Shopping for Freezer Meals . . .

On Friday November 13, Our governor basically ordered us shut down again. Here are our new restrictions.

As it happens, I had already planned to go out and do my shopping for my freezer meals for the next month, so out I went, immediately after the news conference. Look what I encountered . . .

This is what it looked liked after we got out of the car:

And from our position in line:

Once we got in (about 20 minutes later) this is what it was like. Already.

Why, you ask? Because we know from experience that a “two week” restriction order means way more than two weeks. I hope your state is not being as badly restricted!

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CrossTimber Name Meaning Gifts {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

If you are looking for personalized gifts for this holiday season, be sure to check out CrossTimber‘s Name Meaning gifts and AmazingName Print Activity Sheets. I, of course, couldn’t stand it, and didn’t WAIT for Christmas!

I chose the  8×10 Plaque print, and the one I chose for the two boys I still have at home is located here. My regular readers already know how much it means to me to have scripture products to use verses only from the King James Version, so it was good to find out that with CrossTimber, if the verse used is not from the KJV, they will change it for a small fee.

One of the things I love about this image is that it looks as if the verses are actually carved into the stones!

I also received the AmazingName Print Activity Sheets, which I chose to have done with my son who has special needs. He has really been loving doing the ones he can handle at this time!

As Juliet (Shakespeare) said, “What’s in a name?” However, Shakespeare also pointed out in his own life, if someone uses your name for something bad, they have involved your reputation. Names mean something. In my boys cases, one is from Greek and one from Scottish. After researching what the names mean in the language they come from, CrossTimber carefully searches for scripture which clearly represents the original meaning of the names. I think the verses chosen for my sons’ names fit perfectly, and I will be hanging this print in the hallway leading to their rooms so they will see it every morning when the come out, and every night when the are headed to bed.

When a friend was expecting a baby and had already chosen a name, her baby shower just happened to coincide with a review I was working on for CrossTimber, and I chose to use my review product for her. You can read about it here.

I love CrossTimber’s careful research, which is something I have no time or inclination to do. It also means something to me that this company is owned and operated by a homeschooling family. CrossTimber was started when John Dehnart was in his High School driver’s Ed class, and it’s a fun read!

This is a very well run company, and the products are BEAUTIFUL! Everyone who has seen them between this and my earlier review has just loved them.

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Five Minute Friday

The FMF word prompt for this week is:

cancel

And, starting my five minute timer . . . now!

We cancel subscriptions. We cancel appointments. But now, our society is deeply into a “cancel culture.” You differ from the politically correct part of society? Cancel! You refuse to come out in favor of what they want? cancel! Restaurants who won’t post and put up signs standing for certain causes? Red flags on YELP calling it a racist business. CANCEL! Stand for conservtive values? CANCEL! This is where we are today, folks. And it’s going to get worse with the election results, as the Democrat side is already postiong and writing columns stating there will be no reconciliation with Republican voters. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

And, stop.

This post is linked up to Five Minute Friday. Go check out the other posts for this week!

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Economics Online Course Bundle from Boundary Stone {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

I have never been taught a really good foundation in economics, so when I was chosen to review this self-paced homeschool economics course, I was so happy to receive Boundary Stone’s Economics Online Course Bundle.

I am reviewing this program as the student. My boys are nowhere near to being ready for this course, but I was very interested in it for myself. Being self-paced, I think it is perfect for the parent who was never taught this subject from a Christian world view, or from a real historical view.

While this course does teach tthings you would find in a high school course such as supply and demand, the stock market, monopoly and competition, it is also covering topics which apply to one’s own personal life. How much you earn, giving, saving, rent, paying your bills, etc . . .

The Economics Online Course Bundle also goes deep into the history of economics, government actions and the way they affect economics. One whole chapter covers Society and Morality, which looks deeply at the Judeo-Christian roots of free markets, moral absolutes as opposed to moral positivism. I like this, as I try to see everything from a Christian worldview.

This is not just a “read this chapter then answer some multiple choice questions” type of course.With the “log on, open and go” format, plus getting 12 month access to the online portion for a one semester course, I really can do this at my own pace, and I like that!

Required Materials:

Carson, Clarence, and Cleveland, Paul: Basic Economics, 4th ed. (includes the study guide).

Maybury, Richard: Whatever Happened to Penny Candy.

Bastiat, Frederic: The Law.  Can be purchased from fee.org. (If you need a copy of The Law quickly, you can get a free PDF here: https://fee.org/resources/the-law/. Use the 2019 version pdf so the page numbers match)

I was SURE that we already owned a copy of “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy,” but we couldn’t find it so I ordered a copy. I bet that we’ll find it within a month of having purchased my copy, because that’s just how it works in this homeschool family! I also purchased a print copy of “The Law.” I realize I could have simply used the free PDF version, but I really prefer holding a book in my hands and turning the pages. But, that’s just me! I know plennty of people who prefer to read books on the computer, tablet or phone.

