Tuesday, November 23, 2010


For anyone who reads this blog, an FYI : I am blogging now at my own website. You can find me at www.homeschoolingmama.com . You will find that most of my reviews, both of books and curriculum are over there now, and I will not be keeping up over here. I have enjoyed this site, but it is time to move on.
Pax et bonum,

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Homeschool Buyer's Co-op

I have seen the Homeschool Buyer's co-op mentioned for at least the last two years. I had looked at the website a couple of times, but something held me back from joining. I finally joined after I was on a webinar with Brett Walter who started the buyer's co-op. The information he provided reassured me that my name and information would be safe on the Buyer's Co-op site. By buying in large quantities, Homeschool Buyer's Co-op provides a way for homeschoolers to get the same kind of discounts that school districts receive. If you look at the website, you will see the comments of veteran homeschoolers who are so glad to have a better way to purchase curriculum.
I recently purchased some software from Digital Frog through the co-op. It was an excellent value, and my children love it! I could not have afforded the software I bought if I had not had the co-op discount.
There is something for everyone at the co-op, and there is no pressure to buy a particular amount. There is a field trip finder which lists destinations in every state. If your favorite field trip destiantion isn't there, you can add it. There are contests and the "Reading Champions" program. There is no cost to join. If you have need of software or curriculum, check out the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op. It could save you money on your homeschooling needs. I know it has saved me money.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A new DVD about St. Gianna Molla

Catholic Action for Faith and Family
PO BOX 910308
San Diego, California 92191
United StatesContact: Thomas McKenna
Phone: 858-461-0777
Email: tmckenna@catholicaction.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New DVD Tells Story of Modern Day Hero of Divine Love“St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love” is a new DVD about a saint who lived in our own time. The DVD is a visual delight, featuring photos and home movies of St. Gianna, who lived from 1922 to 1962. One gets to see her getting married and playing with her children and living out her career as a doctor. Viewers see her laughing and smiling and loving life. This is a real woman. She is someone like us. Here we get to know a woman like so many of us who struggled to balance work and family. She was highly intelligent, excelling in her studies. She also loved music and art and being in the mountains. She loved her family above all else, but saw her career as a physician as a calling from God. Not only did she run her own practice, she was an active volunteer and sought to bring medical care to those who needed it, especially mothers and children. She would tell other doctors that “when you have finished your earthly profession, if you have done this well, you will enjoy divine life ‘because I was sick and you healed me.’” St. Gianna was raised in a Christ-centered family and sought to raise her children the same way. Her life was one of service and was deeply rooted in prayer. She attended daily Mass as often as possible and prayed her rosary daily. She was always ready to encourage others in their relationship with God. She was a woman who viewed life as a gift from God and trusted in the power of prayer. Totally pro-life, her ultimate sacrifice was to give birth to her last child, even though she was advised against it and knew it might result in her own death. After giving birth, she bravely bore her final suffering with grace and prayer. She died on April 28, 1962 at the age of 39. Beatified in 1994 and canonized in 2004, Pope John Paul II held St. Gianna up as a role model for mothers, physicians, and the pro-life cause.“St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love” was produced by Catholic Action for Faith and Family which includes the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild. The mission of the Guild is to unite and encourage Catholic physicians and health care professionals, to promote and defend Catholic principles in a public way by word and example, and to inspire sanctification in their lives.To order the video, please visit http://www.stgiannaphysicians.org/ or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gianna-Beretta-Molla-Modern-Divine/dp/098163141X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286848315&sr=8-2

Amazon.com: St. Gianna Beretta Molla A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love (9780981631417): Thomas McKenn
Amazon.com: St. Gianna Beretta Molla A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love (9780981631417): Thomas McKenna: BooksShare

