Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Letting Go

Sometimes, you just have to let go. 

It's not easy. I feel as if I was done very wrong. I feel as if a certain group of people took advantage of my kindness, and then threw me to the curb without so much as a thank you for your trouble. And I don't like that. I've held on to these feelings for a month. But then I think, who am I hurting? These people probably don't even think about what they have done, or me. They are, in a sense, strangers to me anyway. Why do I feel the need to avoid functions where they may be, in order to avoid them and their ways. What good am I doing to myself, them, or anyone else? What am I teaching my child in this case?

Too often we get caught up in our emotions. We are, after all, only human. But what do we do? Do we sit back and truly view the situation in an unbiased manner? Of course not! And typically, we seek out the advice of those we know will side with us. Again, we are human. We desire that validation, that group camaraderie that will say "I'm with you! They are bad! You are good! You are in the right!" But those are not always true tidings. We are not always in the good and right, are we? And then what? 

On another side, we worry. We fear. We dread. We seek the advice and counsel of those who have been there, and done that. But we are not them, and they are not us. Their experiences could have been vastly different for any number of reasons. About 3 years ago, my mom had to undergo a procedure a few months after I had had the same procedure. I told her to not worry about it at all, it was only painful for about 2 or 3 minutes-and then a little uncomfortable for about a half an hour after that. Well, she went in thinking it wasn't that bad and she ended up in severe pain for 3 or 4 DAYS! She is not me, and I am not her. My experience is different. 

Today I sit here contemplating. I was wronged but a group, but I do not feel as if they went out of their way to wrong me. They took advantage of my help and my kindness, and let their own greed get the better of them. I also sit here with medicine changes from a new doctor, and I'm fearful of starting one because I've heard others have had unpleasant side effects that lasted anywhere from a couple of days to even years. Why am I doing this to myself? Why beat myself up because of what others have done to me? Why be worried about a medicine I've yet to even take myself? I could take it, and be just fine! I won't know until I do, and I won't be able to truly "let go" until I forgive the others. I need to just hand all of this over to God, and let him take care of it for me. He's bigger than me...He can handle for more than I. 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Doctor Aviation

Doctor Aviation

Every now and then a product comes up for review than I want for myself. That's the case with this 6 month aviation course subscription by Doctor Aviation. Growing up, I often heard the story of my dad and his friends taking a ride with a friend who just happened to be a pilot. Little did they know that the pilot friend had had, perhaps, a bit too much to drink before offering to fly them over our city. The pilot passed out cold, and my dad was forced to take the controls. He had always wanted to get his pilot's license after that, but never had the chance.

His sister lived in Seattle, and she would fly in every few years. Oh how I LOVED going to the air port to pick her up! My dad would leave quite bit early so that I could sit there longer in the waiting area watching the planes land and take off. It was always so exciting for me. She worked for Boeing, and she would tell me all about building the planes. To me, she was like a rock star! I wanted to be a pilot in the worst way, so when I was old enough to take the ASVAB test in high school, I jumped at the chance. The USAF was going to be my ticket to fly! I took the test, and scored in the top 2%! I scored high enough to get me where I wanted to be. The only problem? I was too short! Yes, I was too short to enlist to be a pilot. There went my dreams of flying F16s! I'll never forget the snarky suggestion that I could be air traffic control, with out the need to duck. GRRR!

Finally, in 2006, my chance to fly finally came. I nervously boarded that United Airlines flight. The turbulence was positively horrible, and no one informed the pilot there was a first time flier on board. The storms were severe, and there wasn't really any way for her to fly around them. Once we landed in Chicago it became abundantly clear why God made me a little too short to fly. Me + Flying didn't exactly agree. Airsickness is real friends. And it's bad.
Even with all of that, I would still LOVE to learn to fly. So I was pretty stoked to be chosen to review Doctor Aviation and the online course.

Doctor Aviation

How I used this:

First, log in is EASY! Top right corner, right there! Easy to find, easy to navigate. My kind of site! Once I swooned over the easy login, I got started with Lesson one. I decided to work at roughly a 1 lesson per week average. Lessons are 45 mins or so in duration, and it proved a bit difficult for me to watch one all the way through with adult stuff to do during the day. House cleaning, cooking, and keeping the kid and animals alive had to take priority over my guilty pleasure. So it takes me a few days to get through the video thoroughly enough to make sense of it all.

I like that I can stop and go back as needed. I can watch the video once, twice, or more as needed. I can pause and go back as needed, too.

