Category Archives: School and Office

Fall Lesson Planning with Let the Little Children Come @SMGurusNetwork #BTS18

The Halloween Tracts are perfect for the holidays this fall! Definitely want to order them for your classroom now!

Fall Lesson Planning with Let the Little Children Come @SMGurusNetwork #BTS18Let the Little Children Come has some great products for every classroom! They have a ton of relevant tracts that make learning lessons fun and easy! I highly recommend their selection and they have some great free resources as well!!!

In the interest of preparation, we have brought you the perfect lesson for this fall! I don’t know about you, but I prefer to have my lessons ready to go as early as I can. No stress when the time comes! Lesson planning is always best in advance!

The Halloween Tract is absolutely perfect for this fall! On the outside it asks ‘Is there anything better than candy?’ and comes on a flat sheet, with the inside of each pumpkin having a part of the lesson written on it.

Each pack comes with 20 fold-able pumpkins and comes ready to assemble with a hard piece of cardboard on the back to keep them from getting before they arrive. They were very well received and the kids absolute loved them!  We also did a Friendship Lesson with them!

Halloween Tract from Let the Little Children Come

There are two ways one could utilize the pumpkins to teach:

1.  Allow the Children to Assemble the pumpkins as a group. The students could take turns reading each of the lessons, then fold them together to form a pumpkin! Not only is it a fun way to learn, it’s something the kids can take with them for years to come!

2.  If you prefer to hand the out rather than do them as a classroom project, you can form them and place inside some of the kids’ favorite candies and treats. Either way, it’s a great product to help teach and reinforce the gospel message!

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Here are some additional free resources for your enjoyment:

Salvation Bracelet Tutorial ~ Gospel Plane Printable

Free Gospel String Magic Lesson ~ Free Bracelet Tutorial

15 Lessons You Can Teach with Paracord

5 Great Lessons Using Optical Illusions

Ezpress Yourself With GelaSkins

baby-green-sea-turtleExpressing oneself can be about anything one wants.  Sometimes the things that tend to scream ‘me’ to us isn’t the same as people would think.  While I was looking at the many designs on GelaSkins, it struck me how some of the pictures reminded me of certain people and I wondered what exactly made others think of me? While I still don’t know the answer to that question, I found a skin that makes me smile everytime I see it.  I chose a skin with a sea turtle.  I could go on and on as to why I just love the little guys, but then this post isn’t about them.  🙁

fyd_home_iPodHeadphonesGelaSkins has skins for you to put on pretty much any electronic device: phones, tablets, computers, gaming devices, pcs, headphones, you name it they probably have it!  The designs range so far I can’t even begin to tell you!  I love that their products aren’t just stuck in one genre or another, rather they have designs for tastes across the board!  Fabulous!  Something else I love is that they have free wallpapers that match the skins!  If you do it right, you can make it look like the skin keeps going over your screen.  The skin was easy to apply to my tablet even though the first time I ended up with air bubbles.  I was able to easily peel it off and reapply with no issues at all.

 How do you express yourself???

Originally posted 2014-05-26 00:01:33.

Blog Buddy Review

Blog Buddy If you are a blogger, you know the importance and headache of organization.  I use to have notes and reminders all over my house, purse, wherever.  Of course, this doesn’t do much to keep my chaos in line.  Not too long ago, I came across an aspiring company who seemed to have the answer to my problems: The Blog Buddy.  While my old habits of the 2 million notes everywhere hasn’t completely stopped, things have gotten better and I foresee an eventual *gulp* elimination of blog related sticky notes…  If you are a blogger, you will want this book.  It helps- trust me!  Plus, if you are super organized already, this will have your office streamlined!  Oh, how I dream of being that organized one day!

 

 

 

 

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Blog Buddy Specs

A FULL 24 Month Calendar! (January 2014-December 2015)

2 Page Spread Monthly Calendars (finally no tiny useless squares!) 

Guided To-Do Lists and Blank Notes pages 

Post Completion Checklists (track multiple posts completion at a glance) 

Reviews & Giveaway Tracker 

Guest Blogging Opportunity Tracker (track posts pitched, written, published, etc) 

Potential Advertiser Tracker (track contact and follow up dates easily) 

Current Advertiser Tracker (track rates and renewal dates) 

Blog Statistics (compare a year at a glance for all statistics you want to track) 

Monthly Expenses (keep track each and every receipt!)

