GIVEAWAY! Limited Edition Godiva Coffee

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Sharing stories, memories and special moments over coffee is a time-honored tradition and what better way to start Mother’s Day than with the indulgent Mother’s Day flavors of Godiva Coffee.

According to a Wakefield Research study (conducted for Godiva Coffee), 87% of Americans (moms included) believe it’s the quality of time spent with Mom, not the quantity of time, that’s most important.

To treat Mom this year, Godiva Coffee is offering two special limited edition flavors: Dark Chocolate Raspberry and Roasted Almond.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to give a great gift—or to pamper mom. Serving and gifting Godiva  coffee is a great way to connect with Mom, and show her you care.

With special flavors for Mother’s Day and priced just under $10, GODIVA Coffee invites you to honor mom  and share the special moments of Mother’s Day over a delicious cup of Godiva Coffee.

Crafted from medium-roasted, 100% Arabica beans with flavors inspired by the famed Chocolatier’s most popular truffles, Godiva Coffee can be enjoyed by all.

Whether you share the special Dark Chocolate Raspberry or Roasted Almond Godiva Coffee Mother’s Day blend, Godiva Coffee lets you share a luxurious gift at an affordable price.

Godiva Coffee is offering ready-made gift packs and 11-oz. bags of ground coffee, making Mother’s Day pampering effortless.

This Mother’s Day, Godiva Coffee is offering a coffee sampler giveaway. Indulge mom with this gift pack that includes:

  • One (1) bag of Dark Chocolate Raspberry coffee, which was inspired by our double chocolate raspberry truffle. This medium roast coffee pairs rich, Godiva dark chocolate with rich, ripe raspberry flavor.
  • One (1) bag of Roasted Almond coffee, which is a medium roast coffee inspired by one of our favorite nut truffles.  Sweet, honey roasted almond butter flavor with a creamy Godiva milk chocolate finish.

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7 Things to Consider When Joining a Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool co-ops can be great places for your child to socialize with other homeschoolers, learn subjects that you might not teach well, and simply have fun.

There are a wide range of co-ops, ranging from laid back free ones to structured paid groups.

No matter the type you choose, there are a few things you might want to consider prior to joining a co-op.

Oftentimes you’re commitment is required for at least a semester, so it’s best to do all the homework you can before settling on a particular group.

Here are a few considerations before joining a co-op.

  1. Time commitment - No matter how you look at it, co-ops are a commitment. It’s not uncommon for co-ops to meet weekly, and if you’ve already got a crammed schedule, this will possibly be a huge burden on you.
  2. Location – If you live somewhere like me, anything is going to be a drive for you.  Some things are worth the drive, and others are not.  Is this co-op going to be worth the drive you must make to get there? Also remember that travel time will eat into your day on top of the time actually spent at co-op.
  3. Curricula and subjects taught – If you are averse to religious curricula, you’ll want to make sure your co-op doesn’t use doctrinal products for teaching.  If you have science covered in your home, you likely won’t want to waste time with a heavily science-based co-op.  Ensure the subjects being taught and materials being used will fit your family’s values and needs.
  4. Ages of children present - I’m a big fan of kids learning how to interact with lots of different ages, but part of the co-op experience for many families is socialization.  If you have a high schooler, you probably won’t want to participate in a co-op full of nothing but elementary-aged children.
  5. Cost - Some co-ops operate based on the philosophy that all parents contribute in some manner, and others operate strictly using a cash model.  If your family is not in a position to contribute financially {sometimes quite a bit}, then you might want to find a co-op that allows you to pay in sweat equity.
  6. Involvement - Do you want to teach a class? Do you enjoy helping out in the nursery? These are jobs that some co-ops require parents to help out with.  If you’re averse to these types of things, think long and hard before joining.
  7. Your child - Just because you think co-op is a good idea doesn’t mean your child does.  If he or she shudders at the thought of sitting around in a classroom setting with other kids, perhaps socialization is better achieved in some other way.
Co-ops can be really fun, or they can be an utter drain.  Before you sign paperwork obligating your family to a co-op, take the time to read the information given to you, talk to other parents, and get any questions answered.

