Countdown to Confidence

Countdown to Confidence

(I am an Invisalign MAB member and my son is receiving complimentary treatment but all opinions completely my own!)

Next month my son Noah will finish with his pre-orthodontic device and start his Invisalign treatment.  He gets his fancy scan done on our next appointment and will soon be wearing his Invisalign aligners.  He is so excited about this….really thrilled.  I can see his confidence increasing as his he looks forward to getting his teeth straightened.

It’s such a confidence thing.  He’s a smart kid and not insecure about much, for instance his ability to build ships with random Legos….he’s got mad skills there.  But his crooked teeth do bother him a little. Of course we teach him to be content with his looks and we don’t stress over physical imperfections.  But James and I both know what it’s like to have very crooked teeth and we are glad our kids can get the orthodontic care they need to not only have straighter teeth, but easier to clean and take care of.

Having had experience with kids in both traditional braces and Invisalign, I am a huge fan of the clear aligners for their ease of use and my kids like them better too.

And I wanted to let y’all know that there is a sweepstakes until November 13th called Countdown to Confidence that you HAVE to go enter.  There’s a daily winner of $100 and a grand prize of Invisalign treatment for your teen (or for whoever you want to use it!) and $1000.

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Please go enter!  I want one of y’all to win!!!

Again, I am an Invisalign MAB member and my son is receiving complimentary treatment.  My opinions are completely my own and I only work with companies whose products I believe in.  Click HERE to read the full disclosure statement.

Noah Meets Invisalign

Noah Meets Invisalign

(I am an Invisalign MAB member and my son is receiving complimentary treatment but all opinions completely my own!)

I want you to meet my son Noah.

Follow this blogger on a journey with using Invisalign with her son.

I don’t mention him much because he’s just easy and sweet and takes care of himself.

But he’s a typical Pennington.  By that I mean he has orthodontic problems.  I blame my husband.  He gave the kids crooked teeth and I gave them OCD tendencies.  So, so many things for our children to be thankful for.

Noah is 15 years old and child number 6.  So by the time he needs something, I am practically an expert on the subject.  Potty training?  Got it.  Swim lessons?  Yep, I know the perfect teacher.  Bite issues?  Been there.  Done that.  Five times already.

We have, up to this point, had 4 kids in braces and one in Invisalign clear aligners.  That was actually our first child and we loved the whole process.  I wanted to use Invisalign with the other kids after her, but that was many years ago and I was told that they didn’t qualify.  So we went the traditional braces route.

Then, a couple of years ago, I learned that Invisalign has come a long way and they now have a program specifically for teens.  In fact, they have improved so much that I am confident that the rest of the kids will be able to use it.  So I took Noah to be checked to see if he would qualify for Invisalign.

Follow this blogger on a journey with using Invisalign with her son.

And to my delight, he does!  He just had to have a simple device put on for a few months first to pull one tooth forward (you can see it in the picture above).

I want to take you along with Noah and I as we go through the Invisalign process so you can see what’s it’s like for him and for me.  It’s very different than traditional braces.  In fact, we changed orthodontists because the one we used for the past 4 kids isn’t an Invisalign provider.  You can go to their website and find someone near you to have your teen evaluated!

Follow along as this blogger and her 15 year old son go through the Invisalign treatment

Along the way I will share with you our experiences, good and bad, with clear aligners and I will be busting some common myths.  But for now I will just share with you this very long infographic.

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Again, I am an Invisalign MAB member and my son is receiving complimentary treatment.  My opinions are completely my own and I only work with companies whose products I believe in.  Click HERE to read the full disclosure statement.

Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

I’m sad to report that I don’t have any little girls anymore.  {excuse me while I go have a good, hard cry!}

Thankfully my sister has 2 baby girls, so I can take my occasional need for pink and purple glitter out on them.  And this little book fits the bill.  I got it, carried it around under my arm for a few days twirling, and now I will send it on to my nieces for their girly enjoyment.

Sweet little devotional for girls

Oh the sweetness!

God’s Little Angel: Shine Your Light Devotional is a darling way to read Bible verses to your little girls every day.

