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The Homegrown Preschooler ~ A TOS Review

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Gryphon House is an exceptional publisher of educational resource books for teachers and parents, public school and homeschool, young children; and administrators.  Their website is easy to navigate and stimulating.  There are hundreds of free activities available for you and your child!


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As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I recently had the opportunity to read The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live.  The title might be used to describe how I raised my own children; but with my youngest firmly in elementary school now, I was looking for encouragement and direction as I consider teaching other preschoolers from the same homegrown bent.  This book is just what I was looking for!


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The authors, Kathy Lee and Leslie Richards, are mothers of several children, birthed and adopted; including gifted and special needs.  They have years of education and hands-on experience between the two of them, and their book is beautifully compiled.  A large, 81/2″x 11″, high gloss paperback, it is bold, colorful, inviting; and full of life.  With the family pictures and personal anecdotes generously scattered throughout the book, by the end of it, I felt like I had shared conversations and special moments with wonderful, trusted friends.

From their intros, they had my attention. Kathy Lee says, “Children who experience their preschool years discovering and experiencing are more willing to take risks later in their education journey.”  I didn’t previously know this, so within the first few pages I gained valuable information.  Then, Leslie said, “. . . much of learning can be done within the everyday rhythm of life — measuring flour, skip counting on the trampoline, bringing a meal to a shut-in, writing letters to friends, participating in interesting conversations about big ideas,” and I was reminded of what I do know; and I found encouragement.

The Homegrown Preschooler is divided into 2 sections:

Chapters 1 – 9 help you understand why and how to educate your child/ren at home, giving them a foundation for life-long learning.

Homeschooling – Harvesting a Bountiful Life

Learning through Play

Sowing the Seeds – Preschool Learning

Setting the Stage

Home Life = Learning — Slow Down and Teach

Who Has Time for This?

Organizing It All

Days and Seasons That Don’t Fit in the Box


Special Circumstances.

The second section is nearly 100 pages, with at least 200 “easy-to-pull-together”, age appropriate Activities to prepare your child for kindergarten and beyond.  Promoting a healthy educational balance for –

Home Life


Gross Motor

Fine Motor


Language & Emergent Literacy


and Social – Emotional skills.

An Appendix includes an Activity Checklist, Getting Started Checklist; and pages of Resources, with web sites, books, blogs and apps to lend a hand, instruct and encourage you along the way.  They share all their favorites!

I tried recipes, for food and play.  There are dozens of them throughout the book.  I’ve made ordinary finger paints and play dough before, but I’d never made clean mud or puffy paint!  The make-ahead Turkey Taco Pie is easy.  The recipe makes a lot, so it can be divided and frozen for extra pies, but it is actually perfect for my large family.  It tastes good, too!  I hone in on housekeeping and organizational tips, because the Lord knows I can use as much help in that department as I can get.  There are so many good ideas here — some I’ve had myself, implemented and forgotten, or simply slacked off on, and I’ve read them as gentle reminders; others are brand new, and more than once I’ve thought, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that!”  For example, we have wood floors and I taught my children how to sweep and mop them.  How much more fun is it to have “The Clean Floor Dance Party: This often dreaded chore will become one of your favorites! Provide your child with a pair of white tube socks and a spray bottle of white vinegar and water. Encourage your child to squirt the hard floor with the vinegar solution. Put on your favorite dance music. Dance and skate around on the floor until it is shiny!”   Clean floor, lots of fun and laughter, plus, with the amount of floor we have, this gets everyone’s heart rate up and counts as cardiovascular exercise, or PE, too!

I have no doubt, I will continue to use this book, digging into its riches.  At $29.95, it’s a treasure I can share with my daughters who are just beginning to teach my preschool grandchildren.  The Homegrown Preschooler is much more articulate than I am and I think it will be one of the best tools I can offer them for their journey.

My Crew mates had the choice of reviewing this same book or one titled, Global Art.  You can read their reviews when you click the graphic below and follow the link.







Disclaimer*   I received The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live, in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.




Thank you for your comments.  I enjoy hearing from you!


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I wish I could say that cancer has never touched my life, but I can’t.  Actually, it touched my life before I was even born.  My father’s younger brother died of cancer, when he was still in his teens.  I never met him, but I was named after him.  I’m proud of my name and I wish I’d known my uncle.


I am the oldest child in my family.  I have sisters and I had one dearly loved brother.  At 30 years of age, he died of cancer.  He had a beautiful wife, a toddling young son and a baby girl that didn’t make her grand appearance until several months after he was gone.  He worked hard for the M.D. after his name and barely had a chance to use it.  We adored him and our hearts ache for what might have been.


My brother, before he was diagnosed with cancer, and his son.

The daughter he never met and his growing boy, nearly a year after his death.  They’re both teenagers now.


To me, my husband’s sister, my sister-in-law was most recognizable in her roles as wife, mother and art teacher.  I saw her as bright, capable, loving and healthy.  Out of all of us, she always made a conscious effort to take care of her body.  She died of cancer.  The mother in me has wept every time her sons accomplished a goal or achieved a milestone, because she wasn’t here to celebrate with them.  She’s missed graduations, marriages and the births of her grandsons.  I don’t know what they miss most about her, but I miss her laughter and her smile.


