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Monday, October 20, 2014

Flyby Review: Veggie Tales Beauty & the Beet

If you have not been reading my blog for very long, you may not realize that I've had a 21-year love affair with Veggie Tales, ever since I saw the first ones in 1993.  My husband and I had Veggie Tales videos and toys in our house before we ever had children (to be fair, we did teach preschoolers in Sunday School).  We passed our obsession onto our children, and now that the four of them range in age from 9-15, we still sit down as a family and watch every Veggie Tales story that comes out as soon as we can get our hands on it.

Beauty & the Beet did not disappoint!  The creators of Veggie Tales are getting back to their "roots" and creating delightful herbaceous characters to retell old favorite stories with a moral twist.

This brand-new VeggieTales musical premieres Oct. 14 and stars Kellie Pickler (American IdolDancing With the Stars), who brings her unmistakable voice to the role of Mirabelle, a sweet-potato singer whose family band is on the brink of superstardom. BEAUTY AND THE BEET blends the irresistible charm of VeggieTales with a heartfelt message about unconditional love. The DVD also includes Mac and Cheese, a giddy new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment in which Larry the Cucumber reveals the surprising and heretofore untold history of his family’s unexpected contributions to Italian cuisine. 

Mirabelle steals the show with her beautiful voice and sweet personality.  No, it's not a "kissing movie" (my kids always want to make sure of that!), but when Mirabelle finds a beastly beet who needs love, she shows it unconditionally.  What results is a happy ending for all!

Kellie Pickler's voice is perfect for Mirabelle, and "Mac and Cheese" is our new favorite silly song.  (Well, I don't know, it may not be able to beat "Belly Button"!)

Whether you have young children who have never met the Veggies, are long-time fans, or are grandparents with children thousands of miles away, pop some popcorn and get your healthy dose of Veggies this weekend!

For some more fun, I am having a giveaway!  Leave a comment here or on Facebook telling me your FAVORITE SILLY SONG to win your own free copy of Beauty & the Beet!  Drawing held Oct. 27, 2014.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is  subject to eligibility verification.

Can't get enough Veggie Tales?  
Watch for more Veggie Tales fun, coming to Netflix Thanksgiving Weekend!

The Bat in the Cabin - FREE on Kindle!

Are you afraid of things that go bump in the night? The Haagen children confronted their fears in this true story of a bat invading Aunt Jane's cabin! What would they do? Would it bite? Would it land on their heads? Could anyone save them? Find out in The Bat in the Cabin by Debra Haagen! Suggested companion product to Bats! Bats! Bats! Lapbook and Study Guide. 

Take a look at The Bat in the Cabinmy brand new children's book!

FREE this week only on Kindle!  October 20-24.

Download here:  The Bat in the Cabin

Happy Reading!  :-)

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Recap of 30 Homeschool Freebies in 30 Days

After all that back-to-school blogging in September, I have let the month of October go by.  I have some really exciting news to share with you in future posts, however.  Before I move on, let me recap the 30 Homeschool Freebies from September.  Many are still available, so if you missed any, be sure to go back and pick them up!

