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Giveaway Winner: The Well Planned Day

 
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Good morning everyone, we have a winner for The Well Planned Day giveaway!
Out of 112 entries Heidi P. is our winner! Heidi, please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize! 
Thanks everyone for entering! 
Have a great day! xoxo Gabreial
Thank you to Home Educating Family for sponsoring this giveaway! 


Vintage Fashion Forward Product Review: Alima Pure: Vintage Bouquet Mineral Makeup

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Today I'm excited to be talking about Alima Pure's newest collection Vintage Bouquet. Honeysuckle, Foxglove and Forget-Me-Not eye shadows and Snapdragon matte blush which make up this gift worthy collection.  

About six years ago I made the switch to mineral makeup and haven't turned back since. They key for me is finding good quality mineral makeup. Makeup that won't break out my skin and makeup that is safe. I'm thrilled with Alima Pure and I absolutely loved this new collection. 

Alima Pure is concerned about what we put on our skin and they've created a fabulous Mineral Makeup 101 section of their website to keep you informed on the ins and outs of mineral makeup today. My favorite link, their Cosmetic Safety. See below.

" Do you know about the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database? We are full participants (providing detailed ingredient information for every product we sell) and we think it's a great project. Keep in mind that only a small set of ingredients have been adequately studied to understand all possible types of risks so most products still have a huge data gap (the data gap is shown right beneath the score for a product) and some people complain the database makes everything scary by treating ingredients as "guilty until proven innocent".

While the jury is out on some ingredients, others are known toxins. Here are our Top 10 to Avoid. Please note they are listed in alphabetical order (not by noxiousness).

BHA - toxic to the liver, immune and reproductive systems; possible carcinogen.

BHT - toxic to the brain, nervous and respiratory systems; possible carcinogen; endocrine disruptor.

D & C Colorants (Lakes) - toxic to the nervous and reproductive systems.

Eugenol - toxic to the immune and nervous systems; endocrine disruptor.

Formaldehyde - toxic to the immune and respiratory systems; carcinogen.

Nitrosamines - endocrine disruptor; possible carcinogen.

P-Phenylenediamine - toxic to the immune, respiratory and nervous systems.

Parabens - endocrine disruptor; neurotoxin; possible carcinogen.

Phthalates - toxic to the immune, nervous and reproductive systems.

Triethanolamine - toxic to the immune and respiratory systems; possible carcinogen.

We've created a little "Pocket Toxicologist" you can download and print as a handy reference.

 - Information above obtained from Alima Pure's website. Please follow the link for further information. 

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Next on my review, was Alima Pure's Organic Nourising Lipbalm. I have to say I absolutely love this product. Not only does it go on smooth, it provides color and moisture to dry cracked lips. Acai and Sugar Plum were apart of my review and I really love both of them Acai is a little lighter pink with just the perfect amount of shimmer for this momma. 

If you haven't had a chance to check out Almia Pure before, now is a great time to head over and view everything they offer. I belive this collectoin would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift.  Their customer service is top notch and will help to ensure you pick out the proper foundation color for your skin type and get you on your way to healthier makeup in no time. 

 

Thanks so much to Alima Pure for providing their Vintage Bouquet collection, foundations and lipbalms for this review. 

 

Truth in Review: Alima Pure provided me with the makeup mentioned in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. I speak truly from my heart and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy products in your home like these and more.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor in chief. 

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Vintage Indie Kids: Oh Veronica

Talk about adorable. Of course you all know by now we're expecting our first girl. This means lots of dress shopping for this momma! I'm super excited. Today, a few of my favorite picks from Oh Veronica Clothing. 

 

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Church Dress " The stories on this dress tell of the things that God gave us - nature, day & night, seasons, family, friends and the world." 

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Vintage Flower Girl Dress, "Reminiscent of vintage french textiles found in turn-of-the-century Parisian homes, the dress you are ordering (As pictured) is finished with Cambric Lace sleeves and hem trimming." 

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Vintage Shabby Chic Lace French Inspired Girls Dress

Shop OhVeronicaGirl for all of these adorable handmade dresses. 

 

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Organic & Whole Living Sales & Specials: Eco-Friendly Baby Products (50% Off)

$18.00 for $40.00 at EcoMom.com from MamaSource

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Ecomom.com is one of my favorite places to shop! We've purchased diapers and wipes here already at a great deal. Many products on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Database listed as being safe are sold at Ecomom.com. A great deal $40.00 for $20.00 and if you're a new to MamaSource sign up for free and use code APR10 to get $40.00 for just $18.00 (if you're aren't new, yours will be $20.00) !

