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Free Homsechooling and Family Activity Ideas

16 Mar, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment


We have been homeschooling for over five years and are happy to help any families start on this journey. Leave your questions in the comments. Here are some free resources available during the quarentine due to Coronavirus, COVID-19.

Family School Free until June

Living Scriptures Streaming Free for One Month (ad)

The Good and the Beautiful

Libraries of Hope

ABC Mouse

Scholastic Learn From Home

We use Pinterest for ideas and have several homeschool boards. This week is a good time to study Ireland, St Patrick’s Day. Listen to Celtic music, eat Irish soda bread, make Colcannon.

What are you using for curriculum this week? What are you doing as a family to pass the time?

Featured #Free Fiction ~ Content Breviews

05 Nov, 2013 by in Uncategorized 8 comments

E book, 332 pages
Published February 1st 2005 
by Fleming H. Revell Company 
Christian fiction?, romance
Source: bought
3 stars

In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.

While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.

Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best

Breview: This was my first experience with Christian Scottish Fiction and I enjoyed the historical elements of the harsh conditions of women being accused of witchcraft for wanting to use herbs in their healing, or assisting in resuscitation of an infant. The arranged marriage and clan clashes also rang true to the period as well as the Scottish language which takes some getting used to. The writing was well paced and very interesting, characters defined in a way that I can still remember them after having read the book a month ago.

What I didn’t like: it feels like a romance that tried to convert itself to Christian and left some tidbits of content I hated along the way. The relationship between Niall and Anne is abusive at times and he has a tryst with a servant which should have been completely omitted in order for it to be a Christian title, in my opinion. It also has a darker element as there is someone who seeks Anne’s life, which adds suspense but at times it seems her pull to do dangerous things repeats itself.

Overall, to be honest, it was memorable. I loved the setting and imagery as well as the flow of the story, but the content was disappointing.

 Content: (highlight to reveal) Domestic violence, sensuality, moderate violence, heavy petting. For adults.

by Claire Robyns
Kindle Edition, 159 pages
Published October 23rd 2012
Book Source: Bought
Contemporary Romance
4 stars
Love exploded into the sheltered life of Princess Catherine de’Ariggo when she met Nicolas Vecca. But duty calls Catherine to sacrifice that love. Now, years later, she must be strong once more. Can she ignore the whisperings of her heart and stand firm in her convictions? Trusting in Nicolas, loving him, is a risk she dare not take.

When Nicolas sees Catherine again, he thinks he’s looking at a ghost. Either that, or he has been cruelly deceived. Haunted love turns to hate. But even as he determines to remain unforgiving, his heart refuses to forget.

Breview: This one didn’t start out strong for me and I think the first chapter’s relationship encounter between the two main characters could have been left out until almost the very end. It didn’t sync with what we learn about them later on. 

But, things got much better and overall I truly enjoyed this freebie. It’s almost like The Princess Diaries meets Shannon Hale for adults. While it’s contemporary, the setting feels more traditional–like a castle tucked away in space and time. I loved the main male character Nicolas. At times the female love interest’s pride and stubborn nature and bizarre philosophy of marriage got in the way of me truly binding to her. He’s a good one…pick him already!!

I really enjoyed the lesson of tenacity, loyalty and sticking by the side of the one you love. The mystery wrapped up a little too neatly and I wish we would have gotten to know the villain a little bit better, but I would definitely read another one from this author.
Content:  (highlight to reveal) premarital sex on two occasions, mild violence. For Adults.

Both of these reviewed books are still free in the Kindle store, click title or book cover to purchase!

DNF- Did Not Finish The Following E books Due To Content: 

Free Ebooks- Fabulous Finds From Fire and Ice

16 Sep, 2013 by in fabulous finds, rachael renee anderson Leave a comment

Enjoy today’s Fabulous Finds From Fire and Ice…
by Rachael Renee Anderson

Unknowingly cast as the bachelorette for her town’s charity event, Taycee Emerson wants out. Especially when she discovers her old teenage crush, Luke Carney, is one of the bachelors and it’s up to the viewers–not her–to decide which bachelors stay or go. 

Coerced into participating, Taycee does what any self-preserving girl would do. She launches a subtle attack on Luke’s good name with the hope of getting him voted off the show. Unfortunately, Luke’s an eye-for-an-eye kind of guy, and when he discovers what she’s up to, it means revenge.  

