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Friday, March 16

Ready or Not (Fugees)

Y'all know we're a scouting family.  The boys joined back when they were Tigers (before the invention of Lions), and one of them has already reached Eagle Scout rank.  We've always looked at scouting as a combination of :
  • Manhood training (boys need this -- it's very important!)
  • Career introduction (each of the merit badges allows him to explore a career opportunity that interests him and / or introduce him to ones he may not have known)
  • Survival training (this is where it ties into the "prepper" trend...and it's just that...a movement that's trendy right now and picking up speed due to the world's unrest)
All three of these aspects are important for our young men to experience.  In the case of homeschooling kids, it also offers a regular socialization opportunity among peers.  

Preparedness is really nothing more than looking down the road and considering all options.  
  1. Do you have a savings account?  
  2. Do you have more than a day's food in the house?  
  3. Do you have more than half a tank of gas in the car right now?  
  4. Do you have a plan for how your family will get out of the house in case of a fire?  
If you answered yes to any of those questions, you could also be considered a "prepper."  It's picked up a really negative connotation, thanks in part to reality television, but unnecessarily so.

This book addresses animal husbandry and food storage.  In this book, we answer the first question...

The big question for a lot of preppers is simply, “Where do we go?” There are a variety of options available, so how do you know what’s best for you and your family? In this book, you’ll learn how to break down the task of strategic relocation into a manageable plan of action, including:
  • • Picking a Geographical Location
  • • Area Reconnaissance and Intel Gathering
  • • Home/Land Buying Basics
  • • Off-Grid Options
  • • Home Fortifications
  • • Building a Retreat for Your Group/Community
Thoughts about this book....
If you're wanting to plan long-term for an uncertain future, location is definitely the first step.  After all, what good is having supplies if you're just going to bug out to a place that they aren't located.  This book talks realistically about choosing a place (and it discusses the pros and cons of rural, suburban, and urban options), scouting the area, and purchasing a home.  It talks about upgrades you can make if you decide to stay at your current location, too.  It does a really good job of balancing options....whereas some books focus solely on off-grid locations, and others solely on surviving in a big city, this one really weighs out all of the options.  Finally, it discusses building a community and working together as a group, as well as the advantages and pitfalls of groups.  It's a good starting place for a beginner.

Read more of our Boy Scout posts and learn about Badge-Schooling.

Learn more about Road Trip Emergency Planning.

About the Author
Charley Hogwood is the chief instructor at Personal Readiness Education Programs (PREP). With over 15 years of experience in the US Army and Florida National Guard, Charley has devoted his life to disaster and emergency preparedness. He holds a certificate in Emergency Management and has 49 FEMA certificates with 100s of hours of training and instruction in disaster readiness, business contingency and continuity planning, emergency operations policies and procedures, mass prophylaxis planning, nuclear WMD responder operations, rapid disaster impact assessment, volunteer management and more. He is also a speaker presenting on emergency management topics such as hurricane preparedness.

Wednesday, March 14

Big Ol' Game (Joss Stone)

When school gets to be too much, we put it away and spend a day playing board games.  Games are a great way to reinforce what you’re teaching, as well as teach social and life skills.  There are so many options, no matter the age level, and most importantly, the kids won’t realize they’re learning!

Some of the social skills involved in board games include : communication, turn taking, sharing, waiting, encouragement, and healthy competition.  It’s a good way to learn that your luck can change in a roll of the dice, so don’t ever give up and just keep trying your best, because your next turn might be your lucky move!

In part one of Learning through Play, we discussed the character and life skills that children learn while playing games.  It's much more than just rolling the dice and moving a piece around the board!  We also talked about a few of our favorite games.  What are your family's favorite games?

Today, we're looking at some of our favorite printable games, and the best way to store everything.  After all, travelling doesn't lend itself well to bringing along several board games, and every inch of space in the back of the car counts!

What about these printable games?
My hands-down favorite place to find printable games is Ellen McHenry's Basement.  Her games are appropriate for middle schoolers and up, and really reinforce the concepts that we are teaching through FUN.  If you haven't met is the time!
Some of the FREE games you'll find there include :

While that's our favorite place to snag new games, you can also find them at places like TeachersPayTeachers and Educents.  These tend more toward the elementary school genre, for which we are no longer picking up materials.  