Just follow my link, help me help you! You can also purchase these as gift certificates for someone, these would make a great baby shower gift! The vouchers don't expire until October. Hurry though, these deals go fast! 

 

xoxo Gabreial 

 

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Handmade & Vintage Crush: Indigo

 

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Top Left: Pheobe in Indigo Watercolor Painting by reneeanne Top Right: Recycled Vintage Table Runner and 4 Placemats made from Japanese Obi belt by kaftansarafan. Bottom Left: Vintage Mexican Folk Art from PineandMain. Bottom Right: Floral Pillow Case from giardino.  


Teach Me Book Review : Doorposts Hidden Treasures

Digging into the Book of Proverbs with Your Family

Author: Pam Forster
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Our Bible verse today, In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct[a] your paths. Proverbs 3:6. The words sound so simple, but the meaning is power beyond anything I could imagine for my children. Digging into the book of Proverbs with Doorposts Hidden Treasures has been such a wonderful addition to our home schooling.

The spiral-bound book is laid out in an easy to read/teach format with the "hidden treasures" those being illustrations submitted by families and children for a Doorposts contest, located towards the end of the book. The book prepares you from beginning to end on how to read and apply the the illustrations to get your family to dig deeper into the book of Proverbs. While it doesn't include every single Proverb as I believe would make for a very large book, it covers the chapters nicely.

We utilize the book with our elementary grade children by reading each chapter aloud, while the children listen and gaze at the illustration. Once the reading is over, they try to pinpoint what verse the illustration is talking about. Once we think we have a good idea what the hidden treasure is, we follow the chapter by chapter notes and study suggestions. I love this part of the Bible time with the children as it helps us to really read, and understand what God is showing us through similes and metaphors and also to pick up on the writing style the author is using in Proverbs. 

I also love that this book is not only set up for your very small children age 3, but also offers many ideas, suggestions and ways to use this book with your older children. There are special activities, and object lessons to use as study tools as well as a few charts to help organize your thoughts and what you've learned. 

I recommend this book to you and your family, if you've been looking for a resource to get you and your children digging into God's word in a more personal way. Of course this doesn't need to be apart of your home school, but is a great addition to any family time or devotionals. 

I would like to thank Doorposts for sending us a copy of Hidden Treasures for our review. We are truly grateful for resources like this to bring families closer. A special thank you to the author Pam Forster, who's worked diligently to create resources like this and many others for families. 

Truth in Review: Doorposts provided us with this book in exchange for our review.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportunities like this one and more.  All reviews posted by us are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor in chief. 

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Crafting & DIY with Contributing Writer Mary Ann Abbott: Color Copy Collages

I'm so excited to have our contrubiting writer Mary Ann Abbott back with us this week. She has a super fun project, that I think you'll adore. 

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Color Copy Collages

Great for little hands or bored teens, this project takes very little parental prep time and encourages young artists to color outside the lines! To start, color-copy an image from a vintage children’s book. I have good luck finding castoff elementary school textbooks at my local thrift shop, and the images are often large and 50’s inspired. Cut out the copy and adhere it to a piece of sturdy drawing paper – a glue stick or rubber cement works best. Now hand over the “canvas” to your artist. Suggest adding a background, drawing on the actual image, and adding embellishments like stickers.

 

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When this masterpiece was complete, I simply created a little edginess to it by haphazardly drawing around the borders and lines with a fine point Sharpie marker. To add a polished “finish” to the artwork, glue it to a piece of cardboard (I used the back of a frozen pizza box), punch a couple of holes in the top, and tie on a piece of ribbon as a hanger. Display the artwork on a door or the artist’s bulletin board!

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Variations on the theme:

  • You might also give you artist a stash of paper, buttons, and other 3-D items for embellishing the artwork.
  • Consider cutting images out of a coloring book or magazine and gluing them to drawing paper.
  • Give the same image and a time limit to several kiddos, separate them, and don’t let them peek at one another’s interpretations until they’re all done.
  • Place the masterpiece in a real frame and display it in a prominent place.

