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Let’s Review It: Lorac Mega PRO 4 Palette

Prior to my no buy, I purchased a few makeup items and I wanted to share a quick review of each one.  Today you can see a close up and swatches of the Lorac Mega Pro 4 palette along with my review via this recent YouTube video.

 

 

This Lorac palette definitely has lots of color options to choose from and I am glad to have it in my collection.  With the holiday season upon us, be sure to wait for a coupon code before you purchase any new makeup.  I know you want the new products in your hand but I promise it will be worth the wait and worth the money saved in the end.

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Be sure to check out Lorac’s Instagram for close up swatches on various complexions.  You can also see various looks by searching #megapro4 from makeup artists, busy moms, and makeup lovers around the globe.

Have a grand week,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Thin Stix Creativity Pack Winner

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Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

 

Improve Speech, Attention, or Memory with Forbrain

The Forbrain, by Sound for Life LTD, is a headset designed to aid peoplke with speech, language, attention, or memory difficulties. I was super excited to use this product with Bam Bam during the review period.  


Here are a few specs on this device:

  • The filter trains the brain to be more attentive improving auditory  processing and sensory integration. 
  • This device works to improve speech fluency,  pronunciation,  sound discrimination, and rhythm to enhance communication. 
  • Uses bone conduction to transmit the sound of your voice faster and with greater clarity.
  • This device is designed for use with children ages 3 and up as well as all adults, for fifteen minutes 5-6 times a week. 

During our time with this device we used it on Bam Bam once a day for approximately fifteen minutes. Currently in speech he is perfecting letter blends and I hoped this product would allow him to perfect his problem areas. We used the device while watching a speech video from YouTube that included verbal exercises. Bam Bam was able to practice the phrases from the video with no issues while using this product.  

Throughout the past few weeks Bam Bam has perfected a few problem areas in his communication and moved forward in the speech program.  Prior to using the Forbrain he was already moving along quite well but having this device has made his speech practice at home more fun.  Daily speech exercises have been a part of Bam Bam’s routine this entire year so I can’t confirm that the Forbrain aided significantly in his weekly improvement. The device definitely gave him something different to peak his interest over the past few weeks and for that I’m grateful.  

Overall, we’ve  enjoyed using the Forbrain by Sound For Life LTD during Bam Bam’s daily speech . I believe the old adage “practice makes perfect,” is true; therefore improvement through consistency will automatically occur.  If you want to improve any area of your life, take initiative and follow through by doing the work.  If speech, attention, memory, or language are your noted areas that need improvement, this device might help you commit to practicing and perfecting them.

Be sure to check out additional reviews from the Homeschool Review Crew by clicking this perfect hyperlink. 
Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K. 


The Lord’s Prayer Curriculum with Kid Niche Christian Books

Today’s review features a look into the bible and prayer curriculum Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 from Kid Niche Christian Books.  This program is designed to walk upper elementary students through The Lord’s Prayer with various activities, thought provoking questions, and correlating scripture.

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The complete Weave Your Word in Me curriculum uses My Whole Self Before YOU, which is rhythmical prayer modeled after The Lord’s Prayer, as the basis for each lesson.  Part 1 includes thirty-six lessons which focus on God as our Heavenly Father, importance of prayer, Jesus Christ, Christ’s ministry on earth, the resurrection, salvation, and Christ’s return.  The lessons come packaged perfectly and pre-punched for a three-ring binder which makes storage extremely easy.  Each lesson includes various scriptures that reiterate the focus and give the student opportunity to breakdown the verses for clearer understanding.  Throughout the workbook the verses are clearly marked for the translation used and the answer key features responses for:

  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • King James Version (KJV)
  • New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE)
  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • New International Version (NIV)
  • New King James Version (NKJV)

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During our review period we used this curriculum three times a week and depending on their length, some lessons were spread over two days.  I enjoyed discussing the scriptures with Bear and listening to his responses which led to some great conversations over breakfast.  The provided comprehension questions were great for verifying his understanding of the verses, especially because we use the King James Version.  I also enjoyed how each lesson ended with a prayer outline giving your child the chance to expand their prayer language and ability to have a specific focus for each prayer.  Kid Niche Christian Books also provides additional activities for each lesson as FREEBIES on their website.  The activities within this workbook and on the website include:

  • Cartoons
  • Charts
  • Definitions
  • Drawing
  • Fill in the Blank
  • Matching
  • Sequence
  • True and False
  • Videos
  • Music
  • Art
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Poetry

The only concerns I had in using this curriculum was some of the artwork illustrations used throughout, though quite popular, aren’t actually in support of Christianity.  Any images we deemed inappropriate were explained to our son before we moved on.  In addition, we opted not to use the My Whole Self Before YOU prayer since Bear had already memorized the KJV of The Lord’s Prayer.  The model prayer also left out a portion about forgiving others and God’s power in Heaven and Earth which can easily be explained to the audience this curriculum is geared towards.  I think the model prayer might work better for younger students and definitely isn’t needed for this particular program.  These minor issues didn’t hinder our experience in anyway but I felt they needed to be noted for this review.

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Overall, we have enjoyed this bible and prayer curriculum from Kid Niche Christian Books and will continue using it for the remainder of our school year.  Weave Your Word in Me — Part 1 has been a great in-depth look at The Lord’s Prayer and I feel that the tweaks made for our household only enhanced our learning experience.  This curriculum would be a good match for homeschools, elementary Sunday School programs, and I even suggested it to the Christian after school program directors that I know.  The complete Weave your Word in Me program is currently available as a set or each part can be purchased individually.

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 You can read additional reviews on this curriculum from other homeschoolers via this hyperlink.

 Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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My 4 Favorite Bible Reading Plans

Recently I shared the post about Why I Love My Bible during which I shared information about why the word should be near and dear to our hearts.  Since writing that post my Passion for studying God’s word has been reignited and I found myself learning more and more. I am so excited to share with you a few Bible plans that I have completed recently.  These plans range from 3 days to 90 days and have required me to commit to reading scripture daily.   What initialy was a monthly goal turned into a strong desire to seek God all the more.

Each plan can be  found via the YouVersion website or bible app which is available for all devices.  Depending on the plan length I would spend approximately 5 to 60 minutes studying daily. I also love that you can listen to the audio version of the scripture which became my favorite thing to do while cooking dinner.  You can also share your plan progress with your friends for extra accountability.

Before we dive in, here is my recent video about why we NEED the Bible.

Here are my recently completed favorites:

  • Bible in 90 Days came at a very hard time in my life. Over the summer we were dealing with the sickness of my father-in-law and I just found myself truly sad and discouraged.  I decided to read the entire Bible as a reminder of the all powerful God that I serve.  Doing this gave me so much comfort and also provided peace to my family as we listened in the car and at home.  If I ever missed a day I would double or triple the next reading until I caught up.  I made sure that I completed this program within exactly 90 days.

 

  • God, Help Me Not To Mess Up My Kids! The name says it all but doesn’t include that this was an awesome prayer plan.  I had no idea that this 5-day commitment would walk me through praying God’s word over my children and household.  As a busy mother sometimes we feel like we don’t have enough time to tarry before the Lord but this plan provided so much insight to a deep, thorough, effectual, feverent prayer life.
  • What To Say At A Funeral came at the perfect time because when my father of all past I really did not know what to say to my husband. Yes we are firm believers and I still had no words for him other than “I’m so sorry honey.”  This short reading plan provide various ways we can encourage believers who have lost their love ones.  The author also explain things that he did not want to hear and I made sure not to say those to my husband. I really think that this plan helped me be there for my family and encourage them with the word rather than my pain filled emotions.

 

  •  Finally, Mama Needs A Do-Over came at a time when I wanted to help encourage another homeschool mom. Turns out this plan helped me too!  Within this reading plan you will find ways to conquer, reset, and find peace in hard days.

There are so many other plans that I could share with you but I will save those for Part 2.  Right now, download the YouVersion app if you have not already and make time to dive into the word of God.  You can set reminders for your reading plans and share them with your friends so they can see your progress or lack thereof.  Sometimes I would use the app to read the scriptures but often I find myself flipping through the pages of the physical Bible.  The app is cool but there is nothing like holding the word of God.

You can find additional information about why we should study the word of God here.

We NEED The Bible!!

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K

Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks

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Bam Bam was so excited to accept his first solo review item from Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks.  Prior to receiving this item, we both looked through the website and he chose the My First Letters consumable workbook that is geared towards Pre-K to 1st graders.  Since our precocious, left-handed three year old requested to start writing sentences; we thought this workbook would be perfect for introducing him to the concepts of writing the letter of the week. We also wanted to try this because he had just finished a previous workbook practicing various lines and shapes.

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Upon arrival, Bam Bam was so excited that he immediately began flipping through the pages and showed his brother and sister all the letters he was going to write.  We decided to use this book three times a week, focusing on the capital letter on Monday, the lower case letter on Wednesday, and finally a line from each on Friday.  To help him write I decided to go with a larger mechanical pencil that used a thicker lead so breakage would be minimal.  Over time, Bam Bam’s confidence increased with each pencil stroke and I was so proud of him.


“Writing time is good.  I like the letters. My favorite letter is T. I like F for football.” Bam Bam, 3 years old

The great thing about this workbook is that it is completely consumable! Each perforated page rips perfectly from the book binding without messing up the other pages and even Bam Bam could remove the pages for the week like a professional.  I also liked the thickness and quality of the paper because each page has work on both sides.  We never had an issue with paper being ripped because of writing too hard and these pages even survived the occasional tug of war with the little sister.  The wide lines (double spaced) were perfect for teaching our little lefty how to write each letter and he could easily see his work once he was done with the assignment.  Finally, I loved how these workbooks include tracing, writing, and coloring for each letter which made it easy to create fun activities to coordinate with every page.

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Channie’s Visual Handwriting & Math Workbooks did an awesome job creating the My First Letters workbook and our son truly enjoyed using it.  I look forward to trying the other items currently available from the company.  You can find these workbooks online as well as in a few retailers near you.  These books work great in our homeschool but I think they would also be a good fit for early elementary teachers, preschools and daycares, or mom’s day out programs.

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Since you’ve already visited me, be sure to click this consumable hyperlink to read reviews on the various products listed below and shown above.

  • Quick & Neat Alphabet Pad Pre-K to 1st
  • My First Letters – Pre-K to 1st
  • Easy Peasy Alphabet – Pre-K to 1st
  • Easy Peasy Cursive – 1st to 3rd
  • One Page a Day: Double Digit Math Problem Workbook – 1st to 3rd

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Make today grand,

Ta’Neisha K.

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Today, I Need Some Encouragement 

Last month, my family endured a devastating loss and after all we’ve endured, rest is definitely needed. Usually, I’ve prepared my monthly blog posts well in advance but right now, my mind is all over the place.  I am typing this completely worn out at 1:00 am CST in our hotel suite.  My family is resting after a long two weeks and I think tonightI will FINALLY get a long overdue 8 hours of sleep.  I look forward to coming back in September with a tribute to our family member and some great series but until then, enjoy these reposts and recent videos. 

This week I needed some encouragement so check out my recent video about the covering of God and check out the blog post by clicking this fantastic hyperlink.

Make this week grand,

Ta’Neisha K.