Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

I have found that as my son gets older we are using more online and video curriculum. There are so many more things available for homeschoolers online than there were just a few years ago! So I was interested to review the new courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.

Standard Deviants Accelerate ReviewStandard Deviants has been making educational videos for over 20 years, and now they have put them together into the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses.  These classes cover a huge variety of subjects for students in grades 3 and up, which includes:

  • Arithmetic – Grades 3+
  • Fundamental Math – Grades 4+
  • Earth Science – Grades 6+
  • Nutrition – Grades 6+
  • Algebra – Grades 7+
  • Biology – Grades 7+
  • Chemistry – Grades 9+
  • English Comp. – Grades 9+
  • U.S. History – Grades 9+
  • AP Biology – Grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics – Grades 11+
  • AP U.S. History – Grades 11+
  • AP Eng. Composition – Grades 11+

These classes are designed to be complete courses that use videos, quizzes and written activities to guide a student through the topic.Continue Reading

Save Time with Suavitel Fabric Softener

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Laundry is one of my least favorite chores.  Unfortunately it is not one of those chores you can just ignore, because it piles up, and sooner or later someone runs out of socks!  So I am always looking for ways to make laundry simpler and easier.  Recently I learned about a new product that can make clothes dry faster, Suavitel Fast Dry Fabric Softener.
The drying process is definitely the longest part of doing laundry, because it seems like our dryer takes forever to dry a load of clothes.  It makes it hard to time running multiple loads, since the washer is finished so much sooner than the dryer.  And if I could speed up laundry there are all kinds of things I could do with the extra time! I could be relaxing, exercising, or doing fun things with the kids, instead of running laundry.

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Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Musselman’s Apple Sauce

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I have been doing a lot of baking this fall!  Fall just seems like the time of year to make comfort food like muffins, cakes and cookies.  This weekend I made these tasty Peanut Butter Banana Muffins.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

To make these muffins extra healthy I swapped out the oil in the recipe for Musselman’s Apple Sauce. This is a perfect way cut the calories without effecting the taste of the muffins.  Continue Reading

Disney’s Feast – New Animated Short

The new movie Big Hero 6 will be in theaters on November 7th,  and following Disney tradition it will features a new animated short before the movie starts Feast.


This short features a cute doggie, and is the story of one man’s love life as seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog, Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals they share. Here is a sneak peak:Continue Reading

Halloween Pudding Cupcakes – Easy to Make Desserts

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I always enjoy cooking for holidays like Halloween.  It is fun to put things together in different ways and come up with cute (and tasty) seasonal desserts.  But frequently schedules are busy, and there is not a lot of time for baking complicated desserts from scratch, so easy to make desserts are important to have.  These Halloween Pudding Cupcakes are perfect for the holiday, but are made from convenience foods, so they are simple to create.

Halloween Pudding Cupcakes #SnackPackMixins #shop

For this dessert I wanted to make cupcakes with a creamy filling, but to simplify things I decided to use pre-made pudding cups for the filling. I headed to Walmart to pick up baking supplies, and found a big end cap display for Snack Pack puddings.  These pudding cups are the perfect size for packing in lunches, since they taste great and contain the same amount of calcium as an 8 oz glass of milk. They are also good for adding to recipes, like these cupcakes.Continue Reading

Paws For Life Pledge

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Purina®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pets are an integral part of our family’s life, especially our dogs. Dogs are great companions, and have an amazing way of making you feel loved. This spring we added a new dog, Ziggy, to our family, and it has been a wonderful experience. 20141008_100010 It is nice to know that whenever you come home the dogs will be excited to see you, and greet you with wagging tails. My kids aren’t nearly as excited to see me when I get home as the dogs are!

Ziggy is full of energy, so we have to take him outside regularly to let him run around and play fetch. This forces the kids and I to get out of the house, be active and have a healthy lifestyle. Of course Ziggy is not perfect. He loves to chew, and has chewed up a few pair of sandals. But you could look at this as a positive too. After all he is helping the kids learn that they can’t just leave their belongings strewn all over the house. And the house is getting vacuumed much more regularly with Ziggy around making messes! Continue Reading

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group – Innovation and Balance

This post is sponsored by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and The Motherhood.

Learning about what goes on behind the scenes at various business is one of the things I have found most interesting about blogging.  And last week I had the chance to get a behind the scenes insight at a huge company, which produces a product my family and I use all the time, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group.  I attended a virtual briefing with some of the managers and directors from the Dr. Pepper Snapple group, and it was fascinating!  I learned random fun facts like the fact that only two people know the formula for Dr. Pepper, and that there have been over 250 flavors of Snapple over the years.  I also learned about the company’s commitment to balance and innovation.

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We are big fans of Diet Dr. Pepper at my house, and frequently bring a 12 pack of the soda home from the grocery store.  But the company makes much more than that, and in fact they sell more than 50 brands of carbonated soft drinks, teas, juices, mixers and other premium beverages.  The company is focused on innovation and balance, and tries to direct their new projects equally in two main areas: Calories In and Calories Out.Continue Reading

Knex Building Toys – Zombie Attack

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My kids and I love building with K’nex! These toys are perfect for keeping minds engaged and encouraging creativity. I recently received a bunch of K’nex’s building toys to review.

Knex Toys

K’nex has a whole line of toys based off video games, which I think is great idea.  Kids love video games, so these building sets can encourage kids to move from playing electronically to creating their own story using the characters.  Instead of buying a video game you can buy a toy based on the game, and they will have more hands on fun.  When we got these toys we were immediately drawn to the Plants Vs. Zombies Football Mech Assortment Set.  Let’s face it zombies are popular right now!

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Fall Football Tailgating Essentials

Football season is in full swing! The weather is cooler and night is coming earlier, so you need tailgating equipment for the changing season. Whether you are playing football in your own backyard with the kids, going to the local high school for a Friday night game, or tailgating in the parking lot at a huge stadium some things are essential. You need some thing comfortable to sit on, you need light, and of course you need good food. These items are practical and fun, and would make great holiiday gifts for any football fans on your list. Whatever football team you follow here are some tailgating essentials!

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Kale Watermelon Smoothie

Unfortunately no one in my family but me likes kale.  We get kale regularly from our CSA, and I have to come up with different ways to use it, so I don’t get tired of it like the rest of the family.  Last week I made this Kale Watermelon Smoothie, and it was delicious!

watermelon kale smoothie

The smoothie combines a creamy banana with some watermelon and kale, for a sweet taste. While the green color from the kale dominates the color of the smoothie, the taste is mostly the sweet watermelon and creamy banana.Continue Reading