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Friday, January 11, 2019

10 Proven Lessons to Get Your Child Reading Before First Grade

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:31 AM 0 comments

Ever wondered why we wait until first grade to get our children reading? Before age six, children have enormous capacities for learning. Yet, some struggle to learn and others take to it easily.

With step-by-step, guided instruction from Ucan Courses, you can give your child the advantage of a lifetime. This proven method for teaching your child to read by first grade is getting attention. It gives kids a running start, boosts confidence, and eliminates that overwhelming feeling so many have on the first day of school. Importantly, it puts the parent in the driver’s seat: All you need is 10 minutes a day for 15 days!

Meet Shelana
Shelana is a first-grade teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She’s also a wife, mother, and grandmother. And, she can be your Ucan coach, guiding you in teaching your child to read.

Why Parents Love Ucan Kids
It’s fun, easy, and goes at the child’s own pace. It can also be used by nannies or grandparents. It gets results. The program builds skills in comprehension and retention – essential for young learners. It will have your child reading – and understanding – full sentences by first grade!

People who use Ucan Kids tend to be:
  • College-focused parents with an eye on Harvard who want to give their child every advantage. 
  •      Beginner parents who benefit from Shelana’s proven methods for teaching kids.
  •    Busy parents who find that 10 minutes of paired and shared learning creates a special bond that reinforces learning.
  •    Homeschooling parents who use the program as a foundation for learning.
  •   Parents of a child with learning challenges who will benefit from early attention.
As you give your child all the advantages of this remarkable methodology for learning to read, you’ll get super parenting tips and tons of support, games and tools to download, and the joy that comes when you see your child reading, retaining, and comprehending words. For children everywhere, education really is the future. Once your child has discovered the magic of reading, a whole world of learning awaits.

Get started now: Sign up for the free 10 Step Cheat Sheet here, after which you’ll get three free training videos.

Don’t want to waste time? As part of this limited time offer, you can begin immediately by enrolling in the full online course. You’ll still receive the cheat sheet, the free training videos, and all the bonus educational tools. Learn more here.


This sponsored post is brought to you by The Ucan Group and coordinated by Wendy’s Bloggers.

Monday, May 21, 2018

ToonStyle Website Review #spon

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:56 AM 1 comments
Disclosure: This is a paid review. However, all opinions are honest.

For parents, one of the most frustrating aspects of pleasing kids is searching multiple sites on the internet for that hot new toy, gifts, or supplies, like the coolest, hottest backpack. Now, jumping from one website to another is over with ToonStyle.

Toonstyle is an awesome website that lets parent's search one time and done. You can shop for all the characters your child loves in one place. Searching is made easy, just type in what you are looking for and ToonStyle provides a comprehensive list of various sites to choose from.

From Angry Birds to Zootopia, parents can find it with just one search and one click. I personally tried ToonStyle and found it much easier than going back and forth on multiple websites. 

ToonStyle was founded by a frustrated parent just like you, who got tired of searching the far corners of the Internet.

I love the site and it gets two thumbs up and five stars from this frustrated mom who now can now find everything in one place and one click.

Be sure to follow ToonStyle on Twitter and YouTube for all the latest product updates.

Whatever you're looking for, you can find it on ToonStyle!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

SmitCo LLC Gifts for Girls

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:50 AM 0 comments
Quality, affordable gifts for girls ages 2 to 12. SmitCo LLC has several different diaries with lock and keys and diary sets for girls in Emoji and Diva themes, as well as light up diaries to provide hours of fun.

A huge hit is the new Pony and Mermaid themed scrapbook kits.

SmitCo products also include very popular stretch jewelry sets for little girls - all packed in cute gift boxes. 

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We trust you will find some or all gifts here for the princesses on your list!

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SmitCo LLC sells all kinds of practical products as well which includes the following:

5 star Exfoliating gloves
5 star Bamboo baby towel set
Various glue and epoxy adhesives for use in and around the house and car
4. 5 star wood wine glass racks for under cabinet installation

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Package From Santa

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:24 PM 0 comments
Disclaimer: Sponsored post.

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Do you want to see your children's face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It's an amazing experience - it's joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know! 

Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the PackageFromSanta.com was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and my kids LOVED it!

It's such a joy to see my children continue to BELIEVE and PackageFromSanta.com really helped make the magic happen in my household this year! So grateful!

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Click here to see a video to learn more about this very special Santa memory service that will be a part of my family for years to come! 

The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:

Personalized Letter from Santa
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Personalized Nice List Certificate
Autographed Santa Claus Photo
Autographed Rudolph Photo
Genuine North Pole Stamp
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It also comes with a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. Wow! They are THAT confident your child will LOVE it! 

There are 3 different packages offered, so you can choose a price point that works with your budget. I will be reviewing the Silver package ($29.95).

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set .

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:29 AM 0 comments

Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set .

