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Tammy Litke is a Dallas area homeschooler to one girl aged 17.  Blogging since 2008 she loves to watch movies, play video games, spend time in the kitchen, and go on Disney Cruises.  Between recipes and reviews you'll find many helpful and some just plain funny posts on her blog. Welcome, pull up a chair and stay for a while!

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Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide Review & Giveaway

We have great enthusiasm for superhero movies around our home, so we're excited about the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2nd.

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

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Giveaway - Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven is inspired by a true story, which her grandmother Leininger first told her when she was young after tracing their family’s genealogy.

In 1755, Allegheny warriors ambush sisters Barbara and Regina Leininger's, 12 and 9, house, killing their father and older brother, kidnapping the young girls and taking them to their village.  There they were forced to adapt to the warriors’ way of living—which included dyeing their faces, wearing warrior clothes and adopting the Allegheny ways of worship.

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Planning a Successful College Visit

It’s that time of year! Families across the country are gearing up for college campus visits.  Before taking the time (and spending the money) to apply to schools, it’s a good idea for students to visit a variety of campus’ to determine which will be a good fit for them and their family. However, this may not be feasible for many families due to the associated costs. As an alternative to the traditional campus visit, students can do virtual tours on websites such as, or attend a virtual college fair on

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+U Student Scholarship Entry Now Open

As most of you know our daughter is in her senior year of high school and is preparing for graduation and university.  Last fall we downloaded so many forms for applications, admissions and scholarships; printed them all, filled them out, sent them back, and then began the waiting period.

All of the months of essay writing, all of the recommendations, all of the testing, came down to waiting for the responses, and it was agonizing.  And then one day in the mail the admission letter came.

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DiscoverE a 24/7/365 Engineering Resource for Families, Schools and Community Organizations

From the time our daughter was old enough to play she took to assembling and building things like a duck does to water.  Puzzles and LEGOS kept her busy for hours and she was building sets geared for older children long before the suggested age on the box.

When other girls were playing with Barbies and pretend food, Amber was mixing up slime and creating science projects.

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For Dads ~ World War II: The 3-Film Blu-Ray Collection

Ever since he was a small boy my husband has been enthralled with history, specifically the time period surrounding World War II.  It might be because his dad had so many stories to tell from World War II, and likely also because the community we group up in most every family had immigrated right around that time because of the situation in Europe.

If his favorite science fiction or fantasty shows aren't on, he's tuned in to the History Channel.

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Review ~ PlayTown: My Story Maker App

PlayTown: My Story Maker is an Android and iOS app that allows your child to turn your tablet or phone into a story studio!

The PlayTown app is free to download and consists of three Adventure Playsets to help your child get started; Pirate's Treasure Hunt, Travel Around the World and Princess Party.  Additional playsets can be purchased for $1.99.

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Secrets of Dynamic Communication by Ken Davis

It's true that many people get anxious when they are told they have to give a speech.  My daughter is one of them?  Are you?  If you were told today that you had to give a speech tomorrow would you seize up in fear or would you eagerly take on the task? 

Either way the book "Secrets of Dynamic Communication" by Ken Davis is a great resource to have on hand.

What is the most important ingredient for an effective speech or presentation?

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Music Enriches a Child Along With Other Educational Activities

Homeschooling was not a path I had ever imagined I would take when Amber started Kindergarten.  What led us here was a series of incidents both academic and bureaucratic.  Looking back over the past 5 years we've done it as we head into our last year of homeshooling, has me feeling mixed emotions.  Things I could have done better, things I'm proud she's accomplished and things I wished we would have had time to do but that never got done.

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Top 5 Reasons iPad in Education for Dummies is Worth Getting Vlog & Giveaway

Back in February, I reviewed the iPad in Education for Dummies book by Sam Glickson.  After having used the tips and suggestions in it in our homeschool for the last 6 months, I wanted to share a vlog of 5 reasons I think the book is worth getting for not just educators, but parents and really anyone who is wanting to use their iPad more efficiently and effectively for learning.

It's not very long, just 5 minutes (that means just 1 minute per reason, see that's not much!), so grab your coffee and sit with me a while!

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