Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ready To Teach - Greek Morphemes Lessons (It's NOT Greek to Me!) {TOS REVIEW}


Ready to Teach Review


I am a little obsessed with English and vocabulary. Jam and Boo have been taking Latin with their Nana in England for the last three years, and have really enjoyed it. So when I was offered a review to expand Jam's vocabulary using the program Greek Morphemes It's Not Greek to Me I was very intrigued. The company Ready To Teach specializes in Latin and Greek Morphemes to help prepare older students for pre-college vocabulary testing.

The curriculum is aimed at grades 7-12 and is perfect for the home-schooled public schooled student alike. I mean really every child who wants to improve their understanding and use of the English language should have some basic knowledge of Latin and Greek.

We received two books and a CD plus a USB drive. The USB drive replaced our CD so we never actually used that. All of our laptops have CD drives but I have friends that have the kind of computers that don't so the USB is definitely a good move.

DR. ALENE H. HARRIS taught in secondary schools for sixteen years and created this program while working with her students. She figured out a way to teach parts of words roots, suffixes and prefixes in such a way that helps the student use them to unlock the meaning of large intimidating words by separating them out. Jam like I said has been studying Latin for a few years and I have seen how they have helped him become more familiar with vocabulary. I have seen another huge improvement while working through the last few weeks of this Greek Morpheme program.

Jam and I worked through the first lesson together. I stayed with him step by step of the way. There are 12 lessons altogether each one taking roughly a week. The lesson includes time spent watching a slideshow on the USB drive (make sure you watch it on 'slideshow' mode otherwise it doesn't show up right - kind of layered on each other - completely my fault for not realizing- my duh moment)

At the beginning of each lesson the student is introduced to a list of roots, prefixes, and suffixes and words that go with them. The student then works through the slideshow writing down the definition. After this are assignments A & B this is where the students work through each word in the list. Jam and I worked through each word in the list and identified the Greek Morpheme or Morphemes it contained. Then beneath the word using a line for each Morpheme, we wrote the Morpheme and their meaning. After this we had to try to figure out what each word meant using the Morpheme it contained and wrote MD (meaning 'my definition') Then we looked up and wrote the dictionary definition and labeled it DD (Dictionary Definition). It was interesting to see how close we came.

Here's an example of one of ours.

PHILANTHROPY - Phil = Love
                                    Anthrop = Man; Mankind
                                   AN = Not, Without

MD - Without Love for Man

DD - etymologically means "love of humanity" in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing "what it is to be human" on both the benefactors' (by identifying and exercising their values in giving and volunteering) and beneficiaries' (by benefiting) parts.

Jam actually got this one a little mixed up- but we did get better. I decided to let him take the lead in this part. I figured it was good for him to learn from his mistake. I of course knew the definition of this word before we started.

The next section assignments C & D these sections help the students use the words. Each of these sections are done in two parts.

In the first part of section C Jam practiced creating context clues. The clues are;

1. Definition in Context
2. Synonyms
3. Antonyms
4. Examples

In the second half of section C Jam practiced using the morphemes. Jam created his own words using the prefixes, roots, and suffixes. One of Jam's words was 'Macrophonic' his meaning was 'A loud sound'.

Section D contains another opportunity to break words apart and then write possible definitions. The second part of section D is quite fun, This time Jam was had to match his 'created' words with a list of funny definitions. Some of these were very funny.

At the end of each lesson Jam made a set of flash cards. They were easy enough to create on the computer and then he practiced with them. He added to them each week.

There are 15 tests in the unit. One at the end of each of the twelve lessons, one as a review of lesson one and two, a midpoint test over lessons one through six, and then a final test over lessons seven through twelve.

I know Jam is only 14 but this is definitely a program that will help with SAT prep. It's amazing to see wheels turning and things clicking together when we come across new words. It's easier to understand even the most difficult words.

We really loved this program. We will continue to work on this until we finish it. Check out what other people on the crew thought by clicking on the link below.

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fractionated goPURE Naturals Coconut Oil {Tomoson Review}

I love essential oils and massage is something that I did at college while studying my three year Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy course in England (Yes you heard that right - three years). My husband is really the only one who benefits from my massage skills, which is a good thing because he suffers now and again with an old back injury.

