Back To School Tag + Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much to Kellyn for tagging me for this awesome tag! (which she her awesome self created)

Go check out her blog! 🙂

The Rules|

  1. Thank the person who tagged you. (#shamelessselfpromo)
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Post new questions. (Or a blank copy of the old questions, if you’re too lazy to make your own (or you just love my questions))
  4. Tag as many (or as few) people as you want. (Try to make sure they’re still doing school!)
  5. Wear something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. (I can’t confirm this, BUT I’LL KNOW IF YOU LIE, OKAY? MAGICALLY!)
  6. Don’t die. (Death is terrible for the complexion, dearie)

Note from Kellyn:

I tried to include of mixture of questions for homeschooled and publicly-schooled peeps, so … this should be good for most everyone? If a question doesn’t apply to you, don’t answer it.


1.When’s your first day of school?

Well it was sometime around early February, but I can’t remember that far back guys, so I’m gonna go into the future 2018. #scary

2. What do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? Uh, I mean the learned?

I’m looking forward to having a fresh start and being more organized with my studies. What I’m NOT looking forward too is… um… getting older. Coz’ that’s #scary, guys….. *shudders*

3. Homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?


4. What grade are you going into? (if you’re okay sharing)


5. How many more years of torture do you have to endure learn?

3 (WHAT ONLY?), plus uni, I dunno. 😛 Well technically I’ll be learning my whole life, if I can. 😉 (what I like learning)

6. What are your goals for this school year?

Spend more time schooling and have a better attitude towards math and grammar and other stuff I don’t wanna do.

7. What’s your favorite season to school in? Fall, winter, or spring?

Spring! Because then I can go outside and do it in a tree.

8. How is schooling going to effect your blogging?

Not in any way much. or maybe I could take pictures of me if I happen to dissect a frog.

9. What’s your favorite school subject?

Science and creative writing/english, sometimes logic.

10. Your least favorite?

Most of the time math. Grammar (that’s funny since I’m a writer who never writes because she’s lazy and because she has WRITER’S BLOCK ALL THE TIME).

11. What subject are you best at?

Grammar (except when I have to answer questions you know), creative writing, babysitting (not really a subject), logic (well I like it so I have to be good at it *nods while you shake your head*), music (I just do this for fun though), and math when it likes me (which is usually never).

12. What subject are you worst at?

Math. And grammar (notice how I’m also good at it?).

13. What extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?

Um… I don’t think so? UPDATE: Oh wait! I’m doing drama!! YESS! I’m gonna be in the Sound of Music! Who else loves that movie? *raises both hands*

14. How are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?

I’m not really doing anything… if you count saving money then that’s what I’m doing.

15. Do you play any sports in school?

Nope! But I run… does that count? XD

16. Is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? Or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?

Well it might help. I’m planning to be more organized next school year. It probably won’t do anything for my blogging.

17. How much time a day is school going to take for you?

Considering I’m doing a different Science curriculum (I think I get to dissect a frog), it might take me a little longer than usual. Maybe 4 hours? Or more or less? No idea. remember I’m homeschooled

18. Are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?

*blank stare*

19. Are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?

Nope! I’m looking forward for this year to be over so that I can get more organized with my schoolwork. how many times have I said that?

20. What are you most looking forward to about school?

My science! Ooh and drama as well! 😀

21. How are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?

Well homeschooling is usually life soo… 😉

22. What are your overall thoughts on school?

I love it when it loves me. *sighs* I dunno! #deepquestion

Thank you again for tagging me, Kell, I had fun! 🙂

I tag|















S. Pilt@pheonixdarkscales

That’s a lot of bloggers. *blinks*

Okay here are Kellyn’s questions again.

  1. When’s your first day of school?
  2. What do (and don’t) you look forward to about entering the realm of the dead? Uh, I mean the learned?
  3. Homeschooled, public schooled, or private schooled?
  4. What grade are you going into? (if you’re okay sharing)
  5. How many more years of torture do you have to endure learn?
  6. What are your goals for this school year?
  7. What’s your favorite season to school in? Fall, winter, or spring?
  8. How is schooling going to effect your blogging?
  9. What’s your favorite school subject?
  10. Your least favorite?
  11. What subject are you best at?
  12. What subject are you worst at?
  13. What extra-curricular activities are you planning this year (if any)?
  14. How are you preparing for life/college this year (on a conscious level)?
  15. Do you play any sports in school?
  16. Is there any way that schooling is going to help your blogging endeavors? Or how has it helped your blogging skillz in the past?
  17. How much time a day is school going to take for you?
  18. Are you looking forward to seeing friends more often during the school year?
  19. Are you dreading or looking forward to the event (or did you, if it’s already happened)?
  20. What are you most looking forward to about school?
  21. How are you planning to fit actual life in with your school schedule?
  22. What are your overall thoughts on school?