I figured out that the lesson notes were much more than just a recap of the lesson. It's like a study guide of sorts that you can use after you watch the video, or look over it and use it while you watch, with fill in the black questions that help you really connect with the course. 

There's also a "To Learn More" tab. "To Learn More" has suggested articles, books, websites, videos, and activities. Now, I'm supposed to be using this as an adult course, but some of these activities and readings are just too good for a homeschool mom to pass up!

Detailed study on the Wright Flyer? YES, PLEASE! History of Airplanes? SIGN US UP! I mean really, this is pretty great stuff. A lesson a week is a good pace, but I could use this to get 2 or even 3 weeks of science and  history material for our homeschool. I love when a product covers more than one base!

I have made it to Lesson 5, taking time to go in depth on a couple of lessons. The lessons build upon one another, so it is very important you don't skip anything. And don't forget to "Mark Complete." I couldn't figure out why I was on Lesson 4, and it was showing 0% complete. Well, silly me, I'd just go through and never check complete on anything. Smart one here, right? HAHA!

At the end of the 3rd lesson, there's a review exam. I really like this aspect because it holds me accountable to really paying attention, and trying my best. Ok, and here's the part I found kinda cool. You can take this for credit, and after Lesson 5-where I am now-you can have a proctor contact Dr. Aviation for a copy of Examination 1 to take for proper credit. I like that there's a credibility thing there with the test proctor.

Overall, I'm very impressed by this. It's much more than a history course that teaches the basics of airplanes. It's more than just the physics of flight. The topics cover everything from history and physics, to maintenance, running a large airport, running a small airport, instrumentation, and more! I'm very, very impressed! I never thought I'd get this much out of course! 

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Bonding Time With My Girl (movie review)

Mapelle Films
I do not have a biological daughter, but I've never thought that mattered. My niece was born when I was 14. From day one, I was there to pick her up, help her, take care of her, and teach her. Her dad worked out of town, and her mom worked round the clock 4 nights and 3 days every week. So I stayed with her. I took her to school, I did all of the school functions. I was even homeroom mom! We did play dates, and homework. And I was there to sit up, watching her all night long when she would have asthma attacks in the middle of the night. She didn't have to be born from me, to still be mine. Now that she's grown, she's like my daughter mixed with a younger sister mixed with a best friend. She considers Mr. B her little brother, and they certainly treat each other as siblings. We share clothes and make up like sisters, secrets like best friends, and advice like mother/daughter. I was very excited to share Trust Fund by Mapelle Films with her. If you're interested, there's also a book titled, "Love Was Near" that can accompany the movie, for girls ages 12+ to read following the film. There's also a downloadable Study Guide that I found to be a wonderful addition! We did not receive this book, but other members of The Homeschool Review Crew did. So be sure to check out their reviews.
Trust Fund Movie
This movie is about a dad and his daughters. It's a sterotypical "Prodigal Son" style movie, but with a female "son." Audrey and Reese have a good life, but their mother is dead. Their father, Mr. Donahue has a very successful business, so the girls certainly aren't doing with out. Reese, the younger sister, has a shocking discovery when she finds out her mother left her and her sister Ten MILLION dollars in inheritance and their dad never told them. She manages to hack into his company's systems, transfers her half to her own account, and jets off to Italy. Why Italy? Well, she was on a trip there before for a writer's workshop, and fell for a man by the name of Milo. When she returns home, she can't stop thinking about him. Once in Italy, Milo talks about financial problems, and Reese hands over her money to him. You can imagine what road this leads her down...

Reese is impatient. She feels as if she's meant for something greater than her comfortable life she lives. She no longer trusts her father, and doesn't want to wait on him to give her the money. Her sister ridicules her in front of co-workers, and that's really the straw that broke the camel's back. She feels like she has to live up to the same image as her sister, and to her it's just too tall of an order to fulfill.

I really like the message this movie sent. It allowed me to open up a discussion with my niece about God's time. God's time in perfect time. She may get impatient to find love, marriage, wealth, etc. But she shouldn't rush it. She doesn't know what God has in store for her, and she needs to focus on His time, and trust in Him. But, should she falter, she can find forgiveness.

The acting was very good, and the characters were believable. Yes, I know that it's pretty rare to have a 10,000,000 inheritance, but with that aside-it's a very believable story line and character base. Jessica Rothe is an excellent Reese. She truly captures that "I'm meant for more than this" attitude. Louise Dylan's Audrey is exceptional. She's the older sister who longs for the attention and love she perceives her father giving to her younger sister. She's jealous, but she doesn't show it in the same way. She more or less wants her sister dealt with in a way she sees as being fit, and she wants to be seen as the winner, the best, the "good daughter."

