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!

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This prize has been awarded and the winner contacted.

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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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