Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Home School Review Crew Posts

CrossTimber Name Products- A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

If you are looking for personalized gifts for this holiday season, be sure to check out CrossTimber’s 8×10 Plaque print; and AmazingName Print Activity Sheets. With so many options to choose from, deciding what to order may be the hardest part of the process. It excited me to determine what plaque to order.

CrossTimber offers a variety of products and choices to select from including their 8×10 Plaque prints, bookmarks, Activity sheets, music boxes, mugs, NameCards™ and more. Once you decide on what type of product want, a variety of choices face you.

For this review, we received an 8×10 Plaque print with one of the new, printable activity sets.  For the print, we could select from one, two, or three names. Because our children are all 18 and up now, I ordered a print for my husband and myself. I thought it would go along beautifully with a crocheted piece with our last name on it that my sister-in-law made several years ago. Eventually, when we get our “forever” home, this print could find a prominent place in our living room.

The website provides detailed instruction on the options available and the steps for ordering. As a military family, I appreciated how they included instructions for shipping to military addresses overseas besides the instructions for ordering in the United States.

Once I determined I wanted to order a plaque with two names, I easily located the tab for “Multi-Name” plaques. Once there, I browsed the different options available for specifically for couples. A variety of backgrounds including ones for Faith & Encouragement, Castles & Lighthouses, Butterflies, and more are available.Finally, I determined I wanted the print with two hands. I easily input our names, checked to make sure it was correct, and then placed my order. Options are available to simply have them send a PDF of the plaque, a printed copy of just the plaque (which we received), or to have it framed. A variety of frames are available if you elect to order your print framed.

You also can elect to pay for them to send you a preview to make sure everything appears correctly before printing. In the rare instance something goes wrong, they also provide step-by-step instructions for dealing with the various issues that may arise, such as receiving the wrong item, damage during shipping and so forth.

When we received the plaque, it included our names, the meaning of our names along with the origins of our name. Two verses of Scripture appear on the bottom. The colors are rich and vibrant. I look forward to framing it and displaying it in our home.

For the AmazingName Print Activity Sheets, I elected to use our daughter’s name. We received a variety of pages including printing sheets, cursive sheets, mazes, crossword puzzles, word searches and more. The pages appear to be on quality paper with color and more. I definitely could see our daughter loving these pages when she was younger.

You can find CrossTimber on social media on Facebook and Pinterest.

For me, I find the company seems to do everything possible to provide an excellent customer experience. I found the site easy to navigate and the company a pleasure to order from with the items arriving on time and as expected.

So if you are looking for personalized gifts including name meaning gifts, framed name meaning prints, bookmarks, and more, check out CrossTimber‘s 8×10 Plaque print; and AmazingName Print Activity Sheets. With so many options to choose from, I am sure you will find something to satisfy your shopping needs.

Other members of the Home School Review share about the plaques, bookmarks, and their experiences with this company this week. So click here or on the graphic below to read more of their reviews.

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Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

The Secret Sisters Club – A Review

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About the Book

Book: The Secret Sisters Club

Author: Monique Bucheger

Genre: Mid-grade, blended family, horses

Release Date: March 18, 2012

The Secret Sisters Club

Twelve-year-old BFF’s Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor, want to be sisters. Ginnie’s widowed dad plus Tillie’s divorced mom could equal a lifetime of round-the-clock girl talk and slumber parties. Too bad Dad vowed to never marry again. Ginnie and Tillie come up with the perfect scheme to change his mind: ‘Operation Secret Sisters’ (aka OSS). After all, if they can’t get Dad to move on, Tillie can’t move in.
Things get more complicated when Ginnie stumbles across her mom’s hidden journals. Ginnie can finally get to know the mother she doesn’t remember and her dad doesn’t talk about—if Dad doesn’t take them away.