My Ma, Gramma to my children and Mom to my husband, died of cancer 9 years ago.  It’s true what they say, that children won’t remember the dirty dishes in the sink, the piles of laundry waiting to be folded or the clutter.  Everything good about her life has been magnified with time.  The way the house looked sometimes, as I was growing up, is truly insignificant. The memories that last are memories of homemade finger-paints, pulling weeds together in the garden, and learning how to sew a straight stitch.  I hold close the memories of making paper dolls and Play-Doh creations, reading out loud, singing hymns and swingin’ to the “Oldies.”   When my daughter wants to play with my hair and “make it beautiful,” I have a flash of memory, brushing my mother’s long hair and “making it pretty”  -with barrettes and bows and bobbie pins, oh my!  I clearly recall the miles apart and hours on the phone together, laughter and tears; stern scoldings and warm embraces.  My memories say she was the most generous, had the biggest heart, and loved the deepest of any woman I’ve known.  My memories shout that taking the time to make memories with my own children is one of the greatest secret treasures my Ma ever shared with me!  Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her, remember; and love her all the more.


There are many types of cancer.  There are days, weeks and entire months designated to the increased awareness of the disease.  It is an education I wish none of us ever needed, but one that we must embrace for lives to be saved.


Please, click the graphics for a complete list of Cancer Awareness Months and ways that you can help.


The American Cancer Society is devoted to raising awareness and funds to find a cure.  They offer information on prevention, early detection, research, support, and treatment.


In 2011, it was “reported (by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services) that more than 230,000 U.S. women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 40,000 will die of the disease.”

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am so thankful for the survivors in my life.  Their faith, vulnerability and strength; courage and determination inspire me.  My beautiful, young niece is one of them.  She continues to write about her journey through breast cancer and life, offering encouragement and education; and building awareness at Pretty Pink Packages online.  She is an incredible woman and has given much of herself to others.


I hope all is well with you and yours.




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Fighting Obesity

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Everyone needs daily physical activity.  Generally, our level of physical fitness reflects the state of our overall health, and the body’s fitness is usually determined by the amount of physical work we do.  Many of our ancestors physically worked hard every day.  They were naturally active.  Technological progress has changed the very nature of work.  Often, we sit at work and then, we sit at home.  Establishing a regimen of consistent physical exercise has the potential to improve our health, well-being and life expectancy.  Yet, it seems so difficult to implement.  I’m hoping that if I start a program with my children, now, maybe it will become such a habit that they will continue it into adulthood.  The experts estimate that “by 2015 75% of all US kids, adolescents and adults will be overweight or obese.”  That’s a statistic I’d rather not have a direct connection to.

Family Time Fitness  is Physical Education for everyone, but with their Fitness 4 Homeschool Curriculum it is especially for the Home School.




Designed for grades K through 8th, Family Time Fitness utilizes the Guided Discovery Method to teach Movement Education.  “Guided Discovery is based on providing simple instruction then allowing children to explore movements on their own.”  Guided Discovery is approved by the International Youth Conditioning Association.


Family Time Fitness gives us, as parents and teachers, the instruction needed to confidently teach our children basic physical movement:






and Jumping

Each of the 260 lessons is clearly outlined with written instructions and video examples to follow.

Lessons detail –

Skills Taught

Equipment Needed

and Suggested Recovery Time

Plus –

3-5 activities for Warm-up:

Standing Leg Swings

Arm Circles

Toe Raises

Heel Walks

Ankle Alphabets

the Rocking Horse Series

and More…

3 or 4 activities for Game Play:

Wall Sits

Ball Circles

Shuffle & Skip with Toss

Partner Turn and Pass

Shoulder Tag

Bear Crawl

and Several Others…

2-3 Cool Down activities:

the Bowing Pose

Lion Pose

Crossover Stretch

Palm Tree Pose

and Single Leg Stretch

To Name a Few…

And 1 Outdoor Activity:

Freeze Tag

Monkey in the Middle

Who can Hula Hoop the Longest?

The Agility Course

and More.




The lessons are structured to provide 25-45 minutes of physical activity, with an additional 15-30 minutes of outdoor play included for a full 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise daily.  On average, it is taking us an entire hour just to accomplish the 25-45 minute activity.  Sometimes for fun, they do the 15-30 minute play, later in the day.  Other days, lack of time doesn’t allow us to do anymore PE for the day.  This program is flexible to any schedule, adaptable to any level of fitness and can be easily modified to meet each family’s needs.

It is recommended that Fitness 4 Homeschool be used at the same time each day, 5 days a week.  Presently, we are only using it 2 to 3 times a week.  Believing that “physical activity helps activate the brain and improves on task behavior,” we have set our family fitness time first thing in the morning; after face washing and teeth brushing, but before breakfast and school.  Starting after breakfast tends to churn up breakfast-in-the-belly because this, seriously, is a workout!



The lessons are designed so they can be done in limited space, but I think our space restrictions are a little much even for Family Time Fitness.  We couldn’t seem to do any of the activities in the house.  We did everything outside, and if the weather didn’t permit being outside then we postponed the lesson.  For those that have ample clear floor space, ideas and suggestions are added for indoor use.  For example, “Use foam balls for activities that require a ball with an alternative being a blow up beach ball.”


