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Saturday, 24 July 2010
It Really Does Work! I Promise!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: General

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Well, we're in Pigeon Forge at a fantastic hotel, getting ready to go to Dollywood tomorrow. I'll blog all about it tomorrow!

And! I'm finally using my own computer! Sarah's brother Franklin fixed it. He had to reformat one of our old hard drives and he couldn't recover anything off of the one in the computer. Thankfully, I didn't lose much, a few lapbooks, a couple of ebooks. I think I can get most of the things I lost back. At any rate, I am sure glad to be back on my own laptop. It feels very comfortable underneath my fingers Laughing.

In the meantime, I'm surfing and racking up even more swagbucks! I am here to tell you, it really does work. I am about 3 swagbucks away from my seventh (yes 7th!) $5 Amazon gift card. I haven't spent any of them yet because I am still planning next year's homeschool. I have the basics down, but still shopping around. But, I can tell you that swagbucks work! All I do is search using the swagbucks too bar! I love it. There are other ways to get swagbucks, but I don't bother a lot with those. I surf and promote. When I promote and folks sign up under me I get some "bucks" every time they get "bucks". So, I'm disclosing now, that if you click on the above banner and sign up for swagbucks, you'll be signing up under me. Is there anything better than helping a poor homeschool dad, though?!? Thanks ahead of time.

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Posted by tink38570 at 9:18 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, 24 July 2010 9:25 PM CDT
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Friday, 23 July 2010
You've Got to See This - What a Hoot!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Compassion International

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Thursday, 22 July 2010
Don't Be A Scrooge - Buy Travel Kits!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Homeschool Product Review

