Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Are you Ready for the Upcoming Homeschool Year?

When a new school year is approaching for us homeschool moms our minds tend to go at 100 miles per hour.  We have so many awesome ideas for the new year, so many things to get done, so many plans, and in the mist of all that comes a little bit of stress, sometimes.  I think it's because we feel like we need to be like the "have it all together homeschool moms" on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media accounts.  You know the ones that have the perfect homeschool room, spotless house, they even have their homeschool year all planned out before they finish the current year?!  I always wondered how in the world they did it!  I mean and still be able to keep up with the house, spend time with their husband, spend time with the kids, spend time with friends, etc.  I still have no idea but I do know I am NOT that mom and my children are not those children! You know what else I know?  I know that we all have the same amount of hours in a day and what we decide to do with them is up to us.  I like to spend my hours stress-free and for me trying to perfect everything is stressful.  Who has time for stress?  I know I don't!  If I go into my new school year stressed out we will have a stressful school year.  As a mom, the same way we set the tone for our home also applies to how we set the tone for our children's education.  The kids know when there is something wrong with mama.  I know you don't want to add any extra stress to you or your children, right?   After all, school is supposed to be fun not stressful!!  This post is apart of Andrea's, from All The Homeschool Things, Ready, Set, Homeschool blog party.  That is where you can find the rest of my post and trust me you don't want to miss this.  So head on over to Ready, Set, Homeschool blog and see what I have left you there.  You can find the full article here.

In case you were wondering what the Ready, Set Homeschool blog party is, it is where you will find 15 days of tips and hacks to prepare you for the upcoming school year.  So what are you waiting on, why are you still here?  Hurry and head on over and don't forget to enter the giveaway!!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn - Book Review

It is the beginning of the new homeschool year for most homeschooling families or this is the time when they do all their planning and purchasing of their new curriculum.  We homeschool year round with occasional breaks here and there, however, this is the time that I start buying curriculum, planning, and making changes to our homeschool.  In the midst of all of that, we sometimes forget to stop and ask God what He wants for our homeschool.  I have come to realize over the past 5 years that I have been homeschooling that when I try to do it my way it never works!  So I learned early on to pray and seek God help daily.  I don't see that a lot in the homeschool community though.  Most moms, myself included sometimes, are frantic about if we are doing enough, are our children getting it, what will people think of our kids if they are not on a certain level, etc.  This is why I was happy to read and review God Schooling: How God Intended Children to Learn written by Julie Polanco.  I needed the encouragement before planning out our school year so it was timely. 


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wordless Wednesday - All White Gala

It was a blessing spending the evening with some amazing like-minded women






All White Gala dress front and back

All White Gala custom dress

All White Gals shoe

I want to send a big THANK YOU to Semetra Vanison for making this beautiful dress just for me!

You can find Semetra on Instagram if you are looking for a special design!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Paddington Bear Unit Study - Review

The Paddington Bear movie was a hit in our home both of them as a matter of fact.  So you can probably imagine my excitement when offered the opportunity to review the Paddington Bear lit-based unit study from Branch Out World.  I already knew which one of my children I wanted to use it with, my youngest son, who requested for us to watch the movie for his 9th birthday.  Although I was thrilled I wanted to be sure he was up for the challenge.   You see the last literature unit study he did he wasn't too fond of it.  He enjoys reading but he doesn't like to do a lot of writing unless it is absolutely necessary.  Well, when I asked him he said, "Ohh yes mama" so it was a go.  I will be sharing with you our feedback on this awesome home education resource.






Thursday, August 9, 2018

Enjoy History with Home School in the Woods - Review

History is a subject that can either be interesting or boring.  I always looked at it as a bunch of books with way too many dates to remember.  However, if presented right History can be very interesting and fun.  My son oldest loves history period, no matter how it is presented, but the rest of the kiddos not so much.  Home School in the Woods does an excellent job at making History not only interesting but fun as well! We are learning about the Roman/Middles Ages time period this year so being able to review the Project Passport World History Studies was right on time for us.  Of course, we chose to try Project Passport: The Middle Ages project first!  This has been the perfect hands-on history add-on to our history lessons.


