This review has been a LONG time coming, but finally it's here!!!

Click HERE to take a peek inside!

My children and I have thoroughly enjoyed using this book in our history lessons. This book is actually a timeline that folds out to the length of 15 feet!! Or, if it's not exactly convenient to have all 15 feet of its goodness open at one time, you can flip through it page by page.

This timeline incorporates biblical history, world events, inventions/technology, and civilizations/empires, showing that history unfolds as one big story. It begins with Creation and ends with the election of President Obama. The timeline is color coded, indicating Christian events versus secular. In addition to the timeline, there are charts, fun facts, maps and lots and lots of color pictures. Although my children and I have been piecing together a timeline of our own, this has been great as a reference to reinforce and review information.

Any time your child pulls out a "school" book to read it on their own, you know that it's definitely a keeper, and one I would recommend.

***Bonus: There's a Teacher's Guide available that offers activities and questions to help you utilize the Big Book of History with your children. Click HERE for a free download of the Teacher's Guide, or of course you can purchase a copy as well.***

Well, after some thought,  it is clear that having a homeschool blog is too much to handle right now. Trying to maintain 2 blogs, being new to homeschooling, new baby, 4 children now, lovely husband, housework. . .you get the idea. . .it just isn't fitting in my life right now.

I don't know if the Lord will redirect me later about a separate blog for homeschooling, but for now our homeschool blog will be inactive (effective Feb. 1st). I'll blog about my homeschooling adventures here instead. I am quickly learning what many homeschooling mothers have expressed:

Homeschooling is not something "separate" that goes on in the life of those who do it; rather, it becomes a way of life, for every moment is one in which learning can take place.

It seems more natural for me to blog about all of what goes on in my life right here, including homeschooling. Right here is where my journey began. . . "No Idle Bread". . .the name the Lord impressed upon my heart way before I knew what blogging was all about. . .way before I knew how many women I could identify with on this blessed journey of being a Christian wife and mother.

With that being said, I really want to thank those of you who went over to my homeschool blog to read my posts, to "follow" me and to pick up my blog button. It means quite a lot and I am grateful. Please keep praying for our family as we continue in our first year of homeschooling. I am glad to have your support and encouragement. Sincerely, I THANK YOU!!!

***Brace yourselves for homeschooling posts from the past that'll be incorporated here.***

Two Blogs No Longer

by on Friday, January 27, 2012
Well, after some thought,  it is clear that having a homeschool blog is too much to handle right now. Trying to maintain 2 blogs, being new...
The Homeschool Mother's Journal

In my life this week…
My newborn is 5 1/2 weeks old and the fact of the matter is that I'm a sleepy-head Mommy. I'm surrounded by my husband and our 4 children--I am thankful!
Sons: JD (3wks in this pic) and JR (4)

Daughters: SJ (8) and TM (6)

In our homeschool this week…
We started school up on Tuesday, after having been off for a little over a month. It has been interesting, to say the least, because we have to take frequent breaks so I can tend to the baby. Also, we are temporarily schooling at the kitchen table instead of out in our school room. It just makes more sense for everyone to be in the house together right now. My children seem to be adjusting well (so grateful!) while I try to tie it all together.
This is what the kitchen table looked like on our first day back!
We're used to schooling in our school room--I'm hoping for
better organization next week!

"Alphabet Match-up" that my son did,
while I worked on grammar with my daughter.
I am inspired by…
Bright, sun-shiny mornings. Thankful to God for His faithfulness and new mercies every day. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
Not really getting out much just; I did go to the doctor this week (oh, the excitement!!) I'm hoping to get to the library soon!

My favorite thing this week was…
The health experiment we did. We talked about taking proper care of our teeth. As an example of what happens to teeth when the enamel breaks down (cavity), we put an egg in a cup of vinegar over night. The kids had to examine the egg shell to see what happens. This was a great visual for all of them.

What’s working for us. . .
Read-aloud's/books on CD while I feed the baby. We're working through the life of Moses (history) and enjoying listening to Peter Pan (literature).

I’m reading…
I just completed Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and I'll be starting A Little Princess next. These books are from our literature list of classic books. I did not read many of the books on our list when I was a little girl. So, for the ones I did not read, I'll be reading them now with my kiddos!

I’m cooking…
Mostly the dinner meals around here. Tonight, I'm making spaghetti with meat sauce and a salad. I'm planning on a roast in the crock pot for Sunday. . .we'll see!

I’m grateful for…
My mother who is visiting for the month of January. She's been cooking breakfast and lunch and doing dishes and helping me out around the house while my family adjusts to having a new baby. Sooooo glad she's here right now.

I’m praying for…
My husband; he's been working a lot of long, stressful hours. Praying that God sustains him and gives him peace.

A photo, video, link, or quote to share…

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From "My Faith" board on Pinterest

Coming Back

by on Saturday, January 14, 2012
In my life this week… My newborn is 5 1/2 weeks old and the fact of the matter is that I'm a sleepy-head Mommy. I'm surrounded b...

I've spent the last 4 weeks, off and on, in bed/on the couch and dealing with my newborn. I've made maybe a total of 5 meals during that time--you know, bowls of cereal with fruit on the side, PB & J sandwiches, with more fruit on the side; all chef-quality of course! When it comes to housekeeping, my floors are in desperate need of sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming; seriously, it's desperate.

I miss my housekeeping/homemaking duties and I'm trying not to become overwhelmed by the "things" that aren't getting done. (You must know that "things" were already getting "shabby" towards the end of my pregnancy because I was physically unable--in other words, big belly syndrome! LOL)

I am so eternally grateful to my Husband, who has come over to the side of all things domestic as best as he can. I'm also thankful to my mother, who is coming back this weekend (and is staying for a whole month!!!) to help me get back to my routine and starting up school again with the kids.

In the meantime, what has helped me pass the time while I rest and recover is. . . .

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At first thought, I didn't think it would be worth my time. But honestly, it has been a great way for me to research, learn and brainstorm different ideas for my life: faith, family, home school, homemaking, etc. Pinterest is a virtual way to have "thinking boards" or "inspirational collages" about things I'd like to try, things that encourage, how to make life a bit better.

I keep inspirational collages in my little make-shift homemaking journal already. I am a book-in-the-hand type of lady, not so much on the e-readers. So I still subscribe to actual magazines and when I see something that inspires me to make my home better somehow, I cut it out and paste it in my journal. So, Pinterest is an online extension of that for me. Here's a few pics from my journal. . .

Journal Cover

Home Decor and Gardening

Here are a few of my "pins" from Pinterest. . .

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from my Faith board

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from my Homeschool board

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from my Fall board

If you feel inclined, join me over at Pinterest for some great ideas!

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Something New

by on Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I've spent the last 4 weeks, off and on, in bed/on the couch and dealing with my newborn. I've made maybe a total of 5 meals dur...
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