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Homeschool Planner 2017-2018

It’s here! As promised…I finished the 2017-2018 Homeschool Planner, which is now for sale on Etsy! Just like last year’s planner, this year comes in both blank subject and with subjects printed, but everything else is just as expected. Psst….there’s a special promo code just for you at the bottom of this post.

Only this year I’ve created several additional pages to help you homeschooling mamas keep track of things that you probably have to report to your school districts. Things like Assignments, Field Trips, Grades, Attendance, and a bunch of blank pages for you to create whatever you need.
Just like last year there are pages for those of you who are bloggers, to help you keep tabs on what you have written about, what things you still want to explore, and when you want to share them; as well as giveaways and reviews.

The other part of the planner that’s my favorite is the Life Pages; which include a place to list out all of your regular and favorite meal ideas, who you’ve invited to dinner, your goals for the year, and a monthly notes section with places to keep track of things you’re grateful, birthdays, to-dos, and relationships you want to invest in (this might just be my favorite part).

And just for launch week only…

I am offering a $5.00 off coupon with code HSPJMW17 for the planner, so you can get it for $10, rather than the regular price of $15.

Where can I order the planner?

You can click at the MY SHOP link above or visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/WhiteHouseEmporium Remember there are TWO different versions, the blank subject and a filled in subject…make sure you add the right one to the cart.

PS. if you’d be interested in a reviewing or promoting the planner let me know Hello at JessicaMWhite dot com

What I’ve Been Reading – May 2017

I’m rather impressed with myself for the quantity of books that I’ve been reading! I’m at 20 books for the year, which is more than halfway toward my goal for the year. I’m not sure WHY I’ve managed to read as much as I have. I’ve been in two book clubs for the last 9 months that have kind of forced me to read at least two books, and one of those is usually an audiobook. That said, I am not someone who can read multiple books at a time…read one and listen to one, that I can do.

Favorite Fiction Book

I’m going for the cheese factor on this one. I absolutely LOVED As Old As Time, Braswell’s retelling of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Honestly, I think it’s my favorite version of Beauty and the Beast. I felt like the story was fantastically woven, that open plot lines were well concluded, and overall I really loved HOW she rewrote the story.

With all of the Beauty and the Beast hype of the past few months, I felt that this book did a better job of explaining the history of the characters. Far better than even the movie did. The movie was good, don’t get me wrong, but I think this story is much more in-line with the entire Beauty and the Beast premise, particularly regarding enchantment. If you do read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Favorite Non-Fiction Book

This is a tough one! I so liked all of the non-fiction that I read. My top three would have to be Metzler, Swindell, and Baker. But even of those I’d have to see it was Counting Grains of Sand that touched me the most. I’ve “known” Natasha through social media and different groups for several years, and hearing her stories again, in her voice was profound. Throw into that my own struggles with infertility, or anyone’s struggles with prayers not answered as we’d choose and this book will rock you.

This book was so good that I bought it and had it overnighted to a friend who was going through hardships before I had even finished it. THAT is how much this book was grabbing me. Natasha has so many delicious words and good truths that we all seem to not be able to remember.

The Book I hated

My least favorite book was that of The Zookeeper’s Wife. I struggled through this one; and I struggled with the fact that I didn’t love it! I had very high hopes for it, but the writing was less than intriguing. The story of the Antonina Zabinski was one that really struck my interests; keepers of the Warsaw Zoo in Poland during World War II, who were hiding and transporting Jews.

It was a tough one. While the subject matter was very interesting and the story of this family enthralling, I felt like the author couldn’t decide how she wanted to write this, whether a novel or a textbook. There were parts that sucked you in and told you a story, and then abruptly there were parts that were so detailed about things that had no bearing on anything that I skipped over them (i.e. in depth discussion regarding random plants).

Get through it I did though, and I’m glad for it…because it really was interesting, despite the drudgery.

What have you been reading?

Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart {a Review}

This is our first book by Glenys Nellist and Love Letters from God: Bible Stories for a Girl’s Heart is fantastic! Both my girls LOVED the stories and the little letters inside. I loved the words and illustrations. This is our first Love Letter book by Glenys Nellist and it’s fantastic.

The pictures are beautifully illustrated, the text is well-written and expressive, and the letters get right to the heart of what our little ones need to know and here from God. My daughters (7 and 5) loved reading through the stories and letters. The text was simple enough that my 7 year old was able to read a good portion of it on her own.

The book is beautifully put together with thick pages that will hold up to numerous readings. The back page of the book leaves a place for someone to write their own love letter to God. (I told my daughter she couldn’t write in it, but could write a note on a separate piece of paper and fold it in there).

I was excited to find out that there are more of these books out there: You can be sure I’ll be looking into those for gifts.

*I received this book to review from BookLookBloggers.com for free; my opinions are my own. You can read my disclosure policy here.

Peter 22 Months

  • Measuring 34″ tall, which was what he was 3 months ago…I’m thinking this is not correct, or he’s just going to have a growth spurt soon
  • Weighing 30 lbs
  • The canines are FINALLY through!
  • Still squeezing into some 18/24 months clothes, we did have to move him up in the shoes though
  • Loves, LOVES jumping on the trampoline (by himself)
  • His words are getting more impressive
  • He’s starting to actually have conversations with us. It’s so fun that he’s communicating, even if not every word is discernible
  • He likes blowing bubbles
  • He always wants to be outside….it’s so stinkin’ cute when he asks to go outside.

Never Unfriended {a Review}

*This post does contain affiliate links.

What if you knew you could NEVER be unfriended? Would you be willing to take more risks in the making and keeping of friends? Friendship has been a struggle for me, it always has. I’ve never fit comfortably into any one group. It’s only as I’ve gotten older that I’ve realized that’s OK, I don’t have to. Although, even knowing that hasn’t made finding and keeping friends any easier.

Lisa-Jo opens her heart and shares all of her hurt and lonely places when it comes to friendship, in her new book, new book Never Unfriended. The opportunities that she missed, the friends she lost, and the hurt she has felt. But she also shares hope! Lisa-Jo tells about how she has been rewarded with rich, deep friendships when she has been willing to take a risk, step out of her comfort zone, and be the first to extend the scary hand of friendship. But it all starts with one thing…. Putting aside being “Fine”.

That word, that inability to be REAL is the absolute death-knell of EVERY SINGLE FRIENDSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY FOR FRIENDSHIP!

Fine is so dangerous, isn’t it? Fine means the end of a conversation; the beginning of nothing…Sure, it can be excruciating to admit our un-fine moments, but it’s in those moments that people can actually see us to help us. We need people. We are a body. And if one part is all bashed up and bleeding, it hurts everywhere else. (page 86)

Lisa-Jo does an awesome job tackling the topic of fine, because all other parts of friendship stem from this one truth.

If we can’t even start being real, we will never get anywhere.

Lisa-Jo goes on further in her book, addressing how comparison will rob us blind in friendship. How if we allow ourselves to fall into the trap of looking at what everyone else is and has we will wallow in our own inadequacies. Until we are mired down with so much filth that we won’t be able to see anything but.

Lisa-Jo’s writing is so engaging and fun. She’s light hearted and funny, but no less substantial in her words. She’s able to tell a story, share hard things, without feeling like she’s beating you over the head with a should-do list. Her heart is for friendship, that women would come alongside each other in community and love each other as Christ would have us do.

Never Unfriended is available everywhere, including on Amazon.com .


 

Lisa-Jo Baker has been the community manager for www.incourage.me, an online home for women all over the world, for nearly a decade. She is also the author of Surprised by Motherhood, and her writings have been syndicated from New Zealand to New York. She lives just outside Washington, DC, with her husband and their three very loud kids, where she connects, encourages, and champions women in person and through her popular blog, lisajobaker.com

***You can read my disclosure policy here. I received the above book for free, to review, but it was honestly so good that I’ve bought several copies to pass along ;-)