Koru Naturals ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Koru Naturals Schoolhouse Review

We love to go as natural as we can and love our oils. When we were given the option to review some Emu Oil and Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner from Koru Naturals, we were excited. Well, I was more than anyone else!

Koru Naturals Schoolhouse Review

As part of this review, we received a single 2 oz bottle of 100% Grade A Emu Oil and the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner 8 oz set. The shampoo and conditioner also have lavender, chamomile, peppermint and rosehip oils in them.

Koru Naturals Schoolhouse Review

Since I had never used Emu Oil before this, I wanted to see what it was good for. This oil is wonderful! It is a wonderful moisturizer and very little is needed when it is used. But Emu oil is not just good for a moisturizer, you can use this wonder oil for hair conditioning, dry scalp, cuticle care, stretch marks, arthritis comfort, muscle aches and joint stiffness. We decided to use it as a carrier oil for our essential oils. By doing this, we were able to combine the benefits. The principal loved to have this oil used in his back rubs. The first thing he noticed and commented on was the fact that it wasn’t greasy. He didn’t feel like he had to wipe his back off before putting on his shirt and he was so much more comfortable because of this. Not only this, but he noticed that his stiffness in his back (where he has had surgery) was not as bad and more bearable. So, we call that a win-win in our books!

Koru Naturals Schoolhouse Review

Now, the shampoo and conditioner is something I was looking forward to the most! I love my “mostly” quiet time in the shower, and a good shampoo and conditioner set is something that is a treat. With the use of Manuka Oil and Honey, your hair is rid of impurities, and I noticed this right away. I loved the smell and the feeling of using this set, and as my hair was drying (air not blower) I noticed it seemed “frizzier” than normal. After doing a comb through, that frizzy went away and I noticed my hair feeling smoother. By the end of the week, and more uses of the set, I noticed shinier hair that felt cleaner for longer periods of time…which is a wonderful thing for a mom of 4 and a newborn in that mix! It was good to know that even if I couldn’t get a shower as often as I hoped, I still had clean looking, and feeling hair! Now Little Miss didn’t want to miss out on using the “special” shampoo! I have been using the “grown up” shampoo and conditioner with her, and she loved being able to use mommy’s shampoo. I noticed the same frizz as her hair was drying after the first use, but it also went away when combed. With Little Miss, I also noticed that her hair stayed more manageable through the day.

All of these products were wonderful items! We loved them and use them almost daily! They have become a part of our routine. I am in love with them and plan on purchasing more to replenish my stock as I need. I have to say the biggest selling point on them is the non-greasy emu oil! This ranks the highest in my books. And the feeling of my hair with the shampoo and conditioner makes me not want to use those artificial off the shelf shampoos that I have been using.

Koru Naturals has many other products such as Lanolin Lip Balm, Lanolin Cream and Koolpurrie Restoring Balm. Head over to the other reviewers and see what they had to say about their items. And don’t forget to show some love on Facebook and Pinterest.



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Motivate Your Child ~ A Book Review

Motivate Your Child ~ A Book Review


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Over the last few weeks, I have been working on reading Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent’s Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN. Scott and Joanne are the founders of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, and this book is one of those wonderful parenting books. This 254 page paperback book is full of Christian parenting advice. The advice here will help you build internal motivation within your child. Not only that, but you will be able to help them have strong moral and spiritual development as well.

Do you have children who will only do things around the house if they get something in return? Do you have to have a chart for everything, and give out rewards for it too? These are just some forms of external motivation. External motivation makes a child think, “What’s in it for me”. Motivate Your Child will show you ways to change that external motivation to internal motivation, “What’s the right thing to do”. Not only that, but you will be given biblical references to help reinforce what you are trying to do. I have found, that if my kids can read it in the bible, they are more likely to follow it, than if I just tell them to do something.

