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Managing Your Holidays by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

Another awesome book in the Management for Moms Series. Each of these books are so helpful and easy to use. They are small but fully of wonderful helpful tips and information. Mrs. Washburn has been a wife and mother of 5 boys. She isn’t a stranger to family life. These books would make wonderful gifts to your children as they grow up and leave home and start their own families.

If you are like a lot of homeschoolers, we love to celebrate at the drop of a hat. Who doesn’t love to have fun and find excuses to eat? However, these celebrations can put a lot of stress on a mother. This adds extra load to a mother job of cleaning, cooking, decorating and organizing everything. This book goes into how to enjoy these special days without being stressed out.

The first thing she goes into is Cramped Hospitality. Wow, when you read she had a 3 bedroom home and 5 boys, it doesn’t sound to bad. But now with all those boys gone and married and she says with them alone there is 22 people in their home, she had to get creative with where to put everyone. The topics she covers in this area is:

  • Sleeping Arrangements
  • Bathrooms
  • Serving Food for a Crowd
  • Involve Your Children

Next she goes through 3 different special events they like to celebrate:

  1. Birthday
  2. Thanksgiving
  3. Christmas

She shares how she spreads the joy out throughout the year of the holidays and not just during the rush of the holidays. Find other times in the year that you can do special “holidays” with your family and friends and not just during the rush of the end of the year holidays.

She makes suggestions how to bring the family together as the grow up and leave home at other times of the year. We would love to keep the holidays as they have always been but sometimes that can’t be done. So she makes suggestions of other times to have them.

Another amazing section is the tips for making the holidays easier. She goes into detail of different things that will help:

  • Communicating
  • Gifts
  • Gatherings
  • Decorating
  • Baking
  • Meditating

Another awesome section is on manners. Wow, what an amazing section to! She goes into detail how to set a beautiful table, how you serve at the table and proper etiquette.

The last major section is on planning for the event. She again goes into detail how to do each part of the event to help cut down on the stress and enjoy the event more. She also goes into how to use her awesome templates in the book.

The last part of the book is her special recipes that she so graciously shares with us.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Homemade Convenience Foods by ~ Marcia K. Washburn – Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

This awesome book is a household MUST!! So many times we run out to buy fast food so that we can save time, but this is not only expensive, but not healthy for us. We hear how obesed and unhealthy our nation is now days, well, this will help you get that health, money and enjoyable meals back on your table.

Mrs. Washburn has done an excellent job of helping us taking the guessing out of how we should stock our kitchen to help us be more efficient in our home preparing meals. We as homeschool wives and mothers seem to be so busy running around trying to keep everything going smoothly and I know there are times that I wonder how much more I can do.

Do you feel this way? This book is for you!!

The first section of the book is The Method. Her method isn’t Once-a-Month cooking or double meals to put into the freezer. She does it by doing up 3 different pantries. Each section she has gone into detail what you need to do.

  1. Freezer Pantry
    • The Rationale
    • How to Stock Your Freezer Pantry
    • Equipment
    • Meats
    • Other Freezer Necessities
    • Freezer Pantry Basics
  2. Cupboard Pantry
    • Cupboard Pantry Basics
  3. Refrigerator Pantry
    • Refrigerator Pantry Basics

After going into a lot of detail what you need to do to get stocked up, she actually gives some wonderful recipes. Here is the categories that she has:

  1. Ground Beef
  2. Sausage
  3. Pork
  4. Beef
  5. Poultry
  6. Bread Mix
  7. Kid-Friendly

Another thing that I love about this book is she literately breaks it all down so you see how much time you should be spending to do each thing.

This is a terrific book and would also be good to teach your children in cooking class, too. MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Managing Your Home by Marcia K. Washburn ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Reviews

This is another awesome book in the Management for Moms Series. I can’t say enough good about these books. They are chalked full of helps and encouragement and make me feel that I can really do this!! Again, this is a wonderful book for not only the moms, but also to hand down to your children as they prepare for their own homes.

She shows us how to make it where our homes are presentable at any time not just after working our heads off for days getting ready for company. She understands what it is like to have children and trying to juggle everything, but she has given us a handbook to help with making it easier to handle.

She shows us how to schedule our priorities.

  • God’s claim on our time
  • A human being, not a human doing
  • Big rocks
  • Take inventory
  • You become effective by being selective
  • Report for duty

A mother’s work seems to never end. From the time we crawl out of bed (for me 4:30 am) until we go to bed at night. But if we can get a hand on the “stuff” in our lives, we all enjoy it more.

She tells us “Don’t forget your brain, Mom!” She strongly urges us to use a planner to help keep things going a lot smoother. She tells us to make a planner to the season that we may be in at the moment. She tells us what she highly suggest goes into this planner so that things go a lot smoother for everyone.

