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At Home in Dogwood Mudhole ~ Review

 

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 This review was one of the easiest reads I have had all year. Normally the reviews I have done have been for the kids and while they have been fun, having something to read just for fun was well FUN! I received  Franklin Sander’s first book Nothing That Eats! in the three part series  At Home In Dogwood Mudhole! After reading this teaser I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book.

Excerpt from the back of the book: When Y2K looms and modern life fails to satisfy, Franklin Sanders and wife Susan go from nuclear family to multigenerational farm. Despite Susan’s admonition that they acquire nothing that eats, they gain dogs, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, ducks and sheep. Their children move back in and bring their spouses, filling Dogwood Mudhole with grandchildren. It’s no Green Acres, but through sheer persistence and good humor, they learn to farm.  

 photo Franklin_Deal-300x451_zpsb3f59745.jpg  The biggest surprise for me was that Franklin Sander’s writes this book in a series of letters instead of in a storybook format. He tells us in the preface that He wrote these letters once a month for sixteen years recounting his family’s news for The Moneychanger, which is his monthly newsletter.    Another thing that I enjoyed about this book is that there are plenty of pictures and hand drawn maps to help you to relate to the family. Unfortunately some of the entries didn’t seem to flow just right for a book, while I’m sure they really worked for a monthly newspaper, reading them back to back in the book did confuse me sometimes. I also LOVED that he supported “roadside joints, mom-and-pop, family- and real people run businesses that he patronized” , he would give addresses and phone numbers that that readers can experience the charm of the south too!   We start this journey in June of 1995 and one of the last entries takes us to September 2002. We learn about his family and the family pets, we go on family vacations, see how they participate in civil war reenactments. After dealing with the IRS and Y2K looming right around the corner, what’s a family to do?  I hope you get your own copy of this book and see how the Sanders deal with Y2K and farming life!!   How did your family prepare for Y2K?  Nothing That Eats is available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF

Volume Two: Best Thing We Ever Did is also available in paperback for $22.95 or $16.95 Kindle/ePUB/PDF

    I would recommend this book for teens and adults!     Check out what the Crew is saying!!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

 

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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Ed Douglas ~ Review

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We were picked to review Ed Douglas Publications, 25 Truths. Ed Douglas, the author, wrote his third book titled 25 Truths: Life Principles of the Happiest and Most Successful Among Us, as a guide book to help mange your life with 25 simple truths, that when followed can “lead to a happy and fulfilling life!”

This 150 page soft covered book is a easy read for teenagers and adults alike, recommended age is 6th -12th grade. You can go at your own pace, a truth a day or maybe a  truth a week, it is recommended that you stay on each truth until you have fully incorporated it into your life. Each truth is numbered and titled. Each truth is divided into 3 sections; There is a short quote or verse from the Bible, Each truth is explained and examples given in a few short paragraphs. A summary is given, and then a Workshop which is questions and discussion area.

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 Price: $12.50

How we used this book:

I read this book first, then I had Amber, age 12, read it on her own. She would do a truth a day as part of her quiet time in the mornings. After she completed the reading we would then discuss each truth and how it applied to our lives and how society has changed and why these truths are important.   Some of the examples might not be appropriate for every family. For example, truth 3 talks about extramarital affairs.  

Amber’s comments on the book: “I thought the book was good!! If more people followed these simple truths the world would be a better place!!”  

I felt that this book would be a wonderful reminder for our youth, which was one of the reasons I was excited to be picked to review this book. These 25 simple truths are a great reminder so that we can be better people. Having a almost teenager, and seeing what some of her friends post on social medias has had me cringing. Truth #3 “Watch What You Say, Do and Write” has special meaning with all of the social media that is out there. I especially like the summary: “Live life expecting that everything you say, do, or write will come out in the open.”

While some might look at this book and think these truths are too simple, I feel that this quick and easy to follow guide that is coming from someone other than the parent, friend of a parent, family member or even a church leader might make a bigger impact on our youth. And you as the parent might just be surprised on how these 25 Truths will help to change your life too!!

I would recommend this book!! You could also use it with younger kids. I would recommend reading it yourself and then paraphrasing it for the younger kids.

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Motherboard Books ~ Review

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 Have you ever tried to build a web page? It could be frustrating if you haven’t ever done one. But don’t let that discourage you, because we were blessed to be able to review Let’s Make a Web Page from Motherboard Books and I’m gonna tell you all about it!

I was really excited to try this product out, being a blogger and all, I figured it might come in handy. I wasn’t sure if the girls would be on board or if this would be a Mama product. The girls enjoyed learning about making a web page.

We received the Let’s Make a Web Page E-Book. It is a relatively short book, only 60 pages, intended to be read and used for kids 8 and up.This step by step instruction guide is easy to follow and you don’t need to have had any prior knowledge. We did need to download a the free trial version of CoffeeCup software, which is compatible with Windows XP and later (sorry Mac is not supported). All this for only- Price: $19.95

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“Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

 

I was sent the link for the book and I downloaded it to my computer and since I wanted to save on paper and ink, I just read it and had the girls follow along on their computers. First I downloaded CoffeCup (I was a bit nervous about the girls actually downloading anything) on both of their computers. Then I read each chapter and we would work on each section together.

Table of Contents:
Introduction for Parents
Lesson 1: An Interview
Lesson 2: Download and Set Up the Program
Lesson 3: Add Text
Lesson 4: Make a Table
Lesson 5: Add Photo
Lesson 6: From the Internet, Add Animations
Lesson 7: Browser Check, Backgrounds, Photos
Lesson 8: Sound
Lesson 9: Links
Lesson 10: Post Your Work
Appendix: How to Upload to the Internet

 Lesson 1 talks about an interview. I asked the girls what they wanted to talk about on their page and then they wrote a small article instead. During Lesson 6 the students are to go online and look for animations. Parents, at this point, you might want to be present and make sure to turn on SafeSearch.

Verdict from the kiddos:

Leann, age 7, had great ideas but just wanted to tell me what to do and wanted me to actually do the work. She doesn’t like to wait and struggles to sit still. I realize that I might have allowed her a bit too much freedom while doing school work and we might need to work on a few basic skills.

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Amber, age 12, struggled to begin, only because she is at that age where certain decisions are major life events. Once she finally had a name, and idea of what she wanted to write about the process moved along pretty quickly. She did take a some time picking out her background, again those pesky hard decisions of a preteen.

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Overall both girls enjoyed making their pages.  I think we might just have a new generation of bloggers. 

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Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

image ©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

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