Motivation Monday

Good Morning! Monday has come yet again.

So, yesterday we went to see a play at a local theater. My sister in-law and brother in-law were both in it…so we wanted to make sure we went to see them in their first play. They are 10 and 12…I think. I’m so bad with birthdays . Anyway, it was a special needs production of “Honked Jr.” A very cute version of “The Ugly Duckling.” Just to give you a little background on me, I am not a crier (is that how you spell that?) I don’t like to cry and I don’t cry easily. Ok, now that I told you that, on with the story.

The lights blinked and it was time for the play to start. The producer came out and explained how things work in a special needs play. Each actor had an attendant to help them and the attendant would be dressed in black. They attendants would be there to help with lines if they forgot them or to help them remember where to go. They also had subtitles to help you follow the story because some of them had trouble speaking.

Well, the first big song started and everyone singing together, some could speak clearly, some a little mumbled and a few of them it was more of a grunt. I lost it! I started tearing up and then down the cheek they went. It touched my heart so deeply to see these people on the stage giving it their all, not being afraid of what people will think or say. They were so brave. They were amazing! I get nervous just to talk to a person one on one sometimes and I don’t have issues with my voice or a physical issue that make some people uncomfortable. They were inspiring! I have always thought that God chooses parents of special needs kids as a blessing to them and that they are very special parents to have been chosen to care for a child with a special need. I admire them and their child.

I have never been so touched by something as simple as a silly play just did. Well, not the play, but the wonderful people in the play. They sang their hearts out and put everything into their character. I wish I had better words to express how they made me feel. Our boys loved it too. I wasn’t sure how they would react. They have been around some kids with special needs, but you still never know how they will take it I can’t wait to take them to the next one. I believe going to these plays will help our boys learn to look on the inside and passed whatever is on the outside. I know this wasn’t exactly a motivational post, I just had to share it with you all. Watching The play was so inspiring and touching to to me. If they can get up there and do what they did on stage, why am I holding back on things? Why am I letting fear stop me? I need to move on, not worry about what others think, say or do. I need to do what I feel is best for our family and so do you!

I hope you all have a great day and that this week goes well. Thank you for following us and our journey. It really means a lot to me. If you are able to I would love to hear what your fears are…what is holding you back? Let us come together to support and pray to help each other overcome these fears. Talk to you later, Mandy

Grammar Galaxy Review and Giveaway!

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I am going to have a live review and then a giveaway on my Facebook page Monday, October, 30th at 12:00 noon Eastern time!  I will show how it all works and I think you are going to love it.

Grammar Galaxy was created by Dr. Melanie Wilson/psychowith6. She is a Christian Psychologist turned homeschool mom.  She has had some crazy times making everything work, so she has been developing organizational and  sanity saving tips.  Along with Grammar Galaxy she has written a book called The Organized Homeschool Life.

The Organized Homeschool Life is a practical guide for achieving homeschool success, even if you’re not naturally organized. As you complete the weekly challenges, you will save time and money so you can enjoy teaching your children.” Dr. Melanie Wilson.

Grammar Galaxy is a story based Language Arts curriculum. There are two volumes so far, nebula and Prostar.  They both have Mission Manuals that go along with them.  Your kids will not even think they are learning.  When we do our Grammar Galaxy lesson, we do it all together. All three boys listen to the story and answer the questions.  The way Dr. Wilson has developed the “Mission Manual” all three boys are able to highlight or write the answers.  It is ingenious!  They especially love the erasable highlighter that you get if you order the HARD copy.  I am really excited to show you all Grammar Galaxy, it makes Language Arts a breeze.  The first volume is technically for young readers, but even my 12 year old son is learning and having fun with it.  The second volume is geared towards third grade and up, but like I said, my 12 year old is enjoying the first volume.  We are going to go all the way through both volumes together.  I love having lessons we can do all together and don’t require any prep work! Dr. Wilson also has a facebook support page you can join. It offers extra support, challenges and ideas.  I hope to see you at the review and giveaway!  Here is the Hunt’s Happy Homeschool Facebook Link to join us Monday!  Please share with anyone you think would be interested in this.

I almost forgot!!!  Dr. Wilson made a special discount code for all of my followers.  Get 10% off with code HuntsHappy10. This code is only good until November 12th, so get your orders in soon!  If you order before the giveaway and you win the free pdf in my giveaway, Dr. Wilson will refund your money. So,   Please visit Dr. Wilson’s website and check out her book and Grammar Galaxy.  See you Monday! Mandy

 

 

Still Time to Get in on Thinking Tree Giveaway!

Hey guys, if you haven’t had a chance, you can still get in on the Thinking Tree giveaway! We will be using a random comment selector at noon and will post the winners in the comments on Facebook. Make sure to follow our blog because we will have more Thinking Tree giveaways and some other products as well! To enter all you need to do is watch the review from yesterday and make a comment or ask a question. You do have to live in the USA. Here is the link to the video: Thinking Tree Review/Giveaway

Have a great weekend!

Giveaway Day is Here!

