Parenting Unchained Giveaway {Over a $300 Value}

With so many parenting books out there, it is a wonderful thing to find one that is based on Biblical truth. And one of the book reviews I have coming to you soon, is just that type of book!

Dr. Jim Dempsey is a man that loves The Lord and has written a book that every Christian parent should read. Parenting Unchained, Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents is full of encouragement and sound Biblical truth.

I will have more to come in my full review which is due out in the next few weeks. But until then, I  will be sharing some good tidbits throughout the coming weeks about this book. Quotes, phrases, and more. But here is the AH-mazing news I hinted at yesterday.

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Parenting Unchained Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Parenting Unchained: Overcoming the Ten Deceptions That Shackle Christian Parents, I are joining other members of the Launch Team in a wonderful giveaway filled with a Kindle Paperwhite, $25 Amazon Gift Card and several biblical parenting products! A value of more than $300!

Here’s what you could win:

Kindle Paperwhite 6″ eReader ($119 value)

Unlike tablets, Kindle Paperwhite is designed to deliver a superior reading experience:

  • No screen glare in bright sunlight
  • Read with one hand—over 30% lighter than iPad mini
  • Battery lasts weeks, not hours
  • Built-in light—read without eyestrain

Your Kindle comes loaded with 2 biblical parenting books right at the start:

Parenting Unchained Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible’s powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids’ character–character that lasts when they leave home.

Home Improvement Kindle Edition ($4.99 value)

This book contains eight principles every family needs written by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. You’ll learn practical, handon ideas for helping your kids deal with their anger, constructive ways to end discipline times, and keys that will help children change their hearts, not just their behavior. Turansky and Miller offer tried and true strategies in a refreshingly new family-friendly format. This is the parenting book you can read to your kids.

$25 Amazon Gift Card

Buy even more books for your new Kindle!

The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide ($39.85 value)

The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.

The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. Each lesson contains advice from Dr Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller in a 5 minute audio tip and then offers teaching, an assignment, a Bible verse, and a prayer to help you apply each idea or strategy in your family. The tips are available to you as MP3 downloads and access to them comes in the workbook.

The Family Toolbox ($99.95 value)

The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.

As your family works through the lessons, teens learn 16 Life Success Principles and parents learn valuable tools.

Philippians in 28 Weeks Digital ($18.95 value)

It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart. Philippians in 28 Weeks™ is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory. This streamlined approach uses memory cards carefully constructed to present Philippians thought-by-thought, copywork versesjournal questionsweekly reflections,recitation charts to test your retention, and an optional tracking tool called “The Log.”

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So much more to come – Do Not miss out on this incredible giveaway, just in time for Christmas! I will be tweeting about this giveaway, posting about it on Facebook, and Instagram in the next few weeks, as to keep it in your feeds!

In His Grace.


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I Will Always Chose Him and a Peek at Choosing Him All Over Again


There has been times that I look at him and wonder how in the world I got where I am. How did I, the girl that no one really liked, get one of the best guys around?

What did he see in me and why can’t I see it too?

He looks at me with a gleam in his eye. My skin tightens and my breath quickens. This guy really likes me. How did I get so lucky?!

Let me share a short story with you.

There once was a young woman that at the tender age of 19 thought she needed to get married and begin her life in the adult world. This young lady set up the whole wedding just like her little girl memory remembered. The dress, the cake, the flowers, bridesmaid dresses, and all the rest of the froufrou stuff.

The day arrived and, at the last possible moment, this young lady’s mother approached her and asked her one more time if this is truly want she wanted to do.

With an empathic and resounding yes, this young lady carried out her plans.

With a heavy heart I have to admit that that this joyous occasion ended in complete and utter failure. The marriage lasted not even 3 years.

This young lady did not have a close personal relationship with Jesus and let the world (the devil) talk her into escaping her marriage and her responsibilities. She let those small quiet voices turn into shouting voices and ruin what she had.

