Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Unboxing :: WalMart Spring Beauty Box

Cardboard boxes stack in apartment, moving day

Have you guys heard about the WalMart Beauty Box?  It is a fun seasonal subscription where you receive sample beauty products useful for the current season.  I love that it is only $5.00 per box (and that includes shipping).  I also love the fact that all of these products are available from WalMart, so you know that if you fall in love with something that it will be reasonable to add to your beauty stash. 


Take a peek at the Spring 2016 Beauty Box…

So…  What’s your favorite monthly subscription box?  Leave a comment below. 

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Purchase Curriculum

Happy Hour

Happy Tuesday!!  I was the host over at Homeschool Happy Hour today.  This is an amazing group of ladies, and I feel so blessed to be a part of this great group.  The topic I choose for today has been on my heart + mind the past few weeks so I hope that it will be helpful to you ladies as you plan + prepare the educational choices you are making for your family.  Please remember that there is no “right” materials or methods.  You simply have to give this all over to the Lord and He will guide your path. 

Ready to watch today’s Happy Hour?  Here we go…

3 Questions To Ask Yourself
Before You Purchase Curriculum

I mentioned a few resources in this episode…

This is a workshop explaining the 5 main styles (or flavors) of homeschooling.
In this video,
Sonya Shafer explains each one and helps you choose the one that best fits your family. 

And here are a few other good resources to help you learn all the terminology and methods associated with homeschool.  (Some are books and some are blog posts.)


Pam Barnhill over at EdSnapshots has an excellent resource to help guide you to find your family’s educational method. 

Homeschooling 101: A Guide to Getting Started.
by:  Erica Arndt at Confessions of a Homeschooler

Erica Arndt at Confessions of a Homeschooler has a book and a blog post on the methods that you might want to check out.   

Remember…  Ask yourself those 3 questions - Why are we homeschooling?, What materials do I like to use?, and How do I want to teach? – and this should set you up for success and keep you from buying the wrong kids of curriculum. 

Thanks to all you ladies that joined me live today and I hope this was helpful as you make plans for the upcoming year.
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Homeschool Scopes

Homeschool Scopes is an amazing online group that connects homeschoolers via the Periscope app. You can connect daily with other moms as well as watch the fun "Homeschool Happy Hour" hosted by one of the members every Monday - Friday at 3:45pm Central.  

Please hop on over to to join in on the fun!

Monday, April 4, 2016

Motherhood Monday - Final Affirmations

***  This blog post is part of an ongoing series.  Click here to read all the posts.  ***


I just wanted to say thank you for all the encouragement regarding my Motherhood Monday posts. It makes my heart happy that so many of you like them and your words of gratitude are an encouragement to me.

Motherhood Monday
Photo Taken:  March 2013 – Merry Layne(15 months)

Here are the final affirmations to encourage you in your walk as wife + mom...

I LOVE obeying God’s principles for marriage and motherhood.

I LOVE obeying in prayer for the needs of my family.

I LOVE diligently teaching God’s word and His ways to my children.

Did you notice that all of these affirmations I have been sharing the last few weeks spell MOTHERHOOD? There are 10 of these encouraging statements that I hope have encouraged you in your walk as a Godly mother in today's world.

* These affirmations were prepared by Nancy Campbell of Above Rubies in a poem called "I Love Motherhood". *

Enjoy your journey this week,

Friday, April 1, 2016


Sundays with Charlotte


I am super excited to announce a new series over on my Periscope channel.  It is called Sundays with Charlotte.  I am going to devote a bit of time on Sunday afternoons to sit down, dive deeper, and share with you what I am learning as our family seeks to implement the methods of Charlotte Mason into our lifestyle.  I think it is going to be great and I am really looking forward to kicking off the series on Sunday, April 3rd.

I hope you can join me.
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Homeschool Mom Life :: Book Club - Spring 2016



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Did you guys hear the news today over on Periscope?  I announced our next book club selection.  I am super excited about this one and I hope it will be a blessing to you as well.  We still have about 2 weeks left in our current book selection, so you ladies have plenty of time to purchase and get your hands on a copy of this one before we get started. 

Triggers: : Exchanging Parents' Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses
by:  Amber Lia (Author) and Wendy Speake (Contributor)

There are a couple different ways to purchase this book title.


Please comment below if you have any questions and I am looking forward to digging into this book with all of you. 

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Flashback Friday :: Looking Back at April 1st

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Happy Friday Peeps!!  Can you believe that it is April already? 

I did a quick search in our family photos timeline and found these cute pictures from 5 years ago on April 1, 2011.

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Wow!! These pictures bring back so many crazy memories.  Our house has seen lots of updates and renovations since 5 years ago. 

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This was our precious Joy Lynn at 11 months.  It is so hard for me to believe that she is now in kindergarten.  She was spunky then and she is still spunky now at 5 years old.




Hope you all have a Fabulous Friday,
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