Friday, November 30, 2018

Our 2018 Blue Ribbon Award Picks

2018 was a great year on the Homeschool Review Crew!  We got the chance to work with many great vendors and products.  Since the Crew year is wrapping up that means we got the chance to vote for our favorite products of the year.  This year we worked on over 45 reviews which means we got to try out a lot of different products.  Our family was happy to get a chance to review for some of our favorite vendors again.  While I wish I could tell you that it is an easy process to vote for our very favorites, I have to be honest and tell you that it is actually really hard.  It is fun to go back and remember each vendor, but hard to narrow our vote down to just one.  That is what we are required to do so that is what we did and here is how our family voted:
2018 has been a great year on the Homeschool Review Crew.  The end of a year means it is time to vote for our favorite review products.  Come and check out which homeschool companies received our families votes for the best products we used this year.
Favorite Reading Curriculum: Home School Navigator
Favorite Writing Curriculum: Home School Navigator
Favorite Grammar Program: GrammarPlanet
Favorite Penmanship Program: Cursive Logic
Favorite Literature Curriculum/Resource: YWAM
Favorite History/Social Studies Curriculum: Drive Thru History Adventures
Favorite History/Social Studies Supplement: Home School in the Woods: A La Carte
Favorite Science Curriculum/Supplement: Apologia: Human Anatomy and Physiology
Favorite Math Curriculum/Supplement: Whizz Education
Favorite Fine Arts Program/Supplement: Memoria Press: Spelling, Music, Latin
Favorite Elective Curriculum: Code for Teens
Favorite Christian Education Curriculum: Teach Sunday School
Favorite Christian Education Supplement: YWAM
Favorite Elementary Product: Whizz Education
Favorite High School Product: Drive Thru History Adventures
Favorite Parent Product: Lisa Tanner Writing
Best Resource I Didn't Know I Needed: Lisa Tanner Writing
Best Online Resource: Bytes of Learning
Best e-product: Home School in the Woods: A La Carte
Favorite Book: Great Waters Press
Favorite Audiobook or Audio Drama: Heirloom Audio: Wulf the Saxon
Kids' Choice (ages 0-12): Carole P. Roman
Teens' Choice: Drive Thru History Adventures
Crew Favorite: Math Essentials

That is it!  This is how we voted in the Blue Ribbon Awards this year.  There were some categories we didn't vote in because we didn't review a product in that category.  I want to thank each and every vendor that we got a chance to work with this year for making great homeschool products.  There are so many that we worked with that we also really enjoyed, but we couldn't vote for every single vendor and product.

You can find out what vendors and products won the Blue Ribbon Awards for 2018 from the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking on the picture below.  This is where you can also read how my friends on the Crew voted by checking out their posts.  Also if you have ever thought about reviewing homeschool products, the Homeschool Review Crew is still taking applications for next year, so go and fill it out today.
Our Favourite Products Reviewed for 2018

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2018 Christmas Ornaments

Every year we get our kids a new Christmas ornament that represents the year for them.
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It is a tradition that we started back when CJ was a baby and have continued.  Someday when they move out, they will take their ornaments with them which makes me sad, but each year we love reminiscing all the past year's ornaments and they look forward to their new ornament.  Our Christmas tree went up on Sunday and that meant it was time for the kids to receive this year's ornament. 

CJ got a "Proud to be a Redneck" ornament.  He loves all things country, outdoors, camo, fishing, country music, cowboy boots, and Dukes of Hazzard.  So this ornament just fit for him this year.  We love that he is such a country boy and loves all things outdoors.
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2018 Christmas Ornaments, A Glimpse of Normal
Missy got a gymnast on the balance beam ornament.  This is her this year.  It is her 2nd year of gymnastics, but just her first year at a gymnastics gym.  She is doing great and spends most of her days practicing cartwheels, handstands, and round-offs.  She can't wait to move up to the next class at gymnastics. 
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2018 Christmas Ornaments, A Glimpse of Normal
Here are some other pictures of our tree now that it is all decorated.
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2018 Christmas Ornaments, A Glimpse of Normal

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I have not finished all the decorations in our house yet, but I hope to get them finished this week.  Then I will post pictures of them.  Is your Christmas tree up yet?  Do you have any special ornaments?

