Archives for August 2014

Getting kids involved in activities

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The “age” range I best understand is the middle grades.  Seventeen+ years teaching 6th grade has given me a bit of experience in that regard.  Time and again it’s been my observation that children who are involved in an activity (other than just regular academics during the school day) are the most successful students.  Sure, there are examples to that rule.  For the most part, though, children who are invested in the school beyond the four main classes tend to develop time management skills, social skills, and general interest in the overall school community.   So now to figure out how to do that!  [Read more…]

Austen in August: Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and Cracklin’ Cornbread by Mary Jane Hathaway

Disclosure: I received this book to review. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

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The busy back-to-school season always calls for a level of comfort.  Comfort foods, comfortable clothes, and familiar books.  Jane Austen’s books are as cozy as a pair of worn jeans for me.  I love to revisit the characters of Longbourn and Pemberley.  Sipping tea at Donwell Abbey would be utterly divine.  This beautiful azalea walk in Charleston, SC reminds me of the Austen world.  As for the men of Austen’s books…..well, there are many that caught my heart before my own Mr. Savingsinseconds.  One of those was Mr. Wentworth. [Read more…]

Case Logic has the perfect solution to carrying electronics with flair

Now that your student has spent some pretty pocket change on the latest electronics, consider how that laptop or iPad will be toted.   Whether it’s in the high school hallway or a college campus, Case Logic has the perfect solution for carrying electronics.  We received a Griffith Park backpack to review and I’m so impressed with the functionality of this pack.  Case Logic had the modern student in mind during the design process, creating plenty of pocket space for electronics and all the accessories.

Case Logic backpack - perfect for back to school! [Read more…]

Modern Day Miracles: Mark your calendar for September 6

Disclosure: I received this DVD to review. The post contains my affiliate link. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Holy Ghost premiere September 6!

For most of my life as a Christian woman, the Holy Ghost has felt as elusive as any other ghost.  While I might sense a twitch of my conscience and attribute it to the Holy Ghost, I’ve never really prayed TO him before.  And yes, I said him.  That’s because I watched this DVD called “Holy Ghost” from Wonderlust Productions.  For me, the Holy Ghost will never again be an ambiguous figure in my life.   [Read more…]

Have you tried the new menu at Bonefish Grill? #HelloNewMenu

Disclosure: I received a gift card to try the new menu. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Bonefish Grill has new meals! #hellonewmenu

My family loves eating at Bonefish Grill. We always feel like we’re being treated to an experience, not just a meal. For one thing, you can write on the tables. We spend most of the pre-meal time playing tic-tac-toe or drawing funny cartoons of each other. Sometimes we just doodle. It’s a fun way to reconnect and laugh together! Secondly, we enjoy the hot bread that comes right to our table. There’s something about hot bread that just settles the soul, don’t you agree? That family togetherness was much needed on our most recent trip to Bonefish Grill. We started school on August 4 and it’s just been a busy month for us. In the middle of August, my husband’s nephew (and his entire family entourage) came down to get him ready for college. It was a looooong, expensive weekend. In the end, we just needed a timeout! Bonefish Grill’s new menu is a great way to unwind with your loved ones. [Read more…]

Craft for the kids: Rainbow Braid refill pack

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Fun craft for kids! My kids are coming home tired from school.  After all of the stimulation they get from the classroom and playground, it’s important for me to find non-screen activities for them in the evenings.  I don’t mind a little bit of iPad time but they don’t need to be watching Stampy Longnose all night long!   A fun, quiet activity that keeps them entertained is the rainbow loom.  Both of my kids love these bright bracelets and enjoy making them together.  My daughter especially delights in making new designs.  It’s been fun to watch her explore this craft; she gets great joy from sharing her finished products with her friends.  She goes through a lot of bands so we had to find an affordable place for refill packs. [Read more…]

Colors of the Season: 2 ways to wear a Monroe and Main colorblock dress + GIVEAWAY!!

This is a Fashionista Event Opportunity, and is hosted by Still Blonde after all these YEARS and Modly Chic.  The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Monroe and Main has the fall colors that you want in your closet - #MMFallFashion

Fall colors are rich, mood-revitalizing, and bold.  Color is always in style!  Monroe and Main has the latest pops of saturated shades to make Fall 2014 your personal fashion statement.  By adding in some fabulous pieces, you can bring in autumn in an awesome way.

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What Counts Most Is How You Finish – book review and tour

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What Counts Most is How You Finish Everyone has different views of what counts most in life.  Some people place their value in money.  Others hold position, or status, as the most important part of life.  Still others put their trust in God.  According to Shelia Payton, author of a book I recently received for review, What Counts Most Is How You Finish. [Read more…]

Color your hair at home – I promise it’s not as hard as it sounds

My hair rarely gets a touch-up because (a) I don’t have time to go to the salon or (b) I don’t have money to go to the salon or (c) I’m intimidated by home hair coloring experience.    A few weeks ago I told you about eSalon – a website that offers custom-mixed haircolor.  I took the plunge and placed an order.  Avoid stewing in the aisle to figure out my haircolor?  Having the color mixed just for me and shipped right to my door?  No-brainer.  Gotta try it.   A couple of days after I submitted my order, I received a phone call from eSalon.  The stylist wanted to confirm my color request.  Apparently I submitted two different photos that had subtle differences in color, so she asked me which one was closer to my natural color.  Really?  A real person took the time to call and double-check my request?  Color me impressed.   Two days later my order arrived on my front porch; it had been shipped 2-day priority mail.  And hey!!  I didn’t have to go to the store!!   This weekend I broke out the box and got down to business. [Read more…]

Mason Jar salads make a fun lunch – book review

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A couple of years ago, one of my students gave our team a basket of salads for an end-of-year gift.  The salads were delicious;  even better, they were assembled in layers inside mason jars.  I ended up purchasing more items from the farm where the salad ingredients were grown.  Inspired by the delicious salad idea, I wanted to experiment with more jarred lunches.

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