Showing posts with label Fun Stuff. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fun Stuff. Show all posts

Thursday, July 22, 2010

TOS Crew Review: Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others eBook from TOS

If you have been a parent long enough to hear the ABCs being sung in the back seat, and/or have graduated to the use one of those "parent statements" like, "IF I have to pull over and whack your behind, I will-so don't  push me!" or better yet, "If you two [three, four, ten] don't stop arguing, and cannot stay within your designated area, I will turn this car around and we'll NEVER go anywhere again!" Or the less overt, yet all business statement of "You know, they have a Boot Camp of Pain for kids who cannot get along when traveling in the car/van.  I think I see the exit up ahead." Then you understand the need to entertain the troops while traveling the open roads or the great expanse called the Friendly Skies. You "get" the absolute necessity of making the trip entertaining, without breaking the budget.  Fear not dear readers, The Old Schoolhouse Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others, offers plenty of creative ideas to survive these family outings, with life saving "implementations of sanity"-no only for yourself, but for your fellow parents too! Oh, and the kids will totally dig it, after all what kid doesn't enjoy a package of surprises? It's a win-win situation for everyone!

You will find that this 93 page download offers some excellent ways to pull together kits, with lists of great goody ideas to create them, to break up the boredom and provide entertainment for the young traveler (and old folks too).  This dandy eBook provides the who, what, where, when and even ties in some scripture as  well.  If you struggle with ideas on how to keep the passengers restful and a joy to be with, then this very well may be a great purchase for you.  I think another great title could be, Travel Kit Ideas for Dummies-because it walks you through every step in a clear and easy to understand manner.

As for me-this came a bit late in my parenting career.  I tend to be a more crafty and creative kind of gal, so I have already implemented many of these ideas-to survive a move across the country with 3 small children, and also to keep the "restless and bored" generation from staging a mutiny, during the many road trips we have taken with their father. With four kids penned into a 2 ton corral-on-wheels, not fit for a miniature pony-I have had to pull out all the mom ideas I could muster, and I can report that they have served their purpose well.  But it never crossed my mind to package up one or two of these babies for others-wow, that would have served as such a blessing for many.  I also never really considered wrapping the stuff up into mini-count down, or into one-at-a-time opening spree packages either.  So I did glean some useful ideas, and the photographs are wonderful in giving the me [the reader] a great visual.   I hope to create a "relief" package for my teen and 9 year old son  when we take our next trip to somewhere (and I am sure it will involve a lot of driving!) soon.  A dash to the dollar store, the Target dollar section, those discount end caps found at our local grocery store, and a "reconnaissance and swipe mission" through the toy shelves/buckets, ought to provide plenty of goodies to alleviate the need for Aleve aspirin, for me and their father. So would I have purchased this?  Probably not, mostly because of the reasons listed above.  But if you tend to be one whose mind goes blank when pondering your car/plane/train trip survival plans-then I should think you would greatly enjoy this Travel Kits eBook.

**Just a word of caution if you have a child like me, who is sensitive to reading the printed word or just seeing a lot of words on a page while in motion-avoid them at all costs.  We figured it out after a few "spewing sessions" that my poor boy simply cannot tolerate that kind of mixture.  Especially when traveling through the mountainous regions of this country.  If you cannot avoid such things-please, please pack a puke bag [perhaps picked during a person's travel time on board a plane] and some face wipes-it will make the trip soooo much more pleasant-for everyone (and a spritz bottle filled with a fresh scent and oh, some gum or mints too).  
***A few more things-if gifting one of these useful packages or frankly doing it for your family, be sure not to pack a food that melts, if they will be traveling during peak heat months-no one appreciates a melty mess to clean up.  A bag for trash will always be most appreciated, so be sure to include one of those into your kit too. And because I wouldn't be a mother if I didn't remind those with good intentions-children [under the age of 4 especially, since they tend to suck food in like a vacuum cleaner] should not receive items that are choking hazards-no snack meant to stave off boredom, is worth swerving off the highway at 75 miles per hour, to perform the Heimlich maneuver in order to save a child's life. So be wary and consider that when choosing the food items to include-when in doubt-don't.  

You will need to collect, put together and deliver (if gifting) the package-so I have to give it this run icon-even tho the concept is easy.

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Travel Kits  Info [this gives you a very detailed explanation of you will get]
$12.45 eBook download
All ages

Don't forget to read up on what my fellow TOS mates had to say about this, and many other great homeschool products over on our Review Crew Homepage.

***The Old Schoolhouse Magazine provided me with a free download of  Travel Kits: A Simple Way to Bless Others eBook, so that I could use this study with my family.  I did not receive financial compensation in exchange for my honest opinion of this product.