When I started massaging I used to use almond oil but since discovering coconut oil I love it. I was offered some coconut oil in exchange for an honest review and was really excited as I was just about out of my current supply. goPure has proven to be an excellent base for all of my essential oil needs.



If you haven't tried coconut oil for massage and as a essential oil carrier you really need to! Here's some benefits of this product;

  • Premium Grade, Grade A - Fractionated Coconut Oil - the Best Carrier Oil and Moisturizer - Great for Delivery Essential Oils & Active Ingredients
  • FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL BENEFITS: FCO is a lightweight emollient that provides an effective barrier for the skin without clogging pores or causing breakouts. A must-have for dry or sensitive skin; it leaves you feeling smooth and hydrated, never sticky or greasy.
  • Each bottle contains 100% pure and natural fractionated coconut oil, ideal for use is soaps, lotions, hair care products, ointments and other DIY health and beauty treatments. Fractionated coconut oil offers all the benefits of coconut oil, with the added convenience of an indefinite shelf life, long term stability and resistance to rancidity.
  • 1 YEAR MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: This is Hands Down the Highest Quality Fractionated Coconut Oil on the Market Today
  • It is a highly cost-effective oil, and because it will never go rancid, it can be mixed with other more expensive carrier oils to extend their shelf life. It is colorless and odorless, and it incorporates perfectly with other oils without altering their scent, appearance or effectiveness. Considered better than any of: Almond (Sweet), Apricot Kernel, Avocado, Camellia Seed, Coconut (Fractionated), Evening Primrose, Grapeseed, Hemp Seed, Jojoba, Macadamia Nut, Meadowfoam, Rosehip (Extra Virgin), Sesame Seed and Sunflower.

I love that there is no smell, which is a huge benefit when using essential oils. Sometimes when I have used almond or avocado oil it changes the smell of the essential oil blend and I don't like it.

Fractionated Coconut oil lasts a really long time one bottle lasts me almost a year!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Random Five Friday March 27 2015

1. This week we picked Nana and Grandpa up from the airport for their first visit to the country in four years. We went to England three years ago, but we haven't seen them in person since then - thank goodness for Skype!

2. Yesterday I took Nana and Grandpa on a field trip with us to my FAVORITE Amish shop. It's about 30 minutes from home so I don't go too often, I have been needing to go for a couple of weeks. It was nice to stock up on my home made granola supplies. Nana and Grandpa thought it was interesting too. I took them of a little tour of the Amish homes near the store.

3. Today we went for a walk as the weather was beautiful - and it's forecast for snow tomorrow - UGH

4. My father-in-law doesn't like cheese. My husband works for a company that works a lot with cheese and my fridge is full of it - ironic - not as much as the little part of our pizza for pizza night that will be cheese free :)

5. Hubby has long weekends for the next month (because of his parents visit) - the kids are really excited, except it has thrown me for a loop...I keep thinking tomorrow is Sunday. I nearly missed my Random Five!



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Circle C Milestones - Thick as Thieves {TOS Review}

If you have been around for a while, you know how much we enjoy reading books. We lean towards a living curriculum and so whenever we get the chance to read a new book we always jump at it. We were offered the first book in a new series Circle C Milestones called Thick of Thieves  by Susan K. Marlow and the downloadable study guide that goes with it.



When this book first arrived in the mail Boo was actually in the middle of another book, and I had just finished one. So I got to read it first.

The book itself is very well written set in the 1800's and based on life, horses and adventure in California. Andrea 'Andi' Carter is the youngest in her family and lives on a ranch in California. Based on the times they live very comfortably and Andi has many opportunities including the opportunity to get into mischief. When a new girl comes to her school, she is assigned the seat next to Andi this leads to the start of adventures and growing experiences for 14 year old Andi. The book is geared to ages 12+ and I must admit I think I enjoyed this book as much as Boo when she read it. I think it took me a day to read (I never seem to be able to put a good book down when I start one) and Boo read it in about the same time. In fact she insisted that she needed to read it constantly - with it being for a review etc she said it was very important to be dedicated to the reading.

