Plan Time to celebrate the Holidays & Christmas Season with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast!

Beauty and the Beast

I recall when I was a little girl going with my mother and one of my sisters to the local Turtles Movie Rental store to rent a movie. I chose Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas and have loved the movie ever since. My daughter was about two when we stumbled across a beaten up old VHS of the movie to add to our collection, but it only worked on the one VCR which is now broken (anyone have a VCR to give?!). Anyway! I am delighted that this year you can add the delightful Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas to your family library on DVD!! Disney’s epic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast continues with the release Beauty and the Beast The Enchanted Christmas just in time for the 25th anniversary of the original animated classic. The Enchanted Christmas tells a tale set within the story of the original. . .

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The Princess and the Frogs (Children’s Book) by Veronia Bartles {Review}

The Princess and the Frogs

  This is cute and a new rewrite of a story we know and love. As a mother to a little princess who is crazy about all things princess, and her sister who is studying literature on fairy tales this year we found this book to arrive with perfect timing. Cassandra is an adorable little princess (with glasses, no less!!) that really wants a frog friend to do activities with, however, when she finds the frog, he becomes a prince! This happens again and again, but finally it settles into a great ending for all characters involved. Veronica Bartles’ writing is witty and Sara Palacios’ illustrations are vibrant and fun. A great one for our shelves. View all my reviews About Veronica Bartles Veronica Bartles grew up in Wyoming and currently lives in Maryland with her family. When Veronica’s not writing or lost in the pages of her newest favorite. . .

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A Family Arrangement (Christmas Historical) by Gabrielle Meyer {Review}

Christmas read

  On December 6th, a brand new Christmas story releases retelling the story of the founding family of a town known as Little Falls in Minnesota taking place around the year 1854. This is a time period that I love to read and immerse myself in, because it varies so much from location to location, from frontier wilderness to Victorian opalescence to Southern Antebellum. This is my first Christmas read of the year and it was an excellent choice for me and I enjoyed every minute in my reading this story. I cried, I sighed, I giggled, and I got mad. This is my first read from Gabrielle Meyer and it will not be my last. I was blessed to meet Gabrielle in person in August and loved her as a person and couldn’t wait to read her writing. I will definitely have to go back to read her other. . .

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Sentence Diagramming (Critical Thinking Co.) {Review}

Sentence Diagramming

While quite often we use a full curriculum, every once in a while we really want to focus on something to firmly learn a skill. This is one of the things that I adore about The Critical Thinking Co.™ and I have found myself super excited about their brand new Sentence Diagramming: Beginning (Grades: 3-12+) book. We have been doing lesson after lesson and really enjoying ourselves as well as learning and firming our language art skills previously worked on in the past as well. For the purposes of this review, we received a 68-page paperback 8×11″ book with 12 lessons through out on a beginning level. I believe there will also be a next level 1 and level 2 books available soon if they are not already available. Last year, we worked with another of their language arts books featuring Fun-Time Phonics!. In this review period, there are other homeschool families. . .

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Christmas Comes to America (Unit Study) from Homeschool Legacy {Review}

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  Last year, I discovered the wonder of Homeschool Legacy and the unit studies that Sharon has written to share with other parents in our own organization of teaching a particular topic in a great immersion for several weeks. Last year, from my time with The Forest for the Trees Homeschool Legacy unit-study I knew there was also a Lewis & Clark study, and this would be the perfect time to look into it! This year, we have actually been working on the Lewis & Clark: From Sea to Shining Sea (7-weeks) as well as this review product Christmas Comes to America (4-weeks) Once-a-Week Unit Study. With the foundation of Homeschool Legacy’s Once-a-Week Unit Study Forest for the Trees I feel inspired about our learning possibilities and encouraged to run with enthusiasm to topics that inspire and delight. This feeling continues into my experiences with Christmas Comes to America as well! The joy. . .

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How is it going, dear readers?

When your plans change. A topic that gets a little personal from the Creative Madness Mama.

  I figured it has been a few weeks since my last hey, how you doing post, so that is what I’m here to do today. Last time, I checked in I was talking about our trip to the beach and how we were all recovering from my miscarriage this early summer. Well the late summer threw us for a loop as well as I found out in early October that I am pregnant again. This is the sixth time I have been pregnant and it is a realization with tons of emotions this way and that. Personally, due to the circumstances of the last few months I have to confess to quite a bit of trepidation. Only time will tell and it is all in God’s hands is it not? Here is a sneak peak… Next appointment is November 15th! I have still been cross stitching a lot and. . .

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Middlebury Interactive Languages {Review} Elementary French

We have a busy school year. We are learning lots of subjects, but my students always want a bit more than I have time to teach. One subject that my oldest daughter really wants is the French language. It was providential timing that the Homeschool Review Crew participating in a review for Middlebury Interactive Languages. For our family, we have been blessed with access to review Elementary French 1: Grades K-2. My daughter who is the main student for this class is working mostly at a third grade level, but she is only seven years old and a complete novice at French. Add on to this the tag along of her Kindergarten sister, and this is the best course for our family. While browsing their website, I discovered that they not only have Elementary French for the primary grades, but levels of courses that go all the way up through. . .

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Books of the Future: Let’s Make Predictions — Bethany House Fiction

Whenever a magazine writes an article on Christian fiction, they always ask someone at Bethany House to give an answer to this question: what is the future of the genre? Of course, they’re looking for sensible things like which categories are seeing growth, what trends might be next, and if we’ll expand, shrink, or keep […] via Books of the Future: Let’s Make Predictions — Bethany House Fiction

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CrossTimber Personalized Gifts {Review}

While working on the Homeschool Review Crew, I have discovered that most of the time we are reviewing homeschool helps and curriculum. However, every once in a while there is something that is just perfect for gift giving season and comes from a family company that fits right in with the values of our home life oriented family. This year, we have been blessed to discover CrossTimber and specifically their Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. Through out the process of making decisions, placing my order, and even with some alterations needed to be made the customer service was phenomenal. John of CrossTimber was completely on top of things. He is very informative and had answers to all of my questions and didn’t rest until we were completely satisfied with our purchase. Originally, I wanted to order a Name Meaning plaque for my son with his first and. . .

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