"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Prov. 16:9~

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nutella Rice Krispie Treats

Nutella Frosted Rice Krispie Treats

1 cup Nutella
¾ cup chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter

Follow directions on back of Rice Krispie Cereal box or Marshmallow package to make regular Rice Krispie Treats. Set aside to make frosting. For the frosting combine all the above ingredients and microwave in 15-30 second increments. Be sure to stir after each increment (until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth). Pour melted chocolate over Rice Kripies and gently spread it evenly until completely covered. Transfer to fridge, uncovered, to chill for at least an hour before cutting into squares. Store squares in the fridge or at cool room temperature.

Monday, July 24, 2017


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Trust Fund~ Movie Review

Hello lovely readers. I'm always on the look out for faith-based family movies. On any given day that would be my number one choice for us to watch during a family movie night. The movie choice has to be interesting enough for my hubby and 17 year old son to want to see as well. I was recently chosen to do a review of a faith-based movie called Trust Fund from Mapelle Films.

Mapelle Films

Issac Alongi is a class of 1994 Midwest Parent Educators (MPE) alumni.   He was homeschooled in the mid-80s from 1st-12th grade. He and his wife Sandra have been in the photography/film business for 21 years. The movie Trust Fund from Mapelle Films was filmed and produced by Issac while Sandra wrote and directed the screenplay for it.

Trust Fund Movie

Trust Fund was shown on the big screens at AMC theatres in Kansas City, MO in Jan. 2016. We used to live out there but did not know about this movie. We were busy packing up to move out of state during that time so it’s no wonder why we missed it. For our review we were sent a digital copy of the movie. Trust Fund is a modern day version of the Prodigal Son story in the Bible found in Luke chapter 15. The difference is that the prodigal in this movie is not a son but a daughter. Trust Fund “shows the struggle of loss, temptation, conflict, and betrayal in a family as well as a father’s forgiveness”. This family like most families has to deal with sibling rivalry, jealousy, and pride.

The main characters in the film are as follows:

Grayson Donahue- a loving father who wants to give both of his children more than they deserve.

Audrey Donahue- the older daughter/sister. She is a doer (does everything by the book) type who does everything to try and win her fathers approval.

Reese Donahue- the younger daughter/sister. She’s a dreamer/visionary type. She’s a spoiled and only interested in going after what she wants no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Trust Fund- Movie
The Donahue's is a very wealthy family leaving in Chicago. Before I continue let me share that besides some of the Chicago scenery shown, my husband, our teenage son, and I also noticed things we remembered from downtown Kansas City like the Loft, the Metro and Max Bus, the Yellow Cab, and other sites. Now back to the story. In the beginning of the movie you see the two daughters as little girls with their mother. Time passes on to when they are both adults. Audrey the oldest is working to show her father he can trust her to run the family business (Donahue Publishing Company) when he steps down. Reese the youngest daughter is an aspiring writer who’s only interested in her writing. She does not want to work for anyone including at her father’s publishing business.

One day while snooping around in her father’s office files, Reese discovers that their late mother had left them a $10,000,000 inheritance. She tried to talk to her sister Audrey about it but she said their father may have a good reason for not telling them about it. Reese is not convinced. She grows tired of her life the way it is and is searching for something more. Eventually she ends up hacking into the company’s account and had her half of the inheritance transferred to a bank account in Italy. Reese packs up in the middle of the night and leaves for Italy to chase after a life she thinks is much better. She felt on top of the world for a while being in love and free to write her book. Things were going great so she thought. After realizing she had made a terrible mistake, and finding herself getting mixed up in a dangerous situation, she had no other choice but to go back home.

Just like in the Bible prodigal story her father received her back with open arms. Her sister was not happy about her getting away what she had done. As the story unfolds an old friend of Reese and her roommate Alley shows up in the picture.  Reese later finds herself caught up in a love triangle. Little did she know that her father’s forgiveness would help her to learn what it truly means to love. I won’t spoil it with all the details so that you can have a chance to watch it for yourself. While the movie is a retelling of the Prodigal Son from the Bible, you won’t find anything Christian in the movie. There’s no mention of God, Jesus, church, morality, or anything that’s of religious in nature.

Halfway into the movie my 17 year old son made mention of him noticing how the movie was like the story in Luke 15. We all enjoyed the movie and had a little discussion about it afterwards. Speaking of discussion Mapelle Films has designed a 12 page downloadable study guide for small groups to dig deeper into the themes of the movie. It is divided into 4 parts with corresponding scenes from the movie, scripture, and questions to answer. It would also make for a great family Bible study. Mapelle Films also has a book for girls ages 12+ called Love Was Near. “It is meant to be read after watching the movie. It delves into the deeper issues of the story”.

I believe in Luke 15 Jesus is not wanting us to just focus on the actions of the prodigal son. Through a closer examination we see that the older brother has heart issues. Because he’s a rule keeper he could not see that his heart was full of arrogance, pride, anger, and envy. When we honestly look at ourselves, we can see how we all have been like the prodigal, or had the attitude of the older sibling at some point in our lives. For this reason we need to humble ourselves before God to let Him teach us what we ALL have to learn from this parable. Thank you for taking the time to read my review. To read what others thought of Trust Fund and the companion book Love Was Near, click on the banner below to see what my other Crew mates had to share.

