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Is your child savvy on the internet? Do they like to get emails from their friends and family? It’s almost like they are independent but there are so many threats out there on the internet that it’s hard to keep them protected at all times. Now we have a solution for keeping up with Olivia’s email as we are now using for her main email and I feel so much better knowing that we are protecting her by using our Annual Subscription that we received to be able to review this product. Annual Subscription
I had used in the past for Olivia but had completely forgotten about it for a few years. I should have known better but it’s like life got super busy for us and I just forgot. The main thing that I love about allowing Olivia to use this email service is that I can protect her from the threats and predators out there who are preying on young children. I like how I can monitor her email and I can set up a few features that are wonderful for all parents to have for their children. One of the features that I love is that I can set time restrictions for when she can access her email. That means no emailing or getting her email in the middle of the night! Yes that has happened to us already with her using a regular email account we set up for her. Not good! And if they are grounded from using anything or the internet that means they will be grounded from their email as well. A simple solution for most parents out there! Annual Subscription
Next up that I love is no Ad’s! This is very important because you never know what kind of ad’s will pop up on their email accounts. I think this is a very safe and protected thing to have. Plus the parents have the option of viewing all of their child’s emails that they receive so you can really keep a check on what and who they are emailing. This is something I wish I had for Olivia back in May when she had pulled her little stunt she pulled. You can set up a contact manager to where your child can only email to the people who are on her contact list. No other person at all and this is a great way to protect our children for sure. also allows you to block people from sending any emails to your child or children. I love this idea! I’m sure Olivia would think otherwise but that’s her opinion and not mine.


When it comes to the different options that you have to choose from for the subscriptions they are as follows:

  • Trial: Try out for 30 days for free! This way you can try it out and see if it will work for you and your family!
  • Monthly: Pay $4.95 a month and receive 4 email accounts with your subscription.
  • Annual: Pay $38.95 annually and receive 6 email accounts with your subscription. This is the best value to get because you get more email accounts and will be able to keep your family safe.

You can use this for a teenager as well which is what we are going to be dealing with in about 6 months with Olivia. Perfect! I can still check and see what she is doing and writing to her friends! Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ accounts. This is going to be my favorite email service to use with Olivia from now until she’s old enough to be in college! Annual Subscription
I did receive an Annual Subscription from and as part of the Homeschool Review Crew! All my opinions are 100% my own!

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The Pray-ers/Book 1 Troubles {CTM Publishing Atlanta}

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles
Is your child looking for a new book or series to read? Are they into praying for others, for themselves or just praying for things in general? Olivia is really into reading good books that she won’t put down nor will she share them with other people. She is what you would call a book hoarder! There I said it! Now the whole world knows it…just kidding but she is an avid reader and loves to read new books. This book is like no other book she has read before. She found it like she was reading part of a devotional book and yet a book that she would have picked up in a bookstore or at the library. It’s called “The Pray-er/Book 1 Troubles” and it was published by CTM Publishing Atlanta and written by Mark S. Mirza.

The Pray-ers / Book 1 Troubles
This book was hard to get Olivia to read at first but once she picked the book up it was hard for her to put it down to do certain chores, sleep or even eat. She loves to read and loves to put herself into the story. When she was reading this book, she really got into the book as you could hear her get sad, upset, and laugh all in one chapter. She really began to ask me questions about how to pray and why we should continue to pray every day. This is something that we have always tried to teach her but before she was never interested in it. After she started to read this book, I noticed a change in her demeanor. She started to question certain things and she started to pray more. She started to read her Bible daily and started to understand that life isn’t about what we have but it’s about the troubles and trials that we go through as a child and as a person.

I personally love how the book takes you through what you may go through in life. It starts out with Angels and Demons and then each chapter it takes you through many characters troubles that they encounter. It brings you into the historical mode and yet you can still picture yourself within this book being one of the characters! This book reminds me gently that not everyone’s lives are made up of roses and peaches and that we all will endure our own troubles no matter how hard we try not to. This book is such a good book for a pre-teen or teenager to read because it will help them understand that maybe them not getting their favorite makeup or a new iPhone is all that important but that God himself is more important. We often think that no matter what challenges we go through, there are others out there who go through things that can and are a lot worse. There are children and teens that have gotten themselves into so much trouble that they don’t think there is any way out but there is. Accepting Jesus into their hearts is what we all want to do and that is how this book makes you think that no matter how hard you think it will be it can always be worse. I never thought a book could be so in depth and could have so much more meaning behind the story line but it can! As a parent and even a student I still feel like no matter how hard we try to protect our loved ones we can always get over things a lot better. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series as it is one that even I want to continue to read and allow Olivia to read it as well. I truly believe that this is a wonderful Christian Fiction book and series that I would want Olivia to continue to read!!!

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We’re going to float away soon!

