Archives for February 2015

Live Your Life for Half the Price by Mary Hunt – book review

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See this banana bread?  It’s all because of Mary Hunt.  [Read more…]

Home facial treatments – do they work?

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Although a trip to the Mediterranean region isn’t in my near future, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a Dead Sea moment right at home. Mud masks are a great way to absorb toxins that could be affecting the skin. I have oily skin that tends to devevlop blemishes with any hormone shift. I thought I was done with all of that years ago, but NO! When InstaNatural sent me the skin cleansing Dead Sea Mud Facial Mask, it was a great opportunity to clean out the pores and start fresh.


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How to maximEYES your winter look

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No matter how many layers you pile on during the winter days, your face and hands are likely exposed to all of the chilly air. Drink gallons of water, get proper rest, and all that but the winter weather can still take a toll. My eyes are extremely sensitive to any changes in the environment; they can get dry or watery, itchy or tired at the drop of a hat. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say, and I should have started to take care of the skin around my eyes long ago. However, it’s still not too late to take action. If you’re in the same boat, here are some ways to maximEYES your winter look with just a few simple products. [Read more…]

Using reference books as supplements to learning

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For many years, I taught 6th grade social studies. In our state curriculum, students learn about ancient civilizations and cultures. It was so much fun to teach about the river valley civilizations (Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and India) because the deeper learning was so new to many students. These days I’m teaching Language Arts and find that my background in the other academic subjects has been a huge help to me in the literary department. No matter where you stand on the whole Common Core issue, it’s hard to deny the fact that the basic idea of teaching children to analyze and support their opinions is an essential lifeskill. To help with this development, teach your child how to look up information, analyze an image, draw inferences, and make conclusions using the evidence presented in the text. Don’t feel anchored to a textbook.  You can do this with many forms of media, from newspapers to magazine advertisements! Try using reference books when you’re working with your child, whether it’s a homeschooling situation or you’re just helping with homework. For this example, I’ll show you how I would set up a lesson using this Discovery House Bible Atlas.

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Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show – book review

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Looking for a new middle school book to introduce to your class or your homeschooled kids?  Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show is it!

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This book takes an imaginative spin on the wildly popular magic theme with the card-trick kind of magic.  How fun!  [Read more…]

Vivant Cleanser may be a good option for those with adult acne

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My to-do list is a mile long, just like yours. My skin would appreciate a luxurious routine every morning and night, but that would mean that something else would have to go. When I had the opportunity to try Vivant 3-in-1 cleanser, it was a blessing. This exfoliating cleanser contains mandelic acid (I hadn’t heard of it, either!) and works well for sensitive skin. Being an Asian-American woman with sensitive skin, I find that many products are too harsh for me, causing my skin to be dry, red, or even itchy. I experienced no such reactions to the Vivant cleanser. Instead, my skin felt fresh and clean! [Read more…]

After the Silence by Rula Sinara – book review

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Reading After the Silence was a wake-up call for me. It all started with Day 3 of a snowy week. Snow days are unheard of in our school system, so three consecutive days feel like spring break to me. Well, except the fact that we haven’t left the house in those three days. The kids played outside and all, but we’ve been cooped up for too long. When I got up this morning, I felt a bit like Jack Nicholson in The Shining. Snapping at the kids and pushing the dog away, I was all prickles. Then a show came on TLC that featured these kids who suffered from a terrible, unidentifiable illness. I realized that those mothers would give anything to watch their children hula-hoop one more time, or listen to them howl with laughter while they played yet another video game. The thaw around my heart started to crumble when I read After the Silence. When Zoe’s family is left to suffer the devastation of her loss, I knew that I was shortchanging my own kids. Here I was sitting in the same house, yet ignoring the wonderful opportunity to spend this day with my children. I didn’t break out the craft supplies or anything, but I did pick up the video game controller and play a few rounds of Indiana Jones Lego Adventure.  That counts for something, right?  [Read more…]

The cutest cloth diaper on this side of toddlerhood!

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When my kids were small, I loved to collect adorable clothes for them. Matilda Jane and Mini Boden were my favorites! Somehow I completely missed the wonderful world of cloth diapers as an option for styling. These days, cloth diapers are a fashion statement! This giveaway hop is devoted to helping you outfit your cloth diaper stash with the cutest, softest, and best there is to offer. Cloth Diaper Revival and the Favorite Things participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

This Alva Baby AI2 Washable Pocket Cloth Diaper comes with 2 Inserts  and couldn’t be cuter.  It’s perfect for wearing to a mustache-themed birthday party!  It is only $10.99 and ships free with Prime. [Read more…]

Sweet and sour romances

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These are the romance novels for those readers who say they don’t want a romance novel but they really do. A twist here, a turn there, sometimes can be a welcome relief from the predictable.  If you fall in that category, wishing for something a little less than the mundane, then look no further. These three novels are made just for you. [Read more…]

What to read – Snow Day Edition!

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It finally happened — those banked snow days were put to use!  Today we were out, and tomorrow has already been called.  Woot!!!  We spent our day in our pajamas, except for the few minutes that my son ventured out into the snow. It’s been falling steadily all day and is supposed to continue through the night. We bought Big Hero 6 online; the kids watched it immediately (love Amazon) while I savored books all day. So here you have the Snow Day Edition of What To Read!

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