Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MyFreezEasy Review Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}

Vendor: MyFreezEasy
Product: 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 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 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. 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.

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Free Good at Long John Silver Sept. 19th

Head to Long John Silver’s on September 19th to score a FREE Fish Tender or a Piece of Chicken in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day when you talk like a pirate! If you are willing to wear at least 3 pirate items, you’ll score a FREE 2-Piece Fish or Chicken Tender Basket! This is valid at participating locations only, so make sure to call ahead. Find a location nearest you!

Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition Review

Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review

Vendor: Apologia Educational Ministries
Product: Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition
Age: Notebooking Journal-3/4 grade and up
          JR version- K-3rd grade
Price: Astronomy 2nd Edition Text- $39
 Notebooking Journals - $27 each

Apologia: Exploring Creation with Astronomy Review
About: Apologia Educational Ministries always has grest Christian curriculum to work with. They are also really good for use with multiplegrade levels. I was very excited to get to review
Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition. Included in what I received was the following:

Student Text
Notebooking Journal
Jr. Notebooking Journal
Audio CD

The student text is a hardback book that provides all the learning material for the lessons. The pictures are brightly colored and the text is easy to understand for multiple levels. One step further Apologia also gives the Audio CD option in which you can listen to the whole book on audio and just follow along in the text. This was such a great addition as it is helpful to those that are not strong readers or those that learn by auditory learning better.

The Notebooking Journal is for the older students. There is copy work as well as activities like minibooks. Then you also can use the Jr. Notebooking Journal which is for your younger kids. There is less writing in this version and more coloring. This helps the smaller ones not get so overwhelmed but are still learning the same thing.

The journals include a daily schedual on which section to read and do. This is great for those of us that do better with an already planned out schedual. I also like it because then my kids don't think I am just making them do extra work and am going by a premed lesson.
We have really loved this set and we will continue using it for the remainder of our year.

Be sure to check Apologia Educational Ministries on Social media. Also click below to see what my fellow crew members had to say about their experience with this Astronomy set. Each lesson is pretty short with great facts and learning. Then they add in an activitie like making a solar system or eclipse box.  These were fun to make and helps add to the learning with hands on. My kids are huge fans of doing "fun science" as they call it. It makes it so much easier for then to pay attention through the reading and the book work to know their will be something fun for them to work on after. The book work isn't so bad either. There is some copy work as well as things like crossword puzzles. This makes it a little fun when they are still going over the things they learned in the days reading. Apologia Educational Ministries never disappointed us in the past and they did not this time either. One of the perks of the lessons is that it is all biblical based and has scripture through out the lessons to back up the facts they are using in the book. There is such a battle with secular things that it is good to show kids the Bible we follow and love validates the way we belive the world was created and the things in it are all Gods handy work for us to enjoy.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Spiritual Circle Journal Review

Spiritual Circle Journal

Vendor: Spiritual Circle Journal
Product: Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids and Teens
Age: 8 years old and up
Price: $15.00

Spiritual Circle Journal

About: My daughter, who is 11, has started to include the Spiritual Circle Journal for Kids & Teens as part of her Bible time. This journal, from Spiritual Circle Journal, includes 3 pages of Parent/Teacher/Leader guide instructions to help parents and homeschoolers to use this tool with their children. This section just gives the parent helpful tips and some inspection on using the journal. This is intended for children that are 8 years old and up, however younger children could do this too with a bit more guidance. The journal in total contains; instructions, a sample journal (by a 12yo boy), 66 journal pages, and 15 pages for summary and personal use for a total of 94 pages.

This journal is neat because it helps children really dig deeper in their thoughts and in line with God's word. Sometimes keeps have a hard time knowing what to pray for or getting their feeling's out. This journal helps with prompts via bullets aka the bubbles.


Journal Entry
- which are cloud bubbles and they ask the child what they are feeling for the day.
Lyric/Verse - Music note bubble where you put down a song or a verse that may have been stuck on your mind for the day.
Message - Bible bubble is the place to put what you have learned for the day.
Confession - heart bubbles that ask if you need to ask God for forgiveness for anything.
God Moving - car bubble where it asks if you have seen God Moving in your life.
Lesson Learned Light-Bulb Moment - light bulb bubble. Here you think of any moments you had a light bulb go off on something you have have done.
Prayer - backpack bubble where you might ask God for help with something. Maybe something is bothering you.
Thank You/Adoration - note bubble that you put what you can praise God for.
Actions - shoe bubble where you put something God wants you to do, maybe helping others.

