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Review: English Grammar Taught with Help from Stanford

Posted by Orilla on 24th March and posted in Reviews

English Grammar Taught with Help from StanfordThis book is one I wish I had had for my daughter when she was trying to learn. Stanford is a cute green blob that teaches the different parts of speech in a fun way for kids to learn. It shows how powerful words can be and then goes into what a sentence is to where words come from and what words we shouldn’t use.

This is a fun book that every home needs! It is 1,780 pages long but your kids will love looking for Standford and what he has to say next.

I give this 5 stars! Thanks Melanie Richardson Dundy for such a wonderful book!! You can get your copy at for only $4.99.

Reviewed by Orilla Crider

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Review: West to Oregon with Ollie Ox!

Posted by Orilla on 24th March and posted in Reviews

west to oregon with ollieLoved Ollie from the very start. He is very sweet, kind, loves his family and even when things got tough he kept on going. This story begins in Hannibal, Missouri when Ollie’s family, Mr. & Mrs. Tyler; their son Johnny and his dog Max head for Oregon. You will love the pictures throughout the book. This book will be enjoyed by all ages but it is also a good book to use for the beginner readers. It is 519 pages long but full history and the trials of what it was like for those traveling. It shows how hard sometimes it is to leave things you love behind to make it to the goal. I recommend it to everyone!

This book was written ¬†by Melanie Richardson Dundy. I give this book 5 stars. You don’t want to miss out on this awesome book. Get your copy at for only $4.99. Also, check out the special website at

Review by Orilla Crider

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A bully, an icy creek, and a big giveaway from Elisha Press

Posted by Orilla on 8th November and posted in Reviews, Uncategorized

Elisha Press, a publisher of Christian novels particularly suitable for homeschool families, is launching a new title this week. Julie: The Redemption Of The Backyard Bully is an all-new spinoff on The Reunion by Rachael McIntire. Both books are recommended as read-aloud material for the whole family. Solo readers of Julie should be twelve or older.
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Fans of The Reunion may remember Julie Greene, the Gladstones’ troublesome neighbor who almost drowned in the creek. This new novel – longer and illustrated – tells Julie’s story before and after that incident, through the now-aging eyes of “Grandma” Greene. How can a sullen bully learn to be a selfless friend? How can a jealous young lady learn to be grateful and contented no matter what life brings? What does it mean to follow Jesus in the practical work and play of daily life? All this and more is waiting for you within the pages of Julie.

Author Rachael McIntire says that many elements of Julie are based on incidents from her own life. Growing up in the 1960′s, she experienced firsthand the challenges of that tumultuous time. Though the sixties are now long gone, the principles of God remain the same eternally. It is her hope that some of these principles may penetrate young hearts and minds through the story of the backyard bully and her redemption.

As part of their launch event, Elisha Press is giving away one autographed copy of Julie every day this week. By entering once, you’ll have a chance to win each time. This is a 183-page softcover book with 19 black-and-white illustrations like the example shown here.

The sooner you enter the giveaway, the better chance you have to win – so don’t wait! Click here and put in your email address to sign up.

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Special Give Away!

Posted by Orilla on 22nd October and posted in Uncategorized

The My is giving a very special give away to EVERYONE between now and October 26. I have been enjoying a new program to do all of my scrapbooking. Between NOW and October 26th you may get a full running program for FREE!! Please copy and paste the following code in the promo code are. It must look exactly like this so please copy and paste it! Your code is FreeTreatAL105.

This is an awesome program. It makes all of your books into books (printable and bound at another location or you may print it on your own printer), or turn it into a movie with or without music. You may make your own calendars, yearbooks, or a neat cookbook. It also comes with some neat backgrounds and embellshments for free. They have a Dollar Store and On Sale specials or even a FREE Kit area.

Is this really a full program for free? YES it is a FULL program and I would exchange it. If you need help, they have great tech support (just make sure to give them 24 hrs during a work week to get back with you).

Want to see a couple of ones that I have done with this program? Take a look at DreamNight in Dickerson Park Zoo.


Click the picture to see the movie.

And another one that I have just done is our visit to the Shepherd of the Hills.


Click the picture to see the movie.

These are both done in movie for the web but you have other options for movies and in a flip book format. Also, you can get them book printed in softback or in hardback books. This is FREE! Doesn’t cost you anything and can be a lot of fun for you and for you children.

Click here to be taken to the software page. Click add to cart and at the check out page paste the special code above in the promo code area. This will give you the program for FREE!!! No strings attached!

We hope that you enjoy this software as much as we do!! We would love to hear back from you! Drop us a note after you use it and tell us what you think!

From our house to yours,

The Crider Family

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Posted by Orilla on 9th October and posted in Reviews

I am so excited about this review!!! I have recently been working on scrapbooking some of our families memories. You say you don’t have time to do that, well, I thought so too until I used MyMemories Suite! Let me tell you it is cheaper, less time consuming, less messier, and you can do so much more with it. Today I’m not only doing a review of this program but I get to give away one copy of the scrapbooking software. So after you read this review make sure to do the Raffle below for your chance to get this awesome program for FREE!

You can sit down to take a breather at your computer and enjoy putting this book together. You can make it plain or as fancy as you want with this set up. The software runs on both Windows and Apple and the templates and kits you can download usually run less than $10. Another awesome thing that this company does is they have promotions and you can get some things FREE each week and the constantly run a discount on certain items.

This isn’t just a scrapbook program but you can do other things with this program. As homeschoolers we don’t do a typical school picture. With this you can take those school pictures and turn them into the same packages that you would buy at the school. Do you wish you can make a nice annual like you had when you were in school? You can! The templates that they have are awesome and you can make more from scratch!

Here is a sample a scrapbook done up for printing so you can see it. ***Notice this does take awhile to download!***

Looking for ideas for Christmas? How about a family calendar? You can do that right here with this scrapbooking software!

One of the neat things I like is that you can have the books printed through them, just like other companies (either softbound or hardbound) but they also make it where you can print your own books at home and they look really nice. What I really like is that my husbands parents my look at the book once or twice but then it will get covered with dust or thrown away because it got torn up. With this software they make it where you can turn your book into a movie and put it on a DVD. Or you can turn it into a movie and post it to your website for others to see. Besides, being a movie you can add music, voices, etc to it so it is completely yours.

Look at this movie that I made from the scrapbook software.

This company believes in Freebies and the Dollar Store! There are pages on this catagory that you can use from and never buy anything. However, once you get started I’m sure you will enjoy some of the other items for sale.

What is tech support like? I have used them several times while working on this review and they are awesome!!! They DO NOT leave you stranded and will do everything possible to help you get back up and going.

Thanks to we are giving one of their My Memories Suite away. Go to enter the contest and hopefully you will be a winner!

Can you tell, I LOVE this software!!! I think every homeschool family should have it! Having problems with that teen wanting to write? Use this program and have him start his own family newspaper. There is no end to what you can do with this!!! Watch our blog for more and exciting things with this program!!!

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