Now, many years later, this same young woman tried to get straight with God and He saw her heart and knew just one more way to try and woo her back to Him.

This young lady met the most determined, caring, successful, and funny man one day.

This man, took this young woman on one date (after him being turned down many times…he really was determined!). After so much heartache and pain, this young woman had found a white knight in the most unconventional place; A small apartment community office.

Now, almost 15 years later, I am happy to say, that this man’s determination was successful. My husband and I have been together for many years and married almost thirteen of those years. My husband believes in me, works hard for our family, gives with every part of his being for all of us. He is such a good man and I thank God for him every day.

By God’s unending grace and love, He allowed me one more chance to correct so many wrongs. He allowed me to heal, to forgive, to ask forgiveness, and ultimately, to be happy. He provided me a man that I am truly unworthy of.

There have been ups and downs, but all in all, my marriage is blessed by God and He now runs the show. Not me, not my husband, God. I determined that I screwed up one time before, I choose not to do so again. I Choose God first, my husband second…the way it should be.


I shared all of this because I want you to know that no matter the past, no matter the issues, no matter the regrets…God loves you. He wants the best for you and He will always fight for you..and your marriage.

I have mentioned this before; God loves marriage and Satan hates marriage.

Therefore, if you need some more encouragement, other than this post. Please check into the newest book that I am blessed to review. Choosing Him All Over Again, A Story of Romance & Redemption by Juana Mikels.

You will be encouraged, blessed, and know that you are not alone in your struggle.

You can visit Juana’s site here and preorder her book here. I will be back soon to share some more goodness from this amazing book!

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Delicious Jazzycakes Coconut Almond Waffles {Recipe}


There is a woman that I would like to introduce to you. She is a mama to 3 kiddos, incredibly talented singer and baker, (and most importantly) she LOVES Jesus!

I have been blessed to know her from school and when I finally made my way into Facebookland, I was so excited to reconnect with her!

Jessica Rivera (also know as @sing_pray_bake on Twitter and Instagram) is a fantastic cook and baker and she has readily agreed to let me share one of her recipes with y’all today!

I hope you enjoy these delicious waffles she is sharing today.

Good morning! It’s too early on a Saturday morning and I can’t sleep. Hopefully, you are! When you awaken from your blissful slumber do yourself a favor and make these waffles! Your family will thank you –

Note: I get that not everyone loves coconut like I do, just use all milk. I get that not everyone likes almond extract like I do, just use all vanilla extract. Yes, you can use regular sugar, or splenda, stevia, or whatever it is you use in place of the brown sugar…but come on…its brown sugar!

…but my recipe…just the way it is…just YUM!

Jazzycake Waffles


1 3/4 cups unbleached, all-purpose or Cup for Cup GF substitute
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Cup good quality canned coconut milk
3/4 C milk
2 beaten egg yolks
1/2 cup good quality butter, melted but not hot
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 egg whites whipped till stiff


Waffle iron heated to medium high

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. In a separate small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Make a well in the center of the four mixture and add the egg yolks, butter, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until JUST incorporated. Yes, your batter will be lumpy!

In another bowl, whip the egg whites until you have stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter being careful not to deflate them. Fold in completely, but do not stir. Yes, your batter will be very lumpy!

Cook waffles according to your waffle iron and preference.

Happy Saturday!

Seriously, are these not the most incredible sounding waffles EVER!?

I would love to know if you try them and if you change the recipe at all. I am thrilled to bring this recipe to you and maybe, just maybe I will be able to share something from Jessica again soon!

In His Grace.


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{Product Review} Snake Oil from Out of the Boxes Games for Family Game Night


Okay, here’s the low down. If you ever come over to our house and ask if we want to play a board game, you got it. BUT, this is your only warning, This family, well, we play to win!

Now that we are on the same page about games and Family (or Friends) Game Night, I must share our latest review from Out of the Box Games called Snake Oil ($19.99).