I was also nominated by Carol@peekingthroughakaleidoscope. Thank you so much, girl! You’re awesome!


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide the link to the post you created.

How My Homeschool Notebook began|

Well, my Mom found a website called Edublogs and told me about it. I started a blog there, still called My Homeschool Notebook, where I shared my thoughts and anything, really. After a while, I moved to WordPress because I wasn’t getting much traffic and Edublogs isn’t used that much.

Naturally, I switched back and forth between blog themes (because I’m terrible at making decisions). I think Nuclear is the theme I’ve stayed with the longest!

After about six months I took a huge unannounced break because I had NO IDEAS… And in April 2017 I made a new blog (with the same title).

So thus concludes the story!

Hey, wake up!

You: Huh? Wha-?

A piece of advice |

1. Be yourself. Everyone wants to see who you are. Be creative. Blogging is a place to express yourself and be who you are. 🙂

2. Don’t push yourself down. Keep trying! Blogging is hard. If you don’t get the amount of followers you wanted in the amount of time you wanted, things will get better; keep trying! Interact with other blogs (but you also need to be careful and discerning of what blogs you check out, and who you interact with).

The nominations |











Sorry, that’s all…

Well I hope you enjoyed reading this!

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Sorry to the bloggers I nominated for both things! If you just want to do one of them, feel free to do so. 😉 | Have you done these tags? | Would you like to do the Back to School Tag? If so, consider yourself tagged! | If you do the tags, put a link down below so that I can check them out! 😀

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Where Dandelions Grow by Aidyl Ewoh {COVER REVEAL!}

Hi fellow book lovers!

I am pleased to announce that Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) has released her final cover for her book; Where Dandelions grow, which I will be reviewing in her blog tour. Congratulations, Lydia!! There is also a giveaway at the end of this post, so read on to find out about it!

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Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?



So comment down below and help me celebrate with Lydia. Look out for an author interview with Lydia and a review of her book. Also, check out her blog HERE!

Where Dandelions Grow is being released as an e-book on September 26th. Pre-Order your copy today for just $0.99! Find the book on Amazon:


Define That Word #2 {Results}


UPDATE: Tomorrow is Megan’s (abarefootgal) birthday tomorrow! Don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday!! Happy happy birthday, Megan! I hope you have a fantastic day. ❤




Do you know how I made slime in this post? And remember how I made it too brittle? Well I was experimenting and I put some QV lotion in it and it made it stretchier and less brittle! 😀 I know it sounds weird, but it works!

Anyway, here are the results for Define That Word #2! I stalled. Again.















Answer Votes Percent
1) Cold, darkness and loneliness. (The sordid room was always in a state of depontiee.) 3 33%  Tess
Fancy 3 33%  Starling
Loyal and solemn 3 33%  Enni

Great job! I thought all your definitions were awesome.














Your definition was: To give back stolen goods voluntarily. (The pirates debooned their booty, for they were conscience-stricken and wanted to change.)














Your definition was: Meezies: The feeling of not being able to sit still. (Jimmy had the meezies as he waited for his vaccinations.)














Your definition was: The state of not being able to think clearly. (Lisle was in kenpise as he stared at the blank paper, unable to move his pen.)














With a total of 19 votes. 🙂 Congrats Tess (blackiesunshine)!

And congrats to Enni and Starling who also had awesome definitions! 😀

Here is your button, Tess. And if you would like to do a guest post/interview, comment below, so I can arrange it. Thanks! 🙂


There you go! Congrats again guys! 🙂

And I think  you probably all want to know about the results for the parliament voting. So here it is:


As some of you may know, our government isn’t minding their own business and wants to control what our parents teach us as homeschooled children. They want bullied kids to have to wait 28 days before their parents can pull them out of school, and the parents have to submit a full overview of their curriculum, and parents don’t really have the right to choose their child’scurriculum. You can see the post here.

I wasn’t too happy with that AT ALL, because parents should have the right to choose their child’s curriculum. So yesterday, my Mom traveled to the city to the Parliament with another homeschooling Mom. I should have went with them, but the train ride was too expensive. When they got there, homeschoolers, parents and children alike were campaigning for PARENTAL RIGHTS.

