Posted in Frontgate Blogger Reviews, Organizing, Planning

Spiritual Seeds Planner – A Review

ABOUT

Spiritual Seeds Planner is a planning tool designed to help Christians prioritize living a fruit filled life, guided by the Holy Spirit. The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23) The planner uses a gardening theme concentrating on four garden plots – Friends/Family, Self, Community, Vocation/Work. Each month focuses on one Fruit, detailing actions to plant + cultivate + grow.  Actions are planned daily for highest yield. Cute garden themed stickers provide visuals for tracking growth. Unlike any other planner, Spiritual Seeds Planner prioritizes and plans Spiritual growth over daily “to do” lists and activities focusing on growth rather than achievement. 

What makes it different:

·       Puts God in charge

·       Inspired, led and powered by the Holy Spirit

·       Based on Scripture

·       Impacts all areas of life

·       Improves relationships

·       Fills life with an abundance of Spiritual Fruit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control

Features:

·       Easy to follow instructions with visuals

·       Vision Board 

·       Monthly Fruit Focus & Planning Pages

·       Monthly Inspirational Prayers 

·       Weekly Planning

·       Beautiful faux leather cover

·       Fruit of the Spirit Bookmark with definitions and scriptures

·       Fun Garden Themed Stickers 

·       Back pocket 

·       Blank pages for notes

·       Brown Ribbon Bookmark

·       Monthly Tabs

You can purchase your own copy here. Get 20% off your order Use code FRUITOFSPIRIT

I have to say I have loved planners for a number of years. So when I had the opportunity to review this set, I found myself almost giddy with excitement. With all that occurred during 2020, I find myself almost looking forward to 2021 with anticipation. This set includes a planner, 4 pens, a case, stickers, a notepad, tote bag and more.

I have to say I have loved planners for a number of years. So when I had the opportunity to review this set, I found myself almost giddy with excitement. With all that occurred during 2020, I find myself almost looking forward to 2021 with anticipation. This set includes a planner, 4 pens, a case, stickers, a notepad, tote bag and more.

I love the pouch, the pens, and the notepad. However, I wish the stickers could fit into the pouch. However, the tote bag provides plenty of space for everything. With the tote bag, my one desire would be longer straps. The straps are only long enough to hold by the hand and not sit on my shoulder. I like the point on the pens, however the yellow provides very little brightness. I think it suits as a circling things as a highlighter more than a writing tool.

The planner itself comes with a faux leather cover available in shades of grapefruit pink, slate gray, and coconut brown. I had a hard time deciding between the gray and the pink. However, pink won in the end. One of my favorite parts about this planner arises from no coil. This planner is book bound rather than spiral bound, so I do not have to worry about the spiral coil getting in the way or impeding my writing. However, it does not lay as flat as I would like. I love having stickers to personalize the planner with as well.

It comes with features including monthly calendars, weekly spreads, an attached bookmark. space to create a vision board, pages for notes, and more. It definitely provides the key features I am looking for in a planner. It is big enough to provide space, while being thin enough to not be bulky. I love having a coordination tote bag to carry everything in as well.

All things considered, I have to say I am looking forward to using this planner in 2021. So if you are looking for a planner set, check out this set for yourself.

Click here or on the image below to enter to win a Spiritual Seeds planner.

Posted in Homeschool Conventions, Homeschool Planning, Homeschooling, Planning

Check out this amazing opportunity

From the very first year we began homeschooling, we have tried to attend at least one homeschool convention a year.  Sometimes, we have actually been blessed by attending several in a year.  However, 2 years ago, we moved to Texas, and it just does not seem to work out for our family to get to any conventions.  That is why I was thrilled to see an amazing opportunity come up for an online Homeschool Convention.  Many of my online blogging and homeschooling friends are speaking at this conference.

I was thrilled to see the opportunity arise today that you can enter to win a free ticket to this convention.  Click here to learn more about this opportunity.  I know I will be getting a ticket, and if I win the giveaway, I will get the money refunded.  So check it out for yourself and let me know if you decide to attend.