In this course bundle I received 12 month access for one student to the online portion of this one semester course, which is perfect for the homeschooled student, or for anyone (like me) who wants to learn the material, but on their own timeline. I am able to work it in around life, instead of trying to work life in between lessons.

I also received in the mail a physical copy of the textbook “Basic Economics, A Natural Law Approach to Economics, fourth edition.”

Once I familiarized myself with the online portion of the course, it wasn’t to difficult to use.

A number of other Review Crew families also reviewed the Economics Online Course Bundle from Boundary Stone, and I hope that you will click here and check them out!

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“Bible Unearthed” From Drive Thru History® Adventures {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

Because we’ve never had the opportunity to use the Dave Stotts and Drive Thru History® Adventures, we were super excited to receive the upcoming course “Bible Unearthed” to review.

Bible Unearthed is a 12 week course, with one adventure completed in each week.

  • Episode 1: What is Archaeology? This lesson teaches what Archaeology is, various focuses within it and how it is done.
  • Episode 2: The Impact of Archaeology. ( Why is it important?)
  • Episode 3: Locationg Archaeological Sites ( Using Geography, for example)
  • Episode 4: The Life of an Archaeologist ( What does he/she do in their day? and what DON’T they do?)
  • Episode 5: What’s Being Discovered Today? Over the past several years, a number of finds have corrolated with information in The Holy Bible.
  • Episode 6: Archaeological Mysteries ( How Archaeological mysteries related to The Bible are being discovered and solved )
  • Episode 7: Top Discoveries in Bible Archaeology ( Incredible finds over about the past 150 years which are related to The Bible )
  • Episode 8: Getting Involved With Archaeology ( How to get involved with archaeological work )
  • Episode 9: Trends in Archaeology ( Using new technology )
  • Episode 10: Weird Archaeology ( discoveries in archaeology that are legitimate and weird. They are unexplained or just outright strange. )
  • Episode 11: Accidental Discoveries in Archaeology ( incredible finds discovered not by a professional archaeologists as the result of archaeological projects, but all were accidentally discovered.)
  • Episode 12: What’s Left to be Discovered? ( find out why there are sites not being dug into, etc )

For each lesson there is a video episode, a guide and worksheet, an answer guide and Dig Deeper articles. There are also activities to do in many of the lessons.

This is a self pacing course, therefore each family can use it in whatever way works best for them.

A suggested schedule is:

Monday: Watch the episode and read the written exposition/breakout materials.

Watching one of the video adventures on the laptop:


Tuesday: Complete the optional activity, if there is one.
Wednesday: Read the Dig Deeper articles, and/or conduct outside research.
Thursday: Re-watch the episode, while reviewing the written materials.
Friday: Complete the worksheet with short answers, and compare to the answer guide.

Here, you see an example of a couple things you will find sprinkled throughout the lessons:

The course ‘Bible Unearthed” from Drive Thru History® Adventures is very engaging! The video adventures are fun to watch and learn from. We will definitely be looking at learning from other Drive Thru History® Adventures in the future!

I’d love for you to go here and read the fair and honest reviews of 83 other Review Crew families!

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Happy Nails Art!

It’s been just about a month, and it was past time! My nails were growing out WAY too much, and though I had to wait until we could squirrel away enough to pay for them, I finally got to deal with them. Here is the result:

I think they’re very nice!

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four complete math courses From MathandAlgebra.com {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

We received a one year family subscription to MathandAlgebra.com. This subscription includes these four complete math courses: Basic Math, Advanced Math, Pre-Algebra and Algebra.

Teacher Richard Fisher has developed  an easy-to-use, functional, easily understood Mathematics  teaching system. A combination of online and offline format, this program is very accessible to the student, using both video lessons and printable worksheets to bring the learning to them in a fun and easy way.

This program works in four steps:

Step one, watch the video. The video lesson has no distractions, just instructor Richard Fisher’s white board, on which he shows examples and demonstrates how to get to the solutions. As you can see below on the left, there are check marks for each completed lesson.

Watching the video:

Step two, print out and do the worksheet. The student does the work for each problem. “The Artist” does the work on a separate piece of paper before answering it on the worksheet.

Step three, take the quiz. At the end of each chapter, and then at the end of each course there will be a quiz.

Step four, earn badges!

“The Artist” began with fractions in Basic Math, as he has gone beyond whole number problems. This is something I like about Math & Algebra, the fact that we could begin where he is in math. He does have some learning delays, so being able to do this is a big help for him.

Once he got rolling, “The Artist” realized he could actually do this, he started getting up and completing his math for the day, sometimes before I woke up!

He has been doing very well on his own, with just Mr. Fisher teaching, and no additional attempts at teaching by me (which is good, since I’ve never been a lover of math!) At the beginning though, he was unsure, and was worried he was getting an answer wrong. I looked up the answer key on my side of the program, and asked what answer he had gotten. And then, when I told him that was the correct answer according to the key, his confidence jumped!

