HelloFresh – Fresh Food Delivered Fast (a Review)

Hello Fresh (a Review) at Vicki-Arnold.com

Today brings you my last review with Mosaic Reviews. I’ve enjoyed my time, but need to change gears a bit for the coming year. This final review was a fun one, 99 other bloggers and I reviewed the food boxes from HelloFresh.

About Hello Fresh

HelloFresh is a company that delivers weekly boxes of fresh food when you sign up for a subscription. They offer a Classic box and a Veggie box. In the box contains the exact ingredients for three meals that serve two to four people. The recipes for each meal are also included.

I received a Classic box to review. With the Classic box, you have five recipes to choose from. Once you have subscribed, you will have the option to change up which recipes you receive ingredients for. The cost of the boxes vary, but the classic box with three meals for two people costs $69 per delivery to my area.

You can connect with Hello Fresh on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

My HelloFresh Review

The ingredients we received were well packaged and the box stayed cold inside our house for over a day. You see, I received my box the day before Thanksgiving and my refrigerators (yes, I have two) were FULL. So it sat in our cool bedroom out of direct sunlight the first night and on the back porch (temps in the 30’s) overnight the second night. Nothing spoiled. The only problem I had with the packaging was one of my ice packs had a slit in it and leaked as it melted, resulting in a bit of a mess.

The recipes were different than what I would normally pick, but not outlandish. We received zucchini parmigiana, apricot glazed turkey with beets and orzo, and stuffed squash with cherry balsamic reduction. It is nice to have all the ingredients in just the right amount, saving you from measuring and then storing the rest.

The recipe cards list exactly what you need equipment-wise as well. For example, the zucchini parmigiana listed a knife, pot, pan, and baking dish. The recipe cards are oversized and include photographs for each step, including plating. The estimated nutrition values for calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and fiber are also listed on the cards.

Now, a lot of the other reviewers would show you photographs of their meals. I do not have any. We have been dealing with sickness in our house since the day after Thanksgiving and in the chaos, I did not take photos. Not even the ones of the ingredients when they came that I THOUGHT I took. Sigh. It’s been a long month.

Pros and Cons of HelloFresh

Pros:

  • Time saver – meals delivered to your door, no measuring, no prep work
  • Delicious recipes – food you may not normally try, but nothing too far outside the box
  • Quality ingredients – food is packaged well, meat is vacuum sealed
  • Fantastic packaging – great ice packs, food stays refrigerator cold for a couple days
  • Dependable delivery – you know exactly when your box is coming (Wednesday) and you can pause delivery if you will not be available one week

Possible Cons:

  • Not allergy-friendly – if you have food allergies, this could prove to be a problem

Cost. This is a big one for me. This is not a frugal option unless you are spending more than $69 each week eating out. We do not. Our entire week’s grocery budget for all 6 of us is $125 for 21 meals (7 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners). So, spending $69 for 3 meals for 2 people is quite pricey to me. That is an estimate, some meals do provide leftovers, but that depends on how many “big eaters” you have in your family. I have 2-3 big eaters, depending on the week.

For me, this falls in the category of eating out. You are paying for the service, not the cost of food. For the service, HelloFresh can be considered a good deal with each plate of food running around $11.50. This is pretty typical of meals at a sit down restaurant. When you factor in that it was delivered to your door; that you don’t have to tip a waiter/waitress; nor do you have to spend the gas to drive to the restaurant or time waiting for a table; it starts to gain more frugal value. It’s really a matter of where you are budget-wise.

Girls of American History: Marie-Grace & Cecile {a review}

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Girls of American History: Marie-Grace & Cecile (a review)

About Girls of American History

Girls of American History is a multi-sensory history curriculum written by Justine Gamble. The units revolve around the popular American Girl book series. The multi-sensory aspect of the curriculum came about from the author aiming to create a curriculum that worked for all of her children.

The unit studies are written for a six week time frame, however that is flexible. Each unit includes a suggested schedule, a list of required and suggested resources, craft resources, field trip ideas, party and meal ideas, and more. The aimed pattern for the units is read it, hear it, see it, write it, and do it. Of course, this isn’t always possible, but it is the aim.

