Monday, December 11, 2017

Four Birthday's, One Party




We celebrated four birthdays yesterday. My baby is turning 3 on the 16th, my niece turned 6 on the 6th, my son turned 13 an November 29th and my soon the be sister-in-laws son is also turning 13.

We made a Spiderman cake for Brently, a Frozen cake for Izzy and an OU cake for the two teenage boys. 

I say we because I was trying to make all of these cakes and had to call in reinforcements to help me because I totally underestimated how long it would take me. If one of my dear friends hadn't come over to help me, I would not have got them all done! 

I did however make buttercream icing for the first time!


The kids had a blast. So did the adults. The adults broke out in a Nerf Gun War. lol 










It was a little confusing when we sang the birthday song, lol, but it was great day. 




So blessed to have been able to celebrate it with great family and friends. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017



This is my first Throw Back Thursday link up, but I love this idea! 

This weeks TBT post is: 

It would be too tiring to go to school...and the other reasons my kids think we homeschool




Commercial Palm Trees/Silk Plants Direct Review




I was recently contacted by Commercial Palm Trees with an offer to do a review in exchange for a product of my choice. 

Since Commercial Palm Trees is a commercial site, I was to choose my product from Silk Plants Direct

Since my friend, and soon to be sister-in-law is getting married, I decided to choose a set of bouquets!



They came 6 to the box. When I saw the box I was concerned that they would be too small, but they weren't. They were the perfect size for bridesmaids bouquets. 



OK, so what did we think of the bouquets?

We both thought pretty much the same thing. The bouquets were a little lackluster compared to the picture online. However that doesn't mean that they are not nice. 

We plan on adding a few diamonds and some ribbon and making them just what we want!

Personally, I think they look more real than any other silk flowers that I have seen. 

And for the price of $15 per bouquet, that's not bad at all!

I would recommend Silk Plants Direct for your bouquet, or silk plant needs. 

If you have a business, or are in need of outdoor plants, be sure to check out Commercial Palm Trees. They have an amazing selection to choose from. 

If you are interested in doing a review for Commercial Palm Trees, leave a comment and I'll get in touch with you with all of  the details. 

I received a free product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC regulations


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

2017 Homeschool Review Crew Blue Ribbon Awards



Sadly, the Crew year is over for the holidays, but I am super excited to have been invited back for the next year!

I really have missed the Crew, the curriculum, and all of the wonderful ladies. 

I am really looking forward to next year, when I'll have a full year!

I only reviewed four products this Crew year, and they were fantastic! 

The first review I had this year was for Reading Eggs.

I had never heard of it, and was supposed to review it from the toddler perspective. However my niece came to stay with me for this year so I could homeschool her. 

I got to really use the main part of the program and I'm glad I did. 

This has to be one of my all time favorite reading programs. I will be using this with her, and with Brently. 

The next three products I reviewed were all from The Pencil Grip, Inc


We thoroughly enjoyed all three of these products, especially the scissors and the paint markers. 

The last review I did for the Crew this year was Forbrain.  

Now, the rest of the Crew members reviewed MANY more products this year. 

The Crew has something we call Blue Ribbon Awards. At the end of the Crew year we get to vote on what/who we think the best product was, and to be able to say THANK YOU to all of the vendors who so greatly blessed us this year. 

You can check out the 2017 BLUE RIBBON AWARDS HERE!!

I hope you find some great, new products that you wouldn't have found other wise. Good luck!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Forbrain / TOS Review







I recently received a product called Forbrain from Sound for Life LTD to review.  It is quite different than any other product I have reviewed before. 

This product looks like a head set, but instead of listening to music or other audio, you listen to your own voice. 

Forbrain uses bone conduction to transmit the sound of your own voice faster, and with more clarity than air conduction. 

It has a filter that enhances specific frequencies of speech that surprises the brain to increase memory, attention, and sensory processing. 

It corrects the way you hear your own voice, which leads to better speech production and increased confidence. 





OK, so your probably wondering just what/who this product is made for. 

Forbrain helps people with many issues.

 Some areas that you could expect to see an improvement in are:

  • A greater comprehension of the written word and verbal fluency
  • An improvement in verbal or short term memory
  • A sustained attention span and a greater ability to stay on task
  • An increase in concentration and focus
  • An improvement in speech, pronunciation and fluency
  • A greater self esteem and self confidence

If you could use help in any of these areas, Forbrain is for you. 


Forbrain can be used with children ages 3 to adult. There are a few exceptions. 

Forbrain is not suitable for:

  • Children under 3
  • For people with Parkinson's disease
  • People with hearing loss in both ears of 80%
  • People carrying a cochlear implant
  • People with epilepsy

OK, now your probably wondering just how you use this product!

In a nutshell, you put the headset on, read or sing out loud, and listen to yourself.

I know that's an oversimplification, but that's really all there is to it. There is obviously a lot more going on scientifically, but as far as how to use it, that's pretty much it.

If you are interested in the science behind it you can read about the scientific evaluation and the scientific results

Forbrain is meant to be used daily, for 6 to 10 weeks. (It can be repeated)

Depending on your age, you would use this for 10 to 30 minutes a day.

 The following chart shows how many minutes you should use it per day depending on your age, and what areas you can expect to see improvement in depending on age as well. 










OUR EXPERIENCE:

When I first learned that I would be reviewing this product, I thought I'd use it for myself to see if it would improve my memory and for my niece to see if it would improve her attention span. 






I tried it myself first to see what it is like. I'll admit I had NO idea what to expect. It was a little intimidating. 

It is a little weird at first, but you get used to it pretty fast. You hear yourself talking, but it's like if you were covering your ears and talking, except that you can hear everything clearly. 

I read out loud while I had it on. I do see how it can make you aware of your pronunciation and speech. 

You are forced to hear yourself, I mean really hear yourself.  You could read out loud or talk out loud all day long and never really hear, or pay attention to the way you speak, or how you sound. When your wearing this device, you are totally aware. 

My niece is almost 6 and she couldn't wait to try it. I put it on her and I read out loud to her and she repeated what I said, or she recited the alphabet. 


We've had this device for 6 weeks. You are suppose to use it for 6 to 10 weeks. I think I need the full 10 weeks to be able to see full results, however I do think that this product has potential. I definitely see how it increases your focus already, even though it's only been 6 weeks.

 We have also had a lot of sickness the last couple of weeks. I haven't been able to use it with my niece the entire time as I had planned, due to a bad case of Croup. 

I do think this is a case where I need to add an update later on, but from what I have seen already, I expect more good things from it, along with what I have already seen, such as increase in focus and awareness of speech and pronunciation. 

I encourage you to read the reviews and testimonials  on the Forbrain site as well as the reviews of my fellow crew members. 

Forbrain {Sound For Life Ltd Review}

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