Motivate Your Child teaches you, the parent, about moral development in children, such as conscience, doing what is right, compassion, and putting the conscience to work outside the house. You also get to learn about spiritual development in children, God’s plan, family time, and leading the child to Christ. This is not a book to tell you what to do to change your child…that is the kicker here. It tells us, the parents, how to change ourselves and how those actions will change our children. We can’t stay the same and think we can change our children.

While reading this book, I have found many little things that I need to change to make things different in the house. Like I mentioned, the kids love to listen to the bible more than to me. I love the way we are shown the biblical references to all the ideas given in the book. They back up everything with the bible, and therefore I am able to back up what I say with the bible. I found areas where I needed to change, and areas where I hadn’t even thought of before!

I have not been able to fully finish the book, or fully apply everything yet (dang cute babies!), but we are implementing everything as we go. That is the other good point about this book. It does not require you to finish the book before you can implement items. You can start as soon as you start reading the book. This is something that I love. If I am reading a book to change something in my home, I don’t want to wait to finish the whole book before I can use it. I want to be able to use what I am learning right away and this book lets me do just that!

Motivate Your Child ~ A Book Review

Right away I was able to see results. I was able to see the kids listening a little more. Little Miss has been finding things that need to be done and helping do them, without being asked to do so. The boys are doing the same, although it is a little slower. I will take what I can get from them, and can’t wait to keep reading to find more things to implement.

I love this book. I love the idea of heart parenting and making those changes that help our children grow up into self-motivated young adults. If you feel that you are using too much external motivation and have children who are only looking out for themselves, you need to read this book! If you want to raise children who have a strong biblical foundation for all they do, you need to read this book! Heck, you just need to read this book!

At the time of this posting, you can get this book for $13.50.


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God's Word gives us a better way to parent, one that builds strong internal motivation in children. When parents change the way they parent, kids change the way they live.Motivate Your Child is a practical book that explores a theology of internal motivation and then gives parents real-life solutions to equip their kids for life.

This is the newest book by parenting experts, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN from the National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP), also authors of The Christian Parenting Handbook.  In order to motivate parents to Pre-Order the book, the NCBP is offering a $150 package of resources for FREE! There are video, audio and print items that can be used on a variety of devices. You can learn more on the Book Website. You can Pre-Order the book now from any retailer, and then follow the instructions below. Pre-Order from Amazon INSTRUCTIONS: Purchase the book. Email the receipt to gift@biblicalparenting.org. The NCBP will send you the link and a special code to access these downloadable products. This offer is good until January 31, 2015. 

I am loving the book and the resources and am excited to share more about both with you shortly!


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Trust ~ 2015 Word of the Year

It is now 2015…that means it is time for a new start. This year I wanted to try something new. I wanted to pray for my word of the year. The one word I will focus on all year and the one that God gives to me.

Trust 2015 Word of the Year

I have felt many words come to me, but only one is sticking the most…TRUST.

Trust (noun) a belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, ect. Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something, one in which confidence is placed ("Trust." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 1 Jan. 2015. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trust).

I am going to use my word to help me remember to TRUST God in all things in my life. I need to know that He knows what is right or wrong for me. He has plans that I don’t know about, and I need to TRUST that this is the way it is for His purpose, not mine.

Not only do I need to TRUST Him with the plans for my life, I need to TRUST Him with the small things too. I need to TRUST Him in the plans for this blog. I know what I want to have happen, but it is not up to me. I will pray and put my TRUST in Him that I am able to do what He wants me to with this blog.

I need to TRUST Him with my children. I need to know that I am doing what is best for them with His help. He has plans for us, and I need to TRUST Him.

This may sound small to some, but I have a hard time with this. I like to be in control, and putting my TRUST into someone other than myself is hard. Everything in my life is happening because of the plans He has for me and I need to slow down and TRUST Him!

Did you find a word to focus on for 2015? I would love to hear what yours is!