Featurebutton_05Mary Ann Abbott, a collage & jewelry artist and author, lives in the heartland of America where she loves the thrill of scavenging, salvaging, repurposing, and sharing her passions with anyone who will listen! Her work has been seen in several Stampington & Co. magazines, Lark Books publications, and fiction books, but mostly in the homes of her family & friends who get her handmade goodies for every holiday & celebration (and who would probably love a gift card next year). She’d love for you to visit her website A Very Mary Design, but she hopes you’ll be kind as it’s currently in the process of a makeover. 

 


Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: How to keep your kids from choosing "blue" food.

With Easter just passing, I thought it would be a great time to talk about food dyes and how to get your children to choose wisely. You know after you've had your fill of brightly colored marshmallow bunnies.

 The truth of the matter is, I am no expert on food dyes. There has been so much said already, that my plan of attack was to find some of the best articles without the scare tactics and share them with my children.

Just the same as I had shared Jamie Oliver's Letterman "Beaver Anal Gland" comment with them (see below)

 

I also find it important to share with them artificial ingredients, food colorings and things that are unnatural in our food system. For us it has been the best approach. The same as we teach our children to not run out in the middle of traffic, we can teach them how to take care of their bodies and put good things into them that would otherwise cause them harm.

I'm not saying we're perfect parents here but again, without the knowledge of something that harms our bodies, we just continue down the path of "what I don't know, can't hurt me". We all know that's not true! 

This is an excerpt from Dr. Mercola's article Are You or Your Family Eating Toxic Food Dyes, that I shared with my children. I just let them do the reading. 

Food dyes are one of the most widely used and dangerous additives. While the European Union has recently placed regulations on labeling food dyes to inform consumers of the health risks, the United States has no such requirement.

Here are some of the most common food dyes used today, according to the Food Freedom Network:

  • Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue)

    An unpublished study suggested the possibility that Blue 1 caused kidney tumors in mice. What it's in: Baked goods, beverages, desert powders, candies, cereal, drugs, and other products.

  • Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine)

    Causes a statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. What it's in: Colored beverages, candies, pet food, & other food and drugs.

  • Citrus Red #2

    It's toxic to rodents at modest levels and caused tumors of the urinary bladder and possibly other organs. What it's in: Skins of Florida oranges.

  • Green #3 (Fast Green) 

    Caused significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats. What it's in: Drugs, personal care products, cosmetic products except in eye area, candies, beverages, ice cream, sorbet; ingested drugs, lipsticks, and externally applied cosmetics.

  • Red #3 (Erythrosine)

    Recognized in 1990 by the FDA as a thyroid carcinogen in animals and is banned in cosmetics and externally applied drugs. What it's in: Sausage casings, oral medication, maraschino cherries, baked goods, candies.

  • Red #40 (Allura Red)

    This is the most-widely used and consumed dye. It may accelerate the appearance of immune-system tumors in mice. It also causes hypersensitivity (allergy-like) reactions in some consumers and might trigger hyperactivity in children. What it's in: Beverages, bakery goods, dessert powders, candies, cereals, foods, drugs, and cosmetics.

  • Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)

    Yellow 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children. What it's in: Pet foods, numerous bakery goods, beverages, dessert powders, candies, cereals, gelatin desserts, and many other foods, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.

  • Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow)

    Caused adrenal tumors in animals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. What it's in: Color bakery goods, cereals, beverages, dessert powders, candies, gelatin deserts, sausage, cosmetics and drugs.

 

As you can see there are some pretty scary facts listed there, and the rest of the article goes on to site scientific studies and other useful information.

As far as those brightly colored bunnies go? My children were on a mission to read the lable of every single piece of candy gifted to them. They even had me look up ingredients on all of their chocolates, as artificial flavored vanilla wasn't sounding so good to them anymore. Sandly we found that even some of the "best brand" chocolates had artificial flavorings. 

Raising healthy kids is a mission of mine. I find it pleasing with God's help that we haven't spent a day in the doctors office this year and as a matter of fact maybe none last year as well. I can only attribute that to God himself and for new knowlege being shared with me daily. I hope this article wasn't a "guilt trip" of sorts for you, but some encouragment to take control of what you're feeding your kids. Once they go to the real, natural and whole living foods, they'll start noticing taste differences in the other. I think it is a win-win for all of us. 

A couple of other great articles on the topic of food additives and food dyes. 

I'm so Mad I'm Turning Red (no. 5) from the same site Keep an Eye our for Artificial Dyes  

The Dangers of Artificial Food Colors from Natural News

 


Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: Parenting boys 9-12 Boot-Camp Tonight! Reminder

If you've been looking for some great parenting advice for your son aged 9-12, Hal & Melanie Young of Raising Real Men have a spectacular Boot Camp lined up for you. Even if you can't join tonight, you'll be able to join and listen and hear the archives for a whole year! My husband and I really enjoyed last weeks session and hope you'll join in this week. 