The interpersonal dynamics were really good, and we were both drawn into the film. The background sounds and music were well done, without being overly distracting or anything of that nature. The suspenseful moments had us! Is Reese going to get caught up in her Boyfriend's illegal actions?! It's very well shot, well executed film!
The bank called from Mapelle Films on Vimeo.

The Study Guide was a great way for us to pause, and talk about what was going on in both the movie AND in our lives currently. I think we focused more on Reese's story than Aubrey, because there is much to be learned from Aubrey, as well. She too has sinned against her father, but in a different way. And she lets her jealousy get the better of her.

Trust Fund allowed me to instill the lesson that I will always be here for my niece, no matter what. No matter what she may feel, think, or be told-She ALWAYS has me, and she will always have a home here. Nothing is Greater than God.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Behavior Management Reinforcement Part 1

I wanted to get this post up, but to be honest I am still working my way through this particular segment. So this is going to be a multi-part thing.


What is reinforcement? Some may think you are merely rewarding your child for doing what they are supposed to be doing anyway. And, at times, that may actually be the case if the child isn't doing it already. You see, that's the nature of special needs. Sometimes, most of the time, our kids aren't doing what they are supposed to be doing in any. Kids on the spectrum especially! Aspergers kids need a reason for everything they do, and it seems like they need a self benefiting reason a lot of times. If they do not see the benefit of the action, well there's a good chance they aren't going to see the need for doing the action.

There are different kind of reinforcement. Negative Reinforcement is giving a negative consequence for to a behavior. I'll give you an example one therapist wanted me to do once. We were trying to get Mr. B to understand the difference between No and Yes, and use No appropriately. At the time, he NEVER said no. If you said, "Do you want ketchup?" He would just stare blankly at you, until you gave him the ketchup and then he would resort to a screaming fit for an hour. So the idea was to offer something I knew he didn't like or want, like ketchup at the time. If he didn't answer, give it to him. When he would cry say, NO you did not want Ketchup. Rinse and repeat. Giving him what he didn't want was a negative reinforcement. It taught him NO, and to say NO when he did NOT want something. Of course, as a mother, you can imagine the number of times throughout the last 12 years I've regretted that lesson HAHA! But I digress...

Negative consequence is seen when people train dogs using choke or shock collars. that sort of thing.

Positive Reinforcement is the opposite. That is when you give a positive consequence for a desired action. ABA therapy and Discrete Trial is largely based on Positive Reinforcement. Sticker Charts, Reward Jars, Praise-all of those are POSITIVE Reinforcement. And this is where we are.

Mr. B is so smart, that the last time we tried a full on Positive Reinforcement behavior plan, he tried to outsmart the plan because the psychologist we were working with had me rewarding him for stopping negative behaviors. This led to him doing the negative behaviors to get a reward for stopping. I didn't want to do that again.

So far, we have a few different systems in place, and really we should have 1 cohesive plan. In the bathroom we have his Early Morning Routine (Subscribe and you will be sent a link to access the Free Printable for that) And there is space to the side for stickers or checks. For every 7 checks he gets for each action, he gets $1.00 to add to his savings. Yes, these are actions he should do on his own, for the sake of doing them. But I'm rewarding the action of remembering and taking the time to do them properly at this stage. Eventually he WILL do them just for the sake of doing it.

Doctor's offices offer stickers after visits. The Dentist has cool tooth brushes. A therapy clinic at reward coins, and the kids could drop their wooden coins in the cup to spend. Mr. B. would never save his, and would always opt to "buy" a sucker every visit.

Now I'm trying to come up with a reward system list. A comprehensive plan that will meet our needs, and I'm coming up short as we speak. 

Fascinating Education REVIEW

Fascinating Education
We were recently provided with a Full Year Fascinating Chemistry course by Fascinating Education. Mr. B loves all things science, and we go through soooo much. We have reviewed this same program before, in September 2015, but at the time Mr. B was only 10. This is a high school program, and while he is gifted in the area of science, I thought it would be best if he had a repeat. 
Fascinating Chemistry
Fascinating Chemistry is an online based program that uses audio-visual methods of teaching their Chemistry, Biology, and Physics courses. They recommend you start with Chemistry and progress through Biology and then Physics.