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Imagine having either having only a mother or a father. Then imagine your best friend has only the other one. This situation faces Ginnie West and Tillie Taylor find themselves in together. So what are two 12-year-old girls to do? They work together to get their two parents together so they can be sisters for real.

Full of the scheming, plotting, and shenanigans of Ginnie and Tillie fill the pages. They believe they are secretly going about their exploits, but the surrounding adults are more intelligent and observant than the girls give them credit for, apparently.

I love how this book takes the reader on a journey of not just the present, but also dives into the past. With Ginnie’s brother, her dad’s brother, and her great-uncle, things jump to life. I understand how someone who lost the love of their life may be reluctant to talk about them. But I love how Ginnie finds her mom’s journal, which helps start a conversation between her father, her brother, and herself.

So if you are looking for an excellent young adult novel, check out this book for yourself. I really enjoyed it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author


When Monique isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events.

Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, twelve granddarlings, too many cats, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of several books in three series and hopes to write many more.

More from Monique

Hello everybody!

I’d like to welcome you to the first book in my Ginnie West Adventures Series: The Secret Sisters Club.This series has been a fun journey that started longer ago than I care to admit. 

As a tween, Ginnie West was my imaginary friend who gave me courage. Since then, I have written her story through four novels to each become a #1 Amazon Best-selling novel.

The Secret Sisters Club is the story of 12-year-old BFF’s (Ginnie and Tillie) who want to become sisters. However, The Secret Sisters Club is more than a scheme (AKA: OSS: Operation Secret Sisters) to get Tillie’s divorcee mom to fall in love with Ginnie’s widowered dad. 

The Secret Sisters Club is a contemporary, middle-grade novel about: belonging, overcoming hard things, finding joy in the journey of your life, and finding the courage to change your own stars when you don’t like the hand you have been dealt—and realizing that ‘real’ family can be friends you have chosen when the people in the family you were born to are missing because of choices they made, death, divorce, and circumstances beyond your (and sometimes their) control—and these themes are shared in an uplifting, empowering, age-appropriate way.

Because Tillie was abandoned when she was six years-old by her birth dad, six years before The Secret Sisters Club starts, she longs to for  a “whole” family: with a mom, a good dad, a sister, and a brother. Tillie has always been timid, but Ginnie helps her feel brave. Tillie, in turn, helps Ginnie realize that she has a lot to be grateful for.

Ginnie has never worried about what her family looks like—because it has always “felt” right. She lives in a 3-generation farm family composed of her great-Uncle Ben, his two kids, her dad , Todd, and his brother, Uncle Jake–who were raised by Uncle Ben because they were orphaned as young tweens, as well as Ginnie’s twin brother, Toran.

Ginnie’s mother died in a tragic accident when she was 3 ½ years old, leaving Ginnie with very few memories of her mom. Which hasn’t been a problem for her—UNTIL she finds a box of her dead mom’s journals and starts reading one.

Then Ginnie realizes that she really missed out—her mom was pretty amazing: creative, energetic, courageous, funny, a nationally ranked beauty queen (which Ginnie couldn’t care less about) but also a nationally ranked equestrian and trick rider—which Ginnie cares VERY much about. And more than that—she realizes that her mother truly understood her. And while her dad loves her very much—Ginnie is constantly tossing him out of his comfort zone as he struggles to balance her need to be independent with his need to keep her safe.

The Secret Sisters Club explores the journey of two BFF’s finding strength to overcome adversities, humor in day-to day life, and courage to make hard choices as they grow up together, embracing their differences as well their similarities, to make life a totally awesome sauce adventure.

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 6

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, November 7

Inklings and notions, November 8

Captive Dreams Window, November 8

Through the Fire blogs, November 9

Texas Book-aholic, November 10

For Him and My Family, November 11

deb’s Book Review, November 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 13

Artistic Nobody, November 14 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 15

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 16

Vicky Sluiter, November 17 (Author Interview)

lakesidelivingsite, November 17

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 18

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 19


To celebrate her tour, Monique is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.