First Start Reading: Phonics, Reading, and Printing

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This year has been full of trial and error in regards to our homeschooling year. While we've focused on Math and Writing this year, Reading hasn't been as easy, until I was chosen to review First Start Reading from Memoria Press. Oh how this classical curriculum changed our school day. Reading has not been going well for us. Read aloud time is great, but when it's my daughter's turn to sound out letters and put them together to make words, there is frustration and sometimes tears. Honestly, … [Read more...]

The Power of Home Equity

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This post is written and sponsored by U.S. Bank. Seems you’ve got a bit of a dilemma on your hands. That big project you’ve had in your head for what feels like forever is now actually coming together on paper and just waiting to be started. You have the time to do it and - best of all? - you want to do it. There’s just one problem. You need funds, because without them, your dream project stays on hold. But fear not! If you’re a homeowner, and have equity in your home, you may have some … [Read more...]

Win a $300 Target Gift Card

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS Prize: $300 Target Gift Card Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!  Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Check the Rafflecopter for the link to our other Target gift card to double your chances of winning! Giveaway ends 5/5 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers! a Rafflecopter … [Read more...]

4 Don’t Miss Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking

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Are you a stressed-out homemaker? Don’t stay overwhelmed! Check out this free eCourse: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking! Are you tired of getting behind on laundry? Do you struggle to keep your kitchen clean? Does the dinner hour have you harried? If so, you cannot miss a FREE 4-part mini eCourse that is available for a limited time: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking! In this eCourse, you will learn: how to never get behind on laundry again, how to wake … [Read more...]

20 Tips for Visiting Epcot {with Children}

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Vacations to Walt Disney World can be overwhelming. There are so many decisions that have to be made. So many choices. So many factors. Want to get people worked up? Post a simple question such as "Is it better to stick to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot or should we visit Animal Kingdom and MGM too?" on social media. {Did you catch that, all you hardcore Disney fans? Yep, it drives me crazy too!} I find it sad that families skip over Epcot because they don't think their children will enjoy it. … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Help Your Toddler Stay in Bed {and Go to Sleep}

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Moving from a crib to a big kid bed is a HUGE milestone. But the transition isn't always easy. For some parents it is a day of celebration. For others, it's the day they have been dreading. I was always one to dread the transition. Regardless, it is a day of independence for both parent and child. Now your little one is free to get up from their bed when they want. No more standing up in the crib calling for mommy or daddy to come get them. They can get out all by themselves. {Granted for some … [Read more...]