Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I Am Taking the Challenge!

That does it! I am so overwhelmed, and  it’s my computer’s fault!!!

Actually, it’s my fault because of the amount of time I am spending on the computer. I can tell that I feel drained and stressed when I stay on the computer for hours at a time.

I always feel so much better when I am away from the computer, even if it is to do something as simple as laundry.  So why do I stay plugged in?

Read more about The Unplugged Challenge and why I decided to take it.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Turn Your Closet Into A Homeschool Room

This is a guest post I did in January for Teach Beside Me. I thought it would be a great time to post again since everyone is getting ready for school. This post is about how I turned a walk-in closet into a school room. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Simply Shakespeare Lego Challenge

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We at Simply Shakespeare are excited to introduce a fun challenge and an exciting way to learn about Shakespeare.  My boys love Legos, so when I began introducing them to the plays of William Shakespeare they decided to use their Legos to make the characters and sets. This process has worked really well for them because it has helped them learn things that boys their ages are not normally interested in. I know it is sticking in their brains because they have started quoting the different plays that they are working on.

Our goal for this challenge is to teach you a couple of different ways to make stop action Shakespeare Lego movies. We are going to go one step at a time so that no one gets overwhelmed. We hope that once everyone understands how to make the movies that they will share them with us on our Simply Shakespeare page.

And as Rachel Ann Rogish says, "The purpose of Simply Shakespeare is to make the plays of William Shakespeare fun and accessible to all families of all sizes and ages everywhere! No matter where you live or what previous exposure you have had with Shakespeare, your entire family can enjoy the acting process together as you learn life lessons from the timeless tales Shakespeare gave to us over five hundred years ago."

Check out our first video here to get you started: Shakespeare Characters

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Growing Up In God's Word (Bible Curriculum Review)

 (Disclosure: I have received this product for free in exchange for an honest review. These opinions expressed are my own.)

We have been studying Exodus this year for a Bible quiz we will be participating in at church. The opportunity came along for me to review a Bible curriculum  that focused on Exodus. I thought that this would be a great help in our studies. 

This book has been wonderful!!! Each lesson is designed to be used for 5 days of the week. It is suggested that you use it for 30 minutes to an hour each day. 

One of my favorite things about the curriculum is that both my kindergartener and 5th grader are using it together and both are gaining a tremendous amount of Bible knowledge. 

We have really enjoyed the lesson text and discussion. My 5th grader commented one day, “Whew!!! That is detailed stuff!”

They have also enjoyed being able to use their Legos with some of the lessons. One day they created a diorama of the parting of the Red Sea.

 Another day my younger son used Legos to show the three signs that the Lord enabled Moses to perform. He was able to present his sculptures later that night and explain to his dad what he learned during our family Bible study. 

The activities really help make the lessons come alive and increase our understanding of the Bible. I loved the discussions that we had while making unleavened bread. 


The boys were able to understand what leaven does and why the Israelites were not supposed to use it. When my older son asked if we could add pepper to the unleavened bread, we  talked about obedience and how when God told the Israelites to do something, they were supposed to do exactly as God commanded.

It is great that not only are my children learning, but my understanding of Exodus has increased as well. 

We are really excited that we found these books and cannot wait to purchase more!Click here to order this wonderful Bible curriculum for yourself.  Click here to find  Pryor Convictions Media on Facebook.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Make a Successful Media Kit, Book Review + Giveaway

I received this book free of charge to review.  The opinions are completely my own. The review may contain affiliate links.

I am not new to blogging, but I am new to using my blog to earn money. I have had a hard time trying to find a good resource on making a media kit. I recently got the opportunity to review Richele McFarlin’s new e-book, The Essential Guide to Successful Publicity Kits.  

It is written mainly for bloggers, speakers, and authors.  This book has a media kit, author kit, and speaker kit. It also explains the different kits and the essentials you will need in each kit.  In fact, the information on how to write a bio was just what I needed!

The most helpful resource for me was the printable checklists. These checklists allow you to write things out so you can easily organize the information. There are also templates included to show you how to place your information.  Another great resource is the sample finished kits which give you a better idea how your kit should look. 

I now feel confident that I have everything I need to make a great media kit. I am excited to get started!

You can buy this great book by clicking "Buy Now" to the right of this article. 

Or you can try to win it.
From today until Sunday, March 30 you will have a chance to win Richele McFarlin’s new e-book, The Essential Guide to Successful Publicity Kits. You will get one entry by following me on Pinterest. After you do that please come back and comment on this page. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31.Good Luck!!