Friday, February 21, 2014

Dove Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture

I was sent this Dove deodorant to review by a company called Influenster

Here is what they have to say about the product: 
Introducing the best care ever for the armpit. NEW Dove® Advanced Care is the only (Anti-Perspirant) Deodorant formulated with NutriumMoisture™. NutriumMoisture™ is comprised of ingredients that are known to moisturize and nourish the skin. 
  • Armpit skin requires the same care and attention given to the rest of women’s skin
  • 36% of what you remove when shaving is skin (64% is hair)
  • As a result of the damage done by shaving, armpit skin loses 50% more moisture, which can lead to dryness and irritation
  • The NEW Dove Advanced Care deodorant provides softer, smoother armpit skin in just 3 days

Dove® Advanced Care Deodorant with NutriumMoisture™ 
I was sent the "nourished beauty" to try. 

I did not notice my underarms being any more moisturized than with my normal Suave deodorant, so there wasn't really a change there. I do really like the scent, and it works great as a deodorant and antiperspirant. The real test will be this summer here in Louisiana when its really hot and humid!

 I would definitely buy this product and recommend it to others. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Creation to the Greeks Week 1

You can follow my Creation to the Greeks board on Pinterest for lots of ideas for CTG. That is where I found lots of the stuff I'm doing this year!

Here are a few pics from our first week.
Instead of doing the Days of Creation from the CTG appendix, we decided to decorate numbers and put them in our notebooks.I found the idea for this on Pinterest, on this blog. This one is Jacksons.

This is Aidan's.

Another thing we decided to do differently were the Greek words. The book says to write them on index cards, but we decided to use their primary journals instead, so they could draw a picture of the word as well. I got the idea from this blog.

We also watched this video by Rhett and Link that talks about Genesis. My kids are big fans!

We also watch pretty much all the videos that the blog It Happens in a Flash uses for CTG. Check her out!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Creation to the Greeks week 5

I am loving My Fathers World Creation to the Greeks! I think I like it more than the kids. We are in the middle of learning about ancient Egypt, about mummies and pharoahs and pyramids. I've been meaning to blog throughout each week because I love looking at other blogs and getting ideas from them and seeing how they are doing their projects. I've been taking pictures, but I haven't uploaded them yet.

I'll start here with week 5, where we are now. Today we mummified apples and Barbie dolls! Dad did the apples with them and I did the dolls. The boys were totally freaked out by the naked Barbies and did not want to touch them. Hope that stays with them during those hormonal teenage years!

My friend Lori and I worked at a Scholastic Book warehouse this summer and got about $150 worth of free books. I got about 8 books on pyramids, mummies and ancient Egypt to supplement the curriculum. We used Magic Tree House's "Mummies and Pyramids" to replicate the steps of making the mummies. We loosely followed this blog for the apple mummification.

Sorry the pics are blurry, they were taken with my phone. I'll try and take better ones with my camera!
Putting apple slices into cups. Each cup held something different, salt, baking soda, vinegar, epsom salt. We put an apple slice by itself in one to compare.

Pyramids from the CTG book.

Making pyramids on Minecraft (and also my feet. You're welcome.)

Getting ready to mummify the dolls

We drew hearts to show that they leave the hearts inside while removing all the other organs.

Canopic jars to hold the organs. This is the falcon, which holds the intestines.

You can see the organs here: the stomach (yellow), the liver (blue), the lungs (red) and the intestines (blue).

Washing with the "bodies" with white (cooking) wine. It had been expired since January, but worked just fine for this purpose.

Rubbing on the spices and oils.

"Covering" the deceased with salt for 40 days (or 4 minutes, each minute representing 10 days) to dry them out. Oh and the lines on the side of the doll represent the cut they made to remove the organs.

Wrapping the mummy in cloth (gauze from the Dollar Tree dipped in flour and water).

Adding the amulets, charms that the ancient Egyptians thought would help them in the next life.


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Homeschool 2013-2014

We are doing something a little different this year with school. Tyler and Colby will still be homeschooling, but they will be part of the K12 program here in Louisiana. Basically they will be doing public school at home. We chose this route for several reasons. One is that the boys need accountability and to answer to someone other than me. And with Tyler starting high school this year, I want to make sure he has all the classes he needs to graduate. Two is that it is much easier on the pocketbook! We receive all their books and materials from the school. The only thing we have had to buy so far are wireless adapters for the 2 computers the school sent for the boys to use. I am not sure how well Colby will do with the program since our homeschooling up to this point has been rather laid back and from what I hear K12 is very structured, but I will be around to help him as much as I can. Tyler is very motivated and I think he will do just fine. Can't believe I'm the mom of a high's just so weird!

