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My Review of Leadpages, the Landing Page Provider

If you are a student of mine, or a reader of this blog, or a member of any one of my Facebook groups, then you probably know that I am a big fan of Leadpages. But I don’t think I’ve ever created as many landing pages using Leadpages as I have in these last few months, so I feel that it’s time I do a proper review.

Since October, I have created landing pages for the country unit studies I’ve been giving away, as well as some of the promotions and launches I have been working on. I will show examples throughout this blog post.

After all this time, work, and effort, I still cast my vote for Leadpages as my landing page provider. But I want to give you some very down-to-earth pros and cons to consider if you are looking for a landing page provider to drastically reduce the time you spend creating web pages as well as greatly improve their final appearance.

Let’s start with the Cons! Continue reading What I Really Think about Leadpages

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Have you ever fallen off the wagon? I most certainly have. I have fallen off the healthy eating wagon, the exercise wagon, the daily devotions wagon, the prayer wagon and most recently, the blog wagon. It’s just part of human nature to fall off these wagons, I guess (unless I’m the only one). Or maybe it’s just the nature of rickety wagons… hmmm…

Continue reading She’s back in the saddle!

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This past September, we had the privilege of publishing our first magazine. While we have produced books, ebooks, maps, timelines, apps and courses, we had never published a magazine. The learning curve was somewhat steep, but it was fun to learn the process and figure out how to get ourselves on a schedule so that we can consistently publish content each and every month.

The magazine we decided to publish is called Quest Magazine: The Ultimate Way for Kids to Learn History. It is a magazine for kids and families to learn and enjoy history together. It’s interactive too, which makes it even more fun for the kids. Currently it is published exclusively on Apple’s Newsstand, but next month we will be launching the Android version (and the crowd cheers!).


And here’s the incredible part – last month Quest Magazine reached #1 in the app store in its category. How exciting that was for us!

Now, we have the option to publish a second magazine. We aren’t sure which direction to go. A companion magazine to Quest covering the subject of science would be nice. Maybe something like this… Knowledge Magazine: Family Science from a Christian Worldview.

However, we also have a passion for small business. I mean really small, like “micro” business. You know, the kind of business that you can (should) start from home and grow as you have the time and money. It’s a backward concept in today’s world where new start-ups pitch ideas to investors, get large amounts of funding and then start big. These businesses are either wildly successful or crash hard.

We believe in starting a business because it promotes the kind of lifestyle you want to enjoy at this time in your life, rather than waiting until you retire. Businesses that allow you to spend time with your family while you still have kids at home. Businesses that start small, in a spare room or garage, with little to no debt are a joy to work in. They grow as they succeed, expanding from a solo entrepreneur to a virtual team who all work remotely and live satisfying lives free from long commutes, angry bosses and strict office hours. These are the kinds of businesses we love to help people start and grow.

So, another possibility for our second magazine would be to provide articles on this theme. It could be general for all microbusiness owners or geared especially toward women. Women are starting businesses at a faster rate than men and yet most business magazines are written primarily for a male audience.

Frankly, I devour business magazines. I just love them! But it would be fun to provide a science magazine for families too, which leaves us undecided. So, would you please chime in if you have an opinion? Here are the three choices at this time:


So please use the form above to vote on the topic of our next mag and leave us any ideas you would like for us to consider in the comment box below. Thank you!

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Figgy Pudding of the UK

“Now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding, now bring us some figgy pudding and bring it right here. We won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, we won’t go until we get some, so bring it right here.”

While I have always thought this sounded so rude, it has made me curious about figgy pudding and what it takes like. It must be pretty delicious if the singers are going to be so demanding about it.

Dating back as far as the 16th Century, Figgy Pudding is a Christmas staple generously shared with carolers throughout the UK during Christmastime.  It was later immortalized in the cherished Christmas carol, “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.”  Now … bring us some figgy pudding!


Would you like to try making Figgy Pudding this Christmas? Or maybe one of the other 15 international Christmas recipes featured in the FREE cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. Download your free cookbook today!

Pavlova of New Zealand

After the Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova visited New Zealand in 1926, cooks and chefs captivated by her solo performance as the dying swan in Swan Lake, created for her by Michel Folkine in 1905,  sought to honor her and the occasions of her visit with confections they created to capture her light and airy spirit onstage.  Over the decades to follow, the refined and traditional Pavlova became a Christmas staple.