The book comes with a 40 page downloadable study guide with enrichment activities, comprehension questions, vocabulary and topic discussions. The study guide was written by the author Susan K. Marlow and Boo actually completed this guide as well. It is suggested that the study guide could be approached in two ways.

1. Read each chapter and complete the part of the guide.
2. Read the whole book and then work on the study guide after.

Boo had already read a couple of chapters before she remembered about the study guide and so decided to wait until she had finished reading - mainly because she was already caught up in the story and didn't want to stop.

Boo loves horses even though we don't live in a house that allows us to own one she does have a lot of friends that do. She loved learning about the different terminology in the book related to 'foaling' and 'training' horses. Each topic found in the book is discussed in the study guide from horses to lice and everything in-between.

I love this book and would recommend it. It contains a perfect balance of adventure and examples of moral behavior. It also is a fun way to learn about US History and what life was like in the 1880's. In fact my daughter spent a lot of time adding all of the 'Circle C Milestone' books to her wishlist, and is really looking forward to the next in the series - she has already read the excerpt of Heartbreak Trail that is available on the website.

If you have a daughter who loves adventure and horses this is the perfect book - plus you know they are not reading anything inappropriate. It's getting harder and harder to find good, wholesome books for the younger pre-teen/teen age group. This definitely fits the bill! Boo is even going to try and get hold of the earlier Circle C books - Yes that's right if you are the parent of younger kids there are series before this one (one where Andi is 6 and one where she is 12), plus their is also a series for boys! Make sure you check them out!

If you want to learn more about Circle C check out the social media links

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

+LIFEGUARD MINI 1 PORTABLE CHARGER {Review}

I spend a lot of time at swim meets and basically waiting around for my kids a lot. This of course leads to a lot of battery expenditure. So when I had a chance to try the +Lifeguard Mini 1 Portable Charger.



This has been really handy to have around. My hubby got me this really cool little bag to put it in and keep the wire and charger together. The wire was about 12 inches long and really handy. It even charges in the car using my USB adapter which is great.

It has definitely got me through a couple of all day swim meets. You have to make sure that you plug in the wire to the charger before you plug it into your phone.

KEEP YOUR DEVICE ALWAYS CHARGED+LIFEGUARD MINI 1 is the best portable battery charger available on the market. This compact well-designed product has a premium smart battery that will save your cell phone battery hundreds of times with rapid and full charges.

WHY +LIFEGUARD MINI 1?
● Smart plug & play Samsung grade A cell battery.
● Real 3000mAh capacity - full charge your phone and still have juice.
● Quick charge - get your device 100% charged in 1.5 to 2.5 hours.
● Free 5.9in Apple compatible lightning cable - LIMITED TIME ONLY.
● Tough aluminum shell makes it impact resistant.
● Can be recharged more than 800 times.
● CE, ROHS and FCC certified.


This is compatible with iPhones, iPods, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, Nokia, Sony and other cell phones, MP3, MP4, digital cameras with DC 5V input.

This product also has an awesome warranty they back it with a 18 month money back warranty.

Since I got this in the mail I have kept it charged constantly - I love having it with me all the time. I love not worrying about whether my phone is going run out of power at the crucial minute.





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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

After 24 hours travelling they are finally here!
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Whatever Wanda! – Choose a Better Attitude {A Book Review}

Do you remember Zig Ziglar? I spent a lot of my childhood listening to his motivational music. My Mom and Dad used to play it in the car all the time. Have you heard about his niece Christy Ziglar? She's a financial planner, mother of twins, If that isn't enough she is trying to bring the same wisome and ageless advice that her uncle did but to a new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series.

So I was offered a copy of the book 'Whatever Wanda' to review and of course give a copy to my readers. How cool is that!



I don't know about you but I know I sometimes need an attitude adjustment - and so do my kids so the moral of this story is good for everyone.

Basically Wanda is in need of a serious attitude adjustment. You know the kind - you have to go and do something you don't want to do and because of that you are going to be miserable NO MATTER WHAT! Well that's Wanda, she doesn't want to go to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there she won't participate in any of the events or play with her friends (sound familiar) I know that's happened at my house before. Wanda receives some advice that we call could use sometimes.

"Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually i. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!"

Captain really liked this book, I liked the message. The illustrations are bright and colorful.

If you think this book will be a great addition to your book collection - you are in luck. Enter the giveaway below!

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Random Five Friday March 20 2015


Random Five Friday

1. This week has been a little strange weather wise. On Monday we were outside enjoying the 78 degree day. Captain really enjoyed eating his free DQ ice cream in the sun!

2. Tuesday wasn't as nice but at least it wasn't raining. We got together with my sister and her two youngest for a day at the zoo. It was nice to be out, and considering it was spring break somewhere it wasn't too busy.


3. Well after that it's been raining all week...rain is really depressing. I know we need it, but couldn't it just rain at night. I mean that's a good compromise right.

4. My parents are visiting England. My Mom's been under the weather since she arrived there. I am hoping she feels better soon.

5. My in-laws will be here by this time next week. They haven't visited for four years and we haven't seen them since our last trip to England three years ago.



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Sunsella Little Gems Silicone Baking Cups - {Tomoson Review}

I love Silicone bake ware, I think I am getting a little obsessed with it. So when I had a chance to review Sunsella Little Gems Silicone Baking Cups I was excited.

The new go-to recipe in our house is my Banana-Oat-Nutella Muffins. They are the best and so of course I had to try my new baking cups.

These baking cups are on sale at the moment for $7.99 (free shipping with Prime) and come in a very pretty selection of colors.

What's more they come with a free digital recipe book.

  • Free 10 Cupcake Recipes Ebook (digital download) - 100% money-back lifetime guarantee!
  • Premium quality silicone. Guaranteed to pass the "twist-test". BPA, phthalate and lead free. Meets FDA standards.
  • Dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe. Highly durable and reusable.
  • Easy to clean, non-stick, stackable, space-saving, no waste, economical and environmentally friendly.
  • They can handle temperatures ranging from -40' to 446' F (-40' to 230' C). Diameter top 2.6 inches (6.7cm), diameter bottom 1.78 inches (4.4cm), height 1.3 inches (3.4cm).

The box said that you can use these baking cups without a muffin tin so I decided to give it a try.


They worked perfectly, except I forgot these muffins rise really well. SO what happened well my muffin mixture kind of exploded - muffins still tasted awesome though, just not picture worthy.

I always think it's a good idea to take of the muffins out of the cups after a few minutes. It makes it really easy to take them for a snack when we leave the house.



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

GPA LEARN - GPALOVEMATH (Great Parents Academy) - {TOS Review}

Critical Thinking Company Review



Captain has been working for the last few weeks on a new supplemental math program GPALOVEMATH by GPA LEARN. It's a web-based math program for grades K-5. It is cartoon based with animated characters acting as 'learning coaches'. Each grade contains over 150 lessons and over 10,000 practice problems. They recommend 4-5 per week to complete a grade in 10 months.

Although Captain is 6 he is working at at first grade level in his regular math program, so that's where we started him in this program. It was really easy to set him up, including his own log in so he can have a short cut on his laptop.

To say Captain has taken to this program is an understatement. He has often done four or five lessons in a day.

When you log in the program you come to a portal dashboard. This is where you can see exactly where you are and how you are doing. This screen shows your scores and how many lessons you have passed at 'Rockstar', 'Excellent' or 'Nice Job'.


You can add a goal date and each week it will tell you how many lessons need to be completed to stay on track to finish the grade during that time. As you can see from Captain's dashboard above he is 14 lessons over goal. If you work on their schedule you will finish the grade in 10 months. Every student has access to every grade from K - 5.

Each lesson is introduced in three stages. First comes the instruction, then practice and finally the quiz.


Captain figured out how to skip the learn and the practice stage, which I didn't catch for a little while. Mainly because he was passing the quiz with scores of 8/10, 9/10, and 10/10. I kept getting emails saying that he completed a lesson - which come automatically. Then came the day that I got the email saying that he had to re-do a lesson - meaning that he got less that 5 right in the quiz. This email led to a conversation with him about skipping lessons. After that I told him he had to complete all parts of the lesson, but he could skip the practice if he felt confident he could score at least 8/10. A score less than that resulted in him repeating the lesson, doing the practice and then the quiz. He seemed to think this was a good compromise.

