Thursday, October 30, 2008

Totes are gone...but catch this NEW special!

Still waiting to subscribe to The Old Schoolhouse Magazine? They are running a NEW special (the tote bags are all sold out) so take a close look NOW...this special ends midnight, Oct 31st!

From The Old Schoolhouse Magazine:

Did you ever dream of getting a horse for Christmas? You can get a sneak peek of our Fall issue and see Nancy Carter's first horse! Oh, and she's not the only one sharing her childhood pictures. You'll see photos from the 50's through the 80's. But, you'll need the Fall issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine to go on this walk down memory lane.
Plus, do you like to create holiday memories? The brand new TOS holiday E-Book can be yours, too. It's all about the fall and winter holidays - mainly Thanksgiving and Christmas. But it's not even for sale yet. This is your chance to get it first - for FREE ($12.45 value)! Check out a review of the E-Book here.
Normally when a person subscribes, their subscription starts with the upcoming issue which can take a while. But, TOS thought about that when they planned their Fall Special. If you subscribe now with their Fall Special you'll get almost 50% off the cover price for 2 years, the current Fall issue as soon as it is ready, 6 Bonus gifts, 12 months of Teacher's Toolbox (which contains a FREE E-Book every month!), PLUS the new E-Book, Homespun Holidays for FREE! This is over $250 worth of product for only $39!! CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE NOW!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Magazine subscription UPDATE

If you are considering subscribing to The Old Schoolhouse magazine and want to take advantage of the Fall Special, now is the time! I just received an email this morning--they are expecting to run out of the pink and brown homeschool tote in the next three days. This is a great subscription deal for yourself or as a gift for a homeschooling friend! Don't miss it!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

E-Book Review: Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter

The days are getting shorter, and the air is starting to feel pleasantly crisp...ah, Fall is here and the holiday season is nigh. This REALLY IS my absolute favorite time of year. I enjoy the cooler weather, the breeze with a bit of a bite, and layering the cozy clothes.

The Old Schoolhouse has published an E-Book that is just right for the season: Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter. It's a hearty e-book, 88 printable pages, with nicely coordinated graphics, fonts, color scheme, and personal photos used throughout. Echoing the title, the book is organized into two main sections: Fall and Winter. The table of contents quickly shows that the main sections are both subdivided into Fun and Food (simple and to the point!). Under Fun: poems, stories of memories from seasons past, decorating tips and crafts for all ages (for inside and outside the house), family traditions, travel activities, book recommendations, gifts to sew, and suggestions for making and keeping the holiday season meaningful. As for Food: a generous selection of gastronomic goodness! Of course there are pies, cookies, and cakes (no holiday would be complete without them!), but delightfully there are also soups, casseroles, drinks, and popcorn goodies! The holiday e-book finishes up with two nice features: first, a section for the contributors to write a little about themselves, and finally, the recipes are all offered in a printer friendly (no graphics), easily readable format.

My final verdict: Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter is a very welcome addition to my growing list of e-books. I think it has a wonderful variety of ideas on how to celebrate the fall and winter seasons. I am looking forward to putting some of the recipes to the test. The ingredients for Pumpkin Pie Squares are sitting on my kitchen table as I type (will blog about the results soon!). [UPDATE on Oct. 31st: I have now made the Pumpkin Pie Squares on four separate occassions, and they were a HUGE hit each time! Excellent recipe!] I have my eyes on Autumn Soup, Lentil Soup, Gingerbread Pancakes, and Caramel Corn. I am interested in incorporating a Jesse Tree in our Christmas celebrations this year. I had never heard about this idea before and am very excited about it! A trash bag wreath (I know it may not sound like much, but I assure you it's a really cool project!) will be on our list of things 'to do' this year too. Funny, I made something similar with tissue paper when I was a child! My absolute favorite feature of the e-book: the personal accounts from the contributors on the majority of the pages. What a nice touch! An explanation of how or why a tradition got started, the origins of favorite family recipes, the memories shared...wonderful, wonderful!!

I have great childhood memories of this time of year: raking leaves, the smell of bonfires, bicycle rides, hot chocolate, grilled cheese sandwiches and creamy tomato it! As I'm being a helpmate to my husband and raising my children I want a home atmosphere that will create great memories for my entire family. In Homespun Holidays: Fall and Winter I've found a number of ideas to start new traditions and hopefully make meaningful memories that my husband and my children will cherish.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Old Schoolhouse magazine subscription deal!

I was introduced to The Old Schoolhouse magazine last spring while I was researching curricula for my oldest daughter's first homeschool year. What a great resource! There are articles for homeschool rookies (like myself), for those who've been at it for a few years, and for well seasoned homeschool families who are entering new stages, like graduation and beyond. I like it because it gives me information for my present situation (as I'm just getting my feet wet) and a preview of things to anticipate in the future. It's an extremely useful Christian homeschool resource to get exposure to different ways of teaching, different ways of learning, and some great companies that are available to provide a wide array of products that will interest homeschooling families. For a more complete review of the magazine (in its digital form), read my August 15, 2008 blog entry. Be sure to take a look at a digital back issue for FREE!

So if you're interested in subscribing to the print copy of the magazine, check out this current offer...

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine's Fall Special. You can get two years of the magazine, 6 fabulous physical gifts (no downloads!) worth over $120, plus the current issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine that is full of ideas for the new school year, so you start receiving your magazine in a flash! It really is one of their best deals ever, and you don't want to miss out. In fact, they've got a sharp looking Homeschooling with Heart tote bag (valued at $13.95) for the first 1000 to subscribe. About half of them are gone, but you should still be able to get one if you hurry! (They will remove the info from the subscription page when the bags are all gone.) The total value is over $212, but you receive it all for only $39 - 50% off of cover price! Plus subscribers get their online monthly Teacher's Toolbox which focuses on a different topic each month, giving you words of encouragement, hands-on teaching ideas, book recommendations, field trip ideas, and a bonus download item.

This is a GREAT deal - 2 years of the magazine, 6 gifts, the current issue sent right away, a tote bag, the Teacher's Toolbox with bonus download item...a really great deal!! Bottom line, it's a homeschool magazine you will really read...and reread. Useful, encouraging, informative - a great value for the homeschooling family!