12/10/14

The Gift Dad WANTS to Give

What is it that you truly need this holiday season?
This year, what are you asking for?
Sanity.
Escape.
Me time.

As homeschool mommas we know these are really just a figure of our imagination! 

Renewal.
Refreshment.
A whole new momma!

Now that, we can do!

When I attend Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit this is really the gift my husband is giving me, and I am giving him in return. He gets his wife back!

Over and over, I spoke with couples while working the Winter Summit booth this summer at a homeschool convention.  I would tell them about Summit, and share my testimony.  Moms appeared interested, intrigued ... But the shocker for me were DADS.

The homeschool dads I spoke with communicated joy and anticipation at the thought of getting their wife "back".  They were boarderline ecstatic at getting their wife back to a renewed and well-balanced state.

The dads wanted to give this beautiful gift to their wives.

Be sure to ask the man you love for the gift he WANTS to give. A Whole Wife & Mom.

Keep reading to find out more about Winter Summit, how to get to summit for FREE + a discount code for when you do ask for Winter Summit!

Oh! AND win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!!!

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Have you heard about the phenomenal event, The Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit? If you haven't, you are missing out on the chance to receive a boatload of encouragement, refreshment, and renewal! Here are some recaps of past Summits from different attendees:
And here you can see for yourself what attending The Summit looks like.  
And now, for the first time ever, there is a way to attend The Summit FOR FREE! Here's how:
  • Round up 5 friends who have never been.
  • Print off 3 of these registration forms.
  • Fill in the info for yourself and your 5 friends.
  • Collect the money and write one check to cover the registration for those 5. (YOURS IS FREE!)
  • Mail to:
Winter Summit c/o Roxanne Parks 2612 Meadow View Road Edmond, OK 73013 

Now, you might be thinking, "I don't have 5 homeschooling friends, but I would love to meet some like minded ladies!" 
We would love to have you at The Summit, and to help you get there we are offering a $10 discount code. 

When you register, simply apply the code "joyfulsocks10". AND as a special bonus, one lucky winner will receive the cost of their registration refunded in a drawing on January 1st!  

Okay, who's ready to win a $50 Amazon gift card??? Anyone can enter and there are multiple ways, so be sure to increase your chances by visiting each blogger who will be attending The Summit! Simply, leave a comment on this post to enter. Then, hop on over to the the other participating blogs to enter there, too. You will be given one entry per blog, for a maximum of 5 entries. One winner will be randomly chosen on Wednesday, December 17 to receive the $50 Amazon gift card.
See you at The Summit!
 
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11/20/14

The Meaningful Winnie-the-Pooh {Book Review}

The following review is presented by contributing writer Geek Bug, as part of our Geek Squad Reviews project.

Book Title: Winnie-The-Pooh
Author: A.A. Milne
Illustrator: Ernest H. Shepard
Published: 1954
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 161

Reviewer: The Geek Bug, 11 years old.

Winnie-the-Pooh is a fun and imaginative book.  Pooh and his friends go on hilarious adventures such as, trying to catch a huffalump. My favorite story in this book is when Eeyore looses his tail. 

The author, Mr. Milne, wrote Winnie-The-Pooh in a way anybody can understand. His tales show us good character traits in a laughable way.  He shows that working together is always a worth while work.  He also tells us what true friendship is. Simple. Meaningful.

At the beginning of this book, Mr. Milne is talking to Christopher Robin and telling him stories.  Throughout the book, Christopher Robin interrupts Mr. Milne to ask him questions about the story.  This makes it easy for all ages to understand what the author is trying to teach.


All of the stories in Winnie-The-Pooh  are fantastic.  They all teach lessons that remind us about friendship.   Winnie-The-Pooh  is a great book for all ages, but are certainly good for children ages four to eleven.

Winnie-The-Pooh  is the best book I've read in a long time.  This book is definitely worth the five stars I'm giving to it!  I love this book and hope you will too. 

RATING: 5 out of 5 Geek Stars

Contributing writer
The Geek Bug is a regular contributing writer to Geek Squad Reviews, and the youngest daughter of writer & editor, Heather Mac, the Joyful Socks Mom.  The Geek Bug is a fun-loving kid who enjoys reading, drawing, crafting, hand-knitting and more reading.  She has one sister, and three brothers, and is a home educated student currently in the sixth grade.  The Geek Bug is involved in her local 4-H club, competes in Horse Judging, and loves being part of the Silent Praise team at church. 

The Geek Bug - 
CURRENTLY READING: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by: J.K. Rowling 
NEXT REVIEW: Mary Poppins by: P.L. Travers

The Geek Squad Book Reviews project is a new column appearing exclusively on this blog, designed to encourage & promote family reading.  Our reviewers are both children & parents, giving you real opinions about classic books, living books & books they enjoy the most.  This column is designed to help you make a well-informed decision about what your family reads, giving perspectives of both children and parents.

Joyfully Learning with You,

The Joyful Socks Mom 

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11/18/14

Gifts For The Book Nerd Family

I guess as a bibliophile I have never understood the difficulties with gift giving.  Not to point out the obvious, but well ... Books!  My vote is, books are the best idea for gifting, as they are undoubtedly the only gift that keeps on giving.

In the spirit of giving books, here are some ideas for gifting to the Book Nerd & the entire Book Nerd Family. 

Books for Book Nerds & Geeks of All Ages:

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection




• Lego Harry Potter: Characters of the Magical World



Star Wars: A Pop-Up Guide to the Galaxy


• Doctor Who Encyclopedia (New Edition) 
 

• Sherlock Holmes (BBC Sherlock covers)


Star Trek The Next Generation: Technical Manual


Embrace your inner geek!
Let's face the facts, shall we? Book Nerds don't stop at nerdiness ... They are typically a bit geeky to boot, myself included. Check out our Etsy store & Instagram Feed for some amazing bookish & geek-inspired gifts!  Here a few of our novelty soaps:





Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie:
Here is a quick selection of movies that may actually please the book lover.

Miss Potter




Book Swag, is anything that improves or contributes to the pleasure of book reading.  Here are a few neat ideas:

• Bookmarks - Be kind to your books!
"Wands at the ready." with this bookmark that is sure to please those of us who love reading books about "the boy who lived".


Honorable mention bookmarks:




• Cuppa Tea -or- Coffee



This mug would top the list of any Sherlockian ... Like me! Hint. Hint. 


• Coasters that Speak Volumes
Say it loud, "I'm a Nerd, and I'm proud!" 

Any real Sci-Fi Book Nerd would be happy to partake of a beverage using this Imperial coaster set.


Now that you have all the Book Nerd gifts, here are some creative ideas for wrapping.
See more great gift ideas from my fellow iHomeschool Network bloggers:
Christmas Gift Lists II iHomeschool Network

Joyfully Learning with You,

The Joyful Socks Mom 

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