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving 2018!!!

This year we are thankful for a warm home, family, friends, and a God that loves us unconditionally.  As we gather today we pray for many blessings for you all.  May you have a Happy Thanksgiving and remember all God has blessed you with.
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Love,
The Holdeman's

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

An Anniversary Staycation

So last week I mentioned that for our 20th anniversary we ended up doing a staycation and I told you that I would tell you more about it.  I got a little busy at the end of last week and the post I wanted to get up about it...well...here it is now. 
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We have spent much of the year thinking about what we would like to do for our anniversary and we had tossed around many ideas.  I guess I should back up and tell you that 20 years ago when we got married, we were pretty broke.  I was a full-time college student and working part-time jobs.  Hubby had just started at the company he works at now and he was working on construction projects on the side to make extra money.  We used almost all the money we had to finish paying for our wedding and as a quick honeymoon, we went to Holland, Michigan in November.  That was as far away as we could afford to go and while I am sure that Holland, Michigan is a gorgeous town in the spring when the tulips are in bloom, there is really not much there in November when you are broke.  We scraped together all the change we had in the car to get Taco Bell on our wedding night because we were hungry and broke.  Who really gets to eat at their own wedding?  So now that you know the background and that we never really got a "honeymoon" you can see why we debated what we wanted to do to celebrate 20 years.  We talked about big trips like Disney, Gatlinburg, or a cruise, but there are many things we want to still renovate around the barn and it just didn't seem right to do such a big trip...yet.  I looked into going to a few other places and just couldn't decide what to do.  So Handsome Hubby took over the anniversary planning.  He was working on planning a big trip, a fly on an airplane trip.  Then we both ended up with horrible sinus infections and his truck broke down and a couple of other little things happened and he asked me if I would be okay doing something more low-key.  I said I was fine with that and he started planning in a new direction.  We ended up having grandpa and grandma watch the kids as planned for a weekend.  We ended up taking day trips from our home each day.  This allowed us to save money by not paying for airfare, a hotel, and car rental.  It allowed us to go out and explore shops, restaurants, and towns without the kids.  We had conversations we needed to have, chatted about plans for our kids, plans for us, and goals we want to accomplish.  We got to enjoy our dream barn by slowing down and just taking time to relax at home.  We went through lots of little cities.  We enjoyed meals out and about.  We just enjoyed hanging out with one another and spending time with each other.  It was awesome and relaxing.  It was the break we needed from our crazy, hectic, busy life.  I snapped a few pictures so I thought I would share them with you.
We woke up to a dusting of snow which was fitting.  It was a gorgeous sunny day when we got married but we woke up to snow the day after our wedding.
We enjoyed breakfast and coffee at a local restaurant.

Stores are decked out for Christmas already.
We ate an excellent meal at a fancy restaurant and they brought us out a celebratory dessert.

This a view I love out of our dream barn.  I am so thankful for all the blessings God has given us.
We do plan to do a big trip at some point, but now just felt like everything would be too rushed and hectic.  So it will wait a little while so we can think about what we really want to do and use our vacation money wisely.  In the meantime we choose to enjoy every moment we spend with each other and be grateful for every second of the 20 years we have been married and we look forward to many more anniversaries.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Challenge Accepted!!!

I'm normally a pretty motivated person most of the time.  There are a few things I drag my feet on, but who really rushes to clean toilets and fold the laundry...certainly not me, but these things do get done every week.  So while I am a motivated person, I can be motivated above and beyond when I am given a good challenge.  Give me a good challenge and I become super motivated and hyper-focused.  Get out of the way this girl is on a mission!!!
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Now I bet you are wondering what the mission is and I would love to tell you all about it, but for now, I am going to be a little vague.  It isn't because I don't want to share my specific mission with you, but it is because it is a massive mission and I need to make sure it is even a possibility before I share specific details.  I can share that this challenge came from my Handsome Hubby.  We got to have an anniversary weekend where the grandparents kept the kids so that we could get away, except that we ended up having a staycation instead (more on that in tomorrow's post).  Anyway, during this time we got to talk...really talk and share our hearts with each other without interruptions from the kids and without input from the kids and without eavesdropping.  We got to have real, honest conversations and set down real, honest goals.  These talks may sound scary, but they were not at all.  They were talks we needed to have to make sure we were on the same page and working for the same goals.  Sometimes you just get busy in life and you are working on the same things, but working from different angles and it just works better to work from the same angle.

