Breakfast Tray and Kitchen Caddy {Flash Sale}

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From now until March 29, Mary & Martha is having an awesome FLASH SALE on some great items — perfect for Mother’s Day!

These are exclusive to Mary & Martha and they come in three combinations. Choose one or choose all — you can get one for a friend (or your mom) and get one for yourself. Only while supplies last!

The Breakfast Tray $20 (Retail $74) SOLD OUT

The Kitchen Caddy $30 (Retail 38)

The Breakfast Bunch Bundle $45 for BOTH items (Retail $112) TRAY SOLD OUT

This sale is only good through March 29, 2015 or while supplies last.

Bless a mom this Mother's Day!  Breakfast Bunch Bundle from Mary & Martha. Good Through March 29 or while supplies last.

Kitchen Caddy - a best seller! A great addition for your kitchen, or homeschool supplies! {Only $30 through March 29th or while supplies last.}

Mary & Martha is having a fabulous FLASH sale. Only through March 29 or while supplies last (and these won't last long).


The Breakfast Tray $20 (Retail $74) SOLD OUT

The Kitchen Caddy $30 (Retail 38)

The Breakfast Bunch Bundle $45 for BOTH items (Retail $112) TRAY SOLD OUT

This sale is only good through March 29, 2015 or while supplies last.

The U.S. Desk Atlas by GeoMatters {Review and Giveaway!}

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Geography Resource


We are fans of Geography in my home. We have two large maps hanging on our wall; one for the United States and one World map. They are great for a quick “go to” when we need to locate something.

With the homecoming of our adopted daughters from Africa, it only seemed fitting to do a State notebook project to help them become more familiar with the State names, locations, capitals and other tidbits of information.

This is a sponsored post. I was compensated for my time and given a free copy of the Desk Atlas of the United States from GeoMatters. All opinions are my own.

U.S. Desk Atlas

We have really enjoyed utilizing the Desk Atlas of the United States from GeoMatters. It is bright, colorful, informative and great for students ages seven and up.

As my children work through the The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography, created for use with this atlas, they learn how to label maps, to find things on a map, and what the different symbols and lines mean on a map. It has been so fun watching my children work through this project.

Christina Desk Atlas

Once I started my older three children on the project, two of my other children were interested enough to ask to join in. The Trail Guide to U.S. Geography comes in three different levels so I was able to accommodate them all!

Simple and Fun

I think the best part for me, as a homeschooling mom of seven, is that my children thoroughly enjoy and look forward to this project each week, and it is self-explanatory and independent. So I only need to give them their sheets, and they are off doing their own research. It’s a win-win for us both.

Children Doing Map Work

Aside from being used for our State Notebooking project, it’s an excellent go-to resource to find information. My twelve year old daughter likes to create her own stories and often does research to create her settings and that was the first thing she used the Desk Atlas for. She loves the detail it offers on each of the States; something she has been unable to find in any other atlas or resource we own.

Gabriella Atlas Work

On a personal note, I would like to point out that I love the detail the pages of this atlas offers. The water colored postcards of an important part of each state is really unique and adds a special touch. The State quarters in the corner of each page is fun, too. I remember when I was a senior in high school, was when they started coming out with these State quarters.

Margaret Atlas Work

While each two-page spread is set up with the same format, every single one is quite unique.

Two Page Spread Desk Atlas

Make learning about the United States simple, fun, and personal for your kids with the Desk Atlas of the Unite States.


All my readers get 25% off the Desk Atlas of the United States with code: 25OFF

If you buy the Desk Atlas Bundle, you get 50% off AND FREE shipping. (No coupon code necessary) Folks, this is a great deal for these resources. They will make a GREAT addition to your homeschool.

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Spring Clean Your Heart and Home

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Spring Clean Bundle All books with notes

Most of us do a little spring cleaning in our homes, but have you considered that sometimes our hearts could also use a little freshening up? Just like a breath of fresh air, this bundle will help infuse life directly into your heart and home.

Valued at $138, we’re offering this Spring Clean eBundle to you for only $14.74! That’s an 89% discount!

And at just $0.73 per book, it’s a deal you won’t want to miss. From video courses to organization guides to fun printables, this bundle is sure to have you feeling motivated and inspired as you spring clean.