 

There’s nothing worse than being tied to something you really can’t stand.

 

How do you determine whether a co-op is right for you and your family?

Throw a Superhero Party Avengers’ Style!

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Parties are fun.

Like, super fun.

Unless you’re the person throwing it, then it might be normal fun, instead of super fun.

At any rate, Ms. Ricky Eisen, Founder and President of Events and Celebrations by Between the Bread has put together a nifty little cheat-sheet of info if you’d like to celebrate Avengers’ style anytime soon!

Invitations: Start your party off right with the perfect invitation. You can make your own postcard invitations with cardboard cut-outs of bright blue painted stars, and include the details about your party in a thin black marker. Decorate the front of each with classic comic book words like POW!, ZAP! And WAM!

Décor: The Avengers bring together 6 epic superheroes. Create your own easy decorations with cardboard cutouts of spiders and paint them black, neon green head’s of The Hulk and classic American flags for Captain America and, throughout the party, use bold colored streamers, which will add some mystery to the room.

Centerpieces: Choose your favorite Avenger and decorate the table around that character. Use lots of primary colors, since comic strips are usually blue, yellow and red. Print outs of comic book pages covered in contact paper make great placemats. Blanket your tables with these to tie the décor together and include stars, spiders and Hawkeye cut-outs on wooden sticks around the table with silver confetti.

Music: Keep the music simple but fun. “Live to Rise,” the original song written for and appearing in the film is the first single from the Marvel Music/Hollywood Records release Avengers Assemble. The epic and cinematic video, featuring a searing live performance with film footage, was directed by Robert Hales (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Janet Jackson, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake). View “Live To Rise” here.

Menu: Mini snacks such as cut-out tea-sandwiches make great finger food. Look for cookie cutters in shields, stars and spiders to create these treats. For Incredible Hulk themed beverages, create trays of green ice cubes by freezing water with green food color, and WOW! guests as their clear citrusy beverages transform color before their very eyes.

Party Favors: As a parting gift, place a few Avenger designed cookies in a cellophane bag and close with a gold twist-tie – your guests can enjoy the party for days to follow with these treats!”

NOW FOLKS, THESE COOKIES REALLY AREN’T AS HARD AS THEY LOOK.  TRUST ME.

1.    Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe and use a cookie cutter to make character cookies.  They make Superhero cookie cutters in the shape of many Avengers heroes.  You can also use any oval shaped cookie cutter and instead fill in the details with your decorating.  Once your cookies are baked and cooled, you are ready to begin decorating.

2.    You can make your own royal icing (See:  How to Make Your Own Royal Icing included below) or use store-bought.  Color with food coloring to achieve the various colors you want for decorating.  We recommend green (for the Hulk), yellow, blue, black, white, and brown.  Place each color in a piping bag.

3.    Begin by outlining the cookie in your base color.  (If you were starting with The Hulk, outline the entire shape in green.  Color in your outline with green icing and cover the entire cookie.  (You can actually use a paintbrush to “paint” your cookie.)  Give the base a few minutes to dry and choose your next color.  For The Hulk’s hair, outline his hairline in black and proceed to fill in with black icing.  You can continue to draw features in and watch your character come to life.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ROYAL ICING

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature.  We prefer dehydrated egg whites, available at most supermarkets.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • food coloring (optional)

Mix above ingredients with a little warm water until smooth.  Add food coloring.

 See, not so bad!  Let me know if you’re having a superhero party anytime soon, or if you’ve had one in the past.

I’d love to see pictures!

“So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool?” Becomes an eBook!

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Guess what?

I’ve got an eBook coming out!!!!

*points down*

I am excited to announce that So, You Think You Wanna Homeschool? will be released May 28th!

You may remember the series I did a while ago on the blog.

