Rainbow Pencils FlipStir Puzzle by Enlivenze LLC ~ Review

FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

I have a puzzle addict in the house, so when TOS Review Crew was offered a chance to try out FlipStir Puzzles from Enlivenze LLC I jumped at the chance. We Choose the Rainbow Pencils puzzle to try 1st.

If you haven’t hear of FlipStir puzzles, your not alone. But I promise they are worth the try! They are fun for the whole family!!! Basically it is an enclosed puzzle that you solve using a special stick that is manufactured into the top. Our Rainbow Pencils puzzle is a “level 1” and has 10 3D pieces. The “level 2” puzzles have the same number of pieces but are harder images to solve. Level 1’s come in Rainbow Pencils and Tyrannosaurus Rex.The Level 2 options ae Solar System and Statue of Liberty. I thought we would start with the easier.

Here is how FlipStir Puzzles work…

Each puzzle come in a hard plastic cylinder with a paddle type stick inserted into the lid. Start by shaking/stirring the puzzle to mix up the pieces. Then using the wand you rearrange the pieces to make your picture. Hence the Shake~Stir~Solve.

One of the best things about the FlipStir Puzzles is that because it is self contained there are never any lost pieces. That makes this puzzle super portable! You can take it in the car on trips without fearing that something will be lost. It is also made from durable materials and has stood up to my kids well.

My daughter loves it!!! We even have races to see who can complete it the quickest. She wins every time haha

Here is an up close pic of our puzzle. FlipStir Puzzles Reviews

She really can complete is in a mater of minutes! It takes me  alot longer. haha

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We give FlipStir Puzzles by Enlivenze LLC a 2 thumbs up!!!!!!!

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Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids – Starter Set 1 ~ Review

 Beginner Spanish Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids Review

I know it is still summer, but we’ve been busy on the TOS Crew reviewing some great products! My girls had really been begging to learn Spanish. I had several years of it in High School but that was a LONG time ago. We had been looking for a program to start on when Foreign Language for Kids by Kids came up in the vendors. We grabbed up the Starter Set 1 and have had a blast using it!

Foreign Language for Kids by Kids is a super fun program to use and was voted “Top 100 educational website of 2016” by Homeschool.com. They offer Spanish and Chinese classes, Online Spanish program, Videos, Games, Workbooks, and more. They offer Starter Sets and Online Access for your convenience and learning style.

You can start a free trial of the Spanish Program here. Their members ships range from one month subscription – two year program access.

The lessons are set as full immersion lessons. All the video is in Spanish but includes fun graphics, creative pictures to explain the words, and mini skits that entertain and keep the attention of the viewer. This approach helps add new words to your vocabulary and review words already learned. You can learn foreign language quickly as you apply it to daily life.

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Also Checkout 5 tips for learning a foreign language for some great info to get you started on your foreign language journey!

We received the Starter Set 1. We were excited as soon as we opened the box and dug into all the goodies!


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Included in this set are…

~A 20 week curriculum guide (teacher guide) that is packed with lesson plans, game ideas, and activities that will help you schedule your lessons and gather your materials.

~A DVD containing three videos for you to watch and have a great time laughing with. Videos are Basketballs Aren’t for Breakfast, The Little Magic House Part 1, & The Little Magic House Part 2.

~ 3 workbooks, one to use with each video. These are consumable and you will need one per student.

~ Sticker Set that are super fun!!!!! You and your student get to label items around your house and begin using Spanish in your everyday tasks.

~ Flashcard set that include pictures and Spanish words that are learned in each video. These are also used in games through out the curriculum guide.

Here is how we are using the curriculum…

This has been a great program that we have looked forward to using each day! We start by watching the video or segment of a video. This usually takes 5-15 min. depending on where we are in the video. Day one starts out as just watching a few minutes of the video and works u to watching the entire thing.

After that we discuss what we have seen and clarify any new words used or learned.

Then we complete the activity page in the workbook. After that we take a break and come back later to a game.

The flashcards the girls use independently to review words or play the games suggested in the curriculum guide. One is a version of “go fish” using the graphic cards and the Spanish word cards.

We have learned alot of new Spanish words and enjoy using them throughout our days! We can say that Foreign Language for Kids by Kids ~ Starter Kit 1 is Me Gusta!!!!!!

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Beric the Briton by: Heirloom Audio Productions ~ Review

 Beric The Briton Heirloom Audio Productions Review

Heirloom Audio Productions brings history to life in yet another great radio drama. This time it is an adaptation of G.A. Henty’s Beric the Briton. I have done several other Heirloom Audio Production reviews that are all part of “The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty” series like With Lee in Virginia and The Dragon and The Raven. Just like those, Beric the Briton will not disappoint!

Who is Heirloom Audio Productions?

They are a company that is committed to bringing history to life in a way that the entire family can enjoy. I never have to worry about my kids being exposed to language or other questionable content while listening to their products. The violence included  is only for the sake of history and is not gory  or overly dramatic. Each story also incorporates a moral message and focuses on what God has done in our past history. They have truly family safe productions.

Each story is so well told by a team of quality actors and artists that you really feel like you are living the adventure. We are at the edge of our seats waiting to hear what happen next. We usually listen on car rides and hate it when we get to our destination before the story is complete. Each one of us love the stories from the five year old to the driving daddy. The sound effects and the vocal dramatics really help you feel like you are right there at the scene of the battle.

Another important detail is the quality of the physical product itself. Every CD set that I have received has come in a durable hard case. Each case contains two discs (each with half the audio on them). The cases a beautifully designs and have great graphics. They are fashionable and functional. They keep the CD’s well protected.


Each audio drama also includes a study guide as a digital bonus. Beric the Briton’s study guide is 48 pages designed to bring the story to life even more. It includes the e-book of Beric the Briton, study questions, printable cast poster, and inspirational poster with a quote from Julius.

Now About the Audio Drama Story!!!!!

Beric the Briton is a 2 1/2 hr audio adventure that takes place during the Roman invasion of the ancient Britannia. Beric and his best friend Bodouc get caught in the middle of the invasion and have many frightening and fierce adventures such as, being captured by the Romans, training as gladiators, serving the Emperor Nero, and many more. As the story wraps up, Beric and Bodouc are forced to reflect upon their pagan cultures past and discover to true source of forgiveness.

Don’t forget where you can find Heirloom Audio Productions and Beric the Briton
Beric The Briton Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/BericTheBriton

The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty series Facebook pagehttps://www.facebook.com/TheExtraordinaryAdventuresOfGAHenty

Find Heirloom Audio Productions…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeirloomAudio

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HeirloomStories

Google+: https://plus.google.com/b/114534826166314080647/114534826166314080647

Instagram: @HeirloomAudioOfficial

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