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I started blogging 7 years ago as a creative outlet in our early homeschooling years. I chronicled what was happening in our homeschool as well as our daily lives. As our family grew and changed, my blog grew up with us. Raising Arrows has become more than just a blog; it has become a community of people (mostly women and mostly moms) who share ideas and stories, pray for one another and laugh and cry alongside each other.
I love blogging!
However, I know blogging can be difficult. Everything from the technical side to the time management side of blogging can make your head spin!
That is why I am so excited to have contributed to this amazing blogging resource created just for you by bloggers just like you!
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Using Facebook to Grow Your Blog
Using Twitter to Grow Your Blog
Using Pinterest to Grow Your Blog
Using Freebies to Building Your Blog
How to Create Your Own Printables
Selling Your Own Products
Using Affiliate Marketing
How to Write a Media Kit
How to Write a Product Review
Working as a Virtual Assistant
Running a Group Blog
Marriage & Blogging
Balancing Motherhood & Blogging
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The Power of Attending a Blogging Conference
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And here’s some great news!
I have 3 copies to give away today!
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The winners of the enJoy Movies Your Way Giveaway are…
I was compensated for my time reviewing this product, writing this review, and hosting the giveaway. The opinions stated below are my own.
Have you ever watched a movie and thought it was really great…except for that one scene? Or maybe you have wanted to watch a certain movie with the kids, but there are a couple of bad words you can’t get past.
There are companies out there that have a library of movies you can choose from that have been “cleaned up”, but let me introduce you to a company that actually allows you to clean up DVDs yourself to better suit the individual needs of your family.
I had looked into other programs that filtered movies, but many of the movies we owned were not available. Plus, many of the things we would like deleted or muted were not filtered out by other programs, and yet, scenes we didn’t mind were deleted. When I heard that enJoy Movies Your Way gave parents total control over DVDs, I was intrigued and signed up for a free trial.
enJoy Movies Your Way is a software program you download to your computer (note: this software works with Windows Vista and Windows 7, but not with Mac or Windows 8; however, a Windows 8 version will be coming soon!). When you put a movie into your DVD drive and start up the enJoy software, you can mark the scenes you want to skip or mute. Once you have marked all the scenes, you simply use the customized filter you have created to watch the movie.
Because enJoy Movies Your Way gives you total control of what scenes you deem inappropriate, you don’t have to worry at all about what your children might see or hear.
For instance, we used enJoy to filter National Treasure.
One of the scenes that drives me crazy is when Ben, Riley, and Abigail show up at Ben’s father’s door in the middle of the night and his father immediately assumes Abigail is pregnant. While this scene is explainable to my big kids, my little kids aren’t really old enough to get it, nor do I want them to. I’d rather that whole exchange didn’t exist.
Well, guess what?! With enJoy, I was able to delete it!
Another neat thing you can do with enJoy is choose what ages the filter is for. I set up profiles for my younger kids and my older kids, so that I can use different filter settings depending on who is watching the movie, but most of the time I find myself using the same filter for everyone.
Creating filters is explained via video and/or pdf files, so you can familiarize yourself with how to get the best results for every movie you want to filter. (PLEASE watch/read these – trust me, you don’t want to try to just jump in and figure it out on your own – ask me how I know! *blush*) The process is quite easy once you get the hang of it. You can do everything from delete entire scenes (like I did) to simply muting certain words. I’ve actually gotten good enough with it that I can be watching the movie via the filter software and mark the scenes as I go.
I will be honest, this is not as quick as using a pre-programmed software, but I really like the control it affords our family. I can take any movie we own and filter it myself. enJoy Movies You Way is also working to build up a library of pre-programmed filters you can choose from, so over time this selection will grow.
We already watch a fair share of our movies via my laptop, so needing to use a computer with a DVD drive wasn’t an issue for us. Thankfully, you can easily hook up your computer to a television using the proper cable if you’d rather watch your filtered movies on a larger screen.
The price is great too! For only $3.00 a month, you have access to any filters enJoy creates as well as the ability to create your own, suggest movies to be filtered, and share filters with and by other users. (Get a 40% discount if you sign up for an annual subscription – that’s only $22 a year, folks!)
The biggest con is the time it takes on the front end to set filter marks for your DVDs. Overall, the time required to filter our personal DVD library has been well worth it.
Every family is different. While military combat scenes are allowable in our home, you may not find them to be appropriate in yours. Likewise, certain references or slang may not be something we like for our children to hear, while these same references are perfectly acceptable in your home. enJoy Movies Your Way gives you, the parent, the freedom to choose for yourself what content is appropriate for your individual family. Ty and I like having that freedom!
I’m excited to be able to offer you the chance to win one of 5
FREE TWO MONTH MEMBERSHIPS to enJoy Movies Your Way!
All you have to do is enter the giveaway below:
The winner of the See the Light Cartooning DVD is…
Congratulations, Jessica! There should be an email waiting for you in your inbox!
Remember to take a look around the See the Light website and consider this program for your art curriculum next year!
It’s time to start thinking about next year’s curriculum, so let me suggest one of our favorites…
See the Light has an amazing lineup of art projects and curriculum that having meaning and message behind them. We have used their Art Class DVDs as our homeschool art for the last 2 years. I had all but given up on doing art as part of our homeschool until I found See the Light. So many of the art programs we had tried were not practical for our family. See the Light was different and very much what I was looking for. A few of the reasons I am so impressed with See the Light are:
See the Light has also released stand-alone Art Projects. We ended up trying the Bonus DVD Cartooning because my children are forever doodling on their schoolwork!
After chores on Friday, I sat all the children around the table while I started lunch, and they worked through some of the lessons on the DVD. It kept everyone busy and happy, and best of all, they were having fun!
Want to know more? Watch my video review of Cartooning:
And guess what?! Tonight (7pm ET), you can catch Pat Knepley at the Schoolhouse Expo, giving a lesson from the Cartooning DVD! Click here for more information.
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Cartooning Art Projects DVD
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