Unfortunately, we lost under Parliament votings. 20-20. There are a lot of positives though, such as

  • The government now know they can’t ignore us, and that we have a voice as well
  • We have won the favor of people who actually have a say in things
  • Parents have the right to choose curriculum

The downside is that bullied children still have to wait 28 days before being pulled out of school, and their parents have to show their curriculum. I feel sorry for future home educators; I can imagine how stressful that would be.

We still have to submit our curriculum and an overview of what we’ve done during the year,  BUT if they don’t like it, they can’t do anything about it.

I’m not too fussed about that, though. I know so many homeschool parents with large families, and it’ll be hard to collect their children’s work over the year.

It’s not as bad, and parents still have the right, but there are a lot of homeschoolers who are still disappointed.

Anyway, God is in control and He’s made things better. 🙂

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Did you enjoy the definitions? | What do you think about the results? | Would you be annoyed if you had to submit your work at the end of each year?

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The Secret Slipper by Amando Tero & The Lady of The Vineyard by Kellyn Roth {Mini Reviews #1}

Being a cripple is only the beginning of Lia’s troubles. It seems as if Bioti’s goal in life is to make Lia as miserable as possible. If Lia’s purpose is to be a slave, then why did God make her a cripple? How can He make something beautiful out of her deformity?

Raoul never questioned the death of his daughter until someone reports her whereabouts. If Ellia is still alive, how has she survived these ten years with her deformity? When Raoul doesn’t know who to trust, can he trust God to keep Ellia safe when evidence reveals Bioti’s dangerous character?

As time brings more hindrances, will Raoul find Ellia, or will she forever be lost to the father she doesn’t even know is searching for her?

I really loved this book, a little more than the first one. The action was really good. I thought Raoul would be a teeny bit more happy when he found Ellia, but that’s okay.

I really loved Ellia’s character; stubborn, proud. But I didn’t like Dumphey at all. Sometimes it felt like he was older than Ellia, all though it did mention that he was younger than her.

The writing, the dialogue, the characters, the setting; everything was amazing! It is such a heartwarming novella of faith and a Father searching for his daughter whom he’d thought was dead. I loved this book!

There is no magic, not like the typical Cinderella story you all know, and instead of a Prince, it’s a Father!

Not much content warnings. Bioti slaps Ellia. No romance, no violence. Perfect for tweens or younger, or maybe young adults.

5 stars!

Since her divorce, Adele Collier has pursued her own pleasure at the expense of her daughter. When her ex-husband suddenly reappears in their lives, Adele allows him to take Judy to France with him for the summer. The time apart leads her to realize her daughter is the light of her world, yet she’s still not sure she’s ready to give up her lifestyle.

Six-year-old Judy is more than happy to trade her mother’s neglect for her father’s adoring care. She loves his vineyard and wishes she could stay there forever … but someday she must return to England and her mother. However, Judy isn’t sure she can ever trust her mother again.

A novella set in pre-WW2 Europe, this sweet story is sure to delight lovers of light-hearted historical fiction.

Can a family come back together, or has too much time gone past?

Wow. This novella is amazing! I loved Judy and her father. However I don’t think Adele (Judy’s mother) was really keeping Judy away from her father. The book did say that Adele invited him to come to see Judy, but he always refused… That part I didn’t understand. (Kell if you’re reading this, maybe you can give me an answer? XD 😉 ) I also thought Colette sounded too old for her age.

My heart broke for Judy, having only the love of her Granny but wishing her mother wouldn’t neglect her. Especially when she had the talk with her mother. ❤

Kellyn’s writing is amazing, simple to understand, and the setting was perfect. I loved this book and I was really excited when I got it for free today on my Kindle! Unfortunately, by the time I got this post up it wasn’t free anymore. :/ But buy it anyway will you This was a beautiful story that I absolutely adored.

There is some romance, a great book for tweens, teens, and young adults.

5 stars!

About Amanda Tero

Amanda Tero is a homeschool graduate who desires to provide God-honoring, family-friendly reading material. She has enjoyed writing since before ten years old, but it has only been since 2013 that she began seriously pursuing writing again – starting with some short stories that she wrote for her sisters as a gift. Her mom encouraged her to try selling the stories she published, and since then, she has begun actively writing short stories, novellas, and novels.

If something she has written draws an individual into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, it is worth it!