Lots of the activities are done without equipment, but some require readily available items that make the lessons more enjoyable:

Bean Bags – or small Balls, even a pair of socks rolled into a ball shape

Jump Ropes

Hula Hoops

Playground Balls – basketball, soccer ball or volley ball

Foam Balls

Cones – alternative might be a box, a bucket or even a large rock

Measuring Tape

Stop Watch

and an Exercise Mat – if needed after assessment of activity area


A Tracking Calendar is provided.  It can be copied and used for record keeping, as well as encouragement when a lesson is completed.


There is also an Assessment Form.  It is optional, but it is helpful to gauge where your child is starting in skill level and aptitude.  Assessing again, in 6-8 weeks, will usually show a noticeable improvement in a number of areas –








and Mental Acuity

Other tools to assist you include:  a Daily Food Diary, Grocery List, a Meal Planner; and a Nutrition Log.


I have the PDF version of Fitness 4 Homeschool – Core 1 Physical Education Curriculum.  Paying a one time fee of $57 will give you access for a lifetime.  One of my favorite things in this format is the One Page Summaries.  One Page Summaries provide an overview of each lesson.  They were actually created to save on print costs.  How considerate!  You print one page and use it as a reference guide for the lesson you reviewed.  The lessons are formatted for the iPad and smartphones, too!  That’s another print saver.



It’s my intention to continue with Family Time Fitness and promote a few good habits with my children.  My youngest daughter loves “exercising and playing together.”  Her favorite activity is actually a Warm-up:  “Popcorn.”  The child lies flat on her back with her arms extended over her head.  She brings her knees to her chest, holding her legs with her arms wrapped around them.  She lifts her head as close to her knees as possible, holding that position to the count of 10.  Then, she “pops out” and back to the starting position!

My son gets distracted waiting for the set up or instruction for the next game.  He’s also extremely competitive and has to be reminded that every activity is not a contest against one of his siblings.  I’m looking forward to the improvement in his skill level, but also a positive change in his attitude.

The oldest daughter that is participating sees the benefit of “purposefully moving,” but has never enjoyed exercising.  “If you have to do it, Family Time Fitness is more fun with the family than working out alone.”


Comments or Questions?


Email ~

Phone ~ 979.209.0778

or Write ~

Family Time Fitness

3131F East 29th Street

Bryan, TX  77802


and follow on facebook 



Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post; including the banner below that directs you to the Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog and my Crew mates reviews.



 “Be enthusiastic about physical activity.  Children will give physical activity the same importance and enthusiasm that the parent or teacher gives.”





Disclaimer*   I received the Fitness 4 Homeschool – Core 1 Education Curriculum, in exchange for my honest review; as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.



Thank you for your comments.



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Summer School and More

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Unlike many families I know, including those that homeschool, we continue schooling throughout the summer.  We take plenty of breaks during the year, at our convenience, but we do school year-round.

I’ve recently added Zane Education, with *The Missing Piece (c), to our summer schedule.



Zane Education has  “the largest, and most comprehensive fully subtitled online educational video library”  compiled to accommodate the requirements of the K-12 curriculum, and aligned to National and State Standards.  There are over 1,500 videos, covering nearly 400 topics, provided with lesson plans, interactive online quizzes, and more!


Subjects include:






Library Skills




Religious Studies

Science and

Social Studies


Research proves that *The Missing Piece (c) – using subtitles and closed captioning on video – can dramatically improve children’s reading and literacy skills.


Once subscribed, you can begin by selecting a subject and then a specific topic to study, according to the access you purchased.  [In our house, a Gold Membership allows me to utilize the video library for my elementary; middle and high school aged students, and continuing education for myself, at no additional cost!]  User Guides  are available and cater to your child’s specific bent.  You can also download, and even print, a Lesson Plan Guide for each video.  Zane provides a vast Video Word Glossary, and interactive study tools:  an Encyclopedia, a Dictionary, and a Thesaurus.

Click the graphic to view a FREE Educational Video of the Day

When you watch a video, you might notice a couple of the quirks that we found slightly annoying, but not distracting enough to discontinue use of the program.

  • Videos do not play full screen.  There are some courses we could work on at the same time, but the viewing screen doesn’t really accommodate more than one person at a time; so, we’re concentrating on individual lessons.
  • There are non-functional button graphics in the videos.  I believe they are part of an older system and we just made the choice to ignore them.


There is also quite a bit of evolutionary content in different videos, especially in the Biological Science series.  Personally, if I am made aware of such content, ahead of time, I make it part of my student’s education and address it in comparison to our new earth creationist view.  It is my personal belief and Zane’s conviction that “students should know and understand positions outside of evangelical Christianity.   We are confident that their faith will be stronger when they know both sides and understand why we believe the Biblical view of the world is correct both intellectually and spiritually.”   Zane Education not only makes one aware of the bias, they have also written a Christian Learning Guide to assist you in teaching the truth.  “Zane Education’s educational program and this document offers you and your children two critical requirements for future influence:  (1) solid grounding and factual education, and (2) a Biblical Christian perspective and application of the program.”