First, make sure you have plenty of time to play this game. Because once you get going, well, between the giggling and out of this world sales pitches, you might need some time set aside for all of the fun!

736085_10151353685788497_1152067551_o_zpsf4217ec8Now, the ages on the box state from ages 10 to Adult, but with a little help, our 6 year old Joseph plays. So. Much. Fun.

A little background about Snake Oil. A long time ago, like wild west days, there was a term used for certain (not all) men that were traveling salesmen. They were called snake oil salesmen. But these men were not just your average traveling salesmen, these guys were crooks trying to sell their, “snake oil”. As defined by Wikipedia, “Snake oil is an expression that originally referred to fraudulent health products or unproven medicine but has come to refer to any product with questionable or unverifiable quality or benefit. By extension, a snake oil salesman is someone who knowingly sells fraudulent goods or who is himself or herself a fraud, quack, charlatan, or the like.”

Okay, so now that we know, snake oil isn’t a real thing and that there were men that used to try to sell this stuff, well, here is the idea behind the name of the game!

This game is best played with 3 to 10 players, the more the merrier! Each player gets WordSquare-SO-for-web-rbg_zps07a8a9f0 Cards and then one of the players gets to pick a Customer Card. The other players then have to choose 2 of their Word Cards and then “pitch” their two word product to the “customer”.

Seriously So Much Fun!

The kids and I have played a few times and the laughter that went on, well, they do say laughter IS the best medicine!

Isaiah (13), Ana (10), Joseph (6) and I set up the game. So super east to set up and get started within 5 minutes. Each of us got our 5 Word Cards and then Ana was chosen to be our first customer. She was a caveman. LOL Considering the cavemen were never known to speak, you can only imagine her reaction! Each “salesman” has to choose the two best words from their Word Cards to use in their pitch to try and make the item something the “customer” really has a use for!

Isaiah went first and his “pitch” was a Rock Pillow. Each “salesman” has to “pitch” their product for at least 30 seconds. You don’t know how long 30 seconds is until you are in the “pitch seat”!

This is a think on your feet game essentially and the things that we were coming up with in mere seconds was amazing!

Here are a few of the “customers” and the salesmen’s “pitches”:

Salesman Ana to Customer Joseph → Diamond Bone for a Caveman, “You can chew on it all the time and never have to get a new one!”

Salesman Mama to Customer Ana → Snow Fan for a Model, “When you need the perfect snow day picture this is the product you want! You get the snow without the cold part!”

Salesman Mama to Customer Isaiah → Bone Coat for a Couch Potato, “You can eat all the chicken wings you want and drop the bones in your coat pockets! Once the bones are in the pockets, the coat will magically compost them and hey will disappear!”

Salesman Ana to Customer Mama → Silent Bacteria for a Ninja, “When you have allergies and you are a ninja and trying to spy on someone and you really have the urge to sneeze. Just use Silent Bacteria. This product helps keep you silent!”

Salesman Ana to Customer Joseph → Day Wig for a Zombie, “You can wear it so that night time is not the only time you can go out. This way you look human again and no one knows differently!”

Once all of the “salesman” pitch their product to the “customer” then the customer has to pick the best “pitch” and that person wins the round, this is signified by that player getting the “customer” card. Once everyone has been a customer at least once, the round is finished and the winner is the player that has the most “customer” cards.

We ended up playing well over an hour one time, well after bedtime because it is such a fun game. The tears and the laughter are a side effect that is genuinely fantastic! All of us loved the game and we have played it a few time since the first go round. So, if you ever want to come over for Game Night, be prepared to play this incredible, laughter invoking, side splitting game!

There are a few other games mildly similar on the market, but nothing compares to the originality of Snake Oil. An ingenious idea and one that is so much fun!

The kids enjoyed it for pure fun, so school wasn’t really mentioned. But the company, Out of the Box Games does have this game set up to align with the Common Core standards required in a lot of states.

Check out what my fellow reviews had to say about Out of the Box Games too!