Home School in the Woods Review


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Smart Kidz Radio- Review

We take great caution in the music we allow our children to listen to so I was hesitant at first about the idea of reviewing Smart Kidz Radio from Smart Kidz Media.  However, my interest was peaked when I saw they offered original songs and stories that teach valuable life skills.  So because of that, I jumped in.    


Monday, July 23, 2018

No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope - Book Review

I have been a parent for 15 almost 16 years and I can still remember when I was pregnant with my first child all the warnings I got about the baby keeping you up at night, or the "terrible twos" and even the sassiness of girls, and roughness of boys.  I made it through those stages with flying colors all 4 of our children were great babies and toddlers.  I remember thinking "wheew" we made it.  However, what everyone forgot to warn me about were the tween and teen stages, so my husband and I walked right into them unprepared. You know what? Come to think of it maybe they did, but we just ignored it because we made it through the other stages clear of disaster.  As parents of 4 children, we pretty much thought we had this parenting thing down to a science.  I mean love them, discipline them, feed them, teach and train them, provide for them, nurture them, and most importantly share the Word of God with.  We thought it would only get easier the older they get. LOL  If I can be honest for a second, well I'm always honest, but it seem like the right thing to say in this sentence, ok back to what I was saying the tween years of 10-14 has been the most challenging for us in our home for both the child and us so I am glad I had some help from Great Waters Press with their newest title No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope.  I received this book in exchange for my honest review and I will start by saying it is amazing!!



Friday, July 20, 2018

Free Resource Friday - Education.com

Hey, Y'all! 
Are you staying cool?  
This has been one hot week for us peeps here in Texas!  I'm just trying to keep from frying, so indoors it has been for my family.  It is even too hot to go to the water park!  Anyways, enough about this heat I am back with another free resource for you. 
This week's Free Resource Friday is brought to you by Education.com
Education.com is a website for teachers and parents that provides resources, tools, and learning material that can help improve the education of children. They provide learning resources in over 20 countries and six continents.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Code for Teens - A Coding Guide for Teenagers - Review

You know how much my son loves coding.  You also may remember the online coding class he did earlier this year.  And you already know how our family feels about electronics and children.  <--- We don't encourage it as much as other parents because we feel kids spend too much time on video games and watching how-to videos instead of actually doing.  However, because the world we are living in is becoming more and more technology-driven we want our kids to have some idea of how to navigate in a world full of "tech-geeks".  So we tried our hands and brains at another coding program.  I'm back today with another review for you, Code for Teens: The Awesome Beginner's Guide to Programming (Volume 1) from Code for Teens.



Friday, July 13, 2018

Free Resource Friday - Classiacal Music for Kids

Hello, Y'all!!   I hope you are having a fantastic day!  I know it's around that time to start preparing for the upcoming school year so I would like to share a free resource with you each Friday.  Contrary to what everyone believes homeschooling does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.  There are a ton of free resources out there.


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Math Refresher for Adults - Review

Hey yall!  I hope you are having a great week!  Let's chat about math a bit.  You know the subject people either love or hate.  Yes, that one.  If you are like me, and I am sure many other homeschool moms, you cringe at the thought of teaching math to your older kids.  Math is actually my favorite subject and I remember still being nervous as my kids got older knowing the math would become more complicated.  I've even heard parents say that they have hired a tutor, put their children in co-ops, or even sent them back to public school so that they didn't have to teach math.  Some of them never even attempted to do it they were just intimidated by the thought.  Math can be very intimidating especially when you haven't used it in a while.  I'm not talking about the everyday general math like budgeting bills, determining your children's allowance, baking in the kitchen, or grocery shopping I am talking the Geometry, percentage, Algebra, etc.   Well, you will be happy to know that I have found an awesome resource that I have been working through over the last month or so, that will give you the confidence you need teach your child math.  Math Refresher for Adults by Math Essentials has been a blessing and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to review it.