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Chaos to Clutter-Free by Davonne Parks ($4.99 value)

As someone whose own home has gone from chaotic to clutter-free, the author understands how difficult, discouraging, and energy-zapping clutter can be. But she also knows this: no matter how disorganized your home currently feels, there is hope. Chaos to Clutter-Free reveals the hope so you can make positive, lasting changes in your own home, starting today.

Freed from Clutter by Becky Mansfield ($9.99 value)

Freed from Clutter is a wonderful resource for you! It will take you from decluttering your home to organizing it. Clutter can cause emotional stress, so becoming free from clutter will bring an overall peace to your home.

The Ultimate Guide to Simplify Your Closet (video course) by Christine Satterfield ($39.99 value)

Can’t find anything to wear even though you have wall-to-wall clothes in your closet? Then you need a closet overhaul! Simplify Your Closet is a 9-session video course designed to help you PLAN your ideal wardrobe, STREAMLINE your current closet, and CREATE outfits that fit you and your lifestyle.

Cooking with Mom by Rebecca Revely ($2.99 value)

If you’re looking for a collection of tried-and-true recipes your family will actually eat, then look no further! Cooking with Mom includes one tasty, almost country, mostly-from-scratch recipe after another, all with easy-to-follow directions. Over 100 recipes included!

The Cherished Home: Protecting what’s Important by Mary Clendenin ($9.97 value)

The Cherished Home will help you make the most of your days. As life seems to get busier, we have to make plans to keep our lives simple and make the most of every day. Our families are our precious treasures and such a gift. Learn to take time to slow down and cherish this season of life.

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Tell Your Time: How to Manage Your Schedule So You Can Live Free by Amy Lynn Andrews ($2.99 value)

Tell Your Time outlines a straightforward, step-by-step approach to controlling your schedule and making sure the important things don’t fall through the cracks. It’s short and to the point because time management books shouldn’t be time consuming.

Creating a Schedule That Works by Marlene Griffith ($2.99 value)

Creating a Schedule That Works offers you the tools to help you create and implement a schedule that works for you and your life. The simple, straightforward approach shows you how to break your day into bite-size pieces by scheduling four blocks of time in your day to help you meet the demands of your day-to- day life.

28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person by Davonne Parks ($4.99 value)

What if you could improve years of late habits in just 28 days? With help from this book, it is possible! Full of useful tips and funny confessions, 28 Days to Timeliness is packed with practical information that will help you learn how to manage your time so you can be on time.

Weekly Planner with Meal Planning by Marlene Griffith ($13.00 value)

Stay on task and organized with this bright and beautiful open planner. The planner runs from January 2015 through December 2015. You’ll never lose track of birthdays, events, appointments, or anniversaries!

Advanced Penny Pinching by Tabitha Philen ($2.99 value)

Advanced Penny Pinching features over 70 pages of tips and tricks for maximizing your grocery budget and contains all of the information Tabitha personally utilized to shrink her family’s grocery expenses from over $600 a month to an average of $250 a month. Also, receive the Produce Best Price Guide and a printable Stockpile Worksheet Template.

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Homeschool 101 by Misty Bailey ($0.99 value)

Homeschool 101 takes a look at different reasons families homeschool, and how you can know if the Lord has laid homeschooling upon your heart. The different methods of homeschooling are addressed, as well as materials you will need to get started.

Plan to Be Flexible: Designing A Homeschool Rhythm and Curriculum Plan That Works for Your Family

by Alicia Kazsuk ($3.99 value)

Homeschooling can be a daunting task—especially when you consider the realities of making it happen! Discover a powerful, freeing approach to organizing your homeschool day based not on schedules but by following your family’s learning rhythm.

A Gentle Answer

by Christin Slade ($2.99 value)

Do you struggle with keeping a gentle answer when responding to your children? This 21-day devotional offers you practical help.

Teaching Them Diligently by Mandy Kelly ($2.99 value)

We are commanded to teach our children diligently. It takes hard work but our reward is an eternal one. Join Mandy as she dives into how we can train our children diligently in several primary areas of their lives.

Colorful Student Planner by Stephanie Eidson ($5.00 value)

This student planner contains the following pages: a personalized cover page, weekly planning pages, monthly calendars, and week-at-a-glance pages. These awesome planners will help your child develop a sense of responsibility and independence as he/she keeps track of his/her days and weeks.

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Spring Clean Bundle All books

The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht ($2.99 value)

The Good Wife’s Guide encourages women to make faith and family their first priorities from a place of sacrificial love. It reminds women that they were created with a specific purpose in mind, which is that of being a helpmeet. In supporting our husbands and living in unity we reflect God’s blueprint for marriage.