Whew! It’s been raining for the past few days and I have been fighting a migraine as well. The pressure that my head has been feeling hasn’t been too pleasant and I’ve been trying to get away from using facebook to post what is going on in our lives and instead blogging about it. This is what I started my blog for in the first place. To post about our lives and how we have been doing and what Olivia has been up to. I also started to do reviews on it as well and as Olivia has gotten older and now we homeschool, I find it more difficult to post daily. But if I could just post a few times a week that would satisfy me too. I haven’t been taking any pictures lately either. Just too lazy at times and then times my little model (Olivia) doesn’t want to work with me anymore. I’ve lost my free model! She now has attitude, hormones and well sometimes is just too unpleasant to deal with. So I will try to post more pictures of Olivia as well.


One thing that we did do this year was we banked our week at Bryce Mountain Resort to use somewhere else. I’m seriously thinking of doing something for spring break week or maybe hitting the beach sometime in May before it gets too crowded. I’m sure I can find something then for not a lot of points. We shall see what we can get. I’d of course love to go skiing but that may come another year. But that’s about it. Life is busy and hectic but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

NeilMed ® Naspira ® Nasal-Oral Aspirator Review

Do you have a young child? Or even a baby or toddler? Have you ever tried to use a regular Nasal Aspirator and the struggle that comes along with it? Man I have and I struggled. When Olivia was a baby and a toddler it was very difficult to do so but now that she is old enough to blow her nose, it’s been a breeze. The one thing that I am very happy about when I found out that I was going to be able to review the NeilMed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator I was super excited. I may not have a baby now but I watch my nephew quite often especially when he is sick. These came in handy as soon as I received them Brayden was sick. I used one of them on him and he was pityful and it was so much more pleasent to get his nose unblocked compared to before.

Here is a little more information about the NeilMed Naspira:

  • NeilMed® Naspira® Nasal-Oral Aspirator is the world’s most uniquely designed
    nasal aspirator system that safely and works for babies and toddlers. Who wants to deal with a screaming child who is already having a difficult time breathing? Perfect!
  • This is very unique in a 2 in 1 design where you can use it just as a Nasal Bulb or you can use the suction tube to help get more of the gunk. Don’t worry you won’t get it inside you mouth! Trust me this grossed me out if I would have gotten it in my mouth.
  • The Sterilization is very easy by boiling. Never put these into the microwave though to sterilize. Very unsafe!
  • You can get this for a price between $9.99 and $14.99! Very price worthy in my opinion! Why didn’t they have this when I had Olivia. Would have made my life a lot simpler and easier!

You can connect online with NeilMed via Facebook, Twitter and their online website. NeilMed products can be found at Babies R Us,Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Harmon, Kinney Drugs, Shop Rite, Brookshire’s,,,, and


I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program (, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

Help Teaching Pro Subscription Review

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As a homeschooling family, we often find it difficult to find good worksheets and such for us to use in conjunction with Olivia’s curriculum. In the past we have used the boxed curriculum but this year is much different! We instead have decided to shy away this year from those curriculum and decided to piece together our curriculum this year. But when we did that we lost a lot of the cool worksheets and things that we would have before. But have no fear because we are able to use again this school year and was able to be able to try the Help Teaching Pro Subscription for a year.

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As a parent, I often think that I’m not giving Olivia enough things to do with her school work. I think to myself, how can I make her history more fun, or her math more enjoyable? Then I think to myself to just go online to and to use the worksheets and lessons that are there to help a homeschooling family out. I also watch my niece a few times during the week and while I have her here I will be guilty into giving her homework as well or worksheets that she can work on along side with Olivia. Both Olivia and Keali have fallen in love with the worksheets for sure and Olivia likes how you can be able to do self online lessons at her own pace, instead of what I would make her do. If she was still in public schools then we would have to worry about her not understanding the common core stuff or would have to worry about her not learning the lessons at her own pace. This website is very helpful indeed and we absolutely love having it to allow Olivia to continue working on her skills, language arts, science and other subjects just by me clicking print for her to work on.

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When we have an appointment or two to go to, then printing out some fun worksheets for her to do while we sit there and wait is wonderful. The one thing that I love also about this site is that, I can set up an online test for Olivia to complete. I also love how she can play games and its fun learning and not boring learning as in the past as she called it. Help Teaching Pro Subscription would cost your family $24.95 a year but it includes everything that you will need to help your child or children to continue to learn. The Pro Plan also allows you to make up a test or a worksheet which is nice. I have made a few for Olivia since we are reading a book that really doesn’t have a study guide along with it. It’s nice because I know the answers and she has to figure them out on her own. Some of the subjects that you will find to help your child out is PE, Arts, Study Skills, Social Studies, Science and even Seasonal/Holiday’s. I love that if you have a large family all of you can use it from Early Education to Grade 12! We are in grade 6 now and it’s the best thing for those days I want to throw in something fun to use this website!! What more could you ask for? Be sure to check out their Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest Accounts!!!


