Happy Friday!

I pray that your week went well!

Last weekend,  I watched Captive with my mom and I wrote a review.  There is a giveaway for a free copy of Captive on DVDPlease check out the review and enter the drawing for the DVD.

Since my husband was out of town for a few days my mom offered to take the kids to the park.  The kids wanted me to come with them and take pictures.







That night my mom came back over and we went to the mall for them to play some more.







I enjoying my time on the Homeschool Crew!  There are some great things coming up and I can’t wait to share reviews!!!  If you think that you would be interested in reviewing for the Crew and you don’t have a blog, now would be time to get it going because fall will be here before we know it!!!  Also, blogging opens things up to do reviews for other companies!

Have a very blessed weekend!


{Review} Captive DVD & Giveaway


Have you watched any good movies recently?  I have!  My mom and I watched Captive starring Kate Mara and David Oyelowo.  It is an excellent movie!

Captive is based on a true story of Ashley Smith being held captive in her own home by Brian Nichols.  Brian Nichols escaped from the Fulton County Courthouse while awaiting a court appearance on March 11, 2005.  During his escape he left four people dead, one severely injured, and took Ashley Smith hostage.

Watch the movie to check out the time that they spent together during her captivity and how God opened up an opportunity for Ashley to read The Purpose Driven Life : What on Earth am I Here for? by Rick Warren to Brian and ultimately led to her release.

Captive is rated PG-13 due to violence and substance abuse, and is not appropriate for young children.  It may also be too intense for young teenagers.  It does open up a opportunity for parents to discuss violence and substance abuse with teenagers.


Captive Trailer





FlyBy Promotions has given me a copy of the DVD to give away!  Please enter to win a free copy of the movie click on the link below.

Captive DVD Giveaway


Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Happy Friday!

Hello everyone!  I pray that everyone is doing well!

This week has been a busy one!  I began last weekend at the hospital welcoming a nephew into the family!  I love being at births!  It is such a special time welcoming new babies into the world.  It was a blessing to be asked to be there!  My sis rocked and I am very proud of her!!  I also had the privilege of being at the births of my two nieces.  When I was at the eldest sister’s birth I was 39+2 weeks pregnant with my youngest daughter.  I was on the schedule to be admitted the evening she was born.  In December, I saw an article circulating Facebook about sister-in-laws that had babies on the same day, just hours apart, at the same hospital, with the same OB.  That was my sister-in-law and myself except our deliveries were a day apart.  🙂  It kept our nurses on their toes because we had the same last name, both had girls, same OB, and used the same pediatrician’s office.

Spent the rest of the weekend reading a book that I will be posting a review on soon and running errands after church.  We got a few more baby chicks!  During the week we stayed busy as usual.  The kids had Awanas.  Sweet Pea is stoked that she finished Book 2 in Sparks and just has to do the review so she can go to Book 3.  We finally found Peanut’s book, in a very safe location where we put it so we wouldn’t lose it.  The kid’s switched to another church for Awanas since our church no longer has an Awana program and they wanted to continue with Awanas. We needed her book to show exactly where she left off last year and couldn’t find it.  BTW, it was in the file cabinet.

I decided to pull out water beads this week.  At the homeschool conference this fall The Homegrown Preschooler {not an affiliate link} was there and selling water beads in holiday sets and we bought a set.  The set included Christmas, Independence Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Valentine’s Day.  I did the Christmas set first (sorry no pictures) and we needed some more water beads so I did the Valentine’s Day set as well.   Sharing some of the pictures from the process of prepping them.

IMG_7952Water Beads – Holiday Set

Pouring the package of water beads into cold water.

All in the water.

~30 minutes in the water.

~ 1 hr & 20 minutes in the water.

~ 4 hours in the water.

IMG_7949‘Lil Bit enjoying the water beads.

Other photos from this week.


Have a very blessed weekend!


Hello everyone!  I decided it was time to create a Facebook page for my blog!  I can be found under the name LifeofaHomeschoolMomma.  If you click on my name it will take you right to my FB page.  If you are on a desktop, or in desktop mode on a mobile device, you can also click on the Facebook icon under ‘Social’ on my page and reach me that way too.

Have a very blessed day!

{Review} SchoolhouseTeachers.com Yearly Membership

SchoolhouseTeachers Review 2016

For my very first review with the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, I had the pleasure of reviewing the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

This site is full of wonderful classes and resources!  There are classes for Preschool through High School and are all on-line, with no limit to the number of students or classes.  A big advantage is you can access your school work from wherever there is a computer with internet access or a device such as the iPad, iPhone, or other mobile devices.  SchoolhouseTeachers has a mobile edition of their website and it operates smoothly!  I used both Internet Explorer and Safari to access SchoolhouseTeachers.com and had no problems with either browser.