Monday, September 20, 2010


My youngest child has never been to a “brick and mortar” school and thinks he is missing out on something. Today we are having scheduled class times and only minimal breaks between “classes” in order to demonstrate what “real school” (as he calls it) is like. I have just told him that if he continues to make noises he will sit in a corner. I hate being so rigid, but it seems some days like that is the only way to get through to him. I know that “unschoolers” would not worry so much, but I am not there. There are certain things he really must learn. He is very bright, but I don’t seem to be able to find a teaching method that he enjoys. Ah well. We can’t have everything, can we? At least I have discovered that my 14 year old likes to learn by lapbooking/notebooking. It has taken me only 4 years to figure it out.
Help me today to be a kind, loving mother. Help me to discern which things to let go of and which things are less important. Please help me to not “lose it” with my son today as he tries to push every one of my buttons.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giveaway at Lapbook Lessons

There is an awesome giveaway at Lapbbook Lessons. In the Hands of a Child is giving away a 1 year SUPER MEMBERSHIP. The is an opportunity you don't want to miss if you do any lapbooking with your children. HOAC is a resource I use frequently to reinforce lessons and to provide a lasting reminder of the unit we have studied. They have frequent specials throughout the year. Check out the offer Here.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bones: What they do, why we need them.

The second module of the anatomy book is about bones. This "experiment" of making a person out of clay (or in our case, playdoh) demonstrates what a body would be like without bones. Our person could not stand until she had toothpicks strategically implanted in her back and limbs. Making our playdoh person^
Standing up after a "surgical intervention" of toothpicks inserted to help the "jelly body" stand.

Videos of the process:

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Anatomy project of the year

We made edible cells with gelatin as the cytoplasm and different candies to represent the organelles. They came out pretty good, but looked better in the science book photos. They were fun to make and reinforced (I hope) the lesson.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"old" friends

This past Sunday, August 22, I had the privilege and pleasure of getting together with a group of people with whom I attended high school many moons ago. As can be the case with any event, I was not really sure what to expect. Most of us have reconnected recently on Facebook. I had avoided Facebook until my daughter decided that she simply MUST have a Facebook account. I agreed that she could be on if, and only if, she agreed to "friend" me and allow me to see everything that is posted on her page. I was pleasantly surprised to find many of my "old" friends were online this way, and even more pleasantly surprised to find that they were interested in what was going on in my life.
While we may not agree on all topics, we all certainly had a really good time on Sunday. I was pleased to have intelligent discussions on many issues in a respectful manner. Too often people will spiral down into name calling when they don't agree. That did not happen on Sunday. I hope to be able to spend more time with these people, my "old" friends.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the opportunity to renew these relationships. Your ability to bring people together and help us to build community never ceases to amaze me.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Big News at Notebooking pages!

The Notebooking Pages Treasury

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Sunday, June 06, 2010

My Review of Book-of-Saints-Picture-Book,-I---Soft-Cover

Originally submitted at Aquinas and More

Rev Lawrence G Lovasik S V D This full color illustrated children s Book of Saints Part 1 has stories about the following St Elizabeth Ann Seton St John Bosco St Patrick St John Baptist de La Salle St Anthony of Padua St Thomas More St Anne St Lawrence St Pius X St Pet...

Just what I was looking for

By ChristineH from Chicopee, MA on 6/6/2010


4out of 5

I am pleased with the brief biographies presented in this series of books. It is a great way to introduce children to the saints and pique their interest in learning more.


Monday, May 03, 2010

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Friday, April 09, 2010


A local story from South Hadley, Massachusetts has made the national news. A beautiful young woman took her own life in January after being bullied by other students at her high school for three months. The young lady, Phoebe Prince, had recently emigrated to the United States with her family. Photos show a beautiful girl with bright eyes and a contagious smile. Apparently, she was seen as a threat by some of the other girls at South Hadley High School, and these girls proceeded to torment her both at school, online and by calling her and texting her. Things escalated to the point where the "mean girls" threw a canned energy drink at Miss Prince while she was walking home from school on the last day of her life. Some of these students even put up a Facebook page page titled "We murdered Phoebe Prince" after Phoebe died. They went around in school mocking her death by pretending to hang themselves. Even Dr. Phil and CNN talked about this story. A photo of Phoebe was on the lower right cover of People Magazine.