Currently available units and their corresponding topics:

  • Kaya – Nez Perce Indians
  • Felicity – American Revolution
  • Josefina – South West
  • Kirsten – Pioneer Times
  • Addy – Civil War
  • Samantha – Industrial Revolution
  • Kit – The Great Depression
  • Molly – World War II
  • Caroline – War of 1812
  • Rebecca – New York Life in 1914
  • Julie – Growing Up in the USA in 1974

You can purchase any or all of the units on the website. All the units are $7.95 and are a digital download. You can purchase the whole set for a discount, making each unit $6.

About Girls of American History: Marie-Grace & Cecile

This unit focuses on the Marie-Grace and Cecile books. Marie-Grace and her best friend Cecile live in New Orleans in the 1850’s. The topics covered in this unit study include the Louisiana Purchase, the  1815 Battle of New Orleans, the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1853, and Slaves vs. Free People of Color.

The Marie-Grace and Cecile books are the only required materials. The unit recommends creating a lapbook and provides a link to a free one in the resource section of the website. The resource section of the website is where you will find links to further explain the crafts and activities each unit study recommends.

Review of Girls of American History: Marie-Grace & Cecile

We love the Pleasant company’s American Girls in our home. My daughters both have their own 18″ doll (Emily and Marie-Grace) and we are building our home library collection of the books. I remember discovering the Kirsten series in our library when I was a young reader and reading them repeatedly.

What I love about this series of unit studies is that it takes something that a LOT of little girls love and brings the real history into the mix. My girls love the historical fiction genre. They love the idea of exploring the world of girls just like them that lived long ago.

I appreciated the suggested schedule. It makes the unit study very doable. You use one book each week and use the unit study five days a week. This is where you have some flexibility with timing because you may not want to use it five days a week.

The unit study covers history, geography, vocabulary, arts and crafts, character study, and includes suggestions for biographies and field trips to round out the study. Justine has gathered a nice selection of crafts that go with this and I know that takes time.

The only issue I have is the pricing. The unit study is 17 pages, but only 9 of them are the actual unit study. The rest are informational on the American Girl series, the other unit studies available, and a cover page. I feel $8 is high for the amount of material you receive.

Overall, we liked the unit study and had a good time reviewing it!

See The Light Art Projects: Pointillism Fruit {a review}

Please note that I received this product free of charge to review. All opinions are my own.

See The Light Art Projects: Pointillism Fruit {a review}
About See The Light Art Projects

See The Light is a Christian art curriculum created by Dave and Pat Holt. The curriculum features artists with specialties in a wide variety of techniques; including chalk, crafts, creative lettering, and art history. See The Light products include Art Class, Art Projects, and Bible Stories. You can also purchase gift sets and materials through the company.

The Art Projects feature master artist Pat Knepley. They are for ages 10+ and include 4 lessons on each DVD. The lessons vary from 20 to 30 minutes in length. Each DVD focuses on a single artist and medium. Art history is weaved throughout the lessons and each lesson has a Bible verse connected to the material.

The Art Projects series includes:

  • Paper Jungle focuses on Henri Rousseau and paper.
  • Tiffany Window focuses on Louis Comfort Tiffany and markers.
  • Sunflowers focuses on Vincent Van Gogh and oil pastels.
  • Plus six other artists to draw, paint, and create with.

You can purchase the projects individually for $14.99 each or you can buy the whole set for $99.99. You can also set up a subscription where you receive one project each month for 9 months for the discounted price of $12.50 per month.

Create pointillism pumpkin for a fun fall project!

About Pointillism Fruit

I was asked to choose the Art Project DVD of my choice to review. I chose Pointillism Fruit which focuses on Georges Seurat and uses acrylic paint. Georges Seurat was a revolutionary who created a whole new style based off of my favorite style, impressionism and cutting edge science (chromatography). The style he created was called pointillism. It’s quite fascinating.

The four lessons for Pointillism Fruit are:

  • Color Theory and Initial Drawing
  • Laying Down Base Color
  • Optical Color Mixing
  • Finished Still Life.

You will create a still life of fruit. The required materials are something to paint on (Bristol board or poster board); acrylic paints in pure hues; real or fake fruit; clean cotton swabs; waxy coated paper plates; paper towels; pencil; and eraser.

A review of See The Light Art Project: Pointillism Fruit

Review of Pointillism Fruit

My students are ages 7, 9, and 11. Even though the ages suggested are 10 and up, I decided to give it a try with all of them. I participated as well. The lessons are very easy to follow, are not too long that they lose interest, and the history is actually fun to learn.