Sweet little devotional for girls

Now I want a pair of those plastic heels that are impossible to walk in but make you feel oh, so pretty!

Enter below to win one of the precious devotionals for your little girl….or for yourself.  I may keep mine since it makes me feel like a princess all over again.

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Getting the Deck Ready for Graduation!

Getting the Deck Ready for Graduation!

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A great deck washing tool and a giveaway!

Well, it never stops around here.  The next weekend after we get home from Kansas we will have a graduation celebration for two of our daughters.  Yep, I have advanced to graduating 2 at once.

As we get the yard and house ready for this party, I wanted to get the deck really clean.  Between the chickens pooping on it and leaves staining the deck, it looked pretty bad.

So I handed one of the boys a HomeRight Deck Washer.

Using the HomeRight Deck washer to get the deck super clean!

You attach the hose to it and it keeps a flow of water on the deck while you scrub.  There are 2 settings so we used the zero pressure for my son.  I didn’t need high pressure in this case, but I am definitely thinking of a few other places that I can use that feature!  I was really happy with how well it cleaned.

He thought it was fun!

Cleaning the deck with a HomeRight Deck Washer

He loved the constant flow of water.

Using the HomeRight Deck washer to get the deck super clean!

And my deck is squeaky clean and ready for the party!  Is it wishful thinking that it will stay that way for another week?

Using the HomeRight Deck washer to get the deck super clean!

And, you guessed it, I get to give one away!  Enter below to win your very own Deck Washer…..

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Boys and Their Toys

Boys and Their Toys

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Y’all know I am all about my kids developing great character, so when my son lost his retainer (yep, wrapped it in a napkin at a restaurant and forgot it) we decided to allow him to work off the replacement cost by giving him a long list of extra jobs to do around here.  One of those jobs, poor kid, is detail cleaning all 4 of our cars.

He started with my minivan because, and I don’t want to name names here, mine is by far the cleanest.  The rest of the cars get progressively dirtier until he gets to the 15 passenger van which is possibly about an inch from being condemned.

He was given instructions for how to get it really, really clean.  None of this kinda-clean-I-hope-no-one-notices-that-one-spot-I-skipped stuff.

But who says detail cleaning has to be boring?  I knew just how to make it fun for him.  I handed him an AutoRight Detailing Polisher.  What boy doesn’t love gadgets and gun-shaped tools?

AutoRight Car Detailing Polisher

He washed the car first (using our favorite car wash wand!) then I gave him the polisher, all charged up and ready to go.  Since it’s cordless, it’s easy.

It comes with a scrub brush, polishing pad, cotton applicator and microfiber applicator.  He went to town scrubbing the bugs off of the front and getting the windows all clear.  He knows how much I hate a dirty window.

AutoRight Car Detailing Polisher

After cleaning the windows he waxed it using the pad attachment.  Whoosh!

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He also buffed the dashboard and inside walls with the microfiber cloth attachment.  In the end, he had a fun time doing the finishing touches on the car AND it is looking so suh-weet! (well, as sweet as a minivan can get)

He felt pretty cool about it.

AutoRight Car Detailing Polisher

If you want to get your car as shiny and clean as mine, enter below to win your own AutoRight Detailing Polisher!  But my hard-working son doesn’t come with it, in case you’re wondering.

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Win a Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer!!!

Win a Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer!!!

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While I’m gone to SNAP, I am joining my sweet friend Ashley from Simply Designing for a fun HomeRight Giveaway.

Y’all know I love me some HomeRight tools and this  is no exception.  I used it last month on a project (which I don’t have pictures of yet, I’m sorry to say!) and it is amazing.  It makes me want to spray everything with a fresh coat of paint……kids better get to steppin’ or they’ll be getting a coat themselves.

Just enter below, say a little prayer and cross your fingers for extra imaginary help.

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Homeschooling with Babies and Toddlers Around

Homeschooling with Babies and Toddlers Around

This week for homeschool month I want to share some ideas for you moms trying to juggle teaching older kids when you have babies and toddlers around.  It sure is a challenge….but you can do it!!!

