April 26th is National Prescription Take Back Day

medications.02In our effort to declutter this year, my plan is to take advantage of National Prescription Take Back Day and safely remove some old, expired medications from our medicine cabinets and shelves.

Admittedly, we don’t have a lot to get rid of but I love the idea of getting rid of them safely. And I plan to remember that this is the week to declutter the medicine cabinets in the future and take advantage of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-back Day in the future.

You can read more about the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-back Day on their website but overall their mission is “provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.” (quote from their website)

You can find where in your area drop off locations are by checking their website.

I’m looking forward to decluttering one more thing and doing so in a safe manner.

Will you be taking advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day?



10 Reasons Why You NEED The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

I know NEED is a strong word but here are some reasons that you would probably benefit and therefore NEED The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. And at such a good price for the eBook, and with all the bonuses, you can’t go wrong with this great purchase.

And don’t forget, grab 2 friends to buy The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle with you and save $10. Check out how in my post Bring 2 Friends and Save on The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

Here are 10 great reasons that you NEED The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle.

  1. You know that you have been dying to try some DIY Natural Cleaners and you can get your own DIY learning guide in the bundle.
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  3. You have been considering Dairy-Free cooking and aren’t sure where to start and would love to learn.
  4. You would love to start meal planning and saving on your food budget but aren’t sure where to start? You can read about meal planning and get a free month of meal planning for you to start with (one of the bonuses just for purchasing the bundle during this sale.)
  5. You are struggling with making simple meals and freezer cooking and would love to learn more about it so you can save yourself some time and energy in preparing your family meals. (There are several meal planning, freezer cooking, budget planning, and healthy lunch books to help you on your journey.)
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  7. You have tried couponing and it’s just not working for you and you really would love to win the grocery battle.
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Fun with Math Online – CTC Math Review

CTC Math Review

One of the things I love about reviewing materials for the TOS Crew is that I have the opportunity to try new products that I might not have tried if not for the review. This is the case with CTC Math. Reviewing CTC Math and their 12 Month Family Plan was a fun and enjoyable review and I’m certainly glad that we able to do it.

Having decided that we were happy with our math programs, we weren’t sure we even wanted to review anything math related but CTC Math looked unique and something with which we could supplement. However, what we found is that it is a full curriculum in itself or a great supplement to many other math programs.

What is CTC Math?
CTC Math’s 12 Month Family Plan is a complete, online math program providing 1,366 animated and narrated math lessons. Appropriate for all ages and grade level, CTC Math offers almost 60,000 interactive questions from Kindergarten through high school math. There is little repetition and something new to learn at all levels. There are diagnostic tests available on most subjects helping the child (and parent) assess the child’s current understanding of a math skill.

The 24/7 online math tutor is great to have available. Each student has his or her own sign in so they are able to see their progress immediately. The student can work the lessons in order or search through the topics and work on a topic that he or she needs to work on.

Each topic has a 4-9 minute interactive lesson with questions that test their knowledge at the end or there is a printable worksheet. The animated and interactive lessons are colorful and fun. The easy-to-follow instructions make it easy for the kids to use the program independently. CTC Math also includes math games for drilling purposes that the kids will love.

ctcmath lessonsHow We Used CTC Math
My Kindergarten son enjoyed the math section (he’s a math kid) and particularly enjoyed the animation such as counting the bounces of a ball or the digs of a shovel in his counting lesson. We do not have a formal math program for our son and he enjoys using online programs so CTC Math was fun for him.

Mom – I have a new high score                 – Leyton, Kindergarten

My 3rd grade daughter used the lessons as an additional math program. She went through the sections that corresponded with what she was already studying, completing the CTC Math lessons teaching the skill as well as playing the Speed Skills games to drill math facts. For instance, we were studying rounding in math so she was able to find a lesson on rounding to further practice, and, therefore, cement her knowledge of rounding. Having the lesson presented differently than her main math program, to me, showed that she was able to grasp the topic wholly. The program tells the student their progress and the percentage they got right. She had to do it three times before getting 100 percent correct in rounding so I found this to be good practice for her and I was able to watch her progress improve.

ctc speedskills

CTC Math Speed Skills Game

My 3rd grader also used the Speed Skills portion of the CTC Math 12 Month Family Plan. We did Speed Skills most everyday as it is quick and simple to use to drill math facts. In this part of the program, the student is able to work on drilling the math facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There are 4 levels to choose from with Level 1 being only Addition and Subtraction. Level 2 drilling Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication, Level 3 including Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. And Level 4 including Addition, Subtraction, Mixed Multiplication and Division, Division with Remainder, and Order of Operations. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed her Speed Skills. The Speed Skills portion tests the child to see how many questions they can answer correctly in 60 seconds. Then they play repeatedly to try and beat their high score. She also played Times Table Shoot Em’ and really enjoyed that game as well.

Speed Skills – I Love Speed Skills              – Avarie, 3rd Grade

The CTC Math 12 Month Family Plan provides parents with a separate login in order to manage the accounts and view the progress. I found this very helpful and easy to navigate. It was nice to be able to receive an email with progress reports as well. This was an available option in my online profile. Seeing what each child was doing and how they were progressing was great.

What We Thought
Overall, we all liked CTC Math. My Kindergarten son liked the animation available in the math. My daughter LOVED Speed Skills and I liked the number of comprehensive tests and diagnostic tests available as well as the reports and ease in seeing how the kids were doing and what areas they needed additional assistance. It was easy to find a particular skill that needed to be worked on with the search feature. I liked the one-page summary of the lesson as well, which was nice if we wanted to go back over the lesson together.

We liked that we could skip grade levels easily so we could review concepts if necessary without having to worry that it was in a previous year that we could not access. It was nice to be able to simply go back to where we needed.

You can access a free trial of CTC Math and the 12 Month Family Plan on their website. You can purchase a 12 Month Family Plan to CTC Math for you and your family for $118.80 for a year for the whole family.

Check out CTC Math and their 12 Month Family Plan on their website or on social media:
CTC Math Website: http://ctcmath.com
Facebook CTC Math - https://www.facebook.com/ctcmath?ref=hl
Facebook Aus (Maths Online) – https://www.facebook.com/mathsonline.com.au?ref=hl

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