Spelling and Vocabulary with SpellingClassroom.com


**Disclosure: I received compensation in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

The boys have been trying out SpellingClassroom.com for the past few weeks. SpellingClassroom.com is an online website for kids to practice spelling and vocabulary.

The website offers many different spelling and vocabulary lists to choose from. You can pick from lists by grade or tricky word lists, SAT lists, and even holiday lists. If none of these suit your needs you can also create your own list.

What I really like about SpellingClassroom.com is that each lesson has a wide variety of activities to help kids learn. There are 20 activities to complete for each lesson. Some of the activities are word searches, spelling bees, word ladders, and flashcards.

Many of the activities also have printables so that kids can also work on the activities on paper.

For each activity passed, kids earn a coin as a reward. They can then use their coins to play games. This is the really fun part for the kids. JT especially loved this.

SpellingClassroom.com is a really great resource. This happens to be the best spelling/vocabulary website I’ve come across. The only problem we came across was lagging during some of the activities, like the spelling bee, when the boys would try to go faster than the words and sentences could be read.

SpellingClassroom.com offers both family and teacher packages. It’s great for homeschoolers, classrooms, or parents that just want their kids to practice spelling and vocabulary. I highly recommend checking it out and giving it a try.

Dacobots eLearning Portal Review

*Disclosure: I was compensated and provided with a free month of the Dacabots website in exchange for providing this review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

I’m always looking for fun and educational websites for the boys to use so I was really excited to learn about the Dacobots eLearning portal.

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The Dacobots are friendly robots that teach kids through the games. Each Dacobot teaches a different subject. There are currently games for health, math, science, history, and language.

JT's favorite Dacobot is G4.

JT’s favorite Dacobot is G4.

Besides sorting games by grade or subject, Dacobots also has series. These are series of games all with the same theme. Some of the series are Masters of Astronomy, Healthy Eating, Arithmetic, and Autumn Secrets. The series that the boys have been focusing on is the Brain Power series.

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The Brain Power series focuses on the brain and mnemonic devices. Kids learn about ways to keep their brain sharp along with learning about neurons, glial cells, how memory works, and mnemonic devices.

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Chaining Mnemonics was our favorite mnemonic device. It was fun to create a story linking together all the items in a list.

Chaining Mnemonics was our favorite mnemonic device. It was fun to create a story linking together all the items in a list.

Dacobots awards kids with a virtual card for each game they complete. Each series has its own card deck.

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The boys enjoyed playing the games and collecting cards. The only complaint that Connor had was that he didn’t like it when he had to start a game over completely for getting something wrong. This didn’t happen on all of the games but he did get frustrated when it happened. Other than that, he said he likes it.

Some of the subjects currently don’t have many games but they are consistently adding to the portal. Check out the Dacobots eLearning portal at https://www.dacobots.com and let me know what you think.

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Trying Out New Jif Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Spread

The boys and I recently received a free jar of Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread to try out. I was excited about this because Connor loves both peanut butter and cinnamon so I thought this might be something that he really likes. He was super excited when we received it and was ready to open up the jar and eat it right out of the bottle. I made him wait though so that I could at least pair it with something. I ended up doing a simple pairing with bread.

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What I loved about Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon Spread is that it is very smooth and creamy. The cinnamon flavor blends nicely with the peanut butter without being overpowering. Connor really enjoyed it on the bread but thought it would even better on apples.

We didn’t have any apples on hand so after buying apples a day or two later I decided to make a bedtime snack by spreading the Jif Peanut Butter and Cinnamon Spread on graham crackers and then adding the apple slices on top. This worked really well. The spread is really good with apples and with the addition of the graham crackers it almost tasted like apple pie.

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Another pairing I decided to try out was Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon with pancakes. I decided to chop apples and saute them with butter, a teaspoon of Jif, and a little bit of cinnamon sugar. Then I added that to a simple pancake recipe and made a syrup with the Jif Peanut Butter Cinnamon. To make the syrup I mixed the Jif with maple syrup.

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The flavor was nice. I really liked the apples with the pancakes but the syrup is a bit overpowering so I would recommend a light drizzle. The light drizzle is the perfect amount of flavor and blends nicely with pancakes.

Overall, we really enjoyed Jif Peanut Butter and Naturally Flavored Cinnamon Spread. Have you tried it yet?

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Review- Golden Groundhog's 100 Pokemon Cards with 2 Ultra Rare Legendary Pokemon

Have you ever purchased a Pokemon card lot from Golden Groundhog? We received a free lot in exchange for an honest review. As always, opinions are 100% my own. The lot we received is their 100 card lot that contains 2 ultra rare legendary Pokemon cards.

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The lot we received had a really great variety of cards. There was a good assortment of all the different Pokemon types. The only type that we received very few of was the Steel but that seems to always be one of the rarest types. I think that it is the type that the boys have the least of.

Here is the full set that we received:

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As you can see, there is plenty of every type. If you noticed, there are also 3 cards on the top that are not Pokemon. Each Golden Groundhog pack comes with 3 of their own special Golden Groundhog token cards. While they aren’t Pokemon, they are something extra that you receive and you could probably use them as an extra added element to your Pokemon game.

