Guest Post Sunday: The 5 Ways To Happiness by Maggie (Dreaming Of Guatemala)

Guest Post Sunday: The 5 Ways To Happiness by Maggie (Dreaming Of Guatemala)

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday to all of you:) Today, I got to guest post on my lovely friend Cheila’s blog!! If you’d like to see what I wrote, head on over to Pink For Days. xxx

Pink For Days

Dear readers,

This Sunday I bring you a post by one of my favorite bloggers and a dear blogger friend, Maggie, who blogs over at Dreaming of Guatemala.

If you don’t already know her, take this chance to stop by her wonderful blog. She writes about her faith, her family (she’s a proud big sister of 3), her Spanish studies (she’s learning on her own!) and her daily accomplishments, among a few other subjects. I’m so happy that she has agreed to guest post for me and she has come up with such an amazing and helpful post about positivity, something we all need to focus on.

The 5 Ways to Happiness 

Hi everyone! I’d like to start by saying thank you to Cheila for this awesome opportunity to guest post on her blog! It was so kind of her to think of me, and I’m really excited to get…

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Library Book Sale Haul!

Library Book Sale Haul!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Depending on where you live, I hope that your day has gotten off to an awesome start, or that your day is going great, or that you had an absolutely fantastic day! Take whichever one is right for you!

I am so excited about today’s post. I loved writing it, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you guys! This past weekend, my family and I went to the library, but when we got there, we found out that they were having a book sale! They only have a few a year, and I haven’t been to one in a long time, so I enjoyed browsing their selection. I ended up walking out with six different books, which I will be sharing with you today in my very first book haul!! ❤

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Library Sale Book Haul

Book #1: Bible Trivia by J. Stephen Lang.

What It Is: An awesome book full of 4,000+ Bible trivia questions and answers!

Why I Bought It: My family and I love doing quizzes like this, and the fact that this is all Bible-based trivia questions is epic! As well as the great selection of questions, I love the formatting of the book; the questions are on one page, and the answers to all of them are listed and numbered on the other side of the same page.

Price: Amazon’s listing ~ $10.78 ~ and what I paid ~ $1!

Book #2: Webster’s New Pocket Spanish Dictionary.

What It Is: A tiny pocket Spanish dictionary, with a Spanish-to-English index, a list of Spanish abbreviations, and an English-to-Spanish index!

Why I Bought It: I’m fairly certain I’ll appreciate having one with me in Guatemala. Regardless, I love the size, formatting, cover, and this one is in like-new condition! I couldn’t pass it up.

Price: Amazon’s listing ~ $5.09 ~ and what I paid ~ 50¢!

Book #3: The Princetta by Anne-Laure Bondoux

What It Is: An adventurous YA novel I’ve never heard of before, but was intrigued by the synopsis.

Why I Bought It: I’m currently challenging myself to read 26 new books in 2017 with A-to-Z titles. That means that first, I read a book that started with “A,” then another new book that started with “B,” and so on. Right now, I’m reading a novel that starts with a “D,” and at some point, I will get to the letter “P,” and this is the book I’d like to read for that letter!

Price: Amazon listing ~ $2.99 currently! ~ and what I paid ~ 50¢!

Book #4: Living With Passion & Purpose by Elizabeth George.

What It Is: A study of the book of Luke!

Why I Bought It: I’ve read a few other books by Elizabeth George, and I absolutely loooove her writing! I briefly read the summary but didn’t need to look into it too much since all her books are fantastic.

Price: Amazon’s listing ~ $9.62 ~ and what I paid ~ 50¢!

Book #5: The Island of Heavenly Daze by Lori Copeland.

What It Is: A Christian story about a pastor’s struggles to stay in a very heavenly town.

Why I Bought It: I read the synopsis on Goodreads maybe a month ago, and I knew I just had to read it! The best part is, it’s the first in a series – or trilogy? Saga? I’m too lazy to go look, haha – so I snatched it up the moment I saw it, and bought it without even looking through it (which I always do for minutes before buying any book!).

Price: Amazon listing ~ $6.83 ~ and what I paid ~ $1!