The lessons are broken down into manageable steps, though we did run into issues since we watched each lesson and then did our projects. The best way to do this would be to watch the video as you are doing your project so you could pause and go back to information that you missed or want to clarify.

I enjoyed learning about Seurat’s disciplined life and his fascination with how the eye perceives color.

I thought the Bible verses that were chosen fit very nicely with the lessons and Pat did a great job of connecting them with the lesson in her commentary. I also found Pat Knepley to be engaging. My girls liked her clothes, which is kind of a moot point, but hey, I like to do thorough reviews.

We chose to use only one piece of fruit per person. I decided to do this because I thought that three larger-than-life pieces of fruit would be too much for my students’ attention span. They proved me right. I like the fact that we can actually go back and do this again in a year or two and simply add more fruit.

Pricing for the DVD’s seems high to me, unless you consider that you are basically getting 4 weeks of art lessons for $15 (less if you choose other purchase options). Add in the fact that you can have more than one student and it seems pretty reasonable. The local art shop here in town (awesome, by the way) has weekly drawing classes for $10 per class, per student.

Overall, we really enjoyed this project and look forward to trying out some of the others.

Check out our projects, not too shabby, eh?

A review of See The Light Art Project: Pointillism Fruit

My review is only 1 of 50 and not everyone chose Pointillism Fruit, so be sure to check out the See The Light reviews linked up at Mosaic Reviews.

See The Light's Art Project: Pointillism Fruit taught my daughter how to create this!

See The Light’s Art Project: Pointillism Fruit taught my daughter how to create this!

Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness {a review}

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Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness (a review)

About Kids in the Word

Kids in the Word is a new site for Amanda Pelser’s long-running blog series titled, wait for it…Kids in the Word. Amanda has a passion for helping other mothers disciple their children in the ways of the Lord. She is a fellow Teach Them Diligently blogger.

Above all, she is a mom who wants to see her children love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. She has created an ebooklet to help you take the first steps in this called Teaching Children to Have a Devotional Time, which is available to subscribers (like me!).

About Be Thankful

Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness is the first ebook Bible Study from Kids in the Word. The first section covers what is thanks, why should we give thanks to God, and how we should give thanks to God. The next section covers the “for what” question and includes studies on God’s character, His steadfast love, and more.

Finally, the appendix is FULL of journaling pages for your students to create their own gratitude journal. Seriously, like over 200 pages of journal pages for you to choose from. There are also printable cards for Bible verses to memorize, currently the King James Version is the only version available.

Create a gratitude journal with your kids. Choose from over 200 pages in Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness by Amanda Pelser

My Review of Be Thankful

I love this ebook. My kids are enjoying creating their gratitude journals and I’m enjoying learning what they are thankful for. Actually, that is proving to be rather entertaining, my kids are thankful for some pretty interesting, random things. I love it.

There is no time frame set up for this ebook, you can take as long as you want or you can use it as a quick study and then just utilize the journaling pages to keep the daily focus on being thankful. And, really, isn’t that what we should be focusing on this time of the year?

I personally love that the verses are in the King James Version, we use this version almost exclusively in our home. I am always amazed at how my kids reading improves when they start reading aloud with us from the KJV. But that’s beside the point here, I guess.

Amanda has done a great job of doing the research legwork for you. She walks you through how to use the ebook, then walks you through each step of the what, why, and how of thankfulness according to the word of God.

About the journaling pages. Don’t let the huge number scare you off, she has given multiple options for each page. You won’t actually have a 200 page journal when you are finished, unless you duplicate some pages. The options are for pre-writers through fluent writers. This I really like.

I like how she categorized the things we have to be thankful for to get us started. I also appreciate that it is filled with references to the word of God.

Be Thankful: Cultivating Year-Round Thankfulness by Amanda Pelser (a review)

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Scripture Stickies {a review}

Scripture Stickies {a review}

About Scripture Stickies

Scripture Stickies are stickable Bible verses. They were created by a couple who wanted to surround their young family with the Word of God.

Scripture Stickies were an inspiration from the Lord to help our family get organized and memorize more Bible verses. We had post-it notes everywhere with verses written on them and Scriptures scrawled on 3×5 cards taped up in every room. In an answer to prayer, God gave us the inspiration to present His Word in a fun stickable format that we (and you) can use to surround ourselves with Scripture. – from the website

Scripture Stickies offers:

  • an Advent Calendar mini to stick on your calendar for help memorizing scriptures from Proverbs
  • Christmas card insert which is customize with your family greeting to bring scripture to any Christmas card
  • themed scripture packs like Don’t Worry, Follow God, and Friendship
  • packs that are great for holidays, like the Cross stickies and Give Thanks Pack
  • Scripture Stickies Scripture Jar kits for gift giving

Scripture Stickies products range in cost from $.99 to $9.99. They offer customization and party favors.

