Resources

I’m often asked about the products and services I use and recommend, so I decided to create this page with all the information in one place. I currently use or have used all of the resources on this page and I HIGHLY recommend all of them.

Many of these links are affiliate links, which means I may get a commission if you purchase.  However,  none of the fees of these resources have been increased to compensate me.

 

Homeschooling Tools

Times Tales

Times Tales

This is how my boys memorized their times tables. If you have a child who is extremely visual – or who is struggling to remember their upper times tables, this product is a great option.  It’s funny, too!

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primeFree Shipping/Streaming Videos

Our family loves our Amazon Prime membership.  We order all sorts of stuff from Amazon.  We also enjoy streaming movies and TV shows from them.  Good stuff!

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Great Prices for Curriculum and Books

If you like to pay discount prices, then you need to check out Christianbook.com.  They carry lots of homeschool curriculum for less than you would pay elsewhere!

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Creation Science Resources

Answers in Genesis has books and DVDs about dinosaurs and many other subjects to help your kids understand creation versus evolution.

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 LeeBinz1Preparing to Homeschool High School (DVD)

This DVD taught me how to convert delight directed learning into a transcript and course descriptions that look official.  Lee Binz has a way of calming a homeschool mom’s fears!

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High School Transcripts (Course)

Everything you need to know about turning 4 years of independent high school homeschooling into a transcript that colleges will drool over!

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High School Recordkeeping (Book)

Everything you need to know about keeping track of your student’s high school records. Lee also teaches essential information about college admissions and getting scholarships!

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College Admissions and Scholarships

Awesome information about helping your child get admitted to the college of their dreams while getting paid to attend.  Excellent resource!

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 Rainbow Resource

Rainbow Resource

Another excellent resource for homescool books and more!  Excellent prices!  And they have the best (huge) catalog you can imagine with GREAT descriptions of everything.  Check them out!

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 Astore

Books and Other Resources

This is a collection of books, audio books, and other resources that my family has enjoyed using. I have included books for boys, books for moms, and some read aloud favorites. There’s lots of great stuff in here. Check it out!

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Cool Stuff for Boys

 

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Outdoor Gear and Adventure 

Great products that encourage learning and creativity through hands-on, down-in-the-dirt fun. In other words, super fun gear your son will love!

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Educational Toys 

All sorts of fun learning toys from games to brain teasers to building sets to science kits and more. All items are categorized by age to make shopping easy. I love shopping here when looking for Christmas and birthday presents. Lots of great ideas for toys that will engage my boys’ imaginations. Let the learning begin!

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Melissa&Doug

Melissa and Doug Toys

If you’re looking for quality toys made from wood – not plastic – you’ll want to check out Melissa & Doug. These toys are heirloom quality and will give your kiddos hours of fun.

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Ebay

Ebay

Ebay has some great prices… for new and lightly used items.  I always check them out before purchasing to see if they have what I need.  And if you don’t like to do auctions, can use the BUY NOW option.

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 Productivity Tools

RepublicWireless

Republic Wireless

No contracts! We save a ton of money on our cellphones… only paying $10 a month for unlimited talking and texting and unlimited data over wifi. Love their phones and their service.

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Evernote

Evernote

An awesome organizational tool with a FREE version.  Evernote allows you to scan documents and organize them on your computer, take notes, clip items from the internet, and more. Super useful tool! Don’t lose your paper notes ever again.  File them with Evernote!

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Office

Microsoft Office

I use Word and Excel on a daily basis.  Powerpoint is handy when you’re trying to create a presentation.  I also like using Publisher to easily create flyers… although Publisher doesn’t come in every version of Office. Very handy suite of tools!

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Quicken

Quicken

Great tool for keeping track of expenses, making a budget, and paying bills electronically. My favorite use for Quicken, however, if reconciling my bank statement. Saves me a TON of time from trying to do this manually!

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 Business Tools

BlueHost

BlueHost

If you’re looking for a reasonable place to host your blog which also has great customer service, check out Blue Host. They make blogging accessible for everyone!

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Aweber

Aweber

Full service email marketing company. If you’re looking for a reputable company to send out your blog email correspondence, Aweber is a great choice.

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Pixabay

Pixabay

A source of beautiful stock images which can be used on your blog. If you need an image that you haven’t taken yourself, consider looking for it on Pixabay.

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Canva

Canva

Whether you want to create a pinnable image, a Facebook ad, an Instagram post, or any other picture for your blog or social media, Canva is an excellent tool. It has an extensive collection of fonts for your use. And there is a free version!

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PicMonkey

Awesome, easy to use photo editor which allows you to crop, apply filters, add text, and more. If you don’t need the power of Photoshop, then try PicMonkey. They have a free version!

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SumoMe

SumoMe

If you have a blog, you have GOT to install SumoMe. SumoMe is a fully customizable pop-up window which will ask people to opt into your email newsletter. I’ve been AMAZED at how well this works! They have a free version!

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 Social Media Tools

Buffer

Buffer

Buffer helps you to schedule your social media posts at times when your readers are actually reading!  It’s a huge time-saver for bloggers. There is a free version!

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ManageFlitter

ManageFlitter

This tool is a great way to see who is following you on Twitter, to find people who aren’t following you back, and to discover new people who are tweeting about things which interest you.  Very helpful tool!  There is a free version!

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