Friday, September 11, 2009

TOS Crew Review: StudyPod

I know this sounds rather cliche, but really, "Where was this thing when I was going through all those years of study to get my degree? Or where was it when I was hunched over like Quasimodo whilst I was knee deep in some research and needed my information front and center?" That "thing" I am referring to is the Studypod! Yes, now before visions of those giant pods from Cocoon start rolling around in your head-let me explain. This handy little device is actually designed to alleviate neck strain, free up desk space, and allow for quick reference/reading because the book or material is in a nicely angled, in an upright position.

See that lovely lady in the upper left-hand corner of the circle? That is NOT how I looked as I made my way through several activities in the past. No siree, no twinkle in my eye, nor smile on my face! My studying days were plagued with that pinched, sharp ache one gets when their neck muscles have reached their limits from supporting their noggin in a hunched over position. That kind of ache that not even a large dose of pain killers will touch. I guess I just assumed that was how it is suppose to be.

So when this Studypod thing arrived-I was quite skeptical of its ability to make those a thing of the past. I read the directions, played with the fold down trays, moved the wire page holders back and forth; and I even read the little ditty printed on the inside of the holder-all the while wondering. Then I stood back and eyed this "contraption" like I was examining a new creature of sorts. Could this do what it claimed to do? Would anyone in our home even want to try this thing out?

Well, it does what it is designed to do, and it does it well. For my husband, it eliminated the shuffling of papers to uncover what he was trying to read, because it was already positioned right in front of him. For my daughter who has a long, thin desk but big, bulky college texts-it freed up precious space so she could actually take notes, and type on the computer, without trying to balance her book at the same time. It held many workbooks and notes for me, so I could do a quick look-see of the material I was presenting to the children. My high schooler is looking forward to trying it out in her Biology class she starts next week. While the other students (unless of course, they too own too) crane their necks to read through their books; my daughter will be enjoying the benefits of the Studypod. What's more-it folds up into that little book shape, so it will fit nicely into her backpack. Got to love that!


Oh, and they even sent us the very color she had hoped we'd get. Now, if I could make a suggestion for future color choices-I would really love to see a red one. Not a candy apple red, but a nice deepish-red color that would match my home's interior design. Yes, that would be most lovely. In the meantime, I am trying to decide if I should get the blue or pink one...decisions, decisions. As, it would be nice to have a couple around the house; because I really do not want to have to hunt down our Studypod every time I need it (which is quite often).

So, if you couldn't tell by now-we love it. And I think you will too. This sturdy and practical product will make a nice addition to anyone's collection of truly useful things. And it certainly would make a great gift too!

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Studypod Homepage
Studypod comes in 3 colors: pink, blue and black.
Also known at the Bookpod, which is the same product-just in different colors (black, tan and gray)
$19.95 each unit or any two or more: $16.95 and believe me-you'll want more than one! You can combine any of the Study/Bookpod color choices for this.

Especially for my blog readers: Studypod has a webcoupon just for you-get $5 off your order! Simply use the code: TOSBLOGS5.

Head over to our TOS Crew Homepage for more reviews on this and several other great homeschool products.

**Study Pod provided me with a free Study Pod Book Holder book in order to test and use it with my family, so I could write this review.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

ohh, an award!

My friend, Michelle at A Life Better than I Deserve gave me this cool Sisterhood Award! How lovely!

Now, I normally only put my reviews on this blog-but since I want to highlight some of my TOS mates (past and present) along with some other great gals, I think this one is just perfect for this award.

The rules:
1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
2. Nominate up to 10 blogs which show great attitude and/or gratitude!
3. Be sure to link your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Remember to link the person from whom you received your award.

My nominees are:

ABCMomof3 at Learning by Living (2008-09 TOS Mate)

Debbie at Debbie's Digest (2009-10 TOS Mate and one of my Outward Bound Team members)

Michelle at Delightful Learning (2009-10 TOS Mate)

Michele at My Blessings From Above (2009-10 TOS Mate)

Sara at The Homeschool Project (2009-10 TOS Mate and one of my Outward Bound Team members)

Hillary at Our Homeschool Studio (2009-10 TOS Mate and one of my Outward Bound Team members)

April at Once Upon a Qpon (2009-10 TOS Mate and a one of my Outward Bound Team members)

and some fantastic blogging gals I enjoy following:

Bronwyn at Loving My Life as a Mother and Wife

Leslie at Joyful Mother of 6

The Road Less Traveled at Learning Thru Lapbooks

Please take a moment and visit all these great blogs-you will be blessed, as I can say I have been by their wisdom, humor, kindness and wonderful blogging abilities.