One of their most popular gifts is the Scripture of the Month Club. A new scripture pack is mailed each month for 6 months or 12 months.

Scripture Stickies Review

I received the Merry Christmas pack and the Advent Calendar mini pack to review. They also included a sample of the Christmas card inserts with Luke 2:14 on it.

My initial thoughts on this was that it was perfect for those wanting to surround themselves with scripture, but want something prettier than their own handwriting on a post-it note. The packaging that the Merry Christmas pack came in was more suitable for gift giving than the advent calendar, which came as pictured in my lead graphic. I did receive a nice intro letter from Julie which explained that in December, all the scripture packs come in retail packaging.

The font is easy to read and a good size, though the size does vary depending on the length of the scripture passage. They stick nicely to just about anything, but are easily removed without leaving any residue behind. The pricing can’t be beat.

These would make great stocking stuffers. They would also be a great complement for scripture memory boxes.

I like that you can put the scripture stickies in places that your family spends a lot of time, like the bathroom mirror, on the computer monitor, or above the kitchen sink. You can also attach them to notebooks or even use the stickies with the backing on as a bookmark.

Find Scripture Stickies & Save!

You can visit Scripture Stickies on their website or blog. If you are interested in buying in bulk or retail packaging for a store, you can find that info on their website.

Julie was kind enough to share a discount code with you all! You can save 10% off their already low prices by using the code GIFT. Plus, you get FREE shipping!

A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World {a review}

A Child's Geography: Explore the Classical World {a review}

Today I am reviewing A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World by Terri Johnson. I was provided a digital copy of the book and extras to complete my review.

About A Child’s Geography

A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World is the third volume in the popular series started by Ann Voskamp, who wrote Explore His Earth and Explore the Holy Land. Explore the Classical world is written by Terri Johnson, who aimed to follow in the tradition of a living book that teaches both geography and history.

Each volume of A Child’s Geography is a stand alone curriculum that can be used over a full year or a semester. They are written to be living books, which means the text is written to be engaging and conversational verses a dry, just the facts text. The series is intended for grades 1st-6th, but can also work for middle school students.

About Explore the Classical World

Explore the Classical World is a history study into the geographical locations that make up what was once known as The Classical World. This is often considered the birthplace of Western Civilization. The book covers Greece, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, and Malta.

Each chapter is full of historical facts, photos, and illustrations. The facts are woven into the narratives and dialogue with the reader, true to the living book style. It is written as if you are truly there experiencing the sights, sounds, and flavors.

Important words are in bold text. Hard to pronounce words include assistance, and there is a glossary of terms at the back of the book. There are timeline events included throughout the book, as well as sample menus for those wanting a hands-on cooking activity.

The text has a biblical basis. For example, when you start off in Greece and meet a vendor who tells us we must visit Mt. Olympus, where the world began. He then tells us that they know this to be mythology and that he and his son know it was the “spoken word of the one true God that brought the earth into existence as it is recorded in the first chapter of Genesis.”

More About Explore the Classical World

When you purchase the book, you also receive a selection of supplement material that includes:

  • an additional reading list, organized by chapter
  • a list of hands-on activities, organized by chapter
  • recipes, also organized by chapter
  • a prayer guide, organized by country
  • list of timeline events by chapter
  • a travel log of places that can be marked on blank maps, organized by chapter
  • a selection of printable maps

A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World is published by Bramley Books, which is a division of Knowledge Quest, Inc. You can visit the Knowledge Quest website to purchase the 224 page, softcover edition of Explore the Classical World for $34.95. Or you may purchase the ebook for $24.95. If you purchase the ebook, you also receive the CD-ROM supplements as a download as well.

My Review of Explore the Classical World

I received the book and the supplements in digital form, as you would if you bought the ebook. I loaded the PDF to my iPad mini’s Kindle app and used that to read/review the book. Personally, I would have preferred the book because I feel like I’m tied to a screen for more than enough things as it is. I don’t particularly like snuggling up with my kids with an electronic device. Book, yes. Ebook, no.

