Menu Plan Monday From: OrgJunkie.com

* Better late than never *

We have a busy week already and hopefully this menu will help us keep to the schedule and focus on what is truely important during the Advent.

Be sure to check out more great menu plans and recipes at Organizining Junkie. Stop by and post your menu plan link today!

B = Breakfast, S = Snack, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Tuesday -
B: Cinnamon Rolls with Sunny D
S: Apple w/ Iced Water
L: Chicken Soup with wild rice
D: Chili with beans, Corn bread, Carrot sticks Hot Tea (Lemon Ginger)

Wednesday -
B: Sausage Quesadillas
S: Mango slices w/ Iced Water
L: Peanut Butter, Crackers, Cheese & Grapes
D: Smoked turkey, Rice Pilaf, Green Beans, Salad & Hot Chamomille Tea

Thursday -
B: Cereal w/ Milk, Banana and Juice
S: Apple w/ Iced Water
L: Popcorn, Cheese, Fruit Salad
D: Turkey Soup with pasta & veggies, Whole grain rolls & Hot Lemon Zinger Tea

Friday -
B: Oatmeal Pancakes/ Banana & Juice
S: Granola w/ Iced Water
L: Biscuit Pizzas w/ Apples
D: Vegatable Frittata, Salad & Home Fries, Hot Ginger Tea

Saturday -
B: 2 Egg Omlets w/ veggies Hot Tea
S: Banana w/ Iced Water
L: Hot Crab Dip with Tortilla Chips, 1/2 Turkey Sandwich & Carrot sticks
D: Steak Stir Fry with Rice Noodles, Squash, Salad & Hot Mint Tea
Sunday -
B: Daddy cooks breakfast
L: Crab boil with corn & potatoes, Salad & Hot Chamoille Tea
D: Leftovers

Have a blessed and prosperous week!

Heather Mac


Cheese Glourious Cheese!!!

Click on the link HERE to get directions on how to recieve you Full Rebate for Alouette Wedge Cheese.  Yummy.  Baby Brie is one of my favorites!

Thanks to Frugal Coupon Living for sharing this deal!

Have a blessed week to all!
Heather Mac


Menu Plan Monday From: OrgJunkie.com

And we are stocked up and ready to roll this week with an updated menu!
We are starting to change a few eating habits in an attempt to keep eveyone healthy.

1.  I am adding hot tea (herbal) to each evening time meal
2. I am adding a snack to the menu to help the kids get through the homeschool day.  They eat snacks now, but it is more "off-the-cuff" and not as organized as the rest of our menu . . . so that's that.
3.  We are feeding ourselves plenty of fruit, but we will be consuming it differently.  Eating it on an empty stomach & waiting 20 minutes before eating the rest of the meal.

The other perk about this week's menu is that I only spent $108 for the last 2 weeks worth of groceries.  I love that feeling of empowerment when I know that I am feeding my family in a healthy way and being a good steward of our blessings from the Lord!

Be sure to check out more great menu plans and recipes at Organizining Junkie.  Stop by and post your menu plan link today!

B = Breakfast, S = Snack, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Tuesday -
B: Cereal w/milk & Banana
S: Apple w/ Iced Water
L: Snack Plate (Turkey, Cheese, French Bread)
D: Spaghetti w/Meatballs Marinara, Salad, Hot Tea (Lemon Ginger)

Wednesday -
B: Sausage Quesadillas
S: Granola w/ Iced Water
L: Peanut Butter, Crackers, Cheese & Grapes
D: Talapia, Rice Pilaf, Brussel Sprouts & Hot Chamomille Tea

Thursday -
B: Cereal w/ Milk, Banana and Juice
S: Apple w/ Iced Water
L: Popcorn, Cheese, Fruit Salad
D: Chili w/ Beans, Cornbread, Hot Lemon Zinger Tea

Friday -
B: Oatmeal Pancakes/ Banana & Juice
S: Granola w/ Iced Water
L: Biscuit Pizzas w/ Apples
D: Hamburgers, Salad & Home Fries, Hot Ginger Tea

Saturday -
B: 2 Egg Omlets w/ veggies Hot Tea
S: Banana w/ Iced Water
L: Chicken Soup w/ Wild Rice
D: Turkey w/ Stuffing, Squash, Salad & Hot Mint Tea

Sunday -
B: Daddy cooks breakfast
L: Meatloaf, Potatoes, Green Beans
D: Leftovers
Have a blessed and prosperous week!
Heather Mac

Manic Mommy Monday: Live Not In Fear


The mainstream media seems to almost thrive by driving fear into the heart's of Americans.  The enemy must love that!  Why do we play so easily into the hands of the liberal biased media and there play on our concerns, turning them into outright panic?