Spring into God’s Word: A 31-Day Devotional by Mandy Kelly ($2.99 value)

Spring is here, and we are all thinking about cleaning up our homes. But what about our lives? Let’s take a deeper look into the Bible as we seek to clean out our hearts and lives for this new season.

The 30-Day Marriage Challenge by Becky Moseley ($6.99 value)

It takes work to make a marriage thrive. In this book, you will find a unique challenge each day that you can apply to your marriage. These challenges will radically transform your marriage into something better than you ever dreamed.

Putting on the Spirit: Ten-Minute Devotions for Busy Moms by Katie Hornor ($7.99 value)

This one-month daily devotional on the fruit of the Spirit will challenge you to examine yourself in light of the Scriptures and give you something to apply to your life each day. Foreword by Heidi St. John. Comes with a free downloadable workbook.

More Than Words by Stephanie Eidson ($2.99 value)

A 20-day devotional designed to fit into a busy schedule. This devotional is perfect for teens and adults alike.

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Spring Clean Bundle All books

This Spring Clean Your Home & Heart eBundle will be available from March 2–7 for only $14.74.

That’s a savings of $124, so hop on over and buy it now!

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Bundle Sharing

Yes, you may share resources you won’t use from this bundle with a friend! To do so, download and save the file, then email it to your friend and delete the file from your computer. Better yet, purchase two bundles so you can keep one for yourself and give the other away to various friends throughout the year!

We trust our readers to be respectful of the bundle authors, so please remember to only use this privilege as you would a print book—once you give it away, you no longer have the book to read or to give away to someone else.

Other Fine Print:

  • Download and back up your eBundle right away! We can only renew download links until March 15,2015.
  • If you can’t find your bundle after your purchase, check the spam folder in your email account.
  • Due to the downloadable nature of this eBundle, refunds are not available.
  • If you have any questions about any of the resources included in this eBundle, please contact that author directly.
  • If you have further questions about the eBundle, contact Davonne Parks, Organizer or Finding Joy in the Journey for assistance!

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Animal Learning Homeschool Activities

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Kids Animal Activities

This is a sponsored post. I was given a free packet to explore and compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

Animal Learning

My seven-year old is quite fond of animals. Several of my children have taken more than an interest in animals, but he may just take the cake.

He takes great care of many stuffed animals; giraffe’s mainly, but also a french bulldog and a bull terrier. He jumps at the chance to learn new things about animals.

He was so excited to receive his Junior Explorers packet in the mail and get started right away! So we laid everything out to get a good look at what was included.

Animal Learning

Kids Animal Activities

He received:

  • An Activity Book
  • Animal Stickers
  • Animal Tattoos
  • Animal Fact Cards
  • Animal Postcards
  • A bracelet
  • A pin/badge
  • A Sheet of Facts

Also included was a mission code to be entered into the iPad app. Inside the app, he learned about animals from the arctic. His mission was to find mother polar bear that went missing from her cubs. Along the way he would learn different facts about the arctic and view photos. He went through different facts and played some fun games in between.

Science Learning

Educational Kids Games

I love the hands on aspect of it as well as the digital side because it offers some variety in his learning. It helps him to transition from one thing to the other while still maintaining the topic. It’s not just one or the other, it’s both. It also has something called “Mission Giveback initiative, where he can give back at the end of each mission.

Each month, Junior Explorers sends out a new kit with a new mission to explore. It’s set up as a subscription so they automatically arrive each month. It’s specifically designed for elementary aged children and is a wonderful way to introduce or supplement studies with characters Kia and Kyle.

They learn about ecosystems; the Arctic, the Amazon, and the Serengeti as well as the animals that live there. As they work through and complete each mission, they earn points that can be converted to dollars for the Mission Giveback Initiative. They can choose a non-profit to donate, supporting a conservation. What a wonderfully tangible way to learn!

The goal of Junior Explorers is to help connect kids to the planet through these missions in order to teach them about wildlife and nature.

As you can see, he is one happy (and cheeky) boy! And you will be, too!



Junior Explorers is offering 50% off your first month using code HS50. Woot!

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Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum for Independent Learners

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Raising Independent Learners

The first several years I homeschooled, I believed it was my job to be alongside my child, teaching and sitting alongside my children the whole time they worked. While this may be true for young children, generally speaking, it can eventually cause more harm than good to constantly be over the shoulder of your children as they work.