Some games we've picked up there include :

So how do we store / travel with all of these?
Printable games can be tricky to store.  The boards themselves are flimsy, but then you have all of those extra cards and playing pieces to keep up with, too.  Two tricks that have worked for us are :
  • Roll up the boards / papers and place down into a cardboard tube.  This was our first mode of storage, until we began having trouble with keeping pieces on the boards during play....because they'd been rolled up for so long, they kept wanting to roll up, and ejecting dice and playing pieces!
  • That brought us to our second idea, and the one that's stuck for three years now.  We took an old mailing box and flattened it out...punched two holes in the top, and then punched two holes in the side of every single game board we had.  
    • Using yarn, we tied them all together, but loosely enough to be able to flip the 'pages.'  
    • We put the cards and pieces in separate sandwich bags, and then all of those went into a gallon sized bag.  
    • The boards slide nicely under the suitcases, and we only need to find room for our game piece bag, to bring along eight games when travelling!

Tuesday, March 13

NatureGlo's eScience {review}

A few months ago, we picked up a Fibonacci course from NatureGlo's eScience to try out, and my son really enjoyed it. Given that he eschews anything math-oriented, this was a great relief! When we were offered the opportunity to try out their new MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle, it was an exciting moment! Something that frames math through a lens of art, nature, and history? Sign him up.

The MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle, as it says, has four different classes, including Math Connections with the Real World, in Ancient Cultures, in the Arts & Sciences, and Patterns in Nature.  Each class is set to a length of six weeks, making the bundle cover a full year of math.  It would be appropriate for upper elementary or middle school, and has several activities that can be tailored up or down to grade level.  

For the sake of this review, we focused primarily on Math Connections in Ancient Cultures.  (If you've followed the blog for any length of time, you'll know that this would be a huge draw, as our son would get to revisit Ancient Greece, as well as learn about some ancient cultures he knew little about.

The course is presented as a live video class, meaning that students can tune in to a class live with the instructor and other students.  Whether from the rural internet connection, or something else, we struggled with the classes and videos; therefore, we only used the pre-recorded portion of the classes.  A few classes in, our connection dropped even further, making it nearly impossible to even watch these pre-recorded classes; therefore, we began downloading materials overnight (because it takes hours to download anything.....again, possibly from our rural connection) and then using the powerpoints, our own research, and the course materials to work through the class together.  

We studied the history and how the math works into the history, and then created the suggested art projects.  At the end of each lesson is a page with suggestions for further study.  There are a LOT of suggestions and videos.....all together, they could make up a complete course credit, but feel free to pick and choose what suits your family's needs.  We even got little brother involved in some of the art projects!
One of his favorite activities was creating the geometric 3-D shapes.  We printed them out and he spent several days putting them together and then into a mobile.

How it Works
  • The first video is an overview of everything off to the side.  It is done as a live class that is recorded for you to access later.
  • The second video is a slideshow that can be downloaded (without audio) for offline use.  Ultimately, this is what we did for all our classes, as we had playback issues.
  • There is a study guide to accompany the slide shows.  You can print it out for the student to complete while watching (or after).
  • Art, archaeology, and music are all incorporated into the math lessons.  Each of the lessons for the ancient history course centers around a particular era and culture, while each of the lessons in the nature course centers around an aspect (such as flowers) in nature.
  • I'm really glad we had an opportunity to review this because my kids are enjoying the class as a jumping off point for (what I call) 'bunny trail' research but the price tag is too steep for our budget.
  • While these activities and extra videos could be found for free by searching the Internet, I know that many home schooling families will appreciate that Gloria has taken the time to do the research and include them in her course.
  • We had a lot of issues with volume and playback.  It happened every time with the "live" recordings.
  • The interactive components just didn’t ‘work’ for us.  After the first few lessons, we selected to forego the live classes and just do the activities off to the side.  We downloaded the powerpoint files and discussed them together before moving forward.
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Wondering if these might be a good fit for your homeschool?  You can enroll in three full lessons for free!

While we received the MathArt Online 4-Class Bundle you may want to check out her other Membership Bundles and individual classes

See what others are saying about NatureGlo's eScience at the Homeschool Review Crew!

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Monday, March 12

Parenting Made Practical {review}

parenting made practical

The award winning book, Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think, is a helpful book for parents at all stages. It's a call to stop reminding, threatening, and lecturing our kids, and it helps parents learn how to get them to start thinking and take ownership of their responsibilities and behaviors. It's available in both book format and on DVD.

Carla and Joey run a company called Parenting Made Practical, where they also offer materials such as Getting Your Child to Behave and Dating, Courting, and Choosing a Mate...What Works? Their materials span all ages of children and are appropriate for any parent.

