Friday, February 27, 2015

Koru Naturals - Review

Hi friends! I'm pretty excited to talk to you all about some awesome products I recently reviewed as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. I was blessed with Emu Oil and Manuka Oil Shampoo and Conditioner from a the wonderful company, Koru Naturals. These products couldn't have came at a better time. It's winter and winter is not nice to my skin and hair.

What is Emu Oil and How Did I Use It?

I'm going to be completely honest, I had never heard of Emu Oil before this review. In fact, I don't usually keep up with oils. I have friends that can tell you an oil to use for every ailment, but I have no clue which ones are which.  However, after reading info about it on the Koru Naturals website, I was completely intrigued by this Emu Oil.  I couldn't wait for it to arrive so I could see just how great it was. I received a 2 oz. bottle of it.  So what actually is Emu Oil? Well friends, Emu Oil is a traditional Australian Aboriginal natural oil. It contains vitamins, minerals & essential fatty acids that are important to skin health & look.  It can be used as a  moisturizer for your skin, relieve sore muscles and joints, and also great as a treatment for dry or damaged hair. It is hypoallergenic and does not clog pores. It is unscented and is not irritating to my skin.

My favorite use for it was on my dry elbows. Winter is not nice on them and they are usually very dry and cracked. After only a few days of using the Emu Oil they were so much better. I loved that it only took a very small amount. I did make the mistake of applying too much once and it did feel a bit greasy. Overall, I am very happy with the emu oil and absolutely love how long it appears to last and how smooth it left my skin feeling. Another favorite way to utilize the Emu Oil was by adding a few drops to my bath water and soaking in it. I felt so refreshed afterwards. I haven't yet explored all the ways it can be used, but plan on doing so in the future and when it runs out I will for sure be purchasing more. 

What is Manuka Oil Shampoo and Conditioner and How Did I Use It?

Manuka Oil Shampoo and Conditioner both come in 8 oz. bottles and they are both pretty great products. They both contain the special ingredients, manuka oil and manuka honey. These ingredients will rid hair of impurities, act as natural antiseptic, and will leave your hair full of vitality and shine. The first time I used both of them I noticed right away a refreshing tingle. There is a pretty strong scent of peppermint, which to be honest, I didn't think I would be a big fan of, but overall, I ended up appreciating it and not being bothered by it. I did notice right away that the shampoo didn't lather the way I anticipated it to. This however had no effect on how clean and shiny I felt that my hair was after using it. I absolutely loved the way my hair felt after using the conditioner. It felt so soft and clean.  Would I recommend these to others? Absolutely! Don't just take my word for it friends. Please do give them both a try for yourselves. I was pretty impressed.

I should have waited until my hair was completely dry to take the picture, but still...Can you see how shiny it is? 

Final Thought

I can definitely tell a big improvement in my skin and hair. My skin is no longer dry and my hair is so soft and shiny. I was skeptical at first but not any more. Koru Naturals now has a new fan.

What's the cost?

Emu Oil - 2 oz.  - $9.85 
 Manuka Oil Shampoo and Conditioner set - Two 8 oz. bottles - $14.95 

I feel that these are both reasonably priced and because i liked the products so much, I'm going to soon be trying out their other products offered.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

3 Homeschooling truths

I know what you are probably thinking....3 truths! 3... That's it? I assume this because I was actually thinking the same. But friends, honestly we could all probably write a book all about homeschooling truths and as a matter of fact one day I might just do that. Right now, however, I want to encourage you with these 3 truths and remind you that we all have felt this way and these feelings are usually only temporary.

1) Some days are better than others - There are days where it takes every ounce of strength out of me just to roll out of bed to begin, and then there are others where I'm in an amazing mood and ready to take on whatever the day may have for me.  Are you having a rough day? Remember that you are not alone and everyone has them. I have a saying that I wrote out and printed on paper that says - What are you going to do today with God's gift of life? This encourages me and helps me remember that every single day truly is a gift. 

2) There will be mistakes made - This is a universal fact with everything. I'm unsure how to have everything perfect and mistake free and I'm okay with that. You should be okay with it as well. Most of the time our mistakes or children's mistakes teach us very valuable lessons for future events and times. When a mistake is made, it's done. It's time to move on from it, learn from it and definitely don't dwell on it. 

