Monday, April 27, 2015

Petunia Skincare - {Tomoson Review}

Have you ever tried a Derma Roller. I hadn't until recently, and I was really impressed. I was sent a Derma RollerRevitalize Eye Serum and, Best Anti-Hyaluronic Acid Serum with Vitamin C by Petunia Skincare.

I was a little nervous to try the derma roller. However, when I used it it didn't hurt at all. If you haven't used one or heard about it they are getting very popular as a alternative to more expensive cosmetic surgical procedures. The derma roller has been proven to to stimulate collagen production. It can be used to build up pitted acne scars, large pores etc...

The instructions on the derma roller says to use on clean skin and do about 10x rolls across the whole face, or you can focus on problem areas. I don't have any major problems but of course I am starting to get fine lines on my face. I love how this makes my face feel. It was especially nice when used with the Vitamin Acid Serum with Vitamin C and the Eye Serum. It really felt amazing! Honestly my skin felt so smooth after using all three products together.

I did noticed my pores have definitely gotten smaller - however, I don't fancy posting a picture of my pores.

All in all I think this product is great, I know Boo has come into the room a couple of times while I was using the derma roller and was very intrigued - now she wants to try one too!

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Spelling You See - {TOS REVIEW}

Spelling You See Review

We love Spelling You See we have reviewed it before here with Captain and he is still using it. So when I was given the chance for one of the older kids to review it I was really excited. Boo actually tested in their highest level available at the moment Modern Milestones Level G. There are seven levels currently available from A to G.

What we received;

Level G Modern Milestones 2 workbooks
Level G Modern Milestones Teachers manual
1 pack of erasable pencil crayons

Level G Modern Milestones contains 36 weeks of lessons (3 lessons and 2 dictation exercises per week). Boo actually works at a slightly faster pace however I think this program would be perfect for a year long spelling study. This is how we have been working on the Level B program with Captain that we reviewed last time.

Spelling You See's Philosophy from their website is as follows;

Those who set out to remember every letter of every word will never make it. Those who try to spell by sound alone will be defeated. Those who learn how to ‘walk through’ words with sensible expectations, noting sound, pattern, and meaning relationships, will know what to remember, and they will learn to spell English.
Edmund Henderson, 1990, Teaching Spelling p. 70

I have mentioned before that we love a traditional education and lean towards Charlotte Mason methods, which is one of the reasons we love the Spelling You See approach. Spelling You See follows the fives stages of spelling and if you click on the link it will take you to their page that explains each step.

1. Preliterate
2. Phonetic
3. Skill Development
4. Word Extension
5. Derivational Constancy

Boo is a very independent student and she has really enjoyed this program. She reads at a very high level, but sometimes doesn't feel as confident as she would like in her spelling ability. When the review for Spelling You See first came up I assumed it would be for Captain. However when we looked at what was available and completed the placement tense Boo was very excited to try a nontraditional (you know the list of spelling words - test every Friday) spelling program. She almost aced the test so I think her problem is more a lack of confidence than lack of ability. Modern Milestones Level G is designed for spellers in the word extension phase (see above). To use this program the student really needs a very good basis in spelling. The spellers study the patterns that are used to create alternate word forms especially prefixes and suffixes.

Boo really hates just learning lists of words. However, she loves learning new information. Spelling You See Modern Milestones links spelling with learning about inventions and inventors. She is learning about artists, musicians, scientists, and other people who have influenced the world since the invention of the printing press.

The program is designed in daily lessons.

Day one -

The student reads a new paragraph aloud and asks for help with any unfamiliar words. They then spend time looking for a list of base words and underlining the ones that has an ending (suffix) added. The student then copies the passage and underlines the base words in blue.

Day two-

The student again follows the steps for lesson one except this time you also underline the endings in yellow.

Day three-

Unlike day one and two which focus on copy work day three is a workshop activity. This is where the student practices whatever concept is being taught in the lesson that week. For example week one is suffixes and prefixes, week five is 'Past tense and e-drop' and week six is 'Adding -ing'.

Day four-

This is the first attempt at dictation. The passage read on day one and two is dictated (make sure to cover the left-hand page in the workbook). Each passage is found in the teachers handbook to make it easy to read the dictation. The manual says that during this first dictation you can give as much assistance as needed including spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

Day five-

This is a second opportunity for the student to write the passage from dictation. This is a little stricter as it's the final test (kind of the the Friday spelling test). You don't help the student spell the words, instead if they ask for help you encourage them to do their best. However punctuation and capitalization can still be given. (When I do this dictation with Boo I always end a sentence by saying 'full stop' or may say 'comma' when one appears in the text. I don't however take a long time with this.