We received a copy of both the book and DVD for Taming the Lecture Bug and Getting Your Kids to Think. I'm more of a book reader, and read the book first before watching the DVD. The DVD was pretty much the exact same information that is in the book, so I would recommend that you choose whichever format you are most comfortable with, and use it for getting the information.

The gist of the book and DVD is that we should be raising responsible children…rather than entitled ones…and we have to make a concentrated effort to do so. If your children complain and do not obey, this book will help you with some practical advice for changing that. If you have young children without any issues yet…that’s wonderful! But they’re not teens yet…and it’s worth checking out the book for its many practical applications in the world of raising teenagers.

The book isn’t that long; and if you aren’t into reading, the DVD is less than an hour long. They give practical tips on how to stay away from lecturing too much. It’s a good manual for parenting - full of wisdom and practical solutions.

One thing that surprised me was their definition of ‘lecturing.’ I had no idea that I lecture my kids so much! So what are some ways that parents stop their kids from thinking?

  • Reminders 
  • Lectures 
  • Anger 
  • Busyness 
Do you recognize any of these in your home? Sometimes, we get so caught up in making sure that everything is done, and done ‘just so,’ that we forget we’re training the next generation and they need to be just as capable. The authors suggest that by stepping back and retraining our children, we will actually free up more time and make sure that everything gets done AND end up with children who are both capable and responsible for their actions.

The DVD takes the information from the book and presents it in a slightly more entertaining way.  It appears to have been filmed at a homeschool or parenting convention, as it is done on a small stage with an audience.  The presenters' children participate, and there are several reenactments of lecturing scenes, followed up with "how could that be handled better?" scenarios.

One of the items that I found interesting within the book was the parental transitioning for tweens and teens. This is something that our family, as homeschoolers, needs to work on. I’ve joked that my kids are going to need an alarm clock that sounds like me knocking on the door…but really, it’s not funny. Nothing wakes those boys up except for me knocking on their doors in the morning…and why? Because I trained them that way. It’s my fault, and now I’m going to have to do the hard work of retraining them to an alarm clock…unless I plan to follow them to college. (Nope. Already done my campus time….)

Other points that the authors make are :
  • It’s never too late to implement these strategies. As with anything….it will be easier if you start when the children are young, but if you’re willing to commit to the work, it can be done with older teens, too. 
  • We must also be willing to acknowledge that our kids aren’t angels…not just out loud / when we’re joking, but deep within our hearts. We want to believe in the best of our children, but need to acknowledge (and work with) both the good and bad points.

Finally, I appreciated the practical question and answer part of the book.  This is where we typically ask our teen, "What were you thinking?" and he responds with, "I don't know."  (Although, I'm here to tell you that I really don't think he knows what he was thinking most of the time....or if his brain was engaged at all.)  
Some questions to start a conversation with your child include :
  • Why did you do that?
  • What were you thinking when you decided to do that?
  • Did you feel guilty for not doing what I asked (this helps to determine the heart factor)?
  • What can you do instead the next time you are tempted in the same way?
Remember how successful Sheldon was at training Penny in the Big Bang Theory?  He didn't lecture her or remind her or get angry or anything.....of course, he did resort to a sort of bribery (through operant conditioning's positive reinforcement).....I'm not sure the authors would approve.  😉

Find out what others are saying about Parenting Made Practical over at the Homeschool Review Crew!
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Honey Pie (Beatles)

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.
'Lose Yourself in the Digits' (by Pi Daddy)

Learning about Pi :

Wednesday, March 7

MARCH into a New Read!

Where the Fire Falls (Karen Burnett)
Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine, including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty. After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he's faced with the opportunity to become a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling? As Clark opens Olivia's eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park's story as its vistas--a revelation that may bring her charade to an end.

I loved the first book in this series, about Mount Rainier, and had high hopes for this did not disappoint.  In this second book, we visit Yosemite National Park.  The author does a fabulous job of making you feel like you're right there with the characters...the sensory details are incredibly descriptive and will make you want to rush right out and visit this glorious park!  There are shady characters and moral characters, and sometimes you have to figure out who is who.  There are some elements of mystery and romance, but the overall theme here was one of forgiveness and acceptance.  I eagerly await the third installment of what I hope is a long-standing new series!

A Chance at Forever (Melissa Jagears)
In early 1900s Kansas, Mercy McClain, determined to protect Teaville's children from the bullying she experienced as a child, finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the classmate who bothered her more than any other, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against him getting the job. Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking to earn forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the best interests of the children at heart. Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron put the past behind them in time to face the unexpected threats to everything they're working for?