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This particular lot promised 2 ultra rare cards. The cards we received were the Rayquaza EX and the Yveltal EX. The boys were pretty excited about both of these cards.

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Overall I think that this lot of Pokemon cards is a pretty good set. The boys received a lot of cards that they didn’t have and we received a really great variety. You can find this lot on Amazon. The cards won’t be exactly the same but you should receive a similar assortment. If your kid is a Pokemon fan like Connor and JT then I’m sure they’d love this Pokemon pack.

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Marker Collages with Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers

*Disclosure: I received a free pack of Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Mr. Sketch recently came out with washable markers. If you’re not familiar with Mr. Sketch they are scented markers.

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I really enjoyed the fragrance of the markers. If I had to pick a favorite it would be cherry. I actually really liked all of them though with the exception of the licorice.

I had trouble coming up with a good marker art project for the boys to do so finally I came up with the idea to do a marker collage. We used the Mr. Sketch markers on several different mediums and put them together to make the collages.

First the boys colored on a piece of foil that we had crumpled up to give it a textured pattern.

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The markers don’t show up that much on this but I like the shiny and kind of pastel look they take on.

The boys also used a smooth piece of foil as well. They used theirs to write their name. I did a marker collage as well and wrote hello on mine.

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Next the boys made a design on a piece of cardboard.

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Then they used the markers on a piece of paper towel to make a tie-dye effect.

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Once everything was done they put it together on a piece of paper and made designs to cover up all the white spaces. Their marker collages were complete.

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I really enjoyed working with Mr. Sketch Scented Washable Markers. What I really like about them is that the colors are very vibrant. I also thought it was cool that they have a chiseled tip that allows you to make different line sizes. They also wash off easily as well. The one exception was when Connor had a lot of blue all over the side of his hand and left it on for about 30 minutes before washing it off. It didn’t come off completely but it mostly came off.

The only downside to these markers was that Connor said that the scents gave him a headache so he probably won’t be using them much.

Are you a fan of Mr. Sketch? What’s your favorite scent?

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Review of ActionPie Tempered Glass iPhone 6/6S Screen Protector

*Disclosure: I received this product for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Recently my screen protector on my iPhone 6 started peeling off so I was really happy to receive the ActionPie tempered glass screen protector to review.

When you purchase the ActionPie screen protector it comes with the glass, guide stickers, a cleaning kit that includes two wipes, a dust absorber, and a microfiber cloth.

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I was actually surprised that I was able to get the screen protector on fairly easy. I did have to take it off and reposition it a few times because I didn’t have it exactly correct but it was easy to do so. I usually end up getting a lot of air bubbles and making things worse when I try to fix screen protectors but I think since this is a glass protector it is easier because it doesn’t bend.

I didn’t use the guide stickers that were included. I’m not really sure where they would have gone. The instructions didn’t mention them but I guess they weren’t really needed.

I’m really happy with the way the screen protector looks on the phone. It is very clear and looks really nice. It is noticeably clearer than the one I had on before.

The ActionPie screen protector is scratch resistant up to 9H (harder than a knife). It’s also supposed to be anti fingerprint however I did notice some fingerprints on it. I don’t think that is really that big of a deal though. They are easily wiped off.

So far I’m very pleased with this screen protector. If you’d like to check it out you can find it on Amazon.

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Review- Brilliant Chef Silicone Muffin Pan Bundle

Earlier this month we received a really nice muffin pan set from Brilliant Chef. The bundle includes a 12 cup muffin/cupcake pan, 50 paper cupcake liners, a spatula, and a pastry brush.

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I’ve been curious about silicone bakeware so I was excited to try this out. We did receive this set for free but as always all opinions are my own honest opinions.

The boys were excited when this arrived as well. They love getting items for cooking and baking. We received this set just in time for Valentine’s and the cupcake liners were decorated with hearts so we were able to use them to make Valentine cupcakes.

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Normally I like to use the type of spatula that comes with the set to frost cupcakes. However, I typically use smaller size ones and I felt that this one was too big for that so I let the boys use it to mix the batter. It actually worked really well and our cupcake batter came out nice and smooth.

The only concern I had about the pan was how to move it into the oven once the cupcake batter was in. I was unsure of how to hold so that it wouldn’t flop. It took a little practice but I was able to figure it out and by the third batch of cupcakes I was able to move it easily from the counter and into the oven.

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Some other great things about this pan are that it is very easy to clean. If anything spills it wipes up easily. The pan also cools down quickly. This is great because I was able to grab it without oven mitts shortly after I took it out of the oven so that I could do the next batch of cupcakes. I also have to say that I personally love that the pan is pink.

I think that this would make a really nice gift for anyone that likes to bake. It’s also great for yourself as well. This will be our go to muffin pan from now.

This product is sold on Amazon.

Happy baking!

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Code Master Programming Logic by ThinkFun

If your kids are anything like mine they are really interested in coding and programming. Code Master by ThinkFun is a programming logic game that gives them intro into the coding/programming world.

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We were fortunate to receive a free copy of the game in exchange for our honest review.

