Thursday, July 24, 2014

Homeschool Room Ideas & Inspiration for 2014!

http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/homeschool-rooms/

The homeschool year is about to begin for many of you and I know that you are planning, getting curriculum together, and doing all that mamas do around this time! So today I wanted to share a little inspiration on homeschool rooms since that is where the majority of homeschooling takes place.  Or maybe your family is like mine and you do homeschool every where else like on the couch, on the dining room table, on the deck, under a tree, at the library, etc. Wherever you do your school work is fine--I just hope you will be inspired our post today!

In the past we have shared plenty of homeschool room ideas and today we would like to share more than just a post of pictures with ideas but to let you know that we have created a lovely space for you to visit as often as you'd like and gain more ideas--that's right, we created a Homeschool Room Pinterest board for you to peruse!

http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/homeschool-rooms/ 



--I hope you are blessed by it!







And don't forget about the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale
 - there are only a few days left and if you buy 2 you can get 1 free!


https://www.buildyourbundle.net/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=441


Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!


Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!



They have something for everyone and it ends Monday!

You can visit the Build Your Bundle
 website HERE.






Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!


A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Thanks to all who have already taken advantage of the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale! There is still time to take advantage of this amazing offer--you can now buy two and get one free-- just click here to do so.


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Now if you do join our link up we only require one thing-- PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us and join in the fun or just simply paste and copy the code into your blog sidebar or at the bottom of the post that you shared here:









Now on with our linkup:



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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

17 Tips for Getting Homeschool Curriculum That Won't Break the Bank



Sometimes when you are starting a new homeschool year the budget might be tight and paying for expensive homeschool curriculum can sometimes be very daunting for a homeschooling mom. Just recently I was talking to someone on the phone who called for advice of where to get curriculum that wouldn't break the bank . So today I wanted to share a couple of helpful tips that will help your dollar stretch when purchasing curriculum for a new school year:

1. Build Your Bundle Homeschool Edition: I wanted to mention this first since it is time sensitive- this is a BIG sale I mentioned yesterday where you can build you own bundle of homeschool books, buy premade bundles, get free bonuses, and if you buy two you can get a whole bundle for FREE--not to mention that bundles are as high as 92% off! This amazing sale will end July 28th so be sure not to miss it--click here to check it out.

https://www.buildyourbundle.net/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=441

2. Ebay--For years I would find my usually expensive curriculum way cheaper at Ebay. Teachers guides/textbooks and answer keys are also a wonderful find here!

3. Craigslist--Check out their book, garage sale, and free section.

4. Amazon--Amazon has great items at often rock bottom prices that you can find used. Click here for homeschool curriculum  and school supplies.

5. Garage Sales--Several times I have found other homeschooling families who have had sales in my area who were getting rid of some of their books. I was able to purchase whole boxes of items--what a steal! Be sure to go when teachers are having sales too, you can find all kinds of great teaching supplies.

6.  Homeschool Support Group--Moms in your support group are great for selling off their unneeded books. If you have a homeschool support group or circle of homeschooling mom friends you could also do a book swap and/or ask them to let your borrow some books for a  year. I really like this concept of helping eachother and I like to do it frequently. This year a sweet friend gifted us with curriculum that was worth $200 that we were wanting to use this year--what a blessing!

7. Online Groups--I am part of a Facebook Homeschool trading and selling group and there is so much available at such low prices!

8. Homeschool Used Curriculum Book Sales--Find out when these are in your area and save the date. Come prepared with list in hand of what you need and be ready to make a killing.

9. Homeschool Conferences--There are booths set up at these conferences that sell used curriculum and they also usually have a table for moms to sell their used curriculum. Be sure to check it all out and compare. Sometimes they will even have FREE boxes.



10. Library--Of course it is a great place to check out all kinds of items you need from books, audio and video--but also don't forget to find out when their used book sales are on. We have purchased loads of books and readers this way, all no more than a quarter each and sometimes less than that. At my library we have access to several other local libraries in the area and can request items from all of them.

11. Design Your Own--With the availability of the internet today, many ambitious moms are taking on the task of designing their own curriculum with low or no cost. Here is a book that I recommend which talks a bit about that: Homeschooling on a Shoe String.

12. Free Websites--There are free websites like Ambleside Online one that help you teach your children through the years. There are also tons of free sites that offer free printables for all kinds of subjects from handwriting to unit studies.

13. Thrift Stores-I have heard of mothers finding workbooks, classics, art supplies and all kinds of other things here. One mother had found a math workbook for just 20 cents for her fifth grader!

14. Sell Your Books--List your unneeded homeschool items on websites to make back some extra money to buy new books/supplies for the following year. I would also hold a garage sale in the summer for this very purpose.

