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The kids and I were so excited when we saw the first trailer for the new Sony Pictures Animation's "The Star" movie. It was a sigh of relief to see a major motion picture working with a religious storyline. We knew it would be a new favorite for everyone in our household. The behind the scenes footage made us love the songs like "Life is Good" &  just makes us more eager to get to the theaters.

The movie is full of amazing and funny characters cast by some of the best actors & actresses out there.  Like Deborah, Felix & Cyrus the three wise camels played by Tyler Perry, Tracey Morgan and Yes... Oprah Winfrey!  I really like how well the characters are portrayed and each of them so unique. You can meet them all here. You can also let your kids get to know them by letting this fun interactive coloring book found here.  This seems to help my younger ones connect with them when they go to a theater and you need them to sit still. You can also find the soundtrack here to get you ready to go!

The story is following Bo, A small but brave little donkey whos in search of something more. He finally gets to go the adventure of a lifetime and the animals help to warn Mary & Joseph that trouble may be lurking. This tells the story of Birth of Jesus & The first Christmas like no other. 

Get your tickets today for the release THIS FRIDAY of this awesome holiday film that is sure to be a hit with your entire family! 


Disclosure (in accordance with the FTCs 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Sony Animation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

*In the spirit of full disclosure, this post may include affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from them. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands. Thanks so much for your continued support. My opinion of a product will not change if I receive it for free or with a discount for reviewing it. I strive to give my readers honest reviews.
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Here's another look at a new dollar tree near me that has alot of the newer items out that others seem not to have yet! Hope you find some good deals & inspiration! 

New Christmas at dollar Tree Trip 2 | Shopping Hauls - YouTube




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Today I'll be sharing with you all our homeschool curriculum for the 2017-18 school year. 
Our Homeschool Curriculum 2017-18 | Homeschooling - YouTube

Links mentioned in vlog:

 Loop Scheduling Planning Video

 Eclectic Foundations Review Video


 Check out others choices from some of the best homeschool bloggers at IHomeschool Network


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*Disclosure: I was compensated for my time for writing this post. All statements by me are my own honest opinions. Thanks so much for your continued support.

I know a lot of you with older students are looking at the next step of educating your students. Sending them off to college after having them all to ourselves isn't exactly an easy task. I will tell you that it can be a little less overwhelming with the right choice in colleges.
Spartanburg Methodist College is a private, two-year residential college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. One of the only colleges of its kind, SMC offers a liberal arts education exclusively for freshmen and sophomore students in a Christian-centered environment open to students of all religious and nonreligious backgrounds. The college serves 800 students in a small, supportive community focused on helping students successfully transition from high school to college.
Spartanburg is located near within an hour’s drive of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is within a three-hour drive of Atlanta, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Students who attend SMC for two years and complete all requirements earn an Associate Degree. This degree can be valuable for students who plan to complete a four-year degree because it shows employers and college admissions offices that the student is capable of college-level work. All SMC Associate Degrees are designed to transfer easily to other colleges and universities. Most SMC transfer students enter other colleges as juniors.
What do homeschooled students that have attended say?
The Right Place for College Success - YouTube

If your student is considering college, here’s why SMC could be the right place to start:
  • Small, supportive campus environment. Home school students thrive in our small classes and enjoy personal attention from professors who are invested in helping them succeed. At large colleges and universities, students take general education classes with hundreds of others in large lecture halls. That doesn’t happen at SMC. 

  • Professors serve as student academic advisors. Your child will work directly with a professor to plan their courses and ensure they are on track to meet their goals. They won’t be left on their own to sink or swim. The first two years of college courses will allow your student to explore their interests and then identify the right college to finish their degree.

  • Transfer assistance to colleges and universities. 1/3 of all college students transfer to another institution before graduating. Most colleges don’t help their students leave to attend another school. SMC is different: because almost all SMC students transfer after two years, our faculty and staff are focused on assisting your student with transferring to the right college to complete their degree. 

  • Earn a degree in two years. We know that home school students are typically better prepared for college than their peers; however, sometimes life gets in the way of their studies. SMC students who stay for two years and meet the requirements will earn an associate degree. If a financial, emotional or family crisis puts your child’s education on hold, they will still have a college degree to fall back on. A recent employment study showed that workers with associate degrees earned as much as $500,000 more over the course of their career than workers with only a high school diploma.

