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Upcycled Tutorial

A couple of years ago, I came across a neat paper craft on Pinterest.  It was making Christmas trees from old catalogs/magazines.  I decided to try a couple, and they were so easy and fun to make!  I then used the trees for props in my craft show displays (I am an Usborne Books Consultant).   At my booth, several older ladies smiled and commented that they used to make them with Reader’s Digest magazines years ago.  I continued to use them during the holiday season in my displays. 

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Feeling Grinchy?

I have a best friend that starts sending me memes and reminders of Christmas beginning in June. It’s all in good fun, and I’m an easy target to poke fun at. I’ve been dubbed “the grinch” and rightfully so. I procrastinate and stress, and am less than joyful at all the hoopla. Year after year, I manage to pull it all together and we have a nice Christmas in the end. I wrote this post last year at a pivotal time in my life. With a few edits and tweaks, I’m reposting for those who may feel the same way, and how to overcome the unwanted stress.

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2019 Blue Ribbon Awards

My first year as a reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Review Crew has been fantastic! The opportunity to try new so many new products that I might have never known about and then share my findings to you has been a rewarding experience. Every year, Crew members get to vote on their favorites. Check out all the winners of the 2019 Blue Ribbon Awards voted on by people just like myself, who actually used the products for several weeks, then took the time to tell us all about it!

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God’s Mail Volume 3 Review

Several weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to review God’s Mail Volume 3 by Ron Hardin. This is the third book in the God’s Mail series. As a Bible believer not linked to any particular denomination, I usually prefer to spend more time reading the Bible, rather than books about the Bible. I was excited to try something different, and appreciated the idea of a book of poetry based on the scriptures.

Imagine my shock as someone who cherishes Bible truths when I saw this statement from Mr. Hardin’s pastor on the first page !

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Fanatic News Flash by the Month

Fanatic News Flash – November

November happens to be one of my favorite months! The weather is finally starting to feel like fall, we have got a good routine going in our homeschool, and we have a family tradition of taking a mini vacation over Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, November is a month that gets overshadowed by the frenzy of Christmas. It’s the one month that I feel like being a procrastinator isn’t a bad thing.

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Tales of a Booklady – 5 Things That Make Me Cringe

‘Tis the season for town festivals, holiday shows, book fairs, and bazaars! I absolutely love helping people find the perfect books for the children in their life, all while promoting literacy in my community.

There are several things that make me smile about being a booklady. Hearing a 3 year old at a preschool book fair squeal in excitement, “books!” is music to my ears. Seeing a child who’s a new reader pick out the perfect book warms my heart. Assisting grandparents find a book to mail across the country to their grandkids makes me happy.

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Creating A Masterpiece Review

Often, I get to review products that my kids can enjoy. Rarely, I get to review a product that turns out to be something where I’m the one who enjoys it most! The Drawing Program from Creating a Masterpiece is one of those rare products. This Drawing Program makes me feel like a real artist everytime I complete a project!

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