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British Medieval Studies Using Lightning Literature and Composition from Hewitt Homeschooling

When you reach the end of high school, the study of British literature is one of the more popular options for an English credit.  With my eldest son beginning his senior year we were planning for this course and having the chance to review the Lightning Literature and Composition: British Medieval Student’s Guide ($29.95) and [Read On]


Visiting Alaska’s Interior at the Tolsona Wilderness Campground

This summer has been one with lots of cancelled plans when it comes to a family trip.  However, we did have a quick, overnight get away for the 4th of July weekend.  While we could have just found a gravel pit and dry camped for free, we elected to spend at night at the Tolsona [Read On]


Delving Deeper in Literature Studies with The Eternal Argument

We are a family of readers who can devour books with a near insatiable appetite, yet fully teaching literature can be a challenge.  Now that I’ve had the chance to review The Eternal Argument from Analytical Grammar, I am feeling that new life may have been breathed into my planning for discussion with the boys [Read On]


Captain No Beard: Stories for Youngsters Who Love Pirates ~ Poppins Book Nook

There is something about pirates that just appeals to the masses. Young girls might be less enthralled than young boys, but it does seem to be something kids have loved for ages.  Deciding which books to showcase for this month’s Poppins Book Nook was a challenge as there are so many for different ages.   [Read On]


Easy to Make Snacks for School Days

This shop on easy to make snacks for school days has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AfterSchoolSnacks #CollectiveBias   Back to School season is in full swing with stores advertising specials so parents can stock up on needed supplies as well as clothing for them to [Read On]


Sautéed Zucchini and Squash

One of the easy to make side dishes I absolutely adore during the summer months is sautéed zucchini and squash.  It is so easy and quite yummy.     Now, I will share that the boys are not as fond of this side dish like I am.   So, for our recent dinner they had mixed [Read On]


Visiting the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium

One of the places we visited during our New Orleans trip is the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (here after shortened to Insectarium.)  This is the only ‘arm’ of the Audubon Institute that we had not previously visited. Having all boys, I thought  all the icky bugs on exhibit would be a great ‘hit’.  It [Read On]


Reflections on Boating in the Summertime

I was selected as an Ambassador for Discover Boating! Tips This post of reflections on Boating in the summertime is part of a series for which compensation in the form of a promotional item will occur.   Earlier in June, I shared a bit about enjoying summertime through boating.  At the time, we still had [Read On]


Top 5 Energy Boosters To Add Into Your Life

Day by Day in Our World is happy to welcome Lisa Consiglio Ryan, author of Renewal “Anytime”10 Day Detox, as a guest poster today.  Don’t miss my short review of the book. But, for now, read on for her top 5 energy boosters to add into your life.   “I don’t have enough energy to [Read On]


Renewal “Anytime” 10 Day Detox

  I suppose there could be some of my readers who have managed to escape the onslaught of detox diets.  Some rather extreme detox diets have been around for a while with some form of fasting involved.  But, lately there has been a growing movement to find ways to detox without giving up food.  If [Read On]


Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms

After 8 years of homeschooling, you’d think I had it all down pat.  Yet, I found myself hitting rock bottom in attitude and hence jumping for joy to have the chance to review Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms available from Apologia Educational Ministries.  As much as some people think I have it all together, I [Read On]


Celebrating the Little Things with a Backyard Bash

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions around the theme of celebrating the little things with a backyard bash are mine alone. #CollectiveBias   For more ideas on how to create your own #BackyardBash, check out the tumblr page at   Last week saw my youngest as [Read On]

An-Easy-and-Affordable-Way-to-Learn-Piano-at-Home #hsreview

An Easy and Affordable Way to Learn Piano at Home ~ Review of HomeSchoolPiano

There are days when I feel like a homeschooling failure as my boys are not taking formal music lessons. I just can’t fathom paying up to $20 to $25 per lesson with 4 boys, yet I struggle with teaching them piano and voice myself as mom doesn’t get the same attention and respect as a [Read On]


Veggie Lover Egg Scramble

Tomatoes are a favorite vegetable of mine to eat.  Or is a favorite fruit to eat?  To-MAY-Toe or To-ma-Toe; fruit or vegetable, it makes no difference to me!  Maybe it’s my Italian heritage that longs for a juicy tomato paired with fresh mozzarella.  Or, it could be the experience of growing up in the deep [Read On]


Navigating the Denali Highway

Last year, we spent a few days RVing up along the Denai Highway.  This was our first experience of being completely OFF the grid.  No place to plug into electric or get more water.  No cell phone coverage or wi fi service.  Just you and your mode of transportation with whatever essentials you have brought [Read On]

Middle and High School Link Up July 2014

With the 4th of July holiday weekend at the beginning of the month, I totally missed the ball on getting the July link up posted.  So, here it is!  If I can get my son to finish his persuasive essay on human cloning, then I hope to share it here.     Welcome to the [Read On]


Catholic Bible Dictionary by Scott Hahn

For over a year, I have had the Catholic Bible Dictionary by Scott Hahn sitting in my Amazon wish-list.  I was wanting to expand our collection of reference materials specific to Catholicism and this one caught my eye.  Patience paid off as I was recently given the opportunity to review it. The Catholic Bible Dictionary [Read On]


Visiting the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum

When we visit a new location, I love to learn a bit more about its history.  This includes things like how the town was founded, what life was like at the time, and how the community has evolved. We had just that opportunity when we visited the Talkeetna Historical Society Museum.     This is [Read On]


Moving Beyond the Page Units for Middle School Curriculum

Last summer we had the opportunity to review Our Changing Earth and Greek Myths  by Moving Beyond the Page.  This summer, my rising 9th grader has been working through the Science Package – A Dynamic Planet and Language Arts Package –The House of the Scorpion we were sent to review in an effort to get a [Read On]


Summer Reading for High School Students ~ Merging Books with Movies

The lazy days of summer may have arrived, but that does not mean learning has to stop completely. I am so grateful that my boys enjoy reading for pleasure. As much as the teens love to watch a movie or play video games, they will also grab a book and keep reading to devour the [Read On]