It strikes me as terribly sad that a young woman had no hope left in her young life. She hung herself in a closet and her younger sister found her. What a traumatic day for her younger sister, as well.

Many are condemning the teachers and the school system for this tragedy. While I do think that more could have been done at the school level, I cannot help but wonder where the parents of these bullying students were during all of this. I wonder if maybe this could be a case of the apples not falling far from the trees. As I write this, nine students from this high school have been charged with numerous criminal charges, yet I have not seen or heard a word in the news from the parents of these young people. They are, to me anyway, conspicuous by their absence. The lives of these young people are forever altered. The media says that things did not have to get to this point.

The Prince family has asked, through a spokesperson, that no one resort to vigilantism and that the judicial system be allowed to work. I applaud them for this. I cannot even begin to imagine how sad and broken they must be right now. I have had times when my children have been gravely ill or critically injured. The heartache I felt at those times must be only a fraction of the pain this family is feeling.

I pray for the repose of the soul of this poor young lady and I pray for the family to find peace. I pray, also, that the perpetrators in this case have remorse and seek God's mercy and forgiveness.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Some Ideas for Using Your NotebookingPages.com Nature Pages

by Debra @ NotebookingPages.com


These are some of the ideas behind why I created each of these pages.

Maybe they will help spark an idea for your use of them as well.


7 Days of Creation
Draw &/or write captions & narrations for each day of creation.


All About Animals
“Cover Pages”
Print these pages on cardstock and laminate/put in sheet protectors to make divisions for your notebook.


“Animal Tracks”
Use these to draw the paw (foot) prints of the animals you study and record their name on the line provided. You could draw one print or a set of front/back prints.


“General Pages”
Use these pages to draw or paste a picture of the animal being observed/studied.

Allow children to use the Word Bank to help them write a detailed entry about the animal’s characteristics.

Use the “Special Characteristic” box to draw the animal’s special beak, feet, paw print or other feature that has a uniquely designed purpose.


“Observation Jar”
The only difference between these two pages are the pictures at the top—boy/girl.
Allow children to catch their critters and bring back home to observe.
Use this page to draw/write about their observations.


Animal Pages
Print out several of these pages and file them in the appropriate section of your notebook—ready for your nature studies! Or just print out several pages of each and keep them handy!

Use the side box on these pages to jot down details to remember about the critter you’re observing or reading about. Then write a summary below your drawing.


“Frogs and Toads”
Fill in the life cycle of frogs/toads using pictures or words. The first page gives a caption for each box and the 2nd page leaves this blank.


“Beaks & Feet”
Observe the special beaks and feet of birds. Draw a picture of those you observe/study and jot down their purposes.


“Arthropods, Insects, Spiders”
Several pages are given for drawing the arthropods you are studying by their segments. Space is given to write the details about each segment.

The next pages can be used to draw/write about arthropods. Word banks are given to help children remember what to look for when drawing/writing.

There are several pages for the life cycle of insects—some for complete and incomplete metamorphosis. Some have details, some do not.

There are 2 pages given for drawing the web of a particular spider. Use the smaller box to draw a picture of the spider and the larger box for the web. One page gives a box for any details you would like your child to write about.

Use these pages to record what you find in a variety of habitats or to draw a picture of the landscape.

Have children take a magnifying glass when observing tiny creatures, a jar for any catches they want to bring home, and a digital camera to take pictures of those fast-moving creatures.


Nature Log & Journaling Pages
“Log Pages”
Use the nature log pages to record all your finds—especially the dates of the birds arriving in spring and the first flowers opening in spring—first day of snow—???? Keep this simple and keep it handy! There are pages for each season.


“Vine Bordered Journal Pages”
Use these for journaling/drawing about your nature studies. Use the divided four boxes (with/without lines) to compare different animals or plants—like all the different black-colored birds in your backyard or poison ivy and other *imposters*. Use the boxes with lines to record four different topics about a particular animal/plant.


Plants, Flowers & Trees Pages
Use the first page as a divider for your notebook.

Use the first tree page to draw detailed sketches (or add pictures) of a specific tree/shrub.

