Wednesday, August 16, 2017

End of Summer Goodies | Daily Goodie Box Review


The August Daily Goodie Box is in! Time for another un-boxing. Daily Goodie Box sends free product samples to members and all they ask is for your honest review. Signing up is 100% free.

These products were included in August's Daily Goodie Box:

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Balla for Men - Original Formula Body Spray: I liked the smell of this men's body spray product. The scent isn't overwhelming and my husband approved.

Hannah Max - Cookie Chips: The cinnamon cookie chips were very tasty but the bag I received was very crushed and crumbled. Overall taste was fine.

PBCrave - Flavored Peanut Butter: The chocolate chip cookie dough flavor was a GREAT snack without being overly sweet. The kids and I all loved it.

Clean Happens - All Purpose Cleaner : I could have used a full-size sample of this natural cleaner! I appreciate that it's safe for kids and pets.

Detox Water - Peachberry: The peach berry flavor is fine but this isn't a product I would use regularly.

Javazen - Organic Coffee Brew BagsI love my morning coffee but the Javazen brew bags are not a product I would use. I "brewed" the bag for a little extra time, hoping for a stronger coffee flavor, but it didn't work out. Not a fan!

Essential Oxygen - Organic Brushing Rinse: The taste and feel was much different than the typical mouthwashes I have used. Personally I didn't care for it but the organic ingredients are a plus.

Yarok - Feed Your Moisture Shampoo: I tried it this morning and Yarok had a pleasant scent. After one use it's hard to tell how it affects my hair, but it seemed like a nice product.

I received this Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reading Eggs & Little Medical School | Academics' Choice Review

Reading Eggs 6-Week Trial

We received a 6-week trial on the Reading Eggs website. I have heard quite a bit about this program before and was very excited to try it out, especially as our oldest is starting Preschool soon. We started with the "Reading Eggs" program for 3-7 year olds.


Over the past couple weeks, he has been working through different letters of the alphabet and short words such as "am" and "at". Along with the lessons, he is also able to play games, hear songs and explore with his custom avatar.


He really enjoys the letter and word lessons and is very excited about his Reading Eggs program. As the student completes lessons, the parent receives an email with updates and also has access to downloadable resources to be printed off.


A 1-Year Subscription to all parts of the Reading Eggs website is $59 (or $1.13 per week). Overall, the Reading Eggs program for 3-7 year olds has been a great learning tool and my almost Preschooler is very excited about learning his letters and learning to read.

While we do limit screen time in our home, I don't mind my son playing this learning game for 20 minutes every other day or so. It has been beneficial and I love seeing him learn!

My Little Medical School Kits


We received the My Little Veterinarian Kit that includes an assortment of items - from tweezers and markers to a stuffed puppy patient and white coat - to guide your child on a mini-veterinarian school journey.


The My Little Sports Medicine Kit helps little future doctors learn how to treat an ankle sprain, learn the bones of hand, make models of different joints and perform a simulated Tommy John surgery.


The kids both enjoy playing "Doctor" with the Little Medical School kits! They are great for imaginative play and also contain many activities for older children to learn from as well.


I received these educational products from Academics' Choice free of charge in exchange for my honest review.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Know Who You Are, Live Like It Matters | Book Review


Know Who You Are. Live Like It Matters. by Tim Tebow is an excellent 36-week devotional-style book absolutely full of encouragement and perspective for homeschooled students.

As a soon-to-be homeschooling parent, I found this book to be very encouraging and I look forward to working through it with my sons. The book covers a lesson each week about discovering your identity and value in Jesus Christ and encourages students to journal out their thoughts afterwards.

I appreciate that Tim encourages the audience from his own experience as a homeschooled student and that he points us to our true source of identity, Jesus. The fact that this book encourages readers to write out their own thoughts is a huge plus, too.

This is a great book and Tebow is a solid, godly mentor for my own children!

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Wisdom of God | Book Review


"The Wisdom of God", a collection of sermons compiled and edited by James L. Snyder, is a wonderful resource for truly understanding biblical wisdom. Tozer explains the difference between the wisdom taught by the Hebrew versus the "wisdom" of the world and explores the many facets of this topic throughout the book.

I really enjoyed Tozer/Snyder's book "Alive in the Spirit", which was another compilation of Tozer's work, and "The Wisdom of God" followed suit. I have learned so much and really enjoy reading Tozer/Snyder's work.

