Homeschool Resource: Kids Academy Apps

Disclaimer: I have been compensated for my review, but all opinions are my own. 

Kids Academy asked me to try out some iphone/ ipad apps. While I do not have an ipad, I was able to try these out on a friends ipad. I was happy to do this because I love bringing you guys amazing homeschool and kiddie resources. These apps are free, and many are offered on Amazon as well. I encourage you to get them for your own children. You will not regret it!

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Preschool and Kindergarten Learning Games takes a montessori approach to helping children learn phonics, tracing, and reading. The app includes crosswords, sounds, songs, spelling blocks, and flash cards. The child can see the letter, trace the letter, hear the sound, and hear words that start with that letter. Then, they can play games- it doesn't get much better than that.  The app has a soft voice, 2 levels of difficulty, left and right hand modes, 2 levels, gives stars for performance, and is encouraging. The app takes them from tracing to writing at their own pace. They even learn age appropriate vocabulary. 

I love this app and so does my son. He even "taught" his sister her letters. 

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Preschool and Kindergarten learning kids games for girls & boys is almost an all inclusive learning app for preschool and kindergarten. This app is amazing and your child will never get bored with it. It is also based on Montessori learning principles (which I love). This one is a little bit more advanced, but not so much that a child will get frustrated, more like it will push them to go that extra bit. With this app, they learn spelling, reading, and writing. I adore how the child earns fireflies in their jar by completing the tracing activity (especially since we spend evenings catching fireflies as a reward in our house). This app advances with your child's needs and aligns with common core standards. The curriculum was developed and reviews by a preschool education expert. 

Tbomb is very advanced for his age, but with apps like this, I can allow him to review in play without spending valuable learning time reviewing. It is great for when I'm working, cooking, or if we're in the car. Because of this app, I'm considering investing in an iPad for the family. 

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Bingo ABC alphabet phonics  is my favorite of the apps I tried out. It is just so fun. I love singing with Tbomb, but this adds to the fun, while teaching him. He loves exploring the barnyard, the animal cards, and learning the animal sounds. I love that he can record his voice through the app. Music is huge in our house, so this app is automatically a winner. I love that it combines music, education, and games. 

Most items in the app are interactive, there is even a pond that Bingo and the farmer fish in. Everything comes to life- you can even make a flower grow! 

It is truly just an all around fun app. The baby even got in on the fun and was trying to clap along. Mostly, she just laughed at her brother and thought the recording of him was funny. 

I encourage you to go download these apps, they really are great. If you do not have an iPhone or iPad, check out the Amazon app offerings. 


Give Yourself an Extra Layer of Armor

Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 


Sometimes throughout our day, we need a little reminder that God is on our side. This is especially true on bad days and those days that we are dealing with something beyond our normal abilities. This is where Armed With Truth comes in. 

Armed With Truth creates stylish and powerful temporary tattoos that are great for memory verses, reminders that God is greater, and just an overall good feeling to have on your body. I love tattoos, but I've had the hardest time choosing which scripture I want tattooed on. Now, with Armed With Truth, I have a choice. 

There was a day that I needed an extra bit of strength to remind me that through God, I could handle everything. Armed With Truth gave me that. 

These temporary tattoos are amazing. They are not something you would get out of a cereal box or bubble gum machine. They are quality. No more of that yuckiness all over it an hour after I put it on. It stays pretty all day. The biggest difference is that they mean something. Where God's armor all day. Use it to witness, use it a private message. 

If you ever need a reminder that God is on your side, this is for you! 

Thanks Armed With Truth for that extra layer of protection you give me. 

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

Luxurious Kabuki Brush

Disclaimer: I received a product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 

This amazing Kabuki Brush by Simply Essentials is truly an amazing brush for blending. I use it for light application of powder foundation or for my translucent coat when wearing full makeup. For light makeup wear, it covers the perfect amount without making me look like porcelain. If I'm going for a strong coverage, I only use it for my top powder layer. 

Using this brush is like getting a mini face massage. The bristles are dense, but so soft and luxurious. I am in love!

The Simply Essentials Kabuki Brush promises a professional quality blending. The long handle gives you more control, and the angles brush allows for better coverage. The bristles are soft, dense, and of professional quality. (Vegan Friendly)

The synthetic bristles do not fall out and are perfect for powder or liquid foundation. The brush is very easy to clean and dry. Fast shpping! They also offer a lifetime guarantee.

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

Have You Gone #Noseblind?

Disclaimer: This review and giveaway was made possible by Double Duty Divas and Febreze. I was compensated for my participation in this campaign, but all opinions are 100% mine.

Did you see this on Instagram this morning? Are you excited yet? 

I received this amazing package from Febreze to conduct a #noseblind test. We were to have a movie night, complete with popcorn, and a few surveys. 

So, me, my husband, and my in-laws settled in to watch the 2 hour season finale of Mountain Monsters, have some popcorn, and discuss smells. 

What I learned: 

Our senses can become #noseblind to those smells in the house. We no longer smell them, but our guests can. This ability is actually a survival mechanism so that our noses are able to detect possible dangers. Pretty handy, actually. Imagine if we did not have this ability. Our olfactory sensors would be overloaded and we may not be able to smell gas, smoke, or even mold. 

We have several dogs and 2 kids, so I was concerned about what our guests would smell, even though I only smell the oils we burn. After the initial surveys were complete, I found that our guests could smell the dogs, although they could tell that we tried to mask the odor. 

The popcorn did hid the smell of the dogs for a bit, but by the time our finale was over, the dog smell was back. Febreze to the rescue! Within just a few minutes of spraying the couches with Febreze and lighting the candle, the room had a refreshing smell and the underlying smell of the dogs was no longer present. Yay!!! I've always loved Febreze, but now I'm really hooked on all of the products. 

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How It Works: 

Febreze is made using a molecule called Cyclodextrin. It traps bad odors and eliminates them. Febreze then leaves behind a pleasant scent, without overwhelming the nose. With this patented technology, Febreze is the only product that can achieve this! 

Make sure you always have Febreze on hand, so that you are confident your home smells fresh when guests arrive. (Tip: Keep Febreze Air Effects by the door for a quick spray when unannounced guests show up)

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