Use “Leaf of a Tree” & “Bark of a Tree” to add samples of your tree.

Use “Plant & Flower Parts” to draw detailed sketches of the parts of a plant/flower. Let children use the Word Bank to help them remember which parts are needed (and how to spell them).

Use the last page to draw detailed sketches of the leaves/flowers or to add samples.


Rocks & Minerals
Use these pages to draw & glue photographs of collected rocks. Use the space provided to describe your finds or to narrate what has been learned about the types of rocks & minerals.


Seasons Pages
Use one of the first couple of pages for a division in your notebook. You could use the empty boxes to record your observations of a certain animal, plant, tree through the four seasons or to draw the locations of the sun/moon for each season.

Use the rest of the pages for journaling/drawing about seasonal studies.

Weather Pages
Use the first page as a divider for your notebook.


“Week of Weather” - use the pictures to draw the day’s weather.

“Precipitation” - Fill in the small boxes with the dates for the month and then record the amount of rainfall for the day—by collecting it yourself, watching the news, looking it up online…


100 Fun Frames & Borders—Great for nature copywork, narrations, drawings, journaling, etc.!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Catholic Heritage Curriculum Discounts and giveaways

Catholic Heritage Curriculum has just put up a new Virtual Conference where you can check out all their curricula. They have added a discounts and giveaways page there, also. CHC has wonderful Lesson plans that are step by step daily guides. I absolutely loved their second grade lesson plans for First Holy Communion preparation! Check it out!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Way of the Cross for Children

The Way of the Cross for Children is a beautifully illustrated coloring book of the stations of the Cross that can be used for Lenten catechesis of children. It was written by Kathryn Mulderink, illustrated by Fr. Victor KyNam, with cover design by Clare Mulderink. The cover is an illustration, framed in purple, of Jesus falling under the weight of the Cross. The book opens with a space to write your own prayer and draw a picture followed by an introductory prayer that reminds us that Mary was with her son along the road to Calvary and at the foot of the cross.
Each station begins with the traditional “We adore You, O Christ and we bless You because by Your holy Cross You have redeemed the world” and is then broken down into “I think of Jesus” which describes the action of the station and “I talk to Jesus” which is a conversation with the Lord that should help a child to gain understanding of the significance of each station. This is an important introduction to personal prayer which teaches children how to speak intimately with God as if he were right there with them. Each “I talk to Jesus” section ends with a reminder of the penitential theme “Teach me to love You as I should and help me never to sin again” prior to closing with a simple two line rhyming prayer.
For example, the “I think of Jesus “section of the third station demonstrates the completeness of Christ’s humanity and His acceptance of the frailty of His human body: “Jesus is God but He does not use His powers to make His cross easier. He falls because the cross is so heavy and He is so weak from the scourging and rough treatment of the soldiers. Our sins have made Him very, very sad. But He wants us to be very, very happy so He gets up and continues to carry His cross all the way to the end.”
The sixth station, Veronica wipes the face of Jesus, calls to mind the words of Isaiah:

And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground: there is no beauty in him, nor comeliness: and we have seen him, and there was no sightliness, that we should be desirous of him: Despised, and the most abject of men, a man of sorrows, and acquainted with infirmity: and his look was as it were hidden and despised, whereupon we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. But he was wounded for our iniquities, he was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his bruises we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray, every one hath turned aside into his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all – Isaiah 53:2-6 (Douay-Rheims 1899American Edition).

Then under the “I think of Jesus” section:
Jesus does not look like Himself; His face is all covered with blood and bruised and swollen. He cannot see well because of the blood in His eyes. Veronica feels sorry for Him and risks making the soldiers angry by stepping out of the crowd and wiping His face with her veil. Jesus is grateful and leaves a picture of His face on her veil.
“I talk to Jesus” for the tenth station leads children to the understanding of their own part in Christ’s crucifixion:

Jesus the soldiers hurt you over and over again. When I am mean to others, I hurt You too, because You live in their souls just as You do in mine. I hurt You also when I am selfish, because You gave everything for us, even Your clothes and every drop of Your blood. Help me to be kind and generous to others. Teach me to give to others and not take form them. Teach me to love You as I should and help me never to sin again.
This reaches out to us even beyond Lent to remind us of the need to be giving. Another reminder that can reach our hearts even beyond the Lenten season arrives in the closing rhyme of the thirteenth station, “Jesus I will never go astray or make a mistake if I obey.” This is a reminder of Christ’s obedience to His father even unto death.