 I received this book from Bethany House Publishing for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July's Box Is Here! | Daily Goodie Box Review


Can you believe it's time for another Daily Goodie Box un-boxing?! These summer months are just flying by. I wish it would slow down just a little!

Daily Goodie Box sends free product samples to members and all they ask is for your honest review. Signing up is 100% free.

All of these goodies were included in July's Daily Goodie Box:

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Palo Popcorn - Premium Cheddar Cheese: This popcorn was SO delicious! My kids and I loved the taste and the natural ingredients are a plus.

Natural Vitality - Natural Calm Anti-Stress Drink: Because I am pregnant, I did not feel safe trying this product currently. Overall it does seem like a helpful, natural product but I'm not willing to chance it now.

Balla For Men - Tingle Formula Body Powder: I gave this product to my husband and really love the scent! It's pleasant but not overwhelmingly strong.

Davidson's Organics - Coconut Vanilla Dessert Tea: I'm mostly a coffee drinker but I LOVE this dessert tea. The texture is very smooth and taste is just the right amount of sweet plus it's completely safe for consumption during pregnancy.

FlapJacked - Milk Chocolate Protein Smoothie Mix: FlapJacked's protein smoothie mix is a great protein source made of quality ingredients including Greek Yogurt, flax and probiotics. Perfect for a post-workout snack!

Detox Water - Mangaloe (Mango): Love the mango flavor!

Watusee Foods - Organic Chickpeatos: I was skeptical but, after giving the chickpeatos a chance, I really enjoyed them! Great flavor and a nice healthy snack option.

Goddess Garden - Natural Mineral Sunscreen Lip Balm: This organic lip balm smells and feel great! It does make my lips a slightly lighter tint but the sunscreen protection is worth it.

Honey Stinger - Cran-Apple & Walnut Snack Bar: I am a big fan of Honey Stinger Waffles and Gels but I did not like this snack bar. It was too dry for my taste.

Curoxen - First Aid Ointment: Curoxen is made of natural, organic ingredients and that makes it a great first aidproduct for my family!

I received this Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Foundations of Drawing | Book Review


Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury is a beautiful guide through art history, various artistic tools, techniques and art styles. I studied visual arts while at the university and I wish I would have had this book back then!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and plan to use it as an teacher's art resource for our homeschool. This book is for a mature audience because of the many nude drawings but, then again, that's art!

Great book, well put-together and a perfect resource for mature artists.

 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Sweet Things of Summer | Daily Goodie Box Review


June has been a month full of all kinds of good things. Another shipment from Daily Goodie Box happens to be one of them!

Daily Goodie Box sends free product samples to members and all they ask is for your honest review. Signing up is 100% free.

Here's what I received in June's Daily Goodie Box:

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Goddess Garden - Mineral Removing Cleanser: I feel "meh" about this product. It's handy for washing off sunscreen before bed but that's about the only use I have for it. Not a must-have for me.

Pure Growth Organic - Snack Mix: This snack mix is basically "Gardettos" with Paw Patrol branding. I appreciate the organic, quality ingredients and my kids love Paw Patrol, of course. It's a healthy snack for kiddos on the go!

BetterThanCoffee - Energy Bars: I wouldn't say this energy bar was "better" than my morning coffee, but it was certainly really, really tasty! I tried the dark chocolate & cranberry bar and loved the flavor plus coffee boost. Now I need to try the coconut and mint bars!

VitaBath - Travel Size Body Wash: This body wash feels rich and smells delicious! The travel size is handy for camping trips too.

Crown Maple - Organic Maple Syrup:  Absolute deliciousness! This organic maple syrup is amazing.

BiPro - Protein Water Berry Burst:  The concept of "protein water" weirded me out a little but the taste was surprisingly very good. Nice flavor and I was thankful for a full-size sample!

Black Forest Organic - Gummy Bears: YUM. The kiddos and I love all the Black Forest Organic products and these Gummy Bears didn't disappoint. Between the three of us, they were gone in 5 minutes or less!

Prince of Peace - Original Ginger Honey Crystals: I really enjoyed the ginger candies from Prince of Peace in a previous Daily Goodie Box and these ginger honey crystals were also a treat. This instant tea is a sweet way to warm up on a chilly day.

Tiger Balm - Pain Relieving Ointment: This is a great ointment for my husband's sore muscles after a long day working on the farm.

I received this Daily Goodie Box in exchange for my honest review.