Homeschool Record Keeping a Schoolhouse Crew Review


Just in time for the new school year we recently got to review  Butterflies by  My Student Logbook a homeschooling company owned by a homeschooling family. You know you can spend a lot of time looking for the perfect way to keep homeschool records and that's what Corina Abbott was doing when she created My Student Logbook Necessity is the Mother of Invention Great inventions always come when you create something that meets a need you have and then you find out that other people were looking for just that very thing. That's what Corina Abbott did. Created from a need she had as a … [Read more...]

I Underestimated These Labels…


Okay first of don't do what I did. And that is underestimate these labels. I'm reviewing a pack of Label Daddy labels that I received  with our last name and home address. I though. Simple. I'll use them for putting on bills and such (because we're old school and still mail checks) for our return address. Seriously I thought that is all they would be good for. NOT! These are nice, shiny, durable labels that I have to hide from my husband lest he put them on a bill. What a waste that would be! My labels came in a nice waterproof zipper pack and each label has my favorite color … [Read more...]

All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes: a Book Review


About the Book: Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single. But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New … [Read more...]

Getting Organized 7 Minutes at a Time Planner Review


To see if it could help me get more organized I've been reviewing The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner by The 7 Minute Life for the School Review Crew hese past several weeks. This planner came at an ideal time as we were in the process of moving to a new home and all the organizing that goes into that was almost more than I could keep up with. That along with getting ready for homeschool AND keeping up with everything else I have going on meant things were going to fall through the cracks if I didn't pull it together. Have you ever had that feeling? I actually received The 7 Minute … [Read more...]

4 Different Ways to Repurpose Your Soap Scraps

Screen Shot 2013-07-19 at 11.54.17 PM

We all have them. Left over odds and ends, bits and pieces, of old soap. Some choose to toss them and some hold on to them until they figure out how to use them all up. If you're of the party that saves them up but you don't know what to do with them here are 5 different ways to reuse your old soap scraps. Repurpose your soap into new soap tablets: I did this recently as part of a homeschool review. You can read about my steps and results here. Saddle Soap: If you have ivory soap piece laying around you can make some homemade saddle soap. Saddle soap is used to condition and clean … [Read more...]

Monday – Menu Plan for September 15, 2014


Happy Monday!  A new week and a new chance to eat healthy and fill my family's tummies. We ate a lot of pasta last week! It's easy, delicious,  and I ended up with more leftovers than I bargained for so we kept eating it. I never did get to make my minestrone soup. I still want to make it though but I'm not sure if it's on this week's menu. Go figure I prefer whole wheat pasta over the white flour pasta. I like the Barrilla brand (I think that's the name, blue box, Safeway) and purchase that. I NEED, NEED, NEED to make some pasta. My expensive pasta machine is gathering dust in the … [Read more...]

Weeks End Homemaking Journal September 13, 2014


(I've always wanted to write this series.) There's a small change in the air. Fall is on the way. Is that what is really happening or do we just tend to turn out thoughts to Autumn happenings once school begins? We we're blessed to have Daddy home with us this week. That's what we call him around the estate (I don't have an estate but at times I like to imagine I do. I've named our home Ravinhill so keep that in mind.) Thinking months in advance Daddy set aside this week to spend some yummy days at home. He works hard for our needs and we don't thank him nearly enough. Moving tends to … [Read more...]