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This post is "outside the norm" for me. In my quest for health, I have begun investigating supplements as an alternative way to promote health and fight against degenerative disease. Lately, a friend talked to me about an herbal supplement called Protandim. If you are interested in supplements and their influence on health, read on! If not... Well, sorry. You may want to go cruise Facebook instead!

Protandim is a patented dietary supplement, developed by Dr. Joe McCord, and marketed by LifeVantage Corporation. It is a combination of five herbal supplements, intended to stimulate the body’s own production of antioxidants and cellular regeneration. The manufacturer claims that "It is the only supplement clinically proven to reduce oxidative stress in humans by an average of 40 percent in 30 days."

Few human studies have been done, and results were not conclusive. I place little stock in those studies, because participant diets were not documented, and neither were the effects of the commonly accepted "healthy diet" which includes consumption of manufactured foods and simple carbohydrates "in moderation".  I have found that a clean diet, free from manufactured foods has produced marked positive alterations in mood, sleep and energy levels in our family. (Not to mention weight-loss.)  It is my personal belief (from research and from personal experience) that the effectiveness of supplements is greatly increased (or inhibited) by diet.

Countless individual testimonials can be found on the internet, raving about Protandim's effectiveness for degenerative disease in both humans and animals. I am not debating it's effectiveness. Either you accept the influence food and supplements have on the body, or you don't. What I found most impressive were the videos of animals that had been debilitated by arthritis or infection and had exhibited new mobility after being placed on Protandim. And as my friend Teeny says, "Animals don't lie."

Because I am holistically minded, I was intrigued by the combination of herbs and the testimonials of those who have used it.  I haven't found any well-founded criticism of Protandim, save those who don't subscribe to the concept of natural healing. My only deterrant: COST. At $40 per bottle, the pills are $1.33 EACH! Though I wanted to try it's effectiveness on my family's health, I could not afford a WHOPPING $160 per month to purchase four bottles---one for each of my family (including myself). 

In looking for a more cost-effective way to aquire the supplements, I found that all the elements in Protandim are available individually. The dosage of the individual supplements is higher, of course, so I may try emptying capsules into our morning smoothies (then dividing amongst my family members) which of course would be even more frugal than giving each of us the individual supplements, but I have not found research that would suggest that higher dosages would be detrimental, aside from some mild side-effects with a couple of the herbs (like the posiblilty of gastric sensitivity). But knowing which of the herbs causes that is instrumental in knowing which to adjust if one of us does have stomach pain.

Below I have documented Protandim's ingredients (excluding fillers) their benefits, side-effects and recommended individual dosage (for adults). Also included is a Protandim Ingredients (excluding fillers) cost analysis of the individual herbs.

Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) extract (225 mg): Enhances cellular protein synthesis, reduces triglyceride accumulation. Protects the liver against poisoning from chemical and environmental toxins, including snakebites, insect stings, mushroom poisoning and alcohol.
  • Side Effects: Milk thistle sometimes causes a laxative effect. Other less common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, intestinal gas, bloating, fullness or pain, and loss of appetite.
  • Interactions: Some medications are changed and broken down by the liver. Milk thistle might decrease how quickly the liver breaks down some medications.
  • Recommended Dosage: 420 mg

Bacopa (Bacopa monniera) extract (150 mg): Supports brain function and memory, reduces anxiety. Can cause stomach distress. Induces Nrf2, an anti-oxidant gene response.
  • Side Effects: An adaptogen (blocks stress response) it has a mild tranquilizing affect, so it should be paired with a stimulant.
  • Interactions: No known drug interactions
  • Recommended Dosage: 300 mg