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The boys were very excited when the game arrived. The first thing that caught their eye was the word code and the fact that the images are Minecraft looking. The game is a single player game but it can also be played with a partner. I think the boys may have only done that once or twice. They were happy playing by themselves.

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The contents of the game include the map book, the scroll guides, action tokens, conditional tokens, your avatar, the portal, and crystals.

The top 3 compartments are the action tokens. The bottom 2 are the conditional tokens. Then on the right side from the top are the crystals, portal, and avatar.

The top 3 compartments are the action tokens. The bottom 2 are the conditional tokens. Then on the right side from the top are the crystals, portal, and avatar.

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This is the guide scroll. You use it to write your program.

This is the guide scroll. You use it to write your program.

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This is an example of a map from the map book.

This is an example of a map from the map book.

The goal of the game is to get your avatar to the portal by running, jumping, and sliding while picking up all crystals along the way. There are 60 levels that go from beginner to expert. The boys and I are still on the beginner levels but we already seeing challenges. The game is really fun to play. Not only are the boys liking it but I’m enjoying it as well. The boys both rated Code Master on a scale from 1 to 10 as a 10 and I think that I have to agree.

Here’s the description of the game from ThinkFun as well as the link:

Code Master™
The Ultimate Coding Board Game

Learn programming basics without a computer! In Code Master, your Avatar travels to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. Along the way, you use programming logic to navigate the Map. With only one specific sequence of actions, you have to think carefully. Once you collect all the Crystals and land at the Portal, you win! Playing Code Master won’t just teach you programming, you’ll also build planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Amazon- http://amzn.to/1KIgpyf

We hope you enjoy playing Code Master as much as we have!

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Where Connor and JT Go in a Kia Sedona

Drive Shop gave us the opportunity to try out a 2016 Kia Sedona SXL for a week.

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The Kia Sedona SXL is a really cool minivan. I’ve never driven a minivan before but it was really nice and I really liked. I’m not used to driving something so big but I adjusted to it quickly and the parking assist really helped out. I thought it was cool and helpful because there was an aerial view of the Sedona.

Another thing I liked about the Sedona was the steering wheel. I just really liked the feel of it.

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The boys really enjoyed the car too. Connor called it a vacation car. It was really roomy and they were super comfortable in it. Their seats reclined and there was even a foot rest.

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They also of course loved that it had a screen to watch movies as well as a sunroof to look out.

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Another thing worth mentioning is that they really liked that the windows had screens they could pull up to block the sun.

Since this car is such a great car for traveling I really wanted to take a drive to Austin the Saturday that we had it, spend the night there and then the next day go to a pumpkin patch that is in Bastrop. It rained a lot however so we weren’t able to do that. Here’s what we were able to do.

One of the first things we did was go get some ice cream.

We went to eat at the Magic Time Machine. This was on the rainiest day and the boys really liked looking at the rain on the sunroof.

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We went to play at Chuck E. Cheese.

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We also took a drive to Boerne and Fredericksburg.

We looked at some of the sculptures from the Art al Fresco exhibit in Boerne.

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In Fredericksburg went to a couple of shops and had some lunch.

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We weren’t able to go to one of the bigger pumpkin patches but we still needed pumpkins so we picked some up at one of the church pumpkin patches.

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We really enjoyed driving around in the Sedona. The only thing that I didn’t like about it was the headrest on the driver’s seat; it wasn’t comfortable for me. I also wanted to mention that you can see the speed limit on the gps. I thought that was cool because sometimes I’m driving somewhere unfamiliar and I wonder what the speed limit is when I haven’t seen a sign.

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The Sedona also has a third row. We didn’t use it but we did check it out. Here’s the boys’ picture in the 3rd row.

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Thank you to Drive Shop for the opportunity to try out the Sedona. It was really fun being able to drive around in it.

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You can also check out our video.

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Review- Johnsonville Grillers

*Disclosure: I was given a coupon for a free box of Johnsonville Grillers in order to sample and review. All statements are my own honest opinions.*

We were given a coupon for a free box of Johnsonville Grillers to sample. There are several different flavors of the Grillers and I decided on the Steakhouse Onion.

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The Grillers come in a box of six patties and can be cooked on the grill, stove, or broiler. They cook up fairly quickly no matter which method you choose. I believe they cook in about 15 minutes or less for all three methods. I opted for broiling them because I didn’t feel like putting them on the grill and also I love broiling meat. Actually I also love broiling vegetables. I’m a big fan of broiling. It’s simple, quick, and everything always comes out great.

The grillers smelled really good as they were cooking and ended up being nice and charred.

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I do have to say that they were just a little bit greasy. Not a lot; just a tiny bit. I had mine with cheese, sauteed onions, spinach, pickles, avocado, mayo, and mustard.

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After trying them I think that they are okay. The flavor is fine but what I don’t like is the texture. I didn’t like the feel of the patties as I bit into my burger. I can’t seem to think of a good way to describe it or even anything I could compare it to but I just didn’t like it.

Connor said that he liked his burger and he thought it was good. I’m not sure what JT thought but he didn’t eat much of his.

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So overall these were okay but I don’t think I would buy them again.

Who else has tried Johnsonville Grillers? What did you think?