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Connect with Amanda

About Kellyn Roth

Kellyn Roth lives with her parents, two little brothers, mad cat Sparrow, and dogs Gidget and Riley. She’s a Christian, country girl, and all-around American. Ever since she could talk, she had a fascination with words, always making up songs and poems. Now a homeschooled highschooler, she spends her spare time writing. Find out more about her and her novels at

Thank you for reading that and I hope you check out these books!

I will be trying to post twice a week from now on, no specific days.

God bless and happy reading!


Awards Awards And More Awards

Hi everyone!

I know awards are not what you want to see, but I need to get them done. 🙂 So that this post won’t be insanely long, I’m going to include the Liebster Award into one award, except with more facts. Thank you so much to Rebecca, Yash, Beezus, K.A , and Eliza for nominating me for this award. 🙂 To anyone else who has nominated me for this award, THANK YOU!

Le Rules|

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Provide ten random facts about yourself (optional)
  4. Nominate 5-11 bloggers whom you feel deserved this award and have less than 200 followers.
  5. List these rules.
  6. Inform nominees.

50 Random Facts About Moi ( 😮 😮 )

  1. I’ve been playing the piano for 8 years.
  2. I’m going to be acting in a The Sound of Music play next year. Woohoo!! I love that movie!
  3. I love the movies My Fair Lady (but what’s with the ending?!) and The Sound of Music. ❤
  4. I’m going to faint before these 50 facts are over.
  5. I have six siblings.
  6. I’m in the process of writing three books.
  7. I’m also writing a prompt book, so four books.
  8. I’ve been homeschooled for forever.
  9. I can’t do a cartwheel or a handstand.
  10. I have two nephews and one niece. (the cutest babies/toddlers in the world!!)
  11. My height is 4.5″
  12. I like working for my money, I don’t like getting it for nothing (sometimes). 😛
  13. I love the word smile. 🙂
  14. I love logic and analyzing.
  15. I love discussion posts.
  16. I love babysitting!
  17. I keep changing my blog posting schedule. So now I’m just going to post three times a week, no specific days. ;D

Guys I can’t think of anymore. XD I already did ten eleven facts in the last Liebster award and the rest you already know about me!

I nominate|(who hasn’t done this yet?!!)



Tess/BlackieSunshine@Steeple Chase Blog

Mirra@A Young Writers Dream

Hope@Nerd Notebook

Mukta@Born Free

Bella@Totally Random

If I didn’t tag you and you would like to do this, feel free to do it! 🙂

Also, if you nominate/tag me for something else, please link to one of my posts so I’ll know and I’ll be able to do it! 🙂

If that didn’t make sense, this helpful post by Bella will, so check it out! 😀

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The Kind of Thing I Think Blogging Should Be + BIBPC

Hiya lovelies! 😀

When I first started blogging back in 2015, I started it because I wanted a place to share my thoughts, and my life.

Over the months I’ve been blogging, I’ve kind of been trying to be like other blogs. Change my content so that people will read my blog as much as they read someone else’s. Make it as pretty so people will visit it more.

That’s all good. It’s a good thing to make your blog likeable and appeasing to your readers. That’s why I have a blog survey. 😉 But don’t try too hard, guys!

Blogging should be a thing where you can vent out your feelings and share your life. Have fun and don’t stress so much! Personally, I like reading blog posts of people’s thoughts and their life. Other posts are good too, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t do posts other than what I’m talking, but I don’t think we, as bloggers, should spend so much time trying to please our readers.

I’m struggling between having a schedule or not. I feel having a schedule is kinda limiting, because I should be able to post whenever I like. But I also think schedules are good, so I can be consistent and not run out of posting ideas.

I’ve put heaps of my posts back into drafts because I’m afraid people won’t enjoy reading about my life.

Don’t do that! Even if you think your life is boring, maybe someone else can smile about it. 🙂 So be yourselves, humans! There is no one else like you. ❤

Next up: The Kinds of Posts I Really Hate

Haha JK. XD

But I do think there is such a thing as useless posts, such as an apology post. Apologizing to people for not blogging for a while. Sure, it’s okay to apologize, but don’t make a whole post about it, folks. 😉 i just went of track there didn’t i

BIBPC #5, Category 3 – Books

First, I just want to apologize to all the bloggers who’ve nominated me for the Liebster Award or any other tag/award. I’m sorry for the delay in posting them, but I will soon, as well as the results for Define That Word.