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This is the Final Review for the 2014 TOS Review Crew! So stick around and see what is coming over the holidays and then get ready for the New Year and the newest products!

I hope you have a wonderful day and thanks for reading our latest review!

In His Grace.


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{Book Review} Purposeful Design by Jay Schabacker


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. I now know this to be true. We were beyond blessed to review a new book that I cannot wait to tell you about.

Purposeful Design: Understanding the Creation is by Jay Schabacker and a book that I am so excited to now have in my collection for science and for the discussion of the creation.

A bit about the author Jay Schabacker. This man has been the closest to the heavens. He worked for years at NASA on the Apollo Moon Program. So, it would make sense to me that he has some idea about what is involved with the vastness of our spectacular heavenly bodies. He is the closest human I know that can relate the impressiveness of creation because he was the closest to the source.

And describe it he did! This book gives us a step by stunning step look into each day of Creation.  This hard backed book is simply gorgeous from the moment you lay eyes on it. The cover says it all with the image that is on the front. It shows the vastness of space and our incredible Earth being held in the palm of God’s hand. As with everything in our life, God is in control. It is a powerful image to behold.


This is not a simple science book like those we usually use for school. This book is full of amazing images and easy to understand language for all ages. A wonderful addition to all of the other books we have on hand for enjoyment and for school.

The book does a day by day explanation of the days of creation but it also breaks down further for more in depth learning. For instance, the amount of information about the sun and the moon and all of the benefits that are provided due to those two heavenly sources was amazing. The diagrams and the explanations were wonderfully easy to articulate to my younger children.

Just because my kids have been told about the fabulous benefits of the moon, it was so nice to be able to sit down and show them all of the fantastic images as well give a science lesson along with Biblical fact in regards to the moon, an object that we sometimes forget has so much influence in our daily lives.

This review was for more than just a book though. Jay Schabacker also recreated some downloads that you will have access to. There is a Student workbook that has day by day lesson work. The Student workbook goes along with each one of the “days” being talked about in the physical book. There are a total of 30 pages, each with questions to answer, some memory verse work, some drawing for the student, and a closing prayer after each lesson is discussed.

Also, there is a download for 43 pages of the Teacher’s Key and Certificates of Completion available. Once you and the student(s) have gone over the material, there is a certificate of completion for you to give to your student. Once you have completed all 7 days, there is a course completion certificate too.

All of this creation science curriculum is available for $18.95There is also a multi purchase discount option for small groups and larger groups. A wonderful way to share this good news book about creation as well as offer a lovely gift.

We really enjoyed the book and are incredibly pleased that this book is now in our lives. I am so in love with all of the gorgeous pictures used though out the book and I would highly recommend this book to others. Not just for the school aspect but because it is so full of details about our purposeful and meticulous design by the Master Creator Himself.

If you would like to connect to Jay Schabacker, follow the links below:



Twitter: (@Jayschabacker)

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Parenting is One Tough Gig and Parenting Unchained


The devil rears his ugly head, and I let him have the controls for a brief moment, and I blurt out, “You drive me crazy! UGH! Teenagers suck!”

I huff and I puff and then in a blink, I see my young man hang his head and stomp off out of the room.

This is not my most defining parenting moment. And most assuredly, not my best Christian mama moment.

I berate myself with thoughts like these,

“Would you like someone to talk to you like that?”

“Good job mom, now he really hates you!”

“You, by far, are the worst mother in the entire world.”

I let a moment of emotions override everything I am trying to do. I want this young man to love me, so why in the world do I treat him like this?! How will he ever find the right girl if all he hears is my negativity in his head?

This parenting gig is really hard. These kiddos do not come with an instructions manual but they do come with a big heart that requires great care. I’m still learning this in my own life. And as
you can see, I still make some serious mistakes.

But I am not perfect and I know that my God loves me regardless and tomorrow is a new day. And by some wonderful and divine providence, God allows His mercies to begin again each morning.