Author Interview with Maggie Paulus

I have been reading this really wonderful book. A book I will get to tell you more about in a little bit. The name of that book… Finding God at the Kitchen Sink: Search for Glory in the Everyday Grime. The author of this book is Maggie Paulus and she has agreed to answer some questions for us.

Author Interview with Maggie Paulus

Question: What inspired you to write Finding God at the Kitchen Sink: Search for Glory in the Everyday Grime?

Maggie: I have this friend who believed in me and wanted to see me write a book. She recognized in me a God-given gift and she planted that dream in my heart– that I could take some of my reflections on life and God and publish them so that perhaps God would take farther out into the world and heal some hearts and draw some folks closer to Him.

So, really, she inspired me. Everyone needs a friend like that. : ) 


Q: Maggie, you tell a lot of stories through your camera. How did you become interested in photography?

M: When I was about fourteen, my uncle gave me my first camera. It was just a cheap little thing from Wal-mart, I’m sure, but I vividly remember walking out into the yard with it and looking for some beauty to capture. I took pictures of weeds in my yard, my kitty, my dirt road, and the sky. I’ve been on a beauty-hunt ever since.


Q: Finding God in the Kitchen Sink intertwines short reflections from your daily life with pictures. How did you choose these particular reflections and pictures to share in the book?

M: I had been writing on a blog (and posting pictures throughout) for about five years. When Moody Publishers approached me about writing a book, I knew I wanted to write something along the lines of a devotional. My friend at Moody encouraged me to go back through my blog and see if I could recognize a common theme throughout my writings.

So, I sat there on my couch several days in a row, while my kids took a rest time, and I just prayed and asked God to show me what He had been teaching me the last five years. I found about five different themes. Then I asked Him to help me sort through all the blogs posts and pick out enough for a devotional book.

It was hard and intimidating at first. I kept thinking, “What if I don’t pick the right ones!” But, I kept trusting that God would give me clarity and direction. I had to remind myself that He had already given me words, I just needed to co-labor with Him to bring together something good and helpful to the world. It was a good exercise in leaning into Him. 


Q. What do you think are some of the biggest struggles that women in all seasons of life face on a daily basis?

M. When I look inside my own heart and consider the struggles that my friends in all the different seasons of life have shared with me, I think a common thread is fear. Fear of failing. Of not measuring up. Fear of loss. Fear of the unknown. The whole fear thing has been the cause of the greatest turmoil in my life and something I’ve written about a lot. God has done a great deal of healing in this area, but learning to put my trust in Him is a daily prayer of mine.


Q. You have three young children and a lot of your reflections involve them. How has God used them to stretch your faith?

M. Kids are so amazing. They’re insatiably curious and unabashed when it comes to asking questions and attempting to figure out life. It’s so interesting to me that even little kids want to know some of the same things that highly intellectual theologians and philosophers wrestle with. Things like, “Why does God allow evil?” And “Since God is so big then He always wins, right?”

I often find myself sitting a little dumbfounded at the kitchen table or in the bedroom floor over a pile of books going, “Um, God, did you hear that? How do I answer that because I was kinda wondering the same thing?”

So, in those ways, my kids stretch my faith and I realize that I’m here on a journey with them. I may not know all the answers (does anyone?) but we get to try to figure out some things together.

I’ve also found that my kids grow my faith. Jesus points to little children and tells us to imitate their faith. Now, He doesn’t say to imitate their knowledge, because they obviously don’t know a whole lot yet, but when it comes to believing in Him and in His Kingdom, Jesus points out that little children have what it takes. In those ways, I want to be like my kids. Just simply believing in His existence. And that He is good.

One time, when I was explaining to Gideon that not everyone believed in God and certainly not everyone loved Him, he quickly explained, “Yeah, but Momma, if they knew God, then they would love Him.”


Q. Your writing is reminiscent of Ann Voskamp and her book, One Thousand Gifts. How can we find gifts in our daily living?