Now Aidan and Jackson will still do "regular" homeschooling with me. We are going to use My Father's World Creation to the Greeks this year.
 Creation to the Greeks basic package

This curriculum will cover:
  • God's Hand in History
  • Creation Science
  • Jewish Traditions
  • Greek Roots
  • Hands-On Notebook
  • Pyramids
  • Inspiring Read-Alouds
  • Music and Art Appreciation

For Math we will still be using Math U See Gamma, where the boys will be learning multiplication. 


We will be using First Language Lessons, level 3. We started this one last year, and will probably finish mid year and start on level 4.

First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind, Level 3--Student Workbook 

Aidan will most likely take a writing course with the homeschool group here on campus.

I picked up a copy of Natural Speller earlier this year at a Lifeway sale so I am going to try that out.

For handwriting I just went to our local teacher supply store and picked up some print workbooks for Jackson and some cursive ones for Aidan.

 I think that is everything. I'd love to blog a lot more this year and document more of our homeschooling, but we will see how it goes!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

What to bring if you are a movie extra (for kids)

The boys after hair, wardrobe, and "makeup".
The boys just wrapped their first movie background extra work tonight! Something is always being filmed here in NOLA. This time it was for the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. It was great because all 4 boys were hired to work and we got to spend time together. They've already decided they are all buying iPod touches with their earnings.

 Several of the boys' friends have showed an interest in getting some background work, so I decided to make this post letting moms know what is a good idea to bring to the set. Keep in mind this is based off of my experience with the entertainment industry so far. This movie was the first time that the production company was actually nice to the parents and didn't act they were big pains in the booty. When Colby did the music video and the HBO cop show pilot they were just so annoyed that the parents wanted to see and check on their kids and to be nearby to them, even though insurance requires us to be there! Tonight they were more than welcoming and even thanked us for bringing the kids. It was great!

Here is my list of things to bring:
 -A large tote to carry all this stuff in!
-Whatever paperwork they have asked for. Usually you have to sign some releases and consents for a minor to work as well as have a copy of the child's birth certificate and social security card. I've always had to scan and email these documents to the casting office before the shoot but I also bring a paper copy to the set just in case. I keep all the paperwork we might need in an over-sized plastic see through envelope. 
- Something to do! They can only keep kids for 8 hours (adults can be on the set for 12 hours or more). Our experience is that you work about 1/4 of that time, and wait the rest. So bring your phone, your iPod, iPad, Kindle, portable dvd player with dvds and headphones, books, board games, cards,or whatever else can can fit into your bag to keep yourself and your kids entertained. Your kids will make fast friends with the other child extras and keep themselves busy!
This checkers game was a big hit!
-If you have brought electronics, make sure you bring their chargers. Very important! If you are using your phone for entertainment that whole time you will run out of battery quickly. 
-Snacks. Every set we have been on has had snacks and drinks for the crew, actors, and background. But sometimes the snacks get put out at random times so its always good to have a little something on hand for your child or stock up when they do bring out the snacks.
-A portable chair with a carrier. Most of the time the crew has set up an area specifically for background extras to sit and to eat while they are waiting to be called on set. But when you go on set with your child you may be outside and need a place to sit and wait until they are done.
-A blanket and jacket. I generally bring a jacket anytime I go anywhere because you can rarely control the temperature of where you end up! This week we were in "kiddy corner" which was a little conference room in a Holiday Inn. It was freezing in there! I wore shorts because I knew we may have to stand outside in the sun if they got called to set. But I had my jacket and blanket on while we were inside!
-A small first aid kit is handy as well, headaches, belly-aches from eating all the snacks, or the occasional scrape from rough housing with the other kids is possible. There are medics on the set, but sometimes the wait for non-emergency assistance can take a while.
-Hmmm...what else? That's all I can think of right now. If you have something to add, just let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Looking back over the past homeschool year...

Here is a link to the curriculum I chose last year: Homeschool Curriculum 2012/2013. I'd like to go over what liked/disliked and also share what I am planning on using for  the 2013/2014 school year.

Mystery of History: I chose this history curriculum so that I could use it with all 4 boys and not have to teach them separately. Also I got it for free from our local homeschool co-op! Pros:  I liked the timeline poster that went with it and also the way they kids wrote out important points out on index cards after reading the material. Cons: My little's (2nd and 3rd grade) didn't get as much out of it as I'd hoped.