 

Here's what the Boot Camp is all about. 

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We’ll be discussing:

Brains Turned to Mush

Temptation Everywhere

Dating and Courtship

Homeschooling High School

Jobs & Entrepreneurship

Doing Real Things in the Real World

Becoming Young Adults, not Sullen Teens

Loving these years!

 

Don't wait! The Bootcamp Starts tonight at 8EST, but remember if you sign up and can't attend tonight, you'll be able to catch up later in the week. 

Visit Raising Real Men for more information on registration. 

 


Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012 - Spring Celebration Craft & DIY Project with Special Guest Rhonna Farrer

Raising Healthy Children can also mean getting their creative ideas flowing. Growing minds that think for themselves, diving into their creative sides. Today I have a special guest for you, the lovely and talented Mrs. Rhonna Farrer of Rhonna Designs. 

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Supplies Needed: 
  • Natural Branches
  • container
  • floral foam
  • scissors
  • 1 1/2 scalloped circle punch or round punch (optional)
  • Easter grass/paper shred
  • birds, flowers, butterflies, mushrooms....anything 'Spring' that you have around
  • Glue Gun/Glue sticks
  • Glitter
  • Twine/String
  • glue/mod podge
Rhonna Designs Printables: Spring Circus Paper Background:

Note: Easter Sayings comes with many letters that can spell various words: Celebrate, Spring, Happy Easter, Spring Has Sprung, Beauty, Happy Spring.

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Steps:
> Print out Rhonna Designs Spring Circus Papers, die cut into butterflies, add glitter to the edges.
Cut out Leaves & Butterflies w/ die cuts or hand cut.
> Print out Rhonna Designs Easter Sayings, punch w/ a 1 1/2" scallop punch, glitter around edges. (If you don't have a circle punch, just letters out in rectangles & snip a 'V' in the bottom to create a little banner) (dip in glue or modpodge & dip in glitter) Hot glue letters onto twine, set aside.

Gather supplies & put together the branch by sticking it into the floral foam in the bottom of the container. (You may need to secure w/ some hot glue)
Add Easter grass or paper shred to the base of the branches.
Now, get creative by adding a dab of hot glue directly onto the branch & adding the leaves & butterflies you cut out. At the base, add flowers, tags, butterflies, birds...whatever you've got on hand.
Finally, tie the Celebrate banner onto your branch & step back to enjoy your creations!

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Thank you Rhonna for sharing this fabulous project with us! 
Please visit Rhonna Designs for more printables, graphics & scrapbooking/project supplies. 

 


Vintage + Modern Mingle: Colors of Spring, Mint

 

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5. Vintage Metal Mint Green Box from LaRouxVintage

3. Vintage Mint Green Tube Clock from RetroReRun

2. Vintage Mint Towel Holder from becaruns

4. Vintage Mint Patterened Mug from mahzerandvee

1. 1970s vintage mint green dress from gogovintage


Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: Organic & Whole Living Recipe: Chewy Granola Bars

After all of the GMO talk lately, I'm tired of packaged products. I'm tired of having to read every single label, every single ingredient and even then, I have to look up ingredients and research said company just to prove to myself the ingredients are safe for consumption. So this past weekend I was inspired to make-from scratch, some yummy snacks for my kiddos and hubbs. 

I've created two Chewy Granola Recipes that I think you'll love, and if you don't they are super easy to change to your taste. 

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This is what I call the base of the chewy granola recipe. The best part? No corn syrup of any kind and no questionable ingredients! 

What You'll Need:

1/2 cup of nut butter, peanut, almond, sunflower seed etc. 

1/3 cup of honey (I use a little less if I'm adding sweet "mix-ins" 

1/4 of Coconut Oil, this time I used Artisana (thanks to Artisana for providing the Coconut Oil)

Base Directions: Mix all of your base ingredients in a large pot and bring to a simmer from med-low to med. Watch so that you don't really cook the ingredients, you're just wanting everything to melt and to combine really well. 

Next you'll want your "mix-ins" 

1 full cup of any of these mix-in combination; almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumkin seeds, hemp seeds (great for extra protein), chia seeds, ground flax seeds, dried fruit, dark chocolate bits etc.

