Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year! Time to think about buying curriculum?

Now may be the time to start thinking about next year's curriculum. If you are quite certain of a particular curriculum that you will indeed be using next September, and you are in a position where you MUST be a bargain is the time to find great deals on used books. Often we wait until peak time to look for those used treasures only to end-up in a bidding war.
However, in contrast to what I'm saying, I must applaud for offering such a great discount on Apologia last August.
However, here are some sites where you may be able to find a great deal on used curriculum:

Please feel free to list a site in the comments section to this post.
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shutterfly offers no limit on storage

Just FYI:
Shutterfly works with stores like CVS and more. Unlike Costco and Snapfish they offer storage without the need to purchase within a year. In other words, they won't delete your storage of pictures if you don't buy anything within a year's time frame. They don't have the photo editing capabilities of say picasa by Google but you can download your pictures, edit, send to Shutterfly, and then delete from your hard drive. You can also purchase external hard drives now too. But, for those who don't have the financial means to invest in more electronics, Shutterfly offers an alternative.
No Time:
I know as a single mom, I don't always have the time to scrapbook and my scrapbooking episodes are few and far between.
Old Computer:
I also have an old computer and don't want to use up space with a ton of pictures on my hard drive.
Kids and photography:
These on-line storage sites also allow my aspiring photographers to take lots and lots of pictures and then enter them in contests such as 4-H clubs and more, without filling-up the hard drive. They only have to be 13 to have their own site on Shutterfly.
NOTE: I do not work for Shutterfly and there may be more sites with these perks. I just stumbled upon this and thought I'd share.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Four Centuries of American Herbs

Patricia B. Mitchell has a series of books or rather, booklets that are quick and informative and very inexpensive. These handy books could make great gifts.
My favorite is Four Centuries of American Herbs. It's a great starter book with recipes that can help someone start with herbs...gardening and cooking. OR it's handy to just have in your kitchen.
Check out more with a book review:

Friday, December 10, 2010

Dragons in our Midst

A book series by Christian author and homeschooling father: Bryan Davis offers kids a reading adventure that includes dragons and knights. This series is written for young people and is not TOO scary. If you have a child that likes this type of reading format, this series could be a great Christmas gift idea.

You may be able to find them used at

You may also find them used on Amazon. Or NEW at

Click here for a Book Review on the first volume in the series.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Free Resource for Learning Spanish

Teaching Spanish is not my comfort zone and I'm still trying to figure it out!
My dilemma: I need to teach Spanish on a budget.
I graciously received Bob Jones Spanish 1 from a friend of a friend and I purchased the Teacher's Manual for a mere $5. But, I can't find the CD's available for less than a fortune.

However, I did  find a website to supplement the Spanish curriculum that is fun for the kids and I thought I'd share:
Your children (and yourself) can play games and more to help learn a foreign language.

If you have more tips and resources that you'd like to share, please join this blog and leave your comments here. Please note: I never send emails to junk-up your email box.
Thanks! Merry Christmas!