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Week 16 of 52 Weeks of Thankful Thursday

The Letter P for Prayer

Prayer

Without it I would be nothing. Absolutely nothing.

It is a simple thing for me to stop talking to my favorite friend, Jesus.

It is so easy to forget to call on Him, just like I forget that my sisters need me to step up and place a call sometimes too.

I rely on me far too much.

Less of me and More of Him.

The only way for that to happen is to call on Him in prayer each and every day.

No skips. No misses. No I’ll do it tomorrows.

Now. Every morning. Every afternoon. Every evening. Every moment in between.

Prayer. It binds me to my Savior.

And for this I am thankful.

In His Grace.

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This recipe is so very easy that the following was completed by my 13 year old son! Love that I didn’t have to work to get the goods this time. (Hey, maybe this growing up thing he’s doing lately isn’t always such a bad thing! lol)

I know, cookie dough is bad for you. But not this one! This one is A-Okay because there is no eggs in the dough. Perfect combo of sweet, chocolately and minty without all of the harmful raw eggs. Thanks to Sally McKenney and her fascinating addiction to baking, we have found this yummy in our tummy recipe! (More of her delicious goodies in the future!)

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Here’s the best part. Unlike cookies that need to baked and cooled, these yummy mouthfuls of goodness can be made, chilled very briefly and then munched!

Nom nom nom away within 15 minutes!

Ingredients

*1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened to room temperature

3/4 cup packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons milk or cream

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups of all purpose flour

pinch of salt

1 cup of Andes de Menthe baking pieces (or chopped Andes Thins)

1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips

* Need to get butter to room temperature quickly? Microwave it for 6-9 seconds, rotate it 180 degrees (flip it over completely), microwave it for another 6-9 seconds. Every microwave is different, so this may need close monitoring. My microwave is a large one and mine takes 9 seconds on each turn. It is then soft BUT not melted.

Directions

Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat. Set it aside.

Using a stand mixer or a very large bowl beat the butter and brown sugar together until creamy. Add in your milk and vanilla and mix until combined. Add your flour and salt and slowly mix until combined. Add in your Andes mint pieces and your milk chocolate chips.

Roll the doughs into small balls, about 1 teaspoon size, and place them on your prepared cookie sheet. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes to completely chill them. These cooking bites will last up to 7 days in an airtight container…well, they should, if you don’t eat them all up quickly. *smile* Like I did.

Should make about 40 bites (If you make them larger, obviously you will have less than that…like we did!)

This recipe was amended from Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cupcakes, Cookies, and Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth Fixpage 87.

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy treat. Check back soon to see what other nommy yummy treats I find, make and share!

In His Grace.

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I appreciate people that know more than I do. Because then I can get a small break from being the teacher around here!

My children have found a new love for school and they don’t even realize it.

 

Thanks to Curiosity Quest for allowing me to review DVD Combo Pack – Produce and DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea. My 9 year old daughter has watched each episode at least 4 times already! She loves them! With so much to learn in this big crazy world, it is a wonderful change to let my children watch something educational with a host that seriously loves his job!

Joel Greene makes these videos fun! He is funny, energetic and up for learning new things all the time! Thanks for taking my kids on all of your quests, they sure have had fun!

Fun fact, fun fact, fun fact. Heeeeeeereeeee’s your fun fact! (The most loved part of the shows!)

DVD Combo Pack – Produce has three different episodes included on it. This DVD had some interesting quests on it. Joel made some rounds and learned about Mushrooms, Cranberries and Orange Packing. So many cool things to see and learn for the kids. Price for this DVD combo pack is $24.95.

Some fun facts from these episodes that my children learned:

  • Did you know that Portobello mushrooms have tons of Vitamin D in them? (That’s wonderful, more mushrooms coming up for dinner soon!)
  • Did you know that ripe cranberries float? The cranberry fields are harvested and all of the cranberries fall to the ground. The farmers then flood the fields with water and the ripe cranberries float to the waters surface. Then the farmers use  a hose to gather the floating cranberries then transferring them to a conveyor belt. (That is a really cool process to watch!)
  • Did you know that oranges are checked in a dark room with a black light to detect bruises, bumps and rotten spots? (No wonder we always have such wonderful oranges from the store!)
  • Did you know that oranges are kept temperature controlled by misting machines? This way they can protect the fruit during an unusual cold spell.

