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Mid-Week Check In ~ The Heat!!!

It has been so hot here in TX. In fact yesterday (Wednesday) we had to leave the house from 12:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M

We went to lunch at Chick-fil-A. To save money we usually get water instead of a soda (better for us too), only get a sandwich, and a large waffle fry. It came to about $20 for four of us. It was only Annette, Brent, Lance, and myself.

The temperature was just perfect. Not too hot or cold. It was just right. This mama bear was HAPPY!

Lance ordered extra pickles. When his sandwich arrived it was picture perfect! Look at that yummy-ness!!!! I had five waffle fries and the Original Chicken Sandwich but only at one slice of bread.

After Chick-fil-a, we headed to the mall. Might as well get some exercise. At the mall there is a Books A Million (BAM) and I found some books for super low prices!!!

Child of the River
The Wizard of Once
These Shallow Graves
The Book Speculation

All but the Child of the River were hardbacks for $25.86. Score!

I also stopped at the CorningWare store to get some lids. I bought one of each size for a total of $20.00ish. Eeeks, things sure add up!

Around 5:00 P.M. we went to Costco for dinner. Cheap, cheap, I say. I ordered a Ceaser Salad.

In California, my two boys Caleb and Ethan went to Magic Mountains with their cousin Aaron.

I miss my boys. Look at those smiles. While we are melting in the TX triple-digit heat, they were enjoying the beautiful Southern California weather. I'm glad they are not here for the hottest month of the year.

#owlcrate #happymail

Earlier this week I got some happy mail. This OwlCrate box was one of my favorites!!! I just had so much fun opening it. You can see my unboxing. It's actually two unboxings because Beacon Book Box had the same exact book!!!!

Having two of the same book actually worked out because Annette wants to read it too, so my sister MaryEllen, Annette, and I are going to do a buddy read.


This week I also received an Atlas Coffee map! How fun is that?!?! Now I can track my coffee.

With this heat, my Happy Mail has been a fun distraction.

What have you been up to this week?

Owlcrate Unboxing for July

Hey, homeschooling mamas, hope all is well. Here in Texas, oh my, it's been so hot. We are in the triple digits!!!

I'm a little late with my unboxing. This one was the July box for Owlcrate. I loved, loved, the bookish goodies in this box.

#owlcrate #spinthedawn

Owlcrate is a monthly young adult (YA) book box. Every month's book is a new release! How fun is that. I've not been into new releases but its been fun and I'm really enjoying the new genres ~ I've not delved into YA fantasy and/or mystery type books.

To me, it seems like most the books are geared toward girls. I think there are not many guy authors writing these types of books right now. It would be nice to have some strong male leads (yup, mom of 5 boys here).

Right now it's only me reading the books but I must admit I do get the boxes for me 🙈

#spinthedawnbook #owlcrate

Spin the Dwan by Elizabeth Lim kinda like Mulan meets project runway, at least that's what everyone is saying (including the author) or maybe they said fashion runway, well anyway, you get the idea 😉 Isn't the cover gorgeous.

Owlcrate's books always come with an exclusive cover. The original cover has the font in silver, I must say, I do prefer the gold that Owlcrate's books have. So pretty!

#owlcrateharrypottermug #harrypottermug

My favorite item in the box was, of course, the mug! It's so pretty! Totally love the size. I think the handle could be a little bigger but I am loving it. This is a third in a series of seven. Since I'm new to Owlcrate I've missed the first two. Owlcrate did bring the previous two mugs back as a preorder but I didn't get them 😱

#darkershadeofmagic #owlcrate

Deck of cards inspired by A Darker Shade of Magic. I have no clue who the characters are. Like I've mentioned, I'm new to these types of books. They are pretty though. The art is amazing!


Isn't the pin pretty? It even has glitter. Each month Owlcrate works with an artist to create a one of a kind pin that is inspired by the book. This one has a pair of scissors, a moon, a sun, and a piece of cloth.

#owlcrate #owlcrateunboxing #spinthedawn

A quote inspired byThe Night Circus, again, I am not familiar with this book. The puzzle that is in the blue Owlcrate bag from the quote card. I don't want to lose this card because it will help me put the puzzle together.

There were a few more items as well. I really liked this box. Are you an Owlcrate subscriber?