We really like this Math curriculum. The no distractions video lessons help him to see how to work the problems, and then the printable worksheets for him to do have cemented what “The Artist” is learning. As a result, he is willingly working on math, without any complaining at all. He is required to do any schoolwork before being allowed to use his Chromebook for anything else, or being allowed any video games, so the no complaining is a definite plus!

We will be continuing the use of this program for the entire year, and I am hopeful that he will complete all four courses!

Don’t just take my word for it,please go and read the fair and honest reviews from 47 other Crew Review families here.

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Thank You Cards For First Responders Day

Wednesday October 28, 2020 was National First Responders Day, and I wanted to make cards for first responders that my family knows from our church. Here are all the pieces I cut to make several cards:

Here are four finished cards, for our First Responders:

I wrote notes of thanks inside each one. Card making is fun!

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October Freezer Meals!

This time around, we made these recipes . . .

“The Artist” is cutting boneless pork chops in half (they are very thick!) while I peel and slice the Granny Smith apples . . .

Prepping the Apricot Meatballs for the freezer (those are homemade meatballs, not store bought!) . . .

Bounty of less that 3 hours of work . . .

Here are some of the meals . . .

Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff

We can hardly wait to have the other meals in this current ser of recipes!

This is such an easy way to have a good variety of entrees in my freezer! I use My Freeze Easy, and I can either use one of the pre-designed plans or create my own. Go here to check out the “Try it Free,” to get a sample plan. Do it yourself and see how easy this is!

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NatureGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle {Review}

(Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.)

If you favor a relaxed homeschool science approach, you’ll want to check out NaturGlo’s eScience MathArt & Science Course Bundle from NatureGlo’s eScience like my son “The Artist” has been doing!

Given that we are a very relaxed homeschooling family, I had the feeling that this program would work well for us, and it does not disappoint. I have simply been letting my son choose what he wanted to learn about, and then jump in and go for it!

Here is what it looks like when he is inside the program, doing a lesson.

His favorites so far have been in the catagory of Natural Science, focusing on Herpotology. He has done a unit on the Komodo Dragon, and is working his way through a six week course called Herps.

The Komodo Dragon Unit contains these topics:

  • 10 Amazing facts about Komodo Dragons
  • History connection
  • Geography connection – Indonesian Islands
  • Art Connection – how to draw a Komodo Dragon
  • Liturature Connection – Indonesian Tale from the lands of the Komodo – Too-too-moo and the Giant
  • Creative Writing – your version of Too-too-moo and the Giant

Here is a drawing of a Komodo Dragon that “The Artist” did for Art:

For Creative Writing, “The Artist” did his version of the story which was in the Liturature section:

Herps contains units on:

  • Reptiles – Amphibians – The Anura: Frogs and Toads
  • Reptiles – Dwarf Geckos & Chameleons 
  • Reptiles: Lizards – The Geckos
  • Amphibians: The Giant Salamanders
  • Reptiles: The Testudines: Turtles Overview
  • Marine Reptiles: The Marine Turtles 

Here is “The Artist’s” line drawing of a Chameleon for Art


Upon completing sections of a course, the student receives digital achievements. Here are some that “The Artist” had earned at the time I took the following picture:

There is so much more that I want to either have my son do, or do for myself!

I would like to go through MathArt: Patterns & Shapes in Nature.

The lessons are:

  • Main Lesson Downloads & Introduction to Patterns and Shapes in Nature Pre-lesson Activity
  • Main Lesson Video with NatureGlo
  • Fractal Explorer – Online Interactive Art Design Tool
  • Video & Patterns in Nature Treasure Hunt

I REALLY want to take a look at The Geometric Beauty of Snowflakes!

The Geometric Beauty of Snowflakes online class

We live in a desert state now, but we were all born and raised in Michigan, and lived with snow every year! This class has the following:

  • The Geometric Beauty of Snowflakes Main Lesson Slideshow Download with Activity Guide
  • Prezi – Snowflakes and Geometry by Allison Kelley
  • Activity – It’s Snowing Angles!
  • Going Beyond – Videos, Web Resources and Projects & Activities
  • Snowflake Growth and Symmetry
  • Wilson Bentley, the Snowflake Man (1865 – 1931)

Another course I’d like to get into is Polygons & Patterns in Nature.

Lessons in this course are:

  • Outdoor Nature Challenge-Finding Polygons and Polyhedra in Your Backyard
  • Math Connection: Interactive Polygons
  • Math Connections: Interactive Polyhedra – Right Rectangular Prism
  • Math Connection: Video (22:15) Every Strictly-Convex Deltahedron
  • Art Connection: Video (3:13) Seda Saar: Polyhedron: Art + Reality Are One
  • Literature Connection – Triangle Trouble Poem and Rogie in the Land of Polygons
  • History Connection – Video (4:04) – Kepler’s Model 
  • Student Project – Art Connection: Fold an Ancient Chinese Dice
  •  The 13 Archimedean Solids 

I am a lot more interested in the courses that I just listed, while my son absolutely loves Natural Science. I know he will continue on his way through all of the science courses available.

I would love to have you check out what other Review Crew members are saying about NatureGlo’s eScience! Just go here to check them out!

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