This is our plan of action, for getting the most out of Zane Education:

Day 1 –

Print or Pull-from-File the Lesson Plan Guide for your assigned subject.  If not already done, put it in a clear plastic sleeve for future use.  Read.

Look up Glossary Terms ~ write summarized definition; key words, etc.

Day 2 –

Start video, pause at the beginning of each new page/frame and write down highlighted words that are not listed in your Glossary Terms, then restart video > listen carefully.

Look up words and write definitions.

Day 3 –

Play/Read video on mute.

Review words.

Day 4 –

Watch video and work on assigned Sharpen Your Skills projects.

Day 5 –

Watch video.

Take quiz.  (Note – Quizzes are marked and correct answers supplied by Zane, when needed, so that even in testing the learning process continues.)


We found this schedule fairly intensive.  We didn’t always complete the vocabulary work on the set day, and often rolled it over to the next day, but the retention of the material has been excellent!

Many of my Crew mates made use of  Zane in an entirely different way, and it’s beneficial to read their reviews, too.  You can click the banner below to do just that.


Monthly Subscriptions start as low as $8.99 per Subject, $12.99 per Age/Grade Level, or Full Access – All Subjects – All Videos for $17.99.

Yearly Memberships are also available, starting at $98.89 per Single Subject through the Best Value – Full Access – Gold Membership for $197.89.


You can contact:   Zane Education, by email ~  follow the link on their website, call ~ 1.650.488-8204, or write ~

Zane Education

2203 NE 203rd Terrace

Miami, FL  33180

Also, watch for their latest developments and new products –

Read their News Blog and follow Zane Education on facebook.

Read – What You Get with Zane

Zane Education addresses the genuine need for different learning styles, in our homes and our schools.   I encourage you to follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post, and browse their website.   You may find that it is the Visual Learning Solution for your child’s needs – whether gifted or specialized, home schooled or public schooled; Summer School, Bridge work, or Full Curriculum.


As a “thank you” for reading my blog, I can offer you a 35% promotional discount on the purchase of any annual subscription to Zane Education, available through August 31, 2012.  Use code ZE828HSM during checkout, to receive your discount, and leave a comment telling me which subscription you chose.  Thanks, again.





Disclaimer*   A  one year, full access, Gold Membership subscription was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


Contents of this blog are copyrighted;  they are the property of Knee Deep In Grace and may not be used without written permission.



Patience Assistance

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I usually have the patience for questions, asked multiple times a day.  Actually, I’ve spent years trying to encourage and build a foundation of there-are-no-stupid-questions; so ask me anything!  But, I tend to lose patience when I’ve answered the same question many times and the recipient of the answer doesn’t seem to be paying attention, or I’ve given instructions, that seem to be received with understanding, only there is no follow through.

I’ve handled it in different ways, over the years. I have had ears checked, on occasion, to make sure I wasn’t missing a physical  ailment that was causing a hearing problem.  I would give fewer instructions at a time, and have the child repeat my list, or I’ve dictated my list and had my child write it.  I’ve even disciplined for the lack of focus – write this sentence, 20 times, “I will do my best to pay attention when I’m being spoken to, and I will focus on the tasks assigned to me.”  Yes, I did!  Admittedly, it was great for Penmanship practice, but that’s about all.

Recently, I discovered that this may be a fairly common auditory processing issue.  Realizing that I’m not being ignored, or directly disobeyed, goes a long way to assist my patience, and helps me to be more tolerant and understanding. I also have an actual issue that I can trouble shoot.  HearBuilder – Auditory Memory is an interactive CD-Rom, published by Super Duper Publications, for grades K – 8.  It is designed to help your child develop and strengthen their abilities to recall verbal information, and that sounds like a possible solution, to me.

Your child will work with Recall Agents to thwart the plans of Dr. Forgetsit [Forgets It] to take over MemoryTown.


Mission Adventures cover Memory for Numbers (3-7 digits), Memory for Words (3-5 words), Memory for Details (1-4 details), Auditory Closure (sentence completion); Memory for WH Information (2-3 sentences/2-4 questions – who, what, where, when; why).




The software program can keep track of 1 – 4 players; so, four of my children have been utilizing this program, several times a week, for several weeks.   The graphics are colorful and seem age appropriate.  It is fun and entertaining, keeping them interested through as many levels as I will let them play, at one time.  The learning is done through games/missions, and without doubt, my children like this program!  Two of them are just over half way through the missions; so far they seem fairly easy, and I wonder how it is affecting their skill levels.  The other two are not quite half way, yet.  I have not noticed a marked difference in any of their memory retention.  If  I don’t see some improvement by the time they complete the program, then I think  HB Auditory Memory, at  $69.95, is expensive fun.  We will definitely complete the program, and probably even go through it a second time, with one child.  This is research-based, award-winning software and I want it to work.  If my children learn strategies for remembering, and improve their abilities to recall verbal information, then HB Auditory Memory is an exceptional value.  I just can’t, honestly, tell you which it is, for us, yet.

