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July 28, 2014

A Pirate's Life for Me!: Collection of Pirate themed Resources {Poppins Book Nook}

Ahoy, Maties! It's time for a new theme for out monthly Poppins Book Nook Book Club! Last month we explore The Great Outdoors and I took you underground as we toured and read about caves. This month we'll be sailing the high seas and adventuring into all things Pirate!

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In our family, we keep the topic very light when talking about pirates right now. The boys are just into silly outfits, cool ships and funny turns of the phrase--focusing on pirates to be just adventurers of the ocean at this point in time. Which means we get to enjoy a lot of silliness when it comes to books about Pirates!

Here are the pirate books we checked out at our library this month:
It all started with a trip to the thing he knows Jeremy Jacob is snatched by pirates! He likes the pirate life at first...

This one is super cute and a follow-up to How I Became a Pirate! In this book, Jeremy is left to babysit his baby sister who is napping...that is until the doorbell rings and Jeremy's pirate crew arrive! Then it's all fun and games as the pirates learn how difficult baby sitting a screaming, stinky, hungry baby girl can be!

Both of these books have incredibly fun illustrations and simple fun stories for the boys to enjoy. We weren't able to get any activities completed this month, but I have put you together a list of some of the activities I was looking at to complete--this way YOU can have some to choose from!

Pirate Themed Lapbooks:

Pirate Themed Art and Crafts

Pirate Themed Worksheets

Don't forget the next installment in the Poppins Book Nook lapbook--Pirate themed of course!

Now before you head out to check out some of my fellow co-hosts, don't forget about this months Giveaway!

Poppins Book Nook Pirate Plunder Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month we are partnering with Jennifer Altman an Usborne consultant to bring one lucky entrant a chance to win a copy of either the Pirate's Handbook(recommended for 8 years old and up) or Pirate Stories for Little Children (recommended for ages under 8 years old)books. One of these books is sure to add to your pirate fun!

The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook,Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prizes will be issued by Jennifer Altman who is an Usborne consultant. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
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Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you will check out some of my fellow co-hosts to see what kind of Pirate Adventures they enjoyed this month!

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama
Have YOU shared books, crafts or activities with a pirate theme? If so, add YOUR links to our link up!
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July 27, 2014

Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms {Giveaway}

I am tickled to be sharing today's post with all of my readers! As many of you know, last week I shared a book review on the incredible book Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms by Mary Jo Tate. As my review shared, I did not start out very excited about what the book might offer thinking I didn't "need it". But it didn't take very long before I was sucked into the book and faced a major wake up call. I became enthralled and wanted to read more and more about how I can stop running around in circles, stop wasting my precious time and start FLOURISHING in my life and God given role as wife, mom and homeschooler.  I was so impressed with what this book entailed, that I immediately wanted to share it with others! I, I KNOW that this book will help another mom out there struggling to survive in her day-to-day endeavors--could it be you?!

Here is your chance to snag a copy of this book for yourself! I have two copies up for grabs to two randomly drawn winners. The rules are simple--use the widget below to earn yourself entries. These are easy ways to get entered to win and with one of them, you can enter daily to stack your odds!
Remember to leave your NAME when you leave your blog comment--anonymous entries will obviously be disqualified as I can't contact you!

This giveaway is open to US and International entries--however, an international winner will receive a KINDLE copy of the book rather than the physical. I want moms from ANYWHERE in the world to have a chance to get this book and this is the best way I know to make sure that it a possibility without a great expense. Winners will be announced once the giveaway is over. 

Giveaway is open from July 27-August 10, 2014. 

I hope that you will share this giveaway with any mom that you know needs a chance to FLOURISH in her life! I look forward to sharing my journey to Flourish with you as I move forward!

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Thank you for stopping by and I truly hope that I will be seeing you again very soon! Have a delightful day and use it to bless someone with a smile!

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July 25, 2014

Random 5 for Friday ~ July 25th

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1. Our weather is beautiful! Though we started our week with the 90's and horrible humidity, it suddenly cooled off yesterday and the last two days have been absolutely ideal! Low 80s without any humidity. Cool nights that need a blanket for sitting on the porch. It makes harvesting our crops so much nicer when you aren't sweating to death!

2. I'm really enjoying my adventures in canning. This year is my first year using a pressure canner. I actually am working on a post all about my adventures in canning. It's been rather fun and I love seeing my jars are lined up when I'm done.

3. Speaking of harvesting our crops...we did our first corn from the garden. Last year our corn, though it got HUGE, didn't end up putting out very good ears. Actually we think we got them over ripe. But this year. The weather has been ideal corn weather. I also went with a new variety of corn (still heirloom and organic) and it has done well! We just ate our first ears at lunch and...THEY. ARE. AMAZING. My husband says we will only buy this corn from here on out. 

4. Living to Flourish. I am still amazed at how much the book Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms really touched me. I ponder on sections from it all day long and find myself bringing to mind so many of the concepts. If you haven't read my review yet, please consider it--I had such a great time putting my thoughts down. And on SUNDAY I have a Flourish Giveaway going LIVE! Yep, I decided that I need to bless two OTHER ladies with this book. So make sure you come back on Sunday and get entered to win!

5. The weekend. My sister-in-laws are in town this weekend. One from Cincinnati and the other from Arizona. We also have their cousin (who is like a sister to them) in town from Oregon. So it appears that a chunk of extended family has decided to swoop down onto my in-laws farm tomorrow. Winnebago and all. My father-in-law is panicking because he doesn't like lots of people on his property AND he can't stand his extended family. LOL! I guess someone got the bright idea to feed everyone so now there is this big old weenie roast planned. Sigh. At least I got off only having to provide devilled eggs. I have LOTS of eggs. LOL!

Something else exciting for the weekend--my husband will be giving his very first ever sermonette at church tomorrow. He is an introvert and has stage freight. He has avoided the speaking list for the last 12 years...but our new pastor approached him last fall and asked him to consider it because some of the older men have been impressed by my husband's speeches in their Men's Spokesman Club. Love-Of-My-Life is scared to death. He is a bit comforted by the fact that they have another Spokesman Club tomorrow BEFORE services and he can give his sermonette a run-thru for his speech. But it doesn't make it THAT much better. 

I assured him that no one has died from giving a sermonette.

He gave me a look and said "There is a first time for everything."

I reminded him of one of my most favorite scriptures:
This is my beauty of a dahlia in my front flower bed. Gorgeous.
So he's a nervous wreck right now. But he did give me his rough draft to read and it's very very good. I especially praised his introduction and he was relieved. He says he spent 2 hours writing and re-writing it. All I know is he didn't come to bed until 1am. And I expect he'll do that again tonight as he does his final touches.

Have a most excellent and joyous and blessed weekend, my friends!

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