Instant vacuum freshness without pumps, motors or confusing parts; Simply press down on the lid and air is forced out via the one-way valve.
Patented valve removes excess air to reduce naturally occurring bacteria; It also releases pressure to prevent spills and splatters in microwaves.
Wave pattern on bottom of each container keeps cut fruit and vegetables elevated from water and juices.
Handy date dial allows you to record when food was first stored and monitor days kept in the refrigerator.
BPA-free, stain-resistant, shatter-proof and as transparent as glass; Freezer, microwave and dishwasher safe; Satisfaction guaranteed.
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Goupon Coupons Make Shopping at JCP a Savings Dream

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 9:45 PM 0 comments
Disclaimer: Sponsored by USFamilyGuide. All opinions are 100% my own. 

One of my favorite stores to shop at is JCPenney and one awesome way I save money is Groupon.

Groupon offers shoppers great deals and deep discounts on everything from clearance to clothes. Right now is a great time to save by using Goupon deals at JCPenney.

One of my favorite Groupon deals is 50% off with an exclusive Groupon offer to use at JCPenney.  Shoppers can  save up to 50% at Groupon's JCPenney store, where you can browse every single dishwasher, pair of Levis, and set of diamond earrings on sale at JCPenney. Best of all, you can search by designer, price range, and even color.

My super favorite Groupon JCPenney deal allows shoppers to save 80% off clearance home items, women's clothing, men's clothing, kids & baby, shoes, handbags, accessories, jewelry, and more! What better way to stock up on back-to-school needs or maybe do some early Christmas shopping.

From A to Z use Groupon to save big bucks at JCP for all your shopping needs.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3 National Widows Day

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 12:00 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This information was provided to me to share with my readers.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 700,000 women lose their husbands each year and will be widows for an average of 14 years. And 259 million widows suffer in silence worldwide over the loss of a loved one. It’s true that losing a spouse is one of life’s most devastating events; in fact, The University of Glasgow conducted a study that shows 30 percent of women have an elevated risk of death in the first six months after their spouse dies. Sometimes, there is nothing a widow needs more than the reassuring voice of someone who has been down this path before. 

The Journey From Grief To Gratitude
By Joanne Fink 

Everyone’s grief journey is different… and the ability to emerge with your soul intact is dependent upon your willingness to do the excruciatingly difficult work that grieving requires. It is a long and lonely process, and no-one can accept the reality of YOUR loss for YOU… it is something that you must do for yourself. One of the things I’ve learned on my journey is that love is a force so powerful that it transcends death.

Andy and I met at the end of my freshman year in college. I was immediately attracted to his keen intelligence, wickedly ‘punny’ sense of humor, and his deep, sonorous ‘radio-announcer’s’ voice. Our skill sets were complementary; I am a big-picture person while Andy was detail-oriented. He was inherently introverted and innately technical, while I am creative by nature. We shared a love of literature, musical theater and a dedication to making a difference in the world. 

In August, 2011, two days before our son’s twelfth birthday, nine days before our daughter turned seventeen, Andy had a heart attack and died in his sleep. In a very real sense my life ended when he died, because without him I couldn’t return to the life we shared. In the blink of an eye I lost my husband, best friend, business partner, IT and finance director and most devastatingly, my children’s father. Although I spent the entire first week thanking God that Andy didn’t suffer, and that he didn’t die on our son’s birthday, I was too shell-shocked to really understand the magnitude of what had happened. 

Profound loss–by which I mean the loss of a spouse, child or custodial parent–changes you: I call it ‘crossing the great divide.’ Once you have crossed, and have been forged in the fire of grief, your life is permanently changed in inexplicable ways. If you have ever lost someone, I know you ‘get it.’ If your loss is recent, please know that eventually the good days will outnumber the bad ones.

Grief does not follow a linear timeframe… nor will it consent to be neatly folded up in a suitcase and gotten out when you feel like it. Especially early on in what I call ‘the grief journey,’ grief has a mind of its own, and can sneak up on you with incredible ferocity when you are least expecting it. My journey from grief to gratitude is ongoing. Even after five years there remain days when I am profoundly dysfunctional; the days that I feel overwhelmed by life’s events are when I most miss Andy. I savor the memory of our life together; our 29+ years we shared continue to impact and influence my life today.

More than anything Andy delighted in being a Dad; he was a wonderful, caring, involved father, and I miss him as co-parent more than in any other capacity. Although it isn’t easy, I try to think about what he would recommend in any given situation, and to take that into account when making parental decisions. Both of our children have grown into hard-working, compassionate individuals, and I know he would be incredibly proud of them. They are his living legacy.

Grieving is like embarking upon a journey to an unknown destination, against your will, without any idea of how long it will take or what you will find once you get there. In the beginning it is a full time job, and can take every ounce of determination you can muster just to get through the day. At first you may just keep putting one foot in front of the other because you don’t know what else to do. After a while, as you start to regain your equilibrium and work through your grief, you may discover an inner strength and resiliency that surprises you. 

When your world is shattered by loss, you wonder how you can pick up the broken pieces and glue them back together… part of the journey from grief to gratitude is the gradual, heartbreaking realization that you can’t. But as you continue your journey, you can learn to build a new life founded on the love and cherished memories you hold in your heart.

Joanne Fink is an award-winning designer, calligrapher, and author. Her forthcoming book When You Lose Someone You Love (CompanionHouse Press) offers a healing connection with all who are dealing with one of life’s most challenging times and will be available later this year. Learn more about Joanne’s books and journey at www.zenspirations.com.


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