The website is easy to navigate and  very well-organized.  Courses can be found by either subject or grade levels.  Everything is alphabetized.  When you are looking for a particular subject for multiple grade levels you can easily switch between pages to find what you are looking for.  Depending on the amount of lessons in the class they offer different ways to download the lessons and I like that.  The smaller classes (a few lessons) every lesson are individually downloaded PDF files.  In the larger classes individual lessons are offered for download or all lessons in one single PDF and some offer a ZIP file download option.

They offer:

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Computer and Technology
  • Drama and Speech
  • Electives
  • Foreign Languages
  • History, Geography, and Social Studies
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Music
  • Nutrition, Health, and Fitness
  • Science

An added benefit to the Yearly Membership at SchoolhouseTeachers are the additional resources!  There are educational resources, encouragement articles, planners, TOS Magazine Resources (Including back issues and supplements), e-books,  Applecore (a record keeping program) silver plan, family resources, and much, much more.  Last but not least as a member of SchoolhouseTeachers you will have access to over 10,000 streaming videos!

It was very hard to decide on what areas of SchoolhouseTeachers to talk about.  It would take all night to share everything about it!  I narrowed my selection down to Music and Everyday Copywork.  I chose Music because that is one of the subjects I have been looking around for, especially for music theory and Everyday Copywork because my oldest girls love to write (most of the time) and we try to do copywork as much as we can.

Music Theory has been one of the hardest subjects for me to find for my kids.  One of my girls has expressed interest in playing the flute.  She will be the third generation to play it.  I still have my flute that I learned how to play on, my mom also played on it, and it will be the one she learns how to play on.  🙂  I purchased the elementary book of the series that I played from in high school figuring it would be a wonderful Christmas gift to give her.  While it is a wonderful book it is not intended for such a young player (It will come in handy when she is older).

Here is where SchoolhouseTeachers fits in!  I was very excited to see a music section, including music theory designed to include young children!  Two Music Theory classes are offered Music Theory I and Music Theory II.  Both classes are 16 weeks in length and are designed to complete one lesson a week.  The lessons are written in such a way that even a parent with no musical background can teach it.  When an activity is offered there is an activity for primary grades and one for secondary grades.  Sometimes the activities are separate and sometime they are combined.

Some of what is covered in Music Theory I:

  • Musical Alphabet
  • Tempos
  • Dynamics
  • Different kinds of musical notes (half notes, whole notes, etc.)
  • Measures
  • Rests
  • Time Signatures

Some of what is covered in Music Theory II:

  • Expanding on what was learned in Music Theory I
  • Half Steps and Whole Steps
  • Scales
  • Circles of Fifths
  • Key Signatures

We will be completing Music Theory I and Music Theory II classes with our kids!


I don’t have a set curricula for handwriting and piece together handwriting pages, as I need them, from various places.  SchoolhouseTeachers has a copywork section called ‘Everyday Copywork‘ as well as ‘Everyday Spanish Copywork’.  I was excited to see the Spanish Copywork section.  My kids are taking Spanish and it is a perfect addition to our handwriting work!  Everyday Copywork has over 150 copywork selections found in both English and Spanish.

When I was in third grade my teacher Mrs. B had us memorize ‘Bed in Summer’ by Robert Louis Stevenson.  Even to this day I can repeat the poem by heart.  It is in the Everyday Spanish Copywork!  I will definitely be working on memorizing this poem in Spanish along with my kids memorizing the poem in both English and Spanish.

For the copywork piece, the poem is written on one page in both English and Spanish.  Then there are manuscript handwriting pages where my girls can either trace the letters in the poem or copy the words from the page.  For those students who are working on cursive there are pages available for cursive as well.

I am looking forward to using more of their copywork pages and seeing what they add to the copywork pages in the future, including if they add any other languages.

Sweet Pea and ‘Lil Bit doing ‘Bed in Summer’ Copywork.

Cost & a Discount coupon

SchoolhouseTeachers is very affordable!  You get full access to everything for your entire family for $12.95 per month or $139 per year.  Until 1/31/2016 SchoolhouseTeachers is offering a 50% discount on their 1 year subscriptions by using the coupon code CREWFOLLOWER.  I recommend that you give SchoolhouseTeachers a try and, if for whatever reason, it is not a fit for your family there are no contracts and you can cancel at any time.

When you sign up as a member you are automatically signed up as an affiliate.  You earn a 25% commission on every sale!  I am disclosing that I did use my affiliate link throughout this post.


Crew Disclaimer

SchoolhouseTeachers.com Review 2016

Fun Evening

I had a fun evening with ‘Lil Bit.  I had to run an errand and she wanted to go with me.  We took the other kids to grandma’s house and we headed out.

After we were done with our errand we went to Chipotle for dinner.



‘Lil Bit and I.  She wanted the orange that came with her dinner in the picture.


For some other exciting news, Sweet Pea lost another tooth (#7)!  We opened another one of our wrapped books that was sitting on our shelf and read together.  Even though we didn’t get through them all I believe it will be a tradition that we do again next year!


Have a blessed evening!