  • A Christian-centered education. SMC is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but we welcome students from all religious and non-religious backgrounds. Chapel services are held weekly (but are not required) and there are a variety of religious activities, clubs and organizations that will help your student stay close to or grow in their faith while at SMC.
If you are looking to learn more or to apply you can register here to attend the October 21 Open House for high school students and families or you can schedule a campus visit any time of the year. I think your family will fall in love with everything this college has to offer.
I would also like to mention that the application fee is waived for students who use the code homeschool. Click here to request more information.
Be Social With Spartanburg Methodist College On: 
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Instagram  @smcinsc
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Morning sickness is gone and I'm ready to get back in the kitchen for a bit. We ended up with 14 Meals in the freezer that has been a blessing to us this past month. Pair those with a few sandwich or leftover nights and maybe a special meal or two and we have a full month of meals! I wish i'd been able to film more but we do have a huge freezer meal day coming up and i'll definatly make sure it all gets on camera! 

This Month In The Freezer:

20 Cheesy Chicken Tacos (for lunch and one meal if needed) (print below)


Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli (print below)

Honey Soy Pork Tenderloin (print below)

2 packs Hamburger Steak ( I mix a small amount of A1 sauce, hamburger seasoning and Worcestershire sauce in these. Just enough to season not wet. If I had to guess id say no more than a tablespoon each. Sorry, no exact measurements!)

4 Packs pre-cooked Ground Beef For various meals
 I plan to do Chili, Spaghetti, Tacos and
4 Packs Pre Cooked Chicken For various meals like Chicken Tortilla Soup and Buttermilk Chicken Casserole OR my kids favorite Chicken Stuffing Casserole

BBQ Pork (For smoker not feat. in video)
14 Meals in the freezer plus Lunches! | Freezer Meals & Meal Planning - YouTube

Heres The New Recipes:
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HONEY SOY PORK TENDERLOIN FREEZER MEAL/CROCK POT RECIPE
by The Country Homemaker October-6-2017
A family favorite and a super easy freezer meal. Perfect paired with fried rice.
Ingredients
  • 2-3 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • ⅛ TSP Ground Ginger
  • ½ TSP Garlic Powder
  • 4 TBSP Steak Seasoning
  • ½ cup Honey
  • ¼ cup Soy Sauce
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
Instructions
*If using as a freezer meal: Simply add all ingredients to ziplock bag, shake well to combine and freeze. When ready to use thaw overnight in the fridge and dump in the crockpot next morning. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.If cooking fresh: Place the pork tenderloin at the bottom of the crock pot. In a small bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and mix. Then pour over the pork tenderloinCook on low 6-8 hours.
Details
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 6 hour Total time: Yield:

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Cheesy Chicken Tacos
by The Country Homemaker October-8-2017
Great for lunch or dinner
Ingredients
  • 1 package of 20 Flour Tortillas
  • 3 Breast Chicken, Shredded
  • 1 pkg. Cream Cheese softened
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese
  • 1 package Taco Seasoning
Instructions
Mix all ingredients well, scoop into tortilla shells roll up and freeze in freezer bag.To Cook Frozen (as lunch or snack): wrap one or two in paper towel. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 sec. To bake for a family meal: Thaw morning of the desired meal. Preheat oven to 400 Place in casserole dish and bake 15-20 minutes top with additional toppings if desired.
Details
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 6 hour Yield: 20


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Beef & Broccoli Skillet - Freezer Meal
by The Country Homemaker October-8-2017
Great for lunch or dinner
Ingredients
  • 1 or 2 pounds steak (any cut)
  • 1 bag samll Broccoli
  • 1 medium Onion. Sliced.
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Vegtable oil
  • 1 Packet Kikkoman Beef & Broccoli Mix
Instructions
Add everything to a freezer bag. Mix all ingredients well. Freeze flatTo cook: Thaw and add to hot skillet. Cook 15 min or until steak is cooked.
Details
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 15 mins Total time: 20 mins 


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It's no surprise that we are Matt Redman fans. On any given day of the week, you will probably hear me or one of my kids singing his Grammy-winning song "10,000 Reasons" (Bless the Lord) So when we were given the opportunity to review Glory Song I knew my kids would be just as excited as I.

While we do love that good old-fashioned bluegrass we also love to jam out to some feel-good worship music. Glory Song did not displease us. 

On several of the tracks, Matt joined forces with Tasha Cobbs Leonard & other worship artists to make this album that much better including Madison Cunningham, Kim Walker-Smith, Kierra Shepard and Guvna B. 