My Crew mates have had the opportunity to review this program, and a few of the other products offered by Super Duper Publications.   You can read about them when you click the banner below and follow the link.  Also, please, visit the Super Duper website!  They have many new Android Apps; Fun Decks – Sequencing, Inferences, Pronoun Parade; All About You, All About Me, and more, plus interesting information and help for special needs.  When you find something you like, use code BLGAM30 at check out, through August 31, 2012, and you will receive a generous 30 % Discount on your order!



Comments and Questions?


email ~

call ~ 1.800.277.8737

or write ~

Super Duper Publications

P.O. Box 24997

Greenville, SC  29616





Disclaimer*   A CD-Rom of HearBuilder – Auditory Memory was given to me, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review, as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


Thank you for your comments.

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It is Beeyoutiful!

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A month ago, or so, my youngest daughter came across a basket of her baby things, items that were used in her nursery, that I had put away until I could decide what I would sentimentally keep and what I would discard.  She asked if she could use the baby lamp in her room now.  “Oh, pleeeeease.”  I didn’t put up much resistance and said, “sure.”  Over the course of the next couple of days, she moved that lamp to several locations in the room, until she found “just the perfect place.”  During one of the moves, the lamp shade was bumped and her chin hit the hot light bulb.  Please, don’t ask me if I was still okay with my “sure” instead of my usual, “no, leave it alone, it really isn’t necessary.”  It burned, blistered, and hurt.  I treated it, prayed over it, and loved-on her.  She said, “I’m okay, I’m okay,” with watery eyes and a forced smiley-grimace.  Actually, she’s one of my easy ones, when it comes to getting hurt.  She’s calm, collected and trusting.

The next day I got Miracle Skin Salve, from Beeyoutiful, in the mail.  I knew there was a product arriving any day, but I didn’t know when, and I didn’t know what.  Not one to believe in coincidence, I was thrilled with the Divine intervention that had my little girl covered before I even knew she’d need it.



The insert telling me about it says:  “This delicate, summer-leaf-colored cream, full of skin-soothing, natural ingredients looks as healthy as it is. Spread on a dab of Miracle Skin Salve to treat:

• Cuts and abrasions (cover with a bandage if necessary!) • Stubborn splinters (to help them work their way out) • Insect bites and stings • Inflamed and swollen injuries or bruises • Painful hemorrhoids • Diaper rash and tender bottoms • Dry, chapped skin • Minor burns • Yeast-related rashes like eczema and psoriasis • Cold sores • Post-staph infection and skin surgery sites (to reduce scarring apply daily for 2 to 3 months).

You’ll notice fast healing thanks to the miraculous blend of ingredients that moisturize and soothe while providing anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory aid to skin irritations and injuries. These reliable, natural ingredients give Miracle Skin Salve its power: Coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, bee propolis, organic plantain leaf, organic comfrey root, organic calendula flowers, and essential oils of lavender and rosemary.

So many natural, healthy ingredients in it that even though I wasn’t familiar with the product, yet, I was comfortable trying it.  “Beeyoutiful skin products contain NO Parabens, Formaldehyde, Petroleum derived ingredients or SLS Detergents.  They are all manufactured in the USA, using pure, all natural ingredients.”  By this time, the area on her chin was weepy and raw looking.  I gently dabbed the Miracle Skin Salve on her burn and it instantly soothed it.  She wasn’t sure if it would sting, or not, and it didn’t.  It has healed nicely and we continue to use it, to reduce any scarring to her face.


I find comfort in knowing I have it in the house, in case of emergency, but also for the little things, like splinters and insect bites.  It is $15 for 2 oz. or $25 for 4 oz., and I honestly think it’s worth it!  It is effective and it goes a long way.

My youngest grandson was born on Christmas Eve, just over a year ago.  He is a bright, beautiful, allergic-reaction-waiting-to-happen!  Yes, he’s allergic to nuts and peas and…  He also has atopic dermatitis.  It is a type of eczema, with skin inflammation, rash, and intense itching.  Because he’s a baby, much of it is located on his face and head.  My daughter has gone through several products in an attempt to manage it and keep him comfortable.  Cetaphil Moisturing Lotion was the best she had found, but he would still have miserable outbreaks and the patches were never completely cleared.  Nana (that’s me) to the rescue, with my latest discovery, the Miracle Skin Salve!  I slathered his little face and ears with it, and within an hour or two all the redness and inflammation was gone.  We could still see and feel a residual rash, but it worked so well, so quickly, that I gave my daughter a teaspoonful to use on a continual basis.  It worked miraculously!  It completely cleared his rash!  She was so excited to see his baby-smooth skin, again.  She bought the 4 oz. container, has used it generously, every other day, and it’s lasted about a month.  Different things can cause an eczema outbreak,  but the peace of mind we have, knowing she can now manage it, keeping him healthy and happy, is priceless.

I also used the B.A.L.M.  Beeyoutiful All-Natural Lip Moisturizer is a keeper!  “Conventional lip moisturizers can be harsh and even damaging to fragile lip membranes with chemicals and fuel derived bases. Beeyoutiful’s all natural Lip Balms offer you a choice of a soothing, healing lip balm that you can be confident in the ingredients, knowing you are using the very best on your lips!”  At $3 a tube we can each have our own and I don’t have to feel guilty for hiding mine!