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) Root (150 mg): Anti-inflammatory, immune stimulant, decreases cellular sensitivity to stress. Being studied for its brain and neuron regenerative properties. Reduces insomnia and depression.
  • Side Effects: Large doses of ashwagandha may cause stomach upset
  • Interactions: May increase effects of sedatives. May decrease the effectiveness of immune suppressants and increase the effects of thyroid hormones.
  • Recommended Dosage: 300 - 500 mg
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) Extract (75 mg) Powerful antioxidant. cardioprotective, neuroprotective, anti-obesity, anti-carcinogenic, anti-diabetic, Anti-artherogenic, liver protective and beneficial for blood vessel health. Catechins (rather than EGCG) are best for cancer prevention. Recommended dosage: 500 mg, daily.
  • Side Effects: Green tea contains caffeine. The caffeine in green tea, especially when taken in large amounts, can worsen diarrhea. May decrease absorption of dietary iron (unless paired with Vitamin C). EGCG slightly reduces bioavailability of salicyclic acid, ferulic acid.
  • Interactions: Caffeine is a stimulant. Stimulant drugs speed up the nervous system. Taking green tea along with stimulant drugs might cause increased heart rate and high blood pressure. Some drugs can decrease how the body breaks down caffeine. Milk proteins can form complexes with green tea catechins (which makes them temporarily indigestible) these complexes are digested and the green tea is released in the intestines, so it may be absorbed.
  • Recommended Dosage: 300 - 500 mg
  • When Paired with IP-6: Studies suggest the combination will help prevent kidney stones. Quercetin will help with bio-flavonoid absorption.
Turmeric (Curcuma Ionga) extract (75 mg) Anti-Oxidant, anti-inflammatory. Improves brain function and alzheimers disease prevention. Black pepper increases absorption.
  • Side Effects: Some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.
  • Interactions: Turmeric might slow blood clotting. Taking turmeric along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.
  • Recommended dosage: 500mg twice daily
  • Pair with Fish Oil: For more effective cellular communication
Individual Supplements and their cost breakdown:
  1. Nature's Way Ashwagandha Standardized, 60  Capsules, Price: $8.99, Price per pill: $0.15
  2. Nature's Way Milk Thistle Standardized, 120 Capsules, Price:  $15.34, Price per pill: $0.13
  3. Vitacost Bacopa Extract Featuring Bacognize, 300 mg, 120 Capsules, Price:  $6.99, Price per pill: $0.06
  4. Vitacost Green Tea Extract, Standardized, 500 mg, 100 Capsules, Price:  $6.39, Price per pill: $0.06
  5. Vitacost Turmeric Extract, 800 mg per serving, 100 Capsules, Price: $9.99m Price per pill: $0.10
By buying them individually, there is a significant savings, more than 60%! Total cost for all herbs listed: $47.70, The total cost of all pills combined, taken daily would be $0.50, costing $15 per month, rather than $40. It would be even less if the dosage was reduced and shared by combining capsules daily in our morning smoothies.

So now you know!

Sources:    Examine.com, WebMD.comVitaCost.comNeeds.com

I do not sell Protandim. I am not affiliated with LifeVantage in any way, or with any of the other sites listed in this post. This information is intended to be used for educational and information purposes only. I do not advocate nutritional supplementation over proper medical advice or treatment. If using any pharmaceuticals or drugs given to you by a doctor or received with a prescription, you must consult with the doctor in question or an equally qualified Health Care Professional prior to using any nutritional supplementation. If undergoing medical therapies, then consult with your respective Therapist or Health Care Professional about possible interactions between your Treatment, any Pharmaceuticals or Drugs being given, and possible nutritional supplements or practices I have documented above.

I do not assume liability for any actions undertaken after reading this information, and I do not assume liability if one misuses supplements that I recommend. I do not ensure that unforeseen side effects will not occur even at the proper dosages, and thereby I do not assume liability for any side effects from supplements or practices I have documented above.

 
 
In her book Total Home Makeover, Renee Metler figuratively takes your hand and walks you through functional homemaking. Her transparent way of communicating gives you the confidence and guidance that you need to move forward from disorder to peace.

We all have negative messages that we carry with us in our relationships, and none is so evident as the relationship we have with our home. My drive toward perfectionism resulted in two outcomes in my home. I was so focused on the spotless environment that I believed embodied a "functional" life, I either made my family crazy by cleaning much of the day, or had a "catch-all" space that was shut away, as my personal shame. I felt immobilized.

Through the Total Home Makeover, I made the decision to follow Renee's loving, step-by-step process to learn to release my anxiety, and embrace a new focus through Biblical encouragement and achievable goals. No woman is an island. We were not created to do everything by ourselves. Renee shows you how to mobilize the help-force in your home, by modeling healthy home habits and leading your family by "Initiating Family To-Do Time".

Renee has been where you are. Her book will bless you with loving, non-judgmental guidance. Peaceful home-management is attainable. It's a precious gift that blesses you and your entire family. Thank you, Renee!

 
 
When life gets busy, there are three things that keep me sane.  

1) Chore charts.  Everyone is helping, so I am not burdened by every little thing that needs to be done.  I STILL have to follow-through and make sure kids do their chores, but they get done. There are no privileges (TV, Computer, Trampoline, Friends, etc...) for those family members who don't complete chores by 2 O'clock.