It was during these talks that I was sharing some ideas I had for things I want to do with Hubby and he was sharing some ideas he had that he popped up with his challenge for me.  I think that originally he was half joking with me, but the challenge just hit me and before I knew it I said...CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!!  He just looked at me and said, "Really?"  I turned and said, "You know better than to throw out the impossible as a challenge.  Those are my favorite kinds."  So our challenge was born and it is one that feels and looks a little impossible, but that just means I need to work harder and figure it all out.  All I know right now is it is a God-sized challenge and I have a BIG God so while everyone else would say it is impossible, I say...CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!  Let's do this!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

A Thank You and A Goodbye

Today's post is a very bittersweet one for me.  It is hard because there are so many things I will miss about it, but I am excited at the same time to see what God has for me in place of this.  Earlier this year I told you changes were coming.  One of the changes is that I will not be returning to the Homeschool Review Crew next year.  It was a very hard decision for me, but one that I felt I needed to make.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Thank You and A Goodbye
I have truly enjoyed my three years on the Homeschool Review Crew.  They picked me for the crew back when I didn't even think I had a chance of being picked.  The leadership of the Crew saw something in my blog and something in me that I didn't even know was there at the time.  When I started with the Crew I was at my wit's end with homeschooling and we had had a very rough fall semester and I felt like things just weren't going well for us.  I applied to the Crew and was accepted and we started receiving products to review.  It was the breath of fresh air our school needed.  I woke up and saw that I didn't have to stick to the same old especially when it wasn't working well for us.  It gave me the courage to try products that I may have passed over because I didn't know if they were what we needed.  We got to explore and dig into really fun products over the years.  We have found companies that we love and work well for our school.  We learned we can make changes and everything will be okay if we do.  The biggest thing I learned was that if something isn't working for us for school, it is okay to ditch it and find something that does work.

There are so many things I love about the Homeschool Review Crew.  It is a community of homeschool families that are dedicated, supportive, and encouraging.  There is a mix of homeschool styles represented and families with kids at every age and stage.  There are families on the Crew that have homeschooled for many years, ones that are new to homeschooling, and families that do both homeschool and public school.  The Crew is made up of families around the world.  The families on the Crew have become my friends and I will truly miss being a part of it because of the community and support even though I know I will keep in contact with my Crew friends. I will miss being able to go into our forum (the private board only the Crew can see) and share with them.  Getting to check out homeschool products was just the icing on the cake of being part of the Crew.  If you would like to apply to be part of the Homeschool Review Crew, they are currently taking applications for 2019.  It is an AMAZING thing to be a part of and even if you think you don't have a chance of being accepted, apply anyway.  Take a chance and put yourself out there.

So if I love so much of the Crew, why am I leaving?  Good question.  First and foremost, I have really felt like God has been calling me to bring our homeschool back into our home.  Yes, it has been in our home all along, but last year we did a co-op which required lots of extras and reviewing requires detailed usage and deadlines.  Neither of these are bad things at all, but they are an area that God has really had me re-prioritizing and showing me that it is time to take a break from them.  Second, CJ and Missy have asked for a break from the Crew.  Not only do I check out all the aspects of a review product, but they do the actual work if a product is for them.  This means they are rotating subjects they work on and the products they work with.  They are ready for a break from it.  I get it and am thankful they have been willing to help me review homeschool products for three years.  Last, I feel like God is calling me to something else.  I am not sure what that is right now, but I want some time to figure it out.  I am still going to be blogging regularly because I enjoy blogging and I always have something rolling around in my head to get out.