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Babies: When I had a new baby (which I did for almost 2 decades!), I always kept a rocking chair in the room where we did our school.  That way I could comfortably hold baby and teach at the same time.  I also would take school into my bedroom or the nursery when necessary.  This season is really about being flexible.  Take 20 minute breaks while you nurse.  Relax and enjoy your baby.

Toddlers: Once they are big enough to move around and play a little, it’s a whole new situation.  This time takes training and work and patience.  Here are a few things I did while I was homeschooling and raising toddlers.

1. Teach them to play alone in small increments.  Depending on their age, they can play in one spot with just a few toys for 10 minutes or so.  I’d keep a special set of toys that are a favorite set aside for this time.  I’d spread a blanket or create a spot where they have to stay, give them the toys and tell them to stay there until the timer goes off.
2. Fifteen minutes of sibling time.  Yes, an older sibling can play with a toddler for 15 minutes while you work with other kids.  It should be time with a purpose that is teaching the toddler and keeping them safe.  This time is not for the older child’s enjoyment, but for them to serve. (I used a timer a lot during these years to remind myself not to expect them to be still and quiet for too long)
3. Work during nap time.  Toddlers tend to have regular nap times that you can count on, so why not use a little of that time to get some school work done?
4. Tactile activities.  Toddler respond really well to doing things with their hands.  A 9X13 pan filled with rice or a sink with water and bubbles can entertain a child for 10-15 minutes.
5. Videos.  Yep, I’m just gonna say it.  There are some days when I needed to really occupy the littles to get a big chunk of school done.  I tried not to do this more than twice a month.  So if I was going to use electronics, I just tried to be sure it was “educational.”  Here are a few fun ones:
*I Will Trust God (a sweet, simple message about trusting God)
*My First Signs (learning sign language)
*What’s in the Bible? (a really cute series)
*Creation Proclaims: Climbers & Creepers (a little older, but great lessons about creation!)

AND I am giving away a copy of “I Will Trust God” to one blessed winner!
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Engaging Education

Engaging Education

I’m excited to tell you about another favorite school program we use and L-O-V-E!

This is one that I have three of my kids doing right now, Engaging Education.  I wish I could express in words how much this program has blessed us.  My two seniors are getting a fantastic course on literature and my 15 year old is falling in love with grammar.  That’s right.  Grammar. (I am not sure how it happens that a person falls in love with grammar, but I know he wasn’t loving it when I was teaching it to him!)

Engaging Education is an online site where you can take classes….not just a dry lesson but a live class with a teacher and other students all learning together (but they do limit the class size so each student gets personal attention).  They get lessons and quizzes and turn in homework.  They are there each week in front of the computer for the class then they get grades and everything.  This is a whole new concept for my homeschoolers.  And it’s been so good for them!

A great review of an online homeschool course by a mom of 9!  -- The Pennington Point

Engaging Ed also has a great blog with tips for learning….I have been getting plenty of education for myself there!

The courses they offer are: Introduction to Literature, American Literature, British Literature, Modern Western Literature (this is the class my girls are taking), Grammar, Web Development, Basic Latin and Intermediate Latin.

One thing I love is it’s not just a dry course with nothing but reading and quizzes.  They bring it to life with entertaining discussions and acting out scenes and some of the classes have a project at the end of each semester.  My two girls made this graham cracker cathedral for their project last semester after reading “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”.

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It’s so great to have a course that stimulates my kids and I know they are being watched over and cared for.  The folks at Engaging Ed really do love the kids and that shines through in their courses.

And the great folks at Engaging Ed are giving away an Amazon gift card to help you buy your books for your course!  That’s helpful.  It’s also helpful that they have early bird pricing for a limited time, so go and register now.  So much goes into these classes and I want to testify that they are worth the cost.  You and your child will really enjoy it.

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One Year Adventure Novel Review and Special Deal

One Year Adventure Novel Review and Special Deal

This being Homeschool Month here at the Point….I will be sharing our favorite curriculum choices.  This one, One Year Adventure Novel, HAD to be my first recommendation.  I didn’t even have to think about it.  Nope.  It’s our #1.

OYAN.....a great homeschool writing curriculum!!!