So, apologize. And really, really mean it. By owning up to my mistakes and telling this young man-boy I have, he sees that being honest and asking forgiveness is the right thing to do. Yes, words are not to be said without con thought first, but alas, I am human and I must learn to take responsibility for my mistakes. That too is important to show these kiddos of ours.

I also want to share that I am in the midst of a new book review from Dr. James D. Dempsey called Parenting Unchained. This is a book that I most definitely need and I look forward to jumping in with both feet.

This is a little of what the book is about:

In Parenting Unchained – Overcoming the Ten Deceptions that Shackle Christian Parents, Dr. James D. Dempsey reveals the ten most destructive lies about parenting. He writes from the heart about the way these lies infected his own parenting, and illuminates the Bible’s powerful truths that counter each lie. Both Biblical and practical, each section ends with home activities to help parents take immediate steps to develop their kids’ character–character that lasts when they leave home.

The last chapters focus on the most important adjustments parents must make with teenagers to prepare them for independence. Weaving humor into strong warnings, Parenting Unchained points out the hazards that derail the parenting journey.

Keep your eyes peeled for more tidbits of goodness from this book. I will keep you updated with my progress.

In His Grace.


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{Product Review} Countdown to Thanksgiving eBook from Amy Puetz


With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am excited to share a new product that I have the good fortune to review.

Countdown to Thanksgiving is from Amy Puetz and it is such a fun and wonderful product. If you remember, I have reviewed for Amy before when we were blessed to get Heroes and Heroines of the Past: American History while we were on the Crew run this past year. Check out that review when you get a chance.

If you get a chance to peek at the last review I did for Amy, you will be delighted to know that this Countdown to Thanksgiving is basically the same setup. Which I think is wonderful!

The eBook I received is colorful and well laid out. You can get the eBook or the Printed version (black and white text only) of the book for $17.00 on the site now. Each option is a wonderful addition to your Thanksgiving curriculum.

The Countdown starts 14 days before the holiday. Each day you cover in study time has a story, a craft, song from that time period or a recipe, and it is seriously chock full of historical data. I am a lover of history and I enjoyed reading this book. It has so much information that I felt like I was back in time with the people in the stories.

If you have been looking for a good way to do a countdown to the Thanksgiving holiday, this is a fabulous way to do just that. With a total of 87 pages there isn’t much that Amy doesn’t cover in this incredibly vibrant book. Grab your copy today!

I really enjoy the way that Amy makes history come alive in her products. It makes it easier to share the history of our great nation when the kids are totally engrossed in the story!

Make sure to stop by and pick up your copy of this wonderful addition to your homeschool.

I hope you enjoyed my latest review and pick up a copy for yourself. Make sure to let me know if you do and how it worked for you.

Enjoy the countdown! Thanksgiving will be here before you know it!

In His Grace.


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Fragrance Friday {Scentsy Pick of the Week} – Pomegranate Pear


For a few years now I have been selling Scentsy smelly stuff and pretty household decorations to those around me. I LOVE the scented wax and all of the pretties that go along with them!

So, today, I am going to share my pick of the week from the current Scentsy catalog, along with the product link on my direct selling site.

– This week I have chosen Pomegranate Pear as my Scentsy Pick of the Week –

I hope you find something you LOVE and please feel free to message me with any questions about the Scentsy products or the company itself, I would be happy to help!

You can visit my Scentsy site, Mama Loves Smelly Stuff, any time to check out the current specials, place an order, set up a party and so much more!

In His Grace.


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{Product Review} A Math and Language Arts K-12 Practice Resource from IXL


I am forever on the prowl for extra help when it comes to school for the kids. This time not only have I found a program that is just that added help the kids need, but they absolutely love it too! A wonderful Win-Win!

IXL offers up two programs in one for our review this time, IXL Math and IXL Language Arts. The Math starts at Pre-K and goes through grade 12 and the Language Arts starts are 2nd grade and goes through grade 8. Another added bonus, “there’s an app for that”.

