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Go Trybe! (review)

Fitness is more fun with more people! That’s the premise behind Go Trybe, which is an online activity, fitness, and nutrition center for kids of all ages. Kids join a trybe with others their age, build an avatar, talk about fitness and nutrition issues on the safe forums, and gain motivation through a points system. Little tykes can be part of the ZooDoo Trybe, middlers join up with Trybe 180, and older teens stay cool with the Nextrybe.

Modern kids love screen time, so why not make it Active Screen Time with a purpose?
Whole families can exercise and track their nutrition together. There are even instructional videos for all sorts of fitness levels and exercises. My Pyramid (the government’s nutritional guidelines) is available at the click of a mouse. This flexible fitness program requires no parental preparation! You can choose how much or how little your kids are involved in the program.

My sedentary teenage daughter thought it was cool and set up an avatar, but I could not get her really into exercising with the videos. She wasn’t at all interested in the nutrition aspect, but I suspect she just didn’t want to change her bad habits (hm, kind of like her mom!).

Check out all of the benefits and features and sign up for a free trial day on the Go Trybe website. It costs $19.95 for a year’s access, although this information was not readily found on their website.

For more opinions and reviews, check out the official TOS Review Crew blog @ http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolcrew/783980/



Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Bethany

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Buckets-O-Fun

 When we received the “It can’t get any Yuckier!” and “Sticky Yuck!” packets from Buckets-O-Fun in the mail, my kids could not wait to try them out. They even agreed to work together on the projects! “Sticky Yuck!” contained one small packet of granules and directions on the card to which it was stapled (only required water and a bowl to make). The “It can’t get any Yuckier!” packet contained 3 small packets of granules—Chunky, Snowy, and Saucy—complete with fun project ideas attached. My package also contained 2 pages of fun games, FAQ, and a science fact/project flier.




So, what is Yuck? You guessed it: slime! My teenage girls were fascinated by it, so I’m guessing it would be a huge hit with grade school boys (or kids of all ages). These hands-on projects can be used for fun, to reinforce a science concept, or to entertain kids at parties, camps, or other events. This is not just a homeschool product; it’s for everyone who doesn’t mind a little mess to have a lot of fun.




“Eeeeewwww!! This is soooo cool!” The tiny packets actually made quite a bit of yuck, except for the Chunky Yuck, which didn’t fluff up a whole lot for some reason. As you can see from our pictures, we added food coloring, which made it a whole lot more fun–especially adding green to the Sticky Yuck. The favorite Yuck product was the Sticky Yuck because it felt like snot, as proclaimed on the pamphlet. Comment overheard: “So, they (the makers) must pick their noses a lot if they know what snot feels like!” Overall, the Yuck products were a huge hit with my girls and their friends.
Check out Buckets-O-Fun’s complete line of products on their website, including the X-Force Eliminator, Finger Rockets, Inflatable Fun, and Yuck accessories. You can also access their Safety Data Sheet. Prices vary on the amount you order (1, 5, or 50 pounds). A free sample is available from their website just for the asking.
For more opinions and reviews, check out the official TOS Review Crew blog @ http://homeschoolblogger.com/homeschoolcrew/
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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E-Books

If you are still wondering about e-books, the

e-Book is also completely free to download!
Discover all you ever wanted to know about e-Books, their use in homeschooling, and even how to publish your own. Gain a better understanding of the many ways e-Books can improve your homeschooling by quickly and resourcefully linking you with the latest information on a seemingly endless supply of lessons, encouragement, support materials, and more. E-Homeschooling is hyperlinked to additional reference material, purchasing sources, and free e-book websites to sample and enjoy.

If you’re afraid of all the extra paper that you might possibly generate by printing out e-books, check out my e-book, “Taming the Paper Monster” for ideas.

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Planning e-Books to Get Your School Year Off to a GREAT Start


 

Learn how to plan your curricula and your time in order to have your best year ever. Learn how to write your own lesson plans and make your own schedules. Discover the freeing power of time management. Bethany LeBedz, veteran homeschooler, organizer, writer, and speaker, provides tips and handouts to help maximize your homeschool resources without being restrictive. 

My latest e-book is available on my website for just $5.95! It’s also available on CurrClick.com.