What I like most is that they really break down the subject to its lowest elements (see what I did there?!) so that you and your student can fully understand. They use real world language so you don't feel like your sitting in a conference full of scientists using a bunch of lingo that you simply can't understand.

How did we use this?
First I want to say Login is easy and obvious. You know me and my love of an obviously there Login link HAHA! This one is located in the top right corner. Just click and login. That makes this momma very happy haha! And if he happens to click off the page I can easily pull back up the course with out a bunch of unnecessary clicking. I just go to the Members tab and there's an option for Course Access. SO EASY!

Mr. B does best with lively, colorful videos. I printed off the included script, more for myself than him. He would occasionally refer to it during the videos, but mostly I used it so I would know what was going on since I didn't always have time to watch the videos. We do not have external speakers on the computer right now, so he has to use ear phones to listen. As a result, only one can watch at a time.

The overall layout is great for kids on the spectrum, in my opinion. The lessons are clearly labeled, and below each lesson you'll find button links to the Lesson, Script, and Test-all in different colors to differentiate the buttons easily. 

If you notice on the left hand side, there's a list of what is going to be covered on the slides. You can click on those to navigate through the lesson. This was great for us because sometimes Mr. B's attention would dwaddle off and we would have to go back and repeat something. And also, during the tests, if he was unsure or could remember we could go back to that portion of the video to see what he missed. 

The video lessons are very visual, but not cluttered. This is great for him.

The what you know so far section is a great review without being boring. I  know a lot of times, Mr. B. does like to do reviews. Once he knows something, he knows it, and he doesn't like to be reminded of it. But the way this is presented, to him it's not really a review to make sure or question what he knows, but to just validate it in a sense. Whatever the reason, this works for him and I'll take it!

You can also move around as you need to. So if your child already knows the structure of an atom inside and out, you can check out the script, take the test and move on. The scripts are great, and they use the same slides from the videos so it is cohesive and all together. They are not just one or two pages, so be prepared for that. These are in depth and cover the entire lesson. Lesson 7, for example, has 17 pages! 


The videos are short. They aren't overly long, and only cover one topic at a time. This is great for fleeting attention spans. Each overall lesson is less than an hour, and we spread these out over the course of a week. At the end of each lesson is a test. The great thing is that you can print off these tests-with an answer key-to be taken pen and paper style. That's my preferred method for tests, so that's what we did! Mr. B willingly will do his schoolwork, and will actually ask to do it! He likes to take the printed scripts with him in a binder, so he can read them in the car or at his mamaw's house. The labs are easy to do, and fun. I like the inclusion of those. I love that this is so user friendly, and offers both paper and online work. It's multi sensory approach works well for Mr. B. 
The Homeschool Review Crew also reviewed Fascinating Biology and Fascinating Physics as well. Be sure to check them out by clicking the banner below!

Does Fascinating Education Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?

1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

While you are in control of the speed and schedule, I do not suggest skipping ahead. You do have the ability to stop and take breaks when needed, or replay any videos, so you can modify and set your own schedule in that respect. But lessons do tend to build upon one another, just the nature of the topics at hand, so you don't want to skip.

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees? 

With your paid membership, you get access for a full year. For Chemistry, that is 18 lessons plus quizzes and text scripts. Each membership is only 1 course, so you do not have access to the other courses.

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

The videos are not very long, so they are good for short attention spans. The topics are broken up by these short videos, so that is good. The graphics and color are nice, also. The script is also very good for ADHD and Autism.

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have? 

This is just a science class, so it will not tie into things like history or reading. While it is not from a Biblical approach, I found nothing that would offend a religious standpoint. 

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Make-a-State Activity-Pak Homeschool in the Woods REVIEW

Home School in the Woods

By now everyone knows how much we LOVE Homeschool in the Woods. Their products offer students an amazing way to learn history that is hands on, and the lessons really stick with you because of that. We have had the great fortune to review for them several times. We also have used several Time Traveler American series before becoming a review member. So you can probably imagine the girly squeal I unleashed when I found out we were chosen to review the Make-a-State Activity-Pak they now offer. And I will fully admit to having a VERY difficult time choosing my top picks for this review. The Review Crew was given an amazing selection to choose from, and I really had to think and pray hard! I'm really thinking we need the Old Testament Activity Pak and the New Testament Activity Pak, as well! Maybe even the Composers or Artists paks!  And about 8-10 other options haha!

