with my daughter.  We both learned some new things and she loved being able to click on the links to play games and learn more.  If you are looking for a nice overview of world geography, this is something to look into. 

Thoughts from a 7-Year Old: I like Travel the World a lot. The earth's axis is a nice little thing to know, and longitude and latitude rock. The website they found for lesson 1 is lovely; I am so good at that latitude and longitude game. It is new and exiting for me. I love it. Your kids should do it, too! (They'd love it as much as I do!)  

Find Out More: TOS Magazine's Schoolhouse Store offers Travel the World as a download for only $7.95.  You can read more about it here and even see a sample.  And if you are looking for something for the whole year, you can purchase the 12-module pack here.

My Crewmates are also reviewing Travel the World, so you can check out what they think here.

Disclosure: This product was given to Our Homeschool Reviews for free for review purposes, and I do not have to return the product to the vendor. I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Preparing Hearts for His Glory: Bible

Today I wanted to do a feature on our Bible Study. In Heart of Dakota's Preparing Hearts for His Glory, the Bible memory work in each unit is from the book of Psalms. We are memorizing passages from Psalms through repetition, copywork, actions, and music. We also listen to selections from Lead Me to the Rock by Kelly Crawford, which correspond to the Bible memory verses.

So far we have memorized Psalm 1:1-6, Psalm 127:3-5, and Psalm 34:1-9 (mostly in part to the wonderful CD!!) I wanted to share our lesson from a few weeks ago.

Psalm 127:3-5 - Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.

Children are a blessing from the Lord. Parents are responsible to train children and teach them the Lord's ways, so that they will be like arrows flying straight and true. Once an arrow is out of the hand, can you direct it? Why is it important that children be directed to the right mark when they are young? After a child has gone into the world, will it be hard to direct him/her then? Why is it important that children be trained according to God's word? It is important so that when they go out into the world, God can direct them.

I think we both learned something important during this lesson!!

Disclosure: This product was NOT given to Our Homeschool Reviews for review purposes. I bought this product on my own and LOVE it so I want to share it with you! I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

FREE 5 lb. Bag of Natura Dog Food
Head HERE to fill out a form and select the retailer near you. The coupon for a FREE bag of dog food will be mailed to you in about 10 days!  Hurry, this may go quick!

FREE Tampax Pearl Sample (Text Offer)
Text OUTSMART to 467467 to score a FREE Tampax Pearl sample! You will have to respond back with your age. These text message freebie never last long, so you’ll want to hurry!  Standard text messaging rates do apply.

FREE Subscription to Babytalk & American Baby!
Go here to snag a FREE subscription to Babytalk magazine and a FREE 6 month subscription to American Baby magazine!

ArtsCow: 2 Customized Coin Purses $3 Shipped!
Go to ArtsCow where you can get two cute customized photo coin purses for just $3 shipped! Just click here to personalize your coin purses and at checkout use the coupon code B1G1FMCP; this code does expire on 7/31/2010.

Home Made Simple Home Mailer
There is a new link available for $30 in savings from Procter & Gamble.  You can get this booklet twice a year per household. The last issues had a good high value coupons for Swiffer, Dawn, Febreze, Cascade and more.

Free Sample of Cane Creek Natural, Fair Trade Coffee
Go HERE to request a sample of Cane Creek coffee. This is from a family owned coffee plantation, and is fair trade and all natural.

Pendaflex SureHook Hanging Folder FREE Sample
Request a FREE sample of new Pendaflex SureHook Reinforced Hanging Folders.

FREE Sample Roundup
Visit  Deal Seeking Mom for her FREE Sample Roundup!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Dragonfly

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Blogger Award!

SisterTipster awarded me The Versatile Blogger award!  This is my very first blogger award, so I feel honored.  ;o) 

So, it says that I need to list seven things about myself....

1. I do not like listing things about! 

2. I love to coupon and wish I had more time to do it.

3. I wish I was a better gardener and every year I say that I will start a big garden and plant tons of flowers and trees but it never happens.  :o(

4. I LOVE to travel and hopefully as our daughter gets older we will travel more!

5. I enjoy running and wish I would get into the habit of running more often and entering more races.

6. The chore I hate the most is cleaning the bathrooms...Yuck!!

7. I really love my family.  I enjoy homeschooling and love reading about different curriculum.  I love my husband and spending time with him.  He's the best!