This was the third book in a series, and I have not read the other two, so I can't speak to how it wraps up or connects to anything.  I can say that there were a few characters and events that I felt like I was expected to have a backstory for, but it didn't detract from the heart of this story itself.  The primary theme of the book is forgiveness...accepting change in others, giving grace, and acknowledging that you yourself have changed as well.  There are some pretty heavy topics couched within the pages of this romance, and I found the story to be very believable.  Aaron and Mercy have a lot of hoops to jump through, as well as a host of past misgivings to overcome, but they manage to do just that through their Christian faith, hard work, and faith in each other.  I would be interested to see the other two books in the series, but having read the third first may spoil some of their storylines.

The Heart Between Us (Lindsay Harrell)
Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s life forward. She’s still working as a library aide and living with her parents in her small Minnesota hometown, dreaming of the adventure she plans to take “once she’s well enough.” Meanwhile, her sister is a successful architect with a handsome husband and the perfect life—or so Megan thinks. When her heart donor’s parents give Megan their teenage daughter’s journal—complete with an unfulfilled bucket list—Megan connects with the girl she meets between the pages and is inspired to venture out and check off each item. Caleb—a friend from her years in and out of the hospital—reenters her life and pushes her to find the courage to take the leap and begin her journey. She’s thrown for a loop when Crystal offers to join her for reasons of her own, but she welcomes the company and the opportunity to mend their tenuous relationship. As Megan and Crystal check items off the bucket list, Megan fights the fears that have been instilled in her after a lifetime of illness. She must choose between safety and adventure and learn to embrace the heart she’s been given so that she can finally share it with the people she loves most.

On one hand, I really enjoyed this book because of it's travel and bucket list aspects.  On the other hand, I found it very tedious and at times very wind-y...just all over the place.  One sister is coping with physical issues, while the other with burnout and relationship issues.  They leave the drama behind for a bit as we travel the world in this book.  I loved the vivid descriptions of all the places the sisters visit on their bucket list.  The author did her research and saved me quite a bit in travel expenses!  As they travel, both sisters have a bit of a come-to-Jesus moment, realizing that they have to be honest with themselves and those around them, live their lives fully, and let the past go.  From the description, I expected a romance in here, but it was only alluded to.  Also, I found myself wanting to know more about the donor herself, but we only see glimpses of the journal which helps to drive forward the story at times.

The Hidden Side (Heidi Chiavaroli)
New York, 2016 - Natalie Abbott offers answers for hurting listeners on her popular radio program. But she struggles to connect with her teenagers, with her daughter in an unhealthy relationship and her son uncommunicative and isolated. When one member of the family commits an unspeakable act, Natalie is forced to uncover who she truly is under the façade of her radio persona.  New York, 1776- Mercy Howard is shocked when her fiancé, Nathan Hale, is arrested and hanged as a spy. When she’s asked to join the revolutionary spy ring in Manhattan, she sees an opportunity to avenge Nathan’s death. But keeping her true loyalties hidden grows increasingly harder as the charming Major John Andre of the King’s Army becomes more to her than a target for intelligence.  Mercy’s journals comfort Natalie from across the centuries as both women struggle with their own secrets and shame, wondering how deep God’s mercy extends.

In a similar vein as Freedom's Ring, we follow a modern-day timeline that lines up against a Revolutionary War-era timeline.  In this instance, in the modern day timeline, we have a school shooting, where the perpetrator (rather than one of the victims) is the son of our main character...which offers a unique perspective into this growing crisis / trend.  There are multiple narrative perspectives, but they each have a distinct voice and are easy to separate / follow.  There are themes of being true to yourself, both publicly and privately, as well as maintaining hope during times of trial.  Each of the main characters is facing a personal fork in the road, and her response will define who she is from that point on.  The author does a good job of creating believable characters and describing their situations and settings, such that you feel as though you are right there in the book.  It's a page-turner, and one that you'll not want to pick up until you have some time to devote to getting all the way through it!

Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down (Ida Keeling)
Can’t Nothing Bring Me Down is the memoir of 101-year-old, world-record-holding runner Ida Keeling. Miss Ida, as she’s known throughout her Bronx community, isn’t your typical runner. Her fierce independence helped her through the Depression and the Civil Rights movement. But her greatest trials were yet to come. Ida’s two sons were brutally murdered. Justice was never found. Ida felt like she didn’t have the strength to carry on and she couldn’t hope anymore. But encouraged by her daughter, Ida put on her first pair of running shoes at the age of sixty-seven and began to chase the paralyzing sorrow from her heart. Running gave light and new energy to Ida, and since her first race nearly thirty-five years ago, she’s kept running and never looked back. Holding the world record for the fastest time in the 60-meter dash for the 95-99 age group, Ida isn’t slowing down. Now she gives us a clear picture of what it means to overcome obstacles. Ida Keeling shares her inspirational story about growing up as a child of immigrants during the Depression and later raising four children as a single mother. She offers time-tested truths gathered from a lifetime of watching a nation change and from a life-long faith in Jesus. “Every night, I thank him for my many blessings, for his guidance, for his protection,” Ida says, “And every night he tells me, 'Miss Ida, you just keep on, because I ain't done with you yet."

As a former marathoner (and doesn’t it just kill to have to say ‘former?’), I can say that many of Ida’s statements are runners’ life truths. Stick it out, even when it hurts - Life isn’t always easy, but once you break through the wall, it looks a lot sweeter on the other side. Plus, look what you’ve accomplished! Surround yourself with the right people – Birds of a feather flock together…surround yourself with who you want to be. If you want to run a 7 minute mile, don’t start out with the 10 minute group! The way you talk to yourself matters – P!nk says it best, “Change the voices in your head; make them like you instead.” If you’re constantly saying, “I can’t do this,” then you won’t. The book itself is a quick read, filled with her personal history and testament to using running as an answer to grief and stress. She uses it as a survival tool, as all long-term runners are prone to do at times. One of these days, I hope to remove ‘former’ from my title and join Miss Ida in the ranks of centenarian runners!

Spread Too Thin (Ellen Miller)
You know the drill. Somebody asks, "How are you?" and you respond automatically: "Crazy busy!" "I'm exhausted!" "Running too fast."  And it's no wonder! Between the breakneck speed of your job, the one million family activities on the calendar, the volunteer luncheon you signed up to host, the growing to-do list on your phone, and the workout you've been meaning to get to for weeks--if you ever stopped long enough to think about it, you'd be curled up in the fetal position on the floor.  Life these days. It's exhausting, isn't it?  Ellen Miller gets it--and she wrote Spread Too Thin just for you. Whatever stage of life you find yourself in, you don't have to live it frantically. Written for women who care deeply and extend themselves selflessly, this 90-day devotional offers an honest look at the obligations that have drained us and then point us toward a more abundant life with Jesus. Through personal stories, practical insights, and classic Ellen humor, you'll discover that it is possible to find hope--and even peace!--throughout your harried, over-committed days.

Um, yeah.  So my best friend saw that I was reviewing this book, and all she had to say was "It's about time."  There seems to be a general consensus that this Type AAA crap needs to find the light at the end of the tunnel...and that maybe I can get there through a book.  Here's what I know - this book didn't fundamentally change me, but it did put a bug in my ear that it is OK to change.  It is OK to say, "I surrender."  It is OK to be happy being good enough.  I mean, we all hear it, but the author does a great job of connecting with the reader, and understanding exactly where this busy-ness is coming from, deep inside, and then taking it even further and offering tangible steps (and reasons behind them) for allowing yourself to step back.  Written in the format of a life story, coupled with assessments and quizzes for you to challenge yourself, it also has scriptures sprinkled throughout the text.  I like that the book is written in small segments, designed to be read over a period of a few months...because, you know, we're busy.  We don't always have time to sit down and read a long chunk!  This book gives you bite-sized morsels to chew on throughout the day...maybe as you're in the car running errands.

Deluxe Reader's Bible (Thomas Nelson)
The NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible is an invitation to get caught up in the story of Scripture, as history, poetry, and prophecy come to life on pages designed for people who love a good book.  Perfect for both devotional and extended reading, the beautifully designed NKJV Deluxe Reader’s Bible features the exceptionally readable Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface in an elegant single-column format. Premium, high-contrast paper, classically sewn lay-flat bindings, and an innovative approach to chapter and verse markers combine to create a distraction-free reading experience you’ll want to return to again and again.  Features include:  The New King James Version, known for its literary beauty and trustworthy accuracy; Single-column layout, designed for optimal readability; Beautiful Thomas Nelson NKJV Typeface; Two satin ribbon markers; and a Classic slipcase for protection and display.
This beautiful version of the Bible comes with a leather binding, red ribbon for marking your spot, and a cardboard box for storage.  It reads like a novel, without the distractions of footnotes and verse numbers, and uses updated language (NKJV version) that eliminates the "thous" and "thees," thus making it easier to understand.  Each book is its own story, so it can be read all the way through or as short stories.  It also includes a study guide, which would be appropriate for book groups.  This would make an excellent gift for a graduate or anyone who has expressed an interest in reading the Bible cover to cover, but gets frustrated with the distractions of a typical Bible.

Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God (Larry Osbourne)

This practical guide speaks to those who are weary of formulaic faith or who are haunted by nagging doubts about the church, as well as those who find the traditional spiritual disciplines impractical or even agonizing because of their personal wiring. Easy to read but filled with challenging ideas, this book provides a spiritual foundation for pastors and teachers, committed Christians, and anyone interested in discovering God for themselves but wary of predictable paths.

This is an updated version of a 2007 book, under the same name, that has an added study guide with questions for a church group or book club.  It focuses on faith, zeal, balance, rules, and how we incorporate all of that into our personal relationship with God.  It's a book for those people who just can't seem to feel like they belong with the 'church ladies.'  The gist of it is that you do not have to follow a prescribed set of religious 'rules' to be faithful, but that your spirituality can be simple and authentically yours.  It's 240 pages that basically tell you to be true to yourself, know God, and be comfortable with the way that you choose to worship.
The 10-Day Belly Slimdown (Dr. Kellyann Petrucci)
The New York Times bestselling author of Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet reveals her powerful belly-slimming plan that will help you lose up to 10 pounds in 10 days! Are you sick and tired of your belly fat? Frustrated with diets that don't take it off? Angry that you don't look the way you want to look, and can't wear the clothes you want to wear? Naturopathic physician and weight loss specialist Dr. Kellyann Petrucci has spent over 20 years showing people how to do the impossible: take off stubborn belly fat. After guiding thousands of amazing transformations over her career, Dr. Petrucci has targeted the most powerful ways to flatten your belly--deprivation not included! In The 10-Day Belly Slimdown, you will learn the #1 biggest secret to rapid belly-blasting: "mini-fasting." This simple but revolutionary shift in the timing of your meals means you'll eat within a seven-hour window each day. While you're mini-fasting, you'll never feel hungry--luscious, satisfying bone broth will quench cravings and melt off pounds, collagen-packed shakes will kick your metabolism into overdrive, and "slim-gestion" foods, herbs, and spices will fight bloat, lower inflammation, and cleanse your gut. In combination, these strategies deliver incredible results quickly and safely. The 10-Day Belly Slimdown includes daily meal plans, batch cooking tips to make meal prep a snap, 80 delicious new recipes, and a sensible maintenance plan. As you heal your belly from the inside out, you'll feel younger, happier, and lighter than you thought possible.

If you’re looking for a drastic lifestyle change, rather than a diet, then this book could be a good one for you. While it touts itself as a way to quick-drop ten pounds (think ‘before a big event’), it really is something you’d want to incorporate regularly, as yo-yo dieting isn’t good for you. There is a lot of bone broth in place of actual meals, and recipes that use her bone broth recipe. It also includes a workout plan and lots and lots of medical research to back up her suggestions. I honestly felt that this was a long infomercial and not something that I would incorporate into my life. The suggestions are more drastic than I’m willing to undertake…and I’d rather feel good and be happy than starve myself to look good for an event. However…not everyone feels the same way. If you find yourself in the latter category, look no further than these suggestions.

Tuesday, March 6

I Wanna Be Like You (Jungle Book)

Gorillas are a type of animal called an ape, which is a large primate that lacks a tail. 'Primate' basically means that gorillas are mammals that have hands, feet, and a big brain. That means you're a primate, too! Gorillas have fur that is usually black or gray. There are four different kinds of gorillas, and each kind looks a little bit different. Male gorillas have silver fur on their backs. Because of this, adult male gorillas are called Silverbacks! They are usually about 6 feet tall, which is as tall as a tall adult! Gorillas have arms that are longer than their legs, and sometimes they walk on all fours. This is called knuckle walking!

Where Do Gorillas Live?
Gorillas live in forests and swamps throughout Africa. They make their own nests using leaves and branches and they make a new nest to sleep in every night. That is a lot of work! They live on the ground in groups of 6 to 12 gorillas.

What Do Gorillas Eat?
Gorillas eat a lot of food! They can eat as much as 66 pounds of food every day. That is about as much as a kid weighs! Gorillas are herbivores, which means that they only eat plants. They are vegetarians! They eat fruits that grow in the rain forest, and they also eat bamboo and celery. Gorillas do not need to drink water because they get water from the food that they eat.

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