Sherpak Boat Roller from Seattle Sports Co Review

I tested this product prior to moving, however it was left in a storage unit when we made our cross-state move, so I do not have pictures to share other than stock photos because, well, the item isn’t here. Sorry about that! But, I do think you guys will agree that this is a pretty cool product.

I was given this item to review through Deep Creek Pr, however, all of the opinions and views are my own and completely honest.

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This review will be for the Sherpak Boat Roller from Seattle Sports Co I hope you bear with me as this was challenging to do without my camera to take photos.

When you first receive your boat roller, you have some very minor assembly to take care of. You’ll need to remove the nut, bolt, and washer from the suction cup in order to attach the bar and then thread that bolt assembly back through and tighten. It was very simple, didn’t use any special tools and took less than 5 minutes.

The boat loader seems very well made, it’s durable looking and sturdy without being overly heavy and cumbersome.

To use the boat loader, you’ll need to thoroughly clean your rear car window to be sure that it is absolutely free of any dust, dirt or other substances that won’t allow the suction cups to make good contact with the glass. I cleaned mine with a good all purpose window cleaner and a lint free towel. To attach the boat loader to your window, you simply lift the leavers on the suction cups, position them on your window where you’d like it and press the levers back down, making good contact with the glass with the suction cup.

The next step s to load your boat and tie it down! We did have some minor issues with the boat roller popping off o f the car window a few times, even after it had been cleaned well. I think this is because the suction cups are so stiff….there really isn’t a huge amount of flexibility in the cups and we have a pretty rounded rear window, so the suction was always as great as it could have been. But, by the time we had used it a few times and it had been worked a bit, it seemed to be softening up and working a lot better.

We thought that this was a really great piece to have if you load and/or unload your canoe or kayak alone. We look forward to the day when we have more room and can free this from the storage unit of doom and actually use it a bit more.

MyFreezEasy Meal Plan Membership Review

I love to meal plan and do all of those types of things, but there are times in our life where we just don’t really FEEL like taking the time to plan: busy days or weeks, times of sickness or changes in our regular routines (new babies, moving, etc). Since we were in the midst of a move I really thought this would be something amazing for us, to try out the MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership from MyFreezEasy. I just knew that I could do up a bunch of meals to pop into the freezer so our first weeks of being in our new house would be a little easier. I could feel great knowing that our meals were in the freezer and ready for us at any time. I really like the way that sounds!

 

MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}
 

Let’s start out by giving you a few reasons why YOU might want to give this freezer plan subscription a go as well. The first one I can think of is that it’s really affordable. The basic plan is just $7/month. I was paying more than twice that for another service that was just menu plans and it wasn’t anywhere near as flexible as this one is. Included in that per month price, you will have access to 8 meal plans with 5 recipes in each. The premium plan (which is what the Crew received for this review) is just $10/month and while you still receive the 8 meal plans with 5 meals each, you also have the option to totally customize your plans with it. I have found that to be beyond amazing!

The meal plans that are included are:

  • Traditional Meal Plan
  • Gluten Free Meal Plan
  • Slow-Cooker Meal Plan
  • Clean Eating Meal Plan
  • 20 meals Plan
  • ALL CHICKEN Meal Plan
  • ALL GROUND BEEF Meal Plan
  • ALL PORK CHOPS Meal Plan

Customizing with the Premium Plan (I’m in LOVE with this) is that you can just drag and drop any meals from any of the meal  plans to customize your very own meal plan. This is awesome if you have some items you want or need to use up! This is one of the handiest features as far as I am concerned.

 

MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}
 

This subscription is so easy to use and everything you need is right there, so you can get from the grocery store to your freezer in no time flat. All of the things you need are laid out for you perfectly in printable sheets. Printable for all of the below are included for you:

  • Recipes
  • Directions on what you need to be able to assemble the meals and How to assemble them
  • Shopping list by recipe
  • Shopping list by store
  • Freezer meal prep day shopping list
  • Freezer meal prep day shopping list by store
  • Labels for the recipes

The nice thing is that they are always there so you can print out all of them or just what you need. Either way, they are all there and provided for you to use however works the best for you and your method.