I’m also going to be trying to post every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Just so I can get posts up consistently. 😉

Megan, I’m on Team Watermelon. 🙂 Anyone on my team, don’t forget to post extra photos to make up for the team members who aren’t able to enter any!


The story behind my picture is that we have heaps and heaps of old books in our house. We also have some creamy colored flowers out the front yard and some ornamental pear trees. So I stuck the book into the branches and snipped of a flower and took this picture! 🙂

I’ll post extra pictures on the BIBPC page as soon as the next category comes out!

God bless!

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What do YOU think blogging is about? | Do you agree with me? Or not? | Do you agree that I ruined the whole post with that last paragraph (apart from BIBPC)? | Do you like reading posts of people’s lives, their adventures and their thoughts? 

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Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler {Spring & Playground Photography} UPDATED

Hi my friends! 🙂

Spring is coming! The daffodils and the Narcissus Hybrids Erlicheer are everywhere now. That took us a long time to figure out the name of the white flowers! 😀

Today we scootered (is that a word?) to the playground and had a little BBQ. We also brought our Science books and played Guardian of The Keys and Giants Treasure.

I was being a little silly and I told my Mom that if I went into the middle of the bare winter mulberry tree and kissed the trunk, it would blossom and I’d stuff myself with berries. So I did that and bet my Mom $5 that when we came back from the playground I would have enough berries to pick I wouldn’t have to have dinner.

Obviously it bloomed and I ate the berries. In my mind. I didn’t lose $5 after all. Even if I wasn’t supposed to anyway. There were berries on the tree! I promise! in my mind. Shhh! Don’t tell my Mom. She might give me $5!!

There were a lot of Daffodils on the walk to the playground.




My brother cooking the sausages on the playground BBQ. I can smell them from here!



I also took some pictures of a magpie in the blossoms and on the grass.

“Is it raining??”

MAGPIE BOKEH in the blossoming plum trees.

“WAH! What’s that??”
“Peck peck!”


Taking a pic of moi shadow.


My brother trying to be a circle for me for BIBPC (Boring Into Beautiful Photography Contest, hosted by Megan). XD As you can tell, it’s not working. Thanks, though, bro! ❤



Blossoms on the tree. Can’t wait till they turn into fruit!


Kinda blurry. :/


Eh. The lighting isn’t very good!


I love the above one! ❤




So pretty! It was a lovely day today. A nice day after a week’s worth of raining. I love the blue sky in-between the branches.

*sings* Mr. Blue Sky! Please tell us why, you had to hide away for so long (sooooo looong!)


Hanging dangerously close to dropping my camera; I take my shadows’ portrait… 😛 ok not really




Circles. But not for BIBPC! 😉


Monkey bars.


Close up on the monkeys.


The other monkey bars.


More circles, but still not for BIBPC. You’re probably thinking, “If she’s not entering these ones in, then the ones she is entering is probably really good.” Well, sorry. You might get your hopes dashed cruelly.


More of the evil playground things that make your hands red and make you look like you’re falling when you flail your feet around to get to the next bar.

After I took half of these photos before we had sausages. YUM.

After that, we played Giants Treasure and Guardian of The Keys. Giants Treasure I am terrified of grabbing the treasure and running away. And terrified of being the giant and having my precious treasure stolen. Are you like that?

Then my brother and I had a running race across the grass. I won. 😉

The moment you’ve all been waiting for. My BIBPC #5 photo. Megan, I’m on Team Watermelon. 🙂

Thank you so much for hosting this contest!

The story behind the photo:

I had a lot of photos that were circles, such as the monkey bars and the bolts on the wobbly bridge. I decided to take a picture of the water spurting out of the drinking fountain. When I took the picture, it turned out they looked like circles! It took me a while to get an OK photo of it though. I thought this was a little more unique than the monkey bars, so… 🙂


It’s a little blurry, but they are pretty fast, right? And also, the bolts are circles as well. 😉

Thank you so much for reading guys, and I have reached 73 followers, so a sincere THANK YOU SO MUCH! ❤ If you haven’t already, please take MY SURVEY, so I can give you better posts. I’m going to try and reach 100 by October.

Also, one of my followers suggested doing a GIF post. I’ve been wanting to put GIF’s in my posts, but where do you guys get good clean GIF’s? Please help!

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What is your favorite picture? | Did you like my BIBPC picture? Do you think I should have used one of the monkey bar ones or the shadows of the circles (or my brother) instead? | How was your day?

God bless! 🙂

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