Hands-On History Activity-Paks: Make-A-State
The Make-a-State Pak is one of several from the Activity-Paks series they offer. These Activity-Paks include projects and a couple of activities for a targeted topic, such as the states or Old Testament. These do not include the same text pages and such that you may be familiar with from the Time Travelers series or the Project Passport series. The Make-a-State set does include a brief page for each state, but text and supplies are not included with the Activity-Paks.

The Make-a-State pak includes a "Name that State!" file folder game as well as recipes, state facts, and all the printables you need to create an amazing state themed lapbook! There's also a suggested reading list, in the event you want to stretch this out and read more about each state. 
Our Experience:

I initially wanted to do the states in alphabetical order, but Mr. B wanted to do all of the states he has visited, first. So we started with Ohio. Now I like to use Homeschool in the Woods as a great backbone to branch off of for our social studies. We may do a lesson or two, then branch off and do our own research for a while, then come back and do another lesson-rinse and repeat. We elected to do more in the way of actual activities first, and explore here and there as desired this time. So, we were off on an adventure to Ohio! 
Hands-On History Activity-Paks: Make-A-State
I first printed out the everything we would need for the study as a whole, and for the state of Ohio itself. I like the included directions for printing, and I personally changed some of the paper choices since we've done so many things from Homeschool in the Woods I've figured out what works best for us. Keep in mind, you will need to print a lot, and use a lot of paper-both regular paper, colored paper, and cardstock. You'll also need basic arts and crafts supplies such as colored pencils, glue/glue sticks, tape, scissors, exacto knife, and of course file folders. We have a laser printer, so ink really isn't too much of a concern for us. I can print roughly 3500 pages for $13.00. If ink is a concern for you, you may wish to have this printed else where. I have suggested in the past that they offer printed packages. I know even though ink isn't a worry for me, I would still purchase a print package that had everything already printed for me! I would love to see this as an option, especially for those traveling homeschoolers or those who may not have adequate access to print services.

After printing, I set down to organize. The same pages are included for the states. So you don't have a folder for each state or anything like that. Your student will be tasked to finding the information on their own for the most part, so they will also be learning a lot in the way of research. So each state becomes its own hands-on research project.

 I printed out multiples of each page so that I could spread them among the states we would be doing first. Then I organized everything into separate file folders, so each state would have it's own folder, and all the print outs for each state were held within. This made life so much easier! Mr. B had everything he needed in each folder, and there was no waiting for anything. I highly recommend having everything ready to go so you don't have to stop mid lesson to find glue sticks or to print a needed page.

Mr. B has been so excited over this. He said he could spend all day long coloring the states haha. He colored the state post card pages to show the kind of landscape they have in different areas. So he has them various shades of green to distinguish the types of forest and trees, there are red splotches to indicate more urban areas or areas with higher population, etc. He has put a lot of effort and time into a task that should have been relatively quick and simple. It's really great!

There are more pages to color, but these pages are just what I grabbed. We've worked through these 3 states thus far, and he's really enjoying it!  The graphics are rich, like you'd expect from Homeschool in the Woods. They are lovely, and make for a true work of art.

I love the "Key Facts" are on key graphics! How cool is that? 

Mr. B uses these in a variety of ways. I've printed on multiple copies of the regional pages. He uses these to color in graphical representations of population, climate, poverty, education, water, etc. 

See what I mean about the graphics? I love them. 

Homeschool in the Woods is now offering an A-La-Carte option, too! How cool is that?! This is where you can get just a few projects for a specific topic, but not the entire study. If you go now to the a-la-carte page, and enter in promo code alacarte, you can receive a FREE Eerie Canal project to celebrate the 200th anniversary! 

Previous Reviews:

U.S. Elections Lap-Pak 

Project Passport Ancient Greece

Project Passport Middle Ages 

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

The Girl Who Could See Giveaway and Review

The Girl Who Could See tour Banner copy
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About the Book

The girl who could see
Book title: The Girl Who could See
Author: Kara Swanson
Release date: June 1, 2017
Genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?
Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.
Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after al—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.
My Thoughts:

I love this genre. It is my favorite to read, and this book did not disappoint in the least. First, that cover?! That is initially what drew me in. I know, I know...don't judge a book by its cover and all that jazz, but I couldn't help it!

The book is well paced I think, and the characters are great. I love the relationship between Fern and Tristan. I like the overall dynamics of the storyline, too. Imagine being thought crazy, and trying to overcome that to convince the FBI that you aren't crazy, but you have an friend only you can see, in a different world, and his world was destroyed and yours is about to be destroyed, too. Oh yeah, and you're only 19. I mean, seriously!

