Review Crew

Memoria Press: First Start Reading – A Review


Katherine has been struggling with learning to read, so we were excited to get the opportunity to review Memoria Press' First Start Reading Program! This is a great classical curriculum that teaches phonics and writing skills for young learners. We received a Teacher Book and Workbooks A-D to use for our study. For each lesson in the Teacher Book, there is a small copy of the student workbook page and a detailed description (with word-for-word what to say to the student) of how to teach the … [Read more...]

Thankful for the Chisels


As I read through the chapter in my Bible study this morning, a couple of sentences caught my attention... "God has placed you exactly where you are according to His purposes. Thank Him for that today. Write a commitment to not dwell on how some of these people have let you down." - Lysa TerKeurst from What Happens When Women Walk in Faith. It made me think about all of the people God has put around me, past and present. There have been good and not-so-good relationships, obviously, because … [Read more...]

21 Day Fix – The Review


Because my 21 Day Slim Down for Summer Challenge starts NEXT MONDAY, I thought it was time to share more details and my review of the 21-Day Fix program that we will be using for the challenge. I've shared how the 21-Day Fix started me on a new path of discipline, and I've shared bits and pieces of program details with some of you in the past few weeks. However, this is the first time I've really laid out in writing exactly what my thoughts are about this incredible program! Before I share my … [Read more...]

Put the Phone Down!


We were at Steak & Shake one day during Spring Break. As we sat down and started looking over the menu, I caught a glimpse of a father and teenage daughter sitting at a table across the restaurant. They were sitting at a 4-seater, diagonally from each other. Not straight across from each other. They gave each other space. I kept watching them quietly. He was talking on his phone and she was playing on hers. After a few minutes he hung up... and she put her phone down, looking up … [Read more...]

O My Soul – A Year Later

It's been almost a year since I wrote this post... O My Soul. No sufficient words can explain the peace that has taken over my heart and life over the last 11 months. God is so good! Little Paula finally let go and made some changes... deep ones... that have caused a complete (and sometimes surprising to me) transformation in my soul. It's true. When you let go, He'll do what He wants to do in you. So 10,000 Reasons came on the radio as I drove home from dropping Jeffrey off at school … [Read more...]

Halo Found Hope: Book Review


When I requested to join the blog tour for Halo Found Hope, I had no idea how much her story was going to impact my life. After walking through my mother's brain tumor as a teenager, Helo's story helped me to understand (in detail) more about what my mom must have dealt with years ago. About the book:  Machines beeping, the blur of medical staff running, a crash cart whizzing into an ICU room—was there any hope? A young woman lay, packed in ice, as doctors attempted to somehow stop the … [Read more...]

Fast Track To Fitness 5-Day Challenge!

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The saying is true. Jeff has told me this for years, but I'm really seeing how much of a difference it makes to EAT right, not just PLAY right! Next Monday, March 30th, I will be hosting my very first Beachbody Challenge Group! And guess what? It's only a 5-day challenge! What does that mean? It means that ANYONE can do it. YOU can do it! For 5 days, we will all join together for accountability in our eating and working out. It will be simple and fun... make new friends and get a kickstart to … [Read more...]



I am excited to share my review of GPALOVEMATH, a product of GPA LEARN! This is a really cool web-based math program, which is great for visual learners. It is the most unique format of teaching math I've ever seen. Specifically for grades K-5, animated characters serve as learning coaches, walking children through fun adventures that actually teach them to understand math. Here you can see the characters that are presented throughout elementary learning... Because our 3rd grader is back … [Read more...]

This Thing Called Discipline

I've always struggled with this thing called discipline... in every area of my life... spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically. Good intentions are where I start, but then when the follow-through doesn't happen, guess what DOES happen? Depression and self-defeat. Since I spent my 30s having babies, my former athletic body faded away a little more with each pregnancy. And then guess what? More depression and self-defeat. Or maybe it was justification. "I have a mom's body now." Nah, not … [Read more...]

Visual Learning Systems – Review of Digital Science Online

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I am excited to share my review of Digital Science Online, a product of Visual Learning Systems! This is an incredible science program, offered in two levels: Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and Digital Science Online: Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12). Within each edition, there are videos (with written scripts), animations, still images, student activities, and teaching materials. The best thing about this particular curriculum is that it is VERY flexible! It can be used … [Read more...]