2) Menu Plans.  I'm not married to them, but it sure is nice to have an idea of what I need to have in the fridge, and what to say to "What's for dinner, Mom?"

3) Daily Schedule.  Don't misunderstand. This one is a struggle for me, but when I keep a ledger of what everyone is doing with their time, I see WHERE it's being wasted, what needs are and are not being met and more importantly WHERE I CAN FIT THEM IN.

Here's our current meal plan:

Two Week Menu
Two Week Meal Plan. Click to see it full size.
_There are menu planning resources in my post, Menu Planning Made Easy.

For creating chore charts, check out my Chore Workshop Series.

Next: Planning Your Day
or The Schedule-Phobe's Guide to Organizing Your Day
 
 
TheHomeScholar.com
_By Lee Binz

HSLDA reports that colleges are now required to determine the validity of high school diplomas from public and private schools.

How exactly can the college determine validity? Will they be requiring course descriptions from every applicant? That would seem to be a lot of reading for the admissions team! Homeschool parents often think about their own transcripts and wonder if they are valid.

Yes, you are valid!

Isn't it interesting that public and private high schools are now having the same concerns about validity? You're not alone!

HSLDA states this new rule does not apply to homeschoolers. They suggest that homeschoolers need to check “homeschooled” when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or their application may be delayed. Others feel that a simple check on a box marked "homeschooled" may not be enough.

Spunky Homeschool is concerned about colleges evaluating the validity of high school diplomas.
  • "By checking the homeschool option we are basically admitting that our diploma is not as valid as a traditional diploma and making it easier for the federal government to single out those who choose to homeschool. This is all to build infrastructure for a national diploma to go with the common core state standards. This may also impact transcripts and application for scholarships. Many schools use FAFSA as the first point of entry for consideration even if the funding does not come from the federal government. Checking the homeschool box places the student in the "non-traditional" or not easily validated stack because they "self-certify" which could possibly mean a different standard for consideration than those that come from a traditional school setting and that is on the Department of Ed approved list."
I encourage people to self-identify as a homeschooler. Sweetly and assertively express your rights. If you need college financing with the FAFSA, then checking the "homeschool" box is probably the best option for your family.

I also encourage people to avoid the GED when possible. Here is my article about it: Stigma-Free Homeschool Graduation!

A great way to "validate" your homeschool education is through a comprehensive record. My Comprehensive Record Solution provides you the guidance and coaching you need to finish the your homeschool records with confidence.


Article Source: Homeschool-Articles.com
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_Lee Binz, The HomeScholar, and her husband, Matt, are homeschool high school experts. Their boys earned full-tuition scholarships at their first choice university. Their homeschool transcript solution will show you how to create an AMAZING home school transcript that will impress the colleges! Learn how she did it on TheHomeScholar.com.

 
 
Menu Plan Monday!
You will notice a couple of things about my menus. For one thing, I don’t like fish. Sorry. I have tried it, many forms, many times.  I just can’t get myself to like it.  I think it’s a texture thing. Secondly, after six years as an obese vegetarian, I realized that it’s not the right diet for everyone, and I am now a confirmed meat-lover. 

I share recipes that I have developed myself, but if I don’t share a recipe for something, it’s usually because I found it on the internet somewhere. Most likely, AllRecipes.com.  I would LOVE it if you would share some of your favorite recipes with me too. I love to try new ones.

Monday: Grilled Ham and Cheese with Soup (Cooked by my 11 YO.)

Tuesday: Lemon-Basil Chicken with Angel Hair Pasta and Sautéed Veggies
Wednesday: Pot Roast, Green Beans and Creamer Potatoes
Thursday: Orange Chicken, Broccoli and Brown Rice (Cooked by my 14 YO.)
Friday: Fend for yourself! (Leftovers)
Saturday: Pollo a la Mexicana (Recipe below) with brown rice
Sunday: Spaghetti, with Italian Meatballs (my hubby’s recipe below) and Spinach salad.


Oh, and you will find my FREE Menu-Planning Resources (shoppnig lists, menu planners) HERE. (Clicking will open a new window.)
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Javier’s Amazing Italian Meatballs

Ingredients
  • ¾ pound ground beef
  • ¾ pound Italian sausage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan/Romano cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk
 Directions

  1. Combine beef, sausage in a large bowl.  Add garlic, eggs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.
  2. Blend bread crumbs into meat mixture. Slowly add the milk 1/2 cup at a time. The mixture should be very moist but still hold its shape if rolled into meatballs.
  3. Shape into 1 ½ in. meatballs.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes. After this, I like to brown them under the broiler for 5 minutes, but Javier thinks this is unnecessary.  I guess you will have to decide for yourself.
Pollo a la Mexicana
Pollo a la Mexicana (Mexican Chicken)
I created this recipe after we moved to Colorado from California, and I was missing my favorite Mexican restaurant, where I used to order this dish.

