Our 2012/2013 Curricula


I am so excited to start this school year!  We start tomorrow, as a matter of fact.

This will be our fourth year homeschooling, as as each year passes, I’ve felt more and more comfortable with a more eclectic approach to curricula.

Some of what we’re using I was fortunate enough to receive as a review product last year.

I know what you came here for, so I’m going to stop talking and give it to you:


Life of Fred {I’m taking a leap of faith and trusting in the author.  We’ll see if you really can just use this for math.}


myWorld Social Studies Grade 5


Growing with Grammar Level 5


Artistic Pursuits Book 3


WriteShop Junior Book D

Letters to family members


Hands-On Archaeology:  Real-Life Activities for Kids {So excited about this one!  I’m pretty much using this as a guide and developing an archaeological dig for us this year.  More info to come!}




Top Secret Adventures

Which Way USA?

Creek Edge Press Geography and Culture Task Cards


Letterboxing North America


Our Best Bites

And to organize it all, the My Well Planned Day software.  Loving. It.

What will you be using next year? I wanna see!

Be sure to check out what others are using at the Not Back-to-School Blog Hop this week!

Food Styling – Campaign Photography with Sears Grilling #GrillingisHappiness #SoFabU


This week’s class theme was food styling and photography.  Our lesson was intense, and long, but extremely useful.

There is just entirely too much information to share here in one blog post, so I’ll fill you in on a few basics.

Styling your food is important.

Lighting is important.

Background is important.

Props are important.

Restaurants know this, and folks who make commercials know this, and folks who put pictures of food in publications know this.

I know this too, but it’s hard.  Plus, it takes a lot of planning.  Time I didn’t have this week.

Nonetheless, I learned a great deal and I can’t wait to continue playing around with my plating.

I realize I have quite a ways to go, but I am still happy with my progress.  While I did try to get properly styled food, I was still trying to focus on getting a good quality picture.

I promised myself I wouldn’t point out all the flaws in my blog post, so I’m just going to put my photos below.

True Confessions:  I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Sears #CBias #GrillingIsHappiness. All photos and opinions are my own.

August 2, 2012


Babydoll made a “balance beam” after watching the Olympics.

Sweet Critique: Moo Kitty Finds a Home

Moo Kitty

Photo Credit

Most of my life I’ve never been a fan of cats.  Not sure why, but it probably had something to do with the fact that I was allergic to them.

Then, we were asked to take in a kitty that couldn’t move with its owners.  I didn’t want to.  Until I saw a picture of the cat, that is.

The cat we took in was our Princess, and I have loved her ever since.

After Princess, we got Winston, our dog.

Between the two of them, they’ve converted me to a full-blown animal lover.  Well, at least of the two of them.

As I became more involved as a pet owner, I quickly realized how many homeless pets there were.  Sometimes it’s not intentional, other times it is.

Like it or not, it’s a reality of life.  I’m about exposing my daughter to the realities of life {in an age-appropriate way, of course} because I feel it better prepares her for how to handle these things.

For this reason, I absolutely love Moo Kitty Finds a Home, by Valerie Lee Veltre.

How can you not love a book that has beautiful illustrations, a great {and never done before?} story, and an extensive educational section that helps readers choose homeless kitties?

The story is great.  It is interesting, thoughtful, yet easy enough for any age to understand.  I’m not going to lie:  I got a little sad for Moo Kitty.  You can’t help but get emotionally involved with this book.

The author did a great job of keeping the information basic enough so that your child won’t be traumatized by some really sad experiences that Moo Kitty could have had.

While I did love the story, I think my favorite part was the back of the book.  Veltre gives the reader great information on why it’s a great idea to adopt an older cat, tips for adopting an older cat, and help with the selection and settling in process.

I think this is a phenomenal way to educate your child about a problem in our society, and then help them take action to make some change in the world around them.

And while this isn’t a huge thing for some people, I love the quality of this book.  It’s a good size book, just the size you picture when you think about sitting with your kids and reading a story.  The pages are thick and smooth and I just love the way it feels!

I think this is a great book to share with your kids; Babydoll really enjoyed it.

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True Confessions:  I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own.