Nifty Product – Simply Delightful Liners

I was first introduced to these nifty liners by my friend Jessie – she was ordering a couple to try out and she asked if I wanted to give them a go. We had both recently purchased Thermomixs and were in a frenzy of baking – testing out bread, biscuit and cake recipes.

I loved making my own bread but hated having to line tins etc so I thought I would give a loaf tin liner a go as well as some baking sheets for my trays.

Loaf tin liner

Baking sheet

 Well, they are absolutely fantastic! Super easy to use, and use over and over again (unless of course your mother comes to stay and throws it in the bin cause she doesn’t realise it’s reusable!!)

They are reasonably priced too – the loaf tin was about $7 and the tray liner about $16. I recently purchased some muffin/cupcake liners, which I have yet to use, but am looking forward to not having to prise muffins out of a tin!

 Muffin/cupcake liners

Another great thing this company sell are these nifty things….toaster bags!!!!

My sister had some when I visited her last and they were great. Just make your sandwich, pop them in the bag and then put them in the toaster! Hey presto, toasted sandwiches with out the mess of cooking them in a sandwich press!

I highly recommend these products and the site www.simplydelightful.com.au. They also have have liners for BBQs, oven grill trays, electric frypans and more.

So if you want less mess when cooking why not check this site out!

Linda

Prep Grade Reading – My Top 5 Apps, Websites and Tools

My daughter started Prep this year and I have been having a great time helping her with her readers at night but she has been struggling a little with her letters, phonics and reading.

My lovely sister-in-law is a teacher and she gave me some great tips and put me on to some great sites so I thought I would share them with you all.

1. rED Writing – Learn to Write

This is an awesome iPhone and iPad app – first you choose your state, because they all have a different writing styles – the sense in that is what???, then you create a profile and the start learning how to write both upper and lower case letters, numbers and practice shapes. It tells you the letter, provides an example of how to write the letter/number and if the child can get it right for 3 turns they get a sticker. Collect all the stickers and they email you a certificate for the child.

My daughter loves it and asks to “play” it.

Price: $1.99 but totally worth it!

    

2. Starfall.com and app

This is a great website and app that concentrate on the phonics of letters and is extremely interactive and entertaining – so the kids love it.

    

So just choose a letter and the app/website takes you through words that start with the letter with animations/sounds. There are games and puzzles for added excitement!

They also use this website in my child’s classroom – so that is a definite vote of confidence!

Website access – FREE

App Price: $2.99

3. ABC Reading Eggs website and book/card series

I was introduced to the ABC Reading Eggs by the very knowledgeable Laura from Enchanted by Books in Williamstown. I had told her about my daughter struggling with letters and she recommended the Reading Egg letter and starter words flash cards. My daughter loved matching the letter card to the word card – which you then turn over and if you are right you make an animal.

I then went back to purchase the Level 1 Starting Out Pack which allows you 14 days free access to the website that accompanies the pack. With the website you have a map and there is an egg at each stage. You must work your way through the activities to crack open the egg, and then keep moving through the stages.

My daughter finished the entire Level 1 within 2 days and was at me continually to ask when she could play it again. She loves this and I have to say I have seen a real improvement in her reading and letter recognition in the space of a a week.

Price: a 1 year subscription is $79.95 (less than $7 a month) but when I signed up I received a discount so it was a little cheaper. I thoroughly recommend this website and book/cards series and I believe it is worth the money already for the improvement I have seen in my daughters reading and writing.

4. Laminated Writing Placemat

This laminated placemat was given out to the students in my daughter’s class and she loves sitting down with it with a whiteboard marker practicing her letters and numbers. So armed with a white board marker and some cotton wool pads for cleaning she will sit for ages writing and invariably there are a few butterflies and flowers thrown in also!

5. White board and a marker 

My daughter has weekly words to practice and I was finding bits of paper strewn all around the house with words on it. The successor the above mentioned placement made me get out an unused kitchen white board so that she could practice writing without causing the deforestation of a small country! So each night I have been writing the words, getting her to tell me the letters and the sounds they make, sounding the word and then writing the words herself. We have had fun with making silly sentences and it has been a real hit with my daughter.

Well I hope that you have found this useful, if you have any top apps, websites or ideas feel free to leave a comment and share the knowledge!

Cheers,

Linda

Time Capsule – Keeping Your Memories Secure

In this digital age, the idea of losing my digital pics of my children, holidays, special moments etc. is never far from my mind……especially as I am kind of a little naughty when it comes to backing up my computer! I honestly can’t remember the last time I did it…can you????

Some of you may know that my husband is in the military. He was deployed a couple of years ago overseas for six months and just before he went we uploaded hundreds of photos of our daughter, new house and more for him to take with him on his new laptop. A few weeks into the trip the unthinkable happened…. his laptop died and he lost everything on it’s hard drive. We were both devastated and frustrated. This taught us a valuable lesson about storing such special things…..so I have been searching for a way to avoid this happening again.

Recently I discovered Time Capsule on the Mamma Mia website.

It takes your  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr feeds and any photos that you want to upload onto it and stores it chronological order for you to scroll through anytime you choose. Hence, by storing it this way, no matter where my husband or I am, as long as we have access to a computer we can see and share our photos, so no more worrying about computers crashing!

So here’s what my Time Capsule feed looks like….I cast my mind back to my family photo shoot with MyLife Portraits in November 2011 and there they were!!

So it shows you about 5 days at a time in one screen and  by heading to the bottom of the page you can quickly scroll through your timeline to find whatever date you like!

So head over to Time Capsule on Mamma Mia’s site and see what your memories look like – safe and secure in one great place!

Linda