They also have Owlcrate Jr. I'm tempted to skip a young adult box so I can try the elementary age box!

Mugs, Mugs, and More Mugs

What kind of mugger are you 🤣


1. Do you hoard mugs
2. Do you collect mugs on vacation or when visiting a special place
3. Collect them but don't use them
4. Don't really own any
5. fill-in-the-blank (would love to hear about you and your mugs!


I'm a hoarder and I love collecting mugs from special places we visit. I also like to gift someone with a mug and I buy the same mug for myself. When I use that mug I pray for that special person.

God's Glory Box ~ August

Oh, my! It's been so hot here in Texas! Our little house is NOT insulated and the window units are tired. How I miss central air conditioning BUT I'm thankful. I'm thankful because it could be worse. Imagine over a hundred years ago living in a cabin~ so thinking about that brings me back to thankfulness.

And of course, getting my monthly God's Glory Box! This month there was a cute Fruits of the Spirit Journal in there, wahoo! Guess what I'll be studying this month?!?!

#godsglorybox #godsglorymonthlybox

God's Glory Box is a monthly subscription: a monthly reminder of God's Glory! With each box mailed God's Glory Box will donate five meals through Feeding America. They also work with small and local businesses!

In the August box I received:
I always feel so spoiled and blessed when I receive my box of goodies.

I love homemade soaps! I love buying local or from a small family business. This is what I love about God's Glory Box is they support the smaller companies!

Beautiful bracelet. I'm going to keep one of the lip balms and give the bracelet away. Just switching up my shareable items 🙂

When you join the God's Glory Box monthly subscription ~ you are helping American families as well with meals. How wonderful is that?

Please use my special code below to get either $5 or $10 off as a new subscriber.

Watch my unboxing (yes, I thought it was t-shirt month 🙈) 🤣


Thank you God's Glory box for allowing me to share the boxes with others!

Memoria Press Ninth Grade Literature Guide Set ~Review

If you've been homeschooling for a few years, you've most likely have heard of Memoria Press. It's well known for its Classical Christian education teaching. Their Latin course is very popular among the homeschooling communities.

#memoriapress #literaturestudy

I received the Ninth Grade Literature Guide Set which focuses on Old English and Medieval Works ~ I have to admit was a challenge for my boys. We started with the Henry V Set.

We received the Teacher Guides and Student Workbooks (the reading books were not provided):
Memoria Press recommends certain editions of books, so not just any edition will work because the pages assigned won't line up with the book pages. For example, with Henry V the FOLGER Shakespeare Library edition the student is to copy the family lineage diagram. There are other pages assigned like xiii-xiv, information that won't be found in another copy.

The Study Guide can be used with students in grades 8-12. If using it with 8th or 9th your child may need more guidance and/or adapting the program. Memoria Press states that the guides were written comprehensively so if you need to assign fewer vocabulary words, questions, etc. that is fine as they would rather you need to do less than wishing there was more.


In this set includes the Teacher Guides and Student Workbooks for~  Canturberry Tales, Beawolf, Sir Girwin and the Green Night, and Henry V. Henry V and Beawolf Student Workbooks are smaller and you will need a separate notebook to complete the assignments.

The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain & the Green Night Workbooks are consumable and are intended for the student to write in the workbooks. Now looking back I think it would have been a good idea if we would have started with one of those instead of Henry V as my boys struggled with Henry V. Not sure if it would have made a difference but it's a thought to consider.

What I really appreciate is the Teacher Guide has the exact same pages as the Student Workbook so if you are working with your child you both have all the vocabulary words, discussion questions, definition bank, and so forth. This makes things so much easier because you don't have to purchase two Student Workbooks (as I've done in the past for convenience with some publishers).

The study guides move through a four-stage method. This is really nice because the student knows what to expect throughout the course.

The Four Stages are:

Stage 1: Pre-Grammar/Preparation ~ this stage prepares the student to understand the Central One Idea. The Study Guide will ask 2-3 questions to get the student thinking in a certain direction. This question may be of something related to the Central One Idea or about the basic plot or subject.

Stage 2: Grammar/Presentation ~ in this stage the student is presented with the basic grammatical units; facts, elements, features, and ideas. The student encounters use facts in the Reading Notes and learns new vocabulary words.