The Lord is my refuge, of whom shall I fear? Or better yet . . . what shall I fear?
For those who are called by the name of the Lord (P.S. That's you and me), your mighty God is your dwelling place. Who or what can touch you when He is in control?

Your Lord is your Deliverer and your Strength. He is Love. He provides peace, mercy and all of your needs! That is ALWAYS enough.

Swine Flu, Bird Flu, Economic down turn, Marital Crisis, Family Woes, Panic!
It is all just noise compared to the comfort we find in Yahweh - - - Brother & Sisters, trust in the One to whom you belong!

He will deliver you from, by or through the trials that lay before you. He always delivers. Trust in Him that controls all!

Psalm 91:5-7,9-10
"You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plaque that destoys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you. . .
If you make the Most High your dwelling -
even the Lord, who is my refuge -
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent."

In His Service,
Heather Mac


The Return of The Frugal Lady: Sunday Coupon Preview


O.K. ladies - ready to feel empowered, successful and joyful about your next grocery shopping excursion?  What you don't feel that way everytime you shop for the family's groceries?
Well, stop paying to much for that over priced bag of potato chips and let's be big girls!

We are bringing back the Frugal Lady and her helpful "penny-pinching" ways!

Start by taking a look at this upcoming Sunday's coupons.  The newspaper should include two set of coupon insert's this week.  There are a lot of good deals for baking items and Christmas gifts.  Save those coupons and be on the look out for the Return of The Fugral Lady . . . Hey, sequels pay better, right?

Happy Clipping and Saving.
The Frugal Lady


FALL CRAFTS: Colorful Tissue Leaves

These are beautiful colored leaves for decorating.  It is has simple materials used in creating these wonderful leaves.  The leaves are all unique and different, that makes them fun!

Heavy weight paper or cardstock
Leaf Pattern (see below)
Tacky glue
Tissue Paper: red, yellow, orange and green

1.  Click on printables and print out Leaf patterns.
2.  Cut out the outline before you glue the tissue paper.
3.  Cut tissue paper into 2"squares.
4.  Crumple each piece into a tight ball. Dip into white glue and place onto pattern. Start with the small sections first to make sure they keep their definition.
5.  Continue crumpling and gluing down pieces until the entire pattern is filled.

You can use these leaves to make a fall mobile.  Use a hole punch to make a hole in the bottom of the leaf and hang upside down with string and attach to a hanger.

Have a super crafty day!!!
Heather Mac


FALL CRAFTS: Leaf Bookmarks

This project is reprinted courtesy of CraftyNoodle.com

This is a fun fall craft idea. It is super quick and easy to do, even for PreK students.  You can use this fun craft to make bookmarks, Put in a clay pot to make a cute center piece, Stick it in your shirt pocket for a fall decoration or Use to mark place settings by writing names on the bottom of stick.  Have fun with these fall cuties!


Wooden ice cream spoon (alternatively a popsicle stick would do)
Silk fall leaves or Collect real leaves
White craft glue
Crayons or paints


1.  Color or paint the wooden spoon ( or popsicle stick)

2.  Glue leaf to the stick (if you use real leaves coat them with glue and let them dry before gluing to the stick) Add eyes to leaf by applying to small dots of glue.  Allow to dry completely.