The Ghost of Travels Past: Do you remember this Tim? It was on one of your family's trips to your grandfather's house.

~~~~Mom, can I have another sandwich? Those are delicious. What? Oh, of course I will wait until you pour another cup of coffee for Dad. I just love the smell of the coffee in the car. I can't wait until we stop at the Howard Johnson plaza on the turnpike. I just love the little toys that they have in the vending machines there. Shhhh...David, you remember that we're going to surprise Mom and buy her another blue crystal piece from the gift shop. Don't say anything. I just love traveling in the car. The trucks passing us, the smell of the coffee, my soft pillow. They all just invite...me to...go...to...sle...(sound of soft, peaceful, snoring)~~~~

The Ghost of Travels Present: Ah yes. You've grown up and have a family of your own. Three active boys. Do you recall this trip?

####Boys, calm down! You know how nervous I get when your mother is driving. Why don't you put on another movie? # Yes, I know that you've watched every movie three times, but watch them again. # Joshua, stop kicking your brother. If you guys are good for another half an hour I'll give you something from the goody bag. # Shhh. Sarah! Yes I know we gave out the last thing an hour ago, but we have to stop for gas sometime soon. I'll buy a pack of donuts or something. # Yes, I know it will sugar them up, but if it keeps them quiet for right now I'm all for it.####

The Ghost of Travels Future: Look at those little darlings. Aren't they sweet. Just take a look at what could happen if you bought the Travel Kits Ebook from TOS?

****Okay kids. It's time to open another package from your Travel kit. What? You want to finish your card game first? Well all right. What's Jacob doing? Good, he's busy playing on his new Magna Doodle. You guys have been so good on this trip. I'm so glad I bought that Ebook, Travel Kits, from The Old Schoolhouse****

Well, I do have strange dreams like that sometimes, but that is a matter for another post. In reality, I didn't have a dream about the ghosts of travel past, present and future. And, the idea of giving gifts to kids throughout a trip to keep them occupied is not foreign to us. We have done that in the past. But, I like the ideas in Donna Rees' ebook, Travel Kits, much better than anything I could have thought up.

What are travel kits? They are really neat gift packages that you buy ahead of time and wrap up to be given to children (and sometimes adults) to keep them occupied throughout a trip. A travel kit could have a theme. Perhaps you have a child that likes Western things, so you buy small western items for him or her. Or it may be just some random items that are just fun for that age child. A travel kit can be expensive ~ CD's, DVD's and the such ~ or it can be inexpensive ~ dollar store items. You can even include things, like library books or library books on tape, that don't cost any money at all. Donne Rees does an excellent job of explaining everything and giving wonderful suggestions.

The chapters range from explanation:

  • The Plan
  • The Presentation and Distribution
  • The Package
  • The Presents

To elaboration:

  • A Little More Detail About Edible Gifts
  • A Lot More Detail About Books and Stories
  • A Little More Detail About Games

To even more excitement:

  • More Inspirations!
  • The Payoff.
  • Variations of a Theme


And those are just some of the great chapters! The author has thought of everything. She gives suggestions for boys and girls of all ages. She talks about how to give the gifts and how often to give them. She covers ways to use these gifts to keep the peace in the car. She even talks about theme gifts like buying miniature toy pigs from a supply store to be wrapped along with the book "Charlotte's Web". How creative can you get.

But that's not all. She also gives advice for giving Travel Kits as a gift to a family that is going on a road trip or vacation. What a ministry that would be. Inexpensive gifts to families with kids to help the trip go more smoothly! In fact, the official name of this ebook is "Travel Kits - A Simple Way to Bless Others"!

She even gives suggestions for how to bless mom and dad and how to make sure the family remembers this trip for a lifetime. For example - If you buy a book for the family to read aloud along the way, make sure that they take a picture of their vacation and tape it inside the front cover along with everyone's signature and a brief description of the trip. Years from now, that family will always remember that trip and it will bring a smile to their faces when they see that book.

And these are only a fraction of what ideas that are listed in Donna Rees' ebook but you'll have to get it to see what other great things she suggests. Don't fret though. Another great thing about the ebook is the price ~ only $12.45 for this over 90 page ebook packed with fantastic ideas. To order, just click here or on any one of the hi-lighted links above. You can also find out more about what the other TOS Homeschool Crew members thought by clicking here. Happy Traveling!

As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was given a free download of TOS's Travel Kits ebook to try out and review on my blog.

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Posted by tink38570 at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Thursday, 22 July 2010 1:05 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Stop the World I Want to Get Off!
Mood:  irritated
Topic: General

Let me give you an example of what is going on! This is the third time that I have begun this post. After a few lines it keeps deleting everything! I am going crazy. And, my blog isn't working correctly. I don't know if it's my blog platform or the computers that I'm on, but I am having problems accessing my blog. It goes for long periods that it won't show up on my computer. It keeps going to an error message.

Then, I've had some readers notify me that some links that I posted on a couple of forums aren't working right. I know I copied and pasted them correctly.

To top that off, I have a review due tomorrow that I'm am working feverishly to finish.

I know...Waa, Waa, Waa. But it's tough being a blogger these days. You crack a nail, you spill caviar on your keyboard, then all of this. What's a guy to do Smile. Ah well, tomorrows another day. Life will not end.

By the way. I don't really crack nails when I type and I don't eat caviar! In fact I was surprised that I even spelled it correctly! I am however aggravated about these computer problems! Yell

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Posted by tink38570 at 11:21 PM CDT
Updated: Wednesday, 21 July 2010 11:27 PM CDT
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Tuesday, 20 July 2010
It's Time for this Week's TOS Homeschool Crew Blog Hop...err...Walk...or Whatever!
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: TOS Crew Blog Hop

It's time for this week's TOS Crew Blog Walk again! Remember, the TOS Homeschool Crew is a group of top notch bloggers who have been chosen to receive, use and review homeschool products on their blogs. Each TOS Homeschool Crew member is very unique and there is a wide range of homeschooling families represented. Some crew members have a child with a mental or physical handicap, some homeschool one child, some homeschool many children, some homeschool some of their kids and send some of their kids to public or private schools, some are very eclectic in their homeschooling and some are very strict in the curriculum that they use. Click on the links below and see what makes that particular homeschool blogger unique. I'm sure you will find one that you can really relate to. Have fun!

1. Buckaroo Days
2. Our Homeschool Reviews
3. Reed, Party of 6
4. Training Hearts at Home
5. Along The Way
6. I Love Science!
7. Through the Calm and Through the Storm
8. Created for Home
9. Tractors and Tire Swings
10. Guiding Light Homeschool

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Posted by tink38570 at 10:30 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, 20 July 2010 10:52 PM CDT
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