Monday, November 10, 2014

3D Fiberlash Mascara - Review

I'm super excited to share this review with you!!
I've never worn a ton of makeup, but I do like to glam it up at times. And when I do I really like to focus on my eyes. Sadly, over the years, I've noticed my lashes are NOT what they use to be and as a result I've tried many, many different brands of mascara.
 
My search is over!!!
 
Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique is amazing!
 
 
 
Younique's mission is to uplift, empower, validate, and ultimately build self-esteem in women around the world through high-quality products that encourage both inner and outer beauty and spiritual enlightenment while also providing opportunities for personal growth and financial reward.
 
3D Fiberlash Mascara goes on easy, quick and the results are beautiful! I've used this product several times and am always asked if I'm wearing false lashes! The volume and thickness I get from this product is like nothing I've ever used before.
This product is natural and safe for contact lens wearers like me.
All Younique products are natural based, high quality ingredients, and goes on in three easy steps!
 
The first step is using the gel which is much like regular mascara. The second step is the amazing fibers. This also goes on like mascara, but wait until you see what happens! The more I put on, the longer my lashes grew! The third and final step is another coating of the gel to keep the fibers secure.
 
The steps are easy and the results are just as promised. I will never go back to "regular" mascara again!
My older daughters are already asking to use this product every day!
 
Below is my 18 year old daughter before and after using 3D Fiberlash Mascara.

 

 
Visit 3D Fiberlash Mascara web site and see all they have to offer!
You can also read more reviews of this product by visiting the Home & School Mosaics HERE!
 
 
 
 


Monday, November 3, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo Review


Equipping Children for Life by Exploring God’s Word
 
Wizzy Gizmo is a fun name for a fabulous audio drama founded by Justin Cummins and Chris Del Aguila.
 
We are parents, pastors, worship leaders, Sunday School teachers, and Homeschoolers who are committed to equipping our children for life, by planting them firmly in God's Word; and we want to help you do the same! Why? Because we believe that, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
 
I haven't come across Bible lessons for kids this entertaining since my older children would listen to Adventures In Odyssey many years ago.
I think we have a new favorite!
 
From the many books, audio dramas, and flash cards offered from Wizzy Gizmo, I was given
Who Created Everything?
An audio drama taken from the book of Genesis.
 
 
 
My three youngest children ages 5, 7, and 9 really enjoyed their time listening and have asked several times to hear it again!
They were entertained by the funny, scientist Wizzy Gizmo, a little boy named Eli, Pepe the dog, and many more loveable characters.
Great songs, games, puzzles, flash cards, coloring pages, and much more! The wonderful animate narrators makes this a hit with our family and a nice addition to our homeschool resources and kids devotional time.

Geared for ages 4 to 12 - but I think younger and older alike would love listening - Wizzy Gizmo sells for $12.99 and includes highlighted vocab words, review questions, and a glossary.

Find out more and order your copy of Wizzy Gizmo HERE!
You can also visit their facebook page,and Twitter.

You can read other reviews about different Wizzy Gizmo products HERE at Home & School Mosaics!


http://homeschoolmosaics.com/wizzy-gizmo/
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Busy Lives of The Bryan's

I've totally and completely L O S T my desire to blog, write, review, and create over the past couple months.
Have you ever fallen into survival mode?
Been so busy that you get done and do just what needs to be done?
That's me.
I've made time for family and friends, afterall, that is what's M O S T important.

 
 
 
BUT...
I miss my blog.

Now don't misunderstand my loss of desire to blog, review, ect as a bad thing.
Our lives have been great! Just busy and at the end of the day (when I usually blog) I have chosen to fall into bed instead.

So what's been keeping our family so busy?

Birthdays!! Summer is filled with all the girl's birthdays in our family - including mine!
May, June, July and August. We have one or two every month.

 
The baby of our family, Marlee, turned FIVE!!!
 
We've made several trips to the beach! Our favorite place!!
 
 
 
Celebrated the 4th!
 
 
My our first (and only) Grandson turned ONE YEAR OLD!
 
 
Gardening!
 
 
But what has been the biggest time consumer over the past month is...
 
 
We are building on to our home!
It's been an amazing process and one that would never have even started without the skills and ambition of our friends (family really). We are eternally grateful!
We have a long way to go, but every time I walk outside and see the progress being made I feel like I have to pinch myself. I just can't believe this is really happening!
 
 
 
 
In a nutshell, this has been our lives over the past few months.
Busy and Blessed.
 
 
 

 


Monday, June 30, 2014

Writing Fiction (Iin High School) - Review

A couple years ago one of my children used -
This was a class offered at our homeschool co-op and I was anxious to try it out.
We loved it and had much success with this workbook, so when I was given the opportunity to review another item from Sharon Watson I "jumped" at the chance!
 
A little about Sharon -
She homeschooled for 18 years. During her children’s school years, she taught literature, composition, and Indiana history to homeschool students, led a homeschool group, and established a group where there was none. Since then, she's enjoyed teaching middle school and high school composition, fiction writing, and literature to homeschool students.

 
 
 Writing Fiction [In High School]: Bringing Your Stories to Life will help students
 
I've written many times how difficult it's been for me to teach math to my children. I find it very difficult to teach a subject I dislike so much.
English is where it's at! I love to write and read. I could spend hours a day teaching and talking to my kids, BUT I found that just because I love a certain subject, doesn't mean my kids will. And that can make me feel like I'm teaching math!
If they just don't get it or in some cases, don't want to get it, there can be some frustrating moments.
 
