Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving. I pray that you have a wonderful time with your family and friends this Thanksgiving day. 

We are going to my in-laws to spend the day. Which is what we do every year. 

We are expecting an icy week starting tonight. We plan on just enjoying time at home. I like just staying home as life seems to keep us on the run all the time.

Blessings to you all,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giant Print Holy Bible, NIrV Book Review


We have a dear elderly friend who loves reading the Bible. Lately, reading as been more difficult for her. She didn’t need anything fancy but, just the word.

The NlrV Giant Print Holy Bible (Easy to Read) is just that. It has a hardback book with 2,358 pages. The Bible isn’t overly bulky as some giant print versions I have seen.

The font is 14-point type. Nothing fancy with the font type either and the coloring of the font is dark for those who need a larger print. It’s laid out in a single-column layout.

There is also a Bible Dictionary in the back. After the Bible Dictionary there are 150 Famous Bible Stories scriptures to make them easy to locate in the Bible. Cross scripture references or at the end of the scripture verse and not off to the side.

I was a bit confused on what NlrV version was. Which I found out that it is basically an NIV that is great for children, ESL readers, and the elderly. It uses shorter sentences and words that are simplified. There are no graphics or maps in this Bible.

I would like to see a margin on the pages for note taking. The words of Jesus aren’t in red which, I like.

I don’t get in the debate of the version as I think God’s Word is bigger than any version. So unless, you read Hebrew or Greek then it’s one of many versions of the Living Word that can penetrate a person’s heart and soul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: BookLook Bloggers-Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me this Book free as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have or my own.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards

 1 Meet the Schoolhouse Review Crew Favourites
It’s hard to believe that another TOS Crew year has come to an end. I wrote my last review for the year last week. My family has done 36 reviews of some amazing products. Some of them were tried and true favorites in the homeschool community. Others are vendors that I have never even heard of prior to the review. I’m looking forward to another year in 2016 with the Schoolhouse Review Crew!

Drum roll~ for the 2015 Blue Ribbon Award Winners! I’ll tell you my favorite after the ones who won with a link to my review.

Crews Picks:
Favorite Reading Curriculum: Reading Kingdom
Favorite Writing Curriculum: Institute for Excellence in Writing
Favorite Vocabulary Program: Dynamic Literacy
Favorite Spelling Program: Institute for Excellence in Writing: Phonetic Zoo
Favorite Grammar Program: Institute for Excellence in Writing: Fix-It! Grammar
Favorite Penmanship Program: CursiveLogic
Favorite Literature Curriculum: Progeny Press

My Favorites:
Reading curriculum~ Star Toaster
Vocabulary~ Dynamic Literacy
Penmanship~ Memoria Press

Crews Picks:
Favorite History Curriculum: Home School in the Woods
Favorite History Supplement: Heirloom Audio Productions: In Freedom’s Cause
Favorite Science Curriculum: Visual Learning Systems
Favorite Science Supplement: Ann McCallum Books: Eat Your Science Homework
Favorite Math Curriculum: CTC Math
Favorite Math Supplement: SimplyFun

My Favorites:
History~ YWAM
History Supplement~ Heirloom Audio Productions
Science Supplement~
Math~ CTC Math
Math Supplement~ Super Teacher Worksheets

Crews Picks:
Favorite Christian Education Curriculum: Grapevine Studies
Favorite Christian Education Supplement: Brinkman Adventures
Favorite Foreign Language Curriculum: Middlebury Interactive Language
Favorite Fine Arts Product: Maestro Classics
Favorite Elective Curriculum: Apologia Educational Ministries: Field Trip Journal
Favorite Audio Drama: Brinkman Adventures
Favorite Video:

My Favorites:
Christian Education Curriculum~ YWAM
Favorite Christian Education Supplement~ Heirloom Audio Productions
Foreign Language~ Memoria Press
Fine Arts Product~ ARTistic Pursuits
Elective Curriculum~ Smartkidz Media

Crews Picks:
Favorite Preschool Product: La La Logic
Favorite Elementary Product: Star Toaster
Favorite Middle School Product: The Critical Thinking Co
Favorite High School Product: Writing with Sharon Watson
Favorite College or College-Prep Product: Freedom Project Education
Favorite Parent Product: Koru Naturals
Favorite Planning Product: Apologia Educational Ministries: The Ultimate Homeschool Planner

My Favorites:
Preschool~ Doesn’t apply to me
High School~ Doesn’t apply to me
College or College-Prep Product ~Doesn’t apply to me

Crews Picks:
Best Resource I Didn’t Know I Needed: Homeschool Planet
Best Online Resource: Super Teacher Worksheets
Best e-Product: Home School in the Woods
Just for Fun: USAopoly
Kids’ Choice: La La Logic
Teens’ Choice: YWAM Publishing
All Around Crew Favorite: Institute for Excellence in Writing

My Favorites:
Best Resource I Didn’t Know I Needed~ Institute for Excellence in Writing
Best Online Resource~ Smartkidz
Best e-Product~ Brookdale House
Just for Fun~ USAopoloy
Kids’ Choice~ USAopoloy
Teens’ Choice~ Heirloom Audio Productions
All Around Crew Favorite~ Institute for Excellence in Writing

Not all my favorites won! Which is perfectly fine as it was hard voting. Some items were just what I needed at that time and really blessed my homeschool. I didn’t have any issues or dislikes this year that caused tears from the kids or from me! 