The book ends with a closing prayer which continues to instruct, “Jesus, on Easter morning, Your body will rise from the tomb and You will continue to give and teach for forty more days.” The prayer continues and asks our Lord for help to remember His sacrifice and love as well as the joy that follows sorrow. There is a space at the end of the book that children can use to copy a scripture verse and illustrate it and another page on which children are encouraged to write a prayer or poem of their own for Jesus.

Over all, I found this book to be well written at a level that will be easily understood by children. The black and white illustrations are very well done and the purple cover sets the tone of penance for the Lenten journey.

I found the description in the fourth station’s “I talk to Jesus” section problematic. It refers to Mary, Mother of God and reads, “…she knew that You had to die so that I could live forever with You, but it hurt her heart to see you suffering so much.” While Mary certainly was hurt by watching her son suffer, it is presumptuous to assume she knew or understood the reasons for Christ’s death until after His resurrection.

This book does not have a nihil obstat or imprimatur, although it has been submitted for such approval. Canon 827 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law says that writings dealing with catechetical formation cannot be used without an imprimatur. So this book can be freely used in a home setting, but might have to wait until it will be a good fit for a CCD class or school. It could be used as a supplemental in a parish with permission of the priest.

The author, Kathryn Mulderink is a homeschooling mother of seven, President of the local Community of Secular Discalced Carmelites, and the Director of Faith Formation for St Isidore Parish in Grand Rapids, MI. She is also a Marian Catechist. She was the only English-speaking writer to be a finalist for the Rielo Mystical Poetry Prize in 1998. She is a sometime poet, oft-time blogger, and author of several books for adults and children.

Clare Mulderink is a graphic design student who published several book covers before graduating high school. She has designed promotional materials for the local Harbor Fest and other large events. She continues to offer her services in formatting graphics for publishing, particularly book covers and business cards. She is also Kathryn’s daughter.

Fr. Victor KyNam was a seminarian and artist from Vietnam when he first found Kathryn’s poems and was moved to illustrate them. He worked with her again on her Way of the Cross coloring book for children. He is an accomplished artist and has completed several large statues in the Grand Rapids diocese, where he is currently pastor of St. Anthony and St. Edward parishes.

"Warshing" clothes recipe

I received this in an e-mail and had to share it. I do not know who the original author was.

Never thought of a "washer" in this light before; what a blessing!"Warshing Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for this!!!Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe:this is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook - withspelling errors and all.
Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water.
Set tubs so smokewont blow in eyes if wind is pert.
Shave one hole cake of lie soap inboilin water.
Sort things, make 3 piles
1 pile white,1 pile colored,1 pile work britches and rags.

To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board,
scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch.
Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle,
then wrench, and starch.
Hang old rags on fence.
Spread tea towels on grass...Pore wrench water in flower bed.
Scrub porch with hot soapy water.Turn tubs upside down.

Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs. Brew cup of tea, sitand rock a spell and count your blessings.
Paste this over your washer and dryer
Next time when you think things arebleak,
read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and givethanks.
First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer,
also your toilet---those two-holers used to get mighty cold!
For you non-southerners - wrench means, rinse ;)

Saturday, February 06, 2010

A Review of Dear God, I don't get it!