Format aside, I really like the content of the book. As I read it, I found myself excited and wanting to keep reading. I have never used this series before, though it has been on my wishlist for a long while. You know how long those get, right?

There are a lot of visuals in this book, maps and photos. The photos chosen reignited my desire to see Greece and Italy. I really enjoyed what I’ve read and look forward to using it with my kids (we are doing American history this year). I like the suggestion to couple it with Explore the Holy Land for a complete study of the ancient world.

I think my favorite part about this package is the prayer guide. I love the idea of praying for the country as we study it. I did like the recipes, particularly the ones with photos. My kids will enjoy that, too.

Fluff of the Month Review: GroVia Cloth All-In-One Diaper

GroVia cloth all-in-one cloth diaper review

Our 19-month-old is our fourth child, but the first we have cloth diapered. I really don’t remember why I decided to go with cloth this time, but I was determined to try it after reading all about it on the natural mothering blogs I was reading.

See? The reason I write about not feeling guilty when reading blogs and am adamant about being transparent in my blogging, is because I AM a blog reader, too. Back to the fluff…

There is a plethora of choices when it comes to cloth diapers. From big name companies to work at home moms sewing at naptime, you can find cloth diapers in just about any color or pattern. Prices range a bit, too.

I decided to start a fluff of the month review feature to break down the options. I will also share how we cloth diaper and other informational type posts periodically. If you have a question or a suggestion for what you would like to see/read about first or if there is a cloth diaper you would like to see reviewed, please tell me!

And just FYI, we don’t cloth diaper exclusively at this point, more on that another time…

GroVia provided me with a cloth all-in-one diaper so I could provide you with my honest review, so….I am happy to present the first official Fluff of the Month Review!

GroVia Cloth All-In-One Diaper Details

GroVia has a couple diapering options, a hybrid and an all-in-one. The all-in-one comes with the absorbent layer stitched right into the diaper. This type of diaper is the closest thing to a disposable you can get.

The GroVia cloth all-in-one has a thermal-laminated outer layer and an organic cotton inner layer. The leg elastic is enclosed and snug enough to keep messes in, but not be too tight. GroVia’s diapers also have the rise snaps that allow for a grow-with-me fit for babies from 10 pounds to toddlers around 35 pounds.

In the process of writing this post, I was all over the GroVia website and learned that 20 billion disposable diapers are thrown away each year…in the US alone. With a decomposition rate estimated at about 500 years (they haven’t been around that long), that is significant.

Also worth mentioning is the chemical load (no pun intended) in those diapers that sits in our ground…which our drinking water filters through…ew.

What’s in a GroVia cloth diaper? I’ll let them tell you….

“We think that a diaper is only as good as the materials it contains. That’s why we don’t cut corners in the process we use to find our components. The industry’s only certified organic cotton. Extremely durable snaps. Solvent- and formaldehyde-free waterproofing. And all of our products are ethically-manufactured to boot.”

GroVia diapers are designed to have a trim fit and come in a variety of prints and colors.

My GroVia Cloth All-In-One Review

These cloth diapers do have a trimmer fit than other all-in-ones, I do like that. Our little guy has less of the “cloth diaper booty” when he wears the GroVia than even some of the pocket diapers we have.

I love the prints. I LOVE that the inner is organic cotton. I like that it comes with a second “doubler” insert that snaps right on to the one that is already in the diaper. Actually, I haven’t use the diaper without it. It has held up great in the wash over the last couple months.

The GroVia cloth all-in-one runs about $24 per diaper. This is a little more than other cloth diapers, but on par with other ORGANIC, all-in-one cloth diapers.

There are a couple issues I had worth mentioning.

The way the snaps are designed took some getting used to. With most cloth diapers, the wings come up over the front, just like a disposable. With the GroVia, they go under. It was awkward to put on the first few times. I actually like the look of this better, but the functionality took some getting used to.

The only other issue that I have is that since the inner layer is cotton, I have to be more mindful about the diaper because the moisture isn’t “wicked” away from baby’s skin. If this was the only diaper I was using, I could see there being an issue with the wetness for some skin types.

I go back and forth with this because to me, it is worth the extra “effort” to pay attention to their bottom verses having a synthetic (polyester) lining next to baby’s skin. But I am also a busy mom.

Overall, I really like the diaper and can see myself adding more to our collection. You can buy directly from GroVia or even Amazon.

So tell me, have you ever tried GroVia’s cloth diapers?