We started using it 5 years ago and all of my high school kids have gone through it.  My oldest daughter was already finished with school when we got it, so she volunteered to oversee the lessons (but really she just wanted to take the class).  Since she was taking care of it for me, I thought I would use that time to work with the younger kids, but we all found ourselves watching every video lesson and practicing our own writing right alongside the “official” students in the class.

One Year Adventure Novel is a DVD-based high school fiction writing curriculum through which the kids write an entire novel by the end of the year.  How cool is that?!  It’s entertaining, stretching, educational, adventurous and exciting.  No really.  My kids love it so much that I make it the last class of the day.  It’s their reward for doing the rest of their school.

We enjoyed it so much the first year that we followed with Other Worlds (their science fiction & fantasy expansion) and now we are using Cover Story with my junior high and early high school kids (they write a magazine instead of a novel!).

I know what you’re thinking, “Lisa, you can’t do everything they do.  If One Year Adventure Novel jumped off a cliff would you do it too?”  Yep.  I probably would.

But back to the subject.  More things I love about this high school writing curriculum.

1. My kids have learned so much about creative writing.  My older kids have written novels and even though they aren’t all publishable, they have that accomplishment which built their confidence.
2. It stirs up their sense of adventure, creativity and pushes them to think outside of their box.
3. You are getting so much more than just a writing program….with your box comes a code that you can use to join the forums, a student novel writing contest and lots of extras!
4.  Friendships.  My kids have made many friends through the forums and the Summer Workshop.
5. Oh yeah!  The Summer Workshop.  This will be our third year to attend and it.is.amazing.  To prove it to you, my kids save all year to pay their own way completely.  They gain so much knowledge, fellowship and enthusiasm for writing there.  It really is worth the sacrifice.  (AND you can still get the early bird prices through the end of March!)

And the folks at OYAN are constantly working to improve and add to their products, so they have made a new and improved 2nd edition!  It has more depth covering the book, “The Prisoner of Zenda,” expanded information in the DVDs and better quality (although I have no complaints about the first one).  It will be available on April 1 for $239.

AND I am excited to share a deal with y’all!  Through the month of March (or until supplies last) you can get the 1st edition for $179 (regularly $199) PLUS free shipping PLUS a free Runt the Brave book. 

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(OK I have to add, Runt the Brave is one of our family’s favorite books and I have given it away so many time here on the blog that it’s borderline obnoxious.  But I know how hard it is to find a good book for your kids, so I can’t help myself.  I promise I don’t own stock in this company.  I just love their work and the way they feed into the future of our country by loving our kids.)

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PaintStick Mini Contest and Giveaway!

PaintStick Mini Contest and Giveaway!

Y’all know I love me some HomeRight tools.  My Steam Machine that powered through my filthy stove top (which has stayed clean, by the way) and the car washing AutoWash Stick that I am crazy like a lunatic about (this thing cleans my car so well!) both make me happy.

Since I am a part of the HomeRight Ambassador Program, I got to try the PaintStick Mini…you know…for those smaller jobs when you don’t want to make a mess.  Well, I really never like to make a mess.  But I do like painting things.  It’s my therapy.

For this project I had 2 dressers that I bought at different flea markets, totally separate, a year apart.  But when I set them next to each other a few weeks ago to see if they would work as a console for my TV in the bedroom I was shocked to discover that they were exactly the same dresser!  It’s even more shocking that I haven’t noticed it for the past year and a half since I have owned them.

And HomeRight is having a Super fun contest that is going to be so much fun to join that you really must enter!  You can see the official rules here.

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This is my contest video…..I thought I’d share it here so you can see the PaintStick Mini and get inspired to make your own video!

Look what you might win….

1st Place:  iPad Air 64 G WiFi version (valued at $699)

2nd Place prize: $200 Cash

3rd Place prize: $100 Cash

Not only can you enter the video contest, but you can also enter to win a PaintStick Mini right here!  And don’t forget that you can buy them on Amazon, homedepot.com and Lowes!

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Check out some of my friends’ other posts about the PaintStick Mini! Bliss at Home, Makely School for Girls, My Repurposed Life,

This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.