I also figured out how to navigate the lesson myself and how to preview lessons and assign him lessons out of order. You can click to complete the lessons in the recommended topic order or choose by topic as you go. Since we have used this as a supplemental program I have just left it on the recommended order. The child has to work through the lessons in order and as he completes each one more lessons are unlocked, this makes sure that he builds on each concept learned. Although there are 3 different paths the program (in the suggested lesson mode) won't let you go too far ahead in anyone area before making you catch up in the others. You may get a better idea from the picture below. This also shows how the results of each lesson are shown. The symbol and color change depending on the score.



An excellent motivator is the built in reward system. As a parent you can add rewards to each child's profile. I have Captain's set up for every 7 lessons. Some of them have been - pizza night, a trip to the zoo, ice-cream, and extra 30 minutes of TV time. There is also a limited number of store gift cards and other special rewards available in the child's reward store under the section 'Marketplace' Captain was also the one to find this feature as well.


I said earlier that this program is available for grade K-5 Boo has just finished her 6th grade program and started 7th so she was a little disappointed that she couldn't join in on the fun. Especially when Captain earned his first ToysRUS gift card!

Each grade has a tutor who helps teach the lessons and encourages the child in his math journey. 1st Grade has a penguin called Pi. Captain wasn't keen on the robotic sound of the voice - and would have rather had a 'superhero' character instead.


The lesson's are bright and engaging and apart from the robotic voice Captain didn't make any negative comments at all.


Overall we have really enjoyed using this program and will continue to do so. I work from home for a couple of hours each day and this program keeps Captain occupied and learning at the same time. I have noticed that it is helping him understand some of the math concepts and terminology that we have been working on in the math program we do together. I love that I am sent an email immediately he finishes a lesson with his score. I love that it will tell me whether he is a 'Rockstar' or that he needs to repeat it. The program also sends a weekly digest email too which really helps to stay on track if you are really concerned about the deadline to finish the program.

The only problem I had using the program is that I forgot Captain's password (I could have sworn I wrote it down somewhere!). His computer automatically signed him in after the first time, which was great until I wanted to access it on my computer. From the parents portal, the only way to change the password for the child's access is to already know their password. After emailing GPA LEARN customer support and I received a call back within 24 hrs. They quickly explained how to do it. The man I spoke to said this is something that they are going to improve soon!

Since my experience with this program has been limited to 1st grade - make sure you click on the link below to check out what other thought about the program, especially those that used a different grade level.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wordless Wednesday March 18 2015








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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pattern Explorer - The Critical Thinking Co {TOS Review}

Critical Thinking Company Review


Math is difficult for me. My husband finds it easy. I think sometimes the ability to look at the math problem as a pattern and figure it out makes it easier. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to be something that I find easy. Boo was excited to be able to review Pattern Explorer Level 1 from The Critical Thinking Co.

The Critical Thinking Co  is a company that is committed to increase the critical thinking skills to help improve the grades and test scores for students. The company was formed in 1958 after changing names a couple of times it finally became known by it's current name in 2003.

Critical thinking is identifying and evaluating evidence to guide decision making. This is really important in every aspects of life not just education.

My husband can't understand why I don't like math, to him it makes perfect sense. You look for the pattern and solve it or you memorize the rule - and solve it. I agree if you can learn this skill then you can improve your ability in math.


Pattern Explorer is a huge collections of patterns. There are forty problems in the book and rotate between five different kinds. There are eight sets of each divided between the book.
  • Pattern Predictor
  • Equality Explorer
  • Sequence Sleuth
  • Number Ninja
  • Function Finder
Boo seemed to like the Pattern Predictor and Equality Explorer sections the most.

Each of the questions are independent, but as most curriculum it seems to get harder as you work through the book. The patterns are suggested for Grades 5-7. Boo has just finished her 6th grade math curriculum and is starting Pre-Algebra she has found some of the questions more challenging than others.

Boo liked to work through this book in her free time. In fact a couple of weeks ago we drove to Wisconsin it was about a 10 hour drive and I noticed Boo had stuck this book in her bag of things to keep herself entertained during the drive.

