Saturday, July 02, 2005

Marcus' Review - "War of the Worlds"

A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells's seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it.

Science Fiction/Fantasy
Running Time: 117 min.
Release Date: June 29th, 2005 (wide).
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images.
Distributor: Paramount Pictures

Yesterday I saw War of the Worlds. I thought it was a very good action, sci-fi movie. It turned out that the aliens had buried their vehicles in the ground before we were even alive. To get to the ships, the aliens were put in pods then shot down and disguised in lightning bolts with a reflective coating so they couldn't be seen easily. Their ships looked like a tripod with a leaf-shaped head. They also had these tentacles which they used to harvest us, and certain tentacles which were like scouts to search places were we could hide liked houses which weren't totally destroyed. Surprisingly they I think were vegetarians. They used human blood to grow these roots which they would feed on. Their ships were able to go in the sea, air, and land so noone was safe. The aliens ended up dieing by drinking the water, and breathing the air that was on our planet. Because of the microrganisms in the water, and air they multiplyed in the alien's body like bacteria and that is what killed them.

I won't give anymore about the move but put it on your Must See Summer Movie List.

Marcus Berry

Greeting Cake is Now Offering "Cup Cakes"

"Cup Cake" with cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, candle and choice of mug.

Greeting Cake is now offering Cup Cakes. They are a cake mix, frosting, sprinkles, candle and mug. Cake flavors: chocolate mix/chocolate frosting, white with chocolate frosting and white cake/white frosting. Mug colors are red, yellow, green, black.

Price $8.00 each plus $3.95 s/h per "Cup Cake". Orders must be prepaid.

Payment Methods: Paypal, Personal Check and Money Order. We accept website, phone and email orders.

Rona Berry-Morin
Distributor 0505697
The Greeting Cakes Company

Country Bunny Bath & Body $10 Mystery Grab Bag Offer

$10 Mystery Grab Bag available with purchase
Limited Time Offer July 1-31, 2005

Contents valued at minimum of $15.00. Includes multiple items. One regular purchase needed to purchase unlimited bags. Grab bag content may vary.

Bags are filled with a fun selection of current, specialty and gift products.

You can view our entire product line or place orders at our online store.
We accept website, email and phone orders. Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, check and money order.

July's Recipe of the Month - Baked Rigatoni

This is so Good! My husband is still talking about it. Marcus actually ate the leftovers for breakfast! It's quick and yummy. This is a good one to do with the kids. Just add a green salad and some bread for complete meal.

1 pound rigatoni pasta
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground meat (beef,pork or turkey)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
8 ounces coarsely grated mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt. Add pasta; cook until slightly underdone. Drain, rinse in cold water, and drain. Toss pasta with 1 tablespoon oil to coat. Set aside.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add meat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 10 minutes. Add garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Cook 2 minutes more. Add tomatoes; simmer until thickened about 20 minutes.

Put pasta and sauce in a 9x13 baking pan. Sprinkle mozzarella on top. Bake until cheese is pale golden to 25 minutes. Remove from oven, and let stand for 15 minutes.

Faith Builders by Jill Hart

Have you ever had one of "those" days? You know, when your one year old spit up right as you were leaveing the house, the car wouldn't start and you locked your keys in the car? I have! In fact, sometimes I feel like I've had more than my fair share of those days.

But, believe it or not, the Bible tells us that times like these are faith builders. Many times we think of major problems in our lives as faith builders, but the "little" timesare, too! Sounds funny though, doesn't it? Things go wrong and yet it is supposed to STRENGTHEN our faith.

But, it's true! According to 1 Peter 1:6 & 7, our faith is actually strengthened as we allow God to see us through "those days". These times are small in the big scheme of things and yet God can use them to build our faith in a way that may be major when we look back upon them.

1 Peter 1:6 & 7 - "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed."


Jill Hart is the author of the e-book, 2 Weeks Devotional Journey for Christian Work at Home Moms, and the founder and editor of Christian Work at Home Moms This site is dedicated to providing work at home moms with opportunities to promote their businesses while at the same time providing them spiritual encouragement and articles. E-mail Jill at for additional information or stop by her site at

Friday, July 01, 2005

Enrolled Marcus in Connections Academy

We needed to make a change to Marcus' homeschool curriculum. Since we are planning a move during his school year we needed a program that was accepted in other states. I enrolled him into Connections Academy. It's a tuition free public school for K-9. He'll take his tests, lessons and quizzes online. He will also have the opportunity to take Spanish.

I included some information about Connections Academy. Please visit their website, to request a brochure or to enroll.

Connections Academy is a new form of public school that students attend from home. This is a unique program that combines the strong parental involvement of homeschooling, the expertise and accountability of publicly funded education, and the flexibility of online classes.

Connections Academy provides the tools and support. You provide the day-to-day instruction and personalized attention.

To discover more about Connections Academy, visit website at or call toll-free at 800-382-6010.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Homeschool Talk Radio - June 27, 2005

This week's show featured the following guests. How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and on to Learning: Author Carol Barnier, from, shares what it's like to homeschool a highly distractible child. Please visit Carol's website to read up more on dealing with child, getting her books or signing up for her daily tip.

Heard Anything Funny Lately?: Communication Expert JoJo Tabares from tickles our funny bone, and announces a fantastic summer contest!

Tips to Go for Parents Today: Jodie Lynn from Parent to answers a question about whether or not it's a good idea to homeschool through the summer. We're taking the summer off. Yeck, Marcus wasn't the only one looking forward to time off.

Working from Home?: Nancy Brown from shares a great telecommuting article. I spent 20+ years working in call centers so I started looking for a customer service job to do from home. It took about a year but I found my home CSR job last December.

Stop by the website for the Kids Zone. Kids can call in to a toll free phone number and talk about their favorite book. Maybe they'll end up on the show.

Just click on the icon on the lower left of our Blog.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Tax Relief For Stay-At-Home Families Being Pondered

June 24, 2005

Congress Ponders Tax Relief for Stay-at-Home Families
by Bill Wilson, Washington, D.C., correspondent
Bill would help those who choose home life over work life.

Rep. Lee Terry and Sen. Sam Brownback introduced legislation yesterday that provides comprehensive tax reform for parents who choose to work from home.

Increases in costs of living have had a serious impact on many families who must care for children, elders or family members with disabilities. The congressmen said the Parents' Tax Relief Act would take away the take penalties for those who put family first.

"Parents face difficult challenges in balancing work and family responsibilities," Terry, R-Neb. said. "This bill will end a long-standing inequity in the tax code by expanding the Dependent Care Tax Credit for day care costs to stay-at-home parents. It will increase family-friendly employment opportunities such as telecommuting and home-based businesses, and double the personal income tax exemption to help . . . families care for their children, and elderly or disabled family members."

He recounted conversations that led him to seek the tax relief.

"Having folks that come up to me that are stay-at-home parents that say things like, 'You know, I don't know why our friends who have children in day care, and I chose to stay home with our children, why they get a tax break for the cost of the child care but no one's looking at the costs that we have," the Nebraska Congressman said.

Brownback, R-Kan., said it's time to promote families in the tax code.

"We need to recognize the value and the importance of a family that's committed to raising their family and the sacrifices that people make to do that," he said. "Instead of subsidizing people to not care for family members directly, we should be encouraging them to care for family members directly."

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said the bill is the first step toward equalizing the tax code.

"This would bring a level playing field by extending dependent care tax credits for stay at home parents, entirely eliminating the inequity caused by the marriage penalty, and by making the child tax credit permanent."

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