I can't say THANK YOU enough to the Homeschool Review Crew for the 3 years they allowed me to be part of the Crew.  I have loved it all and gotten so many amazing opportunities through it.  More importantly, I have made some AMAZING friends and I can't thank them enough for their love and support over the years.  Thank you Homeschool Review Crew!!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Our Platinum Anniversary!

This year is a milestone year for us.  Today we celebrate 20 years of marriage.  20 years!!!

A Glimpse of Normal, Our Platinum Anniversary
Life hasn't always been easy for us.  We have had our share of our disagreements.  We've butted heads and dug our heels in.  But no matter what we have been determined.  We are determined to...
  • Put God first in our marriage
  • Keep our marriage pure
  • Focus on each other 
  • Make each other better
  • Work together
  • Never give up
  • Talk it out
  • Have fun
  • Enjoy the life God has given us
  • Raise a Godly family
  • Stand up for each other instead of tear each other down
  • Listen to each other
  • Be a helper to each other
  • Pray for each other
  • Take time for each other
  • Get along
  • Be on the same page
  • Grow old together
  • Not let the world get in our way
  • Love each other more every day
Before we got married, we determined that we wanted to love each other forever.  When we got married we promised to love each other forever.  Today I can tell you that we can't imagine not loving each other for forever.  God is good and He has blessed our marriage in so many ways even when we didn't deserve it.  There is no one I would rather have spent the last 20 years with than my amazing hubby and I am sure he would say the same about me.   We love our crazy life together and we look forward to many more years of adventures together.  Here are some pictures from the first 20 years (in no particular order)...
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*A couple of these photos were taken by my gorgeous friend, Veronica @ Vintage V, LLC.

Monday, November 5, 2018

A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

I am not an artist at all and because of this art is not my favorite subject to teach.  Missy loves art and anything to do with it.  So I am always on the lookout for ways to teach her about art without me having to try to paint or draw or sketch or well, you get the idea.  This is why I was very excited to add some homeschool art into our day when we received Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com to review recently.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com
 
A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com
Kidzaw.com is on a mission to educate and inspire young artists.  They want to expose children to great master painters and teach them about art history while making art fun and engaging.  In order to accomplish this, they have designed several Master Kitz and a couple of Master Sculpz.  Master Kitz are designed so that your student, age 5 and up, can create their own art masterpiece.  Each kit includes everything you need to create a work of art along with a leaflet that teaches students about the original painting and the artist that created it.  The leaflet also includes step-by-step instructions for use.  Each kit sells for $29.99 on their website.  The Master Kitz The Starry Night that we received came packaged in a sturdy, reusable box and it also included 3 acrylic paints with colors specific to The Starry Night, 4 custom oil pastels, 1 van Gogh Roller (it is designed with van Gogh's brush stroke), 1 reusable Starry Night Cyprus Stencil, 1 standard paint roller, 2 sheets of deluxe art paper, 1 "Mesmerizing Stars" sticker sheet, and the leaflet with notes and instructions.  The acrylic paints included are white, black, and royal blue.  There is plenty in each bottle to use to create 2 paintings with the art paper included and have leftover paint.  We received orange, white, yellow, and blue oil pastels.  These spread nicely over the painting when Missy colored hard or light and when she smudged the color with her fingers.  The van Gogh Roller was one of Missy's favorite parts because she has never seen one like it before.  This foam roller is designed to make van Gogh's swirls that he made in The Starry Night.  She also liked the "Mesmerizing Stars" stickers because you can peel them back up off the paper and reuse them.  She didn't think they would be sticky enough to reuse, but they have plenty of tacky to use many more times.  The art paper included is heavy duty and thick.  This means if you get a little too much paint, it won't rip or tear.  That was a really nice bonus of this kit because once the painting is dry, the paper is sturdy enough that you could hang it as it is and it would not get damaged.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com
Missy loved creating her masterpiece for fun with this kit.  She took the instructions, did the work step by step (adding her own touches of course) and took care of all the clean up too.  She loved that it was easy for her to follow the directions on her own and that she didn't need me there telling her what to do.  She also loved that she could either make the project exactly to the directions or she could put her own special touches on her painting to make it unique.  Of course,  Missy added her own details and made her project resemble The Starry Night, but ultimately it was her own version.  She also loved that she could do this project in stages and not have to hurry through it all.  She was super excited about her final painting and we love how it turned out.  We can see both Missy in it and the original The Starry Night.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com

