Photobooks from Fotogra Books

IMG_6569One of my goals this year was to have all our photos from the past 2 years to be printed. And before the first month of the year ends, I was finally looking at our photos in physical photos! There is still something different about looking at pictures through photobooks and photo albums.

I printed most of our photos in the traditional photo paper whereas those of our travels, I choose to print through Fotogra Books (www.fotogra.ph). It was my first time to use their services and thankfully, their system was easy to follow and uploading was easy as well. The only hard part was compiling all the photos and making some collages but other than that, everything was easy.

The 5×5 photobooks that I ordered came in good quality  and I was very happy with the result. The thickness of the paper were just as I had expected and the quality of prints were not pixelated too.

Thankfully, I have finally found a photobook maker in the country and no longer need be worried about shipping of the products.

 

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Stress-free Christmas: A Mini-Course for Busy Moms by Mich Nicholas

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I have been given the privilege to listen to the Audio recordings of Stress-free Christmas: A Mini-Course for Busy Moms by Mich Nicholas. As an advocate of intentional living, I highly recommend that busy moms should take time to listen to the short recorded sessions as it will help reduce unnecessary stress one may experience, especially during this Christmas season. We don’t have to be slaves to the pressure of perfection or mental stress of all the events we need to go to. Let’s take a few minutes each day, and spend time listening and reflecting on what Mich is sharing.

This is the most important lesson that I learned: Do less and be more. We’ve always been focused on our to-do list, why not create a to-be list instead? Like be more loving, be more kind, be more caring, be more forgiving, be more joyful. And we can only do that through God’s grace. As we reflect on Christ this season, we spend time on what truly matters. He is the true reason for Christmas.

 

 

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To listen to a free sampler, just click this link:  https://soundcloud.com/michnicolas-1/file-1-objectives-scenarios/s-dDovf

This product comes with:

  • 5 Audio Files (Estimated Total Running Time: 33 minutes)
  • 25 Slides with Key Points
  • 2-page Reflection Sheet

You may purchase this short course through this link:  https://gumroad.com/a/981611635 For more information, you can visit Mich’s FB page at https://www.facebook.com/citygirlcountryhome.

Photos source: Mich Nicolas

Mom 24/7 Planner for 2016

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The 2016 edition of Mom 24/7 Planner is now here! It is a 6×8 inches, sturdy and spiral bound planner.  It helps moms like you and me to be more organized, efficient and successful in the coming 2016! From planning your monthly, weekly and daily activities to putting in your children’s activities alongside too. There is also a section where you can write your goals for yourself, family, home and work.

 

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The Mom 24/7 Planner encourages you to take a #MindfulMom Moment too. Each week, there is a question which seeks to help moms live life in a more conscious, mindful manner.

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There are other useful pages like the menu maker, household staff file, menstrual tracker, family vacation planning pages, party planning pages and money management and more.
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It is a planner made specially for us moms! You can now get your copies from the Mommy Mundo online shop and selected Fully Booked branches starting December 1. For your inquiries, email info@mommymundo.com or text 09088657245.

The Brinkman Advevntures Season 3 Review

Brinkman Adventures brings us exciting and true to life audio missionary stories and they have just released The Brinkman Adventures: Season 3. As part of this year’s Schoolhouse Review Crew, our family was given the digital copy and an opportunity to review it!

Brinkman Adventures Season 3 Review

The Brinkman Adventures is not new to us. We’ve reviewed the 2nd season last year and we immensely enjoyed it. The 3rd season brings episodes 25 to 36. Amazing stories of missionaries and God’s faithfulness in each of their lives in different circumstances. The stories actually come from real life but some names may have been changed and some details are dramatized too. But there is one story where the real name of the person is used (Steve Saint) and he even played his own character!

If you are not familiar with The Brinkmans, they are a modern-day missionary family. They have a blog where they write about the different missionaries they meet around the world. They are still the lead characters of the season but there are several stories which doesn’t include them or doesn’t center on them. The different characters face life threatening adventures and challenges which allow them to discover the very character of God and allow them to know their life’s mission. The stories  happen at different parts of the world from Ecuador to Kashmir and Africa to Alaska.
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Season 3 includes 12 exciting episodes. Every episode is about 25 minutes long so you will receive around 5 hours of audio drama. As we received digital files, we used the software VLC Media Player or Windows Media Player on my laptop to listen to all 12 episodes.