M. Ann Voskamp has been one of the most impactful writers on my life. Some days I really struggle for joy. I’ve got a good life, but even a good life is hard sometimes. Pain and suffering in the world really weigh on me. In those moments, I start thanking God for what I see right in front of me. This cup of coffee, that blue-eyed kid, that patch of sunlight in the yard. Freedom.

This saying “thanks” to my Maker helps to restore my joy.


Q. What encouragement do you have for a young mom who is deep in the trenches of childrearing and just plain tired?

M. Hey, that’s me! I think I would say to that sweet momma, “Give yourself grace. Go make some coffee. And during your kid’s rest time, be sure to take a nap! Or just do something you really love. No house work during rest time, you hear?”

These things have really helped me have joy and feel alive, even when I’m not getting the amount of rest that I want to get.


Q. Do you have any favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write at all?

M. Two people come to my mind immediately. Ann Voskamp and C.S. Lewis.

Ann Voskamp is another momma who just started out blogging and has now written several books. I’ve followed her blog daily for many years now and she has impacted my life on such a profound level. I realized that I wanted to encourage others the way that she’s encouraged me.

And when I think about the impact that C.S. Lewis has had on my life simply because he wrote his thoughts down, it encourages me to keep writing. Because a book is an amazing thing. A book can go to a lot of people's houses that I cannot. And a book can stay up late at night and speak while I myself am getting some rest. And God can take a book and send it across the country or the continent and He can take something little and make it help a lot.


Q. What do you hope women will take away from the book?

M. Mostly, I just want folks to meet with Jesus. If they come away with a deeper sense of Jesus loving them or with the realization for the first time that God cares about them that would make me really happy.


Q. What did you find was the most challenging part of writing this book?

M. I’m a pretty random thinker and I get easily distracted. The hardest part was just sitting down to write! And not check Facebook a jillion times or get sidetracked with something else. Sometimes I would just set the timer and push through. I still do that when I’ve got a deadline.


Q. What was the easiest part of writing your book?

M. The easiest part was picking out the pictures! I just sent the graphic designer my favorite pictures and he did an awesome job with the cover and interior design.



Q. Do you have a certain space or time that is just for writing?

M. Yes! I’m finally in a “writing rhythm.” I homeschool my kids so the mornings are full with that. But, my kids still have a quiet time each afternoon in their rooms. So, I take about an hour or so and just sit down and read or write.

Since writing is something I really love to do, it’s actually restorative for me. I’ve noticed that all the other mundane things that I do in the day aren’t so hard when I’ve taken the time to write, because I come alive.


Q. During the writing of Finding God at the Kitchen Sink, what was your biggest lesson that you learned?

M. I was really intimidated at first when I sat down to write a book. I didn’t know if I would do it right. If it would be any good at all. But, I learned that I really can ask God for wisdom and creativity, for clarity and vision, and that He really would give me all those things I needed!

It was the coolest thing, to work with Him. It gave me more confidence in other areas of my life and in writing in general. Now, I really do believe that when I ask God for help, He’ll come. He’s faithful like that.


Q. What is your favorite chapter in Finding God at the Kitchen Sink and why is it that one?

M. Oh, man. This one is too hard. Ha! It’s like asking me to pick my favorite kid. The only right answer… “I love them all the same.”

(Yeah, I know. I totally copped out of that one.)


Q. Do you have plans to write any more books?

M. Yes! I told my husband that I think I finally know what I’m gonna be when I grow up. I’m a writer! I’m just gonna keep on going.


Q. What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?

M. I would say to my second grade self, “Stop begging God to let you marry Franklin Fall. Seriously. Just be patient. Enjoy your young life. You’re gonna love the guy God picks out.”