The Premium Plan is, in my opinion, a deal for $10 a month. There are a LOT of really great recipes for you to try. There is a lot of value in knowing that your meals are in the freezer and ready to go so virtually anyone who is able to cook can get dinner going. I have always tried to plan my meals out religiously but sometimes we would slip up and eat convenience or fast food much more than we would like. That is hard not only on our bodies, but our pocketbooks as well.

I made up two sets of recipes before we left our old home for our new one. I did the all ground beef and the traditional meal plan. It was very simple- I just got the meal plans that I wanted put into my customized meal plan and printed out the grocer shopping lists. I got everything that I needed, came home, prepped the meals and stowed them in the freezer. It was pretty simple to then have them waiting for us when we got to our new house. I know we all appreciated having hot, homemade, good for us meals those first couple of weeks in our new place when so much was so unsettled and in upheaval.

If you’d like to see what other members of the crew thought about MyFreezEasy.com’s Premium Plan, click the link below!

 

MyFreezEasy.com Freezer Meal Plan Membership {MyFreezEasy}
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Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting Review

This review is going to be just a touch different because I am the one who used this program. I have notice that as I get older and I have started using the computer (or my phone….) to communicate more, my handwriting has gone downhill. I was excited to get the chance to try out Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting by Everyday Education LLC for myself.

 

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}
This book can be used in a few different ways. It can be used to teach children to read and write (in 60 days!) as the cover claims. You can also use it to teach children with reading issues to read well. Then, you can use it to simply teach children to have legible handwriting. Finally, you can use the book to teach yourself to have amazing handwriting. Since I wanted to improve my handwriting I’m opting to use this for the final option.

One thing I do want to point out though, is that students that struggle with good penmanship will often do better with an italic style and so this would be a great program for them if you happen to need that specific need addressed. I was very happy to see that though, because I have found that to be so helpful in our own homeschool.

The writing samples are a little different in that they are not machine produced, but rather hand written by the author herself. That makes a lot of difference because the student is given a sample that is neat and appealing to look at but not so perfect that is cannot ever be reproduced. For a younger child, I can see this being so much more appealing and fruitful. For me, tey just made it seem whimsical and fun.

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}
A couple of things that were a little confusing or me were the way that the lines on the paper were used. I have had it hammered into me that the mid line is where most things go and only hanging parts of letters will go below that. The instructions were a little muddled here with me and I sometimes found them hard to follow because they went against my lifelong rules of penmanship, but I worked through it and it was ok.

I enjoyed using the program to learn to write in italics and found it to be a lot of fun with many options to dress up or dress down my handwriting. It also appealed to me because I really like to write with a very wide pen and plain print can sometimes become hard to read with one. I didn’t have those problems with the italics and found my handwriting to be more attractive this way.

I very much enjoyed this book and as I was working through it my oldest daughter expressed a desire to try it so I am sure that she will be the next one to use the program. I will enjoy her handwriting being a bit neater and easier to read 🙂

If you’d like to see what other members of the crew had to say about this program, you can click the link below.

 

Beautiful Handwriting, Literature and Poetry {Everyday Education, LLC}
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Ultimate Phonics Reading Program Review

 

Ultimate Phonics Reading Program {Spencer Learning}
 

We have a couple of kids that don’t quite have the reading comprehension and reading skills that they should have. Because of that, other areas of their education are starting to show stress. We all know that being a strong reader is setting the foundation for a good learning career and of course I want my children to have the best. We hopped on to Spencer Learning website and started the Ultimate Phonics Reading Program with them.

Now, while a lot of the items we review on the Crew are online, this one happens to be a downloadable app. I downloaded it right to my laptop and activated it with the key I was sent and off we went! The program takes a systematic approach to the lessons that my kids appreciated. There are 262 lessons with each lesson broken up into 4 parts.

Those 4 parts are them broken down into pieces:

  1. The pattern is presented (generally a new phoneme or sound). The sound or pattern is presented and explained.
  2. Word list page. Words that have the same sound that have been presented are here.
  3. Word page. Not another word list page, but rather a page where a sight word is presented alone. The word is broken up into individual sounds. Sights words will be whole and should be memorized.
  4. Sentence pages. These are the last pieces of the lessons and are where a student will read sentences with the words from the current lessons and lessons past.

