And thanks to www.random.org, I have a lovely winner. A real winner!
Enough already, right??
The winner of the SpellQuizzer spelling program download is.......
Busy, busy, busy. <----------- That's me this week.
I have SO much to do! My blogging may suffer a bit (the horror!) and I've already ditched Tech Tuesday today. I'm thinking I may ditch it permanently, adding an occasional tech blog to Misc Saturdays. That way I can focus on finding really great techies that are relative to blogging.
Back to my busy week. Here's my list:
Okay, now it's your turn! Do you have a to do list for this week? I'd like to hear what you're doing. Post your list in my comments or go over to Lisa's place and add your to do list to this week's McLinky.
*Note! Lisa's to do list isn't up yet. She was one of the lucky attendees at the TypeAmom conference this past weekend. She's probably regrouping. Heh heh. We'll give her a break. You can add your list any day this week
As I opened the side door to remove the little one, Dawg came running around the bus and jumped into the little one's car seat. Now I had Dawg, the little one was on his bus, and we were on our way to the middle school.
And we made it with five minutes to spare. Whew!
I sighed with huge relief as I stepped out of the van and walked up the sidewalk. I turned around and saw that Dawg was hesitating. I showed him my purse, called to the cat (Here, Kitty, Kitty....) and kept walking.
He slinked into the house on my heels.
Actually, there are doctors in the house. The blogging house, that is. It is becoming more and more common to see medical professionals put fingers to keys and blog about their personal and professional lives.
I find the medical field especially interesting. And since most of ya'll have children, what could be better than a pediatrician's blog for today's Medical Monday?
Dr. Gwenn, of Dr. Gwenn Is In is a pediatrician who desires to bridge the gap between parents and their pediatricians. (Great idea!) She has blogged about many hot topics related to the medical field and children, such as autism, H1N1, women's health, and community health. (Check her right sidebar for additional topic links.)
Dr. Gwenn also has several podcasts entitled A Dose of Dr. Gwenn.
Visit Dr. Gwenn's blog today and see what she has to say about some of those hot topics I mentioned. You may learn something new!
Sometimes we need to hear an encouraging word. A voice of truth.
Sometimes we need to listen to God's message in the form of music. Upbeat, Christian tunes.
Sometimes we just need something other than our own thoughts to hang onto. We need a break from thinking. Rest.
Amber uses everyday situations (like parenting) to encourage other Christian moms on their daily journeys. She also has an awesome Contemporary Christian playlist on her blog. I hung out there for a while today just to hear the music! I especially enjoyed the devotional category.
Amber is also the founder of Everyday Christian Moms, an online community where Christian moms can fellowship, learn, and connect.
*Sigh* Can you say Seasonal Affective Disorder? Early?
Well, I'm still on my DIY/decorating kick. Blogs, that is. Although I did pick up a couple of paint color sample chip thingies yesterday. I do have a few projects in mind and I'm hoping to actually accomplish a couple soon. (Like the coffee table and the TV armoire....)
So, today's blog is another shabby chic/diy blog. And I love this one! Whitney and Ashley are two sisters who blog together at Shanty2Chic.
Lots of pictures! Step-by-step instructions! Like this, for example...
And this. (which.is.awesome.)
Take some time to visit Shanty2Chic today (and in the future) for some real DIY inspiration. They have tons of great posts. And you can find them everywhere! Just check out the "Featured" section on the sidebar. Go ahead and visit those links, too. Let's spread the DIY bloggy love all around!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~And once, again and I know you are tired of reading this....but don't forget to sign up for my first-ever giveaway. (Especially if your kids could use some help with spelling.) You can enter here.
Like any other party, Ann is offering a drink and a game. I am not a drinker, so I'm stickin' to my Coke Zero, thankyouverymuch. (But it's okay if that's your thang....)
"Would you rather...?"
Here's a bit of a Truth or Dare. Answer this question...Would you rather
be able to read your husband's (spouse's) mind? Or have them be able to read
Hmmm.....I've gotta say that I'm not too crazy about the concept either way. Everyone is entitled to a little privacy, ya know? If I had to choose.... Hmmm... I'd want to read his. And I'm pretty sure he'd want to read mine!
Well, I'm gonna go join the party. Wanna come? Go on over to Ann's place and link up, and then hit Twitter with #VGNO. I'll see ya there!
The thing I like most about this blog? The chocolate, of course! But, I really like the other posts, too. And I love that Lisa is not afraid to share her faith. If something is important to you, you should be bold, right?
enjoy my coffee with
this yummy goodness-
I can't wait to see all of the chocolate links Lisa gets today!
(Not to mention her chocolate recipe for the day....)
Happy Chocolate Friday!!
