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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Keepsake Interviews (2014 Edition)

This is my favorite homeschool tradition. I usually do this in August or September, but I was a little late this year in doing it. I actually get the pictures taken and the interviews done in October, but life with a baby means it has taken until November to get this on the blog for all of you to check out.

First, why don't you go back in time to some previous editions:
2011- Sebastian's preschool year
2012-  Sebastian's kindergarten year, Kaelyn in "tot school"
2013- Sebastian's first grade year, Kaelyn preschool/tot school

And now on to this year's edition! Click on them to see them in a larger size (it will be easier to read that way).  Also, a big Thank You to my sister, Emma J. Osle, for taking the wonderful pictures of my kiddos.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Zoo Field Trip

We went to the Philadelphia Zoo a week ago, and we had a blast. We always learn something new each time we go.  We were able to go behind the scenes into the giraffe area, climb the goat tower, and watch the new lion cubs play on display.

We also saw the rhino take a very long pee, learned the baby giraffe was six feet tall when born, and we got a great view of the snow leopards!

My own zoo!

Pretending to be a dinosaur.

Zebra love.
Sebastian;s favorite: snow leopard!

Monday, November 10, 2014

3d Fiberlash Mascara Review

Who like beautiful, long eyelashes?  Every girl better be raising her hand right now. This product is very different than your typical mascara.

From www.youniqueproducts.com:
"Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes: Our best selling product, 3D Fiber Lashes dramatically enhances and magnifies the appearance of your own lashes. 

Our simple three-step process combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. Watch as your lashes transform into something you have only dreamed of! The 3D Fiber Lashes are water resistant but easily wash off with warm water and facial cleanser at the end of the day. Try it! It will quickly become your favorite makeup must-have!"


  • Incredible and dramatic lashes
  • Easy to put on
  • Easy to wash off


  • $29 makes it a little more expensive than your regular tube of mascara
  • You cannot sleep in it.  I did once and it bothered my eyes terrible (but, to be honest, you really shouldn't sleep in regular mascara, I tend to but I know better)
I really liked this product. I loved how it made my lashes look, and it was very easy to get the look. I will keep using this product for special occasions!

From a little trial and error, I have some tips for use:
  1. Wear mascara under the 3D Fiberlashes
  2. Comb your mascara- you do not want chunks
  3. Make sure the mascara is dry before doing the next step.
  4. Do only one eye at a tim
  5. Use the gel as an under coat AND an over coar
  6. Do an extra fiber and gel coat at just the tips of the lashes for dramatic length

Check out other reviews of this same product at Home & School Mosaic.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Wizzy Gizmo Review

What is Wizzy Gizmo?

Wizzy Gizmo is a team of parents, leaders, and teachers that have come together to create a series of products in order to root children in faith. Their motto is "Equipping Children for Life by Exploring God’s Word." There is a variety of products like audio dramas, books, and Bible study tools that can be used as Christian homeschool curriculum or supplements or as kids devotions.

What did I review?

I was able to check out the Fast Track Bible Track (retails: $14.99). It is a 27-card set; one card for each book in the New Testament. Each card contains background information, an outline, key chapters, key passages, key doctrines, and key people. The cards are a nice stock paper, with easy font to read and colors to keep the sections differentiated.

What did I like about it?

  • It is easy to study a book of the Bible and use this as reference
  • It gives you the background of the book of the Bible in order to better understand what the author is really trying to convey
  • There is a theme for each book of the Bible which helps you focus how you read and understand the scripture
  • Easy to read, easy to understand

What didn't I like about it?

  •  It isn't Catholic, so it does not have the Imprimatur or nihil obstat so I cannot be positive the declarations are free of doctrinal or moral error for a Catholic

Who could use this product?

  •  This would be good to use for middle school kids or older (once you are doing more Bible study versus Bible stories)
  • Homeschoolers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, parents, grandparents (basically anyone who hangs out with kids and is in a position to lead them to Christ)

To read other reviews on this product, please visit Home & School Mosaics

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Letter L

Our first unit in our "official" preschool was the letter L.

Books We Read:
  • Goodnight, Lulu by Paulette Bogan
  • Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen
  • Llama Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Letter Projects:
  • Letter L Lego painting
    • She was supposed to use a Lego and paint and stamp colors on the letter. She actually painted  the letter so you can't even tell she used a Lego, lol.
  • ABC book: Lamp L
    • On black construction paper we glued a purple L on it. We added a lamp shade and gold glitter for light.
  • ABC art book: letter college
    •  We cut out many letters from a magazine and glued them into her art book as a collage
Craft and letter activities board for display
  • Little Shepherd by Debussey
  • Trout by Schubert (piano strings version, finale only)
  • Little light craft from Catholic Icing
  • Lollipop cutting practice
    • She cut circles and straight lines out of construction paper. She glued them down and decorated them. She went s little crazy with the glitter glue.
  • Lion plate
Writing in sand
We also did the activities I listed in this previous post like using Handwriting Without Tears, making the letter out of playdough and in sand, Do-a-dot letters, writing on paper, Q-tip letters, and more.
Using playdough

 This was a fun week!  Next week we are moving on to the letter F!