Revenue & Expense overviews (compare a year at a glance for revenue & expenses) 

Quarterly Balance Sheet with Estimated Tax Payments (see your finances at a glance)

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Disclosure: I did not receive this product for free.  I purchased it.  The opinions contained in this post are my own.  This post contains affiliate links.

Originally posted 2014-04-21 00:23:51.

Litter Free Lunch Box

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A Review By Monkey

The  ‘Litter Free Lunch Box Kit is an amazing lunch box for a high school student. I took it to school and i got a few comments on the bag. They either said it was ‘cute’ or ‘colorful’.  I was really excited when i got to take it to school and use it for my lunch.(except for the part where i had to write this review:)  It kept my lunch nice and cold (without an ice pack) till lunch time. The bag itself was very easy to
carry around, and on the inside was very neat.   The containers that came with the bag were very helpful with keeping my food separated.
The water bottle was a problem solver, because I didn’t have to carry a separate item to my lunch. I enjoyed carrying around the individual bag. I will love to use it again and get some more compliments. Over all today was a good day to use the ‘litter free lunch box’.
Using the Litter Free Lunch Box for a second time, we decided to change it up a bit.  I put an ice pack in it and it did even better in keeping my food cold.  I suggest to put one in the box itself so you would keep the food inside cold. The little containers helped with the smaller sides (obviously). But if you had a salad planned for lunch you could put some dressing in one and the other one you could put tomatoes in it. For the medium sized container i would put fruit and some walnuts in it too. But hey, that’s just me! I also want to say that the lunch box is big enough to put other things in it. I put a half of a bag of Doritos in it and it still zipped up! Oh my goodness, I just love this bag!  You just can’t tell what I will have next!   Altogether the ‘Litter Free Lunch Box’  was a great product and I love having it to take lunch in.

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The Zoo Keeper’s Thoughts

Let me just say that Monkey has officially made her writing debut!  *Proud Mom moment!*  Okay, now to the lunch box!  Each of the containers inside the lunch box are both microwave and dishwasher safe.  The container itself can be washed in the washing machine!  There is extra room inside even with all of the containers and the water bottle.  Plenty of space for other packaged goodies and such.  There is also a pocket on the inside to place things such as condiment packets or silverware so it won’t get banged around everywhere.

Monkey has been taking her lunch to school for the last 3 1/2 years and I have never seen her more excited to pack and take it!  She told me that the bus driver and her friends complimented it and she was quite proud to have it.  Preparing her lunch in the containers and taking it in the box seems to be something she loves to do now, which is always great!

I used the lunchbox when I went on a take out run to keep the food warm and it did well.  The food stayed hot and we didn’t have to eat lukewarm takeout.  I love that it is so roomy without taking up a lot of space!  No worries about it leaking or the food temperature changing too much.  Fabulous!  Plus, it’s great for the environment to use these types of products!  All in all, it’s a win!  Definitely a must have for anyone who takes their lunch anywhere!

Product Info From the Company

With great colors and fun designs, everyone in your family will want to carry their lunch in our Litter Free Lunch Kit! This kit has an insulated shell, four BpA-free airtight food containers (2 small, 1 medium and 1 large) and a 15oz BpA-free bottle – everything you need to pack a fresh, healthy lunch.

Bottles are dishwasher safe. Bag can be washed in a washing machine.

2 small containers: 3.75” x 2.25” x 1-3/8” deep

Medium container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 1-3/8” deep

Large container: 5.25” x 3.75” x 2.75” deep

Bottle: 2.25” x 2.25” x 6.5”

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Originally posted 2013-11-23 00:01:23.

Uglee Pens Review

 
To help get you or someone you love ready for school, we will be giving away a set of ergonomic UGLee Pens. Product Description: The UGLee Pen is a revolutionary ergonomic pen that is designed, created and used by a real physician. This Doctor-inspired grip pen is redefining the way people view pens and writing. The UGLee Pen is good for everyone who writes (even just a grocery list), and is especially helpful to people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, for example those with arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, etc.,. It’s also the best writing utensil for children who are learning to write and are developing fine motor skills, as well as helpful for special-needs children who find holding a pen or pencil properly difficult. And for high-school and college students who have to take copious notes, this pen helps keep hands and fingers from cramping.