Have a crafty fun day!
Heather Mac


Faithful Home Keepers: Thought Corner

Keepers at Home
My journey as a work-at-home mommy has not always come as a natural position to me.  I was certainly raised in a culture that was anti-tradition and was an easy follower of my surroundings.  Ouch!  That still is painful to confess, but there it is!  I was raised by a single mother and had unsteady contacts and relationships with my father, and in the course of time other males, with much the same outcome.  Fight or flight with me, that was my way.
God is so faithful and patient with his children.  He sent me a series of circumstances that the only place to go was running to His most capable arms.  What loving and tender arms they are, too.  After much time and much more discipline, God chose to take me out of the main stream workforce and into a life of submission and subservience.  Not quite a position that I was used to taking!  However difficult a task for me, embracing the natural role the Lord intended for me as a woman, has become the greatest honor of my life.
I am finding joy everyday in staying busy in my home and with my children.  The Lord is disciplining me in the ways of a true godly keeper of the home.  I am now taking pride in every lesson He teaches and I finally absorb!  The joy of teaching my own daughter these precious lessons is the icing on the cake.  To see her grow to become a godly wife and mother, is one of my highest held hopes and prayers.  I long to be the help meet my husband needs and to lift him up constantly as the Lord intends. 
Dear Lord,
Make me as Your perfect will intends for me to be.  Wife, mother, teacher, friend and child of the one true God of heaven and earth!  Lord be patient with me and extend to me Your grace and mercy.  Help me to love and teach my children.  Guide me in loving and helping my husband.  Keep me steadfast and true in Your ways and Your Word.  Let the work of my hands be blessed, for Your glory!  I thank you for my lot and my portion, today and everyday to come!
In Christ's victorious name I pray, Amen! Amen!
In His Service,
Mrs. Mac

Menu Plan Monday From: OrgJunkie.com

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday
brought to you by Luara at http://www.orgjunkie.com/

I believe that menu planning is essential to every household budget.  If you are taking the time to plan your meals, then you can take the time to clip coupons and shop the local flyers for the items you need.  It is the first link in a chain of good household habits.  Take a look at what are family is cooking up this week, then head on over to this link http://orgjunkie.com/2009/10/menu-plan-monday-oct-26th.html to see lots more moms and what they are planning for the dinner table this week.  It is great fellowship, fun, tips and recipe searching for everyone!  Come take a look.

Menu Plan @ The Macs

Sunday -

Breakfast: Oatmeal with a bannana

Lunch: Spagehhti with Meatsauce

Dinner: Hot Dogs & carrot sticks

Monday -

Breakfast: Cereal with fruit

Lunch: Pizza Pita Pockets with carrot sticks

Dinner: Taco Soup with tortilla chips & salsa

Tuesday -

Breakfast: Eggs, Toast with cheese & sliced tomato

Lunch: Grill Cheese & Celery sticks with peanut butter

Dinner: Baked Potato Bar - broccoli, plain yogurt, cheese, chili

Wednesday -

Breakfast: Peanut butter toast with fruit

Lunch: Taco Soup leftovers

Dinner: Sausage & Vegetable Frittata - Cooking outside with Dutch Oven (Cub Scout project)


Breakfast: Oatmeal with a bannana

Lunch: @ Co-op / Sack Lunch

Dinner: Chicken Soup with Wild & Brown rice

Friday -
Breakfast: Cereal with Fruit

Lunch: T.V. dinner

Dinner: Fish with rice pilaf, steamed veggies, salad & roll

Saturday -

Breakfast: Pancakes with turkey bacon & fruit

Lunch: Leftovers

Dinner: Meatloaf, Corn, Salad & garlic mashed potatoes

Tah! Dah!  That's all there is to it.  Now off to clip coupons!
Have a blessed week!

Heather Mac


Saturday Psalm & Praise

Saturday Psalm & Praise

"Do not fret because of evil men

or be envious of those who do wrong;

for like the grass they will soon wither,

like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the Lord

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him and he will do this;

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn,

the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;

do not fret when men succeed in their ways,

when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;

do not fret - it leads only to evil.

For evil men will be cut off,

but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land."

Psalm 37: 1-9

A blessed Feast of Trumpets to all!
Mrs. Mac

STORYTIME Day! Sebastian's Rollerskates

Welcome to STORYTIME Day!
Today's selection is another book from Kane Miller publishing. The book is Sebastian's Rollerskates Written by: Joan de D'eu Prats & Illustrated by: Francesc Rovira

This is an award-winning book that the entire family will enjoy.