15. Think Outside the Box--Don't feel pressured to just use what you see in the glossy homeschool catalogs. Be creative--there is always more than one way to skin a cat! Are there books already available in your home to teach a subject? Are there resources online you could use to teach a concept? I have heard of one mom who fell on hard times and used her older childrens old workbooks for her younger children by typing the lesson for the day on her computer and printing them out as new. Smart!

16. Buy with the Future in Mind - If you are buying for several children (like we are with 9 children) you might want to buy hardcover books that can be used over and over again. Passing down books have saved us a ton especially when they are durable quality hardcover type of books. 

17. Bonus Tip--if you are a blogger you might want to consider approaching a company and exchange advertising for free curriculum or ask to do a review of an item you are interested in. (If you want to learn how to advertise on your blog, click here, I am having a sale!)

And might I also add that the most important thing that you should also do before anything here on the list is to PRAY!  

I assure you that God has answered
many a homeschooling mothers prayers and needs.

A helpful book I highly recommend would be:


This book has lots of great ideas and you can get a used copy for as low as a penny!





What other ideas would you add?

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Now to those interested in the amazing Build Your Bundle Homeschool Sale please remember that it ends soon, and once it is gone it is gone for good and I would hate for you to miss this great deal as this is the first of its kind.  Also, I wanted to let you know that they even have a Mom Bundle to encourage you (our new eBook, How to Build a Strong Christian Home is in that bundle!)--they have everything from preschool, elementary, high school, Charlotte Mason and more so be sure to check it out HERE!


https://www.buildyourbundle.net/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=441


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Hope this post was a blessing to you!


Monday, July 21, 2014

IT'S HERE: Build Your Homeschool Library with the Homeschool Build Your Bundle Sale! {Save 92% Off}


Homeschooling Curriculum On Sale for up to 92% off - One Week Only!

The "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition sale is here!

For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling homeschooling products, including MANY from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 list!

Take a look at the bundles:

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Charlotte Mason Bundle

This bundle features complete curriculum using the Charlotte Mason Methods for language arts, handwriting, and reading, a full geography curriculum, a plethora of resources for studying nature, artists, poetry, and a variety of "extras" just for mom!

Included are popular products: Write From History, Sheldon's New Language Lessons, Handwriting Lessons Through Literature, Fine Art Pages, Grapevine Bible Study, and more!

Learn all about Charlotte Mason and enjoy a special bonus (a $90 value all by itself)—the top 5 best selling G.A. Henty audio books from Jim Hodges Productions. This bundle is jam packed full of amazing resources your family will love!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Tots & PreK Bundle

Teach your littlest ones about God's amazing creation and the value of virtue using our Tot & Preschool Bundle!

Included are popular products from: We Choose Virtues, Character Concepts, Grapevine Bible Studies, and more!

This bundle gives you a complete Christ-centered preschool program, including age-appropriate character-building tools, a stick-figure Bible study, a creation-based coloring book, a handwriting curriculum, an independent activity guide (for those times when you need a moment to focus), and much more!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
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Teach your K-3 children basic skills and core truths through easily understandable lessons and hands-on activities. Our K-3 Bundle includes reading, math, science, handwriting, character training and Bible resources.

Your children will experience life in 17th century America as they learn about the settlers and our 13 original colonies. You will have everything you need to savor these first days of discovery!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Elementary: 4-6th Bundle

This bundle features Wordsmith Apprentice from Common Sense Press, a Cathy Duffy Top 100 Pick! Included is a science curriculum teaching Geology, also from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 Picks.

You will also find "Mapping the Word With Art", a highly acclaimed curriculum that has a blend of history, geography, and art. There is more: Bible, handwriting and copywork resources, writing guides, timeline cards, ancient history notebooking pages, creative writing for both boys and girls, and an editable weekly homeschool planner for Mom - all for one LOW PRICE!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Middle School Bundle

Your middle school students will tour the classical world and develop academic excellence using our Middle School Bundle.

This bundle features Learning Language Arts Through Literature and two science curricula, one from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, as well as your choice of volumes from "A Child's Geography" - a complete geography and history curriculum!

Also included is a popular history timeline/book of centuries, Renaissance and Reformation notebooking pages, a classical music curriculum and famous composers notebooking pages, and a creative writing collection that even "non-writers" will love!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!High School Bundle

Your high school students will develop academic mastery and intellectual maturity using our High School Bundle.

This bundle features a New Testament Bible curriculum, an introduction to psychology, a full year of math curriculum, resources for world history and geography, philosophy, home economics, college prep, grammar, a creative writing collection that even "non-writers" will love, an anatomy science unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks, and more! You will receive enough materials for a full year of high school!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Bundle Just for Moms!

Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!).

Whip your home into shape and train your children to do their chores effectively with a Easy Peasy Chores ($18.99 value!) This bundle brims with useful tools to help you bring calm to the chaos. Get them all for just $10!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!Build Your OWN Bundles

Would you rather hand-pick your selections? There are two "Build Your Own" Bundle Options!

You can choose any 5 products priced $19.99 and under for just $25 ~ a savings of 75%!

You can choose any 10 products priced $19.99 and under for just $39 ~ a savings of 80%!

SO many amazing products to choose from!


BUY MORE & SAVE MORE!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!


(Please note that all items listed in bundles are digital products!)

*Lots of ways to save!

  1. When you purchase ANY 2 pre-assembled bundles you will get the 3rd pre-assembled bundle of equal or lesser value for 50% off!
  2. When you purchase ANY 2 "build your own" bundles you will get the 3rd "build your own" bundle of equal or lesser value for 50% off!
  3. Tell your friends about the "Build Your Bundle" - Homeschool Edition Sale using our referral system that is found on the top of the website! When 10 of your referrals visit our site using your unique link, we will give you a code to save 10% off your total purchase!
*The B2G1 50% off offer applies to pre-assembled or "Build Your Own" Bundles only. Discount taken off the lowes priced bundle. See site for complete details and FAQ.

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Do You Need to Earn Extra Money? A Wonderful Home Income Opportunity with Lilla Rose {& Free Shipping on Starter Kits!}




Many of you know that I have been sharing about Lilla Rose for the last couple years on my blogs-- and since they are so popular you also have probably seen them everywhere else too! What you probably DON'T know is that Lilla Rose is a wonderful company that has been a blessing to SOOO many stay at home moms providing them extra supplemental income their families while allowing a way for them to stay at home with their children as they work within the comfort of their home.


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds

What I really love about Lilla Rose is that it is up to you on how much time you put in. As a mom of 9 children I don't always have time to invest hours into a business and with Lilla Rose I don't need to! I put in what I can and work on my own schedule. That is a blessing in itself!

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Not only that but Lilla Rose also offer some wonderful things like:

  • 30-45% commission (this is higher than most companies, this means more money for you!)
  • free website (other companies charge a fee)
  • amazing support for consultants
  • they have a small easy minimum annual requirement of $29 (trust me, this is very attainable, and other companies are much higher!) 


http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds/become-a-consultant.html

What is even more wonderful about Lilla Rose is that you don't have to do parties like you do with some other companies to earn an income (unless you'd like to), I only sell online and have many other friends who sell online only and are VERY successful at it! Since this is my very first direct sales company that I have ever worked with I was also surprised to see how easy it was to earn income with them.

Now I am very excited to share with you that  right now they are having a 14 day special  where you can receive free shipping on all starter kits until the end of the month! That is a fantastic deal that you won't want to miss!

I started out with a $40 kit (very affordable) and made that money back immediately and since then several times over! There are different kit options for you to choose from, but if you want to start out with more bang for you buck (having several clips to have on stock) you might want to check out the Fast Start Kit (you can only sign up for this one when you FIRST sign up, this option is NOT available later). Many consultants wish they had started out with this one because it offers the most product to get them started.

Now if you are interested in joining Lilla Rose (currently for USA residents only) and taking advantage of the FREE SHIPPING on starter kits for the next 14 days, click HERE. 

http://www.lillarose.biz/wisewomanbuilds/become-a-consultant.html



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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Homemaking Goodness: "Especially Dark" Chocolate Cupcakes!



Today we have a special guest post by my second oldest daughter, Naomi Elizabeth:

When you're in a family of 11, it's a blessing to everyone when you bake a lot. Sometimes it's hard to find recipes that are easy, and yummy... but this is definitely one!
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Especially Dark Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups sugar
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
"ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING (recipe follows)

 Directions
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans or line 28 to 30 muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups.
2. Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans or fill cups about 2/3 full with batter.
3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes for round pans or 22 to 25 minutes for cupcakes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
Frost with "ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING. 10 to 12 servings.

"ESPECIALLY DARK" CHOCOLATE FROSTING
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt butter, Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Makes about 2 cups of frosting.

My family really loved these cupcakes, I hope your family enjoys them too!

Recipe credit (hersheys)

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Hello! My name is Naomi, and I am 16 years old. I'm the second oldest daughter in our family. I like to bake, cook, sew, read, practice my photography skills, have fun and spend time with my friends and family. I like to learn new things, grow my skills and am usually up for a challenge- whatever it may be. I want to travel the world when I grow up, but am safe and happy at home right now. 


"He says, 'Be still and know that I am God;
  I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth" 
-Psalm 46:10