Book #6: Hamlet by William Shakespeare.

What It Is: A copy of the unabridged play, described on the back as being for “foreign language teaching.” The foreword and stuff like that at the beginning are in Chinese.

Why I Bought It: Ah well, I kind of collect copies of Hamlet. I don’t plan on letting this collection get out of hand, but I do love having different editions and versions, especially the professors’ forewords and take on it (except for when it’s in Chinese, of course hahahah). This is my sixth copy of the play. I know that the cover is absolutely horrid (Kenneth Branaugh is still awesome, though, lol!), but I fell in love with this edition, anyway.

Price: I couldn’t find an Amazon listing. But I paid 50¢!

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Thanks for reading, everyone! I really enjoyed writing this ❤ Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books!

What have YOU been reading recently?

–Maggie

Chemistry 101 ~ A Student Review

Chemistry 101 ~ A Student Review

Homeschool product reviews are most commonly done by homeschooling teachers, so I’m breaking the mold a bit here, haha! As an 11th grade homeschooled student, I just recently finished a science course that was absolutely amazing, and I knew that I just had to give my review of it.

Today’s post is all about Chemistry 101: An Overview of God’s Chemical World.


my bear wanted to pose with the case because it turns out that he loved it just as much as I did. hehe!

Chemistry 101 is a Christian high school chemistry course. It’s nearly 11 hours long, consisting of 19 episodes (between 20-45 minutes each), and with each episode, there’s a section in the included booklet called the Guidebook. The Guidebook gives more information on all of the topics covered, as well as additional segment quizzes, relevant activities, easy science experiments, and field trip suggestions.

From the ancient study of alchemy to the future of chemistry, Wes Olson, the creator and star of the series, did a great job of covering everything clearly, informatively, and enjoyably.

While this course is specifically designed for high schoolers, it can definitely be fun for all ages! Everything is family-friendly, which means that children, as well as parents, can join in on learning.

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Back in August of last year, my mom planned for me to watch Chemistry 101 for my 11th grade science. The previous year, I watched Biology 101 and absolutely loved it; not only was it done well, but I’ve always been interested in learning about animals, as well as how we work, so I’m not surprised that I enjoyed it. Learning about plant life turned out to be interesting, as well. 🙂

Anyway, even though I was really looking forward to watching Wes Olson teach science for the upcoming year of my schoolwork, I was still dreading the thought of studying chemistry. I’ve never liked science-y stuff, atom models look terrifying, many concepts look too hard to even begin to comprehend, etc … but after watching just the first few segments, I found myself looking forward to learning about the Periodic Table of the Elements and enjoying learning everything that he discussed!

This course isn’t the same as other school curriculums; it’s really designed to teach anyone interested in the fundamentals of chemistry, from the elements to all of the brilliant people whose revolutionary ideas brought us to the understanding of chemistry that we have today. Chemistry 101 was my favorite school subject, and in all of my years of schooling, out of all of the great courses my mom has found to teach me, that’s a high compliment. It’s worth every penny and so much more.

Even though I’ve already watched the DVDs twice through, as that was the course requirement (and, as I just realized, means that I’ve spent almost a whole day of my life watching it, hahah!!), I’m looking forward to watching it all over again at some point in the future. I was so sad to finish it, but I completely intend on continuing my study of chemistry, as well as other areas of science, on my own. Currently, I’m reading a book I found at the library on atoms, and it’s been quite intriguing so far!

If anyone reading this is interested in having a better understanding of God’s chemical world, then this is the course that you NEED to buy!

  • Click here to learn more about Chemistry 101,
  • Click here to visit the 101 Series online store,
  • Click here to watch the full, 38-min Chemistry 101 introduction!

To finish this review, I’ve written a note to the whole Olson family: Thank you so much for your curriculums!!! You have completely changed my view of science for the better, and the fact that you did it as a family makes it so special. I know how much of a group effort all three (soon to be four) were, and I can’t applaud you all enough. I also can’t express how excited I am to watch Physics 101 during my last year of school! 🙂 I’ll probably write a review on that after I’ve completed it.

— Maggie