What Questions to Ask During a Back to School Video Interview with Your Child

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Awhile ago my husband and I watched this documentary series called Two Brothers and I loved how a father did video interviews over the years and compiled it together into a moving piece of family history! My friend and blogger Jennifer Borget of Cherish365 is great at doing these video interviews with her kids on their birthdays (and is a way better videographer than me!) and it's inspired me to want to do it with my kids too. Plus, all those wonderful and touching video montages and other great things you see on Facebook of parents doing every year with their kids to document their growth over the years, is just so touching and ...

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How to Get Young Kids Learning Math – Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App Review

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You'd think that with a husband who is earning a PhD in Mathematics Education our kids would all be budding math geniuses. But, that's not the case... And it's not because I hate math or wasn't good at math in school. I, too, enjoyed math and did fairly well in the subject. Teaching it to our kids in our homeschool has been slow going though. In order to give my now preschooler a little advantage and practice with some basic math concepts like number recognition, plus and minus, shapes, and measurements, I've been looking into some apps for him to play during our school hours. Zap Zap Kindergarten Math App Review I was ...

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What You Likely Don’t Know about SeaWorld’s Wave Breaker and Rescue Team

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After our first visit to SeaWorld and my daughters' mixed reactions from riding a roller coaster (The Steel Eel) for the first time, I was a bit hesitant to accept Sea World's invitation for my family to attend the Press Event for their newest roller coaster, Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster. But, I love roller coasters and I desperately wanted to go back to Sea World, this time with my whole family, so we accepted their invitation. This post is written in exchange for passes to the park. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster “Wave Breaker is an exciting and novel coaster for families to ride together, and adds to SeaWorld’s ...

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Why the HP Instant Ink Program Makes Me Wish I Had an HP Printer

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If you want to save money on ink, consider buying an HP printer and using the HP Instant Ink Program. Read on to learn more. Copy. Print. Scan. I use all these features found on printers today. I scan items for work. I copy things for homeschool. And I print coupons, stuff for church, business documents, and more. I use my Canon printer every single week, which means I use quite a bit of ink regularly. Because of this, there is almost a constant pop-up on the bottom right of my computer screen that says "Ink levels low" every time I print something new.  I ignore it until it's so low that my printer refuses to print with ...

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How My Homeschooled Twins Learned How to Read

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This post is sponsored by Bookroo. All opinions on teaching twins how to learn how to read are definitely my own. I never once thought teaching children how to learn how to read would be an easy feat, especially because I knew I'd be their teacher.I do not have a teaching certificate nor did I major in English in college. Sure, I enjoy writing and reading as I participate in a monthly book club (I actually started my current book club) and I write regularly for this blog. But, the English language is so complicated! Our vowels all make multiple different sounds, for various different reasons. A spelling rule doesn't hold fast ...

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How to Assemble Blessing Bags for Homeless People as a Group

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This post is sponsored by Mormon.org. All opinions expressed are my own. This year as part of our homeschool, we participate in a local Christian Exploring Co-Op. We take turns planning field trips for our kids. In addition to the field trips we schedule a Moms Night Out, a Teen Night, and a Service Project each quarter too.  Our last service project was a few weeks ago and we collaborated as a homeschool group to make blessing bags for homeless people. I know many of us (myself included) are never quite sure what to do when confronted with a homeless person. Should we ignore them, look the other way, gesture that we don't have ...

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Top 10 Scientific Ways to Prove You’re a Smarty Pants

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This post is sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. All opinions on how to be a smarty pants are my own. Although used as an insult, it's an insult many of us wouldn't mind coming our way. I mean, of all the things to be called, smarty pants isn't all that bad. Nothing like people feeling inferior to you due to your intellectual prowess. I don't get called a smarty pants very often (used to when I was in high school), but I happen to be married to someone who I definitely consider a smarty pants. In two years he can even be dubbed Doctor Smarty Pants and someday (hopefully) Professor Smarty Pants. I guess you could say I know a ...

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The Surprising Way We Paid Off Debt and Escaped Poverty {While Still Earning Degrees}

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A Surprising way to pay off debt and escape poverty while still earning degrees! Great advice for low-income families struggling to make ends meet.

This post was inspired and sponsored by Domain.ME, the provider of the personal domains that end in .ME. As a company, they aim to promote thought leadership to the tech world. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When we got married, my husband and I didn't have much more than some basic pieces of furniture and a roof over our head. We both were part-time employees, working low-paying jobs on our respective college campuses.  And thanks to paying (aka charging) most of our wedding related expenses ourselves, also had over $8,000 in credit card debt as well as tens of thousands in student loan debt. Our financial situation ...

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How Non-Traditional College Students are Making Ends Meet

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Chances are high that you or someone you know is in a similar situation as I am in: a college student who is earning degrees later in life with a family in tow. As non-traditional students we’re out there seeking educational advancement: degrees, certificates, training, courses, professional development and the like. In the U.S.A, a place where education is viewed as the great equalizer, we’re hungry for bettering ourselves, our families, our vocations, our incomes.  Our group of education-seekers differ from traditional variety in that we started a family prior to finishing our journey for more education. We are the ...

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6 Things We’re Doing to Ensure Our Daughters are Cyber-Safe

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If you are raising girls, you want them to be safe online - these 6 house rules are great tips for keeping kids cyber safe online using the internet.

This post is brought to you by CJ Affiliate’s VIP Content Service. Thank you Norton by Symantec for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Norton, all content and opinions expressed here are my own. Given that my current occupation is as a self-employed blogger, I spend quite a bit of my time on a computer, laptop, and cell phone. I am no stranger to technology, the internet, or social media. And neither are my kids. The other day, my six year old daughter Lisa informed us that she wants a cell phone. This statement came only a day after she informed us she wants her own laptop or tablet.  She ...

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5 Useful but Overlooked Back to School Items for College Students

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Great list of back to school items for college students!

At 36 years of age, I'm still in school, though working on my PhD. Despite plenty of success academically, I still have anxiety dreams before a new school year begins. I dream I didn’t go to class all semester and now need to take a final exam that I cannot read.  I wake up with a bit of fear and stress, but it quickly washes away as I laugh it off and I know I work hard in school, attend my classes, and prepare for all exams, usually achieving good results. Being prepared is good in all aspects of life, but back to school preparation goes beyond simply having a backpack, notebooks, textbooks, pencils, and paper.  I want to ...

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The Affordable Online Early Learning Curriculum for Young Kids: ABCmouse.com

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ABCmouse.com is a subscription based learning curriculum program for kids ages 2-7. They offer a FREE 30-day trials too!

You may or may not know this about us, but we are homeschoolers. We recently completed our first official year of homeschooling as our daughters ended their kindergarten year recently. Only, we haven't actually stopped schooling them. Our year has gone great, and, well, not so great. My original curriculum - Five in a Row - eventually started to collect dust as the chaos of a new baby, a toddler, work from home, increased church responsibilities, and a husband gone with longer and more stressful doctoral classes prevented me from planning and getting to the library like I needed to for that curriculum to work. However, we ...

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