This has really be a "God send" as my daughter is coming into her preteens and all the emotions that come with it. She had a hard time talking to me, sometimes it's just for lack of words to say. This gives her an outlet with prompts to help her know what to say and how to get out what she needs too. I really think all kids would do amazing with this but I really think this is amazing for the preteen age where they are so confused with what is going on anyways. Plus it helps them build that daily time with God and to see how they should use that time as they grow with God and in age. I think the idea point's are some thing that will stick with her for a long time to come. I also think it is a great place to keep her thoughts she doesn't want people to know. I allowed her to keep her privacy on it after we did a couple days to help show her the way it works and to help her get a feel for it. I don't think it was my place to invade on her feelings until she is ready to come to me with them. I think she loves that security that she can get it out of her mind but still know it's between her and God.

Be sure to check Spiritual Circle Journal out on Social Media as well as check out what my othere crew members had to say about their children's experience with the journal.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
Vendor: just2ducks LLC
Products: Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar
Age: Elementary Age
Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
This review was given to me by and just2ducks LLC. The following items were included for review:
  • Jolly Phonics Teacher's Book in print letters
  • Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2 and 3
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Teacher's Book in print letters
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Student Book
  • Jolly Songs in print letters
  • Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
    Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

    About: Jolly Phonics is a common core program that helps kids learn their Phonics so they can begin reading. They learn the sounds of the letters along with little reminding gestures to make it fun. The lessons are short and about a page long. This makes it go by quickly and nit overwhelming the child. The pages are full color as well. The song book comes with the CD so the kids can practice further with singing out their sounds they are learning. 

    Jolly Grammar teaches grammar and spelling rules. They do this through spelling lists and activities like unscramble sentances and maring current punctuation. 

    How we used: Since we are just learning our sounds we only used the Jolly Phonics, the teacher book, and song book. Each day we did a new page which housed a new sound. We would then listen to the songs to help enforce what we learned for the day and the past days as we went further through the book. Then their is also a color picture and word to go with the sound that I would have my son do during the day to keep up with what he learned that morning. The lesson also includes words for that sound and they get to write it. This helps teach them some basic words and understanding reading them. Letters are also taught in sound frequency vs in alphabetical order. Book 2 and three continues on with more words and then sentances. Lots of copy work for these lessons. 

    We did not get to the grammar books but we did look them over em for when time comes to use them. It goes over spelling, nouns, verbs, and adjitives in book one. 

    Overall we loved the books. The multisensory spin on learning helps retain what is taught. This is really good for kids that lack focus and getting them moving adds a new light to things to remember. I think any child struggling to read or needs help learning English would really benifit from these, either in the class or at home as a helper tool. 

    Be sure to check out Jolly Literacy on social media as well as checking out what my other crew members had to say about the program. 

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    Thursday, August 18, 2016

    Enlivenze LLC Review

    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
    Vendor: Enlivenze LLC
    Product: Solar System
    Price: $24.95
    Age: Level 2-ages 7 and up

    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews
    About: Enlivenze LLC gave our crew the wonderful change to review a fun little busy activity. The FlipStir Puzzles are just exactly what their name says. I got to test out the Level 2 Solar System FlipStir that is for children ages seven and up. FlipStir is a 3D self contained puzzle that you have to flip and stir to solve. The Solar System is a 10 peice puzzle. It is in a vase type container with a little stick that goes down inside it that you are able to pull in and out and around to help stir the peices in order to get them to match up and make your picture. That sums up the simple instructions: Shake, Stir, Solve!

    This was a great busy item to keep with us.  No matter how many times the kids solved it I could shake it up really good and make it a new challenge for them to solve again. Not to mention being a self contained puzzle you do not have to worry about missing peices floating off. This made it great for on the go.  We have many appointments for several things so we go alot. My only wish is that I would have had three to review to keep each of the big kids from bickering on who's turn it was to solve next.  It really was a joy.  Even my ADHD kids were able to focus on this to complete it.  Since it's not horribly long to do it was perfect for obtaining and keeping their attention. A smile shake up and they were ready to go again with a new mix to resolve. It was so nice seeing them get excited as they were getting it together.

    I think this is a great busy game for any child that likes a challenge but may not handle tasks that take forever to complete.  It also doesn't get boring quick since each time you shake it the peices are on a complete new order.

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    Also check out what other puzzles my crew mates were able to try out,  some of Level one as well.

    FlipStir Puzzles Reviews