It's exciting when you come across curriculum that captures the attention of your children.
Writing Fiction is just that, in fact my oldest daughter who graduated in 2012 and is in her 3rd year of college LOVES this workbook! She would have loved to use this when she was still in high school and really would have benefited from it as she is now a writing major.
 
Writing Fiction has 13 chapters that cover:
 
Facts About Fiction
Point Of View
Fairy Tales
Characters And Characterization
Conflict
Dialogue
Description
Words
Theme
Plot
Scenes
Beginnings And Endings
Getting Published
 
This year long course will give your child/student skills needed for writing short stories and novels. 
Writing Fiction works best when done with a group, but since we are no longer part of a co-op, I found that working with all my high school kids together would be beneficial.
We liked that we were encouraged to use a wide variety of short stories, novels, and movies.
 
We found some great ideas and even though we are done with school for the year, we are anxious to pick this back up in the fall and will be able to use what we learned in other areas of our schooling.
 
 
 
You will definitely want the teacher's guide to go along with the student workbook and I love the way the teacher's guide is laid out and easy to follow.
 
 
 
Writing Fiction is for your students in grades 9 - 12. The student workbook is $25.05 and the teacher's guide is $9.95. Both available HERE!
 
Practical, easy-to-use writing courses for homeschools, Christian schools, and co-ops by Sharon Watson.
 
Please visit our site to read other reviews and thoughts on this curriculum and more offered by Sharon Watson.
 
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Happy Mother's Day

I had the most beautiful Mother's Day yesterday!
We spent the day - the weekend actually - at the beach with family and friends.
Shopping, playing in the ocean and sand, boating, eating lots of good food!
 
It was a perfect weekend...

 
 


Monday, March 31, 2014

Iesodo DVD Reviews

  
 
Iesodo Faith and Love DVD's
 
Meet Iesodo (pronounced Yay-Sa-Doe), a wise dove whose name means "The Way of Jesus"! He and his lovable feathered friends live in the Holy Land in a beautiful Cypress Tree on the shores of a vast Lake (or as we know it, the Sea of Galilee). The birds are an unlikely group of friends, and though they have their differences, they have one thing in common: since they met Iesodo, their lives have never been the same!
 
These are both super sweet movies that my kids love to watch again and again and I love them watching them. So many times I feel I have to sit and watch a movie with my kids due to how inappropriate kid movies can be today, but not with the Iesodo films!
 
There are three different DVD's in this series called Believe, Faith, and Love.
 
The run time is about 50 minutes and can be purchased on Amazon for $14.99. These DVD's also include really great bonus features like Bible verses, music videos, songs, and more! There is even a discussion guide available on their site at lesodo.com.
While on the Iesodo site, please check out the fun and games section where you can download coloring pages and crafts your child will have hours of fun with.
 
These are wonderful DVD's that will teach your child biblical values.



Each DVD has two inspiring stories from the Bible with fun characters and catchy songs that will teach your children while they are enjoying this fun movie!
Love Episodes:

“Birds of a Feather, Fish Together”– The wedding of Freddie and Fiona finch is headed for disaster!  Iesodo steps in to calm everyone’s ruffled feathers and make the event a success.

“Love Your Enemies”– Zack, the tax collector, doesn’t play by the rules.  Iesodo shows the flock that treating those who are mean to you with kindness really does make a big difference.

Faith Episodes:

“Miracles are Everywhere”– A big event is happening!  Thousands of birds from all over the world have gathered to meet Iesodo, but food is scarce and the flocks are getting hungry.  Iesodo provides in a way no one could have expected.

“The Wind and the Rain”– The flock is soaring through the sky on their way back to the Cypress Tree when a sudden storm approaches out of nowhere!  Trapped at sea and frightened, they learn that when you have faith, anything is possible.
 

 
If your family enjoys fun, wholesome entertainment you need to check out Iesodo!
 
 
 
 
I received a copy of each of the Iesodo DVD's Faith and Love in exchange for my honest review. A positive review in not guaranteed. All thought and opinions are my own.
 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Our Bigger Family

 
When my husband and I married we both already had children.
Within the first two years of our marriage there were adoptions all around. His kids, my kids, somebody else's. It was a modern day "His, Mine and Ours" happening. 
By our 5th wedding anniversary the "ours" started coming into the family with the birth of the first of three more children.
By 2009 we had decided our family was complete (with the exception of fur babies).
We often talked how quiet our home would someday feel when all the kids were grown.
How busy things were, but some day it would slow down and we might even be bored!
 
 
As our first and then second child left home we started to rethink our thoughts years earlier.
Could we have been wrong?
Will our home ever be quiet?
Would our crazy, busy lives ever slow down?
With two now out on their own, it sure didn't feel any different.
And then it happened.
Something we thought we had years to prepare for. Something we forgot to take into consideration and realized our excitement for quiet peaceful days were never going to come.
 
Grandchildren!
 
And just like that our family grew.
 
 
 
But not just Grandchildren (which we completely adore) but our children's significant others!
This past Christmas we had two more "children" around the tree Christmas morning.
 
So one night I laid in bed thinking as I usually do and started the math.
 
10 kids
10 spouses
IF they average 2 kids each
Plus me and my hubby
=
OVER 40 people to our immediate family.
 
I've rethought how our lives will be and this is what I came up with.
We will forever be surrounded by children.
Our home will always be filled with noise.
And for alone time my husband and I will travel!!