Would you like to try making Pavlova this Christmas? Or maybe one of the other 15 international Christmas recipes featured in the FREE cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. Download your free cookbook today!

Panforte of Italy

Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts, and resembles fruitcake or Lebkuchen. It dates back as early as the 13th century in Siena, a town in Italy’s Tuscany region. Documents from the year 1205 show that panforte was paid to the monks and nuns of a local monastery as a tax or tithe which was due on the seventh of February that year. There are references to the Crusaders carrying panforte, a durable confection, with them on their journeys, and aiding medieval city-dwellers in surviving sieges. Literally, panforte means “strong bread” which refers to the spicy flavor.


Would you like to try making Panforte this Christmas? Or maybe one of the other 15 international Christmas recipes featured in the FREE cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales. Download your free cookbook today!

Stollen of Germany

Around 1560, it became a tradition for the bakers of Dresden to present the King with two 36-pound stollens as a Christmas gift. It took 8 master bakers and 8 journeymen to successfully carry the loaves to the castle. This custom continued for nearly 200 years. Then, in the year 1730, Prince Augustus the Strong asked the Baker’s Guild of Dresden to bake a giant stollen for his farewell party for the army. The finished stollen was a true masterpiece, weighing in at nearly 2 tons and feeding over 24,000 troops.

… continued in the free cookbook, which you can download here.


Yorkshire Pudding of the UK

Yorkshire Pudding, also known as batter or dripping pudding, is a dish named after Yorkshire, England, although there is no evidence it originated from there. When wheat flour became more common for making cakes and puddings, cooks in the north of England devised a means of making use of the fat that dropped into the dripping pan to cook a batter pudding while the meat roasted in the oven. A recipe for ‘A dripping pudding’ was first published in 1737 in The Whole Duty of a Woman. Similar instructions were published 10 years later in The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse under the title of ‘Yorkshire pudding’. It was she who re-invented and renamed the original version. A 2008 ruling by the Royal Society of Chemistry has it that “A Yorkshire pudding isn’t a Yorkshire pudding if it is less than four inches tall.”


When you download the free Christmas cookbook, Figgy Pudding, Stollen and Tamales, you will receive a collection of vintage and authentic recipes from around the world. Not only are these dishes extremely tasty and satisfying, but your family will learn more about the traditions of other cultures as we celebrate Christmas around the world.

Other recipes in the book include:

Tamales of Mexico (Simple Recipe)
Tamales of Mexico (Traditional Recipe)
Baked Apples of Sweden
Rice Pudding of Sweden
Beurrée de Crème of Quebec, Canada
Sorrel Punch of Jamaica
Babinka of the Philippines
Lebkuchen of Germany
Kringle of Denmark
Santa Lucia Bread of Sweden

Gather the world around your Christmas table this year! Download your free cookbook today!

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Every year, I face the monster that lives down at the end of the hall. It looks like this:


I know what you are thinking… Not.That.Scary…

Actually, it is! It feels rather vulnerable to open my messy closet doors for you, but here goes… Take a peek inside:


Meet the school closet. With school just 3 weeks away, it was time to tackle this monster of a mess! While I do straighten it out every year, I don’t really clean it or purge unnecessary supplies from it. Until now…

With two kids graduated and four others needing some space for new school supplies and books, it was time to really dig in and get my hands dirty on this project. I didn’t realize I would also have a tear-stained face by the time I was through. Read on to find out how you too can get your school supplies and curricula organized expertly while still retaining your precious memories…

Continue reading Organizing for School

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Today was a big day at Knowledge Quest! Our new books – A Child’s Geography: Explore the Classical World – arrived, mostly safe and sound. While the books themselves arrived intact and in great condition, the truck that delivered them experienced a little mishap on the way into our driveway when the back wheels slid into the ditch. I’d show you a photo, but the photo is held hostage on my father-in-law’s iPad which went with him out of town for a long weekend. Maybe I’ll upload it later when I get access. 🙂

Of course, none of that would have happened IF the trucking company delivered the books on the date and place specified in the instructions. But I digress…

