Purposeful Links #97

Tight budgets, paleo spiced dark chocolate cake, the Josh Duggar scandal, fun summer ideas, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

Here are this week’s purposeful links:

  • What are your thoughts on the Josh Duggar controversy? I think Sheila Gregoire’s post is balanced, thoughtful, and makes some points worth considering.

Have a wonderful  weekend! :)

Exploring Ephesus: City of Apostles DVD (Review Crew)

Exploring Ephesus

I’ve always been a history buff.

I think learning about people and cultures of the past and how they affect the present is fascinating. I also love lining up world history with Biblical events and writings. Learning about the culture and circumstances surrounding a particular book of the Bible or Biblical event adds context and a depth of understanding you wouldn’t have otherwise.

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to review the newly released DVD Exploring Ephesus: City of Apostles from FishFlix.com. The hour long DVD is styled like a travel show, hosted by Biblical and historical experts Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Andy Jackson.

Ephesus plays a uniquely important role in Biblical history. It was the hub of Christianity in the early church, and it served as a home base for the Apostle Paul for three years, as he worked to spread the Gospel in the Roman province of Asia. He wrote his first letter to the Corinthians from Ephesus. It’s the site of the famous (or infamous) riot in Acts chapter 19, and is one of the seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. It’s also the traditional location where the Apostle John spent his last days after returning from exile on the island of Patmos, and wrote his Gospel and epistles. Not to mention, it happens to be one of the best excavated and reconstructed Greco-Roman cities in the world. [Read more...]

Purposeful Links #96

Amazon Prime Pantry, paleo meatballs, bedtime prayers, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

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Have a wonderful  weekend! :)

Purposeful Links #95

Homemade bug repellent, spending our money on experiences, not things, Christian clichés, and more in this week's edition of Purposeful Links.

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Happy Mother’s Day! Have a wonderful  weekend! :)

Successful Homeschooling Made Easy: An Online Course for New & Seasoned Homeschool Parents (Review Crew)

successful homeschooling made easyHomeschooling is not for the faint of heart.

Even for the most seasoned, confident mom, there are days when it seems overwhelming. And for the new homeschool mom just starting out, it’s information overload. There’s so much out there, it’s nearly impossible to know where to start.

That’s why Stephanie Walmsley created the Successful Homeschooling Made Easy Course. Stephanie is a veteran homeschool mom who saw the need for a way to guide both new and seasoned homeschool parents through the overwhelming maze of information and choices out there. Successful Homeschooling Made Easy is a digital course that walks parents step by step through everything from goal planning to selecting and implementing a curriculum, plus a whole lot more! I’ve had the opportunity to review it over the last several weeks.

The course is aimed at three different kinds of homeschoolers:

  • Brand New Homeschoolers who are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
  • Homeschoolers who are ready to start afresh when they’ve gotten in a rut.
  • Those recovering from burnout.

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The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight: Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years

The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight - A Review from HomeWithPurpose.net

This has possibly been our busiest school year ever, or at least it’s felt like it.

I think multiple factors have contributed to making it feel even crazier than usual. A major job and work schedule change for my hubby, a new church, and my youngest hitting school age and starting to participate in extracurriculars alongside his siblings, just to name a few. Regardless of why, I was unprepared, and our household and school routines have suffered. So, the opportunity to review Heidi St. John’s The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight, published by Real Life Press, came along just when I needed some encouragement and inspiration to get things back on track.

The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight is subtitled “Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years”. Heidi, a busy homeschool mom of seven, writer, and speaker, aims to encourage both moms who feel overwhelmed by all that’s entailed in running a household and homeschooling, and those who just need some fresh inspiration. She covers not only the practical stuff like how to make a schedule, time management, tips for organizing your home, meal planning and preparation, etc., but also heart issues like being intentional, the importance of flexibility, procrastination, the tendency toward legalism, and more. [Read more...]