The Well Planned Day Family Homeschool Planner

The Well Planned Day (a family homeschool planner review)

It’s no secret that I reviewed and loved another planner earlier this year. It’s also not a secret that I like planners and lists. So when I was contacted to see if I would be interested in reviewing The Well Planned Day planner, me jumping at the chance wouldn’t be an inaccurate image.

Three things before I get into the review. I was provided a free planner so I could, you know, look it over and review it. I am a registered affiliate with HEDUA. Finally, this is a review of The Well Planned Day, not a comparison to any other planner (free or paid).

About The Well Planned Day

The Well Planned Day is a family homeschool planner created by Rebecca Scarlata Keliher. This planner was created to cover everything a homeschool family needed to track and plan. It is very thorough.

Details

  • spiral bound with three-hole punch for inserting in binders
  • full color
  • includes year and month at a glance calendars
  • is dated for the school year, which runs July through June (copy I received is 2013-2014)
  • includes a short inspirational article for each month (titles in my review copy include 5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Homeschooling, Book Gluttony, and Let Your Kids be Kids)
  • planning/tracking pages for household management and holiday shopping included
  • track up to four students in one planner with class plans, schedules, attendance charts, progress reports, and perforated report cards
  • Bible reading plan included on the monthly calendar, scripture quotes throughout the book, and a weekly catechism focus

My Review of The Well Planned Day Planner

First, I did not take any photos of the inside pages of this planner for copyright issues, but you can see 90 pages of the planner on the preview page. And really, those are much better than any photo I could give you. Now, on with the review!

Oh, my stars. This planner is gorgeous! Each month has a subtly different color scheme that helps give a fresh look to your eyes, but keeps with the overall design of the planner. And normally, I’m not a floral type girl, but I LOVE the floral design of this planner. Also, purple is a very frequent color in this planner and you can’t go wrong with purple in my book.

The content? Seriously, I can’t believe how well this is organized. It has goals. It has menu planning. It has perforated shopping lists, six for each month! It has budgeting forms. It has a section each month for books to enjoy, field trips/enrichment activities, and monthly bills.

To be a little more helpful, I will take you through a few things.

First we have your basic information and a fun little family time capsule type page, followed by a staying in touch page where you can track monthly celebrations like birthdays and anniversaries. Then we move into the household pages for things like monthly budgets, income, household duties, and emergency contacts.

Then there is something that I think is completely genius. There is a perforated page for your students’ responsibilities and educational to do’s each day. I intend to finally buy a laminator and laminate the filled out cards for a checklist for each student. After that comes your homeschool planning pages.

What I love about the homeschool planning pages is that each student is given a two page spread to include their personal information, subjects and books, expenses, and a student schedule. I find this particularly helpful since each student has their own activities to track and oftentimes, their own daily rhythm or routine. I like that I can help each student visualize how their time is or should be spent.

There are two semester goals pages (one before July and one before January). At the end of December, there is an attendance record and progress report for four students.

Each month starts with a month at a glance two page spread that includes an inspirational quote, Bible verses for reading through the Bible in a year, and a notes section. Then comes the page with the sections for books, field trips, and bills. Next are the six, double-sided, perforated shopping lists (brilliant!!) and the inspirational article.

Now, the nitty gritty pages you will be using every day. And a confession for you, I realized I LOVE the fact that this planner is dated because I don’t like the way my handwriting looks so different than the rest of the text on pages that I have to fill in the dates (or subjects). I told you, I am pretty visually picky.

Each week has a two page spread. Each day has a column that is broken down by rows for Bible, Math, History, Science, English, and two custom spots. I love that Bible is top priority in the list. On top of the page are the current and next month at a glance calendars; a Bible verse; and an inspirational quote. On the right-hand page, there are sections for weekly priorities, your weekly dinner menu, and a weekly catechism question. I also love that there is a box for both Saturday and Sunday so you can mark your weekend activities in your planner, too.

Other details: a holiday planner section comes before December (LOVE), fonts are easy to read and pretty to look at, and the planner ends with a year at a glance look at next year and a future plans page.

Overall, I didn’t think I could love a planner as much as the other one, but I actually love this one more (sorry, there is a comparison)! I love that it is a homeschool family planner, not just a homeschool planner. I love that everything I need is in this one planner. The planner costs around $26 and is worth every penny.

There are a few different options available, so check out the Well Planned Day planners and see which one you would like! Next, I want to try out their On the Go planner. 😉