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective - Review

To feed my daughter's love for Art I thought it would be fitting if she learned the history of art.  There are so many different Art curricula out there, but very seldom do I see any that actually teach the history of art.  I had never heard of The Master and His Apprentices until we had the opportunity to review The Master and His Apprentices: Art History from a Christian Perspective.  My daughter has been working through this art curriculum and has found it to be very intriguing.



Friday, June 22, 2018

Five Minute Friday - Ocean

Hey y'all!  I am back with another Five Minute Friday.  I hope you have been enjoying these. If you are new to my blog and you don't know what Five Minute Friday is you can hope over to Kate's site so she can fill you in.

Well, this week our word is Ocean.  



Thursday, June 21, 2018

Persuasive Writing for High School - A Homeschool Curriculum Review

Creating a love for writing for children can be challenging and finding a good writing curriculum can be even more challenging especially for a teen. Did I mention a strong-willed teen? Fortunately, she likes to write, however, she enjoys free writing not so much structured writing.  I was both happy and nervous about reviewing Persuasive Writing & Classical Rhetoric: Practicing the Habits of Great Writers by Silverdale Press LLC. I was happy because she would have a solid writing curriculum that would teach her some writing structure and I was nervous because I didn't want this to change her love for writing in a negative way and because in the past most writing curriculum we tried was very parent-prep intensive. I didn't know what to expect going into this but what I did know was that making sure my high school student learn to write well required me to choose a curriculum that teaches that, so here we are.






Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Reading with MaxScholar - A Homeschool Curriculum Review

As many of you already know I have been working on helping my youngest daughter improve her overall reading skills.  Recently we tried a program that just wasn't a good fit for her.  So, when the homeschool review crew was offered the opportunity to review MaxScholar I was a bit hesitant because I wanted to complete the previous program that we were using and I didn't want to put too much stress on my daughter by having her do both.  So, I went ahead and jumped ship with the other program and signed up to review MaxScholar.  Our family was able to review a 12-month subscription to the Reading Intervention Programs by MaxScholar.   My daughter that is using this program is my "go with the flow" kind of girl so she did not complain at all when I told her I had a new reading program for her to try out.  So we started right away.  I will be sharing all the good and bad with you about this reading software so go grab your notebook and maybe a cup of coffee or tea and let's get started.






Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wordless Wednesday - Summer Evenings

Hey y'all!  It's Wordless Wednesday time!  If you don't know what Wordless Wednesday is it is when you post on Wednesday with no words just pictures.

 This week's Wordless Wednesday is Summer Evenings




Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Classical Composition I: Fable - Writing Curriculum Review

When I think of Classical Christian Education I think of Memoria Press.  My youngest son doesn't like writing very much.  I'm not just talking about structured writing I mean he doesn't like writing at all, he would rather talk about it than write it.  We have dabbled in a few different writing curriculums in the past but nothing spiked his interest.  I am familiar with Memoria Press so when given the opportunity to review their Classical Composition I: Fable Set, I decided to give it a try with him.






Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Summer fun with The Critical Thinking Co.™ || A Homeschool Review

We don't normally take off school in the summer, however, because we have been so busy this year I decided we would take a few weeks off.  We are still working on a few educational things but mostly fun learning.  One of the things we have been working on is The Critical Thinking Co.™.  We have always loved The Critical Thinking Co.™ so I jumped at the opportunity to review Something's Fishy at Lake Iwannafisha.  This has really gotten my kids critical thinking skills going.




Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wordless Wednesday - Kite Day Fun

This week's Wordless Wednesday is inspired by some fun at the park we had.  Join us for some kite flying fun!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Elementary Comprehensive Language Arts Curriculum - Review

Our family was given a one-year subscription to Home School Navigator Reading and Language Arts Curriculum and interactive notebooks from Home School Navigator in exchange a review.  I am not to fund of teaching Language Arts.  Well, it's not that I don't like it, it's just that I am always doubting myself in that area or I feel like I may be missing or leaving something out.  Home School Navigator was designed for the homeschool parent like me in mind.  They provide your children with a life long learning experience.