What does it mean to learn independently? Does that mean there is no parental involvement, instruction, or direction? Absolutely not. As a mom who struggled with feeling at peace with allowing my child to learn without me (because I thought it was my JOB to hover), I’d like to pass on what I’ve learned and how I am continuing to teach my children independent learning.

My job as my children’s sole educator isn’t merely teacher but also facilitator, encourager, and challengerWhile I need to teach certain concepts and offer instructions, my ultimate goal is to encourage my children to seek out the answers to their questions rather than handing them the answers.

For example, when a child asks me how to spell a word, rather than give them the answer, I offer a dictionary. The first few times may warrant instructions on how to use the dictionary, but after that, they become masters at looking up words.

Children who take it upon themselves to research a time period that interests them, who write a story that’s burning inside of them, or utilize discipline to get through a difficult math lesson, even when it’s not their favorite thing to do, are on track for independent learning.

Here are 3 things you can do to help your children become independent learners:

Begin with simple lessons that have only 1 or 2 directions.

If you’re just beginning to ease your child into learning independently, start small. Don’t overwhelm them with half a dozen instructions and expect them to remember or understand everything yet. Start small. Offer a lesson with 1 or 2 simple instructions to follow, without you hovering over their shoulder as they work. 

You could give them a sheet or line of copy work and tell them to make sure they capitalize the letter at the beginning of the sentence and use a period at the end. That’s it.

Don’t hand out answers.

When your child asks you questions that can be found by looking up the answer, don’t freely hand them the answer. This does quite the opposite of teaching them to grow into learning on their own.

Always Follow Up.

Always follow up with your child’s work. Everyone needs accountability and it’s important we check in regularly to make sure they are on track and continue to move forward.

Our children still need to be challenged to go the extra mile and stretch themselves.

Here are 3 benefits to teaching your children to learn independently:

1.  Allows them to think for themselves.

Sometimes we as parents tend to do much of the work of thinking for our children. We don’t train them to do the work of thinking themselves so it can actually handicap them as they grow into adults. But, intentionally raising an independent learner and training them to ask questions of their own work and purposefully seeking out the answers trains them for life.

2. Helps them understand learning is constant. 

As your children take on more and more independence in their learning, they realize there are no boundaries to when learning can take place. It doesn’t have to happen Monday thru Friday between the hours of 9am and 2pm. It happens whenever there’s a spark to know and understand something new.

3. It gives them ownership. 

Once they’ve integrated into independent learning, they can go where their curiosity leads them and as parents, we can help by providing the resources they need to accomplish that.

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

{This post is sponsored. I received the product free in exchange for this paid review. All opinions are my own.}

This is why we enjoy programs such as Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.

My eldest daughter has been utilizing the Character and Skills for Home and Career  as she grows interested in the different aspects the course has to offer.

She’s learning:

  • How to Build a Shed
  • How to Manage Money to Buy a Home (and many things involved with that)
  • Basic home electrical
  • Plumbing

PAC CurriculumAs a mother homeschooling seven children, I love the independent nature of the Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum course. Aside from minor questions or clarifications on vocabulary words, my daughter has worked on her own, at her own pace throughout this course. In fact, she surprised me when she started telling me how two-way switches work and pointing out we had several in our own home!

We are pretty eclectic when it comes to curriculum and we like to change things up to keep learning fresh, focused, and fun. I think workbook based curriculums definitely have their place, especially in my home. Several of my children love this type of work.

Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum is designed to be better than the average textbook. It combines left brain (reading) and right brain (visual) stimuli in order to offer a well-rounded comprehension of the material.

My daughter loves how this course is set up in story form. As a writer, this definitely held her attention and helped her understand the concepts more clearly. We both love that it teaches from real-life scenarios.

The course includes some quizzes with multiple choice questions and while she has worked through these, I have also asked her to explain what she’s learned in her own words. This helps me see how well she understands the material.

The Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum courses come in digital and print form and currently they are in the process of incorporating QR Codes into their courses to allow students access to extra content through their smartphones. How fun is that?!

Highlights of What Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum Includes

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  • Texts
  • Activities
  • Teacher’s Resource Kit
  • QR Codes for further content via smartphones (coming soon!)


Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum offers 40% off for homeschool groups (with a $1000 minimum purchase) and for single parents.

They also offer 20% off for ministry and military families, farmers and ranchers, as well as first responders and foster parents.

