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#ProudMom, Congratulations Bear!!

This summer Kenden entered several contests and he has won a total of $100. 

  • $25 for June Reading Contest 
  • $25 for July Reading Contest 
  • $25 for July Activity Contest 

The final $25 was won for achieving 1st place in the Writing Contest for 6-12 year olds.  He submitted his 500+ word research paper called A Primate’s Life.  I’m so proud of him! 

The most amazing thing about his prizes is that he gave them out to everyne in the household.  He said with everything that’s happened,  we all deserved to buy something.  He is my FAVORITE FIRSTBORN!!  Because of his generosity, his grandparents awarded him with double his prizes and the tablet he was saving up for.  Again, we are all so proud of him!

You can read excerpts from all the winners here: 

Summer Contest Writing Winners – Schoolhouse Teachers 
As a homeschooler I occasionally wonder if I am giving my children the perfect education.  Moments like these I’m so grateful for confirmation that we made the right decision and are on the right path. God is so faithful to ensure that his children are always reminded that he is guiding us and has perfected our path.  It is our prayer that he is glorified by the fruit of our household and the generations to come. 
Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

Style and Show: POET Half Wig 

In year 35 I’ve been enjoying curly units and burgundy units.  I was so excited to rock these cute coils and wanted to share both color choices with you. 


Hope you enjoyed this quick look at this cute and curly unit in black and burgundy.  Wigs give me the option to try various hair colors and lengths temporarily. One day I will get bold and dye my hair but until then, I’m loving these units.
Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

REVIEW: Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek!

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This year Team KEMP Academy decided to learn Greek with the help of a curriculum created by Karen Mohs of Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  For approximately five weeks we have been learning this language via the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set which includes the Student Workbook, “Full Text” Answer Key, Flash Cards, and the Pronunciation CD.

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Going through this language as a family has definitely been fun, interesting, and full of adventure.  The Greek language has often been associated with higher education, finer lifestyles, and biblical scholarship so one might find it initially intimidating.  At first, I was a bit hesitant in attempting to learn Greek because my only familiarity of the language included a few mythology lessons in high school and several academic organizations in college.  Growing up in the south I’ve also heard quite a few preachers break down scripture using Greek which was always a sign that they attended seminary.  However, after a quick discussion with the family, Bear had convinced us all that we could handle the language and shouldn’t skip out on the opportunity to truly try something we’re not familiar with.  A few weeks in and I’m so glad we all listened to the courageous Kemp.

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Even though we are newbies at this language, Level 3 is recommended because it starts with a review of the Greek alphabet as well as previously taught vocabulary from Level 1 and Level 2.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set is thirty-six lessons which include reviews, plenty of activities to practice reading and writing, and bible copy work.  To complete the bible copy work a Greek interlinear version of the New Testament and blank journal/notebook must also be purchased.  Bible copy work begins with the book of John and students are encouraged to start copying only one word each session and add more as they progress in the curriculum.  This allowed practice of correctly placing accents, punctuation, and breathing marks.

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The provided schedule of lessons suggests students complete one lesson in the student workbook per day.  Our homeschool will continue to complete a lesson daily, Monday through Thursday during the upcoming school year.  The Flash Cards were located in the back of the Student Workbook and I just cut them out, affixed them to colored paper, laminated the set, and placed them in Ziploc bag for storage.  The process didn’t take long but you can also purchase the Flash Cards on a Ring to avoid having to personalize your family’s set of flash cards.  The Pronunciation CD is definitely a MUST HAVE because there were a few words that I have been mispronouncing.  If it wasn’t for the CD, I would’ve never known and definitely could have passed my ill-informed Greek to my children.  The alphabet song is easy to learn, teach to others, and would be a great way to introduce the language to young children.  I even found myself singing it to the preschool class during Vacation Bible School.

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Overall I thing this will continue to be a good fit the Team KEMP Academy because it introduces the language in small doses and has plenty of repetition.  Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 3 Set  breaks down the language all while including activities that challenge you to dig a bit deeper and increase knowledge daily.  The courageous Kemp, Bear, has enjoyed using these items and never forgets to practice the flash cards everyday.  Funny that I have to remind him to clean his room, but he reminds me to practice Greek ‘n’ Stuff.  I wonder why…

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You can check out additional Homeschool Review Crew blog posts featuring more products offered by Greek ‘n’ Stuff via this multilingual hyperlink.  There you will find reviews on the Hey, Andrew! Teach Me Some Greek! – Level 2 as well as several KJV and NIV bible studies including Jonah & Ruth, Esther, I Samuel, and Acts.

 

Κάνει πλάκα αυτή την εβδομάδα,

TaNeisha κ.

 

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Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 

Introducing Stick it in Your Planner

Happy Sunday!  I know this post is going up later in the evening but I hope all the #plannerbabes will jump with excitement for this announcement.  So, here it goes. . .

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In the beginning of 2017 I started using a Happy Planner which I have mentioned in a few recent blog posts.  After sharing my July monthly flip through in all my planners, via this wonderful blog post, I decided to give you all some insight to the current sticker shops I follow on Instagram and shop via Etsy.  Stick In In Your Planner is the first shop I’m introducing and it just happens to be the first one I ordered from.  Lisa is known for her customizable daily/function stickers, cute kits, and great shipping cost.  The variety of kits and daily stickers offered includes an array of colors, premium finishes, and even additional goodies like the monthly mystery box.  You can see me share a recent haul from her shop via my @Married2KDK Instagram and you can see a close up of the Rose Gold, Mother’s Day kit via this haul video.

