Monday, September 22, 2014

Great deal on a Hardcover Photobook

Are you looking for a great Christmas gift idea? Why not put together a photobook from You can do a combination of pics from the year, a special wedding album, or a theme park memory book. Even better, right now you can get 51% off a 20-page 11.5"x8" Hardcover Photo Book using this link. 

Great Prices to Pre-Order Disney Marvel Infinity

Do you have a super hero fan in your house? Christmas is just around the corner and Disney has something great for you! Right now you can pre-order the Disney INFINITY: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Video Game Starter Pack - Xbox 360 for $74.99 from Amazon and you can pick an extra figure.

Not a fan of Amazon? Head over to Wal Mart 's site to get it for $74.96. There are 3 pre-selected options for your free figure when you go with Wal Mart.

Columbus Day Craft - Paper Mache Globes

Columbus Day Craft - Paper Mache Globes
Columbus Day is just around the corner and we have been Columbus in our homeschool this year. We started to talk about how people in that time believed the world was flat. I decided it would be fun to let the kids make a globe of their own to focus on the fact that the world is actually round.

What you will need: 
Columbus Day Craft - Paper Mache Globes

  • Balloon - You will need one for each globe. Pick a bright color. It will help you later. 
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Flour
  • Shredded paper. - While newspaper works well, if you have old white paper I recommend using it. It makes it easier to paint with less coats. 
  • Twine or String - You will need about a foot and a half. 
  • Blue Paint
  • Green Paint
  • Mod Podge 
What to do: 
  • Start by mixing Flour and Water to make a paste - I recommend using a wire wisk to get out any lumps in the mixture. 
  • Blow up your balloon - Pick the size you want your globe to be and blow up your balloon. Just keep in mind, the bigger it gets the less round it is.  
  • Tie your twine to the top of your balloon. - You will need to hang it to dry. 
  • Dip Strips in glue flour mixture and wipe off excess - The paper strips only need to be moistened. 
  • Stick to balloon and smooth out. - Make sure to have your child rub the strip down so that it doesn't have any lumps. Lumps now will set that way as it dries. 
  • Check for holes and patch them - Holes in the paper will dry as actual holes in your globe. Have your child make sure to check for spots that aren't covered. This is where having a bright colored balloon comes in handy. You don't know how hard it was to find holes on the white one. 
  • Let dry overnight. 
  • Pop Balloon - Use a needle and pop your balloon. This will give you the shape of your globe. 
Columbus Day Craft - Paper Mache Globes
  • Let your child paint the globe. - Start with blue. Let it dry. Then paint the green land masses on. (Don't expect the continents to be perfect if you are working with younger children. Just encourage them to do their best.) 
  • When dry add a coat of Mod Podge - The mod podge will seal the paint on your globe and keep bugs from messing with it. 
Did you try this project? Share yours with me on Facebook, Twitter - @morthancoupquen, or Instagram

Friday, September 19, 2014

Fur Real Friends Get Up and Go Go Price Drop!

As I mentioned the Target Hot Toy List has come out. Believe it or not, one of the toys has already seen a decent price drop. Right now you can get the Fur Real Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin Pup Pet Plush for only $49 with free shipping. This is a $10 price drop. I am not sure how long this deal will last so get it before it's gone.

Get Yours Here! 

There are No Throw Away People

I have really struggled with whether or not to write this post. As a whole I know my readers are here for homeschool and money saving wisdom with a side of Florida fun. However, every time I would put this post off I will feel the urge to write it. In fact, this post has been so heavy on my mind it has distracted me from everything else I have written for you. If this doesn't speak to you, I promise by Monday we will be back to the same posts you are used to. For now, I have something to share with you.

If you looked at me now you would never guess that I was once considered a Throw Away Person. What is a throw away person? It's the person society doesn't think is worth investing in anymore. Generally this is the person that is written off as unworthy, unnecessary, unwanted. It can also be as simple as saying, "I don't think you will live past your 18th birthday."

What made me a Throw Away Person? 
From the age of 10 I started to do things that I shouldn't have. I used drugs, ran with the wrong crowd, stole, and lied. I was all over the place. At the age of 14 my mom had to put me in the car and drive me across state to avoid being killed. I ran with the wrong crowds and they were after me. At 15 I dropped out of school. At 15 I also attempted suicide for the first, second, third, and fourth times. The last time I tried to kill myself I nearly succeeded. In fact, I should be dead now. At the age of 15 I was admitted into a long term residential treatment center. I lived there for a year. From there I moved to the frozen North of Alaska where I returned to all of my old ways. I started using drugs again, risking my life daily, and surrounding myself with dangerous people. By all counts I was basically a throw away. My own dad told me he didn't think I would make it to 18.
To be honest, if what I am going to share next would not have happened I probably would have died by my 18th birthday.

What Changed? 
When I was 17 my aunt invited me to live with her. She said I needed a new start. I flew from the frozen North to muggy South. When I moved to Miami I planned to change. I wanted to be better. I wanted to be more. I enrolled in Job Corps. I started to get back into my old ways. My aunt started taking me to church. I think we were at the church 6 days a week. At first it did nothing for me. In fact, I can remember showing up to the church Christmas party slightly drunk. I was broken and I was hurting.
One day my youth pastor started to share about Christ. Normally I ignored him but this time he had my focus. He said, "Someone here feels like they aren't loved or wanted. I want you to know that when Jesus died on the cross He looked across eternity and said, I am doing this for you because I love you." I always knew I was a sinner. Look at the mess I made of my life. What I didn't know was that there was a God who loved ME enough to die on a cross for me. That night I asked Jesus to forgive my sins and to be with me for Life. I asked Him to help me change. For me it wasn't about avoiding Hell in death it was about escaping Hell on Earth. I can honestly say that was the catalyst for change for me. I finished school, started working, lived on my own, and then married the man of my dreams.

I celebrated my 18th birthday with a huge group of friends. Every birthday since has been a day of joy and celebration. When I think about all I would have missed if I would have succeeded at 15 it breaks my heart. There is just so much amazing stuff in my life now!

There are no Throw Away People! 
Maybe you are the person who thinks they are a throw away. Let me tell you a secret. There is no such thing as a throw away person. God loves the throw aways. He sees you right where you are and still loves you. My life changed drastically. From a suicidal teen no one wanted to a mom, wife, blogger, bible study leader, friend, and so much more. There is hope.

Were you a Throw Away? 
I would love to hear your story. Please e-mail me or find me on social media.
If this post helped you in some way, please let me know. It's hard to be transparent with stuff like this but if it helps even one person, than it was worth it.