Click the link below to enjoy the story today:

Here are some fun & eductional activities to enjoy after you have read this book:

Make a Skate Cake


Color a picture of your own rollerskates


Learn How To Rollerskate


Talk about following directions. Now, play "Simon Says"


Discuss as a family what was the most important thing Sebastian learned from his new rollerskates? Make a list of things that you think are hard to do. Try to do 1 hard thing each week, then cross it off your list when you are good at it.

You can purchase your own copy of Sebastian's Rollerskate's here!

Happy reading!
Mrs. Mac

FREEBIE Friday: From The FRUGAL Lady


Howdy all! Today's FREEBIE Friday will be dedicated to those brave & adventureous souls who chose to travel and settle the American Frontier, oh so many years ago. The "Bug" and I have began the Keepers At Home program & will be getting other homeschoolers to join us soon. We decided to add Pioneer Life unit to our studies this fall in hopes that it will add to what she is learning in Keepers. Here are some great FREEBIES & Finds to help discovery the wonder that was Frontier living. So enjoy your freebies all you new brave & adventoureous souls who homeschool!

FREE Apple Recipes Ebook download

Lots of Crafts, Coloring & Pioneer Crafting ideas on these site.

More pioneer crafting

Pioneer syrup making

Pioneer toys and games

City of Tumwater - pioneer games and crafts page

Pioneer Recipes

Texas Pioneer Recipes
*of course even pioneers were bigger and better in Texas! lol!*

Sunbonnet craft

How-to-make a Corn husk doll

Book List for Pioneer reading

Laura Ingalls Wilder's books Unit Studies
P.S. One of my favorite authors of ALL TIME!

Little House Lesson Plans

Little House Recipes & Crafts Ebook

Lapbooks & More Pioneer links

Pioneer Lesson Plans

Abraham Lincoln

Oregon Trail Diary

Thinkquest links for Pioneer life

Covered Wagon printables

Math lesson plans

Make a timeline

Pioneer lesson plan links

Today's Pioneers
Here are some great homesteading sites.

For those in TEXAS this is a great homesteading education group

PIONEER Virtual Field Trips

Oregon Trails

Scholastic Virtual Pioneer

Bent's Old Fort Trip


Video Trip
You can get some free lessons here
*Big Thank You to TOS: Teacher's Toolbox for their links & Penny from THL*

Enjoy your FREEBIES frugal folks & comment about your great finds below.

Many frugal blessings.

The Frugal Lady




Yes . . . I know, it's not Wednesday . . . but this is when I had time to post our WACKY WEDNESDAY experiment! sorry . . . AGAIN!
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Today's experiment was very quick and easy to prepare for. We have been dicussing the make-up of a human cell. The naked egg experiment was chosen for two reasons: 1. It demonstrates the semi-permeability of the cell membrane for The "Scout" 2. The "Bug" benefited too. This was a great experiment to dicuss Scientific Method with her.

I have been trying to find experiments that both children enjoy. Not always a easy task with 5 years difference between them!

The Naked Egg

Experiment: Biology #63 in

Janice VanCleave's 201 Awesome, Magical, Bizarre & Incredible Experiments

What we used:

A Clean Canning Jar with lid


1 Uncooked Egg

1. Place the egg inside the jar - - - be careful not to crack the shell . . . that would equal a yucky smelly mess!

2. Cover the egg with the white vinegar. You only have to use enough to cover the top of the egg.
3. Put the lid on the jar and seal tightly.

4. Oberve what happens inside the jar immediately & document.
Now have the children observe the changes they see over the next 72 hours & document.
DO NOT DICARD THE EGG - You can conduct an additional experiement with the same egg. Mrs. Heather will email you the instructions*
You should see immediate results when bubbles of C02 began forming around the egg and on the surface of the vinegar. The vigegar is chemically reacting to the calcium carbonate of the shell. After 72 hours it will grow in size due to osmosis & the shell will be gone . . . tah, dah!!!
This was a great experiement to help the "Bug" (only 5) to make a hypothesis & help her document her results. Science seems to be a driving force for her to . . . there is an old familar twinkle in her eyes!
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So let us know how your experiment went, you Wacky Scientists!
Mrs. Mac


TOT SCHOOL Tuesday: Back-To-Tot School!