These are only a few neat facts that the kid learned from these three episodes on the DVD. What an enjoyable way to learn about all of God’s amazing creations!

DVD Combo Pack – Swimmers of the Sea also has three different episodes included. By far my children enjoyed this DVD the most. It has some of God’s fantastic water creatures and they loved it! Joel made his way to Florida to the Turtle Hospital, he visited some penguins in California and learned all about salmon in Alaska. So many fun facts were taught during these episodes. Price for this DVD is $24.95.

Here are some more fun facts that the children learned:

  • Did you know that penguins do make sounds? (I had no idea myself!) They make sounds that could be easily confused with a donkey. Yep, it is so funny to hear them. Who knew?!
  • Did you know that salmon farmers are important to the survival of this fish? The farmers gather the adult salmon that return to spawn. They harvest the salmon eggs. Raise the baby salmon and once the salmon is full grown, the farmers use a salmon ladder to release the salmon back into the waters. The ladders help acclimate the fish to the salt content and the water temperature upon release.
  • Did you know that sea turtles have a rehabilitation hospital in Florida? The hospital helps injured turtles and releases them back into nature. Some turtles though are unable to return to the sea. One such turtle that was unable to return to the sea is Bubble Butt, resident turtle at the hospital since 1989.

The kids absolutely enjoyed these DVDs and have already placed their requests for the ones that they want next. Curiosity Quest offers monthly plans for purchase as well as individual DVDs. The age this product is geared for is 7-14 year olds. My kiddos are 6, 9 1/2 & 13 so these were a perfect fit for my family!

Each episode runs about 30 minutes, So this is a nice break from the book work that goes on around here. These DVDs are also wonderful for those rainy days that pop up. These Curiosity Quest DVDs are a fantastic addition to our homeschooling video library.

I would be even more in love with these myself if the website would provide some easy worksheets to go with the episodes. We were lucky to get some worksheets from a fellow homeschooler. It was a wonderful way to wrap up our learning because the children had to completely process the information from the DVDs.

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I hope you enjoyed this review and have now found something that you simply cannot live without!

You can follow Curiosity Quest via these social media outlets:

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Changed

What we become once we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior.

 

 

Lyrics for Changed by Rascal Flatts

I came up out of the water
Raised my hands up to the Father
Gave it all to him that day
Felt a new wind kiss my face
Walked away, Eyes wide open
Could finally see where I was going
It didn’t matter where I’d been
I’m not the same man I was then

I got off track, I made mistakes
Back slid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
and the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, Now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am
Changed

I got a lot of “Hey, I’m sorry”s
The things I’ve done
Man, that was not me
I wish that I could take it all back
I just want to tell em’ that
Tell ‘em that

I got off track, I made mistakes
Back slid my way into that place where souls get lost
Lines get crossed
and the pain won’t go away
I hit my knees, Now here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am

I’m changed for the better
More smiles, less bitter
I’m even starting to forgive myself

I hit my knee, I’m here I stand
There I was, now here I am
Here I am, Here I am, Here I am
Changed
Yes I am
I’m changed for the better.
Thank God I’m changed.

Happy Musical Monday!
In His Grace.

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I am seriously running out of time!

Easter is next weekend and I still haven’t gotten my Tootsie a new dress to celebrate such a joyous occasion.

Found these Girls’ Easter Dresses on Amazon today though…and if you have Amazon Prime, you can get it by Tuesday! Yippee!

Check out this beautiful one!

Or how about this one?

Maybe this is the one?

Most of these are listed as Prime items, but double check upon ordering.

Off I go to pick the very best one!

Happy hunting.

In His Grace.

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Oooooooh Myyyyyyyyyyyy! Check it out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is coming soon!

 

 

Check back here often to get sneak peeks at all of the goodies that will be included!

In His Grace.

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My son has found a new way to “do” science and I think it is wonderful!

I have had the privilege of reviewing Supercharged Science via the e-Science Learning Program with my oldest son, Isaiah. He is almost 13 (yikes!) and still has a huge love of science. Thank goodness for Aurora at Supercharged Science, she makes learning science easy as pie! And who doesn’t love a little bit of pie?