1 Heaping Cup of Oats. 

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Almond & Raisin Chewy Granola Bars (Our family's favorite) 

For my 1st recipe I used the following;

1/4 cup raisins,

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1T ground golden flax seeds

1-2 T dark chocolate bits

1 heaping cup of oats.

Simply pour your melted mixture over your oats and mix-ins and stir to combine. Press firmly into an 8x8" pan. Let cool for a few hours or until "chewy set". 

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These aren't going to harden up like a normal granola would, that's why they are chewy bars! 

Cut into squares and wrap for easy snacking on the go later! 

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Walnut & Cranberry Extra Protein Chewy Granola Bars

For this recipe you'll need;

1 cup of oats (not heaping, this recipe is a little dryer than the other one above)

1/2 Cup chopped walnuts

1/4 Cup chopped dried cranberries

1 T chia seeds

1 T golden flax seen meal

2T of hemp seeds  

 Simply pour your melted mixture over your oats and mix-ins and stir to combine. Press firmly into an 8x8" pan. Let cool for a few hours or until "chewy set". Cut into easy to grab and go servings! 

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I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as our family has. 

What kind of "mix-ins" do you like to add to your granola? 

 

Artisana Review: We created this recipe usuing Artisana Coconut Oil. I can truly say that I absolutely love this product. I love the fact that it is Organic & Raw. We often use the coconut oil in its raw state in our smoothies as well. "

"Artisana Organic Raw Coconut oil is non-hydrogenated, cholesterol-free and comprised of medium-chain fatty acids which are broken efficiently by the body, providing an immediate source of energy.When cooking or baking, use as a substitute for butter or margarine."

 

Truth in Review: Artisana provided us with Coconut Oil & Coconut Butter that we used in these recipes.  We were not paid for any contents of our review or required any certain text within the review. We speak truly from our hearts and hope that you and your family will gain trust from Vintage Indie reviews so that you may enjoy learning opportunities like this one and more.  All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, editor in chief. 

Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure Page for more info.


The Daily Swank: Natural Woven Vintage

 

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Top Left: Traditional Woven Lunch Basket from CarlaValverde Top Right: Vintage Woven Shawl from labiblioteca. Bottom Left: Natural Woven Lamp Shade from wretchedshekels Bottom Right: Vintage Woven Pumps from AquarianVintage


Raising Healthy Kids Month 2012: Parenting boys 9-12 Join Tonight's Boot Camp Webinar!

If you've been looking for some great parenting advice for your son aged 9-12, Hal & Melanie Young of Raising Real Men have a spectacular Boot Camp lined up for you. Even if you can't join tonight, you'll be able to join and listen and hear the archives for a whole year! 

 

Here's what the Boot Camp is all about. 

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Do you have a son who is 9 to 12 years old?

When our boys hit that age, they seem to fall apart. Formerly obedient sons suddenly get angry and rebellious. They don’t seem to be able to control their tempers or get their work done. One of our teens said, “Mom, it seems like when a guy gets to be about nine, his head gets harder and his brain gets softer…” Now, the brother he was talking about didn’t appreciate it much, but it sure seemed true!

Are you starting to see some changes? Does he seem full of anger and hard to live with all of a sudden? Wondering what is going on and how you are going to handle it? Get help now!

We’re inviting a small number parents of 9-12 year old boys that are unwilling to accept teen turmoil as inevitable to join us live for a Raising Real Men webinar series getting you geared up to make these years a blessing and not a nightmare.

We’ll meet together for five lively, funny, powerful and practical sessions that will take the fear out of the coming years and give you the tools to help your guys navigate these dangerous waters safely. We’ll be interacting with you, too, answering your questions live!

Boot Camp 9-12 will help you:

Get in Shape! Shape up your relationship with your son now before the real challenges hit.

Get Armed! Learn about serious dangers your son will face and develop the weapons to deal with them.

Get a Strategy! Learn how to put together a plan for high school and get it done.

Get Moving! Start now to prepare your son to pass through the minefields to godly manhood.

 

We’ll be discussing:

Brains Turned to Mush

Temptation Everywhere

Dating and Courtship

Homeschooling High School

Jobs & Entrepreneurship

Doing Real Things in the Real World

Becoming Young Adults, not Sullen Teens

Loving these years!

 

Don't wait! The Bootcamp Starts tonight at 8EST, but remember if you sign up and can't attend tonight, you'll be able to catch up later in the week. 

 

Visit Raising Real Men for more information on registration.