Tot School

We welcomed the chance to sit down together after class today and create our Tot School ideas to share. The "Bug" and The "Scout" love the idea of having an audience . . . hmm, I wonder where they get that from? (no comments, lol.)
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Today we are sharing an Usborne First Experiences book called: Going To School (good for our back-to-school month)
You can simply click the video below to see & hear the story!

In the TOT SCHOOL Craft Corner today, the "Bug" helped create a fun craft for learning shapes and colors. We are building a SCHOOL HOUSE using construction paper shapes.

Here is what you will need:


Manilla Paper
Various sizes and shapes of construction paper -

1 Yellow Circle, 2 Yellow Squares, 1 Large Red Square, 1 Small Red Square, 1 small purple triangle & 1 small purple rectangle

1. Paste the Large Red Square onto the manilla paper & the 2nd red square above it to form the base for your School House.

2. Next, add your purple triangle to the top of the building make your roof top.

3. Now add your purple rectangle as a door, your 2 yellow squares as a windows & your yellow circle as the sun, of course!

4. Let your tot identify the color and shapes of the items they are working with. Now let them add their own finishing touches. The "Bug" added window panes, a door knob, sunbeams & a school bell!
All that work made me hungry! Join us for TOT SCHOOL Snack Time!

This is one of the "Scout's" favorite snack time recipe.

(Named for his sister, no doubt)
Here is what you will need:

2 stalks of celery cut into 3 inch logs

Peanut Butter


Spreading utensil

1. Spread the peanut butter in the center of the celery logs.

2. Now take a few raisens to make your bugs crawling on the log.3. Now enjoy the bugs tickling your tummy as you eat.
4. We have the "Scout's" official approval!
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Thanks for tuning in for TOT SCHOOL! We hope you are on your way to learning and growing as a family . . . just like The Macs. See you again next Tuesday!

Tune in later tonight for WACKY SCIENCE Wednesday . . .

*Be on the lookout of a TOT SCHOOL Giveaway! Coming next week!*

Be sure to check out more fun Tot School links at Carissa at 1+1+1=1

Mrs. Mac



To learn more about great Usborne books for your kids or homeschool, email Heather today!

Email: Heather@TheMacRak.com


Menu Plan Mondays

MENU Planning Mondays
Joining in with many of my blogging pals and sharing what will be at our family table this week. I went shopping yesterday & did not bring my coupons. (bad, mommy . . . I am slapping my hand for not slowing down) Even without my coupons & flyers on board, The Bug and I were still able to feed the family for under $70 (I usually can do it for under $50). So here is what's on the menu this week at The Macs:
Turkey Meatloaf, Garlic Potatoes, Salad & Brocolli
No sit down dining, we'll be running to scouts.
Nacho night (Buffet style) - The Scout cooks that night
*Sit Down Dinner*
Journey group night (Dad & Mom eat with Bible study group)
Kids - Potato Soup, crackers & an apple
*Sit Down Dinner for just the kids*
Turkey scallopionii pasta with basil tomatoes & Garlic bread
*Sit Down Dinner*
Mozzerella "stuffed" Turkey burgers on Whole Wheat Bun
Lettuce, tomato & Home fries
*Sit Down Dinner*
Left-over night - Or - Sandwhichs
*Sit Down Dinner*
Baked Chicken, Green Beans & Salad
*Sit Down Dinner*
Hope you have some great sit down dinners planned for this week too . . . What's on your table?
Have a blessed week!
Mrs. Mac


It is time to slow down the instanity and focus, balance and re-center. Call a time out, unplug your phone, ignore your email . . . I promise, the world will not stop revolving if you take a 30 minute break! Follow the suggestions below to beat the Manic Mommy blues.
Here is the plan for our Manic Mommy Monday stop:
1. Gather the kids for this super fun Virtual Field trip!
Click below & start the field trip:

Virtual Field Trip at yarnsoftheheart.com

You could actually use this all week for a short break!