Stage 3: Logic/Dialectic ~ the student begins to uncover the can figure out the Central One Idea. The discussion questions in this section is meant to be verbal but you may also assign some of the questions in written form as well. We did this verbally.

Stage 4: Rhetoric/Expression ~ The final stage is where the student describes what their interpretation of the Central One Idea. This is done by having the student summarize, write the Central One Idea, support it, write a lead that grabs the reader's attention. The student will write an essay to express the Centra One Idea.

The Ninth Grade Literature also teaches how to mark a book, yup, you read correctly! Mark that book up with underlining, write notes and ask questions. Memoria Press uses the "Mortimer Adler "method" from How to Read a Book.

Brent and I worked through Henry V together. I will admit we were not looking forward to reading Shakespear because for us it's a hard read (I know, I know). With that said, I do believe studying Shakespear is beneficial for my kiddos. It is said that if we can read Shakespeare we can handle reading almost anything and understand complex documents (like all the legal, fine, print type of stuff).

We read through the Reading Notes together. With the Words to be Defined in the Definitions Bank, I had him write the words & definition in a notebook. Sometimes with the comprehension questions, I had him write them but other times we did this orally and we did pick and choose. The ones I didn't have him do we discussed using the Teacher Guide for the answers.

Socratic discussion questions we verbally discussed as is mentioned in the guide. All my boys are anti writing (sigh) but they do need to learn how to write well so the essays were a challenge. This is one reason why we had to slow things down. I don't plan for him to write an essay for every Act.

I had hoped that we would finish Henry V by the time the review period ended but because it was difficult going for us we only are halfway. We had to reread a lot and find ways to make Shakespeare come alive a little more. Maybe we should have started with Beowulf.

Even though Henrey V was difficult for us ~I really do like how Memoria Press had everything laid out in the teacher guides.  I would have loved if there were some sample essays but all in all Memoria Press is a very thorough program.

I believe marking and annotating books helps with understanding and engaging with the text so I was happy that Memoria Press encourages marking/writing in the books.

It really is a grab-and-go style if you are a busy mom and/or do some car-schooling you won't be bogged down with a huge teacher manual and heavy books.

For our family though, the 9th Grade Literature Study Guide course was not a good fit. I may continue with the study guides but add a little more engagement by the way of audiobooks, watching the plays, and maybe even a few picture books so the boys can see how people dressed back then.

I could definitely see my daughter using this program with great success but she also was more disciplined in her studies.

The Homeschool Review Crew reviewed other Study Guides so be sure to click on the graphic below!

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Beacon Book Box ~July Unboxing!

My sister MaryEllen introduced me to Beacon Book Box a monthly Young Adult (YA) subscription book box! The Founder of Beacon Book Box is Cameron a 14-year-old entrepreneur (he actually just turned 16 last month, Happy Birthday Cam!).


It cost $29.99 + shipping for a new release YA book and bookish goodies! Each month the bookish goodies quotes and items are around a theme and fandoms.

Here is an example from the latest box!

~ The Book! The Beckoning Shadow
~ Dr. Who Socks (so cute!)
~  Exclusive Outlander Cooler (will be using this on my Mother/Daughter weekend!)
~  Everless inspired Homemade Soap (already used it up!)
~  Exclusive Game of Thrones Slippers (using those already)
~  Exclusive Recipe Card with Narnia themed artwork!
~  ExclusiveCustome and exclusive to Beacon Book Box the Lunar Chronicles dust jacket!
~From Mama Beacon a gift, yes another exclusive (we didn't pay for it it was included as a gift) an Outlander portrait card of Jamie Fraiser (um, I had to google the name but even though I didn't know who he was I thought it was super sweet of Mama Beacon to give us a gift, thank you!!!)

Wow, that's a lot of loot from the Beacon Book Box! They are very generous. To tell you the truth I'm not sure how they make money with all the spoiling they do.

Every other month Beacon includes a book sleeve. I think it's the odd months that they will include the book sleeves. It was every month (for eight months).

What I love about this company is the whole family is involved. It's Cameron's company but everyone pitches in, mom, dad, and sister.