At they believe “that each individual is responsible for their own health.”  They are caring for themselves and their families, just as we are, and they desire to share the tools; the products, that are beneficial to them.  They want to “aid others in obtaining and maintaining good health.”

On their site you’ll find useful information:

The Articles section ~

  • Preparing for Pregnancy Video Series
  • Anemia
  • Heartburn
  • Frankincense Essential Oil
  • and more

Nutritional Supplements ~

  • Bone and Joint Health
  • Circulatory Support
  • Pregnancy and Prenatal
  • Weight Management
  • and numerous others

Natural Skin Care

  • Eucalyptus Bath Salts
  • Milk & Honey Facial Bar
  • Miracle Skin Salve
  • Lavishmint Hydrating Toner
  • and many other items


Please, follow the links I’ve provided throughout this post and take a few minutes to check out the various products available from Beeyoutiful.  Their website is easy to navigate, and you can Shop by Product or Shop by Health Concern.  If you want to investigate further, click on the graphic below to read other reviews by my crew mates.



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For Girls Only!

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Finding one’s place in a big family can sometimes be difficult.  Having something that belongs just to you or that didn’t belong to a sibling before you doesn’t happen often, but sometimes it’s nice.  It’s a little affirmation that you are one-of-a-kind and not just part of the group.   I look for ways to let my children know that I see them as individuals.

Our youngest daughter is the youngest of 11.  She loves her position, but we’ve made it a point to let her know that she wasn’t an afterthought.  She was/is wanted and she is an important part of our family.  It would be easy for everything she owns – clothes, toys, books & games – to be a hand-me-down, much is, but not all.  Truly, she probably wouldn’t even mind, but I would; so, when I recently had the opportunity to review an ad-free learning website, for girls only, I was just a wee-bit excited about the possibilities!  I wasn’t disappointed.

Always Icecream is geared for girls, ages 7-12, and it looks like it was created just for them.  It’s pink and fun, and frufru and fun, and cute & sweet and fun!  Much to my youngest son’s dismay, the website for boys only hasn’t been completed, yet, but I hear it is in the works.  If I’d allow it, he’d learn & play right alongside his sister, but since I haven’t, he can not wait for his siteWhy have a site, for girls only?  My guys and girls get along very well together.  My guys are a little more sensitive, considerate and compassionate and my girls are comfortable catching bugs and fishing, because of their interaction with each other, but it’s not that way in every home or classroom.

    • “Online games for girls are games that have been specifically designed to meet the interests and curiosity of girls. This gender-focus makes it possible that “girls can be girls” without the fear of being bothered by boys who tend to make fun of everything that girls consider “cute.”
    • “Within the target age group of 7-12 years, children’s preferences and ways in which they can be motivated tend to be influenced by gender.  Collaborative play (girls) versus competitive play (boys) and girls tend to be attracted by virtual goods that are “decorative”, such as clothes, versus “useful”, such as machines or armor.”

“Notwithstanding the differences in brain development and socialization, Always Icecream is adamantly opposed to stereotypes such as “girls are not interested in science or math.” The site challenges its young members to engage in learning activities across a broad spectrum of subjects:

Language Arts

Math (basic and advanced)


Computer Skills



Foreign Languages

Music & Arts

and Religious Education




I asked my daughter for her opinion of Always Icecream.  She said, and I quote:

I love it!  You get to make your own house and you get your own pet.  It’s fun!  The learning is still fun, too.  I am learning, you know.  There are so many activities, I can’t even tell you!  I’m practicing typing and I’m learning my states.  Want me to show you?  I’m getting higher and higher in my math and I got all of the Bible questions right, last time, because we had just learned about two of them in Children’s Church!  The pet world thingy-place is my favorite!  The pets can play games and do stuff.  You can buy them accessories, (yes, that’s her word.  We are big Fancy Nancy fans, but I’ll save that for another time) like a necklace or a bow.  You use your $coops to buy stuff.  ($coops is the earned currency in the Always Icecream world.)  You buy them food and feed them, like carrots for the rabbit, not bacon or dog bones, of course.  You give them cuddles and love and their hearts go up!  I already said it, I just love it!


School time.  Learning time.


 Play time.  Reward time.

Parental participation, behind the scenes, is encouraged.  Parents sign-up to receive a progress report, once a week, and may choose a number of $coops to be rewarded for special in-real-life projects, chores or accomplishments.  My kids are on a rotation to clean the cat’s litter box.  Our youngest was rewarded $coops for doing it without having to be reminded.  Granted, she would like to go to Dairy Queen in the future for real-world ice cream in exchange for a real-world chore, but since she usually only gets a “thank you” she thought getting $coops was actually “pretty cool.”

The girls earn $coops currency for completing their learning tasks, challenges, games & videos.  They create a mini-me avatar and can switch her clothes, buy rooms for the house and purchase furniture, pets and more.  My girl loved this!

There is also a social feature available, set up by the parent, that enables or not, the girls to “make friends” and communicate with one another safely through Always Icecream.  Although we didn’t choose to activate this feature, I do appreciate the excellent safety measures that are in place for the girls.  Click the graphic below for more information.


*  $4.99 per month  *  $29.99 per year  *  $99.99 for a lifetime membership  *Take a quick tour of the site and try out FREE GAMES before you buy.  “Satisfaction guaranteed: Your daughter will have fun and learn relevant skills – or you get your money back!”