It can be tough continuing using products that you review along with your regular curriculum. I found that this year a lot of items where a better fit for my family and have continued using them.


Congratulations to all the Blue Ribbon Award Winners~ You guys really make a difference in the lives of so many homeschoolers.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer and the Amazingly Beautiful PM Revitalizer Review

A few months ago I was asked if I was interested in reviewing a product from Trusted Health Products. I received a .5 oz bottle of Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer and the Amazingly Beautiful PM Revitalizer. I have been using these products for a few months.

Trusted Health Products was founded in 2001 by Ray Spotts who created a chemical free toothpaste. That was the beginning of Trusted Health Products. Since then they have added many personal care, skin care, and nutrition products that are 100% pure nature made ingredients the way God intended them to be. That's 14 years in business and an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau.

Talk about first impressions! When I opened up my box I was impressed as my product came beautifully wrapped in tissue paper, nicely wrapped with a bow tied around the packaging. Also, inside was an inspirational card that starts out, “You are amazingly beautiful”. Each bottle is customized with your name. My first impression was that I was delighted that a company took a few extra minutes to make the customer feel special.

Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer & Amazingly Beautiful PM Revitalizer both come in a .05 oz dark amber glass vial which helps keep the purity of the product from being effected by UV light. They also both have a drop by drop applicator which is nice as it helps control the amount of liquid being dispensed. Both products have a screw on lid to prevent leakage. 

They are made with no preservatives, parabens, GMOs, or synthetic, alcohol, dyes, fragrances, or artificial ingredients.  They are not cooked and are processed by the cold-press method. Which is what you want in a product as the integrity of the product is in tack and in the original form.

I know what all the ingredients are and I can even pronounce them. I don’t have to look them up in a dictionary!  They are made of botanical oils which are acting as food for my skin. Almost like going on a diet with food! Just like a diet and continuing my daily moisture regiment my skin will keep healthy. 

Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer~100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange peel, lemon peel, evening primrose, and apricot.

Amazingly Beautiful PM Revitalizer~100% Pure Botanical oils of almond, orange peel, lemon peel, evening primrose, and apricot.

I have to admit that I have never used pure oils on my skin. Most products I have used had the essential oils with other butters. You may experience a few blemished after a few days but, will clear up quickly as your skin gets use to the product. Another thing I noticed was that I used more of the product at first but, once my skin got use to it my face and neck required a lot less.

You simply apply a few drops to your face, and neck area and gently apply in a circular motion. You don’t rub it in. The first few days I did this it felt thicker on my skin. Which I suspect that I had clogged pores. After a few days I noticed that my skin absorbed it nicely. It didn’t feel greasy on my skin. The orange smell with the Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer in the morning was vibrant. The Amazingly Beautiful PM Revitalizer scent had more of a calming scent that felt relaxing. Both scents were truly amazing. You can also use this to remove makeup.

I had a few break outs off and on that lasted for a few days. I’m not sure if it’s from moving twice and all the sweating and dust of the activity. Plus, adding more insult to my skin was going into the beehives fully suited during the hottest time of the year and moving three beehives. My face really broke out during these particular times. Which when I first started using this I was in my first move and getting the beehives to my in-laws property.

The two bottles last about two months, and they’re available for individual purchases or as an every-other-month auto-ship option at
One Disclaimer: I did have one conflict during this review period. I was expecting another face moisturized product that I was assigned to review from my homeschool review group that I belong to. I knew this was coming. I don’t want my readers to get confused if they read my other review of that particular product that is around the same time period. I stopped using the Amazingly Beautiful AM Moisturizer & Amazingly Beautiful PM Revitalizer after a month of use so I wouldn’t hinder the results of either product. Afterwards, I continued with Trusted Health Products and stopped using the other product. That is not saying anything negative about the other product as I wanted to give 100% to the use of the product I was gifted as a review.

My Final Thoughts

I absolutely love that it’s a 100% all natural. My skin looks and feels great. I am really pleased with the results. I look forward to exploring other products from Trusted Health Products. I would highly recommend them. Don’t just take my word for it. Stop by and see for yourself. I feel Amazingly Beautiful.

If you’re a bit curious how Amazingly Beautiful AM and PM will work for you they have an offer for my readers “For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one FREE bottle. They said they would love to have our readers try out Amazingly Beautiful A.M. Moisturizer (for women) or The Man A.M. Moisturizer (for men) and agreed to send one bottle FREE if our readers would pay a minimal shipping and handling charge. This is a one-time only offer!  They also agreed to include 2 eye-opening reports – The Poisons You Put On Your Face Everyday and Why Your Skin Care Products Have Never Worked: The Truth Revealed .”  That’s a total value of over $40.00. Click here to get your FREE Bottle and FREE reports now!”

Their products come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. All you do is return the unused portion, no questions asked, and they will refund 100% of the purchase price. 

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