My children loved that the whole platform was very interactive. There are several ways to interact with the lessons. If you hover over a word, the word is spoken so the student can hear it. Right clicking on any word or sound will take you to the lesson page for that sound. Simply clicking the back arrow will take you to the previous screen.

Ultimate Phonics Reading Program {Spencer Learning}
 

Ultimate Phonics Reading Program is intended for students who are: young readers, struggling readers, dyslexic students, and ESL students. Honestly, any age of people can use this program- even adults- if there is a need for a good foundation for phonics and help with poor reading skills. The program is simple and straightforward. Not too cutesy or childish so even adults can use it without feeling like it’s something meant for kids. Additionally, the program can be used as a full program or as a supplement.

The kids I used this with showed a big difference in just a week. By the end of the review period, I was amazed at how much they had picked up and learned. We went from very poor reading skills to skills that were very much improved. Now that we are settled into our new house after a big move, they have been asking to use it again and I have been happy to let them.

Ultimate Phonics Reading Program {Spencer Learning}
 

I loved the program and I thought that the way it is presented was simple and to the point. The kids could use it by themselves and that was a big plus to me because I could be helping the other kids with their work. That’s always nice for a homeschool mom!

If you’d like to see what the other members of the Review Crew thought about the program, you can click the link below.

 

Ultimate Phonics Reading Program {Spencer Learning}
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Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
All kids learn so differently, and what has worked in the past for our others kids doesn’t necessarily work for all of our kids…..or so I have learned. Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar by jollyliteracy.com (from just2ducks LLC) have been a JOY to use in our home. Sometimes, you have to take a step back and realize what you are doing isn’t going work and you need a change. For me, Jolly Phonics was the change I needed.

Some phonics/reading programs can be bulky and expect an awful lot of teaching, prep, and hands on instruction from the teacher. Jolly Phonics is NOT one of those programs. Lessons take about 10 minutes, with some it that time being spent in review. I have been so pleased with how excited and enthusiastic our kids have been to use this. Instead of feeling like I am forcing them to do their work, they are happy to spend those minutes doing it. They really do love it and the lesson length is perfect for them, they can get it done and have full focus on it without it being too tedious for them. Their level of retention has been simply brilliant with this program. How could THAT not make you happy??!!

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
 

You may be wondering what the set consists of. Here’s what we received:

  • Jolly Phonics Teachers book in print letters
  • Jolly Phonics Student Book 1, 2, and 3
  • Jolly Grammar 1 teachers Book in print letters
  • Jolly Grammar 1 Student Book
  • Jolly Songs in print letters

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
 

There’s a lot to this set and it is so well thought out for the parent-teacher, I just love it. There is a brief section at the beginning of the teachers book that instructs you how to teach the letter sounds and how to teach the lessons. I highly recommend that you read through these before starting. It’s not a difficult program to teach, but knowing how they expect the lessons to go really helps you teach it well.  Next are the daily lesson plans- they are so simple to follow! Each lesson is divided up into a short story, an action for the letter (my wiggly kids’ favorite part!), then writing the letter, blending the letter with previous lessons, and then further or optional ideas. It’s amazingly simple easy to use, and fun for the kids.

We started with book 1 at the very beginning, so we didn’t get a chance to move into the other books or into Jolly Grammar, but we are loving this and are so looking forward to using them. However, we are nearly done with book 1 and my kids have retained the letter sounds and are reading simple words or phrases. That is so much progress for us!

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
We will be moving through the end of book 1 and moving into book 2 at the end of this week, and we plan on just continuing through! I really, really, REALLY love this program and sincerely wish I had known about it years before when I had to struggle through teaching my older 2 girls to read. It’s working fabulously, my kids love it, and this homeschool Mama loves it, too! In case you haven’t noticed, this is a very glowing review 🙂

If you would like to see what other memebers of the crew thought about Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar (some of them got much further into the program if you were wondering about it), you can click the link below!

 

Jolly Phonics and Jolly Grammar Review
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