Aaron Ajax is a sixth grader who has not had much change in his life. He has had the same best friend since the first day of kindergarten. He has never moved. There has been no hardship or uncertainty. That all changes when his father loses his job as a local radio personality and the family is faced with moving from their hometown in Montana to Bismarck, North Dakota. Aaron has a difficult time dealing with these changes. Dear God, I don’t get it! takes us inside Aaron’s head as he tries to understand why God is not answering his prayers the way he would like.
Not only is Aaron angry with God about the move, but he has preformed opinions of the area to where his family is moving: “I opened my eyes to see a lady in the car next to me blowing her nose. ‘What am I doing sleeping with my face smashed against the car window?’ I wondered. My mind was in a groggy, just-woke-up fog. It took only seconds for me to remember the awful truth – we were leaving Montana and headed to a place I had thus far only heard about in jokes.”
Aaron fears he will be unable to make friends. The first person his age that he sees is a girl who pelts him with a snowball and the first boy he meets is openly hostile — all this before he even starts school. He is jealous of his younger brother Luke’s ability to make friends easily wherever he goes. When he does start school, he discovers that the hostile boy, Josh, is in his class and worries that will Josh influence the other kids against him.
He begins daydreaming about being a hero and his attempts to make this happen lead to a series of misadventures — including recruiting his little brother to pretend he has locked himself in the bathroom so that he can be “rescued.” When Aaron finally has to explain everything to his parents, his father tells him, “Real heroes don’t cause problems and then act like they saved the day. It is dishonest.”
Things turn around for Aaron when he stops trying to make things happen and begins to rely on God. He prays for forgiveness for the dishonest things he did and asks God to help him to put God first. Once he realizes that he should just be himself, things get better. He risks losing his new friends by doing what is right instead of what is easy, and he winds up helping the class troublemaker to fit in and become” just one of the guys.” This, along with another surprise chance to be a real hero, shows Aaron that God is still on his side — even in North Dakota.
There are vocabulary words and thought-provoking questions for each chapter located in the back of the book. The only thing I would have done differently would have been to place the questions and vocabulary for each chapter at the end of each chapter, instead. An advanced third-grade reader would have no difficulty with this book, and it would be appropriate for children through sixth grade.
I will be using this book in my home school to help my son understand to trust God always, even in difficult circumstances. But this book is useful for parents who are not homeschooling also, to open up communication about the prayer lives of their children.
Patti Maguire Armstrong does a great job exploring Aaron’s feelings as he goes through these changes, skillfully demonstrating that children often have the same difficulties in their faith lives as adults, and that they may feel alone and unable to express these feelings. As a mother of ten children, two girls and eight boys, including two adopted AIDS orphans from Africa, she has a great deal of experience dealing with children’s emotions. Her husband Mark was a broadcast journalist for many years and she draws on this for the father’s job in Dear God, I don’t get i! She has co-authored the Catholic Amazing Grace book series and is often featured on Catholic Exchange. Her website is raisingcatholickids.com.
Freelance commercial artist Shannon Wirrenga illustrated the book in a style reminiscent of the Beverly Cleary books — a style very appropriate for this story of a boy’s blunders and recovery. Her cover art captures the frustration that Aaron was feeling when he was leaving his home in Montana to move to North Dakota. Wirrenga also illustrated The Little Cloud by M.G. Maher and Chicago Bob by Scott Eide. A resident of Bismarck, North Dakota, she seeks to serve God through her artwork and is the coordinator of Artists Celebrating Christ (March 18-21 at the Benedictine Center at the University of Mary in Bismarck). You can learn more about her at http://www.shannonsartroom.com/.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Science Homework

My children attend science classes with a retired science teacher at our homeschool co-op on Mondays. This morning, my son did his homework. The photos show my children using the "telephone" that DS made for his science homework.

Friday, January 22, 2010

The 37th anniversary

of Roe v. Wade, of legalized murder of the most innocent. 50 million lives lost. Who knows what advances those lives may have held? What potential those lives all held.

May God have mercy on us all for being complicit in this.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

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4) Yes, one "disclaimer", our sale prices do not include the Getting Started Packages because they're already priced SO low.
5) Changes in percentage discounts will change at midnight EST.

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Sunday, January 03, 2010


I have a hard time coming up with subjects to blog on. Many days I have so many ideas swirling around in my head that I don't know which thing to choose. Other days my brain seems so woefully empty that I wonder how I continue to function. I am not being a blog fader. I will try to be more discilplined in the new year and find topics to blog on. :)