Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The Critical Thinking Co.™ Review

Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}

Vendor: The Critical Thinking Co.™
Product: Language Smarts™ Level E
Price: $42.99
Age: 4th grade

Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}
About: The Critical Thinking Co.™ was amazing enough to let me try out their Language Smarts™ Level E curriculum. I have worked with The Critical Thinking Co.™ before and have always enjoyed the things they offer. The  Language Smarts™ Level E is a full Language Arts curriculum geared for fourth grade students. The book comes in at 400 pages long. A great thing is that it is fully colored, which I think helps keep kids eyes on the work. The book teaches reading, writing, grammar, and punctuation skills. It also then emerges into 5th grade critical thinking and vocabulary skills. The lessons are easy to follow with no pre-prep from the parents. They also include fun activities after each lesson.

We did two pages a day during the review period. There are 258 assignments so that means we did two of those in a day.  This was just the right amount of work without overwhelming my child. Each one of the assignments are in a red box that are easy to read in a larger font and also have the directions highlighted to draw the eyes to what needs to be done. I really loved this because it helps you focus and also makes what is important to stand out. The lessons are fun as they have activities to do after them. like it he beginning we went over suffixes and prefixes as well as syllables. we had activities like word searches and unscramble of words. I think those things helped keep her wanting to continue on and get to do the fun part of the lessons. The book also covers word relationships, editing, parts of speech, using reference books, and much more. This really does teach everything that is needed to make it through 4th grade and get a good jump start on 5th grade.

I do think unless your child is firmly in 4th grade you may want to wait on the book as it does progress pretty deep but it also gives a great jump into 5th grade. I think by the end the child will be able to jump ahead in some 5th grade curriculums. Having short 1 page assignments really is good for those children that may not be easy to keep their attention. My daughter is one of those children and we didn't have to fuss daily to get a couple pages done. There is plenty to do two a day and make it through the whole year with just this book. however of you wished it could also be used along side another curriculum and be additional practice.

Be sure to check them out on Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Critical-Thinking-Co/46128092293
Google+: https://plus.google.com/114500823774999703181
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/source/criticalthinking.com/

Also check out what my fellow crew members had to say about this book as well as others. They also have some great programs for pre kindergarten ages.

"Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™" program described here: http://www.criticalthinking.com/preschool-academics and/or our "Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Before Kindergarten!™" described here: http://www.criticalthinking.com/reading-writing-arithmetic-before-kindergarten-bundle.html "  
Language Arts {The Critical Thinking Co.™}

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CrossTimber Review

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews
Vendor: CrossTimber
Product: Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse
Price: $25 and up
Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

About: CrossTimber is ran by The Dehnart Family. This is a Christian company providing some amazing name meanings to products. I recieved the Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse. This was a 5x7 framed picture that I chose to use the name Zilah. The Dehnart family is really great about talking with you personally about what each name means and how they come up with it. Or if you are like me, I enjoyed the surprise when I recieved my finished product. They have many background choices to choose from as well as a few options on frames. They also offer a a few other products thst you can personalize as well.

Ordering is super easy. I went to their page and chose the size, frame, and back ground. you then enter the name you will want the meaning for. I did not choose to talk with them about the meaning of Zilah prior to getting my frame. Zilah was a baby that was born to soon into the hands of the Lord. I have not been able to find anything that I liked enough to remember her by and when I was offered this review I instantly knew this was meant for her. So I wanted to be surprised when I opened it up and seen it.  I will just say I was in tears when I opened the package and seen her name right there in all the beauty. Also the personally pick bible verse they added was just perfect. God usually knows what you need and I think he made sure they knew what I needed as well.

This is a wonderful company to work with. It was truly a blessing to get such a wonderful frame and picture. They have many other things you can get the name and meaning on as well. 

Through Dec 4th, CrossTimber are sponsoring a Name Gift Giveaway.

You can enter the giveaway for a chance to win another free Name Gift or $10 gift certificate!

Grand Prize: The winner may choose between a: Personalized Mug OR a Name Plaque or 8x10 Plaque! --> Plus 9 more prizes: $10 Gift Certificates

Giveaway ends on Dec 4th, at this url: www.Meaning.Name/giveaway.html

CrossTimber 2016 giveaway
Be sure to check them out on Social media as well as see what my fellow crew members had to say about the company and their personalized items.

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/crosstimber 

Personalized Framed Plaque with Name Meaning and Bible Verse {CrossTimber} Reviews

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

No Rinse All Purpose Cleaner

Cleans floors, woodwork, greasy countertops, and appliances, and even kills mildew.

1 cup of clear ammonia
1/2 cup of white vinegar
1/4 cup of baking soda
1 gal. Of hot water

Mix all of the ingredientsbin a bucket. Then pour the solution into a hand held spray bottle, or sponge it on straight from the pail.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Homemade Laundry Detergent

1 cup of Borax
1 cup of super washing soda (Arm & Hammer) AKA sodium carbonate
1 one bar of soap or one cup of  bar soap finely grated. I grate mine with a cheese grater and then use the food processor to make it even finer.

Mix all ingredients together until thoroughly blended. Use one TSP per load, or two for towels or heavily soiled clothing.

Some notes:

What better way to save money and do something better for the environment by using phosphate free ingredients.

I can safely use my grey water to water my yard and garden and save water as well.