Kids Need UGLee, Too!You already know that it takes years of practice learning how to write. Did you know that it also takes years to build up the correct muscles to do so efficiently? Kids are also at risk for repetitive stress injury, in fact that can be where it starts! Because of their underdeveloped muscles, it is easy for children to accumulate small injuries early. Get your children an UGLee Pen and help prevent future hand problems!

Originally posted 2012-08-09 05:00:00.

Uglee Pen Review

My Thoughts:
The UGLee Pen truly lives up to it’s name.  It is ugly!!!  As I wrote out my rough draft for this post— yes, I do that on paper, don’t judge me!— I couldn’t help but think that the specks of silver glitter embedded in the grip of the pen just adds, in it’s own right, to making the pen live up to it’s name!  However, don’t judge a book by it’s cover and all that, UGLee pen is not designed to be pretty anyway!  It stands for Ultimate Grip Pen and it was invented by a man name Dr. Lee.
Why would someone want an UGLee pen???  Aside from the fact that it’s so ugly no one would dare steal it, there are actually some benefits.  UGLee Pen boasts that it was designed, created and is used by real physicians to help redefine the way people view pens and writing.  It is designed to help people who experience pain and discomfort when writing, like people who have arthritis, carpal tunnel, etc.   It is also a great writing utensil for Monkeys learning to write and developing fine motor skills.  They also say that it is helpful for special needs learning for those who are having issues holding a pen or pencil properly.  Last but not least, it’s good for high school and college students who have to take a lot of notes, as it is said to keep hands and fingers from cramping!  Wow, that’s a lot for one pen!!!  You want one, don’t ya!?!  
 
Pros:  

  • Soft Grip
  • Ergonomic
  • Helpful for those learning to write, having issues writing, or just plain write a lot!
  • Smooth, smooth writing flow 
  • Designed by a doctor to fit your hand in the most comfortable and helpful way possible.

Cons:

  • Plastic at top of pen feels cheaply made, though they do say that the pen is very versatile
  • A bit pricey, at $19.95 for a 3 pack, however these pens are designed to be kept and refilled.
  • Ink is a special kind that has to be bought from their company in order to refill them

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2012-07-06 05:00:00.

Liquid Gold Clean Screen Review

Hey Everyone!  I don’t know about your computer screen, but mine was filthy!  Was, being the operative word!  I’m always afraid to clean them.  Screens now aren’t like screens back in the day!  So different!  I never know what is good for them and what isn’t, so I just don’t clean them.  I know, horrible.  I found this product and I’m really liking it!  It states what it can be used on, so no confusion.  It’s safe for laptops, desktop computer screens, HDTV’s, etc.
Here is their product description:

Kit contains:
Spray: Formulated with Reverse Osmosis (RO) Solution state-of-the art water treatment technology. RO removes molecules of mineral deposits and impurities smaller than the water molecules themselves. RO leaves nothing behind but a crystal clear clean. 6.5 fl. oz.

Cloth: A unique synthetic suede microfiber cloth that is used to apply the RO solution. Soft & lint-free, highly absorbent and quick drying, the cloth cleans without scratching delicate surfaces.

I used it on my laptop screen for just a few seconds, using a couple more sprays than it asks for, gently wiped the screen down for a few seconds, and it looks amazing!  While the screen was still off, I could see a few streaks and it made me a little nervous, but once I turned it on the screen is gorgeous!  It looks brand new!  Honestly, kind of makes the rest of this little old laptop look sad….
Yeah, moving on…
Their website can be found here and you can also follow them on twitter here!  Their product can often be found for as low at $4.00!  It’s a 6.5 oz bottle, so you’ll not need a new one for a while!  Well, unless your house resembles an electronic store!

If you are interested in DIY cleaners, check this one out!  Super easy!

 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Originally posted 2012-03-27 23:17:00.