by Shannon Guymon
Layla Kendall is the oldest of three sisters. She’s a burned out social worker one step away from a major depression and she needs a fresh start. When she and her sisters Kit and Jane inherit their grandmother’s bakery, she doesn’t know if she can trust her good fortune or not. Life has taught her that happiness is just an illusion. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heart ache and pain she’s faced day in and day out is a chance she’s going to take. The fact that they don’t know anything about running a bakery won’t stop them. With Layla’s new life, come new connections and friendships including Michael Bender, a single dad and someone who wouldn’t mind getting to know Layla better. She doesn’t trust men and she doesn’t want to change her mind but Michael’s little girl Stella grabs her by the heart and won’t let go. When Layla and her sisters realize that there are people who want to see them fail, it will take a lot of heart and courage to keep going. Layla will have to let go of the past in order to grab onto the future if she’ll ever find the love she needs.
by Marie Higgins
Lord Trey Worthington isn’t about to give his heart to a woman. He does not want a marriage like his parents. But when his mother brings in a childhood acquaintance into the home to sponsor into society, Trey has to get Miss Faraday trained properly. The more he gets to know Judith, the more he yearns for something he doesn’t dare reach for. Judith is after a faithful husband—something Trey has been convinced most of his life he’ll never become. Judith Faraday is only after one thing—to marry her Naval Officer and enjoy a life full of love. She’s doubtful her dream will ever come true while living as the ward to the dowager duchess. However, the longer Judith is with the dowager’s son, Trey, an attraction blossoms. Judith now wonders if God has different plans for her life, because Trey doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage . . . the very thing Judith cannot do without. 

Click on cover image or title to download. Prices are good on day of post. 
Be sure to check price before buying.

Fabulous Finds at Fire and Ice Weekend Edition- Ebook Deals Under 3.99

25 Aug, 2013 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

There are lots of Middle Grade, Back to School, and Christmas titles this time around as well as uplifting reads for mothers. 
As always, please check the price before downloading to be sure it has not changed. 
I had one reader email saying they couldn’t get the links to work and couldn’t not comment on the last post I made. If this is the case, email me or send me a DM on twitter @fireicephotos and let’s see if we can figure it out together! You may need to change browsers.
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Long Winter Farm Gift Pack

21 Jul, 2010 by in etsy 129 comments

Today’s makeover package was donated by LongWinter Farm on Etsy…About me:: I’m a 28 year old mom of two living in coastal Maine, where I share my life with goats, kitties, puppies, and my favorite boy, Joe. We spend the thawed months off grid in a yurt in the woods, which is like having our own personal summer camp. We even take discovery hikes and have sing-alongs. I like to live the organic homegrown lifestyle as well as I can, so I’m way into gardening and herbalism. I’m also a major craft addict, playing with sewing, knitting, spinning, felt crafts, candle making, embroidery, and of course, soaping! Yup, I’m one busy chick. Nope, I don’t take naps.

Check out my featured seller interview!

About Joe: Joe’s my very best friend, boyfriend, business partner, and yurtmate, and there’s a good 50-70% chance he’ll be the one packing your order. What’s he like? Well, he’s good at washing his hands, being pretty tall, having an Indiana twang, and randomly breaking into Rick Roll songs.

To Enter To Win a gift pack including soap, cream and lip balm of your choice from her shop: leave your name and email address below
additional entries
+1 hearting her shop on etsy
+1 comment on or follow her Blog:
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Contest ends August 21, 2010 and is open internationally!

Angel Wings Handmade Soap Giveaway

13 Feb, 2010 by in satinandbirch, soap, valentine's 20 comments

Our giveaway today is from Etsy seller SatinandBirch. I was browsing angel wings the other day and ran accross this soap! WOW! Here’s what she says about it: It’s hard to believe this is soap. My tribute to hoping there are Angels all around us. I will leave it to the imagination.

I make my own Fragrance, commercially made fragrances can be very hard on sensitive skin. This is a light floral that is fresh and feminine. The top note is Jasmine followed by Lemon the bottom note is Rose.

I think they look best in white but I will do them in any color you like. I have done these for wedding favors.

They measure about 3×3. Two of them come with your order Gift Wrapped.

Each Wing is almost 2 oz each.

I guess I just wanted to create something unique and pretty.

It may just be soap you say…but beauty comes in all forms.

I am 50 something going on 20 something years old and living in Reno Nevada, I used to think I was a beach girl, but I am overwhelmed by the beauty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

I was raised in So Cal and I have the most wonderful son who still is in So Cal. He is the Pride and Joy of my life.
I have lots of family here in Reno who I consider not only family but my best friends.

As I continue to browse on Etsy I am overwhelmed by the talent I see. So much beauty in one place.

I consider my soap more of a gift. A very usable gift.
The sculptures are really fun and look amazing on a soap dish.

They always will come gift wrapped and are the perfect way to say Thank You to a Neighbor or Friend, Mom’s for sure.

You can be sure that my soap is completely free of harmful ingredients. Your Friend- Leslie – Avoir une journée agréable et un beau voyage.

She is gifting us soaps for Three winners! To enter:
Tell us who is your favorite angel and why +1
Leave us your email and name +1
Visit her etsy shop

and tell us your favorite item +2
Heart her etsy shop +2
Contest ends March 12, 2010