Everyone works better with a routine. Some may think that is boring, but it doesn’t have to be. You can change it up from time to time, but we all do better if we doing things more on a routine. Mrs. Washburn gives us a glimpse into what her routines were like:

  • Morning
  • Homeschooling
  • Naps (for everyone)
  • Habit of Happiness
  • Errand Day
  • Bedtime

She goes into talking about moving things from one end of the home to the next. So she has made up 3 categories to go by.

  1. Keepers – items that stay basically permanently.
  2. Leapers – items that enter and exit regularly.
  3. Creepers – the items that are transients.

She give pointers for keeping the costs of food down and how to do it. She calls us SILK families (Single Income, Lots of Kids).

Do you like laundry day? Around my house every day is laundry day. She gives tips how to get this necessary chore done quickly and as painless as possible.

Another topic she talks about is our vehicles. This is one area that I’m really glad we don’t live back in the “olden days” now. But as all things they needed attention. She talks about caring for it, what to keep in your car in case of emergencies, and how to make it more enjoyable to travel.

This 63 page book is PACKED full of some really awesome helps. You may know some of the things in it, but believe me, if I can learn from this I’m sure you can, too. As the Bible teaches, the older women are to teach the younger and I find this to be so true with these wonderful books.

MATCH highly recommends this wonderful resource.

To get your copy check out Marcia Washburn’s website at Watch for her monthly articles in the newsletter for more wonderful helps.

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Well Planned Start Parent Assessment/Student Placement ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Homeschool Discount, Reviews

We have looked for something like this for years and Rebecca Farris with The Well Planned Gal has nailed this series!!! In MO we don’t have to test our students but we highly suggest testing them in some way at least every 3 years so that you know where your student(s) stand.

These books cover:

  • Math
  • Language Arts
  • History
  • Science
  • Bible

Mrs. Farris covers several parts in this book. She starts off with the Parent Assessment Test. This section covers:

  • Assessing Your Child
  • Individual Subject Tests- You will go through different sections answering what you feel your child can do.
  • Assessment Summary –  You will score the test area that you just did of your child.
  • Assessment Notes

The next section you will cover is the Student Placement Test. This section covers:

  • Administering the Test
  • Individual Subject Tests – This is where the child will take his/her tests.
  • Placement Guide & Key – This is where you will find what is covered in each section and what the answer is.
  • Placement Summary = This is the area where you will score each section.
  • Plain of Action – This is where you write out your plan of what your child needs to cover after the test.

Parent Teaching tips are covered in the next section. This covers every area. She gives helps on how to help your child get each part of each subject. This is an awesome bonus that I find very helpful in all 3 levels (grade 3, 7 and 10) that I got to review.

The last section of the book is the Milestones area. This covers what to expect in each grade, how your child is growing, feeling and learning. She has done a super job with this section! She covers:

  • Your child should be able to – What 80% of children are comfortable doing.
  • Your child may be able to – What 50% of children are comfortable doing.
  • Your child may even try to – What 20% of children are able to attempt.

I can’t say enough good about this group of placement tests. The book that you want to purchase is the year you are finishing up. If your child is finishing the 5th grade, you want to purchase the book for the 5th grade book.

To buy this awesome book go to Take advantage during the month of April the discount that they have given for these awesome tests.

MATCH highly recommends these tests! Thanks so much Mrs. Farris for all of your wonderful work in a much needed area!


Click here to order your assessment books.

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Baldknobbers Show ~ Review

Posted by Orilla on 11th April and posted in Homeschool Discount, Reviews

As you can see in their ad in this newsletter, Baldknobbers Inn is offering a combination package for homeschool families of 1 night’s lodging and tickets to the Baldknobbers show. They sent our family to the show so we could review it for our members.

I never attended the original Baldknobbers show, which ran for over 50 years, 47 of those years in the same theater. Last year the Mabe family moved to Branson Famous Theatre, and introduced a new show, described as “fresh, fun, exciting, fast-paced, energetic”. The show consists of a mixture of “new country” covers, sprinkled with some tributes to country artists now gone and American heroes, and rounded out with a few minutes of country gospel. Throughout the show Droopy Drawers Jr. and Hargus Marcel add in comedy.

The pre-show is a one-man show with a little music and a lot of humorous stories. We were disappointed at the amount of off-color humor that was included in this segment and hoped the main show would be better. While it was not as prevalent, the main show still had its share of off-color jokes. The music was too loud for my tastes – only on the slower quieter songs could I understand more than a word here and there. However, the rest of the audience seemed thrilled with the entire show. I have often said that if music sold based on my tastes, a lot of musicians would be out of work. If you enjoy the type of show I have described here and some off-color humor does not offend you, than take advantage of the offer Baldknobbers Inn has for you next time you are in Branson – like when you come for homeschool days at the Butterfly Palace. However, because of the humor, MATCH as a Christian organization cannot endorse this show.

The Balknobbers Motor Inn is a great place to stay and they are offering us a wonderful discount. They also have great discounts to other places in Branson. Let them know that MATCH sent you.





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