Friday 15 June 2012

HSMJ 22 - Griping about Blog Giveaways ...

In my life this week…
I have been experimenting and learning how to use the Canon EO5 DSLR we were given.  Paul happily babysat as I went out one evening to photograph the homeward bound traffic.  This photo was in response to a photo challenge to capture movement. What do you think ?
It's been a week of nursing a sick husband and son who had the flu. Starting back with official school and planning our year ahead. We currently work on a five week cycle.  Four weeks of school then one week off to rest which works well.  Although at the moment we will be starting with a six week cycle so we can fit in a complete school year and finish two weeks before Christmas.
In our home school this week…
  • Week 15 Sonlight Core
  • Worked on preparing our South Africa section of Expedition Earth papers.
  • Sir N started reading Book 1 in the I Can Read It!
  • We are currently reading:  Dr Doolittle
Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…
  • Have you seen the Tech Coach ? Check out this blog it's full of FREE on line games and virtual tours from Typing Tutors, Maths Games, Rocks & Minerals, History etc.  If you can think of a category you can find a post covering what's on the web for your child.  EXCELLENT Resource.
  • Are you are looking for a great way to teach Biblical World View to your 6-14 year old? Apologia has a new product range on the market called What We Believe consisting of Journals, Colouring Books, CD's and Main Text for you to look at.  Lori over at Special Connection Home School has written an excellent introduction of Who am I ? which is the second book in the series.
I am inspired by…
Places we’re going and people we’re seeing…
  • This week we visited my sister and sister in law.

My favorite thing this week was…
  • Seeing Sir N rediscover his delight in cuddling with Daddy and reading a great book. 

What’s working/not working for us…

Questions/thoughts I have…
  • Why is it that all the big home school companies don't bless anyone outside their own country with giveaways ??  Even though they have a large customer base off shore ?  This is one of my pet frustrations at the moment. Sigh ...
  • Do you know of any Australian Home school Companies willing to supply giveaways for Aussie bloggers ?
  • Do you know of any Australian Bloggers hosting give aways ? It's my blog's 1st Birthday and I want to celebrate with some digital giveaways and have no idea how to access some product.  Any volunteers out there ?
  • Deborah over at The Paper Maid answered this question for me even before my post went up today. Tammy over at 1...2...3... Teach with Me is hosting a 200 Follower Giveaway. For a chance to win one of the prizes there are six possible blogs to follow or TpT stores to follow totaling a possible 12 entries. Winners will be announced on 20 June 2012.
Things I’m working on…

I’m reading…
I’m cooking…
  • Nothing new this week.
On Pinterest I found...

I’m grateful for…

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

Source: Facebook  Healing with Art.

The Home school Mother’s Journal began as a single post on a Friday morning over at The Homeschool Chick, and turned into a link-up for home school mothers across the blog-O-sphere to share a piece of their journey with one another each week.
The link party has moved and is now hosted over at iHomeschool Network and is open from Friday to Monday so join me in The Homeschool  Mothers Journal and lets encourage one another on our home school journey.


  1. Love the quote you shared- those are words to live by:)

    What a beautiful photo of father and son reading together!

    Have you tried asking smaller homeschool companies for giveaways? Maybe they would be more willing to give? Just a thought!

    You can always have a copy of Just Plain Nora for giveaway if you like;)

    1. Oh wow Jen. Thank you so much :)

      I agree with you on the quote. It is one that spoke volumes to me this past week.

      We don't have very many companies here in Aus. We tend to purchase our product from the US. Many US companies don't sponsor off shore. Thanks for the idea. I will do some emailing this week and see ...

      Blessings for the weekend ahead.

  2. You are talking about digital giveaways - so there should be some willing - you don't require out of the country shipping cost that way! I'll give you a free Nature Unit Study if you'd like - or I have an ebook called "Perfectly Perfect" written for young women - you are welcome to either of them for a little giveaway. If you gather a few more like that and group them together it can be a bigger giveaway! :)

    1. Thank you Thank you Keli :) I think I will spend the next week having a look around and emailing a few blog / ebook owners.

    2. thanks for visiting my blog

      very cool photo of the traffic

      LOVE the quote

      off to check out Tech Coach - thanks :)

    3. Hi Jen

      You are welcome. Glad you liked the photo of the traffic I had fun taking it.

      You are welcome.

  3. We love Sonlight's book selections, too.

    1. Hi Phyllis. I am so pleased that I was introduced to Sonlight years ago when I fist started home schooling. They have been a beacon of light guiding us through the seas of home schooling.
      Popping over to visit you space.

  4. That is such a cool photo! Great job!

    I share your frustration over giveaways...I live in Canada and though there are a few giveaways out there open to residents of North America, I find that most are for residents of the continental US only (other than digital downloads).

    Thank you so much for sharing my post on using Pinterest in homeschooling!!! Part 2 will be posted this week.

    1. Thank you Sharla :o)

      I have emailed some of the hosts of the blog giveaways and asked them why their digital downloads are for US residents only and most them are frightened of breaking the law ;-O !!

      I have noticed that even digital products are now being limited to US residents only. Sigh

      You are welcome. I enjoyed reading the post about Pinterest.

  5. Hi Chareen,

    The photo is really impressive! You must be so excited to have a new camera. Have you learnt how to use all its features yet?

    Thanks for all the links, again. I've enjoyed some and will check more out, later.

    God bless, Chareen:-)

    1. Thanks Vicky. It is really exciting as I have always wanted one. When the person walked up to me with their camera bag and said here this is for you I burst into tears !

      No I haven't learnt to use all the features but I have become rather addicted to learning on the internet about them. My favourite place at the moment is Digital Photo School and Pinterest.

      You are welcome.

  6. Hi Chareen,

    Thanks for letting others know about my giveaway. :o) Most appreciated~!!

    Yes, I have also noticed that we have a lack of giveaways here in Australia. Especially the hands on kind.

    I love your quote that you are sharing today too.

    Can't wait to find some more quiet time so I can go through all the links. I just love how your Homeschool Mothers Journal is ALWAYS so packed full of stuff.

    The Paper Maid

    1. You are welcome Deborah !

      Hope your weekend is full of encouragement :)

  7. Sounds like you had a productive week. And WOW--what a camera! Totally beyond my abilities, but definitely among my interests. ;-)

    1. Hi Judy.

      It was a great week thanks. Definately been on my interrest list. Now to learn how to use it and get my brain around all that jargon. LOL

      So how is the school room revamp coming on ?

  8. Another great week, and wow, what an amazing photo! Just magnificent! :-) We are a Sonlight family here, too. There is nothing like cuddling on the couch together to read. That is a precious picture of your son and hubby doing just that. I will check out all of the wonderful resources you suggested! Hope you have a great rest of your weekend. Many blessings, Lisa :-) P.S. I'm glad to now be a follower of your blog.

    1. Hello Lisa.
      Welcome to Every Bed of Roses. I always love looking at your HSMJ your photo's encourage and inspire me on my journey.

      I agree about the cuddles and reading. So many memories.



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