Ok, so the rules are that I must pass this on to 15 more blogs who I have recently found and find interesting (and some of my favorites)!  :o)

1.   Confessions of a Homeschooler
2.   Frugal Coupon Living
3.   Deep Space Sparkle
4.   Frugal Family Fun Blog
5.   It's Hip To Save!
6.   Homeschool Creations
7.   Organic Deals and Coupons
8.   Southern Savers
9.   Deal Seeking Mom
10. Fiddledeedee
11. Swaggrabber
12. The Coupon Game
13. The Good Deal Gal
14. The Thrifty Mama
15. Art Projects for Kids

So check out these blogs if you haven't already.  They are all great reads!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This Week's Blog Walk

Whether it is your first time here or you are a new visitor, thanks for stopping by!  Leave a comment if you would like and feel free to follow along!

Buckaroo Days
Our Homeschool Reviews - That's Me!!!
Reed, Party of 6
Training Hearts at Home
Along The Way
I Love Science!
Through the Calm and Through the Storm
Created for Home
Tractors and Tire Swings
Guiding Light Homeschool

Friday, July 9, 2010

Preparing Hearts for His Glory: History

I thought I would do a little feature on each subject we are working on, so today I'll start with history. 

Our curriculum, Preparing Heart for His Glory, covers Creation to late 1900's and we are currently on week five.  So far we have read about Creation, Cain and Abel, Noah's Ark and the flood, life after the flood, the Tower of Babel, the Ice Age, the Egyptians, and the Babylonians. 

There is a story to read aloud each day, along with a project that starts at the beginning of the week and continues for three days.  There is one day for researching a topic using a dictionary or online resources, one day for vocabulary, one day for geography, and one day for timeline. 

The projects have included designing a shield of faith, studying warm and cool colors to paint a rainbow, creating a cave painting, making a clay map of the Mesopotamia area, and making a clay cartouche.

Disclosure: This product was NOT given to me for review purposes.  I bought this product on my own and LOVE it so I want to share it with you!  I have received no compensation from it and all opinions and experiences within this review are my own.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

FREE Slurpee at 7-Eleven
Sunday is 7/11, that means FREE Slurpees at 7-Eleven locations. Go between 8 am and 11pm for a FREE Slurpee.

FREE Book – Cultivating a Godly Child by John MacArthur
Get a FREE copy of this book, courtesy of Grace to You Radio. This promotion is only valid through July 19th, so hurry!

Free 5x7 Photo Book
Create a free 5x7" photo book at the Kodak Gallery and pay just $1.99 shipping! The regular price for these books is $9.99. This deal ends on 7/20.

Chick-fil-A FREE Meal 7/9
Friday, July 9th is Cow Appreciation day at participating Chick-fil-A locations. Dress up like a cow and you'll score a FREE Chick-fil-A meal. 80% Off
Use code FUN and get 80% off at You can get $25 gift certificates for $2 or $10 gift certificates for .60 cents!

McDonald’s FREE Frappe Fridays
McDonald’s is doing the FREE Frappe Fridays again. Every Friday from 7am – 7pm, stop by a nearby McDonald’s to get your free drink. The free size is for smalls only. This ends tomorrow, July 9th. Be sure to call your store to make sure they are participating.

McDonalds: Free 5 oz. Smoothie
July 22nd- 24th from 7 am to 7 pm McDonalds is giving away free 5 oz. fruit smoothies. They are made with real fruit and non-fat yogurt! Be sure to call your store to make sure they are participating.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Bird Feeding

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

This Week's Blog Walk

King Alfred Academy
Confessions of An Organized Homeschool Mom
Curriculum Reviews from Oak Creek Farmhouse
I Can't Decide
My Life on A Taffy Pull
Losing My Tale
Made in His Image
Serenades and Solace
Our Village is a Little Different
SisterTipster's Tell'n It!

Friday, July 2, 2010

What are we up to?

I thought I would post a little about our school schedule. 