This is a fantastic way to get your students involved in science. It is an online teaching resource, a ready to go science curriculum. There is no specific computer or web browser needed and for the most part it is a fairly simple site to navigate. There is an abundance of information and sometimes the site is a little overwhelming. If my youngest son was to sit down and try to use the site, he would not be able to navigate it as well as my oldest.

The site has a few ways to approach science class. The lessons can be chosen by topic or grade level. Most lessons have a video that you can watch to see an experiment that uses mostly household items. Which was wonderful because it was quick and easy to pull the needed items from the house and get to making science happen.

The science program is set to be used with grades Pre-K through 12. The lessons start out with easy and very simple projects for even the littlest scientist. Pre-K/K lessons about sensing temperature changes. To the most advanced alternative energy lessons, like solar power for the high school scientist. The solar power car is next on our list of fun experiments to do!

We have tried out both ways (topics and grade level) and my son prefers to use the grade level side more than topic led. The eight grade courses, which he used the most, are chemistry, astronomy, and physics of force,motion and energy. For the first experiment he wanted to try the Rocket Car. The following video clip is his rocket car experiment which is based on Newton’s Third Law of Motion – That every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

As you can see, the cork flies off of the bottle as it was supposed to do. Unfortunately the firetruck did not move forward because as the cork shots off, my son still has the truck in his hand. It was great fun and this was only one of 7 videos that we took!

It was a bit hard to get the formula of vinegar and baking soda just right, as there was no specific details listed on the experiment page for the e-lesson. It would be a better process if there was a broken down list of “how much” of the needed ingredients on the site. It was a hit and miss process for us. Luckily we have already used the reaction of vinegar and baking soda before, but other people may not have done that, so the needed amounts would be more helpful on the experiment pages.

Supercharged Science is a great tool for your science class. My son used it almost daily for his science instruction. He did not really enjoy the written questions and answers section about the lessons, he is more a doer of experiments that paperwork but it was a great part for the program for me. I love science but I have the hardest time explaining things so that the laws make sense to my younger crowd. So I appreciate Aurora being able to make science more of an everyday thing instead of only during science class. She makes the hardest stuff seem so simple for all of us to understand, not just me.

  • Laid out lesson plans
  • Experiment videos
  • Question and Answer section for each lesson
  • Easy to Advanced science lessons

The price is reasonable for a frugal minded mama like me. For all of the above listed, Supercharged Science is available for $37-$57 a month. If the science program is not a good fit for you, you are free to cancel at any time. A deal like this is hard to pass up. It makes it worth while for me to test out the program knowing that I have the option of canceling at any time if it is not a good fit for me and my kids. Schooling is hard enough, luckily paying for science class doesn’t have to be hard too.

Because I think you would love this e-Science Program, here is a Free Copy of the Science Activity Video Series and Guidebook for you! Just click on the link to find out more about the program.

I’m off to see what type of science experiment Isaiah wants to do today and I will be back to post more about this awesome program soon. I believe that science should be more fun and not just a tedious class that must be taken. Thank goodness I was blessed to review this science program. Motivating my son to “do” science has never been so easy. Thanks Aurora!

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I hope you enjoyed this review and have now found something that you simply cannot live without!

 

You can follow Supercharged Science via these social media outlets:

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http://www.superchargedscience.com/blog/

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Week 15 of 52 Weeks of Thankful Thursday

The Letter O for Opinion

Opinions…everybody has one.

And for this I am thankful. Truly, I am. Here me out.

I am thankful that we live in a country that still values opinions. Well, for the most part.

Things are getting tough out there in the good ole US of A. Sometimes you have an opinion and others may not like it.

But as of today, it is still okay for my to have an opinion.

Even if you don’t like what I have to say.

There are so many people that cry foul when you go against their opinions. Well, yea know what? Tough tooties….Just because I may not agree with your opinion doesn’t mean that I am mean spirited, hateful or even (gasp) unChristian. Sometimes the truth needs to be said out loud and not just whispered behind your hand or closed doors.

You know, there are numerous “haters” out there. And don’t go saying that Jesus loved (and loves) everyone, because I know that. He loves everyone but just because He loves the person does not mean that He loves their sin.  And sin is sin, No Matter What Way You Spin It.

All sin is equal in the sight of God. He doesn’t like any of it.

So don’t go comparing little sins to big sins, because your opinion is invalid, a Sin is a Sin in the eyes of God.

