What You See Is What You Should Get: 6 Things To Do While Shopping Online

Guest post contributed by Abigail Sabijon

Say you’ve been surfing the net for so long for that adorable birthday present for a best friend, an awesome car accessory or the living room centerpiece you’ve always wanted. Until you stumble upon a relatively new site and they have just what you want. The problem is that tons of shops sprout like mushrooms lately, selling undeniably attractive products (including the one that you’ve always wanted) but how can you tell they’re legitimate and trustworthy?  Instead of gambling everything right away, do the following things to make sure you get the best bargain for your money when shopping online.
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Get Crafty with Craftsy! Free Online Classes are available!

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What is Craftsy?

Craftsy is a worldwide craft community that offers online classes.  Craftsy has something for just about everyone, from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, gardening and cooking!

Why should I take a class online?

Craftsy courses provide you with the convenience of a world-class instructor in your home, whenever you want to learn. Online education, no matter what subject, is a great alternative to in-person classes for many reasons. The main one that comes to mind is convenience.

You can begin with free online classes at Craftsy.  Here are a few great options to keep you occupied this winter!

Happy Crafting with Craftsy!

Free Online Homeschool Resource Roundup!

When I first began homeschooling I was told that you can basically homeschool for free using the web.  Well, I was a little bit skeptical and went out and purchased books anyway.  After three years, I’ve gained a little more confidence and realized that it’s okay to try things until you find whatever works!

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Here are a few of my favorite resources for teaching at home.  You can use these as a full curriculum or as a supplement – even if you are not a full time home educator.

Star Fall – Learn to Read with Phonics {Free}  Pre-K and Kindergarten
This is and was a great resource for my kids when they were just starting school and learning how to read.  It offers games and makes learning fun.  Your Pre-K student can navigate this site easily.  They are so adorable when you see that little hand on the computer mouse working. 🙂

All -In- One Homeschool – Complete Online Curriculum {FREE}  Pre-K – 8th
Luckily, I stumbled upon this at the end of the last school year.  We had previously purchased a full online curriculum for $500 that just did not work for my daughter.  She was bored out of her mind with it.  So one month before school ended, I switched curriculum.  Crazy right?!  What can I say?  She loves A-I-O-Homeschool!  There is so much to offer – from foreign language, computer basics, building a blog?!! Yes you read that right :), and music!  There is even a FB group for support.  High school courses are being added too!  You can watch the video to see how it works here.

Kahn Academy – K – 12 Math {Free}
Kahn Academy teaches through videos.  There are sample problems and additional problems offered if your child needs a little extra practice.  Kahn Academy is always adding new content.  Besides Math, they are currently offering science including biology, chemistry, and physics.