3) Some curriculum just won't work - Have you ever bought a curriculum that you just knew was going to be a big hit only to find out it wasn't all that it seemed? I think we all have and this pretty much fits into the - there will be mistakes made category, but I believed it needed to be a truth all on it's own. If it's not working, throw it out. Some of our best homeschooling lessons haven't even required a specific curriculum lesson plan, but they have came from experiencing life. Move on from the bad curriculum experiences. It happened, it's over, and now it's time to explore other options that might work better.

Okay, so I was thinking about there only being 3 truths and decided that I should add another. So, here it is.

4) You are doing Awesome! - Believe it and own it! It's the truth!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

IndoctriNation DVD - Review

Have you heard of IndoctriNation? I'm betting that if you homeschool and have attended any conferences or groups that at one time it was probably mentioned.

This was a film that I had been wanting to see really bad and it just so happens I was able to have the opportunity to review the DVD recently with my family. I received IndoctriNation from Great Commission Films.  I had heard so many positive things about the film from family and friends. I was very excited to finally be able to watch it.

What is IndoctriNation?

IndoctriNation is a 102 minute film that was released in 2011. I believe this film needs to be seen by anyone who has children in government run schools and colleges.  Even if you don’t have children yet I encourage you to also watch this movie.

There is an opening graphic for the film that strongly recommended not allowing children to watch the program. While I'm certainly glad it was included, I did feel like I wanted to be able to have my children watch certain parts. So I watched it once without them and a second time allowing them to come in during certain segments. The reason it is not recommended for children is due to the topics that are discussed, such as violence, sexuality, drugs and alcohol.

Christian documentary filmmaker and award winner Colin Gunn is one of the producers and he also stars in the movie. He was born and raised in Scotland and attended public schools. When he and his wife began having children they vowed to homeschool. Mr. Gunn and his family now reside in Texas where they homeschool eight children. For the film, IndoctriNation, Colin purchased a big yellow school bus and he and his family traveled across the United States for three weeks, visiting many sites that pertain to education in America and interviewing different people on the government run school system. The questions Mr. Gunn asks are:
  • Who established the American school system?
  • Are my kids physically and morally safe in the schools?
  • Are the public schools religiously neutral?
  • Should Christians try to be “salt and light” in public schools?
  • Can the public school system be fixed or redeemed?
Mr. Gunn interviews teachers, parents, scholars, and pastors. Among those Gunn interviewed was the parent of a Columbine High School shooting victim, who has experienced how things can go terribly wrong in even the best of public schools. I don't want to give away many details of the film but I will say the interviews you will see are angering, humbling, heartbreaking and encouraging. Ultimately, what he sees from studying public education in the United States is a system that neglects God in its teaching and hinders students in their relationships with Christ.

Gunn also gives a great history lesson. He goes back to the 1800’s to show how change even began back that far. What you will hear and see will shock you, break your heart, make you angry but most importantly hopefully open your eyes. It sure did mine. I mean, I felt like I already knew a great deal of the information shared, but truly I was shocked to actually learn so much more than I already knew. For instance, I learned that students from Christian families who attend public schools spend only a fraction of their time learning from a Christian perspective. As a result, many students turn away from the faith by the time they become adults. According to the film, 88 percent of Christian children deny their faith by graduation day. 88 percent! That was a shocking number to me. Although I have to admit even if it was lower it would still be sad, but seriously....88 percent! Learning this broke my heart. Like I said before, I learned a great deal of new information that honestly made me appreciate and feel blessed by the fact that I do have the opportunity to homeschool my children. 

Mr. Gunn has stated that the goal of the film is not to cast judgment on Christian families who send their children to public schools, but simply to inform them about some of the problems with doing so.

Final Thought

I am very glad that I was able to view IndoctriNation with my family. It was a very well done and thought provoking film that I highly recommend to everyone with or without children. It really helped drive home the notion that just because everything seems fine doesn't make it so and also not to believe in the lie that it isn't happening where I live. Also, like I stated above there are certain parts that I'm glad my children didn't view, but there are others that I'm thankful they did get to see and learn about.  The conversation my daughters and I had after viewing the film was very honest and open and in that moment I believe my children where thankful that I had long ago made a choice to keep them home where I felt lead to have them.