Print the passports & the map to help document where you have been. The kids will have fun & you will get a tiny break.

*Thank you to Jena from Yarns Of The Heart! *

2. Make yourself a cup of tea.

3. Turn on some classical music . . . or whatever helps you to "chill".

4. Read a Psalm & at least 1 chapter in an "entertaining" book! *No thinking allowed*

This is your mission to loss the mania! Should you choose to accept it, enjoy & post your results below.


Mrs. Mac



Graphics above provided by: Readybanner & Yarns of the Heart


Today's WORSHIP WORD comes from our Journey group pastor: Chris Williams at Stonewater Church
This is the last installment in the series: What's Driving You? - DRIVEN By Power

Click the link below to get the podcast

Enjoy this word & post your comments or questions below. Let's fellowship together.

Have a blessed week.
Mrs. Mac



Well, I'm not sure what the weather is doing in your neck of the woods, but today is rainy and cloudy here in Texas. That makes it a perfect day for Storytime reading! Today's storytime selection comes from Kane Miller publishing. Guji, Guji by: Chih-Yuan Chen - - - Grab some popcorn, a blanket & pillow and snuggle up for some Storytime online!

Click the link below to enjoy this wonderful children's story

Heather Mac

FREEBIE Friday: From The FRUGAL Lady

Greetings Frugal guys and gals! Here are some great freebies for FRIDAY. Hey, if it's FREE it's for MOMMIE!!! (O.K. . . . I'm a little late, but I'm posting just the same . . . so it counts!)
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FREE Ebook from The Old Schoolhouse magazine - This is a great book!!!

Free Cleaner Accessory Pad

2010 calendar Wildlife Forever's 22nd annual calendar (BEFORE 9/15/09)http://www.wildlifeforever.org/PAGES%20NEW/FREECALENDAR.aspx?gclid=CKT0mJDB25wCFado5QodXymPJw

Free Purina SunFresh Recipe Chicken Timer

Free Sample of Palmolive Pure + Clear Detergent

Sample pack of Poise pads

2009 Christmas Seals

Free Civil War Map Guide

New Holiday Traditions recipes brocure

Free Rib Revelations Recipe Brochure

Free Kid's Corner Pen And Pencil

Free Kids Kitchen Cookbook

Free OREO Lil RounderCARVEL ICE CREAMCustomer Appreciation DaySept 24th 3-7PM

Free Johnson's Soothing Natural Gift Set
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Enjoy those FRUGAL Finds!
From: The Frugal Lady


THRIFTY THURSDAY with the Frugal Lady

Greetings Thirfty Shoppers . . . and even those not-so-thrify shoppers (you know who you are)! One of the best parts of a frugal living, is that it is never too late to start. You may live high-on-the-hog or swim in debit, but it is never too late to learn those few good habits that will make all the difference to your family and your pocket book.

I will be posting frugal finds, solutions and resources each Thursday. I will also be back on Friday to give you the FREEBIES you long for. My hope is to create an open forum for discussing and sharing frugal solutions for everyone's life.

I hope that everyone will join in on this important discussion. I also pray that you experience the empowerment that is restored to the buyer who knows that they received the best bargain possible. Join in every Thursday and invite your blogging buddies to stop buy.

* I will post later Thursday on our 1st Official Thirfty Thursday Topic *

P.S. . . . Be on the look out for a giveaway!!!

Many Thirfty Blessings,

The Frugal Lady

WACKY SCIENCE: Growing An Alligator

The kids and I started our "Growing An Alligator" Experiement a couple of weeks ago and wanted to share the fun with our readers.

We purchased this kit last May at the Arlington Homeschool Book Fair. The kit came complete to do the entire experiment from start to finish. (You all know how much I love that!) We purchased from the neatest lady at Holy Cow Science. http://www.holycowscience.com/
*P.S. I am not an affiliate & I won't make a dime if you purchase her products - We just want her products to get some exposure - we really like them!*

This is what we started with for conducting our experiment:

Our kit came with the tiny alligator to grow, string, graphing paper, a tape mesure & instructions. I really liked that the instructions they gave had several additional options for conducting your experiement.
We added the scale to our experiment, it did not come in the kit.