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Blessings to you and your girls,


This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.


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Run! MOVE! Wiggle! Play!

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Summer is nearly here, after an uncommonly long winter for many.  Did you get snowed in for days this year?  Will the heat of the summer keep you inside in air-conditioning?  What does your family do when it rains for three or four days straight?

I love fresh air and sunshine.  L.O.V.E.  it!  I like being outside.  I like mowing the grass, working in the garden, playing in the rain, raking leaves, sledding, planting flowers, bicycling, camping, swimming, and…

I am not a fan of air-conditioning even on the hottest days, and thankfully, it hasn’t been a conflict (between me and my husband, whose body runs several degrees hotter than mine) because our house doesn’t have it.  I’d much rather do yard work than house work, any day!  (Regretfully, to my darling’s dismay, sometimes.)  I tend to equate cooped-up and stuffy with boring.

I grew up being told to go outside and play…often.  It wasn’t cooler inside than it was outside, anyway.  See, I’m old school.  Actually, maybe I’m just old…er.   =)  I seem to recall that if you didn’t like being outside and finding something to do, your choices were limited to reading a book, painting, drawing or writing, maybe watching something on a 13″ black & white TV, or listening to the radio…  Remember when there were no video games?  PC games?  portable DVD players?  I remember and I have some fond memories of doing things; going places, and generally moving and playing with my siblings and friends.  (Note the action words.)

Because, I think my momma did right by me – I send my kids outside to work or play…often.  (It is easier to get them outside though because it’s no cooler in our house than it is out.  They don’t have to continually acclimate to a constant change in temperature.  It’s usually just plain hot, everywhere.)  And, when we do get stuck indoors, their TV and electronic game time is strictly limited, making it more fun to be outside and doing something.  I admit, sometimes, we really have to be creative…  When was the last time you participated (in the privacy of your own home, of course) in a dance-a-thon or a tickle-fest?  I’m blessed to have healthy children and I believe that one of the reasons they are healthy is because they don’t have a sedentary lifestyle.

Do you know that The National Center for Chronic Disease reports that childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years?  Do you know that the most common causes of obesity are poor diet and eating habits combined with a lack of physical activity?  Fact.  I think, one of our jobs as parents is to prompt, coax and sometimes even force our children to get up and move. We should be showing them and telling them how to feed their body healthy food, how to protect it from harmful substances, and how to exercise it.  Technology has come so far, but the fact remains that we only get one body for the length of our days.

There is research available to support the statistics, but better yet, there is help available to bring about a positive change in these statistics.  One way – become part of the trybe.


Go – get active

Try – something new

Be – your best! “is an online fitness and nutrition community that delivers daily fitness, nutrition, wellness, and motivation content to students and teachers (and parents) across the US.”

Warm-ups, cardio, flexibility and strength-training workouts for every age.  Education, quizzes, rewards and community support.  Remember P.E.? This is Physical Education at it’s best!


K-5th grade join the ZooDoos

6th-8th grade workout with Trybe180

9th-12th grade is part of NexTrybe


Members create a personal avatar.


As online workouts are completed, educational video segments viewed and quiz questions answered correctly – points are earned.  Points accumulate and can then be used to buy clothing, accessories, pets and more for ones character. Can you say motivation?



My older ones pointed out that GoTrybe gear, that is available for purchase online, would be a real motivator, too.  A not too subtle hint, I do believe.  (I’d like to see GoTrybe create an option to save points earned, from answering more difficult questions, that could be exchanged for Trybe Trinkets, that could then be used toward purchases in the tribal store.)


Build-your-own workout, comprised of six drag and drop videos.  Title your personal workout and you can store it or use it as you choose.


Choose a pre-built workout.



Workout sessions run an average of 20-30 minutes each.



Become part of the community.  Create a personal profile page.  Make a buddy list, send messages to friends, check stats and updates, etc.



Sign up personally or sign up your child, in the age appropriate trybe, free for a day – just enter promo code GETFIT.  Either way, this is a good time to explore everything has to offer.  A 1 year subscription is usually $39.95, but, after your one day free trial, you have the option, now, to sign up for $19.95.


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GoTrybe has been a blast! even though it has been a little difficult for us to accomplish, sometimes, because of lack of space.  It can only be viewed, and therefore followed, on the computer monitor, and that’s in a small office area.  I am hoping will eventually be Wii compatible and then we’d be able to stream it through our TV in the living room.  Quite often, the children like to work out together, (but there is no way for each tryber to get workout points, if they workout together) and that is nearly impossible because of our confined quarters.

We have children in each of the trybes and they have some definite, personal opinions:

  • They really like and look forward to their workouts every day!
  • They recognize a positive difference in their stamina, from the first time they worked out to now.
  • My ZooDoos do not like the choices available for their avatars.  They’re drawn with “really big heads”, as opposed to the “normal” looking choices for the teens.  The Trybe180 female Trybers think the teen girl character is too mature looking and her stance is unattractive.