We finished 1st grade about two months ago and immediately started 2nd grade. The first reason we did this is because we take so many mini vacations and breaks during the year, we don't have to take the whole summer off. The second reason is because our co-op in the fall will be covering the Medieval/Early Renaissance time period, and since our book goes from Creation to late 1900's, I wanted to be in line with our group. If we stay on track, we should be hitting the Fall of Rome in September.

We are in the 8th week in the Heart of Dakota’s Preparing Hearts for His Glory book, and so far we really like it. This program provides a one-year overview of world history from creation to the late 1900's told in story form. Included in this are corresponding history read-alouds, oral narration, written narration, oral comprehension, Biblical applications, geography, timeline, vocabulary, history projects, copywork, and corresponding independent literature readings and assignments.

It seems like a lot, but even though some subjects are covered everyday, several subjects are covered only once a week. Each day is new and we are always wondering what we will read or cover next!

All the books used in the curriculum are listed here. Although our daughter has liked all the books we have read so far (about 5 from start to finish), her favorite book has been One Small Square: Arctic Tundra, and her favorite subject is History.

I would like to highlight one subject each week to show you what we are working on, so stay tuned! 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Thrifty Thursday

I'll be adding deals throughout the day, so keep checking back!!

Old Navy $1 Filp Flops
Old Navy is doing a second $1 Flip-Flops Sale this year! Pick up Old Navy Flip-Flops for the rock-bottom price of $1 this Saturday, July 3rd when you print this invitation on Facebook (no account necessary). I'm guessing stores will open early for this, so I'd encourage you to call and see what time you need to be there to snag your ultra cheap flip-flops! While supplies last. Limit 5 flip-flops per customer. Excludes wedges, prints, metallics, embellished and leather styles. Limited colors, sizes, and quantities.

Purina One Smartblend (Sam's Members)
Get a FREE sample of Purina One Smartblend! This particular sample requires a Sam's Club membership number to request it.

FREE Biore or Pantene Sample from ShopText
After a bit of a dry spell, ShopText has two more new samples available to readers between the ages of 13-24:
Text BIORE to 467467 for a FREE sample of Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub.
Text FINE, THICK, COLOR, or CURLY (choose one) to 467467 for a FREE sample of Pantene.

Payless Shoes: 2 Pairs of Sandals as low as $3.99 Shipped to Store!
You can currently snag 2 pairs of sandals (on sale Buy 1 Get 1 Free) from Payless shoes for only $2 each with FREE shipping to your local Payless Shoes store!
Go to Payless Shoes and click on the “Women’s Flip Flops: Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale”.
Find 2 pairs of Flip Flops/Sandals (prices start at $5.99 each).
Add both pairs to your cart.
Use the coupon code 27662 at checkout and you’ll save $2 off your total purchase
Choose shipping method: Ship to local Payless store for FREE
Final Cost $3.99 shipped (excluding taxes)…that’s only $2 each!

FREE Sample – Galaxy Granola
Head over HERE to get a FREE Sample of Galaxy Granola Bars. 1,000 are given away each month!  Galaxy Granola bars are all natural and up to 70% lower fat than other granola bars. Choose Vanilla Almond or Not Sweet Vanilla.

McDonald’s FREE Frappe Fridays
McDonald’s is doing the FREE Frappe Fridays again. Every Friday from 7am – 7pm, stop by a nearby McDonald’s to get your free drink. The free size is for smalls only. This ends July 9th.

FREE Dispoz-A-Scoop Sample!  Out of Free Samples :o(
Head on over here to score a FREE Dispoz-A-Scoop sample, biodegradable pooper scooper!

FREE Shipping at plus up to 50% Off
Twice-a-Year sale at the Disneystore. Not only can you save up to 50% off over 400 items, but you can now use coupon code FREESHIP to get FREE Shipping!

For more deals check my other blog, Christine's Couponing!

4th of July Sale at TOS!

Grab your subscription to The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine during their four-day Fourth of July sale, and check out the craziest price on July 1 only! Receive a 2-year subscription, free Homeschooling with Heart tote bag, and five FREE E-Books for just $17.76! While supplies last. U.S. and Canadian residents. July 2 through July 4 the unprecedented savings continue. Get the details here.