Get ready to plan a year of enthusiastic homeschool learning with consistent input from the Lord! Take the guesswork out of your planning, systematically organizing your homeschool this year with the FREE e-book from TOS, The New School Year: Planning Your Course and Letting the Lord Determine Your Steps. Written by homeschoolers from a Biblical foundation and using plenty of personal experience, this book will help take your homeschool to a whole new level. From curriculum to field trips, and from co-ops to homeschooling with the heart in mind, God is by your side. Let Him be your guide!
  


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Storing Summer’s Bounty: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating (a Molly review)

With autumn right around the corner, this month’s “Begin with the Basics” section on apples is quite timely. Included are what some of our favorite types are best suited for (applesauce, pies, etc) and several yummy recipes. Crunch!
I enjoy canning, especially salsa, which never lasts long, and spaghetti sauce. Molly includes links, directions, and recipes for a variety of produce. Seeing the pictures of fresh berries and fresh corn being prepared for the freezer brought back childhood memories. Too bad I don’t have a larger freezer! While I don’t own a dehydrator, I am tempted to buy one so I can dry apples for snacks and herbs for future use. It looks like a very handy gadget.
The Kids’ Corner has tips and printables to help your children manage their time and schedules. Since that’s one of my foci this coming school year, I’ll be printing out that section to share with my girls.
A Molly Digest wouldn’t be complete without calendars, printables, menus, and lists. Check out Molly’s Econobusters website for more great money-saving tips. You can also join Molly’s special members’-only site for even more articles, ideas, and freebies. It’s only $3.95/month for a subscription.
Hurry on over to The Old Schoolhouse Store for your super-sized Digest (52 pages) Storing Summer’s Bounty: Canning, Freezing, and Dehydrating e-book guide. It’s only $4.95.
Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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Homeschooling 101

Are you considering homeschooling, or are you curious and simply want to know more? What if you were offered a commendable, complimentary class on homeschooling taught by experienced educators that included hands-on tools for your personal use? The course is called Homeschool 101 . . . Would you like a front-row seat?

The Old Schoolhouse® is thrilled to share this FREE resource with you–a digital supplement to the Schoolhouse Expo . . . The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine’s Homeschool 101 Supplement.


Thank you for visiting my NEW URL! Please remember to FOLLOW ME (or refollow, if you’re hopping over from my old blog). 

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Centsible Celebrations (a Molly review)

Over the next few months, my family has been invited to two graduations and a wedding shower. In addition, we have a slew of summer birthdays and holidays that we like to celebrate with our friends by hosting bbq/swim parties. I can’t wait to use Molly’s thrifty ideas to make this year’s events fun and frugal! Maybe I’ll try one of her pretty gift basket projects, too.

A Molly digest wouldn’t be complete without printable organization forms, a week’s worth of menus and a shopping list to go with it, a special section on fresh produce (it’s time for farmers’ markets again), resources and links, and creative ideas to feather your nest frugally.

The May Digest is available for download on the Member’s site and is available in the store shortly. You’ll especially enjoy this issue that focuses on gift-giving, celebrations and parties.

Look for some great freebies in the special Member’s-Only Page as well. This month is all about frugal celebrations! Here is a small sneak peek at some of the free downloads you will receive along with your May Digest.
• Tons of freezer cooking goodies
• Wedding freebies (along with tips, ideas, and frugal gifts)
• Inexpensive Organization E-book (creative organization ideas)
• A Baby Shower for Jesus E-book (encouragement for Moms)
• Mother’s and Father’s Day ideas
• Ideas for hospitality and parties
• A Free Kids’ Cookbook
• And more!

You get all of that for only $3.95! If you have not signed up to become a Molly Member, what are you waiting for? If you purchase the Digest alone, it is $4.95! Why not save a dollar and get all the above to boot? It is $1.00 cheaper than buying the Digest and they get SO much more. Here is the link to the sign-up sheet.

Here is the link to buy just Molly’s Centsible Celebrations May Digest from the TOS store.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Homemade Happiness–Frugal Fun and Games (review)


Spring is in the air and with spring fever running rampant, everyone’s looking for outside fun—on the cheap, of course. Where better to get great ideas for games and activities than from Molly Green! Her April 2010 Digest, Homemade Happiness—Frugal Fun and Games provides over 30 suggestions. She also delves into the world of yard sales with helpful tips and—of course—printable forms. The “Something Old, Something New” project is the most adorable play kitchen re-purposed from an old entertainment center. You’ve got to see it!

