Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Beginner's Bible: A Christmas Celebration Sticker Book {Review}

My kids have always been a fan of activity books. Even my older ones still enjoy the silly tic-tac-toe games and connect the dot puzzles found on the placemats at family-friendly restaurants. When they were younger, if I wasn't sure that the restaurant would provide crayons and activities for the little ones, I would stock up on sticker and coloring books. It certainly made the wait for the food a little more tolerable! 

One of my favorite sticker and activity books out there is, The Beginner's Bible Series. My kids have enjoyed the Easter one and now we have received The Beginner's Bible: A Christmas Celebration. This book is clearly geared towards pre-school age with activities suited for that age range. I was hoping to use this as a stocking stuffer this past year but received it after the fact. Looking at the content, filled with over 50 reusable stickers, mazes and fun facts, I am confident that it will be perfect for my daughter. She is slightly past preschool age but will still enjoy the activities and will have fun trying to read the simple words and sentences. 

Disclaimer: Thanks to the Book Look Blogging Program for providing this book in exchange for this review. All opinions stated here are my own. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Adventure Bible for Little Ones {Review}

One of my favorite times in Sunday School growing up was "graduating" from the second grade class. At the end of the year, each student was presented with their very own Bible. I coveted this Bible and it was probably the first Bible I ever read on my own. There is something special about your first Bible as a child. Since both of my older boys are at the age where they are able to read on their own, my husband and I have given them each their own Bible. As their parents, it is a special gift and we are proud to be the ones to give them their first Bibles! 

Before reading age, I love to provide my children with picture books and board books with Bible stories. They are never too young to learn! The Adventure Bible for Little Ones is the perfect board book for young ones ages 2-5. The book includes ten colorful Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament. It is a perfect introduction to classic Bible stories. It is a fairly decent sized and sturdy board book. 

This would be the perfect gift for a niece, nephew, grandchild or birthday gift for your child's friend! Or, get it for your own child, they will thank you!

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Book Look Blogging Program for providing me with a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions stated here are my own.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

City Mouse, Country Mouse

When the city mouse visited his cousin in the country, he thought for certain that his cousin would adore the luxurious life of the city, so much more. I can just picture the city mouse walking through his cousin’s property, spending the day foraging for food with his mind daydreaming about the hot turkey, gravy and stuffing he could be feasting on back in the comfort of his own home. When you are used to one way of life, it is hard to appreciate another... Read More at Our Homeschool Forum

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 Ways I'm Prepping For This Year's Homeschool Convention {plus a GIVEAWAY!}

Set a Budget
I already have a specific amount of money set aside. A certain amount for hotel and parking. Another set aside for food and gas and finally the big one, curriculum! If I don't plan ahead on this one I most likely will get sidetracked and spend way more than I need to.

Plan to Eat In
We certainly plan to eat out one of the nights there, but honestly, the rest of the meals are  going to involve us crashing in the hotel room. The hotel that we are staying in has a microwave and fridge in the room so I am planning on stocking up and planning ahead. Simple snacks, easy salad fixings and some precooked foods that can easily be heated up- maybe hamburgers or homemade chicken fingers should work just fine.  

Comfortable Walking Shoes
I've already been eyeing my children's shoe collection and have been trying to figure out which shoes will be the most comfortable for them to walk around the convention center in. I'm pretty sure I've never heard them complain in their New Balance sneakers so we'll go with that! One isn't walking yet so he will be pushed in a stroller (until it is not filled with books, of course, then it's the Moby Wrap for him!)

A Rolling Cart or Suitcase
Ha! The first year I attended I did NOT even know that this was a thing. Obviously I was planning on making purchases, but thought my arms would suffice. Needless to say, they were black and blue by the end of the weekend! I am soooo bringing a rolling suitcase (or two!)

Backpacks for the Kids
Again, this is my first year bringing kids but I can picture it now. Running into the Exhibit Hall, collecting random goodies from the vendors and then pouring them all into my arms. Yes, they are bringing backpacks for their own treasures that they find!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

HEAV Convention Pass Giveaway

JUNE 9-11, 2016

This will be my third year attending the Home Educators of Virginia Association's annual homeschool convention held in Richmond, VA. What makes this year stand out from the rest is that this year, I am going as a convention blogger! How awesome is that? And, the icing on the cake? My whole family is coming along for the ride. I am beyond delighted about this considering the last two times I went it was nice to get away but I missed my family to pieces. Every time I would pass by a vendor that I knew my kids would love, all I could think was, "I wish they were here to see this!"
Sciexperience was directly across the booth I was working in last year and all the kids that went over seemed to love it! It was hands-on, entertaining and fun. Dr. Callentine simplifies the most difficult topics and breaks it down for little minds to understand. Not only is she a pediatrician but a homeschool mom as well. She also is on the board of directors for Parentalrights.org.  I highly recommend heading over to her booth.

Now that my husband has agreed to take time off from work and I've hyped up the convention to the kids, I have to ask myself, now what?

What are my kids going to find to do there, for three days?
Let me share some options with you since, as I'm learning this year, planning for the convention with kids takes much more thought and preparation. First, I looked at my options and picked out which activities fit my children's interest and age level.I found two from the list below that will work for us!

Children's Program (Fri & Sat)

Art Camp (Thurs)

Photography (Thurs-Sat)

Young Entrepreneurs (Thurs-Sat)

Robotics Camp (Fri & Sat)

I made sure not to go overboard since perusing the exhibit hall and the ever so beloved used curriculum sale will take up some of their time as well.  

We also plan on taking it easy in the evenings. Relaxing in the hotel and enjoying each others company, (and not having to do the dishes!) Some of the sessions begin quite early. Some as early as 8:30 in the morning! With kids, I am not so sure we will try and attempt to make it over to the convention hall that early. I love ambition and everything but we don't want to stress ourselves out in fear that we are missing something. 

I suggest taking a look at the schedule ahead of time and be sure to plan to see just a few speakers, then go from there. So many different things are happening at convention and if you try to do it all, you will most likely get overwhelmed. Just like grocery shopping, enter with a list but be open to straying from that list if you find a product that suits you better or offers an amazing deal! It's always best to have a plan, even if you don't entirely stick to it. What homeschool day goes completely as planned anyway?  So yes, I do suggest making a plan, for sanity's sake!

Since today is the first day that I am running this giveaway, I am making it super simple! If you want a quick, easy and painless entry, then simply Pin it, to win it! Follow Heav (/heavpinterest) on Pinterest and then pin the image below. That's it! You are entered!

Hungry for more? If you have a few minutes to spare, go ahead and enter for more chances to win below. And be sure to stop by between now and Thursday for more opportunities to win!


Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by HEAV. All opinions stated here are my own. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

7 Ways to Welcome Spring

Bunnies. Baby chicks. Fresh green grass and budding trees. Spring is a refreshing time. It certainly an exciting season around here for many reasons. This is when we reevaluate our livestock and consider any new purchases. Goats? Chickens? Rabbits? We have to see if this coming year is a practical time for milking goats, or if we want to pass this year. It’s also the time that we figure out our gardening situation... Read More at Our Homeschool Forum