The awesome thing about this day 5 is if day 4 is done perfectly - we skip it - bonus day off !

Boo loves that she can learn spelling skills without endless word lists to memorize! She also likes that the weekly lesson is broken down into small daily chunks. Sometimes she does more than one daily lesson or not depending on her schedule. However, because each section is clearly defined she doesn't feel that she 'has' to complete more each day if she is busy.

I love that she is learning new skills to approach spelling but also learning facts about amazing people and inventions too. It's almost like spelling and history rolled into one! The other huge bonus for me is the dictation. This is something that I feel quite strongly about. I feel it is a huge skill to be able to write a passage down from dictation. My husband and I were talking about this recently and it's something that we had been wanting to focus on. So another box ticked with this program.

Improve spelling - tick
Learn new facts - tick
Practice dictation - tick

The crew had the opportunity to review 2 different levels of Spelling You See, Modern Milestones and Ancient Achievements so make sure to click on the link below to see what others thought.

As always make sure you check out Spelling You See on social media. It's a great company that will help your child to spell better with NO WORD LISTS and NO SPELLING TESTS.


Spelling You See Review

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dial Kids is Awesome - Review & Giveaway

As a Purex Insider I get the opportunity to try some really awesome products. Recently I was sent some products just for Captain. Of course anything that comes for Captain is welcomed with a huge smile.

I got to try the new Dial Kids and Baby Collection. There are four different body and hair wash scents, well three really because one of them is fragrance free which has been developed by Pediatric Dermatologists, it's a tear free formula and pH balanced and hypoallergenic, with no parabens or artificial dyes, perfect for babies or delicate child skin. The others are Peachy CleanWatery Melon, and Berry Cool. All are tear-free and really gentle on tender skin and hair.

We tried the fragrance free body wash. Captain is a six year old boy and to be honest doesn't really care what makes his bath bubbles. However, I loved it!


Now the foaming hand soap Captain LOVES there is something about foam soap that is appealing to everyone.  This soap is also hypoallergenic, contains no dyes or parabens and is PH balances. Captain loves washing his hands with this soap. It smells an amazing - watery melon fragrance.

If you want to try one for yourself enter the giveaway below and I will send you a coupon to try either a foaming hand soap OR body & hair wash - You choose the coupon is good for either!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Random Five Friday April 24 2015

1. I love city wide garage sales!

2. Boo made/decorated cupcakes at her church activity this week. They turned out really cute!

3. After having a little break (half work load) while Nana and Grandpa were visiting the kids are back on full schedule , and it feels good.

4. We school year round. I feel that it gives us a lot more flexibility during the year. The older two understand about long summer holidays, they were in public schools long enough to understand. Captain hasn't really known anything other than home school.

5. We made pizzas again for dinner. This time we tried a new recipe. Sausage, bacon, Chorizo, olives, onions, green peppers, pepperoni, fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, cheese (of course). It was delicious!

The Pebble Pond

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

One hour Bread Rolls - Jam is our resident Bread Maker

We don't buy bread at the moment. Not because I am going through a good homemaker stage or anything. Jam is now our resident bread maker. He LOVES making bread. We found a recipe that only takes just over an hour.

The original recipe calls for 2 loafs of bread in England we would have called them bloomers (like french bread - not in a pan). However lately we have found it more convenient to make bread rolls. One day I decided to make bread rolls at the last minute and honestly my original recipe takes forever (it tastes great though).

So one day I just decided to try the hour bread recipe and just shape the dough into 16 bread rolls. They turned out amazing! My husband was very impressed and so were the kids.

Normally we make 16 rolls but today Jam wanted sub-rolls so made 8 instead. They turned out GREAT!!!

East One Hour Bread (Makes 2 loaves or 16 Rolls)

5 ¼ cups of white flour                  
2-4 tbsp sugar
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ tbsp instant yeast
1 ½ tbsp oil
2 Cups warm water

1        Mix dry ingredients.  Add oil and Water

2        Mix for 1 minute and check consistency of the dough (should be sticky) if too dry add a little more water. Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add anymore flour after the dough has finished mixing)

      Spray kneading surface with cooking spray and knead briefly until smooth.

4      Divide into 2 or sixteen

     Shape into desired shapes and place on greased baking sheets. Cover with large damp dish towel rise for 25 minutes

6       While loaves rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If making loaves use a sharp knife to slash the top.

7       Bake loaves for 25-30 minutes or until brown. 

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