Category Archives: Product Reviews

Fun with Lil’ Fishys Fish Toys

Fun With Lil' Fishys

Caroline was excited to get her hands on a whole bunch of Lil’ Fishys. She loves pretty much any toy that is animal related and the fact that these were for playing in the water made them all the more fun!

I received these products for free and I was compensated for my time. All opinions and content is mine. I was not required to post a positive review.

Lil Fishys Fish Toys

We knew for a few weeks that these were coming and Caroline was excited to see them after watching videos about them and checking them … Read more »

Growing Vegetables and Herbs with Your Kids

Growing Vegetables and Herbs with Your Kids

This post brought to you by Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Sallie Borrink Learning.

Since Caroline was tiny we have tried to provide her with a wide variety of hands-on learning activities and opportunities so she would understand how the world works. One area where we’ve done this is by planting gardens. At one point we had two large square foot gardens. More recently we’ve had to simplify life and we’ve scaled back to pots on the deck. The important thing is making sure she understands the life cycle of plants, how food … Read more »

Free ARDA History and Religion Website for Jr/Sr High

Free History and Religion Website for Jr.Sr High

Two of my favorite topics to study are history and religion. So when I was presented with the opportunity to review the Association of Religion Data Archives (ADRA) website, I said, “Yes, please!” As always when I do reviews, I was compensated for my time, but all opinions are my own and I was not required to post a positive perspective.

Okay, I am going to say right up front I am going to gush a tiny bit about this website. It’s SO COOL. This is like the promised land for … Read more »

Self-paced Online Math with Redbird Mathematics

Self-paced Online Math with Redbird Mathematics

We have a strange relationship with math in our home. Caroline and David are both visual-spatial learners so their approach to math is from whole to part instead of part to whole. I took a lot of upper level math (and science) in high school, but only because I was college prep and did what I had to do. I got all A’s, but I worked hard for them. Math did not come easily to me and was a necessary evil in many ways. So while I don’t have math phobia, I could take it or leave it. David and … Read more »

Wholesome Reading for Visual Learners

Wholesome Reading for Visual Learners

I received these magazines for free and was compensated for my time to review them. All of the content in this post is my own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Caroline is a visual learner and she is not an avid chapter book reader (yet!). Like most visual learners, she enjoys color, engaging comics, photos, and strong graphics. Those of us who parent children like this often find it challenging to keep them supplied with reading material that is age appropriate, contains quality content, and also supports the values of our family. When I learned about … Read more »

Book Review of “MY LEAF BOOK” by Monica Wellington

My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Monica Wellington’s books. The first book I found by chance in a bookstore. It was Apple Farmer Annie which is still one of my all-time favorite picture books. I had the opportunity to interview Monica when Colors for Zena was released. So you can imagine how excited I was when I discovered yesterday her publisher had sent me a copy of her brand new book! Let me introduce you to … Read more »

Happiness Happens in Our House!


A few weeks ago I was contacted by Shari’s Berries regarding their Happiness Happens promotion. They offered to send me a free product to spark a post about happiness. I loved the sound of it, but because of my Eosinophilic Esophagitis there is literally not one thing on their website I could safely eat.


I realized what would make me truly happy was picking out something David and Caroline would enjoy and surprising them with it. Folks, they have been through so much with me the past five years. If anyone deserves a little bit of happiness put into … Read more »

Always Icecream Website for Girls

Online Learning for Girls

I received a one year subscription to in exchange for my review. All content and opinions are my own (except the video produced by Always Icecream).

Caroline loves to learn via technology and we have used many websites over the years as part of our homeschooling. So when another blogger mentioned Always Icecream for her daughters I thought I should check it out!  We’ve been using it for a few weeks and today I’m going to introduce you to Always Icecream. I’ll follow up with another post in a few months to give you an update … Read more »