Posted in family, Homeschool Planning, Homeschooling, Planning, Preparations

Our Area’s Homeschool Activity Fair – Part 1

 

So we are now in our second year of living in Texas.  This week I became aware that our local homeschool organization was holding an activity fair.  So I informed my youngest two and my husband the four of us would be attending.  As we drove into the parking lot and started to get out of the vehicle, I stated I was not sure how much we would find if anything.

So imagine my surprise when we entered the room the fair was in and found a number of booths that interested my children.  I am going to break this up into two parts.  Today I am going to write about the activities our 16 (getting ready to turn 17 in October) son found at the fair.

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The first activity which really interested him was the area homeschool band.  The benefit of this is that I can also play in it as a parent.  Furthermore, our second son can play as well.  After talking with the representatives a few minutes, I picked up a flyer, added our names to the list and checked one activity to add to our schedule.  So this should be fun for us.

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The next table to catch Nathan’s interest was one for an area Junior High/High School choir.  Nathan has a love of music and of singing, so again I knew this would be a good fit.  So I grabbed the flyer, noted the date of the informational meeting and then we moved on again.

My son then became distracted for a few minutes when one of his friends from church handed him a flyer for the group’s yearbook staff.  Involvement in that is still under consideration.  Then he was distracted by seeing the mother of that same friend.  So, of course, he had to go over and speak to her.

Then we stopped at a table where another one of my children’s friends was sitting.  We spoke to her for a few minutes before moving on to see what else we could find.

The next table to truly interest our son was the one for tennis lessons.  One of the moms we met when we first moved to Texas was on duty there.  We received the information, chatted for a few minutes and caught up a little bit.  I gave a sigh of relief when I realized they provided all the necessary equipment.  So that is one expense I do not have to worry about right away.

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Finally, he asked if we could stop by the table for the area athletic teams – including basketball – something he has wanted to play for years.  Unfortunately, that activity is not a possibility because it will conflict with the homeschool band.  I was glad to see my son was more interested in the band instead of basketball.

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So that is a summary of the activities our son is interested in for the new year.

Stay tuned for part 2 where I will discuss the activities our daughter is interested in for this year.

Posted in family, Homeschool Planning, Homeschooling, Planning

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

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Under typical conditions, by now we would already have been well into the swing of school and life.  But this year has been rather unusual.  First, the day after New Year’s Day, my husband was caught up with turning in a quarterly report at work.  Then he had drills at his unit.  Finally, he went to New Jersey to Fort Dix for a week for an Annual Training Conference.  On top of it all, I knew some things needed to change when we resumed schoolwork, but I just was not complete sure what I want to replace those subjects with immediately.

So I have been investigating, researching and doing more research.  Yet I really did not feel like I was getting anywhere.  I was privileged to become part of the Homeschool Review Crew so some of the upcoming review opportunities will help with some of these issues.

Every one of our children has different talents, interests, and desires. So this means every child needs to have curriculum choices that reflect those differences.  This means I constantly have to consider what works and does not work for each one.

So over the next several weeks, I will be sharing what is working and what is not working in our homeschool and how I plan on changing things to make things work better.

Posted in Homeschooling, Organizing, Planning, Preparations

Gearing Up for 2015 – 2016 School Year

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So we are entering our 10th year of homeschooling.  That is somewhat hard to believer.  It makes me wonder where time has gone.  Our oldest was in the 5th grade when we began the journey.  Now he is 19 years old and has graduated from homeschooling.  Our second son is entering the 11th grade, while our youngest son is entering 10th.  Our daughter should be entering 8th grade – but I have a feeling we will end up counting this year as her freshman year of high school as well.  She is extremely motivated to get up in the morning to do her work.

Many years ago, I discovered my children do not do well with a long summer vacation.  They do much better with doing school in the summer, but having many breaks and days off during the year – even if those breaks are shorter.  So that leaves me to spend time planning and preparing for when their current books/materials run out.

Right now, we are in the midst of a three week break.  We have this week off and I am enjoying some time iwth my daughter while my husband attends a conference for work.  Then next week, we will have our annual family vacation, which includes a celebration for our 23rd anniversary.  Then we will come home with the goal of canning tomatoes – including tomato chunks – as opposed to diced and also trying our hand at canning salsa, tomato sauce and maybe even trying to make ketchup and barbecue sauce.

So what is up in your world?  I would love to hear from you.