But that’s not all I’m sharing today!  I recently received a position on the Stick It In Your Planner PR Team so you know that means I have an exclusive coupon code to share with all my #plannergeek, #plannernewbie, and #planneraddict friends.  **Check the image below for that SPECIAL COUPON CODE**

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The items I’ve purchased from Lisa’s planner sticker shop have been great quality, arrive quickly, and are well worth the price.  She communicates with her customers and always responded to my inquiries in a timely manner.  Remember, before I was a team member I was a customer, and I still shared her great products.  So make time to visit Lisa’s shop, browse the virtual aisles, place some stickers or planner accessories in your cart, apply that coupon code, and enjoy your purchases.  Be sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest for plenty of planner inspiration and let her know that @Married2KDK sent you.  You can also check out her blog for a cute planner freebie!

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Happy shopping,

Ta’Neisha K.

Burgundy On My Mind

Lately, I’ve been going through a burgundy hair phase that has me trying all sorts of cute hairstyles in that color.  Here are a few of my favorite burgundy wigs that allow me the opportunity to rock this color hair without actually changing mine.

  • Dominican Curly half wig has been my newest burgundy sensation because the curl pattern is gorgeous.  I also love that the length and the beautiful highlights that this unit features.  You can check out my review for this curly masterpiece in my recent video.

  • Janet Collection has a short and sassy curly unit by the name of Selina that has recently caught my eye.  This unit is perfect for the busy summer season and I also love to wear it on rainy days, accompanied by a headband.

  • Finally, I’m loving the 100% Human Hair unit by Model Model, called Yaky Cap, in the color 99J.  I have seen so many mixed reviews about this unit but when you work it (style it to your liking), you can WERK IT!  And for the low cost, it is definitely worth the try to check this unit out.

 

Now of course, I have so many more burgundy units I could share but for now, these are in continuous rotation.  Don’t be afraid to use extensions, clip-ins, and wigs to try out a hair color that is on your mind.  Step into your nearest beauty supply store, have a try on party, and step out wearing your new colored hairstyle with nothing but confidence.

 

Make this week colorful,

Ta’Neisha K.

How to Survive the Family Reunion

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Summer is usually a great time for families to get together, reconnect, and catch up on old times which is always great.  I enjoy hearing the old school music, watching our children run around with their cousins, and listening to the elders tell stories from way, way, way, way back when.  I love the various sounds of laughter, dominoes slamming on the table, trash talk during the spades game, and forks hitting the plate all going on simultaneously.  And, let’s not forget the precious babies being passed from lap to lap or the hugs shared when the newest spouse is introduced.  I LOVE FAMILY REUNIONS!!

Here are my top five tips for surviving the family reunion:

  • Don’t sit at the spades or dominoes table unless you can actually play the games.  Just know that when people sit down at these tables during the reunion they are representing for their whole lineage and  will take no prisoners.  Most families only have reunions every two or more years therefore, the tournament winners have at least 730 days of bragging rights before defending their title again.  Please believe, family will hear about this again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and…
  • Have games and activities lined up for various age groups of children and adults to help keep everyone engaged and participating throughout the day.  For example, in the small children area include toys, coloring books, crayons, etc. In the early elementary area have various board games, family card games, etc.  Include a selfie station for the tweens/teens and even consider putting them in charge of being the photographers for the event.  The whole family can see and share the photos by creating a unique social media hashtag.  Finally, include games for the adults like a newlywed game or family feud as part of the event entertainment.
  • Be prepared for the family elders to say whatever is on their mind!  Age has given the family elders authority to speak it as soon as it enters their minds so if you are short, get ready to hear about it.  If your baby is ugly then come out of denial and get ready to face the music followed by a “bless his heart.”  If you are overweight or obese get ready to hear all their weight loss tips, even if they are big themselves.  If you are single and over 30, you better have a great explanation as to why you aren’t married yet accompanied with a matrimony timeline.  Now deciding whether or not to #clapback is up to you.  I just suggest that you respect their age, smile, and keep it pushing until you’ve hugged all of them.

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  • Go on a detox at least 1 week prior to the event.  Drink plenty of water and eat EXTRA healthy.  You may have to travel for your trip which means you might have to fast food along the way.  Plus, you know your favorite uncle will have the BBQ on point and your aunts, grandmother, cousins, and own mother will have assorted sweets available for all reunion attendees.  Don’t be afraid to use this reunion as your cheat day or cheat weekend but prepare your body in advance and don’t skip the leafy green salad at the event.
  • Last, but certainly not least learn all the latest line dances before you go.  In fact, if you are over 30, learn all the newest dances  just so you can show up the young people.  I love the look of surprise on their faces when out dance them in something that was made up yesterday. #yougotserved

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So as you pack, plan, and detox in preparation for your family reunion don’t forget the most important thing to do is have fun and make memories.  Enjoy seeing your awesome features and characteristics in your great grandparents, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, children, and even those twice removed.  Love on everyone!  Hug on everyone!  Take a picture with everyone!  Remember, time spent enjoying family is definitely time well spent.

Make this reunion memorable,

Ta’Neisha K.