I must admit, I'm new to the whole YA fantasy type books so many times I'm not familiar with the fandoms and such. I'm learning though. I plan to start reading the Lunar ChroniclesCaraval, and read the first book from the series Stalking Jack the Ripper (yeah, that's a new genre for me).

I loved the soap, actually, my whole family loved it.

#lunarchronicles #beaconbookbox

Isn't the artwork gorgeous? I haven't read the books so I don't know who the characters are but soon I will, as I hope to read one next month (add it to my Sept. TBR list).


Below is my July unboxing. I was so excited to get the box (really needed those slippers) and it happened to come on the day that my hair was super frizzy and I was gone most of the day. Yup, tired mama BUT I didn't want to just stare at the box waiting until the next day to do the unboxing. So yes, I recorded on a bad hair day, eeks!

To see past boxes you can watch my Beacon Book Box playlist. Again, I must admit I'm not the best unboxing but hopefully will get better as I learn the fandoms and read more of YA books.

Homeschooling6, Books, and Coffee!

When I first started this blog I was homeschooling six little ones. Now I only have three, can you believe that?!?!

My kiddos have grown up and I no longer have daily pictures of them doing school at home. Because my remaining homeschooling kids don't like me taking pics all the time I feel like I don't have much to blog about.


Lately I've been blogging about mama more than homeschooling 6 ~ so I made a hard decision to change my name to: Homeschooling6, Books, and Coffee. I haven't changed my domain name or the blogger actual name. I have so many links going to www.homeschooling6.com that if I change my domain they won't follow to the new one. I've done many reviews and I want them to be active under Homeschooling6 still.

I did change my Facebook Page and will eventually change my YouTube Channel ~once I can figure out how to change my YT name.

I thought Homeschooling6, Books, and Coffee reflect more about what I blog about. I hope to get a new banner up but not sure when. Technically my blog is still Homeschooling6.

What do you think of the name change?


Speaking of coffee, I joined a monthly coffee club: Atlas Coffee Club ~ join using my referral link and we both get $10 off our next shipment! What I love about Atlas is they send information about where it came from. You get a mini geography lesson too!

Home School in the Woods Time Travelers World War II Review

My boys love learning about wars. My son Brent particularly is interested in World War II so being picked to review Home School in the Woods Time Travelers U.S. History Studies: WWII came at a great time for some fun summer learning!

We have used Home school in the Woods in the past and have always enjoyed our studies. Their timeline figures are amazing!


This is a downloadable product. The intended target grade levels for the Time Travels series is 3-8 but I am using it with my high schoolers. What is great about Time Travelers is you can choose books to up the grade level. There is an Additional Resources page with book suggestions or you can use google to find some books, documentaries, etc.

If you are looking for some hands-on-learning with your kiddos and love maps, timelines, making food of the era, and don't mind some cutting and pasting than read on because Home School in the Woods history notebooking and lapbooking might just be what you are looking for to add some fun-schooling to your days!

The unit study is well put together. Although it can be overwhelming at first with all the pdf links~ Home School in the Woods makes it extremely easy to follow.

Here is how it works (or I suggest how to get started): I only print five lessons at a time because otherwise, it's too much paper for me. I also prefer to print out all the Text and Project Pages.

Go to file folder that says 'Menus' (right above PDFs), hit Lesson Projects 1-5 to start. A window will pop up with everything you need for each lesson.

The way that is simplest for me is to print the Text Page and also print the Project Pages. Once I have the Project Pages in front of me I can read exactly what I'll need to print and how; like do I need cardstock or colored paper etc. The Project Pages will tell you if you need to print on cardstock or regular printing paper, if double-sided and so forth.


Everything you need to get started will be on the Project Pages. Scroll down to the bottom and there will be Main Menu, Teacher Helps, and Project Photos.

IF, you prefer to print all the text out at once, then you'd go to PDFs, find the file for Lesson-Text, click on it and print away! You can do the same for Projects, Masters, etc.

And Lastly, if you do well with a tablet, iPad, phone, or any other device, you can get away without printing the Text, Project Pages, and Keys ~saving paper and ink. I don't do well using devices so I print almost everything. I have tried in the past to use less paper but it's too hard for me, not sure why but it is.