INGREDIENTS
Chicken and Sauce
  • 2 tbsp.  oil (I use coconut oil or grape seed oil---oils that are not corrupted at high temps.)
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced (or 2 tsp. granulated garlic)
  • 1 white onion peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper sliced (I prefer red or yellow. Seeds and stem removed)
  • 2 cups (from a 29 oz. can) tomato sauce
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (or for more heat, use chipotle chili powder!)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • Salt to taste (about 1 - 2 teaspoons.)
Rice
  • 1 ½  cups brown rice (Just because it's healthier)
  • 1 ½  cups water (add 1/8 cup more for high elevation)
  • 1 ½  cups chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste (Optional. It will give the rice a reddish appearance)
  • 2 tbsp. oil (I use coconut oil or grape seed oil---oils that are not corrupted at high temps.)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. granulated garlic, or 1 clove fresh, minced.
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Salt to taste ( I use about a teaspoon)
Optional additions
  • 10 - 12 corn or flour tortillas, warmed (optional)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups sour cream (optional, garnish)
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups guacamole (optional, garnish)
Directions
  1. Put brown rice, water, broth and seasonings in to pot on high heat for cooking the rice. When the water boils, turn down the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes. (Until most of the moisture has evaporated.)
  2. Cut chicken breasts into pieces. Trim off and discard excess fat. (I cut mine with scissors into bite-size pieces)
  3. Set a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add oil and tilt pan to coat bottom. Add chicken in a single layer and brown for 3 - 5 minutes.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and bell peppers to chicken pan; stir often and cook 3 - 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and add broth, 2 cups tomato sauce, seasonings, and chopped cilantro. Simmer for 12 - 15 minutes, until chicken is thoroughly cooked.
  5. While chicken is simmering, remove tortillas from package and warm on a plate with a clean dish towel over them. We spray the towel with a little water from a squirt bottle to "steam" the tortillas in the microwave. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. If they are not warm enough, turn tortillas over, recover and cook on high for another 30 seconds.They can also be warmed on a skillet for a couple of minutes each.
  6. When the chicken is done, it looks lovely served on a platter over the rice, and garnished with 2-3 whole cilantro leaves. The guacamole and sour cream (2-3 tablespoons for each person) can be served on the side of each plate, to each person's taste.
 
 
We will have a farm, very soon!  We are frantically preparing and packing for our move to our new home on 5 acres.  We are all VERY excited. 

Things have been so busy at our house, that I have been neglecting my blog and site.  I hope you will forgive me.

I will endeavor to take up posting helpful links and articles just as soon as I can, probably in mid-May. 

Until then, many blessings for you and your family!

Following are photos of our new flock of chickens...

 
 
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By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.

Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.

They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People.

I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.

And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.
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Read more about the Thanksgiving Proclamation, at AbrahamLincolnOnline.org
Thanks to Toni, The Happy Housewife, for reminding me where it all began.
 
 
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Summer Menu Series, August 8 - 14

Monday:Chicken Enchiladas Verde (recipe below) & green salad

Tuesday: Crockpot Round Roast, new potatoes and cucumber vinaigrette

Wednesday:Chicken-Veggie Kabobs and corn on the cob

Thursday:Beef Stroganoff (with the leftover roast) whole grain noodles and green beans

Friday: Leftovers (Also affectionately known as FF: Fend-for-yourself Friday!)

Saturday: Chicken-veggie stir-fry, with a lemon-ginger sauce (Doesn't that sound yummy?) and brown rice

Sunday: Barbeque with friends. Potato salad (Recipe below) and fruit salad. Yum!


