Archive | May, 2022

NSD Scrapbook Layout #1

31 May

National Scrapbooking Day was earlier this month, and I had a lot of fun creating layouts for various challenges!

Here is one of the ones I made:

Supplies: Paper: Sassafrass Lass; Stickers: Studio Calico (orange), American Crafts (teal), Elle’s Studio (gold)

I love this paper because it looks like I took the time to layer a bunch of strips, but it’s all part of the paper (except for the top strip which I added.) Nice!

I am attempting to work through my Sassafrass Lass papers more, so you will see a lot of them in the near future.

I actually won a multi-photo challenge at Scrapbook & Cards Today with this one, and won a $100 gift card to Persnickety Prints. You can see that here. Yay!!!!

Book Review-The Inn at Wild Harbor

29 May

The Inn at Wild Harbor is a contemporary romance novel written by Grace Worthington. It is the fourth book in the Wild Harbor Beach series. It is not necessary to have read the previous books in order to enjoy this one, but I will admit to going back and reading all the previous books after finishing this one!

Summary: Aspen has had a crush on Matt since she was a teenager. But he’s her best friend’s older brother, and her best friend. Nothing could convince her to ruin that.

But when her life falls apart, and she suddenly inherits her great aunt’s inn (the one Matt lives in), things start to get a little more complicated.

Can she work closely with Matt to remodel and sell the inn without allowing her true feelings to show?

Does she even really want to sell the inn, and is it possible that maybe, just maybe, Matt has feelings for her too?

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. The characters are well-developed and interesting, there is a fun and unique story line, and I always enjoy a book set in a small town where you get to meet and become invested in all of the fun and unique characters.

This is a cozy and quick read. It has a nice romance (not too cheesy), and a good story line about working through what it is you really want in life-and fighting for it.

I would like to thank Poets & Saints Publishing for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!

Wednesday Words

25 May

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Review-Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum

24 May

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

We recently received the Principles and Precepts of Government curriculum from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. This included three text booklets, three activity booklets, and a Teacher’s Resource Kit. We also received the digital version, which is available for purchase separately.

Principles and Precepts of Government is a straightforward government curriculum designed for senior-level students.

The course is broken out into three chapters, and contains a stapled text booklet and an activity booklet for each chapter.

Each text booklet contains three sections and covers topics such as the evolution, emergence, and establishment of the U.S. government, exploring the Constitution, analyzing the Bill of Rights, our modern-day government, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, parliamentary procedure, and more.

Each topic contains a reading section, vocabulary, Life Principles (quotes from historical figures), and black and white pictures.

The activity booklets contain worksheets with fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, and true/false questions for each topic.

I used this curriculum with my 9th grade daughter.

What I Liked:
1. Vocabulary words are bold and italicized-making them easy to pick out of the text.
2. The Declaration of Independence and the names of the signors are included at the back of chapter one. This is a great resource for students!
3. The Teacher’s Resource kit comes hole-punched, with all the answer keys, quizzes, and tests in one place-very convenient.

What I Didn’t Like:
1. There is a LOT of information in the texts. That’s good, but there aren’t many breaks for the eyes and brain. It’s a lot to absorb all at once, and for me, it felt like the text was just marching through the information at break-neck speed. More page breaks, less information on a page, interesting side stories, or even having color photos would have made the texts a little less intense.
2. Activity booklet is a bit of a misnomer. It really is a workbook designed to check for understanding of the text. There aren’t actual activities to do.
3. The booklets are kind of flimsy. They are just stapled together, so if you aren’t careful with them, they could rip apart.

This curriculum has some pluses and minuses, but if you are looking to meet a government requirement for school, and lean a bit more to the classical side of education, this might be a good choice for you. It is definitely a very open and go curriculum with very little parental involvement required, which is always a plus in my book.

If you would like to learn more about Principles and Precepts of Government, or Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum (they offer seasonal discounts on their website), visit the Homeschool Review Crew blog to read more reviews!

Card Monday-Big Birthday Wishes

23 May

Last week I shared a crafty haul and talked about this die:

I am really having fun playing with it, and thought I would share my first three cards using this die. Two are in a softer color palette, and one is more masculine.

Supplies: Dies and Patterned Paper: MFT; Paint: Studio Calico

To make these cards, I used a few sheets of painted paper I had from a gelli printing session. I only used three colors of paint, but the beauty of the gelli plate is that you can get pretty different results depending on how you layer color.

I love how these turned out, and see many more cards in my future with this die!