Another handy thing to print is the Lesson Plan Schedule, with this click the PDFs, then the Intro-etc file, then you will see the pdf for Lesson Planner, click and print. Now you can see all 25 lessons on one page!

Now that you have some tips with getting started let's get into how to use your Time Traver WWII Unit Study!

This unit study is pretty amazing! There is so much included in it. You get a timeline, timeline figures, copywork (or use it as dictation for older students), fun projects, recipes, your student will make a "newspaper", do some map work, and of course put together a lapbook!

There is even an Additional Resources page that gives you book and movie recommendations.

25 lessons are included. Depending on the age and the abilities of your child(ren) the lessons can span up to a week. Some with fewer activities may be completed in less time and others as mentioned may take the whole week. For instance, Lesson 8 has eight total projects from copywork to making a felt Garrison Cap! This one you might want to spread out over the course of a week.

The lessons basically walk you through everything, all you really need to do for planning ahead is read what materials you will need and what pages to print (I print five lessons at a time).

Here is an example of what a week might look like (lesson 8 example week):
~ Monday: Copywork and the timeline
~ Tuesday: Do some writing by completing the Frontline News
~ Wednesday: Mapwork and complete a project which would involve coloring, cutting, and creating an overlay together of the way soldiers dress.
~ Thursday: Complete two projects the You're in the Army Now and Soldier's Basic Field Manual.
~ Friday: Your child will make the Garrison Cap!

So as you can see one lesson may have (not all have that many activities) enough projects to last a week or so. You can easily make Lesson 8 last two weeks by adding books and movies and doing fewer projects.

The Lessons Project are pretty consistent:

1) Penmanship "Words of World War II: this is copywork.

2) Notebook Timeline: each lesson will have the names of what timelines to cut and paste to the timeline.

3) Frontline News: fun creative writing assignments ~writing articles for the "Frontline News" ~ Read an article about creative writing with newspapers!

4 - 8) Activities ~ not all lessons will have this many activities.

Although the Time Travelers U.S. History Studies target grade is for 3rd-8th I used it with my high schooler as summer fun learning. Brent was the most interested so we did it together. We met daily and while I read the Text Pages he would color, cut, or paste depending on the activity/project. Once I was done with the reading I'd help him complete the projects.

We worked on this at least three times a week but aimed for four times a week. We had hoped complete our lapbook to show you all how it looks when done, but we didn't (I do plan to have a follow-up to this review with the completed lapbook).

I've had some questions regarding using the Time Travelers with older kiddos in high school. We actually are planning to use their Civil War study but just as an add on for fun. As for high school credit in history, I'd have to say no. You would really have to beef it up with more research and writing. A few things you could do:
  • Use copywork for dictation and/or find longer passages
  • Cut out the newspaper photos and images and create your own newspaper in a notebook so your high schooler can write more than one paragraph. Have them do some research before writing their article for the "newspaper"
  • Vocabulary words, have your child write them out, add what part of speech, the derivative, and write a sentence, etc.
  • In the Your Service Record Book, add more journal pages, research real people from WWII and add their stories, add their Medals, Citations, and Decoration dates, their Battles and Campaigns.
That's my suggestions but again, do your research with what your state requires. If you have younger kiddos working on this and your high schooler would like to join in that would be ideal as you'd really have to flesh this out to make it high school creditworthy (and use more than one Time Traveler Studies)

My thoughts on Home School in the Woods Time Traveler's U.S. History Studies, love it! So much thought went into these projects, notebook, and lapbook. My kiddos and I like how some of the documents and pictures are "real" from old newspaper clippings and such. Makes it more fun when the items "are" from the time. 

To get an idea of some of the recipes in their lapbooks, read Adding Interest to History with Recipes! Some of my kids' favorite recipes have been from homeschool in the woods. Ethan often requests the Honey Cake Basbousa from the Ancient Egypt Project Passport pack!

Add some fun hands-on-learning with Home School in the Woods!

I created a video that goes over most of the supplies you will need to complete this pack. Feel free to watch that on my YouTube Channel. I plan to make another video once we complete our lapbook and notebook.

Be sure to read the Crew Reviews and visit Homeschool in the Woods to see all their products!

World History (Project Passport), U.S. History Studies (Time Travelers) and Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures  {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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