The good news is that we packed up over half of the pre-orders for Classical World. It was a big, successful day. Take a peek inside the office and check out the packing production line:

Here are the two large crates of books that arrived yesterday:


This morning, we rallied the troops. Todd inspected each box on the crate for damage and prepared the orders for filling:


Next, a couple of little cutie-pies assembled boxes. They were the “pizza delivery” kids, since their boxes looked like pizza boxes. Check it out:







Once the boxes were assembled, our super helpful temporary workers (okay, our kids) packed up the orders. First, Lydia stuffed the books into padded envelopes to protect them during their journey to your mailboxes:



Then, Rachel placed the stuffed envelopes into the “pizza” boxes, taped them up and labeled them with names and weights:



Then, it’s time for the labels. Ellie, our newest employee (but we already don’t know what we would do without her!), created the labels for the boxes then delivered the boxes to the car:




Off to the car:





And now these books are on their way to you! We hope that you enjoy them and find them to be worth the wait. Truly, we have the best customers in the world. Really. We mean it! Now, to do it again tomorrow. Go team!



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TruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the lovestory of mankind. You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God’s unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization. You will not simply ‘meet the culture’ or ‘get the facts;’ you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!

Why? Because mankind is not the prime force in the universe …God is. He initiates; we respond. History, therefore, is not first about what people do. It is first about what God does and says, and secondly about what people believe and do in response.

We are hosting an amazing giveaway with TruthQuest History. Check it out!

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Who Will Win in this Race for the White House?

President Obama or Mitt Romney?

When our third child was born, it didn’t take us long to realize that she is a natural leader – a creative problem-solver, master delegator and a person of vision. Maybe you have a child like this too. Maybe you are raising a a future president of the United States even. While very few people can hold the highest office in the land (there have been only 44 so far!), every citizen should vote and understand the electoral process.

How well do your children understand the electoral college and the process of winning a presidential election? It’s a confusing concept, that’s for sure. But Joel King made it easy for even the youngest students to understand in his fun and educational board and card game, The Road to the While House. Take note: we have about 45 games left and will likely not restock after the election.

With just one month left before the election, this is the ideal time to introduce this concept to your kids and talk about the importance of voting in the upcoming election.

Who will it be – Obama or Romney? We’ll find out soon enough, but in the meantime, let’s equip our children to be good citizens and future voters in an effort to keep this land democratic and free.

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For 3 days only, Jacques Cartier, first volume in the Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know series) is FREE on Kindle. That means that you should go get it now while you are thinking about it. It will be restored back to its regular price of $2.99 on 9/27/12.

Homeschool families love this book! Here’s what they are saying:

  • “Fun as well as educational…”
  • “Wish I had resources like this when I was a child…”
  • “What a unique book! The text links were so helpful!”
  • “The whole family loved it!”

Free promotion ends on Wednesday, September 26th, so hurry! You DON’T NEED a Kindle to read a Kindle ebook!


If you don’t own a Kindle, here is a helpful tip from Heather Idoni of The Homeschooler’s Notebook:

“Since I don’t own a Kindle and this is my first time reading a free Kindle ebook online (thank you, KnowledgeQuest!), I figured I’m probably not the only one. And since it ended up being amazingly simple to do it, I thought I’d share just how!

1. Go to Amazon Kindle Cloud Reader here:
2. Click on the words “Sign In or Create New Account” and follow the directions.
3. If you get to a screen that says “you have no books in your Kindle library”, go directly to step 5.
4. If it shows your list of ebooks, just select one and enjoy!
5. Go to:
and choose “Deliver to my Amazon Cloud Kindle App”.
6. Enjoy your FREE Kindle ebook! :-)”


What people are saying about Knowledge Quest’s Free Kindle eBook:

  • “I love to find books/stories that can make history come alive for my children. I have a house full of boys so this book was a hit with them. Explorations, Sea Adventures… what’s not to love??”
  • “We enjoyed this book so much. My children were glued to it, and begging me to read more when I was ready to stop.”

For 3 days only, download Jacques Cartier: Brave Explorers Every Child Should Know on Kindle absolutely FREE!

Free promotion ends on Wednesday, September 26th, so don’t delay!

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