For the Apps, it is available as follows:

  • iPad (iOS 7.0 or later)
    • Math for K-12 and Language Arts 2-8 
  • Andriod Market (Google Play 7″ or larger & 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher)
    • Math for K-6 
  • Kindle Fire (3rd Generation Fire and above)
    • Math K-6
  • Chrome Web Store

IXL-Apps for Review from Mama's Coffee Shop

For the Parents, the admin section has a ton of reports and information available

Reports Home

  • Status Update
    • overview
    • proficiency assessment
    • news flash
    • report card
  • Usage
    • problems
    • skills practiced
    • usage log
  • Performance
    • by category
    • by skill
  • Trouble Spots
  • Progress
  • State Standards


I set up accounts for all three of my kiddos. Here is a little about how the program worked for each and what they worked on.

I will start with Joseph. He is 6 years old (almost 7) and there are many days that school is still in the basics for us. But once I got his account setup in IXL he has become a little math master! First and foremost, there is this AH-mazing portion of the program that will read the problems out loud for the student. The questions as well as each answer (if it is worded). Brilliant!! (This feature goes through 5th Grade, if it is needed.)

He has zipped his way through the Pre-K sections of the program in a very short amount of time. I had him start in the Pre-K portion so that he could get a good feel for the how the program worked without too much added pressure to get everything correct right out the door. He can get to the site, a sibling or I can login for him, he selects his account icon, he gets to work. He can work independently for a while. Which frees up some time for me to help a sibling with some other school work.


I am pleased as punch to say that Joseph has completed a large portion of the Pre-K, some Kindergarten, and he has even completed a few sections in First Grade and a few problems in Second Grade! YAY!

Joseph has used the IXL iPad App the most around here. It is so super easy for him to use! It is set up slightly different from the computer model, but it is still incredibly easy and fun for him to use.

Also, according to the IXL site, the program will work on any tablet’s browser, the only portion that will not work is the reports portion.

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Next kiddo, is Ana. She is 10 years old and seriously, she has rocked IXL! I get emails from the company almost daily in regards to her progress. (Which is a really nice perk that the program offers. They send out “certificates of accomplishment” for each student enrolled as well as a weekly update on all students enrolled.)

There have been countless mornings that I come out of the bedroom and she will already be working on IXL. She absolutely thinks that this program is more fun than it is schoolwork!

Since this is more practice than new curriculum learning, I have given her free reign over what portions of the program she works on. So far she has worked more diligently in the First grade math but she has tested PreK to 2nd Grade. And when I say diligently, she has completed well over 2400 questions and mastered over 79 skills in the short span of time we have been reviewing! Amazing!

IXL-Ana-Awards for TOS Review and Mama's Coffee Shop

Since Ana is older, I also have her practicing her Language Arts in the program. She is working on sentence structure, verb tenses, and the basics that consist of noun, verb, pronoun, etc… and punctuation. She has been able to rack up some awards in LA as well as Math; she couldn’t be more pleased with herself.

The awards section is an exciting part of the program for both Joseph and Ana. Since they are still young, the instant rewards are so helpful to keep them going. They both have collected quite a few awards due to how much they use IXL.

IXL-Joseph-Awards for TOS Review and Mama's Coffee Shop

Last kiddo to use the program is Isaiah. He is 13 years old and has so much on his plate that I really had to push him to review the program for me. That being said, he used both the Math portion and the Language Arts portion. Since he is a bit older (teenager motivation is different) the awards didn’t excite him as much but he did appreciate the fact of immediately seeing his progress.

Isaiah popped into the 8th Grade Math and did some problems as well as checked into the Language Arts for me. He spent most of his time in the LA section brushing up on his basics as well as checking into things like redundancies and figurative language.

Again, IXL is more of a practice resource than it is to be used for the structured learning from your base curriculum. It is a very nice add-on that is fun, easy to use, and has wonderful parent (teacher) record keeping.