How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Blog: http://maggiepaulus.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maggiepaulusauthor
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/MaggiePaulus

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/maggiepaulus/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Maggie-Paulus/e/B00MWI6MZ0/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/35315535-maggie-paulus

Preschoolers and Peace ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

Preschoolers and Peace Review

What ages do you have in your homeschool? Are you like me and have little ones who want your attention while you are trying to teach your older children? Kendra Fletcher helps you learn how to homeschool multiple ages while keeping the peace!

Taking the best of the information from the Preschoolers and Peace website, lead to the making of the e-book Preschoolers and Peace: Homeschooling older kids with success while loving the little ones at your feet. And this book is made for moms who have very little time to sit down and read!

There are 14 easy to read chapters in this book:

What a Homeschooling Mom Needs
Preparing Yourself to Homeschool Older Kids With Little Ones Underfoot
Planning Around Preschoolers
How Do I Keep Them Busy?
What Does a 2-Year-Old's Day Look Like?
How Do I Get Any Preschooling Done?
How Not to Just Kill Time
Circle Time: Or How We Pull the Little Ones In
Preschool Boys
When All of Your Kiddos Are Preschoolers
Preschool Chores
Planning for Preschool
When Mama is Worn Out (or Pregnant)
Meal Planning 101


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When I say easy to read, I mean easy to read! Kendra has thought about how busy we must be if we are reading a Preschoolers and Peace book before putting this all together! I don’t have “me time” to sit down and read like I used to…there are some times, but they are far and few between. But when I started reading Preschoolers and Peace, I was so happy to be able to read through a chapter, or two (!) and not feel guilty.

In this short, 47 page e-book, Kendra helps you to find the way to make your homeschool work, without telling you how to do it “by the book”. She is reminding us through the book, these are just ideas that have worked, and that we are all different families with different kids and to make sure we tweak the ideas to work for us. This is an awesome reminder that all of us moms need. We always strive to have that “prefect” homeschool (at least I do) and to know that there is no such thing, helps to loosen things up right away.

Kendra does talk about how God is needed to help you and how that is the same for your kids. I know that, but to be told that again, made me focus on that more. I am thankful for this if nothing else! Making sure to prepare yourself and your family each day with prayer and not just plans helps make the day run smoother!

But she doesn’t just talk about spending time with God, she goes over everything! Schedules are included in this everything. Now I love schedules…I love to look at them, but I always fail with them! Kendra has told me why when she explained her schedule. It made me look back and wonder about mine. After checking that over, I found that I was making my schedule wrong, and I am now able to make a schedule and a backup schedule to get us through the weeks of homeschooling!

There is a whole chapter on how to keep your littles busy! I have used some of these ideas, but the whole collection of them gives me so many fun new ideas to keep my littles busy for the years to come!

Before reading this book, I had thought long and hard about a circle time. But after reading the chapter on circle time, I really actually started using it! We have had so much more fun together and enjoy this time. We don’t start our day with it, but it gives us the break from the craziness of the day when we do sit down with each other.

I could honestly go on and on about the book…almost telling you the whole thing I loved it that much! But I want you to take some time, and read it. I want you to be touched by the simple but true writing that Kendra has done. I have been reading and re-reading the When Mama is worn out (or pregnant) chapter. There is so much information in there that I don’t want to miss any of it. It makes sense, hits home and I will need it more and more as we get closer to January!


I am just giving you a simple idea of the book and how much I loved it! I only have one preschooler underfoot right now, but check out the other reviews and see how true it hits home for those who have more little ones running around and how this will help you!
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7 Minute Daily Planner ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review


Do you have 7 minutes of spare time? 7 minutes to choose to change your day? The 7 Minute Life brings you a planner that will help you do that. The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner will become your new best friend when it comes to taking control of your life!

What Is It

The 7 Minute Life™ Daily Planner is more than just a planner, this is a tool for the moms out there who want to take control of their days! This planner is not just for homeschool moms. It is not just for moms. This planner takes on a whole new meaning to planner. Through the use of this planner you will learn how to Prioritize, Organize and Simplify not just your home life, but your work life as well.