The song "All Glory" opens this album up with a southern gospel feel and giving God all the Glory! Matt shares his love for the Lord through every lyric and song in this album. I love all the songs on this album and I am a firm believer that a song can mean different things throughout different times in your life.

I'm currently almost 30 weeks pregnant and I'm in the process of making my new labor playlist and one of the songs that really spoke to me that will definitely make my list is "Redemption Ground" featuring Madison Cunningham who is a favorite of mine. It's gentle melody and strong lyrics really spoke to me. 





  1. Here's a peek at the tracklist:

  2. 1.All Glory (Feat. Kierra Shepard)
  3. 2.Gospel Song (Feat. Guvna B.)
  4. 3.Greatest Hallelujah
  5. 4.Gracefully Broken (Feat.Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
  6. 5.One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)
  7. 6.Redemption Ground
  8. 7.It Is Finished
  9. 8.Questions (You Are Faithful)
  10. 9.Still, I Will Sing
  11. 10.Place Of Praise (Feat.Kim Walker-Smith)
  12. 11.Hope Is Marching On
  13. 12.Simple Pursuit / Glory Song
  14. 13.Your Ways

  15. Here's a stunning rooftop performance of another sure to be hit "Gracefully Broken" Feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard.

Gracefully Broken // Matt Redman // New Song Cafe - YouTube


Find more Matt Redman on Youtube or by visiting his website  


I would like to offer you a blessing and a chance to win your own copy of Glory Song so be sure to enter below and share to let this be a blessing to someone else too! 

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*In the spirit of full disclosure, this post may include affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from them. I only recommend products & systems that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands. Thanks so much for your continued support. My opinion of a product will not change if I receive it for free or with a discount for reviewing it. I strive to give my readers honest reviews.
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Finally, it's about time! Get a preview at what's in store this holiday season at DT. Of course, I'm sure there will be MUCH more to come and this store was just beginning to put it out. Either way... It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Dollar Tree Christmas Shop With Me | New In Store - YouTube

As mentioned in the video, Here's the best picture of the tree in our sunroom that was 100% decorated with dollar tree items. It much prettier in person and I think I prefer it over the one we have in our living room.




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We need STEM in our homeschool, for us it provides that messy creative activity we crave with an easy to clean up and use system. Here's a great article explaining why STEM is so important in education!  STEM is nothing new to most of us, even if you've never heard the term you have probably bought some of these things for your kids or they have at least played with them at some point or another. We've got lots of ideas for seasonal boxes to switch out over time so we do not grow bored with them. We would love to eventually have a "Makers Space" & plan to work on that more after the new baby arrives and holidays are over.

We are loving our new setup and had most of these items on hand already or purchased them cheaply. We used $1 pencil boxes from Michaels craft store but zip lock bags or other boxes or bins you have will work too. Here are a few ideas I've found on Amazon

Our S.T.E.M Bin Set Up & Pinterest Round Up | Homeschooling - YouTube
I've also created a round up to go along with the video so you can have a good start on your stem system and get some ideas going. I encourage you to get creative and see what you have around the house. Get your kids involved too!

You can also check out my STEM Pinterest board with TONS of resources for stem activities! Pin Me Please! vvv





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Time travel to the Carolina Renaissance Festival where history comes alive with non-stop day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games and rides, jousting knights on horseback, feasting and so much more! Each day inside the 25 acre Village of Fairhaven is filled with an abundance of attractions and entertainments for all ages. Enjoy your best day out in history 8 consecutive weekends, September 30th - November 19th. Details online at Carolina.RenFestInfo.com

My readers get to save with your visit! FREE Child Admission! - Receive one FREE child admission for children age 5 - 12 with purchase of one full price adult ticket at Festival gate. Children under 5 are always free. Coupon is valid at the Festival ticket booth! 

http://usfamilycoupons.com/coupon.php?regionid=75&bid=12185&dealid=2026 @usfg
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After several moves and life happening, I've finally got this tour filmed. Nothing fancy but we do have A LOT of stuff. My love for books is overtaking us all. Take a peek into our homeschool room and see how we hide erm..store all of our goodies! 
Homeschool Room Tour - YouTube

Videos Mentioned:
Rewards System Free Download & Video-http://tinyurl.com/RewardsSystem

Homeschool Closet Organization Makeover-http://tinyurl.com/HSsupplyCloset

Be sure to check back Sept. 11th to see other fabulous homeschool bloggers room tours from the IHomeschool Network Back to School blog hop! 




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