We did receive a year subscription to Help Teaching Pro Subscription to be able to complete my review as part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew! All my opinions are 100% my own!

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The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today Movie Review & Giveaway!!!

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is now out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!
In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!

We were lucky enough to receive the movie before it was released and I have to say that Olivia loved the movie. My niece loves it as well and it now has become a part of the movie collection in the van which is pretty small! It’s such a cute movie and it bring the swan princess to pirates! We love princesses and pirates here so this is such a cute movie for everyone! 

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Labor Day Weekend

This past weekend was Labor Day Weekend. It is our traditional weekend to head to Maryland and go to the Howell family reunion. It’s the weekend to travel and have fun with the family. But this past weekend we were dealing with Tropical Storm Hermine and on Friday I drove to Charlotte, NC to pick up Jason from his truck. We also went to Ikea where we got two tables to use in our little sitting area of the room and a few other things like drawing paper for Olivia for school projects. She has to do one today actually so the roll of paper we got for $4.99 will work just perfect! Then we headed back home and once we got into the Greensboro area it was non-stop rain for us. The storm was here and then gone but the next day it was pretty windy. I stayed in most of the day on Saturday working on my Corporate Finance homework and that was loads of fun. Not! But at least I understand it compared to last year! Jason left to head back to work on Sunday and drove his truck there. We didn’t have to get up and drive him which was nice. So now when he wants to come home from work every weekend he will get to enjoy driving home.


Sunday was the day we were supposed to have gone up to Maryland for the family reunion but we decided that after the long drive on Friday, I wasn’t up to another day in the car. I figured that we can go up anytime to visit with our family in Maryland! Another thing that Jason and I decided was we are going to be getting Olivia her service dog soon. I am today going to email the person I need to for the adoption of a dog and we will go from there. I can’t wait…but we will have to drive to San Antonio to pick the dog up in which I’m up for a road trip!

Olivia is doing great in school and this year is running much smoother than last year. I am giving her a little more independent work and she loves the responsibility that I have given her. This allows me to be able to do things around the house and also allows me to work on my homework as well. So with that said, she is finished with her 3 tests she had in History and I need to go grade them!

College is Back in Session

It’s hard to believe that my summer is up and it’s time for my college courses to begin again. I have decided to only do classes now part time as it was too difficult for me to do 4 classes in a semester so I decided to go ahead and take only 1 class per 8 weeks. This first 8 weeks I decided to retake Corporate Finance as I didn’t do so well in it last time. I have been working on the homework every day for several hours and I have been doing the problems at the back of each chapter as well. I feel like this is a good start for me and I just completed my textbook homework that is due on Monday. I feel like I have already accomplished something and didn’t rush in doing so. This is something that I am horrible about doing so I’m glad that I could go ahead and get it started. I don’t want to fail in this class so I am doing everything that I can to get a passing grade. Much better than the last time I did so.

Back to school

We started school a few weeks ago but then got the horrible news that we had a death in the family. It was hard for us all to get motivated to start back up so I waited until yesterday to get back to school! 

So far we have done 6 tests in history and a quiz in reading. We began reading “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” yesterday and so far Olivia likes it. Yet yesterday she was complaining to me and couldn’t understand why she had to read it. For reading we are doing 7th grade level because she is so advanced in reading but we got a head start already. I will make it a point to go to the library once a week for her to get out new books. She will have them all read by the end of the week anyways so I am happy to allow her to go.

We had a great first day back and today we got started a little later than we planned to but it’s ok because she is getting things done! So here is to a great new school year and to learning so much! We haven’t really been anywhere for vacation this year and that ok with us. Maybe later this fall we will head to the condo and then we shall see what to do next. 

God Bless America Coloring Book Review

Ever since I was young, I have always loved art! When I first found out about the adult coloring books I was so excited! Here I was in my 30’s coloring out of a kids coloring book for years. Now I have my own coloring books to color in to help alleviate stress from homeschooling and more. This book that I received to review called, “God Bless America” is like no other and it has beautiful patriotic pictures to help me calm my stress down.

This book has so many pictures that even my daughter and her cousin loved to color in while we were at the Lake a few weeks ago. While it was storming out, we broke out the colored pencils and coloring books and this was one of the books that was fought over. I could not believe that they would fight over it but they did. This book has many pictures in it that even my mom commented on liking and wanted to join in the coloring feast! I can’t wait to get another one to take on my vacations when we go! Hopefully we will be going to the mountains to use our condo we have up there in October and this is something that I can’t wait to take up with me and enjoy the nice, crisp, cool mountain air!

I did receive this from Blogging for Books for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All my opinions are 100% my own!

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