It took a humorous look at some aspects of homeschooling such as the need for a book bag and my inability to be one of those mothers who uses every waking moment as a learning experience.

Well, I took it and made it into an eBook.

But that’s really giving the eBook the shaft because it’s so much more.

THE GOODS

The eBook is divided into two sections:  section one is for someone who is just starting to homeschool and section two is designed for those who aren’t so new to homeschooling.

While each group of people will definitely find useful information in their respective sections, their is great info in both sections for all!

SECTION ONE

When I started homeschooling I had a hard time finding concrete steps to get started.

I found a lot of information about evaluating my educational philosophy and the best way my child learned.  I read about not spending too much money on products.

What I found was a bunch of ambiguous stuff that didn’t help me.  I needed to know specifically what I needed to do to get started.

I’m a box checker, and I needed to know the specific steps to take to get started.

Section one puts these steps together for you.  You’ll find information about:

  • state laws
  • organizational methods
  • curricula
  • record-keeping
  • planning
  • socialization
  • and more!

One bit I’m particularly proud of is the listing of states and their laws.

The statutes and laws can be confusing if you don’t know the jargon just yet, so I took each state and separated out the meat of their laws.  If available, I also included a link to each state’s Department of Education homeschool site {or the state’s equivalent}.

Even if you’ve been homeschooling for a while, there’s still some really great info in this section if I do say so myself!

I’ve included lots and lots of links for extra-special reading!  Many of you are featured in the eBook!

SECTION TWO

Section two might be familiar to some of you, as the basis for this section is the original posts from the series of the same name.

Don’t worry, though; I tweaked it, made it better, added more substance, and made it new and shiny!

Just as in section one, lots of links are present.  Tons of great reading for information purposes, as well as motivation and encouragement.

Some wit is sprinkled in for good measure.

SWEET EXTRAS

Because I am a box checker and because I like organization, I also included sweet extras at the end.

You’ll find checklists, link lists, and more!  So super cool!

THE FINE PRINT

The eBook will be available beginning May 28th, and for one week it will be sold for $4.  That’s half the retail price!

I’ve scoured the internet for and pulled homeschool information from all over the place and packaged it into a nice pretty file for you!

It will be available as a PDF download and on Nook and Kindle.

Be on the lookout for a super cool giveaway the week prior to launch, a free chapter, and more!

I want to thank each of you for your support; it means so much to me and I can’t wait to share this fun experience with you!

TOS Sweet Critique: Homeschool Library Builder

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What:  Homeschool Library Builder

Cost:  Membership is free, price of books varies

Recommended Ages:  Various

Contact

WHAT IS HOMESCHOOL LIBRARY BUILDER?

From Homeschool Library Builder {HSLB}:

Homeschool Library Builder is co-owned by two veteran homeschool families dedicated to Christ-centered education.

Our desire is to help homeschool families affordably collect books for their literary-based educational needs.

We stock both new and used books found in popular literature-based homeschool curricula, as well as select titles to supplement your unit studies.

Whether you’re looking for educational or leisure, inspirational or reference, self-help, activity, or classic reading, we are committed to providing wholesome materials that will enrich the entire family.

Basically, the site has tons of new and used books available for purchase.  You can search by curriculum, see what’s new, search by subject, and more.

Each book listing details the author, reading levels, book type, condition, a brief overview, retail price, and HSLB price.

HSLB also provides ways for you to earn points toward free books and provides a monthly newsletter full of promotions.  May’s promotion is 25% off all books!

OUR THOUGHTS

I have never personally purchased from HSLB, but they do have a decent selection of hard-to-find books.

The prices are very reasonable, and they make every effort to find something for you if they don’t have it in stock.

I have it bookmarked for future use!

WHAT OTHERS THOUGHT

Find out what other members of the Crew thought by clicking here!

True Confessions:  I was asked to provide an information review of this website.  All opinions are my own.  I was provided with a 10% off coupon code if I chose to use it.