The characters are believable, within the confines of the genre. And you can feel the desperation and frustration. Overall, VERY well done! I hope there are more to follow! 

About the Author

karaAs the daughter of missionaries, KARA SWANSON spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories herself. At seventeen, she independently published her debut fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story is included in Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom. She has published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine, and she received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer award in 2015.

Guest Post from Kara Swanson

Did you have an imaginary friend growing up? I did. And I think most of us probably understood what it was like to use our childhood imaginations to create friends and take us places.

The Girl Who Could See follows Fern Johnson, a young woman who’s imaginary friend, Tristan, first appeared in her life when she was eight years old—and has never left. Now nineteen, Fern still sees Tristan, only he is no longer her friend. Now he is her curse. The source of her insanity. The reason Fern cannot keep a job and has been passed from one psychologist to another. The reason she is one step away from a psych ward. However, Tristan disagrees. He says that he’s not a figment of Fern’s imagination and is determined to prove it. But, if his existence is real, it has dangerous implications not only for Fern, but for her world. Because the creature that decimated Tristan’s planet is coming for Earth—and only the girl everyone says is crazy can stop it.

I wrote the novella as a way to explore the idea of what would happen if someone had an imaginary friend who never left. What would the psychological and daily implications be? And what if that imaginary friend wasn’t imaginary? The story that grew from those sparks of ideas became an adventure that I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did. 🙂

Blog Stops

June 29: Genesis 5020
July 1: remembrancy
July 4: Book by Book
July 6: Baker Kella
July 7: Pause for Tales
July 8: Pursuing Stacie
July 9: A path of joy
July 10: Henry Happens


To celebrate her tour, Kara is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

**I received this free in exchange for my honest review. I wasn't required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. **

Monday, July 3, 2017

Alisa Knows What To Do! Season 1

I had never heard of Alisa Knows What to Do! before receiving Season 1 as a disc set for review. This 3 disc set is packed with over 10 hours of episodes that are sure to entertain and educate your child. Mr. B really liked this set because the star of the show, Alisa Salazar is also 12 years old. The characters are revoiced from Russian to English, but it's so well done you'd never know it! The filmography (is that what it is called for Animation????) is very well done. I like the colors! Is that strange? There's not a bunch of in your face primary colors or just pastels like you see a lot of. Their uniforms, for example, are kind of a burnt orange color. I like that! Each episode has a "moral of the story" which is refreshing, and makes me feel better allowing my son to watch. Overall, we both really like this a lot!


Run time: Approximately 630 minutes
3 Disc set

From the back: 

Alisa knows what to do is based on the extremely popular Russian sci-fi novels by famous Russian author Kir Bulychiov about a young girl from the future, Alisa Salazar. This animated series weaves a tale about the adventures of a group of teenagers living at the end of the 21st century.

The world has changed yet the burning questions that occupied people at the beginning of the century are still pertinent today. Alisa and her friends not only battle evil and injustice but they are also concerned with global problems like a clean environment, both on the planet and in space.

Stories Include:

  • The Mystery of the Last Truenox
  • Dangerous Illusions
  • Captains
  • A Balance
  • Brains Away!
  • Oracle in Retirement
  • Games Without Rules
  • Singing Showdown
  • Explosive Kids
  • golden Zooms
  • Hostages of Dibala
  • Perfection
  • Skin Deep
  • Sunday Cloning
  • Energy of the Past
  • Outdated Models
  • Wipe Out Creativity
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Restronoceros Swap
  • Old Villans
  • Green Revenge
  • Flattery Will Get You Nowhere
  • The Science of Humor
  • Don't Even Think About It!

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Octonauts: Calling All Sharks

Who doesn't love the Octonauts?! And what better time to learn about sharks, than in the summer! We were so happy to receive Octonauts: Calling All Sharks to review. With Octonauts: Calling All Sharks, your child can watch one of their favorite shows and learn about sharks at the same time! Mr. B still loves these little shows, and so does his little sister. It's a double win for us! These episodes are full of the same Octonaut fun that you're used to, and all feature an ocean theme full of sharks, jelly fish, puffer fhish, and a hungry pilot fish! Be sure to check it out today! 


Dive into adventures with your favorite underwater explorers, the Octonauts! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with other Octonauts as they explore the world s oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this exciting DVD, join the Octonauts aboard the Octopod as they come face to face with a trio of pesky Cookiecutter Sharks, look after an injured Lemon Shark and stop a Whitetip Shark who is chasing the Gup-A!



Bonus: Learn more about marine life in 6 Creature Reports!  

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