1. We measured the alligator before immersing him in the water. Length and width. We used the sting provided to measure and then used the measuring tape on the string. Then the kids documented their results on the graph paper.
The alligator "pre" experiment
The "Scout" charting his results.

2. Next we weighed him on our scale. Then recorded our results.

3. Then we immersed him in the jar full of water and waited . . .

4. We measure his length and width each day and weigh him, recording our findings each time.
P.S. Little girls DO NOT like to touch the alligator! This is the "man's" job. lol!

Boy, is he ever getting bigger or what?!

We will let you know how are alligator's growth continues. The kids had a fun time with this experiment . . . they love science the most! I liked to see them working together and The "Scout" was able to conduct this experiment with his little sister, having very little help from me (I was just guiding & and adding facts). She learns so well when he is doing the teaching! The experiment has really help The "Bug" (only 5 years old) grasp the scientific method and helped her in understanding graphing and charting. It was also and excellent exercise in continuous learning. The "right now" method did not apply in this experiement. They have had to keep working on it everyday in order to have correct results.

We are hoping to get more from Holy Cow Science. This kit we just did is no longer available, but there are many others still to experience. The Science In A Bag kits run from $4.95 to $8.95 per kit. They also carry some awesome Science Project Kits, that really help with presentation, method and much more. We are hoping to let The "Scout" enter a Science Project this spring, we'll probably want one of these kits then. Holy Cow Science is a christian business with science knowledge to boot . . . give them a try.

What we will be purchasing next . . .
* The Beat Goes On (Science Project Kit) $19.95
* UB The UV Detective! (Science In A Bag Kit) $8.95
* The Golden-rod Rule! (Science In A Bag Kit) $5.95
* Wacky Water Tricks! (Science In A Bag Kit) $4.95
* Bag of Geodes (Science In A Bag Kit) $4.95

Have some Wacky Science fun of your own & post your comments below . . .

How does your alligator grow?

Mrs. Mac




The Frontiersman's Daughter: A Book Report . . . Review!

*Giveaway Closed*
This prize has been awarded and the winner contacted.

Thanks and come again!

Since homeschooling my two children, book report time has become one of my favorite activities . . . not so much the children’s favorite as my own. I love to learn about their unique opinions on a book and determine how well they retained the author’s message. With that in mind, I have taken a challenge to produce some book reports of my own. Being a grown up now, we’ll just call them book reviews . . . it just sounds more grown-up.

The Frontiersman’s Daughter by Laura Frantz was a truly enjoyable read for my first “official” book report . . . Oh, I mean book review! This story follows the life of a young woman, Lael Click, and her family living in a barely civilized Kentucky settlement. The author was very descriptive in the smallest details of frontier living, no doubt, gained from the author’s grandmother, whom she recognizes on the dedication page of the book. I believe this book truly grasps the frontier spirit, lifestyle and language, which makes the book fascinating and educational. I learned many phrases, terms and slang that I had no knowledge of previously.

Excerpt from novel:

“Here and there hung linsey dresses, a pair of winter boots, some woolen leggins, strings of dried apples and leather-britches beans, bunches of tobacco, and other sundry articles.”

This story takes a look at the frontier life, as seen by a young woman, just coming of age. I enjoyed the perspective of the heroine, Lael, whose caring spirit and nature are constantly pushing her to confront difficult issues, typical & not-so-typical to frontier life. She makes some amazing discoveries along her journey that come though enduring some heavy losses and trials. Lael is ultimately challenged in her faith and beliefs throughout these trials. The author was good at keeping me guessing, which is not typically easy to do. Lael’s story is full of interesting frontier citizens; Native American’s and new exciting strangers that help teach her and challenge her. The author is talented at uncovering the true trials and temptations that a young woman on the untamed frontier would have face. This book may also be a good selection for a young teen woman, struggling with today’s peer pressure and purity. I enjoyed the fresh perspective on this time in America’s history and I think you may, as well.

You can read more about this book and the author at http://www.laurafrantz.net/

You can also pre-order your book there.

Learn more at the publisher’s main site, as well. http://www.revellbooks.com/

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