Each page has space to work out the problems however Boo preferred to have a scrap book next to her while she's working. Boo never used a calculator for any of the questions in fact it's actually discouraged in the book. Each section includes hints and solutions at the back of the book, so if you are really stuck then you can turn to the back of the book for a little help. However sometimes you can figure out the answers in a different way. That's why it's so great - the way you find the answer is not as important as the answer itself.



Boo really took to each question, and loved the challenge of finding the correct answer she's always liked puzzles and doesn't give in easily - plus she's a little competitive and so takes everything as a challenge. Some of the answers can be solved quickly and some take a little more time. No matter how long it takes the result is the same - a great introduction into mathematical reasoning.

If you want to connect to company you can check out their social media links -

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Friday, March 13, 2015

The Playdoh Dino Pumpkin



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Captain made his first Vlog post - How to make a Dino-Pumpkin. He would appreciate some love :)





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Random Five March 13 2015

1. This week has been great - until last night. We had planned to go to the Zoo today with my sister and her kids as they are on spring break. Until Captain threw up - twice. Luckily he is a star and ALWAYS makes it in the bucket, but still Zoo day cancelled. We woke up this morning to grey/rainy yuck so as it happens he's not that disappointed anymore - especially since we re-scheduled to next week.

2. I made this amazing recipe this week. I found it in a coupon book of all places. We made a couple of additions. However, I can say that everyone loves it. Including my fish hating Jam. I thought I would share - because I'm kind like that!


 3. Boo and I are going to the movies tonight to see Cinderella with friends. We don't go to the movies often as we normally wait for DVD so hopefully it will be good!

4. Since Captain was sick yesterday he's having an easy day today - playdoh.


 5. We are on count down now for our visitors from England! The kids can't wait till Nana and Grandpa arrive.

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Dial - Miracle Oil Body Wash Review and Giveaway

I love being a Purex Insider I love trying out new products and then telling you all about them.

I was recently sent a bottle of a new amazing body wash. When it came in the mail the first thing I did was open it and smell it. Then of course everyone had to smell it - tell me I am not the only one who's kids can't be left out!

Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash

So to carry on with that trend I am not the only one that has used it.

Boo - loved the smell and liked how her skin felt after her shower. She swims for days a week and it got rid of her 'chlorine perfume' easily!

Captain used it in his bubble bath and loved the bubbles it created. He is my big 'smeller' when he was little we used to call him 'sniffer' because he could smell something from a mile away - he was always commenting on smells. He LOVED the smell, and really enjoyed his bath. I noticed how soft his skin was when he got out.

I am not surprised that the kids loved it so much. I have used it a lot since it arrived in the mail. The body wash is infused with Marula oil and really does help you skin feel softer. In fact I used it when I shaved my legs the other day (I had run out of shave gel), and was surprised when I didn't need to run for my moisturizer after.

You can learn more at DialSoap.com and Dial's Facebook Page.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sasquatch Smartphone Car Holder Review

I haven't had a lot of success with smartphone car holders in the past. I have owned at least 3 that I can remember. Two of which broke within a short time of use, and never really held my phone properly and one broke as my husband was trying to figure out how to install it!

When I was offered the chance to review The Sasquatch Smartphone Car holder I figured I didn't have anything to loose (and maybe a lot to gain).



I drive a lot and we love to use my phone for GPS, music and audio books. Sometimes it's a pain, especially when using the GPS to be able to keep an eye on my phone without fumbling around everywhere for it.

I have been pleasantly surprised with this holder. It's been on my window now for about a week and hasn't dropped off once. It still seems really firmly attached. It it easy to change the position of my phone screen which comes in handy when we are using the GPS and listening to music at the same time. My daughter (normally my co-pilot when hubby is at work) can move it to face her, change music the story and switch it back to GPS before turning back so I can see it.

When I opened the box I was surprised when I opened the box that there were no instructions inside, just a few brief ones printed on the outside of the box however, you honestly don't need them. It took me just a few seconds to figure it out.

Here's my video review I posted on my YouTube Channel.



The fun thing about this is that my hubby is quite jealous...I can see a purchase for a second one in our future!




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