Destination: Bethlehem – An Advent Book Review and Giveaway

Below is a sponsored review and giveaway of a product that I have personally used and recommend to my readers. I hope you find it as enjoyable as I have!

I just love the season of advent.  In the past few years, we have worked diligently to truly make it a season of preparation.  Last year, we waited until the very last weekend before Christmas to set up our tree.  It was so fun to have that giddy feeling of anticipation.  This year, I am very excited to begin a new advent tradition – reading Destination: Bethlehem: A Family Advent Adventure.

Destination Bethlehem

This wonderful book, written by Sharon Altman and her daughter, Christine Winkelman, follows the travels of an Israelite boy, Isaac, and his cousin, Jediah, as they make their way around ancient Palestine during the months before the birth of Christ.  Before they know it, they are caught up in the Nativity Story and the coming of the Lord.  The book is written in 24 short chapters, designed to be read one per day beginning in December and ending on Christmas Eve.  Each chapter is filled with details on the lives of the people in ancient Israel making it a great historical fiction novel to round out the study of the time period.  Beautiful black and white pencil drawings dot the pages to keep even the youngest of readers engaged.  If you have ever wanted to take a pilgrimage to greet the Christ child on his birthday, this book is for you.

Destination: Bethlehem is available from Amazon in paperback or Kindle (my affiliate link). The authors donate profits of sales to the Franciscan School Sisters’ Mission in Yalpemech, Guatemala.

Sharon and Christine are also sponsoring a giveaway of one copy of their book for my readers!

In order to get the winner the book at the very beginning of advent, all entries must be received by midnight (CDT) on November 28, 2014 (late Thanksgiving night).  The book may only be mailed to a US address.  Good luck!


The One Where I Keep It Real About Homeschooling With Toddlers


Well, folks.  Here I am a whole semester later with a weekly wrap-up!  I realize that this series is supposed to be, you know, weekly. I’ve been asking myself why I haven’t been able to keep up with it.  The reason that I have come to is that I feel like I never have anything schoolish to post.  I don’t want all you professional homeschoolers to think that I don’t teach Alex anything.  How could I go on with all of those judgmental judgments coming through the internet and staring me in the face! … Keep reading…

5 Tips for Not Wasting Food When Feeding Kids

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I have done so many, many things in the past five years to save money on groceries.  I’ve shopped sales, planned menus, cooked ahead, clipped coupons, and used cash.  You name it; I tried it.   One of the most disheartening things I experience every week is spending so much time on grocery shopping only to throw out the precious food that I bought and prepared.  So I have doubled my efforts to value the resources that I already have.  Here are a few of the lesser known strategies that I employ in my kitchen, specifically in regards to children, for not wasting food. … Keep reading…

MODG 3RD GRD History: Substitutes for Christopher Columbus by D’Aulaire

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  Below is a sneak peak of a substitute book or two for the Mother of Divine Grace history readings in the third grade syllabus.  While the listed books are great choices, some may be expensive or even out of print.  I am trying to save money by finding adequate substitutes at my local library. … Keep reading…