Our 2016 Blue Ribbon Awards

What a fun year we had reviewing as part of the Homeschool Review Crew! We reviewed so many different products this year, I have to say we had a lot of favorites! For some categories the kids all agreed about the winner, in other categories each child had a different favorite.


Without further adieu here are Our 2016 Blue Ribbon Award Winners:

Favorite Reading Curriculum: Star Toaster Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree
Favorite Writing Curriculum: Writing with Sharon Watson
Favorite Spelling: Talking Fingers
Favorite Grammar: Essential Skills Advantage
Favorite Literature: IEW Poetry
Favorite Literature Resource: The Dragon and the Raven, The Cat of Bubastes, Beric the Briton and YWAM Louis Zamperini
Favorite History/Social Studies: CHSH Download Club
Favorite History/Social Studies Supplement: The Dragon and the Raven, The Cat of Bubastes, and Beric the Briton
Favorite Science Curriculum: Ed Tech Lens Rainforest Journey and Science Shepherd Introductory Science
Favorite Foreign Language: Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids
Favorite Fine Arts Product/Curriculum: Pencil Grip Kwik Stix
Favorite Elective Curriculum: Stop Motion Explosion
Favorite Christian Education Curriculum: Veritas Press
Favorite Christian Education Product: Chara Games
Best E Product: Star Toaster Orphs of the Woodlands at Tangletree
Favorite Book, Novel, Audio Book or Audio Drama: The Glass Castle, The Cat of Bubastes, Beric the Briton and The Dragon and the Raven
Just for Fun: Chara Games and Enlivenze Flip Stir Puzzle
Kid’s Choice: The Glass Castle, The Cat of Bubastes, Talking Fingers
Teen Choice: YWAM Louis Zamperini
My Favorite: MaxScholar
Favorite Preschool Product: Pencil Grip Kwik Stix
Favorite Elementary Product: Stop Motion Explosion
Favorite Middle School: The Glass Castle
Favorite High School: Stop Motion Explosion
Favorite College/College Prep: Writing with Sharon Watson
Favorite Parent Product: MyFreezEasy
Favorite Resource I Didn’t Know I Needed: MyFreezEasy

You will notice that some of the categories had multiple winners in our house. In many categories it was hard to decide which one we liked best.

I am so thankful that I am a part of the Homeschool Review Crew. We have been so blessed by the many different products, we have some great resources for our family!



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Christmas Love Letters From God ~ Review and Giveaway


We have had the opportunity to review Christmas Love Letters From God Bible Stories. This lovely book combines prose and poetry to tell the birth story of Jesus. There are seven stories beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit from the wise men. With each story there is a letter attached to the page that can be personalized with your child’s name. img_4285

Each personalized message is written as if God is speaking directly to the reader. This is a wonderful way to help your children discover the story of Jesus’ birth. Each story also has a special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise.


I have enjoyed reading Christmas Love Letters From God to my children. The book brings the stories from the Bible to life for the kids. I’m sure this one will be enjoyed for many years to come!

Time for the Giveaway

It’s always fun to be able to give away a copy on the blog. I encourage you to sign up for your chance to win, also pass on the link to family and friends who might also enjoy their own copy Christmas Love Letters from God.

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Winner must be in continental United States



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A Black Friday Special You Don’t Want to Miss

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  • Oh and you get to have a membership to the Dove Channel for a year!
  • and so many more great reasons.



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On The Lookout

This weekend, while we were working on the new fence we enjoyed watching a bald eagle high upon this tree branch. He never did fly away even when we drove past where he was perched.

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I sure wish I would have had my camera instead of just my phone, I could have gotten better pictures.



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The Blessings of Unity ~ Review and Giveaway

I have had the opportunity to review the book, The Blessings of Unity, written by Richard T. Case. The Blessings of Unity was written to offer insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages. The key concepts for creating unity in our marriages are:

1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and

2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.


Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval. Continue reading

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