Monday, May 21, 2018

T is for Tree: A Bible ABC book for toddlers - A Book Review

First of all is it really almost June already?!?  This year is almost halfway over.  Where did the time go?  I hope you are getting your summer book list ready.  Still gathering suggestions for your list?  Well, that's great because today I want to introduce you to a sweet Christian children's book titled, T is for Tree: A Bible ABC from Reformed Free Publishing Association.  I was sent this book in exchange for my honest review.   My niece has enjoyed listening to me read it to her as she looks at the pictures but even more so she has enjoyed talking over and trying to read it her self.  LOL



Thursday, May 17, 2018

Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Curriculum Review - PandaParents

My two-year-old niece spends the day with our family during the week.  She started showing interest in wanting to learn more and read by the time she started walking.  She would grab books from the bookshelf and say, "Read Kie, puwease."  So I would read to her and work on ABCs, numbers, and colors whenever she was interested.  I had not introduced her to a formal curriculum until now.  We have been working MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS by PandaParents for the past month.  We received this in exchange for our honest review.




What is PandaParents and what does MESSY stand for?

PandaParents is a monthly preschool learning curriculum subscription.  It is recommended for kids 3-6 years old.  Each month comes with a preschool learning storybook, video story, a pdf workbook, and other projects which are included in the workbook.  They cover several different subjects such as Reading, Math, Art, Science, and even foreign language.

MESSY stands for 

Mixed subjects and activities for integrative learning
Engaging activities that challenge minds
Simple 1 2 3 steps: Read, Learn, Create
Smart designs for creative learning
Yeah, a new way to promote preschool STEM and early brain growth.






What we received

We are reviewing an electronic version of this program.  We received three months worth of the program.  

A Jolly Jingle Journey parts 1 and 2
Mommy's Baby
Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound

How we used it

My niece is only 2 years old so  I am not forcing her to sit through complete lessons.  Ideally, the kid would read the book, watch the video story, and work on the workbook pages and crafts.  However, I had my niece listen and watch the video story and then I printed off the worksheets as needed.  

We worked through A Jolly Jingling Journey it came with 2 stories, the video story, and a pdf workbook.  We did not make it all the through the workbook but I did look over all the pages to get an idea of what they covered.
Part 1 introduced the letter J.  Mrs. Kelly taught the kids about the uppercase and lowercase "Jj" they incorporated the English, Spanish, and Chinese languages.



Part 2 was about a little boy named Davy who is on a hunt to find Santa.  This story teaches the letter "J", colors, patterns, the Arctic region, and more.  Working through this workbook your child will learn reading skills, memory skills, numerical order, problem-solving, and so much more.  My niece enjoyed the worksheets more than she did the story.  I think it's because it made her feel like a "big girl"




We did not make it through all three of the stories but I did look through all of them.

Mommy's Baby is a story about a baby, that didn't want to go to sleep so mommy reads a cute little story about a panda names Amanda.  This story introduces shapes, animals, sizes, and different foods.  Working through the workbook your child will learn about emotions, letter recognition, patterns, living and non-living things, reading comprehension, and so much more.







Scotty Skunk Hears a Scary Sound is a story about a skunk trying to find a new home, but everywhere he goes there's a scary sound so he leaves to go find a new home.  The scary sounds are not scary at all they're things like a tractor, lawn mower, a train etc. but for a little skunk, they can be very intimidating.  The storybook taught the letter S, sounds of locomotives, the 4 seasons, the weather and so much more.  Working through this workbook the kids will work on handwriting, matching games, patterns, sorting, reading comprehension, chronological order, and a ton of other things.



My thoughts


This program is a great curriculum for preschool children.  The preschool learning stories are easy to follow and keep the attention of the kid.  It covers a variety of subjects in a fun, interactive way.  It is very parent-led intensive, but  I don't mind that.  I will definitely continue to work through this program with my niece as long as she is interested.  I would recommend this for children 2-6 with a little patience on the parent side for the younger kids.  You can get this awesome preschool learning subscription for as low as $9.95 a month.

I'm sure you would love to read more about what other moms are saying about MESSYLEARNING FOR PRESCHOOLERS AND KINDERGARTNERS by PandaParents click the banner below to do so.