A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com
I love that this masterpiece art kit was so easy to use.  I didn't have to try to teach a lesson that I didn't know much about but we could still learn a lot about Vincent van Gogh because of the notes included.  We learned about van Gogh's life, his art style, and Post-Impressionism style of art with the notes included in this kit.  It was nice to be able to look through these notes with Missy so we could learn some of the backgrounds of both the artist and style before she tried her hand at creating a masterpiece.  I also loved that everything we needed for the project (other than tape and a clothing coverup) was included in the kit.  I didn't have to purchase any costly extra items that we may or may not use in the future.  There is even a second page to create a second painting and plenty of supplies leftover to do so.  Also, all the rollers are easy to clean so they can be used again.  That is a plus in my book.
A Glimpse of Normal, A Review of Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com
This Master Kitz was a lot of fun for Missy to use and we love the beautiful painting she created with it.  I am on the hunt for the perfect frame to showcase it.  We definitely recommend the Master Kitz The Starry Night from Kidzaw.com if you have a budding artist or want to add some homeschool art to your home.  We will also be checking out the other kits they have to offer since Missy loved this kit so much.  You can learn more about the Master Kitz The Starry Night we received by clicking here.  You can learn more about Kidzaw.com by checking out their website, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.  You can also see how the paintings from the kids on the Homeschool Review Crew turned out by clicking on the banner below to read their reviews.
Master Kitz The Starry Night {Kidzaw.com Reviews}

Thursday, November 1, 2018

A Review Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing

As a busy mom, wife, blogger, and homeschool teacher I find myself often struggling to balance everything that I have going on.  I want to have it all together all of the time, but the reality is that I just don't.  I am always on the lookout for ways to fix this issue which is why I was curious to see what Balancing Diapers and Deadlines from Lisa Tanner Writing was all about when I got the chance to review it recently.
Balancing Diapers and Deadlines
Lisa Tanner knows a lot about finding the balance between work and family.  She is a busy mom of 8 children.  She homeschools, freelances, and is a virtual assistant in addition to all the other roles she has.  She has a heart for helping other moms who want to create their own businesses which is why she created the Balancing Diapers and Deadlines course.  This course is available for just $50 and once you purchase it, you receive immediate access.  Balancing Diapers and Deadlines contains over 30 lessons that are divided into units that help you take control of your life so that it doesn't feel like chaos anymore.  This course uses Lisa's tried and true methods to be more productive, integrate your family into your business, manage your time more effectively,  and has many hints and tips for day to day family life.  It also includes many downloadable worksheets, links to extra posts Lisa has written that accompany the lessons, and action steps for every lesson.  You can check off each lesson you complete and each unit once the lessons are done.  The units included are:
  • Welcome to Balancing Diapers and Deadlines
  • Building Your Foundation with the Basics
  • Minimize Your Decisions
  • Minimize Your Decisions: The Annual Meal Plan
  • Sustainable Growth
  • Growing a Business with Your Kids Around
  • Boost Your Productivity
  • Closing Thoughts
This course is designed so that you work at your own pace through the materials.  Some of the units will take longer than others to complete because Lisa asks some deep, thought-provoking questions about what you want and the direction you want to go in and these take time to think through.  There are also assignments that you will want to discuss and make family decisions about so they may take a few days.  
Lisa Tanner Writing
Let's get honest here a moment.  When I first looked at the title of this course, I wasn't sure it was for me because we have been past diapers for a long time in our house, but the balancing deadlines part, who can't use that?  I know that balancing everything I have going can be my weakness so I went into this course with open eyes and knowing that there might be parts of it that don't apply since I don't have itty bitty kids anymore.  Honestly, I am very happy that I didn't just brush this one off because of the title.  This course has so much valuable information, lots of things to ponder, and just using the extra downloads included, have already started helping me balance life better.  The course is designed to help you build an at home business while you raise your family and there are so many tips, ideas, steps and hints that Lisa gives that you can totally find a place to start building your own business.  Personally, I found through reading the units and lessons that this course is a starting place for me to get my daily, crazy, busy life balanced out while I take the time to decide what kind of business I want to build.  I already have my blogging which I love and want to grow so of course part of me is applying all I learned through this course to the "behind the scenes" of my blog so that I can grow it and make it better.  But I know that when my kids are out of school and I am not homeschooling anymore, there is something more that I want to do.  So I used this course to start pondering that, what is it that I want to do as a business when I am done homeschooling.  Looking at it from this perspective is going to help me decide what I need to be doing to set up this future business now.  I can get my life balanced and in order now to help me with my future endeavors so that when I get it all figured out, it is a matter of plugging it into my daily life and not rearranging my daily life to try and make it fit.
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One of the lessons asked me to list the absolute "must do" of each day.

