Three new eBooks now available!

I have spent a lot of time today working on my blog template. The main reason for the tweeking of the design was to add information on my sidebar for three ebooks that I recently completed.

I have revised my ebook, Overcoming Obstacles While Homeschooling. I have added more personal stories to it.

I have also written a second book, Seeing God Even in the Stitches… It has more personal stories of my faith walk through trying times.

And the third ebook, Fox Kids Ribbon-Winning Recipes, is a compilation of recipes we have used in a yearly bake-off.

Take a look at them to your left. I have added BUY NOW buttons from PayPal, and they are also available on my website.

Have a blessed day!

Simple Woman’s Daybook – November 10, 2008

FOR TODAY – November 10, 2008

Outside my window…It is a glorious fall afternoon.

I am thinking…That I need to ship some orders out this afternoon.

I am thankful for…God’s many blessings on my family.

From the learning rooms…We have finished school for the day.

From the kitchen…We baked cupcakes this morning.

I am wearing…comfortable clothes.

I am creating…some new buttons for my blog later today.

I am going…to work in my home office shortly.

I am reading…the Vision Forum catalog.

I am hoping…to get several projects accomplished today.

I am hearing…my children in the other room.

Around the house…It is laundry day.

One of my favorite things…spending time with my family.

A few plans for the rest of the week: The 4-h bake-off is this week. We have a lot of baking planned.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

My family

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How do I keep my enthusiasm going throughout the year?

Recently, I was asked how I kept my enthusiam going throughout the year. There are several techniques that I utilize to keep me enthusiastic about teaching my children throughout the year.

First, I schedule breaks in my school calendar. The fastest way for me to burn out and lose my enthusiasm is to overschedule our school work. We will typically do school for 6 to 9 weeks and take a week-long break. I use my curriculum as a guide for choosing when to take a break. And we all come back to our books refreshed once we have a break. This does mean that we might school on a year-round schedule, but it certainly helps keep me from getting burned out.

Secondly, I use a curriculum that makes learning fun. I love using KONOS and the unit study approach to learning. I love learning along side of my children.

Thirdly, I plan field trips to give us a change of pace from hitting the books. Admittedly, we are not able to do a lot of field trips due to budget constraints and the limited amount of time I have for field trips. But, a well-placed field trip is a welcome change to our day-to-day schedule.

Fourthly, I try to get out of the house for a mom’s night out or other similar event. I need to get out and recharge my batteries. And a homeschool mom’s night out is a great way to relieve some stress. If it does not relieve your stress, don’t go! I found that I could get caught up in doing too many jobs for the mom’s night out that I was burned out. So be careful of that!

How do you keep your enthusiasm going throughout the year?If you have any questions or comments, I welcome them at

Have a blessed day!

Works for Me Wednesday

This week for Works for Me Wednesday, Shannon has asked for a toys worth buying list. I would say that the best toys we have bought over the years have been in the following order:

1) wooden train set

2) bicycles

3) Tonka Trucks

4) Anything made by Little Tykes

5) Any of the Melissa and Doug wooden toys

We have five boys, and the Thomas the Train wooden train set with hand-crafted wooden table has made it through all of them. We also live way out in the country, and the children all love to ride bikes. Some of them even learned to ride without training wheels in January, because they were so excited with their Christmas bike! We have also invested heavily in Tonka trucks. I think my mom still has some Tonka trucks that belonged to my brothers. We also have had very good service out of any toys we purchased that were made my Little Tykes. That stuff is nearly indestructable! And we have also enjoyed the wooden toys made by Melissa and Doug.

I suppose I could link to all of these, but they are pretty well known, so I will just let you use Google or Ebay to find products.

Have a blessed day!

Contest Winners!

The Bloggy Giveaways are now over. I have selected winners for the four contests that I held this week, and I want to thank everyone for their participation. I have also emailed the winners, so please be on the look out for those emails!

Contest #1 – State the Facts book, Vocabulary Book, Mind Benders book

Random number generator choose commentor #6 – Stephanie.

Contest #2 – Latin Books

Random number generator choose commentor #12 – FLMOM

Contest #3 – Reason and Write Book

Random number generator choose commentor #4 – cvdmvega

Contest #4 – Basic Skills book and word practice cards

Random number generator choose commentor #14 – samsakara

Thank you!

Giveaway #4 – Basic Skills & word practice

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

******* WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

Comments are now closed to new entries for the contest. I want to thank all of you for your entries this week.

I used the feature at to generate the winning number for this contest.

And the winner is…………

Commentor #14, samsakara. Thank you for entering!


Giveaway #4 – Basic Skills book and World of Words cards.

The 4th giveaway for this week to celebrate the Bloggy Giveaways, I have two books that would be appropriate for a preschooler or kindergartener. Both items are new.

The first book is a Capital and Lowercase letters practice book, and the second is activity card set for working on words.

Rules for entry:

  • Please post a comment on this blog post for the Basic Skills book and World of Words.
  • Please provide a valid email address, so I can contact you if you win.
  • Please tell your friends about the giveaways this week on my blog.

I will draw the name of the winner on Saturday, November 1, 2008, between 9:00-10:00 pm EST. Please enter before 9:00 pm EST on November 1, 2008.

This contest is open to residents of the 50 United States. I am sorry that I cannot accomodate international entrants at this time.

Thank you for entering! Have a blessed day!