“Is there an idea more radical in the history of the human race than turning your children over to total strangers whom you know nothing about, and having those strangers work on your child’s mind, out of your sight, for a period of twelve years? Could there be a more radical idea than that? Back in Colonial days in America, if you proposed that kind of idea, they’d burn you at the stake, you mad person! It’s a mad idea!” — John Taylor Gatto in IndoctriNation

How much does IndoctriNation cost?

You can currently purchase one copy of IndoctriNation for only $19.95. There are discounts for purchasing additional quantities. 

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

10 Of Our Favorite STEM Resources and FREE STEM Notebook Printables

1) Exploratorium - Exploratorium is jam-packed with interactive activities, videos, apps, links and more.

2) How Stuff Works - This site has a ton of articles that explain the wonders of science. We love it! 

STEM-Works - In addition to articles and job information, STEM-Works includes a lot of interesting and educational activities.

Funology - This site offers ideas that will inspire and entertain.

NASA Kids’ Club - Children can use their science and math skills to explore Mars, construct a fleet of rockets or imagine they are going to the moon.

Kids Ahead - Kids Ahead is packed with all kinds of resources, including scavenger hunts, videos, articles, links to local activities and fun events and info on cool jobs.

MathMovesU - Practice your math skills with online games, virtual thrill rides and national competitions!

Science Bob - This website has videos, links and plenty of ideas for build-your-own experiments and science fair projects.

TechRocket - A great learning tool for kids interested in programming, graphic design, and more!

DiscoverE - Thinking about engineering? DiscoverE has a selection of resources on careers and preparing for college. They also have a bunch of cool videos, trips, websites and hands-on activities.

Would you like a printable of the above list? If so, you can download and print that list by clicking the graphic below. 

Are you looking for a fun STEM activity? 

Invention boxes are great tools to get your children building, exploring, creating, and learning. 

Are you interested in putting together a STEM notebook for you children? I have created some fun and educational printables to get you started. 

Click Here to Download and Print Your Own STEM Notebook

Things you can add to your notebook

1) Lined paper
2) Graph Paper
3) Blank Sheets for drawing
4) Math Reference Sheets
5) Printable rulers
6) Recording Sheets

Check out our STEM - Pinterest Board for more wonderful STEM ideas and activities. 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

New Purex PowerShot Detergent & Giveaway

Are you a fan of doing laundry? I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan, but I am a huge fan of clean clothes. Well, I just received a box that’s about to revolutionize how we do laundry.

I received the NEW Purex® PowerShot™

(Forgive me for not taking pictures before I used it. I was just so excited to use it, that I forgot to take pictures before.)

I'm definitely a fan of using this! A huge fan!

The NEW Purex® PowerShot™ is a super-concentrated liquid detergent with auto-dosing technology that provides a no-mess, no-guesswork solution to laundry care. It’s easy to use, too!
Just Flip, Dose and Done!

Purex PowerShot adds just the right amount every time.

The built-in auto-dosing technology in the bottle does the measuring for you, so there’s no waste and results in a perfect clean every time!

Use 1 flip for regular loads
Use 2 flips for large or extra dirty loads

Enter to Win a Coupon for a FREE bottle
I'll be giving 2 winners each 1 coupon for a free bottle of detergent. Good luck!

Giveaway Ends: 2/3/2015

The sweepstakes ends March 31, 2015, so enter now!

*I received Purex PowerShot in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Make A Time Capsule

Hi friends, we are excited to share our time capsule ideas and printables with you. My daughters are very excited about creating a time capsule and I bet your family would enjoy it as well. 

Below you will find a label, checklist, and six fun time capsule pages to fill out. 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

1) Find a Jar or box to house your contents. We chose to use a pickle jar. 
2) Fill it with fun things - You can find our idea checklist below
3) Hide or bury your capsule
4) Try to forget about it
5) Rediscover it in the future

Click here to Download and Print our FREE Time Capsule Jar Label

In the file I have included a large label and a smaller label. We printed our label out on sticker paper so that it would stick to the jar better. 

Not sure what to put in your time capsule? 
Check out our printable checklist below

Click here to Download and Print our FREE Time Capsule Checklist

Below you will find some printables I have created to add to our time capsule. They include an All About me, current event, family memories, a letter to future self, family recipe, and current prices page. You can download these pages below. 

Click here to download our FREE Time Capsule Printables 

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We hope you have fun creating your time capsule. 
Have you ever made one before? We would love to read your comments below. 

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