The Zote bar soap can also be substituted with Ivory or Fels Naptha, basicly a soap with no added fragrances and oils.

Super Washing Soda AKA sodium carbonate, is very difficult to find. Summer time is the best time to get the soda porton of this and stock up. You can usually get this from hardware stores or in the pool section at Wal-Mart.  I also have Soda Ash if you can get your hands on that.

Bar soap- I have researched the best bars to use and they include; Zote (home depot), Fels Naptha (Winco & ace hardware), Ivory, & Irish spring. I would stay away from moisturizing soaps as they could leave oils on the clothes.

It can be used in in front loading washers and is actually preferred as it is low sudsing.

I sore these in the rubber made totes to keep dry and kids out of it.

I also have hard water and this works great still, as well as I only use cold water to wash in.

~any tips or variations to this feel free to comment~

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

So with my new dishwasher I have to post my cheap recipe to make my own dishwasher soap.

1 cup of Borax (this is found at Wal-Mart in with the laundry soaps)

1 cup of Super Washing Soda Or Pure Baking Soda or Soda Ash (Found in the Pool section of Wal-Mart)

5-6 packets of Lemonade Kool Aid (or something similar with citric acid in the ingredients)

Mix well

Use one TSP per load

MyFreezEasy Review

MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}

Vendor: MyFreezEasy
Product:  MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership
Price: Basic Membership $77 a year
           Premium Membership $95 a year

About: Erin Chase is the wonderful woman behind MyFreezEasy. She put together MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership to help make things easier in the kitchen at dinner time. Being a mom of 5 and a busy schedual I was happy to review this. MyFreezEasy allows you to make a meal plan for your family. You can choose from pre-designed meal plans for complete ease or you can do custom meal plans from their huge list of recipies.

I went with the pre-designed meal plans just because I didn't want to take the time to filter through so many tasty meals to make my own plan. The plans include 5 to 10 recipes thst can make 10 to 20 meals. The plans are super easy to read and understand. They include the recipe for the meal and how to serve or how to freeze for later. Also included is the shopping list, assembly instructions, and lables for if you freeze the meal. A bonus is that the recipes also come with modifications to make them gluten or dairy free. I have one dairy free kid so it was nice to be able to easily change a recipe for her. There are also many different plan options to choose from.

  • Traditional meals
  • Gluten Free meals
  • Clean Eats meals
  • Chicken only meals
  • Ground Beef only meals
  • Slow Cooker meals
MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}
So if you have found a sale, on say chicken you can check out all the chicken meals to use it up. There is also the gluten free plan which I know many people would love. 

I also loved that it is all laid out for you on how to prep to cook. This was also an added bonus to be easy for my daughters to help cook as well. Having everything there step by step they were able to make some of the meals themselves. Unfortunately Hurricane Matthew wiped out all of our meals as we lost power and still have not gotten it back on. I will be glad to get back into stocking up again though. 

Our favorite meals were the chicken recipes. We made the Baked Island Chicken last. It was a nice sweet chicken which the kids love anything sweet. That is another thing I loved is I found most all recipes were very kid friendly. Also letting your kid help you assemble the meals makes them more likely to try the fruits of their labor than if you just blindly give them a new food. 

Overall great membership to have. Great for busy mom's and dad's as well as maybe a new chef in the house wanting to try to make new foods and can help fill the freezer while doing so. I also believe this is grest for those families who may not be bus but don't have the ideas on what to cook. This really takes the guess work out of it all. 

Be sure to check them out on Social media as well as see what my fellow crew mates cooked up. 

MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}

Friday, October 7, 2016

Everyday Education LLC Review

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}

Vendor: Everyday Education LLC
Product: Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwritting
Price: $27.00 digital e-copy
Age: Beginning or struggling readers, as well as any age that need handwriting

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}

About: Everyday Education, LLC gave me the wonderful chance to review Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwritting for my struggling reader.  This program is broken up into 60 lessons. Each lesson is for one days work and the goal is to be able to read and write well by the end of the 60 days. Each lesson is a step by step tool to teach your child to read and write well. It is phonics based program at 218 pages long. I reviewed the digital version, which can be used for all in the family.

The writing portion of the program is to teach how to write beautiful. Meaning it's more italic style. My daughter loved this style. She has never been one to really care for writting, much less making it neat. I also notice the extra fancy way of doing letters helped her keep them written the correct way. She is dyslexic and still writes many letters backwards. You start out by practicing the letters in both upper and lower case. Some letters we used a separate sheet of paper to practice more. Then they have you to move on to copy work by doing a poem line for line. This section is just teaching the added italic to the letters but at a vertical position. After you finish these lessons the next move on to adding the slant. Which is a bit more difficult when you have written vertical all the time. There is more free writting in this section vs just copy work. Then to finish there is lesson on how to combine letters to make writting faster. It also goes a step further to learn to write with a calligraphy pen. We don't have one yet but we are all super excited to try it. I remember trying in highschool and couldn't figure it out. I howe very was trying to self learn.

We spent the majority of our time on the handwriting during the review period bit we are moving on to the reading portion now. This is a Christian based program and there are scripture throughout the pages. I think this would be great for anyone that wants to add some fun to their writing lessons or want to take the 60 challenge of teaching your child to read.

Be sure to check them out on Social media pages as well as click below to see what other great products my crew members have reviewed.



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Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}