Trust Fund Movie {Mapelle Films Reviews}

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Old Testament Activity Pak~ Review

Hello lovely readers. Here at Cross Rhodes Academy we are eclectic homeschoolers which means we utilize various learning methods. Recently we  had an opportunity to review some “hands-on history” using The Old Testament from the Activity-Paks product line from Home School in the Woods.  I believe doing hands on learning projects helps my son retain a lot of what he learns.

Home School in the Woods

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines. Its’ president Amy Pak began homeschooling her kids in 1996. “History was a subject she was not thrilled about teaching until she came upon the idea of using timelines. She saw that the timelines would be a great visual resource to pull it all together.” In 2002 Home School in the Woods was born. This is when the first set of timeline figures where published. After that came many other “hands-on activities to make history fun”.

Hands-on History Activity-Pak: The Old Testament

Hands-on History Activity-Pak: The Old Testament

For our review we were given the download version of The Old Testament Activity-Pak. This Activity-Pak is available as a download for $18.95 or as a CD version for $19.95. It is Mac and PC compatible and is geared towards grades 3-8. The Old Testament Activity-Pak “takes you on a trip through the Old Testament and witness God’s hand at work through amazing people and Providential events”. There are 15 Lap Booking projects with chances for creative writing, coloring, research, Bible-study, ect. There are also two bonus activities included. The Old Testament Activity-Pak can be “used to accompany Bible study or along side your current History program”.

Other types of Activity-Paks they offer are:

* Make-A-State- “Study any state in the U.S.”
* The New Testament- “Follow the life of Jesus from His birth to His death and back to life again!”
* Composers- “Get to know 42 composers and their contributions from various periods”.
* Artists- “Get to know 33 master artists whose styles spanned the centuries”.

Home School in the Woods- OT
I was excited to do this review because we had already done a review of The New Testament Activity-Pak a few years back.  My son really enjoyed it and still remembers it seven years later. My son is past the age/grade range for this. Since we begin our daily lessons with Bible Study, I knew this would be great to supplement what we were already doing in our Old Testament Biblical History studies. I first had to get myself familiar with the setup since it has been a while since we’ve used one of their Activity-Paks. After receiving an email with a download link, I did a right click on the file to download the zip files. This enabled me to extract the files so that all the PDF files where made visible. There is an “ap-ot” file there with the word “start” that I double clicked to open up a browser page with all the same activities that are on the PDF files I extracted.

I read through the Project Introduction and Directions to familiarize myself with the activities and to know what supplies we needed to get started. Reading through these are a must or you may become lost trying to figure out what to do. I liked that they included a photo gallery of completed projects so you would know what the end results should look like. There is also a quick tutorial on how to assemble the finished Lap Book. I moved on to printing all the Project Masters and bonus activities. I loved that all the file names were on the printouts. This was helpful when it was time to do a certain activity. I would have been lost without that as a guide.

The Old Testament Activity-Pak
The Old Testament Activities
The Old Testament A-P
Some of the project activities included in this Activity-Pak are:

* The Creation
* Noah and the Flood
* The Tower of Babel
* Sodom and Gomorrah
* Ten Plagues of Egypt
* The Ten Commandments
* The Fiery Furnace
* Major and Minor Prophets, ect.

We worked on 1-2 projects each day during the week. It took us 3 weeks to complete all the projects. On the front of the lap book we used blue felt for the ribbon because we had ran out of red. We spent 2 more weeks working on the bonus activities. They are The Old Testament Tribune and Proverbs copywork/illustrations. My son was having too much fun writing his Old Testament Tribune. He made up a name for his newspaper company and the different reporters responsible for writing the columns. He had his dad and I cracking up because he put lots of emphasis on the Bible stories and made it sound really dramatical when he read it out loud. When we did the New Testament Activity-Pak years ago we did not do the New Testament News activity. That was not something he was mature enough to complete at the time. Since he had so much fun with the Old Testament Tribune we will go back and complete the New Testament News too.

The Old Testament Tribune Activity

We have not had a chance to make some of the recipes that were included in the Fiery Furnace project. We plan to do that soon. Something new is being offered starting this summer. There is now an A-La-Carte option for buyers. Instead of having to purchase an entire unit you can select projects for topical studies. To kick things off in honor of the Erie Canal’s 200th anniversary, head on over to Home School in the Woods to get your copy of the Erie Canal project. Be sure to use coupon code alacarte at checkout to get it FREE. Home School in the Woods offers so many different product lines to add a hands-on approach to a history study.  Some of their other product lines are:

Thank you for taking the time to read my review. To read about other products mentioned above from Home School in the Woods, click on the banner below to see what my other Crew mates had to share.
Hands-on History {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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TwitterTag:   @HSintheWoods
PinterestTag:   @hsinthewoods
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