Boogie Board Review

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Hey Everyone!  Have you heard of the Boogie board???  No, NOT some thing you play with on the ocean (that’s what it makes me think of!).  It’s basically an erasable clipboard!  Personally, I’m ADDICTED to my clipboard, so I’m certain having this is saving LOTS of trees!  Okay, think etch-a-sketch with a stylus!  Only you push a button, not shake, to erase!

I love this thing!  It’s really really really light, you don’t even notice a weight difference when you put it in your bag!  My only complaint was that there was no way to save your notes, but they have solved that with the new Boogie Board LCD RIP Tablet.  With it, you can save and upload your notes.  BUT, I have no idea how well it works, so if you find out, let me know!

I was given the Original Boogie Board RIP tablet and I really do love it!  The Original will run ya about $39.95 for the black one, colored ones are $41.95.  They come in black, red, orange, silver, cyan, pink, yellow, white and gold.  Personally, my fave is the orange one.  😀

One of the really cool things is that you can use the stylus OR your finger.  So, if you lose the stupid thing you don’t have to buy another stylus to continue using it.  The original has no way to attach the stylus.  🙁  It also utilizes the pressure to determine the ‘pen’ strokes.  Therefore, if you press hard you get a thicker line.  But, no need to press hard, it responds to the light pressure pretty well!

They also have accessories to go with, as we must have them, right?  LOL.  They have cases, sleeves, message board kits, sleeves, etc.  Go and check them out here and let me know what you think!  There will be a giveaway for them soon!

Originally posted 2012-03-10 18:38:00.

The Slice™ Safety Cutter Review

You into coupons or paper crafting???  I have found a very convenient little cutter!  Small, simple, sharp to cut but won’t cut your skin!  😀  (Not that we are clumsy-ya know, probably shouldn’t bother with that one! LOL)

The Slice is super convenient, sharp, and perfect for all sorts of projects!  The blade is ceramic so it will last longer than steel without dulling or rusting, it has a magnet and key ring hole (which is awesome because it won’t cut ya if you touch the blade!), and it’s comfortable for use!  (Designed for convenience to left and right handed people!)  I’m gonna go ahead and confess that before seeing this picture, I had already tried sticking my finger to it!  (Yet another reason I got banned from sharp objects for a while!)

Cutting is really easy and doesn’t take much pressure!  The slice Safety cutter is Great for couponers!  It took so much time off cutting my coupons!  I am really loving this cutter!  If you frequently cut paper, from coupons to card stock, this will quickly become a go-to cutter for you!  This week, The Slice cut my coupon cutting time into about 5 minutes!  It took longer to read the ads than to cut my coupons!!!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  

Originally posted 2011-12-16 11:35:00.

How to Free Your Mind and The #WordlessBook

Staring at a blank canvas can be scary or it can open the mind for creativity. A little children I think the creativity is so much more open because they don’t let stress and chaos Cloud there imagination over. Children and sometimes really lucky adults can tell a story without any need for thinking before they start speaking. It’s been a real long time since I could just pop off a story off the top of my head but I remember that once I could do it.

Let the little Children Come have a magnificent book with absolutely no words, aptly named The Wordless Book. It’s simply four colors to communicate the Salvation through Jesus Christ. I love that these leave so much for the imagination and there can be so many lessons taught in so many ways with simply a wordless book of meaningful colors.

 

If you have small children you probably have that piece of your imagination a little more open than some of the rest of us. I hope that you realize how fortunate you really are to have that. However, if you’re like me, you probably need a little bit of help clearing your mind of the clutter since opening up the vast imagination that is behind the Cloudy Skies. So, for both me and you, I am bringing you a list from Psychology Today.  You can read more detail of each on on the list at their link.

I must note that this post has gotten free your mind saying by the beautiful miss Paula Abdul stuck in my head so if your head is not clouded up with everything else I hope I haven’t gotten that song stuck in your head too LOL. However, I will admit I am slightly amused if it has gotten stuck by in your head too because well let’s face it it’s stuck in mine in misery loves company. LOL

Neuroscience Based Ways to Clear Your Mind by Bergland

  1. Distraction
  2. Mindfulness
  3. Suppression
  4. Substitution
  5. Meditation

I would love to hear how you free your mind!  There are plenty of ways, I typically go for distraction personally.  I’d love to hear how you are able to clear your head up. I gratefully will take any help that I can get!