Don’t forget today at 12:00pm EASTERN on our Hunt’s Happy Homeschool Facebook page we will have a live review of a couple Thinking Tree books. Then, in order to give working mamas time to watch the video, ask questions or make their comments I will leave the video open for 24 hours. After that, I will use a random comment selector tomorrow at noon and post the winners in the comments. Remember! In order to try and win you must make a comment or question on the video! I will answer any questions posted as soon as I can. Keep watching for more giveaways!! Facebook has nothing to do with this giveaway. Hope to see you at noon!

It’s Here!

Our Kidstir box has arrived! We will be checking it out and making a review video! I am hoping to get a coupon code, but not sure about that yet. I was actually impressed with the regular prices when I looked at their website. Check it out here! Kidstir

Thinking Tree Giveaway Tomorrow!

I need to take some new pictures for our giveaways! Lol

Anyway, tomorrow is our Thinking Tree journal giveaway! I am so excited to show you another journal, they are all so awesome! I just got a new shipment in and I was so excited to see some new ones that I have wanted to show you and giveaway! Also, make sure to keep an eye out for all of my giveaways. I will be having at least one Thinking Tree giveaway a month and hopefully at least one other product a month as well. I know I have a Grammar Galaxy giveaway coming up and I think a KidArtLit subscription giveaway, but still waiting on clarification. So, back to tomorrow. I will be going live on our Facebook page at 12:00 noon EASTERN time to show you the journal. I will then leave the post up for 24 hours for everyone to see and make comments or ask questions. Remember making comments or asking questions is how you are entered. After the 24 hours are up, I will use a random comment selector to choose the winner. I will post the winners name in the comments and you will have 24 hours to contact me. You do need to be in the USA to win. I would also love it if the winner posted a picture of yourself or your child or just the journal on my Facebook page when you receive it. I look forward to tomorrow! See ya then! Here is the link to our Facebook page. Hunt’s Happy Homeschool Facebook Page

What’s Up Wednesday

Good Morning! I hope your week is going well. Ours has been good and a little rough at the same time. The rough part wasn’t that bad, just kiddos not wanting to do chores or some school work I wanted them to complete.

We had a fun trip to a local farm. They boys learned more about planting and growing pumpkins. They got to feed some ponies, goats and a donkey. We went through a straw and a corn maze. Then they took us out to the pumpkin patch by way of a hay ride. A little bumpy, but lots of fun. Lol After we rode on the hay ride back to the farm’s store we enjoyed some cider slushies. It was a beautiful day too. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect.

What have you all been up to this week? Anything new and fun, or has it been a rough week?

Just to let you know, we will be having our next Thinking Tree Journal giveaway this Friday! I will let you know the time soon! I will also be scheduling the Grammar Galaxy Review and the KidArtLit review soon. I am still waiting on some clarification on some things. I think you guys are going to love all of these products! Let me know if there is a product you would like me to check out for you and I will see if I can do a review for you. I just found a neat product that is like legos, but that shows up on a tablet as you connect them. I have contacted them and am hoping to get to do a review and at least a coupon code if not a giveaway! So, let me know if you have any thoughts! I hope you all have a fun week! Talk to you later!

Chime in!

When should I have my next Thinking Tree giveaway?

I want to make sure and include working mamas, so I am going to show the book and leave the video up for you all to leave comments (That’s how you are entered to win). Then I will post the winner the next morning. Let me know when you all want me to have the The Thinking Tree Journal giveaway! What day of the week is best for most of you?

I will also be scheduling the Grammar Galaxy review and giveaway soon. The boys are really enjoying it, so I can’t wait to share it with all of you! Please share about the giveaways! I hope you have a fantastic day!

I have to say: Facebook has nothing to do with either of these giveaways.

Bach, Beethoven, Pachelbel, Mozart

Our boys have been into classical music a lot. Since I was pretty tired today we decided to watch documentaries about composers and how to read music. I then started to wonder…..are there any close symphonies that have school shows….I bet there are. So, I looked up symphonies near us….none are “near” lol. Anyway, I found Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and emailed them. Ok, get this, not only do they have shows for schools, but also cater to homeschool and families and here is the big surprise….they are free! So, if you aren’t far from Pittsburgh, check it out! Here is the link. We have already made our reservations! Let us know if you are going too! Would love to meet some of you!

Heinz Hall Education Reservations

They also have pre-show info and activities for you and your kiddos to do and learn before you go. Here is the link for that.

Preconcert Resources

We are so happy to have found this! Thank you Heinz Hall!!

Bach, Beethoven, Pachelbel, Mozart

Our boys have been into classical music a lot. Since I was pretty tired today we decided to watch documentaries about composers and how to read music. I then started to wonder…..are there any close symphonies that have school shows….I bet there are. So, I looked up symphonies near us….none are “near” lol. Anyway, I found Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and emailed them. Ok, get this, not only do they have shows for schools, but also cater to homeschool and families and here is the big surprise….they are free! So, if you aren’t far from Pittsburgh, check it out! Here is the link. We have already made our reservations! Let us know if you are going too! Would love to meet some of you!

Heinz Hall Education Reservations

They also have pre-show info and activities for you and your kiddos to do and learn before you go. Here is the link for that.

Preconcert Resources

We are so happy to have found this! Thank you Heinz Hall!!