A Molly digest wouldn’t be complete without printable organization forms, a week’s worth of menus and a shopping list to go with it, a special section on muffins (the recipes and pictures in the “Begin With the Basics” section had me drooling!), resources and links, and creative ideas to springify your home for less money.

Purchase Molly’s Money-Saving Digest, Frugal Fun and Games for $4.95 on The Old Schoolhouse Store Web site. Or, for an even better deal, sign up to be a member of Molly’s exclusive Econobusters Web site.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Molly’s $7 Slow-Cooker Recipes (review)

I think that the Crock-Pot is one of the greatest inventions ever. The only thing better is having a variety of tasty recipes from which to choose. Molly to the rescue! In Molly Makes $7 Slow-Cooker Suppers, you’ll find 140 recipes in all categories: soups and stews, chicken, beef, pork, meatless, and sandwiches, plus bonus sections with sides, breakfasts, and desserts. Molly includes some of the basics you’d expect to see such as Pork Chops and Gravy, Chicken and Rice, and Chili. In addition, she incorporates some unexpected and fun recipes such as Taco Soup, German Potato Salad, and Chocolate Cake. Also included are tips for freezer-friendly beef and chicken broth (I’m trying the chicken broth later this week) and tips for converting traditional recipes into Crock-Pot recipes (very handy).

What makes Molly Makes $7 Slow-Cooker Suppers different from Molly Makes $5 Dinners? Half of the recipes portray mouth-watering real-life photographs. Try not to drool on the pages! In addition, each and every recipe has been taste tested by an independent panel and their homey comments and suggestions are printed for you to see. How cool is that?

One of the most handy features is a breakdown of the costs for each meal by ingredient. Many of the recipes cost less than $7, so you can really save money. I think my favorite feature (after the Chocolate Cake recipe) will be the conversion chart. I can now make many of my favorite meals without slaving over the stove all day. Be sure to check out more helpful hints from Molly on her Econobusters Web site. Purchase Molly Makes $7 Slow-Cooker Suppers for yourself at the TOS Store.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Homeschool Magazine DISCOUNT!

Woo-hoo!! Let’s join a homeschool party hosted by The Old Schoolhouse (TOS)! The party has two main components: a $5 discount off a 2-year magazine subscription (or renewal) and 19 FREE, physical gifts (not downloads)!

If you’ve never subscribed to the TOS magazine, you don’t know what you’re missing! Click here to get an idea of what’s in the summer issue. The Old Schoolhouse magazine is a HUGE (200+ pages), full-color, quality homeschool magazine. It is chock full of encouraging articles from well-known homeschool authors and speakers. It’s got how-to articles and tips for beginners and veterans alike. From unschoolers to classical schoolers and everyone in between, TOS has you covered. Plus, it has ads and reviews of many new, helpful homeschool products and books so you can make sure your children are using what works best for them.

A regular subscription for two years costs $39, but you can get a $5 discount (so two years will only cost $34–a GREAT deal!!). You MUST use coupon code LBSGL5OFF in order to get this discount, though. Click here to go to the TOS subscription page and get started now!

Wait! There’s more to this party than a fabulous dis
count! In addition to getting (or adding to your current subscription) 2 years of a great magazine, you will also get 19 totally FREE, physical gifts from such vendors as these:

  • $20 gift card for DVDs offered by Franklin Springs Family Media
  • A Cooking with Children CD from SueGreggCookbooks
  • An online filmmaking course given by Advent Film Group (approximately $49 value)
  • Gourmet Crepe Mix and Raspberry Cheesecake Blend from Wildtree-YUMMY!!
  • A 10 x 13 portrait photo free from Sears to YOU (with no sitting fee!)
  • And much, much more! For a look at all 19 gifts, take a look here: http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/TOSSummer19Gifts/index.html

It doesn’t get much better than this! Remember, you MUST use coupon code LBSGL5OFF to get the $5 discount on the subscription price. This offer won’t last forever, so hurry over to TOS and order yours NOW!