Apologia Science: I chose this science because I wanted my kids to learn more about God's creation and how He is the Creator of everything on this earth! Not some big explosion or a tiny microbe that evolved! I did Astronomy and half of Flying Creatures with the younger two. Colby did General Science and Tyler did Biology. We were blessed to have another mom in the co-op volunteer to do the experiments with several other kids Tyler's age that were also doing Biology. Pros: Creation based! Lapbooks and notebooking available that goes along with textbook. Cons: Was over the little ones heads sometimes, was more suitable for upper elementary/middle school.

Math U See: Still loving this curriculum and will continue to use it with Aidan and Jackson!

Learning Language Arts: I did like this curriculum for Tyler and Colby. I think they enjoyed it too. Pros: Literature based! Cons: I didn't think they had enough writing instruction, like for essays and such.

First Language Lessons: I will be using this with Aidan and Jackson again this year. Pros: short and and easy to follow lessons, memorization, scripted lessons. Cons: Some of the poetry selections are weird and harder to memorize.

Vocabulary: I did not find that Wordly Wise helped the boys. Pros: inexpensive. Cons: hard! For the 7th grade work sometimes even I couldn't figure out  the answer without the teachers book. Doesn't make learning fun. Very textbook-y. No likie!

Handwriting: Getty Dubai didn't help all that much. Jackson's handwriting is not improved and Aidan did not like the way they taught cursive. Will have to find something else for next year. Pros: inexpensive. Cons: a strange way of doing cursive!

First Form Latin: My husband and I taught this to our 2 oldest as well as 2 other co-op students. Pros: Having a dvd instuctor! Cons:  Moved rather quickly, not enough time on one concept before moving on to another.

So during this past year, Tyler and Colby majorly slacked off on their school work, doing the bare minimum and not finishing things. I think only having to answer to me and not getting "grades" really affected their work. SO Kyle and I decided to have them do K12 this next school year, where they will essentially be doing public school at home. They will have teachers, and have to send in their work every week and spend a certain number of hours doing school work. K12 provides them with their own laptops and printers. I really hope this helps them! Tyler will be in high school this year and Colby is not far behind!

I decided to not to do K12 for Aidan and Jackson this year. It would result in a lot more work for me, with all 4 boys doing different grades. I will be using My Father's World: Exploring Countries and Cultures. I used this exact curriculum with Tyler and Colby when we first moved here, so I am already familiar with how it works. They have changed a few things since then and I am excited to try it with the little boys.

We really considered doing Classical Conversations, but we could not see paying $1200 for someone else to teach my kids for 3 hours a week. Even if we could have afforded that, the tuition skyrockets after the elementary years, costing almost as much as it does for my husbands tuition at seminary!

We've still got a little math to finish for this school year, but the past 2 weeks have been kind of crazy so we've gotten a little behind on that. The boys have been on the set of a movie (as background extras)  that is filming in New Orleans this week so we haven't gotten anything done! Hopefully we can finish everything up in June and be done for July!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tickfaw State Park

After seeing pictures of Tickfaw State Park and their extremely nice cabins on facebook after a friend went last year I decided we needed to make the hour trip over and bring the boys to camp (cabin style) for a couple of days.

(These first few pics were from my phone, so they are smaller and grainy. Sorry!

We loaded up on junk food and fishing poles and headed out on Monday morning. 

Here's the living room. It had a fireplace, pull out sofa bed, and flat screen tv.

The kitchen.

The "master" bedroom, a double bed. 

The boys room. All the beds came with clean linens and pillows.

My boys 

Me and my sweetie

Jack Jack


The Rhodes boys

Nasty looking caterpillar

Kyle enjoying the scenery

Jackson trying to figure out the raccoon proof trash receptacles. He was amazed at the "technology".

Alligator enjoying the sun.

A friendly raccoon the kids quickly named Hickory after he took off in the woods with Colbys watch!

Hickory knew the sound of new campers! He showed up while we were unloading.

Trying their darnedest to start a fire for the firepit. They eventually had to steal a hot coal from the grill.

I just love these little boogers.

They tried for about 45 minutes to start a fire!

Aidan and his lizard friend.

Helping dad cook the dogs.

Hickory getting up close and personal. 

This is Tyler and his good friend Logan. They killed a cottonmouth in the woods, skinned it, roasted it, and ate it. They are nasty. They also apparently rolled around in poison oak out there in the woods because they are both covered in a nasty rash right now and will probably have to go to the doc for help getting rid of it!

Hope you enjoyed checking out our little vacay!