This planner has over 270 pages of useful planning. You don’t start out with a planner though. You work through reading how to make this planner actually work. It sounds like more work than anything, but it is useful and after I got started, I was glad I didn’t skip it and try to just use the planner itself. Allyson has her book The Seven Minute Difference and uses those concepts in this planner. If you haven’t read the book, than you want to take your time to understand her reasoning behind all the tools she includes.

After you have learned how to use the various parts of the planner, it is time to find out your priorities and your purpose. You can’t live your life without a purpose! Then you have your goals. All your goals, from your personal, to your work, financial and life goals. You are not just writing goals, if you want to complete these goals, you need to write down the steps to achieve those goals and when you want to complete them by. There is room on the pages for all of this!


Each daily section is undated and is a two page spread. You have your daily contacts, Unfinished tasks, appointments, and my personal favorite the What I will do…5 before 11. I love how adaptable these pages are. There are some sections that I personally have no use for in my daily life. However, you might need this section and think it is the best. I loved that as wonderful as this was, I was able to make slight changes and make it work for me!

How I Used This

Like I said, this planner is very adaptable. Anyone can use this and benefit from this. I loved the 5 Before 11 section. This motivated me to get things done before a certain time…I did change it to 5 Before 12 on some mornings though. I don’t have daily contacts like others do, so I used this, and the points system, and made it my Daily Tasks section. I was able to expand on the 5 Before 11 and add all the tasks that I wanted to accomplish for the day here. With all the fun sections, I added in these nice little tabs to help me remember where everything was.

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Every night, I would sit down and jot down what needed to be done the next day. I would make sure all my appointments were right and have my to-do list written down. The next morning I would be ready to go and a quick glance at one planner (not counting homeschool lessons), would tell me what needed to be done for the day. I would make sure to get those first 5 tasks done first. A lot of it was simple things I wanted to do…spending some quiet time with the Lord and making sure I got in some exercise of some sort. There were some days I just wanted to make sure I had in about half of my water for the day!

My Opinion

I am a planner girl. I love the planners, and then I switch to the next one when I see it. I don’t find any reason to leave this planner on my shelf. There is so much material in here, and it is only $24.95 for all of this! I loved the concepts that were brought up and used in the planner. I found myself actually looking forward to using this every day to help me out. I love having the different aspects of life together to make it a planner that can go with you from home to work and have it work all the same. This is a planner that works for anyone and it shows. I love it and it has a spot on the counter where I can see it all day long!

Don’t take my word for it, check out these other ladies and what they thought about this planner.

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Flourish: Balance for the Homeschool Mom ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review



Are you a busy stay at home, homeschool mom? Do you work from home too? Do you find yourself too exhausted at the end of the day to care for yourself? Apologia Educational Ministries has a book just for you mommas! Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms was written by Mary Jo Tate just for us moms who need some extra help and support!

What It Is:

This physical softcover book is 280+ pages of advice to help you “flourish” as a mom, wife and homemaker and work from home mom. There are 16 chapters and two appendixes. The Chapters are:

 An Invitation to Flourish

Change Your Mind to Change Your Time

The FREEDOM Toolbox

Where Did My Time Go?

Aim High: Setting Goals

What Do I Do Next? Seven Essential Planning Tools

We Interrupt This Program

It’s Time for an Attitude Adjustment

Oxygen Masks and Monkey Bread Days

Training Your Children

Making Memories

Managing Your Home

All of Life is Learning

Solo Act: Flourishing as a Single Mom

Home Business

Moving Ahead

The Appendixes have the Recommended Resources and Planning Forms in them. This is not a homeschool curriculum, and is best recommended for the ages of Mom 🙂


The price of the softcover Flourish is $15.00 at the time of my publishing this post.