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Lisa also talked about recurring questions and how these suck up time.  It was a great lesson to think about.
My favorite parts of this course were the goal setting, daily planning, menu planning, and time management lessons.  The goal setting helped me narrow down some of my current goals for my blog and it also helped me think about some goals that I have for a future business.  Knowing what I want to achieve will help me know where I need to start and what I need to do to reach my goals.  Daily planning is something I do anyway, but Lisa had a "new to me" spin on it.  She talked a lot about getting the kids involved with the daily planning, having quick morning meetings to chat about the daily plan, and having a place where everyone can see the plan.  In the past, I have been pretty good about coming up with a daily plan, but I haven't always shared this plan with my kids unless we have appointments we have to be at or errands to run.  Now I have been working on communicating the daily plan with everyone (dad too even though he is at work during the day so he knows what we have going too) that way the kids know what is expected, what we need to get done each day, and even what the next day or two looks like.  I have been trying to let them help me plan out the days some and we usually discuss what tomorrow will look like before bedtime because that is when everyone is home.  Changing this little detail has really helped the dynamic in our house.  My kids tended to get frustrated when they thought we got to stay home all day and I knew we had something we had to do so they were getting a surprise to their routine.  I didn't think they cared all that much, but it was affecting them.  Now we are better prepared for it and they can make sure they finish all they need to in the right time.  If you read my blog, you know that menu planning is important to me.  Lisa takes it a step further and plans annual menus.  That was intriguing and inspiring to me.  She included examples of her annual menu plans and some downloads of her theme menus and annual menus.  I was able to use these to add to my menu planning that I already do and it has helped me think a little further out.  Also her "Master Shop List" download is amazing and is something that I will definitely be implementing in my menu planning and budgeting.  The biggest part of this course that I have been able to use and benefitted from has been time management.  Lisa called it "Productivity" and "Sustainable Growth", but for me, they were time management lessons.  I can be my own worst enemy when it comes to time.  I either try to fit in too many things or I get overwhelmed and just give up.  Working through this course has helped me get a better grip on it all so that I am not at opposite ends of the spectrum.  It is okay to have downtime and we need it.  It is okay to schedule a time where you are not working on your business.  There are things you can do to set your day up to be more productive.  It is okay to give your kids age-appropriate chores so that you don't have to do every little thing in your house and you can have a few minutes to work.  Reading through the course, applying some of the changes Lisa suggested, and not feeling guilty for not being the one to do everything has helped me immensely.  I honestly could go on and on about other tips, tricks, and ideas I got from this course, but then you wouldn't need to check it out for yourself.
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Here is a list of the themed dinners we eat.  I can quickly glimpse at this and plug meals into our menu plan with this cheat sheet.  It is just one of the downloads for the course.
I definitely recommend Balancing Diapers and Deadlines for anyone that wants to run a business.  I know it is targeted to moms who are in the midst of raising a family, but I think it applies to anyone who wants to run any kind of business.  There is a lot to digest and even though I worked through the course once, I will definitely work through it again as I narrow down my goals to help keep me on track.  You can learn more about the Balancing Diapers and Deadlines course that I received by clicking here.  You can learn more about Lisa Tanner Writing on her website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  You can also read about what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew learned from this course by clicking on the banner below to read their reviews.
Balancing Diapers and Deadlines {Lisa Tanner Writing Reviews}