Now back to opinions.

My opinion is that I am thankful that I can teach my children that is perfectly acceptable to have an opinion. You can even agree to disagree with someone in regards to each others opinions. No fighting, that isn’t necessary or needed in my book. But along with opinions, you should always be able to back up your opinion with Truth. Yes, truth.

For me, the Bible is the flawless word of God and what it says is Truth.

So, again, opinions are great, but just because your opinion differs from mine does not mean I am close minded, unChristian, mean or not a forward thinker.

I base my opinion on the Truth of the Bible.

We are all sinners that have fallen short of the glory of God.

No one can get to The Father except through Jesus.

Jesus is the Way, Truth and the Life.

You may call them opinions, I call them Truths.

You as a person are loved, by me and by Jesus, that is Truth.

Basing your opinions on what the world has to say, is silly and based on an unTruth.

I pray that you will no longer be swayed by the World…only the Truth shall set you free.

And you shall be free indeed.

Opinions, everybody has one.

Yours may differ from mine but we are all children of the One True King.

In His Grace.

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I read a lot.

I should probably be doing other more constructive things on most occasions, but ultimately I love to read.

Reading used to be an escape for me but within the last few years or so I have been leaning more toward being a better me. So, I ‘ve been known to carry a copy of a book around with me until I have read it throughly. I have even had the privilege of reviewing this onethis one and this one and been so very blessed by their words. Courtney, Darlene and Sharon have a clue, and I’m finally starting to catch on. God, Prayer and Reading.

Admittedly, I read far more than time allows. I have a bad of habit of picking a book, delving in, then I get side tracked and find another one to read and then end up with two and even three books I’m in the middle of…

This brings me to my point, in a round about way. By reading about how I should be more like God would want, I have found that it really isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Tough some days…well, most days. But not to discourage you, I want to actually encourage you, it is hard but it is totally doable.

By reading the above books (and oh so many more) and really delving deeper in the Bible, I came to understand that all these years, I was actually fighting myself and making life much harder than it needed to be.

Let me be clear.

Being a daughter of The Almighty King (God), being a Godly wife and being mama of the year will not come overnight. It is a daily battle, one I intend to win!

I know that reading takes precious time. I too wish that there was 30-35 hours in a day most days. For me, I am ultimately grateful that there isn’t really that many hours because I would fill them with something.

Anyway, by taking even a few minutes a day, for me the earlier the better, I am better equipped for the day and what it could possibly hold for me.

I fail…daily. But His mercies are waiting for me every morning and joy comes in the morning as well.

Let me encourage you today.

Throwing down the bad and filling up with the good words that God has provided will be a challenge but a challenge that will change your life…for the better.

If you are feeling like you are lacking in your relationship with your husband, take heart, God sees you, He hears you and He has your plans already laid out for you. He simply wants you to seek Him and He will lead you down the right path. It will have bumps in the path, it might even have a cliff or waterfall, but it is still the path God intends for you to take. Take a leap of faith and hold on for the ride, It will be a good one.

I have been on a reconstructive journey for the last year or so and I am so blessed to say that life around here has become a lot better. My marriage is better, my mama stuff is better, my quiet time with the Lord is making these things possible.

It started out slowly for me but like any thing else, once it starts to move, it really gains speed. Reach for it, grasp it with both hands and know in your heart that He will lead you down the right path, if only you will let go of YOU and grab onto HIM.

Reading may not be your way, but it has proven to be an instrumental tool for me. Reading, absorbing the truth, soaking it all up, each and every drop.

Letting myself fall into His loving arms instead of standing in my own muck and mire.

No more wallowing in doubt for my marriage. No more slopping around the pig sty, I am sloughing of the mud and being showered in His mighty words, promises and truths.

He said I could be the woman He designed me to be.

He said I could always come to Him in my times of sorrow and pain.

He said I could lead my children back to Him.

He said I could always lean on Him when I am doubting my own abilities and actions.

He said I could be the wife to my husband that I thought I could never be, a pleasure, a crown, more precious than rubies.

He said…so I am.

In His Grace.

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THIS…

Every day…

Every hour…

Every minute…

Lord, I Need You

 

Lyrics to Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

 

Thank you Lord for always being there when I fall.

In His Grace.

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