The Use of Flourish by me:

I dove into reading Flourish right away! I took everything to heart and actually used this as a study for me. I made myself do the exercises provided at the end of every chapter as though it were my homework. The exercises, listed as Take Action, are simple. Something like filling out your monthly calendar, experiment with new cooking skills or even remember why you decided to homeschool does not take all day or require you to struggle to get it done. I have to tell you that the first chapter (sample here), really touched close to home. I felt as though Mary Jo Tate was speaking right at me. This made it easier to continue reading the book.

I would sit down after the kids were in bed or while they were busy playing outside. Whenever I had a “mommy” moment I would grab my book of Flourish so that I could learn to “flourish”. This is a simple, read and do as it says type of book. There are no “go and buy this to make this work” items listed. Mary Jo Tate does give you a list of books that you can read and learn from as she did, but she does a wonderful job of teaching you herself!


My Opinion:

I honestly loved how simple this book was to read. It was to the point and included beautiful examples and quotes that were on the same topic as the page they were listed on. I received this book when I needed it the most and loved how simple it was to implement the ideas that were given.

I don’t have a true home based business, but I do have this blog. So I used those ideas for this and it worked! But if you didn’t have a home business or blog, you can use these ideas for your work away from home, or however you feel fit when you get to that section. I am not a single mom doing all of this at home, but I loved knowing some of the tips and especially the ways that I could encourage those single moms that I know.

My favorite chapter in the book was the one on Training Your Children. Oh, the ideas given!! I am in love with the different sample chore charts that don’t require me to purchase any additional items to make! How simple and easy to use, yet allowing me that much more freedom to do something else, while the kids learn responsibility for themselves and how to care for a house as well.

From the beautiful cover and name to wonderful content, I give this book an A++. I really did enjoy it and feel that many of you will enjoy and benefit like I did. Don’t believe me? Well check out these other reviews by clicking below!


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Tuesday Ten ~ Ten Things I Love About My Mom


In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, I wanted to share the top ten things I love about my mother. She is Gaga BB to my kids and will be known as that here too 🙂

10. She is always a phone call or text away! It doesn’t matter the topic, she is there and almost always gets back to me right away…when she doesn’t I know it is because she is out of service.

9. She loves my husband. This is big. She loves him like a second son and truly cares for him. I love knowing that she truly does care for him as her own.

8. I love that my mom is my best friend. I never thought that I would consider her my best friend as a teenager, but now I am glad that I can call her for anything!

7. She was my Maid of Honor in my wedding. I love knowing that she stood up for me and supported me in the biggest moment of my life.

6. I love that she was there for the adoption of my first child. She supported the choice made by myself and my husband and took in Moe Man as her first grandchild…even though it took a little time for everyone to change from Auntie BB to Gaga BB 🙂

5. My mom was there for the birth of my first child. She fought against a crazy boss and the work of the Post Office and made it there for Ray Ray’s birth. She made sure to help get me those supplies that a new mom forgets and even got me a Subway Sandwich and kept it cold until I was allowed to eat it 🙂

4. My mom raised me to be the mom I am now. She showed me by example what it is to be a good mom. I always thought I would do things different, now I just wish I could be more like her!

3. I love my mom for the faith she taught me. I always had faith in God because of her faith in Him. I seen her faith and seen what it helped her with. This is what I wanted and she formed that foundation for me to have that same relationship with the Lord.

2. My mom loves my kids. Even at their worst or sickest moments, she loves them and that makes me love her just a little bit more. She deals with their bad days and their sick days. She helps when she can and goes above what I think grandmas should.

1. And the number one reason I love my mom…she loves me. No matter what I put her through as a teen, she still loves me. She is the best mom that I could ever ask for. I am so thankful that God gave me her. I would not be who I am without what she gave me. She made me into the mom and woman I am today, with the faith I have today.

Thank You mom for all you have done, given and given up for me! I hope that I am at least half of the mom you are for me! I hope you had a good mother’s day…I love you every day by the way!