PS~ Don't forget to enter my very first giveaway! SpellQuizzer spelling program download-great for all spelling programs and students in any situation-homeschool, public school, private school..... Click here to read and enter!
My friend Theta Mom hosts "Time out for Theta Mom Thursday". Each week, Theta Mom encourages us to take a break and do something just for us. Isn't that sweet of her??
This week I've spent some 'me time' doing something that I hope to continue and expand upon. I've been walking. We have a very nice walking track right here in our community that sees very little use. It is scenic and quiet and calm. Well, except for my heavy breathing. Ha! (Hopefully that will get better as I continue.) I wasn't able to walk everyday because it just will.not.quit.raining. Days and days of rain, rain, never-ending rain!
Anyway, I hope to continue with the walking and make it a habit and a time out just for me. It should help my mind, spirit, and body, right? That one contestant on the Biggest Loser, what was her name? The one that missed last week because she was hospitalized? Well, she wasn't cleared to work out and all she did this week was walk and swim. And she lost 10 pounds! In one week. Now that's motivating!
So, that's how I spent my Theta time out this week. What about you? Did you get a time out? Want to share? Go visit Theta Mom and link up for Theta Mom Thursday. You can click here or click on the button at the top of this post.
PS~ Click here to read my very first review and enter my very first giveaway.....SpellQuizzer spelling program....It makes spelling lessons fun!
What are ya'll hungry for? There are so many food blogs out there--it's totally overwhelming! Everything from home cooking to gourmet meals is represented in the blogosphere. I start looking at the food blogs on my list and just get carried away...desserts, breads...oh, I could go on and on!
I settled on today's blog because of the wide range. This blogger covers a little bit of everything. The creator of Finding Joy in My Kitchen has a real love for scratch cooking, using the freshest ingredients. This unnamed blogger (as far as I can tell) has even given her readers some guidelines for stocking a kitchen, along with her own cooking philosophy.
And the recipes! (Here are her 'top 10' favorites!) Oh, and the photos.....
This blogger is a very talented cook who, no doubt, stays busy finding joy in her kitchen every day. Just look at all the things she can do with apples. Yum. Amazing!
As ya'll know, the Daily Blog Review is a daily post highlighting a specific blog in a specific category. I usually choose a blog that I've found and write a short review with links so I can share my find with all of you. I call it "link love gone mad".
On Wednesdays I highlight a homeschool blog. These blogs are very inspiring for those of us who homeschool and even for those of us who don't. After all, most of us have to deal with homework and that can be a source of frustration. We can all use a few tips to make things easier, right?
With that said, today's Daily Blog Review has a new twist. It's a product review! My very first! And a giveaway! How awesome is that?!?! And while this product can be very useful for homeschoolers, it is equally useful for children in other school situations.
For the past two weeks we have been using SpellQuizzer. SpellQuizzer is a computer program download that enhances any spelling program. It's extremely easy to use and get this....it's fun!
Fun? School work? SPELLING?!?! Yes, fun. Here's how it works. You download the program from the SpellQuizzer website. The program comes with a few preloaded graded word lists, but it is very easy to create new lists. As you create your list, you just click a button to record each word, and if tells you if you have misspelled a word. Meaning...your kids can create their own lists. Less work for mom...fun for kids. After the list is complete, you just click "Quiz Me" to be tested. A few minutes on Monday creating a spelling list means complete independent spelling study all week for your student. How great is that?
I used SpellQuizzer spelling program with my two public schooled boys. We recorded the word lists each week and spent maybe five minutes reviewing and quizzing each day. Two 100/A+'s later, we're SpellQuizzer's biggest fans!
We also used this program to study for a science test. How? I recorded brief test review questions on the audio recorder, and then typed in the answers as the "spelling words". Worked like a charm. When my son missed the answer, the SpellQuizzer spelling software flashed the correct spelling (aka answer) to the question.
The SpellQuizzer website is easy to navigate and is packed with helpful information. There is a page specifically directed towards homeschoolers. There is also a community forum for SpellQuizzer users. And the extensive help file will answer all of your questions. You'll even find directions to help you optimize your computer's microphone. (Don't have a mic? You can pick up a USB microphone for under $10.00 at many department stores.)
Be sure to check out the testimonials and download the free trial. We really had fun with SpellQuizzer and I'm sure you will, too. We will be using this program indefinitely.
Now for the good stuff.....
One lucky reader will win a full version SpellQuizzer
spelling software download!
Oh, this is FUN!!!
To win your own SpellQuizzer download (currently selling for $29.95)
For extra entries (post a separate comment for each):
This giveaway ends at 7:00pm on Tuesday, September 29th and the winner will be posted on next week's Homeschool Wednesday: Daily Blog Review.
Okay, so that's it for my very first giveaway! Help me make it a big success by spreading the word!