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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Kid Friendly Email Account - A Review

Although we don't allow our children to freely roam the internet there are a few things we would still like them to learn.  Things like how to send/receive emails and proper email etiquette.  In learning that we don't them to be exposed to inappropriate spam mail or have to worry about who they are sending and receiving emails from.  Kids Email helps alleviate a ton of the worrying.  Which is why we were happy to review a one-year subscription to their Kids Email Safe Email for Kids.  This has been a great way for them to continue practicing their keyboarding skills, writing skills, and spelling.  They really enjoyed being able to keep in contact with their grandparents and the grandparents enjoyed it just as much.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Kayla Jarmon an author writing from a Christian worldview - Book Review

Most of you know that our family loves to read, well most of us do, and the ones that don't like to read they love to listen to me read.  However, finding kid-friendly books is getting as hard as finding kid-friendly movies.   Kayla Jarmon writes stories from a Christian worldview so we were happy to read and give our honest review of three of her books, A Boy and His Dog, Dying is Part of This World, and Don't Forget Me.



A is for Apricot - Blogging Through The Alphabet



I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we are already in the month of May.  Where has the year gone?  Life as Mrs. Cooks has grown so much this year and we are so grateful for all of our readers!  With that growth, we are going to be co-hosting, Blogging through the Alphabet, with some other amazing mom bloggers!  Each Thursday we will be bringing you a new topic based on the letter of the alphabet we are on.  I have no theme in mind so I will have very random topics.  This week's letter is "A"

A is for Apricot DIY Soap


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Improving our Reading with Reading Kingdom - Homeschool Curriculum Review

My youngest daughter struggled with reading and spelling when she attended public school.  The first thing we started working on when we started homeschooling was how to improve her reading and spelling.  Although she has improved tremendously she is not where I would like for her to be.  I am always on the lookout for ways to help her improve more.  I was introduced to Reading Kingdom through the Homeschool Review Crew.  I did some research and figured we should give it a try.  We were offered a year subscription in exchange for our honest review.  When my daughter was in public school she was taught spelling and reading by sight words.  She had no idea how to phonetically sound out a word so, when we started homeschooling I started teaching her how to spell and read by doing phonics.  However, that has only gone so far because many of the English words can't be "sounded out", you know we have so many exceptions to the rules.  To my surprise reading requires six skills and Reading Kingdom teaches all six.




Friday, May 4, 2018

CodeWizardsHQ - A Coding Class Review

Our children don't have the privilege of using electronics too often.  However, after being introduced to coding at homeschool convention one year, my son showed interest in learning how to code.  We purchased a few workbooks, but it wasn't enough for him to actually learn programming.  We just finished a coding class from CodeWizardsHQ and I am excited to tell you all about it.  Their computer programming class is great for all kids rather they are a homeschool students, in public or private school.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller - Book Review

Our family was first introduced to YWAM Publishing about 5 years ago when we first started our homeschool journey.  We read several books about Christian missionaries from their Christian Heroes: Then & Now series and we enjoyed all of them.  I was thrilled when the Homeschool Review Crew was given the opportunity to review one of their books.  My two older children recently read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe from the Chronicles of Narnia series and our whole family has watched the movie, so we definitely wanted to learn more about the author, C.S. Lewis.  We love adding Christian biographies to our studies so we were excited to review C.S. Lewis Master Storyteller, one of the books in the Christian Heroes: Then & Now we also received a Study Guide to use with our book.




Friday, April 27, 2018

Stuck - Five Minute Friday

I really hope you all are enjoying reading these FMF posts as much as I have enjoyed writing them!  It is a nice writing challenge for me.  Anyways, it is that time again and this Five Minute Friday word is...

STUCK

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App Review

The most important part of our homeschool is Bible study.  As a Christian, it is a must that our children know and have a personal relationship with the Lord.  Although, all of my children have learned to read the KJV of the Bible my youngest son and my niece still enjoy bible stories with fun colorful pictures.   Planet 316 and WorthyKids/Ideals provided us with just that and more with their Planet 316 Story Bible and the companion Planet 316 Story Bible App.  They have brought bible bed time stories to life with their augmented reality in our home.  We were thrilled to be able to review this and share it with you all.






Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.) - Review

We all know that math is one of those subjects that you either love or hate.  There's very rarely an in between when it comes to math.  I happen to be on the love side it has always been my favorite school subject.  The problem is I am not always good at teaching it because I can't always explain how to get the answer to a problem.  I just know the answer.  Yes, I know I am a total math geek.  So, between pulling my kids from public school and changing math curriculums a few (maybe a lot) times trying to find the right fit I knew my kids may have had some learning gaps when it came to math.  I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Adaptive Math Curriculum Online.   With Adaptive Math Curriculum Online from A+ Interactive Math (by A+ TutorSoft Inc.), we were able to identify and address those learning gaps.

Adaptive Math


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ten Years of Marriage

As I sit here in my room listening to the rain hit my window I'm reflecting back on what God joined together.   My husband and I are celebrating 10 years of marriage!



Friday, April 20, 2018

Turn - Five Minute Friday

It is that time of the week again.  You know the time when I bring you Five minutes of goodness. Yes, it is Five Minute Friday!   Our word for this week is TURN.




Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mom Tip Tuesday - Introduction

I just wanted to introduce my readers to a new ongoing series I will be starting here on my blog.  I know the majority of you are moms, so I thought it would be fun and interesting to start what I am calling, "Mom Tip Tuesday."

Friday, April 13, 2018

Other - Five Minute Friday

I am back with another Five Minute Friday.  This weeks word is a tough one to write about because I'm not sure what comes to my mind when I think about OTHER.   Yes, other is this week's word.

OTHER


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Latina Christiana from Memoria Press || A Curriculum Review

I love it when I have the opportunity to learn with my kids!  I never learned Latin growing up when I was in school, but I wanted to introduce it to my kids being that many of our English words derived from Latin.  We had the opportunity to review Latina Christiana from Memoria Press and I have really enjoyed learning alongside with them.



Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Creation Illustrated Review

Unit Studies are a great way to dig deeper and learn more about a specific topic while still using all subjects.  So basically a unit study combines all your tradition subjects around a particular topic.  They can be as short or long as you want them to be.  I did some research on them when I first started homeschooling and always wanted to try one, but never made the time to create my own.  You have to really plan that out!  Then I heard about Creation Illustrated!  What!  The Unit Study was already put together for me?  Awesome!  Creation Illustrated sent us two of their unit studies as well as gave us access to those magazines that go with those unit studies for us to review.  I was excited to check out this popular method of homeschooling our family focused on Pine Tress Unit Study.

Creation Illustrated Unit Study Pine Trees


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Carole P. Roman books and collections - Review

You all know how I feel about reading to my children and how important I feel it is for you to read to your children.  I mean it's so beneficial and it gives you a free cuddling pass when you are tired of house chores and want an excuse to sit down.  The review crew was given the opportunity to review some books from Carole P. Roman books and collections.  Children's books like those written by Carole P. Roman can be such a fun way to explore history, culture, or even practice reading.  We were blessed to receive three books to add to our forever, growing home library.



Friday, March 23, 2018

Routine - Five Minute Friday

It's that time of the week again.  Five Minute Friday also known as FMF.  This weeks word is 

ROUTINE.

Routine is something when I would think of it I would think of peace and order.  I mean if you have a good routine down everything should run smoothly, right?

five minute friday


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Arts & Crafts Fun - A Zirrly Super Bead Jewelry Set Review

Arts & crafts, crafts & arts however you say it my kids are down for the part.  HAHA, that was funny!  Seriously though my kids love arts and crafts and their mama, that's me, is not a crafty person at all!  I mean I can make a few things here and there, but I am not an all-out arts & crafts type of person like they are, especially my youngest daughter.  I've been trying to do more arts &crafts so we were thrilled to try Super Beads from Zirrly.  We chose the Jewelry Set because she also loves jewelry.  I was like this is definitely going to be a hit.