The episodes included in this season are namely:

Ep. 01 – God’s Mule

Ep. 02 – Mountain Mover

Ep. 03 – Silent Ambassador

Ep. 04 – Translating Trouble

Ep. 05 – Man-Up

Ep. 06 – Acorns & Oaks

Ep. 07 – A Saint’s Story Pt 1

Ep. 08 – A Saint Story pt 2

Ep. 09 – Untouched

Ep. 10 – Busy Bees and a Bullhorn

Ep. 11 – Missionary Tourist Pt 1

Ep. 12 – Missionary Tourist Pt 2

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We listened to one episode each day after lunch. This was our usual read-aloud time so listening to The Brinkman Adventure during this time was perfect for our family. My 11 year old daughter and 8 year old son sat close by and listened to the stories with anticipation. As they have listened to the previous season last year, they still remember some of the characters from the Brinkman family. They looked forward to hearing the familiar voices! There were also some recurring characters from the previous season like Mr. Benti and

After every episode, we discussed briefly the main lessons  we learned from the stories. Some of the lessons we learned from the different episodes were:

  • God is all-powerful, not limited to what our mind can conceive!
  • We need to obey the Lord’s instruction and step out in faith then God would show up when we least expect it!
  • We can never do everything on our own. We need to help one another so we can achieve what God wants us to do.
  • Even through painful situations in life, God can still use us if we are sensitive to His leading.

We also used the stories behind the stories guide from the webpage to know which part of the story were true and which were fictional.

My son’s favorite episode is “Man Up” because it was action-packed and exciting and Ian Brinkman was in the story! I guess he identifies with him. While my daughter’s favorite episode is “Acorns & Oaks” because it was truly inspiring to hear the story of the Ice Cream money Camp!  My favorite episode is “Busy Bees and A Bullhorn” because I sometimes am like Susan Brinkman, trying to do it all when I shouldn’t really be!

If you haven’t listened to The Brinkman Adventures, I recommend that you listen to the stories as a family. It gives every family some hope and encouragement that God can use each person to touch another life. It can even give your family a head start on becoming a family rooted in doing what God has tasked you to be!

You can get the CD version for a suggested donation fee of $27.99 and the MP3 downloadable version for a suggested donation fee of $17.99.

For more on The Brinkman Adventures, follow them on their Facebook page at The Brinkman Adventures Facebook.

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Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were blessed to be given an opportunity to review Standard Deviants Accelerate.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate or SDA is a secular curriculum supplement which uses fun, lively and comprehensive pre-recorded videos of a full-year of academic lessons for middle to high school students. The actors in the video are young students themselves and use the comedic approach to make the lessons interesting and easy to understand.
Each course includes 30-40 hours of content – video lessons, review activities, quizzes, writing assignments, and tests. Each course costs $24.95/month only.

SDA covers several core Homeschool courses which includes:

  • Arithmetic, Grade 3+
  • Fundamental Math, Grade 4+
  • Earth Science, Grade 6+
  • Nutrition, Grade 6+
  • Biology, Grade 7+
  • Chemistry, Grade 9+
  • Algebra, Grade 7+
  • English Composition, Grade 9+
  • US History, Grade 9+
  • AP Biology, Grade 11+
  • AP Chemistry, Grade 11+
  • AP American Government and Politics, Grade 11+
  • AP US History, Grade 11+
  • AP English Composition, Grade 11+

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Since the program is entirely online, SDA is easily accessible through any laptop or tablet as long as there is a stable internet connection. Just log-in and the student can start going through his lessons or the parent/teacher can check the progress of the students anytime.

My son who is currently in 3rd grade helped me in reviewing the Arithmetic program. He used the lessons 3 times a week as a Math supplement.

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The parent and student has separate log-in accounts. The parent creates the user account for the child. The parent account can access:

  • Grade Reports
  • Red Flag Alerts
  • Editable Scoring Rubrics
  • Progress Indicators

My son works on one lesson each time. The lessons under Arithmetic includes: Whole number and the number line, addition and subtraction, multiplying whole numbers and word problems, dividing whole numbers, understanding decimals, understanding fractions, line shapes and sizes, measurement and patterns and graphs.

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SDA delivers their lessons in small chunks, with each lesson averaging of about 10 minutes. The concepts in each lesson are thoroughly described. There is an abundant use of visual representations to help the student visualize the lesson.

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After watching the video, there is a section where the student can review vocabulary words learned throughout the lesson, then a diagram section where students apply what they have learned through drag and drop the answers to the questions. Then there is a quiz section and written answer section. The quiz isn’t very long and the student have an option to print the questions. In the written answer section, there is a standard question asked, “what is the most basic concept underlying the subject of arithmetic?” Critical thinking is encouraged

Most of the quizzes are automatically graded. Should the student  fail the quiz or have some items which are incorrect, they can watch the video again and relearn and retake the quiz later on. Based on this, SDA customizes the review questions based on the questions the students had missed.

What We Thought of the Product

My son liked SDA. He said that the lessons are simple, concise, engaging and interesting. He liked the video lessons but found the critical question at the end too deep.

I personally liked SDA because it is a great help to parents since I didn’t need to prepare much for this program. SDA did everything for me already. I also liked how the course was able to rouse the curiosity of my son in Arithmetic by introducing some topics he has yet to study. I would like to believe that SDA has attained its goal of teaching in a pro-active, approachable, comprehensive and fun environment.

To know more about SDA check out their Facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/SDAccelerate, their Twitter: https://twitter.com/SDAccelerate, Google+: https://plus.google.com/+Sdaccelerate/posts and
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/SDAccelerate/

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