A note, this program is setup to follow the Common Core standards for each state. I personally am not overly enthused about that, but it did not seem to matter to the kids as much as it mattered to me. So, if following the CC standards is something you are looking for, IXL does just that.

The cost for family usage, which is what we reviewed, is $9.95 a month for one student/one class or $79.00 a year for one student/one class. Here is the breakdown for my family (and yours if you have more than one kiddo).

Cost Breakdown for My Family:

If we choose to do monthly payments my monthly cost would be $9.95 for one student + $2.00 for second student + $2.00 for third student for a monthly total of $13.95. FOR JUST ONE CLASS.

  1. For me to choose just Math, $13.95 a month for all three kids.
  2. For me to choose just Language Arts, $13.95 a month for all three kids.
  3. For me to choose BOTH Math and Language Arts, $19.95 a month for all three kids.

Or, if we choose to do yearly payments my yearly payment would be $79.00 for one student + $20.00 for second student + $20.00 for third student for a yearly total of $119.00. FOR JUST ONE CLASS.

  1. For me to choose just Math, $119.00 a year for all three kids.
  2. For me to choose just Language Arts, $119.00 a year for all three kids.
  3. For me to choose BOTH Math and Language Arts, $169.00 a year for all three kids.

As we have used and are currently using other online programs for Math and Language Arts, I do have to say that Joseph and Ana like IXL better than any other resource we have gotten involved with.

There have countless times that I have actually had to tell my kids that they have had more than enough computer time for school and had to make them head outside! YES! The program is that much fun for my kids…seriously incredible!

There were a lot of homeschool mamas like me that had their kiddos review this program too, so go see what they had to say and check out how IXL worked for them!


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Teaching Children to Pray and the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle


This is not new to you as a Christian parent…it is incredibly important to teach our youngsters to pray. This will be the firm foundation for them when they finally spread their wings and fly from our safe, warm, and comforting parental nest.

This is just one of the wonderful perks to purchasing the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle. There are so many wonderful and helpful eBooks that can be found in the bundle…Read more to see what else you can get with your purchase!

Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?

With great kids, a loving marriage, a successful career or business and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!

Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?

That’s where the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle comes in. called in some best selling authors, leading experts and top business professionals to address the most common challenges faced by families and individuals today – all from a solid, Biblical foundation.

For the ridiculously low price of just $34.95 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of over $1,140 that addresses these issues with stunning clarity and practical application.

For the family…

The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids. That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children. To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories.

For your professional life…

You will find John Muratori and Michael Pink’s six -hour Christian Wealth Building course ($77 value) which was complemented with Bob Lotich’s 31-day devotional Managing Money God’s Way. There are a total of 14 business related books and courses including Zig Ziglar’s powerful Born To Win course (that Seth Godin and Dave Ramsey rave about), Dr. James B. Richards, Wired For Success – Programmed For Failure and Untold Secrets for Creating Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner. You’ll even find one of the best selling Christian business books of all time, The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.

To ignite your faith…

Rounding out the package, Bridge Logos and Moody Press made a series of classic Christian literature available from generals of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, A.W. Pink, E.M. Bounds, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards and more who wrote about grace, prayer, faith and an overcoming life.

In addition to these wonderful classics, the Ultimate Bundles team snagged 12 heart-stirring devotionals from authors like A.W. Tozer and Nancy Leigh DeMoss that speak to matters of faith that are sure to inspire. Let’s not forget Gary Chapman’s Extraordinary Grace or Ray Comfort’s Way of the Master for sharing your faith with others. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, don’t miss Philip Cameron’s, They Call Me Dad, the story of one man’s fight to save orphans from human trafficking.

So as you can see, the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle is an extraordinary value.

But it still gets better…

The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors to step up to the plate and with no strings attached, provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from.  Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160

So now you know…

For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…

The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5 until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10 (or until 18,500 bundles are sold)

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!


Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

In His Grace.


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