  • We also have NexTrybe Trybers.  They found some of the Yoga workouts to be a little odd and felt that even the male students that worked out in the video segments, with the female teachers, looked uncomfortable.
  • It was also noted that there are no male leaders, in the flexibility segments, for the older boys in the NexTrybe to follow.
  • One of my NexTrybers liked doing the ZooDoos Hip Hop routines better than their own, because the moves are taught slower and they are repetitive.
  • My NexTrybers have a favorite leader, from the younger trybe, that they’d love to see teach in their trybe.
  • The positives far out weigh the negatives!  We’re movin’ more and lovin’ it!


You’ll find other, definite opinions, from my crew mates at TOS.  Click the banner to read their reviews.


Walk or run, jump, play, wiggle or dance.  Get up and move like your life depends on it – it just might.

May God bless your endeavors to move your family,


This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

Thank you for your encouragement.

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10 Strawberries!

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I was born in the city, but while I was still in elementary school, just the thought of me in the local middle school had my mother moving our family to the country.  My birth certificate may say city, but my heart is pure country.

We got most of our vegetables from our own garden and often raised our own beef.  I know for a fact that we were poor, but I didn’t know it then.  I don’t ever remember being hungry.  We were well fed and well loved.

I should clarify though, that my mother’s version of well fed and mine are… different.

For instance, Ma didn’t like broccoli; so, we didn’t grow it and we didn’t eat it.  I seem to recall that we tried brussel sprouts one year – one time and not again.  Did you know, that based on research, if a food is served/eaten 10 times in a row – not just once – a child is more likely to develop a taste for it?  For dinner we ate a lot of home canned green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and corn, single or combo, beside a meat entree, with bread & butter as a filler.  Ma was a good cook.  The general thought was to make sure we had a decent start to our day, for school, and that we did not go to bed hungry.  I honestly don’t think she gave much consideration to balance, variety, color or even what our bodies might actually need to grow.

I, on the other hand, really like broccoli, and so do most of my children.  I remember reading a book by Raymond and Dorothy Moore, more than 15 years ago, that taught me, and therefore my family, that the largest meal of the day should be breakfast, followed by a medium lunch and a light dinner, giving everything plenty of time to digest over night.  My older children still remember getting up r.e.a.l.l.y. early, every day,  to eat a humongous breakfast, that took me hours to prepare.  Since we didn’t maintain it all of these years, my younger children have only heard stories, and occasionally seen hints of what I actually think is the best way to eat.  Over the years, I have researched and read many books looking for the best for my family.  Especially since my mother died nearly eight years ago from colon cancer.  I’ve learned much, consistently implemented some and passed on everything I could to my children, hoping they’ll do even better for theirs.  Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

I have not found anything like  Growing Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101:  Choose Life!

448 pages, 6 units of study divided into 4 chapters each and thoroughly covering anatomy & physiology, nutritional health and home economics.

  1. The Brain and Nervous System
  2. Digestion and Elimination
  3. Respiration and Olfactory
  4. Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  5. Cardiovascular and Immune Systems
  6. Endocrine System and Emotions


This is a Biblically based curriculum that explains the systems of our God-created bodies and the foods that are needed to assist them in their jobs.  The fact is:  our body is affected by what we eat. The authors remind us of a verse from III John, chapter 2, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”  It is their desire “to honor God by creating and distributing products that educate and empower His children to establish healthy, Christ-centered homes.”  Apart from creating and distributing products, their mission clearly mirrors mine for my family.

The amount of information that has been compiled in this book is unbelievable!  It can easily be used for the entire family, youngest child to adult; including high school credit.  There are activities, science projects, art projects, vocabulary, fun facts and at least 75 recipes.  Additional book suggestions, resources and discussion questions are listed at the end of each chapter and you’ll find 100 pages of charts, checklists and more.  The authors, homeschool mother Debra Raybern, N.D., M.H., C.N.C., I.C.A.; homeschool mother and researcher Sera Johnson, B.MU; mother and writer/editor Laura Hopkins, B.S.; and mother, grandmother and former Home Economics teacher Karen Hopkins, B.S., are gracious, wise and encouraging.


Click on the veggie picture to view a pdf Sample of Nutrition 101

The over-size, hard-bound, vibrantly colored book is beautiful!  (Yes, I love books, but, seriously, this one makes me feel rich just holding it in my hands.  And it takes both hands to hold it because it is big!)  It is $99.95.  There is a CD-Rom available for $79.95, but my favorite option is also the best value, the combo of both for $129.95.  I like having the book in my hands, and the flexibility to print the recipes and activities, with ease, from the download.  And… I get to offer you, my reader, a 15 % discount when you use coupon code TOScrew11 at checkout.

Growing Healthy Homes has other products you may be interested in:

Gentle Babies:  Essential Oils and Natural Remedies

Is There a Dr. Mom in Your House

The Raw Food Feast:  7 Days Through the Rainbow


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Bartlesville, OK  74006

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903.466.1564 (E. Texas)

832.298.1242 (S. Texas)


Growing  Healthy Homes – Nutrition 101:  Choosing Life! earns a 10 out of 10 Strawberries from our family.  We received the download and we have not completed it, yet.  Instead of printing and putting it into a large, cumbersome notebook, I am printing one unit at a time and putting each in a small, titled notebook.  I like it! and I have no doubt we will use it for years.


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This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.




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