1.  Free Fine Arts Pages - Sorry, no longer available
2.  Share the Memories Freebie from Albums to Remember - Sorry, no longer available
3.  Share the Memories FREEBIE from Over the Fence Designs - Sorry, no longer available
4.  Harvest on the Farm Lapbook Sample - Download your FREE sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE 
5.  Apologia Biology Journal Sample - Download a sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
6.  "Surprise Party"Digital Scrapbooking Kit - Sorry, no longer available
7.  Joseph, Prince of Dreams Lapbook Sample - Download a sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
8.  Apologia Interactive Journal Sample - Download a sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
9.  Spot, Come Home Children's Book Sample - Download a FREE sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
10.  American Girl Lapbook Sample - Download a FREE sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
11.  Share the Memories Freebie by KapiScrap & Art - Sorry, no longer available
12.  Tongue Twisters for Kids [Kindle Edition] - Download Here
13.  Theory of Intelligent Design Lapbook Journal Sample - Download a FREE sample here.
14.  Dolphin Tale 2 Homeschool Curriculum - download here.
15.  The Little Chapel That StoodSee the author, A.B. Curtiss, reading the book on a free video at
16.  The Fruit of the Spirit Mini-Lapbook Sample - Download a free sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
17.  Bats! Bats! Bats! Lapbook Sample -  Download a sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
       (Fantastic companion product to The Bat in the Cabin - TBA in a future post and free on Kindle Oct 20-24!!)
18.  Freebies from Classical Composers Monthly.
19.  Exploring the Seasons Lapbook Package Sample - Download a FREE sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
20.  The Power of the Holy Spirit by Don DeWelt plus several other books by College Press -
21.  3-D Handprint How-To -
22.  Coupon for a Free Lapbook - Sign up for the Knowledge Box Central newsletter here.
23.  2 Free Unit Studies per month - Sign up for the School Express newsletter here.
24.  History of Hallowe'en Sample - Download a sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
25.  More American Girl Lapbook Samples -
26.  Ancient Egypt Lapbook Cover - Click here to see our review of this product and download a FREE cover for your lapbook. 
27.  Ancient Greece Lapbook Cover - Click here to see our review of this product and download a FREE cover for your lapbook.
28.  Ancient China Lapbook Sample - Download a free sample of this product here:  VIEW SAMPLE FILE
29.  "Boo" Paper freebie from Dandelion Dust Designs - Sorry, no longer available
30.  Paper freebie from Winks Art Graphics - Sorry, no longer available

Previous month Freebies:

Free Lessons from Compass Classroom (15% Coupon is now expired, but free lessons are still available)
The Star-Spangled Banner Unit Study from Classical Composers Monthly
How to Teach Your Children the Bible from Compass Classroom

Practically Perfect Pumpkins, the Kindle freebie from last week, is still on sale for $2.50 until the end of the month.

Whew, that there is a list of freebies!!  Stay tuned throughout the school year - there are more to come!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kindle FREEBIE: Practically Perfect Pumpkins Mini-Lapbook!

Brand new Kindle Freebie:

Practically Perfect Pumpkins Mini-Lapbook

Available today through Saturday (Oct 14-18).

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

30 Homeschool Freebies in 30 Days - 2 Paper Freebies!

Today I am offering you 2 scrapbooking freebies as homeschool freebies, because I love to use these papers, elements, and even the alphabets in my lapbooks, notebook covers and dividers, and book report and notebooking pages!

The first one is a brand new seasonal kit freebie from Dandelion Dust Designs.  I don't celebrate Hallowe'en and I know a lot of my readers do not, either, but I love the papers and the pumpkin and flower elements in here for seasonal pages.  I think I may use that tree for some family tree pages.

Download this FREE mini-kit on DDD's Facebook Page!

The second freebie today is from My Memories.  I absolutely love these papers!  Sign up for the My Memories newsletter to receive a freebie like this one every Friday!

Happy homeschooling/scrapping!  :-)

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Special Download available now on Teachers Pay Teachers!
$5.00 for all THREE books!

This package offers 3 full products for hours of Halloween fun. These products are not only fun, they are educational.

Bats, bats, bats! Lapbook - They may be spooky, creepy, and mysterious, but surprisingly, they hardly ever go "bump" in the night! In fact, they could be helping you more than you know. Separate the fact from the myth about these fascinating creatures in Bats, Bats, Bats! by Debra Haagen! Includes a complete Study Guide and all booklet templates. Designed for K-8th grade students.

The History of Halloween- This lapbook is NOT all about things that go bump in the night. This product was designed to study the actual history of Halloween, how and where it started, and the cultural lessons to be learned through its journey through the centuries, and the cultural changes that made it into what it is today.

BONUS: Halloween Activity Book- This activity book includes coloring, math, language arts, Bingo, critical thinking, and more! This product was designed for K-5th grade students but could easily be used for other levels as well.