If you qualify for either of these discounts, be sure to call Paradigm at 325-649-0976 for the coupon code to use during the checkout process.

I think this is a really good program and definitely recommend it for families who work well with workbooks, and independent learning.

Don’t forget to follow Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or YouTube.

FREE Weekly Household Planner

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Keep Your House Clean

With seven children, I absolutely must have some kind of cleaning schedule/planner to help me stay on track. It’s not always the obvious things I miss — it’s the deeper cleaning items that can slip my mind if I don’t take a moment to glance at my household planner for a reminder (or when it becomes visually obviously, which I prefer not to wait for).

The Confident Mom has released the 2015 Weekly Household Planner and it is FREE!  The best, most detailed household planner I have ever come across. Did I mention it’s free?!

This planner is in PDF format and there is one sheet for every week of the year. It comes pre-filled in and also blank so you can fill (type or write) in your own tasks specific to your needs.

What a great way to start off 2015!

You can download yours here.

You can also build onto this planner by adding on the supplement kit.



This is one of the most useful (and pretty) freebies I utilize and I am COMPELLED to share it with you! Snag yours HERE.

Your Roadmap to Your Best Year Ever

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Roadmap to Your Best Year Ever

OK, I gotta make this really quick…

Michael Hyatt just released his all-new 5 Days To Your Best Year Ever Coaching Program.

Last year alone over 3,000+ people went through the program – and there are some amazing stories of people experiencing incredible transformations in their life.

You can experience the same: Best Year Ever Roadmap

But there is a catch…

It’s only open for the a very short period of time.  After that, he closes it down to focus on supporting the new class of people going through the program.

If you know deep down that you’re capable of more but have felt stuck not knowing how to experience the kind of breakthrough you deserve, then go check this out.


P.S. There is even an extra bonus just on opening day!

P.P.S. The registration for this course is only open for a short period of time so don’t miss out, click the link below:

Characteristics of Those Who Succeed

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Characteristics of Those Who Succeed

Can we be honest for a second?

It’s not easy making progress against our big goals is it?

Today more than ever there are a million things competing for our attention and I don’t know about you, but life often feels chaotic.

Whether it’s work conflicting with family time or missed appointments and deadlines and feeling like you never have control over your schedule – life can feel disheartening at times can’t it?

It’s like no matter what you do, you always feel like you struggle to find time and the important things are falling through the cracks.


It might be easier than you think to turn things around.

Especially after you watch this video from Michael Hyatt outlining the 5 characteristics of those who get what they want.

It’s arguably some of the best free content online today.




P.S. This video comes with a free PDF download that will take this content to a whole new level for you.

4 Secrets for Creating a Spectacular Year

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Make Things Happen

Ask yourself this…

If so many people have good intentions around this time of year to truly create change in their life, then why do so many fail months, weeks (even days) after setting their New Year’s Resolutions?

It happens every single year.

When it happens to so many people, it kind of makes you think that it’s more the goal-setting “process” that’s broken – right?

The problem is, very few of us were ever taught a process for truly getting what we want in life.

NYT bestselling author Michael Hyatt wants to change that – starting with this free video called “4 Secrets To A Breakthrough Year“.

How about a fresh perspective on goal setting?  One that will help you move on from past failure. One that will help you look ahead with clarity and confidence.

I don’t know about you but I want 2015 to be different. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. Time to change things up and shift your perspective.

Michael shares the four secrets you need to create a solid foundation for success with your goals. Without these, you’ll find it virtually impossible to get what you want this year.

However, with them, you’ll be setup to have your best year ever.



P.S.  If you’ve ever felt like there was something standing between you and the things you want most in life, go watch this video (plus it’s free for a limited period of time!):

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Simple Advent Devotional for Your Children

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 Truth in the Tinsel - Advent Devotional


Available right now is the popular Advent devotional, Truth in the Tinsel, written by my sweet friend Amanda. This is such a simple, well written devotional, with simple craft ideas to make it meaningful and memorable, for you and your children, each day of Advent.

It’s not too late!

And, if you’re a bit too busy during this season to make your own Advent ornaments, Amanda offers them all pre-made for you! Sometimes, you just can’t put a price on keeping things simple.

Truth in the Tinsel ornaments

Sometimes, for me, it’s a decision whether not doing it at all, or taking the simple road and doing it. Some seasons just require more simplicity and that’s OK.