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Wordless Wednesday: Munchkin’s 2nd Book

Munchkin Reading Book 2

Munchkin Reading Book

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Review: Once A Day Bible Chronological Edition

Once A Day Bible Chronological EditionSpecial thanks to BookLookBloggers for providing a review copy of the Bible.

Book Description:

The NIV Once-A-Day Bible: Chronological Edition (affiliate link) organizes the New International Version Bible—the world’s most popular modern-English Bible—into 365 daily readings placed in chronological order. This softcover edition includes a daily Scripture reading followed by a short devotional thought written by the staff at the trusted ministry Walk Thru the Bible.

Book Details:

  • Series: Once-A-Day
  • Paperback: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Special edition (October 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780310950950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310950950
  • ASIN: 0310950953
  • Retail Price: $19.99

My Thoughts:

I’ve had several Once-A-Day Bibles over the years, but it was the idea of a chronological Bible that really had me intrigued. The 365 readings are placed in order according to when they happened in history rather than the traditional books of the Bible. It means that in days 1-3, you’re reading from Genesis. While days 4-15, you’re reading from Job. These types of sequences allow you to view Biblical history from a slightly different perspective. You tend to see more of a big picture as Biblical history – our history – unfolds before your eyes. Because the time in history is not known for certain on some passages, they are placed when the text was written instead.

Each day has the scripture passage(s) to be read and then a short reflection on that day’s readings. Because the days are labeled 1-365 instead of specific dates, you’re able to pick up whenever, or if you miss a day, you can just jump right in where you left off instead of being concerned about a specific date.

This paperback edition does have fairly small print which is something to keep in mind if you like a larger print for easier reading.

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Review: Switched on Schoolhouse Consumer Math

Switched On Schoolhouse Consumer Math Review

Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) is a computer based learning program from Alpha Omega Publishing. There are a variety of core subjects as well as electives available for all grade levels which allow the teacher to create a customized learning environment for their student(s).

**Please see update at the end of this review.**

Installation and Setup:

Before you can start using specific subjects, you need to install the main Switched-On Schoolhouse software on to at least one computer. You have the option of running the entire program on 1 computer, or you can install the main program on 1 computer and then install the teacher and student programs on another computer. If you decide to install it on more than one computer, the additional computers must always have access to the computer where the main program is installed. We decided to go with installation on one computer as it was just the easiest option given that we may not always be near more than one computer.

While the installation takes a little time, it went smoothly on our Windows 8.1 computer. Upon completion of the installation of the SOS program, users then install the different classes and then assign the classes to different students. In our case, we installed and assigned the Consumer Math program. The installation of the course was quick and easy.

There are two components to the program: the teacher and the student. Each person has their own login screen and desktop. The desktop can be customized to fit the personality of the person using it. The teacher can also add and subject various aspects that are placed on the student desktop.

You can find a list of the system requirements here.

Consumer Math – Description and Content:

Teach your child how to manage personal finances with Switched-On Schoolhouse Consumer Math for grades 9-12! This fun-filled, practical one-year Alpha Omega curriculum covers daily math applications like family finances, taxes and insurance, investments, travel, and a basic math review. Easy-to-follow topics include step-by-step instructions and clear explanations to help build your student’s understanding. And SOS has interactive, exciting learning tools to engage your child in learning! Your child will study multimedia-enriched lessons which include video clips, learning games, and animation. No typical, boring, textbook lessons here. Your student will actually be excited to learn math and finance with this colorful, motivating computer-based course.

Grades 9-12
Retail Price: $98.95

Content includes:

  • Basic Math Review
  • Personal Finance
  • Statistics
  • Taxes and Insurance
  • Banking Services and Investments
  • Banking and Credit Costs
  • Purchase and Sale of Goods
  • Leisure, Travel, and Retirement
  • Job Related Services

Switch-On Schoolhouse Consumer Math

Consumer Math – Student:

As a general rule, Munchkin is liking the Consumer Math program. Using the program as easy as logging in, reading the material, watching the videos, doing the problems, and taking the quizzes. The material, for the most part, is presented in an easy to understand manner with manageable size lessons.

That being said, there are a couple of things that she doesn’t like.

  1. Video Format: She’s not a fan of the format of the videos as she feels the animated presentations are a bit cheesy. She would rather they be presented by a real person. There are times the voice is a little difficult for her to understand.
  2. Grading: There are times that she has the correct answer, but the system will mark it as incorrect due to not having a comma, not having enough decimal places, having too few decimal places…. There was even a time when the system said to round to three decimal places, but it marked it as incorrect because the answer they gave rounded to two decimal places. This was extremely frustrating for her.

She is definitely learning even if there have been a few hiccups along the way.

Consumer Math – Teacher:

I found the teacher portion of the program fairly easy to use. I liked that they have tutorial videos to help with areas where I had questions, and when I had to call customer service regarding a technical issue, they were very polite and helpful.

I appreciate the fact that I can go in and reassign select problems or entire assignments as we take a mastery approach at our house. Plus, Munchkin likes to truly understand a concept before moving on which means she wants to get everything right before moving on to the next learning concept.

AOP Military Discount


Overall, we are liking this Consumer Math program even if there are a few features that we feel could be improved.

Alpha Omega Publishing is offering military families a 30% military discount on their products.

UPDATE – 11/19/14

Munchkin has continued to use the program, and sadly, we have had a lot of glitches in the program since the time that I originally wrote the review. There have been numerous occasions where the correct answers were not according to the instructions given (round to the nearest 10th, but the correct answer is to the nearest whole number), graphics being placed over instructions, incorrect answers…. In addition, several of the videos have been extremely unprofessional and hard to see clearly and/or hear clearly. All of this has lead to a lot of frustration on Munchkin’s part which is not conducive to learning the materials. It definitely makes us very hesitant to try out more materials in this line.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the program to help facilitate the writing of this review. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed. All opinions are my own.

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Wordless Wednesday: Bug Hunting

Michelle with Bug House

Tomato Worms 1

Tomato Worms 2

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Review: Super Flex Silicon Oven Mitts

Oven Mitts

We’ve tried a variety of oven mitts and holders for our cast iron cookware, but none of them completely worked with the heat generated from cooking with cast iron. The regular oven mitts didn’t protect our hands well enough from the heat while the silicone handle sleeve only worked for a little while before becoming too hot to touch. The only thing that we had that remotely worked was pot holder than had silicone on one side and padded fabric on the other, and it’s a pain to keep clean.

The Triumphant Chef Super Flex Silicone Oven Mitts are food grade silicone on the outside with a nice quilted interior liner. The combination of the two layers results in oven mitts that have heat resistance up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the mitts are easy to clean (just rinse off after use) and comfortable to wear. The mitts can be worn on either hand and work for a variety of hand sizes. I was impressed that I could easily use them on my small hands, my daughter could use them with her long fingers, and my husband could use them on his extra large hands.

I like that these silicone oven mitts (amazon affiliate link) are sold in a set of two because I want two oven mitts for all my cooking and baking. The oven mitts are longer to help protect my wrists when I’m pulling baking sheets out of the oven. They are nice and grippy which means goodies are less likely to accidentally slip out of my hands. Because they are washable and waterproof, you can pick up food and not worry about hot juices soaking through the oven mitts. Of course, the red color (the picture looks a little pink but these are a beautiful dark red) is a nice bonus as I really like red accessories in the kitchen.

I would absolutely purchase another pair of these silicone oven mitts for myself or as a gift.

Disclosure: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. All opinions are my own.

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