Chicken Enchiladas Verde
Chicken Enchiladas Verde
(A family favorite!)
Serves 8 - 10 people
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

INGREDIENTS
4 or 5 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (or even easier, a cooked chicken from the store!)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced or 2 tbsp of garlic from the jar
1 cup sour cream
2 cups mixed shredded cheddar & jack cheeses (or the "Mexican Blend" from the store)
1 tbsp dried cilantro or 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tbsp paprika
2 jars (about 3 cups) of your favorite green salsa (Target sells a good mild one by Archway Farms. Sometimes I make mine, because mild green salsa can be difficult to find, or you could use red salsa instead---but then, drop the "verde" from the name!)
1 bell pepper, chopped. (optional)
12 – 14 corn tortillas

DIRECTIONS
1.  In a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, simmer chicken until no longer pink and juices run clear. (or bake or boil 20 – 30 minutes) Drain excess fat.
2.  Dice or shred the chicken and return it to the skillet. Add the onion, garlic, sour cream, 1 cup of the cheese mixture, cilantro, paprika and pepper. Heat until cheese melts. Stir in ½ of the salsa and bell pepper.
3.  After coating the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish with a little of the salsa, roll even amounts (about 1/3 of a cup) of the mixture into tortillas and arrange them in the dish (I do two columns of 6, with the last 2 wedged in between the columns.)
4.  Cover with at least ½ jar of salsa (1 cup) and as much of the remaining cheese mixture as you like. (I use all of it!) Bake uncovered in the preheated oven 20 -25 minutes.

SUPER EASY German Potato Salad
(I get a lot of requests for this one!)

INGREDIENTS
10 red potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces & boiled until tender
1/2 large red onion, or 1 whole small onion, chopped
2 tablespoons of dried dill
Thousand Island dressing (to taste) I like my salad "juicy" so I use 1 whole, small bottle (Usually Amy's Organic)

DIRECTIONS
Mix, chill and serve!

FREE Resources:

Menu Planners & Shopping Lists

From Econobusters:
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Blank Menu Planner
Blank Grocery List Template (PDF)

From TheHomeschoolMom.com
Homeschool Planner & Menu Planner in One!
Menu Planner with To Do/Chore List


From KeepAndShare.com
Master Shopping List (PDF)
Glueten-Free Shopping List (PDF)
Lactose-Free Shopping List (PDF)

From LivingLocurto.com
FREE WEEKLY MEAL PLANS & RECIPES!

(Including shopping lists!)
 
 
    Thank you for entering the HOTM Online Conference!
A random number generator was used to determine the winning entrants.  Winners will be contacted this week via email. Congratulations to those who won tickets to the HOTM Online Homeschool Conference, and thanks again for participating!
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Don't mis the HOTM Online Conference!
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Winner 1: Erin Rosencrantz
"I would love to hear all of them, but probably the most useful for us at the moment will be Kendra Fletcher's Preschoolers, Preparation, and Peace."



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Winner 2: Robin Day
New season for me. I'll have to say Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is the most relevant for right now. However, love Kendra Fletcher and always look forward to her wisdom.



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Winner 3: Kim Rodgers
I see 4 that I would love to hear! Kendra Fletcher, Jamie Martin, Karen Metzger, and Dari Mullins. What a cool giveaway! Thanks Robin!



The HOTM Online Conference is August 8-12, 2011. You can register here at the price of $14.95 per ticket.

 
 

Heart of the Matter Online Conference Ticket Giveaway!

Heart of the Matter Online Conference is coming soon!
Speakers
Click on the names for more information about them.

Tyler Hogan: Bright Ideas Press

Kendra Fletcher: Author of Preschoolers and Peace

“Science Jim” Mueller: Author of Bite-Size Physics

Jamie Martin: Author of Steady Days

Leigh Bortins: Founder of Classical Conversations

Bethany LeBedz: Author of Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom

Maggie Hogan: Owner of Bright Ideas Press

Attorney David Gibbs: Homeschool Legal Advantage Attorney

Karen Metzger: Homeschool mom and speaker

Dr. Jay Wile: Author of the “Exploring Creation with” series

Terri Johnson: Founder of Knowledge Quest

Bonita Lillie: Author of Hands-On Essays

Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau: Author of Suddenly Homeschooling

Karen Metzger: Homeschool mom and speaker

Dari Mullins: Author of Galloping the Globe
The HOTM Online Conference is coming soon!
To Enter: Simply leave a comment telling me at least one session you would be interested in.  I will use a random number generator to pick the three winners on Sunday, June 19th.  Winners will be notified Monday, June 20th.

Go over to the Conference page to see details about the speakers.  Click on each speaker’s name to see specifics about the seminars offered